The book review café **book of the month** for January 2018

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Eeeek today it’s the 1st of February which means I get to choose my first book of the year for my Book of the month feature. Despite it only being a month into the new year I have already read some amazing books, and there are so many books I’m desperate to read this year, I really do think it’s going to be even harder to choose a book of the month, I struggle as it is!

The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog. As usual I struggled to choose just one book and so I choose TWO (my blog my rules 😂🙈). These books couldn’t be more different “chalk and cheese” spring to mind, but I loved them both for different reasons so without further ad here they are……

Life Of Crime by Kimberley Chambers

Design Life Of Crime is a story of violence, treachery, loyalty and family ties and although these are familiar themes in the authors book, she still manages to write an exciting tale, with surprises galore. Kimberley Chambers has a unique knack of adding her own style of humour to her plot with her “one liners”, which constantly made me chuckle. From the first page of this exceptional crime thriller I was hooked you could not have prised this book away from me for love nor money, in fact I pretty much read it in one hugely satisfying sitting. Fast paced, gripping and with more twist and turns than a roller coaster, it’s a thrill a minute. You can read my full review here…..Life Of Crime by Kimberley Chambers #Bookreview @HarperFiction @FlisssityHydra by Matt Wesolowski

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Hydra oh WOW this has to be one of the most original and creepiest books I’ve read EVER! I loved Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski, but I loved Hydra more, it simply oozes menace from the opening chapter. Hydra is part crime thriller with more than a dose of the supernatural thrown in, and it’s a novel that’s guaranteed to capture the reader’s imagination. From the start the reader knows who committed the crime, it’s the “why” that the author explores in his series of six intriguing pod casts. Each one gives the reader a different perspectives of Arla, but which one is true? As Scott King, an investigative journalist slowly unravels a very deeply unsettling and disturbing tale I felt the first stirrings of fear that seeped into my bones and pretty much stayed with me until I reached the ending of this is wickedly creepy book. You can read my full review here……**Blog tour** Hydra by Matt Wesolowski @OrendaBooks @ConcreteKraken

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Links to my reviews for the above books can be found here……

The Dry by Jane Harper #Bookreview @janeharperautho @LittleBrownUKClose To Home by Cara Hunter #BookReview @CaraHunterBooksThe Tattooist Of Auschwitz By Heather Morris #Bookreview @BonnierZaffreLook For Me by Lisa Gardner @LisaGardnerBks #BookReviewBooks I’m looking forward to reading in February

Please note some of the following books aren’t due for publication to March but I’m hoping to get ahead start on my “to review” books 😂

 

The book review cafe’s book of the month **December 2017**

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Time is like a flowing river, no water passes beneath your feet twice, much like the river, moments never pass you by again, so cherish every moment that life gives you and have a wonderful New Year.

Yes I’m back after an extended break which I desperately needed, I hope you are all well and the hangovers are receeding😂😂, and wishing you all a fabulous 2018 where all your dreams come true.

As it’s the 1st January it can only mean one thing it’s time to choose my book of the month for December. The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog.

I read some fabulous books in December, but there were two (yes it’s a New Year, but I remain indecisive😂) I loved these books I would highly recommend them so without further ado here they are…..

The Collector by Fiona Cummins

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Ever since I read RATTLE The Collector has been one, if not my most anticipated read of 2017. Now sometimes I find when when I finally get to read a sequel I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever it can go one of two ways, I will either love it or I’m left feeling cheated that the book just didn’t make the cut, but OMG I’m thrilled to report The Collector exceeded my expectations and then some, I loved it so much it’s gone straight on my “top reads of 2017” list. Utterly gripping I absolutely loved everything about this book, its dark, packed to the brim with tension and very creepy. You can read my full review here…..The Collector by Fiona Cummins #mustreads @FionaAnnCummins @panmacmillian

The Liar’s Promise by Mark tilbury

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Terrifying and deliciously dark this has to be one of the most original books I have read this year. Yes you will have to suspend belief but in my opinion it’s definitely worth doing so. The Liar’s Promise is twisted and very disturbing and is definitely the most disquieting book I’ve read in a long time. In case you haven’t already guessed I absolutely loved this book. You can read my full review here…….The Liar’s Promise by Mark Tilbury #bookreview @MTilburyAuthor @BloodhoundBook

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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The Wife Between Us deserves all the hype surrounding it and much more, in fact this is one of those books that you want to shout and scream about to all and sundry. It’s one of those books that will make you question everything you read and everything you think you know, it will have you flipping back through the pages making sure what you read was correct, it’s expertly executed and such an addictive read. You can read my full review here…..The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen #OmgthatTwist @panmacmillan

And as it’s a New Year I have to share one of my favourite inspirational quotes

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The book review café book of the month for **November 2017**

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Eeeek today it’s the first of December which means I can finally put up my Christmas tree 🎄, but before I do it’s time to share my book of the month for November 2017. 

The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog.

As usual I couldn’t narrow it down to just the one book so here are my two top reads this month.

Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell

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Book description

To catch a killer, you must first think like one…

A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.

In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die.

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.

But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team becomes. Is he really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining her up to be his next victim?

I will say one thing for Caroline Mitchell her books always open with an prologue that immediately draws you in with a promise of a dark and deviously plotted tale and Murder Game is no different. Hells bells once I read the epilogue for this one I knew it was going to be a read “in one sitting” kind of book and I wasn’t wrong! You can read my full review here…… MURDER GAME

The Treatment by C. L. Taylor

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“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”

All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.

Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.

Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.

I’m a huge fan of Cally Taylor’s psychological thrillers so I was slightly miffed when I realised The Treatment is actually aimed at the young adult market, I’m not saying the author shouldn’t write for a different audience by any means, in fact after reading this book I’m convinced the author has the ability and talent to write for any audience YA included. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I can say “hand on heart” I really enjoyed The Treatment and read it in one sitting, and I’m sure many adults will enjoy this book as much as the younger audience it’s aimed at. You can read my full review here……..THE TREATMENT

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You can find my full reviews in the links below….

Cruel Secrets by Kerry Barnes #Review @KerryBarnes1

**Blog tour** The Good Samaritan by John Marrs @johnmarrs1

#Blogblitz Dying Day by Stephen Edger #Review @StephenEdger @Bookouture

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What book would you choose for this months book of the month? I would love to read your recommendations,  so please feel free to leave a comment on this post.

And now I must be off,  it’s really time I was putting up the Christmas decorations.

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The book reviews cafés #BookOfTheMonth **October 2017**

 

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Hello November, oh how I hate the darker nights, the cold mornings, the rain I could go on and on! Anyway it’s the first of a new month which means it’s time to choose my Book of the month for October 2017. The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog.

You all know by now I’m indecisive and very often choose more than one book. Yes I’ve chosen two books again this month! but I loved them both so much it was hard to choose between them, so without further ado here they are………

The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst

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I do love a creepy and disturbing psychological thriller and The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst fits the bill perfectly. When a child is portrayed in a book as someone evil and not to be trusted I always find the read somewhat more creepy, I think it’s because children are seen as sweet and innocent you never expect them to scare the life out of you, but Jenny Blackhurst has created a character who gave me the heebie-jeebies. From the start this book made for a chilling and genuinely disturbing read that took me by surprise at every twisted turn. Full review can be read here The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst #BookReview @JennyBlackhurst @headlinepg

Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite

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This isn’t a fast paced book by any means, but I’m glad it wasn’t as Barbara Copperthwaite spends time intricately unravelling the mysteries of this family, which in turn heightens the suspense of what’s to come, you know it’s going to be bad, but to the why and wherefore’s, well let’s just say they were definitely worth the wait. I do enjoy a book that challenges me to guess the outcome, just when I thought I had it all figured out Barbara Copperthwaite threw an almighty curveball that left me reeling. Shocking, sad and very twisted this is definitely a book I would highly recommend. You can read my full review here……Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite #BookReview @BCopperthwait @Bookouture

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Broken Bones by Angela Marsons 

Broken Bones by Angela Marsons #BookReview @WriteAngie @Bookouture

All The Colours In Between by Eva Jordan

All The Colours In Between by Eva Jordan #BookReview @EvaJordanAuthor @urbanebooks

November’s reads

These are some of the books I’m hoping to read during November I’ve decided by doing this I might actually keep to some sort of reading schedule or that’s my plan. As long as I keep away from NetGalley or don’t receive any “read me now because you know you want too” book post.

I do think I might be being a tad over optimistic as I’ve listed eight books, and as some of you may well know some weeks I struggle to read one 😂😂😂 Watch out for my Sunday catch up posts to see how I’m getting on or more likely not getting on.

 

What books will you be reading in November? What book did you read in October that would be your book of the month? I’m so nosey I would love to know, so please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

**The book review café book of the month** September 2017

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WOW here we are in October, can you believe it? I’m not an autumn lover and I hate winter with a vengeance, (apart from Christmas which I love 🎄🎄🎄) cold, dark mornings, dark before I get home from work yuk! if I could hibernate or move to a warmer climate for the next few months, I would. I’m digressing here So being the 1st of October…………

it’s time to choose my Book of the month for September 2017. The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog.

You all know by now I’m indecisive and very often choose more than one book. Yes I’ve chosen two books again this month! but I loved them both so much it was hard to choose between them, so without further ado here they are………

Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

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If you are a follower of my blog you probably already guessed I would choose this book, but just in case you didn’t know I loooooove this series.

I could have devoured Cold Blood in one sitting but rather like a fine wine I choose to savour it, immersing myself in the atmosphere, characters and settings. Every time Robert Bryndza brings out a new book I always start by saying it’s his best book yet and guess what? This is definitely the best book yet! (Well until the next one at least!) It’s dark, gruesome and a throughly gripping read.

You can read my full review here…….**Blog Tour**Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza #BookReview @RobertBryndza @Bookouture

and my second book is the amazing

Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech

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Marie In The Moon is one of the most haunting and compelling books I’ve read in a long time, it’s full of dark humour but also filled with warmth, this novel evoked so many emotion I laughed, I cried and then I cried some more, this is a huge testament to the author’s powerful writing. Dark and deeply moving this novel is one book that’s going to stay with me for a long time, and I’m sure I will often think of Catherine’s journey and the horrors she endured.

You can read my full review here…..**Blog Tour** Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech @OrendaBooks @LouiseWriter

And here are some of the books I would highly recommend from September’s reads

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You can read my reviews for the above books here…….

#SheDidIt by Mel Sherratt #BookReview @writermels & author interview

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen #BookReview @Fab_fiction @bookouture

**Blog Tour** The House by Simon Lelic @PenguinUKBooks #BookReview

Copy Cat by Alex Lake #BookReview @Alexlakeauthor @KillerReads @HarperCollinsUK @flisssity

Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill #BookReview @melissahillbks @HQstories

The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer #BookReview @carolewyer @Bookouture

What book would you choose for the book of the month? Please feel free to leave a comment in this post, I would love to read which book you would choose.

**The book review café book of the month** August 2017

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OMG it’s September, can you believe it’s only three months to Christmas?  Where has the year gone? I use to laugh when my grandparents use to say this, I never understood what they meant, but I guess it’s a thing people say as they get older me included 😂😂

So it’s time to choose my Book of the month for August 2017. The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog.

You all know by now I’m indecisive and very often choose more than one book. Yes I’ve chosen two books again this month! but I loved them both so much it was hard to choose between them, so without further ado here they are………

Pay The Penance by Rob Ashman

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This has to be one of the best crime series I’ve read this year, I loved the Mechanic series so much Those That Remain and In Your Name were my books of the month for July. If you missed my reviews you can read them here…  Those That Remain    In Your Name

Now back to Pay The Penance……..

This is one serial killer I can’t get enough of, and once again author Rob Ashman’s imagination runs riot, making the third book in the Mechanic series a heart thumping read. I’ve been eagerly waiting for Pay The Penance the last book in the Mechanic series to be published, I was so desperate to read this book I got up extra early to download it, and then made the fatal mistake of reading the opening chapter, and I was well and truly hooked, if work hadn’t got in the way I would have read it in one sitting and that’s a fact!

you can read my full review here….Pay The Penance

My second book of the month is…..

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

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What a fantastic read The Doll House turned out to be, I loved every page of this dark and intense psychological thriller. Steeped in malice with a constant nagging sense of unease I literally couldn’t put this book down, and read it in just under twenty four hours. I must mention this is Phoebe Morgan’s debut novel, which I was really surprised at, I’m convinced The Doll House will be a book everyone will be talking about, and I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more about this very talented author. The Doll House is a story of family secrets, lies and revenge, which makes this book deliciously twisted and very creepy.

You can read my full review here…….The Doll House

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Hide And Seek by Richard Parker

you can read my review here….Hide And Seek by Richard Parker #BookReview @Bookwalter @Bookouture 

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow

you can read my review here……The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow #Review & Q & A @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse

The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

you can read my review here……The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse #Bookreview @MrsAmandaProwse

**My Book Of The Month** July 2017

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I can’t believe we’re in August already, where has the year gone, let alone the last month? Which can mean only one thing it’s time to choose my book of the month for July. Now this Month choice is some what different to previous months,  more on that further down this post!

The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog.

You all know by now I’m indecisive and very often choose more than one book. Yes I’ve chosen two books again this month! but unusually it’s for two books by the same author and it’s a crime series. 

I absolutely loved these books and they had all the elements I look for when reading a book, well developed characters, a strong plot and bucketfuls of suspense. So without further ado the books I have choosen are………

Those That Remain by Rob Ashman

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I think I have just found myself a new crime thriller author and series that will be going straight on my “must read authors list”. What a gripping book Those That Remain turned out to be. I do love American based crime thrillers they always seem so much darker and twisted. 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. You can read my full review here…….Those That Remain Review

In Your Name by Rob Ashman

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I thought this series couldn’t get any better but I’m pleased to report I was wrong, if anything this book is darker, and definitely more gruesome, the pace is relentless so you don’t have time to catch your breath before the next big shock comes along. I should point out all though Rob Ashman is a British author this novel reads very much like it’s been written by an American, the settings are authentic and the scenes frighteningly disturbing just the way I like my crime thrillers. You can read my full review here In Your Name Review

Luckily we don’t have to wait long as the third book in the Mechanic series Pay The Penance is out the beginning of August and I can’t wait!

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter you can read my review and author interview with Karin Slaughter  here…..The Good Daughter Review

Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent you can read my review here…..

I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen you can read my review here……. I know A Secret Review

Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent you can read my review here……Unravelling Oliver