“Soon" by Lois Murphy has a really interesting plot with a lot of potential but unfortunately I didn't enjoy the story overall. A little too slow paced for my tastes, this was a 2 star read for me.
"The Haunting of Hill House" wasn't as scary as I had expected and the story wasn't what I was expecting either! That said, I really enjoyed this classic horror. It's well written and the protagonist is one of my favourite characters in a long time - 4 stars!
This little book contains three creepy stories. I think this was a great introduction to the work of Shirley Jackson and I'll be sure to check our her other work soon. This one is getting 4 stars from me.
“Starve Acre” is a creepy slow-burner. I needed a lot more description to feel full immersed in this gothic story but I enjoyed it for the most part – 3 stars.
I'm sad to say that "The Boy on the Bridge" didn't offer much in terms of action so for me it was a little bland and slow. The characters weren't all that likeable and many of them were forgettable. While I appreciate getting to fill in the gaps in the background to Melanie's story, this has nothing on the first book and left me feeling really disappointed. It's 2 stars from me.
If I had seen a description of this book that described it as gothic, historial fiction, I'd never have picked it up. Learning it was paranormal would have put me off too, yet Waters' style is something different and I read every word with care. Some parts didn't sit quite right with me, dragging a little at times, but this was certainly an enjoyable read - it's 4 stars for "Affinity".
Kooky and creepy, this story is completely different to things I've read before. This well crafted story is full of twists and turns which make this an engaging page turner that kept me gripped. I'm giving David Mitchell's seventh novel, "Slade House", five stars and adding Mitchell's 2014 book "The Bone Clocks", which I've heard is along the same theme, to my wish list.
An excellent concept that couldn't quite deliver what I wanted it to. I felt as though this was a book of two parts and I'd have preferred the first to continue in a more "normal" manner. I'm giving Adrian Barnes' "Nod" 3 stars for its strange unanswered second half and perhaps, as I've heard they exist, I'm going to have a look into alternative sleep related Apocalypses.