Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith #BlogTour
Books / March 19, 2020

The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who’ve held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county’s aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself — when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good. The opposite is true: this is a landscape of fear and ghosts — of regret and violence — transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers, and hiding a terrible secret deeper still. Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who’s returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he too is willing to hope for more when he meets and falls in love with Celia, the local bar owner. The Deep South gives these noble, broken, and driven folks the gift of human connection while bestowing upon them the crippling weight of generations. With broken histories and vagabond hearts, the townsfolk wrestle with the evil in the woods — and the wickedness that lurks in each and every one of us.   Review Thanks to RandomThingsTours and No Exit Press for my copy…

Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei #BlogTour
Books / March 17, 2020

A young woman in Hong Kong investigates her teenage sister’s death. An evocative and zeitgeisty crime novel, from the acclaimed author of The Borrowed. Review   Thanks to Midas PR for my slot on the blog tour and copy of ‘Second Sister’ by Chan Ho-Kei. Originally published in 2017, this translated issue is published by Head of Zeus and centres on a desperate sister and her fight to find out why her teenage sister commits suicide after jumping from their apartment building to her untimely death. Based in the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, this story delves into the dark world of jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Opening up the world of social media, the dark web and computer hacking it’s a very up to date and current novel which is absolutely compelling. Chan Ho-Kei creates an enthralling read, with a cast of characters that at times you want to support but also at times are very frustrating. Nga-Yee, the distraught bedraggled sister who finds her 15-year-old sisters body, convinced it’s no suicide she goes to extreme lengths to uncover the truth which leads her to ‘N’. ‘N’ is the almost anti-hero in this one, and he is a wonderfully devious…

When The Time Comes by Adele O’Neill #BlogTour
Books / February 28, 2020

Her husband says it’s suicide. The police say it’s murder. Liam Buckley was a married man with two teenage children when he moved out of the family home to start a new life with his lover. His wife Jennifer never forgave him, but now she needs him to come back: she’s been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and the kids can’t cope alone. One day after Liam moves home, Jennifer is found dead. Liam thinks it’s suicide. But the police, led by DS Louise Kennedy, are convinced it’s murder. Liam hires a retired detective to help prove his innocence, but it’s no easy task. The children are distraught, and Jennifer’s best friend, Sarah, is waging a campaign against Liam, determined to expose him for a liar and a cheat. As secrets surface from the complex web of Buckley family life, DS Kennedy must decide. Did Jennifer Buckley end her own life, or did Liam take it from her? The answer, when it comes, will shock them all… Review Thanks to Aria for my invite on to the tour and e copy of ‘When the time comes’ an intriguing psychological thriller from Adele O’Neill. My first read by this author, this book covers a very interesting…

The Other You by J.S. Monroe #BlogTour
Books / February 1, 2020

Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror. At least she has Rob. Young, rich, handsome and successful, Rob runs a tech company on the idyllic Cornish coast. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health. When she’s with him, in his luxury modernist house, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved. Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew. And knows, with absolute certainty, that the man before her has been replaced by an impostor. Is Rob who he says he is? Or is it all in Kate’s damaged mind? Review Thanks to Head of Zeus for my copy of ‘The Other You’ by J.S. Monroe. This is a very clever, high concept, high-tech story that burrows its way into your mind and really makes you think about things you probably usually haven’t. In that respect I mean the idea that we all have a ‘double’ out…

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…