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Crow’s Cottage: A Supernatural Thriller (Where the Dead Walk book 2) by John Bowen

April 7, 2019 - 9:48 am 1 Comment

My turn has come on the Crow’s Cottage blog tour. The 2nd in the Where the Dead Walk series by John Bowen.

Crow’s Cottage: A Supernatural Thriller (Where the Dead Walk book 2) by John Bowen

Published 29th March 2019

343 pages

With Kate and Henry taking a step back in the production of Where the Dead Walk TV series, a new face is found to front the show.  When Ray is asked to investigate Crow’s Cottage, the whole team are on board. A mysterious figure is spotted, a missing model, a dead record producer and links to the Occult, all good ingredients to a great TV show.

Chloe was a good addition to the team, fresh-faced and not afraid to confront supernatural beings. She quickly became an integral part of the group and even with her own problems, she did not let this get in the way of the story. With Kate and Henry not in the story, it enables you to learn more about Ray and Charles and they did have a bigger part to play in this story. Charles came across more confident in this story and uses his connections with the supernatural community to help learn more about the history of the Mephisto Arcane and the group who created it. With Crow’s Cottage having so much history, a lot of the story is based around the team doing the research for the show. As you follow the team on their research you learn about the residents of the cottage. As the team find out more information, uncovering more secrets the further they look, you soon realise it is not just a simple haunting but blackmail and murder.

I enjoyed the 1st in the series, but this book was even better. The team’s research helps tell the story and you get involved in at least 2 different mysteries. There were enough twists that kept you hooked in the story and some of the events were unexpected. The blend of supernatural and mystery was evenly balanced and readers of both genres will enjoy this book.

Whilst this states it is 2 of 2, I hope there is more to come of this series in the future, either another story or spin-off stories enabling me to learn more about the crew.

Purchase link Amazon UK: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Crows-Cottage-Supernatural-Thriller-Where-ebook/dp/B07NCZCTL3/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

March 20, 2019 - 5:54 am No Comments

So it’s my turn on this blog tour.

Blurb: Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.

Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn’t want her there.

But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?

Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

Published by Creativia on 30th November 2018

257 pages

A lottery win, an ancient ruin and supernatural goings-on. 

Claire Bennett was a likeable character, living an ordinary life in Colchester. Since she was old enough to work, she had always worked in a bank, that was until she won the lottery. However, winning all that money never changed her, as she was always embarrassed when people brought it up. I thought she was brave purchasing a derelict building, as whilst she could speak Spanish, she did not know anything about the history or what to expect when she got there. Her impulse buy also showed what a dreamer she was and that she wanted a better life away from the humdrum of Colchester.

I was reading this whilst the UK was hit by Storm Gareth and whilst I was hearing the wind and rain, I was so envious of Claire. I have never been to Fuerteventura, but I enjoyed reading about the island and with all the detail, I could tell that the author had a passion for this part of the world. The historical element made the story come alive as you got to learn more about the house and the former occupants of the island. It also enforced my belief that Claire did not want to brag about her money, as she was uncomfortable every time she read about the actions of the nobility. Because you learn so much about the house, the haunting of the house has you wondering who is behind it and with the workman refusing to work on the property, was it a dangerous spirit. Paco’s passion for Olivia Stone, adds another twist as you get drawn into her mysterious disappearance and also adds a romance element to the book. The author had a way of bringing even the smallest character to life, the picturesque detail lets you easily imagine the locals and you get to find out as much about Gloria who run the local café as you do about Claire.        

This is a gentle slow-paced mystery, which I read fairly quickly. With its mixture of genres, this has got something for a lot of readers. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and checking my kindle I am glad to say I have some more of their books to read.

Buying link http://viewbook.at/ClarissaWarning

Author Bio –  Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat. 

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Blog tour for After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott

February 25, 2019 - 6:04 am No Comments

After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott

Published by Titan Books on 5th March 2019

448 pages

On the 11th August 1999, the UK experienced a full solar eclipse. I remember standing with my work colleagues outside the office looking up at the sky. This story captures that opportune moment, whilst everyone was excited about the eclipse, 11-year old Olive Warren was abducted. 16 years later and in the build-up to another eclipse, another girl has gone missing. Cassie Warren is still suffering from the guilt of losing her sister, now an unemployed journalist, can she find who took her sister and save the missing girl.

