#BookReview – In Servitude

  • AUTHOR – Heleen Kist
  • PUBLISHER – Pollok Glen Publishing
  • PAGES – 339
  • SUBJECTS – #Mystery #Thriller

When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory was indebted to a local crime lord and laundering money through her cafè. What’s worse, Grace is now forced to take over.

Defying her anxiety, Grace will stop at nothing to save herself and those Glory left behind from the clutches of Glasgow’s underworld. But her plans unravel when more family secrets emerge and Grace is driven to question everything she believed about her sister – even her death.

This is my second book I have read by author Heleen Kist, I was first introduced to her work when I read her second Novel #StayMadSweetheart … this book was my favourite read of 2019 and so knew I had to go back and read her previous work.

I have found in the past when I look back at the authors previous work that the first books are not as great as their latest work, but this is definitely not the case with Heleen Kist. This novel was also a thrillingly enjoy full read and I have now found myself another favourite author.

In servitude follows Grace the main character trying to work out how to get through her new life (her sisters life) after her accidental death… the novel starts by throwing you in at the deep end and your faved with the death of her sister almost instantly. Even though we had no prior knowledge of her sister and her life I found myself emotional over her death, that is just how brilliantly it was written… you can feel the heart-ache from Grace oozing from the words.

Grace was a very likeable character, she was a bit on the goody two shoes side but I loved how insistent she was about things that she could feel in her gut … her gut feeling was right all along even when it was proven to just be her grief … the insistence of Grace maintained a steady and interesting pace throughout the book ….

… until you were nearing the end and then BAM 💥

The pace quickened with a huge twist thrown in and there was no way I was putting the book down until I had found out what the hell was going on.

That’s when we found out the true colours of goody two shoes Grace, the ending started off so sad for her, I was actually pretty gutted with what I was reading and then Grace turned into some next crazy lunatic and I couldn’t believe me eyes.

I bought this book as a kindle copy and will most certainly be hitting the shops to buy a physical copy to continue my Heleen Kist collection on my shelves. This book was a hell of a start to an amazing career she is set to have.

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I absolutely loved this book, a brilliant twist thrown in that I didn’t see coming is always an amazing read … I would recommend this book to all thriller lovers.

#BlogTour – Two: Mind Games and Murder

  • AUTHOR – J.K McGillick
  • PUBLISHER – KJRM Publishing

Her husband wants her tucked away in a psychiatric ward. His business partner wants her dead. Exclusive Paris art gallery owner Isabella Armonds life spins out of control when she discovers her husband Dr. Adrian Armond has been brokering and trafficking in black market organs and using her beloved gallery to launder the money. Now europool believes she is a key part of the conspiracy that destroyed Notre Dame, Westminster Abbey and St Peters Basillica. In a race against time, Isabella must use all the resources at her disposal to clear her name, outwit her husband and salvage her life and business.

The story follows Isabella on her journey to find out who her husband really is… she thought he was a much loves surgeon but is he really someone completely different?

This was a great read, with a thrilling pace that keeps you pretty much hooked throughout.

I was recommended to read this one before the first book as the story reads better this way … there was only one confusing part to reading this book beforehand which was a reference to a character that didn’t appear anywhere in the book … aside from this it was a great plot with very strong characters.

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The Cockatoo From Timbuktu

Join Kian the Cockatoo on his adventures around the world! Can a childhood song about a shining star help him find his way home? From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of china to New York City, wonders of the world are explored delightfully in this epic journey.

This is the second book I have read by William A.E Ford and again he does not disappoint. I found this book to be vibrant, educational and a lot of fun to read, and I know my four year old niece will absolutely love this book.

The book was filled with a whole bunch of animals all from different countries that Kian the Cockatoo had flown over, all kids love animals and think they will engage really well with this book, it has everything to keep them enthralled…. plenty of animals, education as to what each of the animals are and where they are from, beautiful vibrant colours and an amazing little rhyme on each page about the journey of The Cockatoo From Timbuktu.

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#Book Review – #TheOtherPeople

  • AUTHOR – C.J Tudor
  • PUBLISHER – Penguin Books
  • PAGES – 416

She sleeps a pale girl in a white room …

Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe see’s a little girls face appear in the rear window.

She mouths one word ‘Daddy’

It’s his five year old daughter, Izzy.

Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believed Izzy was dead.

Fran and her daughter Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.

Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. she knows who is responsible. And she knows why they will do if she ever catches up with her and Alice….

WOW!! C.J Tudor just keeps getting better and better with each read. This book was truly amazeballs … a definite can not put down type of read.

I absolutely loved the plot … and loved the story … my favourite part was how each of all the characters were connected and how it all came together at the end.

The story starts by following two storylines with chapters separating each story .. Gabe on his quest to find his missing daughter and Fran who was running as far away from her last known location as possible. Then there is the pale girl in the white room and the Samaritan. I swear I am going to dream about the pale girl in the white room tonight, with all her chapters starting off with the same sentence but I loved that, that was the case.

I found myself reading between the lines constantly in this book, acting the detective and I was always one step ahead … but only a step if I figured something out it was literally just before the book told me I was right.

This book has you hooked by the first chapter and with each chapter you find a cliff hanger but you have to wait to find out what happens because you need to read a part of a different story first. It keeps you completely on edge and wanting to read more and more.

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I would recommend this book to just about every reader. You will not be disappointed

The puppy no one wanted #BookReview

  • AUTHOR – Barby Keel
  • PUBLISHER – Orion Publishing
  • PAGES – 256
  • SUBJECTS – #Rescue #animal

Barby Keel is used to all manner of creatures arriving at the door of the Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary where she lives and works, deep within the Sussex countryside. But nothing can prepare her for the arrival of Teddy, a neglected, traumatised Irish Wolfhound puppy who is dumped at the gates of the sanctuary in a filthy box, terrified and desperate for someone to love.

Despite his scruffy appearance, Barby can’t help but feel a spark of affection for this overgrown puppy, with his loving, gentle nature, and is determined to find this beautiful creature the perfect forever home.

But Teddy is still haunted by the traumas of his past, and Barby is heartbroken as he is rejected over and over again by potential adopters.

I absolutely love all of Barby Keels books and this one is of course no different, a book about rescue … two of my most favourite things in the world.

I am also in the rescue world so I can relate to so much in Barby’s books … I however am on a much smaller scale than her with being a home based rescue but I know just what amazing work they do there … having had to contact them twice myself about dogs I needed help with and each time without fail they agreed to take them on. They are an amazing sanctuary.

This book was so incredibly heart-warming and had me welling you twice. What an incredible story of a poor puppy who could not find himself a forever home, it is so heart-wrenching when this happens. I have been there myself but you can’t help but keep them and show them the love that they so rightly deserve.

This woman is such an inspiration and with each story I read she becomes more and more of a heroine to me…. in her book you can feel how strongly and passionately she feels about all the animals in her care. She is an absolute credit to the animal world.

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I would recommend this book to absolutely everybody…. all the profits made from each book are put straight back into the care of all her animals … such a bonus to buying one of her books

#BlogTour The Black Ditch

  • AUTHOR – Simon J Lancaster
  • PUBLISHER – Independently Published
  • PAGES – 373

Laurie Sterne feels like he’s been cut adrift in space. His father has been shot dead, caught in the crossfire of a gangland war that has also claimed his boss’s life. Laurie is a refugee who lost his adoptive mum years before and doesn’t know where he was born, let alone who his birth parents were. But he’s not alone in the world: someone is trying to kill him. This is London 2050, a dumping ground for climate refugees and dissidents. Gangs rule, murder goes unpunished and the police make sure you can’t escape. In his struggle to stay alive, he finds an ally: his former boss’s secret daughter. But with the killer predicting his every move, is the man without a past being betrayed by the woman who seems to offer him a future?

The book starts off really good, with the climate change and the affects, how Laurie struggles being a refugee and how he is forced to move to London… this then fast forwards to the year 2050 when he is thirty and working in a gang with someone who is trying to kill him.

As much as the chase might keep you on the edge of your seat I found that it was more dragged out and got quite boring.

However this may not be how everyone else would see it, the book is most certainly jam packed with gang war, violence and death which I can imagine will appeal to most people, but is just not for me.

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#BlogTour – A Messy Affair

  • AUTHOR – Elizabeth Mundy
  • PUBLISHER – Hatchette UK
  • PAGES – 288
  • SUBJECTS – #crime #fiction

The only way is murder….

Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, is forced to brush up on her detective skills for a third time when her cousin Sarika is plunged into danger.

Sarika and her reality TV star boyfriend Terry both receive threatening notes. When Terry stops calling, Lena assumes he’s lost interest. Until he turns up. Dead. Lena knows she’s must act fast to keep her cousin from the same fate.

Scrubbing her way through the grubby world of reality television, online dating and betrayed lovers, Lena finds it harder than she thought to discern whats real and what’s just for the cameras.

The story follows Lena on her journey to uncover what has happened to her cousins late boyfriend.

The story is filled with all sorts of shenanigans while Lena tries to find the mystery of what happened to Terry, this is the third book in a series so I am unsure if would I have read the other two books my review and rating may have been a bit different.

I found the storyline was good, and I understood it enough to say I had not read the other two books but for me it was a very slow paced thriller and didn’t compel me enough.

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I would recommend this book if you don’t mind something a little more slow paced but is jam packed with shenanigans.