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review 2020-06-09 21:28
Whispers In The Dark by Laurel HIghtower
Whispers In The Dark - Laurel HIghtower

I’m going to be honest here and say that I’m not a major fan of police procedural type books, movies or tv but I’ll always make an exception when several someones tell me I need to pay attention to something and that’s why I decided to read Whispers In The Dark. People on my Twitter feed would not shut up about it and now that I’ve read it I can understand the positive buzz.

Rose is a sniper with a painful past and when the book begins she is in a standoff with an irrational man. The scene is intense and shows Rose is calm, cool and knows what she’s doing but this event is more than it seems. Rose is also more than she seems and soon after finds herself and her family embroiled in a battle for their lives. The stakes are high and the revelations are chilling. You’ll have to read the book to discover them though because I am not a spoiler of books.

The best thing about this story, besides the history and the creep-factor and the ever-lurking dread, were the characters and their very complicated relationships with each other. They’re flawed, realistic, relatable - all of those things, and I really enjoyed reading their stories and reactions to events. Life is often messy, imperfect, frustrating, and disappointing and this book felt real to me because of the character’s interactions with each other and the realism and emotion written into the scenes. I still find it difficult to believe this novel was a debut. That sort of blows my mind.

I’m glad I listened to my horror people and gave this book a chance. I can easily recommend it to anyone looking to escape reality for a while and fall into a tension-filled novel with unforgettable characters.

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review 2020-06-09 15:53
Whispers Under Ground
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch

by Ben Aaronovitch

 

The stories in this series have a way of building on the established world, but always adding something new. This one nearly lost me when the nature of a peripheral character started to sound too much like it was borrowing from the teenage Paranormal Romance genre, but it recovered nicely and turned out to be one of the best in the series so far.

 

A new adventure for Peter Grant takes him underground, well, to the London Underground where tales of sewer creatures and secret tunnels always provide plenty of scope to extrapolate a good story setting. Watching this character develop along with his magical abilities is definitely one of the strengths of the series.

 

Magic, supernatural creatures and superior officers who don't want to know are all part of the job, right?

 

Anything else I can say will give spoilers, so I'll just move on to the next one in the series and simply say, this was good.

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review 2020-01-03 06:47
Evil Whispers by Owl Goingback
Evil Whispers - Owl Goingback

1831:
A group of Seminole warriors raid a village of runaway slaves to put an end to an insane bokor who has been sacrificing their children for his twisted voodoo rituals.....scattering his remains in the dark waters of the Florida swamps.

His evil should have ended there.

But, over a century later, a family of tourists will arrive at the Blackwater Fishing Camp on vacation, and inadvertently unleash the spirit of Mansa Du Paul....and transform their little girl into the vessel that will gather his bones together so that he may walk among the living again.

Only one lone Seminole, Jimmy Cypress, a former warrior who turned to the path of the medicine man in order to watch over the final resting place of Mansa Du Paul and contain his evil, knows what has broken loose in Blackwater. But will the ways of his people be enough to stop the growing powers of a voodoo priest whose powers have been growing in the dark waters of the swamp....and save the life of a little girl whose blood may be the key to his resurrection?

Goingback writes a fast paced horror novel that delivers the chills, and a native's view of all the different versions of Florida that exist....from the Kingdom of the Rat that is Disney's legacy ( I'm still laughing at that phrase), to the darker side of the state and the problems brought by the locusts known as tourists......and then raising the bar with a festering supernatural evil that lurks in places where one least expects it.

Highly recommended.

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review 2019-12-24 22:55
Death Whispers: Death Series (Science Fiction Romance Thriller Books 1) (The Death Series) by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Death Whispers - Tamara Rose Blodgett
Death Whispers: Death Series (Science Fiction Romance Thriller Books 1) (The Death Series) by Tamara Rose Blodgett has a fast, intriguing start. I gave it four stars.
 
I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.
 
It describes how kids get to draw what paranormal power they would have.
 
"Caleb finds that hiding his ability while protecting Jade and his friends is a full time job; can he escape the government, protect Jade and lose the enemies who are making him miserable?"
 
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review 2019-10-12 01:05
Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant #3)
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch

I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the previous two. Peter’s getting on my nerves with his constant weird reactions to Lesley’s facial injuries. The only thing he’s said about it is that he feels guilty for not feeling guilty about his best friend being hurt so badly, and since he refuses to dwell on it further and find the reason for his reaction, I am running out of patience with him. It’s all told from Peter’s POV, and being stuck in the head of a character who occasionally seems allergic to introspection can be frustrating. I’m just waiting for Lesley to start dabbling in forbidden magic to find a way to heal herself (the main implied reason she wanted to learn magic in the first place), and if she goes off the deep end and becomes a villain I’m going to blame Peter for generally being a pillock about the whole thing. (While also blaming the author for going in such an unoriginal direction, of course.)

 

I thought the book fell down a little on the murder mystery end as well, meandering for chapter after chapter before Peter pulled the solution out of his ass. It was entertaining, but it didn’t feel earned. Also, whoever wrote the cover copy should have their nose booped with a smelly pool noodle. The whole possibly-entertaining-and-interesting religion vs magic conflict alluded to is non-existent.

 

(Read for Halloween Bingo Supernatural Square)

 

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