The Troubles Keeper
Most of us are lucky if we have one friend to simply be there when we're down. Well, meet bus driver Rory Fine, who possesses the unique gift of relieving others of their troubles. For real! Strangers, friends, anyone he passes by, he can help. With just the barest of touches, for a while, the troubles in their h...more
*Thank you to Susan May for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*
On the face of it, Rory Fine is exactly the same as all the other bus drivers working out of his depot, but never take things at face value, for Rory has a special gift - at the touch of his hand, a mere brush of the fingers, he has the ability to take away the troubles of his recipient.
One stormy night, Rory picks up on the negative feelings of his passengers, and he asks them to just brush his hand as they al ...more
The upshot is that this novel took me further out of my comfort zone than I ever cared to be. I don't usually write my reviews while hiding under the bed. Furthermore, I will probably never feel comfortable on public transport again. What if that fellow on the seat next to me is a serial killer? I probably won't even be able to get a refund on my bus ticket until it's too late!
So why have I g ...more
My first experiences with author Susan May (Deadly Messengers and Behind Dark Doors (the complete collection): Eighteen suspenseful short stories) really blew me away and I became an instant fan. I was really excited about reading her latest, The Troubles Keeper.
While I can't say I'm as enthusiastic about this story as I am of her previous work, I can't ignore the fact that this is one highly imaginative and creative tale!
This might seem like an odd combination but I would describe this ...more
Once in a lifetime, if we are lucky, we meet someone who makes us feel better, lighter, more joyous; someone who lightens our load, who makes us forget our troubles.
Bus driver Rory Fine is one such person. He has a gift. A gift that he delights in, one that he uses to rid people of their day to day troubles. Once, in the past, this has caused Rory g ...more
As Rory touches one particular passenger though he finds himself taking on something dark and evil that he's never experienced befo ...more
Mariana was generally a happy, bubbly person, so ...more
One rainy night he asks his glum passengers to leave all their emotions in his palm. When touching one persons hand he knew what he had known about trouble keepers is shattered. Someone aboard hides a deadly and dangerous secret.
Great characters and a bit supernatural powers makes this a really enjoyable novel. Susan May at her best.
Thank you so much Susan for giving ...more
Parts reminded me a little of Stephan King, especially Danny Torrence in The Shining and Dr. sleep, you'll see when you get there....for now all I'll say is it has to do with keeping bad things locked in boxes within yourself.....something Rory does with troubles in this book, ...more
The hero's paranormal ability is one I've never read before and found very imaginative. I like how Rory is so generous in sharing his gift with others ...more
I want to thank Susan for the early copy of this fantastic book and say once again how great she is. I know without her and many others like her we wouldn't have the books and adventures we have when we spend our time on their journeys reading their books and being part of their worlds. So people if you haven't read this book yet then what are you waiting for...the world to end well with Rory Fine on the bus you might have ...more
If there's one thing Susan May knows how to do (and probably in her sleep, too), it's creating bone-chilling suspense. While this book starts out rather slow and gives the reader (maybe just a little too much) time to get acquainted with the protagonist, there's hardly any time to take a little breather once the action starts.
I very much enjoyed the premise of this story: A twentysomething bus driver, just a little awkward but the most beautiful soul, with the gift to relieve those around him of ...more
What do you think a man with this type of gift would do for a living? Counsellor, doctor or emergency worker springs to mind. Nope, Rory drives a bus and uses ...more
Susan May is Australia's best kept secret. Her name belongs to the A-List suspense writers Parthenon, next to Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Dean Koontz or Glenn Cooper.
The Troubles Keeper is a supernatural thriller where Rory Fine, an apparently common bus driver, is able to take your worries away just by touching you, making you instantly feel better and more positive (I know: where can I fin him, right?). After fallin ...more
There is a really nasty serial killer here, yet there is no big police investigation in the book. I must confess that halfway through the book, I started looking for such an investigation and realized this isn't a serial killer whodunnit but a study in huma ...more
As usual I try to keep this spoiler free.
I never read a paranormal thriller. I have read thrillers before but never with a paranormal element.
So when Susan was so kind to approach me and sensed me the synopsis I was a bit skeptical, not knowing what to expect of The Troubles Keeper.
But I instantly liked the idea of someone being able to take Troubles from people and keep them.
So here we have Rory Fine, a busdriver with a s ...more
This was an interesting Paranormal thriller, with a nice romance and a side touch of science fiction! really an interesting mix. And i loved it.
So, the story is about this nice and friendly bus driver, Rory Fine ("Fine by name, fine by nature"), who happens also to have a nice gift, he can take away the troubles of people just by touching them.
But then one day he picks up something terrible, something dark that endangers the girls he likes, and he finds ...more
The conceit at the heart of how one “trouble keeps” is at once complex (string theory being no one’s idea of a picnic) and welcoming in the way this author presen ...more
I had inten ...more
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading The Troubles Keeper. I had loved Ms. May's novel, Deadly Messengers, and I wondered if the author's latest book would be as good. It is great! It's a paranormal winner with lots of action, mystery, sci-fi, twists and turns, and a tender romance. Due to Ms. May's lively imagination, writing style, and superb pacing, this book will pu ...more
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I was four when I decided I would be a writer, packed a bag, and marched down the road looking for a school. But for forty-six years, I suffered from life-gets-in-the-way-osis. Setting a goal to write just one page a day cured me in 2010. This discipline grew into an addictive habit that ...more