mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Ghoster – Jason Arnopp ★★★★★

Blurb; Kate Collins has been ghosted.

She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty apartment. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.

Except for his mobile phone.

Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his calls, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.

That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognise. Scratch marks on the walls that she can’t explain. And the growing feeling that she’s being watched.

Kate refuses to leave the apartment – she’s not going anywhere until she’s discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott’s digital history the more Kate realises just how little she really knows about the man she loves.

My Review; You know a book is brilliant when you’re that into it, a knock on the door by the postman scares the life out of you and you jump. Yes that happened. After reading quite a creepy part.

Ghoster is brilliantly written, fast paced and I flew through it! It’s creepy, full of suspense and made me tense, it had me on edge in parts. I had to feel sorry for Kate for what happened to her the poor woman, if that was me I would have gone back home. But she’s a determined character refusing to leave.

I loved how in the story she talks to herself or her thoughts are there for us to see. Parts of the story are in a text message format which I loved too. I don’t know if it’s just me but the fact there was no electricity in the flat means she was in the dark made it even worse for me. Will she ever find out where Scott has gone? She has plenty of clues to go off…

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend! Loved it. Brilliant. Really enjoyed it.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Sea Holly & Mistletoe Kisses – Laura Briggs ★★★★

Blurb; Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel’s ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.

But is that what’s really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie’s time, which comes as a surprise to no one who’s seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life … and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.

My Review; It appears this is book three in A Little Hotel in Cornwall series, which I didn’t know. However, it read perfectly fine as a standalone. It is a short read at just under 200 pages. Set in a hotel in Cornwall. You get a good background of the main character Maisie so I don’t have a clue what happened in book one or two, I will have to go back and read these.

A beautiful setting for the story and a brilliant time of year AKA Christmas! Could romance be on the books for Maisie this year? It sure is possible. Brilliantly written however, there is no chapters at all in this book, just one long story which is hard to find places to stop. I also learnt a lot from this book about Ice sculpturing. Different.

An easy, different festive read for 2019! A well deserved four stars from me.

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suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Secrets He Kept – Jackie Walsh ★★★★

Blurb; You know everything about your husband. Don’t you?

He loves you. He loves your children. He’d never put his family in danger.

One of these is a lie.

It started like any other day at the hairdressers where Sally works as a stylist… until her first client innocently shows her a family photograph; a photograph that causes Sally to collapse in shock.

In one moment, Sally discovers that Tom has been hiding an explosive secret – one that could tear apart the life they’ve built together. Faced with an impossible dilemma – search for the truth, or keep her contented life? – Sally is about to discover that even those closest to us have secrets… and that sometimes the truth is the last thing we want to hear.

A completely gripping, suspenseful psychological thriller that fans of T.M. Logan, My Lovely Wife and K.L. Slater won’t be able to put down.

My Review; It has been a long time since I read a book from start to finish and that is exactly what I did with this book! Finished in a day. It’s gripping and a real page turner you won’t want to put down. Brilliantly written with short chapters. There’s no messing around in this story within the first chapter something happens that gets you hooked and wanting answers. Everything after that you’re just suspicious. Thinking. Detective mode…

Couldn’t help but feel sorry for Sally throughout. Packed full of secrets, lies and deceit. Do you really know your husband? A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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