I picked up The Man on the Middle Floor because I was intrigued by the description. I was not impressed. Nick’s violence, anger and sexuality were difficult to face. I know these are issues with autistic adults but Elizabeth S Moore repeatedly pushes these aspects to the reader. It makes him impossible to identify with. Equally disturbing is Karen, who is so obsessed with her research that she is guilty of child neglect. Her selfishness and her inability to connect with or empathize with others make her a figure who it is easier to simply dislike than to understand. While she functions, it is impossible to say that she functions well, and her subsequent decay seems almost like justice. The third player, Tam is the most human of the three characters. His detachment is not born of mental illness or obsession, but rather an environment that is changi...
Hex-Rated is an electrifying blend of pulp noir and horror. Jack Brimstone, LA’s newest Private investigator is looking forward to leaving a life of magic behind and spending his days chasing cheating husbands and finding lost dogs. Burying his mentor means freedom from all things strange and wondrous- at least until a beautiful woman shows up after an attack by a vicious demon. Naturally Jack wants to help, besides he’s flat broke and Bee’s locked him out. A paying client is just what he needs. From nazis to porn stars, fist fights to hot sex, Hex Rated has it all.
Armed with a flash wit, the ability to take a punch and a way of leading the ladies purring in satisfaction (not to mention knowledge of the uncanny), Jack charms readers and supporting characters alike. Jason Ridler has a way of making even...
The Portrait of Molly Dean by Katherine Kovocic
Bonnier Publishing Australia
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Mar 2018
The story of Molly Dean captures the reader’s imagination as quickly as it does that of art dealer Alex Clayton. A lost portrait of an artist’s muse, one who died a violent death which was never solved. Molly Dean was a woman who wanted more - freedom from her mother’s tyranny, freedom from the strictures forced upon women of her time. She wanted to dream, she wanted to write. As Alex delves into the portrait’s past, she becomes more and more enthralled in Molly’s story, seeking out the truth of what happened. The Portrait of Molly Dean is a fascinating novel, alternating narratives between the past and the present. Readers feel for Molly and want her to succeed, even realizing that ultimately her tale is a tragic one.
I enjoyed The Portrait of Molly Dean a great deal, particularly its mixt...
Magpie's Song by Allison Pang
Literary Fiction , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 08 Aug 2017
Great books linger in your thoughts long after the last page is turned. Magpie’s Song is such a book, and I am eager to read the next book in the series. The world of Magpie’s Song is divided in three. Meridian, the city of luxury and technology flies above. It rules Brightstone, the city below with an iron fist. Brightstone fears the Rot, a flesh eating plague that randomly attacks members of the population, and turns others inexplicably into Moon Children, silver haired, capable of great physical prowess and immune to the Rot. They are the Sineaters of Brightstone, looked down upon and often sent to the Pits where the plagued are isolated.
Raggy Maggy is a scavenger of scrap, struggling to meet her quota. When she and her friend discover a clockwork dragon, a series of cascading events leads her to become a wanted criminal involved in a conspiracy t...
Tangible Spirits is a light paranormal cozy that is a pleasure to read. It isn’t one of the standard witches/shifters/psychic (which can be very good in their own right) mysteries. Instead the mystery is set in a small tourist town that is reportedly haunted. The paranormal component is important but not overwhelming.
Gera Stapleton is a no nonsense reporter just starting out. A fluff piece about a town ghost who has turned against residents is exactly what she doesn’t want to write. Gera doesn’t believe in ghosts and can’t understand how an entire town could believe in their existence. As she arrives, however, a body is discovered. Murder is far more exciting to cover. Strangely, the town believes the ghost is responsible but Gera knows there is a very human culprit.
Tangible Spirits is a well done paranormal cozy. The romantic chemis...
Where does troubled end and insane begin? Hannah Docherty has been incarcerated in a mental hospital for a decade - beaten, isolated, savaged by both residents and keepers. She was accused of killing her entire family, enclosed and forgotten. In return for a favor, psychotherapist Freida Klein meets with Hannah. as she examines the case notes, doubts are raised. If Hannah didn’t murder her family, who did? As Frieda investigates, it becomes clear a murderer escaped justice and will go to any length to hide the truth.
What makes this novel especially harrowing is knowing all the while that Hannah is innocent. She was a troubled teen, in with the wrong crowd, but she wasn't a murderer. Her horrendous experiences in the mental hospital have driven her insane. What is further frightening, is that Frieda’s sociopathic protector/adversary is making his pr...
The Winterlings flows smoothly, more like poetry than prose. It isn't a gothic in the traditional sense, but like in gothics women and the conception of femininity play a central role.
This is a novel that will definitely appeal more to an academic audience than the general public.
The story centers around two sisters who return to the Spanish village where they once lived with their grandfather. After a youth spent in exile, their return revives the old fears, superstitions and resentments that led to their grandfather's murder during the Spanish civil war. Like the characters in a morality play, each resident is distinctly human, but has a grotesque almost absurd aspect. The life of the village and the interactions of its residents is juxtaposed against the glory of the cinema. Both sisters love film and yearn to escape, to become someone e...
In the spring of 1932, with Londoners terrorised by a series of brutal murders, the private detective agency of Messrs. Singleton and Trelawney quietly opens its doors in Bloomsbury. The first person to call on their services is a worried Lady Arthur Conan Doyle. She tells of mysterious events at 221 Baker Street - and a premonition that the London murders signal terrible danger for mankind. Their investigation will take our intrepid heroes into a world of séances and spirits. Aided by the most famous detective of all time, they must draw on their knowledge of the imaginary to find the perpetrators of some very real and bloody crimes before they strike again...
Just last week, I reviewed Art in the Blood, a novel featuring the iconic characters of Holmes and Watson. Fabrice Bourland's novel, The Baker Street Phantom is a different kind of tribute, unique and enticing.