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What’s Your Favorite Color: Blue Night by Simone Buchholz @OrendaBooks

It’s a blue kind of Thursday and a very special trip to Germany today on the blog!

Thank you to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan for picking me up for the drive! This review is my thank you to them and the author.

Blue Night cover finalTitle: Blue Night
Author: Simone Buchholz
Translator: Rachel Ward
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 9th Feb 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 276
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and a half

After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived… Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany’s bestselling authors.

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Under One Roof: The Reunion by Samantha Hayes @bookouture @samhayes

Welcome on my stop for one of the most chilling stories I have read. Sometimes what looks normal turns out to be awfully scary. Really…

As usual, this review is my unbiased thanks to the fabulous Bookouture team and the wonderful Kim!

coverTitle: The Reunion
Author: Samantha Hayes
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 9th Feb 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 386
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

They were all there the day your sister went missing. 
Who is lying? Who is next?

THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.

Eleanor never came back.

NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.

When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…

If you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this gripping psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down

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Take a Look in the Mirror: #ForceOfNature by @janeharperautho, @LittleBrownUK @kimberleynyam

I am beyond thrilled to be one of the stops on the Force of Nature blog tour for Jane Harper’s latest story! Welcome to Hel.. Sunday’s post!

This unbiased review is my huge thanks to Little Brown UK and Kimberley for including me in this blog tour!

force of nature coverTitle: Force of Nature
Author: Jane Harper
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Date of publication: Feb 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 400
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

FIVE WENT OUT. FOUR CAME BACK…

Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice’s welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them.

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged landscape is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.

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This Is The End: Killed by Thomas Enger @OrendaBooks @EngerThomas #BlogTour

I hate goodbyes… But some are more memorable than others…

Thank you to my darling Karen and the wonderful Anne for having me as part of the blog tour for Killed. This post is unbiased and I take responsibility for any fangirlism.

 

killedTitle: Killed
Author: Thomas Enger
Translation: Kari Dickson
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 15th Feb 2018
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 276
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SOMEONE HAS TO DIE…

Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits
opposite him. At the man’s feet is a body that will be soon be dumped

into the water.

Henning knows that the same fate awaits him.
And he knows that it’s his own fault.

Who started the fire that killed Henning’s young son? How is his
sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted?
Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-awaited
finale of the internationally renowned series featuring conflicted,
disillusioned but always dogged crime reporter Henning Juul, and
one of the most chilling, dark and moving crime thrillers you may ever read.

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Open Your Ears: Hydra by Matt Wesolowski @ConcreteKraken @OrendaBooks #BlogTour

You can’t imagine my pleasure today. I am all in for a treat. And you are, too!!

This review of Hydra is my unbiased thank you to Karen Sullivan, Anne Cater, and the #TeamOrenda!

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Title: Hydra
Author: Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 258
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A family massacre. A deluded murderess. Five witnesses. Six Stories. Which one is true?
One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the northwest of England, 21-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, stepfather and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the Macleod Massacre. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five key witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was as diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and
the mysterious black-eyed kids, whose presence seems to extend far beyond the delusions of a murderess… Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both a classic murder mystery and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller that shines light in places you may never, ever want to see again.

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Eternal Bond: The Daughter by Lucy Dawson @lucydawsonbooks @bookouture #BlogTour

Happy new week! Today I’m one of the stop on the great blog tour for The Daughter by Lucy Dawson!

Thank you to the amazing Kim at Bookouture for adding me to this tour and allowing me to read and review this story. I received a copy of The Daughter through NetGalley but this element has in no way impacted my opinion on the book.

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Title: The Daughter
Author: Lucy Dawson
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: January 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 291
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. Now someone’s determined to make you pay… Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

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Question Everything: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland @karecleve @BeckyShort1 @TransworldBooks

Beware. You are about to click on a secured page containing classified information. Open the link at your own risk. Swear on your chocolate bar that your intentions are good and you will not be using any detail located in this review against the Blogging Law.

My biggest thanks to Anne Cater for giving me access to the file and the blog tour. This file is also my thank you to the publisher for having me work on their project.

Screen Shot 2018-01-27 at 1.03.01 AM.pngTitle: Need to Know
Author: Karen Cleveland
Publisher: Bantam Press
Date of publication: January 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 304
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency—and to her family.

What do you do when everything you trust might be a lie?

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened.

Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?

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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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