Our Little Lies by Sue Watson

Book description:

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother, growing up in foster care. But her husband Simon is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France – nothing is too good for his family.

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.

It’s almost by accident that Marianne begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop. Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared’?

My thoughts:

Wow and more wow! This novel got under my skin, big time. I had to stop and reflect more than once as I processed what was happening and the twist near the end – I was NOT expecting that! Thanks for the surprise. Just when I thought I had it all sussed.

As main character, Marianne, described what was happening while she got on with everyday life, I couldn’t help but feel incredibly tetchy for her. Suspicion after suspicion led her deeper down the rabbit hole, leaving me as the reader wondering exactly how she could possibly escape her predicament.

Our Little Lies is a fantastic psychological thriller. As a reader, I firmly felt the suffocating isolation that Marianne did and I think I need to take a short break to reflect before I pick another book up.

Amazing – expect it to mess with your head! The perfect reason to download and read it now.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Our-Little-Lies-absolutely-psychological-ebook/dp/B07G54F8KL/

Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.

https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

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Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach

Cover reveal alert! 📢

I absolutely love my new book cover – huge thanks to Bookouture, my amazing publishers. Honestly, I can’t praise Bookouture or my editor, Helen Jenner, enough. Her Pretty Bones will be released on the 17th January 2019 and I can’t wait. 

Gina Harte has been a part of my life for what feels like ages and I’m so pleased that people are enjoying the cases she tackles and the personal journey that I’ve created for her. I am so looking forward to the next instalment being available to you all! 

I must thank everyone so far who’s read, blogged about or reviewed The Next Girl and/or Her Final Hour. You rock and I’m hugely grateful! 

Check out the book description below and if you like the sound of it, here’s the pre-order link:
http://geni.us/HPBCover

Description

THE UNPUTDOWNABLE NEW THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE NEXT GIRL 

She’s just the girl he’s looking for… 

A young woman falls from a vehicle speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close. 

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair. 

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl. 

AN ABSOLUTELY HEART-STOPPING CRIME THRILLER FROM CARLA KOVACH – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, Her Pretty Bones will have you hooked. 

I’m prolific on social media, especially Facebook. I love to hear from readers so please do tweet me or post on my wall. I also do occasional giveaways so make sure you like my page while you’re there. Don’t miss out!

Have a fantastic week and thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.

https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

Book one on the DI Gina Harte series:

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The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite

Novel blurb:

She’ll do anything for you…

My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered.
My husband has left me.
My children won’t speak to me.
My friend Carrie is the only person I have.
She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets.

She’d never do anything to let me down.
Would she?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated. 

My thoughts: 
After loving Her Last Secret by the same author, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to The Perfect Friend, and once I started, I couldn’t stop. With every turn of the page I had to read on. Barbara certainly is fantastic at the craft, leading me down many paths with all the twists, turns and secrets. Several times I thought I’d sussed things but I only realised how far out I was about two thirds in. I hadn’t a clue, but don’t fret, it all comes together beautifully.

The main characters, Alex and Carrie, were perfect for a psychological thriller. I had no idea who was after what, and why. I had no idea if Alex was being unreliable as a narrator. I’m not giving any hints here! 

I love the themes this book explores. Eating disorders, domestic violence, dishonesty. Credibility comes into play, and how easily it can be lost if mental illness is a factor. 

Anyway, if you want to know more, you’ll have to buy a copy.

Purchase link:

Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.

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Hiding in Plain Sight – an album by John Lovell/JoLov Music.

Today I write my post from sunny Cala Bona – a beautiful resort on the east coast of the Spanish island of Mallorca. It’s been a little bit stormy overnight and the wind is only just calming down. But before I head out for coffee, I thought I’d listen to John’s new album, Hiding in Plain Sight. It is a mix of folk, Americana and country and as I press play, I can tell I’m already going to love it. 

Cover
I love the person walking into the mist as if the path is undetermined and unknown, and I think this reflects the album well. We don’t have all the answers as human beings and we may well spend a lot of time questioning our very existence. 


