The Twisted Knot Blog Tour

So I’ve been lucky enough to have read this book and will be having the author on my blog in July for an interview! I finished the book yesterday and will be also posting my review when it’s my turn on the blog tour. Below is a little on the author and book, as well as the tour stops. Pop over and visit the blogger and stay up-to-date with the goings on.

From the Author JM Peace

My second novel The Twisted Knot will be published next month (available June 28).

Set in a fictional Queensland town, Constable Sammi Willis investigates an apparent suicide, uncovering a dark family secret, an unsolved crime and a town seeking vengeance.

A marked man. A damaged cop. A town full of secrets.

After her abduction and near death at the hands of a sadistic killer, Constable Samantha Willis is back in the uniform. Despite being on desk duty, rumours reach Sammi that someone in Angel’s Crossing has been hurting little girls, and before long a mob is gathering to make sure justice is served.

So when a man is found hanging in his shed, the locals assume the pedophile has finally given in to his guilt. That is, until Sammi delves further into the death.

Over the coming weeks I will be stopping by a number of fantastic Australian book blogs to talk about the book and answer some great questions. Be sure to follow my stops along the way and join the conversation using the #thetwistedknot hashtag!

Blog tour

 

Happy reading and buying

Nat

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Review: Are You There Alone? By Suzanne O’Malley

This was listened to via Audible. 

Blurb via Goodreads

On a June morning in a Houston suburb, a 911 dispatcher questioned the caller on the other end of the line: “ARE YOU HAVING A DISTURBANCE?”

“ARE YOU ILL?”

“ARE YOU AT 942 BEACHCOMBER?”

“ARE YOU THERE ALONE?”

It took a jury less than four hours to find Houston housewife Andrea Yates guilty of the drowning deaths of three of her five children — and a mere half hour to sentence the troubled woman with a stunning history of severe mental problems to life in prison. But beyond the media coverage of her heinous crimes, there is a story that only investigative reporter Suzanne O’Malley has fully illuminated.

THIS IS THE BOOK THAT INCLUDES THE REVELATION THAT LED TO THE OVERTURNING OF ANDREA YATES’S CONVICTION.

The updated edition of “Are You There Alone?” features a new chapter on the appeal of the Yates case, as well as personal updates on both Andrea and Rusty Yates. Having drawn upon hundreds of interviews — with expert witnesses, close friends, family advisers, and Andrea and Rusty themselves — O’Malley has produced a riveting true-crime account that shatters our notions about criminal law, mental illness, death-penalty politics, and religious fanaticism in America today.

I’ve been listening to this book on Audbile for a few weeks now, which would be more like months. A little here and there, only because I have a full time study schedule and not because it was a bore or anything like that.  True crime is my first passion when it comes to book genres and if you don’t know about Andrea Yates, then perhaps read this book first before you Google because it is wonderfully descriptive andquite neutral, in my opinion.

The author has done a spectacular job in investigating this tragic event which will stir emotions in you whether you have children or not, and that’s because we tend to deify those who are weak or vulnerable in society, and children most certainly fit in that criteria.  So, if you are not a fan of crimes that involve children, then this account won’t be for you because it involves the death of five children.

As mentioned, the author has done a wonderfully thorough job of investigating the history and medical story behind Andrea Yates.  Although it can be quite ‘full on’ with the telling of her mental history, which for me is welcomed given my field of work. Whether you agree of disagree with the verdict Andrea received, there’s no denying that she was a very mentally ill woman who was failed by a number of people, in a number of ways. I don’t want to get too far into that argument, I don’t think this is the time or place for that. But the author did a fantastic job of giving us the information, and making us aware of Andrea’s life.

The narrator on Audible, was one of the good ones. I’ve had one that I just didn’t like at all,  was too animated. However this one was very good.

I rate this Audible book: bookworm1bookworm1bookworm1bookworm1bookworm1/5

So if you would like to read up about the Andrea Yates case, then here’s the link to Wikipedia.

And if you’d prefer the ebook click here

Or listen to it on Audible click here

Happy reading or listening!

Nat

Review: The Sister by Louise Jensen

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Blurb from Goodreads

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?

I will once again admit, that to date I have read three books now in the first/2nd POV with 3rd POV being my preference. So I’m looking for a story that can really keep my attention and MAKE me learn to love 1st/2nd POV and to do it in the first couple of chapters. The previous two books I’ve read didn’t do that, and I have to admit this one didn’t do it for me either.  I felt that there was a certain ‘first time author’ feel to the first few chapters and how do I explain what I mean by that? Too much description? Hmmmm, that’s not quite it, but perhaps I’ll think of an adequate description one of these days.

In saying that though, once I read through the first 4-5 chapters, the author did a wonderful job of gradually making me question what I was reading, who I was reading, and just how much i enjoyed hitting the page turn button on my Oasis! By the last three chapters, I found myself gasping at the clever plots twists and character reveals and quite often saying “WFT”, eyes as wide as saucepan lids, lol.

I enjoyed Grace, the main character.  Admittedly, she reminded me a bit of myself. I did not enjoy Dan, and I won’t mention any spoilers here, so that’s as far as I’ll go with that character!  The pace in the beginning was a tad on the slow side, but once we got the character introductions out of the way, it was steady and at times, even a little thrilling. There were two spelling errors in there, but other than than that it was a marvelous debute novel which I think that anyone who enjoys a psychological type thriller will enjoy.

I very much wait in anticipation for Louise’s next novel and I bet you will be too after you’ve read this little gem!!

Thank you to Bookouture for my copy 🙂

I rate this book: bookworm1bookworm1bookworm1bookworm1/5

Purchase the ebook version here

Go grab yourself a copy, it’s only 99c at the moment!

Happy reading

Nat

 

 

May E-Book Haul

So if you’ve seen my library, you know that I have a small space to work with and because of that I have to sometimes be selective with hardcopy’s… Nah I just buy ebook’s when i want ROFL. I know that there are a lot of people who just can’t ebooks, and trust me I understand I used to be one of those people. But I saw the light and seriously LOVE IT. Means you can have two libraries!!

Anyway, here’s my May e-book haul.

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What ebooks did you buy May?

And I’ve already brought some this june!

Happy reading and buy

Nat

Coming soon: My very first blog tour!

So, over the past four years I’ve been like a hermit hiding in my ‘cave’ which is really my desk.  Tomorrow I have two, three hour, end of semester exams, and next week my last one before I go on my mid-semester break.  Woohoo, and this time around I’m participating in my very first blog tour, I’m so excited.

I’ve just received my very first hardcopy ARC of The Twist Knot by J.M Peace and it sounds fantastic! I look forward to delving into it, after next week. In the meantime, I’m formulating some questions for when I have Ms Pearce on my blog, which is proving to be quite different than formulating a hypothesis for a paper, LOL.

Stay tuned for my turn in July to host my review and author interview!

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About the Book

‘Raw and credible, this is a tough and thrilling novel’

The Sydney Morning Herald on A Time to Run

Constable Sammi Willis investigates an apparent suicide, uncovering a dark family secret, an unsolved crime and a town seeking vengeance.

A marked man. A damaged cop. A town full of secrets.

After her abduction and near death at the hands of a sadistic killer, Constable Samantha Willis is back in the uniform. Despite being on desk duty, rumours reach Sammi that someone in Angel’s Crossing has been hurting little girls, and before long a mob is gathering to make sure justice is served.

So when a man is found hanging in his shed, the locals assume the pedophile has finally given in to his guilt. That is, until Sammi delves further into the death.

‘…this taut, believable thriller grabs your attention from the very first line…’
The Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin on A Time to Run

About the Author

J.M. Peace is a pseudonym to protect the author’s identity as she is still a serving police officer. Over the past 15 years, Jay has served in a number of different capacities and her experience adds a chilling realism to her writing. Jay’s debut novel, A Time to Run, was published last year. She has also written various short stories and blogs regularly about policing and writing at http://www.jmpeace.com. She lives on the Sunshine Coast with her partner and two kids, juggling writing with police work and being a mum.

Visit the authors website here

Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for the hard copy book and blog tour invitation.

May Book Haul

That time of the new month, where we go back and have a look at all the books I bought. There were many, which isn’t new!

You may wonder where my addiction started? My parents aren’t readers, however as a two year old, while other little girls were carrying around dolls and teddies I was carry a golden book around 🙂  From that moment on, I’ve loved books.

So without further ado, here’s my stash! I’ll do my May e-book haul shortly.

Coming shortly is the e-book May haul. What was your haul like for May?
Happy reading and buying
Nat!