The Five Senses of Horror

Hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste: Our impressions of the world are formed by our five senses, and so too are our fears, our imaginations, and our captivation in reading fiction stories that embrace these senses. Whether hearing the song of infernal caverns, tasting the erotic kiss of treachery, or smelling the lush fragrance of…

A World of Horror

Every nation of the globe has unique tales to tell, whispers that settle in through the land, creatures or superstitions that enliven the night, but rarely do readers get to experience such a diversity of these voices in one place as in A World of Horror, the latest anthology book created by award-winning editor Eric…

#TheBrightonMermaid by @DorothyKoomson

NB: This is my last read of 2018. Join me in 2019 for hundreds of more reviews.  Brighton Beach, 1993: Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears. Twenty-five years on, Nell quits her job to find out who…

A Dream Of Steam by @jwbarry5

As the autumn shopping season draws to a close, Captain Thomas McGrath steps ashore to help his ambitious brother William rebuild the family sawmill. Despite Thomas’s aversion to debt, William convinces him to borrow heavily so they might convert their ailing, water-powered mill to steam. While adapting to the new technology, Thomas finds himself navigating…

Why Mummy Swears by @whymummydrinks

It’s every parent’s nightmare – the start of the school holidays – and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports camps, child minder slots, not to mention time off work, Mummy is exhausted….

The Lido by @LibbyPageWrites

Kate is a twenty-six-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When she’s assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation centre), she meets Rosemary, an eighty-six-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since…

Red Clocks by @lenizumas

Five women. One question. What is a woman for? In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old…

Half Moon Bay by @alaplante

Jane loses everything when her teenage daughter is killed in a senseless accident. Jane is devastated, but sometime later; she makes one tiny stab at a new life: she moves from San Francisco to the tiny seaside town of Half Moon Bay. She is inconsolable, and yet, as the months go by, she is able…

In Her Bones by @KateMoretti1

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction and media frenzy, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie is a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job, just trying to survive out of the spotlight. Edie also has adisturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of…

Madman Walking by L.F Robertson

Appellate lawyer JanetMoodie is called in to work on a post-conviction investigation on a sordidmurder-for-hire case. The client is uncooperative, likely schizophrenic,although he’s never let a psychiatrist near him long enough to get a diagnosis.Convicted of arranging the shooting of a drug dealer, under orders from theAryan Brotherhood, Howard Henley is not an easy case,…