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The Accident by Dawn Goodwin

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Veronica Pullman is in need of some help. Help she knows she needs but help she can’t bring herself to ask for.
Her life fell apart the day her daughter died, her daughter Grace tragically died in a car accident and life for the Pullmans has never been and never will be the same again.
Veronica can’t come to terms with the fact her daughter has gone, she can’t believe and won’t believe the truth, she won’t even stand for anyone even saying it out loud – Grace is dead!
She has completely isolated herself from everything and everyone, even her marriage and husband Tom.
She very rarely leaves the house and when she does she just goes to her daughters school to stand for a moment imaging what it would have been like with Grace.
The other mothers know Veronica and of her loss but they have long since given up trying to talk to her so they just let her be and she’s only there for a few minutes anyway.
On a day like any other day, Veronica starts her pilgrimage to her daughters school but unlike every other day, today she meets Scarlet.
For some reason being with Scarlet makes her feel slightly better and she can open up and talk to her, something she hasn’t done with anyone else since Grace so the two women soon become best friends.
To begin with Tom is relieved to see some of his wife re-emerge after being so closed off from the world.
All Scarlet wants is to help, to help Veronica have a life again, have some fun and laugh again. Tom can’t remember the last time he heard his wife laugh!
But then things start to spiral out of control. Scarlet isn’t necessarily a good influence or the right person to help Veronica. Drinking through the day, going out partying for nights on end, drinking and dancing with god knows who and then the shoplifting! Why shoplift when you don’t need too? And the anger that is bubbling in Veronica, anger she can’t contain lashing out at everything and everyone.
Then odd things start to happen, a picture of Grace appears out of nowhere, parcels arrive containing items for Grace’s birthday, things neither Veronica or Tom has ordered.
Toms concern for his wife grows as more things happen, Is his wife doing all these things without being aware of it, in some sort of fugue state?
Or is someone deliberately messing with Veronica’s already delicate state of mind?
Is Scarlet really a friend or is she something a lot more sinister?
With twists and turns that at times are blindingly obvious and some more subtle, the book does end on a surprise.
So for anyone that likes psychological thrillers this is a book you need to put on your “To Read” list

This book will be published on 1st October 2017 and can be pre ordered from

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Lay Me to Rest by E. A. Clark

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Annie Phillips husband passed away leaving her widowed at a young age and it wasn’t until after loosing her husband that she discovered she was pregnant with her late husbands baby.
As she struggles to come to terms with her loss and a few months has passed Annie’s sister Sarah arranges for her to take a break and get away from it all in a cottage in Anglesey.

The cottage and countryside sound idilicc but when Annie reaches the cottage something about the place just doesn’t seem right and it certainly doesn’t feel very welcoming.
It’s not until she gets to the cottage that she finds out she is a psychic.
Whilst settling in she comes across a wooden box, a box that was never meant to be found. As she opens the box it starts unraveling truths about the neighbours that she really doesn’t want to know!

She gets woken in the night by a vengeful spirit that wants to tell her all the secrets surrounding the cottage and this spirit makes it very clear it does not want Annie there.
Now she knows that the cottage is haunted by a malevolent spirit Annie decides to look into the cottages history and the local folk law and legends to try to help her work out what the spirit wants.

Now she has opened the box and she has started digging into the mystery surrounding the cottage causing it to be haunted she has to see it through to the end to make the haunting stop and to protect herself and unborn baby.
The descriptions in the book are at times breathtaking and you can see the cottage and surrounding countryside in your mind’s eye.

If you like ghost stories and different folk law you will love this book

This book will be released on 29th September 2017 and can be preordered from

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My Mother’s Shadow by Nikola Scott

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Beautifully written, Atmospheric and a rollercoaster of emotions

