The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Review:
Not since reading Gone Girl have I read such an addictive narrative surrounding a murder-mystery and a roster of characters that all hold possible
motives for being the killer. That’s what you’ll feel when you begin reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The thriller showcases a
complicated story involving three women, each tied to one another in unexpected ways.
Rachel rides the same train every day. She passes the same stretch of homes day and night, and she always watches a young couple, whom she’s
fantasized about and created this perfect relationship in her head, one which mirrors the one she recently had before it collapsed before her
eyes. However, one day she witnesses something shocking for a brief minute while on the train, and what she sees propels her into a whirlwind
investigation that will have the police questioning her reliability. When this wields no results, she’ll immerse herself into the lives of
everyone involved, and she will discover not everything is what she thought it was as the mystery grows.
Getting to witness the story from multiple perspectives, from the view of the missing woman and a young housewife to Rachel herself, makes this
one of the most interesting reads in the thriller genre. Everyone is a suspect at one point or another, and the complicated history that Rachel
takes with her into the investigation makes it a tantalizing tale. This is a mystery that everyone will be clamoring to solve, so be sure to pick
up your copies of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins today!
Don’t Say a Word (Strangers Series) by Jennifer Jaynes Review:
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review.
Before I get into how amazing a story this book is, I feel I must make to notes at the beginning of this review. First of all, I love the work
of author Jennifer Jaynes and thought this was a fantastic book. Secondly, as I’m sensitive to how people can be triggered by reading certain
storylines, I feel I must say that if you find you are susceptible to being triggered by storylines involving mental health and plots involving
cutting, then be warned that this book delves into both these topics wholly. The book doesn’t use these topics haphazardly or force them into
the story without precedent, but I wanted to put that warning out there before anyone decided to read this book. Now that that’s done, let’s get
into the review.
This is the third book in the Strangers series by Jennifer Jaynes, and yet Don’t Say a Word can easily work as a stand-alone novel, doing a
phenomenal job of integrating the events of the first two books as a backstory in the character of Allie Callahan, a single mother who’s haunted
by her past, with both her mother and brother suffering from mental illnesses and made them into serial killers. Now with her son Sammy to keep
her focused, she finds herself with a fragile form of happiness living with her son and adoptive mother in East Texas. However, her world will be
put to the test when 12-year old twins Zoe and Carrie arrive on her doorstep, traumatized by the murders of their mother and father. When mysterious
phone calls and a rising body count come to light, and the girls remain troubled by what they witnessed, Allie must face her fears as she hopes
she won’t succumb to insanity and loose her happiness once and for all.
The book has a phenomenal mystery that does a wonderful job of delving deep into the true nature of mental health, and sheds the misconceptions
that mental disease equals bad or evil, which is something that has been distastefully used in popular media in recent years. The twisted thriller
explores some great themes, from family and genetic disposition to self-worth and motherhood. Fans of the series will enjoy getting this new
glimpse at protagonist Allie, while newcomers will enjoy the heart-pounding adventure as the truth behind the murders of the girl’s parents comes
to light slowly. This is a must-read novel that has phenomenal and real character development, and makes this writer excited to see more from
author Jennifer Jaynes in the future! Be sure to pick up your copies of Don’t Say a Word today!
Lady Midnight: The Dark Artifices Book One by Cassandra Clare Review
The enchanting world of the shadowhunters returns with as much powerful storytelling and riveting character development as one might expect from legendary YA author Cassandra Clare in the first in a new trilogy, Lady Midnight. The first in The Dark Artifices trilogy brings readers back into the complicated battle of good versus evil and even more complicated romantic entanglements.
Blending new and returning characters from The Mortal Instruments series, the story follows Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn family in the Los Angeles Institute. No longer children and grown Shadowhunters, Emma and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn continue to battle demons, keep the peace between downworlders and protect mankind. However, Emma is still investigating the deaths of her parents during the Dark War, and Julian is desperate to hold his family together after his father’s death. When a series of murders resembling the murders of Emma’s parents brings a faerie convoy to the Institute, they see an opportunity to get answers and get Julian’s brother Mark back, after spending years as a prisoner of the Faerie Courts. Their investigation will bring them into the darkest corners of Los Angeles and the secret world full of dark magic, murder and blood, and will slowly uncover more secrets both from outside forces and from within.
The book does a marvelous job of continuing a rich story full of history while keeping it fresh and intriguing with a new setting and complex family dynamic. What is great is that the story seems to mature, as do the characters, which reflects the growth of the audience who has spent years reading the series. The characters get into more adult situations both personally and professionally, and getting to know characters who were born into the shadowhunters world rather than coming into it as a newcomer speaks volumes about the fresh perspective the story takes. This is such a great read that sparks a great new mystery and this reader and writer looks forward to the next book in the Dark Artifices series. Pick up your copy today!
In Extremis: A Hellbound Prequel by David McCaffrey Review
I received a free copy of this book from the author and Booklover
Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review.
You know the name the press gave him back in 1888: Jack the Ripper. One of the most notorious serial killers to ever fly under the radar and
avoid police completely, Jack the Ripper’s identity has long been a point of contention among historians and conspiracy theorists. In Extremis:
a Prequel to Hellbound by David McCaffrey, aims to tackle the mystery with a brand new thriller that incorporates events that lay the groundwork
for the story of Obadiah Stark, aka The Tally Man. Having reviewed this book a few weeks ago, I was eager to tackle this short story, and was
What’s most interesting about this book is that it takes place after the infamous murders of Jack the Ripper, and focuses instead on the man
this book identifies as the killer, James Maybrick. The haunting details of this man and his mental state are intriguing to dive into. The book
also delves into the founding of The Brethren, the secret society alluded to in Hellbound: The Tally Man. Seeing their secret history unfold and
how they were involved in the Jack the Ripper killings made this a truly fresh take on the notorious serial killer’s story. Testing a theory
about one of the suspects in the case and adapting it to fit his ever-growing mythology is inspiring and creative, and proves that this story
is a rich and vast one that can be delved into over and over again, and this writer definitely hopes we get to see more from David McCaffrey and
The Brethren in the future!
Hellbound by David McCaffrey Review
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review.
Evil has a new face in author David McCaffrey’s sensational novel, “Hellbound.” This book is a thrilling tale that explores both the complex mind
of a serial killer and the effects he has on the world.
The story follows Obadiah Stark, aka “The Tally Man”, a ruthless serial killer who is facing execution at ADX Absolom, a desolate prison similar
to Alcatraz. With the witnesses present and an eager journalist who’s followed The Tally Man’s long career as a killer, Stark is put to death,
but journalist Joe O Connell finds some odd things that make the execution come into question. Soon he begins to uncover secrets while looking
into the mind of the killer that will bring the execution into a whole new light. Meanwhile, Stark awakens to find himself in a whole new world.
Expecting oblivion after his death, he learns he’s back in his childhood hometown, with a wife and child and a whole new life he has no memory
of. After rejecting this life and going on a viscous killing spree, (ending with a police shootout that claimed his life), Stark reawakens to
find the day has reset, and this new life has restarted for Stark again. After the day repeats over and over again, Stark is forced to examine
himself and face the grim reality of the dormant emotions that reside within him.
This is a unique thriller that takes readers on a exciting journey to discover the true meaning of justice, morality, and evil. Part horror
story, part conspiracy thriller, the alternating POV’s between Joe and Obadiah offer a great view on both sides of the story, from both the
eyes of the journalist fighting to learn the truth to the eyes of a demented killer getting in touch with his humanity. The author has created
a fun world that easily conjured up a cinematic feeling, like this was something I could watch on television today. With a twist ending that
leaves readers wanting to delve deeper into the world of this story, Hellbound is a fantastic read that everyone should read today. Be sure to
pick up your copy of David McCaffrey’s “Hellbound” today!
The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire Review
SPOILER ALERT: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
The Mortal War is over, and life has gone on for Clary, Jace, Simon and the rest of the group in Cassandra Claire’s fourth Mortal Instruments
book, City of Fallen Angels. Weeks after the bloody battle in Idris, the Shadowhunter home, Clary is back in New York, starting her training
to become a Shadowhunter. With the knowledge that they are not in fact siblings, Clary and Jace pursue their romantic relationship for the first
time, but soon Jace starts pulling away, and Clary is left to figure out what is haunting the boy she’s falling in love with. Meanwhile, Simon
is adjusting to life as not only a vampire and Daywalker, but as the bearer of the Mark of Cain. Wrestling with his vampiric nature and trying
to maintain a normal “human” life, (as well as an unexpected love triangle), Simon soon learns that there are new, powerful players interested
in him, and soon he learns just how powerful the Mark truly is. With dead Shadowhunters being found around the city, a new conspiracy threatens
to tear apart the happiness and peace they all thought they could enjoy with the death of Valentine.
Rather than leaving the fate’s of these incredible characters up to the imagination, fans will be delighted to delve deeper into their stories,
and it is quite a refreshing take on a story in which the battle continues for these naturally bred warriors and protectors. Multiple new enemies
are introduced, while this book does an excellent job of taking the reader through the viewpoints of multiple characters this time around. By
the book’s end, the book will have lain the groundwork for a brand new trilogy and a darker mystery than ever before imagined. The intricate
details lain in this book make for an addictive read, and the fifth book is sure to continue that addiction.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Claire Review
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS POSSIBLE!
War is coming for the Shadowhunters. With Valentine in possession the Mortal Cup and the Mortal Sword, all Shadowhunters have been called back
to their home of Idris, namely the famed city Alicante. Having learned the secret to saving her mother rests in the hands of a powerful warlock
named Ragnor Fell, Clary sets out to travel to Alicante, but Jace Wayland, her recently revealed brother, refuses to let her come, and decides to
take off before she can tag along. However things take a complicated turn as Jace and his family depart, and soon they are portaling through to
Alicante with a reluctant guest, Simon, Clary’s best friend and recently turned vampire. Things get even more complicated when Clary finds a way
to portal herself to the Shadowhunter home, and meets some complex problems in the process. She soon becomes steeped into the political storm that
is The Clave, and her arrival comes just as Valentine prepares to wipe out all Shadowhunters who oppose him. With their very lives at stake,
truths will be revealed, and shocking events will lead Clary to take a crucial war in the impending war.
With the very world of the Shadowhunters on the line, the stakes have never been higher in Cassandra Claire’s epic fantasy YA series. The history
of both the larger than life Shadowhunter mythology will be explored, as will the complicated family drama of the various Shadowhunter clans,
including Clary, Jace and Valentine’s connections to one another. Bringing a very real sense of gruesome horror to the fantasy series, the themes
of morality, the definition of a true monster and love are all clearly brought to life in this third entry in the series, and the strong
emotional archs given to each character is addicting and palpable to read. This book makes it easy to see why The Mortal Instruments has become
a worldwide phenomenon, and although there are plenty more books in the series, this is a satisfying conclusion to the Mortal War trilogy. Be
sure to read The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass today!