Posted in Interviews

#LBF Baltic Books Blog Tour !

To be honest with you, this post was firstly forgotten (my brain was in overload!), then deleted by WP twice. This is why I chose to schedule it on a Sunday to make sure I would be here and have time to fix things if technology failed me again!

But today is the day, and I am very happy to present you a Q&A with Mihkel Mutt, who is the Estonian Author of the Day at the London Book Fair Market Focus!

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Posted in Book Reviews

Lazy Saturday Review : The Fear by C.L. Taylor (unpopular opinion inside)

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From LipsyyI started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

the fearTitle: The Fear
Author: C.L. Taylor
Publisher: Avon
Date of publication: Thursday 22nd March 2018
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 346
Rating: ⭐⭐ and a half

Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…

Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes.

Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.

Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself, Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become his prey…

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Dartense part 2: Keeper by Johana Gustawsson @JoGustawsson @OrendaBooks @annecater #Review

Time has come! Let’s talk about Keeper!

You can find my review of the French version here / La critique de Môr, la version française, est disponible ici

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Title: Keeper (Roy and Castells #2)
Author: Johana Gustawsson
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: May 2018
Format: proof
Source: publisher
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.

London 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some 10 years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose?

Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down.

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Posted in Book Reviews, The French Way

Noir c’est Noir : Mör de Johana Gustawsson @JoGustawsson @LilasSeewald @BragelonneFR @Bragelonnedeals

Mon agonie se compte en mois. Des semaines passées à garder pour moi l’effet que Mör a eu sur mon esprit et mes émotions. Pourquoi avoir attendu? Simplement pour trouver les mots justes pour faire honneur à ce polar sanglant, et son alter-ego anglais. Mais l’attente s’arrête ici!

Vous pouvez retrouver ma critique de la version anglaise, Keeper, ici! Click here to find my review of Keeper, the English version.

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Titre : Mör (Roy et Castells #2)
Auteur : Johana Gustawsson
Maison d’édition : Bragelonne
Date de parution : 2017
Format: grand format
Source: éditeur
Note: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

En Suède, sur les rives d’un lac, un tueur abandonne un corps dépecé, les seins, les cuisses et les fesses amputés. À Londres, une femme disparaît. Ses chaussures sont déposées devant chez elle, dans un sachet zippé. Ces deux crimes portent la signature de Richard Hemfield, un serial killer enfermé depuis dix ans, à perpétuité. Comment expliquer qu’ils recommencent ?
Pour remonter aux racines du mal, la profileuse Emily Roy et l’écrivaine Alexis Castells doivent affronter leur propre passé…

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Posted in Excerpt

Drift Stumble Fall #BlogTour @HideawayFall @MJonathanLee

With the madness surrounding the London Book Fair, I did not check if my scheduled posts had been sent. Guess what? They did not! This is why you are getting this extract one day later than planned! I apologize, it seems to be happening too much recently! Time for me to stop trusting WP and go back to my old ways!

Anyway, today is discovery day with an extract of Drift Stumble Fall from M. Jonathan Lee! My review will be up same day next month!

Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 11.16.33 AM.pngTitle: Drift Stumble Fall
Author: M. Jonathan Lee
Publisher: Hideaway Fall
Date of publication: April 2018

This darkly humorous novel is an insightful commentary on the
fragility of family life, and a modern fascination with
the grass always being greener on the other side.

The author of five novels, M Jonathan Lee is a tireless mental health awareness campaigner, working closely with organisations including Mind, Time to Change and Rethink and blogs regularly for Huffington Post. Having personally experienced anxiety and depression during his life, Jonathan draws on his experiences to inform his writing.

Richard feels trapped in his hectic life of commitment and responsibility. From the daily mayhem of having young children, an exhausted wife and pushy in-laws who frequently outstay their welcome, Richards existence fills him with panic and resentment. The only place he can escape the dark cloud descending upon him is the bathroom, where he hides for hours on end, door locked, wondering how on earth he can escape.

Often staring out of his window, Richard enviously observes the tranquil life of Bill, his neighbour living in the bungalow across the road. From the outside, Bills world appears filled with comfort and peace. Yet underneath the apparent domestic bliss of both lives are lies, secrets, imperfections, sadness and suffering far greater than either could have imagined. Beneath the surface, a family tragedy has left Bill frozen in time and unable to move on. As he waits for a daughter who may never return, Bill watches Richards bustling family life and yearns for the joy it brings. As the two men watch each other from afar, it soon becomes apparent that other peoples lives are not always what they seem.

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Posted in Mental Health, The Pub Corner

This Week in One-Liners

The last couple of days have been… eventful, to say the least. I am not at my best, and I need to vent. This is when I remember this blog is not all about books but also about me, about how we feel, and all your fabulous comments have spurred me to share this little less happy time. I need to vent!

These one-liners are not good, I am not a writer. This is a post to let go of feelings and stuff stuck inside. I heard it helps 🙂

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Shiver: The Fear by C.L. Taylor @callytaylor @HarperCollinsUK #Extract

I hope your Easter weekend went well and you are probably now recovering from the chocolate party, so I’m bringing you something to help!

I’d like to thank HarperCollins UK for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I am sharing an extract today and we can talk about the story when my review gets published on Friday! Can you guess if I liked it? Loved it? Hated it?

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The million copy Sunday Times bestseller returns with a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.

Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…

Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes.

Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.

Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself, Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become his prey…

About the author: C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and have been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines.

In 2014, The Bookseller named C.L. Taylor as one of the year’s Bestselling Adult Fiction Debut Authors for The Accident. The Lie and The Missing were Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers in paperback, and both books hit the #1 spot on the Kindle bestseller list. She has sold 1 million books to date.

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