#BlogTour Katie’s Cornish Kitchen by Rosie Chambers

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Katie’s Cornish Kitchen by Rosie Chambers.

About the Author

Rosie Chambers loves writing uplifting, feel-good stories set in sun-filled locations around the world. Her stories are filled with fun, friendship and foodie treats, which Rosie hopes will bring a smile to her readers’ faces. She’s always on the market for quirky stationery and is never happier than with a pen in one hand and a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit in the other.

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About the book

Kindness, community and cake are all on the menu at Katie’s Cornish Kitchen.

After the heartbreak of being jilted by her fiancé, Katie Campbell has been mending her broken heart in Bali. She has local restaurant owner and new friend Agatha to thank for providing a listening ear in her moment of need. When Katie confides she’s worried about going back to what’s left of her life in London, Agatha has just the opportunity for Katie – to manage her old café in the beautiful, picturesque village of Perrinby in Cornwall.

Although reopening the café and making it profitable won’t be easy, Katie is determined to make the most of her fresh start. She quickly makes new friends in florist Jay, waitress Talia and handsome neighbour Oscar, and focuses on making the café a welcoming place for the community – from hosting floristry workshops to pizza-making nights and even the local knit-and-natter group. But, with the café under threat from the local property developers circulating just as she’s starting to grow closer to Oscar and finally feeling at home, can Katie find the recipe to make her Cornish Kitchen a success?

Review

Katie is still recovering from being dropped by her husband-to-be. She was lucky to meet someone who gave her enough distractions to not go off the deep end and now that person has handed her the keys to a new chance in life. The opportunity to reinvent herself without the burden of a catastrophic career and an ex-partner who has different priorities – the kind that have nothing to do with her.

So it’s off to Cornwall to try and run a cafe. A dusty neglected one that happens to be considered prime real estate by the local property developer, a smarmy tosser with a lot of determination.

The only thing about books that connect emotions with food, especially warm and fluffy ones, is that a read like this will probably have you either snacking throughout or hungry for something just as delectable. Chambers uses the food and recipes as a medium between the characters, their pain and ultimately their path to healing.

It’s a lovely feel good story with romance at the core, but more importantly it is about being able to trust again and to feel as if you belong to someone, something and somewhere. At the same time it is also about comprehending that it is fine to be alone in the midst of many, because there will be someone to be pick you up when you fall down. Chambers gives her readers humour, hope and a heartwarming read.

Buy Katie’s Cornish Kitchen at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 6 July 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of A Year of Chasing Love by Rosie Chambers.

#BlogTour A Fatal Truth by Faith Martin

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour A Fatal Truth by Faith Martin – it’s the fifth book in the popular Ryder and Loveday series.

About the Author

Faith Martin is an English author who was born in Oxford. She lives in an Oxfordshire village. She is best known for her popular detective series, starring Detective Inspector (DI) Hillary Greene. She began her writing career as Maxine Barry. She also writes under the pen names, Joyce Cato and Jessie Daniels

Faith Martin has been writing for 30 years. She signed a massive book deal with the publishers Harper Collins/HQ, who have published her Ryder & Loveday novels. All four novels, A Fatal Obsession, A Fatal Mistake, A Fatal Flaw, A Fatal Secret and A Fatal Truth are available now.

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About the book

As the Hughes family celebrate bonfire night, a terrible accident leaves the garden shed in flames – and father and grandfather Thomas trapped inside.

Tragic though it is, Thomas’s death passes without suspicion – until a local journalist makes accusations of a police cover-up in the press. WPC Trudy Loveday is sent to investigate, and asks coroner Clement Ryder to help.

But the more questions the two ask the less clear the case seems. There’s no evidence of foul play, and yet the dead man’s family are obviously hiding something. Then there are Thomas’s dubious business practices – was someone out for revenge?

All Trudy and Clement know for sure is that everyone is lying – and that they must find the truth…

Review

This is the fifth book in the Loveday and Ryder series. All of the books can be read as standalone novels, but I would recommend reading the others just because they are a good read.

