#BlogTour #BookReview – How Far We Fall by Jane Shemilt @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90 @Janeshemilt #HowFarWeFall

How Far We Fall is an incredibly engrossing read.  The characters are spot on; an all consuming, crazy bunch, all of whom work well within the storyline, each playing their part perfectly in the downfall.

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Meeting Albie gave Beth a fresh start – a chance to leave her past behind. Now she has her new husband; an ambitious, talented young neurosurgeon.

The perfect marriage

Their marriage gives Beth the safe haven she’s always wanted – with just one catch. Albie has no idea of the secrets she’s keeping. He doesn’t know that years ago, Beth had an affair with Ted, the boss helping Albie’s star ascend. Nor that the affair’s devastating ending will have consequences for their own future.

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#BlogTour #BookReview – Sleeper 13 by Rob Sinclair @orionbooks @PoppyStimpson @RSinclairAuthor

Today’s blog tour spot for Sleeper 13 lands with me, and trust me when I say that this is a read to invest some quality time in.  It is a book brimming with adventure, incredibly emotionally testing, and an edge of your seat, one breath, read.

51skeL84C7L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_‘Smuggled to the Middle East as a child.

Trained as one of the most elite insurgents of his generation.  Forced to do things no one should, for a cause he couldn’t believe in.  But as his brothers were preparing to kill, he was looking for a way out.  Now, on the eve of the deadliest coordinated attacks the world has ever seen, he finally has his chance.  He will break free and hunt down those who made him a monster.  He must draw on all his training to survive.

He is SLEEPER 13.’

We follow Rachel Cox, a pretty kick-ass character, in her path to foil a planned terror attack.  She has very little support from her work colleagues, and rather than do what they say, she plans on ‘going it alone’, using her expertise to trust her instincts and maximising her training to get to the core of what is going on.

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#BlogTour #BookReview – The Mum Who’d Had Enough by Fiona Gibson @AvonBooksUK @FionaGibson @Sabah_K

I am super chuffed to be part of the Blog Tour for the latest read by Fiona Gibson.  I find that her stories tend to hit home a little bit, not in a depressing way, but more of a reassess and prioritise your life, sort of way.  In The Mum Who’d Had Enough, Fiona takes a rather classic case of a seemingly happy family but throws a bit of a spanner in the works with a wife who is fed up of being ‘undervalued’ and leaves home.

51khk+sPbvL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_‘After sixteen years of marriage, Nate and Sinead Turner have a nice life. They like their jobs, they like their house and they love their son Flynn. Yes, it’s a very nice life.

Or, at least Nate thinks so. Until, one morning, he wakes to find Sinead gone and a note lying on the kitchen table listing all the things he does wrong or doesn’t do at all.

Nate needs to show Sinead he can be a better husband – fast. But as he works through Sinead’s list, his life changes in unexpected ways. And he starts to wonder whether he wants them to go back to normal after all. Could there be more to life than nice?’

Although each chapter is told from a character’s point of view, either being Nate, Sinead, Tanzie or Flynn, we in fact spend most of our time as the reader following Nate.  And I have got to say that my heart was with him one hundred percent.  Whilst I can understand the logic and reasons behind Sinead walking out, it sounds like she had had a few too many to drink and everything just completely blew out of proportion.  And in my opinion, she was too afraid to admit she was wrong.

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#BookReview – One Small Thing by Erin Watt @HQStories #onesmallthing

When I first requested this for review, I had no idea that it was a Young Adult novel, but when it arrived, this by no means put me off.  In fact, the way it is written is rather refreshing as, although the underlying storyline is an upsetting one, it is by no means sinister or disturbing – it is, what it is, if you get me.

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‘Their secret could tear everything apart…

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died.  Trapped at home by her over-bearing parents Beth needs to get out.  So when she sneaks out to a party and meets the boy everyone’s been talking about she’s shocked by their instant connection, and the part he played in her sister’s death.

A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings become.

Beth has a choice to make – follow the rules, or risk ruining what she cares about most.’

I really enjoyed Beth as a character, although she was a little over-dramatic and infuriating at times.  But, I guess, what teenager isn’t?  All Beth wants is a normal life to get on and study, party when she wants, and be friends with who she pleases.  Her parents put a stop to all of that though, when they find out that Beth has been doing things behind their backs, leading them to not trusting her.  I can definitely see where her parents are coming from, they are just scared of losing her the way they lost Beth’s sister.

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#BlogTour #BookExtract – Stalker by Lisa Stone @AvonBooksUK

blog tour banner-1.png On my Blog today I have a little snippet of the latest book by Lisa Stone (aka Cathy Glass) entitled Stalker.  This is a book that promises to be gripping and full of suspense.  So, if you like a thriller as much as I do, then get adding this to your TBR just like I am.

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‘Paul stifled a smile.

In the two months he’d been working for Derek, Paul had learnt that the company was nowhere near the size his boss liked to pretend – indeed as far as he was aware there was just the two of them. He also knew that as well as being obsessed with good manners and politeness, Derek kept himself to himself, never went out socially and appeared to have no mates. He seemed to live for his work, and was meticulously clean and tidy to ridiculous lengths. Some days Paul felt he’d done nothing but clear up. Derek also liked to work in silence, only breaking it to explain something about the job, or to deliver a lecture. Lectures included the youth of today, lack of respect, the lowlife scum who stole from decent folk, and noise pollution – the latter delivered after Paul had naïvely asked if they could have the radio on as they worked.

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#BlogTour #BookReview – The Chosen Ones by Howard Linskey @MichaelJBooks @HowardLinskey #TheChosenOnes

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What a fabulous, anxiety filled read!  I found myself devouring pages at the speed of light to try and figure out WHAT IS GOING ON!!!???  I loved it, and if you don’t mind a scare, then I reckon you will too…

‘Eva Dunbar wakes in a large metal box.  She has no idea who has taken her.  She has no way out.  She isn’t the first young woman to disappear.  And with no leads Detective Ian Bradshaw has precious little time.

When at last a body is found, the police hope the tragic discovery might at least provide a clue that will help them finally find the kidnapper.

But then they identify the body – and realise the case is more twisted than they ever imagined…’

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#BlogTour #BookReview – Her Mother’s Secret by Rosanna Ley @QuercusBooks @annecater @RosannaLey #RandomThingsTours

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I love reading the works of an experienced writer as you get a real sense of what they are trying to achieve through their imagination, and with Rosanna Ley there is no exception.  What you see is what you get – a well thought out storyline with hidden depths, complex characters and beautiful settings.  What more could you want?

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