Friday, January 3, 2020

A Madness of Summer

A Madness of Sunshine

A Madness of Sunshine

Nalini Singh

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Helen

Nalini Singh is a fabulous story teller no matter what genre she is writing in, I thoroughly enjoyed this one, the setting is a small town Golden Cove on the South Island of New Zealand and the rugged west coast with beautiful beaches and dangerous rocks and bush that is very easy to get lost in. This is the story of school friends who years later are back together in Golden Cove when someone goes missing and people are remembering the three woman who vanished fifteen years before, could it have been a serial killer and one of their own all along?

Anahera Rawiri has returned home to the place she ran from years before she is a gifted pianist who has been living in London, she has just lost her husband and thinks that home will help her, her friends are still there Josie, Nikau, Kiera, Daniel and Vincent, and there is a cop in town now as well, Will Gallagher. When a beautiful young woman Miriama goes missing Will and Anahera get to know each other and their pasts.

Will has been sent to Golden Cove after a tragic incident and is getting to know everyone in this small town, he organizes a search party as soon as Miriama goes missing and he uncovers a lot about the missing hikers from years before whose bodies were never found and Will is looking into a link between their disappearance and this one. Anahera is becoming special to him and he is opening up about his past like never before.

This was a real page turner and kept me guessing till the end, MS Singh has bought the characters to life on the pages and we get to know them so well, what has happened in the past can play a part in the now. A truly compelling read that had me on the edge of my seat with some complex and difficult to read people. I loved Will and Anahera and was thrilled to see them get closer and find the happiness they deserved, this is a story that I highly recommend. 

5 stars

Published December 5th 2019 by Gollancz (first published December 3rd 2019)

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Scandal by Nicola Marsh

Reviewed by Nas Dean

THE SCANDAL by author Nicola Marsh is a July release by Bookouture.

There’s a group of friends who stick by each other. These ladies have parties and enjoy gossips. One night during a party at Marissa’s house a pregnant girl faints on the doorstep, and everyone’s life changes. Now, who is the baby daddy? And then we get to know this trio of friends and realize they all are keeping secrets.

As the story unfolds we get to know more but we had to keep guessing as to which person is responsible for what action. 

In THE SCANDAL, we get terrific characters, a fast-paced story with a few twists along the way, no, a lot of twists along the way! And a small town where almost everyone is a suspect. Author Nicola Marsh, with a deft hand, crafts the unravelling of a marriage with brutal honesty. The genius is how she stitches the perfect ending.

Highly recommended for readers of thrillers.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Family Sins by Sharon Sala

Reviewed by Nas Dean

FAMILY SINS by author Sharon Sala is a October 2016 release by Harlequin MIRA.

Leigh Youngblood left her family, family wealth and home for love. She never looked back yet over thirty years later her husband and love of her live is killed. He is shot in the back. He scrawls Leigh’s family name in the dust before dying.

Leigh is heart-broken, grieving yet determined to find out just which of her relative is responsible for the murder and the reason for it. With her sons and other family close by her side she challenges her siblings.

What happens next and how it all unfolds make for an interesting reading.

I loved reading FAMILY SINS. It was fast-paced and a thrilling story full of intrigue, murder and mystery. And family jealousy and truth about relationship dynamics within a family.

Highly recommended to readers.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Chakana-Encounter in the Sacred Valley by W. E. Lawrence

Reviewed by Nas Dean

CHAKANA— Encounter In The Sacred Valley by author W. E. Lawrence is a December 2015 release.

A British agent is saved by a young girl from certain death when he is thrown in a marsh by his horse. Later this girl, Kate Rhodes, who is a cop and is on a mission to save her brother meets him again.

She is saved from some assailants by an unknown man and she finds it’s the same person she had saved years ago. He is undercover British agent named James Fleming and they start a thrilling ride to uncover secret plots and hidden treasure.

I loved reading this story. It was fast-paced and a thrilling story full of intrigue, murder and mystery. I could visualize it unfolding like a movie, which is a compliment to the author’s writing. Author W. E. Lawrence penned a spell-binding tale.

