But For The Grace Of God by Paul Grzegorzek @PaulGlaznost

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Book Description:

Life is about choices, those already made and those yet to come.

For John Cooper, more than most, this is especially true. Lost, hopeless and alone, he drifts through the Brighton underworld, a slave to his heroin habit and all but forgetting the man he used to be as he succumbs, dose by dose, to the drug that is both sustaining and killing him.

The only people of import in his life are Mandy, a 16 year old prostitute who he cares for like a daughter, and Phil, mid-thirties and suffering from autism, a fact that many of the local drug dealers use to their advantage as they get him to ferry drugs all over the city.

When Phil dies of a suspected overdose, however, John’s long-buried instincts begin to rise to the surface. Knowing that his friend would never use drugs, he begins to investigate what he knows is a murder when the police fail to show any interest.

Unwittingly, John plunges himself and everyone around him into a murky world of drugs, violence and betrayal, all the while struggling against the addiction that consumes him.

My Thoughts:

What a dark horse this book is. I have to admit I only know about it and the author due to a couple of blogger friends who have raved about it and having read it, I now know why.

John is definitely not your typical main character in a crime book. For one he is on leave from the police due to an addiction to drugs. Obviously I was intrigued straight away. For someone to have such a good job and to be addicted to drugs and living like he is, I wanted to know the how’s and why’s and I wasn’t disappointed.

It is certainly interesting to see someone who has to have a daily fix, what their life is like. I certainly wasn’t envious and I hope it would put many a person off ever trying them. I couldn’t help instantly liking John though. I don’t know why, but there was just some sort of compassion about him that even though he is pretty much in hell, he still looks out for others.

This is a very dark read that had me hooked throughout. Even though it tackles a tough and tragic subject it was a surprisingly easy read that I flew through. Apart from your usual baddies who you are going to love to hate, there is so much to really like about this book. I loved the characterisation which gives the story an added appeal and I really hope there are more books that will feature John as there is bags of potential with his character.

A great read and if you only try one new author this year, then make sure it’s this one.

But For The Grace of God is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

The Date by Louise Jensen @bookouture @Fab_fiction

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Book Description:

One night can change everything. 

‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her. 

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her… 

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister, The Gift and The Surrogate, The Date is a gripping page-turner that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep. 

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My Thoughts:

What should have been a good night out turns into a nightmare for Ali. I have to admit I have never come across the condition that Ali ends up finding herself with after a blow to the head. She is unable to recognise people’s faces. I couldn’t begin to imagine how hard it must be to try and carry on as normal living with it. Not recognising a husband, a friend. Was certainly very intriguing learning about it.

Not only can poor Ali not recognise people, she can’t remember what happened on her night out. The story flicks between Ali and an unknown character that obviously means her harm. We have no idea who this person is and boy was it fun trying to work out who it was. I was so sure I had worked it out and was feeling so smug waiting for it to be confirmed only to be well and truly wrong and pretty gobsmacked to say the least.

This is such a tense read. You can feel it building throughout the story and I was racing through the pages to see how it was going to turn out. I found Ali’s past as intriguing as what was going on in the present and readers certainly won’t be disappointed.

The Date is a heart stopping read! The author took me on an extremely twisted journey so I had no clue whether I was coming or going. This book ticks everything I want and would expect from this genre. Loved it!

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

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

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About the author: 

Louise Jensen is a Global No.1 Bestselling author of psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift & The Surrogate. To date Louise has sold approaching a million books and her novels have been sold for translation to nineteen territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award.

Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found atwww.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction and writing tips.

 

Summer At Coastguard Cottages by Jennifer Bohnet

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Book Description:

A summer of secrets!

Karen is escaping to her little cottage on the Devonshire coast this summer – it’s the perfect way to forget about her ex-husband. So she’s surprised to find love again when she least expected it!

Bruce is learning to live again after the death of his beloved wife. She loved their cottage by the sea but Bruce is torn by the bitter sweet memories – should he sell up and stay in the city?

Carrie is at a crossroads in her life after inheriting a fortune from the father she never met. Now she must make a life-changing decision that will affect her new friends, too…

Could eight weeks at Coastguard Cottages change all of their lives – forever?

