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It’s #BookoutureWeek! Last Day: The Visitor by K.L. Slater @KimLSlater @bookouture

This week is BOOKOUTURE WEEK on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

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Why focus on one publisher? The main reason is that few Bookouture books have disappointed me and I wanted December to be a good reading month. So I took a bet on them. Okay, a safe bet, but still! Another reason is that Bookouture was the first publisher to trust me when I started blogging, and they have given me great novels, fab friendships, and lots of fun, so I wanted to give back with seven reviews in a row, as a thank you and a ‘let’s have even more fun next year’!

One rule: all books have been read this month! As always, thank you to the fantastic Bookouture team for feeding me via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.


I can’t believe the Bookouture week is over!!! I feel quite sad about it, but I know I still have lots of books from this publisher waiting for me, and I will keep on supporting them. Still, I loved spending the week reading and reviewing so many fabulous novels in such a short time. When’s the next Bookouture Week???

Time to close this week, this chapter, and this year with my last review of 2018.

the visitorTitle: The Visitor
Author: K.L. Slater
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: March 2018
Format: e-copy
Source: NetGalley

You can never know what goes on behind closed doors. Or can you?

Holly never thought she’d move back to her home town, but then something terrible happened. She doesn’t know if she can recover. But she knows she can never tell another soul.

People say her neighbour, David, is “different”. He doesn’t go out much, and never after dark. But in David Holly finds just what she needs: a friend. Someone who’s always there.

No one knows Holly’s secret, or where she lives. She has left the past behind. She is sure of it. So why does she feel as though she’s in terrible danger?

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller, from the bestselling author of Blink and The Mistake. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Couple Next Door. 

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It’s #BookoutureWeek! Day 5: Death in the Lakes by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @bookouture

This week is BOOKOUTURE WEEK on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

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Why focus on one publisher? The main reason is that few Bookouture books have disappointed me and I wanted December to be a good reading month. So I took a bet on them. Okay, a safe bet, but still! Another reason is that Bookouture was the first publisher to trust me when I started blogging, and they have given me great novels, fab friendships, and lots of fun, so I wanted to give back with seven reviews in a row, as a thank you and a ‘let’s have even more fun next year’!

One rule: all books have been read this month! As always, thank you to the fantastic Bookouture team for feeding me via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.


I am over the moon to talk about Graham Smith’s latest book!

41KuBApv-dLTitle: Death in the Lakes
Author: Graham Smith
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 2018
Format: e-copy uncorrected proof
Source: NetGalley

Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of the Lake District.

The entire police force is on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. Because she doesn’t think like everyone else. To Beth, crimes are puzzles she can solve. Even if real life is a little harder.

As more bodies are discovered in derelict stately homes across the Lake District, Beth knows she’s in a race against time.

But the killer is looking for another victim to add to his collection… Will Beth be able to save her? Or will he get there first?

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It’s #BookoutureWeek! Day 4: If You’re Not The One by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @bookouture

This week is BOOKOUTURE WEEK on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

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Why focus on one publisher? The main reason is that few Bookouture books have disappointed me and I wanted December to be a good reading month. So I took a bet on them. Okay, a safe bet, but still! Another reason is that Bookouture was the first publisher to trust me when I started blogging, and they have given me great novels, fab friendships, and lots of fun, so I wanted to give back with seven reviews in a row, as a thank you and a ‘let’s have even more fun next year’!

One rule: all books have been read this month! As always, thank you to the fantastic Bookouture team for feeding me via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Wait, too early?

Oops!

I’ll admit it, I thought If You’re Nor The One was being released in January instead of February, this is why I am reviewing it as part of my Bookouture week. I only realised my mistake yesterday so there was no time to switch reviews! BUT I will be promoting this book in January and celebrating its publication day when it comes… So, forgiven???

41St30sTO9LTitle: If You’re Not The One
Author: Laura Briggs
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 6th February 2019
Format: e-copy uncorrected proof
Source: NetGalley

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It’s #BookoutureWeek! Day 3: The Best Friend by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @Bookouture

This week is BOOKOUTURE WEEK on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

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Why focus on one publisher? The main reason is that few Bookouture books have disappointed me and I wanted December to be a good reading month. So I took a bet on them. Okay, a safe bet, but still! Another reason is that Bookouture was the first publisher to trust me when I started blogging, and they have given me great novels, fab friendships, and lots of fun, so I wanted to give back with seven reviews in a row, as a thank you and a ‘let’s have even more fun next year’!

One rule: all books have been read this month! As always, thank you to the fantastic Bookouture team for feeding me via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.


Happy hump day! I hope yesterday was nice to you. Now that Santa and his band are gone, it’s time for some business! I am thrilled to share my very first review of a book by this talented author!

the best friendTitle: The Best Friend
Author: Shalini Boland
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: December 2018
Format: e-copy
Source: NetGalley

‘I can tell we’re going to be the best of friends…’

When Louisa takes her little boy to his first playdate at a new friend’s house she doesn’t realise life is about to change for her family. Because she’s about to meet Darcy Lane.

Darcy is a woman who has everything – a dream house, a powerful husband and enviable wealth.

She’s the perfect wife.

The perfect mother.

The perfect friend.

But will Louise discover the darker side to Darcy, before it’s too late…

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will have you up all night reading. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Wife Between Us this book is for you.

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It’s #BookoutureWeek! Day 2: Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture

This week is BOOKOUTURE WEEK on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

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Why focus on one publisher? The main reason is that few Bookouture books have disappointed me and I wanted December to be a good reading month. So I took a bet on them. Okay, a safe bet, but still! Another reason is that Bookouture was the first publisher to trust me when I started blogging, and they have given me great novels, fab friendships, and lots of fun, so I wanted to give back with seven reviews in a row, as a thank you and a ‘let’s have even more fun next year’!

