Monday, 27 July 2015

My Friday Five Challenge…


As a fan of Rosie Amber, I was intrigued to read her post about the #FridayFiveChallenge.

So I grabbed myself a cup of coffee and had a go. I had five minutes…

1)      Go to any online book supplier,
2)      Randomly choose a category,
3)      Speed through the book covers, choose one which grabbed my attention,
4)      Read the book bio/description for this book,
5)      If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6)      Make an instant decision, would I BUY or PASS?
(then write a little analysis about my decision)

Coincidentally, at the time, I was looking for inspiration for my sister Jaye’s WIP. She needed to be sure her cover and title were up to scratch, and the best place to check these out, I have found, is the bestseller list on
Several covers caught my eye, but the only one that really spoke to me, was Rachel Abbott’s ‘Sleep Tight’.

                                   Find a copy here from or

Book description

How far would you go to hold on to the people you love?

When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning.

But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.

And then they find the blood…

Has the past caught up with Olivia?

Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.

Price: Kindle £3.48 / $5.42

Number of reviews; 2.284 in the UK / 2.663 in the US

I checked out some of the reviews and most said they loved it. One or two said there wasn’t enough action, more of a dark psychological mystery, but this was fine by me, as that’s how I like them.

My time had run out… would I BUY or PASS?
(No contest really, this book had me written all over it.)


I loved the cover, something very enticing about the open window. The title was perfect for a mystery thriller too and the book description clinched it.
Having read both of Rachel’s previous books, I didn’t need much persuading, to be honest.
The price was a little more than I usually pay for a kindle book, but I will BUY this book.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Review of the week…

 The Healer…

When I first heard about this book, the brilliant cover and title intrigued me, and I expected it to be some kind of supernatural mystery.
The Healer is nothing of the kind. It is a well-written psychological thriller, and not a simple story by any means.
Christoph Fischer has created entirely believable and fascinating character profiles of both the healer and the woman he treats.
The woman, dying of cancer, seeks a cure from the healer, but this turns out to be not a magical ‘one touch and you’re healed’ situation. There are all kinds of conditions, and as you read, you begin to form your own opinions as to the truth of it all.
Is the healer the real deal, will the woman be healed? Or is she being taken for a very expensive ride?

Suspicions and red herrings abound as the story twists and turns, and at times, you find yourself doubting the motives of everyone.
I thoroughly recommend this book…

 About the Author...

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years, he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline.
He has written several other novels, which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.



Thursday, 16 July 2015

My Favourite Things x 1... The Power of Lightning

 posted by Jaye Marie...

One of my most favourite things has to be a good thunderstorm. Throughout my life, I have experienced so many, it would be hard to pick the best one. Like most of Nature’s gifts to us, there can be no favourites, as they are all so wonderful.

When I was a child, it was impressed upon me how dangerous they were. I was never to go near a window, or even look at a storm. Never to pick up a telephone, or God forbid, actually go outdoors. None of which, of course, had any effect on me, except to probably make me want to do all of these things.

Something about the distant rumble of thunder has me counting the miles, desperate for it to travel to where I am. I love to watch the show, go out in the rain and get soaking wet, even though it could be dangerous. I just have to try to be a part of it.

A while ago, in the middle of a storm, it appeared to be moving away, so I opened the back door for a better idea of what was happening. Just at that moment, a huge bolt of lightning hit a nearby tree, barely yards from where I was standing. The force of it nearly blew the door off its hinges!
But was I scared?  Was I heck…

I love the power and beauty of a storm, the smell of electricity in the air. The way the sky seems to glow with violet light, the searing white shards that chase their way to earth.
They always end too soon, though, leaving me disappointed.

I always remember the storms of my childhood, and maybe it is my imagination, but didn’t they seem to last longer then? I would lie in my bed at night, listening to the thunder, and awake to a world washed so clean in the morning…