Book Review: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

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*Thanks for the free book, @CrownPublishing; it’s my pleasure to be a part of your monthly book send programme and provide honest reviews for the titles chosen*

It’s no secret I love a small-town mystery, so I jumped at the opportunity to read Bonfire. I had no idea the author of this novel, was an actress, well-known for her role in the Netflix series Marvel’s Jessica Jones and cult favourite Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 – what can I say, I prefer the book to the screen.

From the inside cover:

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small-town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’s biggest scandal from more than a decade ago, involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends–just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as she tries desperately to find out what really happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret–a ritual called “The Game”–it will threaten reputations, and lives, in the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote rural town of just five claustrophobic square miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide. Continue reading “Book Review: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter”

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Blog Tour | Book Review: The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

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The Blackbird Season was my first novel by Moretti and it certainly won’t be my last! I’m excited to be a part of the blog tour for this new release and even more excited to be sharing my review with you today.

From the back cover:

In a quiet town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a school playing field. As journalists flock to the scene, one of them catches a teacher, Nate Winters, embracing a female student. The student claims that she and Nate are having an affair, sending shockwaves through the close-knit community. Then the student disappears, and the police have only one suspect: Nate.

Nate’s wife, Alecia, is left wondering if she ever really knew her seemingly loving husband. Nate’s co-worker, Bridget, is determined to prove his innocence and find the missing student. But both women will have to ask themselves – do they really know what Nate is capable of? Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti”

Blog Tour | Book Review: Wychwood by George Mann

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Today, I’m delighted to be sharing my review of this fantastic novel, Wychwood, as part of the blog tour. And can I just say, how gorgeous is the cover of this book!?!

From the back cover:

After losing her job and her partner in one fell swoop, journalist Elspeth Reeves is back in her mother’s house in the sleepy village of Wilsby-under-Wychwood, wondering where it all went wrong. Then a body is found in the neighbouring Wychwoods: a woman ritually slaughtered, with cryptic symbols scattered around her corpse. Elspeth recognizes these from a local myth of the Carrion King, a Saxon magician who once held a malevolent court deep in the forest. As more murders follow, Elspeth joins her childhood friend DS Peter Shaw to investigate, and the two discover sinister village secrets harking back decades. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Wychwood by George Mann”

Book Review: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

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First I saw some glowing reviews, then some not so glowing reviews, either way this book caught my attention and I had to find out for myself, what happened to Emma.

Book Description:

Two sisters vanish.
Only one comes back.

We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe.

When my sister and I disappeared three years ago, they found Emma’s car at the beach. Some people believed she had gone there to find a party or meet a friend who never showed. They believed that she’d gone for a swim. They believed that she’d drowned. Maybe by accident. Maybe a suicide.

Everyone believed Emma was dead.

As for me, well – it was not as simple as that. Continue reading “Book Review: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker”

Book Box Unboxing: Book & a Brew (backlist box – Halloween)

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Ever since discovering Urbane Book Club, I’ve stalled in my hunt for the perfect book box, that is until I discovered Book & a Brew have started selling boxes containing some of their backlist titles. Book & a Brew is a monthly subscription book box that is perfect for book lovers who enjoy a good book and brew to go with it. I’ve had my eye on this book box for quite sometime, I’ve even purchased a single box from them on two previous occasions, and have been having this inner battle with myself on whether to subscribe or not. I purchased this box, it was not given to me in exchange for a review.

The boxes aren’t themed, each month you receive a mystery hardback book and a brew. As this was a backlist box, I knew exactly what book I’d be getting and it’s one that’s been on my wishlist forever but the brew was a surprise.

The Brew: Continue reading “Book Box Unboxing: Book & a Brew (backlist box – Halloween)”