Wednesday, 26 October 2016

BLOG TOUR: REVIEW- BEFORE I LET YOU IN BY JENNY BLACKHURST







Name: Before I Let You In

Author: Jenny BlackHurst

Source: Received for an honest review

Star Rating: 4 Out Of 5 stars

About The Book:
Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It's her job, as a psychiatrist - and it's always been her role as a friend.
But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.
But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.
And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in . . .


WOW! This book was really good. Blackhurst has a real writing skill. I didn't want to put this book down which is why i finished it in 2 days. 

The book follows Karen who seems to have it all; a good job, a caring family, and good friends; but when a patient Jessica comes to visit Karen, everything turns around!

As Karen gets to know Jessica, she notices something peculiar about the similarities between them but puts it down to coincidence, but then Jessica reveals information about her and her friends (Eleanor and Bea) Karen starts to wonder; Who is Jessica? as it all continues Karen starts to regret letting Jessica in. 


For the first 100 pages i wasn't very interested in this book as i felt the plot-line was going no-where but as i kept reading on the plot-line and characterization picked up and left me hooked right until the final page. I also enjoyed how different parts of the story was coming from Karen's, Beas and Eleanors side. Overall, i gave this 4 out of 5 stars because the story took a while to get going but once it did, it defiantly made up for it; I would defiantly read this story again at some point.  

Jenny Blackhurst Author PhotoJenny Blackhurst grew up in Shropshire where she still lives with her husband and children. Growing up she spent hours reading and talking about crime novels – writing her own seemed like natural progression. Inspired by the emotions she felt around her own son’s birth, How I Lost You is Jenny’s thrilling debut crime novel.



















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Thursday, 20 October 2016

GUEST POST : THE DISCIPLE BY STEPHEN LLOYD JONES


Today I have the author of "the disciple" Stephen Lloyd Jones on my blog with a guest post as part of the disciple blog tour. Be sure to check out the other blogs involved in this blog tour!





On a storm-battered road at the edge of the Devil's Kitchen, a woman survives a fatal accident and gives birth to a girl who should never have lived.
The child's protection lies in the hands of Edward Schwinn - a loner who must draw himself out of darkness to keep her safe - and her arrival will trigger a chain of terrifying events that no one can explain.
She is a child like no other, being hunted by an evil beyond measure.
For if the potential within her is realised, nothing will be the same. Not for Edward. Not for any who live to see it.









Stephen Lloyd Jones

Stephen Lloyd Jones grew up in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, and studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He now lives in Surrey with his wife, three young sons and far too many books. He is the author of The String Diaries and Written in the Blood.









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The road with no signpostswhy I never read the blurb of my favorite authors’ books, as well as which blurbs pull me in for authors I haven’ t read.

In the opening few pages of Dean Koontz’s The Good Guy, a seemingly innocent bar-room conversation between two strangers turns deliciously – and unexpectedly – dark.
If you haven’t read it, I won’t spoil it for you, but if you pick up a copy and happen to glance at the blurb, you’ll know what I’m talking about, because it’s right there in black-and-white.
Sticking with Koontz for my examples, on page eighteen of his 2005 novel, Velocity, the protagonist receives a typewritten note that plunges him into a world of violence and horror. Again, I won’t spoil it for you, but if you chance across a copy of the UK edition, you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid it, as the full contents of that note are plastered over the front cover. As a marketing technique, it doubtlessly shifted copies, but it did reveal a surprise many readers may well have enjoyed.
In this, both reviewers and blurb writers face the same difficult challenge: how do you communicate a book’s content to its readership without ruining some of its intrigue? The job is made even trickier by writers who like to throw up shocks in the very first pages (I’ll put my hand up as belonging to that crowd.)
I have no immediate solution, but I can tell you two things.
Firstly, the twist in The Good Guy wasn’t spoiled for me, because these days, for writers I love – Stephen King, Joe Hill, Dean Koontz and many others – I actively avoid reading their blurbs. It means that from the very first sentence, everything that follows is a surprise, and I have no preconceptions of the story’s direction. (I had no idea, for example, that Doctor Sleep was a sequel to King’s The Shining until I read the opening chapter – perhaps one of the nicest surprises of 2013.)
Secondly, I’m very often drawn to books with blurbs that are uncompromisingly vague. One of the best I ever found this way was Justin Cronin’s The Passage. The UK edition had a very striking cover, which drew it into my hands from the shelf, and the blurb told me nothing about the story except for three short sentences to introduce the characters, along with a promise that their lives were about to fall apart.
This month, Headline publishes The Disciple, my third novel. In it, the protagonist, Edward Schwinn, is driving home one winter evening when he happens across a fatal car crash. In one of the vehicles he discovers the lone survivor: a woman, heavily pregnant, blindfolded and bound. What happens next I won’t reveal here, but it changes Edward’s life forever, along with the lives of everyone he knows.
Of course, in telling you even that much I’m going against my own advice and spoiling one of the early surprises (although I’m still revealing less than you’ll discover by reading the book’s blurb). I hope you’ll forgive me, though. With a little ankle-flashing, there’s a chance you might be tempted to read a sample of The Disciple online, or perhaps even the entire thing.
In the meantime, with authors you know well and trust deeply, why not dive into their next offering without even a peek of the blurb? Often, navigating without a compass can be even more exciting than travelling fully equipped.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

REVIEW: HARM BY HUGH FRASER


Harm (Rina Walker #1)Name: Harm

Author: Hugh Fraser

Publisher: Urbane Publications

Star Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

About the book: Acapulco 1974: Rina Walker is on assignment. Just another another quick, clean kill. 
She wakes to discover her employer’s severed head on her bedside table, and a man with an AK 47 coming through the door of her hotel room. She needs all her skills to neutralise her attacker and escape. After a car chase, she is captured by a Mexican drug boss who needs her radiant beauty and ruthless expertise to eliminate an inconvenient member of the government. 

Notting Hill 1956: Fifteen-year-old Rina is scavenging and stealing to support her siblings and her alcoholic mother. When a local gangster attacks her younger sister, Rina wreaks revenge and kills him. Innocence betrayed, Rina faces the brutality of the post-war London underworld - a world that teaches her the skill to kill... 

I have so many mixed emotions about this book. One minute i loved it the next minute it slowed down and i was beginning to see myself becoming bored. But their were so many points in the book which left me gripped. The story follows Rina through her childhood in London to the excitement of mexico. The character portrayal in this story was brilliantly put across. The only down side to this story was some parts leaving me bored, but overall this was a well written piece of fiction. I would defiantly recommend this book. I will be reviewing the follow up to this story "threat" in June 2017. 

An image posted by the author.Hugh Fraser is best known for playing Captain Hastings in Agatha Christie's 'Poirot' and the Duke of Wellington in 'Sharpe'. His films include Patriot Games, 101 Dalmatians, The Draughtsman's Contract and Clint Eastwood's Firefox. In the theatre he has appeared in Teeth'n'Smiles at the Royal Court and Wyndhams and in several roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He has also narrated many of Agatha Christie's novels as audio books.














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Thank you to urbane publications for the review copy.