#Blogtour The Shape Of The Night by Tess Gerritsen @tessgerritsen @TransworldBooks @anncater #RandomThingsTours #TheShapeOfTheNight

 

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The Shape Of The Night by Tess Gerritsen  Bantam Press October 3rd 2019

When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past.
Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.
But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone.
Either that or she is losing her mind.
The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls,
or from somewhere else entirely?

My Review

Now, I am a huge Tess Gerritsen fan, and i love her crime novels so it was interesting to see what she would do out of her genre.

It was actually a very pleasant surprise, as Gerritsen plunged us into a ghost story with a bit of crime alongside. Ava was our main character and I loved her, even if it was only for her wonderful cooking skills, but it was her relationship with Brodie’s Watch, the beautiful imposing house she rented to finish her cookery book.

As she stepped inside Gerritsen made you feel the tingling tension that Ava felt, the uneasiness and lingering sense of another presence. It was to become a part of the book that surprised me, that didn’t scare me, but was instead just a little bit steamy and slightly erotic! It wasn’t your Five Shades of Grey, it was better than that, and allowed Gerritsen to show the vulnerabilities of a woman at a crossroads in her life, who needed to come to terms with past events and move on.

As she investigated the history of the house, the intrigue intensified and Gerritsen dipped back into her usual crime mode. The crime didn’t take over the story, instead it formed the backdrop, as Ava wrestled with her feelings and emotions.

The imaginary was a real highlight, and painted wonderfully vivid pictures, the atmosphere tingling and eerie.

It was upto you how you interpreted Ava’s ghostly encounters, either at face value or something deeper as it tapped into her subconscious awakening underlying emotions.

I have to say I really enjoyed The Shape Of The Night, a welcome and accomplished departure for an author so often entrenched in the blood and gore of serial killers and crime.

I would like to thank Bantam Press for a copy of a The Shape Of The Night to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

 

About the author

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Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to
her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her
thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner
Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests
span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at
Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she
continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures
and bizarre natural phenomena. Tess has sold over 40 million copies of her
books worldwide.

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#Blogtour I Wanted You To Know by Laura Pearson @LauraPAuthor @AgoraBooksLDN @TheyCallMePeyto #IWantedYouToKnow

I Wanteded You To Know by Laura Pearson Agora Books October 3rd 2019

 

Dear Edie, I wanted you to know so many things. I wanted to tell you them in person, as you grew. But it wasn’t to be.

Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer. A life that should be just beginning is interrupted by worried looks, heavy conversations, and the possibility of leaving her daughter to grow up without her.

Propelled by a ticking clock, Jess knows what she has to do: tell her daughter everything. How to love, how to lose, how to forgive, and, most importantly, how to live when you never know how long you have.

From best-selling author Laura Pearson comes her most devastating book yet. Honest, heart-wrenching, and emotionally raw, I Wanted You To Know is a love letter to life: to all its heartache and beauty, to the people we have and lose, to the memories and moments that define us.

My Review

Before you embark on Laura Pearson’s novel, a word of warning, ensure you have a box of tissues to hand as you are definitely going to need them!

I Wanted You To Know was certainly not an easy read. It was both poignant, emotional and heartbreaking. Please, please don’t let this put you off as you will miss out on a wonderful story.

It was the story of Jess, 21, a new Mum, a broken relationship and back living with her Mum. A cancer diagnosis was definitely not on her life plan and it was there that you would expect it to descend into abject misery, and yes at times it was upsetting, but Pearson used a different approach. Instead she alternated her chapters with letters Jess wrote to her daughter, Edie, of her background, her relationship with Edie’s father and the hopes and aspirations she had for her as he grew up.

What made it all the more poignant was Pearson’s own personal experience, an honest, at times brutal portrayal of what it felt like to live with cancer, the effect it had on family and friends. It made you want to put your arms out and hug Jess, you admired her bravery, her matter of factness and ability to be the best Mum she could.

You could sense the anguish of her Mum, her best friend, their helplessness, but also their unwavering support for Jess.

What came across more than anything was cancers ability to make us question our whole life, the decisions we have made, the need to build bridges, restore relationships and generally get your life in order.
It was written without sentimentality, without us wanting to feel pity for its characters, but instead admiration at their bravery and stoicism, and a sense of hope and light in the face of adversity.

As much as I wiped my away the tears, I also smiled and laughed, a sure sign of an author that has got the balance just right.

I would like to thank Agora Books for a copy of I wanted You To Know to read and review and to Peyton Stableford for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

Laura Pearson is the bestselling author of Missing Pieces and Nobody’s Wife. Her third book, I Wanted You To Know, was inspired by a letter she wrote to her children after being diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant. She lives in Leicestershire with her husband and two children, and spends her time writing novels, running The Motherload Book Club, and doing the school run in the rain.

 

#Blogtour Kult by Stefam Malmstrom @kpstefan @silvertailbooks @BOTBSPublicity #Kult

 

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Kult by Stefan Malmstrom    Silver Tail Books  September 5th 2019

HE PAST WILL NEVER LET YOU GO…
When a four-year-old girl and her father are found dead in the Swedish city of Karlskrona, the police quickly conclude it was a murder-suicide, a tragedy requiring no further investigation.
But Luke Bergmann, a reformed criminal still haunted by his violent past, believes they are wrong. The dead man, Viktor, was his best friend, and Luke knows he would never commit such a horrific crime.
When more bodies turn up, Luke is certain the same killer has struck again. Alone, he embarks on an investigation which reaches back through decades to his friend’s involvement with a sinister cult and dark secrets are exposed as Luke struggles to keep his own long-buried demons hidden away.
And when Luke finds himself in a killer’s sights, his search for the truth becomes the fight of his life.

Can Luke get justice for Viktor and his daughter and prove his best friend was not a murderer, or will the shadows of the past overwhelm him?

My Review

The secretive world of Scientology was opened up in Malmstrom’s novel Kult. Based on his own experiences it was eye opening, its manipulative tactics shocking, its brain washing techniques horrifying.

It made you wonder how such famous actors and personalities had become so involved.

For those that escaped life would never be as it was, time as a Scientology never forgotten by some. This was the basis of Malmstrom’s novel as Luke attempted to come to terms with the supposed suicide of his best friend and daughter.

Luke was a wonderful character, not squeaky clean, a past embedded in the criminal gangs of America, but now on the straight and narrow. I liked his dogged determination to prove the police wrong that his friend would never kill his daughter.

Trouble was always going to follow Luke and Malmstrom certainly didn’t give him an easy ride and it made for compelling reading, The ease with which he flipped between the past and the present helped fill in the background, until he merged the two strands together to a dramatic conclusion.

Malmstrom didn’t spare any details in the crimes committed and some may find it uncomfortable reading. It was however relevant and timely, never for effect or sensationalism.

Kult was a shocking, compelling read, written with restraint and skill and Malmstrom is another author to add the ever growing list of Nordic writers.

I would like to thank Silvertail Books for a copy of Kult to read and review and to Books On The Bright Side for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Stefan Malmström is a former news journalist who has worked for Sveriges Radio and Swedish TV4. Today he works as a consultant, lecturer and author. At a young age, Stefan was manipulated into the Church of Scientology in Hässleholm, a small town in southern Sweden. KULT, his first book, is based on his experiences in the cult. Stefan lives in Karlskrona in Sweden with his family.

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#Blogtour The Death Of Me by M. J. Tjia @mjtjia @legend_press #TheDeathOfMe

 

The Death Of Me by M. J. Tjia   Legend Press October 1st 2019

The Continent, 1864: Two bomb attacks, three deaths.
 
Clues to an elaborate assassination plot are intercepted in Paris and the authorities believe the assassin’s lair lies in Soho, London. Heloise Chancey, courtesan and professional detective, must go undercover to spy upon the nest of suspects and end their murderous conspiracy.

Meanwhile, her Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen finds herself trapped in a deadly nightmare of deceit and madness. Will she be able to escape before time runs out?

Danger keeps Heloise close company as she hunts evil down to its devilish source.

My Review

Helosise Chancey, the most modern and, in my opinion madcap women of the fictional 1800’s. Once again she was pitted against those who wished her and others harm and oh my goodness did she give them a run for their money.

She had all the guile and intelligence of her first outing in She Be Damned this time Tjia gave us a more rounded Heloise, more of her characteristics on display for us to enjoy. What I loved more than anything was her complete disregard for men, yet maintained her femininity, not afraid to use them to get what she wanted.

If Heloise was wonderful then so was her mother, on her quest to recover what was stolen from her. You could see where Heloise got her bravery and determination from and I loved the separate story Tjia created for her that ran seamlessly alongside that of Heloise.

The settings of Paris and London were vividly portrayed, the simmering dangers lingered in the dark back streets that gave the novel a brooding, tense feel.

Characters were never whom they seemed, as Heloise pitted herself against their manipulative ways , having to use her intelligence and ingenuity to outwit and hopefully succeed against their dangerous intentions.

Once again Tijia has written a fabulous, dark and engrossing historical thriller and I cannot wait for number three.

I would like to thank Legend Press for a copy of the Death Of Me to read and review and to Lucy Chamberlain for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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M.J. is a Brisbane-based writer. She has been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Prize and the Luke Bitmead Bursary (UK), and longlisted for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and CWA (UK) dagger awards. Her work has appeared in RexPeril and Shibboleth and Other Stories.

She is the author of She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery, (2017) with the sequel to follow in 2018.

Follow M.J. on Twitter @mjtjia

#Blogtour Overdrawn by N.J. Crosskey @NJCrosskey @Legend_Press #Overdrawn

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Overdrawn by N.J. Crosskey  Legend Press September 1st 2019

Henry Morris is watching his wife slip away from him. In an ageist society, where euthanasia is encouraged as a patriotic act, dementia is no longer tolerated. Kaitlyn, a young waitress, is desperate for the funds to keep her brother’s life support machine switched on. When a chance encounter brings the two together, they embark on an unconventional business arrangement that will force them to confront their prejudices, as well as their deepest, darkest secrets.

My Review

I loved Poster Boy and was very excited to be invited to read and review Overdrawn.

Once again Crosskey took us to a future, a future civilisation that seemed to have stepped back in time. Sustainability was the key concept, cars an anomaly, public transport pushed to the fore and its population ranked according to their means. There was one stark and to me horrifying contrast, the value of the human life, no longer seen as sustainable beyond old age or illness, procreation stilted, discouraged. The concept of Moving On, of voluntary euthanasia, to pass your wealth to your children was a hard one to grasp.

You wondered at Crosskey’s thought processes, her ingenuity and skill in a creating such a world, aspects believable and scary.

Her characters Henry and Kaitlyn, at the opposite ends of the age spectrum yet their views and need to save those they loved were brilliant. Their desperation and horror at the world they lived in oozed from the narrative. Their plan was shocking, but in other ways it changed their relationship, their outlook on life and the novel lost some of its harshness,as tenderness crept in.

The aged old problems of trust, respect, appreciation for the more human aspects of life were moved to the fore. You could sense change and the last few scenes made you think that perhaps a sequel could be in the offing and I do so hope there is.

Overdrawn was thought provoking, full of interesting themes and a compelling engrossing read from a fabulous author.

I would like to thank Legend Press for a copy of Overdrawn to read and review and to Lucy Chamberlain for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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NJ Crosskey lives with her husband and two children in Worthing, West Sussex.
She worked in the care sector for almost 20 years and now is a full-time
writer.
njcrosskey.wordpress.com
@NJCrosskey

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#Blogtour Ten Thousand Doors by Alix E. Harrow @AlixEHarrow @orbitbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CompulsiveReaders #TenThousandDoors

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Ten Thousand Doors by Alix E. Harrow   Orbit September 12th 2019

EVERY STORY OPENS A DOOR

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored and utterly out of place.

But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page reveals more impossible truths about the world, and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

My Review

I’m not sure what genre or indeed how I can describe The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

On the one hand it was the story of January, her childhood under the guardianship of a Mr Locke and the discovery of her parents past. On the other hand it was a magical journey where you expected mythical monsters from the Greek myths and legends to jump out at you from the pages.

The storytelling was magnificently sumptuous, the Doors January and her parents discovered, travelled through, the lands and the people they encountered were tinged with magic and wonder. You felt yourself transported to an alternate world that you didn’t want to leave.

I loved January, from the innocent little girl to the strong and brave woman she became she was a refreshing change in the world of female novel characters. She didn’t seem to fit the normal stereotypes, not the gungho female heroine with the brute force as she forged her way to the truth. Instead her quest was rooted in literature, in the books sneaked to her by her friend Samuel and ultimately the book written by her father. Ir was her wonderment at the stories and the images they conjured in her mind that so entranced, that made you hope that she had that happy ending.

If The Ten Thousand Doors of January was full of magic it also had an underlying feeling of an evil presence lurking beneath its surface, the chilling Mr Havemeyer, intent in thwarting January at every opportunity, Brattlebro, the asylum, that tried to restrain her, all gave the novel an extra frisson of excitement and menace.

It was a novel that enthralled, held you spellbound and firmly in its grip as you followed January’s journey and a novel that I would highly recommend if you want to lose yourself in a wonderful magical world.

I would like to thank Orbit for a copy of The The Thousand Doors of January to read and review and to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour

About the author

 

Alix E. Harrow is an ex-historian with lots of opinions and excessive library fines, currently living in Kentucky with her husband and their semi-feral children. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is her debut novel.

Find her on Twitter at @AlixEHarrow.

#Review The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason @amandajanemason @ZaffreBooks @ClaireJKelly #TheWaywardGirls #KnockOnce

 

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The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason     Zaffre  September 5th 2019

 

Is there anybody there?

One knock for yes …

Two knocks for no … 

THEN

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Loo and her sister Bee live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere, with their artistic parents and wild siblings. Their mother, Cathy, had hoped to escape to a simpler life; instead the family find themselves isolated and shunned by their neighbours. At the height of the stifling summer, unexplained noises and occurrences in the house begin to disturb the family, until they intrude on every waking moment . . .

NOW

Loo, now Lucy, is called back to her childhood home. A group of strangers are looking to discover the truth about the house and the people who lived there. But is Lucy ready to confront what really happened all those years ago?

My Review

A derelict farmhouse, and mysterious happenings made the Wayward Girls one of those novels perfect to read on a dark night, the chill and bleakness perfectly marching the themes and events of the story.

Primarily the story of two young sisters Loo and Bee, Mason seemlessly flipped the story between past and present.

The present, an investigation into the past hauntings of the farmhouse experiences by Bee and Loo, the past, the real time events that would have consequences for the family for the rest of their lives.

It was Mason’s ability to control these two aspects, to slowly build links, to unravel a web of lies and deceit that so impressed.

You could feel the chill and the fear, the knocks, the vividness of the sounds, the moving furniture, the shady recesses and images in the darkened rooms.

The two young sisters, so different, so close their fear tangible, oozing from the page. Loo most affected, the one who returned years later to assist against her better judgement with the investigation. You could sense her unease, the tensions and fear from the past brought to the fore, painful relationships with siblings and a mother, harried and lost in the quagmire of motherhood, brilliantly portrayed by Mason.

I can’t say I liked Bee, older, manipulative, jealous of the attention pressed on Loo. There was something not quite right, but you couldn’t quite put your finger on it as Mason kept you guessing.

Mason certainly knew how to ramp up the tension, how to effortlessly mingle the past with the present, to hurl her characters into a maelstrom of jealousy, and deceit. It was a novel that proved addictive, the narrative compelling, the pages turned at a furious rate, the urge to uncover the truth whatever it may be all encompassing.

A fantastic debut and cannot wait for Mason’s next offering.

I would like to thank Zaffre for a copy of The Wayward Girls to read and review and to Claire Kelly for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to review.

About the author

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Amanda Mason was born and brought up in Whitby, North Yorks. She studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, where she began writing by devising and directing plays. After a few years of earning a very irregular living in lots of odd jobs, including performing in a comedy street magic act, she became a teacher and has worked in the UK, Italy, Spain, and Germany. She now lives in York and has given up teaching for writing. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. The Wayward Girls, her debut novel, was longlisted for the Deborah Rogers prize.