#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.

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#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.

#BlogBlitz #Review Under The Woods by K.A Richardson @Bloodhoundbook @karichardson77 #NewRelease

Title: Under The Woods by K.A Richardson

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 27th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

When a homeless woman, Cheryl Whiffen, hears voices in her head telling her to do bad things, she can’t help but obey.

But when Cheryl becomes the victim of a serial killer who is collecting angels, this time the voices can’t help her. She is deemed not worthy of being an angel and the killer has to find another way to dispose of her body.

TJ Tulley has connections in the police force – her brother Jacob is a digital forensic analyst and her soon to be sister-in-law is a CSI. She knows many of their colleagues so when someone breaks into her house at the riding stables she owns, it’s not a surprise when the police dispatch CSI Jackson Doherty.

Is there a link between a suspicious fire at the stables and the serial killer?

As TJ and Doherty get closer to the truth they don’t realise the danger they are in. He is a killer – he’s angry at their investigation and he’ll do just about anything to protect his angels…

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Review:

When her friend Cheryl is taken from the streets, Sally begs the police to investigate but unwittingly becomes a target for a serial killer who is collecting angels.

Meanwhile, forced to changed career paths due to a devastating attack, TJ has embraced her new role as owner of Rainbow Riding Stables. TJ thinks she’s put the past behind her but after a break in at her house and stables she’s meets CSI Jackson Docherty and together they must find out who is targeting her.

This is the fourth book in this series but the first I’ve read and while some of the characters are recurring from earlier books, I would say this works perfectly well as a stand-alone.

Under The Woods is dark and disturbing novel, set in the North East of England, that puts you inside the mind of a really twisted serial killer. The story focuses more on the CSI/forensic investigation which I found was a nice change than the usual police procedurals.

There were a lot of strong female characters like TJ and Sally who have both been through so much but won’t go down without a fight. I also liked the romance between TJ and Jackson, their chemistry really crackled off the page.

I’m not going to call this book a nail biter, but it really pulls you with the great characters and compelling story that makes you not want to put it down. I don’t want to say too much more in case I end up giving away spoilers!

If I had one issue it was the whole Jackson’s getting stalked by his crazy ex girlfriend storyline. All he seemed to do was shout at her (I’m sorry how many times does shouting at a deranged person actually work?), and made me dislike Jackson, plus I just don’t think it really added to the story but that of course is just my opinion.

Overall a darkly disturbing modern thriller that will keep you enthralled throughout.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

My name is Kerry-Ann Richardson (generally known as Kerry) and I write as KA Richardson. Idownload started writing the North East Police series in 2010 when I was working towards my MA Creative Writing – I used the first 15000 words of With Deadly Intent as my dissertation. I passed my MA in 2011 and kept on writing. This all came about from working as a Crime Scene Investigator – I’d always written but when I was a CSI I went to see a psychic, Anthony, and he wanted to know why I wasn’t writing. He reminded me that it was my passion and said he could see me signing in Waterstones in 5 years. That was 5.5 years before my first ever signing in Waterstones so he wasn’t far wrong!

I did the normal things writers do when their book is ready to go out into the world – submitted to agents etc. I got a few nice personal responses back – still saying no but being constructive and polite about it. I approached Darren Laws from Caffeine Nights whilst at a crime festival and he asked to see my work. He agreed to publish With Deadly Intent from there, and once that was out I approached Bloodhound Books as wanted to know if there was any other interest in my novels. Bloodhound came back within 24 hours and offered me a 3 book deal! And I’ve since signed an additional 3 book deal with them which covers the series up to and including book 7!

Links:

Website:www.kerryannrichardson.com

Twitter: @kerryann77 or @karichardson77

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/ka.richardsonwriter

Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/K.A.-Richardson/e/B01D58WOV6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1491858252&sr=8-2-ent

#BlogTour #Review Then She Ran by Charlie Gallagher @JoffeBooks @Gloriouscharlie #NewRelease #PoliceProcedural

Title: Then She Ran by Charlie Gallagher

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 24th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural


Description:

Discover a gripping crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive beginning to one of the most surprising endings of the year.
On a lazy Sunday morning Jenny Harris is shaken awake by her panic-stricken boyfriend, Joseph. Their baby daughter lies asleep on her chest. ‘We’ve got to go!’ Joseph screams.
In their hotel room, Jenny hurriedly wraps her tiny baby up. All their belongings are left behind. There’s no time. Joseph’s panic is contagious.
Jenny sprints with her family from the hotel. And it’s clear that they are being chased. Their pursuers are indiscriminate and they are deadly. Her boyfriend falls, caught up in the carnage, but he manages to give her one last message: RUN!’
Detective George Elms is investigating a separate crime: an elderly woman shot in the stomach during a robbery gone wrong. She is left for her dead in her country kitchen where she stood firm against violent thieves.
What’s the link between the two incidents? And who will do anything to silence Jenny forever?
George’s only option is to make ground on both cases. And he must move fast. Because everyone is in deadly danger and time is running out.

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LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

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Review:

Jenny doesn’t understand why her boyfriend wakes her up in a panic, demanding her to run with their daughter, that is until people start shooting at her.

While everyone is out looking for Jenny, newly promoted DI George Elms is dealing with a personal issue, the return of his estranged wife and his daughter. When he is tasked to investigate the shooting of an old woman on an isolated farm his head is not really on his work. Can George pull it together?

This is the fifth book in the series and the first I’ve read by Charlie Gallagher, which is probably not ideal but I can safely say this can be read as a stand-alone without feeling lost or having the previous books spoilt for you.

Wow, Charlie Gallagher just drops you right into the thick of the action which doesn’t let up at all!  I enjoyed the fact it wasn’t overly complicated or had too many characters, a problem I’ve been seeing in crime fiction of late, just a great fast paced thrilling read. Also as Charlie is a real life police officer, it feels really authentic without getting bogged down in detail.

I have to be honest at first I didn’t really warm to George Elms that much. I understand he’s under a lot of pressure after being promoted and from his estranged wife but sometimes I felt like giving him a good smack and telling him to stop behaving so badly. By the end though, he got me on side.

Overall an action packed read and a must for fans of police procedurals.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences. 

LINKS:

Website: https://www.writercharliegallagher.com

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

Twitter: @gloriouscharlie

#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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#BlogBlitz The Key To Death’s Door by Mark Tilbury @Bloodhoundbook @MTilburyAuthor #NewRelease

Title: The Key To Death’s Door by Mark Tilbury

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 16th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:

If you could discover the murderous truth of a past life and seek justice in this one, would you?

Teenager Lee Hunter doesn’t have a choice when he nearly drowns after spending the night at a derelict boathouse with his best friend, Charlie Finch. After leaving his body and meeting a mysterious light that lets him to go back to the past, Lee finds himself reliving the final days of another life. A life that ended tragically.

After recovering from his near death experience, Lee begins to realise that he is part of two lives linked by the despicable actions of one man.

Struggling against impossible odds, Lee and Charlie set out to bring this man to justice.

Will Lee be able to unlock the past and bring justice to the future?

The Key to Death’s Door is a story of sacrifice, friendship, loyalty and murder.

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Review:

Lee is your typical bored fourteen year old, looking for adventure with his best friend Charlie Finch. They decide to spend the night in an old abandoned boathouse but in the morning they find themselves stranded, the only way to get back to other side is to swim across a dangerous river. Lee ends up almost drowning and experiencing the impossible, a past life which is cruelly brought to an end. Can he get justice for the past?

This is the first book I’ve read by Mark Tilbury and I think it is a nice introduction to his writing for first time readers of his work.

This is a different and original story. The subject of past lives have always fascinated me. When we die do we go on to become a new person with a new life? If something bad happened in a previous life could we get justice for it in our new one? I’d like to think so.

Mark Tilbury has created some really memorable characters which are really the centre of the story. From Lee Hunter to his counterpart in the eighties Paul Collins to Charlie with his floppy hat and habit of spitting every two seconds. Also he created one of the most despicable people I have read about in a while Daryl Finch, who the kind of character you like to give a good kicking to.

This probably won’t be for everyone. There’s a lot of obscene language and violence which even had me grimacing a little bit. Also there were quite a few religious overtones and with the going from 2012 to the eighties back to 2012 again, the timeline got a little confusing to me.

But overall an original and enticing read that will really stick with you after you read it.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.2017 Author pic

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have his fifth novel, The Key to Death’s Door published along with The Liar’s Promise, The Abattoir of Dreams, and The Ben Whittle Investigations relaunched, by Bloodhound Books.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.

Links:

Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Tilbury/e/B00X7R10I4/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1493895837&sr=8-2-ent

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MTilburyAuthor

Website:http://marktilbury.com/

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

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13926121.Mark_Tilbury

#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.

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‘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