Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen

Author : Tammy Cohen
Title : Stop At Nothing
Pages : 384
Publisher : Transworld
Publication date : July 18, 2019

| ABOUT THE BOOK |

A mother’s job is to keep her children safe.

Tess has always tried to be a good mother. Of course, there are things she wishes she’d done differently, but doesn’t everyone feel that way?

Then Emma, her youngest, is attacked on her way home from a party, plunging them into a living nightmare which only gets worse when the man responsible is set free.

But what if she fails?

So when Tess sees the attacker in the street near their home, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. But blinded by her need to protect her daughter at any cost, might she end up putting her family in even greater danger?

There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to make it right …

| MY THOUGHTS |

I always get excited when a new Tammy Cohen pops up and this time was no different. The book description promised a gripping story and that’s exactly what it is although it didn’t at all go the way I thought it would.

Tess’s teenage daughter, Emma, is the victim of an attack. Rocked to the core, things only get worse when her attacker is released, free to roam the streets. Like any mother, this does not sit well with Tessa but her attempts to somehow see justice served don’t go so well.

Stop At Nothing deals with a mother failing to keep her children safe and stopping at nothing to try and protect them from further harm in future. But consumed by guilt and struggling with insomnia, is Tessa thinking straight or is she becoming paranoid? While her actions are often completely understandable, I did sometimes have the urge to yell at her, to ask her to stop and think.

My suspicious nature rather quickly realised what was going on but I couldn’t at all think of why or how it would possibly end. Told through Tessa’s eyes, there are some moments when the reader is faced with some chapters written by an unknown character and I had a heck of a time trying to figure out who was writing those or how they even fit into everything.

Tammy Cohen’s books always make for compulsive reading, one of those where you look up from the page and hours have gone by. While this may not be my favourite by her, I did thoroughly enjoy it and I absolutely devoured it. This story about a mother’s love is gripping, well-paced and pretty cleverly done. I look forward to whatever Tammy Cohen comes up with next.

My thanks to the publisher for the review copy!

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Weekly Wrap-Up (May 12)

The May weather is not playing nice. Dark days, wet and miserable, hail and random thunderstorms … what is this fudgery? All I see when I look out of the window is a garden that is slowly starting to resemble a jungle but I can’t get out there to do anything about it.

Luckily, I have books! Which came in especially handy when I was suddenly confronted with an hour long power cut. I was determined to get ahead of schedule again because my Line of Duty box set is on its way so guess what I’ll be doing next week! Somehow, I have still managed to remain completely spoiler free. It’s an absolute miracle!

So yes, getting ahead of schedule. How did that work out for you, Eva? Well, not so good because for some reason, I ended up with a bunch of books in a row that went over 400 pages and I may also have squeezed in one of my own TBR because … why not?

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

I’ll take that. That’s not too shabby at all! Now if only I could get the reviews written 🙄

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

I love the Six Tudor Queens series and had Anna of Kleve on preorder for what felt like forever. So obviously, when it finally arrived, I dropped everything to read it. The Doll Factory … I’ve been going back and forth on that one for ages but ultimately, it was sprayed edges envy that won out 😂

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

As you know, I don’t normally read on kindle anymore these days but I was sent a widget for this one by the publisher and by golly, I just couldn’t resist. It’s Tammy Cohen! I love her books! Why yes, I did already read it too.

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

What a week! Sure, these are all for blog tours because I just can’t help myself but whatever. Look at The Whisper Man! One of my most anticipated books of this year and it’s finally arrived! I can’t wait to read this one. May need to turn my schedule upside down again. 🤔 (With thanks to Headline, Orion, No Exit and Michael Joseph)

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Joined the blog tour for The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen with a guest post.

Tuesday : Took the day off

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Night By Night by Jack Jordan and shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Reviewed With Our Blessing by Jo Spain

Friday : Took the day off

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for In Two Minds by Alis Hawkins

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Review | Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Tell Me Where You Are by Moira Forsyth

Friday : Review | Anna of Kleve by Alison Weir

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

See the blog tour on Thursday? Yep, still have to read that 😳🤣

In other news, I am having some technical difficulties lately which are extremely annoying. My mornings are usually spent on my laptop, where things works relatively normal. Not all of it, but I found a way around it so that’s okay. But for the rest of the day, I am on my iPad and for some reason WordPress does not play nicely. This means, I am constantly logged out and despite numerous attempts to log in, it just won’t let me. So I have to visit blogs via the WordPress Reader and like/share from there. However, being logged out means I can’t comment! In case you thought I was ignoring your wonderful posts, I’m really not.

Guess what I’m doing today! If you think it’s lounging on the sofa with a good book, accidentally having a nap … you’re wrong! Bloody stupid socialising crap for me again. There should be a law against this stuff. I’m so tired, I feel as if I haven’t slept for a week and I worry I’ll end up with my face in a bowl of soup. I can’t even get the tiniest bit excited about there being wine. Oh dear.

Anyway, I should probably try to write a review of two (five) before I have to get ready. So, that’s it for another week. Hope you all have a great one and lots of happy reading! xx

They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen @MsTamarCohen @TransworldBooks

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Author : Tammy Cohen
Title : They All Fall Down
Pages : 384
Publisher : Black Swan
Publication date : July 13, 2017

aboutthebook

She knows there’s a killer on the loose.
But no-one believes her.
Will she be next?

Hannah had a normal life – a loving husband, a good job. Until she did something shocking.

Now she’s in a psychiatric clinic. It should be a safe place. But patients keep dying.

The doctors say it’s suicide. Hannah knows they’re lying.

Can she make anyone believe her before the killer strikes again?

mythoughts

Hannah led a normal life until one day, everything started to fall to pieces. Now she’s in a psychiatric clinic. But when two of her friends die and it is said they committed suicide, Hannah knows she’s being lied to. Nobody believes her though and time is running out.

Tammy Cohen’s writing is so incredibly beautiful and strong  that I soon found myself completely engrossed in this brilliantly woven and intricate plot. So much so that it wasn’t until I closed the book that I realised I hadn’t been taking any notes to help me in writing my review.

The author doesn’t rely on all the tricks of the trade, dazzling the reader with a multitude of twists and turns, and she doesn’t need to. That’s not to say there aren’t any twists. Of course there are! But they’re done masterfully and as you get to know the various characters, they actually make sense as opposed to the ones that come out of nowhere like a bolt of lightning.

Delving into the human psyche in an environment like a psychiatric clinic, where every single person is dealing with mental health issues, was already compelling enough on its own. But adding a mystery and a long list of potential suspects brought the story to a whole other level. Is it a member of staff? Is it a client? Is it someone else entirely? Or is Hannah just paranoid? I have unholy love for an author who can keep me guessing like this. While I had an inkling halfway through the book that I knew what was going on, I never felt quite secure in my belief. As it turns out, I was only half right and there was a part near the end that made my jaw drop so hard I think my chin hit the floor.

My list of go-to authors continues to grow at a terrifying pace as I now also add Tammy Cohen and I’m confident that no matter which genre she writes in, I’ll be first in line.

Many thanks to the publisher for my copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!

They All Fall Down is available for purchase now!

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