Swallowtail Summer by Erica James

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Linston End on the Norfolk Broads has been the holiday home to three families for many years. The memories of their time there are ingrained in their hearts: picnics on the river, gin and tonics in the pavilion at dusk, hours spent seeking out the local swallowtail butterflies. Everyone together.

But widower Alastair has been faced with a few of life’s surprises recently. Now, he is about to shock his circle of friends with the decisions he has made – and the changes it will mean for them all. For some, it feels like the end. For others, it might just be the beginning . . .

 

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What a wonderful story of friendships, betrayals, love and challenges. All the characters are quite unique. Some that I absolutely loved like Jenna really down to earth and she knows what she wants and others that I disliked like Valentina, I could not wait to see the back of her 😀
A part of the book took me by surprise and I felt a bit teary.
I absolutely love this book, I felt like part of the family while reading, Erica has such a beautiful writing style.

Thank you so much publisher and author for the chance to read Swallowtail Summer.

 

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The Darkness by Ragnar Jònasson

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A body is found off the coast of Iceland.

A young Russian woman, Elena, hoped to find a fresh start.

Instead she found death.

A cursory police investigation calls it suicide.

Another statistic, she’s soon forgotten . . .

But not by Reykjavik Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir.

Difficult and unconventional, Hulda is being forced into early retirement.

Offered one last cold case to investigate she chooses Elena’s.

On discovering another woman has vanished, she believes a killer roams free.

Her colleagues, however, think she’s out to cause trouble.

With days before she’s stripped of her badge, can Hulda catch the killer alone?

 

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Absolutely love this book especially the ending. The setting and style of the author are great.

 

 

The Puppet Show by M.W Craven

IMG_20190615_170043_550A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of . . .

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive …

 

Review

This is an outstanding book, I was completely clued to it. The character are all unique and I especially love the friendship developing between Tilly and Washington Poe. It is writing beautifully and it doesn’t disappoint. The last part of the book got me a bit teary. It is definitely full of emotions and bloody cleaver. Can’t wait to read what’s come next. Love that the preview of Black Summer Book 2 is included.

 

Lucifer Falls by Colin Falconer

IMG_20190819_172343_097A killer stalks the streets of London

When a priest is found crucified in a derelict North London chapel, it makes a dramatic change for DI Charlie George and his squad at Essex Road. The brutal murder could not be further from their routine of domestic violence and stabbings on the estates.

And that’s only the beginning . . .

On Christmas Eve, a police officer goes missing and his colleagues can’t help but anticipate the worst. It turns out they’re right to when eventually the body is found and they discover he’s been stoned to death.

As tensions rise, it’s up to Charlie and his team to venture into the city’s cold underbelly to try and find an answer to the madness . . . before anyone else dies a martyr’s death.

 

I loved this book, full of intrigues and set in London. I could not put it down. If you love reading a Mystery thriller with great characters, this is the book for you. Can’t wait for what comes next.

 

 

 

What Happened to Us? by Faith Hogan #BookReview #BlogTour

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A warm and uplifting story

The characters are so well define and very diverse. Carrie is my favourite so kind and thoughtful even when life doesn’t throw roses at her.

Her breakup with Kevin is not easy but everything is unfolding beautifully well for Carrie. Even when there is a few Hicks up along the way, a new path is opening with better opportunities.

I settled in the story from page one, I love the author writing style, it’s very modern with some dry humour along the way with such great characters like Kevin’s mum and Jim, Kevin’s and Kerry’s friend. They really made me smile more than once.

The story felt really warm and reflected hope as when you feel like it is the end of all, new doors open with a brighter light, so to speak.

When reading until the end don’t miss the letter from the author to her readers, such a wonderful personal touch. It really made me smile with a few tears.

 

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Thank you to Faith Hogan, Aria Fiction for my eCopy and for including me on this blog tour.

Pretty Little Things by T.M.E. Walsh

 

REVIEW 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! This is one of the best book I read this year. I love the writer style and how the chapter where chosen. There is so many tragedies and revelations and the ending was just brilliant. I did not see it coming. I had so many outcomes in mind but I was totally blown away. I will love to see this book on TV series next.

 

Tania (T. M. E.) Walsh is the author of the DCI Claire Winters series.

Tania began writing full time after becoming a casualty to the recession in late 2008.

The first DCI Claire Winters book, ‘For All Our Sins’, was originally published in February 2011. When the rights reverted back to the author, the novel then underwent a re-write.

Tania went on to successfully self-publish ‘For All Our Sins’, and the second novel in the series, ‘The Principle of Evil’, in 2013. Both novels appeared in the various best-selling Amazon Kindle charts, before being picked up by HQ Digital (formally Carina UK)- a division of HarperCollins – in 2015.

‘For All Our Sins’ was published in September 2015, ‘The Principle of Evil’ in February 2016, and ‘Trial by Execution’ followed in February 2017, all published by HarperCollins.

 

T.M.E. Walsh

 

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Tania (T. M. E.) Walsh is the author of the DCI Claire Winters series.

Tania began writing full time after becoming a casualty to the recession in late 2008.

The first DCI Claire Winters book, ‘For All Our Sins’, was originally published in February 2011. When the rights reverted back to the author, the novel then underwent a re-write.

Tania went on to successfully self-publish ‘For All Our Sins’, and the second novel in the series, ‘The Principle of Evil’, in 2013. Both novels appeared in the various best-selling Amazon Kindle charts, before being picked up by HQ Digital (formally Carina UK)- a division of HarperCollins – in 2015.

‘For All Our Sins’ was published in September 2015, ‘The Principle of Evil’ in February 2016, and ‘Trial by Execution’ followed in February 2017, all published by HarperCollins.

Sleeper The Red Storm by JD Fennell

screenshot_20180819-121608Sleeper: the Red Storm by J.D. Fennell https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B5ZQX84/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_k.uEBbRY0NBPJ

SYNOPSIS

1943. Sleeper spy Will Starling has been drafted in to the SOE, joining forces with the French Resistance in the fight against the Nazis; but Will’s memory is fractured and only occasional flashbacks reveal fragments of his past. Despite this, he has not forgotten his pledge to find and rescue his sister, Rose – if she is still alive. When his mission in France is compromised, Will suspects he’s been betrayed.

Back in London he hears that VIPER are in league with the Axis powers and are developing a new and deadly weapon. As he and MI5 agent Anna Wilder set out to destroy it, their every move is anticipated by their enemies. Who is the mole in the British Secret Service? As they close in on VIPER’s Swiss headquarters, it seems no one can be trusted. Are Will and Anna able to prevent the unleashing of the Red Storm that will bring mass destruction on a scale even the Nazis haven’t dreamt of?

While Will tries to save the world, Rose has become the key to VIPER’s future plans and is drugged to dull her kinetic powers. But Rose faces danger from an unexpected enemy and her time is running out.

 

REVIEW 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sleeper The Red Storm is a fantastic book, as I read Sleeper (book1) previously I was familiar with the story and characters. There is some nostalgia at the start of the book which got me a bit emotional (about Outcast, a fisherman boat mentionned in JD Fennell previous book).There is always something exciting to read from one chapter to another and never a dull moment. The story unfolds beautifully well with awesome and unique characters. I also loved that the story is set in different Europeans locations.
What I really enjoyed about this book is all the enigma surrounding the story, all the wow moments especially towards the end of the book which left me utterly surprise and excited that another book will come next (hopefully 😀)I will recommend Sleeper The Red Storm to any fan of Dan Brown, JD Fennell storytelling is quite unique to himself and you most definitely won’t want to put this book down until the last page.

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J.D. was born in Belfast at the start of the Troubles, and began writing stories at a young age to help understand the madness unfolding around him. A lover of reading, he devoured a diverse range of books – his early influences include Fleming, Tolkien, Shakespeare and the Brontës.

He left Belfast at the age of nineteen and worked as a chef, bartender, waiter and later began a career in writing for the software industry.These days he divides his time between Brighton and London, where he lives with his partner and their two dogs.JD’s debut, Sleeper​, was published by The Dome Press in April 2017 and was subsequently longlisted for the Redbridge Children’s Award and Amazing Book Award 2018.

The sequel, Sleeper: The Red Storm was published in May 2018.

I KNOW WHERE SHE IS by S.B. CAVES

 

SYNOPSIS

OnOn the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn‘s abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke.

But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.

It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping.

She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.

But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

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This is one of the most difficult book I read in a long time.

I know where she is a book well written and got me gripped from the beginning with my heart pounding every time I turned a page.

Through the start I discovered about Francine and Will, their past relationship, the kidnapping of their daughter 10 years on.

What I love about this book is the length Francine, an heartbroken mother go to found her daughter which is admirable and heartbreaking at the same time.

The story unfold with some no so pleasant characters as they hold the key to Autumn kidnapping. Some part of the book which are explicit are quite hard to read at time.

While the story unfold with Francine wanting answers no matter what and acting impulsively, I could not stop reading as I wanted her to found peace.

I did found the epilogue very emotional and the ending of the book hint like they could be a sequel. I will definitely will be reading more books from S.B Caves.

Thank you to Netgallery and Canelo for my copy of I know where she is. All opinions are my own.

Exposure

SYNOPSIS

You know that feeling. Your life’s on track and all is going well. And then something monumental occurs that turns everything on its head. It happens to everyone but, for Kristin Ryder, it was much, much worse . . .

When up-and-coming photographer Kristin begins to receive anonymous emails, her life in a trendy loft in London’s Hoxton with Anton, her ultra-cool, street-artist boyfriend, suddenly begins to feel unsafe. The emails come with sinister attachments that suggest the sender has an intimate knowledge of Kristin’s past, and soon her life spirals out of control.

Who can she trust? And will she be able to discover the sender’s identity before it’s too late?

Breathtaking and shocking, Exposure by Aga Lesiewicz will grip you until the last snap of the camera shutter.

 

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My rating 5 stars

Wow! I was completely hooked from start to finish. From chapter to chapter there was always a suspense. I found the book exciting and very well writing. I was gripped to the end. I loved the different characters which some like Vero put a smile on my face. I found the storyline great and I did not found out who the stalker was until email Exposure 5. Love the different sex scenes in the book as it makes it more real and human.
The book really shows you that everything is not what it seems and even if you don’t like someone they may pleasantly surprise you.
Last time I enjoy a book so much was Conclave by Richard Harris. Exposure is an incredible read and I can’t wait to discover more books from Aga.

 

 

Aga Lesiewicz

Aga Lesiewicz has lived in London for over thirty years. She worked as a radio presenter, voice-over artist, interpreter, screenwriter and a TV producer and director. A freak knee injury in 2013 led to a change in her career and prompted her to write her first book ReboundExposure is her second novel. She’s currently working on her third London-based psychological thriller.

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