Friday, 13 July 2018

Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter



Title: The Good Daughter
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 13 July 2017 (epub) or 3 May 2018 (paperback)

Twitter: @SlaughterKarin

Blurb

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind...

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defence attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again - and a shocking tragedy leave the whole town traumatised - Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever...

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Book Review: Our House by Louise Candlish [audiobook] #bookclub



Title: Our House
Author: Louise Candlish
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (UK) and Berkley Publishing (US)
Publication Date: 5 April 2018 (UK) or 7 August 2018 (US)


Blurb

On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they've just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it's your house. And you didn't sell it.

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.

When Fi Lawson arrived home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. how can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?

FOR RICHER, FOR POORER.

Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children o his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her - and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth - that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?

TILL DEATH US DO PART.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Book Review: The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh




Title: The Man Who Didn't Call (aka Ghosted - US version)
Author: Rosie Walsh
Publisher: Mantle (UK) and Pamela Dorman Books (US)
Publication Date: 1 May 2018

Twitter: @TheRosieWalsh

Blurb

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it's mutual; you've never been so certain of anything.

So when he leaves you for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn't call.

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they're wrong: something must have happened; there must by a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you're right? That there is a reason - and that reason is the one thing you didn't share with each other?

The truth.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Book Review: The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis



Title: The Honeymoon
Author: Tina Seskis
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 1 June 2017

Website: tinaseskis.com

Blurb

There's trouble in paradise...

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight's retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy.

It should be paradise. But it's turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes.

After everything they've been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? and above all - where has her husband gone?

Friday, 15 June 2018

Blog Tour: A Dead American in Paris by Seth Lynch





Title: A Dead American in Paris (Salazar Book 2)

Author: Seth Lynch 
Publisher: Fahrenheit Press
Publication Date: 27 March 2018

Twitter: @SethALynch

I am excited to be today's stop on the blog tour for A Dead American in Paris by Seth Lynch. Thank you to Fahrenheit Press and Emma from Damppebbles.com for inviting me to take part in this tour.

Blurb

Paris. 1931.

Arty Homebrook lived and died in a world of sleeze which stretched from Chicago to Paris but never beyond the gutter. 

He'd been sleeping with Madame Fulton, which is why Harry Fulton promised to kill him. So far as the Paris Police are concerned it's an open and shut case. Harry's father has other ideas and hires Salazar to investigate. 

As Salazar gets to grips with the case he's dragged reluctantly into an unpleasant world of infidelity, blackmail, backstreet abortions and murder. 

Salazar is far too inquisitive to walk away and far too stubborn to know what's for the best. So he wakes up each hungover morning, blinks into the sunlight, and presses on until it's his life on the line. Then he presses on some more, just for the hell of it. 

Review

A Dead American in Paris is the sequel to A Citizen of Nowhere (Salazar Book 1). I must admit that I found it difficult to get along with the story in the first chapter, however once the first scene was concluded, it suddenly 'clicked' for me and I flew through the remainder of the book in the space of one day.

The story is set in Paris. It is January 1931 and the unrelenting cold provides a chilling backdrop to the tale.

British detective, Salazar, his quick-witted lover Megan and his chess-partner Filatre, live amongst the run down cafes and tenement buildings which sprawl across the city. You can virtually smell the stench of the rubbish-strewn roads, the heavy cigarette smoke, bitter coffee and the cheap red wine.

Salazar is an interesting fellow - damaged by the war, he is extremely conflicted, drinks too much, smokes to much and sometimes appears to be living on the very edge of sanity. Salazar is, however, a good detective. He has a keen mind, a cynical outlook and a habit of flouting the rules.

This is a tale of the dark underbelly of 'the city of lights', of violence, infidelity, blackmail and murder.

Lynch provides a detailed and well-mapped plot that looks not only at the murder in question, but also at the political and social scene in Paris during that era.

A Dead American in Paris is a tale of vice, lust, power and, ultimately, justice. It is a very satisfying tale and a great read for those who are fans of a good noir crime mystery.

An interesting story and one well worth the read.

About the Author 

Born and brought up in the West of England, Seth has also lived in Carcassonne, Zurich and the Isle of Man.

With two daughters, his writing time is the period spent in cafes as the girls do gym, dance and drama lessons.




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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Blog Tour & Extract: Box of Bones by Peter Morfoot



Title:  Box of Bones
Author: Peter Morfoot
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 3 April 2018
Genre: Thriller

Twitter: @PeterMorfoot

I am delighted to have an exclusive extract for today's stop on the blog tour for Box of Bones, the third novel in the Captain Darac series by Peter Morfoot. 

First, it might help to have some idea of the what to expect from Box of Bones.

Blurb

It is Carnival time in Nice, and for three weeks the boulevards are alive with dancers, jugglers and musicians. Amid the colour and pageantry, a man suffers a fatal fall – the first in a series of suspicious deaths. 

Captain Paul Darac of the Brigade Criminelle is sure the answer lies in the mystery surrounding a daring bank heist, supposedly resolved years ago. But the reopening of the case rattles his usually equable relationship with his boss, and soon the safety of his friends, his colleagues and his family is at stake.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Book Review: The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore



Title: The Temptation of Gracie
Author: Santa Montefiore
Publication Date: 12 July 2018

Twitter: @santamontefiore

Blurb

Never give up on your dreams, no matter how long you hold on to them...

When Gracie Burton stumbles upon an advertisement for a week long cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, she cannot resist, and ploughs her life savings into the trip.

Her own family - daughter Carina and granddaughter Anastasia - are hesitant about what has prompted this seemingly random venture.

But they have no sense of Gracie's past; of what could possibly be calling her to Italy. They have no idea that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them ...

Bestselling author, Santa Montefiore, returns with an unforgettable tale of love lost and rediscovered, set across the beautiful landscape of Italy.