#BlogTour #Review One by One by DW Gillespie @dw_gillespie @annecater @FlameTreePress

Title: One by One by D.W Gillespie

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Date Published: 26th September 2019

Genre: Horror

Description:

The Easton family has just moved into an old house and Alice, the youngest, is excited to explore the new place. Her excitement turns to dread as she discovers a child’s drawing of a family just like hers under the wallpaper.

When family members begin to disappear, it is up to her to unlock the mystery before she becomes the next victim.

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Review:

I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this blog tour and Flame tree press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Alice and her brother Dean with their parents move to a new house in the middle of nowhere. The strange house begins to effect them all. Her parents relationship, already on shaky ground seems to go from bad to worse and her warm and caring father changes overnight.

Things get worse when Alice uncovers a child’s drawing and one by one the members of the family disappear.

One by one kept me gripped from the start, I absolutely devoured this novel!

One of my favourite things is a haunted/creepy house, I always love reading the way a different author makes their mark on this horror staple.

This is the kind of novel that builds the tension from the beginning, slowly getting more and more sinister as it goes along, building into an explosive ending, which I didn’t see coming!

Dean, Alice’s older brother, reminded me so much of my son, his moodiness and the tendency to be on his phone or locked in his bedroom. I also think that the complex brother/sister relationship between Dean and Alice was portrayed really well.

The only quibble I had was with Alice’s character voice. She is meant to be ten but half the time she sounded older than I do! I think an older protagonist may have worked a little better.

One by one is solid spooky read, fully of plenty of tension and intrigue that will keep you turning those pages!

About The Author:

A fan of all things dark and horrific, D.W. Gillespie has been writing horror, sci-fi, and fantasy for longer than he would like to admit. After years of daydreaming, he started taking it seriously inDW Gillespie Author Picture college after a creative writing class helped spark his motivation. After winning a local writing award, he realized that his path forward was clear.

In the years since, he’s been featured in many publications, both online and in print. He’s the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Toy Thief, Still Dark, and Handmade Monsters.

For One by One, Gillespie was influenced by his experience of moving houses often when growing up. One particular house was supposedly haunted (according to previous tenants) and became specially inspirational, and he knew he wanted it to feature in one of his books as a character in the story.

A lifelong native of Middle Tennessee, he still lives there today with his wife and two children.

#Review Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay @HQStories

Title: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Publication Date: 5th September 2019

Publisher: HQ

Genre: Thriller

Description:

‘You should read ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay as soon as possible. It’s one hell of a suspense novel’ STEPHEN KING

This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and ELEVATOR PITCH is a shameless good time’ JOE HILL

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world – and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment – is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

Review:

One elevator accident is a tragedy, two is something more sinister…

So it’s been a few years since I’ve picked up a Linwood Barclay novel and I can’t tell you how excited I was to get approval for this on NetGalley.

Elevator Pitch is a realistic and riveting thriller. I’ve never been a huge fan of lifts, I’ve been stuck in them once too often, and I think I dislike them even more now!

There are a number of interesting characters through out the story but Barbara Matheson is a stand out. She’s a journalist with a fearsome reputation and seems hell bent on taking down the mayor but she’s a woman with secrets and a contentious relationship with her daughter.

A little heads up too, for a thriller it is over four hundred and fifty pages, I think, so it is on the longer side but there are plenty of suspense and shocks to keep you hooked.

My issue was the fact there were quite a few different points of view and for the first half of the book it took a little bit of time to get them all straight in my head which slowed my reading down quite a bit.

Elevator Pitch is an intricately plotted thriller that will both terrify and enthral you.

About The Author:

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twentylinwood barclay critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.

Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. He is currently working with eOne to turn the Promise Falls trilogy into a series. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children. Visit Linwood Barclay at http://www.linwoodbarclay.com or find him on Twitter at @linwood barclay.

#BlogTour #BookSpotlight Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn @IBlackthorn @rararesources

Today I’m bring you a spotlight for Gothic mystery Clarissa’s warning by Isobel Blackthorn.

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Title: Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

Date Published: 30th November 2018

Genre: Mystery/Supernatural

Description:

Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.

Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn’t want her there.

But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?

You can buy your copy here viewbook.at/ClarissaWarning

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About The Author

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres,Isobel Blackthorn Headshot 1 copy including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat. 

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Twitter: @IBlackthorn

#Review Freefall by Jessica Barry @vintagebooks @PenguinRHUK

Title: Freefall by Jessica Barry

Date Published: 28th February 2019

Publisher: Vintage

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison.

The life that she’s built for herself – her perfect fiancé, their world of luxury – has disappeared in the blink of an eye. Now she must run, not only to escape the dark secrets in her past, but to outwit the man who is stalking her every move.

On the other side of the country, Allison’s mother is desperate for news of her daughter, who is missing, presumed dead. Maggie refuses to accept that she could have lost her only child and sets out to discover the truth.

Mother and daughter must fight – for survival and to find their way through a dark web of lies and back to one another, before it’s too late…

Heart-stopping and addictive, FREEFALL is a stunning thriller that explores the deep and complex bond between mothers and daughters.

Review:

This is quite a difficult book to review because I think you need to go into with as little information as possible, just so you can get the most out of the story.

The story is told from two viewpoints, Alison and her mum Maggie. They were both very realistic characters, both strong in their own way.

Maggie is struggling without her husband, now she thinks she’s lost her daughter who she hasn’t spoken to in two years.

Alison, after struggling to make ends meet for a long time, thinks when Ben proposes that it’ll be the last of her worries but after miraculously surviving a plane crash has to battle her way down a mountain while someone is hunting her.

While this is an interesting book, with good characters and plenty of twists and turns, I wouldn’t say it blew me away. What’s annoying is I can’t give you a definitive reason why, I think you’ll just have to read it yourself and decide.

Freefall a terrifying and taut thriller with well rounded characters that will to keep you entertained until the end.

About The Author:

Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who has lived and worked in London forfreefall jb the past fifteen years. Freefall, her debut thriller, has sold in more than seventeen territories around the world and has also secured a major Hollywood film deal.

 

#BlogTour Q&A #BookSpotlight The Nanny Song by Misti Mount @MistyAMount @RRBookTours1 #TheNannySong

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Today I’m very excited to bring you a Q&A with author Misti Mount and a giveaway as part of the blog tour for The Nanny Song but first a bit about the book:

Title: The Nanny Song by Misti Mount

Publication Date: May 10th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Suspense/ Romance

Publisher: Willow River Press

Description:

Mallory Riscoe is no stranger to dysfunction. Despite her tumultuous childhood, at twenty-two, she has established herself as a fully functional, self-made woman. However the safe, mundane life she has created for herself is quickly turned upside-down when she’s falsely accused of theft and promptly fired.

Meanwhile, a dismal pall hangs over the Colt residence. Since the death of his wife, Brendan Colt has struggled to care for his children; Kason and Meela. Each is lost in their own deep grief, but there is more to this family than meets the eye.

Two worlds collide when Mallory accepts the job as nanny to the Colt children. Mallory begins to feel a connection, a whisper of trust between them, that could mean there is still hope for everyone involved to heal. But when an unspeakable secret is uncovered that bond, and possibly Mallory’s life itself is now at risk. Can Mallory unlock the mystery intertwined in this chaotic family or will all hope of closure be lost forever?

You Can Buy A Copy Here:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nanny-Song-Misty-Mount-ebook/dp/B07D1CQF66/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540755411&sr=1-1&keywords=the+nanny+song

Amazon.com:

https://www.amazon.com/Nanny-Song-Misty-Mount-ebook/dp/B07D1CQF66/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540215168&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=misty+mount&dpPl=1&dpID=51wBnJHfs-L&ref=plSrch

Barnes & Noble:

https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-nanny-song-misty-mount/1128876014?ean=9780999655672

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Q&A with Misti Mount:

1. Where did the inspiration for The Nanny Song come from?

I wrote this story in my very early twenties, my teenage years full of babysitting and nannying still fresh on my mind. I wanted to write something that reflected my struggles and adventures in bonding with other people’s children. The real kids I worked with will always have a place in my heart and thankfully, most of them were not as badly behaved as the duo in my book.

2. If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?

A modern-day Jane Eyre meets a (good) Lifetime movie.

3. What is a typical writing day like for you?

I usually wait for the house to quiet down after everyone has gone to sleep, then I bust out my laptop at the dining room table. I’m frequently guilty of staying up all night and suffering intense drowsiness the next day.

4. If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?

That’s so hard! I’ll have to say The Princess Bride because it has a bit of everything: true love, high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and tons more!

5. Who are your favourite authors?

I love classic sci-fi authors like Arthur C. Clark, Philip K. Dick and Larry Niven. I also love old mystery and gothic romance authors like Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.

6. Is writing your only job? If not, what is your other job?

In addition to being a mom and caring for my sister, I do daycare part time and work as a personal care attendant for people with special needs.

7. Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

I have always been deeply empathetic and I often suffer from “sympathy pain” if I witness someone physically hurting or emotionally suffering.

8. What are you currently working on?

I’m nearly finished with my next novel, a sort of origin story that was inspired by my character in the first role-playing game I ever played.

Giveaway!!!

For your chance to win 1 Print Copy of The Nanny Song or 2 Digital Copies click the link below (I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.)

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0e7c6a8f48/?

About the Author:

Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a Author Pic (1)caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist.

“I read because my grandmother showed me how to immerse myself in books for recreation, relaxation or even as a coping skill.

I write because my head is filled with daydreams and I like to choose the endings.”

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mistyamount @MistyAMount

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15569092.Misty_Mount

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The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt) http://www.thevoluptuousbookdiva.com/

The Reading Mermaid (Review) https://tamarathereadingmermaid.weebly.com/

Where Dragons Reside (Review) https://kernerangelina.live/

October 30th

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The Cozy Pages (Promo) http://thecozypages.wordpress.com/

Darque Dreamer Reads (Review) https://darquedreamerreads.wordpress.com

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Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com

October 31st

Loving Life Every Day (Interview) https://lauramorningstar.com

Valerie’s Musings (Interview) http://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com

Bri’s Book Nook (Review) http://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

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#BlogTour #Review Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Title: Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 28th August 2018

Genre: Psychological Suspense

Description:

An unwanted pregnancy. A kidnapping. Escape…

University student Jemma Howell’s life has turned upside down: she’s pregnant and her boyfriend has just died.

A lawyer manipulates Jemma to sign away the child to her dead boyfriend’s parents, the wealthy Winchesters.

Six months after giving birth, Jemma is still obsessed with her baby’s welfare. A chance opportunity occurs. She makes a split-second decision.

She is now a kidnapper and on the run. Detective Constable Tim Findlay is assigned to the Winchester kidnapping, his first big case.

In the course of the investigation, he and his partner uncover deeply hidden secrets about the Winchester family.

For Tim, the difference between right and wrong becomes blurred.

BYE BABY BUNTING is a page-turning psychological suspense that explores society’s attitudes to single parenting and adoption and the laws that apply to birth-mother, child and adoptive parents. The story takes place in Auckland, New Zealand, Hawaii and Winnipeg, Canada between 1963 and the present.

You can buy your copy here: http://mybook.to/ByeBabyBunting

Review:

The story opens with Penny finding her birth certificate which states she was born in New Zealand but her name is completely different. We then journey back to 1963 and meet Jemma who is mourning the lose of her boyfriend Barry after finding out she’s pregnant. Unsure of what to do, having being told she wouldn’t make a good mother by friends and social workers, she gives the baby up to Barry’s parents Mr and Mrs Winchester.

She regrets her mistake, so when she sees the opportunity, she snatches her baby back. With the help of her friend Graeme they work on a plan so that Jemma can keep her baby but with the police on her tail will she manage to keep her baby?

If you’re planning to read Bye baby bunting I suggest you have a box of tissues handy. It is a heart breaking tale of a young mum forced to give up her child but given a second chance to raise her daughter.

