Blog Tour ~Before Her Eyes by Jack Jordan Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today is Ellen’s stop on the blog tour for Before Her Eyes by Jack Jordan and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down!

About the author:

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Jack Jordan is the global number one bestselling author of Anything for Her (2015), My Girl (2016), A Woman Scorned (2018), and Before Her Eyes (2018).

To find out more about Jack, enter numerous annual giveaways to win signed copies of his books, and be one of the first to hear of new book releases and news, follow him here:

Facebook: JackJordanOfficial

Twitter: @JackJordanBooks

Instagram: @JackJordan_Author

Goodreads: JackJordanOfficial

About the book:

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She can’t see the killer
But the killer can see her…

Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in a small, claustrophobic town, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But then she stumbles across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. She senses someone else there at the scene – watching her. Naomi may not be able to see the killer’s face, but she is still the only person who can identify him.

As the police begin hunting the person responsible and more victims are discovered, Naomi is forced to answer the question on which her fate hangs: why did the killer let her live?

In a town this small, the murderer must be close, perhaps even before her very eyes…

You can get your copy by clicking HERE!

Ellen’s review:

Now books are described as sleep stealers and time stealers but Jack Jordan’s….they’re food stealers! Every time I sit down to this author’s novels I am totally absorbed and my poor family have to fend for themselves or hope that I can tear myself away for long enough to prepare a meal. The same thing happened when I read My Girl so Jack is getting a bit of a reputation in our house!

Before Her Eyes is an engrossing read, from first page to last I was hooked and had to find out who the perpetrator was (getting it wrong several times along the way). The main character Naomi Hannah is blind and lives alone with her guide dog Max (LOVE Max!!), separated from her husband Dale she is lonely and feels segregated from the community due to her condition. She often contemplates suicide and after an aborted attempt stumbles across a body, from this moment on she is catapulted into a nightmare. The killer is still at the crime scene and takes great delight in tormenting Naomi; she is the perfect “witness” after all. Her life is literally turned upside down and as well as being at the mercy of a sadistic killer she has to contend with the police doubting her testimony. There is a definite good cop, bad cop scenario in Before Her Eyes; DS Marcus Campbell is desperate to help Naomi whilst  his boss, DI Lisa Elliot seems determined to see Naomi charged.

There are so many twists and turns that I was left doubting everything and everyone. At a certain points in the story I gasped out loud, no spoilers but I was NOT expecting that.

This book is definitely dark and gruesome but I love that in a story – the bloodier the better and Mr Jordan delivers in spades! I thoroughly enjoyed Before Her Eyes and have to say that Gillian Flynn needs to watch her back; there’s a new master of writing despicable characters.

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A Woman Scorned by Jack Jordan

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About the book:

Are you afraid? 
You should be.

The husband: in over his head with no way of knowing the truth.
The mistress: blinded by love, betrayed by her family…
The neighbour: will stop at nothing to protect the life he has fought to create.
The wife: a woman bent on revenge, but how far is she willing to go…?

Click the link below to find out…

A Woman Scorned by Jack Jordan

About the author:

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Jack Jordan is the global number one bestselling author of Anything for Her (2015), My Girl (2016), A Woman Scorned (2018), and Before Her Eyes (2018).

To find out more about Jack, enter numerous annual giveaways to win signed copies of his books, and be one of the first to hear of new book releases and news, follow him here:

Facebook: JackJordanOfficial

Twitter: @JackJordanBooks

Instagram: @JackJordan_Author

Goodreads: JackJordanOfficial

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed Jack’s previous books, so I was super excited to be able to read an early copy of A Woman Scorned! And I stand by my hashtag, #JackIsBack, and with a bang!

A Woman Scorned is a short read, at less than 125 pages, so it was very easy to pick this one up, and not put it down until I finished it. It helps that it was a fun story to read too. Not fun in the usual sense obviously, but fun in the sense that it was a juicy little read.

I enjoy a domestic noir-ish thriller, but this one has a little more spice to it. The characters are multi-faceted, and we get a glimpse into each of them, which made it all the more interesting to see why they were the way they were, if that makes sense?!

Honestly, I would have read the hell out of this if it was a full book! I wanted more! But that being said, this is a little gem of a story. It packs a punch for such a short story, but it feels satisfying when you’re done. I really enjoyed it!

#JackIsBack 🙂

Previous reviews:

Anything For Her by Jack Jordan

My Girl by Jack Jordan

My Girl by Jack Jordan *Blog Tour*

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Hi everyone,

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Jack Jordan’s forthcoming novel, My Girl and I get to share my review with you all today! 🙂 As always, my thanks to Jack for my copy to read and review for the tour, I’m very grateful.

 

About the book (via Goodreads):

Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.

She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.

Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?

Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.

But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.

 

My thoughts:

The day Jack sent me My Girl, I had a sneak peak at the first chapter and I knew I was onto another winner with it. However, I had to put it aside until I got all the other books out of the way first.

When I started My Girl, I genuinely didn’t know what to expect. As you can see from the Goodreads description, there isn’t a huge amount of information to be gleaned from it which is great for me as it means I was intrigued immediately.

I started it thinking, I’ll get a bit read now while my littlest was napping, hours later and the kindle was still wedged into my hands. I was gripped so completely, that I read My Girl in one day. That is NOT a regular occurrence for me, so I knew that I had something great in my hands.

My Girl focuses on Paige, and essentially the downward spiral she has been on since her daughter was murdered and her husband committed suicide. We see Paige at her absolute worst, and it’s not easy reading! This book has more than a handful of uncomfortable scenes that Paige experiences and I’m not going to lie, I was feeling more than a little uncomfortably myself while I was reading them!!!

As the story progresses and the plot unfolds, I was absolutely NOT prepared for where it actually went. I was messaging Sarah at By The Letter Book Reviews as she had read it before me and I needed to talk to someone!!! 🙂

I really like Jack Jordan’s writing style as it’s clear and easy to follow. My Girl is a really well written and intriguing second novel. Jack is definitely an author to watch, as he’s improving with each book.

I thoroughly enjoyed (if that makes sense?!) My Girl. It hooks you immediately, and the slow reveals keep you turning the pages until you get to the end. An assured novel, and I would highly recommend it!

My Girl is out on July 4th and you can preorder your copy on Amazon for only 99p by clicking the link below:

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You can follow the blog tour on all of these brilliant blogs! 😉

 

Happy Reading! 🙂

 

Anything For Her by Jack Jordan *Blog Tour*

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Anything for Her by Jack Jordan! 😊 I actually read this a while back so I’m basically just reposting my review. I want to take a minute to say how amazing is the new cover!!!!! 😍 It is utter perfection when you have read the book, and I’m thrilled that I get to be a part of this tour! Incidentally, you can catch up/follow the tour at all of these brilliant blogs below too so don’t miss out! 😉

And without further ado, here’s my review from 2015’s archives 😊

 

About the book: (via Amazon)

Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.

Louise Leighton’s life has fallen apart, all because of one fateful night. Her husband is an adulterer, her sister is his mistress, and soon, Louise will lose everything she owns. But she never imagined she would lose her daughter.
Eighteen-year-old Brooke Leighton is missing. It’s up to Louise and the Metropolitan Police to find her. Has Brooke run away? Or has she been taken against her will? And can Louise aid the investigation without mentioning the night where all of her troubles began?
If she mentions that night, she will incriminate her daughter for heinous crimes. But if she doesn’t, she may never find Brooke; and if she has been abducted, the person who took her may come for Louise, too.
Sometimes the past comes back to kill you.
My thoughts:

I started this last night and managed to read almost half of it before I succumbed to sleep! It pulls you in very quickly from the beginning as Louise’s husband admits he has been sleeping with her sister for nearly a year. Ah, hello?! If that doesn’t make you get up and leave your comfortable life, maybe throw in the fact that he’s a tax evader an the family is on the verge of losing everything for good measure, then you’ll surely run.

Louise flees to their country home (as one would!) to get away from everything that is going on in her life, leaving her husband and two children back in London while she attempts to come to terms with the fallout from the adultery.

Early on, we are told that Louise and her daughter Brooke harbour a secret that could bring them all down. We do not learn this secret until the last few action filled chapters. This suspense is what kept me reading. Morbid curiosity gnawed at me until I finally read what happened on that fateful night.

Moving to the country home is not without peril. Unsettling things start happening, and Louise is convinced someone knows their secret. Brooke also arrives at the house, but after a heated exchange during her stay, she ends up going back to the train station to get a train back to London.

Brooke never turns up in London.

From here on in, the book amps up the pace as we witness the unraveling of family life both in London and the Cotswolds. The police become involved by this stage and are investigating Brooke’s disappearance while Louise’s erratic behaviours raises other questions.

What is she hiding? Who is she protecting?

The ending of the book, for me, was quite unexpected. I won’t give anything away, sufficed to say, it’s not where I expected things to go.

Get your copy here –> Anything for Her by Jack Jordan

Happy reading! 😊

Author Q&A Jack Jordan

Second author Q&A in a week!! I’m spoiling ye! 😉

Today, I have the lovely Jack Jordan answering my questions. Jack is the author of Anything For Her, which I read, loved and reviewed last month and you can read my review here.

Without further ado…

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

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I am an introvert disguised as an extrovert, an intelligent person who can say very unintelligent things, and a self-confessed bibliomaniac with more books than sense.

I have been writing for nearly six years now, and published my debut novel, Anything for Her, in June 2015. I am currently writing my second thriller, My Girl, which will be published in 2016.

 

How did you get into writing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?

Ever since I can remember, I have adored writing. My favourite school assignments were creative writing projects, but I never considered that writing could and would be my career.

 

I began writing novels by accident. I was seventeen and housebound due to severe anxiety, and began to write a short story to pass the time. That short story turned into a novel of 100,000 words. I didn’t even have the goal of writing a whole novel; I was simply engrossed in the story and cherished the stimulating distraction. Once I finished the novel, I realised what had happened: stuck in the overpowering gloom of anxiety and depression, I had found my career.

 

Ever since then, I have been unable to stop writing!

 

Where do you get your inspiration?

 

I constantly have about twelve or more projects whirling around in my mind, and decide to write the one project that is the most insistent of the lot! Many ideas spawn from TV shows, other novels, true stories, and my dark imagination. Something that may be the smallest plot point in one book/show/documentary/true story can inspire me to write a whole novel – and from there, my imagination takes it further and further until the story is completely different from what I first imagined – but better!

 

With Anything for Her, I was inspired by the strength of the love that mothers have for their children. The bond between a mother and her child is unbreakable, and the love is unconditional. Most mothers will tell you that they would do anything to protect their child. When writing Anything for Her, I wanted to explore just how far a mother would go to protect her child, and at what cost.

 

I loved Anything For Her, the twist towards the end was brilliant. Had you worked that out before you began or did the story develop itself?

Thank you – I’m so glad you liked it!

 

Looking back, it is quite hard to remember where and when the story changed during the whole writing and editing process, but as for the twist/outcome of the story, I learned early on that the twist had to happen to stay true to the story and the characters involved.

 

How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your book?

If I were to describe Anything for Her in one word, it would be: dark.

 

When it comes to genres, my writing falls into the brackets of: thriller and crime fiction (and mystery/psychological), but if I were to describe my work, I would call it a chiller, rather than a thriller, due to the how dark my stories can go.

 

As a reader, I love books that genuinely scare/thrill me. The books I remember and recommend the most are books that have shocked me and disturbed me. I think my reading preference really influences how and what I write. I want readers to remember my characters and my stories, just like I remember such books that have shocked me.

 

 

Your next book, My Girl, comes out next year. Can you tell us a bit about it? 😉

 

Due to exciting book-related events happening in 2016, I feel I should keep my mouth shut – but the moment I can spill the beans on my next project, I will let you know immediately!

 

 

I often wonder if authors are voracious readers. Do you read much, and if so, what kinds of books do you enjoy?

 

I read at every available opportunity – which can annoy those who love me! Reading is my absolute favourite pastime, and probably my only hobby. By the end of 2015 I will have read over sixty books – and I must have read my own books over a hundred times each, too!

 

I read for work and pleasure. When I’m writing, I read books in similar genres to mine with an editor’s eye, and thoroughly enjoy the emotions that thrillers evoke.

As a reader, I love stories of all age and genre. I go through phases: for a few months I will read literary/contemporary/classic fiction, other times I will read commercial fiction, and read non-fiction books as research for my own work, as well as subjects that I feel passionate about.

 

I love books that scare me, thrill me, shock me, make me laugh, make me cry, and educate me (I also adore the smell of new books – could this be a hobby in itself? This would mean I have two hobbies – hooray!).

 

 

Do you think social media helps in regards to promotion and drumming up publicity for new book?

 

Personally, I feel it is absolutely essential. I have found that social media advertising is the most direct, cost-effective, and one of the most influential ways to promote a book. For writers like myself, whom don’t have the marketing budget of ginormous publishing houses, social media is the way to promote a book.

 

 

If people want to keep up with you, where can they find you?

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jackjordanofficial

 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/_JackJordan_

 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jackjordan_author

 

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/jackjordan

 

My website: www.jackjordanofficial.co.uk

 

Massive thanks to Jack for answering my questions. I’m waiting patiently for details on My Girl!! 🙂

 

 

Anything For Her by Jack Jordan


This is another of my books from my Hello November post, which you can read here. I’ve had this book on my kindle since September so I added to to my TBR list for November as I kept meaning to read it but hadn’t gotten to it.

About the book: (via Amazon)

Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you. 

Louise Leighton’s life has fallen apart, all because of one fateful night. Her husband is an adulterer, her sister is his mistress, and soon, Louise will lose everything she owns. But she never imagined she would lose her daughter. 
Eighteen-year-old Brooke Leighton is missing. It’s up to Louise and the Metropolitan Police to find her. Has Brooke run away? Or has she been taken against her will? And can Louise aid the investigation without mentioning the night where all of her troubles began? 
If she mentions that night, she will incriminate her daughter for heinous crimes. But if she doesn’t, she may never find Brooke; and if she has been abducted, the person who took her may come for Louise, too. 
Sometimes the past comes back to kill you.

My thoughts:

I started this last night and managed to read almost half of it before I succumbed to sleep! It pulls you in very quickly from the beginning as Louise’s husband admits he has been sleeping with her sister for nearly a year. Ah, hello?! If that doesn’t make you get up and leave your comfortable life, maybe throw in the fact that he’s a tax evader an the family is on the verge of losing everything for good measure, then you’ll surely run.

Louise flees to their country home (as one would!) to get away from everything that is going on in her life, leaving her husband and two children back in London while she attempts to come to terms with the fallout from the adultery.

Early on, we are told that Louise and her daughter Brooke harbour a secret that could bring them all down. We do not learn this secret until the last few action filled chapters. This suspense is what kept me reading. Morbid curiosity gnawed at me until I finally read what happened on that fateful night.

Moving to the country home is not without peril. Unsettling things start happening, and Louise is convinced someone knows their secret. Brooke also arrives at the house, but after a heated exchange during her stay, she ends up going back to the train station to get a train back to London.

Brooke never turns up in London.

From here on in, the book amps up the pace as we witness the unraveling of family life both in London and the Cotswolds. The police become involved by this stage and are investigating Brooke’s disappearance while Louise’s erratic behaviours raises other questions.

What is she hiding? Who is she protecting?

The ending of the book, for me, was quite unexpected. I won’t give anything away, sufficed to say, it’s not where I expected things to go.

I gave Anything For Her 4⭐️ on Goodreads. You can buy your copy here!

Happy reading! 😊📖