Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan (@HeraBooks) @Bollywoodwives.WordPress.com #bookreview

One of the first authors to be published by Hera Books, I was thrilled to be given an advance reader copy from the publisher (Hera Books) via Netgalley. With just over one week to go before the release of Alex Khan’s addictive, gripping thriller, released 6th February, here are my thoughts on the book.

Description:

Full of glitz and glamour, this is the sexy Bollywood extravaganza you’ve been waiting for. I read it in a day.’ Ayisha Malik – author of Sofia Khan is not Obliged and This Green and Pleasant Land

Zara Das is Bollywood’s hottest property, her every move watched by the eyes of the press. Riding high from the success of a string of blockbusters, she has the world at her feet, but the scandal from her latest film threatens to dethrone her as Bollywood’s reigning queen.

So when superstar director Raj Dillon stages a lavish retelling of Pride and Prejudice, moving the shoot from Mumbai’s soundstages to London, Zara knows this is the role that could put her back on top. Coming with them are the Bollywood Wives – Jackie, Sasha, and Rani – bringing their own off-screen drama.

But behind the diamonds, designer clothes and seven-star hotels lies the truth of how Zara reached the top. And when a dead body is found in her hotel room, it seems that someone is determined to take Zara down – and will stop at nothing to expose her darkest secrets.

Zara has spent years running from her past. But now it’s caught up with her…

A sexy, gripping, scandalous novel set in the world of Bollywood – fans of Jackie Collins, Crazy Rich Asians and Lauren Weisberger won’t be able to put this one down.

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What readers are saying:

Praise for Alex Khan writing as Alex Caan:

‘Left me positively breathless’ Angela Marsons, author of Silent Scream and Fatal Promise

‘A chillingly authentic, bang-on-trend thriller’ Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me and The Party

Review

I was really excited to get a copy of this book. The enticing cover cleverly combines the luxury and sensitivity of its star. Alex Khan’s writing is exceptional. Each delicious character stands out on their own and in particular Zara Das who is so much bigger than the words on the page. She’s a fire cracker, beautiful and extraordinarily intuitive, although her path to stardom hasn’t been an easy one. As with some of the other stars, the sexist culture of the Bollywood industry is a tough pill to swallow. Exploited and passed around like a hot meal, she has emerged as a much sought after delicacy.

There’s nothing about this book I didn’t like. Hennaed hands, traditional ghagra choli outfits, you can ‘see’ the gold brocade and figure hugging clothes and you can ‘smell’ the perfume. Plenty of scandal to keep your motor running. It all makes the book so much more fascinating. With quotes such as ‘And trust me, darling, a Chanel handbag can’t buy you a brain. Or class’ – you get the distinct impression that Zara has not forgotten where she came from, even to the extent that her hard-hitting movies have become a way of getting back at those who have treated her badly. She’s definitely met her match with Dan!

I have a special love for the culture so this book had it all for me. Alex Khan has clearly done extensive research to make this book the bestseller it will be. Thank you to the author, Hera Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read this. Highly recommended!

About the author

A portrait of Alex Khan

Alex Khan has spent his life dreaming of writing and starring in Bollywood movies while travelling the world visiting some of the most glamorous and exciting locations. Moonlighting as a crime writer he finally got the courage to pen the novel he wanted to write all his life – Bollywood Wives taking you into the glamorous, sexy thrilling world of the world’s biggest movie stars and the secrets they hide.

You can find out more about Alex Khan here

 

 

 

 

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The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton ( HARLEQUIN – Graydon House Books, (U.S. & Canada) Paperback $13.41, Hardcover $13.82 @NetGalley @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #bookblogger

I was delighted to receive an ARC from Netgalley and Harlequin for The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton. When I read that this book was THE MUST-READ THRILLER OF 2019… Perfect for fans of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL, and THE GIRL BEFORE – I knew I had to read it.

All I can say is, What a stunning debut!

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Review

Juliette is the perfect girlfriend and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants. Psychotic and twisted, she has a clever plan to win Nate back. After a few months ‘giving Nate the space he needs’ she reinserts herself back into his life. He’s an airline pilot and she becomes a flight attendant with the same airline. The first half portrayed the training of a flight attendant where we see snippets of Juliette’s obsessive behavior. Her love for Nate is not reciprocated and her intrusion into his life and other family events were fanciful and somewhat hectic.

But with a background of traumatic events ranging back to her school years, she is delusional and disturbed. Just enough to give us a taste of crazy.

After reading the blurb, I was expecting a wilder ride. Instead, I was surprised to find this book to be a much slower burn; a tamer version of psychotic than ‘You’ by Caroline Kepnes. But it still makes for a compelling read. There were a few distracting features. One: the draft copy was hard to read due to unedited sections and formatting. Two: the ending was a little unsatisfying in the same way Gone Girl left a few lose ends. But overall, it was a well written, engaging book.

Very many thanks to Netgally, Karen Hamilton and Harlequin for the Arc.

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Karen HamiltonAbout Karen Hamilton

I caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy) and have worked as cabin crew for a major airline. In 2006, my husband and I put down roots in Hampshire and four years ago, I gave up flying to raise our three sons and concentrate on my writing. Now that they are a little older, I’ve begun travelling again (as and when it’s possible) and enjoy exploring places through their fresh eyes.

The Perfect Girlfriend is my first novel (released March 2018). It is a psychological thriller about a sociopathic flight attendant, Juliette Price. The book is rooted in my work experience, but not autobiographical! I realised early on in my flying career, that the moment I changed out of uniform, I became anonymous. It made me think about the identities behind uniforms and work personas and became an idea that would later help create my protagonist.

When Juliette is dumped by her pilot boyfriend, Nate, her dreams of a ‘happy ever after’ are thrown into jeopardy. She vows to win him back, whatever it takes. She surreptitiously embeds herself into his life by adopting a new persona and securing a position as a flight attendant with the same airline. However, these are only the first steps in her master plan as she reveals just how far one woman will go to achieve her dreams.

The novel explores themes of guilt, envy and revenge.

Find Karen Hamilton on Amazon here

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The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker (Witness Impulse, Kindle $1.99, Paperback $10.79, 352 pages) @HarperCollins #bookreview #bookblogger

The Drowning Game: A Novel by [Hawker, LS]

I’m really excited to have read L.S. Hawker’s The Drowning Game. Being a mystery, thriller, suspense novel, I knew this was a must-read for me! Below is a brief description, and don’t you just love the fabulous cover!

Description:

They said she was armed.
They said she was dangerous.
They were right.

Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her life as a prisoner in her own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything. She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and now, for the first time ever, she is free.

Her paranoid father is dead, his extreme dominance and rules a thing of the past, but his influence remains as strong as ever. When his final will reveals a future more terrible than her captive past, Petty knows she must escape—by whatever means necessary.

But when Petty learns the truth behind her father’s madness—and her own family—the reality is worse than anything she could have imagined. On the road and in over her head, Petty’s fight for her life has just begun.

Fans of female-powered thrillers will love debut author LS Hawker and her suspenseful tale of a young woman on the run for her future…and from the nightmares of her past.

Editorial:

“Unique, quirky and suspenseful The Drowning Game was the perfect audio listen. Both Amanda Dolan and Paul Woodson did an excellent job in capturing the character’s personalities and setting the tone of their story.” —Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Review

Petty Moshen is a captive in her father’s house, but when he dies, she is finally free. Or is she?

Her father’s will may seem unusual, if not downright cruel, as well as his choice of protector. But Petty is no ordinary girl. I would put her in the survival category, when you consider how primitive her upbringing, how ‘animal’ her senses. Well taught. Well prepared. Nothing could possibly go wrong.  Armed and dangerous, she runs from the place she has called home, leaving behind her beloved dogs (incidentally, what did happen to them?) and the familiarity of the ‘inside’.

The chase scenes are well written, tense and page-turning. It’s not a book you can easily put down. Petty is naïve – a trait beautifully drawn – but carries a spark of toughness that kept me rooting for her.

Dekker, an unwilling ride-along, has her back with his internal struggles which are real and heartrending. As are hers. I reveled in the intricate twists, the nearly-there plots which I thought I had worked out until the surprising denouement.

All in all, it was the pace that made me want to take a look at other books by this author. Definitely one to watch.

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LS HawkerLS Hawker grew up in suburban Denver, indulging her worrisome obsession with true-crime books, and writing stories about anthropomorphic fruit and juvenile delinquents. She wrote her first novel at 14.

Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, she had a radio show called “People Are So Stupid,” produced fitness videos, and outfitted airports with computer equipment for a major airline, but never lost her passion for fiction writing.

Her extensive media background includes everything from public affairs director at a Denver radio station to television sports intern to website designer.

Her debut novel, THE DROWNING GAME (2015), was a Best First Novel finalist in the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards and a USA TODAY bestseller. It’s been translated into eight languages and is also available as an audiobook. Her second novel, BODY AND BONE (2016), has been translated into seven languages. Her third, END OF THE ROAD, was released at the beginning of 2017. Number four, THE THROWAWAYS, will be released by The Vanishing Point Press on January 22, 2019.

Other Book by L.S. Hawker:

 

Last Lullaby (Detective Natalie Ward Book 2) by Carol Wyer #BookReview @Bookouture @bonniesbooktalk

I’m really excited to be talking about Carol Wyer’s new book, Last Lullaby on my blog today. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy via Netgalley and wanted to share my review. Below is a brief description and a copy of the fabulous cover!

Last Lullaby

Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood.

As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.

Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’scrawled on the wall next to her. 

All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.

When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will send shivers down your spine. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

What people are saying about Last Lullaby:

‘Tense, fast paced and totally engrossing, this is a book that will exasperate you, thrill you, chill you and truly test your detecting skills as you strive to pinpoint whodunnit. I loved Last Lullaby. I have to say that this series is shaping up to be one heck of a killer read and I am relieved to hear that book three is well on its way as I cannot wait to read more.Jen Med’s Book Reviews

‘Another winner for Ms. Wyer!! I started Last Lullaby yesterday around noon & finished it last night.There was no way I could put it down!Last Lullaby was ripe full of excellent character development, lots of twists and turns and a shocking conclusion …I very much look forward to continuing this series.’ Fish Ducky Blog, 5 stars.

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Review

As always this publisher churns out the best fiction, so it’s not a surprise that this book was a sure-fire winner. Expertly paced, expertly crafted. Then boom! Another surprise.

Adam Brannon and his wife, Charlotte return from a 30th wedding anniversary a little worse for wear. But when Charlotte wakes up in the night to hear a strange noise coming from the baby monitor, all hell breaks loose. Detective Ward must investigate a chilling murder where all suspects seem to have adequate alibis. But with sightings of two people running from the scene and more characters coming into play, I was flummoxed to say the least! The second murder threw me for a loop due to the similarities and I thought I had it all worked out only to have that theory blown out of the water.

A fast-paced read with plenty of twists to chew on, Detective Natalie Ward is one of the most realistic characters in police procedural books I’ve read so far. Dedicated to family and work, she juggles her own relationships with this horrifying and sinister case. I thought this was cleverly handled and not one of the weak squeaks you can sometimes find in this genre. I didn’t warm to David, finding him unsupportive and potentially hindering Natalie’s progress. Although appearing tough, she could be on the path to cracking emotionally and that I found frustrating. Other characters come into play, Carmichael, Anderson and Jarvis whose sheer determination to crack the case and shatter any foregone conclusions certainly gets to the heart of the matter. Was it him? Was it her? The story moved organically and twists and red herrings were well performed, without exploiting the reader at all.

There’s more depth to this story that needs to be examined. Relationships aren’t what they seem and the web is tricky to untangle. It was one of those ‘just one more chapter before bed’ kind of reads because it’s so hard to trust anyone. I kept racing off the wrong track on more than one occasion and that’s the mark of an excellent writer. Loved it!

Thank you Netgalley, Ms. Wyer and Bookouture for such an entertaining book. It was well worth the wait!

Publication date: December 7, 2018

Find other books by author Carol Wyer here

 

 

 

New Book News! INTO THE SILENT SEA available for Pre-Order #BlogTour #NewRelease #Suspense #Psychological #Thriller

I’m super excited to see psychological thriller INTO THE SILENT SEA now available to pre-order from Amazon. The eBook price has been reduced to 99c/99p until October 24, 2018. It will then revert to the regular price of $3.99.

 

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Now on Amazon Pre-Order HERE

Publish date: October 24, 2017

Offer available until October 24, 2018.

Then eBook will be available for $3.99

Book Description:

Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

When Clodagh Shepherd’s curiosity gives way to obsession, her thoughts turn to revenge.

In the wake of her husband’s affair and subsequent disappearance, Clo makes an impulsive decision to befriend the beautiful stranger who has stolen her life. Answering an ad for a home help, she moves into the home of her husband’s mistress and is immediately drawn into the chilling reality behind the idyllic façade of Hamptons Life. Central to her terrifying nightmare is a deadly secret–a secret someone will kill to keep.

In this dark and twisting thriller, Clo proves the adage ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ with shocking consequences.

An engaging, pacy read which keeps the reader guessing.’ Bookworm Reviews, 5 stars

What people are saying about INTO THE SILENT SEA

‘A stylish beach thriller. Taut and provocative with a flawed but very likable heroine.’ Avid Reader, 5 Stars

‘Holy cow! What a read! Sun, sea and suspense with a chilling cast of lovers and mistresses. What could be better! Get ready to curl up with this churning, dark mystery.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A twisted and suspenseful thriller that entangles an unlikely friendship with a murder… Subtly tips its hat to authors such as Ruth Ware and Paula Hawkins.’ Debonair Debs Reviews, 5 stars.

‘A bracing, knotty ride, where murder won’t rinse clean and plots runs deeper than the ocean itself.’ Bookishly Bookish, 5 stars

Bookpreneur *Kindle Monthly deal picks* #BookReview, THE GIFT and GOLD MEDAL winner news. #Book #SALE! Just *99p/99cents* in the US and UK – EASY PREY by Claire Stibbe 5* – Two best friends. One deadly secret. . .

I have just finished Louise Jensen’s The Gift and I have to say this is a definite five star read from me. I hadn’t heard of this author before so I decided to give it whirl. I’m really glad I did.

Jenna works at a vet clinic, but she is also a heart transplant patient, living on her own after a break up with her boyfriend, Sam. If that’s not trauma enough, read on. After the surgery, she begins to feel different. She’s forgetful and anxious, has dreams and memories she can’t explain, all of which are putting her career at risk. But worse, she is obsessed with her donor’s life. After meeting the family to pay respects and to thank them, not only do unfamiliar sights and sounds become familiar but there’s a noticeable personality shift, culminating in questions as to what really happened that night when Callie was killed in an accident.

After splitting with her long-term partner, Jenna digs deep to get to the truth of Callie’s death despite the danger in which she suddenly finds herself. Living alone and not knowing who to trust, readers will empathize with Jenna, a character with scars on her body and in her mind, where her emotions are raw and so are her struggles. The author gives a powerful and intrusive idea of what it must be like to experience such a serious operation, compounded with her obsession with Callie. I think this is what made the book so unputdownable for me and also perhaps a certain cinematic vibe that transports you into the many layers of Jenna’s life.

Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. Jensen has definitely done her homework; Cellular Muscle Memory – an interesting case in hand. I always appreciate the research authors put into their work and this is no exception. The ending was as satisfying as the rest of the book and delivered well beyond my expectations. You can’t help being stirred by Jenna’s story and where a certain residue will remain with you for weeks to come. Definitely another author to watch.

The GiftSynopsis:

The perfect daughter is dead. And a secret is eating her family alive…

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets…

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.

Publisher: Bookouture

Pages: 354

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BOOK SALE UPDATE!

Easy Prey by Claire Stibbe is on SALE this week – and on Bookbub – for only 99 cents / 99p. This is an excellent time to grab your copy.

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Synopsis: Two best friends. One deadly secret.

Something dark and brooding stalks the mysterious Bosque nature reserve. Bird watchers fall prey to the menace and thefts of rare falcons are on the rise. But it is the body of a murdered girl discovered on the banks of The Rio Grande River that eventually brings Detectives Temeke and Santiago onto the trail.

During a camping weekend, Jessie Bowman’s best friend, Bree, has disappeared. Guilt ridden, yet determined to do the right thing, she tracks the man she believes is responsible and begins to unravel a mystery that tests every ounce of her resilience. She has only two choices – fight or flight. And Jessie is done with running.

Now Detectives Temeke and Santiago must locate Jessie before the madman snares his final prey.

‘Stibbe handles the latest mystery in the Detective Temeke series with the dexterity of a master falconer. The climax will swoop down and seize you when you least expect it, leaving you feeling as if you too have become ‘easy prey’. Dr Maurice Singleton, PhD in Narrative Theory, Author and Lecturer

‘A gripping story with some of the most vivid writing I’ve read this year. Unpredictable and absorbing, it was one of those books that hooked me right from the start.’ Bonnie’s Books

‘If there is a crime fan who hasn’t discovered the Detective Temeke series yet, go and read them all immediately. I love books with that extra-special something, where the author puts you at every scene and doesn’t let go until the last heart-pumping chapter.’ 23rd Avenue Book Club.

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Page: 348

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