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*BLOG BLITZ* Pendle Fire – Paul Southern ★★★★

Blurb; Social worker Johnny Malkin is battling a crippling workload and a hostile local community. That’s on a good day: things are about to get a whole lot worse.

Two fourteen-year-old girls are found wandering Aitken Wood on the slopes of Pendle Hill, claiming to have been raped by a gang of men. With no female social workers available, Johnny is assigned to their case. But what, at first, looks like yet another incident of child exploitation takes a sinister turn when the girls start speaking of a forthcoming apocalypse.

When Johnny interviews one of the girls, Jenna Dunham, her story starts to unravel. His investigation draws him into a tight-knit village community in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where whispers of witchcraft and child abuse go back to the Middle Ages.

One name recurs: The Hobbledy Man. Is he responsible for the outbreaks of violence sweeping across the country?

Is he more than just myth?

My Review; HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! I absolutely loved this story. There’s just something that makes a story extra special and personal to the reader when they know the location and setting of the book, I do not live far from Nelson and Burnley at all! Scary. I have visited Pendle Hill myself and know all about the tales and stories of the witches!

I loved the main character Johnny. He is a social worker who takes his job seriously and cares for the kids, maybe a little too much at times leading to not much of a personal life with his girlfriend and not much sleep either it seems!

Pendle Fire is a thrilling, fast paced, easy to read, edge of your seat thriller that you really wont be able to put down and will race through! Parts can be quite dark, chilling, suspense filled and disturbing… I found it a brilliant read with short chapters and would highly recommend it to you all. I awarded a well deserved four stars. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future. Brilliant. I wont forget this story in a rush.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

Her Husbands Lover – Julia Crouch ★★★★

Blurb; She stole her husband. Now she wants to take her life.

After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a clean start. Her husband Sam is dead. Her children, too, are gone, victims of the car accident in which he died.

Sam said that she would never get away from him. That he would hound her to death if she tried to leave. Louisa never thought that he would want to harm their children though.

But then she never thought that he would betray her with a woman like Sophie. And now Sophie is determined to take all that Louisa has left. She wants to destroy her reputation and to take what she thinks is owed her – the life she would have had if Sam had lived.

Her husband’s lover wants to take her life. The only question is will Louisa let her?

My Review; Where do I even start? If you read Gone Girl and loved it then this book is for you!! Its one twist after another in this brilliant thriller and I did not expect any of it. I was hooked! 

Her Husbands Lover is easy to read and contains short chapters throughout. It is a cleverly written story that just grabs the reader, I didn’t want to put it down. I have awarded four stars as I did find that it took a while to get into and to get to the good bit, but well worth waiting for. I enjoyed reading this story and would recommend to you all. I will be reading more by Julia in future. Clever, crafty and perfect thriller.

Whose version of the story do you believe? Everything is not as it seems…

Comedy · mystery

*BLOG TOUR* We Have Lost The Coffee – Paul Matthews ★★★★

Blurb:
London, 2045. Three months into the Coffee Wars and Britain’s caffeine supplies are at critical levels. Brits are drinking even more tea than usual, keeping a stiff upper lip and praying for an end to it all. A secret Government coffee stockpile could save the day…but then mysteriously disappears overnight.

One man is asked to unravel the missing-coffee mystery. His name is Pond. Howie Pond. And he’s in desperate need of a triple espresso. Meanwhile, his journalist wife, Britt, is hunting royal fugitive Emma Windsor on the streets of the capital.

Can Howie save the British Republic from caffeine-starved chaos? Will the runaway royal be found? And just what will desperate coffee drinkers do for their next caffeine fix? Find out, in Paul Mathews’ latest comedy-thriller set in the Britain of the future…

My Review:
What would you do if there was a coffee shortage? I would go mental!
We Have Lost The Coffee is book number three in the We Have Lost series but reads well as a standalone. This story is set in the future of 2045 in London, it is a lighthearted read with funny parts throughout. This is very different from what I usually read but, I enjoyed it nevertheless. It is easy to read and contains short chapters. I loved the characters and I love London. But I hope to god there will never be a coffee shortage. I would recommend this story to you all, very different. Refreshing from the genres I usually read. I awarded a fair four stars!

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