Weekly Wrap Up October 23rd

Hey everyone,

So it’s Sunday again! Least favourite day of the week here as it’s back to normality again tomorrow! How and ever, it’s also time for my weekly wrap up post. This week, I’ve managed to get 5 books read so far. I say so far because I’m racing to the end of two more books and there’s still 5 hours left of the evening as I type this up at 7pm 😉

I’ve read 139 books so far this year, and all going well, it will be 141 by the time I get into bed tonight! 🙏🏻

What I’ve read this week:

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Dead is Best by Jo Perry

Crash Land by Doug Johnstone

Before It’s Too Late by Jane Isaac

Love You to Death by Caroline Mitchell

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It’s been a relatively busy week on here too as I’ve been on 3 blog tours and Ellen also kicked it off this week with her review for PsychoAnalysis on Tuesday:

 

*Blog Tour* PsychoAnalysis by V. R. Stone

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Following on from that, I was on the blog tour for AJ Waines and her latest book, Inside The Whispers. Click the link below for a Q&A and review:

*Blog Tour* Inside The Whispers by A. J. Waines

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Next up I had the pleasure of having Rebecca Bradley join me with an excellent guest post on sexism in the police, well worth a read:

Rebecca Bradley Guest Post

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Today, I also got to share my review for Lisa Hall’s Tell Me No Lies, and she also took the time to answer some questions:

*Blog Tour* Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall

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Here’s what’s coming up on the blog (in order 😉) next week:

Blog tour: Gone Astray by Michelle Davies

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Blog Tour: Her Last Breath by Joyce Schneider

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Review: Dead is Best by Jo Perry

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Blog Tour: Chaos by Patricia Cornwell

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Blog Tour: The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

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So, that’s been my week on here! How has your week been? Any books I need to know about?? 😏 Do let me know in the comments! (My October TBR is low 😂😂😂)

 

 

*Blog Tour* Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall

 

*Many thanks to Lisa Hall and HQ Stories for my review copy*

Today I’m delighted to have not only a review, but a Q&A with lovely Lisa 🙂

About the book:

Don’t. Trust. Anyone.

It was supposed to be a fresh start.

A chance to forget the past and embrace the future.

But can you ever really start again?

Or does the past follow you wherever you go…

You can purchase a copy by clicking the link below:

Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall

About the author:

Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian – and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it). Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.

Readers can follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaHallAuthor


My thoughts:

I read and LOVED Between You And Me by Lisa Hall earlier this year. I was blown away by it to be honest! I was super excited to get an early review copy of Tell Me No Lies to read, and I know I was a little apprehensive that it may not live up to BYAM. I needn’t have worried because Tell Me No Lies was absolutely brilliant!

Psychological thrillers are the BIG thing this year. There has been a glut of them and I read so many, that unless there is something special in there, they all blur into one when I try to remember anything about them. Lisa’s books have the something special and then some!

Tell Me No Lies starts out innocuously enough, but just as with a spider web and a fly, the reader gets pulled in and cannot escape the inevitable. I devoured this book, I didn’t want to put it down. At times I had to remind myself to relax as my body was knotted with tension at some parts of the book.

When I finished, both angry and breathless in equal measure, I had to message Lisa with a shouty emoji message!!! I just couldn’t comprehend what I had read! In the best way possible obviously! I won’t go into the plot, especially seeing as how the blurb is quite ambiguous, but I will say it’s absolutely an excellent book!

Tell Me No Lies has most of what I look for in a psychological thriller. A great cast of characters, a fast-paced plot, tension and frustration in equal measure! I loved it, really LOVED it. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Q&A with Lisa Hall…..

 

Bookish ones first:

 

Can you tell me a little about your journey to publication?

 

It was super quick! I submitted the first three chapters of my manuscript at the end of September, and two weeks later received a phone call from my now editor, asking me to send her the rest of the book. A week later, she contacted me to offer me a two-book deal!

 

What made you choose to write a psychological thriller?

 

I didn’t set out to write a psychological thriller – it just turned out that way. I always thought if I wrote a book it would be more of a chick-lit/women’s fiction novel, so I was quite surprised when things went the way they did.

 

How would you describe Tell Me No Lies to readers who have yet to pick it up?

 

I’d like to say it’s a gripping read, and hopefully those who have read it will agree! It’s a story that looks at how well we know the people we let into our lives – I tend to take people at face value, and I wanted to look at what would happen if a character let someone into her life who perhaps wasn’t the person she thought they were.

 

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

 

There are so many good things about being an author! Meeting readers and getting to spend my day making things up feature pretty highly.

 

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?

 

It’s always hard to receive negative reviews – that’s probably my least favourite thing. I found them really upsetting at first, but now I just don’t bother to read them!

 

Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?

 

I’m happy where I am right now, so hopefully I’ll still be doing this – I’ve got a brilliant team behind me at HQ, and I’ve got a ton of ideas. I’ll keep writing all the time people want to keep reading me!

 

What’s next for you?

 

I’ve just submitted book three to my editor, so I’m waiting on edits and working on a little secret project while I’m waiting, plus I’m starting to research book four. Then there are the characters dancing around in my head, begging to be put into book five….

 

Less bookish questions:

 

Can you tell me your all-time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?

 

Gone with the Wind is my all-time favourite book, and I’ve re-read it a million times. It’s like a reading version of comfort food for me – the ultimate love-story, but with a fantastically feisty heroine.

 

Have there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?

 

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker. It’s a brilliant, brilliant novel, with a perfect sense of location and some amazing characters, all woven together with secrets and lies. If you haven’t read it yet, you really should.  

 

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

 

Reading, mostly! I don’t get a lot of spare time, as I have lots of children and lots of animals, so any spare time I do get I like to chill out with a good book.

 

Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?

 

I don’t have time for hobbies! As I still work part-time for our family business, by the time I’ve squeezed my writing time in and fed my children I’m ready for bed!

 

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

 

New York, hands down. We went for the first time this year and I just fell in love with the whole place.

 

Favourite food?

 

I’m a fiend for the cheese. Any cheese.

 

Favourite drink?

 

I’m a big tea drinker, but I won’t say no to a glass of wine!

 


Huge thanks to Lisa for answering my random questions, and writing all-round AWESOME books!!! 🙂