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Seeking Justice: Dead To Me by Stephen Edger @StephenEdger @bookouture #BlogTour

dead to meTitle: Dead to Me
Author: Stephen Edger
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: crime, thriller
Date of publication: August 17th 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 352
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ and a half

How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?

The woman lay flat on the table, her face to one side, her wrists bound with thick tape. Deep scratches marked the wood beneath her fingers, now resting cold and still…

When a woman’s body is found in an abandoned bar near the Southampton docks, Detective Kate Matthews is called in to lead the investigation. She must solve this case to prove she is coping with the death of a close colleague.

Kate knows a pile of ripped up newspaper cuttings discovered at the victim’s house must be a piece of the puzzle, but her team keep hitting dead-ends… Until she finds a disturbing clue that convinces her of three things: The murder is linked to the body of a man found hanging in a warehouse, she is on the hunt for a calculated serial killer, and the killer is watching her every move.

Kate realises there will be another victim soon, and that her own life is in grave danger, but no one else believes her theory. Can she find and stop the most twisted killer of her career, before another life is lost?

An absolutely NAIL-BITING thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, James Patterson and MJ Arlidge.

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Lazy Saturday Review: Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson @ragnarjo @OrendaBooks

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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!

Note from me: My lazy reviews are usually for books I did enjoy!

blackoutTitle: Blackout
Author: Ragnar Jonasson
Translation: Quentin Bates
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: July 16th 2016
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 442
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ and a half

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance.Ari Thor Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjordur struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies…Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.

Thanks to my amazing friend bloggers, I decided to read Blackout before the second book in the series to avoid any spoilers! Thank you girls!

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Why Me?: The Other Girl by Erica Spindler @EricaSpindler ‏@StMartinsPress

the other girlTitle: The Other Girl
Author: Erica Spindler
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Date of publication: August 22nd 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 256
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A horrific crime. One witness—a fifteen year old girl from the wrong side of the tracks, one known for lying and her own brushes with the law.
Is it any surprise no one believed her?

Officer Miranda Rader of the Harmony, Louisiana PD is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from the town of Jasper, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to earn the respect of her coworkers and the community.

When Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the brutality of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about that terrible night fifteen years ago. The night she’d buried, along with her past and the girl she’d been back then. Until now that grave had stayed sealed…except for those times, in the deepest part of the night, when the nightmares came: of a crime no one believed happened and the screams of the girl they believed didn’t exist.

Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop. Not just any cop—the one who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda.

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Another Door Opens: A Single Step by Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook

Never again can I say I won’t read a certain genre… Except for Erotica!

a single stepTitle: A Single Step
Author: Georgia Rose
Publisher: Three Shires Publishing
Date of publication: January 2nd 2014
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: kindly provided by the author (Thank you!)
Number of pages: 291
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Meet Emma Grayson, heroine of The Grayson Trilogy, a series of mysterious and romantic adventure stories.

‘The gun continued to be levelled at me. “Answer it…but don’t tell him I’m here or he’ll get to listen to you die.” That concentrated my mind considerably, and as I reached for my phone I came up with a plan…’

Emma Grayson was left devastated when her life was torn apart by tragedy and betrayal. Now someone believes it’s time for her to start again and puts an advert for a job through her door which leads her to the Melton Estate. Despite her desire for a solitary existence she finds herself discovering a life she could never have imagined, challenging her independence, her fears and her resistance to love.

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Kind, or Too Nice?: Best Intentions by Erika Raskin @StMartinsPress @erikaraskin

Once in a while, I pick a book and I’m just blown away.

best intentionsTitle: Best Intentions
Author: Erika Raskin
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Date of publication: August 15th 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 288
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Marti Trailor is a mother of three, a New York congressman’s daughter, and wife to a successful obstetrician. Tired of playing the dutiful stay-at-home mom, she jumps at the opportunity to return to her stalled career as a hospital social worker. The catch? The job is at the same hospital where her husband works, and the doctor is not so keen.

As Marti gets enmeshed in the world of the hospital—long hours, overworked doctors, entrenched and dangerous politics—she witnesses something that she cannot unsee. Marti takes it upon herself to do the right thing. But the right thing comes with unintended consequences, and before she even has time to plead innocence, Marti finds herself thrust under a dangerous spotlight.

Peeling back the layers of one woman’s precipitous journey from stay-at-home mom to murder trial defendant, Best Intentions is Erika Raskin’s sophomore gem, a domestic mystery set against a captivating emotional backdrop.

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Shine, Darling: If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton @bookouture @Keris #BlogTour

if you could see me nowTitle: If You Could See Me Now
Author: Keris Stainton
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: August 4th 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 216
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Izzy Harris should have it all – but her boyfriend has been ignoring her for months, she’s been overlooked for a promotion, and the owner of her local coffee shop pervs on her every time she has a craving for a salted caramel muffin.

Then her life is unexpectedly turned upside down.

Izzy dumps her oblivious boyfriend, and leaps on the chance to win a big pitch at work. Needing to work closely with gorgeous colleague Alex is an added perk…

But then her best friend has her heart broken, the pitch is way more complicated than expected, and Alex is keeping secrets. Does Izzy have what it takes to help her friend, save her career and get the guy?

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Open your Mind and your Eyes: The Unquiet Dead by @AusmaZehanat @noexitpress #BlogTour

Some books fall on you and leave a trace. The Unquiet Dead is one of them.

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Title: The Unquiet Dead
Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan
Publisher: No Exit Press
Date of publication: July 27th 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 352
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One man is dead.

But thousands were his victims.

Can a single murder avenge that of many?

Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto: the body of Christopher Drayton is found at the foot of the cliffs. Muslim Detective Esa Khattak, head of the Community Policing Unit, and his partner Rachel Getty are called in to investigate. As the secrets of Drayton s role in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide of Bosnian Muslims surface, the harrowing significance of his death makes it difficult to remain objective. In a community haunted by the atrocities of war, anyone could be a suspect. And when the victim is a man with so many deaths to his name, could it be that justice has at long last been served?

In this important debut novel, Ausma Zehanat Khan has written a compelling and provocative mystery exploring the complexities of identity, loss, and redemption.
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Take a Dive: The Girls in the Water by Victoria Jenkins @bookouture @vicwritescrime #BlogTour

The Girls In The Water cover imageTitle: The Girls in the Water
Author: Victoria Jenkins
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: August 3rd 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 328
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

When the body of Lola Evans is found in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer. 

Days later, a second girl goes missing. It seems the two shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. Who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls? 

As the detectives start to piece together the clues, Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden. 

Alex and Chloe are determined to find the killer before more lives are lost… 

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Never Forget: Till The Dust Settles by Pat Young @py321_young @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour

I am honored to be sharing this last stop on the blog tour for Till The Dust Settles with the fabulous Jen @Jen Med’s Book Reviews!

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Title: Till The Dust Settles
Author: Pat Young
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date of publication: 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 345
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The lives of two women who never meet are about to collide.

Lucie married young. Her husband has become abusive, controlling and violent.  Having lost everything as a result of the marriage, Lucie decides it is time to walk away.

As she leaves the house on the morning of September 11th, heading to a job interview at the World Trade Centre and the promise of a new life, the unthinkable happens.

On a street in New York, choking on the dust, Lucie stumbles upon an opportunity for a new life.

She thought the grass would be greener. But starting again is never that simple…

Sometimes, what lies ahead is even more deadly. 

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Fly, Fly Higher: The Silent Kookaburra by Liza Perrat @LizaPerrat #BookReview

Today we’re flying over to Australia!

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Title: The Silent Kookaburra
Author: Liza Perrat
Date of publication: 2016
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: Kindly provided by the author
Number of pages: 309
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️and a half

All eleven-year-old Tanya Randall wants is a happy family. But Mum does nothing besides housework, Dad’s always down the pub and Nanna Purvis moans at everyone except her dog. Then Shelley arrives –– the miracle baby who fuses the Randall family in love for their little gumnut blossom.

Tanya’s life gets even better when she meets an uncle she didn’t know she had. He tells her she’s beautiful and could be a model. Her family refuses to talk about him. But that’s okay, it’s their little secret.

Then one blistering summer day tragedy strikes, and the surrounding mystery and suspicion tear apart this fragile family web. 

Embracing the social changes of 1970s Australia, against a backdrop of native fauna and flora, The Silent Kookaburra is a haunting exploration of the blessings, curses and tyranny of memory. 

Unsettling psychological suspense blending the intensity of Wally Lamb with the atmosphere of Peter James, this story will get under your skin.

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