#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Janet Lambert at beadyjansbooks @Beadyjan

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Today I’m thrilled to bring back #TopFiveThursday, I loved running this feature and learning more about my fellow book bloggers. So I decided to revive it after I had such a positive and overwhelming response from the Book Blogger community. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I do.

A warm welcome to the lovely Janet Lambert who is the first to share her #TopFiveThursday with me. Jan blogs over at https://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk/.

I you haven’t checked out Jan’s awesome blog yet you should, She reviews mostly literary, historical fiction and psychological thrillers. Enough from me here’s Jan’s #TopFiveThursday……..

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

Oh there have been some great ones already But depending when this is published I will probably have discovered even more by then.

The Storykeeper – Anna Mazzola a haunting historical mystery set amidst the myths and legends on the Isle of Skye

Salt Creek – Lucy Treloar a wonderful and haunting tale of a family settling in remote Australia

Walls of silence- Ruth Wade an enigmatic historical mystery with a real gut punch of a twist

The Old You – Louise Voss a tense and twisty Domestic Noir thriller, Home

Home- Amanda Berriman a wonderful book narrated by 4 year old Jesika.

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Sarah Waters

Karen Maitland

Joanna Cannon

Michel Faber

and last but not least Barbara Copperthwaite who writes the twisty thrillers I’d have written if I was clever enough.

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

I’m longing to get hold of:

Once upon a river by Diane Setterfield who wrote the thirteenth tale. The Corset by Laura Purcell, Author of the Silent Companions which was great, and already on my tbr and clamouring to be read soon is the new book by Medieval marvel Karen Maitland – A Gathering of Ghosts.

I must find the time to start reading The Collector by Fiona Cummins which is the sequel to rattle which was an amazing book and I’m very eagerly awaiting publication of the forthcoming book the Seven Sisters by Neil Gaiman which I understand is a companion to the wonderful Neverwhere.

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Top five tips you would give to new bloggers? 

Don’t do it if you’re just “in it for the freebies” Nuff said.

Don’t be frightened to be very choosy about what you read and review, a discerning blogger is far more credible than one who accepts any random title regardless of whether they relate to it in any way.

Give Indie publishers and debut authors a chance it’s a great way to support and discover new talent

Use social media diligently and regularly to connect and interact with fellow book lovers

Just go for it!

Top five blogs you follow?

This is difficult as there are so many I follow I can barely eep up with them all. First and foremost are the blogs of 2 of my oldest (well they’re not old they’re younger than me) blogging friends whose help and encouragement set me on the way to Blogland and whose support helps keep me there

https://beinganne.com/and

http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/ Others include 

https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/   

http://shortbookandscribes.uk/   

https://lovebooksreadbooks.wordpress.com

And lastly who is Jan? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?  

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I was an only child, taught to read at the age of 3 by my Mum (to keep me occupied and out of her hair). When I left school I worked as a library assistant for 6 years, then went on to work at WH Smiths wholesale as a bookseller then as an Area Book sales Rep for Heinemann library selling books to school libraries.  I now work part time, sadly, no longer working with books, as a spinal condition means I have difficulty bending and lifting, so I have more time to indulge my passions of reading (of course), beading and sewing. I loathe cold weather and we have recently bought our own little place in the sun, a static holiday home on a small holiday park near Malaga, which is the perfect retreat for reading and writing blog posts and I’ve started a little blog about this too which can be seen at http://casamiamalaga.blogspot.co.uk/

Social media links:

This is my book blog where I post reviews of books I’ve enjoyed and the occasional blog tour I take part in.  https://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk   On Twitter I am @Beadyjan and my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/beadyjansbooks/

My thanks to Jan for her post and for being part of #TopFiveThursday.

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough @SarahPinborough @HarperCollinsUK #MustReads #Don’tTrustHerBooks,

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Behind Her Eyes was one of my top reads of 2017, I also gave it my gold star award which I only give to books I’ve found to be an outstanding read. So as you can imagine I was really looking forward to reading Cross Her Heart the latest offering from Sarah Pinborough, did it live up to her previous book? Read on for my review, but firstly the book description  

Book description 

SOMEONE IS LIVING A LIE… BUT WHO?

Is it Lisa?

Haunted by a tragic past, all Lisa wants is a quiet life with her daughter, Ava. And when she meets a new man, things seem to be falling into place. But Lisa is hiding a secret so momentous it could shatter her entire world…

Is it Ava?

