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#BlogTour #Review #OneSummer by @jhaleauthor @bookouture

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One Summer by Jenny Hale
 
book blurb

One moment can change everything…

Alice Emerson and best friend Sasha Miller have made a pact. They’ve decided to swap city living for the beautiful white beaches of the Outer Banks and pour everything they have into launching an ice cream shop in the little house by the sea where Alice spent blissful childhood holidays with her grandfather. As Alice and Sasha add colour to the walls of the beach house and tempt the locals with their delicious recipes, their fresh new life begins to take shape.

Swept away by her plans, love is the last thing on Alice’s mind. But she keeps running into mysterious doctor Jack Barnes, and finds herself falling for his golden charm and warm smile. As they laugh through sunshine-filled days and long romantic evenings, Alice tries hard not to think he could be the one for her – Jack is only here for the season, and Alice has had her fair share of heartbreak.

Just when Alice’s summer couldn’t be more perfect, she discovers an old letter tucked away in the beach house. It contains a family secret that turns Alice’s world upside down and threatens the future of the ice cream shop. And then Jack reveals a secret of his own…

Will Alice have her dreams shattered and her heart broken, or can she find true happiness this summer?

From the bestselling author of The Summer House, an utterly stunning, uplifting summer romance, about the power of friendship, discovering family secrets, and the beauty of falling in love by the sea.

 
meet the author
 
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When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about the magic of love at Christmas, and 2017 TV movie on The Hallmark Channel.

The rest is history.

When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.

 michelle review
I’ve never read Jenny Hale’s books before now but I will definitely be a fan of hers now.
The story begins with 2 best friends Alice and Sasha and Alice’s son Henry starting a new business together in a new beach resort. Alice’s falls in love with a man she meets on her first day and soon secrets start to unravel.
The author Jenny Hale has a way of taking you right to the sea side and her descriptions are vivid and intriguing. I couldn’t wait to learn the secrets within the story and it was a real page turner.
The characters of the book are incredibly likeable and it is easy to fall in love with them.
This is the perfect holiday / feel good read and is definitely worth a 5 star rating.
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#BookTour #Review #TheGirlWithNoName by @lisalregan @bookouture

Happy Release Day Lisa Regan!! I can not tell you how happy I am that we get to delve back into Josie Quinn’s life and it’s definitely not slowed down since the last book. Now let’s get the formalities out of the way with the cover, blurb and a peek into Lisa’s life…

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Title:              The Girl With No Name   

Author:          Lisa Regan  

AMAZON 🇬🇧 :myBook.to/TGWNNSocial

AMAZON 🇺🇸 :https://tinyurl.com/y9ozx3uf

book blurb

Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms.

A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?

As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county. Josie is faced with an impossible decision: should she risk the life of one innocent child to save many others… or can she find another way? 

The Girl With No Name is nail-biting, twisty and impossible to put down. If you love gripping thrillers from Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked.

meet the author

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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com

Author Social Media Links:

FACEBOOKhttps://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Regan-189735444395923/

TWITTERhttps://twitter.com/Lisalregan

WEBSITEwww.lisaregan.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

review by nicola

What can I say other than

W.O.W!!

I should also at this point apologise to Lisa, while reading book 1 I bombarded her with multiple tweets about her book but with this one I was radio silent, I think she thought I didn’t enjoy her book…. I was that engrossed within it’s pages that time seemed to slip away and by the time I came too it’s release day and my turn to review! So heres hoping my review shows just how much i enjoyed The Girl With No Name.

Lisa Regan certainty knows how to keep you hooked. After reading book 1 at the end of last year I wasn’t expecting another book from her so soon, so I was extremely excited when I found out that book 2 was on it’s way and she hasn’t taken her foot off the gas!! This book is just…. I have no words!

Ok, that’s a little lie but there’s so much I want to chat about I don’t want to put my foot in it with any kind of spoilers!

Quinn is back, there’s a missing baby and the mother happens to be a woman who Josie has a history with, I think she’d rather push this case to aside if it weren’t for the missing child (and I wouldn’t blame her!)

I love Joise (if you read book 1’s review then you’ll know how much I love her) she still the same, take no crap, down to earth and get the job done character that we met in book 1.

Book 2 is action packed, with so many people in the “Whodunit” chair my mind was on free fall, everyone was a suspect at one point 😂 I loved the twists and turns of the plot and I was always telling myself just 1 more page, just one more chapter. I needed to see where Lisa was leading me, who the bad guys turned out to be and who were the unlikely suspects…. cos there’s always a few!

It truly is a mind boggling, gripping read and one that I will be recommnding to many of my friends in the days and weeks to come!

Very easily earned, 5 golden apples 😀

5 APPLES

Make sure you check out thw other stops on this fab book tour!

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I would like to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced readers copy of this book. Noelle having me on yet another amazing tour and Lisa Regan for writing such an amazing book, here’s to book 3 😍

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#BlogTour #BringMeFlowers by @DKHood_ Author @Bookouture

It’s finally my stop on D.K. Hood’s book tour and I can’t wait to tell you all about it, well not everything as I don’t want to spoil what is a truly gripping read! So let’s start with the cover, blurb and a sneak peek into D.K’s life…

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Author:          D.K. Hood
Book:         Bring Me Flowers:  A gripping serial killer thriller with a shocking twist (Detectives Kane and Alton Book 2)

Publication Day:  February 26th  2018

Amazon Link: myBook.to/BMFSocial

book blurb

She didn’t know he was watching. Until it was too late.

She’d walked this path hundreds of times before, she knew every twist and turn. But today was different. She didn’t know someone was waiting for her, hidden away from view. She didn’t know this was the last time she’d walk this path.

Hidden deep in the forest, schoolgirl Felicity Parker is found carefully laid out on a rock with nothing but a freshly picked bunch of flowers next to her lifeless form. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate the gruesome discovery.

With the body found just off a popular hiking route, Jenna believes the killer is a visitor to the town… until a second local girl is discovered.

Within days, Kate Bright, a school friend of Felicity’s, is found brutally murdered at the local swimming pool and once again, the killer has displayed his victim in a terrifying manner and left flowers at the scene.

The town is gripped with fear and Jenna and her deputy, David Kane, now know that the killer is living amongst them, and that he’s picking off school girls one by one. But they don’t know who is next on the list.

As the trail goes cold, Kane and Alton are forced to sit and wait for the killer to make his next move. But now he has a new victim in his sights, and he’s looking much closer to home …

If you love Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott you’ll love this nail-biting thriller from D.K. Hood.

 meet the author

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I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour, and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.

My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dkhoodauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DKHood_Author

Website: www.dkhood.com

review by nicola

Let me start by saying that this is book 2 in a series, I highly recommnd you reading book 1 to gain all the details and back story for Detective Alton and Kane. If you read it as a stand alone I fell that you will miss so much that this series has to offer.

If you’re a thriller fan, much like me, then you know there’s going to be a body count and D.K. doesn’t hold back! Her attention to scene setting and details is beyond amazing, not once did I strggle in seeing what she wanted me to see and at times those scenes are graphic! What should be a fairly sleepy little town is suddenly thrown into the depths of a serial killer that is brutal, savage and on the hunt……in my sick little mind this is what had me hooked. I enjoyed seeing what drove him to taking these girls and doing what he does to them, and why he felt just in doing so.

In the first book Alton and Kane have a very frosty start, which given the circumstances is understandable, but I love how their relationship has progressed in the series, they push each other boundaries and aren’t afraid to say what they really mean. They gel well as characters and some of their interactions together did put a little smile on my face (I have high hopes for these two)

This book is action packed from the start, there’s a fair few garden paths we are led down and plenty of twist and turns as the story progresses, I did gasps at a few pieces of info and had me rethinking my ‘whodunit’ theory…. Well played D.K.

A truly enjoyble read that has made the author a must read for me, i look forward to seeing where she takes Alton, Kane and the not so sleepy town of Black Rock Falls. I’m expecting more drama, secrets and bodies coming from book 3.

A well deserved 5 golden apples from me, might need to be adding more apples is this series gets any better!!

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I’d like to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy of Bring Me Flowers. Noelle for all her hard work in arranging this tour and to D.K. for a gripping read that takes my mind to those little dark places.

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Blog Tour Review – The Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan.

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Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan – publishing on 17th January 2018
book blurb
 
The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her.
“Please,” she whispered, rocking back and forth. “I want to go home.”
When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing.Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust?Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

Utterly gripping crime for readers who adored Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni. You will be sleeping with the lights on once you discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

meet the author
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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com
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review by nicola
24 days…. 24 days I’ve waited to share my review with everyone and now that it’s here I’m like a giddy kipper! Now if I were to do my review in gifs (anyone who knows me knows I love a good gif or 10!) Then this is how the review would look…..

But let’s put it into words,

I FREAKIN LOVED IT!!

Lisa, I have to apologise for my loopy #TweetReading but it was needed! From start to finish it took me 48 hours, I’m a mother of 2 so my sleep is precious to me but not with this book! Two nights of 2am bedtimes and I closed the book with my jaw dropped for a good half hour! There we so many twists, turns and total plot shocks I was simply hooked….. line and sinker!

Josie Quinn is my type of woman, screw the rules if it gets the job done! She’s a total hard arse when it comes to the job so I enjoyed seeing her vulnerable side, when she let it show. Her ex husband, oh I had a few choice words for him once things came to light, I both loved and hated him. Loved him for showing he cared about Josie but also hated him for, well, no spoilers! I will say I did have a couple of teary moments, and I wasn’t expecting that with this book.

If you love your thrillers fast paced, detailed and at times a lot bit gruesome then this is definitely a book for you to buy. I loved the ending, I wasn’t expecting everything to be fully wrapped up with a bow on top (i thought some things were going to be kept for book 2) but im glad Lisa did tie off all the loose ends.

An absolute epic read and very worthy of my 5 golden apples! I can’t wait to see what book 2 brings and any other books that she writes, I’m truly a fan from the very beginning!!

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Review – The Silent Girls by Dylan Young.

Woohoo It’s tour day for Dylan Young’s newest book, The Silent Girls.

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Title:              The Silent Girls

Author:          Dylan Young  

   🇬🇧 UK http://amzn.to/2gD4wXE

🇺🇸 US http://amzn.to/2zys4Rc

 book blurb

‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.

Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.

Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.

Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

An absolutely page-turning thriller that will have you hooked. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and M.J. Arlidge, you won’t be able to put down The Silent Girls.

 meet the author

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Dylan Young grew up in a mining village in South Wales before boarding a train for university in London. A career in the NHS followed, but the urge to write never went away. Three dark psychological thrillers for Random House emerged in the late nineties, two of which were made into BBC films. Over the last decade, under different pseudonyms, he’s written children’s books and an adult contemporary fantasy series. But his liking for crime (writing) never died. The Silent Girls releases 19th January with the second book to follow soon after. 

social links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/dyoungwrites/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/dyoungwrites

WEBSITE: http://www.dylanyoungauthor.com/

review by nicola

Where do I start?!

Hold onto your hats for a heartpoundlingly gripping read that will knock your socks right off!

I loved every aspect of this book, from the cover to the blurb, from the relationship between Anna and her team. But my absolute favourite parts were the ones where Hector Shaw was involved….. does that make me a little twisted? Never would I imagine that he would be so involved in helping…. I mean who asks a killer to catch a killer?!!

The plot was thick and fast. The characters very well though out and the story was just amazing. It seriously is a heartpoundingly gripping read!

Dylan, you hit every nail firmly on the head for me and I CAN NOT WAIT to see what you bring us next!

*** I would like to point out that each and every ! was needed in this review 😂 ***

4 APPLES

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Many thanks to Noelle and Bookouture for my copy of this book.

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Blog Blitz Review – Her Best Friend by Sarah Wray.

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 Title: HER BEST FRIEND

Author: SARAH WRAY

Amazon Links:

🇬🇧 UK http://amzn.to/2f7b24I
🇺🇸 US http://amzn.to/2wDhAOD

book blurb

You couldn’t have done anything to save her.
Or could you?

Sylvie Armstrong has been running from her past for twenty years – until her mother’s death forces her to return to her home town, along with her newborn daughter.

Overwhelmed by grief in her childhood home, Sylvie tries to block out the memories that surround her – but then someone leaves a gift on her doorstep: a gold necklace with a heart-shaped locket.

This locket belonged to Sylvie’s best friend, Victoria Preston – and she was wearing it the night she died. Now it’s back in Sylvie’s life…and it soon becomes clear that somebody knows what really happened to Victoria.

Sylvie has to know the truth. But is she in terrible danger?

A gripping, page-turning psychological thriller with a final twist that will leave you open-mouthed. Fans of Sophie Hannah, The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will be hooked.

 meet the author

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Sarah Wray is originally from Yorkshire but now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she works as a technology writer and editor. She won a Northern Writers’ Award (Arvon Award) in 2015 for an early version of her first novel.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sarahwraywrites/

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/Sarah_Wray

Website:     http://www.sarahwraywrites.co.uk/

review by nicola

Prepare to have your jaw hit the floor with Sarah Wray’s book, Her Best Friend!

Sylvie heads home (if that’s what she can call it) after leaving 20 years ago. So much hurt and bad memories surround her home village and you can tell that these memories have scared her for life. Facing it alone and head on I was worried that she would fall apart over the pages but she shocked me. Reliving those memories showed me an inside peek into her teenage years and what led to the death of her best friend, Victoria.

Having ‘met’ Victoria I took an instant dislike to her, especially her attitude to poor Michelle who only wanted someone to latch on to, even though she gave me the stalker vibe I kind of liked her. I felt like Victoria had this ‘everyone owes me’ attitude, even sometimes with Sylvie. I really feel for Sylvie in this book, she’s never really let go of the past and to be honest who can blame her?!

Now I’m usually one for fast paced books where all the action explodes from the get go but this book takes its time, setting scenes, introducing characters and adding detail and at times this annoyed me but I understand why Sarah did it this way, before I knew it I was sucked into the story and eager for the story to unfold….. which it does with a bang! That ending…. seriously?!! May jaw still hurts…. as I sat there chanting no….nooo…..nooooo…..really! I turned back a few pages to make sure I hadn’t misread what I had just read! Did I guess whodunit, yes and no, but it was still a GASP reaction all the same.

All in all this was an enjoyable read, I wouldn’t say I consumed the book in one sitting but when it was put down i felt like the book was still with me, my mind ticking over about what I had just read and had me rethinking what I felt about certain people in the book.

4 APPLES

A massive thanks to Bookouture, Netgalley and Sarah Wray for my advanced review copy. Also thanks to Noelle for letting me join yet another fab book tour!

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Blog Blast Review – Dying Breath by Helen Phifer.

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Title: DYING BREATH

Author: HELEN PHIFER 

 🇬🇧 UK http://amzn.to/2kwbxut

  🇺🇸 US http://amzn.to/2y7pqEK 

book blurb

Take a breath. Pray it’s not your last.

Just a few months after a terrifying case that nearly took her life, Detective Lucy Harwin is back with her squad in the coastal town of Brooklyn Bay – and this time, she’s faced with a case more horrifying than anything she’s encountered.

Along with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy is investigating what appears to be a vicious but isolated murder; a woman found bludgeoned to death on a lonely patch of wasteland.

But when a second victim is discovered strangled in an alleyway, then a young family shot in their own home, Lucy and the team must face the unthinkable reality – a killer is walking the streets of their quiet coastal town.

While Lucy and the team try to find the link between these seemingly unconnected murders, they uncover a disturbing truth – these murders are replicating those carried out by infamous serial killers.

Lucy must get to the killer before he strikes again. But he’s got his sights on her, and is getting ever closer… Can she save herself, before she becomes the final piece in his twisted game? 

meet the author

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Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.

Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.

Helen’s debut novel ‘The Ghost House’ was published by Carina UK in October 2013 and went on to become a best seller along with the rest of the Annie Graham series. The Secrets of the Shadows, The Forgotten Cottage, The Lake House, The Girls in the Woods and The Face Behind the Mask.

The Good Sisters is a standalone horror story which will scare the pants off you or so her lovely readers have told her. It scared Helen when she was writing it so she pretty much agrees with them.

March 2017 saw the release of psychological thriller Dark House (previously called The Lost Children), book 1 in the Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin series. Book 2 – Dying Breath is due for release in Nov 2017.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Helenphifer1

Instagram:    https://www.instagram.com/helenphifer

Twitter:       https://twitter.com/helenphifer1

Website:     https://www.helenphifer.com

review by nicola

What can I say other than W.O.W!!

This book blew my mind!

Helen is another new to me author and I can safely say this will not be the last book of hers that I read. I’ve umped straight in with book 2, I am missing so personal details that happened in book 1 but I don’t feel this has taken anything away from book 2 in this series. The pace of this book kicks off right away and it has bodies galore! And if, like me you need a body count by chapter 5 then this book deffintly ticks those boxes.

I enjoyed how the book went from the present day crime scene to back when the killer was first discovering his killer ways. I liked seeing how he evolved into a killer and what triggered this. Helen certainly kept me on my toes and I didn’t guess who the killer was until the back end of the book…… which is how it should be!

