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Blog Blitz – ‘Don’t You Dare’ by A.J. Waines

‘Don’t You Dare’ was published as an eBook on the 8th May 2018 by Bloodhound Books and is also available in paperback.  Having read a couple of A.J. Waines previous books which were self-published, I was totally made up for her when I saw that she had signed a book deal with a publisher.  I would like to thank A.J. Waines for mentioning me to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for my review copy.  I wouldn’t have missed taking part in this blog blitz for the world.

I’ll tell you exactly what I thought of ‘Don’t You Dare’ in a minute, but first here’s what the book is about.


Book Blurb

What if your daughter becomes your enemy?

When barmaid, Rachel, discovers her soon-to-be-married daughter, Beth,​ pinned down by a stranger in the pub cellar, Rachel lashes out in panic and the intruder ends up dead. In desperation, Rachel convinces Beth they should cover up the crime and go ahead with the planned wedding in one month’s time.

Rachel, however, has her own reasons for not involving the police.

Hiding their dreadful secret is harder than they both imagined and as the big day approaches and the lies multiply, Beth becomes a liability. Rachel looks on in dismay at the hen party​ ​when, after too many drinks, Beth declares she’s about to make a special announcement. But before Beth can say a word, she disappears…

When two people share a chilling secret, can both hold their nerve?

This book explores the dark side of a mother-daughter relationship when pushed to the limit.

It will appeal to fans of authors like Ruth Ware, Clare Mackintosh and C.L. Taylor.


My Review

The first thing I want to say is that A.J. Waines books just keep getting better and better. I feel as if I have been on a ride whilst reading ‘Don’t You Dare’, and I really didn’t want to come off it. It was so gripping and exciting and I found myself totally hooked.

The story is narrated by Rachel and Beth. I could see exactly why Rachel reacted the way she did when she found her daughter with a man in the cellar who appeared to be raping her. It’s not like she meant to kill him. But from then on things got tricky and her attempts to protect both herself and Beth got rather out of hand. At times I thought that Rachel went over the top and I really wasn’t sure that I liked her. She was becoming a bit of a control freak and the things she did behind Beth’s back were just shocking, even if all she was doing was looking out for her.

There were so many questions going through my head whilst I was reading this book. What if this or that happens? Will Beth and Peter get married in the end? It really had me thinking.

‘Don’t You Dare’ is an absolute corker of a read. I recommend it to all fans of psychological thrillers. I can’t wait to read A.J. Waines next book.

I give this book 5 out of 5.


‘Don’t You Dare’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-



About A.J. Waines

AJ Waines has sold over 450,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 & 2016 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks).

Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and has been ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband.

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‘A Treacherous Likeness’ by Lynn Shepherd

A Treacherous Likeness

This amazing book was released in hardback last week by Corsair.  It is the follow-up to Lynn Shepherd’s previous novel ‘Tom-All-Alone’s’, though as I discovered it’s not necessary to have read this book.  For me this was a brand new experience and it gave me the chance to discover yet another fantastic author.

‘A Treacherous Likeness’ is a work of fiction but it is actually based on fact.  It reconstructs events in the lives of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, his wife Mary who wrote ‘Frankenstein’, her step-sister Claire Clairmont and Lord Byron.  Lynn Shepherd has given her own fictional version of the Shelleys’ story with some possible answers to the mysteries that still persist all these years later.

It’s 1850 and young detective Charles Maddox has just taken on a new case.  His client happens to be the only surviving son of the long-dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Charles soon finds himself drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy and along the way he discovers just how treacherous family can be.

I found ‘A Treacherous Likeness’ to be a very fascinating read and the further I got into it the more intriguing it became.  The research Lynn Shepherd has done for this book is admirable.  It’s certainly a very thought provoking story and it has you guessing about what might happen next.  There are some very shocking revelations throughout.  This is an historical and mystery read all in one.

I am very impressed at how this book has been arranged.  There is a nice author’s note at the very beginning followed by a family tree of The Shelleys and The Godwins, which came in very useful indeed.  The story itself is split into three parts.  At the back of the book there are a few pages in which Lynn Shepherd explains the facts and the fiction.  It really is best though that you read the whole story first before referring to these notes.

Now that I’ve read ‘A Treacherous Likeness’ it has left me wanting to know more.

I give this book 5 out of 5.



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