Album tracks
The Old House
Last of Me?
Along the Glory Road
Syria
Crossroads to Nowhere
Eight Minutes
Hiding in Plain Sight
Run Fran, Run
Dust
That Empty Chair
In a Flanders Field

About John Lovell
John, returned to actively playing guitar and performing 12 years ago and soon started writing his own material. With over 70 original songs to choose from, John found picking tracks for his first album harder than producing it!

My thoughts
I found a majority of the album to be melancholic and thought provoking. John writes of war, loss, unrequited love, regret and about coming to terms with our mortality. This is the type of music you could end up having a philosophical/political/existential conversation about. Every song has meaning and depth, forcing the listener to reflect.

To quote John, ‘living is more than just to survive,‘ from the song, Along the Glory Road. How many people are suffering worldwide due to war or civil unrest? A lot of people only live to survive in the hope that one day they can actually live. Living isn’t just having food and being warm, humans crave love, acceptance, art, music, enjoyment and John made me think about these things. John follows this song with, Syria, another thought provoker. 

I really enjoyed Eight Minutes. Imagine only having eight minutes left? John quotes the title of a poem by John Donne (17th century author), No Man is an Island. Over the course of the song, he explores what it is like to face your end, the thought of dealing with regrets and saying goodbyes. Also, death is a theme John explores well in, The Old House. It is the death of an era where a house, once loved and housing happy families, now sits awaiting its slow demise. All the evidence of life still there to find, if one looks carefully for it. 

Unrequited love is the theme of, Hiding in Plain Sight. You feel the sadness of a person who can only watch the one they truly love, from afar. A love that will never be.

Just to jazz things up a little, John has included a punky song, Run Frank, Run. This is a catchy one. Also, Dust and Run Frank Run, are set to be in the upcoming film John is writing the musical score for, Penny for the Guy

John writes with sensitivity and love. This album may make you smile or it may make you weep. One thing’s for certain, you will think about the words for a long time. 

Check out the links below and follow John’s Facebook page. He plays regularly in the Midlands and I’m sure you can catch him singing in a pub or at a music festival. He even played the Morton Stanley Festival this year in Redditch, playing on the same day as Hazel O’Connor.

Music video links:

Dust

That Empty Chair

Purchase link
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hiding-Plain-Sight-JoLov-Music/dp/B07GTSN2RC/

JoLov Music Contact:
https://www.facebook.com/JoLovMusic/
http://www.jlmusic.uksingers.com/

Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl. 

https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

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Lost Innocence by M.A. Comley

Blurb:

A chance encounter… Leads to devastating consequences.

The statistics for missing children are staggering and emotionally hard to deal with even for the hardest of detectives. DI Sally Parker and her cold case team need to have their wits about them when two very different cases land on her desk. Can she solve the mystery of where the bodies are buried? 

Past experience tells her that cold cases have a tendency to unearth surprising secrets. The emotions of the families involved are raw during the course of the investigations but nothing can prepare them for the surprising outcome each case delivers.

Can Sally solve the cases before a distraught family member of one of the victims is laid to rest? 

My thoughts:

I know this novel is number five in the DI Sally Parker series but it can definitely be read as a standalone. 

DI Sally Parker ends up with two cold cases on her desk simultaneously and as the the story develops, I felt the pressure she was under. Timing on the one case was crucial and I found myself willing her to solve it quickly. 

Through the course of her investigations, Sally has to deal with most evil antagonist, one who revels in the fact that he holds all the power. I really enjoyed reading the exchanges between him and Sally, and at one point, I think I clenched my own knuckles. What a baddie! And all this while trying to identify the unearthed bones of a preteen. 

I loved the pacing of this story, which was helped by such well written and fast moving dialogue. I really liked Sally as a character too, which is always a plus point. 

If you enjoy a police procedural that focuses on cold cases, that also runs at a fast pace, then this would be a great choice. This tale is also heart wrenching as you can imagine, given the subject matter. 

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Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.

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Snowdon – what a trek! 

On the 29th September 2018, Sam and I completed our Snowdon climb for the Voice for Asian Elephants Society. 

Travelling to the mountain, we passed some amazing scenery as we contemplate the enormity of the task ahead. We were climbing a real mountain! I think it had well and truly sunk in now.


For more information on the charity, check out our page. 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/samandcarlasnowdonia

We look pretty chilled before we started trekking.

I know what you might be thinking, you’ve just read our information and realised that one of us was missing. So, what happened to Aimee? Aimee unfortunately broke her ankle just before we were meant to climb Snowdon but she will be doing it early next year, once the doctor has given her the go ahead. As for odds of completion, Aimee has walked up and down the Pyg Trail before, so we know she’ll be a star walker/climber. She is also the only one out of the three of us who is fit – haha!

The day of our trek.

Armed with flapjacks, Kendal mint cake, a tin foil blanket and a whistle, Sam and I left fully prepared to conquer our first mountain. We arrived at what we thought was the carpark for the easiest route. We thought we were prepared but we weren’t, as we later discovered. Instead, we trusted that some kind hiker/climber would point us to the right path, the easiest one. 

Did that happen? Nooooo!

The lovely chap we bumped into said to take the Pyg Trail as it was the easiest one. As we walked along edges and ledges followed by an exhausting scramble, we were under no illusion that this was a hard route. In fact, some say, it is the second hardest route. Gee – thanks Mister. My friend and I don’t do gyms or exercise and we were stuck on the experienced climbers route, using our hands to scramble while the wind threatened to blow us to our death.

Check out some of the Pyg Trail photos.

Not far to go.

 

The last bit of the climb.

The hard bits are coming.

Nearly there.


Our faces! Sam looks far less frazzled than me.



Do we forgive the ‘helpful’ stranger?’

Given that we survived and made it to the summit, I can now say yes. It turned out to be the most exhilarating yet scariest trek of my life. I felt like we were teetering on the edge for a good chunk of this walk, not only that, it’s windy and misty up there. We didn’t just hike, we climbed, hands, footholes, the lot. I’ve seriously never been so scared in my life. Before this trek, I wasn’t at all scared of heights but now, it’s a different story. 

But still, I’m so glad we took the hard route. This amazing and terrifying expedition will stay with me forever. Also, the kindness and encouragement shown by the other walkers was heartwarming. We met some lovely people of all abilities. The experienced climbers were more than happy to give guidance to the likes of Sam and I and I’m grateful for that. 

What was at the top?



For those who wish to get there without exerting themselves, there is a train service. From what I saw, the people looked rather cramped but that’s the price you’d need to pay to have it easy. As we arrived, we saw the train through the dense cloud while the wind whipped around our faces. We pushed on with the promise of a large hot chocolate.

It’s only then I realised, all the people outside were making up the queue for refreshments and don’t get me started on the toilet queue. It took about fifteen minutes to finally get that hot chocolate and I had hoped to be able to sit while I drank it – no chance. The cafe was unbelievably overcrowded. One thing I did note was that some visitors took up valuable seating with their bags which angered me. We were exhausted and Sam had come over lightheaded. A five minute sit down would have been most welcome.

As this walk was for charity and I’m an author, I had to take one of my creations along. This will be auctioned at a charity dinner next year. The book took the journey with us. It may be slightly weathered, but it’s the only book I’m ever taking up a mountain again – I think. Hmm …



Walking down.

At last, someone told us the truth. ‘If you want easy, take the Llanberis Trek.’ They were right. Compared to the Pyg this was a doddle. A straightforward route with absolutely no chance of dropping off a mountain to your death. The biggest risk, as with any walk, is that of a broken or sprained ankle. The route is rocky and uneven all the way down and it’s just as uncomfortable as the Pyg Trek. It’s not scary though, and that’s all that mattered to me. One thing I will say, my toes were killing as my feet pushed downwards into the end of my walking boots. That was a killer.

A few photos of the walk down.


Back at the base.

My feet were in agony after the eight hours of walking. My legs were stiff and no wonder, we walked approximately 18 kilometres, and over 28,000 steps, and none of it was on the flat.



My advice.

Don’t underestimate this mountain, especially if you intend to take the harder routes. Sam and I didn’t train or improve our fitness at all. In preparation, I walked for a couple of hours up the Malverns (it did not compare) and Sam did the Squirrel Route on the Lickey Hills. What a pair of numpties! If we’d have taken the Llanberis Trail, this would have been fine, but not the Pyg. 

Make sure your walking boots are well worn in and you’re prepared for hot and cold weather. Take food, plasters, water, a few first aid items and a hat and gloves, for when you reach the summit. It was a lovely day on the ground when we climbed but up there, it was like being on a cold and baron planet in outer space.

Enjoy it and take lots of photos. It’s amazing and you’ll want to remember it forever. 

A bit of information about Snowdon.

It’s the highest mountain in Wales at 1085 meters above sea level. It feels high too, when you’re up there. 

Thomas Johnson was the first person on record to have ever climbed Snowdon. This was in 1639.

Depending on which route you choose, it will take an average person 3-4 hours each way. The Llanberis Trail is longer but easier. The Pyg is a shorter route but is a hundred times more challenging. 

If you’re walking up during the month of May, you may see the Snowdon lily. 

As far as folklore goes, Snowdon’s summit is said to be a giant’s tomb and this giant’s name is Rhitta Gawr. With his coat made of men’s beards, he must have had a reputation that filled people with fear. As legend has it, he was killed by King Arthur. 

In conclusion.

I will never forget this walk. I had a lovely time pushing through the fear and pain with Sam. The views were everything you’d expect and more. It was a day I’ll never forget and so far, we’ve raised nearly £1000 for the elephants. Sam enjoyed it so much, she’s even talking of doing the Pyg walk again with Aimee, when her ankle is better. All the best to them. I’m keeping my feet on the flat from now on. 

Thank you for reading about my Snowdon adventure. If you’re planning a climb, keep safe, train for the event and most of all, have a fantastic time. I’d love to hear about your experience too. Leave a comment if you wish. 

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

https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

Her Final Hour 

Book 2 in the DI Gina Harte series.

Anything can happen behind closed doors… 

The gripping new novel from the author of bestseller THE NEXT GIRL. Her Final Hour will have you hooked!

Melissa Sanderson is the perfect wife and mother. She dotes on her daughter, and lives in her dream home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs.

But looks can be deceiving.Something is amiss in that house – all the neighbours think so. Some say Melissa is having an affair. Others say she’s been drinking too much.

Then one night, sirens wake up the whole neighbourhood.

Melissa Sanderson is dead.

AN ABSORBING THRILLER WITH AN ENDING YOU WON’T SEE COMING – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love this absolutely heart-stopping thriller from Carla Kovach.    

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Faceless by Rob Ashman.

I’ll open this post by saying that it was lovely to introduce my book alongside Rob Ashman’s at the Wigan Noir at the Old Courts event on the 13th September this year. It was an amazing night and I’m thrilled to have met some great authors. 

Here’s a little bit of information on Rob’s first book in the DI Rosalind Kray series.

Book description:

After surviving a vicious knife attack, which left her husband dead, DI Rosalind Kray returns to work and is handed a serial killer investigation.

This killer is different, he doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random but the killer selects his quarry with meticulous care.

While fighting her superiors Kray must conquer her own demons, which are tearing her apart.

Kray has the ability to think like a killer and her skills lead to a series of horrifying revelations that turn the case on its head. She believes she is getting close, then her world comes crashing down with devastating consequences.

Will Kray find the murderer and escape with her own life in tact?

The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…

My thoughts:

I found Faceless to be an absolutely gripping crime novel, and the chapters written from the antagonist’s point of view had me glued to the page. As I read, I got so engrossed, I felt as though I was really delving into the workings of an evil mind which is testament to Rob Ashman’s character building. 

Protagonist, DI Ros Kray, is kickass and beautifully flawed. You feel her pain and the potency in which it fuels her determination. In my opinion, this led to a compelling read, giving me, the reader, the depth needed to feel a genuine connection.

If you love a good detective thriller with a addictive plot that will certainly give you nightmares, this is the book for you. 

Here’s how you can get a copy:

Thank you for reading.
Carla Kovach – author of bestseller, The Next Girl.
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