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J.P. Carter – At Your Door : Review

Synopsis – “what happens when the past comes back to kill you?

When DCI Anna Tate is called to the gruesome discovery of a dead woman found on Barnes Common, she is plunged into a high-profile investigation involving a prominent MP. London is baying for blood – but is there more to Holly’s death than meets the eye?

Meanwhile, the hunt is on for Anna’s missing daughter Chloe, who vanished ten years ago when her father kidnapped her. The case has been cold for what feels like forever – but a phone call brings a new lead…

Can Anna solve the murder case whilst dealing with her own personal demons? Or is someone from the past planning to get in her way?”

Genre – Thriller 

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “Below the photo was a message that read, ‘Thought you’d like to know the fun is about to begin’.”

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @avonbooks, for allowing me to be apart of this tour. I was so intrigued by the synopsis of this book and I couldn’t wait to start unraveling the story.

Now this book did take me a while to get into and I had to force myself through the first few chapters. I felt like we have a lot thrown at us in the first few chapters and it’s hard to keep track of what the story actually is. It was a little messy for me and hard for me to get into.

HOWEVER, once I got to around chapter 12 my curiosity began to take over. I was starting to understand the story and already trying to piece it together. The story has two main stories within the one, the death of Holly, a teenage girl and the kidnap of our main characters child. Both of the stories begin immediately and the way they interlink keeps the reader on their toes.

The plot of the stories has lots of twists and turns that keep you in the edge and wanting to read on. Overall, I did enjoy this story and recommend it to those who like thriller, detective storylines. As long as you can get through those first few chapters, the ending is definitely worth the read 🤭


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Sif Sigmarsdottir – The Sharp Edge of a Snow Flake : Review

Synopsis – “The captivating, feminist, Nordic YA thriller from Sif Sigmarsdottir. The snow is falling thick and fast now. Snow in Iceland is dangerous.

Hannah Eiríksdóttir has been banished from her home in London to a place of eternal punishment for the wicked. No, not Hell, but close: Iceland. There, she faces a new life working as a journalist for her father’s newspaper – a man she barely knows.

Imogen Collins has the perfect life as a social media influencer, showing off her glamorous London existence to adoring fans. But behind the filters lies a dark secret. She thought she’d buried it: But the Beast is back – a ghost from her past who’s threatening to ruin her future.

When a man is found murdered at the edge of the road in snowy Iceland the girls’ lives collide. Imogen had the motive. Can Hannah find out the truth, and discover the reality of the girl beneath the filters?

Behind perfection often lies unbearable ugliness.

Genre – YA / Thriller 

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “The screen goes dark. Another head turns the other way. Quietly. Cruelly. Deliberately. And out of habit.”

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @darkroomtours, @teambkmrk and @sif.sigmarsdottir for allowing me to be apart of this tour. I was literally hooked from reading the synopsis to this book and couldn’t wait to get my head into it!

For some reason, I had in my head that this book was going to be back dated a little but I was pleasantly surprised. The book is very modern and up-to date and I absolutely adore the Instagram post pages, definitely my favourite addition.

The book immediately introduces us to Hannah and Imogen and I just love their completely different personalities. I found Imogen super interesting because being an influencer is so common now, but I also found Hannah intriguing because I’m more of a Hannah personality.

I was hooked on the first page of the book and just kept devouring it. The author keeps the book so interesting with different twists and turns.

Overall I loved this book. I will definitely buy this author again and I’m super interested to see what next books are coming up 👀.


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Alison Layland – Riverflow : Review

Synopsis – “After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want nothing more than to be left in peace to pursue their off-grid life. But when the very real prospect of fracking hits their village, they are drawn to the front line of the protests. During a spring of relentless rain, a series of mysterious threats and suspicious accidents put friendships on the line, and the Sherwells’ marriage under unbearable tension. Is there a connection with their uncles death? As the river rises in torrential rain, pressure mounts, Bede’s sense of self begins to crumble, and Elin is no longer sure who to believe or what to believe in.”

Genre – Contemporary / Thriller 

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “Narrowed eyes regarded him steadily: you know  perfectly well on both counts. And I know that you know … Layers of knowing like the infinity of mutually reflecting mirrors.”

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @damppebbles blog tours, Alison Layland and Honno Press for allowing me to be apart of this tour. As soon as I read the synopsis to this book I was VERY excited. I mean, all that drama mixed in with crazy weather conditions? Yes please. 

When I first started this book, it did take me a while to actually ‘get into’ the book. I found the beginning a little slow for my pace of reading HOWEVER it soon picks up pace and dives right into the drama. 

There’s so much going on in this story and it feels so real. Flooding is something that is happening every year, worse and worse, which makes this story even more intriguing.  When I got to about a quarter of the way through, I literally couldn’t put this book down.

I loved that the chapters actually had names rather than numbers, I didn’t realise that this is something that nearly always gets over looked now but it made me even more curious. I would literally finish a chapter, read the next chapter title and HAVE to carry on. 

The characters in this story were very well portrayed and extremely interesting. It was amazing to slowly see the charters unraveling ad see who they really are. 

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It lost one star for the simple fact that I did have to push my self through those first few chapters, but from then on I couldn’t stop! Highly recommend this for anyone that likes a book full of drama. 


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Kristen Lepionka – The Last Place You Look : Review

Synopsis – “A beautiful blonde teenager, Sarah Cook disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton – black and from the wrong side of the tracks – was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. As his execution nears, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look at this cold case.

Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane is drawn to the story of Sarah’s disappearance, especially when she suspects a link between it and one of her father’s unsolved murder cases. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that she can save Brad’s life and her own.”

Genre – Thriller / Crime

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “underneath it, another layer of rocks and mud couldn’t quiet cover a long, blue bundle”

When I picked this up I was immediately intrigued, I love anything detective and prison like so curiosity got the better of me. We’re introduced to our main character, Roxane, right away and for me she was instantly likeable. Roxane is easy to relate too and follow along, but she also has an interesting side that keeps you questioning.

It was a little bit of a slow read for me at first but once I hit that half way point things started to get good.

Overall, it was a good detective read and had some amazing twists that I couldn’t have guessed, it just took a little while for the story to start getting good.


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Caroline Kepnes – You : Review

Synopsis – “When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. 

But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…

Genre – thriller

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “She is supposed to be in a morgue, not a hospital.”

I watched the Netflix TV series before I read the book and absolutely loved the series, it was so intense! I read so many reviews about the book and how much better it was than the show so I just HAD to read it .. obviously. At first I was shocked by the language in the book but I love the way it portrays Joe and sets out his mind. The story is told from Joe’s perspective so you get to read all his thoughts, from good, to bad, to naughty.

Without giving to much away, I feel bad that I was rooting for Joe .. why do I like him so much! (Oops).

The book was written in a typical thriller way, short, quick sentences. I loved this. The pace was quick and shortness of the sentence kept me tense and intrigued. I was literally sat in the edge of my seat at parts.

The downfalls to this book for me is that there wasn’t enough detail in certain parts. We got told certain things that are essentially huge parts in the story, but they are over within one line with no description or detail which is a little disappointing. HOWEVER, the book does make up for that in other areas.

Overall I really enjoyed this book but I do wish I had read this first and then watched the show because I didn’t have to use my imagination, the film was already pictured in my mind when reading.


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John Marrs – The One : Review

Synopsis: “One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for. 

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

Genre: thriller | mystery

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Capturing quote: “He put the phone away and pondered what his Match might look like, before deciding it was I appropriate to be thinking about a second woman while he was still in the company of the first.

He rose to his feet and returned to the kitchen to find her where he’d left her minutes earlier, lying on her back on the cold, slate floor, the garrotte still embedded in her neck.”

This book was SOOOO GOOD! My favourite book of the year so far, along side Passengers of course. The plot was very intriguing, I absolute love the aspect of realistic plots and this plot is very realistic in our day and age. Super interesting and definitely a page turner.

The story starts and introduces us to six characters, which at first is a little confusing, but you soon come to know each one and their individual stories. The book has one main story but follows the very different lives of six characters, creating six stories from one main one which keeps it so interesting. I found my self finishing a chapter and wanting to continue that specific story so I was flying through the book. There was a twist and gasp on every page and I loved it!

The pace of the story was very fast, the chapters were short and sharp and made for a fast read.

Overall I absolutely loved this book and John Marrs has become one of my instant buy authors 🚀


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Lisa Jewell – Watching You Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

“You’re back home after four years of working abroad.

You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re crashing in your big brothers spare room.

And then you meet the man next door.

He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinary attractive.

You find yourself watching him. All the time.

You never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession.

Or that someone is watching you. ”

(Thriller)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I mean, doesn’t that synopsis already get your knickers in a twist?! 😱! The synopsis is intriguing enough and doesn’t even outline the main part of the story!

I just finished this and oh my 🤭! The story line is amazing and has SO many twists. I did guess one of the main plot twists but there were still so many that I had no idea about which definitely kept me wanting to read on. It was super intriguing, super sitting on the edge of your seat type read, super wanting to know what happens.

Watching You is very cleverly written and well thought out. It focuses on one small town and a small group of people within that town and the way it focuses on each person is amazing and definitely keeps it from getting boring.

… and now I wait for @lisajewelluk ‘s next 💀😂


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John Marrs – The Passengers: Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. 

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?”

Big thank you to Ebury and PenguinUK for sending me this book to review.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was amazing! The whole concept intrigued me right away, I mean, self-drive cars? SO INTERESTING! Especially since they are trialing them in the UK! Super intriguing.

The Passengers is set a few years in the future and starts out introducing us to Libby, the main character who most people can relate to. Libby is an average girl who opposes self-drive cars. The book continues to tell us about self-drive cars and how they operate as well as their different levels.

When the hacker takes over and we are introduced to the eight passengers, things get very interesting. John Marrs was very clever about how he wrote this book and it switches between each of the passengers and Libby.

This book doesn’t give you the opportunity to wonder what is going to happen because once you are told something, you read something else and your opinion changes completely!

Very cleverly written and some amazing twists throughout the book. A very enjoyable read and I would high recommend! 🚗


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Karen M McManus – Two Can Keep a Secret : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

“Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it.

It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return.

Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news.

And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death.

His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace.

His mother’s remarriage vaulted them to Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but it could all change when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again.

And the return of Malcolm’s brother doesn’t help matters. But his return is just a coincidence… isn’t it?

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure.

Then another girl disappears.

As they race to unravel what happened, they realise every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe. “

(Young Adult / Mystery/ Thriller)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: Called it.

Ok, this was amazing. I love that its a thriller but its also a teen book so its not super creepy or scary .. (yes I’m a wuss).

The book is written from two different perspectives, Ellery’s and Malcom’s, and it does not disappoint. Right from the get go this book will grab your attention and you won’t want to put it down because its so exciting. I was constantly on edge, my mind racing to keep up and try to figure on what the hell was happening, who was it, whats going on and how do i get to Echo Ridge to join Ellery and Malcom.

Karen McManus is an amazing writer and her style is so captivating. I would defiantly recommend you go and buy this book to read, especially if you kind of like mystery and thrillers but don’t like them scary, like me haha!

My two word review “called it” because theres an amazing twist but i called it from the beginning HOWEVER that is not the only twist and boy did the other twist leave me shook. YES. Go get this book!


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Lynda La Plante – Widows : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“A security van heist goes disastrously wrong and three women are left widowed.

When Dolly discovers her late husbands plans for the failed hijack, an idea starts to form…

Could she and the other widows finish the job their husbands started?”

(Mystery / Drama)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: very exciting.

Ok, this book is an amazing drama/thriller type book that puts women in the highlight. I love the fact that it’s a group of women leading this story rather than men like it usually is.

The story builds up slowly but there is action from the start and it never gets boring. The book is about a heist that a group of men tried to complete but failed, killing themselves. Their widows decide to take over and complete the heist on their own. I was on the edge of my seat reading this book, there’s so many twists and turns and I just couldn’t wait to get through it. It was such an exciting read.

I’m not sure if it’s only me but I love stories about heists, it always gives me ideas on how I could get away with robbing a bank one day 🙄😂! I loved reading about all the planning and build up of the heist and Lynda La Plante did not disappoint one bit.

I was however, a little disappointed to find out there is a sequel to this book and I’m unsure I will it because I quiet liked where the story ended but i guess there was still some unanswered questions 🤷🏼‍♀️.

🚨 ALERT: SPOILERS BELOW: ALERT 🚨

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OH MY GOD, what a twist?! Did you expect it? Did you guess what was going to happen? I must admit that I didn’t expect it until I put the pieces together and then I was like holy sh*t! HARRY RAWLINS IS ALIVE! After I figured it out I was kind of wondering whether him and Dolly where going to team up and take all the money in the end and I was so glad when the girls got to Rio in one piece.

I just loved how all of them came from different backgrounds and they all came together to pull this heist off and did it amazingly! Anyone want to team up? 😂

Even at the end of the book when they were going to Rio there was still some on edge moments, like when Dollys case was about to be search and Shirley was questioned, ahhh so much drama!

I loved this story though and would definitely recommend it if you love heist/bank robbery stuff 😝!