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**My Book Of The Month** March 2017 @HQstories @OrendaBooks

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Now we’re in April it’s time for me to look back at March reads and choose my Book Of The Month for March 2017.

The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review.

I read some outstanding books in March but there were two books that really stood out for me this month, and I really couldn’t choose between the two of them. Both books had all the elements I look for when reading books, well developed characters, a strong plot and bucketfuls of suspense. So without further ado the books I have choosen are………

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Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeny

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

My thoughts

It’s difficult to believe this is Alice Feeney’s debut novel it’s an highly addictive and compelling read, deliciously plotted with twist and turns galore I devoured this book in just over a day and it’s definitely going to be one of my top reads of 2017. You can read my full review for this fabulous book here…..

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Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure.

In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame … As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.

My thoughts

If you are looking for a new and different type of thriller to read look no further than Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski it’s a classic murder mystery with a modern twist. The story is told through podcasts, which immediately piqued my interest, as it’s such a highly original concept to use in story telling.

You can read my reviews for both books here……..

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/20/sometimes-i-lie-by-alice-feeney-bookreview-alicewriterland-hqstories/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/18/blog-tour-six-stories-by-matt-wesolowski-bookreview-concretekraken-orendabooks/

**Blog Tour** Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski #BookReview @ConcreteKraken @OrendaBooks

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Today I’m thrilled to be the next stop on the Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski blog tour, not only am I excited to being sharing my review for this simply fabulous crime thriller, but it’s also my first blog tour for one of my favourite publishers Orenda Books, so a big thank you to the awesome Karen Sullivan for letting me be part of this blog tour and for all the fabulous books she’s sent me over the last year or so.

Book description

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure.

In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame … As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.

img_1258If you are looking for a new and different type of thriller to read look no further than Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski it’s a classic murder mystery with a modern twist. The story is told through podcasts, which immediately piqued my interest, as it’s such a highly original concept to use in story telling. In the series of six interviews journalist Scott King investigates the truth surrounding the death of teenager Tom Jefferies who died two decades previously, each interview focuses on one of the friends who was there at the time, you exactly feel like your eavesdropping on someone’s conversation rather than reading the transcript from each podcast, uncomfortable maybe, but you just can’t pull yourself away. What follows is a captivating read that I found impossible to put down, and one I pretty much read in one sitting.

Six Stories is a penetrating and intelligent looks at the dynamics of a tight-knit group of teenagers and their subsequent behaviour. Each character has a story to tell some are more reliable narrators than others, but that’s what I absolutely loved about this book the author lets the reader reach their own conclusion as he skilfully reveals more about the events surrounding Tom’s death. The author expertly explores teenager behaviour, the emotions, feelings and confusion are very credible (yes I can just about remember my teen age years!), and like them or loathe them all the characters are superbly depicted.

Matt Wesolowski expertly pulls back the layers, revealing more in each interview, as the plot thickens I feel a genuine sense of unease take hold which stayed with me until the novel reached its conclusion. The author has has a unique writing style he sets the scene and creates an atmosphere that is both disturbing and eerie, beautifully descriptive, Scarclaw Fell is a place which will capture your imagination as you conjure up images that will both horrify and haunt you.

This book made for a unpredictable read as it was pretty much impossible to second guess this brilliantly told story, so I felt a constant sense of unease from the first page until the last. Unsettling and disturbing, the actions of the all too human characters lead to a tense and shocking conclusion that left me breathless. Six Stories is like no other book I have ever read it’s highly original and superbly executed, and makes for an absorbing and thrilling read. Matt Wesolowski is a refreshing and powerful new voice in crime fiction and is certainly one to watch out for.

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Orenda (15 Mar. 2017)

img_1639Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North. Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more.

His debut novella The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013 and a new novella set in the forests of Sweden will be available shortly. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. He is currently working on his second crime novel Ashes, which involves black metal and Icelandic sorcery.

