Only You Blog Tour

Hadley thought she’d left the past behind. But now it’s found her.

Hadley is one of those rare people who feels she’s living the perfect life. She has a husband she loves, a charming daughter, and a job that is deeply fulfilling. Sometimes it almost seems like a fairytale.

Then, little by little, things start to go wrong. There’s the creepy guy from down the street who keeps staring at her teenage daughter, there’s the strangely needy woman who moves in next door…

Just little wrinkles, but then Hadley’s world is turned upside down when someone close to her is murdered.  And Hadley begins to suspect that the killing is linked to something from her own past. A terrible secret she has never shared with anyone…

As she digs deeper,  Hadley realises there is someone out there who knows what she did, someone who is planning to take her perfect life – and turn it into a perfect nightmare.

Only You – the stunning psychological thriller from the author of The Other Couple and The Guest.

When Emma let me know about the #OnlyYou  Blog Tour, I bit her hand off. I absolutely love Cathryn Grant’s writing and couldn’t wait to see what she was going to do next. I actually read it in full the day I received it, my anticipation had really reached fever pitch and I couldn’t wait any longer. Let me just tell you that Only You did not disappoint.

The cover hints at the tale which is about to unfold – although if you are a fan of Cathryn’s writing, you’ll discover that the good luck charms might be a bit misleading once the story gets under way and Hadley’s luck begins to run out…

I love a book where everything is not quite as it seems and I’d have to say that once I was three chapters into this psychological thriller I was absolutely invested and could not stop reading. It is rare to be able to dedicate a whole day to reading at this time of the year if you are a teacher – never mind in the middle of a COVID return to school. But this book had me hooked and I just could not stop until I’d found out everything I needed to know and discovered if my suspicions would be confirmed. I really want to chat with someone else who’s read it now as I am keen to see if their thoughts aligned with mine as the story unfolded. It is an absolute belter of a read and I promise you that you won’t be able to stop thinking about Hadley’s tale and the way things begin to unravel.

The thriller’s enduring popularity really means that writers have to think outside the box if they want their readers to be genuinely captivated by the twists and turns of their latest read and I am happy to report that Cathryn Grant manages this with skill and originality. I am also determined to ensure that there are no spoilers as this ending really is worth the wait. I am a literal true crime addict and this felt like getting a fix of something absolutely real. It is one of those novels that you finish and feel like googling as you are so convinced that the events actually happened. I absolutely loved it and think that it would make another superb movie adaptation. I’m surreptitiously casting it in my mind’s eye right now…

I absolutely love a novel where we get the past blurring with the present and Hadley’s past begins to emerge in such a way as you soon become aware that there’s more to this unfolding narrative than meets the eye, but several wonderfully contrasting characters that play with your mind and weave in and out of your sense of direction until you really are left wondering who on earth to trust. The way that the clues are cleverly scattered in such a way as to misdirect and beguile you by Cathryn made for compelling reading that never let you relax for one moment – something else that sets her aside from other more run of the mill writers. The characters are not mere devices to advance the plot but really are people we ‘meet’ in its telling. The story that is uncovered is all the more affecting as we care about the people it’s happening to and Hadley’s situation and everything that unfolds is much more effective because we actually feel that we’ve got to know her as a real person.

As i said, I read this in a single day, being utterly loath to drag myself away from the twists and turns of this situation that we are drawn into. I love books that are even better than the one you’ve been anticipating and I have to say that this novel was definitely her best yet. This book is the narrative equivalent of a kaleisoscope – you know that there’s more going on below the surface and try as you might to decipher exactly why it is, things keep shifting before your very eyes and the final picture eludes you right to the very end. And perhaps even afterwards…

I think it’s difficult to make a thriller genuinely original without seeming to try too hard or feel contrived – but Only You manages the perfect balance of a twisty thriller and a realistic portrayal of characters that you actually feel like you are meeting on the page. A great read that will keep you up too late and genuinely keep you on the edge of your seat and a twist you won’t forget in a hurry…

Buy yourself a copy here

Writer On The Shelf

Cathryn Grant writes psychological thrillers, psychological suspense, and ghost stories. She’s the author of twenty-three novels.  


She’s loved crime fiction all her life and is endlessly fascinated by the twists and turns, and the dark corners of the human mind.  


When she’s not writing, Cathryn reads fiction, eavesdrops, and tries to play golf without hitting her ball into the sand or the water. She lives on the Central California coast with her husband and two cats. 


Cathryn is the author of The Assistant, The Good Mother and many other psychological thrillers. Only You will be her sixth novel published with Inkubator Books.


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Publishing Information:


Published by Inkubator Books on 2nd May 2021


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The Last Act of Adam Campbell

A YEAR CAN GO QUICKLY.

PARTICULARLY WHEN IT’S YOUR LAST.

Adam had it all: a great job, a gorgeous house and a loving family. Then he cheated on his partner. Then she kicked him out. And then he was given twelve months to live.

Despite the devastating news, Adam is determined to turn his life around before it finally runs out. Help comes in the form of an ex-junky, a cantankerous train driver, a nun experiencing a crisis of faith, and a teenager intent on losing her virginity – all living on borrowed time, all deserate to feel alive before their time is up.

It’s such a privilege this sunny spring evening, to be one of the bloggers on the blog tour of one of the best books I’ve read this year so far– and that is no mean feat, as 2021 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for books.  The Last Act of Adam Campbell is a book that you’ll be seeing everywhere this Summer and if you’ve not got your Spring/Summer TBR scheduled already, you should definitely make a space for this thought provoking, touching and unforgettable read.

The fact that this book is so wonderfully structured with such clever juxtapositions and thought provoking contrasts means that it is hard to write a review without any spoilers. I really want you to have the same amazing reading experience that I had – so I am committed to not giving anything away that will have an impact on that. Suffice to say that I adored this book – Andy Jones’ writing allows you to fully immerse yourself in Adam’s world and experience the highs nd lows right there alogside him. It’s one of those books that you find yourself thinking about whenever you’re not reading it and imagining what the characters are doing, just as if they are real people that you know…

Andy Jones, The Last Act of Adam Campbell, Four, The Bucket List, Philomena, Cathy Bramley, book

I really lost myself in the story of Harriet whose unravelling life was so well described that I felt that he was someone I knew after I’d finished reading his story. I felt like I could really transport myself into his world and imagine the impact of these experiences myself. The book deals so sensitively with the impact of trauma and palliative care – yet is sometimes so absolutely hilarious that I just couldn’t get enough of it. I really feel that this is one of the main misconceptions about books that deal with ‘big’ subjects – that they have to be deadly serious throughout. This is a writer who is not afaid to tackle difficult subjects with compassion, sensitivity and a open mind – but isn’t averse to cracking you up with some of the side spilttig moments that are experienced in this novel. It really is unique in that way and I feel the blend of seriousness and humour really helps the readers to gain a much better understanding about the way some of these issues affect the lives of thousands of ordinary people off the page too

uplifting, life-affirming, Rachel Joyce, Veronica Henry, Lucy Diamond, The Man Who Didn't Call,

I feel that books about dying are perhaps one of the most underrepresented in modern literature and Adam’s story goes a long way towards dispelling some of the misconceptions and allows us to see that this situation might be a lot more complex than the stereotypical idea about someone who receives a diagnosis like this…

Adam is a fabulous character, he definitely felt very real to me as he goes through all of these experiences – from self help books to drama with a twist, through virginity, nuns and everything in between – this was an eclectic, thought provoking and hugely memorable read. Andy Jones’ writing gives us a gradual insight into the back stories of this diverse group of characters and a slow reveal about how and why their current situation has evolved – allowing a real empathy to develop between the characters and the readers. You’ll never have met a cast like this before , and you certainly won’t be able to forget them in a hurry…

The Fault in our Stars, John Green, Contemporary, book club, funny book, Nicola Yoon, reading group

Andy Jones has created characters we can really connect with, experiencing emotional dilemmas that have us rooting for them. Adam himself is such a fabulous creation and we definitely feel for him as he experiences the full gamut of emotions that such a diagnosis brings with it. It is a real joy to get to know him as the book develops which makes the way that the plot unfolds all the more compelling. I read this book in a single day over last weekend and I’m so glad that I actually got the time to unwind and lose myself in this emotionally rewarding and thought-provoking read. It  is a moving and emotional story and I’d love to see it on the slver screen I am so grateful to the lovely Jenny Platt for inviting me on the tour, it’s been an absolute pleasure and I can’t stop recommending this book to EVERYONE.

Buy yourself a copy right now and experience Adam’s story for yourself. And you don’t just have to take my word for it – look at all the praise this wonderful read has attracted already

‘I’m broken!! Completely and utterly broken!! Andy Jones what have you done to me?! The Last Act of Adam Campbell is a wonderful book and I loved every single page . . . I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I finished it and so it’s one I know will be hard to beat when it comes to my favourite books of the year list at the end of 2020 . . . Very highly recommended by me!

This book should come with a warning, a packet of tissues plus tea and chocolates to help you recover from the end of it . . . The Last Act of Adam Campbell’ is a life affirming and tender story that highlights the fragility of life and the importance of making every second count.

You will need a lot of tissues, as it is funny, sad and touching and really shows the strength of human spirit and how even when everything seems hopeless you can find hope as the group all do in The Rude Mechanicals. A great but heart-wrenching read.

One of the most uplifting books I have read in a long time . . . We have a tendency to worry and fret about stupid things in this life that really don’t matter. If nothing else, this book has given me the chance to change my priorities and focus more on the things that really matter. And for that, I wholeheartedly thank the author.

Wow if this book doesn’t make you cry then I’m pretty sure nothing will . . . This book is sad and brutally honest but also filled with love and fun and a story of friendship that changes every single one of their lives for the better. The ending is heartbreaking but beautiful.

Despite being an emotional mess at times, I cannot express how glad I am that I have read this book. I found it very cathartic and it made me feel very positive.

This beautifully written and heart-warming book is perfect for fans of Nick Hornby and David Nicholls., BooksLifeEverything.blogspot.co.uk

This is an incredible novel and – if you’re not scared to have your heart broken a little (or a lot) – you definitely shouldn’t miss itBookAfterBook.blogspot.com

Oh my, what a beautiful, moving book it is! Full of poignant moments to bring a lump to your throat, it’s a story not only about death, but about life, love and everything in between. It’s about grabbing hold of life with both hands, no matter how long or short that life may be . . . As difficult as some parts of this book was to read, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. As long as you go in prepared to have your heart broken, aware that it deals with the devastation that death and loss brings, I would say read and experience the beauty of this book for yourself. I know this is a story and characters that will stay with me for a long time to come.Andy Joneshas written a moving, poignant and memorable book to be proud of., CalTurnerReviews.wordpress.com

Writer On The Shelf

Andy Jones

In one form or another, Andy has always been a writer. At school, he passed notes in class and scribbled rude words on lamp posts. At university he wrote a PhD in biochemistry and forged tickets to various balls, and as an advertising copywriter, he has written adverts for everything from baby food to booxe. But it wasn’t until he was well into his thirties that Andy started writing fiction. If he could write a letter to his younger self, it would urge him to stop messing about and get on with it. Andy lives in London with his wife and two little girls. Chances are he’s writing something.

This is a blog tour celebrating the publication of this contemporary read, which is published this Thursday (29th April). Lots of people are talking about this book so do check out what they are saying, and thank you as always for taking the time to read and share this post.

Because of You – Blog Tour #DawnFrench

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

The old millennium turns into the new. In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.

Anna leaves with empty arms.

Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits. Perhaps beyond . . .

Because Of You is Dawn French’s stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.

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Sometimes a book appears at just the right time in your life – and this was one of those times when I really needed to find a book to lose myself in. I have recommended it to so many people as ‘the perfect book for you’ , talked about it people at my Zoom Book Group and will definitely be buying it as a gift for quite a few of my friends too. I absolutely loved being on the tour for this book and can’t wait to read about what my fellow bloggers thought too…

I don’t think you have had to experience any of these experiences to bond with this book, but by god – if you have there will be moments in this novel that you’ll read and read again saying ‘HOW DID SHE KNOWWW?’  and I think that there will definitely be so many people all over the UK who will be wondering whether Dawn French was sitting behind them in a bar eavesdropping on their conversations as so much of this book feels so utterly REAL that at times you forget that this is an actual novel

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I’d like to thank the lovely Kealey for inviting me on the tour and recommend that you follow it and see what all the other fab bloggers had to say about this unforgettable book – this was such a great read to remind me of why I love bookblogging so much – when I get to read fantastic novels like this and tell other people how much they’ll love them too!

Books about motherhood and all the heartache and struggles it can bring alongside it can feel like they are ten a penny – but this one really is different. It’s dark and light in exactly the right ratio to be truly satisfying and there will be moments where you’ll literally be devastated – but by the end the holistic effect is both cathartic and gratifying and I’m so jealous of everyone who hasn’t read it yet…If you don’t have a packet of tissues handy before you start, pop out to the shop and get some in – as I guarantee you’ll need them.

woman and child facing towards sunset

As you will have surmised by now, I literally could not put this book down, I was so caught up in this poignant read and I’m sure you will be too. It really felt like we’d been through this together. Dawn French gets it pitch perfect – there is exactly the right mixture of combination of  devastating brutality and moments of absolute normality mean that everyone can identify with some part of this story– it’s a representation of so many things that are never spoken about openly and will appeal to readers who love getting right inside a story and experiencing the highs and lows of characters in books that will tug at your heartstrings so much that you can’t tear yourself away

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I loved the idea behind this book: that in the middle of loss and devastation it’s important to remember sometimes that our future might not always be written the way that we think it is. You will need to lock yourself away and clear your diary as you will not be able to look up until you’ve reached the end…

broken heart hanging on wire

This is the kind of book you’ll be buying for your friends as you will want to spend hours talking about the ideas about motherhood, loyalty and the impossibilities that life can present us with…

Buy yourself a copy here and order yourself a bumper pack of tissues whilst you are there, you’ll need them

Don’t just take my word for it though – check out these other reviews and make sure you follow the rest of the tour

Because of You is the remarkably poignant story perfect for every Dawn French fan, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.

‘An extraordinary book – sad, heartening, gripping and reassuringly human’ 
JO BRAND

‘The final scenes are so perfectly executed they almost broke my heart. Because of You is a story to cherish’ Sunday Express

‘French manages to pick your heart up with the nib of her pen and slowly pull it apart, heart-wrenchingly, page by page . . . A true writing talent’My Weekly

‘Dawn French is a wonderful writer’Daily Mail

‘Moving . . . French’s best yet’ Good Housekeeping

‘Dawn tackles the big ones – love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood – head on’Guardian

‘Beautifully observed’The Times

READERS LOVE BECAUSE OF YOU:

‘Dawn had me laughing, crying . . . I loved every word’ 5***** Reader Review

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Writer On The Shelf

Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. On purpose.

As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of the UK’s most long running, cherished and celebrated shows, including French and Saunders, The Comic Strip Presents …, Murder Most Horrid, The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, and more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.


Author Links:
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Book Links:
Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Hive Books

I Am Here To Kill You

The members of a local support group in a sleepy welsh town are captivated by the new arrival, Sheena Strachan. Each member of the group has a reason for attending. Some hide dark, sinister secrets, and for others it is the highlight of their week.

But what are Sheena’s motives for attending?

The group’s leader, Rose, unexpectedly stops attending meetings. She goes into hiding, and quickly becomes an outcast. And then she is arrested for her estranged husband’s murder.

Did Sheena really have no involvement in his killing?

With Sheena at the helm, the group goes from strength to strength, both in numbers and commitment. But their behaviour is changing. No story is to leave the room. They trust nobody. Men are the enemy. The residents of the previously peaceful town start turning against each other.

Was this Sheena’s plan all along?

One mystery, however, stands out more than all the others.

Who is here to kill who…?

I AM HERE TO KILL YOU is a compelling psychological thriller that explores the potential power and devastation of manipulation.

I absolutely love Chris Westlake’s writing and adored 30 Days InJune  and if you haven’t read it you need to add it to your TBR pile without delay as it satisfied my urge to read a story that confounded my expectations and proved that sleepy Welsh towns have a lot more going on beneath the surface than you might ever have thought…

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Although I was totally absorbed in the story in I Am Here To Kill You, it is the characters in this absorbing psychological thriller that makes it such a treat to read.  The story of Sheena Strachan and the waves that her arrival makes in the small Welsh town of Pontbach is so perfectly realised that it was hard at times to remember that they are fictional characters rather than real people whose lives had become entwined with mine. Sheena is a grade A manipulator and you have to admire her absolute audacity as she sets about her plan and inveigles herself into the town and its women’s live. The Welsh setting was something that really appealed to me as I love reading books set in a place that I know well. Added to this was the fact that the other bloggers on the tour had all commented on the fact that this was a really original read and I was bursting to find out if they were right…

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Sheena is never presented as just the sum of her experiences, I think that it’s a testament to the plotting here that we get so caught up in wondering what Sheena will be up to next that it’s easy to forget that it’s a novel and you’re not caught up in this story yourself. The mystery surrounding her motives about coming to Pontbach and what exactly she hopes to achieve once she’s here is well sustained and will definitely keep you guessing as you read.

I AM HERE TO KILL YOU: A psychological crime thriller by [Chris Westlake]

The novel’s portrayal of this town is never formulaic and writer’s portrait of Sheena and the women she meets feels really vivid and true to life as we get presented with some harrowing and challenging situations. You will definitely find it hard to put this book down as you’ll be so wrapped up in this story that you’ll need to keep reading and find out how it all ends. Expect the unexpected when reading I Am Here To Kill You – it’s safe to say that there were parts of this novel that I read with a thudding heart and sweaty palms as I was not sure how it was all going to end. Needless to say, I was not disappointed and if you are yet to start reading it, you’re definitely in for a treat.

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I absolutely recommend this book to people who really like to get their teeth into a story  that is original ,compelling and frightening in equal measure. In the present reading climate, many books seem a bit too much like something you’ve read before – and this book certainly stood out a mile for me. I loved the characterisation as much as I enjoyed the plot and I will definitely be recommending it to friends of mine who enjoy a page-turning read with characters that feel like they step right off the page. Buy yourself a copy here and enjoy travelling to rural Wales and experiencing a tale that you won’t forget in a hurry from Chris Westlake…

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Writer On The Shelf

Chris Westlake

After completing a Creative Writing course in 2010, Chris Westlake’s short story, Welsh Lessons, was awarded 1st place in the Global Short Story Award (not bad for the first writing competition he had entered). He followed this up with 1st place in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award and 2nd place in the HASSRA Literary Award.

Chris has written three novels. 30 DAYS IN JUNE is his first crime thriller. He is currently writing his second thriller, on schedule to be completed in 2020. He is determined to write many, many more – his main regret is that he didn’t start writing earlier.

Chris considers himself to be a developing author. He is always looking to improve, to make his next novel even better than the last. He is continuously experimenting with different styles, different genres.

You can contact Chris at chriswestlakeauthor@hotmail.co.uk .

He would love to hear from you.

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Website: www.chriswestlakeauthor.co.uk

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Missing Pieces – Tim Weaver

Rebekah Murphy knows too much. . .

She knows she’s alone on an abandoned island with a killer on her trail. 

She knows that to get home to her children, she must survive long enough to understand why this is happening. 

She knows someone tried to kill her for a secret.

What she doesn’t know is what that secret is . . .

Detective Frank Travis doesn’t know enough . . .

He doesn’t know where to find Louise Mason. He doesn’t know how and why she vanished into thin air three months ago. He doesn’t know the identity of the man last seen talking to her. Not yet.

But what he does know it that he’s a week away from retirement — and if he doesn’t find out where Louise went, no one will. 

What neither Rebekah nor Detective Travis realise is that each holds a missing piece from the same puzzle — and it will cost them everything they love to finally solve it . .

As a real fan of an intriguing mystery,  I was definitely seduced by the premise of this book featuring a struggle for survival, a missing person and some shocking revelations – when I discovered that it was set on an abandoned island too, that really sealed the deal for me and it quickly zoomed to the top of my TBR pile. I was delighted to be invited on the tour by the lovely Chrissie from Michael Joseph and couldn’t wait to see if it was as clever and captivating as I expected

This book definitely did not disappoint, it grabbed me and pulled me right into the story. I was really intrigued by the premise of the book: that we will puzzle our way through the many clues and trails about what might have happened in the past and how this impacts on the safety and survival of Rebekah in the present day – and this really added to the story for me. The isolated setting and the ghosts of the past that begin to emerge and surround the prsent day mystery really kept me turning the pages as the novel unfolds.

The fact that Tim Weaver is a writer who bases his novels on real life missing persons cases too was another factor that made me love this book as I was fascinated by the way that he takes real events and transposes them into amazingly well crafted and compelling pageturners that never allow you to move your eye off the action for a second, as you have become so engrossed in the story. The way that Rebekah and Detective Travis both have different insights to the same mystery makes for intriguing and tense reading and will keep you up far too late trying to work out what’s going to happen next…

I absolutely loved the present day setting of this novel and definitely found the mystery of Louise Mason’s disappearance quite addictive too. It was intriguing to see which trail of breadcrumbs would prove to be the right one as Tim Weaver kept me changing my mind from one moment to the next. The fact that each chapter presents us with fresh clues and small insights into what has happened in the past was a fantastic device and really kept me on my toes as a reader as this clever and fast-paced novel unfolded

Even though there have been lots of novels this year that focus on people going missing, Tim Weaver’s writing ensures that the characters we meet allow this plot to unfold in an original way which makes the story feel fresh and innovative, rather than ploughing a familiar furrow. The characters all feel very much like real people – rather than mechanisms to provide clues about Louise or how this connects to Rebekah’s predicament – which I’ve often found in novels like this with characters who may or may not know the answer to the mystery. I think that the analogy of a jigsaw puzzle, where you strive to find the missing pieces is an excellent analogy for this book and even the most fiendish puzzle solvers will find much to occupy their brains here as it’s so well-crafted.

Tim Weaver is an intriguing new writer for me – it’s hard to talk about this novel without spoilers, so I’ll just need to tell you that you must read it for yourself. You will be intrigued by Bec’s unenviable situation and want to read on and find out exactly what is behind this mysterious disappearance in the past that seems to be having such a seismic impact on the present day. It’s not one of these ‘keep looking for the big twist’ stories that people are getting a little bored of now. It is just that things start to appear through the murk and you’ll not be able to believe you never noticed them before – in a wonderfully well-constructed way.

Anyone interested in twisty and dynamic reads and who loves trying to work out which characters to trust…ot not…will love this multi-layered and gripping novel. I had really high hopes for Missing Pieces and I’m delighted to say that I was definitely not disappointed. It was definitely a book that  I’ll be recommending to lots of readers as I was totally intrigued by its characters, its pace and the way it really kept me guessing

I can’t wait to explore Tim Weaver’s back catalogue and have already ordered some more David Raker myssteries. The idea that life can be a lot darker and more interesting than you might think on the surface is a very intriguing one. I think that this would make an excellent Book Group read as it would be sure to provoke lots and lots of discussion…

Buy yourself a copy here if you want to get to the heart of the mystery and if you loved it, grab yourself a copy of No One Home  too!

Writer On The Shelf

Tim Weaver is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker Missing Persons series. He has been nominated for a National Book Award, selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, and shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library award, which considers an author’s entire body of work.

He is also the host and producer of the chart-topping Missing podcast, which features experts in the field discussing missing persons investigations from every angle. A former journalist and magazine editor, he lives near Bath with his wife and daughter.

Find out more about Tim at timweaverbooks.com

Please do have a read about more of David Raker’s cases below…

The Source – Orenda Blog Tour

A hugely anticipated debut thriller from former CNN international news executive Sarah Sultoon. Inspired by Sarah’s own time in the newsroom, The Source follows a young TV journalist who is forced to revisit her past when she’s thrust into a sex-trafficking investigation in her hometown. TV rights have already been sold to Lime Pictures, with Jo Spain writing the screenplay

1996. Essex. Thirteen-year-old schoolgirl Carly lives in a disenfranchised town dominated by a military base, struggling to care for her baby sister while her mum sleeps off another binge. When her squaddie brother brings food and treats, and offers an exclusive invitation to army parties, things start to look a little less bleak…

2006. London. Junior TV newsroom journalist Marie has spent six months exposing a gang of sex traffickers, but everything is derailed when New Scotland Yard announces the re-opening of Operation Andromeda, the notorious investigation into allegations of sex abuse at an army base a decade earlier.

As the lives of these two characters intertwine around a single, defining event, a series of utterly chilling experiences is revealed, sparking a nail-biting race to find the truth… and justice.

A tense, startling and unforgettable thriller, The Source is a story about survival, about hopes and dreams, about power, abuse and resilience.

With all the emphasis on Line of Duty and investigating corruption at the moment, it was fantastic to be able to immerse myself in a high quality piece of crime fiction that felt every bit as tense, intelligent and compelling as any crime series I’ve ever watched. I’m so excited to hear that the television rights have already been bought and cannot WAIT to see it on the screen. I love books that deal with gritty subject matter and Karen definitely has a nose for a good story so I was really excited to read Sarah Sultoon’s novel as soon as I could. The Easter Holidays arrived and I was delighted to have some time to dedicate to this hugely anticipated crime thriller and can assure you that I was certainly not disappointed – this book brings the idea of an unputdownable read to a new level and I enjoyed every single moment of this tautly plotted and gripping read.

Award-winning CNN journalist Sarah Sultoon

I absolutely love books that are set in two distinct timelines and really enjpyed travelling back to the 90s with Carly then seeing things from Marie’s perspective a decade later. This book starts with a punch right between the eyes and the pace never really lets up until you’ve turned the final page The fact that these two characters have such different backgrounds and experiences makes for a fantastic reading experience as you see the differences in the way that they perceive and reflect on events and the way that their individual sories affect us. You will feel protective of Carly who alongside her younger sister Kayleigh is growing up in the most challenging circumstances – the path she is being led down becomes clearer and clearer as the novel progresses and the difficult reality of grooming and how insidiously it works is brilliantly captured and brings its true horror to life extremely effectively as we see and undertand the situation very differently from this vulnerable young girl – however streetwise and mature she feels that she us.

Marie is a completely different kettle of fish – although on the surface she might appear to be the stronger character as a successful TV producer and investigative journalist in actual fact she comes across as far less confident and capable than Carly in many ways. This juxtaposition was one of the things that I enjoyed most about this read and is actually one of the key things I enjoy about Orenda books – that their characters are never stereotypically what you might expect and you can’t always pigeonhole them and have a clear understanding of how they’ll behave or how their narrative will unfold. These two characters worlds collide when Marie gets caught up in Operation Andromeda and once stones start being overturned we are caught up in a race against time. We are thrust into a dark world of depravity, corruption and cruelty that will have you both angry and horrified alternately as you experience the depths which human beings will stoop to and you won’t be able to look away. This is a dark read without a doubt, but it never feels exploitative or gratuitous as Sultoon never loses sight of Carly’s humanity and the realisation that there are many hundreds of girls and women caught up in situations like this and this hard hitting novel never lets you forget this

Eve Smith quote GOODREADS

Although I was totally absorbed in the characterisation of The Source it is undoubtedly the intelligence and deftness of its plotting that raisees it head and shoulders above its competition. Orenda reads are my favourites for a reason and it’s incredibly difficult to imagine that this is a debut read  The story of Marie and her immersion in the twists and turns of this case is so perfectly realised that it was hard at times to remember that these are fictional characters rather than real people whose lives are unfolding on the page and it made me wish that time would pass more quickly so that I can see these gripping events unfold on the screen and so that more people can experience the quality of Sultoon’s writing and characterisation.

Anne Cater review - Goodreads

Carly is one of those characters that feel absolutely real from the very first page. She likes to imagine that she is much more grown up and tough than she actually is and because we can see the writing on the wall far before she does, it makes for incredibly poignant reading at times. This story really came alive for me and it was one of those novels that you blink and look up from and discover that you’ve just spent the last three hours immersed in it, it’s so captivating and immersive a story. I will admit to have to step away for a breather at times as it got so intense and once you get caught up in these events, you will definitely see what I mean.

The Source jacket

The characters in The Source are never merely presented as devices to drive the plot along – although it does unfold at an absolutely cracking pace I think that it’s a testament to the strength of Sultoon’s writing that we are so completely immersed in this journey into this heart of darkness that we are happy to be led up several blind alleys through the skilful plotting and are holding our collective breath by the end as there is so much tension being so expertly managed. The juxtaposition between the very ordinariness of the setting with the depravity of these events is convincingly depicted and the tension never lets up for one second in what can be at times a relentless and dark read.  I particularly enjoyed the fact that many of the threats are never explicitly spelled out for us and the horror that is conjured as a consequence of this is far more horrifying than any gratuitous diaplays of brutality could ever be…

Nick Paton Walsh jacket quote, CNN

You will definitely find it hard to put this book down as you’ll be so wrapped up in this gripping and brilliantly plotted read – you’ll need to keep reading and find out how it all ends. Despite her reserved nature, Marie is not a character to give up easily, no matter the circumstances, so it’s safe to say that there were parts of this novel that I read when I was literally holding my breath, not sure what was going to happen next. Needless to say, I was not disappointed and I’m really jealous of anyone who’s yet to start reading this book as it really stands out and once you’ve locked yourself in, you are in for a white knuckle reading ride!

What would you risk for the truth

I recommend this wonderfully tense and hard-hitting novel to people who really like to get their teeth into a story that is as far from predictable and formulaic as it is possible to be. In the present reading climate, many books can seem almost interchangeable and this book certainly stood out a mile.  I loved the intelligent characterisation as much as I enjoyed the fast-moving and gripping plot and I will definitely be recommending it to friends of mine who enjoy a read that will be like nothing else they’ve read this year and I know that it’s going to be much talked about as it feels like one of those books that becomes a word of mouth hit – it really is that good!

Buy yourself a copy and experience this unforgettable read before it appears on screen. It’s definitely one of my favourite reads of 2021 so far and I’m going to be passsing it on to my bookish crowd as a ‘must read’ for all crime thriller fans this year! Thank you so much to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me onto the tour and thanks again to Karen for always making my TBR a thing of beauty and ensuring that I’m never stuck for a supply of brilliant and talented debut writers, as well as all my established Orenda favourites.

The Source by [Sarah Sultoon]

‘Tautly written and compelling, not afraid to shine a spotlight on the darker forces at work in society’ Rupert Wallis

‘So authentic and exhilarating … breathtaking pace and relentless ingenuity’ Nick Paton Walsh, CNN

‘A powerful, intense whammy of a debut that is both uncomfortable and exhilarating to read … Thought-provoking, tense, and expressive, The Source is an utterly compelling debut’ LoveReading

‘A gripping, dark thriller’ Geoff Hill, ITV

‘A cleverly constructed story that offers an authentic view behind the scenes in a British newsroom … an original and wholly engaging debut. Definitely a name to watch’ Crime Fiction Lover

‘My heart was racing … fiction to thrill even the most hard-core adrenaline junkies’ Diana Magnay, Sky News

‘Unflinching and sharply observed. A hard-hitting, deftly woven debut’ Ruth Field

‘With this gripping, fast-paced debut thriller, it’s easy to see what made Sultoon such a great journalist. She has a nose for a great story, an eye for the details that make it come to life, and real compassion for her protagonist’ Clarissa Ward, CNN

‘A hard-hitting, myth-busting rollercoaster of a debut’ Eve Smith

‘A dazzling debut’ The Reading Closet

‘I could picture and feel each scene, all the fear, tension and hope’ Katie Allen

‘Harrowing, powerful, perfectly executed’ Literary Elf

‘Gripping, emotional, eye-opening and so brilliantly written … a stunning debut by a very talented author’ Anne Cater

‘Thought provoking, emotional and sometimes brutal … both thrilling and heart-wrenching’ Live & Deadly

Writer On The Shelf

Sarah Sultoon is a journalist and writer whose work as an international news executive at CNN has taken her all over the world, from the seats of power in both Westminster and Washington to the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. She has extensive experience in conflict zones, winning three Peabody awards for her work on the war in Syria, an Emmy for her contribution to the coverage of Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015, and a number of Royal Television Society gongs.

 As passionate about fiction as nonfiction, she recently completed a Masters of Studies in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge, adding to an undergraduate language degree in French and Spanish, and Masters of Philosophy in History, Film and Television. When not reading or writing she can usually be found somewhere outside, either running, swimming or throwing a ball for her three children and dog while she imagines what might happen if…

Don’t Turn Around – Blog Tour Road Trip

Absolutely delighted to be sharing an exclusive chapter of this exciting and original read this week as part of the blog tour Road Trip!

You can Start from Chapter 1 at A Little Book Problem – or catch up with the previous epidode which featured earlier today on

Reader Dad’s review

If you have been eagerly following the tour across the week, I’ll keep you waiting in suspense no longer – here you go…

Turn back to the blog tomorrow to catch up with my featured review…

truck on highway during daytime

ST. VRAIN, NEW MEXICO—

207 MILES TO ALBUQUERQUE

Cait sensed it before it happened, something tingling at the back of her neck. The sound hit her next. It was nothing at first, the buzz of an insect above the hum of the engine, but it grew louder, quickly, and just like that a pair of headlights was blinding in her rearview mirror. The truck was charging up the road toward them, fast. Too fast. The buzz became a roar.

The truck passed on her left, a blur of sound and steel, before swerving back into her lane and hitting the brakes. Cait had to slam on her own brakes to keep from rear- ending it. “What the fuck?”

The truck was moving slowly now, the speedometer barely edging thirty. “What is he doing?” Rebecca asked.

“I have no idea.” It was a two- lane highway, and there was no one else out there. Plenty of room to pass. Cait moved into the left lane. He swerved in front of her. She moved back into the right. The truck followed. She leaned on the horn, hard. “What the hell is he doing?” The truck slowed down again. Twenty now. Fifteen. “Jesus Christ.”

“Maybe he wants you to pull over,” Rebecca suggested, but Cait shook her head.

“We shouldn’t stop. We don’t know . . .” She didn’t have to finish the sentence. They’d read articles, watched films, read books, listened to podcasts, existed in the world as women. They both knew how the story could go if they pulled over.

Cait’s eyes scanned the road. There wasn’t a barrier in place, so if she could get up onto the hard shoulder, she might be able to get enough room to pass…

She hit the gas and jerked the wheel to the right. Rebecca let out a little yelp as the Jeep surged forward. Cait didn’t have time to apologize. She was even with the truck now, though he was drifting toward her into the shoulder. She wrenched the wheel again and the Jeep stuttered into the dirt, the wheels slipping underneath until they found traction. She swept in front of the truck and hit the gas.

“What an asshole,” Cait muttered as the truck’s headlights dropped back.

But the truck accelerated, and soon it was tucked tight behind them. “Shit. I can’t see a damn thing,” she said, squinting to see through the windshield. The truck’s headlights mixed in with the Jeep’s, casting an eerie yellowish glow on the tarmac. The truck’s high beams flashed on and off, and its horn began to blare.

Cait stepped on the gas, but the engine was slow to respond, and the truck surged ahead, keeping pace with her for a few long minutes before it passed them clean on the left- hand side and swung back in front of them.

Once again, the truck’s speed slowed to forty, thirty, twenty. “What are you doing?” she shouted. They were crawling now. She moved into the passing lane. He moved, too. She moved back into the right lane. He did, too. She laid on the horn, hard. Nothing.

They were down to ten miles an hour now, and he was straddling the median, blocking her from passing on either side. She squinted out of the windshield, trying to get a glimpse of the driver in his mirror, but there was nothing but black glass reflecting her own headlights back at her.

“What do you think he wants?”

“I don’t know.” Cait saw Rebecca close her eyes.

She scanned the road. The last time she’d seen another car was a half hour ago. Clovis was twenty miles back, and the next town was still a good ways up the road. Plenty of time for him to do whatever it was he wanted to do. There wasn’t a single other living thing except the jackrabbits burrowed in their dens and rattlesnakes coiled tight underneath the shrubs, and neither was of any use to them if they found themselves stranded out here because the psychopath in front of them had driven them off the road or worse.

She’d have to try to get past him. She tossed a glance at Rebecca.

“You’re wearing your seat belt?”

Rebecca nodded.

“Hold on. C’mon, baby,” she murmured, and cranked the wheel to the right. The tires spat gravel as she swerved off the shoulder and back onto the road. The truck swerved, too, but not quickly enough. It clipped the back edge of the Jeep as it slipped past, a little nudge that Cait knew wouldn’t leave more than a scrape in the already- dinged- up fender.

The truck’s horn blared.

She sank the pedal to the floor. The Jeep could still move when she needed it to. Soon they were up to seventy. The truck was dropping back in the rearview. “I think we got him,” she murmured. She stayed at a steady high speed with her eyes trained on the mirror until the headlights were nothing more than pinpricks fading into the night. “We lost him.”

“What . . . who was that?”

Cait exhaled. She hadn’t realized she’d been holding her breath. Her heartbeat was a flutter caught high in her throat, and her palms were slick with sweat. She’d thought they were goners back there. “I don’t know.”

“Do you think it was the man from the diner?”

“I don’t know,” she said again. She’d been wondering about it herself, but she couldn’t see why he would have waited that long to make his move. Unless . . . unless he wanted to make sure they were out in the middle of nowhere, where no one could hear them. But how would he have tracked them this far without her seeing him? “I don’t think it was the man from the diner,” she said finally, as convincingly as she could.

Rebecca didn’t look convinced. “I couldn’t see the driver at all. Could you?”

“No, nothing.” She glanced in the rearview again. Nothing but empty road behind them now. Whatever it was, it was over. No need to dwell on it. No need to scare the poor woman even more than she already was. “Honestly?” she said, making her voice light. She needed to keep things on course; she couldn’t let them get off track. “It was probably just a bored teenager looking to cause trouble. We did stuff like that all the time when I was a kid— drag racing, playing chicken. It’s what happens when you live in the middle of nowhere: you make your own entertainment.”

“They could have killed us. We could have been run off the road. We could have— ”

“I know, but we’re okay now. Nothing happened.” Cait took a deep breath, willed her pulse to ease up a little. “Teenagers, that’s what I’m betting. Little shits. We’ll be fine now. They’ll find somebody else to pick on.”

The two of them looked out at the long stretch of dark road. Neither of them pointed out that, out here at this time of night, there wasn’t anyone else.

Catch up with Rina Reads tomorrow, to find out what Cait experiences next in this unforgettable and heart-stopping read

DON’T TURN AROUND

Jessica Barry

Vintage (penguin.co.uk)

£7.99

The Tuscan House – Angela Petch

Corbello, Italy, 1947. A woman and a little boy stagger into the ruins of an old house deep in the forest, wild roses overwhelming the crumbling terracotta walls. Since the war, nowhere has been safe. But they both freeze in shock when a voice calls out from the shadows…

For young mother Fosca Sentino, accepting refuge from ex-British soldier Richard – in Tuscany to escape his tragic past – is the only way to keep her little family safe. She once risked everything to spy on Nazi commanders and pass secret information to the resistenza. But after a heartbreaking betrayal, Fosca’s best friend Simonetta disappeared without trace. The whole community was torn apart, and now Fosca and her son are outcasts.

Wary of this handsome stranger at first, Fosca slowly starts to feel safe as she watches him play with her son in the overgrown orchard. But her fragile peace is shattered the moment a silver brooch is found in the garden, and she recognises it as Simonetta’s…

Fosca has always suspected that another member of the resistenza betrayed her. With Richard by her side, she must find out if Simonetta is still alive, and clear her own name. But how did the brooch end up at the house? And with a traitor hiding in the village, willing to do anything to keep this secret buried, has Fosca put herself and her young son in terrible danger?

The Tuscan House

Maybe it was because I am stuck at home rather than being able to travel to Tuscany and drive down an avenue of cypress or breathe in the warm summer air, that I became so caught up in this story and the wonderfully realised Tuscan atmosphere of Angela Petch’s fourth Tuscan novel. I can’t stop reaching for books set during this period, and this is one of the best books I’ve read in this genre this year. I am fascinated by stories set in this period, after the war. This book really brings the diverse nature of this time alive and I was delighted to be invited on the tour by Sarah Hardy and loved hearing about Simonetta’s disappearance and Fosca and Richard’s journey to find some answers

village under clear sky

This book definitely did not disappoint, it grabbed me and pulled me right into this unforgettable and beautifully written story – Traumatised by everything that he saw and witnessed whilst serving alongside the Friends Ambulance Unit, Richard comes back to Corbello to start on a clean page and see if he can create something beautiful out of all the trauma and pain that he experienced during the war. The old tobacco factory becomes a place of hope and optimism for him and I found this so fasinating and this really added to the story for me. It’s a book that you’ll find hard to believe it’s fiction as you’ll become so caught up in the story he uncovers and you’ll be transfixed by the disappearance that he and Fonsa get caught up in and as desperate as I was to know what happened…

brown building between trees

I absolutely loved travelling back to 1949 alongside them and definitely found it quite addictive. I was captivated by the bravery and resilience shown by Fosca and Simonetta, seeing the privations that they had to endure and struggle through. There was much to navigate, knowing that your fortunes depend on your ability to turn your difficulties into opportunities and to use your wit and wisdom as you just don’t know who you can trust and depend on as everything around you is so uncertain. The Resistenza are not one of the particularly well-known aspects of history and I feel that this novel gives us a real insight into what they managed to bring abot at this turbulent time.

brown concrete houses on mountain at daytime

This novel presents this period of history in such a realistic way which brings you right into the story and makes you experiencethis story alongside the characters in both of the historical settings – Simonetta feels very much like a real person, despite the distance of time between us and you feel really caught up in the twists and turns of her story. I loved travelling back into the past and experencing the bravery and resilience of these characters that sray with you long after finishing the book.

Angela Petch writes beautifully and her books are truly evocative, you can see, smell and taste the scenes in her novel and she lives and breathes the scenery and history of Tuscany through her writing – I also enjoyed researching this period online after I’d finished reading the book. I was fascinated by this turbulent time in Italy’s history. I am sure that you will be as caught up as I was by the complex historical ramifications of war and the fragmented communities that remained wth guilt, fragile allegiances and betrayal lurking just beneath the surface at all times.

road between green grass field near mountains under blue and brown sky at golden hour

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone that cannot travel this year to be able to live and breathe in a vividly painted Italy. I loved the way that her writing brings the country to life just as vividly as her characters and enjoyed being able to trace this story back through time and join in with them on their discovery to find out the truth about Simonetta and her disappearance and its ramifications for Fosca and her son…

Treat yourself to a copy and discover this turbulent and fascinating story for yourself

Writer On The Shelf

Angela Petch
Anglela Petch

Angela writes: “I’m an award winning writer of fiction – and the occasional poem. Every summer I move to Tuscany for six months where my husband and I own a renovated watermill which we let out. When not exploring our unspoilt corner of the Apennines, I disappear to my writing desk at the top of our converted stable. In my Italian handbag or hiking rucksack I always make sure to store notebook and pen to jot down ideas. The winter months are spent in Sussex where most of our family live. When I’m not helping out with grandchildren, I catch up with writer friends.

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