#BlogTour: THE ALIBI GIRL by C. J. Skuse @CJSkuse @HQstories @joe_thomas25

The Alibi GirlPublication: 6th February 2020 – HQ

JOANNE HAYNES HAS A SECRET.
THAT IS NOT HER REAL NAME.

And there’s more. Her flat isn’t hers. Her cats aren’t hers. Even her hair isn’t really hers.
 
Nor is she any of the other women she pretends to be. Not the bestselling romance novelist who gets her morning snack from the doughnut van on the seafront. Nor the pregnant woman in the dental surgery. Nor the chemo patient in the supermarket for whom the cashier feels ever so sorry. They’re all just alibis.
 
In fact, the only thing that’s real about Joanne is that nobody can know who she really is.
 
But someone has got too close. It looks like her alibis have begun to run out….

Amazon.co.uk: https://amzn.to/30SIsuT

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the brand new captivating novel by CJ Skuse, The Alibi Girl.

The story opens with a woman, Mary, who is at the hairdresser with her five-week-old daughter Emily. She tells her hairdresser about her job as a GP, her four other children, and her handsome husband. Only, her name is not Mary, but Joanne, she isn’t married, she doesn’t have four other children, and she isn’t a doctor. She has many identities and she is hiding. Who is really Joanne? And what or who is she hiding from? Is she really in danger or is she simply paranoid?

I love CJ Skuse humour and darkness and, after reading Sweetpea and In Bloom, I was looking forward to reading more from this author. Once again, the protagonist of her novel is a young woman who is not easy to like, at least at the beginning of the story. Joanne, or whoever she is, is scared, paranoid, and childish. She lies non-stop, and her obsessions border to psychopathic. However, the more I read, the more I learned about her life and her childhood, the more I started to feel sympathy for her.

The plot is dark and suspenseful, but it is also heart-breaking and compelling. The author knows how to hold the interest of the reader, with multi-layered characters, different narratives and timelines, twists and turns that make you hold your breath, and a unique plot that made it hard to put the book down.

Thank you so much to Joe, Jess, and HQ for providing me with a copy of this fantastic novel.

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#BookReview: THE LANTERN MEN by Elly Griffiths @ellygriffiths @QuercusBooks @ellakroftpatel @Hannah_Robbo

The Lantern ManPublication: 6th February 2020 – Quercus

Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway.

She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried – but only if Ruth will do the digging.

Curious, but wary, Ruth agrees. March tells Ruth that he killed four more women and that their bodies are buried near a village bordering the fens, said to be haunted by the Lantern Men, mysterious figures holding lights that lure travellers to their deaths.

Is Ivor March himself a lantern man, luring Ruth back to Norfolk? What is his plan, and why is she so crucial to it? And are the killings really over?

Amazon.co.uk: https://amzn.to/2vgr8Eb

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A few years ago, I randomly picked up a copy of A Room Full of Bones, the fourth book in the Dr. Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths and I started reading it. I hadn’t heard of this series before, but I find archaeology fascinating and I enjoy watching Indiana Jones movies and the TV series Bones, so I thought I would like it. I was wrong. I became addicted to it and every year I wait for a new story. I love the suspense, the complicated relationship between Ruth and her on-and-off lover DCI Harry Nelson, and the great variety of characters that come back each book.

In The Lantern Men, Ruth has left Norfolk behind and has found a new man and a new job in Cambridge with her daughter Kate. However, she is drawn back to Norfolk (and Nelson) when a convicted fellow wants to reveal the location of the bodies of two murdered women, but he’ll reveal it only to her. As Ruth and Nelson team up again, new bodies turn up and new mysteries and folklore fill the pages.

I enjoyed the plot. For this novel, there is a big cast of possible suspects and, of course, I didn’t figure out the truth until it was revealed. As in the previous novels, legends and folklore are still essential to the story and this time we learn about the Lantern Men, dark figures that wander in the night with a torch in search of travellers to kill.

The regular characters are all back. I was sorry to see less of detective Clough who, like Ruth, moved to Cambridge after a promotion. He is one of my favourite characters and his constant eating and his devotion to Nelson keep me entertained. Of course, my all-time favourite is Cathbad, the druid full of fantastic stories and spiritual beliefs (and also I enjoy how he exasperate Nelson).

The Lantern Men is a brilliant and engrossing new addiction to this series and it’s a fantastic read for all crime readers out there and it’s out today so go and pick up a copy!!!

A huge huge thank you to Ella and Quercus for providing me with a copy of the novel.

#BlogTour: NEVER LOOK BACK by A. L. Gaylin @alisongaylin @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

image001Publication: 6th Februart 2020 – Orion

She was the most brutal killer of our time. And she may have been my mother…

When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it’s a business matter. It’s not. Quentin’s podcast, Closure, focuses on a series of murders in the 1970s, committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. It seems that Quentin has reason to believe Robin’s own mother may be intimately connected with the killings.

Robin thinks Quentin’s claim is absurd. But is it? The more she researches the Cooper/LeRoy murders herself, the more disturbed she becomes by what she finds. Living just a few blocks from her, Robin’s beloved parents are the one absolute she’s always been able to rely upon, especially now amid rising doubts about her husband and frequent threats from internet trolls. Robin knows her mother better than anyone.

But then her parents are brutally attacked, and Robin realises she doesn’t know the truth at all…

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Delighted to kick off the blog tour for Never Look Back, the brand new novel by A. L. Gaylin.

It’s ironic how I’ve never listened to a podcast in my entire life, but I am drawn to thrillers where podcasts are at the center of the story. It’s probably because I don’t have the patience to listen to them. I don’t even use audiobooks, I prefer to read it. However, I find fascinating how in books the starting of a podcast triggers a series of events that make for a thrilling read.

In Never Look Back, the story begins in 1976 when a fifteen-year-old girl is writing a letter to her future child. Throughout the novel, we read more of these letters and they are both moving and suspenseful. We jump forward to forty years later. In California, Quentin, a young man in his twenties, has started a podcast, Closure, to help families find, as its name say, closure after a tragedy. Quentin has his own personal reasons to start this podcast because he hopes to find out the truth on a murder case that ruined his family. In New York, journalist Robin his facing backlash following an article she published, she thinks her husband is cheating on her, and she is now receiving calls from Quentin revealing her that her mother, the person she trusts most in the word, may be one half of a teenage couple who went on a killing spree back in the 1970s.

I was on the edge of my seat from the first page. The author knows how to take the reader by surprise. When you think you have figure it out… BAAM, you find out you don’t. The twists and the revelations just keep coming and the more I neared the end, the more I couldn’t put it down.

The characters are multi-layered and well-constructed and their stories are heart-breaking: broken families, traumatizing childhoods… And the tension? It’s always high, never a moment of calm.

Never Look Back is a dark and addictive novel about murder, families, and secrets that will make you hold your breath from the first to the last page. Brilliant!!!

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image003 (1)Alison Gaylin is the award-winning author of Hide Your Eyes and its sequel, You Kill Me; the standalones Trashed, Heartless, What Remains Of Me and If I Die Tonight; and the Brenna Spector series: And She Was, Into the Dark, and Stay with Me. A graduate of Northwestern University and of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she lives with her husband and daughter in Woodstock, New York.

#CoverReveal: MUM’S BIG BREAK by Louise Emma Clarke @mumofboysmabel @Aria_Fiction @VickyJoss1

What’s better than a beautiful cover for a fantastic story? I am really excited today to take part in the cover reveal for the new novel by Louise Emma Clarke, MUM’S BIG BREAK, which will be published in eBook by Aria on 23rd April 2020.

 

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Jess’s life was turned upside down when her blog went viral. Now, with hundreds of thousands of followers, Jess is now navigating the trials and tribulations of a world online.

Being a mummy blogger was original an escape, but now it seems to be turning into a career. And after one wrong post on her social media channels, Jess discovers that life in the spotlight isn’t always peachy.

With a new baby on the way, the possibility of starring in a reality TV show and a husband who’s struggling with his wife’s new-found fame, Jess has a lot going on.

Jess needs to decide whether this is everything she wanted it to be or whether this is all a bit too much for her? Can Jess persevere against the haters, rise up above the pettiness and find the perfect balance of life in the real world and life online?

Perfect for fans of Suzy K Quinn, Fiona Gibson and Gill Simms.

 

Louise’s blog, Mum of Boys and Mabel has over 100k followers. Having moved to Dubai with her family she’s now back in the UK and is enjoying writing. From Mum with Love is her debut novel.

 Follow Louise:  

Facebook: @mumboysandmabel

Twitter: @mumofboysmabel

Buy links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/36l9L1L

Kobo: https://bit.ly/30Ly4Vr

Google Play: https://bit.ly/36jmG4i

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#BlogTour: THE OTHER YOU by J. S. Monroe @JSThrillers @HoZ_Books @VickyJoss1

The Other YouPublication: 9th January 2020 – Head of Zeus

Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.

At least she has Rob. Young, rich, handsome and successful, Rob runs a tech company on the idyllic Cornish coast. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health. When she’s with him, in his luxury modernist house, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved.

Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew. And knows, with absolute certainty, that the man before her has been replaced by an impostor.

Is Rob who he says he is? Or is it all in Kate’s damaged mind?

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Today, I am delighted to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of The Other You, the twisty new novel by J. S. Monroe. I’d like to thank Vicky and Head of Zeus for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of a novel that kept me completely gripped from start to end.

Kate has a skill or, better, a gift. She never forgets a face. Only one percent of the population is able to do that and that makes her very special, but it also puts her in danger. Following a car accident that left her with brain damage, Kate has left her job as “super recognizer” in the police and she is recovering in the beautiful and super-protected house of her millionaire man in Cornwall. Spending her days painting and with only of the company of her dog, Kate looks forward to the weekend when Rob comes to visit from London. However, is Rob the man she fell in love six months earlier or has someone taken his place? And is someone after her?

First of all, I liked the idea of doppelgänger in a thriller. I found it original and very intriguing. Is there really out there someone who likes exactly like me? And can they take my place without anyone noticing? These theme, together with an high-tech house that can be controlled from afar, made for a very chilling thriller.

Kate is a perfect protagonist: the brain injury make her an unreliable narrator: is she paranoid or has Rob been replaced by someone who looks like him? The other narrators are Silas, Kate’s former boss, and Jake, her ex-boyfriend, for whom I felt both sorry, appreciation for his determination, and at times even suspicious.

The plot is intricate and dark and so twisty that I never saw the truth coming. Part psychological thriller, part procedural, The Other You is an exciting thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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JS MonroeJ.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. Monroe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Find Me.

 

Buy links:

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iBooks: https://apple.co/3286CkM

Kobo: https://bit.ly/35nDd8h

GooglePlay: https://bit.ly/2OAI0x7

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Twitter: @JSThrillers

Facebook: @JSMonroeFindMe

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#BlogTour: ALL THE RAGE by Cara Hunter @CaraHunterBooks @VikingBooksUK @EllieeHud #AlltheRage

43518959._SY475_Publication: 18th December 2019 (eBook); 23rd January 2020 (paperback) – Viking Books

History doesn’t repeat itself. Does it?

A distressed teenage girl is found on the outskirts of Oxford. The story she tells is terrifying: grabbed off the street, a plastic bag forced over her head, then driven somewhere remote and subjected to an assault.

DI Adam Fawley is doing the best he can to investigate, but the teenager refuses to press charges. All he can do is try to ignore the sickening feeling he’s seen something like this before…

But when another girl goes missing, Fawley knows his time is running out.

Because if he ignores the past any longer, this girl may not be coming back.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2S5pK0u

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I am delighted to welcome you on my stop on the blog tour for All The Rage, the thrilling brand new novel by Cara Hunter. A huge thank you to Ellie and Penguin Books for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.

I LOVE the DI Adam Fawley series!!! I ADORE it!!! I love the characters, the stories are suspenseful with unexpected twists, and I am captivated by the author clear writing. All The Rage is the fourth book in the series and it sees DI Fawley and his team trying to solve a disturbing and intricate case.

Faith is a teenage girl found on the streets of Oxford. She’s been kidnapped and assaulted but she can’t identify her assailant. While the police investigates another girl disappears. Will they find her before it’s too late? And how is it connected to a case of 20 years ago?

I will probably say the same thing after reading Cara Hunter’s next novel, but I think that All The Rage is her best so far. Fast-paced, complex, and entertaining, the story captured me from the very first page. I love that the story is told from multiple points of views, from the detective to the victims, from the witnesses to possible suspects, in a way that it’s clear and informative. The narrative is often interrupted and enriched by police interviews, reports, newspaper articles, and, my favourite, social media comments (where everyone gives their unrequested opinion).

