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My #Book Review of I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl…. a novel with “an astonishing intensity that drags you in and never – ever – lets you go.” (Daily Mail, UK)

On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street …

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

My review:

This psychological thriller surprised me, again and again but I am ashamed to say it has been sitting on my shelf for some time. And guess what – it belongs to my mum! She loves well written murder mysteries and thrillers (the more gruesome the better)  but can’t watch anything remotely scary on TV. This cracks me up! So mum, you’d be proud of me, I loved this, even though some passages made me draw a shocked breath in, thankful that I wasn’t the main protagonist in the story.

Here are the blurb sentences on the back of the book and my commentary!

In a split-second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare.  (No kidding!)

Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows, to start afresh. (But how can she?)

Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life for ever.  (And isn’t that an understatement.)

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. (Curiouser and curiouser!)

But her past is about to catch up with her and the consequences will be devastating….  (Never a truer word said!)

My recommendation:

Read I let You Go if you enjoy tense, fast-paced (particularly in the second half of the novel,) thrillers with a twist that surprises and shocks. There is plenty to get your teeth into: emotion, grief, trust, blind love, overcoming fear, a mother’s love, guilt, domestic violence …

My rating:

Overall 5 stars. The first half of the novel is perhaps a little slow (a four star,) but well worth hanging in there to reach those middle to end chapters that sky rockets this novel up to five stars.

Amazon UK Kindle Buying Link: http://amzn.to/2A5Hb6b

Amazon UK Hardcover Buying Link: http://amzn.to/2A4U0gU

Amazon UK Paperback Buying Link: http://amzn.to/2B2OgUk

 

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My opinions are my own and any reviews on this site have not been swayed or altered in any way by monetary compensation, or by the offer of a free book in exchange for a review. 

Have you read I Let You Go? I’d love to hear your views if you have.

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Which Kind(s) of Editing Does Your Novel Need?

Ryan Land with an informative blog post on the different kinds of editing.

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Notice the title of this post is not Does your novel need editing? The answer to that question is YES. Always. I don’t care if you wrote The Great Gatsby of the modern day; your novel needs to be edited.

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A Perfect 10 with Marjorie Mallon

Thank you so much to Don Massenzio for featuring me on his perfect 10!!

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Today, I have the distinct pleasure of featuring author Marjorie Mallon on this edition of A Perfect 10.

Please enjoy this special installment of A Perfect 10

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

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The Author Presentation…for Newbies

Tips for author presentations via Mae Clair.

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Hello, SEers! Mae here, sending out a thank you for hanging with me today as I take a look at author presentations. I’ve done several book signings, all with other authors, but recently did my first speaking presentation. A Federated Women’s Club tracked me down through my local library and invited me to be a guest speaker.

I was flattered.

I was jazzed.

I was gulp nervous.

Actually, the event went extremely well and I managed to gain exposure as a result. Since I’d never done a solo presentation before, it was pretty much a guessing game on how to prepare. I was slated to speak the end of October on the topic of my choice. The woman who contacted me hoped I might slant my speech toward the paranormal given the time of year.

I had little problem with that.  🙂

I’m not an expert, but learned a few…

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The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy – 1st Place in the Authors DB 2017 Book Cover Contest

So pleased for my bestie Colleen Chesebro, her cover has been placed in the 1st place category – Gold – in the AuthorsDB book cover contest. And so happy for her designer Wendy Anne Darling too – (Wendy also designed my cover too – The Curse of Time – #1 Bloodstone was a Finalist.) 1st place was tichly deserved Colleen and couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. xxx

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I’m excited to announce that The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy placed in the 1st PLACE category in the AuthorsDB 2017 Book Cover Contest.

Many thanks and love to my multi-talented book cover designer, Wendy Anne Darling, of Booxeedo Book Covers.

Thanks for sharing my joy! ❤

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The Curse of Time – A Thank You!!!

 

A big hug and a huge thank you to all the wonderful authors/bloggers who have been so kind as to host me on their blogs. You are all awesome!

