[SOCIAL MEDIA BLAST: BOOK EXTRACT] The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary @QuercusBooks #TheFlatshare @OLearyBeth

Today is the publication day of The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary! As part of my social media tour stop I’m sharing the first chapter with you! Yay!

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Beth O’Leary studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.
You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).
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[BLOG TOUR: BOOK REVIEW] A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas @FaberBooks @BevThomas20

A Good Enough Mother is Faber’s lead debut which comes out on 4th April. When I got the blog tour invite I jumped right in because after reading that synopsis I couldn’t resist! It ticks all the boxes when it comes to a book for me.

What’s it about? A Good Enough Mother follows Dr. Ruth Hartland who is a director in a well-known trauma unit. Ruth’s job consists of seeing different patients and helping them through their traumas and she’s quite a good therapist. Our main character Ruth has a few issues of her own – her son Tom disappeared without a word and that is something that haunts her daily [understandably so]. On one particular day Ruth is assigned a new case, a boy called Dan Griffin who resembles her son a lot. This is where the line between professional and personal intertwine. Ruth, who has years of experience in her practice knows what is to be done in these scenarios but something in her is stopping her from doing the right thing. She cannot get the likeness out of her head and so she begins treating him. Was that the right choice or the greatest mistake? Well, you have to read the book to find out..

Whenever I come across a book where our main character is a therapist or someone in the field of mental health I immediately add it to my TBR because I can’t resist those books. I love finding out about human psyche and what influences most of our behaviour. The author of this book, Bev Thomas, was a clinical psychologist who worked for the NHS and who’s now a consultant when it comes to mental health. I love how her knowledge as well as many years of practice influenced the book and she even mentioned Winnicotts theory of ‘Good Enough Parent/Mother’ which I wasn’t familiar with before. The characters in the book were well crafted and Ruth’s character had a lot of flaws which made her relatable. Now, when it comes to Ruth’s decisions I wanted to yell at her a few times but I have to take into account that she has went through hell with Tom’s disappearance and that’s something very very stressful and can cloud someone’s judgement. I did find issues with a few of her decisions that I couldn’t credit to her trauma and I seriously wanted to shout ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOOOING!!? NOO!’. The book is very readable and it has a nice pace so you can actually fly through it and experience a lot of emotions. Did I feel for Dan? No, I didn’t. I just didn’t like him as a character although I understood Ruth’s ‘pull’ towards him. This book doesn’t jump straight into the action so if you’re someone who wants a fast-paced read you won’t find it here [although the end is wild]. It’s a slow burner which I enjoyed and I especially loved finding out about Ruth’s job and what she did. Although I didn’t like Ruth’s decisions I enjoyed this book a lot and the last few pages were quite hopeful  which was a bonus for me.

A Good Enough Mother is an interesting look into a life of a therapist who while battlng her own demons tries her best to help her patients and a good study of what happens when personal and professional  lives mix.

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Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in the NHS for many years. She currently works as an organisational consultant in mental health and other services.  She lives in London with her family.

Her upcoming novel A Good Enough Mother will be published by Faber & Faber in Spring 2019.

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[BLOG TOUR: BOOK EXTRACT] She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge @MichaelJBooks

Today is my stop on the She Lies in Wait blog tour! I am delighted to share the first chapter with you! Let me know your thoughts on it below!

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Gytha Lodge is a multi-award-winning playwright, novelist and writer for video games and screen. She is also a single parent who blogs about the ridiculousness of bringing up a mega-nerd small boy. She has a profound addiction to tea, crosswords and awful puns. When not writing, she heads up a copywriting team at a global translation firm, where she generally tries to keep all the video-game writing to herself. She studied English at Cambridge, where she became known quite quickly for her brand of twisty, dark yet entertaining drama. She later took the Creative Writing MA at UEA. She has signed with Penguin Random House worldwide for the first three books in her crime series featuring DCI Jonah Sheens

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[BOOK REVIEW] Women by Mihail Sebastian transl. by Philip Ó Ceallaigh @OtherPress

Women follows Stefan Valeriu who has just finished his medical studies in Paris and who has decided to go to the Alps on a vacation. The reader follows Stefan’s life in which three very different women enter – some as lovers, some merely as, so called, subjects whom Stefan observes. The story is often told from the point of view of Stefan and through him we get a glimpse of divergent relationships.

What initially attracted me when it comes to Women was how the reader who embarks on the journey of reading this novel will experience many stories told by the same man. The stories presented to the reader are about a variety of things – love, passion, regret and most of all life. I especially enjoyed the feel that this novel has because I often read more ‘modern’ fiction and I feel like people [including me] should go back to classics at one point just to cleanse their palette. Women by Mihail Sebastian was such a refreshing read – from the writing to the wonderful translation by Philip Ó Ceallaigh – which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. As I’ve said earlier the novel weaves many themes [empathy, passion etc] and that’s exactly what I found most enjoyable as well as fascinating. The writing is so gorgeous and I found many wonderful quotes about different things that this novel discusses. I especially enjoyed the chapter narrated by/titled Maria as well as the last chapter titled Arabela. The last chapter although short amazed me by how much it actually had in itself – especially the transition from having something in terms of wealth to having nothing and making something out of a bad situation.

‘It terrifies me to think that something can be completely obliterated, that a thing or a person or a feeling or even just something familiar can disappear overnight.’

Women by Mihail Sebastian is truly a rediscovered classic because it offers a gorgeous glimpse of 1930s life and one man’s take on different women who passed through his.

I would like to thank the publisher Other Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions written here are my own and weren’t influenced by the fact that I got this book for free from the publisher.

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Mihail Sebastian was born in Romania in 1907 as Iosif Mendel Hechter. He worked as a lawyer and writer until anti-Semitic legislation forced him to abandon his public career. Having survived the war and the Holocaust, he was killed in a road accident in early 1945 as he was crossing the street to teach his first class. His long-lost diary, Journal 1935-1944: The Fascist Years, was published to great acclaim in the late 1990s. His novel For Two Thousand Years was published in English in 2016.

[BLOG TOUR: BOOK REVIEW] Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson @FaberBooks @PeterSwanson3

Whenever I see a new Peter Swanson book coming out I immediately get excited. Swanson is that author you just love and whose writing pulls you in – he’s seriously one of my favourite thriller writers ever. When I saw that he had a new book coming out I got so excited! When I see a Swanson book I just get so excited because his books are something I love getting lost in.

Before She Knew Him follows Hen who moves in with her husband Lloyd to a new home. One night at a neighbourhood party Hen and Lloyd meet Matthew and Mira Dolamore, a couple with who they can most relate since they’re the only childless couple in the neighbourhood. Both couples agreed to meet up one night for dinner at the Dolamores so they can get to know each other better. While staying at dinner Hen gets a tour of the house from Mira and sees something that shocks her – a fencing trophy. She immediately gets chills because it can’t be! From this point on Hen starts suspecting that Matthew – a seemingly normal professor – is hiding a dark secret. Hen tells her concerns to her husband who dimisses this insane thought but she isn’t sure she’s being irrational in this situation. Hen begins getting interested in Dolamores more and more and this obsession will spark up an unusual bond with Matthew.

Before She Knew Him is out now in both US and UK! Swanson has a way of engaging the reader when it comes to his books. I have to say that of all the works I’ve read by him nothing can top The Kind Worth Killing which amazed me and made me fall in love with Swanson.

Before She Knew Him is such a fast-paced book and I loved spending every hour and every minute reading it. The characters in it have depth and even the side-characters are given a voice which I found to be excellent when it came to this story. I love how Swanson created Hen who even though has mental health problems still stays true to what she believes and doesn’t let it stop her from finding out the truth. The Dolamores as characters were amazing especially Matthew whose mind was so complex. When it comes to the plot I just loved it – especially the last twenty pages which had me gasping! Now, since I’m on the subject of the ending I kind of felt that it was rushed and would’ve loved that it was more thought-out because the whole idea was so amazing but cut abruptly. Something I love about Swanson is the Hitchcock-ian feel that he adds to his stories and this one had that as well – I mean that twist at the end! As I’ve mentioned, the characters are something I loved finding out more about and Swanson did that perfectly [getting into their psyche] but the ending felt a bit rushed for my taste. Although I had an issue with the ending of this book I still found it thoroughly enjoyable and something I would definitely recommend you pick up if you’re a fan of brilliant psychological thrillers!

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Peter Swanson is the author of four novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year; and his most recent, All the Beautiful Lies. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine. A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and cat.

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[BLOG TOUR: BOOK REVIEW] The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor @MichaelJBooks

I haven’t read C.J. Tudor’s first book The Chalk Man but I have seen her book around so when an invitation to join the blog tour for her newest book arrived in my inbox I emailed said yes because that synopsis was so damn good!

The Taking of Annie Thorne follows our main character Joe Thorne, who’s a strange one! Joe comes back to Arnhill which is a town he grew up in for a teaching position. Joe has had a rough past – he’s been a part of a school gang that did awful things and his sister went missing for 48 hours and came back. There’s a lot of mystery around his sister’s disappearance and only he knows what happened. The past events are happening again where a child went missing and came back and a horrible crime happened afterwards. Joe’s return isn’t welcomed by the townspeople nor his former friends but he’s on a mission to find out what happened.

The Taking of Annie Thorne is a book I found thoroughly enjoyable and so interesting that I couldn’t take my eyes away from the pages. Our main character, Joe Thorne, is so fascinating because of the choices he makes and how he lies to get to the school. In the beginning his character was so unlikable but towards the end I was more warmed up to him. The whole premise of the book is something I loved – a small town, a once local coming back and being viewed as an outsider – and something that made me so interested in finding out more about what exactly took/takes place in Arnhill. Tudor’s writing is brilliant and fits so perfectly with the whole mystery/crime genre. She has a talent for sure when it comes to story-telling. The events that were taking place towards the end were a bit confusing to me and I couldn’t wrap my mind around some things but the few pages at the end blew my mind [especially the epilogue]! I have to compliment the book cover designer because even though I read a proof copy I couldn’t take my eyes of the cover and the details on it. Well done! I love how Tudor didn’t force things when it comes to the relationships between Joe and the female teacher at the school. I found some scenes to be very gory e.g. the opening of the book but that made for such a promising start!

If you’re a crime/mystery/suspense book lover you will absolutely devour The Taking of Annie Thorne – it has everything : from interesting characters to a mysterious plot which will keep you turning pages until you’ve reached the end.

I would like to thank the publisher Michael Joseph (Penguin UK) for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions written here are my own and weren’t influenced by anything.

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C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter. She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover. In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest….more.

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[BLOG TOUR: BOOK REVIEW] The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea @MichaelJBooks @CarolineleaLea

I couldn’t resist joining the blog tour for The Glass Woman when I read the synopsis of it. I just felt like it’s my kind of book – it has all the elements I like: historical fiction, mystery and intriguing plot.

The Glass Woman takes place in Iceland in the year 1686 where we meet Rósa, a young woman who lives in poverty with her mother in a small community where life is hard. Rósa becomes spoken for by Jón who’s a powerful figure and who can help Rósa and her mother live a better life. Rósa begins her new life with her husband but something’s not right.. There is talk of Jón’s first wife’s mysterious death and talk of witchcraft. What secrets lie in the village of Stykkishólmur? Will Rósa be able to uncover them?

I love reading historical fiction books a lot so whenever I get the chance to read these I get very excited. The setting of this novel is in Iceland which is very cool because it’s a great setting for a book especially this one. Caroline Lea transported me to the 1686 Iceland and I couldn’t put the book down. The characters in this book are very interesting and getting into their psyche was something I loved because they had many flaws and many desires, wishes etc. At first Jón was an unlikable character and I couldn’t stand him but I love how we saw more of him and my opinion completely changed. I loved Rósa’s commentary because she’s a smart one and I absolutely understood her position and felt sad for her. I read the book in two days because of how compelling it was and that’s what a good book does. I liked the plot but getting deeper into it I wanted more to be realised from the story but the way story went was still entertaining and kept me reading on. I feel like saying anything further will spoil your experience with the book so I won’t say a word.

The Glass Woman is a book I’d definitely recommend to historical fiction lovers because it’s compelling, the setting is fantastic and it will keep you at the edge of your seat.

I would like to thank the publisher Michael Joseph for providing me with a review copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own and weren’t influenced by anything.

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Caroline Lea was born and raised in Jersey. She gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University and has had poetry published in The Phoenix Anthology and An Aston Anthology, which she also co-edited. When the Sky Fell Apart is her first novel.
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[BLOG TOUR: BOOK EXTRACT] The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea @MichaelJBooks @CarolineleaLea

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I am delighted to share an excerpt of The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea with you today! I hope you like it – let me know your thoughts below. A review will follow shortly!

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Caroline Lea was born and raised in Jersey. She gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University and has had poetry published in The Phoenix Anthology and An Aston Anthology, which she also co-edited. When the Sky Fell Apart is her first novel.
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[REVIEW] The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides #TheSilentPatient @orionbooks #BreakTheSilence

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The Silent Patient will be the leading psychological thriller of 2019 – I mean it already is. While writing this review I’m happy to say that the US version of the book is already out and the UK comes out tomorrow (7th). The Silent Patient is a book that surprised me in a good way and didn’t have that cliché psychological thriller stuff in it [I’ll discuss this in the review].

The Silent Patient introduces us to Theodore Faber, a forensic/criminal psychotherapist, who gets a job at a facility that helps mentally ill criminals. Theo has a goal set in mind when it comes to taking this job  and it’s finding out why the mysterious artist Alicia Berenson killed her husband Gabriel and after the murder stopped speaking. Theo is determined to find out what lead to the murder and being that he’s a psychotherapist he begins his search with a Freudian approach where the therapist delves into patient’s past to find out if the past has influenced the present in any way. The book is told from two voices – we have Theo and we have Alicia Berenson’s diary/journal – which makes you get the full picture of the story.

This book is a fast-paced one and I read two-hundred-and-fifty pages of it in a day! When I say fast-paced I truly mean it because the author doesn’t bother you with over-description or long sentences that wander off into nowhere, everything is there to keep your attention. After doing a bit of googling of Alex Michaelides I found out that he wrote a few movie scripts and The Silent Patient felt like one – I can definitely picture it on the big screen. What I most appreciated was how focused the book was on its events and there weren’t any scenes that dragged so that’s a plus in my book! Towards the end of the book I did manage to figure out what exactly happened but still the shock was there – very clever! I also appreciated the ending because I found it satisfying and well done which not many psychological thrillers manage to do [at least ones I’ve read]. Michaelides managed to include some psychology into this story which was awesome!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides shows us that even though we’ve seen many psychological thrillers over the years there’s always that one that manages to surprise us and we end up thoroughly enjoying it.

I would like to thank the publisher Orion Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions written here are my own and weren’t influenced by anything.

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Born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother, I studied English literature at Cambridge University and got my MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. I wrote the film The Devil You Know (2013) starring Rosamund Pike and co-wrote The Con is On (2018), starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara. THE SILENT PATIENT is my first novel.

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[REVIEW] Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker #Dracul @TransworldBooks

I cannot believe that I waited this long to read Dracul. In this review you will find words like wow, amazing, I found it to be wow and amazing. I seriously enjoyed this book so much.

Dracul is told in chapters which are set in the past where Bram is about eight/ten years of age and the present where we see Bram as a twenty/twenty-two year old. Dracul focuses on the mysterious nanny that has been employed by the Stoker family to care for the young ones and Bram’s quest to find what lies behind the mystery. I think that this is enough information to know before starting the book so this is where I’ll stop.

I am in loss for words to express how much I enjoyed Dracul! At an early age Bram gets sick and can’t move from his bed but whenever nanny Ellen appears he gets better. Why is that? One night when he’s so close to death Ellen appears and as if by magic heals him and from then on Bram is as healthy as an ox.  I loved everything about it – from the mystery to the adventures that Bram, his sister Matilda and brother Thornley go on! I never found a dull moment in this book and if you read the first chapter you will see why. The characters in this story were very well developed and I loved them all! The setting of the book is amazing and I loved how both authors made Bram and other characters come to life – Dracul is such a gripping story. You will get insight into Dracula which is so fascinating! Nanny Ellen Crone’s character is so good and I adored seeing her through the book! I didn’t find Dracul as scary but I found it entertaining BUT I have to note that I did get a few scares from it!

I can safely say that this book will be making my best of 2019 list because it is that good. Read it if you’re a fan of Dracula, gothic and horror books.

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Dacre Stoker, a Canadian citizen and resident of the U.S., is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker. He is also the godson of H.G. Dacre Stoker, the commander of the AE2 submarine, whose tactics were instrumental in Gallipoli in World War I.

Dacre, who now calls Aiken, South Carolina home, was a member of the Canadian Men’s Modern Pentathlon Team, Senior World Championships in 1979 and coach of the Canadian Men’s Modern Pentathlon Olympic Team, Seoul, South Korea in 1988. Dacre is married to Jenne Stoker and is the father of two children. He is the Executive Director of the Aiken Land Conservancy.

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J.D. Barker is the internationally best-selling author of Forsaken, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His work has been compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. His 4MK Thrillers, The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth to Die, were released in June 2017 and June 2018 respectively. He has been asked by the Stoker family to coauthor the forthcoming prequel to Dracula due out in fall 2018. His novels have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, daughter, Ember, and their two dogs, both of whom sit outside his office door daily, eagerly awaiting his next novel.

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