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TH1RT3EN, BY STEVE CAVANAGH. Book of the year for me so far!

TH1RT3EN, BY STEVE CAVANAGH. Book of the year for me so far!
Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4)

TH1RT3EN, By Steve Cavanagh.

Eddie Flynn #4

 

THIS SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

If that strap line doesn’t draw you in, you are not a serial killer thriller lover like me! I saw these 2 small sentences, and knew I needed to read this book!


Description:

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

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My Thoughts:

Before I started this book, I had already read some excellent reviews of Thirteen. So although excited to read it, I was hoping that I would enjoy it as much as others have done. Those reviews I read….. spot on! This book is amazing, gripping, thrilling, page turning, keep you up later that you intended, brilliant.

Steve Cavanagh has such a vivid clever imagination. This thriller is unique and like no other book I have read. How can the killer be on the jury??? How can they ever find the killer if its the killer that decides the verdict? So so clever.

I haven’t read any other of this Author’s book, but I am aware that there a few previous books also featuring Eddie Flynn, the con man turned defense lawyer. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the previous books, although reading Thirteen makes me want to read more of Cavanagh’s book now.

The main character Eddie Flynn was a con man, now he is a defense lawyer. I think a good defense lawyer woud be wise to know some of the tricks of the trade, and with Eddie’s past, this does give him certain advantages. The other characters also are so interesting and clever. As we follow each one, we learn a little more about them and their pasts. Eventually I got to understand the mind of this highly intelligient killer. There is something very different about him, something that enables him to be one of the “best serial killers” I’ve read about. I know that sounds weird, being the best serial killer, but this is legal, psychological fiction guys, my favourite genre. And now I have found myself a new favourite Author, with plenty of books that I haven’t yet read.

A short review from me, but full of powerful words, go read it, its amazing, I loved it. So clever, legal thriller fiction at its best!

I had been enjoying the legal thrillers of Author Olly Jarvis, my original favourite legal thriller Author. Jarvis’ books are based in the UK. Now I have another favourite legal thriller Author, whose books are based in America. 

TH1RT3EN IS AN AMAZING BOOK, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIKE LEGAL / PSYCHOLOGICAL / SERIAL KILLER THRILLERS.

 


Links:

Twitter/ @SSCav

www.stevecavanaghbooks.com

Goodreads

Amazon.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Where There’s Smoke, by Cathy Cole.

Book Review: Where There’s Smoke, by Cathy Cole.

Thank you to Author Cathy Cole for my copy of this book, ‘Where There’s Smoke’. I liked the title of this straight away, and the blurb convinced me that this would be a book I would enjoy. Here are my thoughts.

 

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Description:

Firefighter Jo Woods is struggling to hold onto her job and her sanity. Banished to the backwater town of Mourne Lough, she vows to stop making waves, admit her family’s death was an accident, and that the guilt she feels is plain old survivor guilt.

Then she finds the roses and everything changes.

The killer hasn’t stopped. He’s here. In the same town. Stalking her. And once again, no one believes her.

After seven years of avoiding family and friends, Jo is alone and friendless in a strange town. In order to survive and, more importantly, bring the killer to justice, she must overcome her fears and embrace her new life. And she must do it quickly, because the killer has his sights set on her and he’s willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.

Enter Ian “Coop” Cooper, who sets Jo’s pulse fluttering and her antenna into overdrive. Does she dare trust him?

One thing Jo is clear about: this killer destroyed her life once before. No way is she going to let him do it again–no matter what it takes.

 

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Published March 10th 2017 by Fireborn Publishing

 

My Thoughts:

The plot of this story revolves around fire fighters. Jo Woods is the only lady fire fighter in her new branch. We start off getting the impression that Jo has to escape from something. I liked the way we don’t know exactly what she is ‘getting away’ from, or been pushed away from. But we do know her past employers didn’t think she was suited there! So, aside from the mystery in the story, the killings, the fires and deaths, there is also a mystery with the characters. We learn more about Jo as the pages turn, and we also meet the handsome new guy who lives near Jo. Coop comes across as ‘different’, what we and Jo have to decipher is if that is good different or bad different! 

The Fire Fighter talk seems researched and accurate without bogging the reader down with details. I think the Author spoke of how things work regarding smoke, fire and fire fighting was authentic and just enough to create a well rounded plot.

