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The Healer by Sharon Thompson @sharontwriter @Bloodhoundbooks #bookreview

Happy Wednesday bibliophiles!

Hope you’re having a fabulous hump day! Excited to share my review for this stunning book with you! A huge thank you to Emma for my invitation to the tour and to Sharon Thompson for her wonderful words!💚💛

My Thoughts

A hauntingly Beautiful story that will capture your heart and won’t let go!

1940s Ireland, not a good place to be a little different, to have a special gift… this was a well told tale that transported me to the past and to Ireland… it really brought to life how different things were in the 40s in Ireland in particular… this book was so authentic including the vernacular that it did take a while to get used to, but I ultimately truly appreciated….

Molly was such a sweet girl and she grew to be such a strong woman… my heart broke for her so many times… how cruel can people be, and how much can one girl take? Molly’s pain and wisdom popped off these pages completely enveloping me in the story… Sharon Thompson has her own special gift when it comes to storytelling….

An exquisitely told story that will tug at your heart strings and won’t let go! Recommend!

*** huge thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy ***

About the Book

How do you escape a life of conflict and abuse?

Being a young girl in 1940’s Ireland isn’t easy for Molly, especially since she isn’t like others. Her family and community are wary of the beautiful child. 

As Molly becomes a teenager life gets harder and she loses faith in everything. 

Molly is surrounded in danger. She must make choices. But will she chose the right path or is she doomed to a life of misery? Will she survive in a world of violence and crime? Will The Healer ever be healed?

About the Author

Sharon Thompson’s debut crime novel ‘The Abandoned’ launched as a Number 1 Best-seller on Amazon kindle. Sharon writes crime fiction, short stories and commercial fiction. Sharon’s short stories have been published in various on-line magazines. www.Indulgeinwriting.com is her new online writing group. She is a regular contributor to Donegal Woman, Self Starter magazine, indulgeme.ie, and Ireland’s leading writing website Writing.ie. Sharon also co-founded a trending, writing tweet-chat, called #WritersWise. Sharon’s second, dark historical crime fiction novel ‘The Healer’ is out Jan 22nd 2018. 

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.sharontwriter.com 

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

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

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Bloodhound Christmas Cracker❄️ No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman @Bloodhoundbook @RebeccaMuddiman #BookReview #bloodhoundchristmascracker

Happy Christmas Eve eve!

Welcome to my stop on the Christmas cracker tour for Bloodhound Books! They have great deals throughout December and today I get to share or should I say reshare my review for this deliciously dark 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… a turn 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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The Uninvited by J.A. Baker @Thewriterjude @Bloodhoundbook #bookreview

Happy Monday book friends!

Excited today to share with you my review for this creepy book! Many thanks to Emma for my invitation to the tour and two J.A. Baker for this spine tingling story!👻

J.A. Baker - The Uninvited_coverA fragile woman. An unwelcome intruder. A house full of secrets.

Faye and her husband Hugh have had a traumatic year. Wanting to start again, the couple decide to buy a large rundown property, Cross House in a village in North Yorkshire, hoping to leave the past behind them.

However, the tranquility is soon ruined when Faye begins to awake, every night, to the sound of somebody creeping around the bedroom. She tries to explain it to Hugh, frightened for the safety of their children Aiden and Poppy, but Hugh dismisses her claims, thinking she is heading for another breakdown.

But when Faye discovers some diaries that contain secrets about the family that lived in the house before them, she starts to wonder if the intruder might be closer to home than she first thought.

Obsessed with finding answers, Faye is determined to learn about the Wentworth family, a fractured family with a tragic past.

And when she discovers that Hilary Wentworth fell to her death down the stairs in Cross House, Faye realises she is in mortal danger…

My Thoughts

This is a spine tingling compulsive Reid that will keep your nerves on edge…

This book kept me feeling uneasy throughout… A little bit ghost story, a little bit murder mystery, and a lot creepy! Can I just say if I were to wake up in the middle of the night and think someone was breathing over me and then I heard footsteps, i’d be saying, feet don’t fail me now!

