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Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal ~ Blog Tour ~ @rararesources @MichelleVernal @HarperImpulse

Sweet Home Summer

Sweet Home Summer

What’s a Matchmaker? I’m thinking a really, really old Irish version of Tinder…

Isla Brookes was terrified of leading a little life in the small New Zealand town where she was born and where her gran and mum were also born and bred. To escape their fate, she breaks it off with her teenage sweetheart and runs away to London. She’s spent the last ten years climbing the interior design career ladder and meeting the wrong kind of man until one day she wakes up and wonders what it’s all been for. Leaving her latest unsuitable man and job for dust Isla winds up sitting on a beanbag in therapy at a Californian retreat, where she realises it’s time to go home.

They breed em tough on New Zealand’s West Coast. A fact Isla’s grandmother, Bridget prides herself on. Her heart was broken once, and she won’t let it happen again, but now ever since her husband passed away, someone’s been sending her Valentine’s Day cards.

When the dance hall, the scene for this heartbreak, falls into decline, Bridget decides the link to her first love must be restored even if the events of long ago can’t be put right. She’s never heard of dating apps, so in a nod to her Irish ancestry, she decides to hold a fundraising Matchmaker Festival.

Then Rohan Sullivan blows into town on a strange wind offering his services as a bona fide matchmaker; suddenly it’s time for both women to remedy the mistakes of their past.

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About Michelle Vernal

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Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.

I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week!  The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.

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~review~

4 Sweet Home Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book left me with a smile on my face and an urge to go visit New Zealand…. this is a book about going home, new beginnings, second chances, friendship, romance, and family…. all set in the quaint and charming small town of Bibury, New Zealand….

Isla has returned home after living for 10 years in London… she moves in with her grandmother Bridget who has a past that Isla knows nothing about….. The majority of the book is set in present time following Isla…. as she builds a new life in her hometown and possibly rekindles an old romance… or not? We also got little snippets of Bridget’s life in her late teens in the late 50s…. grandmother and granddaughter have more in common than they ever knew…..

This was such an enjoyable read filled with such lovely characters…. characters you would want to become friends with…. sometimes it is nice just to read a peaceful book and enjoy the characters and the setting…. although there was even a bit of a twist at the end of this book and it worked nicely and it didn’t alter my perception of the book or the characters….

This is a perfect summer beach read… although I spent half the time needing to remind myself that New Zealand’s summer is our winter…. I have such a hard time correlating Christmas with summer and I live in California… so no snow…..

