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The Night Parade
The Night Parade
Price: £2.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and emotional!, 5 Jan. 2017
This review is from: The Night Parade (Kindle Edition)
Fantastic book with a unique apocalyptic premise about a virus that causes hallucinations and death. A father and daughter are travelling the country in search of a cure. The relationship with the father and daughter is fantastic and believable. The ending is so emotional. Really recommend this one!


The Outliers (The Outliers, Book 1)
The Outliers (The Outliers, Book 1)
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and fast paced, 5 Jan. 2017
Wiley is going through a tough time, her mother died and she is dealing with mental health issues and is unable to leave the house due to her agoraphobia. When her friend mysteriously disappears and sends her messages saying that she needs her help, Wiley has to overcome her fears to find her. On her journey she encounters people and situations which are not as they seem. Why has her friend disappeared? Why is her father acting so strange? Who are the strange people that are following her?

I got really hooked into this book, the mysteries kept on coming and I needed to find out what was happening and why Wylie was involved. The only reason I gave it four stars was because it ends on a cliffhanger and I wished that more was resolved before the end of the book. However the next one is definitely on my reading list and i'm excited to find out what happens next.


Ink and Bone
Ink and Bone
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging paranormal thriller, 5 Jan. 2017
This review is from: Ink and Bone (Kindle Edition)
An engaging, paranormal thriller by Lisa Unger.

The main character is Finley an intelligent woman who is studying psychology but also is psychic. She has gone to college and has this sound in her head that she can't figure out. Her grandmother Eloise helps her to understand what the ghosts she sees are trying to tell her and get to the bottom of it.

With so many mysteries to understand, including the Hollows where she lives, Finley has a lot on her plate and this includes trying to solve the disappearance of an 8 year old girl called Abbey. The scene with Abbeys disappearance is chilling and have to say it really freaked me out and made me want to keep reading.

The book has some fantastic supporting characters (loved Eloise!) and mysteries aplenty, I would really recommend giving this book a try!


The Devil's Work
The Devil's Work
Price: £3.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling with unexpected twists!, 5 Jan. 2017
This review is from: The Devil's Work (Kindle Edition)
'm a massive fan of Mark Edwards, having read a lot of his previous books such as Follow You Home but my first and favourite being The Magpies. So I had a lot of anticipation when I started reading this...and it didn't disappoint!

The story is based around Sophie, who has finally landed her dream job at Jackdaw Publishing. However things start to unravel from the first day, with the mysterious disappearance of her predecessor and her assistant who seems determined to pull her down at every turn. With pranks and missing emails, someone obviously has a vendetta against her. Throughout the story we go back in time to when she was at university and with her best friend Jasmine and her boyfriend Liam. How this is connected with her present situation is done so well.

There are quite a few twists and although I guessed that there was misdirection going on I didn't figure out the culprit which was pleasing as i'm normally quite good at guessing, having read quite a few of these types of books. There are some really tense scenes, one in particular within the office building late at night was fantastically and scarily done. (remind me not to be the last one in the office from now on!)

Yet another fantastic psychological thriller which I couldn't put down until I finished!


The Blue Pool
The Blue Pool
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twists and turns..., 5 Jan. 2017
This review is from: The Blue Pool (Kindle Edition)
The Blue Pool focuses on four friends who met at university 25 years ago; Sarah, Charlotte, Ruth and Kathy. To celebrate the end of their exams they decide to go on a trip to The Blue Pool but Sarah mysteriously disappears. The book starts in the present day and each chapter is narrated by either Charlotte, Ruth and Kathy who by this point are no longer speaking to each other. A man has admitted to knowing what happened to Sarah and reluctantly the three friends have to reunite to find out once and for all what happened. I loved that each chapter was narrated by one of the characters, the way things were revealed was done so well that I didn't even guess the twist coming.

The book goes back and forth between the time at university/the cabin and present day and it was lovely to get a feel for who Sarah was before she went missing and the circumstances leading up to it. I have to admit, I was hooked, and couldn't put the book down until I found out what happened. Each character is well fleshed out, none of them are perfect in both the past and the present and all had secrets to hide! The relationship between the girls was really well written and believable, it made me want to keep reading to find out why after are being so close, they were no longer speaking. Each one of them admits in the present to feeling guilty about something but of course things are not revealed until later on. I really don't want to say more as it would spoil the story but suffice to say it is well worth a read if you are into mysteries, like reading about believable characters and want to read a story with a twist you won't see coming but one that is also believable (unlike a lot of stories out there!). The ending of the book was excellent and satisfying. Already I want to re-read again to see the things I missed. Recommended!


Blood Wedding
Blood Wedding
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic psychological thriller..., 5 Jan. 2017
This review is from: Blood Wedding (Kindle Edition)
When a child is her care is murdered, Sophie goes on the run. The book is told in the third person via journals and leaps straight into the action and the darkness that is Sophie's mind. Immediately you are concerned about her, why is she thinking these thoughts, losing time and behaving how she is? She can't explain it herself, only that she needs to keep running and the bodies keep piling up.

