Review: Hellbound by David mccaffrey 5*

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Hellbound by David mccaffrey

My review:

I won a signed copy of Hellbound via a fb event for author Adam Nevill’s latest release ‘under a watchful eye’. This is my honest review.

I don’t know really where to start with this one! It was so strange & weird, yet I totally mean that in the good way! Firstly I tried to work out the genre crime/horror/supernatural/sci-fi but it just felt as though it has taken the best parts from all these genres! Which is insane! At the start I found it difficult to get into but by 50 pages, that drastically changed!! We are slowly introduced to Obadiah Stark (aka the tally man) & we learn of his heinous crimes and that he awaits execution on death row. Yet its neatly/slowly explained by Page 55 there’s a brief mention of Michael Fassbender (love him!) then it all starts kicking off!!!! There is gory murder’s, brutality and blood left, right and centre! (definitely not one to lend your nan!).

I loved the way this novel is written. It is a series of quotes, reports & chapters. I really love it when these rare novels pop up and it always adds to the storytelling. Mostly the novel focuses on Obadiah & what becomes of him. You really have to go with the plot rather than try to figure it out. I found two themes within it fascinating 1) the purgatory theory, he must pay for what he has done and 2) learning about the depths of Obadiah’s psychopathy. I don’t want to write a to detailed review & risk spoilers. But it reminded me of several books & characters, yet it more than stood on its own two feet. There’s a similarity to Obadiah & Dexter from the Jeff Lindsay series. Also a faint ‘shutter island’ feeling. It has a solid ending with a brilliant reference.

So in my opinion a violent, scary & gory well written 5* read!

* Available on amazon kindle for an absolute bargain at 98p 🙂

The Blurb:

His crimes – unforgivable. His death – inevitable. His suffering – just beginning.

Obadiah Stark aka The Tally Man, is executed at ADX Absolom, his death sentence watched by the world’s media, victim relatives and one investigative reporter, Joe O Connell. Penning an account of Stark’s personal history and subsequent crimes in the hope of determining what elements make the sociopathic mind tick, Joe discovers clues and inconsistencies which cause him to investigate Stark’s execution.

While this is happening in the real world, Obadiah Stark awakens to an afterlife where he has a wife and daughter bound to his childhood hometown. Following his natural predatory instinct, Obadiah proceeds to torment the town, committing multiple murders before being gunned down by the police. He awakens to find that everything has reset, with no one recalling his murderous spree a reality which offers no escape. As the scenes repeat, he is forced to submit to emotions he has never experienced before… and with it, a poisonous dose of morality.

New release & Debut: My Sisters Bones by Nuala Ellwood 4*

My Sister's Bones

My Sisters Bones by Nuala Ellwood 4*

My review:

I found this novel to be a slow burner, the first 80% of the story gives you an expansive background history of all the central characters. Kate, Sally, Paul & Hannah are all characters of substantial depth. Kate is a reporter specialising in war torn countries specifically Syria. This is noted throughout the novel in detail and is unique and very well written. Sally is her alcoholic sister who’s life has fallen apart. The plot entwines the sisters stories and their past traumas.
For me the absolute shocker was the last 20%, an ending that comes bulldozing in from nowhere and blew me away! The ending is expertly clever, I never saw it coming and I read this book in one sitting!
This novel is for the readers who enjoy layers upon layers of detailed characters and a killer twist in the a tale.

The Blurb:

ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO GO BACK?

Kate Rafter is a successful war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped Herne Bay and the memories it holds. Her sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.

But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.

What secret has Kate stumbled upon?
And is she strong enough to uncover the truth . . . and make it out alive?

New Release YA: Fir by Sharon Gosling 4*

Fir (Red Eye) by [Gosling, Sharon]

Fir by Sharon Gosling

My review:

I requested this novel from netgalley as every so often there is a YA novel that catches my eye. This appealed to me due to its location and the synopsis had me intrigued. Although I am 33 years old, I have a teen that absolutely loves the YA horror genre.
I found the novel to be a eerie & the descriptions of the location added to this feel of being far from civilisation in the deep north forests of Sweden. The novel builds and builds with tension and mystery, added along the way with some Scandinavian mythology, which I felt created greater depth in the plot. Ultimately building to a creepy ending that left me stunned! 4*
I would hugely recommend to YA fans of horror & mystery novels. Also to readers like myself who are sometime drawn to an intriguing plot in the YA genre.

*I received an Ebook copy via netgalley in return for an honest review.

The blurb:

Moving from Stockholm to an isolated pine plantation in northern Sweden is bad enough, but when the snows come early and all links between the Strombergs and the outside world are cut off, it gets worse. With only a grudging housekeeper and increasingly withdrawn parents for company, there is nothing to do but to explore the old plantation house. Anything to stay out of the endless pine trees pressing in on them. But soon it becomes clear that the danger within the old plantation house is even greater than what lies outside……

Violette Szabo theme day 5: The Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust by Lyn smith 5*

Violette Szabo Theme day 5: The forgotten voices of the Holocaust by Lyn Smith.

This is my second non-fiction pick of the theme. I own about 50/60 ww2 non-fiction reads, I am a huge fan of Laurence Rees, Max Hastings books and many that feature individual units surrounding D-Day. Especially the Para’s! I will most definitely feature these at a later date. However to keep with my Violette Szabo theme, I wanted to feature female writers of the WW2 era in both fiction and non-fiction. The author Lyn smith is a Professor of Politics, International relations and Human rights and the book is written in association with the Imperial War Museum. The book also features an foreword  from Laurence Rees.

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My review:

What I like about this non-fiction read, is difficult to fully explain, So I have decided to use photographs of my copy of the book to fully show what I mean. Each chapter details a different part of the Holocaust such as: the search for refuge, the ghetto, the camps, liberation and aftermath etc. Each chapter has a factual introduction and then the subject is explored via written testimony of interviews from the individuals whom lived it. This could be the survivors or the very soldiers who liberated the camp. (Belsen camp was liberated by British soldiers). There are images imprinted onto the paper pages and they do make for disturbing viewing. But in my opinion, that is part of the learning about the era and in particular the Holocaust. My daughter (soon to be 14) has borrowed these books from me for school work & I have just offered to explain anything I can to her, rather than shield her from the facts. That being said, that’s just my opinion for my daughter.

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I bought this book several years ago & it was in fact first published in 2005. But I hope I have shown why it is such a worthy entry to the theme. A 5* non-fiction read of a very difficult period of history.

The Blurb:

Following the success of Forgotten Voices of the Great War, Lyn Smith visits the oral accounts preserved in the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, to reveal the sheer complexity and horror of one of human history’s darkest hours.

The great majority of Holocaust survivors suffered considerable physical and psychological wounds, yet even in this dark time of human history, tales of faith, love and courage can be found. As well as revealing the story of the Holocaust as directly experienced by victims, these testimonies also illustrate how, even enduring the most harsh conditions, degrading treatment and suffering massive family losses, hope, the will to survive, and the human spirit still shine through.