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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five New Releases

The following five new releases have caught my eye this month, and are going on my to-read list

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Hidden Danger
by Kathleen Harryman

Release Date: January 11, 2020

 

Hidden DangerDeath is coming for you…
And it’s wearing a familiar face.

Meet Rita Jackson, a child serial killer who loves to deprive her victims of oxygen. Hidden behind her youth and innocence is a monstrous killer who cannot be satiated.

At a very young age, her murderous tendencies were known to her father, who’s as addicted to death as she is. He fed it and encouraged the monster to grow.

She will steal your last breath and watch you die with a smile on her face in this chilling and captivating story.

Their house in Crossroads Farm will echo with the cry of her victims. Forty people will be held captive. Thirty-seven will die.

When the police arrive at Crossroads Farm, will Rita be amongst the living?
Or will she lose her life to her own madness?

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Lullabies For Suffering
by Caroline Kepnes, Kealan Patrick Burke, Gabino Iglesias, John FD Taff, Mercedes M Yardley, Mark Matthews

Release Date: January 14, 2020

 

Lullabies For SufferingAddiction starts like a sweet lullaby sung by a trusted loved one. It washes away the pains of the day and wraps you in the warmness of the womb where nothing hurts and every dream is possible. Yet soon enough, this warm state of bliss becomes a cold shiver, the ecstasy and dreams become nightmares, yet we can’t stop listening to the lullaby. We crave to hear the siren song as it rips us apart.

Six stories: three novellas, three novelettes, written by a powerful list of talent, all featuring the insidious nature of addiction–damaged humans craving for highs and wholeness but finding something more tragic and horrific on the other side.

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133 Hours
by Zach Abrams

Release Date: January 20, 2020

133 HoursArriving at work to find she’s lost more than five and a half days of her life, Briony has no recollection of where she’s been, or what has happened. Has she been ill or had a breakdown – or could she have been drugged and abducted?

Doubting her own sanity, Briony is fearful of what lies beyond the surface, yet driven to discover the truth. Going through her scarce memories, she realizes that something terrible might have happened to her during the time she has no recollection of.

Assisted by her friends Alesha and Jenny, they team up with a retired detective to uncover the truth. But where was she for 133 hours… and why?

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Damaged
by Dan Scottow

Release Date: January 20, 2020


DamagedDo you believe everything you’re told?

Journalist Emily Blake is sent back to her hometown to investigate the disappearance of a young girl called Becky Clarke. Emily takes the assignment willingly as the case echoes the disappearance of her childhood friend, Alice Abbott, twenty-five years earlier.

Returning to the village, Emily renews old acquaintances and rivalries. She reconnects with her estranged brother Adam, who has never quite recovered from tragic events from their past.

While she looks into the disappearance of Becky Clarke, Emily revisits Alice’s case but not everyone welcomes her investigation.

As lies that have been told for twenty-five years surrounding Alice’s disappearance begin to unravel, Emily is drawn deeper into the mystery.

What happened to Alice?

Will Becky ever be found?

And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?

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The Doctor
by Erica R. Stinson

Release Date: January 21, 2020

The DoctorA night out turns to terror for Avery Hansen when she wakes up in a locked hospital room with no recollection of how she got there.

A nurse arrives and informs Avery that the doctor will see her shortly, and that is all the woman will say.

Nothing more.

Avery soon discovers, to her horror, that she is not alone.

Other women are being detained throughout the facility and she is further horrified to recognize one of the women, reported missing by the media in recent weeks.

Then Avery begins to notice that women disappear from the facility, never to be seen again, and new ones replace them.

The evasive director of the secured facility, known as Doctor Perritt, has plans for Avery and the other women also being held against their will.

But Avery has always gone against the grain and immediately proves to The Doctor that she is nothing like his other patients.

What is going on in this sterile, medical institution and what could they possibly want with Avery, a complete and unwilling stranger?

Please have a read…..The Doctor will see you shortly.

