**Blog Tour** While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft @Bookouture #GuestReview

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Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft,  well I’m not really on the blog tour, I’m just the host because today I have a very special guest review. As I published my review earlier this week, I cajoled my “middle” sister DeDe to write a guest review for the blog tour. We have always loved reading and have a similar taste in books, so she was more than happy to help, ok I also promised her a couple of Barcardi and cokes as a bribe!, she’s shy about sharing her reviews. So I hope you enjoy her review, unlike her “big sister” her reviews are short and to the point, where as I can ramble on and on 😂😂

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You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

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Having read a few of Kathryn Crofts earlier books and loving them I was hoping I would enjoy While You were Sleeping just as much.

From the first chapter where Tara wakes up to find her neighbour Lee dead beside her and with no recollection of events, I just knew I would love While You Were Sleeping .

Once I read the opening chapter I was desperate to find out more! It’s a difficult book to review without giving spoilers so all I will say is:
I can not recommend this book enough. Another 5 star winning story by Katherine Croft!

I was hooked from page one! A brilliant story line and plot with so many twists and turns I suspected everyone and trusted no one!. Really felt for the main character Tara as she tries to get to the truth about what happened that night. Although some of the other characters were difficult to take to, this in no way spoilt my enjoyment of this suspense filled novel

Brilliantly written and an ending I really didn’t see coming! Shocking but utterly believable. I Can’t wait to read future books by Katherine.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

Print Length: 286 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (16 Nov. 2016)

Amazon Uk     Amazon US

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Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of The Girl With No Past, which spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon chart. Her other novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her fifth novel, While You Were Sleeping, was published on 16th November 2016, and is now available on Amazon.

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture.

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, baby son and two cats.

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Website     Goodreads     Facebook     Twitter: @KatCroft

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**Guest Review** The Last Good Girl by Alison Leotta

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Today I’m thrilled to bits to have a guest reviewer on my blog and I would like to introduce to you to my younger sister Denise (there’s 18 months between us in case you were wondering) who just happens to love reading as much as me, and we have a very similar taste in books. Ever since I started my blog I’ve been nagging her to write a review for the book review café, but she has always met my appeals with a resounding NO. But like the “big sister” I am I kept nagging, and eventually she finally agreed to let me post one of her reviews (mainly to shut me up).

So thank you Denise for the following review (somethings never change, and big sister always wins in the end😀)and to anyone reading this post I hope you enjoy her review, who knows Denise may end up as a regular guest reviewer on my blog and make it a family affair

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Book Description

Emily Shapiro has gone missing. A freshman at a Michigan university, Emily was last seen leaving a bar near Beta Psi, a prestigious and secretive fraternity. The main suspect is Dylan Highsmith, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. At first, the only clue is pieced-together surveil­lance footage of Emily leaving the bar that night…and Dylan running down the street after her.

When prosecutor Anna Curtis discovers a video diary Emily kept during her first few months at college, it exposes the history Emily had with Dylan: she accused him of rape before disappearing. Anna is horrified to discover that Dylan’s frat is known on campus as the “rape factory.”

The case soon gets media attention and support from Title IX activists across the country, but Anna’s investigation hits a wall. Anna has to find something, anything she can use to discover Emily alive. But without a body or any physical evidence, she’s under threat from people who tell her to stop before she ruins the name of an innocent young man.

Inspired by real-life stories, The Last Good Girl shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides.

Denise’s Review

I cannot believe I have never read a book by this author before! I was enticed by the books description…Emma a freshman at university goes missing and was last seen leaving a bar near the prestigious and secretive fraternity known as the ‘rape factory’. The main suspect is Dylan Brooks the son of a powerful state politician. Without giving anything else away I have to say this book is fantastic!

It drew me in from the start and from the beginning I hated Dylan who was an arrogant and vile character. Loved Anna Curtis the prosecutor who is out to find Emma and who was involved in her disappearance. Anna is feisty and doesn’t give up until she gets answers. Loved the characters in her personal love triangle and I felt sad at times with the dilemma she was facing about her love life.

The book runs along at a fast pace and although this book follows on from previous book of which I haven’t read, I found Leotta gives you enough information to understand what has happened in her past. As a UK reader I found there was a lot of American legal jargon but it did not distract from the cleverly crafted plot. Difficult to put this book down as you become desperate for Emily to be found and Dylan to get his comeuppance! Will definitely be reading more books from this very talented author.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Out of 5

Print Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Touchstone (3 May 2016)

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**Guest Review by Virginia King** In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings 

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In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings has been on my TBR pile for a while now, but unfortunately I just have not had the time to read it (hopefully I will do one day soon). Fortunately Virginia King, an author herself, offered to do a guest review for the book review cafe and I took her up on her kind offer, you can read more about Virgina, at the bottom of this post

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings – 4-Star Review by Virginia King

As many reviewers have already written, In Her Wake is a unique mystery with a chilling scenario, an adventurous plot, and many creative twists that keep the reader guessing until the very end.

Things I loved about the book:

I adored the character of Dawn and thought she was very well drawn in all her inconsistencies. She was a great foil for Bella who was rather wooden for the first part of the book (for good reasons but I found her hard to relate to).

In Her Wake doesn’t follow a textbook story arc and this was refreshing. There’s even a fairly major plot thread that’s unresolved at the end, adding realism to the story – life’s events don’t always get tied up with a bow. And the final reveals were very surprising and well handled, linking back to a very cleverly planted hint early on that I didn’t see coming and making sense of the questions I had about the plausibility of past events.

The slightly surreal moments and mythical links are wonderful, bringing drama and depth to the emotional landscape. I’m also a great fan of playing with names, and that’s another inspired and surprising element in the book.

My criticisms have led to the four-star rating.

I love first person narrators because I can see inside their heads. It’s a chance to be flipped into fresh perspectives as the narrator wrangles with the circumstances that life throws at them. But Bella’s view of events in the first part of the book, although understandable, was largely ‘numb’ and after the revelations about her past she flipped from belief to disbelief and back again repetitively, which rendered her mental anguish dull for me. I needed to see more psychological exploration of such a dramatic disclosure, however wobbly and fleeting. This changed when new characters entered Bella’s life.

The chapters told from Henry’s point of view never quite gave me the intended insights into his motivation – I didn’t get the passion that bordered on obsession, so the justification for the past actions wasn’t there for me, until the very end.
The above criticisms are personal ones. In Her Wake is a page-turner with unexpected and satisfying twists and a unique adventure into one woman’s journey.

About Virginia King

When a voice wakes you up in the middle of the night and tells you to write a mystery series what’s a writer to do? That’s how Virginia King came to create Selkie Moon, after a massage from a strange woman with gifted hands was followed by this nocturnal message. Virginia sat down at the keyboard until Selkie Moon turned up. All she had to do was jump, the first sentence said. Soon Virginia was hooked, exploring far-flung places full of secrets where Selkie delves into psychological clues tangled up in the local mythology.
Before Selkie Moon invaded her life, Virginia had been a teacher, an unemployed ex-teacher, the author of over 50 children’s books, an audio-book producer, a workshop presenter and a prize-winning publisher. These days she lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with her husband, where she disappears each day into Selkie Moon’s latest mystery. Bliss.

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Virginia King, Author of the Selkie Moon Mystery Series

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Many thanks to Virginia King for her guest post

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