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review 2019-02-04 22:17
Book Review of No Freedom: An A.I. Thriller by Inge-Lise Goss
No Freedom: An AI Thriller - Inge-Lise Goss

Will humans survive the android uprising?

 

Paislee Hobson is born into a world struggling after a war that killed most of the world’s population. Rebuilding has been accomplished through androids developed by and under the control of The Institute. The human population has been divided into strata.

Paislee, a legal clerk, is a member of the upper stratum. Her recent boyfriend dumped her. To avoid another heartache, she purchases a human-looking android companion, Pellegrin. No one suspects Pellegrin is not human. He arouses and satisfies all her desires and is a polished companion and conversationalist in public.

 

When strange things begin to happen around the courthouse, people start acting mysteriously. Some disappear, and others are murdered. Pellegrin’s true identity surfaces as he slowly and methodically takes over all aspects of Paislee’s life. She is in turmoil trying to find a way out. The love of her youth appears, and she longs for a life that is denied to her.

 

Can Paislee regain her freedom or is she doomed to a life under Pellegrin’s control?

 

Review 4.5 rounded up to 5*

 

This book is a fantastic dystopian thriller. I loved it!

 

Paislee Hobson is a character I struggled to connect with at first, but as I read more of the story, I liked her a little more, though her paranoia began to annoy me, even though it was justified. Paislee is a paralegal living in a future world that has gone through a cataclysmic war that left the humans struggling to cope with the aftermath. Androids were developed by The Institute to help the remaining citizens rebuild the world. When Paislee's boyfriend dumps her, she purchases an android as a companion. But as Pellegrin's hold on her life tightens, an old flame reappears, and strange and deadly events threaten her life.

 

When I heard that this book had been released, I purchased it without reading the synopsis. The reason for this is that I've read other books by this author and knew I was in for a thrilling adventure. I wasn't wrong!

 

I started reading this book, told through Paislee's POV, and was immediately hooked. As the story unfolded, I found myself convulsively reading, but dreading it at the same time. Have you ever sat watching a movie with your hands over your face because the suspense is killing you and you can't watch it, but you don't want to miss anything either? This is what I felt while reading this book. The author skillfully builds the suspense so you don't know whether you should be cheering for Paislee or not, or liking Pellegrin or not. This story has the futuristic feel of Minority Report and iRobot but also reminded me slightly of one of the author's other thriller series, Tegans. There are several twists that kept me guessing, and I found myself waiting for the other shoe to drop. Pellegrin is a scary villain. He's a control freak, and his attitude is one of a dangerous psychopath and master manipulator, but this could also be Paislee's paranoia talking. His identity and role at The Institute is a mystery, but I had a feeling when reading this book that it's not what I think it may be. Then again, he could exactly be who I think he may be. I love books like this. I've always been interested in robots/androids as a concept but would be completely scared if AI ever got this powerful. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad, but it's my fear of the unknown talking, and until I learn otherwise, I'm keeping my worries alive. I guess I'll have to read the next book to find out what happens next, as the book ends on a small cliffhanger, and I can't wait.

 

Inge-Lise Goss has written an intriguing dystopian thriller full of mystery and suspense. I love her writing style, which is fast-paced, and the flow's fantastic. I am curious to see what this author comes up with in the future.

 

Although there is mention of sex, there are no explicit scenes and tends to fade out. I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to some violence. However, I highly recommend this book if you love science fiction, dystopian, horror, suspense, and thriller genres. - Lynn Worton

 
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review 2019-02-04 00:14
Review: Turn the Other Way by Stuart James
Turn the Other Way - Stuart James

Independently published (8th February 2019)

 

ASIN: B07MQNYNN1

 

Source: author provided review copy

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis: 

Sometimes revenge is the deadliest game of all.
A derelict farmhouse in the Essex countryside.
A deranged family. 
Innocent victims picked at random.
If you're chosen, Turn The Other Way.
Simon Bairstow is a top London surgeon. He's performed dozens of life-saving operations. But something goes horribly wrong. The machine Eve Johnson is attached to flatlines, and suddenly her parent's world has collapsed.
They're hellbent on revenge, someone to answer for the horrific error that's been made.
Noah and Jess are driving home on a busy dual carriageway and stuck in traffic. They hear thumping coming from the back doors of the transit van in front of them. When Noah steps out onto the road, he hears muffled screams. 
He opens the back doors and what he sees shocks him to the core.
The van pulls off, spilling Noah onto the road.
Ignoring his wife's plea to leave it, he hits the accelerator in pursuit of the van.
Chloe's parents are missing. She hasn't seen them since they left the party in Hampstead on Friday night. She needs answers, deciding to take matters into her own hands. 
A serial killer is stalking the streets of Islington in North London late at night leaving his victims in a horrific way. 
The press have dubbed him the Angel Attacker.
A terrifying tale of revenge with a twist that will hit you like a sledgehammer.

 

Review:

This is a deadly game like no other with a plot that will have you shouting at your kindle/book in disbelief, make no mistake about about it. Stuart James has constructed a cleverly interconnected web of characters with a story that is pure evil. There are twists at every corner, the intelligently written tale barely giving you time to recover from the last revelation before you are sent hurtling off another knife edge. 

 

I've read many crime and psychological thriller novels and am rarely shocked, but this author managed to do it twice in one book - with the plot itself, and with the final twist. You're not forgiven Mr James!

 

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review 2019-01-28 00:39
THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous
The Au Pair - Emma Wood Rous
Suspenseful story told from two points-of-view, one in the past, one in the present.  Seraphine discovers a photo amongst her newly dead father's belongings that she has never seen before taken on the day of her and her twin's birth but her mother is only holding one baby.  Why not both?  This leads her to question who she is.  She also learns that the au pair took the photo but she does not remember this au pair.  As she searches out who she is, someone wants to keep her from the truth.
 
I liked this story.  It had me on the edge of my seat.  I was right with Seraphine on the mystery of her birth.  I enjoyed the two points-of-view, Seraphine in the present and Laura, the au pair, in the past.  I kept trying to guess about Seraphine but I was far along in the story before I figured it out.  I was hooked on this book from page 1.  I had to know what was the mystery behind Seraphine's birth.  Well done!
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review 2018-12-30 02:14
Review: The Promise by Teresa Driscoll
The Promise - Teresa O'Driscoll

Published by: Thomas & Mercer (7th February 2019)

 

Source: Netgalley 

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis: 

It was their darkest secret. Three schoolgirls made a promise – to take the horrible truth of what they did to the grave.

Thirty years later, Beth and Sally have tried to put the trauma behind them. Though Carol has distanced herself from her former friends, the three are adamant that the truth must never come to light, even if the memory still haunts them.

But when some shocking news threatens to unearth their dark secret, Beth enlists the help of private investigator Matthew Hill to help her and Sally reconnect with estranged Carol ­– before the terrible act they committed as teenagers is revealed.

Beth wishes she could take back the vow they made.

But somebody is watching and will stop at nothing to ensure the secret stays buried. Now, with her beloved family in peril, can Beth still keep the promise?

 

Review:

I've previously read and thoroughly enjoyed the author's previous psychological thrillers and had been eagerly anticipating this, her third novel of the genre. Although seemingly initially slow, with time spent carefully constructing the background and present day characters to ensure no attention to detail was left out, the story of #ThePromise begins to build as we meet the three schoolgirls and some of the supporting characters that also play a part in this deftly tangled and emotionally fraught web. 

 

As the story of the three friends progresses and #ThePromise itself is revealed, it is clear that this tale is about to get a whole lot darker. It doesn't matter that I guess the awful truth before it is revealed, the fact that this novel kept me up all night reading far negates that! The heart racing, dreadful feeling in the pit of your stomach moments that books like Teresa's give you come from great, innate storytelling talent, which Ms Driscoll clearly has in droves. I'll never look at a magnolia tree without imagining the three girls and what happened. 

 

 

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review 2018-12-30 01:31
Review: Where The Truth Lies (D I Tom Ridpath #1) by M J Lee

Published by: Canelo (22nd October 2018)


ASIN: B07HYQ99YV


Source: Netgalley


Rating: 4.5*


Synopsis:

DI Tom Ridpath was on the up in the Manchester CID:
a promising young detective whose first case involved
capturing a notorious serial killer. But ten years
later he’s recovering from a serious illness and on
the brink of being forced out of the police. Then
people start dying: tortured, murdered, in an uncanny
echo of Ridpath’s first case. As the investigation intensifies, old bodies go missing,
records can’t be found and the murder count grows.
Caught in a turf war between the police and the coroner’s
office, digging up skeletons some would rather forget,
Ridpath is caught in a race against time: a race to save
his career, his marriage… And lives. When a detective goes missing everything is on the line.
Can Ridpath close the case and save his colleague? Review: Where The Truth Lies is the kind of book that gets
under your skin from the very first chapter. Tom
Ridpath is a character that I wasn't entirely sure I
liked at the beginning of the book, but he really grew
on me the deeper I delved into the case. He's not your
run of the mill, predictable detective and that is
refreshing. He's not afraid to bend the rules to get
results and as his personality emerged, the more I
admired and respected him. The investigation that consumes DI Ridpath is utterly
chilling, well constructed and finely detailed. The cast
of supporting characters is varied and colourful, and
the case itself makes for gripping reading. I'm very
much looking forward to meeting DI Ridpath on his
next case.
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