Cover Reveal Dead Memories by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #KimStone #DeadMemories

Do I have an exciting cover reveal for you this afternoon. This is a series I have long been a fan of and for me the Kim Stone books just keep getting better and better. If you haven’t discovered Angela Marsons Detective Kim Stone series, which began with Silent Scream, then you really don’t know what you’re missing out on.

Today it is my absolute pleasure to be able to share with you the cover for the latest book in the series Dead Memories, but before I reveal the cover let’s take a look at what the book is about.


She ruined their lives.  Now they’re going to destroy hers.  

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life.  They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death.  Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator.  The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible.  Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent.  But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?


Doesn’t that sound exciting? So of course, you now want to see the cover. Can I have a drum roll please . . .





So here we are. DI Kim Stone Book Ten!

Wow. I really can’t wait to read this one. Let me know in the comments what you think of the cover.


Too Far by Jason Starr blog tour @jasonstarrbooks @noexitpress #TooFarBook


Source: Review Copy


One night. One date. What have you got to lose?

Jack Harper isn’t a bad man, but he’s stuck in a loveless marriage with a mediocre job just trying to keep sober. The only good thing in his life is his son. When an old college friend introduces him to a new extramarital dating website, he tentatively reaches out to find a distraction from his misery. But when he goes to meet up with his steamy online date, he quickly realises it was a dire choice.

Soon, Jack finds himself desperately trying to prove his innocence for crimes he did not commit, and the life he once had – unhappy as it was – is nothing but a dream. Now, he’s living his worst nightmare. . .


Now, this is what you call a gripping book; I read more than half of Too Far in one afternoon. I don’t think I have ever raced through a book so fast. I’ve never read a book by Jason Starr before, but I will definitely be reading more books by him in the future.

When forty-four-year-old, real estate agent, Jack Harper meets up with his eccentric old friend, Rob McEvoy, hoping to close down a deal on an apartment, he has no idea how much of an impact this meeting will have on the rest of his life. Reluctantly, he agrees to have lunch with Rob, and as they get talking, they begin to discuss his marriage troubles and Rob’s rather exuberant lifestyle. Rob begins to try and persuade Jack that it doesn’t have to be this way and that there are other options open to him if he doesn’t want to get divorced. And this is where things begin to get difficult for Jack.

I was surprised at how much I liked Jack from the beginning, even though he makes some quite bad decisions which don’t reflect too well on his character, although to some extent, I could understand why he was making these particular choices. All I kept thinking of as I was reading, was how unlucky could this poor guy get. I rooted for him right from the start, and I really wanted him to get his life in order again. There were some characters who I didn’t like in this book, including Detective Barasco who got under my skin. What follows on from the opening pages was intense, and I really don’t want to say anything more about the plot to avoid sharing spoilers.

I think this is a book where you do have to suspend the belief system a little, but it does make for a really enjoyable read that does get the adrenaline pumping, at times it didn’t feel as though I was reading a book, it did feel as though I was there amongst the action, as I sometimes feel when I’m watching a high speed chase in a film or a TV drama. It is a tension filled read that will keep you gripped right the way through. This is definitely recommended by me for thriller seekers. Thank you to Katherine Sunderland at No Exit Press for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: No Exit Press

Publication date: 22nd November 2018

Print length: 320 pages



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2019 Reads: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides #bookreview

The Silent Patient: The most anticipated thriller of 2019 by [Michaelides, Alex]


Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?


Compulsive is one word you could use to describe The Silent Patient. It was one of my most anticipated reads that I picked up in Harrogate at the Theakston Crime Festival earlier this year. It is highly addictive and it really takes you into the minds of its characters and explores their psychology. Alex Michaelides writing draws you into the story as the protagonist, Theo Faber, attempts to break the silence of convicted murderer, Alicia Berenson who has been rendered mute for six years and has spent that time in The Grove, a psychiatric unit. Theo has become obsessed with her case, but can he finally be the one to find out what really happened the night she shot her husband dead? When an opportunity arises to join The Grove as a psychiatrist he jumps at the chance, determined to reach out to Alicia.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I couldn’t wait to find out if Theo was going to achieve his goal. I think the anticipation of wondering if this was going to be the moment that Alicia spoke is what made most parts of this book a really intense read and Alex controlled this really well, it did keep me turning those pages, and reading onto the next chapter.

There is some excellent character development here; we have Theo, who is mysterious and unnerving, and Alicia who I wanted to get to the bottom of, and find out what was really going through her mind the night she killed her husband, Gabriel. Like Theo, I wanted to drag the answers out of her and I couldn’t wait to see what she finally had to say. Although we don’t hear from Alicia, we do have her diary extracts, which again I raced through as I was reading as I tried to uncover what really happened.

This is very much a psychological story, and the reveals that came at the end of the book left me thinking, whoa, and I had to flick back just to see what it was that I had missed but it definitely did make so much sense and the way in which everything was pulled together was very good. The tension is really turned up a notch in the final chapters.

The Silent Patient has bestseller written all over it. It’s tightly plotted and very well written. I’m looking forward to seeing what Alex Michaelides comes up with next. If you’re a fan of character-driven psychological thrillers, then you should definitely pick up this book.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 7th February 2019

Print length: 352 pages


The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts #bookreview

The Flower Girls by [Clark-Platts, Alice]



The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…


I loved reading The Flower Girls, it is the first time I’ve read a book by Alice Clark-Platts. It is a dark, twisted story full of lies and deceit. I could never be sure who to trust and I was on tenterhooks until the final revelations were made clear at the end. It’s totally addictive and absorbing. Its ending really did give me chills, and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting about it for a while.

A storm is closing in, at a hotel in Devon, a child, Georgie, goes missing and a rising sense of panic ensues with everyone fearing that the young girl will die outside in the storm, and it is a race against the clock to find her. But what happened in the lead up to her disappearance? Who was the last person to see her? We are then introduced to two sisters, Laurel and Primrose, known to the press and the world as The Flower Girls, for the horrific crime they were both involved in when Primrose was just six, and Laurel just a few years older. Georgie’s disappearance throws them back into the spotlight again, nineteen years after their crime, and there is a lot of anger as Laurel is fighting to be released from prison as a reformed citizen, and there are people furiously campaigning to stop this from happening. But will the truth of what happened that day all those years ago finally be revealed? Does Laurel deserve to be let back out into society?

This was a very easy book to get into, and I just wanted to keep reading to find out the answers as to what happened that day nineteen years earlier. I think the public become all the more fascinated by a case where young children have been involved in a crime. We really want answers as to what prompted them to commit something so horrific, are people born evil? Or is it the fault of their parents that they committed this heinous act?

The case that is at the heart of The Flower Girls is a very disturbing one, and it was uncomfortable to read about at times. I never could be sure I was being told quite the whole picture of what happened as I was reading and this is what kept me reading on, and Alice played this very well. There are several surprising revelations that took this book in a whole new direction. The plot was unpredictable, and I could never be sure how it was going to unfold. I had several theories running around inside my head as I was reading and Alice proved me wrong on all of them.

We have two very intriguing characters in this book in Laurel and Primrose, both who are hiding dark secrets about what really went on in their past. This is what made this book such a compelling read and there is plenty of misdirection, I could never make up my mind about either of them. As Laurel’s hearing draws closer, this brings the two sisters together again, years after they last saw each other, and it makes for some intense reading as I waited to see how they would both react to seeing each other again after all this time apart.

The Flower Girls is the author’s first stand-alone and it is an exciting, dark and an intense crime thriller. It’s very clever and it has made me excited to read more of Alice’s work. I would definitely recommend it if you love a mix of a police procedural and a psychological thriller. Top stuff!

Publisher: Raven Books

Publication date: 17th January 2019

Print length: 352 pages


December @1stMondayCrime Mick Herron, Erin Kelly, John Marley, Will Carver and Kevin Wignall

Some people may already be fed up with thoughts of Christmas. Shops round by me have had Christmas trees up since October 1st. Now as much as I love Christmas, that for me is far too early. But with Christmas being just around the corner, also brings excitement as it means the First Monday Crime Christmas special is just a week away. Last year’s Christmas special was so much fun and this one promises to be a belter, and there are five brilliant authors attending. So let’s have a look at who is coming along and I’ll be sharing all the details about where you can reserve your FREE space below.


First up we have Erin Kelly, who’s latest novel is He Said She Said, a tense, unpredictable court room drama that I thoroughly enjoyed. She has a new novel coming out next year called Stone Mothers, and I have already heard brilliant things about it, so I can’t wait to read her next book.


Mick Herron’s spy series, which began with Slow Horses, has won lots of critical acclaim from top authors and reviewers. This is a series that I have had my eye on for a while now, I really must get round to reading these books. The latest book in the series is called The Drop.


John Marley’s latest book is Godsend which is the sequel to his previous novel Standstill, both of his books feature Danny Felix who has just pulled off the robbery of his life which almost brought London to a standstill. John’s books definitely sound intriguing.

And finally we have Will Carver, who’s brilliant new novel, Good Samaritans was published by Orenda Books in November this year, which I have to say, is one of the most original crime novels I’ve read. He is also the author of the bestselling January David series, which I have added to my ever expanding TBR pile after reading his latest book.

Doesn’t the panel look great? The panel is also being moderated by author Kevin Wignall. If you’re interested in coming along, First Monday Crime is taking place on Monday, 3rd December 2018 from 6.30 p.m. at City University, London. The nearest tube stations are Farringdon and Angel. And like last year, there is a special event taken place Christmas Blind Book Date featuring: Susi Holliday, Katerina Diamond, Claire Seeber, Steph Broadribb, Angela Clarke, J.S. Law, Chris Whitaker, Paul Burston, Simon Booker and Kevin Wignall. I hope to see you there.

You can click HERE to reserve your FREE space.

The Snow Girls by Chris Mooney blog tour #bookreview

The Snow Girls by [Mooney, Chris]


It’s been eleven years since Claire Flynn disappeared – abducted without trace from a snowy hillside, leaving her parents heartbroken.

Investigator Darby McCormick remembers the case. She knows there’s only ever been one suspect, Father Richard Byrne, linked inconclusively to two similar disappearances.

Finally, terminally ill, Byrne is willing to talk. But he’ll only talk to Darby.

She’s expecting a confession – but what she hears is far more disturbing.

And it soon becomes clear that someone is willing to kill to keep this cold case on ice…


The Snow Girls by Chris Mooney is a real page-turner. An eleven-year-old cold case may finally be about to be solved. With a gripping crime mystery and an engaging lead character, I was totally gripped by this book.

This is the first time I have come across Chris Mooney’s name, although I understand he has been around for quite some time and this series has won him lots of critical acclaim. I found this really easy to get into and I didn’t have any problems at all with the plot, so it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I am now keen to discover more about Darby so I will be catching up on her earlier cases. I read huge chunks of this novel in one go, the excellent dialogue and engaging plot carried me along.

I’ve always been fascinated by cold cases, so this is what made this book really interesting as I wanted to see if there really was anything new that the police could find after such a long time. Investigator, Darby McCormick, is re-investigating the abduction of Claire Flynn, the girl who vanished eleven years ago. The one suspect in the case, Father Byrne, a former Catholic priest, is dying and the police fear that this is the last chance they have of finally uncovering what happened to Claire before he takes his secrets to his grave. But Father Byrne is a slippery character, and he will not give his secrets up easily.

I really wanted to find out what had happened to Claire and Chris Mooney kept up the suspense as I turned the pages, desperate to find out the truth. What made this book all the more fascinating was Darby’s link to Claire’s father. This is what makes this case deeply personal to Darby, and she is determined to find answers for Mickey, Claire’s father, and bring the person behind Claire’s disappearance to justice.

As Chris gradually began to reveal long buried secrets connected to Claire’s case, I became more and more invested in the plot and in the lives of his characters. I loved getting to know Detective Darby, and I could never be sure if Father Byrne was pulling strings and simply having fun with the police in his final days. He was a very untrustworthy character who I think will send chills down many readers spines. Chris’s writing definitely has that addictive quality to it, I would warn you not to start it if you have any plans to go out as you will not want to put it down.

