Saturday, 22 July 2017

Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

Out Now
Published by Bookouture
Purchase from Amazon here

The Blurb:

One split second can destroy your life forever

Single mother Jen Cornish is just trying to hold things together for the sake of her seven-year-old son Charlie. Until the day when she does an impulsive good deed to help a neighbour, setting off a terrifying chain of events that quickly spirals out of control…

When she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, Jen quickly starts to wonder if someone is playing a cruel game with her - or is she losing her mind?

Desperate to clear her name with the police, she must first untangle a chilling web of lies. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.

They’re watching her child as well.

An unputdownable psychological thriller with plenty of twists that will keep you hooked until the very last page…

My Review:

I had high expectations of Each Little Lie having already read and loved the authors previous books. Infact I put aside the book I was halfway through to get stuck in the minute it appeared on my Kindle.

Each Little Lie gets off to a cracking start! We meet Jen, who sets out to do a good deed, but it turns into an absolute nightmare which threatens to tear her world apart as she is arrested and accused of a crime that soon escalates into even more of a hideous situation.

I can’t really say too much more about the plot without giving it away and I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone. But what I can mention is the cast of characters. Oh boy, they are good!!! Jen is a fabulously vulnerable character who whilst I thought I had a grasp of who she was and what she was capable off, I found myself questioning whether she was being falsely accused, or if infact she was guilty of the accusations levelled at her. But the stars of the show for me are a couple of really mean and creepy characters that emerge within the storyline. They really made my skin crawl and my blood boil. One of my favourite things about Tom’s work is his talent at developing characters who get under your skin. This book once again puts us in the midst of some of the vilest!

I have to be brutally honest and say that unlike his previous work I didn’t find Each Little Lie quite as enticing and as gripping as others. There was nothing wrong with the book, but I managed to suss out what had happened quite early on and I guess that just wained my interest a bit. However, I have spoken to others, and read reviews from readers who have absolutely loved the book, so please don’t let me put you off!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Blog Tour - The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Hi everyone

Oh my goodness, words cannot express my excitement and delight to be part of the blog tour for one of my favourite authors. I am such a massive fan of Karin Slaughter and ALWAYS have her books on pre-order so I can drop everything when they are released. Many of you will also have had me bending your ear going on and on about her books. If you have read her Will Trent series or Grant County series you will know just why I love her work so much. If you haven't then you need to rectify that!!! She also writes great standalone novels, such as The Good Daughter which is released tomorrow (Thursday 13 July). 

Anyway, enough of my waffle and fan-girling!! Let me pass you over to Karin who has so kindly taken part in a Q&A answering some questions we all want to know about!

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of The Good Daughter from Amazon by simply clicking here. Let me know if you are a fan of her work, who your favourite characters are, and anything else as I love chatting about her work!

Q&A with Karin Slaughter 

The Good Daughter includes some very violent passages. Do you think readers are more shocked when a female writer includes extreme violence in her books? Why do you think that is?

This was absolutely the case when I started out, but I’m not sure it’s true anymore.  I’ll never forget the story Mo Hayder told me about her first US tour with her first novel: she was on an airplane over the Atlantic, heading toward her first US tour, when a review came out blasting her for the violence in her book. By the time she landed, her tour had been cancelled because of it.  I don’t think that would happen today.  It’s much more acceptable for women to write about violence in a believable, realistic way.

When my first book (Blindsighted) was published in the US, it was me, Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell, basically, who were doing this kind of writing.  That’s not to take away from Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky—both amazingly talented women in their own right—but as far as what was considered “hard-core” (or, in the vernacular “manly”) writing, we three were it.  I can’t really complain about it because I think it got us a lot of attention, but it was absolutely considered shocking for us to be interested in forensics and violence and all the things that are commonplace in the genre today.  Weirdly, it was more acceptable in the UK and Europe, I think because y’all have had a long line of women writing about nasty things.  Or maybe it’s because you don’t have that same Puritanical streak that many Americans still clung to at the time.

Have you read anything recently you would recommend?

I really enjoyed Denise Mina’s the Long Drop.  I had no idea it was based on an actual case (I don’t read flap copy!) but halfway through, I thought, “hmmm…I bet this really happened.”  Denise excels at something that is incredibly hard to do: she writes the way people talk.   Add to that her amazing story-telling ability and you’ll understand why she’s one of my favorite writers of all time.

If you were stuck on a desert island, which book would you take with you?

The Complete Harry Potter Collection.  I’ve always told myself I’ll read all of them when I retire, but I think a desert island is just as good as a retirement home.  Ha, probably better because you don’t have to talk to cranky old people like yourself.

What is the best advice you’ve been given as an author?

Two things from two different authors.  Tess Gerritsen told me when I go on tour, to always pack more underwear than I need, and she was absolutely right.  Harlan Coben told me that the problems you have when you are successful are much better than the problems you have when you are not. Also correct.

Can I just say a massive thank you to Karin and to the team at Harper Collins for making my day, year by allowing me to host Karin.

Have a lovely day

Jill x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Cover Reveal: The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer

Not only do Bookouture give us wonderful authors that we devour the books of, they also produce the most stunning covers. I am delighted to share with you the cover for Carol Wyer's forthcoming book The Missing Girls by Carol Dyer, out on 14th September 2017, it really is a stunner of a cover and a thrilling sounding read. 

If you love it as much as I do why not pre-order a copy now - here's how........ 



Want to know a little bit more? Read on.....

One girl found dead. Another girl gone... 

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever... 

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer. 

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.  

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.  

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late? 

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending! 

What readers are saying about the DI Robyn Carter series: 

‘This book was fantastic and it kept me gripped from the first page and I read it in a day, I really, really didn't want to put it down – it’s one of the best I've read so far in 2017 … Would not hesitate to give the book 5 stars!!’ Donna’s Book Blog 

‘Fantastic! So good to the point that I finished it in just over a day! ... Wow, wow, wow. This was a great book!! ... kept me hooked from page one ... genuinely didn’t guess who it was until it was revealed! There are lots of twists and turns, and a great ending! I can’t wait for the next book!!’ Stardust Book Reviews 5* 

‘I loved every page ... captivating and unputdownable. The tension, twists and turns, kept me flipping the pages ... 5 shining stars ... I loved it!’ Write Escape 

'What a page-turner! Wow. My head was spinning from the first page to the last. I was so gripped by the introduction to the characters and then just pulled right into the meat of the thriller until the very last page! Five Stars!' Jersey Girl Forever 

'The suspense was fantastic ... the drive to keep turning pages was overpowering ... really well written I want more!' The Belgian Reviewer 'This book totally gripped me from start to finish. It is a very cleverly crafted thriller which leaves no loose ends. Five stars!' Sincerely Book Angels

Friday, 2 June 2017

Cover Reveal: The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées by Rebecca Raisin

Happy Friday!! 

I am so excited to be able to share this stunning cover of Rebecca Raisin's forthcoming book, The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées. I am a massive fan of Rebecca's work. I love her writing style, her adventures, her warmth, and her ability to create the most wonderful characters. I am sure her latest book will be all of this and more.

Published by HQ Digital and out on 8 September you can pre-order from Amazon here, and in the meantime if you haven't read any books by Rebecca's the time! 

So, what is The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées all about and where is this gorgeous cover you ask? we go......

The Blurb: 

What is French for falling in love?

When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique!

Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy…

Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition heats up, so does her desire for that which she cannot have! If only the dashing owner Sébastien didn’t smell so seductive, look so handsome and make her heart flutter like it never has before. They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?

Happy reading, and have a great weekend

Jill xx