Review Bundle (Crime/Thriller)

Review Bundle

Finders Keepers by K.T.Finch

What if you could change your life with one little lie?

Noah Kendall loves his family, but hates his teaching job. Mortgage, bills and mouths to be fed: he’s stuck in a rut. And with more debts piling up each day, he knows that something has to change. 

As he opens yet another red letter, he has to get out and clear his head, despite the heavy Alaskan snow outside. His legs ache as he runs deeper into the forest, until he notices something in the distance – a crashed car, sitting dead still. Inside, a girl sits slumped in the driver’s seat, eyes closed, mouth open, skin grey beneath the winter frost.

And then beside her he sees it: a bag of money. And lots of it. Enough to pay off his debt and start a whole new life. And it’s just sitting there, waiting for him to take it… 

What would you do?

Review: Upon reading the blurb for this book I was hooked I needed to know how it all played out. What an exciting read.

It has a great writing style. I like a story that is heard from different characters view points. I think it really adds something to the story telling.

This is a book that has you on the edge of your seat. I Highly recommend especially if you are a fan of James Patterson.

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Promises only last if you trust each other, but what if one of you is hiding something?

A secret no one could ever guess.

Someone is living a lie.

Is it Lisa?

Maybe it’s her daughter, Ava.

Or could it be her best friend, Marilyn?

Review: This is a book that everyone who loves these genre should read.

I found myself racing through this I just had to know what was going to happen next. It makes you stop and think, that you never know what is going on in other people’s lives.

An amazing book. I must read more by this author.

The Woman Before You by Carrie Blake

You never know what secrets people are hiding. And when you find out, it’s more sinister than you could ever have imagined.

Isabel: Beautiful. Talented. Bored.

Mathew: Mysterious. Handsome. Dangerous.

For Isabel Archer, dating is a way to pass the time in her otherwise safe and comfortable life. She casts herself as the Perfect Girl for every man she matches with, playing a different girl with a different back-story every night for months. It’s innocent – one goodnight kiss before swiftly deleting each profile – until she goes too far.

Mathew likes playing games too. Only the games he wants to play are the kind you don’t always walk away from.

As Isabel falls hard for Mathew, his lies bring them closer to their downfall. And she won’t see it coming.

Review: This is an incredible dark tale with a hint of 50 shades about it.

Two very strong characters meet and once they get their claws into you will be hooked until you close the book on the last page. We follow Isabel and Mathew who fall hard for each other but like to play games. Although there a dark moment there is relief in this story to.

It is truly gripping with fascinating characters!

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Dreaming of St-Tropez by T.A. Williams (Blog Tour)

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After a disagreement with a billionaire, architect Jess Milton is ‘let go’ from her job. However fortune intervenes –  an elderly client asks Jess to dog-sit overweight, but loveable dog Brutus in St. Tropez. 

Fed up with the mega-rich, Jess is reluctant to visit the playground of billionaires, but an all-expenses-paid trip and the promise of sunshine seals the deal.

Little does Jess know how much time she’ll be spending with the family living in St. Tropez. The sullen, but very good-looking David and his millionaire father are both welcoming but guarded, haunted by their pasts…

Can Jess bring some sunshine back into their lives –  and, just maybe, find love in the process?

Review: I would like to thank Canelo for letting me be apart of the blog tour.

This is a first for me from this author and was very enjoyable. I was off on an exciting adventure to St-Tropez and one full of romance and laugh out loud moments. The descriptions in this book are brilliant and makes you feel like you are right there. I love to get totally lost in a book and this is one of those books.

A very enjoyable read.

 

 

Love, Lies and Wedding Cake by Sue Watson: Spotlight (Blog Tour)

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Since Faye met her gorgeous Aussie boyfriend Dan, they’ve travelled all over the world to meet in amazing, crazy locations. They’ve eaten gateaux in a chateau, chocolate torte in a moonlit port, and even had stöllen kisses in a sparkling winter market. Neither of them wanted to settle down… until now.

When Dan asks Faye to marry him and to move to Australia it throws a real spanner in the works. Faye’s daughter Emma needs her here, so moving to the other side of the world – even for a hunk like Dan – simply isn’t an option. Is it?

Faye’s been down the marriage road before and it ended up with her having Ryan Gosling fantasies while her ex-husband obsessed about the plumbing. Is that what she has to look forward to? Is she ready to end her adventure? And even if she is, how can she be sure Dan is the right man for her? Because he’s keeping a secret. One that could destroy everything. 

About the author: 

Sue Watson was a journalist then a TV Producer at the BBC until she realised that instead of working, she could stay at home, and write about exciting things like foreign travel and cake!

So far Sue’s written twelve books, and some have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese (she’s big in Brazil!) Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where her days are spent baking (and eating) lots of cake, while making big life decisions about whether to have Caramel Chew Chew or Salted Caramel ice cream while watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.

For more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

Sue would love to meet you on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

Due to not having read the first in this series I have created a spotlight on this book as part of the blog tour.

First in this series: 

Other books by Sue Watson: 

Release Date for Love, Lies and Wedding Cake: 23rd May 2018

Below is a link to my Interview with Sue Watson where you can find out more about her: 

Interview with Sue Watson

Last Goodbye by Arlene Hunt (Blog Tour)

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‘The woman’s body lay on the bed, hair fanned out in a golden halo, blue eyes open. On the table stood an unmistakable sign: a bouquet of bright yellow roses…’

On a freezing January morning, a young couple is found dead in their cottage in the quiet Dublin suburbs. When Detective Eli Quinn arrives at the scene his stomach drops. It’s the second double homicide in as many months where the killer has left a bunch of yellow roses.

Tucked between the thorns is a little card, with an image of a broken heart. There’s no doubt the killer is trying to send a message, but what do the flowers mean? And can Eli figure out the killer’s motive, before they strike again?

Review: I would like to thank Bookouture for asking me to be apart of the blog tour for this book. I really love a good gritty murder mystery with the aspect of the detectives and this is one such book.

This is an intense story told through different character view points. With a book like this I wont talk about the actual plot itself as it would spoil the reading experience for readers but what I will say is that it is written brilliantly keeping the reader gripping and giving us enough each chapter to keep the pagers turning.

A first for me but it will not be my last from this author.

 

The Street Orphans by Mary Wood (Blog Tour)

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Born with a club foot in a remote village in the Pennines, Ruth is feared and ridiculed by her superstitious neighbours who see her affliction as a sign of witchcraft. When her father is killed in an accident and her family evicted from their cottage, she hopes to leave her old life behind, to start afresh in the Blackburn cotton mills. But tragedy strikes once again, setting in motion a chain of events that will unravel her family’s lives.

Their fate is in the hands of the Earl of Harrogate, and his betrothed, Lady Katrina. But more sinister is the scheming Marcia, Lady Katrina’s jealous sister. Impossible dreams beset Ruth from the moment she meets the Earl. Dreams that lead her to hope that he will save her from the terrible fate that awaits those accused of witchcraft. Dreams that one day her destiny and the Earl’s will be entwined.

About the author: 

Mary WoodBorn in Maidstone, Kent, in 1945, the thirteenth child of fifteen children, Mary’s family settled in Leicestershire after the war ended.

Mary married young and now, after 54 years of happy marriage, four children, 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, Mary and her husband live in Blackpool during the summer and Spain during the winter – a place that Mary calls, ‘her writing retreat’.

After many jobs from cleaning to catering, all chosen to fit in with bringing up her family, and boost the family money-pot, Mary ended her 9 – 5 working days as a Probation Service Officer, a job that showed her another side to life, and which influences her writing, bringing a realism and grittiness to her novels

Mary first put pen to paper, in 1989, but it wasn’t until 2010 that she finally found some success by self-publishing on kindle.

Being spotted by an editor at Pan Macmillan in 2013, finally saw Mary reach her publishing dream.

When not writing, Mary enjoys family time, reading, eating out, and gardening.

Review: First I would like to thank Mary for asking me to review her book, it is a great pleasure to be able to read and review her book The Street Orphans and also to interview her, all part of the blog tour for the book.

The Street Orphans is a brilliant story following the lives of a family of children as they try to survive without their parents. Ruth has to face bullies due to a disability that today we wouldn’t even think twice about but her dreams keep her going. It is lovely to be in the world back in a time were women were treated differently and laws were also different.

This is a brilliant written book. It is easy to read but has depth to the descriptions, thoughts and emotions of the characters. I felt very scared in some of the situations that Ruth’s siblings found themselves in and it is brilliant that Mary’s writing brought about that emotion. Her research and knowledge in this era shows throughout the story and really takes you back in time.

A very pleasant read. I will be reading many more books from Mary Wood.

Follow Mary Wood:

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HistoricalNovels

Web page: http://www.authormarywood.com

Twitter: @Authormary

 

A Last Goodbye by Dee Yates (Blog Tour)

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In a remote hill farm in beautiful Scotland, Ellen and her father Duncan are enjoying a peaceful life away from the belching mills and hustle and bustle of the growing towns. In time they’re joined by rugged farmhand Tom, come to lend some muscle to Ellen’s ageing father, who has begun to find sheep farming hard to manage alone. Almost inevitably romance grows between Ellen and the new arrival but once married however, Ellen discovers that Tom has a brutish side to his character. As war in Europe spreads, she begins to dream of him leaving for the trenches as a way for her to escape.

Even with Tom fighting abroad however, the family can not hide from the realities of war as a group of POWs are brought to their valley to build a reservoir. And amongst the men, sworn enemies and shunned by all the locals, Ellen finds a gentler heart that she finds difficult to resist…

About the author: 

Born and brought up in the south of England, the eldest girl of nine children, Dee moved north to YorkshirDSC_0024.jpege to study medicine. She remained there, working in well woman medicine and general practice and bringing up her three daughters. She retired slightly early at the end of 2003, in order to start writing, and wrote two books in the next three years. In 2007 she moved further north, to the beautiful Southern Uplands of Scotland. Here she fills her time with her three grandsons, helping in the local museum, the church and the school library, walking, gardening and reading. She writes historical fiction, poetry and more recently non-fiction. Occasionally she gets to compare notes with her youngest sister Sarah Flint who writes crime with blood-curdling descriptions which make Dee want to hide behind the settee.

Review: I would like to thank Aria for letting me review this book I am so glad that I have read this book as it gave me so much more than just a few hours relaxing with a book, it took me right into the very heart of Scotland and back in time and on a journey with our main character Ellen, who I just adored.

We follow Ellen as she grows up and becomes a women during a difficult period in Scotland’s history in the time of war. Ellen has a strong bond with her father which is lovely and she falls in love at a young age to their farm hand Tom. Tom is one of those characters that you cannot help but dislike but you can also sympathise with his story too. As the war continues the family can’t escape the war at home with POWs camped out on the hillside but a very lovely story unfolds involving them which gives you a whole different understanding of the war from both sides.

A truly empowering story. I loved it and cannot wait for more from Dee Yates.

Interview with Mary Wood

Interview

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Mary Wood

 

First I would like to thank Mary Wood for letting me interview her for my blog. I am super excited to have her appear on my blog. Her new book The Street Orphans is out now see my review also part off the blog tour. 

How did you come up with the idea for The Street Orphans?

Thank you so much for hosting me, I’m excited to be here too.

I wrote The Street Orphans five years ago, after visiting a Working Mill at Uppermill in Lancashire. I became fascinated with the stories around the history of the Mill Industry, from the reformation, to the thriving years of the late nineteenth – early twentieth centuries. And have always been interested in the class system that existed until after the second-world-war. The two are explored in this story, and their paths cross with both devastating and uplifting consequences.

When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go? 

A bit of both. I have a detailed synopsis, with descriptions of full rounded characters, but, they do grow with, and into, the story too. Sometimes showing traits I didn’t know they were going to have. Though, I never allow them to step too far out of character, as I would hate the reader to feel that a certain character would never behave in a certain way. They always remain true to themselves.

What inspires you most about the era The Street Orphans is set in?

All of this era inspires and fires my imagination. It is a time of very little rights for women, whether rich or poor. Rich women were like pawns in the game of advancing the male’s prospects, and had very little say in their own destiny. Often ‘sold’ into marriage by their fathers to increase, or save, the family fortune, or indeed, taken in marriage for the same reason by young men who had no intention of becoming a proper husband, but every intention of acquiring what wealth the lady had for themselves. And of course, the poor had even fewer rights. Their struggles against injustice makes for good storytelling – strong women characters, heart-wrenching situations, and the conquering of adversity.

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? 

Yes. The research for any book gives a great chance of broadening your knowledge about a subject – in this case, the workings of the Mills of the day, and the laws and punishments surrounding the crimes of the day. But there is also so much to learn in the field of writing – the bringing of a story alive. Each book helps towards the practice of the skill of having the story live on the page. What I can never learn – and maybe that is a good thing, is to write emotional scenes without becoming a wreck. I often sit at my desk and cry over what I have written. It is a standing joke now that my husband once found me sobbing. Very concerned he tried to comfort me, but when he found out why I was crying – over the death of one of my characters, he was astonished and said, ‘well, darling, you killed her, can’t you make the story so that she doesn’t die?’ I knew I couldn’t. I had to learn that the story has to be allowed, in all its glory, gory and sad details – it has to be what it is, otherwise it will contrived.

If you could bring one character from The Street Orphans to the twenty-first century who would it be and what would you show them?

Ruth. The main character. I would show her how those afflicted in any way that incapacitates them, are cared for today, and what technology has done for them by way of aids, operations, and cures. I would love her to see the Paralympics too. I think all of this would astound and please her.

What advice would you give aspiring writers (such as myself)?

Firstly, let me wish you all the luck in the world with achieving your dream. Secondly, I would say, make it happen. How? By not thinking your rich imagination is all you need. All aspiring writers need to understand that writing isn’t just about telling a story, it is about recognising our craft, and learning it, and then putting it into practice.

Learning the craft of writing will open up ways to develop characters, write believable dialogue, and touch the readers every sense. Then, the vital ingredient of your imagination will be your final tool that will be woven with your skill into a publishable – but even more important, readable novel.

There are many aids to assist you to learn – books on the subject abound, as do creative writing classes. There are online forums for aspiring writers too. My route was to read as many books that I could on the subject of writing – my favourite being, How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N Frey, and the online critique forum of YouWriteOn.com, which gives you the opportunity of accessing readers for your work who will advise and critique it, and you in turn, do the same for their work – writers learning from each other. There is a chance to rise in the charts and if you do, to have your work read by a top publishing house. Many authors have been spotted this way.

Lastly, never give up on your dream – I kept mine alive and practiced for twenty years before I had my first success. But today, that will rarely happen as there is so many more opportunity for aspiring writers.