THE UNRAVELLING by @ThorneMoore @honno #Mystery #Thriller #fridayreads

The UnravellingThe Unravelling by Thorne Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four point five stars.

The Unravelling is a dark mystery/ thriller set in England. It opens with a churchyard scene, and then drops back to two different periods of time for Karen Rothwell, one when Karen is an adult and the other set in 1966 when she was a ten year old schoolchild.

Adult Karen is a mess, on medication and regularly under a psychologist. She is assigned a health worker monitor her bouts of depression, her eating habits and her distractions which cause trouble at work. Karen suffers from memory loss, she has blocked out a traumatic childhood experience for years. She escapes into books where she can be the heroine and lives their lives rather than her own.

On a cold bleak January day an apple from a broken shopping bag rolls away down a drain, as Karen scrabbles after it a lost jigsaw piece of memory slots into place and the locked memories begin to slowly unravel. Karen hides away at home, sketching faces as wisps of her memory return and raise more questions.

We are taken back to ten year old Karen and her love and admiration for Serena Winn, the most popular girl at school. The one who attracted friends like bees to honey, the angel of the playground. Serena could do no wrong and her friendship was a gift closely guarded by her loyal bullies. Yet Serena showed Karen kindness, where others shunned her.

Adult Karen believed that Serena held the key to her lost memories and so she searched for her, what she found was a shocking truth, with secrets and guilt hidden away. Her one strength was her determination to get right to the very bottom of what happened on that fatal day in 1966 which would affect her for the next thirty-five years.

Thorne Moore knows how to build up a tale with layers of tension for the reader to unpeel, this was a pleasure to read.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Letter P April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 16 April A to Z Challenge, my theme is characters from books I’ve read plus some audience participation.

Letter P is for Mrs Parish from Motherlove by Thorne Moore

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Motherlove is contemporary fiction and a heart-wrenching tale of three mothers and their love for their children. Mrs Parish haunts a local park everyday searching for any clues which would lead her to find her baby who was snatched twenty-two years ago. She is a shell barely surviving, constantly facing those who accuse her of murdering her baby, even after so many years.

Kelly Sheldon arrives home to find her Mum seriously ill. Roz has always shied away from doctors and authority but now she needs help, diagnosed with Diabetes, she’s damaged her kidneys. The vegetarian diet they eat will help her recovery and Roz still insists on her herbal remedies, but Kelly goes behind her back to have tests to see if she can donate a kidney for a Mother’s survival.

Gillain walks on eggshells around her angry daughter never knowing the right way to deal with her and always feeling guilty about never finding the right time to tell her she is adopted. That is until the evil Joan blabs in yet another bought of hatred towards her family. Grasping for details Vicky digs up news reports from twenty-two years ago which fuel her anger at the world.

As the story unfolds we read of women who were victims of strong emotions surrounding their babies and life experiences which shaped their futures. There’s no right or wrong definition of a mother’s love in the constant flux of life but it still exists.

A very good tale which kept me enthralled until the end.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation I’m asking readers to create book titles using the letter P for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll be choosing my favourites.

Here are some randomly chosen challengers for you to visit today

https://afullcupoftea.wordpress.com/

http://thetexascountrywife.blogspot.co.uk/

https://wtfaioa.wordpress.com/

https://mrsmsmeanderings.wordpress.com/

http://entrepreneurialgoddess.blogspot.co.uk/

As part of the tour challenge we are asking readers to leave comments on blogs, thank you.

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March Movers and Shakers for Fleet Life and EHDirectory

Here are the books which made it to the March Issues of local magazines.

Fleet Life has the following books on page six of it’s magazine, for the online version go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, load the online directory and turn to page 6

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The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan

I Listened To My Heart by Rosemary Gallagher

Motherlove by Thorne Moore

The Haunting Of Secrets by Shelley Pickens

The Song of the Cypress by Tonia Parronchi

Elvetham Heath Directory has the following books on page of it’s magazine, for the online version go to ehd.org.uk, load the online directory and turn to page 6.

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S.C.A.R.S by Julia Ibbotson

The Broken Angel by Monica La Porta

Just Two Weeks by Amanda Sington-Williams

White Horizon by Jan Ruth

Mind Over Murder by Cary Allen Stone

Motherlove by Thorne Moore

MotherloveMotherlove by Thorne Moore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Motherlove is contemporary fiction and a heart-wrenching tale of three mothers and their love for their children. Mrs Parish haunts a local park everyday searching for any clues which would lead her to find her baby who was snatched twenty-two years ago. She is a shell barely surviving, constantly facing those who accuse her of murdering her baby, even after so many years.

Kelly Sheldon arrives home to find her Mum seriously ill. Roz has always shied away from doctors and authority but now she needs help, diagnosed with Diabetes, she’s damaged her kidneys. The vegetarian diet they eat will help her recovery and Roz still insists on her herbal remedies, but Kelly goes behind her back to have tests to see if she can donate a kidney for a Mother’s survival.

Gillain walks on eggshells around her angry daughter never knowing the right way to deal with her and always feeling guilty about never finding the right time to tell her she is adopted. That is until the evil Joan blabs in yet another bought of hatred towards her family. Grasping for details Vicky digs up news reports from twenty-two years ago which fuel her anger at the world.

As the story unfolds we read of women who were victims of strong emotions surrounding their babies and life experiences which shaped their futures. There’s no right or wrong definition of a mother’s love in the constant flux of life but it still exists.

A very good tale which kept me enthralled until the end.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author via Honno Press

Launched today February 19th, find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

View all my reviews on Goodreads

Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2, Week 39

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

January 11th – Finished reading a very good psychological thriller called Just Two Weeks by Amanda Sinton – Williams ready for a book tour slot with Brook Cottage Books later in February. Helped my Mum out with some forms on her computer.

January 12th – My morning at school, passed on some books for others to read and hand delivered some Thank-you notes.

January 13th – I’m reading I Listened To My Heart by Rosemary Gallagher and really enjoying it, from the cover I thought it was just another romance, but it is so much more. If you love Angels and are interested in fate, it’s a really good read. Picked up litter on my walk.

January 14th – It’s windy and there is plenty of litter to pick up on my daily walks.

January 15th – Today I’m reading a Melissa Foster romance, a book I won, Bursting With Love Another walk and more litter picking.

January 16th – Posted my review for To Eternity by Daisy Banks, a book I read a while ago ready for it’s recent launch, my post goes out on Monday for it. Changed my route for my daily walk and found plenty of litter to pick up. Today I’m reading Motherlove by Thorne Moore which is due out in February.

January 17th – Picked up more litter on my daily walk. I’m reading Mind Over Murder a Jake Roberts thriller by Cary Allen Stone

Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2 Week 32

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

November 23rd – Today is rained hard nearly all day, I stayed inside and read and reviewed two books instead. Good Deeds received, brother-in-law came and took away our old lounge furniture.

Today’s book in the November Mystery Tour was Buffalo Soldiers by Nicholas Denmon http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Vx

November 24th – My morning helping at school. Today’s mystery book is Blond Cargo by John Lansing. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5PG

November 25th – Today it’s the turn of Lily Bishop on the Mystery November book tour with her book No Strings Attached. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5SR Visited my parents and helped out with their computer issues.

November 26th – A mystery set in Cyprus was today’s book on the mystery tour, Isia’s Secret by Ray Stone. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5SC Posted my review of Elsa Winckler’s book Touched to the Heart on my blog, a romance set in South Africa.

November 27th – Donated food to the local food bank for the homeless today. Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow is the mystery tour book today. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5VH

November 28th – A Much needed walk today in the fresh air and a chance to pick up litter. Today’s mystery tour book is Eden’s Garden by Juliet Greenwood. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Ti

November 29th – The mystery book tour is nearly at an end and today it’s the turn of Thorne Moore and her book A Time For Silence. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Td

Drafting up the post for the December issues of the magazines I write book reviews for and drafting up the copy for the January issues to send to the editor due to the short deadline in the run up to Christmas.

 

Mystery Book Tour Day 29 #MysteryNovember A Time For Silence by Thorne Moore

November Mystery Tour

Please welcome today’s guest on the Mystery November book tour, it’s Throne Moore and her book A Time For Silence.

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Where is your home town?

I was born and grew up in Luton, and still think of myself as a Lutonian, but for the past 30 years I’ve lived in North Pembrokeshire, not far from Cardigan and this is very much my home now. No towns, exactly. Not even very serious villages, but a lot of farms, trees, hills, sea and sky.

How long have you been writing?

I remember discussing my writing ambitions at school, so at least 45 years. I wrote fantasy for years, then sci-fi, which I still enjoy writing, but most of what I produce now is strictly reality-based.

What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?

Psychological. I’m more interested in examining why something happened rather than making a mystery of who or how.

Tell us where and when your book is set.

A Time For Silence is set mostly in North Pembrokeshire, in two periods. The chapters alternate between Sarah’s story, set in the present day, and her grandmother Gwen’s story, set in the 30s and 40s.

Please introduce us to Sarah.

Sarah is a young woman who apparently has everything – good career with prospects, high-flying fiancé – but in reality she’s completely lost her way. She’s looking for an escape and she finds it when she comes across her grandparents’ derelict farmhouse and discovers a family secret that she’d known nothing about.

Can you tell us a bit about Gwen and John?

Gwen belongs to a completely different world that Sarah, decades later, can’t begin to understand. Society, religion and economic necessity have placed her in a cramped and subservient position as the wife of John Owen and she thinks her guiding principle is duty, though in reality it’s pride. Her husband John struggles to survive as the tenant of a tiny farm. His proud determination is seen as a sterling virtue by the local community, but it’s the front of an obsessive controlling personality. As his wife and mother of his children, Gwen knows what lies beneath the surface.

What is the mystery element in this book?

John Owen was murdered. No one was ever charged. No one speaks about it. For Sarah, the mystery is who did it and how did they get away with it. The mystery, for the reader, is how it could have been allowed to happen and how it was all buried.

What inspired some of the ideas for the storyline?

Two local stories. There’s a derelict cottage near me, and I was told (never confirmed) that a crime was committed there and everyone, including the police, knew about it but nothing was done. What intrigued me was the idea of a society so closed and isolated that such blanket secrecy could be possible. I found the other story in a 1950s newspaper: a magistrates’ court report, concerning a young girl who was up before the bench for the ‘wicked crime’ of attempting suicide. Her explanation was brushed aside as a lie. Yet, reading between the lines, it was clear the magistrates did believe her but couldn’t openly acknowledge something that would undermine their understanding of the way society worked. That may sound too cryptic, but I don’t want to give the whole book away.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I’m just waiting for the final edit of my second book, Motherlove, which will be published in February. It’s less focussed on Pembrokeshire, but like A Time For Silence, it’s split between periods – the present day and 1990. There’s a crime that’s just as bad as murder, but is there really a criminal? After that, I’m working on a couple of mysteries, both set in Pembrokeshire.

Where can readers find out more about you?

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I have a website: www.thornemoore.co.uk, which has links to several interviews, as well as lots of photos of North Pembrokeshire, just to set the scene. I also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thornemoorenovelist

My Twitter account is @ThorneMoore

Buying links:

UK.

Honno Press: http://www.honno.co.uk/dangos.php?ISBN=9781906784454

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Silence-A-Thorne-Moore/dp/1906784450/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1384095395&sr=8-1 (sorry, is the link really that long?)

Waterstones: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/thorne+moore/a+time+for+silence/9226207/

USA

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Time-Silence-Thorne-Moore/dp/1906784450/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413530501&sr=1-3&keywords=a+time+for+silence

Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-time-for-silence-thorne-moore/1113608839?ean=9781906784454