The Follower by Koethi Zan
Today is my stop on The Follower blog tour and I have for you all a wonderful guest post by Koethi Zan to share with you all.
First, here’s some info on the book!
About the Book
Julie has the perfect life.
A kind boyfriend, loving parents and good grades. She has everything ahead of her.
Cora’s life is a nightmare.
A psychopath for a husband, a violent father and a terrible secret. There’s no way out.
But one night, their worlds collide.
Locked in an isolated house together, they must work out what has happened – and who they can trust to set them free.
From the bestselling author of The Never List, this is a breath-taking new thriller about the wife of a kidnapper and her relationship with his last victim.
Five Thrillers That Have Inspired Me
By Koethi Zan
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris.
What can I say? This is the crime thriller that started it all for me. I was a teenager when this book was first published, and it planted the first seeds of terror in my innocent young heart. Thank you, Thomas Harris, for this brilliantly constructed book, the epitome of page-turners. Anyone who hasn’t read this classic of the genre should put everything else on hold and dive in.
A JUDGEMENT IN STONE by Ruth Rendell.
It’s hard to choose which Ruth Rendell novel I love the most, but I read this one recently and my jaw dropped as I ploughed through it. She turns the story on its head, telling you from the first line how the book ends, which paradoxically increases the suspense. She is a genius.
SIDETRACKED by Henning Mankell.
The fifth book in the Wallander series is my favorite Mankell novel. In it, Wallander chases a sadistic serial killer while, as usual, balancing the complex and thoroughly engrossing issues of his personal life. Both moving and fast-paced, this novel is Mankell at his best.
CRY OF THE OWL by Patricia Highsmith.
Not as well known as the Ripley series, this truly strange psychological thriller challenges narrative conventions by turning the victim into the hunter. Unpredictable and devastating, this novel’s suspense builds up slowly to a shocking and gory ending.
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson.
Always on my list of favorites, this brilliant novella puts the reader within the distorted reality of Merricat Blackwood’s head years after the murder of most of her family. Beautifully written and uniquely disorienting, it is to my mind an absolutely perfect work of fiction.
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All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
Today is my stop on the All is not Forgotten blog tour and I have for you a wonderful guest post by Wendy Walker and a chance to win a copy of the book too!
First, here’s more information on the book.
About the Book
Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.
As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion
Altering Memories of Violent Crime – Choosing Between Justice and Forgetting
One of the most compelling issues that I came across while writing my thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, is the very real possibility of being able to alter or erase the memory of a violent crime. Scientists now understand how memories are transferred from short term to long term memory. They also know how memories are recalled and then restored back to the many places in the brain where they are held. Today, they can alter certain components of those memories, like emotional and physical pain, and they are using this knowledge to treat victims of trauma and crime who suffer from PTSD and other emotional disorders. Many scientists believe that they will, one day, be able to target and erase the factual components of memories as well!
Now, the most successful treatments for trauma that target memory are administered immediately following the event – before the short term memory is consolidated into long term memory. And the reality is that prosecuting violent crime often requires the testimony of the victim, and that testimony is subjected to rigorous scrutiny by defense attorneys. So there it is – the question that became the driving force of my plot – what would you choose if you were the victim of a violent crime? Would you choose to forget? Or would you seek justice? Even more mind bending – what would you choose for your child?
Treatments for trauma using memory alteration are on the rise and have been the subject of numerous print and television reports in the past year alone. As these treatments become more widely available, they are sure to pose serious moral, ethical, and personal dilemmas within our criminal justice systems.
So I have three copies of this gorgeous book to giveaway to three UK winners!
And all you need to do to enter is comment below with your favourite (or one of your favourite!) thriller authors at the moment!
I will then close entries on 9th March 2017 at 5pm and choose the three winners! They will have 28 days to respond to the e-mail that I will send them before new winners will be chosen!
So, good luck!!
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The Elisenda Domenech Investigation Series by Chris Lloyd
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
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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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The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
** 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. **
Playlist for a Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward
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
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.
About the Author
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.
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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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Today is my spot on the The Keeper of Lost Things blog tour and I have for you all something a bit different. The lovely Ruth Hogan is sharing with us one of her prized possessions and where she got it from.
First up, some info on the book.
About the Book
Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.
Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.
Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.
As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?
The Keeper of Lost Things is out now, priced £16.99, published by Two Roads books.
If You Go Down the Woods Today…
by Ruth Hogan
This teddy bear was one of my early finds and I rescued him from a shop doorstep in town on the way home from the Bedford River Festival one year. My husband said that I should leave him there in case someone came back looking for him. But the bear looked so forlorn that I couldn’t bear (no pun intended) to leave him there. He is now part of the KEEPER window display in The Eagle Bookshop in Castle Road, and it would be lovely if the person who lost him saw him there and came to take him home.
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The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James
Today is my stop on the The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake tour! I was supposed to be sharing with you my review of this book but unfortunately due to getting ill I haven’t had a chance to finish the book yet – but I am over halfway through and it is SO GOOD – so instead I am going to share with you information about this fab book and then I will review the book later on – hopefully later this evening or tomorrow morning!
So, without further ado, here is the book I’m reading!
That is until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His outdated recipes slide down the charts, while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new dating cookbook is rising like the perfect sponge.
As Daisy teeters on the brink of love, how can she ever tell Michel that she is the mysterious Lucy Lovecake? Could he ever forgive her for finishing off his career? And more importantly, does Daisy even want to be with a difficult, egotistical, down-on-his-luck Frenchman just as her career is beginning to take off? Especially when she has some other very interesting offers…
As soon as I heard the premise of this book I wanted to get my hands on it. It sounded fun, upbeat and something that I would very much enjoy. Fortunately I was indeed correct. The story line kept me entertained from start to finish and I really found it interesting and was very curious about where everything would eventually lead. I would definitely recommend the book and I am very glad that I gave the book a try.
What helped to make this book so entertaining was the writing of the book. It was easy to dive into the story and know exactly where you were and what was happening. It was also really interesting to read about the story behind the scenes, as such – I’m not delving any further than that so as not to ruin the plot! I loved the way the author let the story flow and more than anything, absolutely loved the ending as it reflected how I felt about things so well.
As always, my favourite part of every story is the characters and I thought there were some very unique and different characters in this book. At first I struggled to warm up to our main protagonist, Daisy as she is a very different person to who I am, but I soon fell in love with all of her little quirks and just wanted things to go right for her. But my favourite character, despite having a very small role in the book was actually Daisy’s best friend, Kitty. I thought she went through so much and got so strong as the book continued and I mostly just loved that Pippa James thought to include this.
All in all, while I did have a few issues with the story while I was reading it, I soon fell in love with the book and was very pleased with how it all ended. I found this to be a very charming book, but also very intriguing and interesting to see how everything came together and how everyone played their part. I will definitely be keeping an eye on further books from Pippa James and if you like cakes, books, and romance, you should definitely give this book a read!
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The Dry by Jane Harper
Today is my stop on The Dry blog tour and I am here today to give you a list of my five favourite things about this book!
But first, here’s some more information about the book!
About the Book
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
Five Favourite Things
One of the reasons I fell so easily into this book is that it is written in such a way that truly hooks the reader in. I could truly imagine the situation and the scenario and everything that was happening as though I was watching a film and it all moved along in such a compelling and fascinating way. It is everything that I love about reading.
As the story continued moving along, I found it so incredibly difficult to put this book down and continue on with my normal life. A part of me was always in the book, thinking about the characters and what had happened. I was so curious about the outcome and I kept coming up with my own solutions which made me love the book that much more.
As with most crime novels, there is a sense of mystery that surrounds this book but for some reason I found it even more brilliant to read about in this book. Everything seems shrouded in the unknown in this book with more than just one mystery to uncover as the book goes along. It really brings the reader in and keeps them wanting to read on. You find yourself flipping the pages quicker to work out how everything is connected and where it is all going to lead. I, for one, really wanted to try and work it out myself as well, which always makes reading more interactive and interesting.
With all of the ingredients above, it’s hard not to see how this book would also be captivating but I think what really drew me into this book was the characters. They were all so full of life – and also not full of life due to situation they’re in – and that made them very interesting to read about. I really loved the main protagonist and found him to be a truly marvelous character to follow as he tried to deal with everything that was happening. You could tell that he was holding on to a secret and that he really didn’t want to be back in his home town and all of that just made him feel so mysterious and fascinating to read about.
Lastly, but certainly not least, one of the best things about this book was how powerful it was. It was gripping, addictive, captivating, etc, but it was also just full of brilliant writing that kept you glued to the page. I’d, admittedly, been in a little reading slump before this book but it vanished as soon as I opened the first page of this book. The author is an incredible writer who has written a brilliant crime novel that will keep you hooked until the very last page. This atmospheric novel is not one that you want to miss.
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Apocalypse All the Time by David S. Atkinson
I’m here today to tell you all about David S. Atkinson’s new book, Apocalypse All The Time. I also have one copy of the book to giveaway to one of you! Just enter the rafflecopter below!
About the Book
Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop . . . one way or another. Even if he has to end the world himself.
Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.
About the Author
Originally from Nebraska, David now spends his nonliterary time working as a patent attorney in Denver, Colorado.
David is the author of Apocalypse All the Time (forthcoming from Literary Wanderlust on January 1, 2017), Not Quite So Stories, Bones Buried in the Dirt (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards® finalist, First Novel (under 80,000 words)) and The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes (2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards finalist in humor). His writing has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Atticus Review and other literary magazines and journals. Contact and learn more about David and his writing at www.davidsatkinsonwriting.com.
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