1958 A perfect summer, a young woman in love and having the time of her life.
1999 A family come together on the 1st anniversary of their mother’s death.
This book is written in dual narrative, Addie who is the oldest out of her 2 other siblings, and then through diaries written by their mother Elizabeth Harrington in the 1950’s.
Present day the Harrington family, Graham, the father and his three grown up children, Adele (Addie) Venetia who is heavily pregnant and Jasper all come together on the anniversary of their mother’s death.
Addie’s dad has been struggling since his wife passed away and isn’t in the best of health at the moment so when a stranger arrives on the doorstep looking for Elizabeth Harrington/Holloway claiming that Elizabeth was her mother Addie makes sure none of that reaches her dads ears.
Phoebe claims that she was adopted as a baby and that she was born at exactly the same time and date as Addie which would mean if all of it was true the two ladies are twins!
Obviously Addie and Venetia don’t believe any of it, even with the few bits Phoebe has brought with her. But seeing the writing in the journal, her mum’s writing finally makes Addie want to know more, about how could her mum give up just one of the babies and why did her parents lie to her. As far as she knew her parents were married before she came along but after searching through her parents house with the aid of her best childhood friend Andrew they find her parents marriage certificate along with a birth certificate with only her mothers name on it, the date of birth and the box for father’s name left blank, the certificate didn’t even have a name for the baby so the child’s name was documented as “Baby”
Addie whole life has just been turned upside-down and the only person who could have told them everything has taken the secrets to the grave with her.
As the twins start digging into their mothers history trying to make all the puzzle parts fit they begin to form a bond, a bond that only twins understand.
1958 – Elizabeth Holloway’s own mum Constance is dying of cancer, the doctors have told them that nothing else can be done for her now except keep her comfortable.
Elizabeth had always been close to her mother and had taken up reading sat at her bedside, reading to her, listening to things her dad didn’t approve of and under her mum’s strict instructions try to attend to her mother’s garden, bringing in roses, bringing some of the outside inside so her mum could smell it and imagine she was out in the garden.
So it came as a massive shock when she was told she was going to be sent away for the summer to stay with friends of her mother.
Her mum told her of all the wonderful times she had from her visits there and made Elizabeth promise to have fun, enjoy the countryside and to not worry about her!
Elizabeth didn’t want to leave her mum, not when she was so gravely ill but her parents insisted so she had no choice but to go.
At first she couldn’t settle, couldn’t stop worrying about her mum and decided that it would be inappropriate to be having fun why her mum was almost on death’s door.
But gradually not being happy became impossible with the Shaw family and the other young people staying there.
She learns how to ride a horse, swim and there were no strict rules and regulations. If you were late for breakfast it didn’t matter, she was just served it up whenever she found her way to the dining room.
On her 17th birthday she didn’t think anyone knew and she certainly hadn’t told anyone but to her delight they had a beautiful birthday cake waiting for her, presents and they had arranged a birthday party just for her.
And it was this birthday she received her first kiss! She fell deeply in love but in the end it all came crashing down around her. She found herself single and pregnant which in those times was nothing short of a scandal!
Addie and Phoebe slowly uncover layers of the past it takes us on that rollercoaster of emotions with them.
This book is certainly very engaging and evocative with strong likeable characters, some not so much! With twists and turns, surprises and mysteries, some coming as a bit of a shock!
This is a story about families, family secrets, identities, betrayal and how the past impacts on the future.
I really enjoyed this book, i was a bit wary when advertised for fans of Kate Morton but i was pleasantly surprised by this book, the writing is just sublime and it is hard to believe this is Nikola Scott’s first novel.
Perfect rainy duvet day book 🙂
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The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

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This is definitely a book you will remember!
It had me racing to the end, forming my own opinions on who and what to believe and to finally get the the last piece of the puzzle and the answers to what actually did happen.
It definitely stands out from other books in this genre, the plot is quite unique, a bit slow in places but seeing it through the different characters roles was very well thought out and sucks you into their lives!
It is a “Did he or didn’t he?” and you can’t help but finding yourself choosing sides! It made me think like one of them, what really is the truth??
What happened when the birds fell from the sky?
The story focuses around Alicia, Nate, Lucia, and Bridget and it is these people that you instantly get a feel for each of them as you would like they were your new neighbours!
Lucia is a troubled teenager that gets branded as a witch by the clique at school, but there is more going on in the school than anyone realises until it is to late.
High schools can be a treacherous places and kids can be so cruel, everyone will be able to relate to that in one way or another.
Nate, one of the teacher at the school is accused of having an affair with student Lucia and from there lives are changed forever.
As with any small town, and if you live in one yourself you will defiantly understand, everyone has their own opinion.
Nothing much ever happens in the small town of Mount Oanoke so this is a massive scandal and gossip is ripe..
But are the rumours true?
Do you believe Nate or Lucia?
Then things go from bad to worse, Lucia has gone missing so now the story turns to not just Did Nate have an affair with this troubled teenager, but has he done something far worse to her?
I honestly didn’t know who to believe, sometimes there is some truth in rumours, but which ones?
I have finished the book so i can now go to bed satisfied but still a bit of doubt.
You will have to finish the book and decide for yourselves!
I definitely recommend this book, i know that is a huge cliche but it is an honest one.
I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

The book will be released tomorrow the 26th September 2017 in the UK and can be preordered from

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Ask No Questions by Lisa Hartley

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Some secrets were meant to stay hidden… Trust no-one

What an absolutely brilliant start to a new series by Lisa Hartley.

Meet Detective Caelan Small, an undercover policewoman with the Met police force. She is a very highly rated officer who is brilliant at her job, smart, intelligent and a little bit reckless in regards to her own safety.

Except at the moment she is no longer working in the police force and had vowed never to return to the job due to her previous case. It was a really bad case that went drastically wrong ending in a loss that still haunts her and the main suspect evading capture and disappearing into the wind.

But now it seems that the suspect is back and back with a vengeance. That is what brings her back to the force as she tries to hunt down the killer and maybe try to make right the wrongs from before.

You get a real feel for Caelan with her no-nonsense and tough attitude and her other side that is still reeling and being haunted from the case that made her walk away from the job, a case she keeps getting flashbacks to.

As the hunt for the killer heats up and with the body count growing the dramatic web of corruption, violence and lies brings her colleagues come under suspicion and even Caelan herself becomes a suspect!

Not knowing who she can trust, Ewan is brought in as her new partner, he is ex army and has been working security. He instantly becomes a lovable character and one of the lead characters in the book.

There are a lot of characters in this book and at times i found it a bit hard to keep track of them all.

