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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