The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge #BlogBlitz #Review @bloodhoundbook

Book Blurb:

The widow. The secret. The liar.
The Disappeared…

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bush land.

The Widow…

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

The Secret…

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

Who’s lying? Who’s watching Nicole? And can she expose their murky secrets before they catch up with her?

My review

This book was nothing like what I was expecting but Oh. My. God. I was blown away.

Nicole’s husband died in a plane crash, didn’t he? So, when one morning she receives a photo of Mason with a message only the two of them know about, Mason surely couldn’t have sent the photo, I mean, he’s dead. Or is he?

Nicole wants answers but everyone she turns to, ends up dead. Could this be a coincidence? Do they know what actually happened to Mason and the plane crash?

There are many secrets but will Nicole expose them, before it’s too late?

This book is a gripping, secret driven & twisty suspense thriller that certainly took me for a ride and a half.

This was my first venture into a book by the uber talented Sibel Hodge and it most certainly won’t be the last.

This book gets all the stars from me!

I can highly recommend this book to YOU!

My thanks go to Emma Welton for inviting me to take part on this Blog Blitz.

About Sibel Hodge:

Sibel Hodge is the author of the No 1 Bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable, and Duplicity. Her books have sold over one million copies and are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is a passionate human and animal rights advocate.

Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Book of 2012 in two categories. She was the winner of Best Children’s Book in the 2013 eFestival of Words; nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award; winner of the Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Book from a Series Award in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013; winner of the Readers’ Favorite Young Adult (Coming of Age) Honorable award in 2015; a New Adult finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015, and 2017 International Thriller Writers Award finalist for Best E-book Original Novel. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top forty books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

Sibel’s Social Media Links:

Website: www.sibelhodge.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SibelHodgeBestsellingAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sibelhodge @sibelhodge

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Blood Daughter (Flesh and Blood Trilogy #3) by Dreda Say Mitchell – Nessa’s Review

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Book Blurb:-

BLOOD DAUGHTER sees the Miller sisters’ loyalties put to the ultimate test in a gripping thriller, perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.

They say blood is thicker than water. 
That’s not going to stop it being spilled.

Life hasn’t been easy for the Miller family. Finally, mum Babs has had one bit of luck. She plans to share the profits with her daughters. She thought they’d be pleased…

But money always causes trouble, especially when it’s desperately needed. Jen wants to make a better life for her kids. Tiff owes a lot of bad men a lot of money. And Dee is worried that her husband is getting back into the criminal life.

As the sisters fall out, a gold bullion heist brings more opportunities – and many more dangers. None of them are giving up without a fight…

Nessa’s Review:-

Having read book one Blood Sister and book 2 Blood Mother, it meant that I knew majority of the characters and so when I dived head first into book 3 it was because I couldn’t wait to reacquaint myself with all of the characters Babs, Jen, Tiffany, Courtney and Dee as I really felt like I’d gotten to know them and of course I was looking forward to seeing what would happen next.

Suffice to say, I was not disappointed, I absolutely loved the story, found it to be a real page turner right from the get go. Absolutely gripping and fast paced, plus the characters are all so very well written that you forget they are not real as you become completely and utterly captivated by their going ons and let’s not forget all of the drama and shocking events that takes place throughout.

Last words, the story certainly had me guessing throughout as to what would happen next and in some places I was very much on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next. As for that bit at the end, well the less said on that the better before I accidentally let loose a spoiler. But what I will say, is that I can’t wait to read book four Blood Secrets, the final installment.

Oh and one more thing, if you haven’t discovered Dreda’s books yet, then I highly recommend them, they are sooooo goooood. Her books are definitely on par with those of Martina Cole and Casey Kelleher.

About the Author:-

Dreda Say MitchellDreda Say Mitchell is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster, campaigner, journalist and motivational speaker. She is the author of eleven novels, with her debut awarded The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger in 2005, the first time a Black British author has been given this honour. Dreda was named one of Britain’s 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia. She has been a World Book Night author and contributed to the multi-award winning ‘Books To Die For’. She is a frequent guest on television, including Front Row Late, BBC News Channel, The Review Show, Newsnight, Daybreak, Victoria Debryshire and Canada’s Sun News Live. She has presented Radio 4’s Open Book and been a guest on many other radio shows, including The Stephen Nolan Show, Front Row, Saturday Review and Woman’s Hour. She was the 2011 chair of the Harrogate Crime Fiction Festival, Europe’s biggest crime festival. Her commitment and passion for raising the life chances of working class children in education and her work in prisons and young offenders settings has been called inspirational and life changing. She continues to live in the East End of London where she grew up.

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Buy links:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Daughter 

https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Daughter

My top 10 books of 2018

As the 2018 draws to a close, I have selected my top 10 books. This year I only managed to read 38 books as opposed to my usual 80-100 but with giving birth nearly 5 months ago, my mental health issues and other issues and appointments, I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved this year.

In no particular order, my top 10 books are:

  • The Warning by Kathryn Croft published by Bookouture on 12/10/2018
  • The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse publisher by Lake Union on 25/09/2018
  • Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain publishes by Simon & Schuster on 31/05/2018
  • Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart published by Sphere on 07/06/2018
  • Friends like these by Sarah Alderson published by Mulholland Books on 13/12/2018
  • Promise Me by Jade Beer (now titled What I Didn’t Say) published by Bookouture on 30/10/2018
  • Summer at the Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft published by Bookouture on 11/05/2018
  • A Home at Honeysuckle Farm by Christie Barlow published by Harper Impulse on 06/04/2018
  • Closer by K.L. Slater published by Bookouture on 24/10/2018
  • A gift from Woolworths by Elaine Everest published by Pan McMillan on 01/11/2018

And that’s a wrap!

Here’s to a brilliant reading year in 2019!!

Happy new year 🎉

My Virtual Life by Sharon Dempsey #blogblitz @bombshellpub

Book Blurb:

Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. She has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.

Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine and Tara thinks she will die of shame. Later, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the reclusive, enigmatic Nora.  

When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation. 

Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer? Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other, ever develop real bonds?

My review

My Virtual Life was my first venture into a novel penned by Sharon Dempsey and will not be the last. In fact, I checked my kindle and I’m pleased to say I have another 2 books waiting for me, one being from Sharon’s more ‘darker’ side. So I look forward to reading these soon.

This book absolutely stunned me, it is a beautiful coming of age story that explores a mother and daughter’s relationship and it in turn shows us just how ‘alike’ they actually are.

Sharon has a beautiful prose and carefully created her characters to match the storyline & it’s meaning.

I can highly recommend this book to all chick lit/contemporary fans.

About Sharon Dempsey:

My Virtual Life is Sharon Dempsey’s second contemporary women’s fiction novel. Sharon is a Belfast-based writer of three fiction titles with four non-fiction health books published. Her crime debut Little Bird was released in July 2017 with Bloodhound Books. A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy and published by Bombshell Books. 

She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London.  She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times. She regularly reviews books for BBC Radio Ulster. Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories. 

 

Sharon’s Social Media Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/svjdempz @svjdempz

Friends Like These by Sarah Alderson, Mulholland Books eBook, publication 13th December #blogtour #review

Blurb

There’s no such thing as a perfect life. Only a perfect lie.

We all know someone like Becca.

She has the job everyone wants, a designer wardrobe, a hot-shot lawyer boyfriend, holidays to exotic locations. And she flaunts her perfect life all over social media.

It drove her colleague Lizzie mad, but she couldn’t stop looking. They were never really friends – and yet Lizzie knew everything about her.

Or did she?

When chance, and a terrible mistake, pulls Lizzie back into Becca’s orbit years after they lost touch, she’ll realise that you can’t always believe what you see online… and that finding out the truth might be the worst thing you can do.

My review

This book absolutely wowed me, you know when you find a book you don’t want to put down – well this book was that book for me.

Lizzie, our protagonist is deceiving, is that the word I’m looking for? She comes across as the sort of friend you’d like to have, but in reality, would you want her as your friend?

Becca, she has it all, this perfect life. But would you call it a perfect life?

Lizzie and Becca both work for the same company, until the day of the accident, was it an accident?

Fast forward to after the accident, Becca appears to be stalking Lizzie over social media after Becca sent an email that was meant for her friend, Flora.

Does Lizzie really know everything about Becca? Or are worse things about to happen?

This book really kept me on my toes and on edge, I really wanted to know what was going to happen next and before I knew it, I’d finished the book. This book really likes to get the reader thinking, it did me. All those questions burning up, did I get my answers? Yes I did.

This books is full of twists and turns, that I quite didn’t know where to turn but everything soon fell into place.

This book really makes the perfect stocking filler, especially for fans of thrillers that get into your head. I can highly recommend this book. So what are you waiting for? You need to add this book to your Christmas lists.

And just because I can, here is a selfie of me with the book.

My thanks go to Jazmine Marsh for my copy of the book and for my spot on the tour.

Blood of the Red Rose by P. J. Gray #12DaysOfClinkStreet #blogtour @fayerogersuk @authoright

Summary:

Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, finds himself exiled in France when Warwick the Kingmaker puts Edward IV on the throne of England.

 

Desperate to return the throne to the rightful King Henry VI, Beaufort finds himself caught between Henry’s bitter wife Marguerite of Anjou and the French ‘Spider’ King Louis until Edward and Warwick fall out in spectacular style and, at Louis’ urging, Warwick becomes their unlikely ally.

 

Set on the rich stage of the Wars of the Roses, this is a tale of intrigue, love and war that can only end in tragedy.

My review

This book is different to my usual reads but I fancied/needed a change of genre, so when the offer came up to be on this tour, I jumped at the chance.

This book is an intriguing look at Edmund Beaufort and Katherine Swynford in a fictional lead up to the battle of St Albans.

I really enjoyed the slower pace to this book along with the characters and writing style.

This is the first book I’ve read within this genre that focuses on the characters named above and now, I want to read more.

P. J. Gray has a way with words that intrigues and sets the right pace for that particular book for readers. I must say, I am really looking forward to reading more of P. J. Gray’s novels in the future.

A recommended read.

 

Information about the Book

Title: Blood of the Red Rose

Author: P. J. Gray

Release Date: 14th August 2018

Genre: Historical

Page Count: 426

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18068638-blood-of-the-red-rose

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Red-Rose-P-Gray/dp/1912562723

Too Close by Natalie Daniels #blogtour #randomthingstours

Blurb

For fans of THE GIRLFRIEND and THE WIFE BETWEEN US, TOO CLOSE is a twisting tale of friendship and betrayal. 

How close is too close?

Connie and Ness met in the park while their children played. As they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable.

But when Ness’s marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids. 

It’s all too much. Something has to give.

Connie has woken up in a psychiatric hospital. They say she committed a terrible crime but she says she can’t remember a thing.

My review

Wow, wow, wow. What a book and what a bloody gorgeous cover! It’s what first attracted me to the book in the first place!

I found this book to be very fast-paced and easy to read and fairly quick chapters. Which, if you have young children, really comes in handy!

I really enjoyed the plot, characters and the author’s writing style. It really kept me on my toes.

When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about the book and wondering which direction it was going to take me down.

A brilliantly thought-out debut that I can highly recommend to all thriller fans.

About the author: 

Natalie Daniels is the pseudonym for screenwriter, author and actress Clara Salaman who you may recognise as DS Claire Stanton from The Bill. She lives in London and in Northern Spain

Twitter @natdaniels2018