Lost Souls by Chris Merritt / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @DrCJMerritt

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Please forgive me for what I’m about to do…

Standing at the school gates, he waits until the last child leaves the safety of the playground. And then he follows at a distance, keeping to the shadows. Only he knows what’s going to happen next.

In a quiet church, on a busy London street, 12-year-old Donovan Blair is found dead. His hands are clasped together as if in prayer. Just hours ago, he was happily playing with his friends at school, but now his body is lifeless, and his killer is long gone.

Detective Dan Lockhart is working alone on his wife’s missing person’s case when he receives a call telling him to get to the crime scene at St Mary’s Church immediately.

Bringing in psychologist Dr Lexi Green to help profile the murderer, Dan is convinced that the killer has provided a clue by leaving the body in a prayer position, and Lexi agrees. As they try to get into the mind of the person responsible, another victim is found. A 13-year-old girl, left in a different church, posed in exactly the same way.

Fearing the murderer may already have another child in his sights, Dan and Lexi work together to establish links between the two deaths, and soon discover that not only were both children in care – they had attended the same school. And when it emerges that Lexi’s new boyfriend works there, things become difficult between her and Dan. How much can he tell Lexi about the case? And could she be at risk?

As Dan makes a breakthrough in the investigation, he receives devastating news about his wife, Jess. But with children’s lives at stake and Lexi in danger, Dan must put his personal emotions aside and chase the killer. Can he and Lexi work out who is behind the murders before another vulnerable child is taken?

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Review

About four months ago I read the previous part in the Lockhart and Green series. That’s not a lot, but it feels like a lifetime when you are counting the days. 😊

Now that I finally had a new book in my hands, it was a case of ‘don’t call me, I’ll call you’ as soon as I finish the story of course. 😉 So goodbye world, hello Detective Lockhart.

The thing with a good book is that you know when you start, but you don’t know when you will be able to stop. You just don’t want to. The short chapters seduce you time and time again to read one more and when you finally decide to call it a day, there is that teaser at the and of the chapter and off you go again.

Dan and his team have a lot to deal with and not much to go on. The author gives us a whole bucketload of possible culprits to chose from and honestly I did not have a clue who to pick. The profile Dr Green made fitted them all.

Suddenly an important clue is found and you think YES, now it’s all going to be crystal clear until you realize that the author was one step ahead again and I still did not come one tiny bit closer. It made me smile, because it’s when the penny drops and I never noticed it. Clever idea 😊

Who is finally cracking the case wide open and is responsible for a race against the clock? And more important, who will be the winner? To get the answers, you will have to read this incredible book.

Dan is not ready to slow down though. He has some personal matters he has to take care of. He had to postpone them because his job happened, but now it’s time to go and get some answers.

I was very pleased to see a little bit of Belgium in the story. Lovely.

Another amazingly good book.  5 stars.

Thank you, Chris Merritt and Bookouture

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About the author

Chris Merritt is a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.

All his novels are set in London, where he lives. He began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. He specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked his interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.

Now he spends most of his time writing novels and drinking coffee while *thinking* about writing novels. When he’s not writing, he loves climbing and playing basketball.

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Mind Reader by Kirsty McManus / #Review @McmanusKirsty

Kellan Gallo can predict soulmates. Operating out of the nightclub Heaven Sent, his charming reputation and impressive accuracy rate are legendary.

But when Kellan meets stem cell scientist Beatrix Mackenzie, he wonders if his time might be better spent pursuing a more meaningful profession.

After a lucky interview with an employment agency, Kellan suddenly finds himself working as Beatrix’s intern. But with Beatrix convinced Kellan is a fraud, he wonders whether embarking on a career in science might be incompatible with his future happiness.

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Beatrix Mackenzie lives her life by the facts. She loves her job as a scientist because of the clear-cut answers it can provide. So when she meets Kellan, she is reluctant to fall for his act.

However, Kellan quickly proves himself to be an intelligent, and oh-so-attractive adversary, causing Beatrix to question everything she knows.

Can two people with such differing worldviews find common ground?

If they’re soulmates, it might just be possible.

Review

A mind reader… yeah right. That’s what a lot of people would think. They are convinced that person must be a fraud because reading someone’s mind is impossible. You might sometimes guess what they think because of their body language but that’s only that: a (lucky) guess.

But on the other hand a certain amount of people do believe it’s possible and it might be dangerous, because they might start leading their lives in function of those things that were predicted.

