Monday, 23 July 2018

#BlogTour Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay


Do No Harm


Lucy V Hay

Hello and welcome to my stop on the #BlogTour for Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay. Massive thanks goes to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours, Orenda Books and the author Lucy V Hay for the copy of this book to review.

"A dark, twisted read of obsession, revenge and murder"


If I can't have you...… Nobody can

After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six year old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that's when things start to go wrong.... Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives....

Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, with a killer twist that you will never see coming.


This is the authors second book and the first that I have read, so with all books like this I went into this with an open mind. What style of book will it be? Will I enjoy the plot lines? only time will tell...

This book was like a football match, a game of two halves. The first half was like no one wanted to attack too much and built from the back in a slow teasing way. When I say slow, not in a I want to give up on reading this but as each chapter went by you knew something was going to happen but it kept you waiting. The second half was like.. Crash, bang, wallop.. All out attack which kept going right to the end with twist after twist. At one point I could not trust any of the characters as the author dropped in little teasers for each of them that made your mind wonder. It was one of those books that you thought you had it all worked out around 3/4 of the way through and you were just waiting to congratulate yourself on jumping in the mind of the author, when she went and threw a curve ball. Then another, Then another and before you knew it you realised how wrong you were.. I really love books like this where you are so caught off guard it makes you sit up and the book dares you to put it down till you know everything.

The characters in this book were greatly written and I really liked all of them. As mentioned before you could not trust any of them, even to the point that I had even thought the main characters who were being terrorised were doing it to themselves. If you have children at school this book will make you question their teachers. Are they this friendly caring person who looks after your children or are they involved in some dark, twisted game of revenge and murder.

If you love thrillers like I do then I fully recommend this book to you. I thought it was cracking. If you find it slow to start with then please stick with it you will not be disappointed. This was my first Lucy V Hay book that I have read but it will not be the last.

About the Author:

Lucy V Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both staring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow up Drama Screenplays. Her critically acclaimed debut thriller The Other Twin was published in 2017. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails...

Thursday, 5 July 2018

2018: Half Year Book Review

2018: Half Year Book Review

July already? I know it's crazy really. The first 6 months of this year are over and only 6 more to go till 2019. This post is an update on how my first 6 months of the year have been from a reading point of view and what is in store for the rest of the year.

Firstly I hope that everyone has read some great books this year and not had too many disappointments. I have been quite lucky so far this year as I have only had one bad book which scored a 2 out of 5 (Review to come closer to the release date) and two 3 out of 5's. The rest have been 4 and 5 out of 5's.


This year I set myself a target of 26 books to read in 2018 and have used the Goodreads book challenge on their website to count these as usual. 26 to a few people might not be a lot of books, but, I am not the quickest of readers,. I am getting quicker as each new book is read though. 26 is also the highest number of books I have set myself to read in a year and having never actually reached my target (I know sorry) I set myself a big task. How am I doing? Well.... Currently I am half way between book number 15... Meaning at the half way stage I am actually above where I need to be to hit my 26 target. This has pleased me a lot, considering I have quite a lot going on in my life at the moment (I won't bore you with the details) so to be able to be where I am at the moment its a great feeling. Will I get to 26? Yes I will and I am more than determined to smash it.



#BlogTour is something that I had seen on social media all the time and picked up some great books from reading the blogs from other book reviewers. A #BlogTour is either a 10 day or month long tour for a book which one or two different Bloggers post each day their review of the same book. I have always wondered how you can get involved in these but never actually looked to do them. I think it is because I was never confident I would be any good at it.. But, at the start of the year I said sod it, why not? I found out how to get involved and put myself forward for these. As of today I have done four #BlogTours and loved it. I don't know why I was worried in doing them in the first place. A massive thanks goes to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for all of her help in getting me started on these.

Top 3 so far:

My top three books that I have read so far are:

The Old You by Louise Voss

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart  Turton

Each of these books have scored a 5 out of 5 and you can read my reviews by finding them on the tabs at the top of my blog.

The next 6 months:

What have I got planned for the rest of 2018? Well... Hit my reading target of course. I have so many books on my TBR pile like I am sure you all have as well. Some old, some new. I am going to mix it up between the two and also try and read as many genre's as possible. I am currently reading The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances and loving it.  Next up I have Do No Harm by L V Hay which will be part of my next #BlogTour so please keep an eye out for July 23rd which is when I am hosting the tour. 

Social Media:

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Twitter: - @CBailey31
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Speak soon,