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Hold My Hand By M.J Ford

Hold My Hand‘Hold My Hand’ is M.J Ford’s debut novel.

When a young Josie Masters sees a boy wearing a red football shirt, Dylan Jones, being taken by a clown at a carnival, she tries to alert the crowds. But it’s too late. Dylan has disappeared. Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of the body of a child have been found – complete with tatters of a torn red football shirt. Is it the boy she saw vanish in the clutches of the clown? Or is it someone else altogether? And then another child disappears…

When I initially started this book, I found it a bit hard to get into, I found the to be chapters quite long, I prefer short and snappier that really pull the reader in. But, I persisted and I’m so glad that I did, as this book turned out to be one of the most twisted stories that I’ve read in a while and really did keep me on my toes.

The story is seen solely through the perspective of Josie Masters, who when she was little girl, witnessed a little boy being kidnapped. She was only witness to this crime and for years, wondered what became of the little boy. Now a woman, she’s a police officer and it’s now her job to find missing people and when thirty years later, an almost identical crime occurs to the one she witnessed, she becomes obsessed with the case, investigating it obsessively whilst resurrecting old ghosts and memories.

Josie is a great lead, she’s strong and determined and even though she has her own struggles and issues in life, she doesn’t let it distract her from her job. She’s smart and notices things around her, that her colleagues fail to notice which makes her such a dominant character and keeps the reader engaged.

There are smaller stories weaved through the main plot line and they are all so cleverly written with many shocks and twists throughout the tale, that connect seamlessly together at the end. The story is also riddled with many untrustworthy and dodgy characters that you regularly feel like you’ve solved the crime, only to be stumped in the way, once they prove to be innocent.

Riddled with deceit and suspense, ‘Hold My Hand’ is an engaging debut thriller, that flows at a fast pace and once you’re into it, it’s impossible to put down. A chillingly realistic tale about every parents worst nightmare, that will have you hooked to each page.

You can buy Hold My Hand from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Love Among The Treetops Book Tour – A Typical Writers Day

“CatherineOn the book tour for Catherine Ferguson’s brand new book called ‘Love Among The Treetops’, Catherine describes her typical writing day.

I’m lucky enough to be able to spend most of my working hours writing – although, in common with a lot of authors, I do supplement my income with another job. In my case, that means rising early and walking to my local cleaning job at a well-known home furnishings & women’s wear store! I do this four mornings a week for just an hour and a half, and the benefits are far greater than the extra money in my pocket.

First, it’s my exercise for the day (half an hour each way) and second, it gets me up and motivated and back at my laptop, raring to go, by nine-thirty. I like the social side, too – it can be quite a lonely life being a writer, closeted away for hours on end with just the laptop for company.

Now, when I said ‘back at my laptop for nine-thirty’, I did, of course, mean ten-thirty – after I’ve enjoyed a couple of well-earned coffees and some breakfast while watching ITV’s Lorraine, which is essential viewing if you want fresh ideas for new stories (or so I tell myself).

After breakfast, I spend about half an hour trying to resist checking the Amazon rankings but failing, catching up with e-mails and seeing what’s happening on Twitter Then I’m just about ready to start writing. (Just need to grab another coffee first.)

Hopefully, I will have made rough notes on the next part of my story the day before. This works well for me. It means I know where I’m going next in the book even before I sit down at the laptop – which makes it not half as scary as it otherwise would be!

I aim to write around 1,500 words per day and usually try to accomplish this by ‘lunch-time’, which can be anything from midday to mid-afternoon! By then, I find all the emotion of living the story with my characters has taken a bit of a toll on my energy levels. (I’m always amazed by how exhausting it can be, writing on emotional subjects – particularly when your main character has hit rock bottom. You feel all the see-saw emotions she’s going through and it’s almost as if you’ve been through it yourself!)

Love Among The Treetops

After that, I will stop for food and perhaps catch up on a drama on TV just to unwind a bit. Then often I’ll go for a walk.

I’ve learned that walking as part of my writing routine is really a no-brainer. The benefits are amazing. There’s the exercise and fresh air and the break from sitting at the laptop. But there’s also the magic that seems to happen when my mind is free to wander. Time and again, it’s when I’m out walking that the perfect plot twist or character will just pop into my head. If I’m having difficulty moving the story on, the perfect solution is likely to occur to me while I’m out for my walk.

By four, my working day is over, but that’s okay because I’ll be up at six next morning to do a bit of writing before I head off to my cleaning job.

You can pre-order Love Among the Treetops from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 17th May 2018.

Fiona Gibson Reveals New Book – The Mum Who’d Had Enough

The Mum Who’d Had EnoughFiona Gibson is back with a brightly covered book this year called ‘The Mum Who’d Had Enough’

What the back cover says-

Nate Turner has a nice life. He has a steady job as a driving examiner, and lives with his wife Sinead and son Flynn in a lovely house in a good part of town. Yes, it’s a very nice life.

Until one morning Nate comes downstairs to find Sinead gone and a note lying on the kitchen table, listing all the many things that Nate does wrong – or doesn’t do at all.

Now, somehow, Nate needs to show Sinead he can change – fast. But as Nate works on being a better husband and dad, his life changes in amazing and unexpected ways. And he starts to wonder whether he wants to go back to normal after all. Could there be more to life than nice?

I absolutely love the sound of this book and can’t wait to add it to my TBR pile.

You can pre-order The Mum Who’d Had Enough from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 14th June 2018.

Sue Moorcroft Reveals New Book – One Summer In Italy

One Summer In ItalySue Moorcroft has revealed the name of her new book for 2018 called ‘One Summer In Italy’.

What the back cover says –

When Sofia Bianchi’s father Aldo dies, it makes her stop and look at things afresh. Having been his carer for so many years, she knows it’s time for her to live her own life – and to fulfil some promises she made to Aldo in his final days.

So there’s nothing for it but to escape to Italy’s Umbrian mountains where, tucked away in a sleepy Italian village, lie plenty of family secrets waiting to be discovered. There, Sofia also finds Amy who is desperately trying to find her way in life after discovering her dad isn’t her biological father.

Sofia sets about helping Amy through this difficult time, but it’s the handsome Levi who proves to be the biggest distraction for Sofia, as her new life starts to take off…

Sounds like the perfect poolside story to read.

You can pre-order One Summer in Italy from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 17th May 2018.

The Fear By C.L Taylor

The Fear‘The Fear’ is by C.L Taylor.

Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes. Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become changed, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itsee his prey.

The Fear is the latest book by CL Taylor and it’s another cracking story, filled with strong female characters and an extremely dislikable male lead, this story was thrilling from the very start.

The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Lou, a young woman who never really fully got over her first love. It left with her a deep, rooted fear that the man who groomed her when she was just 13 would return to her life. But, when she returns to her childhood home, she sees Mike, the man who tried to kidnap her with a young girl. Terrified, that history is going to repeat itself, Lou tries to reach out to Chloe, but it all ends disastrously, especially with Wendy after the pair of them seeking revenge.

The story is written in the past and present tense which gives a great insight into the characters. The sequences written in the past present are seen through Lou’s diary entries and I find these particularly interesting as they set the scenes perfectly, from Lou’s innocent eyes as they slowly widened to the world around her. Now, as a woman, she’s insecure and hesitant to relationships and tends to keep people at distance.

Meanwhile, Chloe is Mike’s latest victim, a typical teenager, who’s uncomfortable in her skin, he latches onto her insecurity and unhappiness and uses it to his advantage. Whilst Wendy, is angry woman with revenge on her mind, she’s vindictive and surprisingly quite witty, which adds unexpected sprinkling of humour to the story.

A chilling and powerful story that regularly made for unsettling reading. ‘The Fear’ is a smartly written tale, that focuses on grooming and the naive and innocent victims and how easy it is to fall into the wrong hands.

You can pre-order The Fear from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd March 2018.