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New Release & Review – Identity by H D Thomson @hd_thomson

Book & Author Details:

Identity by H D Thomson
Publication date: 4th September 2017
Genres: Thriller, Suspense

IdentitySomeone wants Skye Hunter’s son, Tyler, and they’re willing to kill to get him. On the run for her life, Skye turns to the only person she believes can help her-a complete stranger with a shared past.

David Bishop thinks Skye is crazy. But when he realizes she has the same strange phenomenon inside her body that he does-the ability to move objects with her mind, David is forced to question his life, his childhood and his father’s motives. Can these two lost souls uncover the mystery of their telekinetic powers and save Tyler and themselves in the process?

review

I haven’t read anything from this author before, but I’m glad I signed up for this.

Fast paced, with a different plot line from the norm, some unexpected twists, and engaging characters, this was a quicker read than the page numbers would have suggested.

I was pulled into the story right from the start.  The narrative didn’t lag or bog down at any point and, although there are a couple of loose ends that perhaps weren’t tied up completely, they didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the story.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

H.D. Thomson moved from Ontario, Canada as a teenager to the heat of Arizona where she graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in accounting. After working in the corporate world as an accountant, H.D. changed her focus to one of her passions-books. She owned and operated an online bookstore for several years and then started the company, Bella Media Management. The company specializes in web sites, video trailers, ebook conversion and promotional resources for authors and small businesses. When she is not heading her company, she is following her first love—writing.

She’s currently living in a small town in Iowa, and loving it with her dog, Duncan, and her other  sexy and better half.

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Review – Yesterday by Felicia Yap @feliciamyap

Book & Author Details:
Yesterday by Felicia Yap
Publication date: August 10th 2017
Genres: Psychological, Suspense

How do you solve a murder when you only remember yesterday?

Imagine a world in which classes are divided not by wealth or religion but by how much each group can remember. Monos, the majority, have only one day’s worth of memory; elite Duos have two. In this stratified society, where Monos are excluded from holding high office and demanding jobs, Claire and Mark are a rare mixed marriage. Clare is a conscientious Mono housewife, Mark a novelist-turned-politician Duo on the rise. They are a shining example of a new vision of tolerance and equality—until…

…a beautiful woman is found dead, her body dumped in England’s River Cam. The woman is Mark’s mistress, and he is the prime suspect in her murder. The detective investigating the case has secrets of his own. So did the victim. And when both the investigator’s and the suspect’s memories are constantly erased—how can anyone learn the truth?

Told from four different perspectives, that of Mark, Claire, the detective on the case, and the victim—Felicia Yap’s staggeringly inventive debut leads us on a race against an ever-resetting clock to find the killer. With the science-fiction world-building of Philip K. Dick and the twisted ingenuity of Memento Yesterday is a thriller you’ll never forget.

review

This story has an intriguing premise set against an essentially factually correct England.

The multi person point of view is a little confusing to following, made more so by the positioning of the diary excerpts before the chapters.  However, it should be noted that I was reading an ARC, and so a fully formatted e-book version may not have those particular issues.

Overall, I thought that this was a kind of unique examination of the meaning of love and a parallel look (albeit with at an extremely superficial level) at discrimination.

The epilogue adds a twist that I didn’t see coming and ultimately, the story works, even if I wasn’t completely sold on the delivery.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Felicia Yap grew up in Kuala Lumpur. She has been a cell biologist, a war historian, a university lecturer, a technology journalist, a theatre critic, a flea-market trader and a catwalk model. Felicia lives in London and is a graduate of the Faber Academy. Her debut thriller YESTERDAY will be published around the world in August 2017.

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Review – The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone @LisaStoneBooks

Book & Author Details:

The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Thriller

the-darkness-within400A gripping new thriller debut that asks the question, how deep in our hearts does evil lie?

When critically ill Jacob Wilson is given a life-saving heart transplant, his parents are relieved that their loving son has been saved.

However, before long, his family are forced to accept that something has changed in Jacob. Their once loving son is slowly being replaced by a violent man whose mood swings leave them terrified – but is it their fault?

Jacob’s girlfriend, Rosie, is convinced the man she loves is suffering from stress. But when his moods turn on her, she begins to doubt herself – and she can only hide the bruises for so long.

When a terrible crime is committed, Jacob’s family are forced to confront their darkest fears. Has the boy they raised become a monster? Or is someone else to blame?

review

This book has me in two minds.  The premise of the story is intriguing, and drew me in.  And, there are elements of the story which are really well handled.

There are, however, a couple of issues for me which took the shine off the tale.  The first is the pacing – it gets a bit boggy in places.  The second is how everyone reacts to Jacob – and that, I admit, is a biggie.  No one calls him out on his behaviour at all – he is just allowed to spiral.

I will say that the pacing did pick up towards the end and that made the story more engaging, but for me, this missed the mark just a little.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

As a writer of suspense thrillers I often ask myself what if? What if this happened instead of that? Or why a particular person reacted as they did. So often fact is stranger than fiction; these books start with a fact which I develop.

I live in England, have 3 children, and 27 books published under the pseudonym Cathy Glass, many of which have become bestsellers.

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