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Published by Bantam Press 26th January 2017

How far would a mother go to achieve perfection?

A doting mother or a pushy parent?

Karen Bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won’t be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte.
Bronte’s every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel. 
But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen’s husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point. 
Karen would know when to stop . . . wouldn’t she?

I wanted to read The Trophy Child as I have read What Kind of Mother Are You and The Mistake I Made. For me personally What Kind of Mother Are You was my favourite. I didn’t feel the same buzz with excitement reading The Trophy Child.
Karen and Noel each have been married before. Noel has a daughter, Verity by his first wife. Karen has a son, Ewan. Karen and Noel have a daughter Bronte, who seems to be spoilt having music lessons and dance classes and doing extra school work and whatever it takes to be top in everything. Noel’s daughter Verity is very different her grades are down and drugs were found in her school locker. Verity is having counselling she attacked her stepmother Karen and nearly strangled her to death. The family is coming to breaking point as verity and ten-year-old Bronte go out and Bronte disappears. Has Verity done something to her stepsister? Or is there another reason why Bronte has disappeared?





Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more.

Detective Inspector Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine-month absence.

A shadow her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case the terrifyingly brutal murders of Miranda and Stefan Harkness twenty years ago. The only witness was their eleven-year-old son, Jonathan, who was too deeply traumatized to speak a word.

Then a dead body is discovered, and the investigation leads back to Matilda’s case. Suddenly the past and the present converge, and it seems a killer may have come back for more.


So unnerving. Full of page turning murder suspense. Jonathan

Harkness parents were brutally killed in their beautiful home while their youngest child eleven-year-old Jonathan looked on in horror. When police arrived Fifteen-year-old brother Matthew Harkness was missing from the scene. Detective Chief Inspector Matilda Darke was reassigned to working on cold cases. Stefan and Miranda Harkness were murdered in 1994. The Harkness case was being reviewed. After Jonathan Harkness parents were murdered he didn’t speak for a very long time after. It appeared that Jonathan never made a statement after his parents brutal murder. People seem to die around Jonathan. His parents, his brother, his boss and his neighbour.

One novel from a very talented author that I recommend. I will be reading more books by Michael Wood. 

Published by Killer Reads




There’s a storm brewing.

BOOM. That’s the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help.
 James Cal Callahan has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed—until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident.  Cal convinces Gina, the arrestingly to return to base beautiful bird-watcher to return to base camp and help him escape the island.
But when Gina finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off. Does she place her trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?
I read this in paperback by Hodder and totally loved it. There is a storm brewing in this story all right! I found Darkness very suspenseful. Dr. Gina Sullivan watched a pair of rare eagles disappear into the gathering storm clouds, when she see a small plane descending towards the sea. Battling the waves with her boat, Gina set off rescuing a man from the stormy sea. He could be dangerous. Their eyes locked. There was no mistaking his eyes were hard. Brutal. Deadly. Darkness has it all as a thriller-romance. I recommend Darkness to readers that like a smart tense novel.





Published 17th November 2016 by Allison and Busby

A bright June morning. A mother and daughter are run over and killed on the road to Uppsala. Was it an accident or deliberate attack? That same morning the deceased woman’s husband also disappears. He recently bought a property in the Dominican Republic, but when a macabre discovery is made in a nearby forest it becomes clear he hasn’t departed for sunnier climes.
It is up to Inspector Ann Lindell to piece together the clues and motives that tore this family apart.
I can see why Kjell Eriksson has been nominated for the best Swedish crime novel. I couldn’t put Stone Coffin down.

It broke my heart Emily was born and the very next day her grandmother died. Every anniversary of her death they walked to the church and laid flowers on her grave. Tragically when Josefin Cederen and Emily was on their way to the church they were both run over and killed. Was it an accident or was it done deliberate? To add to the twist on the same morning that the mother and daughter were killed in a hit and run, Josefin’s husband went missing. The story is quite sad as Josefin was pregnant when she died. Can the story take more twists? Josefin’s husband had a lover. Inspector Ann Lindell is leading a murder investigation. Did the husband kill his wife and child? If he did what would be his motive?

Next I would like to read Open Grave by Kjell Eriksson.



