BOOK REVIEW YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE BY JESS VALLANCE

Gracie Dart has always worked hard and she’s got a wall covered with revision timetables and French verbs to prove it. But now GCSEs are behind her and she suddenly starts to think: what was the POINT of it all?

When Gracie thinks she’s dying of a disgusting tropical illness, she starts to worry she’s been wasting her best years being sensible. It’s like people say: you only live once – so isn’t it about time she started LIVING?
(OK, so the tropical illness turned out to be a fake-tan miscalculation. Anyone could make the same mistake.)

When Gracie decides to do something, she does it properly. Gracie Dart is about to live out her dreams. However embarrassing.

Firstly a big thank you to Clare at bonnier /hot key books for my proof copy.

I whizzed through this read .

Funny and quirky.

A great ya read exploring all those big questions you have as a teenager and even at my age!

Life affirming and completely relatable.

A story of being brave and stepping out your comfort zone

I look forward to reading more about Gracie and her adventures.

Published 23rd August.

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BOOK REVIEW YOU LET ME IN BY LUCY CLARKE

I’M IN YOUR HOUSE

There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows.

I’M IN YOUR HEAD

Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night.

AND NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRET

As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key…

Lucy clarke is one of my top authors, who i dont even need to read the blurb of to buy her book.

Its like a birthday present each year ..
You let me in is a exceptionally written psychological thriller and one that demands to be read in one go

Devoured and enjoyed in one afternoon.

Packed with claustaphobic tension and chilling scenes this will get under your skin.

Addictive and insightful into a authors world.

Fresh and fast paced this will have you turning the pages to reveal the truth.

Unpredictable and hooks you in .

Lucy is a amazing author and reminds us bookworms why we love books.

I wish her every success with this book and im loving seeing more and more readers discover her writing.

BLOG TOUR THE HOUSE OVER THE STREET BY LESLEY PEARSE

Twenty-three year old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, other times they have children.

Hilda, Katy’s mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders if these mysterious visitors have just been released from prison. Is Gloria secretly bringing criminals, or worse, into the heart of the community?

Then one night, the house burns down. In the wreckage, the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found. Katy is sure the unexplained visitors must be responsible until her father is arrested and charged with murder. Have the police arrested the correct person? Are the rest of the street safe? Can Katy find the truth before it’s too late?

Firstly a big thank you to the penguin team for my copy to review.

Ive been lucky to recieve and review a few of Lesleys books now and its clear to see why she is a huge bestseller.

Packed with mystery and history this will take you back to a different era.

Touched me on personal level due to my own experiences

Whizzed through this, desperate to know the truth!

Perfect escapism and an exceptional storyteller.

Features strong courageous women who are incredibly inspirational.

Explores families and friendships and the challenges these present.

This is her 25th year in publising books.. what an achievement!

Do check out the other blogs taking part and i wish Lesley every success with this book.

Published 6th September

BOOK REVIEW THE KEY BY KATHRYN HUGHES

A hidden note. A lost love. A second chance…

From the #1 bestselling author of The Letter,Kathryn Hughes, comes The Key, an unforgettable story of a heartbreaking secret that will stay with you for ever.

‘A wonderful, enthralling story; one that I didn’t want to end’ Lesley Pearse on The Key

1956
It’s Ellen Crosby’s first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever…

2006
Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right . . .

Firstly a big thank you to Becky for my proof copy to review.

I absolutely loved her previous books so was eager to read this.

What a amazing book full of emotion and insight into a time gone by.

Full of history its fascinating to get a glimpse of a different world.

Powerful subject for me on a personal level.

This is the story of a lie that set the path to someone’s destiny, incredibly thought provoking.

Told in alternate narratives and timelines this captures the essence of each charactar and their lives.

Twists and turns that eventually expose the truth what will happen?

Can people have second chances?

Kathryn is a evocative writer who creates escapism for her readers but also hits the feelings hard!

Published 6th September

BLOG TOUR THE RIVAL BY CHARLOTTE DUCKMAN

NOW
Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley’s fault?

THEN
When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she’s startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud – maybe this is the protégée she’s always wanted to have. But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley’s drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences…

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Firstly a big thank you to the quercus team at book bridgr for my copy to review.

I have seen and heard a lot about this so was excited to read.

A fresh voice in fiction and wow what a debut!

Incredibly riveting and intoxicating exploring the dynamics of a female friendship.

This had a very similar feeling to the bbc drama last year the replacement which was huge.

However this being written so clevery has a poweful impact and is completly unpredictable.

Absolutly loved it and another speedy read.

Definitely deserves its spot on the psychological thriller shelf!

Without giving any spoilers it features a subject very close to me so was a powerful read.

I can not wait to read more from amazing author and wish her every success.

Do check out the other blogs taking part.

Published 6th September

BOOK REVIEW THE HOUSE OF BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES BY CRESSIDA McLAUGHLIN

Abby Field loves every inch of Meadowsweet Nature Reserve on the idyllic Suffolk coast where she lives and works. Especially Swallowtail House, the rambling but empty country house that seems to look out at her each time she passes it’s shut-up windows.

When a TV wildlife programme choses a rival location for their new series, Meadowsweet is under threat – unless Abby can whip up a plan to keep the visitors flocking. But she finds herself distracted by the arrival of a brooding – and annoyingly handsome new neighbour… bad-boy novelist, Jack Westcoat.

With the pressure on, Abby and her cute rescue huskie, Raffle, must pull something special out of the bag. But with Jack in need of a good friend – and Abby feeling the pull of attraction, she can sense her resolve fluttering away…

What a beautiful book that reminds you why you love books so much.

Cressida is a fantastic storyteller with a exquisite imagination that reels you in

I have loved her previous books but this is my favourite , it had the right balance of elements. Love,loss, humour and all set in a gorgeous location

I swooned hard for Jack….perfect weekend reading.

Abby is a character I could relate to in a lot of ways, strong determined with her dog for company.

I wish cressida every success with this book and look forward to her next hunk ….I mean book.

BLOG TOUR PERFECT SILENCE BY HELEN FIELDS

When silence falls, who will hear their cries?

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.

After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

Firstly a big thank you to Sabah for having me on the tour.

I absolulty love this series and for me this could me my favourite ..or close second… they are all epic !

This will hook you in straight away and will have you whizzing through to find the truth.

Incredibly chilling and addictive .

This is not for the faint hearted as very disturbing and Helen is able to describe gory expertly. Im always eager to know where these authors get such dark ideas?

Fast paced ,compelling and dark.

The charactars and the storyline are brilliantly written .

Very unpredictable and certainly left me with a chill.

Ive read and reviewed all of this series and i recommend them if you havent read yet.

I wish her every success and read on for a extract..

Published 23rd August

The last seven days of her life had begun with a mistake.
How many times were children told not to get too close to a
car asking for directions? She had been distracted, wondering
what to cook for dinner as she made her way to the local
supermarket in Sighthill. Zoey hadn’t noticed the car following
her, although she knew now that it had been. There had been
no sixth sense as she’d cut through a car park between tenements.
It hadn’t occurred to her that the man who wanted to know
how to get to the zoo might have a large knife up his sleeve,
ready and waiting to poke into the side of her neck. Get into
the car or bleed out in the parking lot, had been her options.
She wished she’d chosen the latter in hindsight. It would all
have come out the same in the end.
In the passenger seat, knife pointed into her chest, he had
told her to put on handcuffs. Her hands had shaken so badly that she hadn’t been able to close the locks until the fourth
attempt. Just rape me, she’d thought. Just get whatever this is
out of your system. Use me, then let me go. But let me live.
Please let me live. I crossed so many days off in red pen. It’s
not fair for me to die now. The man had driven her further
away, beyond the scope of roads she recognised as she lay
across the rear seat. No bravery had been lacking. She’d slipped
a foot under the door handle and tried to prise it open, only
to find the child locks engaged. Dark windows at the rear of
the vehicle had ruined her chances of waving for help. Even
attempting to hit the man over the head with her bound
hands had won her nothing but a contemptuous laugh and
an elbow in her eye.
‘Please don’t kill me,’ she’d said, as they’d finally pulled up into
an overgrown driveway.
‘I’m not going to,’ he’d said. ‘But you’ve been a bad girl.’
‘What?’ she’d asked, her mouth dry with fear and the shameful
knowledge that her bladder had allowed its contents to run
away, even while the rest of her couldn’t.
‘I need you to say it,’ the man had said calmly. ‘You’ve been
a bad girl, haven’t you?’

BOOK REVIEW WHILE I WAS SLEEPING BY DANI ATKINS

What if someone else was living your happy ever after?
When Maddie wakes up in a hospital bed, she can’t remember anything about what happened to her or what has changed.
She just remembers she was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.
But it seems life has become a lot more complicated while she has been asleep …

Firstly a big thank you to sj at books and the city for my proof cooy.

I am a huge Dani Atkins fan ,you know you are in for a weepy read each time she brings a new one out.

Beautifully written and such a great concept

Heartbreaking and completely unpredictable.

The beauty and magic of love family and new beginnings.

You will be swept away with this story.

Published 23rd August and i wish her every success .

BLOG TOUR 11 MISSED CALLS BY ELISABETH CARPENTER

Here are two things I know about my mother:
1. She had dark hair, like mine.
2. She wasn’t very happy at the end.

Anna has always believed that her mother, Debbie, died 30 years ago on the night she disappeared.

But when her father gets a strange note, she realises that she’s never been told the full story of what happened that night on the cliff.

Confused and upset, Anna turns to her husband Jack – but when she finds a love letter from another woman in his wallet, she realises there’s no-one left to help her, least of all her family.

And then a body is found…

Firstly a big thank you to Sabah for my copy and having me on the tour.

Loved her debut so was excited to read this.

This is an amazing book.

She sure knows how to write a twisty thriller that makes you feel on edge.

As someone who has a lot of experience of mental illness includibg pnd i want to congraluate her on writing it so well . She has captured the essence of the claustaphobic horrible feeling that come with it.

Excellently written and thought provoking. Packed with suspense this will have you hooked.

Do check out the other blogs taking part.

BOOK REVIEW THE WALLS BY HOLLIE OVERTON

What if murder is your only way out?

Single mom Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections handling everything on death row from inmate interviews, to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it’s one that’s beginning to take its toll.

So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son’s martial arts instructor, she believes she’s finally found her happy ending. She’s wrong.

Kristy soon discovers that Lance is a monster. Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence . . . unless she’s willing to take matters into her own hands. Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance – permanently.

Firstly i absolutly loved Hollies debut baby doll so was excited to see this in my library.

Raced through this and connected to me in many ways .

This cleverly examines how domestic abuse happens and how it can happen to anyone.

What do you when you are desperate and have to protect you and your family.

I loved the insight into her job and the strength and resilience Kristy has in life.

Incredible book and i cant wait to read more from this author.