In which category do I belong? Well, I am certain that some people do have a gift and can see/feel things others cannot, but I would never have my mind read by someone. I know I would feel influenced by it. I will wait and see what happens or does not happen  🙂

Everybody would like to find their soulmate and have a happy life. But what is a soulmate? Is it someone that loves everything you love too or is it someone who loves you the way you are? I guess that’s something that’s different for each and every person. 

I would say that everybody has to do what they feel is right for them. Consult a mind reader or not? As long as you keep an open mind there is nothing wrong with it.

To answer a question: Can two people who are total opposites be each other’s soulmates? In my opinion: yes, why not!

A lovely story with a bit of suspense in the mix. I really enjoyed it. 5 stars

Thank you, Kirsty McManus

About the author

Kirsty McManus was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Queensland when she was 14. When she was 25, she lived in Japan for a year with her partner Kesh and worked as an English teacher. This was the inspiration behind her debut novel, Zen Queen. She also spent a year in Canada and then settled back down on the Sunshine Coast in 2008. She now writes almost full time, designs the occasional website and looks after her two little boys.

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The Introvert Bears Filthy Witness by Michael Paul Michaud / #Review #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity @MichaelPMichaud

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Newly estranged from Donna, The Introvert is selected as one of twelve jurors on a notorious murder trial, forcing him to navigate a litany of uncomfortable social interactions, this time with no avenue of escape. Equal parts harrowing and hilarious, The Introvert Bears Filthy Witness is the third entry in the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.

Publication day: January 9th 2021

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Every book I am going to read is one that I am looking forward too. Some because they are from an author I did not know yet, some because a known author has a new book or a new series, some because there is a new book in an existing series.

It can be because you love the author or because you really enjoy the main character(s) or a combination of both.

This time it was because I enjoy the author’s writing style a lot and the main character, well you just have to love him.

He is cute, but ruthless sometimes. He seems dumb to other people, but in fact he is very intelligent and he always thinks twice before answering. He should work on controlling his feelings and he knows it. Up until now it always worked out and he does what he does with the best intentions, but someday I am afraid that he will run out of luck.

Looking forward to his next adventures. 4 stars.

Thank you, Michael Paul Michaud and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo

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About the author

I am an American-Canadian citizen, a criminal prosecutor, and author of BILLY TABBS (& THE GLORIOUS DARROW) (bitingduckpress) and THE INTROVERT series (Black Opal Books). I have a B.A. in English from McMaster University, an Honors B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude) from McMaster University, a J.D. from The University of Western Ontario (with an international exchange completed at Washington & Lee). I have won awards for both my community service and my work as a criminal prosecutor. I am a member of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers. I also strive to maintain a strong social media author presence, including at facebook.com/michaelpaulmichaud, and have made regular appearances on SiriusXM’s Canada Talks. I am an unabashed and unapologetic zealot of Twin Peaks. Literary influences are primarily Orwell, Dickens, Vonnegut, Dostoevsky.
I was inspired to write The Introvert after reading Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky) and The Stranger (Camus). It has been likened to Dexter and American Psycho meeting Office Space and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I also consider it the most unorthodox of animals rights books. Every dog lover should read them.

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Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter by Laura Marchant / #Review #BlogBlitz @rararesources @lauramarchant16

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Laura takes us on her journey describing the immense joy that the animals have brought into her life. But it’s not all fun and games. With sometimes as many as ten dogs around her home, things can get a tad hectic. Not to forget the every day challenges faced in keeping the pets happy and safe when out walking. Luckily she is not alone in her quest; her unusually dominant Golden Retriever ‘Brece’ is always by her side. Brece earns her keep by convincingly playing the part of the alpha female, ensuring harmony amongst the pack.

​At times, the responsibility that Laura faces becomes overwhelming. She may think she has everything covered but that hand of fate could quite easily swoop down, creating havoc for her and the dogs. Laura has endured many close calls and teetered on the precipice of disaster may a time. The longer she continues with her pet sitting enterprise, the more likely hood that total disaster will actually strike. Is she tempting fate?

​Laura Marchant is the Bridget Jones of the pet sitting world!

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A tour for a book about dogs? Yes, please!!

I thought I would be in for a fun read, but it was not only that. There were heart breaking parts as well as heart warming ones, sad passages and happy passages, events the author learned from the hard way and some things seemed to go without any difficulties.

I am happy that her system works out for the author, but I have to admit that I am a bit sceptic. A dog still is a dog and that means that even if he is well behaved and reacts to every command, I would not dream of doing certain things especially with dogs that are not mine.

