The Missing Twin by Alex Day @alexdaywriter #Psychological Thriller @fictionpubteam

  • Author: Alex Day
  • Published: August 2017 by Killer Reads
  • Category: Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Books, Book Review, Reading.

Edie and her identical twin Laura have always been best friends. So when Laura surprises Edie at the Mediterranean holiday resort where she’s working, Edie can’t wait for the partying to start! But then, Laura vanishes without a trace…

At the same time, in a country on the other side of the sea, Fatima and her twin daughters set out on a harrowing journey that only the strongest – and luckiest – survive.

Edie Marsh has a job at a small Mediterranean holiday resort on the shores of the Adriatic sea, cleaning the cabanas and working the bar. Her identical twin, Laura, visits unexpectedly and the two girls have a heavy night on the town. The following morning Edie has the hangover from hell and there’s no sign of Laura. She’s vanished without a trace. Edie searches desperately for her twin, putting up posters, going to the police but all to no avail. The police aren’t interested because Laura is an adult and Edie’s sometime lover just tries to placate her.

They’d gone out on the town that evening, for sure. But right at this moment, Edie couldn’t remember how or when they’d got home or anything much of what had gone on at all, during their night out or afterwards.

Fatima’s situation was worlds away. One of the countless victims of war, left widowed and homeless, she and her young twin girls left their flattened home, the devastated town and ran. They found temporary refuge with relatives in a nearby town that had so far escaped the bombing. Then a further blow as Fatima discovered her husband had left them penniless and she was reduced to selling her jewellery. Their only hope was to flee to the border with rest of the refugees and wait to be smuggled across. After several unsuccessful attempts Fatima’s realised her last resort was her brother, Ali. But she had to find him first. 

Some structures were still standing, upright but crooked teeth that only served to emphasise the gaps on either side. But most were wrecked and half collapsed. The contents of shops and houses were strewn across the road; broken toys, smashed plates, ruined furniture.

The story follows the fates of the two completely different women from wildly contrasting walks of life. Chapters alternate between Edie and Fatima and it was impossible to see how their lives could be connected. 

Fatima’s story is compelling and horrifying in equal measure, bringing home the terrible toll of war on the innocent. We experience it through Fatima’s thoughts and actions, the fear and dread, the horrors, the alternating feelings of hope and hopelessness. I really felt for her and was more drawn to this part of the story. 

In contrast, I didn’t particularly like Edie to begin with. She seemed quite immature and self centred, allowing herself to be treated in an unacceptable way by someone who obviously doesn’t care about her, and keeps going back for more. She’s devastated at her sister’s disappearance and as her story progresses, and especially because of the completely unexpected and clever twist, I  sympathised much more. Edie is quite a fragile and unpredictable character, calling into question her reliability. The Missing Twin was a very enjoyable read and the suspense built well towards the excellent finish.

I chose to read and review The Missing Twin based on a copy of the book supplied by the author/publisher and NetGalley.

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Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben #Crime #thriller @HarlanCoben #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Harlan Coben
  • Expected Publication September 26th 2017
  • Category: Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Thriller, Book Review, Books, Reading

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

Napoleon ‘Nap’ Dumas, a New Jersey Detective, has never quite come to terms with his twin brother’s death, and has carried that baggage with him since Leo and his girlfriend, Diana, were found dead on the railroad tracks back when they were all in high school. Nap’s girlfriend, Maura, disappeared from his life at the same time and for the last fifteen years Nap has been consumed with wanting to know the circumstances behind his brother’s death and the sudden and mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend, Maura.  Continue reading

The Quiet Child by @JohnBurleyBooks #Audiobook #Psychological @MacLeodAndrews #FridayReads

  • Author: John Burley
  • Performed by MacLeod Andrews
  • Released: August 2017 by Harper Audio
  • Category: Psychological, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime, Audiobook, Books, Review

From the award-winning author of The Absence of Mercy, comes a gripping and darkly psychological novel about family, suspicion, and the price we are willing to pay to protect those we love the most.

It’s the summer of 1954, and the residents of Cottonwood, California, are dying. At the center of it all is six-year-old Danny McCray, a strange and silent child the townspeople regard with fear and superstition, and who appears to bring illness and ruin to those around him. Even his own mother is plagued by a disease that is slowly consuming her.

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Cragside (DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 6) by @LJRoss_author #BookReview #Suspense #SundayBlogShare

  • Author: LJ Ross
  • Independently Published July 2017
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review, Books, Reading

Are you afraid of the dark..?

After his climactic battle with notorious serial killer The Hacker, DCI Ryan is spending the summer with his fiancée within the grounds of Cragside, a spectacular Bavarian-style mansion surrounded by acres of woodland. 

Detective Chief Inspector Maxwell Ryan and his fiancée, Doctor Anna Taylor are spending some downtime after the traumatic events of the previous case. Both their homes were lost in different ways during the course of the investigation and, although that was bad enough, it could have been a lot worse. They’ve been enjoying a quiet temporary stay at a holiday cottage in the grounds of the beautiful Cragside estate. Invited to the staff summer party, Ryan was less than happy about dressing up for a Victorian murder mystery themed evening. Continue reading

The Secrets of Villa Rosso by @LinnBHalton #Competition #TuesdayBookBlog @BrookCottageBks

Genre: Cosy mystery/romance

Release Date:21 July 2017

Publisher: Harper Impulse

Some places stay with you forever…

When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she’s reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn’t prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate’s director Max Johnson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso.

It’s not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors?

What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie’s life forever.

Book links ~ KoboAmazon UK | Amazon US

My Review

The story begins in the present as Ellie and Josh celebrate their nineteenth wedding anniversary. Her best friend and boss, Livvie, is hosting a party in their honour. When Ellie picks up Livvie’s ornamental crystal ball she sees a surreal image which gives her chills as she wonders what it signifies. Although it’s reputed to have belonged to a famous medium, no-one else has seen anything in the crystal and Livvie is sure it doesn’t work.  Continue reading

Guest Post from #author Merryn Allingham #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour @MerrynWrites @HQstories

For my stop on the blog tour I’m delighted to welcome Merryn Allingham with her guest post ~ The English Country House

The English country house was at its most popular in the 19th and early 20thcenturies. It was where wealthy and aristocratic families retired once the London season came to an end. The First World War is often seen as the moment when the English country house began its sharp decline but with the outbreak of the Second World War in September, 1939, the last remaining vestiges of country house living disappeared. 

When war broke out, houses all over the country were commandeered by the Government, some for training, others for offices or research centres. The least popular option for owners was to house soldiers – and with good reason. A number of country houses were destroyed by military occupation, their interiors hacked about to make different accommodation and several burned to the ground because of carelessness. There were stories of panelling chopped up for use as kindling and jeeps being raced along wide corridors. In The Secret of Summerhayes, Alice Summer, now an old lady, is confined to a small attic apartment while the mansion she once called home is battered and scarred by military occupation. Continue reading

Dead Hope by Nicky Wells #RomanticSuspense #BookReview @WellsNicky

  • Author: Nicky Wells
  • Published: February 2017 by CreateSpace independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Book Review, Books, Reading.

Cat Hope doesn’t want to go to prison. She needs a job, and she needs it fast: judge’s orders.

Kay Mahon, office worker by day and hacker by night, is on the run from a past life that he’d rather not remember.

At thirty-one Cat Hope is the archetypal spoilt little rich girl, living off the legacy of her deceased rock superstar parents. Until one day she finds herself in front of Judge Peterson on a drugs charge. Given the choice between the judge’s idea of rehab or prison, Cat opts for rehab. 

It’s rehab, Cat, but not as you know it.

The conditions of her sentence require her changing her home and name, getting a job in order to support herself and committing to community service.  Cat can’t believe it. She’s been in and out of rehab so often but never like this. And why does she need to change her name? Continue reading

False Lights ( The Gold Detectives Book 2) by Gillian Hamer #Crime #Mystery @GillyHamer #FridayReads

  • Author: Gillian Hamer
  • Published: November 2015 by GE Hamer
  • Category: Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review, Books, Reading

“No one deserves to die like this. No one.” 

An elderly woman is burnt to death in the remote hamlet of Silver Bay. A young woman dies of an overdose on a notorious Holyhead estate. A drugs war is about to explode. Somebody knows but no one is talking. 

The second book in the Gold Detectives series finds DI Amanda Gold and her team; DS Dara Brennan, DS Kelly Morgan and DS Gethin Jones, dealing with a ruthless killer whose weapon of choice is fire. Continue reading

Point of No Return (DCI Hatherall) by @DianaJFebry #Crime #Suspense #Book Review #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Diana J Febry
  • Published: August 2015 by Wings ePress
  • Category: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Book Review, Books, Reading

“Nothing to be sorry about. Your mother can’t wait to have you home. We’ll soon have you back on your feet again.”

Digby shuddered. Gratitude at their blind faith clashed violently with anger. The fear of facing another person, who still believed in him when he no longer believed in himself, sliced through him. The knife glowed red hot, the butter creamy and soft. He reached for the door handle. If he hurled himself from the car, the pain would stop.

Digby Pearce, wrongly accused of causing the death of his best friend by dangerous driving, was acquitted at the trial. Maintaining all along that James Palmer had lied about his involvement, the resulting anger and grief crushed and overwhelmed Digby completely, to the point where he made a terrible and drastic decision, hoping to point the finger of blame squarely at Palmer. Digby’s inner struggle and emotions were depicted extremely well, conveying the strength of feeling that ultimately ended in tragedy. Continue reading

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts #BookReview #BlogTour @LittleBrownUK #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Nora Roberts
  • Published: May 2017 by Piatkus
  • Category: Contemporary, Romance, Psychological, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Book Review, Books, Reading.

Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen… COME SUNDOWN.

Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family’s resort in Western Montana, there just aren’t enough hours in the day – for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn’t have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time…

But when a young woman’s body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine’s family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine’s Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice’s mysterious disappearance?

As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth – before the sun sets on their future together.

The story opens with a flashback to 1991. At twenty-one years old Alice Bodine was on her way back home after up and leaving suddenly three years earlier. She had not contacted her family apart from a few postcards when she first left. With not much farther to go before she reaches the ranch, a split second decision altered the course of her life and thrust her into a living nightmare.  Continue reading