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Fulfilment by Anne Stormont

The Blurb

The path of true love rarely runs smoothly…

When former Edinburgh police detective Jack Baxter met local author and crofter Rachel Campbell on the Scottish island of Skye, they fell in love. It was a second chance at happiness for both of them.

They both had emotional baggage. Jack helped Rachel cope with unimaginable grief after the death in combat of her soldier son, and Rachel was there for Jack after a criminal with a grudge almost ended his life. There were many bumps along the road but they believed they’d worked through and settled their differences.

However, Jack is struggling. Still suffering from post-traumatic stress, haunted by his past, and taunted by the demons of self-doubt, he feels Rachel deserves better.

Meanwhile, Rachel is busy preparing for the launch of her latest book – a book in honour of her son and aimed at promoting peace. So at first, she fails to notice just how troubled Jack is.

Can Jack overcome his demons?

Can Rachel convince Jack he deserves to be loved?

Can they finally resolve their differences and fulfil their dreams together?

Fulfilment is the third and final part in Rachel & Jack: The Skye series.

It follows on from Displacement (book 1) and Settlement (book 2).

If you like mature, emotional and thought-provoking contemporary romance in a dramatic setting, then this is a book for you.

The Author

Anne Stormont was born in Scotland and although she has travelled all over the world – including a teaching exchange to South Africa, four trips to Australia and several visits to the Middle East – it’s where she still lives.

She began making up stories as a child in order to entertain her four wee sisters. But as an adult, being busy with motherhood and working as a teacher, it took a long time and a mortality wake-up call for her to get that first book written.

She’s a compulsive crossworder, yoga practitioner, avid reader, keen walker and enthusiastic gardener. She can be a bit of a subversive old bat, but she tries to maintain a kind heart. She also loves tea, penguins and being with her grandchildren.

Fulfilment is the third of the 3 books in the Rachel & Jack: Skye Series. Anne’s books are all set in Scotland and are contemporary romances where the main characters may be slightly older but are not necessarily wiser.

You can find out more about Anne and her books at her website anne-stormont.com

Buy Link: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08839RCJT/?ref=exp_kellysloveofbooks_dp_vv_d  

The Review

I have loved this series. With all its ups and downs, twists and turns it has stayed realistic and readable.

It’s a great story and brings to an end the story of Jack and Rachel. Both are lovely, interesting characters who you want to know more about.

There’s times you’re going to want to shake one (or both!) of them, others you’re cheering them on and the characters have grown and evolved as the series has gone on. I have loved the series since book one. Unlike other series, it didn’t tail off and feel forced as some do. It felt natural the whole way through. I have thoroughly enjoyed this and will say this. Go and treat yourself to the three books and then just ignore the world and read them.

Thanks to @LoveBooksGroup and @writeanne Anne Stormont for the review copy of this book.

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The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick

Description

Now we have equality. Now we’ve outgrown our biology. With FullLife’s baby pouch, women are liberated and men can share the joy of childbearing. Holly’s whole family knows the benefits, but Eva doesn’t believe society has changed for the better and Piotr has uncovered a secret behind FullLife’s glossy facade. What separates them may just bring them together, as they search for the truth about FullLife and each face a truth of their own.

Review.

I was sent a review copy of this book from the author and it’s a book that I knew was slightly out of my comfort zone, but had a feeling I’d enjoy.

I was not disappointed.

Helen Sedgwick backs up what could have been in other hands a simple black and white scientific discussion. Until you involve people who have real issues, feelings and emotions. The characters all have their reasons for believing their standpoint at the beginning. At the end some views are changed and others are softened or just more open to seeing what is going wrong around them.

It brings to mind echoes of Brave New World and serves as a warning to not only look before we dive into “better” futures but keep checking on what our world turns into and give open choices. Sometimes what appears dead and outdated is, though frequently it’s a stark reminder that although new things work not all older ideas should be thrown away.

Excellent read Helen Sedgwick

I make no apology for starting the blog with a book from a few years ago. I am always finding books new to me, and also read new release books. This book is one of those that sticks with me, haunting me with it’s possible ways for the world to go in the race for a more evolved future and like every future move has drawbacks and advantages. The more we hear from scientists and breakthroughs I’m brought back to this book and the insight of Helen and other scientists who look beyond the obvious.E6B21040-CE97-4F86-835B-8241A5A0B2A2

If you haven’t yet read this book buy it as soon as you can. If you have, feel free to let me know your thoughts. I’m sure I don’t need to ask, but whatever your opinion now or in the future by all means be honest, but always be kind. 🙂

Helen can be found on Twitter at @HelenSedgwick

 

 

So Pretty by Ronnie Turner

The Blurb

When Teddy Colne arrives in the small town of Rye, he believes he will be able to settle down and leave his past benind him. uttle does he know that fear blisters through the streets like a fever. The locals tell him to stay away from an establishment known only as Berry & Vincent, that those who rub too closely to its
proprietor risk a bad end. Despite their warnings, Teddy is desperate to understand why Rye has come to fear this one man, and to see what really hides behind the doors of his shop. Ada moved to Rye with her young son to escape a damaged childhood and years of never fitting in, but she’s lonely, and ostracised by the community. Ada is ripe for affection and friendship, and everyone knows it.
As old secrets bleed out into this town, so too will a mystery about a family who vanished fifty years earlier, and a community living on a knife-edge Teddy looks for answers, thinking he is safe, but some truths are better left
undisturbed and his past will find him here just as it always has.And before long, it will find Ada too.

The Author

Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in the South West with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. Ronnie is a Waterstones Senior Bookseller and a barista, and her youth belies her exceptional, highly unusual talent.

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness this book needs to be read! It’s a one sitting book because I will warn you it gets under your skin and into your brain. As do the characters.

I was sitting in a room with a roaring fire and the chill was creeping up my spine as it got into my mind. It burrows deep and you really will not forget this spine tingling, semi gothic, part psychological, part horror story. You will feel the crawling of your skin as you advance through the pages of darkness that Ronnie Turner has written so well.

The changes in characters temperaments is slow. Drip, drip, drip until the full deluge is complete and suddenly Ronnie Turner has overcome the original into something else. I loved how the book ended with both Ada and Albie. Also the inference of the circus which is always a love/hate thing for people.

It makes you ask questions such as do you ever really escape a horrific past you weren’t responsible for? Do we treat people differently when we know something in their past was different? The answer I think is yes. However much we don’t intend to.

I’m so glad of the opportunity to read this book and I’m sure it’ll make it onto my books of 2023 list, already! I felt shocked, sick, horrified and yet I was glued to the pages because the terror of the situation made me need to know. It’s a story that goes from a little strange and creepy to building up to a crescendo of unimaginable fear that will stay with you for a very long time. I knew it was going to be a good read, but it surpassed every expectation I had!

With thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

Unsolved by Heather Critchlow (Cover Reveal)

He won’t rest until he finds out the truth…

Cal Lovett is obsessed with finding justice for the families of missing people. His true crime podcast is his way of helping others, even if he can’t help himself.

His sister, Margot, disappeared when he was a child. Only one man seems to know something. But he’s behind bars and can’t be trusted.

So when the family of a missing Scottish woman begs for his help, he heads to Aberdeenshire in search of the truth.

Does Cal have what it takes to unearth the secrets hiding in the hills? And what if he finds something that leads him back to the heart of his own family’s past?

A gripping crime thriller by a brilliant debut novelist, perfect for fans of Jane Casey, Fiona Barton and Loreth Anne White.

Dirt by Sarah Sultoon

The Blurb
  1. Northern Israel. Lola leaves an unhappy home life in England for the fabled utopian life of a kibbutz, but this heavily guarded farming community on the Arab-Israeli border isn’t the idyll it seems, and tensions are festering.
    Hundreds of miles away, in the Jerusalem offices of the International Tribune newspaper, all eyes are on Israel’s response to a spate of rocket attacks from Lebanon, until cub reporter Jonny Murphy gets a tip from a mysterious source that sends him straight into the danger zone.
    When the body of an Arab worker is discovered in the dirt of the kibbutz chicken house, it triggers a series of events that puts Lola and the whole community in jeopardy, and Jonny begins to uncover a series of secrets that put everything at risk, as he starts to realise just how far some people will go to belong…
The Author

Sarah Sultoon is a journalist and writer, whose work as an international news executive at CNN has taken her all over the world, from the seats of power in both Westminster and Washington to the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Of Jewish and Indian descent, she has extensive experience in conflict zones, winning three Peabody awards for her work on the war in Syria, an Emmy for her contribution to the coverage of Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015, and a number of Royal Television Society gongs. When not reading or writing she can usually be found somewhere outside, either running, swimming or throwing a ball for her three children and dog while she imagines what might happen if… Her debut thriller The Source is currently in production with Lime Pictures, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger, won the Crime Fiction Lover Debut Thriller Award, was a Capital Crime Book Club pick and a number-one bestseller on Kindle.

My Thoughts

This is an addictive, political thriller that has so much tension it almost singes the pages! The connections and misdirection is perfect as we learn why the kibbutzniks are all really there and why they are hiding, some in plain sight.

This is a clever novel that draws you in and makes you wonder the whole way through. It gives you a glimpse of something then seems to duck back into the shadows where it started from.

I liked Jonny a lot and wanted to see him escape the possible situation he was in. The conclusion is shocking and brutal, bringing tears to my eyes. Lola in some ways was harder to like, because it was obvious she had to hide but not why. I did feel a massive amount of sympathy for her as she seemed flawed and desperate for attention.

Sarah Sultoon gets better with each book. More thrilling, yet almost underrated, intense, addictive and boy how she builds her plots to a bang of an ending. I felt as though I were there, holding my breath waiting for the next moment to happen and what it would reveal.

With thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett

The Blurb

Enter the world of the hidden folk – and discover the most whimsical, enchanting and heart-warming tale you’ll read this year, featuring the intrepid Emily Wilde. . .

Emily Wilde is good at many things: she is the foremost expert on the study of faeries; she is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encylopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people

So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby

But as Emily gets closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones – the most elusive of all faeries – she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she’ll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all – her own heart.

The Author

Heather Fawcett is also the author of the middle grade novels The School Between Winter and Fairyland, The Language of Ghosts, and Ember and the Ice Dragons as well as the young adult Even the Darkest Stars series. She has a master’s degree in English literature and has worked as an archaeologist, photographer, technical writer, and backstage assistant for a Shakespearean theater festival. She lives on Vancouver Island, Canada. Heather can be found online at http://www.heatherfawcettbooks.com.

My Thoughts

I don’t usually read what are classed as middle grade books. I’m not only trying to read more out of my usual genre, but I’m fascinated with anything like this. The thoughts of what else, or who could be roaming the earth. Anything not quite proven or disproven fascinates me. Especially when they’re like this!

If you’re thinking sweet fluttering faeries then do think again! This also deals with emotions and how women felt and were treated at the time the book is set.

It gets darker as it goes on. That’s not just the dark forbidding landscape which I absolutely loved. As someone who loves myths, legends and some are quite dark I didn’t find it scary. However, if you think faerie tales are sweet then you may be in for a shock!

This is a well written tale and the not knowing what would happen builds the suspense until the final wire. I tore through this book and enjoyed every second of the dark, foreboding story that came through.

With many thanks to Tracy Fenton, the publisher and the author for the beautiful advanced reading copy of this book.

When I first held you by Anstey Harris

The Blurb

In 1960s Glasgow, anti-nuclear activists Judith and Jimmy fall in love. But their future hopes are dashed when their protestors’ squat is raided and many, including Jimmy, are sent to prison. Pregnant and with no word from Jimmy, Judith is forced to enter an unmarried mothers’ home, give up their baby and learn to live with her grief.
More than half a century later, Judith’s Mending Shop restores broken treasures, just as Judith herself has been bound back together by her late, much-missed partner, Catherine. But her tranquillity is shattered when Jimmy—so different and yet somehow the same—reappears, yearning to unpick the painful past.
Realising they each know only half of the other’s story, Jimmy and Judith finally break the silence that tore apart what might have been their family. Amid heartbreak and hope, how much can now be mended?

The Author

Anstey Harris was born in an unmarried mothers’ home in Liverpool in 1965. Now a mother and stepmother herself, she lives in Scotland. She has been inspired by her own search for her birth family and hopes to give a voice to the women and children—16,000 a year during the 1960s in the UK—separated from each other by forced adoptions.
Anstey won the H. G. Wells Short Story Award in 2015 and her debut novel, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, a Richard and Judy Book Club choice, won the Sapere Books RNA Popular Romantic Fiction Award in 2020. Her second novel, Where We Belong, was shortlisted for the RNA Book of the Year Award 2021.

My Thoughts

This is such a beautiful read. It’s not a slushy, soppy book at all. Heartbreaking and beautiful it describes lives ripped apart after a teenage pregnancy in the 1960’s. The subsequent adoption and how the lives of the characters were after families were torn apart by prejudices that were common then. I couldn’t put the book down from start to finish. Even when at times I found the characters to be frustrating, as people are. This is realistically written, with the authors own life experience pouring from the pages.

At times I was frustrated or disappointed in characters actions. Later it became apparent what their reasons were for acting as they did. It proved that we need to hear the complete story before jumping to conclusions always. I loved the book and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

With thanks to FmCm , Rhiannon Morris and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

Forward after 50 by Rebecca Ronane

The Blurb

Life expectancy in the UK 1s increasing, yet we still live in an ageist society. Rebecca Ronane aims to subvert these prejudices and reverse the expectations surrounding getting older. She knows that women over fifty, with their accumulated life experence and knowledge, are a force to be reckoned with. Her book, Forward After 50 is aimed at women seeking to reinvent themselves as retirement looms and the children fly the nest. This is the time, Ronane, argues, to explore new opportunities and to chase the dreams that have been on the back burner while unlearning what society dictates.

This book helps reframe ageing in the minds of women over 50 by offering insights into the ways the might be limiting themselves. It’s time, she argues, to rethink how we talk about ageing and to associate getting older with regeneration, rather than degeneration. The world, Ronane says, may not be prepared for a surge of healthy, innovative, passionate women, but they are here nonetheless.

The Author

Before turning her attention to success after 50, Ronane worked in travel. She is now a writer. business coach. and the founder of

Network Provence, a successtul networking group. She lives in the sunny south of France with her French Dutchman and dog Myrtle.

Ronane describes herself as having an endless curiosity for life. She is a perpetual learner and explorer, of both places and things. She says.

“Everything I’ve ever done has been a new adventure. I thrive on a challenge.

Three maior life challenges happened after she turned 50. “Like evervone. I’ve had trials and tribulations. I choose to focus on the

latter. I know that anvthing is possible for women who want to move forward after 50’

My Thoughts

I’ve really enjoyed this book. There are some brilliant take aways, such as breaking things down into how it can be done and not just thinking it’s huge and unachievable.

I love the phoenix as it’s something I’ve said more than once is significant for women of all ages who are facing major changes in their lives.

This is a book that you can read in one sitting, but if you’re serious about change, I’d suggest slowly working through the book and taking the time you need if you’re able. The author also kindly offers some free resources in the book and I think it’s a brilliant way of getting yourself on the road to feeling fabulous after 50, rather than listening to the popular wording of being finished after 50.

With thanks to Literally PR and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

The Simple Truth by James Buckler

The Blurb

A young woman is dead.

A very wealthy client needs a favour. You’re newly qualified as a lawyer and this could be your big break, so you jump at the chance.

The case is about to be closed.

All you have to do is talk to a family, ask them to sign some papers. How difficult could it be? Their daughter was found dead at a beauty spot on the outskirts of London in what you’re told was a tragic suicide.

Only you can uncover what really happened.

But the truth is never that simple. And this case could cost you your life…

The Author

James Buckler lives in London. He has worked in film and TV for many years, most notably for MTV and BBC Films. His first thriller, Last Stop Tokyo, published to critical acclaim. The Simple Truth is his second novel.

My thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. It’s one of those books that I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a straightforward sort of story.

There is nothing straightforward about this clever thriller. It had me gripped from the start and the little pieces of information were dropped into the story perfectly. The red herrings were so well written that you actually think they’re true until proven otherwise. This is an addictive, well thought out and brilliantly paced novel.

I loved the way that someone in a morally corrupt world thought about the bigger picture and made decisions based on this.

A fantastic book that I’d recommend to anyone. It was read in just over one sitting as it’s a highly addictive read.

With thanks to Anne Cater, Bantam Press and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

Dashboard Elvis is Dead by David F Ross

The Blurb

Renowned photo-journalist Jude Montgomery arrives in Glasgow in 2014, in the wake of the failed Scottish independence referendum, and it’s clear that she’s searching for someone.
Is it Anna Mason, who will go on to lead the country as First Minister? Jamie Hewitt, guitarist from eighties one-hit wonders The Hyptones? Or is it Rabbit – Jude’s estranged foster sister, now a world-famous artist?
Three apparently unconnected people, who share a devastating secret, whose lives were forever changed by one traumatic night in Phoenix, forty years earlier…
Taking us back to a school shooting in her Texas hometown, and a 1980s road trip across the American West – to San Francisco and on to New York – Jude’s search ends in Glasgow, and a final, shocking event that only one person can fully explain…

The Author

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social-media commentator, author and enabler by night. His debut novel The Last Days of Disco was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and optioned for the stage by the Scottish National Theatre. All five of his novels have achieved notable critical acclaim and There’s Only One Danny Garvey, published in 2021 by Orenda Books, was shortlisted for the prestigious Saltire Society Prize for Scottish Fiction Book of the Year. David lives in Ayrshire.

The Review

Most stories are about finding something, the truth, the characters personality, or an aspect of an event and as we do, rationalising it.

This book is about characters who are inextricably connected however loosely, but there’s so much to learn. Not just for us. They are finding and understanding their past to explain their present, however painful that may be.

I loved this book as it drew me in with the story immediately, hanging by the tenuous but extremely strong spiderweb like threads woven by David F Ross.

I enjoy books that I start wondering how on earth this can possibly be anything other than totally random stories, yet they are like interwoven fabrics that are loosely connected here or there but so taut at the edges that I feel something could snap. I felt emotional reading this book. The fear of characters, hunger or sadness of others, and yet throughout they held together and held me enthralled. Wow, what an incredible story.

With thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

Suicide Thursday but Will Carver

The Blurb

If words could kill…


Eli Hagin can’t finish anything.
He hates his job, but can’t seem to quit. He doesn’t want to be with his girlfriend, but doesn’t know how end things with her, either. Eli wants to write a novel, but he’s never taken a story beyond the first chapter.
Eli also has trouble separating reality from fiction. When his best friend kills himself, Eli is motivated, for the first time in his life, to finally end something himself, just as Mike did…
Except sessions with his therapist suggest that Eli’s most recent ‘first chapters’ are not as fictitious as he had intended … and a series of text messages that Mike received before his death point to something much, much darker…

The Author

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series and the critically acclaimed, mind-blowingly original Detective Pace series that includes Good Samaritans (2018), Nothing Important Happened Today (2019) and Hinton Hollow Death Trip (2020), all of which were ebook bestsellers and selected as books of the year in the mainstream international press. Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Goldsboro Glass Bell Award 2020 and Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for Guardian Not the Booker Prize, and was followed by three standalone literary thrillers, The Beresford, Psychopaths Anonymous (both optioned for TV) and The Daves Next Door. He lives in Reading with his family.

The Review

I always start to read a Will Carver book with the moment of thinking I wonder what areas it’s going to take me into this time, and just how uncomfortable can he make me.

Every time he manages to beat the previous book hands down. Suicide Thursday addresses a subject so many of us don’t want to think about. In this book it’s hitting you head on, with no details spared. I’d actually be disappointed if there were, because Carver is good at delving deep into subjects that we ignore because they’re ‘not nice’. The nitty gritty is where he goes.

Eli is not a particularly likeable character but as we go through the book, it gives us insight into everyone and shows everyone has something to hide. Eli is not likeable, but is that because he’s a little more honest with himself or a little less honest with himself than most people?

The nods to other books are laugh out loud moments, good to see Maeve around Danny!!

Although the subject matter could be dark and depressing from another writer, it’s always going to be darkly funny, deep, deliciously twisted and not what you might expect from Carver. His characters say the things we all want to say. We are the mourners at the funeral agreeing that someone was a lovely, gentle person. I did love Eli’s speech. Haven’t we all been to a funeral and thought we were in the wrong service? The person that they talk about is someone fictitious person. I cheered Eli on here, he was sad yet he knew the real person. Yes, in some ways he did definitely have me warming to him. I guarantee that the people you find in these pages are never who you think they are! They will deceive you, trick you and ultimately treat you to points of view that you never thought you’d agree with!

I’d suggest you start reading Carver’s books, if you haven’t already. I love the dark humour, the cameo characters, and the subjects that generally are avoided like the plague. If there’s a subject that’s taboo he will likely go there, if he hasn’t been. While he is you will find yourself surprisingly maybe, nodding, laughing, being shocked to your depths but getting it totally.

With thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

The Pain Tourist by Paul Cleave

The Blurb

How can you catch a killer When the only evidence is a dream…?
James Garrett was critically injured when he was shot following his parents’ execution, and no one expected him to waken from a deep, traumatic coma. When he does, nine years later, Detective Inspector Rebecca Kent is tasked with closing the case that her now retired colleague, Theodore Tate, failed to solve all those years ago.
But, between that, and hunting for Copy Joe – a murderer on a spree, who’s imitating Christchurch’s most notorious serial killer – she’s going to need Tate’s help.
Especially when they learn that James has lived out another life in his nine-year coma, and there are things he couldn’t possibly know, including the fact that Copy Joe isn’t the only serial killer in town…

The Author

Paul is an award-winning author who often divides his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He’s won the won the Ngaio Marsh Award three times, the Saint-Maur Crime Novel of the Year Award, and Foreword Reviews Thriller of the Year, and has bee shortlisted for the Ned Kelly, Edgar and Barry Awards. He’s thrown his Frisbee in over forty countries, plays tennis badly, golf even worse, and has two cats – which is often two too many. The Pain Tourist is his (lucky) thirteenth novel.

The Review

Exactly like Alice I followed the white rabbit, and the red herrings and every other thing thrown my way, and I kept on going down the rabbit hole. Deeper and deeper I went and I literally lost a couple of days before I knew it!

This is how I start every book by Paul Cleave. With relish and abandon. I relish every clever twist and turn and abandon the thought that I will put this down before I finish. I never can. Nor do I want to.

This book had me with my heart in my mouth at so many points during the book. I found myself lost in the world of Paul Cleave. A police procedural, that’s not a police procedural. A sci-fi that’s not a sci-fi. I loved the reference to Star Trek. Don’t let the sci-fi reference put you off, I don’t mean classical sci-fi with aliens and monsters. Not unless we’re talking about human monsters that walk around us all the time.

I think had I been home alone this weekend, I’d have been checking the doors and windows were closed and locked, securely. I felt all the moments of sheer terror that the characters felt. It really was like being there with them, at times saying ‘don’t do it!’. Even wondering how on earth we would get out of this one. The times my heart wasn’t firmly in my mouth, were when my mouth was literally hanging open at the story’s twists and turns.

This is an absolutely brilliant book and I really cannot do it justice in a review. Suffice it to say, that this is a Paul Cleave book. Just read it!

With thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and the author for the advanced review copy of this book.