Blurb; One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.” Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.
My Review; I must start by saying this is the first book I have read by Matt and I am very impressed. Hydra is Matt’s second book released and I will be reading his other story called Six Stories very soon. Hydra had me intrigued and interested just from reading the prologue.
I absolutely love Matt’s writing style making the story easy to read and fast paced. The way the story is told leaves the reader to analyse the case themselves and I think it is brilliant, I haven’t read anything similar to this before. Instead of chapters in this book there is episodes, different but gripping.
You can tell Matt has put a lot of time and research into this story which had me hooked to the point I devoured it in two days, I didn’t want to put it down. Hydra is chilling and will give you goosebumps. I enjoyed reading this story very much and awarded a well deserved five stars. I would highly recommend you all read it if you haven’t already. Hydra was in my top twenty reads of 2017.
Now I need to start by apologizing for how quiet myself, my blog and my social media sites have been recently and that is because I have been struggling to concentrate on reading lately and have given myself a well deserved break!
Alice has lead a pretty normal life up until now. She wakes up finding herself trapped in a sick game of survival within the walls of an old asylum. She has to fight her way out while facing many psychotic enemies, no one said they were all living psychopaths though…
When she discovers how she actually got there she is forced to make some difficult decisions.
Will Alice survive the horror games?
I must admit getting yourself out of a book slump for as long as I have been in mine lately is hard… BUT this book got me out of my slump!!! HURRAH! YAY. I’m back.
I awarded a well deserved five stars for this story, but it does come with a few warnings. The Warden SHOULD NOT be read at night especially if you’re alone, you will need to keep the light on for this story. Secondly, you will need a strong stomach as parts of this story made my stomach turn, you’ve been warned! Lastly, I would highly recommend you’re over 16 years of age to read this story personally.
The Warden is book one in the Twisted Minds series with a second book to follow in the future. You will need to be a patient reader as you will be hanging from a tall cliff after this book till you can dive back into book two. If you haven’t guessed already The Warden is a horror unlike any other I have read, it has EVERYTHING you would hate… The darkest most twisted scenarios you can think of. The only other thing I could compare it too is Saw, very similar but different!
The Warden is written well, easy to read and contains short chapters throughout. This is only a short story which can easily be devoured within a few hours and contains 114 pages of your worst nightmare..
If this sounds like your kind of horror I do have a SIGNED COPY to giveaway over on my Facebook page so keep your eyes peeled! I am now off to read something far more romantic and soft than this before my mind is haunted for life…
Amazon Link (UK) << Currently £2.44
Amazon Link (US) << Currently $3.22
When the beautiful Lavender is killed in a tragic car accident her family and fiancé Matt are left devastated. As the year’s pass and wounds begin to heal, Matt, who has remained close to Lavender’s family, meets Beth and falls in love again. When the happy couple announce their engagement, it sparks a series of bizarre and disturbing events. Then when Matt and Beth make plans to wed at Lavender’s family home, Winterscroft, the frightening truth becomes apparent.
Lavender is back. And she is not happy.
WOW! WOW! WOW!
This book is bloody brilliant. I devoured it. I loved it. I would highly recommend this story to you all. It is written well, easy to read and extremely fast paced. A well deserved five stars, I loved everything about this book. The setting, the characters and the whole town. Perfect. I cannot find one thing to fault about this book. I proper enjoyed reading this one, I won’t forget it in a hurry. Winterscroft is haunting, spooky and creepy. I wouldn’t want what happened in this story to happen to me lets put it that way. I think this book would actually make a pretty good film and I would watch it. Can I also point out the beautiful cover? This book is definitely going to end up in my top 20 reads of this year I can already tell. The link to the book is below and if you want to find out why I loved it so much go ahead… There was just something about this story I loved, I was hooked! Brilliant. A must buy and read from me, currently 99p. ENJOY!
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