#BlogBlitz The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne #Bookreview @SherylBrowne @Bookouture


Today I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on the #BookBlitz tour for The BabySitter by Sheryl Browne, published by Bookouture on the 8th March so you can get a copy of this highly compelling psychological thriller today. Before I share my review here’s the book description to whet your appetite……..

Book description

You trust her with your family. Would you trust her with your life?

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?

IMG_3605The Babysitter seems such an innocent title for a book but don’t be fooled, this is definitely not a “Mary Poppins a spoonful of sugar type read” but never the less what a highly compelling read this turned out to be. A word of warning If you were thinking of hiring a babysitter anytime soon you may want to think again after reading The Babysitter or at least make sure they come with impeccable credentials as long as your arm! Jade miraculously arrives into the life’s of Melissa and her husband Mark, they decide to welcome Jade into their home and give her a live in babysitter job to their two children. As Jade quickly ingratiates herself into their lives, the family begin to fall apart in the most spectacular fashion.

The Babysitter does touch on some subjects that some might find difficult to deal with loss and mental health issues around bereavement in particularly, although it never feels gratuitous, and in fact is pivotal to the plot. I do so love a character for one reason or another who can evoke strong emotions in me, and Jade certainly managed that! Highly unlikeable I find myself inwardly screaming at Mark and Melissa to “get her out” of their home and their life’s . A master manipulator with a face of an angel you just know Jade is going to cause havoc and heartbreak for the Cain family. Although you don’t have to be a genius to work out who Jade is pretty much from the off the “how and the why” Behind her motives are slowly revealed to the reader, as the tension mounts and Jades manipulative behaviour escalates the sense of foreboding sent shivers down my spine. I did have one small niggle considering Mark was a policeman I would have thought he would have done some background checks on Jade, but I’m splitting hairs here! and this is a fictional read after all.

Although The Babysitter isn’t highly original plot wise Sheryl Browne has made the story her own with her own unique style of writing. It was interesting to see how a perfectly normal family could be torn apart by one persons manipulative behaviour, and even more scary is the fact it felt perfectly credible. As the reader is privy to Jade’s manipulation and the effects it has on the poor suffering Cain family, you can only watch in horror from the sidelines as the relationship between Mark and Melissa fractures in the most horrifying fashion. Sheryl Browne has written a tense psychological thriller with a chilling antagonist taking central stage, The Babysitter turned out to be a highly addictive read and one I would highly recommend.


Book links:        Amazon UK 🇬🇧        Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (8 Mar. 2018)

About the author


Sheryl Browne brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. SheryI’s latest psychological thriller THE BABYSITTER – the first of a three-book deal – comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath.

Please do find out more about Sheryl at www.sherylbrowne.com

Facebook      Twitter


Where The Missing Go by Emma Rowley #BookReview @orionbooks @BenWillisUK @emma_rowley #MustReads2018


Today I’m delighted  to be sharing my review for Where The Missing Go by Emma Rowley, and what a fabulous and surprising read it turned out to be.

Book description


I volunteer at a missing persons helpline – young people who have run away from home call me and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked.

I don’t get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks.

But this evening a girl named Sophie called.

I’m supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe.

The problem is, Sophie isn’t safe.




Picking up up a new book is rather like opening a box of chocolates you never know what you are going to get until you sink your teeth it to it, sometime you are left feeling disappointed and yet other times you find the perfect combination and it leaves you wanting more, rather like Where The Missing Go. What a breathtakingly brilliant psychological thriller this one turned out to be I absolutely loved every twisted page. I feel I should mention it’s Emma Rowley’s debut novel, but what an exciting new voice in the psychological thriller genre and definitely an author to watch out for in the future.

From the opening chapter I found myself instantly “rooting” for Kate to find her missing daughter Sophie, here was a woman grasping to make sense of her daughters disappearance, as a parent myself I felt her ever emotion, the constant need to find answers and her overwhelming sense of guilt, constantly questioning her abilities as a parent, something I’m sure we have all done as a parent over the years. Through out Where The Missing Go Kate’s desperation is palatable, as the reader you can’t but help becoming emotionally involved in Kate and Sophie’s story and praying for a positive outcome.

It’s not very often a character in a book consumes my every waking moment but I found myself constantly thinking about Sophie as Emma Rowley reveals snippets of the events surrounding Sophie’s disappearance. I found my imagination running wild, why did she disappear? Was there something more sinister behind her disappearance? Should I jump to the ending to find out? I never but oh the temptation was overwhelming at times. Throughout Where The Missing Go there are subtle clues and red herrings, some you may not pick up on to reach the final conclusion, personally I love it when an author is able to keep you engaged throughout and my god Emma Rowley manages this with finesse. There were a couple of “big surprises” that when I reached them I’m sure my jaw hit the floor, which certainly added to the overall tension and suspense.

There is so much I would like to say about this book, the twists, those OMG moments, the plot, see I could go on and on but in doing so I would certainly spoil the enjoyment of this read for others. This is one of those psychological thrillers that has all the elements needed to make it stand out from a saturated genre, fantastic characters, a complex and devious plot and most importantly the author leads the reader astray at ever opportunity, in case you haven’t already guessed I loved this book and I will certainly be reading the next book by the author without hesitation. Highly recommended.

Buying links:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧     Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Orion (8 Mar. 2018)


Bring Me Back by B.A.Paris #Review @HQStories #ForgetSleep


Today I’m sharing my review for Bring Me Back by B.A.Paris. This is a book that’s all over social media and comes with the tag line #ForgetSleep. Anyone who follows my blog will know I sometimes struggle with  “over hyped” books, as more often that not I’m left feeling slightly disappointed, did this happen with Bring Me Back? Read on to find out.

Book description

A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?


I have to admit Bring Me Back comes with the perfect tag #ForgetSleep, in fact #ForgetEverything as this is one of those books that once you start reading it’s almost impossible not to read it in one nail biting sitting. Unfortunately life got in the way of this one and I had to read it over a couple of sittings much to my annoyance. There is lots of hype surrounding the latest book by B.A. Paris and I can see why, with unreliable narrators and a well crafted plot that oozes tension and mystery Bring Me Back has all the hallmarks of a best seller.

Bring Me Back is told from alternating POV’s of the two main protagonists Finn and Layla, and alternates between the past and present, which worked really well. as the the book develops the reader learns more about what really happened on that mysterious night. Part psychological thriller and part domestic, I found the way the author unravelled the relationship between Finn and Layla intriguing to say the least. The author has created characters that are not particularly endearing, I find myself judging Finn and some of his actions, which in turn meant I didn’t trust him one iota, but love him or loathe him you can’t help but get caught up in the drama surrounding him.

I actually guessed part of the plot, go me! so although I wasn’t surprised by the ending I still really enjoyed this book. I think because I was taken up with the characters and trying to work out the truth buried in the narrative, it did not spoil the read for me as I couldn’t help wondering how the author would tie up all the loose ends, but she did and brought everything to a satisfying conclusion. I would say I think some readers will be disappointed as the plot could be considered “far fetched” but personally I think that’s the beauty of reading a book, your imagination can flow along with the authors. Exceptionally well written Bring Me Back made for a quick and engrossing read, I would definitely recommend to those of you who love a psychological thriller with plenty of mystery and unreliable narrators.

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧         Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 384 pages

Publisher: HQ (8 Mar. 2018)

Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell #MustReads @Caroline_writes


Hope you are all keeping safe and warm, before I head off out into the snow (I’m not looking forward to it I must admit🙈) I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell. 

Book description

Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.

It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…

Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.



Holy flipping moly Caroline Mitchell has only gone and written another fabulous psychological thriller that’s worthy of all the stars, it’s a MUST read. Darkly deceptive, chilling and thrilling Silent Victim has gone straight on my top reads of 2018 list. I’m a huge fan of this author I love her style of writing and her attention to detail. Whether it be crime or psychological thriller Caroline Mitchell knows how to grab the readers attention and this book is no different, from the “OMG” prologue to its nail biting conclusion I was well and truly hooked.

I do love an unreliable narrator and the author gives you two for the price of one, the story is told mostly from Luke the teachers POV and Emma a loving wife, and devoted mother, it’s shared between the past and the present. I found myself constantly looking for inconsistencies in their stories, wondering who was the more reliable of the two, which heightened the sense of unease that radiated from the pages. Reading the chapters from teacher Luke’s POV made my blood run cold, not because they were graphic, but because they give an insight into the mind of a deviant predator. As for Emma she’s one mixed up lady as the plot gains momentum Emma’s life seems to spiral out of control. Either Luke or Emma is lying and Caroline Mitchell weaves one hell of a tangled web you really don’t know who to trust.

I’m not going to go into plot details as all you need to know is in the book description, it’s really one of those books where the less you know the more thrilling the ride. I must mention I was tempted to read the last chapter at one point as I was desperate to see where the plot was leading, I never ever do this but the more I read the more anxious I became to find out the truth. Caroline Mitchell takes familiar themes such as betrayal, infatuation, and manipulation, but like any good author she works her magic to provide the reader with a highly original and gripping psychological thriller that will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. Would I recommend this book? Yes without a shadow of doubt especially if you enjoy a psychological thriller that’s very twisted.

P.S Thank you to Caroline Mitchell for naming a character in Silent Victim after me, and also for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Print Length: 325 pages

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1 Mar. 2018)


The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton #BookReview @headlinepg @KJHAuthor


Book description

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.

And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.
True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…



The Perfect Girlfriend is VERY different to any other psychological thriller I’ve read lately. This is a novel that shouldn’t work, it’s basically an in-depth character study of Juliette a flight attendant and wronged girlfriend, told from her POV, BUT author Karen Hamilton has created a complex character, she’s a woman you will love, hate, she’s someone you will want to shake some sense into, she’s scary, obsessive and a control freak and deluded! but boy does she make The Perfect Girlfriend a deliciously twisted read.

From the introduction you know something really bad happened to Juliette as a young girl, so you can’t help but blame some of her behaviour on past events. As the reader I found myself making excuses for her increasing erratic behaviour, but on the other hand the way she manipulated situations and people also made me dislike her intensely. At first her behaviour appears a little off and fairly harmless, but as the story develops and she becomes more determined to win “the love of her life” Nate back things take a far more sinister turn, the old adage Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned sprung to mind.

Juliette certainly fits the definition “bunny boiler” to a T, but the incredibly scary thing is she’s very credible, she justifies everything she does in the “name of love”, how many times have you read or heard someone say “I did it because I loved them”. You may I have noticed I said at the beginning of my review this was a book that shouldn’t have worked, it’s slow paced, the focus is very much centred on one characters thoughts and actions, there’s no real mystery, see what I mean? But thanks to the authors unique style of writing The Perfect Girlfriend is a compelling and twisted story of an obsession that’s dangerously out of control. If I had one tiny criticism I thought the ending lacked a clear conclusion, but other readers may think the ending was “perfect”, either way I would say “enjoy the ride”, with plenty of turbulence and flawed characters this is a book I would highly recommend.

Buying links:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸


Print Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Wildfire (8 Mar. 2018)

Kiss Me Kill Me by J. S. Carol #BookReview @JamesCarolBooks @BonnierZaffre


Book description

She thought she could trust him. She was wrong . . . When Zoe meets Dan, he’s everything she is looking for in a man – intelligent, charming, supportive.It’s only after they’re married that she realises that he’s controlling, aggressive, paranoid.And there’s no way out.Or is there?

Zoe knows she has to escape, but Dan’s found her once before, and she knows he can find her again.But Dan has plans of his own. Plans that don’t necessarily include Zoe.Be careful who you trust . . .


WOW, WOW and triple WOW! I loved Kiss Me Kill Me by J. S. Carol what a dark and twisted psychological thriller this one turned out to be. Any crime thriller lover will be familiar with James Carol and his crime books featuring Detective Jefferson Winter, which I’m a huge fan of by the way, the author has taken a step away from this series and written Kiss Me Kill Me a standalone psychological thriller.

From the book description I was expecting a “run of the mill” domestic noir kind of read, but how wrong I was! The author has written a gripping and highly compelling book that made it impossible to put down, cliched I know but in this case it’s very true. It’s one of those reads that unnerved me from the beginning with a constant sense of foreboding you just know this is one marriage that’s not going to end in a “happy ever after”.

Apologises for the vague review but this is definitely one of the less you know the more shocking the ride. What I loved about this book was the author’s ability to mislead the reader at every opportunity and he does it time after time, every time I thought I had it all worked out J. S. Carol hit me with another surprise. There are some uncomfortable scenes that deal with the ugly side of domestic abuse but they are fundamental to the plot and very much set the scene for the events that unfold.

J. S. Carol has taken the well used subject of domestic abuse and deftly turned it in to something much more than your garden variety psychological thriller. Kiss Me Kill Me is highly original, heart thumping and so very cleverly done, in case you haven’t already guessed I really, really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a psychological thriller with more than twists than a roller coaster.

Paperback: 432 pages

Publisher: Zaffre (22 February 2018)

Buying link:    Amazon UK 🇬🇧


The Reunion by Samantha Hayes #BookReview @Bookouture @samhayes


Book description

They were all there the day your sister went missing… 
Who is lying? Who is next?

THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.

Eleanor never came back.

NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.

When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…

If you love Sue Fortin, Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train, this psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.


What a little cracker The Reunion turned out to be, when I first started reading this book I admit I had some reservations, there seems to be an abundance of children going missing crime/psychological thrillers on the market at the moment, and the pessimist in me wasn’t convinced that author Samantha Hayes would be able to put an original spin on a well used subject, but somehow she does.

The book begins with the disappearance of teenager Eleanor, whilst spending the day at the beach with her brother, sister and their friends. Fast forward twenty one years and her family are still no closer to knowing what happened to her all those years ago. Dad, Patrick is now suffering from Alzheimers, and daughter Claire decides that a reunion of friends and family could help her dad with his memory issues. As the group of friends are reunited they find themselves plunged into a further nightmare as shocking secrets are slowly revealed.

If I’m honest I thought the first half of the book was very slow, the time is spent introducing the reader to the array of characters and building on the mystery and suspense surrounding Eleanor’s disappearance. I can’t say I was a fan of any of the characters, some of them appeared shallow, others were just downright unlikable, and I did find myself questioning their behaviour and some of the choices they made at times, the only character I could summon up any sympathy for was Eleanor, but that said it did not stop me enjoying this book. The author manages to ramp up the tension by creating characters that are almost impossible to trust.

The Reunion has some great twists and red herrings to make this an intense and a heart pounding  read, yes I pretty much guessed one of the major twist early on in the book, but I would never have guessed the motive or some of the other devious sub plots, and I did have a couple of “OMG” moments towards the end where the author surprised me which always enhances my enjoyment of a book. If I had to say one thing it would be that a few things were left unanswered by the time I reached the end of The Reunion but never the less it still made for an intriguing read.

Buying links:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧     Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 410 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (9 Feb. 2018