Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)

The Shining - Stephen King

With a fancy new Halloween edition published this month, it was the perfect time to reread The Shining.


One of the true classics of horror fiction, THE SHINING is regarded as one of Stephen King’s masterpieces.

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel – and that, too, is beginning to shine . . . Continue reading “Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)”


Rapid Reviews #2

Welcome to my second instalment of Rapid Reviews. As the title suggests, you’ll find rapid reviews for books I’ve read recently, but for one reason or another decided against writing a full review. These reviews vary in length but they will all be rapid! And to make things easier, you can see if I’ve enjoyed a book, or not, at a glance – next to titles I’ve enjoyed, you’ll find a ✔️ and for those that didn’t work for me, you’ll see a ✖️.

On today’s rapid reviews:

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Book Review: Face Off by Brenda Novak (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #3)

Face Off - Brenda Novak

My favourite psychiatrist is back, in the third instalment of the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles. It’s always a pleasure to see how she, and her psychopaths, are getting on at Hanover House!



Tortured and left for dead at sixteen, Evelyn Talbot turned her personal nightmare into her life’s work―studying the disturbing psychopathy of some of the world’s most vicious serial killers. Now a leading psychiatrist at Hanover House in a small Alaskan town, she tries to believe the past will never come back to haunt her―until a woman goes missing from a cabin nearby, and every clue points to the man who once brutalized her…

As her boyfriend, who is the area’s only police, begins to investigate―and finds not one but two bodies―Evelyn can’t forget that her would-be killer, Jasper Moore, was never caught. But there are no new faces in tiny Hilltop, no one who seems suspicious or potentially violent. In this twisted game of cat and mouse, Evelyn is certain of only one thing―Jasper must be hiding in plain sight. And if she can’t find him before he comes for her, she won’t be lucky enough to survive twice… Continue reading “Book Review: Face Off by Brenda Novak (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #3)”

Blog Tour | Book Review: The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth #BringonTheRival

The Rival - Charlotte Duckworth

Happy publication day to Charlotte Duckworth, The Rival is out in hardback today, and I’m delighted to be sharing my review as part of the social media tour, celebrating the release of this fantastic novel.


Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley’s fault?

When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she’s startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud – maybe this is the protégée she’s always wanted to have. But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley’s drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences… Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth #BringonTheRival”

Book Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Baby Teeth - Zoje Stage

This title is released in the UK as Bad Apple. But, I’m reviewing it under the title of Baby Teeth as I won my copy from the US publisher, St. Martins Press, in a giveaway on Instagram.


Sweetness can be deceptive. 

Meet Hanna.

The sweet-but-silent angel in the eyes of her Daddy. All she wants is to live happily ever after with him. But she can’t until Mommy is gone…for good.

Meet Suzette.

A stay-at-home mother who longs to have a career again. She loves her husband and daughter but years of expulsions and homeschooling have brought Suzette to the brink of in sanity. Not to mention her growing suspicions that something is disturbingly wrong with her child. Continue reading “Book Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage”