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The Interview C.M.Ewan 5*#Review @chrisewan @panmacmillan #TheInterview @RandomTTours #BookReview #BlogTour #PsychologicalThriller #PsychSuspense #Thriller #CrimeFiction

It’s 5 p.m. on a Friday.
You have been called to an interview for your dream job.
In a stunning office thirteen floors above the city below, you are all alone with the man interviewing you.
Everyone else has gone home for the weekend.
The interview gets more and more disturbing.
You’re feeling scared.
Your only way out is to answer a seemingly impossible question.
If you can’t . . . what happens next?

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I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillan in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The Interview is a compelling and intense thriller. There is a balance of action, some violent and psychological suspense that keeps the reader riveted. A young woman goes for an interview at a prestigious PR company in their ultra-modern offices. She is nervous, and it’s clear from the start she is anxious about the interview and if she is ready to do the job if she gets it. The building is only partly occupied and very high-tech. The setting is integral to the story.

There are only a few characters, but they are all impactful. The plot is twisty but believable and explores contemporary themes. The conclusion is adrenaline-fueled, poignant and satisfying.

C.M, Ewan

C M Ewan is a pseudonym for Chris Ewan, the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of many mystery and thriller novels. Chris’s first standalone thriller, Safe House was a bestseller in the UK and was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He is also the author of thrillers A Window Breaks, Dead Line, Dark Tides and Long Time Lost, as well as The Good Thief’s Guide series of mystery novels. The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and has been published in thirteen countries.

Chris lives with his wife and two children in Somerset, where he writes full time.

Posted in Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Friendship, New Books

Brown Eyes Frances Ive 4*#Review @healthysouluk @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #family #friendship #marriage #dog #BrownEyes

A watchful eye as a marriage falls apart. The phone call, the rows, and the split are all observed by the family Labrador. He knows the habits and senses the moods of his beloved family members. Seeing them unhappy and hurting each other is unbearable. Where did his perfect life go?

With her marriage to Phil in crisis, two children at the challenging teenage stage, and a close friend in peril, Meriel’s world is falling apart. She finds solace in the arms of another man, but is this the answer for her? It is her stubbornness that threatens the family’s future together until a major loss has a life-changing effect on her. A sliver of hope returns.

Like a fly on the wall, Benji the dog sees it all.

Narrated by both the dog and Meriel, Brown Eyes is a novella (a short read) written by the author of Finding Jo and Give and Take with a Capital G & T.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Family life and relationships seen through the eyes of the family dog, Benji the Labrador, is a unique and insightful view of discord, friendship and marriage. Dual viewpoints from the dog and the woman whose marriage breaks down give the reader an emotional and intense idea of life within the family setting.

The dog’s viewpoint is an engaging mix of humour and poignancy, and anyone who has lived with a dog will recognise the behaviour. There is lots of detail in this story, but you empathise with the characters, especially Benji, and want them to work out their problems.

I liked the dog’s perspective best, but all the characters resonate.

A career as a journalist/PR led to health writing for UK nationals newspapers and consumer mags. Out of the blue I was inspired to write my first novel, Finding Jo, which I self-published in January 2021. Brown Eyes is my 2nd novel, written a few years ago. It was inspired by our black Labrador Benji. Before Finding Jo, I previously had only non-fiction books published, including One Step Ahead of Osteoarthritis (2019), a positive approach to staying mobile.

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A Cottage Full of Secrets Jane Lovering 5*#Review @janelovering @BoldwoodBooks #friendship #romance #relationships #healing #secrets #selfbelief #Cottage #NorthYorkshire @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers #ACottageFullofSecrets

Cottage Two, Bracken Ridge Farm sits at the end of a pitted track, with the glorious Yorkshire moors stretching behind it. 

Just a simple two up, two down, the cottage holds the promise of a new start for two very different women, but it is also full of secrets. 

Fifty years ago, newly-wed Stella is relishing making the little cottage a happy home. But for all the lovingly handmade curtains, and the hot dinners ready on the table for her husband, Stella’s dreams of married life jar painfully with the truth.

Fifty years later, the cottage is a new beginning for Tamzin. Determined to get away from her previous life, she makes the move to the wild and vast Yorkshire countryside. 

When Tamzin finds a sepia photo of a woman, Stella, standing in the cottage’s garden, there’s a sadness in her eyes that Tamzin recognises.  As the cottage reveals more of its secrets, Tamzin is desperate to find out whether Stella got her happy ending.  And as she gradually makes new friends, and starts to win over her mysterious neighbour Euan, Tamzin dares to dream about her own happy ending too… 

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I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Stella, in 1973 is packing the leave the cottage she loves. Nearly fifty years later, Tamzin arrives at the same place to start a new life. Two women generations apart but with more in common than is immediately apparent.

The story is set in North Yorkshire and filled with descriptions of picturesque scenery and vibrant wildlife. It’s the characters that make this story so engaging. Tamzin running from her former life, is wary of others and is determined to live her life as she wants to. Euan lives in the neighbouring cottage. His unfriendliness masks a host of secrets that the story reveals. Jill is the person who helps Tamzin construct a run for her orphaned fox, but she is more critical as emotional support for both Euan and Tamzin and is a lovely character.

The developing friendships, healing and humour keep you turning the pages. The mystery surrounding Stella is heartbreaking, but thankfully Tamzin and Euan’s stories conclude in a hopeful way. I love the growing friendships, gentle romance and Euan and Tamzin’s emotional recovery facilitated by the cottage and the natural way of life. There are many sad moments, but ultimately it is uplifting.

Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home. 

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