Recently Released Diverse Books I Want To Read

Posted on 17 March, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Recently Released Diverse Books I Want to Read

So the past few months have been fairly busy for me. At the beginning of the year I was ill and it put me behind on a lot of things and I have since been playing a very vicarious game of catch up. What all of this means is that my reading time has almost completely disappeared and I’ve been struggling to finish books. Thus, I have missed out on some amazing releases so in this post and two other posts coming to you in the next few days, I wanted to share with you some books I really want to read so that you can find out about them too!

For this I have come up with four categories, YA Mental Health Releases, YA LGBTQIA Releases, General YA Releases and Adult Books.


YA Mental Health Releases

a-quiet-kind-of-thunder Damage Goodbye Days

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
I’ve had this one on my reading pile for far too long and I’ve been wanting to read it for even longer than that as well. I loved Sara’s first book, Beautiful Broken Things and I have heard some good things about this one so I am itching to dig into it! If you haven’t heard of it before, do click on the link to see what I mean.

Damage by Eve Ainsworth
This is yet another book that I was drawn to as soon as I heard about it. It sounds incredible. Dark, emotional, powerful and full of strength. What more could one possibly want? I will definitely be diving into this one as soon as I can!

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
I’ve actually only just heard about this book but now that I know about it, I really want to read it. While it doesn’t officially deal with mental health on the surface, it does sound like it brings up anxiety and panic attacks and I’m definitely intrigued to see how this is dealt with in the book.

History is All you left me Optimists Die First

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I will put my hands up here and say that I did not read Adam’s first book but this book sounds just the right kind of book for me. Aside from a brilliant blurb that really hooked me, this also has a protagonist with OCD written by an author who suffers from OCD. So I definitely want to see how it all gets handled!

Optimists Die First by Susie Nelson
Yes another book that I’ve only just heard about but that doesn’t make me want to read it any less. It sounds like such a fascinating read and I’d be really curious to see how it all comes together in the end!


YA LGBTQIA Releasea

Our Own Private Universe birdy-flynn The Inexplicable Logic of my Life

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Robin Talley is one of those authors that has a knack for writing about sensitive but powerful topics and this is no different in her newest release. I have been itching to read this one and it has come highly recommended by one of my friends too so I cannot wait to see what it is all about.

Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe
This is a title that I am slightly cheating with (*shhh*). It’s not out until May but it is one that I have been dying to read for so long that I feel like it’s already out! I’ve been meaning to read it for ages. I will get to it eventually because I think it’s going to be one incredible read!

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I fell hard for Benjamin’s first book, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and so the minute I found out he was writing another book, I knew that I was going to have to read it. This, of course, has not happened yet but it will at some point. It will.

The Upside of Unrequited We Are Okay

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Admittedly I did not finish Becky’s first book – or I haven’t yet – but I am really excited by the premise of her second book! I have already heard good things too so my hands and eyes are itching to sink into her words. It’ll be good to see what the story is all about and how Becky deals with it.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Lastly, but certainly not least, we have We Are Okay. I have never actually read anything by Nina – eeek – but the blurb of this one just sounds amazing. And, once again, I have heard wonderful things about the book from fellow readers which all has me waiting impatiently to find the time to give this book a whirl!


And that’s all for today! Did you read any books recently released with these themes that I might have missed?

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Dead Embers by Matt Brolly

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Dead Embers by Matt Brolly

Hi Guys!
Today is my stop on the Dead Embers tour and I am here for you all with my review of this very addictive read!
Before I tell you how much I liked the book, here is some information on it.


About the Book

Dead Embers An explosive fire. A double murder. And that’s just the start…

When DCI Michael Lambert is called out to an apparent house fire, he knows it can’t be routine. Instead he finds the remains of a burnt house, a traumatised child and two corpses – one of whom is a senior police officer.

Lambert’s got other problems. Anti-corruption are onto his boss. His relationships is on the rocks. He can’t get over his ex-wife and he keeps blacking out.

But when a detective has been murdered the stakes are too high to get distracted. All is not as it seems. As the investigation continues Lambert realises he is getting drawn into something altogether bigger and more terrifying than he could ever have imagined…

Trust no one.

Gripping, chilling to its core and full of twists, the powerful new DCI Michael Lambert from Matt Brolly is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Helen H. Durrant and Michael Hambling.

