Blog Tour & Book Review: The Memory by Lucy Dawson @bookouture @lucydawsonbooks #TheMemory #blogtour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Bookouture

PUBLICATION DATE: December 6th, 2018

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Hi there and welcome to my stop on The Memory Blog Tour with Bookouture. Thank you to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of this exciting Blog Tour and to Netgalley for the eARC copy of this book to read and review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

I look down at her, lying fast asleep – always my little girl, and so beautiful. She gives a low moan as her head turns restlessly on the pillow. It reminds me of the soft growl of a cornered animal. Where is my poor child? What is she dreaming?

People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Incredibly beautiful… until she speaks.

An unsettling, little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman.

Izzie might look grown-up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened – the day that broke her from within.

I know why my daughter is the way she is. There’s nothing I could have done to save her… is there?

An unputdownable psychological thriller about families and secrets, perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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I’ve been writing psychological suspense novels since 2008, when my first bestseller – His Other Lover – was published. I write full time (mostly on the playroom sofa) from my home in Devon, where I live with my husband and children. Before that, I used to edit a magazine for six to twelve year old girls for a living, making absolutely no use whatsoever of my psychology degree from Warwick University, but it was a lot of fun. 

I’m addicted to writing about the extraordinary things that can happen to ordinary people – stories that jump in at the deep end, with a gasp. When readers take the time out to let me know they’ve stayed up all night because they couldn’t put the book down, it makes my day. 

I really enjoy catching up with readers and always reply to emails. You can reach me at lucy@lucydawsonbooks.com. I’m also on Twitter @lucydawsonbooks and have a Facebook page at lucydawsonbooks. Alternatively you can download a free short story of mine at www.lucydawsonbooks.com or if you want to look at a lot of pictures of the beach and books that I’m reading, find me on Instagram at lucydawsonbooks.

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MY REVIEW:

This was the first book I have read by Lucy Dawson. After reading the description of this book I was excited when I joined the Blog Tour for this book as it sounded like the type of psychological thriller books that I love to read. I was right.

The Memory is an addictive thriller of a book from the very beginning and I found myself flying through the chapters to see what would happen next. I was hooked from the very beginning of this book and I enjoyed reading about the various characters that we are introduced to throughout the story.

The story is told in two different timelines by two different points of view. The book starts off from Eve’s point of view. She takes her daughter Isobel to a martial arts class and something dramatic happens that leaves everyone there scarred with awful memories of that tragic, awful day. Isobel is never quite the same afterwards. Fast forward about 30 years later and we are introduced to a woman named Claire, and her family. They move into the home that Claire and Isobel shared. 

Strange things happen, that are dark and creepy, and you are left to wonder if these things are actually happening or are they imagining it. A great story that was a pleasure to read through to the end.

I look forward to reading more books by Lucy Dawson.

Thanks for stopping by on my stop for the blog tour, and I hope you enjoyed reading my review.

If you would like to check out other stops on the blog tour, check out all the stops below.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Book Review: Killing the Unicorn by Lizella Prescott @LizellaPrescott #KillingtheUnicorn #bookreview #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreviewer

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PUBLICATION DATE: August 13th, 2018

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Thank you to the author, Lizella Prescott, for contacting me about your book and for gifting me an eARC copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.

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SYNOPSIS:

He was the father of my adorable, two-year-old twins, and he still wanted me, with all my lumps and flaws. I should have melted into him. I should have longed to be vulnerable and intimate and seen.

And yet I felt nothing but a bone-deep exhaustion…

A COMPLICATED MARRIAGE 

Since having twin daughters, Helen has lost her waistline, her libido, and her edge. Mann, her wealthy, high-flying husband, has tried to be patient. But he needs more than she can give. A lot more. 

When he asks to open their marriage, Helen agrees. She would rather bend than risk a high-stakes divorce.

A DANGEROUS OBSESSION

When Mann connects with Julia, Helen is relieved. At first. She likes Julia, a gentle woman with a tragic past. But her husband is moving fast. Too fast. And a series of odd events unnerves Helen and makes her wonder if Julia is lying about her past…or worse.

