Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

I found this novel to be very disturbing – but isn’t that the point of psychological thrillers?

The author has told a very interesting, yet chilling, tale which I found difficult to read at times but was so hooked that I had to keep reading – and read it in a day.

I did struggle with the author’s style of writing at the beginning. It seemed more young adult fiction than psychological but once I got over the tone I did enjoy the book, although did find it predictable.

Thanks to Ali Land, Penguin UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this new and exciting novel for 2017.


SET TO BE ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY, CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPLOSIVE DEBUTS OF 2017 – for fans of quality psychological suspense and reading group fiction: once you read this book you’ll want to talk about it .

‘NEW N A M E . NEW F A M I LY. S H I N Y. NEW. ME . ‘

Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. As her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of her past won’t let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name – Milly. A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water. Good me, bad me. She is, after all, her mother’s daughter…

Translated into over 20 languages, Good Me Bad Me is a tour de force. In its narrator, Milly Barnes, we have a voice to be reckoned with, and in its author, Ali Land, an extraordinary new talent.

PUBLISHER Penguin UK – Michael Joseph
PRINT LENGTH 324 pages






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The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

I was lucky enough to be one of the few chosen to read a sampler of this novel in November 2016. I rated the sample highly and I am very pleased to say now that I have read the full novel I would again recommend this as a fascinating read.

The book is cleverly told from two different people, at two different times….but their stories are linked in such a way that you just have to keep reading to find out what comes next!

I found myself dreaming of living in One Folgate Street, where one rule is that nothing is lying around – everything is tidy. Well my house isn’t like that but I would love for it to be… but then I enjoy my things around me and I am sure I would find it much more difficult that Emma or Jane did.

Thanks to JP Delaney, Quercus Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read the sampler and the full novel.  Highly recommended reading!!


Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price? 

For all fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl comes this spellbinding Hitchcockian thriller which takes psychological suspense to the next level

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules.

After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.

As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

BOOK TITLE The Girl Before
PUBLISHER Quercus Books







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Games People Play by Owen Mullen

MoMo Book Diary enjoyed Games People Play, Owen Mullen’s brilliant novel set in Glasgow.

The book is mainly set in Glasgow and I loved the way the author used the language, and could even hear the rough glaswegian accents coming through.

This well written story had me hooked from the introduction and on tender-hooks through to the nail-biting conclusion.

Private Investigator, Charlie Cameron is a complex character which the author demonstrates though the telling of his back story and look forward to reading more of his investigations.

Thank you Owen Mullen for the opportunity to read and review this breath-taking novel.


On a warm summer’s evening thirteen month old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland, taken while her parents are yards away. Three days later, the distraught father turns up at Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron’s office and begs him to help. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgement Charlie gets involved in a case he would be better off without. But when a child’s body is discovered on Fenwick Moor, then another in St Andrews, the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer out there whose work has gone undetected for decades. Baby Lily may be the latest victim of a madman.

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go. His demons won’t let him.

The stunning first novel featuring Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron. Games People Play will have the reader guessing to the very last page.

AUTHOR Owen Mullen
BOOK TITLE Games People Play
SERIES PI Charlie Cameron
PUBLISHER Bloodhound Books




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When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, andhad a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.

The Gift by Louise Jensen

MoMo Book Diary highly recommends this gripping psychological thriller. It is so good I will be recommending this novel to EVERYONE!

I knew I would love this book from the minute I saw the cover… and was lucky enough to be given an advanced copy to read and review prior to publication.

Once I started reading I didn’t want to put it down – it got under my skin. I finally slept when the kindle needed charging. Whilst reading I had an idea of the way the story was heading, but I was wrong more than once.

This book has you gripped from page one and doesn’t let you go until the final page.

Louise Jensen had me completely absorbed in this story with characters that you can’t help but feel real empathy for – at times I felt an irrational fear for Jenna’s safety. I have never found myself worrying over a character as much as I did for her.

More than once I had to stop reading for a moment to calm down… its gripping beyond belief.

Whilst this is an addictive psychological thriller I was fascinated by the authors use of cellular memory theory as a topic. I will be reading more on this subject. Something I have never read anywhere else – well done Louise Jensen for bringing such a new, and thought provoking twist to your readers.

Sincere thanks to Louise Jensen, Bookouture and NetGalley for the chance to read and review this book prior to publication. This review is completely my own unbiased and voluntary opinion.


The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder?

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

AUTHOR Louise Jensen
PUBLISHER Bookouture
PRINT LENGTH 352 pages
ISBN 9781786810960







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Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this as a witty read.                  

This is the second book in Helen Cox’s Starlight Diner series.  I have not yet read the first book but have purchased it to read now so I can catch up with the story of Esther.

This second book revolves around the character Bonnie who didn’t feature in the first book so you will miss nothing by reading them out of order – like me!

The intriguing characters are friendly and welcoming. I very quickly related to Bonnie and cared about her and her situation. The story is well paced, and had me reading a page or two at every opportunity.

The author brilliantly entertains us with a touch of everything – romance, humour, mystery, and suspense – and I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

Thank you to Avon and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book prior to publication.


The smart second novel in the Starlight Diner series

What brings Bonnie Brooks to The Starlight Diner? And why is she on the run?

As the front-woman in a band, Bonnie is used to being in the spotlight, but now she must hide in the shadows.

Bonnie only has one person who she can turn to: her friend Esther Knight, who waitresses at the Fifties-themed diner. There, retro songs play on the jukebox as fries and sundaes are served to satisfied customers. But where has Esther gone?

Alone in New York City, Bonnie breaks down in front of arrogant news reporter, and diner regular, Jimmy Boyle. Jimmy offers to help her. Can she trust him?

When the kindly owner of the Starlight Diner offers Bonnie work, and she meets charming security officer Nick Moloney, she dares to hope that her luck has changed. Is there a blossoming romance on the cards? And can Bonnie rebuild her life with the help of her Starlight Diner friends?

AUTHOR Helen Cox
BOOK TITLE Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner
SERIES Starlight Diner #2
PUBLISHER Harper Collins UK/ Avon
PRINT LENGTH 270 pages
ISBN 9780008197018






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Between Hope & the Highway by Charissa Stastny

The title and cover of this book caught my attention – I just love those boots!

The story is well structured and it was a nice clean-ish romance but it just didn’t grab my full attention.  The style of writing is not a style I enjoy reading – but that’s just my opinion – if you enjoy a slower paced Christian romance then this is just the book for you as it has the basic elements of a good romance.

This story is told from the point of view of three characters, Bentley, Liz and Rawson which was a good way of telling the story and helped to understand the characters better and follow their development but I didn’t feel about any of the characters warmly – Liz wasn’t a nice character, Rawson was crude and Bentley wasn’t a strong enough character.

I was surprised at the amount of swearing and sexual tension/innuendo throughout the book given that the book was marketed as a “clean Christian romance”. I felt it was unnecessary and spoiled the story.

Thank you to ebooksforreview for the opportunity to read and review this novel.


After losing her fiancé in an auto accident, Liz Ruthersford flees her home and her parents’ pity to seek refuge on a remote ranch in Montana where no one knows about her tragic past. But her safe haven seems to hold troubles of its own. When she quite literally runs into Rawson Law, the son of her new boss, and has the scare of her life, she wonders if she might have to flee again. The cocky cowboy seems to have it out for her, and when they are paired together to work with the new horses, he undermines her in every way. But Liz cowgirls up and refuses to be intimidated by the handsome man who both annoys her and makes her heart pound every time he glances her way.

Rawson Law appears like he has it all, yet he’d gladly give it all up for the chance to change one foolish decision five years ago that left one brother dead, another broken, and his best friend spiraling down a path of self-destruction. When he returns home to find a strange girl has taken over not only his coveted job with the yearlings, but his position as ‘favorite’ with his family as well, he determines to push her out of the picture and reclaim his life. He’s not about to get shafted by a woman again, even if she appears innocent and sweet.

Though Rawson and Liz fight their attraction, embers of hope flicker to life as their hearts tangle and they discover what it means to truly love. Can forgiveness really allow new beginnings, or will secrets from the past keep them from embracing the present?

AUTHOR Charissa Stastny
BOOK TITLE Between Hope & the Highway
PUBLISHER Amazon Digital Services LLC
PRINT LENGTH 468 pages
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Finding Claire by Pamela Humphrey

MoMo’s Book Diary highly recommends this thrilling, spellbinding novel.                      

I loved this book. I knew I would as soon as I read the synopsis.  I have a big to-be-read stack and this book didn’t sit well at the bottom so jumped to the top very quickly – even more so as the publication date was fast approaching.

I found it to be a gripping tale that had me repeatedly saying “one more chapter” and ended with another day of no housework and little sleep!

The author has given us two powerful lead characters and I felt a bond with both.  I found myself rooting for them to find their way to happiness.  It is a love story with a suspenseful mystery throughout.

Thank you to the author, Pamela Humphrey, for contacting me through my blog page and for providing me with a copy of this book prior to its publication date.


A woman wakes up in the back of a cargo van, is driven to a house in the middle of nowhere, and is forced into a closet. After more than a day, she manages to escape. 

Injured and afraid—with no recollection of who she is—she stumbles through the Texas Hill Country with a photo labeled Claire. Seeking safety, she knocks at Alex Ramirez’s cabin door. He protects her, even though she stirs up memories that haunt him. 

She wants her life back. He wants to ease his guilt and will protect her even if it means risking his own life. Together they search, hoping questions will be answered by Finding Claire.

AUTHOR Pamela Humphrey
BOOK TITLE Finding Claire
SERIES Hill Country Secrets #1
PRINT LENGTH 280 pages
ISBN 9780996877053
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Pamela Humphrey was inspired to write after researching her genealogy. Intending to create a booklet for her mom and immediate family, she set about gathering stories and pictures of the Ramirez family. She ended up writing her first book, Researching Ramirez: On the Trail of the Jesus Ramirez Family, a family history of her great great grandfather’s family. During that research, she found a christening record that ignited her imagination. Using the documentation she’d found as a backbone for the story, she imagined what life was like for her ancestors and wrote The Blue Rebozo, a fictional account of her great grand aunt’s life.

On a road trip, when driving through the Texas Hill Country, the landscape sparked the idea for her latest book. Weaving mystery, genealogy, and romance, she wrote Finding Claire. She is currently writing the next book in the Hill Country Secrets series.

She is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who enjoys many creative outlets: sewing, paper-crafting, jewelry-making, practicing her bass guitar, reading, and conversing with imaginary characters (writing). She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, sons, black cats, and leopard gecko.

The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this emotional family tale.

This is the first Amanda Prowse book I have read. My first impression is that Amanda Prowse is an exceptional novelist who has deeply researched this storyline. In this heart-wrenching novel we are introduced to Freya and Lockie and their two daughters, Charlotte and Lexi and taken on an emotional rollercoaster of a journey with them as they are plunged into a nightmare situation.

What starts out as a perfectly ordinary family living a happy domestic life soon is rocked to the core. No-one understands. No-one has the answers. No-one knows what to do. Mistakes are made. The one thing you can feel from the first page to the last is the love the characters have between them.

This is a MUST READ novel which tells the story of how an eating disorder can invade any family. It is about the importance of love and honesty within the family. It is about sticking together to get through whatever crisis is in front of us.

I knew nothing about anorexia before and whilst I understand it may not be factually perfect – everyone’s experience is different – but it is a novel not a self-help book.

Once I started to read this book I couldn’t put it down, even after finishing it a few days ago, I still find myself thinking about the characters and what happens next. I highly recommend this novel to everyone.

Thanks to Amanda Prowse, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel prior to publication.


A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.

AUTHOR Amanda Prowse
BOOK TITLE The Food Of Love
PUBLISHER Lake Union Publishing
PRINT LENGTH 364 pages
ISBN 9781503940048




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Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments.

Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio, but her first love is and will always be writing.

Blind Date Collection – A Timeless Romance Anthology

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this as a nice, clean, easy read collection which brings together six great authors. The theme of blind dates made each novella fun!

There are three historical novellas, and three contemporary which was a great mix of historical and modern day tales.

Thank you to ebooksforreview for the chance to read and review this heartwarming collection.


A TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY: BLIND DATE COLLECTION: Featuring New York Times bestselling author Victorine E. Lieske. Readers will love this collection of six novellas—three contemporary and three historical—all with one thing in common: Romance.

Three Historical Romance Novellas:

THE PROMISE THAT KATY DID, by Annette Lyon: After the death of Sue Ellen, the closest thing she has to family, Katy knows it’s time to leave the house she’s lived in as a guest and start over in the city. She quickly secures a job, but before leaving, she must honor the unusual promise she made to Sue Ellen on her deathbed: meet with Mr. Balmer. The elderly gentleman arranges for his grandson Barrett to escort her to a town dance. That evening, shy Katy quickly feels at ease with her partner. If her new position weren’t taking her from town morning after next, perhaps something could develop between them. But Barrett may not feel the same about her, and besides, they don’t have enough time to find out.

A LADY OF SENSE, by Sarah M. Eden: Eleanor Sherwood has lived her entire life under her parents’ thumb with little hope of escape. When they choose the unbearable Mr. Broadstead to be her future husband, she begs her father for another option. He arranges for her to meet Peter Havensham, who quickly proves himself a good and kindhearted gentleman, completely different from Mr. Broadstead, and utterly undeserving of a forced engagement. Eleanor cannot bring herself to prey upon Peter’s honor, but neither can she imagine a life with Mr. Broadstead. What is a lady to do when faced with such an impossible choice?

A SECOND CHANCE, by Heather B. Moore: Virginia needs a new start in order to recover from her broken marriage and vicious gossips of her neighborhood in Boston, so when her best friend Millie invites Virginia to Chicago, she goes to live with her friend’s family. But when Millie asked Virginia to participate in a double-date, Virginia knows she’s not ready to start dating again. Reluctantly she agrees, only to find out that Max might just be the man who can repair the cracks in her heart.

Three Contemporary Romance Novellas:

BRAELYNN’S BLIND DATE, by Victorine E. Lieske. When Braelynn agrees to go on a blind date, she thinks she’s hit the jackpot. Tyler is gorgeous and the perfect gentleman. Of course she should have known it was too good to be true. It turns out that Tyler really wasn’t Tyler, but a random stranger who went along with Braelynn’s mistaken assumption. So, she chalks it up to a dumb mistake until she gets to work Monday morning and discovers that her gorgeous blind date is now her new boss.

BIANCA’S HOPE, by Rachel Branton: A blind-date-gone-wrong is not the way Bianca would have chosen to celebrate the news that she might be losing her business, but saying no to the sister who took care of her after their mother’s death proves impossible. So for one date, one torturous evening, she’ll endure the company of an infuriating, heartless man she has no intention of ever seeing again. She doesn’t expect her heart to have other plans. Bianca soon learns that sometimes the unexpected is not only what you need, it’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for all along.

BLIND SPOT, by Sariah Wilson: Ria has prepared most of her life to meet her prince, trouble is, her mother keeps yanking her back to reality. So when Ria reads about a country teeming with princes, she drops everything and applies to grad school. But every blind date goes wrong, and while Ria commiserates with her roommate Tessa and Tessa’s totally un-prince-like brother Paolo, Ria discovers that all the things she thought she wanted in a man are far from what she really needs.

AUTHOR & BOOK TITLE Annette Lyon – The Promise That Katy Did

Sara M. Eden – A Lady of Sense

Heather B Moore – A Second Chance

Victorine E. Lieske – Brae Lynn’s Blind Date

Rachel Branton – Bianca’s Hope

Sariah Wilson – Blind Spot

PUBLISHER Mirror Press
PRINT LENGTH 303 pages
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Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this as a page turning read.                

The author had me hooked.  The characters and setting was just perfect. I could feel the atmosphere of Kentucky in the way the author describes each scene.

The plot had me turning page after page.  It is the first Kim Vogel Sawyer I have read and I will be picking up another one.

It is not my normal type of novel but it was a very nice, needed, change of pace.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this historical romance.


Working as a guide in Mammoth Cave might allow Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family. But will the cave claim more than it gives?

After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.     

Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave. The two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels—not to fall for a girl in disguise.

Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight of her past?

AUTHOR Kim Vogel Sawyer
BOOK TITLE Guide Me Home
PUBLISHER WaterBrook & Multnomah
PRINT LENGTH 388 pages
ISBN 9780307731395





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