#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Janel aka KeeperOfPages

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Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Janel answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Janel’s blog http://keeperofpages.wordpress.com is one of my favourite’s as like me she’s a huge crime thriller reader. Janel’s reviews are always a pleasure to read, so if you haven’t already checked our her fab blog you might want to pop over and take a look, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Top 5 books this year (so far)?

Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk – I feel like the author wrote this book just for me, like she knew my likes and dislikes and created the perfect story. It’s an abduction story featuring a pregnant 16 year old, with the ability to take her thinking to the next level.

False Hearts by Laura Lam – A sci-fi crime thriller that I read in one sitting. Sci-fi is not one of my favoured genres but when you throw in some crime, it’s a hit! Dubbed as Orphan Black meets Inception, this book has it all: hover-cars, wall screens and the ability to infiltrate dreams.

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer – Kate’s writing is so dark yet so beautiful, she creates a compelling need in me to read on. The story grabbed hold of my heart and didn’t let go.

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis – Another author with the ability to write dark yet beautifully. A literary debut with a great dystopian-mystery feel to it.

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn – Norwegian crime fiction at its finest, this book is mesmorising.

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read? 

Kate Hamer – To experience the dark, beautiful writing and feel the compulsion to read on.

Beth Lewis – For the same reason everyone needs to read a book by Kate Hamer – dark, beautiful, compelling.

M. J. Arlidge – Everyone needs to binge on the DI Helen Grace series.

Keigo Higashino – The King of Japanese crime fiction.

Ruth Ware – Particularly ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’, it’s a recent release but has traits of classic crime.

Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2017?

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Exiled – Kati Hiekkapelto

You – Caroline Kepnes

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, have fun, you don’t have to post every day to get followers, do as much or as little as you can manage. Enjoy it!

Blogging is not a competition, don’t compare stats and feel like you’re not good enough if others have better stats that you – you’ll go crazy!

Join Netgalley, it’s a great resource for books. And don’t feel disheartened if you ask publishers for books and they don’t get back to you/ignore you; they are inundated with requests – it’s not personal.

Follow and interact with other blogs! No one care if you’ve got a million followers and are only following 5 blogs – take the time (as often as you can) to comment on and share others posts. Why should people interact with you if you don’t interact with others?

If you like a book, great, if you don’t, that’s okay too. Differing opinions on a book are great and generate great discussion. Be honest in your reviews. Be yourself – everyone else is taken.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Sam @ Clues and Reviews – https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com/

Renee @ It’s Book Talk – https://itsbooktalk.com/

Kate @ Bibliophile Bookclub – https://bibliophilebookclub.com/

Annie @ The Misstery – https://themisstery.com/

Jo @ Jo’s Book Blog – https://josbookblog.co.uk/

img_1522I’m fairly new to blogging myself, I started my blog in August and I’m having so much fun. I’ve met so many great people, the book community is amazing! I live in England with my young son. I’ve recently returned to university to study for a degree in Mental Health Nursing, I hope to combine that with my degree in Criminology and study serial killers. I’m not reading all these crime books for no reason 😉

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Social Media Links

www.keeperofpages.wordpress.com

www.twitter.com/keeperofpages

www.goodreads.com/keeperofpages

www.instagram.com/reads.crime

A huge thank you to Janel for participating in #TopFiveThursday, it’s very much appreciated 😘

**Blog Tour**Porcelain: Flesh Of Innocents by Lee Cockburn #GuestPost @lee_leecockburn @gilbster1000

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Today I’m on the blog tour for Porcelain: Flesh Of Innocents by Lee Cockburn. Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for crime and police thriller fans. It’s published today so you don’t even have to wait to get a copy, and to celebrate I have a fabulous guest post from Lee Cockburn who reveals her five favourite crime books.

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5 crime books that I have enjoyed

My favourite crime writer just now is Tess Gerritsen, her books the surgeon and the apprentice were the first of a series, the characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles both believable, have real life vulnerabilities, but both very skilled workers in their chosen professions. I like the development of the romance between Rizolli and Gabrielle and I like the rest of the books in the series as I have read them all, where that relationship blooms and continues into marriage and family life.

