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Today I am rather excited to share a review of a book I had the privilege of reading early, and since reading the unedited version I’ve read a completed copy and loved it even more! What is the book you ask? It’s Who Killed Anne-Marie, a clever and thrilling read from the brain of the coffee drinking, fiendish author CM Thompson.

And as a special gift, I have a copy of the paperback to send to one lucky reader!

 

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** My thanks to the author and publisher for my copy of the book **

 

Description:

Daniel and Anne-Marie’s marriage isn’t just on the rocks, it’s about to go six feet under.

Anne-Marie Mills is out of work, out of love and out of whisky. Everyone else is out of patience.
When Anne-Marie is found dead who is to blame? The neighbours who despised her drunken rants? The husband who wondered how much more he could take?

Or is there another killer in the neighbourhood?

My Thoughts:

Who Killed Anne-Marie is a peek behind the façade of “normal” life on a “normal” residential street, it allows readers to discover the darkness that lurks in the homes, hearts and minds of those that live there. It is a chilling exploration of the fragility of relationships and their toxicity.

The characters are carefully created and whilst not always the most appealing, readers begin to understand, connect with and feel empathy for them, in particular, Anne-Marie and her long-suffering husband. Supporting characters are multidimensional, each coming vividly to life as readers see narration from their perspective. And the more we learn about some of these characters, the more we become aware that things are never as they seem. Everyone has a limit that they can be pushed to or a line they won’t cross, and Thompson craftily demonstrates that each character struggles with this, feeling pulled by circumstances or people around them to the point that something snaps.

Plotting is clever, the mystery of the title is explored from the viewpoints of both a police perspective and that of a layperson, giving readers a more rounded read. As Daniel attempts to restore balance in the home following Anne-Marie’s death, readers see how a “normal” person might process events and try to clean up following what unfolded
The author presents many characters who would have a motive to kill Anne-Marie. The downwards spiral that this character is on is well charted throughout the narrative, her behaviour depicting just how dark her world became, her mind unravelling as her dependence on alcohol increased.

An interesting and dark read with a thrilling “whodunit” to keep readers guessing!

 

Giveaway

For your chance to win a paperback copy of this book all you need to do is retweet the pinned tweet on Twitter. This is open to UK entries only and the winner will be randomly selected when entries close at midnight and contacted via Twitter on Friday morning.

Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be used only for fulfillment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.

 

About the Author:

CM Thompson lives in Nottingham, she has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Portsmouth. Her first novel, What Lies in the Dark, came out in 2014. She doesn’t have much to put in her bio because she spends too much time reading and playing Candy Crush. She can be found on Twitter @cmtwrites.

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** My thanks to the author for my copy of this book **

 

Description:

Which is worse, trying to catch a cunning killer leaving decapitated women in the woods, or trying to tame an unconventional forensic psychiatrist that seems determined to go his own way?

The Oslo autumn is creeping in with its cold spells and Homicide Detective Julia Ryland is feeling pretty content with her team of three, but when the FBI behavioral analyst, Alexander Smith, is thrust upon her, the crisp autumn air doesn’t feel as refreshing anymore. A young Icelander is found dead, an arrow piercing his heart and the extensive list of his former lovers suggests that many long nights are ahead. The murdered lothario suddenly becomes the least of their problems as headless corpses start appearing in the woods, positioned in terrifying ways and on their bodies they find messages that don’t seem to have any meaning at all.

My Thoughts & Review:

I am a fan of Nordic noir, and so when I saw the description of this book I was eager to read this.

Set in Norway, Loner is a dark and chilling tale following a killer abducting and murdering victims, before leaving them staged for the police to discover. These cases are investigated by a detective Julia Ryland and a behavioral analyst from the FBI, but the most interesting thing is that this analyst is a Norwegian, transplanted back to the land of his birth.

Detective Julia Ryland is a serious character, and she contrasts well with the analyst Alexander Smith, and indeed the members of her own team. Smith, is a more open character, prone to giving voice to thoughts as they appear in his head, often not in the most appropriate of settings or times. But through this, we find out more about Smith and his background and his outbursts do make for a slightly humorous read, as does the inclusion of Eric and Hercules, the other members of Ryland’s team.

I did find this to be a tricky read, the characters were not ones that I could take to easily, something about them felt a little lacking in seriousness. This was however made up for with the humour throughout the narrative. Having read a few humorous crime novels lately, I do admit that I find these to be quite an entertaining read.
The plot was interesting and the crimes that occurred felt well thought out, and left me surprised at where the author twisted the narrative.

As with all translated works, there is the worry that something may get lost in translation and I did feel that something was missing here.
This is the first book in a series and I would be keen to see where the author takes her characters next.

 

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** My thanks for Love Books Group and the author for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

Bertie the Buffalo is based on a true story of when a Water Buffalo escaped from a Buffalo Park in Fife, near Dundee, Scotland.

A rhyming book about the adventures Bertie got up to and how he safely returned home, demonstrating how important each of us is no matter how insignificant we feel.

Bertie felt that no one noticed him. But he didn’t need to think that as we are all special. We are all a part of one big family.  

Our Thoughts:

Bertie the Buffalo is a charming tale about a wee buffalo who went on an adventure one day, even though he knew he shouldn’t.

With lovely, bright artwork, this is a story that will delight readers old and young as they discover the world around Bertie as he goes on his journey through woods, caves, meets new animals and sees new sights. The rhyming narrative makes this a fun read for youngsters, making it easier for them to absorb the meaning behind the tale. That no matter who you are and what side size you are, you are still special, you mean something to those around you and you belong.

Both my daughter and I enjoyed reading about Bertie and what he got up to, seeing how he reacted to the things he discovered and she really liked it when Bertie got home to the farm and his huge family. I think this will probably be a regular read in the bedtime collection, seems to be a firm favourite with my wee one that’s for sure.

You can buy a copy of Bertie the Buffalo via Amazon UK

 

About the Author:

Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

 

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Today on Celebrating Indie Publishing I’m giving a nod to the autumnal season and Halloween with a review of Cailleach Witch and an author feature with Jane Gilheaney Barry.

Cailleach Witch was published in August 2018 and is available to purchase now via Amazon UK.


Book Feature:

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A LITTLE SPOOKY, A LITTLE QUIRKY, A WHOLE LOT OF ATMOSPHERE AND MYSTERY…

Dara Cleary and her sisters are returning to their childhood home in the west of Ireland, where the aunts still live.
Dara is seeking revenge for an incident that happened ten years earlier and was the reason for their leaving. But when they arrive they find a far bigger story waiting for them.
They are Bean Feasa, witches, bound to the Cailleach, a paranormal landscape witch.

Now is the time of reckoning, and Dara and her sisters must face formidable odds to complete their family’s quest for freedom. A beautifully lyrical and eerie tale, with touches of magic and an abiding sense of atmosphere and place. Jane Gilheaney Barry drives her cast of memorable women at lightning pace through the landscape and climate of Ireland’s wild west.

 

My Thoughts:

When I saw this book being spoken about on Social Media I immediately headed to Amazon to buy a copy, it sounded fascinating and just the read for Halloween!

This is a mixture of fairy tale, darkness, fantasy and thrills, all wrapped up in a plot that draws the reader in and holds their attention. The writing is packed with detail, atmosphere and some great characters. The characters feel incredibly real and it’s hard for readers not to feel a connection with them as their stories unfold, even with the ones who do wrong.

Cailleach Witch is the sort of book that would benefit from more than one reading to fully appreciate the subtleties, the atmosphere and really,  the story.
Jane has a gift when it comes to setting the scene, and vividly brings to life the small Irish town, she evokes great intrigue with mention of folklore and that makes this such a powerful and entrancing read. I’m trying to avoid saying much about the plot, I don’t want to give anything away and, this is truly a story that you want to discover on your own, at your own pace. And I think that readers will take away something different from this when they read it, whether it’s learning about ancient tales of witchcraft and magic, or appreciation of what has passed before or indeed give pause for thought about the ways in which humanity views those who may be “different”.

A rich and entrancing read that cannot help but connect with.


Author Feature:

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I’m Jane, author, creative enabler, rebel in chief and curator at creative lifestyle brand That Curious Love of Green. Your one stop shop for creative living. I hail from the north west of Ireland where I live, in a wonderful house, with my lovely husband Adrian, children, Sadhbh, Saoirse, Shaylyn, and assorted pets. I’m passionate about creativity, writing, houses, women, wild nature, and living life to the full. When it comes to writing fiction I love modern gothic, mystery, and all things witchy. Follow me at That Curious Love of Green.com and fb.

 

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

I’ve only been an author since September of this year and so far it has to be the sense of personal achievement, of a dream realised. And hearing from people who’ve read and loved the book so far.

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?

I can’t think of anything! Publishing has been a steep learning curve so if anything maybe that.

If you could have written any book what would it be and why?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, or Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Can I throw in a series? Penny Dreadful. I wish it was it was a book so I could savour it. Brilliant writing, dark, mysterious, full of passion and furious longings.

How do you spend your time when you’re not wrapped up plotting your next book?

I want to say painting, drinking champagne, and having fascinating conversations with interesting people, but in reality it’s try and stay on top of everyday life without going mad. Managing a home and family is still the hardest job of them all. In my opinion. Aside from that I love taking photographs, creating content for my social pages, cooking, playing in my house i.e. pottering & decorating, and I spend as much time as I can in nature. I also read a colossal amount, at high speed. I need constant intellectual stimulation.

Do you have a set routine for writing?  Rituals you have to observe? I.e. specific pen, silence, day or night etc.

I have to write everyday or I’m miserable. At weekends it’s usually a social media post or two. Monday to Friday I write while the girls are at school. From about 9.30 to 2.30 I prefer to write in the mornings. I love silence for writing but I’ve trained myself to write without it. I like my surroundings to be clear and tidy if possible but when I’m in deep writing mode the house could fall and I wouldn’t notice.

What’s on the horizon?  What can your fans look forward to next?

A series of non-fiction books, one on creativity and creative living, and a guide for artists and writers on how to fall in love with marketing. Lots of writing and creativity workshops coming up and plans to do more of those in the new year. And the next novel. Not sure what it’s going to be yet. I’m waiting for the spark, the seed to get me started.

Can you tell me a little about your latest book?  How would you describe it and why should we go read it? 

I would describe Cailleach~Witch as a book for strong modern women, creative women, different, outsiders most likely. It’s for anyone who dreams of freedom. If you like a really fast-paced, atmospheric read, with touches of magic and wildness, then I’d say it’s for you. Even more if you like women, the sibling relationship, wild nature, and witches.

Finally, if you could impart one pearl of wisdom to your readers, what would it be?

If you feel you want to write don’t wait. It’s not too late and you don’t need any training. You just need to start, let yourself be a beginner, and create the habit. After that you have to trust the process and keep moving forward. And, don’t let the haters get you down.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook: That Curious Love of Green by Jane Gilheaney Barry

Website:  www.http://thatcuriousloveofgreen.com

 

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** My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour **

 

Description:

Will Starling has been drafted into the SOE, joining forces with the French Resistance, but his memory is fractured and only occasional flashbacks reveal fragments of his past.

When his mission is compromised, Will suspects that he’s been betrayed. Back in London
he hears that VIPER are developing a deadly weapon. As he and MI5 agent Anna Wilder
set out to destroy it, their every move is anticipated by their enemies.

While Will fights to prevent genocide, his sister, Rose, has become the key to VIPER’s
future plans and is drugged to dull her kinetic powers. But Rose faces danger from an unexpected enemy and her time is running out.

My Thoughts:

Sleeper: The Red Storm is the second book in the series written by JD Fennell and features the young hero Will Starling.
Time has moved on from the first book, Will is now eighteen years old, and slightly wiser than he was when he first encountered VIPER, an organisation pursuing evil. Will is joined by Anna Wilder, a colleague from MI5 as they travel throughout Europe in search of answers. And if this wasn’t dangerous enough, it’s Europe in 1943, the Second World War is underway. Suddenly one enemy force becomes many, and the reach of both is unimaginable.

Continuing from the first book of the series is Will’s mission to find his sister Rose, her story is one of intrigue and sadness. The circumstances of her captivity are interesting and the way that Fennell writes her tale makes it come alive so vividly. The characters around her hold an equal amount of fear and fascination towards her abilities, none of them knowing the full extent of her capabilities but not wanting to be on the receiving end of it.

I really do think that these books need to be read in order so that readers will be able to understand the timelines and the connections between events and characters. Whilst previous events are mentioned in this book, they are coloured by Will’s thoughts and recollections, which gives followers of the series added detail and something to think over.

This second book is a fantastic instalment in the series, and I think that it will thrill fans. Characters are well created and feel so realistic, there are ones who really get under your skin and give you goosebumps! The depth of detail in the writing makes this an enjoyable and riveting read. I found this a fast paced read, one that I flew through in a matter of hours, not wanting to put it down and desperate to see what would happen next.

Now the impatient wait for the next book!

 

About the Author:

J.D. Fennell was born in Belfast at the start of the Troubles, and began writing stories at a young age to help understand the madness unfolding around him.

