The Dead Wife by Sue Fortin #bookreview blog tour @suefortin1 @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Dead Wife by Sue Fortin on my blog today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

The Dead Wife by [Fortin, Sue]

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SINCLAIR WIFE DEAD!  HUSBAND CLEARED! 

Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances in the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Sinclair, wife of charismatic entrepreneur Harry Sinclair, found drowned in the lake of the family’s holiday park.

It’s been two years since the Sinclair case closed but when reporter Steph Durham receives a tipoff that could give her the scoop of the year, she’s drawn deeper and deeper into the secretive Sinclair family.

Elizabeth’s death wasn’t a tragic accident. And the truth will come at a deadly price…

MY THOUGHTS

This was a really exciting read, I just had to find out what the truth was. The Sinclair family are certainly a group of people who you wouldn’t want to cross. I think if I’d have been in Steph’s position, I would have wanted to just forget about the whole issue and get out of the place. But then I liked Steph’s determination to find out what was really going on and to prove if Elizabeth’s death was really an accident once and for all.

As Steph continued to investigate what happened to Elizabeth, I really started to fear for her, particularly as she seemed to be getting close to uncovering what was going on. One of the characters in this book I really didn’t like was Dominic, and I kept thinking that he was going to do something terrible to Steph to stop her from investigating further. The Sinclair’s were an intriguing group of characters. We have Dominic, Harry and Owen who are in charge along with their mother, Pru at the helm. They’re certainly keen not to let anyone else in on their business, and it had me really thinking about what was going on their world and what they weren’t keen to let anyone else, no matter how close that person is to them, have a stake in. One of the things which Sue Fortin excelled at in her writing was in creating that real sense of danger.

As the story developed, I was able to guess what some parts of the final outcome was going to be, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment. I flew through the last chapters as I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to Steph, and I wanted to see if she would finally get to the truth.

One of the other parts of this story that I liked was Sue’s exploration of Steph’s relationship with her mother, Wendy. Her mother is just retiring from the police force. She worked on the original investigation into Elizabeth’s death. The scenes when Steph was having a conversation with Wendy about the case made me feel even more convinced that something terrible was going on behind the scenes.

This is the first book by Sue Fortin which I have read and I will certainly read more from her in the future. I’ll also be catching up on her previous books as well. If you’re a psychological thriller fan, I would definitely recommend this book.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication date: 12th July 2019

Print length: 416 pages

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Am I Guilty? by Jackie Kabler #bookreview blog tour @jackiekabler @rararesources

Today I’m joining the blog tour for Jackie Kabler’s Am I Guilty? With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

Am I Guilty?: The gripping, emotional domestic thriller debut filled with suspense, mystery and surprises! by [Kabler, Jackie]

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A mother’s job is to protect her child…

But everyone makes mistakes…

Gripping, exciting and emotional, this book will grab you from the first page and refuse to let you go until the final chapter!

I never thought it would happen to me…

One moment I had it all – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home, a fulfilling career and two adorable children. The next, everything came crashing down around me.

They said it was my fault. They said I’m the worst mother in the world. And even though I can’t remember what happened that day, they wouldn’t lie to me. These are my friends, my family, people I trust.

But then why do I have this creeping sensation that something is wrong? Why do I feel like people are keeping secrets? Am I really as guilty as they say? And if I’m not, what will happen when the truth comes out…?

MY THOUGHTS

When we are introduced to Thea in Jackie Kabler’s Am I Guilty? We already know that she has done something terrible. It was in the disgusted glances that people were giving her and the shame that she felt that made me so eager to find out what it was she had done. The truth of what happened to her six months previously turns out to be very horrific, and it makes for a very tense finale as everything came together.

This is a very well developed book that takes us into the lives of a group of people who were all witnesses to a tragic event which has since destroyed Thea’s life. But perhaps everything isn’t as it seems. It really does seem impossible to talk about the plot without giving any of the details away. Jackie Kabler has crafted a very twisty story here. On several occasions, I thought I had everything worked out, and I thought I knew how the ending was going to unfold, but I was proven wrong, in a very big way, but it did make so much sense.

Thea is a character who I did feel desperately sorry for, not straight away though when I began to understand why she was in the position she was now, but I really did start to connect to her as Thea tried to sift through the puzzle of information that she had to get to an answer. It made for very tense reading as she reached the dramatic conclusion.

Sometimes I find that when drama is played out in books, I don’t always find it very believable, but here everything did feel very real and I could totally understand how the characters were behaving the way they were. I thought this particularly towards the end when secrets that had been kept were slowly revealed to other characters who had previously been in the dark.

I was desperate to know the truth about what had happened to this group of people and find out once and for all if Thea was responsible. I could sense her own need and desperation to get to the bottom of it, even if it did prove if she was guilty. And some of the scenes were definitely shocking.

Jackie Kabler brings her tightly woven story into a very believable, heart-breaking, but satisfactory ending. This is a read which I certainly wouldn’t hesitate in recommending. Jackie Kabler is a name I will be watching out for in the future.

Publisher: Killer Reads

Publication date: 19th April 2019

Print length: 304 pages

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Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace #bookreview blog tour @lomace @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace today on my blog. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

Injections of Insanity: A dark and gritty crime series that pulls no punches (DI Sterling Book 3) by [Mace, Lorraine]

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The third gripping instalment in the DI Paolo Sterling crime series. 

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.

The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.

Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?

MY THOUGHTS

Injections of Insanity is a gritty police procedural, the third in Lorraine Mace’s Detective Paolo Sterling series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Lorraine opens her latest book with the murder of a professor, a man who wasn’t easily liked and many have one or two bad things to say about him. And they are not afraid to be vocal about it, even in the wake of his death. So the list of suspects for the police is potentially quite long. But what puzzles the detectives is a clue left behind by the killer, that the professor is the first in a list of planned victims, who will shortly follow. What is the killer’s motive? Is there any link between the victims? Can they stop the killer before they kill again?

This is a dark novel. There’s a real race against time here as the detectives fail to apprehend the killer quickly and when the leads begin to dry up. DI Paolo Sterling is desperate for a breakthrough, and I could see this coming through strongly as he tried to make sense of the case. Paolo and his team are determined to pull out all the stops to crack it.

I wanted to find out why the killer was targeting these specific people. There was something in their past that had upset them so much it has made them hell-bent on revenge. I wanted to know what could possibly provoke such a strong reaction in an individual.

I really liked Detective Paolo. I think one of the things I liked about his character in this book was his relationship with Jessica, which grows as the story progresses and it’ll be interesting to see how this develops in future books. I thought it added a real human touch to his character.

This is the first book by Lorraine Mace I have read, and I enjoyed reading it. The strong dialogue kept the pace flowing forward, and the writing was very immersive. I’m certain I’ll be returning to this series again. Injections of Insanity is a book that will keep you asking questions and keep you gripped. I would definitely recommend it to fans of police procedurals.

Publisher: Accent Press

Publication date: 13th June 2019

Print length: 221 pages

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Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean spotlight post @rachelmcwrites @rararesources

I’m delighted to be bringing you a spotlight post today for Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean, her latest thriller which is a standalone sequel to her previous novel, which was also released this month, Thicker Than Water.

Sea of Lies: A chilling psychological thriller about secrets and trust. (The Village Book 2) by [McLean, Rachel]

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He abducted her. He fell in love with her. He helped her escape. Can she trust him?

Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men.

With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.

Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?

Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel McLean

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

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Thicker Than Water by Rachel McLean spotlight post @rachelmcwrites @rararesources

On my blog today I’m delighted to be bringing you a spotlight post to celebrate the publication of the new novel by Rachel McLean, Thicker Than Water. I’ve previously enjoyed reading Rachel’s Division Bell trilogy, you can read my review by clicking here, I’m definitely looking forward to reading her latest.

Thicker Than Water: A gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge by [McLean, Rachel]

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Six years after floods made her family homeless, Jess Dyer has found safety on the wild North Yorkshire coast. Her sister-in-law Ruth is forging a role as doctor to their community of refugees and the rock around which the family revolves.

But the family is haunted by memories of the journey north and the loss of their mother Sonia. And their community is under attack from the local population.

When Jess answers a distress call at sea, she brings strangers to their village and puts Ruth in jeopardy. Jess must calm the community, mount a rescue mission and keep her brother Ben from tipping into insanity.

Will she succeed? And will she find Ruth before it’s too late?

‘Thicker Than Water’ is a gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel McLean

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

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And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark blog tour @EAClarkAuthor @rararesources

And No Birds Shall Sing by [Clark, E.A.]

Source: Review Copy

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Not all spirits rest in peace… 

Following a personal tragedy, a recovering Grace Clements relocates with her husband and daughter to an old cottage in idyllic rural Oxfordshire. As the family integrate into the seemingly benign local community, they learn unsettling facts about the cottage’s dark past. Grace quickly becomes uncomfortably aware of a menacing presence within their new home.
Stumbling upon a neglected cemetery, Grace and her daughter discover the graves of the house’s previous inhabitants, including those of nine babies. Dismayed to find herself pregnant, Grace suspects she has awoken something truly evil in her new residence. She develops a creeping sense of unease as she unravels the disturbing truth about the history of the cottage and the fate of its occupants.

Who is the sinister boy watching Grace and her family? Are there malevolent forces at work? Or is the mentally fragile Grace heading for another breakdown?

A spellbinding paranormal thriller from the best-selling author of Lay Me To Rest. You may want to keep the lights on…

MY THOUGHTS

I do love a good ghost story and this was a rather good one. The moment I saw the cover of this book I knew I wanted to read it. If you’re looking for a quick, chilling read with a spooky atmosphere, then I think And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark, is the book for you. Last year I saw rave reviews for her first book so I was excited to see what she had to offer in her second. It’s the perfect book to settle into as the long winter nights draw in, and if you’re looking for a book to read on Halloween. There is plenty of intrigue and mystery in this book that kept me invested in the lives of the characters.

Sam and Grace are hoping to make a fresh start after going through a tough period in their lives. They have moved to a sleepy, country village, into an old house that has spooked the locals for the past few hundred years. Are the stories based on myth? Grace and her daughter, Cassie set about researching their new home and they uncover unsettling details about its former occupants and the troubles that befell them. As their knowledge about the history of their new home grows, strange happenings begin to occur which puts their lives in danger.

This was a very easy book to get into and the writing just flowed. From the opening pages, there is a very sinister sense of foreboding that something bad is going to happen to Grace and her family, as they begin to adapt to their new life. And as I got to learn more about the characters, I began to really hope that the family were going to take heed of the advice that some of the locals were giving them, and move out of the area before something terrible happened. At the start, E.A. Clark does take us back through time as we get to learn a little bit about the people who lived there hundreds of years earlier, and this sets a dark tone which the rest of the story follows.

There are several characters who add plenty of mystery to the book. Grace and her daughter, Cassie, are convinced that the locals aren’t telling them everything they ought to about their new property; however Sam is much more on the sceptical side. Although there is already a sense of mystery about the house they have moved into, there seems to be even more mystery about the town and its residents. I warmed to Grace and Cassie straight away, and especially, Cassie’s guide dog, Jet. The loss that Grace has suffered has made her hugely protective of her daughter, and I could see that Cassie is her pride and joy.

And No Birds Shall Sing was a thoroughly enjoyable read full of sinister revelations, and a real sense of unease. The writing quickly drew me in and I was captivated by the story and the lives of the characters. Thank you to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Publication date: 24th October 2018

Print length: 140 pages

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A House Divided by Rachel McLean blog tour @rachelmcwrites @rararesources

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Source: Review Copy

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Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.

But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.

MY THOUGHTS

In Rachel McLean’s novel A House Divided we meet Minister Jennifer Sinclair, a Labour party politician. The book is set in late 2019 in 2020 and in 2021. Labour is in power and Jennifer is at the top of her career. But the party and the country are soon rocked by a series of devastating terrorist attacks that take place, and the country’s mood, including the mood of politicians, darkens. A bill is put forward to take a tougher stance on immigrants from certain countries entering the UK, to help prevent another terrorist attack from taking place. This puts Jennifer in a very uncomfortable position; she has to make up her mind on some tough decisions, including, potentially, the rest of her career in politics.

Although the novel is set just a few years into our future, the issues being discussed feel very close to what is happening in today’s world. You only have to look at Trump’s travel ban in the US to realise that the ideas that Rachel McLean explores aren’t very far-fetched at all, which is what makes the ideas in her book scarily plausible.

Rachel’s writing is very readable, and it does move along at a fast pace, particularly in the first half of the novel which explores the effects that the attacks have had on the public and on politicians in Westminster. Jennifer is a British woman, but she is married to a Muslim, Yusuf, and they have two children, so her own family is affected by the troubles. This is what makes the current situation within her party deeply personal to her, and her views against it come across very strongly in Rachel’s writing, particularly in a speech she delivers when the vote on the proposed bill is just about to be held. I think it’s Jennifer’s passion, for trying to defeat what the government is proposing, which pushes the novel forward. I could never be sure what was going on behind the scenes, in both her own party and the opposition. It did make me think of the current state in British politics at the moment, where it seems that there is always someone ready to stab a colleague in the back in their push for promotion.

The end of this book left me gasping. A House Divided is part of a trilogy, and it has made me very keen to pick up the next book as soon as I can get my hands on it. If you are fascinated by politics, and if you’re looking for a book that is character driven with an ending that will get your heart pumping, then I highly recommend giving this book a go. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Catawampus Press

Publication day: 24th September 2018

Print length: 327 pages

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