#BlogBlitz The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne #Bookreview @SherylBrowne @Bookouture


Today I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on the #BookBlitz tour for The BabySitter by Sheryl Browne, published by Bookouture on the 8th March so you can get a copy of this highly compelling psychological thriller today. Before I share my review here’s the book description to whet your appetite……..

Book description

You trust her with your family. Would you trust her with your life?

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?

IMG_3605The Babysitter seems such an innocent title for a book but don’t be fooled, this is definitely not a “Mary Poppins a spoonful of sugar type read” but never the less what a highly compelling read this turned out to be. A word of warning If you were thinking of hiring a babysitter anytime soon you may want to think again after reading The Babysitter or at least make sure they come with impeccable credentials as long as your arm! Jade miraculously arrives into the life’s of Melissa and her husband Mark, they decide to welcome Jade into their home and give her a live in babysitter job to their two children. As Jade quickly ingratiates herself into their lives, the family begin to fall apart in the most spectacular fashion.

The Babysitter does touch on some subjects that some might find difficult to deal with loss and mental health issues around bereavement in particularly, although it never feels gratuitous, and in fact is pivotal to the plot. I do so love a character for one reason or another who can evoke strong emotions in me, and Jade certainly managed that! Highly unlikeable I find myself inwardly screaming at Mark and Melissa to “get her out” of their home and their life’s . A master manipulator with a face of an angel you just know Jade is going to cause havoc and heartbreak for the Cain family. Although you don’t have to be a genius to work out who Jade is pretty much from the off the “how and the why” Behind her motives are slowly revealed to the reader, as the tension mounts and Jades manipulative behaviour escalates the sense of foreboding sent shivers down my spine. I did have one small niggle considering Mark was a policeman I would have thought he would have done some background checks on Jade, but I’m splitting hairs here! and this is a fictional read after all.

Although The Babysitter isn’t highly original plot wise Sheryl Browne has made the story her own with her own unique style of writing. It was interesting to see how a perfectly normal family could be torn apart by one persons manipulative behaviour, and even more scary is the fact it felt perfectly credible. As the reader is privy to Jade’s manipulation and the effects it has on the poor suffering Cain family, you can only watch in horror from the sidelines as the relationship between Mark and Melissa fractures in the most horrifying fashion. Sheryl Browne has written a tense psychological thriller with a chilling antagonist taking central stage, The Babysitter turned out to be a highly addictive read and one I would highly recommend.


Book links:        Amazon UK 🇬🇧        Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (8 Mar. 2018)

About the author


Sheryl Browne brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. SheryI’s latest psychological thriller THE BABYSITTER – the first of a three-book deal – comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath.

Please do find out more about Sheryl at www.sherylbrowne.com

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A day with author Fiona Cummins @FionaAnnCummins



Today I’m thrilled to have Fiona Cummins author of Rattle  and The Collector  pop by the book review café and share a guest post about her working day with me. Interestingly enough both books by the author have featured on my top reads. If you haven’t read them yet I would highly recommend them both, especially if you love a darker crime thriller with a very intriguing serial killer.

A day with author Fiona Cummins

My typical writing day starts as soon as I drop my two children at school.

On the walk home, I begin to think about what I’m going to write next, and how I can move my story forward.
I’m lucky enough to have a study so I often write there.
The gorgeous paperweight on my desk was a gift from my university friend Emma to celebrate the publication of Rattle. The pen on the notepad was a present from Jason, my husband.

I keep copies of my novels on my desk to remind me that it is possible to finish a book, which is a great motivator when the writing is not going well.
I tend to scribble notes about my characters on scraps of paper, and have a file where I keep details of my research.


I also spend a lot of time looking out of the window from my desk. I find it inspiring to watch the sky change, and to watch the boats as they move up the silvery strip of the estuary.


Sometimes, I need a change of scene so I write at the kitchen table or in armchair in the sitting room, blanket over my knees and a mug of tea.

And if all else fails, I head to my favourite cafe Barlow and Fields, which has the best baristas, and there’s always someone to chat to. I like the noise and buzz while I’m writing.

I usually write (and poke about on Twitter) until lunchtime when I’ll take our puppy Binks for a walk. This helps to clear my head.

Then I potter around until it’s time to collect the children, but I’m also thinking about the story. Some of my best ideas come to me when I’m chopping vegetables or folding laundry.


