Bartonville, TX | Member Since 2012
It is so refreshing to come across a writer that writes to the, "smart reader". This was my first Joe Hill book and I was surprised and impressed by the caliber of his writing, he has definitely inherited his fathers, (Stephen King's), ability to spin a spooky yarn that takes you on a gripping roller coaster ride.
A fast pace, combined with well constructed characters provoked some thrilling and unexpected intensity. From the mystical heroine to the horrible villains, the characters have such depth that they draw you right into their dreadful altered reality. For the thriller/horror seeker this scary and suspenseful read will not disappoint.
A 115 year old convicted kidnapper/murderer, awakens from a 5 year coma,.. dies,.. gets embalmed, and then....walks out of the hospital...
As an act of revenge against the young girl who aided in his conviction years earlier, he and his creepy, murdering minion, snatch her young son with the intent of taking him into a bone chilling, fantasy world; "Christmasland". He would only be one of the many.
A brave, mystical, but also, damaged heroin must use all of her recourses and abilities to try to save her son from a dammed eternity.
The narrator did a great job with the up and down pace and the different character voices. I will be looking for Hills next book with the hope that he can keep up the highly exciting, first rate plot lines.
When a recently divorced mother of one renovates an old home into a bed and breakfast, she may have bitten off a little more than she can chew. During construction she and her daughter start to experience spectral sightings and by the time of completion they have accepted and welcomed their friendly, paranormal inhabitants. While still trying to embrace that her first tenants are permanent and ghostly, there is an unexplainable murder that opens the floodgates for the press and local police of this small town.
I was wavering between a three and four star rating but about half way through the pace picked up and the characters became endearing. I think this is a fun, light, cozy series that according to the reviewers just gets better and better. As always, Amanda Rinconi does an exceptional job narrating.
I read "The Winter Haunting" which is the sequel to this book. On Goodreads it shoes these books as a trilogy called The Seasons of Horror, I cannot find these books grouped together as a trilogy anywhere else. After reading the reviews for the 2nd book in the trilogy called "The Children of the Night", I realized that not one of the reviewers spoke of this book or the 3rd, "The Winter calling". The first and the third do go together. The characters in this book are a group of friends when they are tweens and then in the third one, (Dale), one of the boys, returns to the town as an adult right before Halloween to do some writing in peace. Confusing? Yes.
Anyway, this was a good horror that starts with a blood curdling scream and the disappearance of a young man inside of a soon to be condemned school, the day before summer break is to start. When strange sightings and odd deaths start to follow a group of young buddies, they feel obligated and pressed by fear to take things into their own hands, especially when none of the adults will believe them, and/or will have them admitted to the crazy house.
Yes; scary, gross, ruthless Vampires are at the heart of the deaths. This is not a nice Vampire story and yes, people are horribly mudered. The tweens must come up with an idea of how to rid the town of these gruesome creatures. Their very different personalities help them to develope and execute an elaborate but believable plan that puts all of their lives in serious danger. They all know going into this dangerous situation that is neccesary for the safety of the town, themselves and their loved ones.
This book was a mix of "Stand by Me" and "Salems Lot". It was a good story and I liked it, however, I liked the next one, (The Winter Haunting), as well if not better, it was more of a ghost story and wicked, goosebump, good. Perfect for Halloween.
I loved the concept of this book and I quite enjoyed the beginning, I just wish that the characters spent more time within the historical timelines. The main character was a real go getter and there were some nice twists, however, some of the character interaction was a bit much for me.
The narration was good and I hope the next book in the series focuses more on the historical side.
This was the first out of three Georgette Hayer books that I have started that I made it through. I love this era and I think the reason I stuck with this one is because of the cute characters. The plot was very predictable but it did not harm the inner workings of the fun story. It was a bit long for me. I can't help but to compare her books to another author that writes fun fiction in this era that I love and I know that is not fare. There are many that can't get enough of GH's fine style.
The narration was done very well and did add to the story.
When Lila Emerson an unsuspecting writer and professional house sitter, is a witness to the brutal murder of a man and woman in a high rise across from where she is staying, she is pulled into a whirlwind of the upper echelon of a family dynasty. As the police end up at a dead end and then there is another torturous murder in the same family, she is approached by Ash Archer, the elder brother one of the decedents for some answers.
Lila and Ash find themselves searching for a ruthless, female assassin who is not just doing the bidding of her employer but who now has acquired an agenda of her own. Greed, revenge and historical obsession draw them deaper into the mystery behind some priceless heirlooms.
The story was full of suspense and I thought it was almost as good as, "The Witness", another Nora Roberts book I enjoyed very much. Both of these were admirably narrated by Julia Whalen who some may know from, "Gone Girl".
A tragic mystery that slowly reveals it self like peeling an onion. In the beginning I thought I had a handle on what was going on in the lives of the three young girls at the center of the story. Wrong... Needless to say, there are twists and turns that make you keep changing your feelings toward each character.
Choices and fate seem to run along in the same lane for two sisters, an innocent bystander and a very lonley couple. The characters were believable and the narration was very good. This is not a feel good book and includes some very graphic situations.
Sherlock meets Jack the Ripper. Sherlock and Dr. Watson must stop these horrible killings before the press or Jack himself frames Sherlock for his gruesome crimes. As usual Sherlock investigates, goes undercover and is always steps ahead of everyone involved. This would make a great addition to the Robert Downey/Sherlock movie series.
Wonderfully narrated by Simon Vance, as always he added depth and fluidity to the story. I am always amazed by how many books and different genre's he has done so eloquently.
I have never read any books in this series or by Charlaine Harris and did not realize that she was the author of the very popular Sookie Stackhouse series until after I started it. I thoroughly enjoyed the premise and fast moving story line. Quite an interesting twist to put on a paranormal book. After a young woman is struck by lightening she has the ability to find the dead and tell you how they died. She and her once step brother make a living at it while searching for her sister who was killed.
When they are hired by a grieving grandmother to find her grandson in a small town, it becomes clear that his body is going to lead them into an investigation to find a serial killer. Parts of the story get very grafic and there are sex scenes. Even though this was a very good book I wish I would have started with the first book because there are definitely parts that I had missed. Now that I have read this one, however, too much is revealed to start at the beginning so I will just move forward in the series.
Kay Scarpetta is a medical examiner who has been trying to solve a case concerning a serial killer for many years. No evidence is ever found at the murder sights and she cannot find cause of death for any of the victims. The story started out interesting and the characters were believable, however, about three quarters of the way through the mystery became convoluted. To many what if's and conjectures with not enough evidence to support some of the theory's. I was going to rate it a four because most of the book was pretty good with the exception of the end, but the recording needs to be cleaned up. An echo ran through out, slight but still present.
The third in the series and the best so far. When I started my next book in a different, darker series I found myself missing Jane and her crazy cast of funny friends and family. In this addition someone is trying to kill Jane and there are absolutely no suspects. While characters reveal more about themselves, some things come into perspective and her belief in people's basic good nature may be returning. All of her friends and even some unexpected family members rally around her to help root out the mysterious culprit behind the attempts on her life.
A new, unwanted membership to her town's Chamber of Commerce headed up by, The Mean Girls Society, a High School reunion, where they have her on the memorial remembrance board, and the return of the Nephew of her, newly deceased, ghost boss, add hilarity to the fun and games.
Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi do it again. IMHO, these books are right up there with her Naked Werewolf series. Fun, light entertainment at its best.
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