#bookreview #newrelease 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard @CorvusBooks @cathryanhoward @AtlanticBooks #56Days #publicationday

Publisher Corvus Books

Published in Hardback and EBook August 19th

Number of pages 424

I was totally thrilled when a copy of this book came through my letter box. I really enjoyed Rewind and thought The Nothing Man was a fantastic read, so I really couldn’t wait to dive into this new one.

Huge thanks to the author and the publisher for my gorgeous hard back copy. I love the cover and the broken glass effect really jumps out. Continue reading for my review.

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SYNOPSIS

No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.

56 DAYS AGO
Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.

35 DAYS AGO
When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who – and what – he really is.

TODAY
Detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.

Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?

MY THOUGHTS

Oliver and Ciara meet just before the first lockdown in Dublin Ireland. Not wanting to be apart but also wanting to comply to the rules and regulations set by the lockdown period, they decide to move into together. It suits them well, even at this early stage, as neither seem keen to share this new relationship with any friends or family. Living in Oliver’s apartment, but keeping Ciara’s on, as it’s only for 2 weeks…..right?

Catherine Ryan Howard perfectly uses the pandemic and lockdown experience in this new utterly gripping thriller.

56 Days is a great blend of fully realised and believable characters, well thought out plot and story line, a police procedural and thriller genre and brilliant twists and suspense to make this another unputdownable read.

My first read where the recent lockdown is used in the story and I felt the author pitched it just right. Wonderfully describing that first experience of empty streets, queues for the supermarket, empty shelves and isolated living but without making it too full on, on fear of the virus etc, to want not to read a book like this just yet. The way it is weaved within the story line, making it a large devise of the plot works fantastically.

As the synopsis tells us, we are aware of a dead body found in Oliver’s flat at the very start of the book, but we do not know who it is until much later on. Investigations begin, by Detective Inspector Leah Riordan and Detective Sergeant Karl Connolly (loved these characters) and with the book divided up into chapters from the perspective of Oliver, Ciara and Leah we are slowly revealed the true story behind these two main characters. Chapters are headed today, and various times from just before and during the lockdown. As the different time settings switch back and forth the story grows and so does the readers understanding of the back stories of Oliver and Ciara. Along with this the suspense and wonderful tension created in this novel kept me totally absorbed.

This author always has the ability to grab my attention right from the very first chapter, but most importantly holds it there until the very end. My third of her books now and I loved the mention of The Nothing Man slipped into the pages of this new one.

A recommended read from me and if you haven’t read any of Catherine’s books before, do! Grab one, any one! You won’t be disappointed.

#bookreview #newrelease CAVE DIVER by JAKE AVILA @JacobPAvila1 @ZaffreBooks #CAVEDIVER

Published 5th August 2021

Publisher Zaffre

Number of pages 400

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SYNOPSIS

Acclaimed explorer Rob Nash has lost his way. Grieving the death of his wife, and blaming himself, he sees no reason to carry on. But when his ‘Uncle’ Frank Douglas offers him the chance to lead a cave diving expedition in the jungles of Papua, Nash can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

But the expedition might not be what it seems. With a decades old Japanese submarine buried deep in a cavern, and a team hell-bent on unleashing the treasures it hides, Nash finds himself on a ship heading for danger. With a lethal band of criminals on board, who will stop at nothing to get the gold, Nash is fighting for his life. Whilst battling his own demons, can he forgive himself for the wrongs of his past – and survive the perils of the deep?

MY THOUGHTS

We meet a new action hero in this debut novel.

Rob Nash is the world famous Cave Diver of the title. While still emotionally broken by the death of his pregnant wife on one of his dives he is enticed back into diving by the opportunity to dive fabled caves in Indonesia. Accompanied by his “Uncle” Frank, Rob soon begins to suspect that things aren’t what they seem and those paying for him to dive have ambitions beyond the documentary he agreed to make.

This story moves along at quite a pace, initially with pathos, then excitement and finally jeopardy as Rob uncovers the plot while trying to overcome his guilt and new found claustrophobia and keep the innocent (and not so innocent) safe. Believably he takes on the project as a penance and a way to pay back his family and others, once involved he has to see it to its conclusion.

