#TopFive with the book review café #crimethrillers #standalones

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Today on the book review cafe I’m sharing my top five crime books that are stand-alones, yet again there are so many brilliant books that could fit this category , but after much pondering these are the books I came up with.

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Rattle by Fiona Cummings

I actually loved this book and it’s a MUST READ for fans of crime thrillers and if you like them Dark then you are going to love it too. Rattle is a chilling and inventive debut from a very talented author, and with a serial killer (the bone collector) that made my blood run cold.

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Bloq by Alan Jones

Bloq at times is a very disturbing read, it’s also dark and full of suspense, well plotted with characters who were so realistic I shed a tear for them,I totally bought into their story.
a highly entertaining novel, that has plenty of nail biting moments to keep me captivated until the last page.

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My Girl by Jack Jordan

I found My Girl to be a chilling and captivating read. Yes it was shocking and very disturbing in parts but it did add to the plot making for a riveting read.

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 Untouchable by Sibel Hodge

Inspired by real UK police investigations this book unfortunately makes for a very credible and heart breaking read as it explores the issues of abuse and the high end of society having the money and power to cover up their atrocities. Dark and disturbing this book gripped me from the first page.

Flowers For The Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite

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Flowers For the Dead is very different to most of the crime thrillers I have read, mainly because the reader takes a terrifying and Spine-chilling look into the dark and deviant mind of a serial killer.

 You can see my reviews for these superb books here……

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/03/25/bloq-by-alan-jones

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/06/09/blog-tour-my-girl-by-jack-jordan-guest-post/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/12/15/rattle-by-fiona-cummins-review-fionaanncummins-2017mustreads/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/10/11/untouchable-by-sibel-hodge-review-sibelhodge/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2015/11/16/flowers-for-the-dead-by-barbara-copperthwaite-authors-question-and-answers/

 

**End Of The Year Wrap Up **

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Well I for one will be glad to see the back of 2016, for many reasons this hasn’t been the best year I’ve ever had. I’m going to embrace 2017 though and make it my year to take on new challenges.

Now I’m not one for New Years resolutions I always fail at the first hurdle (usually the 2nd of January 😂), but I am hoping to do a couple of things regarding my reading and my blog

  • Read some books from my TBR pile, which I’m desperate to get through
  • cut down on blog tours, as there’s too much pressure to read a book in a limited time
  • Only request one book at a time on NetGalley (this ones going to be hard)
  • if I’m not enjoying a book, I DON’T have to finish it, after all there are far too many amazing books out there to waste time on a duff one!
  • learn to say “no” it’s ok NOT to agree to read and review every book that comes my way (my new mantra😂)
  • Read more books by authors that are new to me, I’ve already got a couple lined up…..so watch this space!

Although I haven’t compiled a list of my top reads, here are just some of the books I really enjoyed this year and would highly recommend.

My top five most read posts

You can read the reviews here……

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/02/11/author-interview-behind-closed-doors-by-b-a-paris/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/02/08/behind-closed-doors-by-b-a-paris/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/01/26/tainted-love-by-kimberley-chambers/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/02/26/between-you-and-me-by-lisa-hall/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/06/10/the-sister-by-louise-jenson/

My First read of 2017

My first read of 2017 is Snatched From Home by Graham Smith, this is a book that has been sat on my TBR pile for a while, it’s also by an author I haven’t read yet which means I’ve already started on my goals for 2017

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Books I’ve read to watch out for in 2017
As the end of the year approaches I would like to say a huge thank you to each and everyone of you who follows my blog and wish you all a fabulous New Year and hope all your dreams come true.
Lorraine x x x

 

 

**Holiday Reads September 2016**

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Hello the book review café is back, did you miss me? Probably not!! Well here I am anyway and I thought I would share my holiday reads with you all. I’m glad to say I had the most relaxing holiday ever in Portugal, and I managed to read TEN whole books, yes you read that right! It’s the most I’ve ever read in such a short time, and my god I read some real corkers. I’m super excited that I have made a dent in my Netgalley reads (six of the books were Netgalley reads), and now I just need to try and stay away from requesting any books until I’ve posted my reviews, and my shelf will be reasonable (watch this space, note I said TRY😂🙈). Just in case you are wondering what I read I’ve included a list. As a blogger I like to write my review straight away, so I’m feeling slightly sick at the thought of having to write ten reviews, and trying to remember everything I want to include in my review. So don’t expect them any time soon 😀😀……so here are the books I read

Ward Zero by Linda Huber

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Anything For Her by Jack Jordan

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Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow

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Untouchable by Sybil Hodge

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The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe

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Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

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Hide And Seek by M J Arlidge

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No Way Back by M J Arlidge

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**Interview** with Jack Jordan author of My Girl

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Today I’m over the moon to have Jack Jordan pop by the book review café for a grilling. Jack is the number one bestselling author of two novels: Anything for Her (2015), and My Girl (2016). If you are a crime thriller lover then I would highly recommend you get yourself a copy of My Girl it’s dark, and genuinely disturbing! My Girl is one book that will definitely be on my list of my top reads of 2016. Anything For Her is sitting patiently on my TBR pile and I’m hoping to get to it soon.

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Hi Jack I’m so excited to have you pop by the book review café, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Thank you for having me!

I began writing six years ago, and published my debut novel, Anything for Her, in June 2015, followed by My Girl, July 2016.

I’d describe my thrillers as ‘chillers’. I like to push my characters and my readers to their limits.

I describe myself as an introvert disguised as an extrovert, an intelligent person who can say very unintelligent things, and a self-confessed bibliomaniac with more books than sense.

For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book My Girl can you provide us with an introduction? 

Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.

She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.

Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?

Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.

But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.

From the bestselling author of Anything for Her, Jack Jordan’s My Girl is the new chilling thriller that you won’t want to miss.

Where did the idea for My Girl come from?

It’s difficult to say without sabotaging the twist!

Paige’s behaviour was something I really wanted to write about. Addiction is one thing, but what Paige does to get her fix is unimaginable to some people, but when it comes to psychology, her behaviour is a symptom of what she experienced early on in her life. I wanted to highlight the stigma around this behaviour and shine the light on why some people act the way they do.

The subject after Part 1 of the story has happened all over the world, and continues to crop up in the news every few years. After reading books and watching documentaries on these occurrences, I knew that my next book had to expose what really can happen to innocent people in the hands of others.

What was the hardest part of writing My Girl?

I think writing about Paige’s destructive behaviour was the most difficult. When I first started writing the book, I knew that many people would judge her for her actions; I’m very protective of her. At the beginning of the book, Paige acts out and gets herself into some dire situations, but it isn’t until Part 3 that the reader truly understands why her brain is wired the way it is. I wanted to do Paige justice: to expose why such behaviour can stem from particular traumas, and why it is important to analyse a person’s behaviour before passing judgement.

Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?

I’m very secretive about my books when I’m writing them. Many people ask about my upcoming work, and I always find it difficult to answer, because books can change dramatically or be pushed back for the future. New books are also very delicate, and need to be nurtured before they can be scrutinised. My closest friends and family tend to find out about my new book along with the rest of the world!

Have you always wanted to be an author, and when did you first realise you wanted to write?

I’ve always loved reading and writing, but I didn’t know that it was possible to have a career in writing until about six years ago. It just didn’t seem possible, like a whole different world.

It wasn’t until I experienced agoraphobia that I turned to writing as an escape. I wrote short stories to pass the time, until one day one of my stories grew and grew until I was staring at a novel made up of 100,000 words.

To this day I’m extremely thankful that I had this condition – if I hadn’t, I may never have started writing. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Do you write an outline before you start writing? 

Absolutely! I’m not a fan of going into a project completely blind. I need something to go on or I get lost in my own story. I think of a plot for a long time, sometimes years, and when it comes to forming an outline I have lots of notes and ideas to use. Once I focus all of my energy into the one project, more ideas come until I have a full chapter timeline to follow as I write the first draft of a book. Chapters and elements of the story always change, but I really benefit from having the timeline to follow.

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

After sending three novels to agents without success, I was adamant to get my next book out into the world. I self-published Anything for Her in 2015. Self-publishing isn’t easy – an author has to take on numerous roles and tasks, from project management to marketing and promotion. It certainly taught me a lot. I poured all of my knowledge into the publication of my second novel, My Girl, and it really paid off.

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

My taste in books is very vast. I love everything from classic literary fiction to terrifying horrors! My top 5 reads of 2016 so far are: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and a non-fiction title for research (I can’t give out the title or it’ll spoil the surprise of book 3!).

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

All I can say right now is that it will be very different from my first two books. This book has been screaming to be written for years!

Since the publication of My Girl, so many doors have opened up for me in the publishing world, which is really exciting.

How much time does social media take up of your busy writing life and how important a part do you think it plays?

A lot. It’s almost a 24-7 thing. I’ll be responding to messages from readers from all over the world and from different time zones, so it really can take over an author’s life! After publishing a book, a lot of my time is dedicated to social media presence and communication with my readers. When the hype dies down, then I focus on my next project – and it’s almost a relief!

I think social media is incredibly important for authors in the 21st century. With phones and social media being a part of our everyday lives, social media presence is an incredibly important tool when it comes to promoting one’s work, connecting with readers, and growing a fan base. It can be overwhelming, but the pros are too important to pass up.

Describe yourself in five words?

Ambitious. Kind. Intelligent. Bookworm. Introvert.

During all the interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?

Q: Describe your publishing journey in one word.

A: Hard.

Being a published author is hard work. Scrutiny, exposure, jealousy, praise, pressure. It’s an experience that brings good times and bad, and as a writer I’ve had to build a very thick skin to continue with my career. It’s certainly not a 9-5 job, and stress has become a daily companion, but writing is my one true love, and I couldn’t imagine a life without it.

My thanks to Jack Jordan for taking the time to answer my questions, you can find a link to my review for My Girl below 

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About Jack Jordan

Jack Jordan is the number one bestselling author of two novels: Anything for Her (2015), and My Girl (2016).

You can find out more about Jack here:

Facebook     Twitter      Instagram     Goodreads

You can get your copy of My Girl here: Amazon UK

You can grab your copy of Anything for Her here: Amazon UK 🇬🇧

You can read my review for My Girl and a guest post from Jack here……. My Girl review & guest post

 

 

 

**Weekly Wrap Up Post **

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Well it’s time for my weekly wrap up, last week I was so engrossed in reading The Stepmother by Claire Seeber I completely forgot to do one. This week I have read four books and started on my fifth book, which is exceptionally good going for me.

Books I’ve read this week

Consequences by RC Bridgestock

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Whyte Lies by KC Acton

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The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

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Shallow Waters by Rebecca Bradley

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Made To Be Broken by Rebecca Bradley

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Books I’ve bought This week

I’ve been really, really good and ONLY bought ONE book this week, and that’s because I have such a huge pile of books I’m desperate to read sitting on my TBR pile. I’ve also decided to cut back on the blog tours, as I’ve done so many lately it’s hard to fit in books that I’m desperate to read that are sitting gather dust on my TBR pile

With Deadly Intent by KA Richardson

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Last week on The Book Review Café

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton You can read my review here

WWW Wednesday You can see my post here

My Girl by Jack Jordan Blog Tour, including a guest post from the very talented Jack Jordan

You can see Jack’s Guest post, and my review here

The Caller by MA Comley and Tara Lyons Blog Tour including a guest post from Tara Lyons, one half of this very talented duo You can read Tara’s Guest post and my review here

Arcs I’ve received this week

I’m trying to be really good and not request any ARC’s from NetGalley until my TBR pile has diminished but I did have a couple of  little slips…….

Can You #ReadWithoutPrejudice

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Book Description
There are two points in life when we are all equal: at the moment of birth and at the moment of death. It is how we live in between that defines us.
Delicately balanced.
Perfectly crafted.
Beautifully written.
We want you to immerse yourself in this dazzling novel, free from any preconceptions that a cover, title or author can bring.
We ask you simply to #readwithoutprejudice.