As Mann falls deeper into love, Helen becomes obsessed with Julia even as she questions herself. To protect her children and her sanity, Helen must discover the truth: is Julia a danger to her family, or is she?

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, chilling, gripping read! This book is full of lies, secrets, deceit, betrayal, and bone-chilling twists. This book has it all! Wow!

From the beginning of the book I found myself deeply immersed in the story and it was such an addictive read that it was very difficult to put down. I devoured this book and flew through it as I page after page.

Imagine being Helen – a married mother of two young children, and feeling lumpy and full of flaws. She doesn’t feel sexy or attractive and doesn’t have it in her to give her husband the intimacy he wants..the intimacy he needs. So agreeing to have an open marriage, she agrees for Mann to begin seeing other women to fulfill his needs.

Helen experiences many different emotions once Mann begins seeing another woman named Julia. They seem to be falling head over heels in love and Helen thinks they are moving way too fast. She experiences doubt about her decision to open her marriage and share her husband, conflicting emotions on whether she is doing the right thing or not, jealousy of watching her husband with other women and watching them kiss and cuddle, among other things.

Helen was an interesting character to read about. She definitely had her flaws, as did all the other characters in the book, but it was interesting to read all the same. Mann seemed to be a great husband and father to his children. He was caring, attentive, and thoughtful of his family.

I enjoyed reading all of the shocking secrets, twists and turns in the book. It was entertaining and addictive to read, and I was curious to see how it would all play out. There were definitely many shocking moments in the book where I was wanting to see what would happen next, especially when Helen begins to doubt Julia and her past. I couldn’t wait to find out if Julia was a threat to the family or not as Helen suspected. Was Helen going crazy herself? or did she have every right to question Julia and her motives?

I definitely did not see the shocking ending come out the way that it did at the end of the book. I loved that twist because for me it was completely unexpected!

Great job Lizella! A very addictive psychological thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Thank you for reaching out to me about your book. I look forward to reading more titles by this author in the future!

Happy reading and I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

 

Book Review: Fractured by Olivia Flaggert #Fractured #OliviaFlaggert #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLICATION DATE: September 14th, 2018

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Thank you to the author, Olivia Flaggert, for gifting me a beautiful paperback copy of Fractured to read and review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.

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SYNOPSIS:

He’s the perfect catch…charming, affluent, intelligent. On the surface, it appears like every woman desires to be with him. How could they resist? 

Lenny Jameson, a successful physician, has a way of alluring almost every woman. As his clinic partner, Dr. Amanda Hemingway can’t avoid his mysterious, and captivating charm—but why would she? Since the day Lenny entered her life, he’s all she ever wanted, and she isn’t one to back down from her desires so easily. 

Emma Johnson is a vibrant hopeful young woman doing her best to tackle adult responsibilities and recover from a breakup with Kyle, her first lover, and boyfriend. However, after continual setbacks, it feels as if she’s going nowhere—until Lenny enters her life. 

For Emma, it seems as if things couldn’t get any better, now that she’s dating her charming new boyfriend, Lenny. However, things take a quick turn the night someone close to her is murdered. As the clues start to unfold, it soon becomes evident that those whom she thought could be trusted, may not be so trustworthy after all. How far will one go for love in this heart-shattering story? 

Love can be so blind in this story of obsession, lies, and betrayal. And not everything is what it seems in this gripping psychological thriller. 

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MY REVIEW:

This book was a very addictive read from the very beginning. Who doesn’t love a good psychological thriller.. throw in a twisted love story that quickly goes wrong, with shocking lies, betrayal and deceit.

I was so happy for Emma when she seemed to meet the man of her dreams. Dr. Lenny Jameson was the perfect man. He was successful, extremely good looking, charming, thoughtful, attentive. He was everything Emma wanted and she fell in love. After having a difficult breakup with her ex-boyfriend, Emma was finding it difficult to move on with her life. That was until she met Dr. Jameson.

They have a whirlwind romance, and things are going great, until things begin to happen that makes Emma doubt things and those she loves. Someone she loves is murdered. Who can she trust? Things aren’t as they seem, and she is unsure who she can turn to and who she can rely on.

I enjoyed the writing style of this book. It was written in a way to keep the reader interested, and had so many twists and turns, and shocking secrets revealed, to keep you addicted and wanting to read more.

I devoured this book right through to the end. A great psychological thriller that I recommend for anyone who loves thrillers!

Hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent @lizzienugent @ScoutPressBooks @GalleryBooks @SimonSchusterCA #LyinginWait #bookreview #bookblog #bookreviewer #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Gallery/Scout Press

PUBLICATION DATE: June 12th, 2018

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for gifting me a beautiful paperback copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.

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SYNOPSIS:

My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

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MY REVIEW:

Secrets, lies, betrayal and deception! This book has it all!! Oh the lies and betrayal! How many secrets can one family have? Lying in Wait is such an addicting book to read. With a catching first line in the synopsis – My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it – how can you not be interested in reading this book!? That line in itself intrigued me!

There are so many lies and secrets going on and new revelations being uncovered that you cannot help yourself but become immersed in the story and the pages literally turn themselves.

I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I love a good book that keeps you guessing until the very twisted end, and this book was perfect! The ending I did not see coming at all. I had a feeling the ending would be a great twist, but I definitely was not expecting this!

Lydia Fitzsimons is clearly a delusional, troubled woman with a tragic and dark past that she keeps hidden from many people, especially from her husband and her son. She was absolutely nuts, and although she had her issues she did a great job at hiding most of it from her family. She was literally obsessed with her son to the point it being very unhealthy. Laurence was a mommas boy, which is fine, but his mother was too obsessed with him and tried to control him too much.

Overall I loved this book and devoured every chapter. I definitely recommend this book, it was a very addicting and fantastic read and I am sure you will not be disappointed!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Thieves by Steven Max Russo @DownAndOutBooks #Thieves #booksonthebookshelf #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Down & Out Books

PUBLICATION DATE: November 12th, 2018

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Thank you to the author, Steven Max Russo, for contacting me and gifting me a free e-copy of Thieves to read and review.

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SYNOPSIS: 

Esmeralda works for a housecleaning service during the day and as a restaurant hostess at night. Just out of high school, she is the sole support for her mother and two young siblings.

She has drive and ambition. What she doesn’t have is money.

She knows of a home in the upscale town of Mendham, NJ, that will be empty for more than a month. The rich people who live there go away the same time every year to spend time at their vacation home. Having cleaned the house, she also knows it contains a fair amount of cash and valuables.

Sitting with Ray, one of her co-workers one night, she casually mentions a “what if” scenario; Ray tells Skooley, a white trash drifter who recently moved to New Jersey from south Florida, and a plan is hatched.

It isn’t long before Esmeralda finds herself trapped by both circumstance and greed, forced to try and defend herself against one of her partners in crime, who she quickly discovers is far more dangerous than she ever thought possible.

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MY REVIEW:

First of I love the cover of the book. So creepy, and fits so very well with the story. I love it!

This book is addicting from the very beginning. At the beginning of the book we read about a man who has been captured and is being tortured for information. Once his captors are convinced they have received all of the information they can get from this man, he is killed.

The story continues with two men – Skooley and Ray – who work together to commit a crime – they hatch a plan to break into a home they suspect will have a lot of money and various valuables. Only, greed and suspicion comes into play, pitting one man against the other.

Unable to trust one another to work together and claim their share together in the robbery, they turn on one another. This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, as you turn the pages to unravel the story.

This book is full of a lot of action, suspense, and bone-chilling revelations. I enjoyed reading this book, and it was very fast-paced and chilling!

Thank you for reading my review, and I hope you enjoy this book!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

 

 

 

Book Review: Closer by K.L. Slater @bookouture @KimLSlater @NetGalley #Closer #booksonthebookshelf #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Bookouture

PUBLICATION DATE: October 24th, 2018

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Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the free eARC copy of this book to read and review. I am a fan of K.L. Slater and was thrilled to have received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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SYNOPSIS:

I know my daughter better than I know myself and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment: it’s that Maisie is not ok. 

My ex-husband Shaun and I are still friends. 
We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie
But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne and suddenly, Maisie has a brand new family. 
And there’s something not quite right about it…I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen. 
I need to discover what she’s hiding. 
Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger. 

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MY REVIEW:

This book had me hooked from the beginning. It was written in such a way to grab your attention and demand it the whole way through to the end.

Emma is concerned that there is something upsetting her daughter Maisie but she is not quite sure what it is. She has tried talking to her ex-husband Shaun about her concerns, but he simply will not listen. She has even confided in her boss, Joanne, only to later find out that he boss Joanne is her ex-husband’s new girlfriend! As if that wasn’t awkward enough, things get worse!  Emma suspects that Joanne and her daughter Piper are to blame for her own daughter Maisie’s change in attitude and behaviour. But what could possibly be going on?

Emma suspects that Joanne’s daughter Piper is bullying Maisie and making her feel the way she does, but Joanne is adamant that her “perfect” daughter wouldn’t do such a thing. So what is truly happening? Who can Emma believe?

I did not see the ending coming! Wow what a great twist!

If you like a book that will keep you turning the pages and guessing to the very end, then look no further! This is the book for you to read.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

 

 

Book Review: While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins @HarperCollinsUK @NetGalley @AtkinsDani #booksonthebookshelf #WhileIWasSleeping #bookreview #bookblog #bookreviewer #bookblogger #NetGalley

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PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster UK

PUBLICATION DATE: August 23rd, 2018

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for providing me with a free eARC copy of this book to read and review and share with my social media followers.

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SYNOPSIS: 

I don’t remember what happened or what has changed.

I can still hear your voices but you can’t seem to hear me.

I was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.

Now I have to find a way back – to you, to our family, to us.

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MY REVIEW:

Three words to describe this book – emotional, heart-breaking, powerful!

This book! Wow! I literally had to put this book down on several occasions to gather my thoughts and to digest what I was reading before being able to carry on with the book! I felt so many different emotions while reading this book – there were moments when I was upset, sad, angry, mad, frustrated, happy, you name it…I felt it… This book had me feeling all the feelings.

There were times I wanted to yell at the different characters, cry along with them and feel their sorrow and their pain. Give them a hug in their time of need, empathise and sympathise with them…. Oh so many emotions!

This book is written in two different timelines, past and present, and from different points of view.

The first section is written from the main character Maddie’s point of view. She is pregnant, in love, and due to be married. Due to a tragic car accident she enters into a coma and when she suddenly and unexpectedly wakes up thinks thinks can resume as they were – with her happily in love with the man of her dreams, Ryan.  Only to find out that while she was ‘sleeping’, time waited for no one.

The second section is written from Chloe’s point of view. A helper in the hospital who gives her time to the various patients in the hospital, reading to them, brushing their hair, chatting with them, etc. Chloe and Maddie’s paths cross while Maddie is ‘sleeping’ in her coma and their lives become intertwined.

The final section is a combination of Maddie and Chloe’s points of view.

You cannot help feeling so many different emotions while reading this book, and without giving too much away and giving away spoilers, you’ll have to read this highly emotional book for yourself. But trust me, it is definitely worth the read. But be warned – this book is amazingly emotional, powerful, and full of heartbreak!

Definitely one of my favourite books I have read this year! This was the first book I have read by this author and it definitely will not be my last!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Abandoned (Max Revere #5) by Allison Brennan @MinotaurBooks @Allison_Brennan#Abandoned #booksonthebookshelf #partner #bookreview #bookblogger #bookreviewer #bookblog

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PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: August 14th, 2018

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Thank you to Minotaur Books for gifting me with a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to read and share my review with my followers.

