Imagine that: waking up one morning with the hangover from hell, having no recollection of what you did or where you went the night before and catchinImagine that: waking up one morning with the hangover from hell, having no recollection of what you did or where you went the night before and catching sight of yourself in the mirror (as you stumble into the bathroom) to the image of yourself staring back at you – complete with horns sprouting from the top of your head. Well that’s what happened to Ig Perrish. Not only that, but along with the horns came some pretty hellish powers in the form of being able to know all the bad things anyone has ever done just by touching them: The local preist having trists with the cleaning lady in the belfry, his own parents wishing he would disappear and that his mother used to be a whore. Nice. And people tell him things; things that they are really thinking or want to do but would never normally say out loud; they are actually asking his permission to sin. Iggy tries to get away and but finds himself reliving the whole nightmare of his girlfriend’s murder a year ago. Ig and Merrin had been childhood sweethearts from the age of 15 until she was raped and murdered in a brutal attack that Ig was arrested for (and still blamed for despite the lack of evidence).
Horns flits between the present and the past and takes us through Ig and Merrin’s relationship and growing up together and what lead to the night of the murder. The human emotions were powerful and real and you find yourself rooting for….the devil. But one thing is for sure in this book – expect the unexpected. Don’t get too comfortable because that rug will be whipped out from under you just when you think you’ve got it sussed. Also, watch out for snakes! Lots of them!
This book is many things. It’s quirky, it’s harsh, it’s strange but ultimately it is a love story and a story of human emotions in their rawest forms. It spotlights the difference (or perhaps nearness) of good and evil. Do you really know those closest to you? It seems we may not.
I am a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark (her books are real comfort reads) but this one really let me down. It is the first I have read by both MHC andI am a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark (her books are real comfort reads) but this one really let me down. It is the first I have read by both MHC and her daughter, Carol, and I noticed such a difference in the quality of both the plot and the narrative. The plot was really pretty terrible and had me rolling my eyes and groaning on a page by page basis. A small town is gearing up for a Christmas festival when a small group of shop-workers in a syndicate win the lottery, then the next day one of them goes missing. Throw in a couple of dastardly crooks with corny lines and a some amatuer sleuths whose reason for being there I can't quite figure out, and that is pretty much it. Such a shame.
Having said that, it certainly won't put me off reading any more of MHC's books, but I may give the joint written ones a wide berth in the future....more
This was the perfect good ole-fashioned whodunnit to read while being wrapped up in the front of the fire poorly. I am pretty new to Mary Higgins ClarThis was the perfect good ole-fashioned whodunnit to read while being wrapped up in the front of the fire poorly. I am pretty new to Mary Higgins Clark but I now know that she can be completely and utterly relied on for comfort reading.
Emily Graham moves in to her ansestoral home in Spring Lake, NJ knowing that over 100 years ago a family member was murdered in that very town. In the following years, two more of her ancestors friends were also murdered and the town now appears to have a copycat murdered over a century later with young girls disappearing on the same dates. The last date that fits with the older crimes is less than a week ago so there is a race against time to find the perpertrator before he strikes again.
As with all MHG's books, there are suspects aplently and you soon learn that, true to form, it could be anyone of them. I love the fact that her books have no gratuitous gore in them, just an old- fashioned whodunnit. I enjoy her books in the same way that I enjoy Agatha Christie's; you know what you're getting and can rely on them.
What a great book; especially the end where I did NOT see any of those twists coming. It's the sort of book that makes you want to turn to the beginniWhat a great book; especially the end where I did NOT see any of those twists coming. It's the sort of book that makes you want to turn to the beginning again to see where you might have picked up clues or see what you missed.
I am a HUGE Joanne Harris fan, my favourites of hers being the "foodie" books and I must admit to being a tad sceptical when I picked this up thinking that maybe she wouldn't do thriller novels quite as well. I was wrong - this lady is no one-trick-pony. From the first page you know that there are a murder or two which sets the reader up for the unfolding story ahead. The story is set in a public boys school that is centuries old and has a mighty reputation to uphold and is narrated by two people in turn to keep us guessing. The old school teacher, Mr Straitley, adds some real comic moments too which add warmth to the book. However, whatever you think you know about this book, think again. By three quarters of the way through I guarantee that you will flick back wondering when you could possibly have missed the signs (not once but twice). Mwaaaaahahahahahaha!
I highly recommend this book; I had great fun reading it.
This is the third Mary Higgins Clark book that I have listened to on audiobook and I just love them. They are perfect car journey listening. I love thThis is the third Mary Higgins Clark book that I have listened to on audiobook and I just love them. They are perfect car journey listening. I love the way that there are always a handful of potential suspects and trying to work out "whodunnit". I also love that they always have a great epilogue that leaves you feeling satisfied.
In this book, a university student vanishes without a trace for no apparant reason and calls home every mothers day for the next 10 years. After his latest call home, his sister vowes to find him and opens a can of worms that someone wants to stay buried when long buried secrets are unearthed.
These Higgins Clark audiobooks are definitely a winner witj me for easing the pain of traffic-jams....more
Tanya, a young interior designer in her twenties is shocked when she sees in a news article that underground chamber has been found with the bodies ofTanya, a young interior designer in her twenties is shocked when she sees in a news article that underground chamber has been found with the bodies of 6 young girls who have been there for a few decades - one of the bodies is found with a silver locket with the name "Annabelle M Granger" on it. Twenty five years earlier, before her family went on the run, Tanya's name was Annabelle Granger, and that was her locket! Annabelle and her family have moved and changed identities so many times since she was 7 years old, always hiding from something but she doesn't know what. Now the underground chamber has been found and her past appears to be catching up with her.
I listened to this on Audio CD and I was gripped from the start. There are a few suspects and plenty of surprises, particulary at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this - although if you plan on listening to it in the car like I did, then best not to in the dark on a lonely road........more
I listeded to this on audio CD in the car and was gripped from start to finish.
Celia Nolan is given a very expensive gift for her birthday by her newI listeded to this on audio CD in the car and was gripped from start to finish.
Celia Nolan is given a very expensive gift for her birthday by her new husband who wanted to surprise her - a house! The house is beautiful and set in lovely countryside, but what Alex Nolan doesn't know is that his wife has already been there. In fact she lived there as a child under a different name - Liza Barton. The same Liza Barton (now dubbed Little Lizzie Borden by the townsfolk) who shot and killed her Mother and wounded her stepfather in that very house aged 10.
Twenty-four years later, all Celia's old memories are awakened by the house as it appears that someone is trying to scare her by painting messages on the lawn and leaving old newspaper clippings around of the Liza Barton case. Does somebody remember her and know who she is? Just when she thinks things can't get any worse, people start turning up dead and all the evidence seems to be pointing at Celia.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. There were enough potential suspects to make it interesting and the plot didn't have any unecesaary lulls in it. I loved the ending too; very satisfactory. I really recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good whodunnit. No blood, guts and gore, just good story-telling....more
I loved this! I didn't realised when I picked this from Amazon Vine that it was the 3rd book in a series and when it arrived I did wonder if it would bI loved this! I didn't realised when I picked this from Amazon Vine that it was the 3rd book in a series and when it arrived I did wonder if it would be OK as a stand alone read. I needent have worried, it's fine on its own although it has now made me want to race out and buy the first two in the series.
The series is about a sexy, female serial killer, Gretchen Lowell, who in this 3rd book has escpaped from jail shortly before a new spree of killings begin. Police are not only trying to work out if these new grisly murders are the work of their old friend Gretchen, or if they are dealing with a crazed copy-cat killer. Not only that but they are also battling with the celebrity-like status Gretchen has earned herself as the beauty killer by the way of websites, tour buses to the sites of her murders, and FREE GRETCHEN T-shirts.
I just loved this; I couldn't put it down it was so much fun to read. OK, it lacks some of the finesse of more seasoned crime writers such as Val McDermid and Lynda La Plante etc, but I would certainly buy more from this author and I'm dying to pick up the first 2 in the series to see how Gretchen started her one-woman crime wave.
I bought this on audiobook to listen to in the car and I found myself being happy to be in traffic jams because I didn't want to hurry home, it was thI bought this on audiobook to listen to in the car and I found myself being happy to be in traffic jams because I didn't want to hurry home, it was that good!
This is the story of Paul Copeland, a county prosecutor, who has a blast from the past when a dead body turns up. Twenty years before, at a summer camp, four teenagers are murdered and buried in the woods while Cope (Paul) is supposed to be on gurad duty. Instead he is having a bit of a fumble with his girlfriend Lucy and one of the teenagers who went missing was Cope's sister. A series of bizarre things keep happening to various people that were at that camp that summer and long buried secrets are being unearthed.
I found myself gripped by the plot; the pace never slackened and there were a few surprises thrown in to keep me on my toes. I really enjoy Harlan Cobens books but this has to be one of the best, in my opinion. Loved it! ...more