#BookReview – Believe Me by J P Delaney @QuercusBooks @Hannah_Robbo

Believe Me has a beginning that pulls you straight into the world of Claire.  A world where you need to have confidence to get by, and luckily for Claire, she is a pretty damn good actress.  She has the ability to become anyone she wants… but is she cunning enough to get herself out of an incredibly sticky situation?

41GCiWhAS5L._AC_US218_‘Claire Wright likes to play other people.

A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands.

When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. But right from the start, she has doubts about the part she’s being asked to play. Is Patrick Fogler really a killer… Or the only decent husband she’s ever met? And is there more to this set-up than she’s being told?

And that’s when Claire realises she’s playing the deadliest role of her life…’

Delaney writes with mesmerising force and captures tense moments perfectly that leave you lapping up each page vigorously.  This is a book that you will pick up and not want to put back down.  Believe Me has a storyline you will not forget.

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#BookReview – Resin by Ane Riel @alisonbarrow @TransworldBooks @AuthorAneRiel #ResinBook

Resin is a book about a young girl.  A book that shows how children are so easily influenced and how us adults can mould their world in a way that they believe whatever we want them to, because all we want to do is protect them.  However, some people show their need to love and protect in different ways to others.

5111nYB7IzL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg‘Liv died when she was just six years old. At least, that’s what the authorities think.

Her father knew he was the only one who could keep her safe in this world. So one evening he left the isolated house his little family called home, he pushed their boat out to sea and watched it ruin on the rocks. Then he walked the long way into town to report his only child missing.

But behind the boxes and the baskets crowding her Dad’s workshop, Liv was hiding. This way her Dad had said, she’d never have to go to school; this way, she’d never have to leave her parents.

This way, Liv would be safe.’

A harrowing introduction shows how something so sinister can appear so completely normal for a child, and the different perspectives of this world of theirs is captivating.  We witness Liv’s point of view on life and discover why her father, Jens, is the way he is.  He appears normal to the outside world, however he is anything but.

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#BlogTour #BookReview #GuestPost – Sky’s The Limit by Janie Millman @ChezCastillon @DomePress

I am so appreciative of being invited to do blog tours, and especially with the case of Sky’s The Limit.  I have been able to submerge myself wholly into climates afar and smell the aromas of differing places with this delicious read; it is one that will take your breath away and is the perfect tonic for a summer’s eve.

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‘Sky is devastated when she finds that her husband is in love with someone else, even more that it is her oldest friend Nick. She has lost the two most important men in her life and can’t ever trust either of them again.

To escape, she goes alone on a dream trip to Marrakesh and meets Gail, on a mission to meet the father of her child, a man she loved but thought did not want her.

In Marrakesh, Sky and Gail both find unexpected joys – and surprises. For Sky these lead to France, to a beautiful chateau and a family whose relationships seem as complicated as her own.’

From the moment I clasped open this book to the second I turned its final page, I cannot help but commend Janie for the way she fabulously pours her soul into each character and helps them creatively be a part of this story.  Sky’s The Limit is about taking chances, reuniting love and finding inner peace.  And the spell-binding locations of Marrakech and South West France really add emphasis to the exoticness and simplicity of this tale.

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#BlogTour #BookReview – Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone @WRITERachael @DomePress

Puzzle Girl is a read that is full of energy, with hilarious and eager characters and plenty of every day moments that all of us will come across at one time or another. Rachael writes with flavour and the perfect amount of attitude that I feel helps develop certain characters well, and push those along that need a little encouragement in taking a hold of their life.

Puzzle Girl bc-1.jpg‘Love is a riddle waiting to be solved…

Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one disastrous morning changes everything.

When she finds herself stuck in a doctor’s surgery, a cryptic message left in a crossword magazine sends her on a search to find the mysterious puzzle-man behind it.  Cassy is soon torn between tracking down her elusive dream guy, and outwitting her nightmare workmate, the devious Martin.

Facing a puzzling love-life, will she ever be able to fit the pieces together and discover the truth behind this enigmatic man?’

There are plenty of things going on in this book, never a dull moment as they say, as Cassie seems to stumble from one problem to the next.  She is an incredibly likeable character and a heroine at the heart of all of us.  She is the classic girl next door that sometimes doesn’t think before she acts; although we have all been there.

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#BlogTour #BookReview – No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister @MichaelJBooks @GillianMAuthor

This is definitely going to the top of my list for favourite reads so far this year.  No Further Questions has a storyline that maintains your attention, characters that draw you in, and an explosive finale.  This is the tale of two sisters and a trial that will either make or break them.

51t+sv5a-KL‘The police say she’s guilty.  She insists she’s innocent.  She’s your sister.  You loved her.  You trusted her.  But they say she killed your child.

Who do you believe?’

This is a smart thriller that has taken a simple idea and turned it into a fascinating courtroom drama.  This book is made for television.  Gillian writes with perfect pace, not too fast, not too slow, and keeps adding emphasis to the importance of each character throughout.  Everyone has their part to play and where they each end up is what makes it so interesting.

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#BlogTour #Book Review – Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K @ClaireAllan

Claire is an established author in her own right in women’s fiction, so for her to take a jump and go to the dark side of literature was a risk, but one that has certainly paid off.  You get a feel for Claire’s ability to write from the very first page, and the storyline is a corker that will keep you guessing until the very end.

518mrkqBS8L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_‘Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy.

When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother – killing her instantly – she finds herself unable to move on.

And then she makes a decision she can never take back.

Because Rose had everything Emily had ever dreamed of. A beautiful, loving family, a great job and a stunning home. And now Rose’s husband misses his wife, and their son needs a mother. Why couldn’t Emily fill that space?

But as Emily is about to discover, no one’s life is perfect … and not everything is as it seems.’

The detail in the characterisation is astounding.  You really get to know the characters well, which is an aspect in reading that I love.  This is a well thought-out read, full to the brim with different emotions, from anger to heartache.  The story is told from the point of view of Emily, a lonely victim that witnesses a horrific death of which she was convinced was meant for her.  She takes this unusual chance as an opportunity though, to get the life she has always wanted; to be part of a loving family.  But not everything is as it seems…

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#BlogTour #BookReview – An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim @QuercusBooks @Anabooks @Thea_Lim #OceanofMinutes

This book is as mesmerising as its front cover.  It is beautifully written.  A masterpiece.  And deserves its place in the literary world.

51dfwKm47OL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_‘Polly and Frank are young and in love, a lifetime together before them. But one evening in 1980, as the Texas sun sets over their shoulders, the world is suddenly pulled apart by a deadly virus. Within months, Frank is dying. Polly can save him, but only if she agrees to a radical plan: to time travel to 1993 for a corporation who can fund his life-saving treatment. She can only go forward, she cannot go back. And she must leave everything she loves behind, including Frank.

All they have is the promise of a future together: they will find each other again in twelve years’ time, in Galveston, Texas, where the sea begins.

But when something goes wrong and Polly arrives late, Frank is nowhere to be found. Completely alone, Polly must navigate a terrifying new world to find him, and to discover if their love has endured.’

Thea Lim has taken the simple idea of love’s young dream and split them apart.  She then adds an element of science; time travel.  Polly would do anything to keep her and Frank’s love strong, and if that means travelling forward 12 years to save him from the flu pandemic, then that is what she will do.  She thought it would be so simple.  So easy.  But the path of true love doesn’t always go as smoothly as we would like.

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