“Little Deaths” By Emma Flint Review

It’s 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