The main perpetrator of the first book in the series Warren Hoyt, a cruel and vile man with surgical skills factually described throughout the book, and featuring in all of Gerritson’s books due to her profession, other than being an author. I like how Hoyt features in the second book, continuing his reign of terror and his unhealthy focus on Rizzoli. I also love Rizolli’s strength and her fiesty nature and her vulnerabilities and insecurities.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, I just loved it, the twists and turns throughout, the short chapters allowing you to race to the next, skilfully tying up all of the loose ends, and leaving me happy I picked it up, although I wasn’t available for a day or two. A great read, I couldn’t put it down, and I regret not reading more of his novels, I just don’t have time.

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Schindler’s list, by Thomas Keneally a war crimes thriller, brutally graphic, true account of the horrific atrocities that took place during the Second World War. Brilliant book, well written, provoking novel that leaves you with tears in your eyes at the way humans can behave towards one another. I highly recommend this book, a must read, but heart breaking, and make you wonder about human nature.

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The last book not a crime thriller as such, the Tea Planters Wife by Dinah Jeffries, given to me by my mother in law. I started reading it, initially moaning at some of the over description, but the story soon had me drawn in, the true crimes of life itself out on full display, opinions and beliefs leading to the main character giving up her daughter, lies and deceit throughout left me impatient to get to the end, where I found myself in tears, with the sadness behind the unfortunate chain of events. Not the type of book I read, but really enjoyed it.

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Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

Follow Lee Cockburn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lee_leecockburn

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Book Description

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant. 

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card.

Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

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**Rapid Fire BookTag**

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Thank you to Nat at https://theowlonthebookshelf.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Rapid Fire Book Tag! Here are my answers…

eBooks or physical books?

Both, I like to try and alternate between the two. You can’t  beat the feel or the look of a physical book but I like ebooks for convenience especially when I go on holiday.

Paperback or hardback?

Again both! I find paperbacks easier to hold but there are a few authors whose books I can’t wait for the paperback to come out as I’m that desperate to read them so I always buy the hardback.

Online or in-store shopping?

I buy most of my books online for convenience but you can’t beat a good old nose around a book shop, I could spend hours browsing all those book shelves.

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Trilogies or series?

There are lots of crime books that I read that are part of a series, I like the way the characters develop throughout the series and that on the whole as the series develops the plots get darker and more complex

Heroes or villains?

You can’t beat a villain, the more complex the better.

A book you want everyone to read.

A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone, superbly written with fascinating characters, and a plot that was both dark and disturbing.

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Recommend an underrated book.

Hmmm that’s a hard one there are so many books that I feel deserve more recognition than they actually get. I guess I would say My Girl by Jack Jordan as a crime thriller lover I would highly recommend My Girl it’s dark, and genuinely disturbing! and one of my favourite books of 2016.

The last book you finished.

I can’t say as it was a top secret ARC but what I can say, it was a fabulous and gripping read

Weirdest thing you used as a book mark.

Hmmmm I’m not sure I have as I’ve always got plenty of book marks to hand, in fact I could probably set up a business selling them I have so many😂

Used books, yes or no?

I prefer new books as I like to keep them pristine you won’t find any cracked spines or creased pages in my books. I do buy second hand books occasionally though.

Top three favourite genres?

Crime, psychological thrillers and thrillers

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Borrow or buy?

Buy, I rarely I borrow a book these days there are far too many sat on my TBR pile

Characters or plot?

Both, the plot has to grab me in the first few chapters and I have to be able to relate to the characters on some level or I struggle with a book.

Short or long book?

Shorter books are better for me, it means I’m able to get through more books 😂

Long or short chapters?

Short, it drives me mad when the chapters go on and on and I can’t put the book down until I’ve reached the end of the chapter even if it makes me late for something 🙈

Name the first three books you think of?

The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

A Room Full Of Killers by Michael Wood

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Cry! I enjoy a book that I become so involved in that it stirs up my emotions and leaves me a blubbing wreck.

Our world or fictional worlds?

I prefer books set in our world I’m a huge crime fan so that’s where all the books I tend to read are based.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

I’ve never bought a book solely based on its cover, I always read the book description first and if that tempts me I would buy the book even if it had a terrible cover.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

I much prefer to read a book than watch the TV or movie adaption as I’m usually left feeling disappointed when they don’t live up to the book

Series or standalone?

