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A Body at the Altar

Author – Dee Macdonald.

Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.

She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.

Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!

Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 272

The Blurb –

Nurse Kate Palmer thought the pretty Cornish village of Tinworthy would be the perfect place for a peaceful retirement. She couldn’t have been more wrong! But even she is shocked when she attends a beautiful wedding at St. Pirin’s Church and the handsome groom drops dead in front of her very eyes.

While the rest of the wedding party panics, Kate notices the strange behaviour of the not-so-blushing bride and the posh mother-in-law – and vows to find out the truth behind the poor young man’s sudden demise. Especially when the new detective Charlotte Martin makes it known that she doesn’t want Kate involved – and also shows an interest in Woody Forrest, Kate’s partner in crime-solving.

Undeterred, Kate discovers this isn’t the only wedding to have been sabotaged. A series of peculiar letters contain the clues Kate needs to get to the heart of the matter. But is the mystery letter writer behind the unusual deaths? Or is more than one person responsible for the strange goings on in the seaside village…

As Kate digs deeper, she adds more suspects to her growing list: the world-weary vicar, the unlucky-in-love cleaner and the bride’s former flame. But, as a pair of boots bring Kate closer to the killer, it becomes clear their investigation has placed Woody in danger.

Can Kate solve the murder and save the man she loves at the same time?

If you love cozy crime mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!

Today is my stop on A Body at the Altar blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the fourth book in the Kate Palmer series. I have also read and reviewed

A Body at the Tea Rooms which is the third.

It was great to go back to Kate’s world, in this installment Kate attends a wedding when one of the party suddenly dies. Again she finds herself and Woody looking into the death, however someone else has intentions for Woody. Can Kate solve the crime and her relationship?

I really love this series, the author has made a great cosy crime world with really endearing characters. Kate is a wonderful lead and the author has surrounded her with very entertaining people.

I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next in Tinworthy.

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The Post Box at the North Pole

Author – Jaimie Admans.

Jaimie is a 36-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of several romantic comedies for HarperCollins – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea, Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm, The Little Bookshop of Love Stories, The Wishing Tree Beside the Shore, The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane, and The Post Box at the North Pole.

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Publisher – HQ Digital

Pages – 347

The Blurb –

I wish I could believe in magic again.

From, Sasha.

Sasha Hansley hates Christmas. As a child, it was her favourite time of year, but ever since the tragic death of her mother, it has completely lost its magic.

But when she gets an unexpected phone call from her eccentric estranged father, she’s forced to dust off her snow boots.

He has been running a Lapland-style Christmas village in Norway and after suffering a heart attack, he is on strict doctor’s orders to slow down. Eager to reconnect with her dad, Sasha books the next flight out there. Only she has never actually been on a plane before, let alone to the Arctic Circle.

 Met at the runway by drop-dead-gorgeous Taavi Salvesen, they sleigh ride through the snow with the Northern Lights guiding their way.

 When Sasha uncovers sacks of unopened Santa mail – letters that children and adults from all over the world write to Santa every year – she realises that she can send a little bit of magic out into the world by replying to some of them.

 With Taavi on hand to help, will Sasha rediscover her own excitement for Christmas and find love among the letters?

The Post Box at the North Pole is like one big romantic mug of hot chocolate with extra whipped cream and a splash of Christmas magic! Fans of Holly Martin, Sarah Morgan and Heidi Swain will love this novel!

Today is my stop on The Post Box at the North Pole blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – Now I am a summer girl that loves everything Christmassy apart from the cold, however even I am tempted to give the Arctic Circle a go after reading this book.

It really is a heart warming read despite the weather! The author has taken the real magic of Christmas, belief, and woven a lovely story. Take away the commercialism of Christmas and it has always been about people believing in something magical.

Sasha, the main character has no time for the season, but when a family emergency forces her to fly to the Arctic Circle, she finds herself immersed in everything festive. Faced with a stack of Father Christmas letters she has to spread the joy to ensure hundreds of children are not disappointed.

A beautiful book that really encompasses the Christmas spirit.

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Silent Island

Author – Dana Perry.

Dana Perry is a New York City journalist and an author who writes mystery thrillers featuring Detective Abby Pearce on the island of Martha’s Vineyard (SILENT ISLAND, HER OCEAN GRAVE) and NYC newspaper reporter Jessie Tucker (THE GOLDEN GIRL, THE SILENT VICTIM). 

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 269

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Nancy Lavelle lies still on the floor. With her eyes looking towards her children’s rooms, her hands are clasped in prayer, as if the last thing she wished for was her children to be saved…

When Detective Abby Pearce is called to the Beach House, a holiday home in the most affluent part of Martha’s Vineyard, she finds five bodies. An entire family has been killed in a frenzied attack… all except one. Fifteen-year-old Karin is the only survivor. Sitting in the house, surrounded by her family, she stares into the distance and doesn’t say a word.

