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Hindsight by Melanie Casey #review

I was pleased to receive this book as I was lucky and won the second book in the series. I prefer to start with book one, unlike my mother who will read a book no matter where in the series it is 🙂

Hindsight Melanie Casey

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Cass Lehman has a terrifying ‘gift’…The youngest in a family of extraordinary women with supernatural talents, Cass is cursed with the not-so-sexy gift of seeing the past…but not just any past; she sees death. For years she’s hidden herself away in her family home. Now, desperate for a better life, she ventures into sleepy Jewel Bay, only to stumble upon murder and mayhem and a killer at large who’s long been lurking in their midst. Taking a chance, Cass volunteers to assist Detective Ed Dyson with the investigation. Will Cass be able to save the latest victim – and herself?

 

 

Book one starts with Cass who lives quite the reclusive lifestyle due to psychic ability that allows her the ability to experience a dead if she stands where the person died. Not exactly palm reading or staring into a crystal ball pleasant. As such she and her psychic family trio keep to themselves. When she comes to the point that its time to get out there and live life she volunteers to assist the police with their investigation of a woman who has died under mysterious circumstances.

I will say that I quite liked the book and the writing style. Though a formula plot it all works and works well. If one enjoys mysteries, thrillers, crime drama, psychics etc. you’ll enjoy this book and an entertaining read it will be. It has a very wide audience appeal. Great one to take on a plane trip or road trip as the time will fly by, the one issue I have if you can call it that, more an observation really is the fact that its formula, that’s not to say its not enjoyable it certainly is but nothing is unique in that I haven’t read a ton of stories like this prior. The misunderstood loner, the cop who’s had it rough, his tough female partner, their protective but decent boss, the crazy nut job you’ll not know about till the end are all characters who we’re all familiar with in some combination or another.

With an easy to read style Melanie has hit on something that works and as mentioned has a very wide audience appeal. I enjoyed it and while very familiar in so many ways I’ll be reading her second book Craven to see more of where Cass and Ed’s story goes.

It’s a great read and if you want a consistent and familiar story that is sure to entertain Hindsight is the way to go.

Written by Melanie Casey and published by Pantera Press

I received this book from Samara Magazine in exchange for an honest review.

The Girl With a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson #review

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George Foss never thought he’d see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack’s Tavern. 

When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl’s grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece – the one who had committed suicide – was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved – and of the things she may have done to escape her past.

Now, twenty years later, she’s back, and she’s telling George that he’s the only one who can help her…

 

I found the premise of The Girl With a Clock For a Heart to be fascinating. I can’t say reading it had me mesmerised however. While not bad and a book I would recommend to mystery and thriller fans it was a book that felt more of a let down for me personally.

This book I think revolves around at its depths more so than mystery George’s infatuation for a woman he met many years ago who shows up out of the blue to ask for his help. I think this is where my disappointment comes from, I am not a romantic person I readily admit that, love at first sight is infatuation at best. George however will do anything for a woman who has all but a big giant red flashing neon warning sign around her.

Are people really that naive? Probably so but it didn’t feel true to me. The story told alternately in the present and past recollection by George from their earlier time together 20 years prior was well written. I think the author has great skill at storytelling, the story itself however did not capture me the way I thought it would and it sat half read for quite some time before I returned to it.

The mystery sort of works if you don’t look too close and don’t sit there wanting to bash George over the head with the book. While uneven the pace and writing was great and it was an easy to read story that unfolded in a pleasing way. The substance of the story itself felt inadequate not to mention the characters not quite as smart as you’d have hoped but people are people and make mistakes this there is no doubt in that so perhaps the fault is mine for being far too cynical.

 

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The Explorer by James Smythe #review

This book as with quite a few recently I blame my fascination on because of blogger Michael of Literary Explorer. Michael has a literary explorer challenge that I’ve joined and as they are genre I had planned to read anyway well I’ve cheated and joined what I like to think/hope will be an easy challenge. I say that but keep failing my reading challenges so we shall see.

Back to the book. Michael has quite interesting taste in his reads and I for one have dubbed him my guru because he has recommended so many wonderful reads to me. Burial Rites which I actually won on his blog was one of my fave reads of last year such brilliant work that when he said this one was great and after reading the blurb well I didn’t argue I checked my library and snatched up my own copy. I’ll be reading book two The Echo very soon.

James Smythe

 

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A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony.

When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers.

But in space, nothing goes according to plan.

The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.

But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death … unless he can do something to stop it.

