#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : My Husband’s Girlfriend – Sheryl Browne @SherylBrowne

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About the Author :

Sheryl Browne03 small fileBestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taut, twisty psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where she completed her MA in Creative Writing. Sheryl has also obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Forensic Science and – according to readers – she makes an excellent psychopath. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller MY HUSBAND’S GIRLFRIEND comes to you from BOOKOUTURE. Her previous works include the DI Matthew Adams Crime Thriller series, along with contemporary fiction novels, The Rest of My Life and Learning to Love.

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Synopsis :

She told my little boy a secret and now he’s gone…
Tucking her little boy Ollie into bed one night, Sarah notices his beloved teddy bear, which she bought him when he was born, is missing and in its place is a new toy given to him by her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, Laura. When she asks Ollie about it, he begins to shift uncomfortably, before whispering ‘Laura told me a big secret and she said I can never tell you’.
Sarah’s heart sinks. But when she raises her concerns, nobody wants to listen. To everyone else, Laura is the perfect stepmother and Sarah is just the jealous ex-wife. But Sarah knew the moment she met Laura she couldn’t trust her, from her overly perfect stepmother act to the way she evaded questions about her own history.
Soon Ollie is asking to spend more time with his dad and Laura, and shrinking away from Sarah. Then, when she calls to him in the garden one day, Ollie doesn’t answer back. The garden is silent. Ollie’s sandpit is empty. Ollie has disappeared.

If you love a book that keeps twisting and turning, then you’ll love My Husband’s Girlfriend – it’s guaranteed to keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.

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Not sure how to start my review for this book as a fan of this author.
I just don’t know how she does it, writing another great read!
I was engrossed from the beginning in this domestic thriller with lots of interesting characters.
A page turner with lots of twists and turns once again.
I was sitting on the edge of my seat until the very ending!
Another bestseller for sure, for author Sheryl Browne!

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#BlogTour #CompulsiveReaders @Tr4cyF3nt0n / #Review : Fatal Isles #FatalIsles – Maria Adolfsson @AdolfssonMia @ZaffreBooks

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maMaria Adolfsson (b. 1958) lives in Stockholm where she, until recently, worked as a communications director and now writes full-time. The Doggerland series has been sold in to 18 languages to date, and has sold over 250 000 copies in Sweden alone.

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9781785768378A remote island. A brutal murder. A secret hidden in the past …
In the middle of the North Sea, between the UK and Denmark, lies the beautiful and rugged island nation of Doggerland.
Detective Inspector Karen Eiken Hornby has returned to the main island, Heimö, after many years in London and has worked hard to become one of the few female police officers in Doggerland.
So, when she wakes up in a hotel room next to her boss, Jounas Smeed, she knows she’s made a big mistake. But things are about to get worse: later that day, Jounas’s ex-wife is found brutally murdered. And Karen is the only one who can give him an alibi.
The news sends shockwaves through the tight-knit island community, and with no leads and no obvious motive for the murder, Karen struggles to find the killer in a race against time.
Soon she starts to suspect that the truth might lie in Doggerland’s history. And the deeper she digs, the clearer it becomes that even small islands can hide deadly secrets …

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Although Doggerland is just a fictional place I truly believed it existed because of the environment / the characters were described in much detail.
Maybe a bit too much as after a grant start it felt as the pace went down a few notches.
Not that it wasn’t interesting, not at all, but I felt a bit distracted from the real case.
At the end we got some better tempo and tension which made me go through the pages like I was chasing the culprit myself.
Definitely a nice start of a new series for me as I can’t wait to get to know DI Karen Eiken Hornby better!

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#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : The Lost Mother – Catherine Hokin @cathokin

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20190606_184809[1893]Catherine Hokin is the author of two World War Two inspired novels set in Berlin, her favourite city. Following a History degree at Manchester University she worked in teaching, marketing and politics, while waiting for a chance to do what she really wanted which was to write full time. Her short stories have been published by iScot, Writers Forum and Myslexia magazines and she was the winner of the 2019 Fiction 500 Short Story Competition. She is a lover of strong female leads and a quest.
Catherine now lives in Glasgow with her American husband. She has two grown-up children – one of whom lives, very conveniently, in Berlin – and a life long addiction to very loud music.

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The-Lost-Mother-KindleShe looked at the empty cradle where her baby had been. Her heart felt tattered and empty, like the hollow streets of Berlin after its people began to live in fear.
Berlin, 1934. Homes once filled with laughter stand empty as the Nazi party’s grip on the city tightens. When Anna Tiegel’s beautiful best friend catches Reich Minister Goebbels’ special attention, an impulsive act to save her brings Anna under his unforgiving scrutiny. First, she loses her job, then slowly, mercilessly, she finds her life stripped away. After her father is killed by the Nazis, Anna’s final hope is to escape to America with her boyfriend Eddy, but when she reaches his apartment on the agreed date, she finds it deserted. Alone and pregnant, the future feels terrifying, but she must try to protect the life inside her.
Rhode Island, 1957. Peggy Bailey stares in shock at the faded photograph of two laughing women which her beloved adoptive mother struggled to pass on to her before she died, whispering ‘It was inside your baby blanket when we brought you home’. As Peggy continues to stare, she realises that she has seen one of the girls before, in the most unlikely of places… Bursting at the realisation, she embarks on a mission which takes her across America to find the truth behind her heritage. Nothing, however, could prepare her for the tragic story her actions uncover…

A poignant and beautiful World War Two story about survival and a mother’s enduring search for her child against all the odds. A heart-breaking read for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were the Lucky Ones and The Alice Network.

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I do like historical fiction, especially when it comes to WW2 and although I have the feeling that at the core, the most books I’ve read in the past couple of years, aren’t really unique anymore I hoped this one would be.
Luckily for me it was, it sheds light on an other heartbreaking topic that occurred during the war, being separated from your child.
Definitely not something you want to undergo, whatever the circumstances!
The story certainly tore at my heartstrings, page by page I head difficulties putting the book down as I so wanted to know more and have a sort of happy ending.
I don’t think I ever read such a compelling, bittersweet story that stands out between all those WW2 book.
Definitely recommended, and please keep tissues at hand.

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#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : Murder on the Dance Floor (A Miss Underhay Mystery #4) #MurderontheDanceFloor – Helena Dixon @NellDixon #NetGalley

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DSC_7063 copyNell Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country. Married to the same man for over thirty-five years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. She is allergic to adhesives, apples, tinsel and housework. Her addictions of choice are coffee and reality TV. She was winner of The Romance Prize in 2007 with her book Marrying Max, and winner of Love Story of the Year 2010 with her book, Animal Instincts. She also writes historical 1930’s set cozy crime as Helena Dixon.

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Murder-on-the-Dance-Floor-KindleKitty Underhay’s dance card is full… of death.
November 1933. Amateur sleuth-cum-dutiful granddaughter Kitty Underhay stifles a sigh of boredom as she attends the annual Hoteliers’ Association Dinner and Dance on behalf of her grandmother, the proprietress of the Dolphin Hotel. She hopes the company of ex-army captain Matthew Bryant will enliven the otherwise dull evening. That is, until bullish and overbearing local councillor Harold Everton drops dead into his bowl of consommé.
While the local police are still scrambling for their whistles, Kitty and Matt waste no time leaping into action. Soon they find themselves caught up a dangerous search to uncover who amongst the distinguished guests used cyanide for seasoning?
When their digging throws light on a corruption scandal brewing in the local council involving Everton’s assistant Thomas King, they are sure they’ve cracked the case. But before he can be questioned further, King’s body is found in a smouldering car wreck. Meanwhile, the murderer has made a sinister plan to avoid detection or punishment, and it will lead Kitty and Matt into a dangerous dance with death…

A fast, fun and utterly unputdownable Golden Age cozy murder mystery, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

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‘Murder on the Dance Floor’ by Helena Dixon is the 4th book in the ‘Miss Underhay Mystery’ series and if you, like me, haven’t read the other books I would like to recommend that you do this first.
It’s not that this story can’t be read as a stand-alone, but you’ll spoil the fun of the previous ones and that would definitely be a bummer as this one was, for me at least, very enjoyable.
I liked the dynamics between all the characters, but I certainly liked it between Kitty and Matt, the main characters, who alternately tell the story.
Of course you have to see the book in the setting it’s written in, the early 30’s, but it’s great to read how they evolve together and it’s a splendid storyline beside the mysteries.
Yes, mysteries, no typo there, as there’s not only a murder mystery going on, but also another mystery, which I believe is also a bit of a common thread running through all the previous books.
Another reason to enjoy all the books in order and I promise you won’t be disappointed as this one was already unputdownable!
Great read during these dreadful days with lots of rain, dark hours,… with of course a nice cup of tea with some cake.
Can’t wait to read the next installment, but first the prior ones naturally!

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#Review @NetGalley @DiaBookshelf : The Phantom of the Opera : The Graphic Novel #ThePhantomOfTheOpera – Varga Tomi @vargatomicomics @AWaveBlueWorld

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Tomi is a cartoonist from Hungary & a graduate of The Kubert School.
He colored a bunch of Kevin Eastman’s TMNT covers and created a graphic novel adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, coming out in October 2020.

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0.-Phantom_Cover-300x500The Phantom of the Opera, the iconic gothic romance, is retold with all the spectacle its legend demands in this devoted graphic novel adaptation that marries stunning artwork with Gaston Leroux’s haunting prose.
Everyone has heard the whispered tales of the phantom who lives beneath the opera house, the mysterious trickster behind all the little mishaps and lost things. But no one has ever seen the monster . . . until now. When the promise of blossoming love lures him out from his intricately constructed hideaways in the labyrinthine building’s walls and cellars, a hideously disfigured artist trains the lovely Christine to be the opera’s next star for a steep price. Does she choose her newfound success or her beloved Count Raoul? This doomed love triangle threatens to combust when a tragic death, a series of betrayals, and increasingly dangerous accidents cast the players of The Palais Garnier into a heart-wrenching horror story that will echo through the ages.

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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is one of the few classics I’ve read in the original language, so it’s right to say that I’m always a bit sceptical when it comes to adaptations.
With an open mind however I downloaded this Graphic Novel ARC and couldn’t wait to start reading it so I immediately dived in.
First of all, I’m going to say I find it a great idea to try and make a Graphic Novel out of a classic to get people, who don’t really like reading or like it more visual, to connect with those kind of books.
I believe the style of drawings will attract a lot of people as they work well with the original story’s vibe which is kind of dark, eery and Gothic like.
However, I need to tell that, although loving the illustrations, I instantly kind of disliked the Phantom himself with his reddish eyes and weird mask.
I didn’t connect with him visually and story wise he wasn’t that well portrayed either in my opinion.
Whilst reading the original story you empathize quite a lot with him, you feel for him even if you know he’s bad news and here he’s just a bit to one dimensional in my judgement.
Also the general feeling after reading is that only the biggest gist of the original story was told, without all the great nuances and that’s, in my own view at least, a great pity.
I know it’s hard to put a rather large book into a Graphic Novel, but I felt that for a lover of the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ it lacked.
For a first time reader however, I believe that they will get an interest in Erik, Raoul and Christine and possibly pick up the original and that would be a big plus!

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