(The only thing pulling me out from my enjoyment of reading it was some editorial issues, which could be fixed.)


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

No Surrender Soldier by Christine Kohler

Reviewed by Nas Dean

NO SURRENDER SOLDIER by author Christine Kohler is a 2014 release.

This story takes us on a journey with a young boy who finds a Japanese soldier hiding near his home in Guam. This boy had issues with the Japanese invasion. He has a grandfather on the verge of dementia and his mother was raped during the invasion. And now his elder brother was away in the army, fighting enemies and putting his life at risk daily.

How could this young boy deal with a hidden soldier now? He had plans to kill him!

Read this story NO SURRENDER SOLDIER to see where it all ultimately ends. 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Liar Liar by M J Alidge

Reviewed by Desere

I have only read one other book in this series, but just from that one I have pretty much learned that when you pick up a book by this author, you get drama, action, intrigue and a whole lot of on the edge of your seat scariness.  So of course I could not wait to dig into this one.

The latest case for Helen Grace involved multiple arson attacks, someone is literally targeting families in the safety of their homes! So starts Helen and her team’s race against time to save lives.  From the previous book I have already learned that Helen has her very own set of demons to deal with, the demons seem to take a back seat when she’s in the zone to solve the crimes, but every now and then it does seem to pop up whilst she is seriously trying to get to the bottom of a mystery, this alone is a fascination in the books for me. 

I find it hard to imagine how difficult it must be to try and focus on a demon set to destroy the lives of others whilst having to deal with your own set of demons.  The previous book made Helen seem strong enough though to deal with it all, but in Liar Liar I could not help but feel like she helpless.  I am still at odds if it was the actual case or the demons she fights that made her seem more helpless instead of strong like in the previous read, I will get back to you on that after the next book.

None the less the above did not change that this is a fantastic plot, action packed and it kept me up for a whole night too, could not put it down, simply had to see what it was that Helen found.

The author is a master storyteller for sure, he knows exactly how to target your emotions and leave you feeling physically drained with anguish and terror. I look forward the next installment and I certainly hope that the next part will involve the author giving us a little more insight to the demons Helen deals with, I have a definite clear idea on it all but I need more to make that final conclusion.
Highly recommended for all thrill seeking, on the edge of your seat, mystery solving fans!

4.5 star review

“Liar, Liar, pants on fire! Oh no wait it’s the house that’s on fire!!”

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Doll's House by M.J. Arlidge

Reviewed by Desere

It starts with a young girl Ruby, she wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no recollection how she got there, and so her hellish nightmare begins. Beatings, being starved, shackled to the bed, the list goes on and on.

All the while her captor is always one step ahead of DI Helen Grace, who along with her team is slowly gluing all the puzzle pieces together in order to try and bring to justice the monster who has done this kidnapping - killing game not once or even twice before, but three girls have all faced and lost the battle from hell at the hands of a crazed madman.

Then as DI Grace and her team start closing in, time runs out for Ruby because her captor has just found his next victim and it's time to throw out the old and bring in the new, it's a deadly race against time for all involved.

This was my first time reading this author, but I will be coming back for more. The Doll's house is one of those thrillers that have you looking behind you every few minutes of so and double checking out the people you think you know very well, just to make sure that there is not something hiding behind their smiles.

This read has an extremely thrilling fast pace of events, not once does it slow down to a drizzle, nope this author really kept my attention all the way through to the end. And the guessing game in this read was absolutely phenomenal! So many suspects that fit the bill , and then suddenly all is lost and another suspect comes along looking perfect but no the author is not quite content on letting it come together that easily or that quickly, I loved it!

Suspense, drama and a whole lot of psycho! Yes this as I said is a read filled with thoughts of really bad things running through your mind, I felt the fear and could taste the bitter disappointment of the police and I for darn sure got the creeps from a truly out of his ever loving mind killer, you know those chills that literally run down your spine and you don't know how to stop them except to stop reading but you can't because the book is that darn good!

I highly recommend this read for all fans that love a fast paced, well thought out thriller. Intense and truly good old fashioned on the edge of your seat!

Available now at Penguin Random House South Africa