Posts Tagged ‘Psychological’

Becoming David by Phil Sloman

January 7, 2018 - 11:05 am No Comments

Becoming David by Phil Sloman
Published by Hersham Horror Books on 24th September 2016
86 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Richard a self-employed accountant, house-proud and someone you would take home to meet your mother, a man who if you met in a pub you would be happy to have a drink with him. But what if I told you he had unusual taste, a taste for meat that was not animal. Oh yes to get his favourite food, he had to kill, unsuspected men he picked up in bars. He had a great life, until he killed the wrong person and David made sure he knew it.
This is a fast paced read and before I knew I had finished it. Having only a few characters, helps you learn all about Richard. When David started to haunt Richard, you get to see Richard’s world fall apart. At the start David was more like Jiminy Cricket, Richard’s conscious but as the story progressed he became as dark as Richard. Although there were times that I suspected that Richard had a split personality and David was a figment of his imagination. Whilst this is a story of a cannibal serial killer, the author does not concentrate on the blood and gore which enables you to use your imagination. The cannibalism was discussed at meal times and I always had a smile on my face when I read how he prepared the food. Obtaining the meat was just how you would get meat from an animal. The planning of each killing was more important than the kill and you can understand how Richard had got away for it for so long. There are not many books that at the end of the story, you start to feel sorry for the killer, but this was one of them.
I have read this author work in a few anthologies and always love his ideas of a story. I am eagerly looking forward to more stories from him. If you like your horror psychological then pick up this book.

The Rest will Come Book Tour Day 2

November 24, 2017 - 8:51 pm No Comments

So yesterday we met the author. Today is my review of  The Rest Will Come by Christina Bergling
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on 8th August 2017
276 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

All Emma wanted was a family. Divorced and with the biological clock ticking she resorted to online dating. Her online dates were a mixed bag, but through her experiences she did find one thing she fell in love with.
Emma was a nice girl, but had bad taste in men. She wanted the spark, the butterflies in her stomach, what she got was heartbreak. She became withdrawn and was hard on herself. To get her out of this slump she would go her best friend Ronnie for some TLC and if that didn’t help she would run, not an easy jog but miles and miles pounding the floor until her muscles ached and her feet blistered. This was her way of punishing herself. When she found out that she enjoyed murder, she became a Jekyll and Hyde, whilst she felt guilty that she was doing it, she also felt exhilarated like an adrenalin junkie.
Ronnie was a great character, she did provide quite a few of the comedy moments. A woman who was happy with herself knew what she wanted but would not change herself to get it. She was a sounding board for Emma and many a night they would share a bottle of wine. When she became a mom, she was not your typical mom.
This book started off with a bang, the murder was graphic. As the book continues you learn more about Emma’s past and as each failed date was relived. I did find this part of the story quite slow and I was wiling her to act on her fantasies. However, this gave you understood what drove her to start murdering. Each murder was meticulous planned, and it was interesting reading how she enticed each date to their death. I did find it funny when you were reading the online seduction that some of the guys tried to use to draw her. It felt that you were privy to an inside joke.
I have read some of the author’s short stories, this is the 1st full length story that I have read. The murders scenes were visual, and you could imagine yourself watching these scenes as they unfold. Whilst this will attract horror lovers, anyone who likes psychological thrillers will also enjoy reading this. The author has a way of drawing you into the story and you want to keep reading to find out what happens. Whilst I guessed what was going to happen near the end, I was surprised at the ending, and felt that it was just right.  If you are looking for a good read, then pick up this book.

Delusional Conduct (Part 1) by JL Clayton and M Rain Ranalli

July 12, 2017 - 8:11 pm No Comments

Delusional Conduct by M. Rain Ranalli and J. L. Clayton is live!

*Are Michelle and Jen manipulating the others, herding them like sheep to the slaughter? Or is this a twisted game where something much more sinister is taking place? *

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Delusional Conduct (Part 1) by JL Clayton and M Rain Ranalli

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 7th July 2017

66 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

16 yr. olds Michelle, Jen, Steve, Jeremy and Becky have been friends since they were little. Even after a fatal tragedy there bond was really strong. However, cracks begin to show when Jen starts to hear a whistling man and Michelle has a secret that is soon to be revealed.

From the start, you can tell Michelle is the leader. She takes control of the group and is able to calm them down when they want to go off on a mad idea. I feel she can be manipulative especially with Jen and with her list making, I feel she is hiding something. Jen is the complete opposite and whilst she suffered a tragedy a few years before, I found her to be annoying and felt that she wanted to play the victim. One instance was when she had something to tell the group and I felt like shaking her and telling her to get on with it. Jeremy and Steve were hot headed and were protective over the girls. I could not make my mind up about Becky as she was the quiet one and got a bit overshadowed by the others.

This story is only part one of Delusional Conduct so do not expect a lot of answers, in fact you are left with way more questions. The authors drop hints throughout, of the old asylum and I wonder if that will play a bigger part in the remainder of the story. The story has a dark feel to it and I hope that as the story advances it gets darker. As a collaboration, the story flows smoothly and you cannot tell which author writes which chapter. There a few twists in the story and I am not sure how the story will progress. A good start to the series

Mother by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

September 9, 2016 - 10:16 pm No Comments

 

Mother by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

Published by Glass Apple Press on 9th April 2016

538 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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Mother is Priscilla Martin, she oversees the residents of Morning Glory Circle a cul-de-sac in Snapdragon like a General rules his army. Claire is her daughter who managed to escape her when she left for college, but now falling on hard times, her and her husband Jason have had to move back in with her. Jason not understanding what his wife had against her mom, promises her that will only stay for a few months and will be in their own place by the time the baby is born. All he knows is that Claire’s older brother Timothy died when she was younger.

 Priscilla was one of the evilest creepiest characters that I have ever read about, and from the moment she was introduced I despised her. Jason is a devoted husband but I felt myself wanting to shout at him to wake up and see what Priscilla was doing to Claire. Claire who after having one of the most difficult childhoods has grown into a strong woman. Throughout the story, you get introduced to the other residents on the sac and like any tight community, there are all sorts living there, from the 2 old dears that top up their pension by running a sex chat line to one male resident who liked to wear ladies underwear. What they all have in common is that they all get told what to do by Priscilla.  Some of their scenes even added a comedy element which did break up some of the tension. Every secondary character had their own back stories which added more depth to the story. With a lot of characters, you would expect it to get confusing but the authors introduce the characters so well, you can instantly remember them when they appear further along in the book.

This book reminded me of a horror film, you know something was going to happen but you don’t know when. This style of writing kept my interest from page 1 and I found I got annoyed when real life happened and I had to put the book down. I spent the whole time reading it with goosebumps on my arms and with some of the scenes my heart was in my mouth as the tension was really building.  The story was smoothly written and you could not tell that 2 authors had collaborated together. If you are looking for an edge of your seat book that will keep you up all night, then buy this book. It was a brilliant read and as a mother, with a boy and a girl I could not imagine being like Priscilla