Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

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Book Description

One split second can destroy your life forever

Single mother Jen Cornish is just trying to hold things together for the sake of her seven-year-old son Charlie. Until the day when she does an impulsive good deed to help a neighbour, setting off a terrifying chain of events that quickly spirals out of control…

When she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, Jen quickly starts to wonder if someone is playing a cruel game with her – or is she losing her mind?

Desperate to clear her name with the police, she must first untangle a chilling web of lies. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.

They’re watching her child as well.

An unputdownable psychological thriller with plenty of twists that will keep you hooked until the very last page…



My Review

OMG what an amazing psychological thriller, a powerful read which grips you from the start, so many moments where I held my breath and thought my heart was going to burst out of my chest. Tom Bale has written an outstandingly intense thriller Each Little Lie.

Jen Cornish is a single parent, she helped a neighbour, something any of us would do. A normal everyday occurrence a set of dropped keys, Jens choice of what to do with the keys sets off a chain reaction these events are destroying Jens life and with it the possibility she may lose everything including her son.

I was literally aghast at her course of action, I know what I would have done……….Do You?

Tom constructed a plotline built around conspiracy, deception and lies narrating the tale of mystery and suspense whilst I turned the pages. I genuinely loved this book, I couldn’t get enough of it, I willed Jen to find out the truth, to take back her life.

Definitely a 5 star read, highly recommended.

Thank you to Bookouture, NetGalley and Tom Bale for an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Author Bio

Tom Bale is the author of eight books, including the bestsellers SEE HOW THEY RUN and ALL FALL DOWN. He has been writing since the age of seven, and completed his first novel at fifteen. After twenty years and hundreds of rejection slips, his first novel SINS OF THE FATHER was published under his real name, David Harrison. With his next book, SKIN AND BONES, he acquired an agent, a pseudonym and a book deal that enabled him to write full time. He lives in Brighton with his family.

Visit his website at http://www.tombale.net, follow him on Facebook, or on Twitter: @t0mbale

Watching You by Gretta Mulrooney

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Description:

Who is watching him and what does he want?

Two years ago someone kidnapped Thomas Maddox’s six-month-old son. The case has never been solved and the boy has never been found.

Now someone is watching Thomas and sending him dark emails.  And Thomas keeps suffering nasty accidents.

The police won’t do anything more, so Thomas’s wealthy grandfather hires Tyrone Swift to shed light on the case

Can ex-police detective Tyrone Swift get to the bottom of this tangled web of family secrets and pain, and is there any hope of finding the child alive?

WATCHING YOU is a beautifully written mystery that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.

Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, P.D. James, or Ruth Rendell.


My Review:

Watching You is the fourth book in which features Private Investigator Tyrone Swift written by Gretta Mulrooney, I’m ashamed to say it’s my first dance with Tyrone and Gretta’s books, but it definitely won’t be my last.

Tyrone Swift a former Police Detective, turned Private Investigator has been hired by the Maddox family to determine the source of anonymous emails being sent to Thomas the grandson of Gabe. The emails hint at the disappearance of Thomas’s son Oscar two years previous. Someone is watching and the police have found nothing.

The investigation doesn’t go smoothly as the Maddox family have secrets. There is an unwillingness to disclose information pertinent to the case as Swift stumbles along unsure of the truth due to a lot of misdirection from the stalker and the Maddox family. Eventually the investigation becomes more intense, the stalker starts to goad Swift and the pieces start to fall into place, Swift knows the identity of the stalker and what happened to Oscar.

While investigating Swift has had family troubles of his own, his daughter has been diagnosed as being deaf, his ex has martial problems and Swifts daughter is in the middle of it all. Swift has to try and maintain a balance between professional and family relations during his investigations, at times it proves difficult due to the fact he also has a child.

Watching You is an intense psychological thriller full of red herrings, fast paced and will keep you guessing until the very end.

Thank you to Joffe Books for the Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review and to Booksnall Jill Burkinshaw for allowing me the opportunity to join a Blog Tour.

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Author Bio:

“I was born and brought up in London. My parents were Irish. I studied for a B.A. in English at The University of Ulster and subsequently a qualification in Social Work. I taught English in secondary schools, then worked in social care for many years.

I started writing for children in my thirties and had five books published with Poolbeg Press. My first adult fiction novel won a bursary from East Midlands Arts. My first published novel, Araby, was with Harper Collins, followed by Marble Heart. Robert Hale published the next three novels; Fire and Ice, Out of the Blue and The Apple of Her Eye.

I have had two short stories, The Old Master and The Gold Digger, commissioned by and read on Radio Four.

I have always been an avid reader of psychological thrillers and crime fiction and decided, in retirement, to turn to crime. I am currently working on releasing my fourth novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift.”