Faye and Hugh moved to a new house for a fresh start… their new home is a big rambling house in need of some renovation… soon after moving in Faye begins to feel an unworldly presents… she feels someone breathing over her at night and then hears footsteps in the hall… at first her husband thinks she has gone crazy, but after he begins to since things as well he becomes a believer… so do they have a ghost? What is going on? After Fay finds some diaries, she learns that the former mistress of the house died in the house… but did she really fall down the steps, or was there something more sinister going on?

This was an addictive scary story that I almost finished in one sitting… it was seriously tents and definitely sped up the old heart rate! The entire book I was just thinking why don’t they just get the heck out of there, but I guess then we would’ve have had this wickedly warped story… a deliciously creepy Gothic ghost story with quite the twist…

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a extremely well told story that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout!

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

JA BakerAbout J.A. Baker:

J.A.BAKER was born and brought up in North East England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.

She has a love of local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but is an addict of psychological thrillers.

In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published Undercurrent.
Her second novel, Her Dark Retreat was published in October 2017 and The Other Mother was published in December 2017. Her fourth novel, Finding Eva was published in August 2018

J.A. Baker has four grown up children and one grandchild. She lives in a village near the river with her husband and madcap dog and when not working part time in a primary school, she spends her days trying to think up new and inventive ways of murdering people.

She can be reached on any of the links below and loves hearing from readers.

www.twitter.com/thewriterjude

www.facebook.com/thewriterjude

www.jabakerauthor.com

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From the Dark by K.A. Richardson @kerryann77 @BloodhoundBook #bookreview

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I am so thankful for all of you and your continued support of our blog! I am also extremely thankful for my three amazing children, my adorable pets, my wonderful parents, and my Beautiful friends!

Also thank you to Emma for my invitation to this tour!💕🦃💕🦃💕

My Thoughts

Who will save you when the monsters creep in?

This is a dark disturbingly compelling story… definitely not for the faint of heart, parts of this book are violent but not gratuitous…. this is the fifth book in the series, but it can absolutely be red as a standalone… I have not read any of the prior books and I had no trouble following along…

Do you believe in psychics? Well detective Mark McKay doesn’t… that is until he becomes involved with Toni, a gypsy, a psychic, a blast from the past… Toni has a vision of a young man being murdered, and reports it to the police… that is when she is hooked up with Mark the skeptic and old crush…. but it is tough to be skeptical when Toni’s visions seem to be true… thre mystery full of plenty of suspects and a sinister air….

Not sure if I believe in psychics or not, but I definitely do a little bit more after reading this book… Toni was a fabulous character and I really love how Mark and she played off each other… also loved the romance I thought it was very well done an added another layer to this story… I always appreciate a book of this nature more when I get a better insight into the characters and I definitely did with this book…

Absolutely recommend… a book Full of rich characters and a strong plot! Life can be ugly and brutal, this book does show you the darker side of life just keep that in mind before picking it up!

*** to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***>

About the Book

When the ghosts of the past come calling, can she put her own fears aside and work with the police to help find who is torturing and killing young men?

Detective Sergeant Mark McKay has never had a need to solve a case using a psychic. He doesn’t believe in it – pure and simple. 

But when Antonia tells him the name of a young man and gives him details specific to the case, he can’t help but change his view when a body matching what she says, is found in the vaults deep under the city. 

Mark and Antonia race against a spree of monstrous crimes, long-standing grudges and the perils of the darkness in the vaults under Edinburgh to try and find a sadistic killer before time runs out. 

Can they stop him before he strikes again? 

Will they discover who is responsible? 

And can they do it without becoming victims themselves?

 

Meet the Author

About K.A. Richardson:
KA Richardson is a crime writer based in North East England. She has worked for the police for around 8 years, both as a CSI (crime scene investigator) and also in alternate roles involving dealing with people in heightened states of emotion. She spends a lot of time in coffee shshops, both writing and people watching. She began focussing on writing as a career in 2011 when she competed her MA Creative Writing, and focuses primarily on the crime/police procedural genre. 

K.A. Richardson’s Social Media Links:
Website: www.kerryannrichardson.com 
Twitter:
 https://twitter.com/KerryAnn77@kerryann77 
Facebook:
 https://www.facebook.com/ka.richardsonwriter  
Amazon:
 https://www.amazon.co.uk/K.A.-Richardson/e/B01D58WOV6

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She Lies Hidden by Christine Stephenson @cmstephenson73 @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Hope your Wednesday is going well!

Delighted to be part of the blog tour for this debut! With the changing of the guard I’m not sure who to thank, so I’m going to thanky both Emma and Sarah for my invitation! Much love to you both and I always enjoy working with you!💕

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How far would you go to find your missing sister?

When DI Thomasine Albright is informed that the remains of her fifteen-year-old sister have been found, she has the tragic responsibility of breaking the news to her mother. Thomasine promises her mother that she will be the one to find Karen’s killer.

But Karen Albright wasn’t the only girl to go missing during that weekend in 1973… Veronica Lightfoot disappeared too. They’d lived barely four miles apart, yet apparently never met. Suddenly there is a new question, was Veronica involved in Karen’s death? Is that why she vanished?

DI Mel Philips is handed the original case file and begins a new investigation. Unwilling to be side-lined, Thomasine decides to go it alone.

As the case unfolds, Thomasine realises that there may be other victims. Can she find them too?

My Thoughts

This was an engaging, fast paced debut…. this was a straightforward murder mystery with no shocking twist at the end, and I mention that because I kept waiting for it…. this was a busy book with a lot of action packed into these pages… and yet still a bit of a slow burn….

23 years ago, Thomasina’s sister went missing… now her body has been found, is her murder connected to the disappearance of another girl? The story is told from multiple points of view and different time frames…. The author did a very good job of weaving these threads together, I was never confused as to whose story I was reading…. The only little problem I had with this is information was not discovered at the same time, so sometimes things got a bit repetitive…The characters were likable and engaging, however I wish they had been developed a bit more…

This was an admirable debut, an uncomplicated murder mystery… The writing was effortless and flowed well… cannot wait to see what this author has Up Next for us!

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

C.M.Stephenson colourAuthor Bio:

After growing up in a small Lancashire village, Christine Stephenson left school at fifteen. Four years later she moved to Cornwall.

In her late teens she met people whose lives were complicated, fuelled by drugs, and filled with violence and aggression. There were others too, in her mid-twenties, everyday people, educated, with careers, who had decent parents; people who you wouldn’t look at twice in the street. They were worse; she knew the victims of their crimes too. These experiences continue to influence her writing.

Her career can be described as eclectic. Jobs ranging from office junior to dental nurse, management consultant to executive and corporate coach. She ran her own training consultancy for over twelve years. It was there that her love of writing bloomed. She went on to produce an extensive portfolio of work which included resource packs, case studies, role-plays, games, presentations and academic texts.

In 2008 her husband’s job dictated that they move to South Gloucestershire. This in turn, lead to a brand-new life. They now live just outside a small medieval town, set between Bristol and Bath.

In 2009, she decided it was time to study the craft and undertook the A215 in Creative Writing with Open University, and later followed that with an MA Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, graduating in 2016. She gained representation with Andrew Nurnberg & Associates soon after. She spent the following eighteen months writing and editing what is now her debut novel. In May 2018 Christine was delighted to accept a contract with Bloodhound Books. ‘She Lies Hidden’ is due for release in September 2018.

Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18365691.C_M_Stephenson

https://www.facebook.com/CM-Stephenson-490866894723520
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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.
 
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Finding Eva by J.A. Baker @Bloodhoundbook @thewriterjude #BookReview

Told you all busy day and I’m not done yet!

And yet another review I am thrilled to share with you all! Thank you so much to Sarah for the invitation to this blog tour!🖤

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Eva is desperate to find her birth parents after spending her childhood in foster care. She leaves London and heads to Whitby in search of her mother and father, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Gareth.

Gareth is furious with Eva. He loved her deeply and the disclosure she made when she ended the relationship is eating away at him.

Celia, Eva’s friend, is concerned about Eva. She has stopped answering her calls and when Celia goes to London to find her, she realises Eva has moved without telling anyone. Celia makes the decision to follow Eva to Whitby, concerned that Eva is unravelling. Both women have been damaged by their childhoods.

When Gareth also decides to go to Whitby, it is the start of a lethal situation.

Who exactly is Eva and why is Celia so concerned?

Some relationships are toxic. Others are deadly.

My Thoughts

This was a dark, disturbing, and extremely descriptive read

Eva is determined to find her birth parents… growing up in foster care Eva really is a success story…she has a good job in the financial market, a nice apartment, a loving boyfriend… so what really is behind her motivation to find her birth parents? Is it simple curiosity or something more sinister?

Told from three different points of view… Eva… Garrett her boyfriend who she breaks up with to begin this quest… and Celia a lifelong friend who also grew up in foster care… none of these characters were terribly likable, although I’m not sure if that impacted how I felt about the story or not…. although perhaps if I liked Eva a bit better I would have cared more as to what happened to her, I mean I cared, but…. even though I did not care for these characters I felt as though getting all of their perspectives really added a lot to the story….

The first half of the story was very detailed and descriptive… with lots of backstory and it did get a little tiresome at times… but the second half really picked up and there were lots of twists… one I saw coming and another one that surprised me…. i’d probably classify this as more of a suspense than a thriller, but either way I really wanted to find out how this was going to end…

Recommend for those of you who enjoy strong suspense with detailed and descriptive writing….
Author picAuthor Bio:

J. A. Baker is a writer and reader of psychological thrillers. She was born in the North East of England too long ago to mention and has four children and a grandchild.

Her first book, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in December 2017. Two more books followed – Her Dark Retreat and The Other Mother, all of which made it into the Amazon Kindle Top 100.

She still resides in the North East with her husband Richard and dog, Theo. She lives in a village in County Durham. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and meeting up with friends and family.

She is working on her fifth book which will be published in December this year.

Links:

Website – www.jabakerauthor.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com.thewriterjude/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/thewriterjude

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Over My Shoulder by Patricia Dixon @pbadixon @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Thrilled to be on the blog tour and share with you my review for this extremely compelling book! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation and to Patricia Dixon for her dark story.🖤

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Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Sounds simple? It isn’t.

When Freya falls for the manipulative Kane, her life changes beyond her wildest imagination. When the luxurious life she craves gradually becomes intolerable she realises escape is out of reach. Her life has changed and so has she.

She knows that when she least expects it, he will return and make good his promise to exact revenge and ensure she pays the price he fell he is owed.

Can Freya ever be free?

Whoever knew love could be so dangerous.

Following Freya from her carefree twenties up to the present day, Over My Shoulder is an intricate tale of blinkered love and obsession.

My Thoughts

This was a well done, compelling, and dark story… this is not a love story this is a survival story…. last couple weeks I have read three books that all dealt with domestic abuse and one way or another…. three very smart strong women getting involved with the wrong man… what I appreciated about all three of these books was the fact that they emphasize the fact that it could happen to anybody and it wasn’t as easy as just “leaving“…. as I mentioned in a previous review I was in an emotionally abusive relationship for many years and so all three of these books spoke to me on a very personal level… I appreciate that this topic has had more light shed on it recently. it will start dialogue, and it will make people realize that they should not blame the victim…. it is my hope that somebody in this situation reads one of these books and realizes that they are not alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel….

Freya meats Cane and he seems like the perfect guy, but things aren’t always as they seem…. as in most situations like this the abuse and control slowly escalated until Freya found herself trapped in a very abusive relationship…. this book was tough to read and made me feel very uncomfortable at times… Freya was such a fighter so I was determined to fight my way through these pages…. I think the fact that the author made me feel everything right along with Freya definitely says something about her writing….

It’s hard to say that I enjoyed this book, but I am extremely glad I read it…. The characters were extremely well developed, some of them I liked, a lot of them I hated…. The pace of this book was perfect and the last three or four chapters were extremely intense…. I felt as though I was holding my breath….

Recommend when you are in the mood for a darker compelling story that touches on some very important issues….

Patricia+DixonAuthor Bio:

Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson, plus the company of a lazy bulldog.

Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood.

Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written five novels set in the Loire and then, in complete contrast, a much darker story of psychological suspense.

She is currently writing her next book, a murderous tale set in the sixties and if she’s not at her desk Patricia loves to read historical fiction or attempts recipes that look great on television but not necessarily her plate. And when the penny jar is full she cashes in her coins and heads to France, the lure of red wine and escapism equalled only by the pursuance of her dream job, writing for a living.

Links:

Author Page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patricia-Dixon/e/B00I1YV2RM/refntt_dp_epwbk_0

Twitter:  @pbadixon

Email:  dixon.patricia@icloud.com

Facebook Links

Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pbadixon/?refbookmarks

Profile Page:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id 0009000921564

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Murder By The Broads by Anthony Tamiozzo @Tamiozzo3 @Bloodhoundbook #BookReviewz

Happy Monday everyone!

And happy Publication Day to this first book in a fabulous new police procedural series! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation to this blog tour and to Anthony for his wonderful book!🙂

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Meet DS Adam Burnt, a troubled man who has his work cut out. While at a crime scene he is informed of another murder. But Burnt is also having problems at home. He suspects his wife is having an affair.

As the clues unfold DS Burnt begins a game of cat and mouse.

What links the two murders to a doctor and a psychiatric hospital?

Trying to juggle his personal life and the job, Burnt must navigate Great Yarmouth and the surrounding areas to catch a killer and stop a vicious gang.

My Thoughts

This is the first book in the DI Adam burnt police procedural series… it is also this author’s debut, so a big congratulations on your first published book! More than I will ever be able to say, that is for sure!

So Adam has moved his family to a different location in the UK, mainly to improve his marriage… The problem is Adam is married to his work, he also does not trust his wife… at all! However, this book focuses much more on the case rather than Adam’s home life… two teenage boys are murdered and their bodies are found close together… how are these murders related and why would anybody kill these young boys? When another body is discovered the case really gets heated up with much pressure to solve… Adam is a committed detective however his lack of familiarity with the area does hurt him….

This is a book you need to pay close attention to as it jumps around quite a bit… admittedly there were times where I was a bit confused and had to go back and reread… i’m thinking because this was the author’s debut he probably had a lot going on in his head that he wanted to put to paper…. but sometimes less is a little bit better… definitely a complex plot that kept me on my toes! I also thought Adam Burnt was a interesting character and I am super curious to see what this character does next… there is quite a bit of potential for some tremendous character growth with him!

Recommend two fans of the police procedural, a good start to what looks like a wonderful series!

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

Tamiozzo - picAuthor Bio:

Anthony Tamiozzo was born in Derby and raised in Great Yarmouth. He moved to Aberdeenshire around 2007 with his wife and two kids. He has the day job of a software engineer.

His spare time, when not hill-running, tearing down a mountain on a bike, or coaching his boys football team, he is writing about where he grew up.

He knows people who died or was killed because of drugs all in the unassuming town of Great Yarmouth, which continues to inspire his ideas.

His real name is Ant Wilson but adopted his father’s Italian surname for his writing pseudonym. His favourite writer is Elmore Leonard.

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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!

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

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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 www.pamelacrane.com.

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