House of Christmas Secrets by Lynda Stacey
Reviews / 29th December 2017

What the publisher says: This year we’re just going to have a nice, normal Christmas…  Last year’s Christmas at Wrea Head Hall didn’t quite go to plan which is why Jess Croft is determined this festive season will be the one to remember, for the right reasons. And she has plenty of reasons to be hopeful, she’s going to marry the man of her dreams, Jack Stone, seven days after New Year’s Eve. However, as family secrets are revealed in hidden letters and two unexpected guests turn up on the doorstep, Jess is left wondering whether her life will ever be the same again. Can Jess and Jack still experience a peaceful festive season that they had imagined or are there some problems that even Christmas can’t fix? What I say: We join Jess as she is preparing for Christmas and the New Year while looking back at the events of the previous year.  The author explains to us what happened without repeating the entire book, always a sign for me of a good writer and an enjoyable story to come. This isn’t your usual light hearted Christmas read.  The action takes place at Christmas but this is secondary to…

**BLOG BLITZ** The Other Mother by JA Baker
Reviews / 6th December 2017

What the publisher says: Three troubled women. One deadly secret. Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem. All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame. But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago? As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…   What I say: This is a psychological thriller which gradually draws you in and then doesn’t let you go.  The chapters alternate between the main character’s viewpoints, giving us a look at their lives now, many years after the events which link and define them all and also a look back at how they were. It took me some time to get used to this and to follow the individual stories but it was worth…

**BLOG TOUR** Troll by DB Thorne
Reviews / 29th May 2017

What the publisher says: Years ago, Fortune gave up on his daughter, Sophie, after a troubled adolescence. Now she’s gone missing, vanished without trace. And after weeks of investigation, the police have given up on her, too. Driven by guilt, and a determination to atone for his failures as a father, he takes on the search himself. He soon finds that his daughter had been living in fear of a vicious online troll who seemed to know far too much about her. Could Sophie’s disappearance be linked to this unknown predator? Fortune is about to discover that monsters which live online don’t always stay there…   What I say: From the start I was hooked on this book.  Fortune has returned from working in the Middle East to find out what has happened to his daughter Sophie who has gone missing.  He is dismayed to find that the police search is being scaled back and that they seem to believe she has killed herself. Fortune cannot believe that the little girl he remembers would kill herself and sets out to find out what has really happened to her.   He discovers that Sophie was being trolled online and so the…

Hush Little Baby by Joanna Barnard
Reviews / 14th May 2017

What the publisher says: When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no-one can (or will) say how it happened. His mother is exhausted. His father is angry. His older sister is resentful. And they all have something to hide. What I say: Baby Oliver is ten months old when it becomes apparent that something is wrong and he is taken to hospital where he is diagnosed with a broken arm.  Oliver lives with Mum Sally, Dad Richard and older sister Martha, each of whom had been alone with him at some point during the time he sustained the injury.  None of whom admits to knowing what happened. As social services investigate what happened the family relationships begin to deteriorate and it becomes apparent to the reader at least that each of them is hiding a secret. My emotions were toyed with as I believed that first one character and then a different one, was responsible for the injury.  I was convinced I knew who had caused the injury but, as with all good thrillers, I was wrong   Rating 5 out of 5  

Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington
Reviews / 26th March 2017

What the publisher says: A teenage girl is missing. Is your daughter involved, or is she next? Your daughter is in danger. But can you trust her? When Karen Finch’s seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie arrives home after a night out, drunk and accompanied by police officers, no one is smiling the morning after. But Sophie remembers nothing about how she got into such a state. Twelve hours later, Sophie’s friend Amy has still not returned home. Then the body of a young woman is found. Karen is sure that Sophie knows more than she is letting on. But Karen has her own demons to fight. She struggles to go beyond her own door without a panic attack. As she becomes convinced that Sophie is not only involved but also in danger, Karen must confront her own anxieties to stop whoever killed one young girl moving on to another – Sophie.   What I say: Sophie is brought home by police officers in a vulnerable state, having been found wandering drunk and alone on the outskirts of town.  Her incoherent ramblings mean nothing to any of them until one of her friends is found dead. Mum Karen suspects from the start that…

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