Blog Tour & Book Review: Born Bad by Heather Burnside @heatherbwriter @Aria_Fiction #BornBadBlogTour #BornBad #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour today for Born Bad by Heather Burnside. Thank you to Aria Fiction for inviting me on the tour and for sending me a beautiful paperback copy of this book to read and share my review with everyone.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Brother and sister Peter and Adele Robinson never stood a chance. Dragged up by an alcoholic, violent father, and a weak, beaten mother, their childhood in Manchester only prepared them for a life of crime and struggle. But Adele is determined to break the mold. She studies hard at school and, inspired by her beloved grandmother Joyce, she finally makes a successful life for herself on her own.

Peter is not so lucky. Getting more and more immersed in the murky world of crime and gangs, his close bonds with Adele gradually loosen until they look set to break altogether.

But old habits die hard, and one devastating night, Adele is forced to confront her violent past. Dragged back into her worst nightmares, there’s only one person she can turn to when her life is on the line–her brother Peter. After all, blood is thicker than water…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Heather Burnside spent her teenage years on one of the toughest estates in Manchester and she draws heavily on this background as the setting for many of her novels. After taking a career break to raise two children Heather enrolled on a creative writing course. Heather now works full-time on her novels from her home in Manchester, which she shares with her two grown-up children.

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MY REVIEW:

This was the first book I have read by this author and it was an enjoyable book. It was fast paced from beginning to end, and I enjoyed the plot.

The book starts off in 1994 when Adele is meeting with a Clinical Psychologist for counselling. They are talking about her relationship with her current partner and her family history. He asks her to discuss with him her relationship with her family members, including her brother, mother and father, starting when they were younger.

The book is then divided into 3 different timelines: Part I (1973-1974), Part II (1979-1980) and Part III (1983-1984). I enjoyed the way this was done in different parts, as it slowly gave us a glimpse at a time into Adele’s past and her upbringing, and gave us piece by piece of what her life was like that molded her into the woman she is today. Parts were revealed about her upbringing as a pre-teen, a teen and then a young adult.

We are introduced to many characters in the book, including Adele, her brother Peter, her mother, her father, and her maternal grandmother. Despite growing up with a physically and verbally abusive father and a mentally unstable mother, Adele seemed to do well for herself. She was determined to succeed in school and to be as much of a “good girl” as she could possibly be. She tended to get into some mischief and physical fights with peers growing up, but nothing series. Unfortunately her brother Peter wasn’t so lucky. He was always causing trouble, stealing things, getting into physical fights, hated school and the older he got the more trouble and mischief he caused. As he got older he would break and enter into homes and steal various items, landing him in trouble with police. Knowing their fathers temper and abusive ways, Adele would do whatever it took to toe the line and not make him mad. Her brother Peter, however, always seemed to make their father angry, much to the dismay of Adele and their mother.

I really liked Adele’s character. Despite her rough and less than pleasant upbringing, she was a good person and did her best to make the most of herself and the situation they were in. I felt bad for Peter as I feel he had the potential to be more and do more with his life, but unfortunately fell victim to his upbringing. I completed despised their mother and father. Granted their mother tried to do the best she could most times, she was fearful of her husband (and rightfully so) which resulted in her not being there to protect her children the way she should have and stood by as everything went on. Their father was just mean and nasty and not likable at all. I really enjoyed their grandmother Joyce. She knew what the children were going through and tried to help in as many ways as she knew how.

I enjoyed this book and it kept me on the edge of my seat as I flipped through and wanted to know what would happen next. Thank you for stopping by stop on the blog tour!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Book Review:A Version of the Truth by B.P. Walter @AvonBooksUK @HarperCollinsCa @BarnabyWalter #AVersionoftheTruth #booksonthebookshelf #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger @NetGalley

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PUBLISHER: Avon 

PUBLICATION DATE: February 7th, 2019

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Thank you to Avon Books UK and Harper Collins Canada for gifting me an ARC copy of this book to read.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

We all see what we want to see…

2019: Julianne is preparing a family dinner when her son comes to her and says he’s found something on his iPad. Something so terrible, it will turn Julianne’s world into a nightmare and make her question everything about her marriage and what type of man her husband is or is pretending to be.

1990: Holly is a fresher student at Oxford University. Out of her depth and nervous about her surroundings, she falls into an uneasy friendship with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society and begins to develop feelings for one in particular. He’s confident, quiet, attractive and seems to like her too. But as the year progresses, her friends’ behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting and Holly begins to realise she might just be a disposable pawn in a very sinister game.

A devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface for over twenty-five years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?

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MY REVIEW:

A Version of the Truth was an addictive book from the beginning. I love a good novel with domestic and family drama, and this book did not disappoint! A husband appears to be hiding secrets from his wife and son, and when his son uncovers something awful involving his father and shows it to his mother, their life as they know it is flipped upside down!

Not only does the son question his father and who he thought his father was, but the wife begins to doubt her husband as well. Can you imagine being married to someone for over 25 years only to find out they are possibly hiding such a gruesome and devastating secret that it makes you question if your whole lie was a marriage? I cannot begin to fathom how this must feel and I felt so bad for not only Julianne but for her son as well.

I found myself wanting to know what was on the computer that the son found online and wanted to uncover the truth just as much as they did. What could the husband be hiding that is so bad, that he would do anything in his power to hide the truth? Will it be the end of his marriage?

Even though this story was told over two different timelines, I enjoyed getting glimpses into the past and then the present, as it helps unravel the story bit and bit and we learn the whole truth from the very beginning. It was easy to follow along with the different timelines, and I enjoyed the fact that we only learn what really happened all those years ago piece by piece. It made you wanting to read more to uncover the whole truth and added to the suspense and mystery of the story. I loved that!

I am looking forward to reading more titles by this author.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

 

Book Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor @doubledayca @cjtudor @crownpublishing @PenguinRandomCA #TheHidingPlace #bookblog #bookreview #bookblogger #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Doubleday Canada, Crown Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: February 5th, 2019

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Thank you to Doubleday Canada and Crown Publishing for gifting me an ARC copy of The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor to read and share my review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.

It was the day she came back.

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MY REVIEW:

This was the first book I have read by C.J. Tudor and trust me, if will not be my last! She has such a way of writing that grabs your attention and demands it the entire way throughout the book.

The Hiding Place was such a creepy, addictive, and dark novel and I enjoyed every second if it! One heck of a ride as we explore small town happenings both past and present. Joe returns to his hometown and we get glimpses into his life as a child growing up with sister Annie who had disappeared when they were young. Why did Annie disappear? What happened to her all those years ago?

Joe was a complicated, troubled and unreliable character, which made for a great story as being told from his perspective. I couldn’t help but feel bad for him, as he tells his story about what happened to make him into the man he is today. As unreliable a character as he is, I enjoyed reading about his dark and tragic past. He had been through so much in his young and adult life.

And the fact that Joe returns to that creepy, old town mine years after the fact! How creepy is that!? It gave me chills reading about the mine and all the things that happened there. I loved the creepy vibes of this book and the mystery of it all.

I’ll be on the looking for Tudor’s other novels. Well done!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

 

Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager @riley_sager #FinalGirls #booksonthebookshelf #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Dutton

PUBLICATION DATE: July 11th, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

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MY REVIEW:

The Last Time I Lied was the first book of Sager’s that I have read and I absolutely loved it, so of course I had to check out Final Girls. I heard so many great reviews on this book that I was thrilled to pick up a copy to read. I was not disappointed!

Final Girls was a gripping, addictive, roller coaster of a ride right from the very beginning. SO many secrets, lies and deception, with shocking twists and turns that will rock you to your core! Who can you believe when everyone around you seems intent on hiding something?

Quincy was doing just fine until she met fellow Final Girl Sam one day when Sam shows up on her doorstep. Everything in Quincy’s life as she knows it changes.

I enjoyed reading about the Final Girls and how their struggles in their past made them who they were currently. Imagine being a final girl in such a horrific experience? I cannot even begin to imagine.

Without giving too much away this book was a great read from beginning right through to the end. You will not be disappointed in this book. If you haven’t read it yet be sure to check it out!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer @StMartinsPress @djpalmerauthor #SavingMeghan #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: April 9th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Can you love someone to death?

Some would say Becky Gerard is a devoted mother and would do anything for her only child. Others claim she’s obsessed and can’t stop the vicious circle of finding a cure at her daughter’s expense.

Fifteen-year-old Meghan has been in and out of hospitals with a plague of unexplained illnesses. But when the ailments take a sharp turn, doctors intervene and immediately suspect Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare behavioral disorder where the primary caretaker, typically the mother, seeks medical help for made-up symptoms of a child. Is this what’s going on? Or is there something even more sinister at hand?

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MY REVIEW:

This book was addictive and sucked me in from the very beginning. Becky was on a flight to visit her mother and sister in another state, when she gets a text from her husband saying their daughter is in the hospital. Becky is frantic, as her daughter has been sick for quite some time and despite seeing many doctors and specialists, and having many medical tests done, no one seems to know what is wrong with Meghan. How can the doctors say she appears to be healthy and fine, when she is always so sick? Can’t anyone give them some answers?

I was hooked to the story. I wanted to know what was wrong with poor Meghan, and I felt so bad for her as she always seemed to be experiencing some ailment or another. A young girl, in the prime of her teenage years, and she was so sick she was limited to what she could do. Doting parents who seemed to devote their lives to finding some answers for their daughter, especially the mother Becky.

I enjoyed the twists and turns and shocking revelations that are revealed in this novel. A few surprises that I was not expecting at all. Just what is it that is making dear Meaghan so sick? Will she finally find some answers?

Overall an enjoyable read. Be sure to check it out!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets @BerkleyPub @dlesbecquets #TheLastWomanInTheForest #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Berkley

PUBLICATION DATE: March 5th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher Berkley for gifting me with an eARC copy of this book to read and share my review via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Marian Engström has found her true calling: working with rescue dogs to help protect endangered wildlife. Her first assignment takes her to northern Alberta, where she falls in love with her mentor, the daring and brilliant Tate. When they’re separated on another assignment, she’s shattered to learn of his tragic death. Before long, Marian discovers disturbing inconsistencies about Tate’s life, and begins to wonder if the man she loved could have been responsible for the unsolved murders of at least four women.

Hoping to clear Tate’s name, Marian reaches out to a retired forensic profiler who’s haunted by the open cases. But as Marian relives her relationship with Tate and circles ever closer to the truth, evil stalks her every move.…

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MY REVIEW:

Imagine falling in love only to find out that everything you have known, including the man you thought you knew, could all be one lie? Your world as you know it would be turned upside down, you would be devastated and you would search for answers in an attempt to learn the truth!

I enjoyed Marian’s character in this book and reading about her work and what she did for a living. It was interesting to read about her working with rescue dogs in Canada to help protect endangered wildlife, especially since I myself am from Canada! I cannot imagine working outside in the frigid cold on a regular basis like so many people do.

Marian was a very likeable character in this novel and I enjoyed reading about her character development. I couldn’t help but feel bad for her when she lost Tate in his tragic death, only to find out he possible lied to her about everything and who he was. Was Tate truly responsible for the deaths of those women? Was his plan to eventually murder Marian too, or was she different? I enjoyed reading about their relationship together, as well as when Marian was working with a retired forensic profiler in an attempt to find out the truth about the man she loved.

The Last Woman in the Forest was an addictive read that left me turning the pages to find out what would happen next in the story. I found myself wanting to learn the truth about Tate just as much as Marian did. There were plenty of shocking twists and turns in the book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and you immerself yourself in the book.

This was the first book that I have read by Diane Les Becquets and I was not disappointed. After reading this novel I am definitely interested in checking out her other novels.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell @MCampbellBooks @StMartinsPress #AStrangerontheBeach #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: July 23rd, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher St. Martin’s Press and to NetGalley for the eARC copy of this book to read and share my review with my followers.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

There is a stranger outside Caroline’s house.

Her spectacular new beach house, built for hosting expensive parties and vacationing with the family she thought she’d have. But her husband is lying to her and everything in her life is upside down, so when the stranger, Aiden, shows up as a bartender at the same party where Caroline and her husband have a very public fight, it doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary.

As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she’s built for herself starts to crumble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aiden’s obsession with Caroline, her family, and her house grows more and more disturbing. And when Caroline’s husband goes missing, her life descends into a nightmare that leaves her accused of her own husband’s murder.

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MY REVIEW:

Caroline seems to have it all. A lavish beach house, a doting husband, a daughter in university, and lots of money. What else could she possibly want? She is the envy of everyone and seems to have the perfect life. One day Caroline sees a man standing on the beach, a stranger that seems to be watching her property. Why would this man be standing there staring at her house?

Caroline throws a lavish party at her beach house, only for her husband to call and tell her something with work has come up and he unfortunately will not be able to make it home in time for the party. Caroline is upset. What could be more important than attending his own party with his wife, and their family and friends? Later on at the party, Caroline finds out that he husband has made a brief appearance with another woman. Caroline is furious and confronts him and this mystery woman. Who is this strange woman and why would she show up with her husband? Confused and hurt, Caroline doesn’t know what to think.

I loved the dark and twisty mystery of this book, and the way it kept you on your toes and at the edge of your seat as the book takes you on a wild ride right through to the very shocking ending of this book! And wow, what a ride it was! There is so much deceit, lies and betrayal, it was hard to figure out who was actually telling the truth. There are so many unreliable characters in this book that it makes for a fabulous book! Who is telling the truth? Are they all just as crazy as the next person, or are there actual victims here?

There were times I felt sorry for Caroline, then for her husband, then for Aiden. As the story unfolds, I wasn’t sure who to feel sorry for, and I loved that about this book. Just when you think you have it all figured out you find out you were wrong.

This book will definitely not disappoint! A great read that was addictive from the very beginning!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: The Last 8 by Laura Pohl @laurampohl @SourcebooksFire @NetGalley #TheLast8 #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #getbooklit

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

PUBLICATION DATE: March 5th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for gifting me an eARC copy of this book to read and share my review.

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A high-stakes survival story about eight teenagers who outlive an alien attack—perfect for fans of The 5th Wave

Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the only reason she isn’t among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it.

When Clover hears an inexplicable radio message, she’s shocked to learn there are other survivors—and that they’re all at the former Area 51. When she arrives, she’s greeted by a band of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth.

Only they aren’t the ragtag group of heroes Clover was expecting. The group seems more interested in hiding than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But then she finds a hidden spaceship, and she doesn’t know what to believe…or who to trust.

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MY REVIEW:

I loved how this book grabbed my attention from the very beginning and kept my interest throughout. Imagine earth as you know it being over, and taken over by aliens. Humanity dying off one by one until you find yourself alone in the world and fearing for your safety, unsure of how many survivors are left in the world and where you can turn to. Scary situation to be in for sure. Especially for young Clover Martinez.

I enjoyed reading about Clover’s character. She was determined to fight for what she believed in, and wouldn’t take no for an answer. She wasn’t afraid of anything and was a fighter. I enjoyed her character development throughout the book and reading about her character.

We are introduced to a wide variety of characters in this book, as we are introduced to 7 other survivors at the former Area 51. Events unfold here where the last teenagers on earth devise a plan to fight back the aliens and reclaim what is left of their world as they knew it. And what is with this mysterious hidden spaceship that the teenagers find? Why is it there, and why was it hidden?

Will the teenagers succeed in reclaiming the earth and keep it safe from harm of these aliens? You’ll have to read this book to find out!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: I Invited Her In by Adele Parks @adeleparks @HarperCollinsCa #Iinvitedherin #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Mira Books

PUBLICATION DATE: February 5th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher Harper Collins Canada for gifting me a paperback ARC copy of this book.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.

This is worse.

When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.

But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do.

After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?

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MY REVIEW:

So much lies, deception, and back-stabbing. This book had me hooked! There is so much drama going on and I absolutely loved it!

Old friends Mel and Abi were close in their carefree University days. They would hand out, party together, and seemed inseparable. Fast forward many years later and they reconnect when Mel receives an email from her long ago friend Abi.

They meet up and suddenly it is like time hasn’t separated them. Old memories of their friendship years ago come flooding back and Mel cannot believe that Abi is in her life again.

Can Abi and Mel regain their old friendship they once had and be friends again? Or is something more dark and sinister at play?

Without giving too much away, this book was a real page turner for me. I loved reading the dynamics of Mel and Abi’s friendship, and seeing how it has changed and evolved over time to the present, as they try to rekindle that friendship. Abi seems keen on getting that friendship back with Mel that she once had, but Mel seems hesitant. Is Mel being overly cautious and paranoid now that Abi is back into her life?

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MY REVIEW: 5/5 stars

 

Cover Reveal: Forget My Name by J.S. Monroe @HoZ_Books @JSThrillers #ForgetMyName #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreviewer #coverreveal

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PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus

PUBLICATION DATE: June 13th, 2019

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Hello everyone. I am happy to share with you all today the cover reveal for Forget My Name by J.S. Monroe. I just love the cover of this book and the synopsis sounds so good. I cannot wait to read this book!

Please see below for more info about this exciting book!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

You are outside your front door. There are strangers in your house. Then you realise… You can’t remember your name.

She arrived at the train station after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, she couldn’t remember her own name. All she knew was her own address.

Now she’s outside Tony and Laura’s front door. She says she lives in their home. They say they have never met her before.

One of them is lying.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. Monroe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Find Me.

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