#BlogTour Last Request by Liz Mistry

Today it’s my pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Last Request 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 is Last Request, which will be released in October 2019. It features a feisty mixed-race DS called Nikki Parekh and is set in Bradford.

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About the book

When human remains are discovered under Bradford’s derelict Odeon car park, DS Nikita Parekh and her team are immediately called to the scene.

Distracted by keeping her young nephew out of trouble, Nikki is relieved to learn the investigation has been transferred to the Cold Case Unit, and she can finally focus on her family.

But when the identity of the victim is revealed, she’s soon drawn back into the case. The dead man is a direct link to her painful past.

As the body count begins to rise, Nikki must do everything she can to stop the killer in their tracks before anyone else gets hurt – even if it means digging up secrets she had long kept hidden…

Review

This is the first in a new crime series by Mistry. Her main character DS Nikita Parekh pulls no punches and is a determined fighter for her family, herself and for the victims she encounters. She is torn between family loyalty and problems, and her career. At times she is like a demented ping-pong ball bouncing back and forth from one thing to the other.

Kudos to Mistry for bringing an important point to the table about the lack of awareness the wealthy or any social class above the working class, especially those living in poverty, have when it comes to living a daily struggle. If you have never lived from payday to payday, struggled to feed yourself and loved ones or as in this case, had to face the miscreants of society on a daily basis – then you have no business judging those people or have the right to a sanctimonious opinion.

DS Nikita Parekh and her family have to deal with these kind of situations on a daily basis. It’s a dog eat dog world and she struggles to keep her loved ones out of the clutches of the type of criminals who think nothing of maiming and disfiguring kids and young people.

To make matters worse her the majority of her colleagues treat her with disdain, especially when she becomes the main suspect in a murder case.

It’s a fast-paced urban crime series with a strong female lead. Mistry doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable truths our society has to deal with. The way she melds fact, fiction and realism results in a gripping read.

Buy Last Request at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 16 Oct. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Family by Louise Jensen

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Family by Louise Jensen.

About the Author

Louise Jensen is a global No.1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Louise has sold over a million English language books and her novels have been sold for translation to twenty-fine territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers’ lists. Lousie was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award and the Guardian’s Not the Booker 2018. the Gift has been optioned for TV and film.

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About the book

Could one Mother’s mistake cost her daughter everything?

Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly  home.

But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.

Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…

Review

Louise is vulnerable and so is her young daughter Tilly, which makes them both the perfect targets. The fact they have been isolated and scorned by their community, because they are being blamed for the illness of a young girl, makes them even more of a target. Even their own family has distanced themselves from the two of them.

Having to cope with the death of husband and father on top of the blame being thrown around by everyone has brought the two of them close to breaking point. The last drip in the barrel is the financial ruin facing their family and the bullying Tilly has to endure on a daily basis.

Although this is a psychological thriller with slowly building tension and a very credible plot, it’s also a warning message in a way. There are plenty of people that find themselves in vulnerable positions during their lifetimes and there is always someone out there willing to take advantage of them. So-called development, spiritual communes that are often nothing more than a cult led by some egomaniac.

Jensen starts the story with an ordinary scenario of loss and grief, which she then turns into something far more sinister and deadly. Nothing is what it seems in any of the families in this story. The author places the word family under a microscope and lets readers examine what it means within the confines of these different structures. Does it mean blood, friends or just those who support us in both good and bad times?

It’s a fast-paced psychological thriller with plenty of secrets, lies and betrayals.

Buy The Family at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 3rd Oct. 2019. Paperback – £7.99 – Available in eBook and Audio. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger.

About the Author

Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of 16 novels. Her books are published in 26 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Lisa Unger lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.

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About the book

You committed the perfect crime. But someone knows the truth.

You followed the trial obsessively. Knew the evidence, alibis, and witnesses inside out. You know they’re guilty and can’t believe they got away with it. But where judge and jury failed, someone is determined to see justice done.

Rain Winter left journalism behind to focus on her baby daughter. But when a man acquitted for murder is killed, in the same way as his suspected victims, Rain sees a pattern emerging between a series of cold cases.

Meticulous and untraceable, this killer strikes in the dead of night, making sure that the guilty are suitably punished for their crimes.

