Book Review: The Anniversary by Laura Marshall

“Some are dying to remember. Some would kill to forget.”

Set to be published on 5th August, The Anniversary by Laura Marshall is set in the small town of Hartstead where, 25 years ago, a local man raged through the town, shooting eleven people dead at random. Cassie Colman was only four when Travis Green killed his last victim: the father she never knew. Cassie has spent her life trying to escape her past, but she is forced to return home when her mother starts forgetting even the basic details of hers. Then a strange discovery amongst her mother’s possessions calls into question everything Cassie thought she knew about the murders all those years ago. And on her quest for answers, Cassie realizes the past is a complicated thing. Some can’t remember it, some don’t want to. And some will do anything to ensure it stays buried…

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Book Review: The Perfect Life by Nuala Ellwood

“HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE SOMEONE ELSE?”

Set to be published on 5th August, The Perfect Life by Nuala Ellwood follows Vanessa who has always found it easy to pretend to be somebody different, somebody better. When things get tough in her real life, all she has to do is throw on some nicer clothes, adopt a new accent and she can escape. That’s how it started: looking around houses she couldn’t possibly afford. Harmless fun really. Until it wasn’t. Because a man who lived in one of those houses is dead, and everyone thinks Vanessa killed him…

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Book Review: The Anatomy Of Desire by LR Dorne

“AMBITION. DESIRE. BETRAYAL. MURDER?”

Set to be published on 22nd July, The Anatomy Of Desire by LR Dorne follows the trial of fitness influencer Cleo Ray for murder. With followers numbering in the hundreds of thousands, a glamorous circle of friends, and a famous boyfriend, the life that Cleo has always wanted is within her grasp. But when Cleo sets off in a canoe on a deserted lake with her friend and the girl is later found dead in the water, Cleo goes viral, but for all the wrong reasons. Who was the girl in the canoe? And did Cleo have anything to do with her death? If Cleo is innocent, why did she try to run?

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Book Review: All Her Fault By Andrea Mara

“One missing boy. Four guilty women. In a community full of secrets, who is really at fault?”

Already available on Kindle, All Her Fault By Andrea Mara will be available to buy in hardback on 22nd July. The story follows Marissa Irvine who arrives at 14 Tudor Grove, expecting to pick up her young son Milo from his first playdate with a boy at his new school. But the woman who answers the door isn’t a mother she recognises. She isn’t the nanny. She doesn’t have Milo. And so begins every parent’s worst nightmare. As news of the disappearance filters through the quiet Dublin suburb and an unexpected suspect is named, whispers start to spread about the women most closely connected to the shocking event. Because only one of them may have taken Milo – but they could all be blamed…

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Book Review: The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

Set to be published on 22nd July, The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell follows Grandmother Kim who is babysitting her teenage daughter Tallulah’s one-year-old son, Noah, so that she can go out on a date. But as the night turns into early morning, Kim is still waiting for her return. The next morning, Kim phones Tallulah’s friends who tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a party at a house in the nearby woods called Dark Place. But she never returns. A year later, Sophie is walking in the woods near the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started work as a head-teacher when she sees a note fixed to a tree which says “DIG HERE”. Is a clue to Tallulah’s disappearance finally about to be unearthed?

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Book Review: The Runaway Pea Left Behind by Kjartan Poskitt

“We’re on the way back from a big shopping trip, but the bag’s caught a nail and it’s started to rip. Dropetty PLOP! Now what could that be? All on his own it’s a left-behind pea.”

Set to be published on 22nd July, The Runaway Pea Left Behind by Kjartan Poskitt sees disaster strike when Pea falls out of the shopping bag. Is this the end? Is it ALL OVER FOR PEA?! Of course it’s not! Follow Pea as he journeys across the city on a skateboard, and bus, and even on the wings of a passing-by bird – and has the adventure OF A LIFETIME! Sometimes it pays to be small.

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Book Review: Delightfully Different Dilly by Elizabeth Dale

Delightfully Different Dilly by Elizabeth Dale follows Dilly the penguin who is born different. But her parents think that she is perfect, from the top of her head to the bottom of her foot. The other babies notice that Dilly is different but soon accept her and love her different ways of doing things. The adults aren’t so sure, though. Can the younger generation convince their parents that there’s space for Dilly? And maybe that positive change can be a good thing?

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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: 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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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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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: 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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