Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav @orion_crime #Thirteen

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Author : Steve Cavanagh
Title : Thirteen
Series : Eddie Flynn #4
Pages : 320
Publisher : Orion
Publication date : January 25, 2018 (ebook)

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They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

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The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.

Okay, seriously? Best tagline ever!!! Ever since I saw it, I had my eye on this book and just like that it shot up my list of most anticipated books of the year. How could it not? How can anyone resist? It’s safe to say my anticipations were incredibly high.

Now, I didn’t know this is actually the fourth book in a series since I’d never heard of Steve Cavanagh before, so I accidentally broke my own rule of never ever starting a series anywhere else but at the beginning. Luckily for me, this reads perfectly well as a stand-alone. There’s enough information to get to grips with the character of Eddie Flynn and where he comes from. Yet it’s also intriguing enough to make you want to pick up the previous books. Which I’ve already bought, in case you wondered.

Actor Robert Solomon is charged with the murder of his wife and his security guard. All the evidence points to Robert being guilty as sin but then things start to happen that don’t seem all too coincidental anymore and Eddie Flynn feels there may be something far more sinister going on.

I am a huge fan of legal thrillers and court drama. For the longest time, I got my fix by way of John Grisham. But well, let’s just say, I’ve felt like he’s been losing his touch for quite a while now. Enter Steve Cavanagh and all is well again in my legal thriller world. Especially as Thirteen combines all the things I love in a story. A great hook, crime fiction, fabulous characters, a serial killer and a bunch of murders, lawyers and their shenanigans, involving the FBI … I could go on.

This original premise makes for one insanely gripping and addictive tale. Not only is the court case fabulously compelling but the serial killer is one of the most fascinating and intriguing characters I’ve ever met. He’s meticulous, organised, adapts easily to various circumstances. Quite frankly, a bit of a genius, but in the psycho kind of way. And as for our main character, Eddie Flynn, I warmed to him from the start.

What more can I say? I absolutely loved this one and I can’t recommend it enough. Another one to add to my list of top books of the year and I can’t wait to get stuck into the other books in this series.

Thirteen is now available as an ebook.

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Crossed Out by Malcolm Hollingdrake @MHollingdrake @Bloodhoundbook #blogtour

It is such a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for Crossed Out by Malcolm Hollingdrake today! Many thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for the opportunity and for the review copy!

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Author : Malcolm Hollingdrake
Title : Crossed Out
Series : DCI Bennett #6
Pages : 264
Publisher : Bloodhound Books
Publication date : January 28, 2018

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DCI Bennett and his team are back and called to a house in Ripon that has collapsed into a sinkhole where a body is discovered.

Soon old weathered Remembrance Crosses are found dug up. Each one numbered.

DC April Richmond is assigned to help the team due to her impressive biblical knowledge and soon makes a startling discovery.

Meanwhile, Gideon Fletcher is walking around the streets of Harrogate distributing religious texts. Is there a link between Gideon and the crosses? Do the crosses have anything to do with the body in the house?

Bennett and the team find themselves wondering if the killer is exacting revenge or punishment and whatever the answer, they soon realise the clock is ticking.

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After a house collapses due to subsidence, a body is discovered. And old weathered Remembrance Crosses are being found all around Harrogate. Each one is numbered and comes with a little something extra. There seems to be some religious connotation and the team gets help from DC April Richmond who’s biblical knowledge is seriously impressive. How are these things connected though? Meanwhile, Cyril is also forced to confront his past after receiving a letter and Shakti is trying to find a missing girl.

I can’t believe this is already book 6 in the DCI Bennett series! By now, it truly feels like catching up with old friends. I must say, Owen continues to steal the show and my heart and he features quite a bit in this story. Lucky me! The banter between him and Bennett always puts a smile on my face. Admittedly, I felt a little wary about the introduction of April, who’s clearly coming in to replace Liz (aw, Liz, we miss you!), but she actually fits into the team really well and I look forward to getting to know her character better.

I do so enjoy a story with a religious nutter. There’s just no telling what they’ll do next and I always find it fascinating to see what their motivations are. This case here is an incredibly complex puzzle and I’m now firmly aware that I would make an absolutely awful detective as I couldn’t figure things out at all. The gripping investigation and various layers held my attention throughout and I love how Malcolm Hollingdrake is able to light the mood occasionally to give us a well-earned break from all the crazy.

This series just keeps getting better and better. Not only are the investigations always interesting and compelling but the character development is so brilliantly done that it’ll keep you coming back for more. I can’t wait to meet up with Bennett and Owen again!

Crossed Out is available for purchase!

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abouttheauthor

You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyoneborn in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has seven books now available, as well as Only The Dead and Hell’s Gate also being available in Audio.
Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.

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Weekly Wrap-Up (January 27)

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Finally moving closer to the end of January. This months just seems to drag on and on. Another dark and miserable one here. I’m beginning to forget what blue skies and sunshine are like. Spring can’t come soon enough.

Reading wise, all is well at Casa Eva. I’m still trying to switch things up between books I have to read for blog tours and those I just want to read. Basically that means constantly checking my schedule to see if I can squeeze something in. 😄. So far, it’s going rather well. The writing reviews bit, however, is a bit of a struggle and I’m behind on a few.

Books I read this week


Books I bought this week

Erm. I’m not even going to count. A few are pre-orders and … never mind, I clearly have a problem. 😳


ARC’s received via Netgalley

You’d think that with all the buying I’m doing, I’d ignore Netgalley. 🙄

(FYI, Last Cry has had its title changed to Black Heart but the cover wasn’t yet available on Goodreads so you get the old one.)

On the blog this past week

Monday : I shared my review for Perfect Death by Helen Fields

Tuesday : Shared my thoughts on Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

Wednesday : I hosted stops on two blog tours. One was for The Daughter by Lucy Dawson and the other one was for The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Thursday : Posted my publication day review for The Confession by Jo Spain

Friday : Joined the blog blitz for Liars by Frances Vick

Saturday : I joined the blog tour for The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up


Next week on Novel Deelights

Blog tours, I hear you asking? Well, of course. Three of them, actually. I’ll be kicking off the week with Crossed Out by Malcolm Hollingdrake. I may also have a wee something special on Sunday but my lips are sealed for now.

And that’s it for another week. I am now off to do some cooking and baking as I’m doing that pesky social thing this afternoon. Thank goodness for wine!

Wishing you all a great week and lots of happy reading! xx

 

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor @cjtudor @MichaelJBooks #blogtour

Thrilled to bits to host a stop on the blog tour for The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor today! Many thanks to Jenny at Michael Joseph for the opportunity to join and the review copy!

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Author : C.J. Tudor
Title : The Chalk Man
Pages : 352
Publisher : Michael Joseph
Publication date : January 11, 2018

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In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out his other friends got the same messages, they think it could be a prank… until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

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I may have said this before but I’ll gladly say it again. Sometimes you pick up a book and before you’ve even reached the end of the first page, you sink that little bit deeper, get that little bit more comfortable because you just know you’re holding something special in your hands and you’re going to love every second of it. That’s what happened to me when I started reading The Chalk Man. Putting into words why I love this book so much is a whole different matter but I can tell you that it propelled itself straight onto my list of favourite books of the year.

In 1986, a mysterious chalk man figure leads Eddie and his friends to find a dismembered body. Thirty years later, they receive a letter containing that same chalk man figure. At first, the friends decide this must be some kind of prank. But then one of them turns up dead and Eddie decides it’s time to figure out what really happened all those years ago.

As someone who was a teenager in the eighties, I absolutely love it when a story is set in that era. Things seemed so simple back then. No social media, just hanging out with your friends, looking for adventures, being imaginative and creative, especially if you were growing up in a place where nothing ever happened. In that way, I was reminded of films like The Goonies. No sending text messages either but leaving coded messages written in chalk on each other’s driveways. How cool is that? (Bonus points for mentioning Bon Jovi. I was such a fan.) I thoroughly enjoyed the entire atmosphere of those chapters but equally relished the chapters set in 2016 and switching back between the two eras was always done at exactly the right time.

Like I said at the start, I was completely immersed in this story from the very first page. This is such a delightful mystery, hugely suspenseful, slightly creepy and so intensely gripping that I couldn’t put it down. The characters are all truly well crafted and believable and even include an oddball or two. I couldn’t figure things out at all, suspected everyone and got things wrong pretty much at every turn. I have no qualms admitting that I wasn’t at all sorry when plans with friends fell through so I could keep reading. Upon reaching the end, I even felt a bit sad, desperately wanting much, much more!

The Chalk Man is a fantastic story. Brilliantly written with some fabulous references and even a few chuckle moments, it’s mind-blowing to think this is the author’s debut novel. There’s quite a lot of buzz around this one and I personally feel it’s absolutely deserved. I can see why this author’s name is mentioned in the same sentence as Stephen King. C.J. Tudor is a fantastic new voice and without a doubt an author to keep your eye on. I for one absolutely can’t wait for whatever she comes up with next!

Did I mentioned I loved it? 😉

The Chalk Man is available for purchase!

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abouttheauthor

C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.

The Chalk Man was inspired by a tub of chalks a friend bought for her daughter’s second birthday. One afternoon they drew chalk figures all over the driveway. Later that night she opened the back door to be confronted by weird stick men everywhere. In the dark, they looked incredibly sinister. She called to her partner: ‘These chalk men look really creepy in the dark . . .’ 

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Liars by Frances Vick @franvicksays @bookouture #blogblitz

Such a pleasure to co-host the publication day blogblitz for Liars by Frances Vick today! My thanks to Bookouture for the review copy.

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Author : Frances Vick
Title : Liars
Pages : 436
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : January 26, 2018

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Jenny hasn’t had an easy life – no job and no money, with a sick mother and an abusive ex-stepfather. Not that anybody cares, she’s from the wrong side of town.

David has taken care of Jenny ever since they were at school together. He knows how special she is, how much she needs his support. David has a lot of love to give.

Jenny and David aren’t in a relationship. They aren’t even friends.

Jenny thinks she’s free to do what she wants, see who she likes. What does David think? Well, you’ll have to find out.

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Well, now. I don’t even know where to start.

This is a story about manipulation, secrets and lies and an absorbing study in all things psychology. A story about how people have their own versions of the truth, often contorting it to make it fit their purpose or make life more bearable. In a way, sometimes these aren’t even lies so much, but different perspectives and it’s absolutely fascinating!

My sympathies with the various characters kept switching back and forth until I ultimately pretty much disliked everyone and I had no idea who to trust at all. David and Jenny are both quite messed up. Jenny’s had a horrible childhood and David has seemingly just been that little bit different since birth. Or in my version of the truth, utterly creepy. I don’t want to say too much else as I’m afraid of spoiling things but suffice to say, this is one gripping, intriguing and suspenseful ride.

Liars is written absolutely brilliantly and even though I found the the first part rather slow, it was a necessary set-up to the rest of the story. The reveals left me spinning. I think the ending may leave people’s opinions divided. Some may find it satisfying, others may not. To be honest, I’m still not sure how I feel about it and that’s okay. This is one of those stories that makes you think, it stays with you as you go over things in your head for days on end and still can’t quite figure out how you feel.

Frances Vick has written a compelling, thought-provoking and addictive psychological thriller that I won’t forget in a hurry.

Liars is out today!

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abouttheauthor

The only child of parents who worked at a top security psychiatric hospital, Frances Vick grew up receiving disquieting notes and presents from the patients. Expelled from school, she spent the next few years on the dole, augmenting her income by providing security and crewing for gigs, and being a medical experiment guinea pig. Later jobs included working in a theatre in Manhattan, teaching English in Japanese Junior High Schools, and being a life model in Italy, before coming back to London and working with young offenders and refugees. Her first novel ‘Chinaski’ was published in 2014, her second, bestselling novel ‘Bad Little Girl’ came out in February 2017. Liars is out now.

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The Confession by Jo Spain @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

** advanced copy received via Netgalley **

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Author : Jo Spain
Title : The Confession
Pages : 416
Publisher : Quercus
Publication date : January 25, 2018

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Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

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Here’s a refreshing way to tackle a psychological thriller! Never mind wracking your brain about the who, as that’s revealed from the start. It’s the why that will keep you utterly enthralled until the last page. And if you think that ruins half the suspense, you’d be awfully wrong.

Late one night, banker Harry McNamara is the victim of an incredibly brutal attack. Oddly enough, hours later, his attacker Joe simply walks into the police station and confesses although he claims not to know his victim and that the assault wasn’t premeditated. But surely there’s more to the story? Well, yes, of course there is or this would be one short book. But I’m not going to tell you anything about it.

Obviously I’m not in favour of violence but I must admit that I would quite happily have clobbered Harry to pulp myself. I found him to be highly unlikeable and I also had a hard time mustering up any kind of sympathy for his wife, Julie. We do get an incredible insight into a remarkably flawed marriage which I found every bit as compelling as the investigation into the actual attack.

The Confession has a brilliantly executed and well-paced plot. Full of intrigue, it had me absolutely gripped until the end, not having an inkling what the likely outcome would be. Numerous times I thought I had it all figured out when Jo Spain whacked me in the face with another curveball that left me spinning. This is a complex and thoroughly entertaining psychological thriller with a truly satisfying conclusion. I understand this is Jo Spain’s first foray into this genre and that sounds most promising for the future. I look forward to more!

The Confession is available for purchase now!

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This Week in Books (January 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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After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in.

Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived

The book I’m currently reading

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A Convicted Killer: Despite always maintaining his innocence, Tori Pulli, once a powerful player on Oslo’s underground crime scene, has been found guilty of murder.

A Loose End: Scarred reporter, Henning Juul, is contacted by Pulli, who claims that if Henning can help clear his name he can give him details of who was responsible for the fire which killed his six-year-old son, Jonas.

A Double Threat: Desperate to continue his own search for justice, Henning realises that the information Pulli promises is life threatening, to both of them and to others. As events take a deadly turn, Henning finds himself on the trail of two killers for whom the stakes have never been higher…

What I’m reading next

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DCI Bennett and his team are back and called to a house in Ripon that has collapsed into a sinkhole where a body is discovered.

Soon old weathered Remembrance Crosses are found dug up. Each one numbered.

DC April Richmond is assigned to help the team due to her impressive biblical knowledge and soon makes a startling discovery.

Meanwhile, Gideon Fletcher is walking around the streets of Harrogate distributing religious texts. Is there a link between Gideon and the crosses? Do the crosses have anything to do with the body in the house?

Bennett and the team find themselves wondering if the killer is exacting revenge or punishment and whatever the answer, they soon realise the clock is ticking.

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Anything taking your fancy? What are you reading this week? Whatever it is, I wish you all lots of happy reading! xx

The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd @AmyLloydWrites @annecater #blogtour

Such a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd today. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the opportunity and the review copy.

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Author : Amy Lloyd
Title : The Innocent Wife [previously published as Red Run River]
Pages : 356
Publisher : Cornerstone Digital
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Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all.

But how do you confront your husband when you don’t want to know the truth?

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I have always been curious and fascinated by the women who would contact a convicted killer, sentenced for unspeakable crimes, and even go as far as to marry them. What drives someone to do a thing like that? Why would you ever think that sounds like a good idea?

Samantha is lonely, insecure, jealous and has a very low self-esteem. Obsessed with the case of Dennis Danson, she spends a lot of her time online and ends up writing Dennis letters while he’s on death row. They have some kind of connection and Samantha leaves her life, job and family in England behind to travel to Florida and meet Dennis. Eventually they even marry. But when a documentary about Dennis suddenly reveals new evidence, Dennis is released from prison and their fairytale romance is anything but.

Cue this little voice in my head saying “Ha! You didn’t think this one through, did you?”. It’s all fine and dandy when there’s a screen between you and your convicted husband but when he’s suddenly in a room with you and the doubts start creeping in, it’s a whole different kettle of fish.

None of these characters are particularly likeable. I spent many a moment rolling my eyes at Samantha’s actions and behaviour and I had a hard sympathising with her. As for Dennis, I couldn’t put my finger on him at all. Obviously, having been sent to prison at such a young age damaged him but I couldn’t quite figure out if that’s why he acted so strangely or if there was more to it. It was however interesting to see how their marriage worked. Or didn’t.

I actually, rather foolishly perhaps, assumed The Innocent Wife would be completely predictable. Luckily, I was proven wrong and this intriguing story held my attention throughout. The only minor issue I had was with the ending. For the entire book, we have a sustained and suspenseful pace but the last few pages felt rather rushed for me, although it wasn’t what I expected at all so I can’t complain too much! Ultimately, this is more about the question whether Dennis is guilty or not so it didn’t quite have that thrill-a-minute I expect from a psychological thriller. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more from Amy Lloyd.

The Innocent Wife is available for purchase!

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Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

She won the Daily Mail First Novel competition for The Innocent Wife in 2016.

She lives in Cardiff, Wales, with her partner and two cats.

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The Daughter by Lucy Dawson @lucydawsonbooks @bookouture #blogtour

I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for The Daughter by Lucy Dawson today! Many thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the opportunity and the review copy.

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Author : Lucy Dawson
Title : The Daughter
Pages : 290
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : January 24, 2018

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Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, seemingly connected to what happened to Beth, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

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Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. Since the book description doesn’t give away what that is, I won’t either. Jess has since moved away but it seems the past has caught up with her once again and someone has decided Jess hasn’t yet been punished enough.

I am not known to be an emotional person (although these days, that’s rather debatable) but the beginning of this story is so utterly heartbreaking and devastating that it left me with a massive lump in my throat and nearly brought a tear to my eye, thinking I might need to go find some tissues. These first few chapters will suck you in like a vortex and rip out your heart. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Unfortunately for me, I figured out quite early on what was going on and who was responsible for taunting Jess. Maybe I just read too many books in this genre but I felt it was rather obvious. However, that didn’t take anything away from my enjoyment. Ultimately, this “thing” that happened in the past (vague, I know) has had an impact on quite a few people, not just Jess and that’s what stood out for me in this story. Actions have consequences and they often affect more people than you realise.

This is a gripping and compelling page-turner about family, grief, secrets, guilt and obsession. I can’t say I particularly warmed to any of the characters, except maybe Ben, but I could sympathise with them which is down to Lucy Dawson’s fantastic writing and her ability to bring these characters to live. Jess, in my most humble opinion, made some mistakes and bad decisions but I could always somehow understand where she was coming from.

I’d say The Daughter was a pretty new experience for me. I can’t quite remember reading such a tearjerking psychological thriller before but it worked like a charm and I look forward to reading more by Lucy Dawson in future.

The Daughter is published today!

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Bestselling author Lucy Dawson has had six books published, and her work has been translated into numerous languages. Lucy read Psychology at Warwick University before working as a magazine editor. She now writes full time and lives in Devon with her husband and children.
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Watch Me by Jody Gerhman @StMartinsPress

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Author : Jody Gerhman
Title : Watch Me
Pages : 320
Publisher : St. Martin’s Press
Publication date : January 23, 2018

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Kate Youngblood is disappearing. Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor at Blackwood college, she’s dangerously close to never being noticed again. The follow-up novel to her successful debut tanked. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger. She’s always been bright, beautiful, independent and a little wild, but now her glow is starting to vanish. She’s heading into an age where her eyes are less blue, her charm worn out, and soon no one will ever truly look at her, want to know her, again.

Except one.

Sam Grist is Kate’s most promising student. An unflinching writer with razor-sharp clarity who gravitates towards dark themes and twisted plots, his raw talent is something Kate wants to nurture into literary success. But he’s not there solely to be the best writer. He’s been watching her. Wanting her. Working his way to her for years.

As Sam slowly makes his way into Kate’s life, they enter a deadly web of dangerous lies and forbidden desire. But how far will his fixation go? And how far will she allow it?

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One word : creepy.

Kate feels like she’s disappearing. Her marriage hit the rocks, her best friend had a baby and is always busy and her career as a writer is going nowhere fast. And then Sam comes along and notices her, pays her the attention she’s been missing for so long.

Now, there are stalkers. And then there is Sam. Who takes things to a completely different level. Sam has been watching Kate for years and has mapped out their entire lives together. He seems to know everything about her and knows exactly which buttons to push to make his way into her life.

As far as the characters go, Kate utterly confused me and I couldn’t figure her out at all. Sam, on the other hand, is someone you can’t help feeling for, which is all kinds of weird. There was an intriguing backstory to his life that may have given more answers but unfortunately, I felt that wasn’t explored as much as it could have been done. Still, the chapters written from his perspective were incredibly gripping, albeit it sometimes slightly repetitive, and give a fascinating insight into how his stalker mind works.

After reading this, I may just walk the streets and continuously look over my shoulder to make sure nobody is watching me. There’s such a threatening and terrifying vibe throughout this story and as a woman, it’s sadly too easy to imagine being in this situation. This is a deeply unsettling story and a slightly different approach to the stalker genre so if that’s your thing, this may the book for you.

My thanks to Meghan at St. Martin’s Press for my review copy.

Watch Me is out now!

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