Book: PJ Skinner’s ‘Fool’s Gold’

I am feeling conflicted, if I read a book that is dire and rubbish and badly written I want to have a record that I need to avoid it again – and possibly a record of an author to avoid like the plague

However I’ve never written a book so perhaps I shouldn’t condemn someone for doing something badly that I’ve never done… although I’m not condemning them personally, just their book

Sam Harris is a barely qualified geologist trying to make it in a man’s world and blah blah lost treasure, jungle, attempted rape, stereotypes abound and general dull stupid things

I skipped a chunk in the middle and got to the end, it didn’t make it any better

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Book: Cecilia Dominic’s ‘The Mountain’s Shadow’

I skim-read this book during gym workouts and still founding woefully wanting in terms of plot and character development

Joanie isa public health researcher who screws up her personal life (screwing your married boss is stupid – sorry) and goes to the middle of nowhere an elderly relative she barely knows dies and leaves her their huge house

She takes her best friend – who is a bad friend, with her, meets some unlikeable men and badly investigates missing children

I strongly suggest avoiding this book

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Book : Kelley Armstrong’s ‘This Fallen Prey’ – “I’m saying it doesn’t matter who did. Not really”

‘This Fallen Prey’ is the third book in Kelley Armstrong’s Rockton series and it really is an interesting premise for a series; Rockton is a completed isolated, unknown and off the grid community populated by people who have left their pasts behind – for good reason

Casey Duncan is the main female lead of the three books to date, like seemingly all of Kelley Armstrong’s female leads she’s strong, a tiny bit damaged and determined to do the right thing regardless of the personal cost

As a high level description: Book one set the scene, book two was kidnapping and rape themed, book three is outside interference posing a problem. I like book one, book two is ok – personally I dislike the use of rape as a plot device, and book three seems to spend a lot of time wandering around the wood and putting Casey’s dog in various perilous situations

It’s an ok story and sort of flows, despite a rushed reveal ‘twist’ and ending on a weird semi-cliff hanger. However the remote setting of the books does limit their potential plots and my gut feel is at some point Casey and her friends will have to start their own community, which would probably be a slightly more adult version of ‘The 100’ , which I can honestly live without

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Book: Lisa Shearin’s Myth Manifestation – “Are congratulations or condolences in order?”

‘Myth Manifestation’ is book five in the SPI Files series and I was a little concerned about reading it because the previous books were pretty good and the premise for this book seemed a little risky – so I went for the Kindle version.

This transpired to be prudent for me as there are limits to how interesting a book set almost entirely in one location can be as it limits what characters and scenarios can occur whilst simultaneously hoping that the audience heavily invests in the characters that they do have access to

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Lisa Shearin actually managed that challenge well, what didn’t work for me was bringing in characters and details from her Raine Benares series. I like the books I’ve read of that series and was happy that they were loosely connected, I just personally didn’t feel they needed connecting so directly.

This is totally my problem and I can see why overlapping the series could be a fun idea – personally I think they are so different in terms of technology and culture that mixing the two could result in a bad buddy cop film-style scenario.

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Book: Brad Magnarella’s Demon Moon – “Something tells me I’m in over my head.”

This might sound like a tangent, however I don’t like Spider-Man; the reason I don’t like Spider-man is he has a day job which allows him to muddle along in a hand-to-mouth sort of way and then an unpaid night job which puts him through hell and jeopardises everything good in his life – including his crumby day job

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This basically sums up Everson Croft’s life, he has some powers but isn’t really that in control of the potential those powers bring, he has a day job that is constantly suffering from his underpaid night activities as a wizard and he’s rather dull

 

‘Demon Moon’ is a readable book, it just isn’t terribly memorable and wasn’t my idea of good fun – I’m look for escapism not a meagre mundane existence with the occasional monster

 

*Link to Amazon if you are so inclined*

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Jane Hinchey’s ‘Straight To Hell’ – “All I want to do is go back to my peaceful life in Hell”

This book was recommended to me and the opening lines of the blurb sounded promising:

“My name is Lucifer. You can call me Lucy – I’m also known as the Devil and Satan, though why my idiot brothers came up with those nicknames is beyond me. I’m an Arch Angel and I run Hell. Yep, I’m the CEO”

It transpires that the plot is nothing to do with her being the CEO of Hell, instead Lucy goes to Earth, gets tired and hungry like a mortal then shags some bloke whilst playing Nancy Drew on a case involving a soul sucker.

Nothing about the book felt original or engaging in its own right, the author seems to know this as she opts for a half-baked cliff-hanger ending with a dodgy alternative Point Of View final chapter – perhaps as a last ditch attempt to drag us into Hell with her

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Book: Adam J. Wright’s ‘Dark Peak’ – “You can’t have that kind of knowledge in your head and not do something about it”

I picked up ‘Dark Peak’ because I’d read something previously by the author that was ok and I needed something lightweight to read.

The premise is seven year old Mitch Walker was knocked out in the wood 30 years ago and his five year old sister disappeared. Now Mitch has returned to the Peak District temporarily and chances upon evidence that it might be an uncaught serial killer that took his sister

There is also an author of a popular true crime book in the area, Elly Cooper, and she too is looking at the possibility of a serial killer

So basically it’s a standard template of find the monster before the monster finds you. There was a manageably small suspect pool – so small that the serial killer was basically instantly obvious the minute they were introduced.

Mitch wasn’t a terribly deep man, Elly existed purely to give  slightly different view of the same simple story and the twist at the end was a bit dull! Other than that is was ok to read

Maybe I read too much Mark Billlingham before getting bored after book 7 or 8 to be that wowed by anything involving hunting human serial killers, however if this book turns into a series I can’t see me bothering reading anymore!

Link to Dark Peaks on Amazon in case you are tempted

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