Rob’s character is developed early in the story and we quickly understand that something has gone wrong in what was clearly an idyllic life, his guilt makes him distance himself from his family and others and it is only when the amazing opportunity and his mounting debt comes along that he begins to re-engage with his family. The other characters are also well drawn and easy to visualise.

The use of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea as a setting brings these atmospheric locations directly into the story and we are given an opportunity to learn a little about the people, the history and the modern challenges of this region as the story progresses.

The author shows either a great knowledge for the technical side of diving or has thoroughly researched the subject, which only added to this convincing read. An enjoyable, tension fuelled novel that kept me engaged throughout.

Many thanks to Karen Stretch at Bonnier Books for my advance copy of the book.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Jake Avila is a full-time writer with a BA in Writing and Information Technology. He has a background in freelance journalism writing on politics, culture, technology, and sport, and taught secondary English for ten years. In 2019, he won the Adventure Writer’s Competition Clive Cussler Grandmaster Award for Cave Diver and then went on to win the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for the book in 2020. British born, he now lives in Australia.

#bookreview #TheMove by Felicity Everett @ittymay Published in paperback Nov 26th by @HQstories #netgalley

Happy Publication Day to Felicity Everett for the paperback of her new book The Move. Thanks go to the publisher HQ Stories for my advanced copy via Netgalley.

SYNOPSIS

New house. Fresh start. Same husband.

Can you paint over the cracks in a marriage?

‘Felicity has the reader gripped when she explores unhealthy relationships based on insecurity and delusion. She writes with a raw realism’ Adele Parks, Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author, in Platinum

Karen has packed up her life and is making The Move. She’s on her way to the idyllic country cottage which her husband has painstakingly renovated for her. They’re escaping the London bustle and the daily grind. And they’re escaping their past.

A fresh start in a beautiful, peaceful village. It will be different here, right?

But something is awry. The landscape, breathtaking by day, is eerie by night. The longed-for peace and solitude is stifling. And the house, so artfully put together by her husband, has a strange vibe. Now that Karen is cut off from her old friends and family, she can’t help wondering if her husband has plans of his own, and that history might be repeating itself.

MY THOUGHTS

Not so much of a psychological thriller but more of a slower paced, psychological family drama, with vivid and suspenseful writing dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event in a couples marriage.

As with the author’s previous book, The People At No. 9, which I enjoyed very much, she writes again of wonderfully thought out characters that have that slightly untrustworthy and suspicious nature about them. Are they really what they appear to be? Are they telling the truth or do we have an unreliable narrator? Coupled with the seemingly remote aspect of their new village life, all in all, made for a claustrophobic and suspenseful read.

Karen, her husband Nick and their older teenage son Ethan, have moved out of London to an idyllic sounding country cottage. Something immediately feels slightly off though, as Karen’s husband appears to have done all the renovations and plans by himself, with Karen seemingly seeing the place for the first time as she arrives to move in.

There is a definite undercurrent as the author slowly introduces you to the main characters in the story. Karen seems to struggle with paranoia and nerves, Nick has a obvious flirtatious natures which he doesn’t seem to even try to hide and there appears to be a strained relationship with the son. Clearly something has happened to them all as a family but has it all been left behind back in London?

A novel that isn’t one with a big plot but a wonderfully intense observation on a couple trying to paint over the cracks in their marriage, with other side stories as Karen meets her new neighbours and tries to integrate herself in village life. Invites to charity auctions, making new friends and a suspicious man squatting in a nearby barn, all add to the slightly sinister edge of the novel, but all relating back to Karen and her feelings towards her husband. A surprising ending but one that suits the book marvellously.

An absorbing read!

BOOK REVIEW for THE RUMOUR by Lesley Kara

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SYNOPSIS

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realises what it is she’s unleashed?

 

MY THOUGHTS

When single mum Jo ‘up sticks’ from London to sleepy Flinstead on the Essex coast, it’s in hope of a fresh start.  Closer to her mum and a better place for her young son to grow up she is keen for them both to make new friends.

