Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard

Posted on 16 February, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard

Hello All!
Today I am on Dare to Remember blog tour! I have for you all a review of this fantastic book below.
First though, here’s more information about the book.


About the Book

Dare to RememberReeling from a brutal attack that leaves her best friend dead and her badly injured, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. With only vague memories of the event, she isolates herself from her friends and family, content to spend her days wandering the hills with her dog, Riley.

However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?

As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.

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My Review

What If

Sometimes you pick up a book and after reading only a few pages, you know that this book is going to be a worthy read. This is what happened to me when I picked up Dare To Remember. The words pulled me in from the first few pages and I do not regret choosing to read this book. It was compelling, intense and so well-written. I loved how brutally honest it was and how wonderfully it depicted PTSD. A truly magnificent book that I would highly recommend.

You Can’t

What worked exceptionally well in this book was how it all flowed together so well. The main character doesn’t remember what happened and thus the reader is pulled along just waiting to see. In the meantime you grow to love the main protagonist and would do anything to protect them. I love that this story wasn’t just about finding out what happened, there was so much more to it than that. But mostly I absolutely loved how this book didn’t shy away from the real horrors of PTSD. It never once romanticized this mental health illness and I loved that about this book.

Remember What

As mentioned above, I quickly grew to love the main protagonist. This was her story as she learnt to live with her life after something so traumatic happened to her. It wasn’t easy and even by the end of the book she wasn’t back to “normal” because she never would be but she was coping so much better and that was wonderful to read. I loved all of the side characters so much but I have to admit I had a real soft spot for John. He was such a wonderful addition to the story.

Has Happened

Overall this book was wonderful. It held a full cast of interesting and unique characters who all play a part in Lisa’s journey but also all have their own journeys to get through as well. On top of that this book was easy to read, addictive and filled me with many emotions. I felt for Lisa so much and just prayed that things would finally make sense for her. The ending was shocking and heart-breaking but also just worked so well. The story ends full of hope for the future and really brings the book full circle. Honestly, you should make sure you read this book!


About the Author

Susanna Beard Originally a linguist, I’ve always loved words and writing. My career to date both demands and celebrates writing.

“I discovered that the slope of writing to order is a slippery one, and that the descent is in fact pleasurable.” Elena Ferrante.

Writing fiction is new and joyous for me. It offers a freedom from constraint which is refreshing and full of wonder.

I like dark, contemplative stories with a twist. I’m fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people’s lives.

Website. Twitter.


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The Everything Machine by Ally Kennen

Posted on 15 February, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

The Everything Machine by Ally Kennen

Hello All!
Today I am on The Everything Machine blog tour! I have for you all a review of this brilliant book (psst – you should read it!).
First though, here’s more information about the book.


About the Book

The Everything Machine

Eleven year old Olly has a very special delivery – a 3D printing machine, stamped with PROPERTY OF M.O.D and BRITISH SPACE AGENCY. WARNING. DO NOT TAMPER, which has magical powers… It has a name, it speaks, and it can print ANYTHING Olly asks it to – the coolest new toy, a room full of chocolate cake – but what Olly really wants is… his dad.

Goodreads. Amazon UK. Waterstones.


My Review

What If

Upon hearing about this book I knew that it was one that I thought would be really interesting! In this world of technology, it is always great to see books arriving that are up to date with it all. I also thought it would be a rather fun read to see what was going to happen! Fortunately I fell into this story easily and really loved every word of it. It was interesting, entertaining and fascinating. A really clever and well-written novel that children will surely love!

You Could

There was something so fun and interesting about the plot of this book. I loved how it all came together and that everything they made or wished for came with consequences. Some very peculiar that they never would have seen coming. It helped to make the book more entertaining and I can definitely see children finding it very funny indeed.

Make Anything

The three main characters in this book, Olly, Stevie and Bird were really great. They were each very unique and fun to read about. I especially liked Bird who was a science nut. I loved that she was portrayed in a positive way as well – a nice little nod to the fact that a) science is cool and b) girls can be scientists too! I loved how the family unit meshed so well too. Ally Kennen has created a wonderful cast for this book.

You Wanted?

All in all, I very much liked this book. It was easy to read, contained a very fun and interesting story that was full of action and intrigue. On top of that it was addictive and I found it difficult to put the book down until I knew how it was all going to end. And not going to lie, I quite liked the ending too! I would definitely recommend this book and think many children would adore it!


