There’s no easy way to die…

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.

But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…

Firstly a huge thank you to Sabah at Avon for my proof copy ..I’ve had the absurd pleasure of reading all 3 in this series within a year! Lucky bookworm

If you haven’t read any then go and start 2018 with a bang and a new favourite crime writer .

Helen is a incredible writer who I hope is going to keep publishing books for years to come.

Each book brings something new and more twisted to the table .

With each book we get to know more about the main characters and that just makes the reader connect more to the story .

Very chilling and mysterious. Compelling and sinister and makes you think how and why could someone do that?

Read on for a exclusive extract and do check out the other blogs taking part !

Published 25th Jan and I wish her every success with this book and look forward to more …is there another installment ??!!

Extract Two: Chapter Two, pp. 6-7
Mark sprinted, knowing it was pointless as he exerted himself, but the idea of merely walking towards the dead woman smacked of disrespect. He took the ridge on his hands and knees, the longer, gentler pathway around the edge of the hilltop out of the question. He was bleeding by the time he could see her directly, a tableau on the ground, the good people of Edinburgh waking unaware in the distance, Arthur’s Seat above them. Ignoring his skinned knees and cut hands, Mark flew down the scree slope, calling out to her as he went.
His drone was a grounded, whirring mess of plastic and metal a few metres away. He hadn’t even realised he’d thrown down the remote. The mobile in his pocket was playing a game of cat and mouse with his fingers. Then he was at her side, kneeling on the frozen ground, pressing his fingers against her neck, aware that it wasn’t possible for a body that colour to have a pulse. He ripped off his winter coat in spite of his certain knowledge that life had fled her flesh, in order to cover her nakedness. After that he called the police, giving the best description he could of their location within the mountainous landscape that stood regal over Scotland’s capital.
Close-up, Mark could see she was younger than he’d thought, the freezing night having robbed her of the blush denoting her youth. Like him, he thought, she was in that teetering abyss between teenage and adulthood. A tiny diamond in the side of her nose sparkled with the first rays of morning winter sun, off-setting the blonde highlights artfully added to her copper hair. It was all he could do to stop himself brushing the hair from her face, but then he would see her eyes more clearly and he didn’t want that. Mark stood up, peering over the ridge of the hill to check for approaching vehicles, but there was no clear view of any roads. In summer, free of corpses, it would have been a private and sheltered idyll. A waving patch of red in the scrub grass some twenty metres away caught his eye.


Only the truly devoted manage to swim every day at Whitstable, because the sea’s only deep enough at high tide. So when Deb (ageing bikini, sunglasses) and Maisie (black wetsuit, swimming shoes, goggles) keep meeting on Reeves Beach, they strike up an unlikely friendship based on their love of swimming and their recent divorces.

They swim early in the morning and late at night; through sea-fogs, rain and glorious sunny days. Soon, they are joined by other high tide swimmers, each with a crisis of their own to weather. Ann, a bossy organiser, is caring for her elderly mother at home; Julie has somehow (although she’s not quite sure how) managed to produce three children under school age; and Chloe, a bright, brittle girl of fifteen, finds calmness in the water. Quiet, anxious Bill is initially thought to be a peeping Tom, before being welcomed into the heart of the club.

When the swimmers discover plans for their beach to be paved over for a leisure complex, they find a higher purpose that bonds them together, and exposes their fragile worlds to public scrutiny.

Firstly a big thank you to Lauren at trapeze books for my copy to review .

I’m an avid swimmer.. someone who has a cloudy head I really reap the benefits of a good swim. For me it’s where I can be Charlene , I’m not mum carer advocate and no one can reach me . So this title alone got my interest !

I absolutely loved it and can really recommend.

With each woman at points in their life where times are changing the future can feel unsure . Change is scary and unknown . However with new friends and new challenges it can be exciting too .

I could really identify with Deb who left her marriage, funny enough this week was the 10th anniversary of me doing the same . She is a feisty strong woman but is there something she’s not telling anyone ? A lot is happening for her and that in itself needs a lot of adjustment . Will she do what’s best for her or her loves ones?

Friendships develop and grow out of a love for swimming.

They each need a way to escape from their realities and the dramas going on but what will happen when their chance to swim is threatened??

Do they work together or give up?

A great story of new beginnings,second chances,hope and friendships.

Full of warmth and humour this is sure to bring a smile to many readers faces.

Published 8th February


Im guilty of many things.

Bethany Reston is happily married. But she’s also having an affair with a famous client.

And no one can ever know.

But I’m innocent of murder.

When Bethany’s lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone.

But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin.

With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.

Firstly a big thanks to Lauren for my copy to review.

This is an exceptional debut novel and have no doubt it will be battling other thrillers off the top spot .

Immediately hooks you in and you won’t want to put the book down until you finish that last page .

Full of angst tension and who done it?

Who can we trust?

This will certainly wet your appetite for a thrilling read early 2018.

Fast paced and chilling as the clock ticks …is she the guilty wife?

Fantastically written and thought provoking

I wish the author every success with this book and can’t wait to read more from her !

Published 25th January


After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years… and panic sets in.

They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, to keep their relationship fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me – anything from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to photo shoots – mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results.

Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

Firstly a big thank you to Becky for my proof copy ..I was not expecting it so was a great surprise .

You always know you are in for a treat when you open the pages to a Sophie kinsella book.

I whizzed through it and loved every page .

Full of humour and relatable life moments that we would expect from this fantastic author.

Great characters that provide much light relief and entertainment in these wet cold winter months .

We all get stuck in a rut in life and this book explores what happens when a happily married couple realise …what now??

In order to get some spark back they try something new and exciting…what can possibly go wrong??

Really recommend picking this up for a guarantee uplifting read

Published 8th February


I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour and have a fantastic q&a to share with you as well as my review .

Firstly what the book is about….

Kate,Aubrey and Jenny are inseparable at college-friends who promised they’d always be there for each other . But twenty years later ,their friendship is about to take a deadly turn.

Kate married the gorgeous party boy , Aubrey married up,and Jenny married the boy next door,but when one of the friends dies in shocking circumstances will everyone assume that it’s always the husband?


Firstly a big thank you to Lily at hq for my proof to review . I devoured it in one go and you would not believe this is a debut !

The cover and the title are both striking and eye catching so I bet this will be jumping into people’s hands .

It is gripping and chilling , completely unpredictable as there is no telling what these three girls will do next .

Written in alternate narratives and timelines allows the reader to get to know each of the characters . They all have their ups and downs and their own role to play in this friendship group.

Michele really delves into the psychology of the female friendship and the difficulties that can arise .

A tense thriller that as we read we know something bad has happened and will happen. So early on we start to form suspicions and also judgements on the girls behaviours .

They are all so different from different walks of life so it’s fascinating to see them form such a strong firm and somewhat intense friendship.

With so many great thrillers out there each one needs to bring something that makes it unique and I think this one is the authors own background and personal insight . You can really tell she draws from this to create brilliant characters and a addictive storyline !!

Cleverly written and I look forward to reading more from her .

Do check out the other blogs taking part .

So that’s my thoughts and let’s hear from the lady behind the story .

Q: Describe your writing process.

A: I am fortunate to write full-time, which means I don’t have a day job to impinge on my writing time and get in the way of my creativity. There is a down-side to this luxury, however: the writing expands to take over my entire life! I think about my work-in-progress all day, every day, and wake up in the middle of the night to make notes under the blanket by the light of my phone so I don’t wake my husband.

In terms of the actual process, I start with a proposal that has to be approved in advance by my editor. The proposal is a summary of the concept of the book, and includes the basics of the plot, characters and setting. Once that’s approved, you’d think I would be good to go and just fly along. But it’s surprising how little guidance even the most detailed summary provides about what to write on each page. I end up re-organizing and adjusting as I write, using 4×6 inch index cards to makes notes for each scene. I post the cards in order on a bulletin board and then shuffle them around, again and again, until I get it right. The writing itself is magic. I can’t explain how I know what to write next, but once the prep work is done, the characters and story just take over. Once I have a solid first draft, my editor reads it and gives me notes. Then the rewrite process begins. For every page that makes it into the finished book, I probably wrote three to four pages that got edited, changed and rewritten beyond all recognition. The end product has to be good enough to grip readers’ imaginations and keep them guessing about whodunnit until the final page.

Q: Who or what was your biggest inspiration while writing?

A: That differs from book to book. For It’s Always the Husband, I took inspiration from my own college days. I wanted to write a book about female friendship gone very, very wrong. I needed a setting that would explain why three extremely different women, who have little in common and are clearly bad influences on one another, might form an intense friendship. I found the answer in memories of my own freshman year of college. You leave home for the first time and are suddenly surrounded by kids your own age, who may be smarter, prettier, richer, and, yes, nastier than you. That moment is incredibly intense, fraught with drama and peril as well as learning and growth. I think it makes for a very compelling read!

Q: This book uses the device of multiple points of view. Tell us a bit about that, and how you felt about the various characters who narrate this story?
A: This book is about three women from very different backgrounds who meet when they’re assigned to room together on the first day of university. They form an intense bond, despite being completely wrong for each other. A tragedy at the end of freshman year leaves them with a dark secret. Twenty years later, one of them is murdered. Did the husband do it, like the cops think, or was it one of the best friends?
The three roomies are each complicated women who engage in some pretty bad behavior. Not likeable, perhaps, but real, and fun! I give each roommate her own point-of-view chapters so the reader can get inside her head and better understand her motives and her vulnerabilities. If I had to pick one who dominates, it would definitely be Kate — the rich, spoiled bad girl who’s the queen bee. Her misbehavior drives the plot. Almost everything that Aubrey and Jenny do wrong is in reaction to something Kate did. Kate’s chapters were very fun to write. They’re extremely entertaining but also quite dark.

Q: Readers are mad for the title of this book. Why did you choose this title, and why do you think it strikes such a chord?
A: The title of my book is a reference to the plain fact that most female murder victims are killed by their husbands or boyfriends. Knowing this, the police often zero in on the husband as a suspect, ruling him in or out before following up on other leads. (I’m a former prosecutor, by the way, and this dynamic interests me very much.) In most cases, the suspicion of the husband is justified. In a few cases, it can lead to false accusation. This book explores that murky and dangerous territory. In this story, the wife filed for divorce the day she was murdered. Makes sense that the police would focus on the husband. But there’s a lot more going on in this book than meets the eye. Was it the husband, or one of the best friends who share a dangerous secret?
Q: Why write about university girls?

A: I went to Harvard, and I’ve always noticed how interested people are in the environment at the top universities. These schools are glamorous, but also pressure cooker environments where there is tremendous wealth and privilege and young people behaving badly. Such a setting is a great venue for exploring how wealth and class figure into friendship dynamics. Here, the three young women at the center of the story come from very different backgrounds. Kate is wealthy and wild, Jenny is a middle-class striver, and Aubrey is damaged by her impoverished childhood. It’s food for great drama.

Q: There are two time frames in It’s Always the Husband. Part One follows the three roommates in their first year of university, leading up to the terrible tragedy that forms their darkest secret. Part Two skips ahead over twenty years, to when one of them is murdered and the other two are possible suspects (along with their three husbands). Why write in a time-shifting structure?

A: The story is told in those two parts with a few flashbacks and flashforwards because the root of the conflict between the three roommates lies in the events of that first year at university. The tragedy that occurred then changed the three girls’ lives and shaped them forever. Did it lead to murder? You need two time frames to get the whole story.

Q: How has your unique background inspired your writing?

A: An author uses everything she knows when she writes. That includes the universal things as well as the specific things. I’m a lawyer and a former federal prosecutor, and I write about crime. I went to an Ivy League college, live in a college town, and It’s Always the Husband is set at a fictional Ivy in a fictional college town. I’m also a person, a woman, a wife, a mom, a friend. It all goes into the mix. However, I do believe that my previous career in law enforcement, as well as my familiarity with the setting, gives It’s Always the Husband an extra authenticity.


Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Juliewatches, frozen by fear. It looks like Harry’s many sins – corruption, greed, betrayal – have finally caught up with him.

An hour later the intruder, JP Carney, hands himself in, confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody and an eye-witness account, but Julie remains troubled.

Has Carney’s surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience or is this confession the first calculated move in a deadly game?

I was very lucky to win a early copy of this from book bridgr.

I loved everything about this book.

Fresh style alternate narratives

the focus isn’t on the what but the why?

And in making that shift we as a reader get to invest time into getting to really know the characters .

You have suspicions but I feel this has the shock factor.

Cleverly written and I expect it be flying off the shelves !

Published 25th January


When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?

Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth – that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?


Firstly a huge thank you to the wonderful sj at books and the city for my proof copy. Which was also signed!!

I am a huge Louise fan and even had the pleasure of meeting her last year.

After the roaring success of the swimming pool summer 2016 I and many other fans were eagerly awaiting her next book.

Well let me tell you you are in for a TREAT!!

I’m Not sure if I breathed for most of this book as it’s tense !

This is cleverly written and will leave you gobsmacked from start to finish

As someone who is fascinated with psychology this book and it’s charactars …one in particular will make you think and ask How? Why? What?!!

This explores the great depths to someone’s personality and what makes them tick etc.

Full of twists and turns this is one exhilarating read !

Chilling and compelling this is a case of family affairs getting way out of hand .

What happens when a white lie becomes a pack of lies and all of sudden your life is not your own ?

From start to finish this will draw you in and leave you quite bereft .

This is going to be a huge seller and I wish Louise every success!

Published 5th April


The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don’t make any afternoon plans.

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it’s said in the waswrong way.

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don’t make any afternoon plans.

Firstly a huge thank you to sj at books and the city for my beautiful proof copy. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to read this early .

Books like this are why I’m a book worm…it has everything. This reminds you there is beauty and goodness in the world .

I have had the pleasure of meeting Juliet several times and that adds to the richness of her writing as her personality shines through

This made me cry laugh and swoon.

Imagine a recipe for a meal that has all the ingredients plus the added bonus which gives it that kick. That is how this story is woven making it a beautiful tale of love ,loss,family,friendships and second chances .

Each character has a uniqueness to bring to the book each with their own secrets ,hopes and dreams .

As the weeks go on and more Sunday lunches are eaten they each come to realise things and people are not what they seem.

The truth can hurt but in order to really move forward in life sometimes we must deal with the pain it brings .

Full of wit ,warmth and love I really recommend this .

As a mum I could relate to a lot and there was a male character…I won’t give spoilerss but he stole my heart .

I wish Juliet every success with the Sunday lunch club and hope this review has done it the justice it deserves!

Published April 18th.


Married for ten years 

Four children 

She thought she knew her husband better than anyone 

She was wrong 

Firstly a big thank you to Becky for my proof copy which was delivered in true secret agent fashion with the essentials.

Devoured in a day as once you start you won’t want to finish .

Written in a dark atmospheric style that sets the scene for this tense thriller . 

Who can you trust? Who is telling the truth?

As a parent I could feel the pressure they were under to keep their kids safe .

Action packed and full of suspense .

It’s hard to imagine living with someone and knowing so little about them so I imagine readers who live with someone will be thinking what could they be hiding….

Published 25th January 


When all you can see is what they want to see… can you ever trust someone you meet online? 

Anna and Zoe are twins.  Identical in appearance,utterly different in personality,they share a bond so close that nothing-or no one-man too them apart. 

Until Anna meets charismatic Nick

Anna is trusting,romantic and hopeful;she thinks Nick is perfect . 

Zoe is daring,dangerous and extreme;she thinks Nick is a liar .

Zoe has seen Anna betrayed by men before.  She’ll stop at nothing to discover if Nick is as good as he seems .

The problem is, lies may hurt . But honesty can kill.

Firstly a huge thank you to the headline team at bookbridgr …. I am a huge Adele parks fan and have been reading her books for as long as I can remember. 

Again as expected this was swiftly read in one gulp .

I think it’s safe to say she gets better and better .

This explores siblings and the troubled relationship they can have.

What happens when you feel like you are living in their shadows?

This explores mental health.  . I can’t say too much as don’t want to give spoilers.

But I will say Adele writes about it sensitively and also portrays it in  positive today’s society of 24 hour media in a variety of outlets it’s easy to focus on the scandalised events we are shown.  This has often mean mental illness is shown as a negative.

Whereas reading this and Annas story I could really relate to and I think other readers will find comfort in that.

You will be hooked !

This is unpredictable and compelling.

Another amazing read from a fantastic author and one I’m sure to be flying off the shelves in 2018.