#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Namrata Ganti (@redpillows91) #RedPillows #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to a brilliant week full of fantastic #R3COMM3ND3D posts! I am delighted to welcome another awesome book blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D picks with us today – Namrata of Red Pillows. If you haven’t discovered Red Pillows yet then head on over and hit subscribe!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers 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 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the books Namrata recommends…

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The Legacy of the Heirs by A.V.V. Reddi
The Legacy of the Heirs is built up on an intricate web of love, lies and deceit to ensure that the reader remains hooked. The author has managed to handle a large number of characters with ease. As a reader, we can understand each person’s significance and their role in this elaborate plot. The story is well written and seamlessly flows from one situation to the next.
Namrata’s Review of The Legacy of the Heirs

The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Samantha Shannon weaves a world of fantasy, magic and dragons, that makes for a very compelling read. The story follows a great number of characters across various parts of the globe, mainly referred to based on the directions of North, South, East and West. Each direction has it’s own set of countries, rulers and stories. The author weaves them all together slowly, unravelling parts of the mystery and introducing us to many people.

The characters are strong and well crafted making it easy for the reader to connect with them and understand them. Each of the characters are tested when their faith comes into question, as well as when they are forced to take decisions that would change the course of their lives forever. This has been very beautifully depicted and the companionship between some of the characters is heart-warming.
Namrata’s Review of The Priory of the Orange Tree

Mom's of the Missing

Moms of the Missing by Steffen Hou
As clearly stated in the synopsis, this book deals with facts and investigates ten abduction cases. Through each case we are introduced to the kinds of abductions that exist and how they can happen. This is presented to us through interviews with family members who have had to deal with the loss of a child.

Though this was a difficult book to read, my heart goes out to all the victims and their families. I strongly recommend this book to everyone as it brings about an awareness on a very important topic that could help any one of us in the world today.

We are all in this together and we should learn to support one another. Also, please be aware and sensitive towards other people!
Namrata’s Review of Moms of the Missing

Thanks so much, Namrata. Some great choices there.

If Namrata has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Legacy of the Heirs by A.V.V. Reddi
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Moms of the Missing by Steffen Hou

About Namrata:
I am an avid reader and in the last 6 years, I have taken a step forward with my love for books by blogging about the books I read. I post reviews, author interviews, cover reveals and general promotions to help spread the word about the books I read.

Namrata’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Red Pillows |  Twitter @redpillows91Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Kate Eveleigh (@bantambookworm) #PortableMagic #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Sunday book fans! Welcome to damppebbles and to day three of #R3COMM3ND3D. I hope you’re enjoying the recommendations so far. I certainly am! Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to damppebbles – the very lovely Kate at Portable Magic. If you haven’t discovered Kate’s fabulous blog yet then make sure you check it out and hit the subscribe button whilst you’re there!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers 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 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are Kate’s recommendations…

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Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
There are so many layers to this book and each one is relevant to society today. It’s incredibly powerful and thought provoking.
Kate’s Review of Take It Back

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Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
It’s different from Louise Beech’s other books but just as beautifully written. It’s also really atmospheric and full of tension.
Kate’s Review of Call Me Star Girl

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The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
Rowan Coleman’s writing is so beautiful. I don’t even have the words! It’s also fascinating to learn more about Emily Bronte.
Kate’s Review of The Girl at the Window

Thanks so much, Kate. I have a copy of Call Me Star Girl which I’m really looking forward to reading.

If Kate has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman

About Kate:
I’m a blogger from Leeds who reads mostly crime and thrillers but is up for trying most genres! When I’m not reading, I can be found watching Bradford City or catching up with my family and friends.

Kate’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Portable Magic | Twitter @bantambookworm | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Jonathan Whitelaw (@JDWhitelaw13) @urbanebooks #TheManInTheDark #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s Tuesday which can mean only one thing, I’ve got my dates muddled again 😂! It may be Tuesday but it’s time for another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. Today I am joined by author Jonathan Whitelaw. Jonathan has recently published The Man in the Dark with Urbane Books and I have to say, it looks rather intriguing. I’ll tell you more about The Man in the Dark soon.

What is this #R3COMM3ND3D I speak of? It’s a chance for book people to share the bookish love and shout about three must-read titles. Any book, any author, any genre, any publisher, one catch. The book must have been published in a certain year. I’m currently sharing the book love from 2018 but watch out for #R3COMM3ND3D2019 which starts on 1st November. If you’re an author, book blogger or you work in publishing and you would like to take part, please add your details to the form at the bottom of this post.

Here are Jonathan’s three recommendations…

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Picking Up The Pieces by Jo Worgan
A really moving story about a woman trying to move on from an abusive relationship with her autistic son only to be followed. It’s a wonderfully told tale that covers a wide range of issues very pertinent to modern-day society, including domestic abuse, parenting an autistic child and companionship.

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Blood, White and Blue (Lucie Musilova Book 1) by James Silvester
If you want action and thrills, this is your book! Fresh off the success of his Prague thrillers series, Silvester is very much in the pink here with a new hero and a new set of ways to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Fresh and all too poignant in the topsy-turvy political times we live in, this is the perfect escape from what can sometimes feel like the real political thriller we’re all living in!

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In Servitude by Heleen Kist
A thrilling read that’s a real page turner, there’s really something for everybody here. Intrigue, mystery and gangsters, a pulse-racing debut from an author to watch.

Thanks so much, Jonathan. Three great choices!

If Jonathan has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

| Picking Up The Pieces by Jo Worgan | Blood, White and Blue by James Silvester | In Servitude by Heleen Kist |

About The Man in the Dark by Jonathan Whitelaw:

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The Devil’s back – and he’s STILL not had a holiday.

There’s another mystery to solve – a woman kidnapped by terrorists and the world trying to find her. While he hates doing God’s bidding, The Devil can’t resist trying to put one over on Him. But nothing is EVER that simple.

While The Devil helps the London cops crack the case, there’s trouble in the Underworld. And two of humanity’s greatest backstabbers – Brutus and Cassius – are sharpening their knives with an eye on stealing his crown.

It’s a race against time to find the girl, be the bad guy and maybe, just maybe, stop the apocalypse.

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About Jonathan Whitelaw:
Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster.

After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between.

He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV.

HellCorp, from Urbane Publications, is his second novel following his debut, Morbid Relations

Jonathan’s Social Media Links:
| Twitter @JDWhitelaw13 | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Norrie (@norrie_reads) #ReadingUndertheBlankie #damppebbles

Hello! Welcome to damppebbles and another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. I’m back sharing the book love after a brief break to celebrate anniversaries (10 years!) and birthdays (not going to disclose the years on that one 😉). Today I am delighted to welcome the ever so lovely Norrie of Reading Under the Blankie to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks. If you haven’t discovered Norrie’s blog yet then what are you waiting for? 😍

‘What is this #R3COMM3ND3D thing you speak of?’ I hear you cry! Well, it’s about the book love and sharing three books you think everyone else should read.  Any author, any genre, any publisher…but with one catch. The books must have been published in the same year.  At the moment we’re sharing the 2018 book love but come 1st November it will be all about 2019.  If you’re a book blogger, author or publisher and would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 then please scroll to the bottom of this post and fill in the Google form.

Without further ado, here are Norrie’s choices…

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The Retreat by Mark Edwards
When it comes to suspense, Mark Edwards is one of my go-to guys. He just gets it, you know, like he can see into your soul.
https://readingundertheblankie.com/2018/10/10/the-retreat-by-mark-edwards/

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And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott
This is such a cleverly plotted, delicious thriller! Part courtroom drama, part murder mystery, this will appeal for a wide range of crime fiction fans.
https://readingundertheblankie.com/2018/10/08/and-so-it-begins-by-rachel-abbott/

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Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Set in 1950s Morocco, Christine Mangan’s debut is an unnerving story of obsession, deception and some serious gaslighting. Also a great spin on frenemies!
https://readingundertheblankie.com/2018/03/14/tangerine-by-christine-mangan/

Thanks so much, Norrie. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed The Retreat by Mark Edwards and I’m adding your other two choices to my wishlist!

If Norrie has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Retreat by Mark EdwardsAnd So It Begins by Rachel Abbott |  Tangerine by Christine Mangan |

About Norrie:
Book lover, cat hugger, coffee drinker, capable of eating half a cheesecake in one sitting. Best not to approach before she had her breakfast.

Loves a good thriller, but would probably not touch romance with a stick. Based on the amount of crime fiction she’s read, could probably solve a crime. Or not, but she would certainly try. Loves science fiction and secretly dreams about joining the Starfleet since she was fourteen.

Norrie’s Social Media Links:
Reading Under the BlankieTwitter @norrie_readsInstagram |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Anne Coates (@Anne_Coates1) @urbanebooks #SongsofInnocence #HannahWeybridge #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles.  Happy Friday to you! I hope your weekend is overflowing with bookish delights.  I am delighted to welcome a wonderful author to the blog today, the ever so lovely Anne Coates.  Anne writes the brilliant Hannah Weybridge series which I have read and reviewed on the blog before.  Here’s my review of the first book in the series, Dancers in the Wind, along with a guest post written by Anne.  I have book three, Songs of Innocence waiting patiently for me on the shelf and I can’t wait to read it!

What is this #R3COMM3ND3D I speak of? It’s a chance for booky people to share the bookish love and shout about three must-read titles. Any book, any author, any genre, any publisher, one catch. The book must have been published in a certain year.  I’m currently sharing the book love from 2018 following an unexpected bout of illness but watch out for #R3COMM3ND3D2019 which will start on 1st November.  If you would like to throw your hat into the ring then please fill out the form below (places are limited).

Without further ado, here are Anne’s choices…

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Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
It’s worth persevering with Ms Healey’s second book for the ending. It was a slow start for me but the quality of the writing kept me reading. The theme of a mother trying to help her depressed teenage daughter, who had disappeared for a few days and returned with no knowledge of what had happened, links in to the need in our society to embrace mental health issues.

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Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Loved reading this, especially the opening set in the South of France where Cordelia Russell’s life has fallen apart. Leaving a corpse in her home, she sets out to find help from her one-time good-time friends and ends up at a glittering party… Ms Nugent creates a backstory of her character’s childhood and and builds up the sense of foreboding until the past meets the present with horrendous consequences. Fabulous story-telling skills.

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Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
Loved the concept of the serial killer being on the jury and found the detail of how the killer operated and disguised himself fascinating. The fact that I guessed who it was didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book as I wanted to know how it was going to be resolved and my anxiety levels shot up as the plot evolved. Great tension-building writing.

Some excellent choices, thanks Anne.  I have read but not yet shared my review of Thirteen.  It’s such a good book!

If Anne has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Whistle in the Dark by Emma HealeySkin Deep by Liz NugentThirteen by Steve Cavanagh |

About Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates:
songs of innocence.jpgA woman’s body is found in a lake. Is it a sad case of suicide or something more sinister? Hannah Weybridge, still reeling from her friend’s horrific murder and the attempts on her own life, doesn’t want to get involved, but reluctantly agrees to look into the matter for the family.

The past however still stalks her steps, and a hidden danger accompanies her every move.

The third in the bestselling Hannah Weybridge thriller series, Songs of Innocence provides Hannah with her toughest and deadliest assignment yet…

| amazon.co.ukamazon.comWaterstonesHive |

About Anne Coates:
As a journalist, Anne interviewed all types of people and some of their situations made her think “What if…” And so, investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge was born… Anne had previously written seven non-fiction titles and two collections of short stories. She lives in London with three demanding cats and enjoys reading, going to the theatre and cinema, wining and dining.

Anne’s Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @Anne_Coates1Facebook |

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#BlogTour | #GuestReview: Rock Hard by Bill Todd (@williamjtodd) #DannyLancaster #RockHard #damppebbles @cobaltdinosaur

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“When Danny Lancaster gets a call from an old friend it’s a chance to swap his troubles in Brighton for a sunshine reunion in Gibraltar. He hasn’t seen Pogo since Afghanistan. They have war stories to retell, beers to drink. But Pogo is broke, sick and in trouble. It started with smuggling cigarettes. Now his Russian boss has taken on a dangerous job for a mystery businessman. A priceless package must be smuggled into Europe across the narrow straits from Africa. But unseen eyes are watching, lives are in danger. A game of Russian roulette is just the start of a deadly clash where two continents meet. And Danny must make a decision. How far do you go to help the man who saved your life?”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles today. Today I’m handing the blog over to my guest reviewer (that’s the husband for anyone who doesn’t know!) who is sharing his thoughts on the fourth book in the Danny Lancaster series, Rock Hard by Bill Todd. Make sure you join him again on Saturday when he’ll be reviewing book six, Godlefe’s Cuckoo.

