I post book reviews as often as possible but at least once a week every Wednesday! I hope they help you to find some new books that you'll love as much as I did!
Today is my stop on the blog tour for Good Samaritans by Will Carver
Thanks so much to Anne for organising the tour and don't forget to check out the rest of the stops!
One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach
Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans. But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home… And someone is watching…
Having never read any of Carver’s writing before, I was unsure of what to expect going into Good Samaritans, but boy was I in for a wild ride! Carver’s writing style is so gripping that it’s almost impossible to put the book down! The short chapters make for an extremely addictive read whilst the many twists and turns kept me guessing throughout and even left me speechless at times!
It’s graphic in places with some very vivid descriptions, so do be warned of that as it 100% is not for the faint of heart. But if you know what to expect and you can cope with this, it’s certainly not a book to be missed!
It’s honestly difficult to say much more about this book for fear of accidentally spoiling it, as it’s such a well-plotted and twisty read, that I feel like the tiniest detail could give something away. So it’s probably best to know as little as possible about what goes on and just dive straight in, as I did, and enjoy the ride.
Overall, I’m giving Good Samaritans 4 out of 5. It’s dark, daring and twisted. An unputdownable read.
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review
About the Author
Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series (Arrow). He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Winters by Lisa Gabriele.
Thanks so much to Mia for organising the tour and don't forget to check out the rest of the stops!
An addictively suspenseful new novel set in the glamorous world of the New York Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that cannot be escaped.
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter - a wealthy senator and recent widower - and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell.
As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets - the kind of secrets that could kill her, too.
Taking inspiration from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, The Winters is a gripping read providing plenty of twists and suspense throughout. If you’ve read Rebecca before reading The Winters, it’s really enjoyable to be able to reflect on both books whilst reading this fresh, up to date take on it. There are many parallels so you’ll be able to predict little bits of the story but I feel that this adds a more intense sense of foreboding to the already dark and haunting plot.
However, you don’t have to have read Rebecca first, as The Winters is a totally riveting read whether you’re a fan of the original Rebecca or not.
For me, the amount I worried for the narrator highlighted Gabriele’s skill at getting me to care about what happened to her and become really involved in the story right from the start. Gabriele’s writing really got into my head and I became very engrossed as the book gradually built up the pace from the captivating descriptions at the beginning to the tense and taut last third which kept me reading late into the night with my heart in my mouth. What comes at the end is even more intense than you could imagine. To say any more would spoil it, but it certainly keeps the pages turning and puts your emotions all over the place.
Overall, I’m giving The Winters 4 out of 5. It’s haunting, suspenseful and captivating. A real must read.
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review
About the Author
Lisa Gabriele is the author of several bestselling novels. Her writing has appeared in Glamour Vice, Elle, the New York Times Magazine and Salon as well as various anthologies, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading series. An award-winning T.V. producer, she has lived in Washington D.C. and New York City, and now lives in Toronto.
Richard Pryce is an smooth-tongued barrister who has made a fortune out of divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. He lives in a modern, architecturally designed house on the edge of Hampstead Heath.
Or rather he used to ...
When he is found murdered, the police confront the most baffling of mysteries: who was the visitor who came to Pryce's house moments before he died and while he was still on the phone?
“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…” were his last recorded words but what exactly did he mean?
Why did his killer paint a three-digit number on the wall before leaving the crime scene? And why was he bludgeoned to death with an expensive bottle of wine when he didn't drink alcohol?
The police are forced to hand the case to Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne, who takes it on with characteristic relish.
But Hawthorne himself has secrets to hide and as our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case he realises that these are secrets that need to be exposed - even if it puts his own life in danger ...
Anthony Horowitz is back with another instalment in the series featuring Daniel Hawthorne, and yet again he doesn’t disappoint. Returning with the unique format of Anthony himself partnering up with Hawthorne as he solves the crime, The Sentence is Death keeps you hooked from the first page to the last.
While it’s part of a series, it’s perfectly possible to read The Sentence is Death without reading The Word is Murder first, but in my opinion, to get the most from the story it’s best to read them in sequence, especially to better understand Hawthorne’s character and his relationship with Anthony.
As was the case last time, I really enjoyed how the story is told from Horowitz’s perspective and I found it fascinating learning little things about the filming of Foyle’s war and the writing process. I felt that Horowitz’s voice really came through on the page and I thoroughly enjoyed the humour that came with that.
I found myself riveted throughout, with the most suspenseful scenes leaving me wide eyed and never wanting to put the book down. I must say, it took a lot of self-control when it came to times where I had to stop reading, and on a few occasions I was actually tempted to just stay on the train so I could keep going!
I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading this and didn’t want it to end, but when I did finish it, the ending was really satisfying and I most certainly didn’t guess the solution, in fact I wasn’t even close!
Overall, I'm giving The Sentence is Death 5 out of 5 and firmly placing it on my Five Star Favourites Shelf. It’s thrilling, enthralling and masterfully written. I can’t recommend it more highly. Get yourself a copy as soon as possible!!
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is the author of the bestselling teen spy series, Alex Rider, and is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most loved and successful TV series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War.
He has also written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty; and his stand-alone novel, Magpie Murders, was a Top Five Sunday Times bestseller.
He is on the board of the Old Vic Theatre, and was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.
Is it possible to keep secrets in the age of social media? When someone lives their entire life in the spotlight, what could they possibly hide from you?
Ideal Angels explores just that. It’s the story of one man, one woman, one week. They meet, fall in love, and never look back. Eloise’s phone is never far away, furiously cataloguing their ups and downs.
But there are always shadows, lurking just out of reach. The moments after the camera flashes, unseen, uncaptured. The threat of an inescapable doom.
How much can one person change you?
How much can one person be your downfall?
Ideal Angels swept me up and carried me along on an absolute rollercoaster ride of a journey all the way to the poignant and devastating end - one which will definitely stay with me for a long time.
It’s written in second person which took me a little while to get used to at first, but once I did, I thought it worked brilliantly well and really showed Welbourn’s writing skill because not many people can pull second person off as successfully as he has in Ideal Angels. I also felt that it helped to build the gradual sense of foreboding which grows as the story progresses. Not only did this underlying tension keep me hooked though, it also highlighted for me how much I cared about the characters in such a short space of time which is another indicator of a great writer for me. I found that I just couldn’t put the book down until I’d found out what had become of the couple.
Overall, I’m giving Ideal Angels 4.5 out of 5. It’s riveting, insightful and stays with you long after you put the book down.
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Robert Welbourn was born and bred in Yorkshire and has lived there almost all his life. He's had a passion for books for as long as he can remember and has been writing his whole life. His favourite authors are Bret Easton Ellis and Stephen King, and he cites Ellis as his number-one influence. Outside of books he has a passion for travel and cats. And his friends and family, etc. He studied English Literature at Salford University and this confirmed that he wanted to spend his life working with books, one way or another.
Today is my stop on the blog tour for Lies Between Us by the wonderful Ronnie Turner!
Don't forget to check out the rest of the stops on the tour!
Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .
John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.
Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.
Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.
They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .
I just want to start off by saying how incredibly honoured I feel to be able to take part in this tour! I’ve always loved Ronnie’s #BookSnaps and brilliant reviews and I think that she’s a wonderful blogger, but now it turns out that she’s a fantastic author too!!
I was gripped from the opening of Lies Between Us and I found it to be very impactful with vivid imagery and dark themes which drew me right in. Yet woven into this darkness and sense of foreboding which ran throughout the book was plenty of emotion which was written so expertly and really pulled at the heartstrings.
Turner manages to get right to the core of her characters and really explore the complexity of human emotions and for me this was fascinating to read.
I’m going to try and avoid talking about the plot as I really don’t want to spoil it and I think that it would be very easy for me to inadvertently give something away, so all I will say, is that it’s brilliant and multi-layered, a little complex at times but if you pay attention you’ll definitely be rewarded.
I must admit that I did guess a big part of the storyline but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey to the end and trying to work out all of the little details in between and actually I think it made reading more exciting for me and added an extra layer of suspense.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s a very dark and sinister read, and one which you may need to prepare yourself for in some scenes, but honestly it’s completely impossible to look away from even during the darkest parts and it’ll have you reading on and on right until the very end.
Overall, I’m giving Lies Between Us 4 out of 5. It’s gripping, sinister and shocking. I think we’ll be seeing plenty more from Ronnie Turner.
This e-book was provided free in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author
Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.
Ronnie's debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.
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Twitter: @Ronnie_ _Turner
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