Cover Reveal: Ashes to Ashes by Paul Finch

Today on Hummingbird Reviews, I am delighted to be bringing to you a thrilling cover reveal on behalf of Paul Finch and Avon Books. This reveal is for the cover of Paul Finch's upcoming release on April 6th, Ashes to Ashes, and boy, is it a scorcher! Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself. There's a sense of danger in that title, isn't there? You'd be foolish not to trust it.
Blurb: John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he's there. But then, that's why he's so dangerous.

A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised - and mutilated - countless victims. And now he's on the move. DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg must chase the trail, and even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn - a place he never thought he'd set foot in again.

But Sagan isn't the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death. And with the victims chosen at random, no-one knows who will be next. Least of all Heck...

Ashes to Ashes by Paul Finch is available to pre-order here.

Book Review: Girl 99 by Andy Jones

Girl 99 by Andy Jones was a side-tickling, warm-hearted and tender novel, about love being found where you least expect to find it. This is the first novel I've had the pleasure of reading by Andy Jones, although I have seen fantastic reviews full of praise for his previous novels The Two of Us and The Trouble with Henry and Zoe, which I do intend on reading once I can squeeze them in. I have to say, there's a certain charm to Andy Jones and the characters that he creates. The dialogue is exceptionally well-written and capable of slapping a smile onto any reader's face, and the circumstances which arise are jaw-droppingly shocking as much as they are hilarious. But amid all of the amusement and witticism, there's a certain sense of loveliness within this novel, a certain feel to it that is completely uplifting and golden. A little something-something that makes you want to smile your flipping face off.

In Girl 99 by Andy Jones, readers are introduced to Tom. Having recently split up from girlfriend Sadie, Tom is now at a loss as to what to do next. That is, until best friend El, after discovering just how many women Tom has slept with, decides to encourage Tom to round it up to a nice and tidy figure of 100 in a seven month deadline. This leads to Tom getting up to plenty of antics within that time, alongside the general day-to-day things in Tom's life, such as the progression of his career, his elderly neighbour, and the constant bickering between his younger sister Bianca and his father. It's a lot for Tom to tackle, but he's sure he can deal with it. Just about.

Book Review: The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood

My review for The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood is well overdue, but it's better late than never, right? If you're a fan of dark and mysterious stories with an underlying sense of danger that you just can't put your finger on, then this book is right up your street. While reading, I couldn't help feeling that I was lost in a gothic fairy-tale. It just had that atmosphere about it, that anything was possible. That anything could happen. And in The Hidden People, it could. It was enchanting in a way that frightened me a little bit. At times, it was creepy and got beneath my skin, leaving me feeling unsettled about the characters within, and the circumstances that arose. It read like a story from long ago, and I suppose in a way, that works perfectly because it's got that myths and legends feel to it, that disturbing sense of 'what if?'. In Alison Littlewood's The Hidden People, readers are introduced to Albie, whose cousin, Lizzie Higgs, has suffered a tragic, gruesome and incredibly disturbing death by the hands of her husband. A death involving the hearth in her very home, situated in the mysterious village of Halfoak. Unable to forget the time he'd first met Lizzie, Albie decides to head to Halfoak in order to try and figure out what exactly happened to his cousin, and more importantly, why?

Book Review: Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey

Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey is a complex and clever puzzle of a novel that I was incredibly eager to figure out. So many secrets, teasing and taunting, had been hidden between the pages, revealing themselves only when the author gave them permission to do so, and always just at the right time. It's safe to say that Those Who Lie begins with a bang. In a harrowing scene, we're introduced to Emily Klein, the leading lady of this novel, and Jeffrey ensures that it is one that we won't forget quickly. This scene truly sets the tone and the foundations for the rest of the novel, and gave Emily a shocking history which helped to define her character in the present day and also lay behind some of the decisions she made. When Jeffrey brings readers forward to the present day, Emily wakes up in a hospital bed, with little to no memory of how she ended up there, or why. The police want to speak to her. They have questions they would like to ask. Does she know that her husband is dead? Does she know what happened on that day of the car accident? Does she remember anything? Only time will tell.

Book Review: While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green

Linda Green's While My Eyes Were Closed is a fast-paced, tension-fuelled novel, in which the author manages to capture every parent's worst nightmare. Readers are introduced to Lisa Dale and her four-year old daughter Ella, along with a number of other family members who find their world turned upside-down all thanks to just a few minutes where Lisa isn't looking. It's hard to believe that so much can happen in order to change so many lives in such a short space of time, but sadly it does, and the novel begins. Ella is a lovable little girl, and her personality radiates from the page as Green brings her to life. The same goes for Lisa and Alex too, Ella's parents. Green does a fantastic job of making this feel incredibly real and raw. It affected me in so many ways. It's one of those books that make you want to keep any little ones in your family close to you, never taking your eye off them for a second for the fear of something like this happening. The bottom line is: it was frightening. To say that I was hooked to Linda Green's While My Eyes Were Closed would be a complete understatement. I could not bear to put this book down once I had started.

Blog Tour: Book Review - Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Today on Becca's Books, I'm delighted to be sharing my review of Liz Nugent's Lying in Wait as part of the blog tour.

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Title - Lying in Wait
Author - Liz Nugent
Publication Date - July 14th 2016
Publisher - Penguin
Format - Kindle Edition
Pages - 316

'My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.'

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants...

Book Review: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

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Title - Her Every Fear
Author - Peter Swanson
Publication Date - January 10th 2017
Publisher - Faber & Faber
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 352

Following a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend, Kate Priddy makes an uncharacteristically bold decision after her cousin, Corbin Dell, suggests a temporary apartment swap - and she moves from London to Boston.

But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin's next-door neighbour, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police begin asking questions about Corbin's relationship with Audrey, and his neighbours come forward with their own suspicious, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own.

Jetlagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, Kate can barely trust herself. So how can she trust any of the strangers she's just met?

Book Review: The One by John Marrs

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Title - The One
Author - John Marrs
Publication Date - January 26th 2017
Publisher - Ebury Digital
Format - Kindle Edition
Pages - 368

The Blurb
How far would you go to find THE ONE?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes.

One tiny DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love.

Now, five more people take the test. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others...

A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Book Review: The Good Sisters by Helen Phifer

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Title - The Good Sisters
Author - Helen Phifer
Publication Date - October 31st 2016
Publisher - Carina UK
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 249

1933. Mother Superior Agnes offers sanctuary to a desperate young woman fleeing for her life. Only to wake in the morning to discover a terrible fate has befallen one of the Sisters - in a room locked from the inside. Agnes can't help fear that she has allowed a great evil to enter the convent, but she has no idea how far reaching the consequences of that one fateful night will be...

Over 80 years later, Kate Parker, divorced, alcoholic, and broke, moves into the dilapidated old convent she dreams of turning into a bed and breakfast, whilst changing her life. Although the locals refuse to go near the place at night, Kate is determined to stay while the renovations take place. But when she starts to hear strange noises at night, and the crucifixes she had removed reappear on the walls, Kate starts to suspect she is not entirely alone in her new home.

As much as I utterly adore romantic fiction, I have always, for as long as I can remember, had a soft spot for all things spooky and unusual, and Helen Phifer's The Good Sisters falls into that category perfectly. As soon as the details for this frightening novel were released, I knew that I absolutely had to read it. It sounded right up my street and I just couldn't wait to get started on what sounded like one hell of a creepy story, slotting seamlessly into Halloween season.