Summer Reads, Suspense, Thriller, YA, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction

Summer Reads – Heartstream

Books to be swept away with this summer…

There are SO MANY great books around at the moment and so I’d like to share a few that I think are particularly exciting.  I’m not going to plop them all together in one post but give each the opportunity to shine in it’s own right…

Hold on to your hats… here are my summer 2019 recommendations.

HeartStream by Tom Pollock

Recommended for Older Teens/YA and above! 

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Here’s the synopsis:

I just wanted to see you. Before the end.

A taut psychological thriller about obsession, fame and betrayal, for fans of Black Mirror.

Cat is in love. Always the sensible one, she can’t believe that she’s actually dating, not to mention dating a star. But the fandom can’t know. They would eat her alive. And first at the buffet would definitely be her best friend, Evie.

Amy uses HeartString, a social media app that allows others to feel your emotions. She broadcasted every moment of her mother’s degenerative illness, and her grief following her death. It’s the realest, rawest reality TV imaginable.

But on the day of Amy’s mother’s funeral, Amy finds a strange woman in her kitchen. She’s rigged herself and the house with explosives – and she’s been waiting to talk to Amy for a long time. Who is she? A crazed fan? What does she want?

Amy and Cat are about to discover how far true obsession can go.

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Heartstream was published by Walker Books at the beginning of July and you can find where to buy it here (also your local indie will be able to get hold of it too if they don’t already have a copy.). It’s available in paperback, Audiobook and Kindle. This is one that is definitely on my summer reading pile and I can’t wait to get stuck in.  Review to follow…

ISBN: 99781406378184

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Read it already?  Please feel free to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Happy reading and I hope you have a fabulous summer!

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Adult Fiction, Summer Reads, Suspense, Thriller

Summer Reads – A Matt Wesolowski Triple!

Books to be swept away with this summer…

There are SO MANY great books around at the moment and so I’d like to share a few that I think are particularly exciting.  I’m not going to plop them all together in one post but give each the opportunity to shine in it’s own right…

Hold on to your hats… here are my summer 2019 recommendations.

I’m doing three books in one this time!  Because once you’ve read the first you won’t be able to stop… and why on earth would you!

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Book 1

Adult Fiction

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Here’s the synopsis:

One body. Six stories. Which one is true?

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby.

2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame…

As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.

A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.

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Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

Book 2

Adult Fiction

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Here’s the synopsis:

A family massacre. A deluded murderess. Five witnesses. Six stories.

Which one is true?

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 21-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the Macleod Massacre. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation.

As King unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and the mysterious black-eyed kids, whose presence seems to extend far beyond the delusions of a murderess…

Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both a classic murder mystery and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, that shines light in places you may never, ever want to see again.

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Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

Book 3

Adult Fiction

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Here’s the synopsis:

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.

Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is…

Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.

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All three books have been published in hardback by Orenda Books and you can find where to buy it here (also your local indie will be able to get hold of them too if they don’t already have a copy.). All three are also available on both Audio and eBook.

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Read them already?  Please feel free to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

 

Happy reading and I hope you have a fabulous summer!

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9+, Adventure, Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Middle Grade Fiction, Thriller, Witchcraft

Summer Reading – The Merrybegot

Books to be swept away with this summer…

There are SO MANY great books around at the moment and so I’d like to share a few that I think are particularly exciting.  I’m not going to plop them all together in one post but give each the opportunity to shine in it’s own right…

Hold on to your hats… here are my summer 2019 recommendations.

The Merrybegot by Julie Hearn

Recommended for Middle Grade (9+) & above…

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Here’s the synopsis:

In a remote west-country village, all is not as it seems. Rumours of bad magic and witchcraft are spreading. The piskies are whispering in the orchard and an ill wind is blowing. The fingers of blame are all pointing to Nell, the cunning woman’s granddaughter.
With the Witchfinder General on his way, Nell is alone, trapped, and in fear for her life. Who can she trust? And who will save her?

This amazing story has been reissued with a stunning new cover by Karl James Mountford for a new generation of readers to enjoy.

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The Merrybegot was first published in 2005.  Did you read it when it originally came out or are you new to it just like me?  The new cover design is stunning and will hopefully attract many new readers to this enchanting novel.  This new edition also includes reading notes and discussion points at the end.

The Merrybegot  was reissued by Oxford University Press in May and you can find where to buy it here (also your local indie will be able to get hold of it too if they don’t already have a copy.). It’s also available on eBook and Audiobook.

ISBN: 978-0-19-276958-9

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Read it already?  Please feel free to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Happy reading and I hope you have a fabulous summer!

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Adult Fiction, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Summer Reading – One Way Out

Books to be swept away with this summer…

There are SO MANY great books around at the moment and so I’d like to share a few that I think are particularly exciting.  I’m not going to plop them all together in one post but give each the opportunity to shine in it’s own right…

Hold on to your hats… here are my summer 2019 recommendations.

One Way Out by A.A.Dhand

Adult Fiction

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Here’s the synopsis:

A bomb detonates in Bradford’s City Park.

When the alert sounds, DCI Harry Virdee has just enough time to get his son and his mother to safety before the bomb blows. But this is merely a stunt.

The worst is yet to come.

A new and aggressive nationalist group, the Patriots, have hidden a second device under one of the city’s mosques. In exchange for the safe release of those at Friday prayers, the Patriots want custody of the leaders of radical Islamist group Almukhtaroon – the chosen ones.

The government does not negotiate with terrorists. Even when thousands of lives are at risk.

There is only one way out.

But Harry’s wife is in one of those mosques. Left with no choice, Harry must find the Almukhtaroon, to offer the Patriots his own deal.

Because sometimes the only way to save lives, is to take them.

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This is an absolutely gripping thriller.  I reviewed it recently as part of the blog tour  Read my thoughts here.

One Way Out was published in hardback by Bantam Press, an imprint of Transworld Books, in June and you can find where to buy it here (also your local indie will be able to get hold of it too if they don’t already have a copy.). It’s also available on eBook.

ISBN: 9781787631755

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Read it already?  Please feel free to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Happy reading and I hope you have a fabulous summer!

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Adult Fiction, Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Summer Reads, Suspense, Thriller

Summer Reading – The Path to the Sea

Books to be swept away with this summer…

There are SO MANY great books around at the moment and so I’d like to share a few that I think are particularly exciting.  I’m not going to plop them all together in one post but give each the opportunity to shine in it’s own right…

Hold on to your hats… here are my summer 2019 recommendations.

The Path to the Sea by Liz Fenwick

Adult Fiction

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Here’s the synopsis:

A sweeping multi-generational story set against the stunning Cornish coastline

Boskenna, the beautiful, imposing house standing on the Cornish cliffs, means something different to each of the Trewin women.

For Joan, it was a paradise where she could escape a world where no one was what they seemed.  Diana still dreams of her childhood there – endless blue skies , wide lawns and parties.  And for Lottie, returning to Boskenna is an escape from a life gone wrong in London.

As the three women gather in Boskenna for a final time, the secrets long hidden within the beautiful old house will be revealed in a summer that will leave them changed for ever.

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No matter where you are in the world Liz will whisk you away to the Cornish coast with this absorbing and atmospheric novel.  I absolutely loved it when I reviewed it earlier this year as part of blog tour.  Read my thoughts here.

The Path to the Sea was published in hardback by HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, in June and you can find where to buy it here (also your local indie will be able to get hold of it too if they don’t already have a copy.). It’s also available on Audiobook and eBook.

ISBN: 978008324612

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Read it already?  Please feel free to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Happy reading and I hope you have a fabulous summer!

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Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Crime, Fiction, Review, Summer Reads, Suspense, Thriller

The Closer I Get by Paul Burston

Today I’m delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Closer I Get by Paul Burston. I’ve been so excited to read this! It’s been calling me from my tbr list for some time now. I urge you not to delay though and go grab yourself a copy today. It’s brilliant!

Tom is a successful author, but for the first time in his life, he has writer ’s block. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her sick father and her social media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world collapses, whilst Tom is free to live his life again, and to
concentrate on writing. But things aren’t adding up. For Tom is also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he’s powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on.

A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological thriller, The Closer I Get is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk on the other side of a screen…

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There is a real buzz around this novel and oh my does it deserve it. This is surely one of THE psychological thrillers of 2019. The book that everyone would have (SHOULD HAVE) read. It is absolutely gripping and each and every narrative we have is totally unreliable. Even now, my mind is still racing, I’m not quite sure what I think of these characters and their side of the story.
Tom is a bestselling author, his second novel bombed and he’s feeling the pressure to come up with something spectacular for book three. Yet something sinister is brewing on social media, a place that feeds insecurities, egos and yet encourages relationships with complete strangers; allowing them into your life, into your home. Who can you really trust? Tom is, unfortunately, someone who is rather wrapped up in himself and tends to use and disregard those he allows briefly into his life. He soon learns that this careless attitude will soon come back to bite him.

I’m actually not sure who I felt sorry for at the end of this novel. It really hits on how social media can feed on mental health issues and how easy it is to invade someone’s life with devastating consequences. No longer is a figure lurking in the shadows required to fill us with dread and a feeling of intense unease. The internet has provided a whole new playground for those wanting to mess with our minds and even at times force us to question our own sanity. I found it an incredibly compulsive read, not knowing what was going to happen next but I could feel the atmosphere gradually increasing, as I watched Tom falling to pieces at the hands of Evie. There is definitely a touch of ‘Misery’ about this novel. Paul’s writing is smart and eloquent and his knowledge of music and literature seeps into the story. His characterisation is superb, to the point where I was obsessed with discovering what becomes of this group of characters.

Paul has captured a snapshot of our modern world perfectly with the issues of online trolls and witch hunts, as well as making us question freedom of speech and if there are actually any lines left to cross – it seems to be getting harder to distinguish the truth from a lie. The Closer I Get also highlights the danger we can place ourselves in when we engage with strangers who we know very little about. I’ve always found social media a very tricky space and try to be mindful that a comment once left is very difficult to remove, even after it’s been deleted. The damage is done in a nanosecond and what previously would have been only a drunken memory to cringe over has suddenly become something that snowballs and imprinted forever in our browser history.

This was a wonderfully intense and thrilling read. It’s left me with questions and a desire to read again right from the start to see the clues and try and distinguish what was real and what wasn’t. This is a fabulous summer read that will suck you in and keep you turning ‘just one more chapter’. A book to fall into and you won’t be able to climb out until you reach the final twist sitting quietly right at the brilliant, unforgettable end.

Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and to Karen at Orenda Books for my copy. Yet another scorcher from Orenda!

About the author

Paul Burston

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Paul Burston is the author of five novels and the editor of two short story collections. His most recent novel The Black Path, was a WHSmith bestseller. His first novel, Shameless, was shortlisted for the State of Britain Award. His third novel, Lovers & Losers was shortlisted for a Stonewall Award. His fourth, The Gay Divorcee, was optioned for television. He was a founding editor of Attitude magazine and has written for many publications including Guardian, Independent, Time Out, The Times and Sunday Times. In March 2016, he was featured in the British Council’s #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List 2016, celebrating “33 visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world”. He is the founder and host of London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon Polari and founder and chair of The Polari First Book Prize for new writing and the newly announced Polari Prize.

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Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Crime, Summer Reads, Suspense, Thriller

Call Me A Liar by Colette McBeth

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the nail-biting Call Me A Liar  by Colette McBeth.

You could say it started with vanity.

We believed we were special.

But the truth is we were simply vulnerable.

Months after landing their dream job, five brilliant young minds are sent on a remote retreat.

But when one of them disappears, they’re forced to question why they were brought there in the first place.

And for the first time in their lives, they realise too much knowledge can be deadly . . .

One of them is lying.
One of them is guilty.
No one is safe.

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Oh. My. Goodness!  This is a cracking thriller that had me gripped from the very first page. We begin with a sentencing but we don’t know who is stood before the judge, we only now that they are ruthless, callous and lacking in remorse.  And so it begins…

Joe and Libby are young, ambitious and in love.  They have both just graduated university with first class degrees and the world it quite literally their oyster.  Soon they are living the dream, sharing a flat and working for an up-and-coming new company that is hired my large corporate companies to hack into their systems in order to offer advice on how to increase their cyber security and make sure the wrong people are unable to hack in.

A small group of five new, young intakes are all working together but some have secrets that they’re desperate to keep hidden from the group and when they all take a trip to a remote location in Sussex for some group bonding things begin too fall apart and take a deadly turn.  Who can be trusted?  Colette’s brilliant storytelling leaves us questioning all the way through.

A stunning tale told through multi viewpoints that twists and turns leaving you grasping for the truth and never knowing who you should trust.  This is a engrossing read that left me unable to do anything else until the final page was turned.  There are some shocking twists in there too.  Go on, grab yourself a copy.  It’s perfect escapism.

Call Me Liar is published by Headline and is available in paperback, eBook and on audiobook.

Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this bog tour.

About the author

Colette McBeth

Colette-McBeth-authorColette McBeth is the critically acclaimed author of psychological thrillers, Precious Thing, The Life I Left Behind and An Act of Silence, which was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. Her new book, Call Me A Liar will be released in Spring 2019. Pre-order your copy now.

Colette was a BBC TV News television correspondent for ten years during which time she covered many major crime stories and worked out of Westminster as a political reporter. Prior to that, she was a news editor for Sky News.

Colette is a member of Killer Women, the female collective of crime writers.

You can visit Colette’s website here.

You can follows Colette on Twitter at @colettemcbeth

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