Review ~ Blog Tour ~ The Old You by Louise Voss.

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Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.
But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?

Review

I would like to thank Louise Voss, Orenda Books and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC in return for an honest review.

I found The Old You to be such a rich and rewarding read. The story was fascinating and I couldn’t wait to get back to it,  if forced to take a break for work. The story matures as it progresses and yet doesn’t rest on it’s laurels. It frequently had me questioning my assumptions about where the story was heading.  Just as Lynn questions the foundations her marriage is resting on, I had to constantly reassess my feelings  towards characters I thought I knew.  There are plenty of twists and turns, and each one managed to ratchet up the tension a little bit more.  So that by the end  you feel a little punch drunk. It is chilling as well, leaving me thinking I really need to check my doors and windows are locked.

The characters are excellent. Lyn is multi layered and very likeable.  Very much a strong and determined women.  I admired the way Louise Voss gave her a back story that showed she was not your standard wife come housewife.  I found myself loving her secrets as much as her present, which is  drip fed to us and unravels as the novel progresses. Ed is a chameleon like, in that your never sure if what your seeing at any point in the novel is the real him.

The Old You is yet another superb read from Orenda books.

You can purchase The Old You from Amazon

About the author. 

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Louise Voss has been writing for the past eighteen years, with many twists and turns in her career. She started her publishing life with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels, Are You My Mother? Lifesaver, and Games People Play, until she switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards.

She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011, with their novel Killing Cupid also at No. 2. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins; then two books in the DI Lennon series, From the Cradle and The Blissfully Dead (Thomas & Mercer).

Her first solo thriller was The Venus Trap in 2015 and her second, a twisty tale of domestic noir, is out in May 2018: The Old You, published by @OrendaBooks.

You can follow the author on Twitter and her website.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Faceless by Rob Ashman.

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After surviving a vicious knife attack, which left her husband dead, DI Rosalind Kray returns to work and is handed a serial killer investigation.

This killer is different, he doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random but the killer selects his quarry with meticulous care.

While fighting her superiors Kray must conquer her own demons, which are tearing her apart.

Kray has the ability to think like a killer and her skills lead to a series of horrifying revelations that turn the case on its head. She believes she is getting close, then her world comes crashing down with devastating consequences.

Will Kray find the murderer and escape with her own life in tact?

The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…

Review

Firstly I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and the blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC in return for an honest review.
The most important thing in any novel about a serial killer has to be the murderer themselves! I want to be repulsed, yet at the same time fascinated and absolutely freaked out! I’m glad to say that Rob Ashman managed to achieve all three. The actions of the killer in Faceless are twisted and evil. I know it seems a weird thing to say, but he is the perfect psychopath. In that he acts on his own primitive desires, which appear rational and normal to him, yet are twisted to such a level, that any rational mind would struggle to comprehend them. For me Rob Ashman provides the perfect counter balance in the character of Rosalind, who though painfully damaged by past events has a core of goodness at her centre of her being. m
The story itself is exciting and addictive in the way a good thriller should be. I loved the way we are tricked into thinking the story is going down a certain path and then in veers off down an altogether different one. I was wrong footed about the killer’s motives and surprised about the connections that linked the different segments of the story. It had me turning the pages eager to find out who won this game of cat and mouse, killer or policewomen and that is surely a mark of a really enjoyable read? story
Having enjoyed Faceless, I would recommend this to existing Rob Ashman fans and anyone else looking for a great thriller.

You can purchase Faceless from Amazon

About the author

 

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Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

The author can be followed on TwitterFacebook and his website.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Carpenter Road by N M Brown.

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When a young woman swaps coats with a prostitute then vanishes, it marks the start of a mystifying case for Leighton Jones.
After traffic officer Leighton is called to an altercation in a used car lot he is confronted by a prostitute rambling on about a girl who stole her coat. He thinks nothing off it. That is until the body of a Jane Doe shows up, matching the prostitute’s description.
What is the link between the fight in the car lot and the dead woman?
Leighton proceeds to gather evidence, which he attempts to pass onto the lead Homicide detective, Slater. However, Slater tells Leighton to back off, and that a suspect has been arrested.
Fearing there is more to the case than he first thought, Leighton is driven to keep digging and soon ends up on the trail of a serial killer.
But Leighton might be out of his depth this time…
Review
I would like to thank the author, publisher and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
Having loved The Girl on the Bus, I was excited to be offered the opportunity to review the pre-sequel Carpenter Road, set ten years before. It is I am glad to say, as great a read and I welcomed the chance to spend time once again with Leighton Jones, who is a generous and caring lead character. He makes this series of books a delight to read.
Carpenter Road is not just a great thriller, it has a heart to it based around one man’s intrinsic need to help others, even those society has rejected. He cares and believes in justice and any book containing Leighton Jones, would be for me a must read. I adore him and wish sometimes I could walk into the pages of the book and give him a big Welsh cwtch. It is for a thriller, a surprisingly emotional read and made me tear up in places. Few thrillers I can think of have ever done this to me, so it makes Carpenter Road that bit more special.
Don’t panic if you thinking it doesn’t have the traditional elements of a thriller, because oh boy does it. There are plenty of twists and turns and I was well and truly led down the wrong garden path and had to take a step backwards on a number of occasions. I don’t hold with the theory that a modern thriller must be all wham, bam, wallop, but it does traditionally need twists and turns, preferably ones that you don’t see coming and this novel had that. Just imagine me sat in front of my kindle with a look of shock on my face and that sums up Carpenter Road.
I do hope there are more outings featuring Leighton, because I miss him already.
You can purchase Carpenter Road from Amazon
About the author
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Norman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always believed a combination of decent fiction and good coffee provides the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.

Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.

More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel – The Girl on the Bus -around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jonesy at least two more outings. Carpenter Road is the second novel to feature this protagonist.

Aside from his family, and travelling, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why many culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his fiction.

You can follow the author on TwitterFacebook and his website.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley.

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Two murders. One missing girl.
DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock. With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life.
In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father. She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims?
As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier.
Then the main suspect vanishes….
Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?
Review
I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC in return for an honest review.
I spent a highly enjoyable bank holiday reading this book. It was a fascinating look at how abusive relationships can send shock waves down the years, until the pain can no longer be contained.
Hammersley writes a story with a dark heart that had me engrossed to the point I was reading it during any free moment I could find. She has weaved a story with multiple threads and has done so with skill and keen eye for maintaining the tension throughout. I enjoyed the way the back story of the characters was slowly drip fed to me and how the writer wrong footed me on a number of occasions with twists and turns that left me feeling unnerved. It’s not a roller coaster ride, it is more intricate then that. Yes the story has a twist in the tail, but the tension is built over the length of the novel, until all the narrative threads are brought together forming a very satisfying read.
The characters fit the novel well. The ‘daughter’ is built up layer by layer, so that we come to know the real her gradually. My feelings towards her seemed fixed, but then had to be constantly revaluated. She is complex and well written and my sympathy for her ebbed and flowed as the story progressed. Kate is your typical police character, dedicated and hard working. I liked her, but I found the daughter fascinated me the most, simply because she was for me, the most interesting of the main characters. It was enjoyable to have two female main characters, which is more common than it used to be, but unique enough to give Merciless an edge over other novels of this type for me.
I would certainly recommend this novel to any fans of psychological thrillers. It is enjoyable and thrilling in all the right places.
You can purchase Merciless from Amazon.
About the author 
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Heleyne Hammersley is a British writer based in Cumbria. She writes psychological suspense thrillers and crime novels.

Heleyne has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called ‘Give Them the Works’ when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool.

When she’s not writing, Heleyne can often be found wandering on the fells or in the local park with her dog.

You can follow the author on TwitterFacebook and her website.

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