The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter

Beth and Tom Hardcastle are the envy of their neighbourhood – they have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family.

When the police knock on their door one evening, Beth panics. Tom should be back from work by now – what if he’s crashed his car? She fears the worst.

But the worst is beyond imagining.

As the interrogation begins, Beth will find herself questioning everything she believed about her husband.

They’re saying he’s a monster. And they’re saying she knew.

Well this was a darker book than expected! It’s a gripping psychological thriller that kept me on edge, not knowing who to trust and with some fabulous twists that I didn’t see coming. Beth and Tom seemed like any normal married couple at the start, living an idyllic village life with toddler daughter Poppy but when Tom returns late home one night, the police are there to arrest him…for murder.

Told by both Beth and Tom, in the present and in the past, we gradually come to understand Tom and his relationships with those around him. But poor Beth is left reeling with both journalists and the police questioning why she didn’t suspect her husband may not be as squeaky clean as he seemed. But haven’t we all thought the same at times? I know it seems almost incomprehensible that a woman can live with someone but be oblivious to their extracurricular activities (so to speak!) but history proves otherwise!

What I enjoyed about The Serial Killers Wife was feeling that I didn’t really know anyone! And that’s not because Alice Hunters characters aren’t very carefully crafted, they are, but she always seemed to keep something back so I didn’t trust anyone and questioned every decision they made or action they took-and I loved that! I was quite jealous of Alice at times-she had a lovely daughter and successful business but also a quiet determination to keep them unaffected by the arrest of her husband. I did become frustrated with her at times though especially during the middle third of the book but thankfully the last third was a thrilling rollercoaster of emotions that made me forget all my frustrations as the shocking truths we’re revealed.

The Serial Killers Wife is an addictive and darkly twisted read. What a debut from Alice Hunter!

After completing a psychology degree, Alice Hunter became an interventions facilitator in a prison. There, she was part of a team offering rehabilitation programmes to men serving sentences for a wide range of offences, often working with prisoners who’d committed serious violent crimes. Previously, Alice had been a nurse, working in the NHS. She now puts her experiences to good use in fiction. THE SERIAL KILLER’S WIFE draws heavily on her knowledge of psychology and the criminal mind.

Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry @DeadGoodBooks @VintageBooks #dontturnaround #publicationday

Welcome to the final day of the blog tour for Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry! You’ve hopefully been following the other bloggers on the tour as they have shared excepts giving you a taste of this brilliant thriller and now on the final day-IT’S PUBLICATION DAY! So make sure you check all the bloggers on the tour for their reviews. And after reading my review you will all hopefully want to read Don’t Turn Around so keep reading for your chance to win yourself a copy!

TWO STRANGERS. DANGEROUS SECRETS. THEIR ONLY CHANCE IS EACH OTHER. 

Cait’s job is to transport women to safety. Out of respect, she never asks any questions. Like most of the women, Rebecca is trying to escape something. 

But what if Rebecca’s secrets put them both in danger? There’s a reason Cait chooses to keep on the road, helping strangers. She has a past of her own, and knows what it’s like to be followed.

And there is someone right behind them, watching their every move…

Don’t Turn Around is a brilliant thriller with two very strong female lead characters, both of whom I felt strongly connected to but for very different reasons. I went into this book expecting a modern day Thelma and Louise road trip but what I got was so much more…

Cait works behind a bar but in her spare time she drives for a secret organisation that arranges for women to be driven away from their homes to a place of safety. Picking up Rebecca one night to drive her several hundred miles away to Albuquerque, she has no idea how the night will play out because both women have secrets to keep and someone out there is determined that they won’t reach their destination…

I had no idea when I picked this book up how strongly it would affect me or how gripped I would become by this road trip with a difference. Both women met as closed books, to each other and to us as the reader, only knowing the basics about why they were about to spend hours together driving at night along deserted highways. Cait has her reasons for what she does as we visit her in flashbacks and start to understand her motivation and determination to support her beliefs. Rebecca also flashes back to her relationship and we slowly come to see why she has made the decisions that she has. But in the middle of all of this is those two women stuck together in a small space but with someone on their tail who is equally determined that they won’t reach their destination.

I felt every single emotion that emanated from these two women as Jessica Barry gradually unraveled their pasts to bring them together on the night we first meet them. And as they join together to defeat their unknown pursuer or pursuers, we watch their survival instincts kick in. Cait and Rebecca have more in common than they realise and their frustration and determination comes across in waves once the secrets they are keeping start revealing themselves.

There were some unexpected themes covered here that worked brilliantly alongside the storyline but that I don’t really want to talk about in any detail for fear of spoiling this book for you. I want everyone to come to it knowing as little as possible because there are some brilliant twists and turns throughout Don’t Turn Around that came as such a shock to me and made this such a standout read. So buckle up as you’ll be on the edge of your seat as you accompany Cait and Rebecca on their adrenaline fuelled journey of discovery and relish every mile they got closer to their destination as it might not be the one you’re expecting.

A brilliant book from start to finish and one I’ll remember for quite some time to come.

Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who has lived and worked in London for the past fifteen years. Look for Me, previously published as Freefall, her debut thriller, has sold in more than twenty-two territories around the world and has also secured a major Hollywood film deal.

And for your chance to win one of 5 copies of Don’t Turn Around go to my Twitter @jocatrobertson and RT the pinned tweet there and I will enter you into a draw to win. UK only sorry and open till midnight on 15/04/21. Good luck!

What to buy in April? The Therapist by B.A. Paris #publicationday #review #thetherapist

When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…

As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating, grisly secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before.

Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbours are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem…

The million-copy Sunday Times bestselling author B A Paris returns to her heartland of gripping psychological suspense in this powerful tale of a house that holds a shocking secret.

Living in leafy Cheshire, we have quite a few gated communities around where we live, with a new one just down the road that I’ve been eyeing up enviously since it was built! But The Therapist has put me off moving…not just to a gated community but possibly anywhere as at least I know my neighbours where I am at the moment! But it was the neighbours who really made this dark and twisty read for me as I didn’t know who to trust…so I trusted NO ONE!!

When Leo and Alice take the step of moving in with each other they decide to buy a new place together rather than move into either of their own properties. And I didn’t blame them as the house they purchased for a very good price was in a wonderful gated community called The Circle-an exclusive development of only 12 houses. But if something seems to be too good to be true then there’s usually a reason and when Alice finds out what that reason is, well…let’s just say that she really isn’t very happy! Fortunately, she starts to fit into the friendship group that has been formed between the women of a similar age to her but when she becomes obsessed about finding out the truth about what happened to the previous occupant of her new home, those friendly smiles start to slip…

BA Paris is back to her thrilling best here with a compelling storyline delivering utterly breathtaking twists and turns. Although I did enjoy her previous novel, The Dilemma, The Therapist was much more my cup of tea-a gripping psychological thriller where I thought I had all worked out but was (unusually for me!) quite a bit off the mark! The tension built up perfectly, with Alice’s viewpoint balanced out with that of a therapist, keeping the reader guessing due to the many red herrings spread throughout the well thought out plot line.

The Therapist was originally due to be published in January but was pushed back to April due to the recent lockdown. But bookshops are now OPEN again and as The Therapist publishes today, I hope that you will celebrate by popping out and buying a copy from your local bookstore. You won’t regret it!

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back and The Dilemma. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as Sunday Times bestseller and a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have been translated into 40 languages. Having lived in France for many years, she and her husband recently moved back to the UK. 
Her fifth novel The Therapist is out in April 2021

Follow B A on Twitter @BAParisAuthor

People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd #Audiobook #review

People like Emmy Jackson. They always have. Especially online, where she is Instagram sensation Mamabare, famous for always telling the unvarnished truth about modern parenthood. But Emmy isn’t as honest as she’d like the fans to believe. She may think she has her followers fooled, but someone out there knows the truth and plans to make her pay….

A smart and thrilling debut that delves into the darkest aspects of influencer culture, Ellery Lloyd’s People Like Her is about what you risk losing when you don’t know who’s watching….

This has to be the best audiobook that I’ve listened to so far this year! My poor dog was walked and walked and walked while I was completely engrossed and addicted to People Like Her! Everything about this book worked for me but I have to say that the narrators nailed it, especially the actor who portrayed Dan, Emmys husband-I actually forgot it wasn’t really a father called Dan I was listening to as he became such a realistic presence as did the character of Emmy and the other narrator-the one who had a story to tell and an axe to grind…

What I really loved about People Like Her was the cross genre feel to it. Whilst it was a psychological thriller with some terrific twists and turns (and one absolutely huge shock just before the epilogue!! 😱😱) it was also a real eye opener about the use of influencers in social media and how so many now aspire to make their living with that as their “occupation”. Emmys alter ego “Mamabare” was a role that she chose to play and that was exactly how she treated social media-like an actress portraying a character on the stage. But I was shocked at the depths she was prepared to sink to keeping in character and maintaining her position in the spotlight. It certainly made me realise how naive I’ve been about influencing via social media and maybe I shouldn’t believe everything that I see or read!

Ellery Lloyd is the pseudonym of a husband and wife writing team and I’m left wondering if they wrote the male and female points of view of their own gender. If so then it really did bring an air of authenticity to their narratives and a chilling insight into modern day mamas! People Like Her was a compelling listen for me, gripping me unlike any other audiobook I’ve listened to this year. Powerfully delivered with a shocking and brilliantly crafted storyline, I can highly recommend this for your next listen! I loved it and have found myself unable to find another audiobook to listen to since I finished it as nothing else matches up to People Like Us! Don’t you just love it when a book affects you that much? Highly recommended!

Ellery Lloyd is the pseudonym for London-based husband-and-wife writing team Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos. 

Collette is a journalist and editor, the former content director of Elle (UK) and editorial director at Soho House. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and the Sunday Times. 

Paul is the author of two previous novels, Welcome to the Working Week and Every Day is Like Sunday. He is the program director for English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Surrey.

The Imposter by Anna Wharton @RandomTTours @panmacmillan @MantleBooks @whartonswords @RKbookpublicist #TheImposter

It’s my turn on the blog tour today for The Imposter by Anna Wharton. Many thanks to Anne Cater for my blog tour invite and organising my review copy of the book.

They say you can’t choose your family . . . But what if they’re wrong?

Chloe lives a quiet life. Working as a newspaper archivist in the day and taking care of her nan in the evening, she’s happy simply to read about the lives of others as she files the news clippings from the safety of her desk.

But there’s one story that she can’t stop thinking about. The case of Angie Kyle  a girl, Chloe’s age, who went missing as a child. A girl whose parents never gave up hope.

When Chloe’s nan is moved into care, leaving Chloe on the brink of homelessness, she takes a desperate step: answering an ad to be a lodger in the missing girl’s family home. It could be the perfect opportunity to get closer to the story she’s read so much about. But it’s not long until she realizes this couple isn’t all they seem. In a house where everyone has something to hide, is it possible to get too close?

Anna Wharton’s debut, The Imposter, is a thought-provoking story of obsession, loneliness and the lies we tell ourselves in order to live with ourselves.

Sometimes a book comes along that you probably wouldn’t have read if you hadn’t been contacted about it by a blog tour organiser! So when Anne Cater sent an email about The Imposter (a book I’d not heard about before) I was intrigued enough about the blurb to want to read it even though I had already reached my “quota” of reads for April! And this book completely surpassed any of my expectations, delivering such a beautifully written and emotionally breathtaking book that it has reserved itself a place on my favourite books of the year list already. I knew I would like The Imposter but I ended up falling immediately under its spell-completely and utterly entranced by it from the very first page.

Chloe lives with her Nan, taking care of her in the evenings after her day job as a newspaper archivist. When she comes across an old missing child case during her working hours, she becomes obsessed with finding out more about the disappearance of four year old Angie Kyle. This leads to her seeking out the girls parents and when her Nan gets put into a nursing home, she answers an ad to lodge with them. But there are many, MANY secrets being kept and as Chloe seeks answers to her questions, it looks like someone is hiding the truth about what happened all those years ago…

The Imposter felt so fresh and different to other books within this genre and from the start I knew that it was going to be a very special read. Chloe was a complex but relatable character and I had a lot of respect for her as she handled the deteriorating health of her Nan-looking after someone with Alzheimer’s is a difficult task for anyone but for a young woman in her twenties who should have been having fun in her free time, her devotion was unexpectedly poignant. So when her attention is directed away from Nan and towards a cold case that she’s come across during her work filing away old newspaper clippings, I started to feel very uneasy. Why was she drawn to the case and how far was she prepared to go to find out more? The twists and turns that followed were totally shocking and I can’t believe that I didn’t spot what was coming before it did.

The Imposter is a brilliant debut full of memorable characters, especially Chloe. Themes of loss, obsession and belonging twist around a breathtaking tale about the secrets we keep from others and even ourselves. I read this quickly, turning the pages compulsively toward the end and the unveiling of the truth. This is a book I know I will think about for a very long time and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Anna Wharton has been a print and broadcast journalist for more than twenty years, writing for newspapers including The Times, Guardian, Sunday Times Magazine, Grazia and Red. She was formally an executive editor at The Daily Mail. Anna has ghostwritten four memoirs including the Sunday Times Bestseller Somebody I Used To Know and Orwell Prize longlisted CUT: One Woman’s Fight Against FGM in Britain Today. The Imposter is her first novel.

The Whispers by Heidi Perks @heidiperksbooks @arrowpublishing #TheWhispers

Today it’s my turn to review The Whispers by Heidi Perks as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel Kennedy for my blog tour invite and organising my review copy of the book.


A MISSING WIFE. FOUR FRIENDS. WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?

Anna Robinson hasn’t been seen since she went on a night out with her four closest friends.
She has a loving husband and a son she adores. Surely she wouldn’t abandon them and her perfect life. . .

But what has happened to her?

At the school gates, it’s not long before the rumours start. Anna’s oldest friend Grace is beside herself with worry – desperately searching for answers, and certain that someone is hiding the truth. 

With each day that passes, Anna’s life is under increasing threat. And a the pressure mounts, it won’t be long before something cracks. . .

Fans of Big Little Lies are in for treat with Heidi Perks latest gripping tale of playground politics and female friendships. I love Heidis books and as soon as I saw the blurb for The Whispers I knew it was a book I needed to read. I had a really awful time when my twins were in primary school dealing with the playground “mummy mafia” so I knew I would be quite disturbed by a plot line involving a clique of mummy friends but also that I’d be quite well qualified to comment too! And The Whispers does a brilliant job of conveying that not only the toxicity of these friendships but also the emotional intensity of women thrown together due to having no more in common than having children of the same age. But these relationships can be lifesavers for mothers and can form a protective bubble from the difficulties of motherhood with its support system. However, The Whispers takes that system and twists everything that these women think they know about each other-and someone isn’t going to be happy about that…

This was an intense read! With its shocking twists challenging everything you thought you knew, The Whispers is a compelling and powerfully written book that will grip you from that very first page. The storyline felt so relatable with its themes of friendship and the fierce, female loyalty of that unique relationship between school mums. But my own loyalties were challenged as I started to find out more about the characters and their backstories. A mums night out takes an unexpected turn that leads to a shocking disappearance and the consequences of that didn’t take quite the path I thought it would! And I couldn’t decided whether I hated the group of mums and their intense devotion to each other or wanted to be part of it! But as more secrets bubbled to the surface of their unity, I knew that I was in it for the long run-much like they were no matter how hard they tried to hide the truth.

I raced through The Whispers! It’s a compulsive and thrilling storyline that grabbed me from page one. I adored it-Heidi Perks has absolutely done it again!

Heidi Perks lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and two children.
Heidi graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management, and then enjoyed a career in Marketing before leaving in 2012 to focus on both bringing up her family and writing.
Heidi successfully applied for a place on the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative online Novel Writing Course and after that dedicated her time to completing her first novel, Beneath The Surface.
She has a huge interest in what makes people tick and loves to write about family relationships, especially where some of the characters are slightly dysfunctional.
Her second novel, Now You See Her was published by Century, part of the Penguin Random House group in 2018 and became a Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick.
Her third novel Come Back For Me is out July 2019 and she is now writing her fourth to be released in 2020.

Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash

I’m delighted to be sharing my review today of Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash. Thanks to Rachel Gilbey for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.

When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancé is a cheating scumbag in a single day, she feels like the world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, along with a request to visit a place she hasn’t thought about for a very long time.

Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited more than she ever bargained for. Nellie never knew why her mother stopped talking to her sister, but now childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove… and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.

Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.

Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford… is there?

An utterly uplifting and completely hilarious summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Jessica Redland, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin.

I can’t believe that this is Kim’s 4th book already! Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove is probably my favourite of her books so far and who wouldn’t want to read it after looking at that gorgeous cover! I fell in love very quickly with everything about this book-the setting, the characters (especially Norman ❤️) and the wonderfully engaging and uplifting storyline.

When Nell gets home after “one of those days” she faces an even worse evening ahead when her lying, cheating fiancé dumps her. But her luck changes when she receives an unexpected letter from a solicitor-a letter that takes her back to a place (and a certain person) that she hasn’t seen in years. But Nell knows she can’t turn back the clock and her regrets about the past need to be put to one side so she can decide what to do about her future…

This was such a lovely feel good read that took me away from the worries of everyday life into a seaside community that I would move to myself in a heartbeat! There should never have been a moment’s doubt for Nell that Muddleford was the place for her as she just seemed to “fit” there. Seaside romances are always much more memorable especially when they take place during those teenage years but Nell is a grown up now and her teen crush Jack has moved on (Jack may be “the boy next door” but he is now a vet and involved with the beautiful Natalia). Nell also had many questions about her family’s estrangement and I loved how Kim handled the emotions that it brought out in Nell.

Kim Nash manages to combine humour, romance and life changing decisions to deliver such emotionally engaging characters that I found myself believing were actually alive and living out their lives away from the fictional pages of her book. I spent a wonderfully restful afternoon curled up in an armchair with Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove-it was a real tonic and I think it should be available free on prescription from the NHS! I loved it that much!

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Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction and has always wanted to write books since she was a little girl.

Her latest book is Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove.

Her book published in June 2020, Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.

She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter rescue dog Roni, is Head of Publicity for publisher Bookouture (part of Hachette UK) and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.  

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA as an author.

When she’s not working or writing, and in non-Covid times, Kim can be found walking her dog at Cannock Chase, reading, writing, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie, and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs and organises local and national reader/author events. 

Amazing Grace was her debut novel which came out in April 2019.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and was published in September 2019.

Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim’s third novel and was published in June 2020.

Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove is her fourth book and was published in March 2021. 

Connect with Kim on Social Media here:
Twitter: (@KimTheBookworm) https://twitter.com/KimTheBookworm
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Instagram: @Kim_the_bookworm

What to buy in May? When They Find Her by Lia Middleton


NAOMI ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A MOTHER.

But three years ago, her husband left, taking their child with him.

Now, her daughter has come to stay, and Naomi knows it’s her one chance to re-build her family. 

But the night ends in a terrible accident.

And Naomi has no memory of what happened.

Panicking, desperate, Naomi finds herself telling a lie:

‘My daughter is missing.’

NOW SHE CAN NEVER TAKE IT BACK…

When They Find Her just has to be one of my Top Read picks for May. The hardback is out on May 13th but if you’re a digital reader then it’s available for Kindle now at a special offer price of 99p and let me tell you it’s going to be one of the best 99ps that you EVER spend!

I love a missing/murdered child thriller (this makes me sound very callous but I’m a sweetie honestly!) and so I was immediately attracted to the blurb for When They Find Her. But I didn’t expect to be so swept away by a storyline that delivered something very special and refreshingly different to the normal formulaic plot-line. I don’t particularly walk to talk about the plot at all due to that as I would hate to reveal any spoilers and reduce the shock factors for readers that need to come to this book without any preconceived ideas. What I will say is that it’s a heartbreaking, tense and utterly absorbing domestic suspense with a first chapter that is shocking and unpredictable. And after that brilliant start, When They Find Her just gets better with each chapter until it reaches its breathtaking climax.

So I’m sorry to leave you hanging a little but please believe me when I say you need to read this book especially if you have similar reading tastes to me! For a debut author, Lia Middleton has carefully crafted her characters and placed them in an horrifically unimaginable scenario that kept me guessing until the very end. Highly recommended by me!

Lia Middleton is a barrister who specialises in criminal law, public law and offender management. She lives in Beaconsfield with her husband and their two children

The Fall of Koli by M.R. Carey

I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for the last book in the Rampart trilogy by M.R. Carey. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for my blog tour invite and arranging a review copy of the book.


M. R. Carey’s Rampart Trilogy is ‘an epic post-apocalyptic fable’ (Kirkus), set in a future where nature has turned against us. Now, in the breathtaking final chapter, the world that was lost comes back to haunt those who survived – as Koli’s journey comes to its astonishing close

And so the Rampart trilogy comes to its conclusion and what an epic ending it is to what has been a gripping and brilliantly innovative series. M.R. Carey is a wonderful storyteller, creating a plausible vision of a post apocalyptic world and one of the most memorable characters I have ever discovered in a book. This is a coming of age story with a difference and travelling alongside Koli on his journey of self discovery felt as dangerous for me as it was for him! It was a heart pounding and thrilling read that traversed the three books with an engaging protagonist and a plot that just kept on giving.

If you’ve not read any of the series before then obviously you need to start at the beginning and not at book three! Koli has had so much to deal with since the first book that readers need to know his backstory before attempting to understand The Fall of Koli. And what an ending it is to his journey as he ends up going full circle but not in the way I had expected. He hints within the first few pages that there is something that he is hiding from us-a secret he isn’t prepared to divulge until he truly has to-and what a shocking twist that proved to be. I obviously can’t go into any details as I don’t want to spoil things for anyone waiting to see how Koli’s story ends, but it really was well worth waiting for.

I have loved every step I took alongside Koli and am quite sad it’s now come to an end. M.R. Carey truly is “the author with all the gifts” and his books are definitely the literary gifts that keep on giving. If your a fan of fantasy/post-apocalyptic fiction and haven’t discovered his work already then I highly recommend you do. He’s a real favourite author for me and he never disappoints. The Rampart trilogy is very highly recommended by me!

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

Trust Me by T.M. Logan Blog Tour Review @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I am thrilled to be sharing my review today of one of my March recommended #hotbooks Trust Me by T.M. Logan. Many thanks to Zaffre for my review copy and to tour organiser Tracy Fenton for my invite onto the tour.

TWO STRANGERS, A CHILD, AND A SPLIT SECOND CHOICE THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING . . .

Ellen was just trying to help a stranger. That was how it started: giving a few minutes respite to a flustered young mother sitting opposite her on the train. A few minutes holding her baby while the mother makes an urgent call. The weight of the child in her arms making Ellen’s heart ache for what she can never have.

Five minutes pass.
Ten.

The train pulls into a station and Ellen is stunned to see the mother hurrying away down the platform, without looking back. Leaving her baby behind. Ellen is about to raise the alarm when she discovers a note in the baby’s bag, three desperate lines scrawled hastily on a piece of paper:

Please protect Mia
Don’t trust the police
Don’t trust anyone

Why would a mother abandon her child to a stranger? Ellen is about to discover that the baby in her arms might hold the key to an unspeakable crime. And doing the right thing might just cost her everything . . .

Trust me, T.M. Logan has smashed it out of the park again with Trust Me! He’s a great thriller writer who always manages to get me completely addicted to his books within a couple of pages but Trust Me really did deliver a hook that sucked me in, desperate to discover the reason a woman leaves her baby on a train in the care of a stranger…

Ellen was a wonderfully strong protagonist-a woman so maternal in her instincts that it seemed almost cruel that she had no children of her own. But that probably made her more protective of baby Mia when she is abandoned on her train whilst Ellen is holding her. I liked the way she thought outside the box, trusting no one, which seemed to go against her nature as such an amiable person! And I know how she felt as I hadn’t got a clue who the bad guys were here or why someone was so determined to find baby Mia…

The shocking moment Ellen realised that she had been left literally holding the baby packed a huge emotional punch that continued throughout Trust Me as T.M. Logan played with my sympathies. It’s one of those books that you just can’t physically put down once you’ve picked up, a thrill fest that delivers a gripping storyline and a brilliant twist. Loved it!

TM Logan’s thrillers have sold more than a million copies in the UK and are published in 19 countries around the world including the USA, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Greece and the Netherlands.

Tim’s latest thriller, THE CATCH, is out now in paperback, e-book and audiobook. THE CATCH is about a father who becomes convinced his daughter is about to marry a man with terrible secrets. Terrified that his cherished only child is about to marry a man who is not what he seems, Ed sets out to uncover the truth – before it’s too late…

His novel THE HOLIDAY was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and spent ten weeks in the Sunday Times paperback top ten. THE HOLIDAY takes place over a sweltering summer week in the south of France, as four best friends see the holiday of a lifetime turn into a nightmare of suspicion, betrayal and murder. Tim’s debut LIES was one of Amazon’s biggest selling e-books of 2017 and was followed by 29 SECONDS in 2018.

His next thriller, TRUST ME, will be published in the UK on 18th March, 2021.

Tim was a national newspaper journalist before turning to novel-writing full time. He lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children, and writes in a cabin at the bottom of his garden.

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