BLOG TOUR: The Silent Girls – Dylan Young

BLOG TOUR: The Silent Girls – Dylan Young

First of all I would like to thank Bookouture for providing me with a copy of The Silent Girls to review. At the moment I am all for crime and thriller books, I just can’t get enough of them. I was excited when I saw this book mentioned as it sounded like the perfect read for me and it did not disappoint.

This book follows Detective Anna Gwynne as she hunts for the killer of Emily Risman. From the start this book grabbed my attention, with its dark beginning I was intrigued to discover what had happened and how the story would develop.

From the moment we meet Anna, its apparent she is a complex and fascinating character. Her ability to work things out and her ability to intellect, yet her avoidance of social situations really brought her character to life and made her fascinating, I really liked her although I am not sure why. I enjoyed discovering bits about her and her past and hope that this continues to build throughout the series.

The SIlent Girls focuses on the cold case of a young girl, Emily Risman who was murdered and raped 18 years earlier. Throw in to the mix Hector Shaw, a interesting and chilling character and this make The Silent Girls an explosive read. The plot has a good pace and story flows nicely, building suspense and giving us some cracking plot twists which kept me reading on long in to the night. This was truly chilling book and the more I read and the more I discovered the more intrigued I became with where the story was taking me.

There are some real heart pounding moments during the course of the novel, but I particularly enjoyed the parts of the story which were told from the perspective of the killer. This really added to the story and brought something extra chilling to the book.

This is a cracking start to the series, with a host of fascinating characters and personalities. I am excited to see where book two takes us and to learn more about Detective Anne Gwynne, as I feel there is some big things in her past to discover.

Amazon Links:

🇬🇧 UK http://amzn.to/2gD4wXE
🇺🇸 US http://amzn.to/2zys4Rc

Author Bio:

Dylan Young grew up in a mining village in South Wales before boarding a train for university in London. A career in the NHS followed, but the urge to write never went away. Three dark psychological thrillers for Random House emerged in the late nineties, two of which were made into BBC films. Over the last decade, under different pseudonyms, he’s written children’s books and an adult contemporary fantasy series. But his liking for crime (writing) never died. The Silent Girls releases 19th January with the second book to follow soon after.

Author Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/dyoungwrites/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/dyoungwrites
WEBSITE: http://www.dylanyoungauthor.com/

The Silent Girls Book Cover The Silent Girls
Dylan Young
Bookouture
19/01/2018
Kindle
309

‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.

Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.

Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.

Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

An absolutely page-turning thriller that will have you hooked. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and M.J. Arlidge, you won’t be able to put down The Silent Girls.

 

The Escape – C L Taylor

The Escape – C L Taylor

So first off… I’m back!  Apologies for the absence in reviews over the last few months, reading had taken a backseat whilst I was on maternity leave.  However I’m now back on the commute and reading is back on, and I thought what better way to kick off 2018 then revisiting one of Compelling Reads favourite authors C L Taylor.

 

As regular readers of our blog will know we’ve lost ourselves in C L Taylor’s books before and love it when she releases a new one!  The Escape is no different…

 

Here we meet Jo, Jo suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia, we learn that this stems from the loss of her first child.  Although she is still plagued by her anxieties she has set up coping methods which enable her to carry on with her job and look after her daughter Elise.  Jo’s anxieties are heightened however when a rather startling meeting with a woman she meets on the way to picking up her daughter from nursery who makes a thinly veiled threat to her daughter.

 

As the book progresses the strange woman Paula seems to trouble Jo more and more as it’s clear she is after something, something to do with Jo’s husband.  Although her husband appears at first to be long suffering and doing his best to settle Jo’s anxieties, soon Jo’s world seems to tumble around her as the threats turn to actions and even her husband loses patience with her “anxiety” and makes a case to have her daughter taken away.

 

As Jo goes on the run with her daughter determined to prove her innocence the book is gripping, we find ourselves in a tension filled page turner that hurtles towards it’s conclusion.  C L Taylor really knows how to make a thrilling read from a domestic viewpoint, always allowing you to identify with the main character in some way and get you routing for them.  The Escape is once again an unputdownable read!  More like this please!

