Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources# No One Can Hear You by Nikki Crutchley# Blog Tour #

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Blurb;

No One Can Hear You
He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He said that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.
Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.
Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.
As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.
My Thoughts and Review:

What a slow, torturous and twisty novel this was.  It was so good.

A prologue grips you from the start. It tells the story of Faith who is abducted in 2001.

Then you are plunged into Zoe’s story. Zoe is a teacher who looses her job on a matter of principle. She returns to her home town of Crawton.  The main purpose being to see to the funeral of her mother, who has recently died.

This now involves two different storylines, seemingly at first far apart, but drawing closer and closer together.

This is a story that involves drugs, murder and abduction. But also friends, family and regrets. This is a book that will draw you along with the narrative. Not for people who like a face paced read, but one for people who like an entertaining read.

This is a story that resolves into an opened mouthed finale. All helped by Nikki’s top quality writing.  I think it is a book you will like and I urge you  to read it. Five stars from me!

The Author:

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Author Bio – Nikki Crutchley lives in Cambridge, New Zealand with her husband and two daughters. No One Can Hear You is Nikki’s second crime novel, set in the small Waikato town of Crawton. Her first book, Nothing Bad Happens Here, a crime/thriller set on the Coromandel Coast of New Zealand was a finalist in the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for best first novel. Nikki has worked in libraries in New Zealand and the UK and now works as a freelance proofreader. Nikki’s flash fiction has been published online and in the Fresh Ink anthology and the upcoming Bonsai anthology.
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Thanks to Faye@Authoright#On a White Horse Book Review.

On A White Horse (1)

 

Blurb;

Summary:
The story of a real-life relationship.

On a White Horse charts the story of the relationship between two people, Cathy a struggling artist and Dan, a burgeoning entrepreneur and publisher, how they met by chance in a pub off Carnaby Street in the early 1990s and how their relationship was to flourish for nearly a quarter of a century until Dan’s untimely death from bowel cancer at the age of fifty eight.

Information about the book
Title: On a White Horse
Author: Cathy Phelan-Watkins
Release Date: 23rd October 2018
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42391287-on-a-white-horse
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Horse-Cathy-Phelan-Watkins-ebook/dp/B07H52DX7F/

My Review;

 

This is a very short book. Less than 200 pages. But what a punch it packs!

It is a story of relationships between Cathy and Dan.

The story of how they meet, their marriage and finally Cathy’s life alone on the Dan’s death. The story of how she copes with her grief and her life as widow.

This book is full of emotion and pathos. Cathy after a initial period of languishing in her 1000widow hood, Cathy who by her own admission is a struggling artist, uses her art to help her grieving process and have tangible memorial of her departed husband. She decides to sculpt a horse.

She uses materials she finds lying around and some have a connection to Dan.

When she is near to giving up an inner voice drives her on to complete her project. A book full of happiness , sadness; light and shade. The story of one woman’s rise from despair and the story of how life goes on. A book I urge you to pick up if it crosses your path and read it. It is well worth it.

Also I must extend my apologies to Faye and the author for not being able to post on my date on the tour. This was owing to technical difficulties with my laptop.

Cathy Phelan-Watkins

 

 

Author Information
Cathy Phelan-Watkins was born in Portsmouth in 1963. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College; her work has been exhibited at galleries across the UK including at Tate St Ives, where she has served on the advisory board and as chair of the Tate St Ives members committee, working to further public engagement and understanding of contemporary art. She is director of Civil Society Media, the leading publisher within the charity sector. In 2016 the film maker Peter Bach made a documentary about the creation of the horse, After Daniel http://www.on-a-white-horse.co.uk. She lives and works in Clapham.

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In Harm’s Way by Owen Mullen. Bloodhound Books.

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Blurb:

What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?

    

What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?

What if you were abducted in broad daylight?

What if you were held captive in a cellar?

What would you do?

Mackenzie Crawford screamed.

 

What if your wife admitted she had a lover?

What if she went out without saying where she was going?

What if you discovered she’d left?

What would you do?

Derek Crawford fell apart.

 

What if a troubled woman disappeared?

What if her brother begged you to help?

What if there was no evidence of a crime?

What would you do?

In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes puts the case to the top of his list.

 

My Thoughts:

I have been a fan of Owen’s writing since his Charlie Cameron days. I’m a fan to say the least.
His writing has improved with each book., in the quality of his writing, the roundness of his characters and the depth of his stories. This book was no exception. 

The opening of the book sets the tone and pace of the story.

We have a mysterious stranger looking to buy a house. A house that seems to have few requirements; a basement containing enough room for a bed,a heater, a chemical toilet and the chain. Also remoteness.

And we also find Mackenzie doing her food shopping, fighting against, and failing her temptation to buy alcohol.

Mackenzie and Derek Crawford’s marriage is falling apart at the seams. Mackenzie is an alcoholic and Derek?; he is an older husband with a controlling streak. He seems to be a caring  husband but Mackenzie resents his interference, which she sees it as.

Mackenzie and Derek start out having a day out in Glasgow; a day that ends in arguments, accusations and recriminations. It carries on as the day progresses.

The action involves two other couples; Gavin and Monica, Blair and Adele. All is rosy with these couples or is it?  Gavin and Adele just happen to be siblings of Mackenzie. Not only do they carry the shame of being related to an alcoholic, but do they have skeletons of their own?

As I have said earlier, Owen has created a multilayered tale with, with plenty of false trails and food for though. The man just gets better with each book. Well you know what they say practise makes perfect.

The only thing wrong with this book is, you will race through it and will be left bereft waiting on the next one from Owen.

I recommend this book to you all and urge you to read it!

The Author:

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Author Profile:
Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
Games People Play will be translated for the German market.
And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick.

Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a  rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where both the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’ were created. His latest novel In Harm’s Way is a  psychological thriller set in Scotland.

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Thanks to Cheryl Elaine.

No Ordinary Girl: Mind : tainted. Body : broken. Revenge; in motion...

No Ordinary Girl: Mind : tainted. Body : broken. Revenge; in motion…

What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.

The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.

Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?

Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?

This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.

Please note: contains graphic content.

My thoughts :
What a fast read this was.
A crossover between horror.and crime . I could see it as a film as well as a novel.
When you look at the author’s face you wonder why a nice face could mask such a twisted mind. But they sometimes say the nice ones are the worst!
If you are looking for a nice gentle read then this is not for you. But if you don’t mind graphic content,and a read that crosses into realms of horror, violence and sexual explicit content and OMG! moments.then this is the read for you.
Thanks Cheryl for this book. Just what I needed to cleanse my jaded palette . Look forward to your next book. Keep up the good work.
OMG I F#####G loved this.
The Author:

Cheryl Elaine

 

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Cheryl Elaine was born in Germany but moved to England as a young child. she resides in Yorkshire with her husband and three daughters.
Cheryl Elaine is an avid reader and enjoys watching horror movies- the more gruesome the better!
she enjoys travelling and socialising but also loves spending time at home with her family and her ever expanding menagerie which currently includes two dogs, a budgie, two fish and a rat called Rocky!
Throughout her life she has wrote many short stories and with her love of writing, she has just published her first crime thriller, No Ordinary Girl, an adult novel that contains graphic content!

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