Being heralded as a crime title is a mistake most whole heartedly! Lauren St John has exited the world of Children's fiction with this exceedingly beaBeing heralded as a crime title is a mistake most whole heartedly! Lauren St John has exited the world of Children's fiction with this exceedingly beautiful novel as her début in adult fiction.
Nick Donaghue is living a materialistic life in London trying to encapsulate all that he promised an early tutor he would. A life in writing about death seemed to be working well with The Times newspaper and his success came from his being able to celebrate the lives lost of those who had passed.
A chance encounter on a train, he'd managed to catch later than he'd have liked, led to an unexpected friendship though the most catastrophic crash that London trains had experienced. Surviving albeit bruised heavily he visits Matthew in the hospital only to realise guilt over his survival. Nightmares started shortly after and deja vu occurrences led Nick to believe he was in some way psychic. From writing about deaths to then dreaming them happening took Nick to feel the need to escape London, his life and encase himself in solitude.
Eliciting the wilds of the coast and his need to be free from his nightmares another chance encounter brings Sasha into his life. Suddenly, Life is worth living though the shadow of a recurring vision still haunts his days.
I can't enthuse enough that everyone should read this! A sorbet read in some manner whilst gripping you by the collar and not allowing you exist without it. "More" is all I can shout!
All I've read in the run up to this book's publication was how nervous Stephen King was about how it'll be received and how it's a story he's wanted tAll I've read in the run up to this book's publication was how nervous Stephen King was about how it'll be received and how it's a story he's wanted to tell since the success of "The Shining" in 1977.
I can put my hand on my heart and say " No need to worry Mr King, you're writing has improved alongside Danny Torrence with age!"
We pick up on Dan's story some years after the horrendous winter break with his family at The Overlook Hotel but are soon to realise that Danny has gone the way of all children and walked in his fathers footsteps. His alcoholism has been his constant in aiding him to deal with "the shining", the aptly named talent that allowed him to be party to all manner of ghosties and mind games throughout his life. Having taken some lessons from his mentor at The Overlook, Dan has managed to box away some of the more frightening characters and finds a place to settle, if only for a while.
It's whilst Dan is finding his feet that he first meets a young lady who will change his life indeterminably. This is where the real story starts for me! I'm not going to say any more....albeit that I loved this revisit into Danny Torrence's life and maybe, if we all keep our fingers crossed, there will be the same for Abra in the years to come.
Brilliant narrative from the man himself. Lots of insight into behind the scenes of arguably one of the greatest British bands. Humorous and informatiBrilliant narrative from the man himself. Lots of insight into behind the scenes of arguably one of the greatest British bands. Humorous and informative with the context of speaking to a friend. ...more
Well after all the wait....I'm thoroughly disappointed by this last in the trilogy. A very typical battle/love narrative and though it wrapped up theWell after all the wait....I'm thoroughly disappointed by this last in the trilogy. A very typical battle/love narrative and though it wrapped up the story I feel it's all been done before and alot better, in my opinion. A real shame! ...more
Starting in Venice with "The gondolier could only be described as ruggedly handsome....." you smile and are confident that you're in for an entertainiStarting in Venice with "The gondolier could only be described as ruggedly handsome....." you smile and are confident that you're in for an entertaining read. From one action filled adventure straight into the next as Derek gets called in to get insider information where the FBI can't go. As a rogue agent you can only envisage him suited and booted to look exactly the role he's playing. Hints at having learnt several languages to aid his characters fit the "00" casting perfectly.
All the way through reading this, I found myself chuckling with the familiarity of the characters. This is mainly due to me being a huge fan of the t.v. show "Castle" so when there were references to other Castle counterparts albeit loosely i.e. Katya Beckesscu, the orphan with whom Storm holds dear, I thought it clever and endeared me to the narrative more so. Richard Castle even managed to wedge in his two other literary stars with a hilarious chance encounter that had the men complimenting each others physiques, much to the disgust of Ms Heat.
Derek Storm is a Bond-esque fun filled hero who really is handsome, in a rugged way. I can't wait for the next one!
Robert Langdon is once more drawn into a mysterious world of speculation and propaganda of massive proportions. Waking up in Florence with no knowledgRobert Langdon is once more drawn into a mysterious world of speculation and propaganda of massive proportions. Waking up in Florence with no knowledge of how or why he might be there. The only reality for him is that he has a head wound and no apparent short term memory. Enter Dr Sienna Brooks, an enigmatic vaguely beautiful sidekick to Langdon's next adventure. The world renowned symbologist is about to delve into Dante's Divine Comedy with all the academic facts as his background to try to uncover a plot so absolute in it's destruction of humanity as we know it.
A superbly written plot with all the taught, neediness of a rollicking thriller! The constant reference to Dante only adds to the mystique of all allegorical works of art. A truly fascinating thought process to our population crisis.
A brilliant story of historical supernatural events involving an environmental work of grandiose proportions. Really easy read and thoroughly enjoyablA brilliant story of historical supernatural events involving an environmental work of grandiose proportions. Really easy read and thoroughly enjoyable in it's scare factor!
When a billionaire entrepreneur is told he has terminal cancer he enlists arboreal specialists to realize his dream of replanting his land. Based on information he has from research into how his estate used to look he drafts in Tom Curtis, an expert into redeveloping areas of this size.
On his arrival to the Pembrokeshire coastal estate, Tom stumbles upon an old church site which has a stained glass window of a remarkable likeness to himself. Hearing more abut the folklore of the estate and ancient woodland he is about to re-cultivate, Tom becomes aware of the suspiciously dark atmosphere surrounding the site.
As the re-planting continues Tom and his crew become increasingly aware that things have taken a mystical bearing and the team slowly start to disappear without reason.
It seems the repopulating of the estate to it's historical start has awakened an evil that previously had no hold or cause. Tom realizes he needs help to fight the darkness that's increasingly taking over.
Broken into alternating chapters from him and her, the story is laid bare. A flourishing businessman who has alwaysA really intelligent debut novel.
Broken into alternating chapters from him and her, the story is laid bare. A flourishing businessman who has always taken risks with life and then his self-possessed psychotherapist partner take the form of "him" and "her". Beautifully entwined yet each very positively individual in their narrative, I was engrossed from start to finish. ...more
Reading this is just like sitting with the man himself over a cuppa. Conversationally brilliant insight in the birth of one of my favorite comedians tReading this is just like sitting with the man himself over a cuppa. Conversationally brilliant insight in the birth of one of my favorite comedians to date.
I'm lucky enough to have seen Lee Mack treading the boards in Manchester and he makes it look natural and effortless. Interestingly, it's not, for him anyways! There are things in "Mack the life" that I didn't know about comedy in general albeit the book is a biographical account of how he got into comedy rather than the usual dissection of early years and family.
Being a few months older than Lee I was pleasantly surprised to read that as part of his growth and journey into comedy he worked briefly at my local Pontins. Meaning he was only up the road but I missed meeting him and he missed getting me as his wife!*
*though maybe Tara would've had something to say about this!