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The Break Marian Keyes

Review by Suzanne

A Must Buy Must Read

The Break Marian Keyes

Hardback published by Penguin

Amy’s husband Hugh has run away to ‘find himself’. But will he ever come back?

‘Myself and Hugh . . . We’re taking a break.’

‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’

If only.

Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her.  He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in South East Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet…

However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then so is she…

My Review

Mariane Keyes is one of my favourite authors. It doesn’t matter what story she tells in her novels I am always totally booked out with my reading schedule glued to the story. I absolutely loved reading every page of The Break. As readers should know by know one of my favourite subjects I like to read about is fiction marriage problems.  Here’s the problem poor Hugh needs to take a break from his marriage to Amy and the kids, but to matters worse he only wants to go to swanning of to South East Asia for six months. Yes I say poor Hugh as I feel that men can’t take what happens in life like us women have to hold everything together. For men everything just falls apart. So Hugh is off for a break for a whole six months. What if he doesn’t come back? I’d have put my foot down hard telling him he can’t just leave me and the kids for six months. Seems like husbands can walk all over their wife and do whatever he wishes too, but of course a wife can’t possibly go jetting off any where, she’s the children and the home to look after. But Amy sees it as letting Hugh go to save their marriage. In my view what’s good enough for any husband is good enough for a wife. If Hugh is on a break then so is Amy, right?  The question is will Amy see it that way?  All the characters are bold as life and real joy to read about and I truly mean that. I loved every word, ever sentence, ever chapter. For me The Break was so much fun to read with serious scenes. I couldn’t even pick out my favourite line as I loved all the funny lines. The Break should be at the top of your list to read with very funny lines to chuckle over.

About Marian Keyes

For over twenty years, Irish novelist Marian Keyes has been writing best selling, funny and astutely observed contemporary fiction. A Waterstones reader’s favourite, her first book, Watermelon, became a runaway success.


Cover reveal Seven Seconds Lisa Compton

Review by Suzanne

I’m thrilled to announce that Perpetuity Publishing’s second title, Seven Seconds, will release in December 2017. I would also like to thank Perpetuity books for inviting to be part of the cover reveal today.

Seven Seconds by Lisa Compton marks the debut of a thrilling paranormal crime series.

Olivia Osborne, a forensic psychologist and former FBI agent, is blessed (or cursed depending on who you ask) with unique gifts. Olivia is able to sense what others cannot–the spiritual presence of those who have “crossed over,” as well as the living who are influenced, or some cases possessed, by evil. The passing of her beloved Gran was the catalyst Olivia Osborn needed to leave the FBI behind and return to her native San Antonio. But a familiar evil has followed her home. 

When a series of brutal murders rock her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, Olivia is pulled into the investigation despite her plans to leave that part of her life behind. What if she isn’t supposed to run? What if she was always supposed to stand and fight?

Seven Seconds will launch in December 2017 through all major retailers in eBook, paperback, and hard cover formats.

About the author Lisa Compton

Lisa Compton knew she wanted to be a writer in the fourth grade when her teacher read one of her stories to the class. Lisa has spent more than two decades in healthcare. Away from the hospital, she spends most of her time writing about things that keep her up at night in the company of at least one cat. She lives in her adopted home of San Antonio, Texas with two of her three children.


My Mother’s Shadow Nikola Scott Blog Tour

Review by Suzanne

My Mother’s Shadow by Nikola Scott

Paperback published by Headline 21st September 2017


Hartland House has always been a faithful keeper of secrets…1958.

Sent to beautiful Hartland to be sheltered from her mother’s illness, Liz spends the summer with the wealthy Shaw family. They treat Liz as one of their own, but their influence could be dangerous…


Addie believes she knows everything about her mother Elizabeth and their difficult relationship until her recent death. When a stranger appears claiming to be Addie’s sister, she is stunned. Is everything she’s been told about her early life a lie?

How can you find the truth about the past if the one person who could tell you is gone? Addie must go back to that golden summer her mother never spoke of…and the one night that changed a young girl’s life for ever.

My Review

The first thing I noticed while reading My Mother’s Shadow, is how beautiful everything  is described. I really felt like I was right there in the house of secrets. This story fascinated me with all the family history. I must say that I particularly loved a certain line describing the moon….Or maybe it’s the moon that has made people giddy tonight, the way it hangs in the sky as if pinned there, low above the stables and bursting full with a strange orange light. This just goes to show how skilled Nikola is in writing scenes. I personally can’t hardly believe that this is Nikola Scott’s first novel. My Mother is so very precious to me that I cried as Addie’ mother died by being hit by a Lorry. The twist had me glued to the pages when Addie finds out that she has an older sister she hadn’t even known she had. I want to keep the rest of the story hidden away. For me I found that this story is one of the most enthralling, heartbreaking books that I have read in quite some time. There is the mysterious story of a lost child, a mother’s secret, and one golden summer that changed a woman’s life for ever. I highly recommend My Mother’s Shadow because it has it all . A perfect summer. A young woman in love. And a shocking secret kept for decades. I’m looking forward to Nikola Scott’s next historical novel and contemporary story, which is set in the late 1930s A group of friends come together for a last glorious country house weekend at Summerhill, a beautiful, remote estate on the Cornish coast.  I’m in for this next novel as  I am sure it will be another beautiful read. Find my review on Amazon Goodreads Waterstones

I would like to thank Headline for inviting me to host My Mother’s Shadow blog tour

Nikola Scott was born and raised in  Germany and studied at university there. Having been obsessed with books from a young age, Nikola moved to New York City after her master degree to begin her first job in book publishing a career in which she could fully indulge her love of fiction. She spent ten years working in publishing in New York and then in London, editing other people’s books, before she decided to take the leap into becoming a full-time writer herself. She now lives in Germany with her husband. My Mother’s Shadow is her debut novel.


Review by Suzanne


Sleeping Beauties: A chilling serial killer thriller from the critically acclaimed author – An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery. 

Paperback Quercus


The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers.

In five places.

Five graves.

A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

A week later, a gruesome discovery is made in the woods at Ireland’s most scenic beauty spot – the valley of Glendalough. The bodies are all young women who disappeared in recent years.

D.I. Tom Reynolds and his team are faced with the toughest case of their careers The race is on to find Fiona Holland before she becomes this serial killer’s latest victim.


A must buy must read. I loved reading every page of Sleeping Beauties. Jo Spain certainly has now become one of favourite authors, and I am now following her closely on goodreads and Twitter as I really don’t want to miss her next book. I think most of us women have been there in a relationship with a man who is violent or know of a friend who has had a violent boyfriend or husband.  I know I have been in a violent relationship with a boyfriend in my teenage years, just like Fiona in this story.  I thought in my teens my boyfriend would changed just like Fiona Holland did, but unfortunately a violent man never changes. In Sleeping Beauties to matters worse here Fiona Holland is missing and the police are searching for her. The police draw many conclusions about as to where Fiona could be. I love reading about how the police have to carry out an investigation when a body is found and about their personal life. I particularly liked reading about Sean McGuinness who was up until very recently a Chief Superintendent of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigations until his wife June had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.  Tom Reynolds with Detective Sergeant Ray Lennon are sent to a scene in the woodland where a young woman’s body has been found where they expecting it to be missing Fiona. The pathologist Moya Chambers will have to do the brave task of doing a full post-mortem to determine the cause of death and the exact period of death. While the police were searching the area of the woodlands a grim discovery is made when five graves are found for five bodies. It appears that Fiona Holland is still very clearly missing, and now five graves have been found, it seems that quite frightening enough there’s a serial killer operating in Ireland. With an exciting plot and interesting characters, I really grade Sleeping Beauties as an urgent read.


Monster Michael Okon

Review by Suzanne

Monster Michael Okon published October 15th 2017

WordFire Press

Welcome to the scariest place on earth

wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parent’s divorced, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his stepfather, Carter White, either. A friendly rivalry with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker about which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high school quarterback. But everything changes when wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of the scariest place on earth, Monsterland.

wyatt, Melvin, and Howard Drucker find themselves dragged deep inside a groundbreaking theme park where they can interact with the monsters of their dreams.

with real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong? #MONSTERLAND

My advice watch out for Monsterland 2, coming out in 2018

About Michael Okon he is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller,horror, action/adventure and self-help.

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Jeopardy Surface Sheri Leigh Horn

Review by Suzanne

Jeopardy Surface by Sheri Leigh Horn

published by Perpetuity Publishing

Geographic profiler Regan Ross may be a rising star in the FBI’s Behaviour Analysis Unit, but her personal life is a different story. As a dark anniversary looms, old traumas surface into troubling new ways. She won’t be able to hide the sleepwalking and weight loss from her sister Erin, the heart surgeon who knows best. Her personal problems take a back seat when a mutilated body is discovered in rural Maryland. Ritualistic signatures and a geocache of taunting clues thrust Regan into a harrowing search for a killer.

Further complicating matters, when visiting forensic psychologist, Sheridan Rourke, presents a lecture featuring closed cases from Northern Ireland, Regan makes a chilling connection between an older series of murders and the Maryland case. Convinced the Belfast strangler is hunting women on the Chesapeake Bay, the two become unlikely partners and Regan discovers the psychologist’s past may be as haunted as her own.

A gripping read. An immersive and thoughtful account of an FBI agents professional and personal travails. I just love reading stories with an FBI involved, reading about their professional life and what goes on in their personal life.

A few lines from the beginning of the book.

November 14 Triangle, Virginia

Fog rolled and shifted like a living thing, prolonging my confusion. Cold wet. Dark. A streetlight’s feeble yellow glow illuminated the Tahole and Jeep parked in the driveway. My driveway. Great, that explained where, but certainly not how or why. I’d been in bed, mentally clicking through a macabre slide show, my version of counting sheep. I must have fallen asleep, but my body felt too heavy to be dreaming. How I gotten from my bed to the front yard? My sleep patterns hadn’t exactly been normal lately, but somnambulism was a new one.

Star Treatment

I have so far traveled to Madrid in June, Velencia in July and I got back from Barcelona yesterday in September . I always fly by using easy jet. Not once have they taken off on time on leaving gatwick and returning from Spain. The only reason I fly with easy jet is that the flight are affordable. Well we can’t all be like the rich and famous with owning our own private plane.


So how do the famous like Brad Pitt, Taylor Swift and Lewis Hamilton fly? They are now among those who are making London Luton the top spot for their exclusive planes. And when it comes for them to leave the celebrities hang out in the Signature Flight Support lounge of the private jet terminal of course. With complimentary food and drink. Not like the rest of us in the airport we have to que for ages just to get a sandwich!!  All the celebrities can check in, go through a dedicated security screening and that’s not all they even have their carry-on carried on for them. Unlike us we struggle with suitcases and handbags. Wait for this when the celebrities plane is ready, they’re chauffeured by limousine right to its door.

The good news is that easy jet has teamed up with the people behind this elite lounge to make it available to its customers departing from Luton airport. For people wanting that luxury experience it most certainly seems a lovely way to start a romantic honeymoon. I’m not quite sure if you’re get dedicated security screening and your bags carried on for you with the limousine to the aircraft door . But hey we might not be Hollywood superstars, but you may feel like one.  A bit of luxury once in a while does us the world of good.

Have you ever seen someone famous at airport? I most certainly haven’t.

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