Both, a lot of the crime books I read are series and I do enjoy seeing how characters develop over the series. I also love a standalone you don’t have to remember what happened to whom in previous books

I nominate –

Danielle at http://booksvertigoandtea.com

Renee at http://itsbooktalk.com

Jen at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

and anyone else who has the time to take part 😘

 

 

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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First the good news…well the new job is going really well and I’m loving the new challenge but the bad news…..working Monday-Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm has seriously curbed my reading time I have read precisely zilch, yes you read that right! I haven’t picked up a book this week as by the time I get home from work I’m too tired to read, hopefully once I get used to the hours things will improve, but from next week my blog will be called “the non book review café” unless I get my ass in gear and start reading 😂😂

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ARC’s I’ve received this week

I’ve received some fabulous book post this week

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Book description

Zoe and Ollie Morley tried for years to have a baby and couldn’t. They turned to adoption and their dreams came true when they were approved to adopt a little girl from birth. They named her Evie. Seven years later, the family has moved to Yorkshire and grown in number: a wonderful surprise in the form of baby Ben. As a working mum it’s not easy for Zoe, but life is good. But then Evie begins to receive letters and gifts. The sender claims to be her birth father. He has been looking for his daughter. And now he is coming to take her back…

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A powerful, gritty novel set in the criminal underworld of Manchester from bestselling author Marnie Riches. The battle is on…When gang leader Paddy O’Brien is stabbed in his brother’s famous nightclub, Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O’Brien family must face a tough decision – sell their side of the city to the infamous Boddlington gang or stick it out and risk losing their king. But war comes easy to the bad boys, and they won’t go down without a fight. So begins a fierce battle for the South Side, with the leading Manchester gangsters taking the law into their own hands – but only the strongest will survive…

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1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who took that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame… As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.

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Meet the new neighbours. Whose side are you on?
When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.

When the hand of friendship is extended, Sara is delighted and flattered. Incredibly, Gav and Lou seem to see something in Sara and Neil that they admire too. In no time at all, the two couples are soulmates, sharing suppers, bottles of red wine and childcare, laughing and trading stories and secrets late into the night in one another’s houses.

And the more time Sara spends with Gav and Lou, the more she longs to make changes in her own life. But those changes will come at a price. Soon Gav and Lou will be asking things they’ve no right to ask of their neighbours, with shattering consequences for all of them

Have you met The People at Number 9? A dark and delicious novel about envy, longing and betrayal in the suburbs

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What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighbouring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered

I had one little slip up on NetGalley, I tried to resist but after I read some awesome reviews by my fellow bloggers for The Promise by Casey Kelleher  I just had to get a copy, and then realised I had pre-ordered it on Amazon doh! 🙈

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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.

Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/17/blog-tour-blink-by-k-l-slater-bookreview-kimlslater-Bookouture

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/16/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-amy-aka-novelgossip/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/15/right-behind-you-by-lisa-gardner-bookreview-bookshelfreads/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/14/blog-tour-no-safe-home-by-tara-lyons-guestpost-taralyonsauthor-bloodhoundbook/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/13/blog-tour-stasi-wolf-by-david-young-guestpost-djy_writer-emily_bookpr/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/11/blogger-recognition-award/

Next week on the book review café

**Blog tour**Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents By Lee Cockburn

The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney review

#TopFiveThursday

 

 

The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney #BookReview @trisha460 @Bookouture

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Book description

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice

img_1258Oh my giddy aunt I think I have found a new crime author to add to my “must read” list. The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney has the makings of an outstanding crime thriller series. I find it incredible that this is the authors debut novel, as it’s polished, well plotted and gripping.With a disturbing prologue and a “heart in your mouth” first chapter (which chilled me to the bone) I found myself absorbed in this dark and disconcerting tale. The author has a such a unique way of describing her characters and surroundings that you can conjure up the atmosphere and scenes with ease, in fact they were so well described at times I felt I was there amid the investigation.

The Missing Ones introduces Detective Lottie Parker who is called in to lead the investigation. When two people are found dead in very different circumstances. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how? It’s up to Lottie with the help of her partner Boyd to find out. Lottie Parker is pretty screwed up, yes like so many fictional detectives she has issues, a widow with three children she struggles to balance both her home and work life, she uses alcohol and pain medication as a crutch, but she’s also very likeable, she’s feisty, opinionated and determined, but her relationship with fellow team member Boyd shows her softer side.

As the investigation gains momentum the author weaves an intricate plot that makes it difficult to guess the perpetrator from a long list of possibles, which add a genuine sense of mystery and unease to the tale. Unusually for me I wasn’t able to guess where the plot was leading but every time I thought I had it all figured out the author very deviously threw a curve ball, which is always a plus when reading a crime thriller. The Missing Ones deals with the uncomfortable subject of child abuse but the author manages to deal with the issues with a great deal of sympathy, and there are no particular graphic scenes in case you were wondering. This book has many themes, past sins, abuse, cover ups, and evil although highly used in crime thrillers the author still manages to add her own original slant to them, making for a engrossing read.

As the plot progresses the Investigation appears to be going no where, as it throws up more questions than answers Lottie’s sense of frustration is palatable.There are plenty of “heart in your mouth” moments and enough twists and turns in this novel to keep even the most hardened crime thriller lover reading late into the night. The Missing Ones has chills and thrills galore, well plotted with multi dimensional characters, it’s a promising start to a new series. I’m eager to see how Lottie’s character will evolve. In my opinion Patricia Gibney has written a very accomplished debut crime thriller and one I would be more than happy to recommend to fans of crime thrillers.

Print Length: 518 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (16 Mar. 2017)

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**Blog Tour** Blink By K.L. Slater #BookReview @KimLSlater @Bookouture

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Today I’m thrilled to be the next stop on the Blink by the awesome K.L.Slater blog tour. Blink was published on the 16th February 2017, by one of my very favourite publishers Bookouture. You don’t even have to wait to get a copy just pop over to good old Amazon and “click”. Blink is a gripping psychological thriller, and I’m happy to report it really makes for a suspense fuelled read. If you’re not convinced perhaps my review may help you make up your mind.

If you think my review looks familiar it’s because I originally  posted it on my blog earlier last month, as I was so eager to share it!

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My Review

Oh my goodness what a twisted tale Blink by K L Slater is, it’s one that left me breathless due to the number of twists and turns in this highly thrilling and captivating read. Although the concept isn’t original a child disappearing, the author very skillfuly turns a well used scenario and turns it into an something which is highly original. When Five year old Evie goes missing there’s only one person who may hold the truth, unfortunately they are in a coma and unable to communicate, what follows is a twisted and devious tale that will keep the reader glued to its pages.

There are an eclectic bunch of characters in Blink and although most of them are not particularly likeable they are very well developed. Without giving to much away I found Toni the mother of the missing Evie a complex and unreliable character and one I had very mixed feelings for, you can’t help feeling some sympathy for her plight, but on the other hand she also made me angry as she made some unwise choices, but her back story explain these choices. K L Slater has done a fantastic job in making sure the reader is suspicious of so many of the characters in Blink, and as the plot twists and turns like an out of control rollercoaster I really wasn’t sure how the plot would turn out, but suffice to say I was wrong at every damn twisted turn.

You may have to suspend belief as in parts it did seem slightly far fetched, but this in no way spoilt my enjoyment of the book, and isn’t that the point of a well written book? I personally feel the author is going from strength to strength with her writing, I really enjoyed Safe With Me K L Slater’s previous book but I liked Blink even more. The author expertly and skilfully drops clues throughout Blink, but it’s not until you reach the end you realise how cunningly the author has led the reader on a merry dance.

The title of the book Blink is ingenious by the way, but to see why you will just have to read the book. With bucketfuls of suspense and intrigue Blink is guaranteed to keep the most hardened psychological thriller lover on the edge of their seats.

What readers are saying about Blink:

‘I was excited to start reading this one and once I started I couldn’t stop. I devoured it. Chomped away chapter by chapter until I have hoofed the whole damned lot and you know what? It left me hungry for more …An absolutely stonking 5 stars from me. Jen Med’s Book Reviews

‘This is a novel that those who liked The Girl on The Train and Behind Closed Doors won’t want to miss’ My Little Book Corner

‘I finished this book in nearly one day. I was completely unable to put this book down. Everything about this book sucks you in and doesn’t let go.’ Bombshell Reads

‘Blink was just BRILLIANT’ It’s All About Books

‘A thrilling roller coaster of a read that will have you gripping on for dear life to see how it will all end’ By the Letter Book Reviews

‘The book had me from the very first sentence and kept hold of me until I finished it…. There are twists galore but on one occasion my jaw actually dropped open as I realised that all was not as it seemed. Fantastic writing, excellent characterisation that has left me salivating for book number three! Five stars.’ Angela Marsons

‘Five stars! This book had me hook line and sinker … this author’s mind is very very clever …’ Sue and her Books

img_1259For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim writes psychological crime thrillers for Bookouture. Her first book, ‘Safe with Me’ was published on 3rd November 2016.

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac. Between them they have three grown-up kids; Kim’s daughter, Francesca, and Mac’s sons, Nathan and Jake.

She also writes multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.

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Author website:  Author Website       Facebook         Twitter: @KimLSlater

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Follow the rest of this awesome blog tour

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Amy aka novelgossip

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Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Amy who blogs over at http://novelgossip.com answer those #TopFiveThurday dreaded questions. Amy’s blog is one of those that I read religiously she reviews a wide range of books and her reviews are full of passion and honesty. So if you haven’t already checked out Amy’s blog already I would recommend you take a look.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
My Girl Jack Jordan
Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton
Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
(This was quite hard, I randomly picked these I could’ve added about 50 more 😂)

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Karin Slaughter
Harlan Coben
Kristan Higgins
Gillian Flynn
Chelsea Cain

Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2017?

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
He Said She Said by Erin Kelly
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

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Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?

I’m new myself so I don’t know how much I can offer, but I’ll do my best!

Don’t focus too much on the numbers/stats! Yes, it’s fun to gain followers and watch your audience grow but it’s not the end all and be all of blogging.

Don’t go crazy on NetGalley. Seriously. When I first started there I requested everything thinking I wouldn’t get approved for much. Then I did. Digging yourself out of a hole is not fun. It’s stressful and trying to read three books that all should be reviewed on the same day never works out. Ask me how I know…

Get involved in the book blogging community! It’s fun and a great way to get your name out there, plus you’ll make some new friends and book people are the best kind of people. My favorite platform is Twitter and if you get out there and follow other book bloggers, they’ll probably follow you right back. Share their posts and most likely they’ll return the favor.

Don’t stop there, take the time to actually check in with the blogs you follow and read their posts. Leave comments and interact. It makes a difference, I promise.

Don’t buy into the so called rule that says you shouldn’t request physical ARCs until you’ve been blogging for six months and have at least 500 followers. Who made that one up anyway? I started emailing publishers/publicists almost immediately after starting my blog. I wrote brief, yet detailed emails selling myself and my blog. Tell them why you want the book and what you can do to help promote it. Sure, you may never hear back, or you may get a reply saying, thanks but no thanks. But who really cares? Someone will eventually say yes. Sometimes I don’t hear a thing and then I get surprise bookmail!

Have fun! I doubt any of us started book blogging thinking, gee this is gonna suck and I’ll be totally stressed out. We all started because we love books and authors and if it’s not fun anymore take a break.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

This is so hard for me to pick, I love so many book blogs! Sigh.

Chelsea at https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com

Annie at https://themisstery.com

Jill at https://rantandraveaboutbooks.com

Kate at https://bibliophilebookclub.com

Sarah at https://bytheletterbookreviews.com

img_1476I’m Amy and I’m a wife and mom to three little monkeys, two girls who are eight and five and a boy who is two. I’ve always been passionate about reading and a few months ago, with my husbands support and encouragement, I decided to start my blog.

Besides reading, I’m a reality TV junkie, the trashier the better! 😳😂 I even still watch soap operas, the Young and the Restless if you’re wondering. I know, I know, my DVR is positively shameful. I like wine and think I’m a bit of a foodie and my dream way to spend my day is on the beach, with a good drink and a book. Cliche, but true! (I feel like I’m setting up a online dating profile 😂)

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My thanks to Amy for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my #TopFiveThursday questions 😘