Posts Tagged ‘Suspense’

Someone like me by MR Carey

Nov 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.

Hallowdene by George Mann

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:42 am No Comments

Hallowdene by George Mann
Published by Titan Books on 18th September 2018
336 pages

The Carrion King murders have been solved and Elspeth and Peter are getting on with life. Elspeth’s is still trying to be a success as a freelance journalist and working at the local newspaper. So, when local landowner agrees to the excavation of Agnes Levett’s grave, a 16th-century witch. As a topic of interest Elspeth covered the story from the start. The villagers of Hallowdene were divided about the dig, whilst some thought it was great for business and tourism, others feared the curse. So, when the 1st body turns up, Elspeth is already on the case.
Whilst Elspeth and Pete’s relationship is going strong, both of them have hopes and dreams which they won’t share with each other. Elspeth also starts to make friends in the village, as a social person she still missed her friends in London. One young girl she got on well with was Daisy, the waitress from the local café and whilst she quickly friends she realised that she had something to hide. As you are reading this book, you notice some changes from book 1, the main difference was Pete did most of the investigation by himself, Elspeth only helped with what she learnt from interviewing people for her story. This will please reviewers who did not like the close working relationship they had in book 1. Although them working separately helped you learn more of the story as somethings were told to Elspeth instead of the police.
This story had more of a fantasy feel to it than Wychwood, as Agnes’ curse seemed to affect a lot more people. As you follow the current murder you get to know more about her story from the moment she was accused of witchcraft.
This story was quick paced as there was always something happening, whether it was part of the investigation or the locals kicking off. With folklore and urban legends still popular, this is a series that can keep going and I hope that there are plenty more in the series.

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

Sep 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

Sep 3, 2018 - 9:43 pm 1 Comment

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

Jul 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.