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review 2018-11-13 19:03
Unglaubwürdige Familiengeschichte ohne Spannungseffekt
Mädchen aus dem Moor - Audible Studios,Vera Teltz,Peter Tremayne

Als sich Kaths angeblicher Unfall als Selbstmordversuch entpuppt, weiß sie nicht mehr was Realität und was Illusion ist. Führt sie nicht eine glückliche Vorzeigeehe? Warum hätte sie Mann und Tochter verlassen wollen, wo sie doch beide regelrecht vergöttert? Oder trügt sie ihre Erinnerung und ihr Leben ist gar nicht, wie es scheint?

Von S. K. Tremayne habe ich mittlerweile zwei Bücher gelesen. Ich schätze den Autor aufgrund seiner Gruselatmosphäre und hatte gehofft, dass sie auch in diesem Werk mein Blut in den Adern gefrieren lässt. 

Kath ist mit ihrem Auto im Dartmoor gelandet. Was anfangs wie ein Unfall scheint, offenbart sich als Selbstmordversuch. Kath kann sich nicht vorstellen, warum sie sich selbst am Grund des Dartmoors ertränkt. Doch ihr angeblich strahlendes Leben, wird zu einem trüben Sumpf, als ihr die Erinnerung an den Unfall kommt.

Den Großteil der Geschichte erfährt man aus Kaths Perspektive. Sie erzählt von ihrem schönen Mann, ihrer anbetungswürdigen Tochter Lyla und dem abgeschiedenen Leben auf dem Dartmoor, wo es noch einsamer ist, als man ahnt.

Bei Kath kommen nach und nach die Erinnerungen an den Unfall beziehungsweise Selbstmordversuch hoch. Daraus ergeben sich viele Fragen, und sie hat ein mulmiges Gefühl. Was verheimlicht ihr Bruder vor ihr? Warum ist ihr Mann derart abweisend? Und aus welcher Motivation heraus, soll sie sich für Selbstmord entschieden haben?

Es entsteht eine mehr oder weniger spannende Figurenkonstellation aus Kaths Mann, ihrem Bruder, der Schwägerin und natürlich Töchterchen Lyla, die zentral in der Handlung steht. 

Lyla nimmt einen besonderen Part in diesem Thriller ein und meinem Empfinden nach war sie die einzige interessante Figur. Sie hat eventuell das Asperger-Syndrom. Zumindest zeigt sie Symptome dafür. Als merkwürdiges Mädchen verlangt sie besonderes Einfühlungsvermögen von ihrer Umgebung, woran Kath und ihr Mann regelmäßig scheitern.

Obwohl S. K. Tremayne dank der Beschreibungen des Dartmoors ein düsteres Ambiente schafft, konnte er mich überhaupt nicht fesseln. Denn die Handlung tröpfelt vor sich hin, es gibt keinen Spannungsbogen und das Ende ist in der gesamten Konstruktion versumpft.

Die Beziehungen zwischen den Figuren und die Geheimnisse untereinander waren meinem Geschmack nach überkonstruiert. Ich konnte mir ihre Aktionen und Lügen nicht erklären, und insgesamt hat mir der Antrieb in der Handlung gefehlt. Kath dümpelt vor sich hin, hat Töchterchen Lyla an der Hand, und denkt nicht einmal daran, lauthals um Hilfe zu schreien, damit sie jemand aus dem Morast zieht. 

Zum Schluss bleibt eine wirre Familiengeschichte, die auf mich ziemlich unglaubwürdig wirkt, und es fehlen mir vor allem Spannung und Gruseleffekt. 

Mit „Mädchen aus dem Moor“ hat mich Tremayne leider weder packen noch überzeugen können. Die Charaktere sind allesamt zu blass, die Spannung versumpft, und die Handlung an sich ist im Morast verdümpelt, wobei zumindest das Dartmoor exzellent beschrieben ist. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.com
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text 2018-10-30 10:09
October wrap-up
The Magic Cottage - James Herbert
Force of Chaos: The Coming of Age of the Antichrist - Lin Senchaid
Hippie - Paulo Coelho
End Times: Rise of the Undead - Shane Carrow
The Amulet Thief - Luanne Bennett
The Second Sister (Amendyr Book 1) - Rae D. Magdon
The Moor - John Haysom
The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe
Dark Ride - P.G. Kassel

Well, 9 books for the month isn't bad. I accepted a week ago that I just haven't been able to read fast enough to expect to finish any more, even though I have several still in progress. Maybe saving my longer books for the second month of Bingo wasn't the best strategy. Oh well, it's been enjoyable anyway.

 

Of the above list, I would happily recommend any of the first 4 (yes, even the zombie book). The others were mostly decent reads. The only disappointment was The Amulet Thief. I had high hopes for that one but found it boring.

 

So not a bad month over all. I haven't managed Bingo blackout. I will finish my Bingo books in progress. There are 6 of them and 3 of those are Netgalley reads. I also have 6 more Netgalley books not yet started. Guess what I'll be doing for November!

 

Only one of my Bingo books never got started, the Mary Shelley. From what I've heard it's a bit slow, but I want to read it anyway. Whether I do it soon or save it for next year is yet to be seen. My priority for the moment is shifting to Netgalley commitments.

 

I also want to have a blitz of my samples. I may not get to it in November with so many Netgalley books but I'd like to just take some time to sit and read them, keeping in mind that many never take more than a couple of pages to reject. Whether I do any holiday reads this year may depend on how far I get with both samples and Netgalley. I'd like to start the new year with a clear samples folder, though I find it easy to slip in short books. I'll let my mood take me where it will.

 

Bingo has been fun. I expect to get one more from tomorrow's call, but that's it for me. Next year I'll make sure I don't lumber myself with any bricks!

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review 2018-10-09 11:49
The Moor
The Moor - John Haysom

by Sam Haysom

 

This story is divided in an odd way. It starts with a news clip about two missing boys. There are occasional time jumps forward, written in present tense alternating with memories, which is all rather jumpy.

 

When it gets to a proper chapter one, the story becomes mostly linear. There are other news clips and time jumps interspersed, but basically the story is told from the pov of five different boys involved in the camping trip that led to the boys going missing, each of them having their own section, though each one progresses the story further forward.

 

First is James, the overweight boy who doesn't really want to go but gives into peer pressure to be part of the group. Then Gary who has an unfortunate habit of playing sick practical jokes. He's followed by Tom, a bigger boy who defends James against his friend Gary's jokes when they get out of hand, then Tim who is a small boy, son of the responsible adult leading the group and doesn't have many friends. The sequence of events is finished up by Matt, who is the sharpest of the boys and takes us through the climax of the story, which was very well done. The details and built up suspense were definitely worthy.

 

Through these various points of view, we slowly learn what happened, why each of the boys took part in the camping trip, what sort of person they appear as to the others and how the two boys went missing. Some of the story gets rather horrific. I sort of guessed what had to happen in the end, though not how it would play out.

 

This is apparently a debut book by a young author. I think he's going to be one for the Horror enthusiasts to watch.

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review 2018-08-29 02:19
Once Upon a Haunted Moor (Tyack & Frayne #1) (Audiobook)
Once Upon A Haunted Moor - Harper Fox

Well, that was definitely a short story. A little too short. There was next to no time to really get to see Gideon and Leander form any kind of connection before they're falling into bed together *yawn* and just as I was settling into the story and the mystery, they were over. 

 

And there may or may not be an actual monster on the moor. Since Leander is psychic, I don't know how far into paranormal/fantasy this series might go. 

 

I did like Gideon and Lee, and at least they're not already moving in together by the end of this, so hopefully that means actual relationship development is coming. Given the author, I expect nothing less. Isolde was a precious little pooch who's perfect just the way she is. :D

 

I'm not sure about Tim Gilbert as a narrator. He narrates well and clearly, but there were a couple of instances during the climax when it was difficult to tell who was talking, the protag or the bad guy, which was not really a time I wanted to be confused. His timbre of voice also sounds like he should be reading something much more serious, lol.

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review 2018-08-08 22:31
"Once Upon A Haunted Moor - Tyak & Frayne #1" by Harper Fox
Once Upon A Haunted Moor - Harper Fox

This novella has a little bit of everything: PC in a remote village on Bodmin Moor obsessed with finding a lost child, a psychic with cryptic clues, the possible presence of the Beast of Bodmin, family intrigue and a gay romance.

 

The romance is more central to the story than the possibly haunted moor. Our PC, son of a fierce Minister, lives in the house that used to be his father's, in the village he grew up in. He sees himself as the protector of the village and yet he is unable to admit his sexuality to the other villagers (all of whom have recognised his preferences for some time. The romance liberates the policeman from his doubts and his fears and enables him truly to be himself.

 

I thought the romance and the sex scenes were well done. I liked the intimacy between the two men: the way they talked to each other, the way they saw each other's strengths and their own weaknesses, the way they needed the comfort of the other's touch.

 

The crime plot was not complicated and was made even less so when it was solved by not-so-cryptic visions from the psychic. The atmosphere of distress and threat was well evoked. I didn't think the supernatural veneer added much.

 

If you have a choice between ebook an audio, I recommend you go with the ebook. The narrator of the audiobook does the dialogue very well but handles the rest of the text with random inflexions and a generic I-must-emote-more style that suggests a sight-read rather than a thoughtful delivery. The narrator seemed deaf to the distinctive cadence of Harper Fox's prose.

 

Although this was a pleasant read, it was a little too slight to make me keen to move on to the next book in the series.

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