Posts Tagged ‘Thriller’

Room 119: The Whitby Trader by TF Lince

February 1, 2018 - 11:34 pm No Comments

Room 119: The Whitby Trader by TF Lince
Published 14th December 2017
280 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Dean Harrison was a successful trader based in London. Like most traders, he was cocky when he was making money and the envy of many. Like stock and shares Dean had his up and downs, and after one devastating error that was similar to the Barings bank incident, Dean’s life began falling apart. At his lowest point, when he thought it could not get any worse, a chance meeting with an elderly couple takes him to a special place and a quest he would never forget.
At the start of the story I could not take to Dean, he was slightly arrogant. Whilst he was a family man and wanted to do the best for his family, he went about it the wrong way. Staying away from his family, being one of the boys and flashing his cash. However, his actions laid the base for the rest of his story. As the story continued the old northern Dean slowly began to surface.
At the start I found the pace a bit slow, as there was a lot of background information. However, after Dean’s mistake, the paced picked up and I read it quite quickly. The addition of fantasy enabled the author to tell a story that was different. There were a few times that I thought I knew where the story was going and each time I was wrong. The minor characters each had their own story to tell, whether it was Benjie the Clown or Bill the ticket collector. There were a few surprises in the book which left me stunned and a few scenes that were tear jerkers. I enjoyed this book and hope that the author brings more books out with the mixture of genres.

Fifty Years of Fear by Ross Greenwood

January 31, 2018 - 11:29 pm No Comments

Fifty Years of Fear by Ross Greenwood
Published 1st October 2017
365 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

You are introduced to Vincent at the age of 14, a difficult age for most teenagers. Even more difficult if you are timid and anxious. Adding to his fears was his dad who had suffered a stroke. Following Vincent for the next 36 years whilst he battles his fears and finds out what type of man he is.
Vincent is a character that if you saw him in the street, you would just walk past him. Whilst he was a bit a loner, there was times where he came out of his shell and made friends. Reading those scenes, you could see how free he was and showing that he didn’t have a care in the world. Watching his back or sometimes causing the trouble was his older brother Frank. Frank came across as a thug, always getting into trouble and rebelling against the rules, even being blamed for the disappearance of a school boy who bullied Vincent
The author tackled a few difficult subjects and whilst you are reading this story, it makes you think. The story showed the stigma that goes with people who have a mental health and the fear that families have talking about it. Whilst this is an emotional book there is some humour usually from Vincent and one of my favourite scenes was when he met Betty and Arnold at the hotel in Cromer. Even now after I have finished this book Vincent is still on my mind, did he do what he was reported to have done, would he had been different if they had talked about mental health when he was younger. This is a stand-alone story that will take you on an emotional journey. This was my first book by this author and I have already downloaded some of his other books to read

What Hides Within blog tour

January 17, 2018 - 7:29 pm No Comments

I have been lucky to be involved on the blog tour of What Hides Within by Jason Parent. He is my review of  the book that is not just about a spider

What Hides Within by Jason Parent
Published by Bloodshot Books 15th December 2017
352 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Clive was a regular Joe, Mr average, he had a 9-5 job, a friend with benefits and a strange roommate. However, after a canoe trip and an encounter with a spiderweb, he picked up a hitchhiker, who changed the person he was.
Reading about the change to Clive, showed what a boring life he had led. He became more confident and readdressed his life. He was not now the guy who people ignored when they walked past, although that could be because he was talking to the voice in his head.
With only a handful of characters, it gives you the chance to know them in depth. Each character had their quirkiness, Kevin and his love of Hannah Montana, Felix and his love of forgotten porn, Morgan and her love of Clive and Judith just wanted friends.
The story had 3 stories running concurrent, Clive’s and his relationship with Chester, a murdered young girl and a mad bomber. Sound confusing but it wasn’t, all the stories interlinked to make a gripping read. Having read other books by Jason Parent, I knew to expect twist and turns, he always has a knack of letting you think you know what is going to happen and then takes you by surprise with the outcome. Some of the one liners especially from Chester had me laughing out loud as she had a dry sense of humour. The humour helped break up some of the tragic scenes, especially when it involved young Victoria.
Whilst this is horror, it had a mystery/thriller feel to it and unless you do not like spider, you will enjoy this read.

