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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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7th Sin: A gift from Angela Marsons! #Extract of Broken Bones @Bookouture @WriteAngie

I hate Sunday nights, they are gloom and dark. But this Sunday, Bookouture and Angela Marsons have chosen to spoil us with a delighting gift to end this week the perfect way!

Thanks a lot to Kim at Bookouture for letting me be a part of this book love share!

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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 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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The Past Never Stays Buried: Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture

This is the second version of my review! You were supposed to see it on Thursday morning, but WordPress trashed my writing (and I still haven’t found where it put the post!) So with much delay, here comes my review of the fantastic Silent Lies! Thank you so much to Bookouture for their trust (and their forgiveness for the scheduling incident!) and for inviting me to read and review this story! I received a copy through NetGalley and devoured it!

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Title: Silent Lies
Author: Kathryn Croft
Genre: Psychological thriller
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: October 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 309
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Your husband didn’t kill himself.’

Five years rebuilding your life. Five words will destroy it again.

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. 

Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn’t kill himself. 

Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach’s past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband. As the secrets revealed get darker, Alison becomes harder to read, and Mia starts to wonder – why is Alison so keen to help?

And then a piece of the puzzle appears in an impossible place, and Mia has to ask, is she losing her mind, or should she be afraid for her life?

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about obsession and buried secrets, with a brilliant twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors, and Gone Girl will be hooked from the very first page. 

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Scars of the Past: London Noir by Ann Girdharry @GirdharryAnn #BookReview

Here’s a new week, and with it, a busy time on the blog (yay!), starting with this review of London Noir by the lovely Ann Girdharry! I’d like to thank the author for allowing me to follow the series by providing me with a copy of the second installment.

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Title: London Noir (Book 2 in the series)
Author: Ann Girdharry
Genre: thriller, crime
Date of publication: October 17th 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 312
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

After a near-fatal road accident, Kal helps a young girl in trouble.

The girl’s friends are being murdered one by one. Why? And by whom?

Kal must kick start herself out of her downward spiral and save the young stranger. But Kal is in the grip of the Cartel, and is someone stalking the girl, or is the girl stalking someone?

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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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