Review: Zodiac – Sam Wilson

How do I describe this book?

When I selected this book as my first audio book to listen to it, I knew that it was going to be a thriller, about death and murder. I first thought, with the title Zodiac, that this book was going to be about the infamous Zodiac murders, which was kind of my hope, but boy was I wrong. This book was about murder and the Zodiac star signs in another way.

The Zodiac system plays a key and an important role with the society within the structure and story of this book. People are divided up and slotted into the sign that they were born into, and that sign plays an important role in defining who they are and how society sees them. It plays such an important role, that people are planning the conception of their children to ensure the birth of their child falls into their desired zodiac sign, or if they happen to mess up, they are even willing to go into and have a premature baby to ensure that child’s place in society and to ensure their future is set. 

Throughout listening to this book, the whole time I felt like the author was using the Zodiac system as a massive metaphor for how society is today. How people in this book are divided up into their signs and are believed to be this way because that’s how that sign is meant to be and act, therefore judging and discriminating everyone else because of that. Now change zodiac signs to people discriminating other people because of their race, their ethnicity, their sexuality, beliefs and so on. You can divided the world up, or even just a small town up, and you will never have an identical group of people who believe or are the same, as everyone will have some differences. Maybe this wasn’t even the intention of the author, but this was a massive message that I definitely took away from this book and really hit me when I was listening to this audio book. Maybe more so with the immigration problems that are occurring, it just made me connect the two. 

Right from the beginning of the story, this book had me gripped, to the extent that I would listen to the audio book at any given time possible. I even swapped listening to music when doing certain tasks as I wanted to know what happened next, which is something I thought wouldn’t happen with an audio book. The story started off so perfectly, with a scene that can only be described as brutal, with the imagery that just makes every word so clear. My only problem, which may be because I was listen to it and not reading it, is that even though I could picture all of the scenes and the kills so vividly, I had a problem when it came to the characters. 

I couldn’t remember who certain characters were, especially if they were secondary characters. I think I only remembered who a few of the characters names were at the time, that’s if I was lucky, and kept having to pause it to think back, or carry on listening to hopefully get a clue from what was said. I don’t know if this was from the writing, or if it was because I wasn’t reading it, I therfore wasn’t able to get a better connection to the characters. I also wasnt able to get a better picture of the characters in my head, so chose my own when listening to the story, for some at least. But this is my first for both this author and an audio book, so I will have to actually read another book by this author and listen to another audio book to see which is which. 

I liked how the story worked out and how the structure all worked together, which was really unexpected at first. The more I was listening, the more I started to suspect and thought, “Oo, I wonder”, but it was a really good idea. From what I gathered from listening to this book, this book contains small chapters, which when reading a book, I must admit is something I definitely prefer.

I would highly recommend this book and I will gladly admit that I really enjoyed the audio book version of this book, including the voice narrative. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars!

Here is the Goodreads description:

“In a corrupt and volatile society where people are divided and defined by zodiac signs, status is cast at birth and binding forever. The line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight.
When a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims of totally different signs, is it a misguided revolution or the work of a serial killer?
All eyes are on Detective Jerome Burton and Profiler Lindi Childs. They may disagree over whether the answers are written in the stars, but they are united by their belief that a grand plan is being executed…”

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

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Imagine receiving a package in the mail. You’d be happy right, imagining what it could be? So then you open it up and discover a box full of cassette tapes, each labelled from 1 through to 13. This parcel has no return address on it so you have no idea who sent you this random box of cassettes of all things. You hunt around you house for a cassette player, and if that was me I can tell you I wouldn’t have had one, but you manage to find one and insert the tape and the side that is labelled 1 and press play. That’s when you hear it. You hear the voice of the girl who has recently killed herself talking to you. Now what do you do?. . .

Now this is what happens to Clay Jensen, who arrives home from school one day and discovers a parcel with his name on it, which turns out to be a box of cassette tapes, which were recorded by Hannah Baker. In these tapes, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she has, or is going to (depending on how you want to look at it), kill herself, that’s why there are thirteen tapes. If you receive these tapes, then you are one of the reasons and one of the people that are to blame for her doing this, and now Clay has received these tapes.

I heard about this book from a Book Tuber after seeing a Book Haul video and I heard a brief sum up of what the book was about, I instantly knew that I had to read it. This book is told from  both Clay and Hannah’s point of view, but it is told from two different platforms, which was quite an interesting, especially as they are both the main characters. We have Hannah’s perspective, which is told through the thirteen tapes and more in the past tense, whereas we have we also have Clays perspective, which is his reaction to those tapes, with the world and interactions around him and is in present tense. So we have both of these timelines, these different medias and so on, all coming together and combined to tell this story, and it actually works.

When it comes to the story, suicide is such a sensitive subject, that it is always going to be received in either a positive or negative way, because people may be able to relate to this topic and is therefore a subject that is close to them. I choose to read this book, at what turned out to be a very sensitive time in my families life, which we had sadly already had to previously deal with at a previous time. So when I was reading this book, it was becoming more personal to me because of this. As I was reading this book I really was enjoying this story and appreciating what the author was trying to do with this book. The more I read, the more I really got into the book. I didn’t want to stop reading the book until I was finished, as I wanted to know every reason, who was next, every little detail.

I felt bad for Hannah, but even more so for Clay. I felt so bad for Clay and then I started to strongly dislike Hannah, because of her doing this to him, as he couldn’t do anything about it now as it’s too late. The more that I thought about it, the more I thought about why was Hannah doing all this? She kind of turned around and turned into the bully in the end, even though only a few people will know the truth, Hannah knows herself that it only takes a few people to make you start to fell horrible and for things to escalate. I know the intention was there for them to know the reasons behind why she did what she did, but why not write a letter to just that person, or send a tape to just that person? Because then they could still hide. They could still pretend they did nothing and not change, but if people know then you’re more inclined to change. Those are the only reasons I can think of. And then the amount of effort that’s gone into planning everything, the amount of time, just doesn’t speak to me realistic. I know people who have tried to commit suicide, both friends and family, who have all said that once they knew they knew, and they just went for it. They wouldn’t have spent time making and recording cassette tapes, making lists of people they were to be sent to and so on, but maybe this is just my personal experience. At the beginning, Hannah had decided everything and knew who the thirteen people, or thirteen reasons were, but towards the end it seems like the thirteenth person and reason got added on after this whole thing got started, and I don’t want to give away spoilers by going further into this by explaining to much.

This book does only look at a little closed up section of suicide, and I can understand some of the bad reviews I have read, because there is a much wider and broader area of suicide and depression. This is suicide from the angle of a girl who has had, what she classes as some bad times, which has been escalating and building, “snowballing” on top of each other, to the point where she sees no other way out. Where she feels like she has nobody left in her life that she can trust, or that she can confide and talk to. This book made me realise, even more so, how little things can be turned into something so gigantic and can escalate into something else. How a rumour that’s not true, when you laugh at something because everyone else laughs, but it’s at somebody else’s expense, can really have an affect on somebody. How simply saying something friendly to someone and saying hi to them can make a difference to them and how they feel and can benefit other people in a positive way. There are also several suicide warning signs explained in this book, which is a good idea when you know people in your life or come across people in your life who might be suffering. After reading this book, it makes you look at yourself a little bit more and makes you realise how much your actions do have an affect on people. Hopefully, more people will read this book and take a closer look at their actions and think about how they should change, because I know some people who definitely can change their attitudes and behaviour towards people.

Clays part of the story felt more realistic to me and his character made me feel way more emotional and I was able to relate more to him, than to anybody else. His reactions and how emotional he got at things that he couldn’t change, but so badly wishes that he could. He seems like the only person who would actually take anything from these tapes and will use them positively and benefit from listening. He will get answers and reasons behind why she did what she did, even if it’s upsetting and hurts emotionally at the time. He will get to know and have all of the answers he was desperately wanting, even if he can’t change anything that had happened and now has to live with that consequence.

I would definitely recommend this book, if nothing else, it will absolutely open your eyes and make you look at the world, at people differently and at yourself differently. I so wish that I could have given this book a full five stars but I just couldn’t, so I am giving this book 4 stars out of 5, which a definite recommendation.

Review: Watching Edie – Camilla Way

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I received this book thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the book. 

Goodreads desciption of this book goes as so;

THERE ARE SOME FRIENDS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET … NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY 

BEFORE

Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night, it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.

AFTER

Sixteen years later, Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn’t ready to let her forget so easily. It’s no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.

NOW

Edie or Heather?

Heather or Edie?

Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?

Have you ever fallen for somebody who was completely wrong, or have you known somebody who has? So wrong in fact that, that person has ended up changing who they were for the worse. Changing how they acted, how they dressed and changed everything else to try and fit that persons ideal, or to simple fit better into that persons lifestyle, whether that other persons lifestyle was the good kind or the bad kind of lifestyle. Well if so, you may understand this book, and if not, then open your eyes and prepare for an interesting and thrilling read. 

This is the story that is told from two characters perspectives, Heathers and Edies, which is also told in two different time lines, Before and After. The before sections are told from Heathers point of view and the After sections are expressed through Edies point of views. The fact that we get to hear both of these characters point of views, thoughts, feelings and everything, kind of takes some of the “psychological thrillerness” out of the story, for me. We get to know both of the character individually and personally, even if it is at different sections in their lives, there’s still that part of connection with each character there. Instead, I get a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding between these two characters and instead of creepiness, I end up feeling pity and sorrow. There still is some thrilling parts in this story, as the characters are organised well, but not enough for this book to be marketed as one of the best chilling psychological thrillers, and it left me disappointed, which is why I think its reflected in my rating.

As the story is told in sections as Before and After, as readers, we are instantly being made aware of the fact that something as happened in the lives or between Heather and Edie, without even having to read read anything, which is kind of a spoiler to me, as well as building up to something. As we keep reading further into the story, this “something” keeps building up, making us wonder and, if your anything like me, try and guess what this thing between them could be that has happened between them. The ultimate ending and big reveal wasn’t as unexpected, as I was again left disappointed. 

The biggest shock I received and biggest surprise and best part about this book that I loved, involved some of the other characters and the twist that came near the end before the other big reveal. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you read this book, hopefully you’ll know what I mean. This left me screaming oh my god I wasn’t expecting that! In fact, I had something else in mind entirely and was going down a different path entirely. I love it when this happens. This part made this book for me! Plus, overall, the ending did seem a little bit rushed.

There was some growth in the characters from Before and After and the ending showed that. I did find myself screaming at the book, at the characters, screaming “What are you doing? He’s no good!” But maybe that’s a little personal because I know somebody who has recently been in a bad relationship and recently gotten out of it. Therefore, I hated reading about it as it felt really close to home and personal, which is good as it makes it realistic in a way. We then saw how this affected the characters in their futures in the After sections, and how they progressed afterwards. We get to see and watch the characters develop and grow from Before at being young adults at 16 and being in school and then After and the events that follow. 

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars and let you judge for yourselves whether or not you would like you read it. I will say that, for my liking, it wasn’t as big of a psychological thriller as it claims to be, but that could just be me, so maybe judge for yourselves. 

Have you read this book? If so, what do you think? Agree or disagree? Comment below ☺ 

Review: All These Perfect Strangers – Aoife Clifford

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I received this free ARC from the author and publisher as a win from a Goodreads Giveaway, which will not be release until August this year, so a big massive thank you for selecting me as one of the winners to receive this book.

Penelope Sheppard has a past, which she is desperate to get away from. To get to a place where nobody knows her and she can start a fresh. Nobody staring at her everyday and knowing and judging her. So starting university, in a new place, where nobody knows her or her past, sounds incredible and is a blessing. But within six months of Pen starting university, three of her new friends are dead and only Pen knows the reason why.

This book is told completely from Penelope Sheppards perspective, or Pen as she prefers. There is so much mystery surrounding this character, with her past, the people she surrounds herself with and even the town and university that she is then situated in. Her character was unreliable as the main narrative of the story, as it was explained that she has an habit of creating and adjusting the story and her past for her own benefit, to tell people, such as Frank. This needed to be told from one persons point of view in order to create the mystery that this book just oozes out. And maybe by using the unreliability of Penelopes character, plus then with the history that she has, it adds to the mystery and it just creates so much more tension, which is so great and builds so much more.

The book doesn’t have a straight continued time line and in does jump back and forth between three specific times in Pens life. There’s now, the present time after everything has happened. After the very first event with Tracey, after the events that occurred at university, where we see Penelope trying to work through everything that has happened. Talking to her therapist Frank, her lawyer Bob and struggling to deal with her mum and her mum new boyfriend Terry has she’s had to move back home. It’s through her sessions with Frank that we discover more about what happens, as he suggests that she that she writes things down to help her to deal with things. But here is where things get tricky for us as readers. Penelope Sheppard has an habit of adjusting the truth of her past, so we don’t really know if what she is saying, and if what we are reading is actually reliable. We then get to see the events that occurred at university and the events that occurred before then, all of which are intertwined, so we have to wait and read until the end to discover what happens. To discover the mystery and truth behind it all.

There is so much mystery in this book, as I would say, it is a murder mystery. You have people at the university who are getting murdered by somebody known solely as the ‘Screwdriver Killer’ and there are so many choices of characters that that could be. I found myself trying to guess throughout it all, constantly changing my mind as new information was provided. Even though the time line kept jumping back and fore to the present time, the mystery was still there, which shows how great the writing was to still be able to do that! It was great as I didn’t genuinely didn’t know who I could trust, if anyone, and that even including the main character herself because again, her whole narrative could have been a lie, plus I hadn’t discovered the truth about the first event, at the time. I questioned ever character! I believed every character could be the killer at one point, even the nicest of people, that’s how paranoid I had become while reading it. It was brilliant.

I didn’t know how to feel about the ending because I didn’t know how I finally felt towards Penelope. There were questions left unanswered and inconclusive, some of which I believe we’re left unanswered because I genuinely believe that she refused to let herself answer them for herself. This then adds to her Pens unreliability as a narrator, which is then also a clever character development which the author has stuck to throughout, but it just sucks when reading. I loved that there was something mentioned at the end about another character, Michael, who wrote everything down, which may be an hint of this book being told or written from Michaels perspective, which would be very interesting to read. But it could be nothing and was just the part that was needed for the conclusion towards the end for this book.

I did enjoy this book and I loved the mystery that I experience throughout it all, and it’s for that, that I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars! I defiantly recommend this book, especially if you like a good murder mystery. Add it to your wishlist because it doesn’t come out until August 2016. Brilliant.

Review: In The Dark, In The Woods – Eliza Wass

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I received this book, signed from the author as part of the Goodreads Giveaway Win!! However, this is not going to affect my review, as it will be 100% honest and unbiased, just like all of my reviews.

This book is told from the point of view of Castley Cresswell, one of six siblings, being raised dominantly by their heavily religious and controlling Father. Castley is beginning to question and doubt what she has been told for the whole of her life, starting to want a normal life like everyone else. She wants a future and friends. She doesn’t want to marry her own brother, in Heaven. She wants to live!

I was greatly surprised with this book! When I first started reading it and first read about all of the religious aspects in this book, I was instantly turned off, but there was something about this book that just kept me hooked. All I can say is that I’m so glad that I kept reading. The way and how this book was told and from the perspective it was told from, was brilliant! It was a different way to tell this kind of story in and this form of religious form of child abuse, where the child doesn’t even realise that they have been suffering any form of abuse, until they’ve grown up and by then it may be too late. This was because everything in their life seemed normal to them, even being told that it’s God’s plan, if they are running low on food and are practically starving, being punished for their sins and so on.

I loved the fact it was told through Castley’s perspective, through the eyes of a sixteen year old girl. That we get to see the inside of her mind, her thoughts, her actions and what triggers her with her beliefs and how they adapt. It was great because you never really get to hear or see this type of story or experience told or expressed from the child, or children’s point of view. We even get glimpses of what or how the other siblings are thinking or feeling, but that’s just through what they are saying, so whether they are true emotions or answers, we never truly know. They could just be saying that out of fear of their father. As they believe and fear, as they are told, that their Father and God are virtually the same and if not, they speak to each other.

There were things and questions that were left unanswered that did leave me disappointed. It would make sense if Eliza Wass was planning on writing a sequel to this book and then those questions could be answered. I didn’t like the sudden change with George at the end, which seemed rushed. I didn’t like the fact there wasn’t a conclusion with the father at the end, which again would be good if Eliza was planning on writing a sequel. Now here’s a somewhat spoiler, so skip the next part if you don’t want to be spoiled: *Where did the second Casper from? That was never answered! Did they have another kid? Did they kidnap a kid? Please explain. That’s my biggest problem*

I read this book in two sittings while on my holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m so glad that I wan it because it wouldn’t have been something that I would have usually have picked up because of the strong religious element. I really loved it and really hope that there is a sequel because I would love to have answers to some of the questions, especially my questions about Caspar!. I’m glad I have a new author to look out for and to follow now. I definitely would recommend this book highly. A very good read and it did make me think. I’m also so glad that I have a signed copy of this book!!! YAY!!
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I would defiantly recommend this book and it gives an insight into a world that you may not have otherwise have had. This is why i love reading!! That’s why I have given this book a massive 4 out of 5 stars and would’ve given it 5, if I wasn’t left with questions. A brilliant breakout debut novel.

