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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Adventure · mystery · Short Stories

Trash – Andy Mulligan ★★★★★

Blurb; In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city.

One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

My Review; This is a must read. Brilliant, outstanding, powerful, uplifting and amazing. Worth all the stars. I cannot recommend this book to you all enough. It’s a short read at 211 pages long but well worth it! One that will stick in your heart for a long time with similar ties to slumdog millionairre you’re in for a treat.

I fell in love with the three boys Raphael, Gardo and Rat. After discovering an item among the rubbish piles they hunt through daily, they never realised how much it would change their lives and others. The police are determined to find the item too. Then we embark on the journey with the boys…

I must give it to them what a team they were together. Strong, determined and clever. Always one step ahead of the police… Well most of the time. They’ve faced the unimaginable and were rewarded greatly. A beautiful ending and outcome. A powerful story. It got me thinking that although this is a fictional story parts are based on what still happens in the world today with kids routing through rubbish piles, being poor and the wealthy greedy. Highly recommend it. I cant stop thinking about it, so glad it popped up on my Amazon recommendations now.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense

Killer Instinct – James Patterson & Howard Roughan ★★★★

Blurb; The murder of an Ivy League professor pulls Dr. Dylan Reinhart out of his ivory tower and onto the streets of New York, where he reunited with his old partner, Detective Elizabeth Needham. As the worst act of terror since 9/11 strikes the city, a name on the casualty list rocks Dylan’s world. Is his secret past about to be brought to light?

As the terrorist attack unfolds, Elizabeth Needham does something courageous that thrusts her into the media spotlight. She’s a reluctant hero. And thanks to the attention, she also becomes a prime target for the ruthless murderer behind the attack.

Dylan literally wrote the book on the psychology of murder, and he and Elizabeth have solved cases that have baffled conventional detectives. But the sociopath they’re facing this time is the opposite of a textbook case. There’s no time to study for the test he’s about to give them. And if they fail, they die.

My Review; This is book two in the instinct series but read perfectly fine as a standalone. Apparantly this has been turned into a tv series so will have to check that out and try grab book one. I’m a huge fan of anything by James Patterson and this didn’t disappoint.

This book mainly focuses on terrorist attacks and trying to prevent them. A great team working together, putting themselves at risk. A gripping, tense and action packed read which has you turning the pages for fun. Enjoyed it! Brilliantly written. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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