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A scream cut through the night as they watched flames engulf the woodland. Fire ripped through the trees, leaving only charred branches behind. And then they saw it… on the ashen forest floor… was a body.
Police officer, Mitchel Prescott answered the phone with a shaking hand. It was the one call he had been dreading. It was the hospital at Green Acres… his father Thomas, had died in the night.
Returning to the small town he had been avoiding since he was a child, Mitch must lay his father to rest.
When he arrives, the close-knit residents refuse to speak about Thomas’ death, other to explain he was found burnt to death in the woods and his dementia was the likely cause.
But when Mitch discovers traces of accelerant on his father’s body, he’s certain it wasn’t an accident. Then his childhood home is broken into, his father’s study ransacked, and a rock thrown through the window warning him to leave.
Mitch is convinced Thomas had discovered something that had got him into trouble… something that would threaten his entire family.
I was gifted this book by Welbeck publishing in exchange for an honest review. I will admit I haven’t read the first book in the Jessica Niemi series, The Witch Hunter, but I feel it hasn’t hindered my enjoyment of the book.
This was another Netgalley read I was gifted in exchange for an honest review. My usual genres at the moment have been thrillers, romance or fantasy so I thought I would try something a bit different. So without further ado let’s have a bit of a blurb:
When aspiring novelist Christopher Flinders drops out of university to write his masterpiece (in between shifts as a fish delivery man and builder’s mate), his family is sceptical.
But when he is taken up by the London editor Owen Goddard and his charming wife Diana it seems success is just around the corner. Christopher’s life has so far been rather short of charm – growing up in an unlovely suburb, with unambitious parents and a semi-vagrant brother – and he is captivated by his generous and cultured mentors.
However, on the brink of realising his dream, Christopher makes a desperate misjudgment which results in disaster for all involved. Shattered, he withdraws from London and buries himself in rural Yorkshire, embracing a career and a private life marked by mediocrity.
Twenty years on, a young academic researching into Owen Goddard seeks him out, and Christopher is forced to exhume his past, setting him on a path to a life-changing discovery.
This is a trilogy which I have seen around Bookstagram for a long time. Then my amazing brother bought me the complete set for Christmas last year and so I thought it was about time to see what all the fuss is about. So, without further ado here is my review of Scythe by Neil Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
This novel was another one I had the pleasure of reading through NetGalley. So thank you to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for this opportunity to read and review Martyn Ford’s latest novel, All Our Darkest Secrets.
He’d do anything to protect his wife. But what if that meant making the biggest mistake of all?
James Casper is one of the good guys. A DEA agent. A loyal husband. With his sights set on the man at the top of the city’s opioid crisis, James is about to make the biggest bust of his career.
Then his beloved wife Rosie does something terrible, and James must choose: report it—or help her. He knows how this works, and he tells himself he’s smart enough to get away with murder. But James’s worst enemy knows what they have done—and he won’t hesitate to use it to manipulate him.
James is dragged into a dark and dangerous world. As events spiral and loyalties are tested, he realizes there’s only one way out. And that is to be even more ruthless than the people he’s working for.
Whatever happens, no matter how far he falls, at least he’ll still have Rosie.
I must admit I haven’t read his first novel, House in the Cerulean Sea. However I have heard so many good things about that novel and so I jumped at the chance to read and review this title through Netgalley. Needless to say I am now biting at the bit to read his previous title.
Welcome to Charon’s Crossing.
The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through.
When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own sparsely attended funeral, Wallace is outraged. But he begins to suspect she’s right, and he is in fact dead. Then when Hugo, owner of a most peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace reluctantly accepts the truth.
Yet even in death, he refuses to abandon his life – even though Wallace spent all of it working, correcting colleagues and hectoring employees. He’d had no time for frivolities like fun and friends. But as Wallace drinks tea with Hugo and talks to his customers, he wonders if he was missing something.
The feeling grows as he shares jokes with the resident ghost, manifests embarrassing footwear and notices the stars. So, when he’s given one week to pass through the door to the other side, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in just seven days.
Episode 3 of Speaking LITerally Podcast is now live. We had so much fun with this one as we interviewed military veteran turned self published author, C T Ortega. It was an inspiring interview and definitely worth a listen.
CT Ortega retired from his 20 year career from the military last May and has since been juggling fatherhood to two teens and writing. In fact he has already written 10 novels, one of which I previously reviewed which was The Writer and The Throne, which is the first book in his Warfare of the Gods series.
Did you know that one of the traditions in Japan is to gather around the cremated remains of their dearly departed, and using chopsticks to pick up bone fragments and placing these in the urn, leaving the hyoid bone to last?
This is just one of many interesting facts on this audiobook. If you are interested in learning more about death and different culture’s traditions with funerals and burials then this is the book for you.
To mark the recording of our next podcast episode of Speaking Literally Podcast today in which we interviewed, fantasy author, C.T Ortega here is my review of his first book in the Warfare of the Gods series, The Writer and The Throne.
Welcome to Saggilmut, a heavenly realm that is all but serene, torn from thousands of years of feuding between the gods. Mythologies clash as Odin, King of Asgard, will stop at nothing to achieve his fate to rule, while Zeus, Lord Shiva, Osiris and other gods great and powerful have their own contradictory agendas.
Join 19 year-old Aaron, the first proclaimed Writer, as he journeys to uncover the truth of the impending war, traveling the supernal world, learning which gods can be trusted and which have been lying to mankind since the beginning.
In the end, only one of the gods can be proclaimed as the Ruler of Gods. But first, they will have to survive the Warfare of the Gods.
This was another Netgalley review, however this book is out now. As always, I was gifted a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
For a young woman who just wants to get her first kiss out of the way, a rugby player seems like the perfect mismatch. But a kiss is never just a kiss. . ..
Now that Soraya Nazari has graduated from university, she thinks it’s time she get some of the life experience that she feels she’s still lacking, partly due to her upbringing–and Magnus Evans seems like the perfect way to get it.
Whereas she’s the somewhat timid, artistic daughter of Iranian immigrants, Magnus is the quintessential British lad. Because they have so little in common, Soraya knows there’s no way she could ever fall for him, so what’s the harm in having a little fun as she navigates her postgrad life? Besides, the more she discovers about her mother’s past and the strain between her parents, the less appealing marriage becomes.
Before long, Soraya begins to realize that there’s much more to Magnus than meets the eye. But could she really have a relationship with him? Is she more like her mother than she ever would have thought?