Blog Tour: The Cutaway by @Christina_Kovac @SerpentsTail #TheCutaway


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Release date: April 6, 2017

Publisher: Serpents Tail

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb: 

The Cutaway draws you into the tangled world of corruption and cover-up as a young television producer investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Georgetown lawyer in this stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.




When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.




Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Cutaway. If you’re getting a feeling that you’ve seen me post about this book before, you’re right! I reviewed this last month, but when I was contacted by Christina’s U.K. publisher about hosting a stop on the blog tour, I couldn’t resist! 


Review: 

I love reading a mystery from a new perspective, it’s so refreshing! This is all about the world of broadcast journalism and though veteran producer Virginia has covered tons of missing persons cases before, something about the disappearance of Evelyn Carney pulls her in. As she dives deeper into the story, she encounters many roadblocks and becomes entangled in the high power world of D. C. politics and police corruption. 


I really like Virginia as a protagonist, she’s a strong, intelligent and empowered woman and though you don’t find out very much about who she is and what drives her until about the halfway point of the book, what is shared was enough to make me a fan. I had no idea what really goes into making a major news program but I found the behind the scenes look totally fascinating. This is a seriously cutthroat business and the atmosphere of the news room was intense. Kovac’s knowledge of journalism is heavily apparent, there was such an authenticity to the plot. 
This was a slow burning mystery, not as many thrills as I was expecting, though it did have it’s moments towards the end. I think this is partly because you’re slogging along with Virginia as she does investigative work, but I found it to be pretty interesting. There’s only a handful of suspects so some may be able to figure out who the culprit is, but I didn’t have things totally nailed down myself. 


I really enjoyed this unique viewpoint and approach and found myself easily caught up in this hard hitting, competitive environment. There was just a hint of romance that added to the story instead of detracting from it, along with political intrigue and corrupt cops, totally juicy. If you’ve ever wanted a peek at what really happens before the cameras roll in a newsroom, check this out. Hint; it’s not as glamorous as you think. 

Overall rating: 4/5

About the Author: 


Christina Kovac managed newsrooms and produced crime and political stories in the District. Her career as a television journalist began with Fox 5’s Ten O’Clock News, followed by the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. For the last nine years, she worked at the Washington Bureau of NBC News. She lives with her family outside of Washington D.C.


Blog Tour: Winterscroft by Anita Waller @anitamayw @Bloodhoundbook


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Release date: February 24, 2017

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Blurb: 

When the beautiful Lavender is killed in a tragic car accident her family and fiancee Matt are left devastated. As the year’s pass and wounds begin to heal Matt, who has remained close to Lavenders family, meets Beth and falls in love again. When the happy couple announce their engagement it sparks a series of bizarre and disturbing events. Then when Matt and Beth make plans to wed at Lavenders family home, Winterscroft, the frightening truth becomes apparent. Lavender is back. And she is not happy. From the bestselling author of 34 Days comes a tale of love, death and revenge.
Review: 

Happy publication day to Anita Waller,  I’m thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for Winterscroft! 

One of my reading goals for 2017 was to branch outside of my go to genres and try something new, so when the lovely Helen Claire from Bloodhound Books was looking for people to review Waller’s latest book and I saw it had supernatural elements, I was convinced. I’m so glad that I’ve been experimenting, I loved this book! 

When Winterscroft begins, it’s 1991 and a young woman named Lavender is killed in a car accident with her grandparents. Her family is devastated, she left behind two sisters, Violet and Rose and her parents Alan and Flora. Then we switch to six years later and though they still desperately miss Lavender, they have all moved on with their lives. She was engaged to a wonderful man named Matt and he’s stayed close with the family. He’s found love again with Beth and is getting married. From the moment he tells the family of his plans, there is an ominous undertone to the story, it seems Lavender is back…

This book scared the daylights out of me and I mean that in the best way possible. I’ve never had any type of supernatural encounters myself, but I know people who have and it sounds frightening, especially when the presence is angry. There was a lot of subtlety here, little things would happen and I wouldn’t pay it much attention, then later it would all click into place. It was very easy for me to get completely wrapped up into the lives of this family, they were good, solid people with plenty of faith in God. I felt awful for them as strange and scary things kept happening to them and at various points, they were in real danger. Shivers. 

This was a really quick read for me, once I started I had a hard time putting it down as I wanted to know how they would all fare. Getting rid of an extremely angry dead woman is no easy feat and I was shocked by the way it all ended. Waller has a very fluid writing style that really captured and held my attention throughout and the atmosphere she created within the walls of Winterscroft (the family home) was chilly, tense and enough to give me goosebumps and set my heart to pounding. If you like supernatural or paranormal novels, Winterscroft will be right up your alley. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Bloodhound Books for my review copy. 

About the Author: 



Anita Waller


Anita was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and has lived all her life there. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 21 years. Anita and Dave have been married almost 49 years!


She wrote Beautiful in 1985 and had it accepted for publication. They were the contract stage when the publishing house went into liquidation.


Like many another book it ended up in the loft until two years ago when she resurrected it, retyped all 100,000 words (it was orginally written on an Amstrad 8256 and all she had was a hard copy!) and sent it off to Bloodhound Books.


She is now retired from my life of being a Patchwork Tutor and HGV driver’s wife and concentrates on patchwork for the pleasure of it and writing. She started writing at around the age of 8 – she clearly remembers writing ‘novels’ at that age which were actually short stories split into chapters!


Anita’s genre is murder – but murder with a good reason behind it!

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Blog Tour: Witness by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes #witness


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Release date: December 20, 2016

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Blurb: 

To Rebecca it was a brave decision that led to her freedom from domestic abuse. To Solomon it was the ultimate betrayal.


It’s been ten years since Rebecca’s testimony saw Solomon locked away. Enough time for the nightmares to recede, the nerves to relax; enough time to rebuild her life and put the past behind her.


Then one day a phone rings in her bedroom—but it’s not her phone. Solomon has been in her home, and has a very simple message for her: for each of the ten years he has spent in jail, Rebecca must witness a crime. And, to make matters worse, she has to choose the victims.


Fail to respond and you get hurt. Talk to police and you die. Ready to play? You have sixty seconds to decide…


As the crimes grow more severe, the victims closer to home, Rebecca is forced to confront a past she had hoped was gone forever.

Review: 

I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Witness today! When I found out Caroline Mitchell was publishing her first psychological thriller with Thomas and Mercer I just knew I had to read it as soon as possible. She’s firmly cemented herself on my list of auto buy authors and fans of her work will be totally floored by Witness. 

The premise of this book simultaneously creeped me out and intrigued me. Imagine having a psychopathic creep from your past come back only to force you to play a sick game. That’s what happens to Rebecca, it’s been ten years since she played a huge role in sending Solomon to prison but now he’s back, and he’s out for blood. He wants revenge in the worst way possible and toying with Rebecca is one of his favorite games to play. She must pick someone she knows to be the victim of a crime, ten different people, one for each year he was locked up. 

This is told from both Rebecca’s and Solomon’s point of view and there are also entries from Rebecca’s diary that she kept back when her and Solomon were engaged. The details of their twisted and frightening past are told in brief snippets which had me hanging on every word. I was desperate to know what had really happened back then and could feel Rebecca’s fear and hopelessness leaping from the pages. Solomon is such a creepy and menacing character, the part that scared me the most was that he was able to blend in when it suited him and most people had no idea how sick and depraved he really was. 

Mitchell has a tricky writing style that is alluring as she ends almost every single chapter with a mini cliffhanger making it a quick read as you can’t bear to put it down. I found myself holding my breath plenty of times while reading as I contemplated just how Rebecca would get herself out of this terrifying situation? The poor thing had already escaped Solomon once and now she has to do it again?  Except this time it’s worse as she has a husband and a daughter to worry about and every decision she makes has the power to not only affect the ones she loves the most, but it also makes her question herself. She struggles with her morality and sense of what’s right and wrong and is constantly faced with impossible tasks. I’m shivering just thinking about it again!

Fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this one, and fans of standard mystery/thrillers will also love this as there are twists and secrets hidden along the way. The tension was constantly mounting right up until the end and I just now finally feel like I can breathe normally again after that suspenseful ride!

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Thomas and Mercer for my review copy. 

About the Author: 


A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. She now writes full time.


Published by Bookouture, her DC Knight crime thriller series reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. Love You To Death, the first in her new series featuring DS Ruby Preston is due for publication 11th November 2016.

Her new psychological thriller, Witness, is published with Thomas & Mercer and due for publication 20th December 2016.

Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour! 

Blog Tour/Review: PsychoAnalysis by V.R. Stone @VRStoneAuthor


So pleased to be the stop today on the blog tour for PsychoAnalysis! This was a totally compelling and fascinating read for me, I’m excited to share my thoughts with you guys. Read on for more information about the book and my review. 

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Release date: October 14, 2016

Publisher: Silverwhite Press

Genre: Mystery/Psychological Thriller

Goodreads blurb: 

A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.


Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.


Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?


PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?


“The mind is like an iceberg. Most of it lies beneath the surface, a subconscious universe of thoughts we can’t observe. It contains memories too painful to remember, elicits emotions we don’t want to feel, and makes us do things we don’t understand.” 

There’s also a trailer for the book with additional information. 

Review: 

Oh man you guys this was quite the creepy and disturbing read, absolutely perfect to read during the month of Halloween, great for a Halloween Readathon as well. I’ve always had an interest in female serial killers as they’re such a rarity so I was totally intrigued by Sarah and she did not disappoint in the scary, cold, and absolutely depraved serial killer department.

There are three point of views here, Sarah  who hunts pretty boys and kills them for fun, Martin, a DI whose personal life is in shambles and his professional life isn’t fairing much better, and finally Karl a psychiatrist who has made a living by selling sensationalized books about serial killers. All three are utterly absorbing and I found myself completely caught up in their various stories. Sarah obviously has a huge secret that she’s managed to keep quiet for years, but both Martin and Karl have skeletons in their closets as well. 

Though this isn’t a traditional mystery where the reader is trying to figure out who the murderer is, there is still a strong level of tension as you’re left wondering if Sarah will be caught. Will she be able to control her sadistic urges long enough to get help and quit playing her deadly games once and for all? I really enjoyed the way Stone was able to build up suspense and his writing style was polished and effortless, he maintained a nice pace and flow throughout the book. For a debut novelist he really knows how to hook the reader and keep their attention.

I was reminded of two of my favorite characters while reading this; Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell from Chelsea Cain’s popular series featuring the two. Stone created a depraved and detached killer in Sarah and there are definitely some violent and graphic scenes, not for the faint of heart. Her level of intelligence and cunning is far superior to most and though she’s a sick and twisted individual, I was beyond curious about exploring her psyche. 

I was throughly impressed by this book and I will definitely be following Stone’s writing career closely. The characters are well rounded with complex personalities and issues, the writing itself is excellent, and the story Stone told was engrossing. He was able to weave together the lives of the characters seamlessly while providing a tight narrative with plenty of well executed and surprising plot twists. Highly recommended for crime fiction fans.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the author for my copy in exchange for an honest review. 

About the Author: 

V.R. Stone loves crime stories – The Silence of The Lambs, The Sopranos, American Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Shutter Island – movies, TV shows and books featuring cynical cops, femmes fatale, gangsters and serial killers. Thrills, twists and violence – that’s what he craves. Give him a well-crafted tale featuring compelling characters on the wrong side of the law and he’ll be a happy man.


He really does have an unhealthy fascination with people getting shot, stabbed and strangled. But he doesn’t have the guts to set up a protection racket in his leafy London suburb, rob a bank or follow you home at night. So he sits alone in a room making up stories.


When he’s not busy with that, he works in the City of London and spends time with his very patient wife and very impatient children.

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