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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’

End Game by Matt Johnson **Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**

Matt Johnson's End Game is the third part in his Robert Finlay trilogy. If you want to read my review on its predecessor, Deadly Game, you will find it here.

I am delighted to be taking part in Orenda Books' celebration of this novel and am happy to be able to offer you the chance to win a copy of End Game (UK only). You can find details on how to enter at the foot of this post. 
Robert Finlay seems to have finally left his SAS past behind him and is settled into his new career as a detective. But when the girlfriend of his former SAS colleague and close friend Kevin Jones is murdered, it’s clear that Finlay’s troubles are far from over. Jones is arrested for the killing, but soon escapes from jail, and Finlay is held responsible for the breakout. Suspended from duty and sure he’s being framed too, our hero teams up with MI5 agent Toni Fellowes to find out who’s behind the conspiracy. Their quest soon reveals a plot that goes to the very heart of the UK’s security services. 

    End Game, the final part in the critically acclaimed Robert Finlay trilogy, sees our hero in an intricately plotted and terrifyingly fast-paced race to uncover the truth and escape those who’d sooner have him dead than be exposed.

My Thoughts

As the final book in this trilogy, End Game does a superb job. Not only is it as tense and brilliantly plotted as its predecessor, it rings true throughout. I found it impossible to second guess this story right up to the end. Aside from the main protagonists, there are some great characters who transcend the plot and allow you to see the human cost of the work they do. As before, I found Robert Finlays' wife, Jenny, to be a real antidote to the driven people who make up the rest of the story. Another standout character is Nell, who works with Toni Fellowes. She is on the Autistic Spectrum, with Aspergers Syndrome, and she has therefore a different perspective about her work. If something needs to be found, she just goes about it with her own particular logic.

    As you read the book, you are all too aware that Matt is writing about a world he knew in his previous working life. Although I know it is a work of fiction, it means that the way the situations pan out feel authentic and not over researched or hypothetical. It is certainly a page turner and a fitting finale to the series.

In short: a fast paced thriller which reels you in and keeps you enthralled to the end.

About the Author 

Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer
for twenty-five years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition. His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result. Deadly Game and now End Game, the final book in the Robert Finlay series, once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.

You can follow Matt here: Website   |  Twitter   |  Facebook

Book links: Amazon UK

Thanks to Matt Johnson, and Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater of Orenda Books for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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 Giveaway (UK only)

To win a copy of End Game, just Follow and Retweet the pinned Tweet at @bookslifethings or leave a comment below.  Closing Date is 9th March 2018 and there is one winner.

Good luck!


  1. Thanks so much for your Blog Tour support xx

  2. I have yet to discover Matt Johnson's books. Sounds great.

  3. Sounds like a book I would enjoy. I work with people with autism so I would find that character interesting. Also I love a thriller that keeps you guessing.

    1. Well this book certainly does that. Nell is very well observed. Thanks for stopping by.


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