#BlogTour: Summer At The Kindness Cafe by Victoria Walters @Vicky_Walters @TeamBATC @simonschusterUK @annecater @harriett_col #SummerAtTheKindnessCafe #RandomThingsTours #SummerRead

Book Synopsis:

Welcome to Brew, a cafe where kindness is almost as important as coffee… almost!

Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Her sister, Louise, unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has travelled from Hungary with her daughter Zoe, is hoping to fulfil her husband’s dying wish: to reunite his family.

This summer, three very different women are inspired by the random acts of kindness written up on the Kindness Board at Brew, and decide to make a pact to be kinder to others and to themselves.

Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Eszter, Abbie and Louise are about to find out!

Summer At The Kindness Cafe is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

Summer At The Door Cafe is a fun, summery book which is perfect for relaxing in the sun with!

Firstly the concept of this novel was absolutely brilliant and something I wish could happen in real life. It focuses on three different woman who are all struggling and a cafe that encourages people to perform random acts of kindness. This leads to some truly wonderful and heartwarming scenes that were so lovely to read about.

The characters were fabulous and I enjoyed learning more about them as their stories are slowly revealed. The close friendship that develops between them was so lovely to read about and the scenes showing the interaction between them were some of my favourites in the book. They all seemed so real and I found a wishing I could be friends with them.

The village of Little wood sounds like a great place to live and I loved all the descriptions of the idyllic village. The sense of togetherness that the village has was very heartwarming to read about and I loved the community spirit they had. The theme of love and friendship is evident throughout the book without ever being sickly sweet which makes for a fabulous read. I felt quite sad to finish the book and leave the characters and village behind. I really hope that this won’t be our last visit!

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Harriet Collins from Simon and Schuster for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of two novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, and SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim. 

As well as being an author, Victoria also works as a Waterstones bookseller. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry (named after Harry Potter), and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram. 

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at: http://victoria-writes.com/.

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#BlogTour: The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale @simonschusterUK @annecater #SundayGirl #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

The Girl on the Train meets Before I Go to Sleep with a dash of Bridget Jones in this chilling tale of love gone horribly wrong …
Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And it’s not always north.’
    Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge.
    Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: ‘Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle he’d slowly dissembled … stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again.’
    So Taylor consults The Art of War and makes a plan. Then she takes the next irrevocable step – one that will change her life forever.
Things start to spiral out of her control – and The Sunday Girl becomes impossible to put down.

The Sunday Girl is available in ebook and paperback now. The ebook is currently only £2.99. You can purchase a copy of both using the link below.

My Review:

This is a hard book to review as I don’t want to give away any spoilers but needless to say the author has written an original, thrilling read that was hard to put down.

The author does a great job of setting the scene for this book creating a situation that is very believable and realistic. As such she helps create a lot of tension in the book as the reader feels very involved in the situation, feeling every emotion as if they were there experiencing everything alongside the characters.

Taylor was an interesting main character who was easily to like although her ditziness made me want to scream at times. I felt very sorry for the situation she finds herself in and I was firmly on her side throughout the book and hoped she’d find her way out! Angus on the other hand was a horrible, devious little man who I loved to hate. Just when I thought I couldn’t dislike him anymore, he does something else that had my blood boiling in disbelief. I always think this is a sign of a great writer when they can make you feel strongly about a character.

This was quite a fast paced book with lots happening to keep the reader firmly gripped to the story. I liked the way the tension is slowly built up and the gradual way the truth about the characters was revealed. The ending was brilliant and completely unexpected which is always a bonus! This unbelievably is the author’s debut novel and I’m very excited to read more from her in the future.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Simon and Schuster for my copy of this book which I received in exchange for an honest review.

About The Author:

PIP DRYSDALE is a writer, actor and musician who grew up in Africa and Australia. At 20 she moved to New York to study acting, worked in indie films and off-off Broadway theatre, started writing songs and made four records. After graduating with a BA in English, Pip moved to London where she dated some interesting men and played shows across Europe. The Sunday Girl is her first novel and she is working on a second.

#BlogTour: Monopoli Blues by Tim Clark and Nick Cook @Unbound_Digital @annecater #MonopoliBlues #ww2 #hisfic #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

In November 1944, Sub Lt Bob Clark, a twenty-year old agent with Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive, parachuted into northern Italy. He left behind the girl he had fallen in love with, Marjorie, his radio operator. 

Captured by the enemy, Bob’s fate hangs in the balance and Marjorie won’t know for six months whether he is alive or dead.

Monopoli Blues recounts the story of Tim Clark’s journey to uncover the story of his parents’ war – and the truth behind the betrayal of his father’s Clarion mission to the Nazis… 

Monopoli Blues is available in ebook and paperback now. The ebook is currently only £1.99. You can purchase a copy of both using the link below.

My Review:

This was a brilliantly written story about love and courage from a remarkable generation of people that we owe so much to.

This was one of the first books I have read that details the work of the SOE and other Byzantine organisations so I found all the details regarding this truly fascinating. It was quite eye opening to learn about all the amazing things people did and the horrific things they experienced during the war, some of which are unimaginable. The war generation weren’t always able to speak about their experiences which makes books like this even more important as these stories will soon be lost.

The authors have obviously done a lot of research into his parent’s war stories and there is a lot of history included about the war which made for very interesting reading. The thing that most stood out for me about this book was the personal stories that he included which helped me learn more about the characters and what war was like for them. The author does a great job of showing their personalities as well as the loneliest and fear they’d have felt which made me feel more involved in the story as I felt I knew them personally.

This book was surprising gripping and I soon found myself absorbed into the story. I so enjoyed reading about a part of the war I didn’t know much about before and looking up further information on the internet. The author has included some fabulous pictures which helps bring the story to life as the reader can envision the characters and places better. My only slight niggle about this book is that I wish the pictures had descriptions with them so the reader could determine who was in the pictures and where they were taken.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Unbound for my copy of this book. If you like fascinating, gripping war stories then you’ll love this book!

About The Author:

Tim Clark spent a large part of his career working as a lawyer at one of the world’s leading firms specialising in M+A and corporate work in the UK and internationally, ultimately becoming Senior Partner. Since retiring as a lawyer, Tim has taken on board positions on a number of corporate, arts and charitable organisations, and senior advisory roles at a number of international think tanks. Nick Cook is an author, journalist, broadcaster and entrepreneur. In 1986, he joined the world-renowned Jane’s Defence Weekly, initially as a reporter, rising quickly to become Aviation Editor, a position he held until 2005. His first novel, Angel, Archangel, was published in 1989 to critical acclaim. In 2001, Cook’s first non-fiction title, The Hunt For Zero Point, was published, reaching Number 1 in Amazon’s Non-Fiction charts. He has also written, hosted and produced two documentaries about the world of aerospace and defence – Billion Dollar Secret and an Alien History of Planet Earth. He lives and works with his wife and two children in London.

#BlogTour: Bonnie and Stan by Anna Stuart @annastuartbooks @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BonnieAndStan

Book Synopsis:

After 50 years together Stan still adores his wife… so why is he dating again?

Bonnie and Stan are soulmates. They met during the Swinging Sixties, to the soundtrack of The Beatles and the Merseybeat scene. Now they’ve grown up and grown old together, had children and grandchildren. They are finally building their dream home, when disaster strikes.

Stan is running out of time, and can’t bear the thought of leaving Bonnie alone. Alongside his teenage granddaughter Greya, he forms a plan to find Bonnie a new love of her life. And she must never find out…

Bonnie & Stan is a poignant, surprising love story set during the Swinging Sixties and the present day. Ultimately feel-good and full of emotion, Bonnie & Stan will make your heart sing.

Bonnie & Stan is available in ebook and paperback now. The ebook is currently only 99p. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

Bonnie and Stan is an unusual love story that manages to be both heart warming and heart breaking at the same time. It’s definitely a story that will stay with me for a long time.

The story alternates between the 1960’s and the present day as it tells the love story of the two main characters Bonnie and Stan who are two just beautiful characters! I really enjoyed reading about them and following their story right from the moment they met. They seemed like a great team with each of them complimenting the other perfectly which was a joy to read about.

Although the later timeline did provide some beautiful moments, I did prefer the 60’s timeline as it’s always been one of my favourite era’s. I liked how the author includes lots of fabulous little details like the music and fashion at that time which really helped bring the era vividly to life. There are some real people included into the story too like Cilla Black which made me smile whilst reading and made the story seem more real.

Although slightly slow to start with I was soon drawn into the story and fell in love with the main characters so I felt invested in what happens to them. I went through a range of emotions whilst reading going from laughing one minute to crying the next. I didn’t want this book to end and felt quite sad when I finished the book and had to leave the characters, and the sixties, behind. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I can’t wait to read more from her.

Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Trapeze books for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

About The Author:

Anna wanted to be an author from the moment she could pick up a pen and was writing boarding-school novels behind the sofa by the age of nine. She made the early mistake of thinking she ought to get a ‘proper job’ and went into Factory Planning – a career that gave her some wonderful experiences, amazing friends and even a fantastic husband, but did not offer much creative scope. So when she stopped to have children she took the chance to start the ‘improper job’ of writing. During the baby years she wrote in those gaps provided by sleeps, play schools and obliging grandparents, publishing short stories and serials in all the women’s magazines. Her ultimate aim was to write longer fiction and several years ago she published a series of successful historical novels under the pseudonym Joanna Courtney. She will continue to publish under that name but is delighted, as Anna Stuart, to also be able to write Bonnie and Stan – a real-life romance set in both the present day and sixties Liverpool.

Author Links: Twitter | Website

#BlogTour #Extract: Still Standing by Natalie Queiroz @natqleigh @jblakebooks @annecater #StillStanding #RandomThingsTours

Good morning everyone I’m on the blog tour for Still Standing by Natalie Queiroz today and I have a fantastic extract to share with you today which is from one of the most personal and poignant parts in the book.

Still standing is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

Book Synopsis:

Natalie Queiroz was eight months pregnant when she was stabbed by her partner in the most vicious attack imaginable. 

In the space of nine minutes, and in broad daylight, Natalie was stabbed twenty-four times with a carving knife. She suffered horrific wounds to her lungs, liver, stomach and uterus, whilst the knife missed her baby by a margin of two millimeters, before the arteries in her wrists were methodically severed by the hooded attacker she finally realised was her partner and the father of her unborn child. 

After heroic intervention by passers-by and police, the attack was brought to an end, but her ordeal was not over. An air ambulance rescue was launched, and against all medical odds, Natalie and her baby survived – but not without life-changing physical and emotional damage. 

Still Standing is the story of one life-shattering event – what came before that fateful day, what happened on it, and how one woman and her baby survived to rebuild and heal together after it. At once a shocking story of evil, manipulation and violence, and a truly moving reminder that a life can be pieced back together, no matter how bad the damage, this book will empower and inspire anyone who has ever faced true adversity to rise up and stand tall.

Extract:

BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP… rhythmic, pulsing, electronic noise. Slight move of my head… mouth open, tube down my throat… slowly being pulled out. Gagging. Head groggy, eyes slowly focusing.

What the **** is going on?

‘Natalie, hi, Natalie… Do you know where you are?’
A voice came from somewhere, I’m not even sure where.

‘Erm…’What?! What the hell is happening? The attack… The helicopter… The baby? Bobby?…

‘The QE… I think I’m in the QE…’ I slurred, my eyes not wanting to open properly.

‘That’s right, Natalie. You are in the QE. You were brought here yesterday after you were badly attacked in the street. Do you remember that?’

I nodded. Stabbed… I was stabbed, my head was telling me. They think it was Bobby – was it? Surely that wasn’t true?

’You have a little baby daughter, Natalie. She is alive, in Intensive Care at the Women’s Hospital – a true little fighter.’

I smiled and nodded to show I’d heard them.

The baby survived? How? I thought the knife would have killed her. Our baby, Bobby’s daughter, is here. Born alive… My little girl.

