Blog Tour! The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse ~ #BlogTour #Extract #TheCoodinatesOfLoss


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m so thrilled to be kicking the tour off with a fabulous extract from The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse!



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The Coordinates of Loss


Amanda Prowse



When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.

In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.

Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?












Rachel always thought it felt like a gift to wake up smiling.
Today was no different.
She stretched her tanned arm over her head and took a deep breath, considering that this, the gentle rocking of a boat, was quite possibly the best alarm clock in the whole wide world. Her mind flitted to the cold winter mornings of her youth when her dad whistled through the flimsy bathroom wall as he shaved, rain beating on the double-glazed picture windows and the smell of toast wafting up the stairs of her mum and dad’s flat-fronted 1970s house. It had been a struggle to heft her body from the warm nest of duvet that covered the dip in the mattress where she liked to curl. A struggle and a chore, the promise of a loo floor, chilly underfoot, and the long walk to school along grey pavements, avoiding the spray from speeding lorries, no real incentive to get on with the job.
This morning, she nestled back on to the soft mattress and took another deep breath that developed into a yawn. Slowly she opened one eye, closing it again quickly. Sunlight filtered in from the hatch above their bed in the rear berth, warming the air into a pleasant fug that cocooned them in this tiny space. There was something unique about sleeping like this, in a boat out on the ocean. It felt like an island, an oasis, away from the pace of real life; away from everything. Safe and sound, away from traffic, machinery, people and all the things that might bring them harm. It was as close to heaven as she could imagine.
It always took her one night to settle into the pace of life on the boat, and as she lay there, after the first night of three out at sea, she knew she had arrived. The rest of the trip stretched out ahead of them like a promise and she could barely quell the leap of happiness in her gut.
What’s on the agenda for today? Spot of fishing. Swimming. More swimming. Supper on the deck, maybe a bottle of fizz or a cold beer, as we watch the sunset . . .
She smiled and turned on to her side, running her finger over the strong, tanned back of her husband.
‘I am not prepared to wake up yet. So you can cut that out,’ James groaned, in the groggy voice she knew meant that they had gone one bottle too many in the champagne stakes last night.
She laughed her throaty chuckle. ‘I told you we should call it a day after that first bottle, but no.’ She leaned forward and kissed his skin. ‘Come on! Life is for the living! That’s what you said.’


That was wonderful!!





The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse is published on 25th September 2018 by Lake Union Publishing and available to buy here:




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Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose has had twenty novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story’ which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s latest book ‘The Food of Love’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched in the USA and she has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Drama’ for her ability to make the reader feel as if they were actually in the story.

Published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is know as ‘The Queen of heartbreak fiction’ and she is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings for several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda Prowse is a regular panellist on the Channel 5 show ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour.

Become friends with Amanda on Facebook: AmandaProwseAuthor and follow her on Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse or Instagram: MrsAmandaProwse. For more information on her books, lifestyle, podcasts and inspirational advice see

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

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Book Review: Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale ~ #TakeNothingWithYou #BookReview


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Take Nothing With You


Patrick Gale




1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother’s quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother.

When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice.

Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale’s new novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.







My Review




Take Nothing With You begins with main character Eustace discovering he has cancer. And realising that for the third time, he has fallen in love. As a successful, wealthy man who has worked hard to get to where he is, meeting Theo through a dating website has sparked something new and exciting in his life. Whilst Theo serves in the military, he and Eustace spend hours getting to know one another and slowly a bond begins to form. Preferring to keep Theo in the dark about his condition, Eustace enlists the help of his old friend Naomi. When he begins his radiotherapy treatment, he is allowed to take a few precious possessions with him in the lead-lined room. Over the course of the treatment, he listens to the cello music Naomi has installed on an MP3 Player, which transports him back through the years.




Alternating between past and present, the reader is allowed a glimpse into Eustace’s life in Weston-Super-Mare as a boy. Living with his parents in the residential home they run, a shy and awkward Eustace constantly dodges the grim atmosphere developing between his mother and father. When she books him a cello lesson with popular teacher Carla Gold, he unearths a passion that will drive him forward and help him find his way in the world.




I read this book slowly so I could savour it. Some books you wish could just last forever. This is one of mine. Eustace is a remarkable character. I loved getting to know him and following him on his journey. The worst part was saying goodbye at the end. Take Nothing With You is brimming with the simple joy of music and the true warmth of friendship.




With every sentence, Patrick Gale plumbs the depths of emotion in this story. He finds new levels of ingenuity, intelligence, insight, heart and humour and effortlessly draws the reader into the lives of his characters. He writes with flawless elegance and beauty. His books just get better and better. I can’t wait to see what he writes next.




I’m a ginormous fan of Patrick Gale. I was lucky enough to attend the North Cornwall Book Festival last year and I remember coming away so bloomin’ excited because Patrick mentioned a new book coming in 2018! This book is everything I’d hoped for and so much more!




Rich. Compelling. Insightful.




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Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester. He now lives on a farm near Land’s End. He’s a passionate gardener, cook, and cellist and chairs the North Cornwall Book Festival each October. His sixteen novels include the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter, A Perfectly Good Man and Notes From an Exhibition – both of which were Richard and Judy Bookclub selections – The Whole Day Through and Rough Music. His latest, Take Nothing With You is a tale of teenage obsession, sexuality, betrayal and music-making. You can find out more on his website


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Blog Tour! Review of The Tattoo Thief by Alison Belsham ~ #TheTattooThief #BlogTour #BookReview


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m delighted to share my review od The Tattoo Thief by Alison Belsham!


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The Tattoo Thief


Alison Belsham

A policeman on his first murder case
A tattoo artist with a deadly secret
And a twisted serial killer sharpening his blades to kill again…

When Brighton tattoo artist Marni Mullins discovers a flayed body, newly-promoted DI Francis Sullivan needs her help. There’s a serial killer at large, slicing tattoos from his victims’ bodies while they’re still alive. Marni knows the tattooing world like the back of her hand, but has her own reasons to distrust the police. So when she identifies the killer’s next target, will she tell Sullivan or go after the Tattoo Thief alone?










My Review



Newly-promoted Detective Inspector Francis Sullivan is called to investigate a grisly murder. A body was found in a dumpster near the Brighton Tattoo Convention, cut up and chewed by rats. The woman who found it made an anonymous phone call to the police and fled before they could find her. The case grows evermore horrific as Francis and his team realise that a section of the victim’s skin has been flayed and it was mostly likely done while he was still alive. When a second body is found under the pier, decapitated, they realise that the killer is taking his victim’s tattoos, cutting and stealing them from their very bodies. Francis nurses a terrible fear that they have a serial killer on their hands, someone unlike any other. Someone they must find before he finds another victim for his collection.




Marni Mullins is a tattoo artist with a sixteen-year-old son living in Brighton. She is desperate to leave her past behind but all the running in the world won’t carry her away from it. Having a break from her intense work with the tattoo iron at the convention, she takes a walk and stumbles across something terrible. A body left in a dumpster. When the police finally track her down, she agrees to help Francis. What better way to find a tattoo thief, then with the help of Marni Mullins.




Marni is quite an elusive character in the beginning. You’re given clues to her background and as the story progresses, the author feeds in more details about her life. She has her reasons for wanting to stay away from the investigation, for keeping that phone call anonymous. She is a fascinating character and I was sad to say goodbye to her and Francis come the end. Alison Belsham depicts a truly terrifying killer with searing imagery and description. He gave me a huge case of the chills.




If you like your thrillers dark and original, you’ll love The Tattoo Thief. A spine-chilling, thrilling read that will have you gripping the edge of your seat! Brilliant!




Gripping. Dark. Original.







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Alison Belsham initially started writing with the ambition of becoming a screenwriter-and in 2000 was commended for her visual storytelling in the Orange Prize for Screenwriting. In 2001 she was shortlisted in a BBC Drama Writer competition. Life and children intervened but, switching to fiction, in 2009 her novel Domino was selected for the prestigious Adventures in Fiction mentoring scheme. In 2016 she pitched her first crime novel, The Tattoo Thief, at the Pitch Perfect event at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and was judged the winner. After signing with agent Jenny Brown, The Tattoo Thief was bought by Trapeze books and published in May, 2018.


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Blog Tour! Review of The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearce ~ #BookReview #BlogTour #TheHouseAcrossTheStreet #LoveLesley25


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today, which celebrates 25 years of Lesley Pearce’s fabulous books! I’m delighted to share my review for The House Across the Street!



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The House Across the Street


Lesley Pearce



Twenty-three year old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, other times they have children.

Hilda, Katy’s mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders if these mysterious visitors have just been released from prison. Is Gloria secretly bringing criminals, or worse, into the heart of the community?

Then one night, the house burns down. In the wreckage, the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found. Katy is sure the unexplained visitors must be responsible until her father is arrested and charged with murder. Have the police arrested the correct person? Are the rest of the street safe? Can Katy find the truth before it’s too late?











My Review


Katy Speed is a twenty-three-year-old typist from Bexhill-on-Sea, a quiet town where life is passing by all too quickly. Her mother, Hilda, is cold and cruel and makes living at home a constant torment. Her father, Albert, is weary after so many years under the same roof as his wife. And their son is reluctant to return for any special occasions because of Hilda’s sharp tongue and nasty disposition. Katy yearns to escape, to start a new life in London where her mother can’t stunt her aspirations and Bexhill-on-Sea can’t slow down the pace of life.




When a house across the street burns to the ground in a case of arson, Katy is heartbroken to learn that Mrs Reynolds and her daughter perished inside. Gloria was a kind-hearted woman who urged her to leave town and begin anew, she boosted her confidence and proved to be a good friend, albeit a mysterious one.





On a trip to London to find new jobs, Katy and her friend Jilly, instantly take to the hustle and bustle. It suits them perfectly after the calm, quiet of Bexhill-on-Sea. Jilly, an up-beat, gung-ho girl is applying for the position of an assistant at a zoo. Katy is hoping to hook a position where she will be able to employ her typing skills. The girls, both with new jobs to look forward to, return to Bexhill-on-Sea. But what Katy hears when she returns home, horrifies her. Her kind, sweet father has been arrested for the murder of Mrs Reynolds and her daughter.





The House Across the Street explores some dark themes, which are very emotional to follow as the story progresses. The book gets darker and darker as you go through, affecting Katy terribly. But even at the end, she remains the sweet, kind, lovable character who first drew me into the story!




Dark. Surprising. Fabulous.




The House Across The Street by Lesley Pearse is published on 6th September in hardback by Michael Joseph priced £20.00. This year is Lesley’s 25th anniversary year in publishing.


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About Lesley Pearce


Lesley Pearse Copyright Charlotte Murphy 2014



Lesley Pearse was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. When she grew up she worked her way through a number of jobs, including nanny, bunny girl, dressmaker and full-time mother, before, at the age of forty-nine, settling upon a career that would allow her gifts to blossom: she became a published writer. Lesley lives in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

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Blog Tour! Review of After He Died by Michael J. Malone ~ #AfterHeDied #BookReview #RandomThingsTours #OrendaBooks


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour! I’m over the moon to share my review of After He Died by Michael J. Malone!



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After He Died


Michael J. Malone




When Paula Gadd’s husband of almost thirty years dies, just days away from the seventh anniversary of their son, Christopher’s death, her world falls apart. Grieving and bereft, she is stunned when a young woman approaches her at the funeral service, and slips something into her pocket. A note suggesting that Paula’s husband was not all that he seemed…
When the two women eventually meet, a series of revelations challenges everything Paula thought they knew, and it becomes immediately clear that both women’s lives are in very real danger.
Both a dark, twisty slice of domestic noir and taut, explosive psychological thriller, After He Died is also a chilling reminder that the people we trust the most can harbour the deadliest secrets…










My Review




When Paula Gadd’s husband dies, her whole world fractures. She knew from the moment she met him as a nervous teenager that she would be with him for the rest of her life. And she was right.  They had a perfect marriage. Until something happened that changed it all. Their beloved son died, then the affection seeped out of their relationship and grief crept in.




At Thomas’s funeral service, Paula is in a state of shock. Because how can a healthy, fit man have a heart attack? And how can it have been her Thomas? The pain is crippling. And things only get worse when a young woman slips a note in her pocket and whispers something that suggests Thomas was not all he appeared to be. There was more to the man she was married to. As Paula unpicks the web of lies and deceit surrounding recent events, she will finally have the whole truth from the man who vowed it from the start.




Cara Connolly is determined to improve her community. Her job enables her to support, protect and even reunite families that have been torn apart and it’s one she loves. Mourning the loss of her brother, Cara thinks she might finally have found a way of getting answers about his mysterious death. Slowly Cara’s and Paula’s lives entwine  and the answers they both seek are about to come to light.




The threads of this story link together in such a way that come the end you need a moment to ruminate on the sheer brilliance of what you’ve just read. I certainly did! As such a huge fan of House of Spines, the author’s previous book, I was so excited to start his new one. What a book it is!




After He Died is a riveting new novel from wordsmith Michael J. Malone. I just love it. Thrilling, compulsive and often shocking, After He Died is utterly wonderful! Fully recommend!




Tense. Dark. Brillant.




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About Michael J. Malone



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Michael J. Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult, maybe.

He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Don’t ask.

BLOOD TEARS, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge:Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers and when it was published he added a “J” to his name to differentiate it from the work of his talented U.S. namesake.

He is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website and his blog, May Contain Nuts can be found at

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Blog Tour! Book Review of All This I Will Give To You by Delores Redondo ~ #BookReview #BlogTour #AllThisIWillGiveToYou


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m thrilled to share my review of All This I Will Give To You by Delores Redondo!




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All This I Will Give To You


Delores Redondo




When novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, Álvaro, has been killed in a car crash, it comes as a devastating shock. It won’t be the last. He’s now arrived in Galicia. It’s where Álvaro died. It’s where the case has already been quickly closed as a tragic accident. It’s also where Álvaro hid his secrets.

The man to whom Manuel was married for fifteen years was not the unassuming man he knew.

Álvaro’s trail leads Manuel deep into one of Spain’s most powerful and guarded families. Behind the walls of their forbidding estate, Manuel is nothing but an unwelcome and dangerous intruder. Then he finds two allies: a stubbornly suspicious police lieutenant and Álvaro’s old friend—and private confessor—from seminary school. Together they’re collecting the pieces of Álvaro’s past, his double life, and his mysterious death.

But in the shadows of nobility and privilege, Manuel is about to unravel a web of corruption and deception that could be as fatal a trap for him as it was for the man he loved.








My Review




One morning Manuel Ortigosa gets a knock at the door from the police. They tell him his husband Alvaro is dead. He fell asleep at the wheel and crashed, died instantly. The news of Alvaro’s death brings about the discovery of his many lies. Manuel thought he was in Barcelona for business but he crashed in Lugo, a place he had no connection to. This is the first lie in a long line of deceit.



When Manuel goes to Lugo to see the body, he is told that Alvaro was marquis of Santo Tome, a grand estate a mere few miles from the spot he was found dead. And not only this but he had a family Manuel knew nothing about. As he delves into his husband’s real past, the secrets he will turn up will have devastating consequences.




Manuel is a successful novelist working on his long awaited new novel. Happily married for several years, Alvaro’s transgressions come as a deep blow to Manuel. Everything he thought he knew about their relationship, their home is wrong and the very foundation his life is built on begins to shift. The characters are beautifully depicted with a prose that glued me to each and every page.




The breathless moments come thick and fast in this book. The reader is drawn deeper and deeper into the story, following Manuel’s plight for the truth and his shocking discovery of the man he thought he knew. I don’t want to give anything away because this is a really gripping read. I was hooked from beginning to end!



Gripping. Tense. Thrilling.



All This I Will Give To You by Dolores Redondo is out now, published by Amazon Crossing.

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About Delores Redondo



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Dolores Redondo studied law and the culinary arts before writing The Baztán Trilogy, a successful crime series set in the Basque Pyrenees that has sold over 1.5 million copies in Spanish, has been translated into more than thirty-five languages, and was adapted into a popular film series.

Twice nominated for the CWA International Dagger Award and a finalist for the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle, Redondo was the recipient of the 2016 Premio Planeta—one of Spain’s most distinguished literary awards—for her stand-alone thriller All This I Will Give to You, which has also been optioned for feature film and television development and will be translated into eighteen languages.

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Blog Tour! Review of The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood ~ #BookReview #BlogTour #TheHangmansHold


 Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m so excited to share my review of The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood!



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The Hangman’s Hold


Michael Wood


There’s a killer in your house.
The Hangman waits in the darkness.

He knows your darkest secrets.
He’ll make you pay for all the crimes you have tried desperately to forget.

And he is closer than you think.
DCI Matilda Darke is running out of time. Fear is spreading throughout the city. As the body count rises, Matilda is targeted and her most trusted colleagues fall under suspicion. But can she keep those closest to her from harm? Or is it already too late?









My Review




DCI Matilda Darke is called to investigate the suspected suicide of Brian Appleby, who was found hung by the neck in his Essex home. As she and her team piece together the events leading up to his death, they are shocked to discover that mere hours before, Brian Appleby went on a date with Dr Adele Kean, pathologist and Matilda’s best friend after meeting on a dating website. And what is worse, Brian’s grim past comes to light. He was arrested for sexually assaulting several young girls. After he served his lengthy sentence, he settled down in Essex to live a quiet life. Adele is horrified to discover his past, especially as she planned to meet him again, but with Matilda’s support and friendship, she will find a way through it.




But it isn’t over. Brian didn’t commit suicide. He was murdered. Hung by the neck in his own home. Soon the body count rises and a clear modus operandi appears. A serial killer known as The Hangman is targeting old offenders and he is ruthlessly set on his goal. Matilda’s team are in turmoil, with the press on their back, publishing headlines that drive the eye of the public to their door, things are going from bad to worse. When The Hangman sets his sights on Matilda, the case is grows ever more personal.




With her life in danger, Matilda is not only battling to find the killer before he strikes again, she is also battling her own grief. Her beloved husband James passed away and despite the passing of time, she can’t come to terms with his absence. He was a lover and friend, comforter and confidant. I was rooting for Matilda all the way through. She is such a fantastic character. Strong, instinctual, brilliant.




Michael Wood delivers another fabulously gripping, fiendishly clever new thriller. DCI Matilda Darke returns with a bang. What a book this is!



Gripping. Thrilling. Brilliant.





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About Michael Wood



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Michael Wood is a proofreader and former journalist in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He is the author of the DCI Matilda Darke series set in Sheffield. The third, A ROOM FULL OF KILLERS, will be released in February 2017. A short story prequel, THE FALLEN, is published as an ebook in December 2016 by Killer Reads at HarperCollins.

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Blog Tour! Review of The After Wife by Cass Hunter ~ #BookReview #BlogTour #TheAfterWife

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m delighted to share my review of The After Wife by Cass Hunter!




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The After Wife


Cass Hunter



When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever.

She was a brilliant, high-flying scientist. He was her loving and supportive husband.

Now she’s gone, and Aidan must carry on and raise their daughter alone.

But Rachel has left behind her life’s work, a gift of love to see them through the dark days after her death.

A gift called iRachel.









My Review:



When Aiden’s beloved wife, Rachel, passes away, he is faced with an abyss too large to comprehend. In an instant he has lost the only woman he has ever loved. Their plans, hopes and aspirations have all vanished. The future, has shifted. Aiden is in turmoil, struggling to reunite the blur of grief-ridden days to the life he had a week ago. One with Rachel firmly in the middle. But he must be strong because fifteen-year-old daughter Chloe will need his love, his support and his strength to battle through her own grief. When Rachel’s old partner at Telos Robotics asks him to visit the lab urgently to receive a message Rachel left behind, Aiden is at first reluctant but eventually returns to the lab to clear out her things. What he finds – what Rachel has left him – will alter his family’s future.





Rachel was a renowned scientist. Admired and applauded over by everyone. Her goal was to create an empathetic robot. An AI that could be a helper, a companion or a friend. Not something but someone to stave off loneliness in homes where loneliness is beginning to take hold. Keeping her work a secret from not only her bosses but Aiden also, she developed a robot to look and behave like her, memories of her own built into the robot. In the case of her death, she recorded a message for Aiden, a message that only IRachel can deliver. She asks him to take her robot doppelgänger home so it can learn, watch human behaviour and interact with him and Chloe. It is her last wish so how can Aiden refuse?




When Chloe discovers her mother’s creation, she is shocked, angry and afraid. Even more so when IRachel moves into their home. She locks herself away and refuses to interact with it. Every part of her life is changing; her friends grow distant, her hopes shift and her memories are redefined in the new knowledge of her mother. But as she adjusts to a new routine, the loneliness she feels inches away and IRahcel grows into something more than the sum of her parts. Something that might guide her through the pain of losing her mother.




I really enjoyed The After Wife by Cass Hunter. Seeing the characters evolve was wonderful – I really fell in love with them, even IRachel. For me, she wasn’t so much the legacy of Rachel’s career but a gift to her family, a parting goodbye designed to help them bear their loss and prepare them for the future. A beautiful, touching tale! Fabulous!




Original. Unique. Emotive.






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About Cass Hunter



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Cass Hunter was born in South Africa and moved to the UK in 2000. She lives in North London with her husband and two sons. She is an avid lifelong learner, and works at a London university. Cass Hunter is the pen name of Rosie Fiore, whose novels include After Isabella, What She Left, Babies in Waiting and Wonder Women.


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Elsa Mathern with Bellevue Square – Behind the Design #BehindTheDesign #BellevueSquare #BookCover #CoverLove


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“The Behind the Design feature follows the very best of book cover designers and explores the inspiration behind their latest creations, the process behind the designs and the quest to find the perfect book covers. Book covers entice us over in a bookshop, they’re the spark of intrigue or fluttering of wonder that invite us to discover the world inside the words. To highlight some of these covers and their extraordinarily talented creators, I thought I’d launch a feature that will take a look at the process behind the design. I hope you enjoy it!”




Welcome to a new post in the Behind the Design Feature! Today, I’m so thrilled to have Elsa Mathern (designer for No Exit Press) and Katherine Sunderland (Publicist for No Exit Press and Book Blogger) on the blog to talk about the stunning cover design for Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill! This is such an incredible cover – I absolutely loved reading about Elsa’s process of finding the perfect design! It’s fascinating!!




Elsa Mathern & Katherine Sunderland with Bellevue Square!



Bellevue Square has possibly been one of the most challenging covers we’ve had to design this year. This is a book with a very unique narrative; it’s witty and sharp yet dark and surprising. It starts off as a thriller yet descends into something much more psychologically complex. It’s a prize winning, literary read, but the endearing voice of the main character makes it a great read for fans of commercial fiction. It explores themes of identity, doubles, obsession and chaos.


Our designer, Elsa Mathern, is fantastic. She has worked with No Exit for a long time and she has an intuitive understanding of the titles we publish and the crime fiction market. She always reads the manuscripts as soon as they are available to help understand the style of the book, as well as seeing if there are any key images from the story which might inspire her designs. Elsa works very closely with the whole team, and her dedication and thoroughness means that she doesn’t stop until she has produced the most effective, powerful and beautiful cover.


Elsa produced around 15 front covers for Bellevue Square and the conversations discussing the designs lasted about six weeks. A truly unique experience for the whole team!


The main challenge was that we needed a cover that would capture the elements of mystery, psychological suspense as well as the more complex, much darker existentialist themes. There also seemed so much potential with the idea of doubles, reflections, mirrors and perception that are repeated throughout the book, we all felt the cover design needed to capture this.


Harder than it sounds!

Here are some of the designs that Elsa produced. As you can see they are all very different.



Here area few of the early designs!








And here is the finished design!



Bellevue Square






About Elsa:





I am an experienced graphic designer and typesetter working for the publishing industry. I have worked as a freelance book designer since 2005, predominantly for covers of literary and historical crime/thriller novels for authors such as Robert Olen Butler, James Sallis and Bill Beverly. I also design non-fiction books, from academic criticism to ‘how to’ guides, primarily about cinema and pop culture.

I have designed covers and interior layouts for hundreds of publications ranging from short novelty books to 800+ pages reference books. I am also a skilled typesetter in both English and French.

After some years in London, I am now based in the French Alps and work with independent publishers, university presses and self-published authors from the UK, France and North America.


Elsa’s Website Link!




Here are just a few of Elsa’s beautiful designs!




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About Bellevue Sqaure:




Bellevue Square




Winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize



Jean Mason has a doppelganger.

She’s never seen her, but others* swear they have.

*others | noun. A peculiar collection of drug addicts, scam artists, philanthropists, philosophers and vagrants – the regulars of Bellevue Square.


Jean lives in downtown Toronto with her husband and two kids. The proud owner of a thriving bookstore, she doesn’t rattle easily – not like she used to. But after two of her customers insist they’ve seen her double, Jean decides to investigate. Curiosity grows to obsession and soon Jean’s concerns shift from the identity of the woman, to her very own.

Funny, dark and surprising, Bellevue Square takes readers down the existentialist rabbit hole and asks the question: what happens when the sense you’ve made of things stops making sense?


Amazon Link!

Book Depository Link!





About Michael Redhill:



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Michael Redhill is the author of the novels Consolation, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Martin Sloane, a finalist for the Giller Prize. He’s written a novel for young adults, four collections of poetry and two plays, including the internationally celebrated Goodness. He also writes a series of crime novels under the name Inger Ash Wolfe. His most recent novel, Bellevue Square, won the 2017 Giller Prize. Michael lives in Toronto.


Find him on Twitter!





That’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the process behind the design as much as I have! Huge thank you to Elsa Mathern and Katherine Sunderland for appearing on my blog with this wonderful piece!

Keep an eye out for more posts in this feature soon!

If you’re a book cover designer and you’d like to be involved in my new feature please drop me a line at! I’d love to hear from you!




behind the design

Blog Tour! Review of Entrapped by Claire Ayres – #Review #Entrapped #NeverlandBlogTours




Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m delighted to share my review of Entrapped by Claire Ayres!




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Claire Ayres





Cellist, Luka, has moved to Bristol to start a new job and recover from the betrayal of finding his best friend and his girlfriend in bed together. He doesn’t plan on the emotional thunderstorm that meeting his next-door neighbour Jess causes.

Jess had everything, a man she loved, friends she adored and then the world crashed around her. Depression came from nowhere and slowly started ripping her life away. Now she lives a lonely, sad life but the music which she keeps hearing next door is waking her up and she doesn’t know why.

Join Luka and Jess as they discover life after heartache, how to forgive and how to live and love again.






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My Review




Jess and Ade were the perfect couple. Three years of love, support and friendship. Now things have changed. They are no longer the people they used to be. Jess is sad, lonely and unmotivated. Despite all attempts, she can’t claw back the girl she was when they got together, the girl who was once so hopeful and optimistic. Ade is aggressive and cruel, throwing blame and sharp words that splinter between them. When Jess is diagnosed with mild depression, she falls back on the support of her two best friends, Katie and Jay. But when Jess tells Ade, an argument swiftly follows, and soon after he packs his bags and leaves her for good. Jess is heartbroken and must find a new way of living without him.




Luka Bartelli is adjusting to life in Bristol after a break-up that tore him apart. His best friend and girlfriend betrayed him and now he can’t trust easily. The pace of life in Bristol is much slower than in London but it suits Luka perfectly. He can finally focus on himself for the first time in years. As a cellist in the Bristol Symphony Orchestra, Luka finds release in his music but sometimes even his music can’t abate the heartache from losing both his best fiend and his lover.




When Luka and Jess meet, their lives suddenly change. A spark ignites and slowly they begin to unpick each other’s fears and doubts. They might finally be able to leave behind the tragedies which left them devastated and move on.




I’m so thrilled to be included on the blog tour for Entrapped by friend and brilliant book blogger Claire Ayres! This book deals with some heavy themes, such as depression and it was heartbreaking to see how it affects Jess. Claire seamlessly describes the emotions in this book with a deep understanding of her characters. I’m looking forward to seeing where the series goes next!



Intriguing. Surprising. Emotional.


To purchase a copy of the book, you can follow the link below

Amazon UK


And find it on Goodreads!




About Claire Ayres



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Claire lives in Bristol, UK and has taken her inspiration from the people and the places she has seen over the years. She always has a book close at hand and devours Fantasy and Romance like some devour chocolate! Claire loves a happily ever after followed by lots of bloody sword-fighting and dangerous dragons! But when writing her debut novel Entrapped drew on her childhood ambition to be a musician and one of the instruments she played and still loves as a centre-point.

Claire is also a passionate mental health advocate who lives with bipolar disorder and has done regular radio interviews and even some TV. She is also a huge heavy metal fan and can regularly be found banging her head at a concert or festival.


Find Claire on Twitter and via her Website!




Follow the bloggers on the #Entrapped blog tour!









Huge thanks to Claire and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my  review copy and blog tour invite!