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The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge @sibelhodge @Bloodhoundbook #bookreview #aktbmbookblog

Happy Thursday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this thrilling book that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout! Huge thanks to Emma for my invitation to the tour and two Sibel Hodge for her spellbinding story!🖤

The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge

My Thoughts

A compelling fast and furious story of intrigue, secrets, and deception!

Make sure your seatbelt is tightly fastened for this addictive fast-paced story! A story of betrayal and scheming… A menagerie of genres, thriller, action, adventure, mystery, and political intrigue… A game of cat and mouse that will take you from the UK to Africa to Spain to Switzerland and back….

Nicole is a widow of 10 months, her husband died in a plane crash in Africa… Mason was in Africa working as a doctor when he met his unfortunate demise…. but is he really dead? The body was never recovered and now Nicole has received a picture that supposedly was taken just a few days ago… but where has he been this whole time? And why has he not contacted her? Nicole is determined to get answers, but the more she digs more and more questions pop up…

This book will give you whiplash with all the twists and turns…. what appeared as a simple game of hide and seek turned into so much more… Nicole was very likable and you had to admire her Moxie! She was somebody just like you and me, who found herself running for her life, and not only searching for her husband but for answers…. The ending to the story was brilliant, bold, and satisfying! And trust me you will never look at chocolate the same way again!

If you like a little action adventure with your thriller this is a must read! Absolutely recommend!

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

About the Book

The widow. The secret. The liar.


The Disappeared…

 

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bush land.

 

The Widow…

 

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

 

The Secret…

 

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

 

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

 

Who’s lying? Who’s watching Nicole? And can she expose their murky secrets before they catch up with her?

 

About Sibel Hodge

Sibel Hodge is the author of the No 1 Bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable, and Duplicity. Her books have sold over one million copies and are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is a passionate human and animal rights advocate.

 

Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Book of 2012 in two categories. She was the winner of Best Children’s Book in the 2013 eFestival of Words; nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award; winner of the Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Book from a Series Award in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013; winner of the Readers’ Favorite Young Adult (Coming of Age) Honorable award in 2015; a New Adult finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015, and 2017 International Thriller Writers Award finalist for Best E-book Original Novel. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top forty books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

 

Sibel’s Social Media Links:

Website: www.sibelhodge.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SibelHodgeBestsellingAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sibelhodge @sibelhodge

 

Thanks so much for dropping bye!

Berit☀️✨

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The Cornish Retribution by Amanda James @Bloodhoundbook #bookreview

Happy Tuesday book friends!

Busy day on the blog today! This is my last post another fabulous blog tour for this twisty read! A huge thank you to Emma for my invitation!💕

John Nicholl - White is the Coldest Color_korica probaAfter a tragic car accident, Samantha is left widowed and bereft.  Her husband Adam was everything to her. But at least the home they shared together in Cornwall provides her with some security. Or does it?

Upon returning from a school reunion in Sheffield, where Sam met her old friend, Penny, and an old flame from her school days, Dan, she discovers that Adam had invested money unwisely and she is now penniless.

When Penny and Dan, who are now married, arrive in Cornwall to visit Sam, Dan comes up with a way in which Sam can keep the house. He suggests she turns it into a writing retreat. And he is willing to invest.

Despite his wife’s reservations, Dan gets his way but at what price?

Why is Dan so keen to help? Has Sam put herself in harm’s way?

Some relationships are built to last. Others are deadly.

My Thoughts

This book was a wild and crazy ride straight into crazy town!

When I finish this book all I could think was what the….. did I just read??? This book reached in to my mind and turned it inside out, and I’m not sure if it is the right way quite yet…. this will be a vague review, because I don’t want to spoil a single moment of it for you…. A book that just confirms the fact that you can, hate. every. single. character. in a book and still like the book….

