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A Trio Of Goodies!

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I am one happy blogger this week, as I have been invited to join the ‘Books On Tour’ team for digital publisher Bookouture, with the complimentary downloads being delivered via NetGalley

To kick off events, I have chosen three tours, all featuring crime thrillers, so without further ado! -:

WHAT ONLY WE KNOW by CATHERINE HOKIN – (My tour date and review May 29th)

Cover image of the book 'What Only We Know' by author Catherine HokinA door slammed and the unmistakable sound of boots came crashing up the hall. Liese held her little daughter’s hand so tightly, the tiny fingers had turned purple. The SS officer’s hand was at Liese’s throat before she saw him move. ‘I can kill you easily, then I can kill your daughter.’ He relaxed his grip a little. ‘Or perhaps I could kill her first?’

England, forty years later. When Karen Cartwright is unexpectedly called home to nurse her ailing father, she goes with a heavy heart. The house she grew up in feels haunted by the memory of her father’s closely guarded secrets about her beautiful mother Elizabeth’s tragic death years before.

As she packs up the house, Karen discovers an old photograph and a stranger’s tattered love letter to her mother postmarked from Germany after the war.

During her life, Karen struggled to understand her shy, fearful mother, but now she is realising there was so much more to Elizabeth than she knew. For one thing, her name wasn’t even Elizabeth, and her harrowing story begins long before Karen was born.

It’s 1941 in Berlin, and a young woman called Liese is being forced to wear a yellow star…

WHY SHE DIED by J.G. ROBERTS – (My tour date and review June 2nd) 

It was a person after all, but she was suspended in mid-air. Abi’s heart began to thump against her ribcage as the full horror of what she was seeing became apparent. Her shrill scream pierced the silence, startling birds into taking flight. ‘Help me!’ she cried. ‘Somebody please help!’

When beautiful and bright Hannah is late for their morning run, her best friend Abi thinks nothing of it. Hannah isn’t always that reliable – she’s probably just overslept.

But as Abi runs through the woods, following the same route she always does, she is greeted by a horrifying sight: Hannah’s body, swaying in the breeze.

Detective Rachel Hart is called to the scene. Something seems wrong from the start. Hannah’s friends and family insist that she had everything to live for, and no one has a bad word to say about her. But when murder is confirmed, and Rachel starts digging, she soon realises that there were plenty of people with reasons to want Hannah dead.

Then a second woman is found strangled in the same woods, and everything Rachel thought is thrown into doubt. Is there a serial killer at work?

Rachel is determined to find answers before another life is lost – all the time unaware that the killer’s sights are focussed firmly on her.

Can Rachel unravel the deadly game before she walks into a trap?


(My tour date and review June 23rd)

Cover image of the book 'Someone Else's daughter' by author Jennifer HarveyThey’d left their daughter with us, their only child, and we hadn’t protected her. That was all they would see when they looked at us—that we had failed them.

I count down the days until we can leave the city behind and return to the beach house. Where James and Katie can roam free over the dunes, like they did as children, and Peter will swap his 6 a.m. starts for the stacks of fluffy pancakes he lovingly serves up for our family breakfasts. These sun-drenched, golden days, just the four of us, are what I hold on to all year long.

But this summer Katie’s best friend will be coming with us. I tell myself the girls will have fun together, pushing aside the doubts I have about this uninvited guest. Isa. With her corn-silk hair and luminous skin, who manages to overshadow my daughter at every turn. Who has been dumped on us by her own parents, too caught up in their petty dramas to see what is right in front of them.

Because I can see it. There is something dangerous about Isa. Something more than a carefree girl, testing boundaries as she approaches adulthood. She threatens to cast storm clouds across my beach house days. I feel as powerless to stop her as I would in the face of a hurricane.

By the end of the summer, Isa will be dead. And I will have to face her mother. I don’t know if I will be able to find the words. How can I begin to explain that she never really knew her daughter at all?

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Oh, these all sound good to me. I’ll have to check them out, I’m always up for a good mystery. Have a great week and happy reading!

    • Hi Kay,

      I have to say, that all three of these books are totally different in the way in which they interpret the genre of mystery/thriller.

      The ‘Book Tours’ for Bookouture, are all based on full review only, so I have really had to focus my time on reading them all (I knew lockdown would come in useful for something) back to back!

      I have enjoyed them all, although the differences in writing style, interpretation and presentation, have been sharpened and highlighted, by my mini readathon. I quite like this way of working!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I think that these first three tours for ‘Bookouture’ being mystery / thrillers, is just a coincidence, as their catalogue is very varied and interesting!

      All three books in this feature, are indeed very intense, but in totally different ways, so I’m not going to pick one book out over the others, as all three are good depending on the style of writing you prefer, which varies a lot.

      The reviews are all due out within the space of 3 weeks, so I’ll let you decide for yourself. The only clue I will give you, is that you may need your tissues handy for the first book, ‘What Only We Know’ !!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you if your lockdown has been relaxed 🙂

  • Looks like a great trio of books, Yvonne! All three sound interesting and I look forward to seeing your full reviews. One or more just might end up on my wishlist. 😉 It’s a good thing current events have given you more time to stay home and read. I know you don’t like feeling pressured! That said, they all sound like the sort that will keep you reading quickly.

    • Hi Kelly,

      They have just announced that all non essential retail should be opening on June 15th, so we’ll have to see how that goes, although I don’t think the charity shop is planning to open until July 1st earliest. So I still have a little more time to read!

      I am almost finished with the third book and I have actually been disciplined enough to write up the review posts as I go, which is totally amazing for me!

      I now have informal agreements with three different publishers for Blog Tours and promotional work, so I have access to a great portfolio of books.

      Book number one ‘What Only We Know’ is really good, if a little sad. The second is murder / police procedural and the third is an intriguing mystery. I think at least one of them will appeal to you, although I’ll wait and see what you think after the reviews go live and see if we agree!

      I hope that you have enjoyed your extended weekend. It has been a holiday here today also and the weather has been amazing. I can’t remember the last time we had any rain and there is none forecast in the foreseeable future, so I am guessing that with everyone at home using more water, it won’t be long before they start saying there are shortages and hosepipe bans!

      Take Care and I hope that you have some good books lined up 🙂

    • Hi! Mary,

      In all fairness, the lovely Sarah from Bookouture, did offer quite a selection of upcoming tours for me to choose from and I decided my own schedule, so they are all titles that I liked the sound of!

      None of them are hardcore thrillers, so I think that you would probably enjoy all of them too, especially ‘What Only We Know’, which is the first one up for review, later this week. Stop by and see what you think 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Like I really need any more posts to organise right now, if I was being totally honest with myself! … but who can pass up the opportunity to check out just a few more brilliant books!! 🙂 🙂

      There are some excellent catalogues of books from the publishers, which are being added to all the time, so I am going to be spoilt for choice to feed my addiction!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      As I am on quite a tight review Blog Tour schedule for this trio, I have in fact read them all, and yes they were indeed all winners in their own way!

      Three totally different storylines and three authors with equally unique styles of writing!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have some great books ready for your reading over the next few days 🙂

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