Review: The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer @KelRimmerWrites

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Release date: March 19, 2019

Publisher: Graydon House

Genre: Historical Fiction

Blurb:

In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief. 

Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women’s stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.

Review:

Within one chapter this beautiful book had me weepy. ONE chapter. I have to start with that because I want to explain to you guys just how deeply this book affected me. Because that first chapter was not the only time I was moved to tears while reading, it happened more times than I could count and touched a place deep inside me that I don’t often share with the world. That piece inside of me belongs to my own son, Jackson. He’s the baby of our family of five and the only boy. He’s fiercely loved by his sisters, they’re his protectors and biggest champions. This kid can light up a room when he grins and when he laughs? It’s a magical sound. He’s pure and innocent and one of my biggest blessings, who knew that a little four year old guy could teach me some of the greatest life lessons on the planet?! He also has autism just like Alice’s son, Eddie so to say that this was relatable for me is a giant understatement.

This flips back and forth between Alina in 1940’s Poland and Alice in present day America and switches seamlessly between the two timelines. Alina’s story definitely pulls at your heartstrings, the horrors of WW2 will never cease to shock me and Rimmer shared a poignant journey with so much humility, respect and grace. As much as I absolutely adored her character and her amazing story, my heart belongs to Alice and sweet Eddie. From the authors note at the end of the book it doesn’t seem like Rimmer has firsthand experience with ASD but man, I would’ve thought she had a child with autism herself because she nailed life as a special needs parent to a tee. Alice’s daily struggles are my struggles, her feelings of guilt, doubt and insecurity are the exact same feelings that overwhelm me on a daily basis and this beautiful, messy, realistic character made me feel seen. I had no idea how much I needed to be seen until I read this, but it meant SO much to me. I can’t even really put it into words, but I’m so grateful.

I could talk about this one for hours, I seriously have so much to say, but I’ll spare you all and just finish by saying that if there’s only one book out of the hundreds that I’ve recommended that you chose to read, please make it this one. It’s not only a beautiful story of love, history and family, it sheds some light on a topic that is dear to my heart in the most honest and raw way. ASD is not an easy thing for most of us to comprehend (myself included) but this little gem of a book made it that much more relatable. Plus, the author is incredibly talented and the way she weaves the past and present together was brilliant.

The Things We Cannot Say in three words: Powerful, Remarkable and Unforgettable

Overall rating: 5/5 (ALL THE STARS)

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles @lizeelesauthor @bookouture #BooksOnTour

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Release date: March 12, 2019

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Blurb:

Fans of Cathy Bramley, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan will fall in love with the Cosy Kettle café, where slices of lemon meringue pie are served in the sun-dappled garden – and where Callie’s new beginning collides with an old flame…

After yet another failed romance, twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is giving up on love. She’s determined to throw all her efforts into her very own, brand-new café: The Cosy Kettle. Serving hot tea, cherry tarts and a welcoming smile to the friendly locals proves to be the perfect distraction, and Callie feels a flush of pride at the fledging business she’s built.

But her new-found confidence is soon put to the test when her gorgeous ex reappears in the quaint little village. She’ll never forget the heartache Noah caused her years ago, but when they bump into each other on the cobbled streets of Honeyford she can’t help but feel a flutter in her chest…

As Callie and Noah share laughter and memories, she starts to wonder if this could be her second chance at happiness. But when Callie discovers that someone is mysteriously trying to ruin the café’s reputation… she has an awful suspicion that Noah knows who’s involved.

Was she wrong to ever trust him again? And can she find out who’s behind the lies and rumours, before it’s too late for the Cosy Kettle?

 

Review:

I have a huge obsession with British Chick Lit and Liz Eeles is one of my absolute favorite authors when I need a feel good and fun book! I adored her last series and while I was excited she was starting a new one with new characters and a new town, I was also a little nervous about connecting with a whole new group. That was silly of me because I’m just as obsessed with this new series, it was fabulous and just SO much fun and absolutely perfect for spring reading!

