Forgotten (Araneya Mystery Series, #1) by Neven Carr #BookReview @nevencarr

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Every family holds a secret.
How far would yours go to keep it?

Twenty-eight year old schoolteacher, Claudia Cabriati, has no memory of her life before the age of eight. This is not something she thought unusual, until a strangely familiar woman possessing knowledge of that life, is shot and killed in the grounds of Claudia’s home.

Another brutal murder follows, along with the heartbreaking revelation of an unimaginable family conspiracy. Claudia crumbles into a world driven by fear and the irrational need to run and hide.
Why were people suddenly dying around her? Were any of her family, particularly her much-beloved Papa, involved in their deaths? More importantly, would her life be next?

With her trust challenged by those she loves, Claudia turns to the mysterious and enigmatic Saul Reardon. Together they embark on a dangerous journey in search of answers.

But is the past sometimes better left buried?

Set amongst the natural beauty of Australia’s eastern coastline and its richly forested hinterland, Forgotten is a fast-paced mystery thriller that explores the controversial nature of family love and protection, loyalty and self-preservation.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Crime
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
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> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Series: Araneya Mystery Series, #1
Length: 431 pages
Release date: 2016-08-11

 

Teaser


She narrowed her eyes. “You’re not ding that whole ‘someone is stalking me crap’ are you?”

That stung. Since childhood, I often had the peculiar sense of being watched from a distance.

Just your imagination, I could hear my mother saying.

Exactly, my father’s typical response.

But Mel had always believed me.

As if just realizing it, Mel’s face softened. “I’m sorry.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Claudia Cabriati. Returning from some errands, she smells – death.

With Forgotten, Neven Carr has created the remarkable first book in a mystery series. It is a nicely elaborated read, taking you close to Claudia Cabriati, a complex character. The other characters are of sufficient depth, according to their relevance; fans of psychological mysteries will love to find out what’s going on. Neven Carr centres her story mainly on Claudia and Saul, the story comprises interesting events and surprises. I was drawn close to Claudia as the story evolves; she is vulnerable, not sure who is friend or foe, and I had the urge to find the truth. The story has a great flow, carrying the reader on. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series – I am hooked!

This is a book for you if you like (Australian) mystery series, psychological aspects, and complex characters.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

There has rarely been a time in my life when I haven’t read or written. Passions are strong and reading and writing are mine. I began writing my first book at ten-years-old. I never finished it. Short stories, poems and songs I completed with ease but I never achieved the elusive novel. Life got too busy or perhaps that was just an excuse!

Eight years ago, I picked up my laptop and began writing. Since then I haven’t stopped. I not only completed my first novel ‘Forgotten’ but also four more in the ‘Araneya Series’. Maybe the timing was right; maybe I needed more life experiences.

I am fortunate to live in an author’s haven; a quaint fishing village on the east coast of Queensland, Australia.

 

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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 Forgotten?  Or – if you did not yet read Forgotten – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

 

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The Bluebell Informant (DS Evelyn Giles Series, #1) by Nick R. B. Tingley #BookReview #RBRT @NickRBTingley

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

How do you catch a killer who is already dead?

One year ago, the Bluebell Killer killed his last victim. He was shot and killed, leaving behind a legacy of twenty corpses and a name that people will fear for years to come…

A year later, a man is shot in the back of the head and left in a field of bluebells.
Is it a mugging gone wrong? A copycat killer? Or is the Bluebell Killer still out there, waiting to pounce on his next victim?

For DS Evelyn Giles the solution is simple – it’s just another dirty politician caught committing an unforgiveable crime. But with the evidence stacking up against him, Giles’ suspect has one more surprise in store for her…
And his words will throw everything she knows into question…

‘It’s not over yet.’

The past is coming back to haunt DS Giles. She’s already sacrificed much for the lie. The only question is how much more will she suffer for the truth?

An ingeniously, gripping thriller, The Bluebell Informant is a dark, unexpected and emotionally charged début.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Mystery > Traditional Detectives
> Suspense
Series: DS Evelyn Giles Series, #1
Length: 242 pages
Release date: 2017-03-18

 

Teaser


Harris stared in silence as Giles, uncomfortable under his gaze, lowered her face towards the ground a little – concealing the already hidden scar from view.

‘Is there a problem?’ she asked tentatively.

Harris’ eyes registered surprise for only a moment before the broad smile returned, although somewhat half-heartedly.

‘No. Not at all. You are just…’ He hesitated for a moment. ‘You’re just not what I expected.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to DS Evelyn Giles; having a day off on Bank Holiday was wonderful – until the phone rang.

With The Bluebell Informant, Nick R. B. Tingley has created the promising first book in a mystery series. It is a nicely elaborated read, taking you close to DS Evelyn Giles. Secondary characters are also relevant; mystery fans will love to check the tiniest details. Even if Nick R. B. Tingley focusses on Evelyn, the story comprises interesting events and memories. I was drawn relatively close to Evelyn – especially as the story evolves; she is vulnerable, she is strong and witty. According to their relevance, the characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and/or virtues. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

This is a book for you if you like British mystery/suspense series and strong female characters.

Recommended.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

The Dark Corrupts Us All…

Nick R B Tingley is the author of several short stories and novels.

Born in Dartford in 1987, Nick discovered a passion for writing from an early age although a strong interest in history and archaeology led him to study at the University of Exeter for four years.

