I Know You by Erik Therme – review.


Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.

Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?

It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home …

My thoughts

This is a fast thrill of a novel!

As soon as younger sister Alissa is taken, the clock is ticking for older sister, Bree, to rescue her. From early on, it had me guessing as to who and why.

I loved how the author wove the family dynamics into the story. Children fearful of their father, an overworked mother and the creepy guy at the trailer park all added brilliantly to the tone of the book. As for story setting, fantastic – trailer park in America; family struggling to make ends meet. It all added to the tension.

If you’re looking for a young kickass lead, then Bree fulfils this brief. This is a pacy thriller that I’m sure most readers will fly through, as did I.


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


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Amazing Grace by Kim Nash – review.


She’s taking her life back, one step at a time…

Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted.

Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary – and her perfect life fell apart.

Now she’s a single mum to Archie, trying to find her way in life and keep things together for his sake. Saturday nights consist of a Chinese takeaway eaten in front of the TV clad in greying pyjamas, and she can’t remember the last time she had a kiss from anyone aside from her dog, Becks…

Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up on her doorstep, his twinkling eyes suggesting that he might be interested in more than just her conifers, she might just have found the answer to her prayers. But as Grace falls deeper for Vinnie, ten-year-old Archie fears that his mum finding love means she’ll never reconcile with the dad he loves.

So when ex-husband Mark begs her for another chance, telling her he’s changed from the man that broke her heart, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness?

A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life for the better – readers of Cathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Josie Silver will love this uplifting read.

My thoughts:

What an uplifting novel! Grace’s character was so relatable to me and I’m sure everyone reading Amazing Grace will find something of themselves in her. She really is the woman next door!

I loved the humour that came with the main character, and Kim Nash certainly dished up lashings of it. I found myself tittering on many occasions as I sped through the pages, racing to the end to find out what would happen.

I totally rooted for Grace, wanting her and her young son, Archie, to find happiness. This is a tale of finding one’s self after having all of one’s self eradicated by a bad relationship. It is a tale of coming to terms with grief, and goes on to show how wonderful it is to keep our loved ones in our heart, long after they’re gone. Most of all, it is a witty, entertaining tale, that gallops to the end.

Amazing Grace! Amazing debut! May there be more where that came from.

I’d thoroughly recommend this book if you love a feel-good romantic comedy that may cause you shed a few tears; and when I last checked, it was only 99p on Kindle.


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


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The Liar’s House – COVER REVEAL!

Here’s the big reveal and to say I’m thrilled with it is an understatement! 🥳🥳🥳

The Liar’s House is the next book in the DI Gina Harte series and I absolutely adore the cover (thanks Bookouture)! 🍸🍸🍸

SO EXCITED to reveal the cover and description of Book 4 in the absolutely gripping Detective Gina Harte series by Carla Kovach – The Liar’s House. Out on 2nd July but available to pre-order right now:


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.

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


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Love You Gone by Rona Halsall – Review.


‘Hello? Police? My husband and our children… they’re gone.’

When Mel arrives at the holiday cottage in the Lake District, she expects to find the heating on and her husband Luke and the two children waiting for her. Maybe a bottle of wine open…

Instead, there is just a note on the side, saying they’ve gone out for a walk.

But they aren’t back several hours later, and Mel knows something is wrong. Really wrong. When a search doesn’t find them, she has to confess to the police that her marriage isn’t all that it seems.

Even if that risks her own secrets being revealed…

An absolutely incredible, page-turning psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming, for fans of Gone Girl, Behind Closed Doors and Ruth Ware.

My thoughts:

I loved the structure of this suspenseful psychological thriller. It begins with wife, Mel’s, POV. This novel drew me in immediately with Mel arriving at the holiday cottage to find her family gone. I mean, this is after all a mother’s worst nightmare! It had me turning the pages, anticipating the many things that could have happened to husband, Luke, and the two children. Were they lost, dead, or had they been kidnapped?

We get a deep look into Luke’s character as we jump back to the past and see things through his POV. ‘There are two sides to every marriage’ – the tagline for this book is perfect. The author explores the characters and their inner-workings brilliantly.

Rona has sensitively tacked the central theme of domestic violence and as I was reading, it felt real and I event shuddered a couple of times. The story is full of twists and turns, there to surprise the reader right up to the very end. What a tense, exciting, read! Loved it.


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


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The Puppet Show by MW Craven – review.


A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive…

My thoughts:

When a book opens the way this one did, you know it’s going to be a memorable read. It’s shocking, horrifying and the way the burning victim is described by Craven puts the reader right in the middle of the action. The questions have already formed. Why? Who could commit such an atrocity?

Investigator, suspended Detective Poe, is soon brought back from his peaceful life after finding himself at the heart of the case. I loved the Tilly/Poe partnership. The development of their friendship was brilliantly written. Tilly’s character is so distinctive too, making her totally memorable.

This novel is a rapid moving police procedural. The Lake District setting also made it a delight to read. I loved that it was set in this region. Having lived there in the past, I could imagine the landscape and the areas mentioned.

All in all, a fantastically plotted crime book, full of wow moments and tension! And the end, another big fat WOW!


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


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The Gift by Louise Jensen – review.


Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.

My thoughts.

Wow! Cellular memory is something I’d never heard of before reading The Gift. What an exciting theme to add to a psychological thriller. I can only imagine how much research the author had to do to bring this story to life in the way that she did.

I certainly felt for the main character, heart transplant patient Jenna, and tensely hoped that she’d get to the bottom of the mystery. What happened to Callie?

I loved the pacing of the novel as well as the Callie chapters, they had me flicking through the pages faster than a sprinter leaping over the finishing line. After previously reading The Surrogate, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed as I enjoy Louise’s style of writing.

If you love a psychological thriller filled with twists and turns, then this is your book. It never stopped surprising me, right up to the end. Fab and fast read!


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


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Dark House by Helen Phifer – review.


Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realised what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming…

For decades, The Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now – when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney…

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum’s wrongs.

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum’s walls? Together with her partner Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history, and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?

An absolutely terrifying and gripping thriller that will chill readers of MJ Arlidge, Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott to the bone.

My thoughts

Dark House starts with a bang, opening with a chilling flash to the past! The chapters set in the seventies filled me with fear and intrigue as I turned the pages, needing to find out what happened at the asylum. Helen Phifer can certainly set a chilling scene, one that forced me to read on with haste.

The main character, DI Lucy Harwin, was fantastically developed. I loved how the novel was peppered with snippets of her past case, and that her relationships were complicated. Her daughter, colleague and potential love interest all served to show the reader more about Lucy, without being a distraction from the main case.

As for the antagonist, I loved the past to present mystery and the chase as the action ramped up. I was literally biting my nails at the end. What a ride!


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


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