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Mummy’s Little Angel

by JW Lawson

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Genre: Psychological Thriller

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My Review

I tell you what. After reading this story about a family that could win The Most Dysfunctional Award, I don’t think either of these twin sisters could be tagged Mummy’s Little Angel.

What a tangled, ugly mess these girls are. And the mother isn’t much better. She’s popping pills left and right, and doing everything she can to avoid facing the big truth. One or both of her daughter’s is a psychopathic killer.

You get the story from three POVs. That of each sister, Annie and Maggie, and the mother, Joanne. It wasn’t hard to keep track of who was speaking as the author highlights each one in bold print. Otherwise, I think it would be hard to distinguish between them as all three are a mess.

This one really had me cranked up. If this were a movie, I’d be saying, “Come on mom, can’t you see they’re manipulating you?” By the end, I didn’t care who did what to who, I just wanted whoever deserved to pay for what they did, to pay.

Looking for something twisted? For character’s that have more baggage than an airport terminal? And enough suspense and mystery to keep your head spinning? Give this a go. It’ll mess with your head.

4 Stars

Mummy’s Little Angel is the first place winner of World’s Best Story!

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Synopsis

Joanne didn’t believe that her life could become worse than it already was. She had lost everybody and everything she had loved. She was alone. Surely she had suffered enough? The press had called her identical twins psychopaths. Her Maggie. Her Annie. But she still loved them, even though one of them had killed her husband, Jeff. Joanne believed that his murder had been an accident. How could one of her girls be a murderer? She knew them better than anybody else. They were good girls really.

She just had to prove it.

The brutal murder of her god-daughter Laura had never been solved. Items were missing when Laura’s remains had been discovered: clues that could lead to the capture of her killer. One of them was Laura’s doll … the doll that Joanne later discovered in her home. Joanne is facing the most horrific dilemma of her life. Has the wrong woman been imprisoned? Could her child have used such brutality against her best friend? Or could both women be innocent after all?

She needs to find somebody for her daughter to confide in; somebody she will trust. She needs a miracle. There is only one person who can help. He is compassionate and caring, with an amazing ability to gain the trust of the most difficult patients. He is Joanne’s only hope. He is Jonathan Davies.

Buy the Book:

Amazon ~  Barnes & Noble ~ Friesen Press

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Author JW Lawson

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Award Winning Author, JW Lawson is already gaining recognition for her writing talents in the US and world-wide. The second of a trilogy of sensational thrillers,Mummy’s Little Angel is the winner of the highly acclaimed Worlds Best Story competition and has also received some outstanding reviews from the professional team of judges in the competition. She is currently writing her third thriller, Crossroads which will be available in 2017 and the final book of the current series, Hush Little Baby will be available in 2018.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page.
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

My Teaser for this week is from

Mummy’s Little Angel

by J.W. Lawson

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Genre: Psychological Thriller

My teaser from 10% in the eBook.

You also mentioned that he treated Gran, the head case. Is she still insane, Mum, or did he perform a miracle on her – as he’ll need to with me?

Only time will tell, Dr. Jonathan.

I wish you the best of luck.

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Read on if you want to know more.

Synopsis

Joanne didn’t believe that her life could become worse than it already was. She had lost everybody and everything she had loved. Surely she had suffered enough? The press had called Joanne’s identical twins psychopaths. Her Maggie. Her Annie. But she still loved them, even though one of them had killed her husband, Jeff. Joanne believed that his murder had been an accident. How could one of her girls be a murderer? She knew them better than anybody else; they were good girls really. She just had to prove it… The brutal murder of Joanne’s goddaughter, Laura had never been solved. Items had been missing when Laura’s remains were discovered: clues that could lead to the capture of her killer. One of them was Laura’s doll … the doll that Joanne later discovers in her home. Joanne is facing the most horrific dilemma of her life. Has the wrong woman been imprisoned? Could her child have used such brutality against her best friend? Or could both women be innocent after all? Joanne needs to find somebody for her daughter to confide in; somebody she will trust. She needs a miracle. There is only one person who can help. He is compassionate and caring, with an amazing ability to gain the trust of the most difficult patients. He is Joanne’s only hope. He is Jonathan Davies.

AMAZON

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wrought-iron birdcages 

summer vegetable gardens

cookie cutters

jeweled necklines

painted turtles

I’ve enjoyed other books by Andrea Kane and I was thrilled to get an early copy to read.

Check out The Murder That Never Was.

And enjoy my review!

The Murder That Never Was

Forensic Instincts #5

by Andrea Kane

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My Review

A woman’s kind- hearted actions leaves her dead, gunned down in the street, and another woman on the run, hiding a dangerous secret.

Lisa couldn’t believe her luck when Julie helped her get a job and gave her a place to stay until she got back on her feet. Growing up in foster care, with a juvenile record, Lisa wasn’t having much luck until Julie gave her chance. Everything falls apart when Lisa sees Julie executed in the street.

Now, it’s a race to stay ahead of some powerful people, bent on silencing Lisa forever.

I’m always pulling for the underdog and I felt bad for Lisa. All she wanted was to be able to make it in a hostile world. Wouldn’t you know it, the world kept knocking her down. Being a foster kid, bounced from home to home, you’d expect her to be tough. But how could she be prepared for the evil dogging her steps.

Along comes her rescue. FI, Forensic Instincts, a team of people that help those who can’t help themselves. The eclectic group, each with their own quirky abilities, take Lisa in and protect her while they dig into her case.

I had a lot of fun meeting the team from FI. I couldn’t help but picture characters from CSI, Criminal Minds, and NCIS. All favorite shows of mine. Each team member had their own unique instincts and training, and there’s even a little bit of a  paranormal element with one of them.

Being big on character driven stories, I was thrilled to have so many to connect with. Some were endearing, some were the strong leader types. You had your techno geek, the newbie wanting to show their stuff, and the joker, the one who eased the suspense with their oddball humor and antics.

And there were some cool gadgets too. Bee and Hooter were really amazing. And Yoda would be good to have around all the time.

The plot bounced me from city to city as the death toll rose and the villains closed in. Suspense built, fear for the characters made me anxious, and I pushed through the night to finish the book and find out what happened.

The last chapter had me riveted. I could clearly see the final showdown in my mind. Smiled as the team went to work. Let’s here it for the good guys.

I love a well executed and powerful wrap up.

5 Stars

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Synopsis

Given the opportunity, would you assume someone else’s identity and leave your old life behind? A serendipitous crossing of paths between Lisa Barnes, a down-on-her-luck job seeker, and Julie Forman, a personal trainer to an Olympic hopeful, forever changes the course of both women’s lives. One winds up dead and the other finds herself a fugitive, hiding behind one lie after another as a cold-blooded killer methodically hunts her. Desperately trying to stay alive, the terrified woman enlists the help of Forensic Instincts, a rogue investigative team that clandestinely operates in the gray area between legal and illegal. Safeguarding their client’s deception, Forensic Instincts digs into dangerous territory as they try to find out who’s after their client and why. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in Chicago, New Jersey, and Vermont as a megalomaniacal genius will stop at nothing to eradicate anyone who threatens the success of his medical breakthrough. With an unhinged client and a monstrous criminal enterprise as its adversary, Forensic Instincts is forced into uncharted territory to protect their client and save one of their own from becoming the next corpse. Forensic Instincts is an unorthodox, criminal investigative team that carefully navigates the fine line between legal and illegal. The team consists of a behaviorist, a former Navy SEAL, a techo-wiz, an intuitive, a pickpocket, a retired FBI agent, and a human scent evidence dog.”

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Published by : Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC

Publication Date: May 17th 2016

Number of pages: 384

ISBN 1682320006 (ISBN 978168230006)

Amazon / B&N / indiebound / BAM

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Author Andrea Kane

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ANDREA KANE’s psychological thriller, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, became an instant New York Times bestseller, the latest in a long string of smash hits. With her acclaimed signature style of developing unforgettable characters and weaving them into carefully researched story lines, Kane has created Forensic Instincts, an eclectic team of maverick investigators. Recruited because of their special talents and dynamic personalities, the high-energy members thrive on blatantly disregarding authority. Armed with skills and talents honed by years in the FBI and Special Forces, and with training in behavioral and forensic psychology, this unstoppable team solves seemingly impossible cases while walking a fine line between assisting and enraging law enforcement.

With a worldwide following and novels published in over twenty languages, Kane is also the author of numerous romantic thrillers and historical romances. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is busily crafting a new challenge for Forensic Instincts.

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Has she already fallen prey to the vicious stranger hunting her?

 

Publication Date: Jan 26, 2016
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Crime Fiction

Life turns from barely tolerable to complete hell when Maddy Eastin’s impulsive plan to win back the attention of her absentee father backfires. Word of her scheme spreads through her high school, but when mockery escalates to cyberbullying, Maddy and her failed stunt become headline news. But the worst is yet to come…

A disturbed man is fighting the overwhelming urge to surrender to his true nature—a moral code molded by a sadistic father who taught him that a girl needs proper training to become the perfect subservient woman. As he watches Maddy on the evening news, his already fractured psyche completely splinters. She’s the girl he’s been waiting for.

When Maddy disappears, she’s labeled a runaway even though her mother believes it was foul play. Will the two detectives investigating Maddy’s disappearance find her before it’s too late? Or has she already fallen prey to the vicious stranger hunting her?

This psychological thriller unfolds through the viewpoints of five deeply flawed characters. Each is on their own emotionally charged journey that ultimately intersects in a collision course of devastating consequences.

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Enjoy this Excerpt

Lily unlocked the craft store’s two front doors, then stood aside to allow a couple of impatient women to enter.

Gotta get your early morning scrapbooking fix, don’t you, ladies?

She forced the biting retort to stay firmly in her mind. Outwardly, she smiled, greeting the women, who were already racing down the center aisle.

When did I become so bitter?

Lily had always thought of herself as a pleasant person, the type to consider another person’s feelings over her own. She believed she was the sort of friend others wanted in their corner. One who would roll up her sleeves and jump in during the tough times. So how was it that she could deal with other people’s problems so well, yet completely fall apart during the rough patches in her own life?

It seemed to her that having single-mom status thrust upon her had been the tipping point. She didn’t know how other women did it. There was no time to grieve over a spouse walking out when every waking moment was either spent trying to earn enough income to keep their whole house of cards from crashing down or being an emotional cheerleader for Maddy in order to get her through.

When Tom had still been part of the family, at least there had been someone else to pass the baton to once in a while. He may have travelled a lot with his job, but whenever he was home, he and Maddy were always together. Those were the times Lily could take a break. Take time for herself, to recharge and in turn have something to offer back to her family. Lily had been running on empty for so long now, she had nothing left to give.

At least I don’t have to listen to someone constantly belittle me anymore.

She was glad for that, but still felt sad when she thought about no longer having a man in her life who loved her. She didn’t know which was worse—Tom’s stinging verbal attacks or being alone.

            What would happen if I just sat in the middle of this store and refused to move?

Lily cracked a smile as she pictured herself plopping down on the floor in full tantrum mode.

Maddy got to do it, why can’t I?

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Kelly Miller grew up shivering in Illinois but now enjoys the year-round sunshine in Tampa, FL. Her debut novel, “Dead Like Me,” won second place in the best mystery category of the 2011 FWA Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. It was also named a semi-finalist in the mystery category of The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Books Awards competition. The Detective Kate Springer series continues with the second book, “Deadly Fantasies.” In Kelly’s newest book, “Splintered” which is a 2015 Kindle Scout winner, she introduces her readers to a whole new cast of characters. Visit www.kellymillerauthor.com to get a glimpse into the inner workings of her writing life.

