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Listen to the Birds: The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer @kate_hamer @FaberBooks

Let’s start the week with a good reading surprise! Thank you to Faber & Faber for inviting me to join this blog tour!

the doll funeral.jpgTitle: The Doll Funeral
Author: Kate Hamer
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date of publication: January 2018
Format: paperback
Source: publisher
Number of pages: 359
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They’re not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I’m supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.

But there are things I won’t say. I won’t tell them I’m going to hunt for my real parents. I don’t say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.

When Ruby discovers she is adopted she is filled with joy, elated that the parents who have treated her so badly aren’t her blood relations. The hunt begins for her real mother and father but dark and disturbing secrets are unearthed along the way.

Soon Ruby finds herself with a ragged group of teenagers fending for themselves. Thinking she has found refuge, they gradually reveal secrets of their own and Ruby realizes that being with them is more dangerous than she could ever have imagined…

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Take a Closer Look around You: Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan @Lisalregan @bookouture #BlogTour

I’m on a roll! Thanks to Bookouture, I have spent a wild afternoon reading a story that made me shiver and introduced me to a new favorite detective! I received a copy of this book. This unbiased review is my thank you to the author and her lovely publisher!

vanishing girlsTitle: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lisa Regan
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 17 January 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 334
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her. 
“Please,” she whispered, rocking back and forth. “I want to go home.”

When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing. 

Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.

The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust? 

Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

Utterly gripping crime for readers who adored Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni. You will be sleeping with the lights on once you discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series. 

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Speak Now or Forever Hold your Peace: The Confession by Jo Spain @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks #BlogTour

I’ll admit it right away, I am very grateful to the lovely Anne Cater and the team behind The Confession for including me in this blog tour!

the confessionTitle: The Confession
Author: Jo Spain
Publisher: Quercus Books
Date of publication: 25 January 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 400
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.
Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police.
He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?
This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who
– of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s
surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

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2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge! @BeatTheBacklist

Remember when I signed up for the 2017 Beat the Backlist challenge? Yep, me neither! It turns out I got swept away by ARCs and read approximately… 3 books from my TBR! So, big failure!

But as I am not one to stay on a bad note, I am trying again! And with a TBR that is even BIGGER than before, it should be doable… Right??

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Look Behind You: Watch Me by Jody Gehrman @jodygehrman @StMartinsPress

Hello! Time for a new review! Today we’re diving into something really creepy…

I’d like to thank St Martin’s Press for offering me to read and review this story.

Watch MeTitle: Watch Me
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: St Martin Press
Date of publication: January 23th 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 320
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Kate Youngblood is disappearing. Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor at Blackwood College, she’s dangerously close to never being noticed again. The follow-up novel to her successful debut tanked. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger. She’s always been bright, beautiful, independent and a little wild, but now her glow is starting to vanish. She’s heading into an age where her eyes are less blue, her charm worn out, and soon no one will ever truly look at her, want to know her, again. 

Except one.

Sam Grist is Kate’s most promising student. An unflinching writer with razor-sharp clarity who gravitates towards dark themes and sick plots, his raw talent is something Kate wants to nurture into literary success. But he’s not there solely to be the best writer. He’s been watching her. Wanting her. Working his way to her for years. 

As Sam slowly makes his way into Kate’s life, they enter a deadly web of dangerous lies and forbidden desire. But how far will his fixation go? And how just far will she allow it?

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Deadly Scottish Post Card: I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May @authorpetermay @riverrunbooks @QuercusBooks

Fancy a little trip from Paris to the most remote places in Scotland? Welcome!

This unbiased review is my thanks to Quercus Books for inviting me to read and share my opinion on I’ll Keep You Safe.

I'll keep you safeTitle: I’ll Keep You Safe
Author: Peter May
Publisher: Riverrun
Date of publication: January 11th 2018
Format: Hardback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 448
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

From Peter May, the globally bestselling author of the Lewis Trilogy and Coffin Road, comes an explosive new thriller set between the UK and Europe – I’ll Keep You Safe.

Husband and wife, Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane have come a long way with their cloth company, Ranish Tweed, from their small Hebridean home to the world of high fashion. But on a business trip to Paris, cracks in their relationship start to appear. When Niamh receives an anonymous email informing her of Ruairidh’s affair, she is distraught. Only hours later Ruairidh is killed by a car bomb, leaving Niamh’s life in ruins. And when the police declare Niamh as the prime suspect in her husband’s death, her life as she knows it ceases to exist.  When Niamh is allowed back to her home on the Isle of Lewis to return her husband’s remains, she is followed by French detective, Sylvie Braque. As Braque digs deeper into the couple’s relationship and Niamh replays her life with Ruiairidh, distant memories resurface and past feuds are reignited. As the past and present move closer together the two women find themselves drawn to a killer who will not back down.

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Let’s Make it Stop: Isolation Junction by Jennifer Gilmour @JenLGilmour

Hello everyone! I am both honored and a bit sad to host a review for Isolation Junction and a special message from its author today. I wish more voices could be heard and I admire Jennifer Gilmour for all her efforts to bring awareness on a difficult and still taboo subject.

isolation junctionTitle: Isolation Junction
Author: Jennifer Gilmour
Publisher: Isolation Junction was fully funded by a Kickstarter Campaign which over funded at 110%.
Date of publication: October 14th 2016
Format: paperback
Source: won in a giveaway
Number of pages: 140

Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’. She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business. It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival. After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?

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The Longer the Wait, the Better the Read: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris @BAParisAuthor @StMartinsPress

I finally FINALLY started my first book by B.A. Paris! I’ll take some applaud, haha! I am so guilty of having left this title on my Kindle for too long… But the damage is now repaired!

Thank you to St Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

the breakdownTitle: The Breakdown
Author: B.A. Paris
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Date of publication: July 18th 2017
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 336
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

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