Posts Tagged ‘Suspense’

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers

May 23, 2019 - 12:00 am No Comments

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers

Published by Titan Books on 29th May 2019

352 pages

Harvey has a carefree life, spends his time playing his guitar, busking around Green Ridge. Then one morning he wakes up to go about his day and gets abducted. What did they want, they wanted Sally? But without any memory of Sally, is his life in danger.

Harvey was a gentle soul, and as he hunts for clues on the mystery girl, you learn so much about his upbringing. He was determined to get to the truth and even when the odds were against him, he never backed down.

Written from Harvey’s POV, you are taken on a mystery. At the start of the book you know as much about Sally as Harvey and as he finds out more information, so do you, giving you the feeling that you are on the journey with him. Whilst the relationship between him and his dad Gordon started off strained, as they spend more time together you can see that Harvey admired him. Gordon, a Vietnam Vet was injured on a tour of duty and whilst he was a bit eccentric, he loved his son and helped him throughout his search.

From the opening scenes where Harvey was being tortured for information, I knew I was in for a compelling read. This book brought out so many emotions, whether it was Harvey fighting for his life or receiving shocking news, I was committed to the story. The supernatural element of the story involving psychic ability made this story more than a regular mystery. Reading about the Spider” He crawled into my mind” ”He was inside me, scurrying along my memories and dreams” As I was reading these scenes, they felt so sinister, and you could imagine the creepy sensation having someone go through your mind looking for clues.

This was a story that I was rooting for the good guy, and a story that gave me a book hangover, whilst I read into the night. I didn’t want real life to interrupt my reading. This is a new to me author and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will look out for more from this author.

A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blackthorn

May 13, 2019 - 5:36 am 1 Comment

Having read Clarissa’s warning, I volunteered straightaway to be on the blog tour for A Matter of Latitude.

A Matter of Latitude

From the acclaimed author of The Drago Tree comes a riveting thriller about survival, revenge and long-hidden secrets.

When local Lanzarote anti-corruption activist, Celestino, is T-boned on a lonely stretch of road, he knows the collision was no accident.

Wounded and fearing for his life, he hides in an abandoned fishing village, waiting for a chance to make it home. Meanwhile his wife, English expat Paula, is distraught. Her pursuit of answers is deflected when her neighbour, troublesome retiree Shirley Mobad, co-opts Paula on her escapades around the Canary Islands.

Paula’s search for her husband quickly descends into mayhem, danger and intrigue. Before long, she realizes she’s being followed. She needs answers, and fast.

But where is Celestino, and will he ever make it back alive?

“A Matter of Latitude simmers with danger, betrayal and treachery, drawing the reader into the island’s history of shady dealings and uneasy relationships between natives, tourists and expats… Isobel Blackthorn has crafted an atmospheric and setting-rich novel with alluring lyrical style.” – Sandi Wallace, award-winning crime fiction author

So here are my thoughts.

A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blackthorn

Published on 7th December 2018

290 pages

It took me a while to warm to Paula, as at the start she came across as a bit ungrateful and envious of her parents, but as the story continues you realise how hard it had been for her to adjust to living in a foreign country, not fluent in the language and how hard she was trying for her daughter. When Celestino went missing she was at a bit of a loss and was torn between find out where he was and trying not to get him in trouble with the police. Celestino was a local artist and whilst he was trying to support his family selling the paintings he did, he was running a campaign exposing the corruption on the island.

As I mentioned I have read previous work by this author and I knew that the story would be descriptive, where the scenery was as important as the story and I was not disappointed. As you follow the mystery, you are introduced to some amazing scenery and highlighted throughout are important landmarks to the country. Due to the fine detail, this is a slow-paced mystery and whilst Paula was struggling, she did make some headway. What is different to so many other mysterious is that as a reader we know what has happened to Celestino and throughout the book his story is told.

Whilst this is a mystery, there is also an insight to how money and corruption is spoiling the landscape and whilst places rely on tourism, it shows what damage it is causing.

Another good mystery that will keep you reading to find out that will happen next.

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KWM65GY

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KWM65GY

Author Bio – Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of original fiction across a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire. 

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist. 

Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Many of her novels are set on the islands, including The Drago Tree, which was released in 2015 and is now in Spanish translation, Clarissa’s Warning and A Matter of Latitude. These novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction, and the novels are as much stories about the islands themselves as they are straight-ahead entertainment.

Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. Some of her writing is dark, like the psychological thriller, Twerk, which is based on six years of research and first-hand accounts of dancers working in what are euphemistically called gentlemen’s clubs. 

A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.

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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.