#BlogTour #Review Unworthy (DS Jason Smith 8) by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles @Books_n_all

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Title: Unworthy by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 14th May 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

THE UNWORTHY MUST PAY.

DS Jason Smith is dragged away from paternity leave when a woman is killed with her baby in the next room. When more women with children are brutally murdered, Smith discovers that they all have something in common – they all share a secret. When he finds out that the mother of his own child is on this list of ‘Unworthy’ women, he finds himself in a race against time to stop the killer before his whole world comes crashing down around him.

An action packed thriller filled with the twists, turns and red herrings we expect from Stewart Giles. This is an edge of your seat page-turner that will appeal to all readers of crime fiction.

THE SETTING

York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.

At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond.  She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Unworthy:

There are more twists and turns in the stories than an alpine road. The characters are brilliantly written and a dark humour is always present but, the main plot is always well thought out and the suspense drags you right to the end.’ – James oneill

Always a good read. Great characters. The ending is intriguing and I’m looking forward to the next in the series to see how things develop.’ – WarrenC

Unworthy” just got better and better; I loved the twists and turns, and I didn’t want it to end.’ – There’s an App for that!

Another great story with the usual characters and much more. Read the series in order to get the best effect.Thompson V

Excellent story and characters which together give you a great read. Didn’t want to put it down once I’d started.’ – Quiet man

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

Book 0.5 Phobia

Book 1 Smith

Book 2 Boomerang

Book 3 Ladybird

Book 4 Occam’s Razor

Book 5 Harlequin

Book 6 Selene

Book 7 Horsemen

Book 8 Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1 The Beekeeper

Book 2 The Perfect Murder

Book 3 The Backpacker

DS JASON SMITH & DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1 The Enigma – will be released on 18th November 2018

Review:

Smith is happily enjoying paternity leave with his new daughter Laura and girlfriend DC Erica Whitton when he’s called back in. A young woman is found brutally beaten to death in front of her baby with the word Unworthy drawn in her own blood on the window.

Less than twenty four hours later, a little boy is found wandering the streets covered in blood his mother killed in a similar way. Can Smith figure out who the killer is before they strike again?


So this is the last book before the new release The Enigma comes out combining Stewart Giles two detectives Jason Smith and Harriet Taylor which I’ve very, very excited for but I’m also a little sad as my Smith series binge has come to an end!

Wow, I have to say I think this is one of my favourites of the entire series! It is a tiny bit shorter than some of the other Smith books but wow is there a lot packed into it. Honestly there’s so many twists and turns it made my head spin!

Fatherhood seems to have made Smith mature a bit more and I’m happy to see him and Whitton still going strong but don’t worry there’s still a bit of drama between the pair to keep it interesting.

There’s a little bit of rivalry between the DC’s Bridge and Yang Chu on who will get the open detective sergeant spot which was a bit of light relief in quite an intense story.

It was also nice to see PC Baldwin getting more of a role within the book, and being drafted into Smith’s team after spending so many years manning the front desk.

Unworthy is an intense and gripping mystery with a nail biting ending which is a fantastic edition to the series. I cannot wait to read The Enigma!

About The Author:

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling SG Author photo (4)around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

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#BlogTour #Review Homicide In Herne Hill by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @rararesources @crookedcatbooks

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I’ve very excited to be sharing my review of Homicide In Herne Hill, the fourth in the London mystery series, today (thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour) with a giveaway to win a copy of the book (see bottom of the post) but first a little about the book:

Title: Homicide In Herne Hill by Alice Castle.

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 28th September 2018

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Description:

Beth Haldane, SE21’s premier – and only – single mum amateur sleuth, is really pleased to find a new friend at the school gates, in the shape of irrepressibly bouncy Nina. As well as a way with words, Nina has a puzzle she wants Beth to solve, centred on the solicitor’s office where Nina works in Herne Hill.

But as the mystery thickens, threatening to drag in not just Nina and her boss, but the yummy mummies of Dulwich, too, Beth is about to find out just how far some people will go to keep up appearances.

Join Beth in this fourth instalment in the London Murder Mystery series for her toughest case yet.

You can read my reviews of the previous three novels here (just click on the links)

Death In Dulwich

The Girl In The Gallery

Calamity In Camberwell

Review:

So I’m a huge fan of this series having read all four of the instalments but I do feel like Homicide In Herne Hill can be read as a stand-alone without missing too much. I will recommend that you start at the beginning because it’s such a good series!

It’s coming up to Christmas and Beth Haldane’s best friend Katie has gone away until new year leaving Beth feeling a little lonely. A chance encounter at her son Ben’s Nativity play and she meets another single mum, Nina.

Nina is the polar opposite of Katie, she’s loud, bouncy, eats processed food and doesn’t associate with the so called yummy mummy society of Dulwich. Knowing Beth’s reputation for solving mysteries Nina tells her she feels something dodgy is going on at the solicitor’s she works at. Unable to resist a puzzle, she puts herself and her new relationship on the line to get to the bottom of it.

It’s nice to be back in Dulwich with Beth. It feels like I’m visiting an old friend!

I liked the addition of Nina, she’s down to earth and fun, okay she lets her six year old have fizzy drinks and a diet that consists of pretty much junk food but nobody’s perfect! I wonder if her and Beth’s other friend Katie will meet in the next book, I’d like to see that.

Now much as I love this series, I didn’t feel like the mystery was quite as strong as the previous ones, with the majority of the juicy bits happening in the second half of the book but of course that is just my opinion. Also I’d like to see a bit more from the dishy detective Harry Young who Beth is now in a relationship with, but seemed noticeably absent for most of the book.

Overall Homicide In Herne Hill is a fun cosy mystery, full of great characters, witty observations and perfect for curling up with during these chilly nights.

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About The Author:

Before turning to crime, Alice Castle had a long career as a feature writer on national newspapers including the Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Alice grew up inauthor pic south London and, after a brief stint in Brussels (where her first novel, Hot Chocolate, is set) she is back where she belongs, dreaming up adventures for her heroine, amateur detective and single mum Beth Haldane. Alice is married with two children, two stepchildren and two cats. Find out more about her London Murder Mystery series on her website, http://www.alicecastleauthor.com. Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 by Crooked Cat Books and was #1 in the Amazon Satire/Detective charts in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. The Girl in the Gallery came out in December 2017 and the third in the series, Calamity in Camberwell, was published on 13th August 2018. Revenge on the Rye will follow in 2019, with more books in the pipeline.

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#BlogTour #Excerpt Belfast Central by AK Amherst @amherst_ak #LoveBooksGroupTours

Today I’m bring you an exclusive excerpt from Belfast Central as part of the blog tour but first a little bit about the book: 

Title: Belfast Central by AK Amherst

Date Published: 10th April 2018

Genre: Historical Thriller

Description:

Belfast 1993: A nocturnal ambulance service at the Belfast Central Station almost turns deadly for the young paramedic Ryan. In the crosshairs of the IRA, he is badly wounded and wakes up in the hospital with muddled memories. The police close the case fast, leaving too many burning questions unanswered. Most importantly, who was that old man who appeared at the scene out of nowhere and saved Ryan’s life? Not fully recovered yet, Ryan begins searching for the mysterious man, only to get dragged into a feud between opposing paramilitaries – with fatal consequences…

A thrilling story about fates in 20th century Northern Ireland.

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Extract:

Belfast 1933

Finlay’s shop was in a stretched, rectangular room. There was hardly enough space for a person to walk through the narrow aisles between the shelves. Amid all the groceries, Adam discovered the shelf of candy bars. Adam licked his lips. How yummy they must be.

Take one.’ Finlay stood behind the counter, transferring the cash from his till into the safe. He didn’t have to say that twice.

The chocolate melted in Adam’s mouth. Sweet caramel stuck his tongue to the palate. ‘You wanted to see me, sir?’ Adam smacked.

Indeed. We have a meeting now, and I need you to take notes for me.’ Take notes? A meeting? The sun set hours ago and the shop was closed. What weird meeting was that?

You can write, right?’ A silly question. ‘I asked you something,’ Finlay said. Adam nodded. ‘Don’t look so dense. Come with me.’ Adam followed Finlay into the back of the store, through an office and a long, narrow aisle. At the end was a door. Finlay put his hand on the doorknob and looked at Adam sternly. ‘Just to make it clear, you don’t tell anybody about this. Do you understand? No one.’

OK.’ The room was large, the walls grey. No windows. Bright, artificial light. There were about half a dozen men gathered. The table they were sitting at was big enough for half a dozen more. Finlay sat down at the front end and pointed Adam to sit beside him. Paper and pen were ready.

The murmur of the men fell silent as Finlay raised his voice. ‘I know you are upset, but I ask for order during the meeting.’

Who’s the boy?’ the man with a full beard, sitting next to Adam, asked. ‘He’s keeping minutes today,’ Finlay said. ‘Can we trust him?’ The question was asked by a man Adam wouldn’t have trusted one bit. The man had his cap pulled deep into his face. The jack-knife in his hands clicked as the blade snapped. In. Out. In.

He works for me,’ Finlay said. Finlay’s icy gaze paralysed Adam. Suddenly, the candy bar left a bad taste in Adam’s mouth. ‘Why are we even meeting up if half of us can’t make it tonight?’ yelled someone from the other end of the table.

Good question,’ Finlay said. ‘I’m afraid the others won’t be able to make it for quite some time.’ The man sitting opposite to Adam hit his fist on the table. ‘Damn police. They’re only working for the Protestants in this city.’

Police? Adam didn’t understand a word. Finlay raised his hand soothingly. ‘Unfortunately, not only our allies fell into the hands of the police, but also many of our records.’

What? How could that happen?’ the man with the full beard growled. ‘They caught O’Connor and found the minutes of our last meetings in his apartment?’ Upset muttering set in. ‘No reason for a kerfuffle!’ Finlay shouted. ‘No reason? We could all go to jail!’ one man said. ‘Don’t be silly. If you haven’t been arrested yet, you won’t be,’ said another. ‘Yes, at least for now,’ a third one yelled. The laughter of the men sounded like rolling thunder to Adam. Finlay’s sharp whistle made Adam wince. ‘We need a plan, a counterstrike!’ ‘What’s the name of this guy who recently snooped around here? Constable something?’ the shady bloke with the jack-knife asked.

Constable Fraser!’ someone shouted. ‘Like I said. A British name, for sure a Protestant,’ another one said. ‘We need to take care of him, this Fraser. We should get rid of him,’ said the man with the full beard. Everyone nodded in agreement. ‘Then it’s settled. Halligan. Your mission,’ Finlay said to the shady bloke with the jack-knife. He nodded. Finlay turned to Adam. ‘Did you write everything down?’ Adam stared at the empty piece of paper in front of him. ‘Um…’

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About The Author:

Born and raised in Austria, A.K. Amherst travelled the world from a young age. This influencedAKAmherst her writing, which relates to history and cultures of foreign countries. Intensive research is part of her job, and she really loves her job. You want to be taken into another setting and experience life from a different angle? Then Amherst is the writer for you.

There is a more detailed author bio on my website if you need it longer, but I prefer to keep it short 😉 Link to author bio “longer version”: http://akamherst.com/aboutme/

Twitter: @amherst_ak

#GuestPost Unspoken Truths, Mental Health and Me by Liz Mistry @LizCrimeWarp @Bloodhoundbook

So I was lucky enough to review Unspoken Truths a couple of weeks back (you can read my review here) but today I’m bringing you an exclusive guest post from the lovely author herself on mental health. First a little about the book:

Title: Unspoken Truths by Liz Mistry

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 29th October 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder.

In Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus will be pushed to his physical and psychological limits.

First a train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle carrying drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley.

But when Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal.

As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the reason behind the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets his team loose on the Dark Web but how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?

Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence mounts against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit.

Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer?

Never before has Gus faced a test as demanding as this….

Guest Post: Unspoken Truths, Mental Health and Me.

I make no secret of my own battles with mental ill health and my ongoing struggles to maintain good health. And it is for this reason that, in my writing I always try to highlight some areas of Mental health.

Mental Health is a very non – specific way to discuss the myriad of conditions out there. There are as diverse a range of Mental health conditions out there as there are physical conditions and no one size fits all.

In Unspoken Truths I got to thinking about the Mental Health of various characters in the novel. Statistics show that many rough sleepers also suffer from a range of mental health issues and with the emphasis in Unspoken Truths being on the extreme weather conditions caused by The Beast from the East, I was keen to highlight some of the issues faced by people suffering from schizophrenia with no access to their meds. Alongside the two rough sleepers found outside The Fort, I wanted to give a nod to the initiative of having Mental health nurses on call to assist the Police in providing the right sort of care for people they come across. This means that instead of spending a night in the cells, frightened and without help geared to their needs, people with mental health disorders will get the help they need.

Likewise, I wanted to highlight how Bradford’s many communities came together in this crisis situation to care for the less fortunate. Community is a powerful and beautiful thing that should always be praised when it does great work.

My character, Alice Cooper, is particularly loved by readers. She is gutsy, strong and charismatic (she’s all the things I wish I was.) However, in Unspoken Truths a series of extreme events take place which really tests Alice’s mental resilience. As a result of various traumas, Alice begins to suffer from depersonalisation – that lack of ability to connect with her surroundings, the people around her and the circumstances in which she finds herself. This sort of mental trauma leads to physical symptoms which are frightening and set in motion a vicious cycle of being unable to ground yourself or lift yourself from extreme apathy.  I hope that the things I put Alice through and her responses to it will help to highlight these issues.

My main man Gus struggles to battle his demons. He has come a long way since Unquiet Souls, but still continues to battle to keep his head above water. He has adopted many strategies to help his mental health. The most obvious is his absolute dedication to the job – Gus can only feel well if he is policing. This is a reflection of myself – I can only feel well when I am writing – In effect my job helps to keep me sane too. Gus also has other things in his life to help his mental health. His little dog Bingo raises his mood and h physical exercise through jogging is a must for Gus. So, in Unspoken Truths, poor Gus is really struggling as the weather conditions make it impossible for him to self -medicate by jogging.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little bit about Unspoken Truths, Mental Health, and Me.

Love from

Liz Mistry


bout Liz Mistry:
Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in.  She is currently researching for a Ph. D inliz mistry creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK. She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016. She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.

She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences

Liz’s Social Media Links:

Facebook: @LizMistrybooks

Email: LizMistryAuthor@yahoo.com

Twitter: @LizCrimeWarp

Blog: https://thecrimewarp.blogspot.co.uk/

Website: https://lizmistrycrimewriter.wordpress.com/

 

#BlogTour #Review Anonymity by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @Bloodhoundbook #Newrelease

Title: Anonymity by John Nicholl

Publisher: Bloodhound books

Date Published: 6th November 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

When Mia, a successful novelist, is targeted by a stalker, her life begins to unravel.

Unaware that the predatory psychopath has placed cameras in her home, the stalker sends untraceable emails, including photos of her and her four-year-old daughter, demanding Mia performs outlandish tasks, threatening dire consequences if she refuses or approaches the police.

As the pressure builds, Adam, Mia’s sister’s boyfriend, offers to accompany her to stay in Italy with her parents. But when the villa is burnt down, Mia fears the stalker has followed her and decides to return to Wales.

Meanwhile, the police are investigating the murder of three women in the area, and when DI Gravel’s daughter is threatened, he takes matters into his own hands.

With his health failing and his career coming to an end, just how far will Gravel go to protect his daughter and catch a vicious killer?

Review:

When we meet Mia she’s a bit of a mess. Addicted to pain killers, recovering from breast cancer and struggling to write her next book, when a sinister email pops up in her inbox from her ‘number one fan’ she replies in no uncertain terms for them to get lost. What she doesn’t know is the person behind the email is hell bent on destroying her mentally and physically and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

At breaking point she turns to old family friend DI Gareth (Grav) Gravel, who is currently on sick leave, for help.

So this is the fourth in the DI Gravel series but can be read as a stand-alone without missing too much. I have only read one other book in the series myself, which incidentally is also the first, A Cold, Cold Heart (you can read my review here) at the beginning of the year.

Anonymity is one of those books that you think to yourself, that could really happen, which now I think about it makes it that much more scary! As I said with the first one this is one of those genre defy books, part psychological thriller, part police procedural and if you enjoy those two, I think you’ll love this one! But be warned, I know I say this a lot, it does have a few uncomfortable and slightly gruesome scenes.

The story is told from several different POV’s including the killer who I have got to say is a pretty much EVIL! I do also like the way John Nicholl doesn’t try to explain too much why he became this way, the killer is just a nasty manipulative character who you can just really hate.

DI Gravel is really struggling with his health in this book, both physical and mental. He’s suffering the aftermath of his third heart attack, he wants to work but his boss, who has a massive dislike of him, wants to pension him off. He’s drinking the day away when Mia comes to him and he begins to feel the old fire again, especially when his daughter is sent threatening packages.

I have to be honest I didn’t much like Mia. Don’t get me wrong she’s a well drawn character with plenty of flaws but considering she’d meant to be quite an intelligent character, she makes a lot of dumb and naive decisions.

I did feel that it sort of lost it’s way a little in the middle and sort of lost the tension a little bit but it certainly picked up by the end, with a tense, action packed and very emotional ending!

Anonymity is a realistic and gritty novel that packs an emotional punch.

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About The Author:

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller.fullsizeoutput_8

John’s books are set in the UK and have a strong Welsh flavour. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.

John has publishing deals with Bloodhound Books, W.F. Howes Ltd, and Hungarian publisher – konyvmolykepzo. His latest novel, Anonymity, will be published by Bloodhound Books in November 2018.

John’s Social Media Links:

Author website: http://www.johnnicholl.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.nicholl.988

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13795294.John_Nicholl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicholl06 @nicholl06

Agent: http://tma-agency.com

#BlogTour #Review Her Last Move by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @AmazonPub #damppebblesblogtours

Title: Her Last Move by John Marrs

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: 8th November 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

She’s chasing a killer. He’s watching her every move.

He hides in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment. Each kill is calculated, planned and executed like clockwork.

Struggling to balance her personal and professional life, young DS Becca Vincent has landed the biggest case of her career—and she knows that it will make or break her. But she can’t catch the culprit alone. Together with facial recognition expert Joe Russell, she strives to get a lead on the elusive murderer, who is always one step ahead of them.

Time is not on their side. The body count is rising, and the attacks are striking closer and closer to home. Can Becca and Joe uncover the connection between the murders before the killer strikes the last name from his list?

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Her-Last-Move-John-Marrs-ebook/dp/B07CGXQH2Q/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/her-last-move/john-marrs/9781503948020

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Review:

Many thanks to Emma Welton at Damppebbles for inviting me on this epic blog tour and Thomas and Mercer for providing me with a copy of this fab book!

DS Becca Vincent is struggling to balance motherhood and move on her career in the police force when she witnesses the death of a man at a tube station, without realising it she’d just stumbled onto the biggest case of her career.

A second body turns up Becca sees a link with the body and the man in the tube station, she’s tasked to liaise with Joe Russell, a facial recognition expert otherwise known as a super recogniser.

More bodies start to turn up, each more gruesome than the next, the team are struggling. How will they catch a killer who’s always one step ahead of them?

So John Marrs has been on my radar for a while now, in fact I have two of his other books languishing unread on my kindle (I know I have a problem, I really need to stop buying books and not reading them!) and I’m kicking myself that I haven’t gotten round to reading his books sooner!

Now I love police procedural but I’m always on the look out for something with a bit different or unusual, so I jumped at the chance to read this specifically as it has super recognisers in it. I’ve been fascinated with them since I watched a program about them last year. Their job must be quite hard trawling through hours of CCTV footage looking at criminals faces.

I felt for Joe. He wants to find his sister Linzi so badly after she went missing when they were just children, he’s taken to searching for her wherever and whenever he can yet his super recogniser skills seem to be letting him down.

Becca is another good character, although I didn’t like her quite as much as Joe. At first I thought she was a bit selfish, putting her career before her disabled child but the reasons for this become apparent as you’re reading, it’s tear worthy is all I’m saying on that!

We also get inside really get inside the head of a twist and deranged serial killer, hell-bent on revenge but as you read on you see the more human side of him trying to get out. Weirdly, I actually felt kind of sorry for him!

Her Last Move is a real rollercoaster of a book, with so much tension, twists and shocks, I raced through it. It’s absolutely addictive!

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About The Author:

John Marrs is the author of #1 bestsellers The One (soon to be made into a film with UrbanJohn Marrs Myth Films), The Good Samaritan (shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2018), When You Disappeared, and Welcome to Wherever You Are. After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time writer.

Her Last Move is dedicated to John’s late father, Charlie, who was a police officer for 25 years.

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#BlogTour #Review The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien @ScribblerJB @rararesources

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So I was actually lucky enough to take part in the cover reveal for The Stepsister and now I get to share my review with you, along with a fabulous giveaway (see bottom of the post) but first a little bit about the book:

Title: The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien

Date Published: 29th October 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.

Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?

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Review:

Victoria’s life seems to be falling apart around her ears when she receives a letter telling her that she’s inherited a house from a stranger with her stepsister Ness. Uninterested she lets Ness go over to Holland to sort out the sale.

When she doesn’t hear from Ness for a while she’s not overly worried. Then she receives a text saying that she’s got married to a man named Manus Van Der Hook. Alarmed she ventures over to Holland only to find Ness is missing.

Staying in the house searching for her sister, strange things start happening. She’s in danger but from who? Can she find her sister before it’s too late?

So this is my first Jenny O’Brien novel and I believe the author’s first foray into psychological thrillers, having previously romances (for those who are fans of those books there is a bit of romance in this one too!).

I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.’

Wow what a killer opening line! We start off in the present with a woman who doesn’t remember her name or how she ended up in a hospital in a foreign country. We’re then catapulted back in time to meet stepsister Victoria and Ness, who couldn’t be more different, Ness a lawyer, Victoria an artist.

Poor Victoria, abandoned at birth by her mother and adopted by a woman who didn’t have time for her, she hasn’t had the best of starts in life. Add to that her boyfriend of ten years dumps her for a younger woman! I just wanted to give her a great big hug.

An Honorary mention has to got to Nigel the dog, just because he’s a dog named Nigel!

I liked the setting of Holland, I don’t think I’ve actually read many books set there, or if they were it was focused on the slightly more unsavoury aspect of the country.

I have to be honest it’s written in the first person (not my favourite of POV’s) and I did find with hearing the character’s innermost thoughts, it did get a little rambly in places but of course that is just my opinion.

Overall The Stepsister is chock full of intrigue, suspense with a little hint of romance that will keep you enthralled until the very last page.

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About The Author:

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.8715CB6B-8F86-4241-9D71-D504CE5E13A4

She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

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