This is an extremely fast paced book packed full of twists, turns and red herrings that will keep you guessing and then re guessing wanting to race ahead to find the answers to all the questions this book throws at you.

The flashbacks are really relevant to the story as they reveal the details of the case that made her walk away from the job. The ending of the book brings together the past and present with a final twist that I really did not see coming at all.

I loved this book and my only negative would be the wait for the second book!
This is 1 book that i will 100% recommend to friends and family as well as everyone else!

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Love Me Not: DI Helen Grace 7 by M. J. Arlidge

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This is the latest in the Detective Helen Grace series, book number 7 and it is slightly different to the rest of the books because this story is told over a 24 hour period.

A pair of brutal killers with no apparent motive are causing havoc on the streets of Southampton.

A woman’s body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it’s clear she’s looking at a cold-blooded killing. But why would anyone target a much-loved wife and mother?

Across town, a shopkeeper is killed whilst his customers are left unharmed. What lies behind the killers choices?

Who lives? Who dies? Who’s next? The clock is ticking. If Helen can’t solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and the life that may be shed may be her own.

The slaughters have been carefully planned and both victims and crime scene venues meticulously selected and planned. They have already been marked out with an odious graffitied serpent emblem. There will be no deviation from the plan; it is set in stone and all of the victims are to be killed in a single day of carnage, terror and merciless brutality.

There is an element of tension and mistrust within the team and with Helen still smarting and resentful towards certain members of the team this has an impact upon them all with very serious repercussions. With glimpses into the mind of DI Helen Grace we also get short background stories of the victims, which gave a glimpse into their lives and adds depth to the story on a more personal level.

The book is filled with action, chases and multiple twists and turns that keep you turning the pages well into the night. Fast paced, highly addictive and possibly my favourite book in the series so far!

It is not essential to read the first 6 books in this series (even though i recommend you do as they are all brilliant books!) but there are references made to past events from the book before, but if this is your first M. J. Arlidge novel i can guarantee after reading this you will soon be racing to read the other books!

A brilliant read, roll on book 8!

 

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The Last Move by Mary Burton

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“When Love is betrayed, there is nothing to contain the demons.”

I have read pretty much all of Mary Burtons books so i was really looking forward to reading this one.

It is down as a standalone book but I’m sure you will agree after reading it that the potential and the amount of interest already a follow-up book would be highly anticipated.I love the characters in the book, they are well written and very likeable right from the get go.
The story line is faultless even if the “Who done it” ends up being fairly obvious but it doesn’t take away any of the drama and tension of the ending!

I would have read this in 1 sitting but my ME decided otherwise, but as soon as i had rested up a bit i was start back on the case 🙂

It is a real page turner and the fast pace continues from start to finish, peppered throughout with tragedy, heartache, sinister events and of course a good splash of romance!

FBI agent Kate Hayden finds herself playing a deadly game of chess with a killer who destroyed her life and family 17 years ago.
Homicide detective Theo Mazur is a fairly new member of the team in the San Antonio police force but is no rookie when it comes to the job.

A murder takes place on part of the interstate and it has all the hallmarks of murders committed by the serial killer known as the Samaritan. It was FBI agent Kate Hayden that brought him to justice and he is currently safely locked behind bars on death row.
Did Kate catch the wrong killer or is this the work of a copycat killer?

Detective Theo Mazur calls Kate away from her own on going hunt for a different serial killer who likes to abduct women and bury them in coffins. Kate had saved the last victim but the killer is still on the loose.

Now she must try to find whoever is behind the murdered woman who was shot in the interstate, it certainly seems to be the work of a copycat killer but then another body turns up killed in the same way as a different case Kate had previously worked on.
Now it is personal and whoever is behind the murders has made sure they have Kate and Theo’s undivided attention.

The partnership between Kate and Theo works really well and it was really great getting some of their back stories. It is through those glimpses into Kate’s past that draw you to her and what defines her character.

As i said at the start, i would love to hear more from both Kate and Theo and what the future holds for them both.

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The Stationmaster’s Cottage by Phillipa Nefri Clark

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Two love stories generations apart.

I love time slip novels and this book did not disappoint.

If you are fans of Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley then i think you will enjoy this book.
The cover drew me immediately to this book, an old scroll, ribbon interlacing rings, a key and an old photo – were all elements that told a story of its own.

I was a little disheartened with the start of the book and struggled to get into the story but I can promise you, perseverance is vital.

And once you have connected with this book you will not want to put it down. The writing completely immerses you into the story and the rest of the world fades into the background and the book takes over.

Christie Ryan is a successful makeup artist whose love life is on the rocks so her fiance Derek plans a romantic getaway for them in the hopes of reconnecting them both and some well needed time together.
Unfortunately Christie’s grandmother dies unexpectedly and even though she has been estranged from her grandmother she decides to attend the funeral whilst Derek goes ahead to their holiday destination Lizard Island.

When Christie arrives in River’s End she finds that her estranged Grandmother left her a cottage, and the mystery surrounding the cottage.

She discovers an old painting and a bundle of old love letters that draw her into the heart wrenching world of Thomas and Martha in a fifty-year-old mystery. They set Christie off on a journey into the past, revealing much about her grandmother, great-aunt and a mysterious man named Thomas Blake.

She soon enlists the help of a local artist, Martin Blake, a local resident and relative of Thomas Blake. The cottage has many secrets to share but some secrets don’t want to be shared.

Tied to Christie’s story is her great-aunt Martha’s story which takes us back in time and reveals a tragic past, defined by misunderstanding and unfortunately matters left unsaid, leaving a trail of broken hearts that reverberates across the decades..

Heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure this book is an emotional rollercoaster that had me in tears.

This book is simply beautiful and i can not recommend this book highly enough and it will be a book i will read again.

If you love romance books with mystery entwined you need to read this book. Breathtaking, heart wrenching, beautiful book spanning over 5 generations.

Read this book, you won’t regret it!  Congratulations Phillipa Nefri Clark on this book and I can’t wait to read your next book 🙂

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The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

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She’s watching you, but who’s watching her?

This book is quite hard to review as i don’t want to give anything away and spoil the twists that make this a great book. The reveals are brilliant and i certainly didn’t see what was coming!

If you like books like Girl on the Train and Gone Girl this one is for you.

It stands out from other books in the psychological thriller genre which is a rare treat as this book is told as a first person narrative, completely from our protagonist Lily. Almost reminiscent diary style but in a free-flowing form.

The book’s structure is another feature that makes this book stand out from the others in this heavily populated genre. Other than a prologue the book leaps back in time to over a month before ‘The Event’.
Of course we don’t know what that is because each day / section is prefaced as ‘42 days before it comes; 15 days before it comes‘. And so forth.
Then when we reach 9 days before it changes and Lily starts narrating forward.
It can get a wee bit confusing at times and will have you wondering what on earth is going on, but trust with me, don’t give up and you will be rewarded with the last section of the book!

There are hints through out that narrator Lily may not be entirely reliable, trustworthy, or even sane! She has a very unique take on things.

Lily is a quirky character, some of her thoughts and ideas are quite amusing.
I REALLY enjoyed the style of writing, and found Lily’s pondering’s to be surprisingly insightful and intriguing.

From the title of the book Lily is a watcher, she is a keen bird watcher but she also takes delight in watching her neighbours, so when a neighbour is murdered Lily becomes obsessed with finding the killer.

Lily is convinced she has seen things through her window that could help solve the case and takes it upon herself to investigate more with no concern for her own safety.
It is from there that the book starts to get interesting with plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing and thinking down the wrong path entirely.

It’s not very often that a book comes along that throws you a massive curve ball but this book manages just that.

It is fantastically creepy with a thrilling atmosphere that you can’t help but get totally absorbed in and Ross’s ability to build up such a strong sense of dread, fear, suspense and confusion is just great!

This is defiantly a book i will be recommending to my friends and family and i will be watching out for Ross Armstrong’s next book 🙂

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Part Reptile: UFC, MMA and Me by Dan Hardy

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What does it takes to compete in the most brutal and competitive sport in the world?

I had this book pre ordered as soon as i saw it which much to my delight was on my birthday, 19th December 🙂  The book was released on 23rd March 2017 and i can only apologise to Dan Hardy that this has taken me so long to getting round to typing up my review. But better late than never!

I have always been a fan of Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy, from his fights to his more recent commentaries and fight analyses. But you don’t need to be one of his fans to read this book, after reading it you still might not be a fan but you will leave the book with a lot of respect for him as a fighter and as a person and for what he has done for the sport, especially in the UK.

This isn’t just an autobiography, this book takes you into the world of MMA and the UFC, he gives us a really insightful look into the sport, the MMA culture in the early days in the UK, the mind of a fighter and the physicality and the phycology that goes into making an ultimate fighter. The highs and the lows they all must face and overcome to survive in a very tough world.

The book takes us from his training in China with Shaolin monk’s, his dabbles with hallucinogenic plants eventually leading him to shamans in the Amazon forest that changed his life through to some of his biggest fights against some of the sports greats like his epic title fight with Georges St-Pierre and his KO loss to Carlos Conduit where he showed his class in defeat.

You can almost hear Dan Hardy speaking as you read the book as he gives us his personal and honest accounts of his humble beginnings, his low points before, during, and after, and to his rise to fame becoming one of the UFC’s most popular fighters. From his trade mark red mohawk to the heart condition that forced him to stop fighting. He gives a very honest assessment of both himself as a fighter and his attitude towards the sport.

The book shines through with his love for the sport and his natural reptilian analytical mind that has got him to where he is today.

He gives us his thoughts on some of the sports most well-known fighters such as Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz and Amanda Nunes as well as his philosophies and ideas about martial arts and fighting.

He also brings to life what it is like to work for one of the most popular sports organisations at the moment, the UFC, transitioning from fighter to in my opinion the best MMA analyst today.

There is a lot to be learnt from this book, self believe, dedication, hard work and never giving up.

If you are a MMA, UFC fan, this book is a must read and it will give you a better insight into the mind and life of what it is like to live and work in the ever-growing popular sport it has become today.

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Copycat by Alex Lake

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Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery…

Which Sarah Havenant is you?

This book will give everyone who uses social media pause for thought!

How many of us use sites like Facebook to put up photos of ourselves, family and daily lives without even giving it a second thought?