One rule: all books have been read this month! As always, thank you to the fantastic Bookouture team for feeding me via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.


Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Happy Tuesday to everyone! I’m excited to talk about Last Lullaby today for the second day of our Bookouture Week!

last lullabyTitle: Last Lullaby
Author: Carol Wyer
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: December 2018
Format: e-copy
Source: NetGalley

Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood. 

As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.

Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’ scrawled on the wall next to her. 

All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.

When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

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.

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It’s #BookoutureWeek! Day 1: Last Witness by Chris Merritt @bookouture @DrCJMerritt

A new week!

Instead of giving in to the Christmas festivities, I have decided to have my own kind of happy fun with a special-reviews week. Technically, I was supposed to take a holiday, but my Macbook was held by Apple for a few days last week, forcing me to rechedule… All in all, it is actually going to be better this way. I can put Christmas aside and play with books!

What kind of books? Precious ones from a publisher I deeply care about!

This week is BOOKOUTURE WEEK on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

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Why focus on one publisher? The main reason is that few Bookouture books have disappointed me and I wanted December to be a good reading month. So I took a bet on them. Okay, a safe bet, but still! Another reason is that Bookouture was the first publisher to trust me when I started blogging, and they have given me great novels, fab friendships, and lots of fun, so I wanted to give back with seven reviews in a row, as a thank you and a ‘let’s have even more fun next year’!

One rule: all books have been read this month! As always, thank you to the fantastic Bookouture team for feeding me via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.

Today, we’re kicking off the game with Last Witness by Chris Merritt. I was lucky to meet Chris in June during a Bookouture event, and he’s a charming and talented writer!

Ps: don’t be afraid by the length of this review! I won’t apologise, I had too much fun writing it!


last witnessTitle: Last Witness
Author: Chris Merritt
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: July 2018
Format: e-copy
Source: NetGalley

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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Bush Telegraph: The Rumour by Lesley Kara @LesleyKara @TransworldBooks #SpreadTheWord #TheRumour

Happy Sunday! It took me a few days to find how to express my feelings about the hyped novel The Rumour… But I made it! I don’t think I can do Lesley Kara’s book justice but I did my best!

I’d like to thank Transworld Books for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

the rumourTitle: The Rumour
Author: Lesley Kata
Publisher: Transworld Books
Date of publication: December 2018
Format: e-copy
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5 🧚‍♀️

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back.

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

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Lazy Saturday Review: Bridge to Burn by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #favouriteseriesalert #KayReturns #TheKayMystery

I couldn’t be happier to start the weekend with this review! Can you believe I am about to talk about the seventh book in the Kay Hunter series? You can’t see it but I’m excited as a bee and my cheeks hurt from smiling.

Thank you so much to the wonderful Rachel Amphlett for kindly providing me with my Kay Hunter fix. This review is unbiased and filled with fangirlism because my blog, my rules, my baby books!!!

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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!

Ps: My lazy reviews are more often good ones than rants, haha!


bridge to burnTitle: Bridge to Burn (Detective Kay Hunter #7)
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Date of publication: 13 January 2019
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When a mummified body is discovered in a renovated building, the gruesome discovery leads Detective Kay Hunter and her team into a complex murder investigation.

The subsequent police inquiry exposes corruption, lies and organised crime within the tight-knit community – and Kay’s determination to seek justice for the young murder victim could ruin the reputations of men who will do anything to protect their business interests.

But as Kay closes in on the killer, tragedy strikes closer to home in an event that will send a shockwave through her personal life and make her question everything she values.

Can Kay keep her private and professional life under control while she tries to unravel one of the strangest murder cases of her career?

Bridge to Burn is a gripping British detective murder mystery, and the seventh book in the Kay Hunter series.

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Friday Content! Godlefe’s Cuckoo by Bill Todd @williamjtodd @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

I’ve been quiet around here this past few days, I know! But today, thanks to the wonderful Emma at damppebblesblogtours, I have something for you!

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Title: Godlefe’s Cuckoo (Danny Lancaster #6)
Author: Bill Todd
Date of publication: March 2018

Danny Lancaster has been missing since the fishing boat exploded. Police are closing their inquiry but Wanda Lovejoy continues her campaign to find the truth. An evil man kept alive by machines nurses a corrosive hate. As drugs and disease pull his dying mind apart he throws his crime empire into a scorched earth quest to find one man. If Danny Lancaster isn’t dead he soon will be.

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Fancy a Trip? Today South London, Tomorrow South London by Andrew Grumbridge & Vincent Raison @deserterblog @Unbound_Digital #TodaySouthLondon @Unbounders

What better than a Tuesday for a trip to my favourite city?

I would like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Today South London, Tomorrow South London
Author: Andrew Grumbridge and Vincent Raison
Publisher: Unbound Digital
Date of publication: 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: publisher

London is one of the most written about cities in the world. Some of London, anyway. South London has been a slum, a resort and a neglected annex of the capital. But only now in the 21st century has it forged its own identity and purpose. And only now is this wonky wonderland going to get the book it deserves, the first book about South London since 1947.

Andrew Grumbridge and Vincent Raison, the slacker storytellers at Deserter (see below), are to publish their unique portraits of life below the river in Today South London, Tomorrow South London, published by Unbound. The authors, under their noms de plume, Dulwich Raider and Dirty South, record offbeat days out and half-remembered urban adventures featuring pubs, cemeteries, galleries, hospitals and pubs again, often in the company of their volatile dealer, Half-life, and the much nicer Roxy.

Part guide, part travelogue, this book is a collection of these tales with the addition of new material that their publisher absolutely insisted upon. South London, that maligned
wasteland where cabbies once feared to drive, can no longer be ignored. The South is risen!

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