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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Behind The Olive Trees by Francesca Catlow – #contemporaryfiction

“I hadn’t been back. Not since finding my mother passed away in the living room the year before.”

Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Siblings / Greece / Romantic Suspense

Number of Pages: 285

Date of Publication: 6 May 2022

Publisher: Gaia & Fenrir Publishing

Rated: 4/5

My Review Summary: An enjoyable story set in Corfu

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

She thought she’d found her lost past, but did she uncover all the secrets?

Melodie returns to her mother’s house in Corfu for the first time since inheriting it. Only, she discovers it isn’t empty. She finds someone has been living there; a girl who claims the property is hers.

Dismissing the claim, Melodie tries to enjoy her new life in the beauty of Corfu. The girl soon resurfaces and it becomes impossible to ignore her any longer.

💭THOUGHTS💭  

I wanted to read something a bit different and when this book set in Greece came up I decided to go for it. I didn’t realise quite how integral reading the first book would be and it took me quite a while to sort out who was who, however once I had cleared that up (by about chapter 4) I got quite into the story and enjoyed it.

The writing was very descriptive, often describing the sites and smells of Corfu which was brilliant. It took a while for me to get the hang of who the characters were as they just suddenly appeared and it took a while to get their background sorted, however, once I knew who was who, I was away and the writing was gripping. Little things kept me in suspense and also kept me very suspicious and wary of one of the characters in particular. At one point I wasn’t even sure who was lying to who so that kept my interest! The only other thing I would say about the writing is that because the main character didn’t speak Greek I felt that we were missing out on a lot of information. The main character seemed to be in the dark a lot of the time and consequently so were you as the reader. Whilst this kept the suspicious atmosphere, I would have liked to be privy to more of the other characters’ conversations and got to know them a bit better. 

There was a good mix of narration and conversation which kept my interest. As I have mentioned before though, I would have liked to have learnt more from the conversation side of things, but as there was a language barrier with the characters I felt that we missed out. 

The chapters were short and the story was fast paced. So much seemed to happen in such a short space of time which I enjoyed. It also allowed for lots of things to build up and suspense and cliffhangers were dotted around making me want to keep reading. I wasn’t entirely happy with the ending, but I can see why it was done. 

The characters were excellent. I loved the main character and how she was so loving and supportive of everyone around her. Even when there was only negativity around she did her best to put a positive spin on it. I was kept in suspense the whole way through which was enjoyable and I certainly wasn’t expecting the ending. 

Lastly the settings. I loved Corfu. The descriptions were wonderful and made me feel like I could be there. The settings really added to the storyline.

Overall an enjoyable book which has made me want to investigate the rest of the series!

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

“Hannah Bellinger had always been more of a supporting actress than a leading lady.”

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Pages: 400

Date of Publication: 14 April 2022

Publisher: Avon

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: A light, entertaining read that I struggled to put down!

📖PLOT SUMMARY📖   

King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…

💭THOUGHTS💭

I had seen the first book (It Happened One Summer) around on Instagram and had that on hold at the library when this one came up as a Blog Tour. I jumped at the chance and hoped that I would be able to read the first one beforehand! As it happened I did manage to read the first one and loved it, so I had high hopes for this one. It didn’t disappoint. In fact I would even go so far as to say that I preferred this second one, but you do need to read It Happened One Summer first, because not only are there are a few references dotted around, it also helps to give a more rounded picture of the main character in this story, Hannah.

The writing was light, entertaining and had me hooked from the beginning. I struggled to put it down and looked forward to reading more of it each evening. Some of the intimacy scenes were quite lengthy in places, but they didn’t do anything to hamper my enjoyment of the book. I enjoyed the style of writing and the fact that it was all character thought and conversation. You didn’t really need a lot of other details because you were so drawn in to what was happening to the characters.

The chapters were fairly lengthy, but it didn’t feel like a chore to get to the end. I was completly taken in and it came as a surprise when I was suddenly at the end of a chapter! Some were clearly split with little pictures of anchors, which I enjoyed (the split indicated a change in character perspective so it was always clear as to what was going on).

