#BlogTour ~ Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce @Harriet_Tyce @WildfireBks @AnneCater #BloodOrange

A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce.

Blood Orange was published on 21st February 2019 by Wildfire Books/Headline.

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Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…

Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.

But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….

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

Okay, so I’m just going to put this out there……… Blood Orange is my favourite book of 2019. I know we are only in March and I actually read it in 2018 but I really aren’t sure if anything will top this for me. It’s the book that I recommended to anyone whether they ask me or not!

This was also probably the fastest I had read a book. I have a full time job so that isn’t an easy thing to do! Harriet Tyce has written a fantastic plot and has managed to grab me hook, line and sinker. She managed to do this even though the majority of the characters are not actually very nice. Despite this, you are intrigued with them as they are written so well and you are eager to learn more about them and what makes them tick.

To say that the main character Alison is flawed is doing a massive injustice to the author who has written her incredibly well. On the outside she appears to have the perfect life as a successful barrister on the rise but inside she is a crumbling mess. She is fast becoming an alcoholic whilst almost living life on the edge with a set of dangerous liasions with a work colleague. You do want to shake her time and time again as you ponder her decisions but this just shows how well she got under my skin!

The shocking climax of the book had me absolutely stunned and amazed and I did have to read the last few chapters again just so that I could take it all in a little bit at a time.

Overall, I found this to be an absolutely stunning debut that I cannot recommend enough!

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About the Author

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Harriet Tyce was born and grew up in Edinburgh.

She graduated from the University of Oxford in 1994 with a degree in English Literature before gaining legal qualifications. She worked as a criminal barrister for ten years, leaving after the birth of her first child.

She completed an MA in Creative Writing – Crime Fiction at UEA where she wrote Blood Orange, which is her first novel.

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#BlogTour ~ The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor @cjtudor @jennyplatt90 @MichaelJBooks

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor.

The Taking of Annie Thorne was published on 21st February 2019 by Michael Joseph Books.

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Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice.

Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher.

But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself.

Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.

It was the day she came back.

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Thank you to Jenny Platt and the publisher for my review copy of the book and for inviting me to particpate on the blog tour.

After reading and loving The Chalk Man, C J Tudor has definitely followed up with a fanstastic and incredibly creepy second book. This one is definitely more supernatural and a lot more of the horror genre than I found Chalk Man to be which I really liked (it’s not a genre I tend to read but wow, can the author write a page turner!)

I was gripped from the prologue which is not for the faint hearted but boy, does it hook you in. From then on in you are immersed in the dual storylines that focus on Annie Thorne and her brother Joe and then later Joe as an adult as he tries to come to terms with events that set in motion the story of his sister and her disappearance and sinister reappearance.

The emotion and descriptions in this book are all there from the abandonded and tired town that seems to grip hold of its residents and not let go to the once humming mine that has long since been empty…….or has it?

This book is definitely not for people that frighten easily! You do feel a sinister prescence everytime you start to read a chapter – I certainly did but was already in too deep…! The ending of this book is certainly revelation afer revelation and I finished it with my mouth open having not picked up on the clues that the author had spread out over the pages.

What a book.

I can definitely recommended!

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About the Author

C. J. Tudor

C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.

Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.

Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.

#BlogTour ~ Running in Circles by Claire Gray @ClaireESnail @SapereBooks

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Running in Circles by Claire Gray.

Running in Circles was published on 27th December 2018 by Sapere Books.

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You can’t outrun murder…

When Lucy Lewis landed herself a reporting job on an idyllic Thai island, she thought she’d found paradise.

But one day her dream turns into a nightmare…

A bomb goes off outside her hostel and there is more than one fatality.

Although the local paper she works for is mainly a tourist guide, the phone is soon ringing off the hook with people desperate to hear news of their loved ones.

Together with her editor, Steve Boyd, Lucy finds herself drawn into the investigation.

And things become more complicated when the dead body of someone connected to the paper washes up on the shore.

Was the bomb planted by terrorists? Are the two incidents connected?

Lucy finds herself running in circles as she desperately searches for the key to the mystery…

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Thank you to Caoimhe at Sapere Books for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.

Running in Circles is a well written book, set in Thailand with some engaging if slightly secretive characters. We see the other side to Thailand though and it shows us that it isn’t all idyllic as Lucy and Steve are coping with a recent bomb blast that has left them shell shocked and stunned. As reporters, they feel a sense of duty and the need in getting to the bottom of things and begin investigating what and why this happened and hoping to find some closure for all involved.

The claustrophobia that Lucy and Steve feel is apparent and described so well that you begin to feel anxious with her as you read further along in the story. The more she investigates, the more people are trying to put her off track. I have to say, that I really didn’t see much of the plot coming as the author managed to confuse me with her twists and red herrings!

From finishing this book, I think the author has the perfect title. Running in Circles is exactly what Lucy is doing whilst trying to investigate. You can also take this that she is running in circles from her life back home in England, which we learn more about throughout the book.

I’m looking forward to reading more about Lucy!

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About the Author

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Claire Gray lives in the South Lakes with her husband and two small children. She studied Creative Writing at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts, which no longer exists, having been absorbed by the University of Cumbria. She graduated in 2006 and then went on to complete a journalism course at Darlington College.

That same year, she won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North, and her work was featured in their anthology, entitled Ten Years On. Claire now works as a freelance copywriter and continues to write short stories, some of which have been published in magazines and online.

Recently, she has been guest editor for the prose section of SpeakEasy Magazine, which showcases Cumbrian writing. In 2015, she received editing advice from The Literary Consultancy through their Free Read scheme. They felt that her manuscript, Running in Circles, showed potential, and began approaching literary professionals on Claire’s behalf. Sapere Books published Running in Circles in 2019 and Claire is really excited to have published her first novel!