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Life-Changing Stories: The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse

Some stories you pick on a whim and they take your breath away. The best part is, they don’t wear a warning!

the idea of youTitle: The Idea of You
Author: Amanda Prowse
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of publication: March 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 332
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…

This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?

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One Needle in a Hell of a Haystack: The Child by @figbarton @TransworldBooks

I am THRILLED to be kicking off December with a review of The Child by Fiona Barton! Thank you so much Transworld and Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

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Title: The Child
Author: Fiona Barton
Publisher: Transworld Books
Date of publication: December 1st 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 364
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

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Length doesn’t Matter: CWA Anthology of Short Stories @OrendaBooks @the_cwa

Let’s begin the day with an Orenda Books review! And not any review. Today I’m finally publishing my thoughts about the CWA anthology of short stories. Personal reasons prevented me from posting on time, I apologize to the lovely Karen Sullivan and to the patient Anne Cater for this! This post in my thank you for including me in the tour!

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Title: CWA Anthology of Short Stories
Edited by: Martin Edwards
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: November 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 306
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This exciting collection of short stories features crime writers working with a “mystery tour” or travel theme. Ann Cleeves on Tanzania, Vas Khan on Mumbai, and Marnie Riches on Holland. Other writers include Sarah Hilary, Alex Marwood, Cally Taylor, Elly Griffiths, Steph Broadribb, Johana Gustawsson, Liz Nugent, Steve Cavanagh, Cal Moriarty, Paul Hardisty, Mason Cross, Sharon Bolton, Vas Khan, Marnie Riches, Bill Ryan, Ian Rankin, Peter James, Kate Rhodes, Ragnar Jonasson, and Ann Cleeves.

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Blog Blitz! Gone Missing by T.J Brearton @BreartonTJ @bookouture

Happy Thursday! Today I’m happy to share the love for Gone Missing, a special and interesting new release from Bookouture! Happy publication day to  and thank you to Bookouture for letting me be a part of the party!

gone missingTitle: Gone Missing
Author: T.J. Brearton
Imprint: Bookouture
Date of publication: November 16th 2017
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ and a half

It was a normal day. Then they took her.

Katie Calumet is on an early-morning run when she hears a baby crying. The park is deserted, and there’s no one in the street. She follows the cries, but then everything goes black. When Katie wakes up, she’s blindfolded and her hands and feet are bound.

Detective Justin Cross takes on the case, but with the trail leading into endless dense forest, and a failing marriage weighing on his mind, finding Katie is his most challenging case yet – not least because the Calumet family are keeping secrets of their own.

Justin and Katie face a race against time that will push them both to their very limits. As Justin works day and night to discover who took her and why, Katie fights desperately to escape from her kidnappers and the forest that surrounds her…

Can Justin find her before it’s too late?

A gripping and breath-taking thriller you won’t be able to put down. Perfect for fans of Tom Bale, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.

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We’re on the Highway to: Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr

THE TIME HAS COME.

My Kay Hunter fix arrived. I jumped on it. I devoured it. Now I’m sharing and waiting for the next!!!

A million thanks to Rachel Amphlett and Emma Mitchell for allowing me to kick off the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book.

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Title: Hell to Pay
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Imprint: Saxon Publishing
Date of publication: November 16th 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 322
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?

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A Video Review of Broken Bones by Angela Marsons! @WriteAngie @bookouture

Hellooooo! I am so excited and happy to present you my first ever video review! And it’s not any review! It’s a Kim Stone book one!!! Thanks ever so much to Kim and Angela for including me in this project! I had lots of fun recording myself but Oi! Reviewing on video is awfully difficult so I hope it won’t be too boring to watch! I definitely have missed points I wanted to talk about so you’ll see a Goodreads review pop soon! I did not dive into details as it’s a series, so it’s all about feelings and discovering!

Broken-Bones-KindleTitle: Broken Bones
Author: Angela Marsons
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: November 3rd 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 374
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

They thought they were safe. They were wrong.
The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

As three more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.

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Butterflies Should Be Free to Fly: Clipped Wings by Jennifer Gilmour @JenLGilmour @emmamitchellfpr

I am thrilled and honored to be on the tour for Clipped Wings. This project is close to my heart and I would like to thank Jennifer Gilmour, Emma Mitchell and everyone who took part to make it happen.

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Title: Clipped Wings
Author: Jennifer Gilmour
Date of publication: October 30th 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 148
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The silent chorus.

Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be.

But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do
it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all
but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy.

But you are.

A group of survivors have spoken about their own experiences. In their own words they show that survivors do have a voice and that it needs to be heard. They show that abuse isn’t unique or strange but that it is, unfortunately, a surprisingly
common problem in today’s society.

The message of this book is one of courage, as with courage comes awareness and an ability to understand what has happened to you and take the steps needed to become a survivor yourself.

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Keep Digging: The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney @trisha460 @bookouture #BookReview

This post was supposed to be published last week. I sincerely apologize to Bookouture and Patricia Gibney for not being able to fix the WP issue that cancelled my scheduled post. This review is my unbiased thank you to Bookouture and the author for providing me with a copy of the book and a space on the tour.

the lost childTitle: The Lost Child
Author: Patricia Gibney
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: October 27th 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 483
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

They placed me in here and threw away the key. I look down at the gown they’ve put on me. I want my own clothes. I don’t know how long I’ve been here.

An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate. When they discover that the victim’s daughter is missing as well, they start to fear for the safety of the whole family…

Two days later as a nearby house is set on fire and with the body count rising, Lottie and her team begin to unpick a web of secrets and lies, as the murders seem to link back to a case investigated by Lottie’s father before he took his own life.

With little knowledge of what really happened to her father, Lottie knows this is a case that could give her some answers. But how much does she want to know? And how far is Lottie prepared to dig to uncover the truth?

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What Do You Have in Store? Why Stuff Matters by Jen Waldo @ArcadiaBooks

Happy Monday everyone! I’m delighted to share a special review today! I had a lot of fun reading Why Stuff Matters and I’d like to thank Arcadia Books for providing me a copy of this book. This review is my unbiased thank you to them!

why stuff mattersTitle: Why Stuff Matters
Author: Jen Waldo
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Date of publication: October 29th 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 216
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

When Jessica, a grieving widow, inherits an antique mall from her mother she also inherits the stallholders, an elderly, amoral, acquisitive, and paranoid collection.
When one of the vendors, a wily ex-con named Roxy, shoots her ex-husband, she calls on Jessica to help bury the body and soon Jessica is embroiled in cover-ups, lies, and misdirection.

Into this mix comes Lizzie, Jessica’s late husband’s twelve-year- old daughter by his first marriage, who’s been dumped on Jessica’s doorstep by the child’s self-absorbed mother and it soon becomes apparent that Lizzie is as obsessed with material
possessions as Jessica’s elderly tenants.

Why Stuff Matters is a compelling ode to possession, why people like things and the curious lengths they will go to keep them. Returning to her fictional Caprock,

Waldo turns her wry wit on the lives of those afraid to let go. Jen Waldo’s style modulates effortlessly from domestic nuance to taut adventure, to social and moral transgression, consistently vivid and inflected with humour.

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