A lover of reading, he devoured a diverse range of books – his early influences include Fleming, Tolkien, Shakespeare and the Brontës.

He left Belfast at the age of nineteen and worked as a chef, bartender, waiter and later began a career in writing for the software industry.

These days he divides his time between Brighton and London, where he lives with his partner and their two dogs.

J.D.’s debut, Sleeper, was published by The Dome Press in April 2017. The second book in the Sleeper Series ,The Red Storm,was published in May 2018 and has just been released in paperback with The Dome Press.

Website https://www.sleeperbook.com/

Twitter @jd_fennell 

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** My greatest thanks to the publisher and author for my very early review copy of this book **

 

Description:

Red Snow is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dark Pines, selected for ITV’s Zoe Ball Book Club

TWO BODIES

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

TWO COINS

Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

TWO WEEKS

Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?

 

My Thoughts:

The much anticipated follow up to Dark Pines is set to publish in January 2019, and readers will be delighted to see the return of protagonist Tuva Moodyson who is ready to take up a new job away from Gavrik, the small town where everyone knows each other and more importantly, they know her and her connection to that case. But before she leaves town, she has a story to report on and a mystery to clear up.

I don’t know about you, but I have been eagerly waiting for my return trip to the Swedish forest, and Red Snow is just the perfect book to transport readers to this chilly, wintry setting. The approaching blizzard makes for a dangerous and menacing presence, the townsfolk are on edge with the recent deaths and worrying about the future of the Grimberg liquorice, the main employer in town.
Tuva is not the only character to reappear; many fans will be delighted to see the woodcarving sisters making a return, as does a certain taxi driver and the reclusive writer. But best of all is the return of Tami and her food van, the delights that she cooks up have your mouth watering as you read, but Dean manages to offset this with the inclusion of salted liquorice amongst other things.

The plotting and pace of Red Snow are excellent; you are aware of mysterious goings on and are drawn in by it all. As tension mounts, Dean manages to inject moments of “normalcy”, glimpses into Tuva’s personal life and relationships, making her an even more relatable and tangible character. But at the same time, he manages to show a side of her that shows vulnerabilities and insecurities. Her wit and unique way of seeing things definitely plays a huge part in this book and I was delighted to see it again.

Swedish cultural references add a wonderful authenticity to the story, the descriptions of the snow skulls was both intriguing and creepy! Will Dean has captured the small town feel perfectly, he’s woven some of the most vivid descriptions of settings and people into a tale that is both clever and complex and proved that his is a name to watch!

There’s always a worry when the second book of a series comes out, will it meet the high standard of the first book? Will the characters continue to act in the same manner or will they develop strange tendencies or quirks between books? Rest assured, there is nothing to worry about, Will Dean has penned am impressive second novel that thrills, chills and delights, it is a worthy addition to the series and I look forward to the next book.

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Celebrating Indie Publishing sees a review of Literary Landscapes, the follow up book to Literary Wonderlands which I reviewed in October 2017.

“Hardy’s Wessex, Joyce’s Dublin, Du Maurier’s Cornwall sit alongside recent bestsellers, such as Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.  Led by John Sutherland, a team of specialist literary critics have contributed individual essays eg Nick Lezard on Bleak House, Catherine Taylor on Bonjour Tristesse, Alison Flood on The Shipping News and Robert Macfarlane on The Luminaries.
Favourites are interspersed with the unfamiliar, but in all cases, landscape is as central to the tale as any character.”
Literary Landscapes was published by Modern Books on 18th October and is available to buy now.

Book Feature:

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Some stories couldn’t happen just anywhere or any time – often the scenery , landscape or era is as central to the tale as any character – and just as easily recognised. What adventures would Heidi have had without her mountain neighbours? Would Jim Hawkins have experienced such an adventure had he not lived in mid – 1700s England? Literary Landscapes brings together an eclectic collage of over 50 familiar literary worlds paired with original maps and archive material, as well as illustrations and photography.

In this collection of essays the reader will follow Leopold Bloom’s footsteps around Dublin, become immersed in Les Misérable’s revolutionary Paris, feel the chill wind of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and hear the churning paddles of Mississippi steamboats in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.

The landscapes of enduring fictional characters and literary legends are vividly brought to life, evoking all the sights and sounds of the original works. For anyone whoever dreamt of escaping the everyday, Literary Landscapes will transport you to the greatest places in literature.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

I adore books like this, books that give readers a little something more than a story, ones that give you an answer to a question that you’ve had at the back of your mind but never got round to looking up, or take you on a journey to a landscape you would love to visit.

The moment I saw this book I was wowed, the cover is instantly eye catching and gives you an idea of the detail you will uncover as you lose yourself within the pages of this book. And as soon as I opened it, I eagerly flicked through the sections of names I knew to feast on the beautiful illustrations and absorb the information before moving on to discover new places I’d love to travel to, as well as list of books to add to my ever growing reading list.

Set out in four different sections, Romantic Prospects, Mapping Modernisation, Post-War Panoramas, and Contemporary Geographies, these wonderfully detailed essays give readers a glimpse into the passion the writer holds for the subject. This passion is infectious in that it had me reaching for the mentioned books from my bookshelf, or in some cases buying a copy books that I wanted to read. It’s one of those books that you can dip in and out of, and it’s a great way to pass an afternoon, curled up on the sofa travelling to distant locations through the pages of this excellent collection.
I don’t usually mention anything about the way a book is laid out but in this instance I have to say that the illustrations are exquisite, the maps and photographs are are wonderful, and there is an almost luxurious feel to the book. It would make a great gift for book lovers!

 

Giveaway

For readers in the UK there is a chance for you to win a copy of Literary Landscapes.
Follow @modernbooks and tweet your own favourite #LiteraryLandscape for a chance to win a copy of Literary Landscapes.

This giveaway is open to UK entries only, and closes on 31st October 2018. Giveaway is not connected to The Quiet Knitter blog.

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Lies Between Us

** My thanks to the author and the publisher for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

Will they ever learn the truth?

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .

A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Shari Lapena and Lisa Jewell.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

Don’t you just love it when an author creates characters that get under your skin, or that sneak into your subconscious and leave you feeling slightly creeped out? That’s exactly what Ronnie Turner has done in her debut thriller Lies Between Us.

With a multilayered plot, Lies Between Us is a book that takes readers on a seriously twisted and complex journey. There are three main perspectives for narration in the form of John, Maisie and Miller. Each of these characters is incredibly detailed, and leaves readers with no clear connection between them and their tales, but one thing is for sure it can’t be something good. The key thing with the narrative is to pay attention to the dates in the header of each chapter, the timelines of the plot shift both backwards and forwards.  It is however, infuriatingly clever, and no matter how hard I tried to puzzle it out, I couldn’t figure it out.
Short chapters ensure that you are held captive by this book, not wanting to put it down for fear of missing what happens next,  but at the same time, you almost want to put it down because you can almost guess that the darkness that’s looming on the horizon will be unnerving, claustrophobic and chilling.

I don’t want to say much about the plot, the details are there in the book description, that’s enough to have most potential readers curious. And quite honestly, I don’t think I could adequately describe this. Think of a five-year-old trying to recount all of their birthday presents … “this and then this, and then this, oh and there’s that, and the other thing …” suffice to say that Turner has expertly and deviously plotted a thriller that has you scratching your head and constantly on the back foot trying to work it all out and still floors you when she ties all the strands up.
The levels of emotions that Turner evokes from her readers is immense. She is able to portray the distress, turmoil, tension, and obsession of each of the situations and characters so vividly that readers cannot help but feel pulled into the book, drawn to that moment of the plot. But for me, it has to be charactersation that really sets this apart from the rest!

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK

Google Play

KOBO

Itunes

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** My thanks to damppebbles blog tours and Killer Reads for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

An addictive and shocking psychological thriller, full of twists you won’t see coming, perfect for fans of FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall.

A friend who won’t let you escape.
When Karin is taken on a romantic break by her loving partner Aaron, she can’t wait for him to propose. But her surprise weekend quickly becomes a nightmare from which she may never escape.

Who wants everything you have.
They are staying by the beach at the Midland – a grand hotel where Karin used to work. And where Karin’s dangerous and obsessive ex, whom she has been trying to leave behind for years, is waiting patiently for her to return.

Who won’t stop until your life is in ruins.
Now all of Karin’s darkest secrets are being dragged into the light and her friends are turning against her. When one of them is murdered, Karin begins to realise just how treacherous relationships can be…

My Thoughts & Review:

The moment I read the description of this book I knew that I needed to read it, this sounded so intriguing and exciting!

With a creeping unease, June Taylor slowly gives readers breadcrumbs of information as she reveals the details in Keep Your Friends Close. The opening chapter is deceptively vague, giving no solid information about characters and the connections between them, something I found that made me even more intrigued. I needed to find out about the characters and their connections. I needed to find out more about Karin and where she came from, and what the significance of her twenty second birthday was!

Taylor has created some fantastic characters in this book, whilst not all readers will like all characters, there are definitely ones here that have you squirming uncomfortably in your seat. The real tricky thing is working out which characters to trust, or more, which parts of the story to trust … it certainly does make for an engrossing and exciting read.
Karin has a history steeped in secrets, there are very few people who know everything about her and that’s the way she wants to keep it. Knowing her secrets gives people power over her and that’s something she cannot let happen. She realises all too late that it might have been a good idea to share some more of her secrets with her boyfriend, especially after arriving on the doorstep of the hotel where her abusive ex works. Unfortunately, this is the beginning of Karin’s carefully constructed new life unravelling.

The pacing of the book was spot on for me, I felt that I was pulled in with the good use of short chapters and found that I almost managed to read this in one day.

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK

Waterstones

BookDepository

Foyles

About the Author:

June Taylor is a UK psychological thriller writer.  For many years she was a TV promos writer/producer before turning to writing plays and fiction.  She was runner-up in the 2011 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition with her YA novel.  Her debut Adult psychological thriller Losing Juliet was nominated for the Not the Booker Prize 2017.

Keep Your Friends Close is June’s second psychological thriller for the HarperCollins Killer Reads imprint.  The ebook comes out on 26th October 2018 (paperback 10th January 2019).

June is active in her local writing scene, including serving on the Board of Script Yorkshire and taking part in Leeds Big bookend.

When she’s not writing she likes to shrink her life down into a campervan and take off on some adventure with her husband.  She lives in Yorkshire.  You can also find June at her website. On Twitter and Facebook and occasionally on Instagram too.

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Today on Celebrating Indie Publishing I am thrilled to share a review of a book that I immensely enjoyed. Disaster Inc by Caimh McDonnell is fifth book to feature his enigmatic character Bunny McGarry and is a true comedic delight for his fans.

Disaster Inc was published by McFori Ink on 16th September and is available to buy now!


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He’s a good man having a bad day with the worst hangover. 

All Bunny McGarry wants is a spot of breakfast and a decent cup of tea. So imagine how annoyed he gets when two masked men attempt to rob the New York diner he is in? Unfortunately, dealing with that problem just leads to a whole lot more. One of the diner’s other customers isn’t who she appears to be, and the odds aren’t great that she is going to live to see another breakfast. 

So just how much trouble is she in? 

Well, you know how they’re always telling us to pay attention to our pensions?   Some ex-employees of the US government are really taking that advice to heart by using their mayhem-creating abilities to maximise their investments. When one of their fund managers has a momentary crisis of conscience and confesses all to a woman he hardly knows, they will stop at nothing to deal with the problem.  Amy Daniels is in big trouble and the only thing keeping her alive is a man who is supposed to already be dead. 

My Thoughts & Review:

I bloody love Bunny McGarry, this is a character that I can happily say that I would probably follow into any genre, even if he were to start flying a spaceship or riding rodeo, though perhaps not if he were to swerve into a Fifty Shades of Grey type book … I do have limits.
Disaster Inc is another hilarious offering from the comic genius that is Caimh McDonnell, the Irish/Cork wit that he weaves effortlessly throughout the narrative will have readers chuckling out loud and reading out to anyone around you.

Bunny McGarry is now across the pond in America, but as always, drink has played a part in his downfall and he finds himself without his phone or money and no means of getting in contact with the only person that can help him. And if that wasn’t complication enough, he finds himself on the wrong side of a gun when two balaclava clad men storm the cafe he’s eating breakfast in.
The fast thinking Irishman soon realises that something isn’t right and sets about causing mischief, or sure, doesn’t mischief find him?

What then follows is a madcap adventure with McGarry not keeping a low profile as he was told to, instead he’s coming to the aid of a damsel in distress who has some dangerous people looking for her.

The writing is clever and the pace is almost breakneck speed, readers are thrown into the vortex with Bunny McGarry, but it’s enjoyable. The level of detail in the plot is fantastic, investment banking is something that I never thought I would find interesting to read about but somehow Caimh McDonnell managed to make it almost exciting.

And for the record, I completely agree with Bunny’s horror at the lack of tea … it’s just wrong!

A wonderful start to a new series and one I cannot wait to read more about!

You can buy a copy of Disaster Inc via Amazon UK

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