BLOG TOUR: The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic

Title: The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic
Pages: 
352
Published by: 
Penguin
Publication date: 
5th May 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

‘It was only a game.’

Until a boy went missing.

‘No one was meant to get hurt.’

But a body has been found.

‘Just some innocent fun.’

Except one of them is a killer.

Ready or not, here I come.

It’s time to play hide and seek again.

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April 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! It’s time for another reading wrap-up. I read six books in April and it was a pretty good month for me as I enjoyed them all apart from one. Here’s what I read:

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse: I went into this with high hopes because I’ve seen so many people raving about it and saying that they were hooked almost immediately. Imagine my disappointment when I found myself not liking it all that much. The plot was okay and the writing was very good but the characters were just awful. I’m one of those people who can’t enjoy a book if I don’t like the characters. Elin is a terrible detective and I honestly felt like she worked stuff out mostly through sheer luck and not because she was good at her job. Also, she’s treated so horribly by her boyfriend and brother and she just puts to with it. I didn’t get it. I will read more books by this author, just not anymore about Elin.

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ARC REVIEW: Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass

Title: Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass
Pages: 336
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 12th January 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Melanie Hale is a devoted mother and a loving wife, but there are the parts of herself that she keeps hidden. She’s exhausted and unfulfilled. So much so that one night, after a writers’ group meeting, Mel begins an affair with a local author named Luke. Suddenly she’s transformed into a role she doesn’t recognize—a woman who deceives with unseemly ease. A woman who might be capable of just about anything.

When Mel finds Luke’s dead body in his lavish rented house, she realizes just how high the stakes have become. Not only does she have to keep her affair a secret in order to preserve her marriage, but she desperately needs to avoid being implicated in Luke’s death. But who would want to kill him? Who else in her life is keeping secrets? And most terrifying of all, how far will they—and she—go to keep those secrets hidden?

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ARC REVIEW: Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

Title: Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
Pages: 336
Published by: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 3rd March 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

If you’re on the list you’re marked for death.

The envelope is unremarkable. There is no return address. It contains a single, folded, sheet of white paper.

The envelope drops through the mail slot like any other piece of post. But for the nine complete strangers who receive it – each of them recognising just one name, their own, on the enclosed list – it will be the most life altering letter they ever receive. It could also be the last, as one by one, they start to meet their end.

But why?

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BLOG TOUR: Just Thieves by Gregory Galloway

Title: Just Thieves by Gregory Galloway
Pages: 256
Published by: Melville House
Publication date: 19th October 2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Rick and Frank are recovering addicts and accomplished house thieves. They do not steal randomly – they steal according to order, hired by a mysterious handler. The jobs run routinely until they’re tasked with taking a seemingly worthless trophy: an object that generates interest and obsession out of proportion to its apparent value.

Just as the robbery is completed, the two are involved in a freak car accident that sets off a chain of events and Frank disappears with the trophy. As Rick tries to find Frank, he is forced to confront his past, upending both his livelihood and his sense of reality. The narrative builds steadily into a powerful and shocking climax. Reveling in its con-artistry and double-crosses, Just Thieves is a nail-biting, noirish exploration of the working lives of two unforgettable crooks and the hidden forces that rule and ruin their lives.

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September 2021 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be going through the books that I read in September. Unfortunately, I was in a bit of a slump this month so I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. I did read a mixture of genres though and I loved them all, so it was quite a good month in terms of enjoyment. Here’s what I read:

The Unflinching Ash by Angela Armstrong: This is a really interesting fantasy read about Mystics (think magicians and illusionists). While men have the freedom to perform, women are hiding in the shadows since female Mystics are considered to be witches and killed for their crimes. This story follows seventeen-year-old Ash who is fighting for her freedom to perform as a Mystic without fearing for her life. To do this, she has to win the Queen’s Seal, which will grant her immunity. She has to evade capture and win over lords and ladies in order to be granted an audience with the Queen. It’s a very compelling read and one I’d recommend for fantasy fans.

The Broken Pane by Charlie Roy: This took me a while to get through because it’s such a hard-hitting and emotional story. It tackles troubling issues including suicide, abandonment, alcohol addiction, emotional and physical abuse, and self-harm. It follows Tam who struggles to come to terms with her brother’s suicide. She decides to revisit her childhood memories to understand why he committed suicide and also sets out to find her mother who abandoned them when they were young. It’s a heartbreaking story as Tam and her brother have quite a traumatic childhood, but it’s also incredible to see how strong Tam is. Even after all she has been through, she still picks herself back up and carries on. It’s a powerful story and really worth the read. 

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ARC REVIEW: Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce

Title: Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce
Pages: 448
Published by: Michael Joseph 
Publication date: 5th August 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction/True Crime
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Bella loves men. She loves them to death . . .

Bella Sorensen knows the world is made for men. But she also knows what few others do: where women are concerned, men are weak.

A woman unscrupulous enough can take from them what she wants. And so Bella sets out to prove to the world that a woman can be just as ruthless, black-hearted and single-minded as any man.

Starting with her long-suffering husband, Mads, Bella embarks on a killing spree the like of which has never been seen before nor since.

And through it all her kind, older sister Nellie can only watch in horror as Bella’s schemes to enrich herself and cut down the male population come to a glorious, dreadful fruition . . .

Based on the true story of Belle Gunness whose killing spree began in Chicago in 1900, Triflers Need Not Apply is a novelistic tour de force exploring one woman’s determination to pay men back for all they have taken.

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REVIEW: Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza

Title: Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza
Pages: 432
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 22nd June 2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Andie Stern thought she’d solved her final homicide. Once a budding FBI profiler, she gave up her career to raise her four (soon to be five) children in West Windsor, New Jersey. But one day, between soccer games and trips to the local pool, Andie pulls into a gas station – and stumbles across a murder scene. An attendant has been killed, and the bumbling local cops are in way over their heads. Suddenly, Andie is obsessed with the case, and back on the trail of a killer, this time with kids in tow.

She soon crosses paths with disgraced local journalist Kenny Lee, who also has everything to prove in solving the case. A string of unusual occurrences – and, eventually, body parts – surfaces around town, and Andie and Kenny uncover simmering racial tensions and a decades-old conspiracy.

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ARC REVIEW: The Other Side by Mark Leichliter

Title: The Other Side by Mark Leichliter
Pages: 357
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication date: 8th June 2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: eARC
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

How do you start an investigation when you have no evidence that a crime has been committed? 

When a seventeen-year-old girl abruptly disappears, the ensuing investigation probes dead-ends seemingly as deep as Flathead Lake—the geographic and investigative center of The Other Side. In sleepy Lakeside, Montana, Britany Rodgers’s disappearance is as unexpected as the sudden, violent appearance of a storm sweeping off the lake. The search to find her unearths crimes but none that can explain her disappearance, and Detectives Steven Wendell and Stacey Knudson face one empty trail after another. 

Wendell, unlike the girl for whom he searches, has never quite fit the expected norms of his peers. Meticulous, cerebral, a loner, he has the distinction of being the oldest graduate of the Montana Police Academy. When he and Knudson grow suspicious that Britany has been murdered, they have scant evidence and no body. 

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