Blog Tour – The Art of Loving You by Amelia Henley

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A beautifully written heart-breaking story that will stay with you forever!

After falling in love with Amelia’s debut novel last year, I couldn’t wait for her next book. Did I take this story to my heart as much as I did with The Life We Almost Had? Absolutely!

This incredible story had my attention from the start where I fell in love with the main characters Libby and Jack. The blurb makes it clear that life for this lovely young couple doesn’t always remain all beer and skittles (you’ll know what I mean here when you read the book). It isn’t long before we realise this and all I can say is get the tissues ready. Not many books make me cry by chapter four.

Another character who you can’t help but fall in love with is eighty-year-old Sid. A friend to Libby and Jack but more like a Grandfather, Sid plays a huge part in this couple’s life and future. He’s not had an easy life himself, but he is an upbeat character and made me smile a lot throughout the story. Everybody needs a Sid in their life!

The story is perfectly paced and beautifully written with real-life situations at the core. If I’ve learnt anything from this book, then it is to not waste a single day and enjoy everything in life and never take anything for granted.

Amelia’s extensive research and her own life experiences shine through every chapter in this book, she really is an incredible writer. I don’t know how she does it, but she manages to make everything seem so real, you literally feel like you’re there, right inside the story. I felt all the heartache and happiness that the characters felt.

This book broke my heart and then slowly chapter by chapter it put it back together again. The Art of Loving You is an absolute must-read this summer!

Thank you so much to Amelia Henley for sending me a copy of this book, right when I needed it most and Thank you to HQ for including me on the blog tour 😀

Thank you also to my lovely, talented dad Ian Smith for creating the picture for this blog post.

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Book Blurb

They were so in love . . .
And then life changed forever . . .
Will they find happiness again?

Libby and Jack are the happiest they’ve ever been. Thanks to their dear friend, eighty-year-old Sid, they’ve just bought their first house together, and it’s the beginning of the life they’ve always dreamed of.

But the universe has other plans for Libby and Jack and a devastating twist of fate shatters their world.

All of a sudden life is looking very different, and unlikely though it seems, might Sid be the one person who can help Libby and Jack move forward when what they loved the most has been lost?

About the Author

Amelia Henley is a hopeless romantic who has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heartbreaking, high-concept love stories. Her debut novel was The Life We Almost Had.

Amelia also writes psychological thrillers under her real name, Louise Jensen. As Louise Jensen she has sold over a million copies of her global number one bestsellers. Her stories have been translated into twenty-five languages and optioned for TV as well as featuring on the USA Today andWall Street Journal bestsellers list. Louise’s books have been nominated for multiple awards.

The Art of Loving You is her second book.

Cover Reveal for Camp Death by Jim Ody & Ouija by Zoe-Lee O’Farrell

Camp Death Book Blurb

The place had a gruesome past that nobody wanted to talk about…

Camp Death is now a great place to spend the summer. Ritchie soon finds a group of outsiders like himself. Teenagers who ignore the organised activities, and bunk off in the old abandoned cabins deep in the woods. The cabins that have a history.

The campfire monster stories were meant to just scare them. Nobody expected them to come true. Then one of the teenagers disappears in the middle of the night.

Something is watching them. It hides in the woods and hunts at night.

Ritchie will have to uncover the secrets of the camp and understand his own problems in order to survive.

Camp Death is Book 1 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.

Check out Book 2 – Ouija by Zoe-Lee O’Farrell

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Ouija Book Blurb

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident.

Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.

A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.

Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…

Ouija is Book 2 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.

Check out Book 1 – Camp Death by Jim Ody

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About the Authors

Jim Ody

Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres. 

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK.

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Zoe-Lee O’Farrell

Zoé O’Farrell grew up in Watford but left the town life to live by the sea down at the White Cliffs of Dover.
She spends her days working with numbers before escaping in the evening to the world of words and movies. Her go-to relaxation is watching a scary movie or reading a terrifying book!

She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at herhusband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats.

Ouija is her debut novel.

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The Stalker

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Chilling, full of suspense and hugely atmospheric!

After reading and loving The Weekend Away last year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Sarah’s new book. The title and the front cover were enough alone to attract my attention. Hooked from the start, this was another great read!

Poor Laura lost her beloved mum soon after she married Liam, unable to go on their honeymoon to Greece they decide that they will honeymoon in the UK instead. What better place to take some time out than on a remote island just off the coast of Scotland. Dropped off by boat with an arrangement to be collected a week later, the newlyweds are looking forward to spending a week alone together. Not only is the island currently uninhabited but there is also no phone signal or internet. Bliss, some may think. Well, I think we know from the title of this book that this honeymoon is going to be anything but bliss!

We follow Laura and Liam as their perfect honeymoon quickly turns into a holiday from hell! Someone is watching them and clearly doesn’t want them on the island, but who and why is the ultimate question. You’ll have to read the book to find out and I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed!

I find Sarah’s books so easy to read, there is nothing overcomplicated about them, you can just immerse yourself in the story from the first chapter and let each scene play out in your mind as if it were a movie. The characters are portrayed perfectly throughout, not quite letting you get to know them enough, leaving that element of doubt about each one.

With the stormy weather, creepy messages and faces appearing at the cottage window, this is probably not a book to read alone in the dark, but this is what makes this story so atmospheric. I have a perfect image in my mind of the characters, the island and everything that went on there and this is all down to Sarah’s descriptive writing.

With twists and turns aplenty, my attention never waned. Whilst I did guess one of the outcomes, I was blindsided by another and absolutely loved how the story ended.

A creepy captivating read! Thank you to Sarah Alderson, Avon and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book.

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Book Blurb

Two newlyweds. One remote island. It was meant to be the perfect escape…

Newly-weds Liam and Laura are spending their honeymoon in paradise: just the two of them on a remote island off the coast of Scotland.

But they soon discover that all is not as it seems, and the island has a tragic past. And they can’t shake the feeling of being watched…

When one morning, they wake to find a message scratched into the window, their worst fears are confirmed. They aren’t alone on the island. And this stranger wants them dead.

…but it became the perfect nightmare.

About the Author

Sarah is a British born, LA based screenwriter and author. She has written twenty novels, including several under the pen name Mila Gray, and is currently writing for the CBS show S.W.A.T.

The Alibi Girl

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An addictive read with a heart-wrenching story at the core. Absolutely brilliant!

The blurb for this book totally sold it to me! I had high hopes from the start, and I was not disappointed. This is the first book I’ve read by C J Skuse and it most certainly won’t be the last.

Joanne Haynes is 29, she was born in Liverpool, she has three brothers and her parents died in a car accident abroad. Joanne seems like a normal person, right? Wrong! Joanne and her past are fake as are the previous identities given to her over the years.

Not satisfied with her alibis, Joanne spins a yarn wherever she goes, how she remembers whether she’s Mary, Ruth, Genevieve or any of the other names she goes by I’ll never know. Why does she need to lie and why can she not live her life with the name she was born with? I can’t tell you that, but what I can tell you is that you absolutely must read this book!

This story has everything you could want in a book. It has all the suspense and twists and turns you’d expect from a great thriller, but it also has a funny side to it which had me laughing out loud several times. Yet in amongst the suspense and the laughter, there is also a side to this story that will pull at your heartstrings, it’s definitely a book that gives you all the feels.

Joanne, Ruth, Mary, whoever she decides to be, will always be one of my most favourite characters ever in a book. Some of her lies are so wrong, but I just couldn’t help but love her. Initially, I thought she was a bit cuckoo and maybe she is a little, but she has good reason to be.

The chapters switch perfectly from the past to the present day, keeping you gripped right up until the fantastic ending. Cleverly plotted and fast-paced, I never once lost interest and I couldn’t wait to pick the book back up each time I had to put it down. I didn’t guess any of the twists making this an unpredictable read.

I can definitely see this being in my top 10 reads for 2021!

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Book Blurb

Joanne Haynes has a secret: that is not her real name.

And there’s more. Her flat’s not hers. Her cats aren’t hers. Even her hair isn’t really hers.

Nor is she any of the other women she pretends to be. Not the best-selling romance novelist who gets her morning snack from the doughnut van on the seafront. Nor the pregnant woman in the dental surgery. Nor the chemo patient in the supermarket for whom the cashier feels ever so sorry. They’re all just alibis.

In fact, the only thing that’s real about Joanne is that nobody can know who she really is.

But someone has got too close. It looks like her alibis have begun to run out….

About the Author

C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC, DEAD ROMANTIC, MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS and the adult crime thrillers THE ALIBI GIRL and the SWEETPEA series of books. C.J. was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England and has First Class degrees in Creative Studies in English and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.

You can find out more about C.J. via her website

Cry To Me

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A classic whodunnit! Five people, one killer and an almighty hurricane!

This story starts with a bang (quite literally) when Liddy’s husband Wyatt is shot dead at their house party and Liddy herself is left seriously injured. With all the guests in another room, there are no witnesses and when the gun is found sitting nicely in Liddy’s hand, the police are very quick to assume that this was an attempted murder-suicide.

Liddy’s sister Kim is one of the first to arrive at the crime scene and she is not willing to let her sister take the blame, she hated guns after what happened in their past, there is no way Liddy would ever use one. Would she?

With Liddy in the hospital and the police hanging close by, ready to arrest her, we follow Kim as she tries to work out what happened that night and save her sister from taking the blame. Before long Liddy is released into the care of Kim and they head home to hide from the hurricane that is fast approaching. They are joined by David (Wyatt’s brother), Winnie (Liddy’s best friend) and Maddy (one of the house staff). All five become trapped due to the weather, could one of them be the killer? Or is there more to this than meets the eye?

I do love a good murder mystery. It’s always fun to try and guess who the killer might be, and I have to say I didn’t guess this one! I suspected everybody at one point or another, each character is very unreliable, so you find yourself trusting them one minute and then having serious reservations about them the next!

Whilst I was drawn in at the start of this book, I’m so sorry to say I did lose interest a bit towards the middle, I felt a little confused at times and found some parts a bit repetitive. Do not let this put you off in any way though as this is purely just my opinion and I’m so glad I stuck with it as I loved the ending, especially because I hadn’t worked it out.

I’ve read and enjoyed a few other books by J.A Schneider now and I love how she always adds in a bit of romance to her suspense thrillers. Another thing I will say is that this book is hugely atmospheric, the description used for the hurricane makes you feel like you can literally hear the wind and the rain as you turn the pages.

A modern-day Cluedo! Dust off your detective hat and give this one a go!

Thank you so much to J. A Schneider for my copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

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Book Blurb

Liddy Bell shot her husband – or did she? In the middle of a party she’s giving with her guests just feet away? Liddy’s sister Kim, a true crime writer, struggles to prove her sister innocent – and avoid falling for a man who might be dangerous.

Wyatt Bell was a powerful tech CEO; the party was to celebrate the purchase and restoration of his and Liddy’s 1920s mansion. No one heard the shots that killed him and wounded Liddy. The band was loud and guests were scattered. When the police declare the crime a failed murder-suicide attempt and Liddy as their suspect, her sister Kim is devastated and insists it’s a setup. Wyatt’s handsome brother David and Liddy’s closest friends try to help Kim investigate…but questions arise. Could Liddy have only pretended to be happy, snapped, and shot her husband? Above all, Kim’s worst anguish is wondering if she ever really knew her sister…

With a hurricane approaching, the police put their investigation on hold, and those closest find themselves all under one roof. Relationships unravel, and Kim thinks, “This is terrifying. We’re all five of us in this house. At night in a hurricane with no power…and a terrible feeling of menace. I can’t shake it.”

About the Author

Joyce Schneider is a former writer at Newsweek. She is the author of the 6-book Embryo medical thriller series; the 4-book police/psychological thriller series featuring NYPD Detective Kerri Blasco (Fear Dreams, Her Last Breath, Watching You, and Shoeless Child), and the standalone thrillers, Into the Dark, Girl Watching You, What You’ve Done, and Cry To Me. When not writing she’s usually thinking about writing and dreaming up new stories. She lives with her family in Connecticut and loves gardening. She invites readers to visit her website at and join her newsletter for information about her books. She’s also available on Twitter (@JoyceSchneider1) or Facebook (, and loves hearing from her readers.

The Lies We Tell

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An Incredible, compelling, thought-provoking read!

What an amazing story this is! This is the third book I’ve read by Jane and after reading I Looked Away, I didn’t think I’d ever read another story as good or one that would make me feel so many different emotions, until now!

Sarah and Tom both have secrets from their past which neither reveal at the start of their relationship. They are so different from each other, and whilst they do fall in love, I think they are so desperate to forget who they used to be, they convince themselves that they are exactly what each other needs. Then their son Freddie comes along just as they begin to question their love for each other, but they remain together determined for him to have a decent upbringing with both parents by his side.

Life isn’t plain sailing for this family and when Freddie is fifteen he does something really terrible that will change all of their lives forever. In the middle of the night, Sarah and Tom must decide whether to help their only son or make him face the music. With differing opinions on what to do, Sarah makes a snap decision, is it the right one though?

I don’t think I’ll stop thinking about this story for a very long time. I’ve been trying to think about what it is that Jane does differently from other authors because not many books affect me quite the way hers do. I think a lot of it is to do with the characters, Jane is an expert at writing about troubled women who face challenges, but she manages to make them so real and so likeable that you just want to help them.

My feelings about Tom changed many times throughout this book, from liking him to hating him and often feeling rather frustrated by him, but I don’t think we can blame him for how he is due to what happened in his past.

The question that you will come away with after reading this book is… What would you do? My answer is the same as Sarah’s at the end of the book when she wonders if she’d make the same decision again, and that is Yes, No, Maybe! As a mother to two boys all I can say is I hope I never find myself in Sarah’s situation.

This book features locations such as Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which all have a special place in my heart as I live in Devon and have lived in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This also makes it so much easier for me to imagine the setting whilst reading.

From the first chapter, you will step inside this story and if you are anything like me, you will remain there, even when you’re not reading it and long after you’ve finished it.

A compulsive read that is truly heart-wrenching at times. An incredible story written by an incredible storyteller.

Thank you so much to Jane Corry, Penguin and NetGalley for my copy of this book.

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Book Blurb

Sarah always thought of herself and her husband, Tom, as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he’d done something terrible. Begging them not to tell the police.

Soon Sarah and Tom must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child . . .

As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision . . .

Save her son . . . or save herself?

About the Author

Jane Corry is a former magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men. This often hair-raising experience helped inspire her Sunday Times-bestselling psychological thrillers, My Husband’s Wife, Blood Sisters, The Dead Ex, I Looked Away and I Made A Mistake which have been published in more than 35 countries and sold over a million copies. Jane was a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University; an RLF Fellow at Exeter University; and is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and My Weekly magazine.

That Night

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Gripping, tense and full of suspense!

Wow! What a fantastic book this was! The story starts with a bang, quite literally, when Frannie hits a guy with her car whilst driving on the wrong side of the road in Verona. Instead of calling the police, she panics and phones her siblings Cathy and Joe, who are at their holiday villa, and asks them to come quickly, as she needs their help…

Cathy and Joe arrive at quite a horrific scene. Do they call the police? No! They decide to help their little sister cover up the tragic accident. If they didn’t, who knows what would happen to Frannie, they can’t risk her being put away in a foreign prison!

We follow the three of them as they finish their holiday and return home to England and try to get on with their lives. They are not experts in covering up a crime though, and it isn’t long before things start to go terribly wrong. As secrets and lies are revealed we realise there is so much more to what happened that night!

Ok, so the question that has been running around in my head since finishing this book is, would I help a loved one to hide a body and any evidence to do with the crime? I’m not going to answer that here, just in case I get placed on a police watchlist or something, but would you? Could you live with the guilt or would how much you cared for the person you are helping override that?

This book is incredibly clever, very tightly plotted and really different to all the psych thrillers that I’ve read before. It’s hugely atmospheric, to the point I could feel the heat and smell the blood as if I were there at the scene of the accident.

My only slight niggle, and it is very slight, was that I found myself a bit easily distracted at times in the middle of the book, I’m not sure why and this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story in any way, I just felt much more gripped at the beginning and at the end, where it is much faster-paced.

The characters are likeable but completely unreliable, which is great as it makes you feel unsure about who to trust.

What I absolutely loved about this book was that I did not guess the twists at all. That is very unusual for me with the number of thrillers I read, so credit to the author when they manage to surprise me like that.

Unforgettable and enthralling! A killer summer read!

Thank you to Gillian McAllister, Penguin and NetGalley for my copy of this book.

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Book Blurb

What would you do to protect your family?


During a family holiday in Italy, you get an urgent call from your sister.

There’s been an accident: she hit a man with her car and he’s dead.

She’s overcome with terror – fearing years in a foreign jail away from her child.

She asks for your help. It wasn’t her fault, not really. She’d cover for you, so will you do the same for her?

But when the police come calling, the lies start. And you each begin to doubt your trust in one another.

What really happened that night?

Who is lying to who?

Who will be the first to crack?

About the Author

Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham, where she now writes full-time. She is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything but the Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions, The Evidence Against You and How To Disappear.

The Serial Killer’s Wife

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An outstanding debut for Alice Hunter!

How well do you know your partner? After several years of marriage, you’d think you would know each other inside and out, wouldn’t you? Many people have skeletons in their closets, but what if those skeletons were real?

Beth is blissfully married to Tom, living happily in the village of Lower Tew with their daughter Poppy, life couldn’t get much better until one evening a knock at the door turns Beth’s whole world upside down. Tom gets taken to the police station to answer some questions about an ex-girlfriend who is missing and before long he is being held on suspicion of murder!

The title of this book I’m sure will make you realise that Tom’s ex-girlfriend is not his only victim. We follow Beth as she comes to terms with the fact that her husband is a killer and how she deals with the backlash of the press and the entire neighbourhood. They all think she knew, how could she not? Like I said though, how well do you really know your partner?

What a fantastic read this was! We know from the off that Tom is guilty of murder, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of shocks and surprises in this book which will catch you unaware each time! Every character has an unreliable side, making you question things throughout and wonder if it’s all quite so clear cut.

The pace of this story is just right, it’s not overly fast-paced like some psychological thrillers, but it’s not too slow either. Information is drip-fed to us throughout and the twists are spread out, this helps to hold your interest and makes the book incredibly difficult to put down. The whole thing is cleverly plotted, and the ending is just phenomenal! I did not see it coming! I think a sequel could come from this one.

When I read a book and it plays out in my mind like a movie/TV drama, that is when I know it would be fantastic on screen and this book did just that!

An addictive read with a realistic and chilling edge! I look forward to reading more from Alice Hunter.

Thank you so much to Alice Hunter and Avon for my copy of this fantastic new thriller!

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Book Blurb

Every marriage has its secrets…

Beth and Tom Hardcastle are the envy of their neighbourhood – they have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family.

When the police knock on their door one evening, Beth panics. Tom should be back from work by now – what if he’s crashed his car? She fears the worst.

But the worst is beyond imagining.

As the interrogation begins, Beth will find herself questioning everything she believed about her husband.

They’re saying he’s a monster. And they’re saying she knew.

About the Author

After completing a psychology degree, Alice Hunter became an interventions facilitator in a prison. There, she was part of a team offering rehabilitation programmes to men serving sentences for a wide range of offences, often working with prisoners who’d committed serious violent crimes. Previously, Alice had been a nurse, working in the NHS. She now puts her experiences to good use in fiction. THE SERIAL KILLER’S WIFE draws heavily on her knowledge of psychology and the criminal mind.







The Perfect Lie

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The most unpredictable thriller you’ll read this year! Utterly compelling!

Wow, what a fantastic read this was! From the first chapter to the last, this book held my attention, kept me guessing and blew my mind!

Erin and Danny are happily married and looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together. So when there’s a knock at the door one morning, why does Danny decide to take his own life by jumping from the window of their apartment? And why 18 months later is Erin in court, charged with her husband’s murder? Intrigued? I know I was!

The chapters switch between the time of Danny’s death, when Erin is in a state of shock, trying to work out why Danny felt he needed to end his life and then 18 months on when Erin is on trial for murder. As we uncover secrets and lies from the past, Erin begins to wonder if she ever really knew the man she married!

I think this has to be one of the most cleverly plotted books that I’ve read in a long time. I’ve read many thrillers and have become quite good at predicting the outcomes, but even with all my theories and suspicions, this one had me stumped!

The great thing about this story is that Erin is so in the dark about what is going on, that we are right there in the dark with her! Jo is careful never to reveal too much information at any point, leaving the reader confused (in a good way) and with so many questions that we just have to read on!

There are some great characters in this book, some you love and some you hate, but they all fit perfectly into the story.

A fast-paced read with insanely good twists that will shock and surprise you. This book is up there as one of my favourites so far this year!

Thank you so much to Jo Spain, Quercus Books and NetGalley for my copy of this book.

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Book Blurb

He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder.

Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning, it’s the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.

Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.

But it was all built on the perfect lie.

About the Author

Jo Spain is a full-time writer and screenwriter. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and her first psychological thriller, The Confession, was a number one bestseller in Ireland. Jo co-wrote the ground-breaking television series Taken Down, which first broadcast in Ireland in 2018. She’s now working on multiple European television projects. Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.

The Wild Girls

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Hugely addictive and incredibly atmospheric!

This was my first Phoebe Morgan book and it most definitely will not be my last. This fast-paced, tense thriller grabbed my attention right from the start, it had me gripped throughout and then left me hanging off the edge of my seat at the end.

Alice, Grace and Hannah all receive an invite to their friend Felicity’s birthday party. This is not just an invitation for a few drinks and a disco at the local social club though. This is a luxurious long weekend in Botswana, staying in the most incredible lodges with amazing food and drink and the opportunity to go on safari followed by a lavish party! Who wouldn’t want to do this with their besties, especially when the birthday girl is paying for the entire thing!

This all sounds a bit too perfect to be a thriller, doesn’t it? So, what on earth goes wrong?

The girls haven’t seen each other for a while, and we know from the off that something happened in the past to cause a bit of a rift between them, but each of them seems keen to re-kindle their friendships and hope that this weekend will be the perfect chance to let bygones be bygones.

Unfortunately, the amazing lodges are where the luxury ends as the weekend soon turns into a fight for survival.

This book is one of the most atmospheric stories that I’ve ever read. Having not been on holiday since before the pandemic, it was a joy to travel to this amazing setting in my head. I could almost feel the heat and smell the mozzie repellent seep through the pages! Being set right on the plains of Botswana gives it that eerie feel, especially during the scenes set at night. Whilst there were no sightings of any lions, snakes or deadly spiders, I felt we could sense that they were there, lying low, just watching and waiting!

This book is very well written, and cleverly plotted, Phoebe does well to never reveal too much too early on, leaving us frantically turning the pages, itching to know more. With work and 2 children, my reading time is restricted, but I raced through this book in just 3 days!

Take a trip to the wild and enjoy this thrilling but deadly adventure, where we uncover secrets and lies and so much more!

Thank you so much to Phoebe Morgan, HQ and NetGalley for my copy of this book.

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Book Blurb

In a luxury lodge on Botswana’s sun-soaked plains, four friends reunite for a birthday celebration…

Has it all, but chose love over her friends…

Feels the walls of her flat and classroom closing in…

Loves her baby, but desperately needs a break…

Yearns for adventure after suffering for too long…

Arriving at the safari lodge, a feeling of unease settles over them. There’s no sign of the party that was promised. There’s no phone signal. They’re alone, in the wild.


About the Author

PHOEBE MORGAN is a bestselling author and editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She edits commercial fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan, or find her blog about publishing and writing at

Her books have sold over 150,000 copies and been translated into nine languages including French, Italian, Polish and Croatian. They are also on sale in the US, Canada and Australia. Her four thrillers can be read in any order: The Doll House (2017), The Girl Next Door (2019), The Babysitter (2020), and The Wild Girls (2021).

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