**Blog tour** #DeadLock by Damien Boyd #GuestPost @DamienBoydBooks @amazonpub

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Today I’m thrilled be opening the blog tour for Dead Lock by Damien Boyd to celebrate the occasion I have a guest post from the author himself. I was really excited about this post as the locations mentioned aren’t far from where I live and I’ve visited many of them. Damien Boyd has a new crime thriller out soon, it’s being published by Thomas and Mercer on the 31st May 2018, it’s the eighth book in the The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series. You can find details about the book further down this post. 

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Choice of setting is probably one of the most important decisions a series author needs to take, but it’s the one I gave the least attention to when I started out. As it turns out, I made the right decision for the right reasons. I just didn’t know it at the time.

I chose Somerset, and in particular the Burnham-On-Sea area — it was always going to be Burnham —  for the simple reason that it’s my home and I love it. 

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Although I live in Devon and have done since 1994, I still feel like I’ve come home when I arrive in Burnham. Always have done and always will too, I hope. My grandfather was the manager of the Bristol Redfield branch of the National Westminster bank and the family left the city during the bombing raids in 1943. They ended up in Herbert Road, Burnham-On-Sea, where we stayed until my parents finally sold up in 1998. 

So, I grew up there. It’s my childhood home and spiritual home too. 

That’s why I chose to set my series there, but it turned out to be the right decision for so many different reasons. 

Firstly, I know it like the back of my hand. Growing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s we had greater freedom to run wild as kids, always out and about on our bikes; on the beach too. On a purely selfish level, this kept the research down when I was starting out, because I was still a solicitor in private practice and working full time. I already knew the best and most sinister places to hide a body without spending hours trawling through Google Earth. I’d already spent hours rock climbing in Cheddar Gorge, for example, which became the setting for my first novel, As the Crow Flies.

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But, more importantly, it enables me to set the books at places I know and love which, I hope, shines through in my descriptions. Every time I sit down to write it’s like going home.

And seeing old friends. Many of the characters are real people who live in the town, some of whom I went to school with and have known since I was 7 years old! They know who they are…

Secondly, it gives me the opportunity to learn more about the place, as I look for new locations. For Dead Lock I spent hours researching the abandoned Somersetshire Coal Canal that ran from the coal fields around Paulton and Radstock to join the Kennet and Avon Canal just east of Bath. I’ve been caving in the Mendips, explored the Somerset Levels in the aftermath of the catastrophic flooding, and even been out in the local lifeboat! 

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Readers who have lived in Somerset all their lives find themselves being taken to places they have not been before or didn’t even know existed. That’s part of the challenge and great fun. 

Thirdly, there is Somerset itself. I am never ever stuck for an atmospheric spot! From Cheddar Gorge, to Berrow Beach, Brean Down, Taunton Racecourse, the Somerset Levels, caving on the Mendips, to the Somersetshire Coal Canal, the county offers every option a crime writer could ever need. 

Except perhaps the big city, I suppose, but the way round that is to have the first murder in Somerset, on Nick’s patch, then he can investigate a connected murder anywhere. Using that device he’s been to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol, for those like their crime to have an urban feel.

Lastly, and the best reason of all perhaps, is the people of Somerset themselves. Not only have they embraced Nick Dixon and encouraged me every step of the way, but they have been so very helpful too. I have had guided tours of the new Police Centre at Express Park, Bridgwater, and the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station site, been taken down Swildon’s Hole by members of the Wessex Cave Club, been out in the Burnham lifeboat, and the BARB Search & Rescue hovercraft. Nothing has ever been too much trouble and I can’t thank them enough!

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So, there we are. One of the easiest and best decisions I’ve ever made.

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Book description 

Early on a cold Somerset morning, ten year old Alesha Daniels is reported missing by her father, a violent alcoholic. Her mother, a known drug addict, is found unconscious, but it’s her mother’s boyfriend the police are keen to trace.

As the hunt for Alesha gathers pace, a second local girl is taken, plunging another family into the depths of despair.

Cutting short his holiday, DI Nick Dixon races home to join the Major Investigation Team, but no sooner has he identified a network of local suspects than they begin to show up dead.

At odds with his superiors, Dixon is convinced the child abductions are anything but random, but nobody is prepared for the investigation to lead quite so close to home.

Can Dixon and his team crack the case before all the suspects are silenced? And will he find the missing girls before it’s too late?

Pre-order link: Amazon UK 🇬🇧

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Damien Boyd is a former solicitor turned crime fiction writer.

Drawing on extensive experience of criminal law as well as a spell in the Crown Prosecution Service, Damien writes fast paced crime thrillers featuring Detective Inspector Nick Dixon, Avon & Somerset CID.

My thanks to Damien Boyd for his fascinating guest post.

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#CoverReveal Morte Point by Robert Parker @robparkerauthor @EndeavourQuill #CrimeThriller

Today I’m thrilled to be revealing the cover for Morte Point by Robert Parker, the sequel to ‘A Wanted Man’. which reached the Amazon #2 in Canada and top 10 in the UK. Although I haven’t read the first book in the series it’s one I’m definitely going to be adding to my TBR pile. Morte Point will be published in July 2018 by Endeavour Quill. Before I share the cover which I think is striking, here’s the book description….

Book description 

 

Morte Point is a wonderful spot for a holiday.

Only that’s not why Ben Bracken is here.

He’s here because in this sleepy part of England, events are now unfolding that could cause death and mayhem, and not just for the unfortunates in the plane that has just crashed into the sea off the North Devon coast.

Sent to locate the source of the problem, ex-soldier and patriot Ben finds himself both hunter and hunted.

But who is after him, and why do they want to capture him so desperately?

It’s only when, on the edge of physical and mental exhaustion, he meets a young Kosovan microbiologist, that he begins to understand the scale of the plot he has been drawn into, and the weight of responsibility that the authorities have placed on his shoulders. So it’s probably just as well they don’t know about his slightly shady past.

But then, as Ben is rapidly finding out, those in authority aren’t always what they seem, either…

And now for the cover reveal…….

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About the author

Robert Parker is the author of international bestseller A Wanted Man. He currently writes full time, while also making time to encourage new young readers and authors through readings and workshops at local schools and bookstores.

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For more info contact: alice@endeavourmedia.co.uk

Endeavour Media – the UK’s Leading Independent Digital Publisher

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endeavourmedia1

Twitter: @EndeavourQuill

Sign up to their newsletter here for a free ebook: http://eepurl.com/drMHCX

 

 

Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson #BookReview #MustReads @Author_Dave @BonnierZaffre

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I’m one of those readers who hates starting a book mid way through a series, I normally like to start at the beginning. So I’m sure your wondering why I’m reviewing Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson when it’s the third book in the series, 1- I love the cover 2- so many bloggers who have similar tastes in books to me are raving about the author and this book, so curiosity got the better of me and I just had to read it. Read on for my thoughts

Book description

You can’t choose your family. Or can you? 

Meet the Bensons. They’re an ordinary couple. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.

There’s just one problem. 

SHE’S NOT THEIRS.

D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . .

IMG_3605Children going missing are a well used topic for crime fiction,  so what’s so special about this one I can hear you ask? OMFG where shall I begin, I literally loved this crime thriller, the characters, the plot, the writing, the pacing, every element of this book was on spot on. I’m not going to beat about the bush Don’t Make A Sound will definitely be on my top reads of 2018, it’s compelling, gripping and one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read this year. 

I’m going to keep this review short, mainly because I could rave about this book all day long and not draw breath, it’s definitely one you need to read for yourself, and the less you know the more thrilling the ride. This is the third book in the series but can easily be read as a standalone, there’s enough of a backstory to whet your appetite so much so before I finished this one I had bought the previous books in the series as I was desperate to find out what events had shaped D. S. Nathan Cody character. 

Dark and definitely unsettling the focus is very much upon a supposedly normal couple, bringing up their young daughter Daisy, but like any good crime thriller nothing is as it seems. What follows is a tense tale, that found me racing through the pages, desperate to get to the truth. It’s the chapters told from Daisy’ perspective that give this book a chilling  edge, for me Little Daisy is the shining star of Don’t Make A Sound she’s a tough little cookie with so much character, she will tug at the most hardened heartstrings, you want to reach into the pages and pull her out of her living, breathing nightmare. I also loved the fact the author hasn’t gone overboard with the details surrounding Daisy, it’s hinted at yes, but it leaves the rest to the reader’s imagination, vague I know but I’m trying to avoid “spoiler territory”. 

What makes Don’t Make A sound stand out from other crime books about missing children is the authors telling of the story, the undercurrent of madness and menace that lies within its pages. David Jackson certainly knows how to tell a story, and just as I thought he had tied everything up neatly he threw in a shocker, one that left me reeling, not an easy task when you read as many crime books as I do let me tell you. If this book doesn’t become a best seller I will eat my hat!  Would I recommend this book? It’s a massive “hell yes” from me. 

This is going to come as no suprise but I’m giving Don’t Make A Sound the very prestigious Gold Star Award Rating. It’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a read, an original  plot, great characters and a storyline that draws me in from the first page and keeps me in its grips until I reach the very last page.

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Print Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Zaffre (3 May 2018)

Buying links:      Amazon UK 🇬🇧         Amazon US 🇺🇸

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jo at Josbookblog @tiny_ickle_jo

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It’s Thursday which means it’s time to share another #TopFiveThursday post with you all. Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to all you awesome book bloggers who shares these posts, it means a lot to me and I’m sure the bloggers taking part appreciate all the shares and retweet’s.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Jo to the book review café to share her #TopFiveThursday. Jo blogs over at the awesome https://josbookblog.co.uk/ if you haven’t checked out Jo’s blog I would recommend you do, her reviews cover an array of different books so if you are looking for your next read pop over and take a look. Anyway without further ado here’s Jo’s #TopFiveThursday……

Top five books you’ve read so far this year?

I’ve selected by top five books that I’ve read and that have been published this year, but I have to say, even though it’s only May, there have been some excellent books published so far this year and narrowing it down to five was extremely difficult:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson

The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Lido by Libby Page

 

 Top five authors you think everyone should read?

This is difficult – people have such different tastes, so I’ve just plumped for a few of my favourites!

David Mitchell (not ½ of Mitchell and Webb!)

Margaret Atwood

Terry Pratchett

Jeffery Deaver

Jasper Fforde

Top five books you want to read before the year is out?

Another tough one as there are several that I’m desperate to get hold of!

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

 Melmoth by Sarah Perry

 

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

Don’t worry about posting something every day, or with a certain frequency – if you have time, great.  If not, it doesn’t matter.  Most of us do this as a hobby around real life, and we’re all trying to fit blogging in against the multitude of demands on our time

Do it your way – we’re all different, and we all blog differently – experiment, find a style that works for you – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t

Don’t compare yourself to other blogs in terms of stats / followers etc.  It takes time to build up a blog – give it time to grow and develop

Be nice.  This might be in writing a review (constructive feedback is fine) or in interacting with the blogging / publishing community

Enjoy it!  As I said before, blogging is a hobby for most of us, so try not to let it add more stress into your life.  And if you need a break, take one – we’ve all done it!

Top five blogs you follow?

And lastly who is Jo? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?  

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I’m Jo, and I’ve been blogging for around 3 years now.  Honestly, I’ve no idea where the time has gone!

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child, and have always had an inclination towards darker tales.  This started with a fascination for fairy tales when I was younger, and has developed into a love for post-apocalyptic / dystopian fiction now that I’m older – something that started when I read 1984 and Brave New World at A-level.

I also read a lot of crime, thrillers, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, horror… honestly, I’ll give most things a go!

Social media links

You can find me on Twitter @tiny_ickle_jo and I have joined Instagram (josbookblog), although I’ve never really managed to get into it.

You can find my blog at https://josbookblog.co.uk/

My thanks to Jo for taking part in #TopFiveThursday and for her fabulous post.

Freefall by Adam Hamdy @adamhamdy @headlinepg #randomthingstour #guestpost #blogtour

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Today I am thrilled to be on the blog tour for Adam Hamdy’s second novel Freefall.  This fabulous thriller is out now in paperback and I’ve got a guest post from the man himself Adam Hamdy.

Before I share the author’s guest post here’s the book description to whet your appetite

Book description 

ONE RULE. TRUST NO-ONE.

This explosive, pulse-racing thriller is perfect for fans of Jack Reacher and Orphan X, with a story as unexpected as a sniper’s bullet. Adam Hamdy’s first Pendulum novel was called ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’ by James Patterson.

JOHN WALLACE IS A TARGET
Hiding off-grid after exposing the shadowy Pendulum conspiracy, Wallace is horrified to discover he is still marked for death.

THERE ARE ONLY TWO PEOPLE HE CAN TRUST
DI Patrick Bailey is still reeling from the murder investigation that nearly cost him his life.

FBI Agent Christine Ash is hunting a serial killer with a link to an unfinished case

HE MUST FIND THE TRUTH
The death of a London journalist triggers an investigation that brings them back together, hurling them into the path of an unknown enemy.

BEFORE THE KILLER FINDS HIM
Hunted across the world, they are plunged into a nightmare deadlier than they could have ever imagined.

TOP TEN TIPS FOR READERS

The Internet is chock full of advice for writers, but what about readers?  Here are ten tips that should help readers get the most from a life with books, by Adam Hamdy, author of Freefall (out in paperback on 16 May).

  1. READ WHATEVER YOU LIKE

One of the many beautiful things about books is that they offer tremendous choice.  There are millions of books available on just about any subject imaginable, but one can experience a bit of snobbery about what one ‘should’ read.  Don’t feel obliged to read a book because it’s been deemed worthy or has received critical acclaim.  Find the genres, subjects or authors you enjoy and build from there.  I believe readers should actively enjoy the experience of reading and if they’re not, the chances are they’re holding a book that isn’t right for them.   

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  1. FIND YOUR FAVOURITE BLOGGERS

This is something you can do from the comfort of home.  Go online and find bloggers who read and review the types of books that interest you.  Book bloggers form one of the most informative and generous online communities.  The support they give authors and each other is wonderful and they provide a free and informative way to discover new books.  Unconstrained by physical page space or publication schedules, bloggers will often review a wider range of books than national newspapers or magazines and can offer true expertise in their chosen genres.  If you find a blogger’s review interesting or discover a new book thanks to their recommendation, reach out and let them know.  It only takes a moment to show your appreciation for what they do.

3 VISIT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSHOP

Yikes!  This one involves going outside.  Don’t worry, bookshops are generally the friendliest places on the high street.  Few people are more informed about books than booksellers and I’ve had some great recommendations from my local bookshops.  Booksellers can quickly tailor suggestions to your specific reading tastes and usually like talking to readers.  Another fantastic thing about bookshops is the access they can provide to authors.  Your local cinema has little hope of persuading Steven Spielberg to come for a visit, but your bookshop can bring Lee Child to town.  I can think of few creative fields where you can sit down with talent and interact in such an informal way.  Most bookshops host events that take place in the evening and don’t cost much, if anything at all.  It’s low cost, fascinating entertainment and provides an opportunity to meet your literary heroes as well as discover new authors.  Get down to your local bookshop and find out what they’ve got going on.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

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  1. GO TO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

It’s a magical place where people will give you free books and advice.  Libraries rival bookshops for friendliness and accessibility and are general staffed by helpful, informative people who will put you on the right track, introducing you to books or authors you’ll like.  Libraries will often host events and can order in almost any book ever published.  Authors get a small royalty every time a book is borrowed from a library, so never feel awkward about telling an author you borrowed rather than bought a book.

  1. JOIN A BOOK CLUB

A few months ago, I went to a book club in London and had a fantastic time with a group of readers who grilled me about Pendulum.  The wine flowed and the conversation was fun and entertaining.  Book clubs are a great way to meet people and forge friendships and if you can’t find a real world book club in your area, you can get together with a few friends and start one, or you can seek out one of the many book clubs that are run online.  

  1. EXPLORE NEW WRITING

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and keep reading the same genre or small selection of authors.  Somewhere in the kerfuffle of book bloggers, newspaper and magazine reviews, booksellers, librarians and book clubs, you should get lots of new book or author recommendations.  Read what you like, but also look around every so often and reach for something new, so the list of what you like keeps growing.

7 CONTACT AUTHORS

My youngest son is a big fan of Swapna Haddow’s Dave Pigeon series and wrote to her to express his admiration.  Swapna wrote back and sent him some Dave Pigeon gear, which absolutely made his day.  As an author, I know how much it will have meant to Swapna to have positive feedback from a fan.  If an author has written something you like, reach out and let him or her know.  Leave a positive review, ask a question, send a note.  Most authors are very accessible and love hearing from readers, particularly if they have something nice to say.

