Blog Tour | Book Review: The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond #TheGoldenOrphans #damppebblesblogtours

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Golden Orphans, a literary thriller by Gary Raymond. I must offer my apologies as my ‘official’ blog tour date was yesterday, so I apologies to Gary, to Emma (who organised the tour), and to you, readers, for making you wait an additional twenty-four hours to hear about this fantastic book!

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Within the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war, lies a terrible secret…

Francis Benthem is a successful artist; he’s created a new life on an island in the sun. He works all night, painting the dreams of his mysterious Russian benefactor, Illy Prostakov. He writes letters to old friends and students back in cold, far away London. But now Francis Benthem is found dead. The funeral is planned and his old friend from art school arrives to finish what Benthem had started. The painting of dreams on a faraway island. But you can also paint nightmares and Illy has secrets of his own that are not ready for the light. Of promises made and broken, betrayal and murder…

The Golden Orphans offers a new twist on the literary thriller. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond #TheGoldenOrphans #damppebblesblogtours”

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Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)

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With a fancy new Halloween edition published this month, it was the perfect time to reread The Shining.

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One of the true classics of horror fiction, THE SHINING is regarded as one of Stephen King’s masterpieces.

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel – and that, too, is beginning to shine . . . Continue reading “Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)”

Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

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As the summer of 2018 was coming to an end, I decided to live through the summer of 1969. But, I wasn’t alone, Beth @ Bibliobeth joined me, as our September buddy read was The Girls by Emma Cline.

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Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever? Continue reading “Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline”

Blog Tour | Book Review: Trap by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates) #ReykjavikNoir

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Trap, the second book in the Reykjavik Noir series, and the sequel to Snare. I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today.

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Happily settled in Florida, Sonja believes she’s finally escaped the trap set by unscrupulous drug lords. But when her son Tomas is taken, she’s back to square one… and Iceland.

Her lover, Agla, is awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct after the banking crash, and Sonja refuses to see her. And that’s not all… Agla owes money to some extremely powerful men, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it back.

With her former nemesis, customs officer Bragi, on her side, Sonja puts her own plan into motion, to bring down the drug barons and her scheming ex-husband, and get Tomas back safely. But things aren’t as straightforward as they seem, and Sonja finds herself caught in the centre of a trap that will put all of their lives at risk…

Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Trap is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Trap by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates) #ReykjavikNoir”

Blog Tour | Book Review: In Her Bones by Kate Moretti #InHerBones

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I’m excited to be kicking off the blog tour for New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti’s new novel, In Her Bones. I really enjoyed this novel, and it’s publishing tomorrow, 2ndOctober.

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SHE HAS TO FIND THE TRUTH BEFORE THEY FIND HER…

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction and media frenzy, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie is a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job, just trying to survive out of the spotlight.

Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to discover how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on, and whether they’ve fared better than her. She’s been careful to keep her distance, until the day one of them is found murdered and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Edie remembers nothing of the night of the death, and must get to the truth before the police—or the real killer—find her. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: In Her Bones by Kate Moretti #InHerBones”