Book Review: The Stolen Child by Alex Coombs @AlexHowardCrime @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Stolen Child by Alex Coombs


When the kidnap of a 12-year-old boy blows the case of some missing children wide apart, the finger is pointing at the heart of the Met.

Hanlon is sent in as the only cop who is incorruptible enough to handle it. But can she find the killer before another child is stolen?

Once you start the DCI Hanlon series, you won’t be able to put it down. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Lisa Regan and Mark Dawson.

This book was previously published as Time To Die by Alex Howard.


Prior to reading this I hadn’t read anything from this author, I found the blurb to be very enticing.

The book did not disappoint, there was plenty of twists and turns to keep you engaged throughout, I did, at times, find the descriptive text to be a bit too much, however, I think this added to the authenticity of the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Stolen Child and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the Series.


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Authors Bio

Alex Howard studied Arabic and Islamic History at Oxford, and has worked in adult education. He lives in London with his wife and two children. Find out more at

Book Review: Bad Girls by Gemma Rogers @GemmaRogers79 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Bad Girls by Gemma Rogers.


No Body. No Crime. No Time.
Can you ever escape your past?

Fresh out of prison, Jess Strickland has just six months’ probation to serve until she’s free to get on with the life, she left behind 4 years ago.

With few options available, Jess takes a job at Bright’s’, an industrial laundry company alongside other ex-cons, all eager to keep their noses clean.

Here she finds an ally in Karla but soon learns her new boss Terry, is not all he seems.

Realising she’s no safer on the outside Jess refuses to be a victim any longer.
How far will she go to avoid going back to prison?


What an incredibly gripping thriller Bad Girls was. After only recently discovering Gemma’s books and having only read Payback, I was intrigued to read her latest offering.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bad Girls, the characters were epic. The story itself was intense and gripping. There was plenty to keep you engrossed throughout the book.

I realy enjoyed reading this book, im off now to read the rest of Gemma’s books.


Authors Bio

Gemma Rogers lives in West Sussex with her husband, two daughters and beloved bulldog.
Her love of writing began in her early teenage years, inspired by hours spent buried in Point Horror, Richard Laymon and Christopher Pike with the occasional Judy Blume thrown in for good measure.

Other passions include movies – horrors especially (who doesn’t love a good scare), bulldog walks, swimming and anything involving cake.

Her debut novel Stalker was released on the 10th September 2019, quickly followed by Payback in January 2020, and Reckless in May 2020. All are standalone titles.

Book Review: The Lake House by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Lake House by Christie Barlow


There’s a newcomer to the village of Heartcross and she’s never been more in need of a friend.

As the new waitress at the local bistro, The Lake House, Ella is ready to start afresh ––and that could mean there’s love on the horizon in the form of the gorgeous Roman, the local water taxi driver. Every day Roman is there to ferry Ella to the restaurant on the other side of the lake and every night he makes sure she gets home safe. But Roman has secrets of his own…

Can the Love Heart Lane community offer Ella a chance of a new life? Or will the ghosts of her past catch up with her?


This is book number 5 in the series, and I do recommend reading the previous instalments to get a feel for the central area where the series is based.

The story was well written with some fantastic characters. It has some unexpected twists and turns which will keep you on the edge of you seat. I was certainly hooked throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and the series as a whole.


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Book Review: Dreamy Days and Random Naps by Mawson Bear

Thank you to Mark and Mawson for reaching out to me to review their latest offering, Dreamy Days and Random Naps by Mawson Bear


Mawson Bear awakes and ponders on the art of creative napping. Scotland the Brave imagines doing great deeds. Professors Caddy and Bree hold the highest hopes for their visionary inventions. Samantha sees wondrous things all round her. The Seekers journey all the way to the edge of the world, being sure to return, of course, by bedtime.

Flop down and relax awhile with Mawson and his drowsy friends. Refresh the soul in the tranquility of simple joys and innocent dreams.


I absolutely adore the Mawson Bear books. I enjoy seeing what adventures he gets up to and each little book has a wonderfull message to convey. The accompanying pictures make it an enjoyable read for all the family, my daughter loves looking at the pictures and shouting “Bear”. I particulatly enjoyed Dreamy Days and Random Naps for its ability to show the young and old that it is good to use your imaginatinon. This was another delightful read from Mawson Bear.


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Hello and welcome to my new blog.

For those of you who don’t know, I used to run the successful blog Babydolls and Razorblades. That blog had unfortunatley disbanded at the end of 2020, this was a decision I didn’t take lightly but felt was the right choice as it featured things that are no longer relevant to me.

I ‘ve always said my blogs would feature things that I enjoy Babydolls and Razorblades didn’t feel like me anymore, so here we are. A nice, shiny new blog and new name that I think is more suiting and more appropriate (at least it doesn’t sound like a porn site).

This new blog will be Jolene’s Book Corner (obviously). It will include around 10 reviews a month and a monthly round up that may or may not include a video.

Please check out the Review Policy page.