Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski #BlogTour @OrendaBooks

Today I am pretty darn excited about being on the blog tour for Six Stories today, an unbelievably stunning debut crime novel by Matt Wesolowski.

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About this book…

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame … As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.

My review…

So I was off on my travels to the Orenda Road show at Waterstones in Liverpool and thought what a brilliant idea it would be to read a book by one of the authors who were going to be attending. So whilst on my train journey to Liverpool Lime Street, I got stuck into Six Stories. After a slowish start, where I got used to the whole unique style of the narrative, after about  30 pages I was hooked! Then I stupidly made a comment on the photo of me reading Six Stories that I had posted on Facebook saying “This book is so captivating that I wish I could I could just stay on the train reading it” Cue train in front bringing down a walk and power cables and leaving me stuck on that train and then on a freezing station platform in the middle of nowhere for 2 hours-honestly you couldn’t make it up could you!? And so I spent my evening reading pretty much all of this book but that was no hardship at all to me because it was absolutely AMAZING!

I wasn’t aware of “Serial”, the podcast that had a two series run and topped the iTunes podcast chart but I have since investigated further so I could get a better grasp of where the idea came from. Like “Serial”, Six Stories is a series of podcasts. It is broadcast by Scott King who takes a crime he wants to be reinvestigated by talking to the individuals involved at the time, and then each of those accounts form one of the six podcasts.

I don’t think I have read such an innovative and creative plot in a very long time. This really has such a current feel to it totally unlike anything I’ve read-it does actually come across like a real podcast and so I was totally engrossed in the characters that were being gradually developed as the plot opened up. I wasn’t even interested in trying to work out who or what was responsible for the death of Tom Jeffries, I was just very happy to let Scott King lead me there…..one story at a time. And the last few pages had my jaw firmly dropping on the floor. What a powerful and thought provoking denouement! I just wanted to go back and read the whole book again!

This is a dark, creepily atmospheric and horrifically intense scrutiny of a crime told in an unapologetically contemporary style. It reminded me of the first time I read Into The Woods by Tana French. I got the same goosebumps that told me this was the start of something very special indeed and I can’t wait to read whatever Matt Wesolowski writes next. But can I also just say that NEVER before has a book been so ripe for an audio book adaptation! Bring it on!

Huge thanks to Karen Sullivan for my copy of Six Stories.

Six Stories is published in paperback by Orenda Books on 15th March 2017 and is available to purchase from Amazon UK.

Meet the author…

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Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North. Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more. His debut novella The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013 and a new novella set in the forests of Sweden will be available shortly. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. He is currently working on his second crime novel Ashes, which involves black metal and Icelandic sorcery.

Cursed-A Henning Juul novel by Thomas Enger #BlogTour @OrendaBooks

I am delighted to be on the blog tour today for Cursed by Thomas Enger, translated by Kari Dickson.

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About this book…

What secret would you kill to protect? When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has been grieving for her recently dead father, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests. Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. With the loss of his son to deal with, as well as threats to his own life and to that of his ex-wife, Juul is prepared to risk everything to uncover a sinister maze of secrets that ultimately leads to the dark heart of European history.

My review…

Although this is the fourth book in the Henning Juul series, this is the first I have read and it didn’t feel like I had missed anything (apart from some very gritty and suspenseful writing of course!) as the author makes sure we are aware of plot details that have occurred previously.

The opening sequence in Cursed was a breathtakingly dark and disturbing murder which has a dramatic effect on the reader throwing up many questions. Who was this man, shot in cold blood while out with his dog in a Swedish forest?  What possible reason could have lead to his murder? And it does take a while before we realise the connection with the main storyline but what a wonderfully twisted and complex path we are lead down before it’s revealed.

I loved Nora and Henning, their relationship is over by the time me we meet them here, torn apart by events in the past and the tragic loss of their son. Nora becomes involved in the case of missing Hedda due to their past friendship at university. Henning is chasing down possible leads in the threats against his life but it seems the two cases may be entwined as Nora peels away the dirty secrets of a well regarded wealthy family.

This is fantastic series to grab hold of if you are a fan of Nordic Noir. I got the same goosebumps that I experienced the first time I read The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and if you’re a fan of his then you will absolutely adore this series too. It’s gripping from the first page, pulling you in and slowly building the tension whilst unravelling the secrets and lies of a family who seem to be hiding past indiscretions which could have far reaching consequences. The last few chapters were brilliant as it becomes a fast paced race to the final denouement with an unexpected development at the end.

I have only recently become a fan of translated crime novels but the standard now is incredibly high. I am adding Thomas Enger to my list of favourite authors in this genre and can’t wait to read the next instalment now. A tightly controlled plot, which is deeply moving at times, this is highly recommended by me.

Cursed (Henning Juul) is published by Orenda Books on January 21st and is available to purchase from Amazon UK.

Meet the author…

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Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndod) in 2009, which became aninternational sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb #BlogTour @OrendaBooks

So today I am the closing stop on the blog tour for Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb otherwise known as Crime Thriller Girl who’s blog was one of the first ones I discovered when I entered the world of crime book blogging! Many thanks to Karen Sullivan for inviting me to take part.

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About this book…

Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong. The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past.

Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.

Breathtakingly fast-paced, both hard-boiled and heart-breaking, Deep Down Dead is a simply stunning debut from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

My review…

OH. MY. GOD. There is one less space in my top reads of 2017 today and its only February! But this book……..!!!!! It is just so seriously cool and ridiculously brilliant! I loved it so much I am now prepared to do some serious stalking to get hold of Stephs next book in the series as soon as I possibly can. I mean, I have MAJOR “fictional character crush” here and its not on JT (although he is a very close second!) Lori Anderson is such an achingly hip mom that I just want to be her! I loved her relationship with her nine year old daughter Dakota, whom I took to straight away with her mini adult perspective on her mother’s life and job. I loved the way she kicked ass when faced with a roomful of bad guys. I loved her courage and determination. But most of all I found her to be real, a single mum doing what she had to do to get by, in a world where good rarely triumphs over bad anymore.

Everything about this book worked for me. I loved its fresh writing style with the short chapters maintaining a high level of anxiety and adrenaline. I loved the characters,  good AND bad, the atmospheric settings of Florida and West Virginia, and the whole concept of a plot that revolved around bounty hunting. I have to admit though I stopped reading after a few pages to google bounty hunting which is FASCINATING stuff! And due to Steph, herself, having trained as a “skip tracer” it felt authentic from start to finish. I was sucked in to Lori’s dilemma immediately and became so engrossed in her predicament that I nearly missed my stop on the train-yes, I was that into this book! In fact, I couldn’t wait to get back on the train to continue both our journeys!

This could easily have wandered farther down the romantic suspense route but the author kept any relationship dynamics to a tantalising minimum concentrating more on the action and a VERY cleverly conceived crime plot. I really felt Lori’s maternal instincts intensify as she channelled them into her search for the truth. She was like a one woman A-Team, a fierce mama bear protecting her sick young and prepared to fight till her final breath for those she believes in.

I haven’t read a debut as fresh and exciting as this for a long time. And now I have, I WANT MORE! I also feel it would make a great Hollywood action movie-we need more strong women characters leading the way on the big screen (I had Jennifer Lawrence in my head while reading. Anyone else?) Loved, loved, LOVED IT from start to finish and therefore very highly recommended by me.

Deep Down Dead (Lori Anderson) is available to purchase from Amazon UK now.

Meet the author…

Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at http://www.crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases.Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens. Deep Down Dead is her debut novel.

Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson #BlogTour @OrendaBooks

I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part today in the blog tour for Rupture which is the fourth Dark Iceland book from Ragnar Jonasson. A huge thank you to Karen Sullivan for inviting me!

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About this book…

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…
In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

My review…

Over Christmas there was a seasonal Kindle sale going on over at Amazon. Normally, I back away from that one click button as it makes book buying a bit too easy at times! But then I noticed that the first three books in this series had been reduced to 99p each! I have only recently allowed myself to be seduced by Scandinavian crime so that price it was a risk I was prepared to take. And as buying all three would cost me less than a chai latte and an almond croissant (and be much better for my blood sugar levels as well!) I hit those one click buttons. My Christmas then became a complete Icelandic crime fest as I read the whole series within the week between Christmas and New Year…and LOVED IT!

So I couldn’t wait to get stuck into Rupture, the fourth in the series to be translated into English, and thankfully the standard of writing and plotting has not dropped from the high expectations set in the first book, Snowblind. We are once again in the company of journalist Isrun, whom we also met in Blackout, and who is following up on a case of her own while Ari Thor is investigating a cold case from 1955 on behalf of a woman’s nephew, who thinks his aunt was murdered. On top of all this, the town is in quarantine due to a virus that is proving fatal so leaving to gather more information is impossible, or is it?

I just love the delicately plotted storytelling in this series. It’s like the author is painting a winters landscape for us as he enriches the plot, slowly building up the layers, giving it depth and shadows which don’t seem to come together or make sense until you stand back to appreciate the whole picture. It’s a joy to read such an enchanting, atmospheric crime mystery featuring well rounded characters that are greeted like old friends and grip the reader immediately with their lives and careers. I’m fascinated by those inhabitants, living in their beautiful Icelandic setting which has almost become a character in its own right as it entwins itself around the crimes leaving the reader with serious goosebumps. The last few pages of Rupture leave us warmed up nicely for the next addition to the series and made me feel much better about not spotting the twists and turns that came before it!

Although Rupture is the most recent of the series it can still be read as a standalone novel and if you love it then you can always treat yourself to the rest, knowing that they are all highly addictive, quality crime dramas. And they are so seamlessly translated you will forget that they were ever written in anything other than English to being with! If Agatha Christie were alive today I know she would be a huge supporter of this enthralling series and quite rightly so!

Huge thanks to Orenda Books for my review copy of Rupture.

Rupture (Dark Iceland) is available to purchase from Amazon UK here.

 

Meet the author…

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Ragnar Jonasson (www.ragnarjonasson.com) is the Icelandic writer of the Dark Iceland crime series set in Northern Iceland. Snowblind (2015) is the first book in the Dark Iceland series. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, and works as a lawyer in Reykjavik. He is also a teacher at Reykjavik University Law School and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen of Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir, and has appeard on panels at Crimefest in Bristol, Left Coast Crime in the USA, Bloody Scotland in Stirling and Iceland Noir in Iceland. Ragnar’s short story Death of a Sunflower was published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine January 2014 issue, the first story in the magazine by an Icelandic author. His second Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine story, A Letter to Santa, was published in the January 2015 issue. Ragnar’s short story Party of Two was published in the Crime Writers’ Association 2014 anthology Guilty Parties, edited by Martin Edwards. Ragnar lives in Reykjavik with his wife and daughters.

Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen #BookReview

About this book…

September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found. Almost 25 years later, as the expiry date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette’s mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge … Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

My review…

If you had asked me this time last year if I was a fan of Scandinavian crime fiction or Nordic noir then I would have responded with a “hell no!” even though I really liked tv shows such as The Killing and Wallender. But 2016 has opened my eyes to great examples of this genre that I would have kicked myself for missing out on otherwise, one of them being Where Roses Never Die. I am rather late to the party for this one though as 2017 will mark 40 years since this series began! Thankfully I don’t have too long to wait for the next instalment which is due to be published by Orenda Books next year.

Those expecting a fast paced and thrilling rollercoaster read will be sorely disappointed though. This book unravels its secrets steadily and carefully-it’s like unwrapping a beautiful box of chocolates where each one is individually packaged and you have no idea what it is until it slowly melts in your mouth. The plot involving the disappearance of a 3 year old little girl is handled calmly and delicately by the private investigator Varg Veum as he methodically works through a cold case that is about to reach its statute of limitations after 25 years. The co-op habitat that Mette disappeared from, and where her mother still lives, seems to hold the key and Varg is prepared to delve deeper than the previous police investigation to find out what happened back in 1977. I took a little while to work out who was who in the co-op but once I did I was absolutely enthralled by their lives both in the past and present and watched intently as all the threads started to knit together.

I loved Varg and found myself not only cheering him on in his investigation but also in his private life. Although I have joined the series very late I didn’t feel that I was missing out on too much backwards story as all I needed to know was there and I picked up clues to the past quickly and easily. I am now desperate to discover more about this man and his life and will eagerly await the next book in this series. The combination of the wonderfully translated prose and the darkly atmospheric setting were a perfect fit for this richly plotted novel and I absolutely loved it.

Where Roses Never Die (Varg Veum) was published by Orenda Books on March 15th 2016 and is available to purchase from Amazon UK here.

Meet the author…

Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife.

A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone #BookReview @OrendaBooks

About this book…

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match… And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything. A brave, deeply moving psychological thriller which marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland’s top crime writers.

My review

So, after being told by so many readers and reviewers that this was their top book of 2016 and that I HAD to read it, I finally gave in. But I was worried that this book and its author now had an awful lot to live up to. So did it? Absolutely 100% yes!!

Domestic violence is always going to be a tricky subject to write about, there is typically going to be half of a partnership that you are going to detest for their abusive nature. So to be able to evoke feelings of sympathy for both parties is a pretty impressive feat. But that’s exactly what the author has managed to do here. When we meet Andy he is about to have a rare night out with his brother Jim. Andy has been a widow since his wife died giving birth to their son but that night he meets Anna, a beautiful young woman who is about to bring love and joy back to his life. But on their wedding night, Andy sees a side to Anna that shocks him. Now, Andy is a big, burly Scotsman and Anna a petite 7 stone so it’s understandable that Andy feels embarrassed and unable to admit to his family what is really behind his cuts and bruises. And all the signs that scream “domestic abuse” for a woman (withdrawing from their family, lying about injuries, making excuses for their partner) well, they aren’t so easy to spot when it’s a male victim. Society still seems to see it as a bit of a joke unfortunately, long after those sketch shows of the 1970s, with their scenes featuring the woman of the house chasing her husband with a rolling pin, were consigned to the depths of social history.

For me the highlight of this book was how much I loved the character of Andy. Right from the start I found myself thinking “he is going to make one lucky girl very happy!” He was close to his family and was a nice young man, one who was brought up to respect women and his peers. So it was no surprise that he reacted as he did when Anna started to show her true colours. No matter how close you are to you family, there is still a sense of shame hanging over you if you have to admit what is happening to the people who love you the most.

This is a hard hitting book, one that is difficult to read at times but utterly compelling. From start to finish I found it hard to tear myself away from the horror of what was happening. I wanted to close my eyes to chase away the images being conjured up by the wonderfully descriptive prose but with so many emotions running around my head there was no escape. I experienced fear for Andy and his family, loathing for Anna but also a huge sympathy for them all-how different their lives could have been. My heart just ached for them all in a situation where there were never going to be any winners, just survivors.

A Suitable Lie is a book that will stay with its reader for a long time after finishing it. Be prepared to run through a full range of emotions, and see which one stays with you at the end. Mine was sadness that I had finished reading such a powerful book but tinged with hope that it may have, somewhere or somehow, changed one person’s life.

Highly recommended by me and many thanks to Karen at Orenda for my review copy of A Suitable Lie.

A Suitable Lie was published by Orenda books on 15th September 2016 and is available to buy here.

About the Author…

Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge: Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers.Other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; and Beyond the Rage. His poetry includes: In The Raw, Running Threads and Lip Synch. Michael is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website http://www.crimesquad.com. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller.

The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech #BlogTour #BookReview @OrendaBooks @LouiseWriter

I am absolutely delighted to be a stop on the Blog Tour for The Mountain in my Shoe by Louise Beech so a huge thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for this very exciting opportunity!

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About this book…

A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself.

On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.

Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.

My review…

I know that I’m not alone in saying that I so adored How to be Brave, the first novel by Louise Beech, that I was worried about reading her follow up as I didn’t want to be disappointed by my (probably unrealistically high) expectations! But I should have trusted the extraordinary talent of this “new literary talent on the block” as, although a different style of book to How to be Brave, this book totally exceeded my expectations….I absolutely LOVED it! In fact I decided to sleep on my review so that I got it just right and did it justice. But even now, after a sleepless night where the characters refused to stop interacting with my brain, I know that my words will never live up to the emotions that literally bubbled to the surface from reading this poignant tale.

Although billed as a psychological thriller this has so much more depth to it than you can hope to expect in that genre. The story is told with three character points of view, firstly Bernadette who’s an official friend to a fostered 10 year old boy. From the start we are very aware that her marriage is not functioning as others do. She seems very controlled by her husband and there is definitely some psychological abuse as well as a possible history of physical abuse. But I took to this quiet and nervously unassuming woman as soon as she was introduced. Then we have Conor who has gone missing from his foster mum’s house and may be heading for his real family. And the final teller of tales is The Book. Now I found The Book to be the most heartbreaking  and difficult of the three turns to read. My heart ached for the baby, toddler and then young schoolboy that Conor became. Let down by adults, never through any fault of his own, it gave an insight into a system that I had never experienced written about in such a way  before. It truly tugged at my heartstrings but all the while balancing that emotion with a promise of hope.

I know that writers are advised to “show” readers not tell them  and with her soft, almost poetic writing style Louise Beech makes her characters and settings as real to the reader as if they were there on the page with them. This stunning book will stay with me for quite some time to come.

The Mountain in My Shoe is published by Orenda Books and is available in ebook with the paperback being published on 30th September 2016. Available to buy from Amazon UK.

About the author…

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Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose début novel How To Be Bravewas a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. She is also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show.