Tuesday, 6 December 2016

How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway

How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A page-turner about the murder of a teenage girl, from the author of Lacy Eye.

On a cold December day in northern upstate New York, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a pond. She had been presumed drowned, but an autopsy shows that she was, in fact, strangled. As the investigation unfolds, four characters tell the story from widely divergent perspectives: Susanne, Joy's mother and a professor at the local art college; Martin, a black graduate student suspected of the murder; Harper, Joy's best friend and a potential eyewitness; and Tom, a rescue diver and son-in-law of the town's police chief. As a web of small-town secrets comes to light, a dramatic conclusion reveals the truth about Joy's death.

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Confession time! I could not finish Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway. I read half the book, and I could not for the life of me enjoy the story. So, I was a bit worried about how this book would turn out. But, I was instantly drawn into this sad and tense story about a young girl that turns up murdered and the impact it has on the community, from her family to her friends not to mention the man accused of killing her.

What I really like about the story is that it moves between the time before and after the murder. Both storylines are intriguing as we get to follow the investigation of the murder at the same time we slowly get a picture of what is going on with and around Joy Enright before she is murdered. I came to like Joy, especially when I found out her big secret, why she was acting so different before she was killed. The book is well written and heartbreakingly sad.

I think this book's strength is that it keeps surprising the reader and that the characters are so well developed with flaws and all. Everything that happens has consequences and that is something that this story really show.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets by Sophie Hannah Blog Tour

The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets

by Sophie Hannah

on Tour November 1 - December 17, 2016

The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets by Sophie Hannah
A collection of ingenious suspense stories from one of today's most acclaimed novelists in the genre. Everybody has their secrets, and in Sophie Hannah's fantastic stories the curtains positively twitch with them. Who, for instance, is the hooded figure hiding in the bushes outside a young man's house? Why does the same stranger keep appearing in the background of a family's holiday photographs? What makes a woman stand mesmerised by two children in a school playground, children she's never met but whose names she knows well? And which secret results in a former literary festival director sorting soiled laundry in a shabby hotel? All will be revealed…but at a cost. As Sophie Hannah uncovers the dark obsessions and strange longings behind the most ordinary relationships, life will never seem quite the same again.

Book Details:

Genre: Short Stories, Thriller
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: October 11th 2016
Number of Pages: 120
ISBN: 0062562096 (ISBN13: 9780062562098)
Purchase Links: Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Goodreads 
Sophie Hannah

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Sophie Hannah is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 27 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie.

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12 Days of Clink Street: Sphere’s Divide IIII: Curse of the Alpha by J.C. Norman


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Sphere’s Divide IIII: Curse of the Alpha

Never read before festive extract from JC. Norman’s epic fantasy series Sphere’s Divide….
Snow glistened off the leaves of the forest like sugar encrusted diamonds and chilled the night air. The trees around them stood tall and naked, with long, cold branches that stroked the night sky to shake the snow off their fingers. Everything was white around, from the crunchy ground from the fresh snow, all the way up to the valleys and mountains in the distance which seemed to be covered in snow all year. The whole world glistened and sparkled above and below. It seemed the snow and stars above were in competition with each other. The two full moons sat in parallel on the east and west of the sky and shined down more silvery light down on the cold, winter celebration. A large fire burned in the centre of a clearing setting an orangey glow around, cackling like laughter. Only the Evergreen standing in the centre of the village still had colour in its leaves. Small illuminated acorns from other trees had been placed around the tree for decoration. The tree stood tall and proud, shining like the fire, illuminated from its decorations and the snow resting gently upon its spiky leaves. The village had all gathered outside to attend the Lifemas celebrations. The lupi all huddled up close to one another. Being descendants to ancient creatures called wolves gave them a thick fur but still clothed themselves in thick wools, leathers and cottons, especially on this cold night. Each lupus held a candle, its fire gently flowing in the wind. Mothers held onto their young and fathers with one arm around their wives. They sang together, a song of life. To remind themselves all that they, the forest around them, the wildlife; even the vulpi, the wise and terrible tokage all lived in unison with one another. A great feast was prepared and sat on long tables, waiting for the song to finish. When the singing died down with one note that echoed a message of peace across the snowy lands a single lupus stepped forward the address the crowd.

He was a tall lupus with dark fur and dark brown, aged eyes. Dressed in a warm underlay and a ceremonial black kimono. He lifted his furry, paw-like hands and spoke to his people. His name was Tangetsu, he was the pack leader of their small town, but more importantly, he was the Clan Alpha.

“My fellow lupi. We gather today to celebrate our most holy day of the year. For Lifemas has come again, and again we have done a grand job in readying the village for the festivities.”

“Here, here!” the wolf-people agreed, clapped and applauded.

Tangetsu continued after calming his crowd again, “As is tradition, before we eat and continue with our celebration, comes the most important thing of all, The Gratitude. Everybody, please hold up your candles.”

In unison, like they had done it a hundred times before, everyone held up their candles. Some put their hands on their hearts and others closed their eyes as if in prayer and listened to their alpha.

Tangetsu held out his arms and repeated a prayer he had said for years now, “Great Home, we thank you for the bountiful gifts you have given us this year. We thank you for the elements essential for our life. We thank the carpenters for our shelters and tables. We thank the hunters and gatherers for the food on our tables. We thank the tailors for the clothes on our backs. But most of all we thank life, for without life we would have no trees for shelter, no wildlife for clothing nor sustenance. We live our lives ever eternally grateful for the borrowed gift we have received. And like the plants and animals we take to ensure our survival, we promise to one day give back our lives to you. So we may feed the plants and animals who have given their lives for us to live on. Hear our prayer Home and know we are grateful. We thank you, life.”

“We thank you, life,” the lupi each whispered out loud, the words echoing around them all. In the distance, over the mountains came a howling. A soft singing howling of a neighbouring pack of their clan came from over the horizon. They too were celebrating Lifemas.

Once the prayer had finished and the distant howls reached their ears, the lupi all looked up to the starry sky and added their voices to the chorus. Each one howled until the sound seemed to vibrate all around them and further over the forest, where another, distant pack heard their celebrations and added their voices.

Over the dark sky over the whole of their land, the land howled, a howl of gratitude to everything it had. Life was sacred and it was the annual, unified howl of the lupi who were the masters of their world that reminded it of its importance. Tangetsu however only lowered his head and closed his eyes and listened to the wave of gratitude now humming in the sky above them. He did not howl, for this was a howl of joy and happiness. There was no place for his howl tonight. For when Tangetsu howled, the land wept.

A few moments later and the great feast had begun. Tangetsu gathered his clan around the tables to begin the Lifemas feast. The tables were already set with courses of soups, bread with cheese, wild roast goose or cow, lemon soaked duck and salted lizzier; stuffed peppers with rice, onions and spices and sweet pies of hand-picked apples, pears and wild berries with cream. The lupi all sat alongside each other in the cold air, a large, wooden communal gazebo sheltered them from any more falling flakes of snow and many small fires burning neatly and responsibly around them to warm their thick furs. Their feast went off without a hitch and at the end of one of the tables sat Tangetsu. Smiling at his lupi people all happily eating and chatting away. Children with full bellies of warm food began to leave the table and play and dance in the snow. Innocent and drunken laughter echoed off the gazebo and all around them. Tangetsu loved his people, but he disguised his sadness with a constant smile, nodding to others around him and drinking rich wine until he found the cold no longer bothered him this night, stood up and bowed before leaving the table.

He made his way across the soft, crunchy snow and stood before the Evergreen, lighting up the darkness around it and illuminated a gentle, warm glow to the cold and dark surrounding it. He sighed and forced another smile looking up at the great tree.

“Alpha! Alpha Tangetsu Maiyo!” called a young and familiar voice. His heart suddenly sank and quivered but he shook his head away from the pain in his heart and turned to smile at the young lupus running to him with his arms out.

He knelt down and picked up the young cub and embraced him, “Why, if it isn't the young Cassa? You should know by now not to call me by my full title. How do you like it, Master Cassa Ishi?”

The young cub laughed when Tangetsu prodded his belly, “Mother said I should come and thank you for Lifemas.” He then hugged onto his neck and embraced, “Thank you, Alpha.”

Tangetsu just nodded and turned back to the tree. From the corner of his vision he saw another lupus approach. Her fur was dark like the pup in his arm, from the top of her head and down to her pointy nose though was white. Small grey hairs began to appear around her small cheeks. Her eyes were brown and her gentle smile sank his heart. Dressed in a white and red kimono she stepped forward and bowed.

“What are you doing here?” Cassa asked innocently as his mother appeared and bowed to her alpha.

Tangetsu smiled and nodded back before pointing to the tree for Cassa. “I was just taking a moment to appreciate the tree this year. Everyone has done a fine job, yes?”

Cassa smiled and nodded.

His mother Cinda continued. The second he heard her voice his blood shivered and his ears pricked up alert, even her scent was perfume to him. He avoided her eyes though, he had learned that the hard way.

“Yes, certainly. I feel the village has really outdone themselves this year.”

“Do we know why we have the tree though?” Tangetsu asked the young cub on his arm and held him like a father.

“It's a Lifemas tree!” Cassa innocently replied.

They both laughed. “Yes, very true, but why do we have it?” he asked again.

“Because it's Lifemas.”

Again the two adults laughed and Tangetsu pointed to the tree to explain and give the young cub a lesson. “We have the tree as a symbol of life. The Evergreen is called that because it is green all year round and doesn't shed its leaves like most trees in winter. Even in winter, when life is hardest this tree continues to grow. This is why we celebrate Lifemas. We celebrate in the middle of winter when the days are the darkest and the nights are the coldest. This tree is to remind us that no matter how dark it gets, life will continue and spring will return. It is knowing this that we celebrate life more than any other time of the year. For life is precious and equal.”

“Is this why we celebrate this by hunting down animals, skinning and eating them Alpha?” the dark furred Cinda asked with a slight cheek to her question.

Tangetsu couldn't help but smile. Cinda never did eat other animals, she relied for sustenance solely on the plants and vegetation.

“I can understand the irony of what you're saying, for that is the irony of life itself. Yes, we eat other animals, we cut down trees for shelter for we cannot live without them.” He turned and looked back up at the tree still shining in the darkness around it, a true symbol of life shrouded by a dark and cold, unforgiving world, like a force of darkness being fought back by a light of optimism.

“Life, as we know it anyway, cannot survive without the death of other life.”

Cinda again bowed but argued, “Pardon me, Alpha. But how can you say that? We only kill life for food and shelter. Trees and vegetation photosynthesise from the energy of the sun and so do not need to kill life in order to survive. It is the flaw of the animal kingdom that we need plants and others to live while plants only need themselves.”

“That is not entirely true,” Tangetsu countered. “For trees, much like most other vegetation need nutrients in the soil. Nutrients they receive from the decay of other life forms or faecal matter from other animals when they too eat life forms to survive.”

“Yes, Alpha that is true. But there are some life forms that do not even need such things in order to survive.”

“That is only because they require much less heat and energy. Yes, we owe our entire existence to the plants and protists for they were here first and oxygenated our home, but that does not mean they do not need us equally as much as we need them. All life is equal, and plant life, animal life, fungi, protists and all forms of bacteria all live and depend on one another, in one form or another.” He turned again to young Cassa and gave him another lesson. “Only the archaea, a very old and resilient form of life can live by eating sulphur and methane gas, but even they become part of the food chain. For they represent another great and masterful lesson. That even if everything that we know were to die, life itself would never perish, under any circumstances.” He prodded the young Cassa again and smiled, “That is the meaning of Lifemas.”

Cinda crossed her arms, admiring his explanation but still remaining in her meatless resolve, “Well, I still don't believe it's necessary to murder and slaughter countless animal lives when we could all happily together.”

Tangetsu put down Cassa who ran back to the feast. Tangetsu let out a small chuckle, “I love that you choose not to kill and eat animals, Cinda. You have a big heart for all living things, but also question your logic. For you claim to refuse to eat animals because you believe all life is equal but then only eat one particular kingdom of life. For your statement is true and life is equal but you depend solely on one food source, branding them as less important as every other life form.”

This time Cinda bowed again, again her perfume wafted over to him and sank his heart. He turned back to the tree and wore the same smiled mask.

“Again you misunderstand, Alpha. I do not choose to only eat vegetation because I believe that they are not equal. I eat them because I know that I am not harming them by doing so. A carrot does not flinch from pain when cut with a knife as a duck would.”

Tangetsu sighed and smiled, “So you base your philosophy by your perception of what constitutes as pain? I can understand that. For they have no pain receptors as we do, nor brains to calculate pain. But since pain is subjective to the individual and temporary, does pain even exist?”

Cinda laughed, “But of course pain exists, Alpha. And I live my life, devoted to not causing pain to any living being.”

This time his heart sank and his chest hollowed out. This time he could not wear a smile as a mask and could only turn his head toward the bitingly cold darkness and closed his eyes. So it really is only I whom you decide should feel pain? he thought.



He turned again, feeling done with the conversation and forced a gentle smile as best as he could, “Well, you got me there, Cinda. I apologise, I never meant to question your life style. For it is Lifemas and I should be celebrating life, not questioning it.” He bowed this time and stepped back, “Happy Lifemas, Cinda. Please enjoy your night.”

READ THE NEXT PART AT JERA'S JAMBOREE (goes live 6th December)


About JC Norman

J.C. Norman grew up and currently lives in Milton Keynes Village in the UK where he works in the food industry. He has studied martial arts all his life and has worked to incorporate this experience into his writing. 

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The Semper Sonnet by Seth Margolis Blog Tour

The Semper Sonnet by Seth Margolis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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The Semper Sonnet by Seth Margolis

Publication Date: April 19, 2016 
Diverson Publishing 
eBook & Paperback; 374 Pages 
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery/Thriller 


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In this stunning thrill ride, perfect for fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry, a long-lost manuscript, written for Elizabeth I, holds the key to unlocking the past—and to eliminating the future.

Lee Nicholson is ready to take the academic world by storm, having discovered a sonnet she believes was written by William Shakespeare. When she reads the poem on the air, the words put her life in peril and trigger a violent chase, with stakes that reach far beyond the cloistered walls of academia.

Buried in the language of the sonnet, in its allusions and wordplay, are secrets that have been hidden since Elizabethan times, secrets known only to the queen and her trusted doctor, but guessed at by men who seek the crown and others who seek the world. If the riddles are solved, it could explode what the world knows of the great Elizabeth I. And it could release a pandemic more deadly than the world has ever imagined.

Lee’s quest for the answers buried in the sonnet keeps her one step ahead of an international hunt—from the police who want her for murder, to a group of men who will stop at nothing to end her quest, to a madman who pursues the answers for destructive reasons of his own.

As this intelligent thriller moves back and forth between Tudor England and the present day, Lee begins to piece together the meaning behind Shakespeare’s words, carrying the story to its gasp-out-loud conclusion.

"Imaginative plotting and depth of character distinguish this centuries-spanning thriller..."—Publishers Weekly

“The Semper Sonnet is a wildly imaginative thriller that fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry will love."—Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author

“This provocative and knuckle-biting thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as it careens through the hallowed halls of academia into the turbulent past. Hold tight to your farthingales: this is a roller-coaster ride of a book!”—C.W. Gortner, international bestselling author of The Last Queen


Book Review

If there is one category of books that I really, really love is it historical mystery/thrillers when someone in the present time stumbles over a mystery, like, for instance, as in this book a sonnet written by Shakespeare. This story in this book felt refreshing with a secret that could have devastating consequences for the world.

The main character Lee Nicholson is thrown into a perilous race not just to clear her name from murder, but also save the world from a dangerous threat. Intertwined with this story is diary notes from a doctor that lived during Elizabeth I reign. And, he reveals in his notes a secret that Elizabeth I kept hidden from the world. Or rather two secrets, of which one is extremely dangerous. In the present time, there are people who will go to any length to stop anyone from learning this secret. And, Lee also discovers that there is a man out that, who ruthlessly want to find this hidden treasure.