I love the thought of reading a book that you nothing about, let alone who wrote it . I have taken a quick look at it and I think I know who the author is but I’m not telling 

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I was approached by the publishers to review this ARC, it’s top secret and hasn’t even got a cover yet, and because I love this authors books (NO it’s not Robert  Bryndza, I’m a huge fan in case you didn’t know) I jumped at the chance, that’s all I can tell you my lips are sealed 🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐

Next week on the book review café

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Q & A with Lisa Hall where we will be discussing the hell of all “twists”

Blog tour for When The Killing Starts by RC Bridgestock including a fascinating guest post and my review

The Stepmother by Claire Seeber review

Shallow Waters by Rebecca Bradley review

The Book Review café  blogging news

I have one more book to read for a Blog Tour in July All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker, and then I’m really looking forward to reading some of the books of my very dusty TBR pile. I love doing blog tours and get really excited about them, and before I know it I have agreed to do 7-8 blog tours in one month, which is great, but then I find myself panicking that I won’t get all the book tour books read in time, and have very little time in between to read the books I really want to read which is why I’m going to try and cut back on the blog tours **watch this space**

I was really excited to see Louise Jensen’s header on Twitter just happens to be a quote from my review for her debut novel The Sister, things like this make my day as a blogger

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**Blog Tour** My Girl by Jack Jordan & Guest Post

 

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Today I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Jack Jordan’s forthcoming novel My Girl (published on the 4th of July) and believe me if you love a gritty crime thriller you don’t want to miss this book, I read it in one sitting, yes it really was that good.  Before you head over to Amazon and pre-order yourself a copy, I have a guest post from the very talented Jack Jordan regarding his top five reads of 2016

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Jack Jordan’s Top Five Favourite Reads of 2016

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King.

As a reader, I crave the time of day when I can lock myself away, pick up a good book, and escape into a whole other world. Some people might call this being anti-social. I call it pure bliss.

As a writer, I read to expand my knowledge, learn new techniques, be inspired by the masters, and judge how to, and how not to, write a gripping read.

Usually I am both a recreational reader and a professional writer at the same time, gasping at a novel’s twist, while analysing the execution and nodding in author-to-author approval.

Reading and writing go hand in hand – to be a successful writer, you must live and breathe literature. Olympic divers must first learn to swim, solicitors must understand law, and writers must read, read, and read some more.

I have read some fantastic novels this year that have stayed with me as a reader, and have taught me a lot as a writer.

Here are my top five reads of 2016 so far

 

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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If you’ve seen what’s out there… it’s already too late.

Something is out there – something that kills you with a single glance.

If you look outside, at whatever has taken over the world, you will be driven to madness, and kill those around you before ending your own life. You can’t see your biggest threat, you have no idea if it’s waiting just outside your door, and somehow you must survive runs to the well for water, looted shops for food, and the growing tension between those who are still alive.

The reader follows protagonist Malorie in the past and the present, learning how the world became so dangerous and inhabitable, and how only the bravest few can survive.

This is without a doubt one of my favourite books of all time. I consider Malerman’s debut novel a masterpiece. Never have I read a book where the author has managed to write a sensational novel without the key sensory description of sight. Not only has Malerman pulled it off, but he has raised the bar for ever other writer out there.

 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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In love we find out who we want to be.

In war we find out who we are.

 

The Nightingale is a beautiful, heart-breaking story of two sisters enduring life amidst World War II. The elder sister, Vianne, must raise her children alone when her husband is pulled into the war to fight, and watch as her rural village is torn from France’s grasp and invaded by the Germans, who infiltrate every home, including hers, and change her world forever.
The younger sister, Isabelle, is determined to fight the Germans in any way she can. It isn’t long before she is working to defeat the enemy right within its territory, and battles love, war, and prejudice until the very end.

This is a powerful, haunting novel about the terrors of war, the strength of those caught in the crossfire, and one that is destined to make you cry.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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When The Lottery was published in The New Yorker in 1948, hundreds of letters poured in from horrified readers, compelled to put their terror into words – the most letters the publication had ever received. The tale was deemed ‘outrageous’, ‘gruesome’, and ‘perverted’. Hundreds of readers cancelled their subscriptions to the magazine, but that wouldn’t stop the controversial short story becoming one of the most infamous tales of all time.
What’s more, Jackson wrote it in under two hours, and made only two minor tweaks before sending it off for publication. Little did she know that it would forever live in the Literary Hall of Fame.

I won’t tell you what the story is about, in fear that I would either tell you too much or not do Jackson’s masterpiece justice. All I will say is that this particular lottery is one that you would not want to win.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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As I took this book to the counter at my local Waterstones, the employee at the till winced and said, ‘Not a very cheerful book’. She didn’t say it with disapproval, but with heart for the characters hidden within the pages. I was desperate to understand what she meant, and raced home to begin reading.
I wasn’t sure of this book at first. The absence of punctuation and chapters didn’t sit well with me, but once I got used to the author’s particular writing structure, I was absorbed by the melancholy tale until the bitter end.
This character-led story is a raw look at the wild animals we really are when we are stripped away from our 21st century necessities. When phones, fashion, food, security and shelter are taken from us, we return to the feral creatures we once were. This is how we meet the main characters, a father and his son, who are drifters in this terrifying dystopian world where society has collapsed and trees are falling, taking breathable air with them.
It’s a sad but important story. The Road exposes us to who, or rather what, we really are, when society is torn away.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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Tomorrow is another day.

The Bible is considered ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’. As an atheist and an author, I’m afraid I have to disagree. I believe Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind holds that title.
There are so many reasons why I shouldn’t love this book: the racism and slavery; martial rape; unlikeable characters; the sympathetic viewpoint of the Confederacy and the slavery they fought to uphold. But despite the difficult subject matter that goes against everything I believe in, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Gone with the Wind.
An epic novel made up of over 1000 pages, Gone with the Wind is led by Scarlett O’Hara, a boisterous, spoilt, selfish young woman who you can’t help but love. She is comical, strong-willed, but blindly destructive. Her turbulent love affair with Rhett Butler, her poor choices and her traumatic experiences, and her unstoppable desire to succeed and survive makes this novel completely unputdownable, and my all-time favourite novel.

Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Gone with the Wind in 1937.

About Jack Jordan

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Jack Jordan is an introvert disguised as an extrovert, an intelligent person who can say very unintelligent things, and a self-confessed bibliomaniac with more books than sense. Author of Anything for Her and My Girl. Jack lives in East Anglia, England. He loves animals, hates mathematics. Jack has been writing fiction for five years, and has overcome every obstacle that all writers must face: the duty to consume excessive amounts of tea and coffee, riddling self-doubt, overwhelming writer’s block, dozens of copy-and-pasted rejection letters, and unrealistic career comparisons to J K Rowling, made by innocent – yet oblivious – civilians.

Links to Jack Jordan

Goodreads     Website     Twitter     Facebook

Book Description

Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.

She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.

Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?

Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.

But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.

From the bestselling author of Anything for Her, Jack Jordan’s My Girl is the new chilling thriller that you won’t want to miss.

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Oh WOW when I offered to read and review My Girl by Jack Jordan for his blog tour I really had no idea what to expect, but boy I am glad I read this novel. The first couple of chapters of My Girl certainly contained “the shock factor” and I was concerned that it would lack substance, and would be more about shocking the reader, but I’m pleased to say I was completely wrong, I found My Girl to be a chilling and captivating read. Yes it was shocking and very disturbing in parts but it did add to the plot making for a riveting read.

Paige is the mother of a murdered child and a wife to dead man, she has lost all self respect, she’s reckless and is addicted to both alcohol and pain killers, which is understandable considering her daughters killer has not been caught, and she continues to grieve for both her daughter and husband. I felt real empathy for Paige as her life spirals out of control, with no reason to live she drowns her sorrows in the bottle which lead her make some bad choices. The bond between a mother and her child is unbreakable, and the love is unconditional, so as a mother myself her pain and disregard for herself were understandable.

Darkly disturbing and genuinely shocking and unpredictable I found myself reading My Girl in one sitting, yes it really was that gripping! In fact I flew through the pages, as Paige finds the gun her husband had hidden away the plot begins to take shape and my mind started racing, trying to work out where the story was leading, but fortunately Jack Jordan gave nothing away and I would never have guessed how the plot would pan out in a million years. I was shocked to the core when the threads of this well plotted book began to come together. My Girl is fuelled with tension and so well written that before I knew it I had read 75% of the book without pausing for breath. Jack Jordan is certainly a writer to watch out for, he’s seriously talented, and a very gifted story teller.  Im already looking forward to see what Jack Jordan comes up with next, I will certainly be reading his debut novel Anything For Her at the first opportunity.

My thanks to the author Jack Jordan for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

Buy My Girl Amazon
Buy Anything For Her Amazon

 

 

**My A-Z Books Tag**

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I’ve seen numerous book bloggers use My A-Z Books tag, so I figured I’d take part as well!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

It’s got to be Kimberley chambers I’ve read every book she’s written so if my memory serves me correct that’s 12 books, Peter James is a close second I’ve read everyone of the Dead series featuring Roy Grace so that’s 11 books plus I have his new one Love You Dead to read.

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Best Sequel Ever:

Hmmm this is a difficult one but it’s got to be Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl, I loved Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and I use to read both books to my son when he was growing up.

Currently reading:

The Safe Word by Karen Long, as I’m on the blog tour for it in June

Drink of choice while reading:

More often than not coffee and my husband Andy makes a mean caramel sticky toffee coffee which I’m addicted to, who needs Starbucks?, or if I’m pushing the boat out I might have a Pepsi Max….I’m so rock and roll 😂

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E-reader or physical book:

I love both an E-reader is convenient for carrying around and it’s great to get ARCs delivered to your device straightaway, but you can’t beat the smell and feel of a real book (and no I don’t crack the spines!)

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

I dated my husband in high school, and we’re still together 36 years later, so I wouldn’t have wanted to date anyone else 💞💕💞💕

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Hot House Flower by Lucinda Riley, as I usually crime/psychological thrillers this book was right out of my comfort zone but I loved it and when I finished it I bought all her books. I love how her books are written and they go between the past and present day, and she weaves such an intricate plot

Hidden Gem book:

Hmmm this is a hard one I would probably say Go Ask Alice by Anon, I read it at school (OMG30 years + ago), it’s about a young girl who starts taking drugs and it’s very sad and has always stuck with me

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Important moment in your reading life:

It has to be when I started blogging, when I started I expected a few people to look at my reviews, but it has gone from strength to strength, and I’m still amazed when publishers/authors get in touch with me, asking me if I would like to review their book. I’ve also come across lots of fellow book bloggers who are a very friendly bunch and feel like friends.

Just finished:

Chosen Child by Linda Huber, which I really enjoyed.

Kind of book you won’t read

I’m not a fan of erotica although I did read 50 Shades, and then wondered what all the fuss was about.

Longest book you’ve ever read:

The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley at 702, but I get so wrapped up in her books it seems much less

Major book hangover:

The Twighlight series by Stephenie Meyer, I read the books back to back and felt bereft when I finished them

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Number of bookcases you own:

NONE… Yes you read that right, at the moment my books are all over the place, in cupboards, the spare bedroom, on my coffee table, but I’m hoping to rectify that soon and get a bookcase, so I can have all my books in one place.

One book you’ve read multiple times:

I don’t reread books as there are so many books I want to read, and there’s not enough time to read them, let alone go back and read a book I’ve read

Preferred place to read:

In my lounge sat in my recliner, I can’t read in bed as I can never get comfy

Quote that inspired you/ Gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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Reading regret:

Like a lot of book bloggers and readers it’s got to be spending time reading books that I didn’t enjoy when I could have been reading a book I loved would be a reading regret, and also not having enough time to read the books I want to read.

Series you started and need to finish:

I really can’t think of a series I need to finish, as if I love a book enough to read a series then I tend to binge read the whole series

Three of your all time favourite books:

This is a hard question! I’ve loved so many books that it’s impossible to choose three so I’m afraid I’ll have to skip this question!

Unapologetic fangirl for:

Ohhhh another hard one but I would have to say Kimberley Chambers I absolutely love her books, she has such a unique way of writing that makes her characters come to life, her books are very entertaining and I always learn a few new swear words from them 😂😂

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Very excited for this release more than all others:

I’m a huge fan of James Carol and the thrillers featuring former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter, he’s written a standalone thriller under the pseudonym JS Carol for one of my favourite publishers Bookouture . The first of these is Tick Tick Boom, which is being published in July 2016, so I’m really looking forward to reading it

Worst bookish habit:

Spending to much time reading, when I should be doing something else

X marks the spot- start on the top left of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book:

Criminal Shadows: Inside the Mind of the Serial Killer Paperback – by David Canter

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Your latest purchase:

Love You Dead by Peter James
Willow Walk by SJI Holliday
Outside Looking In by Michael Wood
Anything For Her by Jack Jordan

Zzzzz Snatcher book (the book that kept you up way too late):

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

I hope you have enjoyed reading my A-Z of books tag and please feel free to leave me a book related comment