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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Kat's Review of A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Zaffre (22 Sept. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785761080
ISBN-13: 978-1785761089

Synopsis: A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird - and the victim's missing eyes. As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too. And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn't to the people of Liverpool after all - it's to the police. Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first instalment of David Jackson's new Nathan Cody series.

Kat's Rating: 4/5

Monday, 25 July 2016

BLOG TOUR: We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Sphere (23 Mar. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0751564575
ISBN-13: 978-0751564570

Synopsis: When she was almost seventeen, Rosie Draper locked eyes with a charismatic student called Peter during their first week at art college, changing the course of her life forever. Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter, forty-seven years later, they both begin to wonder 'what if' . . .

Kat's Rating: 5/5

Kat's Review: I have to confess when I read the synopsis I was a little worried. Sue Watson has been a favourite author of mine for some time and her writing style is peppered with humour which normally has me crying with laughter. The synopsis with this latest book seemed a little less like her normal style so I wondered whether I would enjoy it as much? Thankfully this latest release shows that Sue Watson seems able to turn her hand to any style without any problems. 

Rosie Draper is the lead character in this book and being in her sixties means she falls outside the normal twenty or thirty something woman. Rosie is an absolutely brilliant character, but sadly the opening sees her struggling to come to terms with the loss of her husband after a long and happy marriage. Luckily she has her two adult children supporting her along with her granddaughters. Her two daughters run their flower shop and Rosie decides to return back to working with them in an effort to return her life to something approaching normalcy. 

She didn't count on running into her first love Pete from when she was 17 whilst attending and preparing some wedding flowers. Peter and her slowly claw back their friendship as Rosie struggles to get the perfect balance between her family and her own personal happiness. This book was certainly a change from her normal work but a story that I just fell in love with. I adored the family, Peter and Rosie herself. The story is told with warmth and love and is a real hear string puller!

I can certainly say that this book was an absolute joy to read. Sue Watson has managed to create a wonderfully warm love story which focuses on a lady slightly older than most I read about. It pulls the heart strings, and feels like a big warm hug at the end of a hard working day. I can truly say I think this book will be hugely popular and I for one cannot wait to see what Sue comes up with next, it seems there isn't a lot this lady can't do!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Kat's Review of Blood Sister by Dreda Say-Mitchell (Flesh and Blood Series)

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (11 Aug. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1473625661
ISBN-13: 978-1473625662
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm

Synopsis: There are two ways out of Essex Lane Estate, better known as The Devil. You make good, or you turn bad.

Jen Miller is determined not to make the same mistakes her mother did. She's waiting to find herself a good job and a decent man.

Her younger sister Tiff is running errands for a gangster and looking for any opportunity for fun and profit. But she might just be in over her head...

The choices you make and the plans you have don't always turn out like you expect. Especially if you live on The Devil's Estate. When their paths cross with the unstoppable Dee - a woman with her own agenda - Jen and Tiff will learn that lesson the hard way.

At least they can rely on each other.

Kat's Rating: 5/5
Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Kat's Review of Scandalous Lies by Nigel May

Paperback: 436 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (22 July 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 191075126X
ISBN-13: 978-1910751268

Synopsis: SUSPENSE: Georgia’s best friend, ballroom dancing sensation Mitzi, has vanished with boyfriend Foster while on holiday in California. Can Georgia get to the truth of their disappearance before it’s too late?

SECRETS: Reality TV star Nova could give the Kardashians a run for their money. But while she allows millions of viewers into her fabulous home, she’s unaware what her husband, celebrity mogul Jacob, is up to behind closed doors …

SEX: Tanya is filthy rich, married to a man who adores her but she is restless. And her sexual appetite is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.

SCANDAL: Victoria, once the trophy-wife, has lost her mojo. Determined to get her life and marriage back on track, she’s desperate to inject some excitement in her life – but at what cost?

Kat's Rating: 5/5
Monday, 18 July 2016

BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of Bad Blood by Julie Shaw

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper Element (14 July 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0008142858
ISBN-13: 978-0008142858

Synopsis: It’s 1981 and seventeen-year-old Christine is about to give birth to her son. When her family throw her out, Christine has the biggest fight of her life to bring up her son safe on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, rife with crime, alcohol and drugs, a place where family is everything and nothing.

It's Friday evening on the Canterbury Estate in Bradford and Christine, who's been rushed to hospital by her friend, Josie, is on the maternity ward giving birth. She's 17 and terrified. Not just of the pain, which is ripping her in two, but because she knows that once the baby arrives, her family is never going to speak to her again.

Her beautiful baby boy is about to start a chain of events that will lead to tragedy - and only her own family can save her.

Kat's Rating: 4/5
Monday, 11 July 2016

Kat's Review of Good at Games by Jill Mansell

Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Headline Review (1 Mar. 2009 - This is a re-release)
Original Publishing Date: 2000
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0755332520
ISBN-13: 978-0755332526

Synopsis: Suzy fell for Harry the moment she showed him her husband's sperm sample. It didn't really belong to her husband, though, because she wasn't married. It wasn't a sperm sample either, it was a drinks carton containing the dregs of her milkshake. But when you're trying to get off a speeding charge you just have to improvise, don't you? And it wasn't actually love at first sight. Still, it was undeniably a healthy attack of lust. And it might just be the beginning of something special..

Kat's Rating: 4/5
Sunday, 10 July 2016

Kat's Review of The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Viking (14 Jan. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0241206936
ISBN-13: 978-0241206935

Synopsis: This is a life told back to front.

This is a man who has lied all his life.

Roy is a conman living in a leafy English suburb, about to pull off the final coup of his career. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings.

But who is the man behind the con and what has he had to do to survive this life of lies?

And why is this beautiful woman so willing to be his next victim?

Kat's Rating: 3/5

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