#BlogTour | #IncidentReport | #BookReview | INBORN by Thomas Enger (January 23rd 2019, Orenda Books @orendabooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of INBORN, the latest novel by the awesome Thomas Enger.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and of course the awesome Thomas Enger who gifted me an early copy of INBORN. 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;

When the high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as being in the dock … for murder?

Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously … and secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community.

As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has his relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect? It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust.

But can we trust him?

A taut, moving and chilling thriller, Inborn examines the very nature of evil, and asks the questions: How well do we really know our families? How well do we know ourselves?

So, want to know what I thought?

Well…that was a pleasant surprise! After coming out of my Henning Juul book hangover, I was more than keen beans to read INBORN. I was ready to fully invest myself in Thomas’ writing and how he masters building a character base.

INBORN is a fast paced courtroom drama, with plenty of twists and turns throughout. Short, choppy chapters keep the pace of the book moving quickly. There’s no time to get bored in this story! The switch between ‘then’ and ‘now’ with each chapter threw me straight back into Even’s world as he pushes to learn the truth. Just as I thought smugly to myself ‘Oh – it’s them. It HAS to be.’ I am soon feeling a little silly. This is a book that keeps me on my toes throughout.

The story is written predominantly from Even’s perspective and his manner is very typical of a young person in today’s society. Ruled/governed by what is posted on social media, Even feels the full force of his peers suspicions. Before he even faces the courtroom, he is already fighting in his corner in the trial by social media – a trial led solely on speculation.

Given the location and the plot – I can see this easily being turned into an online series. One which I would happily sit and binge in an afternoon! There is enough with each character to have you wanting more and I finished this book very much with more questions than I had answers to.

This is a great book for younger readers who love their crime fiction, or for those looking for a book to get them started! I’ll certainly be recommending this book to my friends who have children! I cannot wait to read what’s next for Thomas!

About Thomas Enger;

Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2009, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news.

Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

You can buy INBORN from the following booksellers (but obvs you can get it at other awesome booksellers too!);

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

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) by Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl (January 24th 2019, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks) #TeamLori

DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) by Steph Broadribb
24th January 2019, Orenda Books

A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…

Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead. Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them.

If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.

With North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is more deadly – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined. In this race only the winner gets out alive…

Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.

I must firstly apologise to every other book I will read in 2019 as I don’t think I’m going to love another as much as I have DEEP DIRTY TRUTH!!

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it until there is a court order against it… I think I’m a little bit in love with Lori Anderson! It’s very rare for me to have this kind of reaction to a female protagonist. My list of female heroes is rather short – Sarah Connor will always remain on the top stop, but Lori is a very close second. She’s a badass!

In DEEP DIRTY TRUTH I feel a progression in Lori’s character from what we saw in the first two instalments. Despite what she is tasked with by the Miami Mob, the time she has to succeed and the consequences of if she fails, Lori remains calm, collected and focus. Sometimes eerily so. It reminds me of the contrast we see in Sarah Connor between the first two Terminator movies. A woman determined to do what it takes to protect her family. It’s not about her any more. Her daughter, Dakota depends on her to be around and this is very much forefront in everything Lori does.

Alex Monroe remains one of those characters that I can’t quite decide on yet how I feel about. He has the ability of popping up when you least expect it and saving the day/offering assistance to Lori – but in the next breath can piss you off by playing both sides to his advantage, leaving Lori in the shit. Although he spends most of this book helping Lori – Alex still has his own agenda. An agenda which I’m sure is going to be explored in the next book in this series.

The introduction of Carly was a pleasant surprise! An integral character, lending herself to Lori when help is desperately needed, we start to learn more about Carlton North – this adding those extra secretive layers to the Miami Mob. It’s my wish/hope that for the next story, not only will we get more JT and Lori action (work action…not ‘that’ action.!) but that we learn more about Carly and her background and how she became the woman we meet in this book.

Short, sharp chapters keep the action moving at a steady pace without losing momentum and that ending has left the story wide open for Lori and JT’s next challenge and I CANNOT wait to read what happens next!

A HUGE thank you to Orenda Books and the wonderful Steph Broadribb for gifting me a copy of DEEP DIRTY TRUTH. Despite what some may believe, this review has not been swayed in light of this!

You can buy DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) 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 | ATTEND by West Camel @west_camel (November 15th 2018, Orenda Books @orendabooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of ATTEND by West Camel.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and of course West Camel who gifted me an early copy of ATTEND. 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;

A mesmerising debut novel with echoes of Armistead Maupin and a hint of magic realism…

‘If Armistead Maupin were to write about a diverse group of friends in Deptford, the results might resemble this … You’ll miss these characters when they’re gone’ Paul Burston

Under their feet lies magic…

When Sam falls in love with South London thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah.
Seamstress, sailor, story-teller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, the mysterious world that lies beneath their feet and, ultimately, the solution to their crises.
With echoes of Armistead Maupin and a hint of magic realism, Attend is a beautifully written, darkly funny, mesmerisingly emotive and deliciously told debut novel, rich in finely wrought characters that you will never forget.

So, want to know what I thought?;

WOWSERS! I was not expecting that. At all. I’m not really quite sure what I was expecting….but that wasn’t it. This book has taken my head and flung in all directions. ATTEND is unlike any book I have read before and I’m thankful for that as it meant I stopped trying to work out the story in advance and I was able to read and enjoy without prejudice.

The story is told from three very different perspectives (Anne, Sam and Deborah), with insight into Deborah’s life through flashbacks. Both Anne and Sam, handling their own crap life has thrown their way are bought together by Deborah and together they start a journey on self discovery and eventually happiness. All of which may sound rather cliche I know, but West has been able to write these characters and this story with such finesse that you soon forget you are reading a work of fiction.

If you are looking for something COMPLETELY different that hurts your head (in the best possible way!!) then ATTEND is the book for you! If this is West’s first novel, then I am excited to see what he releases next!

About West Camel;

Born and bred in south London – and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in higher education and business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing. He has worked as a book and arts journalist, and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch. He currently combines his work as editor at Orenda Books with writing and editing a wide range of material for various arts organisations, including ghost-writing a New-Adult novel and editing The Riveter magazine for the

European Literature Network. He has also written several short scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres,

A highly anticipated debut, blending the magical realism of Angela Carter and the gritty authenticity of Eastenders and was longlisted for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project. Attend is his first novel..

You can buy ATTEND from the following booksellers (as always – be sure to support your local bookseller!!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | OVERKILL (Sam Shephard #1) by Vanda Symon @vandasymon (September 6th 2018, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of OVERKILL (Sam Shephard #1) by Vanda Symon.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and of course Vanda Symon who gifted me an early copy ofOVERKILL (Sam Shephard #1). 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;

Book One in the Sam Shephard Series … a tense and atmospheric thriller by one of New Zealand’s finest crime writers

When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide. But all is not what it seems.

Sam Shephard, sole-charge police constable in Mataura, soon discovers the death was no suicide and has to face the realisation that there is a killer in town. To complicate the situation, the murdered woman was the wife of her former lover. When Sam finds herself on the list of suspects and suspended from duty, she must cast said her personal feelings and take matters into her own hands. To find the murderer … and clear her name.

A taut, atmospheric and page-turning thriller, Overkill marks the start of an unputdownable and unforgettable series from one of New Zealand’s finest crime writers.

So, want to know what I thought?;

Orenda have done it again! If there’s one thing Orenda can pride themselves on (there’s bloody loads of things they can be proud of..but I am choosing just one for now!), it’s being able to gift the world with some of the finest writing from across the globe. Once again,

What first caught my attention is that this a crime novel set in rural New Zealand. This isn’t a fast paced inner city serial killer where everything from the investigation to car chases runs at 400mph. Everything that takes place in Mataura seems to happen at a more relaxed pace. I felt that I was able to fully digest the case in the same way Sam does.

Vanda’s writing style transported me directly to the dark and gritty surroundings of this rural town in the base of New Zealand’s South Island. There is a trick to writing about such vast open spaces, but being able to make it seem uncomfortable and claustrophobic. Add in the diverse character of Sam and this books makes for an incredible read. Sam is strong, confident, wounded and most importantly relatable! She gets drunk, eats crap food and at times, has a hell of a attitude with her colleagues. It’s refreshing to read female police offers written in this way!

OVERKILL is a clever little book, in the sense that as I was reading, I was certain I knew what had happened to the young mother and who was responsible. I couldn’t be more wrong and further away from the story I had already played in my head! THIS is what makes OVERKILL an absolutely joy to read. You are kept guessing and wondering to the very end.

Knowing there are another three books in the Sam Shephard series – I am keen to read what happens to Sam next. OVERKILL left me with some unanswered questions which I hope are answered as the series progresses.

 

About Vanda Symon;

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Vanda’s first novel Overkill, was written while juggling the demands of a 6 month old baby and a two year old. She suspects the prologue to Overkill was written in a state of sleep deprivation induced paranoia brought about by middle of the night feeds and imagining every awful thing that could possibly happen to her family. None of them ever did. Reading that prologue still makes her cry.

A little time has elapsed and the six-month old and two-year old are now teenagers. As well as trying to raise two wonderful human beings, she has added three more Detective Sam Shephard novels to the series and written the stand alone psychological thriller The Faceless.

As well as being a crime writer, she hosts a monthly radio show on Dunedin’s Otago Access Radio called Write On, where she interviews local writers, and catches the odd international super-star if they’re in town. 

And just to prove that she is a tiger for punishment, she has recently completed a PhD at the University of Otago looking at the communication of science through crime fiction – the perfect subject for a science loving crime writer. She has an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy and enjoyed a career as a community pharmacist and palliative care pharmacist before concentrating on her writing career.

Vanda has been involved with the New Zealand Society of Authors for many years, having been chair of the Otago Southland Branch. She is currently the Otago Southland regional delegate on the NZSA Board. Vanda was also the Chair of Copyright Licensing New Zealand. 

When she isn’t writing, Vanda can be found digging around in her garden in Dunedin, or on the business end of a fencing foil. She has fenced since high school and still competes in national and international competitions. As well as competing she coaches, and because she likes to get involved, boots and all, is the president of Fencing South and on the board of Fencing New Zealand.

Vanda is a founding member of the Dunedin Crime Writers Association, whose raison d’etre is for its members to drink beer or wine and talk crime writing at their favourite pub.

 

You can buy OVERKILL (Sam Shephard #1) from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport| BIG SISTER (Varg Veum) by Gunnar Staalesen (Translation by Don Bartlett) ‏(June 20th 2018, Orenda Books @Orendabooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of BIG SISTER, the next novel featuring Norwegian Private Investigator; Varg Veum by Gunnar Staalesen.

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 of course Gunnar Staalesen who gifted me an early copy of BIG SISTER. 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;

Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office. A woman introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a 19-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her apartment in Bergen two weeks ago.

Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously.

Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers on the hunt for a group of people whose dark deeds are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal.

So, want to know what I thought?

WOW! I was ready for that! I have been reading a fair amount of contemporary romance of late (too much crime fiction make Sooz a little fuzzy headed) and I was ready to get my head back into the world of Noir and BIG SISTER was EXACTLY what I needed in my life!

After WOLVES IN THE DARK I continue to find it refreshing that Veum is not a sprightly young thirty-something man who displays quick reflexes and is able to acrobat himself out of any murky situation! No. Veum is in his sixties for startes. As such behaves as a sixty year old. He hurts. He sasses and is straight talking, which as a reader gets me excited to read what he can possibly get himself into next and when he does, how will he tackle it.

Taking on a missing persons case may sound simple enough, but as with most stories like this, once you start poking around and asking questions, separate stories and characters begin to appear from the woodwork. Gunnar’s writing pace allows for the reader to fully digest each of the characters and their own back stories, allowing us to form the bigger picture before we learn the conclusion at the end of the book.

BIG SISTER is an intrique web of lies, secrets, deceit and unspoken truths. It’s the classic story of pulling at a thread and seeing the whole thing unravel, but what Gunnar and Don have been able to do is allow the unravelling happen at a speed in which we can really feel everything come undone. It’s a particular credit to Don in his translation for English readers to truly feel Gunnar’s intention with this story.

I’m certainly looking forward to reading who comes knocking at Veum’s door next!

TL DR; It’s dead good. You should go buy this book yeah! 🙂


About GUNNAR STAALESEN;

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Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over four million copies.

Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife. When Prince Charles visited Bergen, Staalesen was appointed his official tour guide.

There is a life-sized statue of Varg Veum in the centre of Bergen, and a host of Varg Veum memorabilia for sale. We Shall Inherit the Wind and Where Roses Never Die were both international bestsellers.

 

BIG SISTER is available now through the following outlets (but there are MANY others! Support local where you can!);

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

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | BLUE NIGHT (Chastity Riley) by Simone Buchholz @ohneKlippo @FwdTranslations (February 28th 2018, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of BLUE NIGHT by Simone Buchholz.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and of course Simone Buchholz who gifted me an early copy of BLUE NIGHT. 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;

After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble.

However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs.

When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived…

Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany’s bestselling authors.

So, want to know what I thought?;

For starters, this is straight up one of the most intriguing books I’ve had the pleasure of reading! I admit that I struggled at the beginning…. The format of this book is short, snappy paragraphs which jump between scenes so quick that it makes your head spin…. but what a thrill it was!

We get a glimpse into each character through snippet flashbacks. Only a couple of sentances to help capture the mood/feeling of what each character is experiencing in the past. It gives us just enough to buy into the story, but leaves us hanging and with that air of mystery.

BLUE NIGHT is a relatively short read at a little under 200 pages (paperback edition), but don’t let the length of this book fool you into thinking the quality of the writing is anything less than excellence. This is also a credit to Rachel Ward who in my opinion has translated this work beautifully.

I imagine it’s going to be a long time before I read something quite as extroadinary as BLUE NIGHT.

About Simone Bulchholz;

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Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg.

In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as the second Place of the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months.

Simone lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

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

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

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | HYDRA (Six Stories #2) by Matt Wesolowski @ConcreteKraken (January 24th 2018, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of HYDRA (Six Stories #2) by Matt Wesolowski.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and Matt Wesolowski who gifted me an early copy of HYDRA. 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;

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.”

Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.

As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.

So, want to know what I thought?

I’ve come to the conclusion that Matt Wesolowski is a Warlock. He must be. For him to take 26 letters of the alphabet and create something pretty outstanding like HYDRA is magic to me!

After reading SIX STORIES last year – I could not WAIT to get my hands on HYDRA. The premise of writing a podcast style serial is a niche which Matt has completely taken over and I can’t think of any other book that adapts this kind of story telling. THAT is a great thing! It makes for a great conversation starter when people ask me for recommendations.

Now, do we talk children? More specifically…creepy, scary children! Black eyed children. Nightmare inducing stuff. It’s creepy, sinister and wonderful. It adds that added horror element to an already intense and chilling story. Arla’s account of what happened to her family and just as important, herself makes for uncomfortable reading.

As with SIX STORIES, the plot moves along at a steady pace. HYDRA is not about the fast action, but about the slow burn. The reader is given time to fully digest each episode and form their own opinions of the story. But this is a Wesolowski novel, there is a twist. A twist that pulls the rug out from under you and leaves you slamming to the ground with a ‘what the f… just happened?’.

I CANNOT wait to read what is next for Scott King! Just how deep and twisted can we go?! I’ll take my number and wait in the long line of readers/authors/bloggers who will continue to champion both Matt and his novels!

About Matt Wesolowski;

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Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North.

Wesolowski started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous magazines and US anthologies.

Wesolowski was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at ‘Bloody Scotland’; Crime Writing Festival 2015, his subsequent debut crime novel ‘Six Stories’ was published by Orenda Books in the spring of 2017.

You can buy HYDRA (Six Stories #2) from the following bookseller;

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

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | DEEP BLUE TROUBLE by Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl (January 18th 2018, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of DEEP BLUE TROUBLE by Steph Broadribb. The second book in the Lori Anderson series.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and the wonderful Steph Broadribb who gifted me an early copy of DEEP BLUE TROUBLE. 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;

Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT—Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything—alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row.

Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson “The Fish” Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger.

With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything.

So, want to know what I thought?

Sweet. Baby. Jesus. If I wasn’t already in love with Lori Anderson – then I am even more so after this book!

When I think about fictional headstrong women, who take no crap from anybody and do everything they can to protect their families… I instantly think of Sarah Connor from The Terminator series. I am now pleased that I will be adding Lori to this list as well!

Steph has carried on the story in DEEP BLUE TROUBLE directly after the events in DEEP DOWN DEAD and Lori on the hunt for a man who can help free JT. A man currently spending time in prison for a crime he did not commit. Lori is on a race against time to find the missing fugitive and make the exchange for JT.

There is an added level of danger for Lori as it becomes apparant that another party is interested in Lori. An interest which at the end of the book, is left on a cliffhanger as we discover where the next installment will take us. I find myself conflicted for wanting a ‘happily ever after’ for Lori & JT – but also wanting to see what next can be thrown at them. A story which has consumed me like this will stay with me for a very long time.

Short, fast chapters keeps the pace of this book moving at a speed where we don’t lose the story – but insteads are there, in the action. Feeling all the emotions with Lori and trying to help her think of her next move. I truly believe that Steph is a wizard. She possesses the magic to craft a stunning narrative, whilst creating characters which a reader cannot help but invest in.

My only hope now is that Steph continues to write about Lori for at least the next 15+ books…..that would be excellent! 🙂

About Steph Broadribb;

Steph Broadribb

Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at www.crimethrillergirl.com where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases.

Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens.

DEEP DOWN DEAD is her debut novel.

You can buy DEEP BLUE TROUBLE from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

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

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | KILLED (Henning Juul #5) by Thomas Enger @EngerThomas (February 15th 2018, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of the final book in the Henning Juul series; KILLED by Thomas Enger

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and of course the wonderful Thomas Enger who gifted me an early copy of KILLED. 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;

SOMEONE HAS TO DIE…

Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits
opposite him. At the man’s feet is a body that will be soon be dumped into the water.

Henning knows that the same fate awaits him. And he knows that it’s his own fault.

Who started the fire that killed Henning’s young son? How is his sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted?

Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-awaited finale of the internationally renowned series featuring conflicted,
disillusioned but always dogged crime reporter Henning Juul, and one of the most chilling, dark and moving crime thrillers you may ever read.

So, you want to know what I think?

If it wasn’t for the fear of destroying it – I would have launched my Kindle across the room once I finished KILLED. It is THAT good! I devoured this book in less than 48 hours and I wish I hadn’t with the knowledge that this is the last we will read of Henning. (Unless Thomas has a change of heart and decides to bring him back…I’ll be ready!)

Henning’s story – the twists, the turns, the scandal of everyone that was involved. I’ve not enjoyed a series like this so much since THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO! The trail of deception runs deep and you find yourself doubting everyone!

The ending of this story shocked me, but then felt right. It was the culmination of everything Henning has been through to discover what actually happened the night his son was cruelly taken from him. We also understand the ‘why’ and it’s a pretty hard pill to swallow.

Thomas has an exceptional way with words and with the talent of Kari Dickson’s translation – I was ‘there’. I felt all of the betrayal, the anguish, the pain….and not just from Henning. Nora’s journey in KILLED is a sad one as she experiences a pain that some people can only imagine.

There are talks of the Henning Juul series being made into a TV series! I for one cannot wait to see how Henning’s story will translated to screen and hope that any producer in their right mind will ensure his story is portrayed in the right way!

About Thomas Enger;

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Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2009, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news.

Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

You can buy KILLED from the following booksellers (but obvs you can get it at other awesome booksellers too!);

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

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | WHITEOUT by Ragnar Jonasson @ragnarjo (November 1st 2017, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for WHITEOUT– the lastest novel in the Dark Iceland series from the rather excellent Ragnar Jonasson.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and of course Rangar Jonasson who gifted me an early copy of WHITEOUT. 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;

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the old house on the remote rocky outcrop?

With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier. As the dark history and the secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place.

Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.

So, you want to know what I think?

After reading RUPTURE I was ready for the next story Ari Thor. I was excited to read what was next for him.

Once again, what Ragnar is able to do is build up a tension of the location for the reader that takes us to that dark, cold setting he is writing about. As a reader, you feel the same cold and sense of unease as the characters in the book. This skill is something that many authors can only DREAM of!

Don’t let that this is the fifth book in the series put you off reading WHITEOUT. Of course you don’t get the full history and development of the characters from the previous offerings, but you certainly don’t miss anything in this book. This is a credit to Jonasson’s writing.

The ending of the book frustrated me – but in a good ‘holy shit I need to know more’ way! We get a glimpse into Ari’s history and although he is quick to brush this detail off, it gives us that hook for the next book as to just how much detail we will be privvy to.

All in all, another cracking read from Jonasson. Not a crazy faced paced crime story, but a dramatic, intense slow burner. I love these types of crime reads as, I say this ALL the time now, I read so many fast paced ‘where the chuff did that come from?!’ books and it can become a little tiresome and ‘same, same’. It’s nice to be able to get cosy and snuggled up…..it gives me all the Agatha Christie feels!

About Ragnar Jónasson;

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Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 18 countries and for TV.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as a lawyer. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

You can buy WHITEOUT 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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