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A day with author Lisa Hall @LisaHallAuthor

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Happy new year everyone, 🎉🍾🎉 hope you all had a good one. The book review café’s back after an extended break and I have so many fabulous A day with author…..posts to share with you this year, I hope you continue to enjoy reading them as much as I do.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Lisa Hall to the book review café, I’m a huge fan of Lisa’s and this is a lady who certainly knows how to write a psychological thriller. If you haven’t read Between You And Me or Tell Me No Lies I would highly recommend them both.  You can find out more about the author and her books further down this post. So without further ado grab yourself a coffee, put your feet up and read all about Lisa Hall’s hectic life as an author…..

A Day in the Life of….Lisa Hall

6am – I get up every morning at 6am, as I have to do my other job before settling in to write for the day – being Mum to my three kids. This generally involves me shoving toast in front of them and shrieking a bit as I try and get them all in the car, and to school on time. Not always a success.

9am – I get back around 9, and promise myself that I’m going to sit down and write STRAIGHT AWAY. Then I generally faff about a bit, making tea, looking for good biscuits and checking Twitter and Facebook. I watch lots of videos about cats doing weird stuff, reply to any social media messages I might have, respond to emails, look at pictures of Ryan Gosling, and cheer on my author buddies on Twitter.

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10.30 – By this time I am starting to panic about getting things done, so I switch off social media and get down to business. What I actually do depends on what stage I’m at in the book writing process – I might spend time planning out my next few chapters, I might be researching things, or I might actually be at the writing stage, in which case I aim for 2000 words a day. I find the words come much more easily if I have a detailed plan of the next three or four chapters. I try to keep my desk tidy, but I seem to have quite a lot of stuff. Mainly snacks. During this time of the day I am usually stalked by dogs or chickens. No peace for the wicked.

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3pm – I have to down tools and go back to being Mum – I do both school runs, with less shrieking especially if we’ve squeezed in a trip to the corner shop, and then it’s back home to cook tea.

6pm – Once the kids are sorted it’s back to work – sometimes this means jumping on the high speed train into London for a launch or event, other times it just means I get to catch up on any reading I need to do – I tend to read a lot when I’m at the research stage – so I use the time when the kids are quiet and doing their own thing to read and make notes.

10pm – BED! And usually with a book, although at least at bedtime I get to choose what I want to read – I usually manage about three pages before I’m snoozing….

About Lisa Hall

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Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian – and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it). Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.
Readers can follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaHallAuthor

Books by Lisa Hall

 

 

To learn more about the author’s books please click on link below……….

To buy or learn more about Lisa Hall’s books

My thanks to Lisa Hall for taking time out of her busy schedule to write this guest post.

 

**Top Five Friday** With The Book Review Café psychological thrillers

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Today on Top Five Friday I thought I would share my top five psychological thrillers with you. There are some fantastic books out there in this genre but I’m going with the ones that stuck with me long after I finished them.

Lisa Hall

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Between You And Me remains one of my top reads, as I never seen the twist coming until it hit me in the face. This was Lisa Hall’s debut novel. and what a debut, it’s well written and a superbly plotted Psychological thriller with the mother of all twists.

Sarah Pinborough

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Behind Her Eyes is one that will certainly mess with your head and it certainly deserves the hashtag #WTFthatending. I did have to suspend belief as Behind Her Eyes reached its dramatic and shocking conclusion now this usually leaves me feeling short changed, but my god Sarah Pinborough has written such a unique story I was happy to fall for it hook, line and sinker, and yes I did think “WTF” just happened?

Michael J Malone

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A Suitable Lie was an amazing book  never have I felt so emotionally drained after reading a novel. Whilst reading this book I experienced so many emotions, anger, bewilderment and intense dislike to name but a few. A Suitable Lie has to be one of the most unsettling and disturbing stories I have read in a long time.

Clare Mackintosh

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I See You never lets up on the suspense and manages to maintain it right until the chilling conclusion.  There were plenty of “heart in your mouth” moments, which made this book impossible to put down.

Julia Crouch

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This is an absolute cracker of a read and what a compelling and unsettling thriller Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch turned out to be. I have read numerous novels that have been described as domestic noir, but this one takes you somewhere much darker, it’s disturbing and uncomfortable at times, but it’s a hell of a twisted tale

All my reviews for the above books can be found here….

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

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/06/22/author-interview-between-you-and-me-by-lisa-hall-no-spoilers/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/01/29/blog-tour-behind-her-eyes-by-sarah-pinborough-authorinterview-review-sarahpinborough-wtfthatending/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/10/26/a-suitable-lie-by-michael-j-malone-michaeljmalone1-orendabooks-review/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/07/29/i-see-you-by-clare-mackintosh-review/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/12/28/her-husbands-lover-by-julia-crouch-review-thatjuliacrouch-headlinepg/

 

**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

 

 

**Blog tour** Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall #Review @lisahallauthor @ukcarina

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Today is the last day of Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall blog tour, and I’m so excited to share my review of this absolutely gripping book with you, I thought the authors debut book  Between Me And You was good, but I have to say Tell Me No Lies blew me away, yes it really is that good! My thanks to Cara Thompson and Lisa Hall for giving me the opportunity to take part in the blog tour

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It was supposed to be a fresh start. A chance to forget the past and embrace the future. But can you ever really start again? Or does the past follow you wherever you go…
From the bestselling author of Between You and Me don’t miss Lisa Hall’s new gripping thriller.
Don’t. Trust. Anyone.

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Oh my god Lisa Hall has only gone and done it again! Tell me No Lies was an incredible read. I really didn’t think the author could surpass Between You And Me but she has, Tell Me No Lies is seriously gripping, so much so I literally read it in one tension filled sitting. This is definitely one book that’s hard to review without giving away spoilers,so I’m going to keep it short. I love the fact this book has such a short book description as it gives nothing away regarding the plot, I’m not sure if it’s just me but I find some book descriptions are far too detailed and leave little to the imagination, sorry I’ve digressed here so back to Tell Me No Lies…..

Tell me No Lies focuses on Steph and her husband Mark, Steph appears to have it all a new home, a job she loves, and the perfect family, but most importantly it’s  a fresh start for the family, but not everything is as it seems and soon Steph’s life begins to unravel in the most spectacular fashion, what follows is an intense and chilling story that even the most hardened psychological thriller lover will find difficult to put down.

Lisa Hall has a knack of creating characters who are so well developed you cannot help becoming drawn to them. I felt so many emotions whilst reading about Steph,  anger, sadness and fear were just a few that I experienced. Tell Me No Lies is told from Steph’s point of view and I couldn’t help feeling she was a unreliable narrator going on events from her past, but the more involved I got in the story I realised just how twisted this book was, it was hard to decide if Steph was misinterpreting events or there was something sinister going on, I think it’s only fair for you to make up your own mind (because of course you are going to read this book). A word of warning this book will seriously mess with your head as Lisa Hall’s characters all come under suspicion at some point, and for me this is what makes it an outstanding psychological thriller.

From the opening chapter Tell Me No Lies is packed to the brim with malevolence, so much so I literally jumped at every sound whilst reading it, in fact by the last chapter I was a nervous wreck as the plot is so dark and intense. This is a fairly short read at 183 pages, but don’t be fooled, Lisa Hall has packed every page with bucketfuls of malice and intrigue, the plot isn’t rushed in anyway and as I mentioned earlier the author still manages to ensure the characters are well developed. The market is flooded with books of this genre but Tell Me No Lies is definitely one of the best I’ve read this year, fraught with tension and suspicion throughout its definitely a book everyone will be talking about.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

Print Length: 183 pages
Publisher: Carina (20 Oct. 2016)

Amazon UK     Amazon UK

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Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian – and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it). Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.

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Goodreads     Facebook     Carina UK     Twitter @LisaHallAuthor

If you would like to know more about Lisa Hall I’ve included the link to the interview the book review café had with the author in June 2016………
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/06/22/author-interview-between-you-and-me-by-lisa-hall-no-spoilers/

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**Weekly Wrap Up Post**

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I have only managed to read two books this week, shock, horror! But working shifts it’s not always easy to fit in time to read, but the two books I read I really enjoyed

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First up was my Top Secret Read I really can’t say to much about this book as its still hush, hush  it hasn’t even got a cover yet, but what I will say it’s definitely going to be on my list of top read of 2016 it’s fantastic read and has a very original plot, it was absolutely gripping .

And I followed this with ……..

With Deadly Intent by KA Richardson

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Again I really enjoyed this book and I liked the fact the protagonist is a CSM – Crime Scene Manager rather than a detective, my review  for With Deadly Intent will be on my blog next week

Books I’ve received this week

It really has been a fantastic week for me, and everyone who follows me will know I’m a huge fan of author Robert Bryndza, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive book post from the man himself, and he even found the time to write personal message’s in The Girl In The Ice and The Night Stalker. If you haven’t read these books yet you really need to buy them, if you are a lover of a gritty crime read, you are in for a real treat

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Arc’s I’ve received this week

Well it’s been a WHOLE  week and I’ve kept to my NetGalley ban, I forgot I requested a couple of books a few weeks ago, and I have finally been improved for them, so I really have kept to my NetGalley ban, honest!

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

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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’m still trying desperately to get to that dusty shelf of TBR books, and my NetGalley shelf, mind you my husband’s not helping matters as he topped up my Amazon account again as a surprise! Bless him he knows how much I love my books

The Opticians wife by Betsy Reavley

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Last week on The Book Review Café

Author interview with Between You And Me by Lisa Hall

https://thebookreviewcafe.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/author-interview-between-you-and-me-by-lisa-hall-no-spoilers/

A review for Shallow Waters by Rebbeca Bradley

https://thebookreviewcafe.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/shallow-waters-by-rebecca-bradley/

Blog tour for When The Killing Starts by RC Bridgewater & Guest Post

https://thebookreviewcafe.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/blog-tour-when-the-killing-starts-by-rc-bridgestock-guest-post/

Cover reveal for Whyte Lies by KC Acton
https://thebookreviewcafe.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/cover-reveal-whyte-lies-by-kc-acton/

The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

https://thebookreviewcafe.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/the-step-mother-by-claire-seeber/

**Extract** from Last To Die by Arlene Hunt

https://thebookreviewcafe.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/extract-from-last-to-die-by-arlene-hunt/

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Next week on the book review café

A review for With Deadly Intent by KA Richardson

A review for consequences by RC Bridgewater

My book of the month June 2016

Blogging news from The Book Review Café

This week has been an amazing for The Book Review Café I was named Blogger Of The Week over at http://www.Fahrenheit-Press.com, to say I was shocked was an understatement! There are so many awesome book bloggers out there who deserve this award. When I started my book blog back in September 2015, I never thought very much about where it would lead, I thought a few people might read my reviews, but I never expected to have over 3,600 awesome people following The Book Review Café. I’ve also made some great friends in the book blogging community, everyone has been so helpful, friendly and supportive and are always happy to share posts. I still found it hard to get my head around the fact that I’m friendly with numerous authors, who are also very supportive of The Book Review Café, and are always willing to provide me with features for my blog. If you want to nominate a blogger you can do so over on Twitter @farenheitpress.

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**Author Interview** Between You And Me by Lisa Hall **No Spoilers**

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Today I’m really excited to have Lisa Hall pop but The Book Review Café. Lisa is the author of Between You And Me, it’s the book with the “mother of all Twists”, and social media went  absolutely crazy discussing and debating it! With over 1,600 reviews on Amazon alone, its one of the most read psychological thrillers released this year.  If you haven’t read it yet I suggest you pop over to Amazon and get yourself a copy right now ( well perhaps read my interview with Lisa first!)

