Update on my current reads: A pre-review review..plus whats next?

So Happy Friday everyone and I’m inspired today to give you a little taster of my current reads – mainly because ALL 3 have been amazing in very different ways. Full reviews will of course follow sometime soon as well. Also my weekend reading has just been sorted out thanks to those lovely ladies at Harper Collins. I’m in for a good few days wandering around other worlds than this…




Lets start with Black Chalk by Albert Alla – coming in November from Garnet this has been an incredibly compelling read. Following Nathan, survivor of a horrendous school shooting, he tells us his story – of that day, and what came next…and I have been deeply immersed in his world. The setting is Oxford, a place I know well, and there have been some trips down memory lane for me as well. Tremendous writing, keep an eye out for this one and I shall expand my thoughts when I write a full review…




Then we come to “The Heavens Rise” by Christopher Rice. For a start this novel is making me sleep with the lights on…and that is saying something. You know sometimes you see on a book “Creepy” or “Terrifying” then you read it and its not either of those things? This one is. In a brilliantly imagined way….Yes I dreamed of snakes last night….shiver. An interesting premise done with style. Again, full review will follow before too long…




Finally I have been indulging myself with a cracking tale from Julia Crouch – Tarnished. This one is terribly addictive – and its all down to some terrific characters and an intriguing mystery that Ms Crouch reveals in cleverly placed titbits. Almost impossible to put down I THINK I’ve got the hang of it…or have I? Could Julia Crouch be about to join Tina Seskis and Erin Kelly in the “Beat the Author” hall of fame? We’ll see. Look out for the full review in which I may or may NOT tell you whether I won or she did….


So thats that for the ones I’m currently involved with. I am nearly done with all 3…then it will be onto my next batch, one of which is SURELY going to be “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman. Thanks to Kate and Bob at Harper Collins, this dropped through my door this morning…coming March 2014 this is what the blurb told me…


Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news.

But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street.

Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent.

The phones stopped ringing.

And we couldn’t look outside anymore.


Ooh. Sounds intriguing…my spider sense is tingling….


Happy Reading Folks!


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