#BookReview : Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson translated by Maxim Jacubowski @JoGustawsson : @OrendaBooks

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Today I have my thoughts on “Block 46” by Johana Gustawsson and translated by Maxim Jacubowski. Published by Orenda Books and available in various formats from Amazon Uk and other book sellers.

Synopsis:

Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s. Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again. Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald? Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French true-crime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light. Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French Noir. 

WINNER: Nouvelle Plume D’Argent 2016 
For fans of The Missing, Dominique Manotti, Camilla Lackberg, Stieg Larsson

My Thoughts:

The body of Linnéa Blix is found in Falkberg, Sweden the wounds are similar to the body of a young boy found in London. Are the two connected, if so how? Running within this stroy is that of a Prisoner of War from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp his story runs from arriving at the camp through the years of his life. It will take the on loan Canadian Royal Mounted Police Profiler Emily Roy to try and find the pieces to this intense puzzle with French True Crime Writer Alexis Castells.

First of all, if you have not read this book then you need to take yourself off right this moment and get a copy.  If you have read this book, then why the hell didn’t you demand I read it?  This book has a time slip element to it and the author has done such a fantastic job bring the past up to date within this deeply tense, suspense filled thriller.

So what to say about this book without giving anything away? The depth of the plot is as creative as it is chilling, as the author relates and weaves several stories together in quick snappy chapters.  It is told from the perspective of key characters to give different opinions and viewpoints giving the reader a much bigger picture. The descriptions of the camp conditions and practices are detailed enough to allow the evil nature of the place and of some people to be felt.  But the way the author has dealt with this topic has been done with sensitivity and respect.

As I said earlier there are several story lines and they are gradually and expertly drawn together, adding more suspense, intrigue and intensity as she brings you closer to the end. The end was jaw dropping, unexpected and to use a cliche “I really did not see that one coming”, or in fact the next one… absolutely knocked me sideways.

I am going to share few lines from the first page of this book and I hope you can see why I was immediately hooked :

“He picks up his spade, gathers earth and spreads it out in the hole. A single shovelful and the legs are already covered; all that sticks out are the toes. Toes as smooth as pebbles, as cold as ice, that make him want to touch them with the tips of his fingers.”

So if you are a reader who likes suspense, crime, thriller, mystery reads that are hard hitting, strongly written, totally absorbing, addictive, brutal, outstanding read then you MUST READ this book.

About the Author:

Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.

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#CoverReveal for : The Weekend Spa Break by @AnneJohnLigali : @rararesources

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I am delighted to be part of the cover reveal for”The Weekend Spa Break” by  Anne John-Ligali. This banner gives a little indication of what is to come.  I am delighted to be part of the upcoming tour organised by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources. Amazon Link for the book CLICK HERE.

So A little bit about the book first : 

THE WEEKEND SPA BREAK – Friendships Online Series – Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head. 

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

Now a little bit about the Author : 

Meet Anne

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series.  Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books. 

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#BlogTour : Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts @benaroberts : @rararesources #Promo

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Today I am sharing the details of a wonderful sounding book “Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks” by Bena Roberts. I would love to have read this book but I just have not got enough time , so instead I am delighted to be hosting a promotional post as part of the Blog Tour by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources. You can get a copy of this book at Amazon UK.

Synopsis:

Helen’s children leave home at eighteen. She sleepwalked through her marriage of twenty years for their sake. But when they go, she leaves her husband. Her house is a mess, as is her image and Helen breaks down. Through her pain, she draws blood and allows the universe to guide her and her decisions.

The unexpected happens, scientist Helen gets thrown into a new life of hedonism, dating, and self-discovery. A charming lawyer steals her heart, but is Helen ready for the fast lane? Will the local village firefighter provide the romance of her dreams? Or the military spy CJ, who is convinced that Helen is part of a Romanian smuggling gang.

With the help of her sister Portia, Helen starts to transform her life. The universe guides her to finding something in herself.

Debut author Bena Robert’s provides a unique perspective in this witty black comedy. Dark humor meets chick lit with a robust and realistic voice.

If you want a copy of your own here are the purchase links 🙂

KOBO ~  – NOOK at BARNES & NOBLE ~ SMASHWORDS ~ KINDLE

About the Author:

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Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title romance adventurist! She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog. However, her technology career ended after she was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2009. Since 2012, Bena has taught English in Germany and managed a small relocation business.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey.

Six Tinder Weeks, now Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel. Other books include The Forever Night Stand, with Tammy & Lisa: Mum Detectives at the Village School available in 2018.

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#BlogTour : Doomed Destroyer by Ron Cope : @Authoright @AuthorightUKPR

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Today I have “Doomed Destroyer” by Ron Cope.  Published by Clink Street Publishing and available in paperback and also eBook format.  I have a paperback copy and I would recommend if you are buying this book then paperback is the way to go.  I will explain why in “My Thoughts” a little further down the page.  To buy your own copy from Amazon UK CLICK HERE

Synopsis:

On March 1st 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered Operation Weserubung: the invasion of Norway. Having swept across Europe, the Nazi assault on Scandinavia was designed to secure the valuable iron ore being delivered by rail from Sweden to the Norwegian port of Narvik. To complete the task, Hitler sent ten large destroyers, with 220 Alpine Troops on each. Five smaller British H Class destroyers were sent up the fjord in retaliation, with little knowledge of what to expect. On April 10th , the first British battle of Narvik began in earnest. Royal Naval Captain Bernard Warburton-Lee led his flotilla at midnight into the fjord; undetected, under darkness and in driving snow storms. The harbour erupted into a torpedo attack; back into the fjord, the destroyers Hardy, Hunter, Hotspur, Havock and Hostilewere confronted by five German destroyers. A ferocious sea battle ensued and Hardy and Hunter were lost. In his first account of The Battle of Narvick, Attack at Dawn, Ron Cope focussed on the experience and the survival of the crew of HMS Hardy. After nine long years of research, he now reveals for the first time the untold story of HMS Hunter and her crew. Just forty-eight of the 159 servicemen on board survived in the cold waters of the fjord; picked up by German destroyers, they were eventually forced to march in freezing conditions over the mountains into internment in Sweden. Before the handover to the Swedish authorities, a German Army officer made the British servicemen sign a form: “On my being sent into Sweden I will not take up arms against Germany… Should I do so, and in the event of again being taken prisoner I shall be subject to such conditions as are provided under the Death Penalty Act”. Doomed Destroyer follows the astounding stories of the Hunter sailors, who would spend the next five years plotting and attempting to escape their captivity. Cope provides an extensive account of the viciously fought events at sea and in the fjords, examining the Norwegian price paid at Narvik and the early impact of war on the local community’s simple way of life. A remarkable account delivered with care and respect for those lost and left behind, Doomed Destroyer shines a light on this important but previously little known event in British history. “Without dedicated men like Ron Cope, the testimony and the stories of the men who were there – whether they were lost, wounded, or survived – what became of them, their families, might otherwise be lost to future generations.” Percy C. Danby, Lieutenant (E), C.D. RCN Retired. Ottawa. March 2017, survivor on HMS Hotspur.

My Thoughts:

The author has created a book that is very heavy on factual details and also accounts.  This is where I would recommend buying a paperback book as I think this would be more easy to follow than on an e-reader. It is packed with information about HMS Hunter and its crew.

There is everything from ship layout schematics, photographs, transcripts from the “BBC World Service” broadcasts, maps, newspaper reports and well; you start to get the picture of how much research and detail the author has included.

While this is a really interesting read, and I did enjoy it, I found myself occasionally bogged down by the detail. I just think a little bit of re-organising would make this book flow a lot better.

This is a comprehensive book and I think readers who like World War II naval battle books will enjoy this one. It is one I would recommend if you have an interest or would like to know more about naval battles and the effects of war.

About the Author:

Born in Salford, Ron Cope followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Royal Navy in 1964, working in electronics. After leaving the forces in 1986, he spent over twenty years working in the probation service, specifically with young offenders. Now a proud father and  grandfather, Cope is retired and living with his wife Alison in Telford, Shropshire. His first naval history book Attack at Dawn: Reliving the First Battle of Narvik in World War Two was published to acclaim back in 2015.

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#BlogTour : A Home at Honeysuckle Farm by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow : @Rararesources @HarperImpulse : #BookReview

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“A HOME AT HONEYSUCKLE FARM” by CHRISTIE BARLOW is available in paperback and eBook you can buy a copy at AMAZON UK. My thanks to Christie and also Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy and also my spot on the Blog Tour.

Synopsis:

A family secret

One shocking argument and ten-year-old Alice Parker’s world was turned upside down. Her peaceful life at Honeysuckle Farm in the quiet rural village of Brook Bridge swapped for the bustling metropolis of New York City. Alice’s life was changed forever…

A second chance

Now, thirteen years later, Alice’s American dream is over. With her life in tatters, there is only one place Alice wants to be… home at Honeysuckle Farm. So, when Alice learns her beloved Grandie is ill, she knows this is her last chance to heal the family rift.