That’s personal, of course and I did enjoy the book. It’s fluently written, has funny parts and gives tips that are useful.

I am a die hard dog lover and I adore mine even though they can be very naughty too. In fact, dogs are often like children but without the furry coat. 😉

One vet told me once that my dog was the king of the house and he did not say it in a very positive way. But whatever 😉 😊 Every kingdom has borders and my king knows exactly how far he can go…

4 paws, I mean stars. 😊

Thank you, Laura Marchant and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author

Laura Marchant was born in 1959 in the seaside resort of Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England. Both her parents were born in the same town, so not exactly a family of intrepid travellers! As a child Laura and her siblings were fortunate enough to own shares in the families pets. Unbeknown to Laura at the time, her love for the animals formed the blueprint for a large part of her life. In 2011 she finally found her vocation, and in the comfort of her own home, set up a pet boarding business. For the next 7 years she shared her abode with a pack of dogs. A lot of this time was spent watching over the animals and observing their behaviour, which in turn inspired her to write her first novel ‘Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter’.

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Deadly Cry by Angela Marsons / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @WriteAngie

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You have to stop me from hurting anyone else. I don’t want to do these horrible things. Help me before I’m forced to do it again. And I will do it again because I have no choice. I’ve never had a choice.

In a busy shopping centre, a little girl clutches a teddy bear, clinging to it in the absence of her mother, Katrina. Hours later, Katrina’s body is discovered in an abandoned building. For Detective Kim Stone, it looks like a quick, functional kill. But Kim’s instincts tell her there’s more to this senseless murder than meets the eye. What was the motive for killing a young mother out shopping with her child?

Days later, a second victim is found in a local park, her neck broken just like Katrina’s and her six-year-old son missing.

With her colleague, Detective Stacey Wood, working on another unsolved crime and a member of the team grieving the loss of a close relative, Kim is struggling to make inroads on what is fast becoming a complex case. And when a handwritten letter from the killer lands on Kim’s desk addressed to her, and pleading for help, she knows time is running out to bring the little boy home alive.

With the support of a handwriting analyst and profiler, Kim and the team begin to get inside the mind of the killer and make a shocking discovery.

Some of the victims have scratch marks on their wrists.

But these are no random scratches. The killer is using them to communicate with someone. The question is… with whom?

And if Kim doesn’t find them soon, another innocent soul will die.

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Book 13 … This number is for some people just a number. For others not so much. Will 13 bring good or bad thing to Kim Stone’s door?

Bad things, of course, with Kim being a DI, but Kim would not be Kim if she would not push herself and her team to the limits in order to bring justice.

If this means being hard, she will be. If this means being compassionate, she will be. If this means going against orders, she will do it. But it’s always with the same goal in mind: to save lives.

People are born innocent. I truly believe that. It’s what life throws at them that makes or breaks them. Some people can cope and keep going. Others will be damaged and struggle and that’s were it all starts to go wrong. A battle where the strongest always wins and still can’t let go, but what if the weaker starts fighting back and can’t let go either?

The author had my full attention once again with her amazing story. I love the characters she creates and the interactions between the members of Kim’s team is great. A thrilling story that broke my heart but put a smile on my face sometimes too due to the little funny passages.

Another book that has been put on my 5 stars shelf. 😊

Thank you Angela Marsons and Bookouture 

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About the author

Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her partner, bouncy puppy and potty mouthed parrot.

It has taken many novels to find that one character who just refused to go away. And so D.I. Kim Stone was born.  The D.I. Kim Stone series has now sold over 2 million copies.

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A Body In Seaview Grange by Dee MacDonald / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @DMacDonaldAuth 

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Kate Palmer #2

Practice nurse Kate Palmer is ready for some peace and quiet in her little Cornish village, but there’s soon to be a murder on her doorstep…

Kate’s retirement in Cornwall hasn’t quite gone as planned – Lavender Cottage is in need of substantial repairs and her sister Angie’s fondness for gin does rather stretch the purse-strings.

So when Kate is asked to do some nursing at the luxury retirement flats in Seaview Grange, she jumps at the chance. The old Victorian house has stunning views of the sea and the retirees are a peaceful bunch. That is, until Edina Martinelli, a glamorous ex-opera singer, is found poisoned in her home.