The death of grandfather Thomas at a family gathering is a tragedy. Not only did the patriarch die in a terrible way, his entire family was there to see it happen. Traumatic and devastating, or is it? A journalist seems to think there might be more to the story than just unfortunate circumstances, which then leads to Loveday being drawn in to investigate the accident.

It’s a crime series with a cosy feel, which often deals with difficult relevant topics, but the charm of the sleuthing duo balances the more severe moments.

This series has grown on me. It has a young Prime Suspect 1973 Tennison feel to it. The combination of Loveday the policewoman still cutting her teeth and facing the barriers of gender inequality and sexism in her job, and the long years of expertise of Ryder and the way he becomes a kind of father figure to her, is what makes this duo one to watch.

Martin really knows how to make her main characters gel with the readers and the plot. The insecurity of both shows itself in different ways and yet in a way that gives the two the ability to support and help the other. It’s a charming series with plenty of potential.

Buy A Fatal Truth at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 11 Jun. 2020. Buy at Amazon comBuy at Waterstones.

#BlogTour Sun, Sea and Sangria by Victoria Cooke

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Sun, Sea and Sangria by Victoria Cooke.

About the Author

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters. When she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria has always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel in 2016.

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About the book

Escape to the palm-fringed beaches of the Canary Islands and wash your worries away.

Kat swore off dating many years ago, after her marriage ended in a catastrophic mess. Having moved to the Canary Islands for a fresh start, she has never had much time for romance, channelling all her energy into managing all-male dance troupe – the Heavenly Hunks.

With golden beaches, sparkling blue water and relaxing after work with a glass of sangria – or three – for Kat, it’s summer all year round. But despite life being postcard perfect, Kat can’t help but wonder if she is missing out on the most important thing of all… love.

The dancers are all well-known for their flirtatious antics and aren’t looking for anything serious… except Jay. Sitting by the pool, watching the sun reflecting in the water, Kat feels like she can tell him anything.

Handsome, caring and a good listener, he ignites a fire in Kat’s heart that scares her witless. But her relationship with Jay should stay strictly professional… right? There is absolutely no way that she can be his boss and his date. As the temperature rises, will Kat be able to take the plunge, let go of her past and find romance in paradise?

Review

Kat is the manager of a top-class sweaty, groin thrusting male stripper act. They know how to whip up the crowds of screaming women, and a few men who are there to enjoy the view. The Heavenly Hunks are building a reputation of the kind of act that is tough to follow and a surefire way to keep your audience entertained.

Kat doesn’t partake in the pleasures on offer. Instead her team members are also her friends – people she cares about. Until Jay turns up she doesn’t even consider crossing the line of professionalism. Simultaneously her friends think it is time she put her past and mistrust behind her and started dating again.

It’s a feel good romcom and the kind of escapism that will have readers wanting their own portion of sun, sea and plenty of sangria. Oh and perhaps a wee bit of grinding and knicker-tossing male stripper escapades.

Cooke keeps it fun and light, despite the seriousness of Kat’s past. It’s very much a story of friendship, women in business and the way love often seeps in to your life when you least expect it, but perhaps when you need it the most.

Buy Sun, Sea and Sangria at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 10 Jun. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of It Started With a Note by Victoria Cooke.

#BlogTour A Price to Pay by Paul Gitsham

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour A Price to Pay by Paul Gitsham.

About the Author

Paul Gitsham started his career as a biologist working in the UK and Canada. After stints as the world’s most over-qualified receptionist and a spell ensuring that international terrorists hadn’t opened a Child’s Savings Account at a major UK bank (a job even duller than working reception) he retrained as a Science Teacher. Click here to sign up to Paul Gitsham’s newsletter

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About the book

If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned…

It should be an easy solve: a murder in broad daylight with two eyewitnesses. But the victim is the son of a notorious local crime family who has a habit of hitting on other men’s wives; the witnesses are Serbian nationals who speak limited English.

For DCI Warren Jones, this is his most challenging case yet. As the suspects pile up, the victim’s family work to protect their son’s memory by destroying any evidence that could betray his criminal past – or might have led to his killer.

Somehow Warren must uncover the truth about the murder – but there are secrets at the heart of the case more dangerous than anyone could have imagined, and the fallout could tear Warren’s team apart…

Review

The victim isn’t exactly a role model when it comes to best behaviour. He is a scoundrel, a small time crook and he likes to bag taken women just for the fun of it. His family is just as disreputable and have long been on the radar of the police. DCI Warren Jones isn’t interested in how he led his life – he is just interested in getting justice for a murder victim.

Right from the start there seems to be something off about the witnesses and scene of the crime. Warren can’t quite put his finger on it, but he intends to dig until he uncovers whatever the truth may be.

It’s a police procedural crime read driven by a determined main character.

I liked the way Gitsham makes one thing in particular very clear when it comes to the victim, their past and the way they lived their life is inconsequential when it comes to solving the crime and bringing the perpetrator to justice. This is very much part of Warren Jones, the way he feels about his duty of care as a police officer, and that drive really fuels the read. As does his very dry humour and the way he knows exactly how to use his best resource – his team.

Overall it’s a read that has a mystery vibe to it and simultaneously it’s a modern crime read. I think the nature of the crime itself was a smart choice, because it very much reflects the victims and criminals of our era.

Buy A Price to Pay at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 5 Jun. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove

It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove.

About the Author

Rachel Dove – ‘I am a writer and teacher, living in West Yorkshire with my husband, our two sons, and our furry pets.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback. The Flower Shop on Foxley Street followed this in 2017 and both books hit the Amazon top 200. Chic Boutique got to #2 in the rural life humour chart and is regularly in the top 100 of that chart. The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street came out in ebook on 10th August and the paperback 1st November 2018.

I am the winner of the Writers Bureau Writer of the Year Award in 2016 and I have had work published in the UK and overseas in various magazines.

My standalone soldier book, The Long Walk Back, came out in January 2018 and I am currently writing the next book in the Westfield series. My first book with Manatee Books, Nice Guys Finish Lonely, came out in April 2018 in ebook and paperback. I love to write romantic fiction, both rom-com and harder hitting women’s fiction.

I am also a post 16 teacher and am undertaking an MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University.’

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About the book

Welcome to Shady Pines, where the sun is shining, the sea is sparkling, and there’s a cosy chalet waiting to be your home away from home. But will April find the new start she’s looking for?

April Statham had it all – until her husband left her for a blonde ten years her junior. Now she’s thirty-five, single, and starting again. So she does what anyone in her position would do: she impulsively invests her life savings in the chalet park she used to visit as a child, on the beautiful Cornish Coast.

The Shady Pines Chalet Park is… ramshackle. But it has one big advantage – it is as far as physically possible from April’s ex, his new fiancée, and her old life. With gorgeous handyman Cillian O’Leary, April is looking forward to the challenge.

As visitors arrive, April realises that Shady Pines isn’t just a second chance for her, it gives Cillian another shot at happiness too.  But when he moves into the chalet next door, April’s painful past starts to catch up with her, and she struggles to reconcile her feelings for Cillian.

Is April’s new beginning destined to end in failure – or will she find new friends, a new life and new love at her second chance hotel?

Review

April is the new owner of Shady Pines – perfect holiday retreat. New business, new her, what could possibly go wrong an what are the odds of her old problems catching up with her.

If you haven’t been in the position of being a woman who can’t conceive and are unable to have the child you want, I think it may be difficult to comprehend just how much it influences their emotional well-being and responses to certain situations. It’s easy to put April aside and label her as dramatic, highly-strung and too invested. Unfortunately it also means, especially in this case, that the people around her are unable to feel empathy, thereby making her feel as if she has failed in some way.

Running away and starting a completely new life is a scary thing to do, but it also saves her from the constant criticism she is experiencing. The worn down chalet park she decided to buy was an attempt to grab a piece of nostalgia. Apparently it comes with a grumpy old woman and an odd-jobs man with more baggage than the lost and found department at an airport.

It’s a romance, which has amusing moments at times, but is overall a story about realising when one door closes another one will always open somewhere for you.

Dove very much combines the serious with the fun in this read. Her characters are dealing with the kinds of issues that can break hearts, break up relationships and sometimes bring people to the brink. It’s that element of realism that gives this story something readers they can relate to, whilst simultaneously giving them some escapism.

Buy The Second Chance Hotel at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 29 May 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Woman in the Painting by Kerry Postle

Today it’s my turn and the last stop on the BlogTour The Woman in the Painting by Kerry Postle.

About the Author

Kerry loves art, history and literature. In her debut novel, ‘The Artist’s Muse’, she explores the artist Egon Schiele’s relationship with his model Wally Neuzil and shows that it isn’t only Schiele’s paintings of Wally that shimmer and shock.

Kerry’s second novel, ‘A Forbidden Love’, is set during the Spanish Civil War and tells a rousing and ultimately uplifting story: that when war has taken everything away from us we are still left with our humanity.

With the author’s third novel, ‘The Woman in the Painting’, she returns to the world of art. Set in Rome at the start of the 16th century the author shares with us the heartbreaking story behind the artist Raphael’s portrait of his lover, Margarita Luti. Known as ‘The Baker’s Daughter’, this portrait hides a secret…

For more about Kerry Postle visit http://frockfriday.co.uk/. For links to the paintings and literature that inspired her first novel go to https://theartistsmuseblog.wordpress.com

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About the book

A celebrated artist. A baker’s daughter. A love that will change everything. 1508. In Rome, artists are feted as gods, and women must know their place.

Margarita may be the modest daughter of a baker, but when she falls in love with painter Raphael she finds herself playing a dangerous game.

For Raphael is wanted for greater things than a humble marriage, and there are those who will do anything to keep him and Margarita apart – no matter the consequences…


Review

Pietro is an interesting narrator, perhaps because it is hard to feel any empathy towards him – at least for the majority of the story. He is a target because of his sexual preferences, his family pretends he doesn’t exist and he is usually one step away from complete destitution.

Now all of those things might make the audience feel sympathy towards him now and again. Poor Pietro with the speech impediment, everyone makes fun of him. Poor Pietro indeed. One wonders if he spent time polishing his thirty pieces of silver.

His love and obsession play a pivotal part in the story of Margarita, the lowborn daughter of a baker who refuses to be bought or sold like chattel. She becomes the object of inspiration for some of the most well-known painters of Italian Renaissance. Men creating works of art which still inspire and captivate the world many centuries after creation.

It’s historical fiction inspired by a true story. A tale of art, passion, love, but most of all it is a story of deceit.

I really enjoyed the way Postle never veered from Pietro, his point of view and ultimately his influence over the events. It doesn’t merely become a tragic tryst and battle of passionate endeavours or about navigating the egocentric and narcissistic traits of the most powerful. When you break it down it is about the subtle whispers spoken in rage or jealousy and remaining silent and doing nothing when you should step in to change to the tide of opinion.

It’s an exceptional and well crafted story.

Buy The Woman in the Painting at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 22 May 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Five year Plan by Carla Burgess

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Five Year Plan by Carla Burgess.

About the Author

Carla Burgess was born in Solihull and now lives in Chester, UK, with her husband, three children, dog and bearded dragon. She has a degree in English Literature and Psychology and started her working life as an editor on a magazine.

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About the book

Orla is a trainee reporter with a five-year plan: work her way up the career ladder, move to London and secure a job on a big national newspaper. She doesn’t want a boyfriend, he’s only going to hold her back anyway. Aiden spends his life travelling the world and living in a tent. He knows his goal: to photograph animals and raise awareness of global warming and wildlife conservation. He’s definitely not looking for a relationship past the odd casual hook-up! So when Orla and Aiden’s lives collide, they do everything to not fall for each other – with the opposite effect. But they stick to their plans, and go their separate ways…Five years later, they meet again.

Review

Orla isn’t ready to change her life or plans for someone who lives life each day as it comes. He would also rather spend his days taking pictures of wildlife and his nights in a manky tent. Not exactly the dependable nine-to-five guy who will sweep her off her feet and give her the kind of life she has planned for. Orla is very much a planner.

