Posts Tagged ‘Dark’

The Lynmouth Stories by LV Hay

June 12, 2019 - 5:43 am No Comments

I am on the 1-day blog blitz tour for The Lynmouth Stories by LV Hay. A collection of three short stories that you can read whilst you are having a coffee. This book at the time of review is free on Amazon.

Blurb: The Lynmouth Stories

Beautiful places hide dark secrets … 

Devon’s very own crime writer L.V Hay (The Other Twin, Do No Harm) brings forth three new short stories from her dark mind and poison pen:

– For kidnapped Meg and her young son Danny, In Plain Sight, the remote headland above Lynmouth is not a haven, but hell.

– A summer of fun for Catherine in Killing Me Softly becomes a winter of discontent … and death.

– In Hell And High Water, a last minute holiday for Naomi and baby Tommy  becomes a survival situation … But that’s before the village floods.

All taking place out of season when the majority of tourists have gone home, L.V Hay uses her local knowledge to bring forth dark and claustrophic noir she has come to be known for.

The Lynmouth Stories by LV Hay

Published 3rd December 2018

I enjoy doing blog tours as I am always finding new authors. Reading their short stories gives me a taste into their work and The Lynmouth series ticks all the boxes.

With just three stories I read this book in less than 30 minutes, just perfect to read in my lunch break.

Starting with In Plain Sight, it tells the story of Meg and her son Danny abducted from a carpark, whilst out shopping. Throughout this story there were a sense of fear whilst Meg waits to find out what will happen to them.

Killing Me Softly: The tale of Catherine and her mystery visitor. This story had a creepy feel to it, mainly because he visited Catherine at night. Not knowing much about him, it is only at the end we find the real reason for his visits.

Blood and High Water. Naomi is on a short break with her husband and young baby. This was my favourite of the three. I loved the twist at the end.

Living in a coastal town, I know just how bleak the winter months are. The descriptive writing had you feeling that you were there watching the scenes unfold. All three stories have a dark feel to them and I wish there were more to the collection. As a new to me author, I am off to find some of their other books to read.

Purchase Link – http://myBook.to/LynmouthStories

Did You Know …?

Known as England’s ‘Little Switzerland’, the Devon village of Lynmouth is famous for its Victorian cliff railway, fish n’ chips and of course, RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone.

Located on the doorstep of the dramatic Valley of The Rocks and the South West Cliff Path, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have inspired many writers, including 19th Century romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who honeymooned there in 1812.

Author Bio –

Lucy V Hay is a script editor for film and an author of fiction and non-fiction. Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspaper, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, is an ebook bestseller. Her next title is Never Have I Ever for Hodder Books. 

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Children in Chains by Lorraine Mace

May 30, 2019 - 5:09 am No Comments

My turn has arrived for Children in Chains blog tour, 2nd in the DI Paolo Sterling series by Lorraine Mace.

 Children in Chains

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.

When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.

Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?

Children in Chains

Published by Accent Press Ltd on 21st February 2019

245 pages

Following a few months after Retriever of Souls, Paolo is still his ex-wife’s no1 enemy. Katy is still in trauma after her kidnapping and showing no sign of recovery, but when a child is found dead from an overdose and signs of abuse, DI Paolo has to put his family on hold.

If you have read book 1 then a lot of the characters were familiar. Whilst Paolo is still the star of the story, you learn more about the other offices on the case.  Dave Johnson is becoming a fine officer, but as you read this story, you soon learn why he finds this case so hard. CC, the only woman on the case, is her usual confident self and with her wild hair colourings, she did give some light relief to the story. Dr Carter a new character, gives more of an insight into Paolo’s family life and just what a struggle he had with normality.

As in book one, you are hit with graphic scenes from the onset. The story of child trafficking and abuse is not an easy subject to read and whilst you hope it would not happen, you only have to turn on the news to see that it is going on. Saying that the author does write about this difficult subject with sympathy and sensitivity. As a mom to a daughter, my heart went out to all the girls.

From the start you know who is behind the trafficking and the person behind the abuse, the story follows Paolo as he tries to solve the case. This story was well plotted and I enjoyed the intricate plan of the trafficking explaining how the gang to pull it off.

This was another great gritty read which was riveting to the end. With Injection of Insanity out soon, I wonder how many more harrowing cases DI Paolo Sterling can solve. A must read for any fans of dark gritty thrillers.  

Price Drop Alert! 

Children In Chains is on offer at 99p/99c across all Amazon stores until June 15.

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2

Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52

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/

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.