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Hi Lisa, Welcome to The Book Review Café Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Originally from Southampton, I moved to Kent in 1999 and spent the last few years raising kids and looking after a whole host of animals on our little plot of land. Writing was always something I wanted to do, but life got in the way a bit (along with some sheep, horses, goats etc!) Once the children were a bit older the timing was right!

For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book Between You And Me (although I’m sure everyone has read or heard about it, but just in case) can you provide us with an introduction?

Between You and Me focuses on the idea that none of us really know what happens when people close the door behind them at night. On the surface they may appear to have the perfect marriage, the perfect life, but reality can sometimes be very different.

Where did the idea Between You And Me come from?

Good question! The “twist” was what came to me first, so then I worked backwards to figure out who the characters were and how they got themselves in this situation.

How did you come up with the title?

You can thank my mum for the title! She’s terrible for telling me stuff that she’s not supposed to, so she’ll ring me and say, “Oh, and between you and me….” That phrase for me is associated with secrets, which is a large part of the novel.

How did you research material for Between You And Me?

The research was really hard – I spoke to people who had gone through the situation that Sal is in, and I read a lot of stories of domestic abuse, some of it really harrowing.

Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?

Not really strange, but I do need lots of tea! Although it might just be the act of making the tea means a four minute procrastination exercise!

How long did it take to get Between You And Me published?

It was surprisingly quick (in fact, I’m still waiting for them to knock on the door and tell me they were only joking!) I submitted to my publisher in September and a couple of weeks later my now editor contacted me to say that she wanted to see the full manuscript. A week later I was offered a two book deal.

Were you surprised by how much of a talking point “the twist” in Between You And Me created on social media?

Definitely. The idea started with the twist, but as I got further and further into writing the book it became more about the characters and the journey they were on than the twist for me, so by the time it was polished and ready for publication the twist, for me, wasn’t the major part of the story.

Who was your favourite character to write about?

I really love Sal, but I also loved writing Laura. I’ve had lots of comments about how much people love Sal and hate Charlie, but Laura seems to get a little bit forgotten, and she is BRILLIANT. I was so pleased when a reader contacted me to say how much she loved her!

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

Social media is SO important, and I don’t know how well the book would have done without it. I love hearing from readers and Twitter is very handy for that! It can take up a huge amount of time though, so I do now put my phone on do not disturb from about 7pm so my family actually get to see me!

Who is/are your favourite author/authors? What is it that draws you, as a reader, to certain books?

I’m a sucker for a good cover, every time (even though we shouldn’t judge…) Tell me there’s a twist and I’m there! I’ve got heaps of favourite authors – I love Angela Marsons and C.L. Taylor, and some new ones I’ve discovered recently and have loved are Patrick Redmond, Chris Whitaker and Alex Caan.

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

Yes! It’s called Tell Me No Lies and is out in October. It’s a psychological thriller that questions whether you can ever really escape your past. That’s all I’m saying!

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?

The dinner party one! I’ve never been asked who I’d have to my fantasy dinner party – but I can tell you, it would include Elvis, Johnny Cash, Harper Lee and Ryan Gosling 😉

And lastly can you describe yourself in five words?

Disorganised, nerdy, tea-drinker, teensy bit evil (on paper)

Thank you Lisa for taking the time to answer my questions, I know how busy you are. I shall look forward to reading Tell Me No Lies Later in the year.

About Lisa Hall

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Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian – and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it). Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.

Links to Lisa Hall

Website     Facebook    Twitter

Buying links:
Amazon Between You And Me 🇬🇧

Amazon Pre-order Tell Me No Lies 🇬🇧

You can read my review for Between You And Me Here

 

**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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