Per usual the author has created a protagonist that I loved right away, Callie is so warm and lovely and I was rooting for her right away. She works in a bookstore which is something I fantasize about when I think about running away from my life 😜 and watching her open a cafe and simultaneously learn many things about her own strength of character was such a delight. The secondary characters are just as engaging and endearing as Callie and as it’s the start of a brand new series, I can’t wait to see more from them in future books.

This was just such such a charming read, the setting is perfect and gorgeous and the author always manages to bring these little villages to life for me and makes them so easy to picture. I loved everything about this one and recommended it for those days when you need a pick me up, it’s ideal to chase a bad day away, it’s got humor, heart and romance, what more could you want?!

New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle in three words: Warm, Charming and Sweet.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

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Release date: February 5, 2019

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.

This is worse. 

When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.

But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do.

After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?

I Invited Her In is a blistering tale of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy, and revenge from Sunday Times best-seller Adele Parks. 

Review:

I think at some point or another we can all relate to wanting to get revenge on someone for a perceived wrong and at its core this book is about revenge with a side of manipulation and obsession which are things I LOVE in a thriller. This was a page turner and a slow unraveling of a methodical plan that will have life altering consequences in the end.

Family dynamics fascinate me and when Mel answers an email from her old friend, Abi inviting her to stay with her and her family for awhile she never could’ve dreamed just what she was allowing in her home. This one decision sets off a chain of events that impacts the relationships in the family, especially with her husband, Ben and her oldest son, Liam. All of the characters are well drawn and this is an exploration of human behavior during incredibly tense and odd times.

The situations that occur throughout, while interesting, are also pretty out there. You pretty much have to let the plausibility of the plot fly out the window with this one and just sit back and let it entertain you, it’s a wild ride. I did find it to be predictable but honestly I was so wrapped up in the drama I didn’t even care that I saw most of the twists coming well ahead of time. The author did catch me off guard in the very end which was nice after guessing the earlier events. I hate to use this again since I said it just yesterday in another review, but it’s fitting, this had a very Lifetime movie feel and would actually be a great movie.

I Invited Her In in three words: Obsessive, Manipulative and Dramatic.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

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Release date: March 5, 2019

Publisher: Park Row

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry… That something is really, really wrong with me.

Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

Review:

I’m a sucker for a strong start to a thriller, the kind that grabs you instantaneously and makes you want to know more and this one had exactly that. After a brief chapter where Maddie is contemplating therapy, you switch to a police officer who is called to a quiet, family home where something awful has happened but all you know is there’s blood and it’s now referred to as the day of the killing. Aren’t you just dying to find out more?! I sure was and my interest was maintained throughout.

After that shocking opening hook the book flips back and forth between twelve weeks earlier as Maddie begins therapy and then ten years earlier to when her and Ian first met. All along I kept wondering how such a young, happy couple would end up with someone dead ten years later and as more pieces of their complicated relationship were unveiled I was always guessing who was dead and more curiously, why?! Domestic suspense always engages me and I couldn’t get past the idea of this enigmatic couple taking such a sharp downward dive, it was crazy!

Besides a throughly engrossing plot, the use of setting was strong as well and brought a sense of excitement and danger to an already dark storyline. This is a thriller with deep psychological exploration, the author has an evident knowledge of PTSD and the terrible ramifications of it and I found it both eye opening and fascinating. While there are some solid twists along the way, what makes this one a standout is the keen insight into a troubled marriage and the deep exploration into the psychology of people suffering from trauma. Recommended for fans of domestic suspense that are looking for something unique, it’s not your typical suburban thriller.

Beautiful Bad in three words: Explosive, Authentic and Chilling.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

February Wrap Up

Hello lovelies! I can’t even believe we’re in March already, February absolutely flew by! I had another amazing month full of great books, how about you?!

Stalker: Harrowing, Brilliant and Intricate

Forget You Know Me: Genuine, Fluid and Secretive.

Little Darlings: Unsettling, Menacing and Dark.

When You Read This: Poignant, Fresh and Touching

The Beantown Girls: Heartwarming, Precise and Impassioned.

Once A Liar: Duplicitous, Unexpected and Skillful

The Dead Ex: Addictive, Unpredictable and Engrossing

The Hiding Place: Sinister, Scary and Atmospheric.

Say You’re Sorry: Tense, Compelling and Dark.

The Secretary was one I’m really torn about.

More Than Words: Touching, Sweet and Lyrical

Never Tell: Rapid, Intricate and Unputdownable

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls was one that just didn’t work for me at all.

Keep Her Close: Tense, Explosive and Addictive

Dead Memories: Thrilling, Intricate and Pacey.

The Silent Patient: Captivating, Clever and Cunning.

The Lost Night was middle of the Road for me.

The Beautiful Strangers: Glamorous, Dramatic and Classic

Why We Lie: Deceptive, Fast and Entertaining.

Blog Tour: After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott @franwritesstuff @TitanBooks

Release date: March 5, 2019

Publisher: Titan

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Blurb:

Two solar eclipses. Two missing girls.

Sixteen years ago a little girl was abducted during the darkness of a solar eclipse while her older sister Cassie was supposed to be watching her. She was never seen again. When a local girl goes missing just before the next big eclipse, Cassie – who has returned to her home town to care for her ailing grandmother – suspects the disappearance is connected to her sister: that whoever took Olive is still out there. But she needs to find a way to prove it, and time is running out. 

Good morning everyone! As part of the blog tour for After the Eclipse I have a fabulous guest post from the author to share about powerful places!

Guest Post:

Powerful places

 

As part of my research for After the Eclipse, which is set in a small English town cobbled from some of my favourite Derbyshire villages (and which also has a strong preoccupation with the superstitious) I spent a lot of time reading about common superstitions people hold, and how they differ around the world. For instance, did you know that many 19th century Vermont farmhouses were built with slanted windows so witches couldn’t fly in? Or that in Egypt leaving scissors open is bad luck? And sleeping with them beneath your pillow is believed to prevent nightmares? Superstitions are a part of most cultures, and they vary from place to place.

 

Solar eclipses, it seems, are viewed differently from culture to culture but the consensus is generally negative. In Bishop’s Green they have become synonymous with loss and grief. But on a lighter note: below is a fun collection of what I like to call Powerful Places located around the world. These are places you’d definitely want to see for yourself if you were nearby.

 

1. The Charles Bridge – Prague, Czech Republic

The 14th-century bridge that connects Old Town and Mala Strana is lined with statues – an impressive sight to behold. Perhaps most interestingly, a travel superstition that endures is that rubbing the plaque below the statue of the martyred St. John of Nepomuk will bring you good luck and a safe return to the city. I visited Prague a few years ago and even I wasn’t immune. I’ll think myself very lucky if I get to go back!

 

 

(photo credit: https://www.amazingczechia.com/sights/charles-bridge/)

 

2. The Blarney Stone – Cork, Ireland

Here’s one for the introverts among us. An old superstition says that if you climb the steps of Blarney Castle, lean backwards and upside down, and kiss the Blarney stone (a rock that’s been in the castle since 1446) then you will be blessed with the gift of the gab. That is, the ability to flatter and speak with eloquence – perfect for salesmen, or booksellers, might I add! It used to be that visitors would risk life and limb to kiss the stone, hanging precariously over the edge with the aid of an assistant, but now there’s a very sensible guard rail. Clearly a research trip to Ireland is in order, though I don’t fancy the upside down part…

 

3. Carnac Stones – Brittany, France

In Brittany more than 3,000 stones have stood in careful rows since as early as 4500 BCE. One popular legend has it that when the Roman army was marching on Brittany the wizard Merlin appeared and turned them to stone. Or they could simply have existed to delineate a sacred space and lead people towards an area of worship, but where’s the fun in that? As with many of these megaliths, it’s the mystery that has always intrigued me.

 

 

(Image credit: https://www.amusingplanet.com/2016/06/the-carnac-stone-alignments.html)

 

4. Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey

Christian cathedral, Ottoman mosque, and now modern museum, the Hagia Sophia is renowned for its stunning mosaics and revolutionary dome. But perhaps what intrigues me most is the legend that if you stick your thumb in a small hole in the “Weeping Column” and it emerges damp then all of your illnesses and ailments will be cured! Mhmm maybe I won’t do that.

 

5. Stonehenge – Wiltshire, England

No list on Powerful Places would be complete without it! I went here one summer and it was stunning. The size of the stones is remarkable (each one is 7 feet high and weighs 25 tons!), and you do feel a little buzz, although whether that’s just the reverent atmosphere is hard to tell. Once again some legends credit that fabled wizard Merlin with its creation, but any which way you look at it, it’s something special. The Triplet Stones in After the Eclipse have nothing on this beauty but they’re certainly inspired by it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Image credit:  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/06/20/stonehenge-builders-used-pythagoras-theorem-2000-years-greek/)

Review: Dead Memories by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @Bookouture

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Release date: February 22, 2019

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers. 

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’ 

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago. 

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the deaths of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour. 

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim? 

The heart-stopping and totally addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons will have you completely hooked.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for the latest installment in the Kim Stone series!!

Review:

Before I begin sharing my thoughts on this book I want to let you know that if you’re not caught up with this series yet, I may be unable to avoid spoilers in this review. Not for this particular book of course, but for the last couple of books, it’s kind of unavoidable and I would hate to ruin things for anyone. If you’re not caught up get cracking and if for some reason you haven’t even started this series then stop reading this now and go buy the first book in the series, I have a feeling you’ll be back to thank me later!

Alright, so the past few books in this series have been tough on Kim and team to say the least, you have the devastating loss of a team member, the usual scumbag murders to catch, but my friends, things couldn’t get any worse than the events of this book. Kim, Bryant, Stacey and Penn are trying to catch a killer who is recreating extremely traumatic events from Kim’s own life. We all know about some of the horrors she’s lived through at this point in the series but even more is revealed and it broke my heart in two. Can you have respect and admiration for a fictional character? Because I sure as hell do, this woman has been through hell and back and sure, she’s deeply flawed and has issues, but the fact that she’s a functioning member of society and a police officer nonetheless is so astonishing.

While Kim is a highly complex and incredibly well developed character by this point in the series, Marsons doesn’t skimp on the others characters whatsoever. Bryant, Stacey and Penn are all also multifaceted and interesting, and true to form, more is unveiled about each of them as well. The bond between the team is enviable, they truly care about each other and when one of their own is targeted, watch out!

Marsons is one of those rare authors who really takes each book to a whole new level, she ups the ante with every single aspect too. You are always guaranteed to get a book full of excitement when you dive into a KS book, but you’ll also get to spend time with characters that feel like old friends too. And the surprises?! They always leave me shocked, I swear no other author manages to continually blow my mind. I highly recommended not only this book, but also the whole series, and that’s not something I say lightly, I truly believe this one of THE best (if not the best) crime series available.

Dead Memories in three words: Thrilling, Intricate and Pacey.

Overall rating: 5/5 (quick side note, I’m almost positive this is the only series where I’ve easily rated every single book a 5!)

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides @AlexMichaelides @OrionBooks #TheSilentPatient

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Release date: February 7, 2019

Publisher: Orion

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Blurb:

Only she knows what happened.
Only I can make her speak.

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I love him so totally, completely, sometimes it threatens to overwhelm me. 
Sometimes I think- 
No. I won’t write about that.

ALICIA
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

THEO
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

Review:

If you’re at all involved in the bookish community there is simply no way that this book has flown under your radar, it’s been talked about for months now, it’s been literally everywhere and rightly so. It has such a clever premise and was executed flawlessly, it truly is a must read for psychological thriller fans.

What can I really say about this one that hasn’t been said a hundred times already?! Probably nothing new, but I’m going to say it all anyway because it’s that good. The structure is fantastic, you have Theo a psychotherapist who is absolutely convinced he will be the one to gain Alicia’s trust and get her to speak and then Alicia’s POV is revealed through her journal entries before her husband’s death. Reading someone’s innermost secrets via their diary is always so interesting, it provides such an intimate glimpse into their psyche, and her whole persona fascinated me. Theo himself was also interesting, his personal history and how that played into his career was completely captivating.

I’m not going to go on and on about the big twist because sometimes I think that ruins a reading experience, so don’t even worry about that. Don’t try and figure it out or guess when reveals are coming, just sit back and enjoy the ride because it’s a wild one!

The Silent Patient in three words: Clever, Captivating and Cunning.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Q & A with William Myers, A Killer’s Alibi @williammyersjr

It’s publication day for one of my recent favorite reads, A Killer’s Alibi and I have a Q & A with the author himself to share. First, here’s some more information about the book, this one comes highly recommended by me!

Blurb:

For attorney Mick McFarland, the evidence is damning. And so are the family secrets in this twisty legal thriller from the Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Criminal Defense.

When crime lord Jimmy Nunzio is caught, knife in hand, over the body of his daughter’s lover and his own archenemy, he turns to Mick McFarland to take up his defense. Usually the courtroom puppeteer, McFarland quickly finds himself at the end of Nunzio’s strings. Struggling to find grounds for a not-guilty verdict on behalf of a well-known killer, Mick is hamstrung by Nunzio’s refusal to tell him what really happened.

On the other side of the law, Mick’s wife, Piper, is working to free Darlene Dowd, a young woman sentenced to life in prison for her abusive father’s violent death. But the jury that convicted Darlene heard only part of the truth, and Piper will do anything to reveal the rest and prove Darlene’s innocence.

As Mick finds himself in the middle of a mob war, Piper delves deeper into Darlene’s past. Both will discover dark secrets that link these fathers and daughters—some that protect, some that destroy, and some that can’t stay hidden forever. No matter the risk.

Q & A:

Share the first sentence of the book. How did you come up with it? What is its significance?
“Eight are with him at the table.” This is the first sentence of the Prologue and I wanted it to have some punch. I also wanted it to feel a little ominous; although the scene begins with jubilance and bonhomie, it ends very darkly. It is also a pivotal point in the life in one of the books antagonists, Philly crime lord Jimmy Nunzio.

How did you come up with characters’ names and/or the title of the book?
A good question. For main characters, like Mick McFarland, Piper McFarland (his wife) and Tommy McFarland (Mick’s brother), I played around with the names a lot and settled on the ones I chose once they “felt” right. With Mick and Tommy I wanted solid, traditional names. Piper has a little more whimsy to her, though, as a character, she becomes a stronger person with each new book. I chose “Christina” Nunzio’s name because I like irony (one you read the book, you’ll know what I mean).

Review: The Hiding Place by C. J. Tudor @cjtudor

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Release date: February 5, 2019

Publisher: Crown

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.

It was the day she came back.

Review:

The Chalk Man was one of my favorite reads from last year so I was highly anticipating Tudor’s next book, but was also a little apprehensive because you never know if they can keep the momentum going and deliver another hit. I’m so happy to say that it’s an absolute yes from me, I liked this one just as much as TCM and believe Tudor is a serious force to be reckoned with!

This one was creepy with a capital C you guys, it blends a classic thriller with a supernatural twist and was a truly chilling read. Joe’s hometown used to be a mining town that’s long since been disused and the atmosphere of this was desolate, stark and incredibly scary. There was just a really strong sinister vibe that, coupled with some creepy characters made this one to read during the day!

This was one of those books that gives off an uneasy feeling the whole time, the sense that something isn’t quite right. It flips back and forth from present day and 1992 when Joe’s sister Annie goes missing and then suddenly returns, but something is off. These chapters gave me the chills and when everything came together not only was I stunned, I was also scared to death! Highly recommended, especially if you liked TCM but also if you just like mystery/thrillers.

The Hiding Place in three words: Sinister, Scary and Atmospheric.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.