#booksontour #TheNightCaller @bookouture @nholten40 @jmhewitt

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Detective Carrie Flynn has spent twenty years searching for her little sister, who was kidnapped and never found. The worst part for Carrie is that she was with Hattie on that hot summer day. Carrie saw her sister’s abductor, but she was just a little girl herself, and remembers nothing. She will never forgive herself for letting Hattie down.

When the chance came to join the police force, Carrie didn’t hesitate. She would solve missing person cases and fight for justice – no more families stuck in limbo, no more grieving mothers, no more sisters growing up alone… But now a serial killer is stalking Carrie’s hometown of Manchester: late at night, people are going missing down at the canal. Six years, a dozen disappearances.

When another victim is taken, Carrie is sure the family is hiding something and she’s determined to find out the secret behind their silence. Why does the mother not want to answer Carrie’s questions? Who is the mysterious girl next door? Carrie knows that to track down the killer, she must find out everything she possibly can about the innocents they have chosen to hunt.

Carrie holds on to one fact: last year, standing by the water, she caught a glimpse of the killer, and the distinctive tattoo on his arm. He slipped through her fingers, but she won’t let it happen again. She’ll never stop searching, for the grieving families, for her belief in justice, and her hope that, one day, something she finds will lead her back to her lost little sister.

Can she finally solve the case that has cast a long shadow over her career and will the demons in her own past help her to catch this deadly killer?

 

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BOOK REVIEW

A darkly, chilling , atmospheric walk on the night side of Manchester canals. Someone is killing but is there only one killer  ?that’s the scenario  detectives are facing along the miles of waterways. Even though some of the plot is about a murderer called ‘The Pusher ‘who gets their thrills from pushing their victims into the cold dark depths of the canals they are not the  only focus.  The main characters other than Carrie who is investigating the murders  are one of the victims mum Emma and her best friend and neighbour Jade. Family dynamics, secrets and lies are all explored as well as the impact a violent death can have on the close family. We see Emma in the depths of despair, grappling with hope and desolation as she searches  for answers about the fate of  her son. As she struggles we are also investing time with Jade as she looks back on events that got her to where she is now and the big secret she has kept for the last few years. The story intertwines around Emma’s son Jordan who is missing and the police start to look at him and why he came to be missing. Yet no one really knows him, we are given glimpses of his character but no one person knows him well not even his own mother. Highlighting the story from the viewpoint of the families caught up in a police investigation it is a compulsive read. Full of emotion, tension, a dark read that grips you to the very last word.

Thanks to Noelle Holten and Bookouture for my copy of the book, as always these are my own thoughts and opinions.

STAR RATING 4

 

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J.M. Hewitt writes crime fiction and is the author of two previous crime fiction novels and has been published in two short story publications. Her work usually incorporates twentieth and twenty-first century events and far flung locations, and her novels explore the darker side of human behaviour.
In contrast to the sometimes dark content of her books, she lives in a seaside town in Suffolk with her dog, Marley.

When she was ten years old she’d read all the books she owned, all those on her mother’s bookcase and everything the library had to offer. She decided the only course of action to take was to write her own stories. Thirty years later, she is still writing them.

 

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WEBSITE: www.jeanettehewitt.com

#blogtour #TheDarkestLullaby @JonathanJanz @annecater

 

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The old house waited. For years there had been rumors that the owner, Lilith Martin, had been part of an unholy cult. People spoke of blasphemous rituals, black rites filled with blood, sex…and sacrifices. Then Lilith died and the house sat empty. Until now.

Lilith s nephew, Chris, and his wife, Ellie, are moving in. Ellie isn’t happy about living in such a dark, foreboding place, but she wants to get pregnant and this house has a lot more room to raise a baby than their apartment. Unfortunately, she and Chris will soon learn that Lilith has other plans.

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Once upon a time there was a master scribe from whose pen flowed tales so darkly disturbing yet so  magically creative  that he seemed unstoppable in his craft.

