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You Can’t Run Away From Yourself: I Looked Away by Jane Corry @JaneCorryAuthor @EllieeHud @GeorgiaKTaylor @PenguinUKBooks

It’s always such a pleasure to welcome a book from an author you admire. A pleasure and a risk. What if you’re disappointed? It’s a risk worth taking with authors such as Jane Corry, and let me tell you, she didn’t disappoint!

A huge thank you to Ellie for providing me with a copy of this novel.

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Title: I Looked Away
Author: Jane Corry
Date of publication:  26 June 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books UK
Format: physical proof
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 492

Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anything else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband’s affair. But he swore it was over, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she’s got.

Then one day, while she’s looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And for just a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. The accident that happens will change her life forever.

Because Ellie is hiding something in her past.

And what looks like an accident could start to look like murder…

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Posted in Festivals, Interviews

Preparing Capital Crime: London Live with David Headley @DavidHHeadley @CapitalCrime1 @adamhamdy @midaspr @SophMidas @phoebe_swinburn

September is my birthday month, which means I get to treat myself to even more presents than usual 😃😇

Months ago, I booked my hotel in Stirling to make sure not to miss Bloody Scotland. And now, I have another bookish reason to be happy… Capital Crime!

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Don’t Break #TheChain by Adrian McKinty @adrianmckinty @orionbooks @Leanne_Oliver1 @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Boom. I’m on a roll! One fabulous read after the other… What makes it even better is that each read is special… And this one? Buckle your seat belt!

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Title: The Chain
Author: Adrian McKinty
Date of publication:  9th July 2019
Publisher: Orion
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 357

VICTIM.
SURVIVOR.
ABDUCTOR.
CRIMINAL.
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.

* * * * *

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN

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Not So Innocent: Child’s Play by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #BookonTour #Favouriteseries

Mondays can be great days! Today is a good example as I am lucky to share my review of the latest Kim Stone novel!!! I couldn’t be happier to kick off the week with another stunner from Angela Marsons!

Hugs and huge thanks to Kim and Bookouture for inviting me to read and review Child’s Play as part of the blog tour!

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Title: Child’s Play
Author: Angela Marsons
Date of publication:  11th July 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 359

Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. ‘You really should have played with me,’ I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.

Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck. 

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event. 

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?

The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy, number one bestseller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.

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Perfect Cracks: The Marriage Betrayal by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #BookonTour

Saturdays are a good choice to lose yourself in a strong psychological thriller! Guess what, I have one for you!

My biggest thanks to Kim and Bookouture for inviting me to be part of the tour and for providing me with a copy.

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Author: Shalini Boland
Date of publication:  8th July 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 273

‘Daddy has been lying.’

Faye Townsend has planned the perfect summer trip for her family. But returning to the small seaside town her husband grew up in does not go to plan, the rain pours and the long days become stifling. And then the unthinkable happens…

Her husband Jake and her six-year-old son Dylan go for an early morning walk along the beautiful, windswept clifftops. They don’t come back.

As the hours tick by, Dylan’s red baseball cap is found on the beach and Faye finds herself being questioned by the police. They want to know everything about the man she married – is Faye ready to face her husband’s dark past? Or will she have to confront her own secrets first?

And just how far will a mother go to save her only child?

From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will make you gasp out loud as you race towards the unforgettable twist. If you loved The Girl on the Train and The Wife Before You this book is for you.

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Digging Up Old Bones: Fear in the Lakes by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @bookouture #bookontour

I am very excited to be reviewing Fear in the Lakes, the latest DC Beth Young novel, on publication day! Have a brilliant day, Graham! 🎉

My thanks to Noelle and Bookouture for inviting me to be part of the tour and for providing me with a copy of this book.

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Title: Fear in the Lakes (DC Beth Young 3)
Author: Graham Smith
Date of publication:  12th July 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 356

A case with no leads.

A victim with no enemies.

A killer with no conscience…

When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.

But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.

But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?

Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?

Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…

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Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave 18

Welcome to today’s Happy Friday! My remedy against feeling down is to make a list of all the good things in my life. It can be anything. Really, anything. The smallest gesture from a stranger can change your day, if you open your eyes. Now, I am a pessimistic and I need daily reminders to look for the bright side. Maybe you are too, or maybe the state of our world is weighing on you. In any case, here’s your shot at some happy things!

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It Comes and Goes in Waves: #ComeBackForMe by Heidi Perks @HeidiPerksBooks @arrowpublishing #TeamHeidi #BlogTour

🥳 HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY, HEIDI PERKS!

Thank you for writing amazing novels turning me into a huge fangirl! 🎉

You can read my review of Now You See Her here!

I would like to thank the amazing Rachel at Century for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and, more importantly, to hold my #TeamHeidi banner high on this special day. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Come Back For Me
Author: Heidi Perks
Date of publication:  11th July 2019
Publisher: Century
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 400
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

A shocking discovery. An island wrapped in secrets.You can bury the body, but the truth will always surface…

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body. For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking, as the body is found in the garden of her childhood home. The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the Dorset island.
But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets. But one thing rings true… You can’t bury the truth forever.

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Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave 17

Welcome to today’s Happy Friday! My remedy against feeling down is to make a list of all the good things in my life. It can be anything. Really, anything. The smallest gesture from a stranger can change your day, if you open your eyes. Now, I am a pessimistic and I need daily reminders to look for the bright side. Maybe you are too, or maybe the state of our world is weighing on you. In any case, here’s your shot at some happy things!

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Place Your Bet: #FixedOdds by William McIntyre @cerisanne @Best_Defence @sandstonepress #BlogTour

I love courtroom thrillers. I love the Law, rules, and those clever enough to play with them. Today is a good day. No, a great day! Today’s book review is all about a stunning book mixing courtroom chills with fun and tension!

Special thanks to Ceris from Sandstone Press for inviting me to be part of this tour and providing me with a gorgeous proof copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Fixed Odds
Author: William McIntyre
Publisher: Sandstone Press
Date of publication: 4 July 2019
Format: physical proof copy
Source: publisher
Number of pages: 290

George ‘Genghis’ McCann has stolen – and lost – a priceless masterpiece. Snooker
champion Oscar ‘The Showman’ Bowman is charged with betting fraud. With a second baby on the way, and promises of great rewards if he wins Bowman’s case and recovers the painting, defence lawyer Robbie Munro has never been so tempted to fix the odds in his favour.

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