Tuesday, 18 January 2022

The Secret Keeper's Daughter by Samantha King Blog Tour

 New year, new books and with that comes new authors - well at least to me.

I have to admit that before this blog tour, I hadn't read any books by Samantha King. Spoiler alert, after reading The Secret Keeper's Daughter, I will definitely be reading more books written by her.

Her other works are described as psychological suspense novels and this story fits well within that category.

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Holly Mayhew has the perfect family set-up. But when her seven-year-old daughter, Marley, begins to act strangely, refusing to speak and rushing off to hide in her room, she knows something isn’t right.

Desperate to understand why Marley has become so withdrawn, Holly creates a worry box, where Marley posts her thoughts each day.

At first, the messages seem innocent. But when Holly finds a note saying secrets make me sad, she begins to question everyone entrusted with her care…

Including her family.

Once the truth is out… there’s no going back.

Monday, 10 January 2022

Betrayal by David Gilman Blog Tour

 I'm a person that is willing to give any genre of a book a go. I am a great believer that even if one story doesn't resonate with me, another of a similar subject may well capture my attention.

Now spy thrillers are something that I have never really thought to read so when I was asked if I'd like to read David Gilman's latest novel, Betrayal, I thought to myself why the hell not and I'll be honest, best decision I've made in a long time.

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Someone's trying to start a war. And Raglan's just walked into the kill zone.

It has been many years since Dan Raglan served in the French Foreign Legion, but the bonds forged in adversity are unbreakable and when one of his comrades calls for help, Raglan is duty-bound to answer.

An ex-legionnaire, now an intelligence officer at the Pentagon, disappears. He leaves only this message: should he ever go missing, contact Raglan. But Raglan's not the only one looking for the missing man. From the backstreets of Marseilles, Raglan finds himself following a trail of death that will lead him to Florida, to the camaraderie of a Vietnam vet in Washington D.C., and into the heart of a bitter battle in the upper echelons of the US intelligence community.

Pursued by both the CIA and a rogue female FBI agent, Raglan's search will place him in the cross hairs of an altogether more lethal organisation. Tracking his old comrade, he finds himself in the midst of deadly conspiracy, and on a journey to a fatal confrontation deep in the Honduran rainforest.

Thursday, 6 January 2022

The Unravelling by Polly Crosby Blog Tour

 Last year I had the privilege of joining the blog tour for Polly Crosby's novel, The Illustrated Child. It was a story that was weaved together magically and captured my imagination completely.

So when I was given the chance to be a part of the tour for her latest book, The Unravelling, there wasn't anyway that I could say no as I just knew that it would be something special. And I'm sure you'll agree after reading my review.

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Tartelin has been employed by Marianne Stourbridge to hunt for butterflies, but she quickly uncovers something far more intriguing. The island and Marianne share a remarkable past, and what happened all those years ago has left its scars.

The island has a strange effect on Tartelin, too, finally allowing her to confront her own, painful, memories. As she does, Marianne’s story begins to unravel around her, revealing an extraordinary tale of two girls, an obsession with pearls, and a truth beyond imagination.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Blue Running by Lori Ann Stephens Blog Tour

 I'm quite partial to a coming of age story.

Many I'm used to reading focus on teenagers and some sort of romance with a little drama thrown in for good measure.

However author Lori Ann Stephens has written something. Blue Running is her debut novel in the UK and what a story it is.

What I'd describe as a dystopian YA thriller, Lori certainly knows how to grab a readers attention.

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Fourteen-year-old Bluebonnet Andrews is on the run across the Republic of Texas. An accident with a gun killed her best friend but everyone in the town of Blessing thinks it was murder. Even her father - the town's drunken deputy - believes she did it. Now, she has no choice but to run.

In Texas, murder is punishable by death. There's no one to help her. Her father is incapable and her mother left the state on the last flight to America before the secession. Blue doesn't know where she is but she's determined to track her down. First she has to get across the lawless Republic and over the wall that keeps everyone in. On the road she meets Jet, a pregnant young woman of Latin American heritage. Jet is secretive about her past but she's just as determined as Blue to get out of Texas before she's caught and arrested.

Together, the two form an unlikely kinship as they make their way past marauding motorcycle gangs, the ever watchful Texas Rangers, and armed strangers intent on abducting them - or worse. When Blue and Jet finally reach the wall, will they be able to cross the border, or will they be shot down in cold blood like the thousands who have gone before them? Some things are worth dying for.

This is a book that had me intrigued by the blurb and by the time I'd read the opening two pages, I just knew I had to know more about Blue and just where her journey would lead.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

The Imperfect Art of Caring by Jessica Ryn Blog Tour

 Last November I had the pleasure of reading a novel by at the time a debut author, who I was also lucky enough to call my friend, that novel was The Extraordinary Life of Dawn Brightside.  And the writer, none other than Jessica Ryn.

I'm now even more excited to say that this is my spot on the blog tour for her latest release, The Imperfect Art of Caring. 

Before I share more detailed thoughts on the book I'll say this . . . prepare to feel everything!

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One small act can make a big difference.

Violet Strong is strong by name but not by nature, or so she thinks. She listens but never talks about herself. She’s friendly but doesn’t have many real friends. She’s become good at keeping people at a distance ever since she left home at eighteen and never looked back.

But when Violet is forced to return home to care for her estranged mother Glenys, she quickly finds out that life as a carer isn’t easy. Feeling overwhelmed, she’s forced to turn to the other local carers, including childhood friend Adam, for help. Although returning home still feels like a mistake, maybe it will help Violet right some wrongs. After all, she can’t keep running from her past forever, and in learning to look after others, perhaps Violet can start to finally love herself.