#BlogTour BRING ME FLOWERS by D.K. HOOD @DKHood_Author @bookouture

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Bring Me Flowers @DKHood_Author @bookouture

Author: D.K. Hood

Book: Bring Me Flowers: A gripping serial killer thriller with a shocking twist (Detectives Kane and Alton Book 2)
Publication Day: February 26th 2018

Amazon Link: myBook.to/BMFSocial


SYNOPSIS

She didn’t know he was watching. Until it was too late.

She’d walked this path hundreds of times before, she knew every twist and turn. But today was different. She didn’t know someone was waiting for her, hidden away from view. She didn’t know this was the last time she’d walk this path.

Hidden deep in the forest, schoolgirl Felicity Parker is found carefully laid out on a rock with nothing but a freshly picked bunch of flowers next to her lifeless form. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate the gruesome discovery.

With the body found just off a popular hiking route, Jenna believes the killer is a visitor to the town… until a second local girl is discovered.

Within days, Kate Bright, a school friend of Felicity’s, is found brutally murdered at the local swimming pool and once again, the killer has displayed his victim in a terrifying manner and left flowers at the scene.

The town is gripped with fear and Jenna and her deputy, David Kane, now know that the killer is living amongst them, and that he’s picking off school girls one by one. But they don’t know who is next on the list.

As the trail goes cold, Kane and Alton are forced to sit and wait for the killer to make his next move. But now he has a new victim in his sights, and he’s looking much closer to home …

If you love Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott you’ll love this nail-biting thriller from D.K. Hood.


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Aaaah the long awaited second book in the series surrounding Detective Alton and Kane, and by gawd its another stoater. I know a lot of you like to know if it can be read as a standalone, it could be but I think it would definitely be more beneficial to it read as part of the series.

After reading the first book I found that when transitioning over to Bring Me Flowers it was effortless even down to the introduction of new characters.

The discovery of a teenage girl posed upon rocks in a nearby beauty spot, no DNA present, nothing to identify the killer only a strange gesture of a bunch of wildflowers, what is the meaning behind them. Alton, Kane and the newest Deputy Wolfe are faced with the investigation into the death of Felicity Parker, before another death occurs, are they too late, is the trailing turning cold, are they prepared to wait for the killers next move.

D.K. Hood managed to incorporate the newest member of the sheriffs department easily into the team and I found it amazing the way they all gelled together without any sign of bitterness or rivalry over the reasons behind the relocation of all them to Black Rock Falls.

I couldn’t prevent myself from falling heavily into this book, the grim murders, the crime scenes, the killer, D.K. Hood had me captured and pinned in the plot, following the depraved mind of the killer, absorbing the evidence, try as I might to comprehend what was happening and why.

I would like to thank D.K. Hood, Bookouture and Noelle Holten for the opportunity to become part of the #BlogTour for Bring Me Flowers to read in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio:

I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour, and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.

My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ dkhoodauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DKHood_ Author
Website: www.dkhood.com

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DON’T TELL A SOUL by D.K. HOOD

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SYNOPSIS

‘Amazing story … gripping … you just can’t wait for more.’ Sean’s Book Reviews
‘WOW!!! I read this book in one sitting. The story was gripping and the ending was totally unexpected.’ Goodreads Reviewer

The floor was stone cold on her bare skin. Her heart pounded in her chest. ‘Not a soul knows where I am,’ she thought as she took in the darkness around her. And then she heard his footsteps…

When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at the local dump, covered in long red cuts, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene.

Nothing ever happens in the small town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other.

Both were strangers to the town, but there’s nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one’s talking; how well does she really know the people around her?

Then a disturbing clue makes Jenna suspect a connection with other disappearances in the town’s history. Just when she begins asking the right questions, she realises she’s being followed. Is she next on the killer’s list?

In a race against time, Jenna and David must unlock the dark secret at the heart of the town, before it’s too late…

A completely addictive detective thriller that will have you guessing right to the end. If you love Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love Don’t Tell a Soul.

