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A Friend In Deed Book Review

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Author G. D Harper

Publisher Troubador publishing

Available 18th October 2018

Pages 320

ISBN 10 1789016800

ISBN 13 978-1789016802

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Britain: a few years from now. A new populist political party has won the recent general election.

Duncan Jones, freelance political journalist and blogger, loses his weekly column at a national newspaper and turns to investigative reporting. The chance remark of a friend leads him to suspect that the Russians are directing the new British government’s policies and decisions. As he visits Moscow and Ukraine to discover more, scandal follows intrigue, dark forces attempt to silence him by whatever means possible and he turns to an unlikely ally for help.

A Friend in Deed is a fast-paced psychological thriller set in an all-too-believable near future. It is also the story of how one man confronts the traumas in his past and works out how to resolve them.

My Thoughts

Thanks the the author and Rachel from Rachel’s random resources for this book in return for my own honest review.

This book is set in the not too distant future, when politics are just as complicated as today.

Duncan James a freelance reporter who is finding it difficult to live as an investigative journalist, but when he gets inside knowledge about a possible link between the Russians and the British Government, it is not very long until he is heading into a very dangerous situation which has dramatic consequences not only for Duncan’s future, but which also threatens to expose secrets from his past.

This is a psychological thriller which is fast paced and introduces some criminals in the country and abroad. Some of the very detailed descriptions of mysterious political shenanigans give me a ” de ja vu” feeling.

About the author

I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017UK Novel Writing Competition.

In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events,including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.

I worked in Russia and Ukraine for ten years, which gave me the ideas for the plot and setting that I used in A Friend in Deed.

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Ghoster Book Review

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Author Jason Arnopp

Publisher orbit

Available 24th October 2019

Pages 480

ISBN 10 0356506886

ISBN 13 978-0356506883

Blurb

Kate Collins has been ghosted.

She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty flat. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared. 

Except for his mobile phone.

Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his texts, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself. 

That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognise. Scratch marks on the door that she can’t explain. 

And the growing feeling that she’s being watched . . .

My Thoughts

Thanks to the author and Tracy from compulsive readers for this book in return for my own honest review.

I don’t really know how to put into words how I feel after reading this book.

This book sucked me in,parts of it are relatable, especially the dopamine rush that you get when checking Facebook and other social media. This book has made me think about how much I use my phone and social media platforms, and that people may not be who they say they are behind a screen.

The main character Katie Collins is simply living the best life. A geeky movie buff who is working as a paramedic, she is about to settle down with her boyfriend Scott who she met on tinder.

Scott has gone awol and Katie becomes anxious that something serious has happened and travels to Brighton a day early to see Scott but finds his flat empty and with no furniture. Where has Scott gone? Kate finds Scott’s phone and from the minute she picks it up strange things begin to happen.

About the Author

Jason Arnopp is a novelist and scriptwriter, with a background in journalism.

He wrote the 2011 horror feature Stormhouse[1]and has scripted Doctor Who audiobooks[2]and plays[3] for the BBC and Big Finish ranges. In 2012, two of his horror stories, Beast In The Basement and A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home were published for Kindle. He has contributed to BBC Radio 4‘s Recorded for Training Purposes[4] and Laurence & Gus comedy shows. His background is in journalism [5] and he has regularly written for the likes of Heat and Doctor Who Magazine. In December 2013, he was a talking-head on Channel Five’s The Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (Objective Productions).

In 2016, his novel The Last Days of Jack Sparkswas published by Orbit Books.[6] It has since been optioned as a movie by Imagine Entertainment.[7]

Jason is represented by Oli Munson at AM Heath Literary Agents[8] and managed by Lawrence Mattis at Circle Of Confusion[9]

Arnopp used to be an editor for Kerrang!magazine;[10] he appears as himself in Lords of Chaos, contacting Euronymous to inquire about the Black Circle.

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Redemption (book 3) of The house that sat down Trilogy

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Author Alice May

Publisher Independantly

Available 3rd Oct 2018

Pages 247

ISBN 10 1723898279

ISBN 13 978-1723898273

Let us return to our favourite cottage in the country once again.In this final instalment from the house that sat down, the family’s incredible journey is drawing to a close, leaving an unexpected bonus in its wake.

The cottage has been rebuilt and the family are moving on, but this tale has an astonishing legacy instore for our heroine, if she can find the courage to reach for it.

