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Till Death Do Us Part… And After: The Dead Ex by @JaneCorryAuthor @HannahLudbrook @PenguinUKBooks

When you read a book as soon as you get it and then you have to wait FOREVER to talk about it… The day is finally here!

Thank you to Penguin Books UK and the lovely Hannah for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. This is my unbiased review.

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Family Matter: The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley #BlogTour @TitanBooks #TheBeloveds

Families are more than blood and gatherings. They are a huge part of your life, whether you have one or not…

I would like to thank Titan Books for my review copy of The Beloveds. This review is my unbiased opinion.

39340880Title: The Beloveds
Author: Maureen Lindley
Date of publication:  17 June 2018
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 384

Oh, to be a Beloved—one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure.

Betty Stash is not a Beloved—but her younger sister, the delightful Gloria, is. She’s the one with the golden curls, sunny disposition and captivating smile, the one whose best friend used to be Betty’s, the one whose husband should have been Betty’s. And then, to everyone’s surprise, Gloria inherits the family home—a vast, gorgeous pile of ancient stone, imposing timbers, and lush gardens—that was never meant to be hers.

Losing what Betty considers her rightful inheritance is the final indignity. As she single-mindedly pursues her plan to see the estate returned to her in all its glory, her determined and increasingly unhinged behaviour—aided by poisonous mushrooms, talking walls, and a phantom dog—escalates to the point of no return. The Beloveds will have you wondering if there’s a length to which an envious sister won’t go.

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Lazy Saturday Review: Remember Me by Lynda Renham

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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!

I was kindly offered a copy of this story by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

CoverPicTitle: Remember Me
Author: Lynda Renham
Date of publication:  2017
Publisher: Raucous Publishing
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 292

A new neighbour becomes a new friend. She looks up to you. She admires you, but is it you she wants? You begin to wonder if she wants your husband, or even your child. But then you realise, she wants your life.

When Sharni and Tom move into 24 The Pines, it seems like Clare and Chris have the perfect neighbours. Sharni is always there to help, especially with childcare for Clare’s two-year-old, Ben. But Clare can’t shake off the feelings of anxiety that assail her whenever Sharni is near.  Is Clare just being overprotective, or are her feelings justified?  As Sharni‘s influence touches everyone around her, Clare finds herself fighting for her sanity as well her family.

The gripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist.

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Over the Rainbow: No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield @ClayfieldChris @Bookollective #BlogTour

Today is all about surviving and finding our inner strength! Happy Sunday everyone!

Thank you very much to Bookollective for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. All opinions in this review are mine. I received a copy of No Fourth River for review purposes.

36672128Title: No Fourth River
Author: Christine Clayfield
Date of publication:  June 2018
Publisher: RASC Publishing
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 217

Electroshock therapy, child abuse and modern-day slavery… just another day in Christine’s life.

Take a heart-wrenching yet inspiring ride through one woman’s incredible journey that is so compelling that you are simultaneously trying to look away and unable to stop yourself from reading on.

Christine’s father is a wealthy, tyrannical man renowned in the diamond business. At the age of just five, little Christine is cast aside into a boarding school where she is ridiculed for two embarrassing problems. She grows up in a never-ending circle of traumatic experiences both in her boarding school and at home. It culminates into a falling out between father and child that was never fully mended, leading her into a world of promiscuity and alcohol, eventually landing her in a violent marriage.

Driven to the limits of despair and heartache, she creates a plan to escape her world of misery. Will her plan work?

A story that asks: How do you find the strength, when you suffer almost unbearable abuse and are broken beyond repair, to pick up the pieces of a shattered life?

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#NordicNoir Favorite: Big Sister by Gunnar Staalesen @OrendaBooks @annecater #BlogTour

Some characters stay with you, some stories make you hungry for more. The Varg Veum series is my EPIC FAVORITE NORDIC LOVE. Has Big Sister lived up to my expectations?

My biggest thanks to Karen and Anne for this blog tour!

37832208Title: Big Sister
Author: Gunnar Staalesen
Date of publication:  2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 276

Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office. A woman introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a 19-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her bedsit in Bergen two weeks ago. Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously.
Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers on the hunt for a group of people whose dark deeds are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal…
Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Big Sister reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

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Need a Book Hangover? Dying Truth by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #killerbook #KimStoneSeries

She does it again.

Thank you to Bookouture for my review copy and to Angela Marsons for making me feel so alive!

dying truthTitle: Dying Truth
Author: Angela Marsons
Date of publication:  May 18th 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 384
No more star ratings! (but OMG if I did, this would get all the stars!!)

How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

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Keep your Friends Close: My Sweet Friend by H.A Leuschel @HALeuschel @RaRaResources #BlogTour

Even after its death, my old Macbook is giving me hell! I was using the calendar to plan my reviews and of course, I was sure my review of My Sweet Friend was for today. My brain was too dead to go back to my emails to check, so here it is, one day late!

36678713Title: My Sweet Friend
Author: H.A Leuschel
Date of publication:  2018
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 92
No more star ratings!

A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives
A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?
Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.
But is Alexa all she claims to be?
As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?
In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

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It’s always safer to stay between the pages: All of this Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor @lygiaday @dh_books #BlogTour

Yes, you read this right. Today, I am reviewing a Young Adult story! I wish I had my friend Marie’s talent for this but I will do my best to talk about All of this is True.

I would like to thank the author, and my darling Sweechie for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. You have been brilliant!

35068735.jpgTitle: All of this is true
Author: Lygia Day Peñaflor
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of publication:  2018
Format: uncorrected proof copy
Number of pages: 432
No more star ratings!

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .

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It Will be the Death of You: The Lies We Told by Camilla Way @CamillaLWay @HarperCollins #BlogTour

Happy Friyay! To start the weekend on a good note, here is my review of The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. This was my first book from the author and I was not disappointed!

Thank you very much to Harper Collins for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

the lies we told.pngTitle: The Lies We Told
Author: Camilla Way
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Date of publication: May 3rd 2018
Format: E-ARC
Number of pages: 336
No more star ratings!

A daughter
Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behaviour, the apparent delight in hurting others… sometimes Beth is scared of her, and what she could be capable of.

A son
Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without trace, and his girlfriend Clara is left desperate to discover what has happened to him.

A life built on lies
As Clara digs into the past, she realizes that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke’s long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke’s life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. Can she find him before it’s too late?

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