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This duo of thrillers are new on my shelf this week

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Two more new thrillers were added to my shelf this week, courtesy of Aria Fiction and facilitated by NetGalley – which one will you choose?

To mark ‘a publication with a difference’ for Aria Fiction, I also had the added bonus of receiving, ahead of the upcoming Blog Tour, a lovely complimentary paperback copy of ‘Mummy’s Favourite’, which is the cover I am choosing to feature today. Now I can read this one either whilst at home, or on the move – win, win!


Cover Image Of The Book 'She's Mine' By Author Claire S. LewisShe was never mine to lose…

When Scarlett falls asleep on a Caribbean beach she awakes to her worst nightmare – Katie is gone. With all fingers pointed to her Scarlett must risk everything to clear her name.

As Scarlett begins to unravel the complicated past of Katie’s mother she begins to think there’s more to Katie’s disappearance than meets the eye. But who would want to steal a child? And how did no-one see anything on the small island?

Time is running out and Scarlett is certain of only one thing – she didn’t kill Katie. Did she?


The alternative paperback cover image of the book 'Mummy's Favourite' by author Sarah FlintHe’s watching… He’s waiting… Who’s next?

Buried in a woodland grave are a mother and her child. One is alive. One is dead.

DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford is assigned by her boss, DI Geoffrey Hunter to assist with the missing persons investigation.

As more pairs go missing, the pressure mounts. Leads are going cold. Suspects are identified but have they got the right person?

Can Charlie stop the sadistic killer whose only wish is to punish those he deems to have committed a wrong. Or will she herself unwittingly become a victim.

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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    • Hi Veronica, thanks for stopping by today, it is great to ‘meet’ you.

      You sound like a lady after my own heart, when it comes to a good psychological thriller, or two! – Why settle for just one, when you can have them both!

      Happy Reading and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      ‘She’s Mine’ I would probably class as suspenseful, but ‘Mummy’s Favourite’ is just downright scary as heck, if you ask me. Just the thought of being buried alive gives me the creeps!

      I hope that you have a fantastic 2019, I can’t believe we are already two weeks into a new year!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have some great reading lined up for the rest of the week 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Not quite such a tough choice for me, as I have them both on my kindle .. LOL!

      The fact that I also have a lovely copy of the real deal paperback for ‘Mummy’s Favourite’ does rather swing things in favour of that book, if I was forced to choose just one to read and of course that very creepy premise might just have a small role to play!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, and as I realised that I haven’t actually spoken to you since before Christmas, I hope that 2019 is good for you and yours 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I can’t even begin to imagine being buried alive, but next to someone who is already dead, would surely totally unhinge you?

      The premise doesn’t give anything away about whether it is the child or the mother who is alive, but surely it would be every mother’s ultimate nightmare to be alive and know that your child lies dead beside you!!

      Oh! just talking about it is making the hairs stand up on the back of my neck!

      Thanks for visiting this week, it is always good to receive your comments 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      I know what you mean about the premise of ‘Mummy’s Favourite’. There is something decidedly “I may be frightened to go to bed tonight in a pitch dark room with the covers right up over my head” scenario going on!

      I’m sure I shall still enjoy the story, as told by the consummate author that Sarah Flint undoubtedly is.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, your visits are always appreciated 🙂

  • Ooo…. both sound good, so it’s a tough choice! If forced to pick, I think I’d go with the first. Is Scarlett Katie’s adopted mother or some other kin? What’s the connection? I guess I’d have to read it to find out! Both covers are appealing to me.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Sorry to have taken so long to get to your comment, but I know you understand and appreciate the time issues associated with blogging and I do always action replies just as soon as I am able.

      ‘She’s Mine’ is a debut novel for author Claire Simone Lewis and whilst it sounds like a great read, there are one or two questions thrown up by the premise, that I am hoping will be cleared up in the actual story line. One is the point you made about the relationship between Katie and Scarlett. The other is that final line …

      “Time is running out and Scarlett is certain of only one thing – she didn’t kill Katie. Did she?”

      This seems like a strange, unconnected statement, which doesn’t fit with the rest of the premise and I can’t begin to imagine that after having fallen asleep with Katie beside her, Scarlett’s first thought when she wakes up and discovers the child missing is, did I kill her?

      I haven’t actually looked inside the book, so I am tempted to publish a ‘First Lines / Book Beginnings’ post, in the hope that might make the situation a little clearer!

      At least it is intriguing enough to evoke comment, so I hope that is a good sign.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that things are good for you right now 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I did well to get two great books in one week. I definitely need to keep feeding my psychological thriller loving side, no matter how many other excellent stories from different genres, I acquire. You can’t beat a good murder or two!!

      Thanks for stopping by and continuing to co-host MM, it just wouldn’t be the same without it 🙂

    • Tracy, thanks for the nice words about the site, although it is still very much a work in progress, especially whilst I take lessons on all the new tools available to me. Image sizing etc is like a foreign language to me, so it is lucky that my teacher, AKA hubbie, is so understanding, or at least he is while the threat of no dinner hangs over him … LOL!

      There are just so many thrillers coming on stream right now and some promising new authors too, that it is almost impossible to keep up with it all. Which is where a meme like MM comes into its own, enabling the sharing of this new wealth of talent and finding that next ‘must read’ story!

      I have today received copy of a Guest Post by author Sarah Flint, in support of the Blog Tour of ‘Mummy’s Favourite’, which arrives here at Fiction Books on February 2nd 2019, so stop by then if you get the chance.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and enjoy your reading for the rest of the week 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You have some excellent thrillers and murder mysteries, you have shared over the years and I have taken some great recommendations away for my own TBR list.

      At the end of the day it’s the same old trouble though – too many great books and authors and nowhere near enough time to read even a small percentage of them!

      At the moment I am reading another good thriller, so I fortunately don’t have to choose between my featured books just yet, but the prize for the most creepy, sadistic premise definitely has to go to ‘Mummy’s Favourite’.

      I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations and Happy Reading in 2019 🙂

    • I’m afraid that this Jim Butcher series does not feature one of my preferred genres, so given the amount of books I have to read, is not very likely to cross my desk any time soon! The amount of ratings and reviews are amazing though, so I am very much in the minority on this one, or so it would seem.

      As I seem to remember you reading books by Terry Pratchett, I wonder, does Jim’s writing compare in any way, either in style or readability?

      Maybe one day you will get your reading mojo back for the thrillers you used to read so regularly. I always looked forward to your reviews.

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

      • No, Terry Pratchett’s and Jim Butcher’s books are really comparable. Pratchett’s Discworld series is based in its own world (though there are a some similarities this ours!) and is somewhat comedic, where as Butcher’s Dresden Files series is mostly based in Chicago (with a few wanders to other dimensions) and is more serious (although Jim does manage to fit in some funny lines).

        • Mmm! it sounds as though neither of these popular and much read authors are going to make it to my TBR pile anytime soon, but then it wouldn’t do if we all enjoyed reading the same genres of books, would it?

          Much as fantasy just isn’t my choice of genre, I am always mesmerised by the items for sale in the official Discworld Emporium, which is just down the road from us in Wincanton, Somerset and has been trading for well over 25 years, under Terry Pratchett’s patronage.


          Thanks for taking the time to answer my query, I really appreciate that and I hope that you have a few good books lined up for your 2019 reading 🙂

  • Both these books sound super intriguing! The blurb is a bit confusing on the first tho – is Scarlett Katie’s mum? Who is she to her? I’d probably buy a copy just to figure that out hahaha! Love your site x

    • Hi Helena,

      Great to ‘meet’ you, thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment 🙂

      Like yourself, I do enjoy my regular dose of murder / mysteries and psychological thrillers, although I will tackle some historical fiction, literary fiction and chick-lit from time to time. It’s probably easier to say that the only genres I don’t really enjoy are science fiction and fantasy!

      ‘Mummy’s Favourite’ is currently on Blog Tour and I have author Sarah Flint stopping by tomorrow, February 2nd, with a great Guest Post, so pop by if you are free.

      I have to admit that the premise of ‘She’s Mine’, posed more questions than answers and I am hoping that the writing style is a bit more organised when I actually come to read the book. I would have said that Scarlett is not Katie’s mother, but if not, then why is Katie alone with Scarlett on a Caribbean beach? Also, what makes Scarlett even begin to think that she might have killed Katie, and where is the child’s body?

      I look forward to visiting your blog often 🙂

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