What people are saying about Don’t Tell a Soul:

‘This book is a CAN’T PUT IT DOWN. I loved every page.’ Consumer Reviewer

‘One word – amazing! Loved this book from start to finish! A suspenseful, edgy tale that grips you and doesn’t let go until the last page.’ Renita D’Silva

‘Riveting suspense and tense plot that will keep you reading until the end of the story. You will love this book …’ Consumer Reviewer

‘If I could give it more stars I would! I just did not want to put it down until I finished. So interesting, every detail just pulled you right into the story.’ Consumer Reviewer

‘Ooooh this book was good!! Definitely a book I’m going to be recommending – 5 stars from me!’ Donna’s Book Blog

‘This book was fantastic! It got me from page one and it didn’t let up until the very last page.’ Stardust Book Reviews

‘I was on the edge of my seat! I was up late turning pages and made sure to keep the lights on!’ Touch My Spine Book Reviews

‘I was riveted. And I simply had to know how it would all end.’ Goodreads Reviewer


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Holy hell does someone want to come and pick me up from the floor, Don’t Tell A Soul by D.K. Hood, this is the first in the series encompassing Detectives Alton and Kane.

This is my first encounter with D.K Hood and if I’m truthful I really should have grabbed this book a whole lot earlier, now I unashamedly volunteered to read the second book in the series before realising I hadn’t read the first, heyho we all make mistakes so to get the full effect of the Alton and Kane series I started from the beginning.

I was introduced to Sheriff Jenna Alton and Deputy Sheriff Kane and the thrill knowing these two characters held secrets, enticed me further into the book. It all starts when Kane is sanctioned to work as a Deputy Sheriff in a small town, Black Rock Falls, where his first encounter with Alton is precarious and its not exactly an easy welcome to the area.

The town of Black Rock Falls holds secrets, the locals hold secrets and the new law enforcement have secrets, how long before the secrets irrefutably collide and will it destroy what they have become.

Reading about Black Rock Falls it manifests in my imagination as an unequivocally normal town where nothing really happens, until a body is discovered in a barrel at the local dump. Alton and Kane discover that visitors to the area have disappeared, are they missing or have they just moved on, is there a reason for them to be targeted, how many more are in danger.

D.K. Hood managed to place my imagination on high alert, pivoting back and forth, gorging on my deep interest pertaining to Alton and Kane. There were nuggets from the past seeping through the pages, leaving me trying to formulate my own investigation of who exactly are Alton and Kane, maybe the next book in the series would tell me more.

Grit and determination festooned like a carnival parading through my mind as I tried to outwit D.K Hood and solve the crime before Alton and Kane, but it bubbled under the surface just out of my reach.

Its been a pleasure to read and review Don’t Tell A Soul, a fantastic new Detective Series which I will definitely continue to follow. The next book in the series is up for publication on 27th of February and I have a spot on the Blog Tour for Bring Me Flowers, so join me as we look once more at Alton and Kane.


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AUTHOR BIO

Born in London U.K, I travelled extensively before settling in sunny Australia. My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’m looking forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.

Bookouture announced the signing of author D.K. Hood in a three book World rights deal for a new US-set crime series. Don’t Tell a Soul is the first book in a new crime series featuring Sheriff Jenna Alton and her deputy David Kane. It will be published in November 2017 with two more books following in 2018.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

 

#BlogBlitz NEXT TO DIE by TJ BREARTON

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#BlogBlitz #NextToDie @BreartonTJ @bookouture @nholten40

Lets share #booklove for TJ. Brearton and his new book Next To Die on this two day Blog Blitz with the added support of the amazing bloggers I have the pleasure to be part of there company.


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Author: TJ Brearton

Book: Next To Die

Publication Day: February 16th 2018

Amazon Link: myBook.to/NTDSocial

Book Synopsis

Bobbi caught a glimpse of the car, saw the blood splashed across the front seats, and felt the nausea rise up. It should have been her who was working last night, not Harriet. It should have been her.

