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A Presence of Absence (the Odense Series Book #1 Paperback Amazon £9.99

A Presence of Absence is the first book in The Odense Series. Although this is a solid crime novel, it also begins and ends with grief for many of the characters, personal demons and life decisions.
A gritty murder case gets in the way of the characters’ everyday lives and sends the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish city of Odense, into a panic.
British detective Simon Weller escapes the fallout from the recent suicide of his Danish wife, Vibeke and heads out to her home city of Odense. But once there he is paired up with a local detective, Jonas, who is also about to his rock bottom in his home life, and they must overcome their differences and personal problems to try and catch one of the worst serial killers Odense has ever seen.
The case takes them back into past decades as history starts catching up with some of the local inhabitants. When Simon realises that his wife’s suicide may not be all it seems and her name appears in the cas, his integrity within the case is compromised, how far will he go to find out the truth of Vibeke’s past and hide it from his already troubled police partner?
Back home in London Simon’s family are struggling with their own web of lies and deceit and the family is falling apart.
With one family hiding a dark secret, the whole case is just about to reach breaking point. 
My review
Sorry but I have to be truthful

 I am doing the blog tour for this book. I was sent a proof to read. what I am unhappy about is the fact that in this proof copy there is no blurb about this book inside the cover or on the back cover. I have had to turn to goodreads for the blurb of this book to add on my book site. I wasn’t even sent an information sheet about the book or the authors. I do love reading short books and I really enjoyed reading this story a little. I did however like the fact that A Presence Of Absence has only 253 pages.



The Escape Paperback £5.99 Waterstones 

Sometimes there’s nowhere to hide

 “Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.
The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.
What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.
No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.
I bought my own copy. C.L. Taylor is one of my favourite authors. I seem to be able to get into any psychological thriller book that C. L. Taylor writes. I follow C.L. Taylor on Goodreads and I signed up to her website about a year ago. 
C. L. Taylor is one of the most friendly authors that I have experienced. I look forward to reading the next book that she has published.



Summary Justice – Benson and De Vere (Hardback) £16.99 Amazon

The last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson she was a law student on work experience. He was a twenty-one year old, led from the dock of the Old Bailey to begin a life sentence for murder. He’d said he was innocent. She’d believed him.
Sixteen years later Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmonger’s in Spitalfields. That night she walks back into Benson’s life. The price of his rehabilitation – and access to the Bar – is an admission of guilt to the killing of Paul Harbeton, whose family have vowed revenge. He’s an outcast. The government wants to shut him down and no solicitor will instruct him. But he’s subsidised by a mystery benefactor and a desperate woman has turned to him for help: Sarah Collingstone, mother of a child with special needs, accused of slaying her wealthy lover. It’s a hopeless case and the murder trial, Benson’s first, starts in four days. The evidence is overwhelming but like Benson long ago, she swears she’s innocent. Tess joins the defence team, determined to help Benson survive. But as Benson follows the twists and turns in the courtroom, Tess embarks upon a secret investigation of her own, determined to uncover the truth behind the death of Paul Harbeton on a lonely night in Soho.
I really enjoyed this courtroom drama by John Fairfax.

William Benson, son of a Norfolk fisherman, is a barrister with a different. He has a murder conviction of his own. It should have been an ordinary Saturday evening in November. When twenty-one-year-old William went to the Bricklayers Arms in central London with his then girlfriend, Jessica. She described William as thoughtful and considerate. On that same evening Paul Harbeton had just done his night shift at a hospital and he went to the Bricklayers Arms Paul shoved William at the bar and spoke to William abruptly. William wasn’t happy and he protested verbally back. At the end of the evening William and Jessica left the premises together but Jessica went one way and William went the other. Judge Rigby tells the court that William waited for Paul and struck Paul from behind and killed him. William is sentenced to eleven years and he wouldn’t be free until he is thirty-two. But he swears he innocent. The question is do you believe him?

John Fairfax is the pen name of William Brodrick who practiced as a barrister before becoming a full-time novelist. 


Published by Little Brown on 2nd March 2017


Good Me, Bad Me Hardback Amazon £6.49




Annie’s mother is a serial killer.

The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.

But out of sight is not out of mind.

The secrets of her past won’t let Annie sleep, even with a new family and name – Milly.

As a team of experts prepare Milly to face her mother at a trail, she must confront her past. A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be.

But Milly’s mother is a serial killer.

And blood is thicker than water.



Good Me Bad Me is for fans of quality psychological suspense and reading group fiction. If you want to read a terrific psychological thriller, then Good Me Bad Me should be first high on your list.

I only read paperbacks or hardbacks. I don’t read any digital format of books, but I first read Good Me Bad Me as my first download on netgalley to read and didn’t gel with reading online. Never again will I be downloading from netgalley.

Now I have bought Good Me Bad Me in hardback I took it all in and couldn’t let go of the book. Every character, every word, every sentence and every chapter was just brilliantly written.

I just couldn’t believe that Good Me Bad Me is the very first book that Ali Land has written. I’m not going to go into detail of what this story is about as so many reviews have already been written about this book. But what I will say is I am now a fan of the new author Ali Land. Roll on for her next book. I’m now following Ali Land on Goodreads. Highly recommend this sensational novel.





Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden.
Best friends since the first day of school.
Best friends, they liked to say, forever.
But now they are in their thirties and real life – husbands, children, work – has got in the way. So, resurrecting their annual trip away, Joni has an idea, something to help them reconnect.
Each woman will write an anonymous letter, sharing with their friends the things that are really going on in their lives.
But as the confessions come tumbling out, Joni starts to feel the certainty of their decades-long friendships slip from her fingers.
Anger. Accusations. Desires. Deceit.
And then she finds another letter. One that was never supposed to be read. A fifth letter. Containing a secret so big that its writer had tried to destroy it. And now Joni is starting to wonder, did she ever really know her friends at all?
I bought my own paperback on amazon UK
This is my first book that I have read by Nicola Moriarty. I totally loved every page of The Fifth Letter. I thought the idea was amazing, fresh and different.
Four best friends since the first day of school. Best friends, they liked to say, for ever. Now in their thirties with husbands, children and work. 

The four friends decide to go away together. While all the women are away, Joni has an idea to help them reconnect with each other. She actually think that it would be a good idea if each one them was to write down one thing that they want to share and one secret. Each letter will be anonymous none of them will sign their names. One of the four letters will be picked out and read at different places they go and discuss what one of them have written. Tricky to keep your mouth closed while everyone is talking about what you want to share and your locked up secret that is now out in the open up for discussion.

One of the women finds in the fire part of another letter which would have been the fifth letter. One of them must have decided not to have their letter be read out for some reason and have destroyed it and done another letter in its place to share. But which of the four women did that first letter and destroyed it? And why did they change their mind and write another letter? Who is hiding something?
Now I know why this book is named The Fifth Letter. I’m looking forward to Nicola Moriarty’s next novel. I will now be following Nicola Moriarty on Goodreads.


This is Now

Paperback £7.78 Amazon

An ordinary Monday. at an ordinary bank, in an ordinary town. There was no way of knowing what was about to happen.
Afterwards …
The first thing Martha thinks about is having a drink. There are six reasons why she shouldn’t; she wrote them down over a year ago. Two of the reasons are the same. A name. She didn’t think she’d ever see him again.
Roman,  a fourteen year old Polish immigrant, is on the run. From the police. From Jimmy and his gang. He understands now, what it means to be caught between a rock and a hard place.
Tobias,  old and alone, lies in a hospital bed in Dublin where the memories of Dresden are insistent visitors.
And for Cillian, the detective investigating the robbery, the past is like a current, pulling him back, reminding him of all he’d had. All he’d lost.
Each of the four is running from the moments that brought them here. To a place where the past cannot be undone and the future cannot be known.
A place called now.
Inside the bank
The front door burst open and two men dressed in black, wearing balaclavas over their faces, rushed inside, locked the door. pulled the blinds. Both were carrying guns. 


This Is Now by Ciara Geraghty is my favourite book so far by her. I personally liked it because the author put a scene of crime in the opening. The story starts off very scary with a bank robbery on an ordinary Monday. There was no way that anyone would have known that something like that could happen in just an ordinary town. The three gunmen had their faces hidden behind a balaclava. They told everyone the bank workers and customers in the bank that they had disabled the panic-button system before they arrived. We are taken through more about the bank robbers and how the frightening ordeal being held at gun point, in to how it effected some of the characters.



White Lies and Wishes Paperback £3.85 Amazon

What happens when what you wish for is only half the story…?

Flirtatious, straight-talking Jo Gold says she’s got no time for love; she’s determined to save her family’s failing footwear business.

New mother Sarah Hudson has cut short her maternity leave to return to work. She says she’ll do whatever it takes to make partner at the accountancy firm.

Bored, over-eating housewife Carrie Radley says she just wants to shift the pounds – she’d love to finally wear a bikini in public.

The unlikely trio meet by chance one winter’s day, and in a moment of ‘Carpe Diem’ madness, embark on a mission to make their wishes come true by September.

Easy. At least it would be, if they hadn’t been just the teensiest bit stingy with the truth…

With hidden issues, hidden talents, and hidden demons to overcome, new friends Jo, Carrie and Sarah must admit to what they really, really want, if they are ever to get their happy endings.


I have read quite a few of Cathy Bramley books. White Lies & Wishes is awesome it’s my favourite book by Cathy so far.
Three women meet at a funeral on one winter’s day.
Abi and Frederic Lafleur were both still young, they had their lives in front of them. After the funeral of Frederic, Abi was going home to an empty house.
At the funeral some women meet. They make a bucket list of wishes.
Jo Gold says she has no time for love as she runs a small family business and runs seven shoe shops. How us girls just love shoes and may well wish that we ran a shoe shop business.
Sarah Hudson and her husband live in Rose Cottage. With the arrival of baby Zac her head was filled full of extension plans. Her wish was to be made partner in the accountancy firm were she works. Carrie Radley was an odd one she had no job or no kids. What did she do all day? Carrie wishes to wear a bikini in public in the summer. The bucket list of wishes is that they all have to make their own wishes come true themselves.
Ladies you will love this book as so much happens it really is a delightful up to date story.


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