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What’s on your bookshelf? with #BookBlogger Juliet at Bookliterati @Bookliterat

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Woohoo  it’s Wednesday so not only is it #HappyHumpDay  but it’s also time to have a peek around another book bloggers  bookshelves. Today I’m thrilled to welcome one Juliet who blogs over at www.bookliterati.com
If you haven’t checked out Juliet’s  blog yet it’s a MUST,  Now over to Juliet……….

How many bookcases do you have?

I have 9 Bookcases, soon to be 10; 2, soon to be three in the sitting room, 2 in the snug, and 5 in my bedroom. I also have some of my signed paperbacks on the windowsill in my reading room / conservatory.
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Approximately how many books are on your book case?

There are over 500 books on my shelves to read, which is frightening.

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I read most genres but the genre I have the most of is historical fiction, my favourite genre.
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Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

The one book I am desperate to read is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, I just haven’t found the time to fit it in with my review books.

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

Over the next couple of months I am looking forward to adding Tidelands by Philippa Gregory,  The Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier and Akin by Emma Donoghue.

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If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

It is hard to keep just one book but I think it would be my limited edition first edition signed copy of Possession by A.S Byatt.  This is one of my favourite books of all time and there are only 70 of these special editions in circulation.

Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

An author to my house is a difficult one. I wish the Bronte Sisters were alive so I could meet them but now I think I would like Lucinda Riley to come around. I love her books and she always seems great fun, and  could quiz her about the final book in her Seven Sisters series.
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About Juliet

I am Juliet, I am married to David with one daughter, Briony, who is 26 and still lives at home, and four wonderful Cocker Spaniel. I. was an only child with a teacher for a mum who encouraged me to read from an early age. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a book on the go, and I still always have a book with me.  After  was diagnosed with Spondylosis and couldn’t work any more reading books became a place to escape the pain and depression and still is today. I started blogging two years ago as something to focus my attention on during the days and I love sharing my thoughts on the books I have read.  My reading companions are my four Cocker Spaniels, Bramble, Bailey, Bronte and Blaise who also ocassionally  help with my blog accidentally.

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My thanks to Juliet for answering my question and for the use of her personal photographs.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com or leave a comment below. Many thanks 

#WhenStarsWillShine #CoverReveal @BakerPromo @emmamitchellfpr @Lets_Get_Booked @TheQuietKnitter #H4HAnthology

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing an extra special cover reveal for When Stars Will Shine, a collection of short stories. It’s been complied by Emma Mitchell at edmcreatingperfection to raise money for the armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity. Such a brilliant and worthy cause.

Before I share this beautiful cover here’s a bit about this very special book.

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

Pre-order link:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧 

A Note From Emma Mitchell:

As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas themed short stories complied to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.

Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Bakers not so secret blog who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.

When Stars Will Shine is available for pre-order now and will be published on 9 December 2019.

There isn’t anyone in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.

It has been an honour to work on these stories and to create this anthology and I hope you enjoy reading the stories as much as I have.

And now for the cover, prepare yourself it’s a stunner……

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I absolutely love this cover, and can’t wait to read When Stars Will Shine, and it’s for such a brilliant cause. Don’t forget to pre-order your copy today, and perhaps a couple of extra ones as they would make the perfect Christmas present 🎄🎁📚

I will be reviewing When Stars Will Shine on the 18th December as part of the blog tour.

**Making a dent in my bookshelf** #MiniReviews #BookChallenge part 2

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Like every book blogger in the country I have numerous books sat on my book shelves I’ve been meaning to read for ages. So I decided to set myself a mini challenge and read as many books as I can from my own personal collection between now and the end of December (which December? I’m not sure yet😂🙈).

I have read six books in total from my own bookshelves (Mind you it helped that I had two weeks holiday this month)…whohoo go me, and the months not over yet only 1,56789 books to go😂📚📚📚📚📚

The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

 

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In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island’s most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. 

Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city’s façade of glamour and success, tension is building. 

When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.

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Every now and then I do like to mix things up a bit and read something that’s different to my normal crime reads.   Victoria Hislop is one of the author’s I turn to I do enjoy historical fiction especially when it’s blended with true events.  The Island centres on the clashes between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots which came to a head in 1974, resulting in a Greek coup and Turkey invading Cyprus, and Famagusta.

Although I knew little about the civil war I wasn’t aware of the Famagusta, which  is now a deserted town surrounded by barbed wire, within its walls  there must lie stories of devastation and heartbreak caused by a war where the citizens of the town were forced to flee, never to return. The author manages to capture the tone, atmosphere and the fear of a civil war perfectly, but then I would expect nothing less from an author’s whose research is impeccable.

I really enjoyed learning more about the history of Cyprus and the events that led up to the invasion. Victoria Hislop blends fact and fiction to create a compelling read, and her descriptions are so vivid it took look little imagination to conjure up images of Famagusta, before the days of cheap package tours, a town which was wealthy, visited by the most affluent, on the flip side it was horrifying to imagine the city devastated by war, a resort left barren. Although I enjoyed The Sunrise I can’t say I loved it, for me the book felt contrived in parts, and only partly fitting to the history of the people who lived there. I must admit I struggled to feel any connection to the characters, many of them appeared to superficial and  lacking in emotion. Although I read The Sunrise in a couple of sitting. I must admit  It’s not my favourite book by the author, but there again I think I compared it to The Island a very different story, but one I loved.

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (4 Jun. 2015)

I Found You by Lisa Jewell 

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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?

  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (14 July 2016)

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I have read a couple of books by Lisa Jewell now and I’m impressed by her ability to produce a compelling plot, that drags you in from the first page and before you know it you are halfway through the book, not even stopping for a coffee break (unheard of!) I Found You made for a riveting read, full of misdirection, suspense. At first I Found You looked as if it would be a simple and straightforward story. A new husband disappears on his way home from work,  a man turns up on a Yorkshire beach and has lost his memory, man gets his memory back and all sorted! But that’s not the case here the story twists, turns, and intertwines creating a throughly nail biting read.

The characters all spring to life especially Alice, I do find a character far more likeable if they have credible flaws, no ones perfect after all! Alice is adorable, always looking to rescue people, animals and friends, and despite her tops turvy life style she still manages to be the best parent she can.  The plotting is incredibly complex with the author drip feeding  little details slowly and tantalisingly the reader. At one point, I thought I knew where it was all heading, but epic fail! When the author finally revealed all I couldn’t help but gasp, Lisa Jewell well and truly left me stunned. I Found You is my perfect kind of psychological thriller, fast paced, fascinating characters and misdirection at every turn.  

The Chain by Adam McKinty

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You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain. 

  • Print Length: 369 page
  • Publisher: Orion (9 July 2019)

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The Chain by Adam McKinty is one of the most talked about books on social media this year, bloggers, authors, publishers are raving about it, and then there’s me! The plots definitely an original one, based on Chain letters, the author takes this one step further,  your child gets kidnapped, so in turn you have to kidnap a child, if you break the chain your child will be murdered. I throughly enjoyed the first part of The Chain it’s fast paced, riveting and as the reader you live and breathe events as they unfold through the characters eyes. The chapters are short, and precise adding tension to the overall plot. 

The second part of the book is more about the beginning of The Chain , and it’s creators I didn’t enjoy this part as much, the pace slowed, the tension ramped down a couple of notches, and the plot became far more predictable. Don’t get me wrong this book has much to offer the thriller lover and I can see why readers are raving about The Chain. Personally I think because I made the mistake of reading some of the reviews for The Chain before reading the book so I may have set my expectations too high for this book, which left me more than a little disappointed.

I must admit as a mother I felt for the victims, but not enough to care about the outcome, for me the victims were to quick to pick out a victim, without thinking about the consequences, this made them appear cold hearted and not particularly likeable.  The Chain was a great first half, with plenty of promise but the second half was a let down, at this point I found I felt no sympathy for any of the characters or the predicament they found themselves in, and my interested waned to the point where I wasn’t particularly interested in the outcome.

What’s on your bookshelf? With #BookBlogger Jen at jenmedsbookreviews @JenMedBkReviews

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Whohoo it’s Wednesday so not only is it #HumpDay but it’s also time to have a peek around another book bloggers  bookshelves. Today I’m thrilled to welcome one of my very favourite bloggers on the planet Jen who blogs over at jenmedsbookreviews.com. If you haven’t checked out Jen’s  blog yet it’s a MUST, especially if you are a lover of crime thrillers. Now over to Jen……….

How many bookcases do you have?

7 of varying heights dotted around the house. That’s not including my massive Kindle bookshelf. But I need more. I’m double stacking now …

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Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Each one? Or total …? 450+ unsigned and 300+ signed. The 700 unread (1269 total) on kindle don’t count right? (Eek)

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

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Crime, crime and more crime. Anything that comes under that generally unspecific genre heading so mystery, thriller, action, procedural, psychological etc. There are some rom coms and a few humour books, maybe a couple of dozen reference books which I haven’t counted here, but they are all well hidden and surrounded by murder etc.

Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

Right now? Physical book wise it’s a tie between The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry and Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza. E-book wise, probably Mark Hill’s The Bad Place, closely followed by End Game by Daniel Cole

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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest?

and you haven’t yet got around to reading? Probably The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. I had all good intentions when I bought the book as a teenager until I realised that life, much like my good self, is far too short. So I cheated and watched the Disney cartoon instead. That’s kind of the same thing right?

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Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

So, so many. I have pre-orders which take me up to December 2020 … Aside from the ARCs I already have and will be converting to kindle copies when released, I’m looking forward toThe Family by Louise Jensen, Poison Ink by Alison Belsham (I need a signed copy to go with The Tattoo Thief, obvs) and Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten. Really looking forward to seeing where she is taking the series. Other than that I’m trying not to take life too seriously and playing it by ear and by recommendation. Aside from the 30 pre-orders I have in

If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

Just one? Really? The complete works of someone who has written a hell of a lot of books? No? Okay then. The Sun Also Risesby Ernest Hemingway. This was one of few the books I read at school which really stuck with me because of the imagery (even if the bull fighting is barbaric), the conflict and the complexity of the relationship between Brett and Jake. The writing style is superb, sparse and yet expansive at the same time, creating such a vivid setting and all engaging characters. Plus he sparked my love for American literature (which led to a rather useless American Studies degree …) I think the book has one of the finest closing segments in any book, where Brett and Jake finally give up on any chance of being together. It encapsulates the whole essence of the book – the dreamer v the realist.

“Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.”

Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me.

“Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

Plus he’s a fellow cancerian so he can’t be all bad.

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Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

Cripes. Not sure I’d like that. Would I have to vaccum? If they need to be breathing then possibly Stephen King. One, because he was such an influence on my childhood reading habits and, two, because I’d love to know what he really thinks of some of the books he’s been quoted on 😉 Of all time and not currently breathing (though I’d prefer we could rewind to a time when they) then Ernest Hemingway. I just think he would be fascinating to talk to with the life that he led, and again, a big influence on me as a reader in my formative years. And I’d love to know what he would make of the modern publishing world.

About Jen

I am a nearly mid-forties recovering Transport Manager. I now live a much less stressful life managing contracts for an Engineering company, which gives me a lot more time to read and attend book events. Bliss. I am very much ruled by my two moggies Luna and Rory and what they say (meow) goes.

I started blogging in 2016 after having attended CrimeFest in Bristol and foolishly thinking that I might be able to give this blogging malarkey a go. Three years on and I haven’t been called out as a fraud yet so must be doing something right. When not reading I can be found out walking (pretending to get fit), listening to music or heading off to the theatre. Failing that, find yourself a Crime Literature Festival and I may well be lurking there somewhere …

Blog: jenmedsbookreviews.com

Twitter: JenMedBkReviews

Facebook: Jen Med’s Book Reviews

Instagram: The Rambling Reviewer

My thanks to Jen for taking part in What’s on your bookshelf ? and for the photos from her personal collection.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com.

 

My Chronicle Book Box #BookSubscription #Monthly @MyChronicleBB #Review #DiscountCode #CrimeMysteryBox #Mychroniclebookbox #OctoberBox

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I was invited to be an Autumn Ambassador for My Chronicle Book Box, so today I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on a brand new book box from https://mychroniclebookbox.com/ not only that but followers of my blog can get a 10% discount on their first box (details can be found further down this post). The Crime & Mystery monthly book subscription box, has everything you love about a quarterly book subscription box, but monthly! Before I share my thoughts on October 2020’s Box, here’s some information about the boxes.

Monthly Book Subscription Box – Gift Options

£27.78 Inc. VAT

The first theme is ‘there’s a new Detective in Devon’ and will feature The Long Call by Ann Cleeves.

Each monthly box will contain a signed hard copy first edition new release, 1 – 3 luxury bookish goodies and author interview.

Your first box will be the October 2019 box, shipping around 15th October 2019. Boxes will then ship around the 15th of each month

Choose the length of the subscription 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.

Gift cards can be sent out with your own message printed on and explaining what has been gifted and when the boxes or boxes can be expected. Choose a design for any occasion and tell us where to send it, direct to the recipient or would you like to receive it to pass on?

Please note I have not received payment for reviewing this book subscription, but I did receive a box in return for a honest and unbiased review.

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There is nothing more exciting than receiving a gift in the post, and it’s even more exciting when it’s a book subscription, every bookworms dream. Personally I think these boxes would make the perfect birthday/Christmas or just a gift for someone special or even yourself!

First up I love the box, the blue and white theme looks fresh and inviting and perfect for a male or female I couldn’t wait to take a peek inside.

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The first thing I noticed was how perfectly wrapped everything was, and in keeping with the box.

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And then the unwrapping, I must say the gifts inside exceeded my expectations, they were all of a very high quality.

I did have one small quibble, I would suggest moving the card to the bottom of the box as it contains details of all the bookish gifts included, there is a warning saying **spoilers ahead** but it caught my eye immediately, so I spotted what one of the gifts was.

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First up the book, beautifully and individually wrapped, in a heavy quality coloured paper which is secured with a string bow.

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So what bookish gifts lay inside?

First up a signed  hard back, first edition of The Long Call by Anne Cleeves. The first book in a detective crime series set in North Devon. I haven’t read a book by this author before, so for me the beauty of these boxes is that it gives you the opportunity to read books that you might have missed out on. I also love that it’s also a signed copy, so this one will be added to my treasured signed book bookshelf.

 

what else was in the box?

Its obvious Louise has thought long and hard about the gifts to include with this book, and all the gifts fit perfectly with the theme of the book. Included were the following…

An author interview on sturdy card rather than paper, and I loved the photo on the front.

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A Devon inspired candle from https://happypiranha.com/ I do love my scented candles, so this was the perfect gift for me. It’s in a tin rather than a glass jar, which I prefer, it’s  hand poured, and exclusive to this box, it smells beautiful, it’s fresh rather than floral, I immediately thought of the sea, and I can’t wait to light this one (and it has a 35 hour burn time)

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Two glossy postcards, printed on high quality card of Devon, I love photos of the sea, I always find they evoke happy memories and relax me. I think these postcards will make excellent bookmarks as they are so sturdy, so an added bonus.

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My overall thoughts

 I think My Monthly Box Chronicle is onto a winner here, it’s obvious a lot of thought has gone into each box, they have definitely been packed with love and care. From the book, to the themed gifts there wasn’t anything in this book that I won’t be able to find a use for.

Personally I think it’s worth every penny, especially when you consider each box contains a signed first edition. I did think especially for the bookworms amongst us there is a chance you may receive a book you already have, but then I would keep the signed copy and give my other copy away, or keep both!  I love browsing bookshops, but there was something extra special about receiving a book subscription in this post, it felt like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one.

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If you have never had a book subscription before and are seriously considering giving it a try then  I would definitely go for My Chronicle Book Box first.

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If I have tempted you to buy a box for someone or even yourself, here’s a bonus, courtesy of My Book Box Chronicles….if you include the discount code CAFE10 it will give you 10% off your first box.

If you would like to know more about the founder of My Book Box Chronicles, you can read my interview with her here…interview with My Box Chronicles

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This Little Dark Place by A. S. Hatch #BookReview #BlogTour #GripLit @andrewshatch @serpentstail #ThisLittleDarkPlace

Today I’m thrilled to be closing the blog tour for This Little Dark Place by A. S. Hatch. I’m a huge lover of psychological thrillers, but after reading so many it’s difficult to find a book in this genre that stands out, did this one hit the mark? Read on for my thoughts. 

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How well do you know your girlfriend?

How well do you know your lover?

How well do you know yourself?

Daniel and Victoria are together. They’re trying for a baby. Ruby is in prison, convicted of assault on an abusive partner.

But when Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners, he and Ruby make contact. At first the messages are polite, neutral – but soon they find themselves revealing more and more about themselves. Their deepest fears, their darkest desires.

And then, one day, Ruby comes to find Daniel. And now he must decide who to choose – and who to trust.

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If you decide to read This Little Dark Place by A.S. go in blind, Don’t read any reviews (apart from mine and other book bloggers on the blog tour of course, as they contain no spoilers!). I knew nothing about this book and it made the reading experience far more enjoyable as I had no idea, where the author was leading the story. It’s a story that twist and turns, with its tale of obsessive love and betrayal. This Little Dark Place is narrated by a compelling voice, it’s original, and made for a dark read.

Daniels story is narrated through a series of letters which I felt worked really well, it gives an ominous feel to the book, a feeling that grows as Daniel reveals more about his life, we learn about his closest relationships, with his mother, wife Victoria and Ruby a prison pen pal.  The letters are written to Lucy, who is the mysterious Lucy? it’s a question that is central to the plot, and will put your head in a spin as you try to fathom out her connection to Daniel. This book held so many questions, but thankfully the author slowly and deftly reveals all the answers. 