When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her…

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

An addictive, page-turning thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end. If you love Robert Dugoni, John Sandford or Karin Slaughter, Next to Die is for you.

Available to Buy

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my-review

TJ. Brearton has written another phenomenal book in the North Country Series, number six titled Next To Die, I’ve read a couple of Brearton’s books but not a full series, I’m certainly going to look into more. Next To Die can easily be read as a standalone, there is plenty of back story to pick up and understand the inner workings of Detective Mike Nelson and his cohort Lena Overton.

Imagine a career that you settle into that no matter what you accomplish an enemy is made of you, that’s what Bobbi encounters in daily life as a social worker. A counterpart of Bobbi’s is brutally murdered and the police have the unenviable task of trawling through the past cases, trying to piece together the scenario which lead to Harriet’s death. Is it a case of mistaken identity as Bobbi was off sick and Harriet was covering for her, or is there more to it and is Bobbi next.

I quite liked Bobbi as a character I warmed to her easily, she is a bit apprehensive but also an open book when it comes to her mannerism, the anxiety she exudes is due to a past relationship but she has tried to put it behind her and carry on with her life. This has given her the strength to look to initiate a new relationship, but is her past catching up with her, is she being stalked.

Oh for the love of god Nelson needs a shake, hahaha…….. he can’t see what’s in front of his eyes, maybe he is blinded by his indecisions. I’m not going to say any more about it!

The characters even though there are quite a few are all portrayed in a way that you can easily digest which ones you will take a shine to and who you think deserves to receive the reception that befouls them. I certainly had my favourites.

Brearton opens a wormhole to a sequence of events which surrounds the social services in real life and in the narrative of Next To Die. The research pertaining to Next To Die is obvious in the way he perceives the situations a social worker can find themselves embroiled in, a lot of red tape and hoops to jump.

Next To Die is one story inside another, I tried as hard as I might to uncover the perpetuator in this police procedural, I failed, but I’m not the best detective out there, so Brearton lead me a merry dance that I was happy to participate in.

Thanks to TJ. Brearton for an amazing and unmissable police procedural in Next To Die, where I was given the chance to read an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks also to Bookouture and Noelle Holten for putting up with the mad ramblings of a book blogger.


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Author Bio

T.J. Brearton is the author of thirteen published novels of crime fiction, including detective thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, and one paranormal crime story. His eBooks have been best-sellers on the Amazon kindle fiction Top 100 list. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children where he writes full time.

Author Social Media Links
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/tjbreartonauthor/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BreartonTJ
WEBSITE: http://tjbrearton.net/

#BlogTour CAPTOR by ANITA WALLER

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#BlogTour #Captor @anitamayw @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681

Thrilled to be part of the Blog Tour for Captor by Anita Waller, want a book which will capture your breath, your criminal imagination and a little tug at your heart, Captor is the one, a must read, highly recommended. Without further ado lets have a wee peak at the synopsis…


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Book Synopsis

Liz Chambers is a devoted mother who works for a successful law firm. She has two children, a husband and a blossoming career. But behind closed doors, Liz is harbouring a secret that could destroy her life.

Then the unthinkable happens, and in a frenzied attack her young son is snatched from the home of the nanny charged with looking after him.

As Liz’s life unfolds, it becomes clear that someone is out for revenge.

Desperate to get her baby boy back, Liz must work out who is responsible for his kidnap, and why.

But as the body count begins to mount, Liz’s concern grows for the safety of her child.

Who has taken her baby?

And why is Captor so determined on revenge?

Available to Buy

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Its that time again Anita Waller has produced another captivating read in her new book Captor, full of secrets, lies, adultery, child abduction, family issues, murder and REVENGE….. What more could you want to titillate and spark your desire for a sensational psychological read.

Liz’s child is abducted from her childminders home, is there someone out there who wants to destroy her life?

Liz harbours a secret which could destroy her family, will she have to reveal the secret to save her child, can she save her family?

All questions which need to be answered!

I followed the scent of the intricate labyrinth of deception and secrets, capturing the essence of fear and suspense, hoping and praying Liz would survive the harrowing ordeal and have her child returned. Liz on occasions seemed a little contrite, but I also found her belligerent at times, this possibly could have been due to the police investigation into her life. Even so, I felt that I actually connected with Liz in several ways, I empathised with her situation, wondering what would I do in her shoes, what would anyone else do, after all its your child.

Anita’s depiction of the characters, lead me to feel cautious and guarded about who was to blame, who could be the perpetrator, they all had aspects in there characterisations which I believed made them capable of abducting a child but boy was I dead wrong. Anita threw me for a loop, all the ducking and diving produced a electrifyingly first-class conclusion to a traumatic thriller.

I guarantee you will not be able to put Captor to rest until finished, jam packed and stacked with everything you could desire in a criminal  psychological thriller.

Thank you to Anita Waller for capturing my imagination and thoroughly enthralling my senses, it has been a pleasure to have been offered an advanced readers copy of Captor, to read and review with my own unbiased opinions. Also thanks to Bloodhound Books and Sarah Hardy for a damn good read, keep the fantastic books coming!


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Author Bio

Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.

She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.

In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation.

As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.

Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.

Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.

34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.

Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.

While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books launched Strategy, on 10 August, 2017.

So where next? Her new book, launching February 2018 and titled Captor, is a psychological thriller.

In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed and they provided it.

Her genre is murder – necessary murder.

Links:

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/r ef=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-ali as%3Daps&field-keywords=anita+ waller
Facebook page: @anitawaller2015
Website: http://anitamayw.wixsite.com/anitawaller
Twitter: @anitamayw

Beautiful:
www.amazon.co.uk/Beautiful-Ani ta-Waller-ebook/dp/B014RCH5WM/

Angel:
www.amazon.co.uk/Angel-Anita-W aller-ebook/dp/B01DR4USZC/

34 Days:
www.amazon.co.uk/34-Days-Anita -Waller-ebook/dp/B01IP6YE0M/

Winterscroft:
www.amazon.co.uk/Winterscroft- Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B06XMY3J D3/

Strategy:

www.amazon.co.uk/Strategy-Anit a-Waller-ebook/dp/B0748MRBT2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BlogTour UNCONVICTED by OLLY JARVIS

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#BlogTour #Unconvicted @OllyJarviso @canelo_co  @ElliePilcher95

Its my pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour for the new Jack Kowalski Thriller, Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis, thank you Ellie for the opportunity to be part of the Tour.


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Synopsis

In a razor-sharp legal thriller, Jack Kowalski must win two challenging trials to save his reputation and his career.

Junior barrister Jack Kowalski is crushed. His client Timothy Smart appears to have committed a monstrous crime while on bail – a bail application Jack fought hard to win.

When a high-profile Polish footballer is charged with rape and demands a fellow countryman represent him, Jack must overcome his guilt and get back to work. Before long he takes on a second case, a GBH for instructing solicitor Lara Panassai, who Jack remains desperate to impress. But neither case is what it seems, and Jack will face an extraordinary uphill battle to see that justice is done…

The second Jack Kowalski novel, Unconvicted is a gripping courtroom drama written with the expert insight of a practicing criminal barrister, perfect for fans of William L. Myers, Deborah Hawkins, and Scott Turow.

Available to Buy

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Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis a thriller, with a sting in the tale there is a multitude of layers that are peeled back as Jack Kowalski (a Polish lawyer)commands several cases at once. Jack endeavours to close the cases but its proving difficult as they aren’t as clear cut as they seem.

Jack has found himself in an impenetrable situation where he is struggling to be part of the legal community, I’m unsure if this is because he has a conscience when fighting cases or something else. I wonder because I haven’t read the first book is this the reason why I don’t understand the behaviour of the law community, I shall be going back to read the very first to ascertain anything I may have missed.

