Posted in Reviews

#BlogTour: The Other Mother by J.A. Baker

About the Book:

Three troubled women. One deadly secret.

Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered.

Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.

All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.

But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?

As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…

About the Book:

I finished this book really quickly- I was really into it. The action ramps up as you realize that something is terribly “off” with the three main women’s lives. It’s really greatly suspenseful and will make you gasp out loud.

The chapters revealing what happened when the women were children are interspersed throughout the book and don’t reveal exactly what’s going on at first, which gives the book the great unreliable narrator theme – there’s no telling who’s telling the truth and who’s just glossing over the facts. I love reading books like that because you have no idea who’s hiding what and why. It’s a puzzle you have to solve.

I also love a good past-catches-up-with-you story. It adds layers to the story and creates more mystery. And the author gives us a front-row seat to the events that lead up to the tragedy that binds the women together.

I also really liked the ending. It didn’t turn out exactly how I had pictured it, but it was satisfying. I felt pleased with everything and felt things went the way they should have. (Trying for no spoilers!)

This book would make a great travel book or beach read – it was an interesting, suspenseful and character-driven book that I devoured. I highly recommend to mystery/thriller lovers.

This is my first, but certainly won’t be my last book by J.A. Baker!

Author Bio:

Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.

After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.

J. A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.

Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thewriterjude/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/thewriterjude

My website – http://www.jabakerauthor.co.uk/

Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/J.A.-Baker/e/B06XSNWB4T/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1505332991&sr=8-1

Advertisements
Posted in Book Extras, For Fun

Teaser Tuesday: Wicked Deeds by Heather Graham


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, I’m reading the latest “Keene of Hunters” book by Heather Graham. It’s Poe-based! Here’s a little taste:

She had actually been really angry—as much as she admired Poe. She’d simply seen the dead most of her adult life, and there was one thing she knew for a certainty. They were very much like their living selves.

About the book:

Eager to start their life together, historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce take a detour en route to their new home in Virginia and stop for a visit in Baltimore. But their romantic weekend is interrupted when a popular author is found dead in the basement of an Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant. Because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the corpse, the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters paranormal team is invited to investigate. As more bizarre deaths occur, Vickie and Griffin are drawn into a case that has disturbing echoes of Poe’s great works, bringing the horrors of his fiction to life.

The restaurant is headquarters to scholars and fans, and any of them could be a merciless killer. Except there’s also something reaching out from beyond the grave. The late, great Edgar Allan Poe himself is appearing to Vickie in dreams and visions with cryptic information about the murders. Unless they can uncover whose twisted mind is orchestrating the dramatic re-creations, Vickie and Griffin’s future as a couple might never begin.

Posted in Reviews

Review: Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh

Her Last Goodbye (Morgan Dane #2)Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Morgan Dane series (my first book review is here), but it can be read as a standalone, though there are references to the first book.

This was a great, solid mystery, with plenty of suspense, romance and a doozy of an ending. I will certainly be continuing reading this series.

The story takes place a month after the events of Say You’re Sorry. The Sharp Investigations crew – now with Morgan as a legal consultant – is hired to find Chelsea Clark, who has been missing for a week. Her husband hires the firm because he’s been the focus of the investigation, but he firmly maintains his innocence and is overwhelmed with worry and the stress of caring for their two young children. From there, things get messy, as multiple unsavory characters come to the forefront and some begin threatening Morgan personally.

The plot was very straightforward, and you’re thrust right into the middle of the action. And there are some nice twists in there. It’s not a generic romantic suspense plot. I enjoyed trying to figure out how it was going to end up.

I continue to enjoy the broader cast of characters in this book- Morgan’s grandfather and kids, Lance’s mom, etc. They really add some depth to the plot and some touching moments (though some of the chaos those little girls bring could make you dizzy!) I’m excited to see how they all develop in the future.

The relationship between Lance and Morgan continued to develop too, which was nice. I like that it’s going slowly, so it provides some tension, and something to look forward to.

Overall, this is a nice addition to the series. Recommended.

View all my reviews

Posted in Reviews

Review: Ronaldo: The Flying Reindeer Academy

Today, we’re kicking off the holiday season with a special review – and “guest reviewer!”

Ronaldo: The Flying Reindeer Academy – available on Amazon – is a cute reindeer-themed children’s chapter book, and as soon as I heard about it, I thought of my niece, Leah! She loves reindeer so she was the perfect partner to read this book with. So, here’s our review of this super adorable book, which is filled with enough cheer to keep you excited for the holiday!

Rating: 5/5 stars

This book is the first in the Ronaldo series and it’s a fun read from start to finish, filled with cute details that bring a reindeer’s world to life – like “carrot pancakes” and appearances from your favorite traditional reindeer pals.

Ronaldo – who loves flying and keeping track of his favorite flyers – is a great protagonist. He’s sweet and kind, but also kicks butt when it comes to flying; he’s definitely a hero to root for. Like I said earlier, I also really liked the addition of the “traditional characters” because that allowed us to get a glimpse of their personalities as well.

Leah enjoyed the jokes throughout the book, especially Blitzen’s appearance (I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s a doozy, lol) and I liked that there were enough jokes and references to keep both adults and children entertained. I didn’t feel bored reading it with her.

Overall, I highly recommend this book and am sure your little reindeer fans will love it!

Thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review!

Posted in Reviews

#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_/

Posted in Reviews

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.

View all my reviews

Posted in Reviews

#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.
You can contact Emma via: