Review: The Other People

2020, REVIEW

Author: C. J. Tudor
Pages: 400
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Synopsis

She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .

Three years ago, Gabe saw his daughter taken. In the back of a rusty old car, covered in bumper stickers. He was driving behind the car. He watched her disappear. But no one believes him. Most people believe that his daughter, and wife, are dead. For a while, people believed that Gabe was responsible.

My thoughts

I picked this up because it sounded creepy which is something I was looking for in the month of October when I picked this up.
I thought this was done in a clever way and was done well. I liked the characters and thought they were relatable, and I did feel for them when they were going through the issues they were facing. I liked the writing style which made it easy to read. The twists which came throughout where unexpected and I loved them.
This was my first book my C.J.Tudor and I will be picking another up at some point as I really found this one enjoyable.

If you have read this book let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Review: The Haunting of Brynn Wilder

2020, REVIEW

Author: Wendy Webb
Pages: 287
Star Rating: ✪✪✪

Synopsis

After a devastating loss, Brynn Wilder escapes to Wharton, a tourist town on Lake Superior, to reset. Checking into a quaint boardinghouse for the summer, she hopes to put her life into perspective. In her fellow lodgers, she finds a friendly company of strangers: the frail Alice, cared for by a married couple with a heartbreaking story of their own; LuAnn, the eccentric and lovable owner of the inn; and Dominic, an unsettlingly handsome man inked from head to toe in mesmerising tattoos.

But in this inviting refuge, where a century of souls has passed, a mystery begins to swirl. Alice knows things about Brynn, about all of them, that she shouldn’t. Bad dreams and night whispers lure Brynn to a shuttered room at the end of the hall, a room still heavy with a recent death. And now she’s become irresistibly drawn to Dominic—even in the shadow of rumours that wherever he goes, suspicious death follows.

In this chilling season of love, transformation, and fear, something is calling for Brynn. To settle her past, she may have no choice but to answer.

My thoughts

I got this book via kindle first reads, I picked it up because it sounded creepy and I thought it would be perfect for the month of October. I did give this book a 4 stars but put it down to 3 stars after thinking about my feelings a little more

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was creepy but focused more on the romance than the haunted house side of the story. I thought the characters where done really well, the back stories of all the characters are really interesting. I thought the representation of Alzheimer’s was done really well, a character Alice has Alzheimers and is being looked after by her son and his husband. The emotional stress of looking after someone suffering this was represented well in my opinion. The ending of the story wasn’t what I imagined and it was a good twist but saying this, it did fell a little rushed.

I was gripped with the story and did read it quickly, so I will look at more Wendy Webb books. I would recommend this book but I wouldn’t go into it expecting a story based on a haunting/lots of paranormal things. Yes there are ghosts but it isn’t entirely the main plot line.

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Review: Fool Moon

2020, REVIEW

Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files #2
Pages: 401
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Synopsis

I will give you the Synopsis for book one.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.

My thoughts

This is the second book in the Dresden files series, which is a series that I am really enjoying. Harry Dresden is a crime fighting wizard which is a character I didn’t know I needed in my life.
He is a character I really enjoy and I haven’t enjoyed a character like this in a long time. He is so funny, especially when everything is  going wrong for him. I didn’t think the humour was there as much as in the first book I read but it was still there. I enjoyed the supernatural elements in this book and they were done in a way I hadn’t read before.
I love the way that crime fighting plus murder/mystery crime fighting is brought together and I think it is done really really well. I will definitely be continuing with this series which I think at the moment is now on book 16.

Here is my review for book 1 – Storm Front

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If It Bleeds Review

2020, REVIEW

Author: Stephen King
Pages: 447
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Synopsis

A collection of four uniquely wonderful long stories, including a stand-alone sequel to the No. 1 bestseller THE OUTSIDER. News people have a saying: ‘If it bleeds, it leads’. And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletin. Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog – and on her own need to be more assertive – when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realises there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene. So begins ‘If It Bleeds’, a stand-alone sequel to the No. 1 bestselling THE OUTSIDER featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo case – and also the riveting title story in Stephen King’s brilliant new collection. Dancing alongside are three more wonderful long stories from this ‘formidably versatile author’ (The Sunday Times) – ‘Mr Harrigan’s Phone’, ‘The Life of Chuck’ and ‘Rat’. All four display the richness of King’s storytelling with grace, humour, horror and breathtaking suspense. A fascinating Author’s Note gives us a wonderful insight into the origin of each story and the writer’s unparalleled imagination

My thoughts

I really enjoyed this book and thought the stories where good. I have a strange relationship with Stephen King books, I either love them and finish them really quickly or I take forever to get through them as they don’t grab me.
I bought this because of the short story for The Outsider.


Mr Harrigan’s Phone – This one was good and I thought a solid start to keep me gripped and wanting to read the other stories. It was about a lovely relationship between an older man and a younger boy, where both of them teach each other about life from their perspectives. I would of liked a little more in this one because of the relationship between them both.

The Life of Chuck – If I am being honest about this one it isn’t one I remember much about. From what I can remember it was about the world slowly dying. I would need a re-read of this one. I do remember finding it story which was thought-provoking but not one which sticks around.

If it bleeds – This is the reason I bought this book and I actually really enjoyed this. Holly Gibney is a character from the Mr Mercedes trilogy which is not something I have read but after reading this, it is now on my radar. I thought this was an interesting plot and a lot longer than the other short stories in this collections.

Rat – This one was my least favourite out of the entire book. It is about an author who is good at writing short stories but can not finish a full novel. It is his journey to finally writing his first full length novel. I didn’t really find it that interesting and found myself skim reading it towards the end. Overall I would recommend this book to people and I will definitely be picking up the Mr Mercedes trilogy in the future.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below if you have read this book

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