The Eyes Have No Soul by Matthew W Harrill

January 16, 2018 - 11:23 pm No Comments

The Eyes Have No Soul by Matthew W Harrill
Published by Creativia on 9th January 2018
293 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Since losing her parents to horrific circumstances all Clare Rosser an exceptional forensic analyst wanted to do was to find out who did it. Constantly being denied a detective job, Clare decides to take matters into her own hands and do her own investigation.
Clare was very independent, having to bring her brother up, she learnt to stand on her own two feet. When she was becoming seriously ill, her stubborn nature came through as she searched for the answers. Whether she was tackling bureaucratic male chauvinist detectives or the Viruñas she was always determined to make everything right
If you have read this author’s other books, then you know that he takes you on a rollercoaster of a journey and this story was no different. From the 1st tragic incident, had me reading into the night as I wanted to know who or what was behind the murders. With Clare only having a few close friends it gave you the chance to learn more about them and I really enjoyed knowing more about Sheriff Terrick Heckstall, a man of principles who upheld the law to protect his town. As soon as ARC stepped in and helped the story picks up pace and you sense something dramatic is going to happen. If you have read the ARC Chronicles you will know what ARC do for society, although you do not have read this series to enjoy this story.
Whilst this story is a fiction, it highlights how serious diabetes can be if left untreated and gives the readers the symptoms to look out for if they suspect that they or someone they know has the condition. However, this book also shows that with modern medicine it can be treated and suffers lead a regular life.
If you want a thriller with a horror feel to it than you will not go wrong reading this book. Another great read from this author

Doorways Relaunch Blog Tour

January 10, 2018 - 6:29 pm No Comments

Today I am showcasing Doorways by Robert Enright. I am pleased to have been asked to review this book and at 99p for this week only, a book well worth the pennies.

Doorways: The First Bermuda Jones Casefile by Robert Enright
Published 7th December 2017
288 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Working for Behind The Curtain Organisation(BTOC), Franklyn Jones, Bermuda to his friends, had a skill, he found missing people. Not people who just up-sticks and wanted a better life, but the ones who left no trace. Having a gift to see “Others” creatures from another world, he protected he was tasked to keep the peace between the two worlds. Working with Bermuda was Argyle, an Other who lived on earth and worked with the humans. Most of their mission were easily solved, but when a high number of people went missing at a rapid rate and a strange symbol cropped up at every scene. Bermuda and Argyle had a race against the clock, when Barnaby a deranged other wanted to destroy humanity.
Bermuda was not your typical save the world type of guy. He smoked too much, ate a lot of Tic Tacs, did not like authority and hated his gift. I loved him, whilst his methods were quite unorthodoxed he got the job done. Argyle was the complete opposite, a warrior who took his job seriously. Saying that they worked well together and were more like friends than partners.
From the moment you start this book you are transported in to a Bermuda’s world. There is a lot of action in this story making it a fast-paced read. Throughout the story you learn about Bermuda’s past and you understand why he is so troubled and you do feel sorry for him. The final battle is built up to a climatic ending and if it was written a couple of months ago, it would explain why Big Ben is now silent. Thanks to the descriptive way the author wrote I could close my eyes and picture Bermuda, Barnaby and Argyle straight away, and would love to see these characters represented in a video game, like CSGO, that I always play with boosting online that help me gain rank in csgo.
Whilst this book has been categorised as sci-fi, paranormal and urban fantasy, it also has a mystery/ thriller feel to it and readers of any of these genres will enjoy it. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and with book 2 already in the pipeline I am looking forward to more of Bermuda Jones’ cases.

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