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Grin: A Dani Scott Novel #1 by Stuart Keane

July 2, 2017 - 8:35 am No Comments

Grin: A Dani Scott Novel #1 by Stuart Keane

Published on 30th October 2015

191 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Dani had a great life, doing well at college, doting parents and an annoying little brother, nothing could be better in her life. This was until the night her dad’s boss decided to tie up some lose ends. Killing her family and leaving her for dead, disfigured with Chelsea grin, Dani was alone in the world and the only thing that kept her going was revenge.

Dani is the same age as my daughter and throughout this book I kept imagining what she would be like if it happened to her and I had such admiration for Dani. Going through this life changing event would bring most teenage girls to their knees, where self-image is all the rage, Dani would be looked on as a freak but this just kept her focused and driven. Being alone in the world, she had to learn to be independent.

From the opening scene, you know you know you are in for a thrilling adventure, what starts off being a regular hit for Dani’s dad soon escalates into violence and pandemonium. As Dani was a teenager this helped the story grow as due to her age she was constantly being dismissed as a non-threat. It made the story intense as her actions were calculated and well planned and throughout I was willing her to survive. As this is a book about gangs then expect some violence, as this was necessary to the story. It was a perfect ending and I want to read more. Prior to Grin I have only read this author work in a collaboration and whilst I sort of knew what I was getting into, I did not expect such a great read. A fast pace page turner that will keep you gripped to the end

Gemini by Stuart Keane and Matt Hickman

September 21, 2016 - 6:49 pm No Comments

Gemini by Stuart Keane and Matt Hickman

Published on 12th August 2016

193 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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Odette is a quiet, happy girl, who finishes work early so decides to go home and surprise her boyfriend Gavin.

Shay has just been released from a 4 years stay in a mental hospital, after tricking her psychiatrist that she is cured of her psychopath tendencies. Shay has a sexual itch that needs to be scratched. Going to her ex-boyfriend’s Gavin’s house, she knew that he would satisfy her need.

From the moment that Odette walks in her home, and sees Shay and Gavin together something inside her snaps and surprisingly a sadistic friendship develops and Odette comes up with a “friendly” competition and they go their separate ways. What is scary is that Odette was a regular girl when it all started and how quickly she turned. The phrase hell has no fury as a woman scorned comes to mind.

As they go off to be individual killers the story gets interesting, going from one to the other, it goes on to explain how they kill and survive, especially as both of them were in a situation that they had not planned and they had to fight for their survival.  

If you are of a squeamish nature then this book is not for you, due to the graphic violence and sex in this story, but this just shows you how criminally insane both girls are. The only scene that made my stomach turn did not even involve the girls but was a scene with Trent a sadistic nightclub owner and Michelle.  I really enjoyed this book and I could not tell which author wrote which scene, the story flowed brilliant and with enough intensity that I could not put it down and read it quite quickly. I loved the idea of them having conversations with the voices in their heads and just when you think you know what is going to happen they throw a curve ball and the ending was quite a surprise.

This book is the first one I have read by these authors and I am glad that I have found two more authors for me to read.