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Not So Innocent: Child’s Play by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #BookonTour #Favouriteseries

Mondays can be great days! Today is a good example as I am lucky to share my review of the latest Kim Stone novel!!! I couldn’t be happier to kick off the week with another stunner from Angela Marsons!

Hugs and huge thanks to Kim and Bookouture for inviting me to read and review Child’s Play as part of the blog tour!

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Title: Child’s Play
Author: Angela Marsons
Date of publication:  11th July 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 359

Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. ‘You really should have played with me,’ I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.

Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck. 

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event. 

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?

The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy, number one bestseller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.

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Perfect Cracks: The Marriage Betrayal by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #BookonTour

Saturdays are a good choice to lose yourself in a strong psychological thriller! Guess what, I have one for you!

My biggest thanks to Kim and Bookouture for inviting me to be part of the tour and for providing me with a copy.

The-Marriage-Betrayal-Kindle.jpgTitle: The Marriage Betrayal
Author: Shalini Boland
Date of publication:  8th July 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 273

‘Daddy has been lying.’

Faye Townsend has planned the perfect summer trip for her family. But returning to the small seaside town her husband grew up in does not go to plan, the rain pours and the long days become stifling. And then the unthinkable happens…

Her husband Jake and her six-year-old son Dylan go for an early morning walk along the beautiful, windswept clifftops. They don’t come back.

As the hours tick by, Dylan’s red baseball cap is found on the beach and Faye finds herself being questioned by the police. They want to know everything about the man she married – is Faye ready to face her husband’s dark past? Or will she have to confront her own secrets first?

And just how far will a mother go to save her only child?

From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will make you gasp out loud as you race towards the unforgettable twist. If you loved The Girl on the Train and The Wife Before You this book is for you.

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Digging Up Old Bones: Fear in the Lakes by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @bookouture #bookontour

I am very excited to be reviewing Fear in the Lakes, the latest DC Beth Young novel, on publication day! Have a brilliant day, Graham! 🎉

My thanks to Noelle and Bookouture for inviting me to be part of the tour and for providing me with a copy of this book.

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Title: Fear in the Lakes (DC Beth Young 3)
Author: Graham Smith
Date of publication:  12th July 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 356

A case with no leads.

A victim with no enemies.

A killer with no conscience…

When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.

But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.

But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?

Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?

Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…

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Better Served Cold: Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson @bookouture @lucydawsonbooks #BooksOnTour

Ready for a cold dish? Meet Charlotte and Mia, brought to life by the lovely Lucy Dawson!

My biggest thanks to Kim and Bookouture for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Don’t Ever Tell
Author: Lucy Dawson
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 25 June 2019
Format: NetGalley copy
Source: publisher
Number of pages: 284

This is a story about Charlotte, who has two sweet children, a stay-at-home job she loves and a drama-free marriage to a caring and successful man. Life is nearly perfect… at least, that’s how it looks from the outside.

But behind closed doors, the marriage is breaking. Every day, after she kisses her husband Tris goodbye, Charlotte works a little more on her plan to destroy his life.

Was it when he stopped looking at her in that way, that she first felt something was wrong?

Or when he lied about where he was going, so he didn’t have to watch their sick children?

Or perhaps it’s the smiling photo of him on a beautiful stranger’s phone. Charlotte can think of only one way it got there…

Charlotte thinks she has every one of her husband’s sins neatly filed away… but there’s something big that Charlotte is missing. And by the time their story is finished, you’ll be questioning if you can ever really trust those closest to you.

From the bestselling author of The Daughter and White Lies comes an unputdownable psychological thriller unlike anything you’ve read before!

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One Day at a Time: 99 Days with You by Catherine Miller #BlogTour @katylittlelady @bookouture

Happy Thursday, guys! Today, I am not going to talk to you about dead bodies and cops! Today is all about life, love, and the powers of words to make you live so many different lives.

