Rewind, recap – weekly update w/e 02/04/17

So this weeks round up is a day early, in part because I have a blog tour tomorrow morning so didn’t want to clash scheduling. It is also because I want to get thoughts down on paper while my brain is still fuctioning (just) and to allow myself a full day of reading today. I have lots of books in my tbr this month which need to be read (blog tours) and are begging to be read (because I want to) so I best set to it…

This week wasn’t even remotely busy. Yeah right. I am not entirely certain what I have done with my time but apparently it was something. I do recall a trip to Dublin for a 1-1. That went well and I picked up the lease for our new depot so very fruitful too. Thursday saw me on a quick round trip to Leeds to see the depot and do a mini audit on vehicles. I lead such an exciting life.

I also did something very daft – I went on NetGalley. Dang it. I was doing so well. I have knocked off two books this week but this leaves me with 19 to read and review. No pressure but a little birdy has told me I’ll be picking up another this week so I really do need to get my read on.

No book post this week (definitely not a bad thing) but I did do some impulsive preorder (I blame Bookouture and Orenda) and, as I mentioned earlier, a bit of Netgalley surfing resulting in some very tasty finds.

Pre order wise I have stuck a few quid down on the following books.

The Man Who Loved Islands by David F. Ross

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Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

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The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

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The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher

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I told you. Bookouture and Orenda. They’re dangerous I tell you. Dangerous.

Netgalley wise I picked up these beauties: The Killer On The Wall by Emma Kavanagh; Time To Win by Harry Brett and A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

I am a very happy bunny but I must step away from Netgalley. Seriously…

Books I have read

LBLast Breath by Robert Bryndza

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Oh my life. I absolutely, absolutely loved this. Totally addicted. Couldn’t put it down. Completely resented work for getting in the way of completing and talk about nail-biter. I have gone beyong the quick and have bitten my fingers down to the knuckles. I am typing with stumps. Well… Not quite but it was bloody good. And if you want to know how good you’ll have to stop by my blog on the blog tour. In the meantime you can preorder the little beauty here.

KODKill or Die by Ann Evans

A vicious burglary goes horribly wrong when an elderly victim is killed and one of the burglars is injured.

In the detached house next door, Julia is preparing to leave her husband.  He has let her down for the last time and her bags are packed. Taking their eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, from her bed they set off in the fog.

But on this cold, dark night, fate steps in and these strangers collide.

When Vincent and Nash abduct the mother and daughter, and take them to a derelict house, the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, Julia’s husband, Ian, is distraught that his wife and daughter have left, and when the murder and burglary are discovered, suspicion falls on him.

For Ian, Julia and Lucy, life is about to become a nightmare.

Can Julia and Lucy escape from the twisted criminals?

What will Julia decide when the choice is –  kill or die?

This was quite a quick read and I managed to complete it during my commute to Dublin and back. Quick on the action and full of tension it is violent without being graphic and made for an interesting read. My full review will be published soon but you can pre-order the book here.

SCStranger Child by Rachel Abbott

One Dark Secret. One act of revenge.

When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.

Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.
Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis.
Emma’s life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?

When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.

They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they’re right.

Playing catch up on the missing Rachel Abbott books, I listened to the audio book of Stranger Child on my trips to the airport and Leeds last week. Again this is full of tension and menace and some of the descriptions of the hell young Tasha went through make for uncomfortable reading, or in this case listening. And Tom Douglas finds out a few home truths too. I still love this character but do feel for him after hearing/reading this. You can purchase a copy of the book here.

LTMLie To Me by Jess Ryder

How can you tell the truth… if all you’ve ever known is a lie?

Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother who abandoned her.

Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera?

The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?

To find the truth Meredith must search through a past that is not her own. The problem is, she’s not the only one looking…

Another brilliant book from Bookouture, this one is more of a slow burning and developing mystery than a tense action thriller but is still made for great reading. My review will follow in a couple of weeks as part of the blog tour. In the meantime, why not order the book for yourselves here.

So that was it for me this week. Four books. Not too shabby considering I am absolutely shattered after two long months of travel. Full week on the blog with some blog tours, some reviews and a whole lotta #booklove.

Blog Tour Review: The Lost Children by Helen Phifer

Blog Tour Review: Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett

Blog Tour Extract: Vengeance by Roger A. Price

#BookLove: Tracie Delaney

Blog Tour Guest Review and Author Post: Too Sharp by Marianne Delacourt

**Cover Reveal** – Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

#BookLove: Julie Ryan

So I’m at home a lot more this week with only one away day which is a brief day trip to Bristol. I am looking forward to the shortened commutes and the normal alarm calls at 06:30 – so much more civilised than the 03:00 ones. Blog is a little less busy this week too although I’ll still be entertaining (?) you all all week. I am on the Faithless blog tour tomorrow with a review of the new Oslo Detectives book by Kjell Ola Dahl.

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I’ll also be sharing more book love with the book crushes and greatest book loves of Chris Botragyi and Tracey Sinclair so I hope you’ll join me. I’ve been prepping some more book love this weekend as well as some guest posts for Spring Reading Week so today it’s back to the books. I’ve missed them.

Have a brilliant week all.

JL