Mortom by Erik Therme / #Review @ErikTherme

 

Andy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore, so he’s especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there’s much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run-down house.

Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, however, he’s drawn into his puzzle-obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted and ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by macabre clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game, hoping to discover untold wealth. But unsavory secrets—and unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise—arise at every turn, leading Andy to wonder if he’s playing the game…or if the game is playing him.

Something’s rotten in Mortom. And this dead man’s game might not be all that Andy is doomed to lose.

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Review

Money… Something everybody wants, but nobody ever seems to have enough of it. Are you happy because you have a big fat bank account? No, not necessarily. Are you unhappy because you don’t have a lot of money? No, not necessarily either. The trick is to have just enough, but what is enough and does not everybody wants what they have been promised or what they feel entitled to?

This book is one big treasure hunt and the one who finds the treasure is allowed to keep it, right? People always think that treasure equals money, but is that so?

Is Andy the smartest because he seems to be able to find all the clues or is Craig the winner because maybe he is the one holding all the cards.

Will Andy be the winner and get it all or maybe he had it all for a very long time and just did not know it.

A great story with creepy passages as well as heart breaking ones. Lies may protect someone, but once the truth comes out, it hurts them so much more. 4 stars.

Thank you, Erik Therme

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About the author

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa–one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

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The Girl Who Never Came Home by Nicole Trope / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @nicoletrope

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They find her just as the sun is beginning to rise in the early morning mist. They had begun at dawn, the group of searchers keen to get going. A missing child spurred everyone on. In the end, it was a flash of colour, a bright neon pink that caught her eye. They had been looking for pink.

Nothing tests your faith like being a mother. The first time your children walk to school alone, their first sleepover, when they finally fly the nest. As a parent, you have to believe that everything will be OK.

It’s why, when Lydia’s sixteen-year-old daughter Zoe goes on a school camping trip, she has no idea of the horrors that will unfold. It’s why, when Lydia gets a call saying that her daughter has disappeared, she refuses to give up.

As she searches the mountains, her voice hoarse from calling Zoe’s name, she imagines finding her. She envisions being flooded with relief as she throws her arms around her child, saying, ‘you gave us such a scare’. She pictures her precious girl safely tucked in bed that evening.

It’s why, when they find Zoe’s body, Lydia can barely believe it. It is unthinkable. Her little girl has gone.

Something terrible happened, she is sure of it. Something made Zoe get out of her sleeping bag in the middle of the night, walk out of the warmth and safety of the cabin, into the darkness of the mountains. Driven by the memory of her youngest child, Lydia needs to find out the truth. What kind of mother would she be if she didn’t?

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Your children… You always want to protect them and keep them safe, but when they grow older you have to let them go, little by little and let them live their own life.

Going away with friends or to parties… You still have a say there, but when they go on a school trip, you are reassured. They are in the capable hands of their teachers who will see to the safety of your precious ones. Until that devastating call and you feel like the world stopped turning. You keep on hoping and praying but then a parent’s worst nightmare is about to start…

High school. It should be the best time of your life, but very often for some it’s the worst. Bullying galore can make you miserable and maybe it’s time for the bully to be on the receiving end. It’s great when a plan comes together, but sometimes the outcome is an enormous disaster.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I liked the way the author gave us the chance to follow the story from different angles.

I had a feeling who was behind some of the events, but I never saw where it would take me. Shockingly good!

Never bully, never manipulate because revenge is around the corner. You just don’t know when it is going to hit you. 5 stars.

Thank you, Nicole Trope and Bookouture

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About the author

Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because, as her professor pointed out, ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’

She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree. In between raising three children, working for her husband and renovating houses, she has published six novels. She lives in Sydney, Australia. 

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Ruthless Girl by Emma Tallon / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @EmmaEsj

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Sometimes revenge is the only option.

Anna Davies is young, smart and successful, plus she’s the head of one of London’s biggest crime networks. She’s seen off her abusive ex-boyfriend and cut her teeth managing clubs around London’s West End. But nothing could have prepared her for what’s around the corner…

Beautiful, rich and powerful, Sophia Ivanov has been sniffing around Anna’s business empire and she’s got only one thing on her mind – revenge. She’s convinced Anna and her gangster boyfriend, Freddie Tyler, killed her Russian crime boss husband, Alexis, and she’s determined to make them pay.

