Summer Book Column – 17 Degrees Magazine

Summer is here at long last!  Hope that you enjoy the diverse range of books that are being released to enjoy in the sunshine.  Whatever your tastes, there’s something here to enjoy. Keep an eye on my Twitter account @OnTheShelfBooks for more summer reads to enjoy on a lounger! 


How to Live Your Best Life at Home at Work and with Others’ – Pamela Scott

Pamela Scott was the most senior woman worldwide in Global Supply within Diageo. In 2020 she left Diageo to start her own business, Pax and Iris. She also spent time creating a book to support others to fulfil their own potential– ‘How to live your best life at home, at work and with others’ It’s for people who want to make the most out of every minute and reach their dreams. If you think that this summer might be the time to start thinking about your future and working on yourself then this is the book for you. Pamela’s book is a powerful way of reflecting on your life and giving yourself the space and the framework to move forward and realise your ambitions. The inspiration for this book was to capture …‘the stuff we would have wanted to know earlier in life to pursue our dreams and ambitions’ All profits from the book are going to charity CHAS and Big Hearts.

The Mash House – Alan Gillespie

The Mash House is the debut novel for English Teacher Alan Gillespie who hails from Fife and it’s one of the most enjoyable slices of tartan noir that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Alan whisks the reader off to Cullrothes and we get the chance to navigate the dark heart of this remote community. It’s a twisty tale indeed, full of characters that aren’t quite what they seem and simmering secrets and grudges as dark and lingering as the finish on the local whisky. You will absolutely love this trip to the Highlands and it’s the perfect read if you’re off on an epic NC500 journey. I was totally caught up in this story and as a fellow teacher, I  love the way that the teacher is the slipperiest character in the entire book! 

One August Night – Victoria Hislop

25th August 1957. The island of Spinalonga closes its leper colony. And a moment of violence has devastating consequences. Number one bestselling author Victoria Hislop returns to the world and characters she created in The Island – the award-winning novel that remains one of the biggest selling reading group novels of the century. It is finally time to be reunited with Anna, Maria, Manolis and Andreas in the weeks leading up to the evacuation of the island… and beyond. I can’t be the only one who’s dreaming of a trip to a Greek island and hearing  the sea lapping against the shore as I relax with a book. This is the perfect book to transport you there and you will not be able to put this gripping and emotional read down once you start. 

If You Were There: Missing People and the Marks They Leave Behind – Francisco Garcia 

When Francisco Garcia was just seven, his father, Christobal, left his family behind. Christobal decided he would rather disappear altogether than try and navigate the difficult situation he found himself in. He has been missing ever since. Twenty years on, Francisco is ready to search for the why. During his journey, which takes him all the way back to his father’s homeland of Spain, Francisco tells the stories of those he meets along the way who form part of the complicated jigsaw of people who deal with the missing, thinking about the way that our lives are woven together and how it feels when these strands begin to unravel, from every perspective. You won’t read a more moving or articulate book this year. It is an absolute must read. Francisco grew up with family, here in Dunblane and we are very proud of his success. 


Falling TJ Newman – Simon and Schuster

You just boarded a flight to New York. There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard. What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped. For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane. Enjoy the flight… Maybe this summer is the ideal time to enjoy this fast paced and unbearably tense read. Anyone who’s even thinking of reading this on a flight will need to have nerves of steel! What a thriller. You will be up all night finishing this one and will close it with your nerves torn to shreds. 

The Great Silence – Doug Johnstone – Orenda Books 

The discovery of a human foot in an Edinburgh park, the inexplicable circumstances of a dying woman, and the missing daughter of Jenny’s violent ex-husband present the Skelf women with their most challenging – and deadly – cases yet… If you haven’t already met funeral directors and private investigators The Skelfs then you are in for a treat. Doug Johnstone might be the greatest Scottish writer you haven’t discovered yet. His books are the perfect blend of darkness and light and you’ll fall hard for these characters. Just read it! 

I Know What I Saw – Imran Mahmood  – Bloomsbury

I saw it. He smothered her, pressing his hands on her face. The police don’t believe me, they say it’s impossible – but I know what I saw. Xander Shute shelters for the night in an empty Mayfair flat. When he hears the occupants returning home, he scrambles to hide. Trapped in his hiding place, he hears the couple argue, and he soon finds himself witnessing a vicious murder. But who was the dead woman? And will the man Xander saw her with evade justice? A tense and gripping summer read that will grab you by the lapels and refuse to let you go. This is a book that will have everyone talking, buy yourself a copy and join the conversation. 

Joseph Knox True Crime Story – Transworld Publishing 

‘What happens to those girls who go missing? What happens to the Zoe Nolans of the world?’

In the early hours of Saturday 17 December 2011, Zoe Nolan, a nineteen-year-old Manchester University student, walked out of a party taking place in the shared accommodation where she had been living for three months.She was never seen again. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. One of my reads of the year already. An original, compelling and novel take on the crime genre that you will need to read for yourself to understand just how brilliantly clever it is. 


Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Read – Cornerstone

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer and their adored baby sister, Kit. If you loved ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’’ you will adore this 80’s summer sizzler that will whisk you away to a perfect family going down in flames and immerse you in their secrets, lies and betrayals. This is a perfect beach read and you’ll be seeing it everywhere this summer. Read it before it’s a movie…

The Summer Job – Lizzy Dent – Penguin Books

Have you ever imagined running away from your life? Birdy Finch didn’t just imagine it. She did it. Which might’ve been an error. And the life she’s run into? Her best friend, Heather’s. The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather.Can Birdy carry off a summer at a luxury Scottish hotel pretending to be her best friend (who incidentally is a world-class wine expert) And can she stop herself from falling for the first man she’s ever actually liked (but who thinks she’s someone else) A perfect summer rom com that you will love enjoying over a nice cold drink in the garden. 

