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Finding Grace by K. L. Slater @KimLSlater @bookouture #bookreview #findinggrace

Happy Friday bibliophiles!

So excited to share with you my review for this compelling thriller from one of my favorite authors! Huge thank you to Kim Nash for my invitation to the tour and to Kim Slater for her wonderful story!🌹

My Thoughts

and engaging thriller bursting with twists, secrets, lies, and questions!

This was so much more than a missing child story… although that part of the story will really make you think if you are a parent… when do you let your child walk somewhere on their own, whether it be school or a friends house? The little girl Grace in this story is nine and is begging her parents to allow her to walk from their house to her friends house down the street… I was really thinking about this when did I allow my children to walk somewhere on their own? My oldest two kids a boy and a girl are only 13 months apart so it was usually the two of them and I think I was more comfortable with them walking together… but I had a hard time letting my daughter walk alone even when she was 14, however I probably let her go up the street to her friends? Just last night my youngest who is now 16 asked me if he could walk to the gas station to purchase chips and it was dark out and I really did not want him to go, of course he told me that I let his older brother who is 22 go, also my 22-year-old doesn’t live at home anymore… anyways I even struggled with this last night and my kids are pretty grown…. i’m sure you all wanted to know this😉 anyways all this is to say it is hard to let go and give your children the freedom that they need to become capable responsible adults… BUT can you imagine if the first time you allowed your child to walk alone they were snatched? Welcome to Lucy and Blake’s world….

Blake is a councilman, Lucy is a stay at home mom, they live a nice comfortable life with their two adorable children Grace and baby Oscar… then one day they allow nine-year-old Grace to walk home alone from a friends and their lives are changed forever… as the investigation begins into the who? Why? How? The layers start peeling away from Blake and Lucy‘s so-called perfect lives… both these characters were hiding quite a few things from one another, so many secrets, so many lies, so many suspects….

K L Slater is truly a masterful storyteller! This book was paced perfectly, we kept being fed breadcrumbs of information… just enough to satisfy me and make me wanting more… I really enjoyed how the secrets were revealed, I liked trying to figure out what was going on… another well-crafted thriller from a brilliant author!

A compelling thriller that will mess with your head and make you think what would I have done? Twists, turns, secrets, lies, and a bit of a Darkside! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

I have a tale to tell
Sometimes it gets so hard to hide it well
I was not ready for the fall
Too blind to see the writing on the wall
A man can tell a thousand lies
I’ve learned my lesson well
Hope I live to tell
The secret I have learned, ’till then
It will burn inside of me
I know where beauty lives
I’ve seen it once, I know the warm she gives
The light that you could never see
It shines inside, you can’t take that from me
A man can tell a thousand lies
I’ve learned my lesson well
Hope I live to tell
The secret I have learned, ’till then
It will burn inside of me
The truth is never far behind
You kept it hidden well
If I live to tell
The secret I knew then
Will I ever have the chance again
If I ran away, I’d never have the strength
To go very far
How would…

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

About the Book

This morning, my daughter sat right here, munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing.

The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street.

They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear.

Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married. 

But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake …

And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone.

The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on Finding Grace.


About the Author

Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of seven psychological crime thrillers. FINDING GRACE published 14th February 2019 is her eighth thriller.

Kim’s titles are also published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham and Yorkshire.

Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson 

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Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald @SophieRanald @bookouture #bookreview #sorrynotsorry

Happy hump day everyone!

Exes excited to share with you today my review for this fun story! Major thanks to Noelle for my invitation and to Sophie Ranald for her wonderful story!🌹

My Thoughts

A fun entertaining story that will make you giggle!

This was a playful story with an unique angle… as a podcast listener(although most of my podcasts are about serial killers) I really enjoyed how this media was used in the story… a quirky story about taking yourself out of your comfort zone and finding your inner bad girl….

Charlotte is a workaholic about to lose her flatmate and friend to marriage… when she realizes she doesn’t do much more than work day in and day out she starts listening to the popular “Sorry Not Sorry” podcast… this podcast assigns you tasks that will help you find your inner bad girl…. going to be honest some of these things I don’t believe would make you a “bad girl,” but it might take you out of your comfort zone…. but bad girl or not I think it made for a wonderful story and helped Charlotte… there is quite a bit more to the story and some characters actions I didn’t necessarily agree with, but I don’t want to spoil anything…

Charlotte was a pretty sympathetic character, I really felt for her, she really had a lot on her plate… A super demanding job, planning a wedding for her BFF, and looking for the elusive perfect man… I have to admit though I did not always find Charlotte terribly relatable… The secondary characters were wonderful I would love to read a book about Tanzie, she is a girl I can get behind! I also loved Bianka, got to love a character it is fun to hate! And boy was it fun to hate her! It is so true that as our friends begin to get married and have children we tend to lose touch or become closer to those that are at the same stage in life as we are…. I was the second in my friend group to have kids so I guess I was the one to lose touch, but believe me there was many a Friday night I wish I was out with the girls rather than changing diapers… The grass certainly is always greener on the other side of that marriage fence….

An engaging story that will make you want to find your inner bad girl and start listening to podcasts! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵🎵 Song running Through My Head

Bad girls
Talking about the sad girls
Sad girls
Talking about bad girls, yeah
See them out on the street at night (walkin’)
Picking up on all kinds of strangers
If the price is right
You can’t score if you’re pocket’s tight
But you want a good time
You ask yourself who they are
Like everybody else, they come from near and far
Talking about the sad girls (sad girls)
Sad girls (sad girls)
Talking about bad girls, yeah
Friday night, and the strip is hot
Sun’s gone down, and they’re out to trot (out to trot)
Spirit’s high, and legs look hot
Do you wanna get down?
Now, don’t you ask yourself who they are?
Like everybody else, they wanna be a star
Bad girl, sad girl
You’re such a naughty bad girl, bee-beep uh huh
You’re bad girl, you’re sad girl
You’re such…

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

About the Book

A fabulously feel-good novel that will make you laugh till you cry and leave you living life to the full, margarita in hand! 

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

If you’re a fan of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk or Matt Dunn, and love TV shows like GirlsCrazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, you won’t be able to put down this hilarious read!

About the Author

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

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The Happiness Project by Pippa James @PippaJamesbooks @bookouture #bookreview #thehappinessproject

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

I am so happy to share with you today my review for this fantastic book that is part of a wonderful series about strong positive female friendships! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Pippa James for her delightful words!🌹

My Thoughts

A fun uplifting story about friendship, motherhood, and life!

This book is a follow-up to Pippa Jame’s “I Will Survive” you could read it as a standalone, but why would you want to? Pippa James has created some very likable relatable and real characters that you will soon think of as friends… Allison, Kate, and Frankie are all very different women, but I could see a piece of myself in each of them… I think this is the true power of this book one or all of the characters will resonate with most women in one way or another… and as a mother of three whose days of navigating school drop off and pick up are long over it was nice to reminisce…

The book starts off with the three ladies making New Year’s resolutions or as they chose to call them a happiness project… to be more healthy, to be more Zen, to be more responsible, to step out of your comfort zone…. all things that are easier said than done especially when you live in the real world and have young children… Allison is trying to be a little more like her recently deceased mother-in-law Maggie, but those are pretty big shoes to fill… Kate is trying to be a little more zen during her third pregnancy, although her friend Natalie is not making this easy… Frankie is just trying to hold on to her job, hold on to her man, and hold her family together…. three women with the benefit of a strong friendship with one another, I am a firm believer that we all need good girlfriends in our lives!

