mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

Ten – Gretchen McNeil ★★★★

Blurb; It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

My Review; This one caught my eye over on Amazon and now I’ve ended up with most of the authors other books. Can’t beat finding a new author. The simple cover and the short blurb on the front caught my eye. This was brilliantly written a spooky, dark, deadly, twisted, clever and haunting young adult story.

I bloody loved it! I was dragged in. 10 teens on a remote island for a weekend full of parties where noone knows where they are… That was their first mistake noone knew they were there. The second mistake? Ever believing they were there for parties and fun. Straight from the first night wierd things and situations start to happen and from then you’re trapped. 10 soon becomes 9… 9 soon becomes 8… All while a massive storm is happening around them.

Who is doing this? Who is next? Will any of them survive? Seriously gripping, thrilling, tense an edge of your seat read. I don’t want to say much more about the story itself but its very clever, cunning and all planned down to a T. Crafty. The outcome I never saw…

Do you want to know what happened that weekend? Reckon you would survive? Reckon you will figure it out? Dive in and find out… I really enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me. I cannot wait to read the rest of thid authors books now if they’re as good as this. Highly recommend.

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Historical fiction · romance · suspense · thriller

The Doll Factory – Elizabeth Macneal ★★★★

Blurb; The Doll Factory, the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, is an intoxicating story of art, obsession and possession.

London. 1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and among the crowd watching the spectacle two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment – forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning.

When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.

But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening . . .

My Review; I want to start by saying just how beautiful is that cover? A real eye catcher. I was sent this book off a friend to cheer me up and it did the trick perfectly. The Doll Factory for me felt like a historical fiction story with romance but also with a bit of thriller thrown in especially towards the end. Unusual but it really worked!

I cannot believe this is a debut novel. I would never have known it’s so beautifully written. It’s a page turner of a read. It’s a book that appreciates the arts and artists of the world.

Main character Iris has a choice to make does she stay as she is now working, alongside her sister and living with her family. OR… Does she go for it modelling, living alone and earning more money? She says yes to her new life and thats where it all begins. The love story. The loss of her family. The stalking that is about to begin from Silas.

Silas is one evil character. Delusional. A stalker. A predator. He won’t stop until he’s got Iris by himself. This is where the thriller part comes in… Edge of your seat, tense reading.

Overall a brilliant read for me. An escape. I loved the setting, era and the characters. The open ended ending. Just brilliant all of it. The picture of the old style shops in my mind. The appreciation of art. All of it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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horror · mystery · Short Stories · suspense · thriller

Bloody Valentine – James Patterson ★★★★

Blurb; This year Valentine’s Day isn’t for romance. It’s for murder.

Mega rich restaurant owner Jack Barnes and his second wife Zee are very much in love. However, their plans for Valentine’s Day are about to be torn apart by the most violent murder.Who is the strange figure plotting this sick crime? Who hates Jack that much? There are plenty of suspects living in Jack’s fancy block of flats. Is it them, or could it be the work of an outsider with a twisted mind? One thing’s for sure, the police have got their work cut out solving this bloody mess.

My Review; There is nothing better than a quick read and your favourite author. This was perfect! A valentines day you won’t want to remember. But one you can’t forget. It is a book that will have you hooked, gripped and sat on the edge of your seat trying to figure it all out. There was just too many coincidences emerging for my liking.

For me parts could be described as more horror. Bloody. Dark. Deathly. Descriptive. Contains a huge unexpected twist I would never have seen coming. A perfect short story. Brilliantly written. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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