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The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell [BOOK REVIEW]

The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell [BOOK REVIEW]

The Midnight Man is the first ever book I’ve read by Caroline Mitchell, and I am now a huge fan! The Midnight Man is the first book in the Slayton Thrillers Series, and I will keep my eyes peeled for the second one, whilst exploring the other books Caroline has written in the meantime!

About The Book:

The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell [BOOK REVIEW]


Pages: 311

Format I read it in: Audiobook

Publisher: Embla Books , imprint of Bonnier Books

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★★★★

Synopsis:

From number one bestselling author Caroline Mitchell, comes the first chilling Slayton thriller for fans of C. J. Tudor and Stephen King.

If you open your door to the Midnight Man, hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won’t be leaving here…

On Halloween night in Slayton, five girls go to Blackhall Manor to play the Midnight Game. They write their names on a piece of paper and prick their fingers to soak it in blood. At exactly midnight they knock on the door twenty-two times – they have invited the Midnight Man in.

It was supposed to be a game, but only four girls come home.

Detective Sarah Noble has just returned to the force, and no one knows more about Blackhall Manor than her. It’s a case that will take Sarah back to everything she’s been running from, and shake her to the core.

Will she be ready to meet the Midnight Man?

My Thoughts:

Listening to The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell was such an adventure!

The Midnight Man is an action packed book that keeps you hooked and keeps you guessing until the very end. Even though I’ve read many mysteries in an audiobook format, this one managed to grip me from the first minute. The music at the beginning gave me goosebumps and set the mood for the book. And the narrators did their job perfectly well. Very interestingly, there was always a certain suspense in their voices, in the way they said things, in the anticipation of a very unsettling moment. Especially those suspenseful parts…

I liked the mystery side of it, and I was intrigued the whole way through. I especially liked the hidden mystery aspect and the connection of different people – it made me suspect everyone and everything. We are led on a path to believe a few different theories. We have the Haunted House, the game this person is playing. But we also have a few people that are newly involved, as well as some people who have been haunted by it for a long time. This mixture added greatly to the intensity of the story, and I did enjoy its culmination, although it was a little bit predictable for me, especially in the few chapters leading to the end.

The Midnight Man is a very solid mystery novel, especially for the spooky season. And if you choose the audiobook, I promise you there won’t be any regret. It adds a little bit of that pumpkin spice mystery taste to it.

About The Author:

The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell [BOOK REVIEW]

Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time.
Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston trilogy is described as terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers.
Caroline also writes psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim, has been described as ‘brilliantly gripping and deliciously creepy’. Her new DI Amy Winter series is published by Thomas & Mercer.

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Midnight in the Snow by Karen Swan [BOOK REVIEW]

Midnight in the Snow by Karen Swan [BOOK REVIEW]

Karen Swan’s books have become a comforting and safe space for me over the past year. I always look forward to picking her newest book up and I’ve not once been left disappointed. Midnight in the Snow is definitely at the top of the list!

About The Book:

Midnight in the Snow by Karen Swan [BOOK REVIEW]


Pages: 457

Format I read it in: Paperback

Purchase Links:
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★★★★★

Synopsis:

The story follows the award-winning movie director Clover, who rose to fame when she filmed the documentary about Cory Allbright, a surfer whose life went downhill after an accident, because of a controversy with his rival, Kit Foley.

Now that Kit has been labeled as the bad guy, he has decided to retire from surfing and make his debut into snowboarding. And Clover is the one tasked to document his journey now, all whilst she is struggling to hide her personal bias.

My Thoughts:

I loved everything about Midnight in the Snow. The beginning is very captivating and I was instantly pulled into Clover’s world, where she has just become the star of a documentary. We get to meet her in the spotlight and outside of it, and find out two different Clovers for a little while.

“An ending doesn’t have to be happy for a new beginning to spring up; it will follow anyway, just as surely as the sun chasing the moon.”

Then, very soon after, the plot thickens, and she’s on another adventure, filming another documentary. Only this time around, she is filming the “bad guy”. Trying to keep her personal bias aside, Clover and her crew members are determined to film his story and be as neutral as possible. However, once they meet Kit and his team, they realise nothing will be that easy.

Because Kit is terrible and rude, but also very dedicated to his sport. You never know where you stand with him, and he seems like he doesn’t care about anything else but winning. And as a former competitors, I have met many Kit’s in my life, and I can completely understand the determination to be the number one, and the arrogance that sometimes comes with it.

“When you already are more, where is there to go? What becomes of your humanity? The need to win comes at what cost? And are the sacrifices worth it? Because it seems to me, that when we reach for the sun, we always get burned.”

Karen Swan’s writing is as captivating as always.

And it’s not only Clover and Kit that get the spotlight. We meet so many different characters that we end up loving equally as much. Their stories and their paths are very beautifully written, and they cross in a very calculated manner. I ended up loving a lot of characters that I didn’t like at the beginning. The more I get to know them throughout the book, and understand why they made the choices that they did, and why they are the way they are – it left me with a heartwarming feeling in my heart. There is, as always, a little bit of mystery behind the story as well, and I greatly enjoyed discovering the clues and solving the questions.

With Midnight in the Snow, you are in for an adventure, trust me! You’ll be heading up and down your own emotional snowy slope and enjoy every single moment of it!

About The Author:

Karen Swan

Karen Swan is the Sunday Times top three bestselling author of twenty books and her novels sell all over the world. She writes two books each year – one for the summer period and one for the Christmas season. Previous summer titles include The Spanish PromiseThe Hidden Beach and The Secret Path and for winter, Christmas at Tiffany’sThe Christmas Secret and Together by Christmas.

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The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman [BOOK REVIEW]

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club #2)

The Man Who Died Twice was one of the most anticipated reads for me this year. I loved Richard Osman’s first book in the series, The Thursday Murder Club, and I couldn’t wait to dive into the second book immediately.

About The Book:

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club #2)


Pages: 423

Format I read it in: Uncorrected Proof (Paperback)

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★★★★★

Synopsis:

It’s the following Thursday. Our lovely group of pensioners is going on about their day-to-day routine, when Elizabeth receives a letter from an old colleague. He’s in danger and he needs her help, and he’s somehow managed to get himself involved with some stolen diamonds and some angry people capable of a lot of violence.

When things get heated and people start to die, Elizabeth needs the Thursday Murder Club crew to assist her. And Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim can’t wait to embark on another adventure.

My Thoughts:

This book is everything I expected it to be, but it still amazed me. First of all, Richard Osman is such an amazing storyteller. It was so easy to get into the story and read the book. The pace was steady and the chapters ended with a bit of suspense and mystery that made me keep going. The story was very well thought of, kept me hooked until the very end.

The group of four people that we already know and love work so well! Each one of them is a unique character and I loved reading their individual scenes just as much as I enjoyed them hanging around together and solving mysteries. They have a certain bond that I crave to have when I make it to that age. When I think of the Thursday Murder Club crew, I have the Friends crew in mind, when they are in their 80’s. I usually get bored and distracted when reading dialogues that don’t contribute to moving the story forward – but with this book, I craved more interactions and never ceased to be amazed.

The mystery side of the book was very interesting.

We get a few clues along the way and at some point, I was sure I cracked the case. But boy, oh, boy, was I wrong! And not only that, but there is a smaller mystery as well that happens side-by-side, making the reading journey very unpredictable. I loved how everything comes together in the end, and it all makes perfect sense.

I very much enjoyed the adventure that was The Man Who Died Twice and I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book Richard Osman decides to throw my way. Funny and mysterious, smart and adventurous – this book is a wonderful sequel to a brilliant series. If you’re still in doubt – go for it! The Thursday Murder Club crew will immediately grow on you, as they did on me.

About The Author:

Best known as the creator and co-presenter of the beloved BBC quiz show Pointless, Richard Osman’s career in television and comedy spans more than two decades. Osman studied Politics and Sociology at Trinity College, Cambridge, and began his career in television by producing numerous shows, including Deal or No Deal.

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The Perfect Life by Nuala Ellwood [BOOK REVIEW]

The Perfect Life by Nuala Ellwood [BOOK REVIEW]

I devoured The Day Of The Accident. I loved The House On The Lake. So, naturally, I was prepared I would enjoy The Perfect Life as well. Little did I know, it would end up being my favourite Nuala Ellwood book yet!

About The Book:

The Perfect Life by Nuala Ellwood [BOOK REVIEW]


Pages: 313

Format I read it in: Paperback

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★★★★

Synopsis:

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE SOMEONE ELSE?

Vanessa has always found it easy to pretend to be somebody different, somebody better. When things get tough in her real life, all she has to do is throw on some nicer clothes, adopt a new accent and she can escape.

That’s how it started: looking round houses she couldn’t possibly afford. Harmless fun really. Until it wasn’t.

Because a man who lived in one of those houses is dead.

And everyone thinks Vanessa killed him…

My Thoughts:

The manipulation in this book is brilliant. The small red flags that get often ignored turn into a bigger picture, creating a unique pressure, and as a reader, I loved it!

Vanessa is such a morally grey character, and even though I felt for her, I could never truly trust her narrative. It was like stepping on shaky stones, but having a wonderful view at the same time. I don’t experience that often, and I want to find it more and more in books now!

I could predict in which direction the book was going, and even though I could sort of predict the ending as well, it still left me satisfied. If you are looking for a quick read that will take you on a creepy adventure, you better grab a copy of this book.

Nuala’s writing is amazing! She is able to get me into the story very fast, and keep me intrigued until the very end.

TW: rape, abuse, gaslighting

About The Author:

Nuala Ellwood author The Perfect Life by Nuala Ellwood [BOOK REVIEW]

Nuala Ellwood is the author of three bestselling novels: My Sister’s Bones for which she was selected as one of the Observer’s ‘New Faces of Fiction 2017’, Day of the Accident and The House on the Lake. Nuala lives in York with her young son.

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All About Amy by James J. Caterino [BOOK REVIEW]

All About Amy by James J. Caterino [BOOK REVIEW]

When I won the giveaway for All About Amy, I was thrilled. The synopsis is very intriguing, and my curiosity got the better of me. This book somehow ended up a bit forgotten and abandoned for many years – but now that I’ve read it, I am happy I did. It was a very pleasant adventure

About The Book:

All About Amy by James J. Caterino


Pages: 133

Format I read it in: Paperback

Purchase Links:
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★★★

Synopsis:

Troy is a guy that lives a very quiet and uneventful life. He’s a bit of a sad soul, to be honest. One day, a mysterious woman shows up on his doorstep with a bombshell. She claims she is the transmigrated soul of Amy – his long-lost girlfriend who died in a tragic boating accident nearly twenty years ago.

Troy is left baffled. He’s unsure whether this girl is part of some weird game, or whether Amy’s soul actually returned in the body of this lady.

Unfortunate circumstances will make Troy and Julie to end up on the run together, fleeing for their lives from local gangsters. And spending more time together will hopefully shed some light on the truth.

My Thoughts:

All About Amy was a very interesting and unique read. I truly enjoyed the writing style and the short chapters. It is written in first person, with Troy’s point of view and we get an in-depth view of his thoughts and feelings. Although, sometimes I wasn’t able to get into his head and know exactly how he was feeling.

It was very interesting to see the scenario of transmigrating being explored, and how a person might react if such thing happened to them, or if they met a person like that. I could perfectly relate to Troy being doubtful and not wanting false hope, or old feelings resurfacing. It was also difficult for him to get to know Julie as herself, without the interference of Amy.

The ending was a bit “meh” for me, which is why I gave this book 3 stars. It left me disappointed and it wasn’t what I was expecting nor hoping for. I also didn’t think the ending of the story was very memorable. However, as a whole, All About Amy is a unique and interesting mysterious novel, and I suggest you give it a go if you get the chance.

About The Author:

James J. Caterino

James J. Caterino is a freelance writer based in South Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, the Action/Cut school of directing, and the author of over forty published works including “Pop Star”, “Miami Noir”, “Super Hornet 1942”, “The Girl from the Stars”, “Fantastic Stories”, “Fireflies”, “Watch the Skies”, “The Last Neanderthal”, “Rollercoaster”, and the “Caitlin Star” series.

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