**Blog tour** Some They Lie by M K Farrar @MarissaFarrar @damppebbles #International #Giveaway

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Today I’m thrilled to be one of the book bloggers taking part in a rather unusual Blog tour courtesy of damppebbles blog tours, for Some They Lie by MK Farrar, what’s unusual about it? I’m sure you’re wondering, well for a start you won’t find reviews, guest post or extracts, this tour is all about the book.  The very generous author is giving you the chance to win a £5.00 $5, €5 (depending on where the winner is based) Amazon Voucher on EVERY stop of the blog tour, how generous is that? Before I share details of how you can enter the #Giveaway here are some details about the book…..

Book description 

Everybody hides the monster inside…

When Olivia Midhurst meets Michael, she doesn’t fool herself that he’s the perfect guy. No one is perfect—she knows that better than most. Everyone has their secrets, their skeletons in the closet. 

But something about Michael’s behaviour sets alarm bells ringing, and, when people around her start to go missing, and then turn up dead, she’s forced to act.

Knowing the police will never believe what she’s witnessed, and terrified her accusations will only drag up the past she’s worked so hard to bury, Olivia has no choice but to take things into her own hands…

About M.K Farrar:

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M.K. Farrar is the pen name for a USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty novels. ‘Some They Lie’ is her first psychological thriller, but won’t be her last. When she’s not writing, M.K. is rescuing animals from far off places, binge watching shows on Netflix, or reading. She lives in the English countryside with her husband, three daughters, and menagerie of pets. 

You can sign up to MK’s newsletter here – https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/m6v9h8

Or she can be emailed at mkfarrar@hotmail.com. She loves to hear from readers!

Social Media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MarissaFarrar

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/marissa.farrar.author/

Website:  http://www.marissafarrar.com/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/marissafarrar/

Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-K-Farrar/e/B07DRGPWF3/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Purchase Links:    Amazon UK 🇬🇧          Amazon US 🇺🇸

Some They Lie is published by Warwick House Press on 24th July 2018.

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The Prize is for one Amazon £5.00 $5, €5 (depending on where the winner is based) Voucher, please note I will passing the winner’s details on to the author as the prize will come direct from her.  The competition closes midnight Tuesday 24th July.  I will contact the winner within  24 hours of competition closin.  The Giveaway is international so anyone can enter. 

You can enter competition here…… #Giveaway £5.00 Amazon Voucher

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**Blog blitz** Portraits Of The Dead by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @BloodhoundBook

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As part of the Blog Blitz for Portraits Of The Dead by John Nicholl I’m thrilled to be sharing my review, but before I do here’s the book description…..

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Emma didn’t know how long he hid, silent and unmoving, in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered out, salivating and drooling, between the two heavy dark oak doors, and watched, mesmerised, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the drab grey darkness of the night.

Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself floundering when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed five young women.

How far would you go to save your life?

img_1258Portraits Of The Dead completely freaked me out and that was just from looking at the  fantastic and very creepy cover! It’s the clown that did it, they absolutely terrify me! There is no doubt about it author John Nicholl certainly knows how to write a darkly disturbing and hair-raising tale, in my opinion this is the authors best book yet. The author pulls the reader in with a shocking and sinister opening chapter, it was so intense I just knew I was in for a hell of a read.

A young student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, and my god he’s one deviant and twisted individual, devoid of empathy, incapable of sympathy or understanding he torments his victims in the cruellest possible ways. The author portrays the serial killer so well I felt I was looking into the darkest corners of the human mind. There is another shocking character who is just as evil and twisted, and shocked me to the core with their antics, but if you want to know more about them you will have to read the book (no spoilers here). The characters are well developed, and although not necessarily likeable they added depth to a very intriguing read.

Not only do we get to know the serial killer during Portraits Of The Dead, we also get to learn about the victim and her time as a captive, although the way she was treated at times made for an uncomfortable read, it wasn’t particularly graphic but chilling never the less. As the investigation intensifies and police appeals are made, we do get to see glimpses of the police side of the investigation, again there were some great characters who appeared very credible in their investigation to find Emma and bring a killer to justice.

Despite working out who the killer was half way through the book, this in no way spoilt the novel for me, in fact it heightened the tension as you weren’t entirely sure what the killer would do next. The plot moves along at a steady pace with some shocks along the way, some of which I never saw coming, so this certainly added to my enjoyment of Portraits Of The Dead Just as you thought the author could not possibly have any more shocks in store for the reader, he hits you with the biggest one of all! By the time I reached the end of the novel I was well and truly struck dumb, the author managed to tie up the plot in a very original way, which I loved (sorry that’s all you’re getting, no spoilers remember!)

I’m afraid there is no way to avoid the cliché: I could not put this novel down! Disturbing and compelling, an edge-of-the-seat story. I would certainly recommend this book to crime lovers and anyone else who is looking for a gripping and darkly disturbing read.

  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books (16 July 2018)

Buying links:    Amazon UK 🇬🇧

About the author

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John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild, with a second expected in August 2018. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.

John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

You can find out more about John and his books at: http://www.johnnicholl.com

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Into The Darkness by Sibel Hodge @sibelhodge #BookReview

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Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Into The Darkness by Sibel Hodge, but first the book description…

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Book description 

The Missing…

In a hidden basement, eighteen-year-old Toni is held captive and no one can hear her screams. She’s been abducted after investigating unspeakable things in the darkest corners of the Internet.

The Vigilante…

Fearing the worst, Toni’s mother turns to ex-SAS operative Mitchell to help find her missing daughter. And when Mitchell discovers Toni’s fate rests in the hands of pure evil, he races against the clock to find Toni and bring her out alive. But even that might not be enough to save her.

The Detective…

DS Warren Carter is looking forward to a new job and a simpler life. But when he’s called in to investigate the brutal murder of a seemingly normal couple, he becomes entangled in lives that are anything but simple. And as he digs deeper, he uncovers a crime more twisted than he could ever have imagined.

Into the Darkness is the chilling new thriller from the bestselling author of Duplicity and Beneath the Surface.

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Prepare yourself for a bumpy ride as Sibel Hodge takes the reader to the darkest places or rather the darkest corner of the dark web, it’s a place where evil people hide, the most abhorrent crimes are committed, and the most depraved people can partake in their darkest, sickest fantasies. As you can imagine Into The Darkness makes for a grim read in parts due to the very disturbing subject matter, but at the same time it’s one of those books you are desperate to continue reading, hoping for a positive outcome. 

Into The Darkness is told in alternating chapters titled The Missing, The Vigilante and The Detective to begin with I had reservations about the way the story was told, as the constant jumping from one character to another confused me (it doesn’t take much) but once I got to chapter eight everything clicked into place. Like the best illusions nothing about Into The Darkness is as it first seems, the author skilfully intertwines what appears to be three separate threads together creating a book filled with horror and brimming with tension.  

It’s evident the author has throughly researched the dark web in great detail making Into The Darkness a terrifying, yet plausible read. I’m sure most of us are aware of the dark web and some of what it contains, so I’m not going give away any spoilers. As you can imagine a book where the dark web is central to the plot isn’t necessarily going to be an easy read, but what makes this book all the more frightening is it actually made for a credible read, which in turn  made it all the more chilling. Sibel Hodge certainly knows how to hold the readers attention, with interesting characters and a terrifying yet credible plot, it’s one of those heart thumping reads that those who enjoy a darker crime thriller will relish.  

Print Length: 296 pages

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (3 July 2018)

Buying links:     Amazon UK        Amazon US 🇺🇸

 

In The Dark by Cara Hunter #MustReads @CaraHunterBooks @penguinrandom @PenguinUKBooks

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Today I’m sharing my review for In The Dark by Cara Hunter and what a gripping crime thriller it turned out to be, read on for my thoughts, but first the book description

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY’RE HIDING IN THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR?

From the author of the massive bestseller CLOSE TO HOME, comes the second pulse-pounding DI Fawley crime thriller.

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive.

No one knows who they are – the woman can’t speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before.

The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible.

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Last year I read Close To Home the debut novel from Cara Hunter which I thought was a pretty amazing crime thriller.  In The Dark the second book in the DI Fawley series has made this an unmissable series. Yes it can easily be read as a standalone but because this is shaping up to be a such a gripping series it’s definitely worth starting at the beginning.  In The Dark opens with a belter of chapter, A young woman and a child are found locked in a cellar, William Harper the owner is an elderly man who  appears to be confused, and is unable to remember how they got there. Neither of the victims can speak due to trauma they suffered. Which means DI Fawley and his team start an investigation where they find themselves literally working “In The Dark” who is the woman?  how did she end up in the cellar of a quiet Oxford street? These are just some of the questions that are at the forefront of this gripping and compelling crime procedure thriller. 

Cara Hunter has a gift for writing crime books centred around police procedures, she not only tells a story in the conventional way, but adds police interviews, forensic reports, social media post and newspaper articles to make the reader feel they are right there amid the investigation sifting through the clues. This way of sharing the information gives the plot a present day feel but it also makes the whole investigation feel very credible. It’s very cleverly done in my opinion as it adds a sense of urgency to the plot, the need for answers to the why and how,  keep the reader fixated.

Creating a character whose confused to say the least, who also happens to be the main suspect was sheer genius on the author’s part. Although there is some character development of Fawley and his team, the investigation is definitely at the forefront of this book, so no time is wasted on unnecessary chapter filling, which made this book even more enjoyable to read. There is nothing more satisfying than being surprised by a book, and boy did Cara Hunter surprise me! At one point I thought the author was rehashing a well used plot in crime thrillers but when I least expected it she threw in the mother of all curve balls, it truly was a “OMFG I never seen that coming” type of moment.  Definitely one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read this year, with a compelling narrative, twists galore and oodles of deceit, I have a feeling In The Dark is going to be a HUGE success and one of this summers MUST reads. Highly recommended.

This is going to come as no surprise but I’m giving  the very prestigious Gold Star Award Rating. It’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a read, an original  plot, great characters and a storyline that draws me in from the first page and keeps me in its grips until I reached the very last page.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (12 July 2018)

Buying links:     Amazon UK 🇬🇧           Amazon US 🇺🇸

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The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech #SummerMustReads @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks

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I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech. I’m not normally one of those readers who takes much notice of the cover of a book, but I love this cover. Read on for my thoughts about this fabulous book, but first the book description……

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Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…

Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it? 

What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?

A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story … with a tragic heart. 

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Sometimes as a reader a book comes along that blows me away, it doesn’t happen very often I must say. There are books I love and books I will treasure forever and The Lion Tamer Who Lost by the superbly talented Louise Beech falls into the latter.  As far as I’m concerned Louise Beech is the “queen” of story telling, this novel was such a compelling and emotive read, and so beautifully written I’m not convinced anything I write will convey how truly wonderful this book was. When Andrew and Ben meet by chance little do they realise their meeting will irrevocably change their destinies forever.

Louise Beech has written one of the most powerful love stories I have read in a very long time, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is a story of love, secrets and coincidences, but at the same time it’s also an emotive and beautifully told love story, that will break the most hardened heart into a million pieces. I’m not going to waste words on regurgitating the plot, read the book description if you want, but this is a novel that no book description can do justice to the captivating and bittersweet story that lies within its pages. 

The Lion Tamer Who Lost is a story that is superbly told, interspersed with extracts from Andrew’s book, and chapters set in the UK and on a Zimbabwe lion reserve. The author writes in such a descriptive way I could feel the heat, the smells, and the sounds of the Lion reserve, bringing scenes I could only dream about to life. For me personally it was the characters that made this such a fabulous read I’m sure Andrew and Ben will be in my thoughts for a long time to come, never have characters had such a profound effect on me, I laughed, I cried and then cried some more. Even Ben’s dad grew on me as the novel progressed despite his bigotry comments and his constant womanising. 

This is a modern day tale that tackles subjects that  many may consider to be taboo, but the author has an incredible way of writing, one that includes sensitivity and beautiful poetic prose that even the most narrow minded readers will find it difficult not to fall in love with this book and it’s characters. The Lion Tamer Who Lost made for an intense, all consuming read, and one I simply adored. 

This is going to come as no surprise but I’m giving The Lion Tamer Who Lost the very prestigious Gold Star Award Rating. It’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a read, an original  plot, great characters and a storyline that draws me in from the first page and keeps me in its grips until I reached the very last page.

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  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (15 July 2018)

Pre-Buying Links :   Amazon UK 🇬🇧         Amazon US 🇺🇸

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Lorna at ontheshelfreviews @ljwrites85

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome fellow book blogger Lorna aka LJ to the book review café.  Lorna blogs at Ontheshelfreviews and I  would urge you to take a look around her fabulous blog, if you haven’t already of course.  LJ mainly reviews mystery/thrillers, she’s also an unpublished writer and posts the odd short story in her blog. So without further ado I’m handy you over to LJ and her #TopFiveThursday post.

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Top five books you’ve read so far this year?

Oh, starting off with a tough one! It took me a while to whittle it down to just five:

The Fear by CL Taylor

 Never Rest by Jon Richter

Doll Face by Dylan H Jones

The Sherlock Effect by Raymond Kay Lyon

Ballad For A Mad Girl by Vicki Wakefield

 

 

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Chelsea Cain – I’m always surprised when people haven’t heard of her, her Gretchen Lowell series is amazing.

JK Rowling – Harry Potter and now Cormoran Strike, need I say more?

Sharon Bolton – I’ve been a fan of hers since I discovered her in a local library (back when she was called SJ Bolton) and she is one of the best psychological thriller writers out there in my humble opinion.

Terry Pratchett – One of the only writers whose books make me laugh out loud.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I had to get Sherlock Holmes in here somewhere lol!

Top five books you want to read before the year is out?

The Chalk Man by CL Taylor

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

Ritual by Adam Nevill

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

 

 

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

I’m fairly new myself so I’ll do my best with this one!

Try to keep to a schedule. I found this one out early on, if you post here there and everywhere I think people find it harder to find your posts.

It’s okay to say no. I have a terrible time saying no to people so I always end up taking on more stuff than I should. Recently I’ve learnt its not the end of the world if you say no to an author, there’s plenty of other bloggers out there!

Join Facebook or Twitter. Both have a fantastic community of bloggers that will make you feel like you’re not so alone.

Ignore the trolls. There’s be a huge hike in book blogger hate lately but don’t let them discourage you, your reviews are your opinions, if they don’t like that its their problem.

And lastly enjoy it!

Top five blogs you follow?

So this took me the longest to decide because I follow so many amazing bloggers, but here we go:

Jill – https://booksnall.blog/

Lauren – https://booksbeyondthestory.wordpress.com/

Kerrie – https://ilovedreadingthis.wordpress.com/

Sarah – http://bytheletterbookreviews.com/

Abby – http://annebonnybookreviews.com/

Who is LJ? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

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My name is Lorna but most people call me LJ. I live in Liverpool with my son and partner. I became a book blogger to share my love of books and my blog On The Shelf Reviews has just hit the one year mark. I mainly review mystery/thrillers but the odd different genre does sneak in there occasionally! I’m also an unpublished writer (I post the odd short story on my blog too) and expert procrastinator.

Social media links

Twitter: @ljwrites85

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ljwrites85/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ljcassidy85

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/57968072-lj-on-the-shelf-reviews

Your blog details and link

On The Shelf Reviews – https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com/

My thanks to LJ for taking part in #TopFiveThursday It’s much appreciated.

M.J. Arlidge celebrates one million books sold in the #HelenGrace series @mjarlidge @PenguinBooks

As this is one of my all time favourite crime series I’m just sharing the fantastic news that M.J. Arlidge’s bestselling Helen Grace series has recently sold one million copies. This has been one of the most successful crime series in recent years and a stunning achievement for both author Matt Arlidge and publisher Michael Joseph.

Acclaimed thriller writer M. J. Arlidge recently celebrated sales of a million copies of his bestselling Helen Grace series with his editor Roland White, Publishing Director of Michael Joseph. Arlidge was presented with a ‘Penguin Donkey’ bookcase at their Strand offices to mark the incredible feat.

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The series, which launched in 2014, has become something of a phenomenon. EENY MEENY was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, it swiftly became a Sunday Times Bestseller and was the best selling crime debut of the year. It went on to sell in over 30 countries worldwide and has been optioned for development by the BBC. The subsequent books in the series have continued Matt’s early success, each one hitting the bestsellers lists and cementing the author’s reputation in the UK and internationally.

Arlidge began his writing career in television, and this background in screenwriting is credited with giving his novels the kind of plotting and pace that readers have found absolutely addictive. But it is his central character, Helen Grace that has really captured the imagination of fans, who last year voted her ‘Best Female Character’ in the 2017 Dead Good Readers awards.

 

M.J. Arlidge’s many fans won’t have long to wait for their next fix, as the eighth book in the series DOWN TO THE WOODS will be published on 20 September.

BIOGRAPHY OF M.J. ARLIDGE M. J. Arlidge is a novelist, screenwriter and producer. He is the author of the bestselling Helen Grace series. Arlidge began his career in television, producing a host of popular dramas, including Eastenders and Monarch of the Glen. Later he specialised in TV crime drama, particularly domestic thrillers, before moving from producing to screenwriting. He writes regularly for hit BBC series Silent Witness and his first original piece for television – Innocent – was show on ITV earlier this year to huge popular and critical acclaim. It starred Hermione Norris and Lee Ingleby and, with 7 million viewers per episode, was the most popular new TV drama so far this year.

And here’s the cover for the next book in the Helen Grace series Down To The Woods which is published on the 20th September 2018. 

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