Seventh by Lewis Hastings (The Seventh Wave Book 1)
Books / August 19, 2019

  Firstly my thanks to the Author, who goes by the pseudonym of Lewis Hastings, for my gifted copy of the first in his Seventh Wave Trilogy , Seventh. In this first book, we are introduced to John ‘Jack’ Cade, a seemingly off grid, ex British Police Officer amongst other things, now living the quiet life in New Zealand. Inexplicably drawn back in to his old life by Elena, a mysterious Bulgarian visitor,  who turns up seeking Jack out. A story ensues that takes us back to Jack’s earlier life and career, via Hong Kong and Nottingham on to the streets of London, as Jack battles with an Eastern European Crime Syndicate deeply rooted in financial crime and far ahead of its time , headed up by the evil ‘Jackdaw’ Whilst opening with a slower pace, Lewis Hastings soon launches us into a fast paced, riotous and chaotic tale, as Jack takes no prisoners in his quest, to both serve and protect. Introducing some fantastic characters, Carrie O’Shea and Jason Roberts in particular, Hastings writes both likeable but equally flawed characters, his characters feel very human, especially Jack himself – there is one character I hope to read again after his…

Take it Back by Kia Abdullah #TakeItBack #BlogTour
Books / August 16, 2019

  The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses four boys of something unthinkable. The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories. Someone is lying. Former barrister Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest young legal minds, takes up Jodie Wolfe’s case; she believes her, even if those closest to Jodie do not. Jodie and Zara become the centre of the most explosive criminal trial of the year, in which ugly divisions within British society are exposed. As everything around Zara begins to unravel she becomes even more determined to get Jodie the justice she’s looking for. But at what price? My Review Thanks to Lucy Richardson at HQ for the invite to be part of the blog tour and for my copy of the stunning new legal thriller, Take it Back by Kia Abdullah. I have been hearing and seeing bits and pieces about the book on Social Media for a while now, so I was very pleased to get an invite to the tour and jumped at the chance at a review copy. What struck me first is the premise of the book, Jodie a disfigured…

Gone by Leona Deakin #BlogTour
Books / August 12, 2019

  Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read: YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME DARE TO PLAY? The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic, and psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom is persuaded to investigate. As she delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all. And that something makes them very dangerous indeed. As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the puppeteer. But is she playing into their hands? An addictive debut thriller with an ingenious hook that turns the missing person plot on its head – what if the missing people are the dangerous ones? MY REVIEW Thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and Transworld books for my copy of the debut by Leona Deakin, Gone. Introducing Dr Augusta Bloom and her business partner Marcus Jameson in a chilling psychological thriller. What starts out as a missing person case, when Marcus is asked by his sister to look into her friends strange disappearance suddenly becomes something much more with the discovery of a game…

The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child #BlogTour #BristolBooks
Books / August 8, 2019

Arlo Knott discovers he has an unusual skill… He can reverse his last action – undo any mistake. But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, an accident in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing could be too much to resist. MY REVIEW Thanks to Tracy from Compulsive Reader tours and orbit books for My ARC of the great looking, Arlo Knott by Bristol based author Heather child, As well as being part of the blog this is another of that books that appealed due to the Bristol connections, Arlo is a young man, who after suffering a tragedy at a young age, discovers he has a gift , that he can step back in time just a moment or two , to correct mistakes he makes. Heather Child has written a tale with a quite intriguing and thought-provoking concept. What would you do if you could correct your mistakes? For me, Arlo comes across as quite self-centred and arrogant and at times uses his ‘power’ for self gain, in the main his gambling, and also some of his jobs , from…

Drug Gang Takedown by Neil Walker (Drug Gang Trilogy 3)
Books / August 7, 2019

  Firstly, Thanks again to Neil Walker for providing me with a copy of the 3rd and final piece of his blistering Drug Gang Trilogy. This final part, Takedown, picks up at the end of Vengeance, where protagonist John Kennedy and girlfriend Lucy are now ready to finally step away from the game. If only it was that simple… Back in Australia, and drawn back in by friend Blair, John is left with no choice but to help his friend battle the crazed hatchet gang. This book is an absolute Powder Keg, as John metes out the shocking brutality the only way he knows how. Neil Walker writes violence with such a savagery and verve, he really knows how to get under your skin, it’s sickening at times but YOU have to read on, and it fits into his explosive, energetic stories flawlessly. This trilogy is not just a tale of gratuitous violence, they are cracking stories also. Neil Walker comes up with his nastiest , most vicious enemy yet, and that takes some doing! There is a monster twist in this one which dropped my jaw! This final part is another, full on punch straight in the throat. its…