Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan {Review} [AD]

Wow guys what a book!

I was absolutely thrilled when I was approved for a copy of this from Netgalley. I have read Darren’s work previously and really enjoyed it so when I saw this was available it was a no brainer to apply for it.

The Blurb

He’s watching. She’s waiting.

The unmissable new thriller from Darren O’Sullivan, author of Our Little Secret and Close Your Eyes.

Having barely escaped the clutches of a serial killer, Claire Moore has struggled to rebuild her life. After her terrifying encounter with the man the media dubbed The Black-Out Killer, she became an overnight celebrity: a symbol of hope and survival in the face of pure evil. And then the killings stopped.

Now ten years have passed, and Claire remains traumatised by her brush with death. Though she has a loving and supportive family around her, what happened that night continues to haunt her still.

Just when things are starting to improve, there is a power cut; a house fire; another victim found killed in the same way as before.

The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…

The Cover

I love the cover. It is so eye-catching and really draws me in. It totally relates to the storyline as well.

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The Review

It is rare that when reading this genre that I am completely taken off guard. I always have a sneaking suspicion of who the killer is, or at the least can’t say I am overly surprised when it all comes out in the open. However, this book BLEW MY MIND! Darren the sneaky little devil totally blind-sided me with the ending. Not just for the reveal but the way it ended. I mean, I don’t want to give any spoilers but if you do manage to read this book (which you should) you will totally get what I mean when I say “YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO ME!”

Now let’s talk about Claire, the main character. She is very traumatised by what happened to her all those years ago, and well…rightly so. Usually I don’t really take to characters who are weak, I much prefer strong, brashy, badass women but Claire isn’t weak, she is just stuck. Stuck unable to really move on, terrified that what happened to will happen again. However, she constantly battles against her anxiety to try and not let the event define who she is and it makes for such a compelling read.

I loved this book so much and I 100% recommend that you should read it, whether psychological thrillers are your thing or not, the quality of the writing alone makes it worth a read. Congratulations Darren on another amazing book!

You can purchase a copy of this amazing book <here>

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me the pleasure of reading this book and thank you all for reading my review.

Emma-Louise x

 

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Pre-Order Blitz: Unbreakable Darkness by L.M Preston

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Today I bring you the pre-order blitz of the latest L.M Preston novel, Unbreakable Darkness.

Title: Unbreakable Darkness

Author: LM Preston

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Cover Designer: We’ve Got You Covered

Publication Date: May 5th, 2019

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR

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Blurb

Dexter never looks for trouble, it finds him. Moving to a small city from New York wasn’t his idea of an improvement. His dream of being a groomed as a pro football running back ended the moment his father uprooted his family. Day one, he landed in jail without bail and realized too late that his father made a deal to get him out—one that would change his life, and put his family forever in danger. Unfortunately, finding love always happens at the worst possible time. Dexter didn’t realize that love could also kill. Again, trouble…it finds him, but this time he’d face it – head on, and hope he survives. Prequel to Scepter of Fire Book 2 in The Vigilant Series

Other Books In The Series

Insatiable Darkness – Book 0

Caged Fire – Book 1

Unbreakable Darkness –Book 1.5

Scepter of Fire – Book 2

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Author Bio

L.M. Preston, a native of Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. She is an author, an engineer, a professor, a mother and a wife. Her passion for writing and helping others to see their potential through her stories and encouragement has been her life’s greatest adventures. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

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Author Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vxZKx9

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3348681.L_M_Preston

Website: http://www.lmpreston.com/

Blog: www.lmpreston.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LM-Preston-Author-Page-127604857259681/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LM_Preston

Buy Links

Insatiable Darkness (Vigilant Book .5): https://amzn.to/2RgFajD

Caged Fire (Vigilant Book 1): https://amzn.to/2LUvJ3o

Unbreakable Darkness (Vigilant Book 1.5): https://amzn.to/2UmPHqX

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Excerpt

“Well, I hate to do this, but I am willing to let him go, with no charges if you can convince him to be an informant for me.”

“Excuse me?” Dex’s father responded, irritated.

“I know why you are here. Also, who you are working with and you are playing a dangerous game. I will stay out of that, but, your son is in the position to shed some light on this case and help your cause. There is something going on with the sports teams at that school. Kids going missing at the top of their prime, it’s frustrating we don’t know why.”

“I understand, but why would I put my son in danger to get you your answers?”

“Because it may help you get the answers you seek…for The Vigilant,” Detective Whalen whispered when he mentioned the last word.

“I’m not doing that. Would you put your kid in that kind of danger?”

“I’ve tried, but my son wasn’t good enough to be recruited by the elite on the team. He’s into other things, playing the guitar in a band. The Soul warriors have to be selected, it’s a process. Your son, he’s got what they are looking for, he’s strong, a bit impulsive, a fighter and not a detective’s son.”

Dex almost didn’t catch it, but had leaned in to hear every bit of their conversation.

“How about this, you put things in motion, my son doesn’t know he may be exposed to the information you seek. Let things play out, then if you need to question him, I’ll make sure he’s available for that.”

There was a pause of silence, “That’s fair and a good approach. The less he knows, the more likely he will be exposed too. You’ve got a deal.”

“And detective, don’t ever mention The Vigilant in my presence again. You can get my family and I killed if you do, and I fought too damned hard to be able to live to risk someone putting me and mine in danger.”

“Understood.”

Dex heard a slapping of hands and supposed they were shaking hands.

“Now, detective, can I see my son?”

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

 

Blog Blitz: Broken Glass by J.M Sullivan {Extract}

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Broken Glass

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Genre: A/ Dark Fantasy / Fairy Tale Retelling

Cover Designer: Westerfield Creative

Publication Date: January 15th, 2019

Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb

The scariest thing about Wanderland isn’t death–it’s the momerath.

And now Dinah is one of them.

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Alice Carroll has spent the better part of her life avoiding Wanderland–and the momerath–at all costs. But now with her sister gone, Alice has only one place to go.

Back to Wanderland.

Armed with only her blade and a raging vendetta against the traitorous Red Queen, Alice storms the undead wasteland to find Dinah and atone for her mistakes. But with relentless momerath and a ruthless Queen encroaching, will Alice’s determination be enough? Or will she fall down a new rabbit hole searching for revenge?

Extract

She killed another Joker today.

Excuse me.  I mean, ‘Guardsman.’

Ha.

That’s the real joke. The Red Queen cares about the Marked as much as a cat does a dirty litter box. She’ll use them if she must, but otherwise they’re disposable.

Except for me.

She watches me.

I don’t think she knows what to do with me. Not that I blame her. I don’t know what to do with myself. Sometimes I feel like everything is normal, and other times, well—then, at least, the voices tell me that everything is fine.

I don’t quite believe them.

It would be easier if the memories stopped. Of life before. It’s muddled, but there are fragments of purpose and joy, all tied to a quiet, blonde girl. She is strong, stronger than she knows—I know this because I know her better than myself.  And yet, I don’t remember her.

I am empty.

The memories are not mine—they belong to someone else. I am a traitor in this body, an unwelcome host. And yet, the longer I stay grey, the more this body calls to me. Like the other Marked.

We understand each other.

They tell me things. Secrets the Queen will never know. I can read them in their eyes. I can feel them in my bones. Words unspoken, but always heard. Whispers, desperate songs, pleading for salvation. And all the while, they watch me. Waiting. Haunted stares as she kills our brothers and sisters. Their pain is palpable, heavy in the air and on my shoulders while they call to me on an undiscovered frequency.

I hear them laughing.

I hear them crying.

I hear them . . .

I hear . . .

Them.

Author Bio

Teacher by day, award-winning author by night, J.M. Sullivan is a fairy tale fanatic who loves taking classic stories and turning them on their head. When she’s not buried in her laptop, you can find her watching scary movies with her husband, playing with her kids, or lost inside a good book. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect with J.M., you can find her on social media at @jmsullivanbooks– she’d love to hear from you.

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Author Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16508815

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SS5c9t

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jmsullivanbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@jmsullivanbooks

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-m-sullivan

Web: https://jmsullivanbooks.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43452770-broken-glass

Buy Link

Alice: https://amzn.to/2VScax7

Broken Glass: https://amzn.to/2ROiI0t

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Publication Day: Isolation Junction by Jennifer Gilmour {2nd Edition}

Hey Everyone.

Now you’ve probably heard me mention Jennifer and her books previously. I have read both of them and they are very well written, the first was originally released in 2016. However, Isolation Junction has been re-released with a sparkling new cover, edits and a new publisher.

Blurb

Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.

She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. But through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.

It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? And will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?

Based on true events.

Purchase Link

Amazon UK

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About The Author

Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.

From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.

Links

Website; http://www.jennifergilmour.com

Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/isolationjunctionbook

Twitter; http://www.twitter.com/JenLGilmour

Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/authorjennifergilmour/

Amazon Profile Link; http://author.to/JenniferGilmour

Goodreads author profile; https://www.goodreads.com/JenniferGilmour

Huffington post blogger profile; http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/jennifer-gilmour

Previous Posts

Isolation Junction Review

Isolation Junction Cover Reveal

Clipped Wings

Jennifer Gilmour: Guest Post

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

October 2018 {New Releases}

Hey Everyone,

It’s that time again. Time to bring you the new releases for October. This is a small list compiled from some of the lesser known but brilliant authors out there.

Malasorte Castle by Julia. E Clements

Release Date: 30th September

Twelve-year-old Izzy is excited to be spending the summer holidays with her Italian grandmother. She eagerly listens to spine-tingling tales of the evil spirits that once infested Val De Monio, in awe of the Guardians who did battle with them. But when Gran tells her about a Mazzapeghoul, a wicked demon, still inhabiting Malasorte Castle, Izzy starts to doubt whether her stories are true.

When her new-found Italian friends suggest spending a night in Malasorte Castle to prove it isn’t haunted, she jumps at the chance to join them. But things start going bump in the night, and they begin to wonder if the Mazzapeghoul is more than just a local myth.

Why did the last members of the family flee the castle in 1932, leaving it empty and desolate? Can Izzy and her friends solve the puzzle and break the curse on the castle before it’s too late?

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Elliot Pie’s Guide to Human Nature by Chantelle Atkins

Release Date: 5th October

One boy’s mission to find the good in people.
Twelve-year-old Elliot Pie lives a solitary life with his agoraphobic mother.
He is desperate to help her and he also wants to find out what happened to his Uncle Liam, who walked out one night leaving his dog and his car in the back garden.
While his mother sinks further into the darkness, Elliot finds comfort in people-watching.
He is determined to prove to her that good people still exist and when a stranger is kind to him one day, a plan is hatched. A plan to save his mother. A plan that might help him find Uncle Liam.
Elliot’s collection of strangers all have stories to tell about human nature, but is he placing his trust in the wrong people? Or is the real danger closer to home?

Purchase Link 

Amazon UK

Social Media

Website/blog : https://chantelleatkins.com/

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Celestial (Starstruck Book 4) by S.E. Anderson

Release Date: 9th October
Sally, Zander, and Blayde, accompanied by their new friend Nim, have only one request: no more bizarre distractions on their hunt for Earth.

But before their cells can complete a single jump, the team is shoved off course and crash into a dreary old temple. Worse yet, there seems to be some confusion over Sally’s face, as it looks exactly like that the local deity, Selena, goddess of the moon and omniscient absentee. Sally’s ticking every box on the ancient prophecies checklist.

Fresh off of her meds and riding the withdrawal, and Sally must choose between embracing the role of Goddess so as to protect the planet from mysterious Sky People, or being thrown in a Volcano. Not the best way to start a tropical vacation. It’s not going to be easy uniting warring factions, dealing with excitable whispering forests, or fighting both literal and figurative demons. Not to mention keeping up the appearance of divinity when all Sally wants is a nap.

Armed only with some high school improv’ classes and a basic knowledge of foreign pop songs, Sally must save the planet – before everything goes up in flames.

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September 2018 {Book Releases}

Hey and welcome to my new feature. I decided to start doing a monthly new releases post but rather than include the generic big hitters that can be found all over the place I turned to the world of Twitter and one of my favourite groups The Fiction Cafe for authors. We are lucky as readers that we have such a vast pool of talented author’s to chose from when deciding our all important read list. Let’s face it there are more books on our TBR piles than we will ever get to read in this life time.

I wanted to share with you some of the lesser known authors, we often overlook the authors who we have not heard of or have self-published and don’t have a massive budget to spend on promotion. That is where this feature comes into play, I will be helping them on their journey by highlighting books coming for release in the month and including purchase links, blurbs and where available book covers.

So without further ado, here are some September 2018 releases which may interest you.

The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper

Paperback Release

20th September

Purchase Links: eBook | Paperback

Fans of Jojo Moyes, Cecilia Ahern and Marian Keyes will love The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper, a laugh-out-loud, funny and heartbreaking novel of love, loss and what it means to be a family.

If Melody hadn’t run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn’t be left with a condition that makes her sing when she’s nervous. And she definitely wouldn’t have belted out the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ in assembly at her son’s school.

If Dev hadn’t taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn’t have happened. He wouldn’t have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life’s heart.

But if they hadn’t seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be ‘Us’.

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Lake Effect by Nicole Tone

Paperback and Digital

25th September

Purchase Links: eBook U.S | eBook UK

After the death of her fiance, Sophie Daniels is struggling to keep herself together. Painting is the only way she’s able to clear her head and stay grounded. For her art isn’t a hobby—it’s her religion. With a semester away from finishing graduate school, she knows that, despite her loss, things are going to get better. In fact, her thesis advisor has even taken a special interest in her. Sophie’s convinced that she’s found the mentor that she’s been looking for. When he shows he’s interested in her in more than just a student/teacher way, she obliges him. Until his wife leaves him.

Sophie learns the hard way what happens when a man cannot take responsibility for his own actions.

Now she’s back to square one in pulling herself back together. She hasn’t just lost her fiancé anymore: she’s lost parts of herself she’s not sure she’ll ever get back.

Like her ability to create.

Lake Effect is a raw exploration of human emotion and what it takes to save your own life

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Lake Effect by Nicole Tone

Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees

Paperback

28th September

Purchase Link: Paperback

Such a small parcel
shouldn’t cause experienced
smugglers much trouble,
but this parcel is far from normal.
Chased across the seas, Finn and Aria must solve the
mysteries within the parcel.
What does it mean? Who should they trust?
What will happen?
The fate of an ancient people depends on them
and time is running out …
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Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees

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The Westwood Witches by Sarah Northwood

Digital

September 30th

Purchase Links: eBook | Paperback

Aero trembled as she held the box sealed inside black paper. The dilemma was a difficult one – her mum had told her the box contained secrets she might not be ready for. Once she opened it, there would be no going back…
Aero has always felt like a misfit and an outsider. Thankfully, having a best friend like Lilly, along with a grandma like Joanna, makes life worth living. But a terrible event tears her world apart, and Aero Westwood is about to discover that her family has more secrets than most.

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The Westwod Witches by Sarah Northwood

Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus by Sue Wickstead

Paperback

30th September

Purchase Link: Paperback

Daisy was a happy red bus who loved travelling the busy streets of London. When newer and shinier buses came along, the older buses like Daisy began to disappear. would Daisy become one of the forgotten buses, or was something else planned for her?

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I hope that you find something here that will tickle your fancy.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x