#BlogTour: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ELEANOR PARKER by KERRY WILKINSON (Teen & Young Adult Mystery Novel)

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THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ELEANOR PARKER by KERRY WILKINSON (Teen & Young Adult Mystery Novel) @kerrywk @bookouture @nholten40


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Title: The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker

Author: Kerry Wilkinson

Publisher: Bookouture

Available Right Now: Amazon UKAmazon USKobo

What The Book Says

‘I will never forget the night I drowned…’

Seventeen-year-old Eleanor Parker wakes up cold and alone in the river that twists through her quiet village. She remembers a hand on her chest, another on her head, water in her throat, those final gasps for air…

Her brother’s girlfriend was drowned in the same river the summer before, held under the water by an unknown killer.

Determined to unlock the mystery of what really happened that night, Eleanor can’t escape the feeling that something terrible links her to the previous summer’s murder. But will she discover the shocking truth, before it’s too late?

A gripping and extraordinary coming of age novel that will keep you guessing until the very end.


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I never knew what I let myself in for when agreeing to read The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker by Kerry Wilkinson, a Teen & Young Adult Mystery Novel. Did I have the illusion that I would be transported back to my teenage years, stop sniggering I can hear you saying don’t be daft, but really there could have been that teeny tiny smidgeon of maybe so in my mind. Realistically the only thing I got was a sense of WoW, I don’t remember a Young Adult book being this good……. just a pity I’m not a teenager any more.

The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker is based around a seventeen year old girl. Eleanor Parker finds herself in the river which passes through the village she lives in, with the sense that someone had tried to kill her, but with no memory of how or why. Things have changed, Eleanor has strong premonitions of a past incident which claimed the life her brother’s girlfriend in the very same river, the previous summer. Eleanor battles to discover the truth, to link all the tragic consequences of the previous summer before its too late.

Eleanor as a character is like any typical teenager, that thinks they know it all, can do it all with no consequences, the usual fights with sibling, the obstinate nature and attitude with parent. Gawd it sounds just like my kids…..aah we were all young once, are the words you are typically reminded of by your own parents.

The premise of what Kerry Wilkinson was trying to convey came through loud and clear, fulfilling my need for a thrilling suspenseful read, each string pulled, a link to the paranormal, a twist in criminality, a pinch of supernatural elements and the ultimate who dunnit, each and every piece gelled well together producing a very enjoyable read.

The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker is an easy read, which flows naturally and coherently, fleeting your eyes through the book at a steady pace, with every new piece of information unfolding in the appropriate place, preventing the need to back track and circumnavigate the red herrings.

WoW can’t wait to hear from Kerry again soon.

Thanks to Bookouture, Kerry Wilkinson and Noelle Holten for an advanced readers copy of The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks for the spot on the Blog Tour Noelle xx


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Author Bio

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

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 US releases:
Behind Closed Doors (Jessica Daniel 7): Out now
Two Sisters (standalone): Out now
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): Out now
Crossing The Line (Jessica Daniel 8): Out now
Scarred For Life (Jessica Daniel 9): Out now
One Cloudy Night (standalone): 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): July 2018
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel 10): Out now
Nothing But Trouble (Jessica Daniel 11): August 2018
Recent and upcoming UK releases:
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): Out now
Last Night (standalone): Out now
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): July 2018
To Have And To Hold (standalone): October 2018

Author Social Media Links:
http://kerrywilkinson.com
http://facebook.com/KerryWilkinsonBooks

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#BlogTour: THE LAST THING SHE TOLD ME by LINDA GREEN #Suspense #Thriller @LindaGreenisms @QuercusBooks @MillsReid11

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Title: The Last Thing She Told Me

Author: Linda Green

Publisher: Quercus

Available to Pre-Order, Publication Day 26th July: Amazon UKAmazon USKobo

What The Book Tells Us

The new emotionally-charged suspense novel from the Number One Bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed, selling over 450,000 copies across all editions.

Even the deepest buried secrets can find their way to the surface…

Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden.

Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.

But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola’s family apart?

Praise for After I’ve Gone (2017)

‘The suspense becomes quite unbearable… A terrifyingly plausible story’ Sunday Mirror

‘A powerful and provocative read that will get under your skin’ The Sun

‘Stunning, such a unique premise and really well executed. I got papercuts trying to turn the pages faster!’ Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You

‘A tale of love, loss and sacrifice with the cleverest twist. Poignant and intriguing, unusual and lovely. I genuinely didn’t want to put it down’ Milly Johnson, Sunday Times bestselling author

‘Linda Green is bloody brilliant!’ Amanda Prowse, Number One bestselling author

‘The story was authentic, absorbing and unputdownable . . . although I raced through the pages I didn’t want the story to finish’ Louise Jensen, author of The Sister

‘Enjoyable, original and intriguing’ B A Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors


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Been a long time coming for me to read another of Linda Green’s books, The Last Thing She Told Me certainly filled that void, the suspense, the thrill, the sodden tears, yip and there were loads of those, congrats Linda on making me a snivelling wreck.

Nicola’s grandmother passes away, leaving Nicola looking for answers to a request her grandmother spoke before her final breath, to take care of the babies at the bottom of the garden, what did she mean was it just the ramblings of a dying woman or was it something else. After the funeral Nicola’s youngest child is playing in the garden and discovers what looks to be an animal bone or is it the reason behind Nicola’s grandmothers strange request. What will be the consequences of the discover what secrets are going to surface, should they have stayed well hidden or will the family be forever torn apart.

The Last Thing She Told Me, a tale filled with secrets, secrets a family tries to keep buried, shame, the unadmonished guilt, the past vilified by what was classed as inappropriate behaviour in the 1940’s and continues into the next generations. Each secret becoming a burden for each woman to hold. Each secret is unwrapped and Linda produces the written narrative about each secret in a sensitive but poignant way showing empathy for each of the women involved. A sad but true fact the sense of a traumatic experience can carry forward through the generations.

Linda held my heart in her hands as she scripted every detail, every hidden secret, pulling every which way, I failed to stop the tears from failing, it certainly was an ugly cry for me, the torment that ripped through my very soul as to what many woman had to deal with and to some extent still do. Words have failed me!

Thank you to Quercus, Linda Green and Milly Reid for an advanced readers copy of The Last Thing She Told Me in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.


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Author Bio

Linda Green is the bestselling author of eight novels. She is an award-winning journalist and has written for The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and the Big Issue. Linda lives in West Yorkshire.

Website: www.linda-green.com

Twitter: @LindaGreenisms

 

 

 

#BlogBlitz: LAST WITNESS by CHRIS MERRITT (Detective Zac Boateng Series #2)

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#BlogBlitz: LAST WITNESS by CHRIS MERRITT (Detective Zac Boateng Series #2) #crime #thriller @bookouture @DrCJMerritt @nholten40


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Title: Last Witness

Author: Chris Merritt

Publishers: Bookouture

Available to Buy: Amazon UKAmazon US / Kobo

What The Book Says

What if you made one mistake and it came back to kill you?

Detective Zac Boateng’s old friend, Troy McEwen, is found dead in his home. The official verdict is suicide. But Boateng believes it was murder. And he thinks he might be next on the killer’s list.

If Troy didn’t take his own life, then who did? As he investigates, Boateng discovers a link to an incident from decades earlier. Mistakes were made that day. Lives were lost and secrets kept. Until now…

As more people who were there on that fateful day are found dead, Boateng knows that the killer is closing in on him…

A tense crime thriller for fans of Lee Child, Mark Billingham and Mark Dawson. Last Witness is a gripping, fast-paced thriller that will have you hooked from the first page.


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It seems ages since I read the first book in the Detective Zac Boateng series, but really its only been a short time. Its been such a pleasure to walk through the pages of the Last Witness with Boateng, playing Detective through my own imagination, interpreting the secrets, the lies, the clues in my own fanciful way, occasionally becoming sullen when I get it wrong, but hey who doesn’t.

Okay so I have established that the Last Witness is a second book for Boateng, so how about we have a wee look into what Boateng got involved in this time.

Never the crime of the century but unbeholden to Zac the death of a old friend Troy McEwen, would embroil him and his family in a past investigation, which could ultimately cost him his life. Troy has apparently committed suicide but Zac believes that his friend was murdered, as the days pass more people he knew are being found dead, each one with a connection to the past, the lies that were told, the secrets covered up, the individuals who died that day. The past is hurtling towards Boateng at an almighty speed, he believes he is next to die, can he find out who is responsible before he is the next target and protect his family.

I still really like Boateng even if he has past misdemeanours which throw a different light on him, but at the end of the day we have all made mistakes, okay maybe not as serious as Boateng’s but they are there. There is something about Boateng as a character which warms we to him, he is cool, calm and collected to some extent but becomes a  different man entirely when his family are involved, nothing will get in his way of protecting them.

As for some of the other characters, there was one I really wanted to punch, when you read Last Witness you will know who I mean, a self centred individual who thinks nothing of being a complete and utter (insert rude word here).

Well Chris you have definitely produced another exceptional piece of work, one I couldn’t let go of, the pages turned at a slower pace for me this time as I wanted to savour the story, read between the lines, trying to decipher where you were leading Boateng, to see if I came to the same conclusions. Detective work I just don’t think is for me, yeah I caught onto many of the clues but I still didn’t catch the bugger at he end, 1-0 to you Chris.

My thanks go to Bookouture, Chris Merritt and Noelle Holten for the advanced readers copy of the Last Witness in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. Been a pleasure to be part of the Blob Blitz today and I hope to welcome the next Detective Zac Boateng very soon.


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Author Bio

Chris Merritt is a Clinical Psychologist and former diplomat based in London, who has been writing on psychology since 2010. In 2014 he decided to combine his Bring Her Back, his debut novel. He currently works on a mental health research project at King’s College London, and part-time as a psychologist in the NHS. When not working or writing, he loves climbing and basketball, and dreams of one day being able to work from home enough to own a whippet.

Author Social Media Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCJMerritt
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17558172.Chris_Merritt

 

 

#BlogBlitz: HER MOTHER’S GRAVE by LISA REGAN (Detective Josie Quinn Book No.3)

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#BlogBlitz: HER MOTHER’S GRAVE by LISA REGAN (Detective Josie Quinn Book No.3) @bookouture @Lisalregan @nholten40


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Title: Her Mother’s Grave

Author: Lisa Regan

Publisher: Bookouture

Available to Buy: Amazon UKAmazon USKobo

Book Description

When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.

Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago. A girl named Belinda Rose…

Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but, with an undeniable connection between her mother and the dead girl, does she dare track her down?

Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered. It’s suddenly clear that someone very close to Josie will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried forever.

As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken?

Do you love unputdownable crime thrillers that keep you up all night? Then this gripping rollercoaster ride, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, will have you totally hooked!


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For the third instalment in the Detective Josie Quinn series, Lisa Regan has created Her Mother’s Grave, an astounding page turner in which I could almost inhale the sense of impeding doom surrounding Josie. Love, love, loved it.

Detective Josie Quinn comes face to face with her past, the discovery of human remains in a shallow grave in the woods close to where Josie use to stay as a child, ultimately slamming the past back to the present and the signs point to Josie’s mother. Now is the time that Josie has to relive the past and try to comprehend what happened.

What is the connection between Belinda Rose the murder victim and Josie’s mother, Josie walks a thin line following the investigation, trying to trace her mother, looking for answers, trying to uncover what happened to Belinda Rose and who wants her to stay away, leave well alone.

I was horrified to discover about Josie’s past but it comes at a point where we needed to find out more about Josie, to understand her, such depravity encircled through the years it was a wonder that Josie became such a strong, effectual woman, but the investigation into her past has left me with know doubt that she could cope with anything.

Her Mother’s Grave is written with a certainty that Lisa grabbed my attention, the narrative was smooth, easy, not over developed but with a comparative which gelled seamlessly between past and present.

Her Mother’s Grave is one hell of a belter to read, dare you to tear your eyes away from the pages, its full on, intense and abhorrent in sections but a worthy 5 stars, and the next in the series hopefully wont be too long in coming.

My thanks go to Bookouture, Lisa Regan and Noelle Holten for the advanced readers copy of Her Mother’s Grave in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. It’s been a pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour today, invited by Noelle Holten.


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Author Bio

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Regan-189735444395923/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lisalregan
Website: www.lisaregan.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

PRETTY LITTLE THINGS by T.M.E. WALSH #psychologicalthriller

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Pretty Little Things by T.M.E. Walsh @HQDigitalUK @tmewalsh

Book Description

It’s bad when the girls go missing.
It’s worse when the girls are found.

Six months ago, Charlotte almost lost everything. Now, she’s determined to keep her daughter, Elle, safe. So when local girls close to Elle in age and appearance begin to go missing, it’s her worst nightmare.

Charlotte’s fears are confirmed when a frantic search becomes a shocking murder investigation. The girls’ bodies have been found – half-buried, and with traces of mud and wildflowers under their fingernails.

As Charlotte’s obsession with keeping her daughter close pushes her marriage to the brink, local DI Madeleine Wood embarks on a gruelling search for the killer. And, as they dig deeper into the lives of the people they call friends and neighbours, they uncover secrets more terrible than they ever imagined…

Available to Buy

Amazon UK


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Well I was excited to acquire a copy of Pretty Little Things by T.M.E. Walsh, a first for me, I had never laid eyes on any book by T.M.E. Walsh, but after reading her newest acquisition I’m well prepared to rectify my mistakes and obtain any I have missed.

Pretty Little Things fires from the starting block at high speed, the thoughts of a serial killer come alive through the first few pages, inserting you fully into the mind of a gruesome and dark person with death on their mind.

Charlotte the main character is still recovering from a near fatal car crash six months previously. Charlotte is left feeling vulnerable and anxious, the increased memory lapses since her head trauma are driving a wedge between herself and her family. Now teenagers are going missing, turning up dead, and Ellie Charlottes daughter bears the brunt of her mothers over-protectiveness.

Walsh stimulates the readers mind with a huge dollop of can you see it, can you evade it, can you save them, well I thought I saw it, I never escaped it. So many questions can I find the answers.

