Category Archives: Cat Hogan

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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This week I have managed to finish one book, read another and start on my third so not to bad a week for reading

All Fall Down by Tom Bale

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I absolutely loved this book, and I would love to share my review unfortunately you will have to wait until the 4th September, as I’m one of the bloggers on the blog tour.

They All Fall Down by Cat Hogan

imageA promising debut which I enjoyed, my review will be live next week

Portraits Of The Dead by John Nicholl

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Book post I received this week
The Wharf Butcher by Michael K Foster

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Arc’s I’ve received this week

I tried to keep away from NetGalley this week and failed miserably …..oh well there’s always next week 😂😂

Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow

The Taken by Casey Kelleher

Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst

Hide and Seek DI Helen Grace 6 by M.J. Arlidge

Books I’ve bought

I bought three books this week……..

Cut by Marc Rabbe

The House on Cold Hill by Peter James

Bad Blood by Julie Shaw

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Last week on The Book Review Café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/12/the-forgotten-woman-by-angela-marsons-review/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/11/cover-reveal-inside-the-whispers-by-a-j-waines/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/11/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-david-baird/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/09/nina-is-not-ok-by-shappi-khorsandi-review/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/08/author-interview-with-cat-hogan-author-of-they-all-fall-down-blogtour/

Next week on The Book Review Café

Review for They All Fall Down by Cat Hogan

Review for Dead To Me by Lesley Pearce

#TopFiveThursday with Clair Boor

**Blog tour** Blood Sisters by Dreda Say Mitchell, author interview

Blogging news from The Book Review Café

Author Tom Bale tried to lead me astray when I moaned on Twitter I couldn’t read All Fall Down in one sitting as I had to go to work.

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And what a fabulous end to the week Christie Barlow included me in her Thank you’s, along with some really brilliant bloggers, in her new book Lizzie’s Christmas Escape.

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They All Fall Down by Cat Hogan #Review @kittycathogan

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 Book description

Ring-a-ring o’ rosie . . .
… Someone wants to play.
… Who’s not playing the game?
… Now Someone must pay.

Jen Harper likes to play it safe. She is settling into life on the outskirts of a sleepy fishing village with her little boy, Danny. Life by the sea – just how she wanted it.

When she meets Andy, she feels the time has come to put her baggage and the scars of the past behind her. Then she is introduced to Scott, Andy’s best friend, and is stung by his obvious disdain for her. Why is Scott so protective of his best friend? What is the dark secret that threatens all of them?

In her attempt to find answers, Jen must confront her demons and push her relationships to their limits. By digging up the past, she puts Danny and herself in danger. Will she succeed in uncovering the truth before they all fall down?

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They All Fall Down is the debut novel from Irish author Cat Hogan, it’s an intriguing tale of jealousy and obsession. Jen Harper feels like she is making a new start when she moves to a sleepy fishing village with her young son. It’s not long before she meets handsome local fisherman Andy, a man weighed down by his past. They appear to be the perfect match but unfortunately Andy’s best friend Scott feels very differently and it’s not long before things begin to take a dark and sinister turn.

Cat Hogan has created an eclectic mix characters, some of them were not particularly likeable to say the least, Self centred, flawed and destructive most of them appeared weak and shallow, but the characters flaws made this novel all the more fascinating, as friendships were broken and manipulated, and addictions took hold. Scott on the other hand was a very intriguing antagonist, chilling, manipulative, obsessive but very charming when he needed to be. They All Fall Down explores the flawed side of human nature jealousy, obsession and betrayal are all themes that run through this book.

I wouldn’t describe They All Fall Down as fast paced, this is one of those books where the tension slowly builds, the sense of foreboding I got throughout reading All Fall Down certainly added to the suspense. The second half picks up pace as Scott’s obsession becomes irrational, so much so you can sense the malice radiating from him. As the story reached its dramatic conclusion my sense of trepidation increased tenfold. I really liked Cat Hogan’s style of writing it’s clear and concise, which made it a quick read. Although it does have its moments – this isn’t an edge-of-your-seat hardcore thriller. If you read it with that expectation, you just might be a tad disappointed, on the other hand if you enjoy a psychological thriller that builds on the suspense then I would highly recommend They All Fall Down.

4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

My thanks to the author Cat Hogan for an ARC in exchange for a honest review
Print Length: 207 pages

Publisher: Poolbeg Press (1 July 2016)

Amazon UK  🇬🇧    Amazon US 🇺🇸

If my review has piqued your interest I have an intriguing author interview with Cat Hogan, which was on my blog earlier in the month Author interview with Cat Hogan here

**Author Interview** with Cat Hogan author of They All Fall Down #BlogTour

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Today I am super excited to be on the blog tour for They All Fall Down by the lovely Cat Hogan. Cat approached me regarding taking part in her tour, and after seeing the lovely cover and reading the intriguing book description I knew I couldn’t say no. I was hoping to read They All Fall Down before the blog tour, but unfortunately I just havent been able to fit it in. Hopefully as you read this post I will have started reading it and I will be able to post my review shortly. In the meantime Cat very kindly answered some questions the book review café put to her, so here we are …….

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Hi Cat thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Delighted to be here Lorraine! Thanks for having me.

I live in Ireland with my partner and my two little boys. My background was in Hospitality- for many years I worked in hotels and restaurants before becoming a full time writer. I write fiction by night and content for business during the day. It’s a busy house here in Wexford and there’s always something going on. Books came before writing for me. I am a true book worm and always have been.

For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book They All Fall Down can you provide us with an introduction?

They All Fall Down is a face paced thriller exploring the depths of flawed human nature, the thin line between love and obsession and the destructive nature of addiction. The novel is set in Ireland. It looks at six characters, their effect on each other and the consequences of decisions. You also have Scott in the mix- an incredibly manipulative and intelligent character- He likes to play games.

Where did the idea for They All Fall Down come from?

When I started writing They All Fall Down, I had one character in mind. I knew where I wanted the story to be set. I thought the novel would be lighter but then Scott appeared and changed everything. 

How do you research material for your book?
Most of my research came from reading- fiction and non-fiction. I researched personality disorders a lot but mostly online. I chatted to people- especially fishermen. I grew up near a fishing village but I’ve never actually been out at sea on a trawler. That’s the beauty of writing fiction- once you have the bones of your facts straight, you can let your imagination fly. I don’t have that same luxury in my day job- that writing is precise and structured. It’s a good work out for the brain having to use both sides like that.

Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?

I like pen and paper. The laptop comes last. They All Fall Down started long hand in a note book. The character profiles were all done on paper. I like the feel of a pen rolling over paper- I find it therapeutic. I have several note books in my bag and can’t resist buying more- the prettier the better!
Most of They All Fall Down was drafted in coffee shops or on breaks in work. I hit a certain point in the book and I became obsessed. I couldn’t leave the characters in limbo and kept writing. Most of this was done at night, at my kitchen table after the boys went to bed.

Do you write an outline before you start writing?

For me, a book is all about characters. The plot is secondary to that. I wrote character profiles for all of them- right back to their childhoods, what they have in their fridge, their favourite colour. You name it- I knew it. As each character revealed themselves to me, I repeated the process. I knew them so well and they told the story for me. The book looks at issues we have all faced in one way or another. I simply turned up the heat on it.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

It all happened very quickly for me. I finished the book in June 2015. My heart lay with the traditional route to publishing rather than self publishing but I knew how hard it was and how long I would have to wait. The plan was to submit to agents and continue writing. If I hadn’t heard anything within 18 months, I would either consider self publishing or a change in career.
I didn’t have to wait long. Two months after I submitted my novel, I had an agent and three months after that I had a two book deal with Poolbeg press in Ireland. It was amazing and a dream come true but now the pressure is on to have the second book written to a deadline while promoting They All Fall Down. I’m a busy bee! The boys are on school holidays- it’s a real juggling act in the house at the moment.

What authors/books do you like to read in your spare time?

I love reading. For a short while (while I was in the middle of edits and preparation for publication day) the joy of reading left me. Every book I picked up I judged against mine, I studied how that author constructed sentences, how they used dialogue etc. It had to stop- my favourite pastime had turned into study. Now, I’m back to where I used to be. I read for pure pleasure and escapism.
I try my best to support fellow authors in Ireland and as soon as they launch a book I will buy it.
I do love Stephen King and Wally Lamb. I also love Harlan Coben. There are so many wonderful books and authors out there, it’s hard to choose.

What book are you reading now?
Right now, I have two on the go. ‘Red Dragon’ by Thomas Harris- not the first time I have read this one. I’m also reading ‘A Kiss Before Dying’ by Ira Levin. Edgar Allen Poe is on the TBR pile, as is Mike McCormack’s ‘Solar Bones.’

Are you able to tell me anything about your next book?

Well, at the moment I am sweating a little bit over book 2. It’s due back to my publisher in September ( yes- next month!!). I have been so busy with promo and the children, it’s hard to find the time to get down to writing.
What I can tell you is this- Book 2 will be darker, more twisty and more tense than They All Fall Down. Who knows… maybe our favourite characters might just reappear! Anything can happen.

About Cat Hogan

Cat Hogan was born into a home of bookworms and within spitting distance of the sea. Her father, Pat, a lightship man, instilled in her a love of the sea and the stars. Her mother, Mag, taught her how to read before she could walk. 
Writing, storytelling and a wild imagination is part of her DNA.

The beautiful County Wexford, Ireland is home to Cat, her musician partner Dave, two beautiful sons Joey and Arthur, and her tomcat Jim Hawkins. There they live a life of storytelling, song and adventure. The other love of Cat’s life is food. A self-professed foodie, there is nothing she loves more than feeding a houseful of friends round her kitchen table.

When she is not conjuring up imaginary friends, she can be found supporting local musicians and writers of which there is an abundance in her home town. One of her first endorsements for her novel is also her favourite and comes from fellow Wexfordian of Artemis Fowl fame.

’If the Gone Girl met the Girl on the Train, they would have come up with They All Fall Down’ -Eoin Colfer.

They All Fall Down is Cat’s debut novel.

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Links to Cat Hogan

The Irish Times Interview     Goodreads     Twitter: @kittycathogan     Facebook

Book description

Ring-a-ring o’ rosie . . .
… Someone wants to play.
… Who’s not playing the game?
… Now Someone must pay.

Jen Harper likes to play it safe. She is settling into life on the outskirts of a sleepy fishing village with her little boy, Danny. Life by the sea – just how she wanted it.

When she meets Andy, she feels the time has come to put her baggage and the scars of the past behind her. Then she is introduced to Scott, Andy’s best friend, and is stung by his obvious disdain for her. Why is Scott so protective of his best friend? What is the dark secret that threatens all of them?

In her attempt to find answers, Jen must confront her demons and push her relationships to their limits. By digging up the past, she puts Danny and herself in danger. Will she succeed in uncovering the truth before they all fall down?

Raw and energetic, They All Fall Down is a fast-paced and addictive novel exploring the depths of flawed human nature, the thin line between love and obsession and the destructive nature of addiction.

Print Length: 207 pages
Publisher: Poolbeg Press (1 July 2016)

Buy They All Fall Down at……

Amazon UK     Amazon US 

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**Weekly Wrap Up**

The last couple of weeks I’ve struggled to read anything, my dad hasn’t been well so my mind has been else where, but this week I have managed to read two books and start a third

Blood Sister by Dreda Say Mitchell

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I loved Blood Sister a really gripping read, unfortunately you won’t be able to read my review until the 19th August when it’s my stop on the blog tour

Nina Is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi

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Not my usual type of read but this book blew me away I absolutely loved it,despite the subject matter, my review will be live on my blog next week

All Fall Down by Tom Bale

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Really excited about reading All Fall Down by Tom Bale, I’m hoping it will be as good or if not better than his previous book See How They Run, I just love the cover I think publishers Bookouture have the most fantastic covers they just shout out “read me”

Book post I received this week

I won a copy of My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry along with a lovely notebook and some chocolate over at Kate’s blog http://www.bibliophilebookclub.com

They All Fall Down by Cat Hogan

Turning Blue by Benjamin Myers

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

Arc’s I’ve received this week

Oh dear the NetGalley ban has truly gone out the window as you can see 🙈🙈

The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington

Nina Is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi

Surviving The Angel Of Death by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri

What Remains of Me by A L Gaylin

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Lie In Wait by GJ Minett

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

All Fall Down by Tom Bale

Books I’ve bought

I have been really good this week and not bought any books, there are a few I’m desperate to read, but I’m trying not to buy them just yet! I have borrowed two from my sister instead

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

I had the ARC but my copy was shocking it kept missing out letters so I literally had to guess the words, it got so annoying it was ruining a very good book, so I gave up on it!

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Last week on The Book Review Café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/01/blog-tourthe-moment-she-left-by-susan-lewis-extract-giveaway/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/01/blog-tour-hes-gone-by-alex-clare-review-giveaway/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/02/guest-post-jean-harrod-author-of-deadly-deceit/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/03/my-book-of-the-month-july-2016/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/04/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-sarah-hardy/

The Optician’s Wife by Betsy Reavley #Review | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/05/the-opticians-wife-by-betsy-reavley/

*Blog Tour** S5 Uncovered by James Durose-Rayner & #GuestPost | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/08/06/blog-tour-s5-uncovered-by-james-durose-rayner-guestpost/

Next week on The Book Review Café

**Blog Tour** They All Fall Down by Cat Hogan, Q & A with the author

Review for Nina Is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi

Review for The Forgotten Woman by Angela Marsons

#TopFiveThursday

 Blogging news from The Book Review Café

After nearly a year of blogging I’ve finally got around to joining Goodreads, I did have an account but completely forgot my log in details as I never used it! So I’ve rejoined as The Book Review Café (surprise, surprise).

I finally got myself a copy of Between You And Me by Lisa Hall, yes I’ve read it and loved it, but it’s not everyday you get a quote from your review in a book alongside some other fab bloggers.

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And I also got a quote from another review featured in my Bloq by Alan Jones, which I’m thrilled to bits about as I loved this book (note the fabulous bloggers I’m sharing the page with, and congratulations to all😘😘)

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