The Promise by Casey Kelleher #BlogTour

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Book Description:

Family ties can be deadly…

THE PROMISE

Two sisters. One murder. And an unbreakable bond.

Growing up in squalor with their drug-addicted prostitute mother, sisters Georgie and Marnie Parker have had to endure the very darkest side of life.

When their mother is sentenced for brutally murdering a client, Georgie and Marnie’s already precarious lives are blown apart and they now share a terrible secret. Sent to a children’s home, the sisters hope this might finally be their safe haven after years of neglect. But they soon discover they’re in real danger.

Desperate to find a place of safety, Georgie and Marnie run for their lives, but end up in the hands of Delray Anderton. A violent London gangster and notorious pimp, Delray has big plans for beautiful teenager Georgie, seeing her as a chance to make some serious money.

Fiercely protective of each other, Georgie and Marnie must escape the clutches of a man who will do anything to keep the sisters for himself. And, they must keep the promise they made to each other – no one can ever know the truth.

A gritty, shocking and gripping thriller that will engross fans of Kimberly Chambers, Martina Cole and Jessie Keane.

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of this authors novels as they are dark, edgy and hard hitting. The Promise is no different.

Due to the story line in The Promise I have to admit at times I found it to be a very uncomfortable read. There is one bit which I have to say I think is slightly risky by the author due to what was happening to the character, I didn’t know whether I could carry on. It affected me that deeply. I did though as I had to know how things were going to end and I am so glad I did.

Georgie and Marnie are two girls that are well and truly going to pull on the readers heart strings. Georgie, who is twelve and the older sibling, is very much the one bringing her younger sister up. Josie, their mum, is pretty much a waste of space. I did feel empathy to Josie but the neglect on her own children just made me want to weep. Both girls, regardless of the neglect, love their mother and just want to be a proper little family.

What I really loved in this book is how some of the characters really took me by surprise. There was a few who I had written off from the start but their actions later on changed how I felt about them and I ended up developing a soft spot for them. It’s certainly a novel that is full of surprises and certainly wasn’t as straight forward as I thought it was going to be.

The Promise is without a doubt a hard hitting and powerful read. It’s another of the author’s books where the story and characters will stay with me for a long time to come. I felt really emotional after finishing it as the author brings the atrocities from real life into fiction. Whilst it made me sad as to what evils go on in the world, it also gives the reader strength and hope in some of the good that there is out there also.

Powerful, emotional and heartbreaking, The Promise is this years must read.

My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Promise is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.

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Road To Nowhere : DCI Miller 3: What The Hell Has Happened To Sergeant Knight? by Steven Suttie

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Book Description:

Off-Duty Police Sergeant Jason Knight from Bolton police station has disappeared whilst cycling in the Lancashire countryside. His wife raised the alarm. Jason is not the kind of man who would go missing. Something is very clearly wrong. The disappearance quickly becomes a full-scale alert, and counter-terror police are on standby, monitoring the situation extremely closely.

DCI Andrew Miller is drafted in urgently to try and figure out what the hell is going on, and why Knight might suddenly disappear. It’s a race against time to find the popular, well respected Sergeant.

Meanwhile, the local press are calling for Miller’s resignation following the infamous “Neighbours From Hell” trial, and newspaper revelations that suggest Miller could be responsible for an apparent miscarriage of justice.

If Andy Miller thought that he already had enough on his plate – he’s about to discover that there’s plenty of room for more, in this fast-paced, gritty thriller set in Manchester and The Trough of Bowland, in the heart of Lancashire.

My Thoughts:

This is the third book in the DCI Miller series. I have to say I was very much looking forward to reading this one as I was dying for more information on some of the characters that appeared in the brilliant Neighbour’s From Hell which is the second book in the series. The thread to do with that story line was quite low key sadly and I have to admit I would have liked to have read more.

The main story line to do with sergeant Jason Knight made for some riveting reading. I was as concerned as much about his disappearance as his colleagues and family were. I couldn’t understand why or how someone of that status could just disappear. When all becomes clear why though, all I can say is what an eye opener it is and it was way better than I could ever have imagined.

What I love about this series is that even though it follows DCI Miller, for me he feels like he is more in the background so that we can fully get into the case that he is working on and the characters involved. It makes this crime series more unique to others in the same genre and it certainly gets the reader fully wrapped up in what is going on.

Road To Nowhere is yet another highly enjoyable and gripping read. The author never seems to fail in shocking and surprising me. Highly recommend these books if you are looking for a series that stands out from the crowd as well as being entertaining.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Road To Nowhere is available to purchase from Amazon.

Get To Know… Author B A Steadman

Another author on my Get To Know feature today and this time it’s the turn of the lovely B A Steadman.

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I was born and raised on a huge estate in south Manchester in a noisy household with three younger brothers. To escape, I began to read, and I have had my nose buried in a book ever since. I started with Enid Blyton, moved on to myths and legends, fantasy and science fiction, and discovered crime when I hit my thirties. Now I also enjoy contemporary women’s fiction, but find myself writing crime…

 

I taught English and Drama in various secondary schools in Lancashire and in Devon for many years and have lived in my small village in east Devon for twenty-five years. A chance meeting with a pensions officer convinced me that taking early retirement would be a brilliant idea – and it was. Friends were horrified. ‘You’re too young to retire! What will you do all day?’ they asked. ‘I’m going to write,’ I said. And I did, with very little to show for it for five years!

 

I completed my debut novel, Death and Deception, in 2013, and began to send it out to agents, but got nothing back. It was almost two years later, when a new, independent publishers, Bloodhound Books, opened their submissions desk that I finally found a home.

These days I write, walk as much as I can, and I’m a very keen student of Iyengar yoga, which has me doing things I never thought I’d be able to do… I have a husband and two cats, and live in the East Devon countryside. I am a passionate supporter of wildlife, and am vice-chair of trustees at a local animal sanctuary – after all, animals have no voice but ours to speak for them.

With the publication of the second book in the Dan Hellier Crime series, I guess I’m planning several years of adventures for the team in the apparently peaceful city of Exeter, England. As I live in a small village, where the usual crime rate is zero, it was with great delight that I set the books in and around Exeter. It’s an ancient Roman city which has seen its fair share of murder and mayhem over the centuries, so I’m merely adding to the list. Death and the Good Son takes the action out of the city and towards the Exe estuary and up on to Dartmoor. Book 3 will extend even further along the Jurassic coastline.

You can keep up to date with B A Steadman and her books on the following sites:

Twitter: @berniesteadman

 

Website: http://basteadman.com/

 

Amazon books:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Deception-Detective-Hellier-Book-ebook/dp/B0190HIH6W/ref=pd_cp_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=02QP8RW2ABARJ58MKDGS

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Good-Son-detective-thriller-ebook/dp/B01N06G7GM

Favourite book as a child?

Any of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven or Famous Five. When you live a very boring little suburban life, the adventures of those kids was something I longed for. I also wanted to be called Peta, because it was incredibly exotic, to have a girl called a boy’s name.

Favourite book as a teenager?

Wuthering Heights – It taught me about hopeless, doomed, love – we were all learning about that in my girls’ convent school!

Favourite character?

Has to be Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She’s been so badly damaged but her innate courage, intelligence and sheer doggedness mean that she cannot be defeated. A brilliant creation.

Favourite book to movie adaption?

The original black and white film of Of Mice and Men – still makes me cry at the end and I’ve seen it dozens of times.

Favourite book to movie adaption?

Tea and a dark chocolate-covered ginger biscuit. Delivered at exactly 4.00pm, just to keep my pecker up when I’m beginning to flag. It’s too late if he arrives and I’m playing Words with Friends!

Favourite highlight of your writing career?

When Death and Deception was accepted for publication, and actually appeared a few months later. I never believed it would happen, and now I’m writing my third novel – we never really know what the future has in store for us. I had a dream, a fantasy, really, that I might be able to write. It’s worth more than anything to know that other people enjoy reading my stories.

 

Get To Know… Author Faith Mortimer

Today on my Get To Know feature I have the lovely Faith Mortimer joining me.

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Hi there! May I first thank my lovely friend Sarah for inviting me as her guest author on today’s blog. I feel truly honoured.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’ll tell you a little about myself as I answer Sarah’s questions. First I was born in England, with my childhood spent on Royal Air Force camps around the Globe. This no doubt kindled my lifelong enthusiasm for seeing new places and meeting new people. After returning home from boarding school (Kinloss House) in Singapore, I attended Purbrook Grammar School in Hampshire. I found there was never enough time for study; surely life was for reading, writing, painting, amateur dramatics, and sport! I left school with just a handful of ‘O’ levels but a wealth of interests.

