The Home by Sarah Stovell #BlogTour
Books / January 23, 2020

When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away. As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations … and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge. A dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also a heartbreaking and insightful portrayal of the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live … if they are allowed to live at all. Review Thanks to Random Things Tours and Orenda books for my copy of ‘The Home’ by Sarah Stovell. This book is one of those WOW books. From the minute you start reading, and the dark tones and stunning writing settle themselves on you, you spend much of the next 270 odd pages, pretty much in awe and deeply upset by this story of Hope, Lara and Annie, the teenage residents of ‘The Home’ Three girls, in the system, now living in…

Firewatching by Russ Thomas #BlogTour
Books / January 23, 2020

ONE FALSE MOVE Someone is setting fire to Sheffield. It starts with small things – dustbins and abandoned sheds so people don’t notice at first. But the calling card is there if you look for it. WILL IGNITE Soon the fires spread to offices, homes, people. The Firewatcher’s followers are growing and they have one particular blaze in mind – one that the police would do well to pay attention to. THE CITY But DS Adam Tyler is distracted by a case, one that he is unknowingly connected to. And if he can’t discover the link between the fires and himself, he will burn – along with the entire city. Review Thanks to Random Things Tours and Simon Schuster for my ARC copy of the debut novel from Russ Thomas, ‘Firewatching’ When a body is found bricked up in a building after a fire, DS Adam Tyler investigates. A series of plots run through the book, Tyler’s investigation, There are 2 elderly neighbours telling a story and a further plot where someone is setting fires across Sheffield and posting this online, gathering followers as quick as the fires they are igniting. It’s a book that needs your full attention, as…

The Guesthouse by Abbie Frost #BlogTour
Books / January 23, 2020

Thanks to Harper Collins for my copy of the new thriller from Abbie Frost, ‘The Guest House’. Hannah is struggling to get over the death of her boyfriend, drinking heavily and unable to work, she decides to take up a trip previously booked by her boyfriend before his passing. Booked using a new App, she will be the among the first visitors to a newly refurbished guest house in rural Ireland… On arrival, dumped by the taxi miles from the property and the only access through miles of farmland, Hannah starts to think she’s made a mistake. Once she reaches the Guest House, other holidaymakers begin to arrive, filling the guest house with a range of residents.. What could possibly go wrong? As secrets unravel, and the residents become more fractious, bodies begin to turn up.. Whilst it’s not really anything new, it’s very well crafted by Abbie Frost as she adds her own dark and disturbing twists and frights to this hugely enjoyable thriller. Claustrophobic and full of tense and atmospheric thrills. One to keep you guessing and engaged, it was a thoroughly good thriller I would happily recommend. 4 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Stasi Winter by David Young (Karin Muller 5) #BlogTour
Books / January 10, 2020

n 1978 East Germany, nothing is at it seems. The state’s power is absolute, history is re-written, and the ‘truth’ is whatever the Stasi say it is. So when a woman’s murder is officially labelled ‘accidental death’, Major Karin Müller of the People’s Police is faced with a dilemma. To solve the crime, she must disregard the official version of events. But defying the Stasi means putting her own life – and the lives of her young family – in danger. As the worst winter in living memory holds Germany in its freeze, Müller must untangle a web of state secrets and make a choice: between truth and lies, justice and injustice, and, ultimately, life and death. Review Thanks to Compulsive Readers Tours and Zaffre books for my copy of the 5th book in David Young’s outstanding ‘Stasi’ series, ‘ Stasi Winter’ featuring Major Karin Müller. This 5th book in this series finds Müller again faced with difficult decisions in with regards to the Stasi. Resigned from her job and struggling to make ends meet and a young family and grandmother to care for, Karin is forced back into service to investigate a women’s death close to the Baltic Sea….

A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone #BlogTour
Books / January 7, 2020

After an unexpected death, three generations of women take over the family funeral-home and PI businesses in the first book of a brilliant, page-turning and darkly funny new series The Skelfs are a well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral-home business, and private investigators. When patriarch Jim dies, it ’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events. Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another women, suggesting that Jim wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’s best friend Mel has vanished from university, and the simple adultery case that Jenny takes on leads to something stranger and far darker than any of them could have imagined. As the women struggle to come to terms with their grief, and the demands of the business threaten to overwhelm them, secrets from the past emerge, which change everything… It ’s acompelling and tense thriller and a darkly funny, warm portrait of a family in turmoil. Review Thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours and Orenda Books for my copy of this cracking new book and start to a new series, A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone. My…