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Book Review: The Woods by Vanessa Savage

Book reviews By August 27, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

Vanessa Savage’s second book, The Woods, tells the unsettling story of three families, whose lives are intertwined, and two sisters, who need to unearth what happened ten years ago, before they can move on. For Tess, her older sister Bella is her whole world. She’s smart and beautiful and popular – everything Tess isn’t – and since the death of…

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Book Review: Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

Blog tour, Book reviews By May 6, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

  Born Survivors tells the story of three remarkable young women whose lives were first diminished, and then devastated, when the Nazis swept through Eastern Europe intent upon their annihilation, but which they somehow found the resilience to outlast and survive. Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each passed through its…

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Book Review: Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

Blog tour, Book reviews By January 16, 2020 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Nine Elms is the first in a brand new series from Robert Bryndza featuring a former police detective who solved a career-defining case only to have it drastically alter her life. Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly became a nightmare. Fifteen years after those…

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Book Review: The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 26, 2019 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Vanessa Savage’s debut novel The Woman in the Dark was one of my most-anticipated releases of 2019. I have to say that this is partly down to us both being in a regional group of writers who meet up occasionally. I’ve followed Vanessa’s progression to thrillers with interest. Here’s what this first one’s about: For Sarah and Patrick, family life…

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Book Review: Home by Karen Dionne

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Helena is driving home from the lake with her youngest daughter when a report comes on the radio that she never hoped to hear. Now in order to protect everything she has, she needs to return to a place she thought she’d long left behind her. You’d recognise my mother’s name if I told it to you. You’d wonder, briefly,…

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Book Review: Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart #DaysofWonderBook

Book reviews By July 5, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

I’m late posting this review because our book group decided to gift the book to one of our members who’s getting married this month. And she reads this blog, so I didn’t want to post my review in case she went out and bought it before we’d had a chance to give her the signed copy we’d organised. That’s now…

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Book Review: The Method by Shannon Kirk #TheMethod #BlogTour

Blog tour, Book reviews By March 7, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

If you’re looking for a strong central character and are tired of female characters being portrayed as helpless, always waiting on a man to save or rescue them rather than doing the job themselves, then Shannon Kirk’s The Method might be the book for you. You’re sixteen, you’re pregnant and you’ve been kidnapped. If you’re anyone else you give in,…

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Book Review: Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie #BURNEDANDBROKEN Blog Tour

Blog tour, Book reviews By January 25, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Mark Hardie’s debut crime novel Burned and Broken marks the promising start to a new contemporary crime series covering issues with a good dose of realism in its seaside setting of Southend. The charred body of an enigmatic policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found in the burnt-out shell of his car on the Southend sea…

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Book Review: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Book reviews By December 2, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Two things drew me to Keith Stuart’s novel, A Boy Made of Blocks: the first was that it was inspired by his own experiences with one of his sons, who was diagnosed with autism, and I hoped it might help me see the world through the eyes of someone with autism and those closest to them, and perhaps come to…

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