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Suspended Retribution by Rob Ashman @RobAshmanAuthor @bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Hope you are having a fabulous Friday!

Thrilled to share my review today for this dark and compelling book!

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Alex Jarrod is a war veteran. When a flesh-eating parasite destroys his face, he returns from Afghanistan with a head full of nightmares. His world crumbles around him until he realises there is work to be done. Another war to fight.

DI Rosalind Kray has her hopes pinned on becoming the new DCI after tracking down another serial killer, but those in charge have other ideas.

After a small-time crook is killed in a hit and run and a serial burglar is brutally murdered, Kray suspects a vigilante is at work. But her bosses disregard her theory – until they discover a third victim.

Once again Kray finds herself on the trail of a serial killer but this one is different. This one lives in his own private war zone.

With her bosses on her heels Kray has her work cut out and the body count is rising.

But he’s not going to stop until the mission is complete … and Kray’s not going to stop until she finds him.

My Thoughts

Fascinating! Gripping! Insightful!

This is the third book in this dark and addictive series… this book had a bit of a different feel to it, wasn’t quite as gory, but still was captivating from first page to last…. what I love most about this series is getting into the mind of the killer… whether the motivation or justification for the killing is revenge as in the previous book or justice as in this book, it is simply fascinating to see into the psyche of a killer….

Rosalind Kray is back on the case, and a few steps ahead of everyone else… we really got a better look into who Rosalind truly is… we even got a bit of humor and perhaps even a love interest? She still drinks a little too much, is a little defensive, but I feel as though I got a better sense of who she is… I also really enjoyed watching her physically and mentally approach the investigation in this book…

Alex the killer in this book is disturbed and yet a sympathetic character… suffering from PTSD after serving in Afghanistan we really got a real glimpse into what made this man into a monster…. we got a look into the atrocities of war in Afghanistan, it was heartbreaking, but is killing ever justified? Can one man act as judge, jury, and executioner? This really puts you in an uncomfortable and confusing position when you don’t hate the bad guy quite the contrary you have compassion for him…

A well-crafted third installment in this intriguing series that can absolutely be read as a standalone… absolutely recommend to all crime thriller lovers this is an absolute must read series!

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

screenshot_20180602-094139_galleryAuthor Bio:

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.
Twitter: @RobAshmanAuthor

Have a brilliant day Berit☀️✨

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Odyssey in a Teacup by Paula Houseman @PaulaHouseman #BookReview

Happy Monday book lovers!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour for this laugh out loud book! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Paula Houseman for this humorous story!😂

Odyssey in a Teacup
Encounters with a pair of supersized Y-fronts; a humourless schoolmarm with an unfortunate name and monstrous yellow incisors; and a tut-tutting, big-breasted, modern-day gorgon are the norm for Ruth Roth. She’s used to crazy.
Her mum squawks like a harpy and her dad has a dodgy moral compass. Add in daily face-offs with a relentlessly bitchy mirror, and Ruth’s home life feels like a Greek tragicomedy.
She hankers for the ordinary. But blah is not a good fit for someone who doesn’t fit in. And isn’t meant to.
Ruth’s vanilla existence is an issue for her besties—her hot-looking, obsessive-compulsive cousin and soul mate (who needs to do everything twice-twice), and her two closest girlfriends.
With their encouragement and a good homoeopathic dose of ancient mythology, Ruth embarks on an odyssey to retrieve her spirit. She’s confronted with her biggest challenge ever, though, when one of these friends sends her spiralling back into a dark place.
The decision she must make can either bring her out or launch the mother of all wars in her world.

My Thoughts

4 LOL Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

⚠️ DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC! Due to uncontrollable laughter evoking strange looks from those around you!⚠️

This was such a fun lighthearted read that I really needed! I’ve read some pretty dark books with some pretty intense subject matter as of late, so this was a wonderful change of pace… a little ray of sunshine…. A delightful and witty coming of age story that spans from Ruth’s childhood to Ruth’s 40s…

Ruth has a humorous approach to life…. the good… the bad… and the ugly… you want to be friends with Ruth… and you will cheer for her to triumph over her adversaries…. with judgmental parents, preposterous teachers, and countless amounts of unsupportive people in Ruth’s life it is a wonder she still has a sense of humor… well perhaps not, sometimes when life has thrown as much at you as you think it’s possible… you’ve just got to laugh! But fear not Ruth has a lot of good in her life as well reminding you that you can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family….

This book was a fun breath of fresh air that left me with a smile on my face and a stomachache from laughing so much!

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

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Author Bio – Paula Houseman was once a graphic designer. But when the temptation to include ‘the finger’ as part of a logo for a forward-moving women’s company proved too much, she knew it was time to give away design. Instead, she took up writing.
She found she was a natural with the double entendres (God knows she’d been in enough trouble as a child for dirty wordplay).
As a published writer of earthy chick lit and romantic comedy, Paula gets to bend, twist, stretch and juice up universal experiences to shape reality the way she wants it, even if it is only in books. But at the same time, she can make it more real, so that her readers feel part of the sisterhood. Or brotherhood (realness has nothing to do with gender).
Through her books, Paula also wants to help the reader escape into life and love’s comic relief. And who doesn’t need to sometimes?
Her style is a tad Monty Pythonesque because she adores satire. It helps defuse all those gaffes and thoughts that no one is too proud of.
Paula lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband. No other creatures. The kids have flown the nest and the dogs are long gone.
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Live, laugh, love! Berit☀️✨

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The Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot @Eliot_Laura @bookouture #BookReview(

Happy weekend bookworms!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour and share my review with you for this dark domestic thriller! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation and to Laura Elliot for her compelling story🖤


One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.

Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other.

Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of.

And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia.

Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone.

Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.

A totally breathtaking page-turner about the darker side of love and what really goes on behind closed doors. This book will have you gripped from the very first page until the dramatic final twist.

My Thoughts

4 compelling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a captivating, page turning, dark, and disturbing read….

This book starts off reading like a romance… Elena is grieving the death of her mother so when she meets Nicholas who is grieving the death of his wife she feels as though she has found a kindred spirit…. Nick is compassionate and understanding… he is exactly what Elena needs to get herself through the grieving period… they have a whirlwind romance and soon Elena has moved in with Nick… but what is up with the locked bedroom door???

Nick and this book are not as they first appear to be… Nick turns into a monster, and this book turns into a thriller filled with twists and turns and secrets… I thought this was a very impactful way to begin this book… we the Readers are lured in and fooled by Nick right along with Elena… however, if you are not a fan of romance it might put you off a little so hang in there the thrills are coming!

Told from the perspective of both Elena and Amelia(Nick’s deceased wife)… from alternating timelines of the past and present… not only do we get to see Elena struggle to survive in her abusive marriage and after… we also get to see that this is a pattern with Amelia’s story… Amelia was tremendously likable and relatable so her story really added a lot of weight to Elena’s struggles… as she was not quite as empathetic a character… not sure if this was done on purpose or not, but it was definitely impactful….

As the pieces to this puzzle were slowly revealed I became more and more connected to both of these women… as a warning to readers there is both verbal and physical abuse in this book and it is quite disturbing…. The book evoked quite a bit of emotion in me… I was frustrated, angry, sad, tents, and a little anxious…. I have to say the ending to this book although a bit predictable was absolutely perfect…

Absolutely recommend if you are in the mood for a dark domestic thriller with plenty of twists and turns….

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

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11794515_1016818051692415_2022291685984366897_oAbout the author:

Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist who writes psychological thrillers and lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her novels are: The Wife Before Me, Guilty, Sleep Sister, The Betrayal, Fragile Lies, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor.

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The Affair by Sheryl Browne @SherylBrowne @bookouture #BookReview

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

Busy day on the blog today another blog blitz I am thrilled to be part of! Such a compelling story from first page to last! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation and to Sheryl Browne for this thought provoking story💛💜

About the Book

The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.

You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.

You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.

You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.

You will judge her, just like everyone else.

You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.

If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Sister, you’ll love this compelling and gripping psychological thriller from Sheryl Browne. The Affairwill have you hooked from the very first page!

My Thoughts

4 Deceitful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

“ oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.“

My oh my did Alicia get herself tangled up in quite the sticky web… this was such an emotional thought-provoking book…. if I were going to label it I would probably call it more of a domestic thriller than a psychological thriller… from the title I am sure you can infer there is an affair… The fallout from this indiscretion is widespread with many casualties…. lies always seem to lead to more lies… digging the liar into a deeper and deeper hole, and leaving their loved ones the innocent victims reeling… but who is the biggest liar of them all???

This book was almost a mash up of women’s fiction and a thriller… The first 27% of this book was emotional, raw, and impactful… *have tissue handy* it was so heartwrenching, and there is a character in this book that my heart broke for more than any other… you will know who I’m talking about when you have finished this book… there is a small cast of characters in the book allowing us to really get to know each of them… I also believe we get the perspective of all of them with the exception of maybe one of them? Or perhaps there is a small chapter with his perspective? All of the characters were so well developed with their own unique voice… I felt for them, I cried for them, I judged them, and I forgave them… well not all of them!

The last 50% of this book was more thriller… Full of twists and turns and reveals and that sense of urgency… I still found myself wondering what I would do in this situation? and questioning some of the characters actions… I think this book was a really good example of what people wil do when pushed to their limits…. leaving me to question what my own breaking point would be…

Strongly recommend if you enjoy a well done thought provoking thriller…

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

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Sheryl Browne brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE AFFAIR – the second of a three-book deal – comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath.

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No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman @Bloodhoundbook @RebeccaMuddiman #BookReview

Hope you’re having a fabulous day!

Excited to be part of the blog blitz and share my review with you today for this twisted book! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation and to Rebecca Muddiman for this compelling story!💛

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What would you do if you came home to find someone in your house?
This is the predicament Polly Cooke faces when she returns to her new home.The first weeks in the house had been idyllic, but soon Jacob, a local man, is watching her.
What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly?

In a situation where nothing is what it seems, you might end up regretting letting some people in.

My Thoughts

4 Twisted Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!”

What happens when your dream house turns into your worst nightmare??? Wow this was quite the twisted story! Not even sure how to approach this review, can’t say much otherwise I will spoil this for you…

This book was NOT what I was expecting! It took a turn and it took it pretty early on I did not see coming at all… and you won’t either… therefore this vague review…. The book starts with Polly coming home to her dream house… there is a jump in the narrative between past and present that isn’t always as clear as it could be, and admittedly I did find this confusing at times… we also find out straight away that Polly has a stalker… not saying anything more than that!🤐

A cleverly crafted story that made me feel a little paranoid at times…. these characters were so untrustworthy… I had no idea who to believe and my allegiance was continually shifting…. I do like to get into the mind of crazy so this book definitely did not disappoint when it came to that!

Recommend for fans of a terribly twisty psychological thriller!

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

rebecca+muddimanAuthor Bio:
Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published four crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, and Murder in Slow Motion. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.

Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.


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The Vanished Child by M.J. Lee @WriterMJLee @rararesources #BookSpotlight

The Vanished ChildThe Vanished Child

What would you do if you discovered you had a brother you never knew existed?

On her deathbed, Freda Duckworth confesses to giving birth to an illegitimate child in 1944 and temporarily placing him in a children’s home. She returned later but he had vanished. 

What happened to the child? Why did he disappear? Where did he go? 

Jayne Sinclair, genealogical investigator, is faced with lies, secrets, and one of the most shameful episodes in recent history as she attempts to uncover the truth.

Can she find the vanished child?

This book is the fourth in the Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone novel.

Every childhood lasts a lifetime.

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Author Bio – Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.

He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.

When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

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Doctor Perry by Kirsten McKenzie @Kiwimrsmac @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy Monday all!

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this very unique horror story.Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Kirsten McKenzie for her disturbing words🖤

Doctor Perry

Doctor Perry

Under the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor swears to remember that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

Doctor Perry assures his elderly patients at the Rose Haven Retirement Home that he can offer warmth, sympathy, and understanding. Doctor Perry is a liar.

Hiding from a traumatic past, Elijah Cone wants nothing to do with the other residents at the Rose Haven, content to sit at his window waiting to die. He’s about to learn that under Doctor Perry death is the easy option…

My Thoughts

this book was unlike anything I’ve ever read before! A unique twist on a horror novel… in most ways this was much scarier than any book with ghosts, ghouls, and gore…. the evil that lies in Dr. Perry far surpasses that of any ghost….

Rose Haven nursing home was a very depressing place, just as the tone of much of this book was… but things are even more bleak than they appear with the likes of Dr. Perry and his medications in residence…. this book was in a word disturbing! I felt for the nursing home residents although we never really got to know them all that well(But perhaps that is for the best?) dr. Perry was unlike almost any other villain that I have read of before, he was sinister!

This is not my usual genre, but I would absolutely recommend to fans of all things horror….

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

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Meet the Author

For many years Kirsten McKenzie worked in her family’s antique store, where she went from being allowed to sell the 50c postcards as a child, to selling $5,000 Worcester vases and seventeenth century silverware, providing a unique insight into the world of antiques which touches every aspect of her writing.

Her historical fiction novels ‘Fifteen Postcards’ and it’s sequel ‘The Last Letter’ have been described as ‘Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions’, and ‘Antiques Roadshow gone viral’. The third book in the series ‘Telegram Home’ will be released in November 2018 by Accent Press.

Her bestselling gothic horror novel ‘Painted’ was released in 2017, with her medical thriller ‘Doctor Perry’ following closely in April 2018.

She lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, an SPCA rescue cat and a kitten found in the neighbour’s shed, and can usually be found procrastinating on Twitter under the handle @kiwimrsmac.

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The London Murder Mysteries: Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy weekend all!

Excited to be part of the blog tour for this fun cozy mystery! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Alice castle for her wonderful book!💛

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About the Book

Death in Dulwich

Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich’s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work. 

To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that’s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics. But can she pull it off? She already has a bouncy young son, haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own and lots of bills to pay, as she struggles to keep up with the yummy mummies of SE21.

Join Beth in #1 of the London Murder Mystery series, as she discovers the nastiest secrets can lurk in the nicest places.

My Thoughts

4 Cozy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a fun very readable cozy mystery… set in the uppercrust community of Dulwich… where your child’s success is based on how many instruments they are learning to play and how many hours of tutoring/coaching they have per week…. glad to see Americans aren’t the only ones to go a little overboard on this, and I am as guilty as anybody else! The author did a wonderful job of drawing a picture of this community I could just picture it… I could just feel the judgment, LOL

Beth starts a new job at a posh school as a assistant archaeologist… on her first day on the job she finds a dead body… not a great first day! As in all good cozy mysteries Beth takes it upon herself to play amateur sleuth especially after her house has been broken into…. really likes Beth she was a wonderful single mother just trying to give her son the best life possible… loved her best friend Katie and Katie’s passion for yoga…

The academic setting was filled with eccentric characters, some of who you would not want to see at your child’s school! Plenty of suspects that allowed me to play amateur detective right along with Katie… and it is a good thing she was there, because I did not figure this one out! Looking forward to reading the next book in the series…

Absolutely recommend to all fans of the cozy mystery! This one checks off all the boxes for things you love and expect from a wonderful cozy mystery!

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

PS: the idea of a company that does school projects for you is brilliant! I hate school projects! 😝


The Girl in the Gallery CoverThe 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.

Review Coming July 21

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author picAuthor Bio – 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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The Third Rule by Andrew Barrett @AndrewBarrettUK @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Happy Hump Day!
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this dark crime thriller with a dystopian flare…
Many thanks to Sarah for the invitation and to Andrew Barrett for this intriguing book!🖤
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The Third Rule blurb
Propelled by a wave of atrocities, the government introduces a severe code of capital punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied.
Christian Ledger, an innocent man and a talented artist is charged with a fatal stabbing. Christian is heading for the ͚slaughterhouse͛ because no one will listen to his pleas. Is the secret he carries enough to save his life?
CSI Eddie Collins, a reluctant hero with one failed suicide attempt behind him, suddenly wants to live when the police hunt him down for shooting a colleague. And now he͛s on the government͛s list too, and he͛s running. But they͛’re getting closer by the minute…

My Thoughts

4 CSI Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟This book was a crime thriller with a dystopian twist… now as an American I had to actually google a few things because I have no idea if the death penalty is legal or not in England… I am also not very knowledgeable as to the EU and what leaving it entailed… so I am assuming there were a lot of political undercurrents throughout this book that I probably did not catch… but something I thought was interesting is here in the state of California we have a three strikes law… after your third felony conviction you are sentenced to life in prison… so not death, but you Will never get out… controversial and political as much of this book was….Admittedly it took me a while to get into this book and the length was daunting… The beginning of this book was a bit all over the place…. there are a lot of characters an a lot of things going on… Eddie Collins himself wasn’t the most likable of characters… he has a serious drinking problem and for very personal reasons I have no sympathy or patients for that….Please don’t get me wrong I enjoyed this book it was just dark and complex… my favorite parts involve the crime scene investigations they seemed so real and raw and not like those seen on TV… The author his background is in crime scene investigation and that really came through in this book, definitely the strength of the story! Also thought it was a bonus that Eddie Collins the main character was a crime scene investigator…. even though this book was nothing like I thought it was going to be when I picked it up it ended up being quite a compelling read… and I’m glad I didn’t know there was a dystopian element and that it was so political, so please don’t let that deter you because this is worth your time!Recommend to fans of the crime thriller with a bit of a different twist… dad! This one’s for you🙂*** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***

downloadAuthor Bio:

Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.


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5 Perfect Stars🌟 The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait @bookouture #BookReview

Happy Friday book lovers!

super excited to be part of the blog tour for this twisted psychological thriller! Many thanks to Noelle for making sure I was awake when she posted it so I could participate and to Barbara Copperthwaite for this brilliant book!😍

About the Book


She’ll do anything for you…

My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered.
My husband has left me.
My children won’t speak to me.
My friend Carrie is the only person I have.
She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets.
She’d never do anything to let me down.
Would she?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed DoorsSometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.



My Thoughts

5 Perfect Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“I lie to myself all The time. But I never believe me.“


This book was quite the ride! Two unreliable narrators for the price of one, got to love that! Barbara Copperthwaite how in the world do you come up with this stuff, this was crazy! Also how long did it take you to learn to spell that last name? that last name is crazy long! Do you ever look at somebody’s last name and think… thank goodness I did not need to learn to spell that in kindergarten… my last name has a total of four letters so I was lucky! Nobody can pronounce it, but it’s easy to spell… but I digress….

Alex and Carrie met at a support group… Alex has reached rock bottom her husband and children want nothing to do with her, and she has developed adult anorexia… Carrie has terminal cancer… Alex and Carrie form a bond a tight friendship… they rely on each other… they need each other… and they trust each other implicitly… sounds lovely, right? The problem… both Alex and Carrie have a little problem with telling the truth…. this is the true brilliance of this book… I did not believe a single word that came out of either of these girls mouths…. and I thoroughly enjoyed trying to unravel the puzzle of what was true and what was a lie….

This was a book that had you second-guessing everything… finding suspicion in everything… there were twists and turns and just when you thought you had it all figured out… not so fast… BAM that final twist!

Absolutely recommend to fans of a twisty psychological thriller with two seriously unreliable narrators🤥🤥

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

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About the Author

Barbara is the Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE, FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD, THE DARKEST LIES, and HER LAST SECRET. Her latest book is THE PERFECT FRIEND.

More importantly, she loves cakes, wildlife photography and, last but definitely not least, her two dogs, Scamp and Buddy (who force her to throw tennis balls for them for hours).

Having spent over twenty years as a national newspaper and magazine journalist, Barbara has interviewed the real victims of crime – and also those who have carried those crimes out. She is fascinated by creating realistic, complex characters, and taking them apart before the readers’ eyes in order to discover just how much it takes to push a person over a line.

When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs.

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