#Blogtour #Review: Smoke Screen by Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger @OrendaBooks @annecater @EngerThomas @LierHorst #SmokeScreen #RandomThingsTours #BlixandRamm #NordicNoir
Release date - 18th February 2021 (Paperback)
Book length - 276 pages
Publisher - Orenda
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I want to thank Anne from randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Oslo, New Year’s Eve.
The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion, and the city is put on terrorist alert.
Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Smeplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten ten years earlier … and never found.
Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia’s disappearance is not all that it seems…
Intense, gripping, and with plenty of twists and misdirections along the way, SMOKE SCREEN by Thomas Enger & Jørn Lier Horst, is one of the best Nordic crime fiction books that I have read in a long time.
When an explosion happens on New Year's Eve, terrorism is the word on everyone's lips. But when police officer, Alexander Blix discovers a severely injured victim from the scene it isn't long before he suspects that something else could be at play. For the woman is known to him - her daughter was kidnapped years ago and it is a case that has played on Blix's mind ever since. Did someone plant the bomb to kill someone specific or is it terror-related?
Journalist, Emma Ramm, was walking at the square on New Year's Eve when the bomb detonated but she never expected to discover the dead body of her boyfriend on the scene. Distraught by her grief and feelings of guilt, Emma needs something to throw herself into, so when she realises that Blix is onto something, she starts an investigation of her own.
As they both try to retrace the steps of those involved in a kidnapping that is over ten years old, will they be able to uncover the truth before someone else is killed? Or are they looking in the wrong place?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and couldn't put it down. I have met Blix and Ramm before in the first book in this series (Death Deserved) but this book just made me connect and enjoy them even more. There are plenty of drama, subterfuge, and suspects in this novel and I enjoyed trying to piece it all together alongside Blix and Ramm, but I have to admit I was slow to the truth and it surprised me (which is great!).
SMOKE SCREEN has that chilly, uneasy, atmosphere that makes you sit up straight and pay attention while you're reading, and I felt like I was there, trying to solve the case. It is a fantastic novel from a fantastic series, and I cannot wait for more.
Thomas Enger is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of five books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 28 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Killer Instinct, another Young Adult suspense novel, was published in Norway in 2017. Rights have been sold to Germany and Iceland. Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.
Jorn Lier Horst (born in Bamble, Telemark 1970) is a former Senior Investigating Officer in the Norwegian police force. He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and is now considered one of the foremost Nordic crime writers. His William Wisting series of crime novels has been extremely successful, having sold more than 1 million copies in Norway alone. The series has also been translated into thirty languages. Dregs, the sixth novel, was published in English by Sandstone Press in 2011. The next book, Closed for Winter, won Norway's Booksellers' Prize in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Riverton Prize (aka Golden Revolver). The Hunting Dogs won both the prestigious Golden Revolver for best Norwegian crime, and The Glass Key, which widened the scope to best crime fiction in all the Nordic countries, in 2013, as well as the Martin Beck Award from the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy in 2014. In 2016, The Caveman was honoured with The Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year in the UK. Book no 10 in the William Wisting series, Ordeal, was published in 2016, and a prequel, When it Grows Dark, will be issued in the UK in March, 2017. The William Wisting series is translated by Anne Bruce.
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#Review: The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin @johnmurrays @HachetteIre @ElaineEgan_ #TheArtOfFalling #IrishFiction #IrishAuthor
Release date - 4th February 2021
Book length -304 pages
Publisher -John Murray
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I want to thank Elaine and www.hachettebooksireland.ie for sending me a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Nessa McCormack's marriage is coming back together again after her husband's affair. She is excited to be in charge of a retrospective art exhibit for one of Ireland's most beloved and enigmatic artists, the late sculptor Robert Locke. But the arrival of two outsiders imperils both her personal and professional worlds: a chance encounter with an old friend threatens to expose a betrayal Nessa thought she had long put behind her, and at work, an odd woman comes forward claiming to be the true creator of Robert Locke's most famous work, The Chalk Sculpture.
As Nessa finds the past intruding on the present, she must decide whether she can continue to live a lie - or whether she's ready to face the consequences once everything is out in the open. In this gripping debut, Danielle McLaughlin reveals profound truths about love, power, and the secrets that rule us.
A deftly-layered story of lies, secrets, and the power that art and love can hold over people, THE ART OF FALLING by Danielle McLaughlin is an excellent novel that fascinated me from the very beginning.
Nessa McCormack is trying her best to make her marriage work after her husband slept with the mother of their daughter's best friend, but it is proving more difficult than she thought it would be. But at least she can throw herself into her work, curating the move of the prestigious sculptor Robert Locke's work to the gallery. Nessa feels on solid ground here as she knows she is an expert in this field even if dealing with his eccentric widow and daughter can be challenging at times. But when a woman lays claim to Locke's most famous art piece, The Chalk Sculpture, Nessa must dig into the past to see if there is any truth to the rumours. And when the son of her oldest best friend comes into her life, she may just have to face up to her actions in the past in her personal life too, if she is ever going to find peace in the present.
Compelling characters and textured parallels between art and Nessa's own life make this story unputdownable. All of the characters are flawed and human which makes them all the more relatable, and as I got to know Nessa, her family, the Locke family, and those connected to them, I wanted to understand them and the decisions that they made throughout their lives.
THE ART OF FALLING by Danielle McLaughlin is a stunning debut from a talented new author and I eagerly look forward to Danielle's next novel.
Danielle McLaughlin is the author of the short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Irish Times, the Stinging Fly, and various anthologies. She has won the Windham Campbell Prize, the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition, the Willesden Short Story Prize, the Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy, and the Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition. The Art of Falling is her first novel.
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#Blogtour #Review: The Memory Keeper by Jenny Hale @jhaleauthor @HarpethRoad #TheMemoryKeeper
Release date -26th January 2021
Book length - 302 pages
Publisher - Harpeth Road Press
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I want to thank Jenny and www.harpethroad.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Hannah Townsend's life is just as she’s always wanted it to be. She has the perfect job at a New York magazine, a small but elegant apartment in the upper west side, and an incredibly successful beau named Miles Monahan. This year, for her thirty-fifth birthday, she’s leaving the icy city sludge for sunshine! She’s got tickets for two to Barbados, and she’s all packed and meeting Miles at the airport for a week of cocktails, sandy beaches, and the music of steel drums.
But her life is turned upside down in the span of that one morning. Hannah is rocked by the news that her beloved grandmother is very sick, and Hannah needs to come home to her small Tennessee town right away to be with her family and help run her gran’s dilapidated flower shop. It also means she has to face Ethan Wright, the best friend she’d left behind so many years ago. If that isn’t enough to deal with, she discovers her boyfriend is seeing someone else.
With flights grounded and rental cars in great demand due to the winter snowstorm, she’s stranded at the airport. On her birthday, instead of waking up in a stylish beachfront hotel in Miles’s arms like she thought, she finds herself packed like sardines into a car, with two passengers, on a ride-share from LaGuardia Airport to her hometown of Franklin, Tennessee.
When everything seems to be going wrong, it’s the kindness of a handsome businessman from Hannah’s past named Liam McGuire that might just save her. But a new development that threatens Gran’s shop and secrets surrounding Liam could alter both their lives forever.
With a story that feels like a warm hug and characters that become family by the end, THE MEMORY KEEPER by Jenny Hale is the perfect read to lose yourself in.
Hannah Townsend left her small-town life behind and has what she always wanted - a fast-paced, exciting career, and a long-term relationship with Miles which she is hoping will lead to a proposal soon. And with a secret luxury getaway organised for them both, everything is simply perfect. Except when Hannah surprises Miles she discovers something shocking about the man she thought she loved - he's a cheat - and when her mother rings to tell her that her beloved grandmother is gravely ill, Hannah needs no convincing to abandon her vacation and fly home to be with her family. Except there are no flights. But lucky for Hannah she finds some people willing to share a long car ride - an old childhood friend of hers who seems so different from the popular teenager she used to know, and a quirky woman who is on a journey of self-discovery. As Hannah moves away from the city and spends more time with those she loves and those whom she used to call friends, she begins to realise that her perfect life was maybe not so perfect after all, and as she tries to save her grandmother's flower shop from some faceless businessman who wants to take it out from under her, Hannah may just find the happiness she has always wanted.
The descriptive setting, the warm and engaging characters, and the ups and downs along the way, all combine to make THE MEMORY KEEPER by Jenny Hale a pure delight to read. I instantly liked Hannah who is strong, determined, and considerate (when she slows down enough to take in everything around her), and I love how she loves her family.
THE MEMORY KEEPER is the kind of book that has something for everyone, from family drama to romance, and I highly recommend this book to fiction fans everywhere who want to lose themselves in a great story for a few hours - it's a must-read!!!
Jenny Hale is a USA Today, Amazon, and international bestselling author of romantic contemporary fiction. Her books have sold worldwide, have been translated into multiple languages, and adapted for television. Her novels Coming Home for Christmas and Movie Guide Epiphany Award winner Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses are Hallmark Channel original movies.
She was included in Oprah Magazine’s “19 Dreamy Summer Romances to Whisk You Away” and Southern Living’s “30 Christmas Novels to Start Reading Now.” Her stories are chock-full of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family. Jenny is at work on her next novel, delighted to be bringing even more heartwarming stories to her readers.
When she isn’t writing, or heading up her romantic fiction imprint Harpeth Road, she can be found running around her hometown of Nashville with her husband, two boys, and their labradoodle, taking pictures—her favorite pastime.
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