Walsh enticed me into Pretty Little Things and straight away I became tangled up in the web of secrets and lies. I was hoping to see if I could detect the killer. Well I can tell you this for every cut and turn, every snide hint, I still managed to get it completely wrong. Walsh defeated me hands down and pulled the wool over my eyes with that astounding ending.

Thanks to HQ Digital UK and T.M.E. Walsh for an advanced readers copy of Pretty Little Things in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.


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Author Bio

Tania (T. M. E.) Walsh began writing full time after becoming a casualty to the recession in late 2008.

She successfully self-published the first two novels in the DCI Claire Winters series before being picked up by HQ – a division of HarperCollins – in 2015.
Tania is currently working on a new standalone thriller, and a fourth book in the DCI Claire Winters series.
In 2011 Tania was the winner of the Wannabe a Writer Blurb competition sponsored by Writing Magazine and judged by Matt Bates, the Fiction buyer for WHSmith Travel.

Tania has previously produced digital artwork that was published on a DVD-ROM for ImagineFX magazine’s FXPosé section twice in the early and latter part of 2007, which has been published worldwide.

Tania lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and young daughter.

#BlogBlitz: THE SILENT SISTER by SHALINI BOLAND #psycological #thriller

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#BlogBlitz: THE SILENT SISTER by SHALINI BOLAND @bookouture @ShaliniBoland @KimTheBookworm


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THE SILENT SISTER by Shalini Boland

Buy links:
Amazon: mybook.to/TSSSocial
iBookstore: http://ow.ly/PdT330kW2TZ
Kobo: http://ow.ly/JDVr30kW2N3
Googleplay: http://ow.ly/Llr030kW2QR

Book Description

‘You don’t deserve a sister…’

Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she hears a strange noise. Running downstairs to check, she discovers a threatening letter addressed to her. But who sent it?

As Lizzy receives more unsettling messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her neighbours, her friends. Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her.

And they want to destroy her perfect life.

Desperate for answers, Lizzy contacts her sister, Emma. She used to be her best friend. But they haven’t spoken in years. Not since the terrible argument which tore their relationship apart…

Surrounded by secrets and lies, can Lizzy trust her sister? Or is the shocking truth more dangerous than Lizzy ever imagined?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you guessing with every heart-stopping twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister, this book is for you.


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The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland is her newest psychological thriller that got me all fired up, as I burned my way through the book I was so engrossed in the plot that I never saw the time fly by, Shalini you seared my memory with an imprint that will take a long time to disperse.

What I never realised is how well Shalini turns the plot, folding, twisting and buckling me over and over with all the clues, red herrings and the downright WTH moments, Shalini has a certain flair which flourishes with every book written.

Right I think that’s enough bigging up of Shalini, lets get down to what we are all here for the actual book and what I thought.

The Silent Sister is built around Lizzy Beresford, who starts receiving threatening anonymous letters. As the letters escalate the threats become more intense until Lizzy is fearing for her life, who can Lizzy turn too, who can Lizzy trust, can Lizzy stay safe or are these letters just the beginning. Lizzy has a fractious relationship with her sister whom she technically hasn’t spoken to properly in a few years, just on days when it is necessary like the visits to her mothers.

Lizzy is one of those characters you just can’t help believing in, feeling every threat as it washes over Lizzy every time she reads what is written before her eyes, the fear, the tension, the disturbing way they are delivered for maximum effect. A stalker who holds no bounds. Holy hell I worried for Lizzy, I feared for Lizzy, the scenario was so plausible that any one of us could be in the same position as Lizzy.

If you want to waste no time and be sucked into a book The Silent Sister is certainly the book for you. It was so easy for Shalini to lure me into the book, hold my attention and ensure that I gambled each and every time with who I though was the culprit, but damn I was wrong, my suspicions were never compounded in fact they were flawed till the very end.

The Silent Sister is an easily read piece of work, no overly dramatic interpretations of scenes, straight forward and too the point, well controlled in setting out the secrets, the twists and most of all the bang which Shalini creates in the double edged ending.

My thanks go to Bookouture, Shalini Boland and Kim Nash for the advanced readers copy of The Silent Sister, it has been my pleasure to read and review this book giving my honest, unbiased opinion. It has been fantastic to be part of the Blog Blitz for The Silent Sister and I look forward to the next psychological thriller that Shalini impresses us with, hopefully it won’t be too long.


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Author Bio

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA‘ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND‘ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE‘ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Be the first to hear about her new releases here: http://eepurl.com/b4vb45

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ShaliniBolandAuthor

Blog Page: http://www.shaliniboland.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShaliniBoland

 

 

 

 

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

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#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…


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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.


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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

Links:

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

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

Twitter:https://twitter.com/nicholl06

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!


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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


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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.


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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  /

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#CoverReveal: LOOK WHAT’S COMING…. AUTHOR CAROL WYER DOES IT AGAIN

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…….

THE END