General Horror

Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica

After seeing Cara’s review over at The Tattooed Book of Tender is the Flesh I was very intrigued by the book. Especially as, on paper, this book seemed to tick a lot of my favourite boxes – translated fiction, dystopian, dark. This book was everything I was hoping it would be and more, but it is definitely not one for the faint hearted.… Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Nothing Good Happens After Midnight (A Suspense Magazine Anthology) Edited by Jeffery Deaver

Nothing Good Happens After Midnight is a collection of tense tales, dripping with suspense, from a variety of authors. From a serial killer on death row with one more trick up his sleeve, to a man on a mission to stop people misusing mobile phones once and for all; to a phone call to a newsroom which puts lots of lives at risk, to the classic of a teenage sleepover in a cemetery. This anthology has a lot to offer and illustrates the range of stories and plots, both classic and contemporary, which can leave you feeling claustrophobic and the need to keep looking over your shoulder. … Continue reading →

Hope Island by Tim Major

It took me a little while to warm up to Nina, but I did find that it was refreshing to have a protagonist so suspicious of the goings on of the odd behaviour on the island. To have her question everything instead of brushing it off, or just going along with it, was a nice touch. Where the novel was told from Nina’s perspective, an outsider on the island, I found that I didn’t really get attached to any of the other characters; which meant that some events didn’t have quite as much as an impact towards the end. I also found the very brief romantic prospect for Nina was a bit unnecessary.… Continue reading →


What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

This novel has all the makings of a classic Gothic fairytale from the setting to the characters, Szabo does a great job of capturing the essence of the Gothic and bringing it to a contemporary fairytale. … Continue reading →

Madam by Phoebe Wynne

With it’s striking cover, and the fact I couldn’t scroll through Twitter without seeing people talking about this book a few months ago, I was very intrigued and excited when I finally got around to reading it. This novel started off really strong and I loved the mystery, the end left me a little conflicted but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel regardless. … Continue reading →

The Cottingley Cuckoo by A.J. Elwood

This book was a much darker read than I initially expected and that is just one of the aspects that completely drew me into this book. I was sneaking chapters of it between every day responsibilities because I was entirely captivated by Rose and the mysterious Mrs. Favell. I really liked Rose and was endeared to her very early on when we see that she has much larger dreams than the life that she is having to live. Whilst she keeps telling herself it’s only temporary you can’t help but wonder if she will have to give these dreams up for other responsibilities. Additionally, the fact that she is new at Sunnyside care home also made her feel relatable. Most people know what it’s like to be new at a job, not quite sure of where you fit and you have yet to get a good read on those around you. … Continue reading →


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Psychological Thrillers

Blog Tour – Cabin Fever by Alex Dahl

Whilst this is not a genre I typically read, I do get hooked by Scandinavian crime dramas and find thrillers around therapists particularly interesting. So, when I was approached with a blog tour invite for Cabin Fever how could I say no? This novel was every bit as gripping as I expected and I devoured the entire thing on one Sunday morning.… Continue reading →

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Now, as Dear Child is a psychological thriller there are, naturally, a lot of aspects to the plot I can’t really say much about. Thrillers aren’t my usual go to in terms of novels but there was something about this novel that really drew me to it. Reading the description it was somewhat reminiscent of Emma Donoghue’s Room, which is easily one of my favourite books however, Dear Child is much darker and a much more complex puzzle that you need to put together. … Continue reading →