Cassie had a lot of issues, a failed relationship, anger problems that caused the loss of her job and the guilt of her missing sister. Added to this she was sole carer for her Gran who suffered from Dementia. Living back in the village of her sister’s disappearance brought back a lot of memories and whilst the majority were bad, she still had good thoughts of Marion, her 1st love.

From the moment Olive is abducted, you are drawn into a mystery that spans years. The story starts at a steady pace, but when another girl gets abducted, the pace quickens as you can sense Cassie’s urgency in solving the case. The character’s slowly come to life as you are reading and with such detailed descriptions, you would think it would be easy to guess who was behind it.  As the story is written in 3rd person, it enables you to follow the investigation step by step and you get to learn more about Cassie’s younger life. Inserted throughout the story, is Olive’s journal and the more you read, the more you find out what happened to Olive after the abduction and what she had to suffer. Cassie and Marion’s relationship rebuilds slowly and there were times that I just wanted to yell at Cassie to get her to tell Marion how she felt about her.

I love suspense thrillers that whilst the clues are there I was unable to guess who is behind it and this was one of those books, I think I went through the majority of the characters and still was not right. The story was well plotted and at the end, it was all tied up nicely and well explained.  

If you are looking for a thriller with twists that will keep you guessing then this is a book for you. This is a great debut novel and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

February 9, 2019 - 7:23 pm No Comments

My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

Published by Killer Reads on 8th February 2019

197 pages

Returning home after 9 years stirs up a lot of bad memories for Emily. Her sister Madie has a secret but needs to tell her in person. Meeting her niece and nephew for the 1st time, she spends a pleasant time with the family, but when she wakes up to find her sister missing and the police reluctant to help, she knows she has to do something.

Emily was headstrong and even though she had not had much contact with her sister in a while, she knew that she had not just upped and left. Living in a small town where everyone knew each others business made her search more difficult as the majority of the town had the same opinion. This made her more determined to find out the truth.  

The author hooks you in from the start and from page one you are wondering why Emily has a fear of going home. As Emily investigates, more and more of their childhood is revealed and whilst Emily can remember a lot, her fear of the woods and the nasty scar still remains locked away.

This is a fast-paced thriller and if it wasn’t for real life getting in the way I would have read it in one sitting. Emily’s character developed as more of her sister’s secret was revealed and her bond with her niece and nephew showed her what she was missing. Just as you think you know what had happened, the author throws another twist to keep you guessing. I can honestly say that I did not have a clue who was behind Madie’s disappearance. This is a well-plotted thriller and would make a good addition to any thriller’s library.

Another good read by this author

Someone like me by MR Carey

November 12, 2018 - 6:05 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for  Someone like me by MR Carey.

 

Someone like me by MR Carey
Published by Orbit on 6th November 2018
512 pages

Liz Kendall suffered mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband. A meek and mild individual, some people would say she was a walk over. But when she fought back at her ex, she let her dark side come to the surface.
10 years after being kidnapped by Bruno Picota, Fran was still suffering mental trauma. Things changed in front of her eyes and some people appeared as two. However, a chance meeting with Zac, Liz’s son, gets her embroiled in a phenomenon that will put her life in danger.
Liz had a great relationship with her children and her son Zac would fight for her to the end. However, being a family that close they soon notice subtle differences and I understand how hard it was for Zac to realise that there was something wrong with his mom. Fran whilst having a great relationship with her dad, had no one else she can trust, classed as the weird kid at school she kept her own counsel. Trusting Zac with her secrets was a big step for her.
When I started reading this story, I was thinking about how Fran and Liz would get involved with each other. Liz a victim of domestic violence and Fran a rescued child, there was no connection to their lives. As the story developed you could see how well plotted this story was. The story moved from Fran to Liz seamlessly and you slowly get drawn into their lives. The topics discussed in this story were difficult subjects to tackle but even though some of the scenes could be hard to read, it was necessary to tell the story. Whilst this book is a long read, it doesn’t feel like it. Fran develops before your eyes, as you watch her grow into a caring mature young lady. This story will take you on a rollercoaster journey, it will bring out all sorts of emotions as the tension increases to a dramatic ending.
With its unique storyline, this is a story that cannot get pigeonholed into any genre. It has a paranormal, horror, suspense thriller feel to it. This is the 1st time I have read any of this author’s work and I really enjoyed this story.