The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson – Blog Blitz.

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About the Book

Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?

When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?

Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been – and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?

If she’s an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?

Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.

My Review

Whilst I have read the Jessica Daniels series and enjoyed them this is the first standalone novel that I have read by Kerry Wilkinson. And it is good, I will go as far as saying it is excellent. It is one that had me biting my nails with anticipation over what would be revealed.
When Olivia returns home to the village she was abducted from thirteen years earlier she gets a mixed response. Obviously, her parents are delighted along with family friends but there are also those who question her intent and her story. Some of the tales she tells about the life she had are a little extravagant and I was unsure at times whether to believe her, or if she wasn’t Olivia why was she insisting she was?
This was a book I raced through. Its mainly set in the modern day but there are sporadic chapters from Olivia’s childhood. These reveal what happened to her, how she was let down and how she fought back. They show a growing independence as well as a growing need to be loved. At times, they are sinister and upsetting. Some of the characters are intimidating, and  not just with Olivia. There are many people in the village who were controlled and threatened by a couple of people.
One of the things that Olivia did left me a little sickened and made me question her character but when all was revealed, I understood more why she did it. Even though it was something I struggle to accept.
A great read and a reminder that I need to read the books that I haven’t read by this author. With thanks to the publisher for the copy received.

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Hide and Seek by Richard Parker – Blog Tour Review.

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About the Book

The sun is out. Your little boy is smiling. The next time you look… he’s gone.

When Lana and Todd win a trip to Blue Crest Adventure Park, their four-year-old Cooper is ecstatic, but when Lana goes to meet them, Todd is out cold, and Cooper is missing.

No one stopped the man carrying the sleeping boy. The cameras don’t show where he went. Then Lana receives an anonymous message, telling her to visit a local school with a horrifying history…

This is no random attack. Whoever took Cooper is playing a twisted game, and if Lana wants to find him, she must participate.

What is the link between the school and her missing son? Can Lana uncover the kidnapper’s identity and save Cooper before it’s too late?

My Review

Lana’s peaceful family existence is ruined when she has to stop her son being abducted at the family home. She becomes obsessed with similar cases, hoping she can get answers about who the abductor might have been. And then it happens again and Cooper is taken.
This is the first book that I have read by Richard Parker and I enjoyed it a lot. I have read some books where the lead character was female and the author male and sometimes they don’t feel true but it wasn’t the case here. Lana was real and she dealt with the situation completely differently to Todd. Lana could only think of Cooper but Todd had to think of both of them and unintentionally made their situation worse.
The police investigation is in the background, most of the focus is on Lana and Todd both trying to get Cooper back in their own way. The narrative switched between the two, sometimes a chapter at a time and each time I was impatient to find out how the other was managing. Although I enjoyed both, it was Lana I wanted to read about. Her fight was full of tension and was at times upsetting but I needed to be with her.
Some of the methods that Lana chose were quite spooky, the app that she uses is one that I would definitely steer clear of. I really hope that there isn’t one like this in the depths of an app store.
I’m looking forward to reading more by the author, I am reliably informed that his other novel Follow You is just as good.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received and for the chance to take part in the blog tour.

Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

imageLost Girls is the third book in the series that features detective Kim Stone. I have read them all and this is the one that has made me feel more anxious than any of the others.
Two young girls are kidnapped. It has happened before and was handled by another team. Tragically in that case only one girl came home. Kim is determined that this wouldn’t happen again. She feels under more pressure because one of the mothers has asked for her to lead the investigation, they knew each other when they were in foster care.
You are aware who the kidnappers are and they are very unpleasant. But you are not made aware of everything, an unidentified third person is hinted at but nothing more. The journalist is a thorn in Kim’s side. The team have been ordered to keep the current kidnapping case away from the press but she is determined to get a story regardless of the consequences. But she did show that she was capable of humanity regarding another situation.
I loved the relationship between Kim and Matt, the negotiator who has been been brought in to try and get the girls home. I really hope that he is a character who appears in future novels. One of the strongest points of this series is the relationship between the team. Even though she isn’t the easiest person to work for they are devoted to her.
I have always enjoyed a detective series, seeing the characters and relationships develop. Sometimes I’ve not been keen on the odd book and sometimes I have a break from a series and return to it after a few years. This is a series that I am now hooked on and I’m really looking forward to the next book.

Stirred With Love by Marcie Steele from @bookouture

Romantic Comedy is not a style of book that I would usually read but I am familiar with the author’s other novels (writing as Mel Sherratt) and love them. Plus I also needed a break from my usual choice of crime fiction.
I was not disappointed. It was very enjoyable reading about Lily, Kate and Chloe. Three different generations of independent women and their determination to open the coffee shop and make it successful. All three had experienced a loss or uncertainty over the future and all three helped each other deal with it. One of the reasons I liked it so much was the relationship between the three. They had their disagreements like everybody does but they were resolved. It’s very much a feel good novel, and even though I did cry a couple of times it was lovely, light hearted easy read and I am looking forward very much to reading the next Marcie Steele. And I would LOVE to visit the coffee shop!
With thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley.image

Evil Games by Angela Marsons

imageEvil Games, the second novel in the Kim Stone series doesn’t disappoint. Two different stories feature in this book, both of which are very disturbing. I can say without giving anything away that Alex, the main character in one of the investigations is a nasty piece of work. This is evident from the start of the book and there is nothing good to say about her.
It was good to get to know more about Kim and her team. More of her past was revealed mainly due to Alex’s manipulation but it showed how it has made her such a strong character. One with a caring side as was proven with her new little friend.
I am really looking forward to the next in the series. I hope that I don’t have long to wait.
With thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley.