#BlogTour #Review : Forget My Name by J. S. Monroe. @JSThrillers @HoZ_Books

Today I’m on the blog tour for Forget My Name. Many thanks to Head of Zeus for sending me a copy of the book for review.

Blurb:

She is outside your front door.

She got on the train after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, her mind went blank. She couldn’t even remember her name.

She says she lives in your house.

Now she’s outside Tony and Laura’s front door. She is certain she lives in their home. But they have never met her before.

Would you let her in?

My Review: I ws intrigued by the sound of this book and the question it posed. Would you let someone in if they arrived your house and claimed it was theirs? Would I? I honestly don’t know so i wanted to read the book and see what the characters in it would do. I have to admit that it took me a while to get into it, it was good but I wasn’t sure where it was heading at the beginning. It kept stringing me along, in a good way, and then suddenly it changed. I wouldn’t call it a twist because I hate those descriptions but suddenly we got more clarity without getting any clarity at all. The pace kicked up a gear and it became more like the story I had been expecting.

The characters were good, some I liked and some I found irritating but it felt a lot like the mixture in a village would be, a random group of people brought together simply because they all live in the same place. I can honestly say happily I’ve never suffered from amnesia but the main characters confusion felt realistic and her fear and sense of loss came across really strongly. It was fascinating following her journey and finding out what she did and what happened next.

Although it took me a little time to get into the story, once I did it was definitely worth continuing with. I really enjoyed this story, it kept me guessing all the way through and I will definitely be checking out this authors future works.

About the author:


J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. Monroe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Find Me.

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#Review : The Darkest Place by Jo Spain. @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

Today I’m reviewing The Darkest Place, the fourth book in the Inspector Tom Reynolds series. Many thanks to Quercus for approving my NetGalley request for this book.

 

Blurb:   Christmas day, and DCI Tom Reynolds receives an alarming call. A mass grave has been discovered on Oileán na Caillte, the island which housed the controversial psychiatric institution St. Christina’s. The hospital has been closed for decades and onsite graves were tragically common. Reynolds thinks his adversarial boss is handing him a cold case to sideline him.

But then it transpires another body has been discovered amongst the dead – one of the doctors who went missing from the hospital in mysterious circumstances forty years ago. He appears to have been brutally murdered.

As events take a sudden turn, nothing can prepare Reynolds and his team for what they are about to discover once they arrive on the island . . .

 

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My Review:  As said in a previous review I’m catching up on my overdue reviews which is why this one is getting published at the same time that book 5 in the Inspector Tom Reynolds series is out in the world. What can I say, better late than never?

I’ve read all of the previous books to this one and I have to say that so far I think this is the best. Now I may change my mind once I get round to reading book 5 but of the first 4 I feel this is the best one. I love reading these books, having gone through the previous 3 this one felt like meeting up again with old friends because the characters are now so familiar to me. This story is set on an island just off the coast of Ireland, where a psychiatric hospital was once housed. Though the hospital is long since closed the discovery of a body of a missing person, brings Tom and his team to this windswept and creepy place.  Through their investigation we find that some people still live on the island and few of them are quite what they seem.

I loved this book, it felt a lot like the first book to me but with a more settled and gelled together team. As I’ve said it was like meeting old friends again and as I did that I also explored the island alongside them because the author writes in such a way that you feel as if you are part of the team, following Tom on his investigation and feeling what he does, suspicion, fear, joy, everything.  The writing is perfect and I would say has improved with each book. The character and location descriptions are spot on. I felt as if I could see and hear all of them as well as feeling the sense of foreboding that seemed to emanate from the island and it’s buildings and even the howling gales and rain that clearly would be a feature of such an exposed place.

As with any good crime story things are not as they seem on the island and this causes some headaches for the team and their families, given as this story is set at Christmas. However, this just adds to the enjoyment of the story and the impact on the festive season adds to the realism of the police work, after all, that doesn’t stop for holidays. I genuinely look forward to each of these books coming out, the next one, out now is on my list and will be read when I have time to properly savour it as that is what these stories deserve. If you’ve not read any of them yet then definitely start at the beginning as there are changes to the characters relationships as the series progresses but please, try these out. If you like police procedurals with something a little different I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BlogTour #Review : The Butcher by Nathan Burrows. @NathanBurrowsUK @damppebbles

Thrilled today to be starting the tour for a most unusual book. Many thanks to Emma at damppebbles blog tours for having me and sending me a copy of the book to review.

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Blurb: She thought it was pork. She was wrong.
The first time hapless food inspector Emily Underwood meets butcher Frank Pinch, he’s not got much at all in his display counters. But what he does have is a rather unusual plan to restock his shelves. The next time they bump into each other, he’s won an award for his sausages but is running out of meat.
Can Frank keep up production of his unusually tasty sausages? Will Emily discover the source of Frank’s award-winning meat? And what will happen the next time she tries to inspect his butcher’s shop?

Book 1 in the Rub-a-Dub-Dub trilogy, this deliciously British dark comedy will change the way you look at sausages forever.

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FCVB791/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Butcher-Rub-Dub-Dub-Book-ebook/dp/B07FCVB791/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+butcher+nathan+burrows&qid=1561548847&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Butcher.html?id=fpnZuQEACAAJ&redir_esc=y
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-butcher-14

Extra Information:
The Butcher is available to download in ebook format for only 99p/99c for a limited time.

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My Review: It doesn’t take a genius to guess at what the ‘not pork’ actually is. However, even guessing correctly doesn’t detract from what is a dark and funny read. I read this book in a day, yep 1 day, I genuinely could not put it down. The story is set in an UK post Brexit where there are no EU imports so Frank is struggling to run his butcher’s shop. Through a serious of random accidents and misunderstandings Frank ends up with an award for his sausages which are created by his brother Tom who runs their farm.

Essentially this is a story about two brothers trying to survive in a world which has been the subject of changes that have affected them quite severely. This is also a story of near-misses, grisly humour and how we don’t always know what will happen next. I’m not squeamish so didn’t happily have any issues with that side of the story. I enjoyed the characters, I didn’t like all of them but that’s understandable as some were just cringe inducing and smarmy and no one likes people like that. The descriptions were good, detailed a ough but not too detailed.

The thing about this book though, is the fact that you know from page 1 what is happening. There’s no mystery to solve but what kept me reading was wondering when/if the truth will be discovered and what would happen next. It’s not going to be to everyone’s taste (ha ha) but it will definitely appeal to those who like their stories dark and with macabre humour. And apparently I am one of those people, who knew, thankfully there are more in the series so I have something new to get stuck into……..

About the author:

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Nathan Burrows is a writer based in Norfolk in the United Kingdom. His debut novel, a legal thriller called ‘Blind Justice’, was published in March 2018.

He’s also the author of a dark comedy trilogy set in Norfolk. The first in the series is ‘The Butcher’, a deliciously funny story about – amongst other things – sausages. The second in the series is ‘The Baker’, which features Norfolk’s most useless cult. And finally, ‘The Candlestick Maker’ is about a fitness instructor with a difference.

The next book to be released will be ‘Man Down’, a return to more traditional thrillers. It’s a military story set in Afghanistan which will be released in the Autumn, 2019. Also releasing later in the year is ‘Finding Milly’, which explores just how far a man will go to find his missing daughter.

Nathan’s a keen reader as well as a writer. He occasionally runs marathons, has a Norwich City football club season ticket, and is the proud part-owner of a Daschund puppy called Bertie.

For more information, visit http://www.nathanburrows.com

Social Media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NathanBurrowsUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NathanBurrowsUK/
Website: https://nathanburrows.com/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nathan-Burrows/e/B079KS96CQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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#BlogTour #Review :One Summer in Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell @rararesources @AngelaBritnell

I am thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour today. Huge thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and to the author for letting me be on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review. My thoughts are below along with a confession, which I hope everyone will understand.

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Blurb:  Could one summer change your life?

When high-flying American lawyer Samantha Muir finds out she’s lost her partnership whilst on an assignment in London, she has a dramatic reaction.

Rather than returning home, she resigns, leaves her business suits behind and jumps on the first train to Cornwall at the encouragement of a friendly stranger.

The village of Little Penhaven, where Samantha eventually ends up, is a world away from her life in Knoxville, Tennessee – and local farmer Cadan Day is certainly a world away from any man she has met before. But could the Cornish village and Cadan play a part in Samantha’s summer of self-discovery?

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Little-Penhaven-Angela-Britnell-ebook/dp/B07PTBQXHL

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Summer-Little-Penhaven-Angela-Britnell-ebook/dp/B07PTBQXHL

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My Review:   So, as I said above I have a confession to make……….I haven’t finished reading the book………..there, I said it. It’s been a long and tiring few weeks with some less than ideal work news and a lot of general stress so my reading has hit a slight slump this past week. However, I have started this book and am loving it so far, it’s the perfect read for me to continue with this weekend (which, along with a snooze, is exactly what I have planned!).  From what I’ve read so far I can admit I love the characters of both Sam and Cadan. Sam is fed up of being put upon and working hard for what appears to be very little recognition and I can completely empathise with that feeling. She acts on the spur of the moment and while, at the point I have reached, she doesn’t know where her new direction will take her it does appear to be doing her a lot of good to have a break from the life she had built for herself. The villagers of Little Penhaven have issues with Cadan, they believe his ex-wife’s version of past events and as such shun him at every opportunity but I have a feeling they are soon going to find out that what they have been told is not the whole truth.

Neither character knows where their life is heading at this point and both have a lot of decisions to make but it’s going to be fun reading further and finding out what happens next. So far this is the perfect read for an escape from reality where you can watch other people dealing with tricky decisions and see how they cope (or not) with them. This is an ideal book for a sunny day or even a rainy one when you want to curl up with a drink and a book and not move for a few hours.  I’m fairly sure everyone reading this will have had at least one occasion in which they wanted to escape from their lives for a while so they can take stock and have a think about their future. While that is rarely possible, this book gives you the opportunity to do that through the characters instead, which is probably the best compromise option there is.

If you’re looking for a bit of escapism I would definitely suggest having a look at this book, it might be exactly what you need.

 

About the author:

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Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

 

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#BlogTour #Review : Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz. @OrendaBooks @ohneKlippo #BetonRouge

Thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour today. Many thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for having me on the tour and giving me a copy of the book to review.

Blurb: On a warm September morning, a man is found unconscious
and tortured in a cage at the entrance to the offices of one of Germany’s biggest magazines. He’s soon identified as a manager of the company. Three days later, another manager appears in a similar way.
The magazine staff were facing significant layoffs, so sympathy
for the two men is in short supply. Chastity Riley and her new
colleague Ivo Stepanovic are tasked with uncovering the truth behind the attacks, an investigation that goes far beyond the revenge they first suspect, to the dubious past shared by both
victims. Travelling to the south of Germany, they step into the hothouse world of boarding schools, where secrets are currency, and monsters are bred…monsters who will stop at nothing to protect themselves.

My Review: This is the first Simone Buchholz book I’ve read and I loved it. It grabbed me from the first few paragraphs and wouldn’t let me go. Chastity Riley is a new heroine of mine, I love her attitude to life and everything and the way she sees the world is unique and fabulous.

I thought about what to say in this review and struggled to work out how to explain my feelings towards this book. The characters and location came off the page really well for me, everything was clear and the story flowed so well I lost track of everything else (not recommended while at work!).

As mentioned, I’ve not read Blue Night but this book is now firmly on my reading list and I can’t wait to read more in this series. If you’ve not discovered this unique writing yet, I would recommend you do very soon it’s not to be missed. Fabulous!

About the author:

Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied
Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award, and second place in the German Crime Fiction Prize, for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in
the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

#BlogTour #Review : Death Comes to Call by Claire Chase. @bookouture

Blurb:

Frost sparkles on the bare winter branches, as night falls over the quiet country lanes bordering the fens. But nestled beneath an ivy-covered bough, a body lies pale in the bright moonlight…

When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.

Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.

At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.

When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?

An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page!

My Review: I’ve visited Cambridge a few times and loved it and was excited to read a book set there so when the option of being on this tour appeared I jumped at the chance.

It took me a little while to get into the story, whether that is because I haven’t read the previous ones in the series I’m not sure, however once I got into it I really enjoyed it. It moved along at a good pace with lots of leads for the police to follow and therefore lots of information that keeps the reader guessing.

Despite where it is set I didn’t get a strong sense of location which is something I like in the books I read. However, I did get a good sense of the characters, they were well formed and their feelings and emotions came across clearly, even those who were only in it for a page or two. This is definitely a police procedural and it gave me a good idea of the amount of leg work involved in an investigation, particularly one with many lines of enquiry as this one.

This is a good story and one that will keep you interested and wanting to know more but I think it works better if you read the others in the series first to get more of the character and relationship development.

About the author:


Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.
After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.
As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.
Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.
You can find Clare’s website and blog at

www.clarechase.com

Author Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareChase_

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10204574.Clare_Chase

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

#Review : The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

Today I’m reviewing The Silent Patient, a book which you’ve likely already heard of as it’s being shouted about everywhere. Many thanks to Poppy Stimpson and Orion Books for sending me a copy of this to review.

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Blurb:

ALICIA
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

THEO
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

 

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My Review:  I’m going to be completely upfront at the beginning of this review. I loved the sound of this book when I heard about it, it sounded just my sort of book and like something I would love and, honestly, I didn’t love it. It was good, don’t misunderstand, but I feel I’ve missed what everyone else is seeing.

The book is well written, we find out Alicia’s side of events leading up to her husbands death through her diary which adds a lot to the one-sided story that Theo gets from people. There were aspects that I didn’t understand, such as why Theo gives up a good job just to get Alicia to speak but these are made clear later in the book and make perfect sense then. The ending is not at all what I expected and fitted with the story though I found it read almost like an afterthought. What did impress me about this book though, was the fact that it kept me reading despite everything I’ve mentioned above. There is something in it that kept me coming back to it time and again. It is immersive, I read some of it at work (I have a fab job for a book lover!) and when work demanded my attention it took a second for me to remember where I was. Now that I find impressive, especially considering I don’t work in the quietest of places!

I can recognise the good points in this story, the immersive quality of it, the research that has gone into ensuring the psychiatric parts are accurate, the character creation that has gone into both Alicia, Theo and a few of the other characters. This is clearly a book which many people loved and I’m in the minority of people who didn’t but not everyone is going to adore every book they read and that’s ok. Despite my comments above I am going to see what this author produces in future, who knows, I might love his next book.