Emotional · Young adult

Edgar & Adolf – Phil Earle & Michael Wagg ★★★★★

Blurb; When he inherits a special football badge, German teenager Adi sets off on a mission to fulfil his grandfather’s dying wish and return the badge to its rightful owner, former England footballer, Edgar Kail. After tracking Edgar down, Adi gets the chance to learn more about the achievements of his grandfather, Adolf Jager, and the story unfolds of a special friendship that spanned twenty years and survived the horror of the Second World War. Edgar Kail and Adolf Jager played for their respective clubs in the early twentieth century and they remain folk heroes even now. Perfect for less-confident readers, this is a fictional tale of two real-life footballing heroes, and the moving story of a friendship forged by the beautiful game.

My Review; This is a short read at 120 pages and suitable for reading ages 11-16. It is about football, friendship and war. It is a beautiful book that made me tear up and trust me I dont tear up at books often. It’s just such a beautiful, honest and raw story about a life long friendship and how that affects you even in your old age. Never forgotten. A deal that had to be sealed and completed even years and years after.

Highly recommend to everyone. It contains a lot of words of wisdom, hope and love. Its pure. From the heart. Based off a true story but adapted. Does include a section throughout the WW2. I’m not a huge football fan myself but for me the story was more than just football. It meant a lot more than that. A well deserved five stars from me. Loved it. One I won’t be able to forget for a long time. Beautiful.

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horror · Short Stories

The House On Abigail Lane – Kealan Patrick Burke ★★★★

Blurb; From the outside, it looks like an ordinary American home, but since its construction in 1956, people have vanished as soon as they go upstairs, the only clues the things they leave behind: a wedding ring, a phone…an eye.

In its sixty-year history, a record number of strange events have been attributed to the house, from the neighbors waking up to find themselves standing in the yard outside, to the grieving man who vanished before a police officer’s eyes. The animals gathering in the yard as if summoned. The people who speak in reverse. The lights and sounds. The music. The grass dying overnight…and the ten-foot clown on the second floor.

And as long as there are mysteries, people will be compelled to solve them.

Here, then, is the most comprehensive account of the Abigail House phenomenon, the result of sixty years of eyewitness accounts, news reports, scientific research, and parapsychological investigations, all in an attempt to decode the enduring mystery that is…

…THE HOUSE ON ABIGAIL LANE.

My Review; I am slowly working my way through this author’s books and this was another spooky read surrounding a house, disappearances and strange goings on. A page turner of a read! Addictive. Fast paced and gripping.

A very strange read I still don’t think I fully understand. Very strange. A scene got me bad in this book and it contained a clown. I despise clowns. Absolutely hate them. They scare me. So that was the horror part for me within this story. I just want to know where are all those who disappeared? Hmm.

Brilliantly written. A well deserved four stars from me. Another short read at 100 pages. Highly recommend. The cover is creepy too.

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horror · Short Stories

Jack & Jill – Kealan Patrick Burke ★★★★

Blurb; When they were kids, Gillian and John used to visit the local cemetery every Sunday after church. It was a curious place for children to frequent, but they had their reasons. The main attraction was the lofty hill that separated the cemetery from the elementary school, and the act of tumbling down it like Jack and Jill was a ritualistic escape from the abuse they were suffering at their father’s hands.

It was an escape that lasted only until John’s tragic death.

Now, Gillian is all grown up. Married with two children, she has managed over the years to force the trauma of her nightmarish childhood into the darkest recesses of her mind.

But lately there are dreams, and in them Gillian sees impossibly vivid reenactments of the horrors she endured as a child. Nightly, she sees John die all over again, only not in the way she remembers.

And something else is in those dreams, stalking her, a terrible figure with wire-hanger hands and a plastic bag wrapped around its rotten face. A monster whose reach starts to extend beyond the boundaries of sleep into the waking world, threatening everything Gillian holds dear.

A monster she once called Daddy.

My Review; You know it’s saying something when you message the author after finishing it and want an answer to it all. I got that answer but I am sworn to secretcy.

This is the third book I have read by this author and I am loving them all. They’re just so cleverly written to the point my head is mashed by the end. I have to sit and ponder over them before I even review. They really make me think. They may be short descriptive horrors but boy are they hard to forget!

Jack & Jill is both about the past and present. It’s definitely a psychological read! Brutal. Dark. Descriptive. You will have questions after. But I loved it. I still have questions now. The author has written it in a way that the reader interprets what happens and their view over it all. Again clever. But I wanted more. Gripping. Thrilling. Fast paced. Page turner of a read. Gruesome ending. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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