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**Christmas with Orenda Books** featuring Antti Tuomainen @OrendaBooks @antti_tuomainen #Giveaway #BookBundle

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome Antti Tuomainen to the book review café. I still have lots of these posts to share with you all and I do hope you are enjoying reading them, I know I am. Read on to learn more about a ‘Antti Tuomainen christmas’

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

I look back fondly on my childhood Christmases. I thought it was wonderful to have so many days of meeting all the relatives, even the distant ones. I’m not sure if all the adults agreed. Anyway, one Christmas that stands out is the Christmas my wife and I spent in New York a few years ago. Wonderful, magical time. Christmas carols in Washington Square, a Christmas church on lower Broadway, the quiet city on Christmas morning. We loved it. (And spent the New Year there too!)

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Where will you be spending Christmas?

At my brother’s. A family gathering with great Finnish traditional Christmas foods: all kinds of raw fish, vegetable casseroles, forest mushrooms, ham, etc. I’m really looking forward to eating until I’m pried away from the table.

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Do you have any Christmas traditions?

My wife and I enjoy the Christmas time. We always buy a tree and decorate that. 

What was your best ever Christmas present?

My mom always bought me books. She gave me so many important ones. Nowadays, my wife always gives me something I actually need. I don’t how she does that. 

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What was your worst ever Christmas present?

I really can’t remember any really bad ones. But when you’re thirteen and get an awkward sweater, it feels like Santa Claus doesn’t exist. (He does exist, of course.)  

Favourite Christmas tipple?

I’ll have some non-alcohol glögi, please.

What are you hoping for this Christmas?

Vacation. Living room couch. Marmalade. Winter walk with the wife.

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Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

Thank you so much for a truly remarkable year. Little Siberia got such a fantastic start and launch with the incredible blog tour that we had and I’m so happy so many old and new readers have found it and the earlier books too, including The Man Who Died. Merry Christmas, see you soon! 

About Antti Tuomainen

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Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later. In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award.

Two years later, in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. The recently published Palm Beach, Finlandhas been a massive critical success, with Marcel Berlins of The Times calling him ‘the funniest writer in Europe’, and making it one of his books of the year.

Books published by Orenda Books

My thanks to Antti Tuomainen for writing this post, and taking part in this feature.

Giveaway

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The giveaway includes all the books featured in the above photo, 18 fabulous books in total. The competition is open to UK residents only. Competition will close on midnight on the 19th December and please note the prize will be sent directly from the publishers (hopefully in time for Christmas) and you must be following my blog.

To enter click on the link and good luck Orenda Books Christmas bundle 📚🎁🎄

**Christmas with Orenda Books** featuring Doug Johnstone @OrendaBooks @doug_johnstone #Giveaway #BookBundle

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Today I’m thrilled to share another Christmas with Orenda Books post, and it’s from one of my favourite authors Doug Johnstone. I will be really sad when these posts come to an end as I love reading them, I hope you do too, and don’t forget to enter the fabulous giveaway at the bottom of this post.

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

I think my favourite Christmas memories are all of watching my two kids come downstairs and open their presents from Santa. There was a wee spell for a few years where they were old enough to know what was happening, but still young enough that they were totally into the whole thing, and seeing them buzzing first thing in the morning was always really special.

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Where will you be spending Christmas?

Well, me and the family wake up and open presents at home in Edinburgh on Christmas morning. Then we head either to my parents’ house or my in-laws’, depending which year it is. This year we’re heading up to Dundee to my parents’ house, and my sister will be there, along with my brother and his family. It’s all very relaxed, we get on pretty well and never really stress. We usually share the cooking too, which helps. 

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Not really, we’re not a family who’s big into traditions, to be honest, apart from the fact that we go and visit my family and my wife’s family on alternative years. The one thing I’ve noticed is that we very rarely have turkey for Christmas dinner, no one really seems that bothered, so we’ve had everything from steak to venison to duck to game pie. 

What was your best ever Christmas present?

Definitely my first ever drum kit, which I got when I was about nine or ten. I was drumming for years before that, and had a snare drum and cymbal, but a full drum kit absolutely blew me away. That set me on a path as a drummer for the rest of my life, and I’m still doing it now. 

