Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT A Brutal Silence by Margaret Dardess #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review is from Babus, she blogs here http://ajoobacatsblog.wordpress.com

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Babus has been reading A Brutal Silence by Margaret Dardess

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Alex Harrington had a gruelling experience when she was abducted in Mexico but somehow managed to escape. Since she has devoted time to helping women who need support and healthcare but when an abused woman comes to the clinic where she works Alex is drawn into an organised and dangerous business where grudges are held and the roots of evil go deeper than she could possibly imagine.

This fast paced emotive read was gripping, Alex is from a well to do influential family but any illusion of security she has is shattered by her traumatic experience. Her empathetic nature make her character that I found enjoyable to read.

An entertaining crime thriller with a gripping story.

Book Description

Alex Harrington’s genteel southern world shatters when two strangers drag her from a tourist bus while she’s on vacation in Mexico City. She wakes on a grit-covered cement floor, head throbbing, looking up into the terrified faces of a dozen women and the brutal world of human trafficking.

A champion runner, Alex escapes and returns to run her free clinic in North Carolina, haunted by the faces of the women she was unable to save. When a battered woman seeks refuge at her clinic, only to die moments later, Alex learns that human traffickers don’t only exist in Mexico. They are operating even in her home town, targeting her, and she has no idea why.

Alex wants answers, but when the trail leads back to those she loves the most, she finds that sometimes it’s the most innocent and ordinary places that hide the most terrible secrets.

About the author

Margaret Dardess

Born and raised just outside of New York City, Margaret Dardess has lived and travelled across several continents, landing at last in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she probably should have been all along. She is the daughter of an artist and a poet, who were determined to steer their only daughter away from a life in the arts. For many years they were successful. Margaret returned to New York after graduation from Connecticut College to study Japanese history at Columbia University, and after a brief teaching career at the University of Illinois, went on to tackle the law. When she finally stopped going to school, she set off on a journey, masquerading as an international trade lawyer, a corporate communications executive and a university administrator until at last she cast her parents’ warnings to the wind and began to write.
Brutal Silence is Margaret’s debut thriller. After meeting a woman who escaped from human traffickers and hearing all that the poor woman endured, Margaret was so angry that she had to tell others about it. She chose to write an action-packed thriller as a way to make the issue of human trafficking come alive through fiction. Brutal Silence is the story of Alex Harrington, a resilient and gutsy young Southern woman who takes on human traffickers in her North Carolina town and in Mexico and wins.
Margaret lives with her husband and three cats in Chapel Hill and Wilmington, North Carolina. She is hard at work on a second book that will take Alex Harrington to Margaret’s own native New York City and back to Mexico where Alex tries to build a new life as an international relief worker only to find that those she trusts the most are motivated more by greed than by charity.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Perception & Illusion by Catherine Kullmann Regency #Romance

Today’s team review is from Babus, she blogs here http://ajoobacatsblog.wordpress.com

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Babus has been reading Perception & Illusion by Catherine Kullmann

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An alluring story of a young girl, Lallie, who lost her mother at birth and is kept closeted by her father and stepmother. However, when her father hatches a plan to wed her to a man she dislikes to keep control of her fortune, Lallie plans her escape and finds herself ultimately in a more agreeable match, but can she navigate the world of the gentry and the complexities of her spouse?

I absolutely loved this historical romance as the characters really came to life and unlike many stories the plot went beyond the happy ever after ending as the author showed, not only her connection with history, but her understanding of people and their actions.

I found this difficult to put down and impossible to fault. A thoroughly satisfying read.

Book Description

Cast out by her father for refusing the suitor of his choice, Lallie Grey accepts Hugo Tamrisk’s proposal, confident that he loves her as she loves him. But Hugo’s past throws long shadows as does his recent liaison with Sabina Albright. All too soon, Lallie must question Hugo’s reasons for marriage and wonder what he really wants of his bride.
Perception & Illusion charts Lallie’s and Hugo’s voyage through a sea of confusion and misunderstanding. Can they successfully negotiate the Rocks of Jealousy and the Shoals of Perplexity to arrive at the Bay of Delight or will they drift inexorably towards Cat & Dog Harbour or the Dead Lake of Indifference?
Catherine Kullmann skillful evocation of the Regency period rings true, as do her protagonists’ predicaments. It is a joy to step into this other world with her.

About the author

Catherine Kullmann

I was born and educated in Dublin. Following a three-year courtship conducted mostly by letter, I moved to Germany where I lived for twenty-five years before returning to Ireland. I have worked in the Irish and New Zealand public services and in the private sector.
I have a keen sense of history and of connection with the past which so often determines the present. I am fascinated by people. I love a good story, especially when characters come to life in a book.
I have always enjoyed writing, I love the fall of words, the shaping of an expressive phrase, the satisfaction when a sentence conveys my meaning exactly. I enjoy plotting and revel in the challenge of evoking a historic era for characters who behave authentically in their period while making their actions and decisions plausible and sympathetic to a modern reader. In addition, I am fanatical about language, especially using the right language as it would have been used during the period about which I am writing. But rewarding as all this craft is, there is nothing to match the moment when a book takes flight, when your characters suddenly determine the route of their journey.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT A Taste Of His Own Medicine by @LindaFawke #Thriller

Today’s team review is from Babus, she blogs at http://ajoobacatsblog.wordpress.com

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Babus has been reading A Taste Of His Own Medicine by Linda Fawke

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A tantalising thriller about the reunion of a group of pharmacology graduates who meet after thirty years, but Kate, a flying student who was once top of the class has revenge in mind for those who wronged her years ago. However, will revenge go to plan and will the secrets from student day emerge once again?

This book became more gripping as I read and ended on quite a cliff-hanger, what I really wasn’t expecting was how dark the characters are and how malevolent parts of this story was to read. I’m really hoping there’s a second book soon as I can’t wait to see how the story ends.

With twists turns and revelations galore there is rarely a dull moment in this page-turner.

Book Description

How long can the desire for revenge last? 
Kate Shaw, a successful pharmacist, goes to a thirty-year reunion at her old university and uses the weekend to settle some old scores. Her main target is her ex-lover, Jonathan. She decides to scar him for life as he scarred her. Her bizarre plan works but he shocks her with his strange, unwanted reaction. 
What is the unexpected link between Jonathan and Kate’s husband? 
What is the significance of the ‘Love Bite’ photograph? 
What hold does Jonathan have over Kate? 
Revenge is never simple. 
A darkly humorous story of love, lust, loss and vengeance

About the author

Linda Fawke

Linda Fawke is an arts person who studied science but always wanted to write. Now retired, she indulges this passion, writing fiction and non-fiction, even occasional poetry, preferably late at night. She has recently completed her first novel, ‘A Taste of his own Medicine’, using her background in pharmacy for its setting. 

She has been a winner of the Daily Telegraph ‘Just Back’ travel-writing competition and has published in various magazines including ‘Mslexia’, ‘Litro’ online, ‘Scribble’, ‘The Oldie’, ‘Berkshire Life’ and ‘Living France’. She was recently a finalist in the ‘Hysteria’ short story competition.

She is now writing the sequel to her book.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT EXPOSURE by @RoseEdmunds Financial #Thriller #SundayBlogShare

Today’s second team review is from Babus, she blogs here http://ajoobacatsblog.wordpress.com

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Babus has been reading Exposure by Rose Edmunds

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Amy returns in book two of this series after leaving her last employers and, taking advantage of the remainder of her private health insurance, goes to rehab. The very publicised death of an old colleague involves her as she is mentioned in his dying words, but why? Matters are complicated further as she teams up with an old flame to get to the bottom of what the man’s dying words meant, but her investigation puts her right inside the hornets nest where no one can be trusted and Amy is in mortal danger. Will she uncover the truth and get out intact?

Absolutely love reading Amy, she’s a character that amuses and intrigues as I’m never quite sure what she’ll do next. A breath of fresh air from the sanitised female protagonist, Amy is proof women can be human, flawed and less moral than Snow White and still be good reading.

I found this second instalment more suspenseful than the first one with a rapid pace that kept me on the edge of my seat, but the book still managed to fill some blanks in Amy’s troubled past. A mystery to keep me guessing as well as revisiting a much loved character, I recommend this rare type of thriller, a finance thriller, to all thriller fans. You won’t be disappointed.

Book Description

City high-flyer Amy has crashed and burned. Fresh out of rehab and with her career in tatters, the sudden death of an old friend propels her into an illicit undercover fraud investigation. 
But Amy’s in way over her head. The assignment quickly turns sour, pitching her into a nightmare where no one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems. 
In mortal danger, and with enemies old and new conspiring against her, Amy’s resilience is tested to the limit as she strives to defeat them and rebuild her life.

About the author

Rose Edmunds

For more than 20 years, Rose Edmunds almost passed as normal, working undercover in several well-known financial firms in London while quietly gathering material for her novels.

Since jumping off the corporate hamster wheel Rose now writes thrillers with a strong ethical theme. Her writing draws heavily on her considerable insight into business world and in particular the uncomfortable conflict between capitalism and humanity. 

Rose’s debut thriller, Never Say Sorry, was about a Big Pharma conspiracy to suppress a cancer cure. Since then, she has been working on the Crazy Amy thriller series—an ambitious project which will follow the brilliant but unstable Amy Robinson on her journey from senior finance executive to who knows where…

You can find out more by checking out Rose’s website at www.roseedmunds.co.uk or on Facebook at Rose Edmunds – Author Page. Via the website, you can also join the Crazy Amy VIP Fan Club, for exclusive access to free bonus Crazy Amy short stories and other exciting offers. There is also a closed Facebook group for club members.

Rose lives in Brighton with her husband David.

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The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Babus Ahmed @ajoobacats

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

Babus Ahmed

Babus Ahmed

Babus Ahmed, lives in Birmingham, UK

You can find her book reviews here http://www.ajoobacatsblog.com

Babus also posts to  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+

Genres Babus enjoys reading include;  Thrillers particularly psychological, crime, mystery but she also reads historical thrillers, horror (no vampires and werewolves please) and occasionally romance.

Babus prefers reading books in Mobi format for the review team.

Hobbies and interests;  Babus is a cat enthusiast with a special interest in Bengal cats, she has quite a few. She also enjoys comedy clubs and horror films.

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?”  I’ve dabbled in romance a bit more.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?” Fantasy and sci fi

“What do you look for in a book?” Something that will have a twist to make my hair curl, but good characters seem to be featured highly in all the books I have loved the most over the years.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?”  Short stories

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?” Very very seldom.