#ThrowbackThursday ~ Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton #CrimeFiction #Suspense

Published in April 2017 Dead Woman Walking was my first book by Sharon Bolton. 

My Thoughts

Thirteen passengers in a hot air balloon glide over the Northumberland National Park. Unlucky, you might think. And you’d be right. Jessica Lane had booked the flight as a surprise for her sister, Isabel’s 40th birthday. All was going well until a man is spotted chasing a girl through the woods and the passengers witness a brutal murder. The man has seen them and as the pilot desperately released the flame in order to make the balloon rise, the man on the ground raised his rifle. He is determined there will be no witnesses left alive, most especially Jessica. One person isn’t killed when the balloon crashes but her battle to stay alive is only just beginning.

Where was she? Where was this place of darkness and pain? She hadn’t known it was possible to hurt so much. It was tearing her apart from the inside and crushing her into dust. Her body was broken. There was no way out of this agony, it was consuming her whole.

Such an intense start to the story had me hooked immediately. Being suspended in a hot air balloon wouldn’t be far off my worst nightmare anyway, and the crash was so convincing and described in such detail I could all but feel my stomach drop, and the panic build as the balloon plummeted towards the ground! What an innovative and unique way to witness a murder and begin the storyline.

The story is set in Northumberland in the area encompassing Lindisfarne and written in short chapters. mainly told from three perspectives – the killer, the victim and the police officer – which broadens the outlook, heightening the tension and suspense. With flashbacks of the sisters’ lives, from being children and leading up to the present, although not always in sequence, causing a little initial confusion.

Detective Chief Inspector Ajax Maldonado of the Northumbria police is in charge of the investigation, and the cast of characters are intriguing. There are lighter moments, namely the nuns. I loved the way the plot unfolded, even as credibility had to be suspended just a little at times. The plot is well crafted and fast paced and the reveals were surprising, the twist at the end completely unexpected. It has all the necessary ingredients: secrets, horrific illegal activities and experiences, and corruption to name but a few.

About the Book

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . .

#GuestPost from Elizabeth Jade @AkeaWolfStories #author of Akea: His Mother’s Son #YA @rararesources #Autism

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Akea: His Mother’s Son, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. 

Today I have a guest post from the author, Elizabeth Jade…

Autism Awareness, Acceptance and Me

I started school in 2002, and by the time I was 7, the kids were bullying me; the teachers said I needed to pay more attention; and I would go home and relate what everyone had been doing in detail, but hadn’t a clue what the lessons were about. I waited a term and a half for the teaching assistant I was told I needed, but never received it. By this stage, the stress from being at school was making me physically unwell and my parents decided to keep me at home.

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The Visitor by @TerryTyler4 ~ There’s a killer on the loose… #PostApocalyptic #MurderMystery #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Terry Tyler

Kindle Edition

Category: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Murder Mystery, Book Review 

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In 2024, a mystery virus ravages the entire world. ‘Bat Fever’ is highly contagious and one hundred per cent lethal.

A cottage tucked away in an isolated Norfolk village seems like the ideal place to sit out a catastrophic pandemic, but some residents of Hincham resent the arrival of Jack, Sarah and their friends, while others want to know too much about them.

What the villagers don’t know is that beneath Sarah’s cottage is a fully-stocked, luxury survival bunker. A post-apocalyptic ‘des res’.

The year is 2024, four years after the coronavirus pandemic, when the world is hit with a far deadlier virus. There was no way back from this one, it was fatal. If you caught it you died, unless you were one of the lucky ones who were vaccinated. At least in 2020 people still had their home comforts and there was a good recovery rate. This was a whole different ball game, bringing death and destruction on a massive scale. For those who survived, life was a struggle fraught with danger.

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#Extract from Sapphire Morning by @SylvieKnight7 #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

Today I’m pleased to share and extract from Sapphire Morning by Sylvie Knight. But first, here’s what the book is about.

Angie is recovering from disappointment and a broken heart at her grandmother’s country home. Christmas brings get togethers – and Hal Jordan with his blue eyes, gorgeous dimples and a landscaper’s muscled body. The last thing she needs is to get involved again. But when Hal, the house guest is around, some strings are definitely tweaked. It is all too easy to let control slip under his mesmerizing touch. A little fling is in order. She doesn’t want to fall in love, so why does Hal’s unexplained absence drive her crazy with suspicions? Or do her suspicions have a basis, after all?

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#Extract from Grammar for a Full Life by Lawrence Weinstein #NonFiction #NewRelease

Released today, the blurb for Grammar for a Full life begins with an interesting question … Why settle for a normal book on grammar when you could learn new things about it and become your own best self at the same time?  

To get what I require for survival and a good, full life, I must often turn the ears of others in my direction. I can’t normally afford to wait on the sidelines for unbidden champions to do my advocacy for me. Who would have incentive to? No one’s stake in my well-being is as great as my own: I’m the person who will pay most dearly if I can’t sleep again because of an all-night party next door, and so I’m the one who needs to say as much to the party’s host. 

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Sentinel (Voyager Book2) by Carl Rackman ~ Conspiracy #Thriller #BookReview for #RBRT

Author: Carl Rackman

Independently Published: September 2020

Category: Conspiracy Thriller, Suspense, SciFi, Crime, Book Review

Four years have passed since Voyager One sent back chilling photos of a spaceship from deep in interstellar space.

A shocked world prepared to meet the Visitors, but terrorism, pandemics, and global political turmoil have now consumed it. Discredited as a hoax, the Visitors have faded from public attention.

But the powerful global conspiracy known as the Triumvirate is behind much of the chaos. Creating a screen of subterfuge and misdirection, they prepare a clandestine welcome for the Visitors, whose origins may be more sinister than the aliens of popular fiction.

Although this is the second book in the trilogy, there is enough information included, in a non intrusive way, to understand about the conspiracy, and what happened in the first book, Voyager.

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#GuestPost from Allie Cresswell #author of The House in the Hollow: A Regency Family Saga @alliescribbler #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to welcome Allie Cresswell with a guest post…Why Write a Prequel?

The House in the Hollow is a prequel to Tall Chimneys. Following publication of that book there was something of a clamour from readers to know what happened next. Without giving too much away there certainly were threads I could have pursued concerning the descendants of the main character and the house itself. Perhaps I will, one day.

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#Extract from The Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter by @lauramarchant16 @rararesources #nonfiction

Today I have an extract from The Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter for the 1 day blog blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. 

First of all, here’s what the book is about…

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