Friday Five Challenge ~ Would you BUY or PASS? Follow You Home by Mark Edwards #FridayFiveChallenge #Thriller

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, pour yourself a coffee…..and have a browse.

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In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

This week I looked under the New Releases: Coming Soon heading and this caught my eye immediately….Follow You Home by Mark Edwards. Continue reading

Blind Evil

 

  • 20806501Author: Eric Praschan
  • Published: February 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Crime/Thriller/Suspense
  • four-stars
I was given a copy of the book in return for an honest review

Three friends since grade school, one of whom is a psychotic killer determined to make the other two pay for the perceived wrongs he suffered at their hands.

John, David and Emily have been close friends for years. Both John and David are in love with Emily although David’s idea of love is a strange one to say the least.

John is a police detective investigating a horrific double murder. The further he digs the more he believes David is responsible and he and Emily are dragged into David’s weird and dangerous mind games. David is a very sick and scary character, totally evil with no remorse for his actions.

John and Emily’s nightmare is only just beginning.

Thoughts

This is a chillingly disturbing tale of how a particular upbringing can shape a life. How a childhood living in fear and pain can affect the psyche in terrible ways. It’s also about friendship and loyalty. How much can a person take from someone they thought of as a close friend before the bonds of that friendship are broken irrevocably.

If I have one niggle it’s that two of the main protagonists’ stories are told in the first person. I found it a little disconcerting  jumping from one to the other but that’s just my personal view. Apart from that it’s a well crafted story full of tension and suspense. 

Blind Evil may be purchased at Amazon UK and Amazon US

The Lion, The Lamb and The Hunted ~ the audiobook

SHE ONLY STEPPED OUTSIDE FOR A MINUTE…
But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley’s world upside down—a minute she’d regret for the rest of her life. 

STEPPING INTO HER WORST NIGHTMARE…
Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again. 

A NIGHTMARE THAT ONLY BECAME WORSE.
A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair.

CASE CLOSED. JUSTICE SERVED…OR WAS IT?
Now, more than thirty years later, Patrick Bannister unwittingly stumbles across evidence among his dead mother’s belongings—it paints her as the killer and her brother, a wealthy and powerful senator, as the one pulling the strings.

I’ve listened to this twice (second time as a prelude to the follow-up) and it lost none of the initial emotion. The total compassion for, and horror at, Patrick’s disturbingly troubled childhood and upbringing by his unimaginably cruel mother or the tension and suspense as the story unfolds.

I like the way the story starts in the present and Patrick’s flashbacks of memory are integrated throughout. I was pulled right back into the drama and couldn’t help but be drawn again to Patrick because of the nightmare he lived through, his emotional wounds and the way he eventually learns to survive, and live with, the hurt. 

After Patrick’s mother’s death he finds clues in her belongings relating to a decades old crime. As he researches and learns more he’s determined to find out the truth of what happened all those years ago which leads him and his friend CJ into acute danger and the hunter becomes the hunted. 

The last chapter brings a lump to the throat as Patrick reads a letter from his real mother and realises he was loved all along but didn’t know it. The excellent writing plus the narration bring out the highly charged emotional content of the story.

Luke Daniels is one of the best narrators around in my book, no pun intended ;).  His characterisations are excellent and his narrative style just flows so seemingly effortlessly.

My heart broke for the young Patrick and the scary, awful thing is that treatment or similar could and does happen. It’s a really gripping psychological and emotional roller coaster.