#BlogTour: THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North @writer_north @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90 @Ells85

9780241367490Publication: 13th June 2019 – Michael Joseph

If you leave the door half open, you will hear the whispers spoken…

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered fi ve young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another young boy has gone missing, stirring up rumours that the original killer was always known to have an accomplice. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window…

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for THE WHISPER MAN, the brilliant and gripping new novel by Alex North. A huge huge thank you to Jenny and Michael Joseph for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of the book.

THE WHISPER MAN is a page-turner!!!  It’s dark, creepy, and addictive and, even though it made me check that the doors were safely locked at night before going to bed, I couldn’t stop reading it. The main protagonists are Tom Kennedy and his six-year-old son Jake. Following the premature and sudden death of his wife, Tom moves to Featherbank for a fresh new start. This quiet English town has been shocked by the kidnapping and murder of a young boy. While the police investigate and tries to figure out if this case is somehow connected to the Whisper Man, a psychopath now in jail for kidnapping and killing 6 children twenty years before, Tom is worried about the fact that Jake is hearing voices…

IMG_20190602_191324_379 (2)THE WHISPER MAN quickly went to the top of the best books of the year. I heard there is a movie in the making which it’s really exciting and which I will definitely watch, although not alone and probably in daylight. It’s twisty, haunting, and immersive. The atmosphere is dark, the tension slowly builds up, and, although some of the scenes make for an unsettling and disturbing read that it’s not for everyone, especially when it comes to children being murdered, I couldn’t put it down.

The two protagonists of the novel are ordinary, genuine, and very likable. Tom is a young widower and his grief over losing his wife feels very real. The author perfectly captures the insecurities of a man who suddenly finds himself alone and who doesn’t know how to deal with a son he loves very much but he doesn’t understand. Jake is sensible and very smart. He misses his mother who was the only one who could really understand him, his relationship with his father is not easy, and I really felt for him.

THE WHISPER MAN is a chilling and superb read, a novel that highly recommend… but don’t read it at night!

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#BlogTour: NOW YOU SEE ME by Chris McGeorge @crmcgeorge @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

9781409178101Publication: 13th June 2019 – Orion

Introducing Standedge Tunnel: the longest canal tunnel in England.

Last year six students went in, and two and a half hours later, the boat reappeared on the other side with only one of the students, unconscious, and the dog.

The case of the Standedge Six was largely kept from the national media. The police investigation concluded that the only remaining student, Matthew, killed his friends, hid the bodies on the boat and returned later to move them to an undisclosed location.

Matthew is in prison . . . but maintains he is innocent.

Robert Ferringham is grieving for his missing wife, Sam. So when Matthew contacts him for help with his case, promising information on Sam, Robert has no choice but to help. But can he trust Matthew?

And how will he solve the insolvable case?

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A very happy publication day to Chris McGeorge!!! His new novel, NOW YOU SEE ME, is out now and it’s my absolute pleasure to welcome you on my stop on the blog tour. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to join the blog tour and to Orion for providing me with a copy of the book.

Have you read Guess Who? I did, I read it last year and I loved it and since then I have been waiting for a new novel by Chris McGeorge. Once again, he proved he can masterfully create a plot so intricate and full of twists that I didn’t figure out what really happened and who was guilty until it was all revealed. At the center of the story is Robert Ferringham. He is an author and journalist who is looking for one thing: the truth. The truth about what really happened to the woman he loved and the truth about the mysterious case of five students who disappeared into thin air while crossing a tunnel on a boat while Matthew, the only one to come out of the tunnel, is accused of having killed them and hidden their bodies. Can solving the case of the Standedge Six really lead Robert to discover what happened to his wife?

NOW YOU SEE ME is gripping, beautifully written, and sinister. There were moments that kept me on the edge of my seat, moments where I said “I knew it!”, moments when I I thought “this is such a fantastic twist!”, and some emotional moments when the author explores in details the different levels of grief and how people react differently to losing someone they love.

The characters feel very realistic, some likable, others not so much, but all perfectly crafted and well-developed. Add a self-paced and addictive plot, a dark atmosphere that creeped me out and gave me goose bumps, and a small town setting where everyone is keeping secrets and I can honestly tell you that NOW YOU SEE ME is a fabulous page-turner!

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#BookReview: THE LAST HOUSE GUEST by Megan Miranda @MeganLMiranda @CorvusBooks

The Last Guest HousePublication: 20th June 2019 – Corvus

Never overstay your welcome…

Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of – but that’s just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.

Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – until Sadie is found dead. When the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before she’s branded a killer.

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Two best friends, a suspicious death, and the brilliant and captivating writing style of an author that always manages to impress me. I am so happy every time that Megan Miranda has a new novel coming out. She knows how to build up the tension and keep the readers on their toes page after page.

In THE LAST HOUSE GUEST, she takes the reader in a small town on the coast in Maine where the wealth of the Loman family makes them royalty and untouchable. The unseemly friendship between one of them, Sadie, and the town’s bad girl, Avery Greer, causes curiosity and wonder. A year after Sadie was found dead, Avery is still not sure what really happened to her best friend, so she starts her own investigation.

The author makes a fantastic use of flashbacks to take the reader back in time and show the casual beginning of a friendship that no one expected or could explain, a family that thinks that money can buy anything, and a young woman struggling with grief and loneliness. The small town of Littleport is very characteristic, evocative, and bit claustrophobic and it is perfect for this story.

The story is told from Avery’s perspective who slowly reveals the truth about her past, her friendship with Sadie, and her relationship with the entire Loman family creating many twists and moments of suspense. I liked this character, she is multi-layered, well-crafted, and determined in finding out the truth.

As I read there was a sense of dread and suspicion that kept me glued to the page until I got to the ending which was fantastic, completely unexpected, full of surprises, shocking revelations, and drama. THE LAST HOUSE GUEST is addictive and thrilling and it is one of the novels I highly recommend you read this summer!

A huge, huge thank you to Corvus and NetGalley for provinding me with a copy of the book.

#BlogTour: THE AMBER MAZE by Christopher Bowen @annecater #ChristopherBowden #TheAmberMaze #RandomThingsTours

The Amber Maze CoverPublication: 6th September 2018 – Langton & Wood

While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens. Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped. The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts of the past are finally laid to rest. Delicately crafted noir fiction at its best.

 

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It’s my pleasure to welcome you all on my stop of the blog tour for THE AMBER MAZE, the new fantastic novel by Christopher Bowen. A huge thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.

Hugh Mullion is on holiday in a cottage. He is alone and bored, waiting for his wife to arrive, but the discovery of a mysterious key inside a chair that appeared out of nowhere leads Hugh in a entertaining and intriguing adventure to discover the secrets of a troubled artist. Meeting a cast of likable and colorful characters, Hugh finds himself trying to put together the pieces of a puzzle that take him back in England 1960 to solve a mystery that quickly becomes a true obsession for him.

THE AMBER MAZE is a quick and thrilling read. The novel is only 160 pages long, but a lot happens in these few pages. I found myself immersed and curious to see where Hugh’s investigation would lead him and it was fascinating reading about the world of art in 1960 London.

The narrative flows easily, the descriptions made the story feel real, and the characters are likable and interesting. The mystery of the key and all the secrets that follow create a story that is unique and captivating so that I found myself spending an afternoon pleasantly immersed in THE AMBER MAZE.

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Christopher Bowden Author PictureChristopher Bowden lives in south London.  He is the author of six novels, each with a colour theme.  The Amber Maze, published in September 2018, is the latest.  His previous books have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay. Of his third novel, The Red House, Sir Derek said, “Very entertaining, cleverly constructed and expertly paced.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Website:

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#BookReview: THE LAST WIDOW by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam

The Last WidowPublication: 13th June 2019 – HarperFiction

It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end…they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air.

A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens.

Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs – their vocations – mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about what really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind…

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Not only Karin Slaughter is back, but Will Trent is back!!! My favourite special agent has to save the world and the woman he loves in a new fast-paced and engrossing novel that I couldn’t put down.

What was supposed to be a family Sunday lunch for Will and his girlfriend, medical examiner Sara Linton, turns into bombs exploding, kidnappings, murder, and a race against time to stop a group of white supremacy terrorists from going through with their deadly plans.

In this new novel, Karin Slaughter takes us right into a far-right cult made of white men who want to control women, who want to cleanse the world of people of different race and religion and who make my blood boils in rage with every word they utter. I wish that the world Karin Slaughter created was pure fiction, but it felt so frighteningly real and menacing that I was on the edge of my seat with every page I read.

The story is told from three different points of views, Sara, Will and his partner Faith. I loved how the author structured the narrative and she rewrote some of the same scenes from different perspectives so that we see how all the characters feel and react to the same hard situation. Some of the descriptions were very disturbing and violent as Karin Slaughter addresses themes of rape, paedophilia, torture, and child murders making for a chilling and thought-provoking read, which is not new with this author.

I loved how we got a closer and deeper look inside Will and Sara’s relationship. I do adore these two characters and I love seeing them together. They are very different and they come from a different background but they fit so well together (I am a hopeless romantic!). In THE LAST WIDOW we see them not only fight to save each other, but also get a more profound understanding of each other that makes me just want to read more about them.

THE LAST WIDOW is the latest and ninth instalment of the Will Trent series. Like the other novels in this fantastic series, it is addictive, highly suspenseful, and thrilling and I am already looking forward to the next book!!!

#BlogTour: THE MORNING AFTER THE WEDDING BEFORE by Laura Ziepe @lauraziepe @HQDigitalUK @HQstories @izsmith95

The Morning After The Wedding BeforePublication: 10th June 2019 (eBook); 22nd August 2019 – HQ

Did she really say ‘I do’?!

Holly is happily single with two gorgeous kids but when she finds out her ex is moving on she jumps at the chance of attending her friend Emma’s wedding in Vegas – it’s the perfect distraction…

Kim used to be the life and soul of the party, but now there’s nothing she loves more than a quiet night at home with the family. But in Vegas her past quickly catches up with her – in a way that could make or break her marriage!

Emma is getting married! She knows it should be the happiest time of her life, but she can’t help feeling she’s marrying the wrong man. So when she wakes up on her wedding day with a ring already on her finger, she panics – who did she marry last night?

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for THE MORNING AFTER THE WEDDING BEFORE, the entertaining new novel by Laura Ziepe. A big thank you to HQ for inviting me to join the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the novel.

THE MORNING AFTER THE WEDDING BEFORE is the story of three friends. Kim never thought that her life would revolve around children, but, after an unexpected pregnancy and a premature childbirth, she focuses every waking hour around her two young children neglecting her husband and her friends. Holly is recently divorced and while her ex-husband has moved on, she is still single and busy with their children, trying to find time to dedicate to herself. Emma is an Instagram influencer.  While her life appears perfect on social media, the truth is very different, but Emma is too afraid to let everyone down to change things. Now the three friends are together in Las Vegas to celebrate Emma’s wedding and they have to face their choices because not all that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…

I enjoyed THE MORNING AFTER THE WEDDING BEFORE. It is an entertaining and refreshing romantic comedy that I read in two days. Emma, Holly, and Kim are likable and realistic. Although the novel focuses on their individual lives, it’s also a story about a close friendship that is still strong even when marriage, children, and work make it difficult to spend time together. With many engaging characters, a few detestable bad guys, and addressing themes of parenting and controlling relationships, THE MORNING AFTER THE WEDDING BEFORE is a real page-turner!

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#BlogTour: MURDER ON THE ROCKS by J.S. Strange @JackSamStrange @PantherPubs @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #MurderontheRocks

Murder on the Rocks Front CoverPublication: 1st March 2019 – Panther Publishing

When PI Jordan Jenner returns to work following the death of his mother, his first case involves a murdered writer…

James Fairview has been killed. As a member of a prestigious writing group hosted by bestselling author Joseph Gordon in the heart of Cardiff, Jordan not only has to cope with solving the mystery, but also deal with press attention. 

As Jordan investigates, he discovers his mother’s death may not have been so simple. And when another writer is murdered, Jordan realises the killer could strike again… 

A murdered writer, a mysterious death, and a group with jealousy at its heart, this is Jenner’s toughest case yet.

A cosy murder mystery with a gay male detective, Murder on the Rocks is the first in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series. If you’re a fan of classic whodunits you will love this! 

A perfect read for those looking for Welsh crime fiction. 

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Happy Monday, happy new week. I am delighted to kick off the blog tour for MURDER ON THE ROCKS by J. S. Strange, the first thrilling novel in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries. I’d like to thank Emma for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.

Private detective Jordan Jenner is back at work after the death of his mother and his first case is helping the Cardiff police solving the murder of James Fairview, an aspiring author poisoned during a writing retreat. It seems that everyone in the writing group hated James, but who hated him enough to kill him? And as the case becomes more personal for Jordan, another member of the group disappears…

MURDER ON THE ROCKS is a fantastic first book to a new gripping series. Jordan Jenner is an interesting character. The author made him very realistic, but also complex, with his own problems, troubles, and a complicated and unresolved relationship with his mother. He is smart, funny, and very good at his job, even when his personal and professional life unexpectedly blend.

I liked the author’s writing style. J. S. Strange knows how to keep the reader’s attention and to build up the tension high with a dark atmosphere and twists that took me always by surprise. Everyone in the writing retreat is a potential suspect, everyone has a motive, and I didn’t figure out who the killer was until it was revealed in the end. The novel ends with a fantastic revelation and a little anticipation to the second novel which I am really looking forward to reading!

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JS Strange

J.S. Strange is an author from Wales, United Kingdom. He writes crime, mystery and horror. His first novels, published in 2016 and 2017, were set in an apocalyptic London. Murder on the Rocks, is the first in a cozy crime mystery series, featuring a leading gay male detective.

Murder on the Rocks was written by Strange for many reasons. One of those reasons was a lack of representation within the crime genre, particularly with detectives and sleuths. Strange created Jordan Jenner, a private investigator, who lives and works in Cardiff. Murder on the Rocks was written with the intention of shining light on Cardiff, and bringing Cardiff, and furthermore, Wales, into the crime genre.

Strange’s previous works, such as ‘Winter Smith: London Burning’, also explored LGBT themes, and featured socialite Winter Smith escaping a zombie apocalypse. ‘London’s Burning’ became an Amazon best-seller in LGBT fiction.

When Strange doesn’t write, he works in television. He also presents a radio show all about the paranormal. He has an enthusiasm for Britney Spears and cats.

Jack can be reached on Twitter: @JackSamStrange

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JackSamStrange @JackSamStrange

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackSamuelStrange/

Website: https://jacksamstrange.com/?fbclid=IwAR1DGDgRPWre63XkLzW8kkcnBy2BBZ2g9TFTNU71K8vnJUDDapY_6igh4nA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jsstrange/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B01AUNFQ78?_encoding=UTF8&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&ref_=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Rocks-Mystery-Jordan-Mysteries/dp/1527235521/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Rocks-Mystery-Jordan-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07L2FRDB8/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=murder+on+the+rocks&qid=1557827818&s=gateway&sr=8-2

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/murder-on-the-rocks/j-s-strange/9781527235526

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