Bad Apples by Will Dean @RandomTTours

It only takes one…

A murder

A resident of small-town Visberg is found decapitated

A festival

A grim celebration in a cultish hilltop community after the apple harvest

A race against time

As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story

The perfect book for the month of October, Bad Apples delivers a Halloween storyline that is so perfectly creepy you will have shivers running down your spine! This is the 4th Tuva Moodyson written by Will Dean and the perfect addition to the series. Thankfully it can also be read as a standalone thriller so if you’ve never read a Tuva Moodyson book before then you will be able to dive straight into this one without having to know too much of what has happened previously.

Bad Apples certainly packs a punch within the first few pages as Tuva walks straight into a murder scene in a forest. The town is in full Halloween spirit and hunting is high on the list for local entertainment. The celebrations following the harvest of the local apples give way to “Pan Night” but there’s something evil in the air! Visberg definitely isn’t somewhere you would go for a lovely family trip! As Tuva tries to work out who killed the headless corpse she finds in the forest that night, she meets some wonderful characters in the isolated community she now calls home…

Will Dean has once again woven the Swedish folklore tales throughout this gripping thriller and given his readers a taste of Sweden very unlike the IKEA version we are used to! It’s a chilling and sinister storyline with a completely bonkers last few pages and a very shocking final sentence! No spoilers but talk about a cliffhanger! I loved it!

Bad Apples is published by Point Blank and available to buy now.

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands and had lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and named a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. The second Tuva Moodyson mystery, Red Snow, won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards, 2019, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2020. His third novel, Black River, was chosen as Observer Thriller of the Month. Will Dean lives in Sweden where the Tuva Moodyson novels are set.

Whispers of a Scandal by Julie Corbin @niamh_anderson @Julie_Corbin

Who knows your darkest secret?

After every parents’ evening, friends Nina, Bel and Rachel look forward to their regular debrief at the pub. But there will be no clinking Prosecco tonight. 

They are discussing an anonymous note that has been left in a child’s schoolbag: This class has secrets. All the parents tell lies. 

As more notes are discovered, scandalous accusations are made and the school playground becomes rife with rumours. 

Who could be revealing the three friends’ secrets? Because they thought the only people who knew everything about them were each other… 

An addictive psychological suspense thriller full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of Heidi Perks, Lisa Hall and Jane Corry.

I am absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of Whispers of a Scandal today as it’s also PUBLICATION DAY! Now if you’ve never read any books by this author before then this would be the perfect place to start-and I guarantee you will then want to buy the 7 books that she wrote before this one! Julie Corbin is one of my all time favourite authors and I’ve been a huge fan ever since her debut novel so I was really looking forward to Whispers of a Scandal and I’m delighted to report that it didn’t disappoint.

One thing I don’t miss now that my children are grown up is the “playground mafia”-those mums who seem to revel in the drama of being a parent, gossiping in little cliques and never happier than if there is some scandal to slowly savour between them whilst standing in the school playground. Having had my fair share of being on the receiving end of sly looks and fallouts about children (you know, the ones where parents fall out because their kids have had an upset and then 24 hours later the children are besties again but the adults can hardly bare to be in the same space as each other…) I knew that the storyline here would be an intriguing one. And I became addicted very quickly to the horrific plot and all the very different characters within it. When Ninas daughter Lily starts to receive poison pen letters in her school bag, Nina is horrified-especially as they appear to have been written by a child in Lily’s class! And what do these notes mean? “This class has secrets and all the parents tell lies”? Who is hiding things and why? Nina, her friends Bel and Rachel or is it the other parents who gather daily in the school playground? The notes don’t stop after that first one either sonNina, Bel and Rachel need to work fast to protect their families from the vicious, vile accusations against them.

This is my kind of psychological thriller! Families who hide their secrets behind closed doors, their perfect lives falling apart, are the most fascinating of characters to explore and Julie Corbin does a brilliant job of keeping everything close to her chest then slowly revealing the shocking truths. There are plenty of twists and turns as the storyline speeds towards its scandalous denouement but be warned there are a few distressing scenes along the way that some people may find a little disturbing. There is also one character that I hated with a passion but I’ll let you read the book yourself to work out which one!

I absolutely loved this book and can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s an unsettling book with some harrowing moments but it’s utterly addictive!

Whispers of a Scandal by Julie Corbin is published today. Many thanks to Niamh Anderson for my review copy.

Julie Corbin is Scottish and grew up just outside Edinburgh. She has lived in East Sussex for the last thirty years and raised her three sons in a village close to the Ashdown Forest. She is trained as a nurse and combines school nursing with writing novels. Her eighth novel, Whispers of a Scandal, will be published in October this year.

Her psychological thrillers have been described as ‘creepy and gripping’ (Closer) and ‘remarkably assured… suspenseful narrative’ (Daily Mail)

She speaks at writing events, book groups and libraries, and runs writing workshops for beginners and more experienced writers. 

For more information visit Julie’s website http://www.juliecorbin.com and follow her on Twitter @Julie_Corbin

Circle of Betrayal by Ruth O’Neill

Lena Farnham has it all: a job she loves, a wonderful husband, a huge house, and a baby about to arrive. She’s the happiest she’s ever been, and she can’t believe how lucky she is.

Unfortunately, Lena’s luck is about to run out.

Someone is following her, and not only that – they’re leaving frightening messages, and threatening her perfect life. Even worse? Her husband Sean doesn’t believe any of it.

When the baby finally arrives, however, Lena’s follower is the least of her worries. Everything in her life is about to change, but why? What did she do to deserve this? And what isn’t Sean telling her?

Lena embarks on a journey to uncover the lies, deceit and betrayal from the one person she loves and trusts the most… her husband.

I couldn’t resist a review request from author Ruth O’Neill when I found out we had so much in common with our both being grandmothers who work as SEN teaching assistants! She sent me a copy of her book Circle of Betrayal for review and I was very happy to be asked to read and review. It’s a psychological thriller with a shocking storyline and multiple character voices so that the reader gets sucked into the lives of all of those affected by the horrific acts committed here.

Lena is heavily pregnant but still working as a teacher at a secondary school. She loves her husband, her job and her lifestyle but just recently she has felt like she is being watched. Her husband Sean thinks she is being paranoid but he is keeping secrets of his own…

This is one of those books that keeps you guessing by telling the same events through the eyes of different characters. It’s hard to know who to trust although the identity of the stalker is quite easy to figure out and some of the coincidences are a little too obvious but this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of what was happening. There are lots of unlikeable characters here who didn’t get any of my sympathy when things started to fall apart and so I found the ending quite a satisfying one.

Circle of Betrayal is an intriguing and compelling psychological thriller and Ruth O’Neill has an engaging writing style that draws you in from the very first page. An enjoyable read.

Ruth O’Neill grew up in the ancient Roman city of Bath England, a beautiful peaceful city whose locations are often referred to in her first book ‘Sunshine & Tears’.

Ruth has always enjoyed helping others and is very committed to her job as a Teaching Assistant where she supports young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities.

Her second book `Befriended` is a contemporary thriller.
Her last book ‘Tell Me Why’ is a psychological thriller.
Ruth is now becoming renowned for her breath-taking thrillers.

Her new release Circle Of Betrayal is now on sale. 

Ruth enjoys hula-hooping, reading, holiday’s abroad, and spending precious time with her three grandchildren… oh and wine.

The Collector’s Daughter by Gill Paul #publicationday #thecollectorsdaughter @AvonBooksUK

From the internationally bestselling author comes a tale of long-buried secrets and a discovery that will change everything, perfect for fans of Dinah Jefferies and Lucinda Riley.

An unforgettable discovery
In 1922, Lady Evelyn Herbert’s dreams are realised when she is the first to set foot inside the lost tomb of Tutankhamun for over 3,000 years.
A cursed life
But the months after the discovery are marred by tragedy, when Eve’s father dies suddenly and her family is torn in two. Desperate to put the past behind her, Eve retreats into a private life with her new husband.
A deadly choice
But she is harbouring a dark secret about what really happened in Egypt. And when a young woman comes asking questions years later, the happiness Eve has finally found is threatened once more…

Gill Paul writes such beautifully involving historical fiction and I’ve adored all of her books so far. I have a huge fascination with the subject matter of her latest book though and couldn’t wait to see how she worked her usual magic into the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Gill has taken the real life characters of Lady Evelyn Herbert, her family and Howard Carter and carefully crafted a fictional plot that is still very much based on fact. There have been rumours and whispers throughout the years of how the curse of Tutankhamen struck those who sneaked into his lost tomb over 3,000 years after he was was buried there and, whether or not you believe them, it’s hard to escape the fact that some very strange things occurred to them all afterwards.

The amount of research that has gone into creating this storyline must have been huge and it benefited greatly from it, with a smooth transition between past and present as the reader explores the Egyptian landmarks alongside Evelyn. I waited until I had finished reading it before I delved deeper into the family’s history as I hadn’t wanted any spoilers! And I hadn’t realised until reading The Collector’s Daughter that Evelyn’s family had their family seat at Highclere where Downton Abbey was filmed. There are some books recommended at the back here if you want to find out more about the family and their beautiful home.

I absolutely loved The Collector’s Daughter and can highly recommend it for fans of historical fiction and fact based historical fiction. It was almost like being there at the opening of the most spectacular discovery of the century alongside Evelyn as she makes decisions that she may come to regret…

The Collector’s Daughter is published today by Avon Books.

The Girl at My Door by Rebecca Griffiths @bookouture @rebeccagriffit7 #thegirlatmydoor

Inspired by the true crime story of the Rillington Place murders comes a chilling, fictional re-telling of one of Britain’s most infamous serial killers.

Queenie Osbourne is the talk of London. Rising to fame as a singer after the Second World War, she is about to head to New York to make her fortune. 

On the surface John Reginald Christie is an ordinary man. By day he wanders the bustling city streets. By night he is entertained by Queenie and her band. He is always searching for prey. Soon a young waitress named Joy catches his eye and his dangerous obsession begins. 

Joy is preparing to wed Charles Gilchrist, one of the city’s most eligible bachelors. But Queenie has always held a flame for him and the spark between them is obvious. 

When Queenie commits the ultimate betrayal against Joy, she knows her bright future is at risk. With nowhere else to turn, there is only one man who can help her. But Queenie has no idea of the dark secrets which lie behind the door of 10 Rillington Place. As Christie watches her approaching, will he risk everything for his highest-profile victim yet? 

Blending the real-life story of notorious serial killer John Reginald Christie with a fictionalised cast of characters, this thrilling mystery is perfect for fans of Gregg Olsen, Louise Douglas and Jess Lourey.

It’s no secret that I’m huge fan of Rebecca Griffiths’ writing and that I feel her books deserve a bigger audience so I was absolutely thrilled when I heard she had signed up with one of my favourite publishers Bookouture! And her new publisher also marks the start of a slight change in direction for her with this creative take on a real life criminal and his heinous crimes. In The Girl At My Door she has woven a tense and atmospheric fictional narrative around the serial killer John Reginald Christie, with imagined scenarios and characters who have been created to cross the path of this vile monster.

From the very first sentence there was a sense of foreboding and, although I only knew the basics of the murders perpetrated by Christie before I read this book, whenever he was on the page he gave off a convincing realism that gave me goosebumps. I thought it was a brilliant idea to use him throughout this novel, silently stalking his potential victim and sharing in her personal tragedies as he looked for a way to indulge in his obsession. And when he finally becomes part of the chain of vicissitude, it has devastating consequences…

I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved this book. I became totally invested in the lives of Joy and Queenie as the friends unintentionally became the focus of attention for a man with no moral compass. The attention to detail is brilliant, both in the descriptions of the historical period it’s set in and the life of John Reginald Christie. The quality of the writing slowly draws you into this gripping thriller and it kept me on the edge of my seat as I waited to see how this dramatic chiller would play out and whether or not another victim would fall into the infamous rope chair.

Shocking, immersive and beautifully crafted, The Girl At My Door is a stunning book with unexpected twists and one of the creepiest portrayals of a serial killer I have ever read! I’ve also listened to the audiobook so if that’s your preferred reading choice then I have to say that you will be blown away by the narrators (I’ve never liked the word “moist” but after listening to the first 5 minutes of the male actor delivering Christie’s words, I never want to hear the word EVER AGAIN! )

Highly recommended by me!

Rebecca Griffiths grew up in mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English Literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland she returned to rural mid-Wales where she lives with her husband, a prolific artist, their four black rescue cats, two pet sheep the size of sofas and writes full time

Safe at Home by Lauren North @RandomTTours

What if you left your child alone, and something terrible happened?

Anna James is an anxious mother. So when she has to leave eleven-year-old Harrie home alone one evening, she can’t stop worrying about her daughter. But nothing bad ever happens in the sleepy village of Barton St Martin.

Except something goes wrong that night, and Anna returns to find Harrie with bruises she won’t explain. The next morning a local businessman is reported missing and the village is sparking with gossip.

Anna is convinced there’s a connection and that Harrie is in trouble. But how can she protect her daughter if she doesn’t know where the danger is coming from?

Lauren North has taken a dilemma faced by every parent and woven a scarily realistic psychological thriller around it. It’s always a worry when you have to decide it’s the right time to leave your child home alone as it needs to happen for the first time at some point but here, that decision leads to an horrific situation both for Anna and especially her daughter, Harrie…

I loved the way the narrative was written here. We have Anna, a woman I think that everyone can relate to, making the decision to leave Harrie while she takes her youngest daughter to pick up Harrie’s twin from gymnastics. She knows that she’s seen as a worrier but her anxiety may be justified as her past is revealed and her present situation explained. And then there is Harrie. What happens to her when she’s left home alone? Why won’t she speak to her mother about it? And why is there a silver car now following her? Then finally, we meet Anna’s friends via their what’s app group. It’s here that we realise all may not be as we think as the group also has a secret “spin off” group that Anna knows nothing about! 

It becomes obvious when a newspaper reporter starts asking questions that the night Anna made her difficult decision has led to something quite shocking but we are kept in the dark about this till very near the end. In fact, there are so many twists, red herrings and secrets that I had absolutely no idea idea what had happened or why until everything was revealed! And that’s what I love about Lauren’s North’s books. She’s become one of those writers who is an automatic buy for me as I love the way she keeps me guessing throughout her gripping storylines. 

Safe At Home is one of my hot picks for September. It’s tension filled from start to finish as we become heavily invested in this family and their lives. I can highly recommend it!

Lauren writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation.
Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. Readers can follow Lauren on Twitter @Lauren_C_North and Facebook @LaurenNorthAuthor

The Trapped Wife by Samantha Hayes #booksontour @bookouture

The rain hammers the glass outside. My husband has stoked the wood burner with a fresh supply of logs, and I’ve just put a joint of beef in the oven. It’s the most clichéd Sunday afternoon ever, and it’s the most heavenly one, too. Little do I know that days later, the ash in the fire will be all that remains of us…

My perfect life…

I thought I had it all – a dream job as a doctor in small town, a stunning home and a family I adore – but that illusion shattered the moment my husband Jeremy left on a work trip and vanished without a trace. Now my son and I are all alone in the world.

My missing husband…

My best friend thinks Jeremy had an accident up in the mountains, that I’ll never see him again and need to move on. I know he loves us too much to ever abandon us, but my head is still spinning with the texts I found on his phone before he left. Did I ever really know the man I married?

The night I can’t remember…

Everything changed the night of the medical conference weeks before Jeremy disappeared. I wrack my brains for answers, but my memory goes blank after my first drink. Ever since, I’ve felt like I’m being followed and can’t explain why panic thunders in my chest every time I see my newest patient. If he’s not local to the village, then why does he seem so familiar? And so dangerous?

As I piece together the shards of what really happened that fateful evening, only one thing can possibly be true: everyone is lying, even me…

The Trapped Wife is one of my September #HOTBOOKS picks and I am delighted to be able to share my review with you today as part of the blog tour. Samantha Hayes is one of my very favourite authors and for years I have bought and read all of her books as she never lets me down! The Twisted Wife is once again a brilliantly twisty psychological thriller that will have you questioning everything you read but I guarantee you will NOT see where this one is going until you arrive at the shocking revelations it dishes up…

Jen Miller is a GP who has been having a difficult time. Her husband, who she is convinced was having an affair, has recently been reported missing presumed dead in an avalanche on a work trip he was on with the woman she suspected him of sleeping with. She has also had an horrific experience on a work night out where she thinks she was drugged and raped. Her best friend Rhonda is trying to be as supportive as she can but although Jen is trying to keep it together for the sake of their teenage son, she is struggling with her mental health and is now convinced that she is being watched by someone…

If you’ve read books by this author before then you know she is brilliant at pulling the wool over your eyes and here she has once again delivered such a shocking twist that you will need to pick your jaw off the floor! The clues are there as you read but I didn’t link them all together to form the bigger picture so when everything came together it was such a shock! Most of the characters here are unlikeable, complex creations with an unreliable perspective and that helps to create a tension throughout as you never know who is telling the truth…

The Twisted Wife is a brilliant, twisty turny ride and I absolutely loved it! I highly recommend it for lovers of gripping storylines and unsettling twists! LOVED IT!


Samantha Hayes grew up in a creative family where her love of writing began as a child. Samantha has written eight thrillers in total, including the bestselling Until You’re Mine. The Independent said “fantastically written and very tense” while Good Housekeeping said “Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping.” Samantha’s books are published in 22 languages at the last count.

When not writing, Samantha loves to cook, go to the gym, see friends and drink nice wine. She is also studying for a degree in psychotherapy. She has three grown-up children and lives in Warwickshire.

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The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz @hannahturnerx

When a young writer dies before completing his first novel, his teacher, Jake, (himself a failed novelist) helps himself to its plot. The resulting book is a phenomenal success. But what if somebody out there knows?

Somebody does. And if Jake can’t figure out who he’s dealing with, he risks something far worse than the loss of his career.

Having watched The Undoing recently when it was adapted for a television series, I knew I wanted to explore more by the author Jean Hanff Korelitz. So when an opportunity to read The Plot came along, I jumped at the chance to read it.

The “novel within a novel” idea has been done before but I think it has been used to perfection here. I have to start by saying that to begin with I really wasn’t sure about the book, the first third is quite a slow burn as it sets the scene and the pace for what is ahead. And for me it was never really about who was harassing Jake about the fact he had stolen the plot for his bestselling novel as I thought that it wasn’t that hard to guess who it was. But it was the why that interested me. Jake only takes the plot from his old student once he hears of his death-he doesn’t copy any words as everything is his own work. So he deserves the success…doesn’t he?! As other characters say, there aren’t that many plots in the literary world so surely every work of fiction is just a variation on another? So whoever knew about the “theft” was obviously connected to his student in some way meaning that the plot maybe wasn’t quite as made up as he had convinced those who had read it…

This is a compelling literary thriller, slow burning and beautifully written with a satisfying conclusion. By the time I got half way through I was completely hooked and couldn’t put it down. I adore this authors writing and can’t wait to read her next book out in 2022.


Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City and educated at Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of seven novels, including The Devil and Webster, You Should Have Known (adapted as the 2020 HBO series The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland), Admission (adapted as the 2013 film of the same name, starring Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin and Paul Rudd), The White Rose, The Sabbathday River and A Jury of Her Peers. With Paul Muldoon she adapted James Joyce’s The Dead as an immersive theatrical event, The Dead 1904. She and her husband, poet Paul Muldoon, are the parents of two children and live in New York City. A new novel, The Latecomer, will be published in 2022.

Our Little Lies by Gemma Metcalfe and Joe Cawley

A novel of marriage and deception that asks: Is it better to comfort with a lie, or to kill with the truth?

Grace and Justin have been trying for a family for years. So, when Grace finally announces that she is pregnant, she isn’t prepared for Justin’s reaction. Why does he act so strangely? Why does he leave and never return?

Two years later, while at the seaside with baby Daniel, Grace sees Justin—who is desperate to come home, but can’t reveal the reason he left. However, Grace too is harboring a secret, one that won’t just hurt Justin—but will destroy him completely.

One thing is certain: their secrets will be exposed. And when they are, neither Grace nor Justin will be prepared for what follows . . .

I’ve read Gemma’s books before and I love her twisty, turny plots packed full of shocking revelations. Our Little Lies is co-written with Joe Cawley but thankfully it’s a seamless partnership that has produced a great psychological thriller that grabbed me from the very first page!

At the start of Our Little Lies, we know that something terrible has happened but we aren’t quite sure what or why. Grace and Justin have a lot of history but what has happened to them both to get to this point? We find out that two years previously Justin disappeared from Grace’s life the very day she finally found out she was pregnant with their much longed for baby. And now he’s back on the scene but he still refuses to explain why. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one with secrets…

There are some really shocking twists in Our Little Lies and they aren’t all at the end of the book either! And because of where it’s placed, I think the first twist really does an absolutely brilliant job of letting the reader know that this narrative may not be the most reliable source of information about Justin and Grace! After the first time of literally picking myself off the floor, the shocks just kept on coming! The authors have crafted such a clever and unique storyline with characters that aren’t always likeable and possibly don’t always make the best decisions but where would the fun be in that!

It’s not often that I’m left completely speechless by a book-I read so many that not much surprises me in the world of psychological thrillers-but I have to admit that I was left gobsmacked by the ending of Our Little Lies. But it was just the perfect end to this brilliant, breathtaking storyline told by fresh and exciting new voices. I hope Gemma and Joe collaborate again in the future as they have complimented each others perfectly with their debut, delivering a gripping storyline from start to finish.

Highly recommended by me!

The Chateau by Catherine Cooper @RandomTTours

They thought it was perfect. They were wrong…

A glamorous chateau

Aura and Nick don’t talk about what happened in England. They’ve bought a chateau in France to make a fresh start, and their kids need them to stay together – whatever it costs.

A couple on the brink

The expat community is welcoming, but when a neighbour is murdered at a lavish party, Aura and Nick don’t know who to trust.

A secret that is bound to come out… 

Someone knows exactly why they really came to the chateau. And someone is going to give them what they deserve.

The Sunday Times bestseller is back with a rollercoaster read, perfect for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.

Having read Catherine Coopers fabulous debut novel The Chalet, I was looking forward to returning to France to spend time at The Chateau-although this is one chateau that I really WOULD NOT like to stay in! When Nick and Aura move to France to escape their lives in the UK (and something else that we obviously aren’t introduced to until much later on!) they know that they have lots of work to do on both the beautiful old building they have bought-and their relationship. Meeting the locals and ex-pats is an eye opener for them but they start to settle into their new life until a Halloween party leads to the discovery of a body…

I DEVOURED The Chateau in a matter of hours-staying to late to finish this twisty, shocking thriller that constantly surprised and delighted me in equal measure! Divided into 3 parts, each part ends with a “WTAF?” moment as I found that I had been totally mislead by my own conclusions about what has happened and why! Honestly, I don’t think I’ve read another book this year that surprised as much as The Chateau did! Full of characters you will love to hate, I found myself feeling so sorry for Nick and Aura’s children (the wonderfully named Sorrel and Bay!) who are horribly scared by the weird happenings that take place shortly after the move to France. All of the adults seemed selfish or had hidden agendas that ignored the needs of these poor innocent children! I’m sure my blood pressure raised to an unacceptable level whilst reading The Chateau because I became so engaged and involved in the plot! And I love it when that happens-that an author can write a fictional world that drags me in so deeply I begin to believe it’s real!

The Chateau has a gripping storyline-Catherine Cooper has assembled her house of cards perfectly, all set up ready to be knocked to the ground by the powerful force of retribution but I do worry about how satisfied I felt when it fell! One of my favourite books of the year so far and highly recommended for an entertaining and unputdownable read!

Catherine Cooper is a freelance journalist living in the South of France with her family. Her debut thriller THE CHALET was a top five Sunday Times bestseller and spent three weeks in the Kindle top 100. THE CHATEAU is her second novel.