Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

*Many thanks to the publisher for my Netgalley review copy*

About the book:

Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table.

The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor.

The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable.

But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.

And then she meets the next victim.

Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

My thoughts:

Saw this one on Netgalley and I thought it would be an interesting break from the norm in terms of it being a medical thriller on top of everything else. That being said, I still didn’t know what to expect with this book.

Don’t Wake Up is a very fast-paced book with plenty of action. Set in a hospital environment, it follows Dr. Alex Taylor in the aftermath of a horrifying incident that has happened to her. When those around her think she’s lying, and things start happening, she finds herself in a very scary place. There is more than enough going on and then there is the added drama that Dr Alex Taylor seems to be bringing on herself.

I don’t want to say much more because I think it’s always better to let the reader see what the author is aiming to do. I quite enjoyed the book, although in parts I found it a bit far fetched. But then again, it was a fun read from start to finish. It will keep people reading and guessing for sure!

Recommended!

 

Phoenix by Mark Dawson

Hi all,

Today there’s something a little different for you all. Mark Dawson, creator of the John Milton series of books, has a new novella called Phoenix out today, but there’s a little bit of a story that goes with it…

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BESTSELLING INDIE AUTHOR MARK DAWSON PENS NEW EBOOK TO #FIGHTFORPHOENIX

 

On 16th May, the independent thriller writer Mark Dawson is releasing Phoenix, a new novella in his bestselling Beatrix Rose series, which follows a ruthless government assassin with a conscience, with all proceeds going to his friend Emma Johns, who four years ago was diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

Although her cancer is incurable, Emma is fundraising to have access to a ‘miracle drug’ which she hopes will at least secure her a little longer with her six-month old son Phoenix. She was diagnosed with breast cancer four and half years ago. Last year, she was startled to discover that she was pregnant, having previously been told that the chemotherapy would make her infertile. Despite having been exposed to chemotherapy for eighteen weeks, her ‘miracle baby’ Phoenix was born a little premature, but healthy, in December last year.

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Unfortunately, in order to give birth safely Emma had to stop her treatment and, as a result, the cancer progressed to her hip and lower spine. Her type of cancer (triple negative breast cancer) is very aggressive; grows very quickly; has a poor prognosis; and doesn’t have any targeted treatments. She has tried 5 previous chemotherapy treatments, and her last option is a trial drug called Pembrolizumab, which is only available privately, for the sum of £40,000. She has hit her target, but needs to raise more money to support her family.

 

In order to raise money for Emma, Mark has written a new Beatrix Rose thriller, named for baby Phoenix, with all proceeds going to Emma’s family. Published 16thMay as an eBook, and priced at £1.99, Phoenix has already been pre-ordered over 4,000 times, reaching #13 in the Amazon Kindle Store. All the editing and cover design has been done for free. Phoenix sees Beatrix Rose team up with Mark’s other assassin character John Milton to track down a missing scientist in Venezuela. But there, Beatrix will uncover a secret that will change her life forever.

 

With more than two million downloads, Mark Dawson is a bestselling indie author on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple with over 20 published titles including his John Milton series, Beatrix Rose and Isabella Rose. His books have been compared to Jack Reacher (“It’s impossible not to think of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher” John Sutherland, The Times), and both the Beatrix Rose and Isabella Rose series have subsequently been acquired by Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint. His John Milton titles are available as audiobooks via Audible and he has recently sold movie rights to another of his series to a well-known Hollywood producer.

 

To donate, please visit Emma’s GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/fightforphoenix

To purchase your copy of Phoenix, and to rise some money, click the link below:

Phoenix (Beatrix Rose) by Mark Dawson

~Blog Tour~ Need You Dead by Peter James

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Need You Dead by Peter James and I’ve got a character profile to share with you all. First though, here’s the all important bookish information!

About the book:

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Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, even those you consider closest to you may not be who they say they are, and a chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything.

When the body of a woman is found in the bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first, it looks like an open and shut case but Grace is hesitant as ever to make assumptions and as the investigation lengthens so does the list of men with motives for killing Lorna.

As well as dealing with one of his most mysterious cases yet, Grace must cope with an unexpected new addition to the family. His existence may have only just been discovered following the death of Grace’s ex-wife, but ten-year-old Bruno is moving to Brighton to live with his Dad.

As the case unfolds, with each possible conclusion as tantalisingly plausible as the next, a sudden turn of events reveals the case to be more sinister than Grace could ever imagine.

Need You Dead, the thirteenth in the award-winning DS Roy Grace series by Peter James, is out 18th May (Macmillan, £20.00)

Need You Dead (Roy Grace 13) by Peter James

About the author:

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PETER JAMES is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide in total. The series is now published in 37 territories.  Peter’s Roy Grace novels, have had 11 consecutive Sunday Times No 1s. In the Autumn of 2012, Not Dead Yet toppled the 50 Shades Of Grey trilogy off the No 1 paperback fiction slot, ending its 25 week domination of the chart and in May 2015, You Are Dead, derailed The Girl On The Train’s 3 month chart domination going straight in at No 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller charts.  ‘Love You Dead’ in hardback was Peter’s eleventh Sunday Times No 1 bestseller and Peter’s first non-fiction title ‘Death Comes Knocking’ written in association with Graham Bartlett, Head of Sussex Police was published in July 2016, scoring Peter a hat trick of titles in the Sunday Times charts within a month.

 

Peter’s novella, ‘The Perfect Murder’ (2010) went straight in at No 1 in the iBooks chart and spent 40 consecutive weeks in the iBooks Top 10.  It was adapted into a play called The Perfect Murder which did its first, smash hit tour starring Les Dennis in 2014 and is touring again with Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace in Spring 2016. The original run was followed by the play of Dead Simple in 2015, starring Tina Hobley and Jamie Lomas which was an equally big success during its 6-month nationwide run. Not Dead Enough, the third of Peter’s books to be translated to stage, is currently touring the UK to critical acclaim, starring Shane Ritchie as Roy Grace and Laura Whitmore as Cleo Morey.

 

Peter, an established film producer, was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community, is Patron of Neighbourhood Watch nationwide, Patron of Crimestoppers in Sussex, Patron of Brighton & Hove Samaritans, and Patron of Relate, among many other charitable posts he holds.  Peter has been two-times Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger and he was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.  As popular internationally as in the UK, he won the US Barry Award, for Best British Crime Novel in 2012.  Last year, 2015, he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author of All Time.

 

Born and brought up in Brighton, Peter divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and Sussex. Peter is available for interviews and to write features. Find out more about Peter James at www.panmacmillan.com and Peter’s website www.peterjames.com and follow him on:

 

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/peterjames.roygrace

Twitter. http://twitter.com/peterjamesuk

Instagram: https://instagram.com/peterjamesuk

YouTube: You can subscribe for free here: www.peterjames.com/YouTube

Person of interest: Character profile:

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The Quiet Man (Jefferson Winter #4) by James Carol 

Many thanks to the publisher for my Netgalley review copy*

About the book:

In Vancouver, the wife of a millionaire is dead following an explosion in her own home.

Everyone thinks her husband is responsible, but former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter isn’t so sure. The method is too perfect; the lack of mistakes, uncanny. He’s seen a series of carefully orchestrated murders – once a year, on exactly the same day, a woman dies in a situation just like this one.

That date is fast approaching and Winter knows another victim has been selected. Can he identify the quiet man before he strikes again?

The Quiet Man by James Carol

My thoughts:

Ive read and loved all of the books and short stories featuring Jefferson Winter so I was thrilled to be able to read and review The Quiet Man as it’s been aaaaaages since I’ve read anything by James Carol.
The Quiet Man is another cracking instalment in the Jefferson Winter series. In this one, Winter is tasked with investigating a serial bomber case in Vancouver. Winter is up against the clock as the bomber strikes on the same day every year and he comes into the investigation in the run up to August 5th, the day the attacks usually happen.

The thing I love about these books is that we know Winter is the son of a serial killer, but it is never the main focus of the story. It is always there, bubbling under the surface, alluded to often but rarely mentioned. I love the inner turmoil that this causes to Winter, how he uses what he’s seen and knows from his last in trying to get into the mind of the killer.

Loved the sense of tension and urgency within this book too. And I really liked the characters Winter works with in this one. Laura is an ex-cop who was on the case, now working out on her own and still investigating the annual bombings. A great female lead, strong and unafraid.

One of my favourite book series, and I think that die hard fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy The Quiet Man!

Definitely recommended! 

Hope To Die by David Jackson

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*Many thanks to the publishers for my review copy*

About the book:

On a bitterly cold winter’s night, Liverpool is left stunned by a brutal murder in the grounds of the city’s Anglican Cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage.

Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, the victim seems to be almost angelic – no-one has a bad word to say, let alone a motive for such a violent murder.

