#BlogBlitz: PORTRAITS OF THE DEAD by JOHN NICHOLLS #psychological #suspense #thriller


#BlogBlitz: PORTRAITS OF THE DEAD by JOHN NICHOLLS @Bloodhoundbook @nicholl06 @sarahardy681

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Title: Portraits of the Dead

Author: John Nicholl

Available to Buy: Amazon UKAmazon US

Book Description

Emma didn’t know how long he hid in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered between the two heavy oak doors, and watched, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the darkness of the night.

Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself faced with a difficult case when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women.

Can Gravel find the girl and stop the murderer?

He will learn that the greater the evil, the deadlier the game…


I always wondered how an author can entice a reader into his imaginative world, now I can see it, the cover for Portraits of the Dead is the start, emanating suspense, thrilling intentions and the call to turn the pages, smacking of full on chills, chills and more chills.

From the cover to the initial first pages, the characters, the plot, to the last gasp of the final few pages, John Nicholl held my attention tight with the intention of not letting my mind wander from the words until I devoured the all consuming End.

One thing I haven’t noted but will now is the tagline on the cover ‘The greater the evil, the deadlier the game……‘ a jolt of electrifying energy sears itself through my very core reading and seeing this one deadly statement, the bait that John has dangled has created a point of no return and so the book begins…

Lets look at Portraits of the Dead and what we can expect from John Nicholls standalone serial killer thriller, how dark did John go…..oh John went real dark. Emma a student snatched from her bed, no witnesses, no evidence, captured by a killer who has a tally of five women, gone, erased, removed from this world.

Will Emma be his victim……

Emma has a small part to play in the whole scheme of things, even though not always at the front of our minds, the dark depravity inflicted by the killer sits sullenly at the fore front, heavy and laden with horrific scenes. John tapped into the cold insatiable appetite I have for the grisly and macabre plotlines, ensuring I read on, to follow Detective Inspector Gravel as he looks to unlock the secrets to determine Emma’s future and that of the serial killer.

What I will say about Portraits of the Dead is that it’s certainly a mixed bag, part psychological thriller, part police procedural and a whole lot of Darkness, Depravity and Downright Horrifying scenes, but boy did I love it. I’m for more but will you join me……

My thanks go to Bloodhound Books, John Nicholl and Sarah Hardy for an advanced readers copy of Portraits of the Dead in exchange for my honest opinion whilst reading and reviewing for the Blog Blitz.


Author Bio

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild, with a second expected in August 2018. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.

John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.
You can find out more about John and his books at: http://www.johnnicholl.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john. nicholl.988

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/auth or/show/13795294.John_Nicholl


Agent: http://tma-agency.com


#BlogBlitz: THE DAY I LOST YOU by ALEX SINCLAIR #PsychologicalThriller

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#BlogBlitz: THE DAY I LOST YOU by ALEX SINCLAIR #PsychologicalThriller @ASinclairAuthor @bookouture @nholten40

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Title: The Day I lost You

Author: Alex Sinclair

Publisher: Bookouture

Available to Buy: Amazon UKAmazon USKobo

Book Description

You only let her go for a second… Now she’s gone.

Erika Rice is in an elevator with her four-year-old daughter Alice when it stops on the wrong floor and her little girl runs out. The doors close before Erika can follow, and the daughter she loves more than anything is suddenly nowhere to be seen.

Erika can’t bear the thought of her daughter in danger or afraid, and will do anything to get her back. But with no sign of Alice, Erika has no idea where to begin.

The residents of the apartment block claim not to have seen anything, but Erika realises someone’s lying to her – and that there’s something darker at play.

How could a four-year-old disappear into thin air?

A gripping and addictive psychological thriller that will have you holding on tight to the ones you love. If you enjoyed Behind Closed Doors, Silent Child and I Let You Go, you won’t want to miss The Day I Lost You!


Where do I start, I mean publication day on Friday the Thirteenth OMG…….for many this would be a source of bad luck, but Alex Sinclair has nothing to fear with his newest release The Day I Lost You. Hands down an utterly intense mind seizing plotline which managed to grab the dark depravity of a convoluted soul, laying it bare for all to see. Alex has perfected the psychological thriller in a robust but easily read narrative, perfect for Friday the 13th…… Dare you read it, a nightmare for any parent to endure.

Okay I know I tend to over analysis books throw in obtuse words which probably drive people insane but every book I read has a story, a light which has to be seen and The Day I Lost You is no exception.

Right lets get on with what will hopefully be on your reading list..

Alex has centred The Day I Lost You around Erika and her child Alice (Bunny), a seemingly normal day descends into a nightmare of the worst kind when Alice goes missing in an apartment block, all they were there for was Alice’s doll. No-one claims to have seen Alice, Erika believes they are hiding something from her, she believes Alice may have been kidnapped, all her questions remain unanswered, fear and anxiety are pressing Erika on to find her daughter, to save Alice. While Alex narrates the book about the present situation Erika finds herself in we also look back to Erika’s past, her relationship with her ex-husband and what happened, Alex uses these building blocks to form a plot of twists which stabilise the present dilemma.

Erika is a strong character but with a fleeting nature which goes a long way to understand what Alex is trying to accomplish with the final few chapters, ensnaring the reader (that’s me) in the tangle of what, why and how scenarios.

Very well played Alex, you certainly played me….and the pages kept on turning.

I have read The Last Thing I Saw another psychological thriller by Alex and following on from there The Day I Lost You both books outweigh each other in my view, there is no doubt that Alex has a flavour for psychological thriller and I look forward to his next release.

My thanks go to Bookouture, Alex Sinclair and Noelle Holten for the advanced readers copy of The Day I Lost You, its been my pleasure to have been able to read and review Alex’s newest book and be part of the Blog Blitz today. Congrats Alex Sinclair.

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Author Bio

Alex Sinclair is a thirty-two-year-old psychological thriller author from a quiet country town outside of Melbourne, Australia. He currently works full-time for a small business and writes in the early hours of the morning before his daughter and wife wake up for the day.

Alex has a background in IT, bookkeeping, and 3D animation. He loves all things creative but especially loves writing. He is an avid reader of all genres, but loves psychological thrillers more than anything else. He also has a passion for good storytelling in all forms of media such as addictive TV shows and movies.

Author Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ASinclairAuthor/?ref=br_rs
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ASinclairAuthor
WEBSITE: www.alexsinclairwrites.com



THE PUPPET SHOW by M.W. CRAVEN #NetGalley #WashingtonPoe #Mystery #Thriller

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THE PUPPET SHOW by M.W. CRAVEN #NetGalley #WashingtonPoe #Mystery #Thriller @MWCravenUK @LittleBrownUK

Available to Buy: Amazon UK /Amazon USWaterstonesKobo

Book Synopsis

‘Dark, sharp and compelling’ Peter James

‘A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series’ Mick Herron

Welcome to the Puppet Show . . .

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive …

‘A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!’
David Mark

‘Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.’ Michael J. Malone

‘Nothing you’ve ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe’ Keith Nixon


Can someone drag me out of the darkness, my mind is on fire, the sense of awe has struck like a match, burning an irreparable path through my very imagination, The Puppet Show has left an imprint, a mark, a void I will find hard to fill.  

Holy Moly M.W. Craven has written a belter of a crime thriller which has set my heart racing, my mind and soul languishing in the depths of depravity where the killer instinct encased The Puppet Show, producing a phenomenally imaginative plotline.

Lately I have read several fantastic books, many from authors old and new, some books are always worth that extra shout and boy am I going to Shout in fact I may have to SCREAM OUT LOUD……..THE PUPPET SHOW by M.W.CRAVEN.

I’m not one for giving away spoilers or too much information about any book as I always want the next reader to feel the purest start, to read, feel, imagine what the author is trying to convey in the prologue or first chapter. Well Craven has managed this with the utmost ease, the stroke of a pen, the flair of imagination, poured straight into the first few pages and lodged firmly in the centre of my brain, ticking over, mulling over, trickling down impregnating every synapse, sparking and firing my every thought.

What I will give you is a short brief of what The Puppet Show entails, a lead character, disgraced Detective Washington Poe, deaths by burning, a message, Poe is involved but how, then we have the socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, a constant by Poe’s side. The death’s, what’s the connection to Poe, what’s the plan and who only wants Poe to see the truth and follow the clues to the very end no matter what.

Poe and Bradshaw are two very different characters but work well together, they both have issues but the awkwardness of Tilly has ignited a fire in Poe that had been dampened down due to a previous incident in his last investigation. Reading about the interactions between Poe and Bradshaw was hilarious at times, it certainly made me smile and a giggle or two escaped. I sincerely hope Craven writes more about Bradshaw and Poe as they are such a well matched crime fighting duo and I would be sad if this didn’t transpire.

The Puppet Show is a dark, deviously intense crime thriller that will hold no prisoners, once you are in the very bowels of this book you have no chance of giving up, sleep won’t come, even after the very last page……..

Thank you to NetGalley, M.W. Craven and Little Brown Book Group UK for the advanced readers copy of The Puppet Show, it has been an honour to read and review The Puppet Show, review written with an unbiased opinion. I look forward to the next in the series and hopefully it won’t be a long time in coming.


Author Bio

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at the tender age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years travelling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals . . .

M. W. Craven is married and lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn’t out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can usually be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.

Follow M.W. Craven:

Website: www.mwcraven.com / Twitter: @MWCravenUK  /

Facebook: Mike Craven Author




Can we see it, can we hold it, can we feel it, can we dream it, imagination fills it, now Carol Wyer has written it, now we may REVEAL it……

But wait, its not time….yet!

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I think we should have a look at this lovely lady who inspires a lot of people with her tumultuous writing roar, a woman who can turn her hand to different genres, who can have us gasping with suspense or rip roaring with laughter.

 Okay let’s grab a piece of what Carol Wyer is all about….

Author Bio

Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. In 2017 she moved to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers. The first, gripping Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.

Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer. Carol blogs at http://www.grumpyoldmenopause.com which featured in The Mail on Sunday.

Right we have had a little insight into what Carol has been up to, we all know that Carol always seems to be onto a……

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It’s big enough isn’t it, the Winner, because Carol is certainly a Winner she has the Midas Touch where everything she touches, writes and imagines turns into a Best Seller made with Gold.

How about a wee sneaky peaky at Carol’s newest creation, do I hear you shouting, screaming, salivating at the thought of another crime thriller, another Detective series, the first of a new character, Detective Natalie Ward, Whoop, Whoop, not that I’m excited much are you……… ha ha ha ha ha.

Okay, okay I know I really rip your metaphorical pages with my insaneness about Carol’s books but I really can’t help myself, this one is no exception, I mean look at the Cover, the Description…

Did you think I was going to give up the Cover just yet, nope, just a little longer, time to savour and satisfy the tasty Criminal Thriller Book Description.

What the Book Says

One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home…

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward . A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that ended very badly.

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will send shivers down your spine. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Well lets have a wee pre-order link to top it all off: Amazon UKAmazon US

Well lets get on with what everyone’s waiting for………..not that its a Cover Reveal or anything, sniggering behind the curtains can you see me now……….hahahahaha

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Right everyone blow as hard as you can… 1..2…3………Whoosh Whoosh Whoosh Whoosh

The Birthday by Carol Wyer

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Holy Shit this Cover really drags you into the depths of a dark criminal thriller scenario, you just know its going to torment, haunt and entrap your mind with anticipation over every turn of the page, every second you read, until the very last word…….