Book Review: The Lost Girls – Sarah Painter ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Edinburgh student, Rose MacLeod, has been losing time for as long as she can remember. Days and weeks just disappear, leaving her with terrifying gaps in her memory. Now she is seeing disturbing visions; waking nightmares of violence and death. Around the world young women like her are being killed and Rose appears to have…

Book Review: The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell ****

This isn’t a new book. In fact it came out in October 2017 but I’ve only just discovered it thanks to my Audible trial subscription. If you’ve ever read any of the Wilkie Collins Victorian gothic chillers you’ll know what I mean when I compare The Silent Companions to this type of novel. Featuring strong,…

Book Review: The Retreat – Mark Edwards ****

I’ve always thought of a writer’s retreat as a serene oasis in the middle of nowhere where authors sit quietly tapping away on laptop keyboards, sipping whiskey on the rocks and thoughtfully rubbing their chins occasionally. Mark Edwards has created a decidedly unrelaxing destination in his small town in Wales, the setting for this particular…

Book Review: Beneath the Water – Sarah Painter ****

You can always rely on Sarah Painter to come up with something a little bit quirky, with a touch of the supernatural. In Beneath the Water there are two parallel stories being told. Letters from new wife Jessie back to her family from 19th century Edinburgh and the very modern tale of Stella. Having recently…

Book Review: While You Sleep – Stephanie Merritt ****

There is something about a ghost story that makes it perfect winter – and indeed Christmas – reading! Zoe Adams arrives on a remote Scottish island. Ostensibly to paint the beautiful rugged landscape but it is also an escape from a failing marriage back home in America. Renting the McBride house on her own sounds…

Book Review: Rituals – Kelley Armstrong ****

The fifth and final book in the Cainsville series sees Liv facing a choice between the two supernatural forces vying for her support. As it looks increasingly like she is close to making her decision both parties decide to up the ante and force her to choose them. The only way that they can all…

Book Review: Midnight Crossroad – Charlaine Harris ****

With the new series Midnight, Texas launching on Syfy in the UK this Thursday it feels like a good time to get to grips with the books behind the show. It took me a while to get round to reading this one. I’d been a little disappointed with more recent Charlaine Harris books – particularly…

Book Review: Freeks – Amanda Hocking ****

Amanda Hocking is one of my go-to authors for a good supernatural story and Freeks has all the ingredients that that make me very happy. Set in 1987, the story is interlaced with the music of the time and had me wishing that there was a playlist set up to go with the book! The…

Book Review: Betrayals (Cainsville 4) – Kelley Armstrong *****

Betrayals is the fourth book in the supernatural Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong. Dark stories of fae and enchantment and the wild horsemen of the underworld leading the wild hunt. This book continues on from Deceptions. A little time has passed and Olivia now has her PI licence and is happily working for Gabriel’s law…