#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas aka jenmedsbookreviews

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Today I’m ecstatic to have the fabulous Jen Lucas answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Jen is one of my favourite bloggers on the planet,  this lady reads more books than anyone I know, despite spending long hours travelling she still manages to read and review a huge amount of books and keep her sense of humour. She puts my own reading habits to shame.

Jen blogs over at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/ and I just love reading her reviews, she is certainly passionate about the books she reads, she is also supportive of other bloggers. I just love Jen and her awesome blog in case you hadn’t already guessed 🙈, so if you haven’t checked it out yet why not pop over and take a look I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
The Bird Tribunal – Agnes Ravatn
The Darkest Secret – Alex Marwood
Epiphany Jones – Michael Grothaus

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

Dead Souls – Angie Marsons
Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough
Rattle – Fiona Cummins
Ragdoll – Daniel Cole
Be My Killer – Richard Parker (am I ok to use one that isn’t out yet?) Yes I will let you have this one seeing as it’s you 🙈

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read? 

John Connolly
Stuart MacBride
James Oswald
Angela Marsons
Ragnar Jonasson

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

A Game Of Ghosts – John Connolly – sat waiting on my kindle
Exquisite – Sarah Stovell
White Out – Ragnar Jonasson
Liar – KL Slater
Insidious Intent – Val McDermid

**No cover available for Insidious Intent – Val McDermid**

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

Learn to say no – no one thinks any the worse of you for it and it will help to protect your sanity.

Use social media wisely. Have a twitter and probably facebook page, maybe even Instagram, but don’t be a slave to it. Don’t be afraid to step away or feel obliged to thank every individual everyday. It will drive you insane trying and the busier and more popular you get, the harder it becomes to keep up.

Only do what you want. Don’t practice keeping up with the Joneses. This is your blog so choose how you want it to look, what you want to include i.e. features, author Q&A, blog tours, but don’t feel pressured to be like everyone else or worry about their stats. You will be better for just being yourself, letting your passion for the books shine through and reading at your own pace. We all do it differently and that is just perfect.

Join a few groups of Facebook just to start to interact with other bloggers and authors. We’re not all that scary when you get to know us and we can be a mine of information and useful contacts. And if you can, get out to a few author events as they are a great way of getting to me other bloggers and learn about the community in general.

Beware the oh so tempting and evil request button on Netgalley. By all means take a few read now if you want to build up your review profile to get a better chance of ebing accepted for arcs but it is all to easy to request loads in the hope of just getting one and then end up with a seemingly insurmountable pile of books to review. There is nothing worse than chasing that ever elusive 80% for setting the stress levels to max.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Argh…

Sharon at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com 

Abbie at http://www.bloominbrilliantbooks.co

Dee over at https://noveldeelights.com

Linda Hill at https://lindasbookbag.com

Kate at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/

And dozens more.

IMG_1950 I am a 40 something year old Transport Manager, born and bred in the Midlands who reads for fun and sanity. Having been inspired to try blogging after attending Crime Fest last year, I have been blogging for about a year now, give or take. I still consider myself to be a newbie and an amateur but I’m starting to find my feet. When I’m not travelling the country for work listening to audiobooks, I can be found at home, curled up with my 14 year old LabX Kaycee and cats Mars and Luna(tic), and if I’m not there I’m probably at the Theatre. I love all things crime and horror fiction but have been known to also dabble in the occasional weepy, if only to prove I’m softer than I look.

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Sweet Pea by C J Skuse #Bookreview #Guestreview by @JoannaLouisePar @HQStories

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Today Jo is sharing her review for Sweet Pea by C J Skuse. This ones on my TBR pile, but I’m in two minds about reading it as from the reviews I’ve read it’s very much a “marmite” book, but after reading Jo’s review I may just read it to see which camp I would fall into. My thanks to Jo for her fab review and so without further ado…….

Book description

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder.

IMG_1712To the outside world Rhiannon seems like a shy, retiring girl. Just a normal girl working in a job where she isn’t appreciated, has friends that she hates and her boyfriend is cheating on her. Everyone thinks she is a real Sweetpea. However hiding just beneath the surface, Rhiannon is very angry. Angry at rude people and loud noises. For Rhiannon hides a dark secret, she is a serial killer, killing those who dare to annoy her or try to cause her harm and who knows who her next victim will be?

This was a fairly unusual book for me as I found myself actually feeling sorry for the serial killer. Rhiannon is very funny and some of her observations/ comments had me laughing out loud. She has a very astute way of looking at the world and telling things exactly as they are. At first you think her comments are unfair or unjustified but as you learn more about her life, both past and present, you realise that there are good reasons for her being like she us. As you learn more about her, you start feeling sorry for her and hoping that she will gave a happy ending. It was interesting  to get inside the mind of a serial killer and find out more about what makes them tick and what motivates them to kill.

The book is written in the easy, intimate style of a diary which helps trick the reader into thinking that they are reading a normal persons diary. This helps the murdersceens seem more shocking and violent. Fair warning some of these scenes are quite gruesome with what’s happening to the victims being described in vivid detail. Some of the language throughout the book is a bit offensive so if you are easily offended it might be best to avoid.

This is quite an easy to read book. The general tone and flow of the book means you are able to read it quite fast. The fact that the main character is quite likeable, despite being a serial killer, means that you want to keep reading to find out what will happen next. I loved the ‘kill lists’ or summaries at the beginning of each chapter, it made it easier to keep up with everything that’s going on.

There is quite a lot of tension throughout the book which increases as more murders are committed and the story hurtles towards its conclusion. I was constantly wondering what would happen next and worrying she was going to get caught. The twist towards the end really took me by surprise as I really wasn’t expecting it. I think the ending was a very good and appropriate way to end the book, though it wasn’t the way I wanted it to end!

The blurb describes this book as a cross between Bridget Jones and Dexter which is a really good description of it! This is the debut book from this author and I look forward to reading many from her. Thank you to Anna Baggaley and HQ stories for my copy of this book.

Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HQ (20 April 2017)

Amazon UK 🇬🇧      Amazon US 🇺🇸

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Well here we are again another Sunday Weekly Wrap Up Post, and here’s where I share how many books I’ve read this week, yet again it’s been a dismal week, so let’s get it over with……once again I have only managed to read one book. I can’t even blame social media this week, if I’m honest after spending 8.5 hours staring at a computer screen by the time I get home my eyes are to tired to read (oh woe is me🙈).

I’m really not sure what the answer is, but it’s going to be a pretty darn boring week on my blog as all the reviews I have are for blog tours. Hopefully I will get back on track once I’m reading some of the books on my TBR pile, and if not I might have to change this blog to something completely different, perhaps a blog about books,  but without the reviews 😂😂

I must say a huge thank you to guest reviewer Jo for sending me her fabulous review of Sweetpea, which I will be posting this week. It actually means with Jo’s post and a blog tour review I may just manage to keep my blog ticking over!

The one Book I read this week!

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This is the first book I’ve read by Conrad Jones, but it certainly won’t be my last. I absolutely loved this gritty read, but  unfortunately I can’t share my review until the blog tour on Monday 29th May 

What I’m reading now

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

ARC’s I received this week

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Book description

How far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.

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Book description

PI Varg Veum fights for his reputation, his freedom and his life, when child pornography is found on his computer and he is arrested and jailed. Worse still, his memory is a blank…

Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum’s life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts.

When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he’s accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material… and who is seeking the ultimate revenge.

When a chance to escape presents itself, Varg finds himself on the run in his hometown of Bergen. With the clock ticking and the police on his tail, Varg takes on his hardest – and most personal – case yet

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Book description

When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he’s clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What’s more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles … but where is the entry wound? When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing, Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu gets involved. But did the witch doctor take the body to use as part of a ritual? Or was it the American anthropologist who’d befriended the old Bushman?

As Kubu and his brilliant young colleague, Detective Samantha Khama, follow the twisting trail through a confusion of rhino-horn smugglers, foreign gangsters and drugs manufacturers, the wider and more dangerous the case seems to grow. A fresh, new slice of ‘Sunshine Noir’, Dying to Live is a classic tale of greed, corruption and ruthless thuggery, set in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and featuring one of crime fiction’s most endearing and humane heroes.

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Book description

DI Duncan Waddell has big problems. He’s borderline diabetic. The paperwork is piling up faster than the underwear at a porn shoot.

Now his best pal DC Stevie Campbell, who’s in a coma after being attacked by a suspect, has started to talk to him. Trouble is, only Waddell can hear him.

The last thing he needs is the country’s biggest case to land on his lap.

Three women have gone missing in the city he used to love, but is fast coming to despise, victims of the GLASGOW GRABBER, as their assailant has been dubbed by local hack and all round thorn in Waddell’s backside, Catriona Hastie.

Shelley Craig is the latest victim, snatched as she and her boyfriend took a shortcut through Glasgow city centre.

And she’ll do anything to make it home.

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Book description

Lesley Welsh sadly passed away in April but Bookouture are extremely honoured to be publishing The Serial Killer’s Daughter on 14th June.

Charmer, liar, father… Killer.

Suzanne’s life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with her estranged father, Don.

Don is dead, but Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions – including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women.

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his journals? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?

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Book description

Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben receives a desperate call from his father asking for help he is drawn into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl he discovers his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life?
And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers.

As everyone who follows my blog by now will know I’m a huge fan of author Robert Bryndza, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive a signed copy of Last Breath and chocolate, and I’m sorry but I just have to share the photos

 Last week on the book review café

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Danielle @BooksVertigoTea | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/11/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-danielle-booksvertigotea/

**Blog tour** Child Taken by Darren Young #BookReview @DARRENYOUNGBOOK @REDDOORBOOKS | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/12/blog-tour-child-taken-by-darren-young-bookreview-darrenyoungbook-reddoorbooks/

**Mystery Blogger Award** | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/08/mystery-blogger-award/

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens #BookReview | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/10/never-let-you-go-by-chevy-stevens-bookreview/

Next week on the book review café

Sweet Pea by C J Skuse #Guest review from Jo

#TopFiveThursday with a super duper awesome blogger

*Blog tour* Not Your Average Nurse by Maggie Groff #Review

and for the rest of the week I will be trying to catch up on some reading, so if you hear so much as a squeak from me on social media please feel free to give me a telling off 😂

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**Blog tour** Child Taken by Darren Young #BookReview @DARRENYOUNGBOOK @REDDOORBOOKS

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Book description

How could such a thing happen?

But it did happen.

I wasn’t one of the others, observing.

It happened to me.

One hot summer’s day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won’t give up hope that her daughter is still alive.

How can she?

Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago. But when the journalist discovers someone with an explosive secret, it threatens not only to reveal what’s been covered up for so long, but puts both their lives in danger.

img_1258Child Taken is the debut novel from Darren Young, and I’m pleased to report it’s a hell of a debut, it’s twisted and definitely makes for an intriguing read. As the book suggests two year old Jessica Preston disappears on a day out with her family. Twenty years later another missing child gets the attention of trainee journalist Laura Grainger, which leads to questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston? What follows is an intricate tale shrouded in mystery and deception.

There are have been numerous books that deal with this theme, but what sets this book apart was the authors decision not to concentrate on one particular character, he deftly explores the long term impact on everyone involved, after all each character involved lost something when Jessica was taken. At first I found the style of narrative confusing to follow as the story is told from four POV, but once I got into the swing things I realised just how cleverly woven the narrative is as it follows the journey past and present of the abductors and the family whose child was taken.

The author presents the reader with a tangled and intriguing tale which draws the reader in from the very first chapter. As a parent myself I found my sympathies lay very much with Jessica’s mother, as the author describes her thoughts and feelings at loosing a child with conviction and empathy. As for the abductors I couldn’t raise an iota of sympathy for their predicament, but to see why I felt like this you will just have to read the book for yourself, as in explaining my reasons I may give away major spoilers which is never my attention. I had one small niggle with Child Taken I did feel this book could have been shorter, as at times it felt the author was padding out the story and wasn’t really relevant to the plot.

I really thought I had Child Taken figured out around the halfway mark, but OMG Darren Young deviously leads the reader a merry dance, and I can honestly say I never thought for one minute the novel would end the way it did. This is a dark, twisting thriller that shows all too well how you can never escape the sins of your past. Child Taken is a terrific, gripping, page-turning debut by a talented new voice in suspense. A great read that I would highly recommend.

Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: RedDoor Publishing (18 May 2017)     Amazon UK 🇬🇧

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Darren Young lives in Nottingham with his wife, Luisa and their two children, Alessio and Emilia.

Away from writing, he has a background in financial services and an MBA from the University of Wolverhampton and helps organisations to improve their customer service, whilst also being involved in producing papers and a weekly blog on the subject. He wanted to write something different; a story he’d like to read, one about ordinary people thrown into extraordinary positions and had the ideas but wasn’t sure that there was enough time, or coffee, to fit it into his already busy life. However, he started working on Child Taken in 2014 and found that there was. He’s currently working on a new version of the book he wrote for ‘practice’ before embarking on Child Taken and after two years writing about child abduction, he wanted to explore something a little lighter; heart transplants.

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Follow Darren on Twitter @darrenyoungbook

you can follow the rest of the blog tour here….

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Danielle @BooksVertigoTea

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Today I’m thrilled to have one of my favourite book bloggers on the planet answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Danielle blogs over at http://booksvertigoandtea.com where she reviews mostly fantasy, fairytales and horror and although they aren’t genres I read I do love reading her reviews as they make for an interesting read, and her sense of humour shines through,  despite the numerous problems she has with her health she still manages to blog and support other bloggers, Danielle is certainly one awesome lady.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

In no specific order, my favorites were:

Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Charles Dickens
JRR Tolkien
Terry Pratchett
CS Lewis
George Orwell

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

I do not keep a TBR any longer, so this is a tough one. A few I hope to finally make time for would include:

The Winds of Winter (If GRRM decides to grace us with this title finally???)
The Lies of Locke lamora by Scott Lynch (currently in progress)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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

Keep your blogging material centered upon what you enjoy the most. Avoid posting topics or reviews simply because you feel that this is what others want to see. You will enjoy your time blogging and provide some of your best content when it is focused upon things you truly want to discuss and are passionate about.

Get involved with the community. Bloggers are incredibly supportive and will always willingly answer questions you may have and help connect you with others.

Do not set unrealistic goals! It is not necessary to post every single day and missing a post is okay. It is also okay to say no to requests from authors and others. We all have a life outside of the blogosphere. Do not turn this into a chore or you will find yourself unable to enjoy it.

Include an about me page that represents you well and do not be afraid to add personal touches to your site. This will help followers feel more connected with you!

Write things down! I do not know how many times during a book or elsewhere, I have a great thought and then struggle to recall it later. I also tend to feel overwhelmed when I am not organized. Writing things down and keeping a planner can make your life as a blogger much easier and enjoyable. Find a system that works for you and utilize it.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

*This is a really difficult question because I have quite a few bloggers I follow on a daily basis, so I have chosen the first 5 to come up in my browser 😉

Drew at https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/

Amy at https://novelgossip.com

Lilly at https://lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com/

Gretchen at https://chicnerdreads.wordpress.com/
Debby at https://alwaysbooking.wordpress.com/
IMG_1872I like to describe myself as a young woman in her 30 somethings, who happens to be immature in the best ways 😉 Above all and else though, I am a mother of two children, that I often enjoy making fun of and embarrassing. After discovering a brain lesion 2 years ago and suffering continuous headaches and bouts of vertigo, I began to shift gears in life. I have slowly learned to do more for me and mine and take some things a little less serious (a work always in progress).

During this journey I finally started attempting a few things I had always shied away from, including my aptly named blog: Books, Vertigo, and Tea. It was a great decision that has brought a ton of wonderful people into my life. I enjoy blogging with a passion and truly welcome the opportunity to interact with and get to know other bloggers. My preferred reading genres are fantasy, fairytales and horror, although I really read a bit of almost everything. I can also be caught gaming, baking and watching tons of animation when I am not playing with the kids or reading.

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My thanks to Danielle for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer #TopFiveThursday.

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens #BookReview

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Book description

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her ex-husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she’s cut all ties. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

img_1258I’ve been a huge fan of Chevy Stevens since I read her first novel Still Missing way back in 2010, so as you can imagine I couldn’t wait to start reading Never Let You Go. As I would expect this novel has all the hallmarks I have come to expect from this author, suspense, intrigue and plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader captivated. Never Let Yo Go is a disturbing and insightful study of domestic abuse with dark and dangerous undertones running throughout, which certainly made for a gripping read

This isn’t the most original plot Lindsey flees and abusive relationship, and years later thinks she’s being stalked by her ex husband, I’ve read numerous books with the very same theme running through them, but thanks to this authors descriptive writing and her ability to build skilfully on the suspense she manages to deliver an extremely disturbing tale. I should point out some readers might find this book distressing due to the scenes of domestic abuse.

The narrative goes back and forth between past and present and alternates between Lindsey and her daughter Sophie’s POV’s. The author uses this to good effect and the reader gets a sense of foreboding from the first chapter. Another factor that added to my enjoyment of this book were the different points of view of both Lindsey and Sophie, as you get different perspectives of events and characters.