Click Here: My Goodreads Giveaway Win! (In The Dark, In The Woods – Eliza Wass) For more information on this book.

Review: Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan

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I received this eARC thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

I have to include the books actual description, instead of creating my own version as this is the reason for me requesting to read this book from Netgalley. When you read it, you will see it. So here is the description taken directly from Goodreads:

“Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters – but none like the one she’s just received:

Dear Amy,
I don’t know where I am. I’ve been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I’m afraid he’ll kill me.
Please help me soon,
Bethan Avery

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything . . .”

What would you do if you received a letter like that? I just had to request to read it and was soooo happy when I had an email saying that my request was successful. YAY!! I just needed to read this book and discover everything. So where to start without giving away any spoilers…

You get told this book from several different characters perspectives, which I always really enjoy and love reading in a book. It’s the best way to really get to know each of the individual characters the best way possible, in my opinion that is. You get to hear the story told from their own point of view, discovering multiple stories for the same exact scene and different views. You get to see the truth. Especially if the main character wasn’t present at the crucial time, you have another view into the story. Of course you have Margot Lewis, who is the main narrative and whose perspective you see used the most throughout of this story, as it is she who starts receiving these letters and believes them to be more than just a hoax. We also get to see part of the story told from Katie’s point of view, but only small glimpses. I will admit that throughout the whole of the book, it was these few and short chapters in Katie’s perspective, that were my favourite chapters to read. They were suspenseful and psychologically thrilling, which is what the book had promised and it honestly had me worried about her. Even though I wanted sooo much more of these and so much more from Katie because of this, I think that if I did, I wouldn’t have liked it has that may have been too much and maybe this is the perfect example of what you don’t see or read.

This book is promised and advertised to be a big psychological suspense, but I personally didn’t find it that thrilling or unnerving. In the beginning of the book however, I did start off doubting all of the characters, feeling like I couldn’t trust any of them and that they weren’t who they said they were and therefore couldn’t be trusted, as though I was Margot herself. So in that sense, there was some kind of unknowing and unreliability in this book. This theme did carry on throughout the book as I did have very strong doubts about a good chunk of the characters, not knowing who could be trusted and if anyone had other motives.

There were parts in this book that just took me by surprise and knocked me off guard completely. I genuinely, still not knowing if I could trust certain characters at this time, didn’t even know if I could suddenly trust this new and shocking information that was being provided to me! That is something that was great about this book, that even when I was provided with everything, I was still questioning it.

The whole idea behind this book is something different and exciting, both of the concepts. The first one is the whole idea of writing to an agony aunt for help and trying to find a missing girl who has been missing for so many years, is amazing. And using that old case to hopefully find a new girl who has recently gone missing.  It was that aspect that drew me into this book. Again, what would you do if you received a letter like that? The second aspect, I’m not going to share as you will have to read the book to discover it. I’m pretty you’ll know what concept I mean if you read this book. If you have read this book, no spoilers please, but did you expect that twist or see it coming, because I defiantly did not?

Overall, I did enjoy this book and I would recommend it. Be warned for it to not live up to the psychological suspense thriller hype, but that could just be me. But you are warned and please don’t let that stop you. For that reason I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Review: The Shepherd (The Shepherd Series: Book 1) – Ethan Cross

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Now this is a review that I have been wanted to do for a while, but I have been putting it off because I have feared I wouldn’t have been able to do the book justice. Plus I read it a while ago so I wanted to re read it so that I could ensure that my review was more accurate and wasn’t based on my over hyped memory of what I could remember.

I don’t want to give away too many spoilers with this book, or the series, and yes this series is still on going *school girl squirmy giggles* so I am going to put in the Goodreads description of this book for you all to read.

TO STOP A MONSTER…

Marcus Williams and Francis Ackerman Jr. both have a talent for hurting people. Marcus, a former New York City homicide detective, uses his abilities to protect others while Ackerman uses his gifts to inflict pain and suffering.

HE MUST EMBRACE THE MONSTER WITHIN HIMSELF

When both men become unwilling pawns in a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of our government, Marcus finds himself in a deadly game of cat and mouse trapped between a twisted psychopath and a vigilante with seemingly unlimited resources. Aided by a rogue FBI agent and the vigilante’s beautiful daughter – a woman with whom he’s quickly falling in love – Marcus must expose the deadly political conspiracy and confront his past while hunting down one of the must cunning and ruthless killers in the world.”

Honestly, I didn’t read any of this when I decided to buy this book. I was doing a food shop in Asda, a supermarket in the UK that just happens to sell books (in case you didn’t know), and they were having a massive sale on books that day. A massive selection for only £1 each :o. I had been looking for new authors to try and get into and wanted a change, so how can you say no at that price. So that’s when I came across this book..

Oh. My. God!! On the front it had dice with “DIE” and “LIVE” and another with options such as “CUT” and “BURN” written on them in red, with what looks like drops of blood surrounding them. It also has a the question, which is what grabbed my attention, more than anything else, “do YOU wanna PLAY a game?”. So it already looked like a book that I wanted and it was only £1, ONE POUND! So the description that I read on the back of the book and finally sold this book to me was:
Meet Francis Ackerman, America’s most terrifying serial killer.
What excites him most is the game of chance.
He likes to play with ordinary people. Innocent people.
Someone just like you.
If you take part in Ackerman’s game, he’ll stalk you, then take you prisoner.
Will he let you live? Or will you die?
There are so many different ways to die, and Ackerman knows them all. It’s part of his game.

Do YOU wanna play?
Francis Ackerman does.
And he’s found you….”

Such a better description don’t you think? It entices you. Brings you in and makes you apart of the story. Makes you afraid before you’ve even opened the book. Now I want to read it all over again. What made me want to buy it and read it, was because it sounded so realistic and so scary! Its scary enough when someone breaks into your house and you know you’re going to die. Now imagine being sat down and told you have a chance. You could live. That he could walk out of your house and leave you unharmed and alive. But you could also die. Whats worse than that build up of hope, when you originally thought that there was none and that you were going to die anyways, to then lose it all when you then get told you lose. Something like that could happen in everyday life, which should have made me put it back down, but I love stuff like that. Movies, Books, etc. This sounded like a really good horror, thriller movie. What I mean is that I could picture everything so easily and if I could do that, then I would have no problem getting into this book. Now, after reading it, this should definitely be a movie franchise!

The writing was done so clearly and vividly, that everything was so easy to picture and to visualise. Even though at times there were multiple things happening at once, I had no problem whatsoever being able to see everything and imagine what was happening. It was so well written that while reading it it was playing out in my head as a movie. The writing was also so clear with the way he wrote certain things, enough to hint at, but not to give things away, to get you to come back for the next book. The way the storyline all lined up and worked together, to create the ending that it did. To be completely honest, for me the last few chapters and the way this book ended, almost ruined this amazing book for me, but I see what they were trying to do. My first impression was of the author not knowing how to make an ending after creating an awesome book. But, after reading the rest of the series, I can easily forgive the ending because it links in and makes the rest of the series. Without that ending, we wouldn’t get the next books.

The two main characters we get Marcus Williams and Francis Ackerman Jr are really well done. You’ve got Marcus, you’re good guy, the hero of the story, who tries to do anything he can to help and protect people, but feels the weight of the people he loses and can’t save. You can see that he is fighting with himself, afraid that he may be like the monsters that he used to lock away, because he knows that he is definitely capable of it. And then we have Ackerman. Ackerman is the villain, who has been killing people for so long, and escaping capture, and genuinely has no fear whatsoever. There is so more depth to his character and so much back story behind him. Weirdly, Ackerman is beyond a shadow of a doubt, my favourite character and for me, it is his character that makes this book and this series so amazing and so engrossing to read. You never know what you’re going to get with him and I love his character so much more than I hate him, even with everything he’s done. So much so, I am honestly going to say, that Francis Ackerman Jr is my favourite character ever written, well so far that I’ve read, so thank you Ethan Cross. I really hope that a book is done about his childhood, because that would be fantastic! But maybe he needs that bit of mystery.

So for £1, I fell in love with a brand new author and series, which turned out to both be my new favourites, yay! Believe me when I say that the three more books I purchased after this book, were not as cheap but were equally as great.

This books gets one of my highest recommendations ever! With a massive 5 out of 5 stars! Have you read this book? What did you think? Comment below 😀