#BlogBlitz: DANGEROUS GIRL by EMMA TALLON #thriller #edgeofyourseat

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DANGEROUS GIRL by EMMA TALLON #thriller #edgeofyourseat @Bookouture @EmmaEsj @nholten40 #beenalongwait #dangerousgirl


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Title: Dangerous Girl

Author: Emma Tallon

Buy: Amazon UKAmazon US

What the Book Says

If you love Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, Casey Kelleher and Jessie Keane, you’ll love Dangerous Girl.

Sometimes your enemies are closer than you think

Anna is finally happy. She’s rid of her abusive ex and she’s co-owner of London’s hottest new club, with her best friend Tanya. But she is worried about her boyfriend, Freddie. He’s keeping things from her. And he won’t tell her where he goes in the middle of the night.

Freddie is furious. A girl has gone missing from one of his clubs and the police are all over him. When a familiar face turns up and threatens him, he’s offered a deal – find the girl or Anna will be killed.

With time running out, Freddie risks everything to save Anna’s life. And if there’s one thing Freddie Tyler is known for, it’s that he never gives up. Not without a fight…


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#beenalongwait Well technically its not but when having to hang around waiting to hear more about Anna and Freddie, then its soooo long. I revelled in the first in the series and to be honest never thought that Emma could pull another whopper out of the bag but god damn it she has.

Dangerous Girl could be read as a stand-alone however to get the full taste, a clear and concise insight into the characters and a fluent, on the mark series then Runaway Girl (#1 in series) is a must read.

The Tyler family series is certainly one to watch, read and immerse yourself within the pages. The assorted flavour of each character Emma portrays across the pages, gives the depth and fulfilment of gangland pitches, a thriller with intention and the subtleness of emotional turmoil which is splayed across the pages when Freddie tries his utmost to prevent harm coming to Anna.

The dictation of the plot is seamless, Freddie encounters a problem, a girl has gone missing from one of his clubs, the police are involved, Anna is in danger, above all Freddie has to portray a certain decorum, one of a man unfazed, unflappable but also mindful of the title he carries amongst the ganglands of London, a Hard Man but also a Family Man. The resoluteness of Anna shines through even more in the Dangerous Girl as the pitiful, scared and emotionally scarred Anna has all but gone and a strong, resolute and resilient woman has emerged. Anna and Tanya have built a successful business in the Nightclub and everything is seemingly going from strength to strength so why is Anna in danger. Is the danger closer than we see….

Could Emma possibly warp my mind any more, the dark chills of ganglands, the thriller touch and the perfunctory nod of acceptance to where the Dangerous Girl was leading……….leading to the OMG Ending.

My thanks go to Bookouture, Emma Tallon and Noelle Holten for an advanced readers copy of Dangerous Girl, as part of the Blog Blitz the review of a Dangerous Girl are my own thoughts and ramblings with an unbiased view. Thanks Noelle for my spot on the Blog Blitz.


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Author Bio

Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a three book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With two more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.

Social Media Links:
For more information on Emma or to join her mailing list, please go to: www.emmatallon.com or alternatively, follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/emmatallonofficial or on Twitter: @EmmaEsj

#BlogBlitz: THE EDGE OF SANITY by CHRIS THOMAS #psychological #thriller

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THE EDGE OF SANITY by CHRIS THOMAS #psychological #thriller @Bloodhoundbook @cthomasauthor1 @sarahhardy681

A psychological thriller which delivers.


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Title: The Edge of Sanity

Author: Chris Thomas

Publishers: BloodHound Books

Available to Buy: Amazon UKAmazon US

What the Book Says

In a derelict squat, the Smart Man watches as the new narcotic developed by his shadowy organisation wreaks havoc on it unsuspecting victims. The drug is now ready for sale on their exclusive darknet market place.

Elsewhere, DCI Robert Smith, the retired head of the Cyber Crimes Unit, seeks out crime boss Curtis Slater at his remote farm. He offers to provide Slater with information in exchange for money. But what information is he offering?

Meanwhile, former detective Pete Harris had started a new life, away from the Cyber Crimes Unit, with his daughter and begins to rekindle his relationship with old colleague Grace Brooks.

With his life seemingly complete, Pete’s world comes crashing down as he is drawn into Slater’s game with fatal consequences. He must join forces with his old enemies in a race against time. But can Pete save his daughter and Grace from the clutches of Slater, the Smart Man, and the sinister ring master, the Professor?

A dark psychological thriller


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Chris Thomas has written another fantastic psychological thriller The Edge of Sanity, a follow up to Enter the Dark, and damn does Chris do his newest psychological thriller justice, hell yeah!

The Edge of Sanity is a cold, calculating psychological thriller, where the darkness begins to engulf you from the first page, the demise of socially deprived unknowns, opens up the first stages of the puzzle, a new drug with an intense purpose and a high price to pay. Chris takes us back to the Dark Web, where we become embroiled in Bitcoins, dirty money, drugs, death and torture. Watching the scenario’s unfold, almost to the point we physically become one with the book, playing our part, the unintentional guest in which we have no control over every turn of the page.

Certain characters Chris brings to life in my imagination, have a quality that drives home the stark, depravity of societies pariahs, the downright ugliness brought about by dirty money and the urge to be Top Drug Lord in a world of the socially inept. There was one character who stood out, Pete Harris a former Detective from Cyber Crimes, he has a solid head on his shoulders even when things hit the wall, when his daughter and Grace are snatched, he is methodical in his mind set, picking away at the clues, choosing his alliances well and ultimately doing anything to save the life of his daughter. Can he save his daughter, can he save Grace…….only time and the turning of the pages will tell.

Reading The Edge of Sanity felt like pure ice running through my veins, the drip, drip as the cold darkness hits every chord and mechanism of my imagination, magnifying the chills and enhancing the purest of psychological thrills. Chris doesn’t hold back if you like a horrifying, dark, violent and gruesome thriller then The Edge of Sanity is a must for you.

There is only one question that sits in the fore front of my mind….

How can a man of Chris’s calibre write such a dark, disturbingly gruesome psychological thriller, but his Author Pic tells a different story…

Thanks go to Bloodhound Books, Chris Thomas and Sarah Hardy for an advanced readers copy of The Edge of Sanity to read and review in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. Also thanks go to Sarah for allowing me to be part of this amazing Blog Blitz .


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Author Bio

Chris Thomas was born near London in 1978 before moving to Buckinghamshire a few months later. He attended the University of Bristol, graduating with a degree in psychology in 1999. It was here that he developed his interest in criminal psychology and serial killers.

After a brief stint working at an investment bank in London, he left the City to work for his wife’s family business, a position he still holds.

Chris is an avid film fan, especially horror, thrillers and dark comedy- something that he tries to blend in his writing. He self-published his debut novel The Red Room in February 2017 before joining the Bloodhound Books stable and re-releasing the book as Enter The Dark.

The follow up, “The Edge of Sanity”, will be released by Bloodhound Books in August 2018.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys karate (holding a black belt) and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

Links:

Website: http://www.christhomas.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/christ homasauthor
Twitter: @cthomasauthor1

 

STEP FORWARD……..IF YOU THINK I’M WORTH IT

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Today Is that First Step

I know many of you will be thinking what the hell……. but this is a truth that ultimately I face every day, the stark truth that not many step forward, in fact many turn and run the other way. Why do people fear me, not understand me or want to be near me…. the cold hard facts are that your actions hurt, hurt more than saying the wrong thing.

I am Me, I am different……..look to ME…….talk to ME…… let me be ME….

The reality of my situation is the burden of guilt, shame and the disgust I feel is still very strong an still there.

I have other family, was I not worthy. What did I do to you, where were you, where are you now, why didn’t you reach out……….wasn’t I good enough, are you ashamed of me. Can you answer my questions why…….why didn’t you want to help me……

Questions still to be answered, maybe one day.

Questions that have no answers are all I seem to have these days, an inquest is currently taking place, maybe something will be unearthed from that and some questions will be answered, only time will tell.


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Togetherness Will Hopefully Ensure A Brighter Future

My children believe I deserve better, do I deserve better, a lot of people have looked down there nose at me like I am no better than the accused, but my sense of worth which I fight each and every day for sits solidly in the fundamental elements of reminding my self that how would they cope walking in my shoes for a day, seeing what I see, hear and feel, in every waking moment of the day. Could they function at a normal pace, remember everything, do all that was required of them and still have time for them selves whilst trying to come terms with it all.

Do you want to hear something which I find particularly funny, my kids decided it was good to set up a Go Fund Page so I can have a lovely peaceful garden, my house finished off, this was all so I didn’t need to worry about anything, but low and behold it has actually made me worry more and anxious as I feel like I’m begging, even though my kids have said no mum its asking for a bit of support. They like to remind me its tough being the one, and only one left holding everything together, I am the last one standing of three siblings, I am the one and only family member left for their Papa. I am the rock which everyone leans on. Now I need to lean on others.

So although a lot of you will think its ignorant, begging or down right rude to ask for support, I’m going to say it only once when every door you knock on slams in your face because you don’t qualify, your left to deal with it on your own whilst the accused and convicted are handed things on a silver platter: Think of those left behind, those who have their lives to piece back together, need to find there own way through the dark to the light at the end of the tunnel, then think what you would do………

If you wish you can read my original piece about the torment and changes to my life during the last 2 years………….A Life Not Lived

If you wish after all that’s said and done the link to the GO Fund Page is at the bottom of the page, created for me by my children, Donate, Share its your choice, I will not think any differently of anyone, its your Choice and we all have a right to express it either way.

Thanks for looking, reading and hopefully understanding ME

Go Fund Page: Stand By Diane

 

#BlogBlitz: THE AFFAIR by SHERYL BROWNE #psychological #thriller

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#BlogBlitz: THE AFFAIR by SHERYL BROWNE  @Bookouture @SherylBrowne @KimTheBookworm

Another fantabulicious psychological thriller by the amazing Sheryl Browne, every time a new book is published by Sheryl its always bumped to the top of my TBR pile. I’m not a person to wait, I must have it now, Sheryl never disappoints.


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Title: The Affair

Author: Sheryl Browne

Publication Date: 10th August (Bookouture)

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What the Book Says

The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.

You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.

You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.

You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.

You will judge her, just like everyone else.

You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.

If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Sister, you’ll love this compelling and gripping psychological thriller from Sheryl Browne. The Affair will have you hooked from the very first page!


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Hooked from the first page they said, oh no……. hooked from the cover more like.

The light pink rose signifies joy and happiness but, the wilted, dying roses which fail to bloom epitomises the darkness, the cracks, the trust within the pages of The Affair. Should I trust what lies beneath. The undertones of the psychological tension emitting from the cover becomes widespread, the deeper I delve into the pages, the more intensifying it becomes, the harder it is to lay the book down until I reach the very last page.

A family of four becomes three, a devastating car crash, lives have changed, Alicia holds a secret, a lie, Justin is trying to hold his family together, Sophie a teenager becomes sullen, withdrawn with secrets of her own, Luke the child the family have lost. A gapping hole, a wound which may never heal and an affair. I’m telling you all nothing else its impossible without spoilers. Sheryl has managed to render me speechless, mind-blown in which I have been depraved of my very thoughts.

Its so easy to label a person without knowing them, I had Alicia down as the biggest manipulator, the bitch who deserved everything that was coming to her but as time and the pages wore on it became apparent that all was not as it seemed. I had read Alicia’s character with a blinkered perception that was laid in front of me within the first few chapters, but with hindsight and foresight two powerful tools, my conclusions where justifiably incorrect. Hence the old adage………..

Never Judge a Book By Its Cover

I don’t know how Sheryl manages to do it time and time again. The progression of a natural narrative borne from an emotional start which tears at your heart, cycling through to the morale compass which each and everyone one of us live by, encompassing the secrets, the lies, the dark psychological mind bust, then the almighty Wham, Bam Thank You Mam of a sucker punch ending. Each and every scenario was like an intensely wound coil, the release throwing the words from the book to every corner of my brain, a puzzle to be solved.

My thanks and thoughts of praise go out to Sheryl Browne, Bookouture and Kim Nash for the advanced readers copy of The Affair, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Thanks to Kim for my spot on the Blog Blitz for The Affair.


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Author Bio

Sheryl Browne brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE AFFAIR – the second of a three-book deal – comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath.

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To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com

 

 

 

 

#BlogTour: THE SECRET by K.L. SLATER #Psychological #Thriller

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The latest #psychological #thriller from the fantastic @KimLSlater published by the super dooper @bookouture and the ever fabulous @KimTheBookworm (Kim Nash) who has put together an amazing #BlogTour.

I’m joined by Booking Good Read on the final spot on the Blog Tour, so lets get the show on the road and don’t forget to have a look at all the other Bloggers who have taken part this week supporting The Secret and K.L.Slater.


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Title: The Secret

Author: K.L. Slater

Available to Buy: Amazon UKAmazon USiBookStoreKoboGooglePlay

What the Book Says

You think you can trust the ones you love most.

But what if one secret could make you question everything?

Every day, a woman like Louise passes you in the street: elegant, confident, determined. But underneath, she’s struggling.

She doesn’t know her sister, Alice, has been scared of leaving the house since their mother died.
She doesn’t know when Alice babysits her little boy, Archie, he sometimes sees things he shouldn’t.
She doesn’t know Archie has a secret.

A secret that could send cracks through the heart of Louise’s carefully constructed life…

The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the Kindle top five bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, you’ll be absolutely hooked. 


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The time has come again when one of my bestie authors releases a new book, K.L.Slater certainly hasn’t let me down, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by any of her books. The Secret is special, I won’t be keeping my thoughts a secret from any one, I will be shouting as loud as I can, letting everyone know that The Secret is Out Now…….

Opening The Secret and the first thing that takes my breath away is the prologue, Archie has seen something, something bad, something that could endanger his family, now its a secret he must keep. A child with an impossible burden. Once you read it there’s no going back.

After the initial shocker of the prologue we get to know all about Archie, his mother Louise and his Aunt Alice, where will the secrets of the past take us and how does it fit with the present, turn the pages delve deep and take the journey that K.L.Slater has laid before you.

Looking at each character in turn its obvious that the two sisters Alice and Louise have had a unstable relationship for a long while, Alice is quiet, almost meek in the eyes of her sister Louise, in which Alice has become almost reclusive due to past events in her life. On the flipside, its obvious that Louise is out going, bolshy, almost tyrant like as she is used to getting her own way no matter the consequences, but is it all an act, is her life unfolding.  Archie on the other hand is emotionally saddened, a child with troubles, withdrawn and seemingly unable to interact with other children successfully, I just wanted to reach out to Archie hold his hand and tell him that I’m here for him.

As I turn each page, one after the other, absorbing the journey of each character, filling my boots with the plot, sensing the realism within each written word, it felt as if I was involved, a party to their lives, embroiled in The Secret.

A mystery to be solved, an ending that will blind side you, what you waiting for its time to peel back the layers, unveil…………The Secret.

Thanks to Bookouture, K.L.Slater and Kim Nash for the advanced readers copy of The Secret in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. Thanks to Kim for the opportunity to be part of the Blog Tour for The Secret.


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Author Bio

Kim is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers ‘Safe With Me,’ ‘Blink,’ ‘Liar,’ ‘The Mistake’ and ‘The Visitor.’ Her latest thriller, ‘The Secret’ will be published by Bookouture on 27th July 2018 and is now available for pre-order.

Kim’s titles are soon to be published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

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

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

Kim is a full-time writer, has one grown-up daughter, Francesca, and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

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

Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Twitter: @KimLSlater
Facebook: KL Slater Author

 

#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

#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

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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.