#BlogTour #Review The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey @rararesources @LyndaStacey @RubyFiction

Happy Publication Day to Lynda Stacey! I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and I’ll be sharing my thoughts in a moment but first a little about the book…

The Fake Date

Title: The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey

Publisher: Ruby Fiction

Date Published: 18th September 2018

Genre: Romantic Suspense.

Description:

Nine hours and eleven minutes…

That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was beaten to within an inch of life and left for dead.

She lies, unable to move and praying for somebody to find her, as she counts down the minutes and wonders who could have hated her so much to have hurt her so badly.

Was it the man she went on a date with the previous evening, the man linked to the deaths of two other women? Or somebody else, somebody who wants her out of the picture so much they’re willing to kill?

Whoever it is, they will pay … all she has to do first is survive..!

Purchase Link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fake-Date-gripping-thriller-that-ebook/dp/B07FM915Q2/

Review:

The story opens with journalist Ella Hope, beaten, clinging on to life after a brutal attack. She can’t remember how she got there or why but is convinced it’s Rick Greaves who attacked her. She been investigating him after the supposed accidental deaths of his two wives. She’s so convinced he’s guilty but when it comes to trial everything falls apart, it forces her further into her shell.

Another ‘accident’ befalls a romantic conquest of Rick’s but it brings up a lot of questions for Ella. If Rick isn’t guilty of attacking her or the other women, then who is?

So on the cover of this book it says it’s a psychological thriller but, this is a pet peeve of mine lately, I feel it has been mislabelled. I personally think it’s romance with a side of murder mystery but don’t get that little bit of negativity wrong I still really enjoyed The Fake Date.

I really felt for Ella, the formerly fierce journalist who seemed to go the extra mile for her stories but after the attack. She’s a shell of her former self, jumping at the slightest thing especially when it comes to men. Being the other side of story has also opened her eyes to her fellow reporters and just what they will do to get a story which makes her hate them.

Then in walks Will Taylor, a journalist with a heart of gold and a tragic past (who also happens to be Ella’s neighbour) who tries to convince her that not all reporters are bad by digging into her case and putting himself in danger.

It’s told mostly from Ella and Will’s perspective but there’s also some bits where we get an insight into the killers mind too which I loved. These were sort of tacked onto the end of some of the chapters but I think they may have been better as their own chapters but I don’t know whether this has been changed in the final published novel.

I did manage to guess who did it but I do enjoy following the clues and being right, (that sounded a little more big headed than I intended!). I also liked the fact the romance aspect of the story wasn’t too cheesy, which can be a danger with this type of novel.

The Fake Date mixes the brutal with the sweetness of romance to create an emotional and captivating story.

Rating: 4/5

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Author Bio –

Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire,

Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories ofL (1) copy 2 psychological / romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her husband, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter @Lyndastacey

Website: www.Lyndastacey.co.uk


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#BlogTour #Review The Siren And The Specter by Jonathan Janz @JonathanJanz #RandomThingsTours

Title: The Siren And The Specter by Jonathan Janz

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Date Published: 6th September 2018

Genre: Horror

Description:

When David Caine, a celebrated sceptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different.

Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow.

And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House.

You can pick up your copy here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Siren-Specter-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/1787580059/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533818999&sr=8-1&keywords=the+siren+and+the+specter

Review:

When famous writer and sceptic David Caine is invited by his old Chris and his wife Katherine to stay in America’s most haunted house, the Alexander House, he leaps at the chance and the opportunity to write his next book on it. His idol John Weir was last seen at the house, a man also famous for debunking ghosts and demons and he’s desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to him.

When David arrives he soon meets the neighbours Honey and Michael Shelby and their foul mouthed son Mike Jr and sweet daughter Ivy. Something is not quite right about them, in fact there something not quite right about the whole place.

Eerie things start to happen, voice singing in the night time, the temperature dropping for no apparent reason, the feeling of someone or something watching him which makes him even more determined to prove there is no ghosts within the house.

But David has his own ghosts to battle with in the form of his ex girlfriend Anna who committed suicide twenty years earlier. As he starts to explore the surrounding area he finds it’s very familiar, in fact he used to visit there with Anna years ago. Is it just a coincidence or is there something more? Will he get to the bottom of the mystery or will he lose his life in the process?

If like me you’re a bit of a wuss when it comes to anything scary, do not read this book at night time! I made the mistake of doing just that and spent half the night trembling under my covers.

I can honestly say there was never a dull moment in the story. The Siren and The Specter is packed with murder, mystery and the macabre and I found myself, even though I was terrified, wanting to read on. Jonathan Janz has a fantastic writing style that gripped me from the very beginning with it’s fantastically flawed characters and unnerving setting.

At first I didn’t like David that much. He’s a bit of a womaniser who always thinks he’s right and frankly a little bit pompous but as the story goes on you find out more his history which made me understand him a little bit more. Also the fact that he goes ghost hunting when he seems to be terrified of actually meeting a real ghost amused me no end.

The only warning I will is there are scenes of child neglect and talk of abuse which people may find a little upsetting (I know I did).

The Siren And The Specter is a twisted and creepy that I recommend to fans of haunted house mysteries and ghostly tales.

I’m actually looking forward to reading more of Jonathan Janz’s books even though this one scared the living daylights out of me!

Rating: 4/5

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories.Jonathan Janz

His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal.

His novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year.

Jonathan’s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children.

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#BlogTour #Review Finding Eva by J.A. Baker @Bloodhoundbook @thewriterjude

Title: Finding Eva by J A Baker

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 28th August 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Eva is desperate to find her birth parents after spending her childhood in foster care. She leaves London and heads to Whitby in search of her mother and father, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Gareth.

Gareth is furious with Eva. He loved her deeply and the disclosure she made when she ended the relationship is eating away at him.

Celia, Eva’s friend, is concerned about Eva. She has stopped answering her calls and when Celia goes to London to find her, she realises Eva has moved without telling anyone. Celia makes the decision to follow Eva to Whitby, concerned that Eva is unravelling. Both women have been damaged by their childhoods.

When Gareth also decides to go to Whitby, it is the start of a lethal situation.

Who exactly is Eva and why is Celia so concerned?

Some relationships are toxic. Others are deadly.

Review:

Eva was taken into foster care as a toddler and has had no contact with her birth family since. She tracked them down and has been keeping a check on them for years. After a disastrous end to her relationship with Gareth she moves to Whitby to be closer to her birth family. Her friend Celia finds out she’s moved from London but she’s worried about her mental health so she follows her. Unknown to her Gareth has also followed her to Whitby when the three collide it will lead to something disastrous.

I discovered J A Baker last year and this is actually the third book I’ve read of hers, you can read my review of her previous novel, The Other Mother, here.

I think this is the most shocking book I’ve read by J A Baker so far! The story starts off with a bang with a crowd of people standing outside a house that the police have cordoned off. The crowd are getting more and more agitated until two body bags are rolled out, what exactly happened inside that house?

The story is then told from three main perspectives, Eva, Gareth and Celia with a few chapters from Trish, Eva’s mother. They may not all be that likeable (especially Gareth, I really didn’t like him) but you can’t help being drawn into their world.

J A Baker really messes with your emotions, I didn’t know who to believe. Who’s telling the truth? Is Eva unbalanced or is Celia? What did Eva do to make Gareth hate her so much? Why didn’t Eva’s parents try to find her?

I have to be honest with you though, the book does start off quite slow, I did find it a little difficult to read but I feel once we get to Celia’s perspective, the story gets really gripped me.

Overall Finding Eva is a slow burning tale of unreliable narrators, lies and painful truths which all leads to an explosive ending.

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Author Bio:

J. A. Baker is a writer and reader of psychological thrillers. She was born in the North East of England too long ago to mention and has four children and a grandchild.dmiimlbpigiilldg

Her first book, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in December 2017. Two more books followed – Her Dark Retreat and The Other Mother, all of which made it into the Amazon Kindle Top 100.

She still resides in the North East with her husband Richard and dog, Theo. She lives in a village in County Durham. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and meeting up with friends and family.

She is working on her fifth book which will be published in December this year.

Links:

Website –www.jabakerauthor.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com.thewriterjude/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/thewriterjude

#Review Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh @orionbooks

Title: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Publisher: Orion

Date Published: 25th January 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Legal Thriller

Description:

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.

Review:

Eddie Flynn is a con man turned lawyer, who is offered the case of his life defending Bobby Solomon, a Hollywood actor on the brink of success when his wife and security guard are killed in his home. There’s plenty of damning evidence against him but Flynn believes he’s innocent.

Joshua Kane has watched the whole case unfold and he desperately wants in on the jury, how far will he go to get what he wants?

So I have to be honest, legal thrillers don’t usually capture my interest but boy has this book changed my mind! Before thirteen, I’d never heard of the Eddie Flynn series or Steve Cavanagh but that tag line ‘The serial killer isn’t on trial, he’s on the jury,” I mean what crime lover could resist?

Eddie is a really compelling character. He’s a former con man and alcohol turned lawyer who’s distanced himself from his wife and his twelve year old daughter as his cases often put them in danger. But what made me love him the most is the fact that he uses his con man skills to help those people who need it the most. He also goes after corrupt cops which doesn’t make him many friends in law enforcement.

Even though we know quite early on who this killer is, the why doesn’t become clear until nearer the end and the story still manages to pack in plenty of twists that I did not see coming.

Overall Thirteen is a really cleverly written, action packed thrill ride of a novel that I cannot recommend any more highly.

I now will have to buy the rest of the series, looks like Christmas sorted for me then!

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and lawyer. He is also one half of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. His latest novel, Thirteen, is out now in ebook and paperback.

Find out more at http://www.stevecavanagh.com or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav

#BlogTour #Review The Cheesmaker’s House by Jane Cable @JaneCable @rararesources

Title: The Cheesemaker’s House by Jane Cable

Publisher: Matador

Date Published: 1st August 2013

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Description:

Just think, Alice, right now Owen could be putting a hex on you!

When Alice Hart’s husband runs off with his secretary, she runs off with his dog to lick her wounds in a North Yorkshire village. Battling with loneliness but trying to make the best of her new start, she soon meets her neighbours, including the drop-dead gorgeous builder Richard Wainwright and the kindly yet reticent cafe´ owner, Owen Maltby.

As Alice employs Richard to start renovating the barn next to her house, all is not what it seems. Why does she start seeing Owen when he clearly isn’t there? Where – or when – does the strange crying come from? And if Owen is the village charmer, what exactly does that mean?

The Cheesemaker’s House is a gripping read, inspired by a framed will found in the dining room of the author’s dream Yorkshire house. The previous owners explained that the house had been built at the request of the village cheesemaker in 1726 – and that the cheesemaker was a woman. And so the historical aspect of the story was born.

Jane Cable’s novel won the Suspense & Crime category of The Alan Titchmarsh Show People’s Novelist competition, reaching the last four out of over a thousand entries. The Cheesemaker’s House can be enjoyed by anyone who has become bored of today’s predictable boy-meets-girl romance novels.

I desperately want to find out about Owen; a fascinating character… the gift here is to make you want to read on.”

Jeffrey Archer

You can buy your copy here-

Amazon universal link: viewBook.at/CheesemakersHouse
Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-cheesemakers-house/jane-cable/9781783061242
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-cheesemaker-s-house
iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-cheesemakers-house/id930925191

Review:

Alice’s husband ran off with his secretary leaving her single at thirty five. She decides to move to Yorkshire to an old Cheesemaker’s cottage, that she received in her divorce settlement, in dire need of renovating. She meets gorgeous cafe owner Owen Maltby who points her in the direction of handsome builder named Richard to do up the former barn in order to make it a holiday let.

Strange things start happening as the renovation progresses, strange crying in the night, visions of the past and someone who looks suspiciously like Owen appearing and disappearing. Alice’s feeling for Owen grow but she can’t help feeling that he’s keeping secrets from her.

A grisly discovery in the barn makes Owen’s behaviour in stranger, can Alice help him or is it too late?

So this is another of one of my breaking out of my comfort zone reads, romantic suspense is not a genre I’d usually pick up but I was pleasantly surprised.

What initially drew me into this book was the air of mystery and the hint of paranormal with ghostly sightings and strange noise in the night. Personally if I was Alice I would have been too creeped out to stay in that house on my own after dark!

Alice was a very likeable character. You feel sorry for her because she kind of blames herself for her husband cheating on her because she thinks she’s not good at loving people. I really wanted to give her a hug right then.

Owen is a very sweet character too. He set up a cafe with his friend Adam, whom he’d saved from a life of drugs and jail, but he’s struggling to keep the place afloat. He’s also the village ‘charmer’ or healer caring for the sick and elderly. Yet when it comes to his own happiness, he’s intent on throwing it all away.

I was slightly disappointed that none of the characters sounded like they came from Yorkshire even though most of the characters had been born up that way. Also they kept using the word supper which I honestly don’t think I’ve heard a northerner say in my entire life! But this is just a minor quibble.

It was a little heavier on the romance that I would have preferred but it was written in a very captivating way that kept me reading until the end.

The Cheesemaker’s House is perfect for those readers who love romance with a dash of mystery.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Author Bio –

Although brought up in Cardiff, Jane Cable left Wales to study at the age of eighteen and hasThe Cheesemaker Author Headshot - Image Creative lived in England ever since. Her father was Anglo-Welsh poet Mercer Simpson so growing up in a house full of books Jane always read – and wrote. In 2011 she started to take her hobby seriously when The Cheesemaker’s House, which became her debut novel, reached the final of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition. She writes romance with a twist of mystery which has been published independently and through the UK ebook giant, Endeavour Press. Jane is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a director of Chindi Authors.

In 2017 Jane moved to Cornwall and this year will become a full time author. She’s passionate about her new home, cricket, travelling and her husband of 22 years – although not necessarily in that order.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.janecable.com
Twitter:
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/romanticsuspensenovels/

#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.

 

Bedtime Book Review Little Black Lies By Sharon Bolton #Review

Title: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Publisher: Corgi

Date Published: 19th November 2015

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

A dark and haunting thriller. It creeps under your skin and doesn’t let you go’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

What’s the worst thing your best friend could do to you?

Admittedly, it wasn’t murder. A moment’s carelessness, a tragic accident – and two children are dead. Yours.

Living in a small island community, you can’t escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you’ve lost – your family, your future, your sanity.

How long before revenge becomes irresistible?

With no reason to go on living, why shouldn’t you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?

So now, what’s the worst thing you can do to your best friend?Review:

Set in the Falkland Islands back in 1994, Catrin is teetering on the edge of sanity. It’s been three years since her best friend Rachel, killed her sons by carelessly leaving them in a car without the handbrake properly secured. Revenge is on her mind. She wants to make Rachel suffer but is she capable of committing murder?

Meanwhile a little boy disappears, the third in as many years. Suspicion quickly falls on Catrin and ex-soldier Callum Murray after they find the body of a child in the wreckage of an old ship. Are they innocent?

I’m a huge Sharon Bolton fan and this book has sadly been on my tbr for over a year now but I finally got round to it.

This is an epic sprawling novel, set against the backdrop of the wild and desolate terrain of the Falklands. The novel is separated into three sections, containing three separate viewpoints, Catrin, Callum and then finally Rachel.

It’s also written in the first person so you really get into the minds of each of the characters, each of them so life like. Catrin is so broken, haunted by the ghosts of her sons and the baby that didn’t survive. It broke my heart a little reading about her, thinking what I’d be like if anything ever happened to my son. Then there’s Callum, who at first I found a little creepy and a bit of a stalker (you find out later why he’s like that) who suffers from PTSD, having blackouts and not remembering what happened during them, an after effect from the Falklands war back in 1982. And lastly there’s Rachel, the villain for most of the book, but I still felt incredibly sorry for her, the guilt of the accident still weighing her down.

I have to be honest though, the pace was super slow for the majority of the book, I’m talking snail pace. The action for me didn’t really kick in until Callum’s POV which I think is over half way through the book. What saved it though, was the tension packed ending, that I could never have figured out in a million years, which I stayed up too late reading last night and now I’m a little tired writing this.

Overall, not the easiest of reads but definitely something you should stick with until the end.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.

Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.

Website: https://www.sharonbolton.com/

Up next on bedtime book reviews: Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.