My Thoughts:

The story has a great setting so even if you arn’t lucky enough to be jet setting somewhere sunny this summer, you can be transported to the idyllic Devonshire Coast whilst you read about the characters lives.

The book focuses on three main characters of which the chapters alternate so we get to find out more about each one and their lives at Coastguard Cottages. All three characters each have things they need to deal with in their lives and it was a bit like watching your favourite soap seeing how everything was going to unfold.

There is a bit of something in here for everyone that enjoys this genre of book. It’s an easy read with nice characters that the readers will be interested in. It did take me a while for the story to grab hold with the swapping to the different the characters but overall was a good read and a good book to pack on your hols or enjoy in the comfort of your back garden in the warmth of the sun.

Summer At Coastguard Cottages is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

Born Evil by Julia Derek #BookReview

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Book Description:

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU FOUND OUT YOUR CHILD IS A PSYCHOPATH?
One night when Jennifer Hanson returns home, she catches her 12-year-old son Shane stabbing their cat to death. Thankfully, he doesn’t see her. Having long known Shane has a brain with psychopathic tendencies, her worst fears may be confirmed. Ever since he accidentally shot his father to death at age six, she has done everything she can to ensure Shane doesn’t become a full-blown psychopath. He has behaved normally up until now. Have her efforts been in vain? She can tell he’s changing, becoming increasingly dangerous, but she can’t stomach putting him in a psych ward. But then she finds pics of a dead girl in his phone, a girl everyone thought had died accidentally…

My Thoughts:

Born Evil is the first book in a trilogy featuring Jennifer and her son Shane. There are plenty of things as a parent that would be our worst nightmare and your son being a psychopath has got to be way up there. How do you deal with it? It’s one of those scenarios that until it happens to you I really couldn’t hazard a guess.

A mother’s instinct is to protect her child at all costs of which is what Jennifer finds herself doing. She is living life on edge, not knowing what her young son is capable off. Shane on the outside is like any other kid. With it just being him and his mum, you can see that he is close to Jennifer which makes what Jennifer knows even harder to live with.

It’s hard to say to much more without giving any spoilers away. What I will say is that the story took an unexpected turn and had me hooked through out.

Born Evil is a definite page turner of a read with some shocks and surprises along the way. A dark and disturbing read of which fans of this genre will no doubt enjoy.

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

Bring Me Back by B A Paris

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Book Description:

Finn and Layla: young and in love, their whole lives ahead of them. Driving back from a holiday in France one night, Finn pulls in to a service station, leaving Layla alone in the car. When he returns, minutes later, Layla has vanished, never to be seen again. That’s the story Finn tells the police. It’s the truth – but not the whole truth.

Twelve years later, Finn has built a new life with Ellen, Layla’s sister, when he receives a phone call. Someone has seen Layla. But is it her – or someone pretending to be her? If it is her, what does she want? And what does she know about the night she disappeared?

My Thoughts:

Having read the authors last couple of books, I was very interested to read her latest one. Her books always seem to get quite a mixed reception and I have to say, overall, she has never disappointed me.

The story is set into different parts. The majority of it is told from Finn’s point of view. We know right from the start that he is hiding some information about what really happened when Layla disappeared but not quite what.

I wasn’t to sure how I felt about Finn. To start with I didn’t know whether to trust him and even as we go along, he comes across as quite controlling so even though I was invested in his story, I can’t honestly say that I ever really liked him. I think this is the authors intention though, to have that niggling doubt at the back of your mind.

It’s hard to go to much into detail with this story as to do so would ruin it for others. I have to say the author had me hooked and I flew through the book as I was certainly intrigued as to where she was taking me and how the story would end.

Bring Me Back is packed full of suspense and mystery and is without a doubt a page turner of a read. I have to say the jury is still out for me with how it ends. I didn’t find it as satisfying as I would have liked but other than that I can’t really fault the story in itself. I’m sure plenty will love the ending as at the end of the day it’s certainly down to personal preference, I just felt it was lacking something for me. Still a good read to get stuck into though and look forward to reading more by the author.

Bring Me back is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link.

The M Word by Eileen Wharton @bombshellpub @WhartonEileen

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Book Description:

Roberta Gallbreath is middle aged and menopausal. She dislikes her children, detests her ex-husband and despises her colleagues.

When her mother dies, Roberta is left with a pile of letters and a mystery surrounding her son. The letters reveal Roberta’s heritage is not what it seems and she is soon on a mission to become a better person.

Told with humour and emotion, The M Word is the tale of one woman’s journey to find out where she came from. As she looks to the past for answers, more questions are raised. Will Roberta discover who she really is?

My Thoughts:

Roberta is a fantastic character. I loved her. She makes my whole family life feel normal. There are a lot of highs and lows going on in her life and I have to say I enjoyed being on the ride with her through it all.

I really enjoyed finding out more about Roberta’s mum’s past. Was really fascinating seeing how children were separated during the world war and how it affected the person that she went on to be and being able to read the letters along with Roberta made for some emotional reading in part.

If anything Roberta’s relationship with her mum, siblings, children, it was almost like reading about any one of us. There is so much to relate to of not feeling good enough, being taken advantage of. For me this made her story really hit home and a lot of it I could empathise with. Thankfully the being single and dating I don’t and if Roberta’s dates are anything to go by, if I ever did find myself single again, I would make sure to stay that way!

The M Word is a story that every woman should read. It is an endearing and humorous read that takes a light hearted look at life, love and getting older. Not sure if there is going to be any more books as how things are left there is certainly lots of room for another one. Everyone certainly needs Roberta in their lives, even if it’s only in small doses 🙂

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

The M Word is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link.

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Author profile

Eileen Wharton is not the naughty great-grandaughter of Edith Wharton. She is currently employed by MI5 but has had various jobs including: wigmaker to Donald Trump, Megan Fox’s stunt double and Ann Summers ‘toy’ tester. She also tells lies for a living.

She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty to ten years of age and has no plans to procreate further much to the relief of the local schools and police force.

Her first novel, ‘Shit Happens’ was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. She’s also won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author.

Her first children’s picture book, ‘The Shmoogly Boo’ was published in the same year and another is in the pipeline entitled, ‘My Dad’s Better than Your Dad.’

Her first crime novel, ‘Blanket of Blood’ was launched as a paperback on Friday 28th November 2016. She is now working on the sequel ‘Blood’s Thicker.’

 She teaches English to teenagers and lives on a council estate in Bishop Auckland. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna.

Author links

https://www.facebook.com/eileen.whartonwriter

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eileen-Wharton/e/B00QQT2IKE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1525777837&sr=8-1

http://eileenwhartonwrite.wixsite.com/eileenwharton

This Little Piggy by Rob Ashman @Bloodhoundbook @RobAshmanAuthor

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Book Description:

Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy, or he was until his life fell apart. His wife, his money, his business and his reputation are all taken away from him. He tries to fight back and ends up in prison.

 

 There he concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance. He is sent to work in an abattoir and the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.

 

 DI Rosalind Kray is battling her own demons having returned to work following a brutal attack. She finds herself on the trail of a sick and twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. But her boss is unconvinced.

 

 Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But he has other ideas …

 

 Can Kray break him in time to save the final victim?

 

 Time is running out.

My Thoughts:

This Little Piggy is the second book in the DI Rosalind Kray series. Whilst the author does give enough background I would still advise reading them in order, especially as this is one dark and twisted series you won’t want to miss.

Having read and absolutely loving Faceless the first book in the series, I was very eager to read the authors next book. My only concern was how could he even come close to how brilliant the first book wass? Well I needn’t have worried as yet again the author has delivered a first class read that delivered thrills and chills a plenty.

The story flicks between Roz and her team investigating the case and the killer himself. It was quite weird getting inside the killers head as I was disgusted with what he was doing and yet I had a certain empathy for him. Not that of course that made what he was doing right, as far from it but my goodness it makes for some exciting reading.

This Little Piggy is yet another adrenaline filled, nail biting read that had me on the edge of my seat. The author is fast earning himself the title of  king of creating the most sick and twisted serial killers. Another cracker of a read that the most die hard fans of serial killers are going to devour.

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

This Little Piggy is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

 

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Author Bio:

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

Links:

Twitter: @RobAshmanAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rob-Ashman-Author-1428800800468097/

Website: http://robashman.com/