#BlogTour #Review ~ A Darker State by David Young @djy_writer @BonnierZaffre

A big welcome to my review for A Darker State by David Young.

A Darker State was published on 8th February 2018 by Zaffre and is the third in the series featuring Karin Muller.

For the Stasi, it’s not just the truth that gets buried . . .

The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake. Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People’s Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi.

Then, when the son of Müller’s team member goes missing, it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case, one that could fast lead Müller and her young family into real danger.

Can she navigate this complex political web and find the missing boy, before it’s too late?

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A big thank you to Emily Burns at Bonnier Zaffre for issuing me with a review copy of this book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

A Darker State is the third in the series with Karin Muller as the main character. Things have changed since the last book and she finds herself promoted to Major in the People’s Police and tasked with leading the new Serious Crimes Department. She is also the mother of newborn twins. Her first case in her newly promoted role is to investigate the murder of a young man found weighted down in a lake. Things take a turn for worse when Markus, the son of one of Muller’s colleagues goes missing….

The story moves along at a slower pace to start with but picks up as we learn more and more about what links the murders….The chapters are told over a period of 6 months and we learn more about Markus and what has led up to his disappearance whilst also following the investigation from Karin’s point of view.

The author does a fantastic job of providing us with another excellent additon to this series and gives us perfect descriptions of Germany during the Cold War. You can picture everything vividly whilst he ramps up the atmosphere in the Stasi controlled Germany.

The research done by the author is absolutely second to none and it was fascinating to read about Cold War Germany as it wasn’t something I knew too much about. You follow Karin as she tries to investigate the murder of a series of young men whilst trying to avoid the interference of the Stasi Officers and also trying to hold together her own life which appears to be slowly falling apart. The story becomes quite dark but I think this only added to the impact you feel as you eagerly each the final chapters.

You really do feel for Karin throughout the story  – I’m hoping the next installment will see things improve for her!

 

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About the Author

David Young

David Young was born near Hull and – after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree – studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic specialising in Modern History. Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher’s van were followed by a career in journalism with provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and the BBC’s international newsrooms where he led news teams for the World Service radio and World TV.

David was a student on the inaugural Crime Thriller MA at City University – winning the course prize in 2014 for his debut novel Stasi Child – and now writes full-time in his garden shed. In his spare time, he’s a keen supporter of Hull City AFC.

Stasi Child is the first of three books in the Oberleutnant Karin Müller series – set in 1970s communist East Germany – bought by the UK arm of Swedish publisher Bonnier by former Quercus CEO Mark Smith. It reached the top 5 bestsellers on Amazon Kindle, was number one bestseller in Amazon’s Historical Fiction chart, and has been optioned for TV by Euston Films (Minder, The Sweeney etc). Translation rights have so far been sold to France.

Website: http://www.stasichild.com

Twitter: @djy_writer

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#BlogTour ~ Captor by Anita Waller @anitamayw @sarahhardy681 @Bloodhoundbook

A very big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Captor by Anita Waller.

Captor is released today on e-book and was released in paperback on 1st February by Bloodhound books.

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Liz Chambers is a devoted mother who works for a successful law firm. She has two children, a husband and a blossoming career. But behind closed doors, Liz is harbouring a secret that could destroy her life.

Then the unthinkable happens, and in a frenzied attack her young son is snatched from the home of the nanny charged with looking after him.

As Liz’s life unfolds, it becomes clear that someone is out for revenge.

Desperate to get her baby boy back, Liz must work out who is responsible for his kidnap, and why.

But as the body count begins to mount, Liz’s concern grows for the safety of her child.

Who has taken her baby?

And why is Captor so determined on revenge?

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A big thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound books for my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

The tagline on the front of the book states ‘..a gripping thriller you don’t want to miss’ and believe me that is very true!

I was absolutely gripped and on edge throughout this rollercoaster of a book and had to read the ending a few times to help it all sink in.

After reading the first few chapters you are sort of waiting for something to happen and when it does…. BAM! Unexpected twists are thrown at you from all directions as you try to figure out what is happening.

The story is written mainly from the perspective of Liz as she struggles to cope and fathom who on earth would kidnap her baby son. I felt absolutely distraught for her. The author really puts us in her shoes and we feel every emotion along the way. We are also treated to perspectives from ‘Captor’ as we slowly learn about the actions that have led to this.

I don’t want to give away too much as this book is such a treat and I greedily devoured it as fast as I could.

The author really keeps you on the edge of your seat – the twists made me gasp and she sets the atmosphere absolutely perfectly.

Highly recommended from me!

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Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.

She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.

In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation.

As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.

Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.

Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.

34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.

Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.

While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books launched Strategy, on 10 August, 2017.

So where next? Her new book, launching February 2018 and titled Captor, is a psychological thriller.

In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed and they provided it.

Her genre is murder – necessary murder

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Facebook page: @anitawaller2015

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Twitter: @anitamayw

#BlogTour #Extract ~ Perfect Death by Helen Fields @Helen_Fields @Sabah_K @AvonBooksUK

A very big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for book 3 in DI Luc Callanach series, Perfect Death by Helen Fields.

Perfect Death was published by Avon Books on 25th January 2018.

Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

 

There’s no easy way to die…

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.

But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…

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I am lucky enough to have an extract from Chapter 16 for you all to read and get an idea of what to expect!

Look at this.’ She took Lily’s jeans from the plastic evidence bag and held them up. ‘Note the zip,’ she said. ‘You remember the mark we found on Lily’s abdomen, where the zip of the jeans should go?’ Ailsa pulled the sheet back from Lily’s body and ran her gloved finger up a line of faint bruising a few inches below the girl’s navel. ‘We photographed it, and blew the image up. The assumption that it was caused by her jeans because she had no other injuries led us astray. Let me show you.’ She beckoned Callanach over to a computer, where two large photographs sat side by side with a grid over the top. ‘When you compare the detail of the zip bruising on her body with the imprint we took from Lily’s jeans, you can see that the teeth on the jeans’ zip are very small. The marks on the body inspected under a microscope showed a larger style of zip teeth with bigger ends than the jeans have.’

‘But there are no other injuries,’ Callanach said, walking back over to Lily’s body and looking at the zip bruising in situ on her abdomen. ‘If she was pinned down, wouldn’t there be other bruising or defence wounds? What’s the motive for holding a young naked woman down, when there’s no other assault involved?’

‘I can only tell you what the evidence shows me. The most I can be certain of is that Lily was heavily sedated. The zip bruising, without other wounds, might have occurred as part of a consensual act for example, although the lack of DNA from another person’s saliva, sperm or skin makes that a strange proposition.’ Ailsa packed the jeans back into the evidence bag and resealed it.

‘Are you saying she was murdered, Ailsa?’ Callanach asked. ‘I need a clear answer.’

‘That’s the thing, dear boy. There is no clear answer. I suspect she was drugged, but then she was neither physically nor sexually assaulted, which makes it hard to establish a motive.’

 

About the Author

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Helen Fields is the crime name that EVERYONE needs to know about.

Helen Fields studied law at the University of East Anglia, then went on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London. After completing her pupillage, she joined chambers in Middle Temple where she practised criminal and family law for thirteen years.

After her second child was born, Helen left the Bar. Together with her husband David, she runs a film production company, acting as script writer and producer. Perfect Remains is set in Scotland, where Helen feels most at one with the world. Helen and her husband now live in Hampshire with their three children and two dogs.

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#BlogTour #Extract ~ A Year of New Adventures by Maddie Please @MaddiePlease1 @Sabah_K @AvonBooksUK

Welcome to my turn of the Blog Tour for A Year of New Adventures by Maddie Please.

A Year of New Adventures is published on 5th April 2018 by Avon Books.

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Billie Summers has always been quite content in her little cottage in the Cotswolds. Sure, half the house hasn’t been renovated, but what’s the point when it’s only her? Working part-time at her uncle’s bookshop and planning writer retreats with her best friend allows her to pay the bills. What more could anyone want?

That is until Oliver Forest, the bad boy of the book world, turns up to one of her retreats and points out that Billie hasn’t done anything very adventurous. Couple that with her best friend falling head over heels and beginning to drift away from their Friday night wine and dinner plans, Billie is starting to wonder if it isn’t time she took control of her life.

So she starts a list: get fitted (properly) for a bra, fix up rest of house, find a ‘career’ and well, get a tattoo … Her life might just get the makeover it needs, too bad irritating and far-too-attractive for his own good, Oliver keeps showing up …

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A big thank you to Sabah at Avon for asking me to participate on the blog tour for his beautiful book – I have a lovely extract to share today!

“Suddenly there was a mighty banging on the front door, followed by some irritated bell pushing. Helena inhaled a chocolate chip and began coughing and spluttering, tears streaming down her face. I thumped her on the back and went to fetch her a glass of water. Meanwhile, the racket at the front door continued.

I decided to give the bell pusher a piece of my mind. We had made it quite clear that door wasn’t used because it opened directly onto the street. It was locked, the key was hidden somewhere, and it was secured with four pretty sturdy bolts. We were in the middle of a gentle little village in Herefordshire and I don’t think it was a hot spot for crime so all this security was perhaps a bit excessive.

‘For God’s sake! I’m trying! Stop pushing the frigging bell!’ I shouted as I located the key on top of the doorframe and wrestled with the bolts. After a few minutes – hot, sweating, and red-faced – I managed to open the door.

‘What?’ I shouted.

Outside was a dark-haired man standing propped against the wall. He had one leg in a big plastic surgical boot and behind him an exceptionally glamorous blonde was wheeling his suitcase towards me. She was making heavy weather of it too given the unequal struggle with her stilettos and the cobbled street.

‘It’s raining. I want to come in,’ he said. ‘Is that too much to ask?’

He limped past me, and stood watching as the blonde lugged his case over the doorstep. What a gent, I thought as I went to help her.

‘Who are you anyway?’ I said as we hefted the bag inside and closed the door.

The blonde gasped, horrified. ‘But this is Mr Forest.’

The man himself ignored me and began giving rapid-fire instructions to the poor woman.

‘So, make those calls, do as I asked with Gideon, tell him I’m not prepared to talk to Patterson and he’d better sort it or I won’t go at all. Tell Jake I’ve got no bloody mobile signal so let’s hope the broadband speed is reasonable.’

He looked at me, one eyebrow raised.

‘Well is it or isn’t it?’

I gulped and started to panic. ‘I did explain in the information we sent out …’

He rolled his eyes in exasperation. ‘Did you? Fascinating. Look, can I talk to William Summers? I understand he is the organizer here.’

This happened all the time; thanks, Mum, for giving me a weird name”

Haha I can sympathise with the ‘weird’ name there!

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About the Author

Maddie Please

Maddie Please was born in Dorset, brought up in Worcestershire and went to University in Cardiff.

After a career as a dentist Maddie now lives in Devon with her wonderful husband. They have 4 adult-ish children all of whom have left home and are probably rather surprised by all this. She did warn them. Sorry.

Maddie is a voracious reader, and would enjoy hoovering, defrosting the fridge and cleaning the windows but unfortunately she doesn’t really have time. She is very disciplined about writing every day because it gets her out of doing the ironing. She likes soppy films, anything to do with Christmas, America, and writing. In her spare time she likes watching American box-sets, thinking about holidays and drinking red wine.

The Summer of Second Chances is Maddie’s debut novel, and it was the result of best selling author Chris Manby’s brilliant plotting workshop in beautiful Cornwall.

Maddie is represented by the Annette Green Agency.

Maddie’s second book will be published by Avon Maze in February 2018 provisionally titled ‘Cold Hands Warm Heart’ and she is now working on her third book. *

* No cupcakes or bunting were harmed in the writing of any of these books

#BlogTour – 66 Metres by J F Kirwan @kirwanjf @RaRaResources

A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for 66 Metres by J F Kirwan.

66 Metres was originally published on 25 August 2016 by Carina and is the first in the 3 part series featuring Nadia Laksheva.

 

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Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.

Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has just one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.

And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her…

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Thank you to Rachel at RaRaResources for sending me my review copy of this book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

I have been really spoilt recently with the spy thrillers that I have read and this is just another example of a well written, action packed, race against time book.

I really liked the main character Nadia. Although she is an assassin, you feel for her as she hasn’t really had a lot of choice. It’s exactly as the book describes ‘she could never escape her past’ and you follow her as she makes her choices. From the first chapter, you are thrown along headfirst into her world and the world of her family and the action carries you along like a tidal wave.

Although deep sea diving features in the plot of this book, it is not something I could ever do myself (I really couldn’t cope with the silence or diving underwater!), I did feel like I was experiencing it as the author has a way of making you feel like you are experiencing this (safer for me!). He has clearly done his research and you can tell this is the world he is knowledgable about. He explains everything so clearly and well without completely overwhelming you (which I sometimes find in books).

I’m really excited about this series, I think there is a lot of promise shown as I found myself completely invested in Nadia and I can’t wait to get stuck into the next installments!

A great easy read that you will find yourself trying to read at every opportunity.

 

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J F Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins.

Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels.

An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night.

His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

​Website: www.jfkirwan.com 

Blog: www.jfkirwan.com/blog 

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/kirwanjf

#BlogTour ~ The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda @meganlmiranda @annecater @atlanticbooks @CorvusBooks

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda.

The Perfect Stranger was published by Atlantic Books/Corvus in paperback on 1 February 2018.

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A journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey–and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide–including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

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Thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher, Corvus, for sending me my review copy of this book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

This was the first book I had read by Megan Miranda and I managed to race through this in a day!

The storyline is tense and gripping and although I found the first few chapters slower than anticipated, I felt this really helped to ramp up the action later on in the book. The atmosphere is eerie and the fact that Leah lives in a house, hidden near a forest and lake really adds to this and makes it all feel very creepy especially when reading late at night.

How well do you really know someone? Leah finds herself questioning everything that she appears to know about Emmy? Which she realises doesn’t amount to very much… How can someone live so apparently off the grid? This is explored really well in this book and we are treated to an interesting back story about why Leah moved away from her seemingly successful career in Boston, with Emmy.

The author keeps the twists and turns coming and you find yourself questioning what you think you know as she leads you down another path, then pulls you up another one.

I found that this is the type of book that once you start reading, you have to keep going to see how the storyline would unfold.

Although this is the first book I have read by Megan Miranda, I would definitely like to read more!

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Megan Miranda is the author of the bestseller ALL THE MISSING GIRLS. She has also written several books for young adults. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.

THE PERFECT STRANGER is her second novel of psychological suspense. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, or @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook.

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#BlogTour ~ Forget Her Name by Jane Holland @JaneHolland1 @RaraResources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Forget Her Name by Jane Holland.

Forget Her Name is published by Thomas & Mercer and is available from 25th January 2018.

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Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she?

As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited about her future. But when she receives an anonymous package—a familiar snow globe with a very grisly addition—that happiness is abruptly threatened by secrets from her past.

Her older sister, Rachel, died on a skiing holiday as a child. But Rachel was no angel: she was vicious and highly disturbed, and she made Catherine’s life a misery. Catherine has spent years trying to forget her dead sister’s cruel tricks. Now someone has sent her Rachel’s snow globe—the first in a series of ominous messages…

While Catherine struggles to focus on her new life with Dominic, someone out there seems intent on tormenting her. But who? And why now? The only alternative is what she fears most.

Is Rachel still alive?

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A big thank you to Rachel at RaRaResources for issuing me with my copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

WOW!

Forget Her Name is a twisty turny book that I’m not going to forget in a while. It’s the type of book, where you think you kind of have an inkling of what is to come and where you think it may head….. Chances are though, you will be like me and get it completely wrong.

Jane Holland has written the story so well that you aren’t really sure what to believe. Just as you think the story is going down one route, the rug is completely pulled from under you as you hurtle towards another conclusion.

This book is easily a book that you find yourself reading in one sitting as you begin to doubt what you’ve learnt, racing from chapter to chapter. You feel empathy for Catherine, the main character as she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, whilst the shadow of the death of her older sister Rachel, when they were children, looms over her. Is she just becoming overwhelmed or is something more sinister afoot? Is there more to Rachel’s death than meets the eye?

It’s hard to go into more detail without spoiling the plotline but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend to people who enjoy the surprise twists and turns of a pyschological thriller.

I can’t wait to read more by Jane Holland as if all her books are as good as this one……

 

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forget-Her-Name-Jane-Holland-ebook/dp/B073TTLYQV

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Jane Holland is a Gregory Award–winning poet and novelist who also writes commercial fiction under the pseudonyms Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Beth Good and Hannah Coates.

Her debut thriller, Girl Number One, hit #1 in the UK Kindle Store in December 2015.

Jane lives with her husband and young family near the North Cornwall/Devon border. A homeschooler, her hobbies include photography and growing her own vegetables.

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#BlogTour ~ Hydra by Matt Wesolowski @concretekraken @orendabooks @annecater


A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for the highly anticipated Hydra by Matt Wesolowski. Hydra is the next instalment in the ‘Six Stories’ series.

Hydra was published by Orenda Books on 15th January 2018.

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In November 2014 Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and sister to death with a hammer. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.

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A big thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for providing me with my review copy and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

Wow. Hydra is an absolute revelation.

It completely knocked the wind out of me, had me holding my breath whilst my heart was beating out of my chest. It is eerie, chilling and utterly fantastic and kept me up until the early hours as I eagerly devoured page after page.

Matt Wesolowski excels at telling a fantastic tale through a series of podcasts detailing the brutal murders committed by Arla MacLeod of her mother, stepfather and sister in a seemingly unprovoked attack carried out in 2014 when she was 21 years old.

We listen to the interviews of Arla and also five other witnesses and learn a little each time, each interview more chilling and atmospheric than the next. They are so well scripted that you are immediately thrust into each chapter and feel as though you are actually listening to a podcast and not reading the words on a page.

The background involving Arla is so interesting – I found myself fully immersed about reading about her, her family life and what made her carry out the atrocious attacks. As Scott King says in the book, it’s not a whodunnit but a why-dunnit. What drove her to do what she did?

Hydra is such an intense book but one that you need to keep reading as you become completely invested in the storyline and Arla’s story as you hurtle towards the conclusion.

I can’t recommend this book enough – I have a feeling it’s going to be one of the BIG books of 2018!



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About the Author

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North.

Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more. His debut novella The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013.

Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015, and his winning thriller, Six Stories, achieved massive critical acclaim, was a number-one bestseller in ebook, and was sold to Hollywood for a major motion picture. He is currently working on another installment in the Six Stories series.

#BlogTour ~ The Chalk Man by C J Tudor @cjtudor @JennyPlatt90 @MichaelJBooks @PenguinUKBooks

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Chalk Man by C J Tudor.

The Chalk Man was published by Michael Joseph on 11th January 2018.

 

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.

Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?

Was it the terrible accident?

Or when they found the first body?

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Thank you to Jenny Platt and Michael Joseph Publishers for my review copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

I have seen and read about this book on social media so I was absolutely delighted to receive a copy to review.

Wow! It’s hard to believe that this is C J Tudor’s first novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to jam packed with intensity. It was creepy and just downright eerie.

I was hooked from the first page as we are introduced to Eddie and his friends back in 1986. It was a different time back then, no mobile phones, no social media and when you wanted to see your friends your called around for them on your BMX bikes, or….draw little chalk men as your secret way of communicating.

I loved how this book was set out with alternative chapters from 1986 to 2016, each chapter just leaving you with a cliffhanger and urging you to carry on reading as fast as you humanely can.

The author creates such a good atmosphere with her writing style that I could picture the scenes so vividly and when reading it late at night I found I was a little bit chilled to the bone!

The Chalk Man is an excellent story and you can feel the emotions that Eddie is feeling since his childhood and how this has shaped the man he has become since meeting ‘The Chalk Man’.

This to me was the just the perfect story with excellent twists along the way (that I didn’t see coming) and I really hope C J Tudor gets the recognition that she deserves as I can see this book becoming one of THE books of 2018. Just excellent.

 

About the Author

C. J. Tudor

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.

She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’

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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#BlogTour ~ Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl @OrendaBooks @annecater

A big welcome to my stop of the blog tour for Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb, the much anticipated follow up to Deep Down Dead.

Deep Blue Trouble was published by Orenda Books on 5th January 2018.

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Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row.

Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger.

With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything… Breathlessly paced, and bursting with high-voltage action and edge-of-your-seat jeopardy, Deep Blue Trouble is the unmissable next instalment featuring one of the most memorable and fearless female characters in crime fiction.

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A big thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for my review copy of this book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

Crikey! I am writing this review now that my head has stopped spinning! What a book. I think Lori Anderson is my new favourite action hero.

This book is absolutely packed to the brim with action as you join Lori along for the ride as she finds herself backed into a corner and in a desperate situation. Following on from the events of the first book, JT is in prison and  not looking at getting out anytime soon – Lori is faced with a dilema as she finds herself trying to locate Gibson Fletcher in exchange for the release of JT. Sound easy enough??? Not so much when the said felon is a convicted murderer with absolutely no intention of being captured by Lori.

Steph Broadribb has done something brilliant with this series of books. She has brought a character to life so vividly (I picture Maria Bello playing her in the film!) and made you completely and utterly root for her that you race through this story to find out what else she is going to have thrown at her.

I absolutely loved Lori. She’s the person you want in your corner. She’s a bad ass mum who will do absolutely anything to protect those she loves and this is radiated in this book from the tender way she talks about her daughter Dakota and how desperate she is to save JT.

I did read this book quite fast. I didn’t want to but Steph Broadribb entices you in with just one more chapter, then another….. before you know it it’s 2am and you realise you need sleep.

I absolutely and positively CANNOT wait for the next installment!

Highly recommended from me…….(my friend has already collared my copy!)

 

About the Author

Steph Broadribb

Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been divided between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at http://www.crimethrillergirl. com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases.

Steph is an alumnus of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens.

Deep Down Dead, her debut novel, published by Orenda Books, was the first in the Lori Anderson series, and was shortlisted for two Dead Good Reads Awards, including Best Debut and Most Fearless Female Protagonist.

Steph also writes under the name Stephanie Marland. The first Stephanie Marland book, My Little Eye, will come out in ebook in November 2017 and paperback in April 2018 with Trapeze Books (Orion).

You can follow Steph on Twitter @CrimeThrillGirl and on Facebook at Facebook.com/crimethrillergirl, or visit her website: http://www.crimethrillergirl.com.

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