Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney #BookReview @alicewriterland @HQstories

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Book description

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

img_1258OMG! What a fabulous and twisted read Sometime I Lie is, there is nothing more satisfying than reading a psychological thriller that well and truly messes with your head, and a word of warning here this is one that will leave your head spinning. The market is saturated with psychological thrillers at the moment and on the whole most of the ones I have read have been a decent read, but tend to lack the “thrilling” element I’ve come to expect from such books, but I’m happy to report that Sometime I Lie has the “thrilling” element I crave, it’s also dark and very, very sinister so from the opening chapter I was well and truly hooked.

From the book description it’s evident that Amber is not going to be a reliable narrator, and she certainly doesn’t disappoint. I’m particularly fond of such narrators as you are never quite sure what is real or where the truth lies. As Amber lies in coma there is a deep sense of malevolence that radiates from every page. The characters surrounding Amber as she lies vulnerable all come under close scrutiny and you can’t help but become suspicious of everyone of them at some point in this very deceitful tale. I really thought I had worked out where this story was heading, but fortunately the author wrong footed me at every turn. You know something terrible as happened to Amber but the why’s and how’s are intricately revealed layer by devious layer.

I could go on and on about this book, it really was that good! but in doing so I could give away spoilers which is never my intention, so what I would say this is definitely one of those books you need to read for yourself. It’s difficult to believe this is Alice Feeney’s debut novel it’s an highly addictive and compelling read, deliciously plotted with twist and turns galore I devoured this book in just over a day and it’s definitely going to be one of my top reads of 2017.

I’m sure it won’t come as much of a shock but I will be giving Sometimes I Lie the very prestigious Gold Star Award Rating, the third book of 2017 to get this 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 good read, fantastic 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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Print Length: 279 pages

Publisher: HQ (23 Mar. 2017)

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**Blog Tour** Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough #AuthorInterview & #Review @sarahpinborough #WTFthatending

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Today to say I’m excited is an understatement, It’s finally my stop on the blog tour for Behind Her Eyes by the awesome Sarah Pinborough not only do I get to share my review with you,  (mark my words this book has “BEST SELLER” written all over it), but I also have a very intriguing interview with the author herself.

This has to be one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to review, I hope I do the book justice and definitely hope it contains **No Spoilers** So without further ado here’s the interview with the one and only Sarah Pinborough and you can read my review further down the post.

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For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book Behind Her Eyes can you provide us with an introduction?

I’m a thriller and YA novelist and screenwriter who’s written about 20 books thus far across a variety of genres. At the moment I’m all about crime and thrillers though!

Where did the idea for Behind Her Eyes come from?

I wanted to write about an affair because they’re so much a part of modern life and we find them fascinating as much as terrifying. They’re the ultimate betrayal from those we love, and they’re messy and never as clean cut in terms of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as we try and frame them. So that was my starting point – to look at the three parts of an affair and what happens if the girlfriend becomes the wife’s friend, and they keep that secret from the husband.

What was the hardest part of writing Behind Her Eyes?

Ha, that’s hard to say without giving too much away. I guess what was hardest was wanting people to get to the end and think ‘Oh, of course!’ but to have not seen the ‘Oh, of course!’ moment coming. So laying out clues in plain sight while also keeping them hidden was pretty difficult! But that’s part of the fun.

Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?

No, not really! I like to write in the mornings best but that’s about it. Oh, and when making notes and planning I can only use Uniball Fine gel pens.

Have you always wanted to be an author, and when did you first realise you wanted to write?

It was either an author or an actress, but I have been writing stories and making stuff up as long as I can remember. I think that’s how most people who end up doing this for a living are. Also I like food too much to be an actress and writers don’t have to get up at 5am;-)

Do you write an outline before you start writing?

Yes, I always outline – not massively but as I sell on pitch I have to do a three page summary/pitch document for that so I tend to have my beginning and ending sorted, and then as I go a plan out in more detail, adding stuff and taking stuff out.

How long did it take to get your Behind Your Eyes published?

Well, HarperFiction had bought it before I started writing it because I’ve been doing this long enough that I don’t have to write a book on spec at the moment, but we did delay it a while. I had 13 Minutes coming out from Orion in 2016 and we wanted a gap after that. Also, that meant that by the time the deal was announced, I’d already written the book and so my agent could then sell it worldwide, which has gone well. Very much looking forward to seeing the final book!

The hashtag #Wtfthatending is all over social media, did you expect it to take off like it did?

I absolutely love the hashtag, but I was also worried that it was setting me up to fail and people would be a bit, ‘Meh, the end was good but it wasn’t THAT good.. BUT thus far thankfully there haven’t been many of those! It’s great that the US publisher, Flatiron, are also using it, and it seems to be working as well there as it is here!

Have you seen any reviews that give away the ending? And if so how does this make you feel?

I’ve seen a couple that come close to giving it away – definitely they spoil the book – but one has been hidden by Goodreads (yay goodreads!) and another I hope will be buried by less spoilery ones. It’s irritating because it’s quite selfish to want to spoil the enjoyment of a book for others just because it may not have been your cup of tea, but to be honest, I’ve been overwhelmingly grateful that thus far most people are giving nothing away!

My favourite character in Behind Her Eyes has to be Adele she is one complex piece of work, which character is your favourite? and which one was the hardest to write about?

Adele is my favourite too. I think we all want to be Adele but we’re pretty much all Louise;-) She was also the hardest character to write because she’s so different to me. I’m definitely more of a Louise.

Are you able to tell me anything about your next book?

The next book is another domestic thriller but quite different to Behind Her Eyes in subject matter. HOWEVER, I’ve realised my new genre is ‘writing books where you can’t actually talk about what it’s about without giving the twist away’. Which is not great for marketing! It’s female main characters again and a similar structure. And it has a great twist 😉

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Sarah Pinborough is an award-winning YA and adult thriller, fantasy and horror novelist and screenwriter. She has published more than 20 novels and has written for the BBC and is currently working with several television companies on original projects. Her recent novels include the dystopian love story, The Death House, and a teenage thriller, 13 Minutes which has been bought by Netflix with Josh Schwartz adapting.

Her next adult novel, a psychological thriller, Behind Her Eyes, Is published  in January 2017 from HarperFiction in the UK. The book has sold to nearly twenty territories so far and was sold at auction to the US in a significant deal to Flatiron, Macmillan. There are discussions on going with several movies studios about the film adaptation.

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Links:     Website       Twitter:@sarahpinborough.

Book description

Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes?

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.

David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

In Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.

img_1258Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is all over social media with the hashtag #WTFthatending, So I read this book “waiting” for that WTF moment, now normally the alarm bells start ringing when I see “Shock”endings attached to any novel, I’m the one normally left thinking “is that it, really?” But OMG I never saw it coming until it hit me slap bang in the face. At the heart of the story is a love triangle between David a married man, Adele his beautiful wife and Louise his mistress. Ok this may sound like your average domestic noir thriller with the usual stereotypes, but that’s where you would be completely wrong, It’s anything but. As the two women become friends they realise they have more in common than they think, both suffer from sleep disturbance and night fears and it’s this that forges their friendship.

The author has created well developed characters, some more likeable than others. Each have their flaws, but the most intriguing character for me was Adele she’s complex, she’s beautiful and very wealthy, but she is also devious and manipulative, a combination that makes her a character you want to learn more about. Louise on the other hand is her polar opposite, a single mother, lacks confidence and leads a mundane life, when David comes into her life what starts out as something exciting soon turns into her worse nightmare. As Louise becomes more embroiled in her lovers toxic and disturbing marriage it’s difficult for the reader to know who to trust, deception plays a big part in this deliciously dark and twisted tale, and it’s a difficult to work out who is the more reliable narrator. The novel is told from Louise and Adele’s POV, past and present and as the author spun an intricate and devious web I became so engrossed in this menacing tale I really couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

This is a story of lies, secrets, deception and mental illness, it’s dark and gripping and compulsive. It has all the ingredients and more that I expect from a psychological thriller, intriguing characters, well plotted and it certainly messed with my head! In fact when I finished this novel I had to go back at read the first couple of chapters again, as I couldn’t believe what I had read. One thing I will say and it’s not a criticism by any means I did have to suspend belief as Behind Her Eyes reached its dramatic and shocking conclusion now this usually leaves me feeling short changed, but my god Sarah Pinborough has written such a unique story I was happy to fall for it hook, line and sinker, and yes I did think “WTF” just happened?

This book certainly deserves all the hype and I have to agree with the book quote on the jacket…Don’t trust the story don’t trust the ending and don’t trust yourself. This book is going to be HUGE in 2017 and it certainly deserves to be, it’s got all the hallmarks of a gripping psychological thriller, but it’s also got an extra something which makes it stand out from other books in this genre. I must applaud Sarah Pinborough for writing not only a dark and twisted tale but also an ingenious one. Would I recommend this book? Hell yes I certainly would!

I’m sure it won’t come as much of a shock but I will be giving Behind Her Eyes the very prestigious Gold Star Award Rating, the second book of 2017 to get this 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 good read, fantastic 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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Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (26 Jan. 2017)

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The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech @OrendaBooks @LouiseWriter #BookReview

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Book description

A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself.

On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.

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I must be the last book blogger on the planet to read The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech, I think the reason it took me so long to read it was because everyone was saying how fabulous it was, now normally I usually find a book with so much praise leaves me feeling disappointed, but this wasn’t the case, so now every book blogger can say “I told you so”. I have to say it is the most exquisite and emotive book I have read in a very long while, and in a way it may sound strange but I’m glad I left it so long as I savoured every page of this haunting and beautifully told story.

This book is about Bernadette, a young woman trapped in an unhappy marriage who happens to befriend Conor, a 10-year-old who has spent all his life in foster care. The same night Bernadette’s husband Richard doesn’t come home, Conor also disappears. What happened to Richard and where has Connor gone? What follows is a gripping and deeply emotional read. Conor is a young boy who has spent his life being passed around the care system, he is desperate to be part of a loving family, as I read Conor’s life story told in book form I couldn’t help hoping he would find his “happy ever after”. The way the author tells Connor’s life story is ingenious, I felt for every child who has been through the care system, the writing is so expressive and credible I found myself in tears on more than one occasion.

Although this book deals with difficult issues of abandonment and abuse it’s a story of hope, compassion and the beauty of good people wanting to help others, it examines the meaning of family and explores how far a person is willing to go for the people they love. The Mountain In My Shoes is like no other psychological thriller I have ever read, it has depth but it’s also heartwarming and captivating.

This book has so many elements that made it such a special read, characters, settings, the attention to detail, the workings of the foster system all make this book something extra special. Louise Beech describes both characters and settings with such conviction the pages of this story come to life. Hauntingly poignant I really did not want this book to end, and I’m sure the characters will stay with me for a long time to come. On reflection The Mountain In My Shoes deserves all its hype and much more, would I recommend this book? Hell yes I will be recommending this book to everyone (who hasn’t read it yet!)

I won’t be giving The Mountain In My Shoes 5 star’s but I will be giving it the very prestigious Gold Star Award Rating, the first book of 2017 to get this 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 good read, fantastic 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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Paperback: 276 pages

Publisher: Orenda (30 Sept. 2016)

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My thanks to Karen over at Orenda Books  for my copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review. Orenda books have published some of the books I have ever read and personally I can’t wait to see what books this publisher has to offer the reader in 2017.

Rattle by Fiona Cummins #Review @FionaAnnCummins #2017MustReads

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Book description

A serial killer to chill your bones A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter. He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs. What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge. It is a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath. And it’s also a story about not giving up hope when it seems that all hope is already lost.

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If you only read one book next year here’s a piece of advice, make sure it’s Rattle by Fiona Cummins, I’m sure this book is going to be Huge in 2017. When ever I pick up a new book by an unknown author (to me) I always have a few reservations, will I like their style of writing, characters and plot? But any qualms I had disappeared after reading the first chapter of this highly engaging novel. This is the authors debut novel, but it certainly doesn’t read like one, it’s exceptionally well written, with an intriguing plot, which is both dark and sinster. Rattle is one of those books where an incredible sense of malevolence is there from the from the very first page and it remained there until the last spine chilling chapter, it’s a highly compulsive read, dark, totally gripping and very dramatic. It’s categorised as a crime thriller, but it goes beyond that it’s much darker and definitely more disturbing than the usual crime read.

I really don’t want to say to much about the plot as it really is one of those you need to read with little more than the book description to go on. What I will say is the author has produced a serial killer (The  Bone Collector) like no other, he made my blood run cold, in fact I actually suffered nightmares whilst reading this book, but my god what a complex character. This is a serial killer with two very different sides, the carer versus the evil caretaker, but his total lack of empathy in either role make him terrifying, even more so when Fiona Cummins describes his thoughts and feelings with such conviction, It gives the reader a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath which made for a chilling read.

The author has the rare talent of making all her characters come alive, the victims family’s are very well depicted, their loss and anguish is palatable, as family’s personal relationships begin to disintegrate I couldn’t help become emotionally involved in their story, and the innocent victims well let’s just say they will melt even the hardest heart. Detective Etta Fitzroy was another intriguing character, she’s tenacious, and driven and shows great empathy for both the victims and their families, like many Detectives in fiction she does have issues but they add credibility to her character.

Rattle is told during the period of just over a week, the chapters have time stamps which add a sense of urgency to the plot. I’m sure my heart rate went through the roof, as Fiona Cummins doesn’t let up on the suspense. The dialogue is sharp and the writing fluid and at times beautifully descriptive, which added to my enjoyment of this rivetting novel.Fiona Cummings has given the reader a roller coaster of a thriller for sure, but this novel is also a rich and harrowing story of the psychology of evil and those who strive to stop it, insights that will stay with you long after you’ve finished Rattle.

In case you haven’t guessed I actually loved this book and it’s a MUST READ for fans of crime thrillers and if you like them Dark then you are going to love it too. Rattle is a chilling and inventive debut from a very talented author and I personally think this book is going to be HUGE when it’s published at the end of January 2017.

I won’t be giving Rattle 5 star’s but I will be giving it the very prestigious Gold Star Award Rating it’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read, fantastic 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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Hardcover: 496 pages

Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (26 Jan. 2017)

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**My Book Of The Month** November 2016

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Eeeeek I can’t believe it’s the 1st December but it is! which can only mean one thing, it’s time to choose my Book Of The Month. The Gold Star Award is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. This very prestigious award (well I think so!), will be presented (reality wise anyway) 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 have read some good books in November  but there is one clear winner this month.  This book stood our for me because I still thought about it long after I finished it and when I was reading this book I was so engrossed in the story, time just flew by. This fantastic book had all the elements I look for in a crime thriller, well developed characters, a strong plot and bucketfuls of suspense, so without further ado the book I have given the Gold Star Award is …….

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You can check out my review here:
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/11/09/frailty-by-betsy-reavley-review-betsyreavley-bloodhoundbook/

My thanks to Betsy Reavley for writing such a gripping book 

**Blog Tour** Blood Lines by Angela Marsons **Author Interview** #Review

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Today I’m so excited, actually scrap that I’m ecstatic to be on the blog tour for Blood Lines by Angela Marsons, this is one book you don’t want to miss, especially if like me you are a crime thriller lover, this ones going to blow you away!

Not only am I eager to share my review for Blood Lines with you but I was also lucky enough to get the very talented and awesome Angela Marsons to answer some questions about Blood Lines, and so without further ado and a drum roll or two……

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For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book Blood lines can you provide us with an introduction?

I’m a crime writer from the Black Country in the West Midlands and am currently writing a crime series featuring a character called DI Kim Stone who is passionate, driven but not completely socially adjusted.

Where did the idea Blood Lines come from?

I like to give Kim a fresh kind of challenge in each book as I like to see how she deals with it. In Blood Lines I wanted her to have to try to solve a case where she could find no connection between the victims. In addition I wanted to see how she would deal with meeting her old foe Alexandra Thorne for a second round of psychological fisticuffs.

What was the hardest part of writing Bloodlines?

To be honest I absolutely loved every part of writing this book. Once I knew I was going to be bringing Alex back I just started writing the prologue and my pencil never paused for breath. I think this will be known as the book that I never really wanted to finish.

Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?

Only that I still write with A4 notepads and pencils. For me, half the pleasure is hearing the lead of the pencil as it scratches its way across the page. It was the was Roald Dahl worked until he died and if it was good enough for him it’s good enough for me. I did once try to write straight on to the computer but after staring at a blank screen for a whole day I realised that my brain doesn’t connect with my hand unless it is scribbling furiously.

Have you always wanted to be an author, and when did you first realise you wanted to write?

Yes, I always wanted to be an author but where I came from people didn’t have such lofty aspirations. They learned to type. Which I did and am now very grateful that I did. I was probably twelve when my English teacher asked if she could bring me a couple of books in that were above my reading age. I read two Andrea Newman books which focussed on the complexity of human relationships and from that point I was hooked. I wanted to write these stories as well as read them.

How did you get signed up by publishers Bookouture?

After twenty years of trying to share my work I was signed to a top London agency in 2012. I worked closely with their editor Keshini Naidoo on Silent Scream and Evil Games. The agent and I parted ways when neither book managed to sell to any of the traditional publishers. It was a very painful time and I finally gave up on the dream to share my work. After all, if a top London agent couldn’t sell my books it was time to give up. A few months later Keshini Naidoo submitted Silent Scream to Bookouture as although she had left the agency she had never stopped thinking about the work we’d done together. Their response completely overwhelmed me. They felt as passionate about the stories as I did and gave me an opportunity to set Kim Stone free.

Do you write an outline before you start writing?

I start with a very vague idea of the beginning, middle and end and any of those parts are up for change as I go. I tend to start with an idea of a subject that I want Kim to investigate and then allow the story to grow around that. I scribble lots of notes as I go but I like to be surprised by the process as characters begin to take on a life of their own.

What has been the highlight of your writing career so far?

There have been so many highlights of the journey so far and Bookouture and I have experienced so many ‘firsts’ together but I think a particular highlight would have to be when Blood Lines reached #1 on Amazon on pre-orders alone. I felt completely humbled by the trust and faith from my awesome readers that they didn’t even want to wait to read reviews before putting in their order.

Are you able to tell me anything about your next Kim Stone book? and how many more will there be in the series?

I’m still working on book 6 but it is going to cover quite a deep subject. I am currently contracted to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books so it is a good job she has plenty to say.

Now for a really evil question if you could co-write a book with another Bookouture author, who would it be? And why?

I would like to co-write books with a few Bookouture authors but if I had to choose one it would be KL Slater. I have just read her psychological thriller Safe With Me and absolutely loved her exploration of a damaged psyche. As you know I love damaged characters so I think that could be very interesting.

During all the interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?

Q – Do you think it is an author’s job to preach or push certain subjects?

A – I don’t think author’s should preach because ultimately they are trying to entertain but I don’t think they should shy away from difficult or delicate subjects. It is good to raise issues for discussion providing it is done so sensitively and with respect.

A huge thank you to Angela Marsons for taking time out of her hectic schedule to answer my questions

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Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.

Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.

She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.

Angela is now signed to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books for http://bookouture.com and has secured a print deal with Bonnier Zaffre Publishing.

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Goodreads     Website     Facebook     Twitter: @WriteAngie

Book description 

How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…

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I thought Angela Marsons couldn’t top her last book in the Kim Stone series Play Dead, but boy was I wrong, Blood Lines is dark, utterly gripping, and brilliantly executed, although I couldn’t help but wonder how the author sleeps at night when she’s writing such disturbing books. If you haven’t read any of the Kim Stone series I would demand (OK suggest) you read them first, why? Because it’s just a fabulous series and one that shouldn’t be missed especially if you are a crime thriller lover. The author opens Blood Lines with a spine chilling prologue and once I started reading I would have sold my soul to the devil to read it in one go.

Detective Kim Stone is back, she is one of my all time favourite characters she’s complex, but due to horrifying events in her past she has a vulnerable side which is very much evident in Blood Lines. The reader learns more about Kim’s childhood, the events surrounding her childhood are brutal and heartbreaking, in fact I actually cried at one particular point and that’s because the author has written with such conviction it actually feels very real. As this series has progressed so has Kim’s character, I love her humour and banter with fellow work colleague Bryant and her cutting remarks, all add a touch of light relief to an darkly intense read.

When Kim arrives at a murder scene of a woman who has been stabbed she has no idea this could be her most complex case yet, add into the mix Dr Alex Thorne a manipulative sociopath who Kim had convicted for her past crimes and you know you are in for a hell of a ride. Unfortunately for Kim, Alex continues to taunt and play games with Kim from within the prison walls, games that will drive Kim to the brink.

Angela Marsons has created one of the most cold and calculated sociopaths aka Alex Thorne, she is one sick and twisted individual, but she is also a master of manipulation techniques which make her a very intriguing character. Alex considers Kim to have won the first battle, but now she is very much focused on winning the war, as Alex manipulates everyone around her in the most subtle of ways I couldn’t help becoming fascinated by her character, I found myself desperate to find out what Alex had planned next for Kim. She certainly made my blood run cold on numerous occasions, believe me when I say she’s one of those rare characters who will give you nightmares.

I’m not going to bang on about the plot as I would hate to spoil this read for others, but suffice to say this book has more twists and turns than the scariest roller coaster. With no let up in pace the author doesn’t give you time to catch your breath before she hits you with another shocking twist. I can honestly say Blood Lines kept me guessing right up to the last nail biting chapter, don’t you just love it when a book does that?

In my opinion Angela Marsons goes from strength to strength with this series and despite this being the fifth book they show no signs of getting tiresome or repetitive, this book is without doubt the darkest book in the series yet, and I for one will be waiting with baited breath to see what the hugely talented author comes up with next. Would I recommend this book? Hell yes I would recommend this book and the whole series to anyone and everyone.

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I’m sure you’ve already guessed but………..I won’t be giving Blood Lines 5 stars NO SIREE, but I will be giving it the very prestigious GOLD STAR AWARD, I give this award to a book I feel covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read, fantastic plot, great characters and a storyline that drew me in from the first page and kept me in its grip until I reached the very last page.

Print Length: 348 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (4 Nov. 2016)

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If you haven’t read any of this fabulous series yet, I’ve include the books in order and the buying links, click on the title to take you to Amazon……..

Silent Scream             Evils Games               Lost Girls                  Play Dead

 

A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone @michaelJmalone1 @orendaBooks #Review

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Book description

Some secrets should never be kept… Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match … and she loves his son like he is her own.

When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it. A dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

A brave, deeply moving, page-turning psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland’s finest crime writers, exploring the lengths people will go to hide their deepest secrets, even if it kills them…

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1-2-3 and breathe ……I really had to get my emotions in check before I wrote this review, this book literally took my breath away. Michael J Malone has done something incredible, never have I felt so emotionally drained after reading a novel. Whilst reading this book I experienced so many emotions, anger, bewilderment and intense dislike to name but a few. A Suitable Lie has to be one of the most unsettling and disturbing stories I have read in a long time. If you are looking for a fast paced read then this book won’t be for you, but if you are looking for a book that is hard hitting with characters you will invest in emotionally then I would highly recommend it.

After loosing his first wife Andy thinks he has been given a second chance when he meets Anna, she is everything he could ever wish for that is until the unthinkable happens on his wedding night and he ends up in hospital. What follows is an unsettling and at times very disturbing and brutal portrayal of domestic abuse. Unusually the conventional roles of domestic abuse are reversed, and the reader follows Andy and Anna as a marriage built on love and trust crumbles leaving a trail of destruction and bitterness in its wake.

This novel is very much a realistic portrayal of a difficult subject, as for the characters they are so well developed I found myself immersed in what was happening to them. My heart shattered into a hundred pieces as Andy’s personality is slowly but deliberately chipped away at by the ever volatile Anna. Some of Anna’s actions chilled me to the bone and the malevolence surrounding her made for a very uncomfortable read at times.As Anna’s behaviour becomes more erratic the author paints a vivid picture of the abuse so much so at times I found my stomach churning and the tears falling. The author descriptions are so vivid and believable that I felt like I was there observing Andy and Anna’s destructive relationship which made for a very emotional read

A Suitable Lie is a very realistic portrayal of domestic abuse and the author deals with the subject with great empathy and understanding. Yes there are some very graphic scenes but in the authors defence if you are writing a book about abuse you aren’t going to be able to sugar coat the details if you want a story that’s credible.

This is a book that highlights domestic abuse and explores issues surrounding a subject that is shrouded in secrecy and fear. The author has written a book that is both profound and insightful and brings a very little talked about subject into the open. I don’t feel comfortable saying I enjoyed this book considering the subject matter, what I will say is it’s beautifully written, heartbreaking and very realistic. Michael J Malone has written a book that will continue to haunt me in the weeks to come.

I  won’t be giving A Suitable Lie 5 stars, but I will be giving it the very prestigious GOLD STAR AWARD, I give this award to a book I feel covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read, fantastic plot, great characters and a storyline that drew me in from the first page and kept me in its grip until I reached the very last page.

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Print Length: 300 pages

My thanks to Karen over at Orenda for giving me the opportunity to read A Suitable Lie.

Print Length: 300 pages

Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (5 Aug. 2016)

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