New Release Spotlight (May) The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig

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Publication Date: 3rd May 2016 from Gallery Threshold

Source: Netgalley

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort, Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

I do love a good post apocalyptic trilogy (or indeed standalone novel) and Francesca Haig’s “The Fire Sermon” was absolutely top notch, not only because of the beautiful writing but because of the wide imaginative scope, the endearing characters and perhaps most of all the ability the author has to dump unexpected trauma onto you. A writer that is fearless is one that I admire, The Fire Sermon often surprised, always delighted and the final pages had me reeling. So to say that I was excited to read Map of Bones would be putting it mildly.

The second book then, often the one in the middle that fails slightly to deliver – not in the case of The Map of Bones which if anything just took off at a gallop. Following on immediately in the aftermath of part one, the ripples of those events heading ever outwards, once more we join up with Cass for the next part of her intense and often emotional journey. Determined to stop her brother fulfilling his twisted plans for what is left of humanity, Cass faces down a future that would scare the most stoic of us. Worse for her, she can see what is coming, what has gone before and is often powerless to make sense of it all.

This then is the world that Francesca Haig throws you into, one of conflict and betrayal, hope and despair, once again she keeps the reader on their toes as the plot thickens – every time I think I know what is coming she throws me a curveball. This is not only terrifically emotive storytelling but descriptively gorgeous, the landscape  which the surviving generations of “before” inhabit is bleak yet often beautiful and creating visual imagery with language is one of the strengths here.

Cass is surrounded by a supporting cast of cleverly drawn characters, the author creating a group dynamic of unexpected allies, strange companions and ever changing loyalties – the interweaving of relationships another strength, you just live these peoples lives right alongside them. Hugely fascinating and complex is the twin relationship, specifically that between Cass and Zack, after all one cannot live without the other no matter how at odds they are. This creates some wonderful and heart stopping moments when they are in confrontation. The twin dynamic as a whole gives the author a really good chance to explore very real social issues in a totally imagined environment –  she does that with bells on. The Fire Sermon and Map of Bones will make you think and consider. I wasn’t always necessarily on the side of the angels here…

Overall a really really great read. Once again I’ve reached the end and gone “OH NO WHAT NOW? How will I wait?” But wait I will because one thing is for sure I’m in this to the finish. I do like a novel that creates fear in me. Fear of the unknown because I am attached like a limpet to Cass, to Piper, to all of them, yes even Zach. I’ve bonded. Because I never learn. But then thats what great writing does.

Passionate and intense, evocative and involving, Map of Bones (and The Fire Sermon) come highly recommended from me.

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2016 Spotlight: Black Night Falling – Rod Reynolds.

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Publication Date: August 2016 from Faber

Source: Review Copy

And now I stood here, on a desolate airfield in the Arkansas wilderness, a stone’s throw from Texarkana. Darkness drawing in on me. Cross country to see a man I never imagined seeing again. On the strength of one desperate telephone call…’

Having left Texarkana for the safety of the West Coast, reporter Charlie Yates finds himself drawn back to the South, to Hot Springs, Arkansas, as an old acquaintance asks for his help. This time it’s less of a story Charlie’s chasing, more of a desperate attempt to do the right thing before it’s too late.

So. I’m reviewing this one incredibly early. There is method in my madness, I shall have other things to say by the time release date rolls around, a two part review if you like and although I was intending to do these closer together I’m fickle. So you get Part One now, the more emotionally charged of the two to be fair. Plus of course I’m sure there are about 5 people somewhere who have not yet read this authors debut “The Dark Inside” – my no 1 read of 2015 – so to those 5 people and the rest (I’ll find you!) this is your chance. Then you won’t have to wait as long as I did for more…

I’d like to call “Black Night Falling” something really really nice that tells you how blinking good it is in a terribly clever way. But when I read the genuinely amazing stuff I often struggle to find the right words. Maybe they don’t yet exist. Yep that must be it. If it helps when I was close to the end of this book I was due to head over to a friends house, with another friend for a bit of a get together. I arrived (because the designated driver was EXTRAORDINARILY punctual seriously, could you not have been just a FEW minutes late?) and then I sat on the sofa and finished this book. They were fine, they had wine. You know who you are you two – lets work AROUND the great books next time shall we? But that is how good it is. Even the wine had to wait.

Rod Reynolds writes classic crime noir with a modern twist using beautiful language, tells a rollicking good story, immerses you into another place and time and then spits you out the other side – clutching your head and leaving you to nurse a major book hangover for about 3 days. Minimum. Charlie is really the most amazing character, Black Night Falling continues his personal journey as the fallout from The Dark Inside echoes on – once more the dialogue crackles, the scene setting is gorgeous, a visual treat  via the readers imagination which leads me back round to beautiful language. Good books rock. They seriously do. And Black Night Falling rocks big time.  Filling the stadium good, it’s a hot ticket.

Whether this will be my no 1 again this year remains to be seen (2016 is absolutely insane for great novels, great writing and books that I feel will endure) but it most definitely has a damned good chance at it. Looking back I had a certain amount of trepidation going in – really not seeing how the first book could be beaten and my adoration for The Dark Inside has been banging around on the internet ever since and shows no signs of going away any time soon. But Mr Reynolds obviously decided that it just wasn’t good enough so threw the rule book out of the window and went bigger and better.

Hey I’m not complaining. I never really liked rule books anyway. Life is too short both for them and to miss reads like this one. And the one before it. And it seems likely, a few down the road somewhere too.

Read it. Live it. That is all.

Highly Recommended as if that was enough.

 

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2016 Spotlight: Death do us Part by Steven Dunne

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Publication Date: 5th May 2016 from Headline

Source: Netgalley

DI Damen Brook is on a rare period of leave and determined to make the most of it by re-connecting with his daughter Terri. But with her heavy drinking proving a challenge, Brook takes the opportunity to visit a local murder scene when his help is requested.
An elderly couple have each been executed with a single shot to the heart and the method echoes that of a middle-aged gay couple killed the previous month.
With the same killer suspected and the officer currently in charge nearing retirement, Brook knows that he has little choice but to cut short his leave when forced by his superiors to take the lead on the case.
Brook believes that he can catch this ruthless killer, but already distracted by Terri’s problems, is he about to make a fatal mistake and lead the killer right to his own door?

Always been a fan of the Brook series me, this one was a corker. I’m liking them more and more with each passing book. Bang on crime fiction is what this is.

Anyway, theres probably not an awful lot I can say that I havent said before on these, Death Do Us Part was pretty much what I’ve come to expect from this author – good solid beautiful writing, plots with cohesive and addictive quality and a bunch of realistically flawed characters both heroes and villains.

The two elements that go into the making of a brilliant crime series – individual cases with twisty turny plots and ongoing life development for our returning favourites – are both here in spades. I have a massive book crush on Brook – in this novel his challenging and ever changing relationship with his daughter comes into much sharper focus and made up some of my favourite parts of this particular instalment.

On the mystery front there are several levels here, as ever Steven Dunne takes us all round the houses, back again, then through some woods for good measure – prepare for muddy boots as you attempt to unravel all the threads that lead to a resolution. It is fast, pacy yet intuitive puzzle making and Brook sits at the heart of it with his unique perception and values that have grown over time.  Things creep up on you and the emotional core that I have to have in a book for it to engage me is here as it always is so really I have nothing to complain about at all.

Well except now I have to wait for more. Really. Its just not on.

Highly Recommended

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2016 Spotlight: Sockpuppet by Matthew Blakstad

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Publication Date: 19th May from Hodder and Staughton

Source: Review copy

Twitter. Facebook. Whatsapp. Google Maps. Every day you share everything about yourself – where you go, what you eat, what you buy, what you think – online. Sometimes you do it on purpose. Usually you do it without even realizing it. At the end of the day, everything from your shoe-size to your credit limit is out there. Your greatest joys, your darkest moments. Your deepest secrets.

If someone wants to know everything about you, all they have to do is look.

But what happens when someone starts spilling state secrets? For politician Bethany Lehrer and programmer Danielle Farr, that’s not just an interesting thought-experiment. An online celebrity called sic_girl has started telling the world too much about Bethany and Dani, from their jobs and lives to their most intimate secrets. There’s just one problem: sic_girl doesn’t exist. She’s an construct, a program used to test code. Now Dani and Bethany must race against the clock to find out who’s controlling sic_girl and why… before she destroys the privacy of everyone in the UK.

Geeky gorgeous shenanigans with a dark heart and a topical subject matter.

That is what I said on Goodreads at the moment I finished Sockpuppet and that is basically what you get. Sockpuppet is both fun and intuitive and bang on the money when it comes to playing on very real fears about privacy in the digital age. Nothing is sarosanct these days. If you have a mobile phone someone probably knows where you are. **puts tin foil hat on**

So that is the concept, then the author stomps all it and constructs an addictive, darkly humerous, very truthful and realistic story – designs his characters perfectly to allow them to shoot little darts of underlying worry into your thought processes – and spits you out the other side determined to never post anything on social media again ever. Then you go on Twitter obviously, to have a chat to all your virtual friends about it. Ah well. Needs must.

I loved Dani, she was incredible and brought most of the geeky gorgeous I referred to above. She is our way into the technical what not and explains it all throughout the narrative with a witty disgregard for the intelligence of others – just what you need when computer wizardry creates the heart of a story and you are a little technophobic (the fact that anyone ever actually gets to read this review is somewhat of a miracle when you take into account my genuine bafflement when it comes to these things)

Then you have Bethany, in a lot of ways your typical politician, determined to save her citizens programme (please don’t let David Cameron read this book for all our sakes) but how far she would be willing to go is an intriguing layer to this already intriguing tale. Add to these two a supporting cast, not all them them actual and a twisty turny story that includes giggly pigs (hey what book wouldn’t be improved by giggly pigs?) a lot of misdirection, classic storytelling and even a bit of a love story – you’ll be hooked, line and sinkered.

I adored it. Different and clever, fun and informative, genuinely surprising at times and with a terrifically insightful eye into current social issues. Thrilling, perfectly paced, character driven and thought provoking (and often very hilarious) this comes highly recommended from me.

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The Missing Hours – Interview with Emma Kavanagh – Blog tour.

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Today I am VERY happy to welcome one of my favourite people (and writers) Emma Kavanagh, to tell us a little about her latest novel The Missing Hours.

Can you tell us a bit about the background to The Missing Hours? What originally inspired this particular story?

Where a book begins for me is always up for grabs. Sometimes it’s a scene, sometimes it’s a title. In the case of The Missing Hours, it was a question of what if – what if a woman vanished, leaving her young children alone, only to reappear hours later, with no apparent recollection of where she has been or what has happened within the intervening period. Who could that woman be? What could have happened in her life to have taken her from her children. It was only in answering those questions for myself that I came to understand Selena’s connection with the kidnap and ransom industry, and just how far reaching this woman’s grip could be.

The parts of the narrative that deal with hostage negotiation were fascinating. Something you had to research a lot? I guess a lot of the realities are not in the novel for obvious reasons…

This was a TOUGH book to research. The K&R industry is incredibly private, and for very good reasons. The last thing that you want is potential hostage takers having an understanding of the kind of payments that have gone before. I was lucky in that I know a lot of people who do bizarre jobs, and those people know other people who do even MORE bizarre jobs. I spent time with a couple of kidnap & ransom consultants, and it was they who really brought this world into focus for me. For the most part, the events related in the book are as accurate as I could make them, given the constraints of privacy required by the industry. Whilst each event within the book was totally fictional, I tried to have the Cole Group deal with them in as authentic a manner as possible.

What made you choose to make the two main characters siblings? How did you define that relationship?

It took some time to work out this relationship. I tried a couple of ideas, none of which really seemed to work. It was only when I thought about the possibility of them being siblings that things began to come together. It felt like it gave the process a really interesting, sometimes fun and sometimes frustrating dynamic. You have this competitiveness that is balanced out by affection, humour that is tinged with irritation. Once it started to flow, it was a really fun relationship to write.

The Missing Hours is a real page turner and my favourite novel of yours to date – how do you keep a reality check whilst still making it intriguing and engaging?

