Book reviews, Dystopian fiction, Legal drama

Unborn by Rachel McLean – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

She killed her unborn child. The punishment will fit the crime.

America, 2026.

Feminism has been defeated.

Equality is a memory.

And abortion has been criminalized.

Three women find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Kate, carrying the child of a sexual predator.

Grace, whose baby will be born with a fatal deformity.

And Cindee: abused, abandoned and pregnant.

Can these three very different women come together to fight an oppressive system and win their freedom?

Find out by reading Unborn, a chilling dystopia combined with a gripping legal thriller.

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MY REVIEW 

This is a dystopian tale that feels all too real in its plausibility. The fact some states in the US are already making laws to limit a woman’s decisions relating to her own body makes this a terrifying possible reality.

It is the story of 3 women who are affected by a law that criminalises abortion for ANY reason and results in imprisonment, even a miscarriage has to be proven. This is a world similar to that in A Handmaid’s Tale in that women’s reproductive rights are controlled by men, but this is also a legal drama as these laws are challenged. It’s thought provoking, anger inducing and totally gripping from start to finish.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources 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.

 

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08184VDBV/

 

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08184VDBV/

 

Author Bio –

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My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

 

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachelmcwrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachelmcleanwrites/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelmcwrites/

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Book reviews, Classic style whodunnit, Murder mystery

The Guest List by Lucy Foley – Book Review

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Another murder. Another mystery.

Guests are called to a remote island off the Irish coast to celebrate the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules and Will. Everything has been meticulously planned, the scene is set, old friends are back together.

It should be the perfect day.

Until the discovery of a body signals the perfect murder.

A groom with a secret.

A bridesmaid with a grudge. A plus one with motive.

A best man with a past.

It could be any, it could be all . . . But one guest won’t make it out alive.
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MY REVIEW 

Julia is a magazine publisher, she is marrying Will, A TV celebrity, on a small island off the Irish coast. They have a wedding planner, Aoife, a caterer, Freddie and several ushers. Some guests are also staying on the island too.

During the evening reception there is a storm that’s causing power cuts and blackouts……..then a body is found!

Told from the perspectives of several of the characters, it builds a picture of each of them, their pasts, secrets and lies. It also gives differing pints of view to the story which really adds to the sense of unease.

An immensely skillfully written murder mystery with great, sometimes truly detestable characters and a twisty plot positively simmering with tension. I really enjoyed Lucy Foley’s previous book, The Hunting Part and in my opinion this is even better. Absolutely brilliant.

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

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2HSBnlf 

 

Thank you also to The Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read this in daily staves with the online Pigeons.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party, an instant Sunday Times and Irish Times no.1 bestseller, was Lucy’s debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination. Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more. 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Beast by Matt Wesolowski – Book Review

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Continuing the unique, explosive Six Stories series, based around six podcasts comes a compulsive, taut and terrifying thriller, and a bleak and distressing look at modern society’s desperation for attention. Beast will unveil a darkness from which you may never return…

In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.

Three young men, part of an alleged cult, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.

Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, and the tragic and chilling legend of the Ergarth Vampire…

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MY REVIEW 

#4 in the Six Stories series and can be read as a stand-alone. But, in my opinion you are missing out on a fantastic series if you don’t also read the previous three books.

This really is an amazing read. Written as a series of podcasts by Scott King, with each episode an interview with one of six people. Witnesses, friends, family and acquaintances of the victim.

Lizzie B is a vlogger, with a large following, she’s beautiful, kind and very popular. She is taking part in the Dead In Six Days challenge and if she completes each challenge set by Vladlena, on the sixth day she meets a vampire. She posts daily updates to YouTube and her following is growing.

When Lizzie is found dead in the Tankerville ‘Vampire’ Tower’ the rumours and accusations begin to fly. Even though her killers were caught and imprisoned, Scott King wants to find out more.

Was Lizzie’s death the result of a prank gone wrong or something else entirely?

I love this book, from the podcast format to the story of the Ergarth Vampire, including vampire legend and even little mentions of Dracula.

It’s also a cautionary tale of those who feel their lives are measured by online likes, followers and subscribers. That being popular and ‘relevant’ is the be all and end all and has to be gained no matter what the cost. It’s beautifully written, dark, incredibly creepy and with some deliciously goosebumpy moments too and kept me totally gripped from start to the chilling ending. I loved every minute.

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

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2Vn8BBo

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
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Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more. 

His novella, The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.