The Confession by Jo Spain #BlogTour @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

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Book Description:

WHAT IF THE CONFESSION WAS JUST THE BEGINNING…?

FIND OUT WHO DID IT ON THE VERY FIRST PAGEON THE LAST PAGE, FIND OUT WHY.

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

THE MOST GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER OF 2018: PERFECT FOR FANS OF HE SAID, SHE SAID AND THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR.

My Thoughts:

As soon as I read the description of this book I knew I had to read it. It sounded to good to miss and I wasn’t wrong.

The beginning and ending has to be the best parts of the book. Don’t get me wrong the rest is good to but it’s very rare that the very first page of a book leaves me reeling and desperate to carry on reading, but The Confession does just that.

I was as desperate as Julie and the police as to why a stranger would just walk into someones home and brutally murder someone when they seemingly have no connection or reasoning to do it.

The story flicks between JP, Alice and Julie so that we get a mixture of past and present leading up to the big question, why?

Harry had it all. He was good looking, rich and a lovely wife. As we get to find out more about him though, he wasn’t that nice a man. I could understand why Julie loved him and I think in his own way harry loved her also very much but it’s a bit of a toxic relationship. Julie was certainly an interesting character also. She is a bit like an onion where we get to see different layers of her the further into the story we get. I certainly had a lot of empathy for her.

Alice I loved. She is so unlike any typical detectives you read in a crime novel but she is extremely clever and she reminded me slightly of Columbo where people write her off but she is a lot more intelligent than they think.

The Confession is without a doubt going to be a much talked about book and I predict a lot of peoples top read of 2018. From the brilliant start to the surprising ending, this really is one book that fans of psychological thrillers do not want to miss out on.

My thanks to Netgalley and Quercus books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Confession is available to purchase from Amazon(Please note that the Amazon link used is an affiliate link)

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Stateline by Dave Stanton #CoverReveal @Bloodhoundbook @DanRenoNovels

Have I got a cover reveal for you this evening! Stateline by Dave Stanton will be published by Bloodhound Books on the 15th of February 2018. Stateline is the first book in the gripping Dan Reno Private Detective series with the second book, Blind Luck, out on the 9th of March 2018.  Woohoo! Can’t wait!

So no doubt you will want to know what the book is all about, right? Well seeing as you all asked so nicely, here it is and if I say so myself, it sounds pretty darn good.

Cancel the wedding. The groom is dead.

When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the grief-stricken father offers private detective Dan Reno a life-changing bounty to find the killer.

Reno, who is nearly broke, decides he’s finally found himself in the right place at the right time. But when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any?

Haunted by his murdered father and a violent past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA.

Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead.

How good does this book sound? Roll on the 15th of February is all I can say! 

So I suppose you will be wanting to see the cover now won’t you? Well don’t worry I won’t keep you waiting any longer. Ta Dah! Here it is and what a cover!

 

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Wow, love this cover! Of course you will also want to know a bit more about the author as well won’t you? Well I never like to disappoint so here you go. Make sure to check out the blog blitz that will be kicking off on the 15th of February also.

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Author Bio:

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Links:

www.facebook.com/DanRenoNovels

Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

danrenonovels.com/

www.amazon.co.uk/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

www.amazon.com/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

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Girl On A Train by A.J. Waines @AJWaines

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Book Description:

Everything points to suicide – but I saw her face…

Headstrong Journalist, Anna Rothman, knows what suicide looks like – her own husband killed himself five years earlier. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna’s bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case.

Anna, however, believes Elly’s fears for Toby, her young nephew, missing since being snatched from St Stephen’s church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly’s distress. Through a series of hidden messages Elly left behind, Anna embarks on a dangerous crusade to track down Toby and find Elly’s killer.

But nothing is as it seems and Anna opens a can of worms that throws into question even her own husband’s suicide – before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.

For fans of The Girl on The Train, Angela Marsons and Mel Sherratt.