Much later, after dinner, I’ll sit down at my desk, switch on my lamp and get back to work, perhaps with a large Jack Daniels and some music.

Depending on my progress, I’ll either go to bed despairing or quietly pleased.

My thanks to Fiona Cummins for taking time out of her busy schedule and also for the photographs from her personal collection.

About the author


Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course.

Rattle, her debut novel, has been translated into several languages and received widespread critical acclaim from authors including Val McDermid, Lee Child and Martina Cole. Marcel Berlins wrote in The Times: ‘Amid the outpouring of crime novels, Rattle is up there with the best of them.’

Fiona was selected for McDermid’s prestigious New Blood panel at the 2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, where her novel was nominated for a Dead Good Reader Award for Most Exceptional Debut.

Rattle is now being adapted into a six-part TV series by the producers of Golden Globe-nominated Miss Sloane.
Her second novel, The Collector, was published in February 2018.

When Fiona is not writing, she can be found on Twitter, eating biscuits or walking her dog. She lives in Essex with her family.

To read more about the authors books or buy them click here


Where The Missing Go by Emma Rowley #BookReview @orionbooks @BenWillisUK @emma_rowley #MustReads2018


Today I’m delighted  to be sharing my review for Where The Missing Go by Emma Rowley, and what a fabulous and surprising read it turned out to be.

Book description


I volunteer at a missing persons helpline – young people who have run away from home call me and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked.

I don’t get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks.

But this evening a girl named Sophie called.

I’m supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe.

The problem is, Sophie isn’t safe.




Picking up up a new book is rather like opening a box of chocolates you never know what you are going to get until you sink your teeth it to it, sometime you are left feeling disappointed and yet other times you find the perfect combination and it leaves you wanting more, rather like Where The Missing Go. What a breathtakingly brilliant psychological thriller this one turned out to be I absolutely loved every twisted page. I feel I should mention it’s Emma Rowley’s debut novel, but what an exciting new voice in the psychological thriller genre and definitely an author to watch out for in the future.

From the opening chapter I found myself instantly “rooting” for Kate to find her missing daughter Sophie, here was a woman grasping to make sense of her daughters disappearance, as a parent myself I felt her ever emotion, the constant need to find answers and her overwhelming sense of guilt, constantly questioning her abilities as a parent, something I’m sure we have all done as a parent over the years. Through out Where The Missing Go Kate’s desperation is palatable, as the reader you can’t but help becoming emotionally involved in Kate and Sophie’s story and praying for a positive outcome.

It’s not very often a character in a book consumes my every waking moment but I found myself constantly thinking about Sophie as Emma Rowley reveals snippets of the events surrounding Sophie’s disappearance. I found my imagination running wild, why did she disappear? Was there something more sinister behind her disappearance? Should I jump to the ending to find out? I never but oh the temptation was overwhelming at times. Throughout Where The Missing Go there are subtle clues and red herrings, some you may not pick up on to reach the final conclusion, personally I love it when an author is able to keep you engaged throughout and my god Emma Rowley manages this with finesse. There were a couple of “big surprises” that when I reached them I’m sure my jaw hit the floor, which certainly added to the overall tension and suspense.

There is so much I would like to say about this book, the twists, those OMG moments, the plot, see I could go on and on but in doing so I would certainly spoil the enjoyment of this read for others. This is one of those psychological thrillers that has all the elements needed to make it stand out from a saturated genre, fantastic characters, a complex and devious plot and most importantly the author leads the reader astray at ever opportunity, in case you haven’t already guessed I loved this book and I will certainly be reading the next book by the author without hesitation. Highly recommended.

Buying links:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧     Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Orion (8 Mar. 2018)


Bring Me Back by B.A.Paris #Review @HQStories #ForgetSleep


Today I’m sharing my review for Bring Me Back by B.A.Paris. This is a book that’s all over social media and comes with the tag line #ForgetSleep. Anyone who follows my blog will know I sometimes struggle with  “over hyped” books, as more often that not I’m left feeling slightly disappointed, did this happen with Bring Me Back? Read on to find out.

Book description

A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?


I have to admit Bring Me Back comes with the perfect tag #ForgetSleep, in fact #ForgetEverything as this is one of those books that once you start reading it’s almost impossible not to read it in one nail biting sitting. Unfortunately life got in the way of this one and I had to read it over a couple of sittings much to my annoyance. There is lots of hype surrounding the latest book by B.A. Paris and I can see why, with unreliable narrators and a well crafted plot that oozes tension and mystery Bring Me Back has all the hallmarks of a best seller.

Bring Me Back is told from alternating POV’s of the two main protagonists Finn and Layla, and alternates between the past and present, which worked really well. as the the book develops the reader learns more about what really happened on that mysterious night. Part psychological thriller and part domestic, I found the way the author unravelled the relationship between Finn and Layla intriguing to say the least. The author has created characters that are not particularly endearing, I find myself judging Finn and some of his actions, which in turn meant I didn’t trust him one iota, but love him or loathe him you can’t help but get caught up in the drama surrounding him.

I actually guessed part of the plot, go me! so although I wasn’t surprised by the ending I still really enjoyed this book. I think because I was taken up with the characters and trying to work out the truth buried in the narrative, it did not spoil the read for me as I couldn’t help wondering how the author would tie up all the loose ends, but she did and brought everything to a satisfying conclusion. I would say I think some readers will be disappointed as the plot could be considered “far fetched” but personally I think that’s the beauty of reading a book, your imagination can flow along with the authors. Exceptionally well written Bring Me Back made for a quick and engrossing read, I would definitely recommend to those of you who love a psychological thriller with plenty of mystery and unreliable narrators.

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧         Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 384 pages

Publisher: HQ (8 Mar. 2018)

Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell #MustReads @Caroline_writes


Hope you are all keeping safe and warm, before I head off out into the snow (I’m not looking forward to it I must admit🙈) I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell. 

Book description

Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.

It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…

Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.



Holy flipping moly Caroline Mitchell has only gone and written another fabulous psychological thriller that’s worthy of all the stars, it’s a MUST read. Darkly deceptive, chilling and thrilling Silent Victim has gone straight on my top reads of 2018 list. I’m a huge fan of this author I love her style of writing and her attention to detail. Whether it be crime or psychological thriller Caroline Mitchell knows how to grab the readers attention and this book is no different, from the “OMG” prologue to its nail biting conclusion I was well and truly hooked.

I do love an unreliable narrator and the author gives you two for the price of one, the story is told mostly from Luke the teachers POV and Emma a loving wife, and devoted mother, it’s shared between the past and the present. I found myself constantly looking for inconsistencies in their stories, wondering who was the more reliable of the two, which heightened the sense of unease that radiated from the pages. Reading the chapters from teacher Luke’s POV made my blood run cold, not because they were graphic, but because they give an insight into the mind of a deviant predator. As for Emma she’s one mixed up lady as the plot gains momentum Emma’s life seems to spiral out of control. Either Luke or Emma is lying and Caroline Mitchell weaves one hell of a tangled web you really don’t know who to trust.

I’m not going to go into plot details as all you need to know is in the book description, it’s really one of those books where the less you know the more thrilling the ride. I must mention I was tempted to read the last chapter at one point as I was desperate to see where the plot was leading, I never ever do this but the more I read the more anxious I became to find out the truth. Caroline Mitchell takes familiar themes such as betrayal, infatuation, and manipulation, but like any good author she works her magic to provide the reader with a highly original and gripping psychological thriller that will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. Would I recommend this book? Yes without a shadow of doubt especially if you enjoy a psychological thriller that’s very twisted.

P.S Thank you to Caroline Mitchell for naming a character in Silent Victim after me, and also for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Print Length: 325 pages

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1 Mar. 2018)


The book review café book of the month **February 2018**


Well here we are it’s  the 1st of March and it’s flipping freezing I was hoping spring was on the way 💐but apperantly NOT! Roll on the summer 😎. Anyway as it’s the beginning of March it means it’s time to choose my book of the month for February.

Now anyone who follows my blog will know I struggle to narrow it down to one book and normally end up with two or three! But not this month there was ONE book that really stood out for me. This book took me by surprise, as it was a very different kind of book to my usual reads. When I was reading this book I was so engrossed time just flew by so without further ado…….

The Hunger by Alma Katsu


The Hunger by Alma Katsu is part historical fiction and part supernatural/horror. Based on a true story the author has masterfully blurred the lines between fact and fiction, even the fictional parts seemed very credible which made this book even more chilling to read. Based on the Donner party’s tragic crossing of America in the 1840s, it follows a group of settlers who head across the unrelenting plains in search of new beginnings but find themselves hunted by an unknown prey. You can read my full review here…. The Hunger by Alma Katsu


You can read my full reviews here……

#BlogBlitz The Broken by Casey Kelleher #BookReview @caseykelleher @Bookouture

Tell Me I’m Wrong by Adam Croft #BookReview @adamcroft

Kiss Me Kill Me by J. S. Carol #BookReview @JamesCarolBooks @BonnierZaffre

Gallery Of The Dead by Chris Carter #BookReview & #Giveaway @simonschusterUK

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton #BookReview @headlinepg @KJHAuthor

#BlogBlitz White Is The Coldest Colour by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @Bloodhoundbook

Some of the books I’m hoping to read this month




#BlogBlitz White Is The Coldest Colour by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @Bloodhoundbook

Today I’m thrilled to be one of the bloggers taking part in the #BlogBlitz for White Is The Coldest Colour by John Nicholl which is being published by the Awesome Bloodhound Books. I’ve followed this authors career from the beginning and I’m a huge fan of his writing, when ever I think of this authors books “dark and disturbing”  spring to mind, but they are soooo good anyway enough of my ramblings.

I first published my review way back in 2016, along with an interview with the author which you can read here **Author Interview** White Is The Coldest Colour By John Nicholl but today I’m sharing my updated review


Book description

Be careful who you trust…

The Mailer family is oblivious to the terrible danger that enters their lives when seven-year-old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service by the family GP, following the breakdown of his parents’ marriage. 

Fifty-eight-year-old Dr David Galbraith, a sadistic, predatory paedophile, employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian town-house he shares with his wife and two young daughters.

When Anthony becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

But can Anthony be saved before it’s too late? 

The book includes content that some readers may find disturbing from the start.

It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.

IMG_3605White Is The Coldest Colour was the first novel that I read by John Nicholl, and it’s one that still gives me nightmares eighteen months later! From the first page Of White Is The Coldest Colour I was well and truly hooked.  **A word of warning** Some readers may be put off by the subject matter of this book, the first couple of pages were very graphic and stomach churning, but don’t let that put you off as after that it only contains minor elements that I would consider to be graphic. Yes the plot is disturbing, but any book that is based on a predatory Paedophile is not going to be a comfortable or an easy read by any means.

This book takes you deep into the disturbing mind of Dr David Galbraith, to the world he presents himself as a highly trusted and respected child psychiatrist, happily married with two daughters, but the reality is Galbraith is a sadistic predatory paedophile. Galbraith uses his position of power to groom and abuse young boys, and when seven year old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service, following the break down of his parents marriage. Anthony soon becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession, and unfortunately for Anthony he will stop at nothing to make his fantasies reality.

John Nicholls has managed to create the most despicable fictional characters I have ever read about. Galbraith abandons any semblance of conscience and fully embraces his true nature, he’s cunning, depraved and carries out the most heinous crimes without remorse.
Unfortunately he is a very realistic character, you hear of such people every day of the week. People who are highly respected individuals of impeccable status, who plant themselves in the community, who have later turned out to be predatory paedophiles, and used their position of trust to groom and abuse vulnerable children.

White Is The Coldest Colour is well written, the plot flows with ease, and as you reach the end of a chapter the tension continues to mount. It is clear the author’s experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker have been used to construct a very powerful and intense tale. White Is the Coldest Colour is a thought-provoking, dark and very disturbing psychological thriller, and although at times it made for a very uncomfortable read I just had to keep reading! hoping and praying that the villain of the piece David Galbraith would get caught and justice would be served for his young victims. I would go as far to say it has to be one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a long time. This book kept me gripped until the very last nail biting page, and I will certainly be reading When Evil Calls Your Name the second book in the series.

About the author


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 bestseller. He reached # 10 of all books on Amazon in Australia and has been given four Amazon All-Star awards for being one of the most read authors in the UK and USA. John’s latest book, A Cold Cold Heart, was published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018.

John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or the media, and can be contacted via his author website at: http://www.johnnicholl.com.

Other links to the author:  Facebook     Goodreads.              Agent    Twitter @ nicholl06