#Review: Zenka by Alison Brodie @alisonbrodie2

Happy publication day to Alison Brodie, whose very funny new novel, Zenka, is released today. I read Alison’s last book, Brake Failure and loved the humour threading throughout the book, so when offered the chance to read Zenka, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Before we find out my thoughts on the book, let’s take a look at what it’s all about.

Zenka_Final_Amazon_1535x2500The Official Book Blurb

Devious, ruthless, and loyal.

Zenka is a capricious Hungarian with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knives and shotguns.

Jack discovers he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.

Zenka takes charges. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she will make Nicholas into the sort of son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!

Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.

As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:

How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?

And is Zenka really who she says she is?

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Rewind, recap: weekly update w/e 05/11/17

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One of those funny old weeks where, when I sit an think about it, nothing remotely interesting has happened. Oh … apart from me releasing a video review of Broken Bones by Angela Marsons as part of Bookouture’s vlog tour. Never done anything so terrifying in my life. What was I thinking agreeing to that one? I must be nuts and it’s not something I’ll be doing again in a hurry I don’t think. I’ve had more sleepless nights over that than anything else I’ve done of late, and I’ve plenty to stress me out at the moment, believe me. Still, we all survived the experience and I made Angie cry (I’m led to believe in a good way) so all is good.

I think.

All work, work, work for me this week as I’ve been office bound for most of it. This has meant I’m not quite as tired as usual (bonus) and have had quite a good reading week. I cleared down a whole … wait for it … 19 books!!! Yes. You read that right. NINETEEN. One-Nine. 19.

Admittedly, 14 of them were Mr Men, which in truth isn’t quite as impressive, but they are still books. And I am still reviewing them. Sort of. Ish …

Anyhoo – moving on. Book post wise I came home this week to a lovely surprise from Avon, three books celebrating their 10th Birthday. Totally unexpected and it did cheer me up on what had proven to be a very, very trying day. In my little bundle were Alfie, the Holiday Cat by Rachel Wells, An Orphan in the Snow by Molly Green and Henry, the Queens Corgi by Georgie Crawley, along with a lolly, pen and bag. Very happy blogger.

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On top of this I received my Mr Men for Grown Ups books and my copy of the new print of Murder on the Orient ExpressLoving my new books.

Netgalley wise – none. Not a sausage. See my restraint? Audible wise – nothing. Not me. Aren’t I being good? Amazon wise … well apart from the aforementioned MOTOE, and two of the four Mr Men for Grown Ups books, Mr Greedy Eats Clean to Get Lean and Little Miss Busy Surviving Motherhood –  well… I may have ordered a couple of books. Mr Men Dr Tenth (come on … it’s David Tennant as a Mr Man!!!); The Daughter by Lucy Dawson; Dark Skies by LJ Ross (I’m a character in it – I can hardly not …); and The Good Liar by Frances Vick.

Go me huh?

Books I have read

Mr Men & Little Miss – 14 of ’em. If you want to know more about them you can check out my reviews later this week or go look at the Amazon page right hereIf you want to see my review of Mr Happy and Little Miss Shy you can find it right here.

BSBad Sister by Sam Carrington

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When flames rip through their family home, only teenager Stephanie and her younger brother escape unhurt. Brett always liked to play with fire, but now their dad is dead and someone has to pay the price.

Now

Psychologist Connie Summers wants to help Stephanie rebuild her life. She has a new name, a young son and everything to live for. But when Stephanie receives a letter from someone she’d hoped would never find her, Connie is forced to question what really happened that night. But some truths are better left alone . . .

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B A Paris and Linda Green hooked till the final page.

What a book. I absolutely loved Saving Sophie, such a brilliant debut, and I have to be honest this was every bit as gripping but in an entirely different way. A completely devious and unnerving read, I’ll be reviewing the book later in the week, but for now you can order your own copy right here.

TPM.jpgThe Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne

Looking for your next unputdownable psychological thriller? Then try Abigail Osborne’s unmissable The Puppet Master, a stunning thriller full of twists and turns.

Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear.

Unbeknownst to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems. 

Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played? 

One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.

I’ve had this book in my tbr for a while. but with it’s re-release under the Bloodhound Books label, I’ve pushed it up my tbr and am so glad I did. A really twisted story, there are themes in this which will make skin crawl and nail-biting tension which will keep you hooked from start to finish. You can order your own copy right here.

TFCW.jpgThe Future Can’t Wait by Angelena Boden

The Future Can’t Wait is the emotive and compelling second novel from Angelena Boden, author of the gripping The Cruelty of Lambs.

Kendra Blackmore is trying to be a good mother and a good wife, as well as pursuing her pressurised teaching career. Then Kendra’s half-Iranian daughter Ariana (Rani) undergoes an identity crisis which results in her running away from home and cutting off all contact with her family. 

Sick with worry and desperate to understand why her home-loving daughter would do this, Kendra becomes increasingly desperate for answers – and to find any way possible to discover the truth and bring her estranged daughter home…

The Future Can’t Wait is a gripping story of a mother’s love, and the lengths we would all go to in order to know our children are safe.

What would you do if your adult child disappeared and you thought there was a chance they may have been radicalised  by an extremeist movement? That is the exact problem facing Kendra in this absorbing story of maternal grief. My review will be published next week but you can order a copy of the book here.

DDDying Day by Stephen Edger

Exactly a year ago, Amy, a young detective on Detective Kate Matthews’ team, was killed when she was sent undercover to catch a serial killer targeting young girls.

Kate never forgave herself for letting the killer slip through her fingers… 

As the case is reopened and the campaign to find the culprit begins again, Kate is told to stay well away, and for good reason: another girl’s body has been found.

Kate is determined to connect new evidence to the old to catch this monster before more innocent lives are taken. The trail runs cold when her prime suspect is found dead. But then why is the body count still rising? 

The answer is more terrible than Kate could possibly have imagined, and the killer so much closer than she thinks…

An absolutely heart-stopping crime thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, James Patterson and M.J. Arlidge.

Gripping, tense, nerve-wracking – all of the above apply to this, the second book in the Kate Matthews series from Stephen Edger. I’ll be sharing my review as part of the blog blitz, but in the meantime why not pre-order the book here.

HTP.jpgHell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night exposes a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?

I am an unapologetically enthusiastic fan of Rachel Amphlett’s work. I have been waiting patiently (?) for this book. Kay Hunter book four. Four!!! DId it live up to my expectations? Did it tick all of my action seeking, story lving boxes? Well … come back in a couple of weeks and I’ll tell you. In the meantime, order a copy right here.

That’s it. My 19 book reading week. Norra lot really was it? Busy week on the blog with a mammoth Broken Bones inspired post fest on Friday. You can catch up with my week at the links below.

Broken Bones by Angela Marsons – Prologue Preview

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan

Review: Puppy: Twelve Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg

BlogTour: Clipped Wings by Jennifer Gilmour

BookLove: Annie – The Misstery Book Blog

Review: Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell

London Noir by Ann Girdharry

Review: Merry Christmas Little Hoo by Brenda Ponnay

Review: Santa’s Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson

Review: Mr Men & Little Miss for Grown Ups

Broken Bones – The Review… A Teaser

Review – sort of. Broken Bones by Angela Marsons

Review: Broken Bones by Angela Marsons

BlogTour: The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

BlogTour: Killing State by Judith O’Reilly

Wowsers – was I really that busy. Go me…

The week ahead is slightly less hectic, thankfully. I have a couple of blog tours for Whiteout by Ragnar Jonasson, Into the Valley by Chris Clements-Green and Bad Sister by Sam Carrington, a little #booklove from Tracy Fenton and some more Christmas reviews including the Mr Men marathon. Do join me.

Hope you have a wonderfully bookish week all. Afterall the trauma of Friday’s video review, I’m going to go an lie in a darkened room.

Jen

#BlogTour: Whiteout by Ragnar Jonasson @RagnarJo @Orendabooks

It is a bitter sweet moment today as I have great pleasure in joining the blog tour for Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson, but great sadness in knowing this is the last in the Ari Thór and Dark Iceland series of books. My thanks go to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of the and to the publisher, Orenda Books, for providing an advance copy for review.

WOThe Official Book Blurb

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop?

With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier. As the dark history and its secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place.

Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.

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