Archive for September, 2018

Snowbound by Maria Alexander

September 11, 2018 - 7:39 pm No Comments

Snowbound by Maria Alexander
Published by Ghede Press on 8th September 2018
151 pages

I read Snowed back in December2016 and I have been waiting with anticipation to see if Aidan survived being kidnapped by his dad St Nick. Continuing with the story, we find out what happened to Aidan.
Imprisoned by his sadistic father, he lives his days being tortured by his dad and Charity’s brother Charlie who did not need any excuse to torment Aidan. The only thing keeping him strong is his love for Charity. Charity on the other hand has got a job with Volertech, an organisation making high tech gadgets for the government. Whilst she spends her days working with technology, she ponders how to rescue Aidan and kill his dad.
The story is told using alternate POVs, this helps the story flow quickly as I got to know Aidan and Charity actions. The story was more intense as they both had risks to take, putting their lives in danger. Charity had her old friends beside her which did help her with the pressure of what she had to do. Judy had hardened as due to her loss she was out for revenge and Michael and Ricardo were one of the cuties couples I had read about in a while. What surprised me was evil Charlie had become and I could see how he thrived on St Nicks attention.
Whilst I had waited awhile for book 2, I got back into the story straight away. This was a page turner and whilst YA, adults will also love this story. This story explored mythology and turned it on its head. The addition of the Gods added another level to the story and there were times when it all looked hopeless for Aidan.
The twist at the end left it on a cliff hanger and I hope that book 3 is in the pipeline as I want to see if Aidan and Charity will survive. Another good book and a great story.

The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland

September 9, 2018 - 5:05 pm No Comments

The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland
Published Bookouture on 16th July 2018
286 pages

Lizzy has a great life, lives with her devoted boyfriend in a quaint little cottage. She loves her job and works with her best friend. But when she receives a letter with a shocking confession, her life slowly falls apart.
From the moment I started this read, I knew that I would not put my kindle down until I had finished it. Lizzy was like quite a few girls that you walk past every day, a lovely character, who was happy with her life. She loved her boyfriend and spent every spare moment with him. When she found the 1st letter she shrugged it off and whilst it bothered her she carried on with her life. It was not until the situation worsened that she began to worry and her imagination went into overtime. Joe her boyfriend got my back up from the moment she mentioned the letters to him, whilst he showed concern, he blamed her and as the story continued you realise he was controlling and had his own secret. Not only did Lizzy have to deal with her stalker, she also had to deal with multiple thefts in the shop she was running and a strained relationship with her sister, who she had not spoke to in over 5 years.
As I have already mentioned this was a page turner, and throughout I was trying to guess who was sending Lizzy the letters. What didn’t help was that the author threw in a handful of characters that were close to Lizzy and I was slowly ticking of their motives in my mind. This story was well planned and flowed seamlessly. There were enough twists so not to make the story overcomplicated and even when the author revealed the full story she still managed to surprise me at the end. There were concerns when the cat was mentioned and I was holding my breath whilst I read the scenes about Frank.
Whilst I have quite a few of these authors books on my kindle this was the first one that I have read. This is a must for lovers of psychological thrillers.

Blog Tour for All This I Will Give to You by Dolores Redondo

September 8, 2018 - 8:00 am No Comments

All This I Will Give to You by Dolores Redondo
Published by AmazonCrossing on 1st September 2018
490 pages

When this book was one of the choices for my Prime First read, I was fascinated by the blurb. Manuel was a famous author. Just finishing another novel when a knock on a door changes his life for ever. Alvaro, the love of his life and husband of 15 years was killed in car accident. But when Manuel goes to Lugo to find out what happens, he finds out that his husband has been keeping a very big secret.
As I started reading this book, I wondered what I would have been like in Manual’s situation and he handled it a lot better than I would have. Manual was a trouble character who has tragedy after tragedy. Being with Alvaro made his life complete, and when he died he puts a wall up to protect his emotions. Meeting up with a retired police officer gets him investigating Alvaro death. The relationship between Manual and Nogueira was unusual but as the story continues they do have friendship. Being with Manual causes Nogueira to look at his own life and the mistakes he has made and slowly with the help of Manual, he comes to terms with his action. The addition of a Lucas, priest and childhood friend of Alvaro makes this unusual investigation team complete. Lucas help chip away Manual’s wall and slowly got Manual to accept just what type of guy Alvaro was.
The story began quite slowly, and whilst there were times when nothing much happened, you were drawn to the picturesque scenes that were unfolding as you read, showing how beautifully written this story was. The scenes at Alvaro family home, enabled you to find out just what a protective nature Alvaro had. Throughout the book Manual had to cope with homophobic family members and you can see Manual’s determination to prove that there was something dark going on in Alvaro’s family and I took an instant dislike to the dowger, Alvaro’s mother, who was a bitter and twisted woman.
This book is a gentle thriller and whilst quite long kept my attention throughout. It took me till 80% of the book before it dawned on me who had been involved in Alvaro’s death. With quite a few red herrings and horrific goings on in the seminary school, this a must read for thriller lover. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and I will look out for more.

 

The Outsiders by Stephen Bacon, James Everington. Gary Fry, VH Leslie and Rosanne Rabinowitz

September 4, 2018 - 9:15 pm No Comments

The Outsiders by Stephen Bacon, James Everington. Gary Fry, VH Leslie and Rosanne Rabinowitz
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 4th May 2015
226 pages

For about a year I have read every new anthology Crystal Lake has published, however, having not read any of the early publications, I thought I would rectify this by reading The Outsiders. 5 authors writing about The Priory, a secluded estate set in the UK and home to a Lovecraftian cult and run by Charles Erich.

Opening with an introduction from Kevin Lucia, which sets the scene and gets you in the mood to sit and enjoy these 5 stories.

The Subprime by Gary Fry: Finance is a cut throat industry, but Lee at the age of 19 was doing well except for one thing he had a conscious. Mr Philips, his boss hopes to persuade him not to leave by inviting him to a dinner party at his home in the Priory. This is our first meeting with the folk at the Priory and whilst the author at the start made them seem pretty normal as the story continued you could sense they were itching for a kill.

Impossible Colours by James Everington: Michala Bruce is a community officer patrolling Exham and takes an interest in the Priory after Marty Young kills himself. The story describes the effects of the cult, strange flashing colours and the residents being more in a trance. Telling part of the story through Marty’s journal enabled the reader to see both sides of the story and you are left wandering what happened to Michala.

Stolen from the Sea by Stephen Bacon: Ryan was the salesman for the Priory, getting donations for the cause and persuading to join them. A chance meeting with Natalie starts out as friendship, but when Ryan’s son tragically dies their friendship turns into so much more. Written with sensitivity this story looks at grief and religion and regardless of the religion, people will question their faith at times of sorrow.

Precious Things by VH Leslie: Petra and Bernard both retired, moved into the Priory. Married for a long time Petra was used to Bernard’s eccentricity and his love of rocks kept him busy for ages. But when he started locking himself in his study for a long period of time and having secret meetings with Charles Erich, she became worried. This story built up to a dramatic ending and showcased the power of love that Petra had for her husband

Meat, Motion and Light by Rosanne Rabinowitz: Claudia was away at University when her mom asked her to return to the Priory. Reluctant to give up her freedom, she went home to find out what was going on. Following Claudia’s story, you get an understanding that her childhood was not fun. More was written about the creature and the effects it had on the residents. With references to characters and incidents from the previous stories this was the perfect story to finish this anthology.

This was a quick read and whilst it is horror, it wasn’t usually from the creature that lived under the grounds. These stories showed the good and bad of human nature and the effects of the cult on everyone who encountered them. A good read which enabled me to get my fix of short stories

Go Home, Afton (Afton Morrison Book 1) by Brent Jones

September 3, 2018 - 9:43 pm 1 Comment

Go Home, Afton (Afton Morrison Book 1) by Brent Jones
Published on 25th June 2018
116 pages

If you walked past Afton, you wouldn’t notice her. Small in stature, fragile looking and a librarian. But you wouldn’t know that she had murderous thoughts and wanted to right a wrong.
Was she a psychopath, that was the question that kept bothering Afton, she wanted to kill but she also wanted to do right. Not having much family, she kept herself to herself. But when a man has got off with rape several times she knew that she needed to kill. With the help of Animus Afton her alter ego, her dark side was making an appearance. But as she was watching the rapist, someone was watching her.
This was a quick read, that kept you guessing will she wont she. As the story continues we get to learn her secret that she has kept even from her brother. The story intensives as Afton gets ready for the kill and I found myself reading faster. The man in shadow adds mystery and as the story continues I hope that I get to learn more about him and whilst I can guess his connection to Afton, I would like to know if I am correct. This story does have a few comedy moments and I did laugh when Afton and Kim get their own back on the teenage boy that wrecked the library books.
I did learn something whilst reading this. The story is set in Wakefield and as I live in the UK I just presumed that it was set there. It was not till Afton mention dollars that I had to stop, check the author’s bio and I soon realised that it was set in Canada
This story does finish on a cliff-hanger and I hope that I do not have to wait to long for book 2.