When sixteen-year-old Ava saves a young boy’s life, she becomes a local hero. But never in a million years could she have anticipated the fallout of her actions… 

Is it Marilyn?

Marilyn has the perfect life. Her husband, her job, her house—she seems to have it all. But she could never admit to her best friend Lisa the lies she tells herself to get through the day…

One moment will change these three women’s lives forever. And the secrets they’ve been keeping could destroy them all.

6964FDB0-E0FD-4BD0-AC03-BC0E4DF97731I must admit I picked up Cross Her Heart with trepidation, I absolutely loved Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, you know the one I mean, it’s the one you probably saw all over social media with the #WTF hash tag. This one comes with the tag Don’t Trust Her Books, and never a truer word was written! I thought I pretty much had this book all worked by the first half, but then wham bam the author very deviously pulled the rug out from under me, not once but on several occasions. Brilliantly twisted, unsettling yet compelling this is a must read for fans of psychological thrillers. 

Told in three parts the first third moves along at a slow paced, but don’t let this put you off as the author uses this time to introduce the three main characters Lisa  a neurotic mum, who is haunted by a tragic past, Lisa’s sixteen-year-old Daughter Ava and Marilyn, Lisa’s  best friend who appears to have the perfect life. Sarah Pinborough also uses this time to set the scene, and it’s this part of the book, that makes the second and third part so disturbing. As the reader reaches the second part of the book the pace kicks off and I must admit I had more than a few “OMG moments” which were superbly executed by the author. 

Cross Her Heart is as much about the characters as it is about the plot, Lisa appears to be another over protective mother, Ava likes nothing better than spending hours on social media, and then you have Lisa who appears to have it all, but nothing appears as it first seems the characters are complex with so many hidden issues, secrets and half truths and when Ava does a brave thing none of the characters are aware of the ramifications of one kindly deed. I loved the three main characters they were so well depicted, I couldn’t help but become emotionally involved in their plight. 

Cross Her Heart turned about to be both a shocking and harrowing read, it was nigh on impossible to second guess where this book was heading. As psychological thrillers go this is one of the best ones I’ve read this year, and I’ve read plenty believe you me. Cross Your Heart will mess with your head and lead you a merry dance but it’s so worth it. One last thought I loved Behind Her Eyes, but if anything I loved this one more, in parts it’s credible, heartbreaking and very disturbing this book will definitely be one I’m adding to my top reads of 2018. Highly, highly recommend.

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to see I’m giving Cross Her Heart 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 reach the very last page.

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Buying links:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧        Amazon US 🇺🇸

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (17 May 2018)

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A day with author William L. Myers. Jr @williammyersjr

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome  author William L.Myers. Jr to the book review café. The author writes legal thrillers which include A Legal Defense and An Engineered Injustice. Today he’s sharing a guest post about his day as an author.

WRITING WRONGS WHILE RIGHTING WRONGS

I like to say that, as a lawyer, I right wrongs, and as an author of legal thrillers, I write wrongs. Often, I do both at the same time, at my legal office. What I have found is that my fiction writing and legal work benefit each other. If I get stuck writing a legal brief, or on a tricky point of law, I’ll take a short break, work on whatever novel I’m writing at the time, spend a half hour plotting out a scene, or crafting a sequence of dialogue between my characters. What happens is that while I’m working on the fiction, my unconscious mind is still slogging away (and “slogging” is the right word; I think very slowly) on the legal brief or problem. So when I put the novel down, it’s not unusual that my brain has arrived at a solution to my legal issue. Conversely, it’s not infrequent for a lightbulb to go off over my head while I’m at work on one of my cases, illuminating the arrival of an insight for the novel I’m working on.

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I once heard an author (I don’t recall who) say that she did her best writing when she wasn’t writing. Meaning that for her, the best ideas often come when she’s not looking down at a computer screen or paper. This is often true for me as well. I begin every morning by taking my dogs—Pharaoh and Phoenix—for a two mile hike at Valley Forge Park. Invariably, some idea will pop into my mind, and I’ll stop in place, pull out my iPhone and send myself an email relating the idea—sometimes in great detail, to the chagrin of the dogs, who want to keep moving.

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There are good things and bad things about all this unconscious writing, of course. The good things include the fact that the resulting inspiration seems to show up for free, i.e., without my having to sweat and struggle over a line of dialogue or plot point. The bad things spring from the fact that the unconscious writing, rather than spring from the inside out, sometimes pulls me in the opposite direction—stealing my mind from my body in the midst of conversations, meetings, social events.

