#BlogTour The Lies I Tell by Joel Hames

The Blurb

SHE’S WATCHING YOU, 

BUT WHO’S WATCHING HER?


From the bestselling author of Dead North, a tense, claustrophobic psychological thriller perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Claire McGowan and Clare Mackintosh.

Meet Polly.
Meet Emily.
Meet Belinda.


They’re all me.

My name is Lisa and I’m an identity thief. If I’m not inside your system stealing your money, I’ve probably already stolen it. I’m your friend. I’m a thief. I’m gone. I’m in control.

Only now, the tables have been turned. I’m in danger. My son is in danger. And I don’t know where that danger’s coming from.

Any friend.
Any enemy.
Any stranger.
Anyone from the past I’ve been trying to outrun for years.


NOBODY CAN BE TRUSTED.

My Thoughts

Psychological thrillers are my favourite genre and so I was really keen to read ‘The Lies I Tell’ as, at first glance, it seemed different from others I have read. I can safely say it was very different and was highly relevant to what is going on in the world today with everyone’s social media presence and the increase in identity fraud. It was extremely engaging and made me think about my own online presence.

To fully appreciate and enjoy the story I think you need to have an interest in social media and computers or it might go over your head a bit. It appeared that the author knows about computers and identity theft or had simply done his homework as I was drawn in by the knowledge of the main character Lisa, whom I felt sorry for, but also felt she deserved to be punished for her crimes.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read and one that drew me in and kept me guessing.

About the Author

A Londoner in exile, Joel Hames lives in rural Lancashire with his wife and two daughters.

His works of fiction include the bestselling Sam Williams trilogy Dead North, No One Will Hear and The Cold Years, and the standalone psychological thriller The Lies I Tell.

When not writing or spending time with his family, Joel likes to eat, cook, play the piano, and make up excuses to avoid walking the dog. There’s the MMA thing, too, but he doesn’t like to show off.

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#BookReview The Liar Next Door by Nicola Marsh

The Blurb

We live in a close-knit community. Thirty houses surrounding a square of garden that is perfect for our kids. We congregate here on major holidays, each family bringing a plate and sharing food and conversation. It’s in the garden that I first met her. The woman who would worm her way into my family and piece by piece tear it apart…

I should have known something was wrong from the very beginning. She seemed perfect in so many ways: she floated through the baby shower, a warm smile on her face, chatting to strangers with ease. At first I thought it was sweet that she offered to help me, that she made an effort to get to know us, that she brought over games and knew Luna’s favorite foods… I had no idea that I couldn’t trust another mother…

I should have known that someone would eventually discover the secret in my marriage. Why I never believe a word my husband says—and why he shouldn’t believe me. But how could a woman I only just met be the one to find it out?

If I’d known, I’d have called the police sooner.

And maybe I’d have prevented that dreadful scene. Every neighbor peering through their curtains as the sirens wailed in our street.

I could have protected my family.

I could have stopped what happened next…

My Thoughts

The Liar Next Door is fast-paced with a plot full of twists. The story centres around three very strong and relatable female characters whose lives and secrets are weaved together, although they don’t know it until it is too late. I really warmed to Frankie and sympathised with her but found Celeste and Saylor less likeable and was suspicious of their motives from the outset.

Easy to follow and well written, The Liar Next Door was enjoyable to read and despite finding it predictable in parts, there were still some surprises along the way.

The Liar Next Door is released on 23rd August 2021.

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#BookClub Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Why was this book chosen?

This book was chosen because of the hype surrounding it. We had all heard of it but no-one had read it yet and we were intrigued. The fact it was a completely different genre from our previous book club book by Tracy Bloom was also a selling point as we wanted to try something different.

First Impressions

As I read the first few chapters, I wasn’t sure it was a book for me.

A Brief Review

I Loved it! After I got passed the first few chapters and into the author’s style of writing, I was hooked. The author’s descriptions, particularly of the marsh, were vivid and allowed me to visualise clearly. Throughout the book the main character Kya experiences racism, violence, discrimination and prejudice all of which make this book a great book club choice as there are so many talking points.

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#BookReview Rock, Paper, Scissors

The Blurb

Adam and Amelia are spending the weekend in the Scottish Highlands. The remote location is perfect for what they have planned.

But when their romantic trip takes a dark turn, they both start to wonder – can they trust the one they’re with?

Because every couple tells little white lies. Only for Adam and Amelia, the truth is far more dangerous.

My Thoughts

This is my first Alice Feeney book and I was excited to get started as I had heard lots of good things about ‘His and Hers’. I have to admit that the story started off relatively slow and it did take me quite a few chapters before I was hooked but hooked I was.

It was clear from the very beginning that something wasn’t right and there was a distinct feeling of unease and suspicion. Feeney definitely knows how to create an atmosphere. Adam’s ‘face blindness’ is a condition completely unknown to me and I found it extremely intriguing.

The twist at the end was a complete surprise and made me want to go back and read the whole thing again as I’m certain it would read very differently.

Rock, Paper, Scissors will keep you on your toes. A great story full of tension and twists!

Rock, Paper, Scissors will be published on 19th August 2021. Pre-order your copy now…

#BookClub No-One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs by Tracy Bloom

During lockdown I decided to set up a book club with a few of my friends – I was so excited although the excitement was short lived after one of the members asked if this now made us officially middle-aged. I’m not quite sure I have reached middle-age yet but it definitely put a different spin on our nights in. Who doesn’t like wine, nibbles and a good book though?

To kick start the book club in style, I hand delivered signed copies of the chosen book for which I would like to thank Tracy Bloom for again, along with some tea bags and biscuits.

Why was this book chosen?

I became a fan of Tracy Bloom’s book having read, ‘No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday‘ years ago and then I recently read her new book, ‘The Wife who Got a Life’ and remembered how much I loved her work. I did intend on using her new book as our first read but I had been lucky enough to read an ARC and the book wasn’t going to be published in time for our first scheduled meeting. I chose one of her books specifically because I knew it would be a really easy, fun read that would be extremely welcome during a global pandemic.

First Impressions

I had read the first book so knew I would like it and I was hooked by the first chapter.

Thoughts from the Book Club

Overall, all members of the book club enjoyed the book and the discussions were great. Everyone was definitely keen to read Tracy Bloom’s new book, ‘The Wife Who Got a Life’ so maybe this will be a Book Club choice next time!

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#BookReview – The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

The Blurb

It was a journey they would always remember . . . for a friend they’d never forget.

Norman and Jax are a legendary comedic duo in waiting, with a five-year plan to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe by the time they’re fifteen. But when Jax dies before they turn twelve, Norman decides a tribute act for his best friend just can’t wait, so he rewrites their plan: 

1. Look after mum | 2. Find Dad | 3. Get to the Edinburgh Fringe

Sadie knows she won’t win Mother of the Year and she’s not proud she doesn’t know who her son’s father is. But when she finds Norman’s list, all she wants is to see her son smile again… So they set off on a pilgrimage to Edinburgh, making a few stops to find Norman’s dad along the way.

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman is an inspiring, feel-good novel about a small boy with a big heart – and even bigger dreams. 

My Thoughts

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman is a lovely, heartwarming story of perseverance and determination, which is extremely inspiring. I love Norman, he is such a great character with a brilliant sense of humour and bags of charisma and as the story progresses you can tell that his best friend Jax was just the same. I have the upmost respect for Sadie who does all she can to let her son follow his dreams despite it not being an easy journey for her. All of the characters we meet along the way are very different individuals each with their own interesting personalities, making for a great read.

This is a great story and most certainly worth a read, just remember that you may need your tissues as it is an emotional rollercoaster.

#BlogTour – The Memories we Bury by H.A. Leuschel

The Blurb

An emotionally charged and captivating novel about the complexities of female friendship and motherhood.

Lizzie Thomson has landed her first job as a music teacher, and after a whirlwind romance with Markus, the newlywed couple move into a beautiful new home in the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lizzie quickly befriends their neighbour Morag, an elderly, resourceful yet lonely widow, whose own children rarely visit her. Everything seems perfect in Lizzie’s life until she finds out she is pregnant and her relationship with both Morag and Markus change beyond her control.

Can Lizzie really trust Morag and why is Markus keeping secrets from her?

In ‘The Memories We Bury’ the author explores the dangerous bonds we can create with strangers and how past memories can cast long shadows over the present.

My Thoughts

The Memories We Bury is a well-written and compelling psychological thriller. At times I found it to be a bit of a slow burner but I couldn’t put it down.

Lizzie thinks she has it all when she marries Markus, who she thinks is the man of her dreams. Before long she falls pregnant but it would appear that this was not part of Markus’ plan. Once the baby arrives their relationship doesn’t quite go as planned and he shows his true colours – a patronising, arrogant and selfish individual who really made my blood boil. Lizzie doesn’t seem to be able to see past him and makes excuses and accepts how badly he treats her which both angers and frustrates me as I willed her to get a backbone and make him accountable.

The story centres around Lizzie and Markus’ neighbour Morag who becomes extremely interfering when the baby is born. The relationship between Morag and Lizzie is complex and very much controlled by Morag who is twisted and conniving. As the story progresses you learn a lot about Morag’s life and things start to make more sense.

Overall, I enjoyed ‘The Memories We Bury’ and will most definitely be looking out for more of H.A. Leuschel’s work.

About the Author

Helene Andrea Leuschel gained a Master in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She later acquired a Master in Philosophy, specializing in the study of the mind.

Helene has a particular interest in emotional, psychological and social well-being and this led her to write her first novel, Manipulated Lives, a fictional collection of five novellas, each highlighting the dangers of interacting with narcissists.

She lives with her husband and two children in Portugal. Please find out more about Helene at heleneleuschel.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

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#BlogTour The Nurse by J.A. Corrigan

I have already recommended this book to so many of my book-loving friends! If you love psychological thrillers then it is most certainly a book for your TBR list.

The Blurb

When you hear her story, will you believe her?

Rose Marlowe is a hard-working nurse, a loving wife, and a merciless killer. Or so she says. Despite her confession, it is hard to believe that this beautiful, kind woman could have killed her vulnerable patient in cold blood.

Down-on-his luck author and ex-journalist, Theo Hazel, is convinced that there’s more to what happened than Rose is telling, and so decides to visit her behind bars to write her story. His first surprise comes when Rose reveals that the victim was not a stranger to her. 

As time goes on, it seems that Rose is letting Theo see behind her perfect mask. With each new visit, he learns terrible new things about her heart-breaking past. With each new visit, he becomes more and more convinced that she can’t be a killer. But is he trying to free an innocent victim, or falling prey to a calculating murderer?

A gripping and unputdownable thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for fans of The Silent Patient, Shari Lapena and JP Delaney.

My Thoughts

It has been a while since I have read a psychological thriller as good as ‘The Nurse’. I found the story very original and was gripped from the very first page, it really was difficult to put it down.

Rose is the main character and I think any reader would struggle to dislike her, despite her confessing to a murder. From the beginning something didn’t ring true about her crime and you know right away that there is more to the story than it would first appear. She shares her story with Theo, an author who wants to write her story and Rose opens up to him as the book progresses, sharing extremely relevant information about her past. The story unfolds through their meetings and Theo’s subsequent research and interviews with members of Rose’s family and old acquaintances. I found myself racing through the pages and unable to stop at the end of a chapter as I needed to find out what happened next. Then just as I thought I had worked it all out another twist was thrown in which completely shattered my assumptions.

Throughout the book there were so many characters I couldn’t quite work out and just as I felt I had they would morph into something else in entirely and once more completely throw me off working out what was happening.

‘The Nurse’ is one of those books that you can’t stop thinking about long after you have closed the last page. It is compelling, full of twists and an absolute must read.

About the Author

Julie-Ann Corrigan was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. She studied in London, completing a BA (Hons) Humanities degree, majoring in Modern History and English Literature. Travelling in Europe for several years, she taught in both Greece and Spain – countries and cultures she found fascinating. On return to the UK she gained a BSc (Physiotherapy), becoming a Chartered Physiotherapist. She lives in Berkshire with her family.

