Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman – review

Published by Headline Publication date – 14 February 2017 Source – library “In Heartbreak Hotel by New York Times No.1 bestseller Jonathan Kellerman, criminal psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware investigates the death of his most mysterious patient to date. Fans of Michael Connelly and Harlan Coben will revel in this knife-sharp storytelling from the master of…

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel – review

Published by Hodder and Stoughton Publication date – Source – review copy “Beautiful. Rich. Mysterious. The Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them which is never spoken. Every girl either runs away, or dies. Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot…

Stephen May – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Stephen May to the blog. Stephen is the author of Tag and Life! Death! Prizes! and his latest novel Stronger Than Skin was published by Sandstone Press on 16 March 2017 Stephen kindly answered some of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Stronger Than Skin. A man –…

To cull or to keep, that is the question…

Any book lover will know that there is nothing better than getting your hands on a new book. It might be the latest novel from your favourite author, the book that everyone is talking about or a newly discovered gem from a charity or second hand book shop. Adding it to the book case or…

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski – review

Published by Orenda Books Publication date 15 March 2017 Source – own copy “1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the…

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant – review

Published by Virago Publication date – 3 November 2016 Source – review copy “The new novel by the acclaimed author of Upstairs at the Party and the Booker-shortlisted The Clothes on Their Backs. The Second World War is over, a new decade is beginning but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on…

Cursed by Thomas Enger – review

Published by – Orenda Books Publication date – 15 February 2017 Source – review copy “When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has been grieving for her recently dead father, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no…

Under the Reader’s Radar – celebrating the quiet novel

There are thousands upon thousands of books published each year. Only a small percentage of those make it to the best-seller list. That doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t worthy of reading. It may be that they are written by self-published authors who don’t have the marketing knowledge or a small independent publisher who doesn’t have the…

Purged by Peter Laws – review

Published by – Allison and Busby Publication date – 16 February 2017 Source – review copy “Matt Hunter lost his faith a long time ago. Formerly a minister, now a professor of sociology, he’s writing a book that debunks the Christian faith while assisting the police with religiously motivated crimes. On holiday with his family in…

Koethi Zan – Q&A

Today I’m pleased Koethi Zan to the blog. Koethi is the author of The Never List and her latest novel, The Follower was published by Harvill Secker on 18 May 2017 Koethi kindly agreed to answer a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Follower. The Follower tells the story of…

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith – extract

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith is published by No Exit Press on 23 February 2017. The publishers have kindly given me permission to share an extract of the book. The old man was nearly to the Louisiana line when he saw the woman and child walking on the other side of the interstate, the…