The Forgotten Children – Isabella Muir

A woman’s search to find her son uncovers the shocking truth about one of Britain’s darkest periods

Struggling with the demons of her past, Emily is a children’s author with a dark secret, and a guilt that threatens to consume her. For twenty years she has lived in Brighton, England, trying to forget the day they took her baby from her, just hours after he was born. But now, in the summer of 1987, she decides to begin the search for her son.

Emily takes refuge in a small town on the Isle of Anglesey to plan the search, where she meets Walter, a gentle stranger, who helps her with his words of wisdom and kindness. But it is when she decides to return home to Hastings, that she really has to face her demons.

Estranged from her parents when she was just sixteen, Emily is shocked by what her mother has to tell her about events that occurred before Emily was even born.

Beside her, throughout her search, is Emily’s beautiful Irish friend, Geraldine, recovering from her own sad experiences. Together they uncover a truth that shocks them all.

 

 

Guest post

The author tells us about her main motivation for writing this book. Enjoy!

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My main motivation for writing The Forgotten Children was to help to shed a little more light on the plight of the thousands of children who were taken from Britain after the Second World War, and transported to Australia and other Commonwealth countries. The British policy of child migration lies at the heart of The Forgotten Children. It was a policy that destroyed so many lives. British authorities considered it acceptable to remove children from caring institutions and send them overseas. Once the children arrived on the other side of the world they often suffered terrible physical and sexual abuse. It was a policy that continued unchallenged, with the last child being sent in 1970. It was only sixteen years later when Nottinghamshire social worker, Margaret Humphreys, began to uncover the dreadful truth. In 1987 Margaret Humphreys went on to set up the Child Migrants Trust, and she continues to work tirelessly – some thirty years later – to help piece families together who were broken apart. But as well as tackling the subject of child migrants, The Forgotten Children gave me an opportunity to explore the stark difference in attitudes and opportunities experienced by women living in the 1960s.

Babies born straight after the Second World War would have been in their teens during the 1960s. This was a year synonymous with the phrases ‘free love’ and ‘sexual revolution’. Pop groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones changed the way that people thought about music, and fashion designers like Mary Quant transformed the way that people thought about clothes.

Young people wanted freedom from the rules imposed by their parents, rules that were the social norm for many at that time. But this struggle for freedom created dilemmas and the concept of the ‘generation gap’ became very real for many for the first time.

It wasn’t only ideas about music and fashion that were changing. People were moving away from religious beliefs and church attendance. So when Beatle, John Lennon, gave an interview in 1966 and suggested that ‘the Beatles were more popular than Jesus’ there was little reaction in the UK – in contrast to the furore that the remark created in the US. In the end, Lennon had to apologise on American TV to calm the hysteria.

The sexual revolution meant that young people experimented in a way that their parents would never have dared. The inevitable result was a rise in illegitimate births and, as a consequence, a rise in children needing institutional care. It is strange to think about how different life must have been back then, when nowadays more children are born ‘out of wedlock’ than ever before.

This was the backdrop for Emily, growing up in a Catholic family. When she discovered she was pregnant, aged just sixteen, she felt powerless. The decisions made then affected not only her life, but the life of her son, Thomas, in a way she could never have imagined. The Forgotten Children follows Emily’s search for Thomas, a search that uncovers painful truths.

Sadly, these painful truths continue to affect families today.

Thank you, Isabella Muir and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Isabella Muir has been surrounded by books her whole life and – after working for twenty years as a technical editor and having successfully completed her MA in Professional Writing – she was inspired to focus on fiction writing.

As well as her newest title, The Forgotten Children, Isabella is the author of the Sussex Crime Mystery series. These Agatha Christie style stories are set in the sixties and seventies and feature a young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke, who has a passion for Agatha Christie. All that Janie has learned from her hero, Hercule Poirot, she is able to put into action as she sets off to solve a series of crimes and mysteries.

Aside from books, Isabella has a love of all things caravan-like. She has spent many winters caravanning in Europe and now, together with her husband, she runs a small caravan site in Sussex. They are ably assisted by their much-loved Scottie, Hamish.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMuirAuthor/ https://twitter.com/SussexMysteries https://isabellamuir.com/

Return to Lily Pond Lane – Emily Harvale

Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…

Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’

Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

 

 

Cover reveal

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Thank you, Emily Harvale and RachelsRandomResources

 

About the author

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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Seven Deadly Swords – Peter Sutton

For every sin, a sword

For every sword, a curse

For every curse, a death

Reymond joined the Crusades to free the Holy Land from the Saracens and win glory for himself. Instead, with six others, he found himself bound under a sorcerer’s curse: the Seven Sins personified. Doomed to eternal life and with the weight of the deaths he has caused dragging his soul into the torments of hell, Reymond must find his former brothers-in-arms and defeat them. Riding across a thousand years of history, the road from Wrath to Redemption will be deadly…  

 

 

Q&A

I would like to share this interview with you. Enjoy!

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1. When and where do you prefer to write?

I have a desk in what we grandly call the library but is in fact the spare room. The desk is built into the wall in the four foot between chimney and window. It has a set of drawers I keep things like pencils and printer sundries in and a set of 4 shelves above it which have books I’m using for research and reference as well as all my writing related books. I do the majority of my writing on a laptop at the desk. However I also have an iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard for when I travel and I’ve been mostly writing my new novel (The Certainty of Dust) in a blue notebook with a pencil which I’ve scribbled in in various places, most recently on a flight to Poland I took as part of my day job.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

I don’t. The best advice I’ve been given is don’t have special tools (pens, pencils, notebooks etc.) or any special place to write or activity that needs to be performed. Write anywhere, at any time, with any available writing tool.

3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

I drink Earl Grey tea, several cups, before lunch if I’m writing during the day and have a refillable bottle of water for the afternoon and evening. I mostly write in the evening though and usually start any writing with a cup of tea. I don’t usually eat at my desk. I prefer to have a break to have food –when I write in the evening it’s usually after dinner anyway.

4. What is your favourite book?

For someone as bibliovoracious as myself that is such a cruel question! I have somewhere between 1000 and 2000 books on my bookshelves – how could I possibly choose just one?

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

My first published book was a collection of dark short stories, A Tiding of Magpies, which some people have called horror, which use fantasy, scifi and supernatural and psychological horror tropes. The second, Sick City Syndrome, was cross-genre (I called it an architectural fantasy horror) set in the modern day and about urban decay and grief. Seven Deadly Swords, as a historical fantasy, is quite different from my previous writing in both genre and tone. The book I’m working on right now –The Certainty of Dust – is more like Sick City. I have plans for an Arthurian low fantasy and an alt-history set in the 1600’s. One of the first guest posts I did was a piece that was entitled “Genre is just a marketing category” and, as I don’t restrict myself to reading just one genre I won’t restrict myself to write in just one either.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I think that all characters are gestalts of people you’ve met, people you know slightly and people you know well. Certainly mine are jigsaw puzzles – I may choose the looks of someone with the sense of humour of another and the bad habits of a third. No characters come from whole cloth – even the ones you think are 100% invention can’t really be after all.

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I used to be conscientious about this, after all it is common advice to authors. I also used to keep a notebook by the side of the bed for those hypnagogic revelations you have on the edge of sleep. Until I realised two things – those revelations never made much sense in the cold light of day and that I had trouble reading my scrawls from the darkness. I tend nowadays to jot myself an email or text message on my phone if I am suddenly struck by inspiration. I do still have a small notebook I slip into a pocket when I’m out too.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

Not a genre as such but I don’t really get on with YA books – I don’t think I’m the target audience at all and the ones that people have raved about have left me cold. I don’t understand what adults get out of reading them.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Tough one. Co-writing could be very interesting but would my ‘process’ (such as it is) gel with someone else? It’s certainly different from Stephen King’s (he overwrites then cuts 25% – I underwrite then add a similar amount.) But assuming that it would I’d like to work with people I can learn things from. I’d like to work with Mike Carey (MR Carey) – as a graphic novelist he’s used to collaborating and he’s written some great books with his wife and daughter. Neil Gaiman maybe – although his voice is so strong it’d be very difficult I think. Jeff VanderMeer likewise. Nicola Barker maybe.

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Several locations from various holidays have previously made their way into my writing. If I was to be paid to go somewhere for “research” purposes where would I go? I got the travel bug after I left university and although I’m not as well-travelled as some I have been to a fair few countries. I’ve also been blessed (or maybe cursed it’s hard to tell with business travel) with a job that’s included foreign travel. And yet the world is massive and there is still so much to explore. A bit like the favourite book question I’m having a hard time to narrow it down to one! But one place that I’d really like to set a story is Tasmania…

Thank you, Peter Sutton and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

Peter Sutton has lived in Bristol since the late 80’s on and off and now considers it his home. He is one of the organisers of Bristol festival of literature and is published by Kensington Gore. You can follow him on Twitter at @suttope and read his blog at http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.uk/ & see more at his website: https://petewsutton.com/

 

 

An unconventional affair, A Risk Worth Sharing – Mollie Blake

This second part of An Unconventional Affair finds Barrington Stone working in Australia for a year. Tranquility “Tee” Hammond, fifteen years his senior, has ended their affair, but for Barrington it was never over. He can’t wait for the year to pass to go back to her. However, after a drunken encounter, with a woman he later discovers is a sex worker, his life is changed forever. How can he possibly leave Australia, now that he has a daughter? After accepting that Barrington won’t be coming back to the UK, Tee rekindles her relationship with the charming-yet-unconventional Sebastian Chandler, owner of a motorsports racetrack. Although living with Sebastian is “complicated” and life for the couple isn’t perfect, they are settled and Tee is happy. But everything changes when Barrington returns. Tee’s heart is in turmoil, and Sebastian is afraid he will lose the woman he loves. As the plot thickens and twists unravel, Barrington must decide if there is one risk worth sharing.

 

 

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Thank you, Mollie Blake and RachelsRandomResources

 

About the author

Mollie Blake is a published author of contemporary romance. A lover of reading sexy stories, Mollie decided to go one step further and write her own. Her romances are filled with danger and peppered with hot sexy scenes. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and UK Romantic Novelists Association.

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Did I Mention I Won the Lottery? – Julie Butterfield

Rebecca Miles has won the lottery and is now living a millionaire lifestyle. The only problem is – she hasn’t told her husband. So at weekends she’s a dutiful wife in Darlington, working at the local deli and making shepherd’s pie for dinner, but during the week she’s living in her new mansion in Leeds spending her days shopping whilst her husband thinks she’s looking after her sick mother. Will she get the courage to tell him before he finds out for himself? And can several million pounds in your bank account save a failing marriage?

 

 

My review

Covers are soooo important to me. When I see one that attracts me, I don’t even read the blurb on the back anymore. I am convinced that I will fall in love with the story as well and my prediction always comes true.

It also happend with this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it was wonderful to see how the characters developed.

Often you see lottery winners that go off the rail and very soon they are left with an empty bank account. But others think rationally and take their time before they do something they will most certainly regret real soon. Of course, there is nothing wrong with spoiling yourself and your loved ones a bit.

I am looking forward to reading the next book about Rebecca some time next week. I will keep you posted about that one as well.

The author has a nice writing style and I have spent a few entertaining hours in the company of her protagonists. 4,5 stars.

Thank you for the book, Julie Butterfield and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard and wrote Did I Mention I Won the Lottery? It should be pointed out this is a complete work of fiction and she did not in fact receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it her husband – even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him! Her second book was Google Your Husband Back and the latest addition is Did I Mention I Was Getting Married? – which revisits Rebecca a few years after the lottery win which changed her life.

Social Media Links – @juliebeewriter twitter Juliebutterfield.co.uk – website

The Second Wife – Sheryl Browne

She made her bed. You’ll lie in it.

Rebecca and Nicole swore to be best friends forever. But three years after they last met up, Rebecca receives a phone call from Nicole’s devoted husband, Richard. Nicole is dead, a tragic suicide. Drowned in a river close to her family home, Richard was the one who pulled her body from the water. Now he can’t even speak about what happened.

While Rebecca reels from the news, she reads her friend’s last letters to her and begins to wonder if she knew Nicole at all. What secrets was she keeping from all the people who knew and loved her?

As Rebecca gets closer and closer to Richard, things go too far and she begins to slip into Nicole’s old life – staying in her home, sleeping in her bed… But if she’s going to become the wife Nicole never was, can she keep herself safe?

 

 

My review

When the author saw that I was going to read this book, she said she hoped I would enjoy it. My answer was simple: ‘I am sure I will be in for a treat, as usual.’

Every story I have read from her before was a gem and I was convinced she was not going to disappoint me.

Maybe I should call myself Madame Soleil from now on (lol), because my prediction came true.

The main part of the story is told by the two most important characters Nicole and Rebecca. Nicole takes us back into the past and Rebecca keeps us entertained in the present.

Straight from the start, you feel that something is off and you better make sure you only open this book when you are free for the next few hours. No way will you be able to put it down. So, please be warned.

The author throws so much at you that you don’t know anymore if you are coming or going. You are kidnapped by the product of her brain waves and I sometimes had to pick my jaw up from the floor.

I think I might have convinced you that I totally and utterly loved this fascinating work of art. 5 stars.

Thank you, Sheryl Browne, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

 

Sheryl Browne writes psychological thriller and edgy contemporary fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

www.sherylbrowne.com

The boy at the door – Alex Dahl

Everyone has secrets. Even those who seem to be perfect…

On a rainy October evening, Cecilia Wilborg – loving wife, devoted mother, tennis club regular – is waiting for her kids to finish their swimming lesson. It’s been a long day. She can almost taste the crisp, cold glass of Chablis she’ll pour for herself once the girls are tucked up in bed.

But what Cecilia doesn’t know, is that this is the last time life will feel normal. Tonight she’ll be asked to drop a little boy home, a simple favour that will threaten to expose her deepest, darkest secret…

 

 

Extract

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Tuesday is a crap day in my world. Especially now that Marialuz has decided to leave us halfway through her contract and I’m stuck with no au pair. It’s like you can’t win with those people. I don’t particularly enjoy having a stranger in the house but I most certainly don’t enjoy having to do all the work myself either. It just isn’t possible. Especially on Tuesdays, when the girls both have after-school activities in opposite parts of town. Nicoline dances ballet at five, and Hermine swims at six. Because Nicoline finishes as six thirty p.m. I then have to drive into town to collect her, and bring her back to the pool, where we sit on ugly plastic chairs watching small children bob around in the water until seven fifteen. Nicoline whines for the full half hour we’re there, unless I let her watch YouTube makeup tutorials on my phone and buy her candy, which I do. Obviously.

Tonight I’m in a particularly stressed-out, irritable mood, as things didn’t exactly go to plan at work. I bend over backwards for my clients, sometimes literally, and still they complain. Angela Salomonsen had the nerve to email me today, saying that the violet raw-silk cushions I commissioned handmade in Lyon look dove-gray in the particular light of her conservatory, and could I call her immediately so we could discuss this situation. These are the kinds of things I have to deal with as interior stylist in a wealthy town full of spoilt, bored wives. Sometimes I think it is a miracle that I work at all, considering I have two small children and my husband is always traveling and I have no au pair. It’s not really like I have to, but I quite like what I do, and being me is very expensive. Also, in my circles, it’s definitely looked upon as a bit lazy to stay at home. Unless you have a cupcake business from the kitchen counter and blog about it, which I don’t, as I hate cupcakes and blogs.

It’s raining hard outside, and as I watch volleys of rain slam against the floor-to-ceiling windows beyond the pool, it occurs to me that I don’t remember the last day it didn’t rain. I suppose October is like that in many places, but I think I’m one of those people who is particularly sensitive to dreary skies and wet wind – I am a Taurus, and I prefer my surroundings to be beautiful at all times.

