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Review: ‘Void’ by David M. Staniforth

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

VOID medSynopsis: A void in one’s memory is filled with more than the fear of not knowing,
it swirls with the dread of what those missing memories might contain.
When a young man wakens in a freezing car, his mind a complete blank,
he embarks upon a journey that brings that very dread to the fore.

Who is he?
What has he done?
Where does he belong?
Why can he not remember?

VOID: a psychological journey of discovery that forces the question: To what extent can our memories be trusted?

Review:  This was a really interesting read. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I lost a week or more of my time each year and didn’t remember where I went or who I was!

This story was believable and interesting. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep my attention and I didn’t see them coming at all. I really liked the character of Tom and found myself feeling very sympathetic to his plight, particularly at the beginning of the story when he didn’t know who he was!

What I really liked about the story was it was written in such a way that the reader was finding out the information at the same time as the characters, rather than the story jumping backwards and forwards. This kept up the level of suspense in the story.

I would definitely recommend this story to anyone looking for a good read. You certainly won’t be disappointed!

★★★★★ – An interesting, believable story about a man who goes missing and doesn’t remember who he is for a week each January. Highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

 

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Review: ‘Melophobia’ by James Morris

Genre: 
Length: 265 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Synopsis: Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.

The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished. Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.

Can love survive in a world without music?

Review: I’d like to begin my review by saying I love the cover for this book. Simple but portrays the subject of the book brilliantly!

At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of this book. The synopsis screamed ‘Footloose’ at me, which I love, so I wasn’t sure if this book would be for me. I’m so glad I gave it a chance though! I was definitely wrong.

I loved the concept. It was well thought out and interesting, with elements of humour injected in. I really loved the characters, especially Merrin; we really see her grow throughout the novel. There were plenty of twists and turns throughout the novel that I honestly didn’t see coming. Very clever writing! I look forward to reading more.

★★★★★ – A well thought out and cleverly written novel. Plenty of twists and turns and great characters. Highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘The Child Taker’ by Conrad Jones

Genre: Crime / Thriller
Length: 389 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Synopsis: A stand alone novel based on high profile child abductions, which have been followed by millions of concerned parents on the news. 5 year old twins are abducted from a tent in the Lake District and the hunt for a dangerous paedophile ring begins. Police procedure follows the premise that 60% of abducted children are murdered within the first four hours of being taken. The first hour is called “The golden hour” and the longer a child is missing, the less chance there is of them being recovered unharmed. The Child Taker follows the desperate search for the missing twins.

Review: This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it definitely wont be the last! I found this book impossible to put down, though it was very difficult to read at times due to the subject matter and the gruesome descriptions. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away.

This book was very fast paced and kept me guessing throughout. When I thought I knew what was going to happen, the author proved me wrong! I really liked the characters, particularly John ‘Tank’ Tankersley, and found them to be believable and interesting. I will admit to being a little confused during the first few chapters, but things very quickly started to tie together and I was hooked! This is some very clever writing that I would very highly recommend!

★★★★★ – Fast paced with interesting and believable characters. Warning: Very disturbing and gruesome descriptions and deals with the subject of kidnap and child abuse!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK  (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘What Lies Within’ by James Morris

Genre: Thriller / Suspense
Length: 226 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: “You’re going to die”

Shelley Marano is an ordinary, unexceptional high school senior…until the day she receives a cryptic text message, and her world tilts sideways. Now she’s in real danger, although she doesn’t know who would want her dead, or why. As she starts to unravel the mystery, the truth about who she really is proves to be more frightening than she ever imagined. With the lives of her and her friends hanging in the balance, one thing is certain:

Nothing will ever be the same.

Review: This is the first book that I have read by this author, but I will definitely be reading more! Fast paced and interesting, I really liked that this book explored what makes people the way that they are and the nature versus nurture debate.

On the whole, the characters were fairly well developed and interesting. Shelley was a great character; a strong female lead, though not without flaws. I felt like I was making this journey with Shelley and really felt her fear and confusion. I couldn’t wait to see what she uncovered next!  I also felt that the teen-angst issues in this book were nicely woven into the plot and added depth to Shelley’s character.

I would have liked to see the relationship between Shelley and her dad developed more, particularly when she’s looking for information about her birth parents. I also would have liked the character of Winston, Shelley’s best friend, to be developed a little more. As a result, I have awarded this book 4 stars. I would still highly recommend this book, though!

The ending was explosive and in my opinion, unpredictable. When I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was proven wrong! It wrapped things up nicely, while still leaving the possibility for further instalments of this story.

★★★★ – A fast-paced story with unpredictable twists and a strong female lead character.  I would have liked a little more development of some characters and relationships. Very highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘Forever Watching You’ by M.A Comley

Genre: Crime / Mystery / Suspence / Supernatural
Length: 194 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: When Anneka Morton is reported missing by her husband, DI Miranda Carr and her partner, DS Johnny Tomlin, head to the crime scene to investigate. Putting together all the clues, it is clear that Anneka was abducted from her home. As the case progresses, it becomes apparent that this may not be a missing persons inquiry, but rather a murder inquiry. Will they find the killer?

Review: I was a little worried about reading a book by this author about another female police officer because I expected it to be a reworking of the Lorne Simpkins books, with different names. However, I was pleasantly surprised. While the first Lorne book gave a fair bit of information about her personal life, this book focussed primarily on the case; information about Miranda’s personal life is included but not to the same extent, I found. I greatly enjoyed the interactions between Miranda and her boss, Caroline (especially when they were in Portugal! Very funny!), and the way that Miranda interacted with her team. I also found the dialogue between Miranda and her work partner, Johnny, to be believable and interesting. I would maybe have liked to see a bit more from Anneka, but other than that a very promising start to the series.

★★★★ – I really liked Miranda and found the interactions to be very believable. I would have maybe wanted to see more of Anneka. A very promising start to the series. 

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘Fake Kate’ by David Wailing

Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Psychological
Length: 397 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: Brenda and her sister, Kate, look like twins, but they couldn’t be more different. Kate is fun, confident and loved by everyone. Brenda tends to go unnoticed.  However, everything is not as it seems. When Kate goes missing, Brenda sees no other option but to pretend to be her sister, going on dates and hanging out with her friends, in order to find out where she has gone. Things go from bad to worse when Brenda finds out more than she bargained for!

Review: I enjoyed reading this. Brenda was a likeable character who obviously cared about her sister. I really liked the way that the story was written and how the author gave me Brenda’s thoughts and feelings, like I was being given inside information. The story was interesting and funny which made me want to keep reading when I should have been sleeping! I also thought that the extra images (dating profiles and extra bits of information) were a great touch. I found all of the characters to be well developed and likeable (for the most part) and greatly enjoyed the twists and turns throughout the story.

I gave four stars because I didn’t like the ending, which might be a little unfair, but it didn’t work for me and this impacted on my overall enjoyment of the book. Without giving too much away, I found the ending to be a bit sudden and the characters to be too understanding of this development. Having said that, I would still recommend this book as it was a refreshing approach to a familiar storyline.

★★★★ – An interesting story. The only problem I had was the ending. Extra information and images slotted into the story were a great touch! 

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘A Cry from the Deep’ by Diana Stevan

Genre: Romance / Suspense / Historical
Length: 300 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: After a bad experience, Catherine Fitzgerald, an underwater photographer, is reluctant to dive again. However, when her old job comes calling, she is drawn back into the world that she used to love. After purchasing an antique ring, she becomes troubled by nightmares and she feels that she has no choice but to give in and see where the journey takes her. Will she find the answers she seeks? What do the nightmares mean?

Review: This was a pleasant read. I found Catherine to be a likeable and believable character and was interested to know how she was going to react to each situation. The story was well written and I found myself desperate to know more.  I felt that the writing flowed nicely and felt engaging; so much so that I read the book over the span of two days. I greatly enjoyed the elements of history tangled into the main storyline. My only issue with the book was how quickly Catherine forgave Daniel and how quickly she came to trust him again. Also, while she did seem to feel guilty during the book, she didn’t during the events at the end, hence the four stars.

I will be looking for further books by this author in future.

★★★★ – Well written and believable. I enjoyed the elements of history woven into the main storyline. Highly recommended.

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Paperback)