#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger Wendy W. (@BashfulBookwm) #TheBashfulBookworm #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello friends and welcome to Saturday on damppebbles. The weekend is finally here and what a brilliant bookish week it’s been! We’re coming into the home straight now for #R3COMM3ND3D2022 with posts running until the 30th November. Shortly after that (or sometime after that, depending on how organised I am!) I will share this year’s results including the overall winner (or winners!). So make sure you stay tuned to damppebbles!

Joining me today to talk all things #R3COMM3ND3D2022 is a fairly new-to-me blogger but I already love their reviews and how absolutely beautiful their blog is. It’s the fabulous Wendy W. of The Bashful Bookworm. If you haven’t discovered Wendy’s blog yet then you need to make sure that changes. You won’t regret it!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Wendy recommends…

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Its a quirky and very well written historical novel that is both inspirational and heartwarming. It features a strong, independent heroine who will steal your heart. The story and writing are very unique, and when I finished this book, I had a big smile on my face. Main character Elizabeth Zott is a character I won’t easily forget.
Wendy’s Review of Lessons in Chemistry

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
It’s a very emotional contemporary romance that is both heartbreaking and inspirational. These characters are so realistic and human, that I still think of them, months after I finished reading the book.
Wendy’s Review of Reminders of Him

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan
This contemporary story combines a mystery, courtroom drama and a beautifully told story. These characters are strong, interesting, and courageous. It’s a story that stays with me and one I will not soon forget.
Wendy’s Review of Mad Honey

Thank you so much, Wendy. Three hugely popular books from the last year and what beautiful covers. They look so pretty together!

About Wendy W:
Hello, my name is Wendy and my Book Review Blog is named the Bashful Bookworm.

I’ve always read books and I can thank my mother for always taking us to the library to discover new treasures. I retired recently and renewed my love of books, and read a lot of reviews to find the best books out there that I would enjoy. For this reason, I thought it would be a great idea to review books to help others figure out what books are best for them to read.

I named the blog the Bashful Bookworm because, like many bookworms, I am an introvert and can be shy around people I don’t know.

Wendy’s Blog and Social Media Links:
The Bashful BookwormTwitter @BashfulBookwmInstagram @the_bashful_bookworm |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger Jo #JosBookBlog #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and a very happy Friday to you. It’s the end of the week at last. Phew, what a relief! It’s also day 25 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and we had a last-minute bid for the crown yesterday when a third book snuck unexpectedly into pole position, alongside The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards and Nothing Else by Louise Beech. Welcome to the joint top spot Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift. Isn’t it exciting? I wonder if one of these three books will reign supreme!

Joining me today to chat about three 2022 book releases they absolutely love is another of my favourite bloggers, it’s the fabulous Jo of Jo’s Book Blog. I’m a huge fan of Jo’s blog and find her recommendations are always spot on. So if you don’t subscribe to Jo’s blog already, make sure you change that!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Jo recommends…

Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman
Set in the late 18th century, Pandora a wonderful mix of historical mystery and Greek mythology that I found to be engaging from the very first page. I adored the main character, Dora – I loved her intelligence and her refusal to accept her uncle’s plans for her, particularly as it becomes clear that he doesn’t have her best interests at heart. There’s a wonderful mystery to unravel, and I loved the layers of secrets, lies, and betrayal and the interweaving of the Pandora myth.
Jo’s Review of Pandora

Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda
Woman, Eating is an unusual novel, but one that I found to be utterly gripping. It offers a very different take on the vampire narrative, bringing the concept bang up to date and using it as a means to explore present-day issues from the perspective of a surprisingly relatable young woman. If the idea of vampires and horror is off-putting, please do consider giving this novel a chance. It’s completely different to anything else I’ve read, and I absolutely loved it.
Jo’s Review of Woman, Eating

Hide by Kiersten White
I love the deceptively simple premise in Hide. 14 contestants – all strangers – are asked to hide in an abandoned amusement park for a week. Anyone caught out during the day for any reason is eliminated, and there’s a sizeable cash prize up for grabs for the winner. It’s a great idea, although of course there’s a little more to it than an elaborate game of hide ‘n’ seek. I thought the reveals were done well, dropping subtle hints as to the darker nature of the contest before making it clearer exactly what is at stake in this game.
Jo’s Review of Hide

Thanks so much, Jo. I absolutely love your three picks and they’re all going straight on the TBR.

About Jo:
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child, and have always been inclined towards darker stories – as a friend once pointed out, if I describe a book as “bleak” then I probably enjoyed it. This started with a fascination with fairy tales and myths when I was younger, and has developed into a love for post-apocalyptic / dystopian fiction now that I’m older. I also love retellings of the Greek myths, particularly where those tales are told from the perspectives of the women who have been voiceless and relegated to the side-lines for so long. Other hobbies include walking in the Peak District (particularly if there’s a pub on the route!), travel, and watching ice hockey.

Jo’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Jo’s Book BlogTwitter @tiny_ickle_jo |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger Rae (@rae_reads1) #RaeReads #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello you, and welcome to Thursday on damppebbles. Before I go any further I would like to wish my American followers a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful day, full of the things you love the most.

It’s day 24 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and we’re now, officially, on the home stretch. Which is quite sad but I’m glad I tried this more petite version of #R3C this year. It’s been ‘different’ but ‘good different’. What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Joining me on damppebbles today to talk all things #R3COMM3ND3D2022 is one of my favourite bloggers, it’s the fabulous Rae of Rae Reads. Rae’s blog is a gold mine of bookish delights for us bookworms. So if you don’t subscribe to Rae’s blog already then make sure that changes. You won’t regret it!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Rae recommends…

Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift
I would say when it comes to this story the less said about the plot, the better. Just because I loved discovering it all for myself and I want everyone to have the same experience. I loved all the perspectives in this book it gave everything a much more rounded feel and it felt like I got to know the characters so much better too. They are complex and have so much more to their personalities than what first impressions showed.

There are some important themes throughout and I thought these moments were perfectly combined with writing that conveyed charm, wit and a lot of heart.
Rae’s Review of Love and Other Human Errors

The Earl She Should Never Desire by Lara Temple
The romance itself was a slow burn but the characters connection was built up in a believable way. Both Lily and Marcus sparked off each other brilliantly. With every interaction there is an attraction simmering even though they tried their best to fight it.

The Earl She Should Never Desire was a sparkling, chemistry filled read and I loved every moment!
Rae’s Review of The Earl She Should Never Desire

These Twisted Bonds by Lexi Ryan
This was probably my most anticipated sequel for 2022 and I couldn’t wait to catch up with Brie, Finn and Sebastian especially after the way These Hollow Vows ended. It was so easy to be fully immersed in the fantasy world that Lexi Ryan created. There are scheming and underhand manoeuvres that had me wondering what would happen next. I love how Brie isn’t the perfect character, she definitely has flaws but I couldn’t help but care about her.

The chemistry between certain characters (no spoilers) was for me perfect. I loved them together and was so happy with the ending. These Twisted Bonds is now a firm fantasy romance favourite of mine. In fact both books are brilliant and well worth a read!

Thank you so much, Rae. I love your choices, one of which feels a little familiar… If you’ve been paying close attention to #R3C over the last month you may remember that Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift has been selected before! This is the second time we’ve seen it which puts it in the lead along with The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards and Nothing Else by Louise Beech. The race is well and truly on!

About Rae:
I’m a married, mum of two with a very cute cat. You can usually find me with tea and biscuits. Or reading or blogging about bookish things on my blog – Rae Reads.

Rae’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Rae ReadsTwitter @rae_reads1Instagram @raereadsbookblog |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger Jude Wright (@judefire33) #Judefire33TheBookBlog #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish pals and welcome to Wednesday on damppebbles. It’s day 23 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 which means that after today, there are only 7 posts until the end of this year’s series. But what a corker it’s been! We’ve had 61 books recommended with two books – The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards and Nothing Else by Louise Beech – both receiving two votes each! With the finish line in sight, will these two make it triumphantly to the end to be crowned joint winners? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see!

Joining me to share the book love today is a brilliant blogger who I heartily recommend you follow, it’s the fabulous Jude Wright of Judefire33 – The Book Blog. Jude, like me, is a crime fiction and thriller fan so I always like to keep an eye on what she’s reading! And, slightly off topic but I’m sure no one will really mind because it’s fur babies, Jude is also a guinea pig mum, again, like me! Well, truth be told I’m a guinea pig nana because they actually belong to my children 🤣

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Jude recommends…

The Other Side of Night by Adam Hamdy
It’s so different to any other thriller and it changed my way of thinking!
Jude’s Review of The Other Side of Night

The Skeleton Key by Erin Kelly
I just adored this book, I so want it to become a series! Brilliantly written and just superb!
Jude’s Review of The Skeleton Key

Where Blood Runs Cold by Giles Kristian
It’s set in Norway ( I love Norway ) there’s a ton of snow! And it’s a superb story about a father’s love and fighting against all odds!
Jude’s Review of Where Blood Runs Cold

Thank you so much, Jude. Three fantastic looking picks which are going straight on my TBR!

About Jude Wright:
I started my blog reviewing my favourite genre crime fiction, in Feb 2021 after being made redundant for the first time ever at 54! I was out of work for a year and it helped me immensely with my MH and I was lucky enough to have some lovely bookish people help me to get started with proofs and interviewing lots of authors, my first being my hero Stuart MacBride! I’m not back working part-time so my reading is slower, but I still love to review books that I love, and interview authors for my continued Q&A session. I’m a mum of 4 indoor freerange guinea pigs who feature occasionally in helping to promote books! I love Crime Fiction and have started to enjoy Historical Crime Fiction, and thrillers.

Jude’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Judefire33 – The Book BlogTwitter @judefire33Instagram @judefire33 |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

WWW Wednesday | 23rd November 2022 #WWWWednesday #bookblogger #amreading #BookTwitter #booktwt #damppebbles

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading.

The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Halloween Slaughter (Slaughter Books #2) by Sergio Gomez
The Legend Continues

With the campgrounds destroyed, Ignacio has found a new place to take refuge. A new place to turn into hunting grounds. He has his eyes set on a very specific target that reminds him of his past. But hunting in a small town in PA will be different than in the isolated campgrounds.

Ignacio will have to be smarter. More patient. And wait for the right moments to strike…

The perfect time, he’ll come to find out, is on the night of ghouls and goblins and witches. On the night when everyone else is wearing masks and disguises, Ignacio will don his own mask and let the monster out like never before.


What did you recently finish reading?

My Husband’s Killer by Laura Marshall
Three couples. One murder. A holiday to die for . . .

We arrived at a villa on the Amalfi Coast, ready to enjoy a sun-soaked weekend with our oldest friends – and one new face.

By the end of the weekend, my husband is found dead.

But how can I mourn him, when on the day of his funeral I discover he was having an affair?

The only suspects are the women we went on holiday with. My oldest, closest friends.

Do I really want to dig into my husband’s secret? Do I really want to know who betrayed me?

And as I start to unravel their secrets . . . do I really believe his death was an accident?


What do you think you’ll read next?

Black Widows by Cate Quinn
Aged nineteen, devout Rachel marries fundamentalist Mormon, Blake Nelson, and moves to a remote homestead in rural Utah. Isolated and alone, Rachel obeys her husband’s advice to keep sweet and prepare for End of Days.

Soon after their disappointing wedding night, Blake takes his second wife – emotionally-troubled, jailbait, Emily. Though it’s not until the arrival of third wife Tina, a reformed junkie-stripper from Vegas, that the bitter rivalry sets in.

Out in the desert, the only thing the sister-wives have in common is an obsession with their righteous husband. Until, that is, Blake’s body is found, brutally murdered near his favourite fishing spot, his wedding finger missing.

As police dig deeper, it seems a hot-bed of bitter tensions bubble beneath the pious Mormon exterior. Blake’s sister-wives just couldn’t keep sweet. But which was capable of murder?

Inspired by true events, this gripping tale of religious polygamy peeks under the covers of a real-life Mormon fundamentalist cult.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Author Rachel Sargeant (@RachelSargeant3) #RachelSargeant #RaeSargeant #HerDeadlyFriend #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to damppebbles on this chilly November day. I hope you’re having a book-filled week so far, despite the fact it’s only Tuesday! It’s also day 22 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 which is rather marvellous. Thanks to #R3C22 we’ve so far had 58 brilliant individual book recommendations across a wide range of genres. Something for everyone, I hope you’ll agree! If you missed any posts and would like a bit of a recap (or if you have a few minutes spare and would just like to gaze upon their loveliness once again) then please click HERE.

Joining me on damppebbles today to chat about three of their favourite 2022 books is bestselling author and all-round lovely person, Rachel Sargeant. Rachel has recently published the first book in a new suspense series under the pen name of Rae Sargeant and I, for one, cannot wait to read it! If you’re as excited as me to get hold of a copy then scroll on down to the end of this post where you will find everything you need. Make sure you scroll back up again though 😂 Rachel is also the author of The Perfect NeighboursThe Good TeacherThe Roommates and Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty as well as contributing to several anthologies.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Rachel recommends…

WAKE by Shelley Burr
There’s not a word out of place here. The author captures the voices of her two protagonists perfectly and conveys the atmosphere of the isolated farms and towns of the Australian Outback very well.
Rachel’s Review of WAKE

The Last Party (DC Morgan #1) by Clare Mackintosh
A great plot with a fully fleshed out supporting cast and dynamic culture-clash duo at the helm. There’s humour, pace and a vividly drawn setting. It’s good to see Wales, where I used to live, looking so glitzy.
Rachel’s Review of The Last Party

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke
A great spin on the classic plot: a group of characters gather for a celebration in a remote location and one of them is intent on murder. It’s a slow build-up that has a page-turning quality that I really enjoyed.
Rachel’s Review of One of the Girls

Wow, I LOVE your three picks Rachel. You’ve chosen some of my favourite books of the year! I’m so pleased you loved these books too.

About Her Deadly Friend (Gleveham Killers Suspense Series #1):
The Suspect
Bullied by Steph Lewis at school, then betrayed by her lover, Amy Ashby still seethes with fury. Despite the decades-old resentment, she’s on the hunt for a new man and a fresh start. This time for keeps.

The Stalker
When Steph and Amy are stalked by a figure from their shared past, danger threatens.

The Detective
Now Detective Inspector, Steph follows a tip-off to her old rival. After quarrels exploded beyond the playground and changed lives forever, she vowed never to see Amy again. But that was then.

The Deaths
Murder rocks the city. First one, then another. The body count reaches five, and all Steph’s leads point to Amy. But is Steph obsessed with a schoolgirl vendetta or closing in on a deadly killer?

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.ukamazon.comWaterstones | FoylesBook DepositoryGoodreads |

About Rachel Sargeant:
As Rae Sargeant, I write the Gleveham Killers Suspense series with Hobeck Books. The first title, HER DEADLY FRIEND, came out this year. Under the name Rachel Sargeant, I write crime fiction and thrillers with HarperCollins. My most recent psychological thriller is THE ROOMMATES. I grew up in Lincolnshire, studied in Aberystwyth and worked in Germany, Surrey and Shropshire. I’m now based in Gloucestershire with my husband and children. When I’m not writing or reading, I like swimming, visiting country houses and coffee shops, and watching amateur theatre.

Rachel’s Website and Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @RachelSargeant3FacebookBookBub |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#BlogTour | #BookReview: The Sanctuary by Emma Haughton @HodderBooks @HodderFiction @HodderPublicity @JennyPlatt90 #TheSanctuary #damppebbles

Very few people get to stay here. And some don’t get to leave …

Zoey doesn’t remember anything about last night. But she knows something went badly wrong. For she is no longer in New York. She’s woken up in the desert, in a white building she doesn’t recognise, and she’s alone.

When she discovers she’s been admitted to The Sanctuary, a discreet, mysterious, isolated refuge from normal life, to avoid jail, she is stunned. She knows she has secrets, troubles, but she thought she had everything under control. But as she spends more time with other residents, she begins to open up about what she’s running from. Until she realises that not everyone in The Sanctuary has her best interests at heart, and someone might even be a killer . . .”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Sanctuary by Emma Haughton. The Sanctuary will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in hardcover, audio and digital formats later this week (that’s Thursday 24th November 2022) with the paperback to follow next year. I chose to read a free ARC of The Sanctuary but that has in no way influenced my review. My grateful thanks to Jenny at Hodder Books for sending me a finished copy.

I read Emma Haughton’s debut thriller, The Dark, last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. What’s really interesting about The Dark is that it’s very much a locked room thriller but the setting is a UN research station in Antartica. The way the author makes the reader feel claustrophobic in such a vast and open setting was done incredibly well. Which is why I jumped at the chance to read Haughton’s second thriller, The Sanctuary. Once again the setting really grabbed my attention. This time it’s a luxurious, isolated retreat in the heart of the Mexican desert. I was keen to see if the author would be able to evoke the same feelings of claustrophobia and of all hope being lost a second time. And oh boy, Haughton absolutely did!

Zoey wakes up alone, in a strange room and with the worst hangover she’s ever experienced. She’s dazed and confused, and her memories of the night before are hazy at best. It soon becomes clear that Zoey is in a bit of a fix. She’s been admitted to The Sanctuary, an isolated retreat for the rich and famous that likes to dabble in unorthodox treatments. And they’re making it impossible for her to leave. Zoey doesn’t understand how she has ended up in the middle of the Mexican desert, miles from home and anything resembling civilisation. The people she’s stuck with all have addictions – which she doesn’t – and they’re incredibly wealthy – which she isn’t. Which raises the question, who is Zoey’s mysterious benefactor? Who are the people she’s stranded in the middle of the desert with? And what is really going on at The Sanctuary…?

The Sanctuary is a well-written slow burn mystery which builds over the course of the book to a gripping, thrilling conclusion. The author has once again used a setting that is, in theory, vast but manages to make it feel very claustrophobic. There is no chance of escape from The Sanctuary. If dehydration or heat stroke doesn’t kill you, the wildlife probably will! I loved how well the author conveys Zoey’s rising hopelessness as her situation slowly dawned on her.

Many of the characters in the book are unlikeable and tend to frustrate and annoy each other, which adds to the overall tension at the retreat. They’re also incredibly shallow and prepared to do whatever it takes to keep a tight hold on their secrets. That’s the case for both the retreat’s affluent guests but the small body of staff present too. Zoey is the only somewhat likeable character in the bunch, but I don’t think she’ll appeal to everyone. She really does need to take a long hard look at her life as she comes across as quite juvenile a lot of the time, but I kind of liked her. The other characters all play their parts very well and help to move the storyline along. I was able to predict whodunit from fairly early on but that didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment of the book at all.

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. The Sanctuary is a tense, slow burn psychological mystery with interesting characters and a thrilling conclusion. I found the book entertaining from start to finish and I’m excited to read more thrillers from this author in the future. I LOVED the setting. The author paints a very vivid picture of the inhospitable desert in her reader’s minds which I thoroughly enjoyed. The setting was as much a character in the story as Zoey, the other guests and the staff. There’s a lot of well-penned intrigue throughout the story. You can’t help but wonder what secrets these privileged people are hiding and what’s really going on at The Sanctuary. I enjoyed the slow build of the story and the escalating tension as I approached the end of the book. And the denouement was very well done. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed The Sanctuary and look forward to reading more from the author in the future. Recommended.

I chose to read and review a free ARC of The Sanctuary. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

The Sanctuary by Emma Haughton was published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton on 24th November 2022 and is available in hardcover, audio and digital formats with the paperback to follow (please note, the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.ukWaterstonesFoylesBook Depositorybookshop.orgGoodreadsdamppebbles bookshop.org shopdamppebbles amazon.co.uk shopdamppebbles amazon.com shop |

Emma HaughtonEmma grew up in Sussex; after a stint au pairing in Paris and a couple of half-hearted attempts to backpack across Europe, she studied English at Oxford University then trained in journalism. During her career as a journalist, she wrote many articles for national newspapers, including regular pieces for the Times Travel section.

Following publication of her picture book, Rainy Day, Emma wrote three YA novels. Her first, Now You See Me, was an Amazon bestseller and nominated for the Carnegie and Amazing Book Awards. Better Left Buried, her second, was one of the best YA reads for 2015 in the Sunday Express. Her third YA novel, Cruel Heart Broken, was picked by The Bookseller as a top YA read for July 2016.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Reviewer Davida Chazan (@ChocolateLady57) #TheChocolateLadysBookReviewBlog #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and the warmest of welcomes to damppebbles. It’s great to see you. It’s the start of a brand new week, happy Monday, I hope it’s a good one for you! It’s also day 21 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 which means that we only have another 10 posts (including this one) to share. On the bright side though, that could mean we still have another 30 brilliant books to discover. What a treat for us booklovers, eh? Without further ado, let’s find out who today’s guest is.

Joining me to share the book love today is a brilliant reviewer I strongly recommend you follow. It’s the fabulous Davida Chazan of The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog. If you don’t already follow Davida’s blog then head on over there now and make sure you change that. It’s OK, we’ll wait for you…

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Davida recommends….

No Land to Light On by Yara Zgheib
Right now, this is my #1 favorite book of 2022. This is a beautifully written story about refugees and the horrible treatment they received in the US during the times of the Muslim ban.
Davida’s Review of No Light to Land On

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly
OMG, I cried SO much reading this book. It is about the Titanic, but from the side of the captain of the Carpathia (the only ship to rescue survivors) and a steerage passenger from the Titanic. Connolly did a brilliant job of finding a new aspect of this well-known, tragic event to write her novel.
Davida’s Review of A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice

The Winners (Beartown #3) by Fredrik Backman
Well… Backman is Backman, right? Actually, this is the longest of his novels, and the third on in his Beartown trilogy. Once again, he not only made me laugh out loud (and I mean really out loud), he also brought me to tears. What a wonderful ending to this tale about – of all things – Hockey! Who would have thought, right?
Davida’s Review of The Winners

Thank you so much, Davida. I love the sound of all three books and those covers are stunning!

About Davida Chazan:
I’m a recently retired, mildly dyslexic, poet, chocolate connoisseur, baker, ice cream maker, avid reader, feminist, aspiring novelist. I have been writing on-line content (reviews and articles of all kinds) since about 1998. In 2013, I began specializing in writing book reviews.

Davida’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog | Twitter @ChocolateLady57 | Facebook | Instagram @chocolatelady1957 |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Author Terry Tyler (@TerryTyler4) #TerryTyler #WhereTheresDoubt #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish pals and welcome to day 20 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022. Oh, and it’s also Sunday. A day for rest, relaxation and reading which is exactly what I plan to do today. As I mentioned, today marks the 20th day of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and what a cracking series it’s turning out to be! We’ve had 55 books recommended so far with two books receiving two votes each – The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards and Nothing Else by Louise Beech. With only 10 days to go, will these two books be joint winners? I can’t wait to find out!

Joining me to share the book love today is a brilliant author of twenty-four books (that’s seriously impressive, 24!!), it’s the fabulous Terry Tyler. If you’re a fan of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction (yes!), or dark psychological dramas (I am, yes!) or murder mysteries (hold on, I think we may be talking about me here 😂) then Terry is the author you need in your life. And yes, I do have a number of Terry’s books on the terrifying TBR which I cannot wait to read including the most recent publication, Where There’s Doubt. So if your reading habits are anything like mine then just scroll down for more information including purchase links!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Terry recommends…

The Last Princess by Shelley Wilson
It’s a YA novel and thus quite an ‘easy read’, but can be enjoyed by adults too – it races along, and I’m a sucker for any historical story set in the dark ages, especially to do with Viking invasion.
Terry’s Review of The Last Princess

Sisters at the Edge of the World by Ailish Sinclair
I loved this book because it so cleverly shows us a picture of life in the times of the Roman Conquest – it is set in Scotland, before the spread of Christianity, before the people had any idea of what happened in the rest of the world. Also, it’s a fabulous story.
Terry’s Review of Sisters at the Edge of the World

Tales of Empire: Four stories by authors exploring Britain’s Age of Empire by Antoine Vanner, Jacqueline Reiter, Tom Williams & Penny Hampson
Four long-short stories set in the 19th Century, and each one was excellent. The four authors give such insight into the time, and they are all so beautifully written. It’s not often you find a collection by different authors in which the standard is so high, throughout.
Terry’s Review of Tales of Empire

Thank you so much, Terry. I love the look and sound of all three of your books. Three very eye-catching covers too!

About Where There’s Doubt:
‘I can be anything you want me to be. Even if you don’t know you want it.’

Café owner Kate is mentally drained after a tough two years; all she wants from her online chess partner is entertainment on lonely evenings, and maybe a little virtual flirtation.

She is unaware that Nico Lewis is a highly intelligent con artist who, with an intricately spun web of lies about their emotional connection, will soon convince her that he is The One.

Neither does Kate know that his schemes involve women who seek love on dating sites, as well as his small publishing business. A host of excited authors believe Nico is about to make their dreams come true.

Terry Tyler’s twenty-fourth publication is a sinister psychological drama that highlights the dark side of internet dating—and the danger of ignoring the doubts of your subconscious.

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.ukamazon.comGoodreads |

About Terry Tyler:
Terry Tyler is the author of 24 books available on Amazon; she writes post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, as well as dark psychological dramas and the odd murder mystery. She is an avid reader, and is a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team. Current WIP: a series of shorter novels about a rage virus.

Terry’s Website and Social Media Links:
Terry Tyler Book ReviewsTwitter @TerryTyler4 |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger Namrata Ganti ~ redpillows blog (@redpillows91) #redpillowsblog #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello dear bookish friends and welcome to the WEEKEND!! It’s Saturday. Time to take things down a gear and look forward to spending some quality time in a good book. What’s that you say? You don’t have a good book on the go at the moment? Well, you’ve come to the right place as it’s day 19 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and we’ve got lots of brilliant books just for you!

Joining me to talk about all things #R3COMM3ND3D2022 today is a fabulous blogger who I absolutely insist you follow if you don’t already, it’s the brilliant Namrata Ganti of redpillows blog. Namrata’s blog is a must read for all book lovers so make sure you check it out!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Namrata recommends…

Warlord of Ayodhya: Rebellion by Shatrujeet Nath
This book was my most anticipated read at the beginning of the year and it is definitely a favourite! Everyone knows of the epic Ramayana, but how many of us actually stopped to think about the other people and the lives of the Ayodhyan’s during Ram’s 14 year exile? How many of us stopped to think about Bharat and his struggles to rule in the absence of his brother? Well, Shatrujeet Nath thought of this! He imagined how the life of Bharat could have been as he took over the rule of the kingdom and thus this series was born.

This series seeks to bring out a little known side of the story with characters who were never in focus and who now have a chance to have their story told! Shatrujeet Nath is indeed a master storyteller and a genius to create and write this story. In my opinion, this book and all books by the author are a must read!
Namrata’s Review of Warlord of Ayodhya: Rebellion

Shut the Lights by Smita Bhattacharya
Smita takes everyday incidents or current situations and turns them into a complete story, replete with strong characters and an entertaining plot with twists that you don’t see coming.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book set during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as the feelings of the characters and their reactions to a lot of the situations mirrored our own during the first lockdown of the pandemic. The book is relatable in this sense and full of mystery with well developed characters who could be anyone around us. I strongly recommend this book for those who enjoy reading non-formulaic domestic noir suspense as mentioned in the blurb.
Namrata’s Review of Shut the Lights

 The Freedom Manifesto: 7 Rules to Live the Life of Your Calling by Karan Bajaj
I do not usually read or recommend books in the self-help category, but this book indeed made the exception list. The book draws on the author’s personal experiences as the basis for explaining several simple steps to transform your life. The author raises many valid questions which I realized that I have thought of but never focused on specifically. This approach and the way the book is written kept me reading until the end.
Namrata’s Review of The Freedom Manifesto

Thanks so much, Namrata, Three brilliant books which all look and sound absolutely fascinating!

About Namrata Ganti:
I am an avid reader who enjoys talking about books and reviewing them as much as reading! I am a book hoarder and have more books than I can read at a time and thus have an ever growing TBR pile!

Namrata’s Blog and Social Media Links:
redpillows blogTwitter @redpillows91Facebook |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.