Book Review; The Familiar Dark- Amy Engel

Small Town. Big Secrets.

Page Count 256

 Publication date March 2020/ Publisher Hodder & Stoughton

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In a small town beset by poverty in the Missouri Ozarks two 12-year-old girls are found dead in the park. Their throats have been cut.

Eve Taggert’s daughter was one of them. Desperate with grief, she takes it upon herself to find out the truth about what happened to her little girl.

Eve is no stranger to the dark side of life – having been raised by a hard-edged mother whose parenting lessons she tried hard not to mimic. But with her daughter gone, Eve has no reason to stay soft. And she is going to need her mother’s cruel brand of strength if she’s going to face the truth about her daughter’s death.

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Book Review; Cursed: An Anthology

A wish is a terrible thing…

Page Count 384

 Publication date March 2020/ Publisher Titan Books

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Here in this book you’ll find unique twists on the fairy tale conceit of the curse, from the more traditional to the modern – giving us brand new mythologies as well as new approaches to well-loved fables. Some might shock you, some might make you laugh, but they will all impress you with their originality.

by Marie O’Regan, Paul Kane, Angela Slatter, Neil Gaiman, Alison Littlewood, James Brogden, Tim Lebbon, Charlie Jane Anders, Christina Henry, Christopher Golden, Catriona Ward, Lilith Saintcrow, Margo Lanagan, Maura McHugh, Jen Williams, Jane Yolen, Christopher Fowler, M R Carey, Karen Joy Fowler, Adam Stemple, Michael Marshall Smith.

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Mega Reading Wrap-Up

Smashing this years Goodreads goal and burning through ARCs. Here’s what I’ve been reading this year…

Well here we are in 2020 and already I failed to do a monthly reading wrap-up. Are we surprised? I think not. My inconsistency in all things is to be expected by now.
Instead today I’m covering both January and February, I’ve gone a different direction this time and shared my star ratings! Is this because I’m too lazy to take individual images and have just screenshot my GoodReads list? I admit nothing.

Aaaanyway, I’m off to a good start this year. My GoodReads challenge is set to 75 and I’ll revisit mid year with the possibility of increasing to 100, but for now I’m being chill about it.

As I write this my Netgalley score is at 81% as well it should be since I’ve read 14 ARCs in the past two months! I won’t be elaborating on them all since some have reviews scheduled later in the year- be sure to come back and discover them.

Here we go… Continue reading “Mega Reading Wrap-Up”

Book Review; The Deep – Alma Katsu

We know the true story of the Titanic… don’t we?

Page Count 320

 Publication date March 2020/ Publisher Random House

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Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic. This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on… And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic… Continue reading “Book Review; The Deep – Alma Katsu”

Book Review; You Let Me In – Camilla Bruce

Crossing the boundaries between the reality and somewhere else entirely..

 Publication date March 2020/ Publisher Random House

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The eccentric, infamous and exceedingly wealthy romantic novelist Cassandra Tipp has vanished.

But she has left behind what seems to be a letter. Everyone knows Cassie has twice been accused of murder. Her family have long been convinced of her guilt. Could this be her confession? Or her last will and testament?

It turns out to be not quite what anyone expected. For the letter recounts two extraordinary, darkly disturbing stories.

One is the story of bloody nights and magical gifts, of children lost to the woods, of husbands made from twigs and leaves and sticks and stones . . .

The other is the story of a little girl who was cruelly treated and who grew crooked in the shadows . . .

But which story should we believe? Both stories might be true. Both stories end in murder.

And where is Cassie now? Dead in a ditch, or gone from this world . . . and into another? Continue reading “Book Review; You Let Me In – Camilla Bruce”

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