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The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club by Nina Manning #Review

I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for the publication of Nina Manning's The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club . It was published by Boldwood Books on September 26th.     Whatever the question, the answer is wine! They’ve swapped the dark and lonely baby days for school gate chaos, but Aisha, Sophy and Mel are discovering that there are new parenting pitfalls just waiting for them… Influencer Sophy, is trying to keep on top of home and work life but is finding it all a bit tough! Everyone thinks she’s living her best life, but the pressure to maintain perfection at the school gates when all she wants to do is cry, is taking its toll on Sophy. Aisha doesn’t know what to do with all her spare time now her twins are at school. Maybe it’s time to focus on herself and the dreams she’s put on hold? But when her mum suddenly begins to feel unwell, Aisha has to rethink everything. And when Mel is offered a chance to live her dream, she grabs it with both hands. But there’

Blackout by Marc Elsberg **Blog Tour**

    I am delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour to celebrate the paperback publication of Marc Elsberg's Best Selling Blackout. Described as a 'global million copy bestseller', it has been published in 15 languages worldwide. 

Blackout- A 21st century high-concept disaster thriller

Tomorrow will be too late

A cold night in Milan, Piero Manzano wants to get home.

Then the traffic lights fail. Manzano is thrown from his Alfa as cars pile up. And not just on this street- every light in the city is dead. 

Across Europe, controllers watch in disbelief as electricity grids collapse.

Plunged into darkness, people are freezing.  Food and water supplies dry up. The death toll soars.

Former hacker and activist Manzano becomes a prime suspect. But he is also the only man capable of finding the real attackers.

Can he bring down a major terrorist network before it's too late? 

My Thoughts

     The life blood of life in the 21st century is electricity. When you start to imagine what would happen if it were to suddenly fail, you begin to glimpse how incapacitating it would be. Marc Elsberg has imagined such an occurrence and taken his train of thought all the way to its logical conclusion: our daily life would become paralysed. So co-dependent  have we become globally, that like a row of dominoes, all we take for granted would begin to unravel. With no electricity, water and food supplies would falter. Computers would cease to work Fuel would be unobtainable. Illness and squalor would follow. Our institutions which are there to enable us to survive would not function and might need to take unimaginable decisions. Hospitals, banks, transport would all be in chaos. Nuclear power stations would be in crisis. The vulnerable - the old and the sick- would be especially at risk. The effect of all this on people's ethics and morals is a fascinating thought as society is put under extreme strain. By coincidence, on the day I started to read this book, I read in the new of a massive but unexplained power blackout in Brussels. It certainly made me think!

    This is a very densely written book, meticulously plotted. We are taken through the events by a series of short, episodic chapters, with the action switching across countries. There are many characters introduced which I must admit I found confusing for some of the time. It is not a book to pick up and put down over a long period of time. Keeping focus on just who is who takes concentration, for me anyway. However, there are interesting back stories for some who are torn between their public role and their private one as their own family members are threatened. 

    Blending together a fast paced thriller with socially relevant themes is no small task. However, all the settings feel plausible and bang up to date. It is not at all hard to picture yourself in such a situation. 

In short:  a thriller which poses questions about human behaviour under stress.

                                                                    About the Author

 Marc Elsberg is a former creative director in advertising.  His debut thriller, Blackout, is a frighteningly plausible drama of a week-long international blackout caused by a hacker attack on power grids.  An instant bestseller in Germany, it has sold over a million copies and has been translated worldwide. Marc Elsberg lives in Vienna, Austria.

Thanks to Thomas Hill and the publishers, Black Swan, for a copy of the book and a place on the Blog Tour.

                                 Check out the other great blogs on the tour! 




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