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Shadow From The Past: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen @slipperywhisper @TitanBooks

Hello! Don’t disappear right now, I have a review for you!

This post is my thank you to Titan Books for sending me a review copy of The Vanishing Season.

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Title: The Vanishing Season
Author: Joanna Schaffhausen
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 380
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She’s an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only victim who lived.

When three people disappear from her town in three years, all around her birthday—the day she was kidnapped so long ago—Ellery fears someone knows her secret. Someone very dangerous. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer’s closet all those years ago.

Agent Reed Markham made his name and fame on the back of the Coben case, but his fortunes have since turned. His marriage is in shambles, his bosses think he’s washed up, and worst of all, he blew a major investigation. When Ellery calls him, he can’t help but wonder: sure, he rescued her, but was she ever truly saved? His greatest triumph is Ellery’s waking nightmare, and now both of them are about to be sucked into the past, back to the case that made them…with a killer who can’t let go.

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Let The Sound of the Waves Lull You: How To Be Brave by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks

Let’s start this day and this month with one of the most beautiful novels ever written…

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Title: How To Be Brave
Author: Louise Beech
Date of publication: 2015
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 320
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

All the stories died that morning … until we found the one we’d always known.

When nine-year-old Rose is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Natalie must use her imagination to keep her daughter alive. They begin dreaming about and seeing a man in a brown suit who feels hauntingly familiar, a man who has something for them. Through the magic of storytelling, Natalie and Rose are transported to the Atlantic Ocean in 1943, to a lifeboat, where an ancestor survived for fifty days before being rescued. Poignant, beautifully written and tenderly told, How To Be Brave weaves together the contemporary story of a mother battling to save her child’s life with an extraordinary true account of bravery and a fight for survival in the Second World War. A simply unforgettable debut that celebrates the power of words, the redemptive energy of a mother’s love … and what it really means to be brave.

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A New Blank Page: Self-Care September

After a full year with no break, no stop, no *red card, get your bottom to the bench*, September eventually arrived.

I have given everything I had during the last twelve months, for better or for worse. I have had the most amazing times, and the worst ones. The circle is complete.

I am a new person. Some might say I am an adult, but right now I am in my PJs and listening to Taylor Swift while eating cake, so I disagree.

I have put my studies, others’ needs, work, and a lot of things before my own needs for 365 days. No, I am not complaining, I am happy about most of it! But it’s time for some self-love, self-care, and fun. Sometimes we forget what we do all of these things for. I decided to remind myself of what’s important (and it is okay if most of what I write is about me!)

What I’m going to do this September…

  • Celebrate my birthday without cringing and without expecting anything but a nice and cool normal day.
  • Stop saying yes to blog tours

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  • Enjoy my one-day trip to London
  • Listen to my anti-agoraphobia program again
  • Move house (and lose a few fingers, get crazy, start screaming when things will get messy… The usual consequences of a move)
  • Make the most of Bloody Scotland
  • Change my glasses
  • Resume watching Suits
  • Create the flamingo dance!

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  • Keep fighting mental illnesses with gentleness
  • Relax
  • Give Krav Maga a new try
  • Blog for fun only
  • (this is valid from now until 31th December) Empty my NetGalley queue and the author review requests I have let pending for way too long.

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  • Wear my Orenda nail polish every day
  • Sing
  • Resume my vocabulary-building routine
  • Tell myself I am beautiful

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  • Keep making it happen
  • Make appointments for the dogs to be groomed again
  • Be awesome

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  • Be silly with my speaking English practice

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  • Stop worrying about money
  • Give love to my friends

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  • Reduce social media to one hour per day (watch me fail at this!)
  • Stop waiting for approval from people. I know what I have achieved and what I am capable of.

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  • Keep being kind but not stupid
  • Buy new underwear
  • Be happy
  • Care more about what’s important, throw away the rest!
  • Have fun with the self-care challenge from Jenny
  • Be thankful for my friends and the support I receive.

That’s it. A wee post to welcome September! I hope you have a great month, filled with books, of course!

I am here should you need a laugh, a shoulder (or at least a venting friend cos I can’t send my shoulder away on its own), or just a chat.

Ps: not sorry for the Suits gifs spam.

Let’s make September a good one!

 

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Doppelwhat? Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill @stet_that @noexitpress #IsThatYou

Mind-blowing, in every sense of the way!

A massive thank you to Katherine and No Exit Press for my review copy of Bellevue Square. This review is unbiased and reflects my opinion.

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Title: Bellevue Square
Author: Michael Redhill
Date of publication: 23 August 2018
Publisher: No Exit Press
Format: Paperback proof
Number of pages: 286
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

Jean Mason has a doppelganger.

She’s never seen her, but others* swear they have.

*others | noun. A peculiar collection of drug addicts, scam artists, philanthropists, philosophers and vagrants – the regulars of Bellevue Square.

Jean lives in downtown Toronto with her husband and two kids. The proud owner of a thriving bookstore, she doesn’t rattle easily – not like she used to. But after two of her customers insist they’ve seen her double, Jean decides to investigate. Curiosity grows to obsession and soon Jean’s concerns shift from the identity of the woman, to her very own.

Funny, dark and surprising, Bellevue Square takes readers down the existentialist rabbit hole and asks the question: what happens when the sense you’ve made of things stops making sense?

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Needles and Thread: Perfect Silence by @Helen_Fields #BlogTour @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

I was starting to forget how good it feels to find a book that makes you lose track of time. Then I began reading Perfect Silence

I would like to thank Avon Book UK and darling Sabah for inviting me to be part of this exceptional blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book. This review is unbiased and reflects my sole opinion.

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Title: Perfect Silence
Author: Helen Fields
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Format: Paperback proof
Number of pages: 420
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

When silence falls, who will hear their cries?

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.

After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

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Bleach is the New Normal: Good Samaritans by Will Carver @will_carver @OrendaBooks @west_camel

I debated with myself forever about posting my review of Good Samaritans today. But I just can’t shut up any longer!

A special thank you to Orenda Books for everything. This review is unbiased and reflects my sole opinion.

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Author: Will Carver
Date of publication:  ebook: 15th Sept / paperback 15 Nov 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: uncorrected proof
Number of pages: 306
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach.

Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans. But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home… And someone is watching… Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.

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Puzzles: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin @HarperCollins #BlogTour @fictionpubteam

Today is the day! I have finally read my first Karin Slaughter novel, and I can finally share my thoughts with you!

I received an early copy of Pieces of Her from the publisher. This unbiased review is my thank you to Harper Collins and the author.

38325388Title: Pieces of Her
Author: Karin Slaughter
Date of publication:  August 9th 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 480
Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

Andrea Oliver is celebrating her birthday over lunch with her mother, Laura, when they find themselves in the middle of a deadly shooting.  Terrified, Andy is frozen. But Laura – calm, cool and collected – jumps into action and stops the killer in his tracks. No one can understand how a quiet, middle-aged speech pathologist could possibly have the knowledge or ability to stop a shooter on the rampage.  The fall out and widespread media coverage quickly unravels the carefully curated life Laura has built for herself and her daughter. And Andy discovers that the person who she thought she knew best in the world is a total stranger. The bigger problem though is that someone wants them both dead. As two intersecting timelines – 1986 and the present – gradually converge, Pieces of Her begs the question: can you ever truly escape your past?

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