This book was well paced I felt as though I was spending the day with some good friends, while reading this book…

Mud, a wedding, flip-flops, home brewed vegan beer, mud, and more mud, all made for a fantastic book… what Allison gets herself into in this book was a lot of fun to read! And the interactions between Kate and her so called friend Natalie made my blood boil… there is seriously nothing more annoying than somebody who has not had kids yet judging how you parent, it’s annoying enough with the person has kids, but parenting is hard and it’s personal and people need to stay in their own lane! Can you tell this is a bit of an issue for me? That’s not to say I never said my kids will never… before I had kids, and let me tell you that bit me back for sure! Ugh! Funny enough Frankie the most colorful character probably had the tamest storyline, although she had some major character growth and that was fun to watch….

A delightful story all about the good, the bad, and the ugly side of motherhood and womanhood! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now
don’t worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry, be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry, be happy
Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy
The landlord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy
Oh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh don’t worry, be happy
Here I…

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

About the Book

Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.

But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?

About the Author

Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.

You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or Facebook.com/PippaJamesAuthor 

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If You’re Not the One by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Thursday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share my review with you today for this enchanting story that is part of a wonderful series! I just adore these girls and their friendship! Huge thank you to Noelle for my invitation to the tour and to Laura Briggs for her wonderful storytelling 💕

My Thoughts

A fun fabulous book all about friendship and love!

This is the third book in this delightful series about the Bells… three friends who run a wedding planning business together… Tessa the planner, Natalie the designer, and Ama The caterer… three lovely women, with three unique voices, and three different views on love… this is the third book in the series, however it could be read as a standalone, but I’d venture to guess you won’t want to miss out on any of the time you could spend with these girls….

This time we have Natalie’s story, sort of… what is unique to this series is even though one of the girls might have a little more focus we still get to spend enough time with the other girls and not every story ends with a HEA… this is a romance… after all it is all about weddings, however really the strongest and best part of the series is the friendship between these three…. these are girls you want to be friends with, have lunch with, share your deep dark secrets with… and reading the book is like spending the afternoon with your girlfriends….

In this book we got all the glitz and glam of an island destination wedding… The bride Harper is marrying a millionaire, but is she marrying for the right reasons? Is this a marriage made of love or money? We also got to watch Natalie struggle with the fact that she is falling for two different guys… Natalie doesn’t really believe in romance, so she’s not sure how she’s got herself in this situation… Tessa and Ama have their own love problems mainly family and miscommunication…. so will the Bells soon be planning a wedding for one of their own? Such a fun series, I definitely cannot wait for the next book! I always hate reaching the end because I know it will be some time before I get to spend time with these wonderful characters!

A delightful story that will put a smile on your face and some warmth in your heart! Absolutely recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! Well this series is all about weddings and friendship, but the weddings song seem to be running through my head more!Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married
Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married
Gee, I really love you
And we’re gonna get married
Goin’ to the chapel of love
Spring is here, the sky is blue, whoa-oh-oh
Birds all sing as if they knew
Today’s the day we’ll say “I do”
And we’ll never be lonely anymore
Because we’re goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married
Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married
Gee, I really love you
And we’re gonna get married
Goin’ to the chapel of love
Bells will ring, the sun will shine, whoa-oh-oh
I’ll be his and he’ll be mine
We’ll love until the end of time
And we’ll…

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

About the Book

Description: 

 

A heartwarming, escapist romantic novel for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Nora Roberts and Nancy Thayer.

Natalie isn’t a romantic. She doesn’t believe in true love, or destiny. She thinks that people are just plain lucky if they happen to find someone. It’s coincidence and nothing more.

As a wedding dress designer though, she knows she has to keep these feelings under wraps. Even if she’s suspicious that Harper, the bride she’s working with, might secretly agree with her. Because if Harper admitted she wasn’t sure about love, it might also mean giving up on a millionaire husband-to-be and the lavish island wedding of her dreams.

But, for Natalie, as her feelings develop for both her on-off boyfriend Chad, and for the boy-next-door Brayden, she starts to fear that her heart might not be as immune to love as she claims…

Could love have been there all along? And as the wedding approaches, who will find a happy-ever-after, who will find their way to themselves, and who will get left behind?

 
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About the Author

Author Bio:

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

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The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne @SherylBrowne @bookouture #bookreview

Happy hump day book lovers!

I have no idea how it is already January 30? Where did January go? Time sure flies when you’re always behind! Anyways I am so excited to share with you today my review for this dark twisted thriller! A huge thank you to Kim for my invitation to this tour and two Sheryl Browne for blowing my mind!🤯

She made her bed. You’ll lie in it.

Rebecca only wanted to help out – to be kind. Richard seemed so alone after his wife, Nicole, died, and Rebecca wanted to make sure he knew he had someone to rely on.

But now she’s in Nicole’s immaculate house. Drinking from her favourite crystal wine glass. Keeping shoes in her orderly closet. Comforting her sweet and grieving step-daughter. It feels like Rebecca is living another woman’s life.

And as she gets to know the neighbours, Rebecca hears stories that make her wonder: was free-spirited Nicole happy in this perfect life, or did she feel trapped? Did she feel, as Rebecca is beginning to, that something wasn’t quite right?

The book everyone’s talking about! If you loved The Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us and The Girl Before, you’ll be totally gripped and unable to put down this twisty page-turning psychological thriller.

My Thoughts

YES! This was a riveting dark and twisted thriller that completely captivated me!

Sheryl Browne, you seriously blew my mind with this one! This book was darker, twistier, steamier, and more disturbing… hands-down my favorite book from this author thus far! Hold onto your hats and glasses for this one, it is a crazy ride!

Nicole and Rebecca are best friends, they share everything, but I bet they never thought they would share a husband! Nicole is still dealing with her past abusive marriage, even when she is married to the seemingly fabulous Richard… Nicole confesses everything to her BFF Rebecca, she tells her all about her loving husband and how happy they are… SO when Rebecca finds out that Nicole has committed suicide, she is determined to figure out what has really happened… Rebecca meets Richard and is instantly charmed, and before she knows it she has moved into her BFFs house and life… I know what you’re thinking… what? What kind of friend moves in on her deceased Bestie’s husband? Well apparently Rebecca, and I have to say I think this is all kinds of wrong, so shady, but still somehow I liked Rebecca?

The story is told from multiple points of view, and from both the present and the past…. we learn the truth of Nicole and Richard‘s marriage as the layers are slowly peeled away through Nicole’s eyes… we also get the present day story through the eyes of Rebecca, Olivia, and even Richard…. Olivia is richer’s 19-year-old daughter, the girl seriously disturbed me throughout this entire book… this was one strange father daughter dynamic! I really liked both Rebecca and Nicole, I was really conflicted sometimes because I didn’t necessarily agree with their actions, but I really found them both quite likable…. Richard, I am admittedly a bit of a man hater, so I was suspicious of him from page 1… * just to clarify I love my sons, my dad, my brothers, but I really have bad taste in men, so I’m not crazy about anyone that I previously had a relationship with! I’m a little jaded!* so what in the world is going on? Is Richard really a good guy or is it all an act? Is Olivia just a spoiled brat or pure evil? And what in the world is Nicole doing? At about 60% this book goes off the rails, starts zigging and zagging and bobbing and weaving… I had no idea what side was up? Oh what a dark disturbing deceitful journey this book took me on!

This was an intriguing, disturbing, dark, deceitful, twisted, and brilliant book! Absolutely recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! this is the first time I am going to use this song, but I can guarantee it won’t be my last, this is my go to crazy train book song! All aboard!🚂

All aboard!

Hahahahaha

Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye…

Crazy, but that’s how it goes

Millions of people living as foes

Maybe it’s not too late

To learn how to love and forget how to hate

Mental wounds not healing

Life’s a bitter shame

I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I’ve listened to preachers, I’ve listened to fools

I’ve watched all the dropouts who make their own rules

One person conditioned to rule and control

The media sells it and you live the role

Mental wounds still screaming

Driving me insane

I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me

You gotta…

Ozzy Osbourne 1980

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

About the author
Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction.  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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The Couple on Cedar Close by Anna-Lou Weatherley @annaloulondon @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Saturday book lovers!

Super excited to share with you my review for this brilliant book! I cannot believe this is my first blog tour of the year with Bookouture! A huge thank you to Noelle for my invitation to the tour and to Anna Lou Weatherley for this intense story!💜

My Thoughts

A compulsive and fast paced bloody brilliant book!

The perfect mash up of a police procedural and a psychological thriller! I had no idea that this was the second book in the DI Daniel Riley series until I got to the end, can absolutely be read as a standalone…. this book wasn’t necessarily full of crazy twists and turns, but I loved how it dove so deeply into the psychology of these characters…. A dark domestic drama with some pretty psychotic characters….

Laurie is planning the perfect dinner for her estranged husband, convinced she can still win him back…. but as time goes by and more vodka is consumed Laurie is pretty certain that her husband Robert has stood her up… devastated and in an alcohol Hayes Laurie passes out and wakes up in the guestroom covered in blood, with no recollection of how she got there…. Robert is dead and Laurie is the number one suspect, but she can’t remember and she can’t believe she would ever kill Robert….

Daniel Riley” The detective with the kind eyes,“ is convinced that there is more to this case then meets the eyes… after interviewing Laurie, Daniel can hardly believe she could hurt a fly much less a man twice her size…. oh what a wide web of deceit over this charming Close…. I enjoyed watching the unraveling of this psychotic killers perfect plans… I appreciated how thoughtful and compassionate Daniel was in his investigation…. I also loved how they called him “governor,” I’m not even sure why exactly, but it was super cool! I think because I could only think of it in the English accent, I don’t find governors of states very cool, LOL! But I digress….

This was an addictive read that had me furiously turning the pages… I figured out who the killer was fairly early on, but there was a pretty obvious clue that I am assuming we were supposed to pick up on? I am usually the world’s worst detective, so this is why I am assuming this… this did not detract from my enjoyment of the story whatsoever! I really wanted to know how they were going to catch this person and what was motivating this person to be so extremely Cray Cray! And bravo to that ending, that was just perfection! Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series, and time permitting I will go back and read “Black Heart.”

This book will quench both your police procedural and psychological thriller thirst, absolutely recommend!🖤

🎶 Song running through my mind: I defy you to read this book and not have this Drake song going through your head:

Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?

Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me

‘Cause I want ya, and I need ya

And I’m down for you always

KB, do you love me? Are you riding?

Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me

‘Cause I want ya, and I need ya

And I’m down for you always

-Drake 2018

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

About the Book

One sunny August afternoon, the residents of Cedar Close throw their annual summer barbecue. Children play in the cherry-tree lined street, tables are laden with food, and the wine is flowing. For Laurie Mills, it’s her first time meeting the neighbours. And it’s the first time she discovers her husband Robert is having an affair.

Cedar Close has always been a nice place to live – a quiet suburban street where everyone looks out for one another and bad things don’t happen.

Until late one evening, when Robert Mills is found dead in his bedroom.

Downstairs, in their beautiful kitchen, his wife Laurie sits alone in the dark with her head in her hands. 

She can’t remember the last few hours, but she knows she didn’t kill Robert.

The trouble is, no-one believes her…

An utterly gripping page-turner about the dark secrets that lie behind closed doors. Perfect for fans of JP Delaney’s The Girl Before and Gone GirlThe Couple on Cedar Close will keep you reading late into the night.

Buy  Links:       

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Googleplay: https://tinyurl.com/y96n6zmd

 

About the Author

Anna-Lou began her career as a dancer but a moped accident in Ibiza put paid to those aspirations and so she went back to her first and one true love – writing! She re-trained as a journalist, specialising mainly in women’s interest and celebrity, becoming the Editor of J-17 and Smash Hits as well as writing for a host of women’s magazines.

 

Anna-Lou has written three Adult Fiction titles – Vengeful Wives and Wicked Wives, both published by Avon in the UK and Bookouture in the US and Canada and Pleasure Island published by Bookouture.

 

To find out more about Anna’s novels, go to https://www.facebook.com/annalouweatherleyauthor/ or follow https://twitter.com/annaloulondon on Twitter.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Berit☀️✨

Posted in Best of 2018

White Lies by Lucy Dawson @lucydawsonbooks @bookouture #bookreview #bestof2018

Happy New Year’s Eve! 🥂

Today I am sharing with you another one of my favorite reads of 2018! I read three of Lucy Dawson’s books this year and they were all five star reads for me! Cannot wait to see what she has in store for us in 2019!🎉🎉🎉

There are three sides to every story… his side… her side… and the truth….
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White Lies by Lucy Dawson

Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur… well, she’s only human.

But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she’s gone too far. Jonathan is obsessive, and to get what he wants he will tear Alex’s world apart – threatening not only her career but her marriage and family too.

Soon Alex finds she’s capable of doing almost anything to keep hold of her perfect life, as it begins to spin dangerously out of her control…

A darkly gripping domestic drama of secrets and lies, from the bestselling author of The Daughter. Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies, Louise Jensen and The Couple Next Door.

Review

5 Big Brilliant Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Lucy Dawson did it again! She took me on another crazy emotional rollercoaster ride that I wanted to stay on until the very end…. this book kept me up until 2:00 in the morning and left my head spinning…. and truth be told I still don’t know what really happened, but I think that is the beauty of it…. there are three sides to the story… his side… her side… and the truth….

This is a definite he said she said story…. and the way it was told was simply brilliant…. first we get Alex‘s point of view… Alex really isn’t the most likable of characters…. she was on a girls trip to Ibiza… had a lot too much to drink and woke up in bed with a guy and really no memory of the night…. now the kicker is he is a patient of hers and he is 17…… so even if hubby is OK with this there is going to be fall out…. yes Alex is married and a doctor and the mother of two young daughters…. so in the beginning of this book I’m thinking wow what bad luck, not that I condone cheating, but…..

Then we get Jonathan‘s point of view the 17-year-old…. now I have a 15-year-old and a 21-year-old son so this probably influences how I look at this….ick…. so is Jonathan a crazy stalker or the victim? Things start coming out and I was lead in one direction and then in a different direction and it was quite the journey…. along with Alex and Jonathan‘s point of view we got the points of view of several other characters just to add to the craziness…. i’m not sure if anybody was a very reliable narrator….

Along with all the twists and turns this book touched on a few very relevant issues… of course there is the obvious one… Sexual harassment and people in power abusing it…. but I really thought more interestingly the book really touched on social media and the power of the like…. I have to admit it was a bit disconcerting to see someone achieve fame for being a victim, maybe? For me it made Jonathan story less believable… it’s just quite amazing how much social media has altered and dictates our lives….

Absolutely without a doubt recommend to all fans of psychological thrillers with brilliant twists….

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

 
Lucy Dawson Author photoAbout me by Lucy Dawson: 
 

I’ve been writing psychological suspense novels since 2008, when my first bestseller – His Other Lover – was published. I write full time (mostly on the playroom sofa) from my home in Devon, where I live with my husband and children. Before that, I used to interview the likes of Steps and SClub7 for a living, making absolutely no use whatsoever of my psychology degree from Warwick University, but it was a lot of fun.

I’m addicted to writing about the extraordinary things that can happen to ordinary people – I like stories that jump in at the deep end, with a gasp. When readers take the time out to let me know they’ve stayed up all night because they couldn’t put the book down, it makes my day.

I really enjoy catching up with readers and always reply to emails. You can reach me at lucy@lucydawsonbooks.com. I’m also on Twitter @lucydawsonbooks and have a Facebook page at lucydawsonbooks. Alternatively you can download a free short story of mine at www.lucydawsonbooks.com or if you want to look at a lot of pictures of the beach and books that I’m reading, find me on Instagram at lucydawsonbooks.

Lies lies lies yeah they’re going to get you! They won’t forget you! Berit 💛

Posted in Psychological Thriller

The Best Friend by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #bookreview

TGIF bibliophiles! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!❤️💚❤️💚

Super excited today to share with you my review for this thrilling thriller that is being re-published today by the fabulous Bookouture👯‍♀️

The Best Friend by Shalini Boland

My Thoughts

Well now… This was one crazy twisty story that kept me on the edge throughout!

with friends like this, who needs enemies?

This was a fast paced intense story that I finished in a matter of hours… and it’s a good thing I did, because I think I was holding my breath throughout this entire book! Shalini Boland you never fail to amaze me! and if I’m being honest frighten me a bit as well, I can only imagine what goes on in that brain of yours!

Luisa has a lovely life, a loving husband, an adorable son, an enjoyable writing gig… when her son Joe starts at a new posh school Louisa is desperate for her and Joe to fit in… so when Darcy befriends her, and her son Tyler quickly becomes friends with Joe, Louisa is absolutely thrilled… things seem to be going swimmingly, but things were just a little too good to be true…. slowly and subtly Louisa begins to notice things and Darcy’s facade slowly begins to peel away… but is Louisa seeing things where there is nothing to see? Is she getting paranoid? No one seems to believe her not her husband, not her sister, so is this real or is it all in Louisa’s mind?

Just like Louisa I was so tense and so frustrated during this book… how frustrating would it be for people not to believe what you believe to be true? I had so much sympathy for Luisa, I really wanted to reach through the pages and shake some sense into her husband Jared! But I must admit Darcy was one clever girl! She almost had me fooled! I just could not figure out for the life of me what someone who seemingly had it all like Darcy had against sweet Louisa?

absolutely recommend this tents and twisted story you will never look at your best friend the same way again!

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

About the Book

Toxic school mums, money worries, paranoia, and murder… The Best Friend is a chilling psychological thriller from the Bestselling Author of The Girl from the Sea.

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer … Wrong.

Louisa’s new best friend has it all – the house, the status, the money. But she’s also hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend’s life, events take a chilling turn . .
“Sit on the edge of your seat and prepare for the ride!” 

Have a wonderful weekend! Berit☀️✨
Posted in Blog Tour

The Memory by Lucy Dawson @lucydawsonbooks @bookouture #bookreview

TGIF! Hope you are having a wonderful Friday!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this exceptional psychological thriller! Huge thanks to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Lucy Dawson for her terrific tale❄️🖤

My Thoughts

oh boy! This book! It was so dark, disturbing, and unsettling! And SO GOOD!

This book was one wild and crazy ride that took me places I was not expecting! A creepy story that completely draws you in, and you are convinced you know what direction you are headed, but boy was I wrong! Secrets and lies and deceit all leaving me completely bewildered! This is the third book I’ve read this year from Lucy Dawson all have been spectacular and unique… not only unique from one another, but different from all other psychological thrillers….

This book starts with a bang! a tragic event that will change the lives of Yves, Isabel,Adam and Tim forever… the tragedy appears to have impacted Isabell the most, leaving her permanently trapped in a childlike state… this also greatly impacts the lives of eve, Isabel’s mother and Adam, the man who is in love with her… when Isabel’s life is completely upheaved, a move and the return of a blast from the past… secrets start to spill out!

Told from the alternating points of view of eve and Clare… I thought this was brilliant Eve obviously has been in the midst of all the drama from day one… but Claire is a unwitting newcomer…. can only imagine how disconcerting it would be to meet Isabell, this stunning woman with the voice of a child and perhaps the mind…. then to find out that this woman has ties to your significant other… so much manipulation and deceit running throughout the pages of this book! So hard to write this review I want to convey how much I loved this book and I don’t want to give a single thing away…. just know you will need to buckle your seatbelt for this rollercoaster… the ride to the top of the hill may take some time… but once you get there watch out! The other side is one crazy twisted ride that will leave you breathless!

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a well done perfectly paced thrill of a story!

*** huge thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

I look down at her, lying fast asleep – always my little girl, and so beautiful. She gives a low moan as her head turns restlessly on the pillow. It reminds me of the soft growl of a cornered animal. Where is my poor child? What is she dreaming?

People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Incredibly beautiful… until she speaks.

An unsettling, little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman.

Izzie might look grown-up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened – the day that broke her from within.

I know why my daughter is the way she is. There’s nothing I could have done to save her… is there?

An unputdownable psychological thriller about families and secrets, perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.




Meet the Author

About me by Lucy Dawson: 

I’ve been writing psychological suspense novels since 2008, when my first bestseller – His Other Lover – was published. I write full time (mostly on the playroom sofa) from my home in Devon, where I live with my husband and children. Before that, I used to edit a magazine for six to twelve year old girls for a living, making absolutely no use whatsoever of my psychology degree from Warwick University, but it was a lot of fun. 

I’m addicted to writing about the extraordinary things that can happen to ordinary people – stories that jump in at the deep end, with a gasp. When readers take the time out to let me know they’ve stayed up all night because they couldn’t put the book down, it makes my day. 

I really enjoy catching up with readers and always reply to emails. You can reach me at lucy@lucydawsonbooks.com. I’m also on Twitter @lucydawsonbooks and have a Facebook page at lucydawsonbooks. Alternatively you can download a free short story of mine at www.lucydawsonbooks.comor if you want to look at a lot of pictures of the beach and books that I’m reading, find me on Instagram at lucydawsonbooks.


Live love laugh and read! Berit❄️😘
Posted in Blog Tour

The Silent Dead by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Thursday everybody!

Excited to share with you today my review four the first book in this new police procedural! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the tour and to Graham Smith for his wonderful words!🚨

The-Silent-Dead-KindleHe’d found an angel for his collection. But one angel at a time was never enough…

Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of the Lake District.

The entire police force are on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. Because she doesn’t think like everyone else. To Beth, crimes are puzzles she can solve. Even if real life is a little harder.

As more bodies are discovered in derelict stately homes across the Lake District, she knows she’s in a race against time.

But the killer is looking for another victim to add to his collection… Will Beth be able to save her? Or will he get there first?

A tenacious young detective with scars both physical and emotional, Beth Young will stop at nothing in her fight for justice for the innocent. The Silent Dead is the first book in the series. Set in the Lake District, it is perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, and Peter James. 

this was one twisted, dark and disturbing start to a new police procedural series!

This is the first book in a new series, featuring young newbie detective Beth Young…. The mystery was twisted, sick, and sadistic… what compels a man to stage a body with a burnt mouth and wings attached to their back? Yes, actual wings! Makes you wonder what goes on in the mind of this brilliant author, Graham Smith….

The story is told primarily from the point of view of Beth… however, we also get some creepy insight from another undisclosed character… this gruesome prime appeared to have no pattern, the victims appeared to be chosen at random…. The detectives were baffled as was I, but Beth seem to have an unusual way of puzzling crimes out…

I really like the fact that Beth was a brand new eager detective, she was not yet disheartened… however, I’m not sure that the team would have given her as much respect and responsibility as they did in this book, although it would be nice… Additionally I really had a hard time connecting two Beth… we really got very little of her backstory both personal and professional… we really didn’t get a look into her personal life at all, but there is room for that in future books and this does leave her with lots of room for growth… A solid start to a brand new series…

Recommend to anybody who is a fan of this author, this genre, or sick sadistic crimes!

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

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Author Bio:

Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel – The Silent Dead is published by Bookouture and set in Cumbria / the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

Author Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972

WEBSITE: https://grahamsmithauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5446655.Graham_Smith?from_searchtrue

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