When she hears some gossip at the school gates she initially doesn’t think too much about it.  However the rumour is that there is a convicted child killer, now living in the town and as gossip can get a little carried away, Jo begins to join in and helps spreads the rumour.  What harm can it do? Plus it is a way to get talking to people, to make new friends.

Micheal, a journalist, and Jo’s ex hears of this spreading gossip and talks to Jo about it.  He is keen to follow it up in the hope of a story.  After the rumour starts to become talked of over town, Jo gets carried away and mentions a piece of information she has obtained from Micheal.  This leads to Jo becoming more involved than she would ever think possible.

As a local woman becomes a target and as Jo’s guilt and fear increases, the tension both in the town and within the book builds and Micheal and Jo are dangerously drawn into events.

Full of twists and turns and a well described set of small town characters, this book had me gripped, leading me this way and that, trying to unravel the mystery of who this child killer could be.  The thriller ramps up as the book moves along and whether or not not figure some of it out, there is a great twist at the end.

A wonderful portrayal of a small seaside town, The Rumour is a pacy, addictive read.

 

I bought my signed copy of The Rumour from Caxton Books.  Based in the town of Frinton on Sea.

The Lizard by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart

I am delighted to host the blog tour today, on the date of the books virtual launch party over on Facebook tonight at 7pm.  The Lizard is out now and is the debut novel of actor,writer and director Dugald Bruce-Lockhart.

 

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

I went to Greece to embrace the binary code, to get off the sidelines and become a player. To live in the moment. Or, as Ellie put it, to become my own man. Was I accountable for the horror, that fateful summer? Looking back, it’s easy enough to pinpoint the sliding-door moments where I went wrong. But then, what use is hindsight? As Kierkegaard wrote: ‘Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards’. Cold comfort when you’ve taken another man’s life.

‘A terrific, atmospheric thriller. Taut, compelling, masterfully constructed. Outstanding.’ William Boyd.

 

MY THOUGHTS

This debut novel caught my eye when I saw it had an endorsement from one of my most favourite authors, William Boyd, so I knew I had to go check it out! After requesting it on Netgally I was contacted by Fiona on behalf of the publisher Muswell Press asking if I would like to take part in the blog tour. Fantastic!  So, with the book’s synopsis, the fab endorsement and a blog tour spot, I couldn’t wait to get reading!

Wow!  What a roller coaster of a ride this book took me on!

We meet Alistar Haston, a young university student, as he sets out for the Greek Islands, after being dumped by his girlfriend Ellie.  He’s determined to show her that he has spontaneity and a bit of ‘get-up-and-go’ and sets off into the sun in the hope that she may take him back.  Travelling light he hopes to take each day at a time, working his way across the islands to earn enough for a place to stay and an enjoyable few weeks.

However, very early on, after a somewhat drunken encounter with some other young people on a ferry, he realises he has had not only most of his cash but also his passport stolen. Determined not to give in at the first hurdle, and be sent back home, he stays and finds himself sleeping out in the open air and in need of work a little sooner than anticipated.

Bumping back into Ricky, one of the guys from the ferry, Alistar is offered the opportunity of making some cash, quite a lot of cash, working with Ricky for a German artist.  Even though he’s at first not sure about the offer, he soon decides to throw caution to the wind and off he goes.  These first few chapters of the book are quite racy.  Full of parties, sex, drugs and alcohol the book begins it’s sinister story and the character of Alistair starts to get drawn into it’s dark world.

I truly wasn’t expecting an opening of this kind to the novel, but for me, the book then begins to be a thoroughly tense, pacey and gripping thriller that I simply couldn’t put down.  At every turn Alistair’s situation becomes more and more nightmarish as he discovers just how much trouble he has found himself in.  The other characters in the book add great interest and believablity to the story and the pace gets faster and faster as we find our protagonist on the run and in fear of his life.

I loved the ebb and flow of this book, slowing down to introduce new characters and to be allowed the time in the novel to evoke the vibrant setting.  I was taken away, in my minds eye, to the heat and dryness of the island and to swimming in the gorgeous blue sea, only to be whisked back to the story line when another twist is presented taking me even further into this nightmare of Alistair’s holiday.  I also thought there was a clever use of the book’s setting in 1988, to explain why Alistair perhaps doesn’t do some of the things to help himself out of a situation that would be available to him now.

All in all I found this a dark, sinister but also highly entertaining and pacey thriller and as the story gets faster and faster, it concludes with a dynamite of an ending with a really great twist at the very end which may offer up a chance of another book??  If not I still really look forward to reading more from this author.

Hop over to Facebook tonight at 7PM for the book’s virtual launch!

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Dugald Bruce-Lockhart was born in Fiji and went to school at Sedbergh in Cumbria while his parents worked abroad. After St Andrews University he trained as an actor at RADA. He has worked extensively on stage and on TV and received many accolades including a Best Actor nomination from The Stage.

He recently directed a new production of The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson by Jonathan Maitland. He appeared as Michael Gove in the original production at the Park Theatre, London.  He lives in South East London

 

 

BOOK REVIEW – THE MIST – By RAGNAR JÓNASSON

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SYNOPSIS

Just before Christmas a winter blizzard sweeps across Iceland. In their remote farmhouse, Erla and Einar are hunkering down for the night – when there’s a knock at the door.

It’s a stranger, desperate for shelter. They take him in – but they’ll wish they hadn’t. Because this man is not who he says he is. And, when the power cuts out, it’s the beginning of a terrifying ordeal . . .

Later, Detective Hulda Hermannsdottir – recovering from a family tragedy – is called to an isolated farmhouse. Bodies await her and a haunting mystery . . .

The final instalment in Ragnar Jonasson’s acclaimed Hidden Iceland series completes the story of Detective Hulda Hermannsdottir.

 

MY THOUGHTS

The Mist is the third and final book in the wonderfully evocative, Nordic noir, Hidden Iceland series.  The trilogy started with our main character Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir about to retire and working on what could be her last case.  The books then travel back in time to the 1990’s and further back again to the 1980’s.  A great device, allowing the reader to slowly understand some of Hulda’s personality and the troubles that she carries on her shoulders.

I’ve read another book recently that borrows the Kierkegaard quote,

‘Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards’.

I thought this was very appropriate here too!

This book is set in a very remote location in the Christmas of 1987.  Snow has cut off a farm house, even from a walk to the local village and the weather and dark, dark days are superbly described.  A stranger knocks on the door, claiming he is lost in the storm and the couple who live at the farm offer him shelter, the done thing, but the wife soon becomes suspicious.

We also follow the backstory to Hulda’s home life and ‘meet’ her husband, daughter and mother, and read as Hulda becomes more and more impatient and concerned with their behaviour.  With work taking up a lot of her time, she is called in to a case of a discovery at a remote farmhouse……….. thus, as in book 2, the two threads of the story come together.

I found this quite a slow moving and subtle read, but at the same time still full of the author’s dark, chilling and remote setting, atmosphere and events.  I thought it gave a quieter conclusion to the series which for me felt fitting, with something more shocking ending the first book and this book confirming answers to questions that I had built up over reading the other 2 books.

I enjoyed this series very much and found reading them backwards was a clever idea.  They can be read as standalone and I guess in the other direction. But I would recommend you read them as the author intended.  If you like Nordic Noir you should definitely give these a try.

The Mist was released this week and is available to buy now!

 

Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.

 

 

Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland

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Book Blurb

Everything that gets created destroys something else.

When a fire rips through her studio and burns the seven enormous paintings for her next exhibition, a young, no-name painter is left with an impossible task: recreate her art in just three months – or ruin her fledgling career. Thirty-four, single and homeless, she desperately secures a place at an exclusive upstate retreat.

Brimming with creative history and set on a sparkling black lake, Pine City and its founders – a notorious collective of successful artists – is what she’s idolized all her life. She’s dreamt of the parties, the celebrities, the privilege. What she finds is a ghost of its former self.

The recent suicide of founding member Carey Logan haunts everyone, lurking beneath the surface like a shipwreck. And one thought begins to shadow her every move – what really happened to her hero?

With a flair for sensational detail and acidic wit, Barbara Bourland delivers a darkly satirical thriller about art, money and identity with a twist so sharp it cuts.

 

My Thoughts

After a number of years trying to make a name for herself in the art world, our protagonist meets one Carey Logan, another female artist and member of Pine City.  A talked about group of experimental artists. She is enthralled.

Sometime later, after a fire rips through our unnamed protagonists apartment/studio, whilst preparing for an upcoming showing of her work, she finds herself in desperate need of a work space and ends up on the Pine City estate.

It is at this point the book then takes us into the most marvellously atmospheric world of painting, creative obsession and the mystery behind the members of this well known group.

I found this a great read and a very absorbing novel.  Seen only through the eyes of our main character it really allows the reader to get under her skin and be transported to her world.  It is both interesting and informative but also deeply atmospheric and a believable thriller type novel.

I enjoyed all the characters, even though it is only our main character that is ‘fleshed out’ and whom we learn anything about until the end of the story. The lack of information about the members of Pine City adds to their mysterious nature.

For me the best part of this novel is it’s descriptive writing of setting and the creative obsession and day to day life of this artist at this time.  I found it very interesting hearing of how she actually goes about making her art work, not just from a creative ideas point of view, but also the more practical side of things, like making up frames and the enormous amount of materials needed to obtain an effect or colour she is after for a painting.  The planning, time, and maths needed to do this are often mentioned.

The setting is wonderful and the heat and cloying atmosphere of the estate really came through.  The lake and often empty accommodation matched with the solitude of her work habits add wonderfully to this and creates a world one can really get lost in.  I also enjoyed the way this then lived ‘next door’ to the opulent world of her old friend Max with her parties, privileged up bringing and art collection.

A really interesting book and a good thriller that drew me wonderfully into its world.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my advanced copy.

The Family Upstairs – by Lisa Jewell – Book Review

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Having read and enjoyed Watching You and Then She Was Gone, I was pleased to receive a copy of this new novel via Netgalley.

 

SYNOPSIS

In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.

They’ve been dead for several days.

Who has been looking after the baby?

And where did they go?

Two entangled families.
A house with the darkest of secrets.
A compulsive new thriller from Lisa Jewell.

 

MY THOUGHTS

I found this quite different to the other two books, which is good. Not because I preferred this, I didn’t, just that, although it’s nice to know what to expect from an author you’ve read before in terms of likeability, it’s good to mix things up a little. This is a much darker read to the other two I felt.

After another family moves into the home of Henry, Lucy and their parents, a sinister feeling starts to spread throughout the house. Seemingly going from a relatively normal family situation, it soon turns into a cult like setup, with the parents becoming increasingly dependent on the new comers.

Jump 24 years or so and Libby receives a very large, if run down, house in Chelsea as an inheritance. Libby knew she was adopted by her parents but knows little of her birth family. The novel that follows is a very mysterious story told through three of the main characters, and flipping from past to present day.

I thought this novel had a very very sinister edge to it and was a dark but engaging read. I thought the characters worked well within the story, and even though the older part of the tale happens mainly within the confines of the house, there was still an atmosphere of time and place.
There are a lot of very different characters within this story, some you like, some you don’t. But they are all very complex and complicated people.  This isn’t dealt with in great depth but almost by doing not doing so it adds to the suspense and danger.  I enjoyed reading the parts of Lucy the most, for me she was the most interesting character and seemed to be the one with her ‘head screwed on’. I found Henry a very creepy character indeed and this came through very well in the writing.

I part read/part listened to this this book via my ebook copy and a download from BorrowBox.  The narration of Bea Holland, Dominic Thorburn and Tamaryn Payne worked very well together and really brought the book to life.

If you like your books dark, mysterious and that little bit creepy, I’d recommend you give this one a go.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my copy of this book.  Out now in paperback and EBook.

 

Book Review for THE MURDER GAME by Rachel Abbott

 

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Today I am thrilled to take part in the blog tour for Rachel Abbott’s new book The Murder Game.  Second in the Stephanie King series. A what a corker it was!

Thanks to the publishers Headline Books for my proof copy and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for my invite and spot on the tour.

 

SYNOPSIS

A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’ wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin?

He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin.

What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?

 

MY THOUGHTS

 

What a great read this was!  Set in the most amazing sounding location of Polskirrin, a beautiful large house set in glorious gardens by it’s own private beach, in a remote part of Cornwall, you couldn’t get a better location for a mystery!

The book opens with a group of friends travelling down to Polskirrin, the home of one of the wealthier of the friends, for his wedding weekend.  Idyllic it sounds, but a tragic incident occurs right before the celebrations are about to start.

Skip a year and a lot has changed.  When each of the original guests receives an invitation to celebrate the couples first wedding anniversary, they are somewhat bemused. All except one…..Lucas, the owner of Polskirrin, for he has devised a little game for them all to play……….

This was an brilliantly written, great paced mystery that hooked me in right from the start.  The brilliant location full of a group of friends that seem to hold a lot of secrets.  Not always a particular friendly bunch there is a lot of rivalry, weird devotion, and a sense that everyone knows something about the other.  All of this adding to the mounting tension within the story.  It uses the character of Jemma, a wife of one of the friends, and therefore not known to them, or them to her, from childhood making it a clever way to look in on the group from an outsiders perspective.

It tells the story mainly in the present, looking back on the wedding weekend and what happened. But then in walks Stephanie, with yet another mystery to throw into the mix.  Making this a wonderfully complex and twisting read, full of mystery, that is so absorbing I raced through this book.  I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book, getting to know the characters, ‘watching’ how they all acted amongst each other, and  reading the fabulous build up to the story, as every aspect of it comes together. Highly recommended reading!

This is the second in the Stephanie King Series but can easily be read as a standalone. Released on April 16th by Wildfire it’s available to buy now!

 

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About The Author

Rachel Abbott began her career as an independent author in 2011, with Only the Innocent, which became a No.1 bestseller on Kindle, topping the chart for four weeks. Since then, she has published eight further psychological thrillers and sold over 3 million copies. She is one of the top-selling authors of all time in the UK Kindle store, and her novels have been translated into 21 languages.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction.

#TheMurderGame Twitter: @RachelAbbott Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RachelAbbott1Writer

 

ALL IN HER HEAD by NIKKI SMITH

It’s my stop on the blog tour today for this great suspenseful debut novel by Nikki Smith.

All In Her Head was published last week by the wonderful Orion Books.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nikki studied English Literature at University before pursuing a career in finance.  She always had a passion for writing and in 2017 she applied for a Cutis Brown

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Her life is a pack of lies. But what if she is the liar?

Alison is more alone than she’s ever been. She is convinced that her ex-husband Jack is following her. She is certain she recognises the strange woman who keeps approaching her at work.

She knows she has a good reason to be afraid. But she can’t remember why.

Then the mention of one name brings a whole lifetime of memories rushing back in.

Alison feels like she’s losing her mind . . . but it could just lead her to the truth.

 

MY THOUGHTS

All In Her Head is a wonderful multi layered novel, with a dual narrative story that was used superbly to create a really gripping and tense read.

Alison is working in a library and is extremely anxious.  She is sure someone is following her and that they are trying to contact her.  There is also a woman at work who tries to befriend her in her lunch break. Alison is sure that she has meet this woman before, but just can’t remember where.

The first part of the book had me so intrigued. I really got a sense of Alison’s emotional state and the tension and fear oozes from each page.  As you read on and into the second part of the story you meet Jack.  Here again is another mysterious and highly charged account and the book ramps up the tension once more.

I was sucked right into the first narrative and was really intrigued by the mystery of what could be happening to Alison, plus also who this woman, called Sarah, may be.  It’s hard to explain much more of the story line without giving away any spoilers but when the story opens up further it takes a turn I really wasn’t expecting and the book becomes the truly emotional, gripping tale that it is. I couldn’t put the book down as I learned of the background to the characters.

I loved the way it was written and how the author used the dual narrative to cleverly twist and turn the story line. The characters were brilliantly portrayed and their experiences and emotions on the topic handled within the story were brilliantly expressed.

I found it a great read that was both emotional, heart wrenching and thrilling all at the same time.  A great debut novel and one that I would highly recommend.

Thanks so much to Anne at Random Things Tours for my space on the blog tour and to Orion Books for my advanced hard back copy of the book.  I really can’t wait to see what this author writes next!