Will tragedy tear them apart – once and for all?
It’s 1966 and in Liverpool two sisters are about to have their lives turned upside down…
Sisters Carol and Jackie haven’t had the easiest of childhoods, but as they grow up and begin their own lives both hope for happier times ahead. Stylish Carol works in Lewis’s department store, while Jackie dreams of drama school, and a career on the stage.
But the sisters are heartbroken when they discover they have been dating the same man, and an unexpected pregnancy causes a rift between them. Parents Dora and Joe must overcome their past hurts and help their daughters, despite the meddling of Joe’s second wife Ivy.
As the sisters’ troubles spiral and difficult decisions must be made, can the family pull together – or will Jackie and Carol’s sisterly bond be destroyed forever?
The Liverpool Girls is a heart-breaking and compelling story of family, loss and love. Perfect for fans of Annie Groves, Anne Baker and Kitty Neale.
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‘A fantastic story… Anyone who likes a good family saga will absolutely love this book.’ I Love Reading, 5 stars
‘WOW what a fabulous book!! … Loads of laughter and tears… A book you will not be able to put down until you finish it, for that reason I had sleepless nights!! I can’t recommend it highly enough.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Pam has written a fabulous sequel which I simply couldn’t put down… I loved every minute of it. ’ A Writer’s Journey, 5 stars
‘Beautifully written… Tugs at your heartstrings, so have your tissues ready! I can’t wait until the next one is out!! ’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘I've read heaps of saga books in the last few years… this series really stands out from all the rest… I enjoyed every bit of this emotional, honest, gritty, raw and endearing story.’ Shaz’s Book Blog, 4 stars
‘A real page-turner that will test your emotions.’ Ali the Dragon Slayer, 5 stars
‘Honestly one of the best family sagas I have ever read.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Pam Howes has a fantastic knack of bringing her characters to life… This book was one I just didn’t want to put down until I’d finished it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Loved this book and thoroughly recommend it. Fantastic characters and a book which I enjoyed from the first page.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I read a lot of family sagas but this is my first by this author, but definitely won’t be the last! Really enjoyed it, great writing!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Certainly not something I would normally read, but I decided a while back to give the first book a try. I absolutely loved it, I enjoyed every bit, also book two. So when I knew book 3 was available to read as an ARC I jumped at the chance.
I couldn't wait to carry on this journey that I feel I've been on with Dora. I loved the character of Dora and all through book 1 and 2 I was rooting for her, wanting her life to turn out well.
In this book we follow the lives of two sisters Carol and Jackie. It's not been an easy childhood for them, and things are about to get a little tougher. We have trying times ahead.
For me this book needed to be read while snuggled up cosy on the couch. I felt like characters were part of my extended family, I really feel like I have been on a life journey with them.
As said before this isn't my normal type of read, and I'm so glad that @Kimthebookworm gave me a nudge in the right direction. I'll miss these characters. I could quite happily of continued to read more and more about them. Brilliant characters created by a brilliant author. Pam certainly knows how to draw you into a story, this is brilliantly and beautifully written. I certainly hope to read more from Pam.
I have no hesitation in highly recommending all 3 of these books.
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About the author:
Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is a retired Interior Designer who began writing seriously in the mid nineties. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series set in the fictional town of Pickford, based on her home town of Stockport. Three Steps to Heaven; 'Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That'll Be The Day, follow the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock'n'Roll band The Raiders. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it's this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin' Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. A new series of Fairground Romances, set in the sixties, begins with Cathy's Clown, to be followed by Ruby Tuesday early 2016. Pam is mum to three adult daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren, and roadie to one musician partner. She still lives in Cheshire and is currently involved in raising awareness of her home-town's musical heritage with campaigns to have Blue Plaques erected on the walls of local clubs, The Manor Lounge and The Sinking Ship, where the likes of The Walker Brother's, The Who and Jimi Hendrix played; now closed, but still firmly in the hearts of Stockport's recycled teenagers.
Pam recently signed a contract with the award winning publisher Bookouture and the first novel in her new trilogy, The Lost Daughter of Liverpool, will be on sale in February 2017
All books are available in Kindle format, paperback, and Fast Movin' Train is also available as an audio book.
Si is 28 and unsure of what he wants – in his job, his love life, even just for dinner. The only thing he’s certain of is his friendship with Jimmy, a late-twenties professional footballer in a career he fears has stalled. Through their uncertainty and just plain lethargy, the two men anchor each other with regular catch-ups at their local, The Feathers.
But little do they know that The Feathers is more than just a great place for a pint and a chin-wag; it’s also a hub for a London-based IRA cell. Plans are being formed – dangerous ones – while Si and Jimmy drink away their quarter-life crises. And just as the guys start to get everything figured out – against the roller-coaster backdrop of Manchester United's Double Double season, and the media and politics of mid-1990s Britain – something happens that threatens to blow it all up.
In Pieces – the thinking man’s Bridget Jones’s Diary
An interesting read, I was a little mixed with what I thought and how I felt with this book.
a fun read, football, drink and all things around that.
The next gripping thriller in the DI Sally Parker thriller series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Justice series M. A. Comley
Murderer or a victim of a corrupt system?
Fifteen years after her deadly encounter, Anne Gillan's remains are finally found. Her husband, who has maintained his innocence, has spent those fifteen years in prison--and the case's investigating officer has been found guilty of corruption. Could Anne's murderer still be free?
DI Sally Parker has just been chosen to lead a cold-case squad--and Anne Gillan's murder is their first case. The case brings Sally face to face with a criminal from her own past, who has set out to destroy Sally's relationship with her soon-to-be husband.
Will Sally and her team solve the case before Sally has a deadly encounter of her own?
It's great to get your teeth stuck into another DI Sally Parker book. A series I have grown to love and look forward to.
Mel Comley is certainly a very talented author and I know I like many others, really look forward to Mel bringing out a new book. She has certainly built up a very good fan base of loyal readers. I believe that is because we all know what to expect, and have grown to enjoy and look forward to any book published by Mel as we know just what high standards to expect.
Mel just never seems to let us, the readers down. I for one was certainly impressed with this latest installment.
DI Sally Parker is now tasked with heading up a Cold Case team. Thankfully she gets to take her own team on board with her, but will all her team want to join her?
Exciting times ahead for a team like this, but hard work is in store.
The Death of Anne Gillan is to be their first case. Anne went missing 15 years ago and although a body wasn't found at the time, her husband was convicted of her killing and has since been in prison serving his sentence.
It's down to Sally and her team to figure out if He was guilty, or wrongly imprisoned.
This is by far one of my favorite Sally Parker books so far, i'm not sure if that is because of the familiarity with some of the character, or the fact that I also enjoy when we follow the private lives of characters as opposed to just their working life.
I loved everything about this book and found it a real gripping, interesting page turner.
How far would you go to protect your child?
Can you really keep them safe? What if who they are puts them at risk?
And what if they have blood on their hands?
Teenager Allie Kennaway heads off for prom night, cheered on by her dad Steve and little sister Teagan. But Allie never comes home, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. As police investigate the brutal murder, a crime that has appalled the country, one parent is at her wit's end with her son's behaviour. Are his outbursts and silences hiding something much darker than adolescent mood swings? And if her suspicions are correct, then what does she do? Another parent will fight tooth and nail to save his boy from the full force of the law. After all, blood is thicker than water and everyone should look after their own. But if he succeeds then Allie and her family will never get the justice they deserve.
A groundbreaking story of love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, in a world of change
Allie Kennaway is off to her school prom, an evening most teenager look forward to, a time to get dressed up and go out with friends and have some fun. That is what Allie has planned and as she’s ready for the off, her dad Steve couldn’t be any more proud of her.
The night doesn’t turn out to be much fun for Allie. Allie Kennaway age 18 is never to return home. Brutally murdered, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity.
A crime that has destroyed a family a father who had lost his wife to cancer has now lost his daughter, his younger daughter Teegan has lost her sister, a family ripped apart so cruelly. A crime that has appalled the country, and the police have a huge job on their hands to find the killer.
Another very interesting read, I have now read a number of books by Cath Staincliffe and I seem to have enjoyed them all.
This one is a very interesting & a compelling read, told at a steady pace. It’s subject is quite topical at the moment and something we seem to be hearing more and more about. Todays society is a lot more understanding with thing although I still believe a lot of people are still uncomfortable with this subject, and i like how that was highlighted in the book with certain characters and their views.
This really was an fascinating story, and I really don’t think anything I write about it will do the book the justice it deserves, I’m worried about saying to much, then concerned I'm not saying enough, so I'll end with – Give this book a read, and decide for yourself.
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There is just something about this simple cover that really drags me towards it. I couldn't wait to start this book. I love discovering new authors.
When the dismembered body of Lydia Steiner is found washed up in the waters of a blisteringly hot Louisiana swamp, Detective Jess Bishop knows for certain this isn’t the murderer’s first kill.
Three other dismembered bodies have been found, all bearing the same marks. Marks that strike fear into Jess’s heart. They are identical to those from a case she’s spent her entire career trying to forget.
As Jess and her team try to link the victims, another body is discovered and they fear the serial killer is taunting them. They know it’s only a matter of time before he kills again.
As the body count rises, and the hunt goes cold, Jess knows she has to confront her past in order to catch the killer, even if that means making herself the bait…
Now You See Me is a gripping and heart-stopping thriller full of twists and perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter, Robert Bryndza and Lisa Gardner.
Now you see me is a great start to this new series, I have enjoyed getting to know new characters.
Jess and her partner Chan are sent to Louisiana to investigate the findings of a dismembered body. Not all the body parts can be found at the scene. Its believed that this is the workings of a serial killer as three other bodies have been found all bearing the same marks.
It's a race against time to find this evil killer before any more bodies are found.
It's great getting to know Jess and her character is great. Jess has spent a long time trying to forget a certain case and is spooked when similarities in this case start to crop up.
The story starts off with Jess being with her now partner Chan, then being put back with her old partner Jamison when he returns from undercover work.
It's clear right from the beginning that these two have at one time been the perfect working duo, but things have gotten in the way over time and it's a struggle working together again.
I can see this growing and becoming a really strong series, getting to know characters is always good and the characters created in this book are brilliant, I'm looking forward to learning more about them, especially Jess.
She certainly deals with things in her own unique way, and can be a little, lets say reckless at times. But all this just adds to what I believe is going to be a first class character in the future.
This book is well worth reading for any crime fans. I think most will really enjoy it. I loved the ending of this book, I really didn't see that coming. It really does leave you wanting more.
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DCI Antonia Hawkins has a killer to catch. Only she can't predict what is waiting for her at the end of the chase.
Nobody remembers the young men entering the abandoned London flat a few weeks ago. Nobody cares if they left.
Until the unbearable smell of decay.
DCI Antonia Hawkins is called in to view the dead men; three, lying neat in a row. There's no damage to the bodies, no obvious cause of death. Is this a suicide pact? Or is that just how it's meant to look?
If there is a link between the three very different men then Hawkins needs to find it, and fast. Because unless she does, more are going to die. And they might not all be strangers.
I just can't believe how this book ended. Bad Alastiar Gunn. I didn't see that comming.
I could happily dive right into book 5 NOW, so please Mr Gunn, don't make me wait to long. lol
I felt throughout this book that your attention was really peaked, it's one of those just one more page, just one more chapter.
If you have seen any of my other reviews recently you will know I have really been enjoying getting to know Antonia Hawkins and just when I thought things could slowly slowly be getting on track for her, and her future looking a little better, BOOM. The author throws in something that totally took me by suprise. I guess in hindsight I could say, I saw this coming, buy by god, I didn't.
A brilliantly clever end to the book that leaves you gasping for more.
Antonia Hawkins and her team are off again on yet another new case, another case to drive them mad, another case to get stuck into and forget that the real world outside of the police doesn't exist, at least until the case is solved for Antonia there is no other world other than the police.
When the bodies of 3 men are found together, with no apparent cause of death it's a case that has got the whole team baffled. As more deaths follow it's a race against time to try and figure out what the hell is going on.
A very well written book, this one I think is my favorite so far in this series.
Have yourself a Merry Killer Christmas and get stuck into this book.
The Keeper (Detective Inspector Antonia Hawkins)
There is something hiding in the forest.
A man is found dead near an isolated forest outside of London. When another body is discovered a few days later, DCI Antonia Hawkins knows that she must move fast. The hunt is on.
With each passing day, Hawkins struggles to find a patter in this seemingly random scattering of murders. But who is the hunter?
With more disappearances, Hawkins must stop a cold, careful killer whose twisted game can only be guessed at, before the next disappearance. . .
I'm slowly slowly growing to love the character of Antonia. I think the author has done a great job in creating her.
Antonia has many flaws, and doesn't seem to be able to get through a case without injury to herself. She is also suffering mentally from injuries incurred in a previous case.
At times she is a little bit to stubborn and things could be so much easier for her if she could just open up and let some of her guards downs.
Antonia and her team certainly have their hands full with the hunt for this killer. When a body is found buried in local woods, its down to the team to find out first, who the body belongs to and why he is buried in the woods.
As more bodies seem to start turning up, the book ramps up a gear and it's all systems go for the team, working flat out to find the killer before anyone else is killed.
Another very well written book with a great story line that will keep you wanting to read on.
For me, it's right onto book 4 because I need more.
The second thrilling novel in the DCI Antonia Hawkins series by Alastair Gunn
When the body of a young woman is found brutally slain on Valentine's Day the press reacts with barely disguised glee. For DCI Antonia Hawkins, still recovering from the terrible wounds inflicted by another killer, the pressure of another high profile murder investigation could barely be worse timed.
But, battling her own physical limitations and under pressure from a new member of the team whose ambition to displace her is barely disguised, Hawkins must discover not just who killed the first victim, but why. Or watch helplessly as others die at the hands of a monster whose been labelled the Valentine Killer...
The good thing now with being slightly behind, I get to read book 3 and 4 as soon as I choose to.
Anyhow, the book. What did I think? Well I actually enjoyed it, I like Antonia, she's gutsy but stupid sometimes, she stubborn and awkward, she's a character i'm enjoying getting to know.
Antonia has received some pretty horrific injuries after being stabbed a number of times, and after weeks in hospital is going mad with boredom. Along with the worry of someone else stepping into her shoes at work, her stubborn streak kicks in, and she manages to force herself back to work. She is certainly not ready to be back and probably shouldn't be starting on a new murder investigation. But Antonia doesn't always seem to do what is right. Antonia decides working while recovering is the best thing for her.
With her new set of wheels, her wheel chair that she is less than happy to be using, she throws herself into work as is soon on the hunt for a killer. A killer who seems to like hitting people over the head with an hammer.
It soon becomes apparent that her and her team are looking for a serial killer. The team need to throw everything they have into this case to get it solved.
Another good solid, interesting read. I have only read the first 2 but I would certainly advise that they are read in order.
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss face one of their toughest challenges yet. A group of homeless people have set up camp in the grounds of a disused cotton mill belonging to local businessman Damien Chase.
But one of the men is not what he seems. He has a secret he will do anything to cover up. And once Calladine and Bayliss investigate, they find the crimes go much further than they could have ever imagined.
Will Ruth be able to juggle her personal and professional lives, and can Calladine deal with their new boss, a woman he neither trusts nor likes? Willing to do anything to bring terrible suffering to an end, Calladine make an astonishing move . . .
DEAD LOST is book four of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. They can be read together or as standalone novels.
Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-one-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.
Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. Her personal life is about to change forever.
The series is set in the fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.
Another book that will keep you reading. Once started this book does manage to keep your attention the whole way through, and leaves you wanting to know 'what next' which means as you finish one chapter you want to carry on with the next.
Book 4 in this great series, The book just got better and better the more I read, It's a great series to follow and I think would keep the interest of most crime fiction fans.
A bag of severed fingers is found in the playground by a rough housing estate. Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to track down a killer before the whole area erupts in violence. Their boss thinks it’s all down to drug lord Ray Fallon, but Calladine’s instincts say something far nastier is happening on the Hobfield housing estate.
Book Two: DEAD SILENT
A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead . . .
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to catch a vicious serial killer. The first two victims are American university students and both have livestock tags fixed to their earlobes.
Book Three: DEAD LIST
An unlikely serial killer with a bucket list of victims . . .
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss battle a murderer who is working their way through a list of victims. Each murder is meticulously planned and unique, and a tarot card is left at the scene of the crime.
When two children disappear in the local area, the stakes are raised and the team are baffled by the link between the crimes. Calladine and Bayliss race against time to prevent any more carnage.
Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever...
When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.
No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.
As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.
Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?
An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!
Book 3 in the Detective Robyn carter Series, is just as good as the first two.
Here we are back with Detective Robyn Carter. A great character, and getting to know has been interesting.
Robyn is still struggling after losing her husband, and wishes he was with her, life is lonely so what do you do? get yourself stuck into a new case.
The body of a missing girl is found in a storage warehouse, but no one knows who the woman is that had the chest put in there. It's not to long before a second body turns up and it soon starts to look like this is the same killer, but still the team have no idea who they are looking for.
This book certainly keeps you going, page after page, you want to read just that little bit more. I love it when a book grabs my attention and this certainly did that.
I love the main character Robyn, she seems like a woman who is passionate about what she does, yet cares about the people around her.
I'm looking forward to book 4 which I now get to read right away, and consider myself very lucky to be able to do so. Looking forward to it because the ending of this book has really left me needing the next one. NOW!
As always I say this is part of a series, and I personally think the books are better read in order, but you could get away with reading it as a stand alone. But personally i'd just buy yourself all 3 books now and lock out the world, by the time you finish them book 4 should be available. How cool is that?
Thanks again to Bookouture for allowing me the chance to read and review this book.
You can read my reviews on book one and twohere
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