Strongly recommend when you are in the mood for that fun beach read, with fabulous characters, and a lovely setting…

~~~ thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book ~~~

PS: I was a prehistoric step aerobic instructor of the 90s! 😝

Hope you enjoy! Berit💛

Flashback Friday Featuring – One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – #FBF #bookreview @writerkmc

One of Us is Lying

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

5 suspicious Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

Review

Please ignore all comparisons of this book to The Breakfast Club…. and go into this book with an open mind….

The only similarity to this book and that fabulous 80s movie is these five very stereotyped teenagers spend some time in detention together… this is where the similarities end…. and I mean this in a good way…. I really enjoyed this book….

Loved all these characters….. and I really wanted them all to be innocent…. it was fun and interesting to see all the character growth in all of them stemming from this tragedy….. they all had secrets to hide, but ultimately I think they found strength in each other….

I really don’t want to say too much… but I didn’t see the end coming until quite late in the book…. and it still surprise me some….

Absolutely recommend whether you are a fan of young adult or not…. any age this is a fabulous book filled with wonderful characters and twists and turns….. Who is lying?

Enjoy solving the mystery,

Berit

Flashback Friday Featuring – Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – #fbf #young adult @susanbpfeffer #Sci-fi

Life as We Knew It

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stock up on tinned goods stars

Synopsis

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Review

This one my first (of now many) YA books I loved this series, but this one will hold a special place in my heart for the introduction of other fantastic books.

I was quite worried about re reading this as this was my first YA book that I read a couple of years ago and it holds quite a nice little place in my heart, however I was not disappointed phew !

16 yr old Miranda gives us a blow by blow account of her life from her diary, and what a life it is.

The strange thing is I’m sure this could happen, I mean REALLY happen, and that is what scares me, I’ve read some reviews that are shouting about the size of the meteor and the trajectory of it etc. but it’s a book, a fiction book but I mean it could happen !

So, everyone and his dog are watching a meteor hit the moon in a ‘Sky at Night ‘ kind of thing.

Everyone is outside watching, there are parties and picnics  – however when it hits IT HITS !!!!!

The moon gets moved off its axis and comes a little bit closer to earth.
The scientists did not really do their math correctly and didn’t realise the size of the meteor, (as I said it’s fiction obviously if the moon was going to be hit by a meteor I would hope that scientists would be able to tell the size of the thing!)

Anyhoo the moon controls our tides and things right?

So after the now mahoosive moon is hit, the world starts going all weird, like tidal waves and tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes, you know the usual Saturday night out in town!

Soo most of the world seems to be wiped out, BUT because you are only reading Mirandas diary, you are kept in the dark about what is going on elsewhere in the world, and you feel the suffocation as her world slowly gets smaller and smaller until they are all living in 1 room sharing 1 tin of soup between 4 people.

The starving is this one thing that gets to you, I felt really guilty while I was reading this for even drinking a cup of tea !

I will be reading the rest of the series again and the new book is out this year as well so I hope that it continues from Mirandas point of view.

I would thoroughly recommend reading this book – its fab.

Enjoy,

Vicci

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Wright Love Duet by K.A. Linde – Cover Reveal – @AuthorKALinde @InkSlingerPR

 

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 The Wright Love — May 15th

A sexy new contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

I have the perfect life.

Until the day my husband tragically dies.

Being a single mom and widow was never part of the plan.

When David Calloway enters my life, I have no room for love in my heart.

But he’s determined to do right by me.

Could he be the Wright love?

The Wright Love is the first book in the Wright Love Duet, and Sutton and David’s story will conclude in The Wright One—coming May 29th! Get ready for your newest binge read.

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A new sexy contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Secrets swarm all around.

My world is crumbling under the strain.

I don’t know if we can survive this.

My heart is in the Wright place.

But is his?

The Wright One is the last book in the Wright Love Duet that began in The Wright Love. Find out if Sutton and David survive their world of secrets in the conclusion to the Wright Love duet!

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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland ~Blog Blitz~ @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #BookReview

~ super excited to be part of the blog blitzfor The Child Next Door by,Shalini Boland. Loved this book from start to finish a big 5 stars from me! Full review below, I hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy it as much as I did!~
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The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland
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‘Don’t take my baby.’

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her new-born, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor, saying: ‘Let’s take the child – and go.’

Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. Is the voice coming from a nearby house? But there aren’t any other children living on her quiet country road…

The police don’t believe her. And neither does her husband.

Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours, now she isn’t sure. As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother, this completely gripping psychological thriller will make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors. And will keep you guessing from the first page until the final shocking twist.

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Shalini Boland is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (reached No 1 in the US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2 in the US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’, ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 4 in the US 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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Review

5 Brilliant Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wow what an ending! This book pulled me in from the very first paragraph…. however I have to say this book ended fantastically with a big huge bang! I generally do not start my reviews with the end of the book… however I just finish this and I am still shook… it was a twist out of nowhere…. well done Shalini Boland fabulous from first paragraph to last! that is for sure….

The book starts out with Kirstie hearing strange voices on her baby monitor….“Just take the baby!“ instant panic sets in as she runs to make sure her baby girl Daisy is OK…. Kirstie was a very relatable and likable character… I could just sense her frustration, anxiety, and stress throughout this entire book along with the love for her daughter…. there is no time in your life where you feel less sure of yourself then when you are a first time mother….. and to top it off with strange things happening, suspicious neighbors, and a husband who does not believe you…. it was no wonder Kirstie was on edge… I was on edge right along with her…..

Plenty of fantastic secondary characters to be more than suspicious of…the husband Dominic who was up to some suspicious things and was not supportive… he really bothered me quite a bit…. guilty or innocent he was not a very good husband…. The friend Mel, I’m really not sure how good a friend she was? She was one of those friends that seem to be there when it benefited her…. The creepy nosy neighbor Martin, he was an odd duck…. I don’t care if he was just trying to be neighborly, organizing the neighborhood watch, and what not, he was a bit off…. although I do have to say the project he was working on was quite cool…. I was suspicious of everybody including the teenage boy kicking the football/soccer ball around the neighborhood….

I really feel sorry for my next book… although I’ve been listening to a romance on audio and that’s what I will listen to tonight, so I think we might be OK… I really can’t say much more I don’t want to give anything away…. just know this is a very well-done psychological thriller and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Strongly recommend to all fans of psychological thrillers, with plenty of suspicious characters, twists and turns, and a fabulous MC….

*** thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Enjoy the ride! Berit 💛

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson ~ #YoungAdult #Debut @WriteinBK

Allegedly

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazing Narration Stars!

Synopsis

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

Review

Ok first thing to say about this audio book is WOW!!

The narration was **OUTSTANDING**, perfectly narrated by Bahni Turpin, you may have heard her voice before in The Help by Kathryn Stockett, (if you have never listened to an audio book before, i always recommend that one to begin with, it started my addiction)

Anyway back to the book….

This was a bit of a tough read, especially as you are not really sure of the truth.

Mary B Addison is a baby killer…Allegedly

We follow her story in a group home, and hear her journey from ‘baby jail’ to now.

You see, when Mary was arrested and sent away, she was 9, she was babysitting with her mother and the baby was killed…..by her….Allegedly!

The thing that makes it worse (for her) she is black, and the baby was white.

“Doesn’t matter what you say about racial equality, you’ve never seen white families storming the steps of city hall demanding justice for a little black baby.”

Considering this was a debut novel, this was a moving, gripping, sometimes shocking story with twists and turns that i didnt see coming AT ALL.

The group home is as bad as you think it is, i was terrified for Mary most of the time, the characters was brilliantly written, even the bad ones, special mention to ‘New Girl’

Now Mary is pregnant herself and wants to try and be the best that she can be, she doesn’t want to bring up her baby in that environment, and tries to better herself by getting her schooling qualifications.

The thing is she needs to ask for help, and no-one, not even her mother is really willing to help her.

This book is a dark read, Mary has been horribly abused by the system just because she is a famous baby killer……Allegedly.

But did she really do it??

Find out for yourself,

Vicci

The Choice by Jake Cross ~ #bookreview @JakeCrossAuthor @bookouture

The Choice

The Choice by Jake Cross

3.5 Unbelievable Stars 🌟🌟🌟.5

Synopsis

‘You’ve got to help me,’ she pleads. 

On a wet road in the black of night, Karl Seabury is driving home to his pregnant wife. Suddenly, caught in his headlights in the middle of the road is a woman shaking with fright.

The woman says her name is Liz Smith, that her home was attacked, and that she was the only one to escape.

In a split-second decision, Karl decides to help her to safety. But Liz is hiding a dark secret and now his good deed has put his family in terrible danger…

An absolutely unputdownable thriller, with twist after twist after twist, that will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, John Marrs and Harlan Coben.

Review

This book will require you to stretch your imagination … leave all the questions at the door… and just enjoy the ride…. this was a fast paced, plot driven, implausible book…. I truly believe this would make a better movie than it did a book, it was just so over-the-top, and so unbelievable…..

This is not to say I did not enjoy it, I did….. however I did spend a lot of the book a little lost…. I also spent a lot of this book wondering why these characters are even in this situation in the first place? Why in the world would Carl pick a strange woman up in the middle of the night and insert her into their lives… and put his wife and unborn baby in danger? I really had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, with perhaps the exception of Katie who I felt so bad for…. here she is pregnant caught in the middle of this madness….

This book was cray cray… all these characters running around doing outrageous things…. everyone was up to something and none of it good…. not absolutely certain what I think of the ending….. this book just didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but it might for you!

Recommend if you are able to suspend reality for an entire book, filled with fast-paced thrills…..

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Suspend some disbelief and enjoy,

Berit

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser ~ New Release ~ @jessicastrawser @StMartinsPress #bookreview

Not That I Can Tell

New Release Today March 27, 2018

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

4.5 Dramarana Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Synopsis

When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.

By Monday morning, one of them is gone.

Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.

As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.

Review

This was a really fun read for me….. set in small town Ohio where the houses were as eclectic as the citizens….. whenever I read a book that takes place in a small town I always feel a little jealous, having lived in major cities my entire life….. and Yellow Springs was so picturesque and ideal, just the place you’d want to raise your family…..

The neighbor ladies get together for a girls night out…. kid free and husband free… The wine is flowing, the fire is burning, and the tongues are loose….. and the next day Kristin is gone along with her twins… did she leave of her own volition? Or has something more sinister happened?

This book really was about Clara and Izzy and how they coped with the disappearance of their friend/neighbor….. I really liked both of these ladies and related to them both in very different ways…. Clara is a stay at home mother with a fabulous husband (I must say) raising two kids and trying to be the best mom she possibly can…. Izzy oh Izzy… my heart broke for you girl! Caught in an impossible situation filled with regret… fighting her way back…. I really loved her character growth in this book… and I actually would appreciate another book with her to see where she goes from here……

I loved being the nosy neighbor without having to leave the comfort of my own home or peak out my window….. I loved getting a glimpse into all these characters lives… the good, the bad, and the ugly…. and a very special mention needs to go out to the very precocious 12-year-old Nancy Drew A.k.a. Hallie…. there were some times during this book I absolutely felt as though she was more in touch with what was going on then the adults… and the girl had spirit!

Absolutely recommend two fans of domestic thrillers with a slower pace…. this book didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat however I really wanted to know what was going on and The sooner the better….

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Have fun reading,

Berit

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The Date by Louise Jensen ~ Cover Reveal ~ @Fab_Fiction @bookouture #TheDate

The Date: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist

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Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor.

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future.

By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her…

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The SisterThe Gift and The SurrogateThe Date is a gripping page-turner that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep.

About the author:
Louise is a USA Today Bestselling Author, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat.

Louise’s first two novels, The Sister and The Gift, were both International No.1 Bestsellers, and have been sold for translation to sixteen countries. The Sister was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016. Louise’s third psychological thriller, The Surrogate, is out now.

Louise loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

Dark Lies by Nick Hollin ~ New Release ~ @vonmaraus @bookouture #bookreview

Dark Lies

New Release Today ~ March 26, 2018

Dark Lies by Nick Hollin

4 Wild Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Don’t trust your friends. Don’t trust your family. Don’t trust yourself… 

The people of London fear for their lives when a twisted serial killer called The Cartoonist starts targeting young mothers, leaving their bodies on display in their homes with speech bubbles drawn from their lips. He has a terrifying story to tell, but first, the right people need to be listening…

Nathan Radley has a brilliant and dangerous talent.Formerly one of the best criminal psychologists on the police force he’s renowned for getting deep into the minds of the murderers he hunts. But for the past year he has lived in isolation, haunted by this gift and his own dark desires.

DI Katie Rhodes’ career is spinning out of control.She’d sworn never to knock on her old partner Nathan’s door again, but when she sees his distinctive birthmark drawn in chocolate on one of the victims, she knows she doesn’t have a choice.
As the body count rises and the clues become more and more personal, Katie and Nathan join forces for one final case together.

Why is The Cartoonist using Katie and Nathan’s own dark secrets as calling cards on his victims? What does he want, and how many more innocent lives will be taken before they can crack his disturbing riddle?

To find a murderer, first you need to think like a murderer. The Cartoonist doesn’t just know this, he’s counting on it…

An absolutely nail-biting serial killer thriller perfect for anyone who loved the twisted mind games in Hannibal. Fans of M.J. Arlidge, Helen Fields and Rachel Abbott will not want to miss this page-turning debut!

Review

WOW! This book sure took me on a wild and crazy ride…. good thing I don’t have motion sickness or I would be sick from all the twists and turns (this is where you laugh😂) this isn’t a traditional psychological thriller…. maybe more of a hybrid between a psychological thriller and a police procedural? There is definitely psychology involved because one of the main protagonists is a profiler….

Our two main protagonists Katie and Nathan were not necessarily terribly likable or relatable, however they were very well-developed and interesting…. Katie is the daughter of a cop, a father she admires greatly, so of course she follows in his footsteps…. Katie feels as though she has some pretty big shoes to fill, but was Dad as perfect as she thinks…. Nathan is a profiler, able to get into the minds of killers…. but how far away from being a killer yourself are you, when you can think and feel like them?

Why are there not more books with profilers in them? I find this fascinating the psychology behind why people do the things they do…. The taking of a crime scene and piecing together the type of person that would commit such a crime…. this aspect of the book was truly fascinating and I really actually would’ve like even more of it….

Women are being murdered and clues are being left to let Katie and Nathan know that this is personal…. but what are the odds of this being tied to both of their pasts? The death of Nathan‘s mother and an act Katie‘s father committed, both of which happened long ago? So many twists in this… who was good and who was bad? Can Katie and Nathan ever trust each other again? Should they ever trust each other again?

The conclusion to this book was wild…. something I did not see coming, neither did Katie or Nathan…. so curious to see where the next book in the series goes…. this case was so personal… so what’s next?

Recommend to fans of psychological thrillers, crime thrillers, and all things crazy….

*** Thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Enjoy the ride,

Berit