The Leviathan Review

Norfolk, 1643. With civil war tearing England apart, reluctant soldier Thomas Treadwater is summoned home by his sister, who accuses a new servant of improper conduct with their widowed father. By the time Thomas returns home, his father is insensible, felled by a stroke, and their new servant is in prison, facing charges of witchcraft. Thomas prides himself on being a rational, modern man, but as he unravels the mystery of what has happened, he uncovers not a tale of superstition but something dark and ancient, linked to a shipwreck years before. Something has awoken, and now it will not rest.

The Whistling Review

Author: Rebecca Netley Series: Standalone Genre: Horror No. of pages: 400 Dates read: 20.09.21 – 21.09.21 Star Rating: 2 stars ARC Publisher: Michael Joesph Date Published: 14.10.21 Plot: Alone in the world, Elspeth Swansome takes the position of nanny to a family on the remote Scottish island of Skelthsea. Her charge, Mary, hasn’t uttered a […]

Mexican Gothic Review

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemí’s dreams with visions of blood and doom. Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. 

October Wrap Up 2020

This was a bit of a mis-matched month. We had some great books and then we had some pretty bad books. It was definitely an eventful month. It’s really freaking me out that now we only have 2 months left of this year. What actually happened? It’s been the longest and shortest year of my life! This month was important for my 2020 reading journey as I finished my Goodreads reading challenge!!

  • I read 5 books this month.
  • I read 2 books for my ONTD challenge.
  • I completed my Goodreads challenge of reading 51 books!
  • Genre: I read 2 fantasy, 2 murder mysteries and 1 horror.
  • Age range: All the books I read this month were adult.
  • Formant: I read 3 paperbacks and 2 e-books.
  • I read 2 ARCs this month.

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie (5 stars)

Going into this book I already knew who the murderer was so I was quite interested to see if that affected my experience of reading the book. So, this was different to my normal murder mystery reviews as I reviewed the book from a different angle. The angle of already knowing the main spoilers!

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (2 stars)

This was not it for me. This was very similar to my experience with Storm Front, pretty average mystery with awful treatment of female characters. That being said the plot was more enjoyable that the Storm Front book.

Murder on the Dancefloor by Helena Dixon (3 stars)

This was another great installment! While not my favourite book of the series in terms of mystery, this book definitely delivered in terms of side plots. This book is definitely a shift for the series.

The Haunting of Beatrix Greene by Rachel Hawkins, Ash Pearsons and Vicky Alvear Schecter (2 stars)

Another disappointment for the month. The writing wasn’t great, it felt way too short and some interesting plot choices. It did have some really interesting imagery!

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (4 stars)

I was quite anxious going into this book as big fantasy books make me quite nervous. Mainly because I am worried I will lose interest halfway through. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case here. Cracking magic system, really interesting political plot and some interesting characters.

The Haunting of Beatrix Greene Review

Beatrix Greene has made a name for herself in Victorian England as a reputable spiritual medium, but she’s a fraud: even she knows ghosts aren’t real. But when she’s offered a lucrative job by James Walker—a scientist notorious for discrediting pretenders like her—Beatrix takes the risk of a lifetime. If her séance at the infamously haunted Ashbury Manor fools him, she will finally have true financial freedom. If she fails, her secret will become her public shame.

The Girl in Red Review

It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago. There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined. Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods…