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Liar, Liar, Life on Fire: The Affair by Sheryl Browne @SherylBrowne @bookouture

Let’s get down to business! Weekends are for family matters, right? Well, this review is all about family…

I want to thank Bookouture for inviittng me to read and review this novel.

the affairTitle: The Affair
Author: Sheryl Browne
Date of publication:  August 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 351
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.

You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.

You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.

You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.

You will judge her, just like everyone else.

You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.

If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Sister, you’ll love this compelling and gripping psychological thriller from Sheryl Browne. The Affairwill have you hooked from the very first page!

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off You: Now You See Her by Heidi Perks @HeidiPerksBooks @arrowpublishing @PenguinUKBooks @PenguinRHUK

Happy Saturday! Are you thinking about taking your kids somewhere today? Check my review of Now You See Her, you might think twice about it!!!

I would like to thank Penguin Random House for inviting me to review their addictive summer psychological thriller. This review is my unbiased opinion.

36478642.jpgTitle: Now You See Her
Author: Heidi Perks
Date of publication:  26th July 2018
Publisher: Cornerstone
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 400
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second …

Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.

Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.

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I Will Not Recover from This One: #DoNoHarm by L. V. Hay @LucyVHayAuthor #BlogTour @OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTour @annecater

I have been DYING to share my thoughts on this story. If you are on Twitter, you might remember this…

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Yep, my boss tried – and almost succeeded – to kill me with a book. Weeks later, my mind is still thinking about how our reads shape the way we see things and how Lucy have made me even more paranoid than I was before!!

D0_NO_HARM_COVERTitle: Do No Harm
Author: Lucy V. Hay
Date of publication:  July 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Uncorrected Proof
Number of pages: 287
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

Till death do us part…

After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…
Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…
Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

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Lazy Saturday Review: Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham @MarkBillingham @groveatlantic

Happy Saturday, whether you’re at Harrogate or not!

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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!

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Rush of Blood
Author: Mark Billingham
Date of publication:  2017
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Format: NetGalley copy
Number of pages: 292
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

In the standalone novel Rush of Blood, internationally bestselling author Mark Billingham puts a sinister twist on a deceptively innocent topic: the beach vacation.

Three British couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on Easter Sunday, the last day of their vacation, tragedy strikes: the fourteen-year-old daughter of an American vacationer goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. When the shocked couples return home to the U.K., they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don’t always like what they find. Buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some unusual kinks and unpleasant vices. Then, a second girl goes missing, in Kent—not far from where any of the couples lives. Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?

Ambitiously plotted and laced with dark humor, Rush of Blood is a first-rate suspense novel about the danger of making new friends in seemingly sunny places.

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What Goes On Under The Sun: Dead of Night by Michael Stanley #HappyPublicationDay @OrendaBooks @detectivekubu

Happy publication day to the wonderful Michael Stanley team!!!

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Title: Dead of Night
Author: Michael Stanley
Date of publication:  15th July 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Uncorrected proof
Number of pages: 320
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

When freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen, heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, while searching for her missing colleague. But within a week, she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder. And everyone is after a briefcase full of money that may hold the key to everything…
Fleeing South Africa, she goes undercover in Vietnam, trying to discover the truth before she’s exposed by the local mafia. Discovering the plot behind the money is only half the battle. Now she must convince the South African authorities to take action before it’s too late. She has a shocking story to tell, if she survives long enough to tell it…
Fast-paced, relevant and chilling, Dead of Night is a stunning new thriller that exposes one of the most vicious conflicts on the African continent…

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Days, Hours, Minutes: 29 Seconds by T. M. Logan @TMLoganAuthor @BonnierZaffre @CamillaWray @DA_Agency

It feels so good to review without a deadline!

I would like to thank Bonnier Zaffre for my review copy of this novel. This review is my unbiased opinion.

36217426Title: 29 Seconds
Author: T. M. Logan
Date of publication:  2018
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Format: NetGalley e-ARC
Number of pages: 320
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

 

Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . .

When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.

He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.

All it takes is a 29 second phone call.

Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?

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Bloody Holiday: Palm Beach, Finland by @antti_tuomainen @OrendaBooks #FavoriteBook

I am breaking my own rule. I am reviewing an Orenda Books novel. Why? Because I loved it to pieces. Also, it feels so good to review without a deadline! I just read, wrote, and now I am posting. And it feels right to start the summer holiday on a beach in Finland!

Thank you Orenda Books for feeding me with the most extraordinary novels and for being responsible for my lack of sleep.
This review is my unbiased thank you to the publisher and the author.

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Title: Palm Beach, Finland
Author: Antti Tuomainen
Date of publication:  30th October 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: uncorrected proof
Number of pages: 300
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

Sex, lies and ill-fitting swimwear … Sun Protection Factor 100

Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’. The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary.

With a nod to Fargo, and dark noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies regardless of reason.

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One Step Too Far: A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni #BlogTour

A new week, a new author! Through A Steep Price, I got to meet the author, Robert Dugoni, and learn about a series that has been going for six books now!

I would like to thank the publisher as well as the lovely Rachel and Sophie for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

36392840Title: A Steep Price
Author: Robert Dugoni
Date of publication:  26 June 2018
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 380
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short.

Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant. And now her biggest fear seems to be coming true when a new detective arrives to replace her. Meanwhile, Tracy’s colleague Vic Fazzio is about to take a fall after his investigation into the murder of a local community activist turns violent and leaves an invaluable witness dead.

Two careers are on the line. And when more deadly secrets emerge, jobs might not be the only things at risk.

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Roses Are Rose, The Sky is Blue … Who Are You? #TheDate by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture #Blogtour

I have followed Louise Jensen on her publication journey since The Sister (review here). I fell in love. But every story brings the shadow of a doubt. What if the magic doesn’t work this time?

Today, we are going on a date.

I would like to thank the fantastic Kim Nash at Bookouture and the gifted Louise Jensen for offering me the opportunity to read The Date and review it as part of the blog tour.

39603448Title: The Date
Author: Louise Jensen
Date of publication:  21 June 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 315

One night can change everything. 

‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her. 

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her…

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The SisterThe Gift and The SurrogateThe Date is a gripping page-turner that will keep you awake until the early hours.

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