My Thoughts:

The author drew me in straight from the off with this story. I was as intrigued as much as Anna about Elly. Anna becomes a bit like a dog with a bone. She can’t let it go and feels she owes it to Elly to find out more about her and her past. She doesn’t bargain for everything she finds out though.

The story splits into three parts, Anna’s story, then Elly and events leading up to her death and then back to Anna again. It was so interesting to see things from Anna’s side of things and the impression that we get of Elly to actually getting into Elly’s head. It made me empathise even more which I didn’t think could be possible.

The more that Anna finds out about Elly the more the tension and suspense mounts. I couldn’t get through the pages quick enough in the hope of finding out who was behind Toby’s disappearance and Elly’s death. No way in this world could I have ever envisioned the outcome of this story. It totally blew me away.

Girl On A Train is a story that ticked every box and did not disappoint. With some shocking revelations, it is sure to mess with your head while promising lots of thrills. Loved it!

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Girl On A Train is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer @FaberBooks #BlogTour

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Book Description:

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They’re not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I’m supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.

But there are things I won’t say. I won’t tell them I’m going to hunt for my real parents. I don’t say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.

I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he’d give me a medal for lying.

I wasn’t lying. I’m a hunter for lost souls and I’m going to be with my real family. And I’m not going to let Mick stop me.

My Thoughts:

I loved The Girl in the Red Coat by this author so was very excited when I realised she had another book out. I have to also mention the fabulous cover. How eye catching is that?

I think to fully appreciate this novel, you have to try and see Ruby’s parts of the story through her eyes.

It’s obvious right from the start that Ruby has had a very unhappy life with who she has always believed to be her parents. At times during the story my heart broke that little bit more as this is a girl that is desperate to be loved. Once she finds out that her parents are not her real parents, Ruby is desperate to discover who is so that she can have the loving relationship she so desperately craves. Isn’t that what every child wants?

Parts of the story are told from Ruby’s real mum’s point of view. This way we get to hear her side of the story into why she gave her daughter up. It would be very hard not to have sympathy for her, or in fact quite a few characters in this novel. Even Ruby’s so called dad at times I was annoyed with myself as he isn’t a very likeable character but yet certain things would cause me to rethink what I was feeling.

I have to admit some parts of the story I felt a little out of my depth with and didn’t quite understand what was going on. This is why I think when heading into it you need to try and see it through a child’s mind. At time’s Ruby felt so grown up and I kept forgetting I was reading about a child and then a certain vulnerability would remind me of just how fragile she was. I didn’t quite get the people that only Ruby could see either which had me feeling a bit lost as to where the story was going.

The Doll Funeral is without a doubt a haunting and emotive read. The author certainly knows how to push certain buttons to get different reactions from her readers and at times my emotions were all over the place. Whilst not a fast paced read by any means, there is something with how this story is told that makes you keep turning those pages. I felt like I owed it to Ruby to tag along to see how her story unfolded and I’m glad I did.

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

The Doll Funeral is available to purchase from Amazon(Please note that the Amazon link used is an affiliate link)

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A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis #BlogTour @HodderPublicity

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Book Description:

A girl missing
A woman, searching
A killer, planning…

A thrilling new FBI series for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter.

FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people.
She knows how it feels to be lost…

Though her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, Elsa cannot refuse a call for help. A teenage girl has gone missing from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads hides the fact that she did not go willingly.

With each passing hour, as the hunt for Ruby deepens into a search for a man who may have been killing for years, the case starts to get underneath Elsa’s skin. Everything she has buried – her fraught relationship with her sister and niece, her self-destructive past, her mother’s death – threatens to resurface, with devastating consequences.

In order to save the missing girl, she may have to lose herself…and return to the darkness she’s been hiding from for years.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book in a new series featuring FBI Agent Elsa Myers.

