#CoverReveal: THE CITY OF SECOND CHANCES by Jane Lacey-Crane @JaneLaceyCrane @aria_fiction

Today, it is my absolute pleasure to take part in the cover reveal for THE CITY OF SECOND CHANCES by Jane Lacey-Crane, which will be published by Aria on 11th December 2018. I really love this cover, so wintery and Christmassy, the perfect read at this time of the year.

ARIA_LACEYCRANE_CITY OF SECOND CHANCES_EFor fans of Isabelle Broom, Lindsey Kelk and Paige Toon.

She’s already met The One, it was just that Mr Right came along at the wrong time….

Evie Grant is forty-five years old, a widow, and single mum of two children about to leave the nest. Suddenly alone in the family home, Evie realizes she hates her job, hardly goes out and hasn’t had a date since who knows when…

So it feels like fate when the opportunity arises for a girls trip to New York City. Staying with her sister on the Upper East Side, Evie is enchanted by a snow-covered city consumed by preparing for Christmas. Bobble hat firmly on, Evie is walking through the city one day when she bumps into Daniel Roberts, Hollywood heartthrob and one-time boyfriend of hers.

It’s now or never for Evie – but she open her heart to the possibility of a new beginnings and true happiness once again….? Funny, real and wonderfully romantic, this is the perfect feel-good read to keep you warm this winter!

 

About the author

Born in London, Jane’s writing career began in cable TV, writing true crime documentaries. More recently, Jane has contributed to an anthology of short stories and written two weekly crime serials. When she’s not writing, Jane loves to read good books, binge watch TV boxsets and drink tea. And wine.

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Twitter: @JaneLaceyCrane

Facebook: @JaneLaceyCraneAuthor

Pre-order links: mybook.to/CityOfSecondChances

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#BookReview: AND SO IT BEGINS by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott @headlinepg

And So It BeginsPublication: 11th October 2018 (eBook), 15th November 2018 (Hardcover) – Wildfire

Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He’s managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife – but something about Evie just doesn’t feel right…

When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.

Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider – is there ever a proper defence for murder?

 

This was such a gripping and twisty novel. I read it in two days and I stayed up late at night to finish it. The story is completely unpredictable, you never know what is going to happen, and the characters are so well-crafted that I couldn’t help but been drawn to them.

Four protagonists, four women, four different points of views. The story starts with Stephanie. She is a police officer and she is called in the middle of the night to investigate a call from a woman who asked for help. She arrives on the scene and it is a scene she is familiar with because it was the scene of another death a few years back. I liked the character of Stephanie. She is ambitious and meticulous. She knows that there is something missing from her investigation and she doesn’t stop until she finds out what it is. I also enjoyed the few glimpse we get of her personal life and her relationship with her boss.

The second woman is Evie. I couldn’t really figure her out. I knew she was planning for something bad to happen, but I didn’t know what to expect from this character, I didn’t know whether she was telling the truth or not. She remains a complete mystery until the very end, until the final shocking revelation.

Then there is Cleo. Like Evie, Cleo is hiding something, but she is a character that’s much easier to understand. Her mother died when she was young and since then she’s been taking care of her younger brother Mark, protecting him from everything and everyone, included the women in his life. Cleo is the character that it’s better developed in the novel. Her love for Mark borders to obsession and she’s given up her all life to be at his side, ready to do absolutely everything to protect him.

Lastly, there is Harriet. She is a high-profiling lawyer and she volunteers for a women’s shelter where she protects women who are abused by their husbands, boyfriends, fathers. Strong-willed and determined, she is married to her job and she believes in her clients and fights for them.

The novel is captivating, compelling, and very well-written, the setting is very atmospheric, and the author created multi-layered characters that kept me guessing until the end. This is my first novel by Rachel Abbott but I am definitely going to read more because she knows how to keep me glued to the page and I’d like to thank Wildfire Books for accepting my NetGalley request and giving me the chance to read this brilliant and thrilling novel.

#BlogTour: ANONIMITY by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @Bloodhoundbook @damppebbles

John Nicholl - Anonymity_coverPublication: 6th November 2018 – Bloodhounds

When Mia, a successful novelist, is targeted by a stalker, her life begins to unravel. 

Unaware that the predatory psychopath has placed cameras in her home, the stalker sends untraceable emails, including photos of her and her four-year-old daughter, demanding Mia performs outlandish tasks, threatening dire consequences if she refuses or approaches the police. 

As the pressure builds, Adam, Mia’s sister’s boyfriend, offers to accompany her to stay in Italy with her parents. But when the villa is burnt down, Mia fears the stalker has followed her and decides to return to Wales. 

Meanwhile, the police are investigating the murder of three women in the area, and when DI Gravel’s daughter is threatened, he takes matters into his own hands. 

With his health failing and his career coming to an end, just how far will Gravel go to protect his daughter and catch a vicious killer? 

 

This is the first novel by John Nicholl that I read and I am happy to say that I found the plot twisty and unexpected, his writing detailed and captivating, and his characters are multi-layered and complex, so I am definitely going to read more from this author.

At the centre of ANONIMITY is Mia. She is a successful author, a single mother with a 4-year-old daughter, and, following a battle with cancer, she has become addicted to painkillers that make her vulnerable and the subject of threatening emails from a stalker. Fear and love for her child lead Mia to seek the help of her sister Ella and Grav, a police officer and a family friend.

The story is told from many points of views. Mia, Ella, Grav, and also the villain, whose identity is revealed at the beginning of the novel. Even though the reader knows who the stalker is, it doesn’t ruin the suspense, actually it keeps the tension high. I knew something bad was about to happen, but I didn’t know exactly what it was, so I was always on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen.

Every character of the novel is well-crafted. Mia is naïve and vulnerable, while her antagonist is dark and creepy. However, my favourite character is Grav. He is old-fashioned, but a good police officer, and, following a heart attack, he is on a sick leave. He loves his job and he wants to go back to it, even if his boss wants him to retire.

Disturbing, gripping, and compelling, ANONIMITY really kept me captivated, page after page, and I’d like to thank Emma Welton and Bloodhound Book for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

 

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John Nicholl author imageJohn Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller.

John’s books are set in the UK and have a strong Welsh flavour. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.

John has publishing deals with Bloodhound Books, W.F. Howes Ltd, and Hungarian publisher – konyvmolykepzo. His latest novel, Anonymity, will be published by Bloodhound Books in November 2018.

John’s Social Media Links:

Author website: http://www.johnnicholl.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.nicholl.988

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13795294.John_Nicholl

Twitter: @nicholl06

Agent: http://tma-agency.com

#BookReview: INTO THE NIGHT by Sarah Bailey @sarahbailey1982 @CorvusBooks

Into the NightPublication: 1st November 2018 – Corvus

Senior Detective Gemma Woodstock is a small-town policewoman working on the biggest homicide cases in Melbourne. When an up-and-coming movie star is stabbed to death while the cameras are rolling on his new blockbuster, Gemma, eager to prove herself, is assigned to the case.

With the whole thing caught from multiple angles, how hard can it be to catch the crazed culprit? And who would want to hurt Australia’s adored boy-next-door? As Gemma uncovers the deadly underside of fame, her investigation turns into a dangerous game against those with money, power and everything to lose…

 

I have been waiting to read the new novel by Sarah Bailey since last year, when I first read The Dark Lake. The plot was really intriguing and I found myself completely immersed not only in the investigation of the homicide at the centre of the novel, but also in the life of the protagonist, detective Gemma Woodstock. So, when I started reading INTO THE NIGHT, I was, once again, completely captivated by the story, the investigation, and the characters, and I read it in two days.

Following the events of The Dark Lake, Gemma Woodstock has left her father, her five-year-old son Ben, and the small town of Smithson behind and moved to Melbourne where she is a senior detective in the homicide squad. She is one of the lead detectives in the homicide of a movie rising star, killed while shooting a movie in the middle of the street. Between hundreds of witnesses who didn’t see anything and family and friends of the victim who hide the truth, Gemma’s investigation becomes more and more complicated.

Sarah Bailey creates gripping and suspenseful mysteries that are hard to figure out and that keep me on the edge of my seat. The story is full of twists and the truth was really unexpected and surprising. I also love the setting of Australia, atmospheric and so well-described that it really makes me want to visit it. But what I really loved about Sarah Bailey’s novels is the protagonist, detective Gemma Woodstock. I find her flawed, realistic, and well-developed. In this novel, Gemma is still dealing with the emotional scars left after the events of The Dark Lake: the homicide of someone she knew, her love affair with her partner, her relationship with her son’s father, her failings as a mother. She moved to Melbourne for a fresh start, but she is still trying to adapt to the big city and she is still getting to know her colleagues. Page after page, I find myself feeling for her and cheering for her and I am really hoping to read more about this character in the future.

I’d like to thank Corvus for accepting my NetGalley request of this addictive and terrific novel.

#BlogTour: THE CRAFTSMAN by Sharon Bolton @AuthorSJBolton @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #HeWillComeForYou

Back in March, I had the pleasure to read Sharon Bolton’s new novel, THE CRAFTSMAN. I found it creepy, dark, and engrossing so when I was invited to take part in the blog tour to celebrate the publication of the paperback, I was happy to join in and share again my review of this thrilling and unpredictable novel.

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Publication: 18th October 2018 – Trapeze

Devoted father or merciless killer?

His secrets are buried with him.

Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried…ALIVE.

Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves.

Did she get it wrong all those years ago? 
Or is there something much darker at play?

 

THE CRAFTSMAN opens in 1999, in Sabden, in Lancashire, where Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, a man accused of the murders of three teenagers thirty years before. Over the years she made regular visits to Larry while he was in prison and now she is there to close one of the most terrible cases of her life. But during her brief stay there she finds a clay effigy of herself, similar to the voodoo dolls left with Larry’s victims.

Then the novel goes back to 1969, when Flossie had just joined the Lancashire Police. Three teenagers had disappeared in the last weeks and while her colleagues think that it’s a case of runaway teenagers, Flossie is convinced that it’s more complicated than that and she challenges her colleagues to prove that she is right.

THE CRAFTSMAN is very creepy and very captivating. There is never a dull moment and the tension is always high. I loved the elements of folklore and witchcraft that fit perfectly with the gloomy setting and the grim and scary plot.

I found Flossie a very intriguing character. She is hard-working and very smart. She is good at her job and I loved how she stood up to her sexist and prejudiced colleagues who just want her to make tea or clean the bathrooms just because she is a woman.

Full of mystery, legends, and twists that will chill you to the bone, THE CRAFTSMAN is one of these sublime books that keep you up at night. It’s out now and I highly recommend you go and buy it.

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Sharon (formerly S J) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career in marketing and public relations. She gave it up in 2000 to become a mother and a writer.
Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark Award (part of the prestigious Edgars) in the US. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston’s Prize for Best Thriller, the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Novel award, the Prix Du Polar in France and the Martin Beck award in Sweden.

#BookReview: LIES BETWEEN US by Ronnie Turner @Ronnie__Turner @HQDigitalUK @HQStories

Lies Between UsPublication: 1st October 2018 (eBook), 13th December 2018 (paperback) – HQ

The past is always watching . . .

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .

 

First of all, let me say congratulations to Ronnie Turner! This is such a gripping and brilliant novel. I know many reviewers already said it, but LIES BETWEEN US is so well-written and carefully-plotted that I was surprised that it is a debut novel.

Three protagonists and three different timelines which, at the beginning, I had a bit of trouble following, but then I quickly caught up and I found myself completely immersed in their stories. There is Maisie Green. She is a loving ICU nurse who cares deeply for her patients. She is especially fond of Tim and his family. Tim is in a coma and Maisie starts forming a friendship with his pregnant wife, Heidi, who visits him every day. I think that Maisie is the most relatable and likable character in the story. She is kind, caring, but she is also hiding something.

Then there is John Graham. He is an author, he is happily married, he has a young daughter and another child on the way. It seems that his life is perfect until someone takes his daughter and sends him pictures of the tortures she is suffering. John’s story was the hardest to read. The pain of a father who can’t protect his own daughter is described with heartbreaking details and I really felt for him.

Last but not least, there is Miller. His story is narrated over a span of years, from when he was a child to his teenage years. This character crept me out and intrigued me at the same time. His story is told in first person so the reader is right inside his mind and I was fascinated by the way it worked. It’s a very complex character, obsessed with what he can’t have, but ready to do absolutely everything to have it.

Page after page, these three character don’t seem to have any link, any connection. Their stories seem to be completely unrelated. You never know what to expect and when everything is revealed I was completely taken by surprise. Twisty, compelling, and disturbing, LIES BETWEEN US is a story of obsession, murder, and kidnapping, and it kept me guessing until the end.

Thank you HQ Digital for providing me with a copy of this thrilling and remarkable novel.

 

#BlogTour: THE NIGHT VISITOR by Patrick Redmond @PRedmondAuthor @BooksManatee @Tr4cyF3nt0n

The Night Visitor CoverPublication: 29th October 2018 – Manatee Books

When does a gift become a curse?

Meg has a gift. She can change lives. But when tragedy strikes in childhood she vows never to use it again.
Now an adult, she is living in Cornwall; a place where the elements themselves have a life of their own. When they call she refuses to listen, fearful of the dark places where her gift can lead.

But the dead will not be silenced. They are stronger than her. And now they have chosen she is powerless to escape…

 

 

 

When I first read the blurb of THE NIGHT VISITOR I thought that it sounded like a dark, gripping, and mysterious novel and I wasn’t wrong. There was something that kept me completely hooked to the pages. I don’t know if it was because of the engaging characters, or the intriguing and suspenseful plot, or the evocative setting of Cornwall that, even when it’s surrounded by a dark and creepy atmosphere, it’s still beautiful.

The protagonist of the novel is Meg. At the beginning of the story, she is a young child, scared of a “gift” that make her the subject of bullies at school and lonely. Her mother tells her to embrace her special skill, to use it to make good things, but when tragedy strikes, Meg feels that her gift is actually a curse. Years later, now an adult, Meg has forsaken her “gift” and she is an high-flying lawyer in London, until a breakdown caused by another tragedy in her life, forces her to take a six-month break in Cornwall. Here, she keeps herself busy, trying to squash the guilt that she feels since she was a child. And, when her “gift” reappears, Meg knows that now she has to face it.

I found THE NIGHT VISITOR really captivating. I really liked the character of Meg. After a troubled childhood, she grows up to be a strong and determined woman, but her guilt over a past that she thinks she can change make her unapproachable. She is a relatable and well-constructed character that I couldn’t help but like. There are twists, suspense, and mysticism that gave me the chills and an unpredictable ending that I didn’t see coming, but that I really enjoyed. There is friendship, a bit of romance, and family that give the story a more realistic and emotional element.

I’d like to thank Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for giving me the chance to read this thrilling and engrossing novel.

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