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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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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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Sing for your Life: Annie’s Summer by the Sea by Liz Eeles @Bookouture @lizeelesauthor #BlogBlitz

If the rain is pouring down today, take a look at this review! If it’s not, you can read it anyway!

Thanks to the Bookouture Team for inviting me to read and review this story!

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Title: Annie’s Summer by the Sea
Author: Liz Eeles
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 27 March 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fans of Jenny Oliver, Cathy Bramley and Debbie Johnson will love this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy! A storm is brewing on the stunning Cornish coast – but will sunshine follow the rain?

When Annie Trebarwith unexpectedly inherits Tregavara House, her much-loved family home atop the cliffs of Salt Bay, she begins to wonder: with all the good friends and warm memories she’s made in the village, could it be her forever home? 

Luckily her gorgeous Poldark-lookalike boyfriend, Josh Pasco, has exactly the same idea. High on the Cornish cliffs he gets down on one knee, and Annie has everything she’s ever dreamed of.

But when a summer storm causes catastrophic damage to the beautiful but aging house, Annie and Josh are faced with tumbling tiles and a massive repair bill – and a roof that’s leaked straight onto her wedding gown…

Can the Salt Bay community save Annie’s house and her wedding – and give Annie the happy-ever-after she’s always wanted?

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Single is the Way to Go: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor @headlinepg @wildfirebks

A good way to start the week is to remember being single is not the end of the world!

the perfect girlfriend.jpgTitle: The Perfect Girlfriend
Author: Karen Hamilton
Publisher: Wildfire
Date of publication: 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: work
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

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Wipe that Silly Smile from your Face: Hold my Hand by M.J. Ford #Review #Extract @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

It’s Creepy Sunday!!! Let’s talk clowns and hide under the covers!

This review is my unbiased thank you to Avon and Sabah Khan for letting me be part of this blog tour.

36589644.jpgTitle: Hold my Hand
Author: M.J. Ford
Publisher: Avon UK
Date of publication: 6 March 2018
Format: paperback
Source: Publisher
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a half!

How long do you hunt for the missing?

A horrible vanishing act…

When a young Josie Masters sees a boy wearing a red football shirt, Dylan Jones, being taken by a clown at a carnival, she tries to alert the crowds. But it’s too late. Dylan has disappeared…

Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of the body of a child have been found – complete with tatters of a torn red football shirt. Is it the boy she saw vanish in the clutches of the clown? Or is it someone else altogether?

And then another child disappears…

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Set Fire to your Life : Love after Love by Alex Hourston @alex_hourston @FaberBooks

Review time! Now that I am back at university, I should get a little more reading and writing done! Today, a seemingly tranquil story…

love after love.jpgTitle: Love after Love
Author: Alex Hourston
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date of publication: 1st March 2018
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

Nancy Jansen is the beating heart of her family.

She is the centre around whom many lives turn.

Mother

Therapist

Daughter

Sister

Wife

But Nancy has a new role:

Lover

Everybody can be happy, Nancy believes, so long as they can be kept apart.

But when these lives start to overlap, collision becomes inevitable, with consequences for all…

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Look Up: Love among the Treetops by Catherine Ferguson @_cathferguson @Sabah_K @AvonBooksUK

Hello! I was going to rant about WordPress when it failed to publish my post and go crazy on the laptop, but this cover is calming and reminds me spring should be with us soon… So, I apologize for the delay, and enjoy this extract from Love among the Treetops from the one and only Catherine Ferguson!

I’d like to thank the lovely Sabah for inviting me to be part of the tour and for spreading the colorful book love!

love treetopsTitle: Love among the Treetops
Author: Catherine Ferguson
Publisher: Avon Books
Date of publication: 8th March 2018
Source: Publisher

Can love flourish amongst the tree tops?

When pastry chef Twilight Wilson was a young girl, she would hide from school bullies up in the treehouse at the bottom of her garden in her family home in Sussex. It was her special place, and even as an adult she still loves it.

So when her family tell her they can’t afford to live there any more, Twilight is devastated. Not only will they lose their home – but the treehouse too!

She comes up with a plan to save the family home – she’ll start up a cafe in the treehouse! It’s a brilliant idea, and excitement builds as she starts planning the menus, with the help of Theo – a rather attractive man from the gym. But when former school bully Lucy finds out the plan, she starts plotting – and opens her own rival cafe in the village!

Can Twilight save her family home? Will her friendship with Theo ever be anything more? And who will win the cafe wars?

Catherine Ferguson is back in this hilarious, heart-warming read perfect for summer.

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Dig Deeper: Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes Review and Extract #BlogTour

I have been waiting for this day! I am very excited to share both an extract and my review of Silent Victim by the brilliantly talented Caroline Mitchell!

This unbiased review is my thank you to the publisher and to Charlotte Cooper for inviting me to be part of this tour!

silent victim.jpgTitle: Silent Victim
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Date of publication: 1st March 2018
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: Publisher
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emma has it all. A beautiful son, a loving husband and a dream job. Life only seem to get better when her husband, Alex, is offered a promotion and plans to move his young family to a new home. But Emma has a terrifying secret. In her back garden lies the body of a school teacher who seduced her as a teenager and Emma is responsible for it being there. Knowing she cannot leave without disposing of the body, Emma returns to original place to rid herself of it once and for, only to discovers it gone. Panic and terror lead to a confession of the crime to her husband, who promises to stand by her no matter what.

But Emma’s revelation shakes them to the core. As the idyllic life they once led becomes unhinged, soon both find themselves tangled in a web of deceit and as a chain reaction of events take place, their perfect existence begins to implode. Splitting the story between three voices, Caroline draws on her police officer experience to present the complex and blurred lines between victim and predator, innocence and guilt, and deceit and protection.

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You Can’t Escape What You Did: I Know Where You Live by Pat Young @py321_young @Bloodhoundbook

Two reviews in one day, it’s a busy Saturday on the blog!

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

I know where you live.jpgTitle: I Know Where You Live
Author: Pat Young
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date of publication: March 2018
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: Publisher
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Penny believes she’s being watched. Yet no one should know where she lives. 
 
Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe. 
 
At the airport they meet charming Sophie, fluent in French and looking for work as an au pair.
Penny, struggling to cope in France, offers Sophie a job and she soon becomes an important part of the family’s life. But Sophie is hiding something. 
 
Then Penny’s toddler son, Ethan, is abducted and an international hunt for the child begins.
The police beg Penny and her husband to take part in a television appeal but the couple refuse. Unknown to the police, Penny and Seth have new identities and are determined to lay low and protect them. But it may be too late for that. 
 
Who has taken Ethan and why?
 
Are the couple’s true identities linked to the abduction?  
 
And who has been watching them?  
 
To save her son Penny may have to put her own life on the line.

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