Not long ago, I was out to dinner with my wife Lisa and she was talking to me, but must’ve seen that familiar vacant look in my eyes.

“You’re not here, are you?” she said.

“Uh . . .”

“You’re in one of your books.”

“Uh . . .”

“At least tell me what’s happening?”

“Johnny Giacobetti just got shot outside the 76ers building at the Naval Yard.”

“I remember him from the train crash book. I didn’t like him. So I’m glad he’s shot.   

 Where’s the waiter. I need more wine.”

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William L. Myers, Jr. is a 2017 top 10 selling Amazon Kindle author for his debut novel. He might be new to the literary community but once you pick up his legal thriller and best-selling novel, A Criminal Defense, it becomes obvious he is not new to the intricacies of the legal profession. Open A Criminal Defense and you’ll find yourself lost in a labyrinth of deceits and hidden agendas, a world where everyone has a secret. You never know what is going to happen next or when the plot is going to take another unexpected turn.

His second book An Engineered was published in January 2018. You’ll really feel what it’s like to be a young attorney in the trenches, beating the streets, against all odds.
Born in 1958 into a blue-collar family, the author  inherited a work-ethic that propelled him through college and into the Ivy League at The University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

From there, William L. Myers, Jr started his legal career in a Philadelphia-based mega defense firm. After ten years defending corporate America, he realized his heart wasn’t in it. So, with his career on the fast track to success–he gave it all up and started his own firm. It was time to start fighting for the common guy.

That was twenty-five years ago and since then, he has focused on representing railroad employees and other honest, hard-working people who have been injured by others. He has represented thousands of clients in his tenure and has become a highly-regarded litigation attorney up and down the Eastern Seaboard

To learn more or buy this author’s books click on the link…. Authors books

 

My thanks to the author for his guest post and some of the featured images.

Unwrapping the #BookPost with the book review café

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Here I am again sharing some of the lovely #BookPost I’ve received over the last week. Some have come direct from the publishers but I’ve also included some of my, (ok lots) of my Birthday #BookPost that I personally bought for myself. 😂🙈

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

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Book description

‘To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.

My thanks to Orion Publishing for my ARC 

The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrére

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Book description

ON THE SATURDAY MORNING OF JANUARY 9, 1993, WHILE JEAN CLAUDE ROMAND WAS KILLING HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN, I WAS WITH MINE IN A PARENT-TEACHER MEETING…

With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrère, begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, eighteen years of lies, five murders, and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.

Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

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Book description

After the death of her mother, Mary Yellan crosses the windswept Cornish moors to Jamaica Inn, the home of her Aunt Patience. There she finds Patience a changed woman, downtrodden by her domineering, vicious husband Joss Merlyn. The inn is a front for a lawless gang of criminals, and Mary is unwillingly dragged into their dangerous world of smuggling and murder. Before long she will be forced to cross her own moral line to save herself.

Anything For Her by G.J.Minett

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Book description

You’d do anything for the one that got away . . . wouldn’t you?

When Billy Orr returns home to spend time with his dying sister, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Aimi, the love of his life. He might not have seen her in eleven years, but Billy’s never forgotten her. He’d do anything for her then, and he’d do anything for her now.

When Aimi tells him that she wants to escape her abusive husband, Billy agrees to help her fake her own death. But is she still the Aimi that Billy remembers from all those years ago?

Once Aimi disappears, Billy has to face the possibility that perhaps she had different reasons for disappearing – reasons that might be more dangerous than she’s led him to believe . . .

Sometimes trusting the one you love is the wrong thing to do.

My thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for my ARC  

Murderabilia by Craig Robertson

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Book description

The first commuter train of the morning slowly rumbles away from platform seven of Queen St station. And then, as the train emerges from a tunnel, the screaming starts. Hanging from the bridge ahead of them is a body. Placed neatly on the ground below him are the victim’s clothes. Why?

Detective Inspector Narey is assigned the case and then just as quickly taken off it again. Winter, now a journalist, must pursue the case for her. The line of questioning centres around the victim’s clothes – why leave them in full view? And what did the killer not leave, and where might it appear again?

Everyone has a hobby. Some people collect death. To find this evil, Narey must go on to the dark web, and into immense danger …

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

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Book description

Everyone has secrets. What if you can’t remember yours?

‘How long have you been sitting out here?’
‘I got here yesterday.’
‘Where did you come from?’
‘I have no idea.’

Lily has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one.

Alice finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him into her home.

But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?

29 Seconds by T.M. Logan

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Book description

What if a single 29 second phonecall could change your life forever? ‘Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . .’

When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.

He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.

All it takes is a 29 second phone call.

Blood Feud Anna Smith

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Book description

Kerry Casey thought she’d made a life away from the dirty dealings of her gangster family. Her father wanted to make them legit – her brother Mickey had other ideas, and now it’s got him killed. When Mickey’s funeral turns into a bloodbath at the hands of a group of anonymous shooters and Kerry’s mother is killed in the crossfire, Kerry finds herself at the head of the Casey family, and desperate for revenge.

Running a crime empire is not a job she ever asked for, and not one she wants, but Kerry is determined to fulfil her father’s wishes and make the Caseys go straight. First, though, she will find the men who murdered her mother, and she will take them down, no matter what it costs.

A Tapping At My Door by David Jackson

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Book description

When police are called to a murder scene in the Liverpool suburbs, even the most jaded officers are disturbed by what they find.

DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.

And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.

Hope To Die by David Jackson

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Book descrption

There was a hate in this killer. A thirst for obliteration rather than a mere desire to end a life . . .

A brutal murder takes place in the grounds of a Liverpool cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage. The victim: the last person you’d expect to be subjected to such terrible violence. Can DS Nathan Cody crack the case before another innocent is chosen?

The Defence by Steve Cavanagh

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Book description

Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren’t that different.

It’s been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn’t have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie’s back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy. Eddie only has forty-eight hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial – and win – if he wants to save his daughter.

Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use his razor-sharp wit and every con-artist trick in the book to defend his ‘client’ and ensure Amy’s safety. With the timer on his back ticking away, can Eddie convince the jury of the impossible?

The Plea by Steve Cavanagh

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Book description

When David Child, a major client of a corrupt New York law firm, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to persuade him to testify against the firm.

Eddie is not someone who is easily coerced, but when the FBI reveal that they have incriminating files on his wife, he knows he has no choice.

But Eddie is convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the deal, Eddie must find a way to prove his client’s innocence.

But the stakes are high – his wife is in danger. And not just from the FBI . . .

The Liar by Steve Cavanagh

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Book description

When David Child, a major client of a corrupt New York law firm, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to persuade him to testify against the firm.

Eddie is not someone who is easily coerced, but when the FBI reveal that they have incriminating files on his wife, he knows he has no choice.

But Eddie is convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the deal, Eddie must find a way to prove his client’s innocence.

But the stakes are high – his wife is in danger. And not just from the FBI . . .

That’s it for this week I’m really looking forward to reading all these books, my dilemma will be choosing which one to read first.  I’m off now to sit in the sunshine with a coffee and a book, and a delicious slice of birthday cake that my lovely hubby bought me.

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Dying Truth by Angela Marsons #BookReview @WriteAngie @Bookouture #MustReads

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I can’t believe I’m now reviewing the eighth book in the Kim Stone series, Dying Truth by the extremely talented Angela Marsons, which has given me a dilemma as  I have loved every book in this series (I should mention it’s a series that gets better with each book she writes) I’m not sure I can come up with anything I haven’t already said, so forget my review and just buy the book. Here’s the book description to whet your appetite, followed by my review (hopefully I’ve managed to come up something original(ish).

Book description 

How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price. 

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Oh my giddy aunt Angela Marsons never fails to amaze me after reading every book in the series I have always said “it’s the best one yet” and guess what Dying Truth is definitely “the best one yet” . Here’s an author who has an incredible knack of making each book read like a “first” with heart thumping, exciting story lines that get under your skin, which stay with you long after you reach the last thrilling page. One word I never expect to use in a crime thriller read is “emotional” but Angela Marsons latest read broke me, I ended up a sobbing wreck not a pretty sight let me tell you!  

Dying Truth deals with some very distressing themes such as teenage suicides and bullying so I think  it’s only fair to mention that some readers may find this book a difficult read, but the actually plot is sheer genius on the author’s part, a multi-layered mystery with many a heart thumping moment. Detective Kim Stone is called to what is believed to be the suicide of a teenage girl at a prestigious boarding school. It soon becomes clear to Kim that these deaths are not tragic accidents but something far more sinister. The cloistered environment of a boarding school is an imaginative setting for a crime thriller, shrouded in secrets and initiations, the author creates a sense of foreboding that makes this an impossible book to put down. 