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What was your worst ever Christmas present?

Not a present, but I do have one terrible Christmas memory. When I was about eight years old, our pet dog was hit by a car on Christmas morning while my dad had him out for a walk, and he died later that day. That was one miserable Christmas, let me tell you.

Favourite Christmas tipple?

I’ll drink pretty much anything at Christmas time, to be honest, that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? A cheeky bit of fizz to start, wine with the meal, beers later, throw in some gin and tonics, fortified wines, end on the whisky. If I was to pick a particular festival tipple that I really like that I don’t drink at other times, it would be port. With a nice bit of smelly cheese. 

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What are you hoping for this Christmas?

I don’t need or want anything in terms of gifts, to be honest. All I really want is for my family to be happy and relaxed, and for a little bit of peace and quiet. It’s been an incredibly busy year for me, with one thing and another, so just some time to recharge the batteries would be perfect.

Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

Just a massive thank you! I’m sure all writers say this, but we wouldn’t be anything without readers, and the blogging community is an absolutely amazing scene, a real godsend and source of encouragement at all times. Thank you, and I hope you all have an amazing Christmas, and get plenty of books under the tree!

About Doug Johnstone

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Doug Johnstone is the author of ten novels, most recently Breakers (2018), which was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his books have been bestsellers and award winners, and his work has been praised by the likes of Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions, and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh.

Follow Doug on Twitter @doug_johnstone and visit his website: dougjohnstone.com.

Books published by Orenda Books

My thanks to Doug Johnstone for writing this post and taking part in this feature.

Giveaway

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The giveaway includes all the books featured in the above photo, 18 fabulous books in total. The competition is open to UK residents only. Competition will close on midnight on the 19th December and please note the prize will be sent directly from the publishers (hopefully in time for Christmas) and you must be following my blog.

To enter click on the link and good luck Orenda Books Christmas bundle 📚🎁🎄

**Christmas with Orenda Books** featuring Lilja Sigurdardóttir @OrendaBooks @lilja1972 #Giveaway #BookBundle

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Today it’s time to share another Christmas with Orenda Books, and I’m thrilled that author Lilja Sigurdardottir shares her memories of an Icelanders Christmas with us. Don’t forget to enter the fabulous giveaway at the bottom of this post.

What is your favourite Christmas memory? 

 When I was little our Christmas tradition was that after eating a festive dinner on the 24th and opening the presents, witch were mostly books, everyone went to bed with a box of chocolates or some cookies and the new books and read into the night. The morning after, on Christmas day, my dad usually made us a big breakfast and it was the only meal of the year when we were allowed to read at the table. It is a lovely memory of our family, sitting by a candle-lit table, full of nice food, in silence, reading.

 Where will you be spending Christmas? 

 This year my partner and I decided to spend Christmas in the sun on Gran Canaria. The whole family is going and we hope we will all return to the Icelandic arctic darkness refreshed and full of sunny vitamin D. I plan to read a lot and relax in the warm outdoors there. Maybe even write a little.

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Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Icelanders have so many traditions around food at Christmas time and this probably dates back to viking times where extravaganza in food and drink was the custom to celebrate the midwinter solstice. One non-food related tradition my family keeps is giving books as Christmas gifts. That is the traditional gift here and the reason all books are first published in hardback.
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What was your best ever Christmas present?

Wuthering heights by Emily Bronté. I was 13 and I really loved the book. It opened up a whole world of English literature for me. The same Christmas I also got a short story collection by Pearl S Buck and The portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. You might notice those are old books but that is because many years our economy didn’t allow for new books so my parent’s bought second hand books. Sometimes they even gave us something from their own shelves. I liked that. I still love opening a book and seeing where my mum or dad has marked the book with their name and I have put mine underneath in a childish hand.

What was your worst ever Christmas present?

The painted bird by Jerzy Kosinsky. A magnificent book but I still haven´t recovered.

 Favourite Christmas tipple?

