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#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

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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!

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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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#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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#BlogTour: The Last Day or Emily Lindsey – Review, Giveaway and More!

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the Last Day of Emily Lindsey – an amazing book which I absolutely am excited to share with you!

Below, check out my Review and make sure to enter the giveaway and check out more information about the book and the author!

About the Book

Emily Lindsey doesn’t speak when they find her. Holding a hunting knife and covered in blood that is not her own, she communicates with a single, ominous drawing. 

Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the recurring dreams are nothing more than an unfortunate side effect of his often traumatic profession.

Until, that is, he’s assigned to the case of Emily Lindsey, the beautiful, elusive, and controversial blogger found alone, who can’t possibly know the symbol from his nightmares… unless she does. 

Praise for The Last Day of Emily Lindsey

 “eye-opening…Joseph’s prose is smooth enough to keep the pages turning.” – Kirkus

 “An inventive thrill-ride that keeps you guessing. Nic Joseph weaves a delicate filament between the secrets of a tribe of childhood friends and the murderous consequences of their adulthood. Psychologically astute and full of satisfying twists.” – Kelly Simmons, author of One More Day and The Fifth of July

 “Nic Joseph’s The Last Day of Emily Lindsey is an intricately plotted and downright creepy thriller about one man’s struggle to leave his past behind and the impossibility of ever being able to do so. Nic Joseph skillfully doles out the shocks and surprises, and the reader will be gasping for air as they land like perfect jabs. This book is a powerful, timely, intense treat for anyone who loves stories loaded with suspense, chills, and intrigue.” – David Bell, author of Bring Her Home

 “This chilling novel from the author of Boy, 9, Missing (2016) will entice readers with its unique storytelling. Full of unexpected twists and complex characters, Joseph’s page-turner will keep readers up late into the night.” – Booklist

 My Review

Wow. 5/5 stars

This book is a roller coaster ride from start to finish. It grabs your attention from the first chapter and doesn’t let up until the very bitter end. I really, really enjoyed it.
The twists and turns come at you from every direction. I had no idea what was going to happen next. Seriously. It’s rare that I have any idea what is going to come next, but in this case, I didn’t. Therefore, when the revelations came, I was like, “Whoa.”
I also really felt for Steve. He has issues. A lot of them. But he seemed like a truly nice person and I was rooting for him. I also liked his parents. They were so sweet, I loved their dynamic.
I liked how the dual stories in the book (“Now” and “Then”) came together in the end. It really fit to see the way things worked out (I’m trying to be vague here so that I don’t give anything away!) in different ways for different choices. I liked that perspective.
Overall, I really enjoyed this thriller. It kept me turning pages all the way until the end. If you’re looking for a good mind-twisting mystery, this is it.
 About the Author

Nic Joseph is fascinated by the very good reasons that make people do very bad things. She writes thrillers and suspense novels from her home in Chicago. As a trained journalist, Nic has written about everything from health care and business to aerospace and IT—but she feels most at home when there’s a murder to be solved on the next page. Nic holds a BS in journalism and an MA in communications, both from Northwestern University.

Visit NicJoseph.com, or follow her on Twitter: @nickeljoseph

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Review: The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery

Today, I am pleased to share my review for The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery. Tomorrow, I’ll have a Q&A with Ms. Montgomery! Make sure you don’t miss it! 

The Scent of RainThe Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have always been fascinated by fringe religious groups, including the FLDS, or Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. So when I got the chance to read this book, I was very excited to get started.

This book was hard to read – very hard to read, at points. The subject matter is intense and based on real-life events and people.

But it is so, so important to read and digest. It makes some great points about what people believe, want to believe, and what they’ll do in the name of faith and love. This book has some heroes and some villains, some both. That creates, I think, a really true-to-life dynamic of the working of these communities. Some people are just really, really bad. Some people do bad things and get away with them. And we have to navigate that.

The book follows both the stories of Rose, a young FLDS girl, who feels that something is not right in her community, and Adan, a foster child who runs away from his group home and is discovered by a local man who works closely with the FLDS community. When their journeys intersect, it will change the community forever, if they can stay alive.

I loved the dynamic between Rose and Adan. It wasn’t sappy, overly romantic nonsense. It was really true-to-life for the characters; with her never having seen a boy outside her community and him also fascinated and attracted.

The revelations Trak and Chase had about why they (the community, including themselves) allow the FLDS to operate without interference we’re really good too. I think they made some really important points that we could learn from.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I think it was believable and really made some amazing points about faith, love and what we can tolerate as a community. If you’re interested in this subject at all, you’ll want to read this book.

Highly recommended.

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