#BookReview Sing me a Secret by Julie Houston

The Blurb

The four Sutherland sisters have all had very different paths in life, but one secret and a slighty tense production of Jesus Christ Superstar are about to bring them all back together again… 

When the news that pop-superstar Lexia Sutherland is returning to Westenbury, not everyone is thrilled by the news – including Lexia. There are too many memories she doesn’t need to face – or need re-surfacing. 

Meanwhile, Juno Sutherland just wants a little peace and quiet. As the local village doctor, she’s got her priorities in order; kids, job, husband, tenacious pony, a role in the village musical… So when the sexy new locum turns up – and steals her office – the last thing she needed was to be hit with rising temperatures and an over-active imagination. 

Will these sisters be able to uncover the past, deal with the future and put on the performance of a lifetime?

My Thoughts

Having read and loved ‘A Village Affair’, I was delighted when Julie Houston sent me a copy of ‘Sing Me a Secret’ to review and it did not disappoint.

I really like Houston’s style of writing, she knows how to tell a story well and it just seems to flow. ‘Sing Me a Secret’ is such an enjoyable read and you feel like you go through life with the characters, and in some ways feel like a fly on the wall watching the story unfold. I loved the sisters in this book, they were all so different but at the same time they all complimented one another and made each other complete.

There were lots of little surprises throughout the book, some of which I felt were a little obvious but also necessary for my overall enjoyment of the story as I would have been quite disappointed if things hadn’t worked out the way I had hoped for. I am not ashamed to admit that there were a couple of times I felt a little teary, which for me emphasises how well Julie Houston tells this fantastic story.

‘Sing Me a Secret’ is a real feel good story and a book that you just want to cuddle up with as the nights draw in. I would highly recommend it!

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#BlogTour The Thriller Collection by Alan Gorevan

I have been very excited to share this review with you today as I absolutely loved this collection of short stories!

The Blurb

An unmissable collection for fans of fast-paced reads. Three action-packed books in a single volume.

The Forbidden Room:

You and your partner are looking forward to a romantic break in the rugged landscape of West Cork, on the south west coast of Ireland. Cliff walks, seafood dinners and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. But a storm is brewing. Your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. There’s no phone signal. So you start walking. You search for help. And you find it. At an isolated house, a family gives you shelter… but something is wrong. The husband has a head wound. The son is too terrified to speak. And the wife forbids you from going near her other son’s bedroom.

The Hostage:

Lindsey O’Reilly is at home, cleaning up after dinner, when she sees armed police swarming over her garden wall. There’s a noise downstairs. A knock on the door. She opens up, but it’s not the police. It’s the man they’re chasing. A stone-cold killer. Now he’s inside…

Hit and Run:

Jake Whelan ought to be happy. He has a devoted girlfriend and a job at a prestigious law firm, where he expects to make partner. Yet he’s crippled by terrifying panic attacks and a suspicion that his life isn’t as it should be. When Jake is passed over for promotion, he thinks his day can’t get any worse. He’s wrong. A terrible accident is about to change his life forever.

My Thoughts

Wow! I just loved this collection from Alan Gorevan! All three books kept me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t put them down.

The characters in each book are very well portrayed and even although these are short stories, we know enough about each character to make them vivid and real. The stories flow well individually, but as a collection they work extremely well together. Each one is fast-paced and exciting, keeping you gripped from the very first paragraph. Gorevan is certainly very talented!

As I was writing this review I tried very hard to pick a favourite, however there are so many positives about each that is really was completely impossible. Alan Gorevan was a new author to me although he is most certainly one I will now be recommending to friends.

A fantastic thriller collection that is a must have on everyone’s TBR list!

About the Author

Alan Gorevan is an award-winning thriller writer and intellectual property attorney. He lives in Dublin.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alangorevan 

Facebook: fb.me/alan.gorevan.books

Website: https://www.alangorevan.com/

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnLW_If4DDhT3L9BL9VOBA

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Publishing Information:

Published in digital format on 26th June 2020

#Blog Tour One Fatal Night by Hélene Fermont

Blurb

One woman’s quest for revenge unearths a fatal secret from her past.

Astrid Jensen holds one man responsible for her mother’s suicide, and she’ll do whatever’s necessary to get close to Daniel Holst and destroy his life – even if it means sleeping with him to gain his trust. Astrid knows he’s not who he pretends to be. But before she can reveal his dark secret, people from her mother’s past start turning up dead, and it looks like she and Daniel are next. In order to survive, she might have to put her trust in the man she has hated for so long.

Daniel Holst has worked hard to climb into Norway’s most elite and glamorous circles, and he’s not about to let any woman bring him down. But when a psychopathic killer starts murdering people from his shadowy past, he discovers that the only person who might be able to save him is the woman who wants to destroy him.

As Astrid digs deeper into her past, she uncovers secrets long buried and realizes everything she once believed is based on lies. What began as a quest to avenge her mother’s death becomes a desperate struggle for survival and leads to the truth about what happened one fatal night ten years ago—and the surprising mastermind behind the most recent murders.

If you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Debbie Howells, you’ll love this character driven thriller with a noir edge.

My Thoughts

One Fatal Night has a lot of twists and turns making for an intriguing read. Joel was the most surprising character for me as at the beginning he appeared to be over confident and very unlikeable, so I was pleasantly surprised when I quickly warmed to him. It was instantly evident that he had a very strong, unbreakable bond with Daniel and it was obvious that they both harnessed one another’s dark secrets.

Not normally one for short stories, I did enjoy this book and particularly relished in the fact that I could easily sit and read it in one sitting. It felt like quite an achievement.

For me though, I felt that the dialogue was very forced and simple, it didn’t always flow making it a little off putting at times. In addition, although I did enjoy the fact it was a novella, I couldn’t help but feel that it really did need padded out.

One Fatal Night was a good novella and if you haven’t before read a short story then I would certainly recommend this one to get you started! Happy Reading!

About the Author

Hélene is an Anglo-Swedish fiction author currently residing in her home town of Malmo, Sweden, after relocating back from London after 20 years.

Her thrilling character-driven psychological fiction novels are known for their explosive, pacy narrative and storylines.

Hélene is the proud author of four novels – One Fatal Night, Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret.

Social Media Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/helenefermont

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

Website: https://www.helenefermont.com/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15484308.Helene_Fermont

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Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and digital formats on 19th May 2020 by West Harbour Books

#BlogTour Eternal Forever by Syl Waters

For this review I received an actual paperback copy of the book which I was extremely excited about!

The Blurb

Fame, glory and… foul play!

Jessie was a shop worker dreaming of the big time, then YouTube found her. But staying in the limelight requires meticulous management: pop stars are made not born. 

With awards night approaching, the pressure’s on for Tito, Jessie’s manager, to whip her into shape. Getting so close wasn’t in the contract, but then neither was him being murdered in Spain.

Alone and scared of the negative publicity, Jessie turns to Mack, her account manager at Eternal Forever, the UK’s first digital legacy management agency. But Mack’s got his own issues: the company’s fast running out of cash, his key developer’s on the turn and a blogger’s suicide looks suspicious.

With the assistance of J-Pop, Mack’s assistant and wannabe reality TV star, Jessie turns sleuth. But in a world where everybody’s watching, it’s hard to escape. Reputation is everything and some people will do anything to protect it.

My Thoughts

Syl Waters is not an author I have previously encountered so I was intrigued to get started on this book. The whole premise was interesting, the idea that you are able to stay alive online even after you die is something I can imagine a lot of people would buy into, although waiting for someone to croak it before you can get to work is somewhat unnerving.

The one thing that did strike me about this book is that it would really only, in my opinion, appeal to readers in a certain age bracket. It most certainly felt like a young adult novel as it would only appeal to those who had an understanding or keen interest in social media and the online world.

Eternal Forever is an easy read with some likeable characters. The genre ‘cosy mystery’ sums the book up, a book you can cosy up with at the end of a long day with a cup or tea and a biscuit. Happy reading!

Syl Waters

Most people know crazy cat ladies are a ‘thing’, but I’m a proud crazy guinea pig lady! I love fun in the sun and plenty of cocktails. My happy place is flip flops. I write stories to keep me company – my characters ensure I’m never lonely and always smiling (when I’m not tearing my hair out!)

Social Media Links

www.sylwaters.com

twitter: @waters_syl

insta: @mrbob.guineapig

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/syl.waters.54

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#Judgeabookbyitscover #4

So…I only recently became aware of this online world known as NetGalley and I was super excited when I was accepted for my first book which I want to share with you. Here it is…

Sadly, this book is not published in the UK until April 2021 but that doesn’t mean you can’t add it to your TBR pile.

Why did I choose this cover?

The question at the bottom, ‘What drives a child to do the unthinkable?’ was the one of the first things that drew me to the book but it was the scissors that really grabbed me. I can’t decide whether it is rust, blood or dirt that is covering them and I cannot wait to read the book to find out. I look forward to sharing my review with you all soon!

Want to know more about the book? Take a look here…

If you have read any of Fiona Cummins other books or you have been lucky enough to also read an ARC of this one then feel free to leave me links to your reviews, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

#BlogTour – Not the Deaths Imagined by Anne Pettigrew

I am delighted to be supporting a fellow Scot by taking part in this Blog Tour. Being a Scot myself, I liked the references to landmarks across the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and was able to clearly visualise the scenes. Anne Pettigrew is a talented author and one I will be following closely.

The Blurb

In a leafy Glasgow suburb, Dr Beth Semple is busy juggling motherhood and full-time GP work in the 90s NHS. But her life becomes even more problematic when she notices some odd deaths in her neighbourhood. Though Beth believes the stories don’t add up, the authorities remain stubbornly unconvinced.

Soon, Beth’s professional reputation is challenged. There follows a chilling campaign of harassment and she finds her professional reputation – and her family – are put at risk.

Is a charming local GP actually a serial killer? Can Beth piece together the jigsaw of perplexing fatalities and perhaps save lives? And as events accelerate towards a dramatic conclusion, will the police intervene in time?

From the author of Not the Life Imagined, this slow-burning tartan noir novel from a Bloody Scotland Crime Spotlight author follows Beth on another quest for justice. Reflecting Pettigrew’s own medical expertise, Not The Deaths Imagined re-affirms the benefits of growing up in a loving family and the need for friends in hard times, while offering insight into the twisted development of a psychopathic mind.

My Thoughts

Loved it! ‘Not the Deaths Imagined‘ is the second book in the Beth Temple series but my first Anne Pettigrew encounter. Despite having not yet read the first book – I would like to emphasise the word YET as the first book has already been downloaded to my kindle – the story was easy to follow.

Beth Semple is such an inspiring character with her strong principles and high morals and I have to admit that I was in awe of her relationship with her teenage girls. A determined woman who goes after what she thinks is right with finesse and conviction. I found myself wanting to be her friend which, in my opinion, demonstrates how well written this book is.

The only slight downside to not having read the first book was that I did feel at times that I had missed out on getting to know all of the characters well, but this in no way detracted from my sheer enjoyment of the story. I would highly recommend starting with ‘Not the Life Imagined‘ though as I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

Not the Deaths Imagined’ is a book not to be missed by Crime and Mystery enthusiasts. A thrilling story with relatable characters and a strong plot. I can’t wait to read the next instalment!

About the Author

A graduate of Glasgow (Medicine) and Wolfson College, Oxford (Anthropology), Anne Pettigrew has been a GP, worked in psychiatry, family planning/sexual health, lecturing, patient/women doctors pressure groups, BMA Media relations, Homeopathy, acupuncture, an EEC Committee, book reviewing and journalism (medico-political and humorous articles to The Herald, Doctor newspaper etc: a Channel 4 Despatches). Retiring from practice, she became a wedding planner for a charity theatre, before starting Creative Writing classes and mentoring at Glasgow University. She is now a member of Garnethill critical writer’s forum and has won short story and article trophies in Greenock Writer’s Club. Not the life Imagined was runner up in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Silver Stag Award 2018. The book was originally called No Sinecure, a title abandoned as no one under 35 in any class or group she joined knew what ‘sinecure’ meant (though some suggested it was apt, the book featuring ‘sin’ in those who ‘cure!’) Two more books are underway. Anne has two grown up children and lives with her husband in North Ayrshire.

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Follow Anne Pettigrew…

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pettigrew_anne

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

Website: https://annepettigrew.co.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anne.pettigrew.author/

Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and digital formats by Ringwood Publishing on 1st August 2020

#BlogTour Road Kill: The Duchess of Frisian Tun by Pete Adams

Oh My! What did I just read?

The Blurb

Cataclysmic events have occurred in the decorous upper middle class enclave within Southsea, Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.

But what were the circumstances that contributed to this violent clash involving a Sherman tank and a bazooka? The strange occurrence is Investigated by Lord Everard Pimple, a naive, upper class twit who not only inadvertently opens a can of worms, but has an introduction into the world of womanly wiles.

Cataclysmic events have occurred in the decorous upper middle class enclave within Southsea, Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.

But what were the circumstances that contributed to this violent clash involving a Sherman tank and a bazooka? The strange occurrence is Investigated by Lord Everard Pimple, a naive, upper class twit who not only inadvertently opens a can of worms, but has an introduction into the world of womanly wiles.

Everard’s life is about to blow up like an atom bomb… he just doesn’t know it yet. But after the dust settles, will he still be standing?

My Thoughts

I am not quite sure how to describe this book other than to say that it is completely bizarre and yet mesmerising. It is my first book by Pete Adams and so I wasn’t sure what to expect and I am not sure I was prepared for what I found. Adams’ has a very unique style and one which I am sure will not appeal to everyone’s humour but it most certainly appealed to mine.

I did find the book difficult to get hooked into at the beginning but after a few chapters I was enthralled. It reminded me very much of a carry on film and was just as ‘laugh-out-loud’ funny!

‘Road Kill: The Duchess of Frisian Tun’ is so odd but I liked it!

About the Author

Pete Adams is an architect with a practice in Portsmouth, UK, and from there he has, over forty years, designed and built buildings across England and Wales. Pete took up writing after listening to a radio interview of the writer Michael Connolly whilst driving home from Leeds. A passionate reader, the notion of writing his own novel was compelling, but he had always been told you must have a mind map for the book; Jeez, he could never get that.

Et Voila, Connolly responding to a question, said he never can plan a book, and starts with an idea for chapter one and looks forward to seeing where it would lead. Job done, and that evening Pete started writing and the series, Kind Hearts and Martinets, was on the starting blocks. That was some eight years ago, and hardly a day has passed where Pete has not worked on his writing, and currently, is halfway through his tenth book, has a growing number of short stories, one, critically acclaimed and published by Bloodhound, and has written and illustrated a series of historical nonsense stories called, Whopping Tales.

Pete describes himself as an inveterate daydreamer, and escapes into those dreams by writing crime thrillers with a thoughtful dash of social commentary. He has a writing style shaped by his formative years on an estate that re-housed London families after WWII, and his books have been likened to the writing of Tom Sharpe; his most cherished review, “made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think”.

Pete lives in Southsea with his partner, and Charlie the star-struck Border terrier, the children having flown the coop, and has 3 beautiful granddaughters who will play with him so long as he promises not to be silly.

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Published in paperback and digital formats by Next Chapter Publishing on 19th August 2020

#BlogTour The Library Murders by M.R. Mackenzie

The Blurb

Alyssa Clark is about to find out that reading really can be murder.

She thought her new job in Thornhill Library would be safe and uneventful. Boring, even. But on her first day at work, a masked gunman storms into the building and blows away every member of staff on duty. Alyssa barely escapes with her life.

The police are satisfied they’ve got their man, but Davy, Alyssa’s colleague and the only other survivor of the massacre, is convinced the real killer is still at large. Alyssa – trying to move on with her life while dealing with traumatic flashbacks and the unwanted advances of an obsessive ex – is sceptical. However, when she stumbles across damning evidence of a cover-up, she agrees to join forces with Davy to help track down the real culprit.

But in her pursuit of the truth, will she find the closure she desperately craves… or provoke the wrath of a killer with unfinished business on his mind?

If you like twists, turns and compelling, conflicted characters, you’ll love this gripping new mystery from the McIlvanney Prize-nominated author of In the Silence.

My Thoughts

M.R. Mackenzie was not an author I was familiar with prior to taking part in this tour however when I saw he was a fellow Scot I was keen to read some of his work.

The Library Murders‘ quickly hooks you in by jumping straight into the action although I did find the pace slowed down after the first few chapters. I thought the book had an interesting premise and was quite different from other books I have read in this genre.

From the opening paragraph I considered Alyssa to be a real party girl who loved going out and being around friends but that image quickly diminishes leaving a very troubled, deep and emotionally damaged young woman. I really did feel sorry for her although at times her attitude towards others did anger and frustrate me.

Davy was an interesting character whom I have to admit I wasn’t sure if I trusted. Mackenzie is so skilled at raising doubts in your mind that I found myself not completely trusting anyone. Although this added tension to the story, I have to admit that I found it quite off-putting as it resulted in several characters becoming unlikeable.

The story itself is intriguing as I could not work out why anyone would want to carry out such a brutal and violent attack in a local library. Mackenzie does keep you guessing right till the end and I’d bet that not many people will be able to work out who the perpetrator is, I certainly didn’t!

Overall, it was an enjoyable read and a little different from other books I have read recently. If there is one message I will take from it then it is most certainly, ‘Remember to smile!’.

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#JudgeABookByItsCover #Week3

Each week I will share a cover of a book with you, it will be a book I want to read or have read because of the cover. A simple post with no fuss, just a picture and a short explanation.

Here is this weeks cover…

Why did I choose this cover?

This cover really intrigues me. I was very much drawn to the pink lettering which I think makes it look like a ‘girly’ book but the background tells a different story. I’m wondering how old the girls/women on the cover are, they look quite young so I’m interested to see what on earth they could be lying about.

Want to know more about the book? Take a look here…

If you have already read and reviewed ‘Three Perfect Liars‘ then feel free to leave me links to your reviews, I’d love to hear what you thought!

#JudgeABookByItsCover

Each week I will share a cover of a book with you, it will be a book I want to read or have read because of the cover. A simple post with no fuss, just a picture and a short explanation.

Here is my #JudgeABookByItsCover for this week…

Why did I choose this cover?

As soon as I saw this cover I knew it was the sequel to ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz‘ because of the bold stripes and the clasped hands. I absolutely loved the first book and I knew right away that I wanted to read this one. I cannot wait to get started on it!

Want to know more about the book? Take a look here…

If you have already read this book then I’d love to hear your thoughts!