Wednesday, 7 November 2018

#BlogTour: Before I Find You by Ali Knight @aliknightauthor @HodderBooks @HodderPublicity #BeforeIFindYou

Published by Hodder Books on 1st November 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher and also for the blog tour invitation.

Maggie is a husband watcher. A snooper, a marriage doctor, a killer of happy-ever-afters. She runs her own private detective agency specialising in catching out those who cheat. And she's very good at it. Until Helene walks through her door.
Helene is a husband catcher. A beautiful wife, a doting stepmother, a dazzling presence at parties. She counts herself lucky to have married one of the most eligible men in town - Gabe Moreau. Until she sees something that threatens her little family of three.
Alice is a perfect daughter. Apple of her father's eye, a kind stepchild to Helene, a tragic daughter of a dead mother. She lives a sheltered but happy life. Until she finds a handwritten note on her father's desk: 'You owe me. I'm not going away.'
All three women suspect Gabe Moreau of keeping secrets and telling lies. But not one of them suspects that the truth could result in murder . . .
My Thoughts:
Before I Find You is the first book that I have read by Ali Knight and I can't believe I haven't come across her before. This book is intelligent and thrilling and had all the ingredients that I enjoy in my reading. 
Maggie is a private detective who Helene approaches because she believes her husband is cheating and Alice is the Daughter of Helene. The story is told from the perspectives of the three women, who were flawed and a little unlikeable. These are my favourite types of characters. Learning about events from three perspectives is a format I have come across before but it works perfectly here. It sufficed to add to the confusion and the chaos. There is a sense of foreboding and intrigue throughout that I found completely captivating. 
There is plenty of misdirection and I enjoyed the fact as I reader that I always felt one step behind. Never quite seeing beyond each page turning chapter. 
A story of secrets and lies, smoke and mirrors and just when I thought I had it all worked out I discovered that I really hadn't at all. In a crowded genre Ali Knight stands firmly with this book and I thought that it was superb. 
About the Author:
Ali Knight has worked as a journalist and sub-editor at the BBC,Guardian and Observer and helped to launch some of the Daily Mail and Evening Standard's most successful websites. She lives with her family in London.
Visit Ali's website to find out more about her and her psychological thrillers at www.aliknight.co.uk and follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/aliknightauthor.
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Sunday, 4 November 2018

#BlogTour: House of Glass by Susan Fletcher @sfletcherauthor @ViragoBooks #HouseOfGlass

Published on 1st November 2018 by Virago. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and inviting me on to the blog tour.

I had a curious sense of being watched.
June 1914 and a young woman - Clara Waterfield - is summoned to a large stone house in Gloucestershire. Her task: to fill a greenhouse with exotic plants from Kew Gardens, to create a private paradise for the owner of Shadowbrook. Yet, on arrival, Clara hears rumours: something is wrong with this quiet, wisteria-covered house. Its gardens are filled with foxgloves, hydrangea and roses; it has lily-ponds, a croquet lawn - and the marvellous new glasshouse awaits her. But the house itself feels unloved. Its rooms are shuttered, or empty. The owner is mostly absent; the housekeeper and maids seem afraid. And soon, Clara understands their fear: for something - or someone - is walking through the house at night. In the height of summer, she finds herself drawn deeper into Shadowbrook's dark interior - and into the secrets that violently haunt this house. Nothing - not even the men who claim they wish to help her - is quite what it seems.
Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier, this is a wonderful, atmospheric Gothic page-turner.
A deeply absorbing, unputdownable ghost story that's also a love story; for readers who love Sarah Waters's The Little Stranger; Frances Hodges Burnett's The Secret Garden; Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace; Jane Harris's The Observations.

My Thoughts:

House of Glass is the perfect book to read at this time of year, when the nights are drawing in and fires start to crackle in the grate. There was very much a gothic feel to this story that drew me in and wrapped me up in the atmosphere.

Beautifully written, House of Glass was an utter joy to read. The descriptions were just jumping off of the page and bringing the whole thing to life. Clara is the narrator and a young woman with Brittle Bone disease who makes the move to Gloucestershire to work in the greenhouse of Shadowbrook. 

Clara discovers that all may not be as it seems at Shadowbrook, there are strange goings on and noises at night. The ghostly elements to the story were excellent. Clara seemed a little naive but I found her intriguing nonetheless. She was a superb character.

The sense of mystery surrounding this whole story was palpable and the writing and descriptions were totally sublime. I was hooked into this story of a different time and place and that didn't let up until the final page turned.

A great many topics were covered here with skill and excellent writing. 

I really recommend this one for the dark, drawn in nights. 


About the Author:

Susan Fletcher was born in 1979 in Birmingham. She is the author of the bestselling 'Eve Green' winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award, 'Oystercatchers' and 'Witch Light'.








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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

#BlogBlitz: Divide and Rule by Rachel McLean @rachelmcwrites @rararesources #DivideandRule

Published on 23rd October 2018. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the Blog Blitz. You can get your copy:
Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Divide-Rule-prove-loyalty-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNNR556
Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Divide-Rule-prove-loyalty-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNNR556


Jennifer Sinclair’s fight to save her political career, her family and her freedom has failed. Traumatised by prison violence, she agrees to transfer to the mysterious British Values Centre.

Rita Gurumurthy has betrayed her country and failed the children in her care. Unlike Jennifer, she has no choice, but finds herself in the centre against her will.

Both women are expected to conform, to prove their loyalty to the state and to betray everything they hold dear. One attempts to comply, while the other rebels. Will either succeed in regaining her freedom?

Divide and Rule is 1984 for the 21st century - a chilling thriller examining the ruthless measures the state will take to ensure obedience, and the impact on two women.

My Thoughts:

Divide and Rule is the Second book in The Division Bell Trilogy. I reviewed the first book, A House Divided here. 

Jennifer's life has taken a dramatic turn in this latest instalment. After the events of A House Divided she is in prison but is given the option to go to the British Values Centre. Also there is Rita Gurumurthy. This is a much darker and sinister story and is an exploration of how women who previously have fought to make a difference have those rights taken away and are expected to conform to a whole new set of beliefs laid down by the state that are not necessarily what they agree too. 

I found the Big Brother approach rather frightening and made this a deeply disturbing read for me. It contained much the same pacing as A House Divided and I found it equally if not more so absorbing. A fascinating portrayal of these two women's lives and what happens to them.

A frightening dystopian style read that had me wanting to read the final book all the more but it also left me chilled to the bone about how we in our society could easily head in this horrendous direction. 

Superb writing, beautifully envisioned. 



About the Author:
I'm Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I'm told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories - well, I'm sorry but I can't help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They're inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

#BlogTour: A House Divided by Rachel McLean @rachelmcwrites @rararesources #AHouseDivided

Published on 24th September 2018. My thanks to the author/publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. 


Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.

But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.


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My Thoughts:

A House Divided is an intelligent political thriller and the first in a new trilogy. There is a realism about this novel that is somewhat unsettling and makes reading this book somewhat disturbing and horrifying but had me on the edge of the seat nevertheless.

From reading the blurb you would see some similarities to Bodyguard, the recent television drama featuring the Home Secretary. Shh don't tell me what happens as I haven't seen the final episode yet. If you are missing your political fix then you won't go wrong by reading this one though.

Jennifer Sinclair is a government minister and also MP for Birmingham, she is married to a Muslim man and they have two sons. A House Divided is set slightly in the future, and the exploration is how terrorism should be tackled. This causes great conflict between Jennifer's personal and professional lives. For all that this book is about I found it refreshing for a strong female character to be portrayed as being successful within politics. 

Taut, tense and thrilling. I can't wait for the next instalment as I am absolutely enthralled. 

Highly recommended. 


About the Author:
I'm Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I'm told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories - well, I'm sorry but I can't help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They're inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

#BlogTour: Bear With Me by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @rararesources #BearWithMe

Bear With Me is available now. You can get your copy here. My thanks to the author and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour.


Jemma has the job of her dreams as curator for the children’s section of a museum in London. She spends each day surrounded by the one thing she’s absolutely passionate about: teddy bears. When boyfriend, Scott, shows a genuine interest in her passion instead of laughing at her for “playing with teddies all day”, she knows he’s a keeper.

Returning home to the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay to celebrate her birthday, Jemma thinks she’s heading for her happy-ever-after when Scott unexpectedly proposes. So, a few days later, why isn’t he retuning her calls or responding to her texts?

Julie has always been a wonderful single mother to Jemma and her little brother, Sean. As owner of specialist teddy bear shop, Bear With Me, and the creative genius behind the successful range of Ju-Sea Bears, she inspires Jemma with her ability to balance a demanding career with home life. So why is the shop now in disarray and why is Sean so upset?

Sam thought he had his future all worked out. With a promising neurology career, a home, and a devoted fiancĂ©e, life was looking good. But now he’s all alone in a strange city, far from everyone and everything he cares about, struggling to rebuild the tatters of his life. Did he do the right thing by running away? What does the future hold and is he strong enough to face it?

Sometimes love finds us when we least expect it. But sometimes love leaves us, just as unexpectedly. When you’ve loved and lost, can you bear to let love in again?

Bear With Me, as all will be revealed …

My Thoughts:

Bear With Me is the first book that I have read by this author and I have a feeling that it won't be the last. The romantic and endearing storyline had me hook, line and sinker. I really loved it. 

Set in Whitsborough Bay this book has a host of wonderful characters that held together the beautiful narrative. I was engaged throughout. This read was pure escapism for me. 

This is a multi stranded story of love and how to start over when things don't work out as you had hoped. I really loved the two main characters Jemma and Sam who forge a friendship after their individual experiences. 

I found the authors writing warm and humorous. The storyline was moving and emotive and I was captivated by the twists and turns in the plot. 

I found the setting gorgeous and I look forward to reading more from Jessica Redland in the future, she has gained a new fan.



About the Author:

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

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Facebook:                           https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/
Website and blog:           www.jessicaredland.com

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Sunday, 23 September 2018

#BlogTour: The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran @FaberBooks #TheInfiniteBlacktop

Published by Faber & Faber on 20th September 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and inviting me on to the blog tour. 

Driven off the desert road and left for dead, Claire DeWitt knows that it is someone from her past trying to kill her, she just doesn't know who. Making a break for it from the cops who arrive on the scene, she sets off in search of the truth, or whatever version of it she can find. But perhaps the biggest mystery of all lies deeper than that, somewhere out there on the ever rolling highway of life.
Set between modern day Las Vegas and LA, The Infinite Blacktop sees Claire at her lowest point yet, wounded and disorientated, but just about hanging on.
Too smart for her own good, too damaged to play by the rules, too crazy for most - have you got what it takes to follow the self-appointed 'best detective in the world'?

My Thoughts:

Well as you know I like different and The Infinite Black Top is certainly that. It features self proclaimed World's Best Detective Claire Dewitt. The Infinite Blacktop is part of a series and I feel that I would have benefited from reading the previous books but nevertheless enjoyed my first introduction to this authors writing. 

Someone is after Claire, they have deliberately crashed into her car and Claire is determined to find out who. She must evade the ambulance and police to find out who did this. Claire DeWitt is definitely a renegade that doesn't follow the rules. Probably one of the most interesting detectives I have come across in years. Think of Nancy Drew but older and if she was on acid.

I adored the way that Sara Gran writes, it had an originality to it that stuck in my mind. There are flashbacks to previous mysteries but everything was intertwined and whilst I wondered where things were going, it soon became clear. 

Sara Gran is a rare talent and this multi faceted novel is a testament to that.

Breathtakingly good.  


About the Author:
Sara Gran is the author of the novels Dope, Come Closer, Saturn's Return to New York, and the Claire DeWitt series.

Her work has been published in over a dozen countries and as many languages. She also writes for TV and film and occasionaly writes other things.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, now living in California, Ms. Gran has worked with books as a writer, bookseller, and collector for most of her career.

You can find out more: https://www.worldsbestdetective.com
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Sunday, 16 September 2018

#BlogTour: Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers @problemsolverge @rararesources #DarkParadise

Dark Paradise is available now. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. There is not one but two giveaways running at the end of this post or alternatively you can get your copy on one of the following links.

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Boise Montague’s life in Los Angeles has fallen apart. After his wife dies, he returns to the tiny island where he grew up. Unfortunately, coming home doesn’t bring him the peace he’s looking for.


Things have changed drastically since his last visit. The island has moved on and so have the people he once knew. When Boise tries to find the one friend he thinks he can count on to be there for him, he’s confronted with another death. A murder. A murder that the police did not think important enough to investigate thoroughly.

Boise wants answers. He enlists a local reporter named Dana, who has theories of her own, to help him dig deeper.

With not much left to lose, a bone to pick with the justice system, and a relentless partner, Boise sets out to do what the police would not: solve the murder of Jeffrey Black.

The island of St. Thomas is a gleaming tropical paradise. Welcome to the Caribbean, where murder is as common as sunshine. 

My Thoughts:

Dark Paradise is the first in the Boise Montague series. I have read some cracking books lately, all different and thoroughly enjoyable. Dark Paradise is no different. 

Set on a small Caribbean island the author clearly knows his stuff. This was a new location for me and it was vividly and descriptively brought to life. It was fascinating to read about. 

Boise Montague is the main character and after the death of his wife he returns to St. Thomas hoping returning to the place so familiar to him will ground him. However he gets a lot more than he bargained for. When he begins to investigate the murder of his friend a whole host of other characters come into play. An eclectic bunch to say the least. I really found the character of Boise to be likeable and I am hoping to read more about him in the future. 

The story rattled along at a good pace and there was a slight humour to it and the setting was great. For my first taste of Caribbean Noir I really enjoyed it. 

About the Author:

Gene Desrochers hails from a dot in the Caribbean Sea called St. Thomas. He grew up with minimal supervision and free-roaming animals in a guesthouse that also served as a hospital during wartime. He has spent his life steadily migrating west, and now finds himself in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife, cats, and kids. After a lifetime of writing and telling short stories, he ventured into the deep end, publishing his first novel, Dark Paradise in 2018. If you ask, he will regale you with his Caribbean accent and tennis prowess.

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Post your photo with your e-book or hard copy of Dark Paradise on social media and share on Gene’s Facebook  Instagram  or Twitter page and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card to be awarded on Monday, September 24th

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