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…

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 🔥🔥🔥🔥

The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd
Books / January 13, 2020

Thanks to Thomas at Transworld for my ARC of ‘The Memory Wood’ by Sam Lloyd. This is the debut from Sam Lloyd and all I can start with Is WOW. Every so often a book comes along that shocks you to your very boots. This is that book. A story told from 3 viewpoints. The story is a tale of the abduction of 13-year-old Elissa. A chess obsessed, extremely clever teenager, who finds herself abducted and then imprisoned below ‘The Memory Wood’. Then there is Elijah, a 12-year-old boy who lives in a cottage in the memory Wood, with his parents who work the land for the owner. When Elijah finds Elissa, she thinks she is going to be saved, but Elijah is no usual 12-year-old, and instead sees a chance at having a friend, someone to be his. And finally the detective working the case, Mairead. A troubled detective with a tragic and upsetting story of her own. Dark, Sad and disturbing, this story will truly encompass you and take you deep within. Survival, selfishness, manipulation, there is so much to this book. The plot twists will rock you, the whole thing is a jaw dropping, beautifully written, stunningly…

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris #BlogTour
Books / January 7, 2020

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together. Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive. The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness? One day that will change a family forever. Review Thanks to HQ for my ARC copy of this intriguing new tale from B A Paris ‘ The Dilemma’ A first time author for me, this story is a very different premise as the two main protagonists, married couple Adam and…

Dark Hollows by Steve Frech
Books / December 9, 2019

Jacob Reese enjoys the quiet life, running a coffee shop and renting out his cottage in The Hollows, Vermont. But the calm is shattered when a woman who looks eerily similar to his ex-girlfriend Laura turns up to stay in the cottage, and leaves a mysterious note in the guest book. Now Jacob’s seeing Laura everywhere—a glimpse of her face across the street, her music box left outside his house, a gift he gave her years before hanging from the trees. But it can’t be Laura. Because Laura’s dead. Someone knows Jacob’s secret—what really happened the night Laura died—and they’re out for revenge…   ›Review‹ Thanks to HQ for my e – Arc of this new psychological thriller, Dark Hollows , by Steve Frech. Jacob Reece is living the quiet , but good life. Owner of an up market coffee shop in the small town of Dark Hollows, he also rents out his up market cottage to well to do people, the money is rolling in and he’s happy, BUT Jacob has a secret… When Jacob lets his guard slip, and lets an un-vetted resident stay at his cottage, he suddenly opens a Pandora’s box. The reason he lets this…