Book Review: The Butcher’s Daughter by Jane E James

Book Description:
Looking for a dark and compelling psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming?

Trust no one. Not even yourself.

When Natalie Powers returns home for the first time in thirteen years, she must convince everyone she has fully recovered from the mental illness, which has seen her institutionalised for most of her young life.

But instead of being welcomed back, Natalie enters a baffling world of deception. She must fight her way through the lies in order to discover the truth about her mother’s sudden disappearance sixteen years earlier. To do this, Natalie must also try to make sense of the hazy memories from the past that continue to haunt her.

In the village of Little Downey, everybody appears to harbour a mysterious secret, including her father, Frank, the village butcher, who refuses to discuss the circumstances surrounding Natalie’s mother’s disappearance, but who can Natalie trust if not her own father? Especially when it becomes clear her protector and confidante, Dr Moses, is not all he appears.

Meanwhile, a spate of unexplained clifftop suicides has seen the seaside resort go into decline. Are the villagers somehow involved or is something more sinister at work?

Determined to find out what happened to her mother, Natalie must make sure her own frailty and self-doubt does not catapult her back to the mental institution before she can uncover the truth…

Continue reading

Author Q&A with UK Crime Book Club

I recently took part in an author chat in UK Crime Book Club (on Facebook,) and got asked some brilliant questions. I thought I’d share some of the questions and my answers. I hope you enjoy them.

Would you ever consider one of your books being made into a film?
I think both The Abattoir of Dreams and The Liar’s Promise would make great films, but for very different reasons. One emotional, one scary!

Mark, I totally agree with that but who would you choose for Michael (in The Abattoir of Dreams,) and The tall man (in The Liar’s Promise?)

I haven’t given it much thought but, someone like Christopher Lee for the Tall Man (if he were still alive!) And the young boy who plays Paco in You on Netflix (Luca Padovan,)   would be a great Mikey if he could do an English accent.

      

Which was the last book you read that scared the life out of you?
The Father of Lies trilogy by Sarah England, but especially the third in the trilogy, Magda.

Does your girlfriend ever worry about you, sleep with one eye open?!
She does when I ask her to mimic being strangled! But never mind my girlfriend, I sleep with one eye open!! LOL

Can you tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?
Yes. I once mistook my daughters escaped hamster, that was sat on the arm of a rocking chair, as an orb. Thinking the house was possessed, me and my girlfriend fled downstairs. A sure sign my imagination was doing overtime!

Continue reading

Torment Blog Blitz Thanks

My 7th novel, Torment, was published on the 5th August, and its release was supported by some fantastic book bloggers.This post is to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about the book via their reviews and the sharing of extracts from the book. Special thanks also go to Kerry-Ann Parsons (Chat About Books,) and Lorraine Rugman (The Book Review Cafe,) for helping with the cover reveal.

Heather at Bloodhound Books planned one blog blitz, including the following bloggers:

If you missed any of their reviews, click on the links below:

Bookish Jottings:
https://bookishjottings.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/torment-by-mark-tilbury-blog-tour-review/.

Amanda @ The Ginger Book Geek
https://gingerbookgeek.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/torment-by-mark-tilbury/.

Lou @ Avid Reader’s Retreat
http://avidreadersretreat.blogspot.com/2019/08/blog-tour-review-torment-by-mark-tilbury.html.

Philomena ‘Cheekypee’ Callen @ Cheekypee Reads and Reviews
http://cheekypeereadsandreviews.blogspot.com/2019/08/torment-blog-tour.html.

Continue reading

Blog Tour Review: Stitched by Cheryl Elaine

Today I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for Stitched, by Cheryl Elaine. Thanks go to Shell Baker for inviting me. Before my review, here’s the book cover and description:

A patchwork of lies and threads of abuse…Stitched is a gruesome tale of control, fear and brutality.
To the outside world, Andrew Brooke is a cop who’s obsessively committed to his job. But behind closed doors, he enforces his dominance and disciplines his wife, Emily, in the most inhumane ways. When his life begins to fall apart and his reputation becomes tarnished, he unleashes his anger and seeks revenge on those who dare to encounter him.
Emily Brooke is left broken by her husband’s hand, with no means of escape. Eventually, though weak and confused, she manages to flee. But is the life she escapes to a better one?
Detective Donavan has his own demons to battle following his wife’s death. Assigned a missing person’s case that leads to a series of brutal attacks, he follows the trail of a serial killer dubbed ‘The Stitcher’ – but will his own dark secrets get in the way of justice being served?
Stitched perfectly demonstrates how cruel life – and people – can be.

Continue reading

Can Two Wrongs Ever Make a Right?

The title question is the tag line for my most recent publication, You Belong To Me.
It’s got me thinking about cases in which people have tried to seek their own kind of justice for crimes committed against them, or someone they know. Trying to seek your own justice could be seen as trying to get revenge or to punish a wrong instead of using traditional forms of justice, such as the police.

There have many real life cases were people have planned and carried out their own form of justice. Consultant forensic psychologist, Dr Ruth Tully, explains…‘Many people who feel wronged in some way have thoughts of revenge, but most people don’t act these out. For those who cause serious harm, the need to “get back” at someone can be a powerful and personal motivator. The perceived need for revenge can magnify emotions so that the violence becomes gratuitous or sadistic, with the perpetrator more easily able to overlook victim distress. Revenge violence can be an act of emotional expression, or the perpetrator seeking to restore balance or justice to the world.’
Read more at https://www.lifedeathprizes.com/real-life-crime/shocking-revenge-crimes-from-around-the-world-40611#Lw6BGqI0tQrh1kag.99.

I also wondered what people’s opinion on the question was? Can two wrongs ever make a right? Yes or no? I asked members of some Facebook groups what they thought. Here are a few of their opinions:

Continue reading