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Perfect Silence By Helen Fields

Perfect Silence‘Perfect Silence’ is the latest book by Helen Fields.

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby. After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

‘Perfect Silence’ is the latest instalment in the D.C.I. Callanach series and for me, it was the most disturbing as himself and his partner DCI Ava Turner battle against the clock from preventing the next woman to fall victim to the ‘Babydoll Killer’.

The story flows at a fast pace and is seen through the narrative of both the detectives as they try to piece the clues together but the killer that they are chasing is extremely smart and rarely leaves clues, only a handmade doll pieced together by their victims skins. Another perspective from the story is from the insight of the victim as the minutes go by and they pray to be saved.

This book has to be the darkest book in the series and is extremely gory in parts that does make for unsettling reading, so this book is not for the faint hearted.

What’s surprising about the story, which is gripping and chilling, is the element of humour which does catch the reader off guard, as Ava battles with her boss, a strong willed Scottish woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and her relationship with the French detective, D.C.I. Luc Callanach which had its own share of complications.

Gritty from the first page, ‘Perfect Silence’ is an incredible page turner that will have the reader hooked. With disturbing scenes and plenty of twists to catch the killer before they get the next victim, you will be racing through the pages until you reach the climatic end.

You can buy Perfect Silence from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Sophie Kinsella Reveals New Book – I Owe You One

I Owe You One Exciting news for Sophie Kinsella fans as her new book for 2019 has been revealed and is called ‘I Owe You One’.

What the back cover says –

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.

That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.

Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants.

The irresistible new standalone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything.

You can pre-order I Owe You One from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th February 2019.

The Meaning Of Blood And Other Tales Of Perversity By Chuck Caruso

The Meaning Of Blood And Other Tales Of Perversity‘The Meaning Of Blood And Other Tales Of Perversity’ is the latest book by Chuck Caruso.

In a near-future Pacific Northwest, a made-to-order sex robot tests a married couple’s concept of fidelity; in the Tennessee hills of 19th-century America, an itinerant preacher forces others to prove their devotion to God – at gunpoint; and in a settlement town of the Old West, a former outlaw seeking to rescue his deceased brother’s family from a life of poverty discovers to his horror the true meaning of blood.

This book has got to be one of the most disturbing and grotesque books that I’ve read in a while.

The book features a collection of short stories that are incredibly vividly written with peculiar situations that some are believable whilst others would keep you awake at night. From the slaughtering of families and the unfortunate demise of a poor slug man, this book is most certainly not for the faint hearted.

Unsettling and dark from the very beginning, ‘The Meaning of Blood’ is bloody good reactive book that will leave the reader shaking in fear.

You can buy The Meaning of Blood: and Other Tales of Perversity from Amazon

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland By Heidi Swain

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland‘Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland’ is the latest book by Heidi Swain.

After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course. Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connelly’s son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeeper’s Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridge’s reformed good-girl. As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart.

I spent the last few days reading this book and it really got me into the festive season.

The story is seen through through the perspective of Hayley, who’s looking forward to getting married and spending the rest of her life with Gavin until she finds out that he’s been cheating on her. She starts a new life in her workplace called Wyhthorpe Hall, where she has friends there looking out for her. Whilst she starts over, a newcomer arrives in the village. A handsome man called Gabe, quiet and brooding, Hayley finds herself drawn to him and his mysterious, gentle nature.

As the story progresses, we see Hayley grow in confidence and become a stronger woman as her friend rally around her and encourage her to continue with her dreams. Together the team of friends, go about creating the most magical Christmas for the village.

A heartwarming story from the very beginning, this book was a joy to read. The characters were charming and relatable with their situations in life. I loved Hayley and thought she was a lovely character who grew in strength with each chapter.

Sweetly written with warmth and love throughout, ‘Snowflakes And Cinnamon Swirls At The Winter Wonderland’ is a tender and fun Christmas story that is perfect to curl up with.

You can buy Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland from Amazon and is availble to buy from good bookshops.

Amelia Mandeville

Amelia MandevilleAmelia Mandeville is one half of the video blogging sisters, ‘The Mandeville Sisters’ with her sister Grace. They have a YouTube channel, where they explore their love for fashion, style and discussing disability and body positivity. ‘Every Colour Of You’ is Amelia’s debut novel.

  1. To readers of the blog who may not be familiar with you or your writing, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing.
    My name is Amelia Mandeville, I have a Youtube channel with my sisters ‘Mandeville Sisters’. I’m
    21, and I love dipping into the fictional world. I just got into this, by writing, and writing until I
    finally got there. Not giving up was the key!
  2. Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming book, ‘Every Colour of You’.
    ‘Every Colour of You’, is a book of many different emotions, following the journey of Tristan and Zoe, and their very unlikely friendship. It’s a book to make you hopefully laugh and cry, break your heart, and mend it at the same time.
  3. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    Ooooh. Rainbow Rowell. Patrick Ness, and Veronica Roth.
  4. Is there anything that you would change about your writing journey?
    I wish my writing wasn’t so dependent on my mood.
  5. Who’s your favourite literary heroine or heroine?
    I always loved ‘Maximum Ride’.
  6. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    You know what, I don’t have one!
  7. What’s your favourite book of all time?
    Hmmm, that’s too hard to choose. I have so many favourites, ‘Eleanor and Park’, ‘Chaos Walking ‘series, ‘Maximum Ride’ and so many more.
  8. Every Colour of You

  9. Why did you decide to write female fiction?
    I’ve actually wrote YA, and zombie novels before this, so I guess it just depends on the story I’m creating.
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    Oooooh, it’d be the three I answered for my favourite book.
  11. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    The motivation and self believe. Definitely. Just keep writing and encouraging yourself because it’s hard to believe in yourself. I nearly gave up lots of times.
  12. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    Can music count? I always have to listen to music, but a good cuppa is helpful too!
  13. And finally, do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website.
    I am working on my second book at the moment, which is all pretty secret…and still busy with my Youtube channel www.youtube.com/mandevillesisters. Thanks so much for having me 🙂

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    You can buy Every Colour of You from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.