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I am very excited to share with you the cover of JA (Joyce) Schneider’s latest thriller, which sounds utterly fascinating and I cannot wait read it, my review will feature as part of the blog tour in October.

 
Her Last Breath, the second psychological thriller by J.A. Schneider, is due for release on October 21st.  #HerLastBreath is the second thriller – after Fear Dreams – featuring highly intuitive NYPD detective Kerri Blasco.


Here’s the blurb to whet your appetite…

A chilling psychological thriller about a woman caught between two men… 
Mari Gill wakes to horror in a strange apartment next to a murdered man, and can’t remember the night before. Accused of murder, she feels torn between her husband, a successful defense attorney, and a mysterious, kind man who wants to help. Can she trust either of them – or even her friends? Detective Kerri Blasco battles her police bosses believing Mari is innocent…but is she?

The Cover…..

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And if the cover reveal wasn’t enough of a treat, here’s an extract from the book to entice you to pre order now!

It begins in horror…
Mari Gill’s hand felt sticky.
That was the first thing to trouble her, still clinging to the safe, solid darkness of sleep. Next came pain in her head, a different kind of pain from the other thing, so she squeezed her eyes shut, dreading the day…
…but the stickiness bothered.
Involuntarily, she felt her fingers open and close.
Something was wrong there, in her hand. She squinted open; peered at it.
Red.
Her palm was smeared dark red.
She blinked. Saw more red smear on her forearm, then the torn cap sleeve of last night’s black dress, then the sheet under her arm, stained with…
“Huh?” Her eyes grew wide before her mind processed it.
Thrashing onto her back, Mari saw bloodied sheet reaching halfway up the torn front of her dress, and then saw an arm. A man’s arm, faintly blue and blood-smeared – and with a cry her whole body practically flipped from the bed. “Oh God!”
She hit the floor hard and then scrabbled back up, gaped wildly and saw him. Her shocked vision jumped and saw two then one then two of him on his back, eyes closed, mouth open dribbling caked blood. She froze; gasped. Couldn’t take in air seeing his black hair, his chest hidden under a tent of bloodied sheet.
“Mister?”
A high, involuntary whisper. Mari’s heart rocketed but she felt compelled; jerked ut a hand and pulled away the sheet.
Under it a knife, its handle long and black, protruding from his chest.
“Oh God!” Her scream got it out but used up breath as she spun on her knees, recognizing the new trouble. Where was her handbag? What was this place? Who was that guy?
Her bag, her bag…she crawled over hardwood and a man’s flung jacket and hit a cold, metal pole. Something crashed down on her, crashed to the floor but she crawled more, over broken shards with her breath coming harder, wheezing high like a small, dying animal.
Where, where…? She gasped and scrabbled.
There.
Her bag, way under a desk. How could it be under a desk? She was always so careful to keep it close but no time to think, she was upon it, fingers fluttering getting it open, her cries a child’s high mewling as she dug past her phone – no time to call – found her inhaler, got her fingers around it then saw it fly from her and skitter through an open doorway.
“No…”
Wheezing harder she crawled toward it, the little white plastic thing that meant life or death to her. Her chest heaved, and heaved again. Her vision blurred and she couldn’t pull in air. She made it through the door onto a wider floor, was inches away with her hand reaching desperately.
Then her vision darkened and she collapsed, crying; lay her cheek down on the polished cold hardwood. From far away she heard a crash. Her eyes closed. She lay, her fingers stretched futilely toward the inhaler. Her desperate wheezing stopped.
Running feet. Someone’s hands on her, strong hands. “Lady! Omigod, lady!”
From deepest, dying sleep she felt herself raised up; heard a voice, urgent, telling her to breathe, breathe – “Please, lady!”
She felt hard plastic pushed through her lips. Felt the little blast of life, then a man’s warm stubble press his lips on hers. He was breathing her. Two good breaths and then holding her, rocking her.
Her eyes stayed closed as she heard him call 9-1-1…

Her Last Breath is available to pre-order now but publication date is 21st October.  To purchase in the UK you can use this link and to purchase in the US you can use this link

 

About the Author:

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J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek Magazine, a wife, mom, and reading addict. She loves thrillers…which may seem odd, since she was once a major in French Literature – wonderful but sometimes heavy stuff. Now, for years, she has become increasingly fascinated with medicine, forensic science, and police procedure. Decades of being married to a physician who loves explaining medical concepts and reliving his experiences means there’ll often be medical angles even in “regular” thrillers that she writes. She lives with her family in Connecticut, USA.

For more information about Joyce Schneider and her books, go to her website, or follow her on Twitter at @JoyceSchneider1

 

 

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Author: Jenny Blackhurst

Published: 28 August 2016
Reviewed: 1 September 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Headline in return for an honest review

 

Description:

Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It’s her job, as a psychiatrist – and it’s always been her role as a friend.

But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.

But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should.

My thoughts & Review:

Before I Let You In is the second novel from Jenny Blackhurst, her first was How I Lost You.

This book centres around three women, Karen, Eleanor and Bea, who have been friends since school.  The women now in their 30s are still very close despite each having their own lives to lead.  When psychiatrist Karen takes on a new patient (self referred) called Jessica something about her just doesn’t sit right and Karen becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the knowledge Jessica seems to have.   Jessica seems to know a lot about Karen and her friends, but Karen is bound by the rules of patient confidentiality so she must ensure that Jessica poses a real threat before she can do something.

The plotting in this is superb, so cleverly done and there are enough twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing.  The simplicity of the author’s direction/misdirection belies just how immensely clever this story really is.  Short and sharp chapters ensure that this is a quick read, which is a good thing because once you start reading you will want to get to the end so you can take a breath!

With narration from the main characters the reader is privy to their innermost feelings, this gives a greater insight into these women and makes them more realistic.  The narration from the anonymous source was very intriguing, it added to the intensity and darkness of the story.

All too often the next novel that follows a sensational début can fall flat, or just not have that spark, but in this instance, Before I Let You In has met that standard and gone beyond it!  Here’s to book three!

As far as psychological thrillers go, this one is suspenseful, gripping and a bit creepy – the perfect combination.

You can buy a copy of Before I Let You In here.

 

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