A shocking story about a fifteen-year-old girl and the man who took advantage of her.
“You might as well know from the start, I’m not going to tell on him and I don’t care how much trouble I get in. It’s not like it could get any worse than it already is. I can’t. Don’t ask me why, I just can’t.” When Nina finds out that her fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is pregnant, her world falls apart. Because Scarlet won’t tell anyone who the father is. And Nina is scared that the answer will destroy everything. As the suspects mount – from Scarlett’s teacher to Nina’s new husband of less than a year – Nina searches for the truth: no matter what the cost.
Amanda Brooke is one of my top favourite authors. I was over the moon when I was contacted by Harper Collins to host the blog tour. I was really glued to this story as I love reading anything by Amanda Brooke and specially as this was one my favourite subjects, I love reading about a domestic psychological thriller. Single mother Nina is blissfully happy as she meets another man and gets her chance to get married to him. But Nina’s world is about to fall apart when she finds out that her 15-year-old daughter Scarlett who is still at school and is pregnant. It’s a bit more complicated than anyone can ever imagine as Scarlett is pregnant by a much older married man. The question is who is the married man that Scarlett is keeping a secret? At least now I can go to sleep as I have found out who the wicked man is that had sex with under age Scarlett. The Affair has to be my favourite by Amanda Brooke. Fans of Amanda Brooke You need to order your copy now your love it. Anyone who has never read any of Amanda Brooke’s  buy The Affair and I am certain that you will become a fan of Amanda Brooke.
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PUBLISHED December 1st 2016 by Head of Zeus
As heart-warming as it is heartbreaking, this novel is unputdownable.
The nurses of Lovely Lane – Dana, Victoria, Pammy and Beth – are now in their second year and are about to face some truly harrowing and difficult times on the wards.
St Angelus needs a new assistant matron, but the members of the Liverpool District Hospital Board have overruled Emily Haycock and Dr Gaskell in their choice. Enter the mysterious Miss Van Gilder from somewhere down south.
The life of St Angelus is soon disrupted as her proposals turn the running of the hospital upside down and threaten the jobs of the domestics and porters. But Miss Van Gilder harbours a dark and dishonest secret, and the staff – who are used to looking after their own – set out to uncover it.
Will they do so in time, before her meddling begins to affect the morale of the nurses and put the lives of their patients in danger? For one very sick little boy, especially, it will be touch and go.
I loved reading The Children of Lovely Lane. It is very addictive with characters that you care about. Book 2 is an extension from book 1 but you could read both of them as a stand alone.
Dr Gaskell treated Emily’s mother when she had TB. Emily had no idea that while she was working in St Angelus, Dr Gaskell had been watching her. Emily worked her way up through the nursing ranks of St Angelus. Emily was surprised when she got a letter from Dr Gaskell saying that when he retires he would like to leave knowing that St Angelus would be in good hands and nothing would please him more than to see Emily established in the role of assistant matron. It’s time for a new generation to take care of the patients and everyone who works at St Angelus.
So beautifully written. I recommend Nadine Dorries books to everyone.
Nadine Dorries took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions.
As an MP how do you divide your time to write novels?

I have to be quite strict about my diary and make sure no one takes a knife to my writing time. I start at 6 and have the first two hours of the day to myself. That is so important to me and I write all day Sunday and during recess. I couldn’t do it thought when I had children at home. My youngest daughter left for university and I simply used the time I used to spend shopping, cleaning and chauffeuring to write.
What inspired you to write?

Loneliness. Acute empty nest syndrome. I suppose I needed to replace the endless chatter of my youngest and having been told many years ago by a teacher that it was something I could do, I had a go.
How do you start planning and writing your books?

 I think it’s fair to say, my ideas are all rooted in my background. I was fortunate to have been brought up in an Irish Catholic community in Liverpool. It was an experience rich in personality and anecdote.
Where do you sit to write?

I know it’s a bit naughty, but I quite often write in bed in the early morning. I have a snug with a log burner that I sit in in the winter and obviously, my office. The rest is done in the move. I drink endless cups of tea, but the morning is strict. Tea first, followed by the first Nespresso with breakfast and then a second Nespresso. It’s a routine I stick rigidly to.

What do you like writing the most, a trilogy or a standalone?

I don’t mind what I wrote, trilogy or stand alone. I just hope that whatever I wrote is a good story.

Tell us about The Angels of Lovely Lane and The Children of Lovely Lane

The Angels series is about four nurses who embark on their nurses training in Liverpool 1953. I obviously draw extensively on my own background and nursing experience. The girls come from very different backgrounds. As with all my writing, amongst the humour, there is a very serious story. It is also set in St Angelus not long after the establishment of the NHS and the new era of life in post war Britain. I like to think that it is also a social commentary on the times.

What is the last book that you have read?

 I recently read Conclave by Robert Harris and I totally loved it.
What book is by your beside table?

  His Bloody Project, shortlisted for the 2016 Booker, is on the bedside table.
Marmite do you love it or hate it?

 Marmite. I can take it or leave it, seriously!




Beneath the Ashes published by Legened Press 3rd October 2016 

The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.
When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.
Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.
Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?
I am so glad that Jane Isaac is back again with the lovely publicity team at Legend paper back books. What I like about Jane Isaac’s writing is that she makes all her books so simple to read and follow, with crime scenes that are very convincing. You can imagine the scene with smoke in the valley, blanketing surrounding fields, it hovered above a brick-built barn like hefty clouds in the clear blue sky. A resident was woken by the smell of smoke. A body was found beneath some fallen debris on the floor of the barn. Was Evan Baker killed first and planted in the barn? Nancy Faraday remembers waking up on the kitchen bloodstained floor alone and her boyfriend missing. Could somebody have knocked her out and abducted Evan? The police failed to trace anyone who knew Evan Baker. But he did have a distant sister who he hadn’t spoken to in quiet a few years . Was he really such a private person, or did he have something to hide?


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