I think I must have drifted off again, stirring out of the blackness some time later. As my eyes opened and adjusted to the light, I saw many people near my bed, looking at me in concern. I couldn’t move my body. Tubes and wires seemed to be coming out of me or be attached to every part of my body. I felt numb, alone.

Bobby… he can’t have gone? He can’t have done this, surely? I needed him, I wanted him. Where was he?

That question was soon to be answered as the police visited my bed later that day. Soon, it became apparent who the man sat near the end of my bed was, too: I was having twenty-four-hour police guard for at least the next few days – standard procedure in a case like this. As DI Ian Ingram and his colleagues came in and
introduced themselves, a sense of empathy radiated from them.

‘Where’s Bobby?’ was my first question.

‘Natalie, we need to ask you what you can remember about yesterday. Do you remember who attacked you?’

‘I was attacked in Sutton… as I walked down Trinity Hill. I was stabbed… lots of times.’
Had it all really happened?

‘And I think I remember being told it was my partner Bobby, but I can’t fully remember…’

Every part of me was wishing they would tell me I was wrong but, deep down, I knew I had remembered it correctly, plus he wasn’t with me.

‘Yes, Natalie, you were attacked in the street yesterday by a man with a knife. That man was indeed your partner, Babur Raja – Bobby. He’s under arrest at Sutton Coldfield police station, currently being questioned.’

Tears streamed down my face as I lay back on the pillow, coursing past my earlobes and landing on the white linen behind my head. The officers looked at me with concern, knowing this was almost certainly beyond anyone’s ability to take in, especially after coming out of a coma following a violent attack.

‘Natalie, I’m really sorry but we need to take a statement from you about the attack. It’s really important that we do so sooner rather than later. Anything at all you can remember may be key in this. I know it’s difficult and if you don’t feel well, just tell us,’ an officer informed me.

Feel unwell? I’m in Critical Care, unable to move, attached to monitors, drains, oxygen, drips, catheters. I’ve been stabbed lots of times by the man I adore. Don’t think I feel that perky now, if I’m honest…

My head betrayed my thoughts and nodded. They had to do it, that much I understood, and so I numbly pushed on through this surreal world I had woken up into. I went through my account of the previous day in as much detail as I could recall whilst an officer scribbled it all down on official statement sheets.

How is this happening? This surely can’t be real? my head screamed.

The statement was to be used in court at a much later date. As we finished, or I drifted off to sleep (I’m not entirely sure which), I was presented with a pen and asked to sign what I had just gone through. I went to move my left arm, but it was heavy – encased in bandages and plaster.

Of course, he slit open my wrist on my left hand. Is the hand OK? I wondered.
I put my right hand up to my bandaged limb and stared at the exposed fingertips. That was the moment when I realised the damage to my hand was serious – I couldn’t feel it at all. I tried to wiggle the tips of my fingers. Nothing, it was dead. Completely dead.

Is my hand still intact? Am I going to lose it?
My head swam with questions. The gravitas of my whole situation was sinking in me, like the Titanic into the icy waters. I was drowning with it too, it was almost all too much to bear.
‘I want to speak to him.’
I turned to face the officers. They stared at me in sympathy, knowing I was struggling to understand exactly what had happened.

‘You won’t be able to have any contact with him at all, Natalie. Not until the investigation and trial is completely over,’ an officer replied kindly.

But he’s my partner, the father of my baby! I should be able to speak to him at least! Why on earth did he do this, just why?

Fresh tears streamed down my face. The police went off, saying they would return. They thanked me and the doctors. I then saw my family for the first time. Everyone was acting as if things weren’t that bad, but their faces told me everything I needed to know. I wasn’t totally ‘out of the woods’ and I pushed down the rising fear that I could still die. Then my thoughts turned to my baby: how was she? Was she out of the woods herself?

‘Have you seen her?’ I asked croakily, my eyes searching theirs to see if there was anything they were hiding from me.

‘Yeah, we’ve seen her. We’ve just been with her now whilst you were with the police,’ Mum replied, smiling, holding back the tears. ‘We even got to see her last night so she wasn’t alone.’

‘What’s she like?’ I wanted to know. Then it came bursting out: ‘Does she look like him?’

There was a noticeable pause around the bed.
‘She’s absolutely beautiful, Nat. Perfect little girl,’ said Mum, smiling again.

‘Who does she look like, Mum?’ I noticed she had swerved that part.

‘She does look a bit like him, I won’t lie to you. But she’s so tiny and her own person,’ she added.

More tears came like a wave over me. My daughter, the baby Bobby and I chose to have, the baby he so wanted – but he wasn’t here.
I couldn’t ask any more questions so I settled my head to one side and dropped off to sleep again. High volumes of morphine and a cocktail of other drugs flowed through my bloodstream, taking the edge off the physical and emotional pain.

Life was more than I could bear. I had woken up in a true nightmare, a hellhole.
How on earth could I pull through this? But I didn’t have any answers, I was numb.

About The Author:

Natalie Queiroz is the survivor of one of the most appallingly brutal attacks imaginable. After being stabbed two dozen times by her partner when she was eight months pregnant, she has rebuilt her life and inspired people the length and breadth of the country with her courage and refusal to be bowed by her trauma. Alongside a successful full-time career, she has since become a motivational speaker and, through various feats of endurance and daring, raised thousands of pounds for the Midlands Air Ambulance charity she owes her life to.

#BlogTour: The River by Peter Heller @wnbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #TheRiver #PeterHeller

Book Synopsis:

Two friends 
Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college, brought together by their shared love of books and the great outdoors.

The adventure of a lifetime 
When they decide to take time off university and canoe down the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate the ultimate wilderness experience. 
No phones. 
No fellow travellers. 
No way of going back.

A hellish ride 
But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them, their expedition becomes a desperate race for survival. And when a man suddenly appears, claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature’s destructive power becomes entangled with a much deadlier game of cat and mouse.

The River is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

The River is a descriptive, emotional thriller about survival and friendship.

The thing that stands out about this book is the author’s wonderful descriptions of the Canadian wilderness which is so vivid that it makes the reader think they are actually there experiencing everything alongside the characters. Canada has been top of my must see places for ages so I drank in all the fabulous descriptions and the details about the animals the boys see there.

The two main characters Wynn and Jack are very likeable guys who I warmed to instantly. They are two best friends with a shared love of the outdoors and I enjoyed reading about the contrast between them. Wynn is a gentle guy who always looks on the bright side of life, while Jack is a tougher guy who’s a lot more cautious. Their friendship was lovely to read about and I so enjoyed following them on their journey.

The author slowly builds up the tension in the book as the fire gets steadily closer and the boys start encountering strange people. As things get more desperate the boys have to fall back on their survival skills which makes for very interesting reading. All this combined makes for a truly gripping read which I couldn’t put down as I was so absorbed in the story. The life or death circumstances without any safety net, no phones what were they thinking, further adds to the thrilling nature of this book. I had to keep reading to find out what happens to the boys.

The ending was very clever and took me completely by surprise which is always a bonus! This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from him in the future.

Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to W&N publishers for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

PETER HELLER is the award-winning author of THE DOG STARS, a New York Times bestseller and a Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle and Atlantic Book of the Year. 
Born and raised in New York, he has travelled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru. 
He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received an MFA in fiction and poetry, and won a Michener fellowship for his epic poem ‘The Psalms of Malvine’.

#BlogTour: Someone Is Lying by Jenny Blackhurst @JennyBlackhurst @headlinepg @annecater #SomeoneIsLying #5stars

Book Synopsis:

One year after Erica Spencer trips and falls down a flight of stairs at a lavish Halloween party, the residents of the exclusive gated community where she lived have comes to terms with her death and moved on with their lives.

Until one day, a post on the school’s website announces there will be a podcast to expose what really happened on the night of the accident. Six suspects are named, with the podcaster promising to reveal the murderer by the end of the series.

Everyone in this community has secrets to keep, and one of them is already a killer…

Someone Is Lying is available in all formats now. The ebook is currently only 99p. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

Someone Is Lying is a fantastic, dark and thoroughly addictive thriller which I so enjoyed reading.

Firstly I loved the characters, even though they were a fairly unlikeable bunch individually, they made for very interesting reading when they were together in a group. They are all very different and it was fascinating to learn more about them and the role they played in the group. The author cleverly reveals the truth about them and the secrets they hide which is tantalisingly done and ensured that I kept reading as I wanted to find out what would happen. They all seemed quite true to life and I found myself smiling at some of the descriptions of them as I recognised a few from school pick up. My favourite was definitely Miranda as she reminded me of myself. I loved some of the parenting hacks that she does to get by which often had me laughing out loud

The reader is kept guessing as to who the murderer was and the author cleverly casts doubt on each character throughout the book as we learn more about them. I was gripped from the beginning with the short chapters and the multiple points of view making for very interesting, fast reading. I found myself hiding away from the children trying to read just one more chapter!

The podcast gives the story a modern twist and further helped make the story seem realistic. I enjoyed the way it helped add to the tension and the parts where the group sit down to listen together were some of my favourite as I felt they were quite telling. They helped me feel quite involved in the story and I felt like I was actually there listening along with them.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Headline for my copy of this book. If you like gripping, addictive thrillers featuring some fabulous characters then you’ll love this book!

About The Author:

Jenny lives in Shropshire where she grew up dreaming that one day she would get paid for making up stories. She is an avid reader and can mostly be found with her head in a book or hunting Pokemon with her son, otherwise you can get her on Twitter @JennyBlackhurst or Facebook. Her favourite film is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but if her children ask it’s definitely Moana.

#BlogTour: Ungentlemanly Warfare by Howard Linskey @HowardLinskey @noexitpress @annecater #UngentlemanlyWarfare #hisfic #ww2 #5Stars


Book Synopsis:

A soldier and a spy, an officer but not quite a gentleman, Captain Harry Walsh is SOE’s secret weapon.

Loathed by his own commanding officer, haunted by the death of his closest friend and trapped in a loveless marriage, Harry Walsh is close to burn out when he is ordered to assassinate the man behind the ME 163 Komet, Hitler’s miracle jet fighter. If Walsh fails, there is no prospect of allied victory in Europe.

Harry Walsh is ruthless, unorthodox and ungentlemanly. He is about to wreak havoc…

Ungentlemanly Warfare is a captivating historical thriller about a pivotal and dramatic event from the Second World War.

Ungentlemanly Warfare is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

I so enjoyed this book, by a new author for me, and I will be recommending it to everyone. It’s an absolutely fascinating, gripping story of a part of world war two I didn’t know about. I read a lot of books based in this period so I always love it when I discover something new. I happily spent a few hours on the internet reading up all about it.

I really loved the main character Harry, yes he can be a bit arrogant sometimes but he also had quite a sweet, caring side which made me warm to him quickly. He is very good at his job and his clever, brave exploits ensured I was glued to the page. I so wanted him to succeed and prove to all the doubters that he could do it. I had to keep reading to see what happens to him.

The book is told from multiple points of view but they can be simply divided into a German and British view. This made for very interesting reading and it was great to learn more about how some of the Germans felt at that time which was a critical turning point in the war. It also helped add to the tension as sometimes you knew something would be happening before the characters which made the book very gripping.

This book is incredibly fast paced with lots going on to keep me entertained. I found myself quickly drawn into the story and I found the historical detail fascinating. This was the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m very excited to read more from him in the future. If you are a fan of historical thrillers or books based in world war two you’ll love this book.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to No Exit Press for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Howard Linskey is the author of four other novels published by No Exit Press, including the David Blake crime series, The DropThe Damage and The DeadThe Drop was voted one of the Top Five Thrillers of the Year by The TimesThe Damage was voted one of The Times‘ Top Summer Reads. He is also the author Hunting the Hangman, a historical thriller set in WW2 about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. His new novel Ungentlemanly Warfare features SOE agents Harry Walsh and Emma Stirling, as well as American OSS agent Sam Cooper. Howard is also the author of four books published by Penguin; including No Name LaneBehind Dead EyesThe Search and The Chosen Ones in a crime series set in the north east of England. Originally from Ferryhill in County Durham, he now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Alison and daughter Erin.

Author Links: Twitter Website

#BlogTour: The Rapture by Claire McGlasson @laurennicoll_ @ClaireMcGlasson @FaberBooks #TheRapture

Book Synopsis:


Welcome to the Panacea Society, a terribly English cult…

Dilys is a devoted member of The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies.

When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her. The friends become closer as they wait for the Lord to return to their very own Garden of Eden, and Dilys feels she has found the right path at last.

But Dilys is wary of their leader’s zealotry and suspicious of those who would seem to influence her for their own ends. As her feelings for Grace bud and bloom, the Society around her begins to crumble. Faith is supplanted by doubt as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real.

The Rapture is available in hardback and ebook now. You can see a copy of both using the link below.

My Review:

The Rapture is a creepy, thought provoking and entertaining read which is based on real fascinating events. I always love when this happens as it’s so interesting to be able to look things up on the internet and look at picture to bring the story to life. Cults have always held a lot of intrigue for me as I’m fascinated to learn how they can influence people like they do. The Panacea Society was extra interesting as it was the first British cult I’d heard of and I couldn’t believe such a thing had happened on my home turf!

The story is told mainly from Grace and Dily’s point of view with the reader getting a fly on the wall look at cult life and the budding relationship between the two girls. I really enjoyed getting to know the two characters and watching their relationship flourish. I warmed to them immediately and wanted them to succeed and have a happy ending.

There is a lot of tension in the book mainly caused by the feeling of uncertainty of what the cult could do next. It was also quite a moving story as we follow the girls as they get to know who they are and discover love. I felt the story was truly compelling and loved going on the journey through the daily life of the cult.

This is the author’s debut novel and I’m excited to read more from her in the future. If you like fascinating books based on real events then you’ll love this book.

Huge thanks to Lauren from Faber & Faber for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Claire McGlasson is a journalist who works for ITV News Anglia and enjoys the variety of life on the road with a TV camera. She lives in Cambridgeshire with her favourite people – her husband, daughter and son. The Rapture is her debut novel

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Book Synopsis:

One dark January night a car drives at high speed towards PI Varg Veum, and comes very close to killing him. Veum is certain this is no accident, following so soon after the deaths of two jailed men who were convicted for their participation in a case of child pornography and sexual assault … crimes that Veum himself once stood wrongly accused of committing.

While the guilty men were apparently killed accidentally, Varg suspects that there is something more sinister at play … and that he’s on the death list of someone still at large.

Fearing for his life, Veum begins to investigate the old case, interviewing the victims of abuse and delving deeper into the brutal crimes, with shocking results. The wolves are no longer in the dark … they are at his door. And they want vengeance.

Wolves At The Door is published in ebook and paperback on the 13th June 2019. You can pre-order your copy using the link below.

My Review:

The Wolves At The Door is another fantastic, dark and gritty thriller from this talented author.

The thing I most like about this author is how he manages to combine an exciting thriller with an emotional story to great affect. The emotions of everyone involved from the criminals to the children’s families is included into the story which makes it seem very realistic. It also makes for quite heartbreaking and difficult reading at times as the reader feels so involved in the story. There is one quite emotional bit in the book which made me put the book down for a little bit as it was so intense.

The author does a great job of setting the scene in this book and the city of Benn is vividly described so that I could clearly envision it. It is obvious that the author loves his country and I had to smile at times as I felt I could almost hear his enthusiasm for it. It definitely sounds like a beautiful country and I’ve added it to my list of places I’d like to visit.

The book is quite fast paced and there is always lots going on to keep the reader interested. There is a feeling that anything might happen and a feeling of unease running through the book which kept me gripped and often sent a shiver down the spine. Unfortunately this type of crime seems to be on the rise and this helped make the story even more hard hitting as you realise the characters experience could have been experienced in real life.

This is the second book in the series and while it could be read as a standalone it’s probably best to read the books in order as you will understand Varg’s past more.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orenda publishers for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

One of the fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over twenty titles, which have been published in twenty-four countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim. Staalesen has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and Where Roses Never Die won the 2017 Petrona Award for crime fiction. He lives with his wife in Bergen.