The Other Side of the Wall by A.D. Starrling

The publisher sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Have you ever seen flashes of darkness where there should only be light?

Ever seen shadows skitter past out of the corner of your eyes and looked, only to find nothing there?

Forced into a sabbatical following his affair with an undergrad student, university professor Jim Grayson rents Holloway Farm for the summer, in the hope that time away from his wife will help salvage his marriage. But all is not what it seems at the farmhouse and he soon finds himself at the mercy of powers beyond his understanding.

The Other Side of The Wall is a horror short story from multi-award-winning paranormal action thriller author AD Starrling. If you like things that go bump in the night, then you’ll shiver at this spine-tingling tale.

Genre(s): Horror, Short Story
Series: n.a.
File size: 2 939 KB
Release date: 2017-05-12

 

Teaser


Bar the faint ticking of the clock, the place was silent. Jim brought the suitcases inside and closed the door.

A sudden feeling of claustrophobia swamped him. He froze, gripped by irrational fear. He strode across the hallway and opened the first door.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Jim Grayson, on a sabbatical at Holloway Farm, hoping to save his marriage.

With The Other Side of the Wall, A.D. Starrling has created a chilling horror short story centred on Jim Grayson. It is a quite compelling read, drawing you into Holloway Farm. A.D. Starrling paints a clear picture of Jim’s mind while the story evolves.

This is a book for you if you like the horror genre and short stories.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence/Horror 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

AD Starrling’s multi-award winning thriller series Seventeen combines action, adventure, science, and a dose of the supernatural to make each book an explosive, adrenaline-fueled read.

When she’s not busy writing and reading, AD can be found looking up exciting international locations and cool science and technology to put in her books, eating Thai food, being tortured by her back therapists, drooling over gadgets, working part-time as a doctor on a Neonatal Intensive Care unit somewhere in the UK, reading manga, and watching action and sci-fi flicks. She has occasionally been accused of committing art with a charcoal stick and some drawing paper.

Find out more about AD on her website www.adstarrling.com where you can also sign up for her awesome newsletter and never miss her latest release. You’ll also get a chance to read advance copies of her forthcoming novels, have access to sneak previews of her work, participate in exclusive giveaways, and get special promotional offers.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Other Side of the Wall?  Or – if you did not yet read The Other Side of the Wall – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Alicia Day by Marcia Carrington

 

I bought this short story (mobi format) from Amazon.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Naïve Alicia marries the man of her dreams, and high school sweetheart, Armand Day, but their marriage is filled with nothing but negative experiences and horror, until one day Alicia makes a life-changing decision which will stay with her as long as she lives.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Psychological
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Psychological Thrillers
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers
Series: n.a.
Length: 2,800 words (approximately)
Release date: 2017-03-24

 

Teaser


“As soon as you put that huge diamond ring on my finger in the church, things changed forever. After being your darling from high school and up until our wedding the compliments suddenly ended. Instead of darling you now called me your bitch, your …”


My Opinion

Alicia Day married her high school sweetheart – bad choice.

With Alicia Day, Marcia Carrington has created an intriguing short psychological thriller. It is a story that can be perfect in only two possible lengths: as short as this one – or with at least 500 pages. Marcia Carrington portrays young widow Alicia Day, carefully revealing what has happened in the past. The story is nicely elaborated and has a really good flow; it leaves sufficient room for your imagination. I highly enjoyed reading this story, did not miss further explanations.

This is a book for you if you like short stories with a psychological thrill.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳 – 😡

 

About the author

Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970s. Marcia is also a long-time soap opera viewer, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age.

Marcia is also a food connoisseur, with a particular love of chocolate, and coffee. The morning coffee has always been a staple for Marcia, and something which she cannot do without. There is just something about the fresh aroma of coffee early in the morning, and anytime for that fact, which proves irresistible to her.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Alicia Day?  Or – if you did not yet read Alicia Day – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Peace, coffee, and a cheesecake, my friends.

 

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In a Small Compass, Vol. 1 – First Review!

 

 

Dear friends and readers,

In a Small Compass, Vol. 1 received its first review on Goodreads!

 

 

C.S. Boyack rated it  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

A wonderful collection of short stories, perfect for coffee breaks and commutes. All of them have a sense of whimsy, and sometimes it’s dark. You’ll find a magical marble, a man dealing with anxiety, and a village witch inside. Hope you enjoy the stories as much as I did.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my book and leave a review, Craig. It means a lot!  🙂


In a Small Compass – Vol. 1 is available for free at many retailers. Mobi format is available via Smashwords.

Buy/download links:  books2read.com/u/m0zodW

 

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The Jack Lockwood Diaries (Jack Lockwood Mystery, #4) by Geoffrey David West

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The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

22 short stories relating to the life of Behavioural Investigative Adviser to the police and writer, Jack Lockwood. There are supernatural, mystery, adventure and humorous stories, each one giving an insight into Jack’s life, relating to past adventures and incidents.

