#BlogTour – #BookReview of #TheTelephoneCall by Michael Pakenham @rararesources #RachelsRandomResources #Giveaway #MichaelPakenham

I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for The Telephone Call by Michael Pakenham. Thank you to Rachel Gilbey and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

Look out for the chance to win a paperback copy of this book (UK Only) at the end of my post!

About the book:


When Rosemary Sherwood overhears a disturbing conversation between her husband, Harry Sherwood and an unknown caller, she has no idea that her life’s about to change forever. Fleeing to France for fear of her own safety, Harry threatens to kill their son if she ever dares to breathe a word of anything she overheard.

Torn between hiding out in France and re-connecting with her estranged son, Rosemary returns to England twelve years later believing that she and her son are now out of danger…

A web of deceit and lies has been woven over the years to cover up the antics of Harry and his friends, who are no strangers to violence and murder and who will stop at nothing to ensure they aren’t exposed.

Private Detective Daniel Appleman takes on the case, but can he track down these men before they wreak havoc on the Sherwood family?

Purchase Links:


Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Telephone-Call-Daniel-Appleman-Thriller/dp/1913208133/
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Telephone-Call-Daniel-Appleman-Thriller/dp/1913208133/
Book Guild: https://www.bookguild.co.uk/bookshop-collection/fiction/thrillers/the-telephone-call/
Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-telephone-call/michael-
Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-telephone-call,michael-pakenham-

Author Bio:

Michael Pakenham is part of a well-known Irish literary family. Generations of his family lived at Langford Lodge on Loch Neagh outside Belfast. His father was killed in the Second World War and the estate was sold.

His mother then took Michael and his sister to Tucson Arizona until the end of the war. On returning to England, his mother bought a farm in Hampshire and Michael has lived in the county ever since. Having served in the Grenadier Guards – the fourth generation to do so – Michael returned to take over his mother’s farming enterprises until he sold his farming interests in 1990 and started his writing career.

This will be his eighth book and the second in the Daniel Appleman series. He lives outside Winchester with his wife. He has three children and a string of

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.michaelpakenham.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1742594.Michael_Pakenham

My Review:


The Telephone Call by Michael Pakenham is a dark and suspense filled  thriller that once started you will find impossible to put down. When Rosemary overhears a disturbing conversation between her husband and an unknown caller, it sets off a chain of events that will change her life forever. Returning to England twelve years later, Rosemary believes she and her son are now out of danger… but she couldn’t be more wrong!

What follows is a complex tale that is told from the point of view of multiple characters. It took me a while to get everyone straight in my head, but once I did I found this thriller to be a well written and entertaining read as the tension slowly increases as more secrets are revealed.

Private Detective Daniel Appleman is brought in on the case, but will he be able to track down these men before it’s too late for Rosemary and her family? I fell in love with Daniel and his family from the moment they were introduced and, as this is the second book of a series, look forward to finding out more about them in the future.

The Telephone Call is a dark and often disturbing story that took me on a rollercoaster of a read that I did not want to put down. There are twists, turns, shocks and surprises every step of the way as the intricate plot slowly and cleverly draws all of the threads of the tale together.

A dark and gritty detective thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed, this is a highly entertaining read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. And now I’ve found him, I will definitely read more by Michael Pakenham in the future!

The Telephone Call by Michael Pakenham is available to buy now.


Giveaway to Win 5 x Paperback copies of The Telephone Call (UK Only)

*Terms and Conditions – UK entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box
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will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then
Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner.

Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.

I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Good luck!

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