#BlogTour: Nobody’s Perfect by Stephanie Butland @under_blue_sky @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #NobodysPerfect #StephanieButland

Book Synopsis:

Does your past define your future?

When her daughter was born with cystic fibrosis, Kate Micklethwaite vowed that Daisy would never be defined by the illness. Kate is determined that her perfect little girl will be known for her love of butterflies and croissants and nothing else. Kate does all she can to be the perfect mother – whatever that means – and yet, somehow, has started seeing herself the way others see her: single parent, source of small-town scandal, drop-out, former mistress. Half a family.

When Daisy starts school, Kate meets her new teacher, the kind and charming Mr Spencer Swanson. Now, with more time on her hands Kate can start thinking about her own future. With her Open University dissertation deadline looming, Kate needs to decide what she wants next. But as she and Spencer get to know each other, Kate notices that people are whispering behind her back once more . . .

Nobody’s Perfect is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the links below.

My Review:

Nobody’s Perfect is a beautifully written, emotional and heartwarming read that was very thought provoking.

I was soon pulled into the story and into Kate’s life. I knew a little about Cystic Fibrosis before I started reading but I had no idea how much was involved in looking after someone with the condition. The delicate balancing act of getting the right amount of food and exercise a day must be mentally draining, especially when also trying to ensure infections don’t happen. I felt a lot of sympathy with Kate because of this as it must be so hard.

There were some interesting characters who I enjoyed following throughout the book. I found Kate quite a difficult character at first though she did grow on my as the book went on. Her hectic life caring for Daisy must be very hard but she seemed so black and white in her opinions sometimes which did grate on me a bit. I found myself wishing I could go into the story to talk to her and tell her not to be so prickly sometimes. Daisy was a lovely little girl who it was a joy to read about. I liked that she didn’t seem that affected by her condition and she often made me smile as I read.

Overall I really enjoyed this book which which will stay with me for a long time. There is a great pace to the book which made the book very readable with some very emotional moments that seemed so real I felt I was there experiencing everything alongside the characters. The romance between Kate and Spencer was lovely to see develop, especially as it helped changed Kate for the better I felt.

Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Zaffre for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Stephanie Butland lives near the sea in the North East of England. She writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden. Researching her novels has turned her into an occasional performance poet and tango dancer.

#BlogTour: Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian @sanjenasathian @simonschusterUK @RandomTTours #GoldDiggers #SanjenaSathian #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

ANYONE CAN BE EXTRAORDINARY. BUT IT COMES AT A PRICE…

Neil Narayan’s parents moved to America for a better life, and his perfect older sister is now headed to an elite university. Neil is funny and smart, but he is not living up to his parents’ dream. While he tries to want their version of success, mostly, Neil just wants his neighbour across the street, Anita Dayal.

Once a lot like Neil, Anita is truly thriving academically, athletically and socially. Anita has a secret: she and her mother Anjali have been brewing an ancient alchemical potion from stolen gold that harnesses the ambition of the jewellery’s original owner. Anita just needs a little boost to get into Harvard. When Neil – who needs a whole lot more – stumbles onto their secret and joins in the plot, events spiral into a tragedy that rips their community apart.

Ten years later, Neil is an oft-stoned history grad student studying the California gold rush. Anita has given up her high-flying tech career and is working as an event planner, just for now. Anjali, the woman who gave them both so much, is in trouble, and only gold can save her. What choice do Anita and Neil have but to pull off one last heist?

Gold Diggers is a dazzling coming-of-age story that speaks to anyone who ever wondered quite how they belong, and who ever dreamed of being the very best they could be.

My Review:

Gold Diggers is a captivating coming of age story that I found very thought provoking.

Firstly I alway like books that merge genres and are slightly quirky so I found this book quite enjoyable. It was interesting to learn more about what it’s like to be an immigrant in America and to follow Neil as he tries to become more Americanised. As a parent myself I often find it very interesting to follow books like this and work through the problems with the characters. I like thinking about how I would have dealt with certain situations in comparison with how the characters in the book do.

