Marie Laval

This is Marie’s second book of 2021 and is most definitely on fire! Below Marie talks about her inspiration behind Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cover…

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Thank you very much, Claire, for having me on your blog today to talk about Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove, my latest contemporary romantic novel released by Choc Lit UK on 22nd June. I am a slow writer and as usual it took me over a year to write this story but I remember perfectly the three things that inspired me.

There was the photo of a yellow mobile library on a deserted road in the Highlands that an author friend posted on Facebook. I am not a very brave driver at all and I just couldn’t imagine driving a vehicle that size on narrow, winding roads in the middle of nowhere, but mobile librarians do it all the time, and they really are a lifeline for remote communities. It really does annoy me tremendously that the work librarians do is far too often unappreciated and unrecognised, and that so many libraries were closed these past few years. We used to have a small library in my village where children stopped on their way back from school. Sadly, it has now gone…

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Regarding the setting of the story, I knew I wanted an island, and read quite a number of books regarding the Hebrides, including the wonderful A Drop in the Ocean by Lawrence MacEwen about his family, his life and his work on the Isle of Muck. I finally chose the Isle of Skye with its glorious, breathtaking landscapes… but don’t try to find Arrandale, Mermaid Cove or Daniel McGregor’s ruined castle on a map of Skye because I made them up!  

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Finally I was very much inspired by a television series about the brave and selfless men and women volunteers at the RNLI. These people dedicate their time and risk their life to rescue people at sea, and yet are incredibly humble and modest. I have so much admiration for them.

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HappyDreamsAtMermaidCoveFINALFrom the big city to a little yellow mobile library on the Isle of Skye … 

When Jenna Palmer agrees to the new position of mobile librarian on the tiny Arrandale peninsular of the Isle of Skye, she knows she’s signing up for difficult working conditions and mediocre wages. But Jenna needs to get away, and a little yellow mobile library called Buttercup could be her escape to happier dreams …

However, whilst Jenna can get to grips with foggy island roads, local mermaid legends and even big purple monsters, she never expected to have to contend with a boss as grumpy as Daniel McGregor, or a young book lover as enthusiastic as his niece, Katrina.

Arrandale might represent Jenna’s safe port in a storm, but could she and Buttercup also become a beacon of hope to Daniel, Katrina and the entire island community?

 

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Book Review: Widow’s Island

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Stephanie Miller is an average working mom. She isn’t perfect, but when her war hero husband dies and her work as a scientist puts her in news headlines, her past laid bare for all to see, she’s determined to make a new life for herself and teenage daughter, Amy. But she fears it’s only a matter of time before the biggest mistake of her life is revealed.

As Stephanie and Amy take refuge on a remote island in Washington, it feels like they’re learning how to live again. But then they come home to graffiti on their garage door, there’s no escaping the hate online, and Stephanie is sure someone is watching from the shadows outside their house.

When someone close to Stephanie is murdered in cold blood, she knows her worst fears have come true. Someone knows the truth. And she must become the fighter her husband always knew her to be if she is to protect her daughter, and everything left in the world that she loves.

An absolutely nail-biting thriller from bestselling author, L.A. Larkin. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Gregg Olsen. An addictive, unputdownable, up-all-night read

 

My Thoughts

This is an atmospheric read, being trapped on an island, your best friend has been killed and someone is intent on ruining your life and now there is someone out there that wants you dead!

Stephanie and her daughter Amy moved to the island after their husband and father died thinking that it would be a place of sanctuary. Amy has never wanted to move in the first place and is pleading to return to the life she once knew, but things are slowly starting to work out between the two when they start to take a turn for the worst.

This book deals with two subject’s serial killers and internet trolls, it isn’t hard to believe that there really is a company out there who you can pay to troll someone online and make all their past mistakes comes back and haunt them. Sometimes I wonder if these sorts of people work from the worlds media companies because if you’ve done something bad in your past they will find it. (Noel Clarke, when all his past tweets where found, various other reality tv stars that have said something bad in the past and ended up leaving the show.)

