Archive for April, 2018

The Prisoner( A Darkness in the Mind) by Robert S Malan

April 16, 2018 - 9:59 pm No Comments

The Prisoner( A Darkness in the Mind) by Robert S Malan
Published by Luna Press Publishing on 9th March 2018
102 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

If you had the chance to clear your debts, have the job that you always wanted in somewhere nice and all you had to do was find the key would you do it This was the proposition given to John Andras a prison officer, and all he had to do was speak to a special prisoner.
John was quite downtrodden with life, with lots of debt and wife he only sees in passing, he tends to go to work on autopilot. After sorting out an incident at work, things seemed to click in place and he became more confident in himself, so when he was offered a secret mission by the governor, he became a bold with his comments. However it started to go downhill once he met Seth. Not a lot is known about Seth. He reminded me of a new age guru as when he was getting abused in the prison, he was still calm and philosophical.
Set in a prison this story had a sense of foreboding. Whilst reading this I could feel the oppressiveness of the prison and how bad prison life was. The violence was raw whether it was the guards or the prisoners. Something different in this book were John’s nightmares, they were depicted by some brilliant artwork and this made the story come alive as you could see what he was dreaming. The final scenes were built up to a dramatic showdown which I never saw coming. This was a quick read which left me wanting to know more about Seth and his philosophy.
As mentioned the artwork complimented this story and whilst it looked good on my device, I am sure it looks even better in the paperback

Literary Stalker by Roger Keen

April 11, 2018 - 7:28 pm 2 Comments

Today is my turn to review this book

Literary Stalker by Roger Keen
Published by Darkness Visible Publishing on 18th September 2017
229 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The majority of us live on social media and it is one of the best ways to spread the word about what you are doing. But what happens when an innocent comment is taken the wrong way or someone does not like your work. Nick Chatterton, an Indie author uses his personal experience on social media to pen The Facebook Murders.
Nick is an aspiring author, working the horror scenes whilst connecting with other authors and a major user of social media. Having published a few short stories, he was looking for that next big novel. An idea came to him when he re-watched Theatre of Blood and the novel was born Using Jago as Nick’s main character showed how vindictive and petty Nick was. How he fixated on certain Facebook comments and wanted to seek revenge. However he had a dark side which showed itself when he was conjuring up the murders, whilst they were based on scenes from films, you could feel his blood lust and knew he enjoyed them too much. Whilst were reading Jago’s story, we also get to know about Nick’s life, his doomed relationship with Robin and his obsession with acclaimed write Hugh Canford-Eversleigh, which over the years developed into stalking.
Reading a story in a story may sound confusing but it wasn’t as the usage of 3rd POV helped. I got to grips pretty quick with the swapping over between Nick and Jago story. Whilst reading the story you learn in detail what each victim had done to upset Nick and I kept imagining Nick/Jago to insert a villainous laugh every time he killed someone. I got drawn into this story as I was waiting for Nick’s evil side to be revealed and as the story was coming to an end I was not disappointed. The story was complete and there was no unanswered question. This is a different type of crime story to what I usually read and I enjoyed it a lot. One thing to take note is to be careful what you put on social media as Jago may be just around the corner.

I was Jack the Ripper by Michael Bray

April 9, 2018 - 7:55 pm No Comments

I was Jack the Ripper by Michael Bray
Published 30th October 2017
371 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

One of the biggest unsolved crimes were the brutal murders of 5 prostitutes in Whitechapel London. Even today there is still speculation to that one unanswered question Who was Jack the Ripper?
When the author Charles Hapgood was planning his next bestseller, he didn’t expect a mystery visitor. In steps Edward Miller, with a horrific story to tell.
The story is written from the 3rd POV, when Miller and Hapgood were in the study discussing the crimes, when it came to Miller telling his story, it changed to 1st POV. This made the story flow and drew you into the tale. Each murder was told in detail, with Miller always having his reasons behind them. What I enjoyed most was the story after the killings had stopped, and it could be a valid reason why Jack the Ripper was not caught. Whilst I had my suspicions of Miller I still did not see the ending, but I thought it ended the story perfectly.
Writing about a prominent figure is a brave thing to do as people have their own ideas what this person was like, but this author pulled it off. Whilst I was reading this book, I had to keep reminding myself that it was a work of fiction as it seemed so real. The scenes were so vivid that you felt that you were walking in Jack’s steps.
If you have a fascination with Jack the Ripper or just want to read a good tale than pick this book up. This had rekindled my fascination interest in Jack

Bad Reputation by Lily Luchesi

April 5, 2018 - 5:17 pm No Comments

Bad Reputation by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy on 31st March 2018
56 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Bree Carson is a vampire. From the moment she was turned she vowed to wipe out evil. She now spent her time hunting criminals, human or supernatural she was not fussed. Humans and supernaturals live together in a sort of harmony, but the new mayor was happy and vowed to wipe out every non-human. However when the Mayor needed help, she went against her beliefs and asked Bree to help in a life or death situation.
This is a standalone story which I hope leads to a series. It has a feel of her Paranormal Detective series and Bree has the same qualities as Angelica Cross. She is confident in her abilities and whilst she spends the majority of the time killing targets who deserve it, there is a softer side to her. As the story progresses we get to find out her links with the Mayor, as how Bree came to lose her family.
As it is a novella it is a quick read, and I was amazed how much the author put in the story. There is action and tension throughout. If you have never read anything from this author than Bad Reputation is a good book to start with.

The Exphoria Code by Antony Johnston

April 4, 2018 - 9:16 pm No Comments

The Exphoria Code by Antony Johnston
Published by Lightning Books by 16th November 2017
448 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I have not read a techno thriller in awhile, mainly because nothing has taken my fancy. However when I read the blurb, this grabbed my attention.
Brigitte Sharp works for MI6, an ex hacker who had lost all confidence after her last mission went fatally wrong. Spending most of her time in chat rooms, chatting with like-minded people she felt more a home behind a screen. After coming across some strange posts, that looked like artwork, her and closest friend Ten get embroiled in what they think is a bit of fun, but not long after Brigitte comes to realise how serious the posts are.
Brigitte was likeable from the start, she wasn’t one of those cocky spies that you usually read about. It was hard for her as she could not tell anyone about her job and her relationship with her sister was a bit strained. Her love of goth style and music made her an unlikely spy, but that is what I liked about her, as she was easily overlooked as non threatening. She was happy to have a desk job and spent a lot of her time trying to stop them sending her back in the field. But after losing her friend she knew that she had no choice and become the spy she was. As the story progressed you also get to know about Brigitte’s fatal mission which is written as a number of flashbacks, but it is not near the end that we get to know the full story.
The author has a way of leading you down the wrong path and there was many a time that I thought I knew where the story was going and who the mole was. However, when the mole was revealed, I got it completely wrong, but that was only the beginning. The story gets more intense and you get to see just how good Brigitte’s skills are, but she does not do it alone. Like all good spies she has a good team working with her and as a threat becomes more imminent she gets help from MI5 and GCHQ. This book is full of action, fast paced and I was hooked from the beginning. This is a standalone story and I hope there will be more Brigitte Sharp.