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Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Matt-Wesolowski-1424984807729101/

https://twitter.com/concretekraken?lang=en

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Amazon UK 🇬🇧         Amazon US 🇺🇸

 

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**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Oh dear oh dear! I have only managed one book this week, the good news…. my neck is much better so I’m back to work, but the bad news is it means I have little time to read. So after much consideration I’ve come up with a solution which will hopefully give me more time to read, no im not retiring! I’ve decided I spend too much time browsing social media so for one day a week I’m not going to log in to Twitter, Facebook etc or share posts. I love to support fellow bloggers but some evenings I spend much of the evening sharing posts, RT, liking, and commenting. I’m  sure every blogger on the planet knows what I mean here, so I’m going to use this one day a week to use as reading time only. I’m sure I will be itching to turn on my IPad but I’m going to give it a go. I’m not scheduling any posts next Tuesday so if you see me pop up on social media I’ve failed miserably 😂

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what I read this week

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Book description

Babs had all the world ahead of her, until she got pregnant and the father did a runner. Salvation comes in the form of a man who’ll look after her. Or so she thinks. Stan Miller is really the devil in disguise… and over the next twenty years, Babs will have reason to regret she ever met him.

Starting in the 70s, BLOOD MOTHER is the second thrilling installment in the Flesh and Blood series, capturing a London that was very different from today but where some things still hold true: be careful what you wish for, and watch out for who you trust…

Book post I received this week

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Book description

She Loves Me
A woman’s body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it’s clear she’s looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much loved wife and mother?

She Loves Me Not
Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer’s choices?

She Loves Me
Who lives? Who dies? Who’s next? The clock is ticking.

She Loves Me Not
If Helen can’t solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own …

This weeks ARC’s

Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk

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Book description

Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who’s just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped…Alone…Terrified.

Now forget her…

Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn child and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical—calculating— scientific in her plotting. A clinical sociopath? Leaving nothing to chance, secure in her timing and practice, she waits—for the perfect moment to strike. Method 15/33 is what happens when the victim is just as cold as her abductors.
The agents searching for a kidnapped girl have their own frustrations and desires wrapped into this chilling drama. In the twists of intersecting stories, one is left to ponder. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor?

The Quiet Man by James Carol

I love this series and Faber & Faber granted my wish over on the dreaded NetGalley, so how could I refuse 🙈

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Book description
The hugely popular Jefferson Winter series returns in a gripping new thriller.

In Vancouver, the wife of a millionaire is dead following an explosion in her own home. Everyone thinks her husband is responsible, but former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter isn’t so sure.

The method is too perfect; the lack of mistakes, uncanny. He’s seen a series of carefully orchestrated murders – once a year, on exactly the same day, a woman dies in a situation just like this one.

That date is fast approaching and Winter knows another victim has been selected. Can he identify the quiet man before he strikes again?

Books I’ve bought

I haven’t bought any book this week, Shock! Horror! But I treated myself to a year’s subscription of True Crime Magazine. Going back a few years ago I only ever read true crime books, I like to think they give me insight in to why people do such terrible things, I’m not sure they answer all my questions by any means but I do find them an intriguing read.

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Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/06/blog-tourthe-good-daughter-by-alexandra-burt-extract-giveaway/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/07/the-promise-by-casey-kelleher-bookreview-caseykelleher-bookouture/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/08/blog-tour-dead-embers-by-matt-brolly-guestpost-matthewbrolly-fayerogersuk/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/09/evies-year-of-taking-chances-by-christie-barlow-review-christiejbarlow-bookouture/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/10/top-five-friday-with-the-book-review-cafe-thewowfactor/

Next week on the book review café

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson – review

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

#TopFiveThursday

Top Five Friday- Crime books stand-alones

**Blog tour** Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

 

 

**Top Five Friday** with the book review café #TheWOWFactor

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Today on top five Friday I’m going to share with you the top five books that in my opinion have the WOW factor and left me speechless (no easy feat I can tell you). These are books that I’ve read this year and despite only being three months in to the new year there were plenty of books I could have choosen for this category, but for me these books are extra special and left me stunned by their sheer brilliance.

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The One by John Marrs

I just loved The One by John Marrs, he’s already gone on my list of “must read authors” after reading this awesome novel. With a highly original theme and one which intrigued me from the very first page, a cliche I know but I really struggled to put this book down.

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The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech

I have to say it is the most exquisite and emotive book I have read in a very long while, and in a way it may sound strange but I’m glad I left it so long to read it as I savoured every page of this haunting and beautifully told story.

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Frailty by Betsy Reavley

Frailty by Betsy Reavley not only left me speechless (a very rare thing indeed, as Mr book review café will tell you) but it also reduced me to a blubbering wreck, it’s very rare that a book leaves me emotionally drained, especially a psychological thriller, but my god this book certainly did! From the disturbing prologue to the very last shocking page I struggled to put this book down.

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Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Six Stories is like no other book I have ever read it’s highly original and superbly executed, for me Matt Wesolowski is a refreshing and powerful new voice in crime fiction and certainly one to watch out for. You can read my review for this awesome book on Saturday 18th March as I’m part of the blog tour.

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls is well worth a read, despite its subject matter this book has a hidden depth, it explores the complexity of love and relationships, and dysfunctional families with sensitivity. Although it feels wrong to say I enjoyed this book, it was a hard one to put down and I read it in one sitting.

You can read my reviews here

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/01/17/the-one-by-john-marrs-bookreview-johnmarrs1-eburypublishing/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/01/13/the-mountain-in-my-shoe-by-louise-beech-orendabooks-louisewriter-bookreview/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/11/09/frailty-by-betsy-reavley-review-betsyreavley-bloodhoundbook/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/28/the-roanoke-girls-by-amy-engel-bookreview-emilykitchin/

 

**Weekly Wrap Up** & #Giveaway

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Well I’ve done myself proud this week and read five books, now don’t get excited I haven’t managed to work my reading around working full time. As usual life is never simple and I’ve spent the week in agony thanks to the muscles in my neck going in to spasm, three types of pain killers later and I’m still in agony, consequently  two weeks in to a new job I’m off work, I feel awful that this has happened and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

I’ve read some amazing books this week and they certainly helped to take my mind of the pain…

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Promise by Casey Kelleher

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson

The Caller by Chris Carter

Books I bought this week

I only bought one book this week

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Book description

After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring. The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward. Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.

Karen is gagged and bound to a chair in her own living room. If Tanya disconnects from the call, if she looks away from the camera, he will come after her next, the deep, raspy, demonic voice at the other end of the line promises her.

As Hunter and Garcia investigate the threats, they are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear.

Book post

Only two books in the post this week,although I’m not complaining, and I’m sure the postman is glad of the rest 😂 (Second book further down the post as it’s a duplicate)

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Book description

Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed. Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered. Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK.

On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all… Picking up where the bestselling Wicked Game left off, Deadly Game sees Matt Johnson’s damaged hero fighting on two fronts. Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate.

ARC’s I received this week

I managed to stay away from NetGalley all week and then blow me down Bookouture released this little beauty, normally nothing can tear me away from my crime/psychological thrillers but Christie Barlow gets me every time.

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Book description

It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.

Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

And then I got improved for this book which I can’t even remember requesting, I blame it on the pain med!

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Book description

When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no-one can (or will) say how it happened.

His mother is exhausted.

His father is angry.

His older sister is resentful.

And they all have something to hide.

Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/18/the-missing-ones-by-patricia-gibney-bookreview-trisha460-bookouture/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/20/rapid-fire-booktag/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/21/blog-tourporcelain-flesh-of-innocents-by-lee-cockburn-guestpost-lee_leecockburn-gilbster1000/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/23/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-janel-aka-keeperofpages/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/24/top-five-friday-with-the-book-review-cafe-crimeseries/

Next week on the book review café

The Caller by Chris Carter- review

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel- review

My book of the month

#TopFiveThursday

Top Five Friday – psychological thrillers

Giveaway

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For some reason the publishers sent me a second copy of The People At Number 9, rather than it just sitting here if you would like to read and review it, please leave a comment in this post and I will get the hubby aka mr book review café to pick a random winner, sorry I can only post to the UK.

Other news from the book review café

After much deliberating and following a discussion on a FB book club star started by Sharon over at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/ I’ve decided to do away with giving my reviews a ⭐ rating. I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while as they are ambiguous to say the least, 5 ⭐ for me maybe a 3 ⭐ read for you, so I’m just going to go with my reviews. I will be keeping my Gold Star Award, it’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read.

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