When Karin’s grandparents fly in to take her home, Abby’s investigation takes a shocking turn. Taking one look at the traumatised girl, they recoil—the girl curled up in a hospital bed isn’t their granddaughter. So who is she? And where is the real Karin Lavelle?

Abby fears the missing girl is in serious danger, and with local residents worried that the killer is still on the island and the press questioning her every move, she’s under pressure to solve both crimes fast. But when she uncovers a link between Thomas Lavelle’s New York office and her previous job at the NYPD, she begins to fear that these brutal murders are a sign… and that she’s next. Can she find the killer before another life is taken, or is she walking into a trap?

This fast-paced thriller is perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Mary Burton, but be warned—you won’t want to put it down!

Today is my stop on the Silent Island blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – Although this is part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone.

The book follows Detective Abby Pearce, who has previously moved home from New York to Martha’s Vineyard.

I really liked the character of Abby and how she handles her cases, as with any good detective she has baggage and it was interesting how dark her past actually is. This definitely adds to the story and the complexity of Abby.

She needs all her skills in this book to deal with a traumatised victim of a family slaying. However she is in for a shock as the story unfolds, as nothing is as it seems. I really like the author’s style of writing and found I flew through the book as I wanted to know the outcome.

I can not wait to read the next book in the series and more by this author.

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Murder at the Wedding

Author – Helena Dixon.

Helena Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country. Married to the same man for over thirty years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. Helena was the RNA winner of the Romance Prize in 2007 and Love Story of the Year 2010.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 277

The Blurb –

’Till death do us part may come sooner than they thought…

1934. Kitty Underhay steps out of the battered Rolls Royce and onto the gravelled driveway of Thurscomb Castle in deepest Yorkshire. She’s honoured to be a bridesmaid at her cousin Lucy’s wedding to the reluctant Lord Rupert Woodcomb, but as family and friends gather for welcome drinks, Kitty dodges intrusive questions about her own marital status by taking a stroll about the castle grounds. As she passes through the manicured gardens, a fatal shot rings out…

The valet, Evans, is dead. And Kitty can’t help but notice how rattled the man standing next to him seems. Could Rupert’s best man, The Right Honourable Alexander ‘Sandy’ Galsworthy, believe the speeding bullet was meant for him?

When she discovers that Sandy has been receiving blackmail notes, Kitty suspects that one of the assembled guests has plans to make good on their threats. The local constabulary won’t act on Kitty’s hunch, so, busy with her bridesmaid’s duties, she asks her beau, ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, to help.

The ceremony passes without a hitch. But when an anxious Sandy slips away during the dancing, Matt follows, only to make a hideous discovery: Sandy is dead, flattened on the terrace by some falling masonry.

Now the duo are sure that there is a murderer within the castle walls. But can they untangle Sandy’s final hours and catch this killer before they strike again, or will the wedding bells be replaced by a death knell for Kitty herself…?

A completely charming and unputdownable cozy historical Golden Age murder mystery! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

Today is my stop on the Murder at the Wedding blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the seventh in the Miss Underhay series. You can read my reviews of the previous titles.

Murder at the Dolphin Hotel

Murder at Enderley Hall

Murder on the Dancefloor

Murder at Elm House

This is a different setting for Kitty as she attends her cousin’s wedding in Yorkshire. The wedding however is ruined by a murder, where as usual Kitty is on hand to play detective, to try and find the killer.

With a whole host of people attending the suspect list is immense, and again it is great to read along and try and solve the crime before Kitty. However with lots of possible culprits it isn’t that easy.

Another well crafted addition by the author, this has become one of my favourite cosy crime series. It is a a great mystery with the added attraction of a historical setting.

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Murder at the House on the Hill

Author – Victoria Walters.

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling GLENDALE HALL series, which continues with its third book HOPEFUL HEARTS at GLENDALE HALL in September, as well as two other standalone novels-SUMMER at the KINDNESSCAFE, and THE SECOND LOVE of my LIFE. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim. Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

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Publisher – Hera

Pages – 321

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Nancy Hunter and her grandmother Jane Hunter run the Dedley Endings Bookshop, selling crime, thriller and mystery books, in a small, quiet Cotswold village where nothing ever happens…

That is, until the wealthy and reclusive Roth family open up their mansion for the first time in thirty years, inviting the people of Dedley End to a lavish engagement party.

While everyone is thrilled to finally look around the mansion on the hill, the festivities are quickly cut short when beautiful Lucy, recently married to young Harry Roth, is found dead after being pushed over the first-floor balustrade.

But who among the guests could have been capable of her murder – and why?

Nancy and Jane decide to investigate – after all, not only do they own a crime themed bookshop, they were also both named after famous literary detectives – but soon wonder if they’ve taken on more than they can handle. Especially when it seems the killer has worked out that they’re hot on their heels…

Can they catch the murderer before the murderer catches up with them? Or will there be a deadly ending to this story?

Join the unlikeliest detective duo for the first of The Dedley End Mysteries series, for fans of Richard Osman and Charlaine Harris’ Aurora Teagarden series.

Today is my stop on the Murder at the House On The Hill blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – Cosy crime with puns! What more could I want? I was sold at Dedley Endings (genius).

I was so pleased to be able to read this debut in the series, the author is obviously a huge fan of the genre and has sprinkled lots of nods to other detectives throughout.

I loved the main characters and their bookshop and how they get drawn into this investigation. The book drew me in instantly and I loved every minute of it, of course trying to solve the mystery before the main characters. The author did so well dropping in red herrings which adds to the excellence of this book.

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Game On

Author – Sue Anstiss MBE.

Sue Anstiss MBE has been a pioneer in women’s sport for over thirty years. A founding trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust, and co-founder of the Women’s Sport
Collective, in 2018 Sue received an MBE for her services to women’s sport. Sue’s
award-winning podcast The Game Changers celebrates trailblazing women and her
guests include some of the most influential in global sport. Sue is now CEO of
Fearless Women, a company with a powerful ambition to drive positive change for
women’s sport.

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Publisher – Unbound

Pages – 361

The Blurb –

Sport has an extraordinary, unique capacity to challenge and change society – to bring joy and hope; to improve physical and mental health, reduce loneliness and build self-esteem and happiness. It’s also a multi-billion-pound commercial industry that can transform lives, businesses, nations and regions. Why has half the population been deprived of access to something so culturally powerful?

In recent years, the landscape for women’s sport has finally begun to shift. We’ve seen significant increases in investment, spectators and media coverage. More women as professional athletes and taking influential roles as board directors, editors, officials and CEOs.

Yet still, female athletes don’t get equal funding or opportunities. In many sports, women receive less prize money, lower sponsorship revenues and a tiny fraction of the media coverage.

Drawing on her own experiences, and interviews with high profile Olympic and Paralympic champions, broadcasters, journalists, sports scientists, CEOs, officials and sponsors, Sue Anstiss investigates why women have been excluded from the world of sport for centuries – and why we are now witnessing positive change as never before.

Game On is a celebration of the trailblazing women opening doors for others and a manifesto for women’s sport – a rallying cry to ensure the progress we are currently seeing goes from strength to strength.

Today is my stop on the Game On blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is a book that every sports fan should read, no matter what your genre. For years women have struggled to get the same recognition as men, in any sport. However this seems to be changing with more investment being put into certain sports for women competitors.

Hopefully this investment will provide a secure basis for the future so up and coming girls will get the backing and the facilities they need.

The author draws on her interviews with leading sportswomen and discusses the important areas that have in the past impeded the overall success of women in any sport.

Like it I said it is a must read for anyone, not just women, everyone should be given the same opportunities to compete. You only had to watch the Olympics to realise how influential these athletes can be and how they can inspire the next generation.

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Little Bones

Author – Patrica Gibney.

Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!

In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.

Patricia also loves to paint in water colour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 407

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She lifted up her granddaughter from the cot, clutched her to her chest and, without looking at her beautiful daughter lying dead on the floor of her bedroom, ran from the house. Only when she was outside did she let a wail escape her lips, frightening the baby who joined in her screams.

When Isabel Gallagher is found murdered on the floor of her baby’s nursery by her mother, it’s a gruelling case for Detective Lottie Parker. Isabel’s pyjamas have been ripped, her throat cut and an old-fashioned razor blade placed in her hand. As Lottie looks at the round blue eyes and perfect chubby cheeks of Isabel’s baby daughter, she can’t understand who would want to hurt this innocent family.

That very same day she receives a call with devastating news. Another young mother, Joyce Breslin, has gone missing, and her four-year-old son Evan has been abducted from daycare. Lottie is sure that the missing mother and son are linked to Isabel’s death, and when she finds a bloody razor blade in their house, her worst fears are confirmed.

Desperate to find little Evan, Lottie leaves no stone unturned as she delves into Isabel and Joyce’s pasts and when she realises the two women have been meeting in secret, she knows she must find out why.

But when Joyce’s body is found in a murky pond and some little bones are found on a windy hillside, it feels as if this merciless killer will stop at nothing. The bones aren’t Evan’s but can they give Lottie the final clue to find the innocent child before more lives are taken?

This absolutely gripping and unputdownable crime thriller from bestselling author Patricia Gibney will leave you gasping for breath. A perfect read for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

Today is my stop on the Little Bones blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I can not recommend this series highly enough, and Little Bones is a great addition to it.

This is a gripping read, and although the case is harrowing, I found myself quickly immersed in this new investigation. Who would want to hurt a young mother in front of her child?

Lottie and her team throw themselves into finding the killer especially when another family is torn apart.

I really enjoy how this author writes and plots these novels, the stories always build up in suspense so you are flying through the chapters. Poor Lottie always seems up against it but manages to pull through onto the next case. I can not wait to read the next book.

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A Lifetime Ago

Author – Jim Ody.

Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres.

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd.  When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK.

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Publisher – Question Mark Press

Pages – 263

The Blurb –

This is a tale about how the events of one day have such catastrophic consequences on the future.

Hudson Bell is a consultant for the police. A former DI, he spends his days helping to find missing children.

May and her son go on a road trip to celebrate his birthday; Robert and Nadia buy their dream house by the sea.

But as each look to enjoy a new life, none of them can shake off what happened on that fateful day. One of them blames the others and will stop at nothing to seek revenge.

One accident and five lives changed forever.

Today is my stop on the A Lifetime Ago blog tour. Many thanks to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the first book in a new series, featuring former DI, Hudson Bell.

Hudson Bell spends his time looking for missing children and is contacted by the police to find one in particular. He is already on this case but is grateful to have added resources.

The book is told from different perspectives and you initially wonder how all these people are intertwined but the author has cleverly woven the plot. The characters are interesting and draw you into the story.

Just as you think you have the story all worked out, everything changes and the ending is a huge shock.

You can also read Tales from The Coffee Pot by Jim Ody, which I have also reviewed.

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A Lesson in Murder

Author – Verity Bright.

Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 266

The Blurb –

When Lady Swift is invited to her old school, she walks through familiar classrooms, finds her favourite books in the library… and surely that’s not a body? Time for a lesson in murder!

Autumn, 1921Lady Eleanor Swift is invited to her old school, St Mary’s, as a guest speaker. Her favourite teacher, Mrs Wadsworth, has asked that Eleanor talk about her intrepid travels around the globe – travelling the Silk Road by bicycle, crossing the Himalayas and even befriending the Maharaja of India. But in the circumstances, perhaps it would have been a good idea to talk about her career as a daring detective…

Because no sooner has Eleanor brushed up on her times tables then she is greeted by terrible news: Mrs Wadsworth has been murdered. Eleanor is utterly devastated but she owes it to her dearest teacher to find out who killed her and why. So, alongside Gladstone the bulldog, it’s best paw forward to track down a villain.

But when the art teacher is also found dead, Eleanor is sure someone is trying to do away with the people who taught her everything. As Eleanor delves into possible motives, she discovers a clue in the most unlikely place: her mother’s old school diary. Does the route to the murderer lie within a secret passageway her mother uncovered? Can Eleanor nail the culprit in time or is the killer coming for her next?

A totally gripping and glamorous 1920s cozy! Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Rhys Bowen are in for a treat.

Today is my stop on A Lesson in Murder blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is another great instalment in the Lady Eleanor Swift series. I am luckily enough to have reviewed the majority of the books.

A Very English Murder

Death at the Dance

A Witness to Murder

Murder in the Snow

Murder at the Fair

This book sees Lady Swift giving a talk at her old school, the building and the staff hold memories for her. So when a dead body is found at the very moment she is due to start talking, she swings into detection mode.

The investigation continues at pace when another body is found and Eleanor finds herself determined to solve this mystery, along with Clifford and Gladstone. Could there be a link to her past?

Another intriguing mystery that had me guessing all the way through. This series has become a big favourite of mine. It is extremely well written and plotted and there is attention to detail in the historical fact.

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The New Home

Author – Chris Merritt.

Chris Merritt is a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.

All his novels are set in London, where he lives. He began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. He specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked his interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.

Now, he spends most of his time writing novels and drinking coffee while *thinking* about writing novels. When he’s not writing, he loves climbing and playing basketball.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 302

The Blurb –

You never know what’s happening behind closed doors…

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…

Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!

Today is my stop on The New Home blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – What a fantastic read this is! Such a gripping thriller.

The author is really clever with this book as I didn’t guess where this was going at all.

Freya is in awe of her new neighbour, Emily when they first meet. She is everything she aspires to be. They become good friends before Emily suddenly disappears.

What Freya believed about her and Emily’s life is called in question, as everyone seems to have secrets. Or is Freya overreacting.

Brilliantly written and plotted, I read it in one sitting. Some many issues are dealt with whilst the tension gets ramped up throughout.

Highly recommended.


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