Posts Tagged ‘Psychological thriller’

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

The Fourth Monkey by JD Baker

June 27, 2017 - 6:49 pm No Comments

The Fourth Monkey by JD Baker

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 27th June 2017

416 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The majority of us have heard of the 3 monkeys, “See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil “but have you heard of the 4th monkey “Do no evil”. This was the rules that the 4MK followed when he decided who to kill.   Detective Sam Porter has been the lead investigator in this manhunt for over 5 years, nowhere near catching him, but after getting his hands on 4MK’s diary, there is hope. With time running out for 4MKs latest victim, can Porter and his colleagues find her before it is too late.

Porter was a good cop and you had the sense that he was respected by his colleagues. At the start of the story he was going through something personal and although you have an idea what it is, it is not revealed until near the end. The friendship between him and Nash is strong and you can tell that they have partners for a long time. They each had each other’s backs and Nash was always there getting Porter through the tough times.

From the start of this book you know you are in for an exciting story. The story covers different timelines.  the ongoing investigation and 4MK’s past written in the format of a diary. Flitting from one to the other, you would think it would be confusing but you would be completely wrong. The diary helps explain the psyche of 4MK, the type of family he was brought up and when you read the diary you will not be surprised that he turned out like he did. This is a dark thriller with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. With a surprise ending this could lead to a series and I would enjoy reading more about Porter and Nash

The Third Twin by Darren Speegle

April 28, 2017 - 5:36 am No Comments

The Third Twin by Darren Speegle

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 28th April 2017

213 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Barry Ocason received a travel mag with an advert for a trip to Bavarian Alps in the post, he did not expect to be drawn into a dangerous adventure. Recently divorced, travel writer Barry had a reputation of writing about the little unknown festivals held all over the world, but when he decided to take his teenage daughter Kristen, to the Spider Festival in Rio Tago, Brazil, he did not know that it would affect him and his family’s lives for ever. Kristen the sole survivor of twins was your typical teenage but she had a secret which came to light on the trip to Brazil. A disturbing stalker, only known as the Elephant Man, distressing dreams, and a fatal incident all eventually lead him to Bavaria and an old fascination involving experiments on twins were founded.
Whilst Barry was a worldwide traveller, in his heart he was a family man. Spending as much time as he could with his remaining daughter, he tried to take her on as many trips as he could. Like any loving father when his little girl was in danger his instinct kicked in. Due to his background, Barry relied a lot on his instincts and investigational skills. When he finally made the trip to Bavaria and came across others involved on the same journey, he took the lead in getting to the bottom of the mystery. Whilst he got on with the group, he was still much the loner.
This book had the element of suspense from the moment the magazine was dropped on the mat. Throughout the book there were hints of the experiments that were inflicted, and this was explained more with the dream sequences. The dreams also were used to explain the connection of the Third Twin. When the story shifted to Bavaria, Barry’s journey got darker and the pace was a lot a quicker. What helped was that the characters were hit with one occurrence after another and whether it was a natural or supernatural attack, made this a real page turner. You will get drawn into the mystery of the Third twin, this is a book that will getting you thinking and there were times when I wondered how much more tragedy could Barry handle before he cracked. Everything was explained in detail and descriptive writing made you feel as you were going on the journey with Barry. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it, with an unique storyline, I found this book a real page turner.

12:07 The Sleeping

January 23, 2016 - 5:46 pm No Comments

12:07: The Sleeping
Author: L Sydney Abel
Published 7th July 2015 
Publisher: Speaking Volumes 
Page count: 259 pages
Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
The main characters Lance and Katherine, are a highly successful couple who after loosing their baby, start drifting apart. Added to this is Lance’s sexy secretary, who Lance finds attractive and his soulless next door neighbour Mr Green. This variety of characters and intrigue makes this story an interesting read. 
Lance suffers with nightmares or night terrors, and this is when ‘the sleeping’ visit him.
If you have ever felt like someone is standing over you whilst you are sleeping, and you are powerless to do anything then you have been visited by the sleeping of the title  Throughout the book, Mr Green’s history is explained, and the connection between their lives is easily understood. 
The book is well written and the author has a sympathetic understanding of sleep paralysis, which, after reading his bio, I found out that he suffers with this condition.
This is not your typical good vs evil story and through the book there are plenty of surprises. I personally would describe this book as a psychological thriller rather than a horror novel. 
(Editor’s note: Yvonne’s thoughts on the synopsis seem to mirror the concept behind The Sleep Room by F. R. Tallis)
The sex scenes are not graphic but definetly adult themed. The build up at the end is intense and I nearly missed my station as I didn’t want to put it down!
My one complaint was the ending as it just finished abruptly and left you in limbo. I suppose you can imagine how it finishes, however the pacing wasn’t quite right.