Anne Bonny #BlogTour #BookReview The Night Visitor by @PRedmondAuthor 5* Genius #NewRelease #CrimeFiction #Thriller #Horror @BooksManatee #NightVisitor

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The Night Visitor by Patrick Redmond
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Synopsis:

When does a gift become a curse?

Meg has a gift. She can change lives. But when tragedy strikes in childhood she vows never to use it again.
Now an adult, she is living in Cornwall; a place where the elements themselves have a life of their own. When they call she refuses to listen, fearful of the dark places where her gift can lead.

But the dead will not be silenced. They are stronger than her. And now they have chosen she is powerless to escape…

My Review:

‘Until that dreadful day when everything changed’

The novel opens in Suffolk 1991, with sisters Meg (6yrs) and her little sister Grace and their mother Becky. They are in a café, a seemingly innocent day out. When Meg utters some simple words to widow, Edith Harris. This scene sets the tone for the novel and you instantly become aware there is so much more to Meg than meets the eye.

The novel then fast-forwards to 1992 and Meg is now at Wickenham primary school she is often taunted and bullied by the other children. We begin to learn that due to Meg’s visions/premonitions, she is treated as an outcast. She has a bullying teacher in Mrs Fisher and her classmates are quick to join in. For poor Meg life is tough; handling her visions and the shunning of her peers.

‘Please God, don’t let me ever see anything bad about my mum’ – Meg

Then novel progresses over Meg and Grace’s childhood and we learn that it was one of much suffering. The ultimate suffering for Meg is the tragic death of her beloved mother. Which sets Meg’s life on a unique course and ensures her refusal to ever accept her father’s new wife. The scenes are extremely moving and emotive, the girls plight is fully explored; and I must admit you grow to really admire Meg and her defensive stance.

‘Meg would never allow herself to trust anyone ever again’

Meg decides in order to live a happy fulfilled and ‘normal’ life it is best to close herself off to her visions and block them out. A decision she is determined to live by. . .

‘The dead couldn’t reach her. Not anymore. Her barriers were too firmly in place and none of them would ever break through and trick her again.
None but one’

The novel then jumps to 2017 Cornwall, where we are reunited with a now adult Meg. She is taking a break from her tough job at a prestigious law firm; on the West Coast of Cornwall. She slowly becomes friends with her neighbour Dan. But we also become aware Meg is deep in grief after the death of her sister Grace four months ago. Meg comes across as paranoid at moments but a lifetime of grief and emotional pain, can take its toll. She slowly opens up to Dan about Grace and even befriends some of the locals.
Then the nightmares begin. . . .

‘Only by facing it can you hope to conquer fear’

There are a series of unusual encounters, that force Meg to explore her own painful past and the local Cornish history. What she uncovers will lead to shock revelations.

I have enjoyed previous novels by this author and this one does not disappoint. The characterisation of meg is brilliant, as you the reader become drawn into her personality and story. The ending is beautifully written and clearly shows the skill of the delivery of a well-planned novel.
Expect the unexpected 5* genius

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Anne Bonny #BlogTour #BookReview The Dark Place by @steph2rogers1 #NewRelease #Psychological #Thriller #DebutAuthor @BooksManatee #TheDarkPlace ‘Prepare for an intense read 5*’

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The Dark Place by Stephanie Rogers
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When you look at those you love, what do you see?

When Issy, young mother and beloved daughter, seemingly kills herself her family is devastated.

Believing she would never leave son Noah willingly, Jon and Mel determine to discover what really happened to Issy. As they and the rest of the family struggle to come to terms with tragedy, Jon and Mel start to realise Issy’s secrets come from a very dark place…

My Review:

‘Faceless and desolate, like her. Lost’
The Dark Place is a family psychological thriller (in my opinion). It revolves around the family of 18yr old Issy after she ends her life by suicide. Her parents Jon and Mel are on a desperate path to understand her motives and why she would abandon her young son Noah (3yrs). I felt as if I was with the couple on their journey into #TheDarkPlace. . .

The method of Issy’s suicide is fully explored within the narrative, and the parents although at first in denial; eventually come to understand it was an intentional act. PC Dawson and PC Carter are called to the parent’s residence to explain. Mel as Issy’s mother is not only devastated, she is mentally broken by the news…..
‘For the next twenty four hours I can’t remember anything else, other than wishing it was me who was dead’ – Mel

When Jon goes to the police station to identify Issy’s body he notices scars of self-harm. It is then that it dawns on him that his daughter was in deep emotional and psychological pain. At first, he responds with anger and rage as the pain and grief consume him. I felt this was an accurate description of the stages of grief.
‘In my chest, where a warm human heart used to be, now sits a stone-cold lump of concrete’ – Jon

Mel and Jon do their best to hold their emotions together for Issy’s young son Noah. But they are still unaware of the child’s biological father and this adds another layer of mystery to Issy’s suicide. Eventually the parents befriend Inspector Steve Jackson, who is as baffled by the case as they are. He agrees to help them investigate when he is off-duty and so forth the journey into The Dark Place begins.

‘Everything looks bleak and I can’t see a way out of it’ – Jon

The investigation gives the parents a focus and a goal to aim for. They seek to understand their daughter and in some way bring themselves closure.
But they are unprepared for what they are about to un-cover and suspicion falls on everyone. . .
‘I’m feeling more and more like I never knew, my daughter at all’ – Mel

Prepare for an intense read 5*

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Anne Bonny #BookReview Only In Whispers by @GrimaJgrima #Thriller #Suspense #Mystery @BooksManatee ‘It is a story of secrets and lies. The secrets we all keep to protect one another.’

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Only In Whispers by Jacqueline Grima
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Synopsis:

A forgotten past
An uncertain future
A family hiding from the truth
When their mother is hospitalised with depression, Annie and her brother Matthew are fostered by their beloved Aunt Helen. Their family eventually reunited, the siblings begin a new life in Derbyshire with their mother and new stepfather.
Now in her thirties and separated from her husband, Annie is struggling to escape the past and move forward with her son. Haunted by memories of her childhood, she begins to realise that there may have been more to her time in foster care than her mother claims. Why did social services take her and Matthew away? Who can she trust to tell her what really happened?
As Annie finds out more, things take a sinister turn…has the life she’s lived so far been a lie?

My Review:

Only In Whispers tells the story of Annie as she attempts to rediscover what happened in her past. After finally separating from her ex-husband David, 18 months ago. Annie has a new lease on life, taking care of her son Spencer 6yrs and reconnecting with her mother in a way she has never tried before.

‘It has felt like my husband still controls every aspect of my life’ – Annie

Annie reflects upon her own upbringing with brother Matthew, mum and stepdad John. Annie was very lucky considering the era, that when John took on the kids he fully enjoyed his role as ‘father’. He treated them as his own.

‘No-one was ever left out in our family, the two of us cherished each other’ – Annie

Annie lives in a big house in Buxton, she has a close friend Mags and her son is her entire life. But she can’t help but dig away at her own past and what occurred when social services became involved and her and Matthew were sent to live with their Aunt Helen and uncle Frank. She reflects on how her mother’s post-natal depression impacted her own life and mothering skills.
‘After Spencer was born, I had immersed myself into being the best mother that I could’ – Annie

Annie attempts to quiz her mother who is evasive and defensive. Her Aunt Helen is now suffering what appears to be early-onset dementia and confusion. Annie is struggling to find clues to help her unlock her past in her mind.
Eventually she finds help from an unlikely source, her brothers best friend Adam. He challenges Annie in ways she has never been before, and their bond is beautiful to watch grow.

‘You may not have any control over the way other people behave, Annie. But you do have a say in your own life and how you live it’ – Adam

The novel is slow-burning, and the tension slowly builds. Buxton makes for a perfect location and I could easily imagine taking walks along the pavilion gardens (Google Buxton pavilion gardens- image search)  with my own personal secrets on my mind.
It is a story of secrets and lies.
The secrets we all keep to protect one another. 4*

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Only In Whispers is released today and is available for just £1.99 (UK) and is listed under Kindle Unlimited. Happy release day to Jacqueline Grima 🙂 

Anne Bonny #BlogTour #Review White Midnight by @DanielCulver11 5* #CrimeFiction #NewRelease @booksmanatee Loose Lips Sink Ships

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White Midnight By Daniel Culver
Synopsis:

Elizabeth Nowicki, a British woman and self-confessed stoic, settles down in the seemingly idyllic American town of Midnight, with her new husband and his two children. Six months on, life as a step mom is harder than she thought, and the shine of the American Dream has already worn off.

Bored and lonely, Elizabeth is drawn into a nightmare when someone in a duck mask murders two local cops…and the investigation reaches her new neighbourhood. When this is followed by strange happenings across the street, leading to another death, Elizabeth starts to conduct her own investigation….but can she find the killer before the killer finds her?

My Review:

‘A duck walks into a bar. Nobody gets the joke’

The novel opens with a random and unusual shooting at a bar. Four off-duty cops are gunned down and in turn the plot is set from the opening pages. But this is far from your average day-to-day read. This novel is packed with quirky and strange behaviour, that has you desperate to know how it ends…

The protagonist Elizabeth Nowicki is a newlywed immigrant to the United States. Having given up her live in London, for life in the snowy town of Midnight. The marriage is one of seemingly convenience, with Elizabeth’s desire for a green card and her husband Luca’s requirement of a stay at home mum for his two young children. I found their set-up fascinating and wondered if it was truly based on love or necessity.

Elizabeth is a self-confessed outsider, life in Midnight is no different to her previous lonely life. She tries to invest her time in her step-children Nico and Khloe. But their home lacks the usual warmth and so does Midnight……

‘The street is just a barren landscape of white’

Midnight has a population of just 29,935. It is a town that is praised for its low crime rate but is steeped in local legend and folklore. It is brimming with secrets and so are each of its residents. The gossip and speculation are rife, and Elizabeth is never certain, if she can believe any of what she is told.

‘Gossip seems to ferment forever in the little township of Midnight’

Whilst Elizabeth is shovelling her icy drive, she notices a newspaper with the headline MIDNIGHT MASSACRE. It is a headline, that will lead Elizabeth to internally question everyone she knows. But the residents of Midnight aren’t the only ones with secrets…..

‘My mother is dead; she didn’t die; she was killed by someone who was eternally angry at the world’

Elizabeth has only one friend in Midnight, local busybody Marie Paladino. For someone who also lives quite an isolated life, Marie knows everyone’s business. She fills Elizabeth’s head full of stories about all the residents of their small quiet street. Whether she embellishes her tales, is for you, the reader to decide.

‘Everyone goes missing in Midnight’

The novel slowly unfolds, and we begin to learn about Elizabeth’s past and those of her neighbours. The teenage girl that went missing a decade ago. The previous owners of her house, whom vanished in the night. The local hoodlum Billy and his cop father. Marie is certain not to leave anybody out, as she administers her judgements and assumptions. The rumours leave Elizabeth, and the reader with many questions.

Whilst Elizabeth is trying to fathom the goings-on of Midnight. Billy’s cop father is shot and killed. Is there a serial killer in the neighbourhood? Was Leona Main abducted? If so by whom? Was it the working of the same killer?

To help in her pursuit of the killer. Elizabeth asks her step-son Nico to help her create a Facebook page. The trap is set.
But who can she trust?

‘Friendship only serves to massage one’s own ego’

As Elizabeth battles the solitude of Midnight, Luca neglects his wife and children. Too often choosing his career prospects over their happiness. Rather than deal with her own situation, Elizabeth is fuelled to compile her own dossiers on the neighbour’s activities. Which makes for intriguing reading.

The facts of her case present like blood drops on the snow. But can Elizabeth connect the dots and catch a killer?

As stated above the novel is extremely quirky at the opening. But it has a dark crime at its core. At moments it reminded me of the 1980’s film The Burbs, with the strange neighbours and assumptions of their wrongdoing. The ending however, brings it home as a dark crime thriller. 5*

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Anne Bonny #CoverReveal White Midnight by @DanielCulver11 #CrimeFiction #NewRelease @BooksManatee #ComingSoon March 2018 #LooseLipsSinkShips

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I don’t host many cover reveal’s on my blog. However, I was super excited to host today’s post. A brand new novel from a debut author and a fabulous new publishers.
So here goes…..

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White Midnight by Daniel Culver
Synopsis:

Elizabeth Nowicki is desperate to leave life in the UK behind, to escape the shadow left by the murder of her mother when she was just eleven years old…so when new husband Luca offers her a fresh start in the tiny US town of Midnight, she jumps at the chance. Six months on, life as a step mom is harder than she thought, and the shine of the American Dream has already worn off.

Bored and lonely, Elizabeth is drawn into a nightmare when someone in a duck mask murders two local cops…and the investigation reaches her new neighbourhood. When this is followed by strange happenings across the street, leading to another death, Elizabeth starts to conduct her own investigation….
but can she find the killer before the killer finds her?

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Daniel Culver
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Author Bio:
Daniel Culver is a writer and editor, currently living and working in east London, having spent his formative years fluttering between the council estates of Essex and the wilds of Asia and the Americas.
He is an alumnus of both Faber Academy and Curtis Brown Creative and his quirky, crime debut will be published in March 2018.

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