Monday, 15 October 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ The Promise by Katerina Diamond

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Promise by Katerina Diamond where I've a review of the brilliant The Promise. I was thrilled to be asked by Sabah Khan from Avon Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of the review so without further ado, here it is:

You make it.  You break it.

When troubled teen Connor moves to Exeter from the US to escape his past, he finds himself embroiled in a world of popular kids and easy girls. Everyone wants to be his friend, but they don’t know about what he did…and they don’t know about his father.

As Connor’s life in England begins to unravel, DS Adrian Miles and his partner Imogen Grey are working up against the clock to catch a serial killer who dates his victims before he kills them. Determined to uncover the truth, Imogen is forced to act as bait – but will she take it too far and risk her own life?


WOW!!! Well, I thought The Teacher, The Secret and The Angel were  brilliant, The Promise was even better, I was pulled in from the first page & couldn't put it down once I got going, I absolutely LOVED it. As we discovered throughout the books in the series, DS Grey has her own hidden past and her own demons and her own buried secrets to deal with which we do touch on a little in The Teacher but is dealt with a whole lot more in The Secret and The Angel. Set in the present day and in the past, we get more of a feel for DS Grey & her past & why she struggles to let anyone get close to her. We also get to know DS Miles a bit better too and the way he's been dealing with a lot since the aftermath of what happened in The Angel. I will admit that I found parts of the story hard to read and in places & it made my skin crawl but it definitely didn't disappoint. It was a spine-chilling , pulse pounding, heart thumping rollercoaster ride. I know that his book will stick in my memory longer than most because of the subject matter that was involved. Katerina just keeps getting better with every books she writes. And, after that ending I am really looking forward to Katerina's next book already where I'm hoping it won't be too long until the next DS Grey Novel is upon us, so no pressure Katerina but I'm dying to know what's in store next for the characters 😱😱

The Promise along with all previous 3 books in the series are available in all good bookshops, libraries, on audio and also available on Kindle where The Promise is currently £2.99 at the time of publication of this review.



Tuesday, 2 October 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ The Tattoo Thief by Alison Belsham


Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Tatoo Thief where I'm delighted to welcome Alison to my blog where I have a blog post about how Alison got the idea for The Tattoo Thief. I am really looking forward to reading this book and I'm really hoping to get it read over the next few weeks for you, Alison. I was thrilled to be asked by Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers who organised this tour in conjunction with Orion Publishing Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this post so without further ado, here it is:

How I got my idea for The Tattoo Thief

Hi! 

Before I get started on telling you how the whole idea for The Tattoo Thief came about, I just want to say a big thank you to Celeste for inviting me to be here on her blog today – it’s a great opportunity to introduce myself and tell you something about my story.

In 2015, I decided after much deliberation that I was going to get a tattoo. I’d always wanted one. My grandfather was a submariner and, while posted to China in the 1930s, he’d had a dragon tattooed on each arm. These fascinated me as a child, and my brother and I would always ask to see them when we visited. As I grew older, I remained interested, but as a young adult, tattoos weren’t as fashionable as they are now and certainly not that acceptable for women. So the idea of getting a tattoo of my own was put on the shelf.

Fast forward to 2015 when my own children were old enough to get tattoos themselves. Now I finally plucked up the courage to get my own tattoo – a Japanese-style octopus on my right arm. I’d gone to the London Tattoo Convention to find a tattooist and I chose one whose work I loved. He was based in Berlin, so that November, I made an appointment and flew to Berlin for the weekend. On the Saturday, I finally took the plunge and had six hours of tattooing on my arm. And, yes, before you ask, it did hurt!

That night, as I lay in bed, staining the pristine white hotel sheets with indelible black tattoo ink, I had just one thought: finally, I’ve got my tattoo – and no one can take it away from me. I felt really happy that I’d done what I wanted after so many years. However, the writer’s part of my brain is never quiet and always asking questions. What, came the thought, if someone did try to take it away from you? And in that instant, I knew I had an idea for a gripping crime thriller – The Tattoo Thief. A story about a man who steals other people’s tattoos.

Over the next eighteen months, this tiny kernel of an idea grew into a story outline and then into a novel which was eventually bought by Trapeze Books, a new and exciting imprint of Orion. It took another four sessions over the following six months to complete my tattoo – and not only do I really love having it, I also have it to thank for giving me the idea that became become my debut novel. People sometimes ask me if I regret having a tattoo and it always makes me smile. How could I?






Alison Belsham bio

Alison Belsham initially started writing with the ambition of becoming a screenwriter—and in 2000 was commended for her visual story telling in the Orange Prize for screenwriting. In 2001 she was shortlisted in a BBC Drama Writer competition. Life and children intervened but, switching to fiction, in 2009 her novel Domino was selected for the prestigious Adventures in Fiction mentoring scheme. In 2016 she pitched her first crime novel, The Tattoo Thief, at the Pitch Perfect event at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and was judged the winner. The Tattoo Thief is out now and she’s currently working on the second book in the Francis Sullivan trilogy, Death’s Needle. Alison lives in Edinburgh, and when she’s not writing she spends her time visiting tattoo conventions.






Thursday, 27 September 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech where I have a review of her latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Anne Cater from Random Things Tours who organised this tour in conjunction with Orenda Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review so without further ado, here it is:

With huge thanks to Karen Sullivan, Louise Beech and Orenda, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.......

Be careful what you wish for…

Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…

Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?

What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?

A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…

Well, where do I start with this review....................What a beautiful, emotional, heartbreaking and thought provoking story, I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. This story had it all from family, love with more sensitive and hard-hitting issues which were dealt with perfectly and it was well researched and written in a very sensitive and compassionate manner. The Lion Tamer Who Lost is set in the present and the past and is centered around the two main characters Ben and Andrew where their lives are based around Zimbabwe and England respectively. I found I had tears streaming down my face at the end along with shedding a few for many of the characters along the way. This is only the 2nd novel that has made me cry, the other been Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It completely broke me, I was such a blubbering mess after finishing this stunningly beautiful book in less than 2 days, I couldn't function as I couldn't stop thinking about it but especially those last few lines and anyone who has lost someone they loved will be able to resonate with it as I lost my beautiful aunt almost 14 weeks ago so they've given me great comfort. If this book has thought me anything it's to never leave anything on the long finger or let things go unsaid.

 I don't want to say too much more about this book incase I say something that I shouldn't but all I can say is grab this book, curl up on the couch and make sure you've a few tissues or maybe a box to hand and prepare to have a few lump in your throat moments too. This is the first book I've read by Louise Beech and I'm really looking forward to reading more of her books. I would highly recommend her if you haven't read any of her books already. I would definitely even say that this is definitely going to huge this year, is already my favourite book that I've read so far and will stay with me for a long time.  This book has ALL the feels 💖❤💖

The Lion Tamer Who Lost is available in all good bookshops, libraries, audio and on Kindle where it is currently only £4.79 at the time of publication of this review so get downloading it, you definitely won't regret it.


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ After He Died by Michael J Malone

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for After He Died by Michael J Malone where I have a review of his latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Anne Cater from Random Things Tours who organised this tour in conjunction with Orenda Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review so without further ado, here it is:

With huge thanks to Karen Sullivan, Michael J Malone and Orenda, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.......

You need to know who your husband really was…

When Paula Gadd’s husband of almost thirty years dies, just days away from the seventh anniversary of their son, Christopher’s death, her world falls apart. Grieving and bereft, she is stunned when a young woman approaches her at the funeral service, and slips something into her pocket. A note suggesting that Paula’s husband was not all that he seemed…

When the two women eventually meet, a series of revelations challenges everything Paula thought they knew, and it becomes immediately clear that both women’s lives are in very real danger.

WOW!!! What a roller coaster of a read, a novel bursting full of secrets, lies, thrills and spills.  I absolutely LOVED it and as I was reading it I could feel my heart beating on occasions and I had to remind myself to breath a couple of times as I was holding my breath with anticipation of what was around the next page as the suspense just kept building. I didn't know who to trust while reading it and when I thought that I'd had things worked out, another curve ball was thrown into the mix to put you off and make you question things and that's the beauty about what I love about psychological thrillers and Michael does this perfectly in the way Michael writes this story and it's set in Scotland which is somewhere I've always wanted to visit so hopefully one day I will.

This is both a dark, twisty slice of domestic noir and taut, explosive psychological thriller.  Will things work out for Paula and will she get all the answers to her questions with the revelations throughout the novel??  Well, I don't want to say anymore as I'm afraid I'll give something away but  all I'll say is go and get this book and settle down on the couch with a cup of tea/wine and some chocolate, you'll find it very hard to put it down once you've started and you definitely won't be disappointed.  After He Died is also a chilling reminder that the people we trust the most can harbour the deadliest secrets, now I'm beginning to look at people especially the ones closest to me with suspicion and in a different way so thanks for that Michael 😂😂😂

Ashamedly, this is the first novel I've read by Michael but after reading this one it definitely won't be my last.  I think I've found another favourite author.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

After He Died is available in all good bookshops, libraries, on audio and also on Kindle where it is currently £4.31 at the time of publication of this review.


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ Only In Whispers by Jacqueline Grima

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Only In Whispers where I have a review of her debut novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers who organised this tour in conjunction with Manatee Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review
so without further ado, here it is:

With huge thanks to Manatee Books and Jacqueline Grima I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review..........

A forgotten past.
An uncertain future. 
A family hiding from the truth.

When their mother is hospitalised with depression, Annie and her brother Matthew are fostered by their beloved Aunt Helen. Their family eventually reunited, the siblings begin a new life in Derbyshire with their mother and new stepfather.

Now in her thirties and separated from her husband, Annie is struggling to escape the past and move forward with her son. Haunted by memories of her childhood, she begins to realise that there may have been more to her time in foster care than her mother claims. Why did social services take her and Matthew away? Who can she trust to tell her what really happened?

As Annie finds out more, things take a sinister turn…has the life she’s lived so far been a lie?

Well, where do I start........I LOVED this, I've been reading a lot of heavy psychological thrillers lately and it was nice to take a break from them to read this, although it is more of a family drama but it kind of had a psychological story line running through it which was perfect and not too much either. Packed full of secrets and lies, twists and turns and characters that I disliked especially Annie's husband, David. Even though he and Annie have been separated about 2 years he was still a possessive controlling character that was written really, really well, I despised him.

 I really felt sorry for Annie and at times with all she had to deal with as the more she discovered about her childhood with flashbacks throughout the chapters and not knowing why a certain image keeps cropping up, I wished I could give her a big hug and tell her that everything would be ok. Will everything be ok and work out for Annie or will the secrets and lies risk tearing her family apart??  I don't want to say anymore as I'm afraid I'll give something away but all I'm going to say is go and get this book and settle down on the couch with a cup of tea/wine and some chocolate, you won't want to put it down once you've started and you definitely won't be disappointed. An excellent debut novel.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Only In Whispers is available in all good bookshops, libraries, on audio and is available on Kindle where it is currently £1.99 at the time of publication of this review.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ Overkill by Vanda Symon

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Overkill by Vanda Symon where I have a review of her latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Anne Cater from Random Things Tours who organised this tour in conjunction with Orenda Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this extract so without further ado, here it is:

With huge thanks to Karen Sullivan, Vanda Symon and Orenda, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.......

When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide. But all is not as it seems. Sam Shephard, sole-charge police constable in Mataura in New Zealand she soon discovers the death was no suicide, and has to face the realization that there is a killer in town. To complicate the situation, the murdered woman was the wife of her former lover. When Sam finds herself on the list of suspects and suspended from duty, she must cast aside her personal feelings and take matters into her own hands. She must find the murderer, and clear her name.

Well, where do I start on this, I didn't like it, I absolutely LOVED it. The prologue was one of the best I've read in a long time so be prepared, it's not for the faint hearted. This is the first book in the series set in New Zealand where we're introduced to PC Sam Shephard and I LOVED her, she's a petite character (like me), she's extremely independent, feisty and takes no nonsense and doesn't let anyone walk all over her or take advantage of her and I'm sure we could all learn a thing or two from her and I kind of felt a connection to her. When we meet Sam she's investigating the death of a young Mother, Gaby who coincidentally is the wife of Sam's ex, Lockie whom evidently she still holds a torch for but when she invests too much time in the case and makes a few silly mistakes to make the powers within the force bring her in to interview her and in turn decide to suspend her as she's stupidly made herself out to be a suspect in this investigation.  Will Sam just take the suspension on the chin and stay away, you bet she won't.  Will Sam find out the truth and clear her name??  Will Sam find the killer in time??

This is the first book I've read by Vanda Symon and it definitely won't be my last and can't wait to read more work from Vanda where I hope it won't be too long.

Overkill is available in all good bookstores, libraries, on audio and also on Kindle where it is currently £4.31 and FREE with Kindle Unlimited at the time of publication of this review so grab it while you can, you won't be disappointed so don't say I never told you so!!!



Monday, 10 September 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ The Other Couple by Sarah J Naughton


Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Other Couple by Sarah J Naughton where I have a review of her latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers who organised this tour in conjunction with Trapeze Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review
so without further ado, here it is:


With huge thanks to Sam Eades, Lauren Woosey, Sarah J Naughton and Trapeze Books, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review..........


A dark, twisty psychological thriller set in paradise.

Asha wakes up in a Vietnamese hospital but she has been left for dead on the holiday of a lifetime after a night-time swim in the picturesque So Den Caves. We flashback to her fairytale wedding with Ollie, where a mystery guest puts in motion a change of events that will lead to murder. Unable to come to terms with the police's version of events, Amber returns to the scene of the crime. She remembers that there was another couple during the night of the murder. And the killer is still out there..........

Well, where do I start........I didn't like it, I absolutely LOVED it. A really twisty, turny and tense psychological thriller set on a beautiful island near Vietnam with picturesque views, a paradise where Asha and Ollie are going to have the honeymoon of their dreams but when Asha wakes up in a hospital in Vietnam with no recollection of what happened or how she got there and doesn't know where her husband, Ollie is??

The chapters alternate between their wedding day and their time on their honeymoon where it builds the story and each chapter reveals a little more of the story where you just know that there is something not right between Asha and Ollie but what exactly is it and why is Ollie acting so strange??

Just when you think you've worked out where the book is going and then another twist gets thrown into your path and you furiously read faster to find out which way it's going to go BUT I didn't expect that shocker of the twist to bring us to that ending. This is Sarah's second novel, the first been Tattletale which I haven't got around to reading yet but I definitely will and I look forward to reading more from Sarah. I would also love to see this optioned for a TV series. Go and get this book and settle down on the couch with a cup of tea/wine and some chocolate, you won't want to put it down once you've started and you definitely won't be disappointed.

The Other Couple is available in all good bookshops, libraries, on audio and is available on Kindle where it is currently £1.99 at the time of publication of this review.