Review: Our Last Night

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Title: Our Last Night

Author: Taylor Adams

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from GoodReads):

Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards
Dan is a professional ghost hunter who’s never actually found a ghost. But his newest case is promising: a cursed Russian rifle (allegedly) haunted by a demon. According to legend, anyone who touches the antique weapon dies within 24 hours. But for Dan, it’s personal — he’s still mourning the death of his fiancée Adelaide, and he’s desperate to find proof that spirits exist. At any cost.

As the clock ticks down, Dan’s paranormal investigation quickly twists into a mind-bending nightmare. He is stalked through time and memory by a terrifying (and very real) demon. And as for his lost love, Adelaide? She might be the only one who can save him . . .

 

This book was a surprise. I admit I’m not a huge fan of horror, but I am curious about the genre, so I was at the same time excited and dreading reading this book.

So, this is horror, but it’s also prominently supernatural. It is also a love story.

There’s two tales happening at the same time. There’s the race against time to stop stop evil and save oneself, and there’s the slow understanding that everything may look perfect when you look back, but that’s just one’s mind choosing to remember only the good.

The book a little to find its rhythm, but when it found, it made it impossible to put it down. As a result, I went to bed 3:30am last night. I couldn’t wait until the next morning, I had to know how it ended!

Also, I think the book dragged at times, a few scenes were unnecessary plot wise. I didn’t skip any of them, though, afraid I’d lose a hint or a sudden development, and trust me, they  were there, not everywhere, but the twists and hints were there, and they helped build an exciting and surprising narrative. Also, I should mention there’s some gore and violent imagery, but if you’re a fan of horror, you’re already expecting it.

This is book is an excellent read for fans of thrillers and supernatural. The love story is also well written, not annoying or too sugary, and true as the layers are peeled and more is revealed.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Joffe Books and author Taylor Adams for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review also posted on GoodReads. Link here.

 

Review: The Silent Children

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Title: The Silent Children

Author: Amna K. Boheim

Rating: 3.8 stars

3.8 stars (which is almost 4).

First of all, thank you to NetGalley, Troubador Publishing Ltd and author Amna K. Boheim for sending me the ebook in exchange for a honest review.

This is Ms. Boheim first novel and it’s a great one once it finds its rhythm.

The book took a little to find its footing, the first third drags a little, but once it did, it became a fast and very pleasant read. This is a horror storywhere some of the horrors are supernatural, others sadly all too real. The story is told through two timelines – one beginning in the 1930s and other in 2004. The first narrative is in the 3rd person while the second one is in 1st, which gives the book a good pace, for me at least.

The characters and relationships are interesting. I wish I had learned more about Vivienne and her relationship with Annabel, I was left with the impression that there was something more behind the surface of their friendship.

The one character I had trouble with was Max, the narrator of the 2004 part of the book. He was likable but I had a hard time picturing him the way the author intended – a thirty-something successful man. Try as I might, I kept picturing him as a young man, probably just out of his adolescence. I don’t know if it was his feelings towards his mother, or his relationship with Vivienne that clouded the image I made of him, but I couldn’t see him as mature as he was supposed to be. That didn’t spoiled my enjoyment, though. At some point I didn’t care about that anymore, I was too engrossed in the story.

The twists presented were not hard to guess, and nothing important was left unexplained.

This was an enjoyable read, more than I expected, and I’m looking forward to reading more from Ms. Boheim.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: The Ocean At The End of The Lane

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Title: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

Rating: 5 stars

All I can say about this book is that it’s like a poem, like a lullaby. It’s like an old favorite blanket, warm, comforting. It’s beautiful.

The characters are presented in a way that the reader can see them clearly, and the narrative helps you feel what the characters feel, see what they see, live the events right along with them.

There’s magic, there’s love, there’s pain – just like life. This another beautifully built world by Neil Gaiman; a world we get a glimpse of throught this book, but that may live on in our minds.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.