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

ISBN-10 1909477265

ISBN-13 978-1909477261

Author Lee Cockburn

Publisher Clink Street

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

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? ♥♥♥♥

Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?

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.

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