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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

Mothlight by Adam Scovell

February 9, 2019 - 3:13 pm No Comments

Mothlight by Adam Scovell

Published by Influx Press 7th February 2019

115 pages

Thomas’ visits to Phyllis and her sister with his grandparents, made such an impression that it shaped his career path. Phyllis Ewans was a well-known researcher in Lepidoptera, in layman’s terms moths. Years on and befriending Phyllis again until she died, he starts to piece together clues to her life.

From when Thomas was a little boy, he had an obsession with Phyllis, from the 1st meeting he was fascinated with the moths displayed on the wall. As the story continues and Thomas rekindles his friendship with Phyllis, his obsession with her life takes over his.

As you follow him on his journey, you are taken on a mystery that spans decades. Reading this from Thomas POV, you soon realise just how close their friendship was and whilst Thomas learnt everything he needed to know about moths, he didn’t know Phyllis.  The descriptive writing, makes even the minutest detail come alive, whether it is the moths on the wall or the walks that Phyllis and Thomas go on to capture them. The addition of the photos makes the story feel more haunting

As you read this story, the visions and the appearance of moths at unusual times, have you wondering whether he is being haunted by Phyllis or if his obsession has just got out of control. This is not just a story about obsession but a story about a young man overcoming his grief. This is the 1st story that I have read by this author and I will look out for other works.

The Lock: A CSI Eddie Collins Novella by Andrew Barrett

February 3, 2019 - 9:22 pm No Comments

The Lock: A CSI Eddie Collins Novella by Andrew Barrett

Published by The Ink Foundry on 13th January 2019

131 pages

Eddie Collins is a CSI, you know who they are. They get sent to suspected scenes of crime, look for evidence and document the scenes. When an elderly man is found dead in his home, he has to check it out to see if there was any sign of foul play. Everything looked ok until he finds an ancient key grasped in the deceased’s hand. Knowing he has to investigate, he searches around the house, although he wishes he hadn’t.

 Whilst I have not read any of this series, I took to Eddie straightaway. He was not a people person and had a quirky sense of humour, who else would walk around an unknown house in the dark, playing horror movies in his mind, waiting to be scared.

Written from Eddie’s POV, it is easy to follow him around whilst he was looking for clues. Added to this were memoirs from the deceased, helping explain what had happened in the house. Without giving anything away, I did not see any of it coming and was surprised with what had happened and it showed just how good Eddie was with deciphering the evidence.

It was a pleasant change to read a thriller that did not involve a police officer or private investigator. I enjoyed how the evidence was explained in layman’s terms and you do not need a good understanding of the science behind it.   

As this is a standalone novella in the series, I did not have to read to any of the previous books to know what was going on and I am going to check out the other books in the series. If you like your thrillers a bit on the dark side than pick up this book.