Book Review: NOS-4R2 by Joe Hill

NOS 4R2 - Joe Hill

If you’re looking for a festive book to read this season, look no further than NOS-4R2 by Joe Hill – because horror does Christmas too!

“What would you do for a lifetime pass to a place where every morning is Christmas morning?”

Book Description:

Summer. Massachusetts.

An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.

Anyone could be next.

We’re going to Christmasland…

NOS4R2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep. With the horrific tale of Charles Manx and his Silver Wraith, Joe Hill has established himself as the premiere horror and supernatural thriller writer of his generation. Continue reading “Book Review: NOS-4R2 by Joe Hill”

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#BookHaul: November 2017

Do I even need to introduce this post any more? I think it’s enough to say: it’s book haul time!

Review Copies:

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor (thank you Crown Publishing)

The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor Continue reading “#BookHaul: November 2017”

Book Review: Zenka by Alison Brodie

Zenka - Alsion Brodie

I read Zenka after reading a particularly harrowing non-fiction book; after reading some heavy content, I was happy to be able to lose myself in this entertaining novel.

Book Description:

Devious, ruthless, and loyal.  Zenka is a capricious Hungarian with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knives and shotguns. Jack discovers he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp. Zenka takes charge. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she will make Nicholas into the sort of son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds! Nicholas is learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed. As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:

How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?

And is Zenka really who she says she is? Continue reading “Book Review: Zenka by Alison Brodie”

Blog Tour | Author Q&A: Blood Rites by David Stuart Davies @urbanebooks #BloodRites

Blood Rites book cover

Welcome to my stop on the Blood Rites blog tour! As we celebrate the release of third book in the DI Paul Snow series, which was published on 9th November, I’m delighted to welcome author, David Stuart Davies to my blog today for a Q&A session. But first, let’s take a look at what the book is about…

Book Description:

Blood Rites is a Northern thriller set in Huddersfield, Yorkshire in the 1980s featuring Detective Inspector Paul Snow. DI Paul Snow has a personal secret. He is a homosexual but is desperate to keep it secret, knowing it would finish his career in the intolerant police force of the time. As this personal drama unfolds, he is involved in investigating a series of violent murders. All the victims appear to be chosen at random and to have no connection with each other. After the fourth murder, Snow is removed from the case for not finding the killer but continues investigating the matter privately. Gradually, Paul manages to determine a link between the murder victims, but this places his own life in great danger. Can Paul unmask the killer as he wrestles with his own demons? Continue reading “Blog Tour | Author Q&A: Blood Rites by David Stuart Davies @urbanebooks #BloodRites”

Book Review: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing appears to be taking the literary world by storm and immediately became a must read for me. And there’s something about the cover I find so appealing!

Book Description:

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds.

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.

When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.

Rich with Ward’s distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America. It is a majestic new work from an extraordinary and singular author. Continue reading “Book Review: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward”