Posts Tagged ‘Psychological thriller’

Tommy’s Girl by Laura Morgan

May 4, 2018 - 2:16 pm No Comments

Tommy’s Girl by Laura Morgan
Published 4th May 2018
153 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Piper Grace wants to make it big in Hollywood, having a supporting role in the upcoming film Wayward. She hopes this will be the film that launches her into stardom. Tommy Darke is the lead actor. A method actor who throws himself wholly into a role. Fascinated with Piper, he reveals the side of him that the public don’t see. But can Piper handle his dark side.
Piper is portrayed as a strong woman but as her relationship with Tommy intensifies, her vulnerable side begins to show and she starts to question her choices. Learning about her past relationships, you do wander why she stayed. Tommy was a complexed character, and could switch his mood in a flash. Having to put on a fake persona in the public eye must have been trying for him and as his character became darker I was waiting for him to loose it completely.
Throughout the 1st part of the book I could not understand where the “crime” and “serial killer” tags came into the book, but as the story progressed I was not disappointed. The author keeps you guessing what Tommy will do next, whilst he internet viewing gives us hints about what he likes to do, it is his inner thoughts that are the most worrying. This story is not for readers who are easily shocked as some scenes are explicit. This was a quick read as there was not much room for pause as I was always waiting for Tommy to make his next move, whether it was in the bedroom or in the public eye Tommy was always wanting to get his own way. As this is the 1st book in this series I am sure that it will get darker as the cliff-hanger left Tommy pretty angry. Roll on part 2 out on the 22nd May

Literary Stalker by Roger Keen

April 11, 2018 - 7:28 pm 2 Comments

Today is my turn to review this book

Literary Stalker by Roger Keen
Published by Darkness Visible Publishing on 18th September 2017
229 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The majority of us live on social media and it is one of the best ways to spread the word about what you are doing. But what happens when an innocent comment is taken the wrong way or someone does not like your work. Nick Chatterton, an Indie author uses his personal experience on social media to pen The Facebook Murders.
Nick is an aspiring author, working the horror scenes whilst connecting with other authors and a major user of social media. Having published a few short stories, he was looking for that next big novel. An idea came to him when he re-watched Theatre of Blood and the novel was born Using Jago as Nick’s main character showed how vindictive and petty Nick was. How he fixated on certain Facebook comments and wanted to seek revenge. However he had a dark side which showed itself when he was conjuring up the murders, whilst they were based on scenes from films, you could feel his blood lust and knew he enjoyed them too much. Whilst were reading Jago’s story, we also get to know about Nick’s life, his doomed relationship with Robin and his obsession with acclaimed write Hugh Canford-Eversleigh, which over the years developed into stalking.
Reading a story in a story may sound confusing but it wasn’t as the usage of 3rd POV helped. I got to grips pretty quick with the swapping over between Nick and Jago story. Whilst reading the story you learn in detail what each victim had done to upset Nick and I kept imagining Nick/Jago to insert a villainous laugh every time he killed someone. I got drawn into this story as I was waiting for Nick’s evil side to be revealed and as the story was coming to an end I was not disappointed. The story was complete and there was no unanswered question. This is a different type of crime story to what I usually read and I enjoyed it a lot. One thing to take note is to be careful what you put on social media as Jago may be just around the corner.

Brutality by Tim Miller

February 15, 2018 - 7:00 pm No Comments

Brutality By Tim Miller
Published by GutWrench Productions on 3rd February 2018
178 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Therapist Carrie Justice know first hand what it is like to have a mental illness, suffering from Bipolar she tries to help others whilst helping herself. As well as working at a private practice, she also works at the local jail. This work brought her to the attention of the local TV channel, and after appearing on their morning show made her an obsession for the Skinner.
Carrie was not your typical heroine, lacking in confidence she just wanted to get on with her life. However when it mattered she was really surprising whether it was standing up to Detective Montez, or trying to survive.
From the moment you start reading, you are drawn into a game of cat and mouse. From the start you are introduced to The Skinner’s work and you know exactly what type of killer he is. Like all serial killers he is cocky and did have some issues. The subject of mental health runs throughout this story and it was interesting to read some of what a person with bipolar has to cope with on a day to day basis. The relationships between Carrie and Montez was developing throughout the story and I would love to read more of them. This is a quick read as you will find the need to finish it in one sitting. You will be surprised at certain plot revels and I for one did not see them coming. The ending finishes in what I hope to be just the start of new series.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

July 20, 2017 - 8:31 pm No Comments

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Published by Ebury Digital on 13th July 2017

354 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

We have all watched those slasher films when the sole survivor is a pretty girl covered in blood screaming at the camera. Final Girls is the story about Quincy, Sam and Lisa, 3 girls all who have been in this situation and were now trying to move on with their life.

The story mainly revolves around Quincy, the latest girl, now living with a defence attorney and running her own baking blog, you would not know what she went through, she was good at hiding her feelings and the only one who knew what she was really feeling was Coop the cop who rescued her. Lisa was the complete opposite, embracing the publicity, she felt that she could help people with her experiences and Sam, went off the grid and did not want to be found. However, this all changed when Lisa’s body was found and the police suspected suicide.

Throughout this book you can see Quincy develop as a character at the start she was very meek and mild and whilst she was trying to live, she could not do it without someone to lean on whether it was Jeff or Coop. However, after Lisa’s death, she became stronger and was learning to stand up for herself, although she still used Coop as a crutch.

From the opening slasher scene, this author takes you on an adventure. I found Quincy’s past of interest and these scenes had the traditional slasher feel to them, the scenes that gives you goosebumps.  The author has a knack of leading you down the wrong path and whilst reading this book I must have changed my mind at least 3 times whilst trying to work out who was behind the killings. There were a number of times that I just sat there in shock. This book is fast paced and with more of Quincy’s memories returning as the story progressed I didn’t want to put it down. This is a great psychological read and would make a great film

A Life Removed by Jason Parent

July 6, 2017 - 6:35 pm 1 Comment

A Life Removed by Jason Parent

Published by Red Adept Publishing LLC on 23rd May 2017

284 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

A serial killer terrorising Fall River, a city in Massachusetts and it is up to Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette to capture him and stop these violent killings. Officer Aaron Pimental was the   first to respond to one of the crime scenes and from the start did not make a good impression on the detectives, but the further this case goes on, the more he found himself involved.

The partnership between the detectives was strong and they were good at bouncing ideas of each other. Due to Bruce’s time on the job, he took the lead in this case, however throughout this investigation he always took Jocelyn’s views into consideration. They felt so comfortable together that Jocelyn was not afraid to question Bruce’s decisions.

Officer Aaron Pimental was how most people image a beat cop, over weight and a lover of doughnuts. Low in confidence, he did feel that the world would be better off without. However, as the case progresses, his true self comes out and he is not as nice as everyone thinks.

Written in the third person, gives you the whole story from everyone POV, as the story changes between the Detectives, Officer Aaron and the killer. As you are reading this story, you get to know the characters in depth and whilst there is a religious theme to the killings, this story concentrates more on the characters and the reasons for their actions. The story follows the investigation step by step and it feels like you are watching a documentary on police investigations, until the author adds a mind-blowing twist which I did not see coming. The twist made the story darker due to who was involved. This is a page turner which you won’t want to put down. This is the 1st book I have read by Jason Parent and I will make sure I look out for more of his books