#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/

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BECAUSE OF YOU is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (AU) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | LOCKED DOWN (The Locked Trilogy #3) by GB Williams @gailbwilliams (February 18th 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of LOCKED DOWN – the final instalment in the LOCKED Trilogy by GB Williams.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks of course to the lovely GB Williams who gifted me an early copy of LOCKED DOWN. 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;

What DCI Piper dredges up when investigating the cold case of Terrence Whittaker’s disappearance is unexpected and unwelcome – especially when it links to a current missing persons case. 

Charlie Bell’s only goal in life is ending the tyranny of the Mansel-Jones crime family. 

While Ariadne Teddington recovers after a car crash, her missing brother’s case is reopened, and a past she has always struggled to deal with comes back to haunt her. 

Finding the new lodger isn’t who she was expecting makes life a rollercoaster she can’t get off. 

What will it take to get a criminal locked down for once and for all? 

Can the present overcome the past? 

And can any of them afford the price?

So, want to know what I thought?;

As much as I was ready for LOCKED DOWN – I also didn’t want to read it. For the sole reason that I knew this was the end 😦 (Even though I hope GB decides to continue the series…which is more than fine by me!)

Everything that has taken place in LOCKED UP (#1) and LOCKED IN (#2) has lead us to this final chapter, so with this in mind – PLEASE read the books in order. If you were to read this as a standalone, you would become lost with the story and characters!

I really can’t say much about the plot in detail as it will give away key twists and turns, but what I can tell you is that with the first two instalments, the story moves at a steady pace. Short chapters to keep the reader glued to the page. Just when you think you are comfortable with the pace and enjoying the scenery (so to speak), GB puts her foot down and the story then heads into warp speed with many things happening in tandem. You’re left wondering whether every loose end can be tied up in time!

All I can say through the power of the animated graphic image is that the ending got me like….

I thoroughly enjoyed not only this book, but the entire series. It’s one of those hidden gems that more people should be aware of! If this series gives an indication of the standard of GB’s writing and development style going forward, then I am keen beans to read what she produces in the future!!

About GB Williams;

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After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres
including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.

With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious
cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

You can buy LOCKED DOWN from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (AU)

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | LETHAL WHITE (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith @jk_rowling (September 18th 2018, Sphere @LittleBrownUK)

LETHAL WHITE (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith
18th September 2018, Sphere (Little Brown UK)

“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.

When I saw the size of the book I was put off picking it up! I had to have it back to the library and I wondered if I would manage to get through it in time, but it was such a fast paced brilliant read that I found I flicked through the pages quicker than I thought possible and having it finished was not an issue.

The prologue starts exactly where CAREER OF EVIL ended. With Robin’s wedding and Strike turning up during the ceremony. Then we jump forward a year and Cormoran is doing so well with the agency, they are having to take on more investigators. As his fame grows Strike is still fighting all his inner demons, his feelings with Robin, his leg and stump causing him pain and women who want more than he is willing to give. Robin is fighting her demons too, her feelings for Strike and a marriage that she does not want to be in. 

As well as the personal drama there is of course a case Strike and Robin are investigating. This book is written in two parts, the first is about a government minster who enlists their help when he is being blackmailed and the second part is about his murder and who may have done it.

As with the three previous books I struggled to guess who the culprit was. I did manage to guess a couple of the shocks but that didn’t spoil the story for me. I still had to keep reading to find out how all the links are connected because as with the previous three you know there is going to be a great climax. I found myself so engrossed in this story that everything happening around me blended into the background. Robert manages to write characters so well that they really feel real when reading about them. you become so impatient to know how things turn out for them. 

I found this book a brilliant addition to the Strike series and it was very well written and really got me gripped. Can’t wait to see what Robert comes up with next and where our characters go.

You can buy LETHAL WHITE (Cormoran Strike #4) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | LIES BETWEEN US by Ronnie Turner @Ronnie__Turner (October 1st, HQ Digital @hqdigitaluk)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of LIES BETWEEN US, the debut novel by fellow book blogger Ronnie Turner!

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Katie @ HQ Digital and of course the awesome Ronnie Turner who gifted me an early copy of LIES BETWEEN US. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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

The past is always watching . . .

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .

So, want to know what I thought?

WOWSERS! Where do I even begin with my praise for this book? It BLEW. ME. AWAY. It’s hard to read this book and believe that it’s a DEBUT novel!

This is a book that moves about so quickly between time frames and characters that you really do no need to pay attention to what is going on. I didn’t mind this at all! Told from three character perspectives give an added depth to the story as usually, you would find a crime thriller written from the victim/perpetrator angle.

The character who stood out most for me was Miller. I could easily devour an entire book written from his perspective. His story was uncomfortable to read and definitely gives you that ‘creepy’ factor. I was constantly questioning every action and wondering how and why it linked with the other two characters; Maisie and John.

Let’s talk twists. I got to a place with psychological thrillers where I would avoid any that boast ‘a twist you didn’t see coming’ or ‘this twist will blow your mind!!’ because nine times out of ten, it’s a bit of an anti-climax. Knowing how much Ronnie reads and understands the genre, I’m sure she was conscious that the twist in this book is one that the reader really doesn’t see coming until it’s revealed. This alone increased my enjoyment of the overall story.

Thank you Ronnie for restoring my faith in the genre! I can’t wait to read your next book!!

About Ronnie Turner;

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Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.

Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.

Twitter: @Ronnie_ _Turner

Facebook: @RonnieTurnerAuthor

Instagram: @ronnieturner8702

Website: www.ronnieturner.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RonnieTurner

 

You can buy LIES BETWEEN US from the following bookseller;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport| END GAME (Robert Finlay #3) Matt Johnson @Matt_Johnson_UK ‏(March 31st 2018, Orenda Books @Orendabooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of END GAME, the final book in the Robert Finlay trilogy by Matt Johnson.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Karen @ Orenda Books and the wonderful Matt Johnson who gifted me an early copy of END GAME. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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

Robert Finlay seems to have finally left his SAS past behind him and is settled into his new career as a detective. But when the girlfriend of his former SAS colleague and close friend Kevin Jones is murdered, it’s clear that Finlay’s troubles are far from over.

Jones is arrested for the killing, but soon escapes from jail, and Finlay is held responsible for the breakout. Suspended from duty and sure he’s being framed too, our hero teams up with MI5 agent Toni Fellowes to find out who’s behind the conspiracy. Their quest soon reveals a plot that goes to the very heart of the UK’s security services.

End Game, the final part in the critically acclaimed Robert Finlay trilogy, sees our hero in an intricately plotted and terrifyingly fast-paced race to uncover the truth and escape those who’d sooner have him dead than be exposed.

So, want to know what I thought?

Ok. I need a minute to catch my breath and comprehend what I have just read.

Knowing that this was going to be the final instalment of the Robert Finlay series – I was expecting big things to happen and Matt did not disappoint. He gave me everything I needed and then some. At times, this book reads like an episode of a TV drama. Trust me. It’s THAT good!

The pacing of this story is enough to keep the action flowing at a steady pace, whilst not missing any key events that are integral to the plot. There are a few twists and turns to this story which are not just thrown in there for shock value. Every change has earned it’s place and makes for a more believable read.

This is one of those stories that I would love to see developed into a series! It has everything you need to keep you glued to each page and on the edge of your seat until the climax. If not developed for the screen – then potentially an origin style story which explores Finlay’s time in the SAS more closely. There is so much to this world that can (and for me, should) be explored.

I am truly excited to see where Matts writing takes him and what he has to offer readers next. Until then, I shall be at home…checking for taps in my sockets!

About Matt Johnson;

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Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for twenty-five years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. H

idden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition.

His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result. Deadly Game once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.
You can buy END GAME (Robert Finlay #3) from the following booksellers (but as always, be kind to your local bookseller!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | THE CHILD (Paperback Edition) by Fiona Barton @figbarton (December 14th 2017, Transworld Books @TransworldBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the paperback edition release of THE CHILD by Fiona Barton.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Transworld Books and of course the lovely Fiona Barton who gifted me an early copy of THE CHILD. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

 

So, you want to know what I think?

I have heard nothing but wonderful things both about Fiona Barton and also THE CHILD when it was released in hardback earlier this year. I jumped at the chance to read this book with the worry of suffering with FOMO!

The first thing I thought when reading this book was “Yup. I’ve got this all figured out. I know exactly what’s going on, etc, etc” which for those who read a lot of crime fiction, we always think we have it figured out. But in the case, I was so very wrong!

Like many great crime novels I’ve enjoyed, this is a fast paced and quick read. But quick and fast don’t necessarily mean terrible. Quite the contrary. Short chapters keep the story moving at a fast enough pace that it doesn’t becoming boring, but it gives the reader enough to keep an interest.

THE CHILD is not a fast paced action book with fist fights and car chases at every turn. If that is the type of book you enjoy to read, then I wouldn’t pick this book up. However, if what gets your juices flowing is a deeply emotional, character driven story – then this is the book for you.

What I have discovered is that Fiona has a skill at being able to give little pockets of detail, whilst keeping the reader guessing at to what is coming next. When the climax of this books occurs, I was left with a feeling of surprise. The twist in this book makes perfect sense to the plot and with realism that you don’t always get in some crime fiction. You can tell that Fiona has done her research!

THE CHILD has now set the bar pretty high and I am certainly looking forward to reading more of Fiona’s work!

About Fiona Barton;

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My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist – senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.

But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.

The worm of my first book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.

It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.

Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow was published in 36 countries and made the Sunday Times and New York Times Best Seller lists.

It gave me the confidence to write a second book ,The Child, in which I return to another story that had intrigued me as a journalist. It begins with the discovery of a newborn’s skeleton on a building site. It only makes a paragraph in an evening newspaper but for three women it’s impossible to ignore.

You can buy THE CHILD from Transworld Books now or from the following booksellers (but obvs you can get it at other awesome booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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