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    Horror

    The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley – REVIEW

    The Loney was on my shelf for about four or five years and maybe subconsciously something was keeping me from reading it. Perhaps I should have listened to myself. It’s been shelved numerous times as horror, but I didn’t feel any elements of horror to the storyline apart from the atmospheric edge that The Loney held. Was the storyline slow, yes. Was I frustrated with the plot, also yes. Anyone that knows me well knows that struggle with religious storylines and had I known how heavily this story focusses on it I would probably have left well alone. I think possibly my expectations were way too high going into this…

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    Science Fiction

    REVIEW – The Need by Helen Phillips

    The Need, I need a moment to review this book. It’s strange because although I devoured it, I am left feeling a bit like “what the fuck did I just read”? The Need follows the life of Molly, a Palaeobotanist that is struggling with the juggling act that is being a working mother. Working at the archaeological site they have discovered an alternate bible that has god as she. They give tours but with the alternate take on the bible, they are at risk from religious zealots who question its authenticity. Molly worries about potential attacks and is battling anxiety due to it. The Need delves into the pressures of…

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    Supernatural Suspense

    Review: The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen

    The Shape of Night is a story about guilt and loss.  It tells the story of Ava Collette, a woman that is running from her past.  She distances herself from her family, her work, and predominately her memories.  I don’t think you can outrun your past, you can just maybe stall it for a while.  A food writer that has become hooked on alcohol to deal with her emotions.  It all gets too much and she decides to rent a house, Brodie’s Watch, a large stately home overlooking the sea in a remote coastal peninsula of Maine.  Will it provide Ava with the distance to get her head straight and…

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    Psychological Thriller

    The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd | Book Review

    “The True end of tragedy is to purify the passions.” Aristotle. In a way I feel me taking The Rising Tide on was a bit masochistic.  I have always had an indescribable fear of the sea.  I think it has something to do with how little we know about it.  It is a body of swelling emptiness,  an ebbing flow of desolation and destruction.  Water can give life but it can take it away just as easily.  Lucy Locke and her family love the ocean,  her children have grown up around it and in it,  just what happens when a storm of a lifetime heralds the discovery of their family…

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    Manga

    Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito | Book Review

    Venus in the Blind Spot is my first ever Manga novel.  It isn’t something that I would have necessarily picked up but I received it in an Abominable Book Box.  It certainly won’t be the last.  The artwork and the storytelling is both horrific and awe inspiring.  There is tales of misadventure, Japanese lore, and the undercurrents of love and suffering constantly being the backbone of the collection.  Darkness has seeped into these stories and it’s a set of stories that aren’t likely to be forgotten in a hurry. The characterization was spot on.  On first meet you think these people have the perfect lives, perfect families and perfect lifestyles…

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    The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell | Review

    The House We Grew Up In.   A perfect starting bullet for discussion.  Do you remember yours?  Was it a happy home, full of laughter and fond memories?  Lisa Jewell introduces us to the concept that looks can be deceiving.  Everything can appear to be magnificent and charming on the outside but behind closed doors secrets can harbour and fester.  Even our memories can appear hazy, are they to be trusted?  An atmosphere seeped in darkness, tragedy that alters the course for everyone and a compulsion that could kill.  Jewell makes us understand frustrations, how hoarding is as much an addiction as alcoholism and just how it spirals out of control. …