BOOK TOUR EXTRACT: The Island by Adrian McKinty

Set to be published on 26th May, The Island by Adrian McKinty follows Heather, her husband Tom, and Tom’s young son and teenage daughter on a working vacation in the Australian outback. It’s the perfect way to bring the new family together. So when they discover a remote island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family take a chance on an adventure. But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds ahead of their pursuers. Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.

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Book Review: The Island by Adrian McKinty

“IT WAS JUST SUPPOSED TO BE A FAMILY VACATION.
A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT CHANGED EVERYTHING.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL THEY COME FOR YOUR FAMILY.”

Set to be published on 26th May, The Island by Adrian McKinty follows Heather, her husband Tom, and Tom’s young son and teenage daughter on a working vacation in the Australian outback. It’s the perfect way to bring the new family together. So when they discover a remote island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family take a chance on an adventure. But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds ahead of their pursuers. Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.

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BOOK TOUR: The Trapped Ones (Nikki Hunt #5) by Stacy Green

The fifth book in Stacy Green‘s Nikki Hunt series, The Trapped Ones sees Special Agent Nikki Hunt called to a homicide at a farmhouse surrounded by thick, dark woodland. A mother and father have been stabbed, their son is fighting for his life, and a young woman’s body is lying near the front door, her wrists bound. Nikki has never seen such a complex scene, but despite recovering from her own painful loss, she will do whatever it takes to bring this killer to justice.

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BOOK TOUR: The Birdcage by Eve Chase

“Some secrets need to be set free…”

Released on 28th April, The Birdcage by Eve Chase follows half-sisters Lauren, Kat and Flora who share a famous artist father – and a terrible secret. Over the years, they’ve grown into wildly different lives. But an invitation to Rock Point, the Cornish cliff house where they once sat for their father’s most celebrated painting, Girls and Birdcage, reunites them.

Rock Point is a beautiful, windswept place, thick with secrets, electrically charged with the events of the summer – twenty years before – that the family daren’t discuss. And there is someone in the shadows watching their every move. Someone who remembers the girls in the painting – and what they did.

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BOOK TOUR: Reptile Memoirs by Silje Ulstein

“Can you ever really shed your skin?”

Set to be released on 17th March, Reptile Memoirs by Silje Ulstein follows trainee nurse Liv who has a lot of secrets. Late one night, in the aftermath of a party in the apartment she shares with two friends in Ålesund, she sees a python on a TV nature show and becomes obsessed with the idea of buying a snake as a pet. Soon Nero, a baby Burmese python, becomes the apartment’s fourth roommate. As Liv bonds with Nero, she is struck by a desire that surprises her with its intensity. Finally she is safe.

Thirteen years later, in the nearby town of Kristiansund, Mariam Lind goes on a shopping trip with her eleven-year-old daughter, Iben. Following an argument Mariam storms off, expecting her young daughter to make her own way home… but she never does. Detective Roe Olsvik, new to the Kristiansund police department, is assigned to the case of Iben’s disappearance. As he interrogates Mariam, he instantly suspects her – but there is much more to this case and these characters than their outer appearances would suggest.

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BOOK TOUR: The Baby Shower by S.E. Lynes

“She doesn’t know I’m there, watching her in the mirror. She slides her hand under her blouse. And then I see something impossible. She isn’t pregnant…”

Set to be published on 1st March, The Baby Shower by S.E. Lynes follows Jane who has a good job, a loving husband, and a close group of friends. That is until Lexie Lane shows up. She bursts into Jane’s life like a storm, seeming so perfect with her lilting laugh and her beautiful face. One by one, Jane watches as her friends fall under her spell. But Jane suspects something. Only Jane sees that her smiles don’t reach her cold, furious eyes. So when the day of Lexie’s baby shower comes around, Jane waits for Lexie’s mask to slip. That afternoon, she finally learns the unbelievable truth. There is no baby…

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BOOK TOUR: The Lying Club by Annie Ward

“A tangled web of lies draws together three women in this explosive thriller of revenge, murder and shocking secrets.”

The Lying Club by Annie Ward is set at an elite private school nestled in the Colorado mountains, where Natalie, an office assistant, dreams of having a life like the school moms she deals with every day. Women like Brooke — a gorgeous heiress, ferociously loving mother and serial cheater – and Asha, an overprotective mom who suspects her husband of having an affair. Their fates are bound by the handsome assistant athletic director Nicholas, whom Natalie loves, Brooke wants and Asha needs. But when two bodies are carried out of the school one morning, it seems the tension between mothers and daughters, rival lovers, and the haves and have-nots has shattered the surface of this isolated, affluent town—where people stop at nothing to get what they want.

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BOOK TOUR: The Curfew by T.M. Logan

“It begins with a small white lie.”

Set to be released on 17th March, The Curfew by T.M. Logan follows Andy and Laura who are good parents. They tell their son Connor that he can go out with friends to celebrate completing his exams, but he must be home by midnight. When Connor misses his curfew, it sets off a series of events that will forever change the lives of five families. Because five teenagers went into the woods that night, but only four came out. And telling the truth might mean losing everything…

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BOOK TOUR: The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen

“One of her friends is lying about why they’re there. One is lying about who she is. And one of them will never make it home…”

Published on 3rd February, The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen follows Sam whose husband has just walked out on her, so a girls’ weekend away with two friends is just what she needs. But they aren’t even halfway to their destination when things start to go wrong: car trouble that just happens to leave them stranded in the town where Harry lives. And that’s only the beginning. Because there are three things Sam doesn’t yet know about her friends, and one of them won’t make it home.

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BOOK TOUR: Nasty Little Cuts by Tina Baker

“WHO WILL SURVIVE THE NIGHT?”

Released today, Nasty Little Cuts by Tina Baker follows fitness instructor Debs who jolts awake from a nightmare. She leaves the kids tucked up in their beds and goes downstairs to find a man in her kitchen, holding a knife. But it’s not an intruder. This is her husband, Marc, an ex-army officer and the father of her children.

Once their differences were what drew them together, what turned them on. But now these differences grate to the point of drawing blood. Neither of them is completely innocent. Neither is totally guilty. Marc is taller, stronger, and more vicious, haunted by a war he can’t forget. But he has no idea what Debs is capable of when her children’s lives are at stake…

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BOOK TOUR: A Flicker In The Dark by Stacy Willingham

“She thought the murders had stopped. She was wrong…”

Published on 3rd February, A Flicker In The Dark by Stacy Willingham follows Chloe Davis who, when she was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, Chloe’s father had been arrested as a serial killer and promptly put in prison. Chloe and the rest of her family were left to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath. Now, 20 years later, Chloe is a psychologist and getting ready for her wedding. She finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she’s worked so hard to get. Sometimes, though, she feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. And then a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, and that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, and seeing parallels that aren’t really there, or is she about to unmask a killer for the second time in her life?

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BOOK TOUR: The House Of Ashes by Stuart Neville

“A house built on secrets. An old woman haunted by her past. A young woman fighting for her life.”

Set to be released on 3rd February, The House Of Ashes by Stuart Neville follows Sara in the wake of a nervous breakdown when her husband, Damien, uproots them from England and to his native Northern Ireland. Sara is jobless, knows no one, and doesn’t have a car — a prisoner in her own house. When a blood-soaked old woman beats on the door, insisting the house is hers before being bundled back to her care facility, Sara begins to understand the house has a terrible history her husband never intended for her to discover.

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BOOK TOUR: The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan

“By the time you read this, I’ll have killed one of your husbands.”

Set to be released on 3rd February, The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan is set in an isolated retreat, deep in the Northumbria moors, where three women arrive for a weekend getaway. Their husbands will be joining them in the morning. Or so they think.

But when they get to Dark Fell Barn, the women find a devastating note that claims one of their husbands has been murdered. Their phones are out of range. There’s no internet. They’re stranded. And a storm’s coming in. Friendships fracture and the situation spins out of control as each wife tries to find out what’s going on, who is responsible and which husband has been targeted. This was a tight-knit group. They’ve survived a lot. But they won’t weather this. Because someone has decided that enough is enough. That it’s time for a reckoning.

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BOOK TOUR: Remember My Name by Sam Blake

“If she’d turned off her phone, instead of listening in, perhaps no one would have died…”

Published earlier this month, Remember My Name by Sam Blake follows Cressida Howard who, after catching her entrepreneur husband playing away from home, hires security expert Brioni to get the evidence she needs for a speedy and financially rewarding divorce. But what Brioni uncovers goes beyond simple infidelity. Because Laurence Howard is also in bed with some very dangerous people. Bribery and blackmail are the least of his worries as someone comes after the women in his life – someone who is out to destroy Laurence and his empire, whatever the cost. And Cressida and her teenage daughter could soon be collateral damage if she and Brioni don’t act fast.

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BLOG TOUR: Big Splash Circus by Karina Choudhrie

Big Splash Circus by Karina Choudhrie is set at the greatest show under the sea, The Big Splash Circus, where Lantern Fish is yet to discover his part in the show. Still searching for his special talent, his friends are keen to help as they don’t like to see him sad. Can you help to find his special talent? Get ready for the underwater adventure to begin.

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BLOG TOUR: You’ll Be The Death Of Me by Karen M. McManus

“It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder.”

Set to be published in 2nd December, You’ll Be The Death Of Me by Karen M. McManus follows Ivy, Mateo, and Cal. They used to be close in middle school. So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch school and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Why did they stop hanging out, anyway?

As soon as they pull out of the parking lot, Cal knows why. Ivy’s already freaking out about missing class, and the truth is, they have nothing in common anymore. At least they don’t until they walk into the middle of a murder scene. Cal, Ivy, and Mateo all know the person lying on the ground of that building, and now they need to come clean. They’re all hiding something. And maybe their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all.

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BLOG TOUR: When The Dead Come Calling (The Burrowhead Mysteries #1) by Helen Sedgwick

“An atmospheric murder investigation unearths the brutal history of a village where no one is innocent.”

The first book in The Burrowhead Mysteries series, When The Dead Come Calling by Helen Sedgwick sees DI Strachan and her team of local police investigate the murder of psychotherapist Alexis Cosse who is found murdered in the playground of the sleepy northern village of Burrowhead. The investigation soon exposes a maelstrom of racism, misogyny and homophobia simmering beneath the surface of the village. Shaken by the revelations and beginning to doubt her relationship with her husband, DI Strachan discovers something lurking in the history of Burrowhead, while someone (or something) equally threatening is hiding in the strange and haunted cave beneath the cliffs…

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BLOG TOUR: Steve the Christmas Elf by Billy Dunne (Author) and Ben Whitehouse (Illustrator)

“A humorous and heart-warming story about a little elf called Steve and a little girl called May, who help each other find their way.”

Steve the Christmas Elf, written by Billy Dunne and illustrated by Ben Whitehouse, follows an elf called Steve busy making toys in the North Pole for the big day, suddenly wonders: what if the children he’s making toys for don’t exist? It’s not like he’s ever seen them… So on Christmas Eve, Steve sneaks on board Santa’s sleigh, to find out the truth.

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BLOG TOUR: The Lost (Jonah Colley #1) by Simon Beckett

“A MISSING CHILD. A GRUESOME DISCOVERY. A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH.”

Set to be published on 25th November and the first book in the Jonah Colley series, The Lost by Simon Beckett follows firearms police officer Jonah Colley who, ten years ago, was destroyed by the disappearance of his young son. Now, a plea for help from an old friend leads him to Slaughter Quay and the discovery of four bodies. Brutally attacked and left for dead, he is the only survivor. Under suspicion himself, he uncovers a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew – forcing him to question what really happened all those years ago…

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BLOG TOUR: The Hideout by Camilla Grebe

The Hideout by Camilla Grebe sees 18-year old Samuel finds himself at the centre of a drug deal gone wrong. Forced to go underground to escape the police and an infamous drug lord, he seeks refuge in a sleepy town in the Stockholm archipelago and takes a job as a personal assistant to a disabled boy. But when Samuel moves in with the beautiful Rachel and her son Jonas, he soon realizes that nothing is quite what it seems . . .

Meanwhile, the bodies of young men have been washing ashore in the archipelago and investigator Manfred Olsson fears that they have a killer on the loose.

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