Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Cover Reveal: The Charm Bracelet by Ella Allbright

The Charm Bracelet by Ella Allbright

A moving and heartwarming love story perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day in December…
Leila’s charm bracelet tells a story of love, a story of loss, a story of hope.
This is the story of her … and the story of Jake.
When Leila Jones loses her precious charm bracelet and a stranger finds it, she has to tell the story of how she got the charms to prove she’s the owner. Each and every one is a precious memory of her life with Jake.
So Leila starts at the beginning, recounting the charms and experiences that have led her to the present. A present she never could have expected when she met Jake nearly twenty years ago…
Published by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins UK

Ebook: 21 August 2020
Paperback: 12 November 2020

A self-confessed reading addict, Ella Allbright writes commercial women’s fiction set in her beautiful home county of Dorset. Her first novel in this genre, The Charm Bracelet will be published in August 2020 by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins, and she’s currently hard at work on her next book. Ella is represented by agent Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership, who represent J.K. Rowling.
Ella also writes as Nikki Moore, the author of the popular #LoveLondon romance series. A number of the novellas featured in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart, and in 2018 the collection was released in Italy. Her first published work was the short story A Night to Remember in the best selling Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut romance Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015.
When not writing or reading, she can be found working in her HR day job, walking the family’s cute beagle puppy or watching a Netflix series!
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She also vlogs about how to get published as ‘Author By The Sea’ on her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQNV3lWENgnIRG4NWejSjmQ

Spotlight & Review: Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst.

First in the international bestselling, award-winning Blix & Ramm series with over 100,000 copies sold in Norway alone, two of the biggest names in Nordic Noir have teamed up to create a dark, hard-boiled and emotive serial-killer thriller with echoes of Criminal Minds … and two unforgettable protagonists

by Thomas Enger & Jørn Lier Horst
translated by Anne Bruce

Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV.

Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing persons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing…

Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flair for the dramatic, and thirst for attention.

Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it…

This is my first venture into Nordic Noir. Living in Norway, I was already familiar with the names of the authors but I've not read anything by either of them...until now. It's why I chose to read Death Deserved and I'm so glad I did.

Divorced Oslo Police officer Alexander Blix has a grown-up daughter who is appearing on a reality television programme.
Simultaneously, former athlete, Sonja Nordstrøm disappears. He's given the responsibility for the missing person investigation not knowing if it's a kidnapping, suicide or murder. Meanwhile, celebrity blogger, Emma Ramm is curious as to why Sonja Nordstrøm didn't turn up for her television interview to promote her book, Always Number One. It isn't long before Alex and Emma run into each other as they search for clues. Only for Alex, meeting the blogger triggers a memory of an incident in 1999, one which still haunts him to this day.

The narrative is seamless and I'm awed by how these authors have worked together to produce this intriguing novel. The tight plot and pacing keep readers engaged as Alex Blix and Emma Ramm work to find the serial killer. It's an unlikely pairing of a police officer and a celebrity blogger but their crossed paths add to the curiosity of why the dynamic works so well. In addition, we're introduced to many supporting characters including, Sofia Kovic, Alex's police partner. Like Emma, she's someone who you wouldn't expect to see working with someone like Alex Blix, but they somehow complement each other in a positive way.

Thrilling and suspenseful, I enjoyed putting together the pieces of the puzzle as the protagonists try to get ahead of the perpetrator with their investigation. With enticing details, I was gripped as the story came to a conclusion with an epilogue setting the scene for the
next instalment.

On a personal note, what I appreciated the most
is the Norwegian backdrop. I don't live in Oslo, but the familiarity of names definitely added to the overall appeal of Death Deserved. It's left me with a feeling of 'What took you so long to search out novels based in your country of residence'?

Conclusion? My introduction to Nordic Noir has whetted my appetite for more and will definitely, be reading more from Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger. It's also inspired me to buy and read
Nullpunkt, the original Norwegian version of the novel. As it'll be a slow read, I'm hoping in the meantime Orenda will publish a translated version of Røykteppe, book 2 in the Alex Blix and Emma Ramm series before I get around to tackling it in its original form.

***arc generously received courtesy of Orenda Books via Random Things Tours*** 

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. 

Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense.

Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer.

Death Deserved is Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller.