Thanks To Random Things And Orenda Books# Blog Tour A Song Of Isolation By Michael J Malone

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing
on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her
fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job.
The gossip columns are aghast: what happened to the woman who
turned heads wherever she went?
Any hope the furore will die down are crushed when Amelie’s
boyfriend Dave is arrested on charges of child sexual abuse.
Dave strongly asserts his innocence, and when Amelie refuses
to denounce him, the press furore quickly turns into physical
violence, and she has to flee the country.
While Dave is locked up with the most depraved men in the
country and Amelie is hiding on the continent, Damaris, the victim
at the centre of the story, is also isolated – a child trying to make
sense of an adult world…
Breathtakingly brutal, dark and immensely moving, A Song of
Isolation looks beneath the magpie glimmer of celebrity to
uncover a sinister world dominated by greed and lies, and the
unfathomable destruction of innocent lives… in an instant.

MY THOUGHTS:

Yet again Michael J Malone has written an outstanding book that tackles a very sensitive subject and how this can be manoeuvred by a heartless media and false accusations.

Amelie and Dave are in a relationship that is on shaky foundations and is further undermined when Dave is arrested and accused of molesting a neighbours young daughter.

As the tale progressed you find yourself rooting for Amelie and Dave and hoping that they can find their way out of the terrible mess they find themselves in. They are well drawn characters and we find ourselves discovering how they are affected, inside and outside of prison. We also get to meet Damaris, the young girl Dave is accused of sexually molesting.

I was drawn into their lives and wondering if Dave is guilty or innocent. Told from various perspectives this is a story covering a disturbing subject. It does so with thoughtfulness & sensitivity. I really enjoyed reading it. The characters were well rounded & were easy to like (& in some cases dislike!) A five star read! 

ABOUT MICHAEL J. MALONE
International bestseller Michael J. Malone, the critically acclaimed
author of A Suitable Lie and House of Spines, returns with a
powerful standalone thriller about secrets, celebrity, and greed
Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and
brought up in the heart of Burns’ country. He has published over 200
poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing
Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut
novel won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers. His
psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number-one bestseller, and the
critically acclaimed House of Spines, After He Died and In the Absence of
Miracles soon followed suit. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber &
Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller. Michael lives in Ayr.

Thanks To Flame Tree Press @Random Things Tours. The Raven by Jonathan Janz Blog Tour /Horror Book

ABOUT THE BOOK:

THE RAVEN
Jonathan Janz
Publication date: Sep 2020
“One of the best writers in modern horror to come along in the last decade.
Janz is one of my new favorites.”- Brian Keene
Fearing that mankind is heading toward nuclear extinction,a group of
geneticists unleash a plot to save the world. They’ve discovered that
mythological creatures such as werewolves, vampires, witches,and satyrs
were once real,and that these monstrous genetic strands are still present in
human DNA. These radical scientists unleash the bestial side of human
beings that had been dormant for eons,and within months, most people are
dead,and bloodthirstycreatures rule the earth. Despite the fact that Dez
McClane has no special powers, he is determined to atone for the lives he
couldn’t save and to save the woman he loves. But how long can a man
survive in a world full of monsters?

MY THOUGHTS:

Well this was my first read by Jonathan Janz and what a stonker it was! Set in a world that could never happen. Or could it?

Set in a world where mankind has a secret buried deep in their DNA. A secret that can only be released when a virus is uploaded by a group of genetic scientists and mankind becomes a race of monsters. Those who do not die must survive in a world populated by werewolves, vampires, witches etc.

Janz has created a doomsday scenario where monster fights monster and also mankind must fight all to survive! You could liken this world to The Walking Dead, Hellboy etc., but Janz has created a world that is uniquely his own. Where dread rules the streets and only the fittest or only the most monstrous can survive! The world building is second to non and his prose is crisp and immerses the reader in the story and keeps them reading.

This book finishes on a cliff hanger and a twist I for one did not see coming. I hope this is the first in a series and if not all I can say is Jonathan Janz you are a cruel, cruel writer!

SOME DTAILS ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF THE RAVEN:

Jonathan Janz is the author of more fifteen novels and
numerous shorter works. Since debuting in 2012,
Jonathan’s work has been lauded by Booklist, Publishers
Weekly, The Library Journal and many others. He lives in
West Lafayette, Indiana, with his amazing wife and three
incredible children.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHERS:

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.
Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more
established; the award winners and exciting, original voices.

Misfits by Hunter Shea Blog Tour Horror Tale# Melon Heads #Scary Book #Anne Cater@RandomThings

THE BOOK:

MISFITS
Hunter Shea
Publication date: Sep 2020
“I don’t know how Hunter Shea keeps churning out terrifying stories that feel
original, but I want more.”– Cedar Hollow Reviews
During the height of the 90s grunge era, five high school friends living on
the fringe are driven to the breaking point. When one of their friends is
brutally raped by a drunk townie, they decide to take matters into their own
hands. Deep in the woods of Milbury, Connecticut, there lives the legend of
the Melon Heads ,a race of creatures that shun human interaction and prey
on those who dare to wander down Dracula Drive. Maybe this night, one
band of misfits can help the other. Or maybe some legends are meant to be
feared for a reason.

MY THOUGHTS

This is my first book by Hunter Shea I have read. I like horror tales set in small towns in America. Derry, Maine springs to mind.

This book is set in the Grunge era. of the 90’s and concerns a group of teenagers, who are known to the general population as ” stoners” They seem to be drifting along aimlessly until their lives are shattered by an event which changes their lives for the worse.

One of their numbers is raped and they decide to take the perpetrator to an area known as Dracula Drive, the home of mythical creatures known as Melon Heads. If this is just to scare him or something more sinister is unknow as events are taken out of their hands and things go pear shaped and downhill fast.

One of the things I did like was although the Melon Heads are described the description is vague and you are left with the feeling the bogeyman is hiding just over your shoulder.

Misfits is a whole lot of fun. However, there’s a ton of heartbreak mixed in with the fun. Much of what happens is spurred on by an act of brutality and the author doesn’t shy away from the horror of that moment.

If you like horror and like it gory I’m sure you will like this book.

Thanks Hunter for the tale.

Flame Tree Press for the ARC. and Anne Cater for the tour invite.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood
watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and
wishing Bigfoot was real. He’s the author of over17
books, including ‘The Jersey Devil’ and ‘We Are Always
Watching’. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display
at the International Cryptozoology Museum.

The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn Blog Tour # Scandinavian Crime @ RandomThingsTours.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

One of Norway’s most distinguished voices, Agnes Ravatn’s first
novel to be published in the UK was The Bird Tribunal. It won an
English PEN Translation Award, was shortlisted for the Dublin
Literary Award and the Petrona Award, and was adapted for a
BBC Book at Bedtime. She returns now with a dark, powerful and
deeply disturbing psychological thriller about family, secrets and
dangerous curiosity…
University professor Nina is at a turning point. Her work seems
increasingly irrelevant, her doctor husband is never home,
relations with her adult daughter Ingeborg are strained, and their
beautiful house is scheduled for demolition.
When Ingeborg decides to move into another house they own,
things take a very dark turn. The young woman who rents it
disappears, leaving behind her son, the day after Nina and
Ingeborg pay her a visit.
With few clues, the police enquiry soon grinds to a halt, but Nina
has an inexplicable sense of guilt. Unable to rest, she begins her
own investigation, but as she pulls on the threads of the case, it
seems her discoveries may have very grave consequences for her
and her family.

MY THOUGHTS:

Having read Agnes’s previous book The  Bird Tribunal I was keen to get my mitts  on a copy The Seven Doors. And I was not disappointed, I loved it!  But having said that this might not be a book for everyone. It is a dark , very dark psychological thriller. As dark and bleak as a Norwegian winter; but hey some people like winter as a season. No accounting for taste.

The story starts out with University professor Nina who is not happy at her work which is becoming  more and mote irrelevant and her marriage to her husband is also under strain. He is never home. Also they need to find a new home to replace her home which is due for demolition.

Also her daughter Ingeborg and her family are looking for a new home. There is one possibility, another  home that the family own. There is only one problem, it has a sitting tenant, who mysteriously vanishes the day after Nina and Ingeborg visit the property and leaves her young son with his grandparents.

The lack of clues soon finds the police investigation stumbling to a halt and Nina finds herself the only person willing to dig for the truth but the more she digs the more fingers may be pointing at her and her own family!

As I’ve said a dark and brooding book that has you thinking, the plot is deliciously creepy and twisty. Look out for red herrings. The prose is crisp and sharp and of a high quality. One other thing that may disturb some readers is the lack of quotation marks but personally I thinks it adds to the subject matter.

Thanks to Agnes for the story,

Orenda books for the ARC, and also Anne Cater for the tour invite.

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AUTHOR BIO
THE LONG-AWAITED NEW NOVEL
FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF
THE BIRD TRIBUNAL
Agnes Ravatn (b. 1983) is a Norwegian author and columnist. She made her
literary début with the novel Week 53 (Veke 53) in 2007. Since then she
has written three critically acclaimed and award-winning essay collections:
Standing still (Stillstand), 2011, Popular Reading (Folkelesnad), 2011, and
Operation self-discipline (Operasjon sjøldisiplin), 2014. In these works,
Ravatn revealed a unique, witty voice and sharp eye for human fallibility.
Her second novel, The Bird Tribunal (Fugletribuanlet), was an international
bestseller translated into fifteen languages, winning an English PEN Award,
shortlisting for the Dublin Literary Award, a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick and a
BBC Book at Bedtime. It was also made into a successful play, which premiered
in Oslo in 2015. Agnes lives with her family in the Norwegian countryside.

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Gilding The Lily by Justine John Blog Tour @ Love Books Tours/ Debut Novel

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.

 

An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.

 

Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…

 

When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s  hard to believe that this was  a debut novel, but it is and what a debut!  The opening of the book sets the bar high; the curiosity of the reader is piqued. And you wonder if the following book will fall below its own high standards.

What an exceptional read it was. Very, very good! The story was well thought out and well paced.  Character driven, full of family secrets and petty jealousies that quickly escalate into hatreds and maybe even murder.

Enough said of the story if you want to find out more you will have to buy a copy and read on!

As I said earlier an exceptional debut, full of great characters, top quality writing  with not a wasted word and not a character that is not essential to the story. Justine John is an author of exceptional promise and I look forward to reading more books by her in the future!

A well written psychological thriller about the tangled web that are family relationships and dynamics.  A book I recommend and I urge you to read.

Thanks to Justine John for the ARC and Kelly for the tour invite.

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After thirty years in corporate life in London, half of which was running a successful events company, I decided to take a chance to write the novel that was ‘in me’ since I was a child. Gilding the Lily is the result of this and is a domestic noir story which I hope will keep you on the edge of your chair/sofa/bed/train/plane-seat….

 

http://www.justinejohn.co.uk/

 

Buy Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk

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