Posts Tagged ‘Ghost’

Heart of Jet by Sheila Shedd

December 4, 2018 - 10:33 pm No Comments

Heart of Jet by Sheila Shedd
Published by DevilDog Press on 22nd January 2018
324 pages

Manhattan-born sisters Caroline and Lottie had a happy life but when their father died, he left them a cryptic letter. Having to journey to their ancestral home in Scotland, they were left to solve their Grandma’s riddle “Revive the tormented soul of Fier.”
Even though they are sisters Caroline and Lottie are complete opposites. Caroline was studious whilst Lottie was a bubbly full of life. Travelling to Scotland showed just how naive and sheltered they were, as the journey was not without disaster.
With its narrative feel, it felt that you were not reading but curled up by a fire listening to their story. The descriptive writing showed just how varied and beautiful the Scottish climate was. As soon as the girls arrive in Scotland, the atmosphere of the book changes. Whilst the girls still had fun with the Scottish brothers there was always a feeling of foreboding when the haunting began. One surprise was how Lottie matured when her sister was in danger, even though she was always the pampered on she really stepped up when it was needed.
Whilst there is a romance running throughout, this did not detract from the suspense. With its Gothic feel and the added supernatural element made this into a page-turner. This book will please plenty of readers as it fits into so many genres.

Secondary Silence by Virginia Johnson

June 21, 2018 - 8:44 pm No Comments

Secondary Silence by Virginia Johnson
Published on 21st October 2017
138 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Ashley died, she had not expected to wake up as a ghost, her only companion was Thaddeus, a powerful vampire. Ashley was a sensitive in life so when she became a ghost, she still had special powers. Living with Thaddeus, she spent her days interpreting visions, either the ones she receives or ones given to her by Thaddeus.
Ashley was sweet natured and you could see the pressure she was under. The relationship between Ashley and Thad was strong and whilst on the surface it was platonic, you could feel the love they had for each other. As the story continues their past is slowly relieved and you can see how good Ashley is for him.
If you have read any of this author’s work you know that she can write some harrowing scenes, usually resulting in someone dying and this book was no different. Ashley’s visions were descriptive and because she could not understand them straight away she had to keep reliving them which made the reader re-read them as well. The details in the visions were so illustrative that you could imagine the sights and smells, even down to the burning flesh.
As Ashley’s power’s getting stronger you wonder what is going to happen and I was reading into the night to get to the end. This is a quick read due to there always something going on. The author keeps you guessing about the significance of the visions and it is not till the end that it is all explained.
If you like vampire stories with more action than pick up this book and whilst this is a PNR is has enough blood in to keep me happy. My only complaint was it was too short and I wanted to know what was going to happen to them.

Cribbins by RH Dixon

June 12, 2018 - 5:50 am No Comments

My turn on the blog tour and I loved the creepy read. Here is my review of Cribbins.

Cribbins by RH Dixon
Published by Corvus Corone Press on 1st June 2018
264 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Trying to balance life as a single parent and working full time is hard enough. Throw in an undiagnosed illness and a haunting and Sophie’s life has just got worse.
I connected with Sophie straight away, understanding some of her pressures. Whilst she was strong and determined to try and live a normal life for her daughter, the cracks began to show when the hauntings began. Used to being independent she found it hard to ask for help, and it must have been difficult to involve her mom’s next door neighbour Piotr. Piotr lived in Cribbin’s house and wanted a simple life with no complications. However when he saw how distressed Sophie was, he offered to help even though he was sceptical.
Through the visitation of young ghost and her dreams you learn how evil her ex neighbour Cribbins was. The story built up slowly, helping you understand how serious the situation was. It was full of tension and suspense which enabled me to read it in one sitting. There was times that I was holding my breath wandering what would happen to Sophie when Cribbins visited her. The story had one final twist which completed the story perfectly.
Throughout the book you learn more about Sophie and Piotr’s lives and you realise that they are two regular people trying to live their lives. Set in the North east is was nice to read a story that had local dialect and this made the story feel more real.
This was my first read by this author and I would recommend her to my friends who love a good ghost story.

The Twelve by DE McCluskey

April 24, 2018 - 9:43 pm No Comments

The Twelve by DE McCluskey
Published by Dammaged Comics on 1st May 2017
364 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Married to his university sweetheart, Gina, John Rydell was happy in love. In line for a promotion, he was invited to go to Chicago. Leaving his wife at home, everything was going smoothly until he gets a worrying phone call and a few days later his wife ends up dead. As he is coming to terms with his wife’s death, other people he knew are being murdered and slowly he connects the dots and realise it was connected with his life at university and his eleven friends.
There is a common theme throughout the story like 3:15am, the freezing cold and the putrid smell. The flashbacks helped explain the history behind the Twelve and what they did to cause the current events. At the start not much is given away and this makes you carry on reading as you want to know who is behind the deaths and the further your read the more it comes clear. The murder scenes have a feel of eeriness as you knew it was going to happen. There was a sense of helplessness as you knew the victims had no chance of escape. The was an easy read as the story was well explained. Whilst I guessed who was behind the murders I did not know why they did it. As more of their university life was revealed I was silently backing the murder as I did feel sorry for him. Everything was explained as the book was coming to an end and I was pleased that it ended how it did.
Whilst this is a horror, it would also please dark thriller lovers. Some of the scenes where graphic, but this showed how intense the story was. It was a book that I enjoyed from cover to cover and as a new author to me, I am going to look at this author’s other work.

Strong Like Me by Laurel Veil

March 18, 2018 - 10:45 am No Comments

Strong Like Me by Laurel Veil
Published 26th June 2014
153 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Jessica is about to turn 16. Having rich parents, she is used to getting what she wants. All she wants in life in a red convertible BMW and a bi party. What she gets is a paranormal visit, but what is the spirit trying to show her.
Jessica was one of the most annoying characters I have read in a long while, she was a proper little rich brat, always getting what she wants and was rude to everyone. Although do not let this put you off the story. As the story continues you get to find out about her so called “amazing life” and by the end of the story I felt sorry for her.
The story is a quick read as there is always something going on. As you follow Jessica on her paranormal journey, you are drawn in to her life and you soon come to realise what her life was really like. There is a similarity to A Christmas Carol as you get to know about her past, present and future, but she is not alone. As I have said I felt sorry for her and whilst I could not condone her attitude, I understood her. The addition of Jed and Amanda showed the true description of friendship and whilst I thought I knew where this story was going there was one revelation I did not see coming.
This is not horror as you are used to but then when A Christmas Carol came out that was also classified as horror. An enjoyable quick read