Monday, 19 February 2018

Clean Break by Tammy Cohen

Clean Break (Quick Reads 2018)Clean Break by Tammy Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marriage is complicated, especially for Kate. Her husband Jack has a temper on him, and has been an absent father for years. Kate knows it's time for a divorce. The trouble is, Jack refuses. And now that he has found out Kate has met another man, his jealous rages escalate. Can Kate rid herself of her jealous husband before it's too late?

I love the quick reads and I love them even more when authors I know have contributed to the collection. Tammy Cohen features on my bookcase, I have yet to read one of her full length novels, however I couldn't wait to get my hands on this as I thought it may spur me to to pick up one of her longer books.

Kate has been married some time and has teenage children with her husband, but she has had enough of him and his controlling ways. She decided enough was enough and she wants out of the relationship, she has even started seeing someone new. Jack her husband cannot understand it, and won't let her go, he has moved out to help her get her head straight but insists on them seeing a marriage councilor to try and work through their differences.

This although little packs a punch and I didn't see the ending coming, I am not really sure if I agree with the ending, I think Kate could have been smarter, but I enjoyed the book and would want to read more from Cohen.

I would recommend you pick this up of you want a quick dark read.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Inspector Chopra and the Million-Dollar Motor Car by Vaseem Khan

Inspector Chopra and the Million-Dollar Motor Car (Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation #3.5)Inspector Chopra and the Million-Dollar Motor Car by Vaseem Khan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


An enchanting Baby Ganesh Agency short story: a million-dollar car is missing. Chopra has two days to find it, or the gangster who bought it will not be happy.

The Premier No.1 Garage is the place to go in Mumbai if you want a luxury car. Even Mumbai's biggest gangster shops there - he's just ordered a classic race car worth millions.

But now the car is gone. Stolen from a locked room, in the middle of the night.

Who stole it? The mechanic who is addicted to gambling? The angry ex-worker? The car thief pulling off one last job?

And how on earth did they make it vanish from the locked garage?

Inspector Chopra has just days to find the culprit - and the missing car - before its gangster owner finds out ... and takes violent revenge.



This was the first Khan book I have read, I picked this up at the airport for a read on the plane. I thought this would be right up my street, I love mystery and crime based books and recently visiting India I thought I would fall in love with it. Unfortunately this was not the case, I didn't particularly enjoy the story, I found it felt rushed.

There were many characters in the story, this was fine, however I felt due to the length of the book and the speed we were whisked through the story I didn't really know any of the characters very well.

It was an O.K story but it just wasn't for me, I probably wouldn't go out and buy another by Khan on the strength of this.


Monday, 5 February 2018

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

The Last Mrs. ParrishThe Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How far would you go to make all your dreams come true?

Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure.

Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive―if she didn't have a plan. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest friend, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could destroy everything, and if discovered, Amber’s well-laid plan may end in disaster…



Not sure what to think about this one - it was cleverly written but way too long. The pace was very slow I suppose to emphasise the time it took for one woman to completely immerse herself into the other ones life. I didn’t really like either two women in this story both being manipulative in their own ways.

Amber was mean and unlike able which was obviously intended and Daphne so saccharine and pathetic that it was hard to sympathise with her. Jackson was so damaged he was almost a monster and I felt no real connection to any of the characters.

I suppose it’s a moral warning of be careful what you wish for and though it had some twists it didn’t really hold any surprises. The second half of the novel was much better than the first but only because it picked up pace. I made it to the end but confess to skimming a lot.

Not the best I’ve read on psychological thrillers and not really an entertaining holiday read either - left me feeling a bit flat. I can only give this 2.5 stars - this will be quickly forgotten, rounded up to 3* for goodreads and Amazon.

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

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Stand by me by S.D. Robertson blog tour with extract

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They’ll always have each other…won’t they?

Lisa and Elliot have been best friends ever since the day they met as children. Popular, bright and sporty, Lisa was Elliot’s biggest supporter when the school bullies made his life a misery, and for that, he will always be grateful.

Twenty years later, life has pulled the pair apart and Lisa is struggling. Her marriage is floundering, her teenage kids are being secretive, and she’s so tired she can’t think straight. So when Elliot knocks on the door, looking much better than she remembers, she can’t help but be delighted to see her old friend again.

With Elliot back in their lives, Lisa’s family problems begin to improve – he’s like the fairy godmother she never had. As their bond deepens, she realises how much she’s missed him, and prays that this is one friendship that will last a lifetime. But sometimes, life has other ideas…

A heartwarming story perfect for fans of Keith Stewart and Jojo Moyes, that will leave you with a tear in your eye but hope in your heart.



Extract Eleven: Chapter 41, pp.415-416
There was a knock on the closed bedroom door.
‘Hello?’ she said, walking over and opening it a tiny crack to see who was there.
Her heart skipped a beat when she saw a bespectacled, curly haired, overweight young Elliot flashing a wonky grin back at her, looking exactly like he had when they’d first met.
‘Are you going to let me in then, or what?’ he asked.
‘Of course,’ she replied, swinging the door open. ‘Is it really you, El?’
‘It sure is,’ he replied in his high-pitched boy’s voice. ‘How are you, Lise?’
She pulled him into an embrace and held him tight.
Then she let go and looked him square in the eyes. ‘Is it you you? The one who came to visit us somehow, despite the fact it was impossible?’
He nodded. ‘The very same.’
‘So why did you leave without saying goodbye? How on earth were you there in the first place? And . . .’
She paused as her mind caught up with her mouth. In a quieter voice she added: ‘So you’re dead?’
‘In human terms, yes.’
For the first time, the hard truth of this fact really dawned on her. It was too much. She fell back on to the bed and the tears started to flow. ‘Are you okay? Will I ever see you again, like you were, for real? I’ve only just got my best friend back and now . . .’
Elliot took a seat next to her and pulled her into a hug. Despite the boyish tone of his voice, Lisa still recognised the man within as he spoke. ‘Listen, we don’t have long.’ He took a deep breath. ‘And after this, I don’t know if or when we’ll see each other again.’




Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

The Guilty WifeThe Guilty Wife by Elle Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you were being framed for murder, how far would you go to clear your name?

The debut psychological thriller that reads as Apple Tree Yard meets Behind Closed Doors, by way of Double Jeopardy.


I'm guilty of many things.

Bethany Reston is happily married. But she's also having an affair with a famous client.

And no one can ever know.

But I'm innocent of murder.

When Bethany's lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone.

But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin.

With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.




Nice little psychological thriller this both k had good pace and sufficient red herrings to keep the reader intrigued until the end.

Essentially it’s about Bethan a photographer who lands a job of a photo shoot and has an affair with her client a billionaire (Callum) who is also allegedly happily married. Bethany convinced herself that she is in love with Callum and she gives him a USB stick of photos of the both of them taken during one of their nights together. He promises her to hide them and never share them with anyone. Bethany and Callum row one night over their relationship and having unfinished business Callum arranges to meet her one night to continue the conversation. He ends the affair and she leaves. The following day he is reported dead. She can’t risk exposure as she’ll almost definitely loose everything so she decides not to tell the Police they were lovers. Someone starts sending her threatening messages and then someone sends the police CCTV footage of her meeting Callum.
Bethany didn’t kill Callum but she has to find out who did before she’s framed for his murder.

An easy read with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. It wasn’t easy to guess who the real killer was because those in the firing line all had good enough motives - the ending wasn’t what you might expect and for this reason I give it 4 stars and it did leave it open for a sequel so maybe Bethany will be back.

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


Monday, 22 January 2018

Perfect Match by Zoe Ball bloug tour with extract



PERFECT MATCH, by Zoe Ball

Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.

Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?


Extract: 

Can you ever find true love online?


Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys… 
After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man. Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch? A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

She's Not There by Joy Fielding

She's Not ThereShe's Not There by Joy Fielding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'I think my real name is Samantha. I think I'm your daughter.'

When Caroline Shipley's two-year-old daughter disappeared, her whole world came crashing down.

Now, fifteen years later, Caroline receives a phone-call that could change everything.

But could this stranger really be her daughter? And what happened all those years ago to make her vanish without a trace? As Caroline pieces together the events of that ill-fated holiday, she begins to question whether the answers could lie dangerously close to home . . .

I felt I already knew this story before I began as it mirrors the Madeleine McCann story so closely.

A two year old girl is kidnapped from her holiday apartment bedroom one night while her parents are having supper with their friends in the restaurant below. Like the McCann story each parent goes up to check on the children every half hour. Samantha (the child that is taken) is in her cot while her sister who is five (Michelle) is asleep in the same room. The discovery is made by Caroline (the mother) when towards the end of the meal it’s her turn again to check the children. Like the McCann case the Mexican authorities and the locals after the initial shock start to look to blame the parents and after weeks of no real leads and Hunter (the father) having left just a week later Caroline has no choice but to go back home without knowing what has happened to her youngest child. She never gives up hope of finding Samantha and follows up any and all leads no matter how obscure which is why when 15 years later she can’t dismiss it when she receives a phone call from someone who believes she may be her long lost daughter.

The story is told with alternative chapters set between between the past and present. We learn how the marriage disintegrated and that Caroline and Hunter eventually divorce; we get a better insight into the rest of the family history and meet Caroline’s parents, learn more about Michelle, and a little more about Hunter. This all builds nicely as the truth about happened that night 15 years ago starts to come together.

This is well written and made me think perhaps there was more to the McCann story than we know. It highlights the dangers of speculation and how destructive this can be.

I needed to read to the end and did not guess the outcome of what really happened that night. Good suspense building throughout and a thoroughly enjoyable read which deserves four stars.

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