#BlogTour ~ The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister @GillianMAuthor @PenguinUKBooks

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister.

The Evidence Against You was published on 18th April 2019 by Penguin.

It’s the day Izzy’s father will be released from jail. 

She has every reason to feel conflicted – he’s the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories.

But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother.

Now, Izzy’s father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial.

But should she give him the benefit of the doubt?

Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?

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Thank you to Olivia Thomas and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.

Gillian McAllister is fast becoming the master (or should that be mistress?!) of the psychological thriller and I have really enjoyed reading her take on what makes the human mind tick. Her books are so incredibly real and well written that they could be written about someone you know, or even yourself. 

We follow Izzy who has had to live with the stigma of her father Gabriel, being arrested for the murder of her mother when she was only 18. She has grown up in the shadow of this and not fully understanding why this happened. This had made her reluctant to see her father and now 17 years later he is released from prison and wants to speak to Izzy and tell her what really happened all those years ago.

The chapters are brilliantly crafted and we learn from Gabriel, his version of events that led to the fateful night, whilst also following the same events and times but from Izzy’s point of view. This was a brilliant way of capturing how people can see events and actions from differing views and really help you to get a grasp of Gabriel’s character and background.

I tried to understand where I thought things were heading but I’m glad to say that I didn’t guess the ending. It was very bittersweet and I must admit to getting a little bit choked up. It was perfect really.

I really enjoy the authors work and this was shown in the little things that are added to her characters. Just reading about Gabriel and his life away from prison as he attempts to adjust to a new world that has moved on without him is heartbreaking but you are still left with an underlying sense of confusion about what really happened and if he is guilty despite his protests.

A truly superb book from Gillian McAllister.

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About the Author

Gillian McAllister

Gillian McAllister is the Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling author of Everything But The Truth, Anything You Do Say, and No Further Questions. They are all standalone and can be read in any order.

She is published in ten countries around the world. The Good Sister is her US debut, coming June 2019 from Penguin USA, and is the American title for No Further Questions. The Evidence Against You is her new novel, was published in April 2019 in the UK.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @gillianmauthor.

She also blogs at http://www.gillianmcallister.com.

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#BlogTour ~ In Two Minds By Alis Hawkins @Alis_Hawkins @DomePress

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for In Two Minds by Alis Hawkins.

In Two Minds was published on 2nd May 2019 by Dome Press and is the follow up to None So Blind.

In Two Minds (The Teifi Valley Coroner)

Harry Probert-Lloyd, a young barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has begun work as the acting coroner of Teifi Valley with solicitor’s clerk John Davies as his assistant.

When a faceless body is found on an isolated beach, Harry must lead the inquest. But his dogged pursuit of the truth begins to ruffle feathers. Especially when he decided to work alongside a local doctor with a dubious reputation and experimental theories considered radical and dangerous.

Refusing to accept easy answers might not only jeopardise Harry’s chance to be elected coroner permanently but could, it seems implicate his own family in a crime.

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A big thank you to Emily at Dome Press for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

In Two Minds is a fascinating historical and incredibly well researched novel set in Wales during the 1850’s and follows a young, well to do barrister, Harry Lloyd-Probert as he tries to go against the grain and become the coroner for the Teifi Valley. Harry faces disapproval from almost everyone that he comes into contact with, especially his father who expects him to take over the running of the family estate. The more we read among the lines, we understand that throughout his life, Harry is more comfortable with the ‘servants’ in his house and I get this to mean he is more comfortable with his Coroner role and helping to find justice for the dead, than his original barrister role in London.

Alis Hawkins has written a brilliant crime book and although it is quite long (at nearly 500 pages) I managed to read it in a day which shows just how spellbound I was! Although quite a slow burner to what I am used to reading, I found this helped me understand the characters and land a lot more and focused me on taking in every minute detail that the author has clearly worked hard on with her research.

Although it took me some time to understand the Welsh language and characters names (there are some useful hints at the start of the book!), there are some absolutely fascinating and well fleshed out characters (mainly the local doctor mentioned above!) who I think could have his own book written about him. Although he is known as something of a drunk, I think this shows how Harry has become slowly more confident in his actions as coroner in that he shows trust and confidence in someone that people have cast aside.

I’m really looking forward to reading more about Harry and hopefully John as I think there is so much more that can be written about them.

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About the Author

Alis Hawkins

Alis Hawkins grew up on a dairy farm in Cardiganshire. Her inner introvert thought it would be a good idea to become a shepherd and, frankly, if she had, she might have been published sooner.

As it was, three years reading English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford revealed an extrovert streak and a social conscience which saw her train as a Speech and Language Therapist.

She has spent the subsequent three decades variously bringing up two sons, working with children and young people on the autism spectrum and writing fiction, non-fiction and plays.

She writes the kind of books she likes to read: character-driven historical crime and mystery fiction with what might be called literary production values.

@Alis_Hawkins
Website: http://www.alishawkins.co.uk

#BlogTour ~ Hunting Evil by Chris Carter @SimonSchusterUK #HuntingEvil #RandomThingsTours

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hunting Evil by Chris Carter.

Hunting Evil was published on 2nd May 2019 by Simon and Schuster and is the 10th book in the Robert Hunter series.

Hunting Evil Cover

As roommates, they met for the first time in college. Two of the brightest minds ever to graduate from Stamford Psychology University.

As adversaries, they met again in Quantico, Virginia. Robert Hunter had become the head of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit. Lucien Folter had become the most prolific and dangerous serial killer the FBI had ever encountered.
 
Now, after spending three and a half years locked in solitary confinement, Lucien has finally managed to break free. And he’s angry.
 
For the past three and a half years, Lucien has thought of nothing else but vengeance.

The person responsible for locking him away has to pay, he has to suffer.

That person … is Robert Hunter.

And now it is finally time to execute the plan.

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A big thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.

I’m quite new to the Robert Hunter series and I’m not sure why – better late than never! I loved the idea of this book though and was intrigued how the storyline would go with a serial killer and a Detective previously roommates at college.

The first chapter is brilliant and certainly had me hooked! Lucien Folter has been incarcerated for 3 years after being captured by Robert Hunter and has been plotting his revenge and escape ever since. Although he is a serial killer and doesn’t think twice about killing someone, he is actually quite an interesting character to read about. As the chapters tend to alternate between him and Robert we begin to get some insights into how their lives have panned out and how similar but also completely opposite to each they really are. Hunter has used his intelligence for the greater good whereas Folter, has done the complete opposite and seems to enjoy what he does and almost gloating about it.

Robert Hunter feels a big sense of loss over people that he has been unable to save and Lucien completely exploits this. Lucien’s victims are just a means to an end and this just prays on Hunter’s mind constantly.

The plot is punchy and action packed and keeps you thoroughly entertained as you race to find out who will get the better of each other. Lots of action scenes and intricate plotting from Lucien definitely keep you on your toes!

A thoroughly enjoyable and twisty story that I would definitely recommend!

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About the Author

Chris Carter Author Photo

I was born in Brasilia, Brazil where I spent my childhood and teenage years. After graduating from high school, I moved to the USA where I studied psychology with specialization in criminal behaviour. During my University years I held a variety of odd jobs, ranging from flipping burgers to being part of an all male exotic dancing group.

I worked as a criminal psychologist for several years before moving to Los Angeles, where I swapped the suits and briefcases for ripped jeans, bandanas and an electric guitar. After a spell playing for several well known glam rock bands, I decided to try my luck in London, where I was fortunate enough to have played for a number of famous artists. I toured the world several times as a professional musician.

A few years ago I gave it all up to become a full time writer.