25 August 2016

Review: Hide and Seek by M.J.Arlidge


I'm a big fan of M.J. Arlidge and Hide and Seek does not disappoint. Following on from the events of
Little Boy Blue - Grace finds herself in prison, on remand for a crime she didn't commit.

The book is a quick read due to the suspense that drags you through. There's lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing and when the real killer is revealed it comes as a enormous surprise. As with Arlidge's previous books there is just enough description to allow you to picture the locations in your head without there being so much the action is lost.

Whilst the book follows on from events of the previous novel and past characters are brought back there is enough explanation included so that new readers will be able to enjoy the book just as much as regular readers.

Hide and Seek will be available from Amazon from September 8th for £9.49 for the Kindle Version.

[Based on NetGalley Review Copy]


Review: Hide and Seek by M.J.Arlidge


I'm a big fan of M.J. Arlidge and Hide and Seek does not disappoint. Following on from the events of
Little Boy Blue - Grace finds herself in prison, on remand for a crime she didn't commit.

The book is a quick read due to the suspense that drags you through. There's lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing and when the real killer is revealed it comes as a enormous surprise. As with Arlidge's previous books there is just enough description to allow you to picture the locations in your head without there being so much the action is lost.

Whilst the book follows on from events of the previous novel and past characters are brought back there is enough explanation included so that new readers will be able to enjoy the book just as much as regular readers.

Hide and Seek will be available from Amazon from September 8th for £9.49 for the Kindle Version.

[Based on NetGalley Review Copy]


3 May 2015

Review: The Starved: Inception by Rick Ochre



In The Starved: Inception by Rick Ochre two men, Carl Yoder and Hank Phipps are volunteers in an experiment into starvation. The experiment brought them closer together and changed their outlook on life – in more than one way.

Rick Ochre’s book is a solid read. It’s enjoyable and short enough to get through in one sitting if so desired, without feeling as if the story is rushed. The plot becomes clear quite early on, and despite one twist halfway through follows a predictable path. This is not necessarily bad – but to me was less of a horror/thriller because of this, as there were few thrills to be had, very little suspense or gore (aside from the obvious). This is not a book that is going to stop you sleeping – in fact I read it in a tent during a storm and didn't get as much as a goose bump. However the interesting psychological aspects made up for the lack of thrills.  

The Starved is let down by its length –at 151 pages it is more of a novella than a true novel, and whilst it doesn't feel like anything is missed out of the story it is disappointing that the author gets bogged down in pages and pages of describing the domestic arrangements of Yoder and Phipps, particularly the insecurities of Yoder’s wife. Whilst this adds depth to the characters, it doesn't add to the plot and is mildly offensive to women (although well in keeping with the time the story is set). These pages would, in my opinion, have been better spent adding in a little suspense.


The Starved: Inception is out May 4th and is available from Amazon.co.uk for £2.60.


[Review copy provided by NetGalley]

14 April 2014

Review: Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge


Eeny Meeny is a crime thriller set in the UK. Couples are being abducted and held against their will. To gain their freedom their captor has a simple request – ‘when one of you kills the other, the survivor will walk free’. As the bodies start to pile up DI Grace needs to find the killer fast.

The descriptive writing style draws the reader in with graphic and gruesome descriptions of the crimes, and the book is very enjoyable. The plot and characters are very similar to the type of crime stories you see on prime-time TV – time limited scenario, detectives with personal issues, psychological elements. The one let down for me came later on in the book, where the threat moves closer to home for the investigators; there was simply a lack of real peril which for me is the key to a good thriller.


Eeny Meeny will appeal to fans of crime dramas like CSI and criminal minds and is available from Amazon UK for £3.99. 

[Review copy provided by NetGalley]
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