#PublicationDay | #BookReview | #Giveaway | THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd @amylloydwrites (Paperback Edition; October 4th 2018, Cornerstone @penguinrhuk)

A very happy publication day to Amy Lloyd for the paperback edition of THE INNOCENT WIFE. Following the initial release back in December 2017, THE INNOCENT WIFE soon became a Top 10 Bestseller! Below, you can read my reasons why I loved this debut so much 🙂

Thank you so much again to the team at Penguin UK, Amy Lloyd and Anne Cater who gifted me my original copy back in December as part of the Hardback release blog tour. I remain 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;

A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage – and his release.

Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a Making a Murderer-style true crime documentary that’s taking the world by storm – the filmmakers are whipping up a frenzy of coverage to uncover the truth and free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.

Samantha may be thousands of miles away in Britain, but she is as invested in Dennis’s case as any of his lawyers. Perhaps even more so, as her letters to the convicted killer grow ever more intimate. Soon she is leaving her life behind to marry Danson and campaign, as his wife, for his release.

But when the campaign is successful, and Dennis is freed, events begin to suggest that he may not be so innocent after all. How many girls went missing in Red River, and what does Dennis really know?

So, want to know what I thought?

Every now and then, a book comes along that completely consumes your every thought. You cannot put it down until you have devoured every single page. Then once you have finished, you have to sit and stare and think about what you have just read. THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books!

From the very start, I was hooked. It took me back to the same feels I had listening to Serial and watching Making of a Murderer. Those feelings of doubt and suspicion against every character – I don’t think I trusted a single one. There was something slightly off about everyone. Don’t think I’m saying this as a negative though – quite the opposite! I LOVED it.

I could feel the awkwardness between Sam and Dennis in their visits and the underlying tension between the pair once Dennis is freed from prison. I find myself trying to think why Sam would sacrifice her life in the UK to move to another country to be with a man she has never met. Who, although she believes his innocence – is still in prison charged with committing horrific crimes.

The dynamic between Sam and Dennis, once released, shifts considerably and reading it made me uncomfortable. Dennis’ mood swings and his relationship with Lauren has the reader jumping to conclusions before we even reach the end of the book. Which is more than a credit to Amy’s writing (I still can’t get over that this is a DEBUT novel!)

The end of the story couldn’t be more perfect as it left me asking more questions as to what happened next? Why did it happen that way? Open endings like this can be both a frustration and a pleasure. A frustration stemming from not getting the closure some readers crave from a story, but then a pleasure that we are almsot left to create the story ourselves in our head and create new situations and choices.

Safe to say that THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time!

About AMY LLOYD;

Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. In 2016 she won the Daily Mail Bestseller Competition for her novel The Innocent Wife. Amy lives in Cardiff with her partner, who is also a published novelist.

You can buy THE INNOCENT WIFE from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!! Support your local independent booksellers where you can!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

Thanks to our friends at Penguin UK, we also have one paperback copy of THE INNOCENT WIFE to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, tell us in the comments below; If you could write a letter to a famous criminal, who would it be and why?

Giveaway ends on Friday 5th October at 12pm GMT.
Winner will be notified shortly after 🙂 

BEST OF LUCK!

-S.

#BlogTour| #BookReview | THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd @AmyLloydWrites (December 28th 2017, Cornerstone @PenguinRHUK)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Clare Kelly, Cornerstone (Penguin Random House) and of course the Amy Lloyd who gifted me an early copy of THE INNOCENT WIFE. 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;

A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage – and his release.

Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a Making a Murderer-style true crime documentary that’s taking the world by storm – the filmmakers are whipping up a frenzy of coverage to uncover the truth and free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.

Samantha may be thousands of miles away in Britain, but she is as invested in Dennis’s case as any of his lawyers. Perhaps even more so, as her letters to the convicted killer grow ever more intimate. Soon she is leaving her life behind to marry Danson and campaign, as his wife, for his release.

But when the campaign is successful, and Dennis is freed, events begin to suggest that he may not be so innocent after all. How many girls went missing in Red River, and what does Dennis really know?

So, want to know what I thought?

Every now and then, a book comes along that completely consumes your every thought. You cannot put it down until you have devoured every single page. Then once you have finished, you have to sit and stare and think about what you have just read. THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books!

From the very start, I was hooked. It took me back to the same feels I had listening to Serial and watching Making of a Murderer. Those feelings of doubt and suspicion against every character – I don’t think I trusted a single one. There was something slightly off about everyone. Don’t think I’m saying this as a negative though – quite the opposite! I LOVED it.

I could feel the awkwardness between Sam and Dennis in their visits and the underlying tension between the pair once Dennis is freed from prison. I find myself trying to think why Sam would sacrifice her life in the UK to move to another country to be with a man she has never met. Who, although she believes his innocence – is still in prison charged with committing horrific crimes.

The dynamic between Sam and Dennis, once released, shifts considerably and reading it made me uncomfortable. Dennis’ mood swings and his relationship with Lauren has the reader jumping to conclusions before we even reach the end of the book. Which is more than a credit to Amy’s writing (I still can’t get over that this is a DEBUT novel!)

The end of the story couldn’t be more perfect as it left me asking more questions as to what happened next? Why did it happen that way? Open endings like this can be both a frustration and a pleasure. A frustration stemming from not getting the closure some readers crave from a story, but then a pleasure that we are almsot left to create the story ourselves in our head and create new situations and choices.

Safe to say that THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time!

About AMY LLOYD;

Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. In 2016 she won the Daily Mail Bestseller Competition for her novel The Innocent Wife. Amy lives in Cardiff with her partner, who is also a published novelist.

You can buy THE INNOCENT WIFE from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

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

-S.

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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#IncidentReport – My Bloody Valentine by @alastair_gunn (@PenguinUKBooks 2015)

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE (DCI Antonia Hawkins #2) by Alastair Gunn (Penguin, 2015)

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“When the body of a young woman is found brutally slain on Valentine’s Day the press reacts with barely disguised glee. For DCI Antonia Hawkins, still recovering from the terrible wounds inflicted by another killer, the pressure of another high profile murder investigation could barely be worse timed.

But, battling her own physical limitations and under pressure from a new member of the team whose ambition to displace her is barely disguised, Hawkins must discover not just who killed the first victim, but why. Or watch helplessly as others die at the hands of a monster whose been labelled the Valentine Killer…”

It felt right to read this book in February – the month of love! I thoroughly enjoyed THE ADVENT KILLER which is the first in the series following DCI Antonia Hawkins and her team as they track down a brutal serial killer targeting his victims on the run up to Christmas and the New Year. The events at the end of THE ADVENT KILLER (Sorry, no spoilers!) were left open and MY BLOODY VALENTINE jumps straight into the story following this.

I did enjoy this book – but for me personally, I was more interested in Antonia’s story, rather than the case at hand of catching our latest killer. It was great to use flashbacks to get into the mind of our killer – but I started to feel like it was taking away from the plot and that some of these flashbacks could have been cut back a little to expand the plot twist further. It felt a little rushed towards the end. Which for me, is no bad thing – I enjoy the occasional reading whiplash!

One aspect I really enjoyed was Antonia’s return to work following her attack over Christmas from the previous serial killer. Antonia’s is quick to catch on that her job is threatened by a newcomer to the team and battle lines are soon drawn – we only get a small taste of this in MY BLOODY VALENTINE, but I hope we get to see more of this in Book Three.

Gunn is a great writer, and that shows throughout his books. I do love me a good police procedural and this ticks that box for me every time. My hope for Antonia going forwards is she continues to get stronger and more determined to seek out and confront some of the bad seeds among her team.
Antonia will have her work cut out for her with the new member of her team and I am interested in reading how Gunn tackles this dynamic in the next book.

Once again, Gunn has left the story WIDE OPEN ready for Book Three; THE KEEPER which is due for release in April 2017. I for one am excited to get my hands on this and read what lies ahead for Antonia and her team.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE is available now through the following UK outlets;

Waterstones; http://bit.ly/2laX17h

Amazon (UK); http://amzn.to/2meEF6r

-S.

#Friday56 – MY BLOODY VALENTINE by @alastair_gunn


He sat forwards. “So you’ll spend your final few days here in solitary confinement.”


Title:
MY BLOODY VALENTINE
Author:
Alastair Gunn
Publisher:
Penguin
Publication Date: January 15th, 2015

Blurb:
When the body of a young woman is found brutally slain on Valentine’s Day the press reacts with barely disguised glee. For DCI Antonia Hawkins, still recovering from the terrible wounds inflicted by another killer, the pressure of another high profile murder investigation could barely be worse timed.

But, battling her own physical limitations and under pressure from a new member of the team whose ambition to displace her is barely disguised, Hawkins must discover not just who killed the first victim, but why. Or watch helplessly as others die at the hands of a monster whose been labelled the Valentine Killer…

This book has been on my shelf now for FAR too long. I have been keen to read this since finishing THE ADVENT KILLER. I was always keen to read what was next for DCI Hawkins following the events in TAK. Plus, what better book to read during the ‘Month of Love’ 🙂

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Freda at Freda’s Voice

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

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