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Resolutions I Will NOT Make #ByeJanuary!

Let’s be honest, New Year’s good resolutions were only made to comfort us about things we wish we could change but won’t because we are 1) too lazy 2) too busy 3) both 4) way too lazy, busy, and stuck (Thinking about the million people who have tried to quit smoking at this time of year. Failure or mistake has nothing to do with the moment you chose to try it. The pressure killed you!)

This is why today, I am rebelling against this archaic means of self-torture!

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Eternal Bond: The Daughter by Lucy Dawson @lucydawsonbooks @bookouture #BlogTour

Happy new week! Today I’m one of the stop on the great blog tour for The Daughter by Lucy Dawson!

Thank you to the amazing Kim at Bookouture for adding me to this tour and allowing me to read and review this story. I received a copy of The Daughter through NetGalley but this element has in no way impacted my opinion on the book.

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Title: The Daughter
Author: Lucy Dawson
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: January 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 291
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. Now someone’s determined to make you pay… Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

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Question Everything: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland @karecleve @BeckyShort1 @TransworldBooks

Beware. You are about to click on a secured page containing classified information. Open the link at your own risk. Swear on your chocolate bar that your intentions are good and you will not be using any detail located in this review against the Blogging Law.

My biggest thanks to Anne Cater for giving me access to the file and the blog tour. This file is also my thank you to the publisher for having me work on their project.

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Author: Karen Cleveland
Publisher: Bantam Press
Date of publication: January 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 304
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency—and to her family.

What do you do when everything you trust might be a lie?

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened.

Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?

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Listen to the Birds: The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer @kate_hamer @FaberBooks

Let’s start the week with a good reading surprise! Thank you to Faber & Faber for inviting me to join this blog tour!

the doll funeral.jpgTitle: The Doll Funeral
Author: Kate Hamer
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date of publication: January 2018
Format: paperback
Source: publisher
Number of pages: 359
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They’re not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I’m supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.

But there are things I won’t say. I won’t tell them I’m going to hunt for my real parents. I don’t say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.

When Ruby discovers she is adopted she is filled with joy, elated that the parents who have treated her so badly aren’t her blood relations. The hunt begins for her real mother and father but dark and disturbing secrets are unearthed along the way.

Soon Ruby finds herself with a ragged group of teenagers fending for themselves. Thinking she has found refuge, they gradually reveal secrets of their own and Ruby realizes that being with them is more dangerous than she could ever have imagined…

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Take a Closer Look around You: Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan @Lisalregan @bookouture #BlogTour

I’m on a roll! Thanks to Bookouture, I have spent a wild afternoon reading a story that made me shiver and introduced me to a new favorite detective! I received a copy of this book. This unbiased review is my thank you to the author and her lovely publisher!

vanishing girlsTitle: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lisa Regan
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 17 January 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 334
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her. 
“Please,” she whispered, rocking back and forth. “I want to go home.”

When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing. 

Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.

The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust? 

Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

Utterly gripping crime for readers who adored Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni. You will be sleeping with the lights on once you discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series. 

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Speak Now or Forever Hold your Peace: The Confession by Jo Spain @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks #BlogTour

I’ll admit it right away, I am very grateful to the lovely Anne Cater and the team behind The Confession for including me in this blog tour!

the confessionTitle: The Confession
Author: Jo Spain
Publisher: Quercus Books
Date of publication: 25 January 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 400
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.
Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police.
He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?
This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who
– of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s
surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

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2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge! @BeatTheBacklist

Remember when I signed up for the 2017 Beat the Backlist challenge? Yep, me neither! It turns out I got swept away by ARCs and read approximately… 3 books from my TBR! So, big failure!

But as I am not one to stay on a bad note, I am trying again! And with a TBR that is even BIGGER than before, it should be doable… Right??

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Look Behind You: Watch Me by Jody Gehrman @jodygehrman @StMartinsPress

Hello! Time for a new review! Today we’re diving into something really creepy…

I’d like to thank St Martin’s Press for offering me to read and review this story.

Watch MeTitle: Watch Me
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: St Martin Press
Date of publication: January 23th 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 320
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Kate Youngblood is disappearing. Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor at Blackwood College, she’s dangerously close to never being noticed again. The follow-up novel to her successful debut tanked. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger. She’s always been bright, beautiful, independent and a little wild, but now her glow is starting to vanish. She’s heading into an age where her eyes are less blue, her charm worn out, and soon no one will ever truly look at her, want to know her, again. 

Except one.

Sam Grist is Kate’s most promising student. An unflinching writer with razor-sharp clarity who gravitates towards dark themes and sick plots, his raw talent is something Kate wants to nurture into literary success. But he’s not there solely to be the best writer. He’s been watching her. Wanting her. Working his way to her for years. 

As Sam slowly makes his way into Kate’s life, they enter a deadly web of dangerous lies and forbidden desire. But how far will his fixation go? And how just far will she allow it?

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Deadly Scottish Post Card: I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May @authorpetermay @riverrunbooks @QuercusBooks

Fancy a little trip from Paris to the most remote places in Scotland? Welcome!

This unbiased review is my thanks to Quercus Books for inviting me to read and share my opinion on I’ll Keep You Safe.

I'll keep you safeTitle: I’ll Keep You Safe
Author: Peter May
Publisher: Riverrun
Date of publication: January 11th 2018
Format: Hardback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 448
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

From Peter May, the globally bestselling author of the Lewis Trilogy and Coffin Road, comes an explosive new thriller set between the UK and Europe – I’ll Keep You Safe.

Husband and wife, Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane have come a long way with their cloth company, Ranish Tweed, from their small Hebridean home to the world of high fashion. But on a business trip to Paris, cracks in their relationship start to appear. When Niamh receives an anonymous email informing her of Ruairidh’s affair, she is distraught. Only hours later Ruairidh is killed by a car bomb, leaving Niamh’s life in ruins. And when the police declare Niamh as the prime suspect in her husband’s death, her life as she knows it ceases to exist.  When Niamh is allowed back to her home on the Isle of Lewis to return her husband’s remains, she is followed by French detective, Sylvie Braque. As Braque digs deeper into the couple’s relationship and Niamh replays her life with Ruiairidh, distant memories resurface and past feuds are reignited. As the past and present move closer together the two women find themselves drawn to a killer who will not back down.

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