Posts Tagged ‘Dark’

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 

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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.



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.

Embittered Communication by Paul B Morris

February 1, 2019 - 8:57 pm No Comments

Embittered Communication by Paul B Morris

Published by Pretty Tattered Soul on 20th October 2018

44 pages.

This is a first for me, I will come clean I have not read a lot of poetry. However, when I was asked to review Embittered Communication, wanting to expand my reading I readily agreed.

Whilst this book only has 44 pages it is jammed packed with plenty of poems. As you are reading these poems, you are taken on a dark emotional journey, featuring topics that affect the majority of people.

Some of my favourites from this collection are: Disconnected, a poem about a cry for help. This poem made me think about how many people put on a brave face to get through the day. Passenger, without giving any of this poem away, this is the perspective from the passenger in a vehicle.

H.Y.P.E.R-A.C.T.I.V.E, An acrostic poem, using each letter in the word hyperactive, this poem explains what it is like to have this condition.

Hey Maggie, This was my favourite poem. A very dark and twisted poem about the fascination with a girl called Maggie.

 As I was reading these poems my admiration for this poet grew. Writing a story, an author has pages to draw you in and tell the story. A poet has to do this over a handful of paragraphs. The book has converted me to dark poetry and I will look out for more from this poet.

The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali

November 6, 2018 - 6:59 pm No Comments

The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali
Published 20th May 2016
145 pages

Michael had a great job, a loving wife and gorgeous son, but the world came crashing down when he walked in to his wife holding a gun. From that fatal moment you could find Michael at a bottom of a bottle. In steps Lucifer who makes a deal, capture my souls and free your family.
As a cop Michael was a good man, but after losing his family, he came resentful and bitter. Only finding solace in a bottle of whiskey, he didn’t want to live his life. The only time he became alive was when he was capturing the souls.
Throughout this story you find out all about Michael’s life, from the moment he met his wife to after her death. Whilst his story is not in chronological order, it is not confusing as each chapter is dated. This also helped break up Michael’s killing spree, so you were not hit by it all at once. The planning through the story made it flow seamless and you are drawn into Michael’s life.
Where there is the Devil, there is also God and his appearance was nothing like I imagined. There are some big reveals at the end and it will help you decide whether Michael had made the right decision to go into business with the Devil.
When you think the story stops, the author hits you with the epilogue, which takes the story in a different direction and will make you download the sequel Escape from Hell. At only 150 pages you will read this quickly. The warnings are on this book for a reason and there may be scenes that make shock some readers. But as a lover of dark fiction this was right up my street.

Death Blooms by Yolanda Olson

September 19, 2018 - 9:35 pm No Comments

Death Blooms by Yolanda Olson
Published 20th August 2018
258 pages

Gray Talbot was an artist, using an unusual material, he had a select client. Whilst his business was doing well, his social life was non-existent. His only friend was Aiden, a feisty girl who loved to fight bare knuckle. Determined for Gray to find love, Aiden tries to play cupid by introducing him to Penn, who lived off his trust fund.
When Gray was working, the compassion and care he showed for his art work was like a parent and their children. His friendship with Aiden was strong and you realise if it was not for her his would slip into long bouts of depression. However, what was stronger was his love for Penn, the was passion and Gray took a big risk with sharing his secret with him.
What I love about this author is that she makes a story with only a few characters. This enables the reader to really get to know the characters. It is not till near the end that you know the full extinct of Gray’s work and I would love to know where the author gets her ideas from, as even with my weird mind I would never have guessed what his work entailed. As for the ending, I did not expect what was coming and whilst I was in shock, I could understand the reasons behind Gray’s decision.
This is true Yolanda, dark and gripping. A story about love in its rawest form. One of the best I have read