The Snow Girls was such an engrossing read. If you’re looking for a gripping crime thriller that will keep you immersed in the plot until the final page, then I definitely recommend this book.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 15th November 2018

Print length: 443 pages



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Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic #bookreview

Resurrection Bay (Pushkin Vertigo Book 21) by [Viskic, Emma]



His childhood friend has been brutally murdered at his home in Melbourne. Tortured by guilt, Caleb vows to track down the killer. But he’s profoundly deaf; missed words and misread lips can lead to confusion, and trouble.


Fortunately, Caleb knows how to read people; a sideways glance, an unconvincing smile, speak volumes. When his friend Frankie, a former cop, offers to help, they soon discover the killer is on their tail.


Sensing that his ex-wife may also be in danger, Caleb insists they return to their hometown of Resurrection Bay. But here he learns that everyone – including his murdered friend – is hiding something. And the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets…


Emma Viskic has created a fantastic protagonist in her debut novel Resurrection Bay who was instantly likeable from the first page. There is action from the get-go in this book, and the pace never let up. Brilliant addictive writing and hugely engaging dialogue; bring on the next book in the series, I say.

Resurrection Bay opens up with the murder of Caleb Zelic’s friend, and the finger of suspicion quickly falls on him. Caleb is deaf, so he sees the world differently from his friends, family and the people who he works with and this also puts him in a very vulnerable position, especially when he himself is targeted. But just what has Caleb’s friend got himself involved in that has ended up with him being killed? And now Caleb realises that he may soon be being hunted by his friend’s ruthless killers.

The mystery element in this book was particularly gripping. I wanted to know what it was that Caleb’s friend had done to wind them up in the situation they were currently in, and who the people were who were trying to silence them. It was a plot that I immediately became swept up in, and I turned those pages furiously to find out what the answers were. I was really interested in the idea that Emma chose a deaf character for her protagonist, and I thought that this was written really well. It did make me feel more anxious for Caleb as I was reading as he tried to pursue his own investigations while trying to avoid some very shady characters. But Emma also shows the depths of her research into this by including sign language and the skill of lip reading which Caleb uses all the time when conversing with his relatives and colleagues. This was also done very well.

I also really liked Kat, Caleb’s business partner, who I found intriguing. I really liked their relationship, and I loved the wit in their dialogue. They were a fantastic team together.

Resurrection Bay definitely has an unpredictable plot that surprised me along the way. This is a stunning, fast paced read that I really enjoyed. Thank you to Tabitha Pelly at Pushkin Press for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Pushkin Press

Publication date: 24th August 2017

Print length: 289 pages


2019 Reads: Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson #bookreview @LauraSRobinson @MantleBooks

Blood & Sugar by [Shepherd-Robinson, Laura]


Blood & Sugar is the thrilling debut historical crime novel from Laura Shepherd-Robinson.

June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.

Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .

To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.

And that is only if he can survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford . . .


From the moment I saw the cover of Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s Blood & Sugar I knew I wanted to read this book and I became even more intrigued when I read the blurb. This is a novel that I really wanted to savour as I was reading, as Laura’s writing was so utterly immersive and it brought to life the sounds, smells and the people of London in the 1780s. There are so many brilliant descriptive phrases in this book which added depth and colour to the landscape that Laura was writing about. She is a very talented writer, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

We are taken back to a dark time in British history, at the height of the slave trade which is fuelling Britain’s trading empire, as well as many other countries across Europe. The book opens with the discovery of a body on Deptford’s docks; the man who has been found murdered is Thaddeus Archer, who was firmly against the slave trade. Captain Harry Corsham is determined to find out who killed him, and as his own investigations deepen; he discovers some alarming and uncomfortable truths directly linked to the slave trade.

As Laura stripped back the layers of this brutal time period in our country’s history, I did get a sense of the horror the slaves faced, Laura handles this sensitively without, however, shying away from the brutality. I really liked Harry Corsham, who was a protagonist I rooted for from the beginning. During his investigations, he certainly gets on the wrong side of several powerful people in Deptford, and you get a real sense of him sailing closer and closer to danger and threatening his own security and interests, which is what made this read so riveting.

