Review: The Rose Killer – Gary Pearson

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I received this book for free thanks to Story Cartel in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

This short story or novella, is about a serial killer, was has been strangling blonde women for the past three years, yet he is only known to the police and the public as The Rose Killer, for the single red rose that he leaves on the his victims. He is yet to be caught, there have’t been any leads or clues and there hasn’t been a new body in eight months. Now that’s about to change. The Rose Killer has decided he wants to play a game with Detective Ian Harlow! Can Detective Harlow catch The Rose Killer before it’s too late? And why the sudden interest in Harlow?

This novella wasn’t that long, being only roughly 115 pages, yet I was still able to get fully gripped and emensend into this story. There were some great characters that were developed in such a short space of pages, including a great story and a plot. It was also greatly written and the killer took me by surprise and it all seemed well thought out and developed brilliantly. I was gripped by mystery of it all. Why the sudden change of the murder, by taunting the police? What was his plan? Was he going to get caught? Why his interest in Harlow? Then with me asking myself all of these questions, I never saw the end coming, taking me by shock, which I loved.

The reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, instead of 5 stars (which I wanted to), is because this seems like a brilliant outline, and even though this was executed great, I would have loved it if this was longer and was a 300+ page book. It has everything it needs to make it happen and it would have just made it that extra bit perfect.

I would definitely recommend this book!! Especially if you love mystery, thriller and crime books. How you read this book? What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below 😀

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Review: Sparks – Michele Wesley

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I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for a honest unbiased review of this prequel novella.

This is a prequel novella of The Smoke & Fire Series, explaining the beginning of the two characters, Mycale and Sori in their younger years. This novelette allows you to take a sneak peek into the tragedies that occurred in their younger lives, sparking Sori’s “Smoke” and Mycale’s “Fire”.

I chose and downloaded this book because the description instantly screamed out to me, intriguing me, making me want to know what this story was about. Even this cover intrigued me. I wanted to try a new author and even wanted to try a new genre of book, that isnt necessarily what im used to. I am so glad that I did!!

Even those this is part of a book series, this is a prequel, so you won’t miss out of anything and it made me want to start reading the rest of the series. I have even done some research into the rest of the series, which I found out, can be read as stand alone books. The characters and their pasts are instantly compelling and as a reader I want, or need, to find out where they are going to go from where they’ve left off. How their past makes they develop and defies them.

It is a short prequel, being around 34 pages (my copy was) so it was a quick read and I was able to discover a new author, a new series and a new type of book. So if you are looking for something new why not try this book. It isn’t that long so it won’t take long to read, plus it’s free to download at https://storycartel.com/ so win, win!

I definitely give this a 5 out of 5 because of how much I loved it and how much it’s made me want to continued on with the series. Have you read this book, or any of this series? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below 🙂

Review: Lethal Lore – Monica Shaughnessy

 

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This isn’t your normal horror novel, but it is in fact a book containing four short horror stories that are each meant to tell and portray their own different story, based on different myths.

I selected and downloaded this book free from Story Cartel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review, after receiving an email from their site. I chose this book as my first book to download and review, as it was recommended to fans of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe, so I was really looking forward to reading these stories.

I feel like I should review each individual story that’s in this book, but as they are short stories, in order for me to do that there may be spoilers.

Simple Math: “A mathematician on the brink of suicide meets his doppelgänger, doubling his troubles.” – This story in its simplest for, is about doppelgangers. Out of the four stories in Lethal Lore, this story, Simple Math, would have to be my favourite story. It’s the story that stays with the most and was the one whose meaning I was able to take away from the tale. I already guessed the twist ending before both men left the ValuMart, so when it happened and was revealed at the end, I wasn’t the slightest bit surprised.

Killer Jack: “A naïve Cajun bags more than he bargained for during a jackalope hunt.” This story comes across as being about jackalopes, but that is just the underline story with this one. Out of the four, this would have to be my second favourite. Again, the second that one of the characters said to the other “We’re hunting Jack”, I knew the ending to this tale, especially after the beginning of the story.

Hell Cent: “Bad luck for one person is good luck for another, as The Professor soon learns.” This story is about the luck, or bad luck a person can have with the flip of a coin. I couldn’t really get into this story until the ending, which is where all the action was. It did get interesting towards the end because there was some action and I did want to find out what was going to happen, but has for the rest of the story, I unfortunately didn’t understand it.

The Bells Of Bury St. Edmunds: “A servant girl exacts justice, unleashing terror on her medieval town.” I know that this story contains murder, love for a man who just doesn’t love her back, heart break and revenge, but I honestly can’t remember what happened in this story. Nothing in it appealed to me and it just confused me. I don’t to spoil it because it did start off strong but somehow just went downhill for me and just going over my head and not understanding. This had to be my least favourite out of them all.

What I liked about this book was that after each story there was a little myth fact tale that tells you where the myth for each story originates from. If you don’t want to read it then you don’t have to, but it is there for those who do and its nice to know the stories behind the stories. I have to admit that I was disappointed by these stories and was really looking forward to reading some really good horror tales with the recommendations that they came with. I am a massive horror junkie so I was let down. I’d still give it a 3 out of 5 stars for the first 2 stories and the ending of the third one and would give the last a read at another time.

They are all short stories so give them a read and see what you all think. Which one is your favourite? Let me know.