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Rosamund: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (Book 3) by Shani Struthers

March 10, 2019 - 7:16 pm No Comments

Rosamund: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (Book 3) by Shani Struthers

Published by Storyland Press/Authors Reach on 17th January 2019

168 pages

If you have read any books in the Psychic Surveys series, then you will already know Ruby Davis, but who did she inherit her powers from. Documental evidence has come to light, written by Rosamund, an ancestor of Ruby explaining her powers.

Growing up without her mom, Rosamund spent all her time in their stately home Mears House. Having no contact with the outside world, Rosamund now 16 spent all her time reading and drawing. When she did see her dad, all he asked was “What do you see?”.  

Reading this story from Rosamund’s POV, conveyed just how lonely she was, her only contact was the maid Josie and she was torn between wanting to be friends and her place in the house. However, when she went to London with all the new sights and smells she was like another person. Her acquaintance with Constance showed her what she had been missing when it came to female companionship. However, things take a turn for the worse and as her dad shows her his real reason behind his obsession, she finds a friend in the most unlikely place and slowly she understands her abilities.

This was a well-researched book and from chapter one, you are transported into the Edwardian era. Some of my favourite scenes where Rosamund’s trips to London as you saw Rosamund blossom whilst you were reading. Whilst you are aware that this is a ghost story, it was done subtly and as you are reading, there are no clues that Rosumund is talking to a ghost. This gives it a believable feel as Rosamund was unaware of her gifts. This was a quick read and as the story builds into a life or death situation, you get the feeling that all is lost.

Whilst this is part of the psychic surveys series, this is a standalone and is a good introduction to the author’s work.        

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.

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.