#Review : THE LIAR’S HOUSE: Carla Kovach. Gripping, twisty, excellent characterisation #crime #thriller @CKovachAuthor @bookouture

The Liar's House

The Liar’s House by Carla Kovach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I was initially attracted to The Liar’s House by the cover, which posed an immediate question: whose house is it? I certainly wasn’t disappointed by the contents. What a brilliant story! Faultless police procedural and questions you are desperate to find answers to in every chapter. The card one of the characters received containing a certain part of human anatomy (or is it human?) was a masterstroke. It sent shivers down my spine. I have to say here that Carla Kovach’s characterisation is excellent. I felt this woman’s isolation, also the frustration of the possible owner of the certain part of anatomy, Samantha. The characters within the relationships are all totally relatable to – though there are some you perhaps wouldn’t want to relate to. As well as telling a gripping story, looking for the link between Samantha, a girl who liked to party and sadly disappeared on the way home from one seven years ago, and the current day brutal murder of Jade, who seems to be her exact opposite, the author delves beneath the surface couples present to reveal what goes on behind closed doors: sexual predilections that wouldn’t be considered the ‘norm’, controlling relationships. Insecurities. All are real flesh and blood characters and that always holds my attention.

I love the way the author weaves Harte’s backstory seamlessly into the story, skilfully linking her ghosts from the past and making them a pertinent part of the present. This also makes the book easily readable as a standalone story. If you like your crime with lots of twists and characters that come complete with all their foibles, this is a must-read, one I would highly recommend.




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THE MARRIAGE TRAP! Huge thanks for your support #bookbloggers #readers #ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayMotivation @bookouture

So, you might have heard my latest psychological thriller, THE MARRIAGE TRAP – my fourth book published by BOOKOUTURE – is out! I say you ‘might have heard’, but I suspect you couldn’t have failed to. That’s down to the tremendous support and hard work of some extremely passionate book bloggers and readers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading the book and reviewing – and how! If ever an author needed inspiration to finish the next book, this is it.

I can’t resist sharing a snippet or two of the latest:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐’This is an addictive first-class psychological thriller.’ Once Upon a Time Book Blog

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow… What a book. I so enjoyed it. A very addictive read.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐’Excellent psychological thriller!’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A dazzling story with plenty of mystery and suspense!… This is one brilliant read. I was unable to put the book down.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Amazing new thriller.’ Goodreads reviewer

And, of course, the cover!

I’m thrilled to bits, can you tell? If you fancy a read, The Marriage Trap is currently on offer for just 99p! – so now might be your chance to grab it. If you prefer audio… Well, what can I say, Tamsin Kennard has done it again. I absolutely LOVE her audio narration. You can have a listen here:

That’s it! A HUGE thank you again to everyone for your amazing support. I really have just typed THE END on the next book (I must admit I was losing the plot a bit until you lot spurred me on). I’ll go and get on with finishing the decoration in the bedroom now (oh joy!), while I wait for my super-talented editor to make sense of it. Fingers crossed she can!

Keep safe all!

Lots of love,

 

 

 

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THE MARRIAGE TRAP is set! On pre-order now. Plus other #booknews #psychological #thriller @bookouture #SundayBlogShare

Just in case I forgot to mention it 😄, THE MARRIAGE TRAP is set! My new psychological thriller from fab Bookouture is out on 30th July but available to pre-order right now. And how irresistible is this cover?

I am totally in ❤

My husband has been keeping secrets for a long time. He thinks I don’t know what he does outside of this house. But I know everything… 

Karla watches silently as Jason hurriedly packs his belongings into a suitcase. She knows that her stillness is unnerving him as she watches his every move from the doorway of their bedroom.

Clothes are screwed up and packed into the case, along with a watch she bought him for his last birthday and his precious laptop. He takes everything from his bedside table. Everything except the framed wedding photo, which now stands alone. Karla strains to see the smiling faces in the photo. If only she knew then what she knows now.

‘I’ve fallen in love with someone else,’ he’d said to her, just moments earlier. The brutality of those words hit Karla hard and she struggled to breathe as she took in each word in turn.

You may think you know what Karla will do next. But you’ll be wrong. Because Karla isn’t who you think she is. Only she knows what’s about to happen. And you will never see it coming.

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller for readers who loved The Girl on the TrainGone Girl and The Other Woman. With twists you’ll never see coming, you will not be able to put this one down!

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I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the fantastically hardworking bloggers and reviewers and every single reader out there for reading my books. Authors write with you in mind. Knowing you have enjoyed our stories and care enough about our characters to want to share them with other readers is the best incentive ever for us to keep writing. So, in short, The Marriage Trap wouldn’t be coming out if not for you guys.

In regard to my other books, I’m thrilled beyond words to be told buy my fabulous editor recently that sales on the three beauties below are now in excess of 250,000 copies. How amazing is that? Words fail me. I know, I’m supposed to be writer! It’s all down to the support of people like you, my fab editor, Helen Jenner, and the fantastic Bookouture Team. Thank you SO much.

In other news, look out for The Babysitter published by Grand Central Publishing in trade paperback on July 9, 2019! Beyond thrilled!

 

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That’s it! I’ll get on with that next book now.

Keep safe all!

Lots of love,

Thank you! For the fab pics! #bloggers #bookbloggers #TheSecondWife #TheAffair @bookouture

I’m always saying I wouldn’t be writing without the fabulous support of bloggers. So many of you guys cheered me on when I thought, Why am I doing this?  I probably get a bit boring saying it over, but … Well, how can you not keep thanking people who give up their time to read and review your books and are just so massively supportive?

I was gobsmacked when I saw some of the photos appearing along with reviews for The Second Wife and The Affair. Genuinely speechless and humbled that people could be so generous and lovely. All this? For my little book? Amazed, totally.

I won’t go on (I bore myself sometimes!) but I had to post a few of them here. They’re so gorgeous they simply have to be shared.

Here we go:

The pic below is from Nichola – itsshewolf – who says of The Affair: “Sometimes I feel scared reading books from authors I don’t know, or never heard of through other authority because if I end up not liking the book or format of writing I feel bad. But this was not the case with this book. I was glued from the very start. THE AFFAIR had constant turn of events and kept me wanting to constantly read. ” Thank you, Nichola, for taking a chance on me!

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This one is was kindly taken by Cen at Cenninsbookreview, who says of The Second Wife: “This book has everything a psychological thriller needs to make it such a fantastic book.” Thank you, Cen, for a fantastic review and fab photo!

The next is from Mackenzie at PhDiva.blog. Mackenzie says: “I was so honored to get to be on the final stop for the blog tour of this wild thriller!!! I am excited that this book is published and out in the universe. I’ve already been seeing some great reviews from other readers that delights me!” Mackenzie, I was utterly delighted by your fab review. Thank you!

Another below from jeanniehay64, who says: “ It didn’t disappoint with loads of drama , twists , intrigue and a fantastic plot. The characters she has created are fantastic, I was really rooting for good to prevail and my heart was breaking at some points.” Thank you, Jeannie, for a fab review and gorgeous pic!

One from cassies_books_reviews! Cassie says, “I seriously was taken on a crazy thriller ride while reading this book – the ending was so shocking!” Thank you, Cassie! I’m sorry I shocked you! Um, I think…

The pic below is from It’s All About The Thrill. Kim says, “This book was so dark, twisted and pure evil. Yes thriller lovers this has all the right ingredients!” Kim, thank you! I love it!

The next was posted on Twitter by @readbyashleigh, who says: “I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to any thriller lovers!” Thank you, Ashleigh! I love it!

One from Savannahlime, who tells me she enjoys all my books. How lovely is that? Thank you so much, Savannah!

Finally, I just found another on Insta! Forgive me for blundering through here. Still finding my way around that app. This one is from Shalini, who says: “Evil begets evil. Darkness can be fought only when you can jump into the murky depths and shine the light, yet fight dirty… One has to read this book to understand this line.” I love it! Thank you so much, Shalini!

I’ll go away now. But I may have to come back. There are so many lovely pics – I can’t believe I’ve missed them! Thank you SO much to everyone who has posted. You truly inspire me to keep writing. I simply wouldn’t be without you!

Oooh, I almost forgot! The Second Wife is currently just 99p! If you fancy a read, here are the linkies:

Amazon

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Take care all!

Lots of love,

#booknews #psychologicalthriller #TheSecondWife from @bookouture #SundayBlogShare #SundayMotivation

She’s imminent…  Have you heard? THE SECOND WIFE – a twisted, thrilling and chilling #psychological #thriller – is coming 29th January!

I have a serious case of book cover LOVE!

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am at the reception she’s receiving. The reviews so far have truly inspired me. In fact, I’ve just typed THE END on the first of a SECOND three-book contract with my truly ground-breaking publisher, fantastic Bookouture. The support of readers is more appreciated than I can possibly say. You are all stars taking the time to read and leave reviews for authors. I can’t resist sharing a few snippets here.

WOW, WOW, WOW… My head hasn’t stopped spinning from all the twists and turns. I can tell you all, you must read this book… It envelops you into the storyline and will your jaw-droppingClear some room in your diary, you will not want to put this down!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I was obsessed with this book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I read it in less than a day, I HAD to know what happened, to who and when!!!!… Superb, one of those books makes you proud to be a reader 10/10.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

WOW! Grabbed me from the BIG bam in the beginning all the way to the last word! Twisted, twisty, dark, compulsive rollercoaster of a story!… Read this book!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Absolutely amazing. Twisted, thrilling and chilling. This book is one you will pick up and not want to put down. A five plus star!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

WOW! What a great thriller. I have already ordered the author’s other novels… This one had so many twists and turns. You honestly don’t know what will come next.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

WOW!… A must read!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Heart-stopping action with an ending that matched it beautifully.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Twisty, dark and so well-written! This is one must-read!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Tons and I mean tons of wonderful twists and turns keep you on your toes. Another unputdownable book from Sheryl.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

WOW! Loved! This book sucked me in from the beginning all the way to the very end… Amazing plot!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘It’s hard to put down because things are moving quickly… I finished this book in a day!’ Goodreads reviewer

Psychological suspense at its best.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

This book was excellent!!’ Goodreads reviewer

I loved every page of this book.’ Roberts Reads, 5 stars

‘It’s a great read… Simply could not leave it alone – yes it was that good!’ Jo Lambert Books, 5 stars

Leaves you craving more.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Deliciously dark and cunningly compulsive…This really was a twisted book that I was loathe to put down when real life got in the way… an excellent read’ Goodreads reviewer

5 stars all the way… reminds me of two other books I’ve read this year and loved… The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and The Ex-Wife… just like them it pulled me in and I was hooked, and not once did I think about putting it down, I had to keep reading and see what happened next’ Spooky’s Maze of Books, 5 stars

The ending was perfection!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Thank you! Every single comment means the absolute world! I’m humbled, proud – and I LOVE YOU for loving THE SECOND WIFE!

I’m also thrilled beyond words to be told by my fabulous editor recently that sales on THE BABYSITTER and THE AFFAIR – my no 1 bestselling eBook – are now in excess of 150,000 copies. How amazing is that? I won’t lie, I’ve been juggling a few personal issues – and this is just beyond my wildest expectations. It’s all down to the support of people like you, my fab editor, Helen Jenner, and the fantastic Bookouture Team. Thank you SO much.

I was absolutely ecstatic when I also received news of lots of lovely overseas deals for THE BABYSITTER. The trade paperback edition will publish this year with Grand Central Publishing in New York! – and The Polish edition, published by Grupa Wydawnicza Foksal, is coming in June this year. I just have to share the cover.

How brilliant is that?

That’s it … for now. I’ll get on with reading that first draft of book four, hoping that the weird time frame I’ve decided on has come together. I think it has, #fingerscrossed.

Ooh! There’s still time to PRE-ORDER The Second Wife, if you fancy it!

Meanwhile, keep safe all.

Love,