Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Psychopath for Hire by Matt Shaw

This is the story of Nathan Cole. He runs a group for people who have tried to commit suicide, and runs a 'special' one to one service for the more determined. Enter broken, alcoholic ex-detective Martin Andrews. He has been told about the service by the only client Nathan let go. What he uncovers is interesting to say the least....

This is a stand-alone book, but you will understand much more of the back story if you have previously read Art and Seed. I felt odd rooting for the bad guy, (Made me feel like I was reading Peter again!) but that is exactly how I felt whilst reading. It is told from Nathan and Martin's POV in alternating chapters. The gore is there in spades, as is Matt's 'special' brand of sickness. It was nice to see Andrews's story rounded off, and there was a couple of cameo appearances from old favourites. All in all, a must read with a kick-ass twist in the end.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Blackout by Tim Curran

This is the story of Jon. He wakes up after a neighbourhood party to find his wife missing and a bizarre storm raging. He ventures outside to find his wife and fumbling around in the dark he comes across strange snake like cables strewn across his garden. Then the lights go out and all hell breaks loose...

I have read a few of Tim's books now and none of them have disappointed me. This was no exception - full of atmosphere and menace. I could feel Jon's panic as he tried in vain to search for his wife, and his grief at eventually coming to terms with her inevitable fate. I must admit this one was so descriptive in places I was looking over my shoulder, and I certainly did not read it with the lights off! Another winner in my eyes.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Angel of the Abyss by Ed Kurtz

This is the story of Graham. He is asked by Leslie Wheeler to come to Hollywood to restore some old and forgotten cine reels. When he arrives, with his friend Jake in tow, he finds her dead and a mystery on his hands. This is just the beginning of his nightmare, which has him knee deep in dead bodies, age old secrets and the whereabouts of a leading lady who has been missing for over 80 years.

This was quite slow to start and I found it a little difficult to get into, and I nearly gave up. I am so glad I didn't however as I found myself immersed in a complex noir mystery that kept me page turning. I like the dual storyline, giving us a glimpse into Graces life in parallel to the main storyline. The characters were solid, and I enjoyed the development of Jake and Grahams friendship over the course of the book. This is another great DarkFuse title.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Ghosts of Eden by Keith Deininger

This is the story of Kayla and Garty. Kayla comes from an abusive, neglectful family and Garty is a hopeless drug addict. Unbeknownst to themselves they are brother and sister, and have been sent to stay with their strange and enigmatic Uncle Xander. Their Uncle believes that Kayla has powers and Garty is there to be his assistant. They both have no idea though that Xander has other, nefarious plans...

This was really, really trippy! There were several threads and realities converging on each other and at first it was difficult to work out what went where, but once I had a handle on where the story was going, I had an absolute blast reading it. I loved the characters, and the 'otherworldliness' lent an interesting twist to the story.