**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Good morning everyone as usual I’ve managed to read another two books this week, although I would like to read more I just haven’t got the time at the moment, so at least I’m being consistent by reading two books 😂😂

Books I read this week

ARC’s I received this week

I am now officially putting myself on a self imposed NetGalley ban, well after the latest downloads (see below). I’m drowning in books at the moment,  and as I was cleaning my bookshelf this morning I realised there were far to many fabulous books sat there begging to be read, so from today until further notice I shall be giving NetGalley a wide berth 🙈

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Book description

A THRILLER THAT YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN – FOR FANS OF TANIA CARVER AND M. J. ARLIDGE.

When Laura Bjely goes missing during a storm on the Cote d’Azur, the only thing her friend Jan finds is her smartphone – with a disturbing film in the memory.

Back in Berlin, Jan’s neighbour is discovered with a bloody message left on her forehead.

As Jan searches for answers about what happened to Laura, he is thrown into a nightmare of madness and murder.

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Book description

Bombs detonate in a busy souk, causing massive devastation.

An explosion rips apart a mosque, killing and injuring those inside.

But this isn’t the Middle East – this is Cardiff . . .

In a city where tensions are already running high, DC Will MacReady and his colleagues begin the desperate hunt for the attacker. If they knew the ‘why’, then surely they can find the ‘who’? But that isn’t so easy, and time is fast running out . . .

MacReady is still trying to prove himself after the horrific events of the previous year, which left his sergeant injured and his job in jeopardy, so he feels sidelined when he’s asked to investigate a vicious knife attack on a young woman.

But all is not as it seems with his new case, and soon MacReady must put everything on the line in order to do what is right.

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Book description

What if your dream home became your worst nightmare?

Brett and Emily Larson have just moved into a new home, deep in the countryside in upstate New York, when they discover human bones in their garden.

As the police start to piece together the clues, three things become clear:

The bones are recent.
They are not here by accident.
They are a message.

When a mysterious coded note is found nearby, Brett and Emily start to suspect that the bones aren’t the only thing that’s hidden, and the danger may be greater than they thought.

As the investigation progresses, what secrets will be uncovered at the heart of the Larson house? Can Brett uncover the shocking truth – before it’s too late?

Fast-paced, compelling and full of twists, this heart-pounding thriller will keep you turning the pages until the very end.

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Book descripton

Compelling and explosive, Give Me the Child brings together the propulsion of a thriller and the twists of a psychological suspense.

An unexpected visitor.

Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child, despite the psychosis which marked her first pregnancy. So when Ruby Winter, a small girl in need of help, arrives in the middle of the night, it seems like fate.

A devastating secret.

But as the events behind Ruby’s arrival emerge – her mother’s death, her connection to Cat – Cat questions whether her decision to help Ruby has put her own daughter at risk.

Do we get the children we deserve?

Cat’s research tells her there’s no such thing as evil. Her history tells her she’s paranoid. But her instincts tell her different. And as the police fight to control a sudden spate of riots raging across the capital, Cat faces a race against time of her own…

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Book description

When Rebecca’s childhood abuser escapes justice it sets her on a path to revenge. Revenge on any man who preys on the innocent.

A gripping page-turner of a psychological thriller packed with suspense.

Book Post I received this week

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The Walls by Hollie Overton 

Book description

What if you could get away with murder?

Single mom Kristy Tucker works as press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections – handling everything on death row, from inmate interviews to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it’s one that’s beginning to take its toll.

So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son’s martial arts instructor, she believed she finally found her happy ending. She was wrong.

Kristy soon discovers that Lance is a monster. Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence . . . unless she’s willing to take matters into her hands. Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance – permanently.

THE WALLS explores domestic violence, the morality of murder and how far one woman will go to protect her family.

Books I bought this week

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Book description

A chilling serial killer thriller from The Mechanic trilogy
Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart.

Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted.

But was the letter really sent by Mechanic?

Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control and when Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself.

Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic?

Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?

