Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The Eternity Road (1) by Lana Melyan

Synopsis:

When at her eighteenth birthday Amanda blows out the candles on her birthday cake, she wishes that Craig, her best friend Hanna’s brother, would finally notice her.

Her wish comes true less than half an hour later when Hanna gives her a present - an antique bracelet. To Amanda's astonishment, Hanna says, that the present isn't just from her, but also from her brother. But that isn’t the only surprise.

Later, Craig tells Amanda that two men are following her and that she is in danger, but he’ll do anything to keep her safe. This announcement brings up a lot of questions. Why did she suddenly become the center of Craig’s attention? What did these men want from her and who were they? But even though Hanna and Craig know what’s going on, they refuse to give her the answers.

What Amanda doesn’t know is that the men following her aren’t humans, but vampires. And Craig and Hanna, who moved to Green Hill to be close to her and protect her, are not ordinary people. They are the legendary Hunters, the ones who rid the world of supernatural evil. Strange, vivid dreams help Amanda understand that she has a mission. But she has no idea where this mission leads her and how close she is to uncover the deep secrets of her life.

My review:

This was a little bit of an easier read for me. Well written with likable characters and good ongoing story. If only I've realised it was first in a series and I will have to wait for the next book.

Amanda doesn't know who she is. Or better said she thought she knew who she was until her 18th birthday when the strange dreams started. In the dream she wakes up in a strange empty house. But she knows the house has something within it with strang pull that she cannot ingore.

Things go from bad to worse really quickly and Amanda soon realises that the world she thought she knew doesn't exist. That the stories she read about monsters lurking in shadows are true and she is part of something big and there is no way out.

The setting for this book was well thought out and all characters played well together. The bits sets in the past helped to paint a good picture of how each person developed into who they were today.

I very much enjoyed this book so big thanks to the author and TBConFB for giving me access in exchange for an honest review.

My score: 4/5

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The Other Half Lives (Culver Valley Crime) by Sophie Hannah

Synopsis:

Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong - and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and was punished excessively for it. Now Ruth is trying to rebuild her life and has found a love she doesn't believe she deserves. Aidan Seed is a passionate, intense man who has also been damaged by his past. Desperate to connect with the woman he loves, he confides his secret: he killed a woman called Mary Trelease. Through her shock, Ruth recognises the name. And when she's realised why it's familiar, her fear and revulsion deepen. The Mary Trelease that Ruth knows is very much alive...

My review:

From time to time I go back to my own library of paperbacks I have collected over the years and pick out a real cracker. And this was definitely one of them. Second novel by Sophie Hannah that I have had the pleasure to read and happy to say there are another three on my shelves that I can look forward to reading.

Sophie has a real talent in getting the reader involved in the story, not giving anything away until the last few pages and letting you get completely engrossed in the lives of all the characters.

When Ruth turns up at the police station to see Charlie Zaylor, she has no idea that this one step will start an avalanche of events that will change her live and the lives of all of those she loves. The man she loves told her that he killed a woman called Mary Trelease. But to Ruth that’s not the problem. The problem is that she know the woman and she is very much alive.

From there on things spiral very quickly and events from decades ago have to be brought up to surface in order to understand the present. The characters have a real live to them which forces the reader to experience their emotions and have a proper relationship and involvement with the story.

Fabulous book, a proper page-turner.

My rating: 5/5

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Friday, 8 December 2017

The House on Rectory Lane by Stuart James

Synopsis:

Jake and Kate live in Camden, London and have had enough of the hassle with parking, overbooked restaurants and burglaries.

After an altercation with a stranger who pulls a knife on Jake, they take their son Sean and move to a house in the woods. It’s their dream home, or so they think.

People in the village warn them they shouldn’t have come.

Neighbours are overly friendly and who was the face at the window Kate saw late at night?

They find a tape hidden in the loft of their new house, a homemade video recording of the previous family, the Prescotts. What they view, chills them to the bone.

They realise that the family living there before them have disappeared and now, they could be next....................

My review:

Wow. What a rollercoaster of a book. I am still trying to process everything that has happened in this brilliant, fast-moving page-turner.

Jake and Kate have had enough of the bad air, bad traffic and high crime whilst living in London and all they want is a nicer place for their little boy Sean to grown up in. And when Jake gets confronted with a homeless man drawing a knife at him and they interrupt a burglar in their own flat, the time seems perfect for the move.

Now picture a small town, country lanes, woodlands, lakes, seclusion and a five bedroom house in a quiet spot that has just come on the market and is available straight away. Talk about right time and right place.

But as they old saying goes, if things look too good to be true, they usually are. With a stranger telling Jake they need to leave, the house being broken into, previous owners missing and a sinister DVD found in the loft of their new home, the dreams are shattered and the family find themselves the new targets of someone who will not stop at anything to get them out of the house.

It’s brilliant. There are twist and turns on every page and the story keeps on unravelling until the last page of the book.

Thank you to the author and TBConFB for access to this book in return for an honest review.

My rating: 5/5

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