Having read Burning Paradise earlier this year, I was looking forward to Dirty Water. Fitch doesn't disappoint. He stirs a perfect storm, a compellingHaving read Burning Paradise earlier this year, I was looking forward to Dirty Water. Fitch doesn't disappoint. He stirs a perfect storm, a compelling to read from start to finish. The story is fast and dirty with characters you love to hate and hate to love. It doesn't get grittier than this, folks. Beware the sharks in Dirty Water.
Fitch writes dark and cheeky with a startling amount of heart. A crime writer to watch out for. Fans of The Wire will especially enjoy the dark satire....more
Claude is on a much needed vacation in the Caribbean when he first sees Maxine. From that moment on, life as he knows it is completely erased. MaxineClaude is on a much needed vacation in the Caribbean when he first sees Maxine. From that moment on, life as he knows it is completely erased. Maxine captures his every desire & fantasy. She steals his every waking moment, his every thought to the point where reality shifts like a distorted mirror. He becomes obsessed with watching her, touching her—even when (especially when) she sleeps. He lies to keep her close, and he finds himself believing in his own made up delusions. When Claude learns Maxine has been in touch with her old lover, jealousy consumes him and he does whatever it takes to make sure Maxine will stay with him, and only him, even if that means involving the Russian mafia.
Godwin writes pure criminal poetry that should only be read with the lights down low and a stiff drink....more
EM Fitch saves the best for last in the final book of the Break Free Trilogy. Kaylee kicks butt, Emma is more endearing than ever and there is action,EM Fitch saves the best for last in the final book of the Break Free Trilogy. Kaylee kicks butt, Emma is more endearing than ever and there is action, action, romance, and more action. The ending will thrill you and draws to a satisfying conclusion. Clear some room on the couch and grab your favorite snacks, because once you sit down to read, you won’t be getting up anytime soon. Hurry up and buy this already. ...more
I'm a true crime fan & was delighted to get this off a book bub deal. After reading, however, I felt rather duped. I felt the book was more aSo-so
I'm a true crime fan & was delighted to get this off a book bub deal. After reading, however, I felt rather duped. I felt the book was more about the writer's opinions rather than giving facts. Not my cup of tea, but others may enjoy....more
I couldn't read this book fast enough. The suspense of the wonderfully played unreliable narrator was skillfully and thoughtfully written.Suspenseful!
I couldn't read this book fast enough. The suspense of the wonderfully played unreliable narrator was skillfully and thoughtfully written. I did feel the ending wasn't quite as clear as the rest of the story. It was as if it was rushed through too quickly, but that being said I was amazed that I never lost a beat through the character changes and each of their days and nights. Lovely ending. A must read!...more
Does your family’s past hold dark secrets? If so, have you ever wondered if they’d come back to haunt you?
After Jenna’s husband dies in a horrible firDoes your family’s past hold dark secrets? If so, have you ever wondered if they’d come back to haunt you?
After Jenna’s husband dies in a horrible fire, she moves back to her family’s property. Her half-sister, Diana, owns the larger family home, and their father has willed Jenna the smaller house of the two. Tension arises between the two sisters, and mysterious things begin to happen around them.
Diana starts talking to herself, claiming to see the dead. Schizophrenia took her mother years ago, and Jenna fears the worst for her sister. Jenna must not only cope with the grief of losing her husband, but also deal with her sister’s insanity, and finally, face the dark secrets of their family’s past. Only it’s far darker and deeper than she could ever imagine. And the worst part? She starts to see ghosts, too.
Lori Titus writes with the gentle ease of a talented storyteller. From the first line, you’ll find yourself pulled into and lost in this haunting mystery. I kept wondering what would happen next and zipped through this story quickly, enjoying every page of it.
I’ve been a fan of Lori Titus’s stories for years now, and can’t wait for her next one. ...more
Intriguing, bump-in-the-night spine-tingling terror is what you’ll find in this collection of horror stories. You’ll find serial killers, witches, theIntriguing, bump-in-the-night spine-tingling terror is what you’ll find in this collection of horror stories. You’ll find serial killers, witches, the boogey man, zombies, zombie babies, hologram pumpkins, trolls, frightening fairy tales, and raining octopuses (yes, I said octopuses). There are several stories that stand out for me, such as Neighbors. A voyeuristic couple is intrigued by their neighbors' kinky bedtime habits, and decide to invite them over to ask about their secrets… and share a few of their own. In Dead Flames, two zombies discover each other as “Adam and Eve of the Apocalyptic garden.” In Lost Soles, a man’s obsession with shoes turns deadly. In Skin Deep, Mark has an unusual ability to see demon like monsters that ride on people’s backs… slowly eating them alive. Probably my favorite short story is The Bridge. It starts off with one of my worst nightmares, a flat tire in the dead of night on a lonely road. In this story, Benson pulls over by a bridge to change his tire. He has convinced himself that he doesn’t believe in vampires or trolls underneath the bridge, that they’re all stories and gossip like the game of Telephone. When he hears a grunt from the darkness, Benson begins to question what he believes, and when a hairy blood-crusted hand grabs his ankle… well, lets just say like the game of Telephone, what goes around comes around.
If you love horror (and if you are reading this review—you know you do) definitely check this anthology out. You won’t be disappointed....more
Crooked Roads is a collection of stories that explores all that is crooked, messed up and thoroughly f*cked inCrooked, messed up and thoroughly f*cked
Crooked Roads is a collection of stories that explores all that is crooked, messed up and thoroughly f*cked in society. But what one doesn’t know and what one may not expect, is the way the author is able to flay the layers and characters of the stories to the point where it is personal. He isn’t writing about Ol’ Buck out in Rednecksville scratching his a$$ and spraying buckshot into the back of his neighbor’s trailer… He’s writing about you, he’s writing about the people you’ve met, the things you’ve seen, the rumors you heard in the town you live. The intrigue of the stories isn’t because of their shock value (though some are truly shocking!) it is because Mr. Cizak knows how to make crime relate directly to you as a person.
There are several stories that stand out, but my favorite is the exceptionally suspenseful “Little People.” Cizak tells the story from three points of view, each more and more shocking and intriguing until the end. It starts with a woman at a gas station in the middle of the night, she’s trying to talk the clerk into giving her a quarter for the public payphone. He won’t, so she goes back to her car, pops the trunk and fishes a quarter out of the pants of a dead body crammed inside… I won’t say what happens next, but trust me, you want to read this story.
I have bought every Stephen King Short Story collection… and I will buy all of Alec Cizak’s.