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The Wife’s Revenge by Deirdre Palmer Publication Day Push with Review

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The Wife’s Revenge

by Deirdre Palmer

About the Book

Sometimes the lie is safer than the truth.

Fran made the biggest mistake of her life when she had an affair with Ben. Both families live in the village of Oakheart; their children are friends. Fran’s guilt shadows her days. But it’s no more than she deserves, or is it? At least she’s managed to protect her husband, Hector, from the harsh truth.

But for how long?

Tessa has left her troubles in the past and now has the perfect life. Ben might have his faults, but his life has not been easy. They need each other, and Tessa will do whatever it takes to eliminate any threats to her marriage.

Threats from women like Fran.

A cliff overlooks a disused chalk-pit. The locals call it High Heaven. It’s a place of secrets. And it’s where Oakheart newcomer Maria died. When Fran discovers a link between Maria and Ben, disturbing questions arise to which she has no way of knowing the answers. 

Faced with an ultimatum from Tessa, time is running out for Fran. She’s scared, every minute of every day.

But where does the real danger lie?




Christie’s Review

4 STARS

The Wife’s Revenge by Deirdre Palmer is a tightly-woven psychological suspense and mystery! It will definitely keep you turning the pages rapidly until you come to the end and what an ending it is!!!!

 The novel is written from two POVs….Fran and Tessa. Fran made a huge mistake having a brief affair with Ben. At least she does carry regret and guilt. So far, she has managed to keep the ugly truth from her husband, Hector, and their children. 

Tessa and Ben have a complicated marriage, but she likes her life and wants nothing or no one to destroy the life she has created. Palmer lets her readers know from the beginning what sort of person Tessa is and exactly what she will do to keep Ben. However, the mystery is the death of a woman, Maria and her connection to Ben. How exactly did she die? Who was responsible? Palmer definitely kept me guessing. I would think I had it all figured out, but then I was proven wrong. 

Not only was the mystery and suspense superb, but Palmer’s writing in general is phenomenal. It isn’t every day you have a suspense that is written with such detail that you find yourself in the scene with the characters. 

The best part of the book for me was the end, or was it really the end or just the beginning for the characters involved?




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Meet the Author

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I live in Brighton with my husband and a tabby cat called Chester. After a career in public sector admin, most recently at the University of Brighton, it was time to stop dreaming about being a writer and actually do something about it! Fast forward to the present, and now I’m both traditionally published and self-published, with five women’s fiction novels under my own name, and five ‘cosy’ reads, writing as Zara Thorne. I’ve also published a book of short stories, most of which were previously published in The People’s Friend magazine. ‘The Wife’s Revenge’ is my first foray into the psychological suspense genre.

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Two Tides To Turn By RR Gall Blog Tour with Review

Two Tides To Turn

By RR Gall

 

Synopsis

A family ripped asunder.
A terrible secret lurks in a thrilling novel of love, grief, and mystery.

Patrick thought his grandfather, John, died before he was born.
In later life, he finds out that it wasn’t true. For the first five years of Patrick’s life, they stayed in the same small village.
So why were they kept apart?

Patrick wishes to search the past to find the reason – but only if he can be united with his young daughter first.
And that means bringing her home to Scotland.
It means journeying to France to take her away from the care of her mother, Patrick’s ex-wife.

In 1915, with the war raging in Europe, John is a young man working on the family farm. Not yet old enough to enlist but aware of its looming threat, he meets Catherine. But his attempts at courtship end suddenly when an accident rips his life apart.

Told in alternate chapters, set, mainly, in South-West Scotland, this is the dramatic story of Patrick, interwoven with John’s traumatic life.




Christie’s Review

4.5 STARS

Well, this is one of those books I have to wait before I write a review. It is a book I had to really process before being able to write about it. It is a haunting story of love, grief, betrayals of the worst kind, and a mystery.

 

It’s a book about Patrick and his grandfather, John, told in parallel timelines.  Patrick grew up thinking his grandfather had died before he was born. Imagine his surprise when he realizes that he and his grandfather lived in the same village for years, but he was always kept away from him. After his own father’s death, he wants to know why. Thus, begins one mystery, but Patrick also wants to see his little girl again. That in of itself is another intriguing part of the storyline.

 

I can’t go into much more detail as it will spoil the book, and I definitely don’t want to do that. The synopsis doesn’t even scratch the surface of the intensity of this book. There really are no words to accurately tell you that. All the characters are very well fleshed out. I couldn’t put the book down until I was finished. The characters are still with me and probably will be for a while!




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RR Gall lives in Scotland and is the author of:
The Case of the Pig in the Evening Suit,
The Case of Colourful Clothes and Kilts,
The Case of the Hermit’s Guest Bedroom
Two Tides To Turn,
A Different Place to Die,
Only the Living Can Die.

 

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The Falling of Stars by Traci Finlay Release Blitz

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“An intense, eye-opening psychological thriller about a mother, her teenage son, and a manipulative online stalker. It doesn’t get more creepy than that.”

– Claire Contreras, New York Times bestselling author

The Falling of Stars, an all-new intriguing psychological thriller from Traci Finlay, is available now!

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When a high school freshman commits suicide, everyone at Liberty School of Excellence is shocked—especially Eve Hunter, who is not only the English teacher at Liberty, but also a friend of the victim’s family. Although devastated, Eve is prepared to offer her love and support.

But when the grieving mother discloses her theory that her son was secretly bullied to death at school, Eve is conflicted. Not at a prestigious school like Liberty, Eve is certain. Regardless, she agrees to do some underground (and possibly illegal) investigating—even if that means risking her career. After all, the pain of losing a child trumps that of losing a job.

Eve isn’t the only one delving into secrets. Her son, Malik Hunter, is a sophomore at Liberty whose perfect life is a perfect lie. Behind his good looks, straight A’s, and the facemask of his football helmet, Malik battles a crippling depression. But someone sees through it all. Someone who reaches out to him on LibertyNet, the school’s online intranet. Someone who seems to know Malik better than he knows himself. Someone evil.

Eve believes a cyberbully may be lurking in the dark realms of LibertyNet.

Malik knows there is.

Unless anybody in this household is willing to reveal their secrets, someone could end up falling over the edge … literally.

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Traci Finlay grew up in the Midwest and transplanted to Florida for college. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts with a minor in English, met and married the love of her life and moved to Miami, where she currently lives with her husband, two sons, and two smart-mouthed dogs.

Growing up, she loved reading books, but had a particular passion for mysteries. Throughout her adulthood, she’s taken many writing courses and written three psychological thrillers she plans to publish soon.

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Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway (Win a Paperback copy of Manipulated Lives (Open Internationally)

Manipulated Lives

Manipulated Lives

by H.A. Leuschel

 

Synopsis:

Five compelling true-to-life stories each highlighting a narcissist’s manipulative mind games.


Narcissists are everywhere

They can be witty, charming and highly charismatic.

Anyone can be their target.

At first their devious, calculating mind games can be hard to spot because they are masters of disguise, but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim. 

All stories highlight to what extent narcissistic abuse can distort lives and threaten our self-worth yet ultimately, also send a positive message that once the narcissist is unmasked, the victims can at last break free.





Christie’s Review

4 STARS

Wow!!! This is quite the psychological thriller, yet it’s different! This is a book full of short stories that every person should read. 

As the synopsis states, “ Narcissists are everywhere. Anyone can be their target.” That statement is 100 percent accurate. Three of the books are told from the victims’ points of view, one an elderly woman, one who is in her thirties, and a young teenager. What the three have in common is a master manipulator in their lives who have hurt them, some physically and all mentally. Each woman is from a different walk of life, from different socio-economic backgrounds. 

The last two stories give an insight into the mind of the narcissists. What a fascinating and scary look into the mind of a psychopath! The journey of these victims was amazing. I loved seeing them find the strength to escape and find a new path to happiness.





 

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Author Bio:

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Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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Injections of Insanity (The DI Sterling Series #3) by Lorraine Mace Blog Tour with Review

Injections of Insanity

Injections of Insanity (The DI Sterling Series #3)

by Lorraine Mace

Synopsis:

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.

The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.

Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?

 

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Injections of Insanity is the third book in this addictive series! I always think Lorraine Mace can’t get any better, but she continues to prove me wrong!!!!

In this book, DI Paolo has another hard case in front of him. What appears to be one murder continues to multiply. Most of these victims appear to be well-respected members of society. As we all know, everything isn’t always what it appears to be. I’m not going to reveal more about the plot because I hate spoilers. Just know…you are in for a great mystery with plenty of twists and turns. I really thought I knew who the murderer was this time, but again, I was proven wrong!!!!!

 

On another note, Mace gives us more insight into Paolo’s personal life, and life seems to be looking up for him in his romantic life and his relationship with his daughter. However, Mace throws a bit of a twist in that too! I’m anxious to see where this goes! Dave is working on his personal life as well. I just love the rapport between him and Paolo.

 

Our murderer is a bit different in this one as well. Readers will see this not too far along in the book. He wasn’t completely without feelings. It appears that circumstances in life help create the monster living inside of him.

 

I love that Mace gives us a glimpse inside of the murderer’s mind, but she does this in all of her books. This is what sets her apart in her genre. Sometimes it’s a scary place to be, but it gives her readers more insight into their motivations and who they are as characters in her books. Her plotlines, the perfectly paced action, her characters, and the way she writes keeps me coming back for more! I’m looking forward to her next book in the series!!!!




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Author Bio

When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

 

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The Suspects by Katharine Johnson Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway (Win copies of The Suspects and The Silence (Open International)

The Suspects

The Suspects

by Katharine Johnson

 

Synopsis:

Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller

Bristol, 1988. Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.

After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it’s clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies. But can they trust each other? 

“The hugely talented Katharine Johnson has, again delivered a tense thriller! This is a compelling novel – up there with Erin Kelly and Sophie Hannah.”

~Val Penny, author of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.~

 

“Gripping and frighteningly realistic. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end.”

~Jo Fenton, author of The Brotherhood.~




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

An amazing psychological suspense thriller that had me on the edge of my seat!!!

Five university graduates who all work at the same place decide to buy a house together. At first, it seems like a great idea. Emily, Xanthe, Stuart, Zak, and Imogene are on their best behavior with one another, but it doesn’t take long before the cracks in their arrangement begin to appear. Finding a dead body in their basement on New Year’s Eve doesn’t make it any better. That night would have far-reaching consequences for the five housemates.

Secrets, lies, and betrayals are at this heart of this book. There are so many twists and turns, but all will be revealed by the end. I know I’m not revealing much, but I can’t! I wouldn’t want to spoil a thing for those who haven’t read this one! Once you start, you won’t come up for air until the last page is finished.

The author has an amazing talent in building the suspense. By the end of every chapter, she would add some foreshadowing that would be another twist in the story! If you are looking for a nail-biter of a book, The Suspects is not to be missed!!!!




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About the author:

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Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol and now lives in Berkshire. She’s worked as a journalist on lots of magazines and has written a history book about Windsor. When not writing you’ll usually find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, restoring a house in Italy, walking her spaniel or playing netball (although not usually at the same time.)

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New Review: The Judas Tree (Linked Series #1) by Susan Bacoyanis

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Synopsis:

Mary Webster’s reaction to her lover’s betrayal is off the chart…

Mary seems like an ordinary 46-year-old divorcee, beginning a new life in rural England, but she has depths of pent-up pain, the result of 20 years of marital infidelities and abuse. All she needs is a trigger to unleash savage emotions.

When she becomes entangled with Jonas, a married man, Mary suddenly finds herself in the opposite role of the ‘other woman’. Jonas has a nasty streak, however, and taunts with the nursery rhyme ‘Mary, Mary quite contrary…’.

But when Mary uncovers Jonas’s web of seductive lies, betraying not only herself but his wife and several young village women, she plots her revenge and acts out the real meaning of the nursery rhyme…

As things go from bad to worse, Mary is driven over the edge of normality. Because Mary is not normal … she is damaged. Her only redeeming quality is her belief that she is acting for the greater good …

Susan Bacoyanis’s intriguing psychological thriller The Judas Tree is a chilling tale of multiple acts of betrayal and the consequences of greed. It has deep echoes of Penelope Mortimer’s angry woman classic of the Sixties, The Pumpkin Eater.

 




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Wow! What a read!!! If you want a book that will keep you reading the pages into the night, this is the one for you!!!!

Mary has seen her fair share of heartbreak and betrayal. Her husband has left her and much of her time is taken up watching the neighbors, the handsome Jonas and his wife. She finds herself feeling things for this stranger that she knows is wrong. Yet, she can’t stop herself. The more involved she gets with him, his flaws become hard to ignore. He is an abuser and a betrayer. Something inside of her breaks and a brutal plot of revenge is born.

This book is a psychological read like I have never read before. It is a thriller, yet it is also a deep look inside of a woman who has been damaged. She really made me feel somewhat sorry for her and really believe that she is doing these really evil things for the greater good. She wants to make the abuser feel abused, and let me tell you, she really does a good job at that. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the parallels drawn between her and Mary Tudor. All of us know Mary did some really evil things, but I don’t think she was born evil. I think the world shaped her into the person she became. I think the same can be said of Mary in this book.

Make sure as you are reading to note the importance of the title and the parallels with Judas, himself.

If you want a book that will chill you to the bone and really make you think, The Judas Tree is a book not to be missed!!! This book was excellent from the beginning until the very end!!!!!




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There Are No Accidents (Linked Series #1)

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Accidents always breed consequences…

Frances Hay’s husband is having an affair.

She fears that his CIA girlfriend, Kelly, is watching her every move and when she discovers that the lies and deceit go deeper than she thought, tensions start to rise.

But is Frances’ husband really the adulterous man she believes him to be? Or has she simply imagined the whole thing?

After Frances moves out in a desperate attempt to start afresh, Lauren Carter moves in.

But it would seem that history is destined to repeat itself, for Lauren is also trapped in a loveless marriage with her abusive husband, Gary.

Gradually Lauren becomes obsessed with detailing his cruel misdemeanours in a private journal and it soon becomes a welcome escape from reality.

Events take a dramatic turn for the worse when Lauren is found dead on her patio floor and Gary is arrested for suspected homicide.

But did he do it?

Does Lauren’s journal hold the key to unlocking the mystery?

It’s not long before LA-based detective Tom pieces together the shocking truth, but will he come clean or is the truth too terrible to admit?

In a bizarre twist of fate, Lauren’s journal ends up in the hands of Frances Hay, who bids for it at the local auction house.

Inspired by their shared experiences, Frances continues Lauren’s story and it is at the signing for her new book that Frances first meets Tom.

They instantly fall in love but any hope of eventual happiness is shattered when Gary is released from prison and they become his next target.

What could he possibly want from them?

With an avenging criminal on the loose, Lauren’s journal may have brought Tom and Frances together, but it also holds secrets that could tear everything apart.

There Are No Accidents is a fast paced psychological thriller that will leave you questioning everything you thought to be true.

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