The Promise by Casey Kelleher #BookReview @CaseyKelleher @Bookouture

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Book description

Two sisters. One murder. And an unbreakable bond.

Growing up in squalor with their drug-addicted prostitute mother, sisters Georgie and Marnie Parker have had to endure the very darkest side of life.

When their mother is sentenced for brutally murdering a client, Georgie and Marnie’s already precarious lives are blown apart and they now share a terrible secret. Sent to a children’s home, the sisters hope this might finally be their safe haven after years of neglect. But they soon discover they’re in real danger.

Desperate to find a place of safety, Georgie and Marnie run for their lives, but end up in the hands of Delray Anderton. A violent London gangster and notorious pimp, Delray has big plans for beautiful teenager Georgie, seeing her as a chance to make some serious money.

Fiercely protective of each other, Georgie and Marnie must escape the clutches of a man who will do anything to keep the sisters for himself. And, they must keep the promise they made to each other – no one can ever know the truth.

img_1258My oh my I’m really not sure where to begin with this review, Casey Kelleher writes what I call grit lit. The Promise by Casey Kelleher certainly falls into this category, I wasn’t expecting a “heartes and flowers” kind of read, and I wasn’t wrong, in fact due to the subject matter it sometimes made for a very uncomfortable read, but my god I have to say it was also a gripping one. Josie Parker is a repeat drug offender, a heroin addict and a prostitute, she’s bringing up her two daughters in the most damaging way. Georgie and Marnie know violence first hand, they know what it’s like to be hungry, and scared, they have to endure the very darkest side of life. Then you have Javine a seventeen year old who meets the wrong man. At first Javine is taken in by a man who treats her like a princess but she soon finds her dreams turn to dust, when she realises she is in the clutches of a powerful and violent pimp. As the two stories collide in the most dramatic way The Promise makes for a riveting read.

The story is a slow starter but in the authors defence she concentrates on developing her characters and my god she does it brilliantly, you can’t help being drawn into the characters life’s, love them or hate them they all have a part to play. I found my opinions of various characters changing as the plot developed, I don’t want to spoil the plot but suffice to say some of the characters I started out disliking managed to redeem themselves by the end of the book. As for Georgie and Marnie they are the stars of the book despite their awful life’s they remain resilient and feisty, determined to protect each other from bad things, at times my heart broke for the two girls, yes they are characters, but Casey Kelleher writes about very real subjects and it makes me  very sad to think that this issome children’s  reality.

As the plot reaches midway it picks up the pace I found myself desperate to read more I so wanted Georgie and Marnie to find their “happy ever after”. Casey Kelleher paints a vivid and believable picture of the seedier side of life, this is an author who isn’t afraid to tackle the most difficult subjects head on, she paints an ugly and brutal picture which at times made for a harrowing read. Trust me this really isn’t a book for the faint hearted due to the subject matter, abuse, violence, prostitution all find there way into this book. The Promise could have been a very depressing read, but fortunately the author offers the reader hope amid the horror. In my opinion this is the authors best book yet, despite the difficult subject matter it’s one that’s hard to put down, thanks to Casey Kelleher’s ability to create such believable characters you will find yourself captivated by the two little girls willing them on through troubled times. Would I recommend this book? I certainly would especially if you enjoy a gritty realistic read.

Print Length: 363 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (17 Feb. 2017)

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**Blog Tour**The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt #Extract & Giveaway

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Today I’m thrilled to be hosting the next leg of The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt blog tour. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to read it yet as my TBR pile is in danger of suffocating me! But I do have an intriguing extract from the book. Billed as a gripping, suspenseful, page-turning thriller The Good Daughter is published by Avon and it’s available now. I also have a giveaway for a paperback copy of The Good Daughter, so don’t forget to enter, link to the competition can be found at the bottom of this post   

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“Have you heard what happened?” I repeat, my voice louder than I want it to be.
“You had some sort of an accident. They wouldn’t tell me anything else,” she says.
“I found a body in the woods. A woman. She’s alive but in a coma.” I shudder at the mental image of my Jane covered in forest debris.
My mother shifts in place as if she is trying to find a way to perfectly position herself, like she is expecting a blow. “You should’ve stayed home and taken care of those crickets. You never listen to me.”
I stand next to her, pass the dish soap, and watch her swirl her hands around in the water.
“I was running but my leg hurt and I went into the woods and—”
“Where did you find her?”
“Let me tell you the story from the beginning.” My mind is still attempting to make sense of everything and recalling the moment. Allowing me to relive what happened might help me do just that, might help me separate truth from imagination. But as always, my mother won’t have any of it.
“What woman and where?” She scoops up dirty silverware and immerses the pile into the sudsy water.
“Will you just be patient,” I say and then lower my voice. “If you’ll allow me to tell the story without—”
She stomps her foot on the linoleum, and it strikes me how silly the gesture is. I watch the sudsy water turn into a pink lather. It takes me a few seconds to realize what has happened.
“Mom,” I say gently, “you cut yourself.” I grab her by the forearms and allow the water to rinse off the blood. There’s a large gash in the tip of her middle finger; a line of blood continuously forms.
“I don’t understand,” she says, and I realize she’s begun to sob.
I hug her but she remains stiff, her arms rigid beside her body. She has never been one for physical affection, almost as if hugs suffocate her. I rub her shoulders like she’s a little kid in need of comfort after waking from a bad dream. There, there. You’ll be okay.
I speak in short sentences; maybe brevity is what she needs. “I found a woman. She’s okay. I’m fine. Everything’s okay,” I say as I wrap a clean kitchen towel around her fingers.
“The police came to my house.” She pulls away from me, dropping the bloody towel on the floor. “I don’t like police in my house. You know that.”
“I’m not sure you understand. A woman almost died. I found her while I was running and they took her to the hospital. If I hadn’t-“
“You’ve been here long enough,” she says and starts banging random dishes in the sink, mascara running down her cheeks. “You came for a visit and you’re still here.”
“Mom.” She doesn’t mean to be cruel—she’s just in a mood, I tell myself. She needs me. I don’t know what’s going on with her but I can’t even think straight and all I want is to go to bed and sleep. “Please don’t get upset.”
“Can’t you just … lay low?”
The tinge of affection I just felt for her passes. I recall the time I didn’t lay low, years ago, right after I started school in Aurora. It was the end of summer, the question of enrollment no longer up in the air. I wondered how she had managed to enroll me in school, how she had all of a sudden produced the paperwork. “But remember,” she said, “stay away from the neighbors. I don’t want anyone in my house.” The girl—I no longer remember her name but I do recall she had freckles and her two front teeth overlapped—had chestnut trees in her backyard. One day, I suggested we climb the tree. When I reached for the spiky sheath that surrounded the nut, it cut into the palm of my hand and I jerked. I fell off the tree and I couldn’t move my arm. I went home without telling anyone my arm hurt. The next day a teacher sent me to the school nurse. They called my mother—I still wasn’t caving, still telling no one what had happened, still pretending my swollen arm was nothing but some sort of virus that had gotten ahold of me overnight—and an hour later my secretive behavior prompted them to question my mother regarding my injury. When I finally came clean, her eyes were cold and unmoving.
Laying low is still important to her. “What did you want me to do?” I ask with a sneer. “She’d be dead if it wasn’t for me.”
Even though she hardly looks at me, I can tell her eyes are icy. Her head cocks sideways as if she is considering an appropriate response. Her responses are usually quick, without the slightest delay in their delivery, yet this one is deliberate.
“I don’t need any trouble with the police,” she says.
“That’s what this is about? The police? What did you want me to do? Just leave her in the woods because my mother doesn’t want to be bothered? You can’t be serious.”
“I’m very serious, Dahlia. Very serious.”
“I have to go to bed. I’m exhausted. Can we talk later?”
“I’ve said all I had to say.”
I lie in bed, staring at the ceiling. I don’t want to think anymore—just for a few hours, I want to not think. I envy Jane in her coma. I wonder if she’s left her body behind. Has she returned to the woods, reliving what’s happened to her? And did she hear me when I spoke to her? Can one slip out of one’s body and back into the past, removed from time and space?
My mind has been playing tricks on me lately—all those childhood memories that have resurfaced, at the most inopportune moments, memories I didn’t know existed. I haven’t even begun to ask my mother the questions that demand answers.
Aurora; a phenomenon. A collision of air molecules, trapped particles.
I’m exhausted, yet sleep won’t come. I didn’t think coming back to Aurora was going to be so unsettling. There is no other explanation. It must be this town.

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Alexandra Burt was born in a baroque town in the East Hesse Highlands of Germany. Mere days after her college graduation, she boarded a plane to the U.S and worked as a freelance translator. Determined to acknowledge the voice in the back of her head prompting her to break into literary translations, she eventually decided to tell her own stories. After three years of writing classes her short fiction appeared in online magazines and literary reviews.

She currently lives in Central Texas with her husband, her daughter, and two Labradors. She is an outspoken animal welfare supporter, and a proud vegan. One day she wants to live in a farmhouse and offer rescue dogs a comfy couch to live out their lives.She is a member of Sisters In Crime, a nationwide network of women crime writers.

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Links:      Website       Twitter

Book description

What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighbouring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…

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Competition closes at midnight Friday 10th March 2017, sorry but this giveaway is open to UK residents only. Winner will be contacted within 24 hours of competition ending

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel #BookReview @emilykitchin

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Book description

Beautiful.
Rich.
Mysterious.
Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl.

But you won’t when you know the truth.

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin at the Roanoke family’s rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls.

But what she doesn’t know is being a Roanoke girl carries a terrible legacy: either the girls run, or they die. For there is darkness at the heart of Roanoke, and when Lane discovers its insidious pull, she must make her choice…
#RoanokeGirls

A gripping, provocative thriller about the twisted secrets families keep.

img_1258This is going to be a hard book to review without giving away major spoilers but The Roanoke Girls is a book that I’m sure is going to divide readers, love it or hate it, it’s controversial, disturbing and makes for a very unsettling read. As the title suggests the plot centres around The Roanoke girls, these girls appear to have it all they are beautiful, rich and mysterious, and everyone wants to be part of the inner circle, where girls are treated like princesses, but beneath the facade lies a very different story. It’s one of a dysfunctional family like no other. The Roanoke Girls keep secrets so dark and unbelievably twisted, you can’t help but wonder how they’ve managed to stay hidden for so long.

The story is told through the eyes of Lane, a fifteen year old girl. On the death of her mother, she moves to Roanoke to live with her grandparents and cousin Allegra, but over one hot summer she realises there are some secrets she wants no part of and runs away. Ten years later, when her cousin goes missing, Lane returns to the family home searching for answers to her disappearance.The characters in this book aren’t particularly likeable they are flawed, complex and have very few endearing qualities, but they are credible, as you learn more about the girls life you realise the characters could not have been portrayed any other way.

Told in alternating chapters between past and present, there are also random chapters where the author reveals more about other generations of Roanoke girls which added a sense of foreboding to this haunting tale. Amy Engel takes a bold step and pretty much reveals the big family secret very early on in the book, which I wasn’t expecting, but she still manages to hold the reader’s interest until the very last page due to her unique story telling and captivating writing.

At times I found this book an uncomfortable and upsetting read due to the disturbing subject matter, but the author tackled the book with a certain amount of empathy, so that the plot remained bearable, and in the authors defences she writes in such away there are no particularly graphic scenes, it’s left to the readers imagination to fill in the blanks. Throughout The Roanoke Girls there is an sinister undercurrent that permeates every page of this well written novel. This book is being billed as a thriller but for me it read more like a mystery, although it really does have its moments – this isn’t an edge-of-your-seat hardcore thriller.

The Roanoke Girls is well worth a read, despite its subject matter this book has a hidden depth, it explores the complexity of love and relationships, and dysfunctional families with sensitivity. Although it feels wrong to say I enjoyed this book, it was a hard one to put down and I read it in one sitting.

Print Length: 288 pages

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 Mar. 2017)

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**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Whooopeee I’ve actually managed to read three books this week, in between the hours spent job hunting, the less said about that the better!

A Room Full Of Killers by Michael Wood

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I’m a huge fan of the Matilda Drake Series, even more so after reading this book, it’s brilliant and definitely the darkest one yet.

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

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I enjoyed this book but not the best in the series.

Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry

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Book description

Emily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days. The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their saviors.

But there’s some horrors love can’t erase…

Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak. The last thing she remembers is finding Emily’s body in their bathroom. Days before, she was falling in love and starting college. Now, she’s surrounded by men who talk to themselves and women who pull out their eyebrows.

As she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Emily’s death, she discovers shocking secrets and holes in her memory that force her to remember what she’s worked so hard to forget—the beatings, the blood, the special friends. Her life spins out of control at a terrifying speed as she desperately tries to unravel the psychological puzzle of her past before it’s too late.

ARC’s I received this week

I only received three books this week, one I requested on the dreaded NetGalley and forgot about. I’ve managed not to request anything on NetGalley for a whole week, I posted a couple of reviews on there but I didn’t even look to see what new books were on there. So you see I do have some willpower😂

The second book I received is top secret at the moment, so my lips are well and truly sealed 🤐🤐🤐

and the third book Child Taken by Darren Young is for the blog tour later on in the year

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I’m really looking forward to reading this book over the weekend.

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Book description

A brilliantly breath-taking thriller with twists you’ll never see coming. The start of a new series from international bestseller Arne Dahl.

Someone is watching.

At each abandoned crime scene there’s a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog, almost invisible to the naked eye. Someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, and that someone knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail.

Someone knows.

When another teenaged girl disappears without trace, Sam must convince his superiors that they’re dealing with a serial kidnapper and possible killer. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest kidnap victim, Sam is forced to unearth long buried personal demons – he has no choice if he is to understand the brute’s darkly personal message before time runs out.

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Child Taken by Darren Young

Book description

One hot summer’s day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won’t give up hope that her daughter is still alive.

Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago. But when the journalist discovers someone with an explosive secret, it threatens not only to reveal what’s been covered up for so long, but puts both their lives in danger.

I also bought one book this week,

Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry 

Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/03/blog-tour-the-day-that-never-comes-by-caimhmcdonnell-camih-mcfori_ink/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/02/topfivethusday-with-bookblogger-linda-hill-aka-lindasbookbag/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/02/blog-tour-dont-look-behind-you-by-mel-sherratt-bookouture-writermels/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/01/my-book-of-the-month-january-2017/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/01/31/the-break-down-by-b-a-paris-bookreview/

Next week on the book review café

Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry review

A Room Full Of Killers by Michael Wood review

Backstabber by Kimberly Chambers Blog tour

The Watcher by Netta Newbound Blog tour

#TopFiveThursday

Not actually book related but it’s my blog, my rules! Right? I have to mention today’s a special day in our household our “old boy”  Milo reaches the grand old age of 14 today, which is an incredible feat when you consider the vet came to the house eighteen months ago to put it him down as he was in so much pain! He really is an incredible character and we love him dearly and yes he has got presents and a cake!

 

 

 

 

**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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**Blog Tour** #GuestPost by CJ Carver Author Of Tell Me A Lie @C_J_Carver

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Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver.  Tell Me A Lie is the latest gripping international thriller in the authors brilliant Dan Forrester series. It’s certainly a book I’m sure I would enjoy if my TBR pile wasn’t in danger of suffocating me! but it’s one I hope to read in the not to distant future. In the meantime I have a very interesting guest post from the author, as well as book description and buying links further down the post.

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The Problems of Being a Writer. Five things I wish I’d known before I’d put pen to paper.

There’s a cartoon in The Author magazine showing two women looking at a sign on the wall. It reads: WANTED: Authors to Work for Free – Great Exposure! One of the women turns to the other saying, “If I wanted exposure, I’d walk naked to the North Pole.”

I wish I’d known that people from publishers to libraries and festival-organisers assume that writers will do anything for free. That I would be expected to travel the length of the country to provide them with my expertise for nothing. As a new writer I have to admit I was a bit shocked. A solicitor wouldn’t provide a day’s work for free, would they? Or a car mechanic?

However, the benefits soon became clear, which are: hanging out with authors, agents, editors, bloggers and reviewers (all very good fellows) and meeting readers (which is seriously fabulous).

I wish I’d known how important getting quotes and reviews is. You can have a giant sticker on a huge pile of your books in the front of Sainsbury’s saying BOOK OF THE YEAR but without a couple of cracking quotes people will still be reluctant to buy it.

An endorsement by another author is invaluable and points the reader to the style of book they’re looking at. Authors are incredibly approachable and most extremely supportive, but since I didn’t know this for ages my first book had absolutely nothing on its jacket. I even won the CWA Debut Dagger for Blood Junction and it wasn’t mentioned. Not good.

I wish I’d known how much luck an author needs in order to become really successful. Without the Richard & Judy Book Club a lot of great authors wouldn’t see the light of day. Getting on their latest list is like winning the lottery and a lot of really fabulous books don’t make it. If Lady Luck is on your writer’s shoulder, you’ll go far.

I wish I’d known about PLR and ALCS. Public Lending Right is a legal right to payment from government to a writer each time their books are borrowed from public libraries. The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society is to ensure that writers are paid what’s due to them when people use their work – from all over the world. Both are free, and both easy to sign up to. Payments form the ALCS arrive with no notice and when they drop through my letterbox they really make my day.

I wish I’d known that being a writer wasn’t just about writing. Nobody takes responsibility for my publicity, getting reviews and quotes, book blogging, social media or website except me.

Writing is the easy bit. The rest of the process is also up to the writer. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because I LOVE MY JOB!

@CJ Carver 2017

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CJ Carver is a half-English, half-kiwi, author living just outside Bath. She lived in Australia for ten years before taking up long-distance rally driving – she has driven London to Saigon, London to Cape Town, and completed 14,500 miles on the Inca Trail.

Since then she has written nine novels which have been published in the UK, USA and translated throughout Europe. CJ’s first novel Blood Junction, won the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

CJ is a co-founder and one of the first judges for the Women’s World Car of The Year Award.

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Links: 

Website     Zaffre Books Author Page     Twitter: @C_J_Carver

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Book description

How do you protect your family when you can’t remember who’s hunting them? A gripping international thriller, perfect for fans of Lee Child and Mason Cross

A family in England is massacred, the father left holding the shotgun.

PC Lucy Davies is convinced he’s innocent

A sleeper agent in Moscow requests an urgent meeting with Dan Forrester, referencing their shared past.

His amnesia means he has no idea who he can trust. An aging oligarch in Siberia gathers his henchmen to discuss an English accountant.    It’s Dan’s wife

Paperback: 496 pages

Publisher: Zaffre (12 Jan. 2017)

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The Girl Before by JP Delaney #BookReview

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Book description

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules.

After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.

As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

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After reading a sampler of The Girl Before a few months ago, I was desperate to read the whole book as I was so intrigued by the chapters I read. Unfortunately although I really did enjoy The Girl Before it didn’t turn out to be the “thrilling” read I was expecting. The story is told by two narrators Jane who moves into the perfect house, or is it? There are so many rules and regulations (200 in fact!) some of which are bizarre to say the least, and then other chapters are told from Emma’s POV whose mysterious death, becomes central to the plot. As the past and present become entwined you really can’t help wondering where the plot is heading. One Folgate Street is not a place I would choose to live in that’s for sure, with an obsessive and controlling landlord you just know things aren’t going to end well.

The characters in The Girl Before aren’t the most likeable characters I’ve come across they are manipulative, selfish and self absorbed, but I must admit I was eager to learn more about them, and to see how the connection between characters would pan it. There are so many lies and half truths surrounding the two protagonists I found it difficult to know what to believe, but it certainly made me dislike them even more when the author reveals them. As Jane realises her life is running parallel to the tragic Emma’s events take a dark and sinister turn. Interestingly One Folgate Street takes on a life of its own and becomes a central character in the story, which sounds strange but it actually adds a sense of malice and claustrophobia to its tale.

Although I read this book in a day, and the plot is highly original personally I found the ease that the two women fall for their landlord less than credible, some scenes read more like 50 shades than a psychological thriller! When I picked up The Girl Before the first couple of chapters hint at the malice and darkness that surround the house, so I was expecting at least a few OMG moments, but unfortunately they never materialised. Don’t get me wrong it was an easy book to pick it up and read in one sitting as It did have elements that I enjoyed I’m sure The Girl Before will be loved by many, but even after the big reveal I was left feeling slightly disappointed as I expected so much more.

4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐out of 5

Hardcover: 416 pages

Publisher: Quercus (26 Jan. 2017)

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