My review of The Good Sister by Jess Ryder

Today I am taking part in the book blitz for The Good Sister by Jess Ryder!

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There are two sides to every secret…

Two sisters. One secret… A lie that could destroy them both.

When her father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover he led a secret life: another house, another family and a half-sister called Valentina.  Both with red hair and icy blue eyes, Josie and Valentina could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there…

Josie – Sweet, reserved, jealous, thief.
Valentina – Care-free, confident, dangerous, liar.

Two sisters. One survivor.

I read this book very quickly, I found it drew me in and I was hooked!

Jess Ryder has an excellent writing style and the pace in the story keeps you engaged throughout and there are plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep you guessing right through to the last page.  I enjoyed the story and it was tense at times, that said I did get quite engaged with the book as I wanted to shout at both of the main female characters at several stages in the book!   Four and a half stars from me, rounded up to five – really enjoyed it and would recommend it – its a good psychological thriller



My review of Pay The Penance by Rob Ashman

Murder. Corruption. Revenge. 

Lucas has been tracking a killer, known as Mechanic, when his world is shattered. Unable to continue his hunt for the murderer he is forced to rely on his friend and colleague Dick Harper. But Harper has a knack for not playing by the rules. And he doesn’t disappoint.

Meanwhile Detective Moran is trying to piece her life back together. The police stumble upon new evidence without grasping its significance and she must divert the investigation if she is to survive.  The police are closer to Mechanic than they realise which puts Moran right in the firing line.

Mechanic, as usual, has other plans and the consequences for Lucas and Harper are terrifying…

This is the third book in the fantastic Mechanic trilogy by Rob Ashman – I have now read all three books in the series and I can happily confirm that I loved each one of them and gave them all five stars!

The main characters of Harper, Lucas and Moran are brilliant, they are so different but work so well together and I loved the angle that this book takes with them plotting to try and finally get their revenge.  They have a well thought out plan, but will it be enough to actually put a stop to Mechanic’s actions once and for all?  I wasn’t disappointed with the ending and I did have a sneaky smile when I reached the last page!  I feel that the books are best read in sequence so that you get the best out of the trilogies story – they are definitely worth it.  For me the three Mechanic books have been some of the best that I have read so far in 2017 and I cannot recommend them highly enough!



My review of Strategy by Anita Waller

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for Anita Waller’s new release – Strategy – the excellent follow up to the thriller 34 Days!

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How much can one family take?

Jenny Carbrook murdered three people to make it look as though there was a serial killer at work in Lincoln when the only person she wanted to kill was Ray Carbrook, her father-in-law, who had raped her the week before her marriage to Mark, Ray’s son.

Jenny wrote letters detailing her crimes in order to protect everyone she loved but was forced to go into hiding before retrieving the evidence against her. Not only did she leave the letters behind but also her young daughter, Grace.

Now Jenny has a plan, a strategy, to get the letters back. But it’s not only the letters that Jenny has in her sights…

I really enjoyed reading 34 Days so I was delighted to be able to get my hands on this book, the follow up, and to be able to take part in the blog tour!  I thought that the pace was spot on for 34 Days and I was hooked after the first few pages so I was interested to see of Anita could do it again with this one…  The book was spot on and I loved where this story took you.

After reading 34 Days I desperately wanted to see what would happen to Jenny, would justice prevail or would she get away with everything??  I wasn’t disappointed with the ending and this book took me on a real rollercoaster, I felt all sorts of emotions and it literally had me gripped.  I read it in just a few hours and didn’t want to put it down. Highly recommended and so glad I was able to take part in the blog tour – 5 stars from me!!strategy 1

My review of Devil’s Kitchen by Stephen Puleston

A tragic accident?

When two bodies are found sprawled at the bottom of the Devil’s Kitchen in the mountains of Snowdonia, it’s believed the man found dead killed his wife and then committed a suicide. But something doesn’t feel right to DI Ian Drake and his gut instinct has never let him down before.

Or murder on a mountain?

Drake suspects at least one of the deaths could be suspicious, but who would kill such an ordinary couple and why? This might be Drake’s first murder inquiry, but his years as a detective have taught him one thing – every murder has a motive, and every killer leaves a trace.

We go on holiday to North Wales on a regular basis and I do love reading a book set in a location known to me so when I saw that this novella was free and set where we go in Snowdonia I knew I had to read it!

I have read the first book in this series (Brass in Pocket) and gave that book 5 stars and this is the prequel novella – technically book 0.5 so I was interested to see how Drake dealt with his first murder case and how the relationship started with his team.  This was a really quick read that took me less than two hours.  The plot is good and it is easy to read – I enjoyed it – 4 stars from me!  Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

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My review of The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Loreskar

Today I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for the brilliant book, The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Loreskar!

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Kajsa lives in a large house in Stockholm along with her three children and their dog. Since coming clean about lying on her popular blog she no longer has any work. Not only that but she has kicked her husband out because of his sex addiction.

 While her husband is in rehab trying to fix his little problem, Kajsa’s mother is thrown out of her retirement home and comes to live with her daughter.  Then Kajsa receives an unexpected offer to move to a fashionable part of London. But having to look after her mother makes life complicated.  Can Kajsa rid herself of her baggage and make a fresh start with her children in England?

This laugh-out-loud comedy looks at the daily struggles we all face with our families and asks if starting again is ever really possible.

I loved the first book in the series, Queen of Blogging (see my blog post on 9th August 2017 for my review of that book) so just had to read this one, the second as soon as I could – if it was anything at all like the first book I knew I was going to be in for a treat!!

I love the writing style in the book, the layout is spot on for the content and the story was genuinely one that made me smile and laugh at times and I flew through it in a few hours.  Kajsa is a brilliant character and I love everything that she gets up too, whether planned, or accidental, this book was highly amusing and I thoroughly enjoyed it – 5 stars from me!!

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My review of Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons

Who can you really trust?

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave at Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse.

When a direct link to London is identified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises.  Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders?  Then, when a person from Hamilton’s past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends?

London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.

I have read all three books in this series and loved them all (I gave each of the books five stars).  For me they were excellent at the outset and Tara has managed to maintain that high standard through in to this third book – that is not easy to do and doesn’t always happen!

I thought that this book was very, very good, I didn’t want to put it down and I did the classic, just one more chapter until before I know it I was over 80% through and well, when you are that far in you might as well just finish it!  DI Denis Hamilton is a great character and lead, the relationship that he has with his team is spot on – I love how he gets his teeth in to a case (a bit like a dog with a bone) and the determination that he shows to get the cases resolved make the books very hard to put down!  Loved it!!




My review of Queen of Blogging by Therese Loreskär

Kajsa runs Sweden’s largest Health and Fitness blog. There’s only one small problem; it’s all a big lie. Between her blog entries on healthy nutritious porridge and flashy running shoes, she lies on the sofa watching TV and eating sweets. Her only exercise is using the remote control.

Her life seems perfect: A beautiful house in an attractive suburb of Stockholm, three children, a loving husband and loads of money.  However, things start to crumble when she accidently writes on her blog that she is best friends with a famous Hollywood personal trainer. The problem is he’s never met, let alone heard of her.

An ambitious journalist, who doesn’t believe Kajsa has been honest about her blog or her friendship with the personal trainer, sets out to destroy her.

Besides having to handle the annoying journalist, she must also deal with Peter, “the blog following hunk”, and a bizarre and outrageous priest who keeps spreading Kajsa’s secrets all over town!

I genuinely loved this book!!  I loved the style, layout, plot and pace of the story as it progressed.  The whole story was entertaining and it did make me laugh out loud at times too, just the kind f book you need to pick yourself up if you are ever feeling down or under the weather, or as my mum says – it would make an excellent holiday or beach read!  I loved the relationship between Kajsa and Rebecca and the mishaps that Kajsa fund herself in the middle of were great!  The book is the story about making ends meet when you have toddlers, a husband that works too much and showing off your life on a blog for the outside world to see…. and the pitfalls that are encountered along the way.

I am on the blog tour for the second book in the series, The Queen of New Beginnings on 11th August 2017 so make sure you check back to my blog then for my review of the second excellent book in this series!!