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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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#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 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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Giveaway: Enter Now!

 

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#BlogTour: The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith


I loved the first Jake Boulder book and am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for the Kindred Killers!

About the Book

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common. 

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more? 
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?

My Review

First off, if you have a weak stomach, this may not be the Book for you. The killings in the book are brutal, and the author spares no detail. But for those that love a good thriller, look no further. This book is a great addition to the series and makes me even more excited for it to continue!

I love that Graham Smith spares nothing in his books – no character is safe, no detail is too touchy. It really adds a zing to the plot. You have no idea where it’s going to go. And he really takes you on a journey as Jake battles the killers. And not to give anything away, but this book doesn’t pull punches in this regard.

There’s also great character development in this chapter of the series, witch Jake making some tough decisions and coming to some realizations. I like that, because it makes Jake – who is a lot like a superhero – a little more human. He’s not too perfect after all, you know?

I love this series and it’s characters and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. If you love fast-paced thrillers, check this book out – you won’t be sorry!

About the Author

A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009.
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

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Review: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the NightEmma in the Night by Wendy Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Some books are full of action, thrills and big explosions – others are subtle as they twist your mind and make you question everything. “Emma in the Night,” is definitely the latter. And it’s amazingly good.

The story begins when Cass Tanner returns home. Her and her older sister Emma went missing three years ago. With no clues and no bodies, the case went cold. When only Cass returns, she begs for help finding Emma and she weaves an elaborate tale about being forcibly kept on an island with Emma, an older couple and a baby Emma gave birth to. All the evidence points to her telling the truth. But FBI investigator Dr. Abby Winters senses something is off – and that hunch three years earlier about there being trouble in the Tanner home is correct. Where is Emma and what really happened three years ago. It’s all going to come to a head.

This book involves a lot of psychology and exit stench of questions about the truth and importance – it’s really interesting because it creates a possible where you’re constantly questioning what you think you know. You don’t know which characters you can trust and which you can’t. And since the ultimate truth is not revealed until the very end of the book you are kept guessing.

I love trying to piece together what all was happening. I didn’t guess the ending, and I think it was done really well and in a way that was very satisfying.

I’d really like to see more of Abby in future novels. Her personal story is very interesting and her job as an FBI psychological analyst has a lot of possibilities for future stories. I hope we see her again soon.

I’d recommend this novel for anyone looking for a good psychological thriller that will keep me reading into the night.

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Flashback Friday Review: Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

I didn’t realize until a couple days ago when I was planning out my reading week that I hadn’t posted the last Kate Burkholder novel review! I read it prior to starting up my re-launch of this blog, so it only made it to Goodreads. So, now that I’m starting the next in the series (the ninth total!), here’s my take on the eighth Kate Burkholder novel, “Among the Wicked.” The Amish have never been so spooky!

Among the Wicked (Kate Burkholder #8)Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off: This book can be read as a stand-alone novel. I am reviewing it as such. I liked it so much I may buy the others in the series!

I’m a little breathless after finishing this one. It’s an intense ride that doesn’t let up for a second. And I NEVER saw the end twist coming. Not for a second.

So. The basics: Kate Burkholder is a police chief in Ohio who used to be Amish. She’s summoned to work undercover in New York when a young woman is found frozen to death under weird circumstances. She quickly discovers that the town’s charismatic leader may be up to some bad things – including murder.

As the story unfolds, it just keeps adding questions: Who, why, how?! Most of it was good. It kept me reading. But the four stars come in because some of those threads did not get tied up. I’m still not exactly sure what happened with some of the characters. It’s sometimes implied, but never confirmed.( I don’t want to give anything away because it’s really good and you’ll want to read it for yourself. Afterward, I’d be interested to hear some other’s opinions.)

That doesn’t keep me from recommending the book, because I really do, I just want to be upfront about it.

I also loved the authenticity of the Amish portrayal. It was interesting and very accurate based on my interactions with plain people.

Overall, HIGHLY recommend.

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