Book Review: The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd

“The news doesn’t strike cleanly, like a guillotine’s blade. Nothing so merciful. This news is a slovenly traveller, dragging its feet, gradually revealing its horrors. And it announces itself first with violence – the urgent hammering of fists on the front door.”

Published on 8th July, The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd follows Lucy who has everything she could wish for: a beautiful home high on the clifftops above the Devon coast, a devoted husband and two beloved children. Then one morning, time stops. Their family yacht is recovered, abandoned far out at sea. Lucy’s husband is nowhere to be found and as the seconds tick by, she begins to wonder – what if he was the one who took the boat? And if so, where is he now? As a once-in-a-generation storm frustrates the rescue operation, Lucy pieces together what happened onboard. And then she makes a fresh discovery. One that plunges her into a nightmare more shocking than any she could ever have imagined…

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Book Review: Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey

“Two people. Infinite lifetimes. One impossible choice.”

Set to be published on 8th July, Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey follows Thora and Santi, strangers in a foreign city, when a chance encounter intertwines their fates. At once, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit—someone who shares their insatiable curiosity, who is longing for more in life than the cards they’ve been dealt. Only days later, though, a tragic accident cuts their story short. But this is only one of the many connections they share. Like satellites trapped in orbit around each other, Thora and Santi are destined to meet again. Now, they must discover the truth of their mysterious attachment before their many lives come to one, final end.

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Book Review: Just Like The Other Girls by Claire Douglas

“CARER/COMPANION WANTED FOR ELDERLY LADY / YOUNG FEMALE PREFERRED / COMPETITIVE SALARY / ROOM AND BOARD INCLUDED”

Published in 2020, Just Like The Other Girls by Claire Douglas follows Una Richardson who, seeking a place to heal after the death of her mother, responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of Elspeth McKenzie. But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems. Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. But more disturbing is the realization that two girls had lived here before. Two girls who ended up dead. As the walls close in around her, Una starts to fear that she will end up just like the other girls…

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BLOG TOUR: The Lost Girls by Heather Young

Out now on kindle and hardback, The Lost Girls by Heather Young is set over two timelines. In 1935, six-year-old Emily vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family, who spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child.

Sixty years later, their grandniece, Justine, moves to the lake house to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota winter is just beginning. The house is cold and dilapidated, and her only neighbour is a strange old man who seems to know more about the summer of 1935 than he’s telling.

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Book Review: That Night by Gillian McAllister

“What would you do to protect your family? ANYTHING.”

Set to be released on 8th July, That Night by Gillian McAllister follows the events after that night. That night when everything changed. That night when Frannie committed a murder that she didn’t mean to. That night when her family helped her to bury the body. The siblings were always close. Some might say too close. They worked together and lived next door to each other. And now they’ve buried a body together. But when they return to England, Frannie, Joe and Cathy become tangled in the lies that they’ve been telling – to the police, to their friends, to each other. But if you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?

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BLOG TOUR: The Lies We Tell by Jane Corry

The Lies We Tell by Jane Corry follows married couple Sarah and Tom who must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child. Sarah always thought of herself and her husband as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he’d done something terrible. Begging them not to tell the police. As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision: Save her son, or save herself?

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Book Review: One By One by Ruth Ware

“Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cosy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers, and you can’t trust any of them?”

Published in 2020, One By One by Ruth Ware follows a trendy London-based tech startup on a weeklong trip to a rustic chalet in the snowy French Alps. But what starts out as a corporate retreat like any other, tensions begin to simmer and loyalties are tested when one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit. As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further… one by one.

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Book Review: The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

“A woman has gone missing. But did she ever really exist?”

Set to be released on 1st July, The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman follows Mia Eliot who has travelled from London to LA for pilot season. This is her big chance to make it as an actor in Hollywood, and she is ready to do whatever it takes. At an audition, she meets Emily. What starts as a simple favour takes a dark turn when Emily goes missing and Mia is the last person to see her. Then a woman turns up, claiming to be Emily, but she is nothing like Mia remembers. Starting to question her own sanity, she goes on a desperate and dangerous search for answers, knowing something is very, very wrong. In an industry where everything is about creating illusions, how do you know what is real? And how much would you risk to find out?

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Book Review: A Cut For A Cut (Detective Kate Young #2) by Carol Wyer

“DI Kate Young can’t trust anybody. Not even herself.”

The second book in Carol Wyer‘s Detective Kate Young series and released on 29th June, A Cut For A Cut sees a serial murderer and rapist leaving a trail of bloodshed. His savage calling card: the word ‘MINE’ carved into each of his victims. DI Kate Young struggles to get the case moving, even when one of the team’s own investigators is found dead in a dumpster. But Kate is battling her own demons. Obsessed with exposing Superintendent John Dickson and convinced there’s a conspiracy running deep in the force, she no longer knows who to trust. Now, she must find the missing link before the killer strikes again. But time is running out, and Kate’s past has pushed her to the very edge. Can she stop herself from falling?

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BLOG TOUR: Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt

“How had I got here? What day was it? I couldn’t remember anything. But I knew I had become the fifth woman to be abducted.”

Released on 28th June, Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt follows journalist Eva, the fifth victim of a silent abductor who wakes to find herself in a small room and in someone else’s clothes. Everything looks just like the others described: a small hole in the door, a mattress and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. Just days before, she had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. Her story was the same as those before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation, and no apparent link her to the others. Eva tells herself that she’ll be safe in ten days, but she can’t help thinking of the fourth victim who is still missing.

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Audiobook Review: The Devil And The Dark Water by Stuart Turton

“That mark on the sail is how it starts. It’s meant to scare us, because scared people will do anything to stop being scared and they’ll do it to almost anybody else.”

Published in 2020, The Devil And The Dark Water by Stuart Turton is set in 1634 and follows the world’s greatest detective, Samuel Pipps, who is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent. But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered. And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

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Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of fucking story.”

Published in 2020, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid follows the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group, The Six, and their beautiful lead singer, Daisy Jones, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup. Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity… until now.

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BLOG TOUR: Sleepless by Romy Hausmann

“It’s over, my angel. Today I’m going to die. Just like her. He’s won.”

Sleepless by Romy Hausmann follows Nadja who, after her release from prison, wants nothing more than to live a normal life. It’s been years since she was convicted of a cruel crime. But when a murder occurs at a remote house in the woods, Nadja’s past makes her the perfect victim. And the perfect murderer…

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Book Review: There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story by Lou Carter (Author) & Deborah Allwright (Illustrator)

Set to be released on 8th July, There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story is written by Lou Carter and illustrated by Deborah Allwright and follows the Big Bad Wolf who is late, AGAIN! Rushing through the forest to Grandma’s house, the Three Little Pigs get seriously grumpy and tell Wolf that he’s ruining their story. But Wolf has had ENOUGH. There will be no more HUFFING and PUFFING from this Big Bad Wolf. The fairytale characters aren’t worried – they can totally manage without him! But Big Bad Wolfing is harder than it looks. And what happens when they realise that they really need a Big Bad Wolf in this story?

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Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”

Published in 2015, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is set in France, 1939, where Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France… but then, they do. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. Meanwhile, Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old who joins the Resistance. Both risk their lives to save others, embarking on their own dangerous paths toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.

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Book Review: Truth or Dare (Helen Grace #10) by M.J. Arlidge

“A murderous arson attack at the docks. A brutal carjacking in a deserted car park. A fatal hammer attack in a lonely country park. Crimes without motive, without suspects, without leads.”

Set to be released on 24th June and the tenth book in M.J. Arlidge‘s Helen Grace series, Truth or Dare sees Detective Inspector Helen Grace faced with a series of crimes that seem to have no connection. But each crime is a piece of a puzzle – with many more pieces still to come. And as they gradually fall into place, Helen comes to realise just how twisted and devious this web of crime is – and how impossible it will be to stop it.

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Book Review: The Stranding by Kate Sawyer

“Her world fell to pieces. From the bones, she built a new life.”

Set to be released on 24th June, The Stranding by Kate Sawyer is set in the before and after of a world is changed beyond recognition. Before, Ruth lives in the heart of the city. Working to the rhythm of her vivid and complicated life, and stuck in a claustrophobic relationship. So she chooses to leave behind the failing relationship, but also her beloved friends and family, and travels to the other side of the world in pursuit of her dream life working with whales in New Zealand. But when she arrives at her destination, she finds instead that the world, and life, she left behind no longer exists. Far from home and with no real hope of survival, she finds herself climbing into the mouth of a beached whale alongside a stranger. When she emerges, it is to a landscape that bears no relation to the world they knew before.

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Book Review: Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

“You can save hundreds of lives. Or the one that matters most.”

Set to be released on 22nd June, Hostage by Clare Mackintosh is a claustrophobic thriller set over twenty hours on one aeroplane flight. Mina is trying to focus on her job as a flight attendant, not the problems of her five-year-old daughter back home, or the fissures in her marriage. But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina’s assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply. It’s twenty hours to landing. A lot can happen in twenty hours.

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BLOG TOUR: Fragile by Sarah Hilary

“Everything she touches breaks…”

Published on 10th June, Fragile by Sarah Hilary follows runaway Nell Ballard, a former foster child with a dark secret. All Nell wants is to find a place she can belong. So when a job comes up at Starling Villas, home to the enigmatic Robin Wilder, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. But her new lodgings may not be the safe haven that she was hoping for. Her employer lives by a set of rigid rules and she soon sees he is hiding secrets of his own. But is Nell’s arrival at the Villas really the coincidence it seems? After all, she knows more than most how fragile people can be – and how easily they can be to break…

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BLOG TOUR: Murder By The Bottle by Ed Whitfield

“Homicidal Thoughts? Don’t bottle them up – buy the year’s most exciting psychological thriller. A killer read you’ll never forget.”

The debut book by Ed Whitfield, released on 17th June, Murder By The Bottle follows Keir Rothwell, an angry young man, spurned by his lover and mentor and removed from his art school for an inappropriate installation at the end of year show. Determined this will not be the end of his artistic endeavours, he gets a new job in a local wine shop that gives him a creative outlet, a chance to turn shop floor drudgery into an original work of art. But his wine critiques mock the shop’s clientele and tension builds on both sides of the counter. When his new project is threatened, conflict becomes murder and long-buried secrets threaten to destroy the artist. But Keir Rothwell will not be undone.

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