Posts Tagged ‘Suspense’

Blog Tour for All This I Will Give to You by Dolores Redondo

September 8, 2018 - 8:00 am No Comments

All This I Will Give to You by Dolores Redondo
Published by AmazonCrossing on 1st September 2018
490 pages

When this book was one of the choices for my Prime First read, I was fascinated by the blurb. Manuel was a famous author. Just finishing another novel when a knock on a door changes his life for ever. Alvaro, the love of his life and husband of 15 years was killed in car accident. But when Manuel goes to Lugo to find out what happens, he finds out that his husband has been keeping a very big secret.
As I started reading this book, I wondered what I would have been like in Manual’s situation and he handled it a lot better than I would have. Manual was a trouble character who has tragedy after tragedy. Being with Alvaro made his life complete, and when he died he puts a wall up to protect his emotions. Meeting up with a retired police officer gets him investigating Alvaro death. The relationship between Manual and Nogueira was unusual but as the story continues they do have friendship. Being with Manual causes Nogueira to look at his own life and the mistakes he has made and slowly with the help of Manual, he comes to terms with his action. The addition of a Lucas, priest and childhood friend of Alvaro makes this unusual investigation team complete. Lucas help chip away Manual’s wall and slowly got Manual to accept just what type of guy Alvaro was.
The story began quite slowly, and whilst there were times when nothing much happened, you were drawn to the picturesque scenes that were unfolding as you read, showing how beautifully written this story was. The scenes at Alvaro family home, enabled you to find out just what a protective nature Alvaro had. Throughout the book Manual had to cope with homophobic family members and you can see Manual’s determination to prove that there was something dark going on in Alvaro’s family and I took an instant dislike to the dowger, Alvaro’s mother, who was a bitter and twisted woman.
This book is a gentle thriller and whilst quite long kept my attention throughout. It took me till 80% of the book before it dawned on me who had been involved in Alvaro’s death. With quite a few red herrings and horrific goings on in the seminary school, this a must read for thriller lover. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and I will look out for more.

 

Go Home, Afton (Afton Morrison Book 1) by Brent Jones

September 3, 2018 - 9:43 pm No Comments

Go Home, Afton (Afton Morrison Book 1) by Brent Jones
Published on 25th June 2018
116 pages

If you walked past Afton, you wouldn’t notice her. Small in stature, fragile looking and a librarian. But you wouldn’t know that she had murderous thoughts and wanted to right a wrong.
Was she a psychopath, that was the question that kept bothering Afton, she wanted to kill but she also wanted to do right. Not having much family, she kept herself to herself. But when a man has got off with rape several times she knew that she needed to kill. With the help of Animus Afton her alter ego, her dark side was making an appearance. But as she was watching the rapist, someone was watching her.
This was a quick read, that kept you guessing will she wont she. As the story continues we get to learn her secret that she has kept even from her brother. The story intensives as Afton gets ready for the kill and I found myself reading faster. The man in shadow adds mystery and as the story continues I hope that I get to learn more about him and whilst I can guess his connection to Afton, I would like to know if I am correct. This story does have a few comedy moments and I did laugh when Afton and Kim get their own back on the teenage boy that wrecked the library books.
I did learn something whilst reading this. The story is set in Wakefield and as I live in the UK I just presumed that it was set there. It was not till Afton mention dollars that I had to stop, check the author’s bio and I soon realised that it was set in Canada
This story does finish on a cliff-hanger and I hope that I do not have to wait to long for book 2.

Descension: Psychic Surveys Book Five by Shani Struthers

July 7, 2018 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Descension: Psychic Surveys Book Five by Shani Struthers
Published by Authors Reach/Storyland Press on 13 May 2018
332 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Whilst I have read the accompanying novellas to this series I have not read any of the main books. However that is not an issue as each one can be read as standalone.
The calls for help were increasing from the residents of Brookbridge housing estate. Built on the grounds of a renowned mental asylum, an expansion of the estate is planned and the spirits are getting restless. Ruby and the rest of the Psychic Survey team know they need to act, but with an ongoing case taking up Ness and Theo’s time and Ruby’s private life taking her on an emotional journey. Can they save the past.
As the owner of the Psychic Survey company Ruby was very sure of what she was doing. Never one to be ashamed of her gift, her positive attitude makes her good at what she does. However the spirits at Brookbridge are tough and she needs all of her and the team’s efforts to try and get the job done. The team whilst being work colleagues are more like a family and when Ruby need a shoulder to cry on, they were all their for support.
As this book was set partly in a mental asylum, some of the scenes were quite saddening especially the procedures that were once used. Whilst I knew some of what happened in the 19th and early 20th century asylums, it still shocked me the length of time some of the procedures went on for and the reasons people were hospitalised. The scenes were well researched and tackling a subject like mental health needs to be handled with sensitivity and this author achieved that 100%. The tension built up and I found myself reading quicker and quicker to find out what happened. To break up the tension, there are some comedy moments thanks to Jed the Ghost dog, one instance is when he begs for some bacon.
I hope this series can go on and on and I’m off to read the earlier books.

Harlot by Tracie Podger

October 14, 2017 - 9:29 am No Comments

Harlot by Tracie Podger
Published 31st March 2017
286 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After the death of her grandma, 14-year-old Charlotte was thrown into a world of depravity. For 4 years she was forced to have sex with her cousin’s friends and clients. Living in a dilapidated trailer, all she wanted to do was escape. But when she finds a client murdered, she knows that this is her chance to escape. Having no idea where she will end up, she packs her meagre items and runs. Picked up by Beau who seems to be her knight in shining armour, Charlotte is at her lowest, wet, cold and lost. When he drops her off in his home town, she finds help where she least expects it.
To be honest, when I started to read this book, I thought here we go it’s a damaged girl meet a damaged boy and have a relationship. I WAS WRONG. This story tackles difficult subjects human trafficking, drugs and abuse. Charlotte appears to be a strong character, used to fending for herself, however when she meets Rose, Kieran and Cecelia she shows her vulnerability. All she wants is to be cared for. With everything she has gone through you would expect her to be bitter and selfish, but she will fight for what she believes in and has a heart of gold to the people she cares for. Beau is tall dark and brooding. He came across of having everyone problems on his shoulder and he was the only one who could sort it out. As the story progresses, you find out why is like that and the reasons behind the job he does. Charlotte and Beau’s relationship is hard to explain, one moment they hate each other but then they act like bosom buddies. Some of the scenes are graphic and heart breaking, but they are necessary to the story. Each character has their own story to tell and as we learn more about them, they form a story that got me hooked from page 1. The author had a way of leading you down the wrong path and the people you think are good turn out to me some of the most despicable people you will meet. This is a standalone book so even like me, who had not read anything else by this author you will be able to enjoy the story. A story full of suspense

City of Ghosts (GhostWriters Book 1) by JH Moncrieff

June 17, 2017 - 7:55 am No Comments

City of Ghosts (GhostWriters Book 1) by JH Moncrieff

Published by DeathZone Books on 15th April 2017

282 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Wanting to be the next great author, Jackson Stone has come up with an idea to write about haunted places. Travelling round China, Jackson decides to ditch his tour group and spend a night in Hensu. Supposedly haunted, Jackson a non-believer, thinks nothing of it when Yuehai a mysterious young woman joins him and wants him to tell her story. However, the further he delves into her story, the more he finds himself in danger, running for his life, he needs to trust someone and finds himself turning to Kate a member of the group who has a special talent. Can they tell Yuehai’s story before time runs out?

At the start of this story Jackson was a sceptic when it came to ghosts and just thought that it was an easy option to get a best seller. As he starts to look into the Hensu flooding, his curiosity gets the better of him and he starts asking questions which draws attention from the wrong people. Although Jackson was easy to like and was a team player I had the feeling that he was a bit of loner and found it hard to trust.  He was confident in himself and even used his skin colour to escape capture, however he did have a guilty secret, and it took the help of Kate for him to shed his guilt.

Kate had a soft spot for Jackson from the start and always found a way to gravitate towards him. She was always a target from one nasty girl in the group and although she defended herself you could tell it hurt her feelings. Once she told Jackson about her talent their friendship moved to another level and if the circumstances were different I could see them becoming a couple.

Whilst the story revolved around Jackson and Kate, reading this story you get to know about the other people on this trip. The minor characters were described in detail and whilst they were minor they all played a role in Jackson being able to tell Yuehai’s story. Set in China, Jackson had the added barrier of not using the internet to search for information, and you could sense his struggle in finding out what had happened. This shows just how much we rely on the internet to get our answers. The start of the story was a steady pace as you get to know the characters, but as the story of Hensu is revealed and you realise that Jackson’s life is in danger, the pace quickens up. Whilst this is a supernatural read, this book does not rely solely on the hauntings to tell the story. This way of telling the story added suspense as you did not know when it was going to happen. The action is nonstop, which builds up to a dramatic ending.

This is the 1st book I have read by this author and I did enjoy this story. Book 2 in this series is already out