#Review | LEAVE ME BREATHLESS by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (November 5th 2019) @jennw23

Thank you very much to Social Butterfly and Jodi Ellen Malpas for providing a copy of the book to *M*

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Ryan Willis has spent years in the protection business, a job that requires constant vigilance and quick thinking. His only chance to truly relax is at his secluded cabin in a small town where there are never any surprises. So when Ryan returns after an assignment and encounters a beautiful stranger, he isn’t only surprised, he’s also instantly intrigued.
Hannah Bright is a breath of fresh air, and Ryan is soon completely consumed, unable to stop from falling for her. As the two grow closer, his instinct tells him something is amiss. Yet nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he starts digging into her past.

Hannah spends her days painting, running her arts and crafts store…and hiding too many secrets. It’s why she won’t let the ruggedly handsome bodyguard get too close. But their chemistry is undeniable, and Hannah quickly finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with Ryan. He is peace personified, a balm to her battered soul. Yet the gorgeous, captivating man who has swept Hannah off her feet doesn’t even know who she really is. And the moment he finds out, both their lives are at risk

Review:

As you would expect from a Jodi Ellen Malpas novel, this is a rollercoaster of emotions, one that will leave you breathless. 

We meet our characters at a time if personal change, where they’re taking life into their own hands and making the best of it. I read this at a time that for me, on a personal level was also taking my life into my own hands. Preparing to take a huge risk in my career, reading Hannah and Ryan’s story only emphasised the importance of following your own heart. Here are two beautiful characters, both physically and spiritually, who draw you into their own little paradise. 

Whilst they create a haven for each other, JEM has done just that for her readers. Letting us take a nose dive into her vivid and brilliant imagination, so that we can explore these relationships without even leaving the house. It is the love she has as a writer for these characters that draws you, that wraps you up in their bubble and makes it so you never want to leave. 

I laughed, I cried, I swooned and I fell hard for these characters. And not just Ryan and Hannah but the other characters as well. Because one of the things I love about JEM is that she knows how to create the best side characters, the funny roommate and quirky neighbour. No matter what happens in one of her novels, it is the characters that compel me the most. 

I loved getting to know Ryan and Hannah, the dual narrative of the novel working very well at balancing the story out. Hearing both sides of the story, witnessing their descent into the never ending world of JEM was pure selfish indulgence. Because reading this book, at time when your personal world feels in chaos, was the perfect anchor in the storm. An escape from the stresses of everyday and getting lost in the “wonderland” that JEM creates. 

I cannot wait to add the paperback to my JEM shelf on my bookcase, it is the perfect addition. 

*M*

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#BlogTour | THE DESIRE CARD by Lee Matthew Goldberg @LeeMatthewG (February 21st 2019) @BlackthornTours

Thank you very much to Isobel @ Blackthorn Book Tours and Lee Matthew Goldberg for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients – but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine.

Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live. Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he’d ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

Review:

Harrison is a man on a mission, from college he knew what he wanted. A high powered job, wife, family and the good things in life.  But unfortunately this high powered job whilst has given him the good things in life has also taken it over. No time for his family, he lives a life of excess, too much work, gluttony and lust for women, drugs and alcohol. When he gets sacked from his job, then discovers due to his lifestyle he only has a short time left to live, his severance package from his company includes the mysterious Desire Card.

What would you do if you had a card that could grant your every desire?Would you use it? Would you not? Would you think this is just a joke?Would you wonder what the catch is? Would you wonder about consequences?
These are the questions I was asking myself as I read this book. For starters I would like to think I’d never get myself into Harrison’s situation at all, but if that opportunity of a card that granted your desires appeared would I use it?

Despite not warming to Harrison, I did feel for him, sacked from his job, living with a disassociated family because of his lack of involvement in their lives due to his previous long hours at work, finding he only has a short time to live due to illness, he wants to live. But after a life of excess and entitlement he feels the way to do this is the way he’s gone about most things, throw money at it. When this doesn’t work, he finds himself in Mumbai on the search of his second chance.

I kept reading waiting for Harrison to have his epiphany and to stop leading such a hedonistic lifestyle of excess. Not to give too much away but things do change for Harrison where he has to make some very hard decisions. But will he make the right choices? 

I found I was hooked from the first page and struggled to put this down as with each page turn I had to find out what happened next. This was my first book by Lee Matthew Goldberg but definitely will not be the last. Cannot wait for PREY NO MORE!

[K]


Author Bio

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar.

The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests.

After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.

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#BlogTour | THE LAGOTTI FAMILY SERIES by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski ( June 30th 2019 @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs )

Thank you very much to Emma @ DampPebbles and Leopold Borstinski for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Book Series Blurb:

Two generations and four decades in the lives of Frank, Mary Lou and the rest of the gang


The Heist Blurb:

After leaving Baltimore Penitentiary, Frank’s get rich quick scheme to rob a bank requires his girlfriend, Mary Lou to sleep with an inside guy and for his gang to stay together long enough to take down the vault. Meanwhile Mary Lou falls for the inside man and can’t decide whether to go with him or Frank. If she chooses the wrong fella she’ll be penniless and wind up dead. How would you choose between a fool and a dreamer?

Review:

Frank has just come out of prison and has a plan to set him up for life. 

Due to the nature of his plan he needs financial help from his Uncle, who also recommends people for his team and Frank’s girlfriend Mary-Lou is also involved in the plan, acting as go between with Frank and the inside man gaining his trust. But he also has his own problems and reasons for participating in this crime and can he be trusted to do what is asked of him?

The story follows the group of criminals Frank has assembled as he develops and fine tunes his robbery plans. Time progresses distrust in the group ever increases and everyone is suspicious of each other. 

I found this a very clever idea and different to the books I have read previously. I cannot wait to read book 2 soon

[K]


The Getaway Blurb:  

After ex-con Frank and his girlfriend Mary Lou rob a Baltimore Bank, they must flee across country before the Feds find them and the mob ices them for stealing from an organized crime boss. As they dash to California, trust becomes the most important currency as Frank and Mary Lou grapple to decide whether love is enough to keep them together. And by the time they reach their goal, they must fight to the death to survive hired guns and trained police shooters. If they don’t kill everyone in their way then they will die themselves. Would you risk everything for a sack of greenbacks?


Powder Blurb: 

When Mary Lou takes the proceeds from a bank robbery to start up her heroin dealing business, old enemies circle overhead and threaten the lives of her twins. How will she keep them safe in such a dangerous place and what is she prepared to do to secure her new venture?


Mama’s Gone Blurb: 

When Mary Lou makes some bad decisions, her twins and her husband must decide whether she’s losing her mind. If they can get that cleared up then all they have to worry about is their feud with the Russian mob. And then someone goes and ices the old lady. Who would have the cajones to murder the head of the Lagotti family?


About Leopold Borstinksi:

Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

Social Media:

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Website: http://www.leopoldborstinski.com/

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Purchase Links:

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Publishing Information:Published by Sobriety Press in paperback and ebook formats on 30th June 2019.

#BookReview | NOWHERE LEFT TO RUN (THE NOWHERE TRILOGY #2) by Kat Mizera @AUTHORKATMIZ (OCTOBER 1ST 2019 @LWoodsPR)

Thank you very much to Heather @ L Woods PR and Kat Mizera for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

I have nowhere left to run…

I’ll never love another the way I loved him. He might have been a prince, but to me he was just Erik. The father of my child. The man whose love was so fierce, it’s like it never left me.

Some days I swear I can still feel his presence surrounding me, until I’m reminded that our love song is over.

Moving on is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

Hollow without him, the music that’s been pouring out of my soul is the only way to ease the ache.

It will never replace the love of my life, but for my baby’s sake, I have to try.

Every tragic lyric, every minor chord, proves that I can’t outrun his ghost or the truth… my heart beats only for him.

Review:

OMG I have just finished this book and cannot believe its finished there and I now have to wait for book 3 to be released before I can find out what happens next!

As we got to know all the characters in book 1, book 2 is just heart wrenching. The story follows Casey as she tries to make a life for herself and her child, despite grieving for the future she should have had with Prince Erik if circumstances hadn’t forced their hands. The music she now writes reflects her grief and loss which in turn makes her a more popular musician than ever.  

I was immersed in the book and had tears in my eyes for majority if not all of this book. I felt with this book I was on the sidelines looking in, or reading a friends memoirs, not a reader reading a fictional story. 
Book 2 has cemented my love for this series, so cannot wait to see what the final book in this trilogy brings. I really cannot wait to see what happens next. 

[K]

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#Review | #BookReview | NOWHERE LEFT TO FALL (THE NOWHERE TRILOGY #1) by Kat Mizera @AUTHORKATMIZ (September 10th 2019)

Thank you very much to Heather at L Woods PR and Kat Mizera for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

I have nowhere left to fall…

I’ll never be King. But being sixth in line is both a blessing and a curse.

My birth order affords me the privilege of loving whomever I choose, even if she’s a free-spirited rock star. She loves me back and that’s all the power I’ll ever need.

Yet, the future of the kingdom lies in the hands of my asshole cousin, who will absolutely lead our country into a civil war if he takes the throne.

I wish I could ignore the fact that the first-born son of the King is the last person who should rule.

If I could, I would focus on making Casey Hart mine and building a life with the girl I’ve loved most of my life.
But fate has other plans… and the Kingdom isn’t the only thing at risk of falling.

Review:

Blimey! Where do I start with this one… 

When we first meet Casey she is a superstar rockstar at the height of her career just finishing a long tour with her band. Returning home she meets Prince Erik who’s family is best friends with Casey’s parents. After all these years of holding a crush but fearing the other is not interested they finally get it together. But whilst Erik and Casey are enjoying their whirlwind romance, his cousin Prince Anwar’s behaviour is creating more and more cause of concern as the King is getting older and he is the heir to the throne of Limaj.

The story was well paced, and as it was narrated from both POV the benefit was as a reader we get to know both characters, hearing all their thoughts and feelings.

This was a lovely book with a heartwarming romance which started like a fairy tale and ended with an OMG!

I cannot wait to read what happens next!

[K]

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#BookReview | MADMAN’S METHOD (Madman Duet #1) by V F Mason @Author_VFMason (September 5th 2019 @LWoodsPR )

Thank you very much to Heather at L Woods PR and V F Mason for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Once upon a time a sinner, a priest and a madman played a dangerous game…

She is a sinner. 
He is a serial killer. 

She demanded vengeance. 
He demanded her. 

She vowed to avenge. 
He vowed to destroy. 

She created a web of lies. 
He wore a mask of deceit. 

She wanted to escape. 
He captured her instead. 

There are no rules in this twisted game of theirs. 
But there is a winner who claims the sinner.  

Review:

Wow, what a story! I think I need a sit down to process…

This is my first read of V F Mason’s work, but will definitely not be the last. 
For starters I need to find out what happens in part 2 of the series!

Told from several points of view, this book was well paced and very cleverly written. Just as I thought I’d worked out how the story was going to pan out there was another twist, an unexpected event and my theories were disproved. 

Early on I found I was really invested in one of the main characters, fierce Cassandra whilst she went about her daily business, interacting with other town members and trying to set up a dance studio in a new town. I felt the highs and lows, loved, cringed and cried with her. 

This is a dark romance which may not suit everyone and definitely not for the faint of heart, this book grabs you by the hair and refuses to let you go until you have read right until the end.

 [K]

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#BookReview | HAPPY-GO-LUCKY by L H Cosway @LHCosway (August 14th 2019)

Thank you very much to L H Cosway for providing a copy of the book to *M*

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Every workplace has that one person you don’t want to mess with. 
At James & Peterson Investigations, that would be Cameron Grant: sullen, grouchy, intimidating, oh yeah, and sexy as hell. He can make your soul wither with a single disapproving glare. And he never, ever socialises with his co-workers.
This is why Maisie Wilkins, happy-go-lucky ray of sunshine, can’t fathom why Cameron finally decided to show up at their annual office Christmas party. Every year he received an invite, and every year he failed to attend. But not this year.
Curious as to why he’s there, Maisie can’t resist sitting next to Cameron. Before she knows it, she’s had one too many drinks and is drunkenly hailing a cab back to his place. Office party flings are not something she normally does, but despite his intimidating character, Cameron has a charm she can’t resist. Or maybe it was just those five gin and tonics blurring her judgement.
Whatever the reason, Maisie now has to navigate the awkward, tension filled waters of sharing an office with someone she’s slept with. 

Review:

When I first read the newsletter episodes of Happy-go-lucky, I was hooked. Eagerly awaiting the next instalment in L H Cosway’s newsletter. I needed to know what happened between Cameron and Maisie, did they have another steamy encounter, would an office romance work. We were left with so many questions and I was very hopeful Cosway would finish their story. 

Once the ARC landed on my Kindle I instantly re-read the first few chapters, reminding myself of their chemistry and the beauty of their budding relationship. Maisie is a heroine who reminded me to always be hopeful, to look on the bright side of things and not let negativity of life dampen the joy of reading. At  a time when I am snowed under, reading the story of Maisie and Cameron became the perfect escape. I could relate to Cameron’s grumpy nature, his coldness towards people and the way Maisie melts his heart. 

There is something brutally honest and intriguing about the relationship between these characters, the way they balance each other out. They’re the perfect couple, but instead of being an unrealistic perfection, they’re actually relatable. Cosway is one writer who knows what she is doing, seemingly knowing her characters inside and out. 

It is becoming hard to not love every novel I read by L H Cosway, her work speaks to me on a level most novels fail to reach. I’ve always been a cynical reader, not one to fall easily in love with characters but Cosway’s beautiful writing, witty and relatable characters make this cynical reader feel hope. This is a love story, a steamy, intelligent, intimate and beautiful love story. 

I’ve said this before, but it is still as true today as it was after reading Painted Faces, I cannot wait to read the next treasure by L H Cosway. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to revisit the beautiful and gorgeous Maisie and Cameron. 

Happy-go-lucky, a story that leaves you feeling just that, happy. 

Thank you L H Cosway! 

*M* 

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#Review | #BookReview | BEST FAKE FIANCE by Roxie Noir @RoxieNoir (August 14th 2019) @JENNW23

Thank you very much to Sarah Ferguson @ social butterfly PR and Roxie Noir for providing a copy of the book to *M*

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

I told a judge I was engaged to my best friend.
Now we’re faking it.
How hard can it be?


My life has room for exactly two women: my daughter Rusty and my best friend Charlotte — known to everyone as Charlie. 

One is a feisty, tomboyish firecracker. The other is my seven-year-old. I can’t imagine life without either.

So when my ex springs a custody hearing on me, I find myself telling the judge that I’m engaged to Charlie.

The only problem? I’m not. 

Time to fake an engagement.

Pretending we’re a couple will be no big deal.

We’ve been friends for years. We used to sneak cigarettes behind the bleachers. We turned cans of hairspray into flamethrowers. We got drunk on stolen malt liquor. 

She’s beautiful, vivacious, spontaneous, and she loves my daughter to death. It’s the perfect answer: we fake it for a few months, then go back to our lives.

Until we touch, and sparks fly. Until I can’t take my eyes off her. Until I can’t stop thinking about what she’s got on under her coveralls.

It takes one kiss. 
One touch. 
One shared secret and suddenly, I’m not pretending anymore. I want her, I need her in ways I didn’t know I could.

But there’s a lifetime of friendship between us, and falling in love with Charlie could mean risking everything.

Review:

When I started this reading this ARC I went into it blindly, hoping that we wouldn’t have just another romance novel. 

I was pleasantly surprised to meet Daniel and Charlie, two old friends who share more than just history. Their story became a small solitude at the end of a very hectic day. 

I couldn’t wait to read about their next adventure, to see how they navigate the path from friends, to fake lovers, to soul mates. Here is a set of characters steeped in history but looking forward to a future. 

The author gave you a sense of familiarity when reading about Daniel and Charlie, a sense that you could belong to the small town they inhabit, that you could witness their relationship with your own eyes. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, delving into these characters and the steamy, saucy moments they created along the way. Overall a brilliant read and one that helped me escape reality just so. 

*M* 

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | BECAUSE OF YOU by Hélene Fermont @helenefermont (1st April 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor @botbspublicity)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for BECAUSE OF YOU by the wonderful Hélene Fermont.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing bobby dazzler that is Sarah Hardy @ BookOnTheBrightSide and of course the awesome Hélene Fermont who gifted me an early copy of BECAUSE OF YOU. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

How desperate are you to get the one you love?
When Hannah and Ben meet at a friend’s party, he knows she’s The One. But Hannah’s in an intense relationship with Mark and planning to return to her native Sweden to embark on a teaching career.

Desperate to make Ben fall in love with her, rich spoilt heiress Vanessa sets in motion a devious string of events that ultimately changes the course of four people’s lives indefinitely.

Hannah is the love of Ben’s life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.

Because of You is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny.  

So, you want to know what I thought??

I’m always eager to try new authors so when an opportunity to read Because of You came up and I read the Synopsis I was quick to sign up.

Set over 36 years BECAUSE OF YOU is based on the life of Hannah Stein. It starts with Hannah setting out to London to embark on a gap year before heading back to Sweden to finish a degree in teaching. Hannah’s maternal grandmother lives in London and sets Hannah up to live with a close friend of hers. Hannah and Ella bond straight away and Ella quickly becomes a huge part of Hannah’s life.

As Hannah struggles to adjust to life in the city away from her close family she tries to integrate herself into the community to enable her to meet new people and make friends. She eventually finds herself hanging out with Sanna and Rosie who take her out to nightclubs and dancing. On one of these trips she meets Mark who sets out to win her heart. As they begin a turbulent relationship Hannah finds herself fighting against all who love her and dislike Mark as well as her own head. She eventually meets with Mel who tries to match make her with Ben who falls instantly in love with her.

This book jumps from year to year and I did find it a bit of  a mission to keep track of what was happening when, but you do get the gist of it and events as they unfold. I’ll be honest and say I don’t think it needed quite as much of an “introduction” as was included. I think the book would have worked just as well starting from about half way. That being said I understand what Helene was trying to achieve by writing throughout Hannah’s whole life, you sort of get more of an insight into who Hannah is and the decisions she makes.

I did struggle to like Hannah at times. She seems adamant to destroy her own happiness. I found her really frustrating and wanted to just knock some sense into her, especially decisions she makes in regards to Ben and Linus. If Linus was acting the way he was with somebody, I just don’t think you would keep him hanging around. However there were other times that I warmed to her and did feel sorry for her, I think she was just very naive when she arrived in London and people took advantage of that. Mark was very unlikable and I was happy when Hannah got rid of him, just a shame it didn’t happen sooner. I would have also liked less characters, we seemed to get introduced to someone then they would disappear for years but I did grasp who was who later on in the book and it got a bit easier but it would have been more enjoyable if there were just 2 or 3 that the book concentrated on.

Obviously being set over 35 years there are lots of events happening throughout this book. The book has every emotion you could ever have, there are deaths, friendships, happiness and sadness. There are so many different themes that i’m not really sure what genre you would put this into, there are definitely no boring bits.

I did struggle to get gripped by this book if i’m honest but after about 50% I found myself invested in these characters and eager to see where their path would lead. I was definitely more gripped by Hannah’s later years than the start of the book. 

Definitely one to preserve with if you struggle at the start, the last half is definitely worth it. I’ll be interested to see what else Hélene has to offer!!

About Hélene Fermont;

Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of YouWe Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019.

After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website helenefermont.com/books/

Links: 
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/helenefermont

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*L*

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | TURN THE OTHER WAY by Stuart James @StuartJames73 (8th February 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor @BOTBSPublicity)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for TURN THE OTHER WAY by Stuart James.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy @ BookOnTheBrightSide and of course the wonderful Stuart James who gifted me an early copy of TURN THE OTHER WAY. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Sometimes revenge is the deadliest game of all.

A derelict farmhouse in the Essex countryside. 
A deranged family. 
Innocent victims being picked at random.
If you’re chosen, Turn The Other Way.

Simon Bairstow is a top London Surgeon. He’s performed dozens of life-saving operations. But something goes horribly wrong. The machine Eve Johnson is attached to flatlines, and suddenly her parent’s world has collapsed.
They’re hell bent on revenge, someone to answer for the horrific error that’s been made.

Noah and Jess are driving on a busy dual carriageway and get stuck in traffic. They hear thumping coming from the back doors of the transit van in front of them. When Noah steps out onto the road, he hears muffled screams. He opens the back doors and what he sees shocks him to the core. 
The van pulls off, spilling Noah onto the road.
Ignoring his wife’s plea to leave it, he hits the accelerator in pursuit of the van.

Chloe’s parents are missing. She hasn’t seen them since they left the party in Hampstead on Friday night. She needs answers, deciding to take matters into her own hands. 

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Islington in North London late at night leaving his victims in a horrific way.
The press have dubbed him The Angel Attacker.

A terrifying tale of revenge with a twist that will hit you like a sledgehammer. 

So, you want to know what I think?

TURN THE OTHER WAY starts with that age old question of what you would do if you saw someone in trouble? How far would you go? Would you be prepared to go all in and be a hero…or as the title suggests; TURN THE OTHER WAY?

Switching between the past and present, we learn not only how each of the victims play their part, but also how they fit into the bigger picture. A picture which is pretty frigging frightening when you get to the crux of the story! The pacing of the story kept me on my toes and I was kept guessing as to what would happen next.

This is one of those books that has you questioning everything around you! Watch your back………

About Stuart James;

 I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane.I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness.That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way.I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death.A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party.A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them.A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

I’m currently working on my new thriller, Apartment Six, which should be released later this year.

I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.

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TURN THE OTHER WAY is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (AU)

-S.

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