Hear Me by Julia North @HooklineBooks

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Author : Julia North
Pages : 216
Publisher : Hookline Books
Publication date : April 4th, 2017

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After yet another shameful one-night stand Lissa has to accept that her sisters are right – she is an alcoholic and it’s time for rehab. She hates the idea of therapy, doesn’t want to examine her past, but just as she begins to see reasons for her drinking, life takes a brutal turn.

Who are her fellow patients? Why is one of them so damned perfect?

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When Lissa wakes up one morning in a stranger’s bed with no idea how she got there, she finally admits to herself that she may have a wee drinking problem. Her sisters convince her to join a six week program in rehab and Lissa’s life will change forever.

Set against turbulent times in South Africa, we follow Lissa on her journey to becoming sober once and for all as she confronts some horrible events in her past. Not only does she have to deal with her own demons, there’s something wicked happening around her and the consequences are devastating.

Hear Me started off quite well but didn’t really turn out the way I was expecting and I must admit there were parts along the way where it completely lost me. While the historical background sometimes made for some disturbing reading, I had trouble understanding its relevance. And when the story then took an unexpected turn towards the supernatural, which is so not my thing, I found it all became a little too confusing.

There’s a mystery to be solved which I think might have worked better without so many other distractions. But for the most part, I wish the story had just focused on Lissa’s experience in rehab as I feel that would have made for a much better read.

As it is, the book deals with harrowing topics such as racism and alcoholism which the author handles well, but also the fight for justice, not just for Lissa but for those caught up in the apartheid regime. While this book wasn’t really my cup of tea, I’m sure it will appeal to other readers.

My thanks to Yvonne at Hookline Books for my electronic copy, which I chose to review honestly.

Hear Me was published in April.

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This Week in Books (May 31)

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Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Last book I finished reading :

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Those closest to you don’t stab you in the back. Do they?

Jimmy Byrne is one of the biggest faces on the Soho scene. Equally feared and respected, he’s clawed his way to the top. Money is his game, and he’ll make it by any means necessary.

When Jimmy sets his sights on shy young Colleen Walsh, she is quickly seduced by his sweet words and the life of luxury he offers her. But behind the diamonds and fur coats lies the reality of gangland violence – and by the time she realises the truth, she’s already in too deep.

The book I’m currently reading :

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He hides in the shadows, watching, waiting, until the time is right . . .

Mary Kendricks, a smart, pretty, twenty-four-year-old teacher, has been brutally murdered and Robert Carter is accused of killing her.

When defence lawyer, Dan Grant inherits Carter’s case only weeks before the trial starts, everyone expects him just to babysit it, but Dan’s not that kind of lawyer. He’ll follow the evidence – wherever it takes him.

But as Dan and his investigator Jayne Brett look into the case, they discover that there is more to it than meets the eye. In order to do their jobs they need to push the limits of the system, even if it means putting themselves in danger.

Together they will get to the truth – whatever the cost.

What I’m reading next :

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Fresh from the horrors of the Revelation Room, private investigators Ben and Maddie are plunged into a disturbing world of terror as they search for missing pregnant girl, Hannah Heath.

Drawn to Frank Crowley, an original suspect in Hannah’s disappearance, Maddie is about to learn the true meaning of evil. As she gets close to Crowley, in an effort to get him to open up, she soon learns all is not what it seems. Crowley is just a small part of something unimaginable. Something so terrible and deranged, it defies reason.

After Maddie disappears, Ben is left in a desperate race against time to find her and uncover the truth.

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What are your reading plans this week? Anything you think I should add to my ever-growing TBR? Let me know!

Happy reading! xx

Secrets Of The Dead by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture

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Author : Carol Wyer
Pages : 314
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : May 30th, 2017

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Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying “all debts paid”, Detective Inspector Robin Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed. With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

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After having thoroughly enjoyed Little Girl Lost back in January, I couldn’t wait for the second book in the DI Robyn Carter series so when it became available on Netgalley, I hit that “request” button like my life depended on it. Okay, yes, slight exaggeration but still … excited and also very impatient.

As is always the case with a second instalment, you wonder if it will be as good as the first one was but I’m happy to say that Carol Wyer has hit another home-run with this one.

I won’t divulge too much about the plot. As it is, I feel the blurb already gives away too much information. When the body of a murder victim is found with a receipt saying “all debts paid”, I was immediately intrigued. But when a second victim is found with the same receipt, both Robyn and the reader are sucked into a fabulously disturbing case. This case clearly involves a killer on a mission and he won’t stop until he’s finished.

Secrets of the Dead is another great addition to the DI Robyn Carter series. Not only do I really enjoy the interactions in the team and their diversity, but this is the second case that completely drew me in from the start. This killer displays a whole other level of creepy crazy, which becomes increasingly obvious from his own chapters. What I also like, and slightly hate, is that the author lets you get familiar with a character before having them murdered. Their death just hits you that little bit harder and makes you want to yell out nooooo, why would you do that?!

Gripping and engrossing, this series is quickly becoming another firm favourite for me and I’m already eagerly awaiting the next one to find out about, what I’m sure will be, yet another fascinating case Robyn and her team will be working on.

Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy, which I chose to review.

Secrets of the Dead is available now!

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Weave A Murderous Web by Anne Rothman-Hicks @BookPubServices

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Author : Anne Rothman – Hicks & Ken Hicks
Pages : 218 pages
Publisher : Melange Books
Publication date : March 8th, 2016

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No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support.

Jane’s discovery of the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous.

Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim.

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 Jane Larson, a litigator, decides to help out a friend of a friend who’s going through a divorce. Simple enough, you’d think. But Jane has no idea what she’s getting herself into and before she realises it, she’s caught up in a web of lies, deceit, drugs and murder.

This is the second book in the Jane Larson series but since I hadn’t read the first one myself, I feel confident in saying it can easily be read as a stand-alone as I never felt I had missed out on something important.

Now, when I think legal thriller, I immediately think of John Grisham. Maybe that’s a tad unfair as it raises the bar quite high. Weave a Murderous Web isn’t really up to that level, in my opinion, but it does make for an entertaining and enjoyable read. It’s fast-paced, with twists and turns and some red herrings along the way, although the ultimate twist was predictable to me.

There’s a lot going on in this story with a multitude of characters who all seem to have something to hide. It all became a little confusing at one point, trying to keep track of all the different relationships. However, Jane is a wonderful protagonist and I really liked her. She’s intelligent, witty and deliciously sarcastic. All in all, an enjoyable read.

My thanks to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for my electronic copy of this book, which I chose to review honestly.

Weave a Murderous Web was published in March 2016.

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Weekly Wrap Up (May 28)

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It was/is a long weekend here which basically means a bunch of people did/do all they could/can to take away my precious reading time. So rude. But their evil tactics didn’t work and I still managed to read 8 books. Thank you sleepless nights. I actually thought it was less when I started this post so I’m really not complaining. Much.

Books I read this week :

Books I bought this week :

Another three. I just can’t help myself apparently. I should be sorry. #notsorry

ARC’s received from Netgalley :

Two. Which is bad considering I am on a temporary self-imposed half-assed ban as I have a multitude of other books I should be reading first but even sitting on my hands didn’t work as I tried to hit the request button with my nose. I can’t even begin to describe the look I got from the OH in that moment.

On the other hand, posting my review for The Weight of Lies on Netgalley yesterday got me the badge for 25 reviews so I feel quite accomplished, as it goes. 😄

Bookpost that arrived this week :

A big fat zero of humongous nothingness. Does that fall into the category of blogger fail?

 On the blog this past week :

Monday : I was on the blog tour for Finding Alison

Wednesday : This Week in Books which I actually stuck to for the first time! Go me!

Thursday : Kicked off the blog tour for The Revelation Room

Friday : Posted my review for The Killer on the Wall

Saturday : Shared my review for Hell’s Gate

Next week on noveldeelights :

Next week is going to be a busy one on the blog. I will be on a few more blog tours including One To Watch by Rachel Amphlett and Vile City by Jennifer Lee Thomson. And I’ll also be sharing reviews for … erm, whatever takes my fancy on that day, really. Schedule? What schedule?

Also, after much consideration, I have decided to drop star ratings from my blog so my posts will look a little different from now on. I will obviously still be using them on Goodreads and Amazon, because you have to but not here. I am hopeful (ha!) that my reviews on their own will let you know how I felt about a book without the rating. I may still change my mind in the future. Pretty sure my middle name is fickle.

Finally, just a wee reminder that I’ve been nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the Blogger Awards. There are a few more days left for you to cast your vote and I’d be ever so grateful if you would consider me. 😊

Have a fantabulous week and happy reading! xx

Hell’s Gate by Malcolm Hollingdrake @MHollingdrake @Bloodhoundbook

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A disused railway tunnel where cruel and sinister deeds are executed. A policeman on a mission. A killer who will stop at nothing.

The formidable DCI Cyril Bennett and DS David Owen of Harrogate Police find themselves embroiled in a series of bizarre events. A domestic dog attack on a child soon leads to a more complex case – the macabre discovery of a jigsaw of featureless, indiscernible body parts amongst bin bags littering a quiet road on the outskirts of town. While under the leadership of a Chinese Mafioso, a team of Eastern Europeans spreads its tentacles into the sordid underworld of people trafficking, dog fighting, prostitution and murder.

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Hell’s Gate is the second book in the DCI Bennett series and it’s every bit as brilliant as the first one. This is fast becoming another firm favourite of mine. Also, in case you were wondering, yes, I’m trying to read this series in relatively fast succession again as I’ve discovered the next one is due in about two months and I want to get caught up before that. If like me, you wonder why I keep doing this to myself, I don’t have the answer to that. But I do know that very little beats finding a new brilliant series and this is a brilliant one.

Various events unfold and keep DCI Bennett and his trusted side-kick DS David Owen quite busy. A child is the victim of a domestic dog attack, a body is discovered amongst bin bags. Well, I say body. More like body parts, really. What happened to this poor soul? And are these events in any way connected?

This is another well crafted and structured plot. There’s a lot going on with a bunch of incredibly unsavoury people that have their dirty hands in all sorts of ugly business like prostitution, human trafficking and … ugh, dog fights. As a dog lover, those scenes were so hard to read that I may have skipped a few lines. There are some graphic and disturbing moments that almost made my stomach protest. Almost.

Hell’s Gate grabs your attention from the start and doesn’t let go. It’s completely engrossing and also thought-provoking, highlighting current events of people going on long and dangerous journeys with the promise of a better life supposedly waiting for them.

Bennett and Owen continue to steal my heart. They are so different but somehow work together well and I really enjoy the banter between them. For that teamwork alone, I advice you to start this series at the beginning with Only The Dead, even though this one can easily be read as a stand-alone. I can’t wait to see where Malcolm Hollingdrake takes these two incredibly likeable characters next.

Hell’s Gate was published in December 2016.

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Announcement : Bombshell Books are back! @bombshellpub @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681

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After launching with the hilarious The Queen of Blogging, Bombshell Books are back with two new authors and three fabulous novels.

Therese Loreskar returns with her sequel to The Queen of Blogging – The Queen of New Beginnings

Therese Loreskar started her career in 2010 self-publishing her first novel, which quickly became a critically acclaimed best-seller.

In 2014 she was signed by a Swedish publishing house before being signed by Bombshell in the summer of 2016. Her novel, The Queen of Blogging, received overwhelming feedback and the book was referred to as a modern Bridget Jones.

Therese has since had four bestselling children’s books. Her never-ending energy for writing and entertaining people is her biggest trait.

Therese lives in the countryside on the west coast of Sweden. She has a big and busy household with her husband, two children, deaf cat, five hamsters and a grandmother.

When she is not busy writing stories she enjoys nature, people, history, redecorating the house without permission and all other kinds of creativity.

The Queen of New Beginnings will be published on August 10th this year.

Guardian book prize shortlisted author, Suzie Tullett, signs with Bombshell Books.

Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.

Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

You can find Suzie on Twitter: @SuzieTullett or you can visit her website suzietullett.com

Her heart-warming romantic comedy, The Trouble with Words, will be published on July 29th this year.

Debut author, Callie Langridge, joins Bombshell Books

Caroline was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.

Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the late ‘90s. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for social history and currently works in marketing for a national historical institution, promoting projects and running events.

On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to take her A levels and gained A’s in English Literature and Language, and Film Studies – not bad when working full time – and this spurred her on to take the first of many creative writing course. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London.

Caroline lives in London with her long-term partner and an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities.

Her beautifully written and heart-wrenching debut novel, A Time to Change, will be published on September 24th this year.

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Bombshell Books is an imprint of Bloodhound Books. Bombshell publishes brilliant women’s fiction and is on the look out for new authors. We want stories that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love.

For more information visit our website www.bombshellbooks.com

The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh

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The first body comes as a shock.

The second brings horror.

The third signals the beginning of a nightmare.

When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.

Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.

Then another body appears against the Wall.

And another.

As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.

