**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** 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…

**BLOG BLITZ** Locked In by GB Williams
Reviews / 12th February 2018

What the publisher says: Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day.  Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun. Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards. Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them. Can they all escape unharmed? And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive? What I say: What a read!  Ariadne Teddington is on a day off from her job as a prison officer when she dashes to the bank for a quick errand.  Her day changes course dramatically when she is followed into the bank by a gang who aren’t paying in their birthday money. Despite her attempts to stay under the radar the gang recognise Teddington and start to use her as a bargaining tool with the police.  Teddington has to use the skills she has learnt in her job to try to save herself. When she realises she knows one of the gang things are really turned on their head….

**BLOG TOUR** Beginnings by Helen J Christmas
Reviews / 7th January 2018

What the publisher says: Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people. Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life. Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive. Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk…

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