Even with all the privacy settings so only people on our friends list can see, this book certainly highlights just some of the risks associated with the digital age we now live in!

And it certainly isn’t a slow starter. Our protagonist Sarah Havenant receives a message on Facebook form a girl she went to school with saying that she was moving back to the area and would she like to catch up over a coffee.
Nothing strange or sinister there but at the end of the message Sarah is asked if this is the right account as there are 2 different ones.

It turns out that someone has set up another account 6 months ago in Sarah’s name, has photos of her, her husband and kids, even a photo from inside the house of her new kitchen. The account holds information that only Sarah, her family or someone very close to her would have had the opportunity to know.
And this is just the beginning, soon things start to escalate quickly. This is the work of someone more sinister than a random online troll.

Up until the fake Facebook comes to light Sarah is happily married with 3 children, a well-respected doctor in the community and can not think of 1 person who might have even the slightest grudge against her or her family.
So who is responsible for all of this and the big question, Why? Not long after the Facebook account odd things are happening, books arrive from amazon ordered from Sarah’s account with a hand written note, in Sarah’s own handwriting. Books on depression and bipolar.
Is this a subconscious cry for help? Now her husband is beginning to doubt her. Is Sarah doing this herself in a dissociative fugue, maybe she is suffering with some kind of mental disorder or depression. How can he help her if she won’t accept the facts as they seem?

As the book moves on at a fast pace, things only get worse for Sarah until the book reaches its conclusion.

This book is a real page turner and throws its fair share of red herrings into the mix to keep you guessing and intrigued and ultimately racing to reach the end to finally find out the truth.

If you are a fan of psychological thrillers you will really enjoy this book, I loved it. I thought it is a very clever storyline, 1 that isn’t beyond the realm’s of possibility and has certainly made me think about what information we put out on the internet for the world to see.
This should be on your list of books you must read!

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I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Tears the heart and twists the soul.

I’m not 100% sure about how i feel about this book to be honest but I do keep finding myself thinking about it!!

The book is slightly bizarre, thought-provoking, and at times a touch baffling.
This if the first book in a planned 3 part series and i am not sure how long the wait will be before the second instalment.

It was quite a slow drawn out first part of the book and i was close to giving up at one point, BUT I am pleased i persevered as the book picks up steam and the action starts.
I think it is a more psychological horror than blood bath but the book certainly doesn’t shy away from the intense gruesome scenes that take place in the latter part of the book. They are descriptive without being too disturbing and over the top, some you will see coming and some not until it happens which i really liked.

John Ajvide Lindqvist has been called Sweden’s version of Stephen King but I would put this book on a liking to some of Clive Barker’s earlier work, which is in no way a bad thing!

The story takes place not in our world, or not as we see it. All that there is are 4 caravans where the occupants go to sleep in a busy caravan holiday park but wake up to a what appears to be an empty field. All they can see in all directions is flat green grass and pure blue sky, not even a single cloud.

There occupants are an eclectic bunch that are from different walks of life so why were these four families picked up and removed to this strange place? What’s the connection?
In one caravan are the Sundberg family consisting of Peter, a national football superstar, his wife Isabelle, a model and their 6-year-old daughter Molly.
The next caravan is home to Stefan Larsson, a small town store owner, his wife Carina and their young 9-year-old son Emil.
Next there is Lennart and Olof, two farmers who have been together since their wives ran off and left them and their cat, then finally Donald, his wife Majvor who are both retired and their dog Benny.

The book is in 3 parts, Outside, Inside and Beyond and the story is told in alternating parts by each of the characters, even the dog and cat have their parts to play.
The story follows the groups as they explore their new surroundings and their attempts at trying to understand why they have ended up here.
We also get to learn parts of the characters back stories and find out what inner demons they will have to face in the struggle to survive.

Due to the fact this is only book one it leaves a lot of things unresolved and unexplained, like the how and the why, so it will be very interesting to see where the story will go from here.

It is really well written and the translation is extremely good. There are some mentions of a Swedish singer i haven’t heard of but other than that it works well in English.
So all in all, this book won’t be for everyone but I am pleased i finished the book, its well written, most of the characters are believable even though some you don’t care for, the creepiness sneaks up on you and ramps up the internal tensions to inevitable violence, sweeping you along for the ride.

I will defiantly be waiting for book number 2 to be released!

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Defender by G X Todd

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A girl with a gun. The man told to protect her. Or die trying.

#HearTheVoices

The front cover drew me towards this book to start off with and then reading that it had been rated on a level with Stephen King’s The Stand i knew it wold be a must read, but i did start with caution preparing to be disappointed.

