THE BREAK by MARION KEYES

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Book Description

Amy’s husband Hugh has run away to ‘find himself’. But will he ever come back?

‘Myself and Hugh . . . We’re taking a break.’

‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’

If only.

Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her.

He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in South East Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . .

However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge.

For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman?

Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then so is she . . .

The Break is a story about the choices we make and how those choices help to make us. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.

‘A glorious life-affirming novel with Keyes on top form’ Woman & Home

‘Just brilliant’ Sunday Times

‘Girl-power at its best. I laughed . . . I cried’ Daily Mail

‘Another belter. Full of brilliantly fun characters, genuine emotion and heaps of charm.

We loved it!’ Heat

‘Keyes writes extremely well about modern women. A breezy, candid and deeply felt account of a wife, mother and career woman rediscovering herself’ Metro

‘A born storyteller’ Independent on Sunday

‘When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own’ Daily Express


My Review

Well here we are I’ve taken the plunge and decided to read an adult romance novel, anyone who knows me will probably be surprised to hear this as I’m a bit of a crime book junkie, but I thought hey what’s to lose. Okay enough of my ramblings lets get on with this review of The Break.

The Break certainly is an easy read with a touch of humour thrown in and to me it doesn’t fall into the category of a sickly romance, which for me is a good thing. The Break centres around Amy and Hugh a couple whose marriage is on shaky ground, Hugh decides that a six month break is the way to go and hopes it may rekindle their love for each other. Is this a midlife crisis or has something else drove Hugh to this decision.

Marion delves into several issues in The Break, from infidelity to family dynamics and abortion all of which could be a subject in anyone’s family. I don’t know if it was just me but it there seemed to be a fair few characters and I was easily distracted by them all. I think there was tendency to have too many characters early on in the book who after some time were easily lost within the book making it difficult for me to gel with them all.

Now I know your probably wondering would I go and read another Marion Keyes novel, well the answer to that is never say never, for all I did enjoy the humour and the seriousness of the book a lot of the issues I’m on the fence about.

Thank you to Penguin UK, Marion Keyes and NetGalley for an Arc of The Break, in exchange for an honest review.

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Author Bio

Marian Keyes’ international bestselling novels include Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man and The Woman Who Stole My Life. Three collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet, Further Under the Duvet and Making It Up as I Go Along, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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THE GIRL WHO CAME BACK by KERRY WILKINSON

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Book Description

Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?

When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?

Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been – and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?

If she’s an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?

Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.


My Review

The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson is almost in its entirety centred around a young girl named Olivia who was abducted 13 years ago from her backyard. Olivia has now returned to her hometown of Stoneridge looking for answers and not everyone is happy to see her, with many questioning is it truly Olivia……

Kerry has adapted a classic plotline to narrate the storyline from the point of view of Olivia giving a twist to the story from the beginning, where the standard abduction story is normally told from the perspective of the parents. Kerry has set himself apart from the rest delving into an unknown with ease and filling me with intrigue.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Olivia, she comes across as being wilful but strong with a hint of secrecy and a glint of darkness to her character. The unknown entity to Olivia is probably the part I like about her the most as it is within us all, just with some it bubbles to the surface. Nattie a childhood friend of Olivia’s reminds me a bit like one of my friends who’s bit airy fairy but a good laugh and easy to get along with, the friendship between the two seems quite an unlikely partnership as their personalities are quite opposite.

Kerry describes the village of Stonebridge as a close knit community, quiet and unassuming that nothing really happens, except for the abduction from 13 years ago and now the return of Olivia, it seems to awaken the sleepy community, stirring emotions some of which is not what you expect.

What People Don’t Know, They Will Make Up……

Through out the book we learn of another child Lily, a young girl who’s mother has died and stays with her father, who through grief at point seems to neglect Lily emotionally. Kerry certainly had me scratching my head as to how Lily fitted into the story.

If you want a book that scratches at your brain, torments you with a tangled web of lies and the odd hint here or there then The Girl Who Came Back is a dead cert for you. I was literally driving myself insane turning the pages looking for the next piece of vital evidence, all the while Kerry led me a merry dance, but I’d quite happily dance to his tune.

Thanks to Bookouture, Kerry Wilkinson and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an Arc of The Girl Who Came Back in exchange for an honest review.

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Kerry Wilkinson has been busy since turning thirty.

His first Jessica Daniel novel, Locked In, is a number one e-book bestseller, while the series as a whole has sold more than a million copies.

He has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults, a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus the standalone thrillers, Down Among The Dead Men and No Place Like Home.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

Upcoming and recent UK releases:
Ten Birthdays (standalone): Out now
Two Sisters (standalone): Out now
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): 8 September 2017
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): February 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): Spring 2018

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DEADLY INTENT by SHERYL BROWNE COVER REVEAL BLOG TOUR

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Series: A DI Matthew Adams Thriller – Book #3 (can be read as a standalone)
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: September 6 2017
Publisher: Death by Choc Lit
18+ (some violence and language)

What if you and your family were at the mercy of a psychopath/a man with no conscience?

Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family.

Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence.

Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?

EXTRACT

Daniel’s eyes flickered away from Charlie for a second. ‘Come on, baby, come out,’ he said to the daughter, who was standing hesitantly on the top step. ‘It’s safe now.’

‘Yeah, come on, baby,’ Charlie mimicked. ‘Come and join the party.’
Charlie stepped sideways, allowing the girl to exit, her eyes like a terrified Bambi’s and shaking as much as Danny boy, poor cow. Must be hereditary.

‘Give me a shout if you fancy another quick shag, sweetheart,’ Charlie called as she stepped onto the towpath.

A tic went at the side of Daniel’s mouth. He walked calmly over to Charlie and smiled, which had Charlie momentarily flummoxed, then pulled back the gun and rammed it hard into his stomach.

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Matthew flinched as Charlie doubled up. ‘Ouch,’ he said under his breath. ‘Okay, Daniel,’ he said carefully. ‘I know how you must be feeling but you need to let him go now. He’ll get what’s—’

‘You have no fucking idea how I feel,’ Daniel shouted, glancing quickly at Jo. ‘The only way that bastard goes anywhere is feet first.’ He raked a hand angrily though his hair.

‘Got that, Charlie? Now, get down on your knees.’
Charlie looked up, astonished. ‘You must be joking. I ain’t—’

‘Do I look as if I’m joking?’ Daniel asked, his eyes burning with hatred.

‘For fuck’s sake,’ Charlie uttered, turning to Matthew, his hands nursing his stomach.

‘On your knees, Charlie,’ Daniel repeated. ‘Now!’

Matthew dearly wished he could turn a blind eye as Roberts blinked at him beseechingly, and scared witless, satisfyingly. Unfortunately, as much as he would relish seeing the abusive piece of scum get a taste of his own, he couldn’t.

‘You need to drop the gun, Daniel,’ he said, moving cautiously towards the boat. ‘Leave him to me and get your wife and child—’

‘Don’t,’ Daniel warned, his eyes and the gun still fixed on Roberts. ‘Back off.’

Matthew hesitated, uncertain. God knows, the man had every reason to … But was Conner actually going to shoot Roberts?

‘I can’t do that, Daniel.’ Matthew stepped closer. ‘You know I can’t.’

‘Stay!’ Daniel shouted, swinging the gun around, then fast back to Charlie. ‘And you,’ he grated, ‘down on your knees, while you still can.’ He aimed the gun lower, which had Charlie dropping to his knees, fast.

‘Get them out of here,’ Matthew shouted, indicating Jo and Kayla over his shoulder. Roberts had pushed Conner right over the edge. He bloody well was going to shoot him. Christ, hadn’t this family already been through enough?

‘Daniel …’ Warning himself to tread carefully, empathising with the man more than he could possibly know, Matthew tried again. ‘You can’t take the law into your own hands.’ He stopped and waited, wondering whether Daniel, who was now swaying on his feet, could even hear him. ‘You have to do this the legal way. Please, give me the gun, Daniel.’

‘Can’t.’ Daniel closed one eye.

Matthew took a breath and stepped closer. ‘Why can’t you, Daniel?’ he asked quietly.

‘Three, two, one,’ Daniel replied, nonsensically.

‘Right.’ Matthew was scared for him now. If he used that gun with police marksmen aiming right at him … ‘Which means what, exactly, Daniel?’

Daniel shrugged. ‘Bang.’ He concentrated his aim.

‘Fuck,’ said Charlie, turning a pale shade of white. ‘Don’t, Danny,’ he pleaded.
Daniel cocked the gun.

‘Look, I didn’t touch your daughter—’

‘Shut the fuck up!’ Daniel yelled.

‘I didn’t. I swear I didn’t.’ Perspiration broke out on Charlie’s forehead. ‘Danny, please. I’m sorry. Okay? I—’

‘The name’s Daniel, not Danny. Not fucking Danny boy. Daniel! Got it?’

‘Yeah,’ Charlie nodded quickly. ‘Daniel. Whatever. Just put the gun down.’

Daniel continued to stare at him.

‘Shit. This is nuts.’ Charlie looked desperately to Matthew. ‘Do something! Don’t let them go!’ He nodded past him, to where the man’s wife and daughter weren’t being persuaded to leave. ‘He won’t do anything in front of them.’

That’s probably the first, and might well be the last, time you’ve said anything sensible in your entire life, you piece of shit. Matthew looked him over derisively. Conner cared about his family. They’d endured too much to go through any more. He must know it.

Matthew drew in a breath and then took a gamble. ‘Okay, Daniel. Fine. Do it,’ he said.
Charlie gawked.

‘Go ahead. Blow his brains all over the boat if it will make you feel better.’ Matthew paused for an instant. ‘And leave your wife wondering why you did it in front of your daughter. Whether to visit you in prison, when you didn’t care enough about her, or Kayla, not to.’

Daniel tightened his grip on the gun.

His hands were shaking, Matthew noticed. Shaking badly.

‘I have kids of my own, Daniel,’ he said softly, taking another careful step towards him.
Daniel’s shoulders stiffened.

‘I know you lost your little girl, Daniel.’ Seeing Daniel reel on his feet, Matthew pushed on and prayed. He needed to get through to him. Had to.

‘You think I can’t know how you feel, but … I lost my little girl too, Daniel,’ he confided, though it almost choked him to say it. ‘I do know at least some of how you feel.’

Still Daniel didn’t move, but Matthew saw a swallow slide down his throat.

‘That bastard has piled pain on top of pain, hasn’t he?’ Matthew kept going, touching raw nerves, he was well aware of that, but what other choice did he have? ‘Persecuted Kayla and Joanne? Taunted them. Touched them, Daniel?’

Daniel’s jaw tightened.

‘Dared you to do anything about it, so he could revel in his pathetic power and beat you senseless? I know him,’ Matthew said forcefully. ‘He’ll get what’s coming to him. But you have to stop this. Now, Daniel. For the sake of your wife and daughter. Show them you care enough not to put them through this.’

‘Jesus!’ Daniel leaned to wipe his perspiring face against his shoulder. ‘Of course I care!’ he raged frustrated, and obviously confused. ‘But he’ll get out, won’t he?’

A sharp cough rattled his chest.

‘Jo and my kids are my life. Jo and Kayla … Were my … I …’ Trailing off, Daniel closed his eyes.

And lowered the gun.

‘Hah.’ Charlie levered himself to his feet. ‘No bottle. Knew it. I’ll catch up with you when I’m out, Danny boy.’ He smirked, as Matthew climbed on board. ‘Keep that pretty wife of yours warm for me, won’t you?’

Daniel brought the gun back up sharp. ‘Say your fucking prayers, freak,’ he hissed.

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ABOUT SHERYL BROWNE

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Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, heart-wrenching fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

Recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.

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The Fourth Friend by Joy Ellis

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THE FOURTH FRIEND by Joy Ellis

From #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, a mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. For each of his four friends he decides to complete a task that they left unfinished.

Eighteen months before the crash, Suzanne Holland disappeared, leaving a room with traces of blood, but no other leads. Suzanne was the wife of one of Carter’s four best friends.

Adding to the pressure, the boss’s daughter has a stalker. Due to the sensitivity of the Holland case, Carter is put on this investigation.

DS Marie Evans is the only person Carter can confide in. But even she begins to doubt whether he can really cope and whether he is actually losing his mind.

As the mysteries grow deeper, Jackman & Evans face a battle to untangle three mysteries, and can they really believe their friend and colleague Carter?

THE DETECTIVES
DS Marie Evans lost her husband in a motorbike accident and has personal connections to the case. DI Jackman leads the team. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team.

THIS BOOK IS NOT PART OF THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES BUT TAKES PLACE IN THE SAME STUNNING AREA

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND

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My Book Review

The opening chapter of the book is centred around a plane crash in which Detective Carter McLean is the only survivor, his four friends perish before he can save them. Eighteen months after the catastrophic event Carter returns to work under the watchful eye his superiors who have paired him with Detective Superintendent Marie Evans hoping she will help curtail his off the rails behaviour.

Once Carter starts to settle back into the daily grind of police work he seemingly starts to see and hear his friends, each wishing him to help them complete a last task. Will this allow Carter to gain some peace and address his Survivors Guilt ?

Survivor Guilt– a deep feeling of guilt often experienced by those who have survived a catastrophic event that took the lives of others; originating in part from a feeling that they did not do enough to save the others who perished and in part from feelings of being unworthy relative to those who died. 

Carter has the opportunity to try and mend a rift with the Superintendent through working a case surrounding the stalking of her niece. Carter is committed to solving the case even if a bit lax and not fully engaging in the seriousness of the case, even when Evans believes there is more to it, he tends to brush Evans concerns under the carpet.

A secondary case is that of the disappearance of Carters best friends wife which has had no conclusion in the eighteen months it has been investigated. Carter is desperate to become involved but its not understood what his real intentions or reasons why this case is so important to him, is it because he believes his dead friend wishes his wife to be found and justice served or is there more to it.

This is the third book in the Jackman & Evans series and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The very first chapter portrayed the horrifyingly intense scene surrounding the plane crash it grabs your immediate attention and doesn’t let go all the way through to the very last page the ingenious plotline intensifies as pages are rapidly turned. On several occasions I thought yes I’ve got it, but Joy always managed to throw me off track with an expertly placed red herring, the last piece in the puzzle certainly brought out the OMG in me.

Thank you to Joffe Books, Joy Ellis and Jill for the opportunity to be part of the Blog Tour for The Fourth Friend in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!
And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

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