#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Katherine Sunderland aka Bibliomaniacuk @KatherineSunde3

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Today I’m thrilled to have awesome #BookBlogger Katherine answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Katherine blogs over at https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.co.uk and I just love Katherine’s blog and reviews they are always full of heart and passion. I always look out for her latest reviews as they are such a pleasure to read.  In 2017 Katherine launched a virtual Bibliomaniac’s Book Club which is a monthly blog post. If you haven’t checked out Katherine’s blog you really should and I’m sure you will love it as much as I do.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Carys Bray – The Museum of You
Caroline Wallace – The Finding of Martha Lost
Claire Fuller – Swimming Lessons
Claire King – The Night Rainbow
Nuala Ellwood – My Sister’s Bones

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Really? Just 5??? So mean….. !!

Leslie Allen – The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir
C L Taylor – The Escape (or any of hers!)
Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca / My Cousin Rachel
Wilkie Collins – The Woman in White
John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men / East of Eden

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

Isabel Ashdown – Little Sister
Eloise Harper – The Binding Song
Angela Clarke –Trust Me
Chris Whitaker – All the Wicked Girls
Sam Carrington – Bad Sister

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

Keep a separate diary with the dates of blog tours, publication dates of any arcs you’re reading and anything else to do with your blog – this will also help you manage your TBR pile (or not!!)

If you use Twitter, add a ‘pinned tweet’ with your latest blog post and– it’s a great way for people to return a retweet and for you to promote a particular post

Try to ignore statistics about followers and views– they are fickle and distracting

Ask to join some of the book blogger Facebook pages – they are such a source of inspiration, support, friendship and a fountain of knowledge to all those questions we all have!

Always be respectful about the books you review even when it’s not your cup of tea. Someone has poured their heart and soul into those pages and writing a novel is so much harder than it looks!

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Cleo at http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com

Linda at http://www.lindasbookbag.com

Mairead at http://swirlandthread.com

Kaisha at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com

Emma at http://damppebbles.com

IMG_2399My name is Katherine Sunderland and I am a bibliomaniac! I love books – reading them, reviewing them and talking about them!

In January 2016 I started my blog, https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.co.uk where I share my book reviews, guest posts, author interviews and blog tour posts.

I run Bibliomaniac events in a lovely pub in the town where I live. Authors come along and chat about their books; people have a chance to buy the books, enjoy a drink, win prizes in a raffle and mingle with the authors.

In 2017 I launched a virtual Bibliomaniac’s Book Club which is a monthly blog post with a paperweight choice and a paperlight choice depending on the kind of thing your group is looking for. I provide questions, discussion topics and lots of other things to help kick start any book group’s book chat.

I now have a website too https://www.bibliomaniacuk.co.uk so you can catch up with a weekly update of my current reads, buy tickets for my events and catch up with any interviews or blog tour posts you may have missed!

You can follow me on:

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**Cover Reveal** #ColdBlood by Robert Bryndza @bookouture @RobertBryndza

This evening I am thrilled to be part of the big cover reveal for one of my favourite authors on the planet Robert Bryndza. To say I was excited when I received an email with the cover attached is an understatement, in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole of Bristol heard my shrieks of excitement!

Cold Blood is the in fifth book in the Erika Foster and it’s definitely a crime series you don’t want to miss, if you haven’t started this series yet you really should, with great characters and with some very dark and twisted plots the whole series is a MUST read.

Yet again it’s another awesome cover from Bookouture I absolutely love it, and after reading the book description I’m desperate to read Cold Blood by the very talented Robert Bryndza so without further ado here is the cover for Cold Blood.………

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Don’t you just love it? Sinster and damn right creepy and I love the colours of the cover very bold and dramatic.

Book description

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

COLD BLOOD by ROBERT BRYNDZA
(Detective Erika Foster Book 5)
Out on 20th September
UK 🇬🇧 http://amzn.to/2uP064T
US 🇺🇸 http://amzn.to/2uOLceW

IMG_2423Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, and Dark Water are the second and third books in the series, and the fourth book, Last Breath,  was published in

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies, and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

Sign up to Robert Bryndza‘s New Release Mailing List here: http://eepurl.com/UITxz

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A Mind To Kill by John Nicholl #BookReview @Nicholl06

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Book description

They kill innocence. She wants revenge.

When Rebecca’s childhood abuser escapes justice it sets her on a path to revenge. Revenge on any man who preys on the innocent.

A gripping page-turner of a psychological thriller packed with suspense.

IMG_2357John Nicholl isn’t afraid to write stories that challenge and shock, he pushes the boundaries of what we expect, if anything A Mind To Kill is his most shocking and disturbing book yet. This book deals with a very tough subject child abuse, and for that reason I’m not sure this book will be to everyone’s taste, it’s definitely not one for the faint-hearted as they are some pretty detailed scenes that are grim and very violent. Rebecca’s childhood is left in shatters when her abuser escapes justice. Fast forward seventeen years and Rebecca wants her revenge what follows is a dark and very disturbing tale.

A Mind To Kill is a book about vengeance and getting revenge on the worse kind of people, that commit the most abhorrent crimes. It’s very clear from John Nicholl’s writing that he is extremely knowledgeable in both police matters and child abuse, so although A Mind To Kill makes for a grim read, it also unfortunately makes for a very credible one in parts. The author gives an ugly insight into the minds of the predators who carry out the most heinous crimes, as a reader you can only hope these men get “their just deserts”. At times I did feel the plot was a little to far fetched to be realistic, but it’s a fiction book at the end of the day.

There’s is a very dark psychological thriller there no doubt about that, but it’s also fraught with tension and the sense of evil radiating from the pages is palatable. A Mind To Kill shows that nothing is black and white, sometimes the lines between become blurred, what happens when the justice system fails the very people it’s there to protect? Is it ever acceptable for someone to take the law into their own hands to seek justice? these were questions I found myself thinking about as I read A Mind To Kill, it’s a controversial story that I’m sure will raise many a debate amongst it’s readers. This novel is definitely not going to be to everyone’s taste It’s shocking and makes for a disconcerting read, so would I recommend it? Yes but only to those with a strong disposition.

Buying links: Amazon Uk 🇬🇧Amazon US 🇺🇸

 

 

In Your Name by Rob Ashman #BookReview @RobAshmanAuthor @bloodhoundbook

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Book description

A chilling serial killer thriller from The Mechanic trilogy

Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart.
Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted.

But was the letter really sent by Mechanic?

Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control and when Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn.
Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself.

Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic?
Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?

IMG_2357Now I don’t know about you, but when I pick up the next book in a series I do so with trepidation. I’m always concerned that the next book won’t live up to expectations. I actually loved Those That Remain by Rob Ashman, the first book in the Mechanic series and I would go as far as to say it’s one of my top reads of 2017, so unfortunately for the author I was expecting great things for In Your Name. I’m not going to keep you in suspense as far as I’m concerned Rob Ashman has only gone and done it again and written another dark and gripping addition??? to the Mechanic series. This is one crime series you don’t want to miss!

Detective Lucas’s every waking moment is consumed with catching the cold hearted and sadistic serial killer known as The Mechanic, even if it means putting his career and marriage in jeopardy. From the opening chapter where Lucas is stood over a grave, you get an immediate sense of foreboding and just know things are about to get a lot worse for Lucas as he tries to bring the mechanic to justice. Poor Lucas as if he didn’t suffer enough in the last book, he returns to his job a broken man in both body and spirit, but like the saying goes “you cant keep a good man down” Lucas is filled with rage and won’t rest until he catches Mechanic.

Just like the previous book Mechanic is one seriously twisted and cunning killer always managing to keep one step ahead of Lucas, taunting him at every opportunity. Rob Ashman has created a monster there’s no doubt about it, but the Mechanic is a complex characters and once again I did find myself having just a smidgin of sympathy for them especially when you know their back story. I’m so intrigued by Mechanic, they are one seriously sick and twisted individual, I was hoping this would be a long running series alas it looks like there is only going to be one more book in this highly compelling series.

I thought this series couldn’t get any better but I’m pleased to report I was wrong, if anything this book is darker, and definitely more gruesome, the pace is relentless so you don’t have time to catch your breath before the next big shock comes along. I should point out all though Rob Ashman is a British author this novel reads very much like it’s been written by an American, the settings are authentic and the scenes frighteningly disturbing just the way I like my crime thrillers. In Your Name is fast paced, brutal and addictive, each book leaves you desperately wanting more, luckily we don’t have to wait long as the third book in the Mechanic series Pay The Penance is out the beginning of August and I can’t wait!

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to hear I’m giving In Your Name 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 fabulous read, fantastic 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 🇺🇸

Print Length: 290 pages

Publisher: Bloodhound Books (13 July 2017)

 

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You can read my review for Those That Remain here….Those That Remain

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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I had no intention of doing a weekly wrap up post this week with so many of my fellow book bloggers away at Harrogate, but I just had to share how many books I’ve read this week. Now I know this is a post that causes much merriment amongst some of my fellow book bloggers not mentioning any names,  but Dee over at http://www.noveldeelights.com springs to mind! Well I hope you are all sitting down because I have actually read four books and started on a fifth (yes you read that right) this week! I’m definitely on a roll well for now anyway 😂😂

Books I read this week

 

Books I’m hoping to read next week

I’m thrilled to report I’ve kept up my NetGalley self imposed ban, so although I haven’t actually read any books  from my rather small cough, cough! NetGalley shelf I haven’t added to it either!

Although I did buy a couple of books, but to be fair my long suffering husband Andy doesn’t help as he bought me another Amazon Voucher as a surprise, but he knows me so well! and so it would be rude not to spend at least some of it!

Books I bought this week

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Book description

Menaker State Hospital is a curse, a refuge, a prison, a necessity, a nightmare, a salvation.

When Dr. Lise Shields arrived at the correctional psychiatric facility five years ago, she was warned that many of its patients-committed by Maryland’s judicial system for perpetrating heinous crimes-would never leave.

But what happens when a place like Menaker is corrupted, when it becomes a tool to silence the innocent, conceal an injustice, contain a secret? Why is it that the newest patient does not seem to belong there, that the hospital administrator has fallen silent, and that Lise is being watched by two men with seemingly lethal intent? The answers are closer than she realizes and could cost her everything she holds dear.

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Book description

She knows there’s a killer on the loose.
But no-one believes her.
Will she be next?

Hannah had a normal life – a loving husband, a good job. Until she did something shocking. Now she’s in a psychiatric clinic. It should be a safe place. But patients keep dying.

The doctors say it’s suicide. Hannah knows they’re lying. Can she make anyone believe her before the killer strikes again?

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Book description

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love. (less)

Last week on the book review café

**Blog Tour** #TheGoodDaughter by Karin Slaughter #AuthorInterview #BookReview @HarperCollinsUK @SlaughterKarin | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/17/blog-tour-the-good-daughter-by-karin-slaughter-authorinterview-bookreview-harpercollinsuk-slaughterkarin/

**Blog Tour** Dying To Live by Michael Stanley #GuestPost @detectivekuba @OrendaBooks | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/17/blog-tour-dying-to-live-by-michael-stanley-guestpost-detectivekuba-orendabooks/

I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen #BookReview @tessgerritsen | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/19/i-know-a-secret-by-tess-gerritsen-bookreview-tessgerritsen/

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Tracy Fenton aka compulsivereaders @Tr4cyF3nt0n | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/20/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-tracy-fenton-aka-compulsivereaders-tr4cyf3nt0n/

Friend Request by Laura Marshall #BookReview @laurajm8 | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/21/friend-request-by-laura-marshall-bookreview-laurajm8/

Next week on the book review café

A Mind To Kill by John Nicholl #BookReview

In Your Name by Rob Ashman #BookReview

Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent

#TopFiveThursday with another awesome #BookBlogger

And finally I just have to share my book news, a quote from my review for The Sister by the very talented Louise Jensen only happens to be on the book cover of the Italian version along side awesome book blogger Abbie over at http://www.bloominbrilliantbooks.com/ . I’m thrilled to bits that the book review café has gone international as I’ve also got a quote on the Spanish book cover of The Girl in The Ice by Robert Bryndza

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Friend Request by Laura Marshall #BookReview @laurajm8

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Book description

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.
Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life knowing herself responsible for Maria’s disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she?

As Maria’s messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress, to try to piece together exactly what happened that fateful night. But when another friend’s body turns up in the woods outside their old school, Louise realises she can’t trust anyone and that she must confront her own awful secret to discover the whole truth of what happened to Maria . . .

IMG_2357Friend Request deals with a very relevant and current subject, and one we all pretty much use in our daily life’s, the addictive but dreaded Facebook, we all reveal details of our life, what we ate, where we went on holiday, things we’ve done, but do you ever think about who could be reading your posts, looking at your photos without your knowledge? Are they really who they say they are? Well once you’ve read this book the paranoia will kick in and I’m sure like me you will be checking your privacy settings and friends list time and time again!

When Louise Williams receives a friends request on Facebook, a normal day occurrence for most of us, but for Louise it’s not everyday you get a request to befriend someone who has supposedly been dead for over twenty years! It’s apparent from the start that Louise is hiding something regarding Maria’s disappearance, the what and why’s are intricately revealed layer by layer in this tense psychological thriller.

Friend Request switches between the present and 1989 which reveals the events leading up to Maria’s disappearance, by using this ploy the author heightens the suspense and there’s a undercurrent of disquiet and foreboding running throughout this novel. As Maria’s messages escalate Louise is forced to examine what happened all those years ago, memories that she was preferred to keep buried.

At this point I must admit I found it hard to like any of the characters in this novel, now normally this can spoil the read for me, but fortunately it actually heightened my enjoyment as I couldn’t help but hope some of the characters would get “their just deserts”. Friend Request is a chilling psychological thriller that explores many relevant issues, with an highly original plot and taut with suspense Laura Marshall has written a very accomplished debut psychological thriller. A great read for the summer and one I would highly recommend.

Buying links:    Amazon UK 🇬🇧      Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Sphere (27 July 2017)

 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Tracy Fenton aka compulsivereaders @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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Today I’m thrilled to have Tracy Fenton pop by the book review café to answer those dreaded #TopFiveThursday questions. Tracy blogs over at http://www.compulsivereaders.co.uk although her blog is fairly new there isn’t much that Tracy doesn’t know about books she’s the founder of The Book Club on Facebook which has over 7,000 members including authors. 

Tracy mostly reviews crime and psychological thrillers, her reviews are short and to the point (you won’t find any ramblings here, unlike my own reviews😂😂)  Tracy also runs a popular feature called Behind The Blogger so I would definitely recommend you take a look at her blog.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough
Her Husband’s Lover – Julia Crouch
Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
A Mother’s Confession – Kelly Rimmer

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Tammy Cohen
Louise Beech
John Marrs
Rowan Coleman
Charity Norman

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt
The Power – Naomi Alderman
The Fact of a Body – Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Skin Deep – Liz Nugent

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

Never ever give away spoilers in your review.

Always be honest in your reviews.

Don’t be afraid to say NO to an author or publisher if you can’t read the book or don’t fancy it.

Do it for yourself, and enjoy it. If it gets too much or you stop enjoying it or feel under pressure take a step back.

Keep your blog fresh and original and make it fun for your followers.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Joanne at https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com

Sharon at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/

Gemma at https://gemmasbookreviews.wordpress.com/

Sarah at https://bytheletterbookreviews.wordpress.com/

Kristopher at http://bolobooks.com/

IMG_2230I live in Bushey, Hertfordshire with my husband Jason (patience of a saint and non-reader), my 2 boys Jack and Ben (aged 17 and 14) and my 11 year old diabetic bichon Charlie. I have a full time job working with hubby running our Office Furniture & Commercial Design company, Plan-It Interiors.

I have always been an avid reader, during my teens I read mainly chick-lit and rom-com and once married started reading true crime and police procedural books. In my late 30’s I started reading psychological thrillers and now I am addicted to them.

There is nothing more rewarding than recommending a book to someone and they love it as much as I do.

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