The story flicks between modern day as well as to Elsa’s past and the troubled relationship that Elsa has with her mother. I have to admit, it does make for some uncomfortable reading and my heart really went out to Elsa as she is quite a troubled soul.

I loved the balance of getting to know who Elsa is and about her past as well as the case she finds herself working on. It is very well laid out so that we really get a feel for Elsa and exactly who she is as well as how she works. The fact that the story is set over so many days really gives an urgency in reading it. I wanted to know if they were going to find Ruby alive and well and to who was behind taking her. It certainly didn’t disappoint.

A Map of the Dark is a great start to a new crime series. It is a compelling read that has left me looking forward to future books in the series. A must read for crime fiction lovers.

My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

A Map of the Dark is available to purchase from Amazon(Please note that the Amazon link used is an affiliate link)

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Doorways by Robert Enright #Relaunch #BlogTour @REnright_Author

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Book Description:

When will you discover The Otherside?

There is more to the shadows than just darkness

The Otherside is located at the fringes of our world, hiding in plain sight and existing within our shadows. Shielded from humanity, the Otherside is watched over by the BTCO, a highly secret government agency, whose members all possess ‘The Knack’, a genetic anomaly that allows them to see this other world.

Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones is the BTCO’s finest agent, the only human to have passed to the Otherside and returned. Gifted with the ability to physically interact with both worlds, Bermuda reluctantly stands between both worlds, pining for the life he had to leave behind and the daughter he can no longer see. Teamed with Argyle, an enigmatic Otherside warrior, Bermuda is assigned the case of a missing woman who has vanished under mysterious circumstances.

As Bermuda delves further into the disappearance, he uncovers a threat that could destroy the truce between two worlds…and finds himself in a race against time to safeguard humanity’s very existence.

Discover a new world in this fast-paced urban fantasy packed with thrills, action and the odd one liner.

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My Thoughts:

I will openly admit to not being a big reader of fantasy/sci fi novels tending to opt more for crime/thrillers. With Doorways though, I actually get the perfect combination of both genres.

Bermuda is a quite a lonely soul. His gift/burden has left him cutting off all his loved ones as he is scared for their safety due to the world he lives and works in. He is very much misunderstood and prefers to keep himself to himself. You can’t help but feel great empathy for this man, through no fault of his own, his life has been pretty much cursed since he was a child, leaving him quite damaged.

Argyle is his partner who is from the other world. No one in this world can see him, which in parts made for some humorous reading, but it also makes Bermuda come across as being a bit of a weirdo when people see him supposedly talking to himself. Argyle is such a fabulous character, I absolutely loved him. Even though Bermuda may be the main character in this book, Argyle is very much the underdog and just shone through out the story. He actually reminds me very much of Baymax in the Big Hero 6 film. (If you have kids you will know who I mean).

There is certainly quite a bit of action in Doorways. The authors descriptions are very vivid and what I was reading easily played like a film in my head. It would certainly make for quite an epic movie.

Doorways is very much about good versus evil and the constant battle of one man and his side kick trying to stop the bad guys. I have no idea if this is just the first of many in a new series, but it certainly leaves the ‘door’ very much open for one. A highly enjoyable read that will have your heart racing and totally routing for the good guys.

Goodreads 5/5 stars.

To celebrate the relaunch of Doorways you can get the ebook from Amazon for just 99p! (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

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Robert Enright was born and raised in North London and resides in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Working as a HR System Manager by day, he spends his evenings and weekends writing (or binge watching TV with his fiance).

Robert first self published One by One in March 2016 and saw it published by Britain’s Next Best Seller in October 2017.

In early 2018, DOORWAYS will be re-released as an ebook, paperback and audio book under Robert Enright’s management. The sequel, THE ABSENT MAN will also be released in early 2018. The third in the series, WORLDS APART, is set for a late 2018 launch. A prequel, titled BERMUDA, is in the works for a 2018 launch also.

For more information about Rob and his upcoming books, then feel free to check him out on social media:

Website – https://www.robertenright.co.uk
Twitter – @REnright_Author
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/robenrightauthor

Standstill by J.A. Marley @Bloodhoundbook @jamarleybooks

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Book Description:

Even the deadliest criminals leave a trail…

When a psychotic policeman drags the young, ambitious thief, Danny Felix out of bed, he could not imagine he was about to be plunged into the robbery of a lifetime. 

Corruption and coercion follow the corrupt Detective Inspector Harkness everywhere he goes and now he has Danny just where he wants him. 

But Harkness isn’t the only officer with Danny in his sights. Christine Chance is getting closer to him while doing her best to be a mother to her seriously ill daughter. 

Can Danny escape Harkness with his life intact? Can he avoid detection by Chance? 
And does he have what it takes to use the streets of modern-day London to pull off the theft of the 21st Century? 

Danny thinks he can…but there will be bloodshed. 

My Thoughts:

What an exciting debut novel this is.

Danny is one of those cheeky rogues that you just can’t help but fall that little bit in love with. You know you should probably steer well clear but there’s just something about him that grabs your attention and before you know it, he’s hooked you. I did feel a bit sorry for him even though he does tend to spend a lot of time on the wrong side of the law but he does have a big heart.

Christine Chance has a lot going on in her personal life. As heart breaking as it was to read of her terminally sick daughter, the author gets the balance perfect so that the reader feels enough emotion without it detracting from the main story line. I had to give her credit for her out look on life. She tries her best not to let her daughters illness get in the way of her work. Her daughter is very proud of who she is and what she does and in a way I think that puts more pressure on her to solve the case.

Harkness is one very nasty individual but a story like this you need a baddy you can really hate and that has you routing for the police to bring him down. I was nearly jumping up and down by the end of the book as the build up of tension was just electric!

Standstill is a brilliantly gripping debut novel. It is fast paced and will have the adrenaline pumping through your body. I so hope we haven’t seen the last of Danny and Chance as would love to see more of them in the future.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Standstill is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that the link used is an affiliate link)

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ABOUT JA MARLEY

 

John A. Marley’s writing career started with a poem about two brothers who both liked sausages…their names were Butch and Dutch and his Primary School teacher Mr. Murray liked it so much it made the main noticeboard at the entrance to Holy Child Primary School in West Belfast.  A little older but none the wiser, he ended up as a film journalist in his native Northern Ireland, contributing to local newspapers, BBC Radio Ulster and latterly writing as the main film critic for the glossy magazine, Northern Woman.

John’s love of good stories came from the Irish predilection for telling a good yarn and the fact that there was nothing quite like sneaking away his Dad’s battered paperbacks to read even though he knew they were meant for adults and not kids. And so pulp fiction such as The Edge Westerns by George G. Gilman, the adventure novels of Alistair MacLean and the thrillers of Jack Higgins all served to whet his appetite for a good story told at pace.

These days, his reading tastes still focus on thrills, spills and good plot and he can’t walk by a James Lee Burke or an Elmore Leonard without pausing to read a few pages…even if it is in a busy bookshop.

 

John A. Marley is also a TV producer with a proven track record in creating and producing distinctive, original entertainment and factual programming and formats for both a UK and international audience. His eclectic portfolio of high-profile shows include Britain’s Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF, Britain’s Flying Past, Staraoke, Best of Friends, Skatoony, Noel’s House Party, Through the Keyhole, SMTV:Live/CD:UK, How Euro Are You? and live coverage of “The Oscars” with Barry Norman.

John runs his own production company Archie Productions which he launched in 2008. Prior to setting up his own indie, John enjoyed a wide and varied career in television with creative roles at Talent Television, Planet 24, Carlton Television and Walt Disney UK. John’s broadcast media career started in his native Northern Ireland as a radio host.

Links:

www.jamarley.com

@jamarleybooks