May 2017 #WrapUp

Better late than never, lovely readers, it’s time to wrap up the month of May. In between long periods of procrastination, I submitted two 3,000 word coursework assignments, revised and sat a biology exam and still found time to read 13 books, so I’d say I had a productive month! I also bought a new car, which tops everything, I love it and will drive it for years to come, until it literally falls to pieces as I’m driving. Although, that does now mean I’m on a strict book buying ban, not even a 99p ebook, so if my fellow bloggers could hold back on their amazing reviews and book recommendations, I’d appreciate it – June’s book haul post shall be an interesting one.

That’s enough about me and my life, on to the books! I read some stellar books in May…

The Good:

The standout 5 star reads of the month were:

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Book Review: Defectors by Joseph Kanon

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A very happy publication day to Joseph Kanon, Defectors publishes today – the perfect read for fans of intelligent thrillers.

Book Description:

Some secrets should never be told.

Moscow, 1961: With the launch of Sputnik, the Soviet Union’s international prestige is at an all-time high. And the most notorious of the defectors to the Soviet Union, former CIA agent Frank Weeks, is about to publish his memoirs. What he reveals will send shock waves through the West. Weeks’ defection in the early 1950s shook Washington to its core – and forced the resignation of his brother, Simon, from the State Department.

Simon, now a publisher in New York, is given the opportunity to read and publish his brother’s memoir. He knows the US government will never approve the publication of what is clearly intended as KGB propaganda. Yet the offer is irresistible: it will finally give him the chance to learn why his brother chose to betray his country.

But what he discovers in Moscow is far more shocking than he ever imagined … Continue reading “Book Review: Defectors by Joseph Kanon”

Blog Tour | Review: The Lies Within by Jane Isaac

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Welcome to the final stop on The Lies Within blog tour, where I will be sharing my review of the third book in the Will Jackman Series.

Book Description:

Be under no illusions by her kind face and eloquent manner… This woman is guilty of murder.

Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter’s body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace’s only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss.

DI Will Jackman delves into the case, until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threaten to derail him.

When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before she is convicted of a crime she didn’t commit? Continue reading “Blog Tour | Review: The Lies Within by Jane Isaac”

#BookHaul: May 2017

This is my most loved and feared blog post to write each month – loved, because how could acquiring more books cause you anything by a feeling of love in your heart? And feared, because why is my TBR taller than me!? You know the drill, so let’s get right to it!

Review Copies:

Vile City by Jennifer Lee Thomson (Thick As Thieves Promo Services)

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Blog Tour | Book Review: Two Lost Boys by L. F. Robertson

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I’m absolutely delighted to be closing the blog tour for Two Lost Boys; sharing my review of this amazing debut novel by L. F. Robertson.

From the back cover:

Janet Moodie has spent years as a death row appeals attorney. Overworked and recently widowed, she’s had her fill of hopeless cases, and is determined that this will be her last. Her client is Marion ‘Andy’ Hardy, convicted along with his brother Emory of the rape and murder of two women. The brothers were tried separately, and Emory received a life sentence, while Andy got the death penalty, labeled the ringleader despite his low IQ and Emory’s dominant personality.

Convinced that Andy’s previous lawyers have missed mitigating evidence that would have spared him the death penalty, Janet investigates Andy’s past, revealing a sordid and damaging upbringing, a series of errors on the part of his previous council, and most worrying of all, the possibility that there is far more to the Hardy family than was first thought. Andy may be guilty, but does he deserve to die? Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Two Lost Boys by L. F. Robertson”