Christmas Magic at the Writers’ Retreat by Julia Sutton – review.

Description

After her mother’s death, young Louise is left caring for her melancholy father and a wayward younger brother.

She works tirelessly in a baker’s shop, but dreams of becoming a successful children’s author, and her love life is in turmoil because of a lifelong attraction to the local bad boy.  With the help of some interfering friends, she wins a Christmas competition to spend a week at a writers’ retreat at the Mystic Springs hotel.

It seems that Lou’s luck is changing, but can she keep her focus amidst eerie occurrences and the presence of a very attractive writing mentor?

Add a little dash of magic and lose yourself in this cozy Christmas romance.

About the author

Hi there, I was born in 1972 and live in Wolverhampton, England with my husband, two children, an energetic Border Collie and two frisky chinchillas. I studied for an English degree at the University of Wolverhampton and wrote my first novel in 2014. I am now the author of six adult novels and currently working on my seventh. I also love writing picture books for young children and am hoping to have them published in the future. I enjoy drawing, cooking, walking and watching films. Animal welfare, taking care of the environment and being kind to people interests me 🙂

Julia enjoys connecting with others on social media:-

Facebook Author page:- http://www.facebook.com/booksbyjulia1972

Twitter:- Julia Sutton Books @booksbyjulia72

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My thoughts

I really enjoyed this warm and cosy winter-set romance. It explored the themes of grief and family dynamics perfectly. Lou is an overworked character who definitely failed to put herself first. It was lovely to see her character develop through the story. The scenes at the bakery with her work colleagues were a delight to read.

It was also set in Wolverhampton and Cannock which was brill. I do like to read books that are set in areas I know and this one didn’t disappoint when it came to capturing the local atmosphere.

The romance elements were fun as were Lou’s writing ambitions. The creepy hotel was exactly that – creepy. I’d love to go there if it was real – haha. It sounds idyllic and provided the perfect backdrop for a few fantastic encounters.

Loved this fabulously fun Christmas novel!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Magic-At-Writers-Retreat-ebook/dp/B08NG2361G/

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The Forever Home by Sue Watson – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/06/04/the-forever-home-by-sue-watson-review/

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The Forever Home by Sue Watson – review.

Publication date: 4th June, 2021.

Description

You thought you’d always be safe there… you were wrong.

Carly had thought they’d always live there. The beautiful Cornish cliffside house they’d taken on as a wreck, that Mark had obsessively re-designed and renovated – a project that had made him famous. It was where they’d raised their children, where they’d sat cosily on the sofa watching storms raging over the sea below. It was where they’d promised to keep each other’s secrets…

Until now. Because Mark has fallen in love. With someone he definitely shouldn’t have. Someone who isn’t Carly. And suddenly their family home doesn’t feel like so much of a safe haven.

Carly thinks forever should mean forever though: it’s her home and she’ll stay there. Even the dark family secrets it contains feel like they belong to her. But someone disagrees. And, as threats start to arrive at her front door, it becomes clear, someone will stop at nothing. Because someone wants to demolish every last thing that makes Carly feel safe. Forever.

An utterly unputdownable psychological thriller about what lies are hidden in the most beautiful homes. Perfect for fans of Date Night, Gone Girl and The Woman in the Window.

About the author

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue has written seventeen novels, and many have been translated into several languages. Sue is now exploring the darker side of life with her thrillers OUR LITTLE LIES, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, THE EMPTY NEST, THE SISTER-IN-LAW and the latest, FIRST DATE.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her family in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing – okay, procrastinating. Her hobby is eating cake, while watching diet and exercise programmes from the sofa, a skill she’s perfected after many years of practice.

more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

Sue would love to meet you on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

My thoughts

This book is fabulous! I’ve never been so angry for a character as I was for leading lady, Carly; and I loved that I was angry. How blooming well entertaining and gripping.

This beautiful forever home had been featured endlessly on TV in a show presented by the Andersons, with Mark the husband being the main feature. On the surface, life seems brilliant with their success envied by all, but this description of the house made me think of the relationships that played out through the book.

‘Breakable, the foundations moving all the time, miniscule, but real nonetheless.’

I love this underlying rumble that nothing ever stays the same even if you can’t see or feel the changes. Time moves even if we want to stay where we are forever. We just hope that these movements don’t destroy us. I loved how the cracks in the building were reflected in the cracking relationships.

As for the location, it couldn’t be better. Who doesn’t love a dreamy seaside town? Looe was perfect and there was a real sense of setting. The sea crashing against the rocks; saltiness in the air; the cutesy cafes. Let me stop… I’m not describing a romance at the seaside here, this book will have you clutching it like you’re strangling it. That’s how emotional this journey was. I was so on team Carly throughout.

Without saying too much, I can tell you that those blue skies build up to a great big thunderclap which kept me on the edge of my seat. For thrill seekers who love it scary, for people who like books that delve into the ugliest sides of human nature and for an unforgettable ending… you need to read The Forever Home!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forever-Home-incredibly-psychological-breathtaking-ebook/dp/B08YDCN27S/

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The Good Sisters by Helen Phifer – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/05/28/the-good-sisters-by-helen-phifer-review/

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The Good Sisters by Helen Phifer – review.

Description

1933, Mother Superior Agnes offers sanctuary to a desperate young woman fleeing for her life. Only to wake in the morning to discover a terrible fate has befallen one of the Sisters – in a room locked from the inside. Agnes can’t help but fear that she has allowed a great evil to enter the convent, but she has no idea how far reaching the consequences of that one fateful night will be…

Over 80 years later, Kate Parker, divorced, alcoholic, and broke, moves into the dilapidated old convent she dreams of turning into a bed and breakfast, whilst changing her life. Although the locals refuse to go near the place at night, Kate is determined to stay while the renovations take place. But when she starts to hear strange noises at night, and the crucifixes she had removed reappear on the walls, Kate starts to suspect she is not entirely alone in her new home.

A chilling and disturbing new novel from the bestselling author of The Annie Graham Series.

About the author

Helen Phifer is the #1 bestselling crime and horror novelist of the Annie Graham and Lucy Harwin series. Helen lives in a small town in Cumbria with her husband and five children. Surrounded by miles of coastline and only a short drive from the beautiful Lake District. She has always loved writing and reading since the days she learnt how to in infant school. Unable to find enough of the scary stories she loves to read, she decided to write her own.

You can contact Helen at http://www.helenphifer.com and on Facebook and Twitter: @helenphifer1.

My thoughts

‘The Good Sisters’ is fantastic and I loved every moment of it. As good battled evil, main character Kate had her own personal demons to deal with too and both battles were ginormous.

The story pacing was perfect, flitting between the nineteen thirties and present day. Both timelines were equally as compelling to read which kept me turning those pages at breakneck speed. There was also just the right amount of spooky. I enjoyed reading this book in bed, enjoying the nighttime peacefulness to absorb it in all its spine tingling glory.

Helen writes in such a way that is easy to read. Every description is clear and the speech between the characters is effortless. I so found myself cheering Ollie and Kate on, dying to see how their relationship would develop.

This book is a winning haunted house novel and I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s frightening, tragic and gets top marks on the spooky scale! In fact, it’s spooktacular!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Sisters-perfect-scary-winter-ebook/dp/B01GNSR8UM/

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Blind House by Jamie-Lee Brooke – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/05/28/blind-house-by-jamie-lee-brooke-review/

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Blind House by Jamie-Lee Brooke – review.

Publication date: 28th May, 2021.

Description

The doctor is waiting…

Fame is about to get deadly in this terrifying, fresh take on a haunted house thriller. Set in an idyllic Cotswold’s village, rookie paranormal investigator, Megan Forrest, is roped into investigating the strange goings on at the home of Hollywood actor, Ross Huston. Ross and his wife Deborah are convinced that their Victorian mansion is being haunted by the mentally ill patients who resided there in the late nineteenth century. Patients who were brutally treated and murdered at the hands of a cruel doctor.

As Megan investigates ghosts from the past, two women from the present go missing- women who were last seen at the Hustons’ property. Who was the doctor and how is everything connected? Megan finds herself swept up in a dangerous game and with her personal life in shatters, it is a game she can’t escape from. One thing she knows for sure, is that it’s not what everyone thinks and the whole time there is something watching her…

About the author

Jamie-Lee Brooke lives in the Worcestershire area and is an author of horror and thrillers. Blind House is her debut novel and her next project is a psychological thriller. She gets much of her inspiration from the numerous ghost hunts that she has been on and likes to play on her own fears. Her day job as a dental nurse gives her plenty of scope to imagine putting people in uncomfortable situations! She is a keen actress and has performed in a number of theatrical amateur productions. She is at her happiest when either watching movies, walking or generally anything which surrounds her in the realms of make believe.

My thoughts

What a fresh take on the haunted house genre! I absolutely loved Megan’s journey into the Huston’s creepy old house as much as the life journey she went on. The descriptions were brilliant as were the elements of mystery; the house’s past and the missing women made it so exciting to read. I literally raced through the book to get my answers.

The celebrity factor added a lot of sparkle to the creepiness. Ross and Deborah were the pair that had it all and their friend, Marc, brought a lot of humour and fun to the book.

Megan’s backstory brought plenty of depth to the book. I certainly rooted for her and hoped that forgiveness would come her way.

‘The doctor is waiting…’ How creepy is that tag line? Waiting for what? Whatever it is it can’t be good. I instantly wanted to know who the doctor was and boy does this statement pack a punch. With the house’s past, I couldn’t wait to discover more and there were a lot of sinister thoughts going through my head.

‘Blind House’ has a spine-tingling cover too and I’m thrilled to say that the content matches up to this cover image. This book is thrilling, scary and definitely one to read if you love the supernatural and a damn fine mystery.

Again, that question… who is the doctor? Grab yourself a copy and find out, but keep the lights on. Don’t get scared now… You never know what’s lurking around the corner…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blind-House-Jamie-Lee-Brooke-ebook/dp/B094HDJP44/

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The Vacation by MM Chouinard- review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/05/27/the-vacation-by-mm-chouinard-review/

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The Vacation by MM Chouinard- review.

Description

One of them is missing… One of them did it…

The Thanksgiving retreat was meant to be a time for them to get away from it all, miles from the secrets that threaten to tear their family apart. But they’re each hiding something:

Rose hopes the pretty house overlooking the sea is just the break her family needs. But as she gazes at the water and remembers her own childhood, she is utterly terrified.

Brandon knows his wife Rose has barely forgiven him for his affair. He’s started drinking again, a road that led him to disaster once before.

Brianna, Rose’s sister-in-law, is recovering from her fifth miscarriage, and when she looks at her adorable niece, she can’t help but see the daughter she deserves.

Then three-year-old Lily disappears from her bed in the villa. Isolated in what should have been paradise, it quickly becomes clear that one of them took her.

As one by one their secrets are uncovered, who will be destroyed next?

A completely addictive thriller about every parent’s worst nightmare that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for fans of The Guest List, One by One and The Sister-in-Law.

About the author

M.M. Chouinard writes crime fiction (including suspense, procedurals, and cozies), and women’s fiction. M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them.

My thoughts

‘The Vacation’ is a tense mystery and OMG, what could be worse than the case of a missing child? The story grips from the start when Lilly is gone in the night. What an opening!

MM Chouinard weaves an intricate plot and each member of the party comes under the spotlight. They all have hidden secrets and you just know there are going to be explosions. The three main characters; Rose, Brianna and Annabelle push the story forward at the perfect pace, testing the fragility of their relationships.

The location was described fabulously. That villa in Jamaica made the perfect location. I loved following the characters on their day trips in the flashback chapters. What I’d do to be on that beach right now!

How would I describe this book? Nail biting and heartbreaking. Eek – I’ll be thinking about the ending for a long time. It had everything that a brilliant mystery needs and I’d recommend it in a heartbeat!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vacation-utterly-gripping-thriller-suspense-ebook/dp/B08YKBFDKD/

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Indefensible by MA Comley – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/05/23/indefensible-by-ma-comley-review/

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Indefensible by MA Comley – review.

DI Sara Ramsey – Book 12.

Description

Murder comes at a painful price…

A heartless attack ends with a pensioner dying in her own home. DI Sara Ramsey and her team are tasked with solving this puzzling crime. Within a few hours, another murder drops onto Sara’s desk, but the MO is totally different.

Could the crimes be inextricably linked? If so, why has the killer changed his methods? With a surprising amount of DNA evidence and clues to work on, it’s not long before Sara arrests a suspect. However, with the suspect behind bars, the murders continue.

Does this mean the murderer has an accomplice or is Sara dealing with an unthinkable scenario? Is there a copycat killer at large?

Before Sara has a chance to figure out more, the stakes are raised when a member of Sara’s team is lured into a dangerous trap.

About the author

M A Comley is a KINDLE UNLIMITED ALL-STAR author as well as being a New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, she has topped the book charts on iBooks as a top 5 bestselling and reached #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. Over two and a half million copies sold world wide. She’s a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that’s when she turned her hobby into a career.

When she’s not writing crime novels as well as caring for her elderly mother, she’s either reading or going on long walks with her rescue pup Labrador, Dex.

Here is a list of her books, Cruel Justice, Impeding Justice, Final Justice, Foul Justice, Guaranteed Justice, Ultimate Justice, Virtual Justice, Hostile Justice, Tortured Justice, Rough Justice, Dubious Justice, Calculated Justice, Twisted Justice, Prime Justice, Heroic Justice, Shameful Justice, Immoral Justice and Overdue Justice. There are several novellas and short stories in the series too.

No Right To Kill, Killer Blow, The Dead Can’t Speak, Deluded and The Murder Pact in the DI Sara Ramsey series.

Her other successful series are: The DI Sally Parker thriller series, which includes WRONG PLACE, NO HIDING PLACE, COLD CASE, Deadly encounter and Lost Innocence

The DI Kayli Bright Trilogy – The Missing Children, Killer on the Run, Hidden Agenda, Murderous Betrayal and Dying Breath.

The Hero series, TORN APART, END RESULT, IN PLAIN SIGHT, DOUBLE JEOPARDY and CRIMINAL ACTIONS.

There are three books in the Intention series, Sole Intention, Grave Intention and Devious Intention.

Plus a couple of standalone novels – EVIL IN DISGUISE and FOREVER WATCHING YOU.

I’ve also penned a cozy mystery Private Investigator series – Murder at the Wedding, Murder at the Hotel and Murder by the Sea.

As well as co-authoring the Deception Series co-authored by fellow NY Times bestselling author, Linda S Prather Clever Deception, Tragic Deception and Sinful Deception.

If you’d like to keep up to date with new releases you can find me on Facebook by following this link http://smarturl.it/sps7jh or sign up for my newsletter http://eepurl.com/b5pSFD

If you fancy a lighter read, why not try one of my romances: A Time to Heal, and A Time for Change–Based on a TRUE story. I also have a selection of short stories and novelettes available which I know you’ll enjoy.

You can find out more about me at the following blogs.

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My thoughts

I loved this explosive book in the DI Sara Ramsey series. It was proper edge of your seat thriller. As for the murders, they were totally heartless and gruesome. This really had me rooting for Sara and Carla as they raced against the clock to solve the case.

Amongst other things, there were complications which just added to the drama. I always enjoy following Sara’s personal life too. Seeing her character developing is a delight to read. I always say this in my reviews of this series but I’m always keen to read the scenes between Sara and Carla, and the scenes between them and Lorraine. The banter between them is spot on and really draws me in.

‘Indefensible’ is definitely another winner in the series. It can be read as a standalone but I did enjoy knowing a bit about their pasts and some of it was relevant to the current storyline. I feel it’s always best to read the books in order but the storyline does conclude. You won’t be disappointed if you choose to read this one and not the last one.

Another fantastic addition to the series. Action packed and fast moving. If you enjoy crime and murder books then Indefensible is a fab read in that genre!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Indefensible-Sara-Ramsey-Book-12-ebook/dp/B08WWPPKBQ/

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The Marriage by KL Slater – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/05/20/the-marriage-by-kl-slater-review/

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The Marriage by KL Slater – review.

Description

Ten years ago he killed my son. Today I married him.

Ten years ago my darling son Jesse was murdered and our perfect family was destroyed. My strong, handsome boy, so full of life, became a memory, a photo I carried with me everywhere.

But today I’m finally close to finding happiness again. My ash-blonde hair has been curled into ringlets. Carefully placed white flowers frame my delicate features. The small, drab chapel has been prettied up with white satin, and there are tiny red hearts scattered on the small table where I will soon sign the register with my new husband.

The man who killed my son.

My friends and family can’t understand it. My neighbours whisper in the street whenever I walk past. How can I love a man like Tom?

They don’t really know me at all…

The most unputdownable psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on The Marriage.

About the author

Kim is the two-million-copy bestselling author of twelve psychological crime thrillers.

Order of publication:

SAFE WITH ME (2016)

BLINK (2017)

LIAR (2017)

THE MISTAKE (2017)

THE VISITOR (2018)

THE SECRET (2018)

CLOSER (2018)

FINDING GRACE (2019)

THE SILENT ONES (2019)

SINGLE (2019)

THE APARTMENT – AUDIBLE ORIGINAL only (2019) August

THE APARTMENT – eBook & paperback formats available (2020) April

LITTLE WHISPERS (2020)

THE GIRL SHE WANTED (2020)

THE EVIDENCE – AUDIBLE ORIGINAL only (2021) February

THE EVIDENCE – eBook & paperback formats available (2021) July

THE MARRIAGE (2021)

Her digital titles are published in eBook by Hachette’s Bookouture and in paperback by Sphere (UK) and Grand Central (USA). She also writes Audible Originals which are subsequently published in ebook.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she had gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham.

Publishers: Bookouture, Grand Central, Sphere, Audible

Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson

Author website: http://www.KLSlaterAuthor.com

Twitter: @KimLSlater

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My thoughts

What a twisty delight ‘The Marriage’ was to read! KL Slater certainly knows how to hook a reader. I mean, who wouldn’t want to know more about the woman who married her son’s killer? Could she be that forgiving or does she have an agenda? Those were the first questions that ran through my head.

I found myself easily getting into the minds of the main characters, especially Bridget’s and Jill’s, and I struggled to work out who was behind all the tension and bad things that were happening. My suspicions fell on all of them at some point but the revelations were those of the OMG variety.

The Nottinghamshire setting was just perfect and I had no trouble at all visualising Jill’s and Bridget’s houses, the streets and the charity shop.

I felt the tense family moments which kept me racing through the pages like mad to find out what was happening. Time flew while reading this book and I literally couldn’t put it down. It was a fantastically fast and tense psychological thriller and it is definitely a must read for fans of this genre!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marriage-absolutely-jaw-dropping-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B091Z1J5VQ/

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One Left Behind by Carla Kovach – COVER REVEAL! https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/05/11/one-left-behind-by-carla-kovach-cover-reveal/

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One Left Behind by Carla Kovach – COVER REVEAL!

Oh my goodness, I’m absolutely thrilled to share the cover of my upcoming DI Gina Harte book. I absolutely love it and I hope you do too. It is available to pre order, which is fantastic. Let the countdown to July the 15th begin!

Description

Music and loud voices echo through the woods surrounding her. Wiping her tears, she hears the rustle of leaves close by. Footsteps. She has no time to scream before a hand covers her mouth and her entire world goes black.

In a patch of forest on the outskirts of a small town, five teenage school friends prepare to spend a night away from home. Carrying their tents and sleeping bags, they laugh and joke as they make their way into the darkest part of the woods, away from prying eyes. But as the sun rises the following morning, only four are left alive.

Devastated, Leah’s friends all swear they didn’t see or hear anything. Her best friend sobs as she recounts what she remembers from that night – dancing, roasting marshmallows, sipping warm cans of beer by the fire – but is it grief, or is she hiding something? What happened to Naomi in the hour that no one can account for? And what troubled past lies behind the perfect manners of the boy who organised the trip, and who is prepared to lie to keep it buried?

As the cracks in their stories grow, it’s clear one of them is lying, and one of them is next…

Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Cara Hunter and Clare Mackintosh, One Left Behind is a thrilling crime novel that will have you hooked from the very first page!

What readers are saying about Carla Kovach:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I am completely hooked on this series. I read this in a single sitting, unable to put it down.’ NetGalley reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow!… Absolutely amazing!… An incredibly clever and gripping story. I was hooked from the first page.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow! What a great read!! This was full of so many twists and turns… This book touched every possible emotion. Can’t recommend enough!’ NetGalley reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow… A fabulous book… Brilliantly addictive. I loved every page.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Had me on the edge of my seat, my heart in my mouth and the sweat pouring out of me from nerves and apprehension.’ @Chloesreadingroom

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What an amazing thriller! Absolutely loved the storyline and the heroes.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘One hell of a series.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘An easy five stars.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I was gobsmacked!… A fast-paced, captivating read.’ @My_reading_Narnia

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The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/the-secret-of-cold-hill-by-peter-james-review/

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The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James – review.

Description

From the number one bestselling author, Peter James, comes The Secret of Cold Hill. The spine-chilling follow-up to The House on Cold Hill. Now a smash-hit stage play.

Cold Hill House has been razed to the ground by fire, replaced with a development of ultra-modern homes. Gone with the flames are the violent memories of the house’s history, and a new era has begun.

Although much of Cold Hill Park is still a construction site, the first two families move into their new houses. For Jason and Emily Danes, this is their forever home, and for Maurice and Claudette Penze-Weedell, it’s the perfect place to live out retirement. Despite the ever present rumble of cement mixers and diggers, Cold Hill Park appears to be the ideal place to live. But looks are deceptive and it’s only a matter of days before both couples start to feel they are not alone in their new homes.

There is one thing that never appears in the estate agent brochures: nobody has ever survived beyond forty in Cold Hill House and no one has ever truly left . . .

About the author

Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 17 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 20 million copies to date, and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage.

Visit Peter James http://www.peterjames.com

My thoughts

Ooh, I loved this spooky book! It’s totally eerie and will have the hairs on the back of your neck prickling as you read it.

I really enjoyed how well developed the characters were. Jason and Emily were the perfect newbies to the estate, bringing with them art and excitement. Maurice and Claudette had been living there a while longer and were such apt secondary characters. Although I was mostly creeped out while reading this book, Maurice and Claudette provided a bit of light humour. I actually found my self tittering on a few occasions at their antics and conversations. I’m just going to say donkey clocks and Quality Street, and I’ll leave it there. They were a genius stroke.

As for the haunting, I’d recommend not doing what I did which was reading my Kindle in the dark. Although, if you like the full works when it comes to atmosphere, then maybe I would recommend it. Actually, read it in the dark, enjoy all it has to offer. This is something I do a lot when I read supernatural books.

The mystery and history elements to the story had depth and were filled with intrigue. As for the village of Cold Hill, I think I’d give it a miss if it was a real place. Too scary – hehe.

To sum up, if you want a supernatural read full of ghostly goings on that will have you checking over your shoulder and flinching at bumps in the night, then ‘The Secret of Cold Hill’ is your book. Frightening, fun and fabulous!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Cold-Hill-Number-Bestselling-ebook/dp/B07N686496/

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Blind House by Jamie-Lee Brooke – COVER REVEAL!

I’m so excited to be showing this cover off for my author friend, Jamie-Lee Brooke. I’ve already read Blind House and it’s a fantastic and original haunted house novel.

Don’t you just love this cover?

Eek… the doctor is waiting…

I think I’m better now… who said I needed a doctor?

I think we can all agree that this is one creepy cover and I’m thrilled to say that the content matches up to its cover image. It’s thrilling, scary and definitely one to read if you love the supernatural and a damn fine mystery.

Who is the doctor?

Be ready to find out as it is coming to your Kindles on the 28th, May.

Fame is about to get deadly in this terrifying, fresh take on a haunted house thriller. Set in an idyllic Cotswold’s village, rookie paranormal investigator, Megan Forrest, is roped into investigating the strange goings on at the home of Hollywood actor, Ross Huston. Ross and his wife Deborah are convinced that their Victorian mansion is being haunted by the mentally ill patients who resided there in the late nineteenth century. Patients who were brutally treated and murdered at the hands of a cruel doctor.


As Megan investigates ghosts from the past, two women from the present go missing- women who were last seen at the Hustons’ property. Who was the doctor and how is everything connected? Megan finds herself swept up in a dangerous game and with her personal life in shatters, it is a game she can’t escape from. One thing she knows for sure, is that it’s not what everyone thinks and the whole time there is something watching her…

Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B094HDJP44/

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