Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Review: Petals

Petals Petals by Laurisa White Reyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book far exceeded my expectations in as much as I didn't think it would hook me as much as it did.
Having never read any of this authors books before (and I usually read over 200+ per year) I think I will be continuing to look more into any other books she's published.

Here is a young woman that comes from parents who are of different race.
The father comes from Guatemalan and mum is white.
Her mother is dead and she's trying hard to come to terms with this.
I liked how the author moved us to and fro with the girls thoughts.

Her father wants to introduce her to his family so decides a trip is needed.

Guatemalan
She has to meet the extended family who she is reluctant to meet but not only that, why were they not close when her mother was alive?

Bit by bit her healing starts to happen.

It's beautifully woven that will suck you in with emotion.

I really enjoyed reading this.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Review: The Alcoholic's Daughter

The Alcoholic's Daughter The Alcoholic's Daughter by David Sherman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really tried with these one.
I don't hardly ever give up on a book because many times I've been proved wrong. But not this time.

There was repetitive narration. Really off putting.
The writing needed some attention to give some umph to this plot.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me a widget to read this though

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Review: Last Witness

Last Witness Last Witness by Carys Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm on the book tour for this one and I'm thrilled.
I read book 1 which was really good, so was happy to pick up book 2 and dive into it right away.

The first book was fast paced and kept my attention and juices going, I had high hopes for this one too.
I can honestly say that I throughly enjoyed getting into this one too.

It was great to catch up with the next revelation in this plot. The characters were the same and because of what I'd previously read it was easy to get engrossed.

Once you start this book, be prepared to get nothing else done.

My thanks to Aria via Net Galley for my early copy.



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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Review: Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell
My rating: 0 of 5 stars


I look forward to each and every book this author writes with anticipation as she never lets me down. I know I am in for a good read, a bumpy ride and a full head on collision.

This book in the series was of no exception for me.

One by one women are being taken. Who is this person who is using these girls to fulfill his fantasies?
We learn quite early on, however, it doesn't take anything from the storyline, infact, it enhances it.

Nathan is the father of Detective Ruby Preston child. There is still love and attraction there but Nathan is on the wrong side of the tracks.
Now he is the suspect in this crime.

Ruby is a detective who breaks rules and you see this many times, but she has huge respect from not only her team but her superior.

Not saying any more!

Its one that needs to be read and savoured.

My thanks to Bookoutour and Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Dead Letters

Dead Letters Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is marketed in the thriller genre, so I was expecting more excitement thank what I got.

It kicked off well enough with the twin girls and how they were named.
Then an email arriving to one of the twins informing the other twin that her sister was dead, so that got me interested.

But I have to be honest in saying that the book was a roller coaster ride for me in between loving it, then it dipping to where I lost a bit of interest
The book is written very well .

There was an element of 'thriller and intrigue' to it, but I did struggle in places but I kept with it, and I am so glad I did as the 'thriller' elements did released itself within the letters left behind by the dead twin sister.

Its a cat and mouse tale which does have a very good edge to it.

I would definitely read more by this author.

My thanks to Corvus for my copy

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Review: Before the Fall

Before the Fall Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a stunning read this was, and, to think this is going to become a film, I'll be first in line to watch it.

This is full of suspense, intrigue and full on the edge of your seat stuff. This book makes your heart pound and really gets your brain thinking.

You know those books that you don't want to finish?
You know those books that you don't know what to read next because that one was so dam good?
The ones that long after you put it down, you remember it?

Yep, this is one of them.

When the private jet plunges into the sea with only two survivors, that is the time to realize you will not be leaving your seat until you have this read.
It really was a captivating read.

It gave me goosebumps on some occasions whether that was through shock or anticipation I am not sure, maybe both.

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FILM.

My thanks to HODDER & STOUGHTON for my copy

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Review: The Summer House Party

The Summer House Party

The Summer House Party by Caro Fraser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You get real good value for money with this book, its a heaping 512 pages thick full of goodness, drama, intrigue and mystery.

I was very lucky to receive a proof copy from Head of Zeus which I will forever treasure.

Its the summer of 1936 and a group of people meet up at the Summer House. Its 'party' time. Champagne is flowing nicely, chit chatter being had and flowing nicely and what would a party be without a little bit of flirting. Dan had a 'thing' for Meg and she was in his thoughts as he was getting ready for the summer party.