As an unwed mother myself, I couldn’t help but get angry for Jemma, having to give up her baby and levels of scorn, whispering and judgement she was subjected to was just plain disgusting.

I really rooted for Jemma and Graeme, which being the kidnappers I shouldn’t, but they’re so sweet and you just want Jemma get her baby back. They’re relationship grows as the book progresses, which adds nicely to the story, but obviously after Barry, she’s reluctant but I really wanted her to get her happily ever after moment.

I do feel like this book may have been mislabelled as a psychological thriller/suspense, yes there are a few heart in your mouth moments but there wasn’t really any that screamed psychological thriller to me, in fact it felt more like a family drama.

Overall Bye Baby Bunting is a heart breaking, historical drama that will send you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Rating: 3/5

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About The Author:

Dr Tannis Laidlaw has worn many hats in her career as a psychologist: clinician in privateAuthor photo 2 practice, in psychiatric bins and in the prison service; researcher in schizophrenia, anxiety, psychopathy and other personality disorders, mind-body interactions, and the therapeutic use of hypnosis; research manager; writer and lecturer.

She has always been fascinated by the human condition, not only in those with crossed wiring but also when ordinary people are driven to behave in extraordinary ways. Her fiction reflects her psychological background; her non-fiction, her interests as a wife, mother and friend.

Tannis lives with her husband in Auckland, but spends half her time at a deserted beach in Northland, the semi-tropical northern part of New Zealand, and in a remote cabin in the woods on a Canadian lake – all places where she writes and writes and writes.

Website: www.tannislaidlaw.com

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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.

 

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.

#FlashFicitonFriday Waiting by LJ Cassidy #amwriting #writerslife

Olivia settled back into a comfy chair in the living room, opening up a book. With every noise outside, her eyes travelled from the page to the window overlooking the street. After ten minutes of reading the same sentence over and over, she threw the book down.

She hated waiting for things.

Getting up, she checked herself in the mirror over the fireplace. The blonde bob framed her heart shape face nicely, glad she’d decided on a quick haircut the day before. She smoothed the lines of her flowered dress, not her outfit of choice but she had to look good today.

There was a huge slam that reverberated through the house.

Rushing to the window, she saw the familiar sight of a grey van. It looked a little like a delivery truck, except this one had steel reinforced sides and bullet proof windows.

There was a heavy knock on the door, she almost thought it was going to come off its hinges.

Walking out into the hall, she took a deep calming breath before opening the door.

Olivia was faced with someone distinctly male looking, dressed head to toe in bulletproof armour topped off with a helmet.

The helmet’s black tinted visor was down so Olivia couldn’t make out a face.

He was carrying a long cardboard box under one arm.

Excitement coursed through her, she reached for the parcel but a gloved hand clamped around hers’ squeezing tightly. It felt like every bone in her fingers were going to snap.

Malcolm, let her go,” said a woman sternly, who appeared from nowhere carrying what looked like a clipboard. “Sorry about that, can’t get the robots these days. Are you Mrs Olivia Dawson?”

The robot obeyed the woman and let Olivia go.

Yes,” she replied, rubbing the feeling back into her hand.

I’m Agent Buckley.”

She turned to look at the woman, dressed in a sensible navy blue suit and white shirt. Olivia spied a black holster sitting snugly under her arm, the butt of a gun just visible.

Can we come in?”

She swallowed, her throat suddenly dry. Not trusting herself to speak, she nodded at Agent Buckley, moving out the way for them, trailing in their wake into the living room. The agent’s eyes travelled around the cosy room with large squashy sofas and bookcases lining the walls. It looked more like a library.

Where’s your wife?”

Oh, she got called into work suddenly,” Olivia said nervously. “She’s a doctor after all.”

Would they not give her the package? They wouldn’t take it away, would they? She was so close.

She frowned. “Most irregular. Anyway we just need a DNA sample to confirm your identity.”

Olivia placed a sweaty hand on the clipboard, which turned out a tablet, to give a sample.

The robot set the package on the floor.

You can leave us now,” said Buckley waving it away. The door closed after it with a mighty crash.

Can I see?” she asked excitedly.

It’s against protocol but I don’t see why not.”

Buckley pulled open the cardboard to reveal a sturdy plastic box that looked a bit like it was holding music equipment or something. She flicked open two catches and heaved up the lid.

Inside, lay the most beautiful baby Olivia had even seen.

She’s just to your specifications,” said Buckley reading from her tablet. “Blonde hair, blue eyes, rosy complexion.”

She picked up the sleeping baby gently. She was seven when natural reproduction was outlawed by the world’s governments, to curbed the swelling population.

She still remembered being wheeled into the sterile theatre and the pain in her stomach that lasted for weeks after they ripped out her womb.

Five years ago, the government told her that she wasn’t ‘stable’ enough to have a child whatever that meant. She had so much love to give, they didn’t understand.

Olivia was going to prove them wrong, she would be good for this child.

Hold on,” said Buckley frowning. “There seems to be a problem…”

Buckley went for her gun but Olivia was too quick. She pulled out the gun she’d been hiding behind the cushion on the couch. She shot the other woman in the head before she finished her sentence.

It was the same weapon she’d used to kill real Olivia and her wife earlier.

Somewhere in her brain it registered she was doing something wrong but she ignored it.

She was a mother now.

Thank you for reading!© LJ Cassidy

#BlogBlitz #Review I know Where You Live by Pat Young @Bloodhoundbooks @py321_young #NewRelease

Title: I know where you live by Pat Young.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published:Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:

Penny believes she’s being watched. Yet no one should know where she lives.

Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe.

At the airport they meet charming Sophie, fluent in French and looking for work as an au pair.

Penny, struggling to cope in France, offers Sophie a job and she soon becomes an important part of the family’s life. But Sophie is hiding something.

Then Penny’s toddler son, Ethan, is abducted and an international hunt for the child begins.

The police beg Penny and her husband to take part in a television appeal but the couple refuse. Unknown to the police, Penny and Seth have new identities and are determined to lay low and protect them. But it may be too late for that.

Who has taken Ethan and why?

Are the couple’s true identities linked to the abduction?

And who has been watching them?

To save her son Penny may have to put her own life on the line.

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Review:

I want to thank Bloodhound Books for my advanced copy of I Know Where You Live and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.

Penny doesn’t feel safe in Texas, she feels like someone is watching her and her family. When her husband Seth gets offered a job in France, she jumps at the chance. They meet Sophie, an American fluent in French, who isoff to Europe herself to find her long lost father.

Was this meeting by chance or was there a more sinister reason behind it?

Sophie quickly becomes part of the family, becoming au pair to Penny and Seth’s children, Ethan and Angel but disaster strikes when Ethan is abducted.

This is the sequel to Till The Dust Settles, which I didn’t realise before I read it. It can be read as a stand alone but I’d highly recommend reading the first book to get a fuller understanding of the characters. I didn’t myself but it’s now sitting it’s waiting for me on my kindle.

This is the second book I’ve read within a month that contains sensitive subject of child abduction. It shows how much something this harrowing, can create a strain on even the strongest of relationships and even turns the most mild mannered of people, like Seth, into an almost completely different person.

The characters in this book are very believable. I loved Angel, Penny and Seth’s bouncy six year old, she was so well done and actually sounds like a child not an adult, which happens occasionally when authors try do child characters.

But sometimes throughout the book I felt like the actions of certain people were a little unbelievable. I mean like the mysterious Miss L, would someone really follow someone all the way to France from America? Also a lot of the story hinged on the characters not being honest with each other, which was a little frustrating.

Overall the story has a nice pace with short chapters and well drawn characters even if the plot seemed a little unbelievable at times.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.download (1)

Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.

Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last.

Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.

Pat writes psychological thrillers. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July
2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from
Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.

Published by Bloodhound Books, I Know Where You Live is the much-anticipated sequel to Pat’s gripping and unmissable debut thriller, Till the Dust Settles. It too is a psychological thriller with a skillfully told story that makes for an enjoyable stand alone read. It will hook you from the start.

Links:

Twitter – @py321_young

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