Keeper Jessica Moore

A huge thank you to Penguin Random House for this advanced copy. It has been an absolutely gripping read that I haven’t been able to put down.

He’s been looking in the windows again. Messing with cameras. Leaving notes. 
Supposed to be a refuge. But death got inside.

When Katie Straw’s body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police decide it’s an open-and-shut case. A standard-issue female suicide. 

But the residents of Widringham women’s refuge where Katie worked don’t agree. They say it’s murder.

Will you listen to them?

An addictive literary page-turner about a crime as shocking as it is commonplace, Keeper will leave you reeling long after the final page is turned.

My Review:

I’m not going to give away any spoilers in this review, if you want to find out what happened to Katie- pre order this book now.

This book has gripped me from the very beginning and it has been impossible to put it down. I have been utterly desperate to find out what exactly had happened in this book.

This is a wonderful debut novel and I have real high hopes for Jessica Moor, I am already eager to read more by this author.

This is told from many points of view and has a strong theme of domestic violence throughout the book. This has been tackled in an extremely sensitive but realistic way.

Jessica Moor has included the realistic aspect of how families and individuals are effected by domestic violence. Throughout the book, we find that Katie becomes controlled and anxious after Jamie begins to control her. Moor has also included the issue of budget cuts and how these may affect the victims involved.

I have been completely and utterly gripped by this book. Jessica Moor has pulled me into the pages and I have finished this book in just a few hours. I cannot wait to see what else the future holds for this author after this absolutely fantastic debut book.

This is an easy five star rating. Any author who can keep me engaged to read in one sitting is truly talented.

A huge thank you go Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of this book.

Lots of love

Littlemissbooklover xoxo

The Mystery Shopper and the Hot Tub

Thrilled to share my review of this one.

Brooke’s a gorgeous young mum who lives in Essex. Her favourite things in life:

1. Her baby, Paige

2. Her husband, Dean

3. Chardonnay

4. Hot tubs

5. OK! magazine

All that’s missing is the hot tub. Brooke’s bored at home and wants financial independence, but mostly a hot tub, and Dean’s a man with traditional values and he doesn’t want Brooke to work. She secretly…

Oh I have loved this book!! This has been an absolutely hilarious read and the perfect escape to calm my anxiety.

The characters in this book are absolutely fantastic and have really cheered me up! I could easily imagine this being a film.

I love Essex and that is what initially drew me to this book. I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to read this book. It has been a superb read, which has really provided an escape from our current reality.

The plot is unique, engaging and amusing. I have devoured this book in just a few hours. The author’s writing is engaging and it is well described.

The cover of this one is completely stunning. It makes me want to pick up the book and see what fun lies ahead. Yet it is still sophisticated.

This is definitely a fun read. A new author for me, but I am already looking forward to the next in the series! This has left me wanting more and converted me as a fan of this author.

Happy reading,

Little Miss Book Lover xoxox

Faking It

So thrilled and delighted to join the blog tour for one of my absolute favourite authors.

Synopsis:

The perfect house, the perfect husband and the perfect life… or is she just faking it?

Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Ella. Growing up as the ‘less successful’ identical twin to her ‘perfectly successful’ sister, Emma, has left her feeling isolated, inadequate and let’s face it.. a little bitter.

When Emma unexpectedly reaches out to Ella in a time of need, Ella suddenly finds herself with the opportunity to fill in for her sister and experience how the other half live.

But as Ella navigates the world of gossiping mothers, rebellious teens and trying to play the model housewife (not to mention avoiding the temptation of attractive men at the school gates…) will she discover that all is not always as it seems on the other side?

Discover the brilliantly funny new romantic comedy from top 10 bestseller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Sophie Ranald and Lindsey Kelk.

Bookish Opinions:

Oh wow! She’s done it again! Another absolutely magical and heartwarming read which has been utterly impossible to put down. This book might just be my new favourite.

I’ve read all of Portia’s books and it’s no secret that I am a huge fan so instantly wanted to read & review this absolutely stunning book. The cover reveal alone was enough to get me excited- it’s just so beautiful.

This book has made me laugh out loud on occasions and as usual I have been unsuccessful in guessing where this was going. This book is filled with fun and bursting with great characters.

I have loved Ella, she has been a great main character who I have felt I could be friends with. The plot of this book is completely unique to anything I’ve read previously and I have been completely pulled into the pages.

I definitely would recommend this book, along with all of Portia’s books. This has been a read that I have devoured in just one sitting and found impossible to put down.

This book has been the perfect, romantic and heartwarming read that I have needed. A definite five star rating, I’m already eagerly anticipating the next book.

Other books by Portia:

My Best Friend’s Murder

There are so many ways to kill a friendship . . .

You’re lying, sprawled at the bottom of the stairs, legs bent, arms wide.
And while this could be a tragic accident, if anyone’s got a motive to hurt you, it’s me.

Bec and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. They have been through a lot together – from the death of Bec’s mother to the birth of Izzy’s daughter. But there’s a darker side to their friendship, and once it has been exposed, there is no turning back.

So when Izzy’s body is found, Bec knows that if the police decide to look for a killer, she will be the prime suspect. Because those closest to you are the ones who can hurt you the most . . .

The Rumour meets The Holiday in this compulsive thriller with a toxic friendship at its heart that keeps you in the dark until the final breathless pages.

Oh my goodness! How is this a debut book?

This is a book which is filled with unlikeable characters, a toxic relationship and so many twists. This book is perfect for those of us who like to be kept guessing by the twists we are thrown. I have found that this has been a completely addictive and fast paced read.

I have devoured this entire book in just one sitting, I am definitely a converted fan of this author following this book. The suspense is built in from the very beginning and I have been completely captivated but unable to guess where this was going.

I was initially drawn to this book by the title. It has not disappointed and is a superb read which I highly recommend. A definite five stars from me.

Shadow Falls

Thrilled to join Bookouture for this one.

You thought your little girl was safe at summer camp. You were wrong.

She drags her eyes open, realizing she’s starting to fade. Did she imagine the voices, or were they real? She tries calling out—“Daddy?”—using all her remaining strength. But she’s too late and her little voice just isn’t loud enough…

When Detective Madison Harper arrives at a remote summer camp in Shadow Falls, northern California, her heart breaks for Jenny, the sweet little girl last seen splashing in the lake with her friends before she vanished. Peering into the silent cabins filled with rows of neatly made beds, Madison knows this idyllic place is hiding a terrible secret.

The girl’s parents are distraught, and the local police have no leads—they desperately need Madison’s help. She’ll do whatever it takes to crack this case, because it’s the only way back to the son she lost to the care system years ago when she was framed for a crime she didn’t commit.

But with the camp staff keeping tight-lipped and her new partner on the edge of a breakdown, Madison can’t find any truth to her instinct that there is more to Jenny’s perfect parents than meets the eye. Until she discovers a disturbing family portrait Jenny drew at the local library. Was this angelic girl more troubled than anybody knew? Was she in danger from those she trusted most?

One thing is certain, if Madison doesn’t find the answers soon, the lives of more innocent children will be at risk…

An absolutely unputdownable crime thriller that will keep you up all night! Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Melinda Leigh.

The beginning of this book has really grabbed my interest and made me curious of where the author was taking this one.

This is a book I’ve thought about even when I haven’t been reading. It’s definitely been on my mind and although I was unsuccessful in guessing the end, I have been completely pulled into the story.

I have loved Maddison and Nate, they have been a great pair and have really worked well together.

The plot of this book is unique to anything I’ve read previously and I have loved it. This is my first read by this author, I have definitely been converted as a fan. I absolutely need to read more.

This is definitely a five star read. I haven’t been able to put this one down and highly recommend this book.

Deadly Whispers in Lower Dumblebrook

Thrilled to join Rachel’s Random Resources for this blog tour.

I adore Julie’s books so instantly signed up for this one.

When Isabelle Darby moves to the delightfully cosy village of Lower Dimblebrook, she’s searching for peace and quiet as well as a chance to escape from heartbreak. After making friends with Fiona Lambourne, another newcomer to the village, Issie is left reeling when tragedy strikes and Fiona is murdered, the second wife Anthony Lambourne has lost in unfortunate circumstances. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the local gossips insist that Fiona had been embroiled in an affair before her death, something which Issie knows not to be the case. Determined to clear her friend’s reputation and solve the mystery of the rumours, Issie takes on both the gossips and the handsome but stern DI Wainwright, making both friends and enemies along the way!

Oh my goodness! What a gem of a book! I have loved this one from start to finish. This is a cosy mystery which really hasn’t disappointed.

I’m a fan of Julie’s anyway and this book just enhances that. I adore her books, I find myself completely engaged and willing to lose myself in the pages.

I adore the characters and the setting. I am already excited for the next book in the series from Julie because this has been a superb read.

I have nothing negative I can say about this gorgeous gem! It is a great read, highly deserving of all the stars.

Happy reading,

Little Miss book lover xoxoxo

Trading Secrets

BEFORE

Celeste Donovan, a high-powered finance executive, seems to have it all—the penthouse apartment, the supermodel physique with a mathematician mind, and a trail of beautiful men she has loved and left behind.

But when her boyfriend Theodore is killed in a mysterious accident, she discovers Omar, her abusive ex she had hoped would never resurface, is behind his death.

AFTER

Now she’s caught in a game of cat and mouse, trying to anticipate Omar’s next move, as she realizes he will stop at nothing to get to her. She sets out alone on a whirlwind journey to entrap him, determined to put an end to Omar’s destruction.

Soon Celeste is thrust in the middle of the largest financial scandal in decades. This time, however, powerful government officials are in bed with some of the world’s most dangerous men.

When she discovers that those she thought she knew best are involved in a secret society warring with Omar and his coconspirators, she must decide how far she will go to avenge Theodore’s death and whether she is willing to risk her own life to save everyone she loves.

I adore Celeste, she is a brilliant main character who is a strong, powerful woman who doesn’t take any crap. What a protagonist to have for own main character.

However, we do have some rather graphic accounts of her abuse at the hands of Omar. These scenes have been uncomfortable and may put many readers off this book.

However, I have to say that this is an action packed novel which is filled with details. The author has really wanted to give us a clear picture to visualise when reading this one.

The mystery and suspense are high throughout this book. I have been happy to find this is focused on Celeste’s survival rather than the horrific ordeal. We encounter the great friendships that Celeste has in her life. This has been an interesting read and one which I am thrilled to review.

This for me is a four star read purely because of the uncomfortable scenes of abuse.

Happy reading

Little Miss book lover xoxox

Lightseekers

A huge thank you to Laura for my advanced copy of this book. This is published 4th Feb 2021.

Lightseekers by [Femi Kayode]

Winner of the 2019 UEA Crime Writing Prize, Lightseekers is the start of a major new crime series introducing investigative psychologist Dr Philip Taiwo.

When three young students are brutally murdered in a Nigerian university town, their killings – and their killers – are caught on social media. The world knows who murdered them; what no one knows is why.
As the legal trial begins, investigative psychologist Philip Taiwo is contacted by the father of one of the boys, desperate for some answers to his son’s murder. But Philip is an expert in crowd behaviour and violence, not a detective, and after travelling to the sleepy university town that bore witness to the killings, he soon feels dramatically out of his depth.

Will he finally be able to uncover the truth of what happened to the Okiri Three?

This is an intense read from the very beginning. The beginning has completely captured and demanded my attention.

The novel is beautifully written, compelling and filled with culture. This is a read that I have loved more than I had expected.

I sat with the intention of reading a couple of chapters but found myself devouring cover to cover.

I have found this book is filled with interesting characters, culture and it is slightly disturbing in parts. However, I have adored this book from beginning to end. This is without a doubt a five star read. I cannot wait to read more by this author and will be highly recommending this book.

The Shape of Darkness Laura Purcell

Wicked deeds require the cover of darkness…

A struggling silhouette artist in Victorian Bath seeks out a renowned child spirit medium in order to speak to the dead – and to try and identify their killers – in this beguiling new tale from Laura Purcell.

Silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes, and then another, and another…

Desperately seeking an answer, Agnes approaches Pearl, a child spirit medium lodging in Bath with her older half-sister and her ailing father, hoping that if Pearl can make contact with those who died, they might reveal who killed them. But Agnes and Pearl quickly discover that instead they may have opened the door to something that they can never put back…

What secrets lie hidden in the darkness?

Wow oh wow!! What a book!! How can my review do this masterpiece any justice at all?

Laura Purcell is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. This book has definitely given me authentic Victorian feels. I have found this is darker than the other books by Purcell that I have read, but with that said- I loved it!

I was so excited to get stuck into this one, I immediately made sure I had time where I wouldn’t be disturbed. I devoured this gorgeous book from cover to cover in just hours. I have been both unable and unwilling to put this one down. Purcell is a master story teller and queen of this genre.

The Shape of Darkness is a creepy and spine tingling novel which has elements of ghostly and supernatural selections. I absolutely love that Purcell has created a murder mystery/ ghost story combined. I have found this full of atmosphere, it is written in a way you experience the chills as you read. I have found this a completely compelling and enthralling read. This will definitely stick with you. I have been thinking about this one for hours after finishing it.

I had very high expectations of this book after reading Purcell’s previous books. I can safely say that this well-crafted masterpiece has not disappointed. Purcell is a hugely talented queen of storytelling and this is a book which is highly deserving of all the stars. I will absolutely be recommending this book.

I cannot wait for more from this author.

A Violent Gentleman

Thrilled to join the blog tour for this one.

He does what’s right. Not what’s easy.

Jeremiah O’Connell made his name solving problems in London and now does the same in LA. The problems other people can’t or won’t touch? They’re the ones that end up at Jerry’s door.

Suddenly Jeremiah has problems of his own when he sets out to right a wrong and finds himself on the hitlist of one of LA’s most feared drug gangs.

As the stakes rise, so does the body count, and Jerry has the fight of his life on his hands. Now, with high-class escort Noah in tow, Jeremiah must revisit his old London stomping grounds and assemble his team in order to wage all-out war on the streets on Tinseltown…

I have devoured this book in just one sitting. It has been a completely captivating and engaging read and I have to agree- absolutely perfect for Martina Cole fans.

Martina Cole for me is the ultimate queen of crime. Danny O’Leary needs to join our lovely Martina on the throne as a king of the genre.

I have been hooked on this book from the very beginning! Completely unique and impossible to put down.

I have loved the characters in this book they are well portrayed and easy to like. I was attracted to this book by the line linking to Martina Cole and it has exceeded my expectations.

O’Leary has created a masterpiece set in the thick of a drugs gang in LA.. I have been completely and utterly pulled in. I absolutely need more from this author. I have been converted as a huge fan and already eagerly anticipating the next book.

A definite five star read and one I highly recommend.

Happy reading

little Miss Book lover xoxoxo