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The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper @toodletinkbaby @EburyPublishing @annecater #bookreview #valentineread #RandomThingsTours #thedaywemet

Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful relaxing weekend!

Excited to share with you today a story perfectly perfect for Valentine’s Day!🌹🌹🌹 A huge thank you to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour and to Roxie Cooper for her lovely story!💕💕

The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

My Thoughts

A romantic story full of emotion and fated love💕

Roxie Cooper has painted a beautiful Story with her words… she turned me the cynic into a true believer in soulmates, well for at least the length of this book… sometimes I wonder why I Love reading romance, I certainly don’t believe in epic love or one true love or soulmates or any of that… but then again I occasionally enjoy a vampire or werewolf book and I certainly don’t believe in them either… this is a book that on paper I really should not have enjoyed, it is about two people who are involved with other people who cannot help but be drawn to one another… my cynical and jaded brain says, BS people can help who they are drawn to, and people aren’t drawn to others unless they’re out looking for it, so I don’t buy this premise for one single minute! And I probably still believe all this, however this book was aBSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

Stephanie and Jamie meet one weekend at an art retreat… Stephanie and Jamie have instant chemistry, the problem? Stephanie is engaged to Matt and Jamie is married to Helen… Stephanie and Jamie recognize there is a strong connection between them unlike no other, but they respect their significant others…. for the next decade they meet up about once a year as friends, but can two people with this strong of a connection stay just friends? Now my logical brain at this point was saying, I certainly wouldn’t want someone to stay with me when they were this fated to be with somebody else? And I think that was my biggest struggle with this Matt and Helen deserve better than what they were getting… but life is messy and nothing is ever black-and-white, this book really had my emotions flying all over the place….

The story is told from the perspective of both Jamie and Stephanie… and not just when they are together we also got a front row seat look at their family life with their significant others who were good people…. Stephanie and Jamie were also extremely likable, seriously I really liked these two characters and I really wanted them to end up together, even though I thought it was wrong… or maybe I didn’t? See what I’m saying very messy and a whole lot of gray! Matt and Helen were very likable as well I wanted nothing but the best for them, I was so torn throughout this entire book… this book was truly playing with my emotions and then… and then… that ending! What? All I’m going to say is have tissue handy!

An exquisite love story that will pull at your heartstrings and leave you reeling and in tears! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

The day we met,
Frozen I held my breath
Right from the start
I knew that I’d found a home for my heart
Beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone?
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
And all along I believed I would find you…

*** A big thank you too Ebury Publishing for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

have a lovely day full of love and words!🌹💕

berit☀️✨

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The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola @Anna_Mazz @annecater #bookreview #randomthingstours

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Excited to share my review for this enchanting and magical story steeped in history and folklore! Huge thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour!🧚🏻‍♀️✨

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

My Thoughts

A spellbindingly atmospheric tale full of magic and mystery!

A beautifully told historical story that will transport you to 19th century Scotland… this story had a bit of a creepy gothic vibe, chocked full of mysticism and folklore…. Scotland is a country with a rich history that definitely shown through in this book… I loved all the lores, myths, and superstitions…

Audrey is in need of work, so she heads to the Isle of Skye to record this small closed community’s folklore and traditions… while there she discovers that there are some young girls that have gone missing and when one of them turns up dead Audrey is determined to find out what is really happening… is there some truth behind the stories of the fae and fairies, or is there something more sinister at work?

Audrey was a likable character with a lot of strength and heart… I found her to be very brave not only did she travel to this isolated location on her own, but she also stood up for these missing girls that she didn’t even know… The story had so much atmosphere I could feel the cold of this Scottish isle, Damp and chilly with the fog rolling in! This was a well told well researched story that I was lucky enough to have the privilege of reading…

An enchanting historical fiction book with an engaging mystery and a generous sprinkling of magic! Absolutely recommend!

*** Big thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

From the author of THE UNSEEING comes a sizzling, period novel of folk tales, disappearances and injustice set on the Isle of Skye, sure to appeal to readers of Hannah Kent’s BURIAL RITES or Beth Underdown’s THE WITCH FINDER’S SISTER.

