Sunday, 30 October 2016

Review: The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder

Title: The Devil of Nanking
Author: Mo Hayder
Publisher:  Grove Press
Pages: 363
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Horror

Grey has a lot to prove and even more to hide. A young Englishwoman obsessed with a past she cannot understand, she comes to Tokyo seeking a rare piece of film footage that has been lost for decades, showing a specific horrifying incident during the notorious 1937 Nanking Massacre. Some say the film never existed. Only one man can help Grey. A survivor of the massacre, he is now a visiting professor at the university of Todai in Tokyo. Immersed in his textbooks and wary of strangers, he will at first have nothing to do with her.

When Grey accepts a job as a hostess in an upscale nightclub catering to Japanese businessmen and wealthy yakuza, she meets a certain gangster who may be the key to her quest—an old man in a wheelchair surrounded by a terrifying entourage, rumored to rely on a mysterious elixir for his continued health. As the professor pressures Grey to find out more about the elixir, Grey’s housemate, a handsome, laconic American dilettante, becomes unnervingly fascinated with her and the troubling past that she has kept concealed from everyone else. Grey is faced with the serious dangers of charming her way into a circle of gangsters, master manipulators, and possible murderers. It’s a devil’s bargain—but who, really, is the Devil of Nanking?

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Title: The Twelve
Series: The Passage Trilogy #2
Author: Justin Cronin
Publisher:  Orion Publishing
Pages: 752
Genres: Post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction, Horror


Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future.


Until they were selected for a secret experiment.


To create something more than human.


Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun.


The epic sequel to


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

Title: The Passage
Series: The Passage Trilogy #1
Author: Justin Cronin
Publisher:  Orion Publishing
Pages: 1008
Genres: Post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction, Horror

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world.
She is.

Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.
He's wrong.

FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.
It is.


Monday, 10 October 2016

Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Publisher:  Bantam Press
Pages: 304
Genres: Psychological Thriller

You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

Friday, 7 October 2016

Review: The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley

Title: The Beauty
Author: Aliya Whiteley
Publisher:  Unsung Stories
Pages: 112
Genres: Horror

Somewhere away from the cities and towns, a group of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their stories in the Valley of the Rocks. For when the women are all gone the rest of your life is all there is for everyone. The men are waiting to pass into the night.

The story shall be told to preserve the past. History has gone back to its aural roots and the power of words is strong. Meet Nate, the storyteller, and the new secrets he brings back from the woods. William rules the group with youth and strength, but how long can that last? And what about Uncle Ted, who spends so much time out in the woods?

Hear the tales, watch a myth be formed. For what can man hope to achieve in a world without women? When the past is only grief how long should you hold on to it? What secrets can the forest offer to change it all?

Discover the Beauty.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Review: The Beauty, Vol. 1 by Jeremy Haun & Jason A. Hurley

Title: The Beauty, Vol. 1
Series: The Beauty (Collected Editions) #1
Written By: Jeremy Haun & Jason A. Hurley
Art by: Jeremy Haun
Publisher: Image
Pages: 164
Genres: Comics, Thriller, Police-procedural

Imagine a sexually transmitted disease that makes those infected better looking... a disease people want. That disease is real, and it’s called the Beauty. Two years after the Beauty burst onto the scene, over half of America is infected. Now, it looks like the downside may be far worse than anyone suspected. Detectives Vaughn and Foster find themselves on the front line of the battle against the Beauty, embroiled in a conspiracy they never knew existed. Collects THE BEAUTY #1-6.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Review: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Title: The Woman in Black
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher:  Vintage Classics
Pages: 208
Genres: Horror
Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a pale young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose.

Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Title: Bird Box
Author: Josh Malerman
Publisher:  HarperCollins UK
Pages: 480
Genres: Horror, Psychological Thriller

Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew.

Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing.

And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

September 2016 - Reading Wrap-up: Part 2