A forever home?

But secrets still swirl in Brook Bridge, and Alice is no closer to discovering the truth. And for some reason her new friendship with local heartthrob Sam Reid seems to be making the locals tense.

Sick of the lies Alice knows it’s time to lay the past to rest once and for all. But could the truth ruin her hopes of ever calling Honeysuckle Farm home again?

My Thoughts:

This is my first experience with Christie Barlow and I  absolutely know it will not be my last.  A Home at Honeysuckle Farm is the story of Alice, when she was 10 years old her mum had an argument with her Grandad this resulted in her mum taking herself and Alice off to New York to live, breaking all ties and contact.  13 years later one of Alice’s friends get in touch to let her know Grandad had a fall.  Alice returns to the village of Brook Bridge and Honeysuckle Farm that is nestled on the outskirts, mum stays in New York and Alice still doesn’t know what the argument was about.

Oh I LOVED this book a huge amount! The characters, the descriptions, the plot the everything for me it was absolutely perfect.  It had me hooked from the very first pages as I got to know Alice and how she was wrenched from the idyllic world on the farm.  Life in New York is hard for Alice, being on stage and dancing is a thing that runs in the family and you would imagine that New York would be the perfect place to do that, but for Alice this is not so. She is unhappy and struggling and trying to put on a brave face, so the chance to go home is just the thing she needs.

This is when the story really tightened its grip on me, the descriptions of the village, farm and the people are great and I could visualise the settings from the authors words. Following this are all the emotions and dreams not just of Alice but of others, the village is a community, but as is often the case there are those that don’t fit in.  My emotions kind of went through the mill a little bit with this story with “heart in my mouth” moments to absolute jaw dropping shock. One moment reading with a great big grin on my face to then having to find tissues to dry my eyes, impossible to read when your eyes are leaking!

Even though the farm features in the story it is much more than that. It is a sense of family, community spirit, the good and the bad things in life.  Also about following your dreams and your heart, pulling together and looking to the future.  The past is gone, you cannot change it, you shouldn’t dwell on it.  Oh and then there is also the deliciously delectable Sam mmmmm

This is a book I Definitely Highly Recommend to readers of Romance with a great story line, some  shocking moments and family dynamics. I loved it a huge amount and hope others do to 🙂

 

About the Author:

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Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream and A Home at Honeysuckle Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her website www.christiebarlow.com Twitter @ChristieJBarlow and Facebook page Christie Barlow author

 

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#BookReview : No Accident by Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk

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“No Accident” by Robert Crouch is the first in the Kent Fisher Mystery series. You can buy a paperback or eBook copy of this book from Amazon UK.

Synopsis:

Accident or murder? Only one man can find out … if he’s allowed to.

At Tombstone Adventure Park, someone has committed the perfect murder, disguising it as a work accident. The police pass the investigation to environmental health officer, Kent Fisher, a man with more baggage than an airport carousel.

He defies a restraining order to enter the park, confronting the owner, playboy millionaire, Miles Birchill, who has his own reasons for blocking the investigation. With progress slow and evidence in short supply, Kent uses his initiative and is suspended from duty.

But he keeps digging, unearthing secrets and corruption that could destroy those he loves.

Once he sets his personal and professional worlds on a collision course, Kent knows life will never be the same again.

If he survives .

My Thoughts:

Okay it’s confession time here…  I’m already aware of this series as I read Book 2 first LOL . I really enjoyed No Bodies (Click here to read my thoughts) and was really annoyed with myself for not reading No Accident before. Robert, the delightful chap that he is, sent me a copy so I could get up to date.  This book answered the questions and filled in the gaps that I was missing and I am immensely grateful xx

Anyhows, down to what I thought.

Set in the rolling South Downs you get to meet Kent Fisher, an Environmental Health Officer as well as his friends, colleagues and family.  After the death of Syndey Collins, Kent is called in to investigate. Why an EHO on a death? Oops did I forget to mention that Sydney and a PTO shaft on a tractor had a coming together some how!  Along with this there are various other things that have implications in this intriguing case.  Accident or No Accident?

