What I Read While I Was In Hospital

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So three weeks in the hospital gave me some time to catch up on plenty of reading and I thought I would share my thoughts on them in one post!

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Blog Tour Book Review – My Sister Is Missing

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An extra post this week as I did not want to miss out on this tour. The blurb was so appealing and in one of my favourite niches – a good old thriller!

My Sister Is Missing by Julia Barrett

The Blurb

I’m not the wife you think I am

Just weeks after giving birth, new mum Stephanie Henderson and her baby girl disappear.

With husband Adam in despair, and the police investigation stalled, it’s up to her sister Jess to find them. But when Adam starts to behave suspiciously, Jess starts to question what really happened.

Following news of a tragic accident, she suspects the worst and, in turmoil, goes in search of answers. But Jess isn’t prepared for what she uncovers . . . or for what happens next.

This is a twisted psychological thriller that will make you question what is real, and whether you really can trust those you love.

‘This is a gripping suspense novel, and a powerful testament to the bond between sisters. Clear your diary and get the snacks in. Once you open this one, you won’t be putting it down.’ Cass Hunter, author of The After Wife

‘A complex and intriguing novel that paints a dark portrait of dysfunctional family relationships’ Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

What I Thought

Wow wow wow! I read this book in under 36 hours, I just couldn’t put it down.

I love a thriller and whereas this turns out to be more psychological than anything, it has some fantastic twists and turns along the way which kept me gripped. The story is told from three viewpoints – Jess, whose sister is missing, Steph, the missing sister, who’s thoughts come from the diary entries she makes in the run up to her diaappearance and Adam, her husband, who is acting suspiciously which makes Jess question if he has some involvement in her sister’s disappearance. As well as investigating the disappearance of her sister, Jess is dealing with a recent break up as well as the neglect she suffered as a child which still impacts on her.

As I said before, I just couldn’t put this one down, it kept my interest piqued through out and was superbly written. I will certainly look out for this author again in the future and highly recommend this to all!

Trigger warning – child neglect, suicide, post-parthm psychosis

Buy on Amazon – Kindle version or Paperback

The Author – Julia Barrett

Julia Barrett began her working life as a primary school teacher. She has worked in Public Relations for the NHS and as an in-house journalist for Queen Mary, University of London. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Hull. She is a Faber Academy alumna and is currently working towards the completion of an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. She grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in Essex with her husband and two children – Amazon


I am so glad I joined the blog tour for this one – one of my favourites of the year so far for sure! What has been your top read of 2019? Let me know in the comments below,

I was gifted this book in return for my honest review. Affiliate links do not affect your purchase in any way but may earn the blog some extra pennies – thankyou!

Blog Tour Book Review – Karma Never Loses An Address

Karma Never Loses An Address by K. J. McGillick

The Blurb

Betrayal on Every Level

Marley Bennington had brutally murdered her older sister Samantha in a drug fueled rage. Only two people know that fact as true. One of those two people, was sitting in a state prison, serving a sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. Who was that unfortunate person? Alex Clarke, Samantha Bennington’s husband, the man so buried in circumstantial evidence that he confessed to a crime he didn’t commit, rather than face a trial. He was now trapped with no way out.

It all began as sibling rivalry and jealousy, as so many tales of treachery do. Now, that intense jealousy had ended in her sister’s murder. Once Alex was tucked safely away in prison, Marley was set to inherit millions of dollars tainted with her sister’s blood. But suddenly, two obstacles stood in her way preventing her from quickly obtaining the reward for her well executed plan. One obstacle was her brother, and the other a nosy little old lady. But for Marley, this wasn’t a problem. She had killed twice already and cheated the justice system. What were a few more bodies?

Justice delayed is justice denied. Can Marley be trapped by the very people she tried to deceive? Will karma finally visit her door? Another gripping, tangled tale from the author of Facing A Twisted Judgment.

