Posted in Book Reviews

Take Off Your Masks: The Man With No Face by Peter May @authorpetermay @QuercusFiction @riverrunbooks

My deepest apologies for sending this review so late. Personal emergencies and blabla. But here it is!

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the publisher and Agnes for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

the man with no faceTitle: The Man With No Face
Author: Peter May
Publisher: Riverrun
Date of publication: 10th January 2019
Format: uncorrected bound copy
Number of pages: 406

Set amidst the political and social turmoil of the 1970s, in Brussels, the beating heart of the new Europe to which, at that time, Britain had just committed itself, The Man With No Face follows the story of a high-ranking member of the British government who is murdered, witnessed only by an autistic child with extraordinary artistic ability. Her only means of communicating what she sees is by drawing the killer. Interrupted before completing the details of the face, she cannot be persuaded to finish it. But can the killer afford to take the risk that she won’t?

Continue reading “Take Off Your Masks: The Man With No Face by Peter May @authorpetermay @QuercusFiction @riverrunbooks”

Posted in Book Reviews

Tell Me Your Name: My Name Is Anna by Lizzy Barber @ByLizzyBarber @Rachel90Kennedy @arrowpublishing

Happy Wednesday, guys! I’m back today after a little reading-binge to talk about a fantastic book! Let me tell you, January is being very nice to me book-wise!

My biggest thanks to Rachel at Century for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book. (I hate the post for losing my print copy!!!!)

my name is anna coverTitle: My Name Is Anna
Author: Lizzy Barber
Publisher: Century
Date of publication: 10th January 2019
Format: e-copy
Source: NetGalley

Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.

She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?

ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads.Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.

But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?

Continue reading “Tell Me Your Name: My Name Is Anna by Lizzy Barber @ByLizzyBarber @Rachel90Kennedy @arrowpublishing”

Posted in Book Reviews

Blood is Thicker… and Messier: Cuckoo by Sophie Draper @sophiedraper9 @AvonBooksUK #BlogTour

Here comes a bloody Sunday…

I am over the moon to reveal my thoughts about the brilliant and clever Cuckoo, a novel that makes you see things under a new light…

Thank you to Sabah and the Avon team for inviting me to be part of this tour.

cuckooTitle: Cuckoo
Author: Sophie Draper
Publisher: Avon
Date of publication: November 2018
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 297

There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

Continue reading “Blood is Thicker… and Messier: Cuckoo by Sophie Draper @sophiedraper9 @AvonBooksUK #BlogTour”

Posted in Book Reviews

Long Lost Love Letters: I Wanted To Tell You by Anna Mansell @AnnaMansell @bookouture #5starreview #BlogTour

The end of another week, and I am proud and absolutely delighted to talk about I Wanted To Tell You by Anna Mansell on the blog today. Warning, this book is dear to me and I might blabber a lot in this review!

Thank you ever so much to the fab Kim for inviting me to be part of this tour and for providing me a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

wanted to tellTitle: I Wanted To Tell You
Author: Anna Mansell
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: November 2018
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 335
Rating: (yes, I know, I said no more ratings…) 5 stars!

‘Sometimes I think that if I’d found a way to talk, we’d be together now…’

When Helen finds a bundle of unsent love letters, tied with a red ribbon, and signed only ‘the love you wished I could be’, she wonders who they could belong to.

The same day, however, her husband Alex announces he’s leaving. She’d believed their love would last a lifetime, but now he’s gone and she hadn’t even realised there was anything wrong.

Desperate to understand, Helen doesn’t know where to look for answers. But the letters keep drawing her back. As she reads the words of loneliness, loss and regret, something in them helps her start to make sense of it all… Even as she realises someone has been keeping heart-breaking secrets.

But who do the letters belong to? Can the sender ever be reunited with the one they love, or is it too late? And when Helen finds out the truth about Alex, can she find it in her heart to forgive him, or will he never be the love she wished he could be?

An emotional, unmissable read, exploring the devastation of loss, the power of love to heal, and the truths that bind us all together. Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Diane Chamberlain and Daniela Sacerdoti.

Continue reading “Long Lost Love Letters: I Wanted To Tell You by Anna Mansell @AnnaMansell @bookouture #5starreview #BlogTour”

Posted in Book Reviews

Freeze!: Die Cold by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook

So glad to be able to bring back Jake Boulder on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

Thank you so much to Emma at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for this new installment of the series! This review is unbiased and based on my sole opinion.

Die-Cold-Kindle
Title: Die Cold
Author: Graham Smith
Date of publication: November 2018
Format: e-copy
Source: publisher

Jake Boulder is working as a bartender, at an exclusive Vermont ski resort on New  Year’s Eve, when armed terrorists hold up the lodge and take the guests hostage.

Trapped with the other hostages, Boulder watches in horror as the female terrorist leader disfigures a singer to make her point. He wants to fight back, but is unarmed and being held at gunpoint.

When Boulder finds a way to escape from the terrorists he searches for a way to raise the alarm. After he discovers the terrorists plan to leave no witnesses to their crime, he knows he has a race against time to save as many innocent people as he can…

But will Boulder be the reluctant hero and save the day?

Continue reading “Freeze!: Die Cold by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook”

Posted in Book Reviews

Scalpel, Please: Skin Deep by Liz Nugent @lizzienugent @PenguinUKBooks @GeorgiaKTaylor

Oh, I am both delighted and terribly sad to publish my review today. It means I have finished Skin Deep and believe me I would have stayed in Liz Nugent’s dark and sick latest novel forever!

I would like to thank Penguin UK and the delightful Georgia for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for a review during the blog tour!

Screenshot 2018-11-14 at 18.42.50Title: Skin Deep
Author: Liz Nugent
Date of publication: 15 November 2018
Publisher: Penguin UK
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 372

Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.

The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly…

Continue reading “Scalpel, Please: Skin Deep by Liz Nugent @lizzienugent @PenguinUKBooks @GeorgiaKTaylor”

Posted in Book Reviews

My Kind of Christmas: The Long Shadow by Celia Fremlin @FaberBooks @joanna_brl #BlogTour

Miracles happen! I am kicking off the week with a Christmas read! In November. Yep.

Thank you to Joanna at Faber & Faber for this wonderful surprise and for inviting me to be part of the tour.

the long shadow
Title: The Long Shadow
Author: Celia Fremlin
Date of publication: 1 November 2018
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 242

Jolted from sleep by the ringing of the telephone, Imogen fumbles through the dark, empty house to answer it. At first, she can’t quite understand the man on the other end of the line. Surely he can’t honestly be accusing her of killing her husband. Ivor died in a car crash two months ago – she may not be adjusting to widowhood very well, but Imogen certainly didn’t murder him.

As the nights draw in, Imogen finds her home filling up with unexpected Christmas guests – but they may be looking for more than just holiday cheer. Has someone been rifling through Ivor’s papers? Who left the half-drunk whiskey bottle beside his favourite chair? And why won’t that man stop phoning Imogen, insisting he can prove her guilt?

Continue reading “My Kind of Christmas: The Long Shadow by Celia Fremlin @FaberBooks @joanna_brl #BlogTour”

Posted in Book Reviews, Giveaways

Bloody Holiday GIVEAWAY: Palm Beach, Finland by Antti Tuomainen @antti_tuomainen @OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours

Happy Tuesday! If you are as lucky as I am, the cold days are here. But I know how to bring back the sun!

Thanks to Anne Cater for organizing this blog tour and Orenda Books for allowing me to share the love with a giveaway.

PALM BEACH PROOF COVER AW.jpg

Title: Palm Beach, Finland
Author: Antti Tuomainen
Date of publication:  30th October 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
My Rating: 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

Sex, lies and ill-fitting swimwear … Sun Protection Factor 100

Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’. The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary.

With a nod to Fargo, and dark noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies regardless of reason.

Enter the realm to get a chance to win a copy…

Continue reading “Bloody Holiday GIVEAWAY: Palm Beach, Finland by Antti Tuomainen @antti_tuomainen @OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours”

Posted in Book Reviews

Can You Tell Us What You Saw: False Witness by Michelle Davies @M_Davieswrites @panmacmillan #FalseWitness #RandomThingsTours

I am connected to the world again! Hello new and super fast Internet! Thanks for helping me catch up on the poor blog tours that have suffered a big glitch!

I would like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this tour and providing me with a copy of False Witness.

False Witness CoverTitle: False Witness
Author: Michelle Davies
Date of publication: September 20th 2018
Publisher: PanMacmillan
Format: E-copy
Number of pages: 432

7.15am: Two children are seen on top of a wall in a school.
Shortly later one of them lies fatally injured at the bottom.
Did the boy fall or was he pushed?
As a family liaison offer, DC Maggie Neville has seen parents crumble under the weight of their child’s death. Imogen Tyler is no different. Her son’s fall was witnessed by the school caretaker, a pupil is under suspicion, and Imogen is paralysed by grief and questions.
For Maggie, finding the truth is paramount if she is to help the mother.
But as she investigates,
further doubts emerge and the truth suddenly seems far from certain. Could the witness be mistaken about what happened, and if he is, then who is responsible?
And how far will they go to
cover up the boy’s death?
False Witness by Michelle Davies is the gripping third novel in the critically acclaimed
Maggie Neville series, following Gone Astray and Wrong Place.

Continue reading “Can You Tell Us What You Saw: False Witness by Michelle Davies @M_Davieswrites @panmacmillan #FalseWitness #RandomThingsTours”

Posted in Book Reviews

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?

Continue reading “Puzzles: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin @HarperCollins #BlogTour @fictionpubteam”