A fight breaks out on the lawn between Latimer and Asher. Dan ran down the stairs needing to separate the pair of them. It turns out the fight was over a game of cards.
A few rows, bickerings follow including some loving behind closed doors.

A death suddenly occurs that put a stop to all the high adventure and revelry which now suddenly alters the entire meet up at the Summer House party.

Its a fabulously written book which will have you turning page after page. The conversations that go on and the intrigue of 'oh what is going to happen next' is well on the agenda as you flip the pages.

Within 3 years war will break out.

For anyone who loves to read books such as this, its a "must" read.


The Summer House Party Caro Fraser

The Summer House Party by Caro Fraser  which we are publishing on 6th April.  Set during the two
 World Wars,
 in the gloriously hot summer of 1936. a group of people meet at a country house party..
.none has an inkling that the choices they will make will have fateful consequences lasting 
through the War and beyond.


The Summer 
House
 Party
Caro Fraser

Publication Date: 6th April 2017
Price: £18.99

PRAISE FOR CARO FRASER
"Fraser writes with fluent flair. Her irony is light but merciless,
benefiting from a good ear for dialogue."
The Daily Telegraph

"Fraser engages her readers quickly and never lets go."
Tatler

In the gloriously hot summer of 1936, a group of people meet at a country house
 party.
 Within three years, the country will be engulfed in war, but for now time 
stands still as they sip champagne on the lawn, engaging in casual flirtations 
and carefree conversation. Then a shocking death puts an end to their revelry, 
changing everything in an instant.

For all of them, that summer house party will be a turning point.

 The mistakes made during that fateful weekend will change their lives forever.

Author
Caro Fraser is the author of the bestselling Caper Court novels, based on 
her own experiences as a lawyer. She is the daughter of bestselling Flashman author
 George MacDonald Fraser.



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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Review: The Girlfriend

The Girlfriend The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh I so count myself lucky I got on with my Mother-in-law and that I am grounded.

This is a book you will start and be prepared you won't want to drag yourself away from. I stayed with it until I finished it the early hours of this morning.

Relationships

Yes, they are the hardest to keep, the hardest to keep steady but throw in an unsteady person, jealousy and then things crack.

Daniel and Cherry. The Girlfriend.

Daniel was raised in a well to do family his aim was to become a Doctor.
Cherry never had those kind of roots but she wants to become an Estate Agent.
They meet, they fall in love.

Things go well...
At the start.
Laura, the Mother-in-law likes Cherry......
Then believes that Cherry is only with her one and only son for his money.
So now the dynamics change.

Both become vindictive, controlling and darn right nasty women.
Here comes a train wreck.
But who is going to survive?

Things happen to both women. I took some glee from some consequences as both females were so unlikeable you just couldn't help yourself.

There are some really good, nail biting, on the edge of your seat mind blowing tummy churning moments in this read. I was absolutely hooked!

Hold on to your seat belt.

This is a debut.
Yes, the authors very first book.
If this is anything to go by, I cannot wait for future books from her.

What a journey!

Thank you Pan Macmillan via Netgalley for my copy

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Review: The Obsession

The Obsession The Obsession by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Nora Roberts books. But not this one.
It was like someone else had written it. Not up to her high standard that kept me gripped before in her books.

The start.

The beginning was good, that got my initial interest peaked so I was ready to delve in.

But then it took some nose dives for me personal. The fact that she was young from the start of the book to a great big giant leap to her being grown was a shock to my brain. It was asking " what happened in between?" But of course, there was no satisfying my major brain cells that kept ticking away at me whilst I continued to read.



There were another two instances it dive bombed for me. But if I write more I'll just be seeming to be a spiteful critic, which I'm not as I usually enjoy this authors books.


My thanks to Berkley Publishing group for my copy via Net Galley


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Review: The Missing Witness

The Missing Witness The Missing Witness by Jo Smedley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars from me.
Although I enjoyed reading this, I found it more on the lines of Murder She Wrote and I'm not that keen on that series.
I find it slow moving and sometimes not worrying about missing some of it while I go into the kitchen to make a cup of tea.