This is very much a murder mystery with a ‘whodunit’ style. I like to guess the killer anyway, but the Author gave me plenty of scope to guess with a few different characters being on my suspect list. 

Jo is caring, closed and comes with issues but she is a fire fighter – so she is made and trained to save people, which makes this plot hard on her. I wasn’t sure what to think of Jo at first, but as we learn more about her, I found her to be not only likable, but quite a unique human being, in a good way. 

” ‘Everything’s going to be alright’. It was a mantra inside my head. ‘Everything’s going to be alright’ ” 

My only slight critique is that the cover didn’t draw me in. I spent time after reading the book examining the cover, and I can see why it is how it is. I just personally would have made it a bit different. But as they say ‘ don’t judge a book by its cover’! and in this case, I whole-heartedly agree – the plot, writing and characterisations are far better than the cover implies, in my humble opinion.

Cathy Cole’s style of writing is excellent with great descriptive words that really paint a picture in the readers imagination.

“The tea un-furred her mouth but did nothing to silence the army of men inside her head, battering at her skull with what felt like hammers”

I recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who love to guess the culprit, and those who like a good crime thriller.  

 


For links to the book and to make contact or find out more about the Author, I have added all the direct clicks below. Happy reading, and let me know if you have read this book, are planning to read this book. Or if you have any great recommendations or book reviews you think I would like. Please leave a comment below, I always read them and always reply.

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/CathyCole66

Facebook/CathyColeAuthor

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Books

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Death in the Valley by John Gruffydd.

Book Review & Giveaway: A Death in the Valley by John Gruffydd.

Thank you to publishers Austin Macauley for my copy of this book. I was particularly interested when they got in touch with this book as it is a crime thriller based in the valleys of Wales, which is where I am from. Keep reading to see what I thought of it….

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Description:

Told from the perspective of Gareth, an honest loyal retired solicitor, this is a mystery in the best tradition with twists and turns that keep you turning pages until the end. John Gruffydd takes you with Gareth, asking; is anyone as they first seem? Who can he trust? Can he trust his own instincts? Showing great understanding of police and legal processes, Gruffydd also shows such insight into human nature that you will start to look into your own heart to question, if it were me, what would I do?

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My Thoughts:

I was intrigued by the blurb of this book, especially when it said :

“…..you will start to look into your own heart to question, if it were me, what would I do?” – I was watching out for the parts that made me consider what I would do…

The story follows Gareth, a retired solicitor as he is asked to take on another case as it involves people he knew and worked with. The story is mainly based in Pentreglo, where within the first chapter I was gripped by the characters and the wonder of what is going on here!?

The book does a great job of making you wonder who do you trust? and do you really know people? There were multiple characters within the book who could bring out different emotions within me as the reader – compassion, anger, sadness and laughter. The plot of this book takes us from a little Welsh village to Cardiff and then Spain. There were twists that I didn’t see coming and I was left guessing right until the end who was the untrustworthy one! This is just the kind of book that I love, one where you can tell the Author has experience of the tale he writes, I suspect that Gruffydd has done some legal work in his time. He kept us suspended until the end, but gave us enough storyline and information so that we can consider every character and are they really as they come across. I totally see what the Author means when he wrote:

‘is anyone as they seem?‘ – I have to say I did suspect the ‘criminal’, but then I considered everyone, so I cannot claim to have guessed the twist! 

I love John Gruffydd’s style of writing, he writes so eloquently but he adds in real comedy within his characters. I found his main character Gareth so funny, even though ‘Gareth’ wasn’t trying to be funny, I think he seemed to me to be a grumpy older man who thinks a lot! He did make me laugh! I haven’t read a thriller that has made me laugh before, so I really applaud Gruffydd for this and I would certainly read more of his work just based on his writing style. 

“….she had commented that they were arriving in dribs and drabs. That was enough to set me off, and pedantic as ever, I had demanded to know whether we were a drib or a drab”

Another part of this book and Author that I loved was I could tell his nationality so openly and obviously (to me), as he scattered in Welsh colloquial language. This was so nice. If you don’t understand Welsh, don’t worry, it is obvious what he means. However if you are Welsh I really recommend this book. 

“You come here with your posh voice and fancy manners treating me as if I’m twp”

I really enjoyed this book, it was full of suspense, quick witted humour and a lovely dose of Welsh-ness! I absolutely recommend it. 

The generous Author and publishers at Austin MaCauley have let me host a giveaway whereby I can offer 5 paperback copies of this book. I am going to giveaway 3 from my rafflecopter giveaway and 2 from my Twitter account. If you think this book sounds good, enter my giveaways and wish yourself luck. I’d love to hear the winners thoughts on the book. Good luck readers! 

Links:

GOODREADS

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

Twitter – AustinMacauley

www.austinmacauley.com

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Competition now closed, the winners are Donna @choconwaffles,  Florence,  Dawn @3obriens Rhonda @rhondareads Liz @Cvr_2_Cvr . Congratulations, I hope you all enjoy the book. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Do you like the sound of this book? Have you read any books based in Wales or in your home town? Do you think you will pick this book up? Let me know your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on April 3, 2016 in Books, Giveaways

 

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10 Books I want to Read Next.

10 Books I want to Read Next.

So, hopefully you all read my top ten books of 2015, if not then you can catch up HERE!

After writing that post, I got thinking about all the great books I have to read this year. I already have a huge pile of books waiting to be read. Between the books I bought myself, ones I have won in competitions and ones I have kindly been sent by publishers and Authors. I have a good mix of both paperbacks and ebooks that I already own, actually I am totally spoilt for choice.

Here is a list of the ones I am most excited to read, books that I already own. I will review each of them after I have read them, so if you are interested in reading my reviews be sure to follow my blog by email or wordpress or follow me on Twitter.

So here goes, my top ten books that I own and I am most excited to read.

 

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BOOKS I’M GOING TO READ NEXT!


A STRANGERS HOUSE BY CLARE CHASE – GOODREADS LINK

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I have been waiting for the the release of this book for a while, I read Clare Chase’s first book ‘You Think You Know Me’, and loved it. So, I was excited to hear that she had another one on the way. Now I have it here to read and I am quite confident that it is going to be fantastic. 


 

WATERKILL BY MARK DONOVAN – GOODREADS LINK

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This book has been sent to me by the Author and it looks really exciting and intriguing to me.

“Waterkill” Weaves Nanoscience and Cult Religious Terrorism into a Major Threat to Western Civilization

Probably a different read to what I am used to, but that is part of the wonder of being a bookblogger. There are always new and wonderful books to read.


FRACTURE BY RYAN MARK.  – GOODREADS LINK

Fracture

 

I have read the prequel to this book ‘Tremor’, which was brilliant, so I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. The Author has kindly sent me a copy and after reading Tremor, I am keen to see what happens next to the characters. 


 

THE SW19 CLUB BY NICOLA MAY – GOODREADS LINK

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I got this book myself. When I read what this book was about, I felt that it drew me in, and it became a MUST READ! I am hesitant and excited at the same to read this as I think it will be an emotional but helpful (?) read.


THE GIRL WITH NO PAST BY KATHRYN CROFT – GOODREADS LINK

girl with no past

I chose this book myself as it looks exciting and thrilling. (I was lucky to win a competition whereby I could choose a book to be sent to me from Amazon). I love a good page turning psychological thriller. I have high hopes for this one. I haven’t read anything from this Author before.


 

COVER GIRL BY NIC TATANO – GOODREADS LINK

COVER GIRL

I chose this myself and with great thanks to Netgalley I was able to have it sent to my kindle. ( I ♥ Netgalley).  I have read one other book by this Author, which was Twitter Girl. I really enjoyed that book, in fact it was mentioned in my top ten books of 2015, so I’m sure this one will be really good too.


 

OUT OF DARKNESS BY KATY HOGAN GOODREADS LINK

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I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the Author, with a beautifully scented candle. The back of the book says:

“A person is like a candle, he said. ‘The wick is the body, the flame is the soul, bringing light into the world”. – I think it will be an uplifting and beautiful read. 


 

THE DEATH OF ANYONE BY D J SWYKERT – GOODREADS LINK

death of anyone

I do love a good thriller, and this just sounds like such an exciting page turner! The Author sent me a copy of this, I haven’t read anything else by this Author, I am hoping it will be fantastic. 


 

CINDER BY MARISA MAYER GOODREADS

CINDER

Well, I was lucky enough to win this book from my lovely bookblogger friend Kat from PERKS OF BEING A BOOK NERD. Go visit her blog, she is fantastic. I haven’t read this yet, and I know it has been out for a while and there has been fab things said about it, so I am really looking forward to reading it. Thanks Kat. 😉


 

A DEATH IN THE VALLEY BY JOHN GRUFFYTH GOODREADS LINK

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I am honoured to receive a pre publication copy of this book. It is not to be released until March. I am excited to read this because its crime thriller, but also because it is based in Wales where I grew up.


 

So there are the ten books that I am excited to read next. They are not in any particular order as I think they all sound fantastic. 

Have you read any of these books? which one should I start with? Its a tough choice, but I know whichever I read I will enjoy! 

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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: 99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson.

Book Review: 99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson.

 Thank you very much to Author Doug Richardson for my Advanced Reading Copy of this book.  99 Percent Kill is released today (August 15th 2015).

Description:

99 Percent Kill follows Lucky Dey, an on-again/off-again Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective who is both willful and acerbic to a dangerous fault. While in a holding pattern for official reinstatement, Lucky accepts a one-time gig to track down the missing teenage daughter of a Midwestern software millionaire. The novel is the first in a series, but also lives as a stand-alone thriller, winding its way through an L.A. landscape where the lights are bright, but the edges can be dark, perilously frayed, and populated with mix of human predators, amusing losers, and ambitious fringe dwellers.

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My Thoughts:

Well, I finished this book late last night and all I can say to start this review is WOW!!!! What an ending, what a book, what an exciting page turning thriller! This book is among my top 3 of this year. I loved it. 

We follow Lucky as he tries to track down a runaway 15 year old girl. I tell you if any teenagers reading this book are thinking life would be rosy to runaway to LA, they will be thinking again after reading this book. We see the very darkest side of humans, but also naivety, friendship and strength of what a person can go through to survive and keep their head above water!

Doug Richardson is a very talented writer, who has woven this story so perfectly that we are carried along in the journey of the tracker and the tracked, with no idea where the plot will head. He left me on the edge of my seat in the last few chapters, hoping things work out ok, but not really knowing what will happen to which characters.

This storyline is too thrilling and fast paced for me to want to tell you much about what happens, all I can say is that if I could give it 6 stars out of 5, then I would, because it is that good!! 

I haven’t read any of the Author’s other books, but he is certainly one I will be keeping an eye out for. Brilliant, simply brilliant! 

See the links below for details on where to get this amazing book.

Links:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

GOODREADS

DougRichardson.com

If you have read this or previous books by Doug Richardson let me know in the comments. Or if this review has inspired you to go and read this book, let me know. Thanks and Happy Reading!!

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: CLUB MEDicine, by Jack Kinsley.

Book Review: CLUB MEDicine, by Jack Kinsley.

Thank you very much to Author Jack Kinsley for my copy of CLUB MEDicine. When Jack contacted me to ask me to review this book, I thought the blurb sounded exciting and like quite a page turner! I wasn’t wrong. This book is great. I contacted Jack on Twitter @JackKinsley  and had a look at his webpage JackKinsley Jack is now living in Phucket in Thailand where he writing his third book. What a great place to live and write. Here is my review of CLUB MEDicine.

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Description:

What drives a reasonable man to commit murder?

Travis Martin was the great American success story. A former addict who started the premiere private rehab in the hills of Malibu, California, he had it all: a thriving business, a beautiful wife, and a daughter who was the center of his universe. Unfortunately, when his recovery took a nosedive, everything he built went right along with it. Now, he has a rehab filled with eccentric clients he’s expected to keep sane, a dark secret he’s desperate to keep hidden, and forces from his past that are determined to strip him of anything that remains.

What’s a self-made man to do? Backed into a corner, Travis finds himself stuck on one moral question: Can he commit murder in order to keep it all from slipping away? How far down the rabbit hole will he go? And, perhaps more importantly, how does he come back from it after that life is gone?

Part thriller and part redemption tale, CLUB MEDicine explores the heart of darkness within us all as one man balances on the razor’s edge between self-actualization and self-destruction.

 

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My Thoughts:

What a great book!! I thought I would enjoy this after reading the description, and I really did.

Travis runs an elite rehab centre, so elite that the patients are called ‘Clients’, who have ‘personal challenges’. The story follows Travis, his family and the staff and clients of this rehab centre ‘Crystal Heights’.

Travis was such a well written character, which shows the real talent behind this Author. Travis is a previous addict, who still takes tablets. His life is a struggle to keep his business afloat and keep his clients and staff happy. His beloved daughter Bella is living with her Mother who doesn’t like or trust Travis anymore, yet despite all this I still really rooted for and liked Travis! The storyline shows Travis on a downward spiral, yet I still liked him??? A very talented Author is here!

The Author uses great descriptions in his work that painted perfect images in my head of this story. He describes one of the characters as “a beast inside the oversized chameleon”. What a perfect description for his client Dallas.

He describes another character as having “coffee-shop waitress wit”. 

There is a twist towards the end of the book, that I really wasn’t expecting, and this led me to a few very late nights as I wanted to know what happened next!! There is such an eclectic range of characters in this book, that each has excitement and intrigue behind them. What starts off as a simple killing of a dog, turns to a very dark and spine chilling adventure. It left me thinking as the chapters read on, who is the good guy and who is the bad guy here?

Despite all the darkness in this tale, there is hope and love, personal journeys and friendship.

Jack Kinsley left me with thoughts of some great quotes he included in this book. I want to share a few with you, so that within the tales of thrilling destruction, we can see some hope.

“Friendship is like wine, the older the better”.

“Even the tallest tower started from the ground”

This is a book that I absolutely recommend. I’m already looking forward to Jack’s next book, which I hear he is writing in Thailand while researching Thai culture. I also lived in Thailand for a while, so will be first in the queue for his next book.

Thank you for reading this review, if you have read CLUB MEDicine or are planning to, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you. 


Kindle Edition, 309 pages

Published February 13th 2015 by RANE Books

Amazon U.K link

 Amazon USA link

 

 

 

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Posted by on June 20, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: ‘You Think You Know Me’ by Clare Chase.

Book Review: ‘You Think You Know Me’ by Clare Chase.

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Description

Sometimes its not easy to tell the good guys from the bad….

Freelance journalist, Anna Morris, is struggling to make a name for herself, so she’s delighted to attend a launch event for a hip, young artist at her friend Seb’s gallery.

But an exclusive interview isn’t all Anna comes away with. After an encounter with the enigmatic Darrick Farron, she is flung into the shady underground of the art scene – a world of underhand dealings, missing paintings and mysterious deaths …

Seb is intent on convincing Anna that Darrick is up to no good but, try as she might, she can’t seem to keep away from him. And as she becomes further embroiled, Anna begins to wonder – can Seb’s behaviour be explained away as the well-intentioned concern of an old friend, or does he have something to hide?

My Thoughts:

First off, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I read the synopsis and thought it sounded good, but actually the description doesn’t do it enough justice. This book is filled with mystery and intrigue right from the beginning, all the way through to the end.

It begins with Anna attending an art gallery launch belonging to an old university friend. Anna had lost contact with Seb, but their relationship soon gets back on track. At this same event, Anna meets a stranger who we learn is called Darrick. Anna can’t stop thinking about him, despite many people warning her off him.

We know there is a bad guy somewhere within this story, but we don’t know who it is or what exactly they have done or are still going to do…..

Anna has to think who she should trust! The storyline made me wonder what I would do!! Would I follow my heart and my lust and keep seeing the new man? Or would I trust the opinions of an old friend, who I haven’t seen for years, but when we were friends, we were good friends. The title is a great title for this book, its very appropriate.

“You Think You Know Me”…….. do you really???? Its so good.

Throughout the book, I suspected everybody. I even suspected Sally and Alicia at points!! They are Anna’s housemates. Sally loves to talk and share with Anna, and Alicia is Anna’s cousin. She is rather bossy and likes to think she is keeping Anna on the right tracks and giving her all the advice that she thinks Anna should be taking!

Anna is a great lead character. She is a free lance journalist, and has a journalistic mind wanting to explore the information that she sees as possible evidence. She wants to find out the truth before making any decisions. Despite everybody telling her what she should be doing or what she should be thinking, she wants to find out for herself.

The author keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat right til the last chapter. The end of this book is fantastic, I loved the ending and when I got close, I couldn’t put it down.

I love this author after reading this one book, and hope there is lots more coming from Clare Chase’s imagination.

You can buy this book on Amazon now.

Publisher: Choc Lit, December 2014.

If you have read or intend to read this book, I would love to hear from you.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2015 in Books

 

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