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Teaser Tuesday: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

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Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. The meme is hosted by The Purple Booker!
It is very easy to play along:
Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I am about 1/5 of the way into the Chalk Man this week. It’s been great so far! I hope it continues this way!

“The playground was empty. We sat on the roundabout, bikes slung on the ground. Now that adrenalin was fading, my head throbbed. My hair was sticky with blood.”

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About the Book

You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

 

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Review: Dark Lies by Nick Hollin

Dark Lies (Detective Rhodes and Radley #1)Dark Lies by Nick Hollin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have really mixed feelings about this book. I would give it 3.5 stars.

Here’s the novel description, because it really is a multilayered:
“The people of London fear for their lives when a twisted serial killer called The Cartoonist starts targeting young mothers, leaving their bodies on display in their homes with speech bubbles drawn from their lips. He has a terrifying story to tell, but first, the right people need to be listening…

Nathan Radley has a brilliant and dangerous talent. Formerly one of the best criminal psychologists on the police force he’s renowned for getting deep into the minds of the murderers he hunts. But for the past year he has lived in isolation, haunted by this gift and his own dark desires.

DI Katie Rhodes’ career is spinning out of control. She’d sworn never to knock on her old partner Nathan’s door again, but when she sees his distinctive birthmark drawn in chocolate on one of the victims, she knows she doesn’t have a choice. As the body count rises and the clues become more and more personal, Katie and Nathan join forces for one final case together.”

The mystery was great and really exciting. The author certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to really showing you the dark side of serial killers and that created an “anything can happen next” atmosphere. The characters were also really interesting and had good backstories.

But you’re thrown into the middle of the relationship, where so much is implied, but not really said, and that makes it difficult to know what’s going on. I couldn’t get a good handle on the leads.

Once you do get more of the picture, things are better, and I really got into it. It’s just getting there.

I will definitely be checking out more of this series – it has potential and I enjoyed it. I hope we get even more information about the characters in subsequent installments.

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Review: The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne

The BabysitterThe Babysitter by Sheryl Browne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of stalker/betrayal thrillers will love this book, which combines some classic aspects of the genre – a psychopath, murder and madness – with some interesting twists.

Mark and Melissa Cain offer to house their neighbor when her home burns down one night. She seems too good to be true: she loves their kids and is willing to help out with whatever they need. But you what they say about things that are too good to be true, and that’s certainly the case here. Who exactly is Jade, and what is her plan for the Cain family? Hopefully they figure it out before it’s too late.

This book has a lot of really good things going on: there’s the main plot with the Cains and Jade alongside an intriguing mystery involving a missing local little girl, as well as a couple other subplots that are entwined in there. I liked that multilayered effect.

The book is high on suspense, but there’s not a ton of mystery, because that’s not the type of book this is. It’s more of a “what is going to happen,” not “whodunnit.” I also enjoyed the “How far will Jade go?” aspect of the book. And it’s pretty far.

Overall, this is a great “Hand that Rocks the Cradle”-esque thriller, which is full of suspense and packed with different subplots which keep things interesting.

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Teaser Tuesday: Dark Lies by Nick Hollin

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Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. The meme is hosted by The Purple Booker!
It is very easy to play along:
Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I’m currently reading “Dark Lies” – formerly titled “In the Blood” – the first book in a new series. It’s been pretty good so far and I’m excited to share a little bit of it with you. It’s a dark and creepy mystery that really has my attention.

Here’s a sneak peek:

He seems to have sunk back inside himself, as distant as he was on the journey back from Scotland. The only clue as to what he might be thinking about is in the anxious bending back of his fingers. Seeing this reminds her of her own increasing fear.

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About the Book

The people of London fear for their lives when a twisted serial killer called The Cartoonist starts targeting young mothers, leaving their bodies on display in their homes with speech bubbles drawn from their lips. He has a terrifying story to tell, but first, the right people need to be listening…

Nathan Radley has a brilliant and dangerous talent. Formerly one of the best criminal psychologists on the police force he’s renowned for getting deep into the minds of the murderers he hunts. But for the past year he has lived in isolation, haunted by this gift and his own dark desires.

DI Katie Rhodes’ career is spinning out of control. She’d sworn never to knock on her old partner Nathan’s door again, but when she sees his distinctive birthmark drawn in chocolate on one of the victims, she knows she doesn’t have a choice.
As the body count rises and the clues become more and more personal, Katie and Nathan join forces for one final case together.

Why is The Cartoonist using Katie and Nathan’s own dark secrets as calling cards on his victims? What does he want, and how many more innocent lives will be taken before they can crack his disturbing riddle?

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Review: The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh

The Missing HoursThe Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There were a lot of things I really liked about this book – it was a really great premise that mixed interesting characters and a lot of suspense.

There were some hiccups, but it didn’t take away too much from my overall enjoyment of the book, which is a great ride from the first chapter until the last.

Selena Cole disappears one morning only to reappear 20 hours later, with no memory of what happened to her. Then a body appears, dumped alongside a country road. Siblings DC Leah Mackay and DS Finn Hale work the cases and begin to think they may be linked.

The book is interspersed with excerpts from the case files of Cole’s company, which specializes in kidnap and ransom negotiations.

