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#BlogTour: The Man in the Wall by Emma Ångström

About the Book:

Alva is a sad and lonely child. With her father locked up in prison, she moves with her mother and two older sisters to an apartment building in town. She does not like her new home. Her room is small and her sisters continue to exclude Alva from their games.

Soon a bizarre murder takes place in the building. A husband discovers his wife dead in the hall of their apartment, two week after she disappeared from their home.

Where had the body been hidden for two weeks? And how could the perpetrator get in and out of the apartment?

As more disturbing things start to take place, Alva is drawn into a sick and twisted game by a killer who is hiding in plain sight. But Alva is just a child and has no idea just how deadly her new friend might be…

The Man in the Wall is a thrilling and stylish Scandinavian thriller.

My Review:

If you are a fan of horror movies, you will love this book.

It’s not a slasher/gory/bloody book (too much, at least) but it is a kind of creepy that will completely unsettle you. It’s definitely a “What if?” type of book, and that scenario is really horrifying. It’s perfect for these gray, cold nights when you’re lookin for a scary read to put a little extra chill into your night.

And the mIn character, Alva, is really something. She’s a complete mystery at first, then when you get to understand her, it’s very, um, interesting. (I’m realllly trying not to give spoilers!)

The ending is so creepy. OMG. Just wait for it. It really brings things full circle and will leave you quite breathless. I was creeped out long after closing the book.

Overall, this is a great, gritty, scary read. I really liked it.

About the Author:

Emma Ångström is an author and architect. She has a Master’s degree in architecture from the Royal Technical University in Stockholm and from Parsons in New York. Besides her writing she currently works as head of communications at an architectural firm in Stockholm, Sweden.

She was born in 1982 in Västerås, Sweden, and started her writing career as a journalist at the age of 17. Since then, she has also worked as a lighting designer, and written non-fiction books about lighting design and architecture.

Ångström made her debut in 2009 with the novel AND ALL IS DISTORTED (Och allt är förvridet). In 2016 THE MAN IN THE WALL was released, a remarkable and nerve-wracking thriller with a ”monster” it is hard not to feel certain sympathy with. Condensed writing shaping characters of real flesh and blood, a steady hand’s brushwork forming each piece of the portrait’s originality to a whole, stylistically assured.

Links:

Author website: www.emmaangstrom.se

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_emmaangstrom_/

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Review: Depth of Lies by E.C. Diskin

Depth of LiesDepth of Lies by E.C. Diskin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a delightful guilty pleasure of a ride, like a season of Real Housewives. It really makes you question all the people around you and how well you know them – past the social media and party-ready facade.

It’s really juicy.

That’s really what this book is about: Kat returns to her old neighborhood and best friends for a terrible reason; their friend Shea was found dead in a bathtub next to a bottle of pills. Everyone assumes it was either a suicide or a terrible accident. But as Kat and her girlfriends begin to discuss the final months of Shea’s life, it becomes obvious that not only is just about everyone hiding something, but Shea’s death may not have been so accidental after all.

The book alternates between Kat’s POV in the present and Shea’s character during the final six months is her life.

I love stories like this that keep you a little off balance – there’s absolutely nothing that is certain because you can’t trust anyone. It keeps you on your toes. It also leads to more developed, complex characters: no one is flat or one-dimensional. There’s sides and motivations to everything.

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Teaser Tuesday – on a Thursday!: Man in the Wall by Emma Ångström


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.

This week has been crazy, so I was unable to post my Teaser Tuesday this Tuesday. So we’re still celebrating TT – but on Thursday! Gasp!

Anyway, I am loving this book so far – and I’ll be on the book tour soon! Yay! It’s really very eerie and unpredictable – I’m excited to see where it goes from here!

Here we go:

Alva lay in bed and waited. There was a drumming in her body. She was still on edge but knew she couldn’t let herself be scared. Not now. She was never scared of anything. Even so, the fear she felt seeing Vanja in the dream did not subside.

About the Book

Alva is a sad and lonely child. With her father locked up in prison, she moves with her mother and two older sisters to an apartment building in town. She does not like her new home. Her room is small and her sisters continue to exclude Alva from their games.

Soon a bizarre murder takes place in the building. A husband discovers his wife dead in the hall of their apartment, two weeks after she disappeared from their home.

Where had the body been hidden for two weeks? And how could the perpetrator get in and out of the apartment?

As more disturbing things start to take place, Alva is drawn into a sick and twisted game by a killer who is hiding in plain sight. But Alva is just a child and has no idea just how deadly her new friend might be…

The Man in the Wall is a thrilling and stylish Scandinavian thriller.

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Review: Hello Again by Brenda Novak

Hello Again (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles, #2)Hello Again by Brenda Novak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

NOTE: this book continues the Evelyn Talbot/Hanover House series. I would start at least with the previous novel (if not the prequel) because it’s a continuation of that story – but it’s well worth it.

Wow. This book has a lot of moving parts, but they all seem to mesh really well together. This setting (Hanover House Institution in rural Alaska) remains one of the creepiest setups out there and Novak capitalized on it in the best way.

Plus there’s a killer set-up at the end of the novel which will leave you salivating for Book 3!

Evelyn and Amarok are happily living together. A year after the events of the first novel. A newly convicted serial killer has been sent to HH and Evelyn is excited. Until he keeps protesting his innocence – and it turns out that despite several red flags he may go free due to a police screw-up. On top of all of this, there’s chaos back in Boston and Jasper, Evelyn’s violent ex is still out there. It’s all overwhelming for someone just trying to make a positive difference.

Like I said, there’s a lot going on here, maybe at times a little too much, but generally it’s more than enough to keep readers excited. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that someone in Evelyn’s field would be in as much danger as she gets into, though you do have to use your imagination a little bit (I don’t want to give spoilers, but I hope some things would be handled differently in real life). I’m willing to do that for a good story, and this one is very good overall.

Plus, Amarok is probably the best leading male in romantic suspense out there. Love him! His and Evelyn’s relationship adds a nice, light touch to a dark atmosphere in the series.

And like I said: that ending! It’s really good and makes me super excited for the next chapter. I’ll definitely be reading!

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Review: Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster, #5)Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Erika Foster series by Robert Bryznda is one of the most satisfying is one of the most satisfying mystery/thriller series out there. It has action, twists, personal drama and great characters. “Cold Blood” does not disappoint on any of those points. It’s another home run for the series.

Erika is drawn into a multiple homicide case when bodies start showing up in Central London, packed neatly in suitcases. Erika is of course, intrigued, but the lack of evidence, as well as numerous personal conflicts stand in her way. And when the killer is finally revealed, it’s clear the team is dealing with something truly evil.

This book could be read as a standalone novel, but some storylines outside of the main mystery do carry over.

I love that Bryznda’s characters are so multi-layered. There not just cardboard, black-and-white people. It adds a complexity to the story and gets you really invested in the outcome. You’ll know who I’m talking about specifically in regards to this book when you read the novel, I’m pretty sure.

The plot moves very quickly, so it will draw you in from the first chapter. There’s no build-up in the story; you’re thrown into the action from the beginning.

Overall, this is a classic Erika Foster book: heavy on thrills and action, with a great ending and more of our favorite series regulars.

Highly recommended.

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#BlogTour: The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton


Welcome to the book tour for The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton! This book will leave you a little breathless and wanting more from this author! Enjoy!

About the Book

D.S Preston and D.C Lang are sent to investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow. But who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? When they believe their questions have been answered the case is closed.

Meanwhile, Sam Leonard could not be happier – he has a great acting career and a fantastic girlfriend. After being in a previously turbulent relationship, what could go wrong?
For Patrick McLaughlin life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.
But the house that Patrick moves into is not what it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased, and a recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase?
In order to lay the ghosts to rest questions will be asked but can the house ever let go of its past?
My Review

This book is quite a ride from start to finish. It starts off where you sense something is slightly “off,” then that sense of dread grows and grows until things explode in a twist so shocking, I think I literally gasped out loud.

This book was a quick, easy read because it really draws you in with the characters. Like I said, yo can’t quite get a grasp on them at first, then you end up forming some theories and before you know it, you’re sucked in and can’t wait to see where it all goes.
And it certainly goes somewhere. I had a theory about the ending, but there’s a great twist in there that will shock you. It’s really fun.
I also liked the ambiguity of the characters a lot. I couldn’t get a hold on some of them until things were revealed. That’s really the sign of a good author: to keep some things hidden until she WANTS to reveal them. I’m still thinking about some of them, lol.
There’s also a fun supernatural element, which gives the book a creepy edge.
Overall, if you love a good drama/thriller, pick up this book. You’ll spend your weekend/beach day/etc. with a great book that will leave you thinking about it after you’ve turned the last page.
About the Author

Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books. James Herbert is a firm favourite, with The Ghosts of Sleath being one of the books which pushed her to go on to create her own supernatural crime series, featuring Patrick McLaughlin. The books are based in Glasgow and there are plenty of references to the city in her work.
Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire. Alongside this she is also studying for a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.
She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.
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Review: White Bodies by Jane Robins

White BodiesWhite Bodies by Jane Robins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m really struggling with what to say about this book.

I liked the plot. It was really interesting and the characters are so out there that’s it’s like a riddle trying to figure out what’s going on and who’s telling the truth.

But the ending sucks. Like really bad. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s just….not good. That kind of tainted things for me.

The narrator is Callie, who has a complicated bond with her twin sister, Tilda. Suddenly, Tilda gets a new boyfriend, Felix, and begins changing almost overnight. Callie becomes convinced he’s abusing Tilda and gets sucked into an online self-help forum for victims of controlling men. When things turn deadly, Callie needs to figure out what’s going on before she ends up insane, dead, or both.

The plot was really interesting- Callie is a really interesting character and her issues add a layer to the story that ups the suspense. Tilda is also hard to get a read on, which keeps you guessing. And I really did! I hadn’t added up all the pieces before it was revealed!

But it seems like the plot just suddenly stops. And the book ends. I didn’t like that, especially since the book had such great action up until then. But I suppose that’s real-life; you don’t always get a great ending.

I would say, read with caution. It’s got a great plot and characters, but you could end up frustrated by the ending.

If you have a different take on the ending, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know what you all thought!

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