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The Paramedics Daughter by Tara Lyons @Bloodhoundbook @taralyonsauthor

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Paramedics’ Daughter by Tara Lyons, this is the author’s foray into writing a psychological thriller, and hopefully it won’t be her last.  Read on for my thoughts…..

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Paramedic Abi Quinn is hailed as a hero by the patients she saves with the London Ambulance Service; but a secret she’s kept since she was a teenager now threatens to shatter that perfect illusion. 

When her daughter Rose goes missing while studying at Brighton university, and ghosts from her past return to haunt her, Abi’s caught in a race against time to untangle the web of lies she set in motion over twenty years ago.    

Everyone has something to lose. 

Everyone is trying to protect themselves. 

Everyone is broken.

But what lengths will they go to in order to stop the truth from being exposed?

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The Paramedic’s Daughter is author Tara Lyons first foray into writing a psychological thriller which I find hard to believe, after reading this sorry tale, this is one author who is destined to write thrillers in this genre. This has to be one of the most seriously twisted books about relationships I’ve read in a long time, on about mess with your head!  This is a story of lies, secrets and complicated relationships, and the lengths people will go to to protect themselves, and stop the truth from being exposed.

I enjoy a book that hints at a hidden secret; the author drops subtle hints and teases the reader and being the nosy person I am it’s one thing that’s going guaranteed to keep me hooked. There’s nothing more satisfying than trying to work it all out before the author reveals all, mind you sometimes that means my imagination runs away with me and I come up with the most far-fetched scenarios. Although my imagination is nothing compared to Tara Lyons, the author takes “twisted imagination” to another level entirely. As for the secret it’s a shocker, and one that has huge consequences for those closest to Abi.

I really liked the fact that the protagonist Abi is a paramedic, the insight into her job is brutal, there’s no shying away from the life and death situations Abi comes across in her job, and the emotions she feels when dealing with life-threatening situations are authentic, raw and very gritty. Abi wasn’t a character I warmed to, and I’m really not sure why, normally I struggle with a book if I can’t connect with the main character, but in this instance it did not spoil my enjoyment of this book one iota. When Abi’s daughter goes missing, her panic and worry are something any parent will be able to relate too, although I was slightly surprised at the direction she took in the search for her.

Like many a psychological thriller The Paramedic’s Daughter starts off at a sedate pace, allowing the reader to gain insight into Abi’s personality, her job and her “big secret”. The author then deftly ramps up the pace, turning this novel into a heart pounding read, as secrets are revealed, and a sense of foreboding wraps itself around the reader. There are so many shocks in this book, I can honestly say there was one I would never have guessed in a million years, but it felt very much a part of the story, and not just randomly written into shock the reader.  As psychological thriller The Paramedic Daughter has it all mystery, suspense, and shocks galore its one I would definitely recommend to Psychological thriller lovers.

  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books (1 May 2019)

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**Blog Tour** No Safe Home by Tara Lyons #GuestPost @taralyonsauthor @bloodhoundbook

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❤❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤❤ here’s hoping you have all been spoilt by your other half’s today, if you haven’t perhaps you should treat yourself to something “special” and I have just the thing,  ok it’s not very romantic but it’s a crime book with some awesome reviews, so read on to learn more ❤❤

Today I’m thrilled to share a guest post from the awesome and super talented Tara Lyons author of the recently published No Safe Home, published by Bloodhound Books on the 31st January 2017, so you don’t even need to wait to get yourself a copy, you can just hop over to Amazon and click.

Even though No Safe Home is the second book in the DI Hamilton series My fellow bloggers assure me it can be read as standalone. I’ve read the first book in the series In The Shadows and ❤ it but apparently No Safe Home is even better, so it’s one I will be “clicking” on once my TBR pile has reached a manageable level.

so without further ado here is the guest post from Tara Lyons…….

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Waiting by Tara Lyons

I never appreciated how frightening publishing book two in a series could be. If I thought the days and weeks leading up to the book birthday of In the Shadows was nerve-racking… No Safe Home has trumped it.

As I write this, the only people who have read No Safe Home are my publisher, editor and proof-reader. That’s all. By the time this blog is posted, I’m assuming – and hoping – I’ll have had reviews, comments and feedback. And, whether it’s good or bad, at least the unknown will be revealed… I’ll have an idea about the reception of my book.

It’s a strange feeling, because I know an author cannot please everyone, or cater to all reader’s tastes, or might miss a hook for a blogger. As a reader, I’m fully aware I’m not going to enjoy every book I read, or relate with every character I meet. Yet, despite this knowledge, I still find myself in author limbo right now – and it’s a scary place to be.

I’m the kind of person who needs to know. I like answers and reasons and feedback (I was called nosey as a teenager, but I prefer the word inquisitive). I love to know why. I love hearing people’s thoughts and reactions to things and, no surprise, this includes my books.

At the end of last year, In the Shadows received a one star review on Amazon.com, and while it’s never a joyous occasion, sometimes you can learn something from them. However, this time I was left mostly disappointed. The review, in its entirety, read: “very strange.” That was it. Just two words and one star. The desire to understand what exactly felt strange to that reviewer – was it the whole book or just snippets – left me questioning my writing ability for quite some time. It’s amazing how just two words can distract you for so long.

I soon moved on from that one star review, of course I did; I had too, if there was any hope of writing the next book, and the next, and the next… But, every so often, I’ll revisit the review pages for my books and remind myself what it is readers love – or don’t – about my work. They always entice a concoction of emotions, and they always spur me on.

When I started writing In the Shadows last March, I had no concrete plans to create a series. But, some bloggers and reviewers said they wanted more of DI Denis Hamilton – and by the end, I did too. It was great to have that endorsement – to know that other people yearned for more of my characters’ story. So, this is a huge thanks to you all for the encouragement you’ve given me over the last year. No Safe Home was born because of you, the readers. We’re having this blog tour because you wanted more, and because you shared your reviews and comments with me. I’m always thankful for your feedback.

I’ve learnt that whatever stage your series is at, or whichever number book you’re releasing next, the feeling never changes – I’ll always be waiting to know what you all think. And know this, butterflies would have been fluttering like crazy in my stomach on publication day.

img_1259Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.

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Book description

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is haunted when the suspicious death of a teenage girl triggers suppressed memories. With a stalker targeting vulnerable women in Central London, and his team rapidly diminishing, Hamilton must conquer his emotions before another family is destroyed.

In a sleepy town in Hertfordshire, Katy has worked hard to rebuild her life after leaving behind everything she knew. But when her past catches up with her, and her young son’s life is threatened, Katy must admit her true identity if she has any hope of surviving.

A home should be a safe place, shouldn’t it?

London’s murder investigations team returns in the second novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows.

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In The Shadows by Tara Lyons

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In The Shadows is an excellent debut from the very talented Tara Lyons, I knew from the prologue where the killer describes the first killing this would be my kind of book. There is a brutal murderer stalking the streets of London, and whoever is committing the murders leaves no clues or DNA evidence, So it’s up to Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton and his team to unravel the clues and catch a killer. Grace is dealing with the loss of her beloved Grandfather, and when she realises the woman who are dead are linked to her, she falls deeper into despair. Fearing she may be the killer’s next target, she begins to question if her horrifying nightmares are the key to unravelling the murderer’s identity.

As the body count rises and it becomes apparent there is a serial killer on the loose the investigation intensifies, the police find themselves no nearer to finding the killer, and the tension is palatable as Hamilton and his team become increasingly frustrated with the case. Unusual in a crime read the investigation team’s characters aren’t fully developed so you don’t really get to know them, but I think this works in Tara Lyons favour as it left me wanting more. Grace the protagonist is a very complex character, and one who adds depth the plot.

In The Shadows is delivered in short snappy chapters, which makes for an easy read it’s cleverly plotted and highly original with plenty of twist and turns, and although I guessed the killer towards the end of the book, it didn’t distract from being a damn good read! In my opinion Tara has done her job well, she captured me from the epilogue and I nearly read the book in one sitting, as I found myself captivated by both the writing and the plot. I will certainly be adding Tara Lyons to my list of “to read” authors and I’m also going to pre-order her forthcoming collaboration with Mel Comley The Caller

My thanks to shell baker over at Crime Book Club and author Tara Lyons for my review copy in exchange for a honest review

Print Length: 207 pages

Publisher: Tara Lyons (17 Mar. 2016)

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