And Cody has other things on his mind too. The ghosts of his past are coming ever closer, and – still bearing the physical and mental scars – it’s all he can do to hold onto his sanity.

And then the killer strikes again . . .

Hope To Die by David Jackson

My Thoughts:

I LOVED A Tapping At My Door, so I was beyond excited to be able to read and review Hope To Die as I’ve been waiting for it since I closed the last page of ATAMD to be honest! 

Hope To Die is a cracking addition to the series. We’re back with DS Nathan Cody, who is such a great character, and in this one he is tasked with investigating a brutal murder where there appears to be no motive.

Alongside this, Nathan is battling his own demons. If you’ve not read the first book, I won’t spoil it by saying any more. I will say that I loved the development of his character in Hope To Die. It’s one of my favourite things about the book. 

I find it difficult trying to say how much I enjoy David Jackson’s books because I can never do them justice. Packed with a great cast of characters, a tense and gripping plot, Hope To Die was an excellent second instalment in the DS Nathan Cody series.

Highly recommended! 
Previous posts ft. Dave:

A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

Q&A with David Jackson: A Tapping at my Door

Q&A with David Jackson #HopeToDie

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

*Many thanks to Corvus for my review copy*

About the book:

Zoe and Ollie Morley tried for years to have a baby and couldn’t. They turned to adoption and their dreams came true when they were approved to adopt a little girl from birth. They named her Evie.

Seven years later, the family has moved to Yorkshire and grown in number: a wonderful surprise in the form of baby Ben. As a working mum it’s not easy for Zoe, but life is good.

But then Evie begins to receive letters and gifts.

The sender claims to be her birth father.

He has been looking for his daughter.

And now he is coming to take her back…

Buy the book:

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

 

My thoughts:

Having read and loved Bone By Bone, I was delighted to receive a copy of The Stolen Child to read and review.

The Stolen Child centers on Zoe, Ollie and their family. After having problems trying to conceive, they make the decision to adopt a child. Evie is their long awaited baby, and fast forward a few years, with the added surprise of Ben being born, they have settled into family life in Yorkshire.

All is not what it seems though. Evie has started receiving letters and presents, signed from her birth father. This obviously causes her parents to worry and wonder why ,after so long, this is happening now. And what if he does take her?

Every parents worst nightmare becomes a constant shadow on their lives. Zoe and Ollie are at their wit’s end wondering what could possibly come from these gifts and letters. The tension and worry they feel comes across really well in the writing, and more than once it made me feel uncomfortable while I was reading.

The Stolen Child is part domestic noir, part psychological thriller and it will definitely have the reader questioning the motives of the characters. It is a quietly gripping book that creates a sense of uneasiness that is hard to ignore.

Recommended!

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

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About the book:

What is it like to be a brain surgeon?

How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason?

How do you live with the consequences when it all goes wrong?

DO NO HARM offers an unforgettable insight into the highs and lows of a life dedicated to operating on the human brain, in all its exquisite complexity. With astonishing candour and compassion, Henry Marsh reveals the exhilarating drama of surgery, the chaos and confusion of a busy modern hospital, and above all the need for hope when faced with life’s most agonising decisions.

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

My thoughts:

I’ve had Do No Harm on my kindle for 3 years, yes, YEARS! After reading Fragile Lives earlier this year, I figured I’d give this one a go as instead of a cardiac surgery this book centres on neurosurgery. I have a morbid fascination with medical things like that so I was looking forward to it.

Henry Marsh has written a very interesting book. He’s no Derek Shepherd in terms of drama and excitement, but he is dealing with the everyday lives of his patients. Do No Harm gives the reader an interesting glimpse into what it’s like to be a neurosurgeon and the things they go through inside and outside of the surgical theatre.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked it up but what I found was an honest memoir. It had case studies in every chapter, as well as a glimpse into Marsh’s own life outside of surgery, and how it impacted his home life. 

It’s an easy read in terms of pace and writing, but it’s all too easy to forget you are reading about patients. Any one of us could end up on an operating theatre table needing help from a man like this. 

The irony of Do No Harm, for me, was that my eldest child ended up in A&E on the day I read this book. He fell after deciding spinning around to make himself dizzy was a good idea and proceeded to hit his head!!! He is completely fine, but this book couldn’t have been read at a worse time!

 Do No Harm is definitely a book to read if you like true life medical stories! Interesting, graphic but always honest!

Recommended!