Half Past Tomorrow by Chris McGeorge @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Shirley Steadman, a 70 year old living in a small town in the North East of England, loves her volunteer work at the local hospital radio. She likes giving back to the community, and even more so, she likes getting out of the house. Haunted by the presence of her son, a reluctant Royal Navy officer who was lost at sea, and still in the shadow of her long dead abusive husband, she doesn’t like being alone much.

One day, at the radio station, she is playing around with the equipment and finds a frequency that was never there before. It is a pirate radio station, and as she listens as the presenter starts reading the news. But there is one problem – the news being reported is tomorrows. Shirley first thinks it is a mere misunderstanding – a wrong date. But she watches as everything reported comes true. At first, Shirley is in awe of the station, and happily tunes in to hear the news.  

But then the presenter starts reporting murders – murders that happen just the way they were reported. 

And Shirley is the only one who can stop them.

When I started reading Half Past Tomorrow, I kept thinking that it reminded me of something I had seen/read before. It wasn’t until the middle of the night (several days after I’d finished reading it!) that it suddenly came to me! For anyone younger than 50, it won’t mean anything to you but I remembered a book I’d read as a child called A Billion For Boris (which was the follow up to Freaky Friday) where a repaired tv set suddenly started to show programmes from 24 hours in the future! The children used the information to get up to no good but it was all good clean fun-NOT at all like this rather dark and disturbing thriller! Who is broadcasting on the radio frequency that is picked up by Shirley? But more importantly, how do they know what is going to happen the next day before it happens? And mark my words, these premonitions ARE coming true!

Shirley is a sympathetic character-hardworking and empathetic, she realises that she’s the only one attempting to prevent the deaths that are being predicted from happening. But there’s something else happening in Shirley’s life that may make her an unreliable witness. The plot was a little confusing to begin with for me but the further Shirley ventured into the community to stop the deaths of her friends and neighbours, it began to become more important to me to understand just what the hell was going on! Due to such an unusual storyline I kept looking for a solution that made sense but as soon as I just relaxed into the plot and took it step by step, the more I enjoyed it. And by the last page I was completely invested in the characters and their lives, and glad to have all the answers to my questions…well, most of them anyway!

Chris McGeorge has really taken this genre to another level with his entertaining and cleverly twisty plots. A gripping mystery to solve-good luck!

Chris McGeorge is a graduate of MA Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller) from City University London where he wrote debut thriller Guess Who as his thesis. He told stories from an early age, writing and drawing comics and then scripts and finally novels. He loves Golden Age crime and gets incredibly excited about anything a little out of the ordinary. In his spare time, he is an actor with Durham Dramatic Society.

He lives in Durham with his hamster, Agatha Christie.

The Wedding Party by Tammy Cohen @MsTamarCohen @RandomTTours

Till death do us part… never felt so close

Lucy has dreamt of her wedding day for as long as she can remember. And now the day is almost here. Her nearest and dearest are gathered on an idyllic Greek island and she just knows it’s going to be perfect. It has to be.

But even the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. What is the secret her parents are keeping from her? Who is the silent stranger her sister brought as a plus-1?

And then they find the body…

Having seen how much work was needed to organise my daughters own Greek wedding 2 years ago, I know first hand how stressful it can be but at least we didn’t have to deal with a dead body! And that’s what has obviously happened on Lucy’s dream wedding day on the beautiful Greek island of Kefalonia although we don’t find out who, how or why until much nearer the end of The Wedding Party. But the local police department are questioning the wedding guests and these police interviews are interspersed throughout the narrative as we follow Lucy’s preparations for the best day of her life…it’s certainly going to be remembered but probably not for the right reasons!

If you love a psychological thriller with unreliable narrators, unlikeable characters and a plot twistier than a plate of spaghetti then The Wedding Party is going to be right up your street. And if you are braving travelling abroad to Greece this summer then this book definitely needs to be packed away in your suitcase! Kefalonia is a stunning holiday destination and Tammy Cohen has done it justice with her beautifully delivered descriptions of the scenery and local landmarks. The contrast between that natural beauty of the island and the ugliness of the relationships between the characters was perfectly balanced. Everyone seemed to have something to hide from their partners, family members and friends so there was always an unpleasant undercurrent diverting attention from the wedding and the gorgeous location it was to take place in.

There were so many twists and turns during The Wedding Party that I felt dizzy and although some are revealed faster than others, there were plenty of shocks kept for the final few pages! This is a gripping book from start to finish and you can’t help but feel a little bit gleeful that this “bridezilla” isn’t having the wedding she’s worked so hard for!

Engaging and entertaining, The Wedding Party is the perfect read for your sun lounger this year and if you’re not away then read it in the garden with a bowl of olives and an ouzo. Enjoy!


TAMMY COHEN (who previously wrote under her formal name, Tamar Cohen) has a growing backlist of acclaimed novels of domestic noir, including The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives and Someone Else’s Wedding. Her break-out psychological suspense thriller was The Broken, followed by Dying for Christmas, First One Missing, When She Was Bad, They All Fall Down and Stop at Nothing. She is also the author of Clean Break, a Quick Reads novel. She is a member of the Killer Women crime writing collective and lives in north London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog. Chat with her on Twitter @MsTamarCohen, Instagram @tammycohenwriter or at www.tammycohen.co.uk.

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney #bookreview #blogtour @HQStories @alicewriterland

Ten years of marriage.
Ten years of secrets.
An anniversary they’ll never forget.

Adam and Amelia are spending the weekend in the Scottish Highlands. The remote location is perfect for what they have planned.

But when their romantic trip takes a dark turn, they both start to wonder – can they trust the one they’re with?

Because every couple tells little white lies. Only for Adam and Amelia, the truth is far more dangerous.

Once again Alice Feeney has smashed it out of the park with her twisty, disturbing and creepy fourth novel. I’ve been a huge fan of this author since her debut novel Sometimes I Lie and I understand most of her books are now being adapted for tv-although I have NO idea how they will handle this one as one of the characters has face blindness (prosopagnosia) so I will be very intrigued to see the finished production! But if ever a book has the most perfect setting to be transported to a visual adaptation then this is it!

Rock Paper Scissors is a book it’s best to go into blind (see what I did there!) as the blurb tells you all you really need to know. Set in the Scottish Highlands, I immediately got a sense of isolation as Adam and Amelia arrive at their weekend break in a desolate, snowy and unsettling landscape, with a converted chapel as their destination for…well, the reader isn’t immediately sure! Both visitors are hiding things from their other half and the lies seem to drip as easily from their lips as the expensive wines they find in the very well stocked wine cellar. And it’s there that they discover information about the chapel that gives them goosebumps. What happens next whilst they are stuck in this secluded and very chilling venue is a twisty, “mess with your mind” shockfest that made me gasp out loud with its brilliance…

I absolutely devoured Rock Paper Scissors with its cleverly crafted plot and therefore have no doubt it will appear in my top books of 2021 compilation at the end of the year. Loved, loved, LOVED IT!

Alice Feeney is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist. Her debut novel, Sometimes I Lie, was an international bestseller, has been translated into over twenty languages, and is being made into a TV series by Warner Bros. starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. His & Hers is also being adapted for screen by Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films. Alice was a BBC Journalist for fifteen years, and now lives in the British countryside with her family. Rock Paper Scissors is her fourth novel and is being made into a TV series for Netflix by the producer of The Crown. It will be published around the world in 2021.

The House of Whispers by Anna Kent @BellaKay @Bookish_Becky

Once you let her in, she’ll never leave…

Some secrets aren’t meant to be kept…

When Grace returns to Abi’s life, years after they fell out at university, Abi can’t help but feel uneasy. Years ago, Grace’s friendship was all-consuming and exhausting.

Now happily married, Abi’s built a new life for herself and put those days behind her. And yet as Grace slips back into her life with all the lethal charm she had before, Abi finds herself falling back under her spell…

Abi’s husband, Rohan, can’t help but be concerned as his wife’s behaviour changes. As their happy home threatens to fall apart, he realises that there’s something deeply unnerving about Grace. Just what influence does this woman have over his wife, and why has she come back now?

A chilling story of guilt and obsession from Anna Kent.

The House of Whispers is a beautifully written and carefully crafted book that took my breath away! It was so much better than I had been expecting with its gothic feel and chilling storyline-you could feel the tension radiating from each page as the plot build up to its shocking revelations and the last two emotionally draining pages. This is a tale that you won’t forget in a hurry-even now I am still thinking about it and the characters who stayed with me since I finished this addictive book.

Abi is happily married to Rohan but when they move to a new home, the new life she has created for herself and her husband is slowly broken apart by the arrival of Grace. Back from Australia, doctor Grace slots straight back into Abi’s life and her home so when Rohan goes to work in New York, Abi is left at the mercy of a toxic friendship she seems unable to break free from. And believe me, Grace is not the sort of friend a vulnerable and caring person like Abi should have in her life! I wondered what hold Grace had over her and why Abi wasn’t strong enough to tell her to get lost especially when her actions become more extreme. Abi is an artist though and it’s only when Grace comes back that her creative juices start flowing again so I understood the need for that connection but there was still something I couldn’t quite put my finger on! And when the walls finally come tumbling down on these friends it was both unexpected and shocking but so incredibly well done.

I felt on edge and uneasy throughout the whole time I was reading this book and it truly did affect me quite deeply. Stunning prose, a chilling plot and beautifully drawn characters kept this toxic tale of friendship taut with tension and anticipation. Highly recommended by me!

Anna Kent has worked as a journalist, magazine editor and book editor as well as enjoying a stint as a radio producer. She’s written for numerous publications at home and abroad, including the Daily Telegraph, where she was a contributor for six years. Brought up in the South East, she loves to travel while maintaining a base in Gloucestershire. She’s married with two children.

The Murder Box by Olivia Kiernan

Some games can be deadly

At first, Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan believes the murder mystery game sent to her office is a birthday gift from one of her colleagues. But when Frankie studies the game’s contents, she notices a striking resemblance between the ‘murder victim’ and missing twenty-two-year-old Lydia Callin.

As Frankie and her team investigate, a series of grisly crimes connected to the game are discovered across Dublin city and Lydia’s involvement with a shadowy network of murder mystery players becomes clear.

On the hunt for Lydia’s murderer, Frankie is drawn more deeply into the game. Every successful move brings her closer to the killer. But the real question is not what happens should she lose — but what happens if she wins.

This is a great crime thriller series that if you haven’t discovered it already…then you really should give it a go! The Murder Box can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel though so don’t worry! And it’s a great introduction to DCS Frankie Sheehan and I’m sure that once you met her you will want to discover more…

This is the fourth book in this well received series and it has an intriguing storyline! It’s Frankies birthday and a delivery to the office is first thought to be a gift from one of her colleagues-a murder mystery game. But it doesn’t take her long to notice a few similarities between the victim in the game and a real life missing person. And if Frankie wants to solve the case then she’s going to have to play the game…

This series really does keep on getting better! There aren’t many that can hold my attention over a long period of time but this Dublin based detective is such a likeable and engaging character creation who never feels stale as she’s always evolving. And although The Murder Box is a police procedural and very much plot driven, we still get to see Frankie as more than just a police officer. There’s one thread in particular that I am keen to see developments in as the series moves forward!

The Murder Box is an intelligently plotted, expertly crafted crime thriller with a unique hook. It’s also beautifully written with characters that maintain your interest throughout the gripping storyline-a perfectly balanced page turner that will blow you away! Comes highly recommended by me and is one of my July HOTBOOKS!

Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer. In a previous life, she completed a diploma in anatomy and physiology then a BSc in Chiropractic before she succumbed to the creative itch and embarked on an MA in Creative writing. In 2015, she began writing PLAY DEAD FOR ME (formerly titled Too Close to Breathe), a crime thriller that was published in 2018 and features Dublin detective, Frankie Sheehan. THE KILLER IN ME and IF LOOKS COULD KILL followed soon after. The fourth in the series THE MURDER BOX publishes on July 22nd 2021 and is available to pre-order now.

What to buy in September? The Couple at Number 9 by Claire Douglas #hotbook

When pregnant Saffron Cutler and her boyfriend Tom move into 9 Skelton Place, they didn’t expect to find this.

Two bodies, buried under the patio over thirty years ago.

When the police launch a murder investigation, they ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner – Saffy’s grandmother, Rose, whose Alzheimer’s clouds her memory.

But it is clear she remembers something . . .

What happened thirty years ago?
What part did her grandmother play?
And is Saffy now in danger? . . .

Strangely enough, this is the second of my hot picks for this quarter that features a character with Alzheimer’s and once again it’s a brilliant twisty read but that’s Claire Douglas for you! I love her books and she’s another of my must buy authors as I always preorder her books without even knowing the blurb!

Here we have a young couple who have moved into their new home, away from the city, expecting a quiet life but then their dreams come crashing down around them when their building works have to stop due to the discovery of two bodies buried in the garden. Who are they and how long have they been there? When the police get involved, it starts to get a little more personal when they want to talk to Saffy’s grandmother, the previous owner of the house. She is now in a home suffering from Alzheimer’s but when little clues gradually come to the surface, will it make her remember what happened thirty years ago?

I loved this storyline-and all the characters within it-as they attempted to find how who was buried in the garden and why. Claire Douglas was able to keep the tension high, pulling some amazing and unexpected twists out of the bag that I did not see coming. It may be a psychological thriller but it’s also a book about love, family and selfhood and it kept me up till the early hours desperate for answers. The mother/daughter relationships were especially well developed, poignant and bittersweet with unspoken regrets and lost memories.

The Couple at Number 9 is an intense read, beautifully crafted with a well balanced storyline. It was one of my hot books for August but it looks like the publication date has now been pushed back to 30th September. But it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year so make sure you keep and eye out for it!

Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, writing features for women’s magazines and national newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, with her first novel, The Sisters, which was followed by Local Girl Missing, Last Seen Alive,Do Not Disturb,Then She Vanishes and Just Like the Other Girls. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children

What to buy in September? Safe at Home by Lauren North #hotbook


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

What to buy in August? The Anniversary by Laura Marshall #hotbook


Some are dying to remember.

Some would kill to forget . . .

On 15th June 1994, Travis Green – husband, father, upstanding citizen – walked through the streets of Hartstead and killed eleven of his neighbours. The final victim was four-year-old Cassie Colman’s father.

As the twenty-five year anniversary approaches, Cassie would rather forget the past – even as her mother struggles to remember it at all. Then something hidden in her mother’s possessions suggests those eleven murders were not what everyone believes.

Once Cassie suspects she’s been lied to about the most important event of her life, she can’t stop digging up the past.

But someone will do anything to keep it buried .

I absolutely loved this book so much! To be honest, when I picked it up I hadn’t actually given too much thought as to what The Anniversary was, so was surprised by the fact it’s not a wedding anniversary but the anniversary of an horrific and heinous crime. It’s 25 years since Travis Green committed a “Hungerford” style massacre, killing neighbours and residents of the town where he lived. Eleven people lost their lives that day including Cassie’s dad. And as the anniversary approaches, Cassie discovers a photo in her mother’s belongings that give a clue about what really happened that day and it’s not as random as everyone had previously thought…

The opening of The Anniversary was incredibly chilling as Travis Green sits planning the day he has ahead of him. We aren’t given too many clues about why he is about to commit multiple murders although he hints that his wife will understand exactly why he’s about to do what he does. To be inside the head of a killer as he justifies to himself who he will let live was deeply disturbing as the reason for his future crime floats around his head.

Cassie was a likeable character who made some questionable decisions due to her nativity and the fact that she obviously wasn’t a great judge of character, as seen when her past is revealed! But she is struggling, her father long gone and her mother now disappearing into her own mind due to her Alzheimer’s so returning to the scene of the crime at a time when the country’s spotlight is focused on her home town was a difficult time for her. She also has other personal dilemmas to face so the fact that it looks like her own mother has been keeping secrets from her seems to tip her over the edge!

The Anniversary is a gripping read, full of twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. I think this is Laura Marshalls best book so far and it’s certainly my favourite of the three she has written. It grabbed my attention from that very first introduction to Travis Green and I couldn’t put it down until I had discovered the real truth about this horrible crime. A book that made me question everything that I was being told in a storyline that seemed far more likely that I would ever want to believe. A brilliant read!

Laura Marshall is the Sunday Times top ten and Kindle No. 1 bestselling author of three psychological thrillers. Her first two novels, FRIEND REQUEST and THREE LITTLE LIES have sold over half a million copies in the UK and been translated into twenty-five languages. Her third novel, THE ANNIVERSARY, will be released on 5th August 2021.

She grew up in Wiltshire, studied English at the University of Sussex and currently lives in Kent with her family. 

For more information visit Laura’s website http://www.lauramarshall.co.uk or find her at http://www.facebook.com/lauramarshallauthor or on Twitter @laurajm8.

The Dark by Emma Haughton

In the most inhospitable environment – cut off from the rest of the world – there’s a killer on the loose. 

A&E doctor Kate North has been knocked out of her orbit by a personal tragedy. So when she’s offered the opportunity to be an emergency replacement at the UN research station in Antarctica, she jumps at the chance. The previous doctor, Jean-Luc, died in a tragic accident while out on the ice.

The move seems an ideal solution for Kate: no one knows about her past; no one is checking up on her. But as total darkness descends for the winter, she begins to suspect that Jean-Luc’s death wasn’t accidental at all. 

And the more questions she asks, the more dangerous it becomes . . .

The Dark is a creepy and chilling thriller that reminiscent of The Thing (which has a little cameo here!!) with its research station cut off from the rest of world. And it’s this environment that Kate decides will be the right place for her to escape her past. Of course, a vulnerable and mentally unstable woman is probably the last person that should be put in charge of the medical needs of the resident staff but when she looks into the death of the previous doctor, it looks like her personal tragedy might make her the perfect person to discover the truth. But locked away for weeks with a possible murderer also means that her interfering puts them all at risk…especially Kate herself.

Kate is a complex character, driven in her need to investigate her predecessors accident by her own personal demons. How she passed any psychological tests to take up her new position was a mystery in itself as she was a very damaged woman! Her drug taking made her an unlikeable character much of the time and she made some incredibly stupid decisions that meant I had little sympathy for her, but that didn’t take away any of the concern for her and the other occupants of the station. In fact nearly everyone had secrets to keep and pasts to hide so anyone could have been responsible for the incidents that start to happen the minute Kate arrives. A cast of unlikeable and unsympathetic characters didn’t make this book less of a compulsion for me though as I do love a read where you have a huge choice of suspects and this reminded me of Murder on the Orient Express at times with a host of suspects stranded together.

Emma Haughton has written a compelling storyline with a stunning setting that is visually delivered by this descriptive narrative. I could see it working well visually as a film or tv drama as it has that “hiding behind a cushion” feel to it where the tension becomes almost unbearable at times. Atmospheric and tautly plotted, The Dark is a gripping psychological thriller from start to finish.

Emma Haughton grew up in Sussex; after a stint au pairing in Paris and a couple of half-hearted attempts to backpack across Europe, she studied English at Oxford University then trained in journalism. During her career as a journalist, she wrote many articles for national newspapers, including regular pieces for the Times Travel section.

Following publication of her picture book, Rainy Day, Emma wrote three YA novels. Her first, Now You See Me, was an Amazon bestseller and nominated for the Carnegie and Amazing Book Awards. Better Left Buried, her second, was one of the best YA reads for 2015 in the Sunday Express. Her third YA novel, Cruel Heart Broken, was picked by The Bookseller as a top YA read for July 2016.

The Dark, Emma’s chilling new thriller for adults, will be published by Hodder in August 2021.

Find out more at http://www.emmahaughton.com or http://www.facebook.com/emmahaughtonwriter. Or get in touch via Twitter: @Emma_Haughton

Dog Rose Dirt by Jen Williams @RandomTTours


What if your mother had been writing to a serial killer?

A convicted murderer with a story to tell
 
Serial killer Michael Reave – known as The Red Wolf – has been locked in Belmarsh Prison for over 20 years for the brutal and ritualistic murders of countless women.
 
A grieving daughter with a secret to unearth
 
Ex-journalist Heather Evans returns to her childhood home after her mother’s inexplicable suicide and discovers something chilling – hundreds of letters between her mother and Reave, dating back decades.
 
A hunt for a killer ready to strike again

When the body of a woman is found decorated with flowers, just like his victims, Reave is the only person alive who could help. After years of silence, he will speak to Heather, and only Heather.

If she wants to unearth the truth and stop further bloodshed, she’ll have to confront a monster

Dog Rose Dirt has a dark and brooding storyline that reads like an adult fairy tale, rather like the disturbing tales that are woven within the narrative. I found myself getting goosebumps very early as we first meet Michael Reave as a young child and I wondered what on earth could have happened to this young boy for him to have become a vicious serial killer with the nickname of “The Red Wolf”. Was he born with evil inside of him or has his upbringing and subsequent life delivered events that have changed his perspective on life and women in particular.

When Heather Evans has to return home due to her mother’s suicide, she finds some unexpected things in her mother’s home. Books of dark, gruesome fairytales, a suicide note that doesn’t make total sense and letters from a convicted murderer. Why was her mother corresponding with Michael Reave and how can she find out what her mother wrote in reply to the letters she found from him? They obviously had some sort of connection but what? Being a journalist means that Heather is unable to leave these questions and ends up contacting the police. They are very interested in the letters especially as there have been some recent copycat murders of young women and they help Heather to meet Michael at Belmarsh prison where he is serving his sentence for murder.

Michael is a complex character at odds with the man Heather expects him to be. He talks of fairytales with gruesome endings but seems like a normal person and not the psychopath that murdered and removed the hearts from numerous victims. Why would her mother have befriended such a man? Although it’s a well documented fact that the meaner the man, the more pen pals he gets when in prison! There are comparisons with Ted Bundy throughout who was as famous and as popular with the ladies as a rock star after his conviction! The attraction seems bizarre for most of us but it happens more that we realise. So Heather has to dig into the past and try to work out connections between her mother and this man she doesn’t understand.

Dog Rose Dirt is a gripping book that I wanted to read from behind a cushion! It was a harrowing read at times with its disturbing storyline and it had the feel of a nightmare at times as Heather delved deeper into the mystery of her mother’s connection with the perpetrator of some heinous crimes. It’s slow burning build up continued to give me goosebumps until the shocking truth became clear.

Highly recommended!


Jen Williams lives in London with her partner and their small ridiculous cat. Having been a fan of grisly fairy tales from a young age, these days Jen writes dark unsettling thrillers with strong female leads, as well as character-driven fantasy novels with plenty of adventure and magic. She has twice won the British Fantasy Award for her Winnowing Flame trilogy, and when she’s not writing books she works as a bookseller and a freelance copywriter