#blogtour #bookreview for THE COMING DARKNESS by GREG MOSSE @GregMosse published November 10th 2022 by @moonflowerbooks Blog Tour arranged by @midaspr #TheComingDarkness

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Coming Darkness. The debut thriller by Greg Mosse. Huge thanks to Sofia at Midas PR for my proof copy and spot on the blog tour.

SYNOPSIS

Paris, 2037. Alexandre Lamarque of the French external security service is hunting for eco-terrorists. Experience has taught him there is no one he can trust – not his secretive lover Mariam, not even his old mentor, Professor Fayard, the man at the centre of the web. He is ready to give up. But he can’t.

In search of the truth, Alex must follow the trail through an ominous spiral of events, from a string of brutal child murders to a chaotic coup in North Africa. He rapidly finds himself in a heart-thumping race against chaos and destruction. He could be the world’s only hope of preventing THE COMING DARKNESS . . .

MY THOUGHTS

The Coming Darkness is a near-future espionage thriller written as a classic spy story. We’re introduced to Alex Lamarque, an operative in the French external security service. He clearly believes in right and wrong, but he is no longer sure if the ends justify the means. Alex also has a reputation for reliable intuition and he has a growing sense of foreboding that something big and bad is developing. He is a comfortable and human hero and feels familiar from the off; he is easy to spend time with. Those around him are also well drawn with a believable history reinforcing the idea that these characters have had a life together before this story.

As with all good spy thrillers there are multiple strands, initially seemingly disparate but becoming intertwined as Alex’s assignments and intuition draw them together. Those around him, from his mother to his childhood friend and lover, are pulled into the multi-layered plots increasing the sense of jeopardy and raising Alex’s anxiety.

The near-future setting allows some liberties with political geography to be taken that set up a key plot, and believable changes in communication and transport are showcased with ongoing pandemics and climate change providing the dystopian backdrop with the displaced and migrants having no identity, living in ghettos outside of society. The haves still have, the have-nots don’t even have an identity.

While the start of the book is complicated as the plots are drawn the pace is always fast as Alex moves from one assignment to the next and the pressure builds as the story and his sense of foreboding grows.

An enjoyable, fast-paced , well constructed thriller.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

About Greg Mosse 

A theatre director, playwright and actor Greg Mosse is the founder and director of the Criterion New Writing programme at the Criterion Theatre in London, running workshops in script development to a diverse community of writers, actors and directors. In addition, since 2015, Greg has written, produced and stage 25 plays and musicals.

Greg set up both the Southbank Centre Creative Writing School – an open access program of evening classes delivering MA level workshops – and the University of Sussex MA in Creative Writing at West Dean College which he taught for 4 years. 

The husband of the bestselling novelist Kate Mosse, Kate’s hit novel Labyrinth was inspired by a house that Greg and his mother bought together in the French medieval city of Carcassonne, where the couple and their children spent many happy summers. Following the success of Labyrinth, Greg created the innovative readers-and-writers website mosselabyrinth.co.uk MosseLabyrinth. The first of its kind MosseLabrynth was the world’s first online accessible 3D world.

A multilinguist, Greg has lived and worked in Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Madrid and has worked as both an interpreter at a variety of international institutions and a teacher in the UK.

Greg and Kate live in Chichester, where Kate’s parents founded the Chichester Festival Theatre, they have two grown up children.

The Coming Darkness was written during lockdown and is Greg’s debut novel. 

#blogtour #bookreview How To Kill Your Best Friend by @elliott_lexie Published by @CorvusBooks #newrelease @midaspr

It’s my stop on the blog tour today so I’m pleased to share with you my review for How To Kill Your Best Friend.

Many thanks to Becky at Midas PR for my invite and copy of the book.

SYNOPSIS

I’d do anything for my friends – even murder…

Georgie, Lissa and Bronwyn have been best friends since they met on their college swimming team. Now Lissa is dead – drowned off the coast of the remote island where her second husband owns a luxury resort. But could a star open-water swimmer really have drowned? Or is something more sinister going on?

Brought together for Lissa’s memorial, Georgie, Bron, Lissa’s grieving husband and their friends find themselves questioning the circumstances around Lissa’s death – and each other. As the weather turns ominous, trapping the guests on the island, it slowly dawns on them that Lissa’s death was only the beginning. Nobody knows who they can trust. Or if they’ll make it off the island alive…

MY THOUGHTS

This new novel from Lexie Elliot, author of The French Girl, is a slow burn of a summer thriller, set on a remote island. Told from the perspectives of two friends, Bronwyn and Georgie, we meet these two and other friends and partners at the memorial of a third friend Lissa, who went missing some 3 months before, during a late night swim. All of them are accomplished swimmers, so the two best friends can’t make out how this could have happened.

As they all gather in this gorgeous setting, surrounded by luxury, they can’t ignore the ever increasing sense of danger, and as mysterious and threatening messages start to arrive, they all start to question, who can they trust?

As the weather takes a turn for the worst, trapping all onto the island, this novel really begins it’s fabulous tale of buried secrets, past mysteries and gripping twists and turns. Even a sea serpent who takes those who ‘want taken’! As new revelations, past and present, come to the fore and dangerous accident start to occur, this novel really picks up the tension with a fantastic finish.

A wonderful suspenseful summer page turner!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lexie Elliott grew up in Scotland, at the foot of the Highlands. She graduated from Oxford University where she obtained a doctorate in theoretical physics. A keen sportswoman, she works in fund management in London, where she lives with her husband and two sons. The rest of her time is spent writing, or thinking about writing, and juggling family life and sport.

MY THOUGHTS

#bookreview #blogtour THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR by @NinadeGramont Published by @MantleBooks @amberachoudhary and OUT NOW! #TheChristieAffair

Many thanks to Amber Choudhary at MIDASPR for my invite onto this blog tour and to the publishers for my proof copies.

SYNOPSIS

In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. Only I know the truth of her disappearance.
I’m no Hercule Poirot.
I’m her husband’s mistress.

Agatha Christie’s world is one of glamorous society parties, country house weekends, and growing literary fame.

Nan O’Dea’s world is something very different. Her attempts to escape a tough London upbringing during the Great War led to a life in Ireland marred by a hidden tragedy.

After fighting her way back to England, she’s set her sights on Agatha. Because Agatha Christie has something Nan wants. And it’s not just her husband.

Despite their differences, the two women will become the most unlikely of allies. And during the mysterious eleven days that Agatha goes missing, they will unravel a dark secret that only Nan holds the key to . . .

MY THOUGHTS

In the December of 1926, the famous author Agatha Christie went missing from her home for 10 days. There was a massive and very public search for her, however Agatha herself made no comment on the event and neither did she mentioned in her autobiography. This new novel from Nina de Gramont is a fictional re telling of those days, narrated by a character called Nan O’Dea, who is based on the real life mistress and later second wife of Agatha’s husband Archie Christie.

The Christie Affair begins with Archie announcing to Agatha that he wants a divorced so that he can marry Nan. This naturally throws Agatha into a state of distress and it is that evening that she disappears. Archie suggests that Nan should also go away for a few days, to put some distance between herself and all the commotion, and is spending a few days in a rather well known hotel in Harrogate.

Not long after Nan’s arrival, a death occurs at the hotel and a policeman looking for Agatha, Inspector Chiltern, also becomes involved in this side story as well as becoming a main part of the story. We also learn of Nan’s past in Ireland, and her meeting with her first love Finbarr during the time of the first world war.

This book mainly centers around Nan, her past story of sorrow and her current relationship with Archie. I found my sympathies come and go for Nan, with her sad past but also as an accomplish in Agatha’s heartbreak, but found her thoughts on Agatha interesting. I found the whole novel an engaging read with some wonderfully described back drops and settings. I also thought the author did a very good job at explaining the mental state and distresses of her characters.

The names used for some of the minor characters in the book will ring bells and delight Christie fans and I found it a nice touch to include them in the book.

A Christie Affair was released on January 20th and is published by Mantel Books.

#blogtour #bookreview AFTER AGATHA: Women Write Crime by Sally Cline @NoExitPress @OldcastleBooks #AfterAgatha

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Many thanks to Hollie McDevitt of Oldcastle Books for my digital advanced readers copy of this new book by Sally Cline. After Agatha: Women Write Fiction was a really interesting read, full of lots of familiar names from crime writing fiction.

SYNOPSIS

Spanning the 1930s to present day, After Agatha charts the explosion in women’s crime writing and examines key developments on both sides of the Atlantic: from the women writers at the helm of the UK Golden Age and their American and Canadian counterparts fighting to be heard, to the 1980s experimental trio, Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton, who created the first female PIs, and the more recent emergence of forensic crime writing and domestic noir thrillers such as Gone Girl and Apple Tree Yard.

After Agatha examines the diversification of crime writing and highlights landmark women’s novels which featured the marginalised in society as centralised characters.

Cline also explores why women readers are drawn to the genre and seek out justice in crime fiction, in a world where violent crimes against women rarely have such resolution.

The book includes interviews with dozens of contemporary authors such as Ann Cleeves, Sophie Hannah, Tess Gerritsen and Kathy Reichs and features the work of hundreds of women crime and mystery writers.

MY THOUGHTS

I love crime fiction. It was the first genre I really started with. So when the publishers OldCastle Books sent me an email regarding After Agatha I jumped at the chance to read it.

After Agatha looks at the many female authors, writing crime fiction, since the 1930’s to present day. From the middle class writers of the Golden Age, to female authors working in law and the police today, it covers a huge number of names of which many were familiar to me, though not all I have read.

The book has clearly been researched extremely well and delves into a large number of topic areas. It looks at, among others, how female written crime novels have changed over the decades, along side how the background of those female authors differs from those of those writing in the 1930-50’s. It addresses topics such as; who reads female written crime fiction and why, how in the earlier years, it sat amongst the already popular male written novels, particularly in America. How over the years the stories have become more graphic, violent and gritty (in part), and the inclusion of central characters from different backgrounds, those whom identify as LBGTQIA+ and characters with disabilities. Also variations in sub genre from ‘cosy crime’ to police procedural and domestic noir. But above all it is a wonderfully informative guide to a great number of female authors, a lot still writing today, that any crime fiction fan will be delighted to learn of and go away and try. There are many comments taken from interviews with many of the authors mentioned, which I found interesting and even looks at awards and the authors views on them.

I personally found the structure of the chapters a little repetitive, but the contents of them not so, and therefore found it an interesting and enjoyable read. Be warned though, it may lead to many new books being purchased.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sally Cline, author of 13 books, is an award-winning biographer and fiction writer. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and former Advisory Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. Her biography on Radclyffe Hall, now a classic, was shortlisted for the LAMBDA prize; Lifting the Taboo: Women, Death and Dying won the Arts Council Prize for non-fiction; and her landmark biographies on Zelda Fitzgerald and Dashiell Hammett were bestsellers in the UK and US. She is co- Series Editor for Bloomsbury’s 9 volume Writers and Artists Companions. Formerly lecturing at Cambridge University, she has degrees and masters from Durham and Lancaster Universities and was awarded a D.Litt in International Writing. 

#blogtour #bookreview ONE STEP TOO FAR by @lisagardnerbks @centurybooksuk @Rachel90Kennedy

Hi everyone, and welcome to my first blog tour of 2022! and what a book to kick off with!

Before She Disappeared, the first book starting our main protagonist Frankie Elkin, was in my top 10 reads of last year, so when the lovely Rachel Kennedy of Century Books emailed me to say there was a second book being published this month, I was so thrilled!

