The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst @JennyBlackhurst @headlinepg

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Book Description:

When child psychologist Imogen Reid takes on the case of 11-year-old Ellie Atkinson, she refuses to listen to warnings that the girl is dangerous.

Ellie was the only survivor of a fire that killed her family. Imogen is convinced she’s just a sad and angry child struggling to cope with her loss.

But Ellie’s foster parents and teachers are starting to fear her. When she gets upset, bad things seem to happen. And as Imogen gets closer to Ellie, she may be putting herself in danger…

My Thoughts:

You can always tell a good book when the first thing you think about is when you are going to be able to pick it up again and carry on reading. If it wasn’t for the fact that I had to go to work and needed sleep, I would have easily finished this in one sitting.

As soon as I started it and read of little Ellie, I was well and truly hooked. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of her. She pulled me in but made me want to keep my distance also. The only nice relationship she has is with her foster sister Mary who keeps an eye out for her. Everyone else either doesn’t seem to like her or for some reason they seem scared of her. Either way Ellie is a very troubled and mixed up little girl who has an awful lot to deal with. There were some bullying scenes that nearly had me in tears as I wanted to give the other children what for, for being so cruel to Ellie when she is so desperate to make friends.

Imogen has a bit of a troubled past herself. She has returned to her childhood home which holds demons for her and she wants to get on with her life. It isn’t long before she very much gets caught up with what is happening in the small village and trying to help Ellie.

The book has been likened to Stephen Kings Carrie and having read it I totally understand why. Ellie is some one who will have your heart breaking whilst giving you goose bumps.

The Foster Child is a truly gripping read that I couldn’t read quick enough to see what the outcome would be and boy it didn’t disappoint! There is plenty within the pages to keep you hooked with a few twists and turns, which by the end, left me needing something warm and fuzzy as I felt like someone had walked over my grave. Brilliant!

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

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Foster Child is available to purchase from Amazon.

The End Of Lies by Andrew Barrett @Bloodhoundbook @AndrewBarrettUK

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Book Description:

My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house.

Turns out that Chris has something that belongs to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They have given me seven days. And a beating.

There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have is a head full of lies and a very bad plan.

This is my story.

My Thoughts:

The book being set in the city where I live is always going to go down well. Knowing the areas described through out the book really brought the whole story to life.

Becky, what a fabulous character she is. She is one strong and feisty protagonist and I was routing for her right from the start. I think it would  be anyone’s worst nightmare to lose a loved one, especially your husband. Chris dying though is only the start of Becky’s nightmare and believe me things are about to get so much worse.

Becky is given a week to find a certain something that some very unsavoury characters want. Due to her having a week this really made the pace of this story feel like it was in full throttle. It wasn’t just due to the urgency of Becky finding this item but the whole dilemma she finds herself in. I think most people would go to pieces but Becky shows the reader she is made of sterner stuff. The pace certainly doesn’t relent and at times I had to keep remembering to take a breath!

The End of Lies is a brilliantly dark and truly gritty read. Probably not one for the feint hearted but if you love a gripping and thrilling read with lots of hair raising twists and turns, boy are you in for a treat. Absolutely loved it!

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.

The End Of Lies is available to purchase from Amazon

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Author Bio:

Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 120,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

You can find out more about him and his writing at Andrew-barrett.co.uk

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond @michellerichmon @MichaelJBooks

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Book Description:

Would you stake your life on your marriage?

Newlyweds Jake and Alice are offered a mysterious wedding gift – membership of a club which promises its couples will never divorce.

Signing The Pact seems the start to a perfect marriage.

Until one of them breaks the rules.

The marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

Because The Pact is for life.

And its members will do anything to make sure no one leaves . . .

My Thoughts:

As soon as I read the book description for this book I knew I had to read it.

As much as we all enter marriage in the hope that it will last a life time, there are just no guarantees in this world. It really piqued my interest and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

I could to a certain extent get behind the reasoning of The Pact. Our lives are so busy now a days that I think it is good to be reminded of the little things that can be so important on making a marriage work. In a way I could see more marriages working if people did some of the things that were in the rules. What I didn’t agree with, is what happens when you don’t follow the rules.

Jake and Alice are quite opposite in a lot of ways but they are both in love and are certainly in it for the long haul. I did feel sorry for them as they are trying to do things by the book, but the more that they find out about the pact, the more they fear for their lives. That alone puts pressure on their marriage.

I don’t want to go into the story to much, especially what The Pact does when people don’t obey their rules. Boy did it make me squirm though. It’s like when you know something is going to happen and you don’t want to watch but you just can’t not as you have to follow it through.

The Marriage Pact was an engrossing read that I literally could not put down. Full of tension and suspense, I really could not get enough. Great read and will certainly be reading more by the author.

My thanks to Netgalley and Michael Joseph Penguin for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Marriage Pact is available to purchase from Amazon.

The Other Mother by J.A. Baker @Bloodhoundbook @thewriterjude

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Book Description:

Three troubled women. One deadly secret.

Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered 

Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.

All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame. 

But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?

As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…

J.A. Baker is the best-selling author of psych thrillers, Undercurrent and Her Dark Retreat. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book will have you hooked.

My Thoughts:

The Other Mother is a story told in alternating chapters between the main characters. I have to admit it did take me a little while to get used to the alternating chapters and getting to know the characters but once I did I was gripped.

Lissy is having a hard time of it. Due to events from her past, she has moved herself and her daughter around which has caused some unsettling for Rosie who is finding it hard to adjust. A mother and daughter relationship can be a wonderful thing but it can also be one that at times can be quite fraught. Not only is Lissy having to deal with issues at Rosie’s school, she is also trying to deal with knowing that she has been found again.

This is very much a story about revenge as well as trying to move on with your life. Only problem is, can anyone out run their past? Obviously it wouldn’t be a good thing for Lissy’s past to get out and in a way it just seemed like she was trying to get through every day and not really living.

There is a certain amount of suspense through out this story which built throughout making it a tense and nail biting read. You just know at some point it is all going to come to ahead and I literally could not wait.

The Other Mother is a story that slowly draws you in and before you know it you’re hooked. A definite must read for lovers of a good psychological thriller.

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 4/5 stars.

The Other Mother is available to purchase from Amazon.

The Liar’s Promise by Mark Tilbury @Bloodhoundbook @MTilburyAuthor #BlogTour

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Book Description:

How does a mother protect her child from the unknown?

During a visit to a local theatre, four-year-old Chloe Hollis becomes hysterical. But her mother, Kim, doesn’t realise that this is just the beginning of the nightmare. In the coming weeks, Chloe talks of The Tall Man – Of death.

At her wit’s end, Mel confides in Charles Honeywell, the headmaster at the school where she works. But what Mel doesn’t know is that Charles is linked to what is happening to her daughter.

Will Mel learn the terrible truth? And can she overcome her own tragic past and save her daughter before it’s too late?

The Liar’s Promise is a story of past lives and future torment

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My Thoughts:

Having loved The Abattoir of Dreams by the author I literally could not wait until he brought another book out. Well the wait is finally over.

I would warn people not to start this book on a night. I picked it up on an evening and was so hooked I could not put it down until I had turned the last page. So was a very late night.

The author commanded my attention right from the start. What an opening to a book!

Mel could be anyone. She’s a wife, mother and worker. Her life is no different to anyone else’s until a trip to a theatre causes her daughter Chloe to change.

After the trip Chloe is like Jekyll and Hyde. One moment she will be the adorable and a loving little girl that Mel has always known and then her personality will change to someone that her mum and dad don’t recognise anymore. I have to say I felt so sorry for Mel and Tony as who do you turn to for help?

Mark Tilbury is one seriously twisted author and I can not get enough of it! Dark and compelling, The Liar’s Promise is an intense and gripping read that readers will be unable to tear themselves away from.

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.

The Liar’s Promise is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:
 
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have his fourth novel, The Liar’s Promise, along with The Abattoir of Dreams, published, and The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused re-launched, by Bloodhound Books.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar,
and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.

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The Place That Never Existed by Jim Ody @Jim_Ody_Author #BlogBlitz @EJBookPromos #Giveaway

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Book Description:

For Paul and Debbie it was meant to be the happiest time of their lives. A small village wedding in front of their family and friends, followed by a quiet honeymoon in Devon.

 

Not everyone had been happy to see them together. A woman from their past refused to accept it. Her actions over the previous year had ended in tragedy, and had almost broken the happy couple apart.

