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Review – Snake Ropes by Jess Richards

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I have had this on my physical shelf for years. I originally bought it on sale and it didn’t come with a dust jacket so there wasn’t much to go on. I only knew it’s a dystopian setting on the Scottish Isles. I tried a chapter earlier this year with the hopes of not being interested and, therefore, unhauling it. That didn’t work out as planned…

Snake Ropes

by Jess Richards


Synopsis by GoodReads

Set on an isolated island off the Scottish coast, in a community run by women who are in awe of a mysterious structure called the Thrashing House, the novel is narrated by two teenage girls in very different circumstances. Mary is doing her best to protect her younger brother, Barney, as the island’s sons are mysteriously disappearing. Morgan is scheming to escape the prison her parents have made of their home. The two girls unite, each on…

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Seven Bridges (DCI Ryan #8) by @LJRoss_author #Crime in Northumberland #BookReview #FridayReads

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Author: LJ Ross

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Category: Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Book Review

It’s been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down – this time, for good. 

But Ryan’s plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences. 

The prologue works well, going back ten years and giving the background to DCI Ryan’s toxic relationship with the woman who is now his boss.

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#BlogTour #BookReview for Echoes of Time by Anne Allen @AnneAllen21 #TheGuernseyNovels @_Globeflower_ #Win #Competition


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Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years…

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.
All too soon Olive realises she’s made a mistake.
Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer-
but there’s a price to pay. . .

2010. Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past. She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own…
Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive.

Thrown together in a bid to find out what really happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on?


This is a superb book –…

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The Elder Ice by David Hambling

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Series: Harry Stubbs Adventures #1 Rating: 4/5
Date of Publishing: January 15th 2018 Genre: historical fiction, horror, sci-fi, thriller, mystery
Format: Kindle edition Available:Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Number of pages: 88 Author’s website: 

“People compare many such shops to Aladdin’s cave, but this one must have been an Aladdin of the poorest sort.”


 Lovecraftian weird fiction set in 1920s London. In this atmospheric novella, ex-boxer Harry Stubbs is on the trail of a mysterious legacy. A polar explorer has died, leaving huge debts and hints of a priceless find. His informants seem to be talking in riddles, and Harry soon finds he isn't the only one on the trail -- and what he's looking for is as lethal as it is valuable. The key to the enigma lies in an ancient Arabian book and it leads to something stranger and more horrifying than Harry could ever imagine. …

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Review: Dying Truth by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @Bookouture



Release date: May 18, 2018

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into…

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Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone @doug_johnstone @orendabooks @annecater #blogtour

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I’m delighted to welcome you all to my stop on the blog tour for Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone today! My thanks to Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater for the invitation and my fabulous review copy!


Author : Doug Johnestone
Title : Fault Lines
Pages : 215
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : May 22, 2018


In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body. Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done.


How cool is that cover?! I’ve been drooling over it since…

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The Old You by Louise Voss @LouiseVoss1 @OrendaBooks @annecater #blogtour #TheOldYou #RandomThingsTours

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I am incredibly excited to host a stop on the blog tour for The Old You by Louise Voss! My thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda and Anne Cater for the invitation and my stunning review copy!


Author : Louise Voss
Title : The Old You
Pages : 300
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : May 15, 2018


Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together.

Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface… and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.

But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?


Well, hello, Louise Voss! Let me apologise. I have no…

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Book Review: Graffiti Moon

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Hi everyone!! I just read Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley and I thought I’d write a review!

My rating on Goodreads: 5/5 stars (IT WAS THAT GOOD)


Wowowowowow. THIS WAS FREAKING AMAZING. One of my favourite books of all time is another Cath Crowley book “Words in Deep Blue” and this was just as good. How can someone write a book this poetic?? And beautiful?? I read this whole book in one morning and I have no regrets. I love everything about this book; it was original, it was gripping, and the characters were so REAL. The dual perspective was effective, and I love literally every single character in this book. Lucy was such a strong, quirky character that said exactly what she thought, which is what made this book so unique. And Ed was just amazing. And Daisy and Dylan were just plain hilarious.

“Mum says when wanting collides…

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After Anna by Lisa Scottoline @StMartinsPress #bookreview #thriller

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Title: After Anna

Author: Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: April 10, 2018

Page Count: 400

My rating:  3 1/2 stars

About the book: 

Nobody cuts deeper than family…

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she’d lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

Maggie and Noah know that having Anna around will change their lives, but they would never have guessed that everything would go wrong, and so quickly. Anna turns out to be a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules, though Maggie, ecstatic…

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What the Heck Did I Just Read?

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Have you ever asked yourself this question after finishing a book? I just did.

To be honest, I don’t read a lot of “recommended” books. Not because I don’t trust other readers, but because I know my reading tastes. That said, when one of my friends who doesn’t normally recommend books told me I absolutely had to read this book because it was “amazing” I took a shot, and picked up Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

Now, I could take this time to write a traditional review – tell you about the book, the characters, what I liked and didn’t – but I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to tell you what this book taught me.

*This book taught me that it’s ok to read outside my “usual” genres. I do not read horror. I do not read suspense. I like sleep too much. Yet this…

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