I did enjoy reading the book, however, there were some things kept me from fully enjoying the book. As much as I enjoyed the historical mystery there were just too many things that bothered me, things that I personally had some problems with. One of the biggest problems was the book's predictability. It felt like it was following how to write a historical thriller to the letter. The main character goes from living an ordinary life to being in danger, finding a new friend, chasing clues, the whole secret society thing, and a ruthless madman. And, I can take that, it's not that bad if it's written in a way that I get caught up with the story. The Semper Sonnet is not bad, but there were some moments now and then when something happened that made me lost the rhythm. For instance, in this book, the clues was a bit too obvious now and then. Like when Lee Nicholson was visiting a man for information and the man's dogs name gave her a clue that he could be involved in the whole conspiracy. Not to mention that some people seemed to be dressed a bit too warm for the weather. Right, not at all suspicious. Then, we have the man that is after the treasure. I just didn't fully understand what he was after, it just felt like this was some kind of petty revenge. I would have liked a better and more interesting motive.

Alright, now I have rambled on about things that bothered me. I also want to say that I did enjoy reading the book. I didn't have any problems with Lee Nicholson as a character. Although the revelation, in the end, could I have lived without I must admit. But, despite that did I find her quest for answers interesting. She just wanted her life back to how it was before.

For me was this a so and so book. Not perfect, but not that bad. I had some problems with the story, but I liked the main character and I enjoyed the doctor's diary noted from, very intriguing to read. Honestly, I do think when I think back to the book that the story set in the past was a bit more interesting than the one in the present time...

About the Author

Seth Margolis is a writer whose most recent novel, THE SEMPER SONNET, was published on April 19. He is the author of six earlier novels, including LOSING ISAIAH, which was made into a film starring Halle Berry and Jessica Lange.

Seth lives with his wife, Carole, in New York City. They have two grown children, Maggie and Jack. Seth received a BA in English from the University of Rochester and an MBA in marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business Administration. When not writing fiction, he is a branding consultant for a wide range of companies, primarily in the financial services, technology and pharmaceutical industries. He has written articles for the New York Times and other publications on travel and entertainment.

For more information, please visit Seth Margolis’ website. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, December 1
Blog Tour Kick Off at Passages to the Past

Friday, December 2
Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book

Saturday, December 3

Monday, December 5

Tuesday, December 6
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch

Wednesday, December 7

Thursday, December 8
Spotlight at Susan Heim on Writing

Friday, December 9

Monday, December 12
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Wednesday, December 14
Review at JulzReads

Thursday, December 15
Guest Post at JulzReads

Friday, December 16
Spotlight at Books, Dreams, Life

Monday, December 19

Wednesday, December 21
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Tuesday, December 27

Wednesday, December 28

Thursday, December 29

Friday, December 30
Review at Broken Teepee


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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Born Bad by Marnie Riches Cover Reveal


PUBLISHES: 9th March 2017

A powerful, gritty novel set in the criminal underworld of Manchester from bestselling author Marnie Riches.

Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core when gang leader Paddy O’Brien is found bleeding by the poolside of his sprawling Bramshott mansion. So begins a fierce battle for the South Side, with the leading Manchester gangsters taking the law into their own hands – even when they have to play dirty to win…

This is a brand new crime series from the bestselling Marnie Riches; a fast-paced, gritty and darkly comic novel that brings the grime of Manchester to life…

Saturday, 3 December 2016

The Forgotten by David Baldacci (SWE/ENG)

The Forgotten by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

SWEDISH REVIEW

Krigshjälten John Puller är den skickligaste utredaren i den amerikanska arméns kriminalpolis, och alla förlitar sig på att han ska lösa de svåraste fallen som nationen ställs inför. Nu får Puller ett nytt fall - och den här gången är det personligt. 

Pullers faster hittas död i turiststaden Paradise i Florida. Den lokala polisen förklarar hennes död som en tragisk olycka, men precis innan hon dog skickade hon ett brev till Pullers far. I brevet berättar hon att skenet bedrar, och att ett mörker döljer sig under Paradise vackra yta. Puller blir alltmer övertygad om att hennes död inte var en olycka. Han misstänker att stadens palmer och kritvita sandstränder döljer en konspiration så chockerande att vissa är beredda att gå hur långt som helst för att hålla sanningen undangömd.

De bortglömda är den andra fristående delen i David Baldaccis serie om John Puller.


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Jag läste bok fyra just precis innan jag fick chansen att läsa denna bok. Men det bekymrade mig inte så mycket då jag fann den senaste boken i John Puller series fantastiskt bra och jag hade hoppas på chansen att få läsa de tidigare böckerna. John Puller är en man som har en vana att hamna i strul verkar det som, lite som Lee Childs Jack Reacher. Kan vara det militära kopplingen som får mig att att tänka på Jack Reacher. I den här boken börjar allting med ett brev som Pullers far får från sin syster. Detta brev blir startskottet på ett helvete i paradiset kan man säga. För något är verkligen fel i Paradise i Florida....

De bortglömda är en spännande thriller som är svårt att lägga ifrån sig. Man blir uppslukad av handlingen och frågan är vem kan Puller egentligen lita på? Speciellt när t.o.m polisen i Paradise beter sig mystiskt. Blir ju inte bättre av att fler och fler personer plötsligt börjar dö. VCad är kopplingen mellan dödsfallen och vem är den stora mannen som räddar Pullers liv när han mitt i natten är i fara? Är han en vän eller fiende? För det verkar som han har är iblandad i fallet på något sätt...

Jag tyckte att de bortglömda var en mycket bra bok, det är absolut inga problem att läsa denna bok fristående från de andra serien. Själv är jag väldigt sugen på att läsa de två böcker jag ännu inte har läst i denna serie. Och självklart hoppas jag på att David Baldacci kommer att skriva många fler John Puller böcker.

Tack till Bokfabriken för recensionsexemplaret!


ENGLISH REVIEW

In Paradise, nothing is what it seems...Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.

What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.

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I read book four in this series right just before I got the chance to read this book. But it didn't worry me much since I found the last book in the series fantastic and I was hoping to get the chance to read the previous books. John Puller is a man who has a habit of getting into trouble. It reminded me a bit of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. It may be the military connection that made me think of Jack Reacher. In this book, everything begins with a letter that Puller's father gets from his sister. This letter will mark the start of a Hell in Paradise one could say. For something is really wrong in Paradise in Florida ...

The Forgotten is an exciting thriller that is hard to put down. You become immersed in the action, and the question is who can Puller really trust? Especially when even the police in Paradise behave mysteriously. Then, more and more people suddenly begin to die. What is the connection, and how is the big man that one night save Puller's life? Is he a friend or foe? For it seems that he is involved in the case in some way ...

I thought The Forgotten was a very good book, there is absolutely no problem reading this book without having read the other books in the series. Personally, I'm very eager to read the two books I have not yet read in this series. And of course, I hope that David Baldacci will write more John Puller books.


Thanks to Bokfabriken for the review copy!

Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood by Lara Parker

Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood by Lara Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood is the continuing the story of the classic TV show, Dark Shadows by series star, Lara Parker.

“My name is Victoria Winters, and my journey continues . . . .”

An orphan with no knowledge of her origins, Victoria Winters first came to the great house of Collinwood as a Governess. It didn’t take long for the Collins family’s many buried secrets, haunted history, and rivalries with evil forces to catch up to Victoria and cast the newcomer adrift in time, trapped between life and death.


At last returned to the present, Victoria is called back to Collinwood by a mysterious letter. Hoping to fill in the gaps of her memories by meeting with the people who knew her best, Victoria returns to the aging mansion. However, she soon discovers that the entire Collins family is missing—except for Barnabas Collins, a vampire whose own dark curse is well known. Victoria discovers that she has been named sole heir to the estate, if only she can prove her own identity.


Beset by danger and dire warnings, Victoria must discover what dread fate has befallen Collinwood, even as she finally uncovers a shocking truth long hidden in the shadows . . .


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It's actually a bit strange how I looked forward to reading this book when it showed up in a package the other day. I mean I have only seen the movie version which was OK (I would love to see a non-Tim-Burton DARK SHADOW movie) and I have never seen the TV series. But, I do know some about the history of the TV series (thanks to the internet) and that wonderful cover intrigued me not to mention the description of the book. I have a thing for time-slips and here we have a woman that has traveled not once, but twice back in time...

READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION

Friday, 2 December 2016

Blog Tour: Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett (Q&A and a review)

Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A serial killer murdering for kicks.

A detective seeking revenge.

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…

Scared to Death is a gripping fast paced crime thriller from author Rachel Amphlett, in a new series introducing Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…


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Review

I have a lovely Q&A with Rachel Amphlett to share today, but first I want to say something about the book. Scared to Death is the first in a new series by Rachel Amphlett. I had not read anything by Rachel Amphlett before I read this book, but as a big time crime fan was I intrigued by the premise and the cover of the book. So, what makes this so special that you should pick it over other crime books?

Personally, I just love when I instantly like the main character and Kay Hunter was just the kind of tough female cop that I like to read about. And, it was quite nice that she seems to be quite stable, despite recent problems both at home and at work. Not, that I don't like my heroines flawed, I do. But, having a woman cop, in a stable relationship felt like a nice change. I just loved that she and Adam have a loving and understanding relationship, despite that they have just been through hell together.

As for the case, it's tragic, the whole case feels like just an awful nightmare. Without giving too much away is this case a typical example of what could happen when someone that has been abused for years suddenly snaps. It's such a chilling story. Also, the story has some brilliant twists. Just the way I like it.

So now, I think you should read the Q&A to find out more about the book and Rachel Amphlett!

Author Q&A

1. Let's start with the basic question, can you please tell me what your book is about for the readers that haven't yet read it?

Scared to Death is the first novel in a new series featuring DS Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past, and an uncertain future.

Here’s the blurb:

A serial killer murdering for kicks.

A detective seeking revenge.

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…


2. One thing that struck me when I started to read the book was that Kay Hunter has gone through a really tough time before the story in the book. I found her a strong, but vulnerable character, just the kind of character I like. Can you tell the readers more about her and her wonderful husband Adam?

I think Kay is resilient, rather than strong. As you say, she’s had a tough time as we meet her for the first time, but she’s determined to claw her way back professionally and expose those behind the vendetta against her.

I read too many books where there’s a fractured home life for a detective – poor Kay has been through enough, both professionally and personally, so I wanted to show that Adam supports her, even if their jobs do mean they don’t spend a lot of time together. It’s the same reason I wanted Kay to be a bit OCD with her CD collection – it gives her a little sense of order amongst the chaos of her life!

3. I love Sid, seriously that snake was a wonderful addition to the story. Will there be more animals taken care of at home with Kay and Adam in the future? Or Sid perhaps needs a new stable home?

Absolutely. I love animals, so I’m going to have a lot of fun with Kay’s home life over the course of the series! I think perhaps Kay will be glad when Sid’s owner gets back from holiday though…

4. I found the book to be very interesting and engrossing and I hope you have more books planned, perhaps even one in mind (Yes?)?

I’ve finished the first draft of the second in the Kay Hunter series in time to launch Scared to Death, and I plan to publish that early in 2017. I hope to be in a position to unveil the cover in January. However, while that’s fermenting in a virtual drawer over the course of December, I’m plotting out books 3 and 4 in the series, which I also hope to write and publish during 2017.

5. Now to something completely different, if you could meet any author for a chat, dead or alive. Who would you pick, and why?

I’d pick Charles Dickens. I think he was a brilliant businessman as well as a great writer – you only have to look at how he serialised his books before they became complete novels. He eked them out as much as possible to support his family while he was writing the next one. Very clever.

6. Any authors that have inspired you?

Oh, lots! The authors I keep returning to though include Michael Connelly, Peter James, Val McDermid, Lee Child and Robert Crais – all fast-paced crime thrillers.

While I was writing Scared to Death, I read every single interview I could find with those authors and took copious notes about their advice on writing crime – it was like going back to school.

7. And the last question! What was the last book you read and what are you reading now?

The last book I read was Blood Lines by Angela Marsons, and I’m eyeing up The Crossing by Michael Connelly next. I need a spare nanosecond to sit down for a moment to start it though…!