Part-way into the book you begin to read the journal of Frantz which starts before the events at the beginning and explains how Sophie has turned into the person she is now. As horrifying as it was to read, I did find the thoughts and observations of Frantz journals to contain a lot of dark humour and some funny situations in the circumstances. Eventually the two journals catch up to each other which leads to a suspenseful and nail biting third act with an ending I did not see coming.

First published in French in 2009, it was been flawlessly translated into English. Differing from the usual book narrative, the chapters are based as sometimes quite short journal entries. I thought this worked really well to show the different characters mind sets and actions although it could put some people off.

Blood Wedding is a real page turner, full of twists I was not expecting and impossible to put down. Perfect for anyone who is looking for a psychological dark read.


The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy Book 3)
The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy Book 3)
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An epic end to an amazing trilogy.., 5 Jan. 2017
I Recommend This Book

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Last updated on 08 Jul 2016
I've waited so long to read the final instalment of The Passage Trilogy and it didn't disappoint.

The virals have been overcome after the events of The Twelve. Amy and Alicia have disappeared leaving Peter, Hollis and the others re-building a new world.. This was probably the slowest part of the book for me describing where the characters are now and their daily lives but it was important to establish how the city has grown over the years and how complacent everyone has become. Only a few people are not convinced that all the virals have gone and slowly, horrifyingly, others begin to realise this as well. The suspense leading up to this point is so well done and there were some amazing fight scenes which I definitely don't want to spoil, suffice to say not everyone makes it through to the last page.

There are large time jumps within the book going back and forth which benefit the storytelling. We learn a lot more about the original viral Zero also known as Timothy Fanning and his connection to Jonas Lear. Zero makes his final move to destroy the world but can The Girl From Nowhere save the day?

Prepare yourself for tears with an emotional ending to what has been an epic trilogy, I can only hope that there will be more stories from this world for Cronin to tell in the future.


The Many: The cult psychological thriller
The Many: The cult psychological thriller
Price: £0.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive and gripping!, 5 Jan. 2017
The Many begins with a girl going on a blind date. Something feels off, she decides to leave and of course he drives her home. Cut to the next morning and her brother Karl, who is also her roommate, witnesses her returning home. The reader knows due to the first chapter that she was on her way home but now, the next morning, she just has returned and seems both happy and strange. Small things start to worry Karl, she says strange things, is cold towards him (and the cat she adores) and turns nasty when he asks about the date. Things go from bad to worse as she kicks him out of the flat and she turns violent towards her mother. Karl tries to get her to go to therapy but when things take a tragic turn, he turns to finding out information about the man on the blind date, questioning what has happened to his sister.

The Many is narrated by several different characters (some of whom don't all survive) and focuses not only on the people affected with this mysterious affliction but also the people close to them and the police who end up investigating the case. A mother also has the misfortune to go on a blind date with a mysterious person and she also returns home acting strange. Her daughter immediately notices and it's actually quite distressing the way the mother and daughter relationship breaks down. The big mystery about what has happened to these people took me down many scenarios and gave me a body snatchers vibe. The further in the book you go, the more questions pop up and more people get involved and thrown together. There are twists galore, as well as characters with motivations that may not be immediately obvious. I definitely didn't guess the ending and even when things were revealed shocking twists just kept happening. I liked that everything is made clear by the end over what has happened and why. Please note that this is quite a dark book to read and I found it quite violent, sad and distressing at times but it's very well written and has some really great twists. The last section of the book was just epic and the way the book finishes is quite satisfying to say the least.


The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere 1)
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere 1)
Price: £3.48

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tragic and gripping novel..., 5 Jan. 2017
Meg Ellison has created a gritty and tragic post-apocalyptic world where 98% of the world's population have died. Most of the survivors are men, meaning that women are now very scarce. The main character, our unnamed midwife, has to survive on the run, to do this she has to pretend to be a man. Anyone who falls pregnant is doomed to die along with their child.

This is one of my top 10 books of 2016. Although a very bleak premise, the writing and characters and the journey of the unnamed midwife keep you wanting to keep reading, willing her to survive against the odds. Seeing how society has broken down and how women are now treated is hard to read at times with some brutal scenes. However, there is always hope and I would recommend that this is a book everyone should have on their To Read list!


The End of the World Running Club
The End of the World Running Club
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it!, 5 Jan. 2017
Enjoyed this! For me personally, not many post-apocalyptic books are set in the UK so I that was a big draw to me from the beginning.

The build-up to the event was short but fantastic. Giving some good background on the main character Edgar who is currently plodding along in life with his wife, two kids is overweight and honestly not a very likeable person. As the asteroid hits they have just enough time to get into the cellar with some food and water. When they emerge to the destruction, it's time for him to take charge! After emerging they briefly find safety before he is separated from them.

What follows is his journey to try to reach them which is where the 'running club' part of the title comes in. This is the best part of the book and is both engaging and emotional, with some great supporting characters, as he realises what really matters and what lengths he would go to for his family. Recommended!


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