Next weeks reads (hopefully)

Last week on the book review café

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger #GuestReviewer at crimebookjunkie @claireKreads | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/13/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-guestreviewer-at-crimebookjunkie-clairekreads/

Those That Remain by Rob Ashman #BookReview @RobAshmanAuthor @bloodhoundbook | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/12/those-that-remain-by-rob-ashman-bookreview-robashmanauthor-bloodhoundbook/

**The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag** | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/11/the-mid-year-freak-out-tag/

Final Girls by Riley Sager #BookReview | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/10/the-final-girls-by-riley-sager-bookreview/

Next week on the book review café

**Blog Tour** The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter #author interview and book review

**Blog tour** Dying To Live by Michael Stanley #guest post

Friends request by Laura Marshall #Book review

I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen #Book review

#TopFiveThursday with another awesome #BookBlogger

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As next weekend everyone, but me (so it seems) will be going to Harrogate I won’t be posting a weekly wrap up, for a start no one will be around to read it 😂😂 and secondly I will be sulking  as all you lovely book bloggers post your awesome photos of the authors I would so love to meet. I hope you all have a fabulous time  and if anyone gets a photo of Robert Bryndza please feel free to share on my FB wall I will love you forever 😘😘😘

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger #GuestReviewer at crimebookjunkie @claireKreads

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Today on #TopFiveThursday I have awesome book blogger Claire Knight. In case you didn’t know, Claire guest reviews over at the fabulous https://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. I never think of Claire as a guest reviewer to me she’s a book blogger, Claire’s also an important and much loved part of the blogger community.

Claire mostly reads and reviews crime and psychological thrillers and I love reading her honest reviews. I’m sure you already follow her and the lovely Noelle over at crimebookjunkie whose #TopFivePost you can read here in case you missed it. #TopFiveThursday with crimebookjunkie

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

So so hard!!! Apologies for anyone I missed, I read some fantabulous books in 2016….

My Girl by Jack Jordan
The first three Erika Foster books by Robert Bryndza – I read all three last year and it’s hard to pick one!
I Know Your Secret by Graham Smith
In The Shadows by Tara Lyons
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?
Another toughie as there are loads out there!!

Graham Smith
Robert Bryndza
Mel Comley
Mel Sherratt in both her guises
Mark Edwards (the real one who works with Louise Voss, not the other one)

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
The Pinocchio Brief by Abi Silver
Give Me The Child by Mel McGrath
Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Past Echoes by Graham Smith – I won a prize to be a character so I can’t wait to see what happens to me!!

No photo available for Past Echoes by Graham Smith

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

Don’t be afraid to say no. I’ve learnt the hard way and I still find it hard to say no to certain people, books or publishers…

Less is more with Netgalley. Don’t go mad when you first join. Build up your review percentage and try to maintain it.

If you don’t enjoy a book, there is nothing wrong with putting it down and starting something new. There are too many other books out there to be read!

Embrace the blogging community, we don’t bite and we’re all supportive of each other!

Be honest with your reviews, they’re your reviews, your opinion, no one else’s.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Other than the fabulous #blogsquad (Bibliophilebookclub, ChellesBookReviews, relaxandreadreviews, bytheletterbookreviews and Bestcrimebooksandmore)

Jo at https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/

Donna at  https://chocolatenwaffles.com/

Emma at  https://damppebbles.com/

Jen at  https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

Sharon at  https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/

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I’ve been guest reviewing for Noelle and Crimebookjunkie for a year and a half (ish) and this opportunity has introduced me to so many fantastic authors. I fit my reading in around my work life in a specialised department of a pensions administration company and home which I share with my husband and two gorgeous little boys (I’m not biased at all).

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Those That Remain by Rob Ashman #BookReview @RobAshmanAuthor @bloodhoundbook

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Book description

The heat of the Florida summer is relentless. Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct. His world falls apart when a brutal serial killer codenamed Mechanic lands on his patch.

Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and the savage ritualistic murders continue. No family is safe from the threat of slaughter at this sadistic killer’s hands.

Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law.

Who can he trust?

The shocking truth is more terrifying than Lucas could ever imagine … and he has to put his life on the line to get it.

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I’m a sucker for a well depicted serial killer and the Mechanic certainly fits the bill. Oh my goodness what a character the author has created one of the most intriguing serial killers I’ve read about in a long time, they are one twisted individual and to their motives for the killings, I couldn’t help having a smidgen of sympathy for them. The Chapters from the killer give you insight to this very troubled and damaged character, from these chapters I felt like I was in the Killers head looking into the darkest and most troubled corners of the human mind which made for a blood chilling read and a couple of restless nights sleep. The crimes committed are gruesome but in the authors defence these scenes never felt gratuitous within the context of the story

Those that Remain has so many great characters I especially liked Lucas’s he’s not you typical stereotype detective for a start he’s counting down the days to retirement, so I found his character a refreshing change from the “kick ass” Detectives that are the norm in many a crime thriller. I’m not going to go into plot details as I would hate to give away spoilers, but what I will say is this novel certainly made for a gripping and unpredictable read that will chill you to the bones. In my opinion it’s one of those books you just don’t want to put down as each chapter leaves you desperately wanting more, it moves along at a fast pace with so many twist and turns my head was spinning.

There were so many elements that made this book an exciting read, unique characters, an intricate plot, and a dash of dark humour. I was extremely intrigued by the profiling side of things, who knew there were so many different types of serial killers? I have one question for the author “why, oh why did it take you so darn long to get published?” I just love it when a book leaves you wanting more, and I couldn’t contain my excitement when I found out I’m not going to have too wait long for the second book in this series as it’s published on the 13th July 2017. If you are looking for a new crime thriller to read then look no further than Those That Remain I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Buying links:    Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 303 pages

Publisher: Bloodhound Books (22 Jun. 2017)

 

 

**The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag**

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Jo from the awesome overtherainbowbookblog has nominated me for the mid-year freak out tag. I’ve really enjoyed doing this as it has made me revisit some of the books I have read so far this year, so thank you for the nomination Jo. If you haven’t already do go and check out her fabulous blog http://overtherainbowbookblog.wordpress.com

So here are the questions and my answers:

Best book you’ve read so far in 2017? 

Ooh that’s a tricky one I have read so many fabulous books! But if I have to choose I would be hard pressed to choose between these two.

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

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Expertly plotted and wonderfully written this novel made for haunting and compelling read, it’s one of those books that just begs to be read in one satisfying sitting. This is one book I will be recommending to anyone and everybody.

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Block 46 by Johana Gustawasson,

Without hesitation this book has already made it to my top reads of 2017. Why? Because it’s a rich and harrowing story of the psychology of evil, good versus bad, death versus life, it’s complex, fast paced, and disturbing, all the elements that make a crime read stand out from the norm.

Best sequel of 2017 so far?

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

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Anyone who follows my blog will know I’m a huge fan of this author and I love the Erika Foster series so I was eagerly waiting for this one and it did not disappoint. Last Breath is a truly dark, disturbing and most definitely a gripping read, one that will make your heart pound and the paranoia kick in, but my god it’s definitely worth the ride. What I particularly like about this series is how original each book has been from the last and how each story offers something unique.

New releases you haven’t read yet, but want to?

The Mayfly by James Hazel

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Need You Dead by Peter James

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Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

House Of Spines by Michael J Malone

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I loved A Suitable Lie so I can’t wait to see what this very talented author comes up with next.

Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech

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Another authors work I really enjoy reading Louise Beech books are so different to my normal reads. I’m lucky that I’m not going to have to wait long to read either books as I’m on the blog tours for both.

Biggest disappointment of 2017?

He said She Said by Erin Kelly?

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I know I’m in the minority with this one as most people loved it but though it made for an enjoyable read, I really struggled with the characters and the whole eclipse plot, it did leave me feeling disappointed especially as I had read so many fabulous reviews for this book.

Biggest Surprise?

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

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I thought I might enjoy this book, but I was surprised by how much I loved this book considering it’s much slower paced than my normal reads. For me personally The Night Visitor made a refreshing change from the usual crime read, I found it to be a riveting and unnerving read, beautifully written with characters you won’t forget about in a hurry.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?

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Rob Ashman, I bought Those That Remain without any expectations. To say I loved this novel is an understatement it’s probably one of the best debut crime thrillers I’ve read this year in fact. Rob Ashman’s superb writing drew me in from the first chapter and I’m sure I spent much of my time reading this book in stunned silence (not a mean feat, I can tell you!).

Newest fictional crush?

I wouldn’t say it’s a crush but I’m rather fond of Detective Jake Flannagan he appears in The Detriment and The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette. Jake’s a bit of a bad boy and he gets caught up in some “thrilling” events, he’s a very likeable and credible character.

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Newest favourite character?

It’s gone to be Mechanic who features in Those That Remain by Rob Ashman, this is one seriously twisted serial killer who made my blood run cold, and what a complex character. Luckily for me there’s another couple of books in the Mechanic series to come and I can’t wait.

A book that made you cry?

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow

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The last book to make me cry was The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow I was privileged to be one of the first people to read an early ARC and I loved it Christie’s characters are so believable you can’t help become involved in her characters life’s and when things go wrong I found myself crying along with the characters.

Books that make you happy?

 

That’s a hard one as I mostly read crime and psychological thrillers so I wouldn’t say they make for a happy read. Christie Barlow’s are always garenteed to put a smile on my face and I’m a huge fan of her writing even though her books are the complete opposite to my usual reads.

Favourite movie adaptation of 2017?

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I’m not a big fan of movie adaptions I’m afraid I much prefer to read the book and leave it at that!  I usually find if I watch a movie adaption I spend the whole time thinking “well that didn’t happen in the book”. I would mind watching the remake of It by Stephen King that’s a book that still gives me nightmares.

Favourite review you’ve written this year

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I wouldn’t say I have a favourite review as once they’ve been posted I tend to reflect and pick fault with everyone of them. So I’m going with the post that has the most traffic it’s Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris an author interview and even though it was posted in February 2016 it continues to get views every day I’m not sure why or how people find it but they do.
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/02/11/author-interview-behind-closed-doors-by-b-a-paris/?wref=tp

Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year?

As I tend to read mostly crime and psychological thriller I wouldn’t consider any of them to be beautiful. Although I did buy The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley which has a beautiful red and gold cover and it really stands out on my book shelf as most of my books have dark covers. I’m a huge fan of Lucinda Riley her books are mega reads (700 pages+) but she certainly knows how to tell a good story.

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Books you need to read before the end of the year?

The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister and The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley, they are a series of books about seven sisters,  but as they are such long books I’m waiting until I have time off to read them all in one go.

 

Nominations!

I’m not going to nominate anyone as I know how busy everyone is, and I would hate to put more pressure on you all, but if you want to take part consider yourself nominated.

Final Girls by Riley Sager #BookReview

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Book description

Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…

They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie.

When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

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If your looking for an “edge of your seat” thriller then look no further, Final Girls by Riley Sager will have you gripped from the first page, all the way to its nail biting conclusion. Final Girls tells the story of Three victims of separate massacres, they all have suffered similar experiences to those slasher movies most of us have watched, you know the ones I mean where one “Final Girl” is left in the closing scenes and manages to come out alive.

What follows is the story of two of the survivors Quincy and Sam, and that’s all I’m going to say about the plot as I would hate to give away spoilers. What drew me to this book in the first place was the author took the unusual step to focus on the survivors of the most awful crimes after the event, so this novel certainly makes for an original and compulsive read.

As you would expect both Quincy and Sam may have survived shocking and traumatic events but neither of them have come out unscathed, at the start they both seem pretty average until the author weaves her magic and you realise both characters are not only complex but also very damaged by their traumatic experiences and they seem untrustworthy, and for me that’s what made this novel such a compelling read.

With twist and turns galore it’s pretty much impossible to “second guess” where the author is leading the reader, but I certainly enjoyed every minute of this dark crime thriller. Full of mystery and suspense this novel certainly fray’s the nerves, as the tension and suspense reaches fever pitch before the final shocking scenes. Riley Sager without doubt has written a novel that makes for a tense and exhilarating read and if you are a fan of a well written crime thriller then this is one book you don’t want to miss.

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧     Amazon US 🇺🇸

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (13 July 2017

 

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Well it looks like Two Books a week is my limit at the moment, so I shall move swiftly on and not bore you with the details 😂😂

Books I read this week

This weeks Book Post

I received these three amazing books in a book bundle from #DeadGoodReadersAwards, have you voted for your favourite books yet? There’s still time you can enter here….http://www.deadgoodbooks.co.uk/dead-good-reader-awards-2017/  winners will be revealed at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate this July.

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Book description

New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche.

“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.”

Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

Books I bought this week

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Book description

Stockholm syndrome: the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with his or her captor.

Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when Dominic Perdue abducts her. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent upon him for food, clothes, her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred for him changes to compassion. Beth never allows herself to forget, however, that her captor has killed another woman. She has evidence to prove it, not to mention Dominic’s own admission of murder.

Then Beth escapes…

And discovers Dominic Perdue is not a man who lets go easily. Meanwhile, despite being reunited with her family, she spirals into self-destructive behaviour. Release from her prison isn’t enough, it seems. Can Beth also break free from the clutches of Stockholm syndrome?

A study of emotional dependency, The Second Captive examines how love can assume strange guises.

 Last week on the book review café

**Blog Tour** The Other Twin by L V Hay #GuestPost @LucyVHayAuthor @OrendaBooks | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/06/blog-tour-the-other-twin-by-l-v-hay-guestpost-lucyvhayauthor-orendabooks/

Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel #Bookreview @HALeuschel | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/04/manipulated-lives-by-h-a-leuschel-bookreview-haleuschel/

**Blog Tour** Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear #GuestPost (@CazziF) @BonnierZaffre | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/03/blog-tour-sweet-little-lies-by-caz-frear-guestpost-cazzif-bonnierzaffre/

**Weekly Wrap Up** | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/02/weekly-wrap-up-33/

Next week on the book review café

Final Girls by Riley Sager #Bookreview

Those That Remain by Rob Ashman

Mid year freak out book tag

#TopFiveThursday is back and you don’t want to miss this one, it features one of my favourite #BookBloggers,  but for now my lips are sealed🤐🤐🤐🤐

News from the book review café

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I can finally share my fantastic news with you all, anyone who follows my weekly wrap up post’s will know a month or so ago I was privileged to read a “top secret” Arc, as some of you may have noticed it was The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by the awesome Christie Barlow. As followers of my blog will know I would say 90% (ok 99.9%) of the books I read and review are crime or psychological thrillers,  but every time I leave “the dark side” it usually involves the very talented Christie Barlow.

I won’t be sharing my review just yet as ***squeals with delight*** my review will be published in September’s edition of Mama Life Magazine http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk. I can’t believe I’ve been given the opportunity to actually write a review for a magazine,  and although I’m thrilled I’m also very nervous, self doubt rears it’s ugly head as usual! I can’t help thinking readers of the magazine will hate it 🙈

And on a finally note I would highly recommend The Cosy Canal Boat Dream I think it’s Christie Barlow’s best book yet, her writing goes from strength to strength……. and a word of warning have the “tissues at the ready” And here’s another teaser for you all………

**Blog Tour** The Other Twin by L V Hay #GuestPost @LucyVHayAuthor @OrendaBooks

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I’m delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for The Other Twin by L V Hay, which is published by one of my favourite publishers Orenda Books. To celebrate I have a really interesting guest Post from the author which has resulted in me adding even more books to my huge TBR pile, so be warned!

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TOP 5 TWISTED SISTER STORIES TO CREEP YOU OUT

By @LucyVHayAuthor

Things come and go in terms of ‘fashions’ and crime fiction is no different … Just recently, it would seem sisters are prevalent in the genre. Even my own book, a mystery set in the LGBT community in diverse Brighton, features a pair of sisters!
The Other Twin follows the fates of Poppy, a young woman who suspects her sister India has been murdered. India has left behind a blog, detailing a number of people with code names who all may have a motive for killing her. Poppy must work out who these people are and why they could have had it in for India. We also hear from India, in her own words, via the blog.
So, to celebrate The Other Twin being released, I thought I would reflect on five of my favourite recent ‘Sister’ stories – how many of these have you read, too? Don’t worry if you haven’t read them yet though, there’s NO SPOILERS:

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwod  I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one … and it plays with your assumptions throughout! It’s a clever tale, with thought-provoking commentary, but it’s still easy to digest. I devoured it very quickly, mainly thanks to the three-dimensional characters and the situation they find themselves in. Protagonist Kate is a war reporter, so the scenes in Syria are hard-going, yet it’s the ones in her backwards little hometown that are the creepiest!

My Sister’s Secrets by Tracy Buchanan I have three sisters myself and they can be secretive beasts, so reading this was a no-brainer for me! I enjoyed this tale of intrigue, set in a seaside town and focusing on a family bereavement. The diving sequences in the submerged forests were especially creepy and claustrophobic, plus the characters of the three sisters in this story were appealing. Recommended.

Little sister by Isabel Ashdown This book is set on the Isle of Wight, a place I know particularly well, so the storyworld really added something for me. But even if I hadn’t known the island, the author really ratchets up the tension here in this child abduction thriller: it’s a twisty tale with a relentless, fast pace. There have been LOTS of missing child thrillers in recent years, but this one really stands out for me because it’s always one step ahead – I am pretty good at figuring out twists, but this one really GOT me!

The Sister by Louise Jensen This one is *slightly* different to the rest on this list in that it doesn’t involve the protagonist’s own sister, but her deceased best friend’s! I really liked the intrigue here – when Grace finds a note, written a long time before best friend Charlie’s death, it reads: “I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …” I was BESIDE MYSELF with wanting to know what this *terrible something* was! Great job.

My Sister And Other Liars by Ruth Dugdall My personal favourite on this list, this is a devastatingly authentic read. Dugdall never shies away from grabbing the dark and taboo with both hands and she excels here, confronting issues of self-harm, anorexia and domestic abuse. Told via the POV of Sam, a girl intent on starving herself to death, she must confront her memories and work out who could have attacked her big sister Jena – and why. As you might expect from this author, the ‘showdown’ is quite something in that it may take you somewhere VERY uncomfortable!

BONUS!

Twisted’s Evil Little Sister, Volume 1 Twisted50 is a crowd-sourced collection of fifty horror stories – I took part last year and was thrilled when my story, The Retribution of Elsie Buckle was picked for the anthology. However, there were SO MANY great entries that the people at Create50 – the initiative behind Twisted50 – created another anthology, Twisted’s Evil Little Sister, Vol 1 AS WELL! So obviously no round up of ‘sister’ books would be complete without this evil tome … There are some real sick minds behind this volume, it creeped me out to the max: you have been warned!

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BIO: @LucyVHayAuthor is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015). Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is due out with Orenda Books in 2017. Check out her website HERE and all her books, HERE

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Book description

When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in years. Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India’s death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets. Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents, and his twin sister, Ana?

Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India’s laptop. What is exactly is she hiding, and what did India find out about her? Taking the reader on a breathless ride through the winding lanes of Brighton, into its vibrant party scene and inside the homes of its well- heeled families, The Other Twin is a startling and up-to-the-minute thriller about the social-media world, where resentments and accusations are played out online, where identities are made and remade, and where there is no such thing as truth …

Print Length: 300 pages

Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (18 May 2017)

Buy links:      Amazon UK 🇬🇧        Amazon US 🇺🇸

My thanks to L V Hay for her guest post, Karen Sullivan over at Orenda Books and Anne Cater for my ARC of The Other Twin and for allowing me to be part of this awesome blog tour.

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