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Big Books 13/11/015

We are back from our holiday and this is part of the treat that was awaiting our return –  what a humongous pile of books – and look at the size of them?   These are not books to snack on – these are meals in themselves. Do you see anything here you fancy? Where to start….

Post Script: The Lost Girl – R L Stine

The Lost Girl Cover

R L Stine

The Lost Girl – A Fear Street Novel

St. Martin’s Press

St. Martin’s Griffin

ISBN: 9781250051639

 

Description:

Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine’s avid fan base of teen readers and adults. New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.

 

 

My View:

I have never read an R L Stine book before but as my children read many when they were teenagers I thought I would give this a shot and see what sort of energy and vibe this author exudes. I was firstly surprised by the level of horror/violence expressed in this book – (no spoilers) but the horse/oats/honey scene at the beginning is mind boggling and some of the later incidents are almost as horrific – I must admit I was surprised by the level of violence – this was not quite what I was expecting.

 

Story wise – I liked the dual time line/historical aspect of the narrative, but I think the ending was rushed – but as I am not in the target audience for this book maybe my concerns are more about my age and related expectations. I think this has the great makings for an adult horror story or film. Characters – were a little superficial and under developed for my liking but that being said again I am not the target audience for this book, teenagers may be more accepting than I was.

 

All in all an interesting read that I feel could be effectively developed to reach an adult audience.

 

 

 

Post Scritp: Forsaken – J D Barker

This is one scary book!

Cover Forsaken

Forsaken

J D Barker

Hampton Creek Press

ISBN: 9780990694915

 

Description:

New from Master of Suspense, J.D. BARKER

Bram Stoker Award Nominee – Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga

From the witch trials of centuries past, an evil awakens.

Inspired by Actual Events.

 

Excerpt from the Journal of Clayton Stone – 1692

She was examined today without torture at Shadow Cove township on the charge of witchcraft. She said she was wholly innocent of the crime and has never in life renounced God. I watched as they brought her out. A poor, sickly thing, worn by her time behind the walls of her prison. Her bared feet and hands bound in leather, her clothing tattered to that of ruin. Despite such condition, her head was held high, her eyes meeting those of her accusers. She still refuses to provide her name so we remain unable to search baptismal records, nor has her family stepped forward to claim her as their own. We have no reason to believe she is anything but an orphaned child. I find myself unable to look at her directly in the moments preceding her trial. She is watching me though; with eyes of the deepest blue, she is watching me.

Thad McAlister, Rise of the Witch

 

When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.

But was it really fiction?

He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.

She wants to come back.

At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal with the Forsaken.

 

My View:

This is one scary book!

I think that the words of the author as quoted on his GoodReads page  https://www.goodreads.com/jdbarker say succinctly just about all you need to know about this author and his book Forsaken when he talks about  the importance of writing to him:

” Something as simple as a pencil can open the door to a new world, can create life or experience death. Writing can take you to places you’ve never been, introduce you to people you’ve never met, take you back to when you first saw those shadows in your room, when you first heard the sounds mumbling ever so softly from your closet, and it can show you what uttered them. It can scare the hell out of you, and that’s when you know it’s good.”

And boy this is good! Immediately I stared reading I had a déjà vu experience – I felt like I was reading an early work of the great Stephen King – works that introduced me to the horror genre when I was a young adult (and there is also a link by the naming of a shop in this work “Needful Things.”) There is something here so powerful, so evocative that conjures up the feelings of dread, fear, suspense, decay and death that I could not read in one sitting. I needed a break from this – and when I went to bed I closed my eyes and mentally viewed my doors and windows hoping they were solidly locked. This is a great read for the fans of the genre horror!!

*Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

In The Mail Today The 9th June 2015

The post box was over flowing today.  Looking forward to checking out these reads. Though I consider myself mostly a crime fiction aficionado I like to mix up my reads every now and then, I feel this adds a bit off freshness to my reading and reviewing, sometimes you can get stuck in a reviewing or reading rut – not much chance of that this week – what a great  mix of Australian police procedural, horror from the Master, vampire, health and contemporary books.  What to read first? Listen. Do you hear that?  A Time to Run by J M Peace is a calling softly to me 🙂

In the mail 9/6/015

Post Script: Captured – Neil Cross

Murder/Mystery/Psychological thriller with a dash of horror!

Captured - Neil Cross - Open Road Intergrated Media

Captured

Neil Cross

Open Road Integrated Media

ISBN: 9781497692510

 

 

Description:

Given only weeks to live, Kenny Drummond finds a mystery worth dying to solve

 

In this gripping psychological thriller from the creator of Luther, Kenny Drummond has been diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer and is writing a list—a list of all the people he has let down in one way or another. He is determined to make amends before the black smudge that keeps showing up on his scans exercises its final power over him.

 

Working his way down the list, Kenny comes to an old schoolmate, Callie Barton, who was kind when he needed a friend. He heard she dated and eventually married Jonathan Reese, and that they live in Bath.

 

But no matter how hard he tries, Kenny can’t seem to get ahold of Callie; she’s disappeared without a trace. In fact, there are rumors that Reese wasn’t the kindest husband. And he sure seems like he has something to hide.

 

Now Kenny has a ticking clock and a promise to keep, and nothing’s going to stand in his way.

 

 

My View:

What a great page turning read – this book is full of surprises and reveals that shock. The premise of the book sounds worthy and interesting; the introduction to Kenny Drummond’s life is twinged with sadness and a few regrets and the unexpected recent diagnosis of impeding death by late stage cancer. Kenny’s world is in tumult. What do you do with just a few weeks to live? Kenny tries to make amends.

 

This starts out as a virtuous trip down memory lane and rapidly spirals in a bloodied and horrific gasp a minute rollercoaster ride of terror as Kenny’s cancer filled brain distorts his visual and psychological perspective of life – and death. He is determined to find and save his childhood friend reinventing himself as her “knight in shining armour”. But he is running out of time and drastic measures are called for. And drastic Kenny becomes.

 

What a visual treat this author has painted. The dash of horror is realistic and inspired. This is Stephen King’s Misery on steroids (and without the love). Your pulse pounds as you imagine yourself in this situation…merely observing this is enough to make you twitch with discomfort and turn away in shock. But you must keep reading! And the surprises continue….

 

Neil Cross is a brilliant writer – he paints realistic settings in a psychological thriller imbued with emotions and well fleshed out characters that is sure to disturb and surprise you.

 

In the Mail This Week…

book

Whilst we are away our daughter is opening the mail and filling my inbox with cheer. This is a sample of the delights that await me when I get home  next week. I don’t know what I will enjoy more – the books – some beauties here or the Kate Spade bag- the bag may become my new favourite.

 

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Post Script: Broken Monsters – Lauren Beukes

Disturbingly brilliant! 

Broken Monsters

Lauren Beukes

Mulholland Books  

Mulholland Books

ISBN: 9780316216821

 

Description:

A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes’s new genre-bending novel of suspense.

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?

If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.

If Lauren Beukes’s internationally bestselling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.

 

 

My View:

I picked up this novel with some apprehension – I had made the mistake of reading a few reader reviews and the nightmare factor they alluded to (i.e. the book giving you nightmares) did put me off a little. A started reading…I stopped. The horror is immediate and penetrates your core. I let the book sit for a few months…I started reading again and did not stop until I put the book down at 2am this morning. Disturbingly brilliant!

 

This book zings with excitement and action; the words swoop and fly off the page, darting here and there, multiple points of views explode around you like a glittering strobe light- zing, sparkle, zap! Your senses are bombarded with action, words, fear, emotions and death, yet the descriptions of the horror are minimal – it is your own imagination that steers you way from sleep, and my imagination was ignited by this prose.

 

This is a novel that defies sitting quietly in a specific genre – the style of this narrative is contemporary, the language colloquial punctured with social media extracts and is also a police procedural, is a murder/mystery, it has a paranormal element, is also about relationships and about how in this world of extensive social media hype and engagement the past is never able to be completely discarded, the repercussions of what we say and do now and record on social media echo in our future.

 

This is a fantastic read but comes with a warning – this novel will take you out of your comfort zone. I dare you to read it.