The Getaway – Isabelle Broome – Hodder and Stoughton

Most people travel to Croatia for its endless sunshine, pebbly beaches and crystal clear sea. Kate goes there to disappear. She needs to escape from a life that has fallen apart in spectacular and public fashion, and no one here knows who she is or what she’s running away from. Until she meets another lonely soul. I love Croatia and this is the nearest I’ll get this year. Isabelle Broom is as essential a summer holiday ingredient as my suncream and her latest book is no exception. You will love this escapist read, filled with summer atmosphere and the spirit of romance. 

That Night  – Gillian McAllister – Penguin Books 

During a family holiday in Italy, you get an urgent call from your sister. There’s been an accident: she hit a man with her car and he’s dead. She’s overcome with terror – fearing years in a foreign jail away from her child. She asks for your help. It wasn’t her fault, not really. She’d cover for you, so will you do the same for her?But when the police come calling, the lies start. And you each begin to doubt your trust in one another. You will not be able to put this book down. A breathless and relatable summer read that I’m definitely buying for my sister 


Sorrow & Bliss – Meg Mason – Orion 

Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. A gift, her mother once said, not everybody gets. So why is everything broken? Why is Martha – on the edge of 40 – friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave? You will not be able to tear yourself away from Meg Mason’s hilarious, moving and unforgettable look at mental illness and the way that sometimes the darkest hour takes a long bloody time to show any signs of the dawn…I loved this book and will be recommending it to everyone this summer. Brilliant.

This is How We Are Human – Louise Beech –  Orenda Books 

Sebastian James Murphy is twenty years, six months and two days old. Sebastian is autistic. And lonely. Veronica wants her son Sebastian to be happy. She is also thinking about paying a professional to give him what he desperately wants. Violetta steps out into the night thinking of money. Of her nursing degree. Of paying for her dad’s care. When these three lives collide – they intertwine in unexpected ways – everything changes. For everyone

Moth – Melody Razak  – Orion Publishing

Set in 1946 Delhi, Moth is the story of an ordinary family living through extraordinary times. I was blown away by this debut novel and its richly observed portrayal of the very human impact of partition in India. It was a subject that I knew very little about before reading the book, but discovered through witnessing the way that Alma’s family’s entire settled existence is turned upside down in the course of a few months.  I was both fascinated and devastated by the story and the writing here. An extraordinary book that I unreservedly recommend. 

Mother Mother – Annie Macmanus – Headline Publishing Group

Mary McConnell grew up longing for information about the mother she never knew, who died suddenly when Mary was only a baby. Her brother, Sean, was barely old enough to remember and their father numbed his pain with drink. Now aged 35, Mary has lived in the same house her whole life. She’s never left Belfast. She has a son, TJ, who’s about to turn 18, and is itching to see more of the world. One Saturday morning, TJ wakes up to find his mother gone. He doesn’t know where – or why – but he’s the only one who can help find her. Just read this incredible debut and experience the joy, pain and complexity of family ties alongside TJ. You will love it.


Animal – Lisa Taddeo – Bloomsbury  

If you loved ‘Three Women’ Lisa Taddeo’s non fiction read that blew so many people away in 2019, then you will love this searing look at one woman’s journey from being preyed upon to someone who sets off to hunt down some prey of her own. Joan’s pathway to vengeance makes for unsettling reading and this provocative and shocking read will have you hooked. You will never have read anything like this so prepare to strap yourself in and get ready for a brutally honest and unflinching ride. The perfect book club read that will definitely have everyone talking. 

Lives Like Mine – Eva Verde – Simon and Schuster

Meet Monica. With her three children in school, Monica finds herself wondering if this is all there is. Despite all the effort and the smiles, in the mirror she sees a woman hollowed out from putting everyone else first, tolerating her in-laws’ intolerance, and wondering if she has a right to complain when she’s living the life that she has created for herself. Then along comes Joe, a catalyst for change in the guise of a flirtatious parent on the school run. And that’s where it all begins…

Yours Faithfully – AJ Pearce-  Pan Macmillan 

From the author of  Dear Mrs Bird, comes a much hoped-for sequel, Yours Cheerfully. Charming, heart-warming and hilarious, Yours Cheerfully is just the tonic we’ve all been waiting for. I couldn’t wait for this wonderfully quirky read to be published and absolutely loved the next chapter in Emmeline’s wartime adventures. A fantastic retro read that’s witty, warm and uplifting in equal measure and just what we all need after a year like the one we’ve just had. Treat yourself. 

The First Day of Spring – Nancy Tucker – Cornerstone 

This book needs absolutely no spoilers as you need to experience it for yourself and be equally as blown away as I was at this unforgettable portrayal of a bleak childhood with even bleaker consequences. This is my read of the year so far and I can’t stop thinking about Chrissie and her powerfully original voice.  I love the way that it makes us think about morality and the darker reaches of humanity from a very different perspective. A solid five star read and one that I know I’ll be recommending for a very long time. Outstandingly good. 

I absolutely loved the job of choosing these books and hope that you enjoy reading the ones that appeal to you over the summer days to come…

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That Night Blog Tour

What would you do to protect your family?


That night everything changed.

The night Frannie commited a murder, but she didn’t mean to…

That night we helped her bury the body, what else could we do?

One hot summers night in Italy, Joe and Cathy Plant receive a phone call that will change their lives forever.

Their sister Frannie has killed a man, and she needs their help.

They were always close, some might say too close, siblings who worked together, lived next door to each other

And now they’ve buried a body together…

But when they return to England, Frannie, Joe and Cathy become tangled in lies in they’ve been telling,

to the police, to their friends, to each other…

But if you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?

your sister calls. she's killed a man. what do you do?

I’m sure the idea of an amazing trip to Italy sounds pretty appealing right now – Verona to be precise and this beautiful setting is where unfortunately, it all starts to go horribly wrong. Frannie is enjoying the break with her brother Joe and his wife, Lydia and her sister Cathy and her son, Paul. The holiday is supposed to be a break from their hectic working life – but the peace is shattered when a phonecall shatters the holiday into a million tiny fragments. Frannie phones Joe and Cathy hysterically pleading with them to help her. Once they arrive at the scene of the accident, all three siblings set a series of events in motion that they cannot stop and the consequences start to come home to roost in a tense and incredibly believable way…

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We’ve all been in situations where our siblings ask us to do them a favour, but this nailbitingly tense novel takes it to a new dimension. Gillian McAllister turns the tension up a notch with every passing chapter – it’s like being on a rollercoaster and being strapped in – you know that you can’t stop once you’ve started and you are locked in as you inch towards the summit, waiting for the moment where everything starts to unravel.. It is all the more satisfying as it’s a situation that we can all completely connect with and in its domenstic and familiar setting the way that everything begins to impact on the next situation is both horrificallly credible and enormously nightmarish all at the same time.

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The sibling dynamic was one that I could wholly connect with, being incredibly close to my own sister and I definitely found it one of those books that you spend time when you’re reading wondering exactly what you would have done if you’d been put in the same situation. The Plants are very realistically drawn and you will wholly believe in their interrelationships as the situation starts to unfold. The accident means that they have to make the unenviable decision betwen familial preservation and the morally correct decision – and you will feel every single tense moment of this incredibly well plotted and credibly drawn situation as you see every step – made even more tense as you can’t intervene, you just have to sit there, like a Greek tragedy and watch it all unravel.

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The decision made, they now have to sit tight and wait it out, wondering if the ramifications of their group decisaion will come home to roost – Gillian McAllister is fantastic at showing the way that different people respond emotionally to the sane situation. The tightness of their relationships becomes less of a safety blanket and more of a noose as they realise that they are the only thing keeping this carefully crafted house of cars standing and you will be absolutely drawn into the emerging rension as you wonder when the knock is going to come and everything starts to fall down around their ears – it really is a nailbiting read…

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I love the way that in all Gillian McAllister’s novels we are asked to think carefully about the way that we might act on the same situation and the fact that her characters are always so credible makes it so much easier to connect and sympathise with their moral dilemmas. This is the ideal holiday read – but be warned – Make sure that you’ve invested in your factor 50 before you start chapter one because once you start reading you won’t be able to put it down. This is definitely my favourite of all her novels so far and I’m sure is going to win her a whole host of new readers who will fall for her pacy, well-crafted and intelligently written pageturners. I’m jealous of everyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of enjoying her books and look forward to seeing what she does next in terms of compelling moral dilemmas. And you don’t just have to take my word for it – check out the comments below to see how many other people have loved it too!

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‘From its propulsive opening to its devastating finale, That Night explores the terrible cost of family loyalty and the lines all of us might cross for those we love. Her best yet’ TM LOGAN

‘Tautly plotted and beautifully written. Gillian McAllister just gets better and better’ Clare Mackintosh

‘That Night was like watching a gripping, tense and claustrophobic box set! My heart was in my mouth the whole time. Her best yet’ Claire Douglas

‘Almost unbearably tense and an utterly absorbing read’ Rosamund Lupton

‘Had me absolutely gripped. Claustrophobic and tense and completely absorbing’ Jane Fallon

‘Beautifully written and incredibly gripping . . . it gave me genuine shivers. Masterfully done’ Beth O’Leary

‘So slippery, you will struggle to catch your breath. Gillian McAllister has secured her throne as the queen of the moral dilemma’ Holly Seddon

That Night is yet another triumph, intricately plotted and beautifully written’ Jill Mansell

That Night crept into my every waking thought. A claustrophobic, twisty novel that will have you asking “what would I do?”‘ Lia Louis

Writer On The Shelf

Gillian McAllister

Gillian McAllister is the Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling author of Everything But The Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions, The Evidence Against You and How To Disappear.

All of her novels are standalone and can be read in any order. She is published in ten countries around the world. The Good Sister is her US debut, released by Penguin USA, and is the American title for No Further Questions. The Choice is her second American release which is the US title for Anything You Do Say.

That Night by Gillian McAllister is published by Penguin Michael Joseph and is available as an audiobook, ebook and in paperback. You can find it at Amazon UK Bookshop.orgHive and Waterstones.

For more on Gillian McAllister and her books, visit her Author WebsiteFacebook Page or you can find her on Twitter.

Thanks to Sriya Varadharajan at the publisher for sending me a proof copy for review

The Beginner’s guide to Loneliness – Blog Tour

The perfect feel-good read from an exciting new voice in women’s fiction, for fans of Heidi Swain, Cathy Bramley and Jenny Colgan.
Tori Williamson is alone. After a tragic event left her isolated from her loved ones, she’s been struggling to find her way back to, well – herself. That’s why she set up her blog, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness, as a way of – anonymously – connecting with the outside world and reaching others who just need a little help sometimes.
When she’s offered a free spot on a wellbeing retreat in exchange for a review on her blog, Tori is anxious about opening herself up to new surroundings. But after her three closest friends – who she talks to online but has never actually met – convince her it’ll do her some good, she reluctantly agrees and heads off for three weeks in the wild (well, a farm in Wales).
From the moment she arrives, Tori is sceptical and quickly finds herself drawn to fellow sceptic Than, the retreat’s dark and mysterious latecomer. But as the beauty of The Farm slowly comes to light she realizes that opening herself up might not be the worst thing. And sharing a yurt with fellow retreater Bay definitely isn’t.  Will the retreat be able to fix Tori? Or will she finally learn that being lonely doesn’t mean she’s broken . . .
Welcome to The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness! Where you can learn to move mountains by picking up the smallest of stones…

Laura Bambrey, The Beginner's Guide To Loneliness

Writer On The Shelf

Laura Bambrey

Laura Bambrey was born in Dorset but raised in Wales. She’s worked as a trapeze choreographer, sculpture conservator and stilt walker, amongst others, and spent most of her time collecting stories from the people she met along the way.

She has spent many years as a book blogger and reviewer of women’s fiction and now lives in Devon with her very own romantic hero and a ridiculously fluffy rabbit named Mop. The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness is her début novel.

You can connect with Laura on twitter @laurabambrey, on Instagram @laura_bambrey_books, on Facebook @laurabambreybooks, and via her author blog

The Master of Measham Hall – Blog Tour

1665. It is five years since King Charles II returned from exile, the scars of the English Civil Wars are yet to heal and now the Great Plague engulfs the land. Alethea Hawthorne is safe inside the walls of the Calverton household as a lady’s companion waiting in anticipation of the day she can return to her ancestral home of Measham Hall.

But when Alethea suddenly finds herself cast out on the plague-ridden streets of London, a long road to Derbyshire lies ahead. Militias have closed their boroughs off to outsiders for fear of contamination.

Fortune smiles on her when Jack appears, an unlikely travelling companion who helps this determined girl to navigate a perilous new world of religious dissenters, charlatans and a pestilence that afflicts peasants and lords alike.

The Master of Measham Hall is the first book in a page-turning historical series. In lyrical prose, Anna Abney portrays the religious divides at the heart of Restoration England in a timeless novel about survival, love, and family loyalty.  

The Master of Measham Hall by [Anna Abney]

I love investigating the real history and characters found in the books I’m reading and Anna Abney does an amazing job of transporting you back in time and reliving this turbulent and fascinating part of history, which is jam-packed full of double-crossing, divided loyalties, subterfuge and unsteady allegiances  – I could not put to down and it has left me with a real book hangover as it was so immersive and exciting a tale.

opened book near gold-colored crucifix

The Master of Measham Hall truly gives us a fascinating insight into Alethea’s experiences and allows us to travel back in time with her and witness these events unfolding as she has to deal with her rapidly altered fortunes on the plague ridden streets of London – as well as getting the wider impact of these changes  at a very intriguing time in history from the perspective of some unforgettable characters and set me off in search of more information about what it was like to be a woman at this time in history during the Restoration…

black Bible on gray surface

I’m delighted to be sharing my blogpost this afternoon from beautiful Dumfries & Galloway where we have been absolute;y spoiled by the views and the weather. It’s such an amazing part of the country and I’ve just had the best time here, relaxing, reading and travelling to different times and places through the pages…

This is a really engrossing read. Abney has created an excellent mixture of characters in this novel, from Alethea and her family to the bold Jack and a whole host of lively caracters across the social strata in between – which really shows the reader that these turbulent events had an impact on life whoever you were and whatever your situation, providing much food for thought about women’s rights, independence and morality during this period for a 21st-century readership. I think that readers of historical novels have had plenty of Tudor tales to enjoy and will get totally caught up in the dangers and intrigues of a very different period through this well written and impeccably researched novel set on the fascinating Restoration period.

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I think that Abney is just as skilful in writing about domestic matters as she is about the history or the politics at this time and the way that the impact of these events was so vividly depicted was a real strength of this novel. It was interesting to see Alethea’s transformation across the story as you begin to see her leaving her childhood behind and growing into a more independent, and much more aware young women through her travails. It was even more fascinating to discover that these books are actually based on AnnaAbney’s real family history – so if you are a fan of ‘Who do You Think You Are’ you’ll find it absolutely immersive. It made for fascinating reading to see exactly what this time was like for women living through this period and it makes me wish that I could time travel to see some of these places ans people with my own eyes.

grayscale photography of praying hands

I loved the fact that Alethea’s story brings a really personal slant to the religious divides of the Restoration period and after studying Pope and Dryden at University, this novel definitely makes their period come to life. As usual, I spent a lot of time online after finishing it, looking up this period and falling into a bit of a rabbit hole finding out as much as I could about what things were like and imagining a world where things were so unpredictable and dislocating. Alethea is a wionderful character and she really steps off the page for you – I really look forward to hearing more from Abney and hope that she has a whole cast of fascinating ancestors to introduce us to…

grayscale photo of barbwire with water droplets

Fans of historical epics and enthusiasts of novels exploring the role of women in history from a more personal perspective will love this beautifully written novel and I will be recommending it to readers who love period fiction and strongly written literary narratives. I really enjoyed this journey with Alethea through a fascinating episode in English history and heartily recommend that you too delve into this period in all its turbulent glory and find out more about it for yourself. Buy yourself a copy here and spend an afternoon like I did, totally wrapped up in this intelligent and engaging novel that wears its learning lightly and carries you forward as you are compelled to know what unfolds for these characters whose stories remain with you long after you’ve finished reading their stories.


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‘It’s rare for a historical novel to feel so timely.’ Jo Baker, Sunday Times bestselling author of Longbourn

‘Impeccably researched and wonderfully atmospheric, with a heroine you can’t help rooting for.’ Frances Quinn, author of The Smallest Man 

‘Exciting and immersive. It took me straight into the heart of Restoration England in all its rich and vivid detail. I was gripped! Such beautiful writing too – Anna is a stunning new talent.’ Nicola Cornick, international bestselling author of House of Shadows

 ‘A thoroughly engaging romp… By turns entertaining, surprising and thought-provoking, this is an impressive debut.’ Jane Johnson, author of The Sea Gate

‘A gripping depiction of what people will do to survive, the long-held beliefs and scruples questioned and cast aside as well as the unexpected kindnesses and unusual alliances made. In elegant prose, this enthralling novel puts a human face to the trials, terrors and enduring hopes of the plague years.’ Catherine Meyrick, author of The Bridled Tongue

Writer on the Shelf

Anna Abney is among the last descendants of the Abney family, former residents of Measham Hall, a lost house of Derbyshire. The Measham Hall series is a fictionalised account of her ancestors’ lives. An academic in the English and Creative Writing department at the Open University, she wrote her PhD on the seventeenth century writer, Margaret Cavendish, the first English woman to be published in her own name, under the supervision of Lisa Jardine at Queen Mary, University of London. Her writing also includes fiction, journalism and drama. Anna was born and raised in London and lived in Ireland, North and South, for thirteen years before returning to the Big Smoke. She now lives in rural Kent with her husband, a playwright and screenwriter, and their border-collie.

America’s Promise Blog Tour

A gripping, heart-wrenching story of love and betrayal across the boundary of the American Revolutionary War. The next captivating story for readers who loved My Dear HamiltonFlight of the Sparrow and Outlander.

1780. Addie looks around at the soldiers celebrating their latest victory. American independence is within reach, but her heart feels heavy with grief. With her husband gone, she must leave the army camp, and the people she has come to love, and choose a respectable path to guard the secret she now carries alone.

Seeking shelter with her aunts in Virginia, Addie tries to mold herself back into the proper and dutiful woman she was before the war, and before the love of a fierce, dark-eyed warrior, changed her forever. But when a band of rogue British soldiers arrives on the farm, will the strength she has gained from travelling with the Revolutionary army be enough to save her loved ones?

The conclusion of the spellbinding, emotional trilogy about enduring love and heartbreaking secrets amidst the birth of America. Readers who adored My Dear Hamilton and Flight of the Sparrow will love America’s Wife.

I adore a good slice of historical fiction, and I love the way that Celeste de Blasis brings this turbulent period to life right before our eyes. The final instalment of Addie’s vividly described adventures in a country being torn apart is just as good as the first two, containing just the right balance of history, heartbreak and a real sense of its setting in both time and place.

It is wonderful to be able to return to the same characters and immerse yourself in the final stage of Addie’s epic adventures as this tale unfolds. You don’t need to have have read any of Celeste’s other books to enjoy this historical epic , but it’s very likely that you’ll want to as soon as you’ve finished…

brown shed at middle of field

Celeste De Blasis has absolutely impeccable research skills as she spares no effort in trying to recreate Addie’s time period authentically for us and takes us to Virginia as Addie tries to mold herself back into the proper and dutiful woman she was before the war, These characters become living breathing people through these pages, and because of this, it’s easy to get engrossed in their story. It is good to be in such safe hands when it comes to historical fiction and through these pages I could connect with this period in history in a very real way.

I loved the fact that these characters seem so modern at times – In many ways, Addie comes across as a someone we might be friends with now – someone who is not afraid to put her life at risk and is prepared to use the knowledge she has gained in order to face an even worse trial when terrible news arrives from the front: torn between staying silent and keeping her family safe, or divulging her secret and saving an innocent man’s life…

One of my favourite aspects of Celeste De Blasis’ writing is the way that she effortlessly blends her research with such strong and realistic characters. I raced through it in record time. I absolutely loved the way that this intriguing book transports you back into this turbulent time and allows you to get to know these people and have you rooting for them as they lay their lives on the line in the name of the cause. You do not have to be a fan of this period or know it inside out to love this book and characters and you will be amazed at how much some of their thoughts and emotions will resonate with you – even though they were living breathing and loving so many centuries ago

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I love doing my research after finishing a book I’ve enjoyed and if you are intrigued by this story, you could find out more about this period here.  You will be able to read all about this time in America’s history. I loved reading about life for women during this period and it made me realise how much I didn’t know about this period – which is brought vividly to life on these pages and I enjoyed going down a few rabbit holes in my own research as soon as I finished reading it.

If you are intrigued and would like to read more about this fascinating period then follow the blog tour and definitely buy yourself a copy of this fascinating and beautifully researched conclusion to this unforgettable trilogy. Thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the tour and transporting me into the heartbreaks, triumphs and adventures of Addie’s turbulent life…

Readers love Celeste De Blasis:

Read it OVER and OVER. The pages were falling out.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

UNPUTDOWNABLE!… If I could give it more stars I would give it more!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“One of my all-time FAVORITE books!!!!!!!!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“Made me laugh, cry and feel all the range of emotions.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

My favorite book of all time.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“A week doesn’t go by that this book doesn’t pop into my head. A great story.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“I had a hard time putting it down and lost more than an hour or two of sleep.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“This book has an extra special place in my heart… A historical romance in the vein of Outlander (except without the time travel).” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I loved this book!… A great love story, and a book that you just don’t want to put down.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“One of my all-time favorites!… I smile, I cry, I’m sad to see them go.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Lots of love, lots of tears.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I just love it.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Excellent from beginning to end. I highly recommend.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Writer on The Shelf

Millions of readers have fallen under the spell of the lush, enthralling and bestselling novels by Celeste De Blasis. Tales of adventure and romance set against the sweep of history—all are storytelling at its finest. After graduating from Pomona College, Celeste devoted her life to impeccable research and spellbinding writing. A native Californian, Celeste grew up on the historic Kemper Campbell Ranch in the Mojave Desert, where she lived until her death in 2001.

The Storm Is Upon Us – Blog Tour

The Storm Is Upon Us is an impressive piece of research and a gripping read. Rothschild’s book reads like a thriller, with cliffhangers that leave you eager for the next episode. The trouble, of course, is that it’s not fiction.’ – The Times

‘An ideal tour guide for your journey into the depths of the rabbit hole that is QAnon, and even shows you a glimmer of light at the exit.’ – Cullen Hoback, director of HBO’s Q: Into the Storm

In 2017, President Trump made a cryptic remark at a gathering of military officials, describing it as ‘the calm before the storm’-then refused to explain himself to puzzled journalists. But on internet message boards, a mysterious poster called ‘Q Clearance Patriot’ began an elaboration all of their own.

Q’s wild yarn hinted at a vast conspiracy that satisfied the deepest desires of MAGA-America. None of Q’s predictions came to pass. But did that stop people from clinging to every word, expanding Q’s mythology, and promoting it ever more widely? No.

Conspiracy culture expert Mike Rothschild is uniquely equipped to explain QAnon, from the cults that first fed into it, to its embrace by Trump and the right-wing media. With families torn apart and with the Capitol under attack, he argues that mocking the madness of QAnon will get us nowhere. Instead, he argues that QAnon tells us everything we need to know about global fear after Trump-and that we need to understand it now, because it’s not going away.

Is the storming of the US Capitol a sign of where QAnon is going next?

This fascinating book is exactly what you have been looking for if you are someone who likes to be served a slice of contemporary cultural & political insight alongside your regular fictional reading. I got absolutely hooked by the first chapter and it’a already been snatched off me by Mr On The Shelf to enjoy as part of his holiday TBR list…

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You will definitely be intrigued at some of these ideas and wonder why they are not more widely discussed. Even if you’ve never really heard of Q Anon before, you will get drawn into this excellently comprehemsive insight into this global phenomenon and spend a LOT of time on Google afterwards, going down all the rabbit holes that it throws up. – It will definitely interest people who enjoy thinking about society from an alternative perspective and anyone who loves a conspiracy theory will love this book and find some new evidence that will fuel their interest here for sure.

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If you are fed up with fiction, why don’t you go for a palate cleanser and open your eyes to something completely different?You’ll be shocked at how much you start to rethink things you had taken for granted before and after reading this, I’m sure lots of people will be like me in thinking that we now have the technicolour version, rather than just seeing cotemporary politics through a black & white lens

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The book is set out in well-researched sections that provide you with much for for thought as you learn to open up your mind and realise that the way we are fed facts by the news channels might be leaving out just as much as it’s including… I found myself thinking about the book even ehen I’d laid it to the side and found its clear explanations and uncomplicated language really easy to read and got lost in it one sunny morning last week – before I knew it it was mid afternoon and I was absolutely hooked. There is a lot of fascinating stuff here and once I’d started, i just couldn’t stop…

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It was really interesting to consider how much my attitude changed towards certain events and personalities through reading this book and it’ll certainly shake things up at the dinner parties of the nation. This is a book you can dip into and will want to read aloud to people at many points as some of the insights here are just fascinating. I will definitely be using it at school and hopefully it will provoke a lot of discussion about perspective and the way we look at leadership, political reporting and the age of the ‘war on truth’

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I love reviewing non fiction and I’ve been sent some amazing non fiction reads on eclectic subjects from earthquakes to serial killers – but I do have to say I found this one of the most fascinating and informative reads of this year and it would make a fabulous gift as it’s as beautifully written as it is thought-provoking.

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Treat yourself to a copy here and enjoy a slice of this thought provoking and important take on the way the world operates in the present day. It’s a great read and will educate as much as it entertains. A five star Summer non fiction read for those who like a bit of edification with their holiday reading

Writer On The Shelf

MIKE ROTHSCHILD is a journalist, author, and the foremost expert in this ever-changing QAnon conspiracy theory.

He is a contributing writer for the Daily Dot, where he explores the intersections between internet culture and politics through the lens of conspiracy theories.

As a subject matter expert in the field of fringe beliefs, Mike has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and Yahoo – among many others.

He is also a frequent speaker, and podcast and radio guest on the topic of conspiracy theories, including NPR’s weekly show “On the Media” and a Vice documentary.

This Shining Life Blog Tour

For Rich, life is golden.
He fizzes with happiness and love.
But Rich has an incurable brain tumour.

When Rich dies, he leaves behind a family without a father, a husband, a son and a best friend.

His wife, Ruth, can’t imagine living without him and finds herself faced with a grief she’s not sure she can find her way through.

At the same time, their young son Ollie becomes intent on working out the meaning of life. Because everything happens for a reason. Doesn’t it?

But when they discover a mismatched collection of presents left by Rich for his loved ones, it provides a puzzle for them to solve, one that will help Ruth navigate her sorrow and help Ollie come to terms with what’s happened.

Together, they will learn to lay the ghosts of the past to rest, and treasure the true gift that Rich has left them: the ability to embrace life and love every moment.

Harriet Kline weaves together the voices of a grieving family and paints an achingly beautiful picture of love in all its forms: absent, lost and, ultimately, regained.

This Shining Life is coming soon in hardback

This Shining Life is an emotional and poignant novel about the importance of hope, the bonds of love that last through the worst of times and the joy of sunshine after the rain…

Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour for This Shining Life and it’s an actual tour today because I’m posting this from gorgeous Harrogate this morning. It’s wonderful to be visiting a place that I associate with great books by writing about a great book here that I’m sure that so many of you are going to absolutely love!

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I absolutely loved This Shining Life. It’s a warm and uplifting read that will genuinely tug at your heartstrings and make you feel like you’ve become part of Ruth & Ollie’s journey forward after losing Rich and I know that you’ll end it – like me – feeling aware of all the things in life that we have to be grateful for and glad to have had the opportunity to think about the things that shine in your own life, whether those are friendships, family or happy moments that you have managed to hold onto even after such a challenging couple of years…

Ruth was a fantastic character that you can totally believe in. When she hears the terrible news abour Rich, her devastation is an easy sentiment to connect with – I’m sure lots of you will sadly find much to relate to here and it’s a wonderful thing to find grief and dementia portrayed so truthfully and unsentimentally in a book. I am glad that more writers are daring to include such ‘taboo’ subjects as grief and loss in fiction and giving so many people an insight into the way that so many people have to cope with pain, loss and trying to carve a new pathway in life and it is handled so sensitively here that I’m sure it will resonate with a great many readers.

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Ruth’s resilence and courage is one of the best things about This Shining Life. But my favourite character undoubtedly was Ollie. His innocence and love of a good Sudoku make him feel 100% real and you will fall hard for him as his character evolves and grows across these pages. Ruth’s family is a fabulous cast of characters – from her domineering mother Angram to her father Gerald whose dementia is captured so empathetically – you really feel like you become part of this family as you read and I felt genuinely sad once I’d reached the final page and had to leave them behind.

Harriet Kline has written a book that’s going to touch a lot of people.  It presents a picture of the way that we survive, whether that is individually or as part of a wider family unit and realistically portrays the tiny victories and moments of sunlight that can permeate even the darkest days as we move through the seas of grief to find ourselves on an unfamilar shore.

'Treasuring, after all, was what life should be about'

This Shining Life is a wonderful read, you will definitely be touched by these characters lives and you’ll need more than a few tissues to hand to cope with Ollie’s heartbreakingly honest reflections on the loss of his father and I’ll be recommending this to lots of my bookish friends who I know love a book that deals with life in a thought provoking and emotionally open way.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to participate in the Blog Tour – I certainly enjoyed this read and it’s been an honour to be part of its story – I’m totally certain that it’s going to be an amazing success. Buy yourself a copy here and meet Ollie, Ruth and the family for yourself. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and honest book this year. A five star summer read that I won’t forget in a hurry.

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“A beautifully written and endlessly touching debut that’s sure to tug your heartstrings.”–Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

“Harriet Kline’s This Shining Life captivated me because it’s peopled with lovely and lovable characters who are all trying to solve the problem of grief. Ollie, at eleven years old, sees this equation in the starkest terms, but his mother, Ruth, Aunt Nessa, and grandparents are all struggling, too, following the death of Ollie’s dad, Rich. This beautiful book shows us that grief is not a problem to solve but an expression of love, as we watch a family come together in the most heartwarming way.”–Ann Napolitano, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward

“Poignant but never maudlin, sweet but never saccharine, This Shining Life gives us a heartbroken family, complicated and familiar in the best ways, going through the hardest of times but finding love and hope and, especially, one another.”–Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is

“Harriet Kline gifts us with an authentic child’s voice, and a sensitive exploration of not only the pain but the beauty of grief.”–Rajeev Balasubramanyam, author of Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

“Harriet Kline masterfully captures how differently grief can manifest itself in each of us, how all-consuming and life-altering it sometimes can be. I felt deeply for each of these characters as they embarked on their journeys through Rich’s illness and passing, and of course the aftermath. I loved Ollie and often wanted to reach through the pages to hug and comfort him. This story is sure to stay with me for a long time.”–Rhiannon Navin, author of Only Child

“An exquisitely beautiful and compelling novel about love, loss, and life.”–Rachel Joyce, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Benson’s Beetle

'An exquisitely beautiful and compelling novel about love, loss and life' Rachel Joyce

Writer On The Shelf

Harriet Kline is an author who also works part-time registering births, deaths, and marriages. Her short stories have won several awards and have been published with Litro, For Books’ Sake, and Short Story Sunday and on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Bristol, England, with her partner and two teenage sons. This Shining Life is her first novel. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

False Witness Blog Tour – Karin Slaughter

You thought no one saw you. You were wrong.

Leigh and her sister Callie are not bad people – but one night, more than two decades ago, they did something terrible. And the result was a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, devastated by violence.

Years later, Leigh has pushed that night from her mind and become a successful lawyer – but when she is forced to take on a new client against her will, her world begins to spiral out of control.

Because the client knows the truth about what happened twenty-three years ago. He knows what Leigh and Callie did. And unless they stop him, he’s going to tear their lives apart …

Just because you didn’t see the witness … doesn’t mean he wasn’t there.

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I have long been a fan of Karin Slaughter’s books and the Grant County novels have always been a feature of my holiday reading. I have spent many a long and sunny afternoon in the company of Sara, Jeffrey and Lena and they are one of my go-to’s when I’m in a bit of a reading slump as I feel that the setting and characters feel like old friends. I also adore the Will Trent series and always recommend these books when I find out that people haven’t read the yet. I love the skilful way that Karin draws you into her stories and immerse you right in the middle of the latest dramatic series of events without it ever feeling far fetched or unrealistic…

I really enjoy taking part in Random Things Tours as it definitely makes sure that my bookshelf is always crammed full of books that I can’t wait to read. False Witness was one of those books that I got totally caught up in as it was just what I needed to unwind with after a more than hectic term and I was so looking forward to it and enjoying it in beautiful Whitby as I sit out of the roof terrace with a glass of wine has been just the medicine I needed

I love novels that deal with family relationships and how sisters interact is one of the things that really grabs me in a novel. Callie and Leigh are sisters. But although they are connected by blood, their lives are unfolding very differently. Callie is a drug addict, who works part-time at a vet surgery where she steals maintenance level of drugs and sells them locally. Leigh on the other hand, is a defence attorney at a prestigious law firm, where she works hard in the wake of her divorce determined to be a good role model for her daughter. Callie and Leigh however have a huge secret in common. A secret that someone else knows, and could tear their lives apart if it ever comes to light…

As soon as I started reading it,  I wanted to find out how these family members’ lives would unfold and got totally caught up in this journey for them to outrun the horrors of the past. I loved the initial premise of this shared secret, but I found the rest of this story much more engrossing once I’d started: I find that Karin Slaughter is almost unbeaten when writing about trauma and the impact of the past. She is able to convey the pain and horror of really difficult events without it ever feeling sordid or exploitative and this novel was truly no exception.

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I also enjoyed the way that this novel allows us to see the reality of families and the complexity of relationships, rather than just skate over the surface in pursuit of plot that we are so often presented with in fiction and I think that this is one of the things that I enjoyed most about this book. When a case lands on Callie’s desk – defending a wealthy man accused of rape- she understands that this case could absolutely transform her career – but at what price? When she finally gets to meet the accused, she realises exactly why he’s chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And she also knows that he knows exactly what happened twenty years ago, and why she’s been running ever since. The only person who she can call on for help is Callie and she’s the very last person Leigh would ever want to be indebted to – But she’s definitely running out of both options and time as the past looks scarily like it’s going to catch up with her…

The way that Karin Slaughter builds in the layers to this story about what’s really going on beneath the surface and slowly develops our understanding of what is going on in the heads of these characters is convincingly done and leads to you feeling like you can really start to understand them as people. Callie’s pathway forwards is a terrifying one and we start to see things in a different way as she starts to reach back into her past and glimpse the horrors there and really start to understand what exactly lies behind the silence surounding the past.

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False Witness is a fascinating and immersive read as it takes us on a journey into the horrors of abuse, neglect and long held dark secrets whilst propelling us along with a gripping narrative that never lets go. It also feels horribly real as it’s unfolding within the time of covid and we see the characters struggle with masks, sanitising and distancing, just as we have had to. I was totally captivated by these characters and found myself thinking about their interconnected relationships and the way that the past can cast its shadow on the future and test us in ways we could never have imagined. I could not stop reading until I finished it far too late on Sunday night and I’m passing it onto my husband as I know that he’ll enjoy its fast paced plot and clever characterisaton.

I found myself thinking about these characters and the repercussions of Callie’s journey back to her past whilst walking around beautiful Whitby and thinking about it as I explored this stunning seaside town. I am recommending it to everyone in my Wine Library Book Club too. If you enjoy a gritty read with characters you can absolutely believe in then you will absolutely love this book. It’s dark, compelling and the tension just does not let up until its conclusion.

Treat yourself to a copy here and enjoy it yourself this summer.

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Praise for Karin Slaughter:

‘Gripping, gruesome and emotionally powerful, this is Slaughter doing what she does best’ Mail on Sunday

‘As sharp and absorbing as ever’ Guardian

‘Slaughter’s novel is both a page-turner and a protest about how often sexual violence is overlooked’ Sunday Times

‘I’d follow her anywhere’ Gillian Flynn

‘One of the boldest thriller writers working today’ Tess Gerritsen

‘Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled’ Michael Connelly

‘Passion, intensity, and humanity’ Lee Child

‘A writer of extraordinary talents’ Kathy Reichs

‘Fiction doesn’t get any better than this’ Jeffery Deaver

‘A great writer at the peak of her powers’ Peter James

‘Karin Slaughter has – by far – the best name of all of us mystery novelists’ James Patterson

‘It’s big, dark, rich, satisfying, and bloody – like a perfectly cooked steak’ Stuart MacBride

‘The queen of the explosive thriller’ Good Housekeeping

Writer On The Shelf

Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 21 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant NYT bestselling stand-alone novels PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and PIECES OF HER. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. Her stand-alone novel PIECES OF HER is in development with Netflix, starring Toni Collette, and the Grant County and Will Trent series are in development for television.



Twitter @SlaughterKarin

A Cut for a Cut – Damppebbles Blog Tour

DI Kate Young can’t trust anybody. Not even herself.

In the bleak countryside around Blithfield Reservoir, a serial murderer and rapist is leaving a trail of bloodshed. His savage calling card: the word ‘MINE’ carved into each of his victims.

DI Kate Young struggles to get the case moving—even when one of the team’s own investigators is found dead in a dumpster. But Kate is battling her own demons. Obsessed with exposing Superintendent John Dickson and convinced there’s a conspiracy running deep in the force, she no longer knows who to trust. Kate’s crusade has already cost her dearly. What will she lose next?

When her stepsister spills a long-buried secret, Kate realises she’s found the missing link—now she must prove it before the killer strikes again. With enemies closing in on all sides, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to bring them down. But time is running out, and Kate’s past has pushed her to the very edge. Can she stop herself from falling?

A big thank you to lovely Emma @Damppebbles for inviting me on the blog tour, I love a police series and I love Kate Young. I curled up on the sofa with it last weekend and couldn’t get up again til I’d finished…It has everything that I love in a series: interesting characters, a plot that zips along at a cracking pace and carries me along with it and a murderer that also feels very real. Why don’t you pick up a copy and discover Kate’s crime solving adventures for yourself?

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Am Eye for an Eye reintroduces us to Detective Kate Young. A determined and single minded woman, who has more than her fair share of troubles to deal with in this compelling and gripping read. The police invrstigation is as far from an open and shut case as it’s possible to be. Whenever I wasn’t reading it, I was lost in my head, thinking about clues. I was literally on the edge of my seat at times and it’s definitely not the book to pick if you are needing an early night as you’ll be loath to turn out the lights for sure you’ll be so caught up in the twists ans turns of this cleverly contrsructed and gripping read.

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I loved the way that Carol Wyer switches up the tension in this book as we start to think about the situation that Kate finds herself in. This truly is a situation where you are in between the devil and the deep blue sea and there is no right way to turn. This is deftly handled and the fact that Kate and her life feel so very ‘real’ makes this book seem all the more credible. This book feels really modern and you’ll be drawn in by how an ordinary life can be caught up in something extremely dark and disturbing on the flip of a coin. This book has you immersed in the unravelling situation from the get-go and she plays you so skilfully from the very first chapter. I hadn’t read a police based tale for a while, as I’d started to find them rather same-y – but this book felt different from the start and I very much enjoyed Kate’s tale and loved the fact that I definitely didn’t guess the ending…

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This is definitely a tension-filled read. The writing is skilful and fast paced and you will be up late trying to guess how this is going to work out and what Kate will do to try and solve this case, even as she is in a situation where she isn’t sure who to trust or even who has her back To say that ‘A Cut For A Cut’ is a great read is an understatement. I definitely woukdn’t advise piking it up if you’re after an early night! I found ‘A Cut For A Cut’ to be a real page turner of a read, which has definitely enticed me into reading more of Carol Wyer’s books!

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The cleverly maintained pace and characters that you can really connect with means that you’ll race through this book at a breakneck pace. I hate spoilers, so all I’ll say is that you won’t be disappointed. This is sure to please people who absolutely love a police novel and hope that you all enjoy it as much as I did. Buy yourself a copy here and brace yourself – you are plunged straight into the tale and you’ll barely want to come up for air once you’ve begun.

Buy yourself a copy and look at what these other fab bloggers have to say about this tense and gripping read – all I’m going to say is that if you have got anything planned for the next few days, defer it as once you’ve begun you won’t want to stop.

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Writer On The Shelf

USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer’s crime novels have sold over 900,000 copies and been translated into nine languages. A move from humour to the dark side in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost and proved that Carol had found her true niche. 

February 2021 saw the release of the first in the much-anticipated new series, featuring DI Kate Young. An Eye For An Eye was chosen as a Kindle First Reads and became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia. 

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr. Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy. When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth