Tuesday, 3 August 2021

The Turnout by Megan Abbott Blog Tour

 I'll admit, I'm no dancer (not from want or trying) but that doesn't stop me enjoying the world of dance, watching and admiring.

I've read books based around ballet before but when I heard about Megan Abbotts' latest novel The Turnout, I was immediately intrigued. 

Described as dark and mesmerising, making Black Swan look like a children's story, I was left wondering what possible direction could this author take the story? Surely the idea of ballet is just to beautiful to be so disturbing?

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Ballet flows through their veins. Dara and Marie Durant were dancers since birth, with their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, homeschooled and trained by their mother. Decades later the Durant School of Dance is theirs. The two sisters, together with Charlie, Dara's husband and once their mother's prize student, inherited the school after their parents died in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago. Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, back broken after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around each other, the three have perfected a dance, six days a week, that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school's annual performance of The Nutcracker, a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration, an interloper arrives and threatens the delicate balance of everything they've worked for.

Monday, 26 July 2021

Brazilian Psycho by Joe Thomas Blog Tour

 Today is my stop on the blog tour for Joe Thomas's novel Brazilian Psycho.

And I have something a little different to offer today. Instead of my usual book review, I have a guest post from Joe Thomas himself.

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So sit back and have a read:

No Number Nine by FJ Campbell Blog Tour

No Number Nine is a book that couldn't be better timed when it comes to release dates and that's because it carries the theme of the Olympics within it so it seems rather fitting to have a blog tour to promote the book coincide with such a fantastic event.

I went into this book not really knowing what to expect as I'll be honest I had never heard of FJ Campbell or their books before but I was pleasantly surprised at just how engaging this story was and on multiple levels too.

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What do you do when your amazing, beloved sister dies?

Hide in your room for two years.

Sleep with a very, very wrong man.

Leave home and start a new life, lying to everyone you meet including your kind employer, your curious friends and the man you love?

Pip Mitchell’s an expert at making seriously bad decisions. But when her past, present and future collide at the Sydney Olympic Games, she’s going to have to decide whose side she’s on – or she’ll lose everyone she loves.

Sunday, 25 July 2021

The Lucky Eight by Sheila Bugler Blog Tour

 Ok, so when I read the blurb of this novel, I felt as though it was like the book version of that movie Final Destination. What we get with The Lucky Eight is something a lot less cheesy and a lot more suspenseful.

Sheila Bugler has managed to create a 'whodunnit' that is both action packed and fast paced. A gripping story built up from a plane disaster.

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Five years ago, a horrific airline disaster made headlines around the world. On the anniversary of the fatal crash, a number of those who were spared gather to mark the occasion. By morning, Nick Gilbert, a celebrity chef and one of the party, lies dead. Detective Rachel Lewis leads the investigation and within days another survivor is stabbed to death. It seems certain that a killer is targeting the lucky eight.

Clodagh Kinsella recovered from the injuries she sustained in the crash, but lost her sister that day. The bereavement shared by Clodagh and her sister’s husband led them to a romance of their own. Yet lately, Clodagh knows something isn’t right. As the noose tightens on the group and Rachel comes across more questions than answers, it’s only a matter of time before Clodagh will have to face the consequences of a mistake she made before the plane went down…

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Reckless by RJ McBrien Blog Tour

 Last year the genre of crime thriller quickly became one of my favourites to read, I'm always eager to discover new authors from this type of category so when I was asked if I would like to be a part of the blog tour for a debut crime thriller, I jumped at the chance.

As I just mentioned, Reckless is the debut novel from script write RJ McBrien who has previously written for programmes such as The Bill, Spooks and Wallander. And I confidently say (no spoilers) that his passion for writing has shone through in this book.

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Kirsten Calloway knows she should be grateful. She has a stable marriage, decent job, and a wonderful teenage daughter. But she also has a raging libido that won't shut up, and a husband who'd rather go on a bike ride.

She bumps into an old friend at a school reunion who faces a similar problem. Dianne, though, has found the answer: a discreet agency which arranges casual sex for people just like them, people who want to keep their marriages but also scratch that itch.

Enter Zac: younger, handsome and everything Kirsten could hope for in bed. For a while, they seem to have it all. Kirsten even finds herself becoming a better wife and mother. But Zac wants more – a lot more, and he'll stop at nothing to get it.