Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Secrets of Santorini by Patricia Wilson.

Hello lovely book geeks of the world.

It’s Monday, I know you all can’t be bothered, so I’ll jump in quickly on my hosted day today on bestselling author Patricia Wilson’s upcoming summer sensation Secrets of Santorini book tour.

🔸🔹Blurb: Sent away to a convent school in Dublin at the age of five, Irini McGuire has always had a strained and distant relationship with her mother, Bridget, a celebrated archaeologist who lives on the paradise island of Santorini. So, when Irini receives news that Bridget has been injured at a dig and is in a coma, she knows it is finally time to return to the island of her birth.

Reading through her mother’s notes at her bedside, Irini starts to realise how little she knows about Bridget’s life. Now, driven by rumours that her mother’s injury was no accident, Irini must uncover the dark secrets behind her family’s separation.

Will she discover the truth about her parents and her past before it is too late?

🔸🔹My Thoughts: Ok so I must say that I have I’ve never read anything by Patricia Wilson before. I know, I know, I’m a disgrace. Not only is she a bestseller she is Scouse! Letting the side down I know.

Usually this type of book is not my go to read at all. I don’t know why, but something about Secrets of Santorini immediately pulled me in and had me wanting to give it a go.

Anyway, I did.

I’m here.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’m seriously impressed

In the sense of writing, plot, characters Secrets of Santorini is just beautiful.

Wilson writes with such depth, emotion and clarity that you completely lose yourself to the power of her words and the beautiful island of Santorini.

For me slow to get into, but worth the time invested into it. I also do not have any interest in Greek mythology either. However, it was meticulously researched and was very easy to follow for someone with no knowledge on this.

With Santorini being the go to place of the moment this is definitely a book to take with you to get more into the mood or one if you’re missing the place from your holiday there. Or last Greek holiday. Or of you’re poor like me, use it as complete escapism whilst making use of some of the sun we’ve been having here in the UK.

Just beautiful!

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

3.5/5

🔸🔹Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones – Pre-Order.

WHSmith – Pre-Order.

Book Depository – Pre-Order.

🔸🔹Book Details:

Title: Secrets of Santorini.

Author: Patricia Wilson.

Genre: General Fiction/Fiction & Literature/Historical Fiction/Mystery

Length: 496 Pages.

ISBN-10: 1785768972.

ISBN-13: 978-1785768972.

ASIN: B07JHFX5R4

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication Date:

ebook: May 16th 2019.

Paperback: July 11th 2019.

🔸🔹About the Author:

Patricia Wilson was born in Liverpool, has lived on Crete and is now settled on Rhodes. She was first inspired to write when she unearthed a rusted machine gun in her garden – one used in the events that unfolded during World War II on the island of Crete. The now elderly women involved in those events told Patricia their story, and her celebrated debut Island of Secrets (150k copies sold) was the result. Villa of Secrets (60k copies sold) was inspired by documents found in a secret room in a police station in Rhodes detailing the fate of the Jews on the island in 1944. Secrets of Santorini is inspired by frescoes found on Santorini.

You can learn more about Patricia and her work by using the following links:

Author website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

So that’s me for this Monday my loves. I hope it somehow gave you hope to get to tomorrow and want you to take a look at Secrets of Santorini.

Huge thank you to of course you lot for being here with me and for constantly giving me your support. The fabulous Mrs Wilson herself and the darling Ellen over at Bonnier for inviting me onto the tour.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver.

Hello my lovely book geeks,

How are you all?

Today I am hosting day number four on the blog tour for the legendary author Jeffery Deaver and his outstanding new book, The Never Game.

Let’s go….

👤Blurb: A student kidnapped from the park.

Nineteen-year-old Sophie disappears one summer afternoon. She wakes up to find herself locked inside a derelict warehouse, surrounded by five objects. If she uses them wisely, she will escape her prison. Otherwise she will die.

An investigator running out of time.

Sophie’s distraught father calls in the one man who can help find his daughter: unique investigator Colter Shaw. Raised in the wilderness by survivalist parents, he is an expert tracker with a forensic mind trained to solve the most challenging cases. But this will be a test even for him.

A killer playing a dangerous game.

Soon a blogger called Henry is abducted – left to die in the dark heart of a remote forest – and the whole case gets turned on its head. Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time…

👤My Thoughts: Jeffery Deaver is such a huge name in the thriller genre that it’s hard not to have heard of him and his work. I shamefully however, have never read one of his books. Well, I have now obviously, but you get what I mean.

The Never Game is the start a brand new investigative series starring survivalist Colton Shaw. Shaw a very clever and self-aware man makes a living by helping out on missing people cases that offer monetary rewards. We are introduced and given little flashbacks into his life over the years to let us start to build up a relationship with him. I found him to be very endearing and I am really excited to move onto the next chapter and find out more about him. He is an original and refreshing protagonist, which is something we actually needed in this genre without realising.

Plot wise I can’t fault The Never Game. A strategic and intense line leading to an unforgettable and solid bomb. Carefully researched and superbly written. It shoves us into the gaming industry with its underlying darkness and one very dangerous criminal. One who puts his victims into survival scenarios based on a game millions are playing online called The Mystery Man.

Now, this, I actually worried about. I’m not a gamer, I know nothing of the gamer life or games themselves. Yes, I may have teenage boys who own every console available and are big into the gaming world, but my knowledge on the subject is very minimalistic. I think a lot of people will get wary of this and it may put them off from reading. For me though I didn’t need to worry. Deaver has researched well and gives us step-by-step information to help us along our way into this unknown technological world. In fact, I learned a bit about it too. My kids think I’m stupid and looked at me strangely when I thought I was able to communicate with them about it, but obviously not and I still know nothing🤦🏻‍♀️😂

No, honestly it’s fine. Do not be put off by it.

All in all I recommend this book to you 100% it is raw, emotional, complex and extremely excitingly deceptive. It’s super fast-paced and grips dangerously hard from the off. The twists are there in full to throw you off and the suspense is an absolute killer.

I could not put it down at all! No lie, the only time I did was to go and make a cup of tea when it got a bit slow in the middle. It certainly picked back up though and the double plot intertwined gracefully and dramatic. It’s one of those reads were you think you’re clever and see what’s going on and to happen only to end up getting your eye wiped so hard and bad you end up with a bloody sty!

Go read it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4/5

👤Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audible

👤Book Details:

Title: The Never Game.

Author: Jeffery Deaver.

Genre: Crime & Thriller.

Length: 418 Pages.

ISBN: 0525535942

ISBN-10: 000830372X

ISBN-13: 978-0008303723

ASIN: B07JPXLLMZ

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 16th May 2019

👤About the Author:

Jeffery Deaver is the No.1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.

You can find out more about Jeffrey and his work by visit his website and social media accounts that are linked below. at

JefferyDeaver.com

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

So that’s me. Thank you so much for joining me today. Your support is always amazing and I’m so grateful for it! I hope you will all go and grab yourself a copy of The Never Game so you can see for yourself how good it is. And also so it strangles you. And gives you a sty. And doesn’t let you go to bed. Totally worth it though.

Thank you to the gorgeous Becca over at Harper Fiction for inviting me onto the tour and letting me read amazing ARC’s. And a big thank you also to Jeffery for having me on the tour and giving us book geeks around the world words of wonder and amazement.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2018, reviews

Book Review: The Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood.

🌑The Day Of The Accident by Nuala Ellwood

Source: ARC courtesy of Penguin/VikingBooks – Thank you!

🌑BLURB: They say you killed…BUT WHAT IF THEY’RE WRONG?

Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie’s world is torn apart

The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. That she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing.

When Maggie begs to see her husband Sean, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of her daughter’s funeral.

What really happened that day at the river?

Where is Maggie’s husband?

And why can’t she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive?

🌑MY REVIEW: A slow fumbling suspenseful start that cascades so fast into a deep night-terror so dark and soul destroying it has you fighting hard to get out of it.

A violating, fearsome and mind challenging read with a complex plot and a mother lost in it all just doing what any mother would for her child – everything!

To be totally honest here, I was pretty scared going into this read as I am a HUGE advocate for Nuala’s debut novel, My Sisters Bones. I should not have worried because with a skill, precision and mind of absolute horror she has done it again.

Clever. Original. Inventive. Exhilarating.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

🌑LINKS TO BUY:

Amazon

WHSmith

Waterstones

iBooks

Kobo

Book Depository

🌑BOOK DETAILS:

Title: The Day Of The Accident

Author: Nuala Ellwood

Genre: Psychological Thriller. Mystery & Thrillers. General Fiction (Adult)

Length: 400 pages

ISBN-10: 0241977347

ISBN-13: 978-0241977347

Publisher: Viking Books – Penguin

Publication Date: September 6th 2018

🌑ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nuala Ellwood was chosen as one of the Observer’s ‘New Faces of Fiction 2017’ for her first thriller, the bestselling My Sister’s Bones. Nuala teaches Creative Writing at York St John University, and lives in the city with her husband and son.

You can go say hello and find out more about Nuala Ellwood and get books by visiting:

Twitter

Blog

Facebook

Goodreads

Instagram

🌑If you haven’t already read Nuala Elwood’s debut My Sisters Bones then I really think you should. Links to my review and buying options.

My Sisters Bones

Posted in 2017, News, reviews

Book Review: Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten. 

🚺 Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten.

Source: review copy courtesy of Hotkey Books – thank you! 

🚺 BLURB: Kate O’Brien has always been known as the scholarship kid, running away from a terrible past and overcoming obstacles, some more sinister than others. She’s determined to make a better life for herself. She deserves it. And at the elite Waverly school, Kate is willing to do whatever it takes to climb the social ladder and land her spot at Yale. 

There’s one girl in particular who catches Kate’s eye. Olivia Michelle Sumner, all born blonde and rich and just messed up enough for Kate to latch on to. As for Olivia, she’s a damaged girl, looking to be mended. She finds something promising in Kate. A study buddy. A best friend. A sister she never had. But even a vulnerable girl like Olivia has her own dark past to contend with. When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he manages to woo the whole student body, paying particular attention to Olivia – an affair she very much wants to keep to herself, especially from Kate. And as a man who knows just how to get what he wants, Kate realises that Mark poses a huge threat, in more ways than she is willing to admit. 

🚺 MY REVIEW: So I just finished this book with a scrunched up smirk on my face. You know the one? The one that means it was more than good. That it was sly and vindictive and the bitch in you can’t get enough? Yeah, well that one. Although I must add that there was definitely a little bit of applaud/congratulation nodding for Teresa Toten thrown in for good measures too because to be honest with you it was more than I expected it to be. Right from the off you think you possibly see where it’s all going and you hold on to your own instincts thinking you’re amazingly smart only to be laughed at maliciously when the truth all comes spiralling out. You’ve got to give kudos to the author for that haven’t you? Totally shows how great of a writer they are when they can do that. So Teresa, good on you girl 👍🏻

Beware That Girl is clever, twisted, dark and dangerous. It’s secretive, frustrating, obsessive, disillusioned and utterly captivating. It’s original and feisty and to be fair does upset you at times as there is a dark, sensitive and in-depth underlining to the plot throughout the read that will definitely shock you. Which has been written with respect and care which I appreciate when faced with what can be a uncomfortable part of a book. We’re not heartless are we, but we do love a sob story don’t we? 

So teaming all that up with a small but thriving cast of diverse and excellent characters gives us an intimate and bizarre family structure like no other.

Overall this is one fantastic read!

A book that leaves you dangling by a thread over the wealthy New York skyline waiting for you to drop deep fast and hard to your death. Fabulous! 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

🚺 LINKS TO BUY:

Amazon 

iBooks 

Waterstones 

WHSmith 

Book Depository 

Kobo 

🚺 BOOK DETAILS:

Title: Beware That Girl.

Author: Teresa Toten.

Genre: YA & Teens/Psychological Thriller.

Length: 336 Pages. 

ISBN-10: 1471406393

ISBN-13: 978-1471406393

Publisher: Hot Key Books.

Publication Date: 12/01/2017

🚺 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Teresa Toten is the author of Beware That Girl; The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, winner of the Governor General s Literary Award in Canada; The Game; The Onlyhouse; and, with Eric Walters, The Taming. She is also the author of the acclaimed Blondes series. Teresa lives in Toronto. 

Visit her online at teresatoten.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and GoodReads.

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood.


🎃Happy Hallowe’en my darling book geeks of the world. I hope you are all good?🎃

 Thank you for taking the time out of your day today to join me on day number 7 of Nuala Elwood’s #MySistersBones blog tour. 

💀Now, with it being a day where anything can happen, let me just tell you now that this book is the PERFECT Halloween book for you to read today/tonight. Am not being funny right, but you’re gonna be up and down all night at the door aren’t you? So you’ll want something to keep you company and then something you can sink right into with the leftover trick or treat candy, right? Obviously it needs to be dramatic! Obviously it needs to be worrying! Obviously it needs to be mysterious, frightening, creepy and totally real life, it is Halloween after all. But even though this book is all of that and very much more and like I said the absolute perfect read for today, you always have tomorrow too.

My Sister’s Bones is a book you will NOT put down. It is a book you will NOT know what to do with as it shatters your mind into a million pieces then kills you off with a twist so hard it picks up all the shattered pieces, glues them back together again and then laughs in your face as it smashes it to pieces once again. (I know, right? What a bastard.) And, it is also NOT a book you wont tell people about once you’re a done. You have no choice really because you need them to have their eyes pulled open, and for them to be put in a place of destruction and fascination where only the readers of this book can go so that you can talk and gush about it with them. It is THAT good! It is insanely good!

Now, I know I’m supposed to give you a review, but I just don’t want too. I can’t because I’ll give something away and then you’ll hate me. You need to go in blind, and you need to let it run and just allow yourself to be dragged through every twist and turn and over every heart wrenching obstacle you come across so you come out bloody and covered in bruises. You won’t be able to fully submerge yourself into the read any other way. 

You know what?  You just need to this read this book and I promise you from the bottom of my heart you won’t be let down. 

Before I go though we need to get serious for a minute here. Yep, this is a twisty turny book of mysterious chaos, sheer trepidation and utter shock, but it also has other sides to it too. Sides that to be frank, aren’t fucking nice in the slightest. I’m talking PTSD, Alcoholism, domestic violence and abuse, plus the horrific in-depth and very real war that is happening right this minute in Aleppo, Syria. It’s truth burns deep and I won’t lie it does leaves you numb and feeling pretty shit. It is real life and Nuala Ellwood has thoroughly researched and given us nothing but truth in every aspect of what she’s written. It’s hard to read at times I’ll be honest, and you feel so utterly helpless. You know what though? To feel like that and so strongly whether it’s truth or fiction just goes to show you the quality of Nuala Ellwood’s work. 

The way in which she portrays mental health, especially PTSD, so thorough, careful and honest. It gives you a clear precise and overall better understand of the condition which some do think it’s a condition that only soldiers get. Life is hard enough as it is and PTSD can be picked up at any time in life where there has been some kind of trauma. It’s great to see that in a book. I honestly think being given more information about the world today some you might not necessarily want to hear about or one you turn a blind eye too (we all do it, don’t worry.) well, I’ll be totally honest, I find that extremely clever.

Nuala Ellwood has seriously kicked any debut book out of the ‘best debut book’ running awards and has already placed herself high on the 2017 book of the year list. 

It is so good and it is worth every minute you invest into it.

Nuala, you my friend are an absolute fucking genius. 2017 is your year and I look forward to reading whatever you throw at us next. 

Clever, emotionally compelling, absolutely captivating, so convincing and utterly creepy. And one hard core mind fucker of a book. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5


💀Blurb: Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.

But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.

At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it. 

What secret is lurking in the old family home?
And is she strong enough to uncover it…and make it out alive?

💀Links to buy: (Pre-Order)

Amazon 

iBooks

Kobo

Book Depository 

Waterstones

WHSmith


💀Book Details:

Title: My Sister’s Bones

Author: Nuala Ellwood

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Length: 400 Pages

ISBN: 9780241977279

Publisher: Penguin/Viking 

Publication Date: 

ebook – 01/11/2016

HC/PB/Audio – 09/02/2017

💀Author Details:


Nuala Ellwood is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. She was inspired by his experiences and those of foreign correspondents such as Marie Colvin and Martha Gellhorn to secure Arts Council funding for her research into PTSD for her debut psychological thriller MY SISTER’S BONES.



Ok, so I gave you a bit of a review didn’t I? No I really didn’t at all did I? 😂 I gave you a rambling of words and basically told you to buy this book. Apologies! You all know I like to get carried away, and lost when I get going about a good read. 🙈😂

I honestly do urge you all to pre-order a copy of this novel though, it is truly fantastic! 

Thank you once again for being here with me today, youre all amazing. Of course I need to give a shoutout to the ever so lovely Annie Hollands over at PenguinRandomHouse for being ever so lovely and asking me to join the tour – always appreciated. 


Love as always, N 😘