**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** The Girl With No Name by Lisa Regan
Reviews / 19th April 2018

What the publisher says: Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms. A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified… Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim? As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county. Josie is faced with an impossible decision: should she risk the life of one innocent child to save many others… or can she find another way?  The Girl With No Name is nail-biting, twisty and impossible to put down. If you love gripping thrillers from Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked.     What I say: Lisa Regan was a new author to me and I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel.  I was quickly sucked into the story as Josie began to investigate the case of a missing woman and her baby.  Not that unusual for a police…

**BLOG BLITZ** Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry
Reviews / 15th April 2018

What the publisher says: DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing. But that is just the beginning. As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church. Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper. Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope? Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read. What I say: This is the fourth book by Liz Mistry about DI Gus McGuire and his team and I have to say that yet again it does not disappoint.  Gus is a likeable character, determined to do his job properly even while he is struggling to overcome his guilt over his involvement in the death of one of his best friends. This time Gus and his team are investigating the death of two girls at the same teenage party.   At…

**BLOG BLITZ** Dead Watch by Steve Liszka
Reviews / 30th March 2018

What the publisher says: Life for the firefighters of Red Watch, East Brighton, is already complicated due to the imminent closure of their fire station. But this is soon to be the least of their worries. When the team stumble upon a car in a ditch, they discover the driver is dead and a bag containing five hundred thousand pounds in cash. Before anyone arrives, the crew decide to take money, believing it to be a victimless crime. When they later learn that the driver was killed by a bullet wound to the head their world is turned upside down. Then a stranger appears at the station claiming the money belongs to him.     Soon the firefighters are drawn into a dangerous underworld and find themselves at the mercy of violent criminals. But is this stranger who he claims to be? And can Red Watch escape with the money and their lives intact?   What I say: From the start this book is different.  The author has a unique style of storytelling which brings you in and describes what is happening in an almost factual way.  Explanations of brigade procedure and rules  are interspersed in the story meaning you have a…

**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…

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