Sunday, 2 August 2020

Blog tour: Hush Little Baby by Jane Isaac (Thriller, 10E/10E)

July 2020, Aria Fiction, 315 pages, ebook, Review copy

Book summary
Someone stole a baby...

One sunny day in July, someone took three-month-old Alicia Owen from her pram outside a supermarket. Her mother, Marie, was inside. No one saw who took Alicia. And no one could find her.They silenced her cry...

Fifteen years later, a teenager on a construction site sees a tiny hand in the ground. When the police investigate, they find a baby buried and preserved in concrete. Could it be Alicia?

But the truth will always out.

When Alicia disappeared, the papers accused Marie of detachment and neglect. The Owens never got over the grief of their child's disappearance and divorced not long after. By reopening the case, DC Beth Chamberlain must reopen old wounds. But the killer may be closer than anyone ever suspected.

Nayu's thoughts
Usually I love missing baby stories because I am desparate to see if there is a happy. Clearly there wasn't for the baby that was found. I am not saying if it is Alicia or not. My heart was sad upon reading the story because regardless of the baby's indentity, someone had killed a baby. Life is so precious, the most precious thing in the world and I never can get ]my head around those who take any life, most of a baby or a child who are so innocent.

Like any good thriller there are plenty of secrets to be uncovered. Quite a few were unexpectd and surprising. It was interesting to see how the Owens had coped after losing Alicia so long ago, each dealing with the grief differently. There was a fair amount of suspicion on them, but they were not the only ones involved in Alica's life. The killer's identity came as a surprise to me, what actually happened was also a surprise and made it harder to blame the killer. Justice finally gets served, but so does a lot of heartache.

Unfortunately a teen girl who finds the baby gets into trouble for why she was at the construction site with her family (if I remembered correctly) and I know she was at fault, but I felt so sorry for her, despite skipping school she had seen something that no person should ever have to see, especially not a teenager whose lives are by nature turbulent. Yes she was no angel, but she had  had a big shock and I hoped her family weren't too harsh on her truanting. I find it strange how attached I got to the girl, I expected to feel most sympathy for the Owens, and while I was sorry for them it was the girl who won my heart.

It will be a long time before I reread this book, because of the subject matter, but it is firmly on my reread shelf because of plot layers and wanting to see if the killer gives clues early on to their identity.

Find out more on Jane's website.

Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter, and dog, Bollo. Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at Sign up to her book club at for book recommendations and details of new releases, events and giveaways.Follow Jane:

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Suggested read
A thriller involving a live child is Playdate by Alex Dahl (Thriller, 9/10E)

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Blog Tour Spotlight: Hidden Intentions by David Flint (Mystery)

21st July 2020, Clink Street Publishing, 366 pages, Paperback & Ebook,

Book Summary

Toby could... and Toby would.

‘Enjoy yourself as you rot, old man. And you’re not my dad – you never were.’ Southern England,

September 1957

When thirteen-year-old Toby Mitcher’s mum collapses, never to wake up, Toby’s alcoholic stepfather becomes his legal guardian. He thought life couldn’t get much worse, but was he wrong.

Time passes, and an orderly direction comes into his life. That is until problems start and the disappearances begin.

No more being put upon or allowing bad situations to happen.

 From now on, Toby is in control. Or is he?

Nayu's thoughts
This isn't review because I haven't had the time to read it, so today's spot on the tour is merely a spotlight of what the book is about so you can check it out! Apoogies for any format error, Blogger is now using a new layout for everything so I am getting to grips with it.

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Author bio

Dave Flint has been an avid reader since his twenties. Married at the age of twenty, and eighteen months later with three days' notice, he and his wife discovered their baby was going to be twin girls.

He thinks the shock at that time ended their thoughts of having any more children. He served in the Merchant Navy for a short period until he realised being engaged and married, for him, would not work too well. So, he worked in industry and later the aircraft and radar sector until his retirement in 2012 at the age of 64. Finding a hobby, he joined a writing group not knowing where it might lead him. Low and behold all those books he read over the years must have had an impact on him. The writing group he joined gave him encouragement and criticism, enabling him to find his feet in another world.

Together, he and his wife have holidayed in many countries. China being the most astonishing last year, they just made that one! They like the scenic trips where they can take in the different wonders of the world, such as in America's Parks and Canyons, Yellowstone, and New Orleans Bayous, Italy's Pompeii, and what its cities have to offer with its past. The Vatican and Rome, Sicily and Etna, The Catacombs and so much more. He did stop in Southern Africa in his early years while in the M.N. that could probably be why he was so taken with Wilbur Smith and his books.

Being in good health, he enjoys playing Badminton and going on long walks with the Ramblers group he belongs to, and now looks forward to when he can get back into the swing of things.