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I’m not really sure where to start with this review. I think the overwhelming feeling I’m left with after finishing this book, is one of disappointment.

Twenty years ago, fifteen year old Isla goes for a run and finds three bodies propped up against Hadrian’s Wall. Living in a small village, everyone knows the victims and the man who did it. But now, all these years later, another body is found at the wall. Is there a copycat? Was the wrong person convicted?

On a positive note, I really like Emma Kavanagh’s writing style. It’s immensely descriptive and atmospheric. The story of The Killer on the Wall is dark, haunting and disturbing. I felt it had a lot of potential but I’m not sure my expectations were fulfilled.

First of all, I didn’t really enjoy all the different points of view. It wasn’t quite working for me. This was not helped at all by the fact that there isn’t a single character to like or connect with. If I’m pressed to choose, I’d go with Mina who doesn’t give up looking for the truth, no matter where it may lead her or what the consequences may be.

I felt that overall, this story was lacking some oomph. I was expecting the pace to pick up at some point but that didn’t really happen. Personally, I wasn’t at all surprised to see who the killer was as I’d had an inkling from the start. But I would have liked to have known more about the “why” of it all. That fell a little flat for me.

However, and this is why I started with a positive note, I would read another book by this author again because I do really like her writing style. This book just wasn’t for me.

The Killer On The Wall was published in April.

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The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #blogtour #bloghounds

I’m absolutely thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury today, along with Amy @ novelgossip whose stop you should obviously check out too! Have a look at the brilliant cover, see what the book is about and then I’ll share my thoughts with you.

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Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben receives a desperate call from his father asking for help, he is drawn into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl, he discovers his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life? And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

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The Revelation Room is the first book in the Ben Whittle Investigation series and is being relaunched by Bloodhound Books. After having read and loved The Abattoir of Dreams a while ago, I was really excited about discovering some of this author’s earlier work and I was not disappointed.

When Ben’s father, a private investigator, goes missing while working on a case of a missing girl, it’s up to Ben to rescue him. There’s just one little problem. Ben isn’t exactly the most confident guy you’ll ever meet. Together with Maddie, the daughter of the local vicar, he discovers his only option is to join the cult his father was investigating.

The leader of the cult is, there’s only one word for it, insane. Completely off his head bonkers! He uses his position to control the weak and easily manipulated followers of The Sons and Daughters of Salvation and will not hesitate to remove anyone who doesn’t fall in line.

Mark Tilbury has the uncanny ability to come up with the most psychotic, evil characters and Edward Ebb, the cult leader, is no exception. I was soon immersed in the dark and disturbing world of cult life and some of the events at the farm, where the cult lives, made the hairs on my arms stand up but it made for one incredibly gripping ride. And it’s not all doom and bloom as there are some wonderfully humorous lines, which somehow shouldn’t work but it does!

Geeky Ben, the unlikely hero, and his delightful little crush on Maddie stole my heart from the very beginning. I warmed to him immediately and was rooting for him all the way as you tend to do with an underdog.

This was a highly enjoyable and entertaining psychological mystery and I’m very much looking forward to reading more of this series as the conclusion of this first book sets the next one up perfectly.

The Revelation Room is available now.

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Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have his third novel, The Abattoir of Dreams, published, and The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused re-launched, by Bloodhound Books.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar,
and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.

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This Week in Books (May 24)

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Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Last book I finished reading :

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The young woman standing on Lottie’s step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. ‘Help me,’ she said to Lottie. ‘Please help me.’

One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.

Could this be the same girl?

When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing.

Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim?

The book I’m currently reading :

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Chloe Benson wakes up kidnapped and bound in an underground tomb with no memory of how she got there.

She escapes through deserted woods with her life, but no one believes her story.

And when she suspects her husband is lying to her, Chloe is forced to retrace her past, following in her own footsteps to find the truth and stay alive.

But who is following Chloe?

Look Behind You. You never know who’s out there.

What I’m reading next :

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Four months ago, Rebecca Pendle’s husband disappeared. So did 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson.

Just a coincidence? Rebecca wants to believe so… But as the police start to draw parallels between Chris and Kayleigh, it’s getting harder for her to trust his innocence.

Faced with an angry town that believes Chris has abducted the teenager, Rebecca tries to discover the truth.

But what she finds shocks her more than she ever thought. How well does she really know the man she loves?

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What are you reading this week? Have you read any of these? Would you like to? Let me know in the comments and let’s talk books!

Happy reading! xx