Watch Me and Prey by James Carol

  

Ok, I’m doing a joint review for these otherwise I’ll never get through my reviews! These books are second and third in the Jefferson Winter series. The first is Broken Dolls (which was brilliant!!!) . Winter is an ex-FBI profiler, with a prolific serial killer for a father, he’s also a very likeable character.

Watch Me brings Winter to Louisiana where a lawyer has been burnt alive. The usual plot ensues, but these books are just so easy to read, and enjoyable.

Prey begins with a bang! Winter is in a diner in the middle of the night where a woman proceeds to shoot the cook in front of Winter. Before leaving she drops a newspaper article in front of him. What follows is a cat and mouse chase for a deranged female serial killer.

Carol has a good formula, tried and tested, and it works. The JW series (so far) is fun, easy and thrill-filled as far as these sorts of books go.

Wool by Hugh Howey 

 

Wool was selected for the Rick O’Shea Book Club over on Facebook so I had to read it! Not my kind of book at all, or so I thought…

It’s part one of the Silo trilogy. It’s one of those dystopian fiction books, so I was very apprehensive reading it. I even thought about giving up on it more than once which I don’t normally do! Someone told me stay going until page 120 and you’ll want to keep reading from then on, they were right! 

I sat down for an hour on a Sunday, headphones in, hubby minding the baby, and I ploughed through over half the book in one sitting! I couldn’t stop!! I had it finished the following day! 

I won’t go into plot lines, but it is superb! 

Amazon says: 

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don’t. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

I found myself thinking about the book long after I’d finished, and missing the characters. A very unusual thing for me as the only characters that have ever stuck with me are Harry, Ron and Hermione!!! I bought the next book in the trilogy, Shift, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet! 

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

  

With all the hype surrounding this book, I couldn’t not get it! It was the most hyped book I had seen in a while. A lot of “if you liked Gone Girl, you’ll love this” batted around…. Ummmmm, no. Just no. I hated Gone Girl, and I hated this book too! 

I found GOTT to be a formulaic book, I wasn’t surprised by the so-called twist and the end, and to be honest I couldn’t even tell you what happened in it at this stage. I couldn’t wait to finish it. I passed it on, partly in the hope that I don’t have to look at it again! Harsh, I know! 

Amazons description: 

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…”

I know of a lot of people who throughly enjoyed this book, but I’m pretty sure I know a similar amount who didn’t. I guess that in itself is testament to how a book can divide opinion! 

If you’ve read it, drop me a line in the comments section! 

The Memory Killer by JA Kerley

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Really enjoyed this, which sounds awful considering the content (abduction, torture etc), but Kerley’s books are just so easy to read. I find whenever I start one, I really want to race through it. Which isn’t always possible with 2 kids and a husband (love ye!!!) and housework and so on.

I always think that’s the sign of a good book, when you are thinking about it but don’t have a chance to read it! I always recommend the Carson Ryder series when people ask about a good series.

The blurb from Amazon below:

“Detective Carson Ryder faces a cunning and inventive adversary in this terrifying thriller from the bestselling author of Her Last Scream.

Young men in Miami are being abducted and tortured after their drinks are spiked with a cocktail of drugs that leaves them unable to recall their ordeal. Despite this, Detective Carson Ryder knows the predator’s name, height, age, colouring … everything. It’s impossible for the perpetrator to avoid detection. Yet he does.

When Carson seeks answers from his brother, a wanted criminal intimate with twisted minds, Jeremy’s odd behaviour sparks even more questions. With each abduction, the violence becomes more horrific, and it’s only a short time until torture turns to murder.

But how do you catch an invisible man?”

The Death Box by JA Kerley

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Carson Ryder book 10 in the series.

Another instalment by Kerley featuring one of my favourite characters, Carson Ryder. As with all his books, this one is as enjoyable as the previous ones in the series.

The blurb from Amazon below:

“Detective Carson Ryder faces his most terrifying adversary yet in this nail-biting thriller from the author of Her Last Scream.

Carson Ryder thought he’d seen everything …

A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he’d seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he’s barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.

Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There’s just one problem: Ryder’s not the only one chasing the girl.”

This book is quite pacy, and it keeps you going with thrills and twists, which by now Kerley is extremely adept at writing. As usual I really enjoyed catching up with Ryder. A tried and tested formula, but it works. Nice and easy to read too!

The Dolls House by Louise Phillips

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I started reading this in December 2014, having heard high praise for Louise Phillips. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it, but to be honest, I wasn’t a fan from the outset. I found it very slow going, and also about a quarter of the way in, I went into labour with my baby girl on December 15th, so I left the book on my nightstand and didn’t pick it up again until 3 weeks after she was born.

I have to say, I really didn’t enjoy this book, even after the mid book break, I just couldn’t get into it. The blurb from Amazon is as follows:

“People say that the truth can set you free. But what if the truth is not something you want to hear? Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery. Now his daughter Clodagh, trying to come to terms with her past, visits a hypnotherapist who unleashes disturbing childhood memories of her father’s death. And as Clodagh delves deeper into her subconscious, memories of another tragedy come to light – the death of her baby sister. Meanwhile criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is called in to help in the investigation of a murder after a body is found in a Dublin canal. When Kate digs beneath the surface of the killing, she discovers a sinister connection to the Hamilton family. What terrible events took place in the Hamilton house all those years ago? And what connects them to the recent murder? Time is running out for Clodagh and Kate. And the killer has already chosen his next victim . . .” 

Personal preference is everything when it comes to books, so I’m sure many of you would enjoy this. Perhaps had I read it at a different time I may have enjoyed it, but as it stands, I was glad to see the back of it!!

Normal by Graeme Cameron

I spotted this book a lot in my goodreads and Facebook feeds so I decided to buy it! It arrived last week so I moved into it once I finished Half Bad! 

Normal is written from the point of view of a serial killer. We don’t get much descriptive information about him which adds to the atmosphere. It also lets you conjure up your own images of him which I liked as it means I got to exercise my imagination a bit! 😄 

As you know, I start new books at night as bedtime is my uninterrupted reading time! I didn’t want to stop reading this once I started! I think I got up to page 80 before I decided I needed some sleep! 

It’s a pacy, well written and enjoyable read. The detail as regards murders can be quite graphic but I’m well used to it as my book choices are usually twisted enough at the best of times! 

Amazon describe the book as follows; 

“He lives on your street, in a nice house with a tidy garden. 

He shops at your local supermarket. He drives beside you, waving to let you into the lane ahead of him. 

He also has an elaborate cage in a secret basement under his garage. 

The food he’s carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he’s holding there against her will – one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her. 

This is how it’s been for a long time. It’s normal…and it works. Perfectly. 

But this time it’s different…”

I really enjoyed this book, and towards the end I found myself racking my brain to see what could happen!  I even found myself rooting for him at a few different points! 

I gave Normal 4* on Goodreads! I would highly recommend it! 

Happy Reading 😊📖