Anne Bonny #BlogTour #BookReview The Key To Death’s Door by @MTilburyAuthor 5* #CrimeFiction #Thriller #NewRelease @Bloodhoundbook Ebook 99p

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The Key To Death’s Door by Mark Tilbury
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Synopsis:

Looking for a dark and compelling psychological thriller?

If you could discover the murderous truth of a past life and seek justice in this one, would you?

Teenager Lee Hunter doesn’t have a choice when he nearly drowns after spending the night at a derelict boathouse with his best friend, Charlie Finch. After leaving his body and meeting a mysterious light, Lee is sent back to relive the final days of another life. A life that ended tragically.

After recovering from his near death experience, Lee begins to realise that he is part of two lives linked by the despicable actions of one man.

Struggling against impossible odds, Lee and Charlie set out to bring this man to justice.
Will Lee be able to unlock the past and bring justice to the future?

The Key to Death’s Door is a story of sacrifice, friendship, loyalty and murder.

My Review:

‘The day before I died started off pretty much like any other’

This novel has a unique plot, with a slight supernatural/horror twist. The novel tells the story of the two lives of Lee Hunter. It has various themes within, but the concept of teenage protagonists is the clear winner for me.

The novel opens with Lee in the present day/life. He lives with a single mum and has a best friend named Charlie. The pair are planning a night out, at a derelict boathouse. The each tell their parents they are spending the night at each other’s houses, to prevent any suspicion. There is a strong bond between the boys, despite their different childhoods. As someone with five brothers, I found Lee and Charlie to be very believable characters. Despite the darkness of the novel, there are moments where the banter between the boys made me laugh out loud! But the darkness of Charlie’s life always lingers in the background of every scene.

Charlie’s dad Daryl is what can only be described as, a thoroughly vile man! He is loathed by Charlie and the reader at his mere introduction. Daryl Finch is a sick and twisted man, but to discover how much, you must read on.

When the night at the derelict boathouse, leads to the boys being stranded from the shore. They attempt to swim to safety.
Lee finds himself in danger in the water and then he blacks out……

When Lee wakes, he is in the body of a man named Paul Collins. He has the knowledge of his past life, his mum and best friend Charlie. But he also has the knowledge of his new family and new best friend Bobby Lomax. Paul lives on a farm, with his parents and dog Sally. His sister Susan has recently moved in with her new boyfriend Daryl.
Daryl is here, and he has a new family to terrorise!

The family are taken hostage by an enraged Daryl. The time you spend at the farm is truly terrifying and I found myself reading with both my hands over my face! I often recoiled at the things Daryl said. The language is as coarse and vile as the man himself. But it adds to the realism. After all, when you take a family hostage and demand access to their bank accounts, you need to incite fear and obedience. Manners are not required.

The time slip, eventually reverts back and Lee awakens in his past life, with Charlie at his side. He vows to get revenge!

‘I’ll get him if it’s the last thing I do’

The theme of brotherhood and strong male bonds, adds to the intensity of the read. The personal experiences of domestic violence and savage cruelty are sickening.
Yet for many victims, it is the reality they have known.

‘What I need and what I got were about as distant as the earth and the sun’

A cracking crime fiction read, and I sincerely hope to never encounter a man like Daryl in real-life. 5*

They say truth is always stranger than fiction, don’t they?’

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Mark Tilbury
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#Review Degrees Of Darkness by @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook #CrimeFiction

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Degrees Of Darkness by Tony J Forder
Synopsis:
A gripping serial killer thriller

Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.

Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.

When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.

In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.

But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank unravel the mystery, when he has so much to lose?

My review:

Author Tony J Forder has previously appeared on my blog for a guest post spot, and I knew his novels were very dark in theme! But just how dark, was quite terrifying!
The novel has some dark and disturbing characters, which makes this an exceptional serial killer thriller!

The novel opens as Janet Rogers checks on her children Gary (8yrs) and Laura (12yrs) before bed! Within three hours the family will be dead, and Laura abducted into the cold dark night!
The depiction of the abduction sets the pace/tone of this novel. If you can’t hack that, then don’t read any further……….

“I am the dark, Laura”

Frank Rogers is an ex-MET detective, turned debt collector. He separated from his wife Janet a year ago. A marriage broken by Frank’s dedication to his career. When DCI Nicky Loizou, best mate and upstanding copper, arrives at Frank’s workplace. Frank knows this must mean bad news! Nicky offers Frank access to evidence and official findings. So that Frank may work the case incognito.

It soon becomes clear the murders/abduction, aren’t a single crime but the work of a serial offender. The killer has destroyed seven families previously and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon! He won’t stop, until the police catch him!

“What I don’t understand right now is why he takes them. What does he want with them?” – Frank

Franks appears emotionless and I put this down to him being in shock and having the experience of a seasoned detective. Frank knows how these cases play out, he can predict the next move of the police. He is desperate to have his daughter back to safety. But he is also aware, hasty actions lead to mistakes!
Frank is a difficult character to debate. Did I warm to him, no. but did I think he was fascinating and intelligent, yes.
Frank’s experience and knowledge of killers, plays a significant role in making this plot work. Listening to Frank’s thoughts summarising the case, is haunting and yet compelling!
Frank knows that as you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares right back at you!

“Sometimes you had to bend the rules. Perhaps soon would come the time to break them”

One thing is for certain, the killer that lurks amongst the pages of this novel is a monster in a human guise.
There are chapters written from the killers thoughts and they make your skin crawl; terrifying and disturbing, yet I must read on………..

As the bodies begin to pile up. The detectives become aware, they are facing one of the sickest killers in their entire careers. Then the killer (using an alias of Oscar) calls in and begins to taunt Frank of his daughter’s dire situation.
Can Frank catch a killer? Or will Frank become a monster too?

Read, Degrees Of Darkness and decide for yourself…………

TJF
Tony J Forder
Author links:
Website: https://www.tonyjforder.com/
Twitter: @TonyJForder

#BlogTour #GuestPost The Puppet Master by @Abigail_Author @Bloodhoundbook #WritingAsTherapy #NewRelease #CrimeFiction

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The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne
Synopsis:

Looking for your next unputdownable psychological thriller? Then try Abigail Osborne’s unmissable The Puppet Master, a stunning thriller full of twists and turns.

Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear.
Unbeknownst to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems.
Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played?

One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.

#GuestPost:

 

Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy

I imagine that every author has a different reason for choosing to write the books that they write. But we probably all have the same deep-seated desire to analyse the world that we live in. In my opinion, the best books make you think about the world in which we live, in a different way than we normally do. The author has accomplished this feat because their passion and insight leaps off the page. For me, I feel that writing is a way of taking the significant feelings we have in our minds and working them out on the page, getting to the bottom of how we really feel and why.

I started to write my book out of loneliness. I was in a job that meant I had a silly amount of time on my hands and no one to spend it with. I love to talk to people but everyone I knew worked during the day and it was driving me crazy not being able to communicate with anyone. To have a proper meaningful discussion. At the end of the day, my husband was so tired from work, he could only handle the simplest of conversations but I needed more than that. So, when I started writing my book it gave me the opportunity to talk. What I didn’t realise was that it would open up an avenue of my mind previously unexplored.

It gave me the ability to take the things I had experienced in life and analyse them. Through my characters, I was able to explore the darker shades of life. I’d tried to have deeper and darker conversations with friends but that’s not what you really do with friends. When you see them, you want to have fun and catch up on each other’s lives. Not get into the nitty gritty of personality, experience and bad things in life. I feel the British way is to get on with things. Don’t dwell on the negative. But sometimes, it is good to dissect these things. To talk about them and explore them and the effect that they have on us. One of the themes in my book is what is often considered a ‘taboo’ subject. It isn’t something I could start a conversation about with just anyone. Even with my closest friends, I wouldn’t be able to discuss it the way I do in the book. Writing the book was so liberating because I could take topics and experiences close to my heart and using this fictional world I could examine them in any way I chose.

Writing this book has changed me. It has given me a better sense of self as I was able to take events from my life and weave them into this tale of fiction. I probed important issues to me and resolved them in my head through my writing. For instance, Adam’s loneliness mirrored my own at the time. Saving him from that loneliness alleviated that feeling within me and I began to appreciate how lucky I was to have my husband and that you don’t always need to talk to be close. You just need to know that person will always be there.

The overarching message of my book that I wanted to get across, became more of a message to myself. You can go through horrific things but there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t let what happened in the past define your future. Love can be a powerful antidote for those who have experienced evil. The closure and insight into my life and myself has been incredible and I would really encourage people to give it ago. You never know what you might find out about yourself.

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Abigail Osborne
Authors links:
Website: http://abigailosborne.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abigailosborneauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Abigail_Author

#BlogTour #GuestPost #WritersBlock #PayThePenance by @RobAshmanAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

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Pay The Penance by Rob Ashman
Synopsis:

A stunning serial killer thriller from The Mechanic Trilogy

Murder. Corruption. Revenge. 

Lucas has been tracking a killer, known as Mechanic, when his world is shattered. Unable to continue his hunt for the murderer he is forced to rely on his friend and colleague Dick Harper. But Harper has a knack for not playing by the rules. And he doesn’t disappoint.

Meanwhile Detective Moran is trying to piece her life back together. The police stumble upon new evidence without grasping its significance and she must divert the investigation if she is to survive.

The police are closer to Mechanic than they realise which puts Moran right in the firing line.

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Writer’s block … take a bath

It is every writer’s worst nightmare when your story line dries up. I tend to be able to keep it at bay by employing a few simple strategies. Before I became a full-time writer I had jobs which were extremely varied, it was one of the things that kept me interested. I try and replicate that environment when I’m writing, so I write in every room in the house, with the exception of the downstairs loo!

I also write in two coffee shops and the public library. I enjoy the variety that brings and how it keeps my thinking fresh. However, there are times when I get a little stumped and cannot see how the next set of chapters will unfold. It is then I use my more unusual strategy – that is to take a bath.

I always think that an issue is easier to overcome if you can visualise the problem. The trouble with writer’s block is, what does that look like?

For me I picture a cinema showing the chapters from my book. I am sat on the front row while the events play across the screen. I can hear the dialogue and see the characters acting out what I’ve written. This is an old cinema house where the movie is played on giant reels of film and in my head I can see the man operating the projector. He comes to the end of one reel but he can’t find the next in the sequence. He knows it’s there but he can’t find it. That for me is what writer’s block is all about. The story is there, I just can’t lay my hands on what comes next.

I lie in the bath and run the scenes over and over until the man finds the next reel of film. He feeds it into the projector and off we go again. Sometimes I might only be in the bath for a matter of minutes before the plotline becomes clear. Having baths in the middle of the day might not be for everyone but it works for me.

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Rob Aahman
Authors bio:

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob will be publishing all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books – the second novel is titled In Your Name and the third is called Pay The Penance.

Authors Links:
Web site: http://www.robashman.com/
Twitter: @RobAshmanAuthor
via Bloodhound Books: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/rob-ashman/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rob-Ashman-Author-1428800800468097/

 

 

 

#BlogTour #Review The Black Hornet by @RSinclairAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

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The Black Hornet by Rob Sinclair

The synopsis:

The Black Hornet – an explosive James Ryker Thriller

What do you do when the love of your life vanishes without a trace? If you’re ex-intelligence agent James Ryker you search for the answers whatever the cost, however much blood and sacrifice it takes…

Six months ago Lisa was taken from Ryker, and he’ll stop at nothing to find out who is responsible and why. Following a trail to Mexico, the ex-Joint Intelligence Agency asset soon finds himself in the firing line of enemies he long thought he’d left behind. Set-up for the murder of a former informant, Ryker is thrown into a crumbling jail run by The Black Hornet, the notorious leader of a Mexican drug cartel. But what connects the cartel to the informant’s murder, and to Lisa’s disappearance? And just who is the mystery American claiming he can help Ryker in his hour of need?

The Black Hornet is the second book in the bestselling James Ryker series. Part Bourne, part Reacher, it’s an explosive and action-packed thriller to rival any other

My review:

James Ryker is back!
I had previously read The Red Cobra for review for the blog tour. I found it brilliant the escapism and writing totally blew me away. I didn’t think it could get much better, but I was in for a little surprise, in reading The Black Hornet! Wow! It was like a movie in its action packed delivery. I would even go as far to say that it is better than his last bestselling novel, which I gave 5* also.

The novel opens following on from the ending of The Red Cobra, with Lisa missing and Ryker on a desperate search. Ryker had previously been living in a remote pacific island, off the grid. Who would find them and how?
His search for Lisa will span many various countries such as Mexico and the deep south of the US Louisiana. The author completely brings the locations to life. I felt this was exceptional writing and must not be an easy task for any author to achieve.

On his pursuit of Lisa’s location, Ryker finds himself slung in a Mexican jail, which can only be described as ‘hell’. He must navigate the prison hierarchy and gang alliances, whilst trying to also gain his own freedom. Within the jail the organisation/gang behind the back hornet tattoos, is learnt and it makes for fascinating reading. Who are this organisation? What do they want with Ryker? Do the hold Lisa? Ryker has so many clues but no clear answers……

Eleanor Willoughby is appointed from the British foreign and commonwealth office, in an attempt to protect Ryker’s rights. But with Ryker reluctant to trust a government official and refusing to give even his name. He is clearly in more trouble, than we the reader, could have anticipated. Who can you trust, when everyone is out to get you?

This novel has themes of gang politics, violence, corruption, sex, power and crime. It is incredibly edgy and would make an amazing movie! The authors writing is clearly evolving and the style is intense. At times the novel has quite macho themes similar to the style of writing in Bear Grylls action novels. But it is without a doubt, much better written!
Action packed and full of twists, a cracking read 5*

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Rob Sinclair
Authors links:
Web: http://www.robsinclairauthor.com/
Twitter: @RSinclairAuthor

*The Black Hornet is available via Kindle Unlimited or for the price of just £1.99!
The perfect treat for a sunny weekend! 🙂