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Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery

November 16, 2018 - 7:07 pm No Comments

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 16th November 2018
307 pages

Beatrice and the rest of the Newshound had survived the Cryptic Crypt and now the darkening heart was lying dormant in Dorsal Finn. But like all evil entities, it won’t rest forever. Now on their school holidays, they are enjoying their freedom and looking forward to a celebrity party on The Spirit of the Ocean. But what they don’t plan for is revenge from a 16th-century witch.
Beatrice and her friends are a lot closer and you can tell that the prophecy of the Darkening heart is playing on their minds. Whilst Beatrice is still the star of the show, the story’s plot gave the opportunity for other characters to show what they are made of. One such character was Emily, being profoundly deaf did not stop her doing anything that she wanted, and when their lives were in danger she knew exactly what to do. She was confident and strong-minded, my only dislike was the football team that she supported, but I can forgive her for that. The other character that had matured was Thomas, Beatrice’s little brother, whilst he still annoyed her with his fixations you could see how much he cared for her and when they were separated, he put his fear aside to get involved in the fight.
From page 1 you are drawn into an action-packed adventure and with the magical element enables the author to introduce some very strange creatures. The story was a quick read as there was always something going on. The descriptive scenes enable your imagination going into overdrive. Scattered throughout are funny one-liners, usually down to Edna, Dorothy, Maud and Agnes, 4 old dears that like to put the world to rights and you will find yourself having a little giggle at their expense.
Whilst it is the 2nd in the series it can be read as a standalone as anything important is explained in detail. This is the perfect book for a youngster who wants a scary bedtime story or to encourage an older child to pick up a read. However, as an adult, I loved it as it reminded me of books like the Famous five or a Nancy Drew book. Another great addition to the Beatrice Beecham series.

Someone like me by MR Carey

November 12, 2018 - 6:05 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for  Someone like me by MR Carey.

 

Someone like me by MR Carey
Published by Orbit on 6th November 2018
512 pages

Liz Kendall suffered mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband. A meek and mild individual, some people would say she was a walk over. But when she fought back at her ex, she let her dark side come to the surface.
10 years after being kidnapped by Bruno Picota, Fran was still suffering mental trauma. Things changed in front of her eyes and some people appeared as two. However, a chance meeting with Zac, Liz’s son, gets her embroiled in a phenomenon that will put her life in danger.
Liz had a great relationship with her children and her son Zac would fight for her to the end. However, being a family that close they soon notice subtle differences and I understand how hard it was for Zac to realise that there was something wrong with his mom. Fran whilst having a great relationship with her dad, had no one else she can trust, classed as the weird kid at school she kept her own counsel. Trusting Zac with her secrets was a big step for her.
When I started reading this story, I was thinking about how Fran and Liz would get involved with each other. Liz a victim of domestic violence and Fran a rescued child, there was no connection to their lives. As the story developed you could see how well plotted this story was. The story moved from Fran to Liz seamlessly and you slowly get drawn into their lives. The topics discussed in this story were difficult subjects to tackle but even though some of the scenes could be hard to read, it was necessary to tell the story. Whilst this book is a long read, it doesn’t feel like it. Fran develops before your eyes, as you watch her grow into a caring mature young lady. This story will take you on a rollercoaster journey, it will bring out all sorts of emotions as the tension increases to a dramatic ending.
With its unique storyline, this is a story that cannot get pigeonholed into any genre. It has a paranormal, horror, suspense thriller feel to it. This is the 1st time I have read any of this author’s work and I really enjoyed this story.

Hallowdene by George Mann

November 11, 2018 - 9:42 am No Comments

Hallowdene by George Mann
Published by Titan Books on 18th September 2018
336 pages

The Carrion King murders have been solved and Elspeth and Peter are getting on with life. Elspeth’s is still trying to be a success as a freelance journalist and working at the local newspaper. So, when local landowner agrees to the excavation of Agnes Levett’s grave, a 16th-century witch. As a topic of interest Elspeth covered the story from the start. The villagers of Hallowdene were divided about the dig, whilst some thought it was great for business and tourism, others feared the curse. So, when the 1st body turns up, Elspeth is already on the case.
Whilst Elspeth and Pete’s relationship is going strong, both of them have hopes and dreams which they won’t share with each other. Elspeth also starts to make friends in the village, as a social person she still missed her friends in London. One young girl she got on well with was Daisy, the waitress from the local café and whilst she quickly friends she realised that she had something to hide. As you are reading this book, you notice some changes from book 1, the main difference was Pete did most of the investigation by himself, Elspeth only helped with what she learnt from interviewing people for her story. This will please reviewers who did not like the close working relationship they had in book 1. Although them working separately helped you learn more of the story as somethings were told to Elspeth instead of the police.
This story had more of a fantasy feel to it than Wychwood, as Agnes’ curse seemed to affect a lot more people. As you follow the current murder you get to know more about her story from the moment she was accused of witchcraft.
This story was quick paced as there was always something happening, whether it was part of the investigation or the locals kicking off. With folklore and urban legends still popular, this is a series that can keep going and I hope that there are plenty more in the series.

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

October 13, 2018 - 10:05 pm No Comments

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson
Published by Gollancz on 26th July 2018
128 pages

As a 1st timer to this author’s work, I did not know what to expect. With its mixture of crime and technology I knew that it was something I would enjoy.
Davis is a real-life detective, working an unusual beat. He doesn’t have to catch a criminal but spends his time finding evidence. Him and his partner Chaz worked in New Clipperton, living each day in a snapshot. The government used them to walk in a certain day at a certain time to get incriminating evidence, so the real police can make the arrest.
As a police officer Davis was quite non-descript. He did is job every day without a word of complaint. That was until 1st May when he decided to make a difference. Chaz was the complete opposite, he had a temper and had the same level of enjoyment as a young boy pulling wings of flies. But as a partnership they worked well together.
The story was descriptive, and you could imagine Davis walking the beat, feeling more despondent. The addition of a serial killer gave it a thriller edge. The use of technology played a big part in the story and got me thinking, which days would I want to relive, what did I miss on that day.
As it was a novella it was a quick read and a good introduction to this author’s work. The author writes an ending that was unexpected, which took the story to a different direction.
Whilst it is a standalone I would love for the story to continue to find out what happened next.

Blog Tour for In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

October 12, 2018 - 4:15 am No Comments

Its my turn on the blog tour, so here is my review for this thriller.

In Her Bones by Kate Moretti
Published by Titan Publishing on 2nd October 2018
321 pages

Edie Beckett had a secret that not many people knew about. She worked for the city, was a recovering alcoholic, oh yeah, her mom was a serial killer. Whilst she did not want people to know about her mom, she had an unhealthy fascination with the families of her mom’s victims. You could say she was a stalker, but it all goes wrong when one of the family members is murdered and she is number 1 suspect. Can you find out the truth before she gets arrested?
Edie was damaged goods, she kept herself to herself and would not let anyone get close to her. The closes she got to friends was Detective Gil Brandt, the police officer in charge of capturing her mom who kept a close eye on her and Tim, her neighbour who wanted more than friendship. Her only family was her brother Dylan, although married with a child, he was barely living, and you could see the mental damaged caused by his mom.
As the story progress you get to find out more about Lilith life and crimes thanks to extracts from The Serrated Edge an unofficial biography of Lilith Wade. However, Edie’s childhood was shown as memories and soon becomes clear why Edie was apprehensive about having a life.
Whilst there was a lot of history in the book, the story never got confusing. This was a steady read, however I though at times it was a bit drawn out and I wanted Edie to get on with solving the crime. There was enough twists and red herrings to keep me guessing right up to the end, and I can honestly say I did not have a clue who did the murder.
The topic of mental health was written with sensitively and one scene jumped out at me when in The Serrated Edge extract the psychiatrist mentioned that whilst she had bipolar this was not the reason she was a murder, it was because she was a psychopath. This shows just how much more of an understanding we have with mental health.
There are a lot of thrillers on the market and as a reader of thrillers, I get bored when the storylines are similar. However, I can say that this had a unique storyline.
This was first book I have read by this author and for a thriller it ticked all the boxes.