My love with books began at age 4/5. Once I could read I devoured almost everything! Early favourites were those by Enid Blyton; the Famous Five and Secret Seven books being favourites. Once I grew into my teens I discovered historical fiction. My favourite authors were Jean Plaidy and Victoria Holt (same author but different writing style). I’m not sure I’ve ever found a favourite character throughout my many books though as my reading now is quite diverse.


After a few failed attempts at different jobs, I qualified as a Registered State Nurse and followed a career in healthcare for many years. Later, I had a break from nursing and set up a busy agency covering the administration of a collection of travel-related companies. This led to the discovery of a passion for snow skiing and sailing. 1995 saw the purchase of our first family yacht. Together with my husband, Chris, and accompanied by our children, we spent the winters exploring the slopes of the European Alps and our summers sailing the coastal waters of England and France. During this time my agency was running like clockwork and I found myself needing a new challenge. The children were away at University and I found their visits home both exciting and intriguing as they related stories about life at ‘Uni’ and their degree work.

I decided I would study for my own degree; maybe literature. However, on applying to the Open University the English Arts degree course was full. They offered Science instead! Not to be deterred, and I did enjoy Biology and Chemistry at school, I signed up. I’d long had an interest in Conservation and Ecology and this degree would be a new challenge. Within a few months, I was hooked and completed the full disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, geology and of course, ecology. One of my proudest achievements to date is receiving my honours degree from the Open University chancellor in London.

Meantime, Chris was lucky enough to be offered early retirement. We decided to buy a new yacht; large and comfortable enough for us to live on for extended periods. I upgraded my sailing skills, passing practical and written exams to become a Yacht Master. In 2001, Chris and I left the UK shores and sailed south to ‘hop’ across the Atlantic. We spent the next three years exploring the Caribbean, the eastern coast of the USA and down south to Venezuela.

It was during this time on board, Altarial, I realised that, ‘If I can study for a degree whilst working full time or living on board a yacht in the Caribbean, it’s about time I wrote that book I’ve always longed to write!’

A chance conversation with sailing friends about a true war-time incident, eighteen months of painstaking research and writing, culminated in The Crossing, (published as The Seeds of Time and Harvest) my first novel; a story of loss and recovery set in a modern day sailing adventure, paralleled by a memory of love and the human spirit in overcoming the horrors of the 2nd World War.

I loved the experience of writing and publishing my first book so much, that I immediately began my second novel The Assassins’ Village, immediately after. This book; a murder mystery, is set on the island of Cyprus where we spend part of our time. I am amazed that I have written 18 full-length novels in total and in three different genres.

I like writing crime novels best – maybe it’s because one of my past relatives was one of the most famous residents in Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of horrors before it closed in April 2016! I do stress we were related only by marriage though!

Sarah has asked me whether I have a favourite book adapted to a film. This must be M M Kaye’s The Far Pavilions. It wasn’t a huge film when made, but the story contains all the ingredients for a fabulous tale; intrigue, murder, action, adventure and romance.

When I’m writing, I like to completely switch off from the outside world, together with a small bar of chocolate and a good cup of tea. I’m a bit of a grouch if I go without writing for a while and hate being interrupted – unless it’s to presented with a cuppa!

My favourite highlight of my writing career was a couple of years back. The Surgeon’s Blade received a staggering number of eBook sales – second only to The hunger Games. I was very proud of that moment.

Thank you for featuring me, Sarah. I appreciate your interest.

Interested readers can find me on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FaithMortimer.Author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FaithMortimer

Website/blog:  http://www.faithmortimerauthor.com/

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2967303.Faith_Mortimer

Amazon US Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Mortimer/e/B002EQ8HH6/ref

Amazon UK Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faith-Mortimer/e/B002EQ8HH6/ref
They are all available on Amazon in Kindle format, paperback and other leading eBook sites, including: Nook, Kobo, Apple and Google.

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Blink: A psychological thriller with a killer twist you’ll never forget by K L Slater #BlogTour

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Book Description:

What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.

But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.

Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.

A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister.

My Thoughts:

Having read and enjoyed Safe With Me by the same author I was very much looking forward to reading more. As much as I enjoyed Safe With Me, for me, Blink is even better.

My heart really went to Toni. She has lost her husband and is struggling to function. She moves with her daughter Evie, to be closer to her mum and for a fresh start. The fresh start sadly doesn’t start off quite how Toni hoped with a home in a not so very nice neighbourhood and Evie hating her new school. When Toni starts a new job she hopes that this is the start of good things to come, sadly things get drastically worse for her.

To a certain extent Toni doesn’t really help herself but then losing your husband and your whole world coming down on you, how do you know how any of us would cope? She has left herself quite open and vulnerable as she can’t quite get her head together and is struggling to cope. She is torn between her mother and the teaching assistant at Evie’s school and she doesn’t know whether she is coming or going.

Even though there was one part of the story that I had worked out fairly early, there are plenty of other surprises in store that left me reeling.This is without a doubt a thrilling roller coaster of a read that will have you gripping on for dear life to see how it will all end.

Totally loved it.

My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Blink is out now available to purchase from Amazon.

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A Room Full of Killers (DCI Matilda Darke, Book 3) by Michael Wood

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Book Description:

‘DCI Matilda Darke is the perfect heroine’ Elly Griffiths

The third book in Michael Wood’s darkly compelling crime series featuring DCI Matilda Darke. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid.

Eight killers. One house. And the almost perfect murder…

Feared by the people of Sheffield, Starling House is home to some of Britain’s deadliest teenagers, still too young for prison. Now the building’s latest arrival, Ryan Asher, has been found brutally murdered – stabbed twelve times, left in a pool of blood.

When DCI Matilda Darke and her team investigate, they uncover the secrets of a house tainted by evil. Kate Moloney, the prison’s manager, is falling apart, the security system has been sabotaged, and neither the staff nor the inmates can be trusted.

There’s only one person Matilda believes is innocent, and he’s facing prison for the rest of his life. With time running out, she must solve the unsolvable to save a young man from his fate. And find a murderer in a house full of killers…

My Thoughts:

Having read the other books in this series, I have to say this is one book I have been very much looking forward to coming out. The wait has very much been a worth while one as I don’t just think, I know, without a doubt this is the best one in the series so far, even though I did love the others also.

What a story line! I was totally fascinated by the residents of Starling House. In a way the character Rory, who is one of Matilda’s team, was acting out how I would exactly be. I was desperate to know why a child would kill and especially in the horrific ways that they carried it out. I was as desperate as Rory was to get into their minds and understand them that bit better.

I loved how every so often a chapter would be throw in, in to how each boy had killed their victims. My goodness it didn’t half make for some shocking yet riveting reading. As awful as it was, I literally could not get enough and couldn’t wait to come across the next one.

In the search for the murder of Ryan Asher, Matilda comes across another young lad who not only pulled on her heart strings but pulled on mine also. No one else believes his innocence and Matilda risks everything to prove it. This thread of the story was certainly a bit of a heart wrencher and I had tears in my eyes more than once!

A Room Full Of Killers is without a doubt a nail biting and gripping read. Believe me, when you pick it up you are going to struggle to put it back down. Totally loved it and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series yet I really urge you to give them a go, as believe me you won’t regret it.

My thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HareperFiction for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

A Room Full Of Killers is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.

The Wrong Turn by NC Marshall

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Book Description:

All roads lead to the truth…

When Megan Cooper is rescued from a terrible car accident, she can’t believe how lucky she has been. Now, she is desperate track down the stranger who saved her life.

DCI Tony Morgan thought he had seen the back of his old career, but when he receives a call from his ex-boss to tell him there has been a hit and run in the area, leaving a young woman trapped in a burning car and left for dead, he knows that he must return to help investigate.

Meanwhile, Megan sets out to track down the man who pulled her from the car that night, all the while developing a strange infatuation towards him. Finally, they come face to face.

As secrets are revealed and the truth starts to emerge, it is soon discovered that Megan is still in danger and that the hero who saved her life may not be everything she wants him to be.

A twisty psychological drama combining crime, mystery and romance.

My Thoughts:

The story starts off with the main character, Megan, involved in a horrible car accident. I say accident but it soon becomes apparent that it may not be as straight forward as what Megan thinks it is.

Even though the police are investigating the accident, Megan decides to do some detective work of her own so that she can personally thank the man who saved her. The police as well as her own investigating soon starts to uncover something more sinister.

As crime is my favourite genre I have to admit that some of the surprises in the story I had already worked out. That didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this book though as the author as usual has written a story that readers will easily fall into and enjoy.

There is great characterisation and I really enjoyed the growing relationship between Megan, Will and Elliott. The relationship between these three is one that I was actually sad to leave behind when I finished the book.

The Wrong Turn is a highly enjoyable read and ideal for readers who love a good crime/suspense novel with the added bonus of a story line of romance running through it. It’s the perfect read to snuggle up on the sofa with and lose yourself to the outside world.

My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Wrong Turn is out on the 18th of February and available to pre order from Amazon.