All the great bloggers taking part in the blog tour

SYNOPSIS

Five men head into the woods for a bachelor party weekend. Only four return. Hours stretch into days, which stretch into weeks. Volunteers go home, police are assigned new cases and the missing hiker Timothy O’Day becomes one more missing person, vanished without a trace. Until Frankie Elkin – missing persons specialist – comes to town. Fresh off her case in Boston, Frankie heads to Wyoming, determined to find Timothy and bring him home – whatever the cost. Frankie joins a seven-day woodland search team, lead by Tim’s father Martin, as they venture deep into the dark forest to uncover the truth. With secrets swirling and tensions raised in the group, it becomes clear that Frankie’s newest case could very well be her last . . .

MY THOUGHTS

This second book in this new series only cemented how much I liked about it’s main character Frankie Elkin.

She’s an outsider, a loner and has many flaws, yet she is an investigator so unlike any other.

A recovering alcoholic, with a past which still haunts her, Frankie looks for missing people, yet the relatives don’t come looking for Frankie, asking for her help, Frankie goes looking for them. A drifter, moving around from one case to another, she researches missing people and when she spots one she believes she may be able to make a difference to, she packs up her one small battered suitcase and heads out.

The people who are missing could have been so for months or years and so often the case, aren’t found alive, but with her belief that these people shouldn’t be forgotten just because the clues have run cold, with her belief in herself, and often with hostility from those already involved, she is determined to find them.

As the synopsis states, in this new novel, Frankie is in search of a young man who went missing on a ‘bachelor party’ weekend camping trip. His friends say they are clueless about what has happened to him and his dad Martin is so desperate to bring him home that he organisers yearly searches, dragging willingly or not, those same friends and a few professionals along with him. It is one of these trips that Frankie joins. Totally out of her depth and with no real experience of the landscape they are about to head into, she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

This book wonderfully describes the wilderness of Wyoming, as the search party struggle with the unforgiving terrain, remoteness and rising and plummeting temperatures. It has a fast moving plot, which kicks off right from the start, unrelenting tensions, whether it be from the dangers of the landscape and weather, or from the rich array of characters that are so likable, yet had me constantly questioning….are they trustworthy??? What have they got to hide??? It was a case of fearing what will get them first? The conditions or each other? The descriptions of their hike, how they go about tackling the next section and the equipment they use made the book feel very real. There is mystery, high tension, action and suspense! I found this another great read and confirming my thoughts that this series is now to be an automatic read for me. I can’t wait to read where Frankie goes next!

Many thanks to the publishers for my proof copy of the book and invite onto the tour. One Step Too Far is published on January 20th.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Gardner started her writing career aged seventeen. Having caught her hair on fire while working in food service, crafting a novel seemed a safer bet. A mere ten years later she became an overnight success with the publication of her first thriller, The Perfect Husband.

Now an internationally bestselling author and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best suspense novel, Lisa lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

When not glued to her computer, she can be found hiking the mountains with her dogs and/or researching new and interesting ways to get away with murder.

#bookreview SORROW AND BLISS by Meg Mason @wnbooks #SorrowandBliss #cheltlitfest @midaspr

Delighted to share with you today my review for Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason. I have seen so much love for this book of late, that I was thrilled when the lovely people at Midas PR sent me a copy to read and review to celebrate The Cheltenham Literature Festival which takes place between 8-17th October.

The author will be taking part in the festival on Saturday 16th October and will be talking to Clare Clark via live link from her home in Sydney.

The Cheltenham Literature Festival Oct 16th

L242 Meg Mason: Sorrow & Bliss
Quickfind L242
Sat 16 Oct 10:30am – 11:30am
Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

SYNOPSIS

Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. A gift, her mother once said, not everybody gets.

So why is everything broken? Why is Martha – on the edge of 40 – friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave?

Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe – as she has long believed – there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain.

Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents (but without the help of her devoted, foul-mouthed sister Ingrid), Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix – or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself.

MY THOUGHTS

Brilliantly paced and wonderfully observed, the new novel by Meg Mason, released in hardback back in June, is a brilliant story about a women and her struggles with her mental illness and the impact it has on her life and those closest to her.

Martha is married to Patrick, who she has known since a teenager when her first symptoms appeared and we follow her in present time and via flash backs from this time up to her 40th year, as she experiences more and more episodes of depression and watch as her family, in particular Patrick and her wonderful sister Ingrid, try their best to support her and help her through these times and beyond, often with not a lot in return from Martha herself.

The book explores not just the impact of mental heath issues but also family relationships and motherhood, more precisely a decision to have or not have children. Tender and also brutally written accounts of her day to day life over a 20+ year period with fantastic characters meant I really didn’t want to put this book down and just carried on reading.

Sometimes a slightly unlikeable character, Martha’s sadness is ever present in the novel but this book is full of comic touchers and super one liners, especially from Ingrid, that makes it, in my opinion, a fantastically warm read. Characters like Patrick, Ingrid and Martha’s Aunt Winsome add such a ray of hope and love to the story that stops it becoming a saddening read, also Martha’s relationship with her older friend and mentor Peregrine shows that there is love still within her. In fact I found the book almost a love story, not just between Martha and Patrick but between Martha and herself.

The author chooses not to name the condition Martha has, stating at the end of the book that her symptoms and treatment are fictional. Although at first I was a little confused by this I felt that it was a wise move. So many conditions including mental illness can vary between one sufferer to another that it stops a reader possibly shelf diagnosing or comparing it too closely to their own experiences.

A fantastic read who’s characters have long stayed with me since finishing the book.

#bookreview #newrelease What Page, Sir? by Simon Pickering @RedDoorBooks #WhatPageSir

Delighted to share with you today my review for What Page, Sir? by Simon Pickering. Thanks so much to the publishers Red Door Books for sending me this copy and for my spot on the tour.

SYNOPSIS

What Page, Sir? records the hilarious and sometimes painful experience of an English teacher as he struggles through some very familiar literary texts with some very unenthusiastic teenagers. Alongside the comedy that a teacher could really live without, is a fresh and irreverent look at the stalwarts of the school curriculum. Featuring An Inspector Calls, Lord of the Flies, and Of Mice and Men, plus the obvious works by Austen, Dickens and Shakespeare texts that seem to have been the staple for secondary schools forever, and, in some cases, remain a drag for everyone involved.

But beneath the buffoonery in the classroom, this book makes a more serious point about the education we are serving up for our children and whether it’s finally time for change.

MY THOUGHTS

This is an interesting, fun and quick read (130 pages) about one teachers experiences, over the years, of teaching English Literature at GCSE and A level, and the books that have come, gone and come back again, into the national curriculum.

Split into chapters each covering a different novel, the author gives us a reminder of the themes of the book/story line, in some instances, quoting from the text itself, ways in which he has taught it with methods and lesson plans, but also humorous insights and anecdotes on what it was like for him as a teacher, year in, year out, at different schools, with different pupils, but often hearing the same old jokes and banter from the students.

Something this book made me question, and not for the first time, was how familiar these titles are to me. Books that I studied back in the 80’s, my son’s studied in the early and mid 2010’s, and still being used today. Can the government and exam boards really not think of new one’s to use? One’s more up to date on female rights and sexuality, and with relevant issues and themes? As the synopsis asks, is it finally time for a change?

Many thanks to Lizzie at Red Door Books for bringing this book to my attention and for a copy of the book.

#blogtour #bookreview FALLING FOR A FRENCH DREAM by Jennifer Bohnet @jenniewriter @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources

It’s my stop on the blog tour today and I am delighted to share with you my review. Many thanks to Rachel Gilby of Rachel Random Resources for my invite and stop onto the tour and for the advance readers copy via Netgalley.

SYNOPSIS

After tragically losing her husband, Nicola Jacques and her teenage son Oliver relocate to his father’s family’s olive farm in the hills above the French Riviera.

Due to a family feud, Oliver has never known his father’s side of the family but Grandpapa Henri is intent that Oliver will take over the reins of the ancestral farm and his rightful inheritance.

Determined to keep her independence from a rather controlling Grandpapa, Nicola buys a run-down cottage on the edge of the family’s Olive Farm and sets to work renovating their new home and providing an income by cultivating the small holding that came with the Cottage.

As the summer months roll by, Nicola and Oliver begin to settle happily into their new way of life with the help of Aunts Josephine and Odette, Henri’s twin sisters and local property developer Gilles Bongars.

But the arrival of some unexpected news and guests at the farm, force Nicole and Aunt Josephine to assess what and where their futures lie.

*This book was previously published as The French Legacy.

MY THOUGHTS

This must be the fifth book of Jennifer’s I have read now, and she never disappoints in whisking me away to a sun drenched, idyllic French setting no matter what her characters have thrown at them!!

After Nicola and her son Oliver receive the news that her estranged husband has died, it leaves her with very mixed emotions. Sad for her son and for the loss of the man she did once love, but also with hope that now they could possibly begin to mend some bridges with her husband’s family in France. Relatives that Oliver barely knows. Following a request from farther-in-law Henri to come out to the farm in France to sort matters out, Nicola and Oliver head out there, but Nicola isn’t naïve, she is more than aware that she needs to be strong as Henri can be a controlling patriarch at the very least.

On arriving there Nicola is surprised with an ultimatum from Henri in regards to Oliver’s inheritance and makes a rushed and bold decision to move out to France. Buying a run down cottage very close to the farm means Oliver can be close to his new family, which he does appear to get on very well with, yet holding on to some of her independence and privacy, an added bonus is that she can return back to her love of gardening and the possibility make some money in doing so.

With the story line following them settling into their new lives, introducing the reader to Henri, Aunts Josephine and Odette and other characters, what follows is another charming and wonderfully set story from this author and again one that’s also full of back stories and other twists that gives the story mystery and suspense keeping the reader engaged and longing to find out the outcome for the characters involved.

As always beautifully set, this time in the surrounding countryside of the South of France, the novel wonderfully evokes the senses as you read with the sounds, smells and tastes of France plus of course with the sprinkling of possible romance making this another enjoyable and delightful read.

This book was previously published as The French Legacy.

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Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

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#BookReview The Midas Game by Abi Silver #TheMidasGame @abisilver16 @EyeandLightning @midaspr @amberchoudhary #publicationday

Publisher: Lightning Books

256 pages

E Book pub: 7th June 21

Paperback pub: Today 5th August 2021

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It’s my stop on the blog tour today for Abi Silver’s new Burton and Lamb story The Midas Game.

I’m absolutely delighted to share with you my review of this new novel, today, on it’s paperback publication day!

Many thanks to the publishers Lightning Books and to Amber Choudhary of Midaspr (appropriatly!), for my advance copy.

SYNOPSIS

When eminent psychiatrist Dr Liz Sullivan is found dead in her bed, suspicion falls on local gamer and YouTube celebrity Jaden ‘JD’ Dodds. Did he target her because of her anti-gaming views and the work she undertook to expose the dangers of playing online games? And what was her connection with Valiant, an independent game manufacturer about to hit the big time, and its volatile boss?

Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once more to defend JD when no one else is on his side. But just because he makes a living killing people on screen doesn’t mean he’d do it in real life. Or does it?

Another thought-provoking courtroom drama from the acclaimed author of the Burton & Lamb series.

MY THOUGHTS

The Midas Game is the 5th book in the Burton and Lamb Thrillers Series and my 2nd, as I have also read and enjoyed The Pinocchio Brief. Each book can be read as a stand alone and read in any order.

These engaging and informative court room thriller/mystery novels all have a wonderful cast of characters and an of the moment, up to date tech interest to their story lines and this 5th book was no different.

In this new story we meet gamer and YouTube celebrity Jaden ‘JD’ Dodds, as Constance first meets him to interview him, after he has been held in custardy in connection with the death of a neighbour of his Dr Liz Sullivan.

With evidence linking him to the scene and Dr Sullivan’s long time work looking at gaming addiction the police consider him a prime suspect but as Constance begins her investigation she is sure there is much more to this than the police seem to want to consider.

Once again she teams up with Judith and as they set up their case to defend JD in the court hearing we also read chapters about a young game developer called Luke, who works at a small but determined company called Valiant as he introduces his new idea to his boss Eric.

Once again Abi Silver writes an enjoyable and believable court room mystery which kept me guessing till the end, with some brilliantly thought out twists and red herrings. This book covers the topic of on-line gaming, gaming addiction and the gaming industry as a whole, which I found very interesting. You do not need to be a gamer or indeed have knowledge of gaming to enjoy this book, but as a mother of two, now grown, boys I found the factual elements of the industries and potential problems gaming can have very thought provoking and I felt it was extremely well researched.

With social media sites like You Tube and Twitch becoming ever more popular and gamers having a celebrity like status to their followers, it is indeed an important and interesting topic but the author makes it very readable, as she incorporates it into this easy to follow and engaging novel. I was gripped right from the very start as we follow Constance as she gathers information, unearthing more and more details on the work of the victim.

I will definitely read more books in this series and even as I have already mentioned, these stories can be read as standalones, after reading two books now, I really want to feel more for the main two characters and the connection they have with each other, so will go back to book 2 and I can’t wait to find out more.

Many thanks to Amber, Midas pr and Lightning Books for my advance copy of the book and invite onto the blog tour, which continues until August 19th, so do check out the other posts and reviews.

The Midas game is released in paperback today!

#bookreview #blogtour WHAT I DID by KATE BRADLEY

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It’s my stop on the blog tour today and I’m delighted to share with you my review. What I Did is the second suspense novel from Kate Bradley following her debut To Keep You Safe. Thanks to Jenna Petts at Bonnier Books for my proof copy and invite onto the tour. WHAT I DID is released on January 21st.

SYNOPSIS

Lisa is running.
She has taken her child, Jack, and she has run from his father.

Lisa thinks she’s safe.
She’s found a remote house where no one will be able to find them.

Lisa is about to wake up in her worst nightmare.
And now she must face what she’s tried to escape.

Risking everything to protect her little boy, Lisa knows that in order to survive she will have to fight, but it’s hard to face someone you loved, especially someone you still love, who knows who you really are – and what you are really capable of.

Family is everything. What would you do to protect it?

REVIEW

Lisa, husband Nick and son Jack look like a normal happy family, but only on the outside. At home things are far from good. Lisa has been trying so hard to keep things under wraps, but when one of the other ‘school mums’ meets with her to tell her that Lisa’s many bruises have been noticed and that a group of them are very worried about her, she knows, deep down, that somethings have to change.

She starts to formulate a plan of action, but as an horrific incident occurs at home, the story begins to unfurl a complex, dark, twisting and totally unpredictable plot.

Gosh! There are so many twists and turns in this novel, it really keeps you on your toes! After a steadily paced build it throws such an almighty twist that I was turning back pages to see if I had missed something. Afterwards there is no sitting back or predictable story lines here, as there is still more to come. More and more the characters are shown in different lights and with the continued dual time line narrative, this novel reveals revelation after revelation that I really didn’t see coming.

There are a number of dark themes to this novel but with the rollercoaster of events that take place I was whipped around like a cats toy on a string, keeping my attention moving forward.

If your looking for an unpredictable, twisting domestic thriller this is one to try.