Archive for February, 2019

It Lives in the Basement by Sahara Foley

February 18, 2019 - 6:49 pm 1 Comment

It Lives in the Basement by Sahara Foley

Published 25th March 2018 (3rd edition)

137 pages

After a couple is reported missing, the Police get called to investigate, but with no clues to their disappearance, Lieutenant Flynn hasn’t any ideas where they are, The only hint is a notebook with the opening statement “I hope no one reads this because that means I am dead”. But who or what is behind the disappearances.

When I started this book, I did think that it was going to be a collection of short stories. However, It Lives in the Basement sets the scene for what is soon to come.  The story proceeds in chronological order as you follow Carter, who originally worked with Flynn, and Sergeant Pete Alvarez who is on his only personal demon hunt.

This was a quick read for me as I wanted to know what was going to happen. The author slowly built up the suspense as you listen to Alvarez tell his story to Carter and what starts out as eccentric ramblings soon become real. The last quarter of the book was full on and even when there was a quiet spell, you expected something to jump out on them or that feeling that they were being watching. But when it all kicked off, it was bloody and messy.

This is my first read by this author and I had purchased this book for my kindle when it was released in 2016. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read it.    

Winter Trials (Northern Witch Book 1) By KS Marsden

February 17, 2019 - 10:33 am No Comments

Winter Trials (Northern Witch Book 1) By KS Marsden

Published 16th November 2016

88 pages

If you are looking for a quick YA read to introduce you to a new series than you can’t go wrong with this story.

Set in the Yorkshire countryside, Mark lives in a small village with his family. In his final year at school, Mark soon has other things to worry about as well as his school work. As the local witch, his Nanna wants to start teaching him his heritage. When Damien starts at his school, he soon realises how important it is to learn the family magic.

Even though this was a short story, the characters evolve throughout the pages. When Damien starts at the school, his and Mark’s relationship slowly starts to develop and as it does you get to know more about Damien’s tragic life. Mark is a strong confident character who thanks to a strong bond with his family and best friends, have their support with whatever he chooses to do. Like other readers my favourite character was Nanna, a no-nonsense woman who stands no fools and as the High Witch is good at her magic.

The story flows smoothly and as it slowly builds to a magical battle, it reinforces the close bond between the friends.     

Moving up to Yorkshire, no one tells you about the cold weather, so I did have a giggle when Mark saw Damien shivering at the bus stop in his trendy trench coat and said. “Well, it won’t do for a Yorkshire winter. This is nowt yet. It gets worse”

This is free on Kindle to download and book 2 Awaken is already out. Whilst this is YA, this a perfect read for anyone that likes PNR.     

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

February 14, 2019 - 6:30 am No Comments

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

Published by Dammaged Productions on 14th February 2019

223 pages

If you know me, you know that I rarely read romance, but add a few zombies and I will be first in the queue to buy it.

14th February or Valentine’s Day is a day for all lovers, but if you are like Kevin, it is just another day on the calendar. Kevin was your “average joe” getting up at the same time, catching the same bus working in the same office for the last 10 years. There are 2 things that he enjoys in his mundane life, the view from his desk and Rachel Elder. Could this Valentine’s day be something special?

On the other side of the world, America are experimenting with a new virus. However, when disaster strikes, the end of the world is nigh.

I enjoy zombie book where the MC is just an ordinary person, with no special training and has to confront zombies and Kevin was perfect for that role. Oblivious to the world around him, he just went on with his life. A shy man, who wouldn’t take a risk, even when it came to love. Rachel was young, intelligent and gorgeous. Not wanting to be hurt by a man again, she had one rule no office romances.

From the moment Kevin’s alarm clock went off, I knew that I would enjoy this book. There is a good blend of horror and comedy throughout out. The zombie attacks will have you swapping from grimacing to laughing with every scene, especially the scenes in the bathroom. I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face. The story smoothly alternates between the outbreak in American and Kevin and his love life over here in the UK. Having it span over the two countries enables you to follow the outbreak as it happens and read how it is easily spread.

This is a book that I didn’t want to put down, with the outbreak and Kevin’s love-life it kept me reading into the wee hours and I woke up with a book hangover. The last quarter of the book was full on, non-stop action and the ending, I don’t want to spoil it but what an ending.

This is a must buy for zombie lovers and anyone who enjoys comedy with their horror.  Yet again this author has produced a great read.  

Blog tour for Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti

February 13, 2019 - 6:46 am No Comments

It’s finally my turn on the blog tour for Flowers over the Inferno. The 1st book in a trilogy written by Ilaria Tuti. Originally written in Italian and translated for English readers by Ekin Oklap. Here are my thoughts on this book

Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti

Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson on 7th February 2019

400 pages

When a body is found mutilated in a small village, Superintendent Teresa Battaglia is tasked with heading up the case. With more bodies and a kidnapped baby, Teresa is against the clock to capture the killer before an innocent life is lost.

I liked the Superintendent straightaway, a woman in her 60s struggling with her health. Even though she was good at her job, she still had to clash heads with pig-ignorant bureaucrats who thought they knew best. When Massimo, a new member was added to her team, his argumentive nature caused tension, but Teresa’s no-nonsense approach soon managed to turn him to her way of thinking. Her team respected and cared for her, as children would to their mother.   

It took me a couple of pages to get used to the style of writing, but then I was hooked. From the moment the first body is found, you know Teresa is up against it. Written mainly in 3rd person, you feel as if you are reading this in real time, watching the case get solved before your eyes. As Teresa’s health begins to suffer, a diary is used to tell part of the story, making you part of a secret that Teresa does not want people to know, which in her eyes would show weakness.

Breaking up the case is the backstory of an Austrian orphanage, told from a young nurse’s perspective and as case studies and whilst at the start I was wonder how it all fits together, by the end of the book it all makes sense.

The author’s picturesque style of writing makes it easy to imagine how beautiful the scenery is. The story is well plotted and has a few surprises. Psychological profiling plays a big part in the story and although the kills were gruesome, I still felt sorry for the murderer, as there were reasons for his action. I did have a favourite kill which in my mind was the most graphic.

If you love your thrillers on the dark side then pick up this book. I hope there will be more cases for Superintendent Teresa Battaglia to solve.

My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

February 9, 2019 - 7:23 pm No Comments

My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

Published by Killer Reads on 8th February 2019

197 pages

Returning home after 9 years stirs up a lot of bad memories for Emily. Her sister Madie has a secret but needs to tell her in person. Meeting her niece and nephew for the 1st time, she spends a pleasant time with the family, but when she wakes up to find her sister missing and the police reluctant to help, she knows she has to do something.

Emily was headstrong and even though she had not had much contact with her sister in a while, she knew that she had not just upped and left. Living in a small town where everyone knew each others business made her search more difficult as the majority of the town had the same opinion. This made her more determined to find out the truth.  

The author hooks you in from the start and from page one you are wondering why Emily has a fear of going home. As Emily investigates, more and more of their childhood is revealed and whilst Emily can remember a lot, her fear of the woods and the nasty scar still remains locked away.

This is a fast-paced thriller and if it wasn’t for real life getting in the way I would have read it in one sitting. Emily’s character developed as more of her sister’s secret was revealed and her bond with her niece and nephew showed her what she was missing. Just as you think you know what had happened, the author throws another twist to keep you guessing. I can honestly say that I did not have a clue who was behind Madie’s disappearance. This is a well-plotted thriller and would make a good addition to any thriller’s library.

Another good read by this author