Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts

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We join this story in Hungary, on a minibus with Anna on her way to the UK. A journey which Anna had to pay for, yet you get the feeling that it was not living up to her hopes. Fast forward five weeks and we find a shooting taking place. The perpetrator unknown and the motive just as unclear.

 

This is a story of human trafficking. It is shocking, often repulsive and is being told by a real life police detective. Therefore, the authenticity of the story drips off the pages – making the read even more harrowing. The book is not an easy read, but saying this, I raced through it. A truly fascinating storyline which I have not come across before. This is a story which needed to be told.

 

Verdict: 5 star.

 

Thank you to Lisa Cutts for a compelling read and Rebecca McCarthy at Simon & Schuster for inviting to join the blog tour.

 

Out on the 10thJanuary 2019.

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Red Snow by Will Dean

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Welcome back Tuva!

 

We rejoin Tuva in Gavrik in the post-Medusa world. You may think that Tuva would have to wait a while for another mystery to arrive at her door. However, when the owner of the local liquorice factory jumps off the building in front her and many others, a new investigation begins.

 

I am a massive fan of Dark Pines – and Red Snow has just enriched my experience. Favourite characters are back, with the addition of more. The Grimberg family being the main new characters of note. With their traditions and history, the book becomes an even more compelling read. I love Dark Pines. I love Red Snow. Will Dean needs to get writing and you need to get reading!

 

Verdict: 5 star.

 

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I must say thank you to Will Dean for another brilliant read and Anne Cater for inviting me to join the blog tour.

 

Out on the 10thJanuary 2019.

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Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox

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A shared holiday between four families. An evening out for the parents. A night in for the four boys. What could go wrong?

 

‘The real trouble came at midnight.’

 

This book takes you on tour. As different avenues are investigated, the reader joins the local outcasts Ted and Amanda sort their way through fact and fiction. The story is full of surprises, complex characters and curve balls. With many uncomfortable issues addressed in this book, the story remained strong and did not shy away. As a result, the story reads in a well rounded manner, where you do not feel like the easy option has been chosen by the author.

 

Verdict: 4 star.

 

Thank you to Century for providing me with this copy to review.

Out on the 24thJanuary 2019.

Dark Pines by Will Dean

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‘An elk emerges from the overgrown pines and it is monstrous.’

 

Right from the beginning we are injected into a different reality. Gavrik in Sweden is isolated, freezing and plagued by a murderer. Tuva is a young journalist making sense of the town she now lives in. And when murder decides to visit the small town, Tuva grabs the mystery with both hands and does not let go.

 

As a person who is fascinated with the Nordic culture and lifestyle, and who loves a rather good read – this book hit every note beautifully. The landscape is vivid. The characters are refreshing. The story is a true mystery. Tuva was the true star of the show. A new classic voice in the world of fictional investigations.

 

Verdict: 5 stars.

The Chesnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

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Stepping into a ghastly scene straight from the start.

 

Detectives Thulin and Hess guide us through the intrinsic investigation into similar crimes being committed against apparently wholly different individuals. Taking us through criminal and political worlds, many questions arise along the way. The result of which is a shock full of satisfaction and triumph at a story well told.

 

I must start off by saying that I am a massive fan of The Killing. Therefore, to be invited to join this blog tour was a dream. The Chesnut Man was not a disappointment. I loved it. The book was incredible to read and I only wish I had given myself longer to savour it. The writing is supreme. The characters deep. The story is stupendously gripping. From start to finish, it did not let me go and kept me guessing (even beyond the last page). Please tell me there will be more to this story!

 

Thank you to Soren Sveistrup and Michael Joseph for a fantastic book – and a massive thank you to Jenny Platt for inviting me to join the blog tour!

 

Verdict:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ /out of five.

 

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Start by Graham Morgan

 

Author bio:

Graham was born in 1963 in York. He went to university as an angst-ridden student and was quickly admitted to one of the old mental asylums, prompting the work he has done for most of his life; helping people with mental illness speak up about their lives and their rights. He has mainly worked in Scotland, where he has lived for the last thirty years, twenty of them in the Highlands. In the course of this work he has been awarded an MBE, made Joint Service User Contributor of the Year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and, lately, has spoken at the UN about his and other peoples’ experiences of detention. He has a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and has been compulsorily treated under a CTO for the last ten years. He currently lives in Argyll with his partner and her young twins. Start is his first book.

 

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Review:

 

Raw. Gentle. Real.

 

This book is not always easy to read. It is honest and reflective. It provides an account of experiences, as well as informative views, on the current mental health treatment infrastructure. Additionally, Morgan divides the book up with poetic and fragile chapters. These truly give an insight into his emotional world.

 

The most important note to be taken from this book is that regardless of the experiences mentioned and the incidences reported, Morgan is telling stories of what it is to be human.

 

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Thank you to Graham Morgan and Fledging Press – as well as to Kelly from Love Books Group for inviting me on to the blog tour.

 

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Blurb:

Graham Morgan has an MBE for services to mental health, and helped to write the Scottish Mental Health (2003) Care and Treatment Act. This is the Act under which he is now detained. 


Graham’s story addresses key issues around mental illness, a topic which is very much in the public sphere at the moment. However, it addresses mental illness from a perspective that is not heard frequently: that of those whose illness is so severe that they are subject to the Mental Health Act.


Graham’s is a positive story rooted in the natural world that Graham values greatly, which shows that, even with considerable barriers, people can work and lead responsible and independent lives; albeit with support from friends and mental health professionals. Graham does not gloss over or glamorise mental illness, instead he tries to show, despite the devastating impact mental illness can have both on those with the illness and those that are close to them, that people can live full and positive lives. A final chapter, bringing the reader up to date some years after Graham has been detained again, shows him living a fulfilling and productive life with his new family, coping with the symptoms that he still struggles to accept are an illness, and preparing to address the United Nations later in the year in his new role working with the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.

Hangman by Daniel Cole

Baxter is back! Alongside colleagues from the CIA and FBI, Baxter is fighting to stop murders of the cruelest kind. With few apparent links between the incidents they are left with little to go on. But when Baxter gathers the help of her old colleague Edmunds the race really gets going.

 

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‘Each time they trace a subject, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings? Or will it be too late?’

 

With a back cover of a book containing the above you know there is going to a be a long ride ahead. I really did think that Ragdoll was a rollercoaster of a read. But Hangman has taken it up another gear. Going from Luther to The Following. This book went deeper and dared to explore a side of humans which many novels do not effectively do. This book, however, is a diamond. It shines out to be read. A true classic of the future and a book I will consistently recommend (along with Ragdoll) for many years to come. Daniel Cole – you need to write more books!

 

Verdict: ⭐ /out of five.

 

Thank you so much to Daniel Cole and Trapeze – and also a massive thank you to Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for inviting me to read such a brilliant book for the tour.

 

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