ARC Review: In Her Shadow- Mark Edwards

Hooray for my very first ARC review!

Page Count 366

 Publication date Oct 4th 2018/ Publisher Amazon Publishing UK

*I was provided an eARC via Netgalley for my review of this title.

SYNOPSIS

Isabel’s life seemed perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead.

For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy.

As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.

Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home? Continue reading “ARC Review: In Her Shadow- Mark Edwards”

Review: The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle

If I can convince you to buy just one book this year, please let it be this!

‘Too little information and you’re blind, too much and you’re blinded.

You may have seen me mention The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (titled The Seven ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in the US) oh only about 5236 times so far this year. Nothing I write here will do this book the justice I think it deserves, it’s definitely my favourite book of the year so far and I’m pretty confident it will keep my number one spot.

If you haven’t heard of The Seven Deaths yet take a look at the synopsis below:
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Novella Notes- White- Tim Lebbon

Short, Sharp, Scary!

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Page Count 62/ POV First person

 Publication date March 2014/ Publisher Dreaming In Fire

Price £2.08/Free with K-U  Purchased From: Amazon Kindle (30/05/18)

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Mini Review; American Psycho- Bret Easton Ellis

It’s all too easy to see why this was a banned book.

 

Page Count 399/ POV First person

 Publication date March 1991/ Publisher Vintage Books

Price £1.19/  Purchased From: Amazon Kindle (28/07/17)

“Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and works on Wall Street; he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to a head-on collision with America’s greatest dream – and its worst nightmare – American Psycho is a bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognize but do not wish to confront.

American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time – a multi-million copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic.”

Or in my own words, monotonous and irritatingly materialistic. I get that’s the point, there needs to be emphasis on how stinking rich the characters are, but when I’m still reading entire paragraphs describing the outfit each person in the scene is wearing 30% into a book I’m going to get bored.

I’m not a materialistic or designer worshipping type of girl myself. I knew before entering into this that there would be constant reference to money and condescension towards those less fortunate but I hadn’t realised the bulk of the book would consist of it.

Yes there is murder, there is violence. You will find exactly what you expected to, eventually.

I have to admit this is the first book that reduced me to skim reading. I didn’t find the ten plus pages outlining discographies of Whitney Houston or Genesis added to the narrative. I didn’t enjoy reading repetitive chapters full of Wall Street ‘gentlemen’ arguing about where or what to eat., though I will concede that having to do so made the violent and sexual scenes more jarring.

It is well written, the unease and discord I felt whilst reading it was, I assume, exactly what Ellis had intended.

If you are looking for some intense gore, animal abuse and lewd erotica then by all means, have at American Psycho. It is easy to see why this was a banned book.

If you prefer your stories to have a plot, or even just a beginning and an ending I don’t recommend it.

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