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Joker: The Last Act by Brad Parks @Brad_Parks @FaberBooks @joshuars_

Switching genres or adding spices to my reads help me enjoy books better. I love picking novels that take me on different paths, and The Last Act did exactly this!

I would like to thank Faber & Faber for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. This review is my unbiased opinion.

43521532.jpgTitle: The Last Act
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date of publication: 14.03.2019
Format: hardback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 368

Former Broadway star Tommy Jump isn’t getting the roles he once did. As his final run as Sancho Ponza draws to a close, Tommy is getting ready to give up the stage, find a steady paycheck, and settle down with his fiancée.

Cue Special Agent Danny Ruiz. An old school friend of Tommy’s, now with the FBI, Ruiz makes Tommy an offer that sounds too good to refuse. All Tommy has to do is spend six months in prison, acting as failed bank robber ’Pete Goodrich’.

Inside, he must find and befriend Mitchell Dupree, who has hidden a secret cache of documents incriminating enough to take down New Colima, one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels. If Tommy can get Dupree and reveal where the documents are hidden, the FBI will give him $300,000, more than enough to jumpstart a new life. But does he have what it takes to pull off this one final role?

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Muddy Waters: A Body in the Lakes by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @bookouture

Do you get that yummy thrill when it’s time to share the review of a book written by one of your favourite authors?? Because I do!!

Thanks to Noelle and Bookouture for inviting me to be part of this amazing blog tour!

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Title: A Body in the Lakes
Author: Graham Smith
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 15.03.2019
Format: e-copy
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 372

The woman’s limbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.

When a walker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia Evans was known to be a tough character, but who would have strangled her?

Detective Beth Young quickly spots the links to three cold cases. Three women strangled and discarded in the stunning, wild hills of the Lake District.

As Beth begins tracking down witnesses, the team receives an anonymous letter claiming the charming mayor of Carlisle is behind the murders. There’s pressure from the top to clear his name. But Beth is determined to find the truth no matter whose feathers she ruffles in the process.

Beth knows the clock is ticking. The killer is hunting again. And it’s down to her to find who’s responsible before another woman becomes his prey…

A gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller from bestselling author Graham Smith, perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, and J.R. Ellis.

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Best Friends Forever: Her Closest Friend by Clare Boyd @ClareBoydClark @bookouture #BlogTour

Thriller Tuesday! Are you ready to get poisoned?

My biggest thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

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Title: Her Closest Friend
Author: Clare Boyd
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 2019
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 372

Pop music blares from the radio. She sings drunkenly from the backseat. The thrash of windscreen wipers against the driving rain. The screech of tyres. A thud. 

Naomi and I are best friends.

School runs, dog walks, a shoulder to cry on over a glass of wine, we’re inseparable.

But now my husband has walked out, I need her more than ever.

I know she will help me pick up the pieces.

Because she knows about the lie I told to protect her.

She knows how much I’ve sacrificed for this friendship. 

And she’d never let anyone hurt me.

Would she?

This extraordinary page-turner will suck you in from the very first page and keep you gripped until the breathtaking finale. Fans of The Wife Between UsThe Girl Before and Gone Girl will adore this twisted tale of toxic female friendship.

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Tell Me: #MyLastLie by Ella Drummond @HeraBooks @drummondella1 @BOTBSPublicity

Happy new week to you all! Today’s post was supposed to come to you yesterday… I won’t bore you with details because it’s all about the book, but let’s say some things are very frustrating when they don’t go according to plan! (Yes, I’m pointing at you, WP schedule!!!!)

I would like to thank Sarah Hardy for inviting me to be part of this tour!

mylastlieTitle: My Last Lie
Author: Ella Drummond
Publisher: Hera Books
Date of publication: February 2019
Format: e-copy

New beginnings. Old secrets.
Theo and Pilar. The perfect couple.

Successful, beautiful and very much in love.
Until a year ago – and the tragedy that nearly tore them apart.
When their baby died, a part of them died with him.
Now they’re trying to rebuild themselves, moving to a stunning house in rural Cornwall.
But someone knows all their secrets – and will stop at nothing to disturb their fragile peace.

Theo and Pilar are about to learn that you can try to hide – but you can never outrun your past.

A unputdownable, gripping psychological thriller that will hook you until the final shocking twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Wife Between Us will be captivated.   

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Now and Then: #DeadMemories by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture

Guys!!! This Sunday is one of my favourites! Today, Kim Stone visits Chocolate’n’Waffles! Take out the wine, settle on the couch, read my review, and GO READ THE BOOK!

I can’t find the words to thank Kim Nash and Angela Marsons enough for having invited me to be part of this blog tour. I am utterly happy, absolutely thriller, and totally grateful. This review is unbiased, though, and all opinions are mine.

Dead-Memories-KindleTitle: Dead Memories
Author: Angela Marsons
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication:
Format: NetGalley ecopy
Number of pages: 459

She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers.

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

The heart-stopping and totally addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons will have you completely hooked.

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Rotten to the Core? #AsSickAsOurSecrets by A.B. Whelan @AuthorABWhelan #randomthingstour

Did you miss me? Because I have missed you! This month is turning into a big mess, but let’s smile and keep going!

My biggest thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. My deepest apologies to her and the author for the delay.

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Title: As Sick As Our Secrets
Author: A.B. Whelan
Date of publication: 2019
Format: uncorrected ecopy

Olivia Campbell has the life most women want. A respected husband, beautiful
home, and the freedom that only financial security can provide.
But not all is as it appears…
Olivia has secrets, and after discovering a hidden journal in her husband’s study,
she realizes that she’s not the only one.
As her picture perfect world starts to fall apart around her, Olivia wonders just how
deep the secrets run as she finds herself immersed in the investigation of a young
missing girl.
Some coincidences are just too hard to ignore, but how far is she willing to go to
discover the truth?
Told from multiple perspectives, As Sick as Our Secrets is a dark, fast-paced
thriller that delves into dark subject matters like addiction, murder, sexual violence,
and danger. The story was inspired by an article about college girls soliciting their
bodies to earn money for school. This book is not for the faint-hearted.

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The Way Home: The Lost Man by Jane Harper @janeharperautho @caolinndouglas @GraceEVincent @LittleBrownUK #TheLostMan #blogtour

Here comes a new week, and with it, new books, new reviews, new (or not) authors! I am really happy to publish my review of The Lost Man on this freezing February morning!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Little, Brown UK and Caolinn for inviting me to be part of this wonderful tour.

the lost manTitle: The Lost Man
Author: Jane Harper
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Date of hardback publication: 7th February 2019
Format: uncorrected bound proof
Number of pages: 362

The gripping new novel from the author of the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, The Dry and Force of Nature.

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle farms under the relenting sun of the remote outback. In an isolated part of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes three hours’ drive apart.

They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron, who lies dead at their feet.

Something had been on Cam’s mind. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Apple Of My Eye by Claire Allan @ClaireAllan @AvonbooksUK

I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend! Today I am over the moon to share my thoughts on Apple Of My Eye by Claire Allan. It is very special to me, and I hope you love it as much as I did!

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Avon UK, Sabah, and Claire Allan!

appleofmyeyeTitle: Apple Of My Eye
Author: Claire Allan
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Date of publication: January 2019
Format: uncorrected bound proof
Number of pages: 400

When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…

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Let’s Go For A Walk: Revenge on the Rye by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @gilbster1000

Happy hump day! Today, I’m taking you to one of my favourite London areas – Dulwich!

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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me to be part of this tour!

234ee4ddc0cf860c336dd24d7c1b9a93Title: Revenge on the Rye (London Murder Mystery #5)
Author: Alice Castle
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Date of publication: December 2018
Format: uncorrected e-copy
Number of pages: 176

Beth Haldane, SE21’s answer to Miss Marple, thinks she is going for a carefree stroll on Peckham Rye with her best friend, Katie, and her annoying new puppy, Teddy. But before Beth knows it, she is embroiled in her most perplexing mystery yet.

Strange events from her family’s past, present-day skulduggery in the art world, and the pressures of moving school in south London threaten to overwhelm Beth. Will she be able to piece together the puzzle before her son’s crucial interview at Wyatt’s? Or will Beth’s insatiable curiosity finally drag down all her dreams for the future?

Join Beth, her irascible on-off boyfriend, Detective Inspector Harry York of the Metropolitan Police, and the dog walkers of Peckham Rye in a tale of murder, mayhem – and bloody revenge.

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Wanted: Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl @OrendaBooks #TeamLori

I can’t believe I’ve read all three books in the series and never got to review the previous two. Well, it didn’t help that my laptop died with my thoughts on the books in it… So, today’s blog post, in addition to shout my love for Deep Dirty Truth, will also be a formal / confidential *coughs* (how confidential can a public post be?) review about the series as a whole.

I would like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of this Orenda blog tour. I’d missed it 🙂 

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Title: Deep Dirty Truth (Lori Anderson #3)
Author: Steph Broadribb
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 10th January 2019
Format: uncorrected e-copy
Number of pages: 320

A price on her head, and just 48 hours to expose the truth, and save her family… Single mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob, who they want her dead. But rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’– Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them. If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.
With only 48 hours before North is due to appear in court, Lori sets across Florida, racing against the clock to find him, and save her family…
Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.

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