Book review: Night by Night

By Jack Jordan
Published by Corvus

Synopsis: Rejected by her family and plagued by insomnia, Rose Shaw is on the brink . But one dark evening she collides with a man running through the streets, who quickly vanishes. The only sign he ever existed - a journal dropped at Rose's feet.

She begins to obsessively dedicate her sleepless nights to discovering what happened to Finn Matthews, the mysterious author of the journal. Why was he convinced someone wanted to kill him? And why, in the midst of a string of murders, won't the police investigate his disappearance?

Rose is determined to uncover the truth. But she has no idea what the truth will cost her…

How did this book end up in my hands? I read a 10-part serialisation of the book via The Pigeonhole ahead of publication.

Was it a page-turner? Indeed it was. As the pieces started coming together (almost literally), I could hardly wait for the release of the next instalment in the serialisation. Having to pace myself wasn’t entirely bad…

Blog tour: Lunar Shadows vol. 1 and 2

Today I am extremely excited because I have something different for you... 
Witcheskin and Rough Sleepers, both set in the Lunar Shadows verse, are two very different but closely entwined stories set in the lush wilds of rural Wales and the harsh gritty inner city of South West England. Two very different main characters and two very different mysteries to be solved. Both are a blend of horror, urban fantasy and LGBTQ+ romance, with colourful supporting casts and complex villains whose motives are driven by their basic human natures.

If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will know that this is not my usual cup of tea but - as these books are standalones with their own voices and trans and queer representation - I just couldn't resist!

So let's delve a little deeper...

Synopsis for Witcheskin:

Following the disappearance of his father, keen photographer Owen returns to the Welsh village where his parents grew up to live with his mother and her boyfriend. Despite being born i…

Book review: The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods

By Emily Barr
Published by Penguin

Synopsis: Arty has always lived in the Clearing, a commune hidden in the forests of south India. But her happy life, separate from the rest of the world, is shattered after a terrible event. 

For the first time, Arty must leave her home, and head into the intriguing but frightening outside world. On the streets of India, a chance encounter leads to her becoming an unwilling overnight celebrity. 

As she embarks on her journey, she discovers she is being followed by thousands of strangers, who seem to know her every move…

Forced to fight against mysterious hashtags and being constantly photographed, how can she find the help she desperately needs? 

How did this book end up in my hands? I read an 11-part serialisation of the book via The Pigeonhole ahead of publication.

Was it a page-turner? As for most of my recent reads, I had to wait for a new instalment of the book to be released each day. I’m normally quite patient but this was torture. I got so involved …

Book review: Little Darlings

By Melanie Golding
Published by HQ
Synopsis: Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate.
When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later.
Harper's superior officer tells her there's no case here, but Harper can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There's nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren's spiral of fear. But how far will they …

Book review: The Passengers

By John Marrs
Published by Ebury

Synopsis: When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife - and parents of two - who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

How did this book end up in my hands? This was another brilliant serialisation by The Pigeonhole.

Was it a page-turner? Yes, I read each instalment of the novel at lightning speed, as if my life depended on it. At times, it did feel like it!

Did the book meet my expectations? I read the synopsis and thought it sounded intriguing but I started the book with no particular expectations. I don’t think I could ever have imagined something THIS good. I don’t want to make it sound too good to be true… but it is. Ev…

Blog tour: Magnificent Women and Their Revolutionary Machines by Henrietta Heald

2019 marks the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society and today I am extremely proud to be able to join the blog tour for a book that – now more than ever – is very close to my heart: Magnificent Women and Their Revolutionary Machines by Henrietta Heald.

About the book...

In 1919, in the wake of the First World War, a group of extraordinary women came together to create the Women’s Engineering Society. They were trailblazers, pioneers and boundary breakers, but many of their stories have been lost to history. To mark the centenary of the society's creation, Magnificent Women and Their Revolutionary Machines brings them back to life.

Their leaders were Katharine and Rachel Parsons, wife and daughter of the engineering genius Charles Parsons, and Caroline Haslett, a self-taught electrical engineer who campaigned to free women from domestic drudgery and became the most powerful professional woman of her age. Also featured are Eleanor Shelley-Rolls, sister of car magnate Charles Ro…

Book review: A Good Enough Mother

By Bev Thomas
Published by Faber & Faber

Synopsis: Dr Ruth Hartland rises to difficult tasks. She is the director of a highly respected trauma therapy unit. She is confident, capable and excellent at her job. Today she is preoccupied by her son Tom's disappearance.
So when a new patient arrives at the unit - a young man who looks shockingly like Tom - she is floored.
As a therapist, Ruth knows exactly what she should do in the best interests of her client, but as a mother she makes a very different choice - a decision that will have profound consequences.
How did this book end up in my hands? I read the serialisation of this book via The Pigeonhole.
Was it a page-turner? Absolutely, yes. The tension and foreboding were so high right from the beginning that I almost held my breath throughout the book.
Did the book meet my expectations? I didn’t connect with the title at first and I started reading with no expectations. For this reason, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The cha…