Praised for his masterful story telling, Nick won the Inkitt Fated Paradox Prize in 2015 with his short story, Dressed to Deceive, and has been working diligently on his début novel ever since.

Under the name of Nicholas Tingley, Nick produced a short collection of war poems entitled Grey Skies and Broken Branches, which he released on the anniversary of the start of the Great War.

Known for his dark and probing insights into the human condition, Nick’s work often deals with corruption and falsehoods, peeling back the veil to reveal how everyone, no matter how pure, can be susceptible to their darker side…

 

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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 Bluebell Informant?  Or – if you did not yet read The Bluebell Informant – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Sarah by Teri Polen

 

I bought this book (mobi format).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Horror
Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 203 pages
Release date: 2016-12-07

 

Teaser


My heart was pounding and deep within my gut I knew what I’d just experienced wasn’t a dream. Still looking around the room for Eby, my gaze fell on the attic door. The chair that had been wedged beneath the knob was now turned over on its side, the door wide open, revealing the heavy, threatening darkness behind it.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 17-year-old Cain Shannon. He and his family had to move to a smaller house, he cares for his younger sister and his cat, is on the soccer team, does not have the heart to break up with his trying girlfriend. Luckily he has his friend Finn to support him in hard times.

With Sarah, Teri Polen has created a remarkable and thrilling horror story for young adults, centred on a boy who suddenly has to face Sarah – a ghost. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Cain, his family – including Eby the cat, his best friend Finn, Erin, and to Lindsey. Teri Polen expertly combines the horror and young adult genres; I had the feeling of being an invisible and close ally. Cain is complex and likeable, so is Finn; Sarah is complex – obviously less likeable. The other characters are of sufficient depth (according to their relevance). The story comprises realistic characters in a “normal” environment with interesting turns and nicely fitting surprises; it has a great flow. Sarah’s story disturbing; Cain and Finn need to solve the mystery about Sarah’s demise, find out if she is telling the truth.

This is a book for you if you like well written and compelling young adult horror stories with a touch of mystery, if you like getting close to likeable and believable characters.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author:

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.

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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 Sarah?  Or – if you did not yet read Sarah – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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The Disembodied by Anthony Hains

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Thirteen-year-old Griffin Rinaldi seems like a normal kid. He plays basketball at the Y and he’s just learning to talk to girls. But Griffin doesn’t feel normal. He’s been diagnosed with Depersonalization Disorder—he feels disconnected from his body, and at times, he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. And it seems to be getting worse.

Following the brutal death of his abusive father, Griffin is haunted by a red-haired kid only he can see and who wants him to do things he doesn’t understand. Griffin’s only sources of support are his grandfather, Soren – a regional author of Outer Banks ghost stories – and his same-aged cousin, Tanner, a boy coping with his own troubled life.

When a rare blizzard strikes the Outer Banks, Griffin recognizes the red-haired boy as a vengeful specter from Soren’s tales. To make matters worse, his well-meaning aunt has convinced his mother he’s under some sort of spiritual attack. Unsure if the mysterious boy is a symptom of his disorder or an entity with evil intent, Griffin finds himself in a struggle to save his life, his sanity and maybe his very soul.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Ghosts
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Horror
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Psychological
Series: n.a.
Length: 316 pages
Release date: 2016-08-16

 

Teaser


Beatings and belittling were common methods of child-rearing employed by the adult Rinaldi brothers. For Griffin, the terror had ended when his father died the previous summer. He’d felt a sense of relief. What would other people say if they knew? They wouldn’t understand. None of them had any idea what he went through – other than Tanner, of course. They’d both lived with the same shit, but now his nightmare was over. Did Griffin feel guilty for being relieved? No, that didn’t weigh on him.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 13-year-old Griffin Rinaldi. He is suffering from strange out-of-body experiences.

With The Disembodied, Anthony Hains has created a surprising and thrilling story about a boy who is having mental issues after his father’s death. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Griffin and his grandfather, Soren. Anthony Hains knows how to keep you glued to Griffin’s story, giving you the feeling of being an invisible ally and/or at least part of the events. Griffin is quite complex and likeable, so are Soren and Tanner, the other characters are of sufficient depth (according to their relevance). The story comprises realistic characters in a “normal” environment with interesting turns and nicely fitting surprises; it has a great flow. The story covers a disturbing topic; its characters are sometimes too realistic for comfort.

This is a book for you if you like well written and compelling stories with major psychological and horror aspects, if you like getting close to likeable characters.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author:

Anthony Hains is a professor of counseling psychology with a specialization in pediatric psychology. His latest novel, The Disembodied, is a Kindle Scout winner and published by Kindle Press. He is the author of two previous horror novels, Birth Offering and Dead Works. Anthony lives with his wife in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. They have one daughter.

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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 Disembodied?  Or – if you did not yet read The Disembodied – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Anthony Hains

 

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Murder at the Cathedral

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The respectable ladies of the Knitters’ Guild plan a surprise for the cathedral city. The surprise isn’t meant to include murder…

Besides, the last thing Libby Forest needs is another murder inquiry. She’s already struggling with the demands of her cake and chocolate business and trying to understand Mandy the Goth’s strange behaviour. Max urges her to make a difficult decision and Bear, the enormous sheepdog, causes havoc in the gentle surroundings of the beautiful, tiny cathedral city.

Libby vows to resist the temptation to investigate a sudden death in the cathedral, until her friend Angela falls under suspicion…

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