Skip to content

Sam Carrington Reveals New Book – Bad Sister

Bad SisterSam Carrington is back with a new book called ‘Bad Sister’ and it sounds like a thrilling story.

What the back cover says –

Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.

And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.

Who is the victim?
Who is to blame?
Who is next?

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B.A. Paris and Linda Green hooked till the final page.

You can pre-order Bad Sister from Amazon .The ebook will be available from 5th October and the paperback will be available to buy from good bookshops from 14th December 2017.

The Night Visitor By Lucy Atkins

The Night Visitor‘The Night Visitor’ is the latest book by Lucy Atkins.

Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

‘The Night Visitor’ is a gripping and sinister tale, that held me in its clutches over the last couple of nights as I delved into the twisted and complicated relationship of Olivia Sweethorn and Vivian Tester.

The story is written in a dual narrative seen from the perspective of both women in alternating chapters, travelling swiftly and neatly from past to present tense, bringing the reader up to speed about their status.

Olivia is a beloved historian who longs to share the compelling story of Annabel Burley, a renowned woman in British medicine and with the help of Vivian, a researcher the pair of them write a successful bestseller. But, just as the book hits the shelves, Olivia begins to realise that Vivian isn’t quite the person she was led to believe and regrets the woman’s involvement in the creation of the book.

The two women are polar opposites of each other, which makes their relationship and the drama surrounding them so intense and chilling. Olivia comes from a bustling family, mother of three children and married to fellow writer David, her life is a hive of activity whereas as Vivian has no one, other than her dog, Bertie for company. She leads a lonely life, an only child with no family and she sometimes finds it hard to deal with human relationships.

She’s a simple but guarded woman that I sometimes found myself sympathising with. Where, Olivia shines in all her glory, Vivian prefers to sit back and watch and what she observes certainly makes for haunting reading. As the story develops, secrets are revealed and tragic events occur that effect both women.

Suberbly researched, this book is cleverly and chillingly written. This intense story observes the somewhat twisted relationship between women, a story of obsession and jealously, ‘The Night Visitor’ is a menacing tale riddled with deceit and an intriguing plot line that made for creepily atmospheric reading.

You can buy The Night Visitor from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Silent Scream Book Tour – I Knew I Was A Writer Because By Angela Marsons

Angela MasonOn the book tour for Angela Marson’s brand new thriller, ‘Silent Scream’ Angela, tells us how she knew she was a writer.

One of my earliest school memories is of a ‘Sentence Maker’. It was an A4 sized folder which opened to reveal plastic word tabs and slots in which to place them. I would wait at the doorway ready for this weekly lesson where the other items on offer were musical instruments. Forget your drums, guitar, symbols, triangle and tambourine. I wanted the sentence maker. I remember one occasion whereby they were being cleaned and re-covered. I was given a recorder instead. Oh, how I sulked.

My favourite gifts to receive for birthdays and Christmas were notebooks and pencils.I accepted the disbelief of my siblings at my excitement and my offers to do ‘present swapsies’ for what they termed ‘empty pages’. But they weren’t empty to me.They were exciting, they were beckoning. They were filled with possibilities. They were waiting to be filled with the thoughts in my head and those thoughts were plentiful.

My early teens were spent making up situations and exploring how I felt about them. I specifically remember pretending that my Dad had left us. I poured out my heart and committed every emotion to one of my exercise books. I wrote through my tears and the pain of my loss. He’d only popped over the pub for a pint but it was real to me. On another occasion I told my younger brother he was adopted as there were only eleven months between our birthdays. I convinced him it took 12 months to have a baby and so as he came last it couldn’t possibly be me. My study of his reaction was cut short when he went crying to our Mum who very quickly put him right.
Silent Scream

For many years I worked a variety of administrative jobs which often meant enormous amounts of copy typing letters, memos, reports for other people. Often I would receive the comment ‘but that’s not what I wrote’ and I would patiently explain that their version was boring. So what if the correspondence was no longer factually correct? It was far more entertaining and interesting to read.

Throughout my school life and working life I have been inquisitive. Every one of my school reports stated ‘Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds everyone else’s.’ It was a fair assessment as I would constantly listen to the conversations of others. I wanted to know everything. I wanted to know what people were thinking and how that affected the way they acted. It caused me detention more than once but I always felt it was worth it.

How you view people and situations.

You can buy Silent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone) from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Can Anybody Help Me? By Sinéad Crowley

'Can Anybody Help Me?‘Can Anybody Help Me?’ is Sinead Crowley’s debut novel.

Struggling with a new baby, Yvonne turns to netmammy, an online forum for mothers, for support. Drawn into a world of new friends, she spends increasing amounts of time online and volunteers more and more information about herself.

When one of her new friends goes offline, Yvonne thinks something is wrong, but dismisses her fears. After all, does she really know this woman?

But when the body of a young woman with striking similarities to Yvonne’s missing friend is found, Yvonne realises that they’re all in terrifying danger. Can she persuade Sergeant Claire Boyle, herself about to go on maternity leave, to take her fears seriously?

As a debut, this book is an extremely good one. Dark from the beginning, it drags you deep into a world where the unknown is king and naivety is abused. Set in Dublin, the story follows a group of women who find companionship and support on a website called ‘NetMammy’. On the website, they offer advice to new-born and firstborn mothers, they create friendships in a world where they feel safe and secure unaware that there is a killer amongst preying on their vulnerability.

The story is primarily seen from the perspective of Yvonne, a first time mother who is finding is all a bit daunting and finds solace in the website, forming friendships and advice. Until one day, she notices a slip up in a conversation and begins to suspect that one of the mothers of the website is the victim of a murder but her concerns go unnoticed. Meanwhile Sergeant Claire Boyle is having her first baby and is finding it hard to slow down. Caught up in the midst of murders of that are disguised as suicides, she also thinks that there is suspicious something going and weren’t quit until she finds the murderer, no matter how much her husband Matt nags.

This is quite an compelling read filled with twists that I didn’t see coming. At one point I did think I had guessed the identity of the killer but was delighted to discover that I was wrong. I’ve always thought that a good thriller is when you get the get the killer wrong and Sinead has definitely done that with her first book. I fully enjoyed this book and spent my weekend engrossed in the crime thriller. As the book is set in Ireland, I particularly enjoyed the dialogue of the characters, with their gentle flow of words and localisms that I felt familiar with. I also liked Sinead’s style of writing, it moved at a nice speed with a bleakness throughout that portrayed the underlaying tension that filled the book.

With a strong storyline that is current, such as the trends of social media and the popularity of forum websites and internet safety. It highlights how easy it is to fall victim to false identities, who pretend to be someone else to lure less vulnerable people into security.

A gripping and knuckle biting story that is worryingly realistic and injects deep fear into the readers, ‘Can Anybody Help Me?’ is a cleverly written and tension filled novel that goes to a very dark place particularly with with a unexpected ending that will stay with you long after you finished the last page.

You can buy Can Anybody Help Me? from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Killer Next Door By Alex Marwood

The Killer Next DoorI read Alex’s first book ‘The Wicked Girls’ last year and I loved it, so much so that I bought a copy of it for the good friend who also thought it was a great thriller, so when I heard of her book ‘The Killer Next Book’ I jumped at the chance to review it.

In a gloomy bedsit-riddled South London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, a horrifying collection quietly waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette is on the run from her ex-boss, Cher is an underage children’s home escapee; lonely Thomas tries to make friends with his neighbours; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a ‘quiet man’ nobody sees to try keep themselves hidden. And there for them for all is Vesta, a woman, who knows everything that goes in on the house or she thought she did. Then in the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance, but one of them is a killer expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim.

The story is set in a grotty and miserable bedsit where six strangers live together all unhappy with their lives and all of them harbouring secrets and running from the pasts. Collette is running for her life after seeing her boss commit a terrible crime, she goes on the run never staying long in the same place but after hearing that her mother is unwell reluctantly returns to spend some time with her. Vesta lives in the basement flat, a kindhearted elderly woman who dwells on the life that she could have had. Cher is a bolshy outspoken young woman, who has lived a hard life, Hossein has escaped from Iran after his wife tragically disappeared and Thomas is eager to make friends with his new neighbours. It is on one night that the housemates get embroiled in an unfortunate accident and find themselves forming an unlikely friendship.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I thought the story was an addictive and gripping thriller that had me guessing. I particularly loved the character called ‘The Lover’ who played the killer in the book, as he was a deeply troubled character and anonymous, I was constantly looking out for the clues to reveal the identity of the killer and found myself suspecting at least three people at the one time. The only thing that I didn’t like, was the identity of ‘The Lover’ was suddenly exposed to the reader at an earlier stage as I enjoy the “who done it” concept of a good thriller, I was disappointed that it was a revealed and the story was no longer a guessing game. But the story continued to grab my attention throughout, as more twists and turns continued along the way.

‘The Killer Next Door’ is a cleverly written and complex story, that is seen through the perspectives of the troubled and complex characters plus their killer, which makes for interesting reading as they deal with their issues and find themselves forging an unlikely friendship from a young 15 year old to the elderly Vesta unaware that amongst them is a murderer. The content of the story is extremely dark, incredibly graphic and gruesome in places that does makes for unsettling reading and that did even put me of my food for the time that I was reading, and did make me think that maybe the book should come with a warning as it is very disturbing in parts.

A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, ‘The Killer Next Door’ is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light!

You can buy the ebook of The Killer Next Door from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th June 2014.