Why You Were Taken (When Tomorrow Calls, Book 1) – J.T Lawrence

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Book Blurb:

“In tomorrow’s world prowls a creative and ruthlessly efficient assassin who won’t stop until Kirsten is killed.

A troubled woman approaches Kirsten with a warning and a key and is later found dead. Was the woman just another victim of the Suicide Contagion, or is there something more sinister at play? The key leads Kirsten to the Doomsday Vault and a hit list of seven people – and her barcode is on it.

Edgy and original, Why You Were Taken is a dark cinematic thriller that will keep you guessing till the last.”

 

My Thoughts:

This was the first book I have listened to that’s set in South Africa and what a picture it painted… sure, it’s set in the far future but it still sounds like a brilliant place.

I do love all things Sci-fi and futuristic so this was right up my cyber ally, the sights the sounds, it was all very visual I loved it.

The story portrays poor Kate, thrust into a world of belief, family, murder and mystery. It all starts with a warning from a troubled women and spirals from there. I was hanging on each twist wanting to know what happens next.

Two timelines run throughout this story which may put some people off trying to follow it, but trust me it’s really easy and the two timelines give even more meat to the story.

All the various characters who appear in this story are all strong and believable, if I was ever in this situation I know I would like the good ones in this story on my side.

The teller of this story is Roshina Ratnam, a new voice to me but one i could happily listen to again, she has a nice flow and is not in your face and she doesn’t try to be something she isn’t.

If I had to sum this book up in three words, it would be “gritty, visual and brilliant”, if you like cyberpunk thrillers or just thrillers then give this one a listen.

You can Find it here:

 

You can find out more about JT Lawrence here: https://jt-lawrence.com/

Also follow her on Twitter here: @pulpbooks

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The Silent Child – Sarah A. Denzil

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Book Blurb:

Winner of Audible’s 2017 Narrator of the Year Award

Introducing Audible’s Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt.

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son’s red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year – a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She’s married, pregnant, and in control again…until Aiden returns.

Too traumatised to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Where has he been? What happened to him on that rainy afternoon? And now that he’s back, whom can he trust?

At Audible we love listening to crime books. But every so often one comes along that we think is truly special. An Amazon Kindle number one best-seller, Sarah A. Denzil’s Silent Child is taking Audible HQ by storm. In an Audible Exclusive production, Joanne Froggatt (Mrs Bates, Downton Abbey) delivers a powerhouse performance that will keep you gripped until the very last second.”

 

My Thoughts:

I know I said the last one was my last review of 2017 but I couldn’t let this one slip by. I am not sure if even the greatest reviewer could do this justice, I absolutely loved it.

The intensity of the characters, the suspense attached to each one sustained right to the very end. The story twists and turns like a eerie unmarked forrest trail, I can see why it won Thriller of the year.

Nearly every second of it was believable up until near the very end, I’m not sure how much fighting a heavily pregnant women could realistically do, but when in that situation perhaps she could.

I thought although Aiden didn’t say anything, he spoke volumes throughout, just goes to show you don’t need words to make a statement.

The narrator is Joanne Froggatt, best known for her role as Mrs Bates in that well loved TV show Downton Abbey, she does an excellent job of this narration the suspense just keeps going, it was wound up all the way from beginning to end. Definitely look forward to hearing her narrate more.

This is one going straight in my top 3 of 2017, if you haven’t given this a chance I couldn’t recommend it highly enough, brilliant all round.

You can buy it here:

 

Follow Joanne Froggatt here: @JoFroggatt

Ghostly Tales: An Audible Christmas Gift

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Book Blurb:

“The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller – what could be simpler than that?

Also featuring Sally Phillips, John Banks and Dan Starkey, this exclusive recording includes ‘Between the Lights’ by E.F. Benson, ‘A Strange Christmas Game’ by J.H. Riddell, ‘Was It an Illusion’ by Emelia B. Edwards and ‘The Signalman’ by Charles Dickens.”

My Thoughts:

With Christmas just round the corner, a wee review before the big day. This little early present had dropped into my email inbox, as it has been such a great year to be an audible member they wanted to share their happiness.

This delightfully scary collection expertly narrated by the great Simon Callow, is a great way to frighten your way into this years festivities.

Containing four very different tales of christmas terror, between ‘The Lights’, ‘A Strange Christmas Game’, ‘Was It An Illusion’ and finally, ‘The Signalman’.

As I said, not one of the stories is the same, each taking your imagination to a different time, place and people. The ghosts… some are obvious, but most leave you wondering “…was it really there?”. These are the type of stories I enjoy most, doubting your own eyes, mind and sanity, best way to occupy a dark wintry evening.

If you like a bit of a fright stepping into Christmas I thoroughly recommend this four story bundle.

So with that I wish all my followers a fantastic Christmas and New Year celebrations, and I look forward to discovering more brilliant audiobooks with you in 2018.

You can find more of Simon Callow’s work here:

https://www.audible.co.uk/search/ref=a_pd_Fictio_tseft?advsearchKeywords=simon+Callow&filterby=field-keywords&x=0&y=0

You can find it on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghostly-Tales-Audible-Christmas-Gift/dp/B07879ZW74/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513973874&sr=8-1&keywords=ghostly+tales+an+audible+christmas+gift

You can follow Simon on Twitter here: @SimonCallow

 

 

 

 

Huntress Moon – Alexandra Sokoloff

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Book Blurb:

A Thriller Award nominee for Best eBook Original Novel… Book 1 in award-winning author Alexandra Sokoloff’s riveting new Huntress FBI series about a driven FBI agent on the hunt for that most rare of all killers: a female serial.

FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can’t believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of “accidents” and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

Roarke’s hunt for her takes him across three states…while in a small coastal town, a young father and his five-year old son, both wounded from a recent divorce, encounter a lost and compelling young woman on the beach and strike up an unlikely friendship without realizing how deadly she may be.

As Roarke uncovers the shocking truth of her background, he realizes she is on a mission of her own, and must race to capture her before more blood is shed.”

My Thoughts:

It took me a while to make my peace with this book, it had been sitting in my audible library barely started for ages. I have no excuse for this other than I became so used to listening to Scottish crime that going back to American crime I struggled. But I am so glad I saw it through to the end.

I found the story gritty, mysterious, dark and enthralling at different points and sometimes all at the same time.

I loved FBI Agent Roarke, he is such a believable character trying to save the innocent people round him, while at the same time trying to save himself from his personal demons, just shows you are never far away from your past.

I also really enjoyed how parts of the story were told but you were never really told who the people were or their story, so I was left the space to use my imagination, I always enjoy this.

The idea of hiding in plain sight played a big part and really worked well. I felt for the killer as they did believe in what they were doing.

The narrator was R.C Bray, his voice worked for the gritty style of this story.

In the end I was shown there is good in American crime Thrillers, I will definitely be investing in the rest of the series in the coming new year.

You can find it here:

You can follow Alexandra Sokoloff here: @AlexSokoloff 

You can find her website here: http://www.alexandrasokoloff.com/

#BlogTour – Believe – Shelly Hickman

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Book Blurb:

“Believe. A message that still taunts her years after the passing of her daughter. In the days of her daughter’s illness, she considered herself a seeker, open to the possibilities of prayer and faith. Now cynical and guarded, she is forced to reexamine her beliefs and relive her past when an old love resurfaces, with a sick child of his own. Believe is a story that examines fractures to our foundations in the face of tragedy. It is a story that asks if prayers are always answered, but often in ways we do not see.
NOTE: Despite the spiritual tone of this work, please be aware it contains strong language.”

My Thoughts:

As this is my first ever real life story and my first ever audiobook blog tour, this has been a real challenge to balance the sensitivity of the subject matter with my thoughts.

First off I want to say this a very well written account of a very difficult subject.

I enjoyed the simplicity and honesty throughout the story and as this is new and way outside my usual genre, I had to keep reminding myself that this was in fact a real life account.

I have thankfully never experienced what Rachel went through but I immediately connected with her as a person trying to keep afloat in a sea of tradegy. I did enjoy her recounts of taking her dog to help the children even in her own grief she still thought of others.

But unfortunately things got worse before there was a light in this very dark tunnel, but light very soon shined.

Being a Christian myself I can relate to the religious overtones this book has in bucketloads but it’s not there to be in your face or bash you with a “good book”. If anything it shows you that people who believe, people who don’t or people who used to but don’t anymore, all struggle with the same things, because after all we are all simply human.

I find when the writer of the book is also the narrator, it adds another dimension to it, and with Shelly writing and narrating this is no exception, her delivery is steady and easy to follow.

My only criticism would be the ending was nice if a bit predictable but that in no way takes away from the story.

To be honest I struggled with this review but many will find this book helpful and an immense source of peace and hope.

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You can find the book Here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Believe/dp/B076PJCY8H/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511940431&sr=1-1&keywords=believe+shelly+hickman

you can follow Shelly on twitter here: @shellyhickman

A Mighty Boy – Sarah Pullen

 

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Book Blurb:

“What would you do if a stranger told you your son was going to die?

Silas is ten years old when the headaches start. When the diagnosis arrives, his parents are told they have until Christmas… maybe. And so begins Sarah Pullen’s battle to save her son, against doubting doctors and insurmountable odds. This story about love and loss traces her family’s journey from that first day at the hospital, battling a tumour they named ‘Bob’, through Silas’s death and beyond.

This profoundly moving and honest account shows that it is possible to find the strength for a journey that no mother should ever go on; that it is possible to find a new way to live, even when death is knocking on the door. It is about confronting grief – raw, ugly, incomprehensible grief. It is a book about wrapping a small boy in love, but still letting him get grubby knees. It is about learning to savour every moment of the here and now, yet also learning to let go.

At its heart, A Mighty Boy is a story of the love between a mother and a son. It is a book about seizing the moment and somehow managing to survive the death of a child. But most of all it is a book about a small, mighty, smiling boy.”

My Thoughts:

First off I want to say I have nothing but respect for Sarah who throughout this book lays her heart and soul bare.

I admire the honesty that is shown not just from Sarah but the whole family, willing to be involved and have their story told.

I found myself laughing and in tears in equal measure as we are led through the days, weeks and months with Sarah, Silas and the family in a deterioating battle with Bob, the name of the tumour in Silas’s brain.

The research Sarah had done and continued to do was impressive and I learned a lot of new words, I cannot begin to pronounce or or understand. Right up to the end of this story I found myself willing, hoping, along with the family, for things to get better.

Though the overall tone of the book is sombre and rightly so, it is interspersed with fun and fond memories which shine brighter than the dark bits of this story.

Having the narration being done by Sarah herself makes it even more poignant, you can hear the emotion in her voice throughout the account, it feels like she is sitting beside you telling you the story.

All in all I have never been in this situation before and I hope to never find myself there, but this book will be a great source of hope and encouragement to those who have been through it or are going through it.

You can Find the book here:

 

You can find Sarah’s Blog here: https://sarahpullenwriter.com/

You can find Sarah on Twitter here: 

A night with Ken MacLeod and Chris Brookmyer 

Jump into your spaceships, let your imaginations run wild and strap yourself in for a night where we go boldly where no man or women has gone before.
Tonight was spend in the presence of two great authors, one who I knew in the shape of Chris Brookmyer and one who was a new name to me but no less interesting Ken MacLeod.

Both had made the voyage from crime writing to sci-fi, Ken has written a few sci – fi but this was Chris’s first tentative step into that universe.

The night opened with both reading an opening bit from their books, Ken read a section from the first of his corporation wars series, Dissidence as he said it wouldn’t make any sense reading  from the third one if people hadn’t read the other two like myself.

Then the two authors chatted amongst themselves, loud enough so we all could he though firing such topical lasers about as free will, artificial intelligence and advanced technology.

there was a couple of questions from a tentative audience, and Chris told a funny story about a complaint letter he had been sent about mobiles still being able to dial 999 even if you take the sim card out, and even in space there is whiskey.

All in all it was a brilliant evening, with you down to earth, honest and funny authors, it has reinforced my love for all things Sci-fi.

you can get Chris Brookmyer’s book here:

And Ken MacLeod’s book here: