#BlogTour #Giveaway Q&A The Uncompromising Lord Flint by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @rararesources

Today I’m very excited to bring you a Q&A with Virginia Heath and an international giveaway to win a copy of an e-copy of The Uncompromising Lord Flint (see bottom of post) but first a bit about the book:

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Title: The Uncompromising Lord Flint by Virginia Heath

Publisher: Mills & Boon

Date Published: 1st January 2019

Genre: Historical Romance

Description:

Imprisoned by her past- Set free by her enemy!

Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?

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Q&A with Virginia Heath:

Can you tell me a little bit about your book?

The Uncompromising Lord Flint follows the unlikely love story between a dedicated agent of the crown and the suspected traitor he is tasked with escorting to London to stand trial. From the outset, Lord Flint finds Jessamine the heroine a challenge because she keeps trying to escape. To his horror, he also finds her a temptation as she whittles down is defences and gets completely under his skin. However, things take a dangerous turn when the leader of the smuggling gang she worked for sends assassins to kill her. What starts as a babysitting mission, soon turns into a life or death game of cat and mouse as Flint does everything in his power to keep the pair of them one step ahead of the cutthroats chasing them.

Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

This is going to sound weird, but I woke up one morning and the idea was in my head. I sat down, quickly wrote the first paragraph in case I forgot it and it grew from there.

If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?

The uncompromising Lord Flint is an enemies to lovers roller-coaster of a story.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I’m a full-time writer, so I keep to office hours because I work best with structure. Besides, that is when my house is empty and quiet, so I get more done. I’m an early bird, so I’m normally out of bed by 6.30am and walking my dog Trevor by 7.15am. I normally do my household chores first, then a bit of admin and social media to get it all out of the way. I warm up by reading the words I wrote the previous day, editing as I go, to get myself back into the zone. Then I pretty much write all day in bursts between tea breaks or dog walks. I find the walking helps me to figure out where to go next because I am not a plotter. I see the story in my head like a film and write it as it appears. When the film slows or stops, I know it’s time for some fresh air and a change of scenery. By 4pm, the ideas stop coming so I’ve learned not to force them. If I do, invariably, I’ll have to delete that stuff the following day because it’s wrong.

If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?

Ooh- tough question! If it’s somebody else’s book, then it would have to be Nomtana Sky by the great Nora Roberts. That is such a fantastic, page-turner of a book! Three separate romances, a serial killer and a twist I never saw coming. Joyous! If I’m recommending one of my books to somebody who has never read me before, then it would have to be The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide. That’s me at my witty, nerdy history, romantic best.

Who are your favourite authors?

There are so many! Nora Roberts, Tessa Dare, Julie Ann Long, Sabrina Jeffries, Susan Mallory, Elizabeth George, Sandra Brown, Susan Elizabeth Phillips…

The list goes on and on.

Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

Before I wrote for a living, I was a History teacher but despite my life-long love of history, I avoided historical romances. I read my first in 2011 and fell in love. Only a few years later and I was writing them!

What are you currently working on?

I’ve just started a new Regency romcom trilogy- The Merriwell Sisters- about three impoverished sisters named after Roman goddesses. The first book is the eldest Minerva’s story, and takes place in the lead up to Christmas when she finds herself in the unlikely position of being paid to pose as a scandalous earl’s fake fiancée…

About The Author:

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in herthe unc -virginia(10) small head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

Social Media Links –

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

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#BlogTour #Review There’s Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi @rararesources @RichAmooi

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Title: There’s Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi

Date Published: 25th October 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

Rule #1: No Dating Cowboys.

A fake fiancé doesn’t count, right? Oh boy . . .

Amy Weaver is tired of her dad meddling in her love life. Fed up, she hires an actor to play the part of her fake cowboy fiancé when she goes home for her grandpa’s ninetieth birthday. Sure, Luke Jenkins has got looks, charm, and muscular legs, but this is business, pure and simple. Things are fine and dandy until she finds out he’s a real cowboy, not an actor. Now, she’s stuck between a rock and his chiseled jawline, falling faster than a sack of horseshoes. How the heck is Amy supposed to ignore the sparks between them and stick to her rule of not dating cowboys? All bets are off.

Purchase Links –

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Review:

This is my first Rich Amooi book but it certainly won’t be my last! This really was a fun and food filled romcom with a good dose of humour.

There’s Something About A Cowboy came at the perfect time for me, as I’m suffering from a bit of winter fatigue, you know the days are short and dull and the nights are long and freezing, it’s easy to feel miserable but this book certainly cheered me up.

I’m going to admit something now, I’ve never read a book with a cowboy in it, ever! They’ve never really appealed to my but when I read the synopsis for this and saw the colourful and fun cover I had to read it (even though I’m meant to be taking a break from blog tours).

Amy is a great character, independent, clever and headstrong. Mix that with Luke who has the three Cs, charming, confident and cocky, well sparks are bound to fly!

Another thing I liked was Amy wasn’t the usual twenty to thirty year old heroine, she’s forty five and Luke is actually younger than her which made a change. My only real issue with the characters, was Luke seemed a bit too perfect, I would have liked to see him have a few more flaws.

It does follow the traditional romantic comedy storyline but Rich Amooi really makes it his own, with plenty of humour and a little swearing (shout out to the bull called Dip S**t, it made me giggle so much).

I’d recommend this to anyone who loves a great romantic comedy, perfect to banish those winter blues!

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Author Bio:

Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio rich amooi -author photopersonality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

Social Media Links –

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichAmooi

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/richamooi

#BlogTour #Review The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge @sibelhodge @Bloodhoundbook

Title: The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 10th January

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

The widow. The secret. The liar.

The Disappeared…

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bush land.

The Widow…

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

The Secret…

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

Who’s lying? Who’s watching Nicole? And can she expose their murky secrets before they catch up with her?

Review:

So Sibel Hodge is an author I’ve seen around a lot but this is actually the first novel of hers that I’ve read. This is also a complete stand alone novel so you don’t need to have read any of her other books.

The Disappeared is an action packed and drama filled thriller spanning across the world, with dastardly business men, corrupt police and brutal assassins. I could, in fact, probably see this making a very good action movie.

It touches on some quite harrowing subjects, unfortunately I can’t really fully go into the them in case of spoilers but Sibel Hodge really paints of picture of the corruption and brutality that goes on in poverty stricken countries like Africa.

It’s written in both third person and first person but only in Nicole’s POV which I have to be honest I’m not a huge fan of and at times I found her a little annoying but of course that’s just my opinion.

I’d recommend The Disappeared for anyone who love action thrillers that dig that little bit deeper to have an emotional impact on the reader.

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About Sibel Hodge:

Sibel Hodge is the author of the No 1 Bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable, and Duplicity. Her books have sold over one million copies and are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is asilbel hodge image passionate human and animal rights advocate.

Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Book of 2012 in two categories. She was the winner of Best Children’s Book in the 2013 eFestival of Words; nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award; winner of the Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Book from a Series Award in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013; winner of the Readers’ Favorite Young Adult (Coming of Age) Honorable award in 2015; a New Adult finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015, and 2017 International Thriller Writers Award finalist for Best E-book Original Novel. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top forty books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

Sibel’s Social Media Links:

Website: www.sibelhodge.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sibelhodge @sibelhodge

#Review The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn #NetGalley

Title: The Woman In The Window by A.J Finn

Publisher: Harper Collins

Date Published: 25th January 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

What did she see?

It’s been ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something horrifying. Now she must uncover the truth about what really happened. But if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

Review:

There has been so much hype around this book which usually I’ll avoid mainly because in the past I’ve been disappointed but having been pleasantly surprised by several books last year I thought I’d try and read it. Plus there’s a movie coming out soon!

Anna has been stuck in her house for ten months with little contact from the outside world apart from her tenant in the basement flat of her house. She’s taken to watching her neighbours without their knowledge. Her interest is peeked when a new family, the Russell’s move in and soon she becomes obsessed with them. One evening she witnesses something terrible but can she trust what she saw?

*Unpopular opinion alert* I didn’t much like this book.

I think I may have put too much expectations on it, especially when I heard it was like Rear Window, my all time favourite Hitchcock movie, but, for me anyway, it didn’t quite deliver.

It has everything I usually like in a psychological thriller. An unreliable witness with more issues than I have unread books (that’s a lot), she’s an alcoholic agoraphobic with a pill problem, and a head scratching mystery. But I felt a bit of a disconnect between myself and the book.

I did however like Anna but I also felt very sorry for her. She’s trapped in her house, a prison of her own making, with nothing much to do apart from play online chess and help other agoraphobic people in an online forum or watch old black and white movies. She’s also her own worst enemy, especially as she’s a psychologist herself, and knows that mixing booze and prescription drugs is a bad idea.

The beginning starts off so slow that I genuinely had to force myself to read on but I will say that the second half gets a lot more interesting with a slightly quicker pace.

Overall it wasn’t really my cup of tea and biscuits but maybe I’ll enjoy it more when I watch the film.

About The Author: (taken from Amazon)

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW has been sold in 43 territories around the globe. The film adaptation, starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, and Julianne Moore, will be released worldwide in autumn 2019. The movie directed by Joe Wright, written by Tracy Letts, and produced by Scott Rudin.

I spent a decade working in publishing in both New York and London, with a particular emphasis on thrillers and mysteries. Now I write full-time, to the relief of my former colleagues. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW was inspired by a range of experiences: my lifelong love affair with suspense fiction, from the Sherlock Holmes stories I devoured as a kid to the work of Patricia Highsmith, whom I studied at the graduate level at Oxford; my passion for classic cinema, especially the films of Alfred Hitchcock; and my struggles with depression and mental health. The result, I hope, is a psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Kate Atkinson, among others.

Stuff I love: reading; swimming; cooking; dogs; ice cream; travel. (Note that third semicolon. It’s crucial. I do not love cooking dogs.) I collect first-edition books and enjoy spending time with my French bulldog, Ike.

#BlogTour #BookSpotlight #Giveaway #Excerpt To Dream The Blackbane by Richard J O’Brien @RRBookTours1

Hello everyone! Today I have an excerpt from Urban fantasy To Dream The Blackbane and giveaway to win a copy (see bottom of the post) but first a little about the book:

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Title: To Dream The Blackbane by Richard J O’Brien

Date Published: 29th December 2018

Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Description:

A cosmic event in 2015 fused Earth with the faerie realm. Scientists referred to the event as The Anomaly. A by product of The Anomaly was the advent of hybrid beings—people who became mixed with whatever animal or object was closest to them the moment the event occurred. Humans, or pedigrees, soon relegated fairy refugees and hybrids into ghetto zones in large cities.

Seventy years later, Wolfgang Rex, a second-generation hybrid—part human, part Rhodesian Ridgeback—is a retired police detective who runs a private investigation business in Chicago’s Southside. It’s a one-hybrid show; though Rex couldn’t survive without his assistant, the faerie Sally Sandweb.

One night, two vampires visit Rex and offer him a substantial reward for the recovery of a stolen scroll. Later that same evening, Charlotte Sweeney-Jarhadill, a pedigree woman from Louisiana, visits Rex and hires him to exorcize the headless ghost of a Confederate soldier from her home.

To complicate matters, the private detective ends up falling for Charlotte. Meanwhile, the vampires demand results in the search for the missing scroll. When Rex’s assistant Sally goes missing, he must stay alive long enough to find her. Charlotte and the vampires, however, have other plans for Rex.

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Excerpt from Chapter 1:

My name is Wolfgang Rex. I am a private detective. Once upon a time I’d been a police lieutenant. After twenty-five years of service to the city of Chicago, I retired in 2063 and opened up Chi-town Detectives, a private investigation firm.

I’m what they call in the medical books a second-generation Anomalous cross-breed. My father was a cop like me. One night he was out walking his dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rex. My mother hated that dog. After she died I learned that she had always wished that Rex would meet some unfortunate demise. She got her wish on the night of The Anomaly. My father came home from his walk without the dog—in a manner of speaking. For lack of a better term, he and the dog had fused. And the result was a humanoid—with a hairy body, a tail, and the head of his old dog Rex. My mother was horrified, but my parents were both Catholic. So they stuck it out. I was born in the tenth year of The Anomaly. When I was a kid, my mother used to read me fairy tales. She died before I finished high school. So it goes, like Kurt Vonnegut once wrote. I turned out to be the spitting image of my father post-Anomaly. I lucked out with being born without a tail. My father had somehow managed to keep his human vocal cords. My face was less hairy than his, but our snouts were nearly identical.

Learning to speak with a dog’s mouth was tricky when I was coming up, but I eventually got the hang of it. And thank Christ I’d been born with opposable thumbs; otherwise, I would’ve starved to death a long time ago. Still, given that many people melded with inanimate objects—much like that poor bastard who became a stone gargoyle—I constantly considered myself lucky. My father cursed his lot for the rest of his life. Some people, like my old man, never learned to adjust.

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About The Author:

Richard J. O’Brien is a graduate of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in Creative Writingauthor pic (2) Program. Richard’s novels include Under the Bronze Moon, Infestation, and The Garden of Fragile Things. His short stories have appeared in The Del Sol Review, Duende, Pulp Literature, The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Weirdbook, and other magazines. Richard lives in New Jersey, where he teaches at Rowan College at Gloucester County and Stockton University.

Website: https://obrienwriter.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18704140.Richard_J_O_Brien

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-J.-OBrien/e/B0096UJEPW

Giveaway:

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Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/

Tranquil Dreams (Excerpt) https://klling.wordpress.com/

The Invisible Moth (Review) https://daleydowning.wordpress.com/

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Jan. 9th

I Smell Sheep (Excerpt) http://www.ismellsheep.com/

The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt) http://www.thevoluptuousbookdiva.com/

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Anthony Avina (Excerpt) http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

The Bookworm Drinketh (Review) http://thebookwormdrinketh.wordpress.com/

The Return Cart (Review) http://thereturncart.com/

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ICYMI – He Is Watching You by Charlie Gallagher #BlogTour @JoffeBooks @Gloriouscharlie

Today on my blog I’m hosting the In Case You Missed It tour, which I will catch up with a few Joffe titles that I missed at the end of last year and re-share a few of my reviews. First up I have a review of the latest book from Charlie Gallagher:

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Title: He is watching you by Charlie Gallagher

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 14th November 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLIE GALLAGHER.

MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING ENDINGS OF THE YEAR.

A young woman’s body is left in a metal container in a remote location. The killer is careful to position her under a camera that links to his smartphone. He likes to look back at his work.

HE IS WATCHING HER.

BUT SHE ISN’T DEAD.

So he will return to finish the job. He can barely contain his excitement at the thought of getting to do it all over again. But he must be careful. He cannot rush. Rushing makes you careless.

Detective Maddie Ives is new to the area. She is handed a missing person report: a young woman with a drink problem who’s been reported missing fifteen times. It looks like a waste of time. But DS Ives has a bad feeling about the woman’s disappearance.

DI Harry Blaker is called to a hit and run of an elderly man left to die on a quiet country road. There is no motive and it looks like a tragic accident. But he’s been working Major Crime long enough to know that something isn’t quite right.

The two officers find their investigations intertwine and they will need to work together.

BUT THEY MUST WORK FAST. TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THE WOMAN IN THE CONTAINER.

And the killer has already identified his next target.

HE IS WATCHING YOU: The new race against time thriller from Charlie Gallagher.

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN
HER LAST BREATH
RUTHLESS

Review:

Maddie Ives is an undercover police officer in Manchester but after an operation goes bad and she is pulled out and shipped down south.

Her new boss is less than impressed with her and assigns her to missing persons. The report of a young woman is brought to her attention, a case which other officers had dismissed but something about it makes Maddie uneasy.

DI Henry Blaker is assigned hit and run case, was it an accident or murder?

Soon Maddie and Blaker’s cases will collide with deadly consequences.

So this a new series from Charlie Gallagher featuring new detectives Maddie Ives and Henry Blaker.

What a fantastic, action packed police procedural this is! There are so many great twists and nail biting scenes. Do start this book before bed because I guarantee it will keep you awake!

As with several books I’ve read lately, Charlie Gallagher is a serving police officer and it really shows with little details to add to the authenticity of the story.

I absolutely loved the two new characters! Maddie is a strong willed, so used to doing as she pleases, it’s a bit of a culture shock for her having to fit into a team and to do the job she’s been assigned. Henry Blaker is a grumpy and experienced detective, with a bit of a temper but he is the only one who seems to see the potential in Maddie. The way they interact and their relationship really make this book.

My only issue was the start of the book felt a little disorganised. There are several different viewpoints and new characters which, at first, I didn’t really understand how they related to each other but Charlie Gallagher cleverly intertwines the narrative to make a fantastic story.

He is watching you a must for fans of police procedurals with strong female leads.

About The Author:

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

#Review Truth And Lies by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes @AmazonPub

Title: Truth And Lies by Caroline Mitchell

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Date Published: 30th August 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Meet Amy Winter: Detective Inspector, daughter of a serial killer.

DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart.

Responsible for a string of heinous killings decades ago, Lillian is pure evil. A psychopathic murderer. And Amy’s biological mother. Now, she is ready to reveal the location of three of her victims—but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game.

While her fellow detectives frantically search for a young girl taken from her mother’s doorstep, Amy must confront her own dark past. Haunted by blurred memories of a sister who sacrificed herself to save her, Amy faces a race against time to uncover the missing bodies.

But what if, from behind bars, Grimes has been pulling the strings even tighter than Amy thought? And can she overcome her demons to prevent another murder?

Review:

After the sudden death of her father, DI Amy Winters receives a letter from the ‘Beast from Brentwood’ Lillian Grimes claiming she’s her mother. She also claims that she’ll give her the locations of the remains of the last victims but only if she does as Lillian says.

At the same time a young girl, Hemmy, is kidnapped with precious few leads but Amy’s focus is not on the case. Can Amy and her team pull it together before something happens to Hemmy?

This is another ‘why didn’t I read this sooner’ book! This was such a riveting read, with so many twists and turns…I just loved everything about it!

The way the two main characters Lillian and Amy play off each other is so fascinating and I think would make an excellent TV show (throwing the hint out there ITV).

Serial killers I think for the most part fascinate most people but Lillian is the rarer type being a woman. She is an utterly despicable character, reminding me of someone like Rose West or Myra Hindley. A complete psychopath that can turn from charming to cruel at the drop of a hat but what I enjoyed most was the way the author casts doubt, was she framed or is it just more lies?

At first Amy is so confident, ambitious, head of her own team, she’s on her way to making DCI then she finds out she’s the daughter of serial killers. It’d be enough to throw anyone through a hoop, never mind a police officer. She starts to doubt herself, feeling tainted and wondering if she could be psychopath herself.

An honourable mention goes to Amy’s second in command, DS Patrick Byrne who is a bit of a complex character, unable to leave his abusive wife yet he’s fallen in love with another woman. I like the way that it spotlighted the fact that domestic abuse doesn’t just happen to women.

Overall Truth and Lies is an utterly brilliant book with so many compelling characters, a must for fans of serial killer thrillers.

About the Author:

A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full time.

She has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims—high-risk victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers.

Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and three children.

You can find out more about her at http://www.caroline-writes.com, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/).