About the Author

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Ally Kennen has been an archaeologist, museum guard and singer-songwriter. Her dark and thrilling teen novels have been nominated for over eleven literary awards. She lives in Somerset with her husband and four children.

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Posted on 14 February, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Hi Guys!
Today is my stop on the Wintersong blog tour and I am here today to share with you all a very exciting excerpt from the novel!
Before you get to see this exclusive sneak peak though, here’s some more information about the book!


About the Book

WintersongBeware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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Exclusive Excerpt

I whirled around. Sitting on my bed were a pair of goblin girls. They stared at me, tittering behind their hands. With a twist of the stomach, I noticed they had too many joints in their long, twig-like fingers. Their skin had the greenish-brown tint of a spring wood just waking from its winter slumber, and their eyes had no whites about the pupils.

“No, no, mustn’t touch.” One of them waggled an unsettlingly long finger at me. “His Majesty wouldn’t be pleased.”

I dropped my hand to my side. “His Majesty? The Goblin King?”
“Goblin King,” the other goblin girl scoffed. She was the size of a child, but proportioned like an adult, a little stocky, with shining white hair like a thistle-cloud about her head. “King of the goblins, feh. He’s no king of mine.”
“Shush, Thistle,” the first goblin girl admonished. She was longer and thinner than her counterpart, built like a slender birch tree. Her hair was branches wound with cobwebs. “You mustn’t say things like that.”
“I’ll say what I want, Twig.” Thistle crossed her arms with a mutinous expression on her face.

Thistle and Twig carried on as though I were nothing more than another fixture in the barrow. Even among the goblins, I faded into the shadows. I cleared my throat.

“What are you doing here?” My voice cracked through their conversation like a whip. “Who are you?”
“We are your attendants,” said the one called Thistle. She grinned, her smile row upon row of jagged teeth. “Sent to prepare you for the fête tonight.”
“Fête?” I did not like the way she said prepare, as though I were a kill for the feast, a roast to be trussed. “What fête?”
“The Goblin Ball, of course,” said the one called Twig. “We host revels each night during the days of winter, and tonight promises to be special. Tonight Der Erlkönig introduces his bride to the Underground.”

Käthe.

“I must speak with Der Erlkönig,” I said. “Immediately.”
Twig and Thistle laughed, branches rubbing against each other in a sudden storm. “And so you shall, maiden. So you shall. All in good time. You are his guest of honor at the ball tonight, and you shall meet with him then.”
“No.” I tried to impose my will upon them; I was bigger, after all, although not by much. “I must speak with him now.”
“All you mortals are so impatient,” Thistle said. “I suppose that’s what comes with feeling the hand of Death upon your neck at all times.”
“Take me to him,” I demanded. “Right now.”

But both Twig and Thistle were implacable, ignoring my words and circling me with curious eyes. I wanted to shy away from their scrutiny, from their judging eyes, from the sense that they were measuring me against some invisible mark.
“Not much to work with,” Thistle remarked.
“Hmmm,” Twig agreed. “Don’t know what we could do to improve her appearance.”
I bristled. Plain as I was, at least I wasn’t grotesque, not like these goblin girls.
“I shall address him as I am, thank you,” I said sharply. “My appearance needs no improving.”
They gave me a look of pity mingled with contempt. “It’s not your choice, mortal,” Thistle said. “It pleases our esteemed sovereign to have you properly dressed tonight.”
“Can’t this wait?”

Twig and Thistle exchanged looks, then laughed, another burst of branches in a storm.

“There are rituals, and there are traditions,” Twig said. “The Goblin Ball is a tradition. There is a time and place for boons and audiences, and the Goblin Ball is not the appropriate time or place for either. You are Der Erlkönig’s guest of honor; this night is for you. Enjoy yourself. All other nights belong to him. And to us.”


About the Author

Wintersong PR-9S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is a voracious and indiscriminate reader, an avid traveller, and something of an adrenaline junkie.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.

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Are Christmas Books Just For Christmas?

Posted on 11 February, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Are Christmas Books Just for Christmas?

I absolutely love Christmas books. I love how magical they feel and how they can just feel you with the utmost warmth. But is it only acceptable to read Christmas books at or around Christmas time? I wanted to just sort of spill my thoughts into this post and then have you guys agree or disagree with me in the comments, see if we can get a good discussion type thing going on.

Personally, I want to be able to read Christmas books when it’s not Christmas because, as said above, I really do love them. On top of that there are so many books with a Christmas theme that I really want to read and there just isn’t enough time to read them all within the Christmas period. And then once you have a pile of ones you really want to read, the next year even more are released that makes you itch to read them instead and the next thing you know, you’re basically drowning in too many Christmas books and only one, maybe two months to read them all.

As a blogger it’s an even harder question to think about because sometimes we need to read books early to make sure that we can review them all during the festive season. Because why would we review the book outside of the festive season if no one reads them outside of it? It would just go into their minds in July to be forgotten about by the time that November and December rolls around. Right?

So for me, I would like to be able to read Christmas books at any time of the year.

But then it also feels a little odd to do so. It feels like it could be a superstitious thing. A little bit like listening to Christmas songs too early. Bad things may just happen…

On top of that, would it not be weird to read about getting cozy around a fire while it’s snowing when you’re sweltering in the summer heat? Summer brings about the idea of steamy romance as opposed to sweet romance. But then maybe that’s just how I see it because I am a huge mood reader.

So in clarification, I think that I think it would probably be fine to read Christmas books in Autumn or Spring and to review them only in October, November or December. But that trying to get away with reading a Christmas themed book in the summer is just a little step too far for me.

But what do you think? Would you read a Christmas book in the summer?

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Attack of the Alien Dung (Pet Defenders) by Gareth P. Jones [Giveaway!]

Posted on 9 February, 2017 by Faye - 4 Comments

Attack of the Alien Dung (Pet Defenders) by Gareth P. Jones

Hi All!
Today is my spot on the Attack of the Alien Dung blog tour and I am here today to give you a chance to win the book! For how to enter the giveaway, keep reading to the end of the post!


About the Book

Attack of the Alien Dung The Pet Defenders Code:
1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you.
2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…

It’s up to Mitzy and Biskit to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it!

Secret agent Biskit is not happy when he discovers his new partner Mitzy is a cat – everyone knows that cats and dogs don’t mix. But saving the earth from alien invasions must come first and the planet is under attack! A cluster of cow pats has flown into town and they’re whipping up a stink… It’s time for Biskit and Mitzy to put aside their differences and kick some alien butt!

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About the Authors

Gareth P. Jones is the best-selling author of many books for children, including the NINJA MEERKATS series, and THE CONSIDINE CURSE, for which he won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012 award. Gareth also works as a producer of TV documentaries and lives in Forest Hill, south east London, with his wife and children.

Twitter. Website.

Steve May is an illustrator and animator based in north London. He was born in sunny Hastings and has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. As an illustrator he has produced work for a variety of clients including Puffin and Faber.

Twitter. Website.


Giveaway

I have one copy of Attack of the Alien Dung to giveaway to one lucky person! All you have to do to enter is comment below with the animal you would love to have as your pet! (Even if they’re not normally kept as a pet!)

Entrants must be 13 years or older or have parental permission to enter.

Winners will be notified by e-mail (so make sure you provide yours!) and will have 28 days to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Entries will close at 6pm on Thursday 16th February

Good luck!

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The Elisenda Domenech Investigation Series by Chris Lloyd

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The Elisenda Domenech Investigation Series by Chris Lloyd

Hello All!
Today I am here on the The Elisenda Domenech Investigation Series blog tour and I have for you a review of the first book in the series – spoiler – I CANNOT wait to read the next two!

Before I get into that part of the post though, here’s some information about all the books in the series!


About the Books

City of Good Death An intense and brilliantly realised crime thriller set in the myth-soaked streets of Girona
A killer is targeting hate figures in the Catalan city of Girona – a loan shark, a corrupt priest, four thugs who have blighted the streets of the old quarter – leaving clues about his next victim through mysterious effigies left hung on a statue. Each corpse is posed in a way whose meaning no one can fathom. Which is precisely the point the murderer is trying to make.

Elisenda Domènech, the solitary and haunted head of the city’s newly-formed Serious Crime Unit, is determined to do all she can to stop the attacks. She believes the attacker is drawing on the city’s legends to choose his targets, but her colleagues aren’t convinced and her investigation is blocked at every turn.

Battling against the increasing sympathy towards the killer displayed by the press, the public and even some of the police, she finds herself forced to question her own values. But when the attacks start to include less deserving victims, the pressure is suddenly on Elisenda to stop him. The question is: how?

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City of Buried Ghosts Be careful what you dig up…
Still recovering from the tragedy that hit her team, Elisenda takes on a new case. Except it’s not new. On an archaeological dig by the coast a body is uncovered, seemingly executed with a spike thrust through the base of the skull – an ancient tribal ritual. It soon becomes clear that this body is neither ancient nor modern, but a mysterious corpse from the 1980s.

Assigned to the case along with her team, Elisenda soon uncovers a complex world of star archaeologists, jealousy and missing persons. They find a dark trade in illicit antiquities, riddled with vicious professional rivalries. And even though she’s staying close to the crime scene, Elisenda is also never far from enemies of her own within the police force.

Just as the case seems to become clear it is blown wide-open by another horrific murder. Elisenda must fight her personal demons and office politics, whilst continuing to uncover plots and hatreds that were long buried. How far will she go to solve the crime? Is her place in the force secure? And can she rebuild her life?

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


City of Drowned Souls When a child disappears, the clock starts ticking
Detective Elisenda Domènech has had a tough few years. The loss of her daughter and a team member; the constant battles against colleagues and judges; the harrowing murder investigations… But it’s about to get much worse.

When the son of a controversial local politician goes missing at election time, Elisenda is put on the case. They simply must solve it. Only the team also have to deal with a spate of horrifically violent break-ins. People are being brutalised in their own homes and the public demands answers.

Could there be a connection? Why is nobody giving a straight answer? And where is Elisenda’s key informant, apparently vanished off the face of the earth? With the body count threatening to increase and her place in the force on the line, the waters are rising…

Be careful not to drown.

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My Review

How Long

I don’t often read books set abroad, especially not crime procedurals but I will definitely be rectifying that after finishing this book! City of Good Death is a compelling, mystery book that had me racing to reach the end to find out who the murderer was. Not only that, the location of Catalan plays a large role in the book and I absolutely loved learning more about the location and all of its myths and legends. This book was a very unique and gripping read.

Does It

What really won me over with this book was the way that the plot occurred. There were twists and turns that caused so many theories to appear in my brain but ultimately none of them were correct! I found it fascinating how Chris Lloyd has created a novel that is so very clever and still entertaining too. I am very much looking forward to reading more of his work for similar narrative style.

Take To

It took a short while for me to get all of the characters differentiated in my head but this is more to do with the vast number and the foreign names as opposed to being badly presented by Chris Lloyd. However, once I had them all filed away, I found them all really fascinating to read about. I specifically found Elisenda to be an intriguing protagonist for the book and loved how many pressures she was under and yet still managed to be kick ass and amazing at her job.

Catch a Killer

All in all, this was a very entertaining and interesting book to read. It kept me guessing throughout and I really came to love all of the main characters and cannot wait to read more about them in the next two books! This book is compelling, intense and mysterious. It is a book that many crime lovers will absolutely love as it holds a very interesting case between it’s pages. I would definitely recommend this book and I am also really looking forward to reading the next one!


About the Author

Chris Lloyd photo Chris was born in an ambulance racing through a town he’s only returned to once and that’s probably what did it. Soon after that, when he was about two months old, he moved with his family to West Africa, which pretty much sealed his expectation that life was one big exotic setting. He later studied Spanish and French at university, and straight after graduating, he hopped on a bus from Cardiff to Catalonia where he stayed for the next twenty-four years, falling in love with the people, the country, the language and Barcelona Football Club, probably in that order. Besides Catalonia, he’s also lived in Grenoble, the Basque Country and Madrid, teaching English, travel writing for Rough Guides and translating. He now lives in South Wales, where he works as a writer and a Catalan and Spanish translator, returning to Catalonia as often as he can.
He writes the Elisenda Domènech series, featuring a police officer with the newly-devolved Catalan police force in the beautiful city of Girona. The third book in the series, City of Drowned Souls, is published on 6 February 2017.

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Faye Rogers PR

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Faye Rogers PR

If you follow me on twitter or have been contacted me by e-mail then you may well already know about my freelance work but in case you didn’t, I just wanted to do a little post here to do a little shout out to myself – basically. If you already know about my services, you can of course look away now but if you don’t, I’d absolutely love it if you could stay a while and see what it is that I do and find out if I can do something for you.


A Little History

So I started Faye Rogers PR in 2014 and it has grown slowly and steadily and it is one of my favourite things in the world. I love every second of the job, even when it gets incredibly stressful. Not only is the work enjoyable, my skills and experience mean that I am also quite good at it. (I’m British and not very good at tooting my own horn but you can find some other people talking about my work on my website here.)

It started out with a few blog tours to help some independent authors. And since then it has grown and grown. Now I am working with two publishers, some other PR people and independent authors helping with blog tours, as well as getting reviews out in to the world.


What I Do

The majority of the work I do is blog tours. I do all of the hard work for you by contacting bloggers and scheduling them on to the tour. I send them review copies (if digital) or pass along addresses for physical copies. I come up, when necessary, with blog post topics and interview questions. I then ensure that the tour runs smoothly as well.

And all, I hope, for a reasonable price.

I can also create the graphics required for the blog tours for an additional price. These are then spread over social media and on the blogs that participate in the tours.

On top of all that, I can also help with getting reviews of the books. Again I contact bloggers and get the book into their hands so that they can review them for you.

All of this is done in an honest way. You are not paying me for positive reviews but simply reviews from real-live bloggers to help with your author stats.


Why Should You Choose Me?

(Obviously the worst part for my British soul)

I am good at what I do. This is not a boast but the simple truth.
I will make what can be an incredible stressful time leading up to the release of your book, a stress-free and easy task as you let me handle the hard-work.
I have good contacts within the blogging community and your book will end up on some wonderfully high rated and popular blogs.
I am always professional, friendly and dedicated. You and your book are my priority.

If you’re still not convinced, I once again urge you to have a look at my website and have a look through the previous tours that I have already worked on.


Looking for Bloggers

Lastly, if you’re reading this still and you’re a blogger – I also want to just add that if you’re not already on my mailing list, I am always looking for bloggers to help out with blog tours. Whether you’re brand new to the game or have been blogging for a while, do sign up to the mailing list which you can do here.

There is no obligation to sign up to anything I send to your inbox.

I work on many different titles from Adult all the way to picture books, traditonally published and self-published books.


Lastly…

I am so proud of my little business and how far I have come with it and I would absolutely love to grow it even further so if you’re in a generous mood, I would love you to share this post far and wide. And if you have any questions or comments, you can also contact me here.

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The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Posted on 2 February, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Title: The Breakdown
Author: B. A. Paris
Publisher: HQ
Published: 9th Feb 2017
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…


Initial Thoughts

After reading and falling head over heels in love with B. A. Paris’ first book, Behind Closed Doors (Review Here), I had high expectations for The Breakdown. However there was also a little bit of trepidation too – what if this book was a let down? Fortunately I needed not to have worried. I flicked through The Breakdown quickly because I was addicted and simply had to know what was actually going on. Needless to say this book is one of the best books that I read last year.

Plot

One of the absolutely brilliant things about this book is the narrative. The main character is forgetting things but they’re also not in the narrative which leads you to a unreliable narrator as you try to piece together everything that is going on. The plot is incredible clever and well-written and I was quite literally blown away with it. I thought the ending was absolutely fantastic as well. B. A. Paris has written yet another strong and intense book that is sure to become very popular.

Characters

I’m not going to lie, I really liked Cass. I was worried about her and for her and wanted to make everything okay for her. She was a strong but fragile character and I could feel her conflicting emotions so well. B. A. Paris has created some very strong and powerful characters in this novel and they’re all very interesting to read about. I am actually a little in awe of how well she creates such believable characters that you feel so much empathy for.

Summary

Aside from yelling: READ THIS BOOK, I’m hoping this review dictates how wonderful and brilliant this book is. It’s a rollarcoaster of a read as you feel your way through the storyline and try to work out what is happening and how it will all end. It is addictive, fast paced, and very intense too. If you loved Behind Closed Doors or are just a thriller fan, definitely make sure that you do not miss out on this next stunning book by B. A. Paris!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Posted on 30 January, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

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Hi Guys!
Today is my stop on the Lying in Wait blog tour and I’m here today with a review of this fab and thrilling book!

Before we get to that though, here’s some info on the book in question.


About the Book

Lying In Wait PB The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don’t plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden.

Yet Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to falls apart.

But Laurence is not as naïve as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl’s family may be the undoing of his own.

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My Review

This was my first Liz Nugent book but I can tell you now it is not going to be my last. I was addicted to this book from the very first sentence until the very, very chilling last sentence. It is a twisted, clever, and intense book that completely took me by surprise. I was filled with so many emotions while reading the book and I just wanted things to work out. I was internally screaming as the plot unfolded and by the end I was just completely shocked and blown away. This book is incredible, powerful and honestly, a little horrifying too. I would highly recommend it!

The one thing that drew me so perfectly into the story is that from the get go we know there has been a murder and who the murderer was but we don’t exactly know why it happened. We witness the cover up and how the lives of those involved are changed completely because of it. Thus begins the narrative of the main protagonists of the book. I felt this was done particularly well as it jumped from one character to the next as time moved on. It was clever, kept the reader interested and was a brilliant way of drip-feeding the important aspects of the story line without getting to the big reveal. I cannot express enough how brilliant the ending of this book was.

All of the characters in this book were very interesting to read about. From Lydia and Andrew, to Laurence, Helen and Karen. They all brought something to the story in different ways and they were all very, very different people. I found them easy to imagine as real people and I always love that in books. I also absolutely loved all of the character arcs and how they went from who they were at the beginning of the book to who they become at the end of the book. I don’t want to say too much but I will say that Laurence was probably my favourite character and really kept me turning the page but I also really loved Karen and just wanted everything to be okay for her.

Overall this book was a bone-chilling read that gripped my soul. It was intense, powerful and twisted. It had everything that I love about thrillers in it and I was hooked from the beginning. I am still reeling about the ending and wish I could talk to someone about it! It is wonderfully written and very unique book that has me itching to get my hands on another Liz Nugent book! As said above, I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you love thriller novels and want to be shocked!

Four Stars


About the Author

Liz Nugent 2 (c) Beta Bajgartova Liz was born in Dublin in 1967, where she now lives. She has written successfully for soap opera, radio drama, television plays, short stories and animation for children.

Liz’s first novel Unravelling Oliver was published to critical and popular acclaim in March 2014. It quickly became a firm favourite with book clubs and reader’s groups. In November of that year, it went on to win the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards and was long listed for the International Dublin Literature Prize 2016. She was also the winner of the inaugural Jack Harte Bursary provided by the Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Dec 2014. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, was published in July 2016 and went straight to number 1 where it remained for seven weeks. Liz won the Monaco Bursary from the Ireland Funds and was Writer in Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco in Sept/Oct 2016. In Nov 2016, Lying in Wait won the prestigious RTE Ryan Tubridy Listener’s Choice prize at the Irish Book Awards.

Aside from writing, Liz has led workshops in writing drama for broadcast, she has produced and managed literary salons and curated literary strands of Arts Festivals. She regularly does public interviews and panel discussions on all aspects of her writing.

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Playlist for a Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward

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Hi All!
Today is my stop on the Playlist for a Paper Angel blog tour and I am here today to share with you information about the book and to give you a chance to win this book and the first book in the series!


About the Book

Playlist for a Paper Angel One child found, one child missing – what’s the connection?

DS Jan Pearce is still searching for her missing son. When she finds a little girl, Elise, alone in a pram in a busy town centre, she must unravel a mystery that takes her to the edge of her emotions. Then another child, Dara Price, goes missing.

Lisa Connelly, Elise’s mother, has been forced into a life of prostitution and has been leaving her little girl alone. Her gangland boss is holding her prisoner but she wants her little girl back.

Jan finds herself balancing her search for her son with finding Dara. Her right hand man, Mike Waring, is on another case so she and her temporary partner, profiler Damien Booth, must solve the puzzle and find Lisa before time runs out for Dara.

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


About the Author

Jacqueline Ward Jacqueline Ward writes short stories, novels and screenplays. She has been writing seriously since 2007 and has had short stories published in anthologies and magazines. Jacqueline won Kindle Scout in 2016 and her crime novel, Random Acts of Unkindness, will be published by Amazon Publishing imprint Kindle Press. Her novel SmartYellowTM was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015 and was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2016. Jacqueline is a Chartered psychologist who specializes in narrative psychology, gaining a PhD in narrative and storytelling in 2007. She lives in Oldham, near Manchester, with her partner and their dog.

Website. Twitter. Facebook.


Giveaway

I have one set of the DS Pearce ebooks for one lucky winner to win! All you need to do is comment on this post with your favourite crime authors!

Winners will be notified by e-mail (so make sure you provide yours!) and will have 28 days to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Entries will close at 6pm on Friday 3rd February


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