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Beauty and the Beasts: The Language of Secrets by @AusmaZehanat @noexitpress #ReadOctober #HuntforReadOctober #NoExit30

Happy #NoExit30!! I’m proud to be a part of those celebrations with a review of The Language of Secrets! I’d like to thank the amazing Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of the party, and now let The Hunt for Read begins!

the language of secretsTitle: The Language of Secrets
Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan
Publisher: No Exit Press
Genre: Mystery
Date of publication: October 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 352
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐️⭐️

The sequel to The Unquiet Dead

Detective Esa Khattak, still under scrutiny for his last case, is surprised when INSET, Canada’s national security team, calls him in on another politically sensitive issue. For months, INSET has been investigating a local terrorist cell which is planning an attack on New Year’s Day but their undercover informant, Mohsin Dar, has been murdered. Khattak sends his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, undercover into the unsuspecting mosque which houses the terrorist cell. As Rachel tentatively reaches out into the unfamiliar world of Islam and begins developing relationships with the people of the mosque and the terrorist cell within it, the potential reasons for Mohsin’s murder only seem to multiply, from the political and ideological to the intensely personal.

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Blogosphere Invasion: The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture

It’s blog blitz time!!! We are lucky to get an extract of the wonderful Shalini Boland’s book, The Secret Mother! A massive thanks to Bookouture for the gift and for allowing me to be a part of this!

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Tessa Markham comes home to find a child in her kitchen calling her ‘mummy’. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.

Not anymore.

She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.

After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the child. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself…

A chilling, unputdownable thriller with a dark twist that will take your breath away and make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister.

What readers are saying about Shalini Boland:

‘Read in one sitting from 9pm last night until 2:15 am. I literally could not put it down!!!! The story line and the twists and the way it’s written just draws you in completely and you have to know where it’s going I couldn’t read fast enough… absolutely addictive and brilliant and an end I didn’t see coming. This is one book you have to read and it gets 5 huge stars from me!!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘What can I say? Just wow. I’m usually never surprised by an ending, but this one blew me away. I am totally in shock and think I’ll have a hangover from this book for a while. A great read that keeps you on your toes until the very last word.’ Stacey Harrell, Goodreads 

‘If anyone can have me reading until 2am and finishing a book in less than 48hrs in the school holidays it’s this author… massive five stars from me.’ Sarah Mackins, UK Crime Book Club, 5 stars

‘The ending of this book blew me out of the water, you won’t be able to put this down.’ For the Love of Books, 5 stars

‘The plot is gripping and once you’ve started reading, you have to keep on reading, you need to know how the story will end.’ Bits About Books, 5 Stars
 
… one of the most chilling reads of the year for me.’Ajoobacats Blog, 5 Stars

‘This book should come with a warning… make sure you have enough time to read it in one-sitting because as soon as you’ll pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down!’ Bookishly Ever After, 5 stars
 
‘This is a brilliant psychological thriller. In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve read. It is full of suspense and has more twists and turns than a fairground ride.’ Jackie Roche, UK Crime Book Club, 5 Stars

‘I thought I knew the direction this story was going go. Then the jaw dropping moment happened!… unputdownable!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 Stars

‘Once again, Boland has managed to blow my mind with all the twists and turns… an outstanding explosive read!’ Mello and June, 5 Stars

‘Great book. I read it in less than 24 hours. I was unable to put it down. The story was fast paced and intriguing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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The Setting is Everything: A Guest Post from Sam Carrington @sam_carrington1 @AvonBooksUK

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m really excited to share a guest post with you today as part of the blog tour for Bad Sister! I haven’t had time to read the book yet, but the cover is whispering in my ear every night!!! I’d like to thank Avon Books for inviting me to be part of this tour!

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The gripping psychological thriller everyone is talking about, from the author of Saving Sophie.

Sisters. Allies. Liars.

Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.

And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.

Who is the victim?

Who is to blame?

Who is next?

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B A Paris and Linda Green hooked till the final page. 

Praise for Saving Sophie

‘This book is not only gripping, but it ends with a gasp-out-loud twist.’ Closer

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Oh Oh Oh, Surprise! Annie’s Christmas by the Sea by Liz Eeles @bookouture @lizeelesauthor #BlogBlitz

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas around here, can you feel it, too?? It’s Bookouture’s fault for tempting me with this fabulous blog tour! My review is my unbiased thank you to them and the author!

annie's christmasTitle: Annie’s Christmas by the Sea
Author: Liz Eeles
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: October 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 345
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐️

On the beautiful coast of Cornwall lies the idyllic Salt Bay, where Christmas is the perfect time for bringing family and friends together…

Annie Trebarwith is happily settled in Salt Bay with her beloved great-aunt Alice and gorgeous boyfriend Josh Pasco. Snow is in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner.

But when the father she’s never met, aging rock god Barry, turns up with the half-sister Annie didn’t know existed, life suddenly gets complicated. Barry and Storm are soon clashing with the entire village, and their antics are even driving a wedge between Annie and Josh.

Can Annie prevent her new family ruining the festivities and repair things with Josh in time for a cosy Christmas? Or will their relationship end up as frosty as the Salt Bay air?

Annie’s Christmas by the Sea is a hilarious and heart-warming story about family, friends and the magic of Christmas, perfect for fans of Lily Graham, Holly Martin and Phillipa Ashley.

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Do You Really Know those around You: The Mistake @KimLSlater @bookouture #BookReview

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Mistake by K.L. Slater! Thank you to Bookouture for inviting me and providing me a copy of this book through NetGalley!

the mistakeTitle: The Mistake
Author: K.L Slater
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Date of publication: October 3rd 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 269
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐️

You think you know the truth about the people you love.

But one discovery can change everything…

Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later, he is found dead.

Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy’s death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother?

Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him… and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down.

Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger…

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Careful What You Wish For: The Surrogate by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture

IT IS THE DAY!!!

Happy release day to the wonderful and mind-blowingly talented Louise Jensen and her newest story, The Surrogate! Once again, I jumped on the book, forgot all plans, and immersed myself in what is a real Coup de Coeur!

Thank you so much to Bookouture for allowing me to kick off the tour with damppebbles and Emma the little bookworm and for providing me with a copy of this book!

the surrogateTitle: The Surrogate
Author: Louise Jensen
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Date of publication: September 27th 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 345
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐️⭐️

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’ 

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream. 

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets. 

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye. 

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family… 

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family. 

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Aim for Happiness: Reach for the Stars, Colleen Coleman @CollColemanAuth @bookouture #BlogTour

I’m so happy to be kicking off the blog tour for Reach for the Stars with my wonderful friend Keisha from The Writing Garnet! A big hug to Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of this and for providing me with an ARC of the book!

reach for the starsTitle: Reach for the Stars
Author: Colleen Coleman
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Women fiction
Date of publication: 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 240
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ and a half

When Evelyn Dooley married her high-school sweetheart, James, she thought she was set for life. Now she’s twenty-eight, single, and fleeing to Dublin from her hometown to avoid the gossip surrounding their break-up. And all because of a test-your-relationship board game.

This was not in her five-year plan.

Then a chance encounter with gorgeous musician Danny leads to an unlikely friendship, and soon the pair are running music nights together in one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. For the first time Evelyn is following her dreams rather than someone else’s – and sparks are beginning to fly between her and Danny…

But when her savings run out and home beckons, Evelyn has to choose. The safe, comfortable life she left behind, or a new adventure with Danny? Will Evelyn flee back to the familiarity of her ex, or reach for the stars and take a leap into the unknown?

A laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of friendship, second chances, and romance, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Marian Keyes.

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Float the Boat: Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys @TransworldBooks #BlogTour

I’d like to thank the fantastic Anne Cater and the publisher for including me in this blog tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Title: Dangerous Crossing
Author: Rachel Rhys
Publisher: Transworld Books
Genre: historical fiction
Date of publication: 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 364
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

England, September 1939
Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends. But as the sun beats down, poisonous secrets begin to surface. Suddenly Lily finds herself trapped with nowhere to go …

Australia, six-weeks later
The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and a beautiful young woman is escorted onto dry land in handcuffs. 

What has she done?

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The World Isn’t a Safe Place: The Kindred Killers @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour

This unbiased review is part of the blog tour organized by Bloodhound Books. I’d like to thank them for letting me participate!

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Title: The Kindred Killers
Author: Graham Smith
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Genre: Mystery, thriller
Date of publication: September 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 318
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ and a half

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common.

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?

After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?

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More than Words: Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #BlogTour

Many can write. It takes a pure soul to build a story with a path to your heart.

By me.

My biggest thanks to Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater for including me in this blog tour. This unbiased review is my humble participation and my thank you to the author, Louise Beech.

maria in the moonTitle: Maria in the Moon
Author: Louise Beech
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: August 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 270
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐️⭐️

Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’

Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…

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