For all my grumblings I really did enjoy the book, I’m not really one for reading very many court room dramas, I do have a bash, but they don’t always grab my attention, but Olly managed to keep my eyes pinned to the book and I look forward to reading many more.

Thank you to Canelo, Olly Jarvis and Ellie for an advanced readers copy of Unconvicted to read in exchanger for an honest review.


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Author Bio

Olly Jarvis is a writer and criminal defence barrister, originally from London but now working in Manchester. Drawing on his experiences, he writes both fiction and non-fiction with a particular understanding of the pressures and excitement of life in the courtroom. He wrote the highly acclaimed Radio 4 drama Judgement, and wrote and presented the BBC documentary Mum Knows Best. He is also the author of Death by Dangerous. Olly has two children and lives in Cheshire.

Author Social Media Links
Twitter: @OllyJarviso

#BlogTour THE LYING KIND by ALISON JAMES

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#BlogTour #TheMissingChild(detectiveRachelPrinceBook1) @AlisonJbooks @Bookouture @KimTheBookworm

Its with great delight that I am pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for The Lying Kind by Alison James, kindly invited by Kim Nash and Bookouture.

Well lets go and have a wee sneaky peek at the synopsis before I give my thoughts on The Lying Kind.


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Synopsis

The little girl stirred and opened her eyes. A light from the landing played a shadow across her toy cupboard. It was then she realised… There was someone else in the room.

Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper has gone missing from her bedroom on a safe, suburban street.

Her mother says her ex-husband has stolen their daughter. Lola’s father denies it was him.

Family, friends and neighbours all say they didn’t see a thing. But someone must know where the little girl is. Who is lying? And who is telling the truth?

Detective Rachel Prince knows the longer a child is unaccounted for, the less likely they are to be found alive.

The clock is ticking. It’s up to Rachel to find Lola Jade, before it’s too late.

And then another little girl is taken…

Truly addictive from start to finish, The Lying Kind is a nail-bitingly tense crime thriller by one of the best new voices in crime fiction. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter.

Available to Buy

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The Lying Kind by Alison James, a brilliant first in the series surrounding Detective Rachel Prince. Alison has opened the door wide to enable the series to continue following Prince and her sidekick DS Brickall, there is so much history still to be discovered about Prince that I can’t possibly wait too long for the next in the series.

Alison opens The Lying Kind with the dramatic abduction of a child, Lola Jade Harper, Prince takes up the case as all leads seem to have become stagnant and Surrey police have slowed their investigation. There are several characters in the frame as suspects but no real evidence. Prince and Brickall battle to uncover the truth, separating the lies, hitting dead ends, to turn full circle and become embroiled in the deception again and again, will the truth ever come to light to what happened to Lola Jade……

The character of Detective Rachel Prince in my mind is portrayed as being slightly cold, with a pinch of heat. Prince certainly isn’t infallible proven by her lack of caution whilst following some leads. Even so Prince is likeable, due to her comic banter with Brickall, which in turn brings some light heartedness to some hard to swallow scenarios in the book. Now Brickall is a different kettle of fish, he is full of himself at times, he thinks he’s gods gift to women but even that backfires almost to the point he may have dangled himself on the wrong side of the law.

For all the misnomers in Prince and Brickall’s characters its hard not to see a connection between the two which make them the perfect partners, just the way I like it the rough with the smooth, a quintessential alliance.

A high profile investigation into a child abduction and I had a gut feeling that the case of abduction felt familiar and pointed me in the direction of a case that was in the public eye, in which each piece of evidence or suspect had inconsistencies, a flawed case. Did Alison intend to take me down that road of had my mind just wandered too far…..only the end will give you the answer.

Taking everything in to perspective, overall Alison has produced a fantastic new police procedural which is capable of expansion into many more investigations by Prince and Brickall and I look forward to hearing from Alison again very soon.

Thank you to Alison James, Bookouture and Kim Nash for an advanced readers copy of The Lying Kind which I have read and given an honest review.


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Author Bio

I was born in the Cotswolds but spent most of my formative years abroad. I studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after my two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, I worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.

