A Killer’s Daughter by Jenna Kernan / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @JennaKernan

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Who better to catch a murderer than a woman raised by one?

The beautiful young woman’s long black hair clings to her face like seaweed. As Nadine turns the body, she prays this will be different: but seeing the wounds, her prayers go unanswered. It’s just like the others. An exact match to her mother’s victims.

Keeping her head down and refusing to let anyone get close is Agent Nadine Finch’s atonement for never realising her mother Arleen was a serial killer. But when the body of a young woman is found drifting in the warm Sarasota Bay waters, right where Nadine grew up, the past she’s worked so hard to keep hidden comes calling.

Rushing to the scene, Nadine is the first to notice the circle carved around the girl’s ring finger. It’s the exact same marking Arleen left on all her victims. Suddenly, Nadine is a teenager again, watching her mother come home to their trailer in the middle of the night, covered in blood.

With a heartbroken family reeling, and no witnesses or forensic evidence, Nadine has no choice but to face her demons and visit her mother in prison. When her mother whispers a name Nadine hasn’t heard for years, the case takes a terrifyingly personal turn, and returning home, the bag of bloodied clothes left on Nadine’s bed tells her someone is watching her every move…

With her dark family history out in the open, it’s not long before suspicion falls on Nadine herself. As her team turn against her, the closer she gets to her mother and this case, the more danger she’s in. Time is running out. Can she catch the killer—or will she be the next victim of this dark family legacy?

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Review

OMG! This book was like a workout for my stomach. It did some strange summersaults from time to time, but the story was so good I just had to keep on reading. I just had to finish it. That means that it kept me up past my bed time but it was worth every minute.

Another part of my body that was getting some action (no, not that one, you twisted minds lol) was my heart. It felt like a horse participating in a gymkhana. I was so engrossed that when my dog suddenly started to bark, I almost hit the roof. 😊

I have to say that I had an idea about the identity of the culprit, but the author made me change my mind several times although that one name kept forcing itself to the frontline. Was I right or not? Well, that is something I am not going to reveal, because if you should have the same feeling, I am not going to spoil it for you. You will have to be patient and enjoy the very good story.

I think I have said everything I wanted to say, but in a nutshell: very interesting, creepy story and I am looking forward to part 2. 5 stars

Thank you, Jenna Kernan and Bookouture

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About the Author

Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jenna Kernan is a two-time RITA nominee and winner of the Book Buyers’ Best award. Prior to signing with Bookouture, she published over thirty novels including her popular APACHE PROTECTOR series, and is a member of numerous writing groups, including International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Florida Mystery Writers and Novelists, Inc. and frequently attends conferences on police procedure at the Writers Police Academy and MurderCon. Jenna currently lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband. A natural redhead, she has recently increased her sunblock to SPF 50.

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The Stranger in my Bed by Karen King / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @karen_king  

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‘We have a patient who has been involved in a serious accident. We believe he’s your husband.’

When Freya first met Phil, she thought he was the man of her dreams. He bought her roses every week, booked surprise trips to sun-soaked destinations, and showed her affection like she’d never experienced before. But over time the dream has become a violent nightmare. And now Freya is packing her bags, knowing it’s time she escaped their increasingly broken marriage.

But then Freya gets a visit from the police. Phil’s been in a horrific car crash and – as he comes around – it becomes clear that he remembers nothing since their blissful honeymoon two years before, back when their relationship was perfect. All he wants is to be happily married again.

Freya knows giving him another chance could be dangerous. But now he’s the one who needs her, it’s a chance to turn the tables, and to change the outcome of their relationship once and for all. After all, he will only know what she chooses to tell him…

But what really happened during those two years of marriage? And as they start over again, who is safe? And whose life is in danger?

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Review

I know the author. Well, not personally of course, but I have read romantic stories written by her. When I saw she has been working on a thriller, I was curious. Curious to get to know her darker side. 😊

I was sooo not disappointed! I really think this is a genre that fits her like a glove too. I was immersed straight away. We can live the story through the eyes of different characters and we also get a glimpse into the perpetrators mind.

Some parts are repetitive, but in my opinion that’s the way the author wants the readers to understand how much doubt there was in some of the key players’ heads. I think I had as many doubts. I honestly did not know who to believe and that’s great in a book. 😊

So, dear author, please don’t hold back and I’ll come back for more for sure. 😉 5 stars.

Thank you, Karen King and Bookouture

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About the author

Karen King is a multi-published bestselling author of fiction for both adults and children. She has also written several short stories for women’s magazines. Currently published by Bookouture and Headline. Karen has recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture to write psychological thrillers. The first one will be out in November, and the second one in 2021. She is also contracted to write three romance novels for Headline, which will be out in 2021 and 2022

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@karen_king  

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No Fear by Casey Kelleher / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @caseykelleher

 

 

She wanted to save a life. Now she must fight to save herself.

When DC Lucy Murphy meets Debra, wife of feared drug dealer Gerard Jennings, she sees a young woman in urgent need of help. Brutalised by her husband, Debra is too terrified to tell the police what she knows. But Lucy is determined to bring Gerard down – for Debra’s sake, and the safety of the Griffin Estate.

Meanwhile, after the death of one of his drug runners, Gerard is under pressure from his bosses to prove he’s still up to the job. Facing threats of violence as well as police interest, Gerard is getting desperate – and desperate men are the most dangerous of all.

As Lucy prepares to go undercover in Gerard’s gang to get the evidence she needs to arrest him, her beloved grandmother Winnie starts acting strangely. She mentions a man visiting her at night in her care home, but that makes no sense – does it?

Any distraction could prove deadly for Lucy and the people she’s trying to protect. But she has backed a vicious man into a corner, and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants.

 

 

Review

Gangland crime stories… The main characters are always ruthless with people that don’t follow the rules made by them. 

In some series the boss is kind to his family, in others, like this one, the boss does not seem to love anyone. Not even himself.

It sounds weird that I have to say that I enjoyed the book a lot. It does not mean that I enjoy violence. Not at all! But the author makes you live every emotion in tenfold. It’s like you feel every blow, you cry every tear, you applaud every step the police closes in on the culprits and that’s what makes you so involved.

I asked for a sequel last time and I hope my prayers will be heard again, because this can’t be the end, can it? I certainly want more. A lot more.

As soon as I finish a book, I take a look on Goodreads. I am always curious to know what other people think about a story. At this moment 20 people gave a rating and 14 of them were worth 5 stars. I do agree wholeheartedly with them and will also give this author a handful of stars. 

Thank you, Casey Kelleher and Bookouture

 

About the author

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.

 

Author Links

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Their Silent Graves by Carla Kovach / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture CKovachAuthor

 

 

Detective Gina Harte #7

Dressed in garish Halloween costumes, two teenage girls run through a patch of dense woodland towards the outskirts of town. But before they can reach the safety of the streets beyond, they make a shocking discovery.

Following a piece of old rope, the girls find a large mound of freshly laid earth, undisturbed in the darkness of the trees. Clawing at the ground beneath them, they make contact with something solid. When they realise what they’ve discovered, the silence is broken by their piercing screams as they stare down at the shallow grave.

Without looking back, they run as fast as they can, failing to spot the person nearby watching their every move…

And when another grave is found just days later, it’s clear a serial killer is praying on the small town. But who is the killer watching now? And when will another grave be filled?

 

 

Review

There is no harm in pulling a prank on someone. It’s just a bit of fun, right? Well, yes it is as long as nobody gets hurt and everybody sees the funny side of it. You have to be able to know when enough is enough and if you fail to realize it then it’s someone else’s turn to interfere. But what if that does not happen??

Turning back clocks is not possible. You made your bed, now you have to lie in it, but was it all worth it…?

Another great part of this excellent series where DI Harte feels like she has arrived in her own worst nightmare. 

Who can she trust? Who knows those things about her and uses them to torment her? One name pops into her mind. Can this be possible…?

The background is Halloween and the author created a creepy story that fits that time of the year perfectly. 

Rooting through my bag of stars, I pull out 5 of them.

Thank you, Carla Kovach and Bookouture

 

About the author

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

 

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No Escape by Casey Kelleher / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @caseykelleher

 

 

 

The one place she never wanted to go back to. The one place she can’t escape.

When she was just five years old, Lucy Murphy witnessed her mother’s brutal murder in their home on London’s notorious Griffin Estate. The case was never solved. Now a newly qualified police officer, Lucy has been given her first job: she’s going back to the Griffin Estate.

She is there to protect the estate’s vulnerable residents, including Shannon and Kian Winters, two kids struggling to deal with their alcoholic mother. Fifteen-year-old Shannon is working every spare hour to keep a roof over their heads, but thirteen-year-old Kian has fallen under the sway of gang leader Jax Priestly. And now Jax has plans for Shannon too…

As Lucy gets to know Kian and Shannon she becomes determined not to let the two teenagers become Jax’s victims. But time is running out. Jax is out of control, and the gang’s violent reprisals are escalating. Can Lucy face down her own demons in time to prevent a tragedy? As a child, she already witnessed the murder of one innocent person. It will take all her courage and training to stop another.

 

 

Review

I can’t find the words to express how much I enjoyed this book!

There were quite a few characters I would have loved to strangle, but also some I would have loved to take into my arms and cuddle them.

I hope I will never cross paths with someone like Jax and I know about how it is to see a loved one change because of dementia.

The author wrote a brilliant story that both repulsed me and touched my heart. It’s unbelieveable how people can be that way and make others suffer like that.

I was more than once wrongfooted and each time it left me flabbergasted. I just love that!

This is an author whose books are so amazingly good that I don’t mind losing some (or a lot of) sleep over them.

Was this a standalone or are we in for a sequel? I hope for the latter, but anyhow the 5 stars are well deserved!

Thank you, Casey Kelleher and Bookouture

 

About the author

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.

 

Author Links

www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

 

 

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Just Friends – Lucy Keeling / #Review #PublicationDay @ChocLituk @Lucy_K_Author

Friends do nice things for each other, right? 
That’s what Polly Bowman tells herself when she agrees to be her friend Bailey’s ‘fake girlfriend’ to help him keep a promise to his family. After all, Bailey has always supported her through difficult times – he even knows about her secret singing sessions at the local speakeasy bar. 
But maintaining a fake relationship isn’t easy, and when Polly’s meddling but well-meaning group of friends throw her and Bailey together as best man and maid-of-honour for an upcoming wedding, Polly soon realises she’s going to have to confront a few long-kept secrets head on …

 

 

My review

A few months ago the author introduced us to four close friends: Sophie, Paige, Mya and Polly. 

In the first book she focuses on Sophie. Now we pick up where we left off to see what happens next and zoom in on Polly too. 

Is she really ‘just friends’ with Bailey or is there something else going on? Will Polly remain a shy flower bud or will she blossom into a beautiful flower? 

In this story we are treated to wedding bells, lovers still going strong and sizzling old/new love that finally surfaces.

A great sequel where both happy and sad tears take turns and complement each other.

Will Paige or Mya be up next? I can’t wait. 4 stars.

Thank you,  Lucy Keeling and Choc Lit

 

About the author

Lucy Keeling is an author writing fun, sexy, stories with all of the happily ever afters. When she’s not typing at the kitchen table, she’s arranging and then re-arranging to see her friends for the occasional spot of day drinking. Lucy is currently writing the third book in a Contemporary Romance series, the first of which has been Shortlisted by Choc-Lit ‘Search for a Star’ Competition. 

 

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Her Last Mistake by Carla Kovach / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture CKovachAuthor

 

 

Detective Gina Harte #6

Dressed in a sage green bridesmaid dress, and smiling for pictures, Holly is the happiest she’s ever been. Hours later, Holly is dead.

People love to hate Holly Long. Smart, beautiful and a woman who men find it hard to say no to, she’s the town’s most gossiped about resident.

Now Holly’s body lies in her hotel room, strangled at her best friend’s wedding party. And the gossip has stopped, because nobody wants to look like they did it. 

When police search Holly’s immaculate apartment, amongst her stylish furnishings and expensive jewellery, they discover a different side to Holly. Orderly and precise, she wasn’t the chaotic party girl everyone thought her to be. In fact, Holly was a planner, and her next plan was to come out and tell her biggest secret – something she had been hiding for months, something that had the potential to ruin the lives of more than one wedding guest.

There are plenty of people who might have wanted to kill Holly, but only one who has finally made good on their promise.

 

 

Review

I love this kind of books where the writer chooses to divide the story in short chapters. It not only encourages me to read one (or several 😉 ) more chapter(s) especially when it’s getting late at night, but it also makes it more fast paced.

Some books start at a low and build up. This one already starts at a high and that can make you wonder whether this can even be topped. And yes, it certainly can! There is never a low in this story.

I fell asleep last night with the book in my hands. Noooo, it was not because of the story but because it was already way past midnight. I woke up about an hour later and I started reading again. That’s how addictive this one is!

I fried my brain trying to figure out who was behind all these horrible things, but as usual to no avail. I had to wait for the author to reveal everything to me.

DI Harte is torn between her private life and her professional one. Will she be able to deal with both? 5 stars

Thank you, Carla Kovach and Bookouture

 

About the author

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

 

Author Links

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Website: https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Circle in the Sand – Tracy Krimmer / #Review @tkrimms

 

 

Oceanic Dreams #3

Follow the rules. Be reliable. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve.

Living by these words didn’t put librarian Isla Hunter any closer to the life she imagined at thirty. With her birthday in only a few days, she can’t wait to sail away on a week in the sun with her friends Asher and Charlotte. It may be just what she needs.

When an attractive woman takes a liking to Asher, Isla’s heart feels threatened in an unfamiliar way. She’s used to Asher flipping through women like a playbook without a second thought, but this time it’s different. As she tries to sort out her emotions, she struggles with Asher’s connection with this woman. Is it time for Isla to finally break the rules or will that only lead her in hot water? 

 

 

My Review

Part three in the series and once again we are invited on the wonderful cruise ship for a trip. 

The title fits the book perfectly, because that’s exactly what Isla and Asher did, but only realise it after they leave the ship.

This is a fun story where hidden feelings are exposed and confessions made. It’s not always easy to talk about your feelings because people are afraid that they will get hurt when the other person is not on the same wavelength. On the other hand, if you don’t speak up, you might feel miserable and wave your happiness goodbye.

Sometimes you just have to face the music and go for it.

A quick read to enjoy on a sunny or a rainy day, at the pool or in bed or as Shakira would say: ‘Whenever, Wherever.’ 5 stars.

Thank you, Tracy Krimmer 

 

About the author

Tracy Krimmer loves penning chick lit and Women’s Fiction as well as reading the same genre. Her passion for the written word began at a young age and her favorite place as a child was the library.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys fitness, crushing candy, and napping. She lives in the Midwest with her family.

 

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I Saw Him Standing There – Holly Kerr / #Review @hollykerrauthor

 

 

Oceanic Dreams #1

This stowaway sets sail for love!

Small-time con artist Siggy needs to get out of town fast. When she’s offered tickets on the legendary Oceanic Aphrodite, Siggy jumps at the chance to get away.  A week on a luxury cruise ship, with a suitcase full of clothes and all expenses paid? Yes, please! The only catch is that she has to pretend to be someone else. 
No problem. Siggy has no intention of getting close enough anyone to discover her secrets.
But this is the Oceanic Aphrodite and love is in the air. When Siggy sees assistant cruise director Will taking tickets, Cupid’s arrow hits the target. Luckily, Will’s too busy smiling at her to check out her fake passport because he’ll toss Siggy off the ship if he finds out about the scam.  
Onboard, dolphins and cameras and runaway ferrets bring Siggy and Will together. The more time they spend together, the more Siggy wants to tell him the truth.

Cupid’s arrow has struck deep but can Siggy stop running?

 

 

My Review

I remember watching ‘The love boat’ on tv some years ago and I did not want to miss one single episode. It goes without a doubt that this series would be straight up my alley.

First of all I want to say that I love the cover. It’s fun, it’s bright and summery. It’s also book #1 in a series of 8 stories and I really think it’s a very clever idea to make them so recognisable. The cover is always more or less the same, but with a different color in the upper part. The cute little ship plays a big part too because it’s displayed at the beginning of every chapter.

The story is light and made me smile several times. You can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and see the views from the ship and the places where they dock. 

‘You can’t hurry love’ was what Phil Collins sang, but you can’t slow it down either. When Cupid feels it’s the right moment, he will make you feel it.  True love is forgiving even if you did not start your romance in a very honest way. That what life sometimes makes you do. Only the strong ones come to terms with it and fess up.

The road to happiness is paved with honesty.

This was a lovely and quick read and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. 5 stars.

Thank you, Holly Kerr

 

About the author

Holly Kerr writes chick-lit with the sole purpose of showing the world there is more to the genre than pretty shoes and brooding heroes.
Except for J.B in Unexpecting. He can be kind of broody.
When she’s not writing, Holly spends time with her kids, watching Star Wars and super hero movies and training for this marathon she signed up for.

 

Author Link

www.hollykerr.ca

 

Book Link

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Her Dark Heart – Carla Kovach / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @CKovachAuthor

 

 

Detective Gina Harte #5

Rory is waiting at the door of the pre-school – a painted picture of his mother Susan in his small hand. But Susan isn’t going to see the picture, because she has vanished.

Susan Wheeler is a devoted mother. She would do anything for her three children. She drops them off and picks them up every single day. Until one day when Susan kisses them goodbye and then never comes to pick them up.

Susan’s mother Mary is worried. Susan is recently divorced and has been finding things hard recently, but she loves her kids – she’d never leave them.

Susan’s sister Clare is furious. It’s just like her to go missing. It’s not the first time, either. Susan has always been a troublemaker. Always seeking attention. She knows Susan has been lying to the family for years. And she knows that Susan has been sneaking out of her family home for weeks…

As the hours turn into days, even Clare becomes fearful for Susan. And, when Mary discovers Susan’s diary, she begins to uncover a dark secret from her childhood. Something no one in the family knew. When the final diary entry leads the police to a man who is discovered dead in a local park, they’re left wondering whether Susan has vanished because she is a victim. Or because she is a suspect…

 

 

My Review

The author certainly had me wrongfooted here! She tricked me into believing the story would go into a certain direction and my brain feels half boiled because of the effort I did in trying to find out what was going on and the who and why.

When everything became clear, it’s obvious that revenge is a dish best served cold. Really cold in this case.

DI Harte does not only have to race against the clock but she has her own personal battles to deal with as well. Her secret should remain hidden at all costs, but did she  or did she not make a fatal mistake?

Gina is not the only one with secrets. Sometimes the people closest to you are the ones you should be most aware of.

This is a great story that kept my grey matter very busy. 5 stars.

Thank you, Carla Kovach and Bookouture.

 

About the author

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Dark Heart, has been published by Bookouture. It is the fifth book in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

 

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Website: https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/

 

 

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