Sam has lost her husband Adam to a freak accident involving cattle… soon after her husband dies she returns home to attend a class reunion and that is where she reunites with Penny and Dan… Dan ex-boyfriend and Penny ex best friend are now a married couple and have decided to move to Cornwall with Sam… at first I had a tremendous amount of sympathy for Sam and I thought she was being duped and then she turned into a woman possessed…. three unlikable characters doing dastardly things bordering on the line of insanity…. are Sam, Dan, and Penny collectively nuts? Why are they doing such bizarre and hateful things? Who’s duping who?

A beautiful setting with so much ugliness going on… this is the type of book that has you turning those pages into the middle of the night, because you just need to know! Absolutely recommend if you are a fan of a good twisty story!

*** A huge thanks to the author and the publisher for my copy of this book ***

IMG_2825 (2)Author Bio:

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Four of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel, Behind the Lie and Rip Current. The Cornish Retribution is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in October 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Links:

Amanda’s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @akjames61

Facebook mandy.james.33

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The Girl In His Eyes by Jennie Ensor @Jennie_Ensor @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Happy Wednesday book friends!

Today I am on the blog tour and sharing with you my review for this dark book!

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Her father abused her when she was a child. For years she was too afraid to speak out. But now she suspects he’s found another victim…

Laura, a young woman struggling to deal with what her father did to her a decade ago, is horrified to realise that the girl he takes swimming might be his next victim. Emma is twelve – the age Laura was when her father took away her innocence.

Intimidated by her father’s rages, Laura has never told anyone the truth about her childhood. Now she must decide whether she has the courage to expose him and face the consequences.

Can Laura overcome her fear and save Emma before the worst happens?

My Thoughts

Dark! Disturbing! Ugly!

This was a powerful and disturbing story… A story about sexual abuse and the grooming process leading up to it… told from the perspective of the abused, the abuser, and the mother/wife of the abused/abuser… this is a book I had to walk away from several times, I just needed to take a break from this subject matter…. it made me feel tremendously uncomfortable, it made my skin crawl and it left me with a sense of shame…. this really is a very difficult book to review… do I recommend it? I’m really not sure… was it well done? Absolutely… it was a real and raw look at a very taboo subject, there is no sugarcoating in this book…. and I believe this will be a very difficult read for a lot of people…

Laura was sexually abused by her father from the age of 12, something she has never shared with anybody… when Laura finds out her father is going to take a 12-year-old Emma swimming, she struggles to decide if she should confess what her father has done in order to save Emma from the same fate…. I think Laura is a good depiction of an abuse victim, struggling with doing the right thing and her own shame and blame… I had a tremendous amount of sympathy for Laura, and my heart broke for her! We also got the perspective of Laura‘s mother and father, their perspectives for the most part revolted me….As I said hard book to review…

I really do need to give major props to the author for taking on such a horrible topic…. although a lot of this book was difficult I think unfortunately it was very realistic…. end it is my hope just as I think it is the hope of the author that someone will read this and it will help them get through a dark part in their life…

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

Jennie+EnsorAuthor Bio:

Jennie Ensor lives in London and has Irish roots. During a long trip overseas she obtained a Masters in Journalism and began her writing career as a journalist, covering topics from forced marriages to accidents in the mining industry. Her debut novel BLIND SIDE was published by Unbound in 2016. In January 2018 her short story ‘The Gift’ was placed in the Top 40 of the Words and Women national prose competition. Her poetry has appeared in many UK and overseas publications, most recently Ink Sweat and Tears. She sings in a chamber choir.

Links:

Author website & blog: https://jennieensor.com

Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JennieEnsorAuthor

Twitter: @jennie_ensor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennieensor/

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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!💛

Rebecca Muddiman - No Place Like Home_cover

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.

Links:

https://twitter.com/RebeccaMuddiman
https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamuddimanwriter/
https://rebeccamuddiman.wordpress.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7053551.Rebecca_Muddiman

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Click your heels together three times and say “there’s no place like home ” Berit☀️✨

Posted in Mystery, Thriller

Rip Current by Amanda James @akjames61 @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview #BlogBlitz

Happy Friday y’all! Thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for this dark thriller! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation and to Amanda James for her thrilling book!🖤
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Rip Current

Who can you really trust? 

DI Bryony Marshall has been on the tail of Kenny Ransom for two years. He’s involved in prostitution and trafficking, but there’s never been any real proof. To complicate matters further, Bryony’s best friend from childhood is his daughter Imogen.

Bryony worries about admitting the fact that she is trying to put Imogen’s dad away, but unexpectedly, Imogen turns on her father and helps the police. Kenny finds out and swears he’ll get his revenge.

Sick of being in the police force, Bryony visits her mother in Coll and considers starting a new life.

While in Cornwaaves the life of a man caught up in a rip current in the sea.

But who is this stranger? And is Kenny really bent on revenge?

Rip Current explores the relationships between families and friends and asks who can you ever really trust.

My Thoughts

4 Dark Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Rip Current: A strong current flowing outward; presenting a hazard….

This was a dark book with plenty of “currents” pulling people away from what is right… creating many hazards in both Bryony and Imagen’s lives… this was my first book by Amanda James and I was pleasantly surprised by this dark thriller with a nice dose of romance… was not expecting the romance… and I thought it added the perfect balance to this otherwise really dark story… always love the love….

Bryony is a police detective who isn’t quite sure if that is what she wants to do for the rest of her life… Hot on the trail of her childhood BFF Imagen’s father… a despicable man involved in all kinds of horrible things…. loved the complex relationship and situation between these two strong women…. how do you come to terms with your father being a terrible man? And once you do how do you deal with his need for revenge? Parts of this book were so tense and I was furiously turning the pages to figure out what was going to happen next….

Nathan was a bit of a bright spot in the darkness of this book…. Love how Bryony and he met, so appropriate…. A subtle romance that really added some smiles to this book…. please note my romance hating friends, this will not make you roll your eyes I promise! It’s very understated….

Recommend to fans of a dark thriller with a splash of romance💕

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

amandajamesAuthor Bio:

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Amanda’s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @akjames61

Facebook mandy.james.33

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Posted in Blog Tour, Crime Thriller

This Little Piggy by Rob Ashman @RobAshmanAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Happy hump day all! Welcome to my stop on the blog blitz for this intense crime thriller! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation and to Rob Ashman for his twisted story!🖤

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Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy, or he was until his life fell apart. His wife, his money, his business and his reputation are all taken away from him. He tries to fight back and ends up in prison.

There he concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance. He is sent to work in an abattoir and the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.

DI Rosalind Kray is battling her own demons having returned to work following a brutal attack. She finds herself on the trail of a sick and twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. But her boss is unconvinced.

Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But he has other ideas …

Can Kray break him in time to save the final victim?

Time is running out.

My Thoughts

4.5 This Little Piggy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

… and this little piggy cried wee wee wee all the way home!

A serial killer obsessed with vengeance and a nursery rhyme… a damaged detective consumed with justice… a perfect recipe for a wonderfully dark crime thriller….

This was one dark and twisted book! Told from the point of view of both Rosalind the detective and Kevin the killer…. Rosalind is damaged having just survived a brutal stabbing and the loss of her husband… Kevin has lost everything his wife, his business, his pride, and now he is set on revenge…. oh what a crazy twisted ride he took us on! Murders mimicking the popular nursery rhyme…. down to the eating of the roastbeef, and the collecting of the toes…. this book is definitely not for the faint of heart, there is a splash of gore throughout…. The way the victims are murdered emulates the slaughtering of a pig… not a pretty sight….

Really loved the investigation in this book, and the twists and turns it took…. I really thought for a hot minute were heading in an entirely different direction…. I also always love being in the mind of the killer… and Kevin was exceptionally twisted, and yet sympathetic…. The only very minor complaint I have about the book is I would have liked to have established a better connection with Rosalind… but perhaps in a future book? Can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next….

Strongly recommend to fans of a dark crime thriller with an exceptionally manipulative serial killer…

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

Author 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.

Links:

Twitter: @RobAshmanAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rob-Ashman-Author-1428800800468097/

Website: http://robashman.com/

This little piggy stayed home, Berit 😉