 

 

#BlogTour THE REUNION by SAMANTHA HAYES @bookouture

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#TheReunion @samhayes @bookouture

Its my greatest pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour for The Reunion by Samantha Hayes, published by Bookouture. I remember the day the Blog Tour post was put up online looking for reviewers/bloggers, with the synopsis read and the lure of the spine-chilling broken butterfly on the cover, I was never going to pass on this psychological thriller its a bloody belter.


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Book Description

They were all there the day your sister went missing.

Who is lying? Who is next?

THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.

Eleanor never came back.

NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.

When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…

If you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this gripping psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.

Available to Buy

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my-review

The Reunion is another sensational psychological thriller by Samantha Hayes, the cover chilled my very being. The sullied yet beautiful broken butterfly influenced my thoughts even before I turned the first page, floating my eyes and hands deftly through each chapter absorbing each memory of that fateful day that Eleanor didn’t come home.

How can a book cover produce such an emotionally all consuming need to devour a book in one sitting, I certainly can’t answer my own question, but I can say I pushed all the boundaries of time to pacify my desire for an unexpected conclusion and boy did I get it.

A reunion of friends, the secrets, the lies. 

Eleanor, sister of Claire, goes missing in 1996, years later Claire organises a reunion of her close friends all who were there on that fateful day. As the days pass more secrets and lies unfold, devastating everyone the deceit touches. I can’t say too much about the premise of the plot, due to the scale of the deception of nearly every character involved, any way who would want too.

The Reunion is a slow burner but don’t let that put you off, as the secrets emerge you’ll find it difficult to lay it to rest, the characters are off the chart, I really don’t know how Samantha managed to knit it all together so deftly. The darkness of one certain character I didn’t see coming, I couldn’t believe what I read until a passage written about the past blew it out the water, once discovered the realisation of what damage a little white lie can cause sets in.

Be prepared to go with the flow of The Reunion, what better way to discover a truly twisted and secret soaked psychological thriller.

Thank you to Samantha Hayes, Bookouture and Kim Nash for the advanced readers copy of The Reunion to read in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


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Author Bio

Samantha Hayes grew up in a creative family where her love of writing began as a child. Samantha has written eight thrillers in total, including the bestselling Until You’re Mine. The Independent said “fantastically written and very tense” while Good Housekeeping said “Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping.” Samantha’s books are published in 22 languages at the last count.

When not writing, Samantha loves to cook, go to the gym, see friends and drink nice wine. She is also studying for a degree in psychotherapy. She has three grown-up children and lives in Warwickshire.

www.samanthahayes.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaHayesAuthor/
https://twitter.com/samhayes

 

#BlogTour KILLED by THOMAS ENGER @EngerThomas @OrendaBooks @annecater

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WOW look at all these amazing bloggers, why not check out what they have to say about Killed by Thomas Enger. My thanks to Anne Cater for the opportunity to be involved in the Blog Tour for Killed and many thanks to Thomas Enger for the absolutely astounding new book Killed.


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Official Book Description

Crime reporter Henning Juul thought his life was over when his young son was murdered. But that was only the beginning…

Determined to find his son’s killer, Henning doggedly follows an increasingly dangerous trail, where dark hands from the past emerge to threaten everything. His ex-wife Nora is pregnant with another man’s child, his sister Trine is implicated in the fire that killed his son and, with everyone he thought he could trust seemingly hiding something, Henning has nothing to lose … except his own life.

Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-awaited finale of one of the darkest, most chilling and emotive series you may ever read. Someone will be killed. But who?

Available to Buy Now

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My Review

Oh Dear! Oh Dear! What have I done, I’ve been such a terrible reader. Where has Thomas Enger been all my life, now most people would read a series of books from the beginning, but Oh No not me, not this time, I read the last one first, but I now have rectified the error of my ways and acquired the rest in the series.

Killed is the final instalment in The Henning Juul series, I would seriously recommend reading the full series to obtain the full effect of Thomas Enger’s gritty, tension filled writing style. Opening the book I was in complete and utter awe, I wasn’t sure how to respond, I had a mixture of emotions from the excitement and anticipation to full on OMG. However, there was no way I was backing down, Killed was mine and my eyes were fully locked and loaded with every page turn.

Henning is a crime reporter who utilizes every source he has to fulfil a mission that will hopefully bring a conclusion to the search for the culprits that killed his son, the darkness of the characters Henning’s interacts with are dangerous but they hold secrets, secrets which may never be revealed. The answers are tantalizingly close, Enger dangles a thin veiled thread before your eyes, only for you to lose your grip and feel it slip through the recesses of your mind once again.

I’m not going to try and discuss the plotline, the difficulty I have is not spoiling the book, its emotionally ensnaring, through the characters and situations each become embroiled in, even the descriptive narrative of the settings took my breath away. The links to sections in the past instalments in the series are riddled throughout the book, making it slightly difficult to keep up but I would say I managed to read between the lines but I will be going back to read the series from the beginning.

Thank you to Thomas Enger, Anne Cater and Orenda Books for the advanced readers copy of Killed to read, in exchange for an honest review. Killed is a book like no other, Enger has imprinted his visionary narrative on my very soul and I look forward to future writings from Thomas Enger with bated breath.


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About the Author

Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

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#BlogTour CROSSED OUT by MALCOLM HOLLINGDRAKE

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An understated but highly effective title, RED…DEAD…CORRECTED three deadly but intensely bold words and Malcolm Hollingdrake a master of all deception, sticky webs and a criminally tasty plot.


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 Book Description

DCI Bennett and his team are back and called to a house in Ripon that has collapsed into a sinkhole where a body is discovered.

Soon old weathered Remembrance Crosses are found dug up. Each one numbered.

DC April Richmond is assigned to help the team due to her impressive biblical knowledge and soon makes a startling discovery.

Meanwhile, Gideon Fletcher is walking around the streets of Harrogate distributing religious texts. Is there a link between Gideon and the crosses? Do the crosses have anything to do with the body in the house?

Bennett and the team find themselves wondering if the killer is exacting revenge or punishment and whatever the answer, they soon realise the clock is ticking.

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My Review

Is it just me but I can’t believe the way that Malcolm Hollingdrake manages to nail a superb criminal plot, Crossed Out is no exception. I waited for what felt like an eternity for a new DCI Bennett criminal investigation to be under way and Malcolm never let me down.

I quite believe that Crossed Out could be read as a standalone but to get the full insatiable desired insight into Bennett and his team I would recommend reading from the beginning.

Crossed Out is jam packed with many suspected leads, webs of tangled lies and my hunger to savour the delicious eye enticing plot. The appearance of numbered crosses, from long gone remembrance memories start to be unearthed in seemingly random areas, a bag of human hair attached, then the bodies appear. Who is sending these cryptic clues, what do they want, whats the connection and who will be next. Bennett and his team continue yo find some matching evidence, whats the relevance to bible and where do the team go from here.

Malcolm has intensified my appetite for DCI Cyril Bennett, he is a deeply emotional character carrying baggage from his childhood carried forth into his relationships causing him to develop a phobia of commitment which one could ascertain as slightly inept of him to define between the two, but there is a chance the past may come to rest. Bennett has a sense of humour which I enjoyed creeping in to conversations with Owen, its also puts a smile on my face when Owen always seems to make a mess around Cyril and the OCD behaviour rears his head and you can almost him physically cringe.

Crossed Out is an intense, criminally insane book which encompassed every piece of my soul with literary salivation. Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Malcolm Hollingdrake and Sarah Hardy for an advanced readers copy to read in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone
born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that
point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

 

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in
Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for
more years than he cares to remember.

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has seven books
now available as well as Only The Dead and Hell’s Gate also being available in Audio.
Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost
his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings
for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern
artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and
certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett,
the main character in his latest novel.

 

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