Monday, 24 January 2022

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - All for You - Louise Jensen #PsychologicalThriller

 

TITLE - All for You

AUTHOR - Louise Jensen

GENRE - Psychological Thriller

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SYNOPSIS

MEET THE WALSH FAMILY



Lucy: Loving mother. Devoted wife. And falling to pieces.
Aidan: Dedicated father. Faithful husband. And in too deep.
Connor: Hardworking son. Loyal friend. But can never tell the truth.

Everyone in this family is hiding something, but one secret will turn out to be the deadliest of all . . .

Can this family ever recover when the truth finally comes out?


About the Author

Louise Jensen is a global No.1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Louise

has sold over a million copies of her books and her novels have been sold for translation in twenty-five countries, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers’ lists. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award and the Guardian’s Not the Booker 2018. Louise’s thrillers have been optioned for TV and film.

When Louise isn’t writing thrillers, she turns her hand to penning love stories under the name Amelia Henley. Her debut as Amelia Henley, The Life We Almost Had, is out now.

Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction and writing tips.--This text refers to the paperback edition.





Who doesn't love a good psychological thriller. Even better when it keeps you guessing all the way through. If this is your thing, then you will love the latest book from Louise Jensen, who has really mastered the psychological thriller genre. 

This is about the Walsh family. On the surface a good well respected family. Underneath, full of secrets. It's told from the perspective of Aiden (Dad), Lucy (Mum) and Connor (Son). Kieron the other son is talked about frequently but it is never told from his perspective. A lot of their life revolves around Kieron, who is ill. 
I found Connor a friendly likeable character who was somewhat overlooked in a way by his Mother, who was always running around after Kieron, due to Kieron's illness and frequent hospital visits. Aiden seems to somehow have his own secrets which he is hiding. Lucy annoyed me somewhat but she is a good Mother, and I did warm to her as the boy went on. I did wonder how many families could hide so many different secrets, and it was a good way through the book before it all started being pieced together. 

This is a well written book, with many twists and turns throughout, and it leads you down the garden path sometimes, so what you think is going on, is something entirely different. Very clever! I was drawn in right from the beginning. 

I think it's another triumph from Louise Jensen, who has definitely mastered the craft of the psychological thriller. I think she's up there with some of the best. 

Check out some other reviews from bloggers on the tour. 



Thursday, 19 August 2021

Publication Day - Book Review ~ A Home in the Sun ~ Sue Moorcroft

 


TITLE - A Home in The Sun (previously known as Uphill All The Way)

AUTHOR - Sue Moorcroft

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SYNOPSIS -

A gorgeous summer read about new beginnings from the Sunday Times bestseller.

Home is where the heart is...but what if your heart is broken?

When Judith loses her partner, she loses her life in Malta too - including the beautiful view from her sun-warmed balcony of the sparkling blue waters of Sliema Creek.

Back in England, Judith finds a spare room in her sister's house where she grew up - but with it comes a whole host of family dramas. Nursing a broken heart, Judith knows she must find happiness again - and rebuild her life on her own terms.

Could an island in the sun be the answer she is looking for?


Another book set on the wonderful Island of Malta. This time the main character is Judith. For those of you that have read Sue's books before you may recognise this one. It was originally called Uphill all the way. I enjoyed reading it again and can say that Sue's writing has gone from strength to strength since then, hence why I only gave this one four stars, instead of my usual 5.

Judith has a life in Malta, but it has come to a sudden end, and she no longer feels welcome in Malta. She returns to her former life in England, but several changes have to be made. She has an ex-husband in England and there is a tense relationship there, but a good relationship with her stepson. I loved to see how this relationship developed.

Unfortunately Judith encounters several issues whilst back in England, from her life in the UK and also problems associated with her life in Malta. This made it a sad almost depressing read sometimes. It was still a pleasant read, with plenty of content, and beautiful descriptions of Malta. 

I prefer Sue's more up to date novels, but maybe that is because this is an older book and her style and writing experience have progressed a great deal. Still a recommended read from me.


Publication Day - Book Review ~ Missing by Erin Kinsley



TITLE - Missing

AUTHOR - Erin Kinsley

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SYNOPSIS -
A MOTHER WALKS INTO THE SEA . . . AND NEVER COMES BACK. WHY?

One perfect summer day, mother of two Alice walks into the sea . . . and never comes back.

Her daughters - loyal but fragile Lily, and headstrong, long-absent Marietta - are forcibly reunited by her disappearance.

Meanwhile, with retirement looming, DI Fox investigates cold cases long since forgotten. And there's one obsession he won't let go: a tragic death twenty years before.

Can Lily and Marietta uncover what happened to their mother? Will Fox solve a mystery that has haunted him for decades? As their stories unexpectedly collide, long-buried secrets will change their lives in unimaginable ways.



I found this a slow read, but it was still enjoyable. To start with I did not really warm to Marietta, the Sister from Overseas, who loved to travel rather than stay put in one place. She had wanderlust.

Then there was Lily, who seemed to be left to deal with everyone to deal with their Mother who had gone missing. It was then discovered that Alice (their Mother) had drowned. It appeared to be a suicide but no-one knew why she would have done this to herself.

The story then merges with a cold case that is being investigated by DI Fox. The story of an infant found murdered many years ago. It was good how the author merged the two stories together. 

None of it was predictable, and it was good how the two cases were blended by the author. This is a book full of secrets, lies, family drama and family relationships. Well thought out and complex, making it a good read.



Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Blog Tour and Book Review ~ The Girl in the Striped Dress ~ Ellie Midwood #Bookouture

 


TITLE - The Girl in the Striped Dress

AUTHOR - Ellie Midwood

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SYNOPSIS -

Auschwitz, 1942: This unforgettable novel, based on a true story, brings to life history’s most powerful tale of forbidden love. Set within the barbed wire of Auschwitz, a man and a woman fall in love against unimaginable odds. What happens next will restore your faith in humanity, and make you believe in hope even where hope should not exist. 

“I won’t let anything happen to you,” he whispered, pressing a note into her hand. Her entire body trembled when she read it: I am in love with you.

Helena steps off the cattle train onto the frozen grounds of Auschwitz. She has twenty-four hours to live. Scheduled to be killed tomorrow, she is not even tattooed with a prison number. As the snow falls around her, she shivers, knowing that she has been sentenced to death for a crime she didn’t commit.

When a gray-clad officer marches towards Helena and pulls her away, she fears the worst. Instead, he tells her that it’s one of the guard’s birthdays and orders her to serenade him.

Inside the SS barracks the air is warm, thick with cigarette smoke and boisterous conversation. After she sings to the guard, Franz, he presses a piece of cake into her hands––the first thing she has eaten in days. On the spot, he orders her life to be saved, forever changing the course of her fate.

What follows is a love story that was forbidden, that should have been impossible, and yet saved both of their lives––and hundreds of others––in more ways than one.

Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Choice, and The Orphan Train will be utterly entranced by this unputdownable page-turner. This completely heartbreaking yet beautifully hopeful novel shows that love can survive anything and grow anywhere.

*Previously titled: Auschwitz Syndrome


I have read many Auschwitz related books including The Violinist of Auschwitz, also by Ellie Midwood. You start to think you've read everything about what "inmates" did, to survive this most horrendous time in history, then another book comes along like this one, and throws more tales of sadness, heroism and love into the mix. 

This is an outstanding read of the horrors of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Some of the events in this book caused a lot of conversation between myself and my Husband. We discussed both the horrors and some of the good things (if the word "good" is the corret one to use). We talked about how not all the Nazi's were sadistic and how some had been recruited into the role. 

This book is well researched and certainly generated many thoughts and conversations. Although I found it quite slow to start with, thinking it was just going to go over things covered in other books of the same genre, it moved on and came into it's own. The "characters" are well described and delicately portrayed. It is a very thought provoking read. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author. She owes her interest in the history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling her about his experiences on the frontline

when she was a young girl. Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining her BA in Linguistics, Ellie decided to make writing her full-time career and began working on her first full-length historical novel, The Girl from Berlin.' Ellie is continuously enriching her library with new research material and feeds her passion for WWII and Holocaust history by collecting rare memorabilia and documents.

In her free time, Ellie is a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a doggie mama. Ellie lives in New York with her fiancé and their Chihuahua named Shark Bait.

Social Media

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Monday, 9 August 2021

Book Review ~ Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben #Penguin #RandomHouseUK


 TITLE - Fool Me Once

AUTHOR - Harlan Coben

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SYNOPSIS

From the #1 bestselling author and creator of the hit Netflix series THE STRANGER

You think you know the truth. The truth is you know nothing.

The international #1 bestselling author of Tell No One and Six Years is back another impossible-to-put-down thriller, now a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller and soon to be a film starring Julia Roberts.

If your husband was murdered and you were a witness.

How do you explain it when he appears on your nanny cam, back from the dead? You thought you trusted him. Now you can't even trust yourself.

Dark secrets and a terrifying hunt for the truth lie at the heart of this gripping thriller by 'master of the double twist' Harlan Coben.

This is a fast paced book that is a rollercoaster of a ride. This is what you come to expect now from Harlan Coben. You know nothing is going to be straightforward. 

There are many strong characters in this book, from the main protagonist, Military woman and widow, Maya Stern-Burkett; her Brother in Law Eddie and the secretive Burkett Family. The characters are very well written. 

Maya has buried both her Husband and her Sister. Are the murders linked? What about the death of her Husbands Brother Andrew, several years before.

It's a really good book to keep you guessing, with twists and turns around every corner.  The plot is exciting and with a twist at the end that you don't see coming. 



Thursday, 29 July 2021

Book Review ~ Legacy by Nora Roberts


TITLE - Legacy

AUTHOR - Nora Roberts

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SYNOPSIS

The first time Adrian met her father was the day he tried to kill her..Adrian Rizzo didn't have the easiest childhood, to put it mildly, but she's worked hard to put it behind her and to the outside world she is a beautiful young woman with a successful, high-profile career and a wonderful family and friends.

When, out of the blue, she receives a death threat in the post, she is shocked but puts it down to someone's jealousy of her success and tries to forget about it. But Adrian doesn't realise that it's more than just spite. Someone is very, very angry about her happy life and will stop at nothing to bring it all crashing down.

If there is one thing you can say about a Nora Roberts book ,it's that they are never predictable. Ms Roberts writes several different genres of books. 

This book, Legacy, is the style of book I prefer from the Author. It is a mixture of family drama, romantic novel and thriller. What more could you want from a book? 

The characters are very well written and the main protagonist, Adrian, is very likeable, and luckily hasn't inherited any of her Mothers "Cold" traits. The relationships between various characters are developed extremely well, and you end up feeling immersed into their lives. 

The Author leads you on many twists and turns. Who is sending Adrian Death Threats on an annual basis? She knows the threats are going to arrive in the mail, but doesn't know who is sending them and why. You are kept guessing until the very end. 

Another great read from Ms Roberts and I will certainly read more of her books in this style.

Book Review - The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan #FeelGood


 TITLE - The Summer Seekers

AUTHOR - Sarah Morgan

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SYNOPSIS -

Kathleen is eighty years old. After a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. She's not having any of it. What she craves - needs - is adventure.

Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza dream of a solo break of her own.

Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can't get her life together. But she knows something has to change.

When Martha sees Kathleen's advert for a driver and companion to take an epic road trip across America, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. Travelling with a stranger? No problem. She's not the world's best driver, but it couldn't be worse than living with her parents again. And anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?

As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it's never too late for adventure...

I've always liked Sarah Morgan's books and this one was no exception. I loved it. The Author has thrown together two of the most unlikely travelling partners ever, and made this such a fun read, and I wished I was one of their travelling companions. 

The characters are extremely likeable, and well written. The storyline is also well written and descriptive and makes you feel like you are riding along with them on their journey. The descriptions of the destinations makes you feel as if you have actually been there yourself.

It is a tale of so many different emotions. There are tears, much laughter, and some annoyance along the way. This was just the book I needed to read in these current climes and put a smile on my face for quite some time. I'm even smiling as I'm writing this.



Book Review ~ Blood Brothers ~ Colleen Nelson #YoungTeens #DundurnGroup


 TITLE - Blood Brothers

AUTHOR - Colleen Nelson

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SYNOPSIS

A Winnipeg Free Press Bestseller! * In the Margins Book Award, Top Ten Selection * CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) Selection
Close as brothers, Jakub's and Lincoln's lives diverge when Jakub gets a private school scholarship and Lincoln is lured into a gang.

Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar.

When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it's his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood he calls home.

While Jakub's future is looking bright, Lincoln's gets shady as he is lured into his brother's gang. Jakub watches helplessly as Lincoln gets pulled deeper into the violent world of the Red Bloodz. The Red Bloodz find out Jakub knows more than he should about a murder and want him silenced - for good. Lincoln has to either save his friend, or embrace life as one of the Red Bloodz.

Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
ISBN: 9781459737464
Number of pages: 240


This is a book, I believe, that is aimed at young teens. Having read it, it's a good read as an adult too and to me, very current in the subject matter. The two main characters are Jakub (Koob) and Lincoln (Linc). They are best Friends and it's a well written relationship. 

It shows how two youngsters, both on the right path, can all of a sudden be separated by one taking the wrong path. 

It is something we read about in the papers weekly; gang life and lives being taken. It's very well written and I'd like to think that if a teenager read this it would give them some incite into what happens if you take the wrong path and how lives, yours included, can change. There were some strong characters in this book, and some vulnerable and easily influenced. It's heartbreaking in places.

I found the story very believable, and would like people to share this book with their teens. 



Thursday, 22 July 2021

Publication Day - Book Review ~ The Art of Loving you ~ Amelia Henley


TITLE - The Art of Loving you

AUTHOR - Amelia Henley

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SYNOPSIS

They were so in love . . .
And then life changed forever . . .
Will they find happiness again?


Libby and Jack are the happiest they've ever been. Thanks to their dear friend, eighty-year-old Sid, they've just bought their first house together, and it's the beginning of the life they've always dreamed of.

But the universe has other plans for Libby and Jack and a devastating twist of fate shatters their world.

All of a sudden life is looking very different, and unlikely though it seems, might Sid be the one person who can help Libby and Jack move forward when what they loved the most has been lost?



I loved Amelia Henley's debut novel, so I couldn't wait to read this. It was every bit as good as I expected. 

It's very rare I shed a tear reading a book, but I did with this one, many times. 

The way the author develops her characters is wonderful. She has the knack of bringing them to life so you feel that you know them. 

My heart broke at the loss suffered, but then I was uplifted again with the building of relationships between generations. 

This book was a roller cost of emotions, and an enthralling read. I didn't want it to end. Bring on the next book Ms Henley. 




Saturday, 17 July 2021

Book Review ~ The Snark ~ Justin Davis #BlueFalconPublishing ~ Childrens book

 

TITLE - The Snark

AUTHOR - Justin Davis

ILLUSTRATOR - Stephanie Jayne

PUBLISHER - Blue Falcon Publishing

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SYNOPSIS

"What's a Snark?" I hear you cry.

Night-time can be scary and this delightfully illustrated story shows us how natural those fears are. Once children can identify and understand their fears, they can begin to overcome them, and we can all have a good night's sleep!

This story reveals that when we are brave and face our fears, they are often not as scary as we first thought!

Told in lyrical prose and with a dash of humour, this light-hearted story will help you and your child deal with night-time anxieties in a safe and reassuring way.



The first thing that draws you to this wonderful book is the very well illustrated cover.

I loved the dedication at the star of the book "For all the parents, the unsung heroes that scare away the monsters"

What an absolutely delightful read this was. It's a rhyming story, with great illustrations and on top of that it is so funny!

At the back there is space for your little one to draw.

What's a snark? Well you'll have to buy the book to find out. It's a marvellous read. One you will love to read to your little person.