Posts Tagged ‘Serial Killer’

Mr Sucky by Duncan P Bradshaw

November 3, 2018 - 3:51 pm No Comments

Mr Sucky by Duncan P Bradshaw
Published by EyeCue Production on 2nd November 2018
127 pages

The idea of a vacuum cleaner responsible for mayhem and murder is what drew me to this book. Clive Beauchamp had an unusual childhood which resulted in him becoming a serial killer. But when his latest victim became the killer, his consciousness ended up being transported to a Mr Sucky. a vacuum cleaner with bite.
From the start of the story Clive came across as a bit of a blundering fool. How he had got away with murder for so long was a mystery. If it was not for his inner voice, think of Jiminy Cricket on steroids, he would not have killed anyone. But when he died and was brought back to life in the body of a vacuum cleaner, he had a new purpose, to get revenge with the maximum amount of violence that a suction hose could make.
This was a quick read and a laugh a minute. The action was non-stop, and I was hooked from page one. Written from Clive’s POV made the story flow, his inner voice played a big part in the narrative, but there was no confusion as their words were written in italics. Whilst the inner voice had no identity, I was imagining that it was one of Clive’s siblings who met a tragic end, either by Clive’s or his father’s hands. As the killings started so did the gore and some of the killings were quite unique. I did wonder how much time the author looked at vacuum parts imagining what damaged to a human body each part could do. The killings were quite graphic and as I was reading these scenes, I was thinking was I wrong to laugh. The book had a lot of one-liners and play on words, usually between Clive and his inner voice which broke up the violence.
As the story continues you get to find out more about Mr Sucky’s victims and even their stories were detailed, and you soon find out the reason Angela was with Clive. One minor detail that I will mention is the naming of one of the victims. Whilst my name is not uncommon it is rare to see it in a story, even though they were dead.
This story was fun to read and if you like your horror filled with humour than this is the perfect read for you. One thing I did come away with, was that I will never look at my own vacuum cleaner in the same light again and got me thinking what other appliances could do the most damage to people. A great read which should not be read in public unless you want to be looked at when you start laughing aloud.

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.

The Puppet Show (Washington Poe Book 1) by MW Craven

June 6, 2018 - 8:11 pm No Comments

The Puppet Show (Washington Poe Book 1) by MW Craven
Published by Constable on 7th June 2018
352 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After a body turned up with Washington Poe carved in it. Cumbria Police knew they needed extra help. This was the 3rd body to turn up. Brining in the NCA, they needed one man. The problem was he had left under a cloud and living in isolation.
Washington Poe was not a typical police officer. Not one for lip service he was not afraid to ruffle feathers to get the job done, usually resulting in angering the higher ranking officers. He had high regards for justice and would always fight for the little man. He would follow the clues and his ability to think outside the box got the results.
DI Flynn was your typical officer trying to do her best in a man’s world. She did let Washington a free rein as she knew how it worked. As a boss, she was fair and was always the one to try and keep the peace.
My favourite character throughout the book was Tilly Bradshaw. The technology whizz kid with an analytical mind.. Whilst it was not mentioned I had the impression that she had autism. It was so refreshing to read about a character who did not think what people thought about her. She was blunt and straight to the point and not afraid to speak the truth. Having lived a sheltered life, everything she did in the field was new and she reminded me of a kid at Christmas.
From the beginning of this story, you are hit with a gruesome killing and you knew what to expect. The story was fast paced whilst you follow the investigation. As the story progressed you get to find out about Poe’s previous case and you soon realise what sort of man he is. The story is well plotted and even though I tried to guess I had not got a clue who the serial killer was. The reasons behind the killings was tragic. The harrowing scenes were broken up with some witty moments, thanks to Bradshaw. This thriller was fast pacing as there was always something going on.
This is my first read by this author and I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely look out for more in this series. A must read for thriller lovers.

Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh

May 30, 2018 - 4:59 am No Comments

Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh
Published on 25th January 2018 by Orion
368 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Before I started this book, I had never read any of the other books in this series. What grabbed me was the blurb and a lot of recommendations from my friends.
Eddie Flynn is a defence lawyer, good at what he does, he has made a name for himself, whilst annoying the NYPD. When Robert Solomon gets arrested for murder, Flynn gets an invite to be on the defence team. With all the evidence stacked up against Robert, Flynn knows he has a fight in court. But the further Flynn investigates, he quickly comes to realise that it is not a simple case of murder.
From the start you know that Joshua Kane was a master of his work. Everything he did was planned to finest detail. He was one of the cleverest serial killers I have read about and I did have an admiration for him.
The story swaps between Flynn and Kane’s story, there is no confusion as Kane is in 3rd POV. This helped the story flow and you learn about the character’s in detail. This story is fast paced and the tension builds throughout. I do not read many court room drama but I found this intriguing, even down to the jury selection and after I found out what they have to go through to get selected, I admired Joshua more.
When I am reading thrillers I like to guess where the story was going, but with this story I was wrong in every case. The story was well plotted and there was a lot of detail to the story. Even if you have not read the others in the series, you do not miss out on any of the story as this can be read as a stand alone and for me a good introduction to this author’s work. An intriguing plot and a must for thriller lovers and you will get to find out why thirteen as there are only twelve on the jury.

Jimmie’s Ice Cream (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 2) and Thing Fifteen (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 3) by Erin Lee

September 12, 2017 - 9:53 pm No Comments

Jimmie’s Ice Cream (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 2) by Erin Lee

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 8th July 2017

166 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The story starts 6 months after book 1, Jimmie has been trying to fight his cravings and FBI agent Florel Ross has placed her ad, but with no success. Still bullied at work Jimmie decides to do something for himself and opens his own Ice cream shop, well his does like ice cream.

The story followed the same format as the first, changing from Jimmie’s exploits to Florel’s investigations. Jimmie writing in his journal, explained more of his story and his thoughts on each of his things. When he opened his own shop you just knew it would succeed as whatever he does he plans it in minute detail. I would have loved to see his bosses faces when he resigned and they had to do all his work. In book one I liked Florel, however in book 2 she was egotistic, she thought she could capture Jimmie by herself, her motives were to get inside his head all for science. Not relying on anyone for help got her into a life and death situation and due to a stupid mistake, I lost all interest in her.

Whilst I did not like where Florel’s story was taking me, there was a reason for this and as the story progressed, you could see Jimmie starting to crack. When Jimmie was reminiscing of his kills, there are reminders of book 1 and if you read book 1 when it 1st came out, it is a nice reminder of what happened. Whilst the ending was not what I expected, it does lead nicely into book 3

 

Thing Fifteen (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 3) by Erin Lee

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 5th August 2017

121 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

 

 Jimmie has been arrested and now serving his time in a mental institute and he still apart from his favourite thing number 15. I like that this book was slightly different to the others as the author selected Jimmie’s favourite thing to tell the story.

Beverley number 15 had always been Jimmie’s favourite and her side of the story went into more detail on how she ended up in the freezer, her narration showed real hatred of Jimmie ending her life and how she was going to get her revenge. I enjoyed reading the story from her POV as you got to understand more of what Jimmie did to her on their Thursday date nights. When she was alive she was quite a quiet individual but did like to shock people, and she did like the attention from Jimmie.  Jimmie story was mainly him writing his journal going back over his kills and you could sense he was still getting a kick out of what he did. Never did he once show remorse.

I thought this was a better read than book 2 maybe because Florel did not pay a big part in it. I felt I understood more about Jimmie from his journals and Beverly’s introduction to his mom. There were a few funny moment when Beverley was taking the mick out of Jimmie and she did like being in control of the situation. I am glad I read book 2 and 3 after each other as the story seemed to flow smoothly. The epilogue was thought provoking as Beverley even with everything she did had not found peace and there was still not closure. Once you have finished this book carry on reading as it was interesting to see all the research that was done to write these books and there is also an interview with the author done by Amy Bernal.