I would like to thank Kim for inviting me to be part of this Book-On-Tour for 99 Days with You. I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

99-Days-With-You-KindleTitle: 99 Days with You
Author: Catherine Miller
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 19 June 2019
Format: NetGalley copy
Source: publisher
Number of pages: 269

Sometimes the end is the start of forever…

Emma and Nathan couldn’t be more different. But when they meet in a hospital waiting room, to the sound of a ticking clock and surrounded by faded magazines, they are both terrified, nervous and alone. And they have one fatal thing in common…

Emma lives a quiet life. She looks after her disabled mother. She lives vicariously through the well-thumbed pages and cracked spines of her beloved books.

Nathan spends his days fifteen thousand feet above the ground, soaring through the air, stomach somersaulting, as a sky diving instructor. After a lifetime of having a recurring dream that he would die at twenty-seven, he treats every day like it’s his last.

As fate throws Emma and Nathan together, everything is about to change.

Emma has never been kissed, or tasted champagne, or travelled abroad. Nathan has never fallen in love, worn odd socks, or grown a sunflower from a seed.

Emma and Nathan vow never to waste an hour, knowing that goodbye could come all too soon. But as they lose their hearts to one another against all the odds, have they found each other too late?

An utterly heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting novel about the redemptive power of love and how the end isn’t the end at all… Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain will lose their hearts to Catherine Miller’s stunning story.

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Mama’s Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird: The Mother’s Mistake by Ruth Heald @RJ_Heald @bookouture #BlogTour

Mothers. Do we need to be one to talk about one? I don’t think so. Anyway, the subject is one we all relate to, in one way or another, and today, I’m excited to kick off the blog tour for The Mother’s Mistake with fellow bloggers to let you know you should read this book!

Happy publication day, Ruth!!! 🎉🎉

Hugs to Team Bookouture for providing me with a copy of this book and to Kim and Noelle for inviting me to be part of the blog tour!

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Title: The Mother’s Mistake
Author: Ruth Heald
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 11 June 2019
Format: uncorrected NetGalley copy
Source: publisher
Number of pages: 374

Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven?

She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, feet stinging, she reaches the riverbank, her breath catching in her throat. And then she sees…

Three years later.

Claire has everything she’s always wanted. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side. A picturesque home in the countryside.

But behind closed doors, Claire’s life is falling apart. Her husband is barely ever home, she’s struggling to bond with her baby girl, and she swears that she is being watched in the remote, lonely cottage.

And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about the terrible mistake that Claire made – someone won’t let her forget it. Three years ago, she would have known who to turn to. But now she no longer recognises those closest to her, or the person she’s become. Who can she trust?

An atmospheric, chilling and absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare. Fans of K.L. Slater, Shalini Boland and The Girl on the Train will love the twists, turns and gasp-worthy shocks of this stunning debut from Ruth Heald.

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Read or Dare: #TheDare by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture @lydia_newhouse

Reviewing series is equally awfully difficult and totally exciting! Today, we’re reuniting with Natalie Ward!

Hugs to the Bookouture team for providing me with a copy of the novel and to Kim for organising such a great blog tour!

the dareTitle: The Dare
Author: Carol Wyer
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 25/04/2019
Format: uncorrected proof
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 348

Oh, Carol Wyer knows how to play with her readers’ feelings!

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Tell Me Where You Live, I’ll Tell You Who You Are: The Woman at 46 Heath Street by @LSandersonbooks @bookouture @Christina_Dem

Getting ready for the weekend? I have something for you…

My biggest thanks to Bookouture and Kim Nash for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for this book and for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 28.03.2019
Format: e-copy
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 280

The letter is addressed to me. No stamp, swirly handwriting in black ink. I pull out a piece of paper, stiffening when I read the message. Hands trembling, the note slides to the floor: Your husband is having an affair.

Six words written in neat block letters. Six words slipped through her letterbox, destroying her marriage, exposing Ella’s perfect life as perfect lies.

But Ella has a plan: Alice is the answer to her problems. A lodger, to help keep her afloat, a friend, to keep the loneliness at bay.

Only Alice has her own reasons for wanting to live at 46 Heath Street…

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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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