Book reviews

The Story A Day May Collection by Morgen Bailey – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

This collection was written from a variety of prompts supplied by storyaday.org and originally published on Morgen’s blog (morgenbailey.wordpress.com – where you can still read the list of prompts), during May 2011, 2012, and 2013.

In this book there are stories of revenge, overcoming obstacles, newfound and lost love, shopping, chocolate, legends of history, and the occasional alien or two.

We have crimes afoot, writer’s block, characters with and without friends, homages, humans and non-humans, scratches, squeaks and barks.

From Chelsea buns to casseroles, we share the highs and lows, but the stories all go to show what can be done with a prompt, a few hours, and a colourful imagination.

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MY REVIEW

What a fun read, perfect for dipping in and out of when you don’t really have time for a novel but want a quick read…..

Each of the short and some very short stories are all the result of a writing prompt….so if the prompt is alternate reality, then the story is a little sci-fi tale and so on, resulting in an eclectic mix of stories with many characters and genre and a joy to read.

There’s quirky, fun, heartwarming, sci-fi,  creepy thrillers and so much more …..

A very clever way of igniting the imagination….

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Author Bio:

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Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address morgen@morgenbailey.com.

 

Links used above:

 

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editor = http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/editing-and-critique

tutor = http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/courses

blogger = https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com

speaker = https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writer-for-hire/speaking-at-your-event

Twitter = http://twitter.com/morgenwriteruk

Facebook = http://facebook.com/morgenwriteruk

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Without A Trace by Carissa Anne Lynch – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

From the USA Today bestselling author of My Sister Is Missing

Lily’s gone.

Someone took her.

Unless she was she never there…

A little girl has gone missing.

Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.

Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?

At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…

Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exist?

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MY REVIEW

Nova has run away from her abusive husband, Martin. She has taken her daughter Lily to a secluded cabin…….

When she goes to wake Lily, she finds the bed empty and a little bunny in her place. Panic stricken she calls the police and Ellie James arrives…..looking around she questions why no pictures or toys and all belongings are new, some still in their wrappings…..(it reminded me a little of the old film Bunny Lake is Missing). Had Lily actually been there? Does she exist at all?

Neighbour, Clara says she saw Nova arrive, but not Lily and that a truck had pulled up to the cabin late at night……..then Nova goes missing! Blood and teeth are found and the search begins…..but does Clara know more than she is telling?….as she has a secret of her own!

Martin, says it was him who wanted to end the marriage, Nova was unstable due to losing a baby, a son and they didn’t have a daughter…he is a sly, nasty piece of work, but just how far would he go to get his revenge on Nova for having the cheek to leave him…….

The police have suspicions that Nova is troubled, that Lily never existed and as the investigation progresses, we find out more secrets and the tension builds…..

I enjoyed the way the story is told, the different chapters from each of the characters point of view,  and how it shows the effect domestic violence can have…..the lengths people will go to keep their secret. This is a tense, twisty psychological thriller with a slightly creepy feel that will keep you on tenterhooks right to the incredible ending…

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Carissa Ann Lynch is the USA Today bestselling author of My Sister is Missing, Flocksdales Files trilogy, Horror High series, Searching for Sullivan, Shades and Shadows, Midnight Moss, This Is Not About Love, 13 anthology, Twisted anthology and Without A Trace.

She resides in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with her family and collection of books. With a background in psychology and corrections, she’s always been a little obsessed with the darker areas of the human mind.

Website : http://www.carissaannlynchnovels.com/

Twitter : @carissaannlynch

Author page on Facebook

Book details 

Without A Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Killer Reads; Digital original edition (13 Jun. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008324514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008324513

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Without-Trace-Carissa-Ann-Lynch-ebook/dp/B07L9LKMGW

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Coop by E.C.Deacon – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

When a woman staggers, naked, from a river, she has no idea that she’s been saved from a killer by a text message from a dead woman.

Laura Fell is horrified when she discovers of her friend Gina’s suicide. But when the autopsy reveals Gina died before her arrival at the house, she is perplexed. Who then answered her mobile phone?

Everton Bowe, a cop whose career is as dead as his marriage, insists there was no-one else present.  But he’s wrong.

Meanwhile, his ex-lover, DC Helen Lake, insists there are similarities between the traumatized river woman and the cold case of three missing women; the victims, she fears, of a serial killer.

So, when a strange Dove’s feather, matching one found on the river victim, is found in Gina’s house, Everton and Helen are suspicious.

If there was someone inside Gina’s house could he also be the river attacker?

And could he also be responsible for the other missing women?

At the same time, Laura Fell uncovers a web of deceit that stains the relationships around her and seems weirdly linked to Gina’s death, as well as the attacked woman.

Is there a serial killer on the loose?

If so, what is his motive, and the macabre significance of the feather?

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MY REVIEW

Members of the Chill Out group are on an evening out, but Gina hasn’t arrived….instead the troubled woman has hung herself in her home and sent an MMS of it to a special friend….

The special Friend was in the process of creating his angel…..Tessa Hayes, drugged, abducted and shaved, but interrupted by the MMS he dumps her…..alive but with no memory…….

“I am Nephilim… My spirit shall not abide in mortals… for they are flesh.”

PC Everton Bowe, Ménière’s disease sufferer with a broken marriage, is sent to Gina’s home, after a call from her friend Laura, who insists there was someone in the house…..he finds poor Gina’s body….

DC Helen Lake, who had a short lived relationship with Bowe, is ambitious and ruthless, sees there maybe a link between Gina, Tessa and other missing women…..a white feather is evidence there is more to these events than it first appears……

There are a lot of background stories, that for a while may feel a little disjointed, but they do start to link and show the characters backgrounds, secrets and their place in the overall tale. Some of these characters are truly reprehensible, and others, like Bowe, are endearingly human with all their flaws.

Plenty of red herrings and twists to make this a clever, well plotted thriller. The final few, shocking, tense and totally gripping chapters bring this to a marvellously taut ending. If you like dark, twisty thriller then you’ll love this.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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ERIC DEACON

Eric had a successful acting career, playing leading roles in TV and film including, Penmarric and Kings Royal for the BBC. London’s Burning and Hard Cases for ITV. His films include the lead role in Peter Greenaway’s controversial A Zed and Two Noughts.

He started writing screenplays after a family illness and found almost immediate success. His scripts include the Bafta nominated, Prime Suspect and the multi IFTA nominated Relative Strangers, starring another Oscar winner, Brenda Fricker. His short film Engaged, which he wrote and directed, was short-listed for the Fuji Film and BBC awards. Whilst Orlas Song won the Best Horror UK Award.

Eric has four – yes, four – screenplays in development (hell). Which is probably why he started writing novels. The Coop is his first and will form the basis of a trilogy.

He has two sons, both working successfully in the television and film industry. Eric is divorced and lives in Esher with his partner, in a house once occupied by the Judge that jailed Oscar Wilde – which may or may not be a good omen for his work.