AWWW!!! *wipes away a tear* I feel a real affection for this book, now that it’s done. The process of it was quite a different story and there were many, many, MANY days when I wanted to fling it at the wall. I have always been a stickler for planning and have always written in a linear fashion – two things that totally went out the window for this book. It felt like a gigantic puzzle in which I was trying to fit the pieces together day by day. As to the reality check, often I think it’s only outside eyes that can provide that. I’d lived this book for almost a year. I got to the point where I had to say to my agent, the wonderful Camilla Wray, “I just can’t see it anymore. You tell me what’s wrong.” Her notes were what allowed me to identify the weaknesses and pull it into the shape it needed.

Have you read any books this year that you would like to recommend? What has been a standout (or two!) for you?

Ooh, I love this question! I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of A Rising Man, by Abir Mukherjee, an extraordinarily good debut set in Calcutta in 1919. Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble With Goats And Sheep, I just ADORED. And (I know you said two, but I’m rubbish at maths) The Woman In Cabin 10, the new book by Ruth Ware ruined my plan for an early night on more than one occasion.

Finally can you tell us anything about what is next for you?

I’m writing. What else? I am currently working on book four which, to my horror, STILL does not have a title I’m happy with, and I am about halfway through. So yay…I think.

Thank you lovely Emma!!

About the book:

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A woman disappears
One moment, Selena Cole is in the playground with her children and the next, she has vanished without a trace.
A woman returns
Twenty hours later, Selena is found safe and well, but with no memory of where she has been.
What took place in those missing hours, and are they linked to the discovery of a nearby murder?
‘Is it a forgetting or a deception?’

My Review:

So when an author you’ve admired from their very first  book hits the sweet spot in the writing and storytelling stakes it is a real moment of reading joy, such as has just  happened with Emma Kavanagh and “The Missing Hours”.  I was a huge fan of the previous two novels but this  was a pretty much one sitting completely immersed practically inhaled read that actually I’ve just put down. And had to write about straight away.

I could just leave it at that but I like to talk so I won’t.

The Missing Hours is told from multiple points of view, has some fascinating characters (I can’t even pick one particularly to rave about so just assume they are all pretty perfect) a fascinating background (that of Kidnap and Ransom) a really engaging and well plotted mystery story (No I really had no idea so this author joins the ranks of the “Got Liz with a twist” brigade) and is beautifully written throughout.

Loved the brother/sister police duo, the Cole family were highly intriguing – Emma Kavanagh has the magic touch when it comes to character study – in “The Missing Hours” you have that tenfold, probably why I had no idea as to the outcome. I was too busy being caught up in the lives of these people, and ok I guess I DID have a bit of a soft spot for Beck, but the entire cast were utterly alluring. Always a rocking good read when you actually care.

It is gripping, for me especially with relation to the little side pieces which I won’t say too much about to avoid spoilers, but I rattled through it in true grasshopper on acid fashion until the final pages. With a perfectly placed atmospheric ending that just put the icing right on top of the already delicious cake, The Missing Hours comes highly recommended from me.

Yes it does.

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Breaking Dead with Corrie Jackson. Blog tour. Guest post/review.

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Today I’m really happy to welcome Corrie Jackson to the blog – she’s telling us about 5 things that are guaranteed to happen to a crime writer – brilliant! Following that a little review from me plus details on the blog tour currently running for Corrie, wherein you can find out much much more…

5 things that are guaranteed to happen when you’re a crime writer – Corrie Jackson

Research turns you into a freak

I was living in Los Angeles when I wrote Breaking Dead and feared the FBI would take one look at my internet search history and boot me out of the country. Crime research can be gory but the desire for accuracy soon trumps squeamishness. The next thing you know, you’re scrolling through images of strangulation marks and decomposing bodies over your morning tea. Plus, bonus fun: the expression on guests’ faces when they clock the shelf stuffed with books about how to kill people and get away with it.

You worry you’re next

I rarely run through the woods by my house without wondering where I’ll be murdered. I’ve decided the war memorial provides the most striking backdrop, the pond behind the oak trees gives the best cover, but the sandpits are isolated enough that no one would hear me scream. It’s all very well Michael Connelly saying: ‘Write about what you never want to know’. But once you know, how do you forget? That said, fear makes me run faster so my fitness levels are on the up.