I am Icelandic so I don´t know what a tipple is. The online dictionary reads: “Tipple (plural tipples). An area near the entrance of mines which is used to load and unload coal.” … I don´t think I have a favourite of those….?

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What are you hoping for this Christmas?

Wuthering heights by Emily Bronté. I was 13 and I really loved the book. It opened up a whole world of English literature for me. The same Christmas I also got a short story collection by Pearl S Buck and The portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. You might notice those are old books but that is because many years our economy didn’t allow for new books so my parent’s bought second hand books. Sometimes they even gave us something from their own shelves. I liked that. I still love opening a book and seeing where my mum or dad has marked the book with their name and I have put mine underneath in a childish hand.

What was your worst ever Christmas present?

The painted bird by Jerzy Kosinsky. A magnificent book but I still haven´t recovered.

Favourite Christmas tipple?

I am Icelandic so I don´t know what a tipple is. The online dictionary reads: “Tipple (plural tipples). An area near the entrance of mines which is used to load and unload coal.” … I don´t think I have a favourite of those….?

About Lilja Sigurdardottir

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Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in the Reykjavik Noir series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. Trap was published in 2018, and a Book of the Year in Guardian.

The film rights for the series have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja lives in Reykjavík with her partner. Follow Lilja on Twitter @lilja1972and on her website liljawriter.com

Books published by Orenda Books

My thanks to Lilja Sigurdardóttir for writing this post and taking part in this feature.

Giveaway

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The giveaway includes all the books featured in the above photo, 18 fabulous books in total. The competition is open to UK residents only. Competition will close on midnight on the 19th December and please note the prize will be sent directly from the publishers (hopefully in time for Christmas) and you must be following my blog.

To enter click on the link and good luck Orenda Books Christmas bundle 📚🎁🎄

 

**Christmas with Orenda Books** featuring Karen Sullivan @OrendaBooks #Giveaway #BookBundle

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Today I’m over the moon to share a brand new feature Christmas with Orenda Books. Over the coming month I will be sharing interviews, a fabulous giveaway for one lucky reader, short stories, and Christmas memories of many of the fabulous authors who make up Orenda Books.
One lucky reader will win 18 of the finest books published  by Orenda books, (all books included in the photo below) hopefully in time for Christmas, details on how to enter can be found further down the post.
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Today I thought it fitting to start this feature with Karen Sullivan the founder of Orenda Books, Karen has to be one of the most amazing publishers in the book world, she’s also one of the kindest and most supportive ladies I have the pleasure to know. Without Karen’s help this feature would have never taken off. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I have. So without further ado here’s a post about ‘a  Karen Sullivan Christmas’…..

What is your favourite Christmas memory? 

When I was a child, we used to travel from our home in the Maritimes (Canada … Halifax to be exact) back to Toronto, and stay at my grandparents’ gorgeous big house (it had a bar, a laundry chute, a ‘pool room’ – basically a wet room with changing rooms leading out to the swimming pool, cedar cupboards housing my grandmothers’ furs and things like old typewriters, a little compartment with a door on either side for the milk delivery … HEAVEN).
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My three aunts were always there, with husbands or boyfriends, and my grandfather would don a Santa hat and hand out the presents. Christmas music would be playing and there would be eggnog and delicious snacks. So many gifts and stockings … it sometimes took all day to open them. We were awestruck!

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Where will you be spending Christmas?

With my three sons and partner in London … at Casa Orenda. The rest of my family is in Canada but we don’t have warm enough clothing to go there for the holidays and the prospect of dragging presents back and forth isn’t exciting. We see them in the summer instead. It’s nice having my boys around … it’s always full of laughter!

 

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

We always leave brandy and a mince pie for Santa, and a carrot for Rudolph, and have jam-packed stockings that I cross stitched when my youngest was a baby. We open them and then have Eggs Benedict for breakfast before moving onto the presents. We alway decorate our tree together, and my middle, tallest son, Luke, has the honour of putting on the star! The decorations are a total mishmash of baubles and other things picked up on travels around the world, and some made by the kids. We have ham and turkey in the evening and then flake out to read!

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What was your best ever Christmas present?

When I was a child, I got a Velvet doll that I had been coveting … you pushed a button on her tummy and her hair grew. I’ll never forget this … mainly because I discovered it under the bed in my aunt’s room on Christmas Eve and played it with all night before replacing it! My favourite presents were ALWAYS box sets of books, though. Books are/were expensive in Canada and I mainly used this library. This was so special! And when I was a little girl, my mum used to sew us all new Christmas PJs … mine was always a flannel nightie. She still gives me one every Christmas (not handmade) and it remains a highlight.

 

What was your worst ever Christmas present?

I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad present, but I remember being about five or six and DESPERATE for a pair of white go-go boots, like a girl in my class, Kirsten Nugent, had. They did not materialise and I was devastated.

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Favourite Christmas tipple?

Just wine …

 

What are you hoping for this Christmas?

Nothing in particular … maybe my new nightie?
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Karen’s cross stitched stockings made by her own fair hand.

Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

Take a break and enjoy all the wonderful books. We would be NOTHING without you and we so appreciate. Find a bit of peace!

About karen Sullivan

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Karen with author Thomas Enger

Orenda Books was founded by publisher Karen Sullivan in late 2014 to specialise in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, about half in translation. The company has fast made a name for itself, being shortlisted for the IPG Nick Robinson Newcomer Award, shortlisting for and winning a clutch of awards, including CWA Daggers, Authors’ Club First Novel Award, the Petrona Award, the Glass Key and the Dead Good Reads Awards. Karen was also named as a Bookseller Rising Star for 2016.

My thanks to Karen for taking time out of her hectic schedule to take part in this feature and for the use of her personal photos, and also for the fabulous giveaway.

Giveaway

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The giveaway includes all the books featured in the above photo, 18 fabulous books in total. The competition is open to UK residents only. Competition will close on midnight on the 19th December and please note the prize will be sent directly from the publishers (hopefully in time for Christmas) and you must be following my blog.

To enter click on the link and good luck Orenda Books Christmas bundle 📚🎁🎄

 

#DayOfTheAccident by Nuala Ellwood #BookReview @NualaWrites @PenguinUKBooks #Giveaway #SignedPaperback

Today I’m sharing my review for Day Of The Accident by Nuala Elwood, what a cracking psychological thriller this one turned out to be. I’m also giving away a signed paperback copy of the book, details further down the post. Before I share my review here’s the book description……

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They say you killed…But What If They’re Wrong?

Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie’s world is torn apart

The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. That she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing.

When Maggie begs to see her husband Sean, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of her daughter’s funeral.

What really happened that day at the river?
Where is Maggie’s husband?
And why can’t she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive?

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I was a huge fan of author Nuala Ellwood’s debut novel My Sister’s Bones and after reading Day Of The Accident  the author is now firmly on my “favourite author’s list”. What an exciting, nerve-wracking read Day Of The Accident turned out to be. If you are looking for a psychological thriller that will keep you up late I’ve found it, if you are looking for a deliciously devious plot, you guessed it I’ve found it! I think an author has done their job well if they can surprise me, but  Nuala Elwood has gone one better and left me stunned.  I smugly thought I had pretty much worked out the plot half way through, EPIC fail as I reached the conclusion I realised the author had well and truly duped me and that’s the reason you will hear me shouting from the rooftops about how much I enjoyed this book. 

From the start of the Day Of The Accident the author draws you. We first meet Maggie as she wakes from a coma and to be told that her child Elspeth had drowned in an unfortunate accident and add to her heartache husband Sean has vanished. Maggie’s life is in tatters, she has lost everything that is dear to her, not only does she have to cope with her grief but she also desperate to find out what happened on that fateful day. The author has done a superb job in maintaining the tension throughout the Day Of The Accident I’m surprised I never ended up with repetitive strain injury as I was flipping the pages of my kindle so fast, desperate to get to the truth.  

Maggie isn’t the most reliable narrator partly due to her memory loss from the accident, but also the events the author alludes to regarding Maggie’s past, which encourage the reader to be suspicious of her. I raced through this book I read the first 60% in one sitting so engrossed was I in Maggie’s story, if life hadn’t got in the way I’m sure I would have read the book cover to cover in one sitting. Apologises if this review appears to be vague, but I’m desperate not to spoil the read for others, I want the book to surprise you, just as I was, it makes the read all the more enjoyable. Nuala Ellwood is a master of deception and misdirection, Day Of The Accident is a brilliant crafted, psychological suspense-filled read, with lashings of deceit, it’s a book that will keep you guessing to the last few chapters, cliched but true. Highly recommended.

Buying link:       Amazon UK 🇬🇧

  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 Jan. 2019)

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One paperback signed copy of Day Of The Accident by Nuala Ellwood, you can enter here…… Click here to enter #Giveaway

Please note this giveaway is open to UK residents only. I will notify the winner via email within 24 hours of  the giveaway ending. Good luck 🍀

Giveaway ends midnight Thursday 21st March 2019.

 

 

 

#TheSilentPatient by Alex Michaelides (@AlexMichaelides @OrionBooks) #BookHangoverAward #Giveaway

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, read on for my thoughts….

 

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Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…. 

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Now and then a book comes a long that causes a huge stir and unless you’ve been living on a desert island for the last few months, then you will know The Silent Patient, the debut novel from Alex Michaelides is the book everyone is talking about. I must admit I can see why, it’s a unique and a very disturbing character based psychological thriller, but how I loved it. The author sure knows how to weave a tangled web, and then keep the reader in his clutches with a well- plotted story. It’s one that pulls you in from the shocking opening chapter and keeps you captivated all the way to it’s explosive conclusion. I literally read this book in a day, the tension mounted as each chapter ended making this an impossible book to put down. Mark my words this book is going to be a HUGE hit.

Alicia is a Patient in The Grove a secure forensic unit for the murder of her husband, she has not spoken a word since his death and Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who believes he is the one to make her speak of what happened on that fateful night.  The author uses an intriguing concept As Alice refuses to talk after her husband’s murder, the reader is reliant on Theo’s interpretations of her thoughts and emotions, although the reader is privy to Alice’s journal which explores her life before Theo’s Murder. Even without a voice Alice is a strong protagonist, rather like Theo, you the reader are desperate to hear her voice and hear her side of the story. Theo is a man with his own secrets and troubled past, which make him an compelling character. The scenes between Theo and Alice crackle with tension, at times it felt like a battle of wits, as Alice battled to stay silent and Theo’s dogged determination to make her speak, these scenes give a sense of unease which grow as the story unfolds.

Anyone who reads psychological thrillers will expect there to be “twist” or two, after all isn’t that part of the reason we read these type of books? It’s the element of “surprise” that I always look forward to, it can turn an “enjoyable” read into a “OMFG I loved this book” type of read, so take a bow Alex Michaelides The Silent Patient definitely took me by surprise in fact I’m sure my jaw hit the floor at some point! I had an inkling where the plot was heading, but I guess I do not have the same twisted imagination as the author, he well and truly hood winked me, but so brilliantly executed. The Silent Patient is an assured debut from Alex Michaelides, he’s definitely an author to watch out for. Highly recommend if you enjoy a dark, shocking psychological thriller that will leave you speechless (excuse the pun!) 

  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (7 Feb. 2019)

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸

It will come as no surprise but I’m giving The Silent Patient my shiny Book hangover award, It’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a read, an original  plot, great characters and a storyline that draws me in from the first page and keeps me in its grips until I reach the very last page.

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 About the author 

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Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977 to a Greek father and English mother. He studied English literature at Cambridge University and got his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He wrote the film The Devil You Know (2013) starring Rosamund Pike and co-wrote The Brits are Coming (2018), starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara. THE SILENT PATIENT is his first novel.

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The Coco Pinchard Boxset by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @CocoPinchard – Coco Pinchard’s Must Have Toy Story #BlogTour #bookreview #TeamBryndza #giveaway @BOTBSPublicity

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Today I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on Robert Bryndza’s blog tour, as anyone who follows my blog will know I’m a huge fan of the authors, well his Erika Foster crime series anyway, and I don’t read RomCom normally, but I stepped way out my comfort zone of serial killers, blood and gore to review CoCo Pinchard’s Must-Have To Story one of five books in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series.

You can buy the whole series, yes that’s FIVE books for Amazon 🇬🇧 99p  Amazon 🇺🇸 $1.99    Amazon 🇦🇺 $0.99    Amazon 🇪🇺 €0.99

The best news of all this blog tour includes a fabulous giveaway, one lucky reader will win signed copies of all the books in the series.  I’m Sure you will agree it is a fab prize. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Before I share my review here’s the books descriptions…….

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For the first time, all 5 books in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series are available in one! And this box set includes a new introduction by the author.

Book 1: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard

If you enjoyed flipping through Bridget Jones’s diary, you’ll love perusing Coco Pinchard’s emails! Coco confides in her quirky, supportive friends as she deals with her life falling apart. Read the emails that tell the heart warming and often hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel-good Romantic Comedy. 

Book 2: Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding

Coco thinks she’s on the road to happily ever after with Adam, until he inexplicably breaks up with her. Will one mistake cost them their whole future? Coco sets out to discover what has really happened, and uncovers a shocking secret Adam has been hiding from her… Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy – the stand-alone sequel to no.1 bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard. 

Book 3: Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex

Coco Pinchard has a great life, a bestselling memoir, and a handsome second husband. Things are going exactly as planned — until her adult son runs into disaster, her ex’s mother butts back into her life, and she finds out she’s pregnant! Maybe life is more fun if you throw your plans out the window… The third book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard series (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story) is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time. 

Book 4: A Very Coco Christmas

It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco Pinchard is home for Christmas after her first term at University. She’s fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, but Coco’s mother wants her to be with Kenneth, the son of posh friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.

As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel short story to Robert Bryndza’s smash-hit Coco Pinchard series.

Book 5: Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story

A sparkling feel-good comedy, which asks the question – how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy? 

It’s December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy – almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz. 

From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley’s with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that four-year-old Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.

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Now normally when I pick up a book by Crime author Robert Bryndza I’m bouncing off the ceiling with excitement and can’t wait to get stuck in, but I’m the first to admit I’m not a fan of Rom Com, I much prefer the grit, blood and gore you find in crime thrillers, rather than hearts, flowers and laughs you often find in Rom Com. “So why read something you don’t like”? I can hear you mutter, but as the saying goes “the proof is in the pudding” if you don’t try it how can you not like it? As I’m such a fan of Robert Bryndza’s I was interested to see if he writes comedy as well as he does crime thrillers.  

Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story struck a chord it left me feeling old and very nostalgic I can actually remember my husband and myself traipsing around  every damn toy shop in the UK (or that’s what it felt like at the time) trying to find the elusive Tracy Island for our son, and yes we even attempted the Blue Peter make your own model.  I’m sure every parent up and down the country can relate to Coco Pinchard’s dilemma to track down that must-have toy of the year. What follows is a frantic search that involves some very hilarious scenes, every time Coco is within reach of getting her hands on Tracy Island, it’s snatched away from her, and it’s these scenes that had me crying with laughter. 

The characters are all mad as a box of frogs, but how I loved them from Ethel, Coco’s mother-in-law, (who provides a wealth of comic moments) to Coco herself, the dialogue between her and Ethel alone makes for a hilarious read.  There is much to love about this novella, the characters, the dialogue and the comedy of errors make Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story a brilliant and very funny festive read, one that makes for that “feel good” feeling. I must mention what a versatile and talented author Robert Bryndza is, his crime thrillers are one of my favourite series ever, but do you want to know something? I’m definitely going to buy the box set of Coco Pinchard, as although crime thrillers will always be my first go to reads, I truly enjoyed every minute of my foray into Rom Com and the wacky world of Coco Pinchard. 

P.S.  I loved the fact that all though this novella is considered to be a Rom Com there wasn’t any heart and flowers or sickly sweet moments, it’s more Com than Rom which suited me just fine.  

  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Team Bryndza Books (26 Jun. 2018)

Buying link:    Amazon UK 🇬🇧

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Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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