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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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#BlogTour: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James


I’m so happy to be sharing this awesome book with y’all today. It’s a great suspenseful drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend! Check out the details below!

Book Description

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.
Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?
When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

My Review 

If you’re a fan of “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” or any fun, suspenseful, thrilling dram, “Sister, Psychopath” is for you. This book is like a season of one of those shows in book form. It has a great, delicious balance of suspense, romance and twisted characters to keep anyone interested.

I really was sucked in right away by the concept: how do you navigate the world when you know that your sister, who’s life is interwoven with yours, is a mean, possibly criminal, sociopath? And this book does not disappoint: Chloe is a character, all right. She could give Bond villains a run for their money. 

The others characters are all interesting too: very flawed, but trying to do what’s right. It creates some great tension.
There are probably three or four plots that are woven together through the characters and each of them was pretty good. I didn’t lose interest at all as the book went on, which is a risk when you know the villain from the beginning. But trust me, you’ll want to hold on until the very end for this one. There’s a lot going on here.

I would definitely read more from this author. Maybe we’ll see some characters return? I’d read it!
Author Bio


Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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Cover Reveal: Love, Secrets and Absolution by K.L. Loveley 



Welcome to the cover reveal for “Love, Secrets and Absolution” by K.L. Loveley. I’m looking forward to this one – a family psychological drama surrounding a mother and son. Enjoy!

Love, Secrets and Absolution
K.L. Loveley
Publication date: November 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

People in the village gossip and say that Grace’s long-awaited son Alfie is “different”. He is a lonely boy with secrets, lies and obsessive thoughts.

How far can a mother’s unconditional love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?

Set in Nottinghamshire, England – this gripping psychological drama follows the lives of Grace and her son Alfie, who transforms from a naïve boy to a University student spiralling out of control. A coming-of-age story with a difference.

A family falling apart: deceit, betrayal, teenage angst, love and addiction.

Will anybody find absolution?

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Author Bio:

K.L Loveley is an exciting new author from Nottinghamshire, in England. Her debut novel ‘Alice’ is at times, a gritty but true to life story of a woman who finds herself in desperate straits.

The author’s love of writing began with a gift of a five year lock up diary at the age of seven and she has never stopped writing since. In addition to writing novels, the author writes poetry and will be sharing some of these on her blog.

She lives with her husband in a quaint village in Nottinghamshire and enjoys walking and cycling in the famous Sherwood Forest. The author and her husband own a narrowboat, and spend time navigating the British waterways. She spends many cosy evenings on her boat writing additional novels which will be released in the future.

To date, the author has enjoyed 40+ years working as a Nurse for the NHS , the latter twenty years as a Practice nurse in Primary care. During this time she has gained valuable knowledge and skills, which she has been able to transfer and use in her writing when related to medical and social issues.

K.L Loveley is a prolific reader, and reads a wide variety of genres. Some of her favourite bestselling authors include, Joanne Harris, Jodi Picoult, Marian Keyes, John le Carré, Maeve Binchy , Jojo Moyes and Philippa Gregory. She actively reviews the books that she reads on her blog klloveley.com and on GoodReads.

The author uses a pen name, K.L Loveley, aka Katie Lily Loveley. She felt compelled to use these names of her female ancestors, as a unique way of keeping their memory alive. Katie Loveley was the birth name of her maternal great grandmother. Lily, the Christian name of her paternal Grandmother. Alice, the main protagonist of her debut novel, was the name of her maternal grandmother. However, all of the characters in her stories are purely fictional.

She is currently working on a new novel which she hopes to publish in the near future.

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Review: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Girl in SnowGirl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars, rounded up.

This book really had some great elements: the characters were really well done, and the mystery at the book’s core was enthralling.

But I wasn’t a fan of the ending, which colored my view of the book.

The story begins when a young, beautiful high school student is found murdered. The town begins searching for her killer, and quickly, three odd-balls become overwhelmed by the mystery. These are our narrators: Russ, a cop and the former partner of Cameron’s father; Cameron, who was obsessed with the dead girl and can’t remember what he was doing the night she was killed; and Jade, who hated the dead girl and pretty much everything else.

The story is more of a suspenseful drama than a thriller, and I enjoyed it.