The Escape Book Cover The Escape
C L Taylor
23rd March 2017
Kindle
432

The Sunday Times bestseller returns with her most thrilling book yet, An unputdownable read for fans of Into the Water and The Girlfriend.

"Look after your daughter's things. And your daughter…"

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn't.

The stranger knows Jo's name, she knows her husband Max and she's got a glove belonging to Jo's two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there's only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

Blog Tour: Silent Lies – Kathryn Croft

Blog Tour: Silent Lies – Kathryn Croft

Silent Lies is the latest novel from Kathryn Croft and from the beginning we are thrown straight into a strong and thrilling plot. Mia, Zach and Freya are the perfect family until one day Zach suddenly commits suicide. Mia is left behind picking up the pieces of his indiscretions and putting her life back together. Five years later and life is finally starting to settle down and Mia is in a relationship with the lovely Will and working as a counsellor. One of Mia’s new clients, Alison seems to know a lot about her and her late husband, who she claims didn’t kill him self.

This session with Alison, throws Mia’s life in to disarray once more. How did she know Zach? Did he kill himself? Why come forward five years later. What begins is a compelling thrilling which grabbed me and drew me in to a complex plot which left me guessing and amazed at what was occurring. I loved the flash backs to the past and delving more in to what at first appeared to be a suicide. Secrets are uncovered and it shows you don’t always really know the ones you love.

Croft managed to build tension and suspense throughout which had me turning pages late in to the night, desperate to find out howthe characters were linked and how their stories were connected. No stone was left unturned and I was literally at the edge of my seat with some of the discoveries I made as I read on. This was a very cleverly written book, whilst it wasn’t fast paced it remained intriguing and fresh, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the end.

Silent Lies is an incredible psychological thriller with fascinating characters and back stories. While the characters weren’t always the most likeable, each had their place within the story and added to the general tension and suspense throughout. This was a well thought out and clever novel and is well worth a read.

Description:

‘Your husband didn’t kill himself.’

Five years rebuilding your life. Five words will destroy it again.

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished.

Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn’t kill himself.

Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach’s past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband. As the secrets revealed get darker, Alison becomes harder to read, and Mia starts to wonder – why is Alison so keen to help?

And then a piece of the puzzle appears in an impossible place, and Mia has to ask, is she losing her mind, or should she be afraid for her life?

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about obsession and buried secrets, with a brilliant twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors, and Gone Girl will be hooked from the very first page.

Amazon Links:         UK 🇬🇧 http://amzn.to/2wpL1It US  http://amzn.to/2vWyXLrAuthor Bio: Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of five psychological thrillers, and to date has sold over one million copies of her books. The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and her other novels, Behind Closed Doors, The Stranger Within and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.
https://www.facebook.com/authorkathryncroft/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatCroft Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorkatcroft/ Website: www.kathryncroft.com

BLOG TOUR: Playing Defense – Aven Ellis

BLOG TOUR: Playing Defense – Aven Ellis

Aven is back with the latest installment in the Dallas Demons series. This time we focus on JP and Reese, both of whom we have met in previous Dallas Demon books.

Playing Defense is Aven at her best once again. With her lighthearted plot, loveable characters and hockey, what more could you ask for? Aven has a way of drawing me in as a reader and taking me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions along with the characters. Playing defense was no exception, I found my self crying with laughter at her light hearted wit. Aven manages to inject such humor in to her plot, I love the unfortunate events her characters find themselves in and can not help but laugh out loud. But then she manages to throw a spanner in the works that will leave me sobbing and desperate for things to work out for the characters.

JP was a man that I completely fell in love with, probably one of my favourites of the series in fact. He was gentle, sweet and kind, too reliable and safe for most of the women he had dated. But not for Reese,  JP comes along and he is the perfect match for her, he is everything she is wishing for and the chemistry between them is hot. The pages literally sizzled as things between them  intensified. Reese herself was a beautiful character, she was so down to earth and likeable, and everything JP needed.

