mystery · suspense · thriller

The Castaways – Lucy Clarke ★★★★★


It should be like any other holiday.

Beautiful beaches.
Golden sunsets.
Nothing for miles.

You’ll never want to leave.
Until you can’t…

My Review; Now this was meant to be a buddy read between myself and Melanie’s Reads. However, I soon found I couldn’t put it down. I kept reading. It was all I thought about. This book royally had me hooked. I was addicted and read the majority of this book in one sitting. It’s still on my mind. I know there’s a lot of similar books out there lately but this is the first one I’ve read and I think I’m in love.

Might have given me a phobia of flying but what a brilliant story. Kept me guessing throughout. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I needed to know what happened. Who survived. I think the fact there’s a baby also involved ramped this story up for me. How do you even cope with a baby on a remote island? The story is told through two sisters. One whose on the island and one who is searching for answers and won’t give up. A plane can’t just disappear can it?

Absolutely brilliant. Loved the ending. This is going into my top reads of the year. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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crime · mystery · suspense · thriller

The Shadow – James Patterson & Brian Sitts ★★★★

Blurb; Even time cannot stop the Shadow. 
Only two people know Lamont Cranston’s secret identity as the Shadow, a vigilante of justice: his greatest love, Margo Lane — and his fiercest enemy, Shiwan Khan. Then Khan ambushes the couple, who have the slimmest chance of survival … in the uncertain future.

A century and a half later, Lamont awakens in a world both unknown and disturbingly familiar. The first person he meets is Maddy Gomes, a teenager with her own mysterious secrets, including a more than passing familiarity with the legend of the Shadow.

Most disturbing, Khan’s power continues to be felt over the city and its people. No one in this new world understands the dangers of stopping him better than Lamont Cranston. He also knows he’s the only one who stands a chance. The Shadow must prove that he’s not only a super crime-fighter, but an icon.

My Review; My favourite author. This one was a totally different read for me by James Patterson. Wierd but very good. A huge explosive battle at the end. Historical. Magical. Invisibility. Turning into a cat. Bringing the dead back to life. All within this one story. Meet the Shadow. Friend to some. Enemy to others. He’s trying to save many.

Again a fast paced, action packed story with short chapters. Always expect the unexpected. Brilliant read. Unique. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars. There’s a new hero in town… The shadow.

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Children's · Ghost story · mystery

Best Nerds Forever – James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein ★★★★

Blurb; Finn McAllister was a normal middle school nerd–now he’s a ghost with a big mystery to solve.

One minute, Finn was biking home from school, and the next, he was run off the road by a maniac in a big van. Now, he’s a ghost. He can do lots of fun things, like try every ice cream flavor in the store, sneak up on people, and play as many video games as he wants. Finn even has a new ghost friend, Isabella, to show him the ropes. But he also has a lot of BIG questions, like: who wanted him dead? And can he stop the maniac from striking again? 

Packed with hilarious moments, epic friendships, and fun art, Best Nerds Forever celebrates the nerd in each of us and the joy of living life to its fullest. 

My Review; I absolutely loved this one the most recently. At 250 pages it is an easy read and beautifully illustrated throughout. Devoured it. It’s kind of a ghost story with a twist. Finn is stuck in the inbetween… Between life & death. His grandfather keeps coming to help him pass through to the other side but he has to figure out why he died, who did it before he is happy.

Along the way he meets Isabella another ghost in the inbetween and they become friends while he helps her solve her death too. It’s a brilliant story that highlights the importance of life. How fear can literally kill you and the importance of friends and family. They’re busy teleporting to their friends, family, school & death spots to get all the answers they need while having a bit of fun here and there. Being a ghost has its advantages.

Life’s too short. Highly recommend. One that will stick with me for a while. Powerful. Emotional in parts. A well deserved four stars from me.

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