Sleep by C.L. Taylor #bookreview blog tour @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK

I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Sleep by C.L. Taylor today on my blog, I’ve been a fan of her novels for a while now, but this one I think, is her best yet.

Sleep: Pre-order the twistiest, most suspenseful thriller of 2019! by [Taylor, C.L.]

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All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…

MY THOUGHTS

Sleep is my favourite book yet by C.L. Taylor. It’s a dark, claustrophobic read that will keep you gripped right from the first page.

C.L. Taylor always manages to hook me very early on in her novels, and she manages tension so well. The end of each chapter always leaves me wanting more. The novel opens as a horrific car accident takes place, taking the lives of two people and severely injuring another. Anna is the person who was at the wheel of the car involved in the accident. She is haunted by the deaths of her colleagues who were in the car with her and blames herself. Desperate for a fresh start, Anna relocates to a remote Scottish island. But someone is keen to make sure Anna hasn’t forgotten what she’s done, and they are eager to make sure that she pays for her role in her colleague’s deaths.

The claustrophobic setting of the hotel on the Scottish island, where Anna starts a new job made this book a real winner for me. There was a growing sense of alarm and danger, especially as they realised they were beginning to run out of food. The group of guests all have their own, well-crafted backstories and as Anna started to believe that she was being targeted, I didn’t know who I could trust. C.L. Taylor created a splendid locked room mystery, and she brought to life a truly isolated setting, especially when the storm struck leaving the guests and Anna stranded in the hotel.

This is an absolutely must-read for fans of psychological thrillers. I remember how chilling I found the ending of C.L. Taylor’s last book and she delivers another brilliant one here, after finishing it I’m still thinking about the characters and what they’re all getting up to. And I think I’m going to be thinking about them for a while.

A top read from C.L. Taylor. I was never sure how this book was going to pan out, and the tension kept me glued to the pages.

Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for the invitation to join the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 4th April 2019

Print length: 368 pages

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Cuckoo by Sophie Draper blog tour #bookreview @sophiedraper9 @Sabah_K @AvonBooksUK

Cuckoo: A haunting psychological thriller you need to read this Christmas by [Draper, Sophie]

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There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

MY THOUGHTS

Cuckoo is a very dark novel that pushes the relationship of two sisters to the brink. Caro is reunited with her step-sister, Seth, after years apart, following the death of her step-mother, Elizabeth. Seth now lives in New York, and very kindly, gives Caro Elizabeth’s house. From the beginning it is clear that something happened in their past, which is what has kept them apart for quite some time, but with Elizabeth’s death, can the past finally be forgotten? Or is there a wound which runs much deeper?

I loved the unraveling of the lives of Caro and Seth’s lives in this book. From the opening pages I wanted to know what had gone wrong in their history, and why everyone was so frosty towards Caro; there were some scenes which really made me think, what had she done to deserve this treatment? This, for me, is what made this book a page turner. There is a dark sense of malevolence that runs throughout the novel, and it really made me think that there was something evil hidden, and I was desperate to find out what it was. I particularly liked the fairy tale aspect of the book which added an even darker tone to the book.

As Caro revisits her past, we do get see ghosts of her childhood and gradually, Lucy Draper begins to reveal the truth about what happened, and there are some hard hitting revelations which pull the different strands in the novel together very well. There are plenty of captivating characters that kept me intrigued and I was utterly absorbed by Sophie’s writing.

I really enjoyed reading this book; I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out to see what Sophie Draper writes next. Cuckoo is absorbing and compelling, perfect for fans of psychological thrillers. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to join the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to read via Netgalley.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 29th November 2018

Print length: 400 pages

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Perfect Silence by Helen Fields blog tour @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK

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Source: Review Copy

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When silence falls, who will hear their cries?

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.

After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

MY THOUGHTS

This is a series which I have followed since the beginning. Since the first novel Perfect Remains was released, Helen Fields has always taken her books to the next level. I do think that she is one of the most exciting crime writers out there at the moment who always manages to come up with unique ideas for each book. Her novels are always gruesome, they are certainly not for the faint hearted, but what you can expect from a Helen Fields’ book is an absolutely gripping story and it is always great to catch up with DI Callanch and DCI Ava Turner.

The crimes that take place in Perfect Silence are disturbing, which is something I have come to expect in Helen Fields writing. What I really like about Helen Field’s books is that the detectives, especially DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanch, become emotionally attached to the cases they are investigating and to the victims who are involved in the crimes; this adds a very human touch to their characters. This isn’t something that you always see in crime fiction and this is what makes Turner and Callanch two really likeable characters. In this book I found this particularly the case with Ava. But they are not without their own sets of problems and Helen delves deeper into this in her latest book. They are certainly characters who I want to find out more about and they have continued to keep me invested in this series.

The pace in the novel is fast and it never lets up. The plot is engaging, you really do get the sense in this book that the police are racing against the clock to solve the case. Once again Helen takes us into Edinburgh’s murky underworld. She explores several different strands which may or may not be connected and I kept wondering if the person responsible for the killings was behind the other crimes that were taking place.

This is another fantastic addition to this series which keeps going from strength to strength. I always look forward to a new Helen Fields novel and Perfect Silence didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait to see where she takes her characters next. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to join the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 23rd August 2018

Print length: 432 pages

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The Fear by C.L. Taylor Blog tour @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK

Source: Review Copy

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Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…

When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.

Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.

But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…

MY THOUGHTS

The Fear is perhaps C.L. Taylor’s darkest novel yet. She explores some unsettling themes in her latest book and it has an ending which really gave me chills.

We are introduced to Lou Wandsworth, who, ten years ago, ran away with her teacher, Mike Hughes to France. But her dream of happiness turned into a living nightmare when Mike became a man unlike the one she thought she knew. Ten years later and she discovers that he could be grooming another young girl, a thirteen-year-old girl called Chloe. Lou is desperate to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself, but how can she stop it when Chloe doesn’t want to listen to her advice?

The story is told through the narratives of Chloe, Lou and a mystery woman called Wendy. Wendy is one of the main sources of tension throughout the novel and what I found really interesting was how C.L. Taylor played around with her character. My perception of her changed throughout the book, in my opinion, I felt that she was the most engaging character.

Through Lou’s diary entries and Chloe’s narrative we can see how easily Mike grooms and manipulates them; there are some scenes in the book which do make for an uncomfortable read but the plot and C.L. Taylor’s writing compelled me to read on, she is an author who pulls no punches in her writing.

As with her previous books The Fear makes for an engaging read, once you’re hooked by C.L. Taylor’s writing you won’t want to put it down. She is a writer who really makes you have strong feelings about her characters; she will have you shaking your head and shouting at them for the decisions they’re making.

The Fear is a tense, rollercoaster of a read, if you have enjoyed C.L. Taylor’s previous novels then you are in for a treat. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon for sending me a copy of the book to review and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 22nd March 2018

Print length: 416 pages

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#PerfectDeath by Helen Fields blog tour @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK

I’m really excited to be sharing my review today for Perfect Death by Helen Fields which is out now in paperback and eBook.

The DI Luc Callanch series is one of my favourite crime fiction series out at the moment and Helen’s books keep getting better and better.

Source: Review Copy

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There’s no easy way to die…

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.

But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…

MY THOUGHTS

I love this series. When the invitation went out to join the blog tour, I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. Helen Fields knows how to weave a clever, intricate story. Whenever I pick up one of Helen’s books, I know that I am going to lose a few hours to reading.

Fast-paced, gruesome murders, captivating characters, this series has it all! Crime fans, if you haven’t yet discovered this series, you don’t know what you’re missing out on!

When a young girl’s body is found in the hills at Arthur’s Seat, DI Callanch and his team suspect that she may have perished at the result of taking an overdose. The case should be fairly simple to wrap up, but something  is niggling away at Callanch to suggest there may be more to the young girl’s death than meets the eye.

Meanwhile, newly promoted, DCI Ava Tuner is called to a scene, where the body of her former boss, DCI Begbie has been found in his car, where it appears that he has taken his own life. But Ava is far from convinced that this is the case. As Ava struggles to prove that there may be a sinister motive behind her former chief inspector’s death, Callanch’s investigation steps up. He believes that a serial killer may be operating on the streets of Edinburgh, a killer who is cold, calculating and intelligent. With few leads to follow and a killer keeping well in the shadows, can Callanch stop them from killing again? And can Ava get to the bottom of her former boss’s suicide?

I love the relationship between DI Luc Callanch and his colleague DCI Ava Turner in these books. I enjoy reading the scenes when it is just the two of them together as there is often a good dose of humour in their conversations. Their relationship is put a little under strain in this book. For me, this is one aspect which made the book really exciting. I was keen to see how their personal and working relationship was going to develop. We also learn a lot more about Callanch’s past in this book, particularly more about his relationship with his mother. I’m intrigued to see how Helen will explore this in future books as this is a part of Callanch’s life which we have heard little about.

As with the previous books in the series, Helen Fields has created an utterly terrifying serial killer. Her original ideas is another reason why these books have become a favourite of mine. She is one of the most exciting crime writers in the business at the moment, and I really can’t wait to see where she’ll take Luc, Ava and the rest of her characters next.

This series keeps getting better and better. Whenever Helen Fields has a new book out it always goes straight to the top of my reading pile and I am never disappointed. Helen is such a talented writer, and I can’t recommend her books highly enough.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 25th January 2018

Print length: 448 pages

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