#BlogTour Sister, psychopath by @mjamesfiction @Bloodhoundbook

Title: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Book Description:

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.

Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?

When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…

A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

Review:

This book makes thankfully for the two lovely sisters I’ve got!

Megan’s younger sister Chloe is a terrible character. She’s vain, selfish and hates when she doesn’t get her own way.

Megan is convinced that her sister had something to do with her baby’s death but everyone else thinks it’s in her head.

Chloe is a truly awful character and I really sympathise with Megan. What annoyed me was the way her mother and her friends excused Chloe’s terrible behaviour and told Megan that she was being overly sensitive. I didn’t think she was being sensitive at all!

Another complication is Megan and Chloe’s mum, Tilly is mentally ill who rapidly becomes more and more unstable as the book goes along. This is the second book I have read by this author (the first, The Second Captive is all about Stockholm syndrome, you can read the review here.) and I feel she always portrays mental health with such care and attention.

I enjoyed the mix of first person and third person viewpoints. It’s a difficult feat to pull off but the author does it well.

The only thing I would say is there could have been a bit more tension, and a few less coincidences. Like for instance all the characters, even the supporting ones like Megan’s friends and her mum’s boss and his wife, all seemed to know each other.

Overall a very twisty tale with a complicated web of relationships.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense6142Per829L._UX250_ novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

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#BlogTour Death Parts Us by Alex Walters @mikewalters60 @Bloodhoundbook

Title: Death Parts us by Alex Walters  

Genre: Mystery/Thriller  

Publisher: Bloodhound books

 

Book Description:

Twenty years ago, Jackie Galloway was a senior cop with a bad reputation. Then he ended up on the wrong side of the wrong people, and his career was ruined. Sacked and with no pension, he ends up eking out his last days on Scotland’s Black Isle, his mind lost to dementia, supported only by his long-suffering wife, Bridie.

Then Galloway is found dead. The police assume the death to be accidental, until Bridie Galloway reveals that her husband has been receiving apparently threatening letters containing only the phrase: ‘NOT FORGOTTEN. NOT FORGIVEN.’

DI Alec McKay is struggling to come to terms with life without his estranged wife Chrissie, and is living in isolation on the Black Isle. As a junior officer, McKay had been allocated to Galloway’s team and has bad memories of the man and his methods. Now he finds himself investigating Galloway’s death.

But when suspicion falls on him and more police officers are murdered, the pressure is on for McKay to solve the case.

Why would the killer seek revenge twenty years after Galloway left the force?

As McKay fights to link the events of past and present, he realizes that time is rapidly running out…

 

Review:

I want to thank Bloodhound books for the advanced copy of this book and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog blitz.

This is part of a series but like most crime books, it can be read as a standalone.

The book is set in the Black Isles in Scotland, which is a nice change from London or Manchester. DI Alec Mckay has just moved to the Black Isles after a separation with his wife, when he stumbles on to the crime scene of notorious crooked policeman Jackie Galloway. It is dismissed as an accident until other members of Jackie’s unit start showing up dead. Alec finds himself sidelined after being one of the last people to see one of the victims alive. It’s then up to his colleagues DS Ginny Horton DI Helena Grant to investigate but Alec can’t keep his nose out.

I loved DI Alec McKay, with grumpy exterior and his talent for getting himself into trouble. I also liked the supporting characters, DS Horton and DI Grant, they were well formed characters with their own voices and gelled well with Alec.

The story had me guessing quite a lot. I honestly had no idea who the killer was going to be until right at the very end (I’m losing my touch!), which turned out to be a surprising twist.

I liked the use of some Scottish phrases, like ach, hen and blethering but they were used quite a lot, it did get a little repetitive on occasion. I actually would have liked a bit more Scottish slang.

Also there was quite a few deaths, which it’s a crime book I expect that, but I lost track slightly of the victims by the end.

Overall a fantastic book with plenty of action that will keep you turning page after page. After reading this book I actually went and brought the first in the series, Candles and Roses.

Rating: 4/5

 

Author Bio:

Alex Walters is the author of the DI Alec McKay series set in Scotland’s Black Isle—Candles OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand Roses and Death Parts Us. He has also written three books set in and around Manchester—Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, which introduced DCI Kenny Murrain. As Michael Walters, he also published three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast, which are currently being reprinted in new reedited Alex Walters editions. Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and now, alongside his writing, runs a consultancy working mainly in the criminal justice sector with police, prisons and probation. After many years in Manchester he’s in the process of moving to the Highlands with his wife, occasional sons and too many cats.

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#BlogTour w/ except. In a Cottage In a Wood by @CassGreenWriter @Fictionpubteam

Title: In A Cabin In A Wood by Cass Green.

Genre:  Mystery/Thriller.  

Publisher: HarperCollins

Synopsis:

Her dream home will become her worst nightmare…

A dark and twisty psychological thriller from the No.1 ebook bestselling author of The Woman Next Door.

A strange encounter
Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.

An unexpected gift
Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

A twisted secret
But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…

Except:

Taking a deep, wobbly breath, Neve holds up the phone and attempts to splash the narrow beam around, to get her bearings. Tall trees line one side of the track, thin and silvery trunked. She can’t see how far back they stretch, but there are no other houses to be seen.

Luckily, the icy beam reveals enough of the muddy, potholed way ahead for her to be able to walk forwards in small, nervous steps. She pictures herself twisting an ankle, or worse, and having to lie in the mud until someone

who? comes to help.

The night seems to be filled with scritches and scratches and scurryings. A bright moon peeps out from behind lacy skeins of cloud and reveals a gap in the bushes, filled by a rickety wooden gate. The beam of light picks out the words Petty Whin Cottage.

This is it, she thinks, before tentatively opening the gate and walking through.

She realizes now she had been carrying a vague mental picture of the cottage: white stucco paint, maybe a plant growing up the front. Possibly a thatched roof.

It’s too dark to see the cottage properly but first impressions are of a squat, low property that feels distinctly unwel- coming. Its overall shape reminds her of the ugly old cricket pavilion they used to smoke in after school.

Louder rustling in the bushes nearby now makes her heart thud harder. Neve tries to breathe slowly, forcing herself not to run towards the cottage, knowing this will set off full-blown panic. Her foot goes into a pothole and she feels her ankle give, painfully, just as she had pictured. ‘Shit, shit, shit,’ she breathes, hobbling the last steps to the front door. She has been carrying the large set of keys in her other hand as a weapon since she left the relative safety of the car. Something about this had been reassuring but now she is picturing complicated locks that must be

opened in some magical sequence she doesn’t know.

Neve points the iPhone’s beam – thankfully still holding out – at the doorway and attempts to find the key that is most likely to fit the main lock.

There appear to be three locks: a deadbolt style at the top and bottom of the door and a Chubb. Why so many? It seems excessive.

The Chubb is straightforward, but she uses the others in the wrong order and the door doesn’t yield. Her fingers are trembling with fear and cold and the bunch of keys slips from them and lands by her feet. Neve cannot help the squawk of misery that bursts from her, part-wail, part-curse. She bends over to grab at them, expecting at any moment to feel a meaty hand circling her neck, or the cold blade of a knife against her throat. Her shoulders are tortoised up to her neck – as if this would protect her – and she is lightly panting now.

She has forgotten the order she tried the keys before and anyway, they look identical.

Shit, shit,’ she says through gritted teeth as another attempt fails.

She tries again and this time – hallelujah! – feels the beautiful click of the mechanism releasing. Two more to go. She quickly unlocks the bottom one.

There is another loud rustle in the bushes now, like something large is forcing its way through towards  her. Neve cries out, stabbing the last key into the lock.

The door opens and she almost falls through the front door into the chill, dusty air inside.

The iPhone’s light blinks out.

It is an even deeper darkness here, inside. So absolute it almost has a texture.

Breathing heavily, Neve dabs trembling fingers along the wall until she finds the nub of a light switch.

A sickly glow emanates from an old-fashioned glass shade above her head.

She is in a narrow hallway, standing on a worn runner of carpet in faded pinks and greens.

A wooden coat stand just to the right of the doorway has a single jacket on it – a Barbour – and a pair of wellies stand neatly underneath, every bit as if someone has pulled socked feet from them mere moments before.

She’s aware now that a strange smell is coating the inside of her nostrils. She can almost taste it.

Neve’s heart thuds against her ribs as she timidly opens the nearest door and peeks inside. The smell of old potpourri with a hint of damp wafts out. Fumbling with the light switch on the inside of the door, she finds it doesn’t work and gently closes the door again. She has the sensation of trying not to wake someone, or something, up. Maybe the house itself, whose atmosphere feels like a held breath.

This thought gives her stomach such a fearful twist that she strides to the end of the corridor, forcing herself to thrust the door open confidently. Her feet crunch on some- thing gritty on the carpet.

Moonlight pools on a lino-covered floor. She slaps at the light switch and two long strip lights stutter and buzz into life.

Neve looks around and lets out a small moan of dismay. She doesn’t really know what she had been expecting. Maybe a large, friendly room with worn flagstones and dried herbs hanging neatly above an Aga. Not that she would have had the faintest idea what to do with an Aga.

But she’d hoped for something warm and homey.

It certainly wasn’t this. Clumps of mud and dirt cover the floor and the bin is overflowing with rubbish that smells so bad she has to cover her face with her hand. There’s a draught coming from somewhere.

The 1970s lino flooring and mud-brown cupboards are bad enough. But she never expected it to be so filthy.

There are white bits of some material she can’t identify scattered around the sink area. Approaching cautiously, she sees what they are.

Feathers. White ones, and some grey and black too. Grimacing, Neve dips a quick look into the sink and then rears back with a squawk, crashing against the big kitchen table behind her. She has to steel herself to edge forwards slowly to take another look.

Oh God.’ She covers her mouth as a wave of nausea brings sweat prickling to her temples.

It’s a magpie. Dead.

Neck bent, sightless eyes like small dull holes. The feathers still have an oily sheen, black with a blueish tinge, and the white chest has a rust-coloured bib of blood. One wing is twisted and the bird’s claws curl inward, grotesquely. Neve’s nose twitches in protest at the odour of old fish and sweetish rot.

Her mother had been terrified of birds. She can still recall the prickly horror of Mum’s pallor and tight too-bright voice when a sparrow had been trapped in their bathroom. Now, illogically, Neve’s as afraid of this dead thing as if it were capable of attacking her.

Swallowing another surge of nausea, she reaches for a tea towel that’s hanging by the sink and, whimpering, begins to wrap it around the bird’s body, trying not to touch it. This strategy proves to be useless. When she tries to lift the package, the bird falls with a dull plop back into the sink. Breathing heavily through her mouth she tries again. This time she is forced to touch the cool damp feathers as she bundles the bird up into the cloth and she shudders all the way to her toes.

There’s no obvious key for the back door so she awkwardly opens the broken window, which is small and deeply recessed into the wall. Neve slings the whole package outside. She’ll deal with it in the morning when she has more resources.

Then she stands for a moment, breathing heavily, in the silent kitchen.

What a welcome.

Review:

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and I want to thank Emilie Chambeyron for organising this blog tour.

After a drunken one night stand Neve comes across a woman called Isabelle, after a short conversation she jumps from the bridge.

A few weeks later Neve receives news that she’s inherited the dead woman’s cottage. It seems like a god send, as her life seems to be collapsing around her. But when she gets to the cottage she feels something in not right.

Neve wasn’t a particularly likeable as a character (a trend I’m not a huge fan of), at the beginning anyway. She’s selfish, a little spoilt and seems to spend her days moping around. But as the novel went on I did grow to like her a little more.

As for the story, it was immensely readable and well written. You really just wanted to know why was Neve left this cottage and who was this mysterious yet troubled Isabelle.

My only complaint would be it seemed to lack tension. I kind of expected to be on the edge of my seat but I wasn’t. Also while the ending made sense, it was a little disappointing.

But overall an intriguing novel with some good twists and turns.

Rating: 4/5  

Author Bio:

CG Author pic 2017Cass Green is the pseudonym of Caroline Green, an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks was recommended on Radio 4’s Open Book programme and Hold Your Breath won the Oldham Book Award. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and teaches Writing for Children at City University. Her debut adult novel The Woman Next Door was a No.1 ebook bestseller. In a Cottage In a Wood is her second adult novel.

 

 

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#BlogTour Degrees of Darkness by @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook

Title: Degrees of Darkness by Tony J Forder.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Bloodhound books

Synopsis:

Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.

Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.

When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.

In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.

But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank solve the mystery, when he has so much to lose?

Review:

I want to thank Bloodhound books for an advanced copy of this book and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.

Frank Rodgers used to be a policeman until he quit and became a debt collector. His is pulled back into police work when his ex-wife and son are brutally murdered and his daughter goes missing. But she is not the first. Frank wants to make sure she is the last.

I have not read a more aptly named book this year. Degrees of Darkness is indeed a very dark book. It covers a lot of distressing subjects like murder, kidnapping and child abuse. It’s not for the faint of heart!

The serial killer in this book is one of the creepiest and most disturbing I have read for a while but I found it utterly fascinating.

As for the story, it really builds to a nail biting ending, you hope and pray that Frank gets his daughter back.

My only complaint was that it featured taxidermy, which featured in a book I read earlier this year, and frankly is one of those subjects that makes me a little queasy. (I know I read a lot about murder, I don’t quite know why taxidermy effects me so much).

Overall, a well written and fascinating book, and one I’d recommend to fans of Chris Carter.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who published his edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone in spring. It is the first in a series.
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Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.

Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.

The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.

During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”

Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.

Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.

As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.

This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017.

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#BookReview The Couple Next Door by @sharilapena

Title: The Couple next door by Shari Lapena

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis:

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

 

Review:

So I got given this book as a present for my birthday and I started reading it because I’ve been reading so many ARC’s and ebooks that I haven’t read a physical book in about a month!

It’s a mother and father’s worst nightmare, your baby going missing in the middle of the night and as a mother myself the thought terrifies me (my son is nearly a teenager but the thought of him going missing…it doesn’t bear thinking about).

Anyway the story is told from three perspectives, the mother Anne, the father Marco and Detective Rasbach. It’s so seamless the way it moves from one view to another but each character was so well thought out I never found myself wondering who’s viewpoint it was.

My favourite character had to be Anne. She is on the edge, both physically and mentally, she has a condition where she blacks out and can’t remember what she’s done. Did she murder her own baby? Did her husband cover it up?

The only thing I would say, that on occasions it was quite painful to read her downward spiral mentally.

I have mentioned this before and I will mention it again, I don’t do spoilers, which makes it quite hard to review a book like this. All I can say is when I thought it was going in one direction or getting a little predictable, there’d be a twist to made me want to carry on reading it.

As for the ending, it was a typical happy ever after kind of thing, it was a bit ambiguous really, but I loved it. All I can say was the bad guys get what they deserve!

Rating: 5/5

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#BlogTour #BookReview Locked up by @GailBWilliams

Title: Locked up by GB Williams

Publisher:  Bloodhound books

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis:

A prison officer and a convicted killer must work together to solve a brutal murder and expose conspiracy inside a prison.

Ariadne Teddington is surrounded by people who lie but that is to be expected when you work in prison where every man claims to be innocent.

Charlie Bell, an ex Detective, now finds himself in that prison serving time for murder after having taken the law into his own hands.

When a fellow inmate is killed Charlie is asked to investigate the case from the inside. Soon Charlie finds himself working with Ariadne but she is a guard, he is an inmate and some lines should never be crossed…

Can two people on different sides of the law come together to solve the case?

And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?

Review:

I want to thank Bloodhound books for my advanced copy of this fantastic book.

It had hooked me from the first page. It was full of action and intrigue that I just couldn’t put it down.

I have to say I’ve never wanted a fictional character to not be guilty of a crime as much as I did with ex-detective Charlie Bell (he unfortunately was, having killed a man he was unable to convict through the normal channels). He was such an interesting character, he’d spent so many years in prison yet it hadn’t changed him, underneath the brooding grumpy exterior was a good man. Then there was prison guard Ariadne Teddington, also with a little bit of a chequered past but with a sense of justice for the murdered Tommy Walters. I loved the two of them together.

I also never expected this book to take me on such a roller coaster ride of emotions! Certain parts of the book, I can’t really tell you why because I don’t want to give away spoilers, almost had me in tears.

I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Rating: 5/5

Author bio:

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels, sheGail Wiliams started writing the Locked Series in 2014, and has been working to polish and perfect since – not to mention – sell.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a feature writer and comic book reviewer on www.warpedfactor.com. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.

With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world. Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

 

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#BlogTour #BookReview The Case of the Missing Bride by @CarmenRadtke1 @BloodhoundBook

Title: The Case of the Missing Bride by Carmen Radtke

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Synopsis:

When a girl goes missing on board of an ocean liner, only one person is convinced that the disappearance is no accident. Alyssa has found herself with a group of impoverished girls who are embarking from Australia to Canada in the hope of marriage. As the daughter of a senior official, Alyssa doesn’t share this goal. She hopes to return to England via Canada and sees the trip as her only way to secure any passage on a ship. But the girls all share one problem. Their presence on the ship is not known to many of its passengers but their worlds collide when one of the gentlemen discovers the girls. Then Emma, one of the intended brides, goes missing. Alyssa is convinced the disappearance is no accident, and she will risk her own life to search for the killer. What happened to Emma? Is there a murderer on board the ship? Alyssa is about to discover that there is more to her voyage into the unknown than she bargained for.

Review:

First off I would like to thank Bloodhound Books for my advanced copy of this book.

This book is set in the late nineteenth century when girls, especially orphaned, ones had little or no prospects in Australia. They’re only choice was to set sail to Canada in hopes of finding a husband.

Alyssa Chambers is not like the other girls. She was raised in relative luxury, until her father, a high ranking official, spoke out against the treatment of prisoners in Port Philips prison and then her mother died leaving her alone. Boarding the ship she hopes to get to Canada then back to England to find her long lost relatives.

She is put in charge of a small group of girls whom she grows fond of then one the girls, goes missing.

With the help of Dr Bryson and first mate Mr Kendrick she must find the killer before he strikes again.

I loved this Agatha Christie style mystery. There wasn’t a lot of action but it didn’t need it, the mystery kept me interested all the way through. The setting on the boat helped a lot, the author really got that feel of isolation across and terror of being trapped in the middle of nowhere with a murderer.

Alyssa was a fantastic character too, with a tendency to speak her mind and defend herself, which was not a good trait in a woman back in those days.

There was also a little bit of a love triangle going between Alyssa, Dr Bryson and Mr Kendrick which I enjoyed immensely.

My only complaint was it was quite a short book and I wanted to read more!

I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author.

Rating 5/5

Author Bio:

Carmen has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.Carmen11

She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.

When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.

The shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner.

Carmen was born in Hamburg, Germany, but had planned on emigrating since she was five years old. She first moved to New Zealand and now lives in York, UK, with her daughter, cat, and sometimes her seafaring husband comes home.

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