Archive for November, 2018

Sextet by Mark L Fowler

November 21, 2018 - 10:13 pm No Comments

Sextet by Mark L Fowler
Published 21st November 2018
286 pages

A sextet is a formation containing exactly six members. It is commonly associated with vocal or musical instrument groups but can be applied to any situation where six similar or related objects are considered a single unit.
Talented musicians, Penny and Susan were twins and the apple of their parent’s eye. Unbeknown to their parents they used to play a dark and twisted game, that used their love of music. Now 17 Susan was in a psychiatric unit after suffering a horrific attack and Penny was trying to make amends. In Penny’s mind music was a great healer, but to enable her to compose a masterpiece, she had a unique way of doing it.
Penny was highly intelligent and knew how to play to her strengths to get what she wanted. She was good at manipulating situations and this showed with her relationship with her music teacher Marcus Redfearn. Whatever she did she could always justify her actions. Overlapping Penny’s story was Philip Waters and his harebrained scheme to get rich. Wanting to find the next music genius, he put an ad out for original music. Philip and his partner Olivie Roxburgh were two of the most self-centred characters I have read in a while and I couldn’t believe that were a couple
From the 1st graphic murder, I knew that I would enjoy this story. It was fast-paced as I wanted to know where the story was going. Throughout the story more about Penny and Susan’s younger years are revealed, but it is not until near the end do you find out what Susan has grown up to be like. It was hard to decide who out the twins were worse and how their parents were oblivious to the girl’s actions.
This was one psychological thriller that kept me in the dark right up to the dramatic ending, with its unique storyline is a must read for thriller lovers.
This was the first book by this author that I have read and I will definitely look out for more of this author’s work

The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey

November 19, 2018 - 10:47 pm No Comments

The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey
Published by Fox Spirit Books on 26th October 2017
230 pages

Vivian was a city girl born and bred in Dublin, she acted older than her age. When her dad had to go to America, he left her with her maternal grandparents. Not knowing anything about them and being stuck in the country with nothing to do, she hated everything about it. However, when she began to learn about the folklore and found the fort, her time there became more interesting.
Vivian was like a lot of young girls, living in a city there was always something to do. Staying in the country she had a lot of adjusting to do.
Set in the 80s I enjoyed reminiscing whilst I read this story, especially getting Smash Hits every week and using the family phone to make a call and not to chat for ages.
As the author is an expert in folklore, I knew that I would be transported into a magical read and I was not disappointed. A coming of age story, you follow Vivian as she makes new friends and starts to believe in magic. When there was trouble she showed a certain level of maturity which you would not expect in such a young girl. Scattered throughout the story was old folklore tales told by her Grandma, and I enjoyed reading her stories as it linked the past to Vivian’s present. This was an easy read as it was so beautifully written, the descriptive writing enabled you to imagine that you had found the fort and was exploring the countryside. As I was reading this I did wonder whether the author delved into her childhood for her ideas as I imagined her listening to tales told by her grandma.
This is a perfect book for any age and a book that you get so involved in that you can read it in one sitting. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and I hope that she brings out more novels.

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery

November 16, 2018 - 7:07 pm No Comments

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 16th November 2018
307 pages

Beatrice and the rest of the Newshound had survived the Cryptic Crypt and now the darkening heart was lying dormant in Dorsal Finn. But like all evil entities, it won’t rest forever. Now on their school holidays, they are enjoying their freedom and looking forward to a celebrity party on The Spirit of the Ocean. But what they don’t plan for is revenge from a 16th-century witch.
Beatrice and her friends are a lot closer and you can tell that the prophecy of the Darkening heart is playing on their minds. Whilst Beatrice is still the star of the show, the story’s plot gave the opportunity for other characters to show what they are made of. One such character was Emily, being profoundly deaf did not stop her doing anything that she wanted, and when their lives were in danger she knew exactly what to do. She was confident and strong-minded, my only dislike was the football team that she supported, but I can forgive her for that. The other character that had matured was Thomas, Beatrice’s little brother, whilst he still annoyed her with his fixations you could see how much he cared for her and when they were separated, he put his fear aside to get involved in the fight.
From page 1 you are drawn into an action-packed adventure and with the magical element enables the author to introduce some very strange creatures. The story was a quick read as there was always something going on. The descriptive scenes enable your imagination going into overdrive. Scattered throughout are funny one-liners, usually down to Edna, Dorothy, Maud and Agnes, 4 old dears that like to put the world to rights and you will find yourself having a little giggle at their expense.
Whilst it is the 2nd in the series it can be read as a standalone as anything important is explained in detail. This is the perfect book for a youngster who wants a scary bedtime story or to encourage an older child to pick up a read. However, as an adult, I loved it as it reminded me of books like the Famous five or a Nancy Drew book. Another great addition to the Beatrice Beecham series.

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts (Collected Horror Shorts Book 1)

November 15, 2018 - 4:33 am No Comments

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts (Collected Horror Shorts Book 1)
Published by Kevin J Kennedy on 30th November 2016
260 pages

It’s still only November and TV is awash with Christmas ads so to get me in the mood than reading an anthology of Christmas Horror shorts. With a mixture of 24 stories and poems, this book will certainly bring some Christmas cheer to Horror lovers. With so many stories I will still be writing this review on Christmas Eve so for time purposes, I am going to pick the ones that stood out for me. This was a difficult choice as they were all good reads.
Naughty or Nice by Veronica Smith: The story of Robert whilst he was working one night at Kmart. You notice as soon as Halloween has passed the shops start to sell Christmas merch and the Kmart was no difference. The story has killers that are unexpected and whilst they start out quite comical, it isn’t long until you know they mean business.
All Naughty, No Nice by Michael A Arnzen: What happens if Santa still spread his magic in a zombie world. This story had a sense of sorrow to it as you knew how despondent Santa was
Merry Fuckin’ Christmas by Kevin J Kennedy: What starts out with a regular guy preparing for Christmas soon changes into a tale of revenge. This story was heartbreaking and what one tragic accident can result in. The killings were described in detail and will have you thinking what would you do.
Hung With Care by Ty Schwamberger: A family gets a surprise from Santa. I enjoyed the Bad Santa and the real reason why Santa visits on Christmas Eve. The unique decoration above the fireplace completed the story
Killing Christmas by Andrew Lennon: We all know people like Jeff, in fact, I am like him. I get fed up how Christmas comes earlier every year and as soon as Halloween is over Christmas is rammed down our throats, but what happens to Jeff, does have you worried.
The Last Christmas Dinner by Christine Bergling: For Susan, preparing Christmas dinner is one of the busiest times of the year. This story builds up to a surprise ending and you are drawn into what you think is a happy Christmas celebration.
Whilst I have not mentioned the others, that doesn’t mean that I did not enjoy them. There are plenty of stories that will keep you busy over the festive season, and whether you like Christmas or not this book will please horror readers whatever your taste in horror is as this book cover most of the sub-genres. I have the all the collected short stories and I find it is a good way to read authors work that I have not come across.

Someone like me by MR Carey

November 12, 2018 - 6:05 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for  Someone like me by MR Carey.

 

Someone like me by MR Carey
Published by Orbit on 6th November 2018
512 pages

Liz Kendall suffered mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband. A meek and mild individual, some people would say she was a walk over. But when she fought back at her ex, she let her dark side come to the surface.
10 years after being kidnapped by Bruno Picota, Fran was still suffering mental trauma. Things changed in front of her eyes and some people appeared as two. However, a chance meeting with Zac, Liz’s son, gets her embroiled in a phenomenon that will put her life in danger.
Liz had a great relationship with her children and her son Zac would fight for her to the end. However, being a family that close they soon notice subtle differences and I understand how hard it was for Zac to realise that there was something wrong with his mom. Fran whilst having a great relationship with her dad, had no one else she can trust, classed as the weird kid at school she kept her own counsel. Trusting Zac with her secrets was a big step for her.
When I started reading this story, I was thinking about how Fran and Liz would get involved with each other. Liz a victim of domestic violence and Fran a rescued child, there was no connection to their lives. As the story developed you could see how well plotted this story was. The story moved from Fran to Liz seamlessly and you slowly get drawn into their lives. The topics discussed in this story were difficult subjects to tackle but even though some of the scenes could be hard to read, it was necessary to tell the story. Whilst this book is a long read, it doesn’t feel like it. Fran develops before your eyes, as you watch her grow into a caring mature young lady. This story will take you on a rollercoaster journey, it will bring out all sorts of emotions as the tension increases to a dramatic ending.
With its unique storyline, this is a story that cannot get pigeonholed into any genre. It has a paranormal, horror, suspense thriller feel to it. This is the 1st time I have read any of this author’s work and I really enjoyed this story.