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Lel2403

Lel2403

Joined September 2018

Books, coffee and life with Melanoma. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/51031088-lel-budge My Full reviews at https://orlando-books.blog/
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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean
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The Chain by Adrian McKinty
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The Binding by Bridget Collins
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Wolves at the Door | Gunnar Staalesen
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Yes, this is a difficult read about truly evil crimes against the most innocent of victims, children…but due to Gunnar Staalesen‘s writing, this is a gripping, engrossing thriller and you get caught up in Veum‘s journey, his intent on finding the ‘pigs‘ and bringing them to justice….it will keep you guessing right to the end..

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The Body Lies | Jo Baker
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an insidious tension that will resonate with many women….that constant wariness when being out alone, even being overburdened at work as we don‘t want to say No, of a friendly smile being seen as something more

It‘s not a light read due to the subject matter at times and I wonder if a man would read this the same way…..I found this to be a very powerful and thought provoking read and it‘s going to keep popping into my thoughts for a long time.

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Monopoli Blues | Tim Clark, Nick Cook
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This is an epic story of love, bravery, humility, war and betrayal. This will bring tears to your eyes more than once as Bob and Marjorie capture your heart. Totally spellbinding and magnificent…..a must read.

https://amzn.to/2Ij8mjw

TNbookworm This sounds really good! 4d
Lel2403 @TNbookworm it is, all based on fact and the families letters 4d
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There are a lot of background stories, that for a while may feel a little disjointed, but they do start to link and show the characters backgrounds, secrets and their place in the overall tale. Some of these characters are truly reprehensible

Plenty of red herrings and twists to make this a clever, well plotted thriller. The final few, shocking, tense and totally gripping chapters bring this to a taut ending.

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Without a Trace | Carissa Ann Lynch
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The police have suspicions that Nova is troubled, that Lily never existed

I enjoyed the way the story is told, the different chapters from each of the characters point of view, and how it shows the effect domestic violence can have…..the lengths people will go to keep their secret. This is a tense, twisty psychological thriller with a slightly creepy feel that will keep you on tenterhooks right to the incredible ending…

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This is a tale of religious conflict, of zealots and fanatics, Nicholas is again in danger as he delves into the mystery. A beautifully written, slow burn of a tale that brings to life the Elizabethan age in all its, at times dark, glory. Great characters and a clever, engaging plot….If you enjoy historical fiction with an edge, then you love this.

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Claire‘s sense of paranoia continues, strange noises, things being moved in the house…she‘s just tired…isn‘t she?

Matt becomes worried about her and so after seeing a doctor, Claire is diagnosed with post natal depression…Emma is so supportive, her only friend!

The Mother‘s Mistake is a tense, compelling and at times brutal read, with many twists….the final reveal will leave you speechless….Brilliant writing by Ruth Heald…I loved every minute…

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Barber is a horrible excuse for a human being, a racist, white supremacist thug and Rook really doesn‘t want the case, but Barber threatens to tell of his criminal background so he takes the case….

This tells of the investigation, the court case and the friendship that builds between Zara and Rook. Violent, twisty and so compelling. With a marvellously satisfying ending…..I love it and will be looking out for the next in the series….

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Chop Shop | Andrew Post
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This is like a dark, gruesome, Carry On Gangster caper with some truly horrific moments, but also really funny……Frank punching a toaster still makes me laugh out loud every time I think of it…totally insane from start to the slightly poignant ending…..

I loved the over the top characters from Missus Petrosky, Oscar and Vlad to Robbie Pescatelli and the really creepy Cornelius…..oh that‘s just wrong!!

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Dead Is Better | Jo Perry
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New book in the series....dead is beautiful

Charlie and Rose then witness the murder of Kim, a foul, vicious woman who demands Charlie finds out who murdered her or she will make his and Rose‘s life hell…..and so it begins…

All sorts of crazy mishaps and marvellous characters, from an owl on a revenge mission, a mini driving Scot and Charlie‘s shit brother….

JennyM I love the 🦉 1w
Lel2403 @JennyM very judgmental 😊 1w
Crazeedi The owl!❤️❤️❤️ 1w
ladym30 Love the owl!❤️ 1w
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The Silver Sting | Angela Dandy
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The residents of Magnolia Court had been scammed some years before, by a developer who then disappeared with their funds…..and this is the story of how with teamwork these elderly ‘grifters‘ can get justice…….

I loved the insight into the characters and their individual stories and how each of them were involved…will they get retribution? Never underestimate the elderly, with their life experience they can overcome any obstacle….can‘t they?

Nute Everything is working right in this lovely photograph!💙 (edited) 2w
Lel2403 @Nute thank you 💕 2w
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When children‘s bones are found in the ruined village of Kelly‘s Forge, fear for baby Roisin‘s wellbeing is palpable….

I found this to be a really gripping thriller, so many suspects and police officers, Gardai, with human emotions, troubled love lives and problems with alcohol…not a light read in any way, but utterly compelling…..right up to the nail biting end…

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À Bientôt | Patricia Dixon
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Previously known as a bientot...now Anna

Set mainly in the Loire valley, France, this is a tale of love, secrets, betrayal and friendships…beautifully emotional writing which will have you laughing and crying along with Anna…brilliant.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/06/06/anna-by-patricia-dixon-book-review/

JanuarieTimewalker13 I like the first title better! 2w
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Savage Games | Peter Boland
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Just after a training session, young Luke arrives and asks for Savage‘s help, his dad had died, Suicide? As he had been an old school friend of Savage, he asks for help clearing his flat in bit of a rough neighbourhood.

Further tragedy strikes…..is there something more sinister going on…..Savage is driven to find out more and finds a very different world, with some fantastic characters make this a compelling, violent and gripping thriller.

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The Blue Bench | Paul Marriner
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It tells of the horrors of war, its effect on those fighting, those left at home and the constant fear and worry. It also tells of the emotional and physical struggles faced by everyone, once the war is over and those that survived return home back to a ‘normal‘ life.

This is not a fast paced read, but slow and melancholy, beautifully written and full of characters that will touch your heart a little and will stay with you

Crazeedi Sounds very good 2w
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We Never Said Goodbye | Helene Fermont
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Set in both Malmo and London, this is the tale of love, betrayal, abuse, violence, money, love and ultimately hope. A tense look at relationships and the consequences of our actions on others….an emotion packed read.

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Then young Dena is taken…..will they find her in time?……will Katie be able to find out anything new? And will they be able to stop a serial killer in their midst?

A fast paced, gripping thriller, which really keeps the killers identity a secret, which I really enjoyed…it kept me guessing…with some truly claustrophobic, edge of your seat moments

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/06/02/little-girls-sleeping-by-jennifer-chase-bo...

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Untitled | Unknown
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Hugh finds the chair to be remarkably comfy but loses some change down the side of it, and trying to retrieve it he finds a key…..

This is where his investigation begins…..he finds the previous owner, returns a lost painting and finds a mystery surrounding The Amber Maze, the Assendene family and a deliberately set fire which destroyed the maze many years ago

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/06/01/the-amber-maze-by-christopher-bowden-book-...

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Aurelia | Alison Morton
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Set in the 1960‘s, BUT, the Roman Empire had not ended and still continues as a matriarchal society.

It starts with Aurelia being head of a praetorian guard special forces unit on an operation, but one of their suspects escaped…..

Aurelia ‘retires‘ from her unit to run the family business and take care of her daughter , She is badgered by the odious Caius Tellus but she‘s not interested….will it end here?

Only 99p https://amzn.to/2wsI47T

RachelO That sounds great! And I do like your blanket 🌼 3w
Lel2403 @RachelO thank you...it‘s from Ikea 💕 3w
RachelO @Lel2403 Ooh! I need a daytrip to Ikea - they opened locally last year, but I haven‘t been yet. I seem to be just in the mood for a shopping trip 😁 3w
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LittlePixels This sounds fascinating! 3w
Lel2403 @LittlePixels I really liked it, modern-ish day, but roman society rules..,very clever 3w
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This is a tale of a broken woman who slowly heals and becomes the strong, independent person she deserved to be, a tale of strength and self empowerment.

“We‘re all hanging by our fingertips. But now I know that I can get up again if I fall‘

Great relatable characters and an engrossing read…I really enjoyed it.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/30/her-husbands-mistake-by-sheila-oflanagan-b...
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Freespirit Such a pretty post😍 3w
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A very clever, and totally believable thriller with some great characters and such wonderfully descriptive writing by Rachel Lynch, now I really want to visit the Lake District…..

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/29/bold-lies-by-rachel-lynch-book-review/

Cathythoughts Hi Lesley, I feel terrible I still have your book. I will get it back to you in the next week 👍🏻. Sorry for delay , Cathy X 3w
Lel2403 @Cathythoughts there‘s no hurry lovey......💕💕💕 3w
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rohit-sawant Great picture! 4w
Lel2403 @rohit-sawant thank you 😊 4w
fleeting You take the most gorgeous pictures! 4w
Litsi Very nice 4w
Lel2403 @fleeting thank you so much 💕 4w
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This is a dark, gritty and supremely compelling story, with some truly tense moments. I felt it had an underlying message of forgiveness, grief and letting go and will touch your heart a little…..if only for Noah and Sol. This will stay with me for a long while and I would recommend you get a copy now…..

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/25/never-be-broken-by-sarah-hilary-book-revie...

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I really felt for Quinn‘s children, Hannah and Jack whose lives had been difficult growing up in such a home, but knowing their mother loved them. I detested Alec, which is a credit to McGarvey Black‘s writing….I read this thriller in one sitting as I was totally engrossed and could not put it down…..I‘ll never look at an empty swing in the same way again…..haunting!

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/24/i-am-quinn-by-mcgarvey-black-book-review/

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Well, without giving anything away….this is a tense tale which shows the effect of domestic abuse…while not violent, the slow manipulation and controlling behaviour takes its toll….sometimes you can only push someone around for so long before they decide enough is enough…

There‘s threatening notes, a child kidnap, drug abuse and friendship with wonderfully believable characters in this gripping domestic thriller…..

https://amzn.to/2QhPgNn

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The clever writing also makes you wonder just how far we would go to protect our children, it also shows how Becca‘s life starts to fall apart, losing her job, her home and almost her sanity. A totally engrossing thriller, with many suspects that will keep you guessing right to the very end

My FULL review is here https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/22/familiar-strangers-by-jackie-walsh-book-re...

Litsi Appreciate the photo 1mo
Lel2403 @Litsi 😊 1mo
Litsi Wish there were a short cut to do that. Perhaps a camera icon Litsi admins? I mean after all photos are a part of the Litsy experience. 1mo
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The Den | Abi Maxwell
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I felt this totally captivating tale is about family and love and coming of age,but also just how badly women suffered (and suffer) for their choices not being what was expected of them, the isolation and despair this caused and consequences for those closest to them. emotional, haunting family drama by Abi Maxwell and I can thoroughly recommend it.

My full review is here https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/21/the-den-by-abi-maxwell-book-review/

Cathythoughts Beautiful picture ♥️👍🏻 1mo
Lel2403 @Cathythoughts thank you 💕 1mo
TheLibrarian I just purchased this book and can‘t wait to read it! 1mo
Lel2403 @TheLibrarian I really enjoyed it 📖❤️ 1mo
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I can‘t say too much more about the actual story, but needless to say this is intense, scary and thought provoking. Revenge is sweet isn‘t it ? It will make you feel better and make all right with the world again won‘t it?….

it grabbed me with both hands and just wouldn‘t let go until the stark, emotion packed ending…..a stunning read.

My full review is here :

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/20/hes-at-your-door-by-alex-sinclair-book-rev...

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Worst Case Scenario | Helen FitzGerald
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This is a thriller with wife killers, abusers, paedophiles and dark humour…..you will laugh out loud and cringe at the same time…..absolutely stunning writing by Helen Fitzgerald and a definite favourite for 2019.

Have a peek at my blog for the full review.... https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/19/worst-case-scenario-by-helen-fitzgerald-bo...

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Untitled | Unknown
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The Railroad, an almost mythical organisation who abduct people near railroads and they are never seen again….how far does this organisation rescan and are the rail track tattoos the only identification?? Not for the faint hearted as there‘s a lot of blood and violence, but this is a stunning thriller with great characters and enough tension to set your heart racing

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/18/the-controller-by-matt-brolly-book-review/

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Stoker's Wilde | Steven Hopstaken, Melissa Prusi
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This has the humour of Wilde and the horror of Stoker in a tense gothic horror tale. The geek in me loved picking up the references to both characters real books from Dorian Gray to The Lair of the White Worm….it has vampires, werewolves and even mention of a dragon….what‘s not to love.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/17/stokers-wilde-by-steven-hopstaken-melissa-...

Velvetfur That sounds fab! 1mo
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Blood List | Ali Carter
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There are many characters and secrets is this wonderfully original thriller with its range of characters from quirky to downright psychotic, incredibly tense and while you do know who the killer is quite early it still keeps you on tenterhooks who will survive, the final chapters are gasp inducing.Brilliant

My full review is here on my blog https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/16/blood-list-by-ali-carter-book-review/

I‘d love you to have a look

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What follows is an absolutely gripping thriller that really brings to light the dangers of online grooming…it‘s not just young people who are targeted, but sometimes people who are a little vulnerable, looking for a connection with another human being, someone who ‘sees‘ them after living with passive neglect from their own families and partners

full review here https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/15/the-dancing-girls-by-m-m-chouinard-book-re...

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The book follows three women‘s emotional rollercoaster, their guilt and shame at the things they have done for, what they believed, was the best at the time…it covers emotive issues such as depression, autism and ultimately friendship, hope and love…..heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Wonderful writing by Ali Mercer…..

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/14/lost-daughter-by-ali-mercer-book-review/

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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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Hiding the bag in their hotel room, they have to decide what to do….can they keep it secret? Can they even trust each other?

I read this in a couple of days as it just drew me in and wouldn‘t let go…Catherine Steadman has blended true facts, current affairs and a really believable thriller into one. Well worth a read

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/14/something-in-the-water-by-catherine-steadm...

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This is one of the most nerve wracking books I have read…..the animal slaughter brings a horror of its own…..but it gets worse…something awful is being done by the inhabitants of Little Downey……or is it all in Natalie‘s damaged mind?

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/13/the-butchers-daughter-by-jane-e-james-book...

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NIGHT BY NIGHT. | JACK. JORDAN
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At times this is a tough read, the violence and homophobia are horrific, and what Rose has to endure is at times heartbreaking and in one case, intensely claustrophobic!!! I was so angry as to why no one would show her any sympathy or believe any thing she said…..and as for Christian…the less said the better…

Incredible, emotive and moody writing by Jack Jordan, if you like a dark, nail biting thriller, then you love this

https://amzn.to/2Jej5xy

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Truly, Madly, Greekly | Mandy Baggot
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Love the cover....and 99p at the moment

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Christinak On my goodness what a cute cover! Looks like a neat summer read. It is currently 2.99 in the US. ‪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UC1XDM4/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awdb_t1_x_BKy1Cb30FPQ12 1mo
Lel2403 @Christinak 💕💕 1mo
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This is a family drama with a feeling of menace, something feels off about Leah and you‘ll feel the need to know the truth….this is not an easy read, it deals with the emotive subject of adoption and the secrets kept by a family, believing it for the best. Incredible, fascinating, thought provoking and tear- jerking writing by Caroline Bond. If you like a serious family drama then this is a must read….

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What follows is a tension filled drama, filled with murders copying those of the original Jack the Ripper….is the murderer someone close to Jo? How did they get access to her personal details?….will they find them before more deaths?

My full review is at

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/09/murder-mile-by-lesley-mcevoy-book-review/

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Alex is certainly driven, she has a need for the truth and will not just let it lie….a great character, a strong, independent woman….I found myself totally gripped by this twisty, immersive thriller…..just what was the job Rick had been given? Why did he have to escape? Why don‘t the police link the disappearances to the bodies being found ?

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/08/gone-in-the-night-by-mary-jane-riley-book-...

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Song of the Robin | R.V. Biggs
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Song of the Robin is beautifully written the creative writing by R V Biggs gradually tells Sarah‘s story through the past and to the present….full of suspense and emotion. A tale of family, loss and fate….wonderful.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/08/song-of-the-robin-by-r-v-biggs-book-review...

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Unknown Book 2319912 | Unknown Unknown
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The pace picks up and draws you in…who would want to frame Marty? Is it someone he knows, someone he‘s upset in the past or is there something even more sinister in play? And will he lose everything he holds dear?

Very clever writing, action packed and tense…..it certainly keeps you guessing. A must for lovers of twisty, exciting thrillers….

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/07/deadly-secrets-by-omj-ryan/

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The Killer You Know | S. R. Masters
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They laugh about how weird Will was, until they google festival suicide and things start to get real.it‘s a coincidence?

What follows is a creepy, unsettling psychological thriller interspersed with a coming of age drama….the trials and tribulations of being a teenager…..and a feud with the odd Mr Strachan and his dog. Slow burning and tension filled thriller

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/07/the-killer-you-know-by-s-r-masters-book-re...

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Breakers | Doug Johnstone
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What follows is a heart rending tale of violence and fear…..with a little hope…Tyler, while he thinks nothing of stealing, it‘s either under duress or for sheer necessity due to his circumstances…..A home with nothing, a heroin addicted mother and violent siblings…..and looking after his 7 year old sister. My heart broke for him.

My full review is here : https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/06/breakers-by-doug-johnstone-book-review/

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I loved Arty, smart but totally naive as to how the world really works…..trusting everyone..will she survive? Will she see Zeus or any of her family again?

I loved The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods by Emily Barr, thought provoking and moving and a beautiful end….

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/05/the-girl-who-came-out-of-the-wood-by-emily...

Velvetfur That's a gorgeous photo! 💜 2mo
Lel2403 @Velvetfur thank you 💕 2mo
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Well, what can I say…! This is a very clever psychological thriller and I sped through this from start until the incredible, heart stopping end…..time stopped for a moment there while I took it all in…..shockingly brilliant writing by Tara Lyons…

My full review is here:

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/03/the-paramedics-daughter-by-tara-lyons-book...

tpixie Great photo!! Have the best day! ♥️📚♥️ 2mo
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Hunting Evil | Chris Carter
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Hunter, an insomniac, with a connoisseur‘s likening for a fine Single Malt, is also the only person who really understands how Lucian‘s mind works……he knows how bad this is going to be…will he survive the game?

Amazingly immersive writing by Chris Carter and I loved every gloriously tense, gruesome moment…..and I can recommend this unreservedly..

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/03/hunting-evil-by-chris-carter-book-review/

BooksAndYarn I can't wait to read this! I pretty much binged all 9 others in under 2 months 2mo
Lel2403 @BooksAndYarn it‘s so good.... 2mo
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Hallow | Olga Gibbs
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This is a quite remarkable piece of fantasy writing by Olga Gibbs, the battles, the scouser and lizards are so well described you can almost smell the scouser‘s fetid breath….great world building and likeable and distinctly unlikeable characters make this a thoroughly gripping, enthralling read

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/01/hallow-by-olga-gibbs-book-review/

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Hallow | Olga Gibbs
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This is a quite remarkable piece of fantasy writing by Olga Gibbs, the battles, the scouser and lizards are so well described you can almost smell the scouser‘s fetid breath….great world building and likeable and distinctly unlikeable characters make this a thoroughly gripping, enthralling read

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/05/01/hallow-by-olga-gibbs-book-review/