The Girl Who Wasn’t There #RBRT #BookReview @NickClausen9

Cover: The Girl Who Wasn’t There
by Nick Clausen

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5  stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A young girl disappears without a trace.
The police have no clue as to what might have happened.
The severed family is thrown into despair as weeks go by, and still no sign of her.
The girl’s older brother begins looking for her on his own.
Soon he becomes convinced that a supernatural being has taken her.
Unfortunately, it turns out he’s right …

The Girl Who Wasn’t There is a gripping supernatural thriller.

Genre(s): > Teen & Young Adult Monster Fiction eBooks
> Teen & Young Adult Ghost Stories eBooks
> Teen & Young Adult Mythical Creatures eBooks
Series: n.a.
Length: 292 pages
Release date: 2020-04-01

Teaser


Lisa says something.

Andy opens the book.

>fight back<

Andy is very surprised by Lisa’s answer. “What do you mean, should I … shove her back? No, I can’t. She’s a girl.”

>bring her here>

Andy bursts into laughter at how unexpected the line is, then he looks around guiltily. Luckily, no one is around to hear him.

“Why would I bring her here? What would you do to her if I did? Beat her up? You’re only a ghost, remember?”


My Opinion

The story starts when Andy leaves his little sister outside the library. When he returns some minutes later – she is gone.

With The Girl Who Wasn’t There”, Nick Clausen has created an intriguing plot about a boy who wants to save his sister; he is soon convinced that she has been abducted, and luckily gets unexpected advice at his favourite location. “The Girl Who Wasn’t There” comprises authentic characters with sufficient depth; I got very close to Andy and his mindset. Nick Clausen introduces his characters with care. I had a great time reading – this is a very compelling read; I was drawn into the story right away, close to Andy and his allies. The plot offers food for thought, still keeps me thinking. There were some surprising turns, and I was fascinated to see in what manner Nick Clausen’s story reaches the finishing line.

The cover is great – perfect for this story.

This is for you if you like thought-provoking stories and teen and young adult horror and mystery.

A remarkable story to read again.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (some mild swearwords)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (some violence that might be disturbing)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (n.a.)

About the author

I write chilling horror and apocalyptic tales so that I don’t need to work a real job. I grew up reading Stephen King and still haven’t fully recovered. My books have been published in four different languages, and I’m currently working on ending the world in my zombie series Dead Meat.

I was born in a small country far, far away where people eat a lot of rye bread and are generally suspicious of success. I learned English thanks to Netflix and audiobooks. Originally, I wrote in my native tongue, but I switched to English in 2018 to reach more readers.

I married my public-school sweetheart and we recently had a son who looks so much like me I fear he’ll never get a date, the poor guy. My stories are fast-paced and thrilling and hopefully never boring. You should check them out, if you haven’t already.

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 Girl Who Wasn’t There”?  Or – if you did not yet read The Girl Who Wasn’t There”  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Highland Cove by Dylan J. Morgan

Cover: Highland Cove
by Dylan J. Morgan

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4  stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Highland Cove Sanatorium sits abandoned on a desolate island one mile off the Scottish mainland. It’s a dark, foreboding place, filled with nightmares. Even darker are the asylum’s secrets: a history of disease and mental illness, macabre experiments and murder.

The tales of ghostly appearances are said to be more fact than fiction, but no one has ever documented the phenomenon. Codie Jackson aims to change all that. Arriving from London with his small independent film crew, they plan to make a documentary that will forever change their lives.

But when one of the crew disappears, things begin to spiral out of control. A storm closes in to ravage the island, and in the darkness Highland Cove’s true horrors are revealed. Now lost within the institution’s labyrinthine corridors, Codie and his team realize that their nightmare is only just beginning.

 

Genre(s): > Ghost Fiction
> British Horror Fiction
Series: n.a.
File size: 3663 kb
Release date: 2020-03-30

Teaser


Liam looked up, caught a glimpse of shadow fluttering over the grime-coated wall. The wheelchair turned a gentle arc outside the open door. Pressing the record button on his EVP recorder, he held it out at arm’s length and stared at the wheelchair as it settled against the wall.

“Hello,” he addressed the hallway. “Can you hear me? What’s your name?”

A murmur, indistinct and barely audible, drifted from the shadows at the end of the passage…


My Opinion

The story starts sixty years earlier when Polish psychiatrist professor Bukoski was head of the Highland Cove asylum. The stories about Highland Cove intrigue Codie and his team to document the ghostly appearances. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Highland Cove”, Dylan J. Morgan has created an expertly woven plot, a thrilling horror novel. “Highland Cove” comprises authentic characters; Codie is a very likeable guy, I liked him from the start. You learn more about the team as the story processes; the more you learn about them, the more you are inclined to take sides. Dylan J. Morgan easily provides that fine chill that soon lets shivers run down your spine. There are turns that I did not see coming; most of my question marks were answered towards the end. I had a great time reading – this is a very compelling read. I was drawn into the story right away, close to Codie and Kristen and relieved to be invisible.

The ending was what I least anticipated; I could imagine two quite different possibilities for a second book or just say ‘Well, I really did not see that coming – but I accept it.’

I could imagine this a perfect plot for the “Fantasy Film Festivals” (they are known for gory horror films); I would admittedly opt to see a milder version, though.

The cover is great – perfect for this story.

This is for you if you like some shivers running down your spine, a creepy atmosphere and a gruelling mystery that needs to be solved.

A remarkable story to read again.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful, creepy
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: (some mild swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence 😡  (not for the faint of heart)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (mentions)

About the author

Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.

If you’re searching for that light at the end of the tunnel then stop looking—you won’t find it here.

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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The Playground by C. S. Boyack

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

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The hottest toys of the Christmas Season are the Playground Network dolls. They contain a worldwide social network for children. Except, the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of power. To reach his goals he turns to the occult. Will our children make up his personal army? Could we have an enemy soldier in every home?

Gina Greybill is a cancer survivor who stumbles into her own brush with the paranormal. She wants nothing to do with it, but may be the only one who can bring down the Playground Network. To do it she’ll have to embrace her new situation, and recover the next generation of Playground software.

There is competition for the software in the form of a brutal thug named Clovis. He’s bigger, more ruthless, and more experienced. To top it all off, he has a head start.

The Playground is suitable for more mature readers, due to violence and mature themes.

 

Genre(s):  Paranormal, Occult, Supernatural

Series:  n.a.

Length:  265 pages

Release date:  2016-04-04

 

Teaser


“…The profits and benefits will be through the roof. You’ll be a part of that and can write your own ticket. But first, you have to get your hands a little bit dirty.”

“I, I’ll get you another one.”

“Any word from that god damned Australian programmer that’s bleeding me dry?”


My Opinion

This book introduces Tommy Fazio, seemingly a ruthless and greedy business man with a plan. Three different plot lines – cleverly built – guide you through the story; meet Chloe, Gina and Clovis – be intrigued.

With The Playground, C. S. Boyack provides three cleverly elaborated plot lines, each of them drawing you deeper inside the story. I was drawn into the plot lines right away – very close to the respective protagonists; sometimes a creepy sensation. Each of the plot lines ‘felt’ different; resulting in a very intense story. I had a great time reading The Playground. It is a very enjoyable read. This is for you if you like paranormal/supernatural stories with a streak of horror, very likeable characters and food for thought.

This is a book to read again. Highly recommended.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Full of surprises
Mood Suspenseful; Dark
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content (some hints)
POV Third person

 

About the author

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Craig

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Virgilante

Amazon:  C. S. Boyack

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

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Playground was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors? Which of these stories would be your favourite on screen?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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The Sickness by Dylan J. Morgan

The_Sickness

The author sent me an ARC (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)

A husband confronted by his jealous wife . . . an old man abandoned so his grandson can claim his inheritance . . . a fifteen year-old boy disowned because of his handicap. All of them are dead. All of them have returned. And they have come for revenge.

James Harris is thirty-six years old, divorced, and has a sixteen year old rebellious daughter to contend with. His chaotic life is thrown into further turmoil with the phone call bearing news that his parents have died in tragic circumstances. Forced home to attend the funeral, James steps back into a world he’d tried so hard to forget.

Nash is a small farming community in rural England: picturesque and serene, but it has secrets—violent, horrific, depraved secrets. Wanting to keep their business hidden, the townsfolk are not about to let anyone leave. But when an unexpected visitor arrives in the village searching for James, things take a horrific turn for the worst and he is forced to face the horrors of his past if he is to have any hope of survival.

 

Genre(s):  Supernatural, Horror

Series:  n.a.

Length:  208

Release Date:  2015-10-24

 

Teaser


Glancing down at the resting place of a wretched individual, the shadowy figure said, “Accept my offering, and return.”


 

My Opinion

The story starts at an unmarked grave and a conjuration. James Harris is forced to return to the home town he despises – to attend his parents’ funeral. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With The Sickness, Dylan J. Morgan has created an expertly woven plot, a thrilling horror novel. The Sickness comprises authentic characters; James is a very likeable guy, I liked him from the start. You may feel inclined to change your opinion on his daughter Ruth. The more you learn about her, the more you are inclined to really like her. I had a great time reading – this is a very compelling read. I was drawn into the story right away, close to James and relieved to be invisible.

The cover is awesome – perfect for this story.

This is for you if you like some shivers running down your spine, a creepy atmosphere and a mystery that needs to be solved.

A remarkable story to read again.

Highly recommended!

In brief

Writing Great
Plot Many twists
Mood Dark, suspenseful
Pace Fast
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content Some sexual content
POV Third person

 

About the author

Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.

If you’re searching for that light at the end of the tunnel then stop looking—you won’t find it here.

 

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

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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