Sometimes things just don’t live up to the hype but if anything this book surpassed my expectations! It is definitely a book i could read again and still be as enthralled with the story and the characters as i have been reading it now.
My only negative – Having to wait until next year for the next book to be released!
The book is set in a post-apocalyptic America where only a few have survived the madness that spread across the country. Unlike other books in this theme this destruction of the human race has not been brought about by nuclear explosions,, aliens or experiments. These are voices that appear inside people’s heads, a voice that for most of the entire population drive them to kill and suicide at a successful and rapid rate until only a few have managed to survive.
But not all voices are bad. A man who goes by the names Pilgrim or Boy Scout has been living with Voice inside his head, talking to him and working together to survive.
It is Voice that tells Pilgrim to stop and by a glass of lemonade from a young girl, Lacey, who has survived cut off from the world living on a in the desert.
Lacey and Pilgrim are destined to meet even though neither understand the importance their destinies bound together.
From Lacey’s Grammys farmhouse our two survivors travel across the country heading off in search of Lacey’s sister and niece, trying to avoid the pockets of sadistic groups that are on the hunt for anyone left alive that still have a voice inside their head, and anyone they find that doesn’t hear voices, they are rounding up for sport. Torture, rape murder. That is what the world has become for most.
No-one knows where these voices came from, what they are or what they want. Good versus Evil but with shades of grey in-between.
This is the first book in a 4 part series and book 1 leaves you desperate for more.
Even if you are not a massive fan of this genre type I would still recommend giving this book a read, I think it will surprise you and suck you in from the very first chapters!
I can’t praise this book highly enough, it is definitely 1 of the best books i have read all year 🙂

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Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

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She thought she’d escaped him forever. But will he ever let her go?

I had a bit of a weird moment with this book, I was driving and passed a new shiny white truck, not all that unusual i know but i honestly thought i recognised it from somewhere. I was wracking my brain trying to work it out and it suddenly dawned on me that i recognised it from this book!!
My kids thought that was highly amusing but I guess that goes to show how much of an effect a book can have on you!

She thought she’d escaped him forever. But will he ever let her go?

The story switches between Lindsay’s and her daughter Sophie’s view points which brings it a nice almost dual layer feel to their story.
It starts out as a love story, a whirlwind romance between Lindsay and Andrew who marry quickly and then little Sophie comes along not long after.
The pregnancy was unexpected but both parents thrilled with the idea but it is from there things start to decline. Only little things in the beginning but the tale tale signs are there. From what maternity clothes Andrew feels are appropriate to what Lindsay does in her free time whilst he is at work soon escalate to physical as well as psychological domestic abuse.
I am sure there will be a lot of women who can relate to that part of the storyline and the subject is written really well along with the effects and the impact that abuse can leave behind on a person.
Lindsay’s fear feels very real as well as her courage.
One night whilst her husband is passed out drunk she seizes her chance and escapes with her daughter, Fast forward 10 years, after moving from place to place they finally found a home that feels at least moderately safe from her now ex husband.
She has managed to make some good friends that she can trust, Sophie is doing well at school but their world is about to get turned upside down again.
Not long after Andrew, her ex husband gets released from jail things start to happen that leaves Lindsay fearing for her daughter’s safety and fearing for her own life.
Andrew is adamant it isn’t anything to do with him and that he is a changed man but can Sophie trust her father?
Is he telling the truth and the danger is from closer to home.
They story is really good and it is a book that isn’t easy to put down once you start, my only slight criticism is that i had seen the twist coming but even that doesn’t take away how compelling the story ends.
I have read all of Chevy Stevens books and each are equally as good but i think this is my favourite one by far.

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The Girl in the Picture by Kerry Barrett

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It is now 05:13am and i have just finished this book, i went to bed to read a few chapters before i went to sleep but just couldn’t stop reading!
In the book description to said this book was for fans of Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley which are big names to live up to and i can safely say Kerry Barrett did not disappoint.

The time split between present day and 1855 was really well done, easy to follow as each chapter gave the name of the character and the date and they flowed seamlessly together. The book is set on the coast line of East Sussex and centres around one house, two women separated by 150 years and the secrets that the house holds.

2016 Ella Daniels, an author suffering from writers block moves with her family from London to an old rural house on the cliffs overlooking the sea hoping that the house, location and change will help her inspire her to complete her novel.
Ella write’s crime fiction and when she hears rumours of murders that took place in the house next door and that the girl who lived in Ella’s new home went missing at the same time she can’t help but to find out what happened 150 years ago to the pretty girl whose painted portrait is found in an old cupboard in the attic.

1855 Violet Hargreaves is only 19 and an aspiring, very talented young artist, who’s greatest wish is to follow her dream to London and become a professional artist.
Whilst on the beach painting she meets a handsome stranger that lives in the house next door. After seeing her painting he promises that he will be the one to make her dreams come true.
But sometimes things can be too good to be true.

The book is beautifully written and makes you as intrigued and desperate as Ella to find out what happened to Violet all those years ago and the murders surrounding her disappearance. So much so it has kept me awake all night!.
I am so glad i read this book, i am now a definite fan of Kerry Barrett.
I agree that this haunting time slip tale is perfect for fans of Kate Riordan, Tracy Rees, Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley.

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The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

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I was so excited about being excepted to receive an advance copy of this book to review, from the description it sounded like my kind of book. If i had seen this in a book shop and read the description i would have defiantly purchased the book on the spot!
And i am so pleased to say i was not disappointed with this book in the slightest.
The characters are memorable and it takes a different twist from other serial killer books which is always good to get something a little different and to see the characters in a different light.
The story is set in a small community where the most crime the local police have to deal with are someones bike being stolen and that making the headlines.
The only female on the small police force, Ellery, is hiding a secret and wants it to stay that way. She has managed to keep it hidden from everyone for years but that all starts to change when parts of her past starts to come back and haunt her.
Police detective Ellery Hathaway is a former child victim of an infamous serial killer Francis Michael Coben. She was the only survivor out of the 17 victims, rescued by FBI Agent Reed Markham.
She is a survivor, she has managed to make a new life for herself and even though the scars on the outside have faded, the inner ones still haunt her.
When 3 people disappear without a trace and with little or no motive, all around the time of Ellery’s birthday for the past 3 years she fears that history is starting to repeat itself.
She has been trying to convince her boss Police Chief Sam Parker that the disappearances are linked but without explaining her past she struggles to get any luck convincing anyone else of her theory.
With her birthday looming she fears it won’t be long before someone else goes missing so she phones the only person she can think of that might just believe her. The man who rescued her and saved her life, Agent Reed Markham.
As the pair along with Ellery’s dog Bump start digging into the cases of the missing persons, trying to find a link between the 3 cases things start to take on a menacing personal twist.
Is this the work of a serial killer? And what is the link between past and present?
This book is really well written and it really does draw you in and immerses you into their world. It deals with the physiological effects that still impact both Ellery and Reed and the impact that it has had on both their lives.
I would love this book to become a series as i love the characters and their relationships and to see what the author will sweep us away with next.
This is definitely a book to recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre of books. I think we can expect good things from this author Joanna Schaffhausen and i have high hopes for her career after this book gets published on the 5th December.
I would put her in the same class as more well known authors such as Karin Slaughter and Mo Hayder so very high praise indeed.
Congratulations Joanna on such an astounding debut and i can’t wait to see what you come up with next 🙂

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DeathDay by Shaun Hutson Reviewed by Birdie!

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So i first read this book when i was 13 and had it confiscated by the music teacher!! Wasn’t suitable reading for teenagers apparently!

I do remember it being a bit gory and a few sex scenes. I’m sure the best line in the book is “He impaled her on his rampant member” or something like that. It amused me as a teen so when i saw this book in a charity shop i didn’t hesitate, i purchased straight away.

It isn’t as gory or as pornographic as i remembered but it still made me smile and i really did enjoy it. It’s never going to be classed as a modern classic but it is easy to read, its got a bit of everything, murder, gore, sex, romance and the living dead 😉

I was quite happy sat in bed with 1 of the cats Tim and Birdie sharing a good cup of tea reading this book when all of a sudden the bird went completely crazy! Wings out, tail feathers fanned out, screaming in sheer terror. Took me awhile to work out what had upset her so much but it was the photo of Shaun Hutson on the back cover!

She is absolutely terrified of him! Not sure if it was the big 80’s hair or the sunglasses but she was happy and content as long as she didn’t get a glimpse of the rear cover!!

Sorry Shaun, not sure what she would make of a recent photo but i think i should find out 🙂

Very strange bird bless her but i wouldn’t have her any other way!

So my advice, if you are bored and at a loose end, give the book a read and if your parrot freaks out at it please let me know

Have a good night

Debs and Birdie

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Birdie and I’s First blog post!

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Who would have thought that starting a blog could be so hard! Either that or i am to old to understand how all this works 🙂

I have ME (Myalgic encephalomyelitis) really bad so even though i am only 38 a lot of the time i feel 98! I bet there are loads of 98 year olds out there who could put me physically to shame!!

For those of you who are unfamiliar of me i will copy and paste a short summary of what it is and what it does.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is characterised by a range of neurological symptoms and signs, muscle pain with intense physical or mental exhaustion, relapses, and specific cognitive disabilities. Basically my joints can get so sever i have to go to hospital to get the pain back to a manageable level. And the fatigue it comes with is depressing. Going from a single mum of 2, working, 2 horses and a social life i now i have trouble leaving the house. Even ridiculous every day things like making a brew on a bad day is like climbing Mount Everest!!

So i can no longer get out into the world so i thought me and birdie would see if the world would come to us!

She is my constant companion, unfortunately her favourite word is “Hello” sometimes accompanied with a Mexican wave.

Sounds cute and funny right? But its like having Jeremy Kyle on repeat, will soon get on your nerves, but she is lovely. She does also shout at the dog, she picked up on the command “Out” pretty quickly. It’s just a shame the dog doesn’t listen to her 🙂

So my blogs – who knows what they will be about! My brain flits from 1 thing to another fairly often! I might not write anything at all for a few days as another side effect of this stupid ME is Brain Fog so i am off in my own little world at times. I have had 1 of my daughters teachers accusing me of being drunk at 9am! because it messes with my brain wrong words can come out or i slur words, horrible, wouldn’t wish this on anybody!

The websites I’ve been trying to set up – There are 2 not including this as i can’t make up my mind which site i prefer! They are doing book reviews, old books right through to advanced copies of books that haven’t been published yet.

I am loving that as i read, a lot!! I ran out of room for bookcases so i have now got invisible book shelves on pretty much all of the walls as well 🙂 And neither of my kids read, i don’t understand it!

So if you fancy a chat about books just give me a shout!

As well as the books i have a slight problem with taking on animals, i will be that crazy little tattooed up old granny waving my walking stick at the neighbourhoods kids! I picked up a new kitten 2 days ago and iys caused more uproar and drama than i expected! The parrot is terrified of it and screams, the dog whos a huge Alaskan Malamute wants to play with it which i am not allowing just yet but my other 3 cats dont seem to bothered so far! Welcome to the mad house!

Well i think i will end there for now or i will go on for hours! Mybe our next blog will be tattoos and peoples perceptions on them still.

Have a great day from both Birdie and I

 

 

Madness Treads Lightly by Polina Dashkova

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will learning the truth unmask a killer…or put her and her family in even more danger?

This book has been translated from Russian, it was originally released in 2000 in Russia and this is the first of her books to ever get translated into English.
It is set in Moscow and Siberia and switches between 1996 and the 1980’s, between communist and post-communist Russia which is really interesting, seeing how much things changed from an inside prospective.
It also switches between different view points, from Lena to Veniamin “Venya” Volkov and his wife Regina Valentinova.
Lena Polanskaya is a young mother of a two year old daughter, a journalist, the editor of a magazine and wife to a very high-ranking policeman, a Colonel in Counterintelligence.
When Lena hears that her friend Olga’s brother Mitya has committed suicide by hanging both ladies have their doubts but his death was recorded as suicide.
Then a few days later his widow is found dead from a fatal apparent overdose.
Both Lena and Olga know Mitya isn’t the sort of man to commit suicide so Lena decides to do an investigation of her own.
As she starts looking into his death and searching the past for any clues as to why anyone would wish him dead or even if there is a reason he would have had no other way out it begins to look like there is a connection between Mitya’s death and a spate of killings that took place 14 years ago in Siberia.
But digging up the past has drawn attention to Lena and someone out there knows the truth, and the closer she gets to finding the answers the more danger she finds herself in, her own live becomes a target and as the danger ramps up she fears for her family’s safety.
Someone does not want the truth to get out but how far are they willing to go to protect it?
This book takes a bit of time to get used to the style of writing due to the translation but once you have it is well worth a read!

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A Special Kind Of Evil: The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings

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For four years a killer, or killers, stalked Virginia’s Tidewater region, carefully selecting victims, sending waves of terror into the local community.

This isn’t usually the type of book I would normally go for but I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and read this!
The Colonial Parkway Murders are eight murders that took place in Virginia in the late 1980’s.
8 Murders that have never been solved.
The crimes had four pairs of victims over a four-year period, Cathy Thomas aged 27 and Rebecca Dowski age 21 in 1986, David Knobling age 20 and Robin Edwards age 17 in 1987, Keith Call and Cassandra Hailey age 18 (whose remains have yet to be discovered) in 1988, and Annamaria Phelps age 18 and Daniel Lauer age 21 in 1989.
And then the killings stopped completely.
Almost 30 years on Father and daughter true crime authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester have taken a fresh look into these cold cases and provide a complete in-depth look at the string of horrific murders and disappearances.
They have done a really good job with this book, it is well researched, going over the evidence and re interviewing people who were involved in the cases at the time.
They have given clear detailed descriptions of each crime scene and the investigations that took place.
But they have focused more on the lives of the victims and the impact that it has had on their families which is a credit to them.
Unfortunately there are still so many unanswered questions and no sign of being answered anytime soon.
A very interesting book, I just wish for the families that this case ends up with justice being served.

Reported Missing by Sarah Wray

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Four months ago our protagonist Rebecca Pendle’s husband Chris went missing. She thought they were happily married and there was no signs that there was anything wrong so his disappearance is a massive shock turning her life upside down.
On the very same day 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson also goes missing. She had gone to meet up with her friends but she never made it there.
Is it just a coincidence or are they both connected in some way?
A search was made looking for the missing teenager and only Bec is actively looking for her husband.
As the search goes on with no signs of Kayleigh the 2 disappearances appear to be connected but no solid evidence to confirm it.
As with any small town rumours are ripe, there is the accusation that Chris is a paedophile, that there was child pornography found on his computer, that Chris used to spend a lot of time with Kayleigh and consequently he has either killed her or he has her captive somewhere. Or maybe they have run off together?
The story is told from Bec’s point of view and her life since her husband disappeared.
She has been living in a caravan for four months and is shunned by almost everyone as they hold Chris responsible for Kayleigh’s disappearance.
It is only Bec that doesn’t believe there is any truth in the rumours but as she starts her own investigation into what happened that day four months ago she discovers her husband has been keeping secrets.
She discovers that Chris had lost his job which comes as a massive shock to her because he had still kept up the appearance of going to work, taking his packed lunch she makes for him every morning and she was waving him off to work as normal.
How could she not know? Why had he not told her and where had he been going everyday?
If he could hide that from her what else didn’t she know about her husband?
As she continues to search for answers strange things start to happen. She starts getting strange phone calls, things have been moved in her house and even things have started to go missing from her mum’s room in the care home.
This book is quite a slow burner and I did find it a struggle at times to carry on reading it, even though the book is really well written it failed to grab and hold my attention unfortunately. But i had to finish the book as i needed to know how it ended, sheer curiosity kept me going to the end!
It was just to slow for me but this is a book that you need to read for yourselves and make up your own mind as we are all different, some books fit different people in different ways.
This book is a bit like Marmite, you will either love it or hate it!! 🙂

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