It’s great to see Kim and her team back, Angela Marsons has an unique knack she breathes life into characters, and as this series has progressed not only has Kim’s character evolved but her work colleagues too, the sense of camaraderie is evident, the dark humour, the teasing, each have their own niche in the team that bond them together. Each member of the team leaps from the pages, you can’t help investing in them, you share their despair, the highs and lows of the on going investigation. You want to offer words of comfort as they travel troubled waters, they aren’t just characters they are the heart of Dying Truth. 

Dying Truth made for an intense, disturbing and gritty read, I thought I had a good idea where the plot was heading, but boy did I get it wrong! there was one of the best “OMG” moments I’ve ever read in a crime thriller, it felt like I had been hit in the stomach with a sledgehammer. Dying Truth just goes to show you don’t have to write a crime thriller full of gore, violence or serial killers to engage the crime thriller lover. I actually loved it more as it was so different, it’s an electrifying crime thriller but it’s also one full of raw emotion and unexpected moments, and one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read this year. I’m not sure how the Angela Marsons is going to top Dying Truth, but one thing I’m certain of she will, and I just hope we don’t have to wait to long for the next instalment. Now I’m off to lie down in a dark room I have the biggest  “book hangover” ever and that’s testament to the author’s incredible writing skills.  

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to read I’m giving Dying Truth 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: 399 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (18 May 2018)

Pre-order links: Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸

Link to the full series: The Kim Stone Series 📚

 

#BookBloggers wanted for #TopFiveThursday

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I ran a popular feature Way back in 2016 called #TopFiveThursday which is all about book bloggers. I’m thinking of bringing it back, as there are so many new or shy bloggers who haven’t been featured. So I was wondering if there were any bloggers who would like to take part?

Here’s a link so you can see what it’s about.   https://thebookreviewcafe.com/topfivethursday-bookblogger-index/

If you are interested please let me know either by contacting me via the contact form on my home page or DM me on Twitter I can be found at @reviewcafe

Many thanks Lorraine

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The Retreat by Mark Edwards #BookReview #MustReads @mredwards

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Today I’m sharing my review for The Retreat published by Thomas & Mercer on the 10th May 2018. Fans of Mark Edwards are in for a real treat, before you read my review here’s the book description…….

Book description 

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. 

But the little girl’s body was never found—and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.

Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret—a secret that someone will do anything to protect…

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

From the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies comes his most terrifying novel yet.

8ECAEFD2-0923-4546-A2E8-C5A2349B4D11When I think of a retreat it conjures up images of somewhere quiet , an oasis where you can rest and reflect or write, somewhere you feel safe, well that was until I picked up The Retreat by Mark Edwards, who turns an idyllic setting into something far more sinister. Steeped in atmosphere and disturbingly creepy The Retreat is a reminder of why I’m such a fan of Mark Edwards writing.  Lucas, a horror novelist, arrives at the retreat hoping to write his next book, but within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of strange events, are the events linked to Lily a missing child? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

It’s great that the author doesn’t conform to a specific genre, with elements of the supernatural, horror and psychological running through its veins you are never quite sure where the author is heading with an unpredictable plot. Mark Edwards maintain the overwhelming sense of suspense and unease throughout. The tale is shrouded in local folklore, and spooky ghost stories, the author does a fabulous job in evoking the horror, the fear and trepidation around such tales.  

Told in the present peppered with chapters told from the missing child Lily’s POV you get a feel for Lily, her fears that are grounded in the folklore tales, her worries about her family, it was these chapters that I found the most intriguing and also the most creepy. These chapters were the ones that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, made me jump at every noise, and kept me reading long into the night (with the lights on of course!)

Steeped in atmosphere with a backdrop of creepy settings, and an array of characters who as the reader you can’t help but mistrust,  Mark Edwards has written another outstanding book. I never thought the author could top The Magpies one of my favourite books ever, well until now but The Retreat is definitely his best book yet, it’s unpredictable, engaging with one of the most deliciously satisfying endings I’ve read in a long time. Highly recommend. 

Print Length: 335 pages

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (10 May 2018)

Pre-order links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Retreat-Mark-Edwards-ebook/dp/B074W8K55L

https://www.amazon.com/Retreat-Mark-Edwards-ebook/dp/B074W8K55L

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