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The Last Cuckoo Maria Frankland 4*#Review @writermaria_f #TheLastCuckoo #Ghost #Suspense #Parenting #Noir #PsychologicalSuspense #DomesticThriller #RandomThingsTours #BlogTour #BookReview @annecater

Do you listen to your mother? Even after she’s dead?
Anna Hardaker is following you …
This seemingly innocent Tweet fills Jamie Hardaker with confusion and fear. After all, his mother Anna has been dead for nearly three weeks.
What follows is an orchestrated Twitter campaign to lead those Anna loved, and didn’t love so much, to the truth behind her “accidental” death.

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

My Thoughts…

Claustrophobic and toxic, a dark story about a fractured family. The story focuses on events after Anna’s accidental death. Sinister tweets cast doubt, on the circumstances surrounding Anna’s accident. There are also historical flashbacks of incidents within the family, before Anna’s demise.
The story is written from Jamie’s point of view, in the first person. This narrows the story’s perspective but gives it the depth of emotion and immediacy.

A fusion of family drama and psychological suspense, where Jamie is an unreliable protagonist. He feels isolated by his mother’s death, full of anger and grief. The cast of realistically flawed characters, all have their agendas. Jamie’s father is particularly objectionable.

The plot twists, the sinister twitter campaign escalates and Jamie’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic. He talks to his mother, even thinks he sees her. A symptom of grief? Or something more disturbing?

Being inside Jamie’s mind is exhausting. The final twists, I guessed, but they are believable. They give the story a dark and tragic end.

An immersive domestic thriller that has disturbing realism.

Maria Frankland

Maria Frankland’s life began at 40 when she escaped an unhappy marriage and began making a living from her own writing and becoming a teacher of creative writing.

The rich tapestry of life with all its turbulent times has enabled her to pour experience, angst and lessons learned into the writing of her novels and poetry.

She recognises that the darkest places can exist within family relationships and this is reflected in the domestic thrillers she writes.

She is a ‘born ‘n’ bred’ Yorkshire woman, a mother of two and has recently found her own ‘happy ever after’ after marrying again.

Still in her forties, she is now going to dedicate the rest of her working life to writing books and inspiring other writers to also achieve their dreams too!

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Cover Reveal – Bella -R.M.Francis #CoverReveal @rmfrancis @wildpressed @LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup #Ghost #Paranormal #Haunting #Social #WorkingClass #PostIndustrial #Preorder

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A spectre has haunted Netherton for generations.

Everyone has a theory, no one has an answer.

The woods that frame the housing estate uncover a series of heinous acts, drawing onlookers into a space of clandestine, queer sexuality: a liminal space of abject and uncanny experience.

A question echoes in the odd borderlands of being, of fear-fascination, attraction-repulsion, of sex and death…

Who put Bella down the Wych-Elm?

R.M.Francis

R. M. Francis is a writer from Dudley. He completed his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton for a project titled Queering the Black Country and graduated from Teesside University for his Creative Writing MA.

He’s the author of four poetry chapbooks, Transitions (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2015), Orpheus (Lapwing Publications, 2016), Corvus’ Burnt-Wing Love Balm and Cure-All (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2018) and Lamella, (Original Plus, 2019).

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4* Review: Phantom Lover – Tamaria Soana

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 Olivia Shaw-Clayton’s life revolves around her job ever since her husband was killed eight months ago in Iraq. She slaves away at her desk in hopes of numbing the pain of her loss and the guilt of longing to fall asleep once again to be joined by her phantom lover.

 

Phantom LoverMy Review:

‘Phantom Lover’ is a poignant tale of loss and love. This short story sizzles from the start as Olivia experiences sensual overload in her lover’s arms. Unfortunately reality sets in, yet another erotic dream and she’s still alone with only a demanding career as a defence lawyer to keep her sane.

Olivia’s grief is tangible you feel her pain and confusion as she struggles through her pain-filled existence. Drawn deeper into to her fantasy world Olivia struggles to understand what she is experiencing and in rare insightful moments she questions her sanity.

The ending is dramatic and unexpected. It rounds off the sexy, heart-rending tale in an inspiring, satisfying way.

I won a copy of this book in an author giveaway.

Phantom Lover by Tamaria Soana

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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5* Review: Ghost – Dani- Lyn Alexander

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After a head injury, Jess begins to see things she can’t explain. She starts to wonder if she’s hallucinating, losing her mind completely…or if something far worse might be happening.

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My Review

 ‘Ghost ‘ is an atmospheric short story.

This story has a great opening. Jess wakes up from a nightmare, injured and her mind full of unanswered questions.

‘Ghost’ combines elements of mystery, suspense, menace and romance with an eerie yet poignant paranormal twist.
The plot is fast paced and interesting and has a satisfying ending with the loose ends skilfully concluded.

A lovely read for the beach.

I received a copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 Author Bio
Dani-Lyn Alexander

Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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Release Day Blitz: Dani- Lyn Alexander Ghost

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After a head injury, Jess begins to see things she can’t explain. She starts to wonder if she’s hallucinating, losing her mind completely…or if something far worse might be happening.

Buy Links:

Amazon UK

Amazon

Crimson Frost Books

 

Author Bio
Dani-Lyn Alexander

Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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Dani-Lyn Alexander Website
Dani-Lyn Alexander Facebook
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