My thoughts

This is book 3, I have read books 1 ( Accidental Damage) and also book 2 (restoration) you can find my reviews of them here…..

Accidental Damage

Restoration

Thank you to the author and Rachel’s random resources for this book in return for my own honest review.

This book continues where book 2 finishes, in this book we learn of “Mortimer” the mortgage. Basically having to remortgage the house in order to pay for the renovations, They are working to earn enough money to pay the bills, but worse still is they have to put the house up for sale all while missing the older two daughters chaos and Logic.

She is having to make changes in her life, belonging to the women’s institute which leads her to weird performances.

About the Author

I am a multi-tasking parent to four not-so-small children, and I am fortunate enough to be married to( probably) the most patient man on the planet. We live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country.

Our house began to fall down out of the blue one day, which resulted in the whole family living in a tent in the back garden for quite some time, while we worked out how to rebuild our home.

A few years afterwards, I decided to write a book and, once I started, I found I couldn’t stop.Inspired by true-life events ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ wouldn’t leave me alone until it was written.

Within six months of self-publishing my novel, I was delighted to learn that it had won two ‘Chill with a Book Awards’. This was a massive honour and motivated me to continue writing.

Accidental Damage became the first book in a trilogy.

The Omnibus edition of all three books in the House That Sat Down Trilogy is now available via Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.

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Frankie:- The woman who saved millions from Thalidomide

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Author James Essinger & Sandra Koutzenko

Publisher The History Press

Available 24th June 2019

Pages 288

ISBN 10 0750991917

ISBN 13 978-0750991919

Purchase Links

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Amazon U.K.

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Product description

Thalidomide: patented in Germany as a non-toxic cure-all for sleeplessness and morning sickness. A wonder drug with no side effects. 
We know differently now. 
Today, thalidomide is a byword for tragedy and drug reform – a sign of what happens when things aren’t done ‘the right way’. But when it was released in the 1950s, it was the best thing since penicillin – something that doctors were encouraged to prescribe to all of their patients. Nobody could anticipate what it actually did: induce sleeping, prevent morning sickness, and drastically harm unborn children. 
But, whilst thalidomide rampaged and ravaged throughout most of the West, it never reached the United States. It landed on the desk of Dr Frances Kelsey, and there it stayed as she battled bureaucracy, patriarchy, and the Establishment in an effort to prove that it was dangerous. 
Frankie is her story.

Thank you to the author, publisher and Rachel’s random resources for this book in return for my own honest review.

Through this book we learn of a young woman called Francis Kelsey, who works for the FDA in America. She stops the drug Thalidomide from being approved after she finds out the cruel and horrible side affects of this drug.

Thalidomide is known by different names around the world. Contergan in Germany, Distaval in Britain and Kevadon in USA.

This book has really opened my eyes to this so called ” wonder drug” that is Thalidomide, until I read this book I had only heard of Thalidomide in films or tv programmes….I think their may be an episode on Call The Midwife that has Thalidomide as it’s subject?

I would recommend this book to everyone even if they are not interested in anything about Thalidomide, it will open your eyes.

Author Bio –

JAMES ESSINGER is the author of non-fiction books that focus on STEM subjects and personalities,including Charles and Ada (The History Press) and Ada’s Algorithm (Gibson Square), the latter of which has been optioned for a film. He lives in Canterbury.

SANDRA KOUTZENKO is a bilingual writer whose work spans a variety of categories and topics,ranging from French poetry to English non-fiction, focusing on human nature and the conflict between its potential for greatness and its propensity for destruction.

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Brad Was Sad

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Author M C Goldrick

Publisher Mother Butterfly Books

Available 23rd September 2019

Pages 31

Genre children’s

ISBN 10 1989579027

ISBN 13 978-198959022

Purchase links Amazon U.K.

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Did Brad’s dad make him sad?Brad thought he had…until his dog, Plaid, proved he could choose his outlook & feel glad.

Kids learn best through stories. Empower your child to own their feelings with this beautifully illustrated picture book by award-winning author, M.C. Goldrick.

Brad’s dog Plaid shows him how to feel and deal with emotions. Though Brad is having a bad day, Plaid shows him that it’s in his power to choose his perspective and his feelings. 

My Thoughts

Thank you to the author and Rachel’s random resources for this book in return for my own honest review.

This book is aimed at the younger readers. It teaches them about emotional intelligence and how to choose your outlook and own feelings.

My children (6 and 4) both enjoyed listening to me telling them this story and looking at the pictures. Once we had read the book together my 6 year old asked me questions about our diffrent feelings and when we are happy we smile, when we are sad we cry.

I would recommend this book to those who have younger children of a primary school age and also recommend it to teachers.

Award-winning author & mother of two, M.C. Goldrick sees feelings as our first language. Through her books she helps us identify and own our emotions.

Her acclaimed Juvenile fiction series TIMEFLIES is an example of how stories can both enrich and entertain.

She lives in Ottawa, Ontario,Canada with her family.

About the Illustrator

Rebecca Alexander, mother of two now-grown-up boys, is an accomplished artist with a private gallery. Her work has been featured on Canada Post Christmas Cards & stamps. She lives in St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

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Restoriation (Book 2)

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Author Alice May

Publisher Create Space

Available 3rd September 2017

Pages 241

Isbn 10 1548679100

ISBN 13 978-1548679101

Purchase links

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Thanks to the author and Rachel’s random resources for this book in return for my own honest review.

This is book 2. I have previously read and book one, Accidental Damage you can read my thoughts on it here Accidental Damage

A wonderful sequel!! I couldn’t wait to read this book! This book had me gripped from the first page to the last. This book continues where books 1 finishes.

This book is all about how the family pull together in tough times while waiting on their house to be fixed. They are told that to make everything right they must knock down the remaining two walls and rebuild them to 21st century standards.

While the walls are being rebuilt they find that cottage doesn’t have a foundation it is only built on top of the mud, to fix this they have to get foundation put in and this must be paid for out of their own pocket.

About the Author

About the Author

I am a multi-tasking parent to four not-so-small children, and I am fortunate enough to be married to(probably) the most patient man on the planet. We live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country.

Our house began to fall down out of the blue one day, which resulted in the whole family living in a tent in the back garden for quite some time, while we worked out how to rebuild our home.

A few years afterwards, I decided to write a book and, once I started, I found I couldn’t stop. Inspired by true-life events ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ wouldn’t leave me alone until it was written.

Within six months of self-publishing my novel, I was delighted to learn that it had won two ‘Chill with a Book Awards’. This was a massive honour and motivated me to continue writing.

Accidental Damage became the first book in a trilogy.

The Omnibus edition of all three books in the House That Sat Down Trilogy is now available via Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.

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The House That Sat Down (Book One) Accidental Damage

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Author Alice May

Publisher Create space (Independant publishing platform)

Available 3 August 2016

Pages 245

ISBN 10 1535450371

ISBN 13 978-1535450379

Purchase link Amazon

Blurb
If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden surrounded by the jumbled up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting. Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she? Certain events two and a half years ago led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it ever existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it? Does she really deserve to be whole again? Inspired by a true story, this is an account of one woman’s secret guilt and her journey in search of forgiveness!

Thanks to Rachel’s random resources and the Author for this copy of this book in return for my own honest review.

I really enjoyed this book from the minute I picked it up to the minute I put it down.

This is an uplifting, emotional story that makes you grateful for the everyday things we all take for granted.

I liked the first person narrative and the descriptions of the characters which allowed me to get to know them through their character traits.

This is a story about determination of not letting the “big boys” win just because he’s the “big guy” the family pull together and most of all hope that it will all come right in the end.

About the author

I am a multi-tasking parent to four not-so-small children, and I am fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet. We live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Our house began to fall down out of the blue one day, which resulted in the whole family living in a tent in the back garden for quite some time, while we worked out how to rebuild our home.

A few years afterwards, I decided to write a book and, once I started, I found I couldn’t stop. Inspired by true-life events ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ wouldn’t leave me alone until it was written.

Within six months of self-publishing my novel, I was delighted to learn that it had won two ‘Chill with

a Book Awards’. This was a massive honour and motivated me to continue writing.

Accidental Damage became the first book in a trilogy.

The Omnibus edition of all three books in the House That Sat Down Trilogy is now available via Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.

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The Photographer of the lost Extract

Author Caroline Scott

Publisher Simon & Schuster UK

Available 31st October 2019

Genre History, Historical fiction, WW1, War

Pages 512

Isbn 10 1471186393

ISBN 13 978-1471186394

Summary:

1921. Families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors of the Great War have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie’s husband Francis has not come home. He is considered ‘missing in action’, but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph taken by Francis in the post, hope flares. And so she begins to search.

Harry, Francis’s brother, fought alongside him. He too longs for Francis to be alive, so they can forgive each other for the last things they ever said. Both brothers shared a love of photography and it is that which brings Harry back to the Western Front. Hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites, as he travels through battle-scarred France gathering news for British wives and mothers, Harry also searches for evidence of his brother.

And as Harry and Edie’s paths converge, they get closer to a startling truth.

An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history, The Photographer of the Lost tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins, and the even greater number of men and women desperate to find them again.

Author Information

Caroline completed a PhD in History at the University of Durham. She developed a particular interest in the impact of the First World War on the landscape of Belgium and France, and in the experience of women during the conflict – fascinations that she was able to pursue while she spent several years working as a researcher for a Belgian company. Caroline is originally from Lancashire, but now lives in southwest France.

In The cut Book Review

Author Susanna Moore

My rating ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Pages 192

Publisher vintage

Available 14th Aug 2007 republished 31/10/19

Genre General Fiction

ISBN 10 0307387194

ISBN 13 978-0307387196

Blurb

By day, Frannie teaches her writing students about irony and language in all its nuance and unspoken meaning. By night, she compiles a secret dictionary of street slang. One night in the basement of a bar she walks in on an intimate moment between a man and a woman. The man’s face is shadowed in the darkness, but she will forever remember the tattoo on the inside of his left wrist. When the first brutal murder rocks her neighborhood, Frannie is propelled into a sexual liaison that tests the limits of her safety and desires, as she begins a terrifying descent into the dark places that reside deep within her. In the Cut is a masterfully written thriller that will keep readers tense with its mounting sense of terror.

My thoughts

This was my 1st Susanna Moore book, Thanks to the author and Tracey at Compulsive readers for this book in return for my own honest review.

This book is a darkly entertaining erotic mystery. The author has a way with descriptions. There is raw sex in the book and the author minces no words when it comes to crude references and the sexual acts mentioned in the book.

It starts off with the min character Frannie who witnessed a tattooed man receiving oral sex by a woman who is later found to have been murdered that same evening.

The detective James Malloy on the murder case has the same tattoo as that of the man receiving oral sex earlier in the book, who is innocent and who is guilty?

I was surprised about the ending, I thought I had skipped a few pages or chapters, as I felt confused as I felt like things hadn’t been resolved?

I suppose I am one of them, readers who want everything tired up in the end.

This book is not for the squeamish or pursish.

About the Author

Susanna Moore is the author of the novelsThe Big Girls, One Last Look, In the Cut,Sleeping Beauties, The Whiteness of Bones, My Old Sweetheart, and a book of nonfiction, I Myself Have Seen It. She lives in New York City.

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Silent Money Book Review

Book 2 in series but can be read on its own

My Rating ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Author G D Harper

Pages 304

Publisher matador

Available 28th September 2019

Genre Murder,mystery

ISBN 10 1838590293

ISBN 13 978-1838590291

Purchase links

Amazon U.K.

Amazon.com

Blurb

Glasgow, 1972. Michael Mitchell is ambitious, talented and determined to succeed. But he learns the hard way that he will never achieve his goals in life – unless he plays by a different set of rules.

He partners with a small-time crook to help the Glasgow underworld launder the proceeds of their crimes. As the operation grows, Michael is forced to become more and more ruthless to protect what he has built.

Shocked by who he has become, he vows to leave the criminal world behind and start a new life. But the past has a way of catching up. Finally, he gambles everything on one last desperate attempt to break free.

My thoughts

This is the second book I have read by this author, thanks to the author and Rachel’s random resources for this book in return for my own honest review.

Michael the main character currently works as an assistant bank manager and applies to become the manager but he fails to secure the job. When the new manager arrives he is known to people for being “not the hardest worker” Michael helps him where he can. Michael decides to hatch a plan to change things a bit, he starts his own business making more money than he ever thought possible, this book is set during the early 70s and with no CCTV and many of the things we have for granted today.

About the Author

I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.

In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.

I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and place for the setting of the majority of Silent Money.

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