She didn’t really plan to wade through mud to get an interview with the weird otter obsessed conservationist or to find him so enticing that she keeps going back. She connects with Aiden on such a different level than she has ever done with anyone else, and then one day he is gone.

Five years later and Aiden is back in town and Orla is trying to stay as far away as possible from the man she couldn’t forget, but his orbit has a pull stronger than a magnet the size of a house.

It’s a lovely romcom – a romance with a two main characters who are unwilling to admit they are perfect for each other.

Burgess doesn’t give her readers love on a platter or her characters for that matter. It’s very much a case of having to fight for it, then again perhaps it is more a case of acknowledging something worth fighting and changing your life for. Love isn’t a straight line kind of emotion or experience.

It’s a feel good read, a story of love and the difficult winding path it often takes.

Buy The Five Year Plan at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital, pub date 20 Mar. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

Today it’s an absolute pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaime Admans. It really is lovely.

About the Author

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots. She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She has been writing for years but has only just plucked up the courage to tell people.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies Kismetology and The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

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About the book

Today is the Mondayest Monday ever. Hallie Winstone has been fired – and it wasn’t even her fault!

Having lost her job and humiliated herself in front of a whole restaurant full of diners, this is absolutely, one hundred percent, the worst day of her life. That is until she receives an email announcing that she is the lucky winner of the Once Upon a Page Bookshop!

Owning a bookshop has always been Hallie’s dream, and when she starts to find secret love letters on the first pages of every book, she knows she’s stumbled across something special.

Things get even better when she meets gorgeous, bookish Dimitri and between them, they post a few of the hidden messages online, reuniting people who thought they were lost forever.

Review

Hallie rightly thinks her ship has come in when she wins or rather is given a bookshop. One with a flat above it. A job, a home and a dream come true. For someone who wears her knickers longer than she can hold down a job – this is brilliant news.

She seems to also have inherited a book illustrator, a rather clumsy gentleman who spends his days sketching in a corner of her newly acquired book heaven or is that haven…nope definitely heaven. The two of them discover secret love messages in the books, and so begins the tale of Hallie and Dimitri.

Someone needs to bequest me a bookshop just like this, then I can live a long and satisfactory book filled life and eventually die a very contented bookworm indeed. What about your life and family you say? To that I can reply but one thing – Books, and err .. more Books!

I have to admit this story thawed the icicles around my black heart. This is such an adorable and heartwarming read. It spoke very loudly to my inner bookworm. The whole premise of being surrounded by books, the wonderfully amusing and romantic atmosphere, and a cast of delightful characters. Of course there has to be a special mention of the amorous Heathcliff. What a cad, a well-travelled and often picky one, but a cad nevertheless.

You can feel the love and genuine joy the author pours into the story even in those moments when things go wrong. It’s a passionate tale of love of the written word, which binds the characters together to create a funny and heartwarming story.

Buy The Little Bookshop of Love Stories on Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 8 May 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Broken Silence by Liz Mistry

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Broken Silence, the second part in the DS Nikki Parekh series, by Liz Mistry.

About the Author

Liz Mistry has signed a three book deal for a new series with HQ Digital, a Harper Collins imprint. The first in the series was Last Request, which was released in October 2019. Broken Silence is the second book and will be released April 2020. The series features a feisty mixed-race DS called Nikki Parekh and is set in Bradford.

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About the book

When DS Felicity Springer is reported missing after a police training conference, the countdown to find her begins…

On her way home after an exhausting weekend, with colleagues she can’t wait to escape, Felicity notices something odd about the white van in front of her. A hand has punched through the car’s rear light and is frantically waving, trying to catch her attention.

Desperate to help, Felicity dials 999 and calls it in. But whilst on the phone, she loses control of the car on the icy road, crashing straight into the vehicle ahead. Pinned in the seat and unable to move, Felicity feels a sudden whoosh of cold air across her face. Someone has opened the passenger door… and they have a gun.

