C J Tudor is back with her new book and hotly anticipated second novel ‘ The Taking of Annie Thorne ‘ @cjtudor #TheTakingofAnnieThorne #NetGalley read on for my review.

 

 

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One night Annie went missing. There were searches and appeals but the outcome looked bleak. After 48 hours a miracle happened and she returned home. Where she went remained a mystery to everyone.

Something happened to Annie she wasn’t the same girl again. Even her brother Joe was scared even if he couldn’t admit it.

Joe lived with what happened for 20 years before circumstances took him back to his home town.

 

BOOK REVIEW

Well it’s happened again,another great read from the pen of CJ Tudor. Just as haunting as her first but with more of a polished edge. Her style has yet to settle into one that is more unique to her but it’s hard to write a horror/ suspense novel without your own favourite authors haunting its pages. It’s Stephen King  voice I feel whispering throughout  this one , as I thought it was James Herbert within the pages of The Chalk Man. That’s just my opinion on that though.

This book will certainly be on many TBR pile’s  this year as it was on mine. A story that is hauntingly eerie in a manner that will  keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow Joe’s journey to his past.  Live each day of Joe’s nightmare alongside him as he wrestles with his past. A past that we find out about in generous chunks as it runs side by side with his  present life. The author keeps the plot moving along at nice steady pace for me that doesn’t see me skipping parts to get to the end of the page. A pace that saw me indulging and savouring each paragraph and page.  A chilling, taut, thrilling, hair on the back of your neck standing up kind of book. An author whose true voice has yet to be revealed through her stories but it’s getting  there, and I am  sure future books will reveal it in its true glory.

As always these are just my opinions. Thanks to NETGALLEY for the chance to read it.

STAR RATING 4

Today finds me on the blog blitz for the latest book by Mark Tilbury ‘ You Belong To Me ‘ @MTilburyAuthor  @Bloodhoundbook #ReadBHAuthors #bookreview #bookrecommendations 

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Can two wrongs make a right.

The police never found fifteen year old Ellie Hutton. She vanished ten years ago after walking home from school along a disused railway track. But Danny Sheppard knows exactly what happened to her. She is dead and buried in a field near Lassiter’s Brook. Now Cassie Rafferty has gone missing. Same age. Similar circumstances. And Danny also knows what happened to her. Can Danny fight his demons and tell the truth this time?. or will history repeat itself and leave another innocent girl dead?

BOOK REVIEW.

Well this  was another gem from the author. After reading his previous novels that were more supernatural/horror/thrillers this was a bit of change in direction. Ok a rather large stride down a different path but a path he seems to be striding down with gusto, and it works. He takes a story that includes a group of boys whose past haunts their present. He brings them together to beat those nightmares and proceeds to give us a story that chills. The story twists, turns and plays on people’s fear of past mistakes coming back to bite them. A deeply engrossing read that keeps the reader wanting to read on and on, you get the picture. The way the story unfolds leaves you thinking you have guessed what is coming but be prepared for the unexpected. Don’t let the change of writing direction put you off, this author can and always delivers a great read at least with this one you don’t need to worry about reading alone at night. I for one would like to see Mark do similar again alongside his other works.

Thanks to Emma Welton and Bloodhound books for a copy and the chance to take part on the Blog Blitz.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfotdshire where he was born and raised.

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and selling-published two  books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had six novels published by Bloodhound Books, including his most recent release, You Belong To Me.

When he’s not writing , Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, and taking country walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.

Author website: http://www.marktilbury.com

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Tilbury/e/B00X7R10I4/

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/marktilburyauthor/

Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/MTilburyAuthor @MTilburyAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marktilburyauthor/ @marktilburyauthor

TWISTED the latest book by @SSCav and its as Twisted as the title suggests. This is my review of the book. Be warned you wont want to put it down when you start it. #ThisBookisTwisted @orionbooks #worthreading #worthallthestars #whoisJTLeBEAU

TWISTED

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BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1 The police are looking to charge me with murder.

2 No one knows who I am. Or how  I did it.

3 If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After reading this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted….

BOOK REVIEW

If you have read previous books by this author then you know what a  delicious treat you are in for . After reading Thirteen and The Plea i knew  that this book would  also be a pleasure to read. The anticipation of what was to come left me rubbing my hands in glee. A stunning standalone novel that showcases what an  amazingly creative mind the author has. Who is JT LeBeau ? That is the question. A question asked repeatedly throughout the book, but does it get answered ? You wont be able to or want to put this book down it’s just so intoxicating. The plotline is merciless in its quest to answer the question of  the true identity of LeBeau. With more twists than a Corkscrew ride, plenty of nail-biting tension and wow did that just happen moments, this book does not disappoint. A great  tension building book that was not only truly enjoyable to read it  confirms in my mind the author’s greatness as a thrilling crime writer. Go out and buy it in all its formats as you will want to read it again and again and again.

As always these are just my opinions and I thank NetGalley for the chance to read the book.

STAR RATING 5 

As a blogger you get to read some amazing books and 2019 has started out with some fabulous reads. Here is my review of the latest instalment in the life of Detective Kim Stone in Dead Memories by @WriteAngie @bookouture #NetGalley #worthreading #bookreviews

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She ruined lives. Now they are going to destroy hers.