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Aki’s Gift by Howard Scarrow

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Clarence Stodden will never forget the day he received that package. Aki’s Gift follows Clarence and his oldest friend, Maggie Bauer, as they attempt to rid Clarence of Aki’s terrible curse before it takes him over completely.

Inspired by classic horror, Aki’s Gift takes place in a small Southern Ontario town where things like this aren’t supposed to happen. Clarence must learn to finish something for the first time in his life before he is consumed by Aki’s curse.

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My Review:

Aki’s Gift was an entertaining read.

Clarence Stodden’s life has stalled. He has no job, nothing to do, and nowhere to go, until a mysterious parcel is left at his door. The contradictory message within leaves him with a dilemma… to open the box or not?

Once the box is open, and the gift revealed, the story takes a violent and brutal turn. Clarence and his friend, Maggie, attempt to break the curse that the gift has bestowed on him. At the same time, they try to avoid being killed by someone who wants what Clarence has, and will stop at nothing to get his hands on it.

A good gory horror that kept me turning the pages.

( I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

 

Meet The Author:

Howard Scarrow

 
In 2018, I finished and released my first novel, Black Moon: Book of the Traveler. I have wanted to be a creator for as long as I can remember, and after so long I have finally found something that I am happy doing, and am pretty alright at, to boot.

I’m far from finished telling stories.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR! You can also just share what you are currently reading. It’s very easy to play along, as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

 

  • -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Aki's GiftIt wasn’t that he was afraid of what would happen to him; Clarence was more worried about what he might do to the intruder, whoever it was, should they find him and corner him. Whatever was taking him over, inch by inch… it was an animal, just waiting to be let out of it’s cage.

~Aki’s Gift by Howard Scarrow

Saturday Spotlight

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Kurtain Motel by A.I. Nasser

“Confess!”

Kurtain MotelPatrick Lahm is down on his luck. Late for his book signing, out of gas and stuck in a storm. He hitches a ride to the Kurtain Motel where he is forced to spend the night. The small motel seems harmless enough at first, but as the night drags on, Patrick and the other guests slowly begin to realize there is a lot more to their temporary lodging than meets the eye.

Something evil is at work at the Kurtain Motel; something that creeps into the deepest, darkest corners of your mind and tugs at the chords of sanity until they finally break. On the longest night of his life, Patrick soon finds out that there is a reason why skeletons are kept in closets. He realizes that your sins always find a way to catch up with you, no matter how hard you try to run.

Welcome to the Kurtain Motel, where all your nightmares come true.

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My Review:

A rundown motel, a storm and a group of stranded strangers… a good setting for a fairly creepy story.

Hitchhiking after running out of gas, Author, Patrick Lahm, is picked up and taken to the motel by a priest. The storm prevents him from making any phone calls and leaves them both stranded at the motel with several other travellers.
As it turns out, most of the guests have something in common, they have all ‘sinned’, and something at the motel wants them to confess. The guests hear and see things connected to their sins, and no-one is able to leave.

Some characters had good background stories and were fleshed out, however not all of them. I would have liked to know more about the people and their sins. That, and the fact that some characters were killed ‘off-screen’, along with an ending that left me with more questions than answers, let the book down.

 

The Author:

A.I. NasserAt the age of four, Ahmed I. Nasser’s parents decided that the best way to keep a hyperactive child occupied was to teach him how to read and constantly bombard him with books. Since then, the world of imagination has constantly consumed him. He quickly decided that the only way to feel fulfilled was to spend his time writing one story after the other, even opting out of a career as a pediatrician, despite ten years of struggling through med-school.

Influenced by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, he has been writing since the age of 12 while travelling the world with his family. Now, finally settled in Egypt, he divides his time between teaching Middle School English Literature and finding the best ways to scare his family and friends.

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All the Darkness is Alive by Robert Scott-Norton​​

 
All the Darkness is AliveThe shadowmen are back, and this time they’ve brought a deadly friend

Falling to certain death should have deterred Seth from more paranormal investigations, but when his uncle gets in touch and makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Seth finds himself a target once again.

A disturbed artist has created a masterful painting and a dangerous cult is prepared to kill to acquire it.

Can Seth find the painting and stop the cult unleashing their hell on Earth before an old enemy shows him eternal darkness?

All the Darkness is Alive is the second book of the Dark Corners series-paranormal horror novels that will make you reach for the light.

Buy All the Darkness is Alive and join Seth on his mission to fight the shadows.

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My Review:

A creepy cover and a creepy story.

Although this is the second book of a series it worked well as a standalone book.

The main character, Seth Loomis, is obviously traumatised by the events in the first book, which seem to have culminated in him somehow surviving a fall from the roof of Ravenmeols Mental Hospital.

In this book Seth is staying with Malc, a longtime friend, and his family. Malc’s wife, Georgia, wants himm to leave, so when his uncle is murdered and leaves him a house, with the condition that he looks after the collection of occult artefacts, it’s not a hard decision for Seth to make.

One item in the collection, a painting, is what got his uncle killed and puts Seth and his friends in danger, as members of a formidable cult will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.

I enjoyed this dark and thrilling tale, in which it seemed no character was safe from harm or death. I will be adding the first book to my to-read lead, and keeping a look out for further books in this series.

 

The Author:

Robert Scott-Norton

 
Robert Scott-Norton writes to thrill, entertain, and keep people reading until the last page. Raised in Southport, he’s lived there most of his life and has concluded that this ordinary seaside town is the perfect setting for all the horrors he can throw at it.

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4 Shots of Horror by John Hunt

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A boy who makes friends with spiders, a missing mother and drunken father, a convenience store robbery gone wrong, and a deadly game with the undead. Enjoy these twisted four tales of terror from noted horror author John Hunt.

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My Review:

As the title suggests, 4 Shots of Horror comprises of 4 short horror stories. I usually prefer a longer horror story that I can get my teeth into, but these tales were the perfect length to keep up the suspense and tell the story.

My two favourite stories, Itsy-Bitsy Betty and The Farmer and the Well, had young boys as the main characters, both underdogs and both being bullied. Even though I have a great fear of spiders I liked the ones in Itsy-Bitsy Betty.

House Flipping was a fun read. Both this story and Tweaker had a sense of well deserved comeuppance.

As a fan of horror, I will be looking for more books by John Hunt.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

 

 

Author Bio:

John HuntA busy father of four with a dog and cat, John Hunt lives and works in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He has had nine short stories published in various anthologies and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. He is the author of Doll House, The Tracker, the apocalyptic novella, Balance, and Off The Grid. He is also a co-host on the Movies of the Damned!! podcast.

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The Glade by Harmony Kent​

 
The GladeThis gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems.

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power.

This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama.

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My Review:

A captivating and creepy story from Harmony Kent .

When Helen and Geoff Wenstrop find a peaceful plot of land while on holiday in the small village of Parkdean, they decide to buy it and build a house.  Helen is terminally ill and wants to die in their new home, once there she miraculously recovers, however, there is a price to pay.

The book begins with Helen being arrested for her husband’s murder. From there we switch between the past and present discovering the circumstances leading to the arrest, and beyond, until they merge at the end.

The characters were all well-written, although there was one character, Helen’s ex, who seemed superfluous to the story. I lost some of my empathy for Helen around the middle of the book as I couldn’t relate to some of her actions and decisions, although she redeemed herself towards the end.

The author kept me gripped with the great storyline, the vivid descriptions and the ominous presence of the forest surrounding the glade. The story kept up a good pace through most of the book, and the various twists and turns kept me guessing right up to the final pages.

 

The Author:

Harmony KentIndie Author Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include:

The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved
The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree/New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015
Elemental Earth (YA Fantasy Fiction)
Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015
Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)
Slices of Soul (Contemporary Poetry)
Interludes (Erotic Short Stories)
Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)
Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)
Backstage (Erotic Romance)

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. Harmony lives in Cornwall, England.

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