**Blog Tour* Dead Embers by Matt Brolly #GuestPost @MatthewBrolly @fayerogersuk

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Dead Embers by Matt Brolly. Dead Embers was published on the 6th March 2017 so you don’t even have to wait to get a copy. Matt Brolly has kindly written a guest post about his eight favourite places I hope you enjoy reading it.

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First of all, a big thank you to Lorraine from the The Book Review Café for hosting me on her site. When I was asked to write about my eight favourite places, whether in real life or fiction I initially thought I would list eight locations from my favourite novels. But after a little thought, I came up with eight favourite locations which have played a part in my own fiction. Here we go:

Swansea. I spent three very happy years at Swansea University during the nineties and I used the campus where I spent my fist year as a basis for the University campus in my first Lambert novel, Dead Eyed (though this was set in Bristol)

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Watford. At the risk of alienating anyone from Luton, my family and I are season ticket holders at Watford. I lived in the area from the ages of 5-7 but have remained, some may say foolishly, loyal to the town and the team. Eagle eyed readers may spot the occasional Watford related surname in my Lambert books, and one or two peripheral characters often have Watford connections.

The City in Zero. Although not a place where I would like to live (there is a zero tolerance policy on all crimes which result in the death penalty) the city in my third novel, Zero, acts like a character in itself and the images of the glass pods transporting convicts across the city as the ultimate act of deterrent is so vivid in my imagination it is almost real.

Thailand No Thai set novels yet, but I spent a wonderful three weeks in this fascinating country which I will never forget.

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Weston-super-Mare. My hometown for a number of years, Weston features quite heavily, although not in the greatest light, in Dead Eyed. It is a quintessential seaside town, and on a blistering hot summer’s day, or during the evening when the neon lights are switched on, and the sea makes its occasional appearance, it is a wonderful place.

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Hayle A section of Dead Embers is set in an unnamed part of Cornwall which is based loosely on Hayle, a three mile stretch of golden sand where my parents and the majority of my extended family now live. Hayle also appears in an unreleased, and never-to-be published literary novel by a much younger Matt Brolly!

Texas Following a fortuitous marriage, I now have a wonderful extended family in Texas, USA. I have been there twice now and absolutely love the place. I even have my own Stetson. I have written an as yet unreleased children’s novel set in the UK and Texas which may see the light of day one day in the future.

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Beckenham. I have lived in Beckenham for over ten years now which is the longest period I have stayed in one place. DCI Michael Lambert also lives in Beckenham though he has a bigger house!

Book description

An explosive fire. A double murder. And that’s just the start…

When DCI Michael Lambert is called out to an apparent house fire, he knows it can’t be routine. Instead he finds the remains of a burnt house, a traumatised child and two corpses – one of whom is a senior police officer.

Lambert’s got other problems. Anti-corruption are onto his boss.

His relationships is on the rocks. He can’t get over his ex-wife and he keeps blacking out.

But when a detective has been murdered the stakes are too high to get distracted. All is not as it seems. As the investigation continues Lambert realises he is getting drawn into something altogether bigger and more terrifying than he could ever have imagined…

Trust no one.

Gripping, chilling to its core and full of twists, the powerful new DCI Michael Lambert from Matt Brolly is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Helen H. Durrant and Michael Hambling.

Release Date: 6th March 2017
Publisher: Canelo
Format: ebook

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img_1259Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. He reads widely across all genres, and is currently working on the third in his Michael Lambert thriller series. Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children.
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**Blog Tour**Porcelain: Flesh Of Innocents by Lee Cockburn #GuestPost @lee_leecockburn @gilbster1000

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Today I’m on the blog tour for Porcelain: Flesh Of Innocents by Lee Cockburn. Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for crime and police thriller fans. It’s published today so you don’t even have to wait to get a copy, and to celebrate I have a fabulous guest post from Lee Cockburn who reveals her five favourite crime books.

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5 crime books that I have enjoyed

My favourite crime writer just now is Tess Gerritsen, her books the surgeon and the apprentice were the first of a series, the characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles both believable, have real life vulnerabilities, but both very skilled workers in their chosen professions. I like the development of the romance between Rizolli and Gabrielle and I like the rest of the books in the series as I have read them all, where that relationship blooms and continues into marriage and family life.

The main perpetrator of the first book in the series Warren Hoyt, a cruel and vile man with surgical skills factually described throughout the book, and featuring in all of Gerritson’s books due to her profession, other than being an author. I like how Hoyt features in the second book, continuing his reign of terror and his unhealthy focus on Rizzoli. I also love Rizolli’s strength and her fiesty nature and her vulnerabilities and insecurities.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, I just loved it, the twists and turns throughout, the short chapters allowing you to race to the next, skilfully tying up all of the loose ends, and leaving me happy I picked it up, although I wasn’t available for a day or two. A great read, I couldn’t put it down, and I regret not reading more of his novels, I just don’t have time.

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Schindler’s list, by Thomas Keneally a war crimes thriller, brutally graphic, true account of the horrific atrocities that took place during the Second World War. Brilliant book, well written, provoking novel that leaves you with tears in your eyes at the way humans can behave towards one another. I highly recommend this book, a must read, but heart breaking, and make you wonder about human nature.

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The last book not a crime thriller as such, the Tea Planters Wife by Dinah Jeffries, given to me by my mother in law. I started reading it, initially moaning at some of the over description, but the story soon had me drawn in, the true crimes of life itself out on full display, opinions and beliefs leading to the main character giving up her daughter, lies and deceit throughout left me impatient to get to the end, where I found myself in tears, with the sadness behind the unfortunate chain of events. Not the type of book I read, but really enjoyed it.

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Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

Follow Lee Cockburn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lee_leecockburn

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Book Description

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant. 

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card.

Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

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The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney #BookReview @trisha460 @Bookouture

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Book description

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice

img_1258Oh my giddy aunt I think I have found a new crime author to add to my “must read” list. The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney has the makings of an outstanding crime thriller series. I find it incredible that this is the authors debut novel, as it’s polished, well plotted and gripping.With a disturbing prologue and a “heart in your mouth” first chapter (which chilled me to the bone) I found myself absorbed in this dark and disconcerting tale. The author has a such a unique way of describing her characters and surroundings that you can conjure up the atmosphere and scenes with ease, in fact they were so well described at times I felt I was there amid the investigation.

The Missing Ones introduces Detective Lottie Parker who is called in to lead the investigation. When two people are found dead in very different circumstances. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how? It’s up to Lottie with the help of her partner Boyd to find out. Lottie Parker is pretty screwed up, yes like so many fictional detectives she has issues, a widow with three children she struggles to balance both her home and work life, she uses alcohol and pain medication as a crutch, but she’s also very likeable, she’s feisty, opinionated and determined, but her relationship with fellow team member Boyd shows her softer side.

As the investigation gains momentum the author weaves an intricate plot that makes it difficult to guess the perpetrator from a long list of possibles, which add a genuine sense of mystery and unease to the tale. Unusually for me I wasn’t able to guess where the plot was leading but every time I thought I had it all figured out the author very deviously threw a curve ball, which is always a plus when reading a crime thriller. The Missing Ones deals with the uncomfortable subject of child abuse but the author manages to deal with the issues with a great deal of sympathy, and there are no particular graphic scenes in case you were wondering. This book has many themes, past sins, abuse, cover ups, and evil although highly used in crime thrillers the author still manages to add her own original slant to them, making for a engrossing read.

As the plot progresses the Investigation appears to be going no where, as it throws up more questions than answers Lottie’s sense of frustration is palatable.There are plenty of “heart in your mouth” moments and enough twists and turns in this novel to keep even the most hardened crime thriller lover reading late into the night. The Missing Ones has chills and thrills galore, well plotted with multi dimensional characters, it’s a promising start to a new series. I’m eager to see how Lottie’s character will evolve. In my opinion Patricia Gibney has written a very accomplished debut crime thriller and one I would be more than happy to recommend to fans of crime thrillers.

Print Length: 518 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (16 Mar. 2017)

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**Blog Tour** No Safe Home by Tara Lyons #GuestPost @taralyonsauthor @bloodhoundbook

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❤❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤❤ here’s hoping you have all been spoilt by your other half’s today, if you haven’t perhaps you should treat yourself to something “special” and I have just the thing,  ok it’s not very romantic but it’s a crime book with some awesome reviews, so read on to learn more ❤❤

Today I’m thrilled to share a guest post from the awesome and super talented Tara Lyons author of the recently published No Safe Home, published by Bloodhound Books on the 31st January 2017, so you don’t even need to wait to get yourself a copy, you can just hop over to Amazon and click.

Even though No Safe Home is the second book in the DI Hamilton series My fellow bloggers assure me it can be read as standalone. I’ve read the first book in the series In The Shadows and ❤ it but apparently No Safe Home is even better, so it’s one I will be “clicking” on once my TBR pile has reached a manageable level.

so without further ado here is the guest post from Tara Lyons…….