I love reading about Adam and his team and see how well they work together and hard to get to the truth. In this book, we learn more about DI Adam Fawley’s past, we read about DS Erica Somer’s new romance, and we get to know better the new member of the team, DC Anthony Asante. And let’s not forget DS Gislingham, Verity Everett, Baxter, and the irritating but still enjoyable Quinn.

I have started reading Cara Hunter’s novels only recently, just a few months ago, but I quickly caught up and I am a huge fan. All The Rage is an intense and outstanding procedural novel perfect for all crime fans out there. It left me wanting for more and I am already counting down the days to the publication of book number five!

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Cara Hunter is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling crime novels Close to Home, In the Dark and No Way Out, all featuring DI Adam Fawley and his Oxford-based police team. Close to Home was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, was shortlisted for Crime Book of the Year in the British Book Awards 2019 and No Way Out was selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 best crime novels since 1945. Cara’s novels have sold more than three quarters of a million copies worldwide. Cara Hunter lives in Oxford, on a street not unlike those featured in her books.

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#BlogTour: HIGHFIRE by Eoin Colfer @EoinColfer @JoFletcherBOoks @MillsReid11 #Highfire

91SXQon9ZZLPublication: 28th January 2020 – Jo Fletcher Books

From the internationally bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series: Eoin Colfer’s first adult fantasy novel is a hilarious, high-octane adventure about a vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who’s been hiding out from the world – and potential torch-carrying mobs – in a Louisiana bayou . . . until his peaceful world’s turned upside down by a well-intentioned but wild Cajun tearaway and the crooked (and heavily armed) law officer who wants him dead.

Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way – like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton of debt, or when crooked Constable Regence Hooke got to thinking pretty Elodie Moreau was just the gal for him . . .

An apprenticeship with the local moonshine runner, servicing the bayou, looks like the only way to pay off the family debts and maybe get Squib and his momma a place in town, far from Constable Hooke’s unwanted courtship and Fake Daddy’s reputation.

Unfortunately for Squib, Hooke has his own eye on that very same stretch of bayou – and neither of them have taken into account the fire-breathing dragon hiding out in the Louisiana swamp . . .

For Squib Moreau, Regence Hooke and Vern, aka Lord Highfire of Highfire Eyrie, life is never going to be the same again.

Highfire is a genre-bending tour-de-force of comedy and action by the million-copy-selling master storyteller.

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I am delighted to take part in the blog tour for Highfire, the new adult fantasy novel by Eoin Colfer.

In the Louisiana swamp, Vern is hiding from the world and leads a quiet and depressing life binge-watching Netflix and drinking Absolut Vodka. Who is Vern? He is a dragon, probably the last one on the planet, and his only friend is an old Mogway. Until his path crosses with that of 15-year-old Everett Moreau, better known as Squib, and corrupted police officer Regence Hooke. From then on, his life will be far from quiet…

This is my first Eoin Colfer’s novel (I know… shocking!!!) and I loved it!!! Why have I never read any of his novels before? I enjoyed his sense of humour and the great characters he created. The plot is original and adventurous. It’s nothing at all what I expected and I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything like it.

The story is at times brutal and violent, but it is also funny, smart, and entertaining. The characters are well-developed. Vern is not your usual dragon. He is grumpy and angry all the time and he hates all humans. His friendship with Squib is unlikely and beautiful and I loved reading about it. Squib has been raised by a single mother and, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it, he is always in trouble, especially with local police officer Regence Hooke, an arrogant psychopath who is trying to turn the swamp in his own personal kingdom.

Highfire is poignant, thrilling, and addictive, a fantastic story that will make you laugh and will make you hold your breath at the same time. A must-read!!!

A huge thank you to Milly and Jo Fletcher for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.

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ImmagineEoin Colfer is the author of the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl series, which has been translated into over forty languages. A Disney film adaptation will be released in 2019, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Dame Judi Dench. Eoin’s books have won numerous awards including The British Children’s Book of the Year, The Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year and The German Children’s Book of the Year. Born in Ireland, Eoin was educated at Dublin University and qualified as a primary teacher, before turning his hand to writing in 2001. Highfire is his first adult fantasy novel.