ARC REVIEW: The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell

Title: The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
Published by: Century
Publication date: 21st July 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

LONDON. Early morning, June 2019: on the foreshore of the river Thames, a bag of bones is discovered. Human bones.

DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene and quickly sends the bag for forensic examination. The bones are those of a young woman, killed by a blow to the head many years ago.

Also inside the bag is a trail of clues, in particular the seeds of a rare tree which lead DCI Owusu back to a mansion in Chelsea where, nearly thirty years previously, three people lay dead in a kitchen, and a baby waited upstairs for someone to pick her up.

The clues point forward too to a brother and sister in Chicago searching for the only person who can make sense of their pasts.

Four deaths. An unsolved mystery. A family whose secrets can’t stay buried for ever …

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BLOG TOUR: Perfect: Stories of the Impossible by Sally Emerson

Title: Perfect: Stories of the Impossible by Sally Emerson
Published by: 
Quadrant Books
Genre: Supernatural/Thriller
Format: eARC
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

A clerk working in a public register office begins to receive death certificates dated in the future, but can she alter fate and save their victims? A woman unable to have children discovers a way of cloning her husband, but is their cloned son destined to repeat the mistakes of his father? A suburban mother is prescribed health supplements with rather amorous side-effects; can she resist its sway and keep her hands off her neighbours? 

Emerson’s beguiling tales of quotidian life invaded by forces beyond our control are both uncanny and charming, and ultimately uplifting as she celebrates reality and unreality in its many forms. Fantastical, humourous and unfailingly honest in its depiction of humanity, Perfect will stay with the reader long after they leave the magic of its pages.  

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BLOG TOUR: Goering’s Gold by Richard O’Rawe

Title: Goering’s Gold by Richard O’Rawe
Published by: 
Melville House
Publication date: 
31st May 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction/Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UKWaterstones

Synopsis:

When WWII ended, the allies discovered that a huge amount of gold bullion plundered by Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering had gone missing. Some believed the gold had been hidden in a train box car in Poland. Others that it was secreted in Lake Toplitz in the Austrian Alps. And a few thought it was buried in the Republic of Ireland, which was neutral during the war.

When ex-IRA soldier Ructions O’Hare stumbles on a piece of Nazi memorabilia once owned by Goering, he begins to think that those who suspect the gold was in Ireland just might be on to something.

But for Ructions to return to Ireland is easier said than done. For a start, the IRA is after him for not paying them a cut from a huge bank robbery he carried out in Belfast. And then there’s the Neo-Nazis, who believe that Goering’s gold rightfully belongs to them, and who are happy to kill anyone who gets in their way.

And as Ructions gathers clues to the gold’s location and, as his many adversaries realize he’s getting closer, it’s as if a noose is tightening around his neck…

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ARC REVIEW: His Other Woman by Sarah Edgill

Title: His Other Woman by Sarah Edgill
Pages: 
305
Published by: 
Bloodhound Books 
Publication date: 
19th May 2022
Genre: Domestic thriller
Format: eBook
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Her husband is with another woman—but it’s not who she thinks it is, and the results may be more devastating than an affair . . .

Lucy’s husband has been missing for days while she tries to pretend to those around her, including her distracted teenagers, that everything is normal. In desperation she uses a phone app to track him—and discovers he’s with another woman.

As her life falls apart, Lucy realises nothing is as it seems. There is another woman in her husband’s life, but it’s someone she has known—and hated—for twenty years.

As the story unfolds, including in the national press, the family must pull together before lives are destroyed . . .

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ARC REVIEW: The Island by Adrian McKinty

Title: The Island by Adrian McKinty
Pages: 
384
Published by: 
Orion Publishing Group
Publication date: 
26th May 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

IT WAS JUST SUPPOSED TO BE A FAMILY VACATION.

A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT CHANGED EVERYTHING.

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL THEY COME FOR YOUR FAMILY.

After moving from a small country town to Seattle, Heather Baxter marries Tom, a widowed doctor with a young son and teenage daughter. A working vacation overseas seems like the perfect way to bring the new family together, but once they’re deep in the Australian outback, the jet-lagged and exhausted kids are so over their new mom.

When they discover a remote Dutch Island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family talks their way onto the ferry, taking a chance on an adventure far from the reach of iPhones and Instagram.

But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. Then a shocking accident propels the Baxters from an unsettling situation into an absolute nightmare. 

When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds ahead of their pursuers.

Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even though they don’t trust her, the harsh bushland is filled with danger, and the locals want her dead.

Heather has been underestimated her entire life, but she knows that only she can bring her family home again and become the mother the children desperately need, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.

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ARC REVIEW: Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

Title: Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
Pages: 
416
Published by: 
Michael Joseph
Publication date: 
12th May 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

It’s every parent’s nightmare.

Your happy, funny, innocent son commits a terrible crime: murdering a complete stranger.

You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your teenage boy is in custody and his future lost.

That night you fall asleep in despair. Until you wake . . .

. . . and it is yesterday.

Every morning you wake up a day earlier, another day before the murder. Another chance to stop it.

Somewhere in the past lie the answers, and you don’t have a choice but to find them . . .

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ARC REVIEW: After Dark by Jayne Cowie

Title: After Dark by Jayne Cowie
Pages: 
416
Published by: 
Penguin 
Publication date: 
12th May 2022
Genre: Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

WELCOME TO A WORLD WHERE WOMEN HOLD THE POWER.

They dominate workplaces, public spaces and government.

They are no longer afraid to cross a dark car park, catch the last train, or walk home alone.

With the Curfew law in place, all men are electronically tagged and must stay at home after 7pm.

It changed things for the better. Until now.

A woman is murdered late at night and evidence suggests she knew her attacker.

It couldn’t have been a man because a Curfew tag is a solid alibi… Isn’t it?

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ARC REVIEW: It Ends At Midnight by Harriet Tyce

Title: It Ends at Midnight by Harriet Tyce
Pages: 336
Published by: Wildfire
Publication date: 14 April 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

It’s New Year’s Eve and the stage is set for a lavish party in one of Edinburgh’s best postcodes. It’s a moment for old friends to set the past to rights – and move on. 

The night sky is alive with fireworks and the champagne is flowing. But the celebration fails to materialise.

Because someone at this party is going to die tonight.

Midnight approaches and the countdown begins – but it seems one of the guests doesn’t want a resolution.

They want revenge.

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ARC REVIEW: Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

Title: Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson
Pages: 448
Published by: Century
Publication date: 7th March 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

FIND A FUTURE. LOSE A PAST.

She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her.

She’s also on the run.

Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny.

It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her . . .

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