BLOG TOUR: Her Sister’s Secret by SE Lynes

“Why would you pretend your life is a dream when you’re living a nightmare?”

Her Sister’s Secret by SE Lynes follows Scottish-born sisters, Annie and Isla. Isla thought that her sister was happy, that Annie led a perfect life with her husband, Dom, in a lovely cottage in a quiet village by the sea. But Isla didn’t see the nights when Annie would sit waiting for Dom to come home. She didn’t see Annie smiling through her tears. She didn’t know what the perfect couple were hiding. So when sirens break the silence of the night and flames rise against the dark sky, and Isla gets the call she never expected, she’s left with a simple burning question: who was to blame?

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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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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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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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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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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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BLOG TOUR: This Book Has Alpacas and Bears by Emma Perry (Author) and Rikin Parekh (Illustrator)

This Book Has Alpacas and Bears by Emma Perry (Author) and Rikin Parekh (Illustrator) follows Alfonso the Alpaca who wants to prove that everyone has something to be proud of. Alfonso loves nothing more than relaxing with a good book. Until one day, it dawns on him that there is not a single alpaca in any of them – just wall-to-wall bears! Something must be done, so Alfonso takes it upon himself to write a story about alpacas. But before long he realizes that it’s not so easy (especially when you only have feet) and soon he has to enlist the help of his friend Colin. A bear!

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BLOG TOUR: Just Being Ted by Lisa Sheehan

Released in May 2021, Just Being Ted by Lisa Sheehan follows Ted the dragon who lives all alone in a big house, deep in the woods. He LOVES making things, spending his days baking cakes, painting pictures and creating costumes. There’s just one problem: he doesn’t have anyone to share his amazing creations with. Ted tries so hard to make friends with the other animals, but there’s something about his fiery breath and fearsome-looking claws that keeps putting them off. One day Ted notices a sign for a summer picnic party in the forest. The only trouble is that it’s for BEARS ONLY. Perhaps if he dresses up as a bear for the day they’ll let him in and he’ll make lots of new friends. What could possibly go wrong?

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BLOG TOUR: Setsuko and the Song of the Sea by Fiona Barker and Howard Gray

Released in April 2021, Setsuko and the Song of the Sea by Fiona Barker (Author) and Howard Gray (Illustrator) tells the story of Setsuko who loves the sea. She swims its shallows and dives its depths, but she worries that her friends have chosen to abandon her way of life. Then she meets a whale who also fears he is the last of his kind. In return for giving him hope, he gifts her a song. They play together from the first crisp light of morning until the setting of the evening sun, and everyone who hears Setsuko’s song is filled with the wonder of the sea. They remembered the beauty and mystery of the ocean.

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BLOG TOUR: The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain

“He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder…”

Released today (13th May), The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain follows Erin Kennedy who moved to New York following a family tragedy and now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. It’s the start of an ordinary day when Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death. Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder.

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BOOK TOUR: Things To Do Before The End Of The World by Emily Barr

“I walked home. I kept hearing footsteps behind me, but every time I turned around, no one was there.”

Set to be released on 13th May, Things To Do Before The End Of The World by Emily Barr follows teenager Olivia who is struggling to live her life as fully as she wants to. So when the news breaks that humans have done such damage to the earth that there are only nine months of safe air left, everybody makes a bucket list to start living their best lives. Everyone, that is, but Olivia, who is still struggling to figure out who she wants to be. Then, out of the blue, comes contact from a long-lost cousin who Olivia didn’t even know existed. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more. And as the girls meet up for their last summer on earth, Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having an effect on her. But what if Natasha isn’t everything she first appears to be?

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BOOK TOUR: Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Released on 22nd April, Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli follows best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker who, contrary to popular belief, are not co-dependent. But when Kate and Andy’s latest mutual crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Enter: Matt Olsson. He is talented and sweet, and Kate really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson. Mutual crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship…

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BOOK TOUR: The Imposter by Anna Wharton

“Everybody lies.”

Released earlier this month, The Imposter by Anna Wharton follows newspaper archivist Chloe who lives a quiet life, working in the day and taking care of her Nan in the evening. She’s happy simply to read about the lives of others as she files away the news clippings from the safety of her desk. But there’s one story that she can’t stop thinking about. The case of Angie Kyle – a girl, Chloe’s age, who went missing as a child. A girl whose parents never gave up hope. When Chloe’s Nan gets moved into a nursing home, leaving Chloe takes a desperate step and answers an ad to be a lodger in the missing girl’s family home. It could be the perfect opportunity to get closer to the story she’s read so much about. But the couple isn’t all that they seem from the outside. With everyone in the house hiding something, the question is – whose secrets are the most dangerous?

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BOOK TOUR: The Hiding Place by Jenny Quintana

“Some houses have their secrets. But so do some people…”

Released on 18th March, The Hiding Place by Jenny Quintana follows adopted Marina, who was found days after her birth, wrapped in a blue shawl, in the hallway of a shared house in London. When Marina finds that there’s a flat to let in the house, she hopes that moving in might hold some clues. What if it’s not just the house, though? What if someone connected to it knows what really happened that day? Someone who doesn’t want the truth to come to light?

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BOOK TOUR: The Whispers by Heidi Perks

“A missing wife. Four friends. Who is telling the truth?”

Set to be released in hardback on 15th April and now available in eBook, The Whispers by Heidi Perks follows the disappearance of Anna Robinson who hasn’t been seen since she went on a night out with her four closest friends. She has a loving husband and a son she adores. Surely she wouldn’t abandon them and her perfect life? But what has happened to her? At the school gates, it’s not long before the rumours start. Anna’s oldest friend Grace is beside herself with worry – desperately searching for answers, and certain that someone is hiding the truth. With each day that passes, Anna’s life is under increasing threat. And as the pressure mounts, it won’t be long before something cracks…

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BOOK TOUR: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

“Hope lasts only so long, can carry you only so far. It’s both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes it’s all you have. It keeps you going when there’s nothing else to hold on to. But hope can also be terrible. It keeps you wanting, waiting, wishing for something that might never happen. It’s like a glass wall between where you are and where you want to be. You can see the life you want, but you can’t have it. You’re a fish in a bowl.”

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier follows Marin Machado who used to have it all. Until her world fell apart when her son Sebastian is kidnapped. A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. With her sanity ebbing, Marin hires a private investigator to pick up where the police left off. But instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a much younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband. Derek’s mistress is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. Permanently.

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BLOG TOUR: The Winter Girls (Agent Tori Hunter #2) by Roger Stelljes

“Gazing out the cabin window at the raging blizzard, fear suddenly floods through her as she feels a stranger’s hand clamp across her mouth. No one can hear her stifled screams as she is dragged from the couch by the fire out into the snow.”

The second book in Roger Stelljes‘s Agent Tori Hunter series, The Winter Girls sees the disappearance of seventeen-year-old Savannah Devenish who vanishes from her family’s remote vacation cabin in Minnesota. Haunted by memories of her own missing sister, FBI Agent Tori Hunter vows to do whatever it takes to reunite this family and races along treacherous icy roads to be first on the scene. But when another teenager is snatched from the street, resembling a striking resemblance to Savannah with the same age with pale skin and blonde hair, what chance is there that they are being kept alive? With a deadly snowstorm closing in, Tori battles the elements as she follows the trail to an abandoned cabin by a frozen lake. Tori was too late to save her own missing sister twenty years ago, but can she find these girls before they disappear forever?

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BLOG TOUR: One Perfect Grave (Nikki Hunt #2) by Stacy Green

“She didn’t see the patch of black ice until it was too late. The car started to spin, and as it veered off into the deep ditch and the mounds of snow beside the road, she saw him. The little boy frozen in the ice.”

The second book in Stacy Green‘s Nikki Hunt series, One Perfect Grave sees Special Agent Nikki Hunt investigate a new cast when the remains of two bodies are found in an open grave along a desolate highway in Stillwater, Minnesota. And she knows exactly who they are. The bright blue jacket lying on the frozen earth belongs to Kellan Rhodes, the missing boy she’s desperately been trying to find for the last two days. The other body is his mother Dana, who had been Nikki’s lead suspect. Although the wounds on Dana’s body suggest she murdered her son and took her own life, Nikki finds evidence that suggests she was a victim too. Dana was desperately trying to regain custody of Kellan, and Nikki finds boot prints at the scene that belong to someone else. When another child is reported missing, local journalist Caitlin Newport claims the cases are linked: Zach Reeves was taken away from his own mother in a custody battle, just like Kellan was. Caitlin once helped Nikki find out the truth about her own parents’ murders, but her desire for a story nearly cost Nikki her life. Now, Nikki must decide if she can trust Caitlin again, before time runs out to find the killer and bring Zach home alive.

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BLOG TOUR: Her Perfect Bones (Rockwell And Decker #2) by Ellery Kane

The second instalment in Ellery Kane‘s Rockwell And Decker series, Her Perfect Bones picks up in Fog Harbor, California, with Detective Will Decker and Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell when the body of a young girl is found in a barrel. Her body is curled up like a shell and almost completely buried in sand, with only her fingertips reaching helplessly out of the top towards an escape she will never find. The local police are at a loss, until Olivia recognizes the ragdoll in one of the girl’s last photographs. She used to own one just like it, and it can only mean one thing: if she doesn’t dig deep into the mind of a deadly killer from her past — her own father — more innocent lives will be in danger.

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