 

 

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What did you think of that excerpt? Sound like something you’d enjoy?

I love psychological thrillers. Getting into peoples minds. Reading about what makes them tick.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

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Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page.
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My Teaser for this week is from

The 6:41 To Paris

by Jean-Philippe Blondel

Translated by Alison Anderson

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My Teaser from page 41 in the ARC Paperback.

The last image I have of him.

That angelic mug of his: I felt like blowing it to smithereens.

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Synopsis

Cécile, a stylish forty-seven-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she’s exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it’s soon occupied by a man she instantly recognizes: Philippe Leduc, with whom she had a passionate affair that ended in her brutal humiliation thirty years ago. In the fraught hour and a half that ensues, their express train hurtles towards the French capital. Cécile and Philippe undertake their own face to face journey—In silence? What could they possibly say to one another?—with the reader gaining entrée to the most private of thoughts. This is a psychological thriller about past romance, with all its pain and promise.

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I will be reviewing this book in September. It’s translated from French, and while t’s a bit rough in editing, I’m sure that will all be corrected for the final draft.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

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Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page.
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My Teaser for today is from

The Memory Closet

 by Ninie Hammon

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Genre: Psychological thriller/mystery

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My teaser from 11% into the eBook.

“I don’t remember my childhood.”

“What is it ’bout your childhood you forgot?”

“Everything. I don’t have any memories at all of growing up. Didn’t you know that?”

She got a far-away look in her eyes and then recognition dawned.

“Your mind went plum blank, didn’t it? I remember now. You was so tore up after…” She stopped and bowed her head a moment. When she continued, her deep voice was so soft I had trouble hearing her. “…the accident. You got the forgets, didn’t you?”

The forgets. Yeah, that’s right. I got the forgets.

“I didn’t just forget the accident. I forgot everything.”

She looked up, startled.

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I spotted this as a free download on Amazon and grabbed it. I enjoy psychological thrillers and this sounded like quite a mystery too. I’m so into this story and can’t wait to finish it so I can tell you what I thought.

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Synopsis

What really happened to Laughs in the Wind?

When Anne Mitchell was 11 years old, something happened to her that erased the whole first decade of her life.

Twenty-five years later, she has come home to re-claim her past.

Oh, she gets it. She understands that something profoundly evil lurks in the swirling purple haze of her amnesia. Fear of facing that secret held her hostage. Like a schoolyard bully, it twisted her arm behind her back and forced her to accept that her life began in the dirt beside the ditch where the family station wagon burned like hell had opened up a crack in the world right there in the back seat.

For 25 years, she was enslaved by what she called the “Boogie Man”– images from her lost childhood that appeared in the shadows behind her reflection in mirrors and wine glasses, haunted her dreams and attacked her in screaming night terrors.

Then the monster shattered her career.

And Anne saw him in her dying mother’s eyes.

With her last breath, Susan Mitchell begged for her daughter’s forgiveness. She didn’t mean for it to happen, she gasped, but she’ll burn in hell for what she did all the same.

What did her mother do? Anne has to know.

So she has come home to a small Texas prairie town to live with her crazy grandmother in the rambling old house where she grew up to take her stand against the Boogie Man. But Anne isn’t really prepared for how expensive remembering might be. The cost of her memories could very well be her sanity.

Each new revelation loosens Anne’s grip on reality.

Surely her crazy grandmother didn’t do THAT to Anne’s beloved parakeet! Yes, the old woman DID! No … actually, she didn’t.

The horror that attacks her in the garage–it can’t possibly be real…can it?

And most important: what happened to the little girl with a face like a china doll whose name was Laughs in the Wind?

The Boogie Man knows.

He also knows Anne’s here. He knows it’s showtime. And he knows what she doesn’t–that Anne might very well have to pay for her past with her future, that the cost of remembering could be her life.

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