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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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Walls Of Silence by Ruth wade
Synopsis:

Walls of Silence – A truly unmissable historical psychological thriller

The patient has a story that isn’t told and which no one knows of.
It is the secret, the rock against which he is shattered. Carl Jung

The Great War is over but for Edith Potter an equally devastating conflict is about to begin.

She is unhinged by a secret so terrible her conscious mind doesn’t acknowledge it.

It is 1927 and Dr Stephen Maynard is using the new science of psychoanalysis to restore her sanity.

From his first meeting with her in the lunatic asylum, Dr Stephen Maynard is determined to bring her back to reality. During the long challenge, her disturbed behaviour forces him to confront his limitations – already severely stretched by the presence of someone prepared to use whatever weapons they can to ensure she maintains her silence.

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EAST SUSSEX, ENGLAND
WINTER SOLSTICE 1927

Voluntary action is to be sharply discriminated from impulsive action, and deliberation from conflict of impulsive tendencies.

He is so close she can smell his cologne. It has the same spicy vegetation fragrance as the rope. The rope that is around her neck, chafing her skin and pulling at the hairs entangled in its braid. The chair beneath her stockinged feet is smooth, the wood unyielding under her heels.
Please don’t ask me to do this.
He registers no surprise that she’s spoken. Perhaps the words have stuck in her throat. Or perhaps she is dead already and this is one of those end-of-the-tunnel moments she’d read about. Only she can feel the soft breeze on her skin, hear an owl screeching off into the distance. Sense the passing of time. She licks her lips.
Edward, I don’t want to. I thought I did, but I don’t.
He is stroking her face now, a curved-knuckle slide from cheekbone to chin. It’s been such a long time since a man touched her. Will they finally take things further? Consummate the stretched-out longing that had prickled under her skin for decades.
‘Self-murder is not an ignoble act, Edith, because it originates from a position of power. Of control. Of choice.’
I no longer choose to do this!
Her voice is like thunder in her ears. His expression remains calm. She could move. Reach out her hand. Feel his flesh beneath his shirt. Show him that is what she craves. That she still loves him despite everything. Always has, and always will. He is too much a part of her not to. Except her arms are like tree trunks at her side. Extensions of the thick branch above her head. The one he’s looped the rope around.
‘There is no other way; you know that, don’t you? Betrayal is the worst of all the sins they left out of the Bible. Could it be that God didn’t see fit to mention it because He didn’t consider it deadly? But I do. Because of you they’ll extinguish my existence without a second thought. A judicial killing. An eye for an eye. And that’s hardly fair as I don’t consider I’ve done anything wrong. I’d put in a plea of self-defence if they’d let me. But they won’t. The stars are out already, Edith. Can you see them? I took the trouble once to learn the constellations but many of the patterns and shapes elude me.’
He steps away from under the holm oak’s thick canopy, lowers himself onto the snow-covered ground and lies there, his hands behind his head, elbows bent, as if moon-bathing.
‘It’s as well you don’t move for now, so I’ll describe those I can remember. There’s the three in a line – Orion’s Belt – and above that is Gemini, the twins holding hands into eternity, Castor and Pollox as their heads. Which is the girl and which is the boy, I wonder? They’ve different shapes so they must be one of each … Then if you allow your eye to travel back to Orion, to the left you’ll find the bright and showy Sirius commonly known as the Dog Star because it forms part of Canis Major. I’ve heard it said by fools and madmen that your future is written in the stars. There’s a little patch of empty sky directly above the cottage’s chimney. I’d like to think of it as reserved especially for you – your light, your essence. Except it will shine brighter than all those around because we are kindred spirits, entwined souls, and when I join you our star will blaze with the power of two lives cut short. Two energies that never lived long enough on this earth to burn themselves out.’
I can save you. Let me save you. I can take the blame. I’ll tell them that it was all my doing. That I misled them in my confusion. You’ll be free, and they might find it in their hearts to spare me because of … because of … They know the truth now. I’ve always known, deep down I’ve always known.
‘Do you have any last words for the world at large, Edith? Maybe I should have insisted you leave a note setting out all those things you are so sorry for. People like to be able to wrap things up with a neat apology, and they do say confession is good for the soul. The Papists believe a deathbed repentance the most precious of the lot but I’m of the mind it comes down to trying to get in God’s good books at the very last minute. A cowardice of conviction. Or lack thereof. Only none of us can know that for sure, can we? I mean, we get but one stab at shuffling off this mortal coil and no one has ever come back to tell us what fate awaited them on the other side – despite what a fantasist like that duffer Conan Doyle might delude himself with. Nevertheless, you still have time to clear your conscience over the spilling of our secret. For which you are wholly responsible and I should like to hear you admit the fact.’
I’m sorry, Edward. I’m truly, truly sorry. But I wasn’t myself, I was ill. They locked me up and gave me drugs. The doctor kept pressing me to tell him things, playing tricks with my mind, and I have no idea what I said. If I did tell them about you then it was an unwilling act under duress. I promise I’ve never intentionally done anything to harm you. Why would I? How could I? And haven’t I been made to suffer enough already for everything that’s happened?
She watches him move his long limbs in a languid stretch. Then he gets to his feet, listing slightly as the muscles in his gammy leg take their share of his weight.
‘This is for the best, Edith. The best for the both of us. Far neater than any other ending I can imagine – you, too, I expect. Although I don’t believe you ever possessed the same breadth of vision I did. See this as a simple matter of returning things from whence they came. Equations have to be balanced and two into one just won’t go. That’s more your area of expertise than mine but even mathematics-dunces like myself can appreciate the impossibility of splitting certain fractions evenly. We need to keep things whole. The circle cries out to be completed. One shatters perfect harmony at one’s peril …’
She listens to his voice growing softer as he increases the distance between them.
Until we are reunited, my dear Edward.
And she steps off the chair.