At first Daniel appears to be your ‘average’ bloke living a fairly predictable life, that some would consider to be boring, he doesn’t appear to have any dreams, or inspirations to better himself. It’s only as A. S. Hatch peels away the layers of Daniels life that you realise that here’s a character whose not without flaws. Through the letters you can’t help but feel a degree of sympathy for Daniel, your privy to his every thought and emotion, as the reader you feel Daniel is writing the letters to you, pulling you into the tangled web that his life has become, but is Daniel a reliable narrator? That’s for you to read the book to find out! When we meet Ruby I found myself constantly questioning her motives wondering just how trustworthy she was, her introduction feels ominous, and gradually builds until I found myself holding my breath in anticipation. 

This Little Dark Place is a relatively short read at 283 pages, but sometimes the ‘best reads come in small packages’ and this book proves that. Like many psychological thrillers the story is very much character led, so at times the pace is much slower, not that it matters as the author slowly draws you into a well drawn, captivating read. I loved the fact that every time I thought I knew where the story was heading A. S. Hatch misled me at every turn. The author has written an exciting psychological thriller, it’s original in its writing, with an  unreliable narrator and more than enough surprises to keep the most avid psychological thriller lover entertained. Highly recommended by me of course! 

  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent’s Tail; Main edition (10 Sept. 2019)

Buying link:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧

My thanks to Serpent’s Tail and the author for my ARC in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. 

About the author

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A.S. Hatch grew up in Thornton-Cleveleys, a small town near Blackpool. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in journalism he moved to Taipei, Taiwan where he taught English as a foreign language for two years before moving to Melbourne, Australia. Andrew returned to the UK in 2013 and now lives in London where he works in political communications.

He began writing fiction at university. His novel Los Gigantes was shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Prize in 2013 and his short story Flies was chosen by WyrdBooks Ltd as their short story of the month in October 2012.

Catch up with the blog tour…….

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What’s on your bookshelf ? With #BookBlogger Joanne at Portobellobookblog @portybelle

 

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Whohoo time for another book blogger to take part in What’s On Your BookShelf ? Today it’s Joanne’s turn, she blogs over at https://portobellobookblog.com/  and I would highly recommended you check out Joanne’s blog if you haven’t already. So without further ado shall we have a nosy around Joanne’s bookcases?

Hi Joanne How many bookcases do you have?

We had a big clear out a couple of years back when we rearranged and redecorated our bedroom. We got rid of two huge bookcases. Despite this, I reckon there are at least eight bookcases I around the house – and I may just have ordered another this evening. But to be fair, it’s to replace a very cheap one! 

Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Oh dear, I’m frightened to count! I just had a wander round and at a rough guess, I’d say there ae around 500 books on the book cases. And if the piles of books beside the bed and in my wardrobe are to be counted too, you can probably add another 50 at least!

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I’d say mine consist mostly of contemporary fiction although there are a lot of political, spy or war related thrillers which my husband likes.

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Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

I have quite a few coming up I am very keen to read but there are others I’m committed to first. Not that I don’t want to read the ones I’m committed to or I wouldn’t have agreed to review them. I am really looking forward to reading The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing by Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott and Dead Stock by Rachel Ward.

Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?

There are a lot I haven’t read but one which has been there a while is South by Ernest Shackleton. I think he is a fascinating man and loved the tv miniseries about his epic adventure starring Kenneth Branagh. Quite like Shackleton whisky but that’s another story entirely! One day, I’ll get around to reading the book.

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Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

Miranda Dickenson’s The Day We Meet Again, Cecelia Ahern’s Postscript and Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars.

If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

Oh that’s a really hard and quite cruel question actually! I think I’d choose Sebastian Faulks Birdsong which is what I usually say is my favourite book if pushed. I think it is a vivid evocation of the horrors of the First World War with a beautiful, passionate love story at its heart. Difficult to mix the two but I think the author manages it with this novel. I read it at a time when I was researching my family history including a great uncle who died in the First World War and a lot of the places where I know he was fighting are settings in this book. I had also been to visit the area so could easily imagine where the characters were.

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Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

I’d like to invite Patrick Gale as I absolutely adore his books. I’d love to have a chat with him as I’ve heard him a couple of times at book festival events and even got to meet him last year at the Edinburgh book festival. He is fascinating to listen to.

About Joanne

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I can’t remember not being a reader and always have at least one book on the go. I started my blog, Portobello Book Blog, in April 2015 to share my love of the books I was reading and it’s been great fun. I’m a busy wife and mum to two lovely girls, an avid book reader of course, a nature watcher, a keen cook and baker, always on the go and I love living by the sea.

Blog – https://www.portobellobookblog.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/portobellobookblog/

Twitter and Instagram – @portybelle

My thanks to Joanne for taking part in What’s on your bookshelf ? and for the photos from her personal collection.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com

Thank you