In the third of the 'Longcroft Estate' tales, Darren Sant introduces us to yet more shady and naive characters. Andy Rowan, an electrician, is sent toIn the third of the 'Longcroft Estate' tales, Darren Sant introduces us to yet more shady and naive characters. Andy Rowan, an electrician, is sent to do a job for the dodgy Cullen Family and during his work gets involved with the saucy daughter who just happens to be dating a gangster who does not take well to being cheated on. In amongst all this, two stupid burglars get more than they bargained for during a robbery.
Darren Sant really ramps up the pace with this story. He's introducing more characters but also cleverly reminds the reader of the ones from his previous stories. Sant crams so much into this short story it is almost unbelievable.
This dark, gritty tale represents a side of Britain that we may not want to acknowledge but all know exists. It's not all wholly dark though, there is some wicked humour laced in too.
'Rowan's Folly' is a great way to set up Sant's next venture: along with Trestle Press, he is opening up the Longcroft Series to other writers to contribute to. ...more
'Tales from the Frontline' is exactly what it says on the cover - it's a collection of stories inspired by Craig's time in the British Army. Serving i'Tales from the Frontline' is exactly what it says on the cover - it's a collection of stories inspired by Craig's time in the British Army. Serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Cyprus Afghanistan and Iraq, Craig got plenty of inspiration.
These short stories are beautifully written, with lots of description. Craig's writing is really evocative and I felt I was in the stories. Many of these stories are hard-hitting and difficult to read because you know Craig's stories really are happening. The stories are a mixture of humour, grit and poignancy. Craig tries to write in different styles, giving each of his individual characters a believable voice. Some of the characters aren't politically correct, nor do they hold back with colourful language - this just adds to the realism.
This is a really important read for anyone - it shows what war really means to those on the frontline: before, during and after service. ...more
It's 1891 and Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle. She's left in a decrepit New England mansion, miles from anywhere, and is banned from readiIt's 1891 and Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle. She's left in a decrepit New England mansion, miles from anywhere, and is banned from reading. Left alone in the house with her younger brother Giles and a group of servants, Florence teaches herself to read against her uncle's wishes and talks to herself. During the night, Florence sleepwalks and is worried about a dream in which Giles is threatened. Sometimes, Florence fakes her sleepwalking in order to find more out about her shadowy past.
Following the death of their first governess, her replacement - Miss Taylor - mysteriously appears and Florence becomes convinced Taylor is the malevolent spirit intent on doing her brother harm. With no adults to confide in, Florence is left to deal with Miss Taylor herself.
This is a wonderful ghost story with many twists and turns. Initially, the way in which Florence narrates the story is hard to get to grips with but it is a very original narration and I felt I really was really reading a child's account.
The relationships between Florence and her brother, as well as the adults around them are well-explained and the friendship between Florence and her asthmatic friend is a great side story. I don't want to spoil the story but there is a lot of ambiguity at the end. I would have preferred more resolution.
In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with her murder. What fIn 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with her murder. What follows is a massive media storm surrounding Gleason's trial. Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty for his part in the crime. However, the unborn child that Russell was pregnant with when she disappeared is nowhere to be found.
CeeCee Wilkes knows what happened to the baby but CeeCee Wilkes has disappeared off the face of the earth. The only person who knows the truth has completely vanished.
This book is well-written, with a great account of what it is to be young and naive. CeeCee is a vulnerable girl who is just looking for love. Chamberlain helps the reader empathise with her, rather than just dismissing her as a silly child. You remain on CeeCee's side despite her terrible decisions. The characters of Marty and Tim are interestingly portrayed. The humanity of all the characters is on display, meaning that no-one is considered all bad.
There are some great twists in this story - you realise that, like CeeCee, you've been conned.
Two years ago, Ana traded her soul in order to save those of her family. To make the deal, Ana had to become the Grim Reaper's Novice. Her job is to cTwo years ago, Ana traded her soul in order to save those of her family. To make the deal, Ana had to become the Grim Reaper's Novice. Her job is to collect souls and she doesn't have a problem with that, provided the souls are old and ready to leave. Soon, she will need to sit her final exam to become a Soul Collector Graduate however, the exam may not be as easy as Ana expected.
This is a really unique premise and Robert writes it confidently. The character of Ana is introduced well, giving plenty of information about how she ended up in this unusual situation. Ana is also a very likeable character despite the job she is doing.
This is a memorable story which combines the paranormal with a romance.
I can't wait to read the next installment. ...more
Sandy has a pretty normal life. She enjoys her work as an editor at a publishing house, likes where she lives and is happy with her lot. However, unusSandy has a pretty normal life. She enjoys her work as an editor at a publishing house, likes where she lives and is happy with her lot. However, unusual things begin happening to Sandy - she is gripped by terrifying nightmares which start to crossover into her waking life. Is Sandy going insane or is something hunting her?
Pohren's supernatural horror short story is available in e-book form and is well worth a read. Despite being a short story, 'Dream Me to Death' builds up a good pace and draws you into Sandy's terror. It's really well written and a great suspense-filled read. ...more
I was absolutely blown away by the story of Frank and his deranged brother Eric. Eric's making his way back to the family home on a remoteWhat a read!
I was absolutely blown away by the story of Frank and his deranged brother Eric. Eric's making his way back to the family home on a remote Scottish island after breaking out of a psychiatric hospital and everyone is nervously expecting his return.
Their edgy father only adds to the intrigue. Despite Frank's narration of the story, explaining his brother's insane activities, you know that Frank isn't necessarily the full truth. He seems rather unhinged himself. Well, he does admit to carrying out three murders but he does admit it was just a phase he was going through. As the freaky back story unfolds, you get pulled further and further into this bizarre story.
Sixteen-year-old Frank seems old before his time but his compulsions and almost autistic-like repetitions make him appear much younger.
Banks has created an extraordinary world in which nothing is as it seems. It is such an original story with the most unlikely twist that any writer who reads it must feel utterly dejected. I know I did but I loved the story anyway.
Because I'd spoken to friends about 'The Wasp Factory', I knew to expect a twist so I spent the entire novel second guessing what it would be but nothing prepared me for the big reveal.
My only problem with this story is that it was too short. I would have happily spent many more hours with Frank.
If you haven't read this classic, read it now! ...more