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Blog Tour: Walking the Bones by Randall Silvis + Giveaway!

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About the Book

The bones of seven young girls, picked clean and carefully preserved, discovered years ago… that’s all Sergeant Ryan DeMarco knows about the unsolved crime he has unwittingly been roped into investigating during what is supposed to be a healing road trip with his new love, Jayme.

DeMarco is still reeling from the case that led to death of his best friend months ago and wants nothing more than to lay low. Unfortunately, the small southern town of Jayme’s idyllic youth is not exactly a place that lets strangers go unnoticed—especially strangers who have a history of solving violent crimes. And if there’s anything DeMarco knows, it’s that a killer always leaves clues behind, just waiting for the right person to come along and put all the pieces together…

Walking the Bones is a story about things buried—memories, regrets, secrets, and bodies. Acclaimed author Randall Silvis delivers another heart-stopping investigation as DeMarco finds himself once again drawn into a case that will demand more of himself than he may be willing to give.

My review:

5/5 ⭐️

This series has officially come into its own! I loved this book – it was a awesome ride from start to finish.

Note: this book picks up where the first leaves off. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it would probably be helpful to read the first beforehand to understand why Ryan is struggling.

Anyway, the central mystery is great, incredibly intriguing and with plenty of suspects (and nasty ones at that) to keep readers interested. I didn’t guess the ending before the end – when enough clues had been revealed to give the audience a major hint. Like I said, there’s plenty of layers to keep the wheels turning.

I also loved the development of Ryan and Jayne in this book. They really became likable, real characters that I can’t wait to read more about in the future. Their relationship is sweet and genuine – I actually laughed out loud a couple times at their quips. There’s definitely a lot more adventures in the future for them and I will absolutely be picking future books in this series up.

Highly recommended.

Praise for Walking the Bones

Silvis’s deeply satisfying sequel to 2017’s Two Days Gone finds Sgt. Ryan DeMarco of the Pennsylvania State Police reeling from events of the recent past: the death of his best friend in action, his baby son’s death, and the end of his marriage. On a visit to the hometown of his sweetheart, Trooper Jayne Matson, the pair are pulled by a trio of elderly vigilantes into an unofficial investigation into the deaths of seven young black women, whose skeletons were discovered behind a false wall in a local church several years earlier. Filled with the psychological language of memory and dreams, this solid procedural offers heart-pounding moments of suspense. Childhood history and relationship drama keep the lead’s personal life as interesting as the case he is chasing. Silvis smoothly blends moments of exquisite beauty into a sea of darker emotion to create a moving story heavy with the theme of the “past is never past.””    -Publishers Weekly, starred review

A tour de force.” –Karen Dionne, international bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

About the Author:

Randall Silvis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, one story collection, and one book of narrative nonfiction. His essays, articles, poems, and short stories have appeared in various online and print magazines. He lives in Pennsylvania and is the author of Two Days Gone.

 

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Review: The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

The Birthday GirlThe Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need a stiff drink after this one. Wow.

When Carys receives an invitation for a weekend away with her best friends – whose relationships have been strained in recent years – she is hesitant but trusts it’s all about to be put behind them. But then things go from weird to worse, and no one can be trusted. Everyone’s hiding secrets, including Carys, and not everyone is going to make it home alive.

This is definitely a great mystery book with a great set-up. It’s got a remote location, secrets and twists galore. Some reveals were quite shocking.

This novel had me so hooked, I went from 40 percent read to the end in one afternoon- I couldn’t put it down! There’s so many moving parts here that there’s a lot of possibilities and scenarios.

I didn’t guess the ending before it was revealed; like I said, there were too many moving parts. But everything worked out smoothly. And it was really freaking creepy too. That last chapter? Chills.

I really enjoyed this one, and would encourage anyone who loves thrillers to pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed!

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Review: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don't Wake UpDon’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Suspense fans, this one’s for you!

The mystery begins on page one and doesn’t let up until the very last chapter. I was so hooked.

Before I get into it, read this description and see what I mean:

Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor.

The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable.

But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.

And then she meets the next victim.

Ok – so as you can tell one of the central mysteries is what happened, if anything happened at all! And I couldn’t even tell THAT until the end. Every time I thought I had it under control, something would make me question myself.

I really liked Alex, even if she was hard to get a grip on, and I was very much invested in her story from the beginning. It’s a nightmare everyone has, and she very possibly lived through it.

The author is very skilled at creating rich characters and a very complex plot without giving much away. There’s a lot of moving parts and they are very nicely tied together at the end.

I really enjoyed the ending. It was a fitting conclusion to a great novel. I don’t want to say too much because this book is so good, you’ll want to enjoy it yourself.

Just go get it. Seriously.

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Major book sale alert! @bloodhoundbooks

Just wanted to drop a note that one of my favorite publishers, Bloodhound Books is having a massive sale right now on some great mystery/thrillers!

Titles on sale include some amazing ones I’ve had the chance to review, including:

And sooo many more! Check it out and stock up!

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Teaser Tuesday: The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey


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 a really interesting book which I saw when I went to the bookstore in hardcover form! I always get way too excited about things like that, lol. Anyway, here’s a small preview of this great mystery:

‘Yes. I’ve helped all my children in different ways, depending on what they wanted.’ He carefully rolls up the cuff of his shirtsleeve. ‘Rose only wanted a little place. She was not an extravagant person. I thought it was a good idea after so long being the only girl, and the baby, that she have a bit of independence.’

About the Book

The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.

As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?

Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past.

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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!