Book to Movie, Books, Horror, Paranormal, Supernatural, Thriller

Book Review: The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

3 of 5 stars

My Rating: 3 Stars
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Narrator: Ray Porter
Media: Audiobook
Length: 6 Hours
Genre: Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction, Paranormal

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property—complete with boathouse and swimming pool—and the price were too good to pass up.

Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror.

This is the spellbinding, best-selling, true story that gripped the nation—the story of a house possessed by evil spirits, haunted by psychic phenomena almost too terrible to describe. (Goodreads)

This book was interesting. It was written as a biography of the Lutz family after moving into the DeFeo house.  There is not much information about their lives before or after living in the home.  

I think the book missed the mark, it was good don’t get me wrong, but it reads like a news report.  Also, most of the things in the book are useless information and doesn’t really add to the story, only explaining why someone was standing instead of sitting.  Then again it was written in the ’70s and is listed as nonfiction.  

I do feel like this book was responsible for an entire franchise including a series of movies that span decades.  

The narrator Ray Porter did a good job narrating but there wasn’t a chance for him to put his vocals to use becoming each character since it seemed like a report instead of a story.  Good job nonetheless.

Have you read this book or seen the movies?  What did you think?  Please leave me a comment in the section below.

Action & Adventure, Book to Movie, Books, Thriller

Book Review: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

5 out of 5 stars

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series Title: A Song of Ice and Fire
Number in Series: Book #1
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Narrator: Roy Dotrice
Media: Audiobook
Length: 34 Hours (Yes you read that right 34)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy,

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A GAME OF THRONES

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

source: georgerrmartin.com

This book review has been a long time coming.  I started watching Game of Thrones when it first came out years ago.  I watched the first episode back in 2011 I think but with life-changing events of my own, television took a back seat and so did most of my hobbies. Needless to say, I believe I only watched that one episode.  I never even tried to stream them.  Big mistake.  Because now that I’ve started the books, I’m kicking myself.

Last year I commented on a GoT review written by DPM Speaks and he encouraged me to read and review it so I tried.  Did you read that? I “tried”.  I couldn’t get past the wolf pups being given to the children.  I was pathetic, I just couldn’t get into it, as bad as I wanted to immerse myself in this story I couldn’t keep track of the characters, what they were doing, or even what family they were in.  With disappointment, I put the book down….for a minute.

In 2019 alone, I read 156 books. In December I picked up Game of Thrones again to give it another try and I loved it!  I feel that all the reading I’ve done over that year has helped me focus, and pay attention while expanding my mind.  I know that may sound false or fake, but trust me, this isn’t the only book that I have been able to pick up on the second try and breeze through later.

I still have not watched the series and at some point, maybe in 2020 I’ll be able to see it and finally see who played Eddard, Arya, Catelyn, Brand, Jon Snow, Ned and the lot.  I haven’t seen one single episode past the first one and have no clue about anything or just can’t remember what I did see.  Let’s see if I can read all the books before I watch the series.

That being said, Let’s get into this review.

The book was written in the voice of its time.  And in this time period, women were not regarded highly at all, it’s just a fact.  I have read lots of reviews trashing this book as being misogynist and sexist, and you know what, if you don’t like it, then don’t read books that predate political correctness.  During this time period, children were not treasured like they are today, but that was history.  Lots of people thought the book “The Help by Kathryn Stockett” was racist, or they didn’t like the “tone” or made them uncomfortable.  Honestly, that was the time period the story takes place in, and that’s what the book was about, hello!

This book, like I said, takes place in medieval times when kings sat on thrones, knights guarded the castle and the common folk knew their place.  It seems there are only two seasons, harsh winter and summer and they each last for years.  We follow several families in royalty and servitude. With them, we experience their troubles, defeats, ties to each other, and triumphs as well as their endings.

Upstanding King Eddard Stark and his family live peacefully in Winterfell.  Ned finds a dead direwolf with 6 orphaned cubs, one being an albino.  He allows his 6 children to keep and raise the cubs including his bastard son Jon Snow.  Do you see any similarities?  (That’s because this is foreshadowing.) An old friend King Robert Baratheon visits King Stark and drafts him to be the advisor to the crown.  Stark is reluctant and after he agrees, he and his entire family walk into a kingdom of lies, betrayal, incest, jealousy, and murder.  When Stark discovers the truth about Robert’s family (that not even Robert himself knows) it places the entire Stark family in danger that Stark sees no way out of.  With one Stark daughter to be betrothed to the Prince who means to kill him, a bastard son sent away to be a Knight, another daughter who has to flee for her life or face death, the baby boy who may not survive a crippling fall at the hands of an adult (the things I do for love) and his queen who is left to keep the kingdom running herself (which was rarely done by a woman back then) King Stark is stuck between a rock and hard place.  All because he wanted to help a friend, King Robert.

Viserys and his sister Daenerys Targaryen are the last of their family and Viserys has betrothed his 14-year-old sister to the leader of a nomadic tribe of brutes. I’m not kidding they are horrible.  The tribe are called the Dothraki and the men only cut their hair if they have been defeated.  They do not conquer kingdoms when they go to war, instead, they pillage and plunder destroying everything in their path.  The men enslave the women and line up to rape them, making the men watch and killing the children.  When they are done, for as long as it takes, then everyone is killed. We see that the leader who is to marry Daenerys is named, Kahl Drogo and has very long braids which means he has never been defeated.  After some time, after they have been wed and Daenerys begins to truly accept her role of wife to the leader she begins to speak their language and take on their customs and rituals truly becoming a Dothraki.  Jorah even tells her she is finally beginning to talk like a queen.  Her response is “Not a Queen.  A Kahleesi.”  Which is the Dothraki equivalent and shows true assimilation.  Throughout book one Daenerys repeats the phrase “I am a dragon’s daughter” as though she is trying to convince herself, but we see her bathing in water that is way too hot for humans.  This again is foreshadowing because fire cannot kill the dragon, and we see proof of that by the end of this book.  Although Daenerys becomes pregnant and is enjoying her new life she isn’t without trials, and tests, encountering schemers, traitors, and liars which only leads to great misery at such a tender age.

There is so much in this book (34 hours of audio) that I can’t possibly fit it all in and I can’t wait to continue the new year with book #2 A Clash of Kings.  I do hope you will stay tuned.  Roy Dotrice did a superb job narrating.  He is superb in his timing, and the feelings and emotions he adds to the voices and there are so many.  He makes them all sound so authentic and each one seems one of a kind.

Did you see the series? Have you read the books? Who is your most loved character and your most hated?  Is there more than one? Two? Three?  Is there anyone you love to hate? Who could be a character on their own in a stand-alone book and why?  Leave me a comment in the section below. Also, check out

 

 

 

Books

Book Review: Misery by Stephen King

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5 out of 5 stars

My Rating: 5 Stars
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Narrator: Lindsay Crouse
Media: Audiobook
Length: 12 Hours
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Literature

Thrown from the wreckage of his ’74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a bestselling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie’s mercy. (Goodreads)

“In what order does a man decide to abandon his life?” – Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men.

As I read this book this is the statement that continued to come to my mind.  Not about the writer Paul Sheldon, but for his captor Annie Wilkes.  She kept a record of everything she did in her life but when she rescued Paul Sheldon, that could’ve been something in her life that would turn everything around for her.  It would’ve shown the community that they could’ve been wrong about her (she was never convicted anyway) and make everyone think they could’ve been wrong about her.  In essence, it could’ve cleared her name to some extent.  But Annie Wilkes doesn’t think like that, not like a normal rational human being.  She believes everyone is out to get her, and maybe that is because of how messed up, evil and insane she is.  Still, I wonder at what point she decided “I’m not going to let him go,”.  Because that was a life-changing decision.

I thought this story was so wonderfully dreadful!  Everything that could go wrong, did and even though Annie Wilkes was a simple and seemingly uneducated woman, she had been a nurse for many years and knew the value of forensics.  Being a nurse she had to have taken some psychology or sociology classes and I’m sure that only helped with her paranoia.  She could think things out so rationally it was scary.

This book was one of the better ones of Mr. King, it had all the elements including paranoia and revenge and had none of the elements I dislike.  If you’ve read my other reviews on books by King you’ll know those elements like pedophilia, and explicit dialog of minors being sexually abused.  Lots of his books are like that and it’s just unnecessary.

Misery is a great book that was made into a movie starring Kathy Bates and James Caan.  It was a really good movie, and I’m glad I picked up the book.  Since I had seen the movie, I assumed there would be none of the elements I loathed.  I was right and the book was better.  It had so much more than the movie, and I don’t mean explanations, or rantings, or wordiness, I mean things the movie didn’t even touch on.  It was great, what a nice surprise.

Did you like this book?  Why or why not?  Did you think it was going to end differently than the movie, or did you even see the movie?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

Books, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Supernatural

Book Review: The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen

***FYI***  If you like this story, please know that the last scene in this book is one of the opening scenes in book #2 so you should begin it immediately, or revisit book 1 to refresh your memory.. 
3.5 out of 5
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series Title: Messy Man
Number in Series: Book #1
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Chris Sorensen
Media: Audiobook
Length:  6 hours  33 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction, Supernatural, Horror

New York audiobook narrator Peter Larson and his wife Hannah head to his hometown of Maple City to help Peter’s ailing father and to put a recent tragedy behind them. Though the small, Midwestern town seems the idyllic place to start afresh, Peter and Hannah will soon learn that evil currents flow beneath its surface.

They move into an old farmhouse on the outskirts of town—a house purchased by Peter’s father at auction and kept secret until now—and start to settle into their new life.

But as Peter sets up his recording studio in a small basement room, disturbing things begin to occur—mysterious voices haunt audio tracks, malevolent shadows creep about the house. And when an insidious presence emerges from the woodwork, Peter must face old demons in order to save his family and himself. (Goodreads)

This story was more on the supernatural side, and although I may not have picked it up if I had known just how far supernatural it went, I am glad I did. I love a story with supernatural elements and this story didn’t disappoint. The story focuses on Peter and Hannah Larson but there is a child in the story you should really pay attention to because he is a big part of the past as well as the future.

While Peter battles supernatural elements while trying to keep his sanity, his wife Hannah gets a job to help with the bills and is dealing with creepy things herself.  While I love the supernatural elements I didn’t like the gothic chic too much.  I know she was an important part of the story to give Peter guidance and help him know what to do but it seemed like a “Get out of Jail Free” card.  It made it too easy for him to fix things.  I wanted him to find things out on his own and fix them himself, maybe with Hannah’s help.

Having the author narrate his own books has it’s perks as well. We get to hear the voice of the characters exactly the way they were entended and the emphasis is placed in all the right places.  I think the only downside was the Chris Sorensen reads in a sing-song style and it can be quite annoying.  That being said, I really enjoyed the book and took great pleasure in re-reading it before Book #2 “The Hungry Ones” so I gave it 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 on Goodreads.

Have you listened to any Chris Sorensen narrated books?  What did you think?  Did you like The Nightmare Room and the Messy Man Series?  Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought.

 

Action & Adventure, Books, Horror, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Zombie

Book Review: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

5 out of 5 stars

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series Title: Joe Ledger
Number in Series: 1st Book
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Narrator: Ray Porter
Media: Audiobook
Length: 15 Hours Unabridged
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Thriller

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills… and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good, and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new taskforce created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid response group is called the Department of Military Sciences or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. (Goodreads)

I tried to read this book about a year ago and I just couldn’t get into it.  I don’t know if it was the smart allic way the narrator read the book or how the narrator brought through the main character.  I don’t think it was either of these things now that I think about it.  I love a good zombie book and this one started at the beginning of the zombie terror.  No, I think I just wasn’t ready for it.  I’ve read 152 books over the past year and my understanding is better and books seem easier to read.

Now I’m not saying you need to read 152 books to understand this book, no, I’m saying that’s where I was.  I was looking for certain books and anything outside that scope didn’t resonate with me.  Then again I think I just didn’t give it enough time.

Anyway, I love a good zombie book, especially dealing with new concepts in how the apocalypse starts, or how the virus start and characters who have something to lose or who have lost everything.  This book didn’t disappoint.  I love everything about especially the foreign elements and how it could potentially happen today.  Because even though we know it couldn’t happen, there is a little part of me that knows it’s a possibility, anyway, this book has all the elements, betrayal, romance, taking advantage of others, opportunity, and death.  It isn’t gory, which was good like I said this book doesn’t really focus on that.

This story isn’t about the zombies or walkers, it is more about how it started, hence the title.  There is definitely some fighting against the walkers (zombies), but you can tell it is more about the characters, getting to know them and how this crazy mess started.  I expect and hope to see more death and infected especially of some of the characters we already know in future books.  I mean, they can’t all make it right?

Yes, the main character is a bit obnoxious, especially in the beginning and that’s an understatement. But once the story gets going oh my goodness!! The detail gives easy visibility to the surroundings and what is going on and the action isn’t jumbled or confusing, it’s clear and again visual.

One thing I don’t like is Joe is a goody-two-shoes.  Yes. He’s obnoxious but when you try to get information from a suspect, I would expect the suspect would be threatened right?  Well, Joe was against it. WHAT!? He was totally sick to his stomach because an agent threatened the lives of the suspect’s family.  I threw my hands up and subtracted a star for that.  He is in the military and he doesn’t want to hurt a suspects feelings? That’s not real. No real soldier is that humane when it comes to protecting the country or their family.  I continued to read the book, loving it all, lab geeks, children and the dead. So by the end I gave the star back. I think this would be a great series to read over the Christmas holiday, so I will.  Stay tuned for more Joe Ledger reviews.

Have you read any of the Joe Ledger books?  What did you think?  Leave me a comment below.

 

Books, Mystery, Thriller

Book Review: The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

3.5 out of 5

My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Narrator: Amy McFadden and Michael David Axtell
Media: Audiobook
Length: 7 Hours Unabridged
Genre: Horror, Literature, Fiction

Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it, in turn, makes us, mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cherish. (Goodreads)

This book was creepy.  When Julie and James move away from the city and back to Julie’s hometown, we wonder if they are starting over or just running from their troubles.  Could it be both? 

As Julia tries to trust James again she begins to harbor secrets of her own. At first, I didn’t think they were really secrets but as the book drew me deeper in I began to realize these were things that could envoke distrust in any relationship.  It appeared that they were being rational but when they began to experience missing times in their day and memory lapses I began to wonder if there wasn’t something more sinister going on or was it really all in their heads?  

There was also the fact that no one seemed to know the correct history about the house or the people who lived there and whatever happened that neighbor, why all the secrecy? And the bruises…. what till you find out what happened there.

This book was intriguing.  One of those “not what I thought it would turn out to be” kinda books.  It made you think about those kinda things happening in real life and can anything be done about it?

On another note, I didn’t really like going back and forth between James and Julia’s head and the first person POV was off-putting at times. 

How did you come across this book? Have you read any other books from Jac Jemc? What did you think about this book?  Leave me a comment in the section below. 

 

Books, Crime, Mystery, Not as Interesting as I thought, Paranormal, Supernatural

Book Review: The Seekers by Heather Graham

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3.5 out of 5

My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Series Title: Krewe of Hunters
Number in Series: Book #28
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Media: Audiobook
Length: 8 Hours
Genre: Fiction, Crime, Supernatural, Romance, Thriller

Kerri Wolf has joined the crew of The Seekers, a show that searches for paranormal phenomena, as they explore a supposedly haunted old inn on the road between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The place is famous for its warm welcome—and infamous for being the site of an ax murder rampage in the 1920s. They’ve barely begun when a very real dead body is discovered in the basement. As a nonfiction author, Kerri is supposed to be the rational one, but she can’t explain a terrifying apparition that seems to be both a threat and a warning.

Former detective Joe Dunhill knows what she’s going through—the strange gift of being able to see and talk to the dead is a struggle he shares. A new member of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, he’s on the team investigating the disturbing death. The town is steeped in old-fashioned superstition, and the deeper Joe and Kerri plunge into the dark secrets of the inn, the closer they get to a devastating truth. Will a bloody history be repeated? Or can the spirits of the past reach out to stop a killer? (Goodreads)

I enjoyed this book but it was way too easy to read.  There was no guessing, surprise or suspense and everything was spoon-fed to the readers as though we could not come to our own conclusions, or that we didn’t understand what we were seeing.  This occurred, especially in the end.   As a YA novel, I would expect to be given some of the information and be helped along.  But since it wasn’t a YA, I only gave it 3.5 stars.

This book was unique in that the Krewe Hunters are actually FBI agents that can see and communicate with the dead. It is a great mix of rational meets the unexpected. What I didn’ t know is that this is number 28 in the series of 31.

There was a bit of romance in this book and it was tastefully done.  Sorry, some like to read all the crude words to get a good visual but for me, holding hands means something. The romance seemed more real in this story with the subtle glances and the wishing and hoping going on inside their heads.  It gave me a fuzzy warm feeling of love instead of lust.

There wasn’t a ton of romance but it was between our main characters Kerri Wolf and Joe Dunhill, so it was noticeable.  I also enjoyed the way Kerri refused to believe what she had seen, it made her seem like a real person who is skeptical and not wishy-washy and ready to believe everything and anything.

I was not prepared for who did the killing.  The villain threw me for a loop.  This book may have been easy to read but uncovering the source of the killings made it a page-turner.

Have you read any of the books in this series?  Did you feel they were YA or are some of them just easy to read?  I think I will start at the beginning and check out the other books.  How about you? Leave me a comment in the section below.

Books, Crime, Mystery

Book Review: The Likeness by Tana French

5 out of 5 stars

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series Title: Dublin Murder Squad
Number in Series: Book 2
Publisher: Recorded Books LLC
Narrator: Heather O’Neill
Media: Audiobook
Length: 23 hours 
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Crime, Suspense

In the “compelling” and “pitch perfect” follow up to Tana French’s runaway bestseller In the Woods, it’s six months later and Cassie Maddox has transferred out of the Dublin Murder squad. But an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used as an undercover cop. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? Author Website

 This book was hard to start and hold on to (for me) but I think it was because of the narrator’s thick accent that I was not used to.  I hung in there and continued to listen because it was an intriguing story and I wanted to know how things would turn out. I am so glad I did.  As I continued to read and listen the narrator’s accent became more a part of the story that I looked forward to. 

The main character Cassie Maddox goes undercover one more time to investigate the murder of a woman named Alexandra Madison who looks exactly like her.  Not sure if Lexie was killed by someone she knew or if Cassie was the target and Lexie was collateral damage, Cassie decides to step into Lexie’s shoes as a college student and live in a house with her housemates.

During this time, Cassie gets way too involved with the housemates and begins to lose herself in their relationships as though she really did live there and was a part of their tight-knit family.  She begins to believe her own department is looking in the wrong direction. I wasn’t sure that Cassie could distance herself enough from the housemates to make decisions as a police officer.  But it was a better ending than I thought it would be. 

Have you read any of Tana French’s stand-alone novels, and if so which ones?  What about the Murder Squad?  How many of the books have you read in this series? Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of this review or the book. 

Books, Crime, Mystery

Book Review: Fractured by Karin Slaughter

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My Rating: 4 Stars
Series Title: Will Trent
Number in Series:  Book 2
Publisher: HarperAudio
Narrator: Kathleen Early
Media: Audiobook
Length: 14 hours
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller 

With its gracious homes and tree-lined streets, Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most desirable neighborhoods. But in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager’s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her horrified mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands.

Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is here only to do a political favor; the murder site belongs to the Atlanta police. But Trent soon sees something that the cops are missing, something in the trail of blood, in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the shell-shocked mother. Within minutes, Trent is taking over the case — and adding another one to it. He is sure that another teenage girl is missing, and that a killer is on the loose.

Armed with only fleeting clues, teamed with a female cop who has her own personal reasons for hating him, Trent has enemies all around him — and a gnawing feeling that this case, which started in the best of homes, is cutting quick and deep through the ruins of perfect lives broken wide-open: where human demons emerge with a vengeance.
 (Goodreads)

This was a pleasant surprise.  It was full of unexpectedness. 

I like Will Trent, he is not the usual FBI detective.  He is a bit on the dysfunctional side but he’s not a drunk or recovering alcoholic and I think that makes him a more marketable character. Actually the more I learn about him, the more I like him and the more my heart goes out to him.  He has low self-esteem even though he is very intelligent.  And the relationship he is in is a train wreck. 

Will Trent is called in as a favor and he is paired with detective Faith Mitchell of the APD. 

(This makes me think of Dep Chief Darryl Tolleson from the APD who retired in 2018 and now he and his wife have a YouTube channel documenting their new life traveling in an RV. Tolleson Life is the name of the channel, lol I had to throw that in.)

Trent has a connection with the suspect, but it is a secret that he cannot afford for anyone to find out so he uses it to his advantage.  I felt like this book really helps us to get to know Trent and that is important since there are about 10 books in this series.  This book kept me reading.  I had to know what was going to happen on the next page and the next chapter.  I had to find out what happened to the missing teen, and if Will would stay in that crappy relationship.  I needed to know how it finished and I completed this book in about 2 days. I prefer horror, but I love it when I find a good mystery that can hold my attention through the entire book.  This was one of those books.

Have you read any of the books in the Will Trent series?  If you have which ones and what did you think?  Will you finish the series? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Books, Horror, Mystery, Reviews, Sci-Fi Fantasy

Book Review: Immobility by Brian Evenson

4.5 out of 5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Narrator: Mauro Hantman
Media: Audiobook
Length: 6 hrs 32 min Unabridged
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

When you open your eyes things already seem to be happening without you. You don’t know who you are and you don’t remember where you’ve been. You know the world has changed, that a catastrophe has destroyed what used to exist before, but you can’t remember exactly what did exist before and you’re paralyzed from the waist down apparently, but you don’t remember that either.

A man claiming to be your friend tells you your services are required. Something crucial has been stolen, but what he tells you about it doesn’t quite add up. You’ve got to get it back or something bad is going to happen. And you’ve got to get it back fast, so they can freeze you again before your own time runs out.

Before you know it, you’re being carried through a ruined landscape on the backs of two men in hazard suits who don’t seem anything like you at all, heading toward something you don’t understand that may well end up being the death of you (Goodreads)

This was a great book.  Now I didn’t like that it was written in the first person but I can be forgiving especially if it is done right.  This book was written about an apocalyptic world where people are frozen in cryogenesis and thawed when they are needed.  Although not everyone can be frozen, so keep reading you’ll see why.  The book begins as the main character Horkai is being defrosted or unfrozen, but he has a hard time moving.  He is told that he is the only one who can help the entire race but his spine must be severed occasionally.  I knew then something was wrong or was it?

There were many twists and turns in every chapter and at each one I was in shock, things were not turning out the way I thought they should. 

By the end, I knew it all happened the way it was supposed to and in the end, this story evoked so many feelings in me, dread, fear, anger, betrayal, freedom, shock and so much more.  While I read the last pages, the feelings were so strong I had to keep telling myself ‘It’s just a book, it’s just a story, it isn’t real, it’s alright, it isn’t real.’  

This is a great book.  I bought the audible version and I think it will be one of those books that I pull out to read a few times a year. 

Have you read andy other Brian Evenson books?  I hear he has several that are like this and unforgettable which is what I’m looking for.  What did you think of this book?  Have you read it, or if not, will you?  Let me know in the comments.