‘A wonderful combination of a thrilling mystery and a perfectly depicted period piece’ Sunday Mirror

Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the word-of-mouth folk tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857, the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and the crofters are suspicious and hostile, claiming they no longer know their stories. Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up on the beach and the crofters tell her that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl has disappeared. They believe the girls are the victims of the spirits of the unforgiven dead. Initially, Audrey is sure the girls are being abducted, but then she is reminded of her own mother, a Skye woman who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. It seems there is a link to be explored, and Audreymay uncover just what her family have been hiding from her all these years.

Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨

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The List That Changed My Life by Olivia Beirne @Olivia_Beirne @annecater @headlinepg #bookreview #randomthingstours

Happy Thursday, it is a rainy day here in Southern California, yes it does rain in Southern California! Not much though!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this absolutely charming story! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour and two Olivia Beirne for her wonderful words💕

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Sometimes all you need is a little push…

When Georgia’s sister is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she promises to do everything her older sibling can no longer do, resulting in a journey that will change her life forever…

Georgia loves wine, reality TV and sitting on the sofa after work. She does not love heights, looking at her bank account, going on dates, or activities that involve a sports bra. And she will never, ever take a risk.

That is, until her braver, bolder, big sister finds out that she won’t be able to tick off the things she wanted to do before turning thirty, and turns to Georgia to help her finish her list.

With the birthday just months away, Georgia suddenly has a deadline to learn to grab life with both hands. Could she be brave enough to take the leap, for her sister?

And how might her own life change if she did?

A hilarious and heart-warming journey of a lifetime, showing us what it means to really be alive.

My Thoughts

This was a heartwarming delightful story full of humor and Hart!

This book kept me up Way past my bedtime… laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face, trying not to wake up my kids… this book had a definite Sophie Kinsella vibe to it and that’s a huge compliment because she is one of my faves… this was such an entertaining uplifting debut that I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to read…..

Georgia was such a fantastic character, I am definitely adding her to my book BFF list! She was so down to earth, so generous, so funny, and she had a heart of gold… her relationship with her sister Amy was remarkable, it made me wish I had a sister of my own…. all the secondary characters were fantastic, Georgia’s parents, her BFF Natalie, her boss Bianca…. Jack her love interest was supportive, sweet, and swoon worthy 😍

George’s sister Amy is diagnosed with MS… Georgia is devastated, and does not know what she can possibly do to help her sister… so, when her sister presents her with a list of things Georgia should do before she turns 30, how can she possibly turned her down? But skinny dip? Skydive? Go on a date with someone you meet on Tinder? Not to mention bake an impossible cake? This book was really about taking chances and living your life to your fullest… to push yourself out of your comfort zone and crush self doubt…

An uplifting story that will put a huge smile on your face and bunches of hope in your heart… absolutely recommend to anyone who is a fan of a well told story with wonderful characters and a delicious aMount of humor…

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

Olivia BeirneAbout the Author: 

Olivia Beirne is a 26 year old writer, who previously worked in casting. She lives in Tulse Hill, London with her friends and their resident mouse and grew up in Buckinghamshire. This novel is a standalone debut and she is currently working on her second novel.
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The Good Samaritans by Will Carver @will_carver @annecater @OrendaBooks #bookreview #randomthingstours

Happy hump day everybody!

Thrilled to bring you my review for this dark disturbing book, but a little bummed that it is not available in the US? Maybe soon? A huge thank you too Anne Cater for my invitation to the blog tour, and to Will Carver for his intriguing story🙃

GOOD SAMARITANS AW PR1.inddOne crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach

Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans. But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home… And someone is watching… Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.

My Thoughts

this is a dark, disturbing, delicious story that will leave you thinking, “WTH did I just read???”

This book will suck you in, turn you on your head, spin you all around, and then spit you out… leaving you wordless, breathless, a little less innocent, and in need of a shower…. there is a reason for those six bottles of bleach! This book is like no other you have red before, I can promise you that! It is bold, it is edgy, it is graphic… this thriller had more graphic sex then most romances, there is no fading to black! That also goes for the violence and killings…. Will Carver gives you a front row seat to all the gory details and doesn’t hold any punches! This book is not for the faint of heart, if it were a movie it would be rated X, but what a wonderful movie it would make!

Multiple points of view, multiple flawed characters, multiple twists and turns, multiple “oh no they didn’t!” moments…. this is a book best gone into without knowing much… I don’t want to go into the characters at all, I don’t want to spoil anything, just know that they are all completely screwed up! This story is dark, the characters are creepy, you won’t want to turn the page because you aren’t sure if you can handle what’s coming next, but you have to because the compulsion is too strong….