Yet again Jonathan has given us another riveting read, one that reminds me of Rosemary’s Baby, its not it was just the baby plus demons that made me think that. With his signature house set  alone in a dark wood he has created for us another spooky, scary, nail biting rush to finish book. A rush to the end for me  as I was greedily devouring each page as with his other books I was not disappointed. The story brought together different personalities added tension, horror, misery, a little sexual titillation and brought them  together in a crashing crescendo of a finale. As Ellie and Chris struggle with not only their relationships but with their new surroundings they are subjected to an unseen   deadly bloodthirsty entity that will stop at nothing to get its own way. Its way includes Chris and the unborn baby Ellie is just collateral damage. Will that be her fate or will her own stubbornness prove enough to survive the house and the deadly evil within its walls. Read the book to find out who lives and who dies.

Thanks to Anne Cater for my copy of thee book as always these are my own thoughts and opinions of the book.

STAR RATING 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jo nathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a

graveyard, which explains everything. Brian Keene named his

debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.”

The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin,

“reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House

and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”

Since then Jonathan’s work has been lauded by writers like Jack Ketchum,

Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Bryan Smith, and Ronald Kelly. Novels like The

Nightmare Girl, Wolf Land, Savage Species, and Dust Devils prompted

Thunderstorm Books to sign Jonathan to an eleven-book deal and to give

him his own imprint, Jonathan Janz’s Shadow Side.

His novel Children of the Dark received a starred review in Booklist and was

chosen by their board as one of the Top Ten Horror Books of the Year

(August 2015-September 2016). Children of the Dark will soon be translated

into German and has been championed by the Library Journal, the School

Library Journal, and Cemetery Dance. In early 2017, his novel Exorcist Falls

was released to critical acclaim.

Jonathan’s primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing

children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are

wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can

learn more about Janz at http://www.jonathanjanz.com.

 

 

#blogtour #Chameleon @BOTBSPublicity @MICHEALKFOSTER1

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When a ten-year-old boy playing hooky from school sees a young woman’s body hanging from a tree, a man at the scene gives chase.

Still recovering from near fatal injuries, Jack Mason is sent to investigate. He knows the boy’s life is in danger, but that’s the least of his worries. There’s a much darker side to this investigation,
and one that threatens to change many people’s lives.
What really happened in the woods that day? What dark secrets was the dead woman hiding?

And who, or what, is Chameleon?

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BOOK REVIEW
 My first read involving these characters but that doesn’t detract from it as I soon got the gist of the characters involved.
A thrilling book filled with murder, mystery and  with the added twist of international criminality. A seemingly peaceful past time  of bird watching takes a demented, twisted turn when a murder is witnessed by a child. A child who will become the object of the killers wrath and obsession. Unfortunately  for the boy he is considered a low risk as the powers that be seem to fall out amongst themselves over which way the investigation should go and who is in charge. A killer that has proven elusive to all the departments involved , a  killer who is called the Chameleon for his ability to disappear  into the background. A great procedural police thriller uniting, the police, special branch  and other departments  to find this elusive killer and those who pull his strings. Add to the mix the international search for a person of interest and its a definite page turner. The plot line adds all sorts of twists to pique your interest and keep you immersed to the  very last page.  A fast paced, thrilling, tense story  pulsating with  drama that wont disappoint you.
Thanks to Sarah Hardy and Books on the Bright side for my copy of the book, as always these are my own thoughts and opinions.
STAR RATING 4
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Michael K Foster has been writing crime thriller novels since 2006, all of them based in and around the North East of England. His bestselling debut novel, ‘The Wharf Butcher,’ was released in 2015 and offers a unique insight into this rugged landscape. He has now written four full-length novels featuring the hard-hitting DCI Jack Mason and local criminal profiler David Carlisle. His latest book in the series, ‘Chameleon,’ is scheduled for release in June 2019.
Michael was born in Plymouth, England. After ten years’ service in the British Army, he moved to Newcastle where he gained a master’s degree. A former Magistrate, he now writes full time and
lives with his family in County Durham.

#blogtour #Rage @sarahhardy681 @nettanewbound @BOTBSPublicity @Junctionpublish

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Nurse, Lizzi Yates, is assigned to provide end-of-life care to Charlie Maidley, one of Britain’s footballing legends, on the condition she keeps his identity a secret.

Unbeknownst to Lizzi, Charlie’s doctors have agreed to allow his sister, Miriam, to take him home to die on the strict understanding he remains in an induced coma, due to his history of assaulting
women—a side effect of his brain tumour.
Miriam goes away on business, leaving Lizzi in charge, but a mishap with Charlie’s medication has Lizzi questioning why he is spending his final days comatose. Deciding he is being sedated
without just cause, she makes the call to wake him up. However, a string of events and the discovery of a girl’s body at the bottom of the garden lead her to wonder if she’s made the right decision.

Who is the killer?

Could Lizzi be his next victim?

 

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW

I devoured this book in one session I was that engrossed in the overall plots littered within it pages. I say plots as there are more than one thread of the story to follow, a subtle one that just whispers its presence at you and the other less subtle  threads concerning Charlie and lizzie, and the neighbours they live close to. The tension in the story builds along nicely , the pages  wrapping you in suspicion and deceit. As I found out more about   the relationships within the book I was both suspicious and enamoured as they played out throughout. Suspicious of motives and reasons and yet enamoured in the fragility  of the growing emotions that were emerging. Even as the plotlines became tangled in the web of distrust and deceit it was not a difficult read. Some books that play out too many threads can  become overwhelming and make for a sticky , stodgy, chunky read. Not so this book its flow was just right, as I mentioned earlier I finished it in one sitting. A tension building book with more than one brilliant revelation that will have you rereading the last few chapters just to make sure you have read  them correctly.

Thanks to Sarah Hardy and Book on The Bright Side  Publicity for my copy of the book, as always these are my own thoughts and opinions.

STAR RATING 4.5

 

 

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Netta Newbound, originally from Manchester, England, has lived in New Zealand with her husband Paul for the past 22 years, but they are on the move again. By August, they will be back in Cumbria, UK, and she vows this is the very last move!

As a child, Netta was plagued by a wild imagination, often getting in trouble for making up weird and wonderful stories. Yet she didn’t turn her attention to writing until after her children
had grown and left home.
Most of her inspiration comes from the horror greats–Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Richard Layman.Netta mostly writes psychological thriller novels, all of which consistently rank highly in
the best seller categories. She is currently writing a series of crime thrillers with Marcus Brown, her son-in-law and business partner.
Netta Newbound (@nettanewbound) on Twitter

 

 

 

#blogtour #lastorders #damppebblesblogtours @williamjtodd #thebigbellbash

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Big Eddie Archer is throwing a celebrity party for the reopening of The Bellerophon public house. When singer Paul Toopen, star of TV reality show Dreamboat, goes missing there is only one man the pub’s guv’nor can call on. But Danny Lancaster is off his game after overdoing Eddie’s free hospitality at last night’s dress rehearsal. Fans besiege the pub and the media are everywhere. This could be a public relations disaster but Eddie reckons if Danny can crack the case before closing time it will make the new Bellerophon famous. Danny’s head is pounding but Eddie’s star guests might just be trapped in a pub with a killer. And the clock is ticking down to last orders. #TheBigBellBash

 

 

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW

This is a pub lock in that I would have loved to be part of , not for the booze but because I would get to hang out with Danny Lancaster. It’s  a welcome return  for  Danny  Lancaster in this short novella, a character  whom I first met in The Wreck of the Margherita . He has now mellowed somewhat since that first tale of daring do but he’s still a man you don’t want to meddle with. There is a string of humour  in him now I found an added facet of his character , one that made him seem more human. He’s grown a lot into his roles these days just a good character in a series should. Oh he’s still the same irascible character who seems to find trouble where ever he happens to be like the grand reopening of a pub. Full of z list characters from reality television, local police , aging gangsters and other hangers on. Danny has his hands full with this locked room murder, even hung -over though his mind can still function. A fun, easy read that will entertain you while still keeping you guessing about who did it. A little misdirection towards  a possible suspect to throw Danny off the scent , but his  dogged tenacious nature  just keeps him  going till the final reveal.

Thanks to Emma Welton and Damppebbles blog tours for my copy of the book, as always these are my own thoughts and opinions.

STAR RATING 4

 

 

 

 

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About Bill Todd:

Bill is a journalist and travel writer who has visited more than 40 countries from the white wastes of Arctic Finland to the ancient deserts of Namibia. He loves a good wilderness. He received the Ed Lacy travel award in 2007.

Bill has written seven crime thrillers featuring soldier-turned-investigator Danny Lancaster and was startled and delighted to be voted one of the 100 best crime authors in the WH Smith readers’ poll in 2015. He’s also written three short factual military histories. He lives to write although keyboard time has been cut lately with the arrival of grandson Theo.

 

 

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#blogtour #TheDaughterInLaw #boldwoodblogtour @ninamanning78 @boldwoodbooks

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No one is good enough for her son…

As a single mother, Annie has an especially close relationship with her son, Ben. They have always been together. Just the two of them. So, when Ben brings home his mysterious beautiful new wife, Daisy, immediately Annie doesn’t trust her. Who is this woman who has taken her son away from her? And what is she hiding?

She’ll protect him with her life…

When Ben disappears, suddenly Annie and Daisy are all the other one has. Alone in Annie’s big, remote house, just the two of them, the tension is rising. And like any protective mother, Annie will stop at nothing to expose her new daughter in law, and the secrets she is hiding…

 

 

 

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I am pleased to be on the very first blog  tour for Boldwood Books red on to find out what I thought of the book.

What a great debut novel this is, taking the premise of the wicked mother in law for who no woman will be good enough for her son and bringing it to life. What a life she breathes into its pages too. A very twisted , turbulent story of one woman’s obsession  to keep her beloved son close to home. The book gives us the view point from the two women in the life of Ben , his mother Alice and his new wife Daisy and the interaction between the woman once they are alone together in the close confines of Alice’s home. Wearing a mask of friendship and concern for Daisy and her unborn child Alice secretly sets about to take over every aspect of the pregnancy. Devastated by the betrayal of her son in his breaking free from her clutches she spirals  deeper  into her web of deception to Daisy. Alice  hides secrets  though,  terrible secrets  and  she will do anything to prevent it their discovery. Secrets and lies litter the plot line  on both sides , its just the ones Alice is hiding  that we come to discover as the book progresses that are truly horrific. The  tension ramps up as the book progresses  leading us to the  shocking discovery that Alice has kept hidden in the intervening years and months. So if secrets, lies, deception and a brilliant reveal near the end of a book are what you are looking for this summer buy this book , it does not disappoint in any way.

Thanks to Boldwood Books  and Megan Townsend for my copy of the book as always these are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 4

 

 

 

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Nina Manning

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. She lives in Dorset.

 

  Nina’s own Website         – https://www.ninamanningauthor.com/

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#blogtour #Riverflow #damppebblesblogtours @honno @AlisonLeyland

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After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want nothing more than to be left in peace to pursue their off-grid life. But when the very real prospect of fracking hits their village, they are drawn in to the frontline protests. During a spring of relentless rain, a series of mysterious threats and suspicious accidents put friendships on the line and the Sherwells’ marriage under unbearable tension. Is there a connection with their uncle’s death? As the river rises under torrential rain, pressure mounts, Bede’s sense of self begins to crumble and Elin is no longer sure who to believe or what to believe in.

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A novel that brings to the fore the current trend for all things eco , wind farms, sustainability , up-cycling and cultivating your own food. Its a story of murder, jealousy, intrigue and revenge.  Taken from the viewpoint of Bede and Elin with the voice of the dead Joe interspersing the narrative through diary exerts  the book tells a very dark story. A story of how one man’s past mistake’s come back to haunt and affect the people he left behind. As Bede struggles with the death of Joe  we find him in despair that is compounded by an accident. He wants to do the best for not only Elin but the world around  him, unfortunately some dark force  is working against him. It’s this dark , mysterious force that comes to wreck  havoc on his life isolating him from all those who care and leaving him vulnerable. As the story unfolds you are left on the edge of your seat as more and more mishaps happen around Bede, is he going mad or his he just bad and guilty. A flabber ghasting revelation leaves you speechless , and even when I thought I had figured it out it was still a shock when it presented itself. A slow starter of a book that goes on to deliver a wonderfully plotted tale of deceit and revelations.

Thanks to Emma Welton  and Damppebbles  for my copy of the book as always these are my own thoughts and opinions.

STAR RATING 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Alison Layland:

Alison Layland is a writer and translator. Raised in Newark and Bradford, she now lives on the Wales/Shropshire border. She studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University and translates from German, French and Welsh into English. Her published translations include a number of bestselling novels.

 

 

Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonLayland Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonLaylandAuthor/ Website: http://www.alayland.uk/

Purchase Links: Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/dp/1909983977/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=riverflow&qid=1562847625&s=gateway&sr=8-1 Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/dp/1909983977/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1562847916&sr=8-1 Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/riverflow/alison-layland/9781909983977 Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/riverflow,alison-layland-9781909983977?term=riverflow+ali Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Alison-Layland/Riverflow/23619095 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/9781909983977

 

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#blogblitz #TheArtOfMurder @Bloodhoundbook @RebeccaMuddiman

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How do you catch a killer who thinks murder is art?

 

Michael Fisher sees himself as an artist rather than a killer and poses his victims to resemble famous paintings.

 

Detective Nick Kelly is called to attend the latest crime scene and finds himself at the centre of a media storm. But while the rest of the police department feels under pressure, Nick relishes the attention.

 

Karen Kelly, Nick’s soon to be ex-wife, watches in horror as this brutal game of cat and mouse plays out. But Karen has secrets of her own.

 

And when another body is found, Nick is disturbed to discover he knows the victim and things start to get a little too close to home.

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Its not very often you read a novel and you don’t really like the main character but this guy is one such character  for me. That does not make it a bad book in fact, that is how he is supposed to come  across, that’s just my opinion though. This guy Nick just loves to be in the limelight at the expense of others and above the job of catching a killer. A killer who uses pieces of art work as a backdrop to his crime. An artist shunned for his twisted mind who sets out to prove to the world that  what he creates is worthy of their attention. As Nick sets about trying to solve the crimes his own narcissism cannot be held in check and he allows it to sour and muddy the investigation. Its all me, me, me to him regardless of who is lost beneath his ascent to the top of the tree. The plot follows his journey through the mires of multiple murders amid the backdrop of his own crumbled marriage. With a  neglected wife he no longer loves living  out her own life he just gets more and more  lost in his own world. As we get further into the book a plot flip occurs that just twists things up even more. This  subplot  twist  reveals an even darker facet to Nick that we didn’t know he possessed but one you think wow that’s just brilliant. The story keeps you guessing right to the final reveal how this plot in the book  plays out. An unexpected denouncement  at the end of  this darkly  thrilling story leaves  you a very satisfied reader. So if its thrills, twists, subplots and a good psychological serial killer mystery you want this book delivers all that.

Thanks to Heather Fitt and Bloodhound Books for my copy of the book, as always these are my own thoughts and opinions.

STAR RATING 4

 

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Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published six crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, Murder in Slow Motion, No Place Like Home, and The Art of Murder. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.

Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

 

https://rebeccamuddiman.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/RebeccaMuddiman https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamuddimanwriter

 

#blogtour #TheEscapeRoom @Tr4cyF3ntOn @megangoldin #CompulsiveReaders

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Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead.

When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive.

Tempers fray and the escape room‘s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one more final puzzle: which one of them is a killer.

 

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Today is my turn on the blog tour for this  fast paced thriller from the pen of Megan Golding.

They say revenge is a dish best served cold well this dish was ice age frozen when it was implemented. Take an enclosed space, add four colleagues, let them think its a game and let the fun commence. Four people who not only share the same secrets but some have their own secrets they don’t want revealed. In the confined space of an elevator shut off from the world they all fall into a  downward spiral of hate, jealousy,  despair and murderous thoughts. Who brought them here is a matter of supposition and what started out to be a game just became a  deadly race against time. As temperatures rise so their tempers fray and politeness is lost in the ensuing hours. The plot is so tense, tight and eerily brilliant in its execution, showcasing the authors outstanding  imagination. A brilliant  novel from the author which  left me  in awe of how the whole book played out.  No doubt an author to keep a close  eye out for in future. The ending well that was just utterly  exquisite, a real jaw dropper of a conclusion. An outstanding  psychological thriller that is sure to be a best seller and would I believe  make a great movie.

Thanks to Tracy Fenton and  Compulsive Readers for my copy, as always these are my own thought and opinions.

STAR RATING 5

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Megan Goldin was a journalist before she became a writer. She reported from the Middle East for the Associated Press, Reuters, the (Australian) ABC and other news outlets. She worked in Asia as a reporter and editor for Reuters and Yahoo!.

She is the author of The Escape Room, which will be released in the U.S. and UK in 2019, and The Girl In Kellers Way.

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#blogtour #CastleofSorrows @annecater @flametreepress @JonathanJanz

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Ben Shadeland’s infant daughter has been kidnapped and he’s convinced

that the malevolent creature that lives in the catacombs beneath Castle

Blackwood – an ancient god named Gabriel – is responsible. It has

summoned unspeakable monsters to the Sorrows – both human and

supernatural. And Gabriel won’t rest until he has his revenge.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.

Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more

established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW

Another scorcher of a story from the pen of this clever horror writer. Clever in that he can take a horror  cliché add his twisted imagination  and own it. The cliché here is the haunted  mansion cut off from the civilised world by the body of water that surrounds it. Take  away any means of escape leaving its terrified occupants trapped, add psychotic killers, demonic beasts put that altogether with a few twists  give it a shake and out falls this brilliant concoction. A story full of blood, gore and a  demonic spirit   that takes you on a journey through hell as seen through  the eyes of  all those involved. When  Ben’s infant daughter is kidnapped he knows exactly who and where she is, the Castle of Sorrows. The scene of a bloodbath from the previous year where he barely escaped with his life and that of his son and wife. He needs to go back to face that he fled but no one believes his account of what really happened. The people he has to rely on to help include an  ex cops, the FBI and the owner of the island who’s husband and son were killed in the same horrific event that Ben fled. Unfortunately for all of them there are others who want them dead besides the demon. The novel plays out around all these characters pitting them against each other and the malevolence that lives within the darkness of the island. The story is tense, nail biting and thoroughly all encompassing , you just fall onto the island feeling that you are also there fearing for your life. You feel you want to rush in and pluck the infant out of the darkness and hold her tight till her father can find his way to her.  The shivers run down your spine as you feel  there is some malign being  siting on your shoulder. A great read from an author who is not afraid to put his very dark twist on anything he writes and imagines. I have not read the first book of sorrows but that doesn’t matter you get enough of the backstory in this book, it has made me want to go buy that one though. I look forward to more tales.of darkness and horror from Jonathan Janz.

Thanks to Anne Cater and Flame  Tree Press for my copy of the book as always they are my own thoughts and opinions.

STAR RATING 5

 

 

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Jo nathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a

graveyard, which explains everything. Brian Keene named his

debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.”

The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin,

“reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House

and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story

Since then Jonathan’s work has been lauded by writers like Jack Ketchum,

Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Bryan Smith, and Ronald Kelly. Novels like The

Nightmare Girl, Wolf Land, Savage Species, and Dust Devils prompted

Thunderstorm Books to sign Jonathan to an eleven-book deal and to give

him his own imprint, Jonathan Janz’s Shadow Side.

His novel Children of the Dark received a starred review in Booklist and was

chosen by their board as one of the Top Ten Horror Books of the Year

(August 2015-September 2016). Children of the Dark will soon be translated

into German and has been championed by the Library Journal, the School

Library Journal, and Cemetery Dance. In early 2017, his novel Exorcist Falls

was released to critical acclaim.

Jonathan’s primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing

children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are

wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can

learn more about Janz at http://www.jonathanjanz.com