I enjoyed this one immensely. It is a book about an exploration expedition into space. Go see what is out there. Ahhh how I love this subject. I’d hop on one myself if it wasn’t for the fact that I couldn’t pay off the Russians, NASA is not doing any missions okay and I’m not an astronaut. Pity.

We have our crew and our protagonist, Cormac. He is a journalist picked to document the journey and blog it, write it, record it and share it with the world. The story is told by Cormac from his experience on board to how the crew got to know each other during training. You really get to know the others as Cormac tells a good story. Then there is an event. Can’t say what it would give a major story line away suffice it to say holy crap! Then well I can’t really say its a book that is hard to review without giving away giant details that you don’t want to share as its what makes it a great read.

You empathise, sympathise, there is shock – awe – disbelief. It is a book that I enjoyed in the beginning then when the “thing” happened that I can’t share I sat there with the book mesmerised I had enjoyed it up till then and from then on I just turned the page faster and faster because the story became amazing. I have read some great reads recently but this book had me mesmerised and that hasn’t happened in quite some time. I just had to know I had to find out Cormac’s story.

If you enjoy literary thrillers, mystery some sci fi read this. Even if that isn’t your usual read I recommend this one because this is a book worth reading. A must for the TBR and in fact bump the others and read this. You will not be sorry.

The Explorer is the first in The Anomaly Quartet series and is available in print and ebook. Book two The Echo is also available

The Beacon by A.B. Shepherd book tour – #review #giveaway

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Welcome to my stop on The Beacon book tour. This great book by author A.B. Shepherd is one that I’ve gotten to read. Its awesome 🙂 I totally recommend checking this one out. I’ve got my review below and have a look at the giveaway as well. The tour is running through the 14th you can see the others taking part here

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Blurb
This novella contains discussion questions making it ideal for book clubs.

A book that will leave you questioning what you believe.

Shipwrecked on an isolated island…

How far would you go to help a new friend? Would you kill someone?

How do you know what is and isn’t real?

When The Beacon beckons safe harbour isn’t guaranteed.

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This read rocks. Yes rocks. It’s my first by the author and talk about hooking me in. I was sure I knew what was happening throughout only to be totally throw with each turn of the page. I didn’t even realise something right in front of me the whole time till it was pointed out to me after I was finished. The Protagonists name isn’t given at all and I totally didn’t notice. This doesn’t detract from the story, as I mentioned I didn’t even realise until after it was pointed out and it just added to the mystery.
I love the attachment created to the main character and her friend for that matter. I loved that I was sucked in and how odd things were the never knowing what was real and what wasn’t. I appreciate when a short story is able to capture me so much in such a short time. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy mysteries and a good short story.

About the Author:
“Never stop dreaming or reading.” – A.B. Shepherd
A.B. Shepherd grew up in Lansing, Michigan, but moved to Australia in 2009. She now lives in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, with her husband and their imaginary friends. She can usually be found seaside at Port MacDonnell, or lost in a fantasy world.A.B. Shepherd author photo BW-2
Lifeboat is her debut novel.

Her second book, is a novella titled The Beacon.

If you’d like to learn more about A.B. Shepherd please visit her website at http://www.abshepherd.net/

A.B. loves to hear from readers. Feel free to email her at TheRealABShepherd@hotmail.com with your thoughts regarding her books, or anything else that takes your fancy.

You can also connect with her on Twitter @ABHPShepherd and on Facebook

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Criminal Defense by Steven Gore guest post and giveaway

I love a good mystery-thriller so I’m excited to share the latest from Steven Gore, please enjoy the fantastic guest post and be sure to enter the giveaway. US only and print copy to be sent by Harper Collins to the winner. My thanks to Harper Collins and Steven Gore

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Betrayal wounds.Revenge destroys.

Over three decades, Hamlin’s practice devolved into just another racket: intimidating witnesses, suborning perjury, destroying evidence, laundering money. But is he the victim of murder—or of a dangerous sexual encounter gone wrong? And when law enforcement believes justice has already been done, who can be trusted to find out?

Once again in the city where his career came to a shattering end, former detective Harlan Donnally resolved it wouldn’t be him. He had no desire to immerse himself in the deceit that was Hamlin’s career . . . nor entangle himself in the corrupted loyalties that turned the dead lawyer’s associates into both co-conspirators and suspects . . . nor make himself the proxy for the hatreds and betrayals Hamlin left behind.

But the presiding judge demanded otherwise—and that might cost Donnally his life.

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