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review 2018-12-08 11:29
After Anna
After Anna - Alex Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you imagine a greater nightmare happen to a parent than losing their own child? I most certainly can't imagine, and I am not a parent yet. But if I were a parent, I would do anything in my power to get my child back to safety of my own arms, far away from the dangers that creep outside on the streets and are at some cases closer to us than we think. However, in this book, the fun does not begin when Anna gets kidnapped from her mother's arms, but when Anna gets returned back into her mother's arms. Suddenly everyone is suspect of the kidnapping, and it eventually turns out that the kidnapper is a lot closer that Anna's mother may think. The book was quite tense and it offered quite a lot of twists and turns, and let's just say that the ending was completely unpredictable.

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review 2018-12-06 01:02
Hunger Makes the Wolf - Alex Wells

Another Sealwhiskers recommendation; I knew I was going to love it halfway through her description. "Firefly" plus "Earth 2" plus "Mad Max" plus "I Owe My Soul to the Company Store". And yet not like any of them; it's unique and fresh and fun and deep and now I have to get my hands on the prequel short story and the sequel novel.

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review 2018-11-28 03:53
The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

Do you play chess? I don’t, more of a tic-tac-toe aficionado TBH. But I’ve always admired the ability to think 10 moves ahead when faced with a worthy opponent. Here we have 2 well matched MC’s, each with a plan & motive that may end up being their downfall.

 

Alicia Berenson used to be one half of a glamorous couple. She was a beautiful, successful artist deeply in love with her husband Gabriel. Which of course begs the question…why did she shoot him in the face 5X? You’ll have to come to your own conclusions because Alicia’s not talking. At all.

 

Not to the police & not to her lawyer during a well publicized trial. Her cool, silent demeanor earned her a verdict of diminished capacity plus a spot at The Grove, a secure psychiatric facility in London. Several years on nothing much has changed. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, Alicia remains mute. But one man believes he can get her to tell her story & he’s about to get his chance.

 

Dr. Theo Faber followed the trial with interest. As a criminal psychotherapist, he became fascinated with the beautiful woman who wouldn’t speak. So when a job comes up at the Grove, Theo jumps at the chance to treat its most famous resident. Pull up a chair, dust off the chess board & let the games begin.

 

There are many secondary characters that add depth to the story. Some pop up briefly, several have recurring roles & others lurk in the background. Each brings something to the table, even in their absence. But make no mistake…this is the Alicia & Theo Show.

 

Alicia is an enigma from the start. In the present, she is a shadow of her previous self. But through her thoughts & memories, we begin to put flesh on her bones as we learn about her childhood & subsequent relationship with Gabriel. Friends & colleagues chime in with their observations & put a slightly different slant on her perfect life. Whatever your impression of her, one thing is clear…her voice may be lost but there is absolutely nothing wrong with her mind.

 

It’s up to Theo to carry the conversation during their regular sessions. And initially he’s more than up for the task. It’s not just about the professional satisfaction of helping a damaged soul. He’s well aware his colleagues have tried & failed to reach Alicia. If he can get her to speak, it would mean validation of his abilities & a huge feather in his cap. As time goes by, we watch as he becomes obsessed with cracking his famous patient & desperation leads to questionable judgement on his part. You begin to wonder if its a quest for professional glory or a classic case of hubris.

 

From the opening pages I knew that even if this was a poorly written hot mess (it’s not), I would read to the final page because I had to understand why Gabriel was snuffed in such convincing fashion. It’s one of those books where it’s best to go in blind. Although this is a first novel, the author has written screen plays & it definitely shows in the expert pacing & story telling. I can easily imagine this as a film. I had my suspicions about Gabriel’s death but the motive is only revealed near the end. And what an end it is. There’s something really satisfying about a character getting what they so karmically deserve. If you’re a fan of psychological suspense, don’t hesitate to add this to your groaning TBR pile.

 

 

           

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review 2018-11-19 13:41
Death of Alex's quiet life
Bound - Benedict Jacka

All Alex Verus wanted was a quiet life running his shop, helping people occasionally find out that there were others like them and basically doing the best he could to stay out of trouble.

But the dark mage he apprenticed to is back and has manouevered him into a position where he has to work for him or lose everyone he cares for.
He did try running away but his enemies kept finding him. Now he's trying to keep from gathering more enemies and work out what his future could hold.

I like it, I can see where Alex is coming from and where most of his enemies are coming from and I can see that they can see logic in it all. His master has a long-game that he's playing and it's very very complicated. I like how Alex has to face up to the fact that he cares for some people and admit to them that he cares.

I really enjoy this series. I can see why Alex is having to grow, reluctantly, but it's not easy and it's not a given that he will survive. I want to know what happens next.

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review 2018-11-07 12:15
Watching Mine by Alex Grayson
Watching Mine (The Consumed Series Book 3) - Alex Grayson,Hot Tree Editing

This is my first book by Alex and what a book it was. Watching Mine is the third book in the series, which I didn’t realise at the time, but having said that it is easily read as a stand alone though the other characters intrigue me so I will have to check out the other books.


Nathan is a voyeur and loves nothing more than watching people have sex, and for the past 2 years he has been watching his neighbour from the darkness of his apartment. A chance encounter with said neighbour, twice in one day no less, makes him yearn for her in way he never thought of before.


This book is definitely a hot read, that despite your best efforts, will leave you hot and bothered. I loved Nathan and is unconventional kink, which yes is not to everyone’s taste but that is the beauty of this series each character has their own and Grayson certainly did an outstanding job at telling Nathan’s story.

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