Posts Tagged ‘Ghost’

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

Ghost in the Park(Unruly Ghost Mysteries Book 1) by Julianne Q Johnson

March 15, 2018 - 10:22 pm No Comments

Ghost in the Park (Unruly Ghost Mysteries Book 1) by Julianne Q Johnson
Published by JQJ Books on 21 August 2017
282 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Professor of English literature, Bryce Campbell has a gift. Whilst he writes bodice ripping stories to top up his wages, he also is a clairaudient, a person that hears the dead. When one of his students becomes the 6th victim of a serial killer, Bryce gets himself involved in the case.. To make his life more complicated, he attracts Elizabeth, an unusual ghost who can not remember how she died. With his special talents can Bryce help his best friend and lead detective Chase Robinson catch the killer and free Elizabeth’s spirit.
From page 1 I liked Bryce, he was comfortable with his abilities and never once thought himself a freak. Although he comes across as happy with his life, his meeting with Elizabeth shows exactly how lonely he was and the further you read his story, you understand why. With the additional visits from Grandpa Harris and Todd made it feel like a dysfunctional family. Elizabeth was a feisty teenager and having her story run along the serial killer story gave it some light relief.
The serial killer’s method of kill was surprising gruesome as the majority of this book read like a cozy. The relationship between Bryce and Chase was like brothers and when Elizabeth came along , was like the addition of a irritating little sister. There was some comedy moments when the ghosts started to act up.
As a British reader and reading about a British main character, I enjoyed that the author threw a few correct English phrases into the story and whilst Bryce liked his tea that was the only British stereotype.
I enjoyed this story so much I have one clicked book 2, a refreshing read

The Ghost of Shapley Hall by Amy Cross

February 5, 2018 - 10:06 pm No Comments

The Ghost of Shapley Hall by Amy Cross
Published by Dark Season Books on 21st March 2016
200 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I was looking for a quick read, and when I came across this I knew that it would fit the bill.
James did not believe in ghosts, and when Rachael, his girlfriend took him to her ancestral home to look for her deceased Uncle’s will, he was up for a pleasant weekend. As more and more secrets are revealed, James is doubting what he believes.
Whilst James was a nice character and showed a lot of interest in Rachael, I was surprised that he did not know much about her past. He was sceptical of the paranormal and it was funny him trying to persuade himself that nothing was happening. Rachael on the other hand believed in ghost but at times she was annoying when she kept clamming up.
As a ghost story goes, this ticked the boxes and whilst parts were predictable there was a twist or two. The first half of the book was a bit slow mainly because it was setting the scene, when the ghosts started to appear the pace did pick up. The story flows and you can read this is one sitting. Whilst I do not notice grammatical or spelling errors I do have a small complaint, it was set in England with English characters, but they were saying faucet(tap) and cellphone(mobile). Saying that I did enjoy this book.

The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror by William Meikle

December 26, 2017 - 10:23 pm No Comments

The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror by William Meikle
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 9th December 2017
189 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

If you were asked living or dead, which authors you would pick to have at a dinner party, I can guarantee at least one of the great Victorian writers would be on your list. Masters of storytelling, their written stories are still read today.
An old Victorian manuscript is found in a derelict building. Penned by Arthur Conan Doyle, it captures 14 stories regaled to him, Henry James and Bram Stoker when other authors are invited to dine with them.
Before I review this book, there is a disclaimer, I have not read some of these author’s original works. However, after I read this book, I did google these authors to see what works they wrote.
So, with all these stories, there is a lot of choice and for this review I will write about my favourites.
The Immortal Memory: Leo Tolstoy: When Empress Yekaterina Alexeyevna requested a Scottish poet, who could narrate Burn’s in Russian, Captain Marsh knew he had his work cut out. The story is very descriptive of living in Russia, and how certain people suffered to survive. A tragic ending which has an impact on others.
To the Manor Born: Margaret Oliphant: Young Agnus Leckie, was the new maid at the Manor. Trading jobs, she soon gets introduced to the lady of the house. Throughout this story you can feel the love that the master had for his family. A harrowing ghost story that is beautifully written and with a poetic ending.
The Angry Ghost: Oscar Wilde: Tom had always been told by his Aunt Agatha that there were no such things as ghost. Aunt Agatha was a bitter woman who always thought she was right and reminded me of Oscar Wilde’s character Lady Bracknell in the Importance of Being Ernest. This was a comical read with a fitting ending.
The Curious Affair on the Embankment: Arthur Conan Doyle: Inspector Lestrade has been brought into a case of a missing lady. The only stipulation from the powers at be, is that he cannot involve Sherlock Holmes. Lestrade is drawn into the paranormal and must keep his cool when evil prevails. When I have read Sherlock Holmes stories, I have always felt that Lestrade was a bit of an idiot, so this was a refreshing change. Lestrade was very methodical as if he used Holmes powers of deduction. A paranormal mystery which will keep you gripped.
If you have read Songs of the Dreaming Gods, you will find 3 further stories of interest. The High Bungalow: Rudyard Kipling, In the House of the Dead: Bram Stoker and The Scrimshaw Set: Henry James. All three have elements of this book in them and I enjoyed the merging of the author’s work.
The introduction to each story gives it a personal touch and sets the scene for what’s to come. This is book showcases the author’s talents of writing in numerous styles. A great read that spirits you away to Victorian times.