Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Our Little Secret blog tour


A sparkling story about what happens when you let someone into your life… but they turn out to want more than you’d bargained for!

Sarah Dee has the perfect life. A high-flying job in a law firm, a beautiful daughter and a house to die for. So how does she find herself looking in through the kitchen window while another woman enjoys it all?

When Sarah takes pity on a struggling young graduate who can’t get a job, she thinks she’s doing the right thing. She’s being kind, generous and helpful to others, as she always is. But as Sarah allows the younger woman into her home, her law firm and even her family, is there more to this pretty youngster than meets the eye? And could this be a good deed that goes further than expected?



Something weird had happened and Darcy didn’t know whether she should tell her mum or not. And what really annoyed her was that up till then, things had actually been going reasonably well for her.

Lately she’d taken to spending a lot of her free time hanging out with Lauren and her mum, just doing normal, girlie stuff together. Shopping for clothes maybe, or the odd movie. Which might have sounded totally lame on paper, but usually ended up being the best fun imaginable.

But then, that was the strange thing about Lauren. She almost felt as much Darcy’s friend as she was her mum’s. Whenever the three of them were together, the age gap between them didn’t seem to exist. Her mum would lighten up on nagging her when Lauren was around and as for Darcy, it was beginning to feel like she had a cool older sister to hang out with. Someone who’d seen first hand the worst side of her, and yet who still wanted to be her friend in spite of it.

She could trust Lauren too, Darcy just knew it. Ever since the night a few weeks ago at that disastrous

Tony Scott’s house, when she’d got trashed and ended up making such a mortifying show of herself, Lauren was the one who was there for her. Lauren and another gem of a pal who Darcy had grown a lot closer to in recent weeks: Sophie.

For all that she had a reputation for being Mrs Swotty Pants, Sophie really had shown herself to be a true pal in a way that Abi most definitely wasn’t. In fact, after that horrible night at the party, not only had Abi more or less dumped Darcy, but she spent the next week in school taunting her over the state she’d got herself into. As if she herself had had absolutely no hand in it whatsoever.

‘Here she comes, make way for the Virgin Queen,’ Abi said quite loudly and pointedly in the Fifth Year Rec Room, as Darcy came in for lunch the Monday morning after that awful night.

It had taken guts on her part to even get out of bed that day, get dressed and somehow show her face back at school in the first place. And a small part of Darcy still held out hope that maybe Abi would go easy on her. Might even apologise for pouring what tasted like weed killer down her throat for the entire night. God knows, she might even have had the cop on to step up to the plate and recognise that she herself played a pivotal part in what had happened.

The auguries hadn’t been good though. Abi had ignored all of her phone calls the day after the party and hadn’t as much as texted to see how Darcy was feeling, where she was or how she’d got home.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar

Beware the Mighty BiteyBeware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deep in the jungle, in the still waters of the Nippy Pool, listening, lurking, waiting, live the Mighty Bitey Piranhas!

Mouse, Goat and Bear play some music for them but the Mighty Bitey have other, more scrumptious things on their mind!

This is a great picture book for children, I read it to a class of 30 5 and 6 year olds and they all really enjoyed it. Originally it has a similarity to the Three Billy Goats Gruff and I thought it was going to be an adaptation of the story, however I was wrong.

The children really enjoyed the story, it linked to our topic of the sea also, which allowed us to discuss what piranhas are.

The children were really not expecting the ending at all. The illustrations are beautiful and the book is really colourful.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder: adventures in science round the kitchen table by Alom Shaha

Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder: adventures in science round the kitchen tableMr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder: adventures in science round the kitchen table by Alom Shaha
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why does the …? What is …? How does …?
Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers, you soon will!
Every child can be a scientist with the help of Mr Shaha and his recipes for wonder!
Turn a rainy day at home or a walk in the park into a chance to experiment. All you need are a few simple items from your kitchen cupboards ― and the power of curiosity!
Learn about sound by making wine glasses sing, investigate chemical reactions with vitamin-powered rockets, and explore Newton’s Third Law by making balloon-driven cars.
Written by a science teacher and dad, Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder gives clear, step-by-step instructions for over 15 experiments. Whether you’re a science star or just starting out, it will help you inspire young people to learn.
Get the whole family joining in around the table, as you transform your kitchen into a laboratory!

This is a very bright and colourful book, which allows you to experiment and find things out. As a teacher I was really interested in this book as I thought I would be able to use it with my class. The book is laid out really nicely with heading on the pages. There are illustrations throughout and diagrams to help with the experiments.

Although this is a great science and experimental book, unfortunately it is too challenging for my children to access, I teach KS1 children, this book I would say would suit KS2 children better, this is mainly down to the level of text on the pages and also the amount of information on a page. As a teacher the science aspects do not cover the KS1 curriculum, they do however for KS2.

This is a really great resource book for children from the age or about 7/8. This will enable them to develop their science skills and get excited about science.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it.

Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed.

Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?

Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors - living calling cards - who hold the key to the case.

And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die . . .

Another serial killer/crime thriller novel set in Southampton this time. The story is essentially about a series of double kidnappings that result in the killing of at least one of the pair. The victims are kidnapped and left to die without food or water in places they cannot escape from. The perpetrator gives them a chance to survive by letting them each make a life or death decision. They are forced to commit murder in order to survive. Once one of the pair have made that decision and killed the other one they are released and left with the guilt and torment of having to live with what they have been forced to do.

The DI who is assigned the case is Helen Grace who has insecurities and issues of her own to battle with. She is a committed policewoman who has to fill her life with a punishing workload in order to keep her demons at bay.

During the investigation she comes to realise the victims are all linked to her in some way and as the case unravels things become very personal. Assisted by two colleagues in the force Mark and Charley who are also facing problems of their own, they fight against time to get one step ahead of the killer before they can strike again. Good supporting characters make this an even more enjoyable read and hopefully we'll see more of them in the next book.

This is the first in a series of novels that feature DI Helen Grace and will keep the reader guessing until the end. Lots of blind alleys in this one and a strong open ending that hints it's not all over yet. Will definitely look out for the next in the series and hope it's as good as this one. I am giving this debut novel a well deserved 4 star rating.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Copycat by Alex Lake

CopycatCopycat by Alex Lake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery…

Which Sarah Havenant is you?

When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other, she has never seen.

But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house.

And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own…

Good pace and tension in this book which I read in two sittings.

Intriguing opening of the main character Sarah Havenant discovering that she has two Facebook accounts, one she has posted herself and another account created by someone else. This someone else knows all about her, has pictures of her family, knows her every move and then things take on an even more sinister tone when she begins to be controlled by her other 'self'.

Whoever has set this account up wants her to find it and wants her to know they are controlling her life now. This other person manages to make all those around Sarah believe she is going mad, losing her mind, even her husband Ben believes she is ill until eventually she starts to doubt her own sanity.

Well put together with enough smokescreens to prevent you from guessing too early who is behind it all. A good read and worthy of 3 stars.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don't Wake UpDon't Wake Up by Liz Lawler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor.

The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable.

But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.

And then she meets the next victim.

So compulsive you can't stop reading.

So chilling you won't stop talking about it.

Well crafted psychological thriller if a bit protracted in parts. Good opening that gets you hooked from the start- a woman wakes up unable to move in a hospital theatre apparently prepped for unknown surgery by a doctor who's face she can't see, about to cut her open. She wakes to find she is not in the theatre and appears to be fine and no one believes her story. The woman in question is Alex a overworked nurse who has had some personal issues prior to this episode which appear to colour people's perception of what she claims has happened to her to the extent that the reader is left wondering about her mental state and whether this could all be happening in her head.

I didn't really guess who was behind this until almost the end which was what kept me reading. It could have been one of several people and it was a twist I wasn't expecting. It had good pace but when we did eventually find out who was the 'doctor' it didn't really stack up which was a bit of a disappointment, it felt like the author had to rush the ending and hadn't really given it a lot of thought which did let it down. Having said this it was still a good read and I have given it 4 stars.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl BeforeThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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

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.

The idea was good the rental property of a lifetime the perfect house designed by an award winning architect at an unbelievably low rent. The only catch is that you have to pass a lengthy personality assessment quiz. You must be personally approved by Monkford (the architect) himself. You have to sign a contract that effectively means you living in a show home never being able to leave a cup unwashed in the kitchen or live a normal life. You can't move in anything but your essentials, no personal possessions, not even books. One Folgate Street is controlled by electronics and quizzes and if you fail to comply the house shuts down appliances controlling the inhabitants in a Big Brother way until you do as it wants.

On the surface this book should have worked it but it didn't really do it for me. It promised so much but I felt fell short of expectations.

Essentially The Girl Before tells the stories of Emma and Jane, two girls who lived in One Folgate, one in the past and one in the present. Emma died under mysterious circumstances while living in One Folgate Street, and Jane is the current occupant. Both women look alike, and both become involved with Edward Monkton, the architect and mastermind behind One Folgate Street--both also happen to bear an eerie resemblance to Edward’s deceased wife. Jane {the present tenant) begins to investigate Emma’s death, and in doing so puts herself in danger.

I felt it was a little confused, was it meant to be a psychological thriller or something along the lines of Fifty Shades of Grey? The pace was there but it took so long to get anywhere that I skim read a lot of the pages. Twist? Well I would hardly call it that. Not really for me and I can only give it 3 stars - sorry!

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.