As Rain’s investigation deepens, she must face up to dark secrets in her own past and the realisation that the killer may be closer than she thinks…

Review

This is Unger’s best crime story so far. It is crime and suspense par excellence. Unger plays with the concept of guilt, fear, revenge and justice in a way that makes the most peace-loving among us yearn for the chance to rid the world of a bit of evil.

Rain is a survivor. Rain is a loving mother and wife, but Rain is also guilty. She is guilty of letting her friends face a fate worse than death, and indeed for one it does end with death. It’s a past she has hidden away in the recesses of her mind.

Many years after the incident that changed her life forever she finally seems to be at peace. It has taken her a while to build a successful career as a journalist – her baby hiatus is interrupted when someone commits a vigilante killing. Much like the way her own tormentor came to his end.

It awakens a need to dig. A deep urgent need to examine the truth, both her truth and the truth as her friend sees it. Is she really to blame? Someone certainly thinks so. She is the reason two of them experienced hell on earth and why one of them is dead.

I found it both intriguing and admirable how the author manages to write a psychological thriller with this amount of tension and the incredibly violent nature of the crimes without actually going into detail. There are no superfluous scenes of depravity – in fact Unger proves you can do it in such a suggestive way that your imagination fills in the blanks. A far worse scenario and perfect way to awaken hidden fears, as far as I am concerned.

It’s a gripping psychological thriller, a crime that will make you wonder where your own boundaries are. Unger takes a close uncomfortable look at survivor’s guilt, at the way our criminal and justice system fails the victims, and at just how many loopholes there are in systems that are supposed to keep children safe. It is a spectacularly riveting read, and it will be going on my best crime reads of the year list.

Buy The Stranger Inside at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 3rd October 2019 – Paperback – £7.99. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my reviews of Ink and Bone and Under My Skin by Lisa Unger.

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Tuesday Mooney Wore Black by Kate Racculia

In my mind’s eye Tuesday is a goth girl without the goth, an intelligent quick-witted Wednesday Adams with plenty of snark. She is also a young woman who is haunted by the past, especially by the unknown variable in the equation she calls her life. The disappearance of her best friend when they were both teenagers has left her vulnerable and damaged.

Fortunately the fact she has a constant open dialogue with said friend is what keeps her sane and on the straight and narrow. Talking to her ghost or what she interprets as the ghost is also what keeps Tuesday ticking while she is dealing with the grief.

Her life and relationships are redefined when she is drawn into a mystery devised by a recently deceased billionaire. The money she could win is an interesting enticement, but it turns out there is more to the hunt than she expected.

I enjoyed the way Racculia made it more than just a mystery. It’s about loyalty, friendship, mental health, loneliness, murder, dysfunctional families and above all a good old fashioned treasure hunt.

It’s a mystery thriller with sort of an Eleanor Oliphant meets a Dan Brown mystery with a literary vibe. The Poe-esque flair melds perfectly with Tuesday’s eccentric attitude and yet oddly charming personality.

I admit I am left with questions though, perhaps enough to warrant the author bringing Mooney back. What happened to her friend – I need to know.

Buy Tuesday Mooney Wore Black at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HarperCollins pub date 1 Oct. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

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#BlogTour The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson.

About the Author

Miranda is the author of ten books, including six Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into seven languages and have made the bestseller charts in four countries. She has been shortlisted twice for the RNA awards (for Novel of the Year in 2010 with Fairytale of New York and again in 2012 for Contemporary Novel of the Year for It Started With a Kiss). She has now sold over a million copies of her books worldwide.

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About the book

Their love story started with goodbye…

‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be…

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.

But is life ever as simple as that?

This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…

Review

The story is written very much in the vein of An Affair to Remember and Brief Encounter. The author takes inspiration from the romantic notion of soulmates and fate. That sometimes when two people meet it was destined to happen, and that it may be the right people at the right time or the right people at the wrong time.

This very much describes what happens when Phoebe and Sam meet. Neither of them are supposed to be there at that point in time, then again the real question would be whether they were always meant to meet. Perhaps their lives were supposed to intersect at exactly this moment.

They instantly know they have an unfathomably close bond and attraction, and yet are unable to change the paths they are on, which means heading in completely opposite directions. They leave each other with the promise that they will return one year from now and carry on where they left off and in the interim they are allowed minimal contact via certain methods of communication.