What I Thought

Where To Buy

Amazon UK

Amazon US

The Author – K. J. McGillick

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author. As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

Social Media

Facebook

Website

Twitter – @KJMcGillickAuth

Blog Tour Book Review – Spiral Into Darkness

Spiral Into Darkness by Joseph Lewis

The Blurb

He blends in. He is successful, intelligent and methodical. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind. Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.

What I Thought

I never normally don’t finish books but 2019 has already bought me a second such one, after previously being unable to continue listening to an audio book I talked about in my January Book Reviews.

I started off slowly with this one as it was quite laden with ‘technicalities’ of the policing system and how people are organised. The first two chapters were great, describing the two murders and this really grabbed my attention, leaving you with many questions like why, who and what could link them. But following this the action slowed right down and became a little drab.

The story then moved into rather more uncomfortable territory and I just didn’t feel like continuing reading. I read some other reviews to see what others had thought, and found some with the same feelings as me. As I said, I don’t like not finishing a book, even if I am not loving it, but knowing people had similar thoughts about it to me made me feel a little better. I will say though, there were many good reviews with people loving it so it is definitely just a matter of personal taste I think.

I loved the sound of this book but unfortunately it just felt a little overladen with unnecessary detail for me which slowed the reading pace down and did not keep me engaged. This then made the uncomfortable content more difficult to deal with, as the pace of the book was too slow to keep it intriguing, and it just felt uncomfortable.

A Note From the Author

In Spiral Into Darkness, I explore the concept of nature vs nurture, or more specifically, is a murderer born or made? In the book, the murderer struggled with his own family growing up because his parents adopted another youngster. The adoption, through the murderer’s eyes, didn’t go well. He saw the adoption as “ruining” the family unit. 
In the book, I also explore two other themes: one involves sexual experimentation between two of the adopted brothers in the Evans family. It is uncomfortable because in the course of the book (the story takes place in approximately one week’s time period), the parents don’t quite know how to respond to the experimentation and I set their response aside, for the most part, until the subsequent book (still being written). So the question then becomes, is being gay nature or nurture? The second theme, adoption, is the root for the story. The murderer uses the two newest adopted boys in the Evans family as another example of a family unit being disrupted, which is why he targets them.

Where To Buy

Amazon UK

Amazon US

The Author – Joseph Lewis

Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.

Lewis uses his psychology and counselling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.

Social Media Links

Twitter at @jrlewisauthor

Facebook

So far 2019 has bought me a very mixed bag when it comes to reading! What are you currently reading and enjoying? Let me know in the comments below,

Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book in return for my honest review. Check out other people’s thoughts at the blogs below

Blog Tour Book Review – The Burning House

The Burning House

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The Blurb

It was a victimless crime…

Estate Agent Clara is struggling to make a sale. With her abusive ex-husband on the brink of finding where she’s hiding, she needs to make a commission soon or lose her chance to escape.

Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness has remained unsold for years, and Clara is sure that an ‘innocent’ fire will force the price down. But the perfect crime soon turns into the perfect nightmare: there was a witness, a stranger in the village, and he’s not going to let Clara get away with it that easily…

From the bestselling author of The Ghost Hunters, The Watchers and The Lost Village, comes a tense and claustrophobic psychological thriller

What I Thought

I am a huge fan of thrillers but did not expect the supernatural element of this from reading the blurb.  However, I found this really enjoyable and it made the story a little different to those I normally read!

The setting for the book was perfect and when I found out it was based on true events, it certainly made it that bit more spine tingling.  It was a definite page turner and one I couldn’t wait to pick up to see what happened.  The pace was good from the start and even with the spooky goings on, the tension came also from ‘real life’ as Clara continued to hide out from an abusive husband.

I do not want to say too much and spoil anything for future readers but I would recommend to any thriller fans looking for something a little different from the norm.

Where To Buy

Amazon in Kindle, Paperback and Audiobook

Thankyou to Quercus Books and Neil Spring for including me on this book blast tour.  I received the book in return for my honest review.

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