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  1. DON’T HATE A BOOK

Argggghhhhhh!  I’ve read a book and I hate it more than cancer.  That’s the only reason I’d ever give a book a 1-star review.  In my opinion, 1-star is the equivalent of an ‘F’ and means the author has failed to do anything at all that redeems the book.  If you’re not enjoying a book, stop reading and put it down.  Move on to another that engages you.  If you really hated a book and feel the need to share your opinion, remember that all art is subjective and that many readers will find positives in a book you disliked.  Also remember that many authors read their Amazon and Goodreads reviews and that there’s a human being at the receiving end of any tirade.  I never read reviews of my books, but I know many authors who do and I’ve seen the emotional impact they have.  Authors are just human beings striving to produce the best work they can and make a living, and when someone goes to town with a bad review, it’s upsetting.  If you have to throw some shade on a book, try to keep it civil.

     9 GO TO FESTIVALS

Many big towns have their own literary festival or an arts festival that features authors.  These single or multi-day events often feature a wide range of authors speaking on a variety of topics and are fantastic low cost entertainment.  Most people will find something to interest them in a typical festival program and if you can’t afford to travel to the bigger literary festivals, go to your local one.  Admission is usually inexpensive if not free.  If you do go to a festival, set aside some time for the hotel or venue bar, where you can often get chatting to authors in an informal environment.  Lee Child, Peter James and Val McDermid were among the many big names circulating in the bar during my first ever Harrogate and I’m not ashamed to say that I got a little star struck.

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  1. SUBSCRIBE TO MAILING LISTS

Many authors operate email lists via their websites and give subscribers exclusive news, offers and competitions.  I recently offered subscribers the chance to win a £100 Book Token and the opportunity to name a character in my next book.  In addition to giving readers the opportunity to win unusual or unique prizes, most authors are keen to build a rapport with their readers, and mailing lists are a great way to get inside the worlds of authors you love and learn more about them.

Who Is Adam Hamdy

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Identified as an Amazon Rising Star, British author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy works with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, an epic series of conspiracy thriller novels. James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was a finalist for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction. Pendulum was chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books and was selected for BBC Radio 2 Book Club.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors.

Buying links for Adam Hamdy books

 

My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to join the tour!! and Adam Hamdy for the guest post.  

#TheLiesWeTold by Camilla Way #BookReview @CamilliaLWay @HarperCollinsUK #MustReads

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Today I’m reviewing another of my most anticipated reads of 2018, The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. Did  it live up to Watching Edie? Read on for my thoughts

Book description 

Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behaviour, the apparent delight in hurting others… sometimes Beth is scared of her, and what she could be capable of.

A SON

Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without trace, and his girlfriend Clara is left desperate to discover what has happened to him.

A LIFE BUILT ON LIES

As Clara digs into the past, she realises that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke’s long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke’s life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. Can she find him before it’s too late?

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What a deliciously twisted psychological thriller The Lies We Told turned out to be. I raved about Watching Edie when I read it, but this one is even better. The author draws the reader in with a spine chilling opening and from that moment on I read on in horrified fascination. I was so engrossed in this twisted tale before I knew it I was half way through the book. Told in two halves The Lies We Told begins with the disappearance of Luke, the big question is why? As girlfriend Clara digs into his past looking for answers, she  find things that maybe best staying hidden. Then you have Beth troubled by the behaviour of her young daughter Hannah, how or what connect the two? 

I do love a troubled character in a psychological thriller and they don’t come much more troubled than Hannah, psychopath alert! she’s one twisted and complex character. The thing I found chilling was Hannah’s mum Beth sharing childhood memories of a very troubled and disturbed child. As the reader you see the warning signs, hells bells even Beth can see them, as I read these chapters I felt an overwhelming sense of foreboding that made my stomach churn. The rest of the characters are a mixed bunch and most of them are pretty unlikeable for various reasons which I’m not going to go into as I would be entering spoiler territory. Needless to say they all bring something To The Lies We Told and although I never liked them I was fascinated by their story. 

