Keeper by Johana Gustawsson #BlogTour #BookReview

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Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.

London, 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose?
Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down. Following the highly acclaimed Block 46 and guaranteed to disturb and enthral, Keeperis a breathless thriller from the new queen of French Noir.

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I was impressed with the superbly written plotline in Johana Gusawsson’s first novel in the Roy & Castells series, Block 46. My admiration has now only grown deeper for Gustawsson after having finished Keeper. This is one of my top reads this year!

I don’t normally reach for historical reads but I enjoyed the historical settings in both of her books so much more than I dreamed possible. In Block 46 she blended the crime part of the novel terrifically with a past storyline that originated in a concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany. This time she steps up her game even more. Not only did she transport me to Sweden and London again but she also inserted a present and past plotline, one that dates back to 1888 in London, an awful time marked in history where historical figure Jack The Ripper was roaming the streets looking for his next victims. The story flips mercilessly between present and past and I have to say I felt completely immersed in that day and age, it came so alive. I already had a healthy fascination for this figure of the past who tickles your imagination and I felt I was allotted a front row seat where I could almost smell the oppressive atmosphere in Whitechapel. Gustawsson was able to construct a story that spans not one lifetime but several generations, where evilness is passed through the DNA it might even seem at some point. Where does it end though, that’s the big question.

The build-up was so good, it was so fascinating to follow the trail and anticipate that moment where the past would catch up with the present. Although I pride myself in being able to be rather quick in unmasking a villain, I really couldn’t make any sense of how it all fit together and whose shadow I was chasing. I can only say I was seriously blown away when I found out! She also delivered a twist in Keeper that was just impossible to anticipate for me but she made it happen, it so well done and unexpected, it was nothing else than jaw-dropping. I can highly recommend this novel to everyone and I can’t wait to see where she’ll take us next time!

My thanks to the lovely Anne Cater of A Random Things Tours and Orenda Books for the opportunity to join the blog tour and for a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Her Greatest Mistake by Sarah Simpson #Guestpost

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Welcome to my turn of the blog tour for psychological thriller Her Greatest Mistake by Sarah Simpson. My thanks also to Melanie Price and Aria for the opportunity to be part of the tour.

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Do we ever know what goes on behind closed doors?

Eve and Gregg were the perfect couple, with the perfect marriage…which has become the perfect lie. Gone is the charming, attentive Gregg – instead Eve wakes up each morning beside a manipulative and sinister man who controls his wife’s every move.

So Eve flees her immaculate marital home to keep herself, and young son Jack safe. Yet no matter how careful she has been, she knows Gregg will be relentless in his pursuit of his missing family. And that one day, when she’s least expecting it, he will find them…

What was Eve’s greatest mistake?

Marrying Gregg? Leaving him? Or leaving him alive…?

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SARAH SIMPSONSarah Simpson has a first-class honours degree in Psychology and has worked in a neuro-psychology department at a Brain Rehabilitation Hospital. When she first graduated she formed a mental health consultancy and worked as a psychologist within the family court system of Warwickshire and Oxfordshire. Three years ago she moved to Cornwall with her husband and three children, and runs her own practice in Truro. Her Greatest Mistake is her first novel, and she is currently working on the second.

 

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Do we ever know what goes on behind closed doors and what was her greatest mistake?

My background, working within mental health, gifted me an invaluable understanding of life and people. So, Her Greatest Mistake is a cocktail of professional and personal experiences stirred vigorously by my imagination. I am relatively late to the writing scene, despite a love of books and writing from when I was very young, it wasn’t really until 2016 when I sat down to put pen to paper. Her Greatest Mistake was probably twelve months in creation, then a month later I ripped it apart, re-writing several times. In June 2017, I signed with my lovely agent Broo Doherty and was then over the moon to be offered a three book publishing contract with Aria, Head of Zeus in November of the same year. To be honest, it still seems a little surreal, I am very honoured and flattered to be here today.

Her Greatest Mistake has been sitting in the back of my mind for a number of years. The novel is split into two interlaced time periods, I wrote the first time period set in the 1990’s in its entirety first, before weaving through the more current story. This was important to me as I really wanted to ensure that I gave proper credence to the plight of Eve. To demonstrate how her past lurked in the back of tattered memory templates in all she did. The story is told through the eyes of Eve, who has found herself trapped, almost quarantined in such a dark life, married to Gregg. Some years ago, I worked as a family consultant for families caught in the divorce process, so it was incredibly important to me to grasp some the horrors people can endure. Eve comments within the story that we often think we know what we would do in certain situations, but in reality – we don’t. Context is everything. We never truly understand how we will behave, feel or respond. I really hope that Her Greatest Mistake will help people recognise, it is so easy to judge, so much more difficult to understand. Hopefully, my readers will not have experienced the troubles of Eve but they will be able to engage with her, relate to her and route for her on her turbulent, emotional journey. Sadly, many of us will know of someone who has trodden similar, delicate paths.

Her Greatest Mistake questions our perspective. Do we really ever see the truth? And perhaps, it is not always about what we think we know, what we think we see but more about what we don’t know and what we don’t see. We read about incidents of emotional and physical abuse that sadly go on behind closed doors for years. It is all too easy to judge, to wonder, why they didn’t leave? Why didn’t they stand up to the other person? I hope that Eve can demonstrate, this isn’t always as easy as people may believe. Sometimes, people can become ensnared, isolated, with battered self-esteems and seemingly void of an obvious escape route.

I understand one of the questions Her Greatest Mistake may throw up is – why didn’t Eve go to the police? Could she have benefited from some form of witness support protection? Gregg, is a white collar psychopath, he doesn’t fit the stereo-typical role of an abuser, a criminal. He is shrewd, sharp, calculating and a member of the white collar professional club. He chips away at his prey, breaking down any resolve before metaphorically imprisoning them. Eve also perceives Gregg as above the law, capable of manipulating, influencing the authorities. Her trust of the authorities has already been broken, she is almost afraid to ask for help. She also understands that Gregg will somehow, some day find a way to hunt her down no matter what, her only true way to escape is to somehow play his game. Over time she watches, learns and plans but unfortunately, all with many best made plans… All of us are different, none of us know how we would respond in a given situation, we only think we know. With hindsight, maybe Eve would have done things differently. But hindsight is often futile.

Her Greatest Mistake reflects on the relationship between truth and lies and how really, there is very little absolute truth, only ever perspective. A perspective coloured by life and personal experiences in a moment of time. I wanted to question the role of perception in our lives. Not just the role of, but the power of something so incredibly subjective. During my time working within mental health, I witnessed first-hand how perceptions can devastate, pull apart lives. Both those held personally of the world, of others and those directed inwards from others. Eve was held prisoner in a world of abuse, a marriage drip fed by abuse by a truth only known by her. Her perceptual outlook on the behaviours and judgments of others secured her fate.

Her Greatest Mistake includes some dark scenes but it is also a story about hope, love and sheer determination. Not all stories end happily, as in life, some stories end with a need to learn a level of acceptance, requiring a strength to move forward despite the shackles of a past. To do this Eve used her strongest emotion, the love for her son, to guide her through the bleakest of times.

I now live in beautiful Cornwall, with my husband and three children. Which is also the current home of Eve and her son, Jack. The world of Eve was created walking the coastlines, lost in thought moments gazing out to sea with a mind that always wonders why, how, what if?

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DIY Project: It’s Book O’Clock time! #Discussion

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It’s been a while but I saw something interesting on the web the other day that I really want, no NEED, to share with you. I seriously love everything that you can make with books and a bookish wall clock sounds great doesn’t it?

It’s also very simple to make which is even better news if you really want to give it a go. All you have to do is find books with numbers in the titles (I’ll give you my list of preferred books too!) and make sure the pages of the books can’t open (so use either tape or modpodge to glue it together) and fix it with some strong adhesive strip to the wall.

Here’s what it would look like :

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This next one doesn’t have numbers in the titles but I do like how the books are positioned.

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I know what you’re thinking, it’s too difficult to do that to your books, right? But why not hunt down a secondhand copy? As long as the cover is okay then it could serve its purpose right? Maybe nobody else wants the book anymore and you could rescue it (ok I’m getting carried away now). Or you can always photocopy a front cover, although that’s not really the same for me.

If you need more inspiration on what books you can use, here’s an article in Bustle that can also help you come up with a few books with numbers.

And this is how my clock could look like with the titles I chose :

  1. The One by John Marrs
  2. Two Evils by P.J. Tracy
  3. Three Wishes by Lianne Moriarty
  4. The Big Four by Agatha Christie
  5. Five Parks by Ross McGuiness (never heard of it but the cover looks good)
  6. Six Years by Harlan Coben
  7. The Final Seven by Erica Spindler
  8. Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber
  9. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  10. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  11. Eleven Minutes by Megan Miranda
  12. Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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So what do you think of the idea? Do you have any books with numbers you would definitely want on your wall? Did I miss any good books on my clock? Let me know!

 

Drift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee #BookReview

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Richard feels trapped in his hectic life of commitment and responsibility. From the daily mayhem of having young children, an exhausted wife and pushy in-laws who frequently outstay their welcome, Richards existence fills him with panic and resentment. The only place he can escape the dark cloud descending upon him is the bathroom, where he hides for hours on end, door locked, wondering how on earth he can escape.

Often staring out of his window, Richard enviously observes the tranquil life of Bill, his neighbour living in the bungalow across the road. From the outside, Bills world appears filled with comfort and peace. Yet underneath the apparent domestic bliss of both lives are lies, secrets, imperfections, sadness and suffering far greater than either could have imagined. Beneath the surface, a family tragedy has left Bill frozen in time and unable to move on. As he waits for a daughter who may never return, Bill watches Richards bustling family life and yearns for the joy it brings. As the two men watch each other from afar, it soon becomes apparent that other peoples lives are not always what they seem.

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This novel is about a man who isn’t happy with his life. He feels cornered and yearns for something more… more adventure, more mental stimulation, less suffocation. He longs for the life of his neighbour across the road, peaceful and quiet, with no children to be entertained every minute of the day.

‘Maybe I’m a straight-line type of person who has accidentally chosen a circular life’

But is that life really as idyllic as he makes out?

Drift Tumble Fall is a novel made up of many quiet qualities and I enjoyed reading about both Richard and Bill’s lives equally. It seems they are two sides of a coin. At first it looks like one side is shining more brightly but all that glitters isn’t gold. The simmering emotions Richard goes through with regard to his marriage and parenthood will probably be a familiar feeling for many readers. Life is draining and time is slipping away. Richard is pretty relatable when he voices thoughts that are still kind of taboo to speak out loud. But haven’t we all been envious of someone else’s life that seems so much better than the one we have? Or am I the only one?

This novel surprised me quite a bit. First I was surprised with the way Richard chose to deal with his life. I didn’t really expect him to handle his idea how he decided was the way to go – he didn’t really explore other options either – but in the end my slight admiration for his audacity that I had at the start came to a stop and I found him to be quite egoistic and self-centered, a bit whiney as well because I became aware that he was one lucky bloke with his family. I became apprehensive whether he would really go through with his plans. I couldn’t quite believe it but it seemed nothing could stop him. I was hoping he would change his mind because I could see what he had and I wished he would come to that realisation as well but nothing seemed to get through to him.

It’s actually his neighbour, the one with the seemingly idyllic life, that will put a different light on the story. He did lead the quiet life Richard longs for but it’s a life that stems from tragedy and sadness, and is still eating away at him… and it’s an enormous reminder that you really never know what’s going on behind someone else’s door!

Drift Stumble Fall had a very reverberating plotline that is sure to touch everyone who reads this novel. It’s a very reflective novel and it didn’t miss its effect on me either. I might feel just a little bit happier about the path I chose in life than before I read this novel. Give it a chance and see how you feel once you’ve read it!

I received a free copy from the publisher, Hideaway Fall, in exchange for my honest opinion.

New BFF: Reading Under A Blankie

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Happy humpday everyone! Today on the blog I’d like to welcome a fabulous blogger who most of you must know by now and if you don’t then you definitely have to go and say hi because I’m talking about Norrie of Reading Under The Blankie!

She’s a big cat lover AND she loves thrillers just as much as I do so it’s no surprise I liked her right away ;-). She doesn’t touch romance with a stick though and she posted a very special and original Valentine’s post where she recommends books catalogued under The Dark Side of Love :-). She’s not afraid to get into some sci-fi too btw, and she likes realistic characters with issues and flaws, and she says it makes reading all the more interesting.

Anyway, you’ll have to hop over to her blog to find out more but here’s a little bit more about my new BFF in today’s

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Name: Norrie

Age: 33… for another month anyway…

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What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?

Stiletto Spy School

In high school I studied etiquette and espionage international protocol. I’d love to say it was a great school where one learns how to be a spy, but alas, it was a business focused high school where I studied the usual school stuff like maths, languages, and history, but had to specialize in all sorts of boring things. At least I didn’t end up in the finance class…

In uni I studied information and library science, so basically we could say I’m a librarian. Although never ended up working in an actual library, which is just as well, because I don’t take daily interactions with multiple strangers too well.

For the past eight years I’ve been working as a project manager. Considering that I’m pretty messy and unfocused, it’s a miracle I lasted this long, and what’s more, everyone seems to be under the impression that I’m one of the most organised people in the team. Maybe the skills from spy school weren’t so useless after all…

Do you have any other hobbies?

Apart from reading and yapping about books, I enjoy weight training in the gym, colouring, hiking, travelling, and binge watching TV series. I have a weird obsession of taking pictures of my food, and cats around the world

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Your favourite color?

Black. I mean, black is a colour. Right?

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

* crickets *

No, I actually don’t. I do have a huge collection of random mugs though, and keep buying new ones regularly, so I guess that’s almost like collecting something…

I also somehow managed to end up with an enormous amount of cat themed things, thanks to my friends who always gift me with something that represents my feline obsession.

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What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?

When I moved countries I took a couple of books with me, but I no longer have them. So the first book I bought here in London was Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King.

Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it?

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I usually don’t spend a lot of money on books, because I get most of my physical copies in charity shops, second hand book stores, or on Amazon once their price dropped. Half of my book collection is on my Kindle and they cost a lot less than their printed versions.

Do you listen to audio books?

I tried once, but failed miserably. I just simply can’t pay attention. I actually walked out the room while the book was on, and upon return was utterly puzzled and had no idea who’s talking.

Do you have a favorite genre?

I don’t have an ultimate favourite, but I do enjoy mysteries, thrillers, nordic noir and horror a lot more than other genres.

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski.

I actually put it in my basket on Amazon about three times, just this week, but I already bought quite a few new books this month, so I try to behave…

How is your library organized?

Badly.

I have a Stephen King section, a shelf with black books, another one with mostly red stuff and sci-fi, one for crime and one for fantasy.

Those books that simply couldn’t be squeezed onto the bookcase are arranged by colour in the bedroom.

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I’m a savage. Every time I look at my shelf, I die on the inside a little bit.

My Kindle home screen is beautiful though…

Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

In the grand scheme of things I’ve read more physical books, but simply because I had no other choice. I got my Kindle in 2012, and from then on I bought almost exclusively digital copies.

Do you have a favorite book?

Nope. But if you really twist my arm, I’d say, anything written by Stephen King.

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?

The Marvel Omnibus edition of The Dark Tower is quite pretty, I guess…

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? 100, >200, >300 …?

437… For now…

What’s the title of the last book you purchased?

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode…

A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before.

But that’s not all Gemma’s trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper into the victim’s past, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths…

What was your favorite author when you were a child?

When I was 10-12 years old, I was totally obsessed with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books. I’ve read the whole Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea series and was pretty much binge watched the TV series as well.

At age 13-14 I loved reading the Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend.

Once I started high school though, I mostly read adult books.

From which author do you have most books?

Stephen King

I feel like I say Stephen King a lot…

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?

Most Stephen King books (there we go again…), The Collector by John Fowles, some Poirot books by Agatha Christie, and the Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend are just a few I remember.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?

I’ve read 26 out of 75. It’s going pretty well, so I might actually raise the bar a bit…

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case (name these titles+authors)? 

Well, this was hard… Actually had to use my e-books.

Need To Know by Karen Cleveland
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
In The Woods by Tana French
End of Watch by Stephen King

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In case you missed it, these are the BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about before :

Martina – The Mystery Corner
Liis – Cover to Cover
Anne – Inked Brownies
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Drew – TheTattooedBookGeek
Jillian – Rant and Rave About Books
Meg – Magic of Books
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Stephanie – Teacher of YA
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Savanah – Off-Color Lit
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Alex – Coffeeloving Bookoholic
The Readers Bay
Kathy – Books and Munches
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers

I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still room for plenty more so give me a shout if you want to be added! It’d be very appreciated!

If You Go Down to the Woods by Seth C. Adams #BlogTour #QandA

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I’m pleased to welcome author Seth Adams to the blog today as one of the stops on the If You Go Down To The Woods book tour. Here’s a little about the book, followed by a Question & Answer round with the author which I’m sure you don’t want to miss.   

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We were so young when it all happened. Just 13-years-old, making the most of the long, hot, lazy days of summer, thinking we had the world at our feet. That was us – me, Fat Bobby, Jim and Tara – the four members of the Outsiders’ Club.

The day we found a burnt-out car in the woods was the day everything changed. Cold, hard cash in the front seat, and a body in the trunk… it started out as a mystery we were desperate to solve.

Then, the Collector arrived. He knew we had found his secret. And suddenly, our summer of innocence turned into the stuff of nightmares.

Nothing would ever be the same again…

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Why would readers of this blog really need to pick up If You Go Down to the Woods?

If you’re a fan of the classic coming-of-age genre stories—like King’s The Body or It, Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, or Robert McCammon’s Boy’s Life—my hope is that I carried on that tradition with honesty and respect for those that have plumbed those thematic depths before, while also providing something new. My goal was to write a stripped down, non-politically correct story, that looked at rural, working class life honestly, and to depict such a world with earnest passion. Terrible things happen to good people every day, and though sometimes these things are done to people, sometimes they also bring some of these things—unwittingly—on themselves. I wanted to—and hopefully succeeded—present a group of “real” kids who get sucked into an adult world they are ill prepared for, as often happens to children across the world for a variety of reasons.

If you hadn’t become an author, what would you have done instead as a creative outlet?

Writing was really ever the only option for me. I’ve been writing since I was 16-17 years old (though I wasn’t very good at the time, and wouldn’t be for a while yet!), and I suffered through many dead-end, as least-stressful-as-can-be jobs, all for the purpose of being able to devote as much time and energy to writing as I could. If I hadn’t landed the deal with HarperCollins/Killer Reads, I would have continued to shop my writing around, and possibly looked into other forms of writing, like academic or scholarly works.

I understand that you wanted to become a writer since a very young age. Did you want to become the new Stephen King then? Do you still aspire to be the new Stephen King now?

Trying to “become” the new Stephen King—or plug in any other accomplished writer—is the wrong way to go about writing, and I’d guess, any creative pursuit, be it painting, music, etc. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t admire those that have come before you in your given field, or even adopt to some degree those aspects and qualities of their work that you appreciate. In fact, in regards to King, I do this very thing by focusing most of my stories on “everyday” working and middle class people, as King does. But to try to “be” the next Stephen King would be to only eventually reveal myself as a pale imitation. King is one of the best in the field because he has a very distinctive voice and style. If someone were to try to imitate that, it would be painfully obvious. I aspire to the honesty that King—and others, like Koontz and Cormac McCarthy—displays in his work, but not to “be” him.

What’s a favorite book that you read in your own genre that we’re sure to like too if we enjoy your novel?

If you enjoy my novel, then I would encourage anyone and everyone to read McCammon’s Boy’s Life, Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and King’s It. Something a little more recent to add to this list would also be Joe R. Lansdale’s (author of the Hap and Leonard series of crime books, now adapted into Sundance’s Hap and Leonard television series) The Bottoms.

Do you like other genres as well or do you feel you really found your niche and don’t feel the need for change (as a writer or as a reader)?

I am a fan of many genres, including suspense (Koontz), horror (King, Bentley Little, Richard Laymon, and others), crime (John D. Macdonald, Joe Lansdale), science fiction (Bradbury), and fantasy (Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan). One of the most joyous periods of my young adulthood was being a manager at Barnes and Noble for several years, during which I got to peruse the shelves on a daily basis, and finding new writers to add to my ever-growing reading list. I have written, and will continue to write, in any genre that my imagination leads me toward.

Tell us something that isn’t in your bio but your readers would love to know. 

Because I was “discovered” and published after having struggled as a writer for nearly two decades, I have a hard drive and filing cabinet filled with manuscripts looking to see the light of day. I have a couple more crime novels in mind for HarperCollins/Killer Reads (should If You Go Down to the Woods perform well!), as well as a few suspense/horror novels, and a volume’s worth of short stories that I would like to see published. As far as something that isn’t in my bio, I grew up in the 80s, at the beginning of the video game generation, and am an avid gamer. I have to keep this hobby in moderation, however, lest it interfere with more important things—like writing!

I want to thank Sahina and Kathryn from HarperCollins for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour! 

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A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe #BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway

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Many thanks to Gemma and Jennifer at Neverland Blog Tours for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.

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It was fate that she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

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Gemma Metcalfe AuthorGemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel ´Trust Me,´ is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where she was never quite sure who would answer the phone…

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How far would a mother go to protect her child? I assume a good mother would do anything in her power to keep her child safe right? Why then did the prologue open with a mother and child standing on a bridge, looking down in the vast nothingness and is she readying herself to jump with her child in her arms? I was utterly intrigued and readying myself for the reasons I might find. Willing to take such drastic measures, I could only suspect the worst and I couldn’t wait to find out about her motivations.

The story abruptly cut back to the moment when Louise is in hospital giving birth to a little boy named Cory. She and James had had many troubles conceiving and there was even a time she didn’t expect to hold her own baby in her arms anymore after unsuccessful IVF attempts. Louisa always had a child’s wish though. She longed for someone who would love her back unconditionally. Her past and background was well explained and her sad youth was written with such internal heartbreak, it made me completely understand her longing for a child. She’s not on cloud nine for long though, her happiness is overshadowed quite soon when threats are directed towards her. Someone wants her baby and she has a pretty good idea who it is, until other possibilities pop up when her friends who she met through the IVF support group start to act strangely in her eyes.

There was a select group of suspects in her vicinity which included the two other women who were in the support group she was in and I did have my own personal favorite but was never a 100% sure. I was mentally slapping myself when the identity of her stalker was revealed and applaud the author as well. She did such a great job in creating so much doubt including everyone and the next so that even I didn’t see clearly anymore and got so caught up in everyone’s dream of having a baby of their own, along with Louisa. The ending was amazing, the story really built up towards the climax. Some people might not be entirely happy with the way it ended but I think it really fit the story.

I can recommend this novel highly to anyone who loves to guess and it is definitely one of the better novels in this genre. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from beginning to end!

I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.