Category Archives: Wendy Walker

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Well another week over and done with,  and I’m thrilled to report I’ve read two books this week (yes you’ve read that right!) and I’ve actually started on my third. I would like to thank fellow blogger Dee over at http://www.noveldeelights.com who has shown great sympathy for my plight, NOT! For some reason my reading slump has caused her a great deal of merriment, I wonder if that’s because I was about to rename my blog “the one book review café” 😂😂

Just in case anyone thinks I’m worried about the amount of books I’m reading I’m not. It doesn’t matter if I read one book or ten in a week, it’s still a book read. I must admit cutting back on blog tours has given me a sense of freedom, it’s liberating to pick up a book I want to read rather than having to read. I’ve actually turned down 15 blog tours this week for May,  June and July but I’m determined to give myself a break from them.

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I’ve also lost my fellow guest reviewer Jo who has finally decided to set up her own blog over at http://overtherainbowbookblog.wordpress.com, please check out her blog and give her a follow. I wish Jo all the best with her blog and would like to take this opportunity to thank her for the reviews she’s allowed me to share, the lovely Dee has offered to help out on the weeks I can only manage to read one book a week 😂😂

Books I’ve read this week

I just started reading Exquisite by Sarah Stovell and I’m already hooked. I also read He Said She Said and The Night Visitor, I loved one of these two books,  and the other one I struggled with on so many levels. To find out which one it was you can check out my reviews for both books next week.

ARC’s I received this week

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Book description

A happy child.

Every parent knows the world can be scary. Lawyer Jen Sutton knows it better than most. And she’ll go to any length to protect her son from what – and who – lies outside their front door.

A loving mother.

Some might say she’s being over-protective. But isn’t it a mother’s duty to protect her child from harm?

A family built on a lie.

Jen has kept her secrets safe. Until the postcard arrives, signed by the one person she hoped would never catch up with her… and her new case begins to feel a little too close to home.

One thing is clear: Jen has been found.

Now, she faces a choice. Run, and lose everything? Or fight – and risk her son discovering the truth.

Don’t Say a Word is the electrifying new psychological thriller from AL Bird – perfect for fans of CL Taylor and Sue Fortin.

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Book description

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

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Book description

Seven year old Tony has two choices: to live or to die.

Tony Bruno just wants to fit in, but the bullies at his school are cruel and relentless. At home, he leans on his mother Teresa for strength and comfort, but she’s no match for his father, Carmen. His father, a fighter and bully himself, hates Tony. He is embarrassed by the child for not fighting back and wishes that Tony was never born.

Then as a teen, in one act of blind courage, Tony fights back shifting the balance of power with his peers. Even after Tony sets things straight with the neighborhood boys, his father continues to terrorize him.

At school, Tony is now respected by his classmates. One day he stands up for a bullied kid named, Salvatore, and the boys become friends. One night, Salvatore commits a horrific crime and Tony suffers the consequences of his friends’ actions. Tony’s punishment changes the course of his life.

All alone and nowhere to call home, Tony sets out to find the life he longs for, one filled with love and acceptance. But nothing comes easily for him, and he is forced to draw upon strength from deep within to survive.

From the dark world he lives in, Tony does unimaginable things to leave his unwanted life behind.

Mean Little People is a haunting story of one bullied child deprived of love and taunted by corrupt individuals along his journey. Tony’s story will make you question the balance between good and evil.

Book Post I received this week

Twist Of The Knife by Becky Masterman

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

The Killing Grounds by Jack Ford

Last week on the book review café

**Blog tour** Not Your Average Nurse by Maggie Groff #Bookreview #Guestpost
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/19/blog-tour-not-your-average-nurse-by-maggie-groff-bookreview-guestpost-transworldbooks-rosiemargesson/

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas aka jenmedsbookreviews
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/18/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-jen-lucas-aka-jenmedsbookreviews/

Sweet Pea by C J Skuse #Bookreview #Guestreview by @JoannaLouisePar
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/15/sweet-pea-by-c-j-skuse-bookreview-guestreview-by-joannalouisepar-hqstories/

Next week on the book review café

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly #Review

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins #Review

#TopFiveThursday with another awesome book blogger

**Blog tour**  Reconciliation For The Dead by Paul E. Hardisty #GuestPost

Other news from the book review café

IMG_1980I’m thrilled to have been nominated for the Best Book Blogger Award in the 2017 ANNUAL BLOGGERS BASH AWARDS, and if you happen to be reading this and nominated me “thank you”😘😘. I can honestly say “hand on heart” I really don’t expect to win, have you seen who I’m up against? Some truly awesome bloggers/blogs, but it’s given me such a huge boost to be nominated.

I also think there are some hugely awesome book bloggers out there who aren’t up for the awards but should be, they put their heart and souls into their blog and probably lots of tears too (if there anything like me), although these awards are great I do feel they can have a negative effect on bloggers who don’t get the recognisation they so deserve and make them question why that are blogging. A word from the wise (it happens once in a blue moon😂)to these bloggers, keep doing what you are doing, share your love of the books you love and most of all carry on with your awesome blogs, awards aren’t everything, when I first started blogging I never got nominated for anything.

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If you would like to vote for your favourite blogger I’ve included the links, there are numerous different categories to choose from and if I could I would vote for everyone of them.

http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/05/18/2017-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-voting-open-bloggersbash-bloggersbash/

**BlogTour** All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

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Today I’m on the blog tour for All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker, which was published yesterday, so you don’t even have to wait to get yourself a copy of this compelling and thought provoking read.

Book Description

You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime.

Jenny’s wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack.
She is moving on with her life.

That was the plan. Except it’s not working out.
Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
And she’s getting worse.

Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial.It may be that the only way to uncover what’s wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack.

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All Is Not Forgotten is a compelling and thought-provoking read full of suspense and intrigue with an extremely unique plot. From the first chapter I was literally hooked. Jenny Kramer is brutally attacked, In the hours after her attack, her parents are given a choice to allow the doctors to give Jenny a drug that will immediately erase her memory of the assault, and so begins a chain of events that can never be erased or forgotten. Unfortunately for Jenny although she is unable to remember the horrific events surrounding her attack, she begins to experience feelings that she can not connect to her memories, Jenny is desperate to know what happened to her and is referred to a therapist, Doctor Alan Forrester. It is hoped that with therapy Jenny will slowly recover her memories. With an exceptionally unreliable narrator, Doctor Alan Forrester, retrospectively relates events from multiple points of view, which appeared disjointed at times, but rather than distract from the story, it exactly added a sense of unease and intrigue to the story.

I really can’t tell you to much about All Is Not Forgotten, its one of those books the less you know the more you can relish every tension filled page. It’s definitely one that is character driven I found my opinions of each character changed throughout the novel as the secrets, lies, hidden truths, and infidelities were revealed layer by layer. All Is Not Forgotten is not for the faint hearted, as at times its graphic and brutal, and certainly made for an uncomfortable read at times. I had one small niggle I felt the author showed very little compassion in her writing regarding the horrendous attack on Jenny, and that’s why I don’t feel able to give it 5 stars.

Of course memories play a large part in this novel, and it begs the question “would I erase traumatic events from my memory if I could?” I’m not sure I would after reading All Is Not Forgotten, after all what if you wanted to remember them at a later date? Or if our memories were replaced with false ones, how would we able to distinguish between fact or fiction? and I found myself pondering these thoughts long after I finished All Is Not Forgotten.

This isn’t an edge-of-your-seat hardcore thriller. If you read it with that expectation, you just might be a tad disappointed, but if you love a psychological thriller that has an intricate plot and builds on the tension and suspense, then I would highly suggest you get yourself a copy. Wendy Walker has written a deeply intriguing and disturbing book, that explores the importance of memory and what happens when memories are manipulated. With an unique plot that twists and turns its way to a shocking conclusion, I found it to be an absolutely riveting read and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a dark psychological thriller.

4.5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

My thanks to Cara over at HarperCollins for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: HQ (14 July 2016)

Kindle      Hardback

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About Wendy Walker

Wendy Walker is a practicing divorce attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten. http://www.wendywalkerbooks.com/

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You can follow the All Is Not Forgotten blog tour and see what other fabulous bloggers are saying…………..dates and bloggers involved in the banner below

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**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Panic over after struggling to read one book last week I have redeemed myself and read FOUR books this week, and I’m giving myself the biggest pat on the back because I exactly managed to read three of the books that were off my TBR pile

The Opticians Wife By Betsy Reavley

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Watching Edie By Camilla Way

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Unravelled Anna Scallon

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Dead To Me by Lesley Pearce

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Book post I received this week

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The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis.

After Isabella by Rosie Fiore

Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre

Arc’s I’ve received this week

I know I put myself on a NetGalley ban and I did managed a WHOLE WEEK, before I requested any more books!

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

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The book description reminded me of The Hunger Games, which I loved, and thought it would make a change from my usual reads.

I also got sent a widget from author Mark Edwards for his new book, which I can’t wait to read

The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards

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Books I bought this week

I bought three books this week

The Paradise Trees by Linda Huber

For The Last Time by Janet Kelly, I bought this book after reading Anne’s review over on
http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.com/ the book description and Anne’s review intrigued me

The Game You Played by Anni Taylor

Last week on The Book Review Café

**Blog Tour** Outside Looking In by Michael Wood You can see my review here

**Guest Post** by Dane Cobain author of Former.ly The Rise And Fall Of A Social Network

You can read Dane’s Guest Post here

**Blog Tour** Made To Be Broken by Rebecca Bradley You can read my review here

Next week on the book review café

It’s going to be a really busy week with plenty going on

Blog Tour All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Blog Tour The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Tracy Shephard

The Opticians Wife by Betsy Reavley, review

Unravelled by Anne Scanlon, review

Guest Post from Linda Huber author of Chosen Child

Blogging news from The Book Review Café

I’ve been trying think of a new feature I could run on my blog, and eventually I came up with #TopFiveThursday featuring bloggers (everyone loves to know more about blogger’s right? Well I do anyway) basically I ask the following questions & bloggers give me their answers simple eh? I’m not sure how often it will run, I’m hoping it will be a weekly post, and run for as long as I have bloggers to feature, so If you would like to take part please answer the following questions and send your answers to……..lorrugs@btinternet.com

Top 5 books this year (so far)?

