The House of York by Terry Tyler

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: 19 October 2015

“Widowed single mum, Lisa Grey, and wealthy businessman, Elias York, are young and madly in love. A recipe for happiness? But Lisa is marrying into a complicated family. Her new sister-in-law doesn’t want to know her. Middle brother Gabriel’s marriage suffers under a cloud of infidelity and gambling debts, while the youngest, Richard, keeps his dark secrets well hidden—and his wife suffers in silence.

Lisa and her mother are bonded by their powerful intuition, but dare not voice their fears about York Towers—or certain members of the family…

Love and loss, abduction, incestuous desires and murderous intent form the basis of this compelling saga in which horrors float just beneath the surface, to bring forth a shocking outcome.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my thoughts. I have previously read and enjoyed some of Terry’s other books (reviews here) so I was looking forward to this one.

When I found out that this storyline was about a modern-day family but loosely based on events that took place during the War of the Roses, I was intrigued. I think it gave the book an extra twist of reality.

There were parts of Lisa’s life that I could really relate to and I feel this helped me connect to the storyline quicker than normal. In particular was her greatest ambition to be a wife and mother – it’s not often I hear others admit to that (although I’m happy to admit it to anyone who wants to know), even in books! This is something that stands out for me about Terry’s writing, it’s refreshingly honest and easy to read.

The complexities of York family life, and all their vices, were beautifully described and created vivid pictures in my mind. Each character brought something different to the storyline and held my interest completely.

There were some scenes of an uncomfortable nature but, in my opinion, the author handled them carefully and with skill.

A completely unexpected twist towards the end literally left me sat there with my mouth open and goosebumps on my skin.

This was a fascinating read with a fab set of characters who stayed on my mind even when I wasn’t reading! An easy 5 stars from me.

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The Last Thing I Remember by Deborah Bee

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Publisher: Twenty7

Publication Date: Ebook – 3 March 2016 | Paperback – 28 July 2016

“Sarah is in a coma.

Her memory is gone – she doesn’t know how she got there. And she doesn’t know how she might get out.

But then she discovers that her injury wasn’t an accident. And that the assailant hasn’t been caught.

Unable to speak, see or move, Sarah must use every clue that she overhears to piece together her own past.

And work out who it is that keeps coming into her room.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank Midas PR for sending me this uncorrected proof to read and share my honest opinion. The blurb really captured my attention and I wanted to know more.

The atmosphere was dark. Sarah’s confusion and frustration enveloped me as I was reading and my curiosity was piqued very quickly.

Straight-talking Kelly was a bit of a mystery to me, I assumed she was an important part of the storyline but, to begin with, I couldn’t quite figure out where or how.

However, as I progressed through the book I found my interest waning. There were times I found myself thinking about another part of the storyline whilst reading a different scene. My favourite perspective was always Sarah’s because her situation was just so fascinating.

For me it didn’t have the most satisfactory of endings either but I guess it did feel fitting for the storyline.

Although it didn’t manage to hold my interest throughout, I know people who would love this raw, dark read. So if thrillers are your thing then I’d definitely say give it a go!

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Deborah Bee studied fashion journalism at Central St Martins. She has worked at various magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Times and the Guardian as a writer, a fashion editor and later an editor. Currently, she is a Creative Director in luxury retail.

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris

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Publisher: Mira

Publication Date: 25 February 2016

“Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.

You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim.

And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank Midas PR for sending me this book to read and share my thoughts. I don’t often read thrillers, so when I do they really have to pique my interest. Behind Closed Doors certainly did that, I was coming up with scenarios in my mind before I had even opened the book!

Almost immediately I was struck by the dark undertone, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was going on but I definitely had an uneasy feeling.

Jack and Grace’s relationship was difficult for me to fathom until the sickening truth was revealed, then my heart broke for a sweet character who deserved so much better.

I loved the way the author kept the suspense going throughout, even when I knew what was happening between the couple, there were still more discoveries to be made.

There were some truly sinister moments that made my heart beat faster and I must admit I found some scenes difficult to read. The whole concept of the storyline was just so believable in a horribly unbelievable way (if that makes any sense at all).

This was a chilling yet fascinating read, a brilliant debut!

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B.A Paris is from a Franco/Irish background. She was brought up in England and worked in London for three years before moving to Paris, where she spent some years working in corporate banking and as a trader in an international bank. After the birth of her first daughter, she became a stay-at-home mum and went on to have another three daughters. She spent four years in the Netherlands, where her fifth daughter was born. She returned to France in 2000 and in 2003, decided to re-train as an English teacher.

She worked for some years in an international school and then at the Université de Marne la Vallée, teaching English to Architecture students. In 2009 she set up a language school with her husband and now teaches Business English in Paris. Her inspiration for Behind Closed Doors came when she suspected that someone she knew wasn’t allowed to do as she wished, that there was an element of control involved. From there, B.A came up with Grace’s story.

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Follow Me by Angela Clarke

Publisher: Avon Books

Publication Date: 3 December 2015

“LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE

The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.

But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.

Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?

ONLINE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM …”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. I first heard about it on Twitter and was instantly intrigued, I hadn’t read a book from this genre for a while so I thought it would make a refreshing change.

Straight away the drama of the situation reeled me in, I just didn’t want to stop reading. Many questions were raised: Who was the ‘Hashtag Murderer’? Why did he/she choose those particular victims? Who was next on the list? etc. These questions played on my mind even when I wasn’t reading.

I loved the way Freddie found herself embroiled in all the action. She was an impulsive and sometimes selfish character who I couldn’t help but like. Her mixed emotions were palpable as she set about investigating the murders, this made me feel like I was involved too.

The idea of a Twitter murderer made the storyline relatable (and more chilling) for me because I use Twitter every day – it really made me look at it in a different light!

The author successfully created a dark, chaotic atmosphere with her words. The chaos might not appeal to everyone but it certainly worked for me. The only negative in my opinion was that I sometimes found it difficult to work out which perspective I was reading from.

As I neared the end, and the conclusion, my heart was beating so fast. I even had to turn the light on! I was keen to find out who the culprit was and when it was finally revealed I have to admit that I was surprised – I hadn’t seen it coming.

Follow Me was a mysterious and gritty read that swept me along with its edge-of-your-seat action!

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Traces of Kara – Melissa Foster – Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the book tour for Traces of Kara by Melissa Foster.  Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for sending me the eBook.

Traces of Kara

“Kara Knight can’t wait to leave her hometown for the promise of nursing school and a fresh start on her future–leaving behind an over protective mother, a broken heart and painful memories. However, twenty-five miles away, the twin she doesn’t know exists is determined to be reunited with the sister he cannot forget.

Kara is abducted and thrown into her obsessive captor’s delusional world. As the past she thought she knew unravels around her, Kara struggles to make sense of the memories that come creeping back, threatening her sanity and her safety. Meanwhile, Kara’s mother races against time to save the daughter she fears she will lose when a long-held secret is revealed. The hours tick away as her captor plays out his plan–to take Kara with him into death at the exact moment of their birth, never to be separated again.”

As you may have noticed on Me, My Books and I, I don’t often read books from this genre.  For me to want to read this kind of book the blurb has to really jump out at me and that is exactly what Traces of Kara did – I was super intrigued and wanted to know more!

Straight away I was sucked into the dark and dangerous atmosphere but as I read about Kara’s plans for her future the darkness changed to a feeling of hope.  I knew what was coming so I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for something to happen and when the moment came my heart was pounding furiously.  What followed was intense and creepy, Kara’s fear as she faced her terrifying ordeal was almost palpable and reading about what was going through her mind made me feel like I was with her every step of the way.

Roland was a complex character who created a mixture of emotions within me, his thoughts were fascinating but harrowing and I really felt as though I had climbed into the mind of a crazed killer.  He clearly had some serious psychological problems which occasionally (not very often) made me feel sad for him, he genuinely did love his sister but was unable to see that what he was doing was very wrong.

As the body count went up and more people became involved I was gripped by the panic and desperation that filtered through, particularly from Kara’s mother who, as any mother would, fought so hard to protect her daughter.  When all the pieces of the puzzle finally fell into place I was holding my breath wondering who would survive and who wouldn’t but I won’t tell you the answer to that, you’ll have to read it and find out :P.  However, I will say that the last few words of the epilogue gave me chills – I wasn’t expecting that!

This was a tense, gripping read that really got my heart pounding.

Traces of Kara is published by World Literary Press and is available to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

melissa fosterMelissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe.

To find out more about Melissa Foster click on the following links:

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