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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Review: Creation Machine

Creation Machine Creation Machine by Andrew Bannister
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am always very happy to receive books through my letterbox.
PenguinRandomHouse sent this one courtesy of Poppy. Transworld publishers.

It's definitely not my genre. In for a penny in for a pound, I thought, OK I'll read this as they have sent it.

I started to read the first couple of chapters and went on through to the end. I never review a book unless I've read it throughout. That's my personal rule.

So I am rating this fairly on genre, quality, believability and from a reading perspective NOT judgement in " this isn't my cup of tea" it wasn't. But based on the role slot this book holds genre wise it's a really good read.

It does read like an opera, but spacey ( is that a word!) I understood it completely and enjoyed it, but I certainly wouldn't want to read the following books due to it not being my taste.

It's like enjoying a cake, it's edible, it's pleasing's not your favourite. I hope that makes sense.

For those that love this type of read, it's very good ( I'm a novice in this field) but it took my interest.

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Review: Asylum

Asylum Asylum by Jeannette de Beauvoir
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I have quite a realistic approach to life.
I have read some really good books with quite horrific subject matter.

When it came to the parts where I was reading a child's diary as the pages unfolded and more of the diary was introduced, my gut started churning. It was reading matter very high on the emotional rector scale. So this is most definitely not a book to read for the faint hearted.
Or, if you are easily shocked.

The reason (for me) why I gave it 3.5 stars is because it's like watching a film with subtitles popping up when someone is speaking a different language. It's informative, essential but distracting.

This was the same whilst reading this. I have hardly no experience or knowledge of the French language apart from getting by on the essentials.

A book that has great impact.

My thanks to St Martins Press for my copy

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Review: The Sixth Window

The Sixth Window The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story starts off with a huge bang which dominoes a sequence of events that destroy.

I refuse to go into details of this story simply because I'm bound to let something slip. I don't want to do this because it's such a fabulous plot that's keeps you enmeshed from the beginning to end.

Each character is clearly defines, rounded out and very real in your minds eye.
There are no muddling up of characters to cause the reader confusion.

I was endeared to the Mom and the daughter. A great close relationship, although misguided at times to protect each other from hurt. But totally vital to the story and very cleverly weaved in.

Misplaced loyalties can be hard.
If you have a unit of friends, a unit of trust but you know something. But you reveal it and that not only can cause hurt, but it can cause a knock on effect with trust "why didn't you tell me!!"
Sitting on things to not cause harm or hurt yet causing yourself pain and loss.

A human fact most of us at sometime can go through but to a lesser degree than this (hopefully)

The author never ceases to amaze me how she comes up with such shockingly good plots that I dare any reader who loves thrillers, not to love.

I was really taken with this book, so yes, I'm gushing because I loved it so much.

I've spent 2 days on and off twisted within the spinning web of this tale, this clever piece of work. And when I have had to go to sleep or carry on with daily life, I've wanted to pick up the book and get into it again.

I am a reader that can't wait for the next 'Rachel Abbott' book to be released

My thanks to Black Dot Publishing via Net Galley for my copy

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Friday, 24 February 2017

P R E S S R E L E A S E Bestseller lie with me Sabine Durrant blog tour

Press Release Sunday Times 


lie with me

Sabine Durrant

Published in paperback and ebook by Mulholland Books, priced £7.99

the truth is  we all tell lies

“A novel boasting ingenious plotting, fine characterisation & assured pacing

The Sunday Times

A fast moving and well-crafted thriller, perfect for the beach. What's more, the characters in this novel are frighteningly realistic…” Prima Magazine

“Riveting” Vogue

Paul Morris is running out of money, friends and second chances. His literary success of his early 20s is now a distant memory and his new relationship might be his last hope of happiness.

Alice is not like any of the women he's pursued in the past: wealthy, lonely, driven and with links to the heady days of his youth. When Alice invites Paul to her holiday home in Greece with friends and family, he decides to do whatever it takes to make the romance stick.

But the summer is not the idyll he had planned: members of the party seem far from happy about Paul’s presence and soon the pool becomes a tableau of tension and unspoken grudges.

To further aggravate the situation, ten years ago, a thirteen-year-old girl went missing on the island, and now a fresh sighting and another attack unsettle the long hot days. It soon becomes apparent that Paul is not the only person with an agenda... and his dreams of a life worth living may yet turn into a nightmare he cannot escape.

Sabine Durrant is the author of two psychological thrillers, Under Your Skin and Remember Me This Way. Her previous novels are Having It and Eating It and The Great Indoors, and two books for teenage girls, Cross Your Heart, Connie Pickles and Ooh La La! Connie Pickles. She is a former features editor of the Guardian and a former literary editor at the Sunday Times, and her writing has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines. She lives in south London with her partner and their three children.

Praise for Lie With Me:

Brilliantly executed - I loved every page. (Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go)

A sizzling tale of deceit, betrayal and entrapment that is extraordinarily well-crafted and utterly gripping - a stunning summer read (Daily Mail)

The word-perfect portrait of character leading to disaster, the unfurling dread, the ingenious plotting... I feel sick with envy that I didn't write it myself. (Alex Marwood, author of The Darkest Secret)

An unsettling, disturbing but utterly brilliant, gripping read with a terrific twist (Sunday Mirror)

I was intrigued, unsettled and utterly engrossed from the very first beautifully written and intelligently constructed (Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us)

Ingenious plotting, fine characterisation and assured pacing (The Sunday Times)

Grabs you from the first page and never lets you go. If, like me, you have been longing for a psycho-thriller of genius since you finished Gone Girl, then the wait is finally over. (Tony Parsons, author of The Murder Bag)

Enormous fun, a psychological thriller worthy of Ruth Rendell or Patricia Highsmith.... The way the narration keeps us guessing is masterly (Guardian)

A perfect thriller: clever, classy and shocking. I read it in one day. (Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree)

Simmering with menace, and with a blisteringly taut and twisted plot. Simply superb. (Sarah Hilary, author of Someone Else's Skin)

clever, engaging thriller to frantically binge-read as the tension mounts and all the subtle clues that Durrant has skilfully hidden begin to reveal themselves (Red Magazine)

I absolutely loved it: claustrophobic, gripping, and beautifully written with a growing sense of foreboding until the unexpected, final twist. (Claire Douglas, author of The Sisters)

Tense, darkly funny and morally complex. I wished Lie With Me wouldn't end. (Tamar Cohen, author of When She Was Bad)

An exceptional novel that seduced me from the first page and tightened its grip with every chapter. I'm not sure it has released me even now. (Claire Kendal, author of The Book of You)

compelling, clever, claustrophobic read with a brilliantly executed anti-hero - I loved Lie With Me! (Angela Clarke, author of Follow Me)

tremendously engrossing, unnerving story...delivers suspense from the outset and dark jokes and surprises throughout (Mark Lawson)

I was absolutely hooked...Sabine builds up the sense of unease with unbelievable finesse. This book simply sings (Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You)

Amid all the lies, one inalienable truth - Durrant has written a clever and totally gripping thriller. (T.R. Richmond, author of What She Left)

Tightly plotted and taut with psychological suspense, I couldn't put down this gripping novel. In my mind, Lie With Me is set to be one of this summer's biggest hits. (Lucy Clarke, author of The Sea Sisters)

It is so skilfully done - Domestic Noir at its very finest. (Julia Crouch, author of Cuckoo)

Devilishly dark and addictive (Paula Daly, author of The Mistake I Made)

If you've had a hole in your literary life since finishing Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this is the book to fill it (Grazia)

I doubt there will be a better beach read out this summer (Daily Express)

Compelling and thrilling (Stylist)

An undercurrent of tension and sense of growing unease made me keep on turning the pages in this psychological thriller with a difference...and a killer twist (Woman & Home)

A clever, duplicitous thriller that racks up the tension (Red Magazine)

Fast becoming one of our favourites, Sabine Durrant writes clever, compelling thrillers (Good Housekeeping)

There are shades of The Talented Mr Ripley in this atmospheric new psychological thriller... It's not easy to come up with something that truly takes the reader by surprise, but this twisted tale keeps you guessing right to the dark, rather wonderful end (Heat)

A brilliantly executed psycho-thriller - you'll stay up all night (India Knight)

chilling, elegantly written, top-drawer psychological thriller (Irish Independent)

Gripping...shows how a life of selfishness and deceit can condemn a person in later life. (Daisy Goodwin Daily Mail)

Clever... twists all along the way (The Times)