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My Review

Sometimes You

I’ve been struggling to keep on top of my reading for a while because of illness and being busy at work, etc, but when it came to picking up Dead Embers, all of that fell away. I read this at every spare moment I had because it was incredibly addictive. There are not enough words to really describe how deep I fell into the world of this book. It instantly took me out of the real world and into book world just with a few words. Everything was described so well and there was so much going on at all times that it was just such an easy, wonderful read – everything that you want in a crime thriller book!

Have To Be

What really kept my interest in this novel was the plot, or I should say the case. I was riveted. This is the kind of case that I can imagine being a huge hit as a TV series, and the case itself could probably have occurred across three or four episodes too. It was intense and well-thought out with lots of different things all coming together to form a whole. The best part about it all was that I really had no idea how it was all going to end up. There was no way to guess as it was only slightly hinted at in different parts of the text. I found this to be such a captivating narrative style!

Careful About Who

I am not shy about shouting out about books with strong characters as I love reading them. Unfortunately this is one of the places where I feel the book falls a little short. I really liked DCI Michael Lambert but there were also parts of his lifestyle that were hinted at but not really explored and it made it harder to get a full grip on who he is as a character. I feel that some of this may have been explained in the previous two books and as such I will be making sure I read them but it felt like there was little to no character development in the book which was a shame but certainly didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the case! I would definitely read another book with DCI Michael Lambert and would be interested to see what happens next for him.

You Can Trust

Overall this book was a very gripping, addictive and captivating read from start to finish. The case was very interesting, disturbing and intriguing all at once. There was so much going on and it was so difficult to know who to trust which I thought was really good. I also liked how one case was all wrapped up but I felt there were still some ties left loose by the end of the book so I’d be very interested in reading further books to see where it goes! I would recommend this book to any reader who loves crime books, especially those that twist and turn as you go along until your left just waiting for the mystery to be solved.


About the Author

matt Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. He reads widely across all genres, and is currently working on the third in his Michael Lambert thriller series. Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children.

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The Mercury Travel Club by Helen Bridgett

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The Mercury Travel Club by Helen Bridgett

Hi All!
Today is my stop on the The Mercury Travel Club blog tour and I have for you all my review of this addictive and wonderful book! (And I finished the whole thing!!)

First though, here’s some information on the book!


About the Book

‘Hi, I’m Angela. My husband ran off with the caterer we hired for our daughter’s graduation party – pleased to meet you.’

Meet Angie Shepherd who, after 24 years and 11 months of marriage, finds herself divorced and driven by friends and family to move on. From hangover to makeover, Angie steps firmly away from the sensible knitwear, and launches into every adventure on offer – from baking classes and book groups, to speed dating, and even ‘The Granny-Okes’, a 1980s tribute act and YouTube sensation.

But Angie needs more than a bar of galaxy and a night in with Murder She Wrote… what she dreams of is entrepreneurial success. Channelling her inner Richard Branson, the light bulb moment happens: it’s time to take the plunge and invest her divorce settlement into The Mercury Travel Club, an exciting new business venture. But as the Travel Club gets going, things never go according to plan, and in this digital age a little chaos brings the fame she’s been looking for.

Set in present-day Manchester, this classic mid-life journey features the 1980s soundtrack from Angie’s youth, and sees her travel the world whilst coping with life after the Ex. Angie’s journey is the catalyst her friends need to examine their own lives; as they start to find their true callings, will Angie find hers? Witty, entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this feel-good debut novel shows it’s never too late for a second chance.

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My Review

It Is

Sometimes you pick up a book and you realise that it is going to be a good one. I had that feeling when I opened the first page of The Mercury Travel Club. I was instantly swept away by the writing and the characters on the page and before I even really knew what had happened, I had read a third of the book. And then a half… and then two thirds and then I was, very sadly indeed, finishing the last page in the book. This book is one of those amazing feel-good, pick me up kind of reads that fills you with a scent of hope and happiness as you finish the last sentence. It is a book that made me laugh out loud and a book that had me reading passages out loud too. It also got me teary-eyed and sad. It was wonderful.

Time To

I no longer know what initially drew me to this book but I am so grateful that I decided to give it a go because I very much enjoyed reading it. From the outset, I was certain that it wasn’t going to be a “me” book. I loved the main protagonist and all of the characters in her life too. You’re thrown into her life as it all turns upside down and the story follows her as she re-builds it. And what a way to re-build it! I have always loved character-driven books and this does it by the shedload! This book had every single main character in the book go on a journey – literally and figuratively – as it progressed and I really, really loved that about the book. It made me feel so close and protective of everyone – just as I always want to feel. I love the way that Helen Bridgett made her characters rise from the ashes – so to speak.

Go On

All of the characters were vibrant and marvellous, all of them playing a very vital part in the story – both in their own journeys and for the main protagonist too. My favourite character by far was Angie. I loved how much she overcame during the book and how independent she became. This is a book that truly celebrates not just life after love but also women being independent and making a life of their own and being successful while they do it! Angie was such a strong, witty and self-sufficient character and I just loved her so much and was incredibly happy with the outcome of her journey. Second character that has to get a mention is Charlie. He was just such a loveable and wonderful character. He brought so much to the story and I very much enjoyed reading about his own journey. Lastly, but certainly not least, we have the hidden star – Patty. She was a magnificent character who brought so much entertainment to the book and the lives of the characters as well. I thought she was a brilliant addition to the book!

An Adventure

This is a book that I have already recommended to my mother because I know she will love it. I am also going to be pushing into the hands of a few other people that I know too. It is just a wonderful, fun and lovely read that kept me hooked from the first page to the last. It all starts off with a book club – which is amazing, right? – and the book literally takes you across the world as you read about a travel agent overcoming the pain and loss of a divorce. All of it written with a lovely hint of humour that will keep you smiling and hopefully laughing every now and again too. It is a divine read that I really think you do not want to miss!


About the Author

Helen Bridgett was born in North-East England and now lives in Manchester having stopped off at a few places in between. Having failed miserably with every New Year’s resolution that involved giving up food or drink, one year, she set herself a completely different goal – to write a novel and give it as a Christmas present. The Mercury Travel Club was born and the characters took on a life of their own. Outside of writing, Helen loves hiking and wine – not usually at the same time.

Helen is currently developing the next novels in The Mercury Travel Club series.

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Organising an Author Event

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Organising an Author Event

Over the last few months I’ve been working behind the scenes to do a task which I have wanted to do for the last five years. And it was everything I had hoped it would be – and so much more. So, being that I’m a blogger, I thought it would be a good idea to blog about it all!

First of all, as it is the first event we’ve hosted at my library for a long time, we had to start off with getting some contacts. So myself and a colleague headed to our local Waterstones and met up with the Event Manager there. And this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship and future collaborations between the library and our local bookshop – it has been wonderful!

Next up, we organised the best date for the author and the library – including staff! With the date settled, we were on to the most important part of the planning – marketing and publicity!

I have to say here that my colleague was absolutely amazing at this. I am in awe of her wonderful skills and she was just incredible at getting the word out about the event. We had flyers in the library, flyers outside of the library, flyers in cafes and shops and supermarkets. Then we were tweeting about the event, Waterstones were also tweeting about the event and it was put out on Facebook too. It was all pretty marvelous.

A few weeks beforehand we also set up the book as our book of the week, and all the books had a little bookmark with details of the event inside too! (As did quite a lot of our other stock!)

While all of that was happening, we were organising the timeline of how the event would pan out. When and where the chairs would come from, how much petty cash we could use on refreshments – what posters would be needed on the day. And organising to get some volunteers in to help for the event.

It was difficult and stressful with a few hurdles along the way but then it was the day of the event and everything that happened previously was forgotten about. Every last thing was put into place and I made sure that all the staff and volunteers who were around on the evening knew what they were doing and when everything would be happening.

And then it started and it went so well. Our author was brilliant and kept all of the audience engaged throughout. He had a presentation and a slideshow to go along with his talk, he had a chocolate spread taste test and a car all decked out like those in his books as well. And it all just went along smoothly.

We also had our local Waterstones on hand to sell his book too – because we made sure to have made that connection.

What I really loved about it was seeing it happen. I loved making sure that everything was set up right, and went smoothly. I felt well and truly in my element on the night and I am certain that I would love to continue organising events from now on. Sometimes you just find the thing that you’re good at and, without sounding my own trumpet too much, I feel that this might just be mine.

So, I cannot wait to do it all over again!

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Summary Justice by John Fairfax

Posted on 7 March, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Summary Justice by John Fairfax

Hi All!
Today is my stop on the blog tour for Summary Justice and I am here to give you all some thoughts on the book! I, sadly, did not get a chance to finish the book but I did get over halfway through so I am going to do a little mini-review of the book based on what I have read so far because the book is so compelling and I do want to let you all know how brilliant it is!

First, here’s some more information about the book!


About the Book

Summary JusticeThe last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson she was a law student on work experience. He was a twenty-one year old, led from the dock of the Old Bailey to begin a life sentence for murder. He’d said he was innocent. She’d believed him.

Sixteen years later Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmonger’s in Spitalfields. That night she walks back into Benson’s life. The price of his rehabilitation – and access to the Bar – is an admission of guilt to the killing of Paul Harbeton, whose family have vowed revenge. He’s an outcast. The government wants to shut him down and no solicitor will instruct him. But he’s subsidised by a mystery benefactor and a desperate woman has turned to him for help: Sarah Collingstone, mother of a child with special needs, accused of slaying her wealthy lover. It’s a hopeless case and the murder trial, Benson’s first, starts in four days. The evidence is overwhelming but like Benson long ago, she swears she’s innocent. Tess joins the defence team, determined to help Benson survive. But as Benson follows the twists and turns in the courtroom, Tess embarks upon a secret investigation of her own, determined to uncover the truth behind the death of Paul Harbeton on a lonely night in Soho.

True to life, fast-paced and absolutely compelling, Summary Justice introduces a new series of courtroom dramas featuring two maverick lawyers driven to fight injustice at any cost.

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My Thoughts

One of the first things I loved about this book was how easy it was not just to read but to also fall into the world that John Fairfax has created. Each and every time I opened the book, I was transported back to that world and everything that is happening within it. The narration is simple but vivid, complex but not complicated. It was definitely the reason that I kept going back to it and really makes it stand out to me. I read a lot of crime and detective novels and I just found this one was that little bit different and unique. It reminds me a lot of Children Act by Ian McEwan.

Moving away from the narrative, what also makes this book so very compelling and addictive are the characters. John has created some very interesting and fascinating characters that have full backgrounds and really bring that something extra to the world. William Bensen is one such character. He is intense, driven, passionate and strong but he is also vulnerable, weak and secretive. All the things that keep you reading as you try and find out more about his character and what actually happened to him. Then there is Tess who is a vibrant character and also a very strong-willed one too but there’s something about her that I was very intrigued by. They both definitely had me turning the pages faster to see where the story would take me.

Lastly there was the case. The main reason that Bensen and Tess have re-acquainted themselves. The case is difficult. It’s not a clean cut case and there are some many facets in play. John really keeps all of his characters and his reader guessing as it all goes on. I found this was just another reason that I kept going back to the book and the reason that I will be finishing this book as soon as I can. I have to know how it all turns out. Where all the links that have been set up will take us and whether or not it will all be resolved in this book or not.

Overall, John has created a very unique, compelling and intriguing book that I would highly recommend and I haven’t even finished it yet! So if you love books that are a little bit different, or if you love TV shows like Suits, then you should definitely pick up this book and give it a go. I am certain that you will not regret the decision!


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Because I Was Lonely by Hayley Mitchell

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Because I Was Lonely by Hayley Mitchell

Hi All!
Today is my stop on the Because I Was Lonely blog tour and I should have for you all my review of this incredible book, however life has gotten in the way and thus I have only managed to read a quarter of the book – it is so good so far – so instead I am going to share you all the amazing details about the book and add in my review ASAP.
First though, some information on the novel.


About the Book

LONELY Meet Rachel. She is caught in a spiral of endless crying, dirty nappies, and sleepless nights. She fears for her sanity and the safety of her children.

She’s lonely.

Meet Adam. Suffering from the pain and trauma of a terrible accident that he blames himself for, he stays at home, unable to bring himself to leave the house.

He’s lonely.

So when Rachel and Adam rekindle their long lost friendship online, what starts as a little harmless flirtation, soon becomes an unhealthy obsession, and slowly the threads of their lives unravel before them.

Four lonely people . Two unhappy marriages . One dangerous, but inevitable climax.

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My Review

TO BE ADDED SOON


About the Author

Hayley Mitchell Hayley Mitchell spends most of the time writing books in her head and was finally able to put finger to keyboard and capture some of the words in the form of her debut novel Because I was lonely. A law graduate, she has spent most of her life working with people and much of her career as an advice worker for charities. Always fascinated by people and their relationships, she began to write fiction. She is very lucky to live in Wiltshire with her husband whose support has been invaluable and their two children who amuse, inspire and exhaust her everyday. She now divides her time between her family and writing her second novel.

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False Prophet by Richard Davis

Posted on 28 February, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

False Prophet by Richard Davis

Hi All!

Today is my stop on the Saul Marshall blog tour and I am here today to share my thoughts on the first book in the series, False Prophet by Richard Davis!

First though, here’s some information on the series.


About the Books

False ProphetA psychotic terrorist has his son. He will do anything to save him.

When a rogue cult turns deadly, the FBI call on former conman Agent Saul Marshall. FALSE PROPHET introduces a gripping new series from thriller writer Richard Davis
Marshall is soon drawn into a cat and mouse chase with the leader of the cult, Ivan Drexler. As the scale of Drexler’s terrorist ambition becomes ever clearer, news arrives that he has taken Marshall’s son hostage. Removed from the line of duty, he must work alone, off-grid.

As the attacks intensify, Saul will stop at nothing to defeat Drexler.
But the FBI are questioning Saul’s own part in the carnage. He must work fast to save both his country and his life. Can Saul stop the carnage before it’s too late? And can he save his son?

As wave after wave of attacks break, the clock is ticking for Saul.

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Never ForgetSaul Marshall is on the run.

As a wave of seemingly random assassinations engulfs California, Marshall finds himself drawn into a situation spiralling out of control.

He soon discovers some of the webs’ most secure protocols have been compromised by a rogue team of former Chinese agents. When Marshall realises what they plan, the stakes are raised…

And that’s before the Secretary of State gets involved. Can Marshall unravel the deceit and tricks before it’s too late? Can he stop the carnage, or will he become part of it? One thing is for certain: either way his enemies will never forget.

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Five Favourite Things About False Prophet

Addictive

Gripping and addictive are the first two words that spring to mind when it comes to False Prophet. Right from the start of this book, I was hooked. It has a brilliant way of drawing you in and then keeping you turning the pages. There is something just so addictive about the book as it continues. It flows really easily and I soon found I had spent a fair few hours reading the book when I should have been sleeping!

Intriguing

From the get go, this book had my curiosity piqued. It starts off in such a unique and intriguing way with a case that really got my hairs to stand on end. The book then continued to pique my curiosity as it continued and I just wanted to find out what was going to happen and how it would all end up. This intriguing plot is what makes this book so addictive to the point where it is just incredibly difficult to put it down or get on with daily life without thinking about the book.

Fast-Paced

Fast-Paced and Action-Packed. This book, as mentioned above, keeps you on your toes but it never slows down. The main character is always on the go and even when he isn’t, there is always something happening, something to keep you turning that page faster and faster yourself as you try to work out what is happening. I loved this aspect of the book a lot as it really made my heart race and made the book that much more entertaining.

Narrative

What really makes this book work so well is the narrative style of the book. There is something so simple yet complicated about the writing style. I loved the switch between first and third persons between the chapters, allowing you to really see what was happening and making you ponder how it would all tie together in the end. The narrative style is really what makes this book so addictive and page-turning.

Saul Marshall

Last, but certainly not least, what really brings this book to being a brilliant read is the main protagonist, Saul Marshall. He is unlike any other protagonist I have read recently and I loved that he wasn’t always easy to read. He wasn’t an upstanding citizen and was once a criminal. I loved how much this brought out his character and made him who he was in the book. I also really loved all the little snippets of his life before as well. He certainly made this book worth reading. And he is the reason I am dying to read Never Forget!


About the Author

Richard DavisRichard Davis graduated from University College London in 2011 and Cambridge University in 2012. The Saul Marshall series was born from Davis’s extensive travels around the United States and his long-standing obsession with thriller fiction. He lives in North London, UK, with his girlfriend.

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The Follower by Koethi Zan

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The Follower by Koethi Zan

Hi All!

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

SHE’D DO ANYTHING FOR HER HUSBAND.

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.

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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.


About the Author

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Koethi Zan was born and raised in rural Alabama. She attended Yale Law School and currently lives in an old farmhouse in upstate New York. Her first novel The Never List was a bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

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All Is Not Forgotten By Wendy Walker

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All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Hi All!

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

All Is Not ForgottenIn the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.

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

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Altering Memories of Violent Crime – Choosing Between Justice and Forgetting

Wendy Walker

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.


Giveaway!

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!

That’s it!

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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Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard

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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.

Goodreads. Amazon UK. Waterstones.


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.

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