You’ll spend this entire book in the mind of crazy! Short chapters that will leave you jumping from one nut job to another, but never quite getting enough of the madness…. that is until the very end… the end will leave you gasping and shaking your head…. I could tell you I never saw that ending coming, but I never saw the last 60% of this book coming, so that would be an understatement! This is the kind of book that makes you question your self because you really loved it and yet it was JUST. SO. WRONG.

Absolutely recommend if you love a twistyier darker more graphic thriller that is completely original and edgy!

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

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About the Author:  Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series (Arrow). He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.

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Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer #bookreview #randomthingstours @annecater

Happy Friday book friends!

Thrilled to share with you my review and help celebrate the UK paperback release of this fantastic book! A huge thank you too Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour!💛Before I Let You Go CoverYour sister or her baby. Who do you choose?

A moving page-turner with a heart-pounding dilemma. As children, Lexie and Annie were incredibly close. Bonded by the death of their beloved father, they weathered the storms of life together. When Lexie leaves home to follow her dream, Annie is forced to turn to her leatherbound journal as the only place she can confide her deepest secrets and fears…

As adults, sisters Lexie and Annie could not be more different. Lexie is a successful doctor and happily engaged. Annie is an addict – a thief, a liar and unable to remain clean. When Annie’s newborn baby is in danger of being placed in foster care, Annie picks up the phone to beg her sister for help. Will Lexie agree to take in her young niece? And how will Annie survive, losing the only thing in her life worth living for?

‘One of the best books for discussion that I’ve read in years’ Diane Chamberlain

‘A heartbreaking book about an impossible decision. A novel about the deepest love possible’ Luanne Rice

‘A heartrending tale…captures the unbreakable bond of two sisters’ Publishers Weekly

‘Ripped from the headlines and from the heart, Before I Let You Go is an unforgettable novel that will amaze and startle you with its impact and heart’ Patti Callahan Henry

‘Another incredible, gripping read from an exceptionally talented author. This book takes you through a myriad of emotions, whilst opening your eyes to some very important issues for women. I read this in one sitting, because I had to. So will you. A magnificent read I can’t praise or recommend highly enough’ Heather Hill

‘Heartbreaking and life-affirming. Before I Let You Go captures the bittersweet nature of existence and turns it into something truly beautiful’ Tilly Tennant

‘Heartbreaking, soul-searching but ultimately uplifting, this thought-provoking book challenges the judgements society makes and weaves a heartwarming story around the bonds we forge as sister, mother and partner’ Zara Stoneley

‘Being a mother means you are open to criticism from every angle, but if you are a pregnant addict, what then? Children are protected in society, but what about those who gave them life? Kelly Rimmer writes from the heart and soul. Be prepared to lose and gain a little of each as you read her stories’ Rachel Dove

My Thoughts

This was a heartbreaking and powerful story about the impact of addiction not only on the addict, but the addict’s family…

A beautiful story about an ugly subject… I feel as though I have shared a lot of personal garbage this week, but my ex is an addict… not heroine but, that’s irrelevant, addiction is addiction, its impact is great no matter what the addiction is… The reason I mention this is because it is really difficult for me to sympathize with an addict, especially when children are involved… I am angry, frustrated, and sad that my kids feel as though their father chose his addiction over them… so, it is hard for me to find forgiveness or understanding for somebody who appears on the surface to have done the same thing…. The storyline in this book in my opinion helps to foster understanding and alter perceptions of attics… as a mother and as a woman I found compassion for Annie, but I felt a connection with Lexie…. all this is to say I came into this book with strong feelings and biases, I am not a neutral observer…

Lexie got the dreaded 2AM phone call it is Annie, her little sister who she has not spoken to in years…. she can tell Annie is high and is tempted to hang up the phone until Annie tells her, that she is pregnant…. pregnant, sick, and strung out on heroin, what is Lexie to do? Lexie and her fiancé are both doctors, so, they head to Annie’s trailer park to find her with preeclampsia…. with no other choice than to take her to the hospital, Annie can possibly be charged with child endangerment, and Lexie could possibly be left with Annie’s baby…

Told from alternating points of view Lexie in the present and Annie in the pass… The sisters had a hard and unconventional upbringing… with some secrets still to be revealed that could really stir up some long buried feelings…. The story was just so Well told and so well researched…. I struggled right along with Lexie the entire story walking that fine line between love and hate, forgiveness and blame, hope and frustration, hello and goodbye…. this is the type of story that evokes many emotions and opinions and sticks with you long after the last page is red….

Absolutely recommend for anybody who appreciates a well told story about real life issues… nothing is sugarcoated in this book it is real, it is raw, and it is Messi just like life!

Kelly Rimmer Author PictureKelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.

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Trap by Lilja Sigurdardóttir @annecater #bookreview #randomthingstours

Happy Saturday book lovers!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this dark and compelling read! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation to the blog tour! 🇮🇸

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Happily settled in Florida, Sonja believes she’s finally escaped the trap set by unscrupulous drug lords. But when her
son Tomas is taken, she’s back to square one … and Iceland.

Her lover, Agla, is awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct after the banking crash, and Sonja refuses to see
her. And that’s not all … Agla owes money to some extremely powerful men, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it
back.

With her former nemesis, customs officer Bragi on her side, Sonja puts her own plan into motion, to bring down the
drug barons and her scheming ex-husband, and get Tomas back safely. But things aren’t as straightforward as
they seem, and Sonja finds herself caught in the centre of a trap that will put all of their lives at risk…
Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Trap is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

My Thoughts

This was a dark, intriguing, fast-paced story….

This is the second book in this series and unfortunately I did not read the first book and I think I missed out on quite a bit, so I would strongly encourage you to read the first book before picking this one up! Also the Icelandic language is quite complex, I am sure I was pronouncing everything completely wrong! I mean the authors name alone has me stumped! cannot imagine having to learn to spell that in kindergarten, my last name has a mere four letters! In spite of all this I found the story to be quite compelling, It’s certainly move at a quick pace, and left me wanting more!

Sonia had escaped her criminal life in Iceland and move to Florida, but after her son Thomas is kidnapped she must return… there is a lot going on in Iceland, a drug ring, and a lot of financial shenanigans that really quite honestly flew over my head… throw in an evil ex-husband, a jealous exgirlfriend, a lovable customs agent, short chapters, and you will be flying through these pages!

This was a very smooth read and is more than likely due to the translation, so major kudos to the translator… this is a pretty vague review, but I don’t want to give anything away… also with few exceptions I found most of the characters quite unlikable, although I have to say Sonya’s son Thomas really stole the show!

Recommend to those who have read the first book in the series, I truly think I would’ve had a richer experience had I done so myself!

Lilja Sigurðard.
Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in
Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime
novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have
been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

For more information about TRAP or to arrange an interview with Lilja, please contact : Karen Sullivan:
Karen@orendabooks.co.uk, 07702 628 230 or Sophie Goodfellow: SophieG@fmcm.co.uk, 07719 007146

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The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendoBooks @annecater #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Happy Sunday y’all!

Excited to be on the blog tour to celebrate the paperback release of this beautiful book! It is currently available in the UK and will be available in the US on September 30! Thank you so very much to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour!🦁

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• A devastatingly beautiful love story with a dark and tragic heart
• Travels from Zimbabwe to England, and back into the past
• Exquisitely explores LGBTQ themes
• Louise Beech’s fiction has been compared to the early works of
Maggie O’Farrell (Irish Times) and Gail Honeyman (Red and
Prima)
• Multi-platform, buzz-building marketing & publicity campaign

Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…

Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but are they for a reason? Ben’s father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide their love. Andrew is determined to make it work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything.

Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to finally fulfil his lifelong ambition. But will he ever return to England? To Andrew? To the truth?

A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart..

My Thoughts

A beautiful and poignant love story… A real and raw tale filled with heartbreak, hope, secrets, and truth… A book that seamlessly travels between past and present, Africa and the UK….

This is the story of Ben and Andrew, a love story fraught with prejudice and secrets…. I have to admit I had a bit of a soft spot for Andrew, there was something about him that just was so sweet (for lack of a better word)…. you absolutely could feel the connection between these two and really wanted nothing but the absolute best for them! I love a book that makes you feel strongly for the characters, and this book did just that! I loved with them, I hoped with them, I struggled with them, I cried with them…. I started this book for the beautiful setting of the lion rescue, but I stayed for these amazing characters!

An evocative story that will leave you with a lump in your throat and hope in your heart 💕 absolutely recommend for those of you that love a good story that Will illicit all the feels!

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Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in the Moon, was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.

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Overkill by Vanda Symon @annecater #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Happy Thursday Book friends!

Excited to be part of the blog tour for this new crime thriller series! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation!🖤

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Overkill by Vanda Symon

My Thoughts

Atmospheric! Dark! Beautiful!

This is the first book in a crime thriller series that takes place in New Zealand… first off I loved the setting! The book made me feel as though I had journeyed to New Zealand, and was in this small rural village… The descriptions and vernacular seemed so authentic…. Love when a book takes you away from reality for a little while…

This book starts out with a huge BAM!!! A prologue that will leave you speechless and suck you completely into the story…. Sam Shepard is a constable in this small town where nothing ever happens, until now! A woman is found dead, is it suicide? Is it murder? After it is discovered that Sam is the victim’s husband’s ex lover she is dismissed from the case… but as an all good crime thrillers Sam is determined to find out the truth so she investigates on her own….

Sam was an extremely well crafted character… she had both a strong and soft side…. a friend you’d want in a fight who would also give you a shoulder to cry on! Love when there is a strong yet relatable female protagonist in a crime thriller book…

This book started out so fast paced I felt as though I was trying to catch my breath… the pace then slowed down so I could relax, it did slow down a bit too much for me for a brief period… but then it picked up again! I found the ending to be very satisfying and believable… cannot wait to see what we have in store for us in the next installment of this compelling crime thriller!

Recommend to fans of the crime thriller genre who enjoy a book with a captivating female protagonist…

*** many thanks to The publisher for my copy of this book ***

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About the Book

Sam Shephard, a young sole-charge police constable in Mataura, is the main character in a new series of crime novels set in New Zealand. When a young mother in the town is brutally murdered (it seems to be a professional job), Sam is at the heart of the police hunt to find the killer. But then Sam’s past relationship with the dead woman’s husband is revealed. Sam is stood down from the case and is now a prime murder suspect. Frustrated, Sam loses her cool. She can’t stop herself making murder inquiries and gets into serious trouble with her police superiors. But then the young constable stumbles onto something. The murdered woman was working as a journalist and had uncovered a local scandal. She’d been killed to keep her quiet. When Sam enters this world she’s in real physical danger, until at last a conspiracy is uncovered and the killer revealed. Disillusioned, Sam prepares to leave town. What will she do next? (less)

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The Bad Neighbor by David Tallerman @davidtallerman @annecater #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Happy Monday book lovers!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this dark and gritty book… many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation to the blog tour.🖤

The Bad Neighbour is a gritty contemporary crime thriller set in the north of England, rooted in the author’s personal experiences of the region while drawing upon wider issues of racial intolerance, gang crime and police corruption.

When part-time teacher Ollie Clay panic-buys a rundown house in the outskirts of Leeds, he soon recognises his mistake. His new neighbour, Chas Walker, is an antisocial thug, and Ollie’s suspicions raise links to a local hate group. With Ollie’s life unravelling rapidly, he feels his choices dwindling: his situation is intolerable and only standing up to Chas can change it. But Ollie has his own history of violence, and increasingly, his own secrets to hide; and Chas may be more than the mindless yob he appears to be. As their conflict spills over into the wider world, Ollie will come to learn that there are worse problems in life than one bad neighbour.

My Thoughts

The Bad Neighbor is a compelling, dark, and gritty book…

What happens when you move into your dream house and find out you are living next to the neighbor from hell? Ollie has recently come into some money and uses it to finally purchase a house of his own… The problem is he is now living next to A skinhead… with a bit of a delinquent past of his own how will Ollie navigate the situation? This book got off to a bit of a slow start, but at about the half point it really picked up… filled with all the twists and turns and dark secrets you would expect from a book in this genre…

This was a dark book and that extended to the mood of the main character Ollie… he was definitely the glass is always half empty kind of guy… pictured him walking around with a dark cloud over his head at all times🌧 I really found myself wanting to bring some sunshine into his life…

The ending of this book was surprising and satisfying! I’d recommend this book too people who enjoy a darker grittier crime thriller…

*** many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book ***

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bad-Neighbour-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/178758027X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532861542&sr=8-1&keywords=the+bad+neighbour+tallerman

image-80ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Tallerman is the author of the Digital Fiction Publishing fantasy adventure series The Black River Chronicles, so far comprised of Level One and The Ursvaal Exchange, as well as the novel Giant Thief (described by Fantasy Faction as “one of the finest débuts of 2012”) and its sequels Crown Thief and Prince Thief, all published through Angry Robot.  His crime debut The Bad Neighbour is forthcoming fromFlame Tree Publishing in late 2018.

David has also written the Markosia graphic novelEndangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science and theTor.com novella Patchwerk, as well as around a hundred short stories, which have appeared in markets such asClarkesworld, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and his debut collection The Sign in the Moonlight and Other Stories.  The first issue of comic book mini-series C21st Gods is out now from Rosarium.

In his spare time, David watches inordinate numbers of movies, hikes, plays board games, and helps in the ethical submission, capture, and resettlement of troveless dragons.

Twitter @davidtallerman

Website: http://www.davidtallerman.co.uk/

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The Trailing Spouse by Jo Furniss @Jo_Furniss @annecater #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Thrilled to kick off the blog tour for this intriguing domestic thriller! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation.💛

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Do you really want to know the truth?

Amanda Bonham moved halfway around the world to be with the man she loves. Although expat life in Singapore can be difficult, Edward Bonham is a dream husband and a doting father to his teenage daughter, Josie.

But when their maid dies in an apparent suicide—and Amanda discovers the woman was pregnant and hiding a stash of drugs prescribed to Edward—she can’t help but wonder if her perfect husband has a fatal flaw. And if he can’t resist temptation under their own roof, what does he get up to when he travels?

Camille Kemble also has questions for Edward. Recently returned to Singapore, Camille is determined to resolve a family mystery. Amid a jumble of faded childhood memories, she keeps seeing Edward’s handsome face. And she wants to know why.

For one woman, the search for answers threatens everything she has. For another, it’s the key to all she lost. Both will follow his trail of secrets into the darkness to find the truth.

My Thoughts

4 Singapore Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A “trailing spouse“ is someone who follows their significant other to another country for work… this was a compelling domestic thriller… but I really enjoyed learning about the ex-pat life in Singapore…. in Singapore if you are the significant other you are considered a “dependent“ and you basically have no rights… can’t imagine being an independent successful woman and moving to Singapore for your husband’s job where all the sudden you are considered a second-class citizen, that would be tough!

In this book our trailing spouse is Amanda… Amanda appears to have it all a loving husband, a darling stepdaughter, and a beautiful high-rise apartment…. she’s got Prada… she’s got Gucci… she’s got Louis Vuitton… but what she doesn’t have is a child of her own…. I really found Amanda a very empathetic character, her plight for a baby was so powerful….

This Book is told from dual points of view… Amanda of course, and Camille… Camille is obsessed with her past and what really happened to her parents…. after meeting Ed Amanda‘s husband, Camille is convinced he is the key to her past… camille’s character wasn’t quite as interesting to me, admittedly I did enjoy Amanda story more in this book…. but I can see where someone else would see it completely differently…. also both of these characters were very essential to the story….

The story starts out with Ed and Amanda’s “helper“ taking her life by swallowing bleach…. I really cannot imagine a worse way to go and this was a very impactful start to the story…. Camille volunteers for an agency who looks out for immigrant workers and that’s what brings her into the lives of Ed and Amanda…. that is really all I’m going to say about the plot…. you really need to read the book to find out what happens… was this really suicide? Or something more sinister? this sure was a book filled with secrets and misdirection…. not only were we the readers misdirected but so were the characters… I was convinced the story was going one way and then… BAM this book took a crazy turn and then kept turning until it came to an unbelievable end! Great book, spectacular ending!

Absolutely recommend to fans of a well-done domestic thriller with the added bonus of the ex-pat Singapore culture….

*** many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trailing-Spouse-Jo-Furniss/dp/1503949214/ref=sr_1_1?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1531237167&sr=8-1&keywords=the+trailing+spouse

image-64ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the UK, she lived in Switzerland and Cameroon, and currently resides with her family in Singapore.

As a journalist, Jo has worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle, The Economist, Business Traveller, Expat Living (Singapore) and Swiss News. Jo has also edited books for a Nobel Laureate and the Palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University. In 2015 she founded www.SWAGlit.com—an online literary magazine for writers in Singapore.

All the Little Children is Jo’s debut novel and she is working on a second domestic thriller to be released in 2018.

Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor) and Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or through her website: http://www.jofurniss.com/

Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