You kill people you don’t like (and some you do)

Who doesn’t fantasise about making their whining colleague disappear? (Wait, just me?) In fiction, you can do as you please. It’s even cathartic (that’s what I tell myself, anyway). But murdering irritants is easy. Killing off a character you’ve grown to love is a whole different ballgame. Especially when it comes out of the blue. I’ve just killed a character in my second book that I never intended to kill. But the moment I wrote it, I knew it was right (sob)/

Your speed-dial rocks

My contacts book contains six forensic experts, two former Detective Chief Inspectors and a gung-ho crime reporter who gives me goosebumps each time I speak to her. Writing crime fiction has thrown a stable of fascinating people my way. It’s no secret that my dream was to be a forensic pathologist, until I realised how bad I was at science (pay attention in class, kids). Now I get to live vicariously through my collection of experts. Hurrah!

You get to restore order

PD James says she loves writing crime fiction because, ‘[the puzzle] is solved by a human being. By human courage and human intelligence and human perseverance. In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world’. Yes, yes, yes, PD! Real life is messy and unjust, but in fiction, you get to play God. In your world no one gets away with murder – and there’s something innately satisfying about that.

Thanks Corrie!

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Publication Date: Available Now from Bonnier/Twenty7

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Sophie Kent is hanging on by a thread. Her tenacity and talent have seen her rise through the ranks of a tough newspaper industry. But her brother’s suicide has thrown her career and personal life into chaos.

Whilst out on the job interviewing witnesses of a brutal child murder, Sophie befriends a beautiful but traumatised Russian model. When the girl’s mutilated body turns up in an upmarket hotel on the eve of London Fashion Week, Sophie knows she could have saved her. Eaten away by guilt, she throws herself headfirst into the edgy, fast-paced world of fashion with one goal in mind: to catch the killer. Only then can she piece her grief-stricken self back together. As she chips away at the industry’s glittery surface, she uncovers a toxic underworld rife with drugs, secrets, prostitution and blackmail.

First of all big thumbs up to Sophie Kent. Deliciously well drawn, intriguing, drags you along with her in her wake as she enters the murky world hiding under the seemingly glamorous fashion industry and  she has an emotive and engaging back story. So right there with Breaking Dead you are already onto a winner…

Then on top of that you get a pacy, intelligent and bang on thriller, darkly observant and grimly realistic that has the added benefit of being a real page turner – I barely drew breath through this one, a rocking read first page to last. I probably inhaled some caffeine at some point but one afternoon and this was done. No messing. You won’t put it down unless someone forces you to do something useful. I’m not usually terribly useful anyway but any hope that my loved ones had that I might make some dinner or something soon faded when they took a look at me. “Mums got her reading face on” was the comment from my 8 year old.

I loved the layers Corrie Jackson put in, the little descriptive things that built such a gutsy picture, sometimes heart wrenching, walking the line between keeping it real and keeping it entertaining really well. This is one of those books you put down and go YAY another author to add to the must read list. Or in my case, Oh God really? whilst glaring at the randomly strewn book piles everywhere. Still, roll on book two. After all there is no such thing as too many (brilliant) books. As an aside Twenty7 seems to be finding an awful lot of them. Not had a bad read from them yet.

A big tick in ye olde recommendation box from me.

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Deep Down Dead – the cover revealed! Crime Thriller Girl thrills….

Today I am MOST honoured (alongside good friend and author Mark Hill) to be able to bring you the cover for “Deep Down Dead” the hotly anticipated novel from Steph Broadbribb (AKA Crime Thriller Girl) coming early 2017 from Orenda Books.

Steph is somebody I consider to be a very good friend, I love her dearly and I am extraordinarily happy for her and to get to show you the cover for her novel is a dream task for me. It helps that Deep Down Dead is really a most brilliant and addictive read (Yes I’ve read it and trust me you will want to as well) – an action thriller with heart and soul featuring a single mother who is also a bounty hunter, crime and thriller fans take note. Crime Thriller Girl is absolutely going to knock your socks off….

So without further ado here we go…

 

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Amazing cover for an amazing book.

Here is what the press release will tell you….

“Not only is it a well-written, tense, action-packed thriller, but the characterisation is sublime and there is an extraordinary, highly charged love story at its heart. Set in the USA, the unforgettable key protagonist (and single mother) is a ‘bail runner’ (aka bounty hunter) and in a plot that twists, turns and then does it all over again, she faces a series of events that threaten her life, and that of her daughter. I was completely mesmerised by the eloquent prose, the emotional depths of the characters, the authenticity of the setting and the dialogue, and, of course, an extraordinary, riveting plot. In a nutshell, this has “bestseller” written all over it”

I agree with every word!

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Congratulations Steph – well deserved. WELL deserved.

 

2016 Spotlight: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. A YAY book!

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Publication Date: 21st April 2016 from Penguin (Michael Joseph) UK and Del Rey (US)

Source: Netgalley (UK)

A girl named Rose is riding her bike home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unravelling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

Ha! Sleeping Giants is quite simply brilliant.

Scoring a 10 on my chocolate scale, which means it is right at the top when it comes to addictive quality, Sleeping Giants is a dream of a novel involving weird artifacts, a cast of extraordinary characters and a tendency to make me snort tea out through my nose during the more humerous asides.

This is science fiction/fantasy at its best, a rollercoaster reading ride which once started is impossible to put down – I read it in one huge gulp of a sitting, sometimes on the edge of my seat, laughing out loud more than once, at the end I felt like I’d just watched a masterful performance at the theatre and a distinct urge to get up and applaud came over me.

Talking more practically, the construction is superb – using a series of interviews conducted by an unknown shadowy figure (who by the end of the novel I adored with a fiery passion) we meet a team of people assigned to discover the truth behind a giant metallic hand that emerged from the earth some years before. One of the scientists is Rose, there at the beginning, now fully responsible for the project, the more she discovers the more gripped you will be. The cast is a group dynamic, brilliantly drawn, held together by our interviewer, and seriously the eye Sylvain Neuvel has for character study is truly superb and gosh can this author weave one heck of a tale.

I was truly blown away by this one. Like The Martian it had it all – an ingrained and ironic sense of humour, enough edge of the seat moments to keep the adrenalin pumping, a clever and highly imaginative central plot and some nerdtastic science elements that managed to never get repetitive or dull. The ending was SO perfectly placed I simply cannot wait to see what happens next.

Ace. I do like an ace book. This one was about as ace as it is possible to get with this type of story and quite possibly the most fun you’ll have with a book this year.

Highly Recommended.

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As an early reader I received this brilliant memento and I’d like to say no no, Thank YOU. Made my reading day Mr Neuvel. Good books are made this.

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The Obsession – Nora Roberts. Blog tour review.

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Publication Date: Available Now from Piatkus

Source: Review Copy

She changed her name. She changed her life. But someone won’t let her go. The brand-new novel of love, drama and hope from legendary Nora Roberts.

Naomi Carson is a survivor. As a child, her family was torn apart by a shocking crime. It could have destroyed her, but Naomi has grown up strong, with a passion for photography that has taken her all around the world.

Now, at last, she has decided to put down roots. The beautiful old house on Point Bluff needs work, but Naomi has new friends in town who are willing to help, including Xander Keaton – gorgeous, infuriating and determined to win her heart.

But as Naomi plans for the future, her past is catching up with her. Someone in town knows her terrifying secret – and won’t let her forget it. As her new home is rocked by violence, Naomi must discover her persecutor’s identity, before it’s too late.

I’m a long time fan of Nora Roberts both when she’s being Nora Roberts and J D Robb – one thing you can rely on is a darn good story well told, “The Obsession” is exactly that.

It is quite a dark one for this author – darker perhaps than her normal romantic suspense – but for me that made it all the better. Considering the title it won’t come as any surprise that this is a book about obsession in its most dangerous form – it also has an engaging heroine with a very compelling and heart wrenching past who is trying to build a new future.

Nora Roberts has a gorgeous tone and truly imaginative detail in her prose that just works so well, absorbing you into the story and into the lives of her characters. Whilst I’m not a fan of romance as a thing, within the narrative of “The Obsession” I did get really into the Xander/Naomi yin yang and was rooting for them all the way. But the real pleasure of this one for me came from the deeper, mystery elements and the sometimes very emotive back story, the past colliding with the present and threatening Naomi’s hopeful happiness, intriguing all the way.

I did work out the end before it came but that really did not detract from the important thing – that of the tale itself and the often addictive events unfolding. Beautifully drawn characters and a story of multiple layers, The Obsession was a blinking good read.

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July 10, 2011 - Boonsboro, Maryland USA: Best-selling author Nora Roberts on the porch of the Inn at Boonsboro in historic Boonsboro, Maryland. Ms. Roberts bought the 1790s-era building and created an eight-room boutique hotel meant to cater to women's romantic sides. Rooms are named for famous literary couples, including Marguerite and Percy of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and Jane and Rochester from "Jane Eyre." Ms. Roberts spent $3 million renovating the three-story inn. Roberts is the author of more than 209 romance novels. She writes as J.D. Robb for the "In Death" series (Evelyn Hockstein/POLARIS) ///

July 10, 2011 – Boonsboro, Maryland USA: Best-selling author Nora Roberts on the porch of the Inn at Boonsboro in historic Boonsboro, Maryland. Ms. Roberts bought the 1790s-era building and created an eight-room boutique hotel meant to cater to women’s romantic sides. Rooms are named for famous literary couples, including Marguerite and Percy of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and Jane and Rochester from “Jane Eyre.” Ms. Roberts spent $3 million renovating the three-story inn. Roberts is the author of more than 209 romance novels. She writes as J.D. Robb for the “In Death” series (Evelyn Hockstein/POLARIS) ///

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Tenacity Naval Posts Blog tour – Saturday to Wives and Sweethearts

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Tenacity from J S Law – one of my favourite reads of last year entering my Top Ten of 2015  at no 4 – comes out in Paperback on the 21st April from Headline – and to celebrate we are on a Naval Toasts blog tour. Saturday is to Wives and Sweethearts (May they never meet) – Hope you enjoy this post from James and make sure to follow the tour.

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Saturday’s toast is to “Wives and Sweethearts” (may they never meet)

By James Law.

If you’ve followed my blog tour at all, you’ll know that at mess dinners in the Royal Navy, immediately after the Loyal Toast of ‘The Queen’, the youngest officer present will normally offer the traditional drinking toast of that day.

The toast for Saturday is traditionally to “Wives and Sweethearts” with “may they never meet” either silently acknowledged, or quipped by some smart ass afterwards. This toast was changed in 2013 by the then Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral David Steel, to become “Our Families”, to rightly reflect the contribution of females at sea, though the traditional toast is still widely used.

When I was away on submarines, it was always my family that I missed, my children in particular – there’s something you never forget about working away and missing Christmases, birthdays, first steps, first words, first smiles – and I’ve missed all of those things – I never forget those memories I don’t have.

I came back once and my daughter, who was only a few years old, wouldn’t even look at me for several days and it was this, among other things, that led me to leave the submarine service. However, whilst I do look back with some regrets, I always had a strong family unit behind me, which enabled me to do what I did and I think this tie to family is hugely important.

In Tenacity, we see that Dan Lewis is adrift from her family and on board HMS Tenacity. She stands with little support around her, but the Royal Navy is all about teamwork and belonging and it becomes quickly apparent, that without the support of those who value her, Dan may not live long enough to have regrets…

About the book:

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Two hundred metres below the surface,
she will have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

A sailor hangs himself on board a naval submarine. Although ruled a suicide Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the Navy’s finest Special Branch investigator, knows the sailor’s wife was found brutally murdered only days before.

Now Dan must enter the cramped confines of HMS Tenacity to interrogate the tight-knit, male crew and determine if there’s a link.

Standing alone in the face of extreme hostility and with a possible killer on board, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival.

The pressure is rising and Dan’s time is running out…

You can read my original review of Tenacity HERE

Find out more about James Law HERE

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To Purchase Tenacity clickety click right HERE

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