It's enjoyable enough to want to watch it, but not gripping me to my seat.

The same for this read.

It plods along quite nicely. The two females are not detectives and they are completely different, however, they form a team by circumstances.

The dialogue that takes place between them I liked.

Towards the end a secret is revealed. Now that got me sitting up straight and wanting more, except it was almost the end of my read.

I thank Endeavour press for providing me with a copy.

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Review: The Crying Boy



The Crying Boy

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The synopsis:

Clayton and Avril Shaw have lost their little boy and are still grieving when they move into Swallow's Nest on the Yorkshire moors. In their new house Avril discovers a painting and is intrigued by the history surrounding it. When she learns that the boy in the painting was deaf, like her dead son, she starts to try and communicate with his ghost. Meanwhile, Clayton finds himself entangled in an equally undesirable friendship with a retired fire chief who knows more about the painting than he is prepared to let on. Is The Crying Boy painting cursed and can numerous house fires be linked to it? Struggling with their unstable marriage, the couple find themselves in further danger as an increasingly disturbing bond develops between Avril and The Crying Boy. In a twist of events Avril's irrational behaviour is brought to a dramatic halt when she discovers she is pregnant. With her affections once again restored for Clayton, she decides to dispose of the sinister portrait. But the cast off painting wants revenge and its anger towards Avril's unborn child might just prove immeasurable. Can Avril and Clayton live happily ever after or does The Crying Boy have other plans?


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The Crying Boy The Crying Boy by Jane E. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is by far the creepiest, chilling reads I have read this year to date.

Its sadness surrounds Clayton and Avril who sadly lost their little boy. They are still grieving when they decide to move house.
They take up residence in the Yorkshire moors in a home called Swallows nest.


But in the house Avril discovers a painting. This has captured her curiosity, so she explores further only to find the painting is of a boy not disimilar to her child she is grieving for and once more, the boy in the painting was deaf just like her son.

Her grief takes her on a journey including the atmospheric and chilling complex history relating to the painting that hit the papers THE CRYING BOY.

I think I have been hiding under a rock as until now, this is the first I hear of this painting which took me on a Google search.

I love this authors books, she 'does it for me everytime' keeps my intrigued, interested and alert despite having supernatural overtures in this one, which I usually steer clear of as I am easily disturbed. I was totally hooked.

Chills ran down my spine plenty of times and the hairs on the back of my neck stood out.

Fab read which I would highly recommend.



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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead







About the book


Gavin Law was a whistleblower.

Now he’s missing.
Just another case for Glasgow PI, Charlie Cameron, until he discovers there is more to Law and his disappearance than anyone imagined.
Wallace Maitland, the surgeon responsible for leaving a woman brain-damaged may have abandoned his sacred oath and become a killer. Did the hospital which refused to accept responsibility for the tragedy have Law silenced permanently? Or, with his wife little more than a vegetable, has David Cooper, believing he has been betrayed yet again, taken justice into his own hands?
Charlie comes to realise the world of medicine can be a dangerous place.
Across the city, East End gangster, Sean Rafferty is preparing to exploit the already corrupt city council in a multi-million pound leisure development known as Riverside. The project will be good for Glasgow. But not everybody is keen to work with Rafferty.  
With more than money at stake, Sean will do anything to get his way. His motto, borrowed from his old man, is simple. Never take a no from somebody who can give you a yes.
If that means murder, then so be it.
Charlie has crossed Rafferty’s path before and lived to tell the tale.
He may not be so lucky a second time.






Before The Devil Knows You're Dead Before The Devil Knows You're Dead by Owen Mullen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The immediate start to this story was really gripping. How I love when an author grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you in, that's what the first chapter did to me.

I hadn't read his previous books, but, it didn't seem to matter I was well into the story, the plot.
I found this author to be clear in his writing, easy to follow and for some reason because its set in Scotland everyone of course had a scottish accent in my head as I read the dialogue.

Nice snappy kind of read, keeps you on your toes, guessing, and in some places quite a twink of fun with the warped dry sense of humour popping up here and there, but it certainly has a serious side to this.

The plot is tight, its very enjoyable and I loved the little bit of romance that Charlie could enjoy.

I will need to catch up on his previous book.

My thanks to Bloodhounds for my copy.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Review: In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight In Plain Sight by M.A. Comley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read a few of this authors books. But not this series so this one I jumped right into.

Apart from maybe more background as regards Hero I didn't feel that lost within the story.

Hero seems a sensitive soul who has a big heart, but, he's also a determined man when needs are a must.

When there's a killer on the loose and his men are going down it's a heartbreaking harrowing time for the Police force.
Colleagues are dead.
Time is running out.

What is going to be the conclusion to this? Are more officers going to die?

Hero by name, Hero by nature. But he doesn't work alone.

Having to tell loved ones that their partner son or daughter is dead is an heartbreaking thing to do.
I felt every single emotion.

This author writes with sensitivity and style.

My thanks to Bloodhound books in providing me with my copy.

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Review: Death Falls

Death Falls Death Falls by Todd Ritter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so behind getting to this one. It rigged down my kindle and I've just come across it from netfally, the publishers are Harper Collins Maxe. Thank you.

This book had my attention right from the start, it's written with such feeling, such emotion that you can't break yourself away from it. So I didn't. I did nothing except read.

Imagine yourself a Mother of a child that has gone, yes gone. All that's left is his bycycle. It's by water so looks likely that her son got washed away.

Let's jump a few years now. Her other son who is now an adult is asked to carry out his Moms last wish. Find him. Find my son.

What would you do?
I know I would have to try.

My heart broke for this mother.

Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and her child along with other cases went missing.

You just need to stay with this. It's an easy 5 stars for me as it's one that kept me hooked.



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Review: Wrong Number

Wrong Number Wrong Number by Carys Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book that came out months ago. I've been trying to get around to reading it as book 2 is out now which I'm planning on reading ASAP as this one was very good.
It didn't blow my socks off, not quite but I would certainly recommend it to all that love a good twist in its tail thriller.

When Amanda met and married Will he didn't have family attend the wedding.
But you understand his reasons when they are touched on slightly at an early stage into the story. Amanda was fine with it.

Her mother wasn't a huge fan of Will though as she loved Shane who was Amanda's previous love, they grew up together.

Amanda seems to have it all. Good husband, nice house, great job.

Then the phone rings......
That changes the dynamics of the entire secure relationship and family she's secured with Will.

She later has to call on her ex. Shane. He's the best Detective there is in the town.

The story takes on the search for the missing husband in such a great imaginative way that you'll be shocked, I know I was.

Can't wait to read book 2

My thanks to Aria for my copy

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Book Blitz: Tsunami by J.O Mantel

Title: Tsunami
Author: J.O Mantel
Genre: Suspense/Drama
Release Date: January 30, 2017 


December 26, 2004.
It's just another day in paradise. Mitch and Amber couldn't be happier. They are newlyweds, expecting their first child and honeymooning in Thailand.
As they enjoy their romantic getaway on the peaceful island, plans are made for their future together. 
But on the morning of Boxing Day, December 26, 2004, tragedy strikes. The remote and peaceful island is struck with one of the worlds largest and deadliest earthquakes which triggers a devastating Tsunami.
Amber is trapped in her hotel room and is unable to contact Mitch. She slowly starts to panic, causing stress to her unborn child. 
As the Tsunami causes mass destruction across the island, Amber finds herself going into premature labor. Suddenly, the newlywed's romantic honeymoon, becomes an emotionally gripping race for survival. 

“It is only a short novella, but Mr Mantel has been able to put so much into it that you will be emotionally exhausted once it has finished. BRILLIANT is the only way to describe this story.” - Reading is Our Satisfaction

“What a wonderful quick read. This author puts you right in the middle of the action.” - Amazon Review
“One word for this short story – WOW.” - Amazon Review












Tsunami Tsunami by J.O. Mantel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very short story that is only 43 pages, but, don't be mistaken as there is a lot in this that pulls a punch.

Amber and her husband are enjoying a well enough break over the Christmas holidays in Thailand. Amber is 6 months pregnant. Spending time together before their child is born and the commitments to child rearing start.

But things turn in such a way that their life will never be the same again.

This story is taken from inspired by the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 which left so much devastation and lives lost. THIS IS, HOWEVER A FICTIONAL story but with the actual awful historical event surrounding it.

Very moving, very heartbreaking.


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