Blog Tour // The Hurting by Lucy van Smit (Guest Post)

the hurting

‘Nell hates her sister’s illness, her drunken dad, and the daily absence of her mum.

When she meets Lukas, adopted heir to a Norwegian oil fortune, she sees her escape: the two of them running away from the world. But Lukas has his own dark wishes, and soon it’s clear that what joins them goes way beyond love.’

This is survival … and is any boy really worth her soul?

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The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup // Blog Tour

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Can the past ever be forgotten?

As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.
Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even the door she has been forbidden from opening…
Essen Grange is a house with dark and cruel intentions. But now that darkness has turned on her, can Maura escape before it’s too late?

 



First of all, a huge thank you to Anna Massardi at Harper Collins for sending me a digital copy in exchange for featuring this read on a book tour!
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I must admit that upon seeing this creepy cover, I just knew I had to choose this book to read. Creepy covers/mystery thrillers are my jam so I was more than happy to read and review this despite having read Ann Troup’s work before. As you can tell from the synopsis, we follow the story of Maura, a nurse dealing with depression after the death of her husband and betrayal of her sister but determined to carry on with life, she takes on the nursing job at the mysterious Essen Grange house despite knowing none of the details. What follows is a series of misfortune, horror and truth.
My biggest love from this book was definitely the atmospheric tension that Ann Troup created and kept throughout the entire novel. The beginning almost felt like you were reading a book about the supernatural or a haunted house and in many ways it is. The book is full of twists and turns… and a lot of dead bodies and it is our job as the reader to work out how all of these people are connected and who the actual killer is.
Another highlight was that there was a dog!! His name is Buster and he likes biscuits. Ok, this isn’t important to some people but I thought I’d add that. Feel free to message me to see if he lives or dies because if you’re like me, this will decide if you read the novel or not. Maura was a very realistic character, if not sometimes very un-nurse like in the way she treated Gordon at the start. She has quite a cold exterior and I must admit, there were times when I found her childish (the time she stuck her tongue out at the ‘house’ when she fixed a fuse) so I couldn’t connect and love her completely.Untitled_Panorama1Overall, this book definitely does what it says on the tin when it comes to being a mystery thriller. It’s very mysterious (even when you think you have everything solved) and it’s very thrilling and you never know which turn the story is going to take. There’s a vast array of characters (most dead) but we delve into their backstories as the main plot evolves. With the amount of crimes that are committed, the book could have turned silly but it manages to stay realistic all whilst keeping that edge of mystery by not revealing the ‘killer’ to us until the last minute. I’d definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of the spooky house trope, a good mystery thriller and an overall atmospheric, edge-of-your-seat novel.
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Lots of Love,
Angharad @
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Mini Reviews – Thriller Edition

new blog title.jpgI’ve made it no secret that one of my most loved genres has always been crime thrillers and psychological thrillers tied up with a little bit of mystery. These are the types of books I grew up with (my mother even read The Silence of the Lambs whilst in labour with me!) Recently I’ve read quite a few books in this genre so I thought I’d post a mini review for each of them and hopefully you will see something you like. In this genre, you are going to come across a lot of dark stuff so I will try my hardest to mention any trigger warnings for each book but I do insist that you thoroughly research a thriller before reading in case it features aspects you’re not comfortable with.

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And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
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Despite banging on about my love for crime and mystery, this was my first ever Agatha Christie book who we all know, is the Queen of Mystery. I saw the lovely Cece recommend this book over on her Booktube channel and I just knew it was something I would enjoy and I was right! This book just proves that sometimes you need to go back to basic when it comes to mystery thrillers. It consists of ten characters, in a house, on an island. They start dying one by one and they come to the conclusion that one of them must be the murderer. It is a simple premise but man, is it done well. It’s mysterious and creepy as the characters die in relation to an old nursery rhyme. As readers, we are kept guessing until the very end and it will shock you. I just loved it and I’ve been on the look out for more of her books ever since!

 

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Copycat
by Alex Lake
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I was automatically approved for this book on Netgalley and despite never hearing of it or its author, the synopsis was enough to get me interested. It follows the story of Sarah Havenant who one day stumbles upon a Facebook profile with her name, her details, photos of her family and recent updates. The only problem? It’s not her profile. What follows is twists and turns as the stalker gets closer and closer to Sarah and her family. As much as I was sucked into this book, I gave it a three star rating purely because of its pacing and the chapters that took place through the eyes of the stalker. It made me picture them on a swivel chair, stroking a white cat and doing the MWAH HAHA laugh. Despite that, this book was tense and you are kept guessing until the very end (except me as I guessed the stalker pretty early on.) I would still recommend it but TW suicide ideation and mentions of child abuse towards the end of the book. This book will be released on September 5th.

 


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Emma in the Night
by Wendy Walker
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This was exciting and different and has left me with a love for its main character, Cassie. I would definitely say this could fall into the psychological thriller category. The twist/Big Reveal just blew my mind and made me feel like I needed to immediately reread the book to see what I missed. Having a psychologist ‘solve’ the mystery rather than a detective was a really cool twist as it did allow us to understand what went on in our character’s minds. The twists and turns within the Tanner family make these people one of the most dysfunctional family I’ve read about in a long time. If you have read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, this book reminded me a lot of it in terms of family dynamics. The format of this book, considering it is a mystery thriller, is quite unlike any I’ve read for a while. Usually, we have the entire book building up to the end when the Big Reveal happens and until then, we are as clueless as the characters. However, Cassie returns home at the start of the novel and immediately tells her story. 100% recommend!

 

 

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The Fourth Monkey 
by J.D. Barker
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If you look up at the top right hand corner of the cover, you’ll see that this book is marketed as being like Se7en (one of my favourite movies) and The Silence of the Lambs (see the start of this post) so I almost broke my finger rushing to Amazon and purchasing this as quickly as possible. This book is very gory – there’s body parts being sent about in little boxes, graphic scenes of torture and some explicit sexual scenes. The author did not hold back in this book. Despite it being a crime thriller as in we have a detective trying to solve the murders, the format also switches to the killer’s diary explaining how he came to be the person he is today. I enjoyed reading the diary entries more than the present day sometimes and the main detective didn’t really have a strong voice in my opinion. However, if gore and thrillers is your thing, mixed with a dark backstory, then this is definitely the book for you.

 

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The Good Daughter
by Karin Slaughter
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This author is one of my mother’s favourites so when I was scrolling through Netgalley and saw it, I had to request it. The book follows the story of sisters, Samantha and Charlie Quinn. The book switches between present day and 28 years previous when the two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint after watching their mother murdered in front of them. Charlie runs for her life but Samantha is left behind and through the chapters of this story, we find out what happened to the sisters after the events. Now estranged, the two girls are brought back together after a school shooting rocks their community. Both lawyers, along with their eccentric father, they team up to represent the young teenage killer when they think there’s more to her than meets the eye. Trigger warning for gun violence and very graphic rape. 


 

I hope I’ve given you some helpful recs!
Lots of Love,
Angharad @
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