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer. In order 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 girl lives but the boy is dead. Similar circumstances to Kim’s early life.  When a middle-aged couple are found in a burnt out car Kim knows these incidents are not random but aimed directly at her.

Faced with a killer who know all the intimate details of her life Kim is faced with the brutal truth someone wants to hurt her in the worst possible  way.

 

BOOK REVIEW

Reading this instalment of  Kim’s life is like catching up with an old friend. Having not read the books in series order does not affect  the relationship I have with Kim. Each book gives you some insight into her past. So just like catching up with a friend you get more information, just sometimes its might be more focused on one particular aspect of that life and a little bit out of synch with current affairs.

Angela gives to us yet another riveting, gritty, chilling insight into Kim’s world. Kim’s character while it comes across as hard and unfeeling is deep , deep , deep down just a fragile little girl and the author lets this shine through more in this book. Yes we know someone is making her relive her early years and that is the main focus of the plotline but the other books allowed you glimpses of this fragility too. It’s like Kim is now in this book at the best time in her life to deal with her past and Angela knows this. This gives you a great sense of understanding between writer and their creation.

While the plot is tense and tight you are not allowed to forget Kim’s softer side as one scene in the book moved me to tears. It’s a great writer who can amongst all the dark and tense action in the plot give you such a tender moment that gives you tears yet also hope. Hope that Kim will come out the other side yes with  slightly more damage but still the Kim we know and love.

Wow so now we know lots more about who Kim really is and why she is the way she is lets hope we get chance to meet her on many more adventures in the future.

STAR RATING 5

Join me as I take my turn on the Blog Tour for Tony J Forders #Bliss4 The Reach Of Shadows. A book that doesn’t disappoint you but one that delivers the best encounter yet with Bliss . #worthreading #worthallthestars #ReadBHauthors @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbooks

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Take a bluff exterior, add a sense of humour, a great team  backing him up and the tenaciousness  of a dog with a bone and you have DI Bliss. Of all the outings with Bliss  this is by far my favourite one. To me in this book Bliss has grown into the character that the author was aiming for. One the readers can relate to and have come to respect and enjoy. For a long while the readers shelves have been lacking a great male lead detective but no longer. To me Bliss fills that gap and I would love to see him on the small screen filling the space left by not having Frost, Morse and Wexford anymore.I will not apologise for my enthusiasm of the book as I thoroughly enjoyed this, as I did with  all the other offerings from the author and I want you whoever you are reading my reviews to feel that joy in the hopes it makes you want to read them too.

The author has produced other great books about Bliss and Mike Lynch but seems to be one who is underrated by the crime loving readership. I think though that this is the book that will allow him to break through and reach a greater audience. So if you want a tightly formatted , entertaining read that can still tug at your heart strings and a great crime plot then this is for you.

I am lucky enough to have read the other Bliss books so I have followed Bliss through many trials and tribulations. This book brings together lots of the various strands that make up his life and starts tying them up towards a final outcome.

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While recovering from his injuries sustained in a road accident he is taken directly to a murder scene of Jade Coleman. It’s her death and life that him and his team must investigate. Which part of her life took her down the road that led to her murder. It’s while he is dealing with this case that we find Bliss a man still haunted and tormented by the death of his wife having to face up to the ghosts of his past and the stunning realisation that now is the time to deal with them.He wouldn’t be the man we hope he is if he didn’t face those issues and finally hope to lay to rest the ghosts of past lives that haunt his very existence.

While some threads are neatly tied off there will be more from DI Bliss and for that I am glad roll on book 5 ,6, ……. 21 etc

 

January has set the high standard for books to follow in its wake in 2019. I’m pleased I got chance to read and review this next book Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox #NetGalley @candicefoxbooks #GoneByMidnight #worthreading @PenguinUKBooks 

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They left four boys safe playing in a room upstairs. They came back to just three.

While the parents relax over a drink they left their boys safe on the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel. But when one of the parents went to check on them at midnight they find one of the boys missing. The boys swear they never left the room, CCTV confirms none of them left the building. No trace of the missing boy is found.

The search is on to find the child before it becomes a search for a body.

BOOK REVIEW. 

From the first page it’s clear why the author has won previous awards this book grabs you in it’s well written , taunt pages. Take a story that demands all your attention, add a duo of scarred and tormented investigators, put a big dollop of intrigue and mystery and you have a gripping compulsive  read. Although this is the third in the series it’s easy enough to enjoy it as a stand alone book. 

The mother of the missing boy distrusting of local law hires Ex-cop Ted Conkaffey and his partner Amanda in the hopes they can do what the cops can’t . As the duo track down leads and dismiss red herrings the story becomes more and more twisted. The duo are both trying to put  their past behind them. Unfortunately  it won’t let them and whispers of it becomes screams in different parts of the story. 

The author keeps the story racing along with many twists that are there to lead you to a fantastically unexpected finale. A finale that is delivered with well accomplished panache. Brilliant just brilliant in my own opinion. 

Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read it. 

STAR RATING 5