I liked the way that each chapter was taken from the point of view of either Hannah or Fox and were generally first one of them then the other. For a split chapter it was the same, first one and then the other. It was easy to follow and built up the story well. It was good to see what the other character was thinking at the same time as the other one. I feel like I got to know the characters really well and really routed for them. 

Lastly on the chapters, I enjoyed the epilogue at the end. It was nice to see what the characters did next and gave me closure. 

With regards to the characters I loved them. I loved all their flaws and the way that Hannah wanted to help Fox. It was great to be able to see their relationship grow and for them to grow as individuals. It was a generally enjoyable (and emotional!) journey to be on with them and it was this that made me prefer this story over the first one.

There were some emotional moments, and it was lovely to see the characters work through them (both individually and together) and to come out the other side stronger. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the seaside village setting and think that it was a great backdrop for the story of Hannah and Fox. I loved the way that Hannah came back from LA and a little more of Westport was described. 

Overall I loved it and would recommend it once you have read It Happened One Summer. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Date With Betrayal by Julia Chapman

“They ambushed her in the ginnel on her way back to the office.”

Genre: Mystery

Number of Pages: 353

Date of Publication: 31 March 2022

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: An entertaining story full of twists and turns

📖PLOT SUMMARY📖

In the seventh novel in Julia Chapman’s Dales Detective series, betrayal is rife in the idyllic Yorkshire Dales as Samson O’Brien, owner of the Dales Detective Agency, is targeted by a hitman. Can Bruncliffe save him?

Death is coming to Bruncliffe; its target is Samson O’Brien.

Oblivious to his impending date with darkness, Samson is busy juggling a series of cases at the Dales Detective Agency.

But while Samson is otherwise engaged, Delilah knows what is coming. A hitman. Sent from London with one objective: silence the troublesome O’Brien once and for all before his corruption case can make it to court.

With Samson’s life in peril, Delilah has no choice but to turn to the people of Bruncliffe for help if she is to stop the hitman from achieving his objective. Only trouble is, the townsfolk have long memories and deep grievances when it comes to Samson O’Brien. They will take some convincing before they put themselves in danger in order to save him.

In a race against time, and with the life of the man she loves in the balance, Delilah will have to call on all of her connections built up over a lifetime in Bruncliffe in order to push back the darkness that is threatening to engulf the Dales town. But even that might not prove enough.

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I am always excited when a murder mystery pops up as a Blog Tour. This one is the seventh in the series, but I didn’t notice that when reading it. It was written in such a way that I didn’t feel like I had missed out on anything that would be crucial to this story.

The writing was engaging and fast paced. The chapters were fairly long, but cleverly split to control the pace at different points of the story. 

The chapters at the beginning were labelled and were taking us to different points back in time. It was clearly done so I didn’t feel lost at any point. The chapters gradually got longer, but were split (as mentioned above) into separate chunks and headed with a time. This kept my interest and allowed the pace of the story to be controlled. Cliffhangers were dotted around and suspense was built up throughout the story.

There was a lot of detail in each of the chapters, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed. The details added to the story rather than detracting from it. 

The characters were great and I never knew who to trust. The sub chapters in the chapters allowed for different character points of view which was interesting (especially when it was the dog’s turn!) and also added to the mystery of what was going on. I enjoyed all the twists and turns. As soon as you thought you had cracked something, a spanner was thrown into the works! It kept me on my toes and made for compelling reading. 

I loved the relationships between the characters. There was a lot of love and support for one another and I loved how they all worked together to solve the case. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the village setting and all that comes with that ie the characters and their unique traits. The settings were well described and I was transported to where the characters were. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was full of twists and turns with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure! I highly recommend to murder mystery fans. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – The Better Brother by Simon Gravatt

“Michael was halfway through his ham and cheese sandwich when the phone rang.”

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Humour/Dark Comedy 

Number of Pages: 320

Date of Publication:  17 March 2022 

Publisher: RedDoor Press

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: A book that had me smiling. Well thought out and executed.

📖PLOT SUMMARY📖

A dark comedy about the escalating conflict between two brothers who inherit their family funeral business.

Michael Merriweather’s carefully planned life is blown off course when he receives a call to tell him that his father has cremated himself. Michael then learns from a small-town lawyer that he stands to inherit a small fortune he previously knew nothing about, but only if he sacrifices his accountancy career to take over the family funeral business with his brother, Jack, whom he despises.

Sucked back into the small provincial world and the family funeral firm he has rejected, Michael can no longer avoid his loathsome sibling. Jack Merriweather has no idea what he’s done to deserve his brother’s hostility, but he’s about to suffer the consequences. Then, when his patience finally breaks, he will exact delicious revenge.

The Better Brother is a darkly comic tale of sibling rivalry laced with the power, passion, revenge and everyday friction of family business. It explores what happens when two warring brothers are forced to work together.

Will Michael and Jack learn to love and respect each other? Or will their acrimony escalate? If so, who will come out on top?

Who is the better brother?”

💭THOUGHTS💭 

This came up on Random Things Blog Tour and I saw that it was dark comedy. I haven’t tried that genre before so I thought that I would give it a go! I am glad that I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it and despite the dark subject matter it did have me smiling. 

It was well written and kept my interest throughout. It was humorous and engaging in a way that I wasn’t expecting. It was a pleasant surprise that despite the subject matter, it didn’t leave me feeling down or miserable. 

It was well crafted and split into 3 parts, each with their own subsequent chapters. Each part and their chapters told a story of their own that all came together neatly at the end. The chapters were dated and titled so you knew where you were at all times. I liked the way that the title of the chapter would be mentioned somewhere in the chapter itself. The titles were amusing so you knew that you were on to a winner. It was definitely what I would describe as a dry sense of humour. It was very engaging and with little cliffhangers throughout I was compelled to keep on reading. 

It was cleverly written in the form of storytelling and conversation. There was very little thinking that you as the reader had to do. It was clear and cleverly done so that you got all that you needed to with very little effort on your part. You really got inside the minds of each of the brothers, which kept me engaged. It was interesting to see things from each of their own points of view even if it didn’t always make sense to you as an outsider!

There were quite a few chapters, none being particularly long. They gave the story a good pace, yet still gave you enough information to be getting on with before reading about something else. 

The chapters were alternating between the brothers. I liked this as you were able to keep up with what was happening to each brother and to see their viewpoint at certain points of the story. At one point there was a little section from the viewpoint of the dog which I enjoyed. It emphasised the atmosphere that the characters found themselves in. 

The characters were brilliant. I loved the waring brothers and their own friends. There seemed to be very clear battlefield lines drawn with the exception of Cat (who befriended them both) and the lawyer Wilfred Owen. The friends’ personalities really helped emphasise how different each brother was and therefore it was difficult to see how they could ever work together.

Lastly the settings. I loved the different settings and the world’s that the brothers came from. Again the settings emphasised the differences in the brothers too. Everything was cleverly crafted to show how different the brothers were. It will always be something different that the story is about an undertakers business. 

Overall I loved this book. It’s humour was spot on and the story was well executed and well thought out. I highly recommend!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Moonlight and The Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook

“Eliza has never seen a land that looks so very much like blood. From the deck of the steamer it glistens, stretching wide in a lazy, sun-blurred smear.”

Genre: Historical Fiction

Number of Pages: 304

Date of Publication: 3 March 2022

Publisher: Mantle / Pan Macmillan

Rated: 4/5

My Review Summary: A great historical fiction mystery.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

For readers of The Light Between Oceans and The Island of Sea Women, a feminist adventure story set against the backdrop of the dangerous pearl diving industry in 19th-century Western Australia, about a young English woman who sets off to uncover the truth about the disappearance of her eccentric father.

Western Australia, 1886. After months at sea, a slow boat makes its passage from London to the shores of Bannin Bay. From the deck, young Eliza Brightwell and her family eye their strange, new home. Here is an unforgiving land where fortune sits patiently at the bottom of the ocean, waiting to be claimed by those brave enough to venture into its depths. An ocean where pearl shells bloom to the size of soup plates, where men are coaxed into unthinkable places and unspeakable acts by the promise of unimaginable riches.

Ten years later, the pearl-diving boat captained by Eliza’s eccentric father returns after months at sea—without Eliza’s father on it. Whispers from townsfolk point to mutiny or murder. Headstrong Eliza knows it’s up to her to discover who, or what, is really responsible.

As she searches for the truth, Eliza discovers that beneath the glamorous veneer of the pearling industry, lies a dark underbelly of sweltering, stinking decay. The sun-scorched streets of Bannin Bay, a place she once thought she knew so well, are teeming with corruption, prejudice, and blackmail. Just how far is Eliza willing to push herself in order to solve the mystery of her missing father? And what family secrets will come to haunt her along the way?

A transporting feminist adventure story based on Lizzie Pook’s deep research into the pearling industry and the era of British colonial rule in Australia, Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter is ultimately about the lengths one woman will travel to save her family.

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I love a mystery and have recently enjoyed some historical fiction books, so with both of those boxes ticked I thought that this would be a good book to sign up for! In addition to that the inspiration came from events in Australian history that I knew nothing about, so that added to the intrigue. I was not disappointed!

The writing was interesting with lots of different bits being added in throughout the story. When reading them, they seem to be random, but as you get through the story you start to realise their relevance. It was very cleverly done and made for a great story. I did not see the end coming!

Right away the story opens with mysterious and detailed language which draws you in. The story follows the main character Eliza and it was clear by the language used that she was not entirely happy with being in Australia. The description of places were often harsh and uninviting and made you wonder why anybody lived there! It was a clever technique to get the tone of the story across. 

The chapters at the beginning were dated and had place names. This then disappeared as you got into the swing of the story. Each chapter had a picture of a pearl in a shell at the top which was quite nice. 

The chapters were fairly short, with longer chapters being clearly split. You then had a couple of very short (2 pages long), italic chapters detailing a man on the run from the police. There were also diary entries dotted around which made for interesting reading and their relevance didn’t come to light until later in the book. The short chapter technique with lots of bits being dropped in kept my interest and gave a good pace to the story. The detail was excellent and I enjoyed the harsh words used to describe the places that Eliza found herself in/surrounded by. 

What I also quite enjoyed was the main character reminiscing about the past. It was a great tool to use to gradually build up a picture of the main character’s past and also made us question the people around her. There were lots of clues and mysteries scattered around the book that were cleverly tied together at the end. 

The characters were excellent. There were some harsh characters that really highlighted what a terrible place Eliza had been forced to come to. I loved the fact that Eliza was a strong female and she was the one who managed to solve the mystery. She was brave and focussed throughout, and using her past experiences she was able to get the end result that she wanted. 

Lastly the settings. The description used was excellent. The words were well chosen and really gave a sense of displeasure at having to live in Australia. There was a good balance of setting and character description. You could get a good sense of where the character was without it being too overbearing and taking your attention away from the story. 

Overall an enjoyable story and one that I would recommend to mystery/historical fiction fans. 

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Sparks and Shadow by Ceara Nobles

“Seattle was full of monsters. I’m not talking about the petty criminals, drug dealers, and other miscellaneous jerks that flooded the streets every day. No, I’m talking about real-life, stuff-of-nightmares monsters – but these weren’t confined to the midnight recesses of the mind”

Genre: Y/A Fantasy

Number of Pages: 234

Date of Publication: 4 March 2022

Publisher: Riverside Press LLC

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: A gripping tale full of action and magic.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

Seattle is full of monsters, and I’m the only one who can see them.

I’ve spent the last 17 years (AKA my whole life) pretending I can’t see the monsters who disguise themselves as humans. I may not have a place to live and my best friend may be moments away from getting in too deep with the city’s most dangerous drug lord, but I’m rolling with the status quo.

That is, until I save my arch enemy’s stupid life and find myself in a warehouse full of monsters.

Next thing I know, I’m in Monster Land (AKA not Seattle) and up to my ears in monsters, magic, and inevitable mayhem. If I want to get home, I have to join a band of revolutionaries and stay alive long enough to get back through the portal before war breaks out.

This’ll be a cinch.

Sparks and Shadow is a modern, action-packed YA portal fantasy featuring Fae mythology, magic, and slow-burn romance. This is the first book in the Rising Elements series.

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I saw this come up on Random Things Blog Tour and I had to put my name down. I have recently got back into fantasy and I am pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint. It was a gripping fantasy tale and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

The writing was clear and engaging and I struggled to put it down! The story was told from the main character’s point of view. You were privy to her thoughts and feelings throughout and were taken on the journey through her eyes. 

The description was excellent, you could really feel yourself there in Faery land. There was a good mix of description and conversation between the characters to give the story depth and a good pace. Nothing felt rushed and it gave you a chance to explore the surroundings with the main character. 

The individual characters were gradually introduced at the beginning of the story. You got to know them through cleverly placed conversations and interactions with the main character. I loved the friendships that grew throughout the story and felt that whilst they were a side line to what was going on, it added some warmth to the story. All the characters clearly had their own sad stories to tell, so it was nice to see the bonds of friendship that had occurred after their experiences. 

The characters themselves were complex and together made for interesting reading. I enjoyed being on the journey with the main character and seeing the relationships between them all. Some relationships were better than others, but there was positivity and happiness that was nice to read. There were some emotional scenes and every character had obviously had some trauma in their life which made you feel sorry for them and hope that they had a happy ending.

I enjoyed reading about the main character Everly, and Shadow, and want to see where their relationship ends up. It was quite up and down in the book and made for tense reading at times!

The chapters were a decent length and were often split into sections. This meant that you were given a good chunk of the story before moving onto another part. There were little cliff hangers at the end of the chapters which made me want to carry on reading. There was a good pace to the story with lots of different things being weaved in and brought together to keep the reader’s interest. 

Even though the story wasn’t overly long, a lot of detail, action and emotion was packed in. It was written in such a way though that I didn’t at any point feel overwhelmed with everything. 

Lastly the settings. There were some lovely descriptions – who doesn’t want to be transported to a Faery land once in a while?! There was a good mix of description and conversation, however towards the end the description grew less and we were more focussed on the characters and what they were trying to achieve. This made sure that the right bits were being focussed on by the reader, yet still giving the story depth.

The book was cleverly left open for the next one in the series. There were some questions left unanswered, but not enough that you felt short changed. It makes you want to read the next one in the series. 

Overall an enjoyable read and one that I would recommend to fantasy fans!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

About the Author

“Seattle is full of monsters, and I’m the only one who can see them.

I’ve spent the last 17 years (AKA my whole life) pretending I can’t see the monsters who disguise themselves as humans. I may not have a place to live and my best friend may be moments away from getting in too deep with the city’s most dangerous drug lord, but I’m rolling with the status quo.

That is, until I save my arch enemy’s stupid life and find myself in a warehouse full of monsters.

Next thing I know, I’m in Monster Land (AKA not Seattle) and up to my ears in monsters, magic, and inevitable mayhem. If I want to get home, I have to join a band of revolutionaries and stay alive long enough to get back through the portal before war breaks out.

This’ll be a cinch. Sparks and Shadow is a modern, action-packed YA portal fantasy featuring Fae mythology, magic, and slow-burn romance. This is the first book in the Rising Elements series.”

Ceara Nobles is a Utah-based author of romantic suspense and fantasy novels. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2016 with a B.A. in Computer Animation, then realized she hated it. Now she spends her days juggling her side hustle as a line editor and her true love of authorship. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her chasing her toddler, road tripping with her hubby, or hiding in bed with a chai and a good book.

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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Crow Court by Andy Charman

“Louisa Chilcott is in the dressmaker’s by the Corn Market. Taken up residence there according to her father.”

Genre: Historical Thriller 

Number of Pages: 336

Date of Publication: 3 February 2022

Publisher: Unbound

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: An intricately woven story that keeps you guessing.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

Spring, 1840. In the Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster, a young choirboy drowns himself. Soon after, the choirmaster—a belligerent man with a vicious reputation—is found murdered, in a discovery tainted as much by relief as it is by suspicion. The gaze of the magistrates falls on four local men, whose decisions will reverberate through the community for years to come.

So begins the chronicle of Crow Court, unravelling over fourteen delicately interwoven episodes, the town of Wimborne their backdrop: a young gentleman and his groom run off to join the army; a sleepwalking cordwainer wakes on his wife’s grave; desperate farmhands emigrate. We meet the composer with writer’s block; the smuggler; a troupe of actors down from London; and old Art Pugh, whose impoverished life has made him hard to amuse.

Meanwhile, justice waits…

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I signed up for this blog tour because it sounded an interesting historical fiction/ murder mystery book. I have started to read more historical fiction and am enjoying it. This book was no exception. I loved the way that it was written and the time period that it was set in enhanced the story. 

The writing was brilliant. It was so different to anything I have read before. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so divided into mini stories, but it was done so well that you didn’t really notice and it turned back into one story. Each individual chapter/story was cleverly linked to one another and ultimately to the centre of the story – who killed the Choirmaster. 

There were a number of writing techniques employed which kept my interest. Each chapter was about a certain group of characters and the way that it was written emphasised what was actually happening to those characters, for example, one chapter was full of short sharp sentences because the character was in a hurry, and the conversation in another chapter was written in the old Dorset language (a glossary is provided at the end of the book). 

There was also a clever mix of tenses. Past, present and future tense were used in different chapters which made them individual. There was always one character in the chapter that would be linked to another character who was involved in the death of the Choirmaster. There were a lot of characters and links to remember, but they were presented in a clear way so that I wasn’t confused about who was who. 

The chapters themselves were a mixture of lengths, however they were mainly long. They had a title and a date and were then split into little sections. Each chapter had an individual feel to it yet still made sense as to why it was there. By the end of the book, I felt very acquainted with all the characters, their thoughts and their feelings. Nothing felt rushed, but at the same time you didn’t feel that you were bombarded with information. It was a good, steady pace that was cleverly controlled throughout the story. Suspense was built up and you didn’t know whose story you were going to read next and how they would relate to the murder. All I can say is that I was hooked and I didn’t expect the ending to be what it was! 

The characters were excellent. As I mentioned earlier, by the end of the book you knew the characters histories and how they all linked together. It really highlighted what a small world it is! There were some dark, sad things going on with the characters, but that all added to the fabric of the story. 

Lastly the settings. Each chapter was set somewhere different in Dorset. The detail was excellent. It was enough to give you a good feel for where you were, without detracting from the story. A lot of the time there was storytelling narration to get you into the setting before the characters started conversing with each other. 

Overall I loved this book. The style of writing was intriguing and I would highly recommend it to historical fiction/murder mystery fans. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

The Author

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Random Things Tour Blog Tour – Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds

“My mind was focused on Sarina as I entered the alley, which is why it came as a shock to find I wasn’t alone when I unlocked my car.”

Genre: Thriller

Number of Pages: 232 pages

Date of Publication: 4 January 2022

Publisher: Dark Edge Press

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: A dramatic story that had me gripped from beginning to end.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

Jo Finnegan is attacked while leaving work one evening by criminals threatening her more harm if she does not provide them with information she doesn’t have.

When she gets home, Jo finds her sister dead in her front room, and her wife missing. When the police arrive and arrest her, while she is still in shock from the events of the night, Jo realises she’s been framed for her sister’s murder. But that’s only the beginning of her nightmare.

💭THOUGHTS💭

I saw this book come up on Random Things Tours and I had to put my name down for it. I am so glad that I did. I loved this book. It was full of drama, suspense and tension, basically everything you could possibly ask for in a mystery thriller. There was nothing I didn’t like about it. For me it was a 5 star plus rating!

I will start with the writing style. It was clear, concise and had an easy timeline to follow. I was gripped from the beginning and was willing for a happy ending after everything that Jo, the main character, had been through.

The chapters were short and occasionally labelled with the day. This meant that I was able to keep track of where I was and it also added a sense of realism to the tale. With the chapters being short it added to the suspense and I was desperate to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next to the main character! 

Whilst the chapters were short they still had just enough detail to give you a good picture of what was happening without being too overbearing, for example, we were told what the main character was eating and wearing and what her surroundings were, whilst all the time wondering whether or not she would get caught. 

Each chapter seemed to add more and more to the puzzle and you wondered what the end would be and whether the main character would actually make it! There were times when I thought the outcome wasn’t looking too good. Just as I was getting into the chapter it would suddenly end with a cliff hanger. 

Next the characters. They were amazing. You just didn’t know who to trust. At one point I was even questioning whether I could trust the main character! There were so many twists and turns that it kept me on the edge of my seat pretty much the whole way through. 

I enjoyed the fact that I was on a journey with the main character, Jo, and you got to see her thought processes. It allowed you to see why things were happening the way they were and even though I sometimes doubted her, I always got to see the reasoning behind what she was doing. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the attention to detail. You could really feel yourself in the characters’ world and could easily picture the storyline happening. I think that added to the tension and the sense of realism.  

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable read and one that I would highly recommend to fans of mystery thrillers!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

About The Author

A K Reynolds is the pen name used by husband and wife writing team Andy and Kath Reynolds.

Kath provides the ideas for their stories and writes the thought processes of their fictional characters. Andy does most of the plotting and writes the action scenes.

Kath has worked in a women’s refuge and latterly as a consultant; Andy is a former lawyer.

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What Bookish Things Have I Been Up To This Week?

It’s Friday again! Where does the time go? I have been very busy this week, first with my second Blog Tour, then with the end of the month posts and thirdly trying to get out my Pandemic Reading List reviews. I am so close to finishing them. I just have the Christmas reviews to go. I was waiting until later on in the year to do this as I didn’t want to have Christmas book reviews in the Summer – that would be madness!

So here has been my busy week:

31 October

My Posts:

Reading Recommendations – October 2021 Reading List

What Book Should I Have Read This Month? Book Of The Month

New Month New Goals! Reading Goals for November

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Books To Get You In The Halloween Mood

Sunday Post

Blog Tour Tomorrow! Lucifer’s Game by Cristina Loggia

Other Bloggers Posts That I have Enjoyed:

Maureen’s BooksSunday Post

Amy Scotts ThoughtsWhat I have Been Reading October

1 November

My Posts:

Blog Tour Book Review – Lucifer’s Game by Cristina Loggia – Available 14 October 2021

Other ways to see my Blog Tour Book Review – Lucifer’s Game by Cristina Loggia

Other Bloggers Posts That I have Enjoyed:

Books Teacup and ReviewsOctober Wrapup

Bookish BeckLove Your Library Meme

2 November

My Posts:

Top 10 Tuesday!

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Ebook Out Now – Rise and Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Aloha Hideaway Inn by Elana Johnson

Other Bloggers Posts That I Enjoyed:

Bookshelf FantasiesTop Ten Tuesday

3 November

My Posts:

WWW Wednesday!

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Beauty and The Book Collector by Bethany Windfall

Paperback version of Rise and Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw is out now!

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Armed and Outrageous by Madison Johns

Other Bloggers Posts That I Enjoyed:

Taking On A World Of WordsWWW Wednesday

The Day After

My Secret Book BlogBook Review – The Viscount Who Loved Me By Julia Quinn

Lydia SchochTop Ten Tuesday

4 November

My Posts:

Book Review – Chasing the Darkness by Cassie Sanchez

Time Travel Thursday

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson

Other Bloggers Posts That I Enjoyed:

PotpourriWWW Wednesday

Whispering GumsNonfiction November 2021

Magically Making ItNovember Book Releases

5 November

My Post:

First Line Friday

Here’s to next week!

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