The Regret by Dan Malakin – review.


Rachel Stone’s world was destroyed by a stalker, Alan Griffin. After he went to prison, she rebuilt her life.

Now she has a three-year-old daughter and is in a new relationship. But someone is stalking her again. Her phone, her emails and her social media are hacked.

Rachel believes it’s Griffin, out of prison and looking for revenge. She needs to find him and make him leave her alone. But as Rachel is drawn into a hunt, she realises that something even more horrific is happening – something that will make her confront the childhood that has lingered like a ghost, and will force her to face the truth about her new life.

Is Griffin the one ruining her life? Or is someone else, someone far more dangerous, responsible?

My thoughts

Ooh, I loved the cyber stalking element of this book. It’s unlike any other psychological thriller I’ve read before. The stalker chapters really built the intrigue and knowing that the person behind it all was so technologically clever made me wonder if the poor main character, Rachel, even stood a chance.

I really felt for Rachel; mother, nurse – working hard to simply keep everything together while battling the darkness of an eating disorder that remains in her every thought. Her descent was skilfully written and totally believable.

Really, this book gave me the chills! Not a lot gives me the chills. And the denouement, I won’t spoil that for you. Whoa! I’m still in recovery. (Fans self and checks that my computer doesn’t look like it’s running any dodgy malware. Checks door is locked. Phew – all okay. Safe – for now). 😱

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

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The Divorce by Victoria Jenkins- review.


I thought I knew how to help them. I knew nothing.

When Lydia and Josh Green walk into Karen’s office one rainy February morning, Karen sees a couple under stress, almost at breaking point. But working with struggling couples, finding out more about their problems, helping to save their marriages, is what Karen does.

But as Karen spends more time with Lydia and Josh, her sense of unease grows…

Lydia is something more than just a woman whose marriage is in trouble. She seems frightened for her safety.

Josh is angry, grief-stricken and seems to be hiding a dark secret.

And soon Karen herself is afraid – there is something about the behaviour of this couple that recalls traumatic incidents from her own past. There is something there that may be the key to saving them, if Karen can only unlock it in time…

The Divorce will have you reading through the night and the ending will leave you breathless. Perfect for everyone who loved Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.

My thoughts

Firstly, this was a fast and intriguing read, where the story unfolded at just the right pace. Secrets were at the heart of it all and those secrets were what kept me racing through the pages at lightning speed.

I needed to find out what was behind Lydia and Josh, they didn’t seem in any way transparent – or did they? Or which one did? Damn, I couldn’t call it!

I loved how marriage counsellor, Karen’s story panned out as she delved deeper into Josh and Lydia’s problems. All sounds straightforward- right? Wrong. I’m saying no more on that, but be prepared for surprises and a bumpy ride as you flick through the pages.

I found my support for each character bouncing around all over the place. As more of the story came out, the words ‘messed up’ are the first that come to mind. It’s dark and totally had me gripped. If you really enjoy psychological thrillers, The Divorce won’t disappoint.

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

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Who took Sophie Summers? by Derek Coleman – review.


Sophie Summers, an attractive fifteen-year old girl sneaked out of school one day in 1998 and simply vanished. Harry Grange was the detective tasked with finding her but he failed. Twenty years later he’s retired and bored but then Sophie’s sister reminds him that he promised to bring her home. Her words play on his mind and he decides to go back to the police to try to keep his word.

My thoughts

I love a mystery, especially one that is decades old. ‘Who took Sophie Summers?’ didn’t disappoint and I must say, I always enjoy Derek’s books. He does mystery with skill. I loved the detective, Harry, coming out of retirement to solve a case that’s haunted him for years.

It was enjoyable playing amateur sleuth while reading this book. So many possibilities came up and it had me flummoxed until the end. I seemed to devour this book in no time and I loved the school setting, where it all began. A family’s worst nightmare spun into an amazing novel. Fantastic read!

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

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Hi everyone, hope you’re all getting ready for Christmas! As it’s the season to be jolly, I thought I’d kick off with a fantastic three book giveaway! 🤶🎅🏽

Head over to my Facebook page if you want to join in.


➡️ A signed copy of the first three books in my bestselling DI Gina Harte series, The Next Girl, Her Final Hour and Her Pretty Bones.

➡️ A fantastically fun leopard notebook.

➡️ A packet of clotted cream crumbly fudge.

➡️ 6 M&S shimmering chocolate acorns – yummy.

THE RULES: (You must complete all three demands – mwahaha!)🧐🧐🧐

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Share this post to your wall, page or group.

Tag a book loving friend who would also love this prize.

Fingers crossed and good luck to all! 💕💕💕

The winner will be randomly selected at around 8pm on Boxing Day (UK time). 🎄🎄🎄

This competition is open to everyone around the world. 🎉🎉🎉

I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. I hope you get what you wanted, have the love of your friends and family and most of all, I hope you don’t get indigestion! 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Justice at Christmas by MA Comley – A Justice Christmas Short Story – review.


Santa is dead…

Or is he?

DI Lorne Simpkins investigates the murder of a man wearing a Santa suit in the week leading up to Christmas.

Why was he inside Jilly Cartwright’s home?

Ho…Ho…How did he die and who killed him?

My thoughts

I loved this festive short mystery. DI Lorne Simpkins is called out to investigate the worst crime against humanity since I don’t know when. Santa has been murdered!

Although the crime was serious and the investigation continued as expected with any police procedural, I found this to be a fun read. I mean, Santa is dead!

I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone looking to feel Christmassy. It’s definitely got me in the mood. There was no Christmas running through my blood at all yesterday, now it’s coursing through my veins. Another fab read by MA Comley!

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

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Homecoming by Tanya Bullock- review.


Rosie and Tom belong together.

For too long, war and its devastating aftermath have kept them apart.

Now that Tom has finally returned home, Rosie hopes that they will be able to put the past behind them.

But when a mysterious sequence of events unfolds, their love is put to the test once more.

With a shocking secret hanging heavily over their relationship…

With circumstances conspiring against them at every turn…

Rosie and Tom find themselves caught up in the biggest battle of their lives.

Will their demons ultimately consume them?

Or will love conquer all in the end?

My thoughts

This lovely novella really left me thinking. Not only has the author written a fantastic story, she’s given me as the reader so much to think about. It’s left me internally running through the moral dilemmas that the story brought up.

I loved Rosie and Tom, they were such a sweet couple. And that ending, it made me smile and feel all fuzzy inside.

If you’re looking for something heartwarming, thought provoking and well written, then Homecoming is fantastic for all that. I really enjoyed this book!

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

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The Dinner Party by RJ Parker – review.


All your friends are invited. But which of them will survive?

An addictive and twisty psychological thriller about the dark secrets that lie within a peaceful neighbourhood.

Eight friends. Eight secrets. One killer.

A group of old friends gather in a peaceful suburban street for a dinner party.

They are expecting a fun evening of wine, food and pleasant company. But then they start to play the game…

It’s about trust and dark secrets – it tests marriage to its limits – and none of them can begin to imagine its consequences.

Because the next day, two guests are dead and the others are trapped in a nightmare…

My thoughts

Well I have to say, I loved this psychological thriller. It had me gripped, and what a fast read. I whizzed through it, dying to know how it ended.

I loved the set up, each person at the dinner party all having a secret but no one knowing exactly what that secret was at the time. The reveal is gradual as the secrets are uncovered. And, the drama – it’s tense. I won’t give away any of the high points as I don’t want to ruin it for any potential readers.

Ted was a relatable main character. I liked him and enjoyed being in his head throughout the whole novel. If you love a psychological thriller, full of tension and secrets, then you’ll enjoy The Dinner Party.

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

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