BLOG TOUR ELEVATOR PITCH BY LINWOOD BARCLAY

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world – and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment – is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

Firstly thank you to the team at hq for my copy to review which is my first linwood book to read. It wont be the last!

Wasnt sure what to expect but i had heard a lot of praise.

I absolutely loved it!

Slightly scared of elevators now.

Gripping ,thrilling heart racing read.

Unpredictable and addictive i couldnt get enough . Highly recommend this exciting yet terrifying book.

Published 5th September and already selling fast!

Do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour .

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BOOK REVIEW HALF A WORLD AWAY BY MIKE GAYLE

Strangers living worlds apart.
Strangers with nothing in common.

But it wasn’t always that way…

Kerry Hayes is a single mum, living on a tough south London estate. She provides for her son by cleaning houses she could never hope to afford. Taken into care as a child, Kerry cannot ever forget her past.

Noah Martineau is a successful barrister with a beautiful wife, daughter and home in fashionable Primrose Hill. Adopted as a child, Noah always looks forward, never back.

When Kerry reaches out to the sibling she lost on the day they were torn apart as children, she sets in motion a chain of events that will have life-changing consequences for them both.

I had the pleasure of attending a local library event of Mike’s this year and not only does he not look a day over 25 he is a interesting smily man to listen to. Ive not read all of his books but i loved his last book the man i think i know which did extremely well in the chart and becamae a Richatd and judy book club choice . I had heard lots of praise for his latest book so was delighted to fnd a signed copy whilst waterstones shopping .

Upon reading the blurb i thought oh this is going to strike a chord with me. Well i wasnt wrong… word of warning get tissues when reading this . Despite being a cry baby there are not many books that actually invokes tears .. well this goes into the list .

There were times it felt like I could have been reading my own autobiography. I have so much in common with Kerry , who grew up in care and now a single mum.

This is a beautiful story of family ,friendship ,love and loss.

I resonated so much with both kerry and noah in different ways and Mike has captured so much emotion. He has explored the impact reuniting has on each of them and their families.

Thank you for writing so sensitively and beautifully.

I urge you to read but yes be prepared to cry.

BOOK REVIEW LIES LIES LIES BY ADELE PARKS

Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it?

After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three.

And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

In Lies Lies Lies Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets.

Well we all know or should know how much i love Adele Parks..ive been reading her books years before i was a book blogger . I think its safe to say she gets better and better.I preordered this one and read it where and when i could today. Its soo good!Such a clever writer.Twists and turns.You think your on one charactars side then the script changes and you question everything.This really explored the effects of alcholism on the family as a whole.It aso deals with some other hard hitting issues…say no more as spoilers.I was hooked and spellbound in these charactars lives and how it was going to end.A fantastic addictive read as always from Adele . She takes the everyday domestic set up and plays with it in way that makes us question our morals . Thought provoking and unpredictable ..do not start unless you have time to indulge it!Im yet to meet her but im sure ill fangirl when i do !

BOOK REVIEW WHEN I LOST YOU BY MERILYN DAVIES

When a young couple are the lead suspects for the murder of their only child, Crime Analyst Carla Brown and DS Nell Jackson are assigned to investigate.

The evidence seems conclusive, but something just doesn’t feel right.

The case is quickly cast into doubt when the lead forensic pathologist starts receiving threatening letters – containing details only the police should know.

Who’s sending them? What do they want? And how did they get hold of the information?

As Carla and Nell dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that this case isn’t the first of its kind.

They must stop at nothing to find the truth – even if it hits close to home.
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Been seeing this all over my twitter. Was excited to read amd it sidnt disappoint . I loved it and had to contact the author immediately with my thoughts…joys of twitter !

Thrilling and unpredictable

I feel she captured the essence of the struggles of certain situations and illnesses im familar to.

Twisty and dark and msde you question everyone. Who can you trust?

Compelling and chilling this was a excellent book.

Also the cover really sets the tone of whats to come!

I look forward to reading more from Merilyn .

BOOK REVIEW THE HOLIDAY BY TM LOGAN

Seven days. Three families. One killer.

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Provence.

But there is trouble in paradise. Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair, and that the other woman is one of her best friends.

One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one? As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined.

Because someone in the villa is prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden.

I love this authors books and it been great seeing it all over shops and social media.

I finally got a copy and read this weekend..though did make me reminisce of my summer holiday….

This was a twisty read that kept you guessing. Addictive and compelling. Charactars you can relate to especially as a parent and a woman.

Fast paced and unpredictable.

It made me question myself …what would i have done? Which shows its thought provoking.

This is a writer who cleverly layers the plot with tension and suspicion.

Fantastic book and was chosen to be a Richard and Judy summer read.

BOOK REVIEW THE GIVER OF STARS BY JOJO MOYES

‘Alice had come halfway across the world to find that, yet again, she was considered wanting. Well, she thought, if that was what everyone thought, she might as well live up to it.’

England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright – restless, stifled – makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett van Cleve and leave her home and family behind.

But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife, and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure – or the escape – that she hoped for.

That is, until she meets Margery O’Hare – daughter of a notorious felon and a troublesome woman the town wishes to forget.

Margery’s on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading to the poor and lost – and she needs Alice’s help.

Trekking alone under big open skies, through wild mountain forests, Alice, Margery and their fellow sisters of the trail discover freedom, friendship – and a life to call their own.

But when Baileyville turns against them, will their belief in one another – and the power of the written word – be enough to save them?

Firstly i am a huge huge fan and me before you is one of my favourite books . So i jumped at chance to be in the same room as her . I attended Damian Barr’s lit salon and it was a treat! As part of the ticket we each got exclusive copies ,which i got signed and completly fangirled. Readers she is a vision as well as a phenomenal writer.

Anyway on to the review…

When i first read the blurb ill be honest i was sceptical but it exceeded my expectations. This is a book about friendships,women ,hardtimes and the power of books.

Packed with history ,i felt i learnt a lot of that era and area that had i not read this i wouldnt. Even in 2019 books are expanding minds with knowledge.

Life was tough back then and its pretty tough now and this story shows the magic of words and books.

Fantastic charactars who get right under your skin that you can hear their accents. I was transported to Kentucky as jojo has a way of describing the scene perfectly.

I absolutely loved the giver of stars and highly reccomend .

Published 3rd October.

BOOK REVIEW LOVE UNSCRIPTED BY OWEN NICHOLLS

Love, Unscripted follows film projectionist Nick as he tries to understand the difference between love on the big screen and love in real life. Owen Nicholls is perfect for fans of romcoms, David Nicholls and Nick Hornby.

For film projectionist Nick, love should mirror what he sees on the big screen. And when he falls for Ellie on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, it finally does.

For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie as much as he loved his job splicing film reels together in the local cinema. Life seemed… picture-perfect.

But now it’s 2012, Ellie has moved out and Nick’s trying to figure out where it all went wrong.

With Ellie gone and his life far from the happy ending he imagined, Nick wonders if their romance could ever again be as perfect as the night they met.

Can love really be as it is in the movies?

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review . The cover and title are striking and will be sure to attract readers.

Quirky story of love and heartache.

Explores how decisions we make affect us and our future . How as humans we make mistakes and thats beauty and unpredictability of life.

Lots of references to movies and events in society which make the book feel real and relatable.

Great to get a mans insight after a break up and effect it had on him.

Original and a joy to read. Heartwarming and uplifting.

Published 22nd August

BOOK REVIEW THE POISON GARDEN BY ALEX MARWOOD

Where Romy grew up, if someone died you never spoke of them again.

Now twenty-two, she has recently escaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in. But Romy is young, pregnant and completely alone – and if she is to keep herself safe in this new world, she has some important lessons to learn.

Like how there are some people you can trust, and some you must fear. And about who her family really is, and why her mother ran away from them all those years ago.

And that you can’t walk away from a dark past without expecting it to catch up with you…

Ive been dying to read this but hadn’t seen it anywhere so i jumped when i saw it in Waterstones.

I love this authors books and had pleasure of meeting her .

This did not disappoint!

Deliciously dark and haunting.

Disturbing and chilling

This got right under my skin and incredibly thought provoking

Unpredictable and written expertly.

This also had a similar vibe to the summer film midsommer which tbh screwed my head up!

BOOK REVIEW THE LOST CHILD BY EMILY GUNNIS

Some novels hold you in their spell and never let you go…

Unravel the mystery of The Lost Child. Read the heartwrenching new novel from the author of the international bestseller The Girl in the Letter, Emily Gunnis.

A tragic death. A missing baby. A long-kept secret…

1960. Thirteen-year-old Rebecca and her mother live in fear of Rebecca’s father’s violent temper. As a storm batters Seaview Cottage one night, Rebecca hears a visitor at the door and an argument ensues. By the time the police arrive, the visitor has fled and both Rebecca’s parents are dead. No one believes Rebecca’s story that she heard a stranger downstairs…

2014. Iris, a journalist, is sent to cover the story of a new mother on the run with her desperately ill baby, as the police race against time to find them. When the trail leads back to Seaview Cottage, the childhood home of Iris’s own mother, Rebecca, Iris must unravel the events of the night Rebecca is desperate to forget for Seaview Cottage to give up its secrets.

Firstly i loved her debut so was delighted to recieve this in my goody bag at the rooftop book event.

Packed with history and stories of women of all generations from a family . Heartache, loss, love and largely mental health… which i love having such a big focus. Its so important to talk about and how better than a theme of a book.

I whizzed through this trying to work out the pieces.

Emotive writing that will get you thinking

Beautiful and heartfelt . Really enjoyed especially on a personal level with my own experiences.

BOOK REVIEW THE GIRL BEFORE YOU BY NICOLA RAYNER

She was his.
She was perfect.
And then, she was gone.

An addictive and twisting psychological suspense, perfect for summer. If you liked My Lovely Wife, you’ll love this.

Alice has always been haunted by the women from her husband’s past. As a politician and now a TV personality, George Bell’s reputation as a ladies’ man precedes him. But when Alice falls pregnant, her unease becomes an obsession.

And there’s one ex in particular she can’t get out of her head, a beautiful student who went missing before they finished university: Ruth.

When Alice thinks she see Ruth on a train, she can’t shake the feeling there’s more to the disappearance than George has told her. But does she really want to know what her husband has been up to behind her back all these years?

Firstly a big thank you to Lisa Hall ..it was in my box of goodies that i discovered this.

I haven’t heard much of this one so was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Now ive seen the covee which is striking i predict this selling very well.

Twisty and addictive. This will leave you hooked wanting to know the truth!

Fascinating insight into another world . Narrated in different timelines and characters .

Everyone has secrets and past lives they want to remain hidden.

This really captivated me and i wasnt sure where it was going. Unpredictable and fast paced.

Excellent writing and i look forward to reading more from this author.

Published 22nd August