The Undercover Mother by Emma Robinson – review.

Description:

Have you ever wondered what secrets other mothers are keeping?

Jenny has too much on her plate: literally – she’s only pregnant with one child but she’s already eating for three. Not to mention trying to juggle her future life with a baby, a nightmare boss, a know-it-all sister, and a bizarrely laid back husband.

She used to be famous for her ‘Single Girl About Town’ journalism. But not only is she bored of parties, she also hasn’t been single for years, and is now 8½ months pregnant.

So when her boss hands her column to a younger colleague, Jenny panics and proposes instead writing about being a clueless new mum. Surely people will find her new friendship group fascinating? Even if the only thing they have in common is that they all had sex around the same time 9 months ago…

Like – what’s the deal with scary Gail’s mystery husband? How is posh mum Antonia already out drinking when Jenny can barely make a cup of tea? Why isn’t sweet-natured Ruth answering any phone calls?

And if her readers aren’t quite hooked yet, maybe Jenny will just have to be more liberal with the truth. After all, none of the other mums will read it… will they?

The Undercover Mother is a feel-good parenting page turner that will make you laugh, cry and recognise every moment. Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks and The Bad Mother’s Diary.

My thoughts:

Emma cleverly uses humour to tackle the issues surrounding mothers-to-be and new mothers. A lot of people will relate to this book. Life changes after having a baby. Decisions have to be made and people are judgemental even though a new mother’s choice to go back to work or stay at home is simply none of their business.

I really felt for the main character – stay at home and commit career suicide or fight to maintain a career she loves. These issues face women right now. Their careers can slip through their fingers as other people take over their jobs and companies push them out. This book had me clenching my fists in anger for Jenny as much as it had me laughing – well done to the writer for making me feel this way.

I loved the Spice Mums and Jenny’s unravelling of all their secrets and boy what an explosion near the end! Mega eek!

If you’re looking for topical, fun, hilarious, heartbreaking and entertaining, then look no further. The Undercover Mother is all that. I loved it!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Undercover-Mother-romantic-friendship-parenting-ebook/dp/B078J5Q3LJ/

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl. 💕💕💕

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carla-Kovach/e/B00KM50P58?

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The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite- review.

Description:

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

My thoughts:

After just finishing The Darkest Lies, I feel as thought I’ve been through an emotional wringer! The story centres on a parent’s worst nightmare. Teen sneaks out and becomes a victim of a brutal attack.

I loved how Beth, the teenage daughter’s story was written alongside her mother, Mel’s story. The first person POV made it all feel so real as she investigated her daughter’s steps. I definitely felt her pain. A whole town comes under suspicion before Mel closes in on the attacker, keeping the tension up.

A thoroughly enjoyable, atmospheric, psychological thriller that will make you check where your teens are more often than usual. I’d definitely recommend it. And wow – what an ending!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkest-Lies-gripping-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B06XY3JNP8/

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl. 💕💕💕

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carla-Kovach/e/B00KM50P58?

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Fun at the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival – 2019

Okay, this was my first time attending a crime book festival and wow, what a first! I had the most amazing time. It was lovely catching up with the Bookouture crew and the many author friends I’ve made. Finally, I got to put some real faces to Facebook profiles. It’s much better chatting in real life than online (I promise).

I also met BBC’s Steph McGovern and she even took the time to speak to me about my writing journey. What a lovely lady! Did I mention how much I love

Crimewatch and Shop Well for Less? (I’m human, I love a bargain.). 😅

The lawn chairs are fab too and I got to hang out in the tent. What more could an author ask for? Being surrounded by books, book lovers and authors – it’s the best. I’ll be back next year, that’s for sure.

Regrets:

Not booking early – I’d have loved to see the quiz or Val McDermid singing Happy Birthday to Nicola Sturgeon but I was too late. That’s not happening next year! I put myself right on that mailing list in the hope that I’ll be able to attend some of the events.

Here’s a few piccies.

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl. 💕💕💕

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carla-Kovach/e/B00KM50P58?

https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/

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The Mother’s Mistake by Ruth Heald – review.

Description:

Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven?

She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, she reaches the riverbank, breath catching in her throat as her eyes take in the small body, tangled in the reeds, pale and lifeless.

Three years later.

Claire’s life is picture perfect. A new home in the countryside. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side.

But behind closed doors, her life is falling apart.

And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about her past…

Someone knows that Claire doesn’t deserve her perfect life. Someone’s going to do everything in their power to destroy it.

An atmospheric, chilling and absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare. Fans of K.L. Slater, Shalini Boland and The Girl on the Train will love the twists, turns and gasp-worthy shocks of this stunning debut from Ruth Heald.

My thoughts:

Wow! What a debut.

I can’t express how much I loved this psychological thriller. Perfectly paced, chillingly atmospheric, creepy, disturbing, disorientating – these are a few words which immediately come to mind when I think of The Mother’s Mistake.

We see adverts day in, day out, full of happy parents with their perfectly smiling babies. Babies don’t cry or smell in these adverts. Parents all look perfect, clean and happy. They don’t have baby sick in their hair – we’re sold an illusion. Having a baby is the most life changing act there is and it isn’t all rosy. Add to the mix, postnatal depression – a common condition that isn’t much spoken about, you know that this book is going to be a cracker. It tackles the subject with authenticity and sensitivity.

I felt Claire’s loneliness bearing down on me as the reader. I wanted to march over to that creepy little cottage and rescue her from her mother-in-law, the mountain of clutter and all her problems. Excellent read! One of my favourites this year. If you’re a psych thriller fan, this has to go on your list. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this one. Loved it!

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl. 💕💕💕

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Mine by JL Butler – review.

Description:

In this riveting tale of psychological suspense, a divorce lawyer risks her career, her sanity, and her life when she falls into an illicit, all-consuming affair with her client—who becomes the primary suspect in his estranged wife’s sudden disappearance.

Young divorce lawyer Francine Day has methodically built her career doing everything right. She’s one big case away from securing her place among London’s legal elite. But when she meets her new client, Martin Joy, the natural caution that has protected Francine and fueled her rise melts away. Powerless to fight the irresistible magnetism between them, client and counsel tumble into a blistering affair that breaks every rule.

Though Martin insists his marriage is over, Francine doesn’t believe him. Certain details he’s told her don’t quite add up. Consumed with a passion she cannot control and increasingly obsessed with Martin’s relationship with his wife, Donna, Francine follows the woman one night . . . and discovers her having dinner with her supposedly soon-to-be-ex-husband.

The next morning, Francine awakens in her neighbor’s apartment with blood on her clothes and no recollection of what transpired after she spied Donna and Martin together. Then Francine receives more devastating news: Martin’s wife has vanished. That dinner was the last place anyone has seen Donna Joy alive.

Suddenly, Francine finds herself caught in a dangerous labyrinth of deception, lies, and secrets, in which one false move could lead to her undoing. What happened that night and why can’t Francine remember? Where is Donna and who is responsible for her disappearance? The further Francine goes to find answers, the tighter the net seems to draw—around her lover, herself, and the life she’s meticulously built.

My thoughts:

I loved how this book immediately immersed me into main character, Francine’s life. I enjoyed the London legal setting and Francine’s mundane existence, and I loved how this all turned upside down as soon as handsome and alluring, Martin came onto the scene.

It’s a story of a woman about to reach the pinnacle of her career only to have everything tumble down, threatening to wipe out all her hard work – then the fight is on, not only for her career but for her sanity and reputation. I love a race against time and this book delivered.

The other characters were brilliantly fleshed out, all with a purpose and their own agendas which cleverly unfolded during the course of the book. I admired the subtle pull in – the story didn’t need to drag me in, kicking and screaming. Slowly, it entwined it’s troubles around the main character until it looked like all was lost.

The downstairs neighbour gave me the heebie jeebies. What a revolting character – but what a brilliantly created character. He seriously turned my stomach. I felt like taking a shower after reading the chapters that involved him.

I’d definitely recommend Mine! What a brilliant read.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mine-thriller-sinister-gripping-breathtaking-ebook/dp/B07892FR5V/

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl. 💕💕💕

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GIVEAWAY

⏰⏰⏰GIVEAWAY ALERT ⏰⏰⏰

To celebrate the publication of The Liars House, I’m doing a giveaway! Entries from all over the world are welcome and the winner will be announced on Wednesday evening.

All you have to do is head over to my FB page https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

Like the page.

Share the pinned post into a page, a group or on your wall.

Leave me a gif, photo or a comment in the FB post.

Good luck! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Prize includes: a beautiful writing journal, a signed copy of Her Final Hour, a pen, a bar of Galaxy, a fridge magnet and a couple of bookmarks.

The Liar’s House. 👀💅🏻💄😱👀

Samantha stumbled out of the party and on to a busy street only ten minutes away from her home. But she never made it home…

Seven years after Samantha’s disappearance, on what would have been her thirty-fifth birthday, her best friend Diane is shocked to find a letter addressed to Samantha on her doorstep.

Opening the envelope, Diane pulls out a birthday card and a finger nail painted in dusky pink nail polish. The same shade Samantha always wore. The same shade she was wearing the night she went missing.

When police analyse the nail, they don’t get the result they expected. Instead of linking them to Samantha, the nail belongs to another woman, Jade Ashmore. And Jade was murdered the night before the envelope was delivered….

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liars-House-absolutely-fantastic-Detective-ebook/dp/B07QCNN7VX/

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The Liar’s House – publication news!

I’m thrilled to say that The Liar’s House is soon to be published – very soon – a mere few hours away in fact! I think it’s already out in Australia as it seems to have gone in at number 4 in the iBookstore! Thank you Australian readers for giving me the best surprise ever. Sending love and gratitude.

Huge congratulations to Nicole Trope, my fellow Bookouturian, who’s doing brilliantly with The Boy in the Photo.

If you’re reading this and asking yourself, what is The Liar’s House? Let me answer. It’s the 4th book in my DI Gina Harte crime series. If you ask me who the liar is, you’ll have to read it and that will be down to you to decide.

If you enjoy reading a series in order, this is where to start:

The Next Girl

Her Final Hour

Her Pretty Bones

The Liar’s House

Although it can easily be read as a stand-alone, as with any series, I think a new reader would get a better understanding of Gina Harte if they started at the beginning.

To everyone who has ordered it, I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Once again, I wake up every morning, never taking for granted that I have my dream job. Without you, the reader, words and books mean nothing, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. As always, thank you to Bookouture and my amazing editor, Helen Jenner. Without them, I couldn’t do this.

I’ll be on Facebook all day tomorrow. My page link will be added at the end of this post. Please feel free to pop over and chat, and celebrate the publication of The Liar’s House.

Here’s a little about the book. But first, it’s available as a download, in paperback and as an audiobook.

The Liar’s House

Samantha stumbled out of the party and on to a busy street only ten minutes away from her home. But she never made it home…

Seven years after Samantha’s disappearance, on what would have been her thirty-fifth birthday, her best friend Diane is shocked to find a letter addressed to Samantha on her doorstep.

Opening the envelope, Diane pulls out a birthday card and a finger nail painted in dusky pink nail polish. The same shade Samantha always wore. The same shade she was wearing the night she went missing.

When police analyse the nail, they don’t get the result they expected. Instead of linking them to Samantha, the nail belongs to another woman, Jade Ashmore. And Jade was murdered the night before the envelope was delivered….

THE COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE NEW CRIME THRILLER FROM BEST SELLING AUTHOR CARLA KOVACH – if you love Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love The Liar’s House. Gripping from the first page – you won’t be able to put it down.

What readers are saying about the DI Gina Harte series:

‘Absolutely the best thriller I’ve read this year!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I am hooked on this series… If you love a good detective series with plenty of twists and turns, you really need to put Carla Kovach on your list, you won’t be disappointed!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Another Gina Harte winner!… HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘BOOM… What a twist… Fantastic.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Oh my goodness! This was gripping and fast moving from page one.’ Southern and Sassy Wine Lady, 5 stars

‘Just wow!… FANTASTIC… I just had to keep reading.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

‘I couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Wow, wow wow! Excellent book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘OMG… gripping… I have goosebumps.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘I am in love with this author.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Brilliant!… Exceptional… Thrilling… Superb.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

Buy link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liars-House-absolutely-fantastic-Detective-ebook/dp/B07QCNN7VX/

Thanks for reading!

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl. 💕💕💕

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