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review 2017-03-31 19:32
Don't Wake Up...
Don't Wake Up: A shocking and compelling new thriller that you will not be able to put down! - Liz Lawler

This was a fast read for me, in many ways your typical psychological thriller but it was superbly menacing and I give it extra points for being quite unpredictable - not necessarily on the "whodunnit" level, although Liz Lawler does a great job of obfuscating things - but more because it didn't feel at all like things would necessarily work out for our main protagonist. Did all come good in the end? Well you'll have to read to find out.

It has that addictive quality that I look for in this genre, certainly a page turner, also intensely creepy at times. Imagine you are assaulted but nobody believes you. Imagine then that at every turn you are looking more and more unbalanced but you know that you are not. That is an intriguing layer to Don't Wake Up, I also give points for the fact that the characters mostly behaved reasonably given the circumstances. If I had one bugbear it was one police officer character that was way too caricature but I won't say more because everyone reads differently

Overall Don't Wake Up is a great read, especially as a book to sit down with when you just need to read totally in the comfort zone - I have no problem recommending it to fans of this genre, whilst it may not offer anything unique, it is accomplished writing and a banging good story.

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review 2016-11-26 21:21
Suspense, red herrings, and a couple of detectives to keep an eye on.
Her Last Breath: A shocking psychological thriller perfect for Hitchcock fans (Detective Kerri Blasco Book 2) - Kirk J. Schneider Thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher, RGS Media, for offering me an ARC copy of this novel that I review voluntarily. This is the second book in the Detective Kerry Blasco Series, but it can be read independently and although I haven’t read the first book in the series I could follow the story without difficulties. The novel starts with a bang. The story is told in the first person and we share with the main character, Mari, the experience of waking up next to a body, with no memory of how she got there. She panics suffers an asthma attack and is unable to find her inhaler. She is losing consciousness… From that point on, her life is turned upside down; she becomes the main suspect in the murder of a man she’d never met before —a well-known photographer with a shady past, some dubious practices and more than a few enemies — and her estranged husband, a high-flying lawyer, comes back into her life. The story is told from the point of view of Mari, but we also get accounts, in the first person, from other characters, most of them from Kerry Blasco, a female detective that sometimes can have strong intuitions, or so everybody says (that is not too evident in this case, as other characters tell us from the beginning that somebody is setting Mari up, and despite Kerry’s stubbornness and her insistence on Mari’s innocence, her reasoning appears logical and based on clues and evidence rather than any sixth sense). Kerry is a likeable character, a woman coping with a personal trauma, hard-working and empathetic, although we do not get to know her in depth in this novel alone. Her partner, in the police department and in life, Alex, seems to play devil’s advocate to her more sympathetic good cop, although is a good guy at heart. Despite the different points of view, the story is narrated from, each chapter is narrated in full by the same character and these changes are not confusing. Mari, due partly to the effect of the drug somebody put in her drink, which causes her memory problems, to past difficulties with alcohol, and to the shock of her situation, is a character that appears confused and who often acts on impulse rather than using her common sense. She functions as a conduit for the reader and it’s a good device as, like her, we don’t know either what happened and get to suspect everybody and live first hand her anguish and doubts. There’s plenty of intrigues, the action moves at a good pace, and we have many detectives (not only the official ones, but also Mari and Jay, the man who rescues her at the beginning of the book), a number of suspects, and quite a few red herrings, twists and turns. You might or might not guess who the guilty party is, but there are many curve balls and the mystery is well constructed. An enjoyable and dynamic read, with some violence (but not extreme) and no explicit sex scenes or long descriptions, it’s high on entertainment value and will keep you guessing.
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review 2016-11-17 05:07
The Art Teacher
The Art Teacher: Shocking. Page-Turning. Crime Thriller - Paul Read
ISBN: 9781785079580
Publisher:  Legend Press 
Publication Date:  9/1/2016
Format: e-book  
My Rating:  3 Stars 

 

Paul Read’s THE ART TEACHER, a twisty edgy and gritty debut from a new voice in fiction. With a mix of literary and crime suspense, a school teacher gets caught in the middle of a war between his pupils--gangs, drugs, intimidation, bullying, and murder.

Patrick Owen teaches at London’s Highfields Secondary School. Denis Roberts was one of the more problematic members of his Year Eleven Art group. As a child, he had an operation to repair a cleft lip and the scar remained, running angrily up the left side to his nostrils. (you definitely do not feel sympathy toward this character).

Patrick found the kids of today communicated with words he simply did not understand. From their walking to their exposure of boxer shorts. Control was something that had gone out the window. From confiscating mobile phones to breaking up fights. An ongoing battle.

We also hear about Patrick’s past and his personal life. Separated from his wife, Ana and his three-year old son Danny whom he misses dearly. He was once a musician- a guitarist for a band.

Soon a student is murdered in cold blood. Patrick is drawn into the investigation.

Read captures the realistic classroom and the brutality of the environment of the school, teachers, teens, and the emotions. A total chaotic nerve racking stressful out of control world. With youths taking over and the teachers are at their mercy.

Read is also a teacher which lends itself to insights of today’s troubled teens. Patrick is drawn into dangerous situations, horrific cultures, classroom tensions, and devastating consequences. Not a lot of likable characters and difficult to read at times.

The book also includes a sneak preview of Blame, his second novel centering around a man called Lucas, with a job in pharmaceuticals.

A dark disturbing psychological suspense of social issues, violent gang cultures and a police investigation, centered around an educator in an inner city school culture.

A special thank you to Legend Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

JDCMustReadBooks

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/07/01/The-Art-Teacher
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review 2016-09-30 00:00
Omega: My Most Shocking and Steamy Interview - PREGNANT BY THE ALPHA (Gay Omega Mpreg Steamy Short Story Romance) (Gay Omega, Gay Alpha, Gay Fiction, Male Pregnancy, Gay Romance)
Omega: My Most Shocking and Steamy Interview - PREGNANT BY THE ALPHA (Gay Omega Mpreg Steamy Short Story Romance) (Gay Omega, Gay Alpha, Gay Fiction, Male Pregnancy, Gay Romance) - Johnson Woodstrong A free copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars

The narration was very monotonic, which made the story sound so boring. At certain points of the story when Jack's character was being voiced there would be some infliction in the narration bringing the story some life but that was few and far between. The narrator also seemed to be taking a breathe at the oddest times in the narration. Listeners could hear it in the way there were short 1-2 second pauses between words.

I felt it would have been simpler for Joe to just start prostituting himself instead of going through with the interview process. Less pay, more hours, he has to cater to someone elses need and there's still danger of unprotected intercourse. If he's going to go down that route I feel he should have just become a sex worker.

The story was an okay erotica but I could hear through the audio that there were a few grammatical errors.
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review 2016-08-07 21:43
Dear book, it's not you, it's me...
True Crime Stories: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases (True Crime Anthology) - Jack Rosewood

I received this book as an audiobook for free via a LibraryThing giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

 

This was, in fact, a well narrated book. The writing was good and the audible reader was decent. The stories were also rather interesting. The problem is that I was feeling depressed, paranoid and slightly nauseous by the time I finished. This is why I don't ever read horror stories. If real life is this horrifying, why do we need to make it worse with fictional horror stories? The only way the book could have made me feel worse is if it had included the murders of Jessica Ridgeway and Dylan Redwine because those were cases that I followed as they occurred, and felt sadness and fear as the police searched for the children and as their bodies were found. The audiobook was two hours and twenty minutes. I listen to my audiobooks at double speed, so I finished it in about an hour and ten minutes. I listened to it almost straight through with only a short break to eat lunch. That is approximately two thirty-five minute increments to finish one book that was both saddening and unsettling. I probably would have felt better if I had listened to only one story a day instead of all at once.

 

One other comment I have is that I appreciated the fact that, for the most part, the author focused on the victim, not on the killer. Single murders may not garner as many imitators as mass shootings, but, unfortunately there are still some who will imitate. For one or two of the stories the author did focus more on the perpetrator then the victim, and when he did I found myself feeling more squeamish and paranoid than for the stories where he focused more on the innocent victim.

 

I had never read true-crime before, and, while I did find it interesting, I don't think that it's a genre that I will read very often. If you enjoy reading about true-crime and don't mind short stories grouped together in one anthology then I would suggest this book. If reading about horrific crimes makes you feel squeamish, frightened and sad then it's probably best to avoid the genre altogether. After reading this book I find myself wanting to read Pigs Galore, Pigs Aplenty by David MacPhail or watch Little Bear re-runs to get my mind off this book.

 

 

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