 

Now, away from it all in a picturesque log cabin, Paul and Debbie look forward to time spent alone together… But she has found out where they are, and she will stop at nothing to make sure that the marriage is over… forever.

 

But Huntswood Cove isn’t just a beautiful Devonshire fishing town, it has its own secret. Recently, people have begun to disappear, only to turn up dead in suspicious circumstances. The locals begin to question what is going on.

 

Soon everything strange points to the abandoned house in the woods. The house that nobody wants to talk about. To them, it is the place that never existed.

 

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Author Bio:

Jim was first published in an English School Textbook in 1987. He won a competition to

draw a dog-walking machine. Having won an art competition the year before, he felt that at

the age of eleven he had peaked and consequently retired from art.

For 10 years Jim wrote for a number of websites reviewing and interviewing bands in his

own unique way, as well as contributing dark poems and comedic features.

Jim likes to write psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming. He

also favours stories packed with wit.

He has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing

he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his

long-suffering wife and three beautiful children in Swindon, Wiltshire.

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The Liverpool Girls by Pam Howes @bookouture @PamHowes1 #BlogBlitz

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Book Description:

Will tragedy tear them apart – once and for all?


It’s 1966 and in Liverpool two sisters are about to have their lives turned upside down…

Sisters Carol and Jackie haven’t had the easiest of childhoods, but as they grow up and begin their own lives both hope for happier times ahead. Stylish Carol works in Lewis’s department store, while Jackie dreams of drama school, and a career on the stage.

But the sisters are heartbroken when they discover they have been dating the same man, and an unexpected pregnancy causes a rift between them. Parents Dora and Joe must overcome their past hurts and help their daughters, despite the meddling of Joe’s second wife Ivy.

As the sisters’ troubles spiral and difficult decisions must be made, can the family pull together – or will Jackie and Carol’s sisterly bond be destroyed forever?

The Liverpool Girls is a heart-breaking and compelling story of family, loss and love. Perfect for fans of Annie Groves, Anne Baker and Kitty Neale.

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My Thoughts:

This if the third book in the trilogy and I highly recommend you read them in order.

Having been a fan of the first two books in the trilogy I really couldn’t wait to read this one. Time has passed since we were last with Dora and her girls are both young adults now. Where as the first two books concentrate on Dora, Carol and Jackie take centre stage this time round and boy does it make for some gripping reading.

I have read each of these books in one sitting. They are just too good to put down. The author really draws you in and I felt like I was there in the 1960’s slap bang in Liverpool itself.

Carol has always been a bit of a feisty one, even when she was a child. I had a kind of love, hate relationship with her. Hate is a bit strong actually as I didn’t hate her but I did find myself disliking her quite often.

Jackie I loved. She is very much her mothers daughter and I took to her straight away as she had grown up to be a mature and lovely lady. Her relationship with Sandy was such an emotional roller coaster of a ride and my heart felt like it was literally going to burst at times.

The Liverpool Girls is a powerful and moving story that I didn’t want to end. A gripping saga of love, loss and relationships. A 5 star trilogy that is a must read for fans of this genre.

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

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Liverpool Girls is available to purchase from Amazon.

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About the author: 

Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is a retired Interior Designer who began writing seriously in the mid nineties. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series set in the fictional town of Pickford, based on her home town of Stockport. Three Steps to Heaven; ‘Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That’ll Be The Day, follow the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock’n’Roll band The Raiders. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin’ Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. A new series of Fairground Romances, set in the sixties, begins with Cathy’s Clown, to be followed by Ruby Tuesday early 2016. Pam is mum to three adult daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren, and roadie to one musician partner. She still lives in Cheshire and is currently involved in raising awareness of her home-town’s musical heritage with campaigns to have Blue Plaques erected on the walls of local clubs, The Manor Lounge and The Sinking Ship, where the likes of The Walker Brother’s, The Who and Jimi Hendrix played; now closed, but still firmly in the hearts of Stockport’s recycled teenagers.

Pam recently signed a contract with the award winning publisher Bookouture and the first novel in her new trilogy, The Lost Daughter of Liverpool, will be on sale in February 2017

All books are available in Kindle format, paperback, and Fast Movin’ Train is also available as an audio book.

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