Blog Tour Extract: Kill me twice by @annasmithauthor @QuercusBooks


A beautiful model's death uncovers an ugly conspiracy stretching all the way to Westminster in Rosie Gilmour's darkest case to date.

When rags-to-riches Scots supermodel Bella Mason plunges to her death from the roof of a glitzy Madrid hotel, everyone assumes it was suicide. Except that one person saw exactly what happened to Bella that night, and she definitely didn't jump. But Millie Chambers has no one she can tell - alcoholic, depressed herself and now sectioned by her bullying politician husband, who would believe her? And that's not all Millie knows. Being close to the heart of Westminster power can lead to discovering some awful secrets...

Back in Glasgow, Rosie's research into Bella's life leads to her brother, separated from her in care years before. Dan is now a homeless heroin addict and rent boy, but what he reveals about Bella's early life is electrifying: organised sexual abuse in care homes across Glasgow. Bella had tracked him down so that they could tell the world their story. And now she's dead.

As Rosie's drive to expose the truth leads her closer to Millie and the shameful secrets she has kept for so many years, it becomes clear that what she's about to discover could prove fatal: a web of sexual abuse linking powerful figures across the nation, and the rot at the very heart of the British Establishment..

Extract and Giveaway: #win a copy of Blood and Bone by @vm_giambanco


After two years in the Seattle Police Homicide Unit, Detective Alice Madison seems to have found the kind of peace in her personal and professional life that she has not known before.

When an ordinary burglary turns into a horrific murder she is put in charge of the investigation and finds herself tracking a killer whose pleasure it is to destroy his victims.

The DNA from a single strand of hair leads Madison and her partner Detective Sergeant Kevin Brown to a series of old cases and she realizes that she might be hunting a killer who has been stalking the city for years and whose existence is the stuff of myth in high-security prisons. A killer who might still be at large because Brown made a mistake seven years earlier.

Madison’s own past comes under scrutiny when Internal Affairs officers begin to investigate her and she realises that enemies close to home want her to fail. In the middle of the storm Madison and her partner must hunt down a skillful, determined murderer with a talent for death. And Madison’s private life and fragile peace fall apart.

Book review: Dark Fates and Dark Fates-Madness by @lynnthompson8


Dark Fates and Dark Fates- Madness are two short story compilations that were provided by the author in return for an honest review.

Audiobook review: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott @picadorbooks


Katie and her husband Eric have made their daughter Devon the centre of their world. Talented, determined, a rising gymnastics star, Devon is the focus of her parents' lives and the lynchpin of their marriage. There is nothing they wouldn't do for her.

When a violent hit-and-run accident sends shockwaves through their close-knit community, Katie is immediately concerned for her daughter. She and Eric have worked so hard to protect Devon from anything that might distract or hurt her. That's what every parent wants for their child, after all. Even if they don't realize how much you've sacrificed for them. Even if they are keeping secrets from you . . .

A mother knows best . . . doesn't she?

Plotted with all the brilliance of Dare Me, and written with the compassion of The Fever, the astonishing You Will Know Me - dark and tender by turns -is an unforgettable novel by Megan Abbott.

Book review: Livia Lone by @barryeisler


Published: 25th October 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Source: ARC from Netgalley

Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them…the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason.

Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison.

Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.

But when a fresh lead offers new hope of finding Nason and the men who trafficked them both, Livia will have to go beyond just being a cop. Beyond even being a vigilante. She’ll have to relive the horrors of the past. Take on one of the most powerful men in the US government. And uncover a conspiracy of almost unimaginable evil.

In every way, it’s an unfair fight. But Livia has two advantages: her unending love for Nason—

And a lifelong lust for vengeance.

Book Review: Lying in Wait by @lizzienugent @PenguinRandomIE


Published: July 2016

Publisher: Penguin Ireland

Source: ARC from publisher

The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don't plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden.

Yet Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to falls apart.

But Laurence is not as naïve as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl's family may be the undoing of his own.

Extract: #Rage by Zygmunt Miłoszewski @AmazonPub


All eyes are on famous prosecutor Teodor Szacki when he investigates a skeleton discovered at a construction site in the idyllic Polish city of Olsztyn. Old bones come as no shock to anyone in this part of Poland, but it turns out these remains are fresh, the flesh chemically removed.

Szacki questions the dead man’s wife, only to be left with a suspicion she’s hiding something. Then another victim surfaces—a violent husband, alive but maimed—giving rise to a theory: someone’s targeting domestic abusers. And as new clues bring the murderer closer to those Szacki holds dear, he begins to understand the terrible rage that drives people to murder.

From acclaimed Polish crime writer Zygmunt Miloszewski comes a gritty, atmospheric page-turner that poses the question, what drives a sane man to kill?


Imagine a child who has to hide from those he loves. He does everything other children do. He makes towers out of building blocks, crashes toy cars together, has his teddy bears hold conversations, and paints houses under a smiling sun. A kid like any other. But fear makes everything look different. The towers never tumble. The car crashes are more like gentle bumps than major collisions. The teddy bears converse in whispers. And the water in the paint jar rapidly turns to dirty gray sludge. The child is afraid to go change the water, and eventually all the paints are smeared with sludge. Every little house, every smiling sun, and every little tree comes out the same nasty black and blue.
Out in the Polish provinces, that’s the color of the Warmian landscape tonight.
The fading December light is too weak to pick out distinct shades. The sky, a wall of trees, a house at the edge of the woods, and a muddy meadow only differ by their depth of blackness. With each passing minute they progressively merge together, until finally the separate elements can no longer be seen.
It’s a monochromatic nocturne, bitterly cold and desolate.
It’s hard to believe that in this lifeless landscape, inside the black house, two people are alive—one of them only just, but the other so sharply and intensely that it’s agonizing. Sweating, panting, deafened by the thudding of his own blood pulsating in his ears, he is trying to overcome the pain in his muscles to finish the job as fast as possible.
He cannot ward off the thought that in the movies it always looks different, and that after the opening credits they should give a warning: “Ladies and gentlemen, be advised that in reality, committing murder demands bestial strength, physical coordination, and above all, perfect fitness. Don’t try this at home.”
Just holding on to the victim is a major feat. The body defends itself against death in all sorts of ways. It’s hard to call it a fight; it’s more like something in between convulsions and an epileptic fit—every muscle tenses, and it’s not at all the way they describe it in novels, where the victim gradually weakens. The nearer the end, the more forcefully the muscle cells try to use the last remnants of oxygen to liberate the body.
Which means you can’t let them have that oxygen, or it’ll start all over again. Which means it’s not enough to just hold on to the victim so they won’t break free; you’ve also got to choke them effectively. And hope the next jolting kick will be the last, and there’ll be no strength left for more.
But the victim seems to have an endless supply of strength. For the killer it’s the opposite—the sharp pain of his overstretched muscles is rising in his arms, his fingers are stiffening, starting to rebel. He can see them slowly slipping, second by second, from the sweat-soaked neck.
He’s sure he can’t do it. But just when he’s about to give up, the body suddenly stops moving in his hands. The victim’s eyes become the eyes of a corpse. He has seen too many of them in his life not to recognize that.
And yet he can’t remove his hands—he goes on strangling the dead body with all his might for a while longer. He knows he’s in the grip of hysteria, but he goes on squeezing, harder and harder, ignoring the pain in his hands and arms. Suddenly the larynx caves in disturbingly under his thumbs. Terrified, he loosens his grip.
He stands back and stares at the corpse lying at his feet. Seconds pass, then minutes. The longer he stands there, the more incapable he is of moving. Finally, he forces himself to pick up his coat from the back of a chair and pulls it over his shoulders. He keeps telling himself that if he doesn’t act quickly, his own corpse will soon be lying beside his victim’s on the floor. He’s surprised it hasn’t happened yet.
But on the other hand, isn’t that Prosecutor Teodor Szacki’s greatest wish right now?

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Book Review: Nothing Tastes as Good by @clairehennessy @HotKeyBooks


Book review of Nothing tastes as good

Published: July 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Bought from shop

Don’t call her a guardian angel. Annabel is dead – but she hasn’t completely gone away. Annabel immediately understands why her first assignment as a ghostly helper is to her old classmate: Julia is fat. And being fat makes you unhappy. Simple, right?

As Annabel shadows Julia’s life in the pressured final year of school, Julia gradually lets Annabel’s voice in, guiding her thoughts towards her body, food and control.

But nothing is as simple as it first seems. Spending time in Julia’s head seems to be having its own effect on Annabel . . . And she knows that once the voices take hold, it’s hard to ignore them.


I don't like Annabel. But that's OK. I don't think we're supposed to. We all have an Annabel inside us. That nagging voice that tells us we're never good enough, never thin enough, never smart enough. We all have our own Annabel in need of silencing.

Annabel doesn't want to be described as a guardian angel. She's more of a spirit guide who's been chosen to guide Julia, a school girl with dreams of becoming a journalist. The only difference is Annabel

From the start Annabel only seems concerned with Julia's physical appearance. She is sure this is why she has been sent to help. To rid this girl of her rolls and curves. And who better to help than a girl who was an expert in hiding. Hiding food, hiding her weight hiding the truth about the illness that killed her. But it's OK. Now she has the chance to make it all OK by "fixing" Julia.

“Boys don't go for fat girls. They talk about wanting 'real women', but what they mean is big tits. Not thighs, not bellies, not fat bums. They want skin and bone.”

Annabel drives her own thoughts into Julia's head. She must be thin. She must say no. That is the only way she can succeed.

“Every time you say ‘no thank you’ to food, you say ‘yes please’ to skinny.”

I like the way Claire handled the many pressures girls face in school: Grades, boys, sex, body image. There is a dangerous misconception that anorexia and bulimia are caused by images in magazines. These issues are mental and the physical manifestations (starving, binging purging) are a result of this. They are not the cause.

I didn't really warm to Annabel at any point, but again I'm not sure if the reader was supposed to. The most important message is that Annabel finally started to realise that Julia's weight problems were not just physical, but mental too. She helps her to overcome her demons and to deal with the people who have wronged her.

The book is not a roller coaster ride. You won't be on the edge of your seat but it will make you sit back and think, and that's never a bad thing.


★★★★ ☆

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