Lucy is certainly a very busy in her day job. I enjoyed the partnership between her and Mattie, they did make me chuckle a few times. There were a few times where I wanted Lucy to be more sure of herself, I’m hoping that will come to her further into the series we go.

If you love your thriller books that are action packed, twisty and turny plots and bodies dropping left, right and centre then this is one for you!

Highly recommended and very worthy of 4.5 golden apples 😀

4 APPLES

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Blog Tour Review – The First One To Die by Victoria Jenkins.

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Title:
The First One To Die
Author:
Victoria Jenkins

book blurb

Four friends. A house full of secrets. And a killer picking them off one by one…

‘She tried to break her fall, twisting desperately, but there was nothing to catch hold of, nothing with which she could stop herself. Her single scream cut through the night air.’

One hot summer night, a young woman falls from a rooftop to her death. Detective Alex King is called to the quiet terraced street.

The victim, Keira North, was twenty, happy and carefree. It seems like an accident, but there’s broken glass on the carpet, and witnesses overheard an argument. Could someone have wanted her dead?

Keira’s friends don’t seem as helpful as Alex would expect and the post-mortem reveals that Keira was hiding a secret: she was five months pregnant. Alex’s team soon finds that all of Keira’s closest friends have secrets that someone might kill to keep.

As Alex realises Keira might be just the first victim on a list, her leads take her a bit too close to home. With her own demons to fight, can Alex catch the killer, before someone else dies?

The First One to Die is a heart-stopping and shocking detective thriller that will have you gripped until the very last page. Perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney, Angela Marsons, and Val McDermid.

Amazon Links:
UK: http://amzn.to/2uKLBQu
US: http://amzn.to/2w4XaC6

meet the author

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Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband in South Wales, where she writes crime fiction and teaches English. The Girls in the Water is her debut novel, the first featuring Detective Inspector Alex King and Detective Constable Chloe Lane. The second book in the series will be published in late 2017.

Author Social
Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoriajenkinswriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicwritescrime

review by nicola

It would seem I’m fast becoming addicted to Bookouture authors, this time in the form of Victoria Jenkins. The First One To Die is the 2nd book in the King and Lane Series (I must point out I have not read book 1…… yet!)

This book is action packed for the get go….. Yep, a body within the first few chapters (always a winner with me) I expected the book to be about the poor girl Keira North who “fell” from her window seat….. Oh how wrong I could be! Victoria has a brilliant way of leading you down the garden path, you think you know the way until she spins you around and then takes a different path! And her plot twists O.M.G!

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I loved Alex’s character, I enjoyed seeing a slightly vulnerable side to her with her mother but then how head strong she can be when she knows she’s right. I enjoyed seeing the friendship she has with Chloe (I’m sure there’s more details to this in book 1)  I felt like Alex didn’t want Chloe to know how much she needs her in her life and that was both a little sad but at the same time sweet.

Victoria, you’ll be happy to know you now don’t have to come build my wardrobes so I can finish your book as I was that hooked I whizzed through it and I have to say it’ going in my top 5 reads of 2017!

A truly gripping book and a very well deserved 5 golden apples!!!

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A massive thanks to Bookouture, Netgalley and Victoria Jenkins for my advanced review copy. Also thanks to Noelle for letting me join yet another fab book tour!

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Blog Tour Review – Don’t Tell A Soul by D.K. Hood.

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Title: Don’t Tell  A Soul

Author: DK Hood

Amazon Links:

UK http://amzn.to/2wESpf4
US http://amzn.to/2vgQtva

book blurb

The floor was stone cold on her bare skin. Her heart pounded in her chest. ‘Not a soul knows where I am,’ she thought as she took in the darkness around her. And then she heard his footsteps…

When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at a garbage dump, covered in long red cuts, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene.

Nothing ever happens in the small American town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other.

Both were strangers to the town, but there’s nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one’s talking; how well does she really know the people around her?

Then a disturbing clue makes Jenna suspect a connection with other disappearances in the town’s history. Just when she begins asking the right questions, she realises she’s being followed. Is she next on the killer’s list?

In a race against time, Jenna and David must unlock the dark secret at the heart of the town, before it’s too late… 

A completely addictive detective thriller that will have you guessing right to the end. Perfect for readers of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott.

meet the author

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Born in London, D.K. traveled extensively before settling in sunny Australia. Her interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. She is an avid reader of crime, mystery and thrillers. Writing in this genre has been an exciting adventure for her but nothing could top the thrill of receiving a proposal for her first submission,  ‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ from commissioning editor Helen Jenner at Bookouture. D.K. looks forward to sharing her spine tingling stories with you.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dkhoodauthor/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DKHood_Author

Website: www.dkhood.com

review by nicola

Welcome to the town of Black Rock Falls, where people have hidden pasts, fake identities and dead bodies keep popping up…. other than that nothing really happens in this small town. Who am I kidding, this small town has it all and this read had me gripped from the get go! The first book in the Kane and Alton series by D.K. Hood and it’s kicked off in high gear, with its plot twists and turns, this new to me author has me gripped and wanting more!

I must admit I didn’t warm to Jenna Alton’s character, there’s just something about her that doesn’t gel with me :/ David Kane on the other hand, love him! Maybe a little too nice at times but that’s just the kind of guy he is. These two work well together and I’m looking forward to seeing where the author takes this series. If you enjoy a good and gripping thriller then this is definitely one for you!

4 APPLES

I’d like to thank Netgalley, Bookouture and D.K. Hood for my review copy.

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Blog Tour Review – The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney.

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Title: The Lost Child 

Author: Patricia Gibney

Amazon Links:

UK http://amzn.to/2tZQ2ps

US http://amzn.to/2v3Xn44

 

book blurb

 They placed me in here and threw away the key. I look down at the gown they’ve put on me. I want my own clothes. I don’t know how long I’ve been here.

An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate. When they discover that the victim’s daughter is missing as well, they start to fear for the safety of the whole family…

Two days later as a nearby house is set on fire and with the body count rising, Lottie and her team begin to unpick a web of secrets and lies, as the murders seem to link back to a case investigated by Lottie’s father before he took his own life.

With little knowledge of what really happened to her father, Lottie knows this is a case that could give her some answers. But how much does she want to know? And how far is Lottie prepared to dig to uncover the truth?

The Lost Child is a thrilling page-turner from the bestselling author of The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls that will have you guessing right to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni.

 

meet the author 17795884_10210314547912366_455804127206814977_n

Patricia lives in the midlands of Ireland. She is an avid crime reader so naturally she found herself writing in the crime genre.

A life changing experience in 2009, with the death of her 49 year old husband, meant she had to give up her career, and over the following few years, she rekindled her love of art and writing.

Initially Patricia wrote and illustrated a children’s book, but her real ambition was to write a novel. And she did!

In January 2016, she joined with Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau Literary Agency. In July 2016, Patricia signed with Bookouture for four DI Lottie Parker crime novels.

The Missing Ones (Book 1) published in March 2017 and to date has reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories. It is a bestseller in UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Book 2 in the series, The Stolen Girls, published on July 6th, 2017.

Book 3, The Lost Child, is on pre-order and is published on October 27th, 2017.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.gibney1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/trisha460

Website: http://patriciagibney.com/

The Lost Child - Blog Tour

review by nicola

***Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Patricia Gibney for my advance review copy. All thoughts and book score are my own.***

This is books 3 of the D.I. Lottie Parker series and I have jumped straight in having not read the first two book and that’s ok! I don’t feel like I have missed a ton of stuff where I couldn’t get into the book. I do advise you pay attention throughout the book as Patricia has a very cunning way of throwing you off the trail, or leading you down the path and then making you double back and then question yourself and that’s what I loved most about this book. At one point I sat there thinking that eveyine was the killer…. impossible I know but that’s what Patricia did to me!

I liked how Lottie’s character isn’t the perfect role model, she has issues, her kids have issues, her life isn’t  perfect and that made her more relatable. I love her relationship with Detective Boyd (does he love her? Someone fill me in!)

Now let me warn you, this book has 100 chapters BUT don’t panic! Some of those are only a few pages long BUT Patricia usually ends it with something that has you reading the next 5 chapters….. the nights will be long but sooo worth it!

I totally loved this book, in fact I now need books 1 & 2 to fill in the small details I have missed. There’s plenty going on so pay attention! There’s twists, turns and bodies piling up galore, so if you like a good thriller this is definitely a must read for you. I can, hand on heart promise that you won’t be disappointed. It’s a thrilling page turner and so worth the 4 golden apples that I’m giving it and I  my top 5 reads of 2017!! Now when’s the next book out, Patricia??

4 APPLES

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