#BlogTour #GuestPost No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman @Bloodhoundbook @RebeccaMuddiman

Today I’m excited to bring you a guest post from Rebecca Muddiman herself on the inspiration behind her new novel No Place Like Home!

Title: No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 6th August 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

What would you do if you came home to find someone in your house?

This is the predicament Polly Cooke faces when she returns to her new home.The first weeks in the house had been idyllic, but soon Jacob, a local man, is watching her.

What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly?

In a situation where nothing is what it seems, you might end up regretting letting some people in.

The Inspiration for No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman:

The inspiration for a book can come from many places. For me, especially with my crime novels, it often comes from real life – e.g. domestic abuse or child abduction. I keep several folders of cuttings from newspapers and magazines, things that caught my eye or my imagination; as well as dozens of notebooks with ideas ranging from a single word, to a what if? sentence, to a longer sketch of the idea. These are both really useful in coming up with and developing ideas, though if anyone who was unaware of my job came across them, they’d probably think I was a lunatic.

When I’m starting a new book, sometimes I know exactly what I’m going to write about without having to consult the notebooks. Some ideas come forward, announcing themselves, and refuse to leave you alone until you’ve given them attention. Other ideas, you have to go looking for. After writing four books in a series, I knew I wanted to try a standalone. I just didn’t know what I wanted to write about at that point. So I headed for the notebooks and folders, flicking through, looking for the ideas that grabbed me the most. Some ideas can sit there for years without jumping out at me and then suddenly they seem like the most urgent thing in the world.

When coming up with what would eventually become No Place Like Home, there were three ideas I shortlisted. I wrote the three ideas down on one piece of paper, staring at it, trying to decide which one I would focus on. And as I stared, I realised they weren’t three ideas at all. Without realising it, I’d picked three ideas that were actually one idea.

The first came from an idle thought I’d had one day, soon after I’d moved in to my own house. Walking the dog on the field behind it, I looked back at my house. It was still new enough that I had to count the houses to work out which was mine. Once I’d found it, I looked at the bedroom window, and the first thing that came to mind was what would I do if I saw someone in the house? Someone who shouldn’t be there? Maybe everyone thinks like this, maybe it’s just crime writers. But either way, when I got home (where there was no intruder in the house) I wrote the thought down in a notebook and then forgot about it.

The second part of the idea came from something that happened to me about fifteen years earlier. My brother got a temporary job in another part of the country, but as it was temporary he didn’t want to give up his flat. So I volunteered to move in while he was away. The flat was on the second floor of a small block, located in a small square otherwise occupied by a pub, a fish and chip shop, and a handful of mostly closed down places. I was really excited by the idea of having my own place (even if it was temporary) but one day the buzzer went and when I answered it there was a man’s voice I didn’t recognise. I couldn’t make out what he was saying so I went to the bedroom window and peered down to the street below. I recognised the man. He was one of those semi-famous people in small towns, someone everyone knows, or at least knows of. He was obviously a man with troubles, the kind that kids cruelly shout at on their way home from school, running off as soon as their victim responds. I knew he was harmless, but it was still a little unnerving that he was standing outside, staring up at my window, wanting to be in. I found out later he was the previous occupant of the flat and had been evicted for trashing the place. Clearly he wasn’t pleased about that and he kept on coming back, pressing the buzzer, standing outside looking in, sometimes for an hour at a time. This was before mobile phones and my brother had no landline. The only way I could call for help would be to use the phone box across the square, but the only way to get to the phone box would be to pass the man at the front door. It never came to that. After a few visits he gave up. But the memory of it never left me, and one day it went into the notebook.

The last part came from a newspaper article about cuckooing. It focused on drug dealers and users who would target people who lived alone, vulnerable people, and take over their homes, using them as a place to conduct business without risking the police catching them.

These three ideas were linked by the theme of home and the invasion of what should be our safe haven. It was exciting putting the three ideas together and I knew I was onto something. But finding the idea was the easy part, making it into a book was much harder. Figuring out how these three pieces fitted together (or not) was where the hard work began. But, much like building a house, you have to start with strong foundations, and with these three ideas, I did.

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About The Author:

Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many rebecca+muddimanyears. She has published four crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, and Murder in Slow Motion. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.

Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

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#BlogTour #Review Do No Harm by LV Hay @OrendaBooks @LucyVHayAuthor @annecater #TillDeathDoUsPart #DoNoHarm

Title: Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 20th July 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Till death do us part…

After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…

Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…

Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

Review:

The story begins with Lily and Sebastian’s wedding after a whirlwind romance, followed by an exotic honeymoon in Mauritius but the second they return everything starts to go wrong…

Wow this is one of those books that I got so absorbed in that hours could pass and I didn’t even notice.

The first book I read by Lucy V Hay was very different to this one (you can read my review of Proof Positive here) but like Proof Positive I still found myself pulled in by the characters, I got slightly too emotionally involved to be honest!

Sebastian and Lily are quite normal characters, both teachers, you know someone you might pass in the street. Both have baggage, Lily, her possessive ex Maxwell and her BBF Triss and Sebastian his mother who he seems to have quite a complicated relationship with. Lily’s six year old son adds another layer to the story, he also has issues with Sebastian’s and Lily’s marriage and starts wetting the bed. So many things go wrong for them throughout the story, it could even test a couple that had been together longer than they had.

I did start to get a little frustrated with the characters and their decisions as the end neared and I’m still not sure whether I liked the ending or not but I can’t stop thinking about it!

Overall Do No Harm is an original and engrossing novel that you won’t forget once you’ve read it.

Rating: 4.5/5

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About The Author:

Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2writeme in front of BISR powerpoint consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.

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#BookReview 29 Seconds by TM Logan @TMLoganAuthor @BonnierZaffre #NetGalley

Title: 29 Seconds by TM Logan

Publisher: Zaffre

Date Published: 25th January 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

What if a single 29 second phonecall could change your life forever? ‘Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . .’

When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.

He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.

All it takes is a 29 second phone call.

BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS A NAME TO GIVE. DON’T THEY?

Review:

Alan Lovelock, is a philanthropist, academic and one of the nations favourite historians with his own BBC 2 programme, at least that’s what the world sees. To Sarah his a sexual predator, constantly threatening her job and belittling her. Then she is a chance witness to an attempted child abduction which she manages to stop. In return the child’s father offers her a solution to the problem with her boss, he’ll make him disappear. What will Sarah decide.

All it takes is 29 seconds..

I’ve heard so many good things about TM Logan’s previous novel, Lies that when this popped up on NetGalley I though I had to give it a go, I’m sorry it took me so long to get round to reading it!

I can’t describe how much I loved this novel! It really hooks you from the beginning with lots of shocks and surprises which kept me turning those pages. Also the moral dilemma, if you could get rid of someone who was making your life a misery would you?

I really rooted for Sarah. She’s a hard working, accomplished academic who has to support two children after her feckless husband runs off and an absolute nightmare of a boss. Any woman who had to deal with someone like Lovelock everyday deserves a bloody medal!

Alan Lovelock made me physically nauseous. If I could have slapped him senseless I would have! Since the MeToo movement a lot of similar stories to Sarah’s have come out and a lot of people say why not just leave your job find a new one? This book shows how these vultures operate preying on women, essentially trapping them in these jobs, refusing to give them references or bad mouthing them to anyone who would listen.

I did lose my patience, a little, about half way through where Sarah is battling with her conscience, umming and ahhing, deciding whether she should take the deal or not and I was just like will you decide already!

Also certain aspects of the novel were a little unbelievable and relied a little heavily on coincidence but the fast pace and believable characters make you forget that.

29 seconds is a gripping psychological thriller and I can’t wait to read what this author comes up with next.

Rating: 4.5/5

About The Author:

Tim was born in Berkshire and studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently writes full-time and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. LIES is his first novel – published by Bonnier Zaffre in January 2017. His next thriller, 29 SECONDS, comes out in January 2018 and is currently available to pre-order. For exclusive writing and new releases from TM Logan, sign up to the Readers’ Club: www.bit.ly/TMLogan.

 

#BlogTour #Review Deception Wears Many Faces by Maggie James @Bloodhoundbook @mjamesfiction

Title: Deception Wears Many Faces by Maggie James

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 15th June 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

When Lyddie takes her sister to Devon to recover after a recent suicide attempt, it starts a train of events that will put their lives in grave danger.

Ellie has been the victim of a professional con artist, one who stole her savings, then disappeared from her life. Driven by her own history of failed relationships, Lyddie vows revenge on the man who broke her sister’s heart.

Soon she assumes a false identity and begins her hunt for a man she knows to be cold, calculating and ruthless. But who is fooling whom? And can Lyddie find the justice she seeks and heal her damaged sister?

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Review:

Lyddie rushes back from Spain after her sister Ellie tries to commit suicide again. Due to a brain injury after a horrific car crash, that killer her best friend, Ellie has not been the same since. Trying to find out why, Ellie reveals that she’d had her money stolen by a man who she’d fallen in love with.

Heartbroken Lyddie digs deeper and finds other victims of the same con artist. Wanting justice for her sister, Lyddie assumes another identity of a wealthy woman thinking she can trap the con artist. But she finds herself caught up in a web of lies, can she even trust her sister was telling the truth?

This is the third book I’ve read by Maggie James, you can read my review of her previous book, Sister Psychopath, here. There’s no need to worry about reading the other as they are each stand-alones, although I think you should still check them out!

Wow, what a nail biter! (a cliché I know but well earned) I am never disappointed by the tension in Maggie James’ fiction, it never lets up. She always manages to give you that feeling of ‘uh oh, something bad is going to happen,’ but you have to read on to find out the who, what, where and why.

She writes such flawed and realistic characters like Lyddie and Ellie, which you may not always like them, but you can understand them and why they do what they do. It also shows the dark side of internet dating and how con men prey on the vulnerable or the lonely (even if they don’t realise it themselves) in our society and manage to convince them to part with lots of money.

I also salute her for showing how mental illness is an uphill struggle day after day with no quick and easy fix.

Yes, I did see a few of the twists coming but that is just because I have read so much crime fiction over the years, it’s quite hard to surprise me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves well written domestic noir with flawed, realistic characters.

Author Bio:

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion6142Per829L._UX250_ 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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Bedtime Book Review Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin #BookReview

Title: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Publisher: Penguin

Date Published: 13th August 2015

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars – or so she thought.
Now, decades later the black-eyed susans planted outside Tessa’s bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison.

Haunted by fragmented memories of the night she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter’s safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer before it’s too late?

Review:

Before I start my review I’m going to tell you how I ended up owning this book. I got given book voucher for my birthday, went into the bookshop and there was a sale on, I spot the gorgeous cover and then glancing at the blurb I saw the words serial killer and I thought I’ll buy that. It has been sitting on my shelf for two years. I didn’t even realise until six months after I bought it, it was signed by the author!  So, yeah, I knew I had to read this as part of my next Bedtime Book Reviews.

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The book follows the story of Tessa, the only surviving victim of the Black Eyed Susan serial killer. She remembers nothing about the attack, thirty two hours of her life is missing. She did her best to move on but the imminent execution of Terrell Darcy Goodwin, the man convicted of her attack, somebody plants black-eyed susans under window. Is her monster back?

This is the third time I’ve tried to read this book over the years, I’ve never got past the first few chapters but after over a week I managed to get through the whole book.

The narrative is split between Tessa, in the present day and Tessie her teenage self back in 1995 just after the attack. Tessa is such an interesting character, haunted by the voices of the other ‘susans’ she has her own teenage daughter too and miraculously she doesn’t seem to be doing too bad a job at living a normal life. If I were in her shoes, the victim of a serial killer who I thought was still out there, I would be curled up in a padded room that I never have to come out of.

There is also her best friend Lydia who features quite a lot, who frankly for most of the story I thought was in her head (don’t ask me why). There’s that air of uncertainty around her, why hasn’t Tessa seen her for twenty years, was she a victim of the Black-eyed susan killer too?

I have to be honest writing about this review, I’m genuinely not sure how I feel about it. Was the writing good? Yes. Was the storyline good? Yes. Were the characters memorable? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Not exactly. I think it all comes down to unnerving air about the whole book and the fact I had to go back over sentences sometimes because they didn’t make sense to me the first time around.

Overall an intense and intriguing story that I’d probably recommend for super fans of psychological thrillers.

Rating: 3/5

About The Author:

Julia Heaberlin is the internationally bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans as well as two other psychological thrillers, Lie Still and Playing Dead. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Detroit News and The Dallas Morning News. She has edited numerous real-life murder mysteries, including a series on the perplexing and tragic deaths of girls buried in the Mexican desert. She lives with her husband and son in Texas where she is at work on her next novel.

Up next on Bedtime Book Reviews – Chalk Man by C L Tudor.

#Review The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #NewRelease

Title: The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 21st May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Everyone has their secrets. But this one could destroy your marriage.

When Anna Blackwell opens an email from an unknown sender, the shocking image attached shatters her perfect world. A woman has been killed. And Anna knows who did it. The past is catching up with her.

Is it her turn next?

To protect herself and her husband Will, she must tell him the terrible truth about her first love. But as the secrets of her life unravel, Anna begins to realise that she is not the only one who has been living a lie.

Anna doesn’t know who to turn to: her best friend, her parents, her husband. But she knows that her ex-lover is dangerous and she must stop him, before it’s too late…

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly unputdownable psychological thriller will have you gasping at every twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

Review:

Wow, I have heard such good things about Shalini Boland and I can say after reading this, I’ve found out for myself her books definitely live up to the hype!

You ever start reading a book, then think to yourself just one more chapter, suddenly it’s one o’clock in the morning and you just desperately want to find out what happening at the end so you keep reading? Yep, this is one of those books.

Anna is an incredibly sweet, if naive character, she feels like she has the perfect life but she’s been keeping secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. The book charts her relationship with her ex Fin who is the hot bad boy at her school, that every girl wants, who she can’t believe picks her but their teenage love soon turns sour. He comes up with a crackpot scheme to make them rich, showing just how unhinged he really is. Fast forward ten years later and she’d happily married to the lovely Will then Fin comes crashing back into her life.

To me this book was a tense, action packed, heart pounding read with jaw dropping revelations that I couldn’t put down. Did I see some the twist coming yes, and the ending may have been a little unbelievable but this is such a great book I could forgive those minor details.

Overall an entertaining read that will have you gripped from beginning to end.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my advanced copy of this fantastic book.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two sons and their cheeky poodle-shalini-bolandterrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Her debut psychological thriller The Girl from the Sea published in June 2016 reached Number 1 in the US Audible charts. Her second thriller The Best Friend published in October 2016 reached a high of number 10 in Amazon’s UK Kindle charts. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories and was a Kindle All Star title for several months in a row.

#BlogTour #Review The Old You by Louise Voss @OrendaBooks @LouiseVoss1 #TheOldYou

Title: The Old You by Louise Voss

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 28th February 2018

Genre: Domestic Noir, Mystery/Thriller

Description:
Nail-bitingly modern domestic noir
A tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller
Louise Voss returns with her darkest, most chilling, novel yet…Someone’s mind is playing tricks … but whose? Lynn Waites gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, other, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble. But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?

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Review:

On the same day Lynn Naismith has and interview for a new job at Hampton University, her husband Ed is diagnosed with Pick’s disease, a rare form of demetia, which his own father died of. Her world is turned upside down, her loving husband is suddenly not the same man she married ten years ago. Then strange things start happening. She thinks someone is watching her and the house. Then Ed goes missing. Lynn must dig into the past to find out what has happened to her husband.

I have to be honest, I’m struggling to write this review because the book is so amazing I can’t put it into words!

I haven’t read any of Louise Voss’s previous novels but after reading this, I will certainly be buying them! This story takes something as heartbreaking as a relative being diagnosed with dementia, something thousands of people have to go through every year, and turns it into one hell of a mystery.

The story build up slowly in the beginning, for the first 25% or so, then it picks up the pace until I couldn’t put it down. It’s so full of twists and turns that I genuinely didn’t see coming, which for me is a rarity and I really enjoy that in a book.

You can’t trust any of the characters, you can’t tell which ones are lying or hiding something, it really messed with my head (in a good way).

I can’t say any more because I don’t want to say too much and spoil it for you, I believe its one of those books that less is more but I can definitely say that Louise Voss is one of my new favourite writers.

Overall an utterly addictive novel that I will be thinking about long after I’ve read it.

A massive thank you to Orenda Books for my advanced copy of this amazing book and Anne Cater for organising this blog tour.

Rating: 5/5

About TheAuthor:Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise has had books out via pretty much every Louise Vosspublishing model there is, from deals with major traditional publishing houses (Transworld and Harper Collins), to digital-only (the Amazon-owned Thomas & Mercer) and self-publishing – she and co-author Mark Edwards were the first UK indie-published authors to hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon back in 2011. She has had eleven novels published in total, five solo and six co-written, a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction. Louise has an MA(Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at http://www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime-writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.

#BlogTour #BookReview Pressure by Betsy Reavley @Bloodhoundbook @BetsyReavley

I’m going to apologise before you start reading this, I’m full of cold and my brain feels a bit fuzzy so my review may not be the best x

Title: Pressure by Betsy Reavley

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 4th May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:

When the submarine departed, none of the ten people on board knew it would turn into a nightmare.

Trapped on the sunken vessel on the bottom of the ocean and unable to escape, one of them is discovered dead. The tension escalates as the survivors realise there is a murderer among them, who is preparing to strike again and again…

With mounting desperation, people begin to turn on each other. While they struggle to identify who is responsible, each must contend with their own past, the claustrophobia and the secrets they are hiding.

But who is who?  And which of them will be next to die?

Below the surface, the pressure is building and time is running out…

‘Betsy Reavley is back with a novel of such impact and power; nothing is clear, the tension so strong it holds you from the first page to the last. Pressure delivers on every level, leaving breathless readers in its wake.’  Bestselling author of Captor and 34 Days Anita Waller

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Review:

The adventure started when Frank Holden, a bigwig film producer decides to make a low budget movie under the sea. He gathers together a rather ragtag group of actors, production crew and submariners but disaster strikes when there is a malfunction. Now ten people are trapped inside a Pica Explorer submarine at the bottom of the ocean. entrapped within its walls with no escape, a murderer begins picking off the passengers one by one. Who will survive?

This is an utterly addictive read! The feeling of claustrophobia and the tension of being trapped somewhere without knowing exactly where you are sent shivers down my spine throughout. I think it would make an amazingly good horror movie.

There are quite a lot of different points of view, each character gets their own chapter, essentially tell you how each one ends up on the submarine. There is also a child which at first threw me a little, like who is this child and what’s it got to do with the people trapped on the sub? It took me a few chapters to figure it out but I’m not going to spoil it, you’ll just have to read it yourself and see.

I did feel there might have been one too many characters but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall a tense, addictive read that will have you gripped throughout.

Rating: 4.5/5

 Author Bio:

Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty,Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.29542254_1223580694445443_136203202607473190_n

As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.

You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley

#Review The Fear by C.L. Taylor @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK

Title: The Fear by C.L Taylor

Publisher: Avon books

Date Published: 22nd March 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…

When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.

Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.

But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…

Review:

When Lou Wandsworth inherits her dad’s house after his death, she must go back to her home town and face her past. One part in particular, Mike Hughes, the man she thought she was in love with when she was as a teenager. Determined to confront him she finds out that he’s moved on to another girl, Chloe.

Lou wants to stop this monster from harming Chloe and making a mess of her life like Mike did to her.

This was one of these rare books that once I started reading, the world could have ended and I wouldn’t have noticed. I’m genuinely kicking myself that I have never read one of C.L Taylor’s novels before.

The book is told from three perspectives, Lou, Mike’s former victim, Chloe, his current victim and Wendy, a woman seemingly obsessed with Lou. I’m not going to spoil it for you but when you find out who Wendy is, it just makes the story even better!

I felt so sorry for both Lou and Chloe, I genuinely just wanted to give them both a hug. They’re backgrounds are so similar, uncaring dad, ignored by mum, yet they come across as fully rounded individual characters. It also shows just how easily a predator like Mike can get into their heads and convince them to do things they never would. I am now keeping a closer eye on my teenage son!

Overall a psychological thriller that will haunt you after you’ve read it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got such a terrible book hangover…

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of five gripping, stand-alone psychologicalcally-taylor-109-800x533 thrillers: THE ACCIDENT, THE LIE, THE MISSING, THE ESCAPE and THE FEAR. Her books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 20 languages. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books ‘Hidden Depths’ award for the Most Unreliable Narrator and THE LIE has been optioned for TV by The Forge who produced National Treasure featuring Robbie Coltrane.

Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014.

She started writing short stories in 2005 and was published widely in literary and women’s magazines. She also won several short story competitions. In 2009 and 2011 her romantic comedy novels (as Cally Taylor) were published by Orion and translated into fourteen languages. HEAVEN CAN WAIT was a bestseller in Hungary and China and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a feature film by JumpStart Productions. Whilst on maternity leave with her son Cally had an idea for a psychological thriller and turned to crime. She has also written a Young Adult thriller, THE TREATMENT, which was published by HarperCollins HQ.

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son.

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#Review If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch @emilykoch #NetGalley

Title: If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

Publisher: Harvill Secker

Date Published: 11th January 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

HOW DO YOU SOLVE YOUR OWN MURDER?

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.

A stunning edge-of-your-seat debut novel with an unforgettable narrator.

CHOSEN AS ONE OF GOOD HOUSEKEEPING‘S BOOKS TO THRILL YOU

‘This is a debut to be reckoned with.’ GuardianReview:

Alex has been in a coma for almost two years after a climbing accident or that’s what everybody thinks. He is actually aware of everything going on around him, unable to communicate, he can only listen. But as strange things start to happen to his girlfriend, he realises that his accident may not have been an accident after all, did someone try to kill him and why?

This is an immensely clever book. Alex is suffering from locked in syndrome, a condition which means your aware of everything around you but unable to do anything about it. When I was a kid I used to have these episodes where I’d wake up, but be unable to move or open my eyes, the sensation only lasted for about a minute but it was truly horrific (thankfully I grew out of it) and to be in that state permanently, *shudders*. Anyway as he is unable to see properly, the author uses sounds, smells and his memories to communicate the story.

If you’re looking for an action packed book, this probably isn’t for you. In fact it takes until about half way through to really get into the mystery aspect of the story, which for me was the weakest part. It was the characters that really made this book. They are so well done and life like, even though the author doesn’t give away much description, I could still picture them.

Overall this has to be one of the most original psychological thrillers I’ve read this year, it’s emotional, compelling but I will say it is a little bit of a slow burner.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Emily Koch is an award-winning journalist and writer living in the UK. Her debut novel – If I Die Before I Wake – will be published in 2018 by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

You can find out more about her and her work at http://www.emilykoch.co.uk

Twitter: @emilykoch