Book Review-Creep


Creep

by

Jennifer Hillier

 Creep was my second book by Jennifer Hiller, however it appears to be her first published book…in 2011.

Creep is a psychological thriller and is not as gory or macabre as The Butcher, Hillier’s third book.  However, it did have me asking why or how a teacher and student become so ‘close’.  The Butcher was almost more believable than Creep.

There was only three, maybe four, main characters for about two-thirds of the book.  During the last third some of those peripheral characters, mentioned earlier were developed, or introduced entirely, to help solve the mystery and hence provide a conclusion to Creep.

It was interesting to read how an academic could have similar problems or weaknesses as her students.  I may have led a sheltered life as I have never heard of her addiction before although she treated it like I image all addicts treat their addiction.  It’s not the addict who has a problem, it is everyone else.

If it is blood, gore, and terror you are looking for, read The Butcher.  If it is a psychological thrillers you devour the Creep is the novel for you.  I must admit that after The Butcher, Creep was a bit tame, but still a good read.  And as it appears to be a first novel, and The Butcher being so good, I am looking forward to reading Freak, which may be a sequel or similar story-line to Creep .

I was thinking three and a half stars.  However the lack of the half star in Goodreads left me debating whether to round-up or round-down.  It  is a better read than many other novels and it has a ripper twist at the end, which pushed it into the four star category.

  Goodreads Readers have rated

Creep

an average of

3.73 stars from 6,342 ratings

and 781 reviews 

 Aread.

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Creep

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-Fathomless

Fathomless

by

Greig Beck

 

Fathomless was definitely not my first Greig Beck novel, however, I did think it would be my last for while…. until…I digress.

For the first half or so of Fathomless I was definitely thinking that I had had enough of the world’s underwater monsters.  I think I have  five or six books now in which several  authors have set their story underground in different parts of the world.   At this stage Fathomless was only a three star read.  If it was your first novel of this genre then I believe you would be considering it a four or five-star read.  However, it was not my first.

 

Again we were underground in a world inhabited by what only can be described as monsters.  There was a great deal of Ho!  Hum!…at that stage.  We all know that some of the good guys survive.  They have to.  Who else would tell the tale?

This is the second book I have read, in 2018, where it appeared the story was over and the rest of the book would be acknowledgements…lots and lots.   Again I was wrong.  The twist which boosts a book from ordinary to wow was played.

Woven into this work of fact/fiction are the actions of a group of people who have a single-minded attitude to their cause and are not always correct as they believe.  I really wanted to throttle some of these characters.  Their arrogance was overwhelming and all I could think was that good should prevail.

 

Then just when you thought that the story had finished there is another, perhaps not a twist so much as a, revelation which is enough to make lovers of the sea to think twice before going for a swim.  Combine this revelation with some scientific facts and this reader’s thoughts were off on another journey; particularly as some of the revelations took place not far from where I have spent most of my life.

Again kudos to Sean Mangan for another five star narration.  He made the audio version of Fathomless an ideal book to listen to while driving.

 

Fathomless is a reasonably fast paced book and one which all fans of Grieg beck, will enjoy.

******

I think

Fathomless

is a solid

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Fathomless

 an average of 3.99 stars from

394 ratings and 55 reviews.

Fathomless

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-The-Baby-Farm


The Baby Farm

(Broken Vows Trilogy Book 2)

by

Marty Langenberg

The Baby Farm is the second book the Broken Vows Trilogy by Marty Langenberg and follows book 1.5, Pennie, the Prequel to The Baby Farm.

I have already stated in my review of Pennie that I am not a fan of short stories, however in this instance, while not completely necessary to read Pennie prior to The Baby FarmPennie does fill in some otherwise unknown detail of Pennie’s life and how she arrived at this point in her life.  Also bear in mind that Pennie was introduced in Book 1 of the Broken Vows Trilogy with her character being further developed in Pennie, Book 1.5.

For many years in Australia we have heard of the stolen generation. The ‘stolen generation’ being children of native Australians who were removed from their parents by the government of the day to be raised and educated by white Australian standards.

What has often annoyed me is the fact that there were/are many generations of white Australian children in the same position who are never described as stolen by society simple because they were children primarily of unwed teenage mothers. It was not until the early seventies that I first saw an unwed teenage mother with her child around my home town.

Prior to then girls often disappeared for a few months, usually to a capital city where they had their babies delivered and adopted.  Society of the time decreed they had brought shame on their families.

In writing The Baby Farm, Marty has addressed this issue head on.  The Baby Farm describes in detail what occurred to some of our young teenage/unmarried mothers of that era.  He has delved into the trauma these mothers underwent and also described the deviousness of people working in the name of religion, God and in this case St. Gerard (protector of mothers and children), to ‘help’ these mothers.

Thankfully there were some characters who offered real help and assistance to Pennie and her friend (Heather), preferring to see the real person and not forming an opinion based on current circumstances.

The Baby Farm is another fast paced read and one which again will have readers wanting to know what is going to happen in the next chapter.

Finally, I must declare that I know and worked with Marty

for several years before he retired.

However, I believe this has not clouded my review.

 

Definitely a

read.

Broken Vows

can be purchased on-line at 

Amazon, Barnes & Noble,

Kobo, OverDrive

 

Book Review-Land-of-the-Afternoon-Sun


Land of the Afternoon Sun

by

Barbara Wood

Land of the Afternoon Sun by Barbara Wood was the first of her work I have come across.  I hope that there will soon be available as audio books.

Beginning at a Will reading, in England, Land of the Afternoon Sun follows the life of elder son, Nigel, who can only be described as an arrogant, conniving, scheming, murdering young man.   At least that is the Nigel we see.  Was he like that before his father disinherited him?

Determined to become a self-made man Nigel sets sail for America and finds a rich young maiden to marry during the voyage.  Needless to say he loves her trust fund more than he cares for her.

Upon arrival in New York, followed by a quick wedding,  Nigel and Elizabeth cross America in search of California’s climate where he begins to establish a date farm.  Nigel has no feelings for locals.  He just wants to be the biggest date producer in the country.   It is all about Me, Me, Me!

Nigel is the most despicable central character I have seen depicted in a historical fiction novel.   It does not matter if the issue is domestic violence, murder of the most calculating kind or stealing all the resources which the local, peaceful Indians rely upon for their livelihood; he just doesn’t care.

Overall it was an interesting and enjoyable novel and as with all good novels there are several concurrent tales and social issues woven into the plot.  Some of these include loyalty, prohibition, contraception,  women’s and native land rights.

The audio version is enhanced by Mia Gaskin’s narration.  Mia is definitely a narrator to add to my list of good narrators.

Land of the Afternoon Sun is a solid 4 star read.

 Goodreads readers have awarded Land of the Afternoon Sun 3.74 stars from 109 ratings and 27 reviews

 

A
read.

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Land of the Afternoon Sun

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-The-Butcher


The Butcher

by

Jennifer Hillier

The Butcher is my first Jennifer Hillier novel and one in which the central character is a serial killer who manages to get away with murdering many people, although he mainly targets young, innocent, teenage girls.

Gruesome and sickening were two words which came to mind when thinking how to describe this book.  This description is not to be taken as a reflection of the author’s writing ability.  On the contrary Jennifer Hillier has turned a gruesome story line into a page turning novel.

Gruesome and sickening is the only way to describe what The Butcher did to his victims; and his state of mind at the time of committing crimes.

Whether family, romantic or platonic, all relationships in this novel are severely strained, some to breaking point.  Even The Butcher’s friends and family are not exempt from his gruesome practices.

As usual I have included very little character detail as I believe it would reduce the impact of the book.  Also too much information would spoil the end.

Whilst I have stated The Butcher is gruesome, it is still a fascinating read and look into the mind of a serial killer.   I’m not sure how or where Hillier obtained her research for this novel or whether she has a fertile imagination.  However, I really do hope that this is the product of an active imagination and not based on real life scenarios.

The Butcher is certainly worth adding to my FIVE Star read collection.

Again I must thank another Goodreads reader, Fiona, for recommending this book.

 Goodreads Readers have rated

The Butcher

an average of

3.79 stars from 1,874 ratings

and 322 reviews 

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The Butcher

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-Double-Cross


Double Cross

by

James Patterson

Another of the Alex Cross series and very typical of the Cross adventures…if you could call them adventures!

This time the serial killer likes loves to have an  audience which is a slight twist on usual serial killer story lines.

While I enjoyed  Double Cross, I felt the characters were more gruesome in this book.  I don’t know where or how James Patterson would have researched this story line.

The brevity of this review is due to the fact that I first read Double Cross five or six years ago…long before I commenced these reviews.  My review from that time mainly indicates I liked the book, characters were gruesome and it was a three star read.

I have rated Double Cross a three star read.

 Other Goodreads Readers have rated Double Cross an average of 4.0 stars, from 38,09 Ratings and 1,411 Reviews.

Aread.

Double Cross

Double Cross

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Book Review-Death-Wish


Death Wish

by

Linda Huber

Death Wish was recommended by a Goodreads friend.  I had never heard of Linda Huber, however, after reading Death Wish I will be seeking out more of her novels.

Death Wish is a rather gruesome story about neighbours who have family problems.  Both have an elderly parent living with them.  And while sympathising with one parent’s wishes it is hard to feel anything but annoyance towards the other.  And if the latter’s son-in-law had not been so greedy many of their issues would not have arisen, which means no story to tell.

There is, thankfully, only one child in this story, eight-year-old year old Joya who is treated like a mushroom (kept in the dark and feed….).  Joya is sensitive to the verbal and non-verbal cues which are all around her.   And yes she does draw the incorrect conclusion in many instances.  Death Wish portrays a gross lack of real communication between, and within, both families.

From the prologue to the epilogue, Death Wish kept me intrigued.  Death Wish does not sound like a crime story however it is.   Death Wish also deals with the social issue of elderly and infirm parents moving in with their children and, in particularly, parents making unreasonable demands and manipulating the lives of their off-spring.  How both these families deal with their individual and combined problems will keep you turning page after page.

Goodreads readers have rated

Death Wish

4.24 stars from 91 ratings and 30 reviews.

I rated Death Wish

 a solidread.

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Death Wish

can be purchased on-line at 

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