**BLOG TOUR** Dead Inside by Noelle Holten
Reviews / 10th June 2019

What the publisher says: The killer is just getting started… When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet. The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered. And he is Lucy’s husband. Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer? What I say: This was a strong start to the story of Maggie Jamieson as she moves to a new team, for reasons as yet unknown, and is quickly caught up in an investigation into the murder of three men.  The common link between all of them is Lucy Sherwood, a colleague of Maggie’s from the Probation Service. The story jumps between different viewpoints as we meet the victims and the various members of the team investigating their murders, something which could have derailed the story but it was done in such a way that it ramped up the tension.  On one occasion I thought there had been enough clues to identify the killer…

**BLOG TOUR** The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson
Reviews / 24th May 2019

What the publisher says: ‘Have you ever had a secret that you couldn’t tell a soul, even the people you love? I have.’ Lucy has a kind and adoring husband, a job she loves as a teacher, and a house on Mulberry Avenue with floaty curtains and the softest bed linen. After her troubled childhood, she knows life will never be perfect, but it’s pretty close. She’s also got Amber, right next door. They never run out of things to talk about. Even if Amber’s life – with her high-profile job and handsome, wealthy boyfriend – is more glamorous than Lucy’s. But then Amber starts to hint that her life isn’t all it seems, and when she comes to Lucy, terrified, saying that she’s getting threatening messages, Lucy promises to protect her. The closer Lucy gets to anyone, the harder it is to keep her past to herself. But Amber’s boyfriend has left her just when she needs him most, and she doesn’t have anyone else. Lucy knows all too well that people aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes they have secrets. And they’d do anything to keep them. Lucy’s still sure: she can trust her friend… can’t she? Gripping…

**BLOG TOUR** The One Who’s Not The One by Keris Stainton
Reviews / 28th February 2019

What the publisher says: A hilarious rom com about falling in love, falling out of love, and finding out who you really are. Cat’s life has hit a brick wall. Since her ex ditched her without ceremony five years ago she’s quit stand-up comedy, landed in a steady but dull job, and lives in a tiny flat with roommates she knows only as The One Who Eats All My Food and The One Who Has Really Loud Sex. So when she bumps into old friend Harvey and sparks fly, Cat is surprised – and horrified, because Harvey is her ex’s brother, and so absolutely, 100% off-limits romantically. Even if his dimples do make her insides fizz… When she’s offered a new job abroad, Cat is tempted to accept – and leave her depressing flat and mess of a love life behind her. But will running away from her problems really solve them? Fans of Jenny Colgan, Marian Keyes and Mhairi McFarlane will love Keris Stainton!A hilarious rom com about falling in love, falling out of love, and finding out who you really are.   What I say: Cat has never quite got over her ex, Sam, the one who left her for a career in stand up in…

**BLOG TOUR** The Year of Starting Over by Karen King
Reviews / 8th February 2019

What the publisher says: What if – to find yourself – you had to run away? Last year was meant to be when Holly got her happy-ever-after. But stuck in a job that’s going nowhere, and a relationship that feels more like it’s going backwards… this year Holly has decided it’s time to change her life. She just has to: – End the relationship with the commitment-phobic boyfriend – Go on a proper adventure – Learn to be herself again – Definitely, categorically not fall in love. Cramming her belongings into her little yellow Mini, Holly drives on to a ferry bound to Spain, to stay at a remote farmhouse near a beautiful village in the Andalusian hills. But the day she arrives she nearly crashes her car into a gorgeous guy on a motorbike. He’s called Matias and their paths keep crossing, much to Holly’s irritation. Because as she learns to speak Spanish from the locals, finally starts laying out plans for her own design business, and sips sangria in the sunlit village square, Holly is beginning to remember who she is and what she wants. So she won’t allow herself be distracted by Matias. Because this year – for Holly – there are more important…

**BLOG TOUR** Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman
Reviews / 11th July 2018

What the publisher says: Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he’s given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I’ll fight you for custody of our son. In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable: she locks her husband in the cellar. Now she’s in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans? Sticks and Stones is a deliciously twisting psychological thriller from an unforgettable new voice. What I say: As the book opens with the funeral of Phillip there is only one way this book can go.  The story itself begins three weeks earlier and covers the build up to the funeral. Gradually we are introduced to Imogen, Philip’s soon to be ex-wife, Naomi, his current partner and his former wife, Ruby.  As the story unfolds we learn more about Phillip and see him through the eyes of the three women who have been subject to his bullying and abuse…

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