Emotional · mystery

*BLOG TOUR* The Borrowed Boy – Deborah Klee ★★★★

Blurb; A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.

What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.

Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans and when four-year-old Danny is separated from his mum on the tube, Angie goes to his rescue. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life-changing journey.

Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.

My Review; I took a chance to read this one not one I would have picked up myself but I am so glad I did get the chance to read it. Beneath it all is a beautiful story which I enjoyed. Or should I say a beautiful story with the unexpected dotted in between but with a fabulous ending? Better.

Beautifully written. It all starts when young Danek (Danny) gets seperated from Nikoleta on the London tube, every parents worse nightmare. However, Angie was aboard the tube and saw it all happen and vows to look after the boy until he can be reunited.

However, it isn’t as simple as that. Angie has always wanted a child or grandchild and this is where she decides she will borrow the boy for a while when things soon become apparant that something is wrong. The boy is scared to return and bruised. They do eventually become reunited but the bond between Danek (Danny) and Angie is one that cannot be broken.

The community spirit in Jaywick is one that isn’t seen much these days. They’re a family and they all work together despite their differences. I really enjoyed reading this. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Big Chill – Doug Johnstone ★★★★

Blurb; Running private investigator and funeral home businesses means trouble is never far away, and the Skelf women take on their most perplexing, chilling cases yet in book two of this darkly funny, devastatingly tense and addictive new series!

Haunted by their past, the Skelf women are hoping for a quieter life. But running both a funeral directors’ and a private investigation business means trouble is never far away, and when a car crashes into the open grave at a funeral that matriarch Dorothy is conducting, she can’t help looking into the dead driver’s shadowy life.

While Dorothy uncovers a dark truth at the heart of Edinburgh society, her daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah have their own struggles. Jenny’s ex-husband Craig is making plans that could shatter the Skelf women’s lives, and the increasingly obsessive Hannah has formed a friendship with an elderly professor that is fast turning deadly.

But something even more sinister emerges when a drumming student of Dorothy’s disappears and suspicion falls on her parents. The Skelf women find themselves sucked into an unbearable darkness – but could the real threat be to themselves?

Following three women as they deal with the dead, help the living and find out who they are in the process, The Big Chill follows A Dark Matter, book one in the Skelfs series, which reboots the classic PI novel while asking the big existential questions, all with a big dose of pitch-black humour.

My Review; The Big Chill is book two in the Shelk series I have book one but I haven’t read it. It reads well as a standalone for me but I will be going back to read book one. What really fascinated me about this book was the fact they run a funeral business and a private detective business together which you’de never expect!

This story gets personal as it involves themselves and family members while still working through their two businesses. That means there is always something going on, a death, an investigation or an update on their personal problem. Which is bound to keep the reader engaged and turning the pages. Well it did for me. The cover is also eye catching and intriguing.

My favourite character had to be dorothy. I don’t know why I just love her. She’s determined, brave, incharge and a woman not to be messed with. The story is told through each of the characters and it works brilliantly. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading book one. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Hinton Hollow Death Trip – Will Carver ★★★★

Blurb; Five days in the history of a small rural town, visited and infected by darkness, are recounted by Evil itself. A stunning high-concept thriller from the author of Good Samaritans.

It’s a small story. A small town with small lives that you would never have heard about if none of this had happened.

Hinton Hollow. Population 5,120.
Little Henry Wallace was eight years old and one hundred miles from home before anyone talked to him. His mother placed him on a train with a label around his neck, asking for him to be kept safe for a week, kept away from Hinton Hollow.
Because something was coming.

Narrated by Evil itself, Hinton Hollow Death Trip recounts five days in the history of this small rural town, when darkness paid a visit and infected its residents. A visit that made them act in unnatural ways. Prodding at their insecurities. Nudging at their secrets and desires. Coaxing out the malevolence suppressed within them. Showing their true selves.

Making them cheat.
Making them steal.
Making them kill.
Detective Sergeant Pace had returned to his childhood home. To escape the things he had done in the city. To go back to something simple. But he was not alone. Evil had a plan.

My Review; This is book three in the detective sergeant pace series and I have been with this series from the start. If I can say I believe this series has grown and got better with each book. It does make references to the previous book but I believe it still works well as a standalone.

The story is told through a narrator and that narrator is evil. It is set in the small town of Hinton Hollow. It’s a long story which took me a few days to get through but well worth it. I loved the whole layout of the book and the way it was told through evils point of view. It all makes it a different read for me, a unique one. Will has found his own writing style and I approve.

This story has it all… Death. Love. Affairs. Secrets. Lies. Loss. Parts of this story are dark and twisted! Towards the end I found I needed to concentrate a bit more to grt my hrad around the outcome but I got it. Different. Unexpected. I really enjoyed reading this one.

The ending… WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT. What happened? Just no. Major cliffhanger. I need to know what happened. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Got my fingers crossed for a book four.

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