Ryan’s Review:
So…Danny Lancaster eh! Heading off to Gibraltar to meet his troubled ex-Army friend? What could possibly go wrong?

As you’ve probably picked up from this week’s reviews Danny Lancaster is a bit of a trouble magnet, wherever he goes a degree of chaos seems to follow. So when Danny lands in Gibraltar, a tiny territory of 2.6 square miles, the locals should have been getting worried! Danny has gone to Gibraltar to help his old army mate Pogo, who has fallen on hard times since they served together in Afghan. He has gotten himself involved with some dirty business and wants Danny to help him get back on to the right side of the tracks.

Gibraltar was a great setting for this book, the small location added a suffocating tightness to the drama. Bill Todd moves on the story on at a fast pace and you are never sure where the author is leading his characters. Todd’s characters in this book are pitched just right for an action thriller that keeps rolling. No long self indulgent reflection but enough background shared to draw emotion and make the motivation clear. The crime bosses are kept slightly mysterious even when close to the action, pushing the rest of the gang in the right direction (or worse, if needed) but keeping themselves hidden enough from the reader that you make assumptions on what is going to happen next.

As the end of the book approached there were some twists which I will not disclose here to avoid spoiling future readers enjoyment. The ending was also a surprise and provided a sharp end to the book which some may feel was too sudden, whilst others may rush to the next in the series to find out what happens next.

Would I recommend the Danny Lancaster books? Yes, they are easy to read, fast moving and contain an easy to like lead character. Join me again on Saturday when I review Godlefe’s Cuckoo and find out if I enjoyed that one just as much….

Ryan chose to read and review a free copy of Rock Hard. The above review is his own unbiased opinion.

Rock Hard by Bill Todd was published in UK by DLE Fiction on 26th November 2013 and is available in paperback and ebook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which mean I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |

The Danny Lancaster Blog Tour

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Bill is a journalist and travel writer who has visited more than 40 countries from the white wastes of Arctic Finland to the ancient deserts of Namibia. He loves a good wilderness. He received the Ed Lacy travel award in 2007.

Bill has written six crime thrillers featuring soldier-turned-investigator Danny Lancaster and was startled and delighted to be voted one of the 100 best crime authors in the WH Smith readers’ poll in 2015. He’s also written three short factual military histories. He lives to write although keyboard time has been cut lately with the arrival of grandson Theo.

Author Links: | Twitter | Facebook | Website | Instagram |

#BlogTour | #BookReview: Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson @FaberBooks #BeforeSheKnewHim

before she knew him.jpg‘They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret.’

When Hen and Lloyd move into their new house in West Dartford, Mass., they’re relieved to meet, at their first block party, the only other seemingly-childless couple in their neighborhood, Matthew and Mira Dolamore. Turns out they live in the Dutch Colonial immediately next door.

When they’re invited over for dinner, however, things take a sinister turn when Hen thinks she sees something suspicious in Matthew’s study. Could this charming, mild-mannered College Professor really be hiding a dark secret, one that only Hen, whose been battling her own problems with depression and medication, could know about? Lloyd certainly doesn’t seem to believe her, and so, forced together, Hen and Matthew start to form an unlikely bond. But who, if anyone, is really in danger?

From its deeply unsettling opening, Peter Swanson, the master of contemporary domestic thrillers, fashions a novel as brilliant, dark, coruscating and surprising as Patricia Highsmith and Ira Levin at their very best.

I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to the first stop on the Before She Knew Him blog tour.  Before She Knew Him is the latest release from a favourite author of mine, Peter Swanson, and was published by Faber Books on 7th March 2019.  I received a free ARC of this book which has in no way influenced my review.

Peter Swanson is a must read author for me.  If you haven’t read The Kind Worth Killing then you’re really missing out.  It’s one of the books I recommend ALL the time when asked.  Swanson’s other books are equally as good.  Check out my reviews for Her Every Fear and All The Beautiful Lies by clicking the links.  When I heard Faber & Faber were about to publish Before She Knew Him I dropped everything else I had scheduled to read it!

Before She Knew Him is another example of what a master Swanson is at writing characters.  The book is all about Henrietta (or Hen to absolutely everyone) and her new neighbour, Matthew.  Both characters have ‘something’ about them which immediately intrigued me.  I wanted to know what was going to happen, what their story was going to be.  Being new to the neighbourhood Hen and her husband Lloyd attend a block party where it is plainly obvious that they are unlike their new neighbours.  They don’t have children whereas everyone else does.  There is one other childless couple present at the party though; Matthew and Mina.  Mina invites Hen and Lloyd to dinner one evening and feeling obliged, they go.  Whilst on a tour of the Dolamore’s house Hen sees something which takes her breath away.  She knows Matthew’s deep dark secret…

Before She Knew Him is a wonderful slow burn of a novel which held my attention from beginning to end.  I felt invested in the characters.  I liked Hen’s obsession with the morbid and macabre, how events in her past made her the perfect unreliable narrator.  I liked how polished Matthew’s character was and his ability to justify his secret dark side.  I also thoroughly enjoyed how convinced I was by the story.  There is one particular twist in the story which made me gasp out loud.  Before She Knew Him was a very satisfying read.

Would I recommend this book?  I would if you’re after a psychological thriller that is chock full of suspense with really interesting characters.  You won’t necessarily like them but oh boy, you’ll want to see their story through to the end.  An intriguing page-turner of a plot where the characters are everything.  Another blinder from a brilliant author and I can’t wait to see what Swanson has for us readers next.

I chose to read and review an ARC of Before She Knew Him.  The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson was published in the UK by Faber & Faber on 7th March 2019 and is available in hardcover, ebook and audio formats (please note, some of 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.ukamazon.comWaterstonesBookDepositoryGoodreads |

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Peter_Swanson_2016-01Peter Swanson is the author of five novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year;  All the Beautiful Lies and Before She Knew Him. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science FictionThe Atlantic MonthlyMeasureThe GuardianThe Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine.

A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and cat.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter |

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Robyn Reo (@sinfullywickedb) #SinfullyWickedBookReviews

Happy Saturday everyone. I hope your plans include lots of downtime, particularly if it’s curled up with a good book. Today I am delighted to welcome a new-to-me blogger to damppebbles, Robyn Reo of Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews. Having had a nosey around Robyn’s blog I’m definitely subscribing as it looks gorgeous!

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a chance for book bloggers, authors and those in publishing to shout about three books they loved. Any three books with no bias towards genre, author or publisher. The only catch is that all three choices must have been published in 2018.

Here are Robyn’s choices…

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The Lost Letters by Sarah Mitchell
It is such a beautiful and moving war time story.
https://sinfullywickedbookreviews.com/2018/08/03/blog-tour-and-review-the-lost-letters-by-sarah-mitchell-bookouture-sarahm_writer/

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A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt
It is a heartbreaking story filled with emotion.
https://sinfullywickedbookreviews.com/2018/06/16/a-mothers-goodbye-by-kate-hewitt-review-katehewitt1-bookouture/

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Father Figure by James J. Cudney
It is an extraordinary story that spans twenty years.
https://sinfullywickedbookreviews.com/2018/06/08/father-figure-by-james-j-cudney-blogtour-review-jamescudney4-shanannigans81/

Great choices, thanks Robyn. If Robyn has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends then please see the following links:

| The Lost Letters by Sarah Mitchell | A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt | Father Figure by James J. Cudney |

About Robyn:
I am a self-confessed book junkie and hoarder of books. My love of reading began many, many years ago when I cracked open my first fiction book when I was still a young girl. Fast forward thirty plus years later, my addiction to reading has not changed. I love being immersed in a story/fantasy where I can fall in love with the characters of a book. My keeper shelf is overflowing with all of the great treasures I have found during my reading journey.

Robyn’s Social Media Links:
| Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews | Twitter @SinfullyWickedB | Facebook |

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is fully booked but make sure you pop back tomorrow when another fabulous bookish type will be sharing their recommended reads from 2018.

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Rachel Sargent (@RachelSargeant3) #ThePerfectNeighbours

It’s the weeeeeeeeeeekend! Happy Saturday, one and all.  I hope you have lots of bookish plans in store.  It’s day TEN of #R3COMM3ND3D2018 and I am delighted to welcome another author to the blog today, Rachel Sargent.  Rachel has kindly made a welcome return to damppebbles and to #R3COMM3ND3D after taking part last year.  If you would like to see what Rachel chose last year then please click HERE.

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is an opportunity for book bloggers, authors and publishers to shout about the books they love.  Any three books (providing you didn’t write or publish it!) providing they were published this year.  That’s right, all three choices must have been published on or after 1st January 2018.

Here are Rachel’s choices…

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The Disappeared by Ali Harper
As well as being a cracking mystery story featuring likeable but vulnerable sleuths, it will make you smile with its quick-fire humour. It was bliss to have a laugh while reading a feisty crime novel.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2407004485?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk
A few of the crime bestsellers in the last 18 months have been good but gimmicky. It was refreshing to read a straightforward police procedural that stood its ground on the strength of plot, character and setting.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2488795811?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley (DI Kate Fletcher #2)
I liked the smooth combination of police procedural and psychological thriller.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40119811-merciless

Thanks for your great choices, Rachel.  I have Shadow Man on my TBR and have been wanting to read it for some time now.  Your other two choices also look very appealing and will be added to the wishlist.

If Rachel has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about her choices, please see the following links:

The Disappeared by Ali Harper | Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk | Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley |

About Rachel:
I grew up in Lincolnshire, spent several years living in Germany where I taught English and now live in Gloucestershire with my husband and children. My latest novel, a psychological thriller, The Perfect Neighbours became a Kindle top ten bestseller. My next book, a police procedural, will be published by HarperCollins Killer Reads in January 2019. I self-published Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty, a novel inspired by the diary of my husband’s grandmother, a nurse at Gallipoli. I am book mad and love discovering authors I haven’t read before.

About The Perfect Neighbours:
the perfect neighbours.jpgThe perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies…
A dark and twisty psychological thriller from a rising star in the genre, perfect for fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR. When Helen moves into an exciting new neighbourhood, she finds herself in a web of evil with no escape.

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…
When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare…

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything…

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Rachel’s Social Media Links:
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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Kate Noble (@TheQuietKnitter) #TheQuietKnitter

Hello you wonderful bookish folk.  It’s Wednesday, we’re halfway through the week and we’re one step closer to the weekend…phew!  Today I am delighted to welcome another of my absolute favourite bookish types to the blog to share their #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Finding a hobby you love in life is a bonus.  Finding a hobby you love and then making some of the best friends you could ever wish for thanks to that hobby is the icing on the cake.  If you’re not already following Kate Noble’s fabulous blog – The Quiet Knitter – then we need to have words!  She’s a wonderful friend and if it wasn’t for this book blogging lark I don’t think our paths would ever have crossed.  Thank you book blogging.

I witter on too much, I know.  Anyway, if you haven’t come across #R3COMM3ND3D2018 before then let me explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishers to share three recommended reads.  There’s a catch though (there’s always a catch, right?).  The books must have been published this year, in 2018.  Any genre, any title, any author but the publication date must be 2018.

So without further ado, here are the books Kate chose…

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The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan
This is a beautifully written tale that captures the heart and imagination of readers as it deftly weaves together two stories from different timelines that pull a range of emotion from the audience. Readers first encounter a hint of mysticism, folklore and sadness from the opening pages, setting the tone perfectly for what lies ahead.
https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/celebrating-indie-publishing-with-evgaughan-urbanebooks/

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Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone
Set in an Edinburgh with a difference, the reader is plunged into a world of volcanology and death. The fragility of human psychology is deftly explored, emotions are laid bare and the rawness of grief and the associated disbelief at events makes this such a powerful read.
https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/review-fault-lines-by-doug-johnstone-doug_johnstone-orendabooks/

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Keeper by Johana Gustawsson
Every now and again, there is an author who exceeds all expectations and writes a book that completely blows your mind, and I believe that Johana Gustawsson is one of those rare authors. The plotting is excellent, the characters are so realistic and chillingly authentic, this is a book that EVERYONE needs to read!
https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/review-keeper-by-johana-gustawsson-jogustawsson-orendabooks/

Brilliant choices, Kate.  I remember when The Story Collector was released and the buzz around the book was wonderful.  Fellow bloggers were completely falling in love with it!  Fault Lines is on my TBR and Keeper has a strong chance of being my book of the year.

If Kate has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the titles she recommends then please see the following links:

The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan | Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone | Keeper by Johana Gustawsson |

About Kate:
My name is Kate, I’m mum to 1 human child and 2 canines. I’ve had a fascination with books for as long as I can remember and most of my spare time is spent either reading or knitting. I live in a wee village in the countryside which is a huge change for a city girl!

Kate’s Social Media Links:
The Quiet Knitter | Twitter @TheQuietKnitter |

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