Sunday, 21 July 2019

You'll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse

You'll Never See Me AgainYou'll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time time taken to read - in and out over 4 days

Pages - 400

Publisher - Penguin

Source - From a fellow bookworm

Blurb from Goodreads

Betty Wellows is running for her life . . .

Young Betty dreams of settling down to an ordinary life in Hallsands with her fisherman husband. But when he returns broken and haunted from the Great War, she finds herself persecuted by his distraught mother - and yearns to escape.

It is only when a storm devastates the village that Betty sees her chance. Fleeing to Bristol and changing her name to Mabel Brook, she seeks a new life - only to discover destiny has other plans.

Penniless and alone, Mabel suffers a brutal attack before being rescued by a psychic named Nora Nightingale. She gets her first taste of those who receive messages from the dead and realizes she may have this power herself.

But Mabel fears her gift may be a terrible curse as it becomes ever harder to hide from the truth about who she once was - and the tragic life she left behind.

Soon Mabel receives her own message and is forced back to the very place she has escaped. A place of heartbreak and perhaps even murder - but to secure her future Mabel must confront her past one last time.

My Review

Betty is living under the hateful eye o her mother in law. Her husband is a shadow of the man he used to be after coming home hurt from war. Betty has an opportunity to flee and become Mabel leaving everything behind. A new village, a job and an eye opening to life outside the one she knew as Betty, Mabel meets danger, friends and love before being "called" back to where it all began. You can run but you cannot hide from your past, this is Betty's story.

There is a lot going on in this wee book, the effects of war, working life, psychic's, love, friendship, love, loss! Pearse creates yet another world of characters that, like or hate, you get immersed in and want to know what is coming next. Some characters got me so riled, the way some people behave and others where a breath of fresh air.

The thing with Pearse is she always creates worlds that shines a light on human behaviour, good and bad which makes for compelling reading. 3.5/5 for me this time, I need to check my read pile and see which books I still have to read of hers.

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington Blog Tour

Today is my turn on the blog tour for The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington, for my stop I have my review, enjoy.

The Missing Wife: The gripping new psychological thriller with a killer twistThe Missing Wife: The gripping new psychological thriller with a killer twist by Sam Carrington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 400

Publisher - Avon

Source - Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

You think you know those closest to you. You are wrong…

A sleep-deprived new mother approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing Louisa wants to do is celebrate.

But when her friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Louisa’s Facebook friends, Louisa is faced with a room full of people she hasn’t spoken to in years – including someone she never expected to see again: her ex-boyfriend, Oliver Dunmore.

When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers the night differently. Someone knows what happened to Melissa, and Louisa is determined to find them. But the truth could be closer, and the deception more devastating, than she’d ever imagined…

A gripping psychological suspense novel, perfect for fans of Samantha Downing’s My Lovely Wife, Lucy Clarke’s You Let Me In and Linda Green’s The Last Thing She Told Me.

My Review

The last thing Louisa needs is a surprise party, she is overwrought, drained, up and down and looking after her wee baby, teen and husband. Time off work and trying to adjust to being mum to a baby again, emotions and nerves are fraught. When her bestie and husband arrange a surprise 40th Louisa can't imagine anything worse, she is wrong. Her ex and guy who broke her heart not only gets invited and comes with his new wife. Louisa gets smashed, remembers little of the actual party and now her ex, Olivers wife is missing. Louisa is having flashbacks, her emotions are all over the place, Oliver is at every turn and Louisa seems to be getting further away from the very people she should be able to trust.

Oh I feel for Louisa, she seems so vulnerable, trying to keep her crap together and her emotions in check. She is shattered, her family not helping out and even her bestie isn't as understanding as you would like. People seem to be against her and as the reader you can't help but wonder is it because Louisa is losing it or is it the folk around her we shouldn't choose.

Claustrophobic isn't the word I want to use but it is closest to describe how I felt reading this book, imaging how Louisa feels. I felt so distrustful of almost everyone and then wondered is it because they are dodgy people or am I looking through Louisa's eyes. I questioned so much and absorbed page after page to see where it was going, what was coming next and what exactly had happened to Oliver's wife.

This was my first dance with this author, it won't be my last, a tension that starts almost from the very beginning and pulls you in bit by bit, 4/5 for me this time.

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Friday, 19 July 2019

Fixed Odds by William McIntyre Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Fixed Odds by William McIntyre

Book blurb:

George ‘Genghis’ McCann has stolen – and lost – a priceless masterpiece. Snooker champion Oscar ‘The Showman’ Bowman is charged with betting fraud. With a second baby on the way, and promises of great rewards if he wins Bowman’s case and recovers the painting, defence lawyer Robbie Munro has never been so tempted to fix the odds in his favour.

About the author:

William McIntyre is a partner in Scotland’s oldest law firm Russel + Aitken, specialising in criminal defence. He has been instructed in many interesting and high-profile cases over the years and now turns fact into fiction with his Robbie Munro legal thrillers. He is married with four sons.
Twitter handles William McIntyre: @best_defence
Sandstone Press: @SandstonePress
Ceris Jones: @cerisanne

Available to buy now on AMAZON, ebook and treebook format.

Fixed OddsFixed Odds by William H.S. McIntyre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 304

Publisher - Sandstone Press

Source - ARC

Blurb from Goodreads

George ‘Genghis’ McCann has stolen – and lost – a priceless masterpiece. Snooker champion Oscar ‘The Showman’ Bowman is charged with betting fraud.

With a second baby on the way, and promises of great rewards if he wins Bowman’s case and recovers the painting, defence lawyer Robbie Munro has never been so tempted to fix the odds in his favour.

My Review

Robbie Munro is a defence lawyer, defending Genghis McCann a small time crook who is at the rob again. These guys are Munro's normal clientele, up next is a high profile case, a famous snooker player who is accused of throwing games, if Munro doesn't win the client's work rep is over and the world is watching.

So this is part of a series but I have never read any of MacIntyre's previous books and don't think I lost out on anything by starting with this one. Robbie is a family man and with a second baby on the way he needs to knuckle down, get work in and provide for his family. Outwith the courtroom we have some drama's and Robbie is hilarious in some of his interactions, chat and just thought process in how to goes about stuff. He is around enough shady people that you can't help but have some kind of tarnish but he is an actual good guy and you are rooting for him throughout.

His clients are characters and have a lot of personality, I hated the famous client, what an arrogant rude individual but you can imagine this to be what some clients are like, coming from money or not. I liked the wee characters that don't have huge parts in the novel but the parts they are in have a lasting effect, well they did for me. Whilst this is my first by this author it won't be my last, I will be buying the back catalogue of the series, 4/5 for me this time.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

July giveaway is now live

Sorry it is late, we have been having such a crap time just now. Random Act's of Kindness always make me feel better and this book has raised more than a few laughs from pretty much everyone who has read it.

Up for grabs is x1 pre loved paperback copy of the newest book by author Helen Fitzgerald, "Worst Case Scenario" as pictured.

I am trying to be as inclusive as possible and seeing more Facebook groups doing the same for readers who are visually impaired and use screen readers. The above photo has the back of the book and blurb on it. The blurb is:

Mary Shields is a moddy, acerbic probation officer, dealing with some of Glasgow's worst cases, and her job is on the line. Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and a poster boy for Men’s Rights activists.
Liam is released on licence into Mary’s care, but things are far from simple. Mary develops a poisonous obsession with Liam and his world, and when her son and Liam’s daughter form a relationship, Mary will stop at nothing to impose her own brand of justice … with devastating consequences.
A heart-pounding, relentless and chilling psychological thriller, rich with deliciously dark and unapologetic humour, Worst Case Scenario is also a perceptive, tragic and hugely relevant book by one of the most exciting names in crime fiction.

Also up for grabs is a green silicon book mark, it has a wee hand so if you have to stop mid chapter, the hand can point at the last line you read, how smart is that? Now the giveaway is for X1 green bookmark however I have used my own blue one, on a kindle, to show what it looks like.

I will open this up to worldwide, use Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck and thank you again so much to everyone who reached out when we lost Trixie, it is so quiet without her but the amount of people who have reached out has been lovely. We had messages across the globe from folk who follow this and her adventures on the other accounts. Have a good day guys xxx

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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for "Come Back For Me" by Heidi Perks, this is the last day of the tour, please check out the other stops as we all offer different content.

Come Back For MeCome Back For Me by Heidi Perks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 400

Publisher - Cornerstone

Source - Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

A shocking discovery.
An island wrapped in secrets.

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking: the body was found in the garden of her childhood home.

The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated Dorset island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.

But one thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.

My Review

Stella and her family had to leave the island when she was just a little girl, late in the middle of the night, dangerous weather to be sailing. No explanation, no looking back, now twenty five years later a body has been found in her garden. After seeing it on the news Stella HAS to go back to the island to try and get some answers. Islands are notorious for keeping things private and Stella is no longer one of them, will she get any answers or wish she had never gone looking in the first place?

We flip between then, when Stella and her family lived on the island and the run up to what made them leave to present day, Stella trying to make sense of her past and going to the island, trying to get answers. From the beginning we know something isn't right, her relationship with her sister is questionable, she doesn't come across as a very nice person. She is pretty rude, curt or dismissive yet Stella continues to be her strongest support. Her father can't give her much in the way of information so the island is her only option.

I think many can relate to Stella, in parts, the needing to know, the longing for the place you grew up even if you have been away from it longer than you lived there. When we get to the island it becomes a wee bit "we only like locals" and she gets no support from home either. I really felt for her, I would want to know too, reconnect with old friends and families. I would even want to go back to my old home and have a look, well maybe not if they found a body!

You feel, well I did, there is something big going on that Stella has unwittingly found herself drawn into but as well as the whole there is a body it is her personal journey. The need for closure, re-connection, relationships lacking or missing in her adult life I felt that was what urged her back to the island. I do like a mystery/thriller where you know there is skulduggery and some kind of danger hinted or looming but I think it a great thing when the author interweaves a personal side to it all.

Islands and small communities always have secrets, Stella is desperate to find out what theirs is, loyalty is huge and sometimes some people will do anything to protect a secret. Whilst I can't say I loved any of the characters I did sink into their lives and feel as much frustration as Stella to uncover the mystery of her old home and her family. This was my first dance with this author, it won't be ,my last, 4/5 for me this time. A psychological thriller with lots of family drama, dynamics, relationships, secrets and what can happen when you don't let go of the past!

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Betray Her by Caroline England

Betray HerBetray Her by Caroline England
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 368

Publisher - Piatkus

Source - Netgalley

Blurb from Goodreads

Best friends forever.

That's the pact you made.

You'd do anything for her.

(And you have)

She has it all.

If you could take it for yourself . . . would you?

My Review

Jo and Kate met at boarding school when they were little girls, Kate coming from a more upper class and money type family, Jo a bit scruffy and feeling out of place. A friendship cemented and now we are decades later, the ladies are in their thirties and living very different lives. Kate seems to have it all, Jo struggling personally and her icy exterior and chip on her shoulder still impacting on here life choices/happiness. As Jo spends more time with Kate she realises her friends perfect life may not be so perfect and just how well do they know each other?

A psychological thriller that focuses heavily on friendship and family. We go between present and past getting more of a feel for the girls and how their friendship cemented and endured their hard times at school. There are a lot of twists along the way and lets the reader see sides of the ladies that helped shape who they are now.

In the present day, even though the ladies are close, some of their interactions, how they spoke to each other, for me there seemed an undercurrent. Supportive words but just a hint of something being a bit off but I couldn't put my finger on what it was exactly. For me I really didn't like Jo, she seemed to look down on people and have a massive attitude because of her experiences as a kid which you can understand to a degree but still. Kate I flipped a wee bit about as she seems like the sweet one, caring, housewife, family orientated but was it because I disliked Jo so much. I flipped back and forth on both the characters as England gave a bit more on one, then the other, then flung a curve ball every now and again. A book that keeps you on your toes, the timeline jumps are done well and flow so as not to distract from the flow of the story and gives you more insight into why they are as they. 4/5 for me this time, I have another of this authors on my tbrm, I need to bump it up, a story that will keep you guessing to what is coming next.

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Friday, 5 July 2019

RIP to our Trixie paws

8/1/2001 - 4/7/2019

Princess, Princess Trixie, Miss Paws, Wee Betty, Wee Pie - she had a million names but there was only one of her. She had an acute event yesterday, we rushed her to the vets but as soon as I seen her I knew. She was at deaths door many times and every time she fought it, I don't think any of us ever thought the day would come she would go. 18 years and 5 months, a multitude of health issues, more sass than any furbaby I have ever had, I loved the wee one and haven't stopped crying since yesterday.

We got to be with her on her final journey and even at the very end she gave a wee throaty growl/sass to the vet. My little book "helper" poser and legend, our home is empty and my heart is broken. We have already had so many messages and love from folk, some who never got the pleasure of meeting her but followed her antics online and got invested in all of her health ups and downs.

The last week she spent mostly sleeping on our bed which she never did and we were so lucky to get as long as we did with her. She posed with so many books, scattered so much about and had she been at herself I am sure she would have took out my new trolley accessory. Her wee claws firmly got into our hearts. Gone but never forgotten, absolute legend and furry book geek.

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