Edina’s death is ruled an overdose by Digoxin, the same medication she had been on for years. But Kate is sure the woman she met was not suicidal, and with the reputation of her practice on the line, she decides to do some digging. Luckily she’s got the newly retired Detective Inspector Woody Forrest to help her…

It’s not long before Kate discovers evidence of foul play, and there’s no shortage of suspects. Was it the besotted vicar? The ill-tempered stepson? Or perhaps Edina’s neighbour finally had enough of her constant warbling. It seems everyone had a motive, but who amongst them had the stomach for murder? And will they kill again?

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Is there an age limit to becoming an amateur detective? No, there most certainly is not and Kate Palmer is the living prove of that.

She is 58, but she is determined to find out who is behind the murders once again in this second book of the series. Just like the first time she almost gave us clear evidence that curiosity can definitely be the number one reason the cat can get killed (with her being the cat 😉 ). Fortunately she has a knight in shining armour to save her once more.

This book is a perfect example of how a cozy mystery should be written in my opinion.

I love it that the author always puts the focus on middle aged characters in her stories. The might be a bit more advanced in age, but they are alive and kicking.

Romance and suspense are a marriage made in heaven in this lighter mystery genre. 4 stars.

Thank you, Dee MacDonald and Bookouture

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About the author

Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.

She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.

Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!

Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.  

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My Sister’s Husband by Nicola Marsh / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @NicolaMarsh

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The sunroom at the back of the house is just as I remember. I can’t taste homemade lemonade or smell oatmeal cookies without thinking of home, of the beautiful cliffs of Martino Bay, and I feel welcomed. But all thoughts of a happy family reunion are destroyed the moment I see him… He’s as handsome as I remember: broad shoulders, piercing blue eyes, hair the colour of burnt toffee. The man who once meant the world to me. The reason I fled eleven years ago. I’ve never told anyone the terrible mistake I made that night. The secret we share. I’m still haunted by the crashing waves at the bottom of the cliffs, the blood… But what is he doing at my sister’s house? And then I see her. My baby sister. She smiles, she tips her hand so I can see the ring. And his arm slides around her waist, pulling her close…

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My review

OMG this is a crazy book, but oh soooooo gooooood!

I loved, loved, loved the lies piled upon the deceit piled upon the betrayal. It was like unpacking an early birthday gift wrapped in tons of paper and with every layer I pulled away another secret was revealed. I really admire the author’s brains. It’s an amazing story she came up with.

It’s highly entertaining. It’s devastating. It’s heart breaking. It’s ruthless. It’s… I could keep going on for quite a while. You just have to read it to experience it too.

Jealousy is not only called the green eyed monster. It turns people into monsters as well, but karma is also a force to be reckoned with.

I have already read a lot of amazing books this year. This one deserves a place in that category for sure.

It just was horribly good. 5 stars

Thank you, Nicola Marsh and Bookouture

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About the author

USA TODAY bestselling & multi-award winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction with a twist!

She has published 68 books with Harlequin, Amazon and indie, and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
She currently writes women’s fiction/rural romance for Harper Collins Australia Mira imprint, emotional domestic suspense for Bookouture and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.

Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA’s RBY, Romantic Book of the Year. 
Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for an ARRA award.
Her women’s fiction novel SAVING SARA with Lake Union hit the #1 kindle romance spot on Amazon UK.

Her young adult fantasy SCION OF THE SUN won a National Readers’ Choice Award for Best YA novel.

She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a RBY and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards. 

A physiotherapist for 13 years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two dashing young heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, barracking loudly for her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team, and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

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What We Leave Behind by Anna Mansell / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @AnnaMansell

 

 

 

Imagine you get home one day… and waiting for you on your doorstep is a gift.

It is wrapped beautifully, and inside is a notebook, its pages empty. There is no message.

But its sender has a story to tell.

About a secret. About the little girl you once were. About everything you know about your family.

The gifts keep arriving. But when tragedy strikes – leaving your beloved only daughter fighting for her life – the person who has been sending the gifts will have no choice but to come forward. And to finally tell the truth…

 

 

 

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To protect a loved one. That’s what we all want to do, right? Of course. There’s no doubt about it, but there is a fine line between doing that and stifling someone. But there is more. You might be convinced the only way to do it is the worst possible one.

The author introduces us to Lisa and allows us to sit on the front rows where the movie of her life unfolds before our eyes. We cry and laugh with her, love and hate with her, mourn and celebrate with her all the things she went and goes through on her way to a happy future.

A beautiful and emotion filled book with a great structure that I thoroughly enjoyed. The author never disappoints and always has me glued to my chair as well as to my box of tissues. 5 stars

Thank you, Anna Mansell and Bookouture

 

About the author

Anna spent almost twenty years trying to shoehorn writing in to her career as a marketing manager for dance and theatre companies. Eventually, she did what you are not remotely supposed to do and walked away from an excellent job in order to try and become a published author. Three years, lots of tears and some slightly hairy bank balances later, she met Kirsty Greenwood and the rest, as they say, is history. Anna lives in Cornwall with her husband and two kids. She feels very fortunate! 

 

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Who’s Next? by Chris Merritt / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @DrCJMerritt

 

 

 

Stumbling to the ground, he claws at the earth around him, trying to stabilise himself, but his attacker is on him in seconds. As he stares at the lights of the bustling streets on the other side of the park gates, he doesn’t even have time to yell for help before everything goes black.

When the body of wealthy businessman Charles Stott is found dead on Wimbledon Common, covered in bruises just feet away from his luxury home, Detective Dan Lockhart is called to investigate the shocking scene. Examining the sickeningly disfigured body before him, Lockhart knows he’s dealing with a brutal killer and, as he bends down to take a closer look, he notices something on the victim’s neck: a small, crudely drawn symbol in black ink. It seems the murderer has marked his victim, but why? Dan needs to get inside the perpetrator’s mind, so he contacts psychologist Dr Lexi Green.

As the ensuing media circus puts pressure on Dan and Lexi’s investigation, another victim is found and the headlines are quick to report a serial killer is on the loose. The body of a successful lawyer has been discovered in a park with the same purple bruising and hand-drawn symbol on his neck. Dan fears that more victims will follow.

As the case intensifies, Dan uncovers a new lead on his missing wife, Jess, who disappeared eleven years ago. Determined to follow it up, he must choose between tracking down a serial murderer and finding Jess. Can he make the impossible decision before the killer strikes once more?

 

 

 

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A new book by this author: woohoo! A book with 449 pages by this author: double woohoo!

It means spending more time with the amazing characters he created and the captivating, enthralling web he wove around them to entertain the readers. 

I really like Dan, but sometimes I really like to kick his backside too. I am glad that he realized it in the end and gave himself one (mentally). 😉

I also have to applaud the author for inventing such a fierce and feisty killer. It must be very hard to be the victim of injustice. Some people can cope. Others deal with it in a different way…

Although the author started this series with a new detective he reserved (like he did in the first book) a small role for his main character from the previous series. I like it that he did not forget about him.

The book would not let me go. It begged me to read one more chapter, and then one more, and I honestly could not resist its pleas. I listened, I gave in, I read on and I did not regret it one bit. 5 stars. Let the countdown begin again.

Thank you, Chris Merritt and Bookouture

 

About the author

Hello! I’m a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.

All my novels are set in London, where I live. My first trilogy starred Zac Boateng and Kat Jones, two detectives motivated by family, who tackle organised crime and police corruption. LAST WITNESS, the second Boateng and Jones book, reached #13 in the UK Kindle chart in 2019.

My second series features detective Dan Lockhart – an ex-soldier with a missing wife – and psychologist Dr Lexi Green, an American living in London. These novels are darker, more psychological serial-killer cases, with romantic relationships as a central theme.

I began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. I specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked my interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.

Now, I spend most of my time writing novels and drinking coffee while *thinking* about writing novels. When I’m not writing, I love climbing and playing basketball.

 

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Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland / #Review #BlogTour @damppebbles @RoseMcClelland1 @darkstrokedark

 

 

When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret.

Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues.

Local Belfast resident Julia Matthews joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could. Julia was only trying to help but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape? 

 

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Review

Boy meets girl. They fall in love. They get married. Fairy tale, right? Well, yes, but fairy tales do not really exist, do they?

Some people are a god-sent gift or so they seem, but it’s not all gold that shines. They can change from angel to demon and back again in the blink of an eye. 

Where does that leave you? Should you stay or should you go? Both options terrify you, but a decision has to be made, or will someone else make the decision for you…?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It went through it like there was no tomorrow. 

I loved the way the story is being told through the eyes of several characters which gives us different perspectives.

I adored the ending… 5 stars.

Thank you, Rose McClelland and Damppebbles Book Tours

 

About the author

“Under your skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind!

Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast.

She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog.

She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.

 

Author Links

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52966965-under-your-skin

https://twitter.com/RoseMcClelland1

https://www.facebook.com/RoseMcClellandauthor/

http://rosiesrag.blogspot.com/

 

 

Book Links

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3l8pmdP

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/34oClSC