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2016?

Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?

Top 5 book blogs you follow? (not that you are likely to….. but don’t include me in your 5 top blogs 😂😂, as I want to help promote as many bloggers as possible)

It would be great if you could send a small bio about yourself and a photo, and also a link to your blog and any other social media links you would like me to include.

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**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Oh dear, oh dear I have only Managed to read ONE book this week, I hang my head in shame! A book blogger whose only read one book in a week (oh the shame!)

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

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This was a fantastic and gripping read, but I’m saving my review for the blog tour, you can read my review on Friday 15th July . Now I’ve read my last blog tour book, I’m hoping to read a couple from my own very dusty TBR shelf…….well that was my plan but after reading such great reviews for The Opticians Wife by Betsy Reavley I’ve pushed this one to the very top! I will let you know my thoughts once I’ve read it

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Books I’ve received this week

I haven’t received any book post this week which is very unusual, I’ve missed the satisfying bang when a book comes through the letter box, but on the plus side my TBR pile of physical books hasn’t grown!

Arc’s I’ve received this week

I am still being really good with my NetGalley books and only requested one, I spotted The Last One by Alexandra Oliva, the book description reminded me of The Hunger Games, which I loved, and thought it would make a change from my usual reads.

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Books I’ve bought

I really am having a bad week, I haven’t bought ONE book this week, yes you read that right! It hasn’t been the best of weeks for me and I’ve been really stressed, which I think has had a knock on effect with my reading/buying books, hopefully normal service will resume soon

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Last week on The Book Review Café

**My Book Of The Month** June 2016 | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/07/01/my-book-of-the-month-june-2016/

With Deadly Intent by KA Richardson | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/06/30/with-deadly-intent-by-ka-richardson/

Consequences by RC Bridgestock | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/06/28/consequences-by-rc-bridgestock/

Next week on the book review café

Blog Tour for Outside Looking In by Michael Wood review

Blog Tour for Made To Be Broken by Rebecca Bradley Guest post & review

And hopefully a review for The Opticians Wife if I get my reading mojo back

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Blogging news from The Book Review Café

I now have a brand new address…….The Book Review Café.Com  I dropped the WordPress bit, a few bloggers have asked me if it was easy, and yes it was simple as both Kate over at https://bibliophilebookclub.com/
and Sarah at https://bytheletterbookreviews.com/ had promised it would be, it literally gives you a step by step guide to changing, and no I never lost any followers, and it appears any links to my old WordPress address will still direct them to my site. It costs £15.00 a year if anyone’s interested

As to the benefits I wanted my address to appear more professional and I think by adding the dot.com it does that, I’m not sure there are many other benefits like being able to personalise your blog in the way you want to, I think that is a different upgrade altogether.

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Sorry I haven’t got much to share this week, but hopefully I can catch up with some reading this week, as I have a few days holiday.

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Oh dear I’m afraid I haven’t got much to share regarding the books I’ve read this week, I’ve only managed to read one, yes you read that right ONE book I’m hanging my head in shame as I write 🙈. Unfortunately I just haven’t felt like reading much this week but I did manage to read…..

Chosen Child by Linda Huber

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I really enjoyed Chosen Child, I’m not usually one for covers, but I love the colours of this one I will be posting my review soon

Last week on the book review cafe

Deadly Focus by R C Bridgestock review You can read my review here 

Author interview with Sanjida Kay Bone By Bone You can read the interview here

Blog tour and review Something Old Something New by Darcie Boleyn You can read my review here

Blog tour and review The Madam by Jaime Raven You can read my review here

Books I’ve bought this week

My lovely husband presented me with an Amazon gift voucher as a surprise, even after 28 years of marriage, he still likes to suprise me every now and then,  and so I’ve added these books to my ever growing TBR pile

Book Post I received this week

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I recieved these books in the post this week, and I’m not sure which one to read first, as they all sound really good

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

Consequences by RC Bridgestock

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker, I’m on the blog tour for this book in July, so my review won’t be on my blog for a while yet 

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Girl With A Clock For A Face by Peter Swanson, I won this over at The Book Club aka TBC, so my thanks to Tracy Fenton

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Not much I’m afraid as obviously I haven’t read much this week, I have numerous reviews ready to go, but they are for blog tours I’m on in June

My A-Z of books tag

Chosen child by Linda Huber book review

Last To Die by Arlene Hunt  book review

My blog news 

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I’m really chuffed to have been nominated for best newcomer in the 2nd Annual Blogger Bash Awards, I’m not expecting to come even close to winning as I’m up against some amazing bloggers, but it’s just brilliant to have been nominated. If you would like to vote for your favourite book bloggers I’ve included the link (I’ve already voted for my favourite bloggers, how about you?)

https://sachablack.co.uk/2016/05/19/vote-now-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-now-open/