What Dickinson plays to, as an author to their audience, is the feeling that there is someone out there for each one of us – we just have to find them. The inexplicable joy of the first flutterings of love and attraction. When breathlessness isn’t caused by a fast round in the gym, but by the physical reaction we experience when our base mating instincts take over.

It’s a contemporary read, women’s fiction and in a way the kind of love story everyone wants to experience.

Buy The Day we Meet Again at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ pub date 5 Sept. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks

Today it’s an absolute pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks. It’s a domestic noir thriller with elements of a psychological thriller.

About the Author

Adele Parks was born in Teesside, North-east England. her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000 and since then she’s had eighteen international bestsellers. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa and is a keen supporter of The National Literary Trust. She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband and son.

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About the book

Lies, Lies, Lies explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets.

After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three.

And so what if Simon drinks too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

Review

Leave it to Parks to pull a rabbit out of the hat at the last minute. She has this talent for sliding in the unexpected and catching her readers unawares.

The lie that turns Simon and Daisy’s marriage on its head is a big one. The kind of lie you can’t come back from and the kind that changes lives forever. It’s not the cause of Simon’s drinking problem, but it certainly exacerbates it. He becomes paranoid and suspicious. The trust between himself and Daisy is non-existent.

Meanwhile Daisy is putting on a brave face in front of family and friends. She has no idea Simon has caught her in a lie – blissfully unaware. What she does know is that his drinking is out of control and something has got to give. And it does, but not in the way either of them expect it to.

Whilst the two of them are so engrossed in their own brand of ego-trip and type of self-flagellation they do something unthinkable, which changes their little family forever.

Parks dives straight into the nitty-gritty of relationships and married life. Specifically what happens when the fragile balance between two people is thrown off-kilter by trust issues. Once there is an element of doubt in a relationship it grows like a weed.

It’s a domestic noir thriller with elements of a psychological thriller. As usual Parks combines the controversial with the more normal everyday situations we have to deal with in life to create a captivating read.

Buy Lies, Lies, Lies at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ – Harper Collins Uk pub date 5 September 2019 – Paperback £7.99 – EBook £5.99 – Audiobook £12.99. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of I Invited Her In by Adele Parks.

#BlogTour A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin

It’s my pleasure to take part in the BlogTour A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin. A police procedural with a mystery, and yet at the same time the author melds important topics like sexism and discrimination into the story.

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  and A Fatal Secret are available now.

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About the book

Oxford, 1961

A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard.

It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cuts or dirt on his hands? Why would a boy terrified of heights be around a well at all?

Clement and Trudy are determined to get to the truth, but the more they dig into Briar’s Hall and the mysterious de Lacey family who live there, the murkier things become.

Could it be that poor Eddie’s death was murder? There are rumours of blackmail in the village, and Clement and Trudy have a horrible feeling that Eddie stumbled on a secret that someone was willing to kill for…

Review

This is the fourth book in the Loveday and Ryder series. If you’re a fan of slightly eccentric mismatched detective duos then this will probably be right up your street. This story is like an old-fashioned whodunnit, but with a more modern feel to it.

The book starts with the tragic disappearance of a young boy called Eddie. The search comes to an awful conclusion, but fortunately not one that suggests there is a third party involved. Well not until Ryder and Loveday get involved that is, then the accident starts looking a little less accidental and a little more like a crime.

The two of them investigate with their usual intense passion for the truth and for justice. In doing so they turn up more secrets than they were expecting, and not necessarily the truth about Eddie and what led to his death.

WPC Loveday has to battle wars at work, where she is treated like a joke, and at home, where she is expected to conform to expectations. Her parents think she should be getting married and having babies instead of running around solving crimes and putting herself in danger. The only person she feels at ease with, perhaps because he understands and doesn’t judge her, is Ryder.

This series gets better with each book. I get the feeling Martin is just getting started, and to be fair the premise and the characters have plenty of room for development. This sleuthing duo is the kind that has you casting the actors in the television roles. It’s a young Tennison meets a less agitated and more laid back Quincy with a Midsomer Mystery vibe. A police procedural with a mystery, and yet at the same time the author melds important topics like sexism and discrimination into the story. With each book Martin gives more depth to her characters and more complex problems to navigate. It’s an enjoyable read.

Buy A Fatal Secret at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 6 Sept. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my reviews of A Fatal Obsession and A Fatal Flaw by Faith Martin.