Book Review: The Silent Children (Carol E. Wyer)

Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 7.25.39 AM.pngCarol Wyer writes a seriously addicting thriller. Anyone who has read her work will know within the first few pages that it will be an absolute struggle to put down one of her books. The Silent Children, the fourth book in the DI Robyn Carter series, was no exception. I sat down to read this one and had it finished in an afternoon.

As mentioned, this is the fourth novel in the series that follows female detective. Robyn Carter. I did read the first novel in the series, Little Girl Lost, and just never got around to reading book two and three. They are in my TBR pile, it is all just a matter of time! I am happy to report that this novel did read well as a standalone. Now, be warned, Wyer is teasing out some information about her protagonist’s personal life and I did receive some of the backstory from some other bloggers so I was pretty much up to speed. This doesn’t bother me at all, but I do know that this would bother other readers, so, if you want the FULL experience, then I would absolutely recommend reading the books in their order.

This novel follows the discovery of some seemingly unrelated bodies and the story of abuse from a young boy. Told in snippets to the past and Robyn and her team working in the present, I was on the edge of my seat! Red herrings and twists and turns aplenty, I was left in the dark until the A HA moment!

I am shocked that Wyer is able to bang out these books as fast as she does and with such finesse. The series appears to be getting better and better!!  Now excuse me, while I catch up on the series and wait patiently for book five!

Thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel.  It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

This book was one of the December picks for #cjsreads!  Keep reading if you want to see what Jessica and Chandra thought of this one!

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Book Review: The Surrogate (Louise Jensen) @bookouture @Fab_fiction

Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 6.57.34 PM.pngI am a sucker for anything written by Louise Jensen. I find her books so perfectly bingeable. I knew that her newest novel, The Surrogate, would be published soon but I promised my fiancé that I would not pick up another new novel until after our wedding was over.

Well, all was going well until the reviews for this one started rolling in. I couldn’t resist. I had to get my hands on this book.

#sorrynotsorry

I devoured Jensen’s newest psychological thriller in a single afternoon and Bookouture was correct when they marketed this as “a book with a shocking twist”. All of my assumptions about the plot were completely off base; Jensen truly did end up shocking me within the final pages and revelation of the book.
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Blog Blitz: The Accident (S.D Monaghan) @bookouture @SeanMonaghan16 #blogblitz

Screen Shot 2017-09-01 at 10.16.12 PMGood morning and welcome to my neck of the blogosphere where I am hosting a section on today’s blog blitz for The Accident by S.D Monaghan!

When I read the synopsis to this novel, I was instantly intrigued. I am a huge fan of domestic thrillers and this one seemed right up my alley!

One mistake could change your life forever.

Tara has it all. Married and about to move into her dream home, she can’t explain why she is tempted by one last fling with her ex before she settles down.

David would do anything for Tara. So when he finds her with another man, his world starts to crumble around him.

Ryan isn’t prepared for the punch David throws at him. Stumbling, he slips over the balcony and falls three storeys to the patio below.

In one split second a man will be killed. In one split second David and Tara’s life will change forever.

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Blog Tour: Reported Missing (Sarah Wray) @bookouture

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Happy Sunday and welcome to my stop on the Reported Missing blog tour!!   Coming at you today with a review!

Rebecca’s world is rocked when her husband goes missing on the exact day a fourteen-year-old girl cannot be found. Coincidence?   Rebecca desperately would like to think so. As the police begin an investigation and as the people she knows begins to turn against her, Rebecca digs into her husband’s world to try and find the truth. Did Rebecca truly know the man she loved?

Reported Missing, the newest Bookouture thriller by Sarah Wray, had an amazing premise. A husband going missing at the same time as a young girl; I was catapulted right into the story and instantly began to come up with several of my own theories. I love when a book does that!   This one sort of reminded me of Gone Without A Trace by Mary Tourjussen; it had a similar vibe.
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Blog Tour: The Stolen Girls (Patricia Gibney) @trisha460 @bookouture

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It isn’t often I can commit to a series of books, especially a series of police procedural novels, but I make that exception when it comes to the Lottie Parker series by Patricia Gibney. I cannot get enough. Which is why I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the Bookouture blog tour for the second book in this series by Patricia Gibney, The Stolen Girls.

Gibney sure knows how to weave a story and this is apparent in The Stolen Girls.  Dark and demanding, this book will demand your attention from the first pages.

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Book Review: Follow You (Richard Parker) @bookouture @Bookwalter

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I have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) so, after I read numerous posts and reviews on the blog tour for Follow You by Richard Parker (previously called, Be My Killer), I knew I had to add this one to my TBR pile. I am so glad that I did.

Totally creepy, dark and twisted, Follow You is one of those books that sticks with you and gives you chills.

Making a documentary about a viral hashtag, seemingly starting as a prank, that ends up triggering vicious attacks and allows serial killers to choose their next victim.   Hazel, the film’s director, is horrified as these murders unfold but becomes especially invested after her childhood friend becomes a victim.   What starts as a documentary soon turns into a snuff film as members of her cast and crew begin ti disappear.
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Blog Tour: The Orphan of India (Sharon Maas) @bookouture @sharon_maas

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Welcome to my stop on The Orphan of India blog tour by Sharon Maas!

When I told Kim at Bookouture that I wanted something completely different from my regular reading to cleanse my palette, she recommended The Orphan of India by Sharon Maas, so, into this book I dove!

Surprising even myself, I was completely sucked into this story of love and loss within the first few sentences. Part coming of age drama and part historical fiction, Maas brilliantly captures the life of a little girl and the people who surround her.

Following British couple, Monika and Jack Kingsley, who are desperate for a family of their own. On a charity trip to India, they come across Jyothi, a small girl living in poverty and who seeks comfort from the music she hears around her; the couple falls in love with her immediately. Fighting through red tape and culture they are unfamiliar with, Jyothi finally comes to England and deals with the struggle to fit into her new surroundings. Following her lifetime, Jyothi realizes the importance of embracing your future and confronting your past.

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Blog Tour: Guilty (Laura Elliot) @bookouture

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Happy Sunday and welcome to my spot on the Guilty, by Laura Elliot, blog tour!

After a fight with her parents, thirteen-year-old Constance is reported missing. Her uncle, Karl, a man with a complicated past, finds himself implicated in her crime when a devious journalist, Amanda, suggests he could be the prime suspect.  Karl’s life is essentially ruined. Six years later, Amanda finds herself in a mother’s worst nightmare when her own son goes missing.   Could it be a coincidence? Or could it be past sins have come to back to haunt her?

Guilty was completely different than what I was expecting and if left me feeling quite the amount of mixed emotions. Let me explain.

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Blog Tour: Ella’s Ice Cream Summer (Sue Watson) @bookouture @suewatsonwriter

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Ella’s Ice Cream Summer by Sue Watson! Today, I have a review for you!

I have been indulging in quite a few summer beach reads and this one has been one of my favourites!

Ella’s Ice Cream Summer by Sue Watson was heart-warming and hilarious. I read this one easily in one sitting as I cozied up on my couch and longed for a warmer climate!

As the novel opens, we meet the single mother, Ella, who life seems to be hitting quite hard. Jobless, loveless, basically homeless and with her children away, she is lonely!   When she receives notice that her recently deceased aunt has left her part of the family business, an ice cream parlour and café in which Ella has fond memories of, Ella packs up her belongings and heads to the seaside town of Appledore to honour her aunt’s memory and open an ice cream stand.   With some bumps along the way and some family secrets uncovered, Ella finds more than what she bargained for during her ice cream summer!
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