I found it really difficult to find an old tweet of my own the other week… so imagine if your being paid to do this and have the right equipment and know how to do so. Could any of those offices I walk past on a daily basis be hiding something more sinister inside….

Then there is the FBI agent who has been chasing a serial killer for years until he vanished and now he is suddenly back on the radar, there is no way he will let him get away this time…

I really enjoyed this read and would recommend it, because it’ll leave you wanting more and more until you get to the end and then your left wondering how you are going to fill that book void in your life.

Thanks to bookouture for the ARC of this A Widow’s Island in exchange for an honest review.

 

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L.A. Larkin is a crime-thriller author, published by Bookouture. Her latest novel, Widow’s Island, is now available for pre-order and is described as “an absolutely nail-biting crime thriller with a heart-pounding twist.”
She is also the author of Prey, Devour, Thirst, and The Genesis Flaw and she writes a funny dog detective mysteries under the pseudonym of Louisa Bennet.

Lee Child described Widow’s Island as, “Fast and immersive – a really fine thriller”
C.J. Carver described Widow’s Island as, “Dark and menacing, Larkin’s characters are heart-wrenchingly real”
Peter James, “Intrigue in spades”
Marie Claire, “‘Written with pacy cinematic style, this chiller thriller will reel you in” (Thirst)
Good Housekeeping, “Brilliant!” (Devour)
James Phelan, “‘L.A. Larkin is a world-class thriller writer”
Literature Works, “Exciting, original and utterly captivating” (Devour)
Bookseller + Publisher, “Exciting, compulsive reading” (The Genesis Flaw)

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Friday Fictioners – Not just for fighting fires #flashfiction #FridayFictioners #FireService

 

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I knew as soon as my pager went off it wouldn’t be good. I had just sat down with the family for lunch and the dreaded thing went off.

So rushing out of the door into my car almost forgetting my head if it hadn’t been screwed on.

We all arrive at the station in record time and rush to get ready to save the day, that’s until the boss turns in “No need to rush boys, I am surprised you didn’t notice it when you arrived”

Someone pressed the wrong peddle on their car again while reversing again!

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When I saw this picture it immediately reminded me of an incident where I live,  The supermarket is situated opposite the fire station where my husband works. The picture below is from the supermarket to the fire station so you can tell the supermarket is higher and it’s not the first time someone hasn’t put there hand break on and rolled down the bank.

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NB: The fire service probably wouldn’t have been called out for the above.

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Audio Superstar! Helen Keeley

I was so excited when I signed with Ruby Fiction and I learned that all my books would be also be in AUDIO! The characters that I had spent ages creating and day dreamed about would be brought to life! I almost cried happy tears when I heard James’ first line being read in Perfect Lie! Along with lots of the other PC Nikki Haywood, Adam Coulthards and Hannah immediately come to mind.

So when A Silent Child went through the process and I got a date from Ruby Fiction I contacted the audio team at Isis Audio asking for Helen Keeley again! Due to the amazing work she did with Perfect Lie!

To celebrate the release of A Silent Child audio I got the chance to send Helen some questions about her work, her favorite character and Eastenders!

 

I loved what you did with Perfect Lie, where do you start when you’ve got a new audio book to narrate?

Well thank you very much! It was really fun to narrate and when I was prepping, it kept me guessing all the way through. 

When I get a new book, I prep by simply reading, and as I go I highlight all the characters in different colours and keep a few notes if the author gives hints about their voice or demeanour, anything that will cause an impact or a distinction for the listener. It’s always important to look out for accent mentions as well, as you might have to polish up before you start recording.

Having just narrated A Silent Child how did you prepare to narrate the book having already narrated the first in the series.

It’s always great getting to do a series because you’re revisiting old friends. For A Silent Child, I got the studio to send me Perfect Lie and went through the recording rechecking and creating voice notes for each character so I could refer back to them if I needed whilst recording the new book.

Who has been your favourite character in the Lisa Carter Series to narrate, why?

You know what, I think DI Chris Jaokson is so great. He’s just a decent guy but fallible and seems to always get left in the dark a bit, as the reader we always know a bit more than the characters in this series, but he just keeps going until justice is served!

You have narrated books by some of my favourite authors Stolen Sisters and The family by Louise Jensen, Safe House by Jo Jackman and now A Silent Child. Out of all the books you have narrated which ones have been your favourite.

 I really love narrating audiobooks and each one brings new characters and new challenges. I’m going to have to be very diplomatic and say I can’t choose! My leisure reading is normally fantasy books so the fact that I get to narrate across all genres is a real treat.

Do you have a favourite genre to narrate.

A lovely segue, you must be a writer! Haha! I think it might be fantasy and science fiction because I get to do so many weird and wonderful voices and that’s what I enjoy reading outside of work. Although, saying that, those character choices can be quite hard on the voice so variety is key!

I noticed you have your own home audio studio, how have you found having to work from home for the past year.

I’ve been very lucky, that I had my home studio ready to go and that there has been work to put in it over the past year. When you record from home, you have to be narrator and audio engineer, even though it gets proofed and edited by the studio when you send it, you have to keep an ear out for bumps and clicks, neighbours mowing their lawns! It is very handy but I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be back in studios now, there are some very talented and efficient engineers out there and I am more than happy to concentrate on the narration. You can get a little stir-crazy in the booth for full days just listening to yourself for 8 hours!

How long does it take for you to narrate an average novel.

Different studios have different ways of recording but I would say it takes around 3 days to record an average novel.

You have an impressive stage and screen career where do you prefer to be on stage, on the television or narrating an audiobook.

 It’s a bit trite to say I love it all isn’t it? They feel quite different. I will always love being on a stage, who else gets to end their working day with people applauding them?! Screen always feels very cool, although you wait around for ages and you don’t get to see your final performance for ages. And with voice-work, you get to play characters you never would in vision, like DI Chris Jackson, he’s a man for a start, so not really my casting. I think stage might just edge it, but by the smallest of margins.

 

What was it like being on EastEnders.

It was really fun, I used to watch it when I was younger so going into the Queen Vic and meeting the cast was a real buzz. They work so quickly there, it’s a well oiled machine; they have four shows to get out a week so they have multiple scenes running on multiple lots and use multiple cameras on one scene so they can get all the angles they need. On other screen work, it’s slower and shots have to be set-up individually.

 

 

Do you ever get the time to read for enjoyment and if so what are you reading at the moment?

Not at the moment! The pandemic has meant that voice work has been in high demand so  if I’m not recording, I’m prepping the next book. But I’m a true book lover and have piles and piles to get through. I recently finished ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernadine Evaristo which I loved profoundly and has stayed with me. I’ve recently been recommended and bought ‘Girl A’ by Abigail Dean and ‘The Confession’ by Jessie Burton and I’m also reading the new ‘Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth’ by Philip Pullman. Phew…maybe I should take a break.

Thank you Helen, this has been a really interesting interview 🙂

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Book Review: The Source @SultoonSarah @OrendaBooks

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1996. Essex. Thirteen-year-old schoolgirl Carly lives in a disenfranchised town dominated by a military base, struggling to care for her baby sister while her mum sleeps off another binge. When her squaddie brother brings food and treats, and offers an exclusive invitation to army parties, things start to look a little less bleak…

2006. London. Junior TV newsroom journalist Marie has spent six months exposing a gang of sex traffickers, but everything is derailed when New Scotland Yard announces the re-opening of Operation Andromeda, the notorious investigation into allegations of sex abuse at an army base a decade earlier…

As the lives of these two characters intertwine around a single, defining event, a series of utterly chilling experiences is revealed, sparking a nail-biting race to find the truth … and justice.

My Thoughts

In my bedside table in the bottom draw buried at the bottom safe from the world is a book called “I Let You Go” by Claire Mackintosh, if I owned The Source  in paperback that exactly where this book would be going I usually read books and then take them to a charity shop or pass them onto friends but not for books like this, they need protecting…

This is an equally heart-breaking book, that explores some of the worlds most uncomfortable subjects Child abuse, grooming, trafficking and when those who are a position of authority abuse their status.

This book is set over two time periods and two characters called Marie and Carly, Carly a young girl who is struggling to look after her younger sister and alcoholic mum while her brother is away with the military and Marie who has worked her way into working in a newsroom. Where she is on the front line of breaking news stories and in the scrum to break the story before another newsroom gets there first. Sarah’s knowledge of how the newsroom and the media work shines through in Marie’s storyline.

There is so much more I want to say about this book, I just don’t know where to start or how to put my feelings into words except this has been one of those books I feel needs protecting from the world.

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Happy IWSG Day!! – January 2021 #IWSG @TheIWSG

Insecure Writers Support Day!

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Every 1st Wednesday of the month we all come together to support each other in our writing endeavors. You can join the blog hop by clicking Here

We all looked after by Alex Cavanaugh and his trusty co hosts are Louise – Fundy Blue ,Jennifer Lane,Mary Aalgaard,Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

So here we are again…

Book two is pretty much ready to go, I have a title and have seen cover designs, book  two edits have also been harder so god help me with book three…

Started to become very disheartened with it all tbf, I don’t think I care anymore. 😦 So how am I expected to write / finish book three I will never know.

My health has also been pretty shite,  the headaches are back with reverence! and the everyday toll of real life has been difficult….

Sorry I am not very positive about everything….

Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

I have made some friends from blogging but alot of those have been crossed over from social media fellow author Lucy Mitchell and Lesley Budge to name a few.

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Jen Garner tries her best to be ‘wife and mother of the year’. She helps organise school plays and accompanies her husband to company dinners, all with a big smile on her face.
But Jen has started to receive strange gifts in the post … first flowers, then a sympathy card.
It could just be a joke; that’s what she tells herself. But then the final ‘gift’ arrives, and Jen has to question why somebody is so intent on shattering her life into pieces …

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Top Books / Authors of 2020

This year has been pretty strange as I am sure everyone can agree. I have also been reading more again as I have been working from home and needing to find away to separate the two.

I have read fifty books and there has been some outstanding reads! This time round I wanted to do things a little different and highlight some amazing books i’ve read this year, but still take the time to acknowledge the greats that keep putting out amazing books that I have read this year @mredwards came back and gave us all what we had been asking for the completion of the Magpies storyline. I was relieved to be about to read an @callytaylor book and not feel totally rung out afterwards and it was named after my most favourite thing in the world Sleep! Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction wrote another fab book The Family which I finally managed to read. Angela Marsons @WriteAngie kept up the strong Kim Stone story line when I read Blood Lines, I just wish I managed more than one of her books a year!

So on to notable books I’ve read this year…

First off to stop him hogging three separate spots is Matt Wesolowski @ConcreteKraken 

The review for Deity can be found HERE while reviews for the other two and the rest of the series can be found HERE 

The Nowhere Child

 

The Nowhere Child by Christian White @CWhiteAuthor took me by complete surprise and I really enjoyed reading it! This wasn’t the typical missing child story and the reveal at the end was totally unexpected.

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Three Hours by Rosmund Lupton @Rosamundlupton there had been a lot of chatter about this book when it was released. So I was really keen to read it and was over joyed when I didn’t have to wait for the paperback when the kindle price came down. There is alot of reference in this book to Macbeth that made me wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I was up on story and references. There is also a lot of “after reading” with this book if you are interested in finding out more about some of Amerian school shootings.