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Waiting by Tara Lyons

I never appreciated how frightening publishing book two in a series could be. If I thought the days and weeks leading up to the book birthday of In the Shadows was nerve-racking… No Safe Home has trumped it.

As I write this, the only people who have read No Safe Home are my publisher, editor and proof-reader. That’s all. By the time this blog is posted, I’m assuming – and hoping – I’ll have had reviews, comments and feedback. And, whether it’s good or bad, at least the unknown will be revealed… I’ll have an idea about the reception of my book.

It’s a strange feeling, because I know an author cannot please everyone, or cater to all reader’s tastes, or might miss a hook for a blogger. As a reader, I’m fully aware I’m not going to enjoy every book I read, or relate with every character I meet. Yet, despite this knowledge, I still find myself in author limbo right now – and it’s a scary place to be.

I’m the kind of person who needs to know. I like answers and reasons and feedback (I was called nosey as a teenager, but I prefer the word inquisitive). I love to know why. I love hearing people’s thoughts and reactions to things and, no surprise, this includes my books.

At the end of last year, In the Shadows received a one star review on Amazon.com, and while it’s never a joyous occasion, sometimes you can learn something from them. However, this time I was left mostly disappointed. The review, in its entirety, read: “very strange.” That was it. Just two words and one star. The desire to understand what exactly felt strange to that reviewer – was it the whole book or just snippets – left me questioning my writing ability for quite some time. It’s amazing how just two words can distract you for so long.

I soon moved on from that one star review, of course I did; I had too, if there was any hope of writing the next book, and the next, and the next… But, every so often, I’ll revisit the review pages for my books and remind myself what it is readers love – or don’t – about my work. They always entice a concoction of emotions, and they always spur me on.

When I started writing In the Shadows last March, I had no concrete plans to create a series. But, some bloggers and reviewers said they wanted more of DI Denis Hamilton – and by the end, I did too. It was great to have that endorsement – to know that other people yearned for more of my characters’ story. So, this is a huge thanks to you all for the encouragement you’ve given me over the last year. No Safe Home was born because of you, the readers. We’re having this blog tour because you wanted more, and because you shared your reviews and comments with me. I’m always thankful for your feedback.

I’ve learnt that whatever stage your series is at, or whichever number book you’re releasing next, the feeling never changes – I’ll always be waiting to know what you all think. And know this, butterflies would have been fluttering like crazy in my stomach on publication day.

img_1259Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.

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Book description

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is haunted when the suspicious death of a teenage girl triggers suppressed memories. With a stalker targeting vulnerable women in Central London, and his team rapidly diminishing, Hamilton must conquer his emotions before another family is destroyed.

In a sleepy town in Hertfordshire, Katy has worked hard to rebuild her life after leaving behind everything she knew. But when her past catches up with her, and her young son’s life is threatened, Katy must admit her true identity if she has any hope of surviving.

A home should be a safe place, shouldn’t it?

London’s murder investigations team returns in the second novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows.

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**Weekly Wrap Up**

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I’ve only managed to read one book this week, so not great I’m afraid. I think now I’m working Monday-Friday I’m not going to have the time to read so much, but this will hopefully improve once I’ve got into the swing of things. As for the job I’m really enjoying it, it’s very different to anything I’ve ever done before but I’m loving the new challenge and feeling so much happier. Thank you to all the awesome bloggers who left me messages on last weeks post I’m sure all your positive words helped 😘

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I read the Top Secret book I mentioned last week, my lips remain firmly sealed 🤐, but OMG I loved it.

ARC’s I received this week

I received three books in the post this week, and a fourth from NetGalley, yes I know I said I wasn’t going to request any books and I haven’t, I requested The Doll Funeral ages ago and forgot all about it until the publishers accepted my request this week out the blue, so not entirely my fault and I haven’t requested any books for a whole two weeks a personal record for me, long may it last.😂

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Book description

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . .

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Book description

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.

The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

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Book description

2001. Age is catching up with Robert Finlay, a police officer on the Royalty Protection team based in London. He’s looking forward to returning to uniform policing and a less stressful life with his new family. But fate has other plans. Finlay’s deeply traumatic, carefully concealed past is about to return to haunt him. A policeman is killed by a bomb blast, and a second is gunned down in his own driveway.

Both of the murdered men were former Army colleagues from Finlay’s own SAS regiment, and in a series of explosive events, it becomes clear that he is not the ordinary man that his colleagues, friends and new family think he is. And so begins a game of cat and mouse “a wicked game” in which Finlay is the target, forced to test his long-buried skills in a fight against a determined and unidentified enemy.

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Book description

The dark and glittering new novel from the Sunday Times Bestselling author Kate Hamer is as gripping as it is gorgeously written – the perfect second book from the author of The Girl in the Red Coat.

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They’re not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I’m supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.

But there are things I won’t say. I won’t tell them I’m going to hunt for my real parents. I don’t say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.

I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he’d give me a medal for lying.

I wasn’t lying. I’m a hunter for lost souls and I’m going to be with my real family. And I’m not going to let Mick stop me.

A special mention

My thanks to Karen at http://www.orendabooks.co.uk, for my stunning hardback signed copy of Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson which I won over on David’s blog http://bluebookballoon.blogspot.com/ so a huge thank  you to David too.

Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/08/new-beginnings/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/08/blog-tour-backstabber-by-kimberley-chambers-kimbochambers-fictionpubteam-bookreview/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/07/a-room-full-of-killers-by-michael-wood-bookreview-michaelhwood-killerreads/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/06/phantom-limb-by-lucinda-berry-bookreview-bookshelfreads/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/10/blog-tour-the-watcher-by-netta-newbound-guestpost-nettanewbound-bloodhoundbook/

**Blogger Recognition Award** | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/11/blogger-recognition-award/

Next week on the book review café

**Blog tour** Stasi Wolf by David Young

**Blog tour** No Safe Home by Tara Lyons

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner review

**Blog Tour** Blink by K L Slater

#TopFiveThursday

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Thank you to everyone who nominated me for this awesome award.  I’m absolutely stunned that so many fellow bloggers nominated me in their posts. I think anyone who runs a book blog deserves this award for all their hard work, so if you haven’t been tagged in this award consider yourself nominated let’s share the blogger ❤

**Blog Tour** Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt @bookouture @writermels

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Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt, I’m a huge fan of Mel’s books and I’m going to stick my neck out here and say in my opinion this is the authors best book yet, it’s gritty, dark and very disturbing and one I would highly recommend to Crime/police procedure thriller lovers. And the best news? It’s out now so you don’t even need to wait to get your hands on a copy you can just pop over to Amazon and “click”, but before you do feel free to read my review of this gripping book

Book description

She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.

The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.

The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.

As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?

An absolutely gripping and chilling police procedural which will hook fans of Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott.

img_1258I have eagerly been waiting for Don’t Look Behind You, the second in the Detective Eden Berrisford crime series since reading The Girls Next Door, and OMG it was certainly worth the wait. I’m actually going to say this is definitely the authors best book to date. Don’t Look Behind You is dark and very disturbing and at times I found it damn right harrowing which I have to say I wasn’t expecting. What I love about this authors books is her ability to take very credible plots and give them a gritty realism that make her books impossible to put down. At times I became so involved in the plot my heart was racing, I felt anxious and I’m sure at times I was having palpitations as the author expertly weaved her gripping tale.

Three woman are attacked in the most brutal way, as each act becomes more violent it’s up to our protagonist Detective Eden Berrisford to find the perpetrator before he strikes again. Eden is your typical fiction Detective, feisty, passionate about her job and the victims, she’s also very determined, but what makes her standout from other fictional detectives is her back story, a single mother with a husband gone AWOL you learn more about her in this book and you can’t help wondering as more details emerge when is her past is going to come back and bite her on the backside. Eden and her team make a credible one and I hope as this series progresses we will learn more about her team. What I love about this authors writing is her ability to create characters that are very true to life. I became emotionally involved with Carla a woman who suffers terrible abuse and unbelievable heartbreak, her character unfortunately was very credible, as were the rest of the woman in the refuge.

This book has a hidden depth which really makes it such a compelling read as it’s a disturbing study of domestic abuse which as you can imagine at times makes for a very difficult and uncomfortable read. Mel Sherratt expertly adds snippets of past events in Carla’s life and it paints an ugly picture of domestic abuse, not just physical side but the emotional abuse that starts off subtly, beating them down until they are a shadow of their former selfs. It doesn’t make for a pretty read but it most definitely makes for a believable one as the author doesn’t shy away from describing domestic abuse, in fact she paints a very credible and disturbing picture although it never felt superfluous.

Gripping from the first page, Don’t Look Behind You will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its heart stopping conclusion. Mel Sharrett has written a roller coaster of a thriller for sure, but this novel is also a rich and harrowing story of domestic abuse. As far as I’m concerned this authors writing goes from strength to strength and I would read her next book without hesitation, Mel Sharrett has the unique ability to write about difficult subject with empathy and sensitivity and adds her own unique style which make her books a very worthwhile read.

Would I recommend Don’t Look Behind You? hell yes I certainly would especially if you are a fan of crime fiction that’s gritty but authentic, in fact I would go as far to say this is one book you don’t want to miss.

5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

Print Length: 252 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (31 Jan. 2017)

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Mel Sherratt writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers.

Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.

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Links:  Website      Facebook       Twitter: @writermels

Don’t forget to check out the blog tour, details below….there really are some awesome bloggers on this tour whose reviews you don’t want to miss 

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**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Oh woe me 😢😢 I have read zilch this week! What sort of book blogger does that make me? I would say a pretty rubbish one. I have had a very stressful week, basically I started a new job I managed eight shifts and resigned! Never in my 33 years of working have I ever walked away from a job, I won’t go into details but it’s suffice to say it wasn’t for me! But on the upside I’ve got an interview on Monday for another job (I don’t hang about), so fingers crossed. Hopefully I will get to read at least one book next week or I will have to rename my blog The lots of books but no reviews café 

ARC’s I received this week

Despite not reading anything I still managed to find myself on the dreaded NetGalley and got improved for Four books 🙈🙈

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Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

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DCI Matilda Darke is the perfect heroine’ Elly Griffiths The third book in Michael Wood’s darkly compelling crime series featuring DCI Matilda Darke. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid. Feared by the people of Sheffield, Starling House is home to some of Britain’s deadliest teenagers, still too young for prison.

Now the building’s latest arrival, Ryan Asher, has been found brutally murdered – stabbed twelve times, left in a pool of blood. When DCI Matilda Darke and her team investigate, they uncover the secrets of a house tainted by evil. Kate Moloney, the prison’s manager, is falling apart, the security system has been sabotaged, and neither the staff nor the inmates can be trusted. There’s only one person Matilda believes is innocent, and he’s facing prison for the rest of his life. With time running out, she must solve the unsolvable to save a young man from his fate. And find a murderer in a house full of killers…

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The battle is on…

When gang leader Paddy O’Brien is stabbed in his brother’s famous nightclub, Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O’Brien family must face a tough decision – sell their side of the city to the infamous Boddlington gang or stick it out and risk losing their king.

But war comes easy to the bad boys, and they won’t go down without a fight. So begins a fierce battle for the South Side, with the leading Manchester gangsters taking the law into their own hands – but only the strongest will survive…

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A daughter’s secret. A mother’s betrayal.

Every mother knows never to let their child out of their sight. But Freya has been distracted recently, and now her teenage daughter, Zoe, is missing.

Freya knows that the only way to bring Zoe back is to tell the truth, but when your whole life is built on secrets and lies, the truth could destroy everything.

Surely there’s no harm in telling just one more little white lie?

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1970s London has stopped swinging, but it’s not staying still.

Babs thought she had all the world ahead of her. Then she got pregnant and the father did a runner.

Salvation comes in the form of a man who’ll look after her. Or so she thinks.

But Stan Miller is the devil in disguise…and over the next twenty years, Babs will have reason to regret she ever met him. Can she protect her family – or will he get the better of her?

BLOOD MOTHER is the second thrilling book in the Flesh and Blood series, capturing a world very different from today but where some things still hold true: be careful what you wish for, and watch out for who you trust…

Books I bought this week

I only bought one book this week and despite my long suffering husband Andy offering to buy me some books to cheer me up when we went shopping, I actually looked but didn’t buy any, see I do have some self control, by the way Andy bought me some flowers to cheer me up instead, it may sound corny but he really is the best husband, well he’s got to be he’s put up with me for 29 years 😂😂

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In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son’s red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year – a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned.

His body was never recovered.

Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She’s married, pregnant, and in control again…

… until Aiden returns.

Too traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken.

As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime?

It’s Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable.

This dark and disturbing psychological novel will appeal to fans of The Widow and The Butterfly Garden.

Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/01/29/blog-tour-behind-her-eyes-by-sarah-pinborough-authorinterview-review-sarahpinborough-wtfthatending/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/01/27/tattletale-by-sarah-j-naughton-review/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/01/26/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-noelle-holten-aka-crimebookjunkie-eeeek/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/01/24/blog-tour-little-girl-missing-by-carol-wyer-bookouture-carolewyer/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/01/23/blink-by-k-l-slater-review-kimlslater-bookouture/

Next week on the book review café

The Breakdown by B A Paris review

My Book of the month

Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt blog tour

The Day That never Comes by Caimh McDonnell blog tour