Blog Tour: Sanctuary by V. V. James

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Sanctuary by V. V. James, and I’ll be sharing my review with you all just a little further down this post.

About the author:

V.V. James is the author (as Vic James) of the contemporary fantasy trilogy GILDED CAGE, TARNISHED CITY, and BRIGHT RUIN. GILDED CAGE is a 2018 World Book Night pick and a Radio 2 Book Club selection. V.V. worked as an investigative producer for Channel 4 News and now directs documentaries for BBC1 and BBC2.

About the book:

Sanctuary. It’s the perfect town. . . to hide a secret.

To Detective Maggie Knight, the death of Sanctuary’s star quarterback seems to be a tragic accident. Only, everyone knows his ex-girlfriend is the daughter of a witch – and she was there when he died.

Then the rumours start

Bereaved mother Abigail will stop at nothing until she has justice for her dead son. Her best friend Sarah will do everything in her power to protect her accused daughter. And both women share a secret that could shatter their lives.

It falls to Maggie to prevent her investigation – and Sanctuary itself – from spiralling out of control.

A gripping thriller for fans of Big Little Lies, A Discovery of Witches and The Familars.

Click the link below to order your copy:

Sanctuary by V. V. James

My thoughts:

I picked up Sanctuary to read the first few chapters just to see what it was like, and I didn’t look up again until I was 150 pages in! It’s safe to say I was hooked from the beginning.

When the star quarterback of the Sanctuary football team dies in what appears to be a tragic accident, Detective Maggie Knight is called into a seemingly open and shut case. What she discovers though, is that there is much more going on in Sanctuary than meets the eye.

Sanctuary has been likened to Big Little Lies, and I can totally see why. This small town is full of secrets and lies, and those involved will do whatever it takes to keep them hidden.

I loved Sanctuary. It reminded me a lot of Practical Magic, mixed with a really gripping murder mystery. I powered through this book, unable to put it down.

The characters were really interesting, I thought the premise was great and the witchcraft element added a whole other dimension to this story. It definitely elevated it to more than your average mystery thriller.

Sanctuary is compelling, dark and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would happily, and highly, recommend it!

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Assassins Vengeance by Rachel Amphlett @EllenDevonport @RachelAmphlett

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About the book:

Spies. The best unreliable narrators that money can buy…

Eva and her fractured team are on the run, desperate to find answers and uncover who has betrayed them from within the shadowy government organisation known only as the Section.

Evading assassination in Berlin and Prague, Eva has had time to regroup and try to solve the mystery behind the attempts on her life.

But her enemies are one step ahead of her, eliminating anything and anyone who stands in their way.

Hell hath no fury like a woman who’s been shot at and survived… twice

About the Author:

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Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

Follow the author:

Email: info@rachelamphlett.com

Skype: rachel.amphlett1

http://www.rachelamphlett.com

Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Instagram: @RachelAmphlett

Facebook: Rachel Amphlett

Ellen’s Review:

After the bombshell that was dropped at the end of Assassins Hunted I wasn’t prepared for the further truth bombs that are revealed as soon as Assassins Vengeance began! Suddenly Eva, Nathan and Decker are responsible for not only the safety of another child but the protection of the world from a megalomaniac who is hell bent on releasing a bioweapon. Maxim Kowalski is a Russian scientist plotting to release a plague and watch the world’s governments blame each other while millions die in agony.

As well as this they are still unaware who is the leak within the Section and unsure who is friend or foe that they come into contact with. Every step closer to the truth they put themselves further onto the path of danger. I found myself questioning everyone’s motives.

Assassins Vengeance is a taut thriller with heart that had me racing through the pages, we are left under no illusion that Eva Delacourt will finish what has been started and that whoever stands in her way will be dealt with!

Assassins Hunted by Rachel Amphlett Ellen’s Review @EllenDevonport @RachelAmphlett

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About the book:

Mother. Widow. Spy.

Eva Delacourt has been in hiding for three years after her fiancée was assassinated in cold blood outside the British embassy in Prague.

She thought she was safe.

But someone in the mysterious Section has betrayed her, and now she’s on the run for her life, sworn to protect the six-year-old boy she adores.

Her enemies are closing in, and the odds are not in Eva’s favour. For Eva, the nightmare is just beginning…

Click the link below to order your copy:

Assassins Hunted: (English Spy Mysteries Book 1) by Rachel Amphlett

About the author:

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Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

Follow the author:

Email: info@rachelamphlett.com

Skype: rachel.amphlett1

http://www.rachelamphlett.com

Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Instagram: @RachelAmphlett

Facebook: Rachel Amphlett

Ellen’s Review:

I’m a huge fan of the Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett so I jumped at the opportunity to read her new British Spy series novellas beginning with Assassins Hunted. I can’t deny that I was a little nervous. Would I enjoy a spy/espionage book? Would I click with the main character Eva Delacourt as much as I did Kay Hunter??

There was no reason to be worried! Assassins Hunted has an explosive start and the pace doesn’t relent. Eva Delacourt has been on the run for a number of years but has managed to keep her identity secret until now…she is tracked down to her new identity and home in Cyprus and her attackers mean business. Eva proves to be a worthy adversary, managing to save herself and her son Alex.

It becomes apparent that Eva’s hunters are relentless and even under the protection of her former employers the MI6 her life is in danger. We are taken on a heart thumping race from danger with Eva, Alex and Nathan Crowe. Nathan is a lowly computer analyst who is tasked with working with Eva to find out who is after her and why – but there are far more dangers and dark secrets that are exposed along the way.

I loved Eva and her kickass ways; a cracking start to a new series!

 

Revenge of The Malakim by Paul Harrison

About the book:

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It’s high summer and the streets of Bridlington East Yorkshire are awash with tourists. A serial killer is on the loose. DCI Will Scott and his team embark upon a fast paced investigation to catch a killer with a unique agenda. As the body count rises the killer randomly moves location and the police are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister world where cover-ups and corruption reigns. A place where no one can truly be trusted and nothing is ever what it seems.

Buy your copy: Revenge Of The Malakim by Paul Harrison

About the author:

Paul Harrison is a retired police officer, with a successful career that spanned three decades.  During that time, he worked on some memorable high profile investigations, and interviewed countless criminals who operated within the darker side of humanity.  Paul began writing and had his first book published during his time in the police.  Since then, he has gone on to write 34 books, mainly in the field of true crime.  Now he has turned all that experience into writing crime fiction.   His first novel Revenge of the Malakim will be published in the Spring 2017.

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My thoughts:

Revenge of the Malakim is the first book in the Grooming Parlour Trilogy and the first book by Paul Harrison that I’ve read. It follows DCI Will Scott as he is tasked with investigating a spate of murderers attributed to a serial killer stalking the streets of Bridlington.

No plot discussion or big reveals here, but what I will say is that this is a relatively gruesome read in places for those who may be averse to violence. I read so many of these books, so to be honest, that kind of stuff doesn’t bother me, but just remember that when you read it.

There is a lot more going on than the killings themselves. Revenge of the Malakim explores many themes, most notably corruption. I can’t say much more about it without giving anythug away or revealing some of the subtle hints the author has dropped between the pages. 

I reckon Revenge of the Malakim may be a little divisive for readers. While elements of the book are quite interesting, some of it may be a little harder for people to get on with. That being said, it has more than enough to keep the reader turning the page to see what is happening and why! 

Killing Eva by Alex Blackmore


My thanks to the author for giving me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About the book:

Witnessing a dramatic death at London’s Waterloo Station triggers a series of events that shatter Eva Scott’s world. Dying words uttered on the station concourse awaken a history she had thought long buried. But the past is about to be resurrected, in all its brutal reality.

Soon, Eva’s life is out of her hands. A genetic key is keeping her alive; but foreshadowing her death. People she loved and lost materialise and then disappear, testing the limits of her sanity. Inextricably linked to her survival is the potential takedown of an economic power, on which hang the lives of many others.
The only way out is through. But Eva’s life is no longer her own. And it’s killing her.

 

My thoughts:

I’m writing this review after just finishing Killing Eva and yet I still don’t know where to begin!

This book is pretty fast paced, more action thriller than crime book. It’s perfect for fans of Terry Hayes (I Am Pilgrim).

Killing Eva is a strange book to try and review, as it doesn’t fall into a clear cut genre as such. It’s definitely full of action, but it has a biomedical theme along with financial terrorism being mentioned also.

The book has peaks and troughs throughout. When it’s full of action, you find your heart beating quicker and your fingers itching to turn the page to see what is going to happen. However, the troughs were quite slow by comparison. I also found the constant switching between groups of individuals and main characters to be quite confusing.

Killing Eva, in essence, is a good thriller. Parts of it were brilliant, but some parts just left me wanting. I felt like I was missing something sometimes. The ending was also quite abrupt, could be classed as a cliffhanger, but it just stopped in the middle of something!

I hate to criticise a book, as what didn’t work for me doesn’t mean others didn’t enjoy it. Killing Eva was a decent read, and I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

Anyone else read it?! 😊📖

Fragments by Stephen Edger

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First things first, my thanks to the author for my copy of Fragments to read and review. Also, thanks to Noelle for the suggestion!

Talk about down to the wire with a review, the launch party online is at 3pm today!!!

About the book:

CHRISTMAS 2014
Following an argument with her parents, 15 year old Freya Coleman storms out of the house. In tears, she goes to meet the only person who understands her: Robbie, the nice guy she’s been chatting to online. She doesn’t return home.

ONE YEAR LATER
A teenager’s body is found in a Southampton park. She is gaunt, bruised, and barely breathing. She is rushed to hospital, but has been so badly abused that doctors fear her fragmented memory may never recover. When another girl is reported missing a day later, D.I. White of the Hampshire Major Investigation Team fears Freya’s attacker has struck again.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST
With White’s team focused on finding the new missing teenager, Freya’s parents hire Private Investigator Johnson Carmichael to find the person who abducted their daughter. The family has a secret they can’t tell the police, and it might just lead Carmichael to ‘Robbie’.

FRAGMENTS
Mystery, suspense, abduction, and terror: Fragments is an emotive, thrilling whodunit from the best-selling author of Snatched and Remorse.

 

My Thoughts:

When Stephen sent me the synopsis of Fragments asking if I wanted to read and review it, it was an easy yes for me. I enjoy these kinds of books so I was quite looking forward to getting into it.

When Freya Coleman is discovered, barely alive, and another girl goes missing, DI White is tasked with the investigation. However, due to past negligences the parents of Freya Coleman do not believe he is capable of finding the monster who is preying on young girls.

The Coleman’s hire Johnson Carmichael to find the person who did this to their daughter. however, Carmichael soon finds himself drawn into a world he wished he had never learned about.

Fragments is a very good book. It pulls you in early on as you need to know what happened to Freya, and you want to find out what happened. The first half of the book, for me, was much more fast paced in terms of information and red herrings.

However, once I got towards the end of the book, I found that it all seemed a bit rushed,as opposed to fast paced, if that makes sense?! Certain events take place that, I feel, could have done with further explanation. The only other thing I found hard to read was DI White’s dialect (lots of ‘man’ used) as it took me a while to get used to it. This is all personal preference though!!

The premise of Fragments is great, with a strong story behind it. I gave Fragments 3 stars on Goodreads, dropping stars for the aforementioned issues that I had. Do not let my review put you off though! Fragments is part of a series, of which I have heard great things!!!

Happy reading! 🙂

 

 

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson 


First off, massive thank you to Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for my copy of Nightblind. I’m delighted to have gotten to read it and now write my review. Ooh, and thanks for the chocolate too! I’m saving that! 😉

 



 

Secondly, in case you don’t follow me on social media, I AM QUOTED in this book!!! *pinch me moment* 

(Check out my talons! 😉 )

 

 

About the book: (via Goodreads) 

 

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him.

The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will.

Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.

 

My thoughts:


I always wonder when an author you love writes a spectacular book, can they continue to write books that you know you will love even before opening the first page…

 
In Ragnar Jónasson’s case, ABSOLUTELY!!!

 
I have been eagerly waiting for Nightblind for weeks, and have not stopped singing its predecessors (Snowblind) praises on Twitter and Facebook for months.
Nightblind begins a few years after Snowblind, with Ari Thór still working as the police in Siglufjörðor, passed over for promotion to Inspector, but back with Kristín and a father to baby Stefnir.

 

The book opens with the murder of the other policeman, Herjólfur, at a desolate and dilapidated house near the edge of the town.

 

Ari Thór is tasked with finding out what happened, and he calls in his old work colleague Tomás to help with the investigation.

 

Small towns and tight communities make for difficult work when it comes to finding out what has happened and sometimes people aren’t always what they seem.

 

Nightblind is a beautifully written mystery. It echoes days gone by, bringing past and present day secrets together in a quietly chilling way.

 

The subdued nature of the story is offset by Jónasson’s superb writing style, bringing alive characters who see each suffering in their own way.
Nightblind is also a stunning lesson in Icelandic geography. Jónasson has a wonderful way of painting pictures with words and each sentence adds an extra dimension to scenery.

 

This book has been worth the wait, without a doubt. The Dark Iceland series are fast earning a place on my favourites of all time list.

 

The elegant prose, coupled with the chilling, almost sleepy location, make for an utterly enthralling read.

 

An easy 5 stars for me, all the stars, always. ❤️