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SYNOPSIS:

Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases, but the one investigation she’s never attempted is the mystery from her own past. Her mother abandoned her when she was nine, sending her periodic postcards, but never returning to reclaim her daughter. Seven years after the postcards stop coming, Martha Revere is declared legally dead, with no sign of what may have happened to her. Until now.

With a single clue―that her mother’s car disappeared sixteen years ago in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay―Max drops everything to finally seek the truth. As Max investigates, and her mother’s story unfolds, she realises that Martha teamed up with a con man. They travelled the world living off Martha’s trust and money they conned from others.

Though no one claims to know anything about Martha or her disappearance, Max suspects more than one person is lying. When she learns the FBI has an active investigation into the con man, Max knows she’s on the right path. But as Max digs into the dark secrets of this idyllic community, the only thing she might find is the same violent end as her mother.

New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan weaves the intimate, unputdownable story of an investigator confronting the most important–and most dangerous–mystery of her career.

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MY REVIEW:

Riveting, suspenseful, addicting! This book grabs your attention and keeps you hooked from the very beginning. This was the first book I have read by Allison Brennan and I was very impressed. She has a fabulous style of writing that keeps the reader engaged and hooked in the storyline.

Although this is book #5 in the Max Revere series it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous 4 books and it was no problem to follow the storyline. However, after reading this novel I definitely am interested in reading the previous 4 books following Max Revere’s character. She is one bad ass woman and I loved that! We need more books with a dominant female character as the main character in the book and this book was definitely one of those!

It was interesting to read about Max’s past with her mother Martha and get an understanding of what life with her mother Martha was like. At a very young age she was left with her grandparents, whom she never knew or met before, with her mother promising to be back at a later time.

Fast forward to the present and Max is determined to uncover the truth of what truly happened to her mother all those years ago. Why did she disappear. Did something happen to her? Did she purposely go into hiding so no one could find her? Had she done something awful that she was afraid someone would find her?

In her search to uncover the truth, Max meets a man named Gabriel. She is convinced he is hiding something and Max believes her knows more about her mother than he is letting on. But what could he possibly be hiding? Max is determined to uncover the truth. Max gets the feeling that this man Gabriel is nervous and spooked by the fact that Max is in town asking questions about her mother, but why?

This book is written in different timelines – the past and the present. Parts are written from Max’s point of view, parts are written by her mother Martha’s point of view, parts are written by Gabriel’s point of view, parts are written from a few more characters’ points of view. The various POV’s in the book give us a clearer understanding of what is going on and it wasn’t difficult to follow along at all.

Overall, without giving too much away about the book, I absolutely loved this book! It was addictive from the very beginning and I found myself unable to put it down. There were so many things going on in the book I kept wanting to read more and more to see what would happen next.

A complex set of characters in the book add to the greatness of this story. Max was a very fun character to read about, she was a badass woman with determination, drive, wit and charm.

If you love a good crime novel, then definitely read this book. I am sure you will not be disappointed!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: The Party by Lisa Hall @HQstories @LisaHallAuthor @HarperCollinsCa #TheParty #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: HQ

PUBLICATION DATE: July 12th, 2018

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Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for sending me a beautiful ARC paperback copy of The Party by Lisa Hall to read and review.

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SYNOPSIS:

It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare.

When Rachel wakes up in a strange room, the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?

Little by little, Rachel pieces together the devastating events that took place in a friend’s house, at a party where she should have been safe. Everyone remembers what happened that night differently, and everyone has something to hide. But someone knows the truth about what happened to Rachel. And she’s determined to find them.

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MY REVIEW: 

The Party was the first book I have read by Lisa Hall and I was excited to read this one when I received a copy from Harper Collins Canada. The synopsis sounded like a kind of book I would love, and I was not wrong! This book guys! I love a good who-done-it kind of book, and what better than one where the main character has no memory of the night in question.

Rachel, the main character, attends a New Years Eve party at her friends house with her husband Gareth and some of their friends. Rachel wakes up the morning after the party in one of the bedrooms at her friends house who held the party. But where is her husband Gareth? And why is she only half dressed? Convinced that someone bad, really bad, has happened she begins to panic when she realises she has no memory of anything that happened.

The book continues with alternating timelines, some parts are the night of the party, some parts are after the party. We learn that during the New Years Eve party, conversations are flowing, fun is being had, and alcoholic drinks are being consumed. But why can’t Rachel remember what exactly happened that night?

She is determined to get her memory back and remember what exactly happened that night, and she tries to ask her husband and various friends to tell her exactly what they remember in an attempt to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

Will Rachel be able to find the person who can give her the answers she seeks? Did something truly terrible happen that night? And if so, what was it? Who is responsible?

A great book where the main character is unreliable at best, as she was drinking and her memory is patchy. I had a few theories on what happened and who was responsible, and I enjoyed the fact that I was wrong a few times, as it kept me on the edge of my seat and second guessing everything.

A great read! Make sure to add this to your to be read list.

Happy reading!

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Blog Blitz & Book Review: The Doll Collector by Joanna Stephen-Ward @OperaLover12 @Bloodhoundbook #TheDollCollector #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #blogblitz

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PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books

PUBLICATION DATE: November 20th, 2018

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Thank you to Emma Welton from Bloodhound Books and the author for inviting me to take part in the exciting Blog Blitz for The Doll Collector by Joanna Stephen-Ward.

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SYNOPSIS:

Murders that look like accidents. An accident that looks like murder.

A couple and their young son burn to death in a house fire.

A girl dies from a nut allergy.

A woman falls under a train during the rush hour.

An accountant falls down the steps to his basement.

Their deaths appear to be accidents but Gloria knows they were murdered because she murdered them. And every time Gloria kills she buys a doll.

But how many dolls will she need to keep her satisfied?

When Gloria takes a room as a lodger her behaviour starts to spin out of control. Gloria wants love and happiness and friendship and she will do anything she can to get what she wants…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Joanna Stephen-Ward

Joanna Stephen-Ward was born in the Australian outback, and grew up in Melbourne. Her school days were spent dreaming about being an opera singer or a writer. To the exasperation of her parents and teachers she spent her final year sitting at the back of the classroom writing a novel set in WW2.

When she left school she went to an opera school where she was taught drama, movement and language pronunciation and had small roles in the workshop productions. She was not good enough to become a professional opera singer, but the seeds of her novel Vissi d’arte were sown.

She left Australia and spent a year travelling around Europe and the UK. While working in outpatients for the NHS she met Peter and they married in 1985. They lived in Richmond Surrey and she worked at The National Archives, an enthralling place for anyone interested in history or crime.

Having been brought up as a lonely only child, she was astonished to discover in 2010 that she was one of eight children. She and her sister had last been together on a verandah in the outback when they were babies. They had a joyous reunion in Cornwall in 2012.

Joanna has written seven novels and is working on her eighth.

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MY REVIEW: 

Twisted, dark, and sociopathic. Three words to describe Gloria, the main character in the book.

She clearly has issues that she needs to get addressed…. Like, yesterday! She kills people when she feels they have wronged her in some way or another, when they simply find her boring, call her names like fat or ugly, or simply just because she feels like it. And then, once she kills them, she purchases a doll and gives the doll the name of the person she has killed, and then keeps the dolls as part of a collection similar to how one would collect a “trophy” of sorts, to commemorate how she murdered that person. Creepy right?

Gloria was a very unlikable character who is disturbed. You never know what she is going to do next or even when or if she will turn on someone. She was a bitter, mean person but it was interesting to read about the way she thinks. She was truly despicable. But that made the story all that more interesting to read.

I enjoyed the book and its dark and twisty turns throughout. You never knew when Gloria would turn on the next person, or what crazy thing she would do next.

If you enjoy thrillers and characters with a dark side to them, definitely add this book to your list of books to read.

Thank you for reading my review and for checking out my stop on this blog blitz. I hope you enjoy the book!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars