Monday, 30 January 2017

Someone Is Watching gripped me from the first to the very last page. Bailey Carpenter is a heroine who’s both victim and warrior woman, a fascinating sleuth who will linger with you long after you’ve finished this thrilling read.’ Tess Gerritsen 

Someone Is Watching is a gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller reminiscent of "Rear Window" and the works of Lisa Gardner. Fielding has crafted a flawed yet likable heroine in Bailey by allowing her to experience the varied emotions of recovery instead of pigeonholing her as a helpless victim or bloodthirsty vigilante. Not geared to the faint of heart, Fielding s story of one woman s search for justice, understanding, and internal peace is nothing short of arresting.’ Booklist "(starred review) 

‘This engrossing standalone from bestseller Fielding makes you care about Bailey Carpenter. . . . The characters pulsate with life, and there are a few shocks in store for Bailey and the reader before the denouement. And the presence of Jade, Claire’s outspoken teen daughter, blows everyone else off the 
page.’ Publishers Weekly (starred review) 


                                                       by Joy Fielding
Published by Zaffre, 1st December 2016 / paperback
£7.99 / eBook Available

The Girl on the Train meets Rear Window in this gripping novel from a queen of psychological suspense.
Bailey Carpenter is a smart and savvy private investigator, until a horrific attack leaves her trapped at home in her Miami high-rise apartment, crippled by paranoia.
Everywhere she looks, she sees the face of her attacker.
Including in the apartment directly opposite her.
Where someone is watching.
A tour de force from a master of psychological suspense, Joy Fielding's devilish and gripping novel will have you holding your breath until the very end.
Joy Fielding is the New York Times bestselling author of Charley's Web, Heartstopper, Mad River Road, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.

Joy is available for interview. For media enquiries please contact:
Head of PR, Emily Burns on / 0207 566 58 98

My Review

There is so much hype around at the moment about thrillers - 'unputdownable', 'gripping', 'a real page turner', 'will keep you up all night' and unfortunately a lot of the impact of these cliches has been lost. 'Someone is watching' is all of the above and more. It is different and quite disturbing dealing with the subject matter of rape but I was glued to it. The author manages to get inside the 'victim's' head and it is deeply moving. As you might expect there is a twist which I wasn't really looking for and which caught me by surprise. There are also some light-hearted moments with teenage Jade - her antics are just brilliant and offset the heavy atmosphere perfectly. I really loved this book and the characters - very well-written!


Anniversary blog tour - Laura Fabiani

Some three years ago I was approached by Laura Fabiani out of the blue to be a book blogger for her new site. Having just set up my own blog I was delighted to become part of what seems like an extended family. Since then I've had the pleasure of reviewing some fantastic reads, many of which were set in Italy; those who know me will understand my passion for foreign climes. Laura is always a pleasure to work with and a true professional - Happy third blogaversary and here's to many more!!!!

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In 2008, Laura began blogging about books shortly after she published her first book. She started Library of Clean Reads, a book review blog, and discovered the joy of reviewing a variety of genres. Her children have joined her in this venture and they spend many happy hours reading books together. A Special Care Counselor by profession, Laura has co-led and developed programs for seniors with dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease. She has a passion for the topic of neuroscience and wellness.

Throughout the years she has met and worked with wonderful publishers, both traditional and indie, as well as publicists and authors. Best of all, she discovered the world of book bloggers--a community of special people who spend their precious time sharing their love of books and all things related to books.

Taking part in book tours has always made Laura feel more connected to authors and the publishing field. She organized her own virtual tour when her book was published and she learned several things. As an author, it exposed her to actual reader views and social media. As a book blogger and book tour organizer, it taught her the amount of work it entailed. And she loves it!

You can find Laura blogging at Library of Clean Reads and Essentially Italian. She is the owner of iRead Book Tours,  Italy Book Tours, and Je Lis Blog Tours.


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Friday, 27 January 2017

Burned and broken

‘[An] immensely impressive debut’ The Times



Published on 26th January | Paperback | £7.99

A sensational debut. An original voice. An incredible story. 

An enigmatic policeman - currently the subject of an internal investigation - is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.

A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.

As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague's death, they are under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force's reputation.

When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?

Mark Hardie's stylish and gripping debut introduces a brilliant new detective duo to the world of crime fiction, weaving together two suspenseful stories that end in a breath-taking finale.

Mark Hardie was born in 1960 in Bow, East London. He began writing fulltime after completely losing his eyesight in 2002. He has completed a creative writing course and an advanced creative writing course at the Open University, both with distinction.

Mark lives with his wife Debbie in Southend-on-Sea.

For further information, please contact
Kirsteen Astor, Publicity Director 020 3122 6621 |

Saturday, 21 January 2017

A boy made of blocks

‘One of those wonderful books that makes you laugh and cry at the same time’

‘Funny, expertly plotted and written with enormous heart’

 ‘Heartwarming, funny and special.
I devoured this cracking book’
 ‘Not just a great plot, but a rare
sense of honesty and insight’

‘A wonderful novel that tugs at your heart’

‘A heartwarming and wise story’

‘Tremendously moving’


 ‘A wonderful read’

Keith Stuart

Published on 5th January 2017 | Paperback and eBook price £7.99

A beautiful, funny and surprising story of family and love, perfect for fans of The Rosie Project, David Nicholls’ Us and Nick Hornby’s About a Boy.
MEET THIRTY SOMETHING DAD, ALEX… He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn't understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.
MEET EIGHT-YEAR-OLD SAM… To him the world is a puzzle he can't solve on his own.
When Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other… When life starts to tear one family apart, can they put themselves back together, one piece at a time?
A Boy Made of Blocks is a beautiful, funny and heartwarming story of family and love inspired by the author’s own experiences with his autistic son.

In 2012 one of KEITH STUART's two sons was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The ramifications felt huge. But then Keith and both boys started playing videogames together - especially Minecraft. Keith had always played games and, since 1995, has been writing about them, first for specialist magazines like Edge and PC Gamer then, for the last ten years, as games editor for the Guardian. The powerful creative sharing as a family and the blossoming of communication that followed informed his debut novel.
For further information please contact:
Kirsteen Astor, Publicity Director | 020 3122 6621
Clara Diaz, Press Officer, | 020 3122 6565 | @keefstuart | #MadeofBlocks

My Review
This book promises to make you laugh and cry and indeed it did. As I was on the Tube at the time, I did get a couple of funny looks but this is one of those books that really touches a chord. Based on the author's true experiences I could really relate to the problems of the wife having to deal with everything as the husband is mainly absent and focussed on work and paying the bills. It was interesting to see things from a male point of view and when you add in the extra pressure of an autistic child then daily life is beyond challenging. I learnt so much from this book and as the mother of a nine year old Minecraft addict I now understand more about Minecraft than I would ever hope to. I'm sure there's a lesson there for me too. This book is moving, funny and poignant at the same time and instantly relatable.