BLOG TOUR GUILT BY AMANDA ROBSON

Your sister. Her secret. The betrayal.

There is no bond greater than blood . . .

When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who killed who? And which one is now the woman behind bars?

Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface that the sisters must face up to?

As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is, who?

Firstly a huge thank you to Sabah at avon… they are on fire with their books this year and its only April!

Amandas debut book obsession as one of my top reads last year so i ws thrilled to get the opportunity to read guilt.

Theres always that apprenshion with the second book..will it deliver the goods ?

Let me tell you it does !

Amanda has a way of creeping right into your head making it very uncomfortable…but in a good way of course

What intense charactars and you will feel strong emotions towards them especially seb….

Incredibly dark ,addictive and chilling.

Remember to breathe while readinh it as its intense .

Amanda is  a writing genius who creates a book which you are so attached to but at same time feel pleased to know ts not happening to you !!

This will be another bestseller and i wish her every success. 

Do read on for a extract and be sure to check our the other blogs taking part.

When did things change? When did I become the one who had to reassure my mother? I squeeze her hand. She squeezes back. Her eyes calm and soften.

Zara is returning from the toilets, weaving between tables, almost smiling through her pout. She bumps into an elderly man who rests his eyes a little too long on her as she apologises.

‘Come on. Let’s get the bill,’ she says to us. ‘When we get home I’m going to show you my coursework portfolio.’

She seems a little more relaxed now.

We walk home. Arm in arm along Harbourside. Past the smokers outside the sports pub, heads together chatting conspiratorially as they puff. Past groups of girls in short skirts striding out and giggling, about to go clubbing. A middle-aged man walking a Westie. A man slumped on the pavement strumming a guitar, a cap to collect money by his side. Electric light dappling the water, softening the city, softening the darkness. Into our flat for a nightcap.

Mother and I sit on our sofa, drinking another glass of wine each. Alcohol is softening our edges, helping us to relax. Zara disappears to her bedroom and returns with her photography portfolio.

‘This is my extended project,’ she announces proudly and places it on the coffee table in front of us.

We lean forward to look at it; Mother opens the folder. First, an A4 blow-up of Sebastian’s face. His handsome craggy face, bearing a confident grin. She turns the page. Ten small photographs of Sebastian. Ten different expressions. Each one laughing and smiling. Another page. More photographs of Sebastian. Some straight-faced. One frowning. One raising his eyes. Hundreds of photographs. All of Sebastian. Close-ups of his face. A smile. A grin. Another sultry frown.

Sebastian. Sebastian. Sebastian, everywhere we look.

Mother and I exchange a worried glance. Zara Cunningham. How much are you in love?

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW THE FOURTH MONKEY BY J.D BARKER

Two days to save her…

They’ve found the killer. The killer that Detective Sam Porter has been hunting for five years. But it’s too late to put him behind bars. He’s already dead.

One day to save her…

But even death can’t stop this murderer. His last victim is still alive, struggling to escape and the police have no idea who or where she is.

Zero.

Now Sam Porter must race against time, as her chances of survival slip away, to stop this serial killer from claiming his final victim…

I picked this up by chance and it ended up being one of my best books of the year so far.

It is dark …so dark.

This writer had a twisted devious mind to create this epic book.

This gets you right into the mind of someone whos not particularly very nice.. i have studied various areas of psychology so find this particularly fascinating.

Cleverly written and love the different formats of narrtive

Unpredictable,tense and will leave you wanting more…

Definitely a writer to watch and cant wait to read more.

BOOK REVIEW THE CLIFF HOUSE BY AMANDA JENNINGS

Some friendships are made to be broken

Cornwall, summer of 1986.

The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.

If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.

If only her life was as perfect as theirs.

If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.

If only she lived at The Cliff House…

Firstly a big thank you to the hq team for my hugely anticipated copy.

This is a book i have been dying to read as im a big fan of Amanda’s writing. Since reading the judas scar shes had a firm reader in me.

This book will be huge this summer so grab it quick…

I finished this last night and if i was to pick one word to describe it …haunting … as my dreams were haunted with the cliff house.

We have all at one point at least in our lives especially when younger been envious of others . We also have had that one friendship / relationship that is slightly toxic. Therefore as a reader it is easy to put yourselves in Tamsyns shoes.

Determined to not have a dull summer she is delighted when Edie befriends her… but is all as it seems up at the white house …

Told through different narratives we can feel the tension building up .

Incredibly written and a dark tale of what happens when we really believe the grass is greener on the other side.

Full of teenage angst , grief and obsession this makes for a intense grippping journey.

Completely unpredictable and powerful writing from beginning to end

I recommend this and wish her every success .

Published 18th May

BLOG TOUR THE LEAVERS BY LISA KO

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon – and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

Firstly thank you to Grace for my copy to review.

The beauty of being a book blogger is the opportunitiy to discover new genres and authors that we may not otherwise.
This is a chance to read about other eras and other cultures and what happens when the different cultures mix .

A story of belonging,family,loss and friendships.

I too am adopted so always fascinating to read about it and the sense of identity… who are we and where do we come from?

Packed with emotions as it deals with sensitive subjects

A interesting read and very thought provoking .

Do check the other blogs taking part

Published 26th april

BOOK REVIEW ONE CORNISH SUMMER BY LIZ FENWICK

Against the beauty of Cornwall, a story of two women struggling with their past: one cannot remember hers, the other cannot forget…

When Hebe receives a life-changing diagnosis at only 53, she struggles to make sense of what it will mean for her, her job and the man she loves. With memories slipping away by the day, she flees to the one place she has always felt safe and peaceful – Cornwall, and the house her family spent so many summers in.

Lucy is having her own crisis, and seizes the chance to follow her aunt to Cornwall. Curious about what has driven Hebe there after so many years, she also has to battle with the secret she has kept since her family’s last summer there more than ten years ago.

Both women will learn that memories live in our hearts and that sharing secrets can set you free… But can they find their way back to the things that are truly important to them?

Firstly a big thank you to Lauren for my copy to review. This was the perfect book to read in the recent summery days.

Set in idyllic cornwall this makes perfect escapism.

Two very different women but both strong and independent.

They find themselves in each others company and naturally become close . After years of pushing people away they slowly open up to lean on each other .

New beginnings and old secrets this is a book packed with scandal.

Sometimes in life those we least expect become our lifeline in hard times…

Perfect for a holiday read.

BOOK REVIEW LETTERS TO MY DAUGHTERS BY EMMA HANNIGAN

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The new bestseller guaranteed to break your heart – and bring you joy…

Her three girls were her world. It was time to let them know.

To sisters Bea, Jeannie and Rose, the death of their beloved childhood nanny is a devastating loss. As the girls grew up, Nanny May had become so much more to them all: confidant, advocate, comforter, friend. In whom will they confide their hopes, fears and failures now she has gone? Especially now each sister needs a mother’s wisdom more than ever…

Martha cannot understand why her daughters are so upset about losing their childhood nanny. Yes, Martha was always in demand as a busy midwife, but that doesn’t mean she loved her own children any less. But why don’t the girls realise that? And has she left it too late to let them know…?

Firstly a big thank you to becky for my proof copy .

Ive always loved Emma’s books but this one means that bit more as she passed away earlier this year.

Her words felt that more special.

I Whizzed through it unable to put it down .

Great charactars you instantly connect with.

A family with more secrets than honesty come to a head when a bereavement happens.

All Strong women with their own minds .

Captures family stresses just right.

Excellent summer read and if you are new to Emmas books read her other ones in her honour.

Published 28th june.

BOOK REVIEW OUR LITTLE SECRET BY DARREN O’SULLIVAN

A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.

So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide.

As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her.

But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried

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

I whizzed through this and its amazing !

A debut novel that will catch readers attention… cleverly written .

Packed with twists and turns this will keep you on your toes.

Dark and gritty as we delve into his head.. and thank you to Darren for exploring mental illness especially in a man.

Completely unpredictable and addictive.

This is an author to watch out for ..

BOOK REVIEW WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN BY LUCY DILLON

‘You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.’
It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her.
Lorna’s come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It’s where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It’s not exactly a fresh start.
But as Lorna – and the little dog – tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn’t have predicted the light it lets into her world . . .

Firstly a big thank you to Becky for my gorgeous proof copy . I am a huge Lucy dillon fan so was thrilled!

She is a exceptonal writer who has a magic way with words to create a beautiful book.

This is an emotive read where we join lorna at a stage in her life where she’s at a crossroads . Theres lots of changes happening with new and old faces.

Packed full of great charactars who all impact lorna and her life.

This is a story about change but all the beauty of it when you have the courage.

Charming and warm this is another great read from lucy.

Published 19th April and i wish her every success.

BOOK REVIEW ABSENT IN THE SPRING BY CARRIE ELKS

Losing control never felt so good . . .

A successful lawyer, and the eldest of four sisters, Lucy Shakespeare is used to being in control of everything and everyone around her, most particularly herself – that is until she meets the gorgeous Lachlan MacLeish.

Lachlan’s hired Lucy because he needs the best. His inheritance, the Lairdship of Glencarraig, is suddenly in doubt. Glencarraig is the only place where his memories of his family are happy ones and there’s no way he’s going down without a fight. The very last thing he wants is a distraction, but as soon as he sees Lucy, he knows he’s in trouble.

Despite their efforts to resist, it isn’t long before Lachlan has Lucy longing to break all her careful rules. As they travel from Scotland, to Paris and on to New York, Lucy can’t help but wonder: is it sometimes worth risking it all?

Firstly a big thank you to Clara at little brown for my copy to review. I have read reviewed and adored the previous books in the Shakespeare sisters collection.

Carrie is a fantastic author who not only makes addictive books but knoes how to write a hunk !! Dare i say each one gets better.

Perfect for escapism especially as we get taken to Scotland France and United States .

Lucy is very strong if not stubborn and is comfortable being in control. However shes soon pushed out of her comfort zone .. will she go with it or put up a fight?

Packed with sexiness this is a steamy read and will melt the coldest of hearts .

Highly recommend this series especially as each sister gets their own adventure and each have their own story to share.

Published 26th april

BOOK REVIEW THE AFTER WIFE BY CASS HUNTER

I saw you, and I knew instantly that I could grow old with you. We’d be future-proof.”

When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever.
She was a brilliant, high-flying scientist. He was her loving and supportive husband.
Now she’s gone, and Aidan must carry on and raise their daughter alone.
But Rachel has left behind her life’s work, a gift of love to see them through the dark days after her death.

A gift called iRachel

Firstly a big thank you to Sam at trapeze for my copy to review . The cover is absolutely striking and really sets the scene of the story.

I absolutly loved this story, a unique translation of love and grief .

This is a book you want to devour but also savour.

Beautifully written and thought provoking.

Such a clever original concept and will really stand out.

Grief is a huge grey area with no rule book on how it works.

Love the mix of human and robot and how they each learn from one another.
An amazing read and i wish the author every success with it.