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#BlogTour #GuestPost The Abandoned by @sharontwriter #NewRelease @Bloodhoundbook #HistoricalFiction #CrimeFiction

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The Abandoned by Sharon Thompson
Synopsis:
Peggy Bowden has not had an easy life. As a teenager her mother was committed to an asylum and then a local priest forced her into an abusive marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident Peggy sees an opportunity to start again and trains as a midwife.

In 1950s Dublin it is not easy for a woman to make a living and Peggy sees a chance to start a business and soon a lucrative maternity home is up and running. But when Peggy realizes that the lack of birth control is an issue for women, she uses their plight as a way to make more money. Very soon Peggy is on the wrong side of the law.

What makes a woman decide to walk down a dark path? Can Peggy ever get back on the straight and narrow? Or will she have to pay for her crimes?

Set against the backdrop of Ireland in the 1950’s The Abandoned tells the story of one woman’s fight for survival and her journey into the underbelly of a dangerous criminal world.

Guest Post:

I didn’t know where I was headed when I started to write. So, it’s hard to believe that I’ve written a novel which people will read. It’s a strange turn of events and a scary but wonderful experience.

It all started when I thought maybe I could put ‘a book’ together for a charity close to my heart. Danny McCarthy from Mentor Books pointed out that books are a risky business, but I was adamant that in my future there would be books. After stalking and meeting Benji Bennett from Adam’s Cloud Publishing, he inspired me to start a blog. I had no clue what a blog was at the time but I wrote for hours and found I needed to write.

Then years ago, while on holiday I got up and just had to write about a female killer. She took over my fingers and my hours in the shade. It was as simple as that. My aim was to create a long work of fiction with this character and I let myself write. It seemed so natural and I was content.

While lost in Twitter, I came across Carmel Harrington – a successful HarperCollins author – who mentioned her online writing group and, after a long time, I picked up the courage to join. Carmel Harrington and the Imagine, Write, Inspire group became my secret writing family and I wrote blog posts, short stories and flash fiction. My writing group fuelled my cravings. We set challenges for each other and they made favourable comments about my ramblings. These lovely women also asked for more and more of my rampant 1950s female, serial-killer – Devina.

I wrote quite a few novel length manuscripts. Some may never see the light of day, but once I started I found it hard to stop. I learned as much as I could from other writers as I went along and tried hard to practice all I was taught or read about.

While staring in awe at other published writers at Louise Phillip’s book launch, Carmel Harrington dragged me over to tell Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin about my writing. It took me weeks to send Vanessa the first chapters of my manuscript, but she liked it and has mentored me as I have continued to write. Events like this are life-changing and yet I didn’t realise it. I had no idea how much each step would mean. It has taken a good while to built up the confidence to call myself ‘a writer’. But I daringly gave myself @sharontwriter as my Twitter handle!

Over the years, my short stories got into various publications. Some fabulous literary magazines have kindly published my work. I am proud of these stories. http://www.sharontwriter.com has links to them.

While tapping away, I studied various courses and thought about starting a writing tweet-chat. The tweet-chat king, Dr Liam Farrell joined me in making one. Turns out he’s a writer too and we established #WritersWise. Writing experts guest-host for an hour using our hashtag and give us some of their expertise in tweets. I learned from the experiences of my writing heroes and loved communicating with them and bringing their advice to other aspiring writers. We trend regularly and have a good following. Check us out on #WritersWise on select Thursdays 9-10pm on twitter and at http://www.writerswise1.wordpress.com .

While reading as much as possible, creating websites for #WritersWise and doing re-writes, I still didn’t dare call myself a writer. But when I threw in my teaching principal’s job people asked, ‘So what are you up to now?’ and I felt like a total fraud as I whispered, ‘I write.’

I submitted to events like Date with an Agent and dared to dream I’d find a literary agent. Finally, after many trials and tribulations, I found my home with Tracy Brennan at Trace Literary Agency. I could shout about my progress on social media now. This was the turning point for me. It all started to feel real.

Waiting around is a big part of being a writer and people were starting to ask where they could read my ‘stuff’. Still tentative about sharing my writing, I somehow convinced the Donegal Woman website that they needed a flash-fiction/opinion slot. Now every Sunday, I can be found having fun on our successful Woman’s Words segment at http://www.donegalwoman.ie.

While some fictional characters come and go, others stay a while and Peggy set up camp on my keyboard. Peggy is a backstreet abortionist and brothel owner in 1950s Dublin and she demanded to be a character. I wondered how women in 1950s might have tried to keep their independence when society just wanted them to marry and give up their jobs. I agreed with Peggy that we should explore her story together.

I’m so thrilled that Peggy’s story has been published by Bloodhound Books a leading UK publisher for thrillers and crime fiction. I hope readers take to Peggy’s story. It is called The Abandoned’ and is out on 25th January 2018.

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Sharon Thompson lives in Donegal, Ireland. She is a member of Imagine, Write, Inspire. This is a writing group, under the mentorship of HarperCollins author Carmel Harrington. Sharon’s short stories have been published in various literary magazines and websites. #WritersWise is her collaboration with writer, Dr Liam Farrell. This is a trending, fortnightly, promotional tweet-chat with corresponding Facebook page and website (www.writerswise1.wordpress.com). Its mission is to encourage and support writers to reach as wide an audience as possible. Although she mostly writes crime fiction, Sharon does have a fun-side and she writes the quirky Woman’s Words column for the Donegal Woman wesbite. Sharon Thompson. Writing Fun is her writing page on Facebook and she tweets @sharontwriter.

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#BlogBlitz #Review Cargo by @Kneumsi J.C. Macek III 5* @Bloodhoundbook #NewRelease #CrimeFiction by @annebonnybook

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Cargo by J.C. Macek III
Synopsis:

Over the years Anthony Peterson has amassed a fortune, numerous properties, a trophy wife and a reputation for ruthless business dealings. He is a man who is used to getting his own way.

But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container, with only a cell phone and twenty-four hours of air left, he begins to unravel.

Desperate to escape Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised. And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars, while threatening to murder and rape his beautiful wife if he doesn’t comply, Peterson must fight to meet their impossible terms or face being left to die alone in the darkness.

Why has Peterson been targeted?
Who are those responsible for his kidnap?
And will Peterson make out of the container alive?

Cargo is an edge of your seat thriller about the choices we make.

My review:

This novel has so many twists and turns, for a novel surrounding a man locked in a cargo shipping container! In reminded me of the movie Saw, but with a greater emphasise on the crime fiction angle and the personality of Anthony Peterson.
I can see exactly why, it would make a brilliant film!

The novel opens with Anthony awakening within the box. The chapter is titled: The Box 1am – 24hrs to deadline. He has no recollection of how he ended up in box. The last thing he recalls is a night out drinking. He comes to the conclusion; his drink must have been spiked and this is a prank!
His opinion is formed heavily, on his reputation. No one would dare attempt to kidnap Anthony Peterson!!!
However, things are about to get a lot worse for Anthony in the coming hours…….

The kidnappers provide him with a cheap phone, with no GPS, internet and limited access help. They warn him that they are watching his every move. Any attempt to signal for help, his wife will be gang raped and murdered in a live snuff stream. They demand ten million dollars and Anthony has 24hrs to have it available.

Anthony’s back story is explored, and we learn about his first wife and children Evan and Elena. His second wife Susan is the stereotypical ‘trophy wife’. But it becomes evident that Anthony does care for her deeply. With no real friends, his wife held hostage and his strained relationships with his family. He turns to his employee Tom Pocase. But who can you trust when there’s ten million dollars at stake?
How much loyalty, does money buy?

The kidnappers reference an event, in Anthony’s past. They claim his involvement is the reasoning for this kidnapping. They reel off devious and underhand business tactics that Anthony has devised over the years. It is clear that in his strive to make it to the top in the world of business. Anthony was willing and able to ‘ruin’ anyone and everyone, to win!

“You honestly believe you’re a good man?” – Kidnapper

“I never burned anybody this bad” – Anthony

The ensuing time in the box, does give Anthony much time for reflection. He has for the first time, in a long time. The time to address all the wrongs he has done! He shifts back and forth between acknowledgment and denial. We the reader, are watching Anthony slowly unravel. In an attempt to salvage his relationship with his family. He calls his son Evan, but he is unprepared for Evan’s response.

I found the novel to be very gripping and the secrets that are revealed shocking!
This ultimately is a story of revenge and Anthony is at the mercy of more than just the kidnappers….

There is plenty of action, scheming and background storylines to keep the reader guessing. I love the theme of ‘people must pay for their misdeeds’. It did make me wonder, how much easier life would be, if powerful people feared the karma of their actions. 5*

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Q&A with #Author Louise Mullins @MullinsAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #Psychological #Thriller

Louise Mullins is an accomplished author with eight psychological thrillers  available!
I invited Louise to the blog for a Q&A to tell us more…….

Q&A:

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

A) To date I’ve written eight psychological thrillers. My next release, Lucky, is the first in a crime thriller series based on the Rio Grande river that separates the US and California from Mexico, known as Death Valley. Inspiration came knocking in the form of an idea when researching a previously published title. It’s a serial killer thriller, but the main themes are human trafficking, drug smuggling, and corruption.

Geraldine Jackson is a homicide detective. She is investigating the death of a Mexican journalist and the suspected suicide of a local escort, when two Hispanic women are found murdered in the South Valley district of New Mexico, US. The connection to the three seemingly unrelated crimes is Lucky.
Lucky is a strong, confident woman, who is addicted to methamphetamine. She supports her habit by working as a prostitute. She leaves California when offered work in a high paid strip club in Mexico, but within weeks she is trafficked, and her dream job soon becomes a nightmare.

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

A) Anything can spark an idea, but it’s often the characters that leap out at me first. They springboard the plot basis with their incessant chatter, until I sit down and take note of what they have to say. I write a synopsis first, then a chapter breakdown, but the end arrives once I’m there.

I begin my research as soon as my character has given me a general life story to base my novel on. The research aspect continues until I have a complete first draft, which usually takes four weeks to write, and may only be 50,000 words. The second draft involves a total rewrite, and this is where I add and cut words until I have a complete novel. Editing can take up to three months. I polish the manuscript until it shines, proofread like a reader, making final changes and adjustments as I go until I’m ready to send it to my betas. Only with their approval, will I send the novel to my publisher.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) Chevy Stevens, is by far my top shelf author. All her titles are original, thrilling, and totally believable. There have been some fabulous debut authors this year that are worth mentioning, including: Kristen Lepionka, Amy Gentry, Patricia Gibney, Gemma Metcalf, Alice Feeney, Lucinda Berry, Carol Wyer, Sarah Stovell, JP Delaney, Kate Medina, C. J. Skuse, and L. V. Hay. But the standouts for me were Andrea Mara’s The Other Side of The Wall, and Caz Frear’s Sweet Little Lies. I’ve no doubt they will become big names for 2018.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I devoured books as a child, but my most memorable, well-read novel, was Junk by Melvin Burgess. I guess this book introduced me to crime, and gave me a good foundation for how to plot a book on the growth of characters.

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

A) When my husband asked Alexa who Louise Mullins was, and she told him I was a crime author.

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

A) Without a doubt, my husband. He is my rock. My parents have supported me from the moment I told them I wanted to be published. And my children have given me the strength to keep writing.

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What I Never Told You 
Synopsis:

Two women’s lives collide when a husband, father, and son is accused of unspeakable crimes.

Kate thought she’d never have to set eyes on the man she blames for ruining her childhood again, but she was wrong. Teresa has always stood by her son, believing in his innocence, but the evidence is compelling. When a trial date looms a shocking event turns both their worlds upside-down, forcing them to confront their darkest fears.

Can Kate accept the past she’s tried hard to forget and is forgiveness possible for Teresa, the mother of the man painted as a monster?

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The Perfect Wife
Synopsis:

THE STUNNING THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, LOUISE MULLINS, DUBBED THE QUEEN OF DOMESTIC NOIR.

Annette is happily married, living in a beautiful house with her husband. Her two older daughters have left home. She no longer has to work. Life is perfect. But one day changes all that, awakening a sinister past she’d rather forget.

Annette thinks her husband is having an affair. He says she has been living a comfortable delusion for the past ten years. Annette decides to uncover the truth, but doing so might unearth more than she is prepared for.

Who should you believe?

What happened all those years ago to cause such friction in this couples otherwise content life?

And why is their marriage now on the brink of collapse?

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One Night Only
Synopsis:

THE KINDLE BESTSELLER IN PSYCHOLOGICAL CRIME THRILLERS.

Claire is an ordinary woman with a son and career. But below the facade of happiness lies the foundations which threaten to shatter the home she’s made for herself and her son. She is in thousands of pounds worth of debt and with nobody to help her out she has no option but to accept an offer from a stranger. One which is far more dangerous than she thought possible.

‘The man I am going to meet is called Ewan. He is a builder. He has green eyes and a kind smile. That is all I know. For One Night Only I am his and then I will be debt free.’

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Why She Left
Synopsis:

THE NEW PULSE-POUNDING THRILLER
FROM AMAZON BESTSELLER, LOUISE MULLINS

What do we really know about the people we love?

When his wife goes missing, Scott attempts to
piece together the fragments of her past
whilst remaining under the watchful eye of the police.
What he discovers though is more shocking than
he could have imagined, forcing him to
question everything he thought he knew about her.

Is it too late to save her?
Have they both fallen victim to their own destruction?