When Sophia turns up at their club one night, it’s clear she’s not there for a friendly visit and tensions begin to flare. Anna knows Sophia is a danger to their business, but she doesn’t realise how much until Freddie finds himself in unthinkable danger. Can Anna and Freddie get rid of Sophia once and for all… and what will be left when the fighting stops

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This book has 369 pages and it’s 369 pages of pure gold adorned with diamonds!

Throughout the series, a lot of baddies have died and gone to hell. I, on the other hand, feel like I have died and gone to heaven each time I can read a new sequel.

This time is no different. A lot of secrets are revealed and according to the Tylers revenge is a dish best served piping hot 😊.

My heart stopped a few times. My heart broke a few times. My heart will always have a special place reserved for Freddie.  I really like a great amount of main characters in different books, but Freddie is and will remain my number 1. No matter what he does or does not do, it will never change.

This is such an amazingly good series. I hope and pray that the author will find the inspiration to add a few more books.

Bye for now, Freddie. I hope to see you again soon. 5 golden stars adorned with diamonds. 😉

Thank you, Emma Tallon and Bookouture.

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About the author

Emma Tallon is a British author of gripping, gritty, organised crime thrillers and mother of two. Having started her writing career as a freelance ghostwriter, Emma finished her first novel, Runaway Girl, in 2016, and became an author full time. Since then she has written several other novels for her publisher and has carved out a successful career for herself from her home in Milton Keynes, where she can usually be found typing away in her office surrounded by large stacks of books and Post-it Notes full of ideas for future stories.

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Containment by Nick Thacker / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @NickThacker

 

 

Jake Parker #1

When there’s nothing left to lose, there’s no limit to what you’ll risk.

Jake Parker’s world collapsed with the violent death of his wife during a police-led raid. In the awful aftermath, he hung up his detective’s badge for good. Now ex-military, ex-police, he has embraced a simple civilian life. But when a deadly new disease begins to threaten American lives, Jake is dragged out of his self-imposed retirement.

When a young family at a remote detention center die from a mysterious illness, Jake is contacted by a government official to launch a covert investigation. An unknown disease has entered the system, causing agonizing death and visible signs of blood pooling beneath the skin, and it seems to be spreading. If Jake can’t get on the ground quickly to eliminate the threat before it becomes an epidemic, countless more innocent lives could be at risk.

With the help of medical professor Eliza Mendoza, Jake heads to the border, but what they uncover there is evidence that this devastating disease is man-made, and part of a calculated plot aimed right at the heart of government. With powerful forces ranged against him, Jake must use all his ingenuity to bring down the ruthless organization behind the attack. Failure is not an option.

 

 

Review

What a great start to a new series!

I stayed up till 1.30 to finish it and that means something, doesn’t it?

What did I like so much about it? Well, let me rephrase that. What’s not to like about it? 🙂

It’s fast paced with an interesting theme. To be honest it could really happen and that’s also what’s very frightening about it. Bad people are obviously very inventive when they want to reach their goal.

Although I had an inkling about who was behind all this scheming that did not to stop me from being fascinated and captivated by the story. It was the ‘why’ that I still was anxious about to find out.

I don’t know what case Jake Parker will have to solve next time, but I certainly am looking forward to meet him (and maybe Eliza too) again. 5 stars.

Thank you, Nick Thacker and Bookouture

 

About the author

Nick Thacker is the USA Today Bestselling Author of action-adventure thrillers and mysteries, including the Harvey Bennett Thrillers series. Often mentioned as a cross between Clive Cussler and James Rollins, his stories are written in a fast-paced, punchy style.

He lives on a volcano in Hawaii with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.

 

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The Life She Left Behind by Nicole Trope / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @nicoletrope

 

 

When I wake up in the middle of the night, it’s not a sound that disturbs me. It’s a feeling. Silently, I creep to my daughter’s room, breathing a sigh of relief when I see her sleeping, her night-light twirling, butterfly shapes moving their pink wings. Quickly, I lock the door. I won’t let anything happen to my little girl.

You tell him everything. The husband you adore, the father of your child, your best friend.

He knows, just by looking at your sage-green eyes, when something is wrong. The two of you can communicate with a glance, or a touch of the hand.

Except what if you can’t?

What if your happy marriage has plastered over one huge lie? A lie you have even started to believe yourself, in order to survive?

What if you have a secret, something you have hidden from your beloved husband and your strawberry-scented baby girl, to keep them safe? What if the guilt has kept you up, night after night, for as long as you can remember?

What happens when suddenly, after twenty-eight years, that secret refuses to stay buried? What will you do now everyone you love, everything you cherish, is in harm’s way?

 

 

Review

This is my third book by this author and they have all struck gold!

How is it possible that people can be charming but turn into monsters once they come home? How is it possible that they can live with themselves? How can they sleep at night?

Everybody has already hurt someone either mentally or physically, but more often than not it’s accidental. It’s very hard to understand that you can deliberately hurt someone you love at the same time and even enjoy it!

Children are born innocent. It’s their entourage that influences them and turn them into someone decent or someone despicable.

The author is a great storyteller and she enchanted me with this beautiful and at the same time disgusting book. As soon as I picked it up, everything around me faded to grey. Loved it! 5 stars.

Thank you, Nicole Trope and Bookouture

 

About the author

Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because, as her professor pointed out, ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’

She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree. In between raising three children, working for her husband and renovating houses, she has published six novels. She lives in Sydney, Australia. 

 

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The Waffle House on the Pier by Tilly Tennant / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture TillyTenWriter

 

 

Run away to Sea Salt Bay, where the sand is warm and soft, the sea is a perfect blue, and a candy-coloured waffle house is about to change Sadie’s life…

For as long as she can remember, Sadie’s grandparents have run the waffle house on the pier at Sea Salt Bay. With its pretty painted chairs, sweet smells, and the warm advice of her beloved grandparents, the waffle house is like a second home

But when Sadie’s grandfather dies, leaving her grandmother without an anchor, Sadie must make a difficult decision. She quits her job and moves back home, determined to keep things going. The trouble is, she knows nothing about running a business, and learning at a million miles an hour with a shop full of hungry people isn’t easy. When she nearly burns the waffle house down, she has to admit she needs to get some help.

Her ex-boyfriend Declan promises to be there for her but Sadie worries that getting too close is a mistake – especially as he has a new girlfriend now. And anyway she’s just met newcomer Luke, with his gorgeous suntan and mellow voice…

Sadie’s family have always loved Declan and they’re not too sure about Luke, leaving Sadie unsure which way to turn. A terrible accident at sea forces her to look into her heart, but what if it’s already too late to tell the right man that she loves him?

 

 

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Sea Salt Bay: that’s a name that makes me want to pack a suitcase and head over there. Sea, sun, sand and a lovely book. What more do you want?

This story is filled with all sorts of emotional moments. There are some heartbreaking ones, some that leave you gasping, some that have you sniggering, some that have you laughing, some that melt your heart.

I love the strong bond between the family members. They do disagree, they do have fights, but in the end they stick together like glue and figure out what’s best for everyone.

Old love never dies, but it changes. New love is the way to go.

Why do I have the feeling that there is room left for a sequel? I most certainly would not mind, because I said goodbye (hopefully not for ever) reluctantly.

A great summer read that I enjoyed a lot. Not on the beach but in my sunny garden which is also very nice. 🙂 5 stars

Thank you, Tilly Tennant and Bookouture

 

About the author

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

 

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Fearless Girl by Emma Tallon / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @EmmaEsj

 

 

When everything changes, you have to come out fighting.

It’s been three years since Anna Davis’s boyfriend Freddie Tyler was sent to prison, now he’s back on the streets of London and about to find out that everything has changed.

As Freddie enters his West End club for the first time in years, he finds ex-girlfriend Anna Davis sitting behind his desk, confidently leading his team of men. Anna used to hate the world he lived in, but she has now become a big part of it. And she’s not about to give up running the family business easily.

Anna shows a toughness Freddie has never witnessed in her before when she tells him about her new enterprise, smuggling stolen diamonds through London’s Hatton Garden. And alarm bells start ringing when Freddie meets Anna’s new partner. Cold and ruthless, Roman Gains isn’t someone Freddie trusts around the club and particularly not around Anna. 

Whilst tensions flare between Anna and Freddie, a new Russian firm enters their world, determined to bring the Tylers down. And when they take out one of his best men, Freddie has to take drastic action to wrestle control from Anna. But she has other ideas. And when Roman becomes Anna’s closest ally, Freddie finally reaches breaking point. Could this be the fall of the Tyler empire and the last time Freddie and Anna are on the same side?

 

 

Review

I am still bouncing up and down. I just want to shout it from the rooftops how totally marvelous this book is!

Reading this series is absolute heaven. You not only think all your Christmases have come at once, it’s actually really happening.

It’s a gangland series and each and every story is a priceless jewel.

I often like main characters in books, but I fell deeply in love with Freddie and the feeling is still growing. I will be in deep mourning when I will be forced to say goodbye to him. I really really really hope the author still has buckets of inspiration for another big pile of sequels.

Freddie is not the only great protagonist. The author has created a whole bunch of steely key players, but under this rock-hard exterior there is a warm heart that beats full of love for and loyalty to their ‘family’.

I just finished the book, but am already counting down to the next one. Keep them coming, please. 5 stars.

Thank you, Emma Tallon and Bookouture.

 

About the author

Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.

 

 

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The Break Up by Tilly Tennant / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @TillyTenWriter

 

 

What happens when Mr Right goes rogue?

Lara doesn’t have a back-up plan. So when her safe-bet boyfriend Lucien dumps her for her best friend, Lara’s world implodes. Life after the break up stretches bleakly ahead, lonely evenings on the sofa with only a bottle of wine and her grey cat Fluffy for company…

Down the road, Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, giving other people great nights out before coming home in the early hours and unwinding with his loyal cat Satchmo.

What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat.

And when they find out, standing in the streets in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet, sparks of the wrong sort fly.

Lara can’t deny that Theo is one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever met, but she can see exactly why he’s still single. They do say opposites attract… but is she ready to move on? And when Lucien comes back into the picture, will she be tempted back to her life before the break up, or risk everything on the chance of something new?

Previously titled: A Cat Called Cupid

 

 

Review

This book is about a cat, but not just about a cat. It’s more what the cat does and the consequences that are the start of this great story.

When you went through something devastating, an animal can often give you the comfort that you need.  At that moment it feels like he is the only one you can trust and the only one that stands by you. In return you would go through tick and thin for him.

After a period of grieve, it’s time to turn things around. Everything works out, but Prince Charming is still missing. Sometimes you need a little help from your friends. This time it’s a furry friend that makes wishes come true.

This is a lovely book about love lost and found, betrayal, friends lost and found, lies and trust written in a nice and fluent style. 

I love weddings and I was in for a treat here. There were parts that broke my heart and parts that made me smile. 

Every cloud has a silver lining and even if those clouds sometimes are very grey and filled with a lot of rain the sun will always break through to warm your heart and fill it with love. 5 stars

Thank you, Tilly Tennant and Bookouture

 

About the author

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

 

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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TillyTenWriter

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The Nowhere Girl by Nicole Trope / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @nicoletrope

 

 

I will not think about it anymore. I won’t think about her. My lost little sister with her beautiful smile, her chestnut-coloured eyes. My sister who I couldn’t protect.

If you passed Alice on the street, you couldn’t help but smile. At how she holds hands with her husband, Jack, who she has been with since she was at university. At the way she admires her three boys, the centre of her universe.

But if you looked very closely, you’d see how tightly she holds Jack’s hand, afraid to let go. You’d see how carefully she watches her boys, scared to look away. You’d see her smile fading in a matter of seconds, and the pain she hides behind her eyes.

She has told Jack that she ran away from home when she was younger – but she didn’t tell him the whole story. Her husband doesn’t know about the guilt she bears about her little sister she failed to save.

Now, after a lifetime of fresh starts, Alice can feel her past playing catch-up. She is sure she is being watched, certain she is being followed. She may not be able to stop her secret coming out – but can she stop the world she has lovingly built collapsing in on her?

 

 

My Review

Jeez, Louise!!! This story kept me reading and reading like there was no tomorrow!

How is it possible that there are such disgusting, despicable monsters on this planet? They lie, cheat and are abusive in every meaning of the word. If you are capable of acting like this, you are not worthy being called human anymore.

The might get a sentence of a few years, but their victims are left behind, having to deal with a life full of pain, heartbreak, a guilty conscience and regrets.

But on the other hand there are people who open their heart and love someone unconditionally.

Grieve can turn your world upside down and that’s when you need people reaching out to you for the right reasons.

This story is very beautiful and very ugly at the same time, filled with love and hate, sadness and happiness. 

I adored it and I resented it. It made my heart sing and weep. It made my eyes leak and my mouth smile. It was utterly gripping and devastating. 5 stars.

Thank you, Nicole Trope and Bookouture

 

About the author

Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because-as her professor pointed out- ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’ She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree in Children’s Literature. After the birth of her first child she stayed home full time to write and raise children, renovate houses and build a business with her husband.
The idea for her first published novel, The Boy under the Table, was so scary that it took a year for her to find the courage to write the emotional story. Her second novel, Three Hours Late, was voted one of Fifty Books you can’t put down in 2013 and her third novel, The Secrets in Silence, was The Australian Woman’s Weekly Book of the month for June 2014.
She lives in Sydney with her husband and three children

 

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