BOOK REVIEW CLEAR MY NAME BY PAULA DALY

Innocent?

When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury, and when they sent her to prison.

Now she’s three years into a fifteen-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame.

Guilty?

Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. Through her job for Innocence UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth.

But when she is asked to take Carrie’s case, Tess realises that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide . . .

We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.

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Firstly a huge thank you to the publishers for my copy to review.

Im a huge fan of Paula’s so was so thrilled to recieve…as a book blogger it never gets old that feeling of bookpost!

A great read as always. I always know im going to enjoy her books.

Great charactars all with their own demons and past.

What is the truth?

What compels them to choose their cases? What makes carrie’s stand out..and is she innocent?

Alternate timelines and narratives so we get a sense of before and after the event.

Unpredictable and an addictive read.

Packed with secrets, twists and turns this is a exciting book .

Published 8th August so perfect to pick up for a indulgent summer read.

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BOOK REVIEW DONT TELL TEACHER BY SUZY K QUINN

School should have been the safest place…

For Lizzie Riley, switching her eight-year-old son Tom to the local academy school marks a fresh start, post-divorce. With its excellent reputation and outstanding results, Lizzie knows it’ll be a safe space away from home.

But there’s something strange happening at school. Parents are forbidden from entering the grounds and inside, there are bars across the classroom windows.

Why is Tom coming home exhausted, unable to remember anything about his day? What are the strange marks on his arm? And when Lizzie tries to question the other children, why do they seem afraid to talk?

Tom’s new school might seem picture-perfect. But sometimes appearances can be deceiving…

Firstly a big thank you to hq for my copy to review, but also apologies in my delay . I thought i had already shared my review ! When in actual fact i had scribbled manic noted on phone immensely after finishing. Let me begin…

Wow wow wow what a book..This had a reveal i didnt see coming. Incredibly thought provoking and clevery styled. Completely unpredictable and definitely one of 2019 top reads.Sinister and chilling made this uncomfortable reading at times!

Addictive and i couldn’t put it down , i demand more psychological thrillers from this author.

Highly recommend and be prepared to not be prepared for the truth.

Published 11th July and i wish her every success with this story.

BOOK REVIEW WORST CASE SCENARIO BY HELEN FITZGERALD

Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line. Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and a poster boy for Men’s Rights activists.

Liam is released on licence into Mary’s care, but things are far from simple. Mary develops a poisonous obsession with Liam and his world, and when her son and Liam’s daughter form a relationship, Mary will stop at nothing to impose her own brand of justice … with devastating consequences.

Firstly a big thank you to Karen at Orenda books for my copy to review.

Ive had my eye on this for a while. Ive not read any of her books. However i watched and was hooked on bbcs adaption of the cry. So was really excited to read.

What a intriguing and unique charactar Mary was. Quirky troubled and not quite playing the best employee. Shes clearly not at her best but as a woman i couldnt help but relate to her attitude so much.

Funny read despite its dark nature. Gives a real insight into the job which funny enough come up as a career choice from a quiz… and then read 2 books in a row wirh that role.

Intriguing and chilling this is a fascinating story . Will definitely be reading more from Helen! If you like your women well behaved and following the rule book…this is NOT for you…

With laugh out loud and wtf moments this is quite the cocktail of emotions.

BLOG TOUR THE LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND BY PHAEDRA PATRICK

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people―though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible.

All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend―her grandmother Zelda―who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.

Firstly a big thank you to the team at HQ for my copy to review and having me on the tour. This is a new author to me ,but the title and cover intrigued me a lot!

I loved this book, its quirky,fresh and original. Its perfect for bookworms who take so much pleasure from reading.

Mysterious and full of charming characters.

What happens when family secrets are revealed ? What happpens when you start to say no to people?

Martha grows individually in each chapter and its refreshing to read

She starts living her life for her and learns to love herself.

Published 27th June and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.

BLOG TOUR FIXED ODDS BY WILLIAM MCINTYRE

George ‘Genghis’ McCann has stolen – and lost – a priceless masterpiece. Snooker champion Oscar ‘The Showman’ Bowman is charged with betting fraud. With a second baby on the way, and promises of great rewards if he wins Bowman’s case and recovers the painting, defence lawyer Robbie Munro has never been so tempted to fix the odds in his favour.

Firstly a big thank you to Ceris for my copy to review and having me on the tour. This is a new author to me so wasnt sure what to expect.

I loved it, would definitely like to read more. Quick paced, funny and fresh . This is a book you can easily escape with .

The characters are relatable especially Robbie. Hes a lawyer who takes no nonsense.. a family man,hard worker but tells it as it is .

Really enjoyed and recommend.

Published 4th july and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.

BOOK REVIEW THE CLOSER I GET BY PAUL BURSTON

Tom is a successful author, but he’s struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her father and her social-media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, and Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing. But things aren’t really adding up. For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he feels powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on.

Firstly a huge thank you to Karen for my copy to review. I have heard a lot of hype about this book..and boy it lives up to it.I could not put it down this evening until it was finished.

In a world so addicted and controlled by internet but especially social media,this story is so relevant. We all want followers, but what happens when the following overflows into real life…

Written in alternate narratives and varying timelines this is a fresh fast paced compelling thriller.Who do you believe? Can you have compassion for a stalker ? Can you really believe everything a victim says?

This will take you on a fast rollercoaster of emotions and conflicting views as we race towards the truth .Excellently written from start to finish. I cant reccomend enough and im going to order his other books now.Chilling and haunting this will leave you feeling shocked and thinking wow!

Published 11th July and i predict it being very successful

BLOG TOUR TRANCE BY ADAM SOUTHWARD

His victims are powerless. He is in control. This is his revenge—and he’s only just begun.

Three university scientists are found dead in a gruesome murder-suicide, and the only suspect in the case, Victor Lazar, is quickly captured. When the spate of violent suicides follows him to prison he is moved to solitary confinement, reserved for the highest-risk inmates. And then his assigned psychologist inexplicably takes his own life.

Alex Madison, a former forensic psychologist turned private therapist, is brought in to interview Victor. He suspects that Victor is controlling his victims, somehow coaxing them into a suggestive trance. It seems like science fiction, but as Alex digs deeper he uncovers a frightening reality of secret research and cruel experimentation—and the perpetrators are closer to home than he could ever have imagined.

Too late, Alex learns the true extent of what Victor is capable of—and who he’s after. With everything he holds dear at risk, can Alex take control of a dangerous mind—before it takes control of him?

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy, i loved the sound of it.

Wow this book was amazing.

Fresh original and so different to anything ive read before!

Completely intoxicated me. Addictive and chilling this will stay with you long after you finish

So much mystery and history to the charactars.

Love psychology and this was like a case study in a book.

Great book and highly recommend.

Cant wait to read more from this author.

Published 1st July and do check out the other blogs taking part.

BOOK REVIEW I LOOKED AWAY BY JANE CORRY

Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anyone else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband’s affair. But he swears it’s over now, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she’s got.

Then one day, while she’s looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And just for a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. What happens next will change her life forever.

Because Ellie is hiding something in her past.

And what looks like an accident could start to look like murder…

Jane is one of those authors who i know i will love whatever she writes. Her books are amazing! And this is no exception, it may even be my favourite. Incredibly clever and twisty this left me in awe and gobsmacked. I could relate a lot to Ellie … wont say too much as spoilers but i want to thank Jane for creating a charactar with a condition not often spoke about. Plus dealt with really well .A layered storyline that at times i thought where is this going and how do these dots connect…but my goodness when you realise its a wow moment.A wide array of charactars and sone not particularly nice i must say. You really feel for Ellie in some parts.As someone studying psychology this book demonstrates the link between childhood events and how you grow into a adult.Gripping ,addictive and chilling i couldnt put it down . Completely unpredictable .Highly recommend If you enjoy a dark twisty psychological thriller but written with emotion and sensitivity.

BOOK REVIEW THOSE PEOPLE BY LOUISE CANDLISH

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS YOU’LL LOVE TO HATE
Until Darren and Jodie move in, Lowland Way is a suburban paradise. Beautiful homes. Friendly neighbours. Kids playing out in the street. But Darren and Jodie don’t follow the rules and soon disputes over loud music and parking rights escalate to threats of violence.
Then, early one Sunday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: They did it.
But there’s a problem. The police don’t agree. And the door they’re knocking on next is yours.

Firstly im a huge fan of Louise’s, ive had the pleasure of meeting her a few times and shes lovely..Shes certainly not letting her success go to her head. I was invited to the launch of our house last year and said to her … watch this space its going to be huge! A year on and its scooped awards and still selling like hot cakes. I was lucky to be at her launch for Those People, with great people ,wine and cake .

Louise definitely knows how to write about people you may think twice of inviting to dinner. However through her charactars that make us judge it also makes you question yourself. Why as humans are we so quick to label and judge others? Its fascinating stuff… In Those People Louise has created a street where everyone gets on and their peace is shattered when the new neighbours move in. But is all as it seems?We open with the fact that something has happened, we dont know what ,how or to who. The book then alternates between the charactars which enables the reader a real insight into each household. Louise explores the dynamics between neighbours and how it can go so wrong when they dont play ball.

Gripping and thrilling she has done it again and its great to see her success and i wish her even more with this release.

BLOG TOUR THE MISSING WIFE BY SAM CARRINGTON

You think you know those closest to you. You are wrong…

A sleep-deprived new mother approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing Louisa wants to do is celebrate.

But when her friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Louisa’s Facebook friends, Louisa is faced with a room full of people she hasn’t spoken to in years – including someone she never expected to see again: her ex-boyfriend, Oliver Dunmore.

When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers the night differently. Someone knows what happened to Melissa, and Louisa is determined to find them. But the truth could be closer, and the deception more devastating, than she’d ever imagined…Firstly a big thank you to Sabah for my copy and having me on the tour. This arrived complete with sweets and ear plugs…very intriguing. I could relate to Louisa who is struggling with a newborn and the exhaustion it brings. Shes tired and isnt feeling her best. Sam has portrayed this excellently. She has been thrown a surprise birthday party but does not feel like celebrating. When a blast from her past turns up… things start getting messy and not just her feelingsWhat happened that night and why cant she remember? Why arent those close to her trusting her anymore. Can she trust herself?Packed with secrets and mystery this is a addictive thriller. Twisty, fast paced and suspenseful you wont predict what happens next!Published 27th June and do check out the other blogs taking part.