Book Review: Daddy Dearest – Paul Southern

Daddy Dearest by Paul Southern
Written & Published by Paul Southern

I was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

A parents worst nightmare, most would die for their child.

From Goodreads

An estranged father’s weekend with his beloved five-year-old daughter turns into a nightmare when she gets into the lift of a city centre tower block and goes down without him. She vanishes without a trace.

It sets off a race against time, and a nationwide manhunt, to find her. As the police investigation closes in, suspicion falls on those closest to her – with devastating consequences.

Daddy Dearest is a terrifying story of love, obsession and psychological meltdown.

What did I think?

Paul Southern hugely surprised me with this and the main reason is because in the beginning it just seemed very typical. It didn’t instantly hook me and that’s really the only reason why this isn’t a four heart review. That’s not to say it didn’t pick up quickly, it just took a little longer than I would have liked.

Southern didn’t take long before he took the book into a dark place that made me stop to take catch my breath. There were times in the book where things got tense quickly and you were holding your breath on behalf of the characters. It got my heart racing and made me want to continue reading it.

I loved ‘Daddy Dearest’ and can say that Paul Southern has done a fantastic job with it, it’s just a shame about the beginning unfortunately.

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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Book Review: 1066 What Fates Impose – GK Holloway

1066 GK Holloway
Written by GK Holloway
Published by Troubador Publishing

I was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

A kingdom in trouble.

From Goodreads

England is in crisis. King Edward has no heir and promises never to produce one. There are no obvious successors available to replace him, but quite a few claimants are eager to take the crown. While power struggles break out between the various factions at court, enemies abroad plot to make England their own. There are raids across the borders with Wales and Scotland. Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, is seen by many as the one man who can bring stability to the kingdom. He has powerful friends and two women who love him, but he has enemies who will stop at nothing to gain power. As 1066 begins, England heads for an uncertain future.

It seems even the heavens are against Harold. Intelligent and courageous, can Harold forge his own destiny – or does he have to bow to what fates impose?

What did I think?

I’m not ashamed to admit that this isn’t my favourite genre of book but it doesn’t mean that I wasn’t willing to give it a go. It’s evident from the off-set that Holloway is knowledgeable in history and has transferred this knowledge in to his writing. The whole feel of the book transports you back to a different era – and for a history book, I would say that Holloway has achieved what he set out to do.

I did find it quite difficult to keep up with as there were so many characters present throughout, some had quite similar names which made it a little confusing. That being said, the depth in every characters story was brilliant and the way Holloway has managed to incorporate these in to the main story makes him a great writer.

It is an intriguing book that makes you want to read until the very last page so you get the full story. I’d recommend history enthusiasts to give it a read as it really is an impeccable piece of writing.

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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It’s been a while!

I know I’ve not posted much recently and I feel terrible for neglecting my blog, but unfortunately I’ve had a lot of personal issues to deal with which has taken up a lot of my time and energy.

These issues are now all dealt with though and I am back and reading lots again – I have a couple of reviews lined up already and you’ll see them soon enough, but really just a quick update to let you know, yes I am here, and no this blog isn’t closed!!

 

A huge sorry to any authors/publishers who have sent me their books for review, I promise you I will get round to reviewing them ASAP, please get in touch if you need it by a specific date!

Thanks for understanding and thanks for staying with me!

 

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Book Review – The Essex Serpent: Sarah Perry

The-Essex-Serpent
Written by Sarah Perry
Published by Serpent’s Tail

I was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Love, myths and medicine.

From Goodreads

Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.

They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

What did I think?

Sarah Perry blew me away with ‘The Essex Serpent’, her writing style is beautiful and delicate but is also brilliantly descriptive. She definitely gives the feel that you are reading from a different era, and whilst I am not a history buff, it felt that everything she wrote about and described was spot-on.

The work that Perry has done with ‘The Essex Serpent’ is truly magnificent. Perry has obviously put a lot of time and effort in to researching certain aspects of the book which, to me, makes a book that much more special. Not only this, but Perry has covered a lot of different themes throughout the book but has done so in such a way that at no point do they feel ‘skimmed’ over – the depth of this book is incredible.

For me, I did feel that at times the book was a little slow and not too fast-paced. It’s a brilliant read, but not the usual fast-paced page turners I am used to.

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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Book Tour – Devil’s Demise: Lee Cockburn

I’ve been invited to take part in the Clink Street Publishing Blogival. There’s loads of great authors and books taking part in this Blogival, but I chose to review Devil’s Demise by Lee Cockburn as it sounded like a book that I could really get in to! So here goes…my Blogival post!

Devil's Demise
Written by Lee Cockburn
Published by Clink Street

I was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

You’re being watched.

From Goodreads

A cruel and sinister killer is targeting Edinburgh’s most powerful women, his twisted sense of superiority driving him to satisfy his depraved sexual appetite.

He revels in the pain and suffering he inflicts on his unsuspecting victims but a twist of fate and an overwhelming will to survive by one victim ruins his plans for a reign of terror.

His tormented prey will need all her courage if she is to survive the hunt.

What did I think?

Well, what can I say? Devil’s Demise has a dark, dark storyline. There were a lot of moments where my heart was in my mouth and I couldn’t stop reading. It is a great horror/thriller book that really keeps you wanting more.

The part I enjoyed about this book was that it was not a ‘whodunnit’ but more of a cat and mouse game. You know who the killer is from the start and you follow his story to find out why he got there.

There is one aspect of the book that I didn’t like and this is the only reason why it’s a four heart review! There’s a very ’50 shades’ side to this book and I personally don’t believe that the book benefited in any way from the ‘erotica’ parts. It did disappoint me a little bit because I really think the book would have thrived without these scenes. Each to their own though!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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Q&A with Lee Cockburn

Lee Cockburn

Where did you find the inspiration for ‘Devil’s Demise’? I never thought I’d ever write a book far less three, as I have finished book two and three is quarter or the way through. It comes down to reading a book that I’d read 200 pages and it hadn’t got to the point, so I decided to write a book the way I’d like to read one, gripping from the start, thrilling and frightening, with loves scenes longer that one line! Firstly my inspiration came when I was sunbathing on holiday, just little ideas here and there, so the thought was there. I then began reading a book, that after 200 pages it hadn’t got to the point at all and frankly it was pretty dull. The author a well established writer and millionaire many times over. So that is when I decided to put those ideas and thoughts from previously, to the test. I hoped to write a book with the style, pace and content I would enjoy reading, without unnecessary over description and a plot that would be easily understood. Thus, Devil’s Demise was written, a hard hitting, violent erotic crime thriller.

How did you develop the characters and plot? The characters came about from what I thought a mixed audience could relate too. I’m a gay woman, confident, strong willed, flirtatious, and hold my own in any situation, and I like Taylor because she’s like that, but very beautiful, Marcus is what I would want in a man if I was that way inclined, and many female readers already adore him, as I hoped they would, as many female readers like me like Taylor!
What was the hardest part to write? Writing the, at times, graphic scenes where Brennan is hurting women was quite unpleasant and it took a few attempts and rewrites for me to be entirely happy that they were gripping and accurate enough without being over-indulgently gruesome. However, if you chose to write a crime novel you have to be able to face your subject and I needed to build the suspense, fear and hatred for Brennan to make the book work. None of it was particularly hard to write, except for having two babies half way through who both sucked up a lot of my previously spare time and also you don’t want toddlers learning some of the words that are in the book and coming out with them at parties!
What were your goals/intentions with ‘Devil’s Demise’ and do you think you achieved them? My goal was to get it out there and achieve my dream of writing and publishing a book. It’s taken a total of 4 years in the making with the two years out where real life got in the way. I just wanted to have others read it – I think that was the most challenging part actually putting it out there and letting strangers read it rather than just my loving family and friends- but it’s out there and now I’ve got the writing bug it’s truly a passion and one I’m excited about continuing.
Will we be hearing more from DS Nicks and her story? Yes you will, Taylor and Marcus are the main characters in all three books, with others joining in along the way. So not one but a whole trilogy to look forward to – or at least look out for 🙂
A huge thank you to Clink Street, Lee Cockburn and Authoright for letting me take part in this Blogival. You can get involved on twitter by using/searching #Blogival. Check out the other blogs taking part below!
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