My Review of Blue Hollow by Cheryl Rees-Price

I gave Blue Hollow 4*out of 5*

Book Description

A child lies in an unmarked grave, another missing without a trace.

Blue Hollow is a place that Eddie fears. He has never spoken of what happened there. Unimaginable horrors that have haunted him all his life. But Eddie is dying, and he can’t take the past to the grave. The only person Eddie trusts is Dora, he has protected her all these years and now she must know the truth. Eddie’s every move is being watched so he records his story on a series of tapes but before he has a chance to explain to Dora he is brutally murdered. Now Dora must find the tapes and uncover Eddie’s story, but there are those who will stop at nothing to silence Eddie forever. Dora has a choice, bury the truth with Eddie or become the next victim of Blue Hollow.

 My Review:

I have always admired Cheryl Rees-Price's writing style; She has a concise and clever way of leading the reader first one way and then the other in her plots.

I particular enjoyed Blue Hollow. Tho…
My Review of Shadows by Thorne Moore #psychological crime #TuesdayBookBlogs #ReviewsRevisitedPosted on June 17, 2017
I received an ARC of Shadows from the author in return for an honest review. I gave the novel 5* out of  5* Book Description: A compelling blend of mystery and family drama with a gothic twist, by the Top Ten bestselling author of A Time for Silence Kate Lawrence can sense the shadow of violent death, past and present.  In her struggle to cope with her unwelcome gift, she has frozen people out of her life.  Her marriage is on the rocks, her career is in chaos and she urgently needs to get a grip.  So she decides to start again, by joining her effervescent cousin Sylvia and partner Michael in their mission to restore and revitalise Llys y Garn, an old mansion in the wilds of North Pembrokeshire. It is certainly a new start, as she takes on Sylvia’s grandiose schemes, but it brings Kate to a place that is thick with the shadows of past deaths.  The house and grounds are full of m…

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My Review of Still You Sleep (Tilda Green and Freddie Stone Book 1) #RBRT

I received this book as a member of Rosie's Book Review Team

 I gave Still You Sleep 4* out of 5*

 About the book:

Why wasn’t she safe at home?

Vikki Smith was a young woman with a learning disability, living independently for the first time, when she died of a drug overdose.

The police think it could have been an accident, but messages on social media suggest someone was exploiting her death for their own ends – before it was even announced. Her mother is convinced it was murder.

Redundant crime reporter Freddie Stone is a family friend. He wants to help them – and his failing career – but he’s a people person. He asks online journalist Tilda Green to work with him.

Tilda is curious, passionate and runs her own campaigning news site. She’s open to everything except compromise. But she’s intrigued by what Freddie tells her and agrees to work with him – for now.

Tilda thinks the trolls are organised and have links to hate groups. A charismatic local politician is determined to take them on…

The Road to Liberation: Trials and Triumphs of WWII

Being an avid reader of WW2 fiction, when I heard about this collection of stories, by authors whose work I have previously read and enjoyed, I had no hesitation in pre-ordering this book. 
 Review to follow.

Ten riveting stories dedicated to celebrating the end of WWII. From USA Today, international bestselling and award-winning authors comes a collection filled with courage, betrayal, hardships and, ultimately, victory over some of the most oppressive rulers the world has ever encountered. By 1944, the Axis powers are fiercely holding on to their quickly shrinking territories. The stakes are high—on both sides: Liberators and oppressors face off in the final battles between good and evil. Only personal bravery and self-sacrifice will tip the scales when the world needs it most. Read about the heroic act of a long-term prisoner, an RAF squadron leader on the run in France, a Filipino family fleeing their home, a small child finding unexpected friends amidst the cruelty of the concentra…

My Review of Words We Carry: Essays of Obsession and Self-Esteem #TuesdayBookBlog

D.G. Kaye says, “I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.” What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now? D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth. Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.

My Review:
 I wrote this review three years ago but re-read Words We Carry recently because of something that was said to me that brought back memories. I remembered  how the book helped me the first time. The following is the first revie…

My Review of Blackthorn by Terry Tyler

I gave Blackthorn 5*out of 5*

Book Description:

The UK, year 2139.

One hundred and fifteen years ago, a mysterious virus wiped out ninety-five per cent of humanity.

Blackthorn, the largest settlement in England, rose from the ashes of the devastated old world. It is a troubled city, where the workers live in crude shacks, and make do with the worst of everything.

It is a city of violent divisions, crime, and an over-populated jail block, until a charismatic traveller has a miraculous vision, and promises to bring hope back to the people's lives.

Blackthorn falls under Ryder Swift's spell, and the most devoted of all is the governor's loyal servant, Lieutenant August Hemsley.

Twenty-one-year-old Evie has lived her whole life in the shacks. She and disillusioned guard Byron Lewis are two of a minority who have doubts about Ryder's message. Can they stand against the beliefs of an entire city?

My Review:

This latest of Terry Tyler’s books, Blackthorn, follows on, years later, to t…