The story is a really great example of a character-driven plot. The three narrators are fascinating and really suck you into their stories, wondering where it’s all going to go. They’re all definitely “odd” and there’s no telling what their stories will reveal. I enjoyed their perspectives a lot.

But like I said, the main part of the story is the mystery and the conclusion to that is extremely anticlimactic. They just reveal it and…..it’s over. I still had a lot of questions. I wish there would have been more of a solid conclusion.

But I still enjoyed the book immensely. It was super easy to get into the story and while I had a guess as to the conclusion, I wasn’t sure.

I would read more from this author.

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#Blog Tour: Death Wish by Linda Huber

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Today, I get to share with you this awesome book – “Death Wish” by Linda Huber! I literally took my Kindle along on the ride to dinner so I could finish it. Enjoy!

Book Description

Death Wish 2Secrets. Lies. Murder.

When Leo decides to go into business with his mother-in-law he soon realises his mistake. Eleanor is the mother-in-law from hell and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Her daughter, Ashley, has her own reasons for hating her mother. The atmosphere is toxic and old wounds refuse to heal.

Next door, eight-year-old Joya has a difficult life. Her parents argue constantly and her grandmother, who lives with them, is approaching death.

Soon these two families will collide and the consequences might just be fatal…

My Review

This book is so packed full of suspense, I found myself using every available minute to read the next chapter. It starts out like a classic horror/thriller movie, where you think everything is normal at first but then slowly, a darker, more sinister picture appears.

The book description only lets you know that there are two families involved, and they somehow become involved in a dark secret together. I love this vagueness because as the story unfolds, there’s so many possibilities your mind is just spinning. The various plot lines lead to so many tense, deep moments it’s hard to predict where things are going to go.

I also liked the main characters. They seemed to have really good intentions, but just got in way over their heads. I was completely involved in these characters’ lives and was rooting for them.

OK, now the ending. Seriously – I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THAT ENDING. It’s amazing and doesn’t let up until the very last sentence. I want to hear other people’s thoughts.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, suspenseful drama. It’s among the best I’ve read this year.

About the Author

71uN0MhnjDL._UX250_Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of guinea pigs.

Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her seventh novel, Death Wish, will be published by Bloodhound Books in August 2017.

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Review: Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Unraveling OliverUnraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is amazing. Simply amazing.

I wasn’t sure what to think about it from the description, but by the time I was three chapters or so in, I was hooked. At its core, “Unraveling Oliver,” is a drama about love, loss and identity – and along the way, we travel from the streets of Dublin to the vineyards of France and sub-Saharan Africa.

The book technically takes place after a well-respected author, Oliver Ryan, beats his loving wife, Alice, into a coma. It’s the first act of violence in the family, which had seemed so perfect and ideal. As they struggle to come to terms with the violent crime, the people surrounding Oliver weave a tale which finally reveals the truth about Oliver and what lead him to his final, gruesome act.

While the novel takes place in the present day, much of it deals with the history of the characters and reveals the details of their lives with Oliver. I was so drawn into their stories that I couldn’t wait to see why as coming next. There were some hints about the final big reveal, but I didn’t guess it totally. And I loved it – it wrapped up all the storylines perfectly in a way that was believable and satisfying.

Another thing I liked about the book was that it’s complicated. It’s not 100 percent straightforward and black and white – there’s a lot to consider about Oliver and how he became what he did. I like a good book that makes you think, even to the last page where the reveals keep on coming.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, well-written story. I was totally engrossed and wish there was even more of it to enjoy!

Do yourself a favor and buy this book.

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Teaser Tuesday: Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

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.

Currently, I’m reading “Unraveling Oliver” by Liz Nugent. This book will grab you right away – and I’m really enjoying it as it unfolds.

OK here we go:

Notwithstanding the harrowing end to my summer, I also returned a different person. Stepping out of the closet was liberating, and there was no way I could go back.

Dun, dun, dun! I’m loving this book!


“I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.”

So begins Liz Nugent’s astonishing debut novel—a chilling, elegantly crafted, and psychologically astute exploration of the nature of evil.

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life together one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious, and subsequently beats her into a coma.

In the aftermath of such an unthinkable event, as Alice hovers between life and death, the couple’s friends, neighbors, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such a horrific act. As his story unfolds, layers are peeled away to reveal a life of shame, envy, deception, and masterful manipulation.