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#Blogtour Setsuko and the Song of the Sea by Fiona Barker and Howard Gray

The Blurb

Setsuko loves the sea. She swims its shallows. She dives its depths. But she worries that her friends have chosen to abandon her way of life. Then she meets a whale who also fears he is the last of his kind. In return for giving him hope, he gifts her a song which she uses to remind people of the beauty of the ocean. Setsuko took the song and made it her own. They played together from the first crisp light of morning until the setting of the evening sun. Everyone who heard Setsuko’s song was filled with the wonder of the sea. They remembered the beauty and mystery of the ocean. A story of an unlikely friendship, Setsuko and her friend the whale have one thing in common ― their love of the sea. Much like the revered ama-san, ― women who have been diving off the coast of the Shima peninsula in Japan for over 2,000 years ― Setsuko is a strong girl who is on the path to becoming one of these real-life mermaids.

10% of the net profits from each book will be donated to the Marine Conservation Society, the UK charity working for seas full of life. Visit www.mcs.org.uk to find out more.

My Thoughts

‘Setsuko and the Song of the Sea’, is a stunning story told at a time when looking after our oceans is a prominent topic of discussion among children. As I read the story for the first time I found the message of friendship extremely emotive and did not fully appreciate the other message that was being shared through the illustrations. The illustrations themselves tell their own powerful story and time and care needs to be taken to discuss these as you read the book with children.

This is most definitely a book that children will love for the story itself, but it is also a story that will be loved by teachers all over the world as a way to open up discussions about the environmental impact humans have on the oceans.

A beautiful book with an important message!

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#BlogTour – Sir Lambalot by Jude Lennon. Illustrated by Holly Bushnell

The Blurb

Queen Floss is determined to rid the land of dragons, giants and trolls, so she turns to Sir Lambalot and his trusty steed Ned to help. But when the brave knight meets these fearful creatures, he discovers they aren’t quite so scary after all. Written in rhyme and full of fun, this story has an important message about kindness, tolerance and acceptance.

My Thoughts

Sir Lambalot is a lovely little rhyming story that my two year old daughter really enjoyed. I particularly liked that the giant was a girl, this isn’t something I have encountered in a picture book before as giants are stereotypically male so it was a lovely change and a great way to challenge gender stereotypes. The troll was one of my favourite illustrations, her rainbow hair is amazing and will most certainly be loved by all children who read this book.

Although I felt that the rhyming was a little forced in parts, the story works well and the moral of the story is clear – don’t judge a book by its cover! Certainly a lovely little book that could be well used in classrooms to teach children not to make snap judgements of others and to be kind to one another.

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About the Author

I used to be a teacher who loved writing, now I’m an author who loves storytelling.”

Jude Lennon is a former Early Years teacher who now works as a Storyteller under the name Little Lamb Tales. She tells stories at Primary schools, community events, festivals and libraries. Jude is also a children’s author and is the current Disney Winnie the Pooh Laureate for the North West of England.  As an official Patron of Reading, Jude works with schools to spread the message about reading and writing for pleasure.

Jude published her first book, The Dragon of Allerton Oak in 2015. Set in her local park (Calderstones) it features the real Allerton Oak which has stood there for 1000 years. Since then, Jude has gone on to publish eighteen further books. 

Her books cover topics as diverse as Mindfulness for children, phonics, dragons, pirates, astronauts and books set in other countries (including two bilingual English/Spanish ones).

Jude has written two books for the Bobby Colleran Trust to support their Slow Down For Bobby road safety campaign. As part of the campaign, Jude visits Primary schools across Merseyside delivering funded assemblies to highlight the importance of Road Safety. To date she has read the books to over 150,000 children across the area.

Jude is currently working with Will Hawkes (Hal’s Books) a young man with autism. Together they have written two books featuring an autistic main character. 

In October 2019, Jude launched her first book for adults – a collection of short stories called ‘A Slice of Lennon’. It was well received and she’s now working on a full length novel. Her most recent children’s book ‘That’s Our Home!’ launched in March 2020 and is all about keeping our beaches clean for future generations. Her forthcoming children’s book ‘Sir Lambalot’ is due out on April 23rd.

A proud member of Team  Author UK, Jude provides a range of courses and writing retreats including – 

  • 6 Week Creative Writing Course (online at the moment)
  • Pick Up Your Pen membership club
  • Preparing for an author visit
  • Workshops at the Wrexham Carnival of Words Festival and their Writing group
  • Weekend writing retreats (not at the moment)

For more information about her books, author visits, creative writing courses and storytelling please visit www.littlelambpublishing.co.uk  

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