#BlogTour – Death Of A Painter

  • AUTHOR – Matthew Ross
  • PUBLISHER – Red Dog Press
  • PAGES 374

In the building game time is money and money is everything. Unfortunately for Mark Poynter he’s run out of money and he is fast running out of time.

When Mark Poynter discovers a murder on his worksite, all his financial problems suddenly seem a lot closer to home: was this a warning his debts were overdue?

Suspected of being the killer, but more worried about being the intended victim, the money problems only makes Mark’s money problems worse, leading him to turn to the local villain, Hamlet, who has his own unique repayment plan in mind for Mark.

When two more deaths plunge him even further into debt, Mark finds himself faced with a choice – help the police and clear his name or help the villain and clear his debt.

The story follows Mark Poynter on his journey to try and clear his debt and his name simultaneously when his best friend was killed with one of his tools and on his work site and the police thinks he fits the bill.

The story is filled with secrets, conflicts, lots of cash, robbing and money worries and a lot of your everyday tasks and challenges of the building trade.

The everyday tasks and the boring challenges of what everyday life throws in for us all is a big help in letting this story flow, it mixes in extremely well with the more pressing worries of the main character.

This was a fantastic debut by the author and it was a beltways of fresh air is it was not only faced paced and kept you wondering but it was also funny.

I would recommend this book to just about anyone no matter the genre they prefer

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#BlogTour – The last crossing

  • AUTHOR – Brian McGilloway
  • PUBLISHER – Dome Press
  • PAGES – 380

The last crossing is a brilliant excavation of the recent past. McGilloways book begins with as frightening and visceral a scene as in any Scorsese movie and explores the aftermath in only the way a great author can. It’s just a two hour car ride on the ferry from scotland to ireland, but during the troubles it was a journey from 20th century civilisation into the heart of darkness.

This book is filled with sadness, grief and fear while a sense of unease follows Tony through all area’s of his life.

I could feel the tension radiating through me, mixed together with some surprising truths that genuinely had me shocked.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster with plenty of depth and a hint of something extremely special.

You feel connected to not only the characters in the story but also to the plot.

This is a must read for all fiction fans.

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#BlogTour – Spider Games – k.j McGillick

  • AUTHOR – K.J McGillick
  • PUBLISHER – independently published
  • PAGES – 294

Kate O’Brien is pure dedication; she believes in the justice system. This feisty, no nonsense attorney works herself to the bone every day, tirelessly building her reputation and career. She is on the path to being a legal star. That is until her corrupt law partner, Bill Brown, a criminal defence attorney, achieves a degree of notoriety which attracts the interest of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

When the inconceivable happens, Bill is arrested, charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking and money laundering leaving the law firm In chaos. As Kate slowly digs her way out, what she finds sends her down a dark path that could lead to her imprisonment or death. Bill has meticulously set her up to pay for his malevolent crimes. His cohorts, fearing she knows too much, have marked her for death. Can she stay ahead of the FBI and unravel crimes that reach as far as China and Russia? Or will she need to assume a new identity to save her own life?

The story follows Kate O’Brien a divorce attorney who had been sent to the jail by her law partner to represent one of his friends wives while he is stuck on trial…

But the trial isn’t as quick and easy as it would seem, and her law partner Bill needs her to work on the case for longer with the help of their paralegal Norma.

Kate is infuriated by this and just wants to go back to dealing with her divorce cases, although Kate is extremely committed to her profession she has no interest or intention of being a defence attorney.

She is very focused and sharp attorney but not very clever, she relies far too much on her paralegal Norma for answers… with that being said, I do actually really like Kate.. I took to her straight away.

This book is definitely a fast paced type thriller and the further you delve into the story the more your jaw will start to drop.

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#BlogTour – The Perfect Couple

  • AUTHOR – Jackie Kabler
  • PUBLISHER – Harper Collins
  • PAGES – 432

The perfect couple … or the perfect lie?

A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life. Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.

After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified by what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she see’s the photos of the victims she is even more stunned… they all look just like Danny.

But the police aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?

The story follows Gemma, a happily married woman who has recently relocated her life due to her husbands new job, then Gemma comes home to find her husband is missing and soon discovers there is a serial killer on the loose targeting what seem to be men who fit the same description as her husband.

The perfect couple was a brilliant read that was full of twists and turns along the way and kept me on my toes until the very end. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read which was fast paced throughout.

I would definitely recommend this read to any fan of a mystery/thriller.

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#BookReview – Sleep – C.L Taylor

  • AUTHOR – C.L Taylor
  • PUBLISHER – Harper Collins
  • PAGES – 365

All Anna wants is to be able to sleep.

But paralysing insomnia, terrifying nightmares and memories of that horrific day are making it impossible if only she didn’t feel so guilty.

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum. Yet, when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests has a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re there.

There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View Hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.

This is my 2nd time reading sleep, and also how I discovered the very talented cally Taylor. This was the first book I read by the author and loved it so much I went on to buy all her previous books and having completed them I decided it was only fair to re-read sleep again.

The story follows Anna, Steve and Mohammed. Anna after having a very traumatic incident and finding herself in hospital she finds she has a stalker who keeps writing her messages about sleep. Anna the mc finds herself in an awkward situation and decides to end her relationship and move to Scotland to work in a hotel. Anna seemed to much prefer her life on a remote island, until her boss died during a storm,
And again she starts receiving weird messages from an unknown source which makes her feel uncomfortable and questions who she is now stranded with.
Steve who is so angry with what happened to his son he has plotted revenge against the woman he finds responsible
And Mohammed who is stable and in hospital not knowing if he will ever be able to walk again.
As the plot continues I found myself acting like a detective trying to figure out who it could be. Second questioning the guests. And then the realisation hits you like a ton of bricks.

I found each of the guests very interesting and intriguing…. I had a few suspicions over who I thought could have been Anna’s stalker as at one point they all fitted the bill.

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1. One of the central themes in sleep is guilt. How far does this influence the characters and do you think all the guilt Anna feels is deserved?

Anna I think is to hard on herself, but saying that I think if we were in the same position as her we would all probably feel the same way. I think it would be hard for guilt not to overrule.

2. The book is set on the remote Scottish isle of Rum. How big a part do you think the setting plays in the book? Would the storyline have been as impactful if it had been set somewhere else?

Had the book had been set somewhere else, somewhere busier maybe I don’t think it would have had the same impact because the guests wouldn’t have been stranded in the storm.

3. Sleep contains a lot of very complex, damaged characters. Who stood out to you as the most engaging character and why?

Anna was by far the most engaging character, maybe because she worked at the hotel, I think aside from her I would have to say Joe … although we didn’t read all the times he interacted with each character we read about how so many of the characters seemed to know him quite well.

4. What do you think the future holds for Anna and Joe?

I don’t think there is anyway to determine this, building a relationship after a bad experience like such that happened makes me think it is bound to fizzle our sooner or later. However I would love to see a happy ending for her.

5. Did you find the ending of the book satisfying?

100%

6. To what extent did you empathise with Katie by the end?

I felt sorry for Katie all the way through, she has such a hard life at such a young age. She really was a strong and brave character.

7. To what extent did you find Anna a relatable character?

I found Anna to be extremely relatable, I found she dealt with things just how any of us would deal with things, she had deep anxiety since her crash as would we all.

8. Melanie and Malcom have a difficult relationship. Do you think they are right to think about divorce by the end of the novel?

Yes. If that’s what they feel is right for them, sometimes it better to just walk away than go through life arguing and feeling resentful.

9. Do you think there’s a relationship between sleep and mental health.

Yes!!! 100% having very little or no sleep has an immense impact on ones mental health.

10. Would Christine still have been obsessed with sleep and death if her father hadn’t been a doctor.

It is very possible that would still be the case but it is also very possible that she wouldn’t be that way.

My March Reads

  • The Fear – C.L Taylor
  • A wash of black – Chris McDonald
  • The Treatment – C.L Taylor
  • Fifty Fifty – Steve Cavanagh
  • One of us is next – Karen M McManus
  • A prison in the sun – Isobel Blackthorn
  • The Escape – C.L Taylor
  • Two can keep a secret – Karen M McManus
  • The chain – Adrian McKinty

1. A Wash Of Black – Chris McDonald

A Wash Of Black was released earlier this year, I read so much about it on Twitter I was super excited to dive into this one. I know sometimes when a book is so hyped up it can usually be disappointing, but rest assured you will not be disappointed with this read. This book is an incredible start to Chris’s career and a phenomenal debut novel and I can now wait for the next in the series to be released.

2. Fifty Fifty – Steve Cavanagh

Eddie Flynn is back everyone!! But unfortunately the publication date for this is not until July. Thank you so much to net galley for my copy of this book and my review will be available on the publication day. But what I can tell you is this book will keep you on the edge or your seat, you will guess the killer, then keep second guessing yourself all the way through right until the very end. Excellent read as always for Mr Cavanagh.

3. The Treatment – C.L Taylor

I have been backtracking through Cally’s books. I discovered Cally when she released her book sleep in 2019 and since then I have bought all her work and have been working my through. The treatment was a fantastic book, a little different to her usual work as it is classed as young adult book but please do not let that put you off. It was an excellent read with plenty of twists and turns along the way and you will definitely not want to put this one down.

4. The Fear – C.L Taylor

Another excellent read from the very talented cally, this book I found to be a little darker than the rest due to the context of the story, and it left me with the biggest book hangover I have ever had due to the memories it conjures up for me. But setting that aside it was an excellent read and another book you will not want to put down right until the twist at the very end.

5. The Chain – Adrian McKinty

This book was an exceptional read. It will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. You will definitely become engrossed into the chain and will hope and pray that no one breaks it.

March has been a hard time for a lot of us and I am so glad that I have found comfort in my books, these authors have been a god send for me this month and my books are what are keeping me sane most days. So I thank each and everyone of them for helping me get through this troubling time.