Chevy Stevens expertly builds on Laura’s paranoia which in turn lead to the reader seeing each character as someone not to be trusted, as events take a sinister turn I had many a “heart in your mouth moments”. I became so engrossed in this story it was a difficult one to put down, as you reach the end of each chapter the tension is taut, and the sense of foreboding is overwhelming. With red herrings a plenty the author skilfully keeps the reader in suspense right up until the last few chapters which isn’t an easy task. If you enjoy a psychological thriller that explores obsession, jealousy, and relationships then I would recommend adding this one to your TBR pile.

Print Length: 415 pages

Publisher: Sphere (14 Mar. 2017)

Amazon UK 🇬🇧          Amazon US 🇺🇸

**Mystery Blogger Award**

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I was nominated for this award by the lovely laura over at https://snazzybooks.com/ thanks so much for the nomination Laura, and go check out her blog if you haven’t already!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. Okoto Enigma

The rules by Okoto Enigma are:
1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
6. Link back to the creator of the award.
7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME

1  I suffered a mini stroke at 48, it was the most frightening day of my life I struggled to get my words out and I couldn’t remember the names of everyday objects. Fortunately I made a full recovery after three months, but I will never forget how terrified  and frustrated I felt when I wasn’t able to communicate my thoughts with others, funny enough I didn’t forget how to swear and most of my sentences had lots of f&!ks in them 😂😂😂

2  I’ve lived in a small village just outside of Bristol my whole life. No book shops, coffee shops or a decent supermarket, and everyone knows everyone’s business! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I live on the banks of the river Avon, our village is steeped in history where smuggling was a regular occurrence and the village was considered to be a “Den of inquity” where savages lived!

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3 I grew up in the grounds of a hospital. We lived in a “hospital house” my parents both worked for the NHS my mum as a nurse and my dad as a manager overseeing the hospital. I started mental health nursing at 18 and spent 33 years nursing. So my whole life has been pretty much based around nursing, hospitals and the workings of one.

My most popular post

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I’m not sure why or how but my Author Interview with B A Paris author of Behind Closed Doors continues to get hits most days,  long after I originally posted it, it’s still the most popular post on my blog and the most looked at post.
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/02/11/author-interview-behind-closed-doors-by-b-a-paris/

My answers to Laura’s questions

1 What’s your favourite genre to read from?

Crime, crime and more crime I’ve always loved reading books In this genre.  I try and read a book of a different genre every now and then to mix it up a bit, but I soon find myself back reading crime books, fact or fiction, and there are so many fabulous crime books to read I’m spoilt for choice 😂

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2 If you had to pick only one favourite publisher to read from for the rest of your life, which would it be? (This is tricky, I know!)

Without hesitation Orenda Books, they have some amazing books and authors. I love the original plots, the writing, the covers, I could go on and on here.

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3 Is there anything about a book that instantly puts you off?

Usually the book description if I don’t like the sound of a book, it puts me off reading it.

4 How do you decide what to read next? Do you go by publication dates or just what you fancy – or a bit of both?

I read the books that I need to read for blog tours in date order, and then I alternate between a NetGalley read and a TBR book. I try not to stress about publication day reviews I’m more than happy to post reviews after publication day.

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5 What do you do if you’ve accepted a book for review and you really don’t like it? Would you still publish the review?

If I really didn’t like I book I wouldn’t post a review, I think I’ve been very lucky though and normally only review books I know I’m going to enjoy, so I’ve never had this problem YET!

I nominate

Danielle at http://booksvertigoandtea.com

Clair B at http://www.havebookswillread.com

Jen at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

Renee at http://itsbooktalk.com

Nikola at https://breathingthroughpages.wordpress.com

El at http://elsbookworldblog.wordpress.com

Dee at http://www.noveldeelights.com

Kate at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/

Claire at http://brizzlelassbooks.com

Emma at http://damppebbles.com

I know how busy everyone is so don’t feel you have to participate just because I nominated you, and if you want to take part and I haven’t nominated you consider yourself nominated. 😀

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES

1  If you could meet one author who would it be? And why?

2  If you could only ever read three books in your life time, which books would you choose?

3  What makes a good read for you?

4  How many books do you have on your TBR pile? I want the whole truth and nothing but the truth to this question😂 (I’m hoping the answer will make me feel better about my own TBR pile)

5  How many books do you read in a typical month?