#BlogTour #Review #TheInnocentWife by @AmylloydWrites @arrowpublishing

Title: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Genre: Psychological thriller.

Description:

HOW DO YOU CONFRONT YOUR HUSBAND WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH? Gripping psychological suspense from a brilliant new voice in crime fiction.

NOW A TOP TEN BESTSELLER.

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all …

But how do you confront your husband when you don’t want to know the truth?

Looking for a brand new author? Brit @amylloydwrites won the Daily Mail’s first novel contest with The Innocent Wife. Woman marries a man on death row. Then things get scary. Ending a total shock. Superb psychological suspense.’ Lisa Gardner

‘You can hear the ominous music from the first line onward – this is a fantastic thriller.’ Lee Child

An original, assured and compelling tale of obsession. Amy Lloyd is a startling new talent, destined to become a big name.’ Peter James

‘If you’re an addict of true crime documentaries, you will binge all night on The Innocent Wife. In this breathless, pounding ride, Amy Lloyd keeps us guessing about a convicted killer thrust into the world as innocent online hero and the woman who begins to reluctantly dig into his murky past.’ Julia Heaberlin, author of Black Eyed Susans

I read The Innocent Wife in one sitting – a deliciously wry and dark exploration of fascinating subject matter that will keep you guessing until the last page. Amy Lloyd is a fresh and original new voice in thriller writing who deserves to go straight to the top.’ – Sarah Pinborough author of Behind Her Eyes

‘Loved The Innocent Wife! Dark, twisted and compelling. Kept me guessing and totally gripped! 5 stars’ CJ Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

The Innocent Wife is a stunner that leads the reader down a twisty path to a surprising, yet satisfying conclusion. You won’t be able to stop turning the pages!’ –Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

‘I devoured The Innocent Wife in one sitting! A unique setting, deeply flawed characters, a crackling mystery, and an unexpected ending make this a must-read!’ Hollie Overton, author of Baby Doll.

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Review:

I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this blog tour.

Samantha is introduced to Dennis Danson through a documentary about his conviction for the murder of eleven year old Holly Michaels. She quickly becomes obsessed with him and his innocence, beginning a long distance romance, writing each other letters.

Leaving her old life behind she travels to see him, getting involved with the campaign to free Dennis and the documentary series A Boy From Red River. But when his is released, Sam is not sure that he’s the same man she fell in love with and has secrets. What is he hiding?

Goodness me I’ve had this on my tbr list for so long and I don’t know why I haven’t read it before now! It really gripped me from the first chapter and the need to find out what happened next kept me going back for more.

I really felt for Samantha, she seemed such a lonely and damaged soul. There also a bit of mystery there too, something happened with her ex-boyfriend that she’s utterly ashamed of, which makes her slightly neurotic and a little unstable at times.

The first part of the book is made up of letters between Sam and Dennis, which I kind of thought were sweet, even though he’s on Death Row. Also excepts, from a book called River Runs Red, are weaved cleverly in, which gives you bits of Dennis’ history and the case without seeming like an info dump. Once released they return to Red River, Dennis’ home town and the book takes on a more sinister tone and the tension is really amped up until the end.

My only complaint was I didn’t find the ending that satisfying, I can’t tell you why because that would be a spoiler, but it just didn’t sit quite right with me.

Overall a compelling read and I’d say a must read for any psychological thriller fans out there.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. In 2016 she won the Daily MailBestseller Competition for her novel The Innocent Wife. Amy lives in Cardiff with her partner, who is also a published novelist.

#Review Cargo by J.C. Macek III @Bloodhoundbook @Kneumsi

Title: Cargo by J.C Macek III

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Released: 9th January 2018

Genre: Mystery/thriller.

Description:

Over the years Anthony Peterson has amassed a fortune, numerous properties, a trophy wife and a reputation for ruthless business dealings. He is a man who is used to getting his own way.

But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container, with only a cell phone and twenty-four hours of air left, he begins to unravel.

Desperate to escape Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised. And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars, while threatening to murder and rape his beautiful wife if he doesn’t comply, Peterson must fight to meet their impossible terms or face being left to die alone in the darkness.

Why has Peterson been targeted?

Who are those responsible for his kidnap?

And will Peterson make out of the container alive?

Cargo is an edge of your seat thriller about the choices we make.

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Review:

Anthony Peterson wakes up inside a metal shipping container, with no memory of how he got there. He receives a phone call telling him that they have his wife Susan and want 10 million dollars in exchange for their safe release.

This book opens with a bang! You’re thrown right into the story, wondering who and why businessman Anthony Peterson has been kidnapped. As the story progresses it’s revealed that he’s not the upstanding citizen that he claims to be, in fact in my opinion he’s a nasty piece of work. His associate Tom, whom he’s using to amass the 10 million dollars for his release, is not much better, in fact at times I thought he was a little insane!

It’s quite an engrossing read, action packed and a little violent, but it also it brings up questions about how you live your life. What I mean is, if you’re greedy and treat everyone around you badly, like Anthony, who is going to help you when you need it the most?

The story has been adapted from a screenplay and unfortunately at times you can tell. There were some things that may work for a film, like Anthony listening to things on the end of a phone, that just don’t work for a book. There was a lack of atmosphere too, I mean being trapped in such a small space, (okay not quite a coffin but still), would be quite claustrophobic but I didn’t really feel that in the story. I also felt an injection of Tom’s point of view would have made it a bit more absorbing.

Overall an intense read perfect for action movie fans.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

He began writing at a very young age and launched his professional writing career after graduating from Louisiana State University with a BA in English Literature.download

His first noteworthy professional writing was in the world of entertainment journalism. He became a movie, TV, book and music reviewer which soon expanded to film history columns and celebrity interviews. Over the years, J.C. has become known in his professional life for interviewing bands such as The Cult, Judas Priest, Faith No More, The Zombies, Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Queens of the Stone Age’s Nick Oliveri and KMFDM.

After writing literally thousands of articles, columns, reviews and interviews for multiple print and online magazines, J.C. published his first novel Seven Days to Die: A Jake Slater Mystery in 2016. He followed this success in 2017 with a collection of short stories and novellas entitled The Pretty Good and Pretty Representative Stories of J.C. Maçek III. This collection continues the hardboiled detective saga of Jake Slater with the new novella The Pestilence of Spring: A Jake Slater Mystery.

J.C. is also an actor, musician, director and film producer. His most recent film is [Cargo], produced by J.C. and written and directed by James Dylan. As producer, J.C. also took the commission to write the novelization to[Cargo] which will be published by Bloodhound Books in early 2018.

J.C. lives in Southern California with his wife, daughters and a veritable zoo full of pets. He is currently working on more Jake Slater crime novels starting with the thriller Hard Core and is looking to expand the mythos of [Cargo].

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/JakeSlaterMystery

https://twitter.com/kneumsi

https://www.amazon.com/J.C.-Macek-III/e/B07111NTNF

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15259619.J_C_Macek_III

http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/jc-maek-iii

#Review Bad To The Bone by @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook

Title: Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 29th April 2017

Description:

A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigate the case and discover that the young, female victim had been relocated from its original burial site.

A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990, and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. The two are linked with others who were on duty at the time a road accident was reported.

As Bliss and Chandler delve deeper into the investigation, they start to question whether senior officers may have been involved in the murder of the young women who was buried in the woods.

As each link in the chain is put under duress, so is Bliss who clashes with superiors and the media.

When his team receives targeted warnings, Bliss will need to decide whether to drop the case or to pursue those responsible.

Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost?

And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?

 

Review:

A skeleton of a woman is unearthed in a forest, DI James ‘Jimmy’ Bliss and DC Penny Chandler are called into to investigate. With the help of the ‘bone lady’ they set out who the young woman was and why she was killed.

Out of the blue DI Bliss receives a call from a retired colleague DI Weller wanting to meet up but before they meet Weller ends up in a car crash. When a second officer turns up dead Bliss believes there could be a link between these death and the skeletal remains.

So this is the first Bliss and Chandler book, I’m reading this in preparation for the next book, The Scent Of Guilt, which comes out February.

There was never a dull moment in this book! I had everything, murder, nail biting car chases, death threats, even a little romance…I don’t think the author could have squeezed any more action into it.

DI Bliss has a tragic past, his wife was murdered before he moved to Peterborough, and is still under a cloud after a previous murder investigation went sideways. He’s also battling an unknown health condition. He seems like his own worst enemy and a bit of a loner but he’s a good policeman and I found myself liking him. I liked DC Chandler too, she’s loyal and ambitious but also seems to genuinely care about Bliss (as a friend of course).

My only issue, and it’s exceptionally minor, was I would have liked a bit more about DC Chandler’s story/background. I know her daughter was kidnapped by her ex and taken to another country but it was only touched upon briefly, I just wanted to know more!

After reading this book I can’t wait to read the next one.

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.TJF05

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.

Links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-J-Forder/e/B01N4BPT65/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490529612&sr=8-1-spell

https://www.facebook.com/tonyjforder/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/TonyJForder?lang=en-gb

#Review Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker

Title: Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker.

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Published: 8th August 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Thriller

Description:

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten, a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

Review:

I received an ARC copy of this via NetGalley.

Cass and Emma went missing one night three years ago, now Cass is back desperate to find her sister. She tells of their imprisonment on a mysterious island and Emma is still trapped there. Dr Abby Winter and the FBI face a race against time to try and find her but is Cass telling the truth or is there more to the story?

Okay so this book has been languishing on my tbr pile for a while, I’ve read so many conflicting reviews I finally decided to read it for myself and see what happened.

I have to be honest I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book, I kind of now understand why there’s so many differing opinions on it. It’s very well written and quite clever but I feel it fell a bit short, for me anyway.

It’s told from two viewpoints, Cass’s and Dr Abby Winter’s. The start very slow going, I kind of kept waiting for something to happen, which unfortunately not much did, until about half way through the book, but that sense of ‘where is Emma?’ made me read until the end.

The characters, I found apart from Abby and sometimes Cass, were very unlikeable, especially Cass’s mother who suffers from something called Narcissistic Personality Disorder which made her constantly seek attention and neglect her children. Even Emma, from Cass’s stories wasn’t all that nice either.

It was also very heavy on the psychological aspect of Psychological Thriller, which although I found a bit interesting, I would have liked a bit more action or suspense.

Overall interesting in places but not edge of your seat stuff.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

Wendy Walker is a former attorney and investment banker in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. Her debut thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, has become an international bestseller and was optioned for film by Warner Brothers with Reese Witherspoon set to produce. The paperback will be released July 18, 2017, followed by her second thriller, Emma In The Night, on August 8