Archive for February, 2019

Blog tour for After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott

February 25, 2019 - 6:04 am No Comments

After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott

Published by Titan Books on 5th March 2019

448 pages

On the 11th August 1999, the UK experienced a full solar eclipse. I remember standing with my work colleagues outside the office looking up at the sky. This story captures that opportune moment, whilst everyone was excited about the eclipse, 11-year old Olive Warren was abducted. 16 years later and in the build-up to another eclipse, another girl has gone missing. Cassie Warren is still suffering from the guilt of losing her sister, now an unemployed journalist, can she find who took her sister and save the missing girl.

Cassie had a lot of issues, a failed relationship, anger problems that caused the loss of her job and the guilt of her missing sister. Added to this she was sole carer for her Gran who suffered from Dementia. Living back in the village of her sister’s disappearance brought back a lot of memories and whilst the majority were bad, she still had good thoughts of Marion, her 1st love.

From the moment Olive is abducted, you are drawn into a mystery that spans years. The story starts at a steady pace, but when another girl gets abducted, the pace quickens as you can sense Cassie’s urgency in solving the case. The character’s slowly come to life as you are reading and with such detailed descriptions, you would think it would be easy to guess who was behind it.  As the story is written in 3rd person, it enables you to follow the investigation step by step and you get to learn more about Cassie’s younger life. Inserted throughout the story, is Olive’s journal and the more you read, the more you find out what happened to Olive after the abduction and what she had to suffer. Cassie and Marion’s relationship rebuilds slowly and there were times that I just wanted to yell at Cassie to get her to tell Marion how she felt about her.

I love suspense thrillers that whilst the clues are there I was unable to guess who is behind it and this was one of those books, I think I went through the majority of the characters and still was not right. The story was well plotted and at the end, it was all tied up nicely and well explained.  

If you are looking for a thriller with twists that will keep you guessing then this is a book for you. This is a great debut novel and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

The Takers (Sam Pope Series Book 2) by Robert Enright

February 23, 2019 - 7:17 pm No Comments

The Takers (Sam Pope Series Book 2) by Robert Enright

Published on 19th February 2019

301 pages  

Sam Pope is back and he is not taking any prisoners. Following on after Pope had taken down The High Rise, killing Frank ”The Gent” Jackson and uncovered a Police corruption, Pope is now a wanted man. Mark Harris wanting to be Mayor of London, saw a way of getting more votes, by trying to get Pope of the streets. However, Pope has other thoughts and when a father’s plea for help to find his daughter goes ignored by the Police, Pope knows he needs help.

Pope is still a man on a mission and whilst he was wanted by the police, it still didn’t stop him helping the father whose daughter was missing. As with the previous book, Pope never lets anything get in the way of his objective, with the added danger of the Police Task Force and a tenacious Inspector Amara Singh, he still remained calm and collective. DSI Adrian Pearce is still on the force and yet again is put in a difficult position. Regardless of who Pope comes into contact with, he always changes their lives whether it is a good or bad outcome. More of Pope’s Army life in Afghanistan is revealed as Ethridge, another old Army buddy is introduced to the series.

From the moment you start this book, you are straight into an action fuelled story. The read was fast-paced and I read it in less than a day. Whilst Pope is wanted by the Police, you will be rooting for him, as he is cleaning the streets of crime.  The addition of a European gang opens up this series to more missions further afield and I can’t wait to read what Pope will do next. This is an explosive read and a good addition to the series.  

Into the Ashes by Lee Murray

February 23, 2019 - 9:37 am No Comments

Into the Ashes by Lee Murray

Published by Severed Press on 19th February 2019

263 pages

3rd in the series featuring Sergeant Taine Mckenna and things are getting worse on the central plateau in New Zealand. With his task force, he is responsible for evacuating any residents that have not made it out in time. Unbeknown to him, his ex-girlfriend Jules is on the hunt for a reptile, that is near extinction and a group of prisoners have been left to escape. With their lives in danger from Mother Nature, can they all survive?

Whilst this follows on from Into the Sound, it can be read as a standalone, although to get the full McKenna effect, I would read the others first.

As with the other stories, Temera, explains the Maori folklore and he is never far away with his purerehua. The bond between Temera and McKenna is still strong and whilst Temera has self-doubt, he still tries to help. 

This was my favourite so far, and whilst there were no ancient creatures to battle, it was full on as they were up against earthquakes and a volcano. Their lives were in danger from the moment they stepped onto the plateau.  At the start, the story is split into three, Mckenna is on patrol, Jules is reptile hunting and the prisoners are trying to flee from danger. The fight or flight response of the prisoners adds intensity to the story as their actions were always unexpected. It was good to see some of the other characters from previous books make an appearance and if I was Karl Pringle, I think I would find another job far away.

The ending was a surprise and I am wondering what will happen next to McKenna and Co. I hope that there will be more to this series as I am sure that there are some other creatures that McKenna has not come up against.    

Blog Tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

February 21, 2019 - 6:21 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin…..Here is the blurb

DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?

One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.

One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

Published on 11th February 2019

315 pages

When Paul Ray, a 12-year-old boy goes missing at school, all that’s left is a high quantity of blood and it doesn’t look good. Tasked with the case, DCI Yorke had history with the family, but can he put his prejudice aside and find the boy alive?

Even though I have finished this story I could not tell you much about DCI Yorke, he kept himself to himself and had a few close friends. He was good at his job and ran a tight ship. Throughout the story, there were hints about his past life and I hope that I get to know more about him in future books  

The history of the Rays is revealed throughout the story and with every generation having an evil streak, the suspect list gets longer. As you find out more about the Rays you can understand why the residents of Salisbury despise them.

Whilst the book had a lot going on, it was an easy story to follow. From the abduction, you are following DCI Yorke as he investigates the crime and it did feel like you were watching a police drama on the TV. Scenes were described in detail and some readers may find some of the torture scenes a bit gruesome. However. these scenes helped enforce how dark certain members of the Ray family were. Other scenes had me shouting at the characters as I was getting so involved in the story. One of my favourite scenes was the car chase in the multi-storey carpark.

There were enough twists in the story to keeping me guessing to the end and as more clues came out about who was behind it, I found myself emotionally torn between feeling sorry for them and wanting them to be caught.

Being so involved in the story this was a fast read as I wanted to find out who was behind the crime. If you are looking for a dark thriller than pick up this book and I will look out for more books by this author 

Buying links UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

US https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

Author’s Bio

Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre. 

​Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.​​

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

Twitter https://twitter.com/MarkinWes

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WesMarkinAuthor/

Stalker/s by LJ Hasbrouck

February 20, 2019 - 10:56 pm No Comments

Stalker/s by LJ Hasbrouck

Published by NineStar Press on 14th January 2019

382 pages

There are not many stories that as I am writing the review, I am thinking of changing my star rating, but this was one of them as I am still thinking about the story a day after I finished the book.

Brian Jameson is disturbed by a gunshot, an intruder has broken into his house and scratched his mom. Being at the epicentre of the pandemic, Brian is forced to learn how to survive. Escaping with his grandfather, he joins up with old friends, twins Louis and Eva and they start their journey to a better life, but with the Stalkers and ruthless gangs hindering them, will they make it to the island of their dreams.

Brian was a quiet 19-year old, not knowing what he wanted to do with his life, he was going with the flow. Having lived a sheltered life, he was forced to grow up when his mom became ill and the virus began to spread, but even when he was danger, he always tried to show compassion. His friend Louis was the complete opposite, confident, a bit of a bad boy, he had a nasty streak and at times acted like a child having a strop, but together they were good for each other.

Whilst there are some similarities between Stalkers and Zombies, ie the virus was passed by fluid, they craved raw flesh: Stalkers felt more sinister. The virus changed the people whilst they were alive, they moved at speed and they planned their move. Creeping in the shadows they had an evil laugh which would make your skin crawl.

The variety of characters they come across were well described. Whether they were the cutthroat gang that took over a derelict fairground or the dynamic D whose only friend was a cat, they all had their own tales of survival. As you read you are following Brian on a journey of discovery, whether it was learning how to hunt or finding the real meaning of love. The love between Brian and Louis started off slowly and as the journey intensified so did their relationship.

Following 3 young people as they are travelling through a dangerous America was addictive and I had to force myself to put the book down to do real-life tasks. However, before I knew it I had finished the story. What can I say about the ending wow I didn’t see most of it coming.

This is the 1st story I have read by this author and it won’t be the last.