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Blog Tour: A Black Widow’s Web – Phil Martin*

Estate agent Lawrence Hennessey has his eyes firmly on the prize, a future away from the mother of his daughter and a multi-million-pound property deal to fund his new life.

His dreams are shot to pieces though when he is arrested for the most heinous sexual crimes against his seemingly embittered ex, Summer, and their seven-year-old daughter, April.
He claims his absolute innocence, but the evidence is so strong that his world quickly turns against him. Having breached his bail conditions, he is sent to prison awaiting a trial that, with his life now in constant danger, may never come. Only one person stands with him; his sister Grace.
Desperate to break the allegiance between mother and daughter, Grace vows to leave no stone unturned in her quest to clear her brother’s name before it is too late.
She unearths a web of vicious deceit in Summer’s turbulent past but nothing to prove her brother’s innocence. She is convinced though that if she keeps digging she’ll unearth something much bigger about her brother’s accuser to weaken the validity of her claims.
But as the evidence against Lawrence gets more sinister, his alcoholism, blackouts and activity on the Dark Web paint a much different story to the one her brother is telling.

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Phil Martin has published seven ebooks in the crime genre. He is a journalist in the global casino and sports betting sectors.

“I grew up in the creative cauldron of nineties Manchester when Madchester rocked the charts and the Hacienda ruled clubland. The city has shaped me as a writer. I write thrillers and crime stories based on the fine folk of Manchester and Salford and sell them online as ebooks.

The Amy Walker series is an international thriller taking in Manchester, London, Morocco, Barcelona, Monza, Zurich, Lake Como, Moscow, Chechnya, Buenos Aires, Georgia… and Milton Keynes.

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My thoughts:

Lawrence is accused of some of the most heinous crimes around and the evidence seems pretty solid, if incredibly grim but his resourceful, brilliant and determined sister Grace knows he could not have done any of the things criminal genius and probable psychopath Summer has accused him of.

Grace has an investigative mind but Summer is a monster, and the two of them have to try to outwit each other. What Grace goes through to try to clear Lawrence’s name, and what he suffers after the arrest are reprehensible and awful. It’s hard to imagine how someone could be so cold and calculating.

Truly clever and utterly gripping, this is a suspenseful and intelligent thriller that left me cold – after all anyone could be like Summer, couldn’t they?

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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