 

Genre(s):  Short Story Collection, Mystery, Supernatural, Humour

Series:  Jack Lockwood Mystery Series, #4

Length:  139 pages (print version)

Release date:  2015-01-31

 

Teaser


“I died in 1880, I think I was one of Jack the Ripper’s victims. You see, I fell on hard times and to go on the streets, and the night it happened all I remember is -”

“For goodness sake!” Charles announced, getting up and charging out of the room.


 

My Opinion

This awesome short story collection featuring Jack Lockwood is the 4th book in the Jack Lockwood Mysteries series; volumes 1-3 are full novels.

With The Jack Lockwood Diaries, Geoffrey David West has created an excellent short story collection featuring Jack Lockwood. You get to know Jack Lockwood a little, just by seeing his approach on different occasions and often rather unusual events. The Jack Lockwood Diaries is a fast and gripping read with really short and intriguing stories, realistic characters and some surprising twists. Geoffrey David West provides an insight into the life of Jack Lockwood, takes the readers on his journey. I was drawn into the stories right from the start, feeling like an invisible friend. The stories are categorised as 1. Supernatural (eight stories), 2. Adventures/Mystery (eight stories), 3. Humour/Surprises/Twists (six stories). The Jack Lockwood Diaries is a great read for short story fans appreciating the paranormal and suspense.

I had such a great time reading – I already added Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (Jack Lockwood Mystery, #1), Doppelganger (Jack Lockwood Mystery, #2) and Sheer Fear (Jack Lockwood Mystery, #3) to my TBR list.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
Characters Developed

 

About the author

Freelance journalist/writer, living in Surrey, England, educated at Dulwich College. Journalism encompasses building and DIY, crafts, and is now predominantly travel writing. Author of five nonfiction titles (Crowood Press), and two fiction titles, which are crime thrillers in the JACK LOCKWOOD MYSTERY SERIES, published with Kindle Direct Publishing (‘Rock’n’Roll Suicide’ and ‘Doppelganger’). Shortlisted for a previous novel (‘Deadly Contact’) in the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger competition. Writes two regular blogs, one of which hosts short stories, and entitled THE JACK LOCKWOOD DIARIES, featuring the protagonist in his novels.

 

Connect with the Author:

 

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Jack Lockwood Diaries?  Or – if you did not yet read The Jack Lockwood Diaries  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Jack Lockwood Diaries was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Thief’s Gambit (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name, #5) by Scott Marlowe

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The author sent me a copy (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

 

My rating:  4.6  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The hunter has become the hunted, as the Assassin Without a Name is forced from his usual haunts by Gwendolyn Goddard and her Black Guard watchdogs. On the run and out of patience, a welcome distraction arrives in the form of an old flame, Elizabeth West, who recruits him for a special Warder mission. The fanatical Jakaree are on the move, searching for an ancient relic so diabolical, the Warders are intent on destroying it before the zealots can lay a hand on it.

But the Assassin Without a Name soon learns that Elizabeth has something bigger in mind. Suspicious of her employer’s true motives, she sets out to uncover the truth, leading them on a harrowing escapade across Alchester’s rooftops, deep beneath the city’s once grand temples, and into the sky onboard a Warder airship.

 

Genre(s):  Fantasy

Series:  The Tale of the Assassin Without a Name (part of World of Uhl), #5

Length:  91 (estimated)

Release Date:  2015-03-10

 

Teaser


“You’d best finish up and head out,” I said to Braeden. He saw the look I threw at the kitchen door, where a very large, very heavily armed man now blocked the way.

“Expecting trouble?” Braeden asked between mouthfuls.

“You know how it is. Sometimes it just seems to follow you.”


 

My Opinion

This book introduces you to another killing order for the ‘Assassin Without a Name’. He has his principles and one weakness. I will not tell you more about the stories than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Thief’s Gambit, Scott Marlowe has created another thrilling tale about the Assassin Without a Name. Thief’s Gambit comprises more than just a killing. This time, The Assassin Without a Name is hunted by Gwendolyn and her Black Guards – a nuisance as he’s been recruited for a mission with Elizabeth West. As I mentioned in my earlier review – The Assassin Without a Name is quite a character and has some surprises for the readers. I was drawn into the story – hoping to not become his next killing order and wondering about the rivalling groups. The occasional shade of funny moments makes for a real enjoyable read. This is for you if you like fantasy, crime and – do not object to admitting that a killer can seem like quite a nice guy.  😉

The World of Uhl is addictive!  😀

Highly recommended!

 

About the author

I write both straight-up fantasy and science fantasy, where the lines between magic and science are often blurred. Quite often, this results in wondrous, explosive mayhem. Pyrotechnics aside, my stories, at their core, are about entertaining and telling a good story.

The best way to get started with the series is to check out The Killing Knife, which is a compilation of the first three stories. I have free review copies available for anyone interested in reading and reviewing. Details here.

 

Connect with the Author:

The Assassin Without a Name:  http://www.worldofuhl.com/
Amazon:  Scott Marlowe
Amazon (US) pre-order:  buy link

 

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Thief’s Gambit?  Or – if you did not yet read Thief’s Gambit  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If the Thief’s Gambit was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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