The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh #BookReview @Bookouture

 

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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?

img_1258Oh my goodness what a dark and twisted read The Serial Killers Daughter by Lesley Welsh turned out to be. Gripping from the first page, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its shocking conclusion. The author has given the reader a roller coaster of a thriller that’s for sure, but this crime thriller is also a gripping story of the psychology of evil and the lengths people will go to meet their own needs.

Suzanne’s estranged father Don passes away. His girlfriend Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions – including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women, which leads Suzanne to start looking into her fathers past, what follows is a tense and a highly disturbing read. This novel does contain explicit scenes and language so definitely not one for the faint hearted but in the authors defence it’s in keeping with the plot and characters.

The author has created one of the most despicable and cold hearted psychopaths I’ve ever come across, they are the definition of evil, they made my skin crawl and my heart race, this is one book I wouldn’t recommend for a “bedtime read” unless you want nightmares. The constant sense of madness and evil bubbling away below the surface made this a highly compelling read.

I do have one small niggle I feel this book would have worked so much better with a different title, I would have enjoyed it slightly more if the mystery of Don could have been revealed without any preconceived ideas of the nature of the plot. On the positive side Lesley Welsh deftly manages to reveal Don’s secrets layer by layer, painting a chilling picture of the darkest corners of the human mind. The Serial Killers Daughter makes for a chilling yet engrossing read and if you like your crime thrillers dark, well they don’t come much darker than this one.

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧     Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 343 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (14 Jun. 2017)

 

The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher #BookReview @CaseyKelleher @Bookouture

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Book description

Those closest to you don’t stab you in the back. Do they?

Jimmy Byrne is one of the biggest faces on the Soho scene. Equally feared and respected, he’s clawed his way to the top. Money is his game, and he’ll make it by any means necessary.

When Jimmy sets his sights on shy young Colleen Walsh, she is quickly seduced by his sweet words and the life of luxury he offers her. But behind the diamonds and fur coats lies the reality of gangland violence – and by the time she realises the truth, she’s already in too deep.

Like her father, Jimmy Byrne, Nancy Byrne is strong, opinionated – and ruthless. But when Jimmy is murdered. Nancy vows to find the killer and make them pay for their actions.

Only the perpetrator is someone close to home. Someone she trusted. Someone who betrayed them all.

Blood is thicker than water – but Nancy is not afraid to spill some to get the truth.

img_1258Hells bells Casey Kelleher certainly knows how to drag the reader in with a shocker of a first chapter,  this pretty much sets the tone for this gripping book. Spattered with choice language The Betrayed isn’t one I would recommend to the faint hearted there’s lots of swearing and I mean lots! but it’s very much in keeping with the plot and characters. If you enjoy what I personally call “Grit lit”, a story full of violence, treachery and family ties then look no further, this book has all this and so much more.

A lot of the characters in this novel could be seen as your typical stereotypes In a novel of this genre, fortunately for the reader Casey Kelleher has the ability to make her characters standout, love them or hate you certainly won’t forget them! From the ruthless gangster Jimmy, the shy and innocent Colleen who isn’t prepared for the life of a gangsters wife, to the sharp witted Edel who made me laugh out loud with her “one liners” you can’t help but become immersed in their gritty story.

I love a dysfunctional family and the Byrne’s certainly fit the description perfectly, they are a family whose life’s are built on lies, violence and betrayal which you know is going to lead to a whole host of trouble, what follows is a brutal and explosive story, one that I found impossible to put down even for a few minutes.

The Betrayed is a novel that pulls no punches, the authors ability to portray the viciousness of the criminal world made for a gripping read. I would have loved this book to have been longer because it really was so good, I’m really hoping there is going to be a sequel to The Betrayed and if not there really should be. Would I recommend this book? It’s a huge “yes” from me, this is Casey Kelleher best book yet without a shadow of a  doubt.

Pre-order links:     Amazon UK 🇬🇧        Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 328 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (June 21, 2017)

 

Each Little Lie by Tom Bale #BookReview @tOmbale @bookouture

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Book description

One split second can destroy your life forever

Single mother Jen Cornish is just trying to hold things together for the sake of her seven-year-old son Charlie. Until the day when she does an impulsive good deed to help a neighbour, setting off a terrifying chain of events that quickly spirals out of control…

When she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, Jen quickly starts to wonder if someone is playing a cruel game with her – or is she losing her mind?

Desperate to clear her name with the police, she must first untangle a chilling web of lies. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.

img_1258OMG Tom Bale never ceases to surprise me, this author has an incredible knack for creating a thriller with a difference, he creates characters that are pretty average, and then places them in the most extraordinary circumstances. It’s then the authors characters come into their own, making for a gripping thriller. Each Little Lie is the latest standalone from the author, and it doesn’t disappoint, it’s going to sound cliched but in my opinion it’s one of the authors best books to date.

Each Little Lie shows that one risky decision can change a law-abiding citizen into a criminal, and this is what happens to single mother Jen Cornish, an impulsive good deed to help a neighbour sets of a terrifying chain of events that quickly spiral out of control. Lies have been spun, truths manipulated and Jen finds herself in danger, the why? and the who? are central to the plot making for a throughly hear pounding, head spinning read.

Jen is pretty average, that is until she realises someone is manipulating the truth to put her in a heap load of trouble, she then becomes far more interesting, you can’t help but will her on as she fights to get to the truth of her terrifying situation. I had so many theories going a round in my head and I was convinced I had worked out the who? And the why? By the half way mark, but Tom Bale deftly leads the reader a merry dance before the reader gets to the truth. There are so many possibilities and theories Each Little Lie is the definition of a “suspense filled thriller”.

What I love about Tom Bale’s writing is the fact he effortlessly draws the reader in with a strong plot and spot on characterisation, he’s able to keep the readers attention by constantly adding layer upon layer of intrigue and suspense, never revealing to much in one go, which for me made this thriller stand out from the “norm”. Each Little Lie is a tale of manipulation, deceit and the power of money, it’s definitely a novel which I consider to be a “thrilling thriller” and one I would highly recommend.

Buying links:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧      Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 417 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (29 Jun. 2017)

My thanks to Kim over at Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for an unbiased review

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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I have surpassed myself this week are you ready? I read five, yes you read that right! Five whole full length books and just started on my sixth! This isn’t because I’ve finally found a pattern to fit in reading between work, I actually had an accident don’t panic I’m still in one piece just about!

I bought myself a lovely pair of wedges to wear out last Saturday night and all was well until I walked home twisted my foot in the bloody things and went down like a sack of spuds, apart from a bloody finger and a huge bruise on my foot and ankle I was fine, well until I got up the next morning in agony my neck went into spasm and has been ever since! Consequently I haven’t been able to work (no work no pay 😢) or do anything apart from read (always a silver lining I guess😂😂), mind you the meds I’m taking also make me really sleepy otherwise I would probably have read another book or two!

The moral of the story?  I need to wear flat shoes at all time for my own safety, anyone looking for a pair of gorgeous pink wedges? Free to a good home 😂😂

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Books I read this week

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

The Lucky ones by Mark Edwards

The Serial Killer’s Daughter but Lesley Welsh

The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

ARC’s I received this week

Two! I’m keeping well away from NetGalley at the moment as promised in last weeks post, but I did request Karin Slaughter’s new book The Good Daughter ages ago and finally got accepted (so that doesn’t count😂🙈).

I also got sent an ARC of Shadows by Conrad Jones, after reading Brick which I loved there was no way I could ignore this one

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Book description

Suicide. Drugs. Murder.

DI Braddick is put on the case when a hijacked drug deal has resulted in murder and an eye witness goes missing. When victims are discovered strung up from the rafters of an abandoned fish factory, on the Anglesey coastline, the police are baffled as to what went on. A deserted trawler found at the scene helps Braddick put the pieces together.

Could this be the work of a notorious Russian crime family?

When an undercover officer goes missing everything points to an informer for the family and it is clear they will stop at nothing to the silence the leak and have their revenge.

As the body count rises Braddick will come to realise that no one is safe…

I’ve also still got my Amazon voucher but I’ve kept to my word and not bought any books yet! Although four of the books I read are from my NetGalley reads so I am  slowly getting there!

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Book description

The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No. 1 bestelling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – Pikeville’s notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself – the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever …

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The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

Book description

What secret would you kill to keep?
After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret. Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.

Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children’s safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life. That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again . . .

The publishers kindly sent me a hardback copy of this book to #Giveaway. So keep your eyes peeled as I will running a little competition soon.

I also received a letter from the author which will be sent with book. The letter is printed on seeded paper, you put the paper in a pot with compost and watch the flowers grow🌻🌺🌸💐🌷 how cool is that? and will be included with the book.

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Books I’m hoping to read this week

Last week on the book review café

What a busy week I had last week on my blog, and here’s a round up just in case you missed anything

**Blog Tour** Vile City by Jennifer Lee Thomson #AuthorQ&A
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/06/02/blog-tour-vile-city-by-jennifer-lee-thomson-authorqa-jenthom72-caffeinenights-tastpublicity/

**My Book Of The Month** May 2017 | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/06/01/my-book-of-the-month-may-2017/

**Blog Tour** #BeMyKiller by Richard Parker #BookReview @Bookouture @Bookwalter | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/31/blog-tour-bemykiller-by-richard-parker-bookreview-bookouture-bookwalter/

**Blog Tour** Body Breaker by Mike Craven #BookReview @caffeinenights @MWCravenUK | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/30/blog-tour-body-breaker-by-mike-craven-bookreview-caffeinenights-mwcravenuk/

Brick by Conrad Jones #BookReview @bloodhoundbooks @ConradJones | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/29/brick-by-conrad-jones-bookreview-bloodhoundbooks-conradjones/

Next week on the book review café

**Blog tour** The Lighterman by Simon Michael author interview

Fierce City by Gin Phillips #Review

The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker #Review

#TopFiveThursday is  back with yet another awesome book blogger

I will be running a couple of #Giveaways next week as the for the following…..

A paperback copy of The Lighterman by Simon Michael 

A Paperback copy of a Fierce Kingdom 

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Other news from the book review café

I’m not sure how long it’s been sat there as I don’t tend to look at my dashboard page on NetGalley I’m usually to busy salivating at all the wonderful books on there,  but some how or other I managed to get my Top Reviewer badge which made my day.

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I’m so pleased I’ve cut back on the blog tours I’ve actually turned down so many this week, even though they were for really fantastic books. It’s such a brilliant feeling to be able to pick and choose my own books with no time constraints.

 

 

 

**Blog Tour** Secrets Of The Dead by Carol Wyer #BookReview @carolewyer @Bookouture

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Today I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on The Secrets Of The Dead by Carol Wyer blog tour. Although this is the second book in the DI Robyn Carter series, it can easily be read as a standalone.

The Secrets Of The Dead is published by one of my favourite publishers Bookouture and it’s already been published so you don’t even have to wait to get your hands on a copy just pop over to Amazon and “click” but don’t forget to read my review first 😂

Book description

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?
A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.
The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

img_1258Carol Wyer is fast becoming one one of my “go to” crime authors when I need my crime fiction fix. Ever since I read her debut crime thriller Little Girl Lost  I’ve been eager to see what she would produce next, and I’m thrilled to report Secrets Of The Dead is even better than the first book in the Detective Robyn Carter series. This book can be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend you read both books in the series just because they are both so damn good.

Secrets Of The Dead reminded me very much of a classic whodunnit where the body count rises at an alarming rate and you are never quite sure who the next victims going to be. I’m not going to go into plot details as everything you need to know is in the book description, but I will say this book makes for a heart pounding read.

Detective Robyn Carter Is back she’s dogmatic, doesn’t listen to reason, she’s ballsy, daring and resourceful all the things you would expect from a fictional detective. As the case becomes more complex, and Robyn doesn’t appear to be getting any closer to catching the killer she begins to doubt her own ability to solve the case, which highlights the more sensitive side to her character.

As to the Killer I did feel some sympathy towards them, talk about damaged! They really did have major issues, especially as you learnt more about their reasons for killing, and how it all began. The author depicts how stalking and obsession can begin,  an innocent comment, a chance meeting can soon become something very dark and sinister. By dedicating chapters to the killer the author shows how an innocent first meeting can become an all consuming obsession, which made for a spine chilling read.

I do love Carol Wyer’s style of writing it’s sharp and to the point so from the opening chapter she grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let you out her clutches until the “heart in the mouth” last thrilling chapter. Although I wouldn’t consider Secrets Of The Dead to be a complex plot, there are enough thrills and chills to keep the most hardened crime thriller reading late in to the night.

Paperback: 314 pages

Publisher: Bookouture 30th May 2017

Amazon UK 🇬🇧      Amazon US 🇺🇸

img_1639As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

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Links:

http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer

Twitter: @carolewyer

**Blog Tour** #BeMyKiller by Richard Parker #BookReview @Bookouture @Bookwalter

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Today it’s another “thrilling” day on the book review café as I’m the next stop on The Be My Killer by Richard Parker blog tour. Be My Killer is published by one of my favourite book publishers  Bookouture and the good news Be My Killer was published on the 26th of May 2017, so you don’t even have to wait to buy a copy just hop over to Amazon and “click” after you’ve read my review of course!

Don’t forget to check out my partner in crime on the blog tour aka fellow book blogger Susan’s review over at https://booksfromdusktilldawn.wordpress.com

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Book description

You set the trap. Now you can’t escape.

When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then a new victim is found, her body bound to a pillar, and its Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman. Hazel must find out what happened.

Is it one killer or more? Random, or part of a bigger plan?

The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove. With her film crew in tow, Hazel sets off for the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found, to solve the crime, bring Meredith justice, and make the documentary of her lifetime. But as Hazel interviews the victims’ families and friends, people start disappearing.

As the death toll rises, Hazel realises someone close-by is targeting her team methodically. Can she uncover the truth before another life is lost, or will the killer get to Hazel first?

img_1258Be My Killer by Richard Parker should come with the tag line “be afraid, be very afraid”, this novel reads like one of the scariest movies you watch, you know the slasher movies where you spend half the time peering from behind your fingers, you want to watch it but it’s making you anxious, your hearts pounding, that’s exactly how this novel made me feel whilst reading it. From the blood curdling first chapter you know it’s going to be a hell of a read. If you are expecting Be My Killer to be a conventional crime thriller forget it, as this book reminded me very much of the horror books I use to love reading in my younger days.

Be My Killer by Richard Parker is set in a derelict amusement park called Fun Central, a perfect setting for the most gruesome and original killings I’ve read about in a long time. I have to say the author has a twisted and warped imagination, but I mean that in the nicest possible way, as he’s certainly created one twisted killer, and as to the actual killings let’s just say they are very unique. Crime thrillers based around social media seem to be a popular theme for crime writers and I can definitely see why. The author uses Twitter and the #BeMyKiller hash tag which is pivotal to the plot, and it certainly works, in fact it adds a new level of terror to a gory and sometimes graphic read, this definitely isn’t one for the faint hearted.

I’m not going to go into plot details as the book description tells you all you need to know, but the concept of using a film crew to record a documentary based on Meredith Hickman one of the victims, was sheer genius and highly original. Be My Killer has the makings of a movie, there are so many “heart in your mouth” moments, a constant sense of unease, you are just waiting for the killer to strike again. I found myself constantly thinking Why? Whose next? which for me made for a truly heart pounding read.

If I had one small niggle with this book it was the array of characters the author introduces to the plot, at times I struggled to remember who they all were, which slightly distracted from my enjoyment of this book, but on the plus side Richard Parker has devised a very clever ploy and delivered this seriously twisted tale in short, snappy chapters which meant I kept on reading “one more chapter” long after I should have gone to bed! Be My Killer races along, spattering blood and body parts on the way, so if your squeamish this book may not be for you, but if like me you love the darker crime thriller with an intriguing plot and a serial killer who will give you nightmares then I would highly recommend you buy yourself a copy today.

Publisher: Bookouture (26 May 2017)

Buying links:      Amazon UK 🇬🇧        Amazon US 🇺🇸

img_1259Richard Parker is an ex TV script writer, script editor and producer who now writes dark, stand alone thrillers. His first novel, Stop Me, was nominated for a Dagger Award. The movie rights to his second, Scare Me, have been bought by Hollywood studio Relativity Media with screenplay completed by Wentworth ‘PRISON BREAK’ Miller and his third, Stalk Me, rode high in the US and UK Amazon charts.

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Links:   Website        Facebook      Twitter
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The Book Review Café #BookOfTheMonth April 2017

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Now we’re in May it’s time for me to look back at the books I  read and reviewed  in April and choose my Book Of The Month.

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.

I read some outstanding books in April, but there were two books that really stood out for me this month. As I wasn’t able to choose between these two books I’ve decided to share the award.  These books had all the elements I look for when reading, well developed characters, a strong plot and bucketfuls of suspense. So without further ado here are my books of the month and there absolute crackers……………

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The Abattoir Of Dreams by Mark Tilbury

Abattoir Of Dreams by Mark Tilbury Is definitely going to be one of my top reads of 2017, it’s dark and very disturbing due to the difficult subject it covers.  This is certainly a book that packs a punch, its gut wrenching and makes for an uncomfortable read at times but it’s also offers so much more, it’s a bitter sweet story of murder, innocence and abuse. You can read my full review here……..

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/04/17/the-abattoir-of-dreams-by-mark-tilbury-bookreview-bloodhoundbook-mtilburyauthor/

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Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

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, which is why Robert Bryndza continues to be one of my very favourite authors on the planet.

You can read my full review here……
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/04/16/blog-tour-last-breath-by-robert-bryndza-bookreview-bookouture-robertbryndza/

As I mentioned earlier I really did read some fantastic books in April, so I’m also including the books I would highly recommend if you are looking for a gripping read………..

 

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Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

Dead Souls by Angela Marsons

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton 

The Quiet Man by James Carol

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

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/04/21/blog-tour-sleep-tight-by-caroline-mitchell-review-bookouture-caroline_writes/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/04/19/dead-souls-by-angela-marsons-bookreview-bookouture-writeangie/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/04/18/dead-woman-walking-by-sharon-bolton-bookreview-authorsjbolton/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/04/28/the-quiet-man-by-james-carol-bookreview-jamescarolbooks-faberbooks/