mystery · suspense · thriller

Beast – Matt Wesolowski ★★★★★

Blurb; Elusive online journalist Scott King examines the chilling case of a young vlogger found frozen to death in the legendary local ‘vampire tower’, in another explosive episode of Six Stories…

In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.

Three young men, part of an alleged ‘cult’, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.

Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, the tragic and chilling legend of the ‘Ergarth Vampire’…

My Review; I have been waiting for so long for this book I just couldn’t wait to read it and had to sneak it in before the end of the year. Boy I was not disappointed. Kept me up late into the night reading it. I am absolutely loving this series, it just gets better and better doesn’t it? Very happy. Very impressed. The perfect book to end the year on.

As usual brilliantly written, gripping, thrilling and chilling. A real page turner. I was hooked. I needed to know the answers as much as Scott. The outcome I could not see coming at all, a true shocker. Unexpected. Truelly. Shocking. A brilliant look back into the death of Elizabeth Barton. We get a glimpse into all sides of this character and some ain’t pretty. As they say not as they appear or seem.

A well deserved five stars from me and another late one slipping into my top twenty of the year. Cannot recommend this enough. I could say so much more but know a lot of my followers plan to read this or are currently reading it. Enjoy.

So when’s the next one coming Matt? 😂🤞 I think I may have a long wait…

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Elevator Pitch – Linwood Barclay ★★★★★

Blurb; It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment—is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its Friday night ribbon-cutting.

My Review; Now there was a massive hype about this book and plenty of raving reviews. So I had to check it out for myself, luckily I got a copy from the library. It is a huge book at over 400 pages, but I easily devoured over half of it in a day. I was not disappointed.

I hate when people say this but there is a huge, unexpected twist in this story which had me shook and gob smacked. Really. Never in a million years did I see it… It also gave me a fear of elevators aka Lifts in the UK. Eeek. Brilliant. Its gripping. Tense. Edge of your seat reading. You never know what’s going to happen next or when. Brilliantly written.

This went straight into my top twenty reads of the year. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. A must read from me. Impressed.

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*BLOG TOUR* Who’s There? – Kerena Swan ★★★★

Blurb; Arnold Eastwood is thrilled when social services allocate him a flat all of his own. Independence hasn’t come easily to a young man with Downs Syndrome but now he has the chance to live free from his mum’s nagging, find a girlfriend, watch endless movies and make new friends.

Meanwhile a London drug gang is setting up a supply line in Arnold’s town. They’re looking for someone to deliver drugs for them and somewhere to set up a base of operations.

Soon Arnold and his flat are in the drug gang’s sights. Drawn into the dark underworld of crack cocaine and modern slavery, Arnold soon discovers that friends can in fact be deadly enemies.

The question is: can he break free?

My Review; The story follows Arnold whose about to get his own taste of freedom and his own place. Whats not to love about that? However, Arnold has Down Syndrome. The story also follows another young troubled lad chip…

I must say I really loved Arnold! I felt for him. He doesn’t see the bad in people and soon realises he is in with the wrong crowd. That broke my heart. He was better and safer staying at home. I just hope this doesn’t actually happen in the real world but I guess it does.

It’s tense, edgy, chilling and full of suspense. I kept reading purely for Arnold! A real page turner. He seemed like such a real life character to me. Theres always something going on within the story to get your heart racing. Brilliantly written. Fast paced. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars and a brilliant read to get me through my chest infection!

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