Book Review

The Ghost of Ivy Barn – Mark Stay

Hot on the heels of The Crow Folk and Babes in the Wood comes the third book in Mark Stay’s wonderful Witches of Woodville series, The Ghost of Ivy Barn, and I am delighted to be joining the blog tour to celebrate its publication today. Many thanks to Mark and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

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August, 1940.

As the Battle of Britain rages overhead, a warlock leader from the Council of High Witches comes to Woodville with a ritual to repel the imminent Nazi invasion. The only catch is it involves full-frontal nudity on the White Cliffs of Dover. The Witches of Woodville are having none of it, but when more witches arrive they realise they might have a spy in their midst, and it’s up to Faye Bright to uncover the traitor. But she’s got enough on her plate already with the ghost of a Polish Hurricane pilot who may hold the key to the truth.

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REVIEW:

Well, this is a series that just keep getting better and better. Whilst not as dark as Babes in the Wood, The Ghost of Ivy Barn is packed full of emotion and magical hijinks, making it an absolute joy to visit Woodville once again. Miss Charlotte and Mrs Teach are in fine fettle as the witchy double act return to continue Faye’s magical education, and it was a delight to witness the continuing romance between Faye and Bertie.

All my favourite characters from the previous books were present and correct, but this time they were joined by a few new faces – some of whom were more keen than others to complete their Nazi repelling ritual skyclad!

Whether it is down to the already delicate state I was in while reading, I can’t say, but there was more than one point towards the end of this book that brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye, so you might want to keep the tissues close by.

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The Witches of Woodville is a series that never fails to put a smile on my face, and I look forward to future books!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mark Stay co-wrote the screenplay for Robot Overlords which became a movie with Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson, and premiered at the 58th London Film Festival. He is co-presenter of the Bestseller Experiment podcast and has worked in bookselling and publishing for over twenty-five years. He lives in Kent, England, with his family and a trio of retired chickens. He blogs and humblebrags over at markstaywrites.com

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Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl – Joya Goffney

Today I am joining the blog tour for Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney. Many thanks to Joya for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

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Monique lives a perfect life as a preacher’s daughter, and girlfriend of the town’s golden boy. But its not that simple. She’s torn between her parents, who want her to remain their pure, virginal daughter, and her boyfriend, Dom, who wants to explore the more intimate side of their relationship.

Tired of waiting, Dom breaks up with Monique, spurring her to discover she has a medical condition that make her far from perfect. With the help of Sasha, an overly zealous church girl, and Reggie, the town’s bad boy, she concocts a plan to win Dom back. But along the way, she must face some home truths: maybe she shouldn’t be fixing her body to please a boy, maybe Sasha is the friend she needed all along and maybe Reggie isn’t so bad after all…

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REVIEW:

Everyone says that you should never judge a book by its cover, but when this pink and yellow wonder leapt off the web page at me, I just knew I needed to be a part of the tour. I mean, look at it – it is just too eye-catching to resist. Even better, the story nestled within the pages more than lived up to expectations. I would even go as far as to say that Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl has been one of my favourite reads so far in 2022.

Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl is a fantastic tale of unconditional love, empowerment, and learning to be comfortable in your own skin. It is the book I wish I could have read when I was Monique’s age and discovering who I was. The characters are vibrant, if flawed, and we see more than one of them grow as a person over the course of the book – and I don’t just mean the teenagers. Of all the characters, I defy anyone to resist the utterly charming Reggie. For me, it was love at first sight, and that love only grew as the story progressed.

Aside from all this brilliance, Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl also serves to raise awareness of a medical condition that could certainly do with more light being shone on it. I love that this is being highlighted to teenage girls in a way that gets the information to them at the same time as making it incredibly relatable. The sparkling dynamic between Reggie and Sasha prevents the subject from becoming too heavy or clinical, and adds some much needed humour to the situation.

By pure coincidence, the day that Rachel sent out the invites for this blog tour, I had also purchased Joya’s other book, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. After reading Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl I can’t wait to read it, and I just know I will love it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Joya Goffney grew up in New Waverly, a small town in East Texas. In high school, she challenged herself with to-do lists full of risk-taking items like ‘hug a random boy’ and ‘eat a cricket,’ which inspired her debut novel, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. With a passion for Black social psychology, she moved out of the countryside to attend the University of Texas in Austin, where she still resides.

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With This Kiss – Carrie Hope Fletcher

On this lovely Easter Sunday I am joining the blog tour for With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher. Many thanks to Carrie and HQ for inviting me to join the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book.

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When their lips touch, will she seal his fate?

From the outside, Lorelai is an ordinary young woman with a normal life. She loves reading, she works at the local cinema and she adores living with her best friend. But she carries a painful burden, something she’s kept hidden for years; whenever she kisses someone on the lips, she sees how they are going to die. But she’s never known if she’s seeing what was always meant to be, or if her kiss is the thing that decides their destiny. And so, she hasn’t kissed anyone since she was eighteen.

Then she meets Grayson. Sweet, clever, funny Grayson. And for the first time in years she yearns for a man’s kiss. But she can’t… or can she? And if she does, should she try to intervene and change what she sees?

Spellbinding, magical and utterly original, With This Kiss is one love story you will never forget.

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REVIEW:

I have long been aware of the talents of Carrie Hope Fletcher, having watched her as Eponine in Les Miserables some years ago, but this is the first time I have read one of her books. As you will know, I am not a huge romance reader, but throw a bit of magical realism into the mix and I am sold!

Within just a few sentences of With This Kiss starting, I liked Lorelai and had the impression that we would be firm friends if she was real and we were to meet. I loved her friendship with Joanie, and would definitely want to be part of that little gang. And as for Grayson, well, he is just too adorable!

My heart broke for Lorelai as she struggled to understand her “superpower.” Her visions were described in such vivid detail that it wasn’t hard to imagine just how horrific it would actually be experience them.

I would perhaps like to have seen more of the book/movie club members and had the chance to get to know each of them a little more, but actually I was so engrossed in Lorelai’s troubles that I largely forgot about their existence.

With This Kiss is a beautiful story about love of all kinds and there is a wonderful warmth throughout it.

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The Fatal Oath – Michael L Lewis

Today I am kicking off the blog tour for the latest instalment in the Oath series by Michael L Lewis, The Fatal Oath. Many thanks to Michael for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

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1957. Blackleigh is an elite public school for boys in Yorkshire where prejudice and seething hatreds are never far below the surface. Violence erupts against any Junior who the Seniors deem unfit.

Jonathan Simon is 16, in his third year, and is self-conscious about being Jewish and having a birthmark on his cheek. He knows that: 1) The school code of conduct mandates no snitching, 2) The student Prefects, not the faculty, have absolute power to discipline and 3) Mr. Paul Wood, the temporary Headmaster, is weak and ineffectual.

Jonathan meets Bobby Stuart, an American transfer student, who is also worried about being accepted. Their friendship binds them together as they soon run afoul three ruthless and ambitious Seniors in the House; Gabriel, Murray and Hausman – also known by their fanatic followers as ‘The Black Armbands’.

As the pressure mounts, ambitions grow, friendships become closer and scheming increases. As for Jonathan, the year is only beginning…

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REVIEW:

Having read and enjoyed both The Oath and The Wicked Oath, I was keen to find out what Jonathan Simon’s third year at Blackleigh had in store for him. With the departure of many of his tormentors from previous years, surely this year would be a better one – or would it?

The arrival of new students at the school means new friendships for Jonathan, and with a potential new love interest, everything seems to be looking good for a positive year. However, ambitious students with their own agendas soon lead to a vicious power struggle. With the headmaster more than happy to leave discipline to the prefects and turning a blind eye to exactly what punishments are being dished out, Blackleigh quickly becomes a dangerous place to be for any student who doesn’t fit the ideal, with groups of vigilantes hunting down any “undesirable” student unlucky enough to be caught on their own.

Whilst the occurrences in the previous books were shocking enough, The Fatal Oath has an almost Lord of the Flies feel to it, with mob rule taking over, and an adult presence being almost entirely absent. As with the previous books, the actions of certain factions within the school make for uncomfortable but compelling reading.

New students, new prefects and a new headmaster combine with old grudges to make this year at Blackleigh the most dangerous yet.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael L. Lewis was born and raised in England. After preparatory school in London, he was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. This is the third novel in the Oath series, taking readers on a journey through the lives of three dynamic schoolboys between the ages of 13 and 15, and the extraordinary triumphs and tragedies that they experience. Michael now lives in Los Angeles, California, has a law degree, and writes full-time. He was on the Board of Trustees for several schools and has been a member of the same book club for twenty-five years.

Michael says, “The books in the ‘Oath’ series are all inspired by my incredible experiences at a Boarding School in the North of England and on School Boards in Los Angeles. Each book in the series stands alone with totally separate main themes united by the exploration of prejudice, the unequal playing field in education, and the abuse of human rights. They will appeal to adults as well as young adults and are entirely set in an elite public school in Yorkshire.”

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The Cactus Surgeon: Using Nature to Fix a Faulty Brain – Hannah Powell

I have the honour today of joining the blog tour for The Cactus Surgeon by Hannah Powell. Many thanks to Hannah for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

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Living in London, Hannah suffered burnout and was diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder. With no information available to help her, she found her own way to get better.

Growing up in a garden centre, her childhood was full of nature and plants. This was in stark contrast to the concrete of the capital, where she became unwell. In searching for the answers to her illness, she wonders whether being torn from her pot and replanted in a more hostile environment was the reason her body started to malfunction.

After seeking out alternative therapies, and moving to the countryside of North Essex, her ‘green recovery’ continued.

It’s a book of mindful moments, savouring the small wonders of nature.

REVIEW:

Well, I certainly got more than I bargained for with this book! I had expected a gentle book full of tips on mindfulness and the ways in which being outside can help improve mental health, and while it is that in part, it is also so very much more. The Cactus Surgeon is a raw, emotional read in which Hannah bravely lays herself and her struggles wide open. I can imagine that writing this book was incredibly cathartic. A lot of the emotions that Hannah experienced on the path to diagnosis and beyond really resonated with me, and I found reading about her experiences quite inspiring.

The Cactus Surgeon is a love story, both to Hannah’s family and the family business, and to the outside world as a whole. Beautiful photos separate each chapter and her lush descriptions of a huge variety of flora and fauna made me yearn for warmer weather, while her adventures in Australia and New Zealand ignited a long dormant travel bug.

The Cactus Surgeon was exactly the book I needed to read at this moment in my life, so thank you Hannah, so much, for sharing your story. I will be checking out many, if not all, of the books you recommend in bibliography.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hannah Powell (née Bourne) is Communications and HR Director for the Perrywood Garden Centres she runs with her dad and two brothers. When she was six years old, she wanted to be a cactus surgeon.

Before coming back into the family business, she had a successful career in PR and marketing, running high-profile campaigns for clients, including Barclaycard and Domino’s Pizza. She was part of the team that launched Global Entrepreneurship Week, an annual campaign to encourage young people to set up businesses worldwide.

She now lives in North Essex with her husband, daughter and many plants.

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Sparks and Shadows – Ceara Nobles

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Seattle is full of monsters, and I’m the only one who can see them.

I’ve spent the last 17 years (AKA my whole life) pretending I can’t see the monsters who disguise themselves as humans. I may not have a place to live and my best friend may be moments away from getting in too deep with the city’s most dangerous drug lord, but I’m rolling with the status quo.

That is, until I save my arch enemy’s stupid life and find myself in a warehouse full of monsters.

Next thing I know, I’m in Monster Land (AKA not Seattle) and up to my ears in monsters, magic, and inevitable mayhem. If I want to get home, I have to join a band of revolutionaries and stay alive long enough to get back through the portal before war breaks out.

This’ll be a cinch.

Sparks and Shadow is a modern, action-packed YA portal fantasy featuring Fae mythology, magic, and slow-burn romance. This is the first book in the Rising Elements series.

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REVIEW:

When I first read the blurb for this book, I was instantly curious about the monsters hiding in plain sight in Seattle, only visible in their true form to one teenage girl. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but I wanted to know what they were doing there, and why they had left the strange “Monster Land” that Everly finds herself sucked into, but I definitely wasn’t expecting what I got.

Everly is a feisty, strong-willed heroine, but it was the inhabitants of “Monster Land” that really got under my skin. I loved gentle souled Mina, and I quickly fell for the mysterious Shadow. I am looking forward to finding out more about him in future books in this series.

The strange land that Ceara Nobles has crafted was vividly clear to me as I read, and I was as caught up in the wonder of it as Everly was herself.

Sparks and Shadow is a bit of a slow burn, with not a lot of action until right at the end of the book. There is, however, a lot of scene setting and relationship building for what is to come in the next book of the series, and from what I have seen so far, I am excited to discover what is going to happen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ceara Nobles is a Utah-based author of romantic suspense and fantasy novels. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2016 with a B.A. in Computer Animation, then realized she hated it. Now she spends her days juggling her side hustle as a line editor and her true love of authorship. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her chasing her toddler, road tripping with her hubby, or hiding in bed with a chai and a good book.

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All For You – Louise Jensen

I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for All For You and wishing a very happy publication day to Louise Jensen! Many thanks to Louise and the team at HQ for providing me with a copy of the book.

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MEET THE WALSH FAMILY

Lucy: Mother. Wife. Falling to pieces . . .

Aidan: Father. Husband. In too deep . . .

Connor: Son. Brother. Can never tell the truth . . .

Everyone in this family has something to hide, but what are they trying to protect, and at what cost?

IT WAS ALL FOR YOU.

REVIEW:

As you will all know by now, Louise Jensen is one of my favourite thriller writers, and I usually devour her books. Reading All For You, I found it a little slower to really grab me than her other books, in part one at least, although I confess I am not quite able to put my finger on why this was.

Told from the perspectives of Lucy, Aiden and Connor, All For You gives you the opportunity to really get under the skin of each character, to the extent that Lucy’s emotions and thought processes felt so real that at times I had to stop and remind myself that I was reading fiction and this wasn’t about the author’s own family.

Although part one is something of a slow burn, it is full of tension and the sense that something big is coming. That said, nothing prepared me for the start of part two which was so shocking that I was glad to be reading in daylight and not at night – it was most definitely the stuff of nightmares. The pace definitely picks up in the second half of the book, and the revelations start coming thick and fast.

As always with Louise’s books, I jumped from one theory to another to another. Some were right. Others couldn’t have been more wrong. I will leave you to see which conclusions you leap to and how accurate they are.

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The Unraveling of Luna Forester – Marisa Noelle

I am so excited to be joining the blog tour for The Unraveling of Luna Forester by Marisa Noelle today, my first tour with Zooloo’s Blog Tours! Many thanks to Zoe for inviting me to take part, and to Marisa for providing me with a copy of the book.

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MATTHEW HAS ALWAYS PROTECTED LUNA’S SECRET.

NOW HE MUST PROTECT HER LIFE.

When his best friend Luna is found catatonic after a devastating house fire, Matthew begins to fall apart.

“Take care of them, Matthew.”

“Always.”

“Protect my secret.”

“Of course.”

That’s the promise he made to her only three nights ago. A solemn vow to protect their large found family of humans and supernatural creatures alike.

Fated to love her for the rest of his life, and unwilling to break his solemn vow, Matthew knows the only person who can help Luna is her grandmother. Through the woods they must go, just like a fairytale. But the forest is filled with deadly peril: poisonous black moss, chimeras, and worst of all, members of their family who don’t want them to continue.

As they are picked off one by one, Matthew races to get Luna to safety, all the time doubting everything he thought was true.

Can Matthew untangle the twisted threads of Luna’s secret before he himself unravels?

A dark fantasy horror with Little Red Riding Hood undertones, perfect for fans of Last House on Needle Street (Catriona Ward), Split (J.B. Salsbury), Legion (Brandon Sanderson), Pretty Girl 13 (Liz Coley), The Quiet at the End of the World (Lauren James), Primal Fear (William Diehl), & Tell me your Dreams (Sydney Sheldon).

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REVIEW:

Well, what can I say? I finished reading The Unraveling of Luna Forester ten days ago and I am still struggling to put into words exactly how I feel about this mind-blowing book! I thought I knew what I was getting myself into when I started reading, but boy did I get more than I bargained for, and it was not what I was expecting at all.

First things first. There are a lot of characters in this book right from the outset, and it did take me a while to get each of them straight in my head. My particular favourites were Faith and Piper, but I am sure everyone who reads the book will find a different character to relate to. I did find that the adult characters frustrated me. My heart broke at times for Matthew and the pressure he was under, and I couldn’t understand why they didn’t take control of the situation instead of letting a teenager take all the responsibility. However, as the story unfolded and I came to understand the characters and their motivations better, all became clear.

On the face of it, The Unraveling of Luna Forester is a thrilling dark fantasy novel with hints of Little Red Riding Hood. Scratch beneath the surface though and you soon realise that it is so much more. I don’t want to give away any of the books secrets by saying to much, but what I can tell you is that this is a beautiful, sensitively crafter, wonderfully imagined masterpiece that, quite simply, blew my mind.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health including The Shadow Keepers, The Unadjusteds Trilogy (The Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), and The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep.

She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and UK as inspiration for her novels.

When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words.

Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children. You can find her on Twitter @MarisaNoelle77 or her website http://www.MarisaNoelle.com

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The Wildest Hunt – Jo Zebedee

I have the honour of kicking of the blog tour for the dark fantasy novel, The Wildest Hunt by Jo Zebedee. Many thanks to Jo for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

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A long-dead child.

An artist who paints the fae.

An ancient estate on blood-filled land.

The commission was close to Amelia’s dream: a cosy cottage in Donegal over Christmas and the chance to paint the beautiful Glenveagh estate. But when the weather closes in and the country shuts down, a ritual begins – one that traps Amelia in its circles of magic.

Stranded in a place where iron is power, her heart can no longer be trusted and the land itself is a weapon, Amelia’s survival depends on unravelling the truth of a decades-old death.

Even if it draws the same ancient danger to herself.

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Anyone who knows me knows that I find it hard to resist a book about the fae, and if there is even a sniff of the Wild Hunt, then I am totally sold. Add in the tempting combination of Christmas, snow and a trip to Ireland, and The Wildest Hunt was always going to be headed straight for the top of my TBR list!

The Wildest Hunt is a book that is chilling in more ways than one right from the appearance of the Grey Lady, through to the Donegal snowbomb. I always enjoy books where adverse weather becomes almost a character in its own right, especially when that weather is snow. Jo Zebedee’s snow covered landscape is so very atmospheric and the thought that something “other” was affecting the weather and the wildlife to prevent Amelia and Joe leaving gave me shivers. It gave the entire book a dark, malevolent air so that by the time the Hunt make their appearance, I was already on edge and expecting the worst.

The dual perspective kept me gripped and I was equally eager to be in both parts of the story, to uncover Jean’s secret and to see what was happening to Amelia and why. This is actually something that is quite unusual for me with books told from multiple points of view as there is usually one that I am more drawn to than the other. Because I was so invested in both women’s tales, I flew through this book in my enthusiasm to find out what was going to happen and what secrets were going to be revealed.

This is a beautifully crafted book that is tinged with sadness alongside the tension and drama as the heart-breaking truth of events at Glenveagh come to light.

The Wildest Hunt is a great Christmas read when you need a detox from all the sugar, and the sweet festive romances.

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Listed as one of the Guardian’s Top 10 Irish Sci-Fi authors, Jo writes stories based both in her native Northern Ireland and her fictional world of Abendau.

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Psychopaths Anonymous – Will Carver

Today I am joining the blog tour for Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver. Many thanks to Will and Orenda for providing me with a copy of the book, and also to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

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When AA meetings make her want to drink more, alcoholic murderess Maeve sets up a group for psychopaths.

Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: a functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men.

When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born. Friends of Maeve.

Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve’s drinking spirals out of control. She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group. But Maeve can’t seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man…

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REVIEW:

When I signed up for the blog tour for Psychopaths Anonymous, I didn’t realise that it was connected to Will Carver’s other books, most of which I have read, but one or two I haven’t. However, that really isn’t an issue and you do not need to have read them for this book to be a great read. That said, if you have read them, keep your eyes peeled for Easter eggs tucked within the pages of Maeve’s life.

Maeve is a character who I found difficult to relate to, although that is probably no bad thing as she is, by her own admission, a murdering psychopath. At first, the lack of connection made for slow reading but it wasn’t long before I found her (mis)adventures utterly compelling. By the conclusion of the book, I really didn’t want it to end because I was desperate to discover what was going to happen next in Maeve’s life – I am really hoping for a follow up at some point in the future.

Usually, the cover of a book is one of the first things I notice, but for some reason (I am blaming it on a medication change) I completely didn’t register what the cover of Psychopaths Anonymous actually was. It was only when I was reading another review that it clicked and I am so glad it did, because it is utterly brilliant.

Entering into a new Will Carver book, you can never be too sure exactly what you are going to get, as he is the master of surprises. The one thing that is guaranteed though is that you will never be disappointed by what you find.

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Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books, The Beresford, was published in July. His previous title, Hinton Hollow Death Trip, was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph, and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.

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