The thing I loved about The Lies We Told is the way the author seemingly presents the reader with two different stories, each intriguing in their own right, but then when you least expect it Camilla Way brings both stories together in the most shocking way. My mind went into over drive as I tried to work out how the two connected, but like any good author Camilla Way plays her cards close to her chest, never giving to much away, at times I found this made the tension unbearable and I did have one of those “shall I take a quick peek at the ending?” moments to put me out my misery. I’m so glad I didn’t as the surprises and twists lurking in this well told story were definitely worth the wait.  Compelling and addictive I would highly recommend The Lies We Told if you are looking for a very twisted psychological thriller.

Print Length: 336 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (3 May 2018)

Buying links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077CZ2NLT/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1  🇬🇧

https://www.amazon.com/Lies-We-Told-Camilla-Way/dp/1101989521 🇺🇸

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Janet Lambert at beadyjansbooks @Beadyjan

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Today I’m thrilled to bring back #TopFiveThursday, I loved running this feature and learning more about my fellow book bloggers. So I decided to revive it after I had such a positive and overwhelming response from the Book Blogger community. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I do.

A warm welcome to the lovely Janet Lambert who is the first to share her #TopFiveThursday with me. Jan blogs over at https://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk/.

I you haven’t checked out Jan’s awesome blog yet you should, She reviews mostly literary, historical fiction and psychological thrillers. Enough from me here’s Jan’s #TopFiveThursday……..

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Top five books you’ve read so far this year?

Oh there have been some great ones already But depending when this is published I will probably have discovered even more by then.

The Storykeeper – Anna Mazzola a haunting historical mystery set amidst the myths and legends on the Isle of Skye

Salt Creek – Lucy Treloar a wonderful and haunting tale of a family settling in remote Australia

Walls of silence- Ruth Wade an enigmatic historical mystery with a real gut punch of a twist

The Old You – Louise Voss a tense and twisty Domestic Noir thriller, Home

Home- Amanda Berriman a wonderful book narrated by 4 year old Jesika.

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Sarah Waters

Karen Maitland

Joanna Cannon

Michel Faber

and last but not least Barbara Copperthwaite who writes the twisty thrillers I’d have written if I was clever enough.

Top five books you want to read before the year is out?

I’m longing to get hold of:

Once upon a river by Diane Setterfield who wrote the thirteenth tale. The Corset by Laura Purcell, Author of the Silent Companions which was great, and already on my tbr and clamouring to be read soon is the new book by Medieval marvel Karen Maitland – A Gathering of Ghosts.

I must find the time to start reading The Collector by Fiona Cummins which is the sequel to rattle which was an amazing book and I’m very eagerly awaiting publication of the forthcoming book the Seven Sisters by Neil Gaiman which I understand is a companion to the wonderful Neverwhere.

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Top five tips you would give to new bloggers? 

Don’t do it if you’re just “in it for the freebies” Nuff said.

Don’t be frightened to be very choosy about what you read and review, a discerning blogger is far more credible than one who accepts any random title regardless of whether they relate to it in any way.

Give Indie publishers and debut authors a chance it’s a great way to support and discover new talent

Use social media diligently and regularly to connect and interact with fellow book lovers

Just go for it!

Top five blogs you follow?

This is difficult as there are so many I follow I can barely eep up with them all. First and foremost are the blogs of 2 of my oldest (well they’re not old they’re younger than me) blogging friends whose help and encouragement set me on the way to Blogland and whose support helps keep me there

https://beinganne.com/and

http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/ Others include 

https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/   

http://shortbookandscribes.uk/   

https://lovebooksreadbooks.wordpress.com

And lastly who is Jan? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?  

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I was an only child, taught to read at the age of 3 by my Mum (to keep me occupied and out of her hair). When I left school I worked as a library assistant for 6 years, then went on to work at WH Smiths wholesale as a bookseller then as an Area Book sales Rep for Heinemann library selling books to school libraries.  I now work part time, sadly, no longer working with books, as a spinal condition means I have difficulty bending and lifting, so I have more time to indulge my passions of reading (of course), beading and sewing. I loathe cold weather and we have recently bought our own little place in the sun, a static holiday home on a small holiday park near Malaga, which is the perfect retreat for reading and writing blog posts and I’ve started a little blog about this too which can be seen at http://casamiamalaga.blogspot.co.uk/

Social media links:

This is my book blog where I post reviews of books I’ve enjoyed and the occasional blog tour I take part in.  https://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk   On Twitter I am @Beadyjan and my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/beadyjansbooks/

My thanks to Jan for her post and for being part of #TopFiveThursday.