Blog Tour Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

Today, I’m super pleased to be on the stop for the blog tour Twisted by Steve Cavanagh, published by Orion Publishers.

Blurb:

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BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

 

What I Say:

I mean just wow!

Having never read any of Steve Cavanagh’s previous novel, I was excited to get my teeth stuck into this one and boy was it worth it!

This is one of those novels that you can’t just sum up in a few short sentences so I’m not even going to attempt too. What I loved about this book is the total unexpected twists and how the author manages to lull you into a false sense of security at the beginning, only to flip everything on its head again and again. It is one of those novels which you won’t be able to put down as the author asks so many questions – like how the hell??

This novel sure takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end!

Oh and that ending – breathtaking!

This is a standalone novel, so even like me you haven’t managed to read any of he’s other novels yet it’s a great introduction into this author’s fabulous writing style and twisted mind!

I don’t want to keep banging on about it as it’s really difficult to sum up without giving the game away. So just read it!!

Would highly recommend for anyone who loves and amazingly twisty story which will keep you guessing – up until the very end!

A big thank you to Tracy Fenton and Orion Books for allowing me to be a part of this tour

About the Author:

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Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author of the Eddie Flynn series and lawyer. His third novel, The Liar, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the year 2018. He is also one half of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. His latest novel, Thirteen, is out now.

His first standalone book, Twisted, is released in the UK in April 2019.

Find out more at http://www.stevecavanagh.com or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav

To purchase Twisted through Amazon click here

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*Blog Tour* The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Today, I’m super excited to be a stop on the blog tour for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, published by Orion. For my stop I have reviewed this fabulous book and want to say a thank you to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to be a part of this tour.

First up the Blurb:

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ALICIA
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

THEO
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

What I say:

This book just gripped me from the very beginning!

Alice Berenson was a famous artist, one who hasn’t spoken in years – not since the night she shot her husband Gabriel in the face five times and became admitted to a high security hospital, The Grove.

Theo Faber is a psychotherapist, someone who has been intrigued with her case since her crime became national news and he saw that painting. Theo believes he can cure Alicia where everyone else has failed. But is secretly obsessed?

I absolutely loved this psychological thriller which had me hooked. One of the things I enjoyed is the strong characters. Throughout the story you hear snippets of Alicia’s voice through her diary entries but it does make you wonder do you really know whether it is the truth or not?

Theo is Alicia’s psychotherapist who has recently join the team at The Grove and forces his way into the team treating Alicia, because he believes he can treat her where all others have failed. But this made me wonder – why is he so obsessed with her?

The plot is a twisty mess of emotions which really plays on the reader, this is a slow burner but I thought this made this tale all the more compelling – as you delve deeper into Theo’s and Alice’s worlds, nothing is as simple it seems.

I felt the author’s way of story telling was completely enthralling and lured me as the reader into a false sense of security which made the ending even better!

This is was also very twisty, surprising and actually the ending just flipped everything around on it’s head – something which I wasn’t expecting, particularly from one of the characters but I can’t say anymore without spoiling it. I would just urge you to read it for yourself.

If you love a discovering a new captivating voice, with a warped twisty mind, amazing characters and a dark story at it heart this is definitely the book for you!

About the Author:

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Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977. He wrote the film The Devil You Know starring Rosamund Pike, and co-wrote The Brits are Coming. The Silent Patient is first novel, and was inspired by a post graduate course in psychotherapy, and working part-time at a secure psychiatric unit.

To find out more about Alex Michaelides follow him on twitter@AlexMichaelides.

The Silent Patient is out now and can be purchased via Amazon here

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*Blog Tour* Only A Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter

Today, I’m super excited to be featured on the next stop of the blog tour for Elisabeth Carpenter’s new book, Only A  Mother, published by Orion Books. As part of the tour I have reviewed this fab book, but first up here’s a little about the novel.

Blurb:

ONLY A MOTHER . . .
Erica Wright hasn’t needed to scrub ‘MURDERER’ off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken.
COULD BELIEVE HIM
Erica has always believed Craig was innocent – despite the lies she told for him years ago – but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn’t recognise her son anymore.
COULD LIE FOR HIM
So, when another girl goes missing, she starts to question everything. But how can a mother turn her back on her son? And, if she won’t, then how far will she go to protect him?

COULD BURY THE TRUTH

What I Say:

I mean just WOW! This tells the story of Erica, whose son Craig was convicted 17 years ago of the murder of a young girl. Erica has always believed Craig was innocent, dutifully visiting him every week he’s been in prison. But Craig has now made parole and arrives home someone completely different. But when another girl goes missing, Erica must make the hard choice and face up to what could have happened all those years ago – or who her son really is.

This novel is told from the point of view of Erica, Luke a newspaper reporter and an unknown killer. What I loved about this novel is how the author could get under the skin of the characters and really brought them to life in this story. I liked the view point of Luke, an outsider who feels sorry for Erica but is determined to seek justice for the other missing girl Craig was never convicted for, as well as the new girl who suddenly vanishes.

I literally could not put this book down – the complex relationship between a mother and child was really at the heart of the novel and made for addictive reading. The twists and turns in this plot also made for such a compelling read.

This is a dark and creepy read, with a twisty plot and very disturbing but believable characters. Would highly recommend!

About the Author:

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Elisabeth Carpenter lives in Preston with her family. She completed a BA in English Literature and Language with the Open University in 2008.

Elisabeth was awarded a Northern Writers’ New Fiction award, and was longlisted for Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 and 2016) and the MsLexia Women’s Novel award (2015). She loves living in the north of England and sets most of her stories in the area, including the novel she is writing at the moment. She currently works as a book keeper.

To find out more about Elisabeth Carpenter follow her on Twitter @LibbyCPT.

Only A Mother is out now and can be purchased via Amazon here

A massive thanks to Tracy Fenton and Alex Layt for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour.

As always don’t forget to stop off at all the other amazing stops on this blog tour!

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Blog Tour: Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary

Today, I’m super pleased to be closing the blog tour for Sarah Hilary’s new novel Come and Find Me, published by Headline.

Blurb:

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On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention.

DI Marnie Rome understands obsession. She’s finding it hard to give up her own addiction to a dangerous man: her foster brother, Stephen Keele. She wasn’t able to save her parents from Stephen. She lives with that guilt every day.

As the hunt for Vokey gathers pace, Marnie fears one of the women may have found him – and is about to pay the ultimate price.

 

What I Say:

This is the fifth novel in the DI Marnie Rome series which sees Marnie Rome and Noah Jake faced with a new evil. A new evil which seems to come from an escaped prisoner, Michael Vokey, who’s sadistic infatuations is just the tip of the iceberg.

The novel opens with such a vivid description it had me gripped – I couldn’t put it down until I had finished this novel.

Again, we see DI Marnie Rome trying to understand and increasingly becoming more and more entangled in the web which is her foster brother’s sick mind, as she grapples with her parents murder. Whereas her partner, DS Noah Jake is also dealing with his own guilt regarding his brother which he just can’t shake.

I really don’t want to give too much away as it will reveal too much of the twisty plot but what I can say is – it is yet another cracking read. I have always enjoyed this series with it’s strong characterisation, social commentary and compelling but twisty plots – and this one was no different. The author’s storytelling and descriptions of London really brings this novel and series to life, to the point you feel you are there right in the action. I also adore the characters of Marnie Rome and Noah Jake and their strong friendship which is at the heart of these books.

This novel doesn’t shy away from hard hitting themes regarding over crowded prisons and the problems which the inmates are facing on a daily basis as well as the psychological aspects of crimes. This makes the social commentary, and the plot even more realistic.

If you haven’t read any of Sarah Hilary’s books I would recommend starting from the very beginning. If you haven’t yet read this novel in the series – where have you been? I would highly recommend!

About the Author:

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Sarah Hilary’s debut, Someone Else’s Skin, won the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015 and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The Observer’s Book of the Month (‘superbly disturbing’) and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it has been published worldwide. No Other Darkness, the second in the series was shortlisted for a Barry Award in the US. Her DI Marnie Rome series continued with Tastes Like Fear, and Quieter Than Killing.

To find out more about Sarah Hilary follow her on Twitter @sarah_hilary.

Come and Find Me is out now and can be purchased via Amazon here or Waterstones here.

A massive thanks to Anne Cater and Headline for allowing me to be a part of this tour.

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Blog Tour: The Night She Died by Jenny Blackhurst

Today, I’m super excited to be on the next stop for Jenny Blackhurst, The Night She Died blog tour, published by Headline.

Blurb:

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On her own wedding night, beautiful and complicated Evie White leaps off a cliff to her death.

What drove her to commit this terrible act? It’s left to her best friend and her husband to unravel the sinister mystery.

Following a twisted trail of clues leading to Evie’s darkest secrets, they begin to realize they never knew the real Evie at all…

What I Say:

I must admit I haven’t quite finished this novel but what I have read has been cracking! I literally can’t put this down.

The opening is one of the best I have ever read and my god it hasn’t let up! The prologue starts with Evie standing on a clifftop thinking about what she will do….

”As the woman lets go of her veil and watches it flutter towards the cliff edge she steps forward and hurls herself into the darkness. A few moments ago they were just lovers, now they are witnesses”.

This image has really stuck with me and now I am just dying to know why. What also has really gripped my attention is the introduction of Rebecca, Evie’s best friend, who although seems very upset and claims to have no idea what happened, knows exactly why she had jumped.

So far, this is a tightly plotted, gripping story and I can’t wait to find out more!

About the Author:

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Jenny lives in Shropshire where she grew up dreaming that one day she would get paid for making up stories. She is an avid reader and can mostly be found with her head in a book or hunting Pokemon with her son, otherwise you can get her on Twitter @JennyBlackhurst or Facebook. Her favourite film is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but if her children ask it’s definitely Moana.

To find out more about Jenny Blackhurst follow her on Twitter @JennyBlackhurst

Sound intrigued? I would urge you to start reading asap!

The Night She Died is out in Ebook on 6th September and in Paperback on 1st November, and can be ordered from Amazon here.

As always don’t forget to check out all the other fab stops on this blog tour!

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Blog Tour: In The Dark by Cara Hunter

Today, I’m super excited to be on the next stop for Cara Hunter’s In The Dark blog tour, published by Penguin Random House.

Blurb:

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive …

No one knows who they are – the woman can’t speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before.

The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock – how could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible.

And that no one is as innocent as they seem . . .

What I say:

Wow – what a fantastic instalment in the DI Fawley series!

This is the second novel which sees DI Adam Fawley faced with a complex case where nothing is as it seems….how did the woman and child get there? How are they still alive? What happened to them? These were just some of the gripping questions I was dying to know!

I thought this was such a twisty story which even led me up the wrong path before flipping it all on it’s head.

One of the stand out things about this series is the characters – DI Fawley is such a interesting and believable protagonist and is not your most obvious hero. His relationships with the other members of the team also make for fascinating reading and had me invested even more into the story.

I don’t want to say too much as it’ll spoil the story for you, but I loved the way the author switched between social media updates, media reports, formal police accounts and the main characters view points, which made it all the more thrilling!

This is an artfully plotted, tightly woven storyline full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing up until the end! Yet another outstanding detective novel – I can’t wait for book three.To find out more about Cara Hunter follow her on twitter @CaraHunterBooks

Sound intrigued? If you haven’t read any of the series yet I would urge you to start!

In The Dark can be ordered from Amazon here.

As always don’t forget to check out all the other fab stops on this blog tour!

Blog Tour: The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl

Today, I’m pleased to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl, published by Orenda Books and translated by Don Bartlett.

Blurb:

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The Oslo Detectives are back in another slice of gripping, dark Nordic Noir, and their new colleague has more at stake than she’s prepared to reveal…

When a dead man is lifted from the freezing waters of Oslo Harbour just before Christmas, Detective Lena Stigersand’s stressful life suddenly becomes even more complicated. Not only is she dealing with a cancer scare, a stalker and an untrustworthy boyfriend, but it seems both a politician and Norway’s security services might be involved in the murder.

With her trusted colleagues, Gunnarstranda and Frølich, at her side, Lena digs deep into the case and finds that it not only goes to the heart of the Norwegian establishment, but it might be rather to close to her personal life for comfort.

What I Say:

Dark, atmospheric and full of tense emotion.

Poor Lena, she’s dealing with a recent health scare which she is unable to put out of her mind and a struggling with new boyfriend, journalist Steffen Gjerstad who she suspects has tipped off her colleagues and misled her. Who can Lena truly trust? All this while trying to discover who the dead man is and why he had been murdered. Could it be for political purposes? Or financial reasons? Or is it something more sinister behind the murder?

I loved this detective story, it has everything you need – a sinister web of lies, treachery, superb characters and a twisty mystery.

I did feel really sorry for Lena as much as she tried she seemed to be blocked at every opportunity as she tried to unravel the mystery, but at least she had her colleagues Gunnarstrada and Frolich to help her. I loved their chemistry together and made them all not only likeable but made the story feel very realistic.

This is the first novel in the Oslo detectives series I have read but even so, I felt it could be read as a stand-alone as I was still able to follow previous events. Kjell Ola Dahl has been described as the godfather of Nordic Noir and I can see why. This is definitely a must read.

This is a dark, emotive and twisty mystery which has been tightly woven, full of surprises and lovable characters – such a fab treat for fans of Nordic Noir!

About the Author:

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One of the godfathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries and sold over two million copies. He lives in Oslo.

 

The Ice Swimmer is out on Ebook now but will be released in paperback on 30th April 2018. It be ordered from Amazon here. Or preordered from Waterstones here.

Big thanks to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan for allowing me to be a part of this tour.

Don’t forget to check out all the other stops on this fab blog tour!

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