There are several story lines running through this story as Kent looks into whether the accident was work related and therefore within his powers to look into. Run ins with a local businessman doesn’t really help matters especially when he and Kent have a not so sociable history. You also get a history of Kent as he grew up and also his life now and the changes he has made that see him as not only a EH Officer but also the owner of a struggling animal sanctuary. Kent is a man of principles and not quite an entirely by the book Officer.  He has a great habit of stepping on toes, poking his nose in and generally winding people up.

Given the various story lines the author has woven a really great and addictive read. He has built up a great start to a series that has a real murder mystery as well as a crime thriller feel to it. A brilliant introduction to a unique detective and a great way to kick off a series.

If you are after a detective with a difference read, with humour balanced with suspense and its toes well dipped in the traditional “whodunnit” style of writing then you cannot go wrong with this one. This is a book I would highly recommend.

I should also add that this would be the ideal time to start this series, not only can you buy Book 1 and 2 at the moment, Book 3  No Remorse is due out on May 7th and you can pre-order your copy HERE.

 

About the Author:

Robert Crouch Author ImageWith more baggage than an airport carousel, amateur detective, Kent Fisher, should appeal to readers looking for an alternative to the usual crime procedural and private detective novels.

Robert Crouch blends his extensive experience as an environmental health officer with inspiration from Sue Grafton, Agatha Christie and Peter James to offer a fresh interpretation of the traditional murder mystery novel.

If you’re partial to a baffling whodunit with a complex twisting plot, engaging characters and a unique amateur detective, the Kent Fisher mysteries may be just what you’re looking for.

Now writing full time, Robert lives with his wife and their West Highland white terrier in Eastbourne. Together they enjoy reading, running and roaming the South Downs and beautiful countryside of the UK.

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#BlogTour : The Last Friend by Harvey Church @HarveyChurch1 : @CarolineBookBit : #BookReview

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“The Last Friend” by Harvey Church is available in eBook format from AMAZON UK or AMAZON.COM date of publication is 15th April.  My thanks to Harvey for my copy of the book and also to Caroline at Bits about Books  for my spot on the tour.

Synopsis:

The Knock on his Door…That Changed his Life

Fifteen years after Donovan’s daughter is abducted, Monica Russell knocks on his door. She claims she knew his daughter while in captivity and says she made a promise to tell him about their friendship.

The Last Friend to hold His Daughter’s Hand

When Monica claims to know where his daughter’s remains are buried, Donovan is immediately committed to doing whatever this last friend needs from him, regardless of the warnings from his family and friends.

The Friend Who Can Help Him Seek Vengeance

And when Monica claims to know where he can find the man who abducted, assaulted, and murdered his princess, Donovan knows he will stop at nothing to get his vengeance.

What Cost Will He Ultimately Pay?

Monica claims she can show Donovan a lot of things about his daughter, but what price will Donovan ultimately pay the young lady who claims to be the last friend to know his daughter?

My Thoughts:

Donovan’s daughter Elizabeth was abducted 15 years ago and his wife has recently committed suicide. One night Monica Russell lands on his doorstep and tells him that she was held captive with Elizabeth.  Monica had promised Elizabeth that she would tell her Dad the truth of her life and death.

This book is the story of how far a father will go to discover the truth behind the kidnapping of his daughter.  It tells a dark tale that had me guessing Monica’s motives.  Was she stringing him along if so what were her reasons for doing so. Was she genuine and if she was why was she taking time to give Donovan all the facts. The characters of Donovan and Monica I really liked as I got to know them a little better.  They both have a lot of problems as well as emotional scars that they have to live with.

This is quite a quick read and I found myself eagerly turning the pages to discover the truth and discovered a twisted and dark world. The plot takes you into a world of kidnapping girls and also what is done to them, but I will emphasise that the author does not go into graphic details here.  He has chosen his words to convey enough to give an understanding of the situation.

This is a book that I would recommend to readers who read psychological, crime, mystery story from the perspective of the father of a victim and also a survivor.

About the Author:

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Harvey Church has a background in finance, which is how he found himself writing about the people and ridiculousness (sometimes the same thing) of that field in his Edwin Burrows light mystery series. Although he considers himself retired from that field (aka not working), he’s planning another three Edwin Burrows novels for 2018.

His first “serious” novel, The Last Friend, is a Kindle Scout writing competition winner and was published by Kindle Press on January 9, 2018. The BookLife Prize called it “an entertaining read for mystery and thriller fans alike,” and said it is “an unexpected and exciting series of events that will grab readers.” Harvey plans two sister novels to The Last Friend in 2018, one titled The Last Night (Spring 2018) and the other tentatively titled The Last Survivor.

For fun, Harvey likes to practice street magic and spends hours engineering tricks to wow his audiences. He is also an avid hockey fan (Go Leafs Go). He has a wife and two kids. His favorite color is blue, but he drives a black car because he read somewhere, back in the 90’s, that radar detectors have a tough time seeing them. Interestingly, he never speeds because he’s too busy singing like nobody’s watching, or maybe it’s that everybody is deaf.

He’s a supporter of double-chins, double-dates, and double-dipping (though never on double-dates), and obviously enjoys writing about himself in the third person, in the voice of the narrator from The Royal Tenenbaums.

Connect with Harvey Church by searching Harvey Church Mysteries on Facebook, at @hashtag_harv on Instagram, and @harveychurch1 on Twitter. You can also find him wandering the streets of Chicago, Toronto, Montreal or the Lido deck of a Princess Cruise ship. If you ever meet Harv, ask to see a magic trick! Don’t forget to sign up for his email list at AListHarvey.com

 

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#Blogblitz : Another Mother by Amanda James @akjames61 : @sarahhardy681 @Bloodhoundbook : #BookReview #PublicationDay

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“Another Mother” by Amanda James. Published by Bloodhound Books and available in paperback or eBook, to purchase a copy CLICK HERE. I am delighted to be one of the opening Bloggers for this blitz my thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my spot on the tour. Happy Publication Day to you Amanda xxx

Synopsis:

A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of domestic noir.

Adopted at birth, for years Lu has secretly dreamt of finding her birth mother but childhood bullying has left her with a lack of confidence. When a tragic accident changes her life forever it sets her on a mission to get in contact with her birth mother and find out the reasons behind her adoption.

When she tracks down her mother in Cornwall there is an emotional reunion and the pair begin to form a relationship.

But is everything as wonderful as it appears or has Lu walked into a nightmare?

My Thoughts:

Lu is your average almost 30 something, dead-end job and a bit of a loner, she is also adopted.  After the recent death of her adoptive mother she decides this is the thing she needs to give her the push to actually find her birth mother.  When contact is made, Lu makes the decision to make the visit to meet her mother in Cornwall. Things seem to go well and a tentative relationship is struck between mother and daughter. As they get to know each other a little more the cracks start to show.

This starts off more like a contemporary fiction and then slowly it morphs into an absolutely amazing psychological story.  Lu is a really good character and I like the way she herself changed the story, from living at home with her adopted parents to finally taking the decision to stand on her own two feet.  By the end of the story I thought she was more confident and also more upbeat and positive about her life. From being a bullied child to a more confident woman. The dynamics between the two different families is a convincing read that really does draw you in the their lives.

I am a little bit biased about the Cornish setting of the book as I live in Cornwall, but I have to say the author does a wonderful job with the descriptions of St. Ives.  This knowledge of the area and also the love shows through in the authors writing giving a wonderful picture of a great place.

So as I mentioned earlier, this story changes, it steps up a gear and the depth the plot is revealed.  Here I think the author has done a great job of building up the thought of something not being quite right and when the twist finally shows itself bloody hell was I shocked, really didn’t see it coming and caught me completely unawares.

This is a great read and I would highly recommend it to readers who like a book that turns from a contemporary read into an amazing dark psychological suspense filled read.

 

About the Author:

Amanda+James.jpgAmanda James has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true.

Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published. Her time travelling debut – A Stitch in Time was published in April of 2013 and has met with great success.

Amanda lives in Cornwall and is inspired every day by the beautiful coastline near her home. Three of her suspense/mystery novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie – April 2017 pub – HQUK ( HarperCollins) Another Mother, also set in Cornwall is due out in April 2018 with Bloodhound Books.

Amanda can usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

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#BlogTour Same Face Different Place : Visions by Helen J Christmas @SFDPBeginnings @rararesources #BookReview

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Today I have “Same Face Different Place : Visions” by Helen J Christmas, the second in this series of psychological thriller series.  My thanks to Helen and also Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour.  Visions is available for purchase HERE.

Synopsis:

Visions is a psychological thriller set in rural England. The year is 1985. It’s been 12 years since Eleanor escaped London, discarding the fragments of her tragic past to discover a new life. She is hiding in a remote country village, a place where she truly believes she is safe.

Her neighbour, James Barton-Wells is desperate to save his historic country house from ruin but this has attracted the attention of a wealthy property developer from London whose seemingly altruistic offer to ‘bankroll the restoration’ masks a sinister game plan. Suspicious of his motives, Eleanor consults her friend, Charles Bailey. But Charlie has his own story, fearful that Perry Hampton is the man who undoubtedly destroyed his own life.

The characters are drawn together in a battle to save Westbourne House, oblivious to the menace that surrounds them. Threats, stalking and deception lie at the root of the Hamptons evil. Yet it is not until Eleanor comes face to face with them, she recognises a deadly enemy from the past.

Can Eleanor unravel the clues that conceal an evil crime committed in the 70s? This book will draw you into a world of suspense with shocking psychological twists you will never see coming…

My Thoughts:

Eleanor is desperate to keep away from her past that was in 1970’s London.  This book set in the 1980’s and see’s Eleanor keeping her head down, out of trouble so that her son Elijah remains safe from the trouble that she ran away from.

Firstly you really do want to read the first book in the series, it is set in the 70’s and tells the story of Eleanor and why she had to leave London.  This story is set in the 1980’s and there are loads of references that keep you in the time and place of the story.  This book took me a while to get into as I have not read the first, heed my warning!  But once I started to get a feel for the characters and some of the previous stories I was gripped by what I was reading.  There are three families that have different pasts, losses and struggles and they do have a connecting factor.  That connection is a manipulative, dangerous, power mad business man. He is wanting to take over the properties in a local village and he does not like being told No.

The author has definitely invested a lot of time and thought into this book, it has a fantastic story line that has so many different layers, these are beautifully entwined and take you through a journey of emotions.  As things start to unfold you realise that this is a psychological thriller and also mystery, suspense, romance and crime.  The synopsis is intriguing, but I was surprised by  this story, it was totally captivating, addictive and I thoroghly enjoyed it.

I would highly recommend this book for readers of intense and deeply woven psychological crime, suspense and mystery novels.  Please read the series in order, you won’t be disappointed.

About the Author:

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Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series ‘Same Face Different Place’ in 2011 and published her debut novel, ‘Beginnings’ in 2012. Visions was the second book of the series and published in 2013; a suspense novel which explores British culture and social history in the 80s as well as the most evil traits people are capable of. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provided endless inspiration for Visions, along with some very special places in Sussex that she loves. Writing is something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter. They enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a beautiful white cat, though Helen confesses to have dreamed up many of her storylines, whilst walking Barney around the nearby beach and park.

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#BlogBlitz | When Evil Calls Your Name by John Nicholl @nicholl06 | @bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy #BookReview #BookReview

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Today I have the “When Evil Calls Your Name” by John Nicholl.  Published by Bloodhound Books and available in various formats from Amazon UK.  My thanks to Sarah for my spot on the tour.

Synopsis:

Are you looking for a dark and gripping psychological thriller? Then you’ll love When Evil Calls Your Name by #1 best-selling author John Nicholl. 

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay hidden forever…

When twenty-nine-year-old Cynthia Galbraith struggles to come to terms with her traumatic past and the realities of prison life, a prison counsellor persuades her to write a diary exploring the events that led to a life sentence for murder.

Although unconvinced at first, Cynthia finally decides she has all the time in the world and very little, if anything, to lose. As she begins writing she holds back nothing: sharing the thoughts she hadn’t dare vocalise, the things that keep her awake at night and haunt her waking hours. 

Will the truth finally be revealed?

My Thoughts:

This story follows on from White Is The Coldest Colour, (my review) and is from the viewpoint of Cynthia who now lives in prison.  Her story is told via a journal that her counsellor has advised she writes.

Please read the first book before you start this one.

This answers so many questions I had about Cynthia.  I was frustrated with her character, but this one is her account of her life as a child, through university and how she met David Galbraith and how he completely destroyed any control she had over any decision, he controlled her and others around her. This is a really addictive read, and as you learn about Cynthia’s life you realise how she was manipulated so convincingly. But also you see how she is starting to make steps towards standing up for herself, no longer wanted to be a victim.

This story really plays on how a master manipulator plays on the vulnerabilities and insecurities of a person until they become a shadow of their former selves.  Because of the writing style it has a very believable feel to it, that personal account adds the perfect touch to the realism of the story.

In comparison to the first book it does differ quite a lot.  Even though it has a dark psychology theme, it is not as the dark and twisted as the first book.  It is an addictive read and a great follow on story.  A book I would recommend to those who like to read a psychological thriller from the perspective of the victim who was unaware she was being manipulated.

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