#Blogtour Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas @Dougieclaire @MichaelJBooks @BTUkatie

Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas   Michael Joseph  August 9th 2018


After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.  And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives. Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see. It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life? Is Selena running from something too? Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .

My Review

I love the Brecon Beacons but after reading Do Not Disturb I am not sure I will be in a hurry to return.

It all seemed so idyllic. Uproot your entire family and open a bed and breakfast in an old run down rectory, what could go wrong? As Kirsty soon found out it became her and her families worst nightmare and one that I would definitely not like to be a part off.

Kirsty was everything I like in a strong female character. She was stoic, determined and strong, never afraid to confront the past and deal with the present. I also felt slightly sorry for her, and did get a little frustrated with her husband, who although was not entirely well, seemed unable or unwilling to help her. Her mother was equally as bad, harbouring secrets and making her life difficult.

Selena, was an altogether different character, one I instantly disliked, something niggling in my mind that told me she was somewhat economical with the truth, even if she was a good mum towards her disabled daughter. Trouble seemed to arrive at the same time as Selena and it wasn’t long before strange happenings sent shivers down my spine and I began to question just who was telling the truth and who had something sinister to hide.

Douglas was brilliant at building the suspense, the old rectory setting just perfect for those creaking floorboards and doors in the middle of the night. What she also did very well, was to keep me guessing. Just when I thought I had it all worked out, she threw in another twist that sent me in a different direction, and in some ways I felt I was Kirsty as I discovered and experienced the events at the same time.

As I read, the suspense and tension became palpable and the secrets tumbled out, some expected and some not. I did wonder how this family and indeed the guest house would survive, but knew with Kirsty’s strength and determination that it would.

As much as Do Not Disturb was a thriller, it also touched on mental illness, the effects it can have on not just the one afflicted but also the rest of the family, particularly children. Douglas dealt with it in a sensitive and measured way, never overplaying, never overpowering the main plotline.

Do No Harm, was a page turning and addictive thriller and if I hadn’t have been moving house would have read in one sitting. Highly recommended!

I would like to thank Michael Joseph for a copy of Do No Harm to read and review and to Katie Ashworth for inviting My Bookish BlogSpot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years writing features for women’s magazines and national newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, with her first novel, The Sisters, which was followed by Local Girl Missing and Last Seen Alive, both Sunday Times bestsellers. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.

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Do No Harm by L V Hay  Orenda Books  August 31st 2018

Till death do us part…

After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong… Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives… Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

My Review

I have heard nothing put positives about the novels of L V Hay so I was delighted to be invited to participate in the blogtour.

Now, if you know my blog you will know that I do like a good twisty thriller, and Do No Harm certainly filled that brief.

Many divorces are acrimonious and Lily’s was no exception, except you don’t expect relations to plummet to the depths in Do No Harm. As Hay pulled me into Lily’s world, I sensed her fear not only for herself but also for her son Denny, as her start to married life slowly unfurled in front of her. I loved her steely determination as she tried to protect her son Denny, yet could feel her utter frustration and despair as what she thought was Maxwell’s efforts to ruin her intensified.

As in all good psychological thrillers, Hay led me down one avenue before abruptly turning sharply and leading me down another. Little clues and hints were cleverly dropped into the narrative, as I discovered more about Sebastian and his mother’s past, and I tentatively began to see connections and possible motives in all of the characters.

What Hay did, very cleverly, was sow deeds of doubt into my mind, and make me question just who I could and could not believe. The characters were wonderfully multi dimensional, their secrets hidden, until an event forced them up to the surface. I felt dreadfully sorry for Lily as she attempted to make sense of all that was happening around her and felt myself willing her on to survive and emerge intact at the end. If Lily’s head was in a spin, then so was mine and at one point I had to pause and take a deep breath before I once more steeped into the fray.

The narrative was fast and furious, the tension palpable as I raced through the pages desperate to discover the ending. And oh my, what an ending. I was totally unprepared and did not expect the twist Hay spun in at the last minute and I would be very surprised if many people who read Do No Harm actually work it out.

If you are looking for a twisty, fast paced thriller for your summer holidays then I would highly recommend Do No Harm, although you may just become a little bit antisocial as you become immersed in its pages.

I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Do No Harm to read and review and to Anne Cater for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters’ Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.

Follow Lucy on Twitter @LucyVHayAuthor, on Facebook facebook.com/LucyHayB2W and her website: lucyvhayauthor.com

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