Five reviews that made my to-read list longer
They Come At Night by Nick Clausen
Clausen does a good job of building up the suspense and the tension in the story. From the teenagers disbelieving that anything is wrong to the realisation that they are in serious danger.
It takes a long time for Clausen to play his hand and show us what the creatures look like. But, it is worth the wait as the creatures (they reminded me of a more baleful and menacing version of Mer-Man from He-Man) are creepy and well described with their actions coordinated and bloodthirsty.
The group of teenagers are all likeable enough and there was no over the top angst or teenage drama from them that made me eye-roll during the book.
Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale
An unusual premise starts off Kerry Lonsdale’s Last Summer with protagonist Ella Skye recovering from a car accident which has cost the life of her unborn child. She has amnesia to the accident and the events leading up to it–including her pregnancy.
A senior editor at a tony magazine, married to a busy but successful tech entrepreneur, Ella can see by the changes in her body that she was pregnant, and when she’s discharged, there’s a nursery set up in their home.
But why can’t she recall being pregnant? And why is her husband, Damien, determined to push away any conversation about their lost child so she can grieve properly?
The Thrumming Stone by John Brhel and Joe Sullivan
Having read most, if not all, of John Brhel and Joe Sullivan’s books, I love the world they set many of their stories in, the town of Lestershire. I dig the way they work in previous books and a reference to Valleyview Cemetery. I’ve fast become a big fan of coming of age or YA adventure stories. The Thrumming Stone hit the mark with great characters trying to survive high school and tricky world of being a teen. The Thrumming Stone dropped me off in the early 90’s and into the world of Joe and Jason, and a mysterious monolith. I can tell the 90’s was a fond time for the author as he visits it often in his books, and I enjoy the call backs and references to that time as well.
The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware
No one writes a twist like Ruth Ware.If you love horror-inspired, creepy-home-based thrillers, or just someone who’s enjoyed Ruth Ware’s books in the past, you’re in for a treat in THE TURN OF THE KEY.
In a nutshell, the book is in the form of a letter where a nanny is writing to an attorney, pleading with him to see that she’s innocent – she certainly did not kill that little girl. Or did she?
The Heatherbrae house is the weirdest you’ve ever seen, and I love how the author put it – a house with a “luxurious split personality.” Have you ever felt like shaking a protagonist and getting her to “get the heck out of that house!!”? This is that kind of book.
War by Laura Thalassa
How can I describe adequately all the feelings that I experienced reading this book when the feelings on their own were so all consuming?
I absolutely adored PESTILENCE – who didn’t, right? So, it’s no secret that I was awaiting War’s book with excitement but also worry. Knowing that not many authors are skillful enough to write sequels that are as good or even better than an original success story, I hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst. Today I’m happy to say – SHE DID IT!!
WAR, I’m still speechless and amazed, but incredibly happy, it was EVERYTHING I hoped it would be.