With Felicity missing and no knowledge of whether she is dead or alive, DS Nikki Parekh and DC Sajid Malik race to find their friend and colleague.

But Felicity was harbouring a terrible secret, and with her life now hanging in the balance, Nikki can only hope that someone will come forward and break the silence…

Review

The tables are turned in this second part of the DS Nikki Parekh series, both of which can be read as standalone crime reads. Where DS Springer was very much the enemy in Last Request and almost obsessively determined to bring Parekh to heel and perhaps even destroy her career – this time it is up to Parekh to find and if possible save Springer.

It’s almost ironic how Springer starts to make choices based on what she thinks Parekh might do in a similar situation. The other woman, the colleague she has treated with disdain becomes the person to emulate. Strength, determination and an incalculable will to survive the ordeal are what keep Stringer fighting. If she survives, will it change the way she perceives and interacts with Parekh?

It’s an urban crime read with a fresh gritty feel. The main characters says what she feels and sometimes she feels like she doesn’t give two monkeys about a woman who tried to destroy her, but now needs her help.

Mistry mixes modern crime with the challenges of gender inequality in the police force. The treatment of those who don’t fit into the men’s club idea of what a cop should be, and the women who help to perpetuate the problem. Acting like one of the boys doesn’t mean you are one.

I have to say kudos to the sub-plot that flows subtly along with the main one. The indifference, the shame, the audacity of the event and the way each individual responds to it was an interesting way to solidify certain points.

Buy Broken Silence at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for an other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 24 April 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Last Request (DS Nikki Parekh #2) by Liz Mistry.

#Blogtour Silent Cry by Jenny O’Brien

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Silent Cry by Jenny O’Brien.

About the Author

Born in Dublin, Jenny O’Brien moved to Wales and then Guernsey, where she tries to find time to write in between working as a nurse and ferrying around 3 teenagers.

She’s an avid reader and book blogger in addition to being a previous RoNA judge. In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer.

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About the book

Alys is fine. Don’t try to find us.

Five years ago, Izzy Grant’s boyfriend Charlie took their newborn daughter Alys out for a drive.They never came back.

After years of waiting, Izzy has almost given up hoping that they’re still alive – until a note is pushed through her door telling her they’re fine, not to look for them. Suddenly the case is top priority again, and Izzy is swarmed with faces from the past: the detective who was first on the scene to help; an old friend who vanished not long after Alys and Charlie.

Izzy doesn’t know who she can trust, who is sending her notes, where Charlie and Alys might be. Her only ally is DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Cardiff and fleeing a painful past of her own.

Gaby knows something doesn’t fit with the case, and she knows Izzy won’t rest until she finds out what really happened to her daughter. Could someone she knew and trusted really have taken Alys from her?

Wherever Alys and Charlie are, Gaby is determined to find them, no matter what it takes. Somewhere in Izzy’s past is a clue, if Gaby can only find it…

Review

At the most vulnerable, confusing and happiest time in her life the last thing Izzy expects is the ultimate betrayal. The kind of betrayal that never lets go of your heart, mind or soul. Five years ago, shortly after giving birth to her daughter Alys, Izzy’s boyfriend Charlie disappears with the baby. The only thing left in this mysterious wake of destruction is a postcard ‘Alys is fine. Don’t try to find us’ -that’s all.

No words of explanation. No trail left to follow. All there is are the suspicions and conspiracy theories of a distraught mother. DC Gabriella Darin is the only person who seems to be interested in helping Izzy find the truth.

The author gives an accurate and heartbreaking account of what it must be like for victims of missing loved ones. The people who are relegated to cold case file status, because the clues and the trails run cold. None of that changes the way they feel about the missing or their need to find them.

It’s a psychological thriller built on constantly rising emotional tension.

O’Brien builds her story on the complacency and assumptions of her readers. We expect, so we assume. Our minds create the rest of the narrative around the few details and minimal information we receive at the beginning. Full steam ahead towards  – and that’s when we end up in the ocean waiting for someone to throw us a lifeline, because the plot gets turned upside down.

Buy Silent Cry at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 17 April 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien.