Passion And Power
The Widow Of Pale
Harbour by Hester
Fox is a gripping historical murder suspense that had me glued and guessing
from the start. I congratulated myself on working out who the guilty party was
far too soon – I got it wrong again!
The novel is about love and jealousy, the
passion and power to manipulate and control. A warped sense of entitlement
provokes a horrific course of action.
In contrast there is a love that protects, a
love that goes the extra mile and is prepared to sacrifice.
Fear and guilt imprison characters. We need to
deal with our fear and guilt or we will imprison ourselves. The walls we build
around us to keep us safe need demolishing before we become our own prison
In A One Horse Open Sleigh
The Christmas Eve
Daughter by Elyse
Douglas is the most delightful timeslip novel and the second book in A Time
Travel Novel series. I would recommend reading The Christmas Eve Letter, book
one first as you will receive the back story.
Once more the reader follows Patrick and Eve as
they undertake a search and rescue mission. The pair are transported from
present day to 1914. The reader becomes totally immersed in a bygone age – an age
where horse-drawn carriages are more popular than horse power vehicles.
With a December setting the snow adds to the
atmosphere, giving a nostalgic and romantic feel to the novel. In reality New
York City was a precarious place to be in 1914. There is huge poverty and a
wide gap between rich and poor. People are vulnerable as thugs traverse the
Es wird am Ende in Ordnung sein (It will be alright in the end)
Unspoken Words by Shari J Ryan is a contemporary
and historical novel about a love that spans seventy four years. It is the
other half of the story begun in Last Words. This is Charlie’s story. It is a
story that will swell your heart as the love reaches beyond the pages of the
book. It is a beautiful tale.
The action is in present day America and
alternates backwards to 1935 Germany before moving forwards in time. This is a
forbidden love. This is a love that defies the odds.
Germans were taught to hate but not all Germans
could do so. “I was not meant to be a killer. I refused to hate, no matter what
I was supposed to believe.” The outward uniform was in conflict with the inner
nature. Shari J Ryan has managed to convey the struggle to remain true, to see
people as people and not to hate.
Last Request by Liz Mistry is a gripping
contemporary murder suspense that I just could not put down. I read with heart
racing as I sped towards the conclusion.
A serial killer is on the loose in Bradford.
The reader ‘hears’ the killer’s voice from the murky depths. I was clueless to
guess who it was.
The literary device of pathetic fallacy is
employed as the weather becomes as murky as the action.
Cold case files mingle with present day crimes
as the police battle to solve them and the clock ticks down.
The lines between the criminals and the cops
blur as characters put themselves on line for their families.
As the criminals wander the streets of
Bradford, the reader is surprised by the depths to which some will stoop.