I really liked the concept of the book and it was really well executed, with the case files sprinkled in among the story of the cases. I like books that switch around perspective, because it gives you the chance to really understand the characters better and it cranks up the suspense.

Plus, with so many suspects, this book kept me guessing the whole way until the end.

However, sometimes the characters would jump around timewise, suddenly flashing back to events from the night before in the middle of a scene. It made things confusing at times. Also, there was a lot of information in the case files that was hard to keep straight after reading a bunch of them.

But a I said, those issues weren’t enough to make me dislike this book. I really enjoyed it and did not see that ending coming. It was really brilliant.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable book, filled with suspense and drama. Mystery fans will enjoy this book very much.

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#BlogTour: Love Beyond Opposites by Molly E. Lee; Deleted Scene!

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  • Love Beyond Opposites (Grad Night #3) by Molly E. Lee
  • Publication Date:  May 7, 2018
  • Publisher:  Entangled TEEN

About the Book

If high school has taught mathlete Jade Aaron anything, it’s that nerds never get the guy.

So when rock star Lennon Pryor starts pursuing her, It’s not rocket science. This doesn’t add up.

I mean, sure, he’s hot.

And charming.

And a god on the guitar…

But he’s also the world’s biggest player. Being with him would be a bigger mistake than 2+2=5.

Until graduation night, when a reckless moment leads to a reckless kiss. And now Jade’s falling for the one guy destined to break her heart.

Special Deleted Scene!

This is a deleted scene from later in the book—a scene that you see from Braylen’s point of view in the first book Love in the Friend Zone. I was exploring the scene from Jade’s point of view and all her emotions from the events that have led to the end of the night, and while I enjoyed their dynamic, it wasn’t crucial to keep in the book J But I do love seeing the friendship between Braylen and Jade, and how supportive of each other they are.

After a few seconds Braylen jolted against the loveseat, her eyes popping at something on her cell.

“What is it?” I asked.

“Fynn,” She showed me the text indicator on her screen.

“Read it!” I demanded and was grateful when she let me read it over her shoulder. Hope flared in my chest for them both, wanting for at least Bray to get her heart mended by the end of the night.

Fynn: The show is about to start. Will you meet me in the crowd?

I squealed clapping my hands. “Type yes!”

“I can’t.”

“What?” I gaped at her. “You can. You have to.” If Lennon had texted me to meet him somewhere—despite everything that had happened tonight—I would do it in a blink. Because there was something between us and if I got a chance to figure out officially where we stood, I’d be all over it.

I watched the hesitance flicker over her face as she stared down at her cell.

“You have something worth fighting for,” I said. “It may hurt like hell, but it’s worth it.” I nudged her. “At least go see what he wants.”

And as I saw the hope flare to life in her eyes, the same weight pressed down on my chest. I was happy for her, but sad for me and Lennon. Because my cell wasn’t blowing up with texts of invitations or apologies.

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Jade is super vulnerable in the scene above, as is Braylen. I think them being together in that moment was pretty crucial for the friends, and it helped encourage each of them to own the night regardless of what had already happened.

All three of the girls, Braylen, Zoey, and Jade’s friendship was something I really enjoyed writing!

About the Author

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

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Author Q&A: Richard Gardner, “Deadly Partnership”

35275220Yesterday, I reviewed the extremely suspenseful and twisty “Deadly Partnership,” by Richard Gardner. This book will knock your socks off as you try to get a firm handle on the characters and the storyline. Below, Gardner talks about the book, writing and the spirit world.

How would you describe this book?
I like to think of my book as a psychological thriller. As in Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde,” there are two distinct facets to the protagonist. Quite normal on the surface while underneath lies a cold blooded psychopath. The question that intrigues me is, if we knew that we couldn’t be caught, how many of us would be capable of committing a murder. Particularly, when an individual is threatening to wreck our lives.

Where did you get the idea for this story?
Firstly, from reading the life stories of serial killers. Secondly, a study of human nature. Lastly, from the deep recesses of my subconscious mind.

What is the strategy for writing a big plot twist?
It takes me about a year to write a novel. When I begin I have no idea how it will finish. During that year, the characters I have created will take on a life of their own. My subconscious never seems to stop planning and developing plots as well. The most important thing is to write down ideas as soon as they enter my head.

The book also contains a bit of social commentary, why was that important to include?
Society as a whole has many double standards. For example, we give medals to those who kill innocent men, women and children in times of war. Yet so many countries oppose executing ruthless murderers in peacetime. In many respects I see Paul, the protagonist, as a vigilante. He was on the side of the victim against thieves, drug dealers, loan sharks and child molesters. His support for the underdog came out again in his political leanings.

Do you believe in ghosts?
I have never seen a ghost but there are many who say they have. Therefore I have to keep an open mind on the subject. As part of my research for “Deadly Partnership.” I attended two spiritualist meetings. I didn’t receive a message but those who did seemed pleased with what they were told. As I wrote in my novel, mediums must be either clairvoyant as they claim or mad. I’ve yet to decide which.

What are you working on next?
I am working on a book about past life regression. I have read up on the subject of reincarnation and intend to undergo past life regression myself in the near future. It is a little worrying as I don’t know what this process will throw up.