The relationships between JP and Reese characters and their friends and family, whom we have met in previous books, were as always warm and realistic. Each came alive through their story, each of which was consistent and really added to the depth and realism of these well rounded and likeable characters.

Aven is a one of kind writer, who manages to leave me a huge smile on my face time and time again. The humour and passion oozes from the page and as always I am taken on a rollercoaster ride of discovery. No stone is left unturned and Aven delivers once again, I certainly wasn’t disappointed and as always we got the perfect ending.

Thank you Aven for giving me this escape and giving me one hell of a smile. Light hearted, humorous and sizzling with passion.

 

Excerpt:

“JP,” I say, heading over to it. “You got a piano?

“Yeah. My special delivery came today,” JP says, following me over to it. The piano is set up in the corner of his living room, next to the large bank of windows overlooking the city. “I can finally play again, which I’ve been wanting to do.”

“I didn’t know you played,” I say in amazement. “How did I not know this?”

“I love music,” JP says, sitting down on the bench. He pauses for a moment, rolling up the sleeves of his shirt and revealing his powerful, tanned forearms and causing my pulse to burn in response.

I swear there is nothing sexier than powerful forearms.

“I have to keep some things for you to discover about me,” JP says. “I’d hate for you to lose interest.”

“I don’t think you have to worry about that.”

“Good,” JP says. “Here, have a seat. I learned something for you today.”

My heart is about to burst as I sit down next to him.

“What?” I ask, amazed.

“It’s a piece in your honor,” JP says, flipping some sheet music.

His fingers begin flying across the keys, and a familiar tune fills the air.

I lose my breath as I realize what it is.

It’s “Under the Sea” from the movie The Little Mermaid.

JP begins to sing the words, his deep baritone filling the air, and I know he learned this song for his mermaid.

Me.

I swallow down tears as I listen to him sing. He’s an accomplished pianist, his fingers moving effortlessly as he plays. JP is a brilliant, amazing man with many gifts to give.

And he’s giving me this song.

 

About the Author

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

Links

Website/Blog – http://avenellis.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/@AvenEllis

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7265661.Aven_Ellis

Amazon Page – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aven-

Ellis/e/B00GHUYO90/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1455968038&sr=1-1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/avenellis/

 

Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073SG76TY/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073SG76TY?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B073SG76TY&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35624713-playing-defense

 

Playing Defense Book Cover Playing Defense
Dallas Demons #5
Aven Ellis
Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
27/09/2017
238

After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?

BLOG TOUR: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove – Holly Martin

BLOG TOUR: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove – Holly Martin

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove takes us back to Hope Island and some old favourites.

This time we follow Eden and her best friend Dougie. They have been best friends since they were children, but Eden has been in love with him for the last 12 years but feels that Dougie doesn’t feel the same for her. All is ok whilst he was living in New York as she could forget about him and get on with her life, but when Dougie decides to move back to Hope Island, Eden begins to question whether she can see him every day and him dating other women.

It was great being back on Hope Island and meeting up with Bella, Isaac and the gang. I love how Holly manages to seamlessly interlink the different stories so you feel as though you have never been away. I love finding out what’s been going on and developments in the lives of my favourite characters, but also seeing life on Hope Island from a different perspective.

We met Eden and Dougie in the previous Hope Island books and they were characters whom were easily likeable and I was thrilled to finally be able to read their story.

Holly manages to create such beautiful stories, the characters are always realistic and easily relatable. The plots are always well thought out, beautifully descriptive and take me as the reader, on a roller coaster ride of emotion.

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove was no exception. I fell in love with the Island and the islanders all over again. Holly had me hooked from page one, her beautifully descriptive and easy writing style made this an enjoyable read. The words flowed and weaved their magic, portraying scenes which quite literally blew my mind. As always I can vividly picture the scenes and the characters, Holly’s ability to tell a tale is incredible. I was hooked, reading late in to the night, desperate to see where Holly would take me next.

I love learning more about he characters and discovering how their lives develop and their relationships build and grow. Holly has an amazing ability to draw the reader in, with her catchy plots and side stories and interlinking lives, making this, as is the case with all her books a compelling read.

Even if you haven’t read the other books in the series, don’t wait. Pick this up. You won’t be sorry! Not only do you have gorgeous locations, fascinating characters and relationships, but you also have the added bonus of Christmas cheer and sparkle. What else can you ask for? This is definitely a book to be on your Christmas wish list. This is a compelling and beautifully written Christmas book, guaranteed to add some sparkle and joy to your life this Christmas. It certainly put a smile on my face.

I hope there is more to come from Hope Island 🙂

Author Bio:

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollymartinauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HollyMAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollymartin_author/

Amazon Links:

UK  http://amzn.to/2tlQlK7 
US  http://amzn.to/2subuyR

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove Book Cover Christmas at Mistletoe Cove
Holly Martin
Bookouture
22/09/2017
287

Christmas has arrived at Hope Island, promising snowflakes, surprises and plenty of seasonal joy. So snuggle up and fall in love at Mistletoe Cove …

Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea. 

When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true…

This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after she’s always wished for?

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove is like a warm hug on a cold winter’s day. The perfect treat this Christmas for fans of Debbie Johnson, Cathy Bramley and Miranda Dickinson.

BLOG TOUR: Race To The Kill – Helen Cadbury

BLOG TOUR: Race To The Kill – Helen Cadbury

Race to the Kill is the final installment in the Sean Denton series of books. During a busy night shift, Sean is approached by a woman asking for help. What they stumble upon is more than either he or his partner could have anticipated. As they delve in to the events at Chasebridge High School, the local Greyhound stadium becomes embroiled in the investigation, leading Sean on an investigation looking right in to the heart of the community in which he grew up.

Race to the Kill is a fantastic crime novel. From page one I was hooked and found myself desperately reading late in to the night so as to discover the secrets within the pages. Helen Cadbury managed to weave a fantastic plot with a number of different character points of views and stories which tied up seamlessly to give an explosive, edge of the seat ending. Each character and story had its place and all added to the suspense and overall build up to the finale. The detail was mind blowing and no corner was left unturned.

I loved the diverse characters in the book, each I felt had their place within the plot and were well executed. I loved Sean Denton, he was a fantastic protagonist and I loved uncovering his past and learning more about his past and how all of this led to man he was becoming. Sean was a character whom was easily likeable, I found him realistic and I enjoyed reading from his point of view. The only character in this book which I didn’t particularly like was his partner, the crime scene investigator. I felt she thought herself to be superior and actually she wasn’t a very likeable character.

I loved the inclusion of his younger sister and the family dynamics this brought to the plot. This was a book that went so much deeper than just a who done it, delving in to family dynamics, murder, homelessness and even refugees.

Race to the Kill is a superb piece of writing, which delivered page after page. I was hooked, the words flowed effortlessly, weaving its magic and enabling me to imagine vividly the scenes as they occurred. I have not yet read any of the other books in this series, but I certainly will be reading them now. Cadbury is a talented writer and this is a book to be devoured and enjoyed time and time again. While Cadbury may no longer be with us, her words are sure to be heard by many for years to come and her talent and ability to weave such a compelling read will live on.

RIP Helen, thank you for sharing with us your words and for giving us Sean Denton x

 

Race to the Kill Book Cover Race to the Kill
Sean Denton
Helen Cadbury
Allison & Busby
21/09/2017
350

It is the middle of a long night shift for PC Sean Denton and his partner PC Gavin Wentworth when they are approached by a dishevelled-looking woman desperate that they follow her. She leads them to the old Chasebridge High School where they find the dead body of a Syrian refugee. The investigation which points to the neighbouring greyhound stadium finds Denton caught up in a world of immigration, drugs and sexual abuse, and one in which his private life becomes increasingly entwined.

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