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Shaddow Man an What Lies Buried by Margaret Kirk @HighlandWriter

I won both of these books from the author during Virtual Noir At The Bar, and DI Luka and his team have now become a firm favourite of mine for 2020. These books are very atmospheric and not to be missed for Scottish crime fighting.

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A surprise addition to my reading this year As Weekends Go and If I Ever Doubted You by Jan Brigden @JanBrigden

Both these books felt like they were giving me the inside track on life as a famous footballer and the girl next door that ultimately fall in love. This isn’t a “love story” and offers something far different from your typical romance book. I felt myself cheering for on the characters in these books and I am crying out for more from Jan in this genre.

The Moscow Whisper (Sean Richardson, #3)

The Moscow Whisper by Michael Jenkins @FailsafeQuery has continued his high standard of writing. I raced through this book like I had done with the previous two making sure Michael keeps his standing in my top reads of 2020.

Instructions For Falling In Love Again

Instructions For Falling in love again by Lucy Mitchell @LucyMitchAuth another book completely away from my genre. This is such a nice book and had me sobbing into the night. It is just a nice book about people failing in love after loss and people turning there life around for the better.

Reckoning Point

Reckoning Point by J M Hewitt @JMHewitt like Mark Edwards above J M Hewitt finally gave us a follow on from the Exclusion Zone. It was so good to find out what what happened to the characters and brought alot of the stories to a final satisfactory close. Will there be more to come from Alex Harvey and Ellen? Who knows.. Also I got round to listening to Exclusion Zone on audio and it was everything I remembered and more… SOB SOB SOB when hearing it brought a whole new “feeling” from when I read it in a Spanish airport coming home from our cruise.

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A Killer’s Wife and The Hallows by Victor Methos @VictorMethos I read the neon lawyer ages ago, so was happy to read more of Victor’s work. I was also super excited when one of the above books was on Amazon first reads! I have a secret love from legal thrillers and Victor’s books scratch that itch.

Good Samaritans (Detective Sergeant Pace, #1)  Nothing Important Happened Today (Detective Sergeant Pace, #2)  Hinton Hollow Death Trip (Detective Sergeant Pace #3)

Good Samaritans, Nothing Important Happened Today and Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver @will_carver I may have slightly cheated here and listened to these on audio, but would definitly read them when given the chance. Reading them at times did pose the question of is Will Carver okay? Does he need urgent physiological help? Though if you can’t write it all in a novel where else can you do it? I do prefer that he is writing it thought…

Stone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2)

Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear @CazziF I’d had this one on my shelf for a while and was so glad to get round to reading it. Though I have missed the first one in the series I will be most certainly be reading more about Cat Kinsella and her questionable past.

Stay Mad, Sweetheart

Stay Mad, Sweetheart by Heleen Kist @hkist is a #MeToo / #Timeup novel and is most certainer one of my books of 2020, with it’s strong female cast and important themes. I felt that this book is SO IMPORTANT in today’s society that as soon as I read it I past it on for someone else to experience! I really hope there is more to come from Heleen because if her writing continues at this standard she is bound to go far.

The Source

The Source by Sarah Sultoon @SultoonSarah I still need to write a review on this, but I have no idea how I am going to manage it. As there is so much that needs to be said about this book…

Dead Man’s Daughter (DI Meg Dalton, #2)

Dead Man’s Daughter by Roz Watkins @RozWatkins continues along the same path that her debut The Devil’s Dice laid. A terrible crime but there was no way that super natural forces could be in play or could they? I am eagerly awaiting her third book Cut to The Bone that I brought just before Christmas! If Roz continues along this path I know I am going to love it.

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors by Sadie Ryan @The__SadieRyan  is a book I raced through as the sense of panic ramped up until I couldn’t turn the pages any quicker! A great story about family and what people do to protect what they love and what people will do for revenge.

A Deeper Song (D.I. Hannah Robbins #6)  See No Evil (D.I. Hannah Robbins #7)

A Deeper Song and See No Evil by Rebecca Bradley @RebeccaJBradley my Nottingham crime writing sister? Once again Rebecca has taken her lead character Hannah and made her life hell and with each book it seems to be getting worse. When I felt that Hannah’s life had finally settled down wham! Rebecca comes in there and goes “don’t be stupid” I’m going to make things 10 times worse and 100 more time interesting.

I wrote a review of all of Rebecca’s books HERE with her books being such an inspiration to my attempt at Nottingham crime writing.

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2021 reads

I am really looking forward to more from Noelle Holten @NHolten40 I have her next two books lined up to read Dead Perfect and Dead Wrong.

Sharon Bairden’s @SBairden’s Sins of a Father on my book shelf which will most certainly be read.

Sam Carrington’s @Sam_Carrington1 The Missing Wife.

Roz Watkin’s Cut to the Bone, and more great reads from Team @OrendaBooks

And no doubt some great reads from my publishing family!

 

Book Review: Deity @ConcreteKraken @OrendaBooks #Book5

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A shamed pop star
A devastating fire
Six witnesses
Six stories
Which one is true?


When pop megastar Zach Crystal dies in a fire at his remote mansion, his mysterious demise rips open the bitter divide between those who adored his music and his endless charity work, and those who viewed him as a despicable predator, who manipulated and abused young and vulnerable girls.

Online journalist, Scott King, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the accusations of sexual abuse and murder that were levelled at Crystal before he died. But as Scott begins to ask questions and rake over old graves, some startling inconsistencies emerge: Was the fire at Crystal’s remote home really an accident? Are reports of a haunting really true? Why was he never officially charged?

Dark, chillingly topical and deeply thought-provoking, Deity is both an explosive thriller and a startling look at how heroes can fall from grace and why we turn a blind eye to even the most heinous of crimes…

My Thoughts

There is so much I want to say about this book, and I don’t even know if I can begin to write down my feelings for this book other than you need to read it!

There is so much linkage in the story to, todays happenings in the “celebrity” world and as I read this novel I could help but make comparisons to what we know about Jimmy Saville, Michael Jackson and Ian Watkins (Lost Prophets.)

Matt uses the memories we have of our “heroes” and plays on what we * think * we know and leads us down a dark avenue of deception, secrecy and the costs of fame and what we * can * have when we’ve got the world at our feet.

I am of the generation of “nu metal” and I have felt comforted by the songs of Lost Prophets. “Its not the end of the world” is my song I bring out once a year when we get super busy at work, I can probably sing most tracks on “fake sound of progress” I also made the mistake of reading the trail transcripts when Ian Watkins was sent down. At the beginning I felt that it wasn’t the other three members of the bands fault but….

Michael Jackson was (possibly) comparing himself to god by the end of his career he was coming back! With a tour and new albums before he died (side note: I thought the touring company killed him for insurance purposes because they knew he couldn’t deliver)

And as for Jimmy Saville he prayed on those who were in care, and common how many of us wanted to go on “Jim’ll fix it” and a lot of what he was up to didn’t come out till after his death and many of those who were in charge of such vulnerable people looked the other way.

Matt seems to have taken all of these examples and possibly many more and created a story around a “pop star” and his rise to fame and then death and all the things that we learn during the course of the book he was doing / said to be doing.

Scott King’s voice in the podcasts comes across like we are listening to our mates speaks, Scott comes across as someone who is seeking the truth and won’t let himself by swayed by the stories he hears from either side of the camp and when the final reveal is made like in all the other stories, he makes the right decision and does the right thing never mind the consequences. But our main character has been like this all the way through the books, even when he started to be trolled early on in I think book 2.

This is all to the credit of Matt’s writing and his use of characterisation in the stories he tells.

When we reach the last story and we learn the truth I sort of felt that those who create the “monster” are the only ones who can bring them down which is very true in many scenarios but with how this book is written and the characterisation use, we know the decision is left ultimately to the Podcast author Scott King.

Matt is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and this book is up there with Changelling, though I didn’t cry as much at this one, you will be glad to know. What I also like about Matt is when I start his book I don’t feel like I want to cry because I will never be that good. Which is certainly how I feel when I read some of my other favourite authors… Which I think is to his credit he is good but he doesn’t make me feel like I’ll never be that good!

Matt is one of the powerhouse authors at Orenda who continues to deliver a new style of telling a story whose style can’t be copied because it’s original and different and if it was we would immediately know it was no doubt Matt who has inspired the work…

I wrote a review of all of Matt’s books up until this one as part of my Book Series post, which can be found HERE!

WHY CAN WE NOT GET THESE BOOKS ON AUDIO VIA THE LIBRARY? They’d be borrowed I know that for sure! 

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Book Review: Whispers In The Dark @cmacwritescrime @RedDogTweets #ErikaPiper #Book2

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Who will heed the call when Death comes whispering?

Small time drug dealer, Marcus Stone and DCI Clive Burston had never met until one night in August. By the end of that night, both had been shot dead in a small bedroom in the heart of gang territory.

DI Erika Piper is called to the scene but is at a loss to explain what’s happened. How did these two even meet, let alone end up dead in what appears to be a strange murder-suicide?

As Erika leads the investigation, another two bodies are found, killed in a similar fashion. One murder, one suicide. But who is controlling this macarbre puppet show?

As Erika delves deeper into the lives of the dead, the pieces begin to fit together and a number of nefarious characters crawl out of the woodwork – one of whom is almost certainly pulling the strings.

A catastrophic event and a personal miracle threaten to derail the investigation. Erika must find the strength to continue, before the whispers catch up with her too…

My Thoughts:

Chris McDonald’s second book reads like his fifth!

All the main characters are back including Erica, Lewis and DCI Bob.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to find this book when I learned it was about such a powerful  subject of depression and suicide in all honesty I felt sick with nerves and almost gave up before I even started! But I’m glad I didn’t as the subject and it’s suffers are handled very well and with the utmost care and respect.

Not wanting to spoil it for anyone but I’m not sure i agree with some of the things that happened to our main characters but I am sure Chris has it all planned out…

To me this book didn’t feel like a second, Chris has come along way since a wash of black that sometimes takes authors years to achieve not their second book out!

Really hope there is more to come from Erica sooner rather than later!

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Happy IWSG Day!! – December 2020 #IWSG @TheIWSG

Insecure Writers Support Day!

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Every 1st Wednesday of the month we all come together to support each other in our writing endeavors. You can join the blog hop by clicking Here

We all looked after by Alex Cavanaugh and his trusty co hosts are are Pat Garcia,Sylvia Ney,Liesbet @ Roaming AboutCathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!

I really do not understand how the months are going so quick! I missed last month so I had better write something for this month. As I don’t want to lose my top 100 spot.

So I am currently working on my second round of edits! I have also been promoted at work, so all in all everything is good!

I have managed to also get on some what with book 3, I have changed my position for writing, so I have been sat in bed with the laptop which has kinda worked! Also put it all back on scrivener as it seems easier to find things using that compared to word!

My simple answer to the montly question is no, so there probably no point me posting about it…

I hope everyone is doing okay 🙂

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 Perfect Liebook cover

Jen Garner tries her best to be ‘wife and mother of the year’. She helps organise school plays and accompanies her husband to company dinners, all with a big smile on her face.
But Jen has started to receive strange gifts in the post … first flowers, then a sympathy card.
It could just be a joke; that’s what she tells herself. But then the final ‘gift’ arrives, and Jen has to question why somebody is so intent on shattering her life into pieces …

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