#Review Bring Her Home by @DavidBellNovels @BerkleyPub @penguinrandom #TuesdayBlogShare #Mystery #USA #WhereIsSummer

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Bring Her Home by David Bell
Synopsis:
Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.

As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.

When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family…

My review:

I was looking for some gripping American fiction, something that surrounded a mystery. Similar, to Harlan Coben style but a new author to me! WOW did I find it!!!!!!

Bill Price is our central protagonist, after 18 months after the tragic death of his wife in a bizarre accident. His young rebellious teenage daughter Summer goes missing. 48hrs later she is found at Dunlap Park. She has been beaten within an inch of her life and she is found with the lifeless corpse of her best friend Haley!
What happened to these girls? Who attacked them so savagely? Is everything as it seems?

Bill Price receives the call from local Jakesville town detective Hawkins. He rushes to the ER to see his daughter and is instantly plunged into every parent’s worst nightmare!
Only for Bill, the nightmare is far from over……….

Dr Renee Davis informs Bill of Summer’s extensive injuries and warns him, she may never fully recover. The prognosis on eye sight and brain damage is still unclear. Whilst discussing Summer’s trauma with Hawkins. Bill suddenly points the finger of suspicion at local teen boys Clinton Fields, Todd Stone and Brandon Cooke.
But are three immature, teenage boys capable of such a heinous crime?

Bill begins by trying to communicate with his daughter, bringing in her most treasured possessions. But all Summer can mumble is the word ‘no’ over and over again. Bill’s sister Paige arrives from Ohio. She is the first person to ask the most prominent question. How can they be so sure the injured girl in the bed is in fact Summer?
So, begins the first twist in the mystery novel, packed from start to finish with twists and turns galore!

There are so many themes within this exceptional novel. Why was Summer so distant recently, before the attack? The grief of Bill’s wife and Summer’s mother is fully explored. Having lost my own mother myself, at just 21 years of age. I can assure you that Summer’s responses of anger, pain and rebellion are completely natural. The characterisation is a huge winner in this novel. You really become invested in the characters and the lives of the teens involved. Bill attempts to unravel the mystery, whilst almost unravelling psychologically himself.
His sister Paige and close friend/neighbour Adam, try to hold everything together.
But in a scenario now chaotic, and confusing, who can Bill trust?

I don’t want to go into, too much into detail about the individual twists/turns, as that would create spoilers and undo the hard work of the author, in this clever interwoven plot. This novel is the perfect mystery novel, it is realistic, and I will MOST DEFINITELY be reading more by the author. 4*

Be prepared to be shouting at the book, as each twist in the tale develops!

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David Bell
Authors Links:
Website: http://davidbellnovels.com/
Twitter: @DavidBellNovels

Author Bio:
David Bell is the author of seven novels from Berkley/Penguin, including BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. His work has been translated into numerous foreign languages, and in 2013, he won the prestigious Prix Polar International de Cognac for best crime novel by an international author. He is an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University where he directs the MFA program in creative writing. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he spends his free time rooting for the Reds and Bengals, watching movies, and walking in the cemetery near his house. He lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with his wife, writer Molly McCaffrey.

Q&A with @rosiewilby #Author of, Is Monogamy Dead? @AccentPress

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Is Monogamy Dead? by Rosie Wilby
Synopsis:
Bittersweet, original, honest and so funny. Rosie Wilby nails the challenges of intimacy and romance in this depressing age of Tinder. Would it be wrong to end a life of monogamy and leave my husband for her? Viv Groskop “My favourite way to learn is when a funny, clever, honest person is teaching me- that’s why I love Rosie Wilby!” Sara Pascoe
In early 2013, comedian Rosie Wilby found herself at a crossroads with everything she’d ever believed about romantic relationships. When people asked, ‘who’s the love of your life?’ there was no simple answer. Did they mean her former flatmate who she’d experienced the most ecstatic, heady, yet ultimately doomed, fling with? Or did they mean the deep, lasting companionate partnerships that gave her a sense of belonging and family? Surely, most human beings need both.
Mixing humour, heartache and science, Is Monogamy Dead? details Rosie’s very personal quest to find out why Western society is clinging to a concept that doesn’t work that well for some of us and is laden with ambiguous assumptions.

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) I’m a comedian and, over the last eight years, I’ve written and toured a trilogy of solo shows about love and relationships. The middle part was called Is Monogamy Dead? and centred around a survey I devised asking ‘what counts as cheating?’

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) The comedy show spun off into a TEDx talk, numerous articles and a Radio 4 Four Thought piece as I realised that the topic had a more serious side. I thought that a book would give me the space to explore both the humour and deeper emotional and scientific aspects of how we behave in human relationships. So I set about getting an agent and a publisher. I’d entered a slightly different Memoir into a Mslexia competition and had been shortlisted. So, along with my comedy profile and broadcasting and social media platform etc, I guess I was lucky enough to have a tiny bit of a ‘calling card’. But it was still a very difficult process. One or two of the big publishers called me in for meetings or showed interest. But, in the end, an indie publisher Accent expressed the most real excitement about it. They have the UK and Ireland rights and I’m currently looking to publish in other territories. There is also an audio book with Audible.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) I like nonfiction that has a strong element of personal narrative and humour. Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman was a bit of a template for how I approached my book.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I loved drawing cartoons as a child, so particularly enjoyed the Asterix books.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) I’ve really enjoyed the conversations I’ve had about the book on podcasts. The High Low show was a particularly fun one. Dolly and Pandora had both throughly read the book and made tons of notes.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) I met my new partner Suzanne when I was right in the thick of writing. So that not only gave me a happy ending for the book, but also a companion to help me get through all of the difficult and stressful processes that come after you’ve submitted, such as proofing and then all the marketing. Being an author is a desperately lonely process compared to the hugely social aspect of being a comedian.

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Rosie Wilby
Authors links:
Website: http://www.rosiewilbynews.blogspot.co.uk
Twitter: @rosiewilby

Q&A with @TheDaveSinclair #Author of The Barista’s Guide To Espionage #EvaDestruction #Indie

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The Barista’s Guide To Espionage
An Eva Destruction novel
By Dave Sinclair

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) My background – I started writing as scriptwriter and then moved on to novels. The first couple of attempts, let’s call them practice runs, didn’t get picked up (thankfully!). My next novel, The Barista’s Guide to Espionage was published by Fahrenheit Press, a UK publisher, in 2016. It is a spy story from the Bond Girl’s perspective. My new novel, The Amnesiac’s Guide to Espionage, takes the lead character from the first novel who is now employed by MI6 – Eva Destruction –and throws her headlong into a globetrotting adventure.

Synopsis:
Eva is an MI6 agent who wakes to find armed men in her apartment hell-bent on revenge. The only problem is, she has no idea what they’re talking about. Someone has stolen the last sixth months’ worth of her memories and the fate of the world rides on getting them back.
On the eve of the G8 summit, Eva is thrown headlong into globe-trotting assassinations and gun battles on the trail of the mysterious plan known only as Halcyon. Together with a besotted CIA agent and a misogynistic MI6 operative, Eva races across the world to retrace her steps in the hopes of finding answers.
With the clock ticking, Eva must track down those behind her memory loss, as well as battle a foe she can’t remember.
The globetrotting takes her from London, to exotic Macau casinos, to Hong Kong hydrofoils, to French castles, to English mansions, to a car chase between an ice-cream van containing a nuclear weapon and black SUVs through the streets of London.
With betrayal at every turn, Eva discovers she can’t trust anyone, including her own organisation. Eva must face down nuclear annihilation alone and she hasn’t even had her coffee yet.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) I had a blast writing the first novel and couldn’t wait to return to these characters. The first novel left off with Eva Destruction joining MI6, so that was my jumping off point. The first novel was like an espionage story from the perspective of a Bond Girl, I guess you could say the second is a bit like a Bourne story as Eva wakes up missing six months’ worth of memories.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) I like to keep my reading broad, not sticking to any particular genre. It keeps things fresh. My shelves overflow with the likes of P.G. Wodehouse, Dashiel Hammet, Raymond Chandler, Janet Evanovich, Ian Flemming, Zadie Smith and John le Carré. Like I said, eclectic!
Random recommendations – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (see it before the movie), Illuminae by a couple of Aussie authors Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Brad Pitt just picked the rights for this one!), I’m really digging the Jack Emery series by Steve P Vincent, and I just finished Bruce Springsteen’s great autobiography Born to Run.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I wasn’t that much of a reader as a kid, at least not initially. In part I think due to school forcing books down our throats and analysing them until there was no life in them at all. That all changed when I read my first Douglas Adams book. Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy showed me there was a hell of a lot of fun to be had reading – I haven’t looked back since.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) The part that amazes me is when a complete stranger takes the time to let me know they loved my book. Never underestimate the power you have to make someone’s day, week or year. Someone recently named me as their favourite author ever, that’s huge! Writing is, by definition, a lonely pursuit, so when someone reaches out and lets you know they dig what you do, it is a wonderful and amazingly welcome.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) I’m lucky enough to have the support of a writing tribe who look out for one another. Firstly, my sister, Alli Sinclair, a successful author herself, has always been there with support and advice. Also, a group called The G-Mob (http://genremob.com/) encourage each other, and when needed distribute some tough love. I highly encourage any aspiring author to find your tribe. They will inspire you every day and celebrate your successes when they come.

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Dave Sinclair
Authors links:
Website – http://www.davesinclair.com.au
Twitter – @thedavesinclair
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DaveSinclairAuthor/

*Thank you for taking part in the Q&A on my blog, I wish you every success with your writing career.