Dortmund Hibernate by C.J. Sutton @c_j_sutton @rararesources #BookReview

Happy Sunday book friends!

Delighted to be part of the blog tour for this author’s debut! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to CJ Sutton for his compelling story🖤

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Psychologist Dr Magnus Paul is tasked with the patients of Dortmund Asylum – nine criminally insane souls hidden from the world due to the extremity of their acts. 

Magnus has six weeks to prove them sane for transfer to a maximum-security prison, or label them as incurable and recommend a death sentence under a new government act. 

As Magnus delves into the darkness of the incarcerated minds, his own sanity is challenged. Secrets squeeze through the cracks of the asylum, blurring the line between reality and nightmare, urging Magnus towards a new life of crime…

The rural western town of Dortmund and its inhabitants are the backdrop to the mayhem on the hill. 

It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Shutter Island in this tale of loss, fear and diminishing hope.

My Thoughts

4 Depraved Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Criminally insane:

A mental defect or disease that makes it impossible for a person to understand the wrongfulness of his acts or, even if he understands them, to distinguish right from wrong.

If anyone is charge with a crime and is found to be criminally insane they cannot be convicted of the crime.

The character Jack Torrance from the Shining was criminally insane.


criminally insane

.a person who exhibits actions that could be a potential danger to him/herself or others.

The murderer was criminally insane.

This book was SO dark! And that is what is to be expected when you are reading a book about the criminally insane and a doctor with questionable ethics…. now this is where things are sometimes different when we read books that are not set in your own country, the laws are different in the US then other countries… also this is a hypothetical situation… to decide if these inmates are capable of rehabilitation or if they should be put to death… Well according to my above definition by the very definition of criminally insane they are incapable of being rehabilitated… sorry I’m thinking out loud, this book really made me overthink things! It also creeped me out and made me really feeling quiteslimy…. ‘another book that left me feeling as though I really needed to take a shower (and not a cold shower)… from this desolate town, to the disturb characters, to the dark subject matter, this book pulls you in… and nothing was held back! As we got to know these inmates we were introduced to the horrors of their crimes… and a lot of them were quite brutal and gruesome and we got details… The language was also very colorful, these men were not censored…. so if you are not a fan of violence or bad language this might not… OK is not the book for you…

This was a well-done psychological thriller filled with plenty of twists and turns that leant a little to the horror Side of the genre… if this is your thing I strongly encourage you to pick this book up and try to read it while the suns still up!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Master of Communication with majors in journalism and creative writing, and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.

As a professional writer C.J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate is his debut novel.     

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The Lost Sister by Tracy Buchanan @TracyBuchanan @bookouture #BookReview

Happy Saturday book lovers!

Excited to be part of the blog splash for the US release of this twisty family drama!🇺🇸

The Lost Sister by Tracy Buchanan

My Thoughts

4 Salty Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was my very first book by Tracy Buchanan, but it will not be my last… I found this book a compelling read filled with colorful characters and beautiful descriptions… I was drawn in by the very first scene in this book… a loving mother (or so it seemed) a drowning boy, a strange man who appears to be walking on water, where in the world was this book headed???

This book was told from two different perspectives and two different timelines… becky in present time and her motherSelma in the early 1990s… Becky was abandoned by her mother when she was eight years old… Selma abandon her husband and daughter to live in a cave with other creative types in order to overcome her writers block…. over 20 years later when Selma is on her deathbed she reaches out to her daughter wanting to reunite… becky is hesitant, but chooses to see her mother and her mother‘s last words to her are” you have a sister.” Becky now needs to decide whether or not she wants to believe this woman who has done nothing but let her down for the past few decades and try to locate her long-lost sister… her journey leads her to meet many people that knew her mother and this allows her to get to know her mother a bit better, but will she find her sister?

I really felt for Becky, I can’t even imagine being abandoned by my mother, and as a mother I cannot imagine abandoning my children… I had a really hard time with Selma I just did not like her, even as I got to know her better and her motivations and reasons… still I could not justify what she did to Becky… I found her to be very selfish and manipulative… although I did find the Cave dwelling terribly interesting, do people really live in caves? It sounds like something I would not want to do!(Note to self google this later)

The last 20% of this book was mindbending so many twists that I had no warning about! It really brought light to a lot of things and answered a lot of questions I had… well played Tracy Buchanan!

Absolutely recommend when you are in the mood for a family drama with some pretty amazing twists…

*** many thanks too Bookouture for my copy of this intriguing book ***

PS: the stars are salty because Selma made me salty, LOL

About the Book

Summer, 1991: A trip to the beach leads to disaster for Becky’s family. It is the day a boy nearly drowns, and the day Becky’s mother decides to abandon her own husband and child for the mysterious man who saved him.

Now: It’s been ten years since they last spoke, but Becky’s mother has just weeks to live. And she has something important to tell her. I had another child.

How far would you go to track down the sister you never knew existed And how can you trust a woman who has lied to you your whole life?

Moving, Gripping, and Emotionally Powerful, this is the perfect read for your summer holiday escape.

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The London Murder Mysteries: The Girl in the Gallery by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy Saturday!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour and share with you my review today for the second book in this wonderful cozy mystery series. Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Alice Castle for this delightful story💜

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The Girl in the Gallery

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…

It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane has sneaked off to visit one of her favourite places, the world-famous Picture Gallery.

She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.

Who is The Girl in the Gallery? Join Beth in adventure #2 of the London Murder Mystery series as she tries to discover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

My Thoughts

4 Clever & Cozy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

do you ever wonder when you’re reading these mystery series set in a small town what you would really think if you kept running across dead bodies? And what would the rest of the people in the town think? This time Beth Discovers a dead body in a picture Gallery… The body is splayed out and in plain sight pretending to be a museum display….

This was a good old fashion murder mystery… Beth is once again on the case working with Detective York… I really do like Beth and I like her interactions with the detective, her best friend Katie, and her daughter… I also like how this old fashion mystery has a bit of a contemporary vibe with the very current teenage issues… really adds another layer to the story and is handled extremely well…

My amateur detective skills were definitely put to the test in this book… filled with many twists and turns I had no idea who the bad guy in this one was… a small town filled with so many eccentric characters giving you so many suspects, leaving you scratching your head and thinking… who done it?

this is the second book in this cozy mystery series, but it could absolutely be read as a standalone… filled with everything you want in a cozy mystery, wonderful characters, a charming setting, and a twisty mystery… absolutely recommend to fans of this genre!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Meet Alice Castle

Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks.

Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, will be published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill due to follow in early 2019.  Alice is currently working on the fifth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website:



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Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela Crane @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Happy Friday all!

apologies for getting this posted much later than I wish I had, my allergies are killing me and they are really affecting my eyes! Itchy and watery and there is now a fire nearby making it even worse oh the joys of summer! But I digress…

Thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for this book about the darker side of motherhood. Many thanks to Sarah for the invitation and to Pamela Crane for this intriguing book!💕

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What causes a woman to murder her whole family?

Jo’s idyllic life would make most people jealous. Until one day her daughter is abducted and the only way to find her is to unravel her dark past.

Ellie is a devoted wife… until she discovers the pain of betrayal. Now vengeance is all she can think about.

Party-girl Shayla knows how to hide her demons. But when she’s confronted with a life-shattering choice, it will cost her everything.

June knows suffering intimately, though the smile she wears keeps it hidden.

Soon the lives of these four women intersect and one of them is about to snap…

From USA TODAY best-selling author Pamela Crane comes “a thought-provoking domestic noir novel perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and B.A. Paris … A chilling look at the secrets mothers will hide for the sake of their families, and the gruesome reality of what can break an everyday woman.”

My Thoughts

4 Pretty Ugly Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book takes a dark, real, and raw look at motherhood… I want to start off by saying I thought this was a really good book… it was very readable… probably too relatable, maybe hit a little close to home at times…. it was also a quick and compelling read filled with extremely well developed characters…. my only issue with this book is the characters themselves, I will go on a mini rant about that at the end of my review, LOL

The book starts out with a bloody murder scene, a mother has snapped and murdered her entire family…. we are then introduce to four different mothers with plenty of dirty laundry both literally and figuratively… some of these mothers I found more likable and more relatable than others… Jo was probably the most sympathetic character for me, I mean how can you not feel for a mother whose child has gone missing? Dark secret or no dark secret this is every mother‘s worst nightmare…. The rest of these mothers rub me the wrong way and I will address that more later…. but you do not need to like the characters in a book to like the book and I thought this book was really well done… I loved trying to figure out who snapped and I really thought it could possibly be each of these mothers at some point during the book…. this was a fast paced Book, that kept me turning those pages…. I enjoyed knowing the outcome while reading the book it really made the amateur detective and amateur psychologist in me happy….

Strongly encourage you to pick up this book it was a real look at the darker side of motherhood, filled with secrets and plenty of twists….

* warning rent ahead*

* The mothers in this book seriously frustrated me with the exception of Jo…. now I do understand motherhood is hard I have three kids and my first two are only 13 months apart, I get it! I also suffered from postpartum depression after my second child was born, so I get that as well! BUT these women did not seem to have any love towards their children… these are women who chose to have children, who are living in a upper-class neighborhood by choice, and they just could not seem to see the forest for the trees…. and the expectation that your young children are going to shower you with love and appreciate you is insane! Seriously I don’t think I truly appreciated my parents until I had children myself…. I just ultimately had a hard time with these women whining about their almost perfect lives and blaming their children for what was wrong with them…. they all clearly needed a friend like me to smack them back into reality! LOL I think it says something about the amazing writing and character development in this book to have evoked such strong emotions in me!


* *** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***


Meet Pamela Crane

Pamela Crane is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that—he’ll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him) and she writes on the edge. Writing murder mysteries is her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and she bases her characters on real people, so be warned! She is a USA Today best-selling author of several award-winning thrillers, which you can find on her website at

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5 Brilliant Stars🌟 Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan @Lisalregan @bookouture #BookReview

TGIF book friends! Are you ready for the weekend?

Excited to be part of the blog tour for the third book in this fabulous series! Many thanks to Noelle for the invitation and to Lisa Regan for this wonderful story!💕🕵🏻‍♀️


About the Book

When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.

Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago. A girl named Belinda Rose…

Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but, with an undeniable connection between her mother and the dead girl, does she dare track her down?

Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered. It’s suddenly clear that someone very close to Josie will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried forever.

As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken?

Do you love unputdownable crime thrillers that keep you up all night? Then this gripping rollercoaster ride, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, will have you totally hooked! 

My Thoughts

5 Best Yet Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is the third book in the detective Josie Quinn series and the best yet! Josie Quinn is being crowned my favorite female detective… Lisa Regan did a brilliant job with the character development of Josie… in the first book I liked her but I didn’t feel as though we really got to know her…in the second book we got to know her a little better, we got a little glimpse into her past, but we were still held at arms length… in this book WOW she was laid bare to us… we got multiple flashbacks of Josie from age 6 to 14 when she was abused almost to the point of being tortured by her mother… this part of the book was hard to read… it was very dark, very disturbing, yet very revealing and telling…. your heart broke for Josie and your respect grew for her….

This book starts out with 30 year old bones being discovered… when the identity of the body is revealed to be A young lady named Belinda Rose, Josie is confused… how can that be? That is her mother’s name and her mother was still alive…. so who is her mother really? And how is she connected to this body? Just as in the previous books in this series The layers of this mystery were peeled away at the perfect pace… leaving me frantically turning the pages to see what was going to happen next…. twist after twist that I did not see coming and an ending that surprised me and left me satisfied…

In my review for the second book in the series I asked Lisa Reagan to please let a little romance develop between Noah and Josie… and guess what? She listen to me!😂 I like the direction their relationship is headed in and I hope Noah can help Josie heal her heart… I cannot wait for the next book in this series… and I will let you in on a little something cool… Lisa Regan commented on my blog and the next book will reveal some of Gretchen’s secrets and it’s out in December!

In case you couldn’t figure it out from my gushing review I strongly encourage you to pick this book up and if you have the time binge the entire series over the weekend!

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this fabulous book ***

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Meet Lisa


Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website:

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4.5 Fantabulous Stars🌟 One Day Like This by Laura Briggs @PaperdollWrites @bookouture #BookReview

Happy Thursday book lovers!

Super excited to be on the blog tour and share my review with you for this brilliant book! Many thanks to Noelle for the invitation and to Laura Briggs for this engaging story💕


Could you plan a wedding if you’d never been in love?

Tessa has always dreamed of her own business. And when a beautiful tumbledown house comes up for sale in the Southern town of Bellegrove, she knows it has perfect potential to be an amazing one-stop wedding shop.

Teaming up with three talented friends, they’re ready for big things. They’ve even found their first client – a sweet old lady called Bianca, who’s desperate to give her grandson a spectacular wedding. (Even though he’s equally determined to keep it simple and romantic.)

But as the big day approaches, things start to go wrong. Handsome handyman Blake Ellinghambreaks the news that the building needs re-wiring and the bill for renovations is longer than a royal wedding train. And then one of her friends suddenly quits their fledgling business

Can Tessa pull off the dream wedding? Can Blake be convinced to help? And if the electrics are broken, why are so many sparks flying between him and Tessa?

The perfect feel-good summer romance for 2018 for fans of Debbie Macomber, Jenny Hale and Debbie Johnson.

My Thoughts

4.5 Fantabulous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

What a wonderful treat this book was! It’s slightly strange to say a fluffy romantic comedy sucked me in from the very first page but this book did! I read this book in two sittings and when I was done I was sad to leave these characters… The good news! This is only the first book in what I am hoping to be many many more! Seriously something about this book was just as compelling as all those twisty thrillers and I think it was all about these engaging characters!

Tessa, Natalie, and Ama come together to open a wedding planning Business… Tessa is the planner, Natalie is the designer, and Ama is the baker… there was something just so genuine about these girls that captivated me, I wanted to be friends with them, I wanted to join their business (I’m not sure what I would do though?) in addition to the three girls we also have Blake… The hot contractor with a heart of gold who Tessa has hired to renovate the old house that they are using to house their business… renovate might be a generous term…the girls just want the house not to be a fire hazard, although I think Blake has different plans…. Blake also seems to have a bit of a gift for this wedding planning thing!

The romance in this book was very subtle and extremely slow building… no Insta love here my friends… just a little bit of a sneak peek of things to come… and all three girls are single so lots of happily ever afters in the future… of course a book about wedding planners must include a wedding, and this was a fun part of the book…. The couple to be was so humble and sweet you just wanted them to have the perfect day… I loved how they brought three different cultures together in this wedding; Italian, Irish, and Norwegian… and being of Norwegian descent myself I learned some things about my own culture always a treat… I also loved seeing the girls and Blake put all their gifts and talents to good use…. and some of the goodies that Ama created just sounded so delicious! A delightful story that left me wanting more time with these characters…

Absolutely encourage all of you with a heart to pick this book up! It will leave you with a smile on your face and A warm fuzzy feeling in your heart💗

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

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Meet Laura

Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots) and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

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Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant@HeideGoody @IainMGrant #BookReview

Happy Thursday! Where did the week go?

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour for this seriously hilarious book! Many thanks to both Heide and Iain for the invitation and for making me laugh so hard that I got an ab workout!😂❄️

Available on July 20, 2018

About the Book

“Lori Belkin has been dumped. By her parents.

They moved out while she was away on holiday, and now, at the tender age of twenty-five, she’s been cruelly forced to stand on her own two feet.

While she’s getting to grips with basic adulting, Lori magically brings to life the super-sexy man she created from celebrity photos as a teenager.

Lori learns very quickly that having your ideal man is not as satisfying as it ought to be and that being an adult is far harder than it looks.

Snowflake is a story about prehistoric pets, delinquent donkeys and becoming the person you want to be, not the person everyone else expects you to be.”

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My Thoughts

4 Special Snowflake Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was me the entire book😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 warning do not drink anything while reading this book!!! You all know how much I love humor in my books and this book was packed full of some of the funniest things I have read all year! This was such a fun book filled with fabulous characters and sprinkled with magic!

Lori returns from Holiday to find her parents have moved and left no forwarding address! Now 25-year-old Lori armed with a degree and determination, needs to learn to live on her own and real quick…. Lori was so real and so relatable and I’m sure each and everyone of us can see a piece of ourselves in her… she also has a fabulous BFF Cookie The two of them together was simply hilarious… from drunk baking… to some pretty interesting Amazon packages… to these creatures like no other… seriously my abs hurt after this book I was laughing so hard! (Perhaps I need to work out more)

This book was an absolute delight… and Who knew a book titled Snowflake would be the perfect summer read? I really had no idea what to expect, but I am so glad I took the chance on this wonderful book! A book all about discovering who you really want to be when you grow up…

Absolutely recommend when you are in the mood for a book that will make you smile and believe in magic✨✨✨

*** many thanks to the author for my copy of this book ***

Have a day filled with laughs! Berit

The Disappearing by Lori Roy @LORIROYauthor @Duttonbooks #BookReview

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Excited to share my review for this very southern and very Gothic book!💕

The Disappearing by Lori Roy

My Thoughts

4 Slow Burning Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sometimes it’s nice to take a deep breath and read a slower paced book… The problem is your brain is so used to the fast-paced… frantic… can’t wait to get to the end books… that it is difficult to make the adjustment to a slower paced story like this…. this book was very southern Gothic and it reminded me of my impression of the south… A little slower, more traditional, more complicated but simple, a bit hard to understand at times (by a southwesterner like me), A little mysterious, and exquisitely beautiful! I truly hope this does not come across disrespectful to the south because it is a part of our country I find very mysterious and charming…

Lane has come home after many years away, something she never wanted to do… there are many family secrets and tragedies that are slowly revealed to us throughout this book…. it is very hard to live in a small town where everybody holds the actions of your father against you and now the same is happening to Lane’s children…. told from the points of view of Lane, her mother Irma, her daughter Talley, and Darrell who is a bit of a mystery…. this book offered us four different perspectives, but not necessarily four unique voices and this lead to some confusion at times… this was my main complaint about this book sometimes it was a bit all over the place…. and this might be a book I would have appreciated more on audio simply because the voices would change if done by a good narrator… and would be even better if done by multiple narrators….(Just checked it does have multiple narrators!)

A girl goes missing and this brings back memories of boys going missing from the local boys home as well as Lane’s own disappearance years ago… but for me this book was more about a family trying to heal…. secrets being revealed… A family breaking into even more pieces… and then picking them all up and trying to find a way to put them back together and making them fit in a different configuration…

Recommend when you are in the mood for a slower read filled with beautiful descriptive writing…

*** many thanks to Penguin Dutton for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy spins a twisted, atmospheric tale about a small Southern town where girls disappear and boys run away.

When Lane Fielding fled her isolated Florida hometown after high school for the anonymity of New York City, she swore she’d never return. But twenty years later, newly divorced and with two daughters in tow, she finds herself tending bar at the local dive and living with her parents on the historic Fielding Plantation. Here, the past haunts her and the sinister crimes of her father–the former director of an infamous boys’ school–make her as unwelcome in town as she was the day she left.

Ostracized by the people she was taught to trust, Lane’s unsteady truce with the town is rattled when her older daughter suddenly vanishes. Ten days earlier, a college student went missing, and the two disappearances at first ignite fears that a serial killer who once preyed uponthe town has returned. But when Lane’s younger daughter admits to having made a new and unseemly friend, a desperate Lane attacks her hometown’s faade to discover whether her daughter’s disappearance is payback for her father’s crimes–or for her own.

With reporters descending upon the town, police combing through the swamp, and events taking increasingly disturbing turns, Lane fears she faces too many enemies and too little time to bring her daughter safely home. Powerful and heart-pounding, The Disappearing questions the endurance of family bonds, the dangers of dark rumors and small town gossip, and how sometimes home is the scariest place of all!

Enjoy the day! Berit

The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland – @ViKeeland #SneakPeek Coming to you on 23rd July

Good morning, and happy Wednesday people!!

I’m super happy to share with you a little snippet from the new Vi Keeland ‘bound-to-be-brilliant’ release, it’s guaranteed to be full of smouldering goodness, and it’s a second chance novel, my favourite kind, and just look at that cover!!!!!


And now for a little sneak peek !!

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“May I get you something to drink while you wait for the rest of your party?” the waiter asked.

I would normally wait to see what the client did and follow his lead on alcohol. But tonight was not the norm.

I rubbed at my stiff neck. “I’ll take a vodka cranberry, please.”

I hoped it would help calm my nerves and release some of the tension in my jaw before I gave myself a full-blown headache. Taking out my phone, I started to scroll through emails to distract myself while waiting for my drink and dinner companion.

My head whipped up at the sound of Gray’s voice behind me. “Sorry I’m late.”

My heart unexpectedly fluttered, and I fought against the feeling of excitement. “Are you really? Because I get the sense you don’t have any manners after the way you interrupted me a million times today.”

He completely ignored my attitude as he took the seat across from me. “Traffic is a bitch getting downtown at this time. Next time we’ll have dinner at my place.”

“There won’t be a next time.”

Gray’s mouth curved into a smug smile as he snagged my gaze. “Sure there will. There’ll be plenty of next times. And eventually you’ll stop pretending you don’t enjoy my company.”

I hated that my body reacted to him. Right from the very start, we’d had a crazy chemistry between us that was difficult to dull.

I sighed. “What are you doing, Gray? Why did you come to my firm?”

He lifted the cloth napkin in front of him and laid it across his lap. “Isn’t that obvious? I need new legal representation.”

“At my firm? And you’d prefer that representation come from an associate instead of my boss’s boss—the head of our securities division? Or even from Pittman, who would gladly hold your hand and provide you whatever legal advice you need from his fifty-plus years of experience?”

“Loyalty is important to me. I want someone I can trust with my business.”

“And you’ve decided that’s me? An associate with five years experience who just got off probation with the Bar Association for violating attorney-client privilege?”

The waiter arrived with my drink. “Here you go, ma’am.” He turned to Gray. “May I get you something to drink? Or would you like to wait until the last of your party joins you this evening?”

“It’s just the two of us. I’ll have a Macallan, neat, please.”

“Coming right up.” The waiter walked around to the other side of the table and started to remove the third place setting.

I put my hand out, stopping him. “We actually do have another party coming, so you can leave that.”

“Very well.” He nodded.

Gray waited until the waiter was out of earshot. “I didn’t invite anyone else to dinner.”

I sipped my drink and offered a saccharine-sweet fake smile. “I did. Figured an important client like you should have more than one attorney to answer his questions.”

Just as I set down my glass, I saw the other man I was waiting for enter the restaurant. He scanned the room, looking for me, so I held up my hand and waved.

“Perfect timing. There’s Oliver now.”

Gray glanced at the man heading toward us and back to me. Instead of being pissed off, the jerk was amused. “That’s cute. You invited a chaperone because you don’t trust yourself with me.”

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4.5 BIG Stars🌟 The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #BookReview

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The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland

‘You don’t deserve a sister…’

Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she hears a strange noise. Running downstairs to check, she discovers a threatening letter addressed to her. But who sent it?

As Lizzy receives more unsettling messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her neighbours, her friends. Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her.

And they want to destroy her perfect life.

Desperate for answers, Lizzy contacts her sister, Emma. She used to be her best friend. But they haven’t spoken in years. Not since the terrible argument which tore their relationship apart…

Surrounded by secrets and lies, can Lizzy trust her sister? Or is the shocking truth more dangerous than Lizzy ever imagined?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you guessing with every heart-stopping twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister, this book is for you.

My Thoughts

4.5 Taut Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Another fast pace book by Shalini Boland that kept me turning those pages and staying up past my bedtime… from the minute Lizzie found an envelope that appeared aged and as though it was coming up through the floorboards I was hooked! Even the thought of this still gives me goosebumps and the heebie-jeebies… can you imagine an envelope with your name on it just appearing out of nowhere, with the words” you don’t deserve a sister” on it? Creepy!

Lizzy is a outgoing, trusting, and kind person… she is a hard-working reliable shop manager and a faithful and loving girlfriend to Joe…. she is also being STALKED! I think because Lizzie was so likable and relatable and really could be any girl… made this book so much more disturbing and tents for me…. everyone in Lizzie’s life appeared suspicious to both Lizzie and me… from her boyfriend Joe, to her coworker/friend pippa to her boss George, to her next-door neighbor Ian… everyone looked a little guilty… Lizzie and I saw a little badguy in everyone!

Now to complicate things further Lizzie and her sister have been estrange from one another for many years… but could your sister the girl you played dolls with as a kid do this to you? The relationship between Lizzie and Emma was an interesting one and I liked how it was revealed to us throughout this book…. The stalker’s actions in this book escalated throughout the book and got scarier and Boulder as time went on… as much as I liked Lizzie and really felt for her she really didn’t always think things through…. she really did some pretty stupid things…things I would hope I would never do if someone were hunting me! But fortunately I have never been in this situation…

This book was perfectly paced and filled with all the twists and turns you want from a psychological thriller… The ending caught me completely offguard… and that apologue… wowza!

Absolutely recommend to fans of a twisty psychological thriller….

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

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Meet Shalini

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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