A little boy catches my eye as the children line up at the one-meter diving board. I’m not sure why. He’s significantly smaller than the other children and his skin is a deep olive-brown and smooth. He’s bouncing up and down on his heels, rubbing his arms, but his face is completely void of the goofy expressions of the other children waiting their turn. He looks frightened. I look around at the other parents who are waiting in the steamy, overheated room for someone who might be the boy’s parents – I don’t remember seeing him here before.

There’s chubby Sara’s fat mother who I always try not to have to talk to – I’ve heard from several people that she’s really needy and the last thing I need is some cling-on mummy friend. There’s Emrik’s father – a good-looking guy I went to school with back in the day who is now a police officer, and who I occasionally glance up at before quickly looking away. I can feel his eyes on me now but wait ten seconds longer than I want to before meeting his eyes. I give him a very faint smile and he immediately returns it, like a grateful puppy. I’m a good girl these days, though it doesn’t come easily to me; there was a time when I would have felt giddy with excitement at this little game, perhaps easing the top button of my blouse open, running my tongue slowly along the backs of my teeth. I scan the few remaining people for the little boy’s parents, now pointedly ignoring Emrik’s dad’s wanting gaze.

There are the grandparents of Hermine’s best friend from school, Amalie, sitting closely together and sharing biscuits from an old, faded, red cake tin. There is also a slim, ginger woman sitting close to the door, a heat flush creeping across her freckled white chest. She, too, is watching the boy intently, and I suppose she must be the mother, though it faintly surprises me that she must have had the child with someone pretty ethnic; the kid is so dark the father must be even darker, and she doesn’t immediately strike me as someone with such exotic tastes.

There’s nobody else here; I imagine the other parents are out in the parking lot, preferring their own rain-battered cocoons and a newspaper to listening to kids’ screeching voices cutting through the clammy, hot air.

Finally, Hermine’s class finishes after two rather underwhelming attempts at diving, and she walks over to where Nicoline and I are sitting.

‘Did you see that?’ She beams, exposing the wide, fleshy gash in her mouth from six simultaneously missing teeth.

‘Fabulous,’ I say, standing up, gathering our things together and nudging Nicoline, who is watching a ten-year-old in America apply a thick layer of foundation before expertly contouring her elfin face. ‘Hurry up in the changing rooms. We’ll wait in the foyer.’

Hermine does not hurry up in the changing rooms, and Nicoline and I wait impatiently in the brick-clad foyer, staring out at columns of rain moving back and forth across the parking lot like dancers in a ballroom. I keep checking my watch and it’s already past 7.30 when Hermine appears, freshly blow-dried and with a lick of pink lip gloss in spite of the fact that she’s about to step into a torrent.

I can practically feel the thin, cool stem of the wine glass in my hand and am slightly hysterical at the thought of having to deal with the girls for much longer today. They begin to argue over something as we walk out the door, and over the sounds of their high-pitched

squabbling and the crash of the rain, I don’t pick out the other sound until I’ve taken several steps outside. I briefly turn around, and there is the receptionist, an older, tired-looking woman with tight gray curls and a sweater that reads ‘Happy Halloween’. She’s shouting my name into the downpour, motioning for me to come back inside, and it’s so typical – one of the girls must have left something behind.

‘Cecilia, right?’ she asks as I step back inside, already drenched. I notice the little boy again, the one who’d caught my eye at the pool. He’s sitting on a bench, staring at the floor, his hair dripping onto the brown tiles.

‘Yes?’

‘I… I was wondering if you could possibly take this little boy home? Nobody has come for him.’

‘What do you mean, nobody’s come for him?’

Thank you, Alex Dahl and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

Alex Dahl is a half-American, half-Norwegian author. Born in Oslo, she wrote The Boy at the Door while living in Sandefjord.

 

Magnolia House – Angela Barton

When you open up your home and your heart …
Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.

To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?

 

 

My review

Are you looking for a romantic story? Are you looking for a romantic story about second chances and new friends? Are you looking for a story with all of the above and a bit of suspense added to the mix? No need to look any further because by reading this book, you have found it.

Life certainly is no bed of roses and can hand you a few blows, but when you are surrounded by family and friends, you can overcome anything. It still needs time, of course, but as long you don’t have to do it all by yourself, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel even if you don’t think there is.

The cover is very well chosen and you just have to love the little cute dog.

If you would ask me to pick a favourite character, one name comes to mind straight away : Ace. He is quite a character and he is the life of the party.

This story is beautiful, fluently written and very appropriate to help you spend those dark wintery nights.

I, for sure, would really, really like a sequel, please. 5 stars.

Thank you, Angela Barton and Choc Lit.

 

About the author

Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children and two spoilt spaniels she calls her ‘hairy daughters.’ Passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction, Angela has won and also been shortlisted for several writing competitions. She reads avidly, makes book-related jewellery and loves a nice cup of tea. Having recently planted a field of lavender with her husband in south-west France, she is looking forward to spending more time writing in Charente and watching their lavender grow.

Angela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.

Angela writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction.

Life or death – Chris Merritt

Never forget. Never forgive.

As a detective in the Metropolitan police, Zac is no stranger to murder cases, but this one is different. This is his daughter’s murder. 

Years after Amelia died, Zac is still trying to trace the police office involved in his daughter’s death.

And whilst Zac is prepared to break every rule to find the man responsible, his young and ambitious deputy, Kat, is working on a high profile case of her own. But she knows Zac is keeping secrets from his team so she’s following his every move.

When one of Zac’s informants is killed, he knows he’s close to catching his man, but before he can act, he receives a call about his son which blows his world apart… And this time, he knows he’ll stop at nothing to save his family.

 

 

My review

My second book of the series and I was already captivated by the previous story. I could not wait to see what happened next and yes, yesterday was the day I was finally able to snuggle up under a blanket and start reading.

Sometimes my body loses the battle agains sleep but not with this book. There was no stopping me. I was going to finish it no matter what time it was.

And OMG the author certainly knows how to capture a reader’s attention. My brain went in overdrive trying to figure out who was the master mind in this book and in the meantime my heartstrings were doing an up-tempo aerobic workout.

I was very nice meeting up with detective Boateng and his sympathetic crew and I like the fact that he is so very human. He certainly wears his heart on his sleeve.

The only thing I would like to add is grab your copy, because you will not be disappointed. 5 stars.

Thank you Chris Merritt, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Chris Merritt is a Clinical Psychologist and former diplomat based in London, who has been writing on psychology since 2010. In 2014 he decided to combine his Bring Her Back, his debut novel. He currently works on a mental health research project at King’s College London, and part-time as a psychologist in the NHS. When not working or writing, he loves climbing and basketball, and dreams of one day being able to work from home enough to own a whippet. 

Author Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCJMerritt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17558172.Chris_Merritt

Black Matter – GD Parker

The future is now… it’s terrifying!!! Humanity locks jaws with the ever-increasing human desires towards highly advanced technological innovations making the world a dangerous place. Unanticipated horrific consequences unfold for Tommy McGregor when he partakes in a new high-tech innovation to enhance his health and wellbeing. He thought it would make him healthier, better looking and live forever…DI Valentina is out of her comfort zone when she’s tasked to track down a killer, unknown to her, hidden behind a digital mask. The future has already fallen upon humanity as she soon discovers, nothing is as it seems anymore as society embarks in technology that’s already here. A terrifying mystery, it feeds your imaginative mind’s eye – a fast-paced “whoisit” thrilling crime, novel that will leave you guessing until the end, (or will it?) As it leaves the hairs on your arms stand on end as you uncontrollably turn each page in this 3 part series.

 

 

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Thank you, GD Parker and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

GD Parker is the author of his debut novel, Black Matter. Book one of a three-part series that explores the depths of the unfolding high-tech world we now live in, making it a dangerous place.

The novel will be available to purchase in e-book and paperback formats on the Amazon store.

Gareth was born in the UK in 1981. A family man spent much of his working life in South Wales working in a professional capacity. One day he made the decision write about an idea he dreamt about.

Still working full time for a large organisation, he enjoys reading all manner of books, and spending time with his world – his family.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GDParker_Author and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gd.parker_author/