#Review Batman Nightwalker by @Marie_Lu 5* Genius @PenguinUKBooks #DCIcons #Batman #BruceWayne

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Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Synopsis:
The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: BATMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu.

Returning home from his lavish eighteenth birthday party, Bruce Wayne stops a criminal’s getaway – disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase.
Sentenced to community service in Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, he encounters some of the the city’s most dangerous and mentally disturbed criminals. Among these, Bruce meets the intriguing Madeleine who has ties to the Nightwalker gang that is terrorizing Gotham City.
She’s a mystery Bruce has to unravel but can he trust her? The Nightwalkers target the rich, and Bruce’s name is next on their list.

My review:

I am the mother to a HUGE Batman fanatic, my son Lil Ste. My son is autistic, and Batman has been an obsession since he was 3yrs old. The obsession led much further than books, comics and movies. He has held a membership to the Bat Conservation Society and knows pretty much, everything there is to know about DC comics, the creators and the characters.
So essentially, I was drawn to this novel so that I may share it with my son. I don’t confess to be a knowledgeable fan of Batman. But due to my son’s love of the Dark Knight, I have seen all the movies multiple times and read several comics.
So here goes…..

‘No one saw what mattered until it was too late. Until their blood stained her fingernails’

The novel opens with a mysterious woman’s arrest at the scene of a violent robbery. We the reader, are unaware at this moment who she is and what part she played in the crime.

Across Gotham, Bruce Wayne is celebrating his 18th birthday in style. With a brand-new Aston Martin, fitted with the latest and greatest WayneTech security. He is heading to a charity event in his mother Martha’s honour. There is atmospheric writing with the details of bat silhouettes in the distance. The author has done a fantastic job of not missing any of the little details, that make Batman so iconic.

At the charity event, Bruce is acquainted with friends Dianne Garcia, Richard Price and Harvey dent. Harvey is struggling with a violent father and the groups ‘coming of age’ struggles are further explored throughout. Despite being orphaned, Bruce struggles with his feelings of loneliness and guilt, due to the lifestyle, his parent’s legacy has afforded him.

‘If he were just Bruce Wayne, the boy next door, would anyone care?’

Upon leaving the charity event, Bruce passes by a crime in progress. With police on the scene, there is no need for Bruce to intervene. However, when one of the criminals flees in a car, Bruce knows the GCPD can’t give chase.
He rev’s the engine and gets his first taste for fighting crime……

Charged with interfering with a crime scene, disobeying a police officer and obstruction of justice. Bruce finds himself on the wrong side of the law. When he is given probation for 5 weeks and community service, he believes he may have had a lucky escape, that is until he finds out the location of his community service…… Arkham Asylum!

Detective Draccon is to supervise Bruce’s community service, often goading Bruce about his wealthy status and lifestyle. Bruce is obsessed with crime rates in Gotham and often listens to the police scanner, so being able to attend the asylum may give him an insight into the criminal mind.

Dr Zoe James is the head warden at Arkham Asylum she walks him through explaining the layout and how female and male patients are held in separate wings. But she gives Bruce work in the basement.
where the intensive treatment inmates are held……..

Bruce is taunted by the inmates, has Draccon watching over him and must make it through five long weeks of community service. Whilst carrying out his service, he begins to learn of the nightwalkers. A criminal gang with a symbol and a code of honour. None of the caught low levels members have spoken, leaving the GCPD desperate for more clues. The nightwalkers are a network of criminals, whose motto is to steal from the rich to give to the poor. There is one inmate at Arkham, who is yet to speak,
Madeleine Wallace….

When Bruce stumbles upon Madeleine’s cell, he is surprised to find a young, good-looking woman held up in an asylum. She makes an effort to befriend Bruce. It is through this ‘friendship’ Bruce learns more of her background and history. But can Bruce trust her? What does Madeleine hope to gain from their conversations? Is she truly being genuine? Is she truly insane?

“You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything” – Madeleine

Madeleine is a clever, master manipulator and she already is aware of Bruce’s history. She uses this to get close to him and in turn reveals clues to him, that may apprehend the nightwalkers. There are moments when they talk, that their conversations are incredibly deep. This is when, you have to remind yourself, that they are just two 18-year olds, who have known substantial emotional pain. Madeleine forces Bruce to understand a different upbringing and choices. A life he has never known.

“Would someone like you ever understand desperation?” – Madeleine

This novel is simply brilliant. It has the emotions of a novel and the action of a graphic novel, combined to make one hell of a read! I didn’t move from my sofa and read the whole novel straight through.
Perfect for fans of Batman and mums of fans of Batman!
5* Genius!

‘The darkness was his ally, not his enemy’

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*Alternative cover. I own the black & gold edition, which my son is currently reading.
Happy reading everyone!

ML
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#BlogTour #Extract Chapter One – Hiding by @jmortonpotts @rararesources #NewRelease #Psychological

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Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts
Synopsis:

A gripping psychological thriller with chilling twists, from a unique new voice.

Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her.

This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?

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Jenny Morton Potts
About the author:
Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer and playwright. After a series of ‘proper jobs’, she realised she was living someone else’s life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.
Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with family.
She tries not to take herself too seriously.
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Chapter 1

Killer Road
April 2007

They died, Rebecca Brown’s mum and dad. They were killed on a road with a big reputation. Rebecca could only imagine it. She was hundreds of miles from the scene of the crash when it happened. When she thought of that road, she pictured it covered in ice, black ice, since the accident took place on a bitter December night. The A42, was the road’s alphanumeric name. The Killer Road, they called it back then in the papers. The Killer Road has struck again! The headlines came into Rebecca’s mind like a voice, like Vincent Price, as if the road arched up into vertical life, a tarmac monster stalking its victims.
Rebecca Brown was four years old when she became an orphan, alongside her sister, Colette, and her brother, Austen. Rebecca was the youngest. She couldn’t even remember the moment she was told. What had they said? ‘Mummy and Daddy have had a terrible accident, dear. In the car.’ At the time, she knew little more than the fact. They were gone. They’d been there all the days of her life, and then they were not. Of the circumstances and detail, she knew next to nothing. Perhaps Rebecca hadn’t thought to ask questions. Perhaps there was little more to say to a child so young. As Rebecca grew, though, so did her thirst for knowledge. But it seemed that, even if there had been a window of opportunity to make her enquiries, that window got bricked up years ago. There was a solid wall now between Rebecca Brown and the truth.
Julia and Stephen, her parents had been called. ‘Julia and Stephen,’ Rebecca liked to say aloud when she was alone in her garret bedroom. She could barely remember them but she thought they sounded really nice. She was sure that they were kind people, with ready smiles and lovely clean clothes.
It was their grandparents who raised the Brown children. It was the Grands who took the youngsters into their care at Taransay, a red sandstone mansion in the north of Scotland. Taransay was only partially restored. It had vast, austere rooms and draughty, wood-panelled corridors; a real Amityville Horror of a home, scary even on a cornflower sky summer’s day, and a weird contrast to the heavenly Highland surroundings. They lived high up on a plateau that could have been made for a view. There was an imposing tree-lined driveway and the steading, as Rebecca’s grandfather Ralph liked to call it, overlooked the magnificent Morar Sands. The golden beach met the Atlantic Ocean which unfurled itself like ruffled navy silk on the calmest of days, but the fierce ones were just as precious to Rebecca, as she stood at her dormer window looking out across the sea’s tossing and turning. She loved it best when the gods got angry down there in the depths and rose up, throwing the spray right at her face.
The land surrounding Taransay was mostly meadow, with the churn and splat of their cattle’s hooves and excretions. Their cowhand, Murdo Hendry, tended the animals. They had mostly Friesians but some Jerseys whose milk was creamier with more butterfat. And they had five Swedish Reds, the strongest and healthiest of the herd, and Rebecca’s personal favourites. They sold their high quality milk to a premium ice cream manufacturer but the income from such a small herd fell considerably short of supporting the Brown clan.
Murdo also tended a half acre of vegetable patch which their grandmother Primmy was inclined to call ‘the potager’. She was often found to use French substitutes for every day words. Austen told his younger sisters that this habit of their grandmother’s was part of her general denial and dislike of where they had ended up. He claimed that her French references were a deliberate barrier to assimilation. Primrose Anctillious Brown described herself as English to the core and it had not been her choice to relocate to Scotland.
The henhouse was Rebecca’s domain. They had a couple of dozen hybrid laying hens which produced far more than they could ever eat, so they supplied their excess to Moss Mills Nursing Home which made them all feel they were doing their bit for the community. However, the Browns were utterly insular and rarely met the community. It was Murdo Hendry – himself a man of very few words – who delivered the eggs.
The perimeter of their land was marked with stone dyke walls, upon which Rebecca could balance, even on the windiest of days. She was certain that this was a skill which would be good for something.
In many ways, the Browns were living in paradise, albeit a rather unpredictable one weather-wise. The blot on the landscape was really the house which was such a strange hulking abode. There was barely a smooth exterior surface. The builder had lumped on every possible feature: turrets, balconies, oriels, buttresses, corbels and a dozen chimneys. And all of the downstairs windows had metal bars fitted on the outside. Not the pretty ones you get in Spain, but the kind you get in gaol. Taransay looked more like a Rhenish correctional facility than a family home. No, this abode was not for the faint-hearted and yet the bereaved children were brought to its huge oak door, for re-settlement; like little refugees with their suitcases and their sorrow.
The rambling, shambling, freezing house was often cited as the reason that guests could not join them. They had moved into the sprawling mansion after the accident, so that there would be room for all of them. And there certainly was. A small regiment would have found it spacious. The house was only partly restored and some years into their tenure, it had become obvious that not only would Taransay never be finished whilst under their guardianship but that nobody had the slightest ambition to try.