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Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes) By Rowena Holloway – Review by Laura Furuta

Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes Book 2)Less You Know by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Less You Know: gripping suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 2)
By: Rowena Holloway
5 out of 5 stars

The story Less You Know: gripping suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 2) by Rowena Holloway is a psychological/mystery/suspense book. From the beginning, I felt like I had stepped onto a ride that didn’t stop until I had finished the final page. It made my heart beat faster and I had to remind myself to breathe. This story had me on the edge of my seat and wondering what was going to happen next. Charlotte Ashe is a woman who wants to uncover lies and expose those who tell them. She believes and wants to prove that Tyrone Garner is a fraud. Charlotte is someone that once she starts down a path, she is determined to get answers. She has a strong will. Allie is Charlotte’s friend and doesn’t shy away from helping her with her investigation. A little bit of spying sounds exciting. When Allie vanishes, Charlotte is desperate to find her. Will Charlotte find Allie? Is Allie still alive? Charlotte has now found herself going down a path in which more questions are being raised. Secrets about Allie are uncovered. Will Charlotte find out the complete truth about her friend? Is everything that she believes about Tyrone Garner the truth? Read this book to find out. Trying to put together what was happening and who was responsible was like working on a puzzle. There are characters whose motives and actions are questionable. Is Charlotte in danger? The story is fast paced and awesome to read. Don’t miss out on the next story in a series that will keep you guessing and turning pages. It is a book I would highly recommend reading.

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Less You Know: gripping suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 2) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Heather Lovelace

Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes #2)Less You Know by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a fantastic roller coaster! Literally, this book grabbed hold of me tightly with the first page. I was glued to my seat as I poured over every page attempting to figure out what was going on and who was responsible. The author establishes a very clear tone reinforced by the narration by two characters. Really enjoyed this thrilling whodunit. Definitely recommended reading!

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Emily Walsh

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen
ByRowena Holloway
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes #1) by Rowena Holloway was a suspense thriller that had me holding my breath.

My first read by this author, I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I took that chance and man did it ever pay off. A dark look into London’s football, drugs, secrets and a deadly tip that puts our MC in danger, this read hooked me, and pulled me into the game.

As much as I was absorbed into this book, I will say that the start was a little too info-dumpy. I get that a setting needs to be set, but sometimes holding info back will add to the story instead of just unloading and hoping the reader will stay with you. Also with all that info, I had a time sifting through it, and keeping the facts straight. But once I got pass that, this story dug it’s dark claws in and I got lost in this thriller.

Overall this book is an engaging, entertaining read that will have you guessing, lead astray, and wondering what’s up and what’s down. Paired with an multi layered plot and complex well rounded characters, this book will take you on a dark ride, have you on the edge of your seat and leave you shocked.

So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval that you will not be able to put this book down.

Happy Reading

-Review by @eawalsh

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Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes Book 2) by Rowena Holloway

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Genre – Suspense Thriller
Page count – 350 pages
Publisher – Fractured Press
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If everyone lies, who do you believe?

Journalist Charlotte Ashe unmasks the big lies. But uncovering this lie could endanger the one person she’s trying to save…

Charlotte is determined to expose Tyrone Garner—a former football star turned property developer and everyone’s darling. Everyone is wrong. But to prove he’s a fraud, she needs help.

Tired of her quiet life, Allie is thrilled to engage in a bit of espionage for her best friend Charlotte. Allie’s great with secrets. She’s guarded her own well.

Then the nightmare begins.

And the cracks start to show…

Allie vanishes.

Charlotte is desperate for clues. Is Allie alive or dead? What had she discovered that put her in danger? And how will Charlotte cope with her guilt? The more Charlotte learns about Allie’s secrets, the more she wonders how well she knew her best friend. And then she uncovers a lie so big she questions everything she believes…about Garner, Allie and herself.

Best friends share all their secrets… don’t they?

Less You Know is the second stand-alone thriller in the Ashes to Ashes series by Ned Kelly Award nominated Australian writer Rowena Holloway.

Buy Less You Know today and get lost in a layered, twisty suspense that will keep you guessing until the last page.

~ AMAZON ~

I consider myself a reformed academic who discovered fiction writing was preferable to the real world. My love of suspense fiction is thoroughly indulged through writing novels and short stories about Fractured Families and Killer Secrets. My novels have been nominated for the Ned Kelly Award and semi-finaled in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and my short stories have been included in several anthologies including the Anthology of Award Winning Australian Writing. I also review my favourite books, interview fellow writers, and blogs about books and writing.

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Michelle Austin

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen was a great 5 star read and book one in the Ashes to Ashes series.

This is Charlotte and Joey’s story and it was a thrilling, mystery about a secret that Joey, a football player shares with Charlotte. Charlotte is a reporter looking for her big break and when Joey took a chance on her she knows she is on the verge of getting what she wants.

Loyalty and truth? No freaking way. There is no loyalty. And in this life there is only one truth. Everybody lies.

Charlotte is determined to get that secret from Joey, but things take a very dangerous twist. Now that Joey is gone, will Charlotte solve the mystery behind Joey’s death before anyone else gets hurt? Who can she trust?

The story is told in alternating POV going from past to present which helped with understanding the story and being pulled right in. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was coming next. I really liked the secondary characters. The author does a great job with her writing and pulls you right in. If you’re looking for a good suspense with mystery, twists and turns this is a read for you.

Reviewed by @mab54615
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Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Sarah Oakes

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about wanting more to life . Charlotte Ashe is a weather girl on TV, not content with life. Dreaming of a career in journalism, she is over the moon when a rare opportunity lands in her lap. Despite everyone doubting her, she follows up a lead from her source, Joey. When he turns up dead, Charlotte realizes there is more to the football club than it seems. Can she uncover the truth before its too late?
A great read. Well developed plot. Well developed characters like Charlotte ambitious and standing up for herself but kind underneath or Joey trying to protect the ones he loves and do the right thing. Great cast of supporting characters like the full of life Maddie or the kind Tam or the annoying Piers.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel with the lights over the water and London bridge lit up as urban but also beautiful in their own way. And with all the traffic being busy and full of life but making up the character of London. Or the colourful nature of the wine bar and its homely feel contrasting the hospital white walls and emptiness that was beautifully written. The theme of wanting more to life and stuck in a career that doesn’t excite them was emotive and perfectly written.
The switch of perspectives between chapters worked well to display both sides of the story and was easy to follow. The use of the past and foreboding later on was a great idea to show what happened and for the events to unfold. Also to draw out the suspense as you kept reading to find out what happened stretched over chapters. I also liked the times and dates with the title chapters for a sense of time passing quickly and fast paced action. The only issue I would raise is that it felt slow to start the action despite the fast paced nature of these chapter titles. There was also some repetition in places especially concerning Charlotte’s relationship troubles and if this was resolved it would be five stars. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, what a story!! Rowena Holloway has woven an intricate and fascinating thriller in “Bad Things Happen!” Charlotte Ashe is a determined woman, she came to London to make her big break and has been stuck as a weather girl for too long. So when she meets local footballer Joey Baptiste, she jumps at the chance to tell his story. Like Charlotte, just when I thought I had this story figured out, I was thrown for a loop and oh boy was it a good one! This story was by no means predictable, which I love! Sometimes, I read a mystery/thriller and can figure out the bad guy in no time, but this story really keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very end! There was a quality to the story I didn’t love and it has to do with Joey. However, overall this was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to dig into the sequel “Less You Know!” So, I give “Bad Things Happen” five stars!

Reviewed by @emilybee430

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Katie Matthews

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Bad Things Happen was such a gripping read and one that I really found difficult to put down, this is also the first book that I have read by this author. I was really taken with her writing style, she kept the book exciting and gripping the whole way through and she definitely threw in some great twists and turns too. The characters were complex and had a great depth to them. The storyline was well thought out and had a great pace to it. I loved the way the author chose to write the story and it was not confusing at all, it made the story interesting and unique to read.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series – I hope it is as exciting, gripping and dark as this one was!!!

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Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Maura Harper

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that starts out strong and incredibly visual. BAD THINGS HAPPEN opens with a breathless car chase and the story continues to be full of twists and turns and quick manuevers.

Told in alternating POVs, the story goes from present to past and back again. It took a bit to get used to reading and I had to read the chapter headings to not only see the WHO but also the WHEN. It is a very detailed story and while I “skimmed” at times, the story kept me engaged from beginning to end. The characters are plentiful and I still have questions which I hope are answered in future stories.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I look forward to reading more.

Review by @mauraharper

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Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have really had a fantastic streak of luck with finding some wonderful new authors this new year! Rowena Holloway just made this list with Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes #1). I had no idea what to expect going into this but I knew I would love it once I saw the cover and read the excerpt. It had me just with that. What I found inside was quite the story and I felt like I took a little getaway to London for the afternoon! It was a great escape for the snowy day.

Charlotte Ashe is sick of being the the weather girl. She wants so much more and dreams of covering the big stories one day. An opportunity blows her way in the name of Joey Baptiste, and it may not be the golden story she bargained for all along. In fact it could actually put her and his life in danger! The twists and turns were hard to predict, something I enjoy when it comes to these types of novels. I thought it was quirky which helped with the one part that I did find a bit off, which is the jumps in the timelines. It made the story flow well in the long run. Overall, a great read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one in the series!

Review by @lizaileen
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