Advance #bookreview Right Here Right Now by Georgia Beers #romance #fiction #LBGT #Netgalley

Lacey likes to have her life in a familiar routine, which is disturbed when a new company moves into neighbouring office space. When she meets Alicia there is instant attraction for them both but as they get to know each other hurdles crop up until the biggest hurdle from Alicia’s past threatens any future they could have together.

A slow burn get to know the characters romance that was easy to read and intrigued me to find find out what happens to our two protagonists. I’m not a regular reader of LBGT/lesbian romance but I did enjoy reading this romance novel.

This book will be available to buy from Amazon from 12th December 2017

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Advance #BookReview Here and Gone by Haylen Beck #thriller

​On a journey to get away from her husband, Audra is on her way to Arizona with her two children, Sean and Louise. She is stopped by a policeman and arrested, but once in the police holding cells she’s told she never had any children with her. Suspicion now runs to Audra being responsible for the disappearance of her own children, but will the more sinister truth come to light.

A taut suspense thriller of corrupt authorities and a shadowy underworld, Audra is the underdog in this thriller, vulnerable with a questionable past which makes her an easy target for the unscrupulous.

A tense read. This book will be published on 13th July 2017.

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Advance #BookReview He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly #thriller #Weekendblogshare #Netgalley

​Laura witnesses a brutal attack during an eclipse but when the incident is reported and the case goes to trial it results in Laura and her boyfriend, Kit end up changing their identity in order to hide. In a well of secrets just which ones lead to the destruction of their lives as they knew it.

A remarkable thriller told from the point of view of Laura and Kit in the present and fifteen years in the past to link up a series of events that led to their current covert living arrangements. With suspicion falling on the victim of the sexual assault as much as the alleged perpetrators and electrifying courtroom drama, this is probably one of my favourite thrillers of 2017.

A thriller that keeps you guessing right until the very end. This title is available for pre-order and will be published on 20th April 2017.

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#BookReview Code Breaker: An Alex Hastings Novella by AJ Trevors

Alex Hastings has been gifted in the art or hacking and other technical stuff since his formative years, however, when he got caught it altered his destiny as he was adopted and taught to respect the law. His adopted parent and mentor Tobias changed the course of his life but Alex has never forgotten or forgiven his first mentor and when an opportunity arises to face him again he takes the challenge, but isn’t prepared for the shock of his life which has him on the run in an ultimate battle.

Easy and quick to read, this novella easily captured my imagination and fuelled my curiosity as I rooted for Alex to win the fight against all odds. An interesting series to watch for.

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Top Ten Books of 2016 As Per Readers of My Blog

One of the statistics I personally always look at in January is the top book reviews readers tuned into my blog to read. Often this list is very different to my own top ten reads of the year.

I’m not sure when I write my reviews, which ones will be more popular and which books have the most PR momentum behind them. 

I hope you find the most read reviews of 2016 interesting. 

1. The Good Neighbour by Beth Miller

2. The Quiet Ones by Betsy Reavley

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyles

4. The Teacher by Katerina Diamond 

5. Between You and Me by Lisa Hall

6. Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris

7.The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza 

8. A Gangster’s Grip by Heather Burnside

9. Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr

10. The Playground by CS Boyack


Did you read any of these reviews or books? Please share your thoughts in Comments. 

Advance #BookReview The Watcher by Ross Armstrong #Thriller

​An avid bird watcher, Lily lives in a new build of flats on the site of a slowly dismantling council estate. Lily is not just watching birds but seems to be an intuitive people watcher. As is usual in London she doesn’t know her neighbours by name but she has assigned them personalities and names based on her observation. When Lily catches a glimpse of something that looks like an assault, she cannot let it go, but wanders unwittingly into the crosshairs of a killer. 

The narrative in this thriller is fishy to say the least from the beginning and I felt a sense of deception or delusion straightaway from Lily. However, as I read on it became harder to distinguish what was perceived and what was real in Lily’s world. I found Lily, nonetheless a compelling and edgy character and it was partially my attachment to her and finding the culprit in the whodunit that kept me turning pages to the end.

My biggest bugbear of this read was the pace which I found slow in places and together with an unreliable narrator made puzzling reading from time to time. However, my overall admiration for the book prevails as a tale intriguingly told.

This book will be available for purchase from 29th December 2016.
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Advance #BookReview Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult #literary fiction 

​A powerful story about Ruth, an experienced midwife (or Labor and Delivery Room Nurse as they are called in the U.S), who has been directed to have no involvement in the care of a baby boy because of her race, but when she is left to observe the infant momentarily as the department is shorthanded, he arrests and her care of the baby is questioned leading to her being charged with murder of the infant. 

This is another well-crafted and compelling read from master storyteller, Jodi Picoult, who shows tremendous depth of understanding once again as she delves into the question of racism and equity. The story unfolds from numerous points of view including Ruth, her lawyer and the father of the baby. I found each of these voices very convincing as the characters are well written. 

This book undoubtedly deals with some very unsettling and uncomfortable themes, but I felt enlightened and full of self-reflection once I had finished the book. Although I was consumed about what was going to happen to Ruth, part of me did feel a little sceptical about the escalation of the matter to a criminal court case, but suspending my doubts on the plausibility of the story proceeding in the direction it did, the strength of this read was in the depth of the characters and the issue of race and racism, both active and passive. 

An electrifying legal drama to boot, there’s a lot going on in this novel and I cannot recommend it enough. This book will be available for purchase from the 22nd November 2016.

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Advance Book Review: Watching Edie by Camilla Way

Edie moved away and cut her ties with her Mum seventeen years ago, after something happened that she dares not think about even after all these years. So she is more than alarmed when her old friend, Heather shows up. Heather was also somehow part of events that lead to Edie leaving, but when she suffers with postnatal depression Heather takes care of her and her baby daughter, Maya.

However, unable to put her unease about Heather and their shared past behined, Edie asks her to leave. But soon she starts receiving anonymous phone calls and thinks Heather is stalking her. Does her old friend intend her harm?

Told from two points in time the present and seventeen years ago when the girls met, this gripping psychological thriller fills in the blanks of what happened to Edie and Heather’s friendship but will leave you haunted well after you finish reading the story.

A stunning story told with an ominous edge that will keep you up at night. This book is available for pre-order and will be published on 28 July 2016.

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Advance Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Zoe Walker commutes into London like thousands of people daily. Using the same route and the same time daily, not aware of anything but the journey she’s taking. Until one day she finds an advert in the Metro with her face on it.

Somewhat in disbelief, her family think its just a likeness, but Zoe isn’t convinced and when she starts spotting familiar faces in the same ad on different days she tries to alert the authorities, but will they take her seriously?

This absolutely chilling psychological crime thriller takes full advantage of that little paranoid voice all of us have, that we keep mostly suppressed. Reminiscent of “The Book of You” by Claire Kendall, but on a larger scale, Clare Mackintosh enthralls once again in her second novel.

I particularly enjoyed reading PC Kelly Swift and her side plot was thought provoking. The crime thriller aspect of the book kept me interested as DI Nick Rampello and Kelly had an interesting partnership.

There were a couple of minor details in the book that seemed contradictory, fortunately not major plot points, but still details that needed more attention. Firstly, the author laboured the existence of an electric shower in Zoe Walker’s bathroom and then told us the family had used all the hot water when in fact electric showers heat the water as needed and are not dependent on a heated hot water tank.

Secondly, whilst trying to access the internet from a Samsung tablet, Zoe uses Safari, which is not possible as Safari is only on Apple devices. These two basic errors seemed strange enough to me to warrant a mention in my review after the deliberate mention of electric showers and Samsung devices by the author.

However, minor discrepancies aside, this thriller gave just the right balance of intrigue and goosebumps to keep me reading and interested. Definitely a must-read for those who enjoyed I Let You Go from the same author and The Book of You by Claire Kendall.

I See You is available for pre-order and will be published on 28 July 2016.

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June Good Fortune

Every month I enter competitions to win stuff and very rarely do I win, but this month I won a signed copy of The Paradise Trees by Linda Huber and I couldn’t have been more chuffed.

Linda Huber’s psychological thrillers are a new discovery for me and I have a few books from her back catalogue to read before a new one is due for release in Autumn this year.

Even though I am very lucky and get a lot of ARCs of books prior to publication dates, I was still sulkily disappointed to not win the new one from Mark Edwards which will be out this summer. Am I getting spoilt? Afraid so. I am totally prepared to buy his book but can I wait that long??

The disappointment of not winning a book far outweighs any negativity I feel from not winning the lottery. Books are just delightful and less complex and destructive in a way money can never be.

So despite the EU Referendum result going the opposite way to the way I voted, water pipes leaking and needing the attention of a plumber and a multitude of minor disappointments this month, nothing compares to the anticipation of winning more books to read.

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