Goodreads Readalong

I love these read-a-longs! It’s so cool to be able to read a book and discuss it with the author as you go through!

Will you be joining in? 🙂

Heather Burnside Author

From 1st November, and throughout the month of November, I will be taking part in a readalong of my first novel Slur with the Goodreads group ‘A Good Thriller’. If you want to join in the readalong, please follow the link: Goodreads Readalong. You will have to join the group in order to post comments but otherwise you can just follow the chat. For anyone who is interested in thrillers, I would recommend joining this lively group. Later in this post I’ve outlined some of the fun online activities that this group organises.


The format that the readalong takes is that readers have an opportunity to read the book and discuss it with the author while they are reading. This gives them a chance to ask any questions about the author’s writing process, plot lines, characters or anything else that may interest them. The author then dips in and…

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Review: ‘A Gangster’s Grip’ by Heather Burnside

Genre: Crime / Thriller
Length: 266 pages (approx.)

This is book 2 in the Riverhill Trilogy

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Synopsis: When Rita returns to Manchester after a few years away, she doesn’t expect to find a spliff smoking, beer swilling thug called Leroy firmly ensconced on her parents’ sofa. Rita is horrified to discover he is her sister Jenny’s new boyfriend, and she senses trouble. The more Rita finds out about Leroy, the more she mistrusts him. As she uncovers the truth about his shady dealings, she becomes anxious about Jenny’s safety and is desperate to lure her away from him. Rita’s mettle is tested as she tries to protect her sister while battling with personal health concerns. But it’s worse than Rita could ever have suspected. Through her association with Leroy, Jenny is about to become embroiled in the most dangerous phase in Manchester’s recent history.

Review: To begin with, I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure about this book. I had given Slur, the first book in this series, a four star review, so I knew that this book had a lot to live up to. I’m incredibly glad that I read this book as I enjoyed it immensely – even more than the first book!

I loved the characters and how much they had grown and matured from the first book, which I felt made the story a lot more engaging. They were believable and interesting, and it was impossible not to care about them. I even found myself tearing up at times due to the situations that they had got themselves in!

This book was fast-paced and full of action, and there was plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged (I don’t want to give anything away, but I definitely didn’t see the ending coming!). I felt that there was just the right amount of description to make it effective and without detracting from the pace of the story. I was also glad that the descriptions weren’t too gore-y, which allowed me to create a vivid picture in my mind.

Some very clever writing and I eagerly await the next instalment in the trilogy.

★★★★★ – Fast-paced and full of action, with plenty of twists and turns. Believable characters and an effective use of description. Very cleverly written and highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK
Amazon US


Goodreads Giveaway

The lovely Heather Burnside is having a Goodreads Giveaway for her fab book, ‘A Gangster’s Grip’. I thoroughly recommend you check it out!

Heather Burnside Author

As promised, the Goodreads Giveaway for ‘A Gangster’s Grip’ starts today. The wonderful Chris Howard has come up with another stunning cover design, which looks even better in print, so it’s well worth getting your hands on a copy.

For a chance of winning one of three signed print copies, just follow the link below. You will be prompted to sign into Goodreads and then be taken straight to the Goodreads Giveaway area for ‘A Gangster’s Grip’. Simples!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Gangster's Grip by Heather Burnside

A Gangster’s Grip

by Heather Burnside

Giveaway ends October 29, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Wishing you the best of luck!

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