What a trip! The action never lets up in this fun sci-fi novel that grabs you from the start and doesn't let you put it down. The relentlessness of theWhat a trip! The action never lets up in this fun sci-fi novel that grabs you from the start and doesn't let you put it down. The relentlessness of the aliens is more than matched by the tenacity of the gun-loving, have-a-go teenagers who do their best to save their friends and the whole of Manhattan from the invasion. It's a simple blast-fest novel in the style of a movie, with shades of Cloverfield and Mars Attacks! There is a large cast of different characters which keeps the story interesting, but is also well focussed on the main group of teens. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and although you do have to suspend your belief in places, it's probably the fastest-paced book I've ever read, and I'm already looking forward to the sequel. If you like ruthless aliens, fearless heroes and more action than a Schwarzenegger boxset, then read The Day Trip....more
Lonely As A Cloud gripped me in an unexpected way. You know a book is good when you find yourself thinking of the characters whenA superb page-turner
Lonely As A Cloud gripped me in an unexpected way. You know a book is good when you find yourself thinking of the characters when you're not reading it, itching to return to their story. Granted, the premise of a story about the last human alive is one that's been used many times before, but the author's take on it is powerful. No glamour, no hope (and certainly no zombies), this is a tale about one woman in a unique and desperate situation. The skill is in the writing; in some ways it shouldn't work - in being her account of what happened and her journey, there isn't much dialogue and character interaction. You sit firmly in her mind in a mix of present and past tense, but it flows and draws you in. It'll make you think, too. What would you do in that situation? Is humanity really that bad to deserve such a fate? Some readers may want more Hollywood-style action, but if you want a simple, focussed and strong story that you can't put down, this won't disappoint. ...more
It's not often a serial killer story starts with and continues from the murderer's execution. Right from the prologue however, you realisWell-executed
It's not often a serial killer story starts with and continues from the murderer's execution. Right from the prologue however, you realise that this is no ordinary thriller, that Obadiah's fate is different. His story is expertly woven with reporter Jack's, building the suspense as the plot expands until it descends into a dark pit of deceit and cover-ups. It is clear that the world described isn't what it seems, and a dark, Groundhog Day-esque manipulation of Obadiah adds to an intriguing situation. From the back story to the violent, sadistic exchanges described within, you are left in no doubt of the monster that the author has created. But as cold and as ruthless as his character is, your emotions are strangely torn between his suffering and a wish for his possible redemption. Hellbound is a deep, psychological thriller that will make you question your own values and will keep you engrossed in the story until the very end.