Thursday 21 March 2019



I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for the new Dinah Jefferies and I am extremely thankful to my friend and guest reviewer, Julie Williams for reviewing this one. Julie W is a huge fan of this author and by the sounds of it, this one didn't disappoint either! Please find Julie's review below.

This is yet another beautiful atmospheric story by Dinah Jefferies which was a joy to read. 

This latest book transports us to Burma, where Belle, the leading character, has been employed as a singer, but she secretly longs to discover exactly what happened to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her baby sister Elvira many years earlier.

All Belle knows is that she disappeared from the family garden one day changing the family’s life forever. 

Woven in between this intriguing and intoxicating story are chapters set in England relating to Diane, Belle's Mothers' early life.  It is in these chapters that we learn of Diane’s grief and how the loss of her baby Elvira and Belle affects her. 
During her time in Burma Belle has to decide just who to trust in the hope of unravelling secrets, lies and corruption, as well as keeping safe as danger appears to be close by. 

There are many interesting characters in this book and I found myself trying to decipher who are the honest and trustworthy ones as each appear to befriend Belle in a true way.

It is obvious that a lot of research has gone into this book as the attention to detail and exceptional descriptions are second to none.

My thanks to Net Galley and Penguin Books for the ARC digital copy.

Saturday 16 March 2019

The Taking of Annie Thorne
C.J. Tudor

Guest Review
It's my turn on the Blog Tour for The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor. This is the second novel by this author and my very good friend and guest reviewer, Julie Williams, has very kindly reviewed this one for me.


The Taking of Annie Thorne is the second book by
C J Tudor and I found it just as enjoyable as her debut The Chalk Man. This story has a very dark feel to it and no doubt will haunt my mind for a while to come.
Joe Thorne returns to his hometown Arnhill to settle old scores with his former school pals. With no good childhood memories due to his Dad and his beloved sister Annie dying there and a somewhat strained relationship with his Mother, his return is not a welcome one.
This creepy tale certainly made me use my brain in understanding as I found Joe to be a deep, loner and weird type. My eagerness to find answers had me desperate to read on in to the early hours.
A fabulous well written psychological thriller that was a pleasure to read.  My thanks to Net Galley for the ARC digital copy. This is my own opinion of The Taking of Annie Thorne