With untrustworthy and barbarous characters and an utterly compelling plot with wonderful atmospheric writing, Blood & Sugar is a strong debut from Laura Shepherd-Robinson. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for her next book. I highly recommend this read. Thank you to Rosie Wilson at Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Mantle

Publication date: 24th January 2019

Print length: 448 pages


#GoodSamaritans by Will Carver blog tour #bookreview @will_carver @OrendaBooks #SixBottlesOfBleach

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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…
Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.


Why have I not come across Will Carver’s name before??? Good Samaritans is one of the most original, and captivating crime novels I’ve read this year, I did not expect to fly through it as quickly as I did. I think perhaps, that this, for me, is my top read of the year. It is an absolutely cracking thriller that had me hooked! It is smart, edgy and full of surprises and very, very dark.

When we think of The Samaritans, we think of kind hearted, helpful people, who go out of their way to make a difference in someone’s life. This is the idea that Will Carver explores in this book, when a young, distressed woman, Hadley Serf, calls The Samaritans, and a crossed line means she ends up talking to someone else, Seth, who is unhappy in his marriage to his wife, Maeve. When Hadley enters his radar, his world begins to change. What follows on from here is an intense, mind-blowing read that will have you turning those pages in record time.

If you are looking for a fast paced novel, you need look no further than this book. There are short, snappy chapters, and we are introduced to five different characters that are all linked in some way. One character who I was rooting for throughout the book, was Detective Sergeant Pace, we don’t learn quite as much about him as we do the other characters, but I really wanted him to get to the bottom of what was going on, and as the plot began to unfold, I wanted him to get to the right answers in time, especially when the shocking truth emerged.

This book also showcases a unique style of writing which really sets Will Carver apart. There was always something interesting happening on each page, giving us new insights into each of the characters, and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to them and who the culprit behind the disturbing murders was. There are some explicit and quite graphic scenes, so I would say that this book may not be for everyone, but it is for you if you like your crime fiction dark and gritty.

I will be recommending this book to everyone I know who loves crime fiction. I think all I can say now is buy it, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 27th September 2018

Print length; 320 pages



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And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott blog tour #bookreview @RachelAbbott @Wildfirebks

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Source: Review Copy


Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He’s managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife – but something about Evie just doesn’t feel right…

When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.

Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider – is there ever a proper defence for murder?


Now, this is a very good psychological thriller and part courtroom drama. I read Rachel Abbott’s And So It Begins in one weekend, but I could have very easily read it in one go. This is my first Rachel Abbott read, and I must say I really don’t know why I haven’t read her work before. I had so many questions about the characters running around inside my head as I was reading, that I really couldn’t possibly say how the book was going to end as I always kept changing my mind. This book is Rachel’s first stand-alone, so if like me, you haven’t read her work before, this is the perfect time to start.

The plot of this book focuses on Mark, Evie and Cleo. Mark and Cleo are brother and sister. Mark is a professional photographer, and his sister takes bookings for him, she has always been very passionate about Mark’s work and is very keen to get him business and recognition. Evie enters the fold when she turns up at his studios and Cleo thinks that she has struck gold and that this could be a break-out moment for Mark when Evie puts forward a commission for him, asking him to take a portrait of her father who has well established connections. But Cleo will soon live to regret her decision for introducing Evie to her brother as the story is gripped by a much darker tone which changes Mark and Cleo’s lives forever.

Rachel grabbed my attention with the opening prologue in this book; two police officers enter a crime scene, but Rachel keeps it under wraps as to what has actually happened and who the people are who are at the centre of it all, and this added a strong sense of mystery which I really liked. We then go back right to the beginning and Rachel begins to unravel the events which lead up to this moment, which really did well in building the tension and helping us to get a better understanding of the characters involved. The pace quickly heats up again when we arrive back at the opening scene, and this leads to a court case which takes apart the lives of Rachel’s protagonists.

As the truths began to rise to the surface, I never could be sure who to believe or trust. Rachel did an excellent job of throwing in pieces of information that just made me think about the characters, and who they really were, a little bit more, and again I still couldn’t make up my mind about them. I was really questioning the main characters motives as the novel progressed. I did think that the ending was very satisfying.

If you enjoy thrillers that really make you think and question the motives of the characters, then I would definitely recommend And So It Begins. Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy of the book to review and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Wildfire

Publication date: 11th October 2016

Print length: 416 pages



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