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Not My Mother by Miranda Smith #BookReview #NotMyMother #PsychologicalThriller #NetGalley @MSmithBooks @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookblog

Today I am reviewing Not My Mother by Miranda Smith. This was released on the 30th of March, published by Bookouture. Continue reading Not My Mother by Miranda Smith #BookReview #NotMyMother #PsychologicalThriller #NetGalley @MSmithBooks @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookblog

All the Little Things by Sarah Lawton #BookReview #AllTheLittleThings #Thriller #NetGalley @s_lawton_books @canelo_co #onceuponatimebookblog

Today I am reviewing All The Little Things by Sarah Lawton. This was released on the 25th of March, published by Canelo.

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Close My Eyes by Beverley Harvey #BookReview #CloseMyEyes #PsychologicalSuspense #NetGalley @BevHarvey_ @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookblog

 

Today I am reviewing Close My Eyes by Beverley Harvey. This was released on the 23rd of March published by Bookouture.

Book Blurb

How did I forget the worst thing that’s ever happened to me? And how do I try and put it right?

The first time I remembered, I thought I was dying. I couldn’t breathe – something was crushing my chest – all I could see was darkness. A terrible fear, pulling me under. And all because of a glimpse of a face I hadn’t seen in years.

Since then I’ve realised: this is a memory of an attack. Something vicious happened to me years ago – a night that changed my life, without me even knowing. My family and friends don’t believe me – they say I’m imagining things, but I know I’m right. What I don’t know is who was responsible. And I won’t stop until I find out.

Wherever the truth leads me. Whatever betrayals are uncovered. Whatever the risk.

A heart-stopping psychological suspense novel that asks: who do you trust the most? Your friends? Your family? Or your own mind? Fans of T.M. Logan, Claire McGowan and Lisa Jewell will be gripped by Close My Eyes.

Close My Eyes, the latest offering by Beverley Harvey, is one twisty tale that I could not get enough of! It is definitely just a one more chapter kind of read and like me, you may just find yourself losing time until there are no more chapters left to be read! I do love it when this happens.

Beverley Harvey has created a thrilling and thought provoking tale that will have you hooked right from the prologue. I found it a fascinating look into the mind and how a chance sighting of someone can trigger repressed memories and throw a life into such turmoil. It delves into PTSD, abuse and rape to name just a few, which may be a trigger for some readers, but they have been dealt with sensitively.

The characters have been well crafted, are believable and had me invested in them. I enjoyed the interchanging chapters between Gemma and Beth and the reader is given a great insight into each of their lives and struggles.

Close My Eyes definitely gets the heart pumping and is very addictive. A well plotted, written, dark and character driven story, this is one that is a must read for the psychological suspense fans out there.

Thank you to Beverley Harvey, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Close My Eyes, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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Let\’s Get to Know Beverley Harvey

Throughout Beverley’s many years spent working in advertising and PR, she had always wanted to write fiction. In 2015 a creative writing course inspired her debut novel, Seeking Eden, which was published in 2017. The sequel, Eden Interrupted, soon followed. Beverley’s third novel – her first with Bookouture – fulfils a long-time goal to publish a psychological thriller.

Born in Yorkshire, and raised in Kent, Beverley currently lives in West Sussex with her partner and their adorable terrier. When not writing, you’ll find her reading, walking the dog or listening to rock music.

Find out more at www.beverleyharvey.co.uk
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Her Revenge by Emma Tallon #BookReview #HerRevenge #NewSeries #CrimeThriller #NetGalley @EmmaEsj @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookblog

Today I am reviewing Her Revenge by Emma Tallon. This was released on the 22nd of March, published by Bookouture.


Book Blurb

There’s a new girl in town and she has a score to settle.

Scarlet Drew isn’t to be messed with. As the daughter of a notorious London gangster, she’s got enough street smarts to take on the world. But when the most important person in Scarlet’s life is murdered in cold blood on the East End streets where she grew up, she can only think of one thing – revenge.

Scarlet’s aunt Lily is fierce, straight-talking and a force to be reckoned with. As head of the family firm and queen of the London underworld, she welcomes her niece into the business and swears to help her get revenge – after all, family comes first.

Scarlet soon discovers that the murder is just one part of a plot by a rival firm to take down the entire Drew empire. She stands shoulder to shoulder with her aunt, ready to fight back, but these new enemies are the most dangerous threat the Drew family has ever faced.

As everything they’ve built begins to crumble, Scarlet’s estranged cousin Ruby suddenly comes back into the firm, with a revelation that could tear the Drews apart once and for all. But can she be trusted? As Scarlet faces up to her enemy, one thing is for sure: family means everything to her and she will stop at nothing to protect it, even if it means putting her own life at risk.

Strong women, family dramas and nail-biting tension make Her Revenge a book not to be missed!

Last year Emma broke my heart with the ending of her amazing Tyler Family series and I didn’t think I would be able to recover. Ok. so I might be acting a bit melodramatic here but it is a fantastic series. (if you haven’t already, you need to check it out!) Anyway, I am pleased to say that she mended my heart and put it right back together with a brilliant start to a new series with Her Revenge.

Emma Tallon is one author that really does bring the gritty crime thriller genre to life so well and with each book you feel you are part of the action. Her Revenge is no exception. Right off the bat I was caught up and tangled in its web unable to tear myself away until that last page. Action packed and full of tension and suspense this is a first class read.

With a cast that consists of already memorable characters for me, I can’t wait to see how they develop over the course of the series. Fierce, feisty and oh so mighty, these women are bad ass all the way and I loved them! Emma Tallon has done such a great job with their creation and has brought them to life beautifully.

Her Revenge is a super fast paced read that will have you flicking the pages long into the night. It is superbly written and I can’t wait to read more. It was a pleasure to read and review Her Revenge, which I highly recommend.

Thank you to Emma Tallon, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Her Revenge, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Let\’s Get to Know Emma Tallon

Emma Tallon is a British author of gripping, gritty, organised crime thrillers and mother of two. Having started her writing career as a freelance ghostwriter, Emma finished her first novel, Runaway Girl, in 2016, and became an author full time.

Since then she has written several other novels for her publisher and has carved out a successful career for herself from her home in Milton Keynes, where she can usually be found typing away in her office surrounded by large stacks of books and Post-it Notes full of ideas for future stories.

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The Secret Sister by M.M DeLuca #BookReview #TheSecretSister #SuspenseThriller #NetGalley @DeLucaMarjorie @canelo_co #onceuponatimebookblog

 

Today I am reviewing The Secret Sister by M.M. DeLuca. This was released on the 25th of March, published by Canelo.

Book Blurb 

The truth always comes out…
I want to tell my husband, Guy, everything about my past. Honestly, I do. He’s been so wonderful, providing me with a life of comfort and love a world away from the dark life I had before.

He deserves the truth.

But if he finds out who I really am, the perfect life I’ve built will come crashing down around my ears. And that can’t happen. Not yet. Not until I reveal the truth about what happened to my little sister.

A completely addictive thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for fans of The Step Daughter, Shalini Boland and K.L. Slater.

The Secret Sister is my first book from M.M. DeLuca and has been such a great introduction to her work for me. It is a suspense thriller that will consume you and keep you guessing right to the end.

At times this book is hard to read given its subject matter, which includes child and drug abuse and these may be a trigger for some readers. M.M DeLuca does a great job at handling these topics which she does sensitivity, but doesn’t sugarcoat over the seriousness of them.

The characters have been well developed, crafted and they play their parts well. The past and present structure gives the reader a great insight into their background and experiences and how that has shaped them.

The Secret Sister is a well written and gripping read that really pulls on the heartstrings. There were a number of times where I read this through tears and it really got under my skin. This is one book that will stay with me for a long time to come. I will definitely be reading more from M.M DeLuca in the future.

Thank you to M.M. DeLuca, Canelo and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Secret Sister, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Let’s Get to Know M.M. DeLuca

M. M. (Marjorie) DeLuca spent her childhood in the beautiful cathedral city of Durham in North-Eastern England. She attended the University of London, Goldsmiths College, studied psychology, then became a teacher. She immigrated to Canada and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two children. There she also studied writing under her mentor, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Carol Shields.

Her first novel, THE PITMAN\’S DAUGHTER was shortlisted for the Chapters Robertson Davies first novel in Canada award. She went on to self-publish it and it became an Amazon bestseller. She loves writing for all ages and in many genres—suspense, historical, sci-fi for teens. She also teaches workshops in Creative Writing and the writing process.

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After the Crash by Emma Davies #BookReview #AfterTheCrash #Contemporary #NetGalley @EmDaviesAuthor @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookblog

Today I am reviewing After The Crash by Emma Davies. This was released on the 16th of March, published by Bookouture.

Book Blurb

He helped you move on… Until you discovered what he did.

Louisa Adams has done her best to hold herself together in the years since she lost her husband in a car accident. But each morning she wakes up alone is more painful than the last. She hopes moving into the crumbling seaside guest house her daughter just bought in Devon will help put what’s left of her broken family back together…

There, Louisa is offered a final chance to save her career by writing an article on a local sand artist, Isaac. Except, when he turns to greet her – tall, handsome and weather-worn – something about him feels disturbingly familiar. Why, when he looks into her eyes, does she feel like he knows exactly who she is and everything she’s been through?

As they explore the rugged coastline’s hidden coves together – living and laughing like she never thought she would again – Louisa is fascinated by this man who creates beautiful sculptures on the shoreline, but deep down she knows he’s keeping a secret from her. The discovery of a charcoal scribble in one of his sketchbooks linking him to the death of her husband, confirms her deepest fear. Is she ready for what he will tell her, and will letting him in rip her family and her heart apart all over again?

A heartbreaking, page-turning and completely unforgettable family drama you will read in one sitting. Perfect for anyone who loves Amanda Prowse, Kerry Fisher and Jodi Picoult.

Emma Davies has done it again and completely blown me away with this book. I am still thinking about about it long after having finished reading it, which is always the case when I read anything by this extremely talented author.

There are not many authors that can get me to read anything other than my beloved psychological thrillers, but Emma Davies is one of these authors. Since being exposed to her work last year, each book I have read from her is just another to add to my favourites and After the Crash is no exception.

Be prepared to be completely gripped and unable to tear yourself away from this one and have the tissues handy. I was up for a good cry and Emma Davies gave this to me. I was so invested in the story and its lead Louise, that it made me feel like I was also part of it experiencing it all with her.

After the Crash, is an emotionally charged read that has been beautifully written and will pull on your heartstrings. It definitely had me under its spell from start to finish. Another wonderful read from Emma Davies which I can’t recommend highly enough.

Thank you to Emma Davies, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of After the Crash, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.