Many thanks to Hugh at Hugh’s News and Views for featuring me as his Book of The Month in October:

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/10/01/book-of-the-month-the-curse-of-time-book-1-bloodstone-by-m-j-mallon-marjorie_mallon/

And the lovely Ritu at But I Smile Anyway who was so kind to share my poem:

‘What Inspires You.’

Ritu at But I Smile Anyway,
Asked me ‘What inspires you?’
I scratched my head and replied…..
‘Everything!”
‘Everything?’ She repeated.
‘Yes.’
‘What’s everything?’ She asked.
So I said,
‘The sun, the moon and the stars,
Sunsets, Crystals, Cats, Shadows,
Art, Puzzles, Mysteries,
Books, Music, Film, Sculptures,
People, Photography and chit chat.’
‘What kind of chit chat,’ she enquired?
‘The kind that keeps me listening!”
‘Are your ears big?’ she said.
I laughed, grinned and nodded.
She stared at me wide eyed,
So I confessed, ‘My ears eavesdrop.’
‘Blame your lugs,’ she replied.
‘Yes, my lugs are criminals,’ I agreed.
‘Where do your rapscallion ears eavesdrop?’
‘On the bus, on the train, anywhere.’
‘Even at the bloggers bash?’ she cried, in shock.
‘No! Never there! Bloggers code,’ I replied.
Ha ha, she giggled. ‘Mum’s the word!’
Lol, I tweeted.
‘So that’s it? Inspiration’s end?’ she asked, unsure.
‘No, never!’ I cried, aghast.
‘This is only a beginning and a middle.
Inspiration never stops,
It just grows and bloody grows!’
Retweet, hashtag, Retweet, hashtag.
‘Inspiration bloody grows!’

and my new release:  https://butismileanyway.com/2017/08/25/marjorie-mallon-poetic-inspiration-thecurseoftime-blogtour-author/

Furthermore, I had the opportunity to write two guest posts about Self Harm, (a sensitive topic that I touch upon in my novel,) via:

Christy Birmingham’s amazing blog When Women Inspire: https://whenwomeninspire.com/2017/08/21/self-harm-fiction-writing-guest-post/

And Adele’s Firefly 465: https://firefly465.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/marjorie-mallon-curse-of-time-1-the-bloodstone/

Here’s a link to an inspiration post I wrote for Chris Graham’s blog: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/09/07/meet-guest-author-m-j-mallon-marje/

And a feature about my love of poetry on Charli’s Raw Literature: https://carrotranch.com/2017/08/22/raw-literature-haiku-tanka-and-a-debut-novel/

Plus and oh so welcoming guest post on Seumas Gallacher’s blog: https://seumasgallacher.com/2017/08/22/marjorie-mallon-poet-and-authoress-extraordinaire-come-be-entranced/

Here’s a link to some information about my collaboration with gifted artist Carolina Russo: https://yesterdayafter.com/2017/09/06/new-release-esme-bringing-alive-a-character-with-a-painting-collaboration-with-author-mj-mallon/

Carolina created an amazing portrait of my character Esme who you can see below:

©Copyright Carolina Russo

And a fun online interview on Lisa Burton Radio with my mirror bound character Esme: https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/the-curse-of-time-on-lisaburtonradio/

As well as a guest post at Christoph Fischer’s blog: https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/new-release-the-curse-of-time-book-1-bloodstone-by-m-j-mallon/

I headed off to take part in excerpt week at Marcia Meara’s : https://marciamearawrites.com/2017/08/05/excerptweek-the-curse-of-time-by-marjorie-mallon/

Then trundled off to do a Guest post at S C Skillman’s : https://scskillman.com/2017/08/22/the-curse-of-time-a-guest-post-by-m-j-mallon-author-of-the-curse-of-time-book-1-bloodstone/

More wonderful opportunities came along. I was thrilled to be a guest at Allan Hudson’s:

http://allanhudson.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/guest-author-marjorie-mallon-of-england.html

And delighted to be at Eloise De Sousa’s Book Tuesday:

https://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/book-tuesday-with-marje/

And Beaton’s oh so entertaining Becoming The Muse: https://becomingthemuse.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/of-a-book-tour-the-curse-of-time/

Plus  a lovely feature at Helen Jone’s Journey To Ambeth:

https://journeytoambeth.com/2017/09/14/guest-author-marjorie-mallon-the-curse-of-time/

I was thrilled to be showcased at Sally Cronin’s amazingly supportive blog home on many occasions. Thank you so much Sally, but this particular link highlights me as ‘new on the shelves,’ https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-curse-of-time-by-m-j-mallon/

And last but definitely not least my two Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club fellow administrators featured me too:

Debby Gies https://dgkayewriter.com/guest-featured-author-book-mj-mallon-curse-time/

and Colleen Chesebro: (with a link to my story Rainbow Child,) https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/08/24/fairies-myths-magic-author-spotlight-guest-posts-rainbow-child-by-mj-mallon/

Prior to this there were pre-release Spotlights too on Vashti’s blog and Dan Alatorre’s : https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/spotlight-m-j-mallon-author/ and https://danalatorre.com/2017/05/08/author-profile-23-questions-with-marje-from-kyrosmagica/

So many people to thank you! I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone!

More News: Semi-Finalist Authors DB Cover Competition

I am thrilled to say that my cover and Colleen Chesebro’s cover (both designed by Wendy Anne Darling,  of Bookxeedo Book Covers)  made the semi-final of the AuthorsDB cover competition! More about that here : https://mjmallon.com/2017/11/02/vote-for-the-curse-of-time-cover-competition-semi-finalist/

I will let you know who the finalists are once I’ve heard any news!

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Birthday News, Reviews and Paper Back Release Plans! 

Unfortunately, I have been very busy of late and I am struggling for time! So apologies for being a very poor blogger. The curse of time has truly struck! With a full-time job my hours are no longer my own, but I’m thrilled to announce that on my birthday – the 17th of November – I will be featured on Don Massenzio’s Blog, so keep an eye out for that.

I’ve been busy getting my paperback ready and hope that I will have a release date for you soon! So if you’d like a guest on your blog do get in touch, I’ll be looking for guest blog posts middle to end of November, beginning of December.  

In the meantime, don’t forget about me! I am still alive and kicking! Happy to say that there have been some very positive reviews for The Curse of Time Book 1 – Bloodstone.

Isn’t that awesome?

Here’s a little review meme I made:

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Are you a poet looking to get published?

Al with details of how to be included in his friend Richard Arthur’s poetic anthology raising money for cancer research UK.

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My friend in poetry, Richard Archer, is compiling a collection of poetry for charity – Diverse Verse 3. I contributed to the book 2, and will be rustling up something for book 3 too – it would be great if you could join me!

Here’s how you can get involved and see your poem in print

All you need to do to be involved is to email a poem to the email address below and it will be considered for the book based on the following rules. Please note entry is free.

  • All poems must be the authors own work, please don’t submit something that isn’t yours.
  • Poems are welcome from anyone, anywhere in the world.
  • Please submit no more than one poem.
  • A submitted poem must be in arial font in a format free word document. If you are unable to do such then just paste your poem into…

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7 Ways to Handle Reviews: Brought to you Buy Tongue & Cheek

Tips on handling reviews by Charles Yallowitz

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We all want reviews and there’s always the one that makes us regret politely asking that people leave reviews.  Then we go right back to asking for them because they’re part of the life blood of an author.  Reviews are the highs and lows of our adventure, which are becoming harder and harder to come by.  Now, the methods of getting reviews are numerous in amount and range all across the morality spectrum.  Instead of poking fun at how we get them, I’m going to give some T&C tips about reacting properly.  I have to say this is humorous because it’s a topic that people take very seriously.  Been there before and don’t have any plans of revisiting that debate again.

  1. Do NOT publicly react to negative reviews even if they get personal.  If you have loyal readers then they will handle it, but responding in person…

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#Vote for The Curse of Time – #Cover #Competition #Semi Finalist!!

 

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I’m delighted to say that my novel The Curse of Time is a semi finalist in the AuthorsDB cover competition!

Thank you to http://www.johnctaylor.com/ for his magnificent photos of The Corpus Christi Chronopage and to my talented cover designer, Wendy Darling. Wendy has two covers in the competition, mine and my good friend Colleen Chesebro’s The Heart Stone Chronicles.

Isn’t that amazing news!

Here’s my link to vote for get me in the final! https://www.authorsdb.com/2017-cover-contest-results/24831-cover-contest-2017-the-curse-of-time and Colleen Chesebro’s, The Heart Stone Chronicles:  https://www.authorsdb.com/2017-cover-contest-results/24840-cover-contest-2017-the-swamp-fairy

So you can vote for both of us as we are in different categories, Colleen is in Fiction – Young Adult and I am in Fantasy! 

Well done to https://wendyannedarling.wordpress.com/ for helping create two wonderful book covers.

Very happy to be a semi-finalist!

 

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Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: EERIE & COSTUME

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This week the prompt words are eerie and costume but there’s a catch, Colleen has asked us to use synonyms.

To join in Colleen’s challenge follow the link:    https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/10/24/colleens-weekly-poetry-tuesday-challenge-eerie-costume/

Here is a relevant passage from my novel The Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone to set the tone for the poetry.

I sensed a change in the dream when a strange creature appeared. His body and features fused together with rotten flesh, matted mud, skin, and protruding bones. The creature did not speak. His silent presence terrified me, and I shivered.
The beast stood motionless and pointed a bony finger at the ground. Fear clenched at my heart. A flood of messages bombarded my brain. Warning signals went off suggesting a multitude of horrible intentions that the creature may have in store for me.
A tremor shook my body, and my teeth chattered. My ears rang with the sound of the earth cracking below my feet. It meant that I had left it too late to run. My eyes fell downwards as the world tilted on its axis, and the realisation came to me that the only way out was via a slide which suddenly appeared at my feet.
With one glance, I could tell the slide had a definite beginning but no visible end. I placed a tentative step onto the slide. The minute I touched it I knew no time for fear. I swallowed hard and plunged into the darkness, sliding into oblivion. Every emotion I possessed had compressed into mere seconds – a momentary adrenalin rush. Sensations continued like the aftermath of the wildest rollercoaster ride. Fuelled by fear, it sent my senses reeling, the ultimate blood pounding, stomach churning thrill.
I slipped down the slide and landed onto a stone floor, yet it cushioned my landing, like a silky feather down quilt. No longer afraid of the shadows, I felt welcomed, at home. With wide-eyed astonishment, I took in the magnificent interior of the Crystal Cottage. Gems, in a myriad of welcoming shades, purple Amethyst, white Quartz, red Jade, blue Topaz, covered the walls. A riot of colours reflected in the facets of the crystals which welcomed me with their brightness. This magnificent display promised more, luminous lights twinkled and burst forth from each separate gem in a firework-like extravaganza. I gasped. My breath caught in my throat, and I glanced down at my hands. They were sparkling as if they had touched an enormous glitter ball. A crystalline light bounced off the walls of the cottage, finding a resting place on my face. The brilliant light caressed me.
My heart filled with wonder at this miraculous event and I wished the exquisiteness of the moment would last forever. I willed this spectacle to carry on, and on, but the glowing display tapered off. The colours became darker, and glimmers of the crystals’ bright lights darkened to a menacing black, then lightened to a grey, washed-out colour, before turning a muddy brown.
In horror, I could feel the skin on my face puckering like an orange peel stripped of all moisture. My body shivered, and I shook. I stirred in my sleep, suspended in the haze of the dream. I struggled to remain, not wanting to leave the beauty and comfort of the Crystal Cottage. So, I remained, floating in the abyss, fearful but longing to find out more.

© M J Mallon 2017. All Rights Reserved

 

The Creature

The Creature 

His ensemble reeks,

Of graves, and forgotten things,

An unearthly vibe,

Matted hair, and worms for flesh,

Beside such crystal splendour.

 

Oh how I love the creature! Love all my characters! Hope you enjoyed the passage and the tanka. If you’d like to read more or buy a copy of The Curse of Time – book 1 – Bloodstone here’s the link:

 

 

I am currently working hard on the paperback and hope that it will be ready for launch by the end of November/beginning of December.

Wish me luck!

Bye for now,

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