Young adult · thriller · mystery · suspense · Detective

Let’s Play Murder – Kesia Lupo ★★★★★

Blurb; Video games have never been more murderous.

Veronica wakes up trapped with four strangers in a sprawling manor house in a snow storm with a dead body, a mystery right out of an Agatha Christie novel. It feels so real – but it isn’t. This is VR and this is THE Game; a rumoured Easter Egg hidden in other VR games that draws you into a competition for a prize beyond your wildest dreams. And there’s no escaping the VR world until the Game is won.

But while Veronica and her fellow players are trying to figure out the puzzle, something is not right in the VR world. Blackouts, glitches, NPCs acting strange, and a mysterious figure haunting their footsteps. Then when a player dies, and also dies in real life, all hell breaks loose.

Without warning, the game Veronica thought she was playing gets overshadowed by a much darker, and much more real, mystery: who is killing us?’

It may not be a game Veronica wanted to play, but it’s one that she has to win – or die trying.

My Review; I devoured this book, gripping and thrilling. A must-read for young adult, gamer readers. Enter the world of this new virtual reality game where you can not escape until the game has finished or you die. Very similar to cluedo, it’s a murder mystery that needs solving, but with the game malfunctioning, real lives could be at stake here. Fellow players could be the enemy. Would you risk it all for a huge cash prize? A well thought of story and plot with a HUGE twist you will not expect. Jaw dropping. I enjoyed every page. This is a story that will be hard to forget. Has a map layout in the front of the game setting/house. A well-deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Librarian – Valerie Keogh ★★★★

Blurb; Since that fateful night I have always kept myself to myself. Reserved. Private. Alone.

Some people think I am too quiet. That life is passing me by. But I know there is safety in my own company. That no one can hurt me if I don’t let them get too close.

Until the day I meet him. A handsome, charming stranger. A chance for me to take a risk…finally?

Or a man who threatens everything I’ve worked so hard for?

You’ll be sorry…

And that’s when my whole life begins to fall apart….

My Review; Talk about the past coming back to haunt you, bloody hell. What a gripping, dark, and disturbing read. I was hooked! It was a very mysterious read with too many coincidences for my liking. I was beside Ava the whole way, from losing her job to her best friend to her sister and finally all the little strange things. I was shocked Ava didn’t go mental herself. She is one determined woman who knows who is behind everything. Or at least she thinks she does. A clever read. Messed up. Toxic. Brilliant ending. A well-deserved four stars from me.

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horror · thriller · mystery · Killers · suspense · Short Stories

A Sliver of Darkness – C.J.Tudor ★★★★

Blurb; The debut short story collection from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man, featuring ten bone-chilling and mind-bending tales

Timeslips. Doomsday scenarios. Killer butterflies. C. J. Tudor’s novels are widely acclaimed for their dark, twisty suspense plots, but with A Sliver of Darkness, she pulls us even further into her dizzying imagination.

In Final Course, the world has descended into darkness, but a group of old friends make time for one last dinner party. In Runaway Blues, thwarted love, revenge, and something very nasty stowed in a hat box converge. In Gloria, a strange girl at a service station endears herself to a cold-hearted killer, but can a leopard really change its spots? And in I’m Not Ted, a case of mistaken identity has unforeseen, fatal consequences.

Riveting and explosively original, A Sliver of Darkness is C. J. Tudor at her most wicked and uninhibited.

My Review; I picked this up from my library. I must admit this is the first book I have read by this author, and it contains 12 short stories, which I love, and I prefer a short story now and again. Perfect for busy lives or lack of reading mojo. All the stories vary differently, but all are brilliant. A great range of stories here. It’s an easy read. Some stories stand out from others, and others I can remember more. But I really enjoyed the whole short story collection. A well-deserved four stars from me.

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