The story is told in two parts one following Neil through highschool and one ten years later as a college student. I liked following the two time lines and seeing how the characters had changed over the years. The gold drink created by Anita brings a fun almost magical element to the story which was fun to follow and helped create some of the more humourous moments in the story. I did wonder if the gold drink was meant to be a symbol of Neil’s families hopes or his parents dreams for his future but I’m not sure if that’s just me trying to find deeper meaning in things.

Overall I thought this was a fun, fast paced read that manages to be fun one moment and thought provoking the next. I think it would make a great book club read as I think there would be lots to discuss.

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

About The Author:

A Paul and Daisy Soros fellow, Sanjena Sathian is a 2019 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has worked as a reporter in Mumbai and San Francisco, with nonfiction bylines for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Food & WineThe Boston GlobeThe San Francisco Chronicle, and more. And her award-winning short fiction has been published in Boulevard, Joyland, Salt Hill, and The Master’s Review.

#BlogTour: Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens @SophieCous @arrowpublishing @Rachel90Kennedy #JustHaventMetYouYet #SophieCousens #5Stars #recommended

Book Synopsis:

Tell me the story of how you two met…

Laura has built a career out of interviewing people about their epic real life love stories.

When she picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport, Laura wonders if this could be the start of something that’s written in the stars.

From piano sheet-music to a battered copy of her favourite book, Laura finds in the bag evidence of everything she could hope for in a partner.

If Laura’s job has taught her anything it’s that when it comes to love, you can’t let opportunity pass you by. Now Laura is determined to track down the owner of the suitcase, and her own happy ending.

But what if fate has other ideas?

Just Haven’t Met You Yet is published in ebook on the 1st September 2021 and paperback on the 11th November 2021. You can pre-order your copy using the links below.

My Review:

Just Haven’t Met You Yet is an uplifting, fun book that had me laughing out loud and cringing in equal measure.

Firstly I absolutely loved the beautiful descriptions of Jersey which have made me want to visit the island. They were really vivid and really helped me picture the island in my mind. I loved all the different areas and delights the island had to offer, especially how the two sides of the island were so different from each other. There seemed to be a wonderful community there too which was great to experience alongside the characters. I often found myself wishing that I was there with them as part of their group.

Laura was an interesting main character who I enjoyed following throughout the book. I wasn’t completely sure I liked her to begin with as I found some of her romantic ideals a bit exasperating but she grew on me as the story continued. She’s a very realistic character and I found her slightly clumsy nature quite endearing. The author includes her inner thoughts into the story which often had me laughing out loud as I read and made me warm to her even more.

The story was very entertaining and I soon found myself drawn into the story. There were many different threads running through the book, including some I weren’t expecting which I found very enjoyable. I soon found myself unable to put the book down as I was really invested in Laura’s story and I has to keep reading to find out what happens. I did guess fairly early on what was going to happen but I enjoyed going along for the journey with her and watching everything unravel.

I highly recommend this book to everyone wanting a romantic, escapist read and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Huge thanks to Rachel from Arrow publishing for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Sophie Cousens worked in TV in London for over twelve years, producing The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother and Ant and Dec. She now lives in Jersey and balances her writing career with working for an arts charity and taking care of her two small children. This Time Next Year is her first novel.

#BlogTour #GuestReviewer: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez @JenniferDiaries @The_WriteReads @WriteReadsTours @penguinplatform #LiesLikeWildfire #JenniferLynnAlvarez #fivestars

Good morning everyone I’m on the blog tour for Lies Like Wildfire today and I’m delighted to be sharing Roberts review for this book.

Robert is my godson and a very enthusiastic reader. When I mentioned the book to him he was very excited and quickly volunteered to review it for me!

You can read Robert’s review a bit further down.

Book Synopsis:

The monsters have known each other their whole lives. This is their final summer before college – time to hang out, fall in love and dream about the future.

Until they accidentally start a forest fire which destroys their hometown and leaves death in its wake.

Desperate for the truth to remain hidden, the group make a pact of silence.

But the twisted secret begins to spin out of control and when one of the friends disappears they all become suspects.

We know how it starts but where does it end?

Secrets and lies are everywhere in this compulsive page-turner, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying.

Lies Like Wildfire is published in ebook and hardback on the 7th September 2021. You can pre-order your copy using the links below.

Robert’s Review:

Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is full of drama, fear and the constant tension throughout that makes it so hard to put down. It is an extremely well crafted book that hooks the reader in, refusing to let go of their mind even when they find the strength to fold the page and close it.

The book is set in a small rural town called Gap Mountain, California. The main characters are the ‘monsters’ – Hannah, Mo, Violet, Luke, and Drummer, – Hannah’s dad (the sheriff), Lulu Sandoval (Violet’s grandmother), and Justin.

The book begins with a group of friends, nicknamed the ‘monsters’, meeting up for their last summer together before they leave for college, and all they want is to be happy and have fun. They visit a wood on the edge of the impossibly deep and mysterious Gap Lake, wary of the fact that it is currently fire season. However, when Hannnah, the main character, grabs Luke’s arm in a moment of anger because he has brought a pipe into “a tinderbox called a forest”, their summer together implodes catastrophically.

As Hannah grabs his arm, the pipe falls from his hand, causing a small fire. The group of 5 desperately attempt to douse the flames, but it’s too late, the dry pine needles and strong winds have fuelled the fire into something out of control, raging. The friends flee the scene, and later agree a pact of silence, as they all have their own reasons for keeping their involvement a secret. Hannah will do anything to keep the truth from surfacing, pushing herself to the edge many times. The lies pile up and up, until a fragile tower is built, keeping the 5 just above the fiery tongues of the law. How long will it last?

Alvarez’s style of writing is fast-paced, unpredictable, and utterly gripping. The book is aimed at people who are around 13 years+. In my opinion, this book is absolutely amazing. I would place it in the top 5 of any book I have ever read, and therefore would recommend to anyone that you should read it as soon as you can.

About The Author:

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is the author of two middle grade fantasy series, The Guardian Herd and Riders of the Realm, and she holds a degree in English from UC Berkeley. She lives in Sonoma County, California and consulted with the Sonoma County Fire District Deputy Chief and a detective at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office in relation to this novel. You can follow her on Instagram @jennifer_lynn_alvarez or Twitter @Jenniferdiaries. Visit her online at jenniferlynnalvarez.com

#BlogTour: The Wedding Party by Tammy Cohen @MsTamarCohen @TransworldBooks @RandomTTours #TheWeddingParty #TammyCohen #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

Till death do us part . . .

Lucy has dreamt of her wedding day for as long as she can remember.

And now the day is almost here. Her nearest and dearest are gathered on an idyllic Greek island and she just knows it’s going to be perfect. It has to be.

But even the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. Why are her parents behaving so strangely? Why won’t the rather odd lady from the airport stop hanging around? Who is the silent stranger her sister brought as a plus-1?

And then they find the body.

It’s going to be a day to remember.

The Wedding Party is available in ebook and paperback now. The ebook is currently the amazing price of 99p! You can purchase your copy using the links below.

My Review:

The Wedding Party was another fun, twisty and gripping read from this amazing author!

I soon found myself drawn into the story and the stressful world of wedding madness that surrounds Lucy’s wedding. From our first meeting with the characters the reader becomes aware that things aren’t quite as happy families as Lucy hopes. There are lots of secrets being hiden by the members of the wedding party and it was deliciously fun to see everything come out in the open.

The characters are all interesting creations that I enjoyed following throughout the book. None are particularly likeable which made the story easier to enjoy in my opinion as I felt I could just relax and observe. I thought it was very clever how the author slowly revealed different parts of the character’s personalities as the story went on, so what initially seem like very superficial personalities actually have a lot more depth to them.

Overall i really enjoyed this book which I managed to finish in a couple days. There’s a great pace to the book from the start which slowly increases as we get to know the characters and discover the secrets they’ve been hiding. There are a few twists along the way which kept me guessing and I found the book hard to put down as I wanted to know what would be revealed and when. The ending took me completely by surprise and had me turning back through the pages to reread parts of the story.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Transworld for my copy of this book via netgalley.

About The Author:

Tammy Cohen is the author of six psychological thrillers, the latest of which is Stop At Nothing. She is fascinated by the darker side of human psychology. Her books explore how ‘ordinary’ people react when pushed into a corner, the parts of ourselves we hide from the world – and from ourselves. Previously she also wrote three commercial women’s fiction novels as Tamar Cohen debuting with The Mistress’s Revenge which was translated all round the world. In addition, she has written three historical novels under the pseudonym of Rachel Rhys. The first, Dangerous Crossing, was a Richard & Judy book club pick in Autumn 2017. She is a member of the Killer Women crime writing collective and lives in North London with her partner and three (allegedly) grown up children and her highly neurotic rescue dog.

Visit http://www.tammycohen.co.uk to find out more, or find her on facebook or twitter as @MsTamarCohen or on Instagram as @tammycohenwriter.

#BlogTour: The Ex-husband by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor @Wildfirebks @RosieMargesson #TheExHusband #KarenHamilton #recommended

Book Synopsis:

He’s missing, presumed dead. But she still can’t escape.

Charlotte and Sam were partners. In life, and in crime. They never stole from anyone who couldn’t afford it. Wealthy clients, luxury cruise ships. It was easy money, and harmless. At least, that’s what Charlotte told herself, until the world caved in on her.

But now, years after she tried to put that past life behind her, it comes rushing back when her estranged ex-husband Sam suddenly goes missing – and someone threatens to expose what they did.

Desperate to escape whoever is tormenting her, Charlotte takes a job as events planner for an engagement party onboard a superyacht in the Caribbean. For a while, her plan seems to have worked, nothing but open ocean and clear skies ahead. Until it becomes clear that she’s no longer a thousand miles away from harm.

Because whoever is behind it all is onboard too. And now there’s nowhere left to run.

The Ex-husband is published today in hardback and ebook now. You can purchase your copy using the links below.

My Review:

The Ex-husband is a fun, gripping and escapist read that would be perfect for taking on holiday this summer.

Firstly I loved the location of this book as I’ve always loved boat holidays and would love to go on a yacht one day as they sound amazing. The author’s vivid descriptions of the beautiful scenery and sunny locations had me imaging that I was actually there too which was hugely enjoyable.

The story is told in alternate chapters from the past, when Charlotte used to be a con artist with husband Sam, and the present when she is trying to start a new life as an events planner. The characters are great creations and are so well developed that it felt like any of them could behind things. The boat setting helps create a closed room scenario where you know the culprit must be on board and I found it great fun trying to unpick things to discover who it was.

I did guess the ending but this didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book and I found I was very satisfied with the ending. There are perhaps hints of a sequel which I’m hoping will happen as I’d love to read more.

Huge thanks to Rosie from Wildfire for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Karen Hamilton spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy and worked as a flight attendant for many years. Karen is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy and, having now put down roots in Hampshire to raise her young family with her husband, she satisfies her wanderlust by exploring the world through her writing. The Perfect Girlfriend is her first novel.

#BlogTour: Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney @alicewriterland @HQstories #RockPaperScissors #AliceFeeney

Book Synopsis:

Ten years of marriage.
Ten years of secrets.
An anniversary they’ll never forget.

Adam and Amelia are spending the weekend in the Scottish Highlands. The remote location is perfect for what they have planned.

But when their romantic trip takes a dark turn, they both start to wonder – can they trust the one they’re with?

Because every couple tells little white lies. Only for Adam and Amelia, the truth is far more dangerous.

Rock, Paper Scissors is published on the 19th August 2021 in ebook and paperback. You can pre-order your copy using the links below.

My Review:

Oh I did enjoy this creepy, gripping read that I read in two days as I really couldn’t put it down. It’s going to be a hard book to review as I really don’t want to give anything away.

The story follows Adam and Amelia (great couple names) as they are traveling to a romantic weekend away in the hope of saving their marriage. Things quickly become creepy when they arrive and not only does no one come to greet them but when they go exploring they discover the bedroom is exactly like their one at home. More creepy things happen as the story goes on and I soon found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next

I thought none of the characters were particularly likeable which made this an easier book to read in my opinion as I wasn’t particularly routing for anyone. The story is told from both the couple’s point of view and interspersed with letters that Amelia has written every year of their marriage where she tells her true feelings. Adam was an interesting character as he suffers from a neurological condition called Prosopagnosic where he can’t recognise faces which must be very hard to deal with for both characters.

Overall i really enjoyed this book and will be definitely recommending it to others. The feeling of unease in the book gradually increases until I both wanted to keep reading to find out what happens but also wasn’t sure I wanted to find out. There were lots of twists that kept me guess and the big twist took me completely by surprise which I always enjoy.

Huge thanks to HQ stories for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent fifteen years at the BBC where she worked as a reporter, news editor, arts and entertainment producer and One O’clock news producer.

Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog.

Her debut novel, Sometimes I Lie, was a New York Times and international bestseller. The book has been sold in over twenty countries and is being made into a TV series by a major film studio, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Her third novel His and Hers is soon to be a major TV show with Jessica Chastain as executive producer.

#BlogTour: The Heights by Louise Candlish @louise_candlish @simonschusterUK @jessbarratt88 @TeamBATC #TheHeights #LouiseCandlish

Book Synopsis:

He thinks he’s safe up there. But he’ll never be safe from you. 

The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Tower Bridge, its roof terrace so discreet you wouldn’t know it existed if you weren’t standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that’s when you see a man up there – a man you’d recognize anywhere. He’s older now and his appearance has subtly changed, but it’s definitely him. 

Which makes no sense at all since you know he has been dead for over two years.  You know this for a fact.

Because you’re the one who killed him.  It’s time to confess what we did up there.

The Heights is available in ebook and hardback now. You can purchase your copy using the links below.

My Review:

I’m a huge fan of this author so you can imagine my excitement when I was invited onto the blog tour for her latest book, The Heights. Once again the author has written an unsettling but emotional psychological thriller that was a fantastic read.

The story is told firstly from Ellen’s point of view and then Vic’s, interspersed with newspaper articles which was very intriguing. I wasn’t particularly fond of Ellen and as I found her narration to be quite disturbing at times and I wasn’t completely sure I could trust her. She just seemed completely blinded by her hatred and want for revenge that she completely overlooks everything else. I did feel a bit sorry for her as it must have been awful to lose a kid like that but this was quickly washed away when I got to know her better.

I thought the storyline was very clever and I enjoyed following it throughout the book. There seemed to be many layers to the plot and it was fun to try and piece everything together. I thought it was a bit of a slow burn to start with as the reader is introduced to the characters and the story but the tension gradually increases as the story goes on until it becomes hard to put down. There are lots of twists that kept me guessing and I liked how the different points of views helped answer some of the questions I had. I did guess the ending but that didn’t stop me enjoying the book as I had to keep reading to check I was right.

Huge thanks to Jess Barnett for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.

About The Author:

Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of fourteen novels. Our House, a #1 bestseller, won the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards, was longlisted for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award. It is now in development for a major TV series with Red Planet Pictures, producers of Death in Paradise. Louise lives in London with her husband and daughter. Visit her at LouiseCandlish.com or connect with her on Twitter @Louise_Candlish.

#BlogTour: The Dark by Emma Haughton @Emma_Haughton @HodderBooks @JennyPlatt90 #TheDark #EmmaHaughton #5stars #mustread

Book Synopsis:

In the most inhospitable environment – cut off from the rest of the world – there’s a killer on the loose.

A&E doctor Kate North has been knocked out of her orbit by a personal tragedy. So when she’s offered the opportunity to be an emergency replacement at the UN research station in Antarctica, she jumps at the chance. The previous doctor, Jean-Luc, died in a tragic accident while out on the ice.

The move seems an ideal solution for Kate: no one knows about her past; no one is checking up on her. But as total darkness descends for the winter, she begins to suspect that Jean-Luc’s death wasn’t accidental at all.

And the more questions she asks, the more dangerous it becomes . . .

The Dark is published in hardback and ebook on the 19th August 2021. You can pre-order your copy using the links below.

My Review:

The Dark is a gripping, addictive read that was a clever twist on the classic murder mystery story.

Firstly I always love books set in the North or South pole as there is something so alien about the environment that the characters find themselves in. The wonderful descriptions of the South pole were really vivid and helped me to really imagine what it’s like there. I felt like I could feel the biting cold and see the amazing southern lights which I’d never heard of before. I’d love to go and see the South Pole and experience it all myself, as long as I could jet straight back out again.

The station sounded like a fascinating place to live and I enjoyed learning more about the different people who lived there. The different groups and roles that they play in the station were also interesting to follow as it gave the reader an insight into the characters lives and what makes them tick. It also helps add to the atmosphere in the book as we discover the many frictions that exists between the groups.

I don’t think I particularly liked any of the characters as they all had flaws that made me a little unsure about them. The main character, Kate, was an interesting one as I did feel sorry for her especially with her sometimes clumsy attempts to make friends as she reminded me of myself at times. She’s obviously had a traumatic past which still haunts her and she is still coming to terms with which made me warm to her. However her addiction to pain medicine and her eagerness to please means made me wonder how reliable a narrator she was.

The story starts off at a great pace and I soon found myself drawn into the story. The atmosphere in the book gradually increases as the story goes on and we learn more about the characters and their lives at the base. Things soon become very intriguing as strange things start happening at the base, relationships deteriorate and a few other surprising events are thrown into the mix. I found myself reading faster and faster as the book goes on, unable to put the book down at times as I had to find out what was going on. I had lots of theories but was ultimately proven wrong about all of them which I always enjoy.

Huge thanks to Jenny Platt from Hodder for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book. If you’re a fan of atmospheric, unique thrillers then you’ve got to read this book!

About The Author:

Emma Haughton grew up in Sussex, studied English at Oxford and worked as a journalist for several national newspapers, including The Times Travel section. Emma has written several non-fiction books for schools as well as YA thrillers. This is her first crime novel.

#BlogTour: Six by GS Locke @WillOMullane @orionbooks #Six #GSLocke

Book Synopsis:

Successful criminal defence lawyer, Jon Shaw, comes face to face with, Danny Hallam, the man he tried to murder twenty-five years ago…

Then: While drug running for a local crime lord, Danny decides to call in a large debt from a young female drug addict, Micki Ashton. During a chaotic night on a riverbank, in which punches are thrown, Shaw steps in to protect the defenceless woman, but things turn deadly when Danny produces a knife and Micki is stabbed. Appalled by his friend’s actions, Shaw deliberately pushes Danny into the river. Danny survives and, arrested and charged for murder, spends the next quarter of a century in prison.

Now: Meanwhile, the gang disintegrates, each haunted by the death of a young woman. Throughout his sentence, Danny refuses to name those involved. But someone knows and believes they should all pay. As, one by one, the former friends are picked off only Danny and Shaw remain. With the race on to identify a determined and forensically aware killer, Shaw throws in his lot with a detective who has her own cross to bear and her own reasons for abandoning routine police procedure.

Six is out in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the links below.

My Review:

Six was an addictive, twisty read from a new author for me.

Firstly I always love books like this that are set around an event in the past involving old friends, so I enjoyed learning more about what happened and getting to know the characters more as I read. Told from the point of view of Jon, Danny and a police detective trying to solve the more recent murders the reader is quickly drawn into the story with the multiple threads making for very intriguing reading.

I found it very interesting to follow this story and try to work out what was happening. There are lots of twists in the book that kept me guessing and kept changing the direction of the story just when I thought I had it all figured out. The author cleverly increases the tension in the book as the story unfolds and the six friends who were witness to the murder are slowly whittled down. Some of the descriptions had my hair standing on end and I had to reread a few parts, like the six feathers, as I thought they were brilliantly executed.

Overall I really enjoyed this read and found it hard to put down. I initially said I would only be able to do a first impressions post as part of the blog tour but read the book so quickly I was able to do a proper review. I’ll look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Huge thanks to Will from Orion for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

G.S. Locke is the pseudonym of E.V.Seymour. ‘Neon’ is my first foray into serial killers hence the name change. I’m a plotter rather than a ‘pantser’ when creating storylines; research on the neon aspect of the story was particularly fascinating and allowed me to explore a branch of art with which I wasn’t previously familiar. By day, I work as a freelance editor so try to take the advice I dish out. My passions are family, film, playing classical piano, which I’ve done since I was five, and I’m a demon house-mover due to a nomadic and restless personality. I strongly dislike cold tea and adore chilled white wine.