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Blog-Tour Crime, Thriller and Mystery Literature and Fiction Suspense Women's Fiction

SOME DAYS ARE DARK by Miranda Smith

BOOKOUTURE

DESCRIPTION

When you have nothing to lose, how far will you go to save yourself?

Everyone in Whitaker was sure Olivia Miller shot her husband, until Marcus Rowe confessed. But a month before the trial, Marcus has been proved innocent—putting Olivia back in the frame.

Olivia is the first to admit she isn’t perfect. She’s made a lot of mistakes in her life, the worst of which was marrying Dane Miller. She fell for his kind eyes, his lack of judgement—she thought she could be free with him. That was before the chaotic parties, the dangerous friends, the lies… But one bad choice shouldn’t mean a life sentence. Now her friends are turning away from her, gossiping about her wherever she goes, wondering when she’ll be arrested this time.

Olivia isn’t going to run from the stares, from the whispers, from the doubts. She won’t leave her beloved son behind, or give her ex-husband Frank and his new wife any excuse to stop her seeing him. And if the police and the world think she’s guilty, there’s only one thing she can do—prove her innocence herself.

But if Marcus didn’t murder her husband, then the real killer is still out there.

And they’re not going to want Olivia stirring up the past…

An absolutely gripping, heart-pounding suspense novel about bad choices and second chances. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gray.

MOMO’S REVIEW

This is a great twisted thriller which had me hooked from the start. It alternates between before and after the murder which keeps your mid zipping between making it all the harder to try to predict the storyline.

I found it an interesting read and very very well written. The author writes with a refreshing tone. There are so many twists in the story, I found it impossible to guess how it would end! My perfect read!!

This review is being shared as part of the blog tour by Bookouture Annonymous!

My sincere thanks to BOOKOUTURE and NETGALLEY for the opportunity to read and review ‘Some Days Are Dark’ by Miranda Smith. 

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 

All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Some Days Are Dark
  • AUTHOR: Miranda Smith
  • PUBLISHER: Bookouture
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 16 March 2020

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Miranda Smith writes psychological and domestic suspense. She is drawn to stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Before completing her first novel, she worked as a newspaper staff writer and a secondary English teacher. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and three young children.  

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Blog-Tour Literature and Fiction Romance Suspense Women's Fiction

MORE THAN A MUM by CHARLENE ALLCOTT

TRANSWORLD DIGITAL (digital format)

DESCRIPTION

Mother: a woman considered in relation to her child or children.

Wife: a woman considered in relation to her spouse.

Shouldn’t there be more?

Alison has built her life around her family. Every day she packs lunches, rushes to work, and breaks up her daughter’s squabbles. She’s bored, restless and hungry for some excitement.

Perhaps the charismatic Frank could be what she’s missing. But is Frank all he makes out to be? And what if a new, glamorous life isn’t quite what she needs?

MOMO’S REVIEW

I am excited to be involved in the blog tour for this witty, emotional lovely book. First glance at the cover and I knew I’d be hooked! The blurb caught my interest and as soon as I opened it up and started reading it was clear I was right – this was going to be a great read.

More Than A Mum is a beautifully written book which shines a spotlight on relationships – within the family and those friends we choose to surround ourselves with. This is an emotionally fuelled book – heartbreak and heartwarming, funny and fresh – it truly is a delight to read. It will make you think and leads to pondering questions, decisions and where you go from here…

I don’t have children but I do enjoy stories like this – where the mundane daily living is rocked, questions asked leading to decisions that need to be made.

The author has told an emotionally genuine tale whilst still being a funny and joyful read.

I found this book captivating, witty and an easy read and would happily recommend it. Don’t take my word for it, have a look at the other bloggers involved in this blog tour (see image below).

I would like to thank damppebbles for the opportunity to read and review and be part of this #blogtour for ‘MORE THAN A MUM’ by CHARLENE ALLCOTT.  

This review is being published today as part of the blog-tour by damppebbles.

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 
All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: More Than A Mum
  • AUTHOR: Charlene Allcott
  • PUBLISHER: (ebook) Transworld Digital (paperback) Corgi Paperback
  • PUBLICATION DATE: (ebook) 20 February 2020 (paperback) 5 March 2020
  • LENGTH: 356 pages

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charlene Allcott was born and raised in London and now lives in Brighton with her five-year-old son. Charlene Allcott works part-time with young people in a residential care home. She writes a parenting blog at moderatemum.co.uk. MORE THAN A MUM is her second novel.

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Crime, Thriller and Mystery Mystery Suspense

THE SECRET SISTER by KA Clarke & AJ Brittany

Can you trust a sister who is a stranger?

*HQ Digital

DESCRIPTION

Ella Matthews has it all. A beautiful house, a charming husband and a precious baby daughter – her life has pretty much turned out exactly as she planned.

But when Ella’s mother tragically dies, her perfect life starts to crack. Her mother had been harbouring a life-long secret. Ella has a sister – an older sister – called Colleen.

Excited by the thought of no-longer being an only child, Ella can’t wait to find her.

But Colleen has a whirlwind past of her own. Desperate to escape her troubles, she is ready to go to any length to start afresh.

As their paths collide, someone is keeping secrets… and when Colleen mysteriously disappears without notice, Ella can’t help but question if she should have started looking for her at all…

MOMO’S REVIEW

This is domestic tale of suspense full of twists and turns. So many threads running, you won’t know who to trust, or what secrets were being kept.

The story was well written with a good plot although I felt it was a bit clunky in the middle.

I had not read anything by either of the authors involved in this book but I will look out for them in the future.

My sincere thanks to THE PIGEONHOLE for the opportunity to read and review ‘THE SECRET SISTER’ by KA Clarke and AJ Brittany. 

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 
All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: The Secret Sister
  • AUTHOR: KA Clarke and AJ Brittany
  • PUBLISHER: HQ Digital
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 10 January 2020
  • OBTAINED: ThePigeonhole

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KAREN CLARKE lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children, where she writes romantic comedy novels and psychological suspense. When she’s not writing, she reads a lot, enjoys walking – which is good for plot-wrangling and ideas, watching Netflix, baking and eating cakes. And then more walking to work off the cakes.

AMANDA BRITTANY lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two dogs. She is the bestselling author of Her Last Lie and Tell the Truth,and her third psychological thriller, Traces of Her,was published in October 2019. Her debut, Her Last Lie, has raised almost £8,000 so far for Cancer Research UK from her ebook royalties, in memory of her sister. When she’s not writing, Amanda loves reading, walking, travelling and going to the theatre.

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ABOUT ‘THE PIGEONHOLE’

THE PIGEONHOLE (www.thepigeonhole.com) is a community of readers from around the world. Books are delivered in daily instalments (staves). The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on the IOS or Android app, or on a web reader.

The Pigeonhole is all about shared reading and has a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between readers. Post a comment and fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links are included at the end of the final stave which allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure.

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Crime, Thriller and Mystery Suspense Thrillers

THE PERFECT SISTER by SHERYL BROWNE

A cautionary tale of love

*BOOKOUTURE

DESCRIPTION

‘You don’t know me, but I’m your sister.’

Claire is shocked when she receives a message out of the blue from Sophie, a beautiful young woman who tells Claire that she’s their father’s secret child.

Having spent years nursing her sweet little daughter Ella through a life-threatening illness whilst dealing with the emotional fall-out of a devastating marriage breakdown, Claire feels tentatively excited to meet Sophie. Perhaps she might finally have someone in the family to lean on…

As Claire welcomes her sister into her life, she’s delighted to see just how much Ella loves her new Aunt Sophie. But as the pair spend more time together, Claire begins to wonder where exactly her perfect new sister came from and what kind of person she really is.

With their elderly father’s mind rapidly deteriorating, is it possible that he’s hiding something from Claire about Sophie’s sudden appearance in their lives? When Sophie suggests a family day at the seaside, little Ella is beyond excited. But as Claire takes an important phone call from her demanding ex-husband, leaving Sophie in charge of Ella, something unthinkable happens. And as Claire rushes into the ice-cold sea towards the small, limp figure of her daughter, she realises that Sophie was watching the whole time. But why would Sophie want to hurt Claire’s precious daughter?

Was trusting her new sister with Ella the biggest mistake of Claire’s life?

MOMO’S REVIEW

As followers of my blog will be aware I am a dedicated fan of the wonderful Sheryl Browne. This is another totally awesome five-star psychological thriller. The gripping story is exciting with well-rounded characters. I did not read the synopsis as, of course, I know it will be a good book and I enjoy story unfolding as the author writes rather than the clues from the back page.

This gripping domestic noir is told in alternating chapters of exceptionally developed characters. The story held my attention from the first page and I read it in a single day as it was such an easy read, well developed and planned with trademark curveball twists that Sheryl is an expert in!

Sheryl writes fantastic domestic thrillers but she does have a sweet loving Jack Russell at home so I know this side of her is a talent rather than a lifestyle! Well, in my mind, you can’t be a bad person if you are owned by a Jack Russell! *see below for a gorgeous photo of Sheryl and Brie

If you are looking for a first book of 2020 then I sincerely advise you not to miss out on this – make it your first and you will get your reading year off to a great start.

My sincere thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of ‘THE PERFECT SISTER’ by SHERYL BROWNE. 

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 
All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: The Perfect Sister
  • AUTHOR: Sheryl Browne
  • PUBLISHER: Bookouture
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 29 January 2020
  • LENGTH: 308 pages

REVIEW PUBLISHED

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sheryl Browne writes psychological thriller and edgy contemporary fiction.A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

Sheryl Browne with her gorgeous little Brie 💞

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ABOUT THE PUBLISHER

Bookouture is a digital imprint offering BIG publisher expertise, small publisher flexibility and high royalties. We publish bestselling books. We build author brands. We create smart, effective marketing plans for every single title.

We focus on a small number of books – because attention to detail is essential. We want all our titles to be bestsellers – so we treat each of them like one.

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Crime, Thriller and Mystery Literature and Fiction Murder Mystery Suspense

OUR DARK SECRET by JENNY QUINTANA

Two Girls. Two Deaths. Two Decades of Silence.

*MANTLE BOOKS

ABOUT…

The crazy girls, they called them – or at least, Elizabeth liked to think they did.

As a teenager in the late 1970s, she was clever, overweight and a perfect victim for the bullies.

Then Rachel and her family arrived in town and, for Elizabeth, it was as if a light had been switched on. She was drawn to the bright and beautiful Rachel like a moth to a flame.

Rachel had her own reasons for wanting Elizabeth as a friend, and although their relationship was far from equal, Elizabeth would do anything for Rachel.

Then the first body was discovered.

Twenty years on, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to keep the secrets of her teenage years where they belong: in the past. But another body has been found, and she can’t keep running from what happened.

Can she?

MOMO’S REVIEW

This was a new author for me and I could have easily read the whole book in a day however I was reading on the Pigeonhole app which (again) was so frustrating as I could only read 10% per day (see Pigeonhole.com for full details) but this is a new way of reading and I want to persevere with it. It also means I can be reading multiple books at the same time.

This book is one which I eagerly recommend to fans of suspense. It is not so much a chilling thriller and a mystery suspense which was a nice change after reading so many dark and chilling novels of late.

The author tells the tale of Elizabeth and Rachel switching between past and present. It is an enjoyable read which had me guessing most of the way through the book. There are a few points where I thought I knew the direction the book was going only to find it didn’t. I like that!!

The story itself was believable, the characters likeable and the setting very clearly described.

Another book that I will be purchasing in paperback to read at my own fast pace after the start stop of pigeonhole! Don’t get me wrong I do love the pigeonhole format – it is just taking a bit of time to get used to staves (and waiting, I don’t do waiting!!).

My sincere thanks to THE PIGEONHOLE and MANTLE BOOKS for the opportunity to read and review ‘OUR DARK SECRET’ by JENNY QUINTANA. 

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 
All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Our Dark Secret
  • AUTHOR: Jenny Quintana
  • PUBLISHER: Mantle Books
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 6 February 2020
  • LENGTH: 240 pages

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jenny Quintana

Jenny Quintana grew up in Essex and Berkshire, dreaming of being a writer. She studied English Literature at Queen Mary in London and then gained a PGCE at Goldsmiths. She taught in a secondary school in East London and then moved abroad living and working in Seville and Athens. When she returned to England she began writing books for teaching English as a Foreign Language. At the same time, she wrote short stories and won several prizes. She attended the Curtis Brown Creative writing course where she was inspired to complete her debut novel The Missing Girl. She lives with her husband and three children.

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Jenny Qintana can be found on twitter @jennyquintana95 and on the Mantle website

PUBLISHER DETAILS

Mantle focuses on publishing high-quality writing and brilliant storytelling with a broad appeal. It features the very best across a vast range of genres, from crime, thriller, general and literary fiction to narrative non-fiction and memoir. 

Mantel Books website and can be found on twitter @mantlebooks

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THE PIGEONHOLE

THE PIGEONHOLE (www.thepigeonhole.com) is a community of readers from around the world. Books are delivered in daily instalments (staves). The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on the IOS or Android app, or on a web reader. 

The Pigeonhole is all about shared reading and has a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between readers. Post a comment and fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links are included at the end of the final stave which allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. 

The full book is then available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure.

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Crime, Thriller and Mystery Mystery Suspense

CLOSE TO HOME by Cara Hunter

DI Fawley (book #1)

Penguin

DESCRIPTION

HOW CAN A CHILD GO MISSING WITHOUT A TRACE?

Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party.

No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying…

And that Daisy’s time is running out.

MOMO’S REVIEW

This was my second read with Pigeonhole (see bottom of this post for full details on Pigeonhole) and it was no easier than the first – it may have been harder. I tend to read and read once I begin a new book – most of the time finishing in a couple of days if not a single day so reading sections every day over ten days is not something I am used to at all.

Anyhow, on to the book itself. Brilliant. Gripping. I really enjoyed this book. It is full of suspense and many dead end suggestions plotted by the very talented author. Just when you think you have an idea of who is to blame for little Daisy going missing the spotlight shifts and someone else is in the frame. The parents are not ‘likeable’ as parents and caused me some frustration at times but even so, no-one deserves to lose a child. It seems everyone has secrets.

The author keeps the plot moving at a good fast pace and this ensures the book deserves headline reviews such as ‘page-turner’ ‘brilliant’ and ‘gripping’. There are so many threads its only due to the authors expert attention to detail that clues are given throughout the book and all the threads are pulled together by the end of the book.

I have already purchased kindle version of this book, and the other two books of the DI Fawley series. I am excited to share this book with readers who enjoy a good suspenseful read that keeps them guessing!

My sincere thanks to PENGUIN and THE PIGEONHOLE for the opportunity to read and review ‘CLOSE TO HOME’ by Cara Hunter. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary . com

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cara Hunter is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling crime novels Close to HomeIn the Dark and No Way Out, all featuring DI Adam Fawley and his Oxford-based police team. Close to Home was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, was shortlisted for Crime Book of the Year in the British Book Awards 2019 and No Way Out was selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 best crime novels since 1945. Cara’s novels have sold more than three-quarters of a million copies worldwide. Cara Hunter lives in Oxford, on a street not unlike those featured in her books.

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ABOUT ‘THE PIGEONHOLE’

THE PIGEONHOLE (www.thepigeonhole.com) is a community of readers from around the world. Books are delivered in daily instalments (staves). The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on the IOS or Android app, or on a web reader.

The Pigeonhole is all about shared reading and has a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between readers. Post a comment and fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links are included at the end of the final stave which allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure.

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Crime, Thriller and Mystery Suspense

THE FALLOUT by Rebecca Thornton

Full of secrets and rumours, the page-turner to get everyone talking in 2019

HarperCollins

DESCRIPTION

THE ACCIDENT.
THE LIE.
THE FALLOUT will be huge . . .

When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.

Was nobody watching him?
Where was his mother?
Who’s to blame?

The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.

Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart . . .

MOMO’S REVIEW

This is a brilliantly written book which had me gripped and one I would normally have binged on and read in a single day however I was reading this on ThePigeonhole app which meant that I was only permitted access to one instalment per day over ten days. That was hard!

The author has expertly given us a story told from various perspectives, including twitter and WhatsApp messages. It is an interesting insight into motherhood, secrets, relationships, friendship and shows we never know what is really going on behind closed doors. What starts as a small lie leads the reader on an emotional rollercoaster with unexpected twists and turns.

I would happily recommend this and I will be reading it again – in one sitting – just to see what I missed the first time around as there is honestly so much going on in this book I am sure it deserves to be read more than once!

My sincere thanks to HARPER COLLINS and THE PIGEONHOLE for the opportunity to read and review ‘The Fallout’ by Rebecca Thornton. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary . com

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: The Fallout
  • AUTHOR: Rebecca Thornton
  • PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
  • PUBLICATION DATE: (ebook) 5 December 2019 (paperback) 2 April 2020
  • OBTAINED: ThePigeonhole

REVIEW PUBLISHED

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rebecca Thornton is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives in London with her husband and two sons – The Fallout is her second novel. 

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ABOUT ‘THE PIGEONHOLE’

THE PIGEONHOLE (www.thepigeonhole.com) is a community of readers from around the world. Books are delivered in daily instalments (staves). The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on the IOS or Android app, or on a web reader.

The Pigeonhole is all about shared reading and has a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between readers. Post a comment and all your fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links will be included at the end of the final stave which will allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure.

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Crime, Thriller and Mystery Literature and Fiction Suspense Thrillers

THE DEVIL UPSTAIRS by Anthony O’Neill

BLACK AND WHITE PUBLISHING

DESCRIPTION

In a quiet corner of Edinburgh,
Cat Thomas is going through hell.
She’s tried everything. He respects nothing.

If your neighbour was making your life hell…
Would you call upon the devil?


Cat Thomas, a brilliant fraud investigator, has just relocated from Florida to a dreamy flat in historic Edinburgh. Everything seems perfect. Everything seems serene. Except for the unbelievably noisy wannabe rockstar upstairs.

Soon Cat’s blissful new life is in ruins. Desperate, she’s willing to try anything. When all else fails, she makes an appeal … to Satan.

And suddenly everything is eerily quiet. But her nightmare has only just begun …

MOMO’S REVIEW

I loved this book. As regular followers may be aware I am drawn by covers more than descriptions…. I was immediately drawn to this cover and as I had recently moved into an upper flat where I was concerned about the noise being herd in the flat below I was keen to read this book. I do not make any noise like is described in this book – I have carpets and remove shoes as soon as I enter the flat….. admittedly after reading I am now walking around even less and being even more aware of noise!

On to the story… Have you ever wished someone dead? Have you ever felt hatred towards someone so much that it is a recurring thought in your head? That is exactly what happens to Cat in this story. Cat’s new start in Edinburgh has been soured by her noisy neighbour above. Cat’s colleague suggests a way of dealing with this and thats when things take a satanic twist…

I found this to be an interesting read. The author has an easy enjoyable writing style and the story had a good pace. It is a thriller with a very different theme to anything else I have read recently. I read it in less than a day as I was completely entertained and needed to know what would happen.

I would recommend this as an enjoyable quick and easy read.

My sincere thanks to A Love of Books Facebook Group, Black & White Publishing and Anthony O’Neill for a copy of ‘The Devil Upstairs’ by Anthony O’Neill. 

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 
All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: The Devil Upstairs
  • AUTHOR: Anthony O’Neill
  • PUBLISHER: Black & White Publishing
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 5 September 2019
  • LENGTH: 272 pages
  • ebook: B07RZXKDW8
  • ISBN-10: 1785302612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785302619
  • Click here to view the book on Amazon (UK)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anthony O’Neill is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer. He was born in Melbourne and lives in Edinburgh.

He is the author of Scheherazade, a revisionist Arabian Nights epic; The Lamplighter, a psychological horror novel set in Victorian Scotland; The Empire of Eternity, a history-mystery involving Napoleon Bonaparte and the early years of Egyptology; The Unscratchables, a Swiftian satire featuring dog and cat detectives; and The Dark Side, a crime novel set on the far side of the moon.

Click here to view Anthony O’Neill introducing The Devil Upstairs

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ABOUT THE PUBLISHER

BLACK & WHITE PUBLISHING

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999 by Managing Director Campbell Brown and Publishing Director Alison McBride. Since then, the business has grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond. We produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction,  biography,  sport and humour,  as well as selected fiction,  young adult and children’s books.

WEBSITE: http://www.blackandwhitepublishing.com
TWITTER: bwpublishing

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Crime, Thriller and Mystery Mystery psychological Suspense Thrillers

IT WAS ALWAYS YOU by Sarah K. Stephens

Love hurts, but the truth can kill.

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SYNOPSIS

Morgan isn’t sure about her new boyfriend, Justin. Considering the childhood trauma she encountered, Morgan wants to be grateful for the relationship. But a fight with Justin leaves her feeling shaken.

Before the couple go on a romantic weekend trip, Morgan attends an appointment with her neurologist, Dr. Koftura, who has monitored her since an accident she had when she was seven years old. Morgan has a history of sabotaging her romantic relationships and the Doctor is concerned that she is following the same patterns with Justin.


On the day of their trip Justin’s behavior becomes erratic and he runs the car off the road into a tree, killing himself and hurting Morgan.

When she awakens in the hospital to find that Justin is dead, Morgan has little time to grapple with this loss before detectives arrive to question her about the crash.

As it becomes clear that the detectives believe Morgan is responsible for Justin’s death, Morgan must unlock the secrets of her past in order to prove her innocence.

But can she really trust her own mind?

MOMO’S REVIEW

I received a copy of this book from the author following a conversation on twitter. I had not heard of the author before but the book cover and synopsis really caught my attention. Sarah K. Stephens appears to be such a lovely lady on twitter but this book is so twisted her mind must be a scary scary place!

The synopsis gives away a lot of the plot (too much IMHO) but there is still so much more to this story. I felt I was reading on the edge of a cliff rather than cuddled up on my sofa. The author gives us surprising twists, dead ends and you just don’t know who to trust. The author cleverly adds a comment here and there to give clues but are they real or do they distract you…. read and see!

I will be highly recommending this book to many people. Its a different type of thriller and one that I am very glad I managed to read this week. I will be reading Sarah’s other books as soon as I can get my hands on them.

My sincere thanks to Sarah K. Stephens and Bloodhound Books for the advanced readers copy of ‘It Was Always You’ by Sarah K. Stephens. 
All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: It Was Always You
  • AUTHOR: Sarah K. Stephens
  • PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 28 November 2019
  • PRINT LENGTH: 277 pages
  • Link to purchase on Amazon UK

REVIEW PUBLISHED

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sarah K. Stephens

Sarah K. Stephens  is a developmental psychologist who serves as an Associate Teaching Professor at Penn State University. Her courses examine a variety of topics, including the processes of risk and resilience in childhood, the influence of online media on social and behavioral development, and evidence-based interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum. Although Fall and Spring find her in the classroom, she remains a writer year-round.

Her writing has appeared in LitHub, The Writer’s Chronicle, Hazlitt, The Millions, and The Indianola Review.

Her debut novel, A Flash of Red (read Chapter 1 here), was released in December 2016 by Pandamoon Publishing.

Her newest thriller, It Was Always You, will be released from Bloodhound Books in November 2019.

Sarah enjoys attending Book Clubs and other literary events.  E-mail with your inquiries.

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Contemporary Fiction Crime Fiction Crime, Thriller and Mystery Mystery Suspense Thrillers

WHAT SHE SAW LAST NIGHT by MJ Cross

No one will believe … WHAT SHE SAW LAST NIGHT.

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Jenny Bowen is going home. Boarding the Caledonian Sleeper, all she wants to do is forget about her upcoming divorce and relax on the ten-hour journey through the night.

In her search for her cabin, Jenny helps a panicked woman with a young girl she assumes to be her daughter. Then she finds her compartment and falls straight to sleep.

Waking in the night, Jenny discovers the woman dead in her cabin … but there’s no sign of the little girl. The train company have no record of a child being booked on the train, and CCTV shows the dead woman boarding alone.

The police don’t believe Jenny, and soon she tries to put the incident out of her head and tells herself that everyone else is right: she must have imagined the little girl.

But deep down, she knows that isn’t the truth.

MOMO’S REVIEW

I purchased this kindle book knowing I was going to be attending Train Noir – Edinburgh (see below link for details) and I am so glad I did. It’s brilliant and kept me guessing right to the end. I have not read any other Mason Cross (MJ Cross) books but I will be looking out for them after this one.

Thoroughly enjoyable thriller with some brilliant twists which had me second-guessing what I thought was about to happen. There are two main characters which I found myself drawn to and I found myself surprised by some of the twists in the story and I liked that the book focused on the thriller story and didn’t get caught up in side stories like so many books do. You learn enough about the characters to be able to picture them but not too much that you are wishing the author would get on with the story. This book does not delay the action at all.

I was on edge the whole way through the book and read it in less than 24 hours. I loved the scene where they were running around the busy London traffic just as much as the time spend in the Scottish countryside.

Loved every minute of this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good suspense thriller – but maybe not for anyone who travels on the sleeper…

I am excited to be attending the Train Noir – Edinburgh event on 25th November. SJI Holliday’s Violet takes us on a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express, but one of the passengers is not who they claim to be. Meanwhile, MJ Cross begins What She Saw Last Night with a death on the Caledonian Sleeper and a mystery to unravel.

BOOK DETAILS

  • FORMAT: kindle ebook
  • LENGTH: 320 pages
  • PUBLISHER: Orion
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 18 April 2019
  • ASIN: B07K6RZTHX
  • ISBN-10: 1409172465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409172468

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mason Cross is a British novelist whose debut novel The Killing Season was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Book of the Year 2015.

His second novel, The Samaritan, also featuring his inimitable lead character Carter Blake, was selected as a Richard & Judy Book Club pick.

Mason has written a number of short stories, including A Living, which was shortlisted for the Quick Reads ‘Get Britain Reading’ Award and ‘Expiry Date’, published in Ellery Queen.

He lives near Glasgow with his wife and three children. 

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Mason Cross was born in Glasgow in 1979. He studied English at the University of Stirling and has worked variously as a tax officer, events coordinator, project manager and pizza delivery boy. He has written a number of short stories which have been published in Ellery QueenScribble and First Edition.  

His story ‘A Living’, was shortlisted for the Quick Reads ‘Get Britain Reading’ Award. His first novel, The Killing Season was longlisted for the 2015 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and his second, The Samaritan was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in Spring 2016. The third book in the series, The Time to Kill was released in 2016 and published in the US under the title Winterlong in 2017, followed by Don’t Look For Me and Presumed Dead. He lives near Glasgow with his wife and three children. 

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