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A Deadly Game by Joanne Griffiths

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Holy Moley I’ve been let loose on my first ever Blog Tour, fingers crossed I get it right. Wish me luck……here we go!

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Book Description:
Kate Palmer, an undergraduate student, discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to drop out of university. However, on the evening before she returns home, her body is discovered in Aston park. She is the first victim of several murders that will rock the city of Birmingham.

Detective Sergeant James “Jim” Wardell, who has his own issues to contend with, is given the case.

When Eddie Carter, a popular talk show host on Birmingham’s Radio Station, is contacted by someone claiming to be the killer, it is the start of a cat and mouse game between a deranged killer and the police.

After a second body is discovered the pressure mounts on the police to capture the man responsible.

Who is killing these women and why?
Can Jim capture the twisted killer before more innocent women are murdered?

My Review:

A Deadly Game, what a debut from Joanne Griffiths, an amazing psychological thriller with bite.
Women are being killed around Aston, Birmingham, a serial killer playing games. A game of cat and mouse, the police have no evidence, no DNA. The killer taunts the police seemingly wanting to be caught whilst enjoying the pleasure from his kills.
In another part of town a young woman suffers at the hands of her husband, a victim of domestic abuse, Alison has a young baby, whom she will do anything to protect. The narrative of the scenes of domestic abuse are hard-hitting and is tense reading, it shows how volatile an abuser can be and the pain a victim goes through. Even though it was hard reading about domestic abuse it was essential to the plotline.  As time passes Alison becomes pregnant again and has to find a way to leave her abusive relationship. Will it be possible, can she survive?
Detective Sergeant James “Jim” Wardell has been handed the case despite his own problematic life, Jim is a sensitive and determined character who wants nothing more than to stop the serial killer.
The killer is a not a likeable character, Joanne has painted a picture of him which I think we would gladly erase if we could, he is violent, unrepentant and sadistic, my feelings towards him are pure unadulterated hatred. I wanted him found, arrested and removed from society as not harm anyone else.
While reading A Deadly Game, I felt part of the story, included in the journey, I even felt as though I had climbed inside the head of the killer and was watching through his eyes at his heinous acts.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading Joanne Griffiths debut book and I look forward to following Joanne through any more she writes.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books and Joanne Griffiths for the Advance Readers Copy in return for an honest review. Also thank you to Sarah Hardy for allowing me the opportunity to try a Blog tour.

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Author Bio:

I was hooked on crime fiction after reading an Agatha Christie novel when I was a teenager. I loved the way the story unfolded, trying to work out the plot before the reveal.

Since reading that first book, my dream of becoming a writer would often take centre stage over the years and I would spend some time working on my manuscript before the idea was shelved again.

Time was often a factor. As a single parent with two young children, I returned to studying, completing a BSc (Hons) with the Open University. After graduating, I worked with SEN children who were at risk of exclusion from main stream school due to behavioural problems. I then spent several years with children outside of the school system, which kept me busy.

Following a serious health issue in 2014 though, I began to focus on what I still wanted to achieve and the desire to become a writer featured highly again. Dusting off my manuscript, I finally finished A Deadly Game and I am currently working on my second novel.

If I’m not writing, I enjoy reading and always have a book on the go. I also enjoy watching many of the police / detective / thriller series on television, still trying to work out the plot before the story’s conclusion.

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Guilty by Laura Elliot

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Book Description

It begins with a phone call. It ends with a missing child.

On a warm summer’s morning, thirteen-year-old school girl Constance Lawson is reported missing.

A few days later, Constance’s uncle, Karl Lawson suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy created by journalist Amanda Bowe implying that he is the prime suspect.

Six years later …

Karl’s life is in ruins. His marriage is over, his family destroyed. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, husband and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda’s world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call and in a heartbeat, she is plunged into every mother’s worst nightmare.

My Review

Laura Elliot brings her psychological thriller to life with deception, an adulterous liaison, fractured family relations and above all…………. Sweet Revenge.

Guilty is a book told in 4 parts, the transition from each event is smooth and easy to adapt your thought process. Guilty begins with a parents worst nightmare, a missing child. Constance is a typical teenager, argues with parents, has become secretive sneaking out a night, until she doesn’t come home, Constance is never coming home. Uncle Karl was Constance’s confidant she turned to him for advice when she believed her parents were too strict with her, as the story unfolds the media latch onto Karl’s closeness with his niece.

Amanda is a journalist who is determined to prove that Karl murdered his niece, by any means possible, loose tongues propel Karl into the spotlight, his life spirals out of control.
Years later Amanda is a successful career driven journalist married and pregnant, Karl is destitute, no home, no family, no job his only solace at the bottom of a bottle.
As the years pass, Karma comes calling, Revenge is a dish best serve cold…….

Laura spins a web full of lies and deceit, where carefully worded scenarios can destroy a persons life. Laura has produced a fantastic psychological thriller, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Laura Elliot for a advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Author Bio

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Laura Elliot is the author of five novels, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister, published by Avon HarperCollins. Her novels, Fragile Lies, The Betrayal, Sleep Sister and Guilty are published by Bookouture. Her books have been widely translated and she has collaborated on a number of high-profile non-fiction books.

Aka June Considine, she is an author of twelve books for children and young adults. Her children’s short stories have been broadcast and have appeared in a number of teenage anthologies. She gives regular workshops on creative writing. She has also worked as a freelance journalist and magazine editor but is now engaged full time in creative writing.

She lives in Malahide, Co Dublin, Ireland.

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THE MAYFLY by JAMES HAZEL

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Book Description

It’s happening again.

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

Charlie Priest, ex-detective inspector turned London lawyer, is hired by influential entrepreneur Kenneth Ellinder to investigate the murder of his son. But Priest is no ordinary lawyer. Brilliant, yet flawed, this case will push him, and those closest to him, to the edge.

Priest traces the evidence back to the desperate last days of the Second World War. Buried in the ashes of the Holocaust is a secret so deadly its poison threatens to destroy the very heart of the establishment.
With more victims going missing, Priest realises that not everyone should be trusted. As he races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?


My Review

The Mayfly is a powerful, grizzly mind-bending thriller, inducing a highly addictive page-turning tendency.

James Hazel opens The Mayfly with a gruesome scene, a horrifically mutilated body discovered in a cabin in the woods. The descriptive prowess James Hazel accomplishes in writing the first incident felt tangible, real. I now know longer felt like a reading by-stander, I was there. The interchanges between past and present build the plot. He goes on to talk about Buchenwald a Nazi Death Camp from 1945 at the end of the WWII where evil resides, utilising his research perfectly to bring the historical significance of the atrocities from the past to the present, building the links to a very disturbing crime.

Charlie Priest is an unorthodox but bold and forthright lead character suffering from Dissociative Disorder he is an Ex-Detective who has retrained as a high-ranking lawyer in London. Priest is an intelligent and humorous character, who is easy to warm to and became a firm favourite of mine. Another character who I found easy to get along with was Georgie, Priests personal assistant, I would describe her as somewhat shy retiring with an amazing perceptive ability. In fact, most of the characters surrounding Priest are likeable, with the exception of the odd few.

The Mayfly is a deeply compelling and dark thriller, very well written and without a doubt James Hazel is one to watch. The Mayfly I believe will be a Marmite book, your either going to love it or hate it. “I loved it”.

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About the Author

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Before turning his hand to writing, James Hazel was a lawyer in private practice specialising in corporate and commercial litigation and employment law.

He was an equity partner in a regional law firm and held a number of different department headships until he quit legal practice to pursue his dream of becoming an author.

He has a keen interest in criminology and a passion for crime thrillers, indie music and all things retro.

James lives on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds with his wife and three children.

For more info visit http://www.jameshazelbooks.com

TRUST ME By ANGELA CLARKE

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Book Description

What do you do if you witness a murder…but no-one believes you?

When Kate sees a horrific murder streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed,

Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who her killer is.
Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but tensions in the police force are running high and time is ticking. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?
Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series.


My Review

It’s the norm for everyday society, we are an online generation. Surfing the net, we chat, we comment, we watch videos. What happens when you witness something on a live stream feed, a sexual assault, Kate did………………Trust Me

Kate is a character held in high regard, a pillar of society, a headmistress at the local school, she witnessed a sexual assault online, the video content was removed, the evidence gone and no other witnesses. The police are reluctant to pursue the matter, who will take Kate seriously. Freddie and Nas are investigating a missing person associated with gangs, they cross paths with the missing person’s report of the girl online, could they be the same person, is it gang related.

Freddie is a character rebuffed by many of the police officers she works with due to her being a civilian. She is actually quite a wild character with some of the antics she gets up to, she doesn’t seem to care too much about what people think. I like the fact she thinks out of the box, doesn’t always follow protocol, it sometimes gets results other times lands Freddie in trouble. Nas on the other hand follows protocol, she can be quite a stiff character who has built herself a backbone that has no bend I put this down to Nas being career driven and working in a vastly male organisation. Freddie and Nas are like chalk and cheese, very different characters but working in a partnership that brings the best out in each other.

Trust Me is the third instalment in the Social Media Murder books, Angel has produced a plotline which is highly feasible due to our love of Social Media and the Internet as a whole. Once something is posted it can’t be unseen, you can delete it but someone will already have seen it.

Angela has written an unforgettable book……………………..Trust Me

Thanks to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and to Angela Clarke for an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About The Author

acpicAngela Clarke is an author, playwright, columnist, screenwriter and broadcaster. Her debut crime thriller Follow Me was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month January 2016, longlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library 2016, and shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Page Turner Award 2016. Watch Me is the second instalment in the Social Media Murder Series. Angela’s memoir Confessions of a Fashionista is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller. Her play, The Legacy, enjoyed its first run and rave reviews at The Hope Theatre in June 2015. She hosted the current affairs show Outspoken on Radio Verulam for six months in 2014, and has appeared on the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, BBC Three Counties and more. Her journalist contributions include: The Guardian, Independent Magazine, The Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, and Writing magazine. In 2015 Angela was awarded the Young Stationers’ Prize for achievement and promise in writing and publishing. She volunteers with Womentoring, and the RSA Meet a Mentor scheme, and others, to help encourage and support marginalised artists into the industry. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Angela lives with her husband and far too many books. 

LIAR by KL SLATER

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How far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.




My Review

OMG what a mind-blowing, psychological thriller it will leave your heart-pounding from beginning to end. Liar is a nail-bitter which will have you gasping for breath. All I can say is KL Slater nailed it.

Secrets, Family, The Past……………Liar

Ben is a single parent of two boys, who lost his wife 3 years earlier to leukaemia, he hasn’t dated, then he meets Amber. There’s something about Amber, she’s beautiful but conniving, Judy doesn’t trust her. Judy loves her family and delves into Ambers past searching for answers, anything to stop Amber from taking her son and grandchildren. No-one understands Judy’s dislike for Amber, but can anyone really see Ambers true self.

Slater has created three very discerning characters. Ben a mummy’s boy who is easily influenced by his mother and appears to as his mother says until Amber comes into his life. Amber is strong-willed, a risk-taker, doesn’t take no for an answer, always gets her way, all the things that Judy hates. Judy seems to come across as a very doting mother, a typical housewife who will do anything to keep her family together, but to what ends.

Truth Will Come……………Liar

If you want a fast-paced, rapid page-turner and an itch to know more, then this is the psychological thriller for you, grab a copy and scratch that itch, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and KL Slater for an Advance Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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About The Author

Kim is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers ‘Safe With Me,’ ‘Blink’ and, the soon to be released, ‘Liar.’

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected a stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

She also writes award-winning YA fiction for Macmillan Children’s Books, writing as Kim Slater.

Author website: http://www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Twitter: @KimLSlater
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TROLL by D.B. THORNE

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Book Synopsis

A gripping and explosive psychological thriller about a young woman who disappears in suspicious circumstances having been hounded by a vicious online troll.
Years ago, Fortune gave up on his daughter, Sophie, after a troubled adolescence. Now she’s gone missing, vanished without trace. And after weeks of investigation, the police have given up on her, too.
Driven by guilt, and a determination to atone for his failures as a father, he takes on the search himself. He soon finds that his daughter had been living in fear of a vicious online troll who seemed to know far too much about her. Could Sophie’s disappearance be linked to this unknown predator? Fortune is about to discover that monsters which live online don’t always stay there…

My Review

Troll is a what I call a ‘slow burner’ it was like unwrapping a present, peeling back the layers to find out what would be next, but those layers took time to reveal themselves, but once in motion there was no going back.

Fortune is a driven man, not a family man, he left his family to pursue his career as a banker, now his daughter is missing. Sophie is a successful journalist, who has become a target of an online troll, when Sophie goes missing Fortune returns to London to try and locate his daughter. The police have stepped down their investigation into Sophie’s disappearance, ruling as probable suicide, Fortune doesn’t, can’t believe this is true so sets about tracing his daughter through any means necessary even if it means he loses his job in the process.

I found Fortune quite contrite, who only showed remorse when he thought he had lost his daughter, but as the book progressed I forgave his demeanour and actually felt he deserved a second chance. Sophie was the better character though as she was easier to relate to, the abandonment as a teenager, mental health issues, the strength of will to climb and become a successful journalist, then when her life is invaded by a Troll we watch as everything spirals out of control, I was drawn more to Sophie then and I found myself compelling Sophie to take her life back.

For all this being a book that takes time to envelop the whole scenario of a life being invaded by a Troll, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole concept. D.B. Thorne shows us, that for a large of part of our lives, we have no idea who or what is watching our every move. The anonymity of the digital era compounds our greatest fears, which makes this a plausible psychological thriller.

Thank you to NetGalley, Corvus and D.B Thorne for an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.