Archive for May, 2019

The Brotherhood by Jo Fenton

May 31, 2019 - 5:17 am 1 Comment

I am on the blog tour for a new to me author Jo Fenton. The Brotherhood is the first in The Abbey series, a psychological thriller. At the end of my review, there is a competition to win E-Copies of both The Brotherhood and The Refuge.    

 The Brotherhood

When a young woman becomes pregnant in a religious sect, how far will she go to escape the abusive leader and save the people she loves?

The Brotherhood – safe haven or prison?

After her parents’ sudden death, a grieving Melissa falls back on her faith and into the welcoming arms of a religious sect. Captivated by their leader, Dominic, she leaves her old life behind and moves to the countryside to join them.

But life in The Brotherhood is not as safe as it first appeared. When engineer Mark joins The Brotherhood, Melissa finds herself conflicted between her growing feelings for him and her crush on Dominic. With their leader’s initial encouragement, Melissa and Mark grow close.

But as her haven becomes a prison, Melissa’s newfound happiness is destroyed by Dominic’s jealousy. How can she escape and save the ones she loves?

My review                                                                  

The  Brotherhood

Published by Crooked Cat Books on 25th July 2018

255 pages

Melissa is a trainee nurse, grieving over the death of her parents, has a missing sister and being stalked by a possessive ex-boyfriend.  Once I knew that about her, I was not surprised that she wanted to escape life and move to the abbey, a retreat for damaged souls.

As I started reading this story, alarm bells were going off in my head and I could tell straight away that there was something dodgy going on in the Abbey. Whilst Dominic was a charismatic character there was something sinister about him. He was egotistical and at times had an evil streak. As he preached at his congregation, he reminded me of a wild animal playing with his prey. 

The story was compelling as I wanted to find out more about the Brotherhood. Being a busy commune, there were quite a few characters, but the story concentrated mainly on a handful. The detailed description of the characters enables you to decide fairly quickly whether they to be on Team Melissa or Team Dominic. As you read the story, you soon learn some of the character’s history and the reasons why they joined the group.

The story is written from Melissa’s point of view, making you feel you are emotionally involved in the story. There are some scenes that may disturb some readers involving torture and rape, but these scenes just made Melissa stronger and determined. This was fast paced and the twist at the end just made me want to read faster to find out everyone was OK. There is also a touch of romance to break up the tension, but on the whole, this was a great psychological thriller. Looking forward to reading The Refuge.      

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About the author

Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.

Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.

Social Media Links – Website www.jofenton137.com            

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jofentonauthor/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jl_fenton

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Children in Chains by Lorraine Mace

May 30, 2019 - 5:09 am No Comments

My turn has arrived for Children in Chains blog tour, 2nd in the DI Paolo Sterling series by Lorraine Mace.

 Children in Chains

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.

When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.

Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?

Children in Chains

Published by Accent Press Ltd on 21st February 2019

245 pages

Following a few months after Retriever of Souls, Paolo is still his ex-wife’s no1 enemy. Katy is still in trauma after her kidnapping and showing no sign of recovery, but when a child is found dead from an overdose and signs of abuse, DI Paolo has to put his family on hold.

If you have read book 1 then a lot of the characters were familiar. Whilst Paolo is still the star of the story, you learn more about the other offices on the case.  Dave Johnson is becoming a fine officer, but as you read this story, you soon learn why he finds this case so hard. CC, the only woman on the case, is her usual confident self and with her wild hair colourings, she did give some light relief to the story. Dr Carter a new character, gives more of an insight into Paolo’s family life and just what a struggle he had with normality.

As in book one, you are hit with graphic scenes from the onset. The story of child trafficking and abuse is not an easy subject to read and whilst you hope it would not happen, you only have to turn on the news to see that it is going on. Saying that the author does write about this difficult subject with sympathy and sensitivity. As a mom to a daughter, my heart went out to all the girls.

From the start you know who is behind the trafficking and the person behind the abuse, the story follows Paolo as he tries to solve the case. This story was well plotted and I enjoyed the intricate plan of the trafficking explaining how the gang to pull it off.

This was another great gritty read which was riveting to the end. With Injection of Insanity out soon, I wonder how many more harrowing cases DI Paolo Sterling can solve. A must read for any fans of dark gritty thrillers.  

Price Drop Alert! 

Children In Chains is on offer at 99p/99c across all Amazon stores until June 15.

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2

Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers

May 23, 2019 - 12:00 am No Comments

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers

Published by Titan Books on 29th May 2019

352 pages

Harvey has a carefree life, spends his time playing his guitar, busking around Green Ridge. Then one morning he wakes up to go about his day and gets abducted. What did they want, they wanted Sally? But without any memory of Sally, is his life in danger.

Harvey was a gentle soul, and as he hunts for clues on the mystery girl, you learn so much about his upbringing. He was determined to get to the truth and even when the odds were against him, he never backed down.

Written from Harvey’s POV, you are taken on a mystery. At the start of the book you know as much about Sally as Harvey and as he finds out more information, so do you, giving you the feeling that you are on the journey with him. Whilst the relationship between him and his dad Gordon started off strained, as they spend more time together you can see that Harvey admired him. Gordon, a Vietnam Vet was injured on a tour of duty and whilst he was a bit eccentric, he loved his son and helped him throughout his search.

From the opening scenes where Harvey was being tortured for information, I knew I was in for a compelling read. This book brought out so many emotions, whether it was Harvey fighting for his life or receiving shocking news, I was committed to the story. The supernatural element of the story involving psychic ability made this story more than a regular mystery. Reading about the Spider” He crawled into my mind” ”He was inside me, scurrying along my memories and dreams” As I was reading these scenes, they felt so sinister, and you could imagine the creepy sensation having someone go through your mind looking for clues.

This was a story that I was rooting for the good guy, and a story that gave me a book hangover, whilst I read into the night. I didn’t want real life to interrupt my reading. This is a new to me author and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will look out for more from this author.

The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (book 2 in the Creative Series)

May 19, 2019 - 6:01 pm No Comments

The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (Book2 in the Creative Series)

Published by Cricket Publishing on 12th June 2017

284 pages

The immediate threat is over and happy to live in Italy with Gabriel and her family, Coco is getting more comfortable with her gifts. But when a concerned friend and her paintings highlighted the plight of teenage girls, Coco knows that the Allegiance has got to step in. However, with the team have to split up to cover two missions, things go from bad to worse.

Due to the majority of the characters already known to us, the book seemed to flow a lot quicker and the story was fast paced. Whilst Coco still had a major role to play, the story concentrated on some of the other characters and we learn a lot more about Pelayo, an El Salvadoran vampire and Sabine, a doctor who fights for the vulnerable. Also helping the Allegiance was a vampire with a surprising background. Whilst the main mission concentrates on the missing girls, Prudence has her own mission and it gives us the chance to meet some of her ancestors and learn more about her life. Whilst we know that Kenan is behind the trouble, the story goes further to explain why he is the way his.   

Due to the nature of the subject matter, this story came across a lot darker than book 1, but this just helps enforce just what Coco and company are up against. As I mentioned it was a faster pace due to the fact there was always something going on. The art still played a big part in the story and the picturesque descriptions of the paintings enable you to imagine them as you are reading.

A good addition to this fantasy series and I am looking forward to reading The Immortal Muse which came out on 31st March 2019

A Secret Muse (The Creative Series Book 1) by Mandy Jackson-Beverly

May 19, 2019 - 11:53 am No Comments

A Secret Muse (The Creative Series Book 1) by Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Published by Cricket Publishing on 1st February 2016

300 pages

Coco Rhodes was happy with her life, an artist and teacher, she enjoyed her freedom. Her brother Chris was a member of a secret society The Allegiance, and whilst her family and friends were members, she wanted nothing to do with them. However, when her life was put in danger, she had no choice but to accept their protection. But could that be enough to save her from Kenan, one of the evilest vampires they have come across  

I liked Coco, she was happy to be herself, she was a free spirit, lost in her art and content with her own company. Even though her best friend and her brother were part of The Allegiance, she wanted nothing to do it, which showed how headstrong she was. Even after her accident, she was still stubborn and was literally forced into having additional protection. 

I enjoyed how the supernatural overlapped with the real world, regular humans were not aware that supernatural beings lived and worked with them. Only a few people knew about the Allegiance and this kept everyone safe. Due to the society being large, they’re quite a few characters in the story, but each one is relevant to the story and when we are introduced to them, parts of their backstory is revealed. As the story continues you soon come to realise how their lives interweave with each other and how they are connected in the future. There are various supernatural beings in this story, witches, vampires, to name but a few. All have an important role in the story.

This story was well researched and as some of the characters are vampires, the story spans over a long time period. Whilst I do not know anything about art, I enjoyed reading about the supernatural involvement used to create some of the most famous paintings. The scenic views of Italy and the places visited were described in fine detail and whether it is the 15th century or the modern day you feel like you are transported there. The pace would quicken with the action, making it more intense. The fight scenes were full on, but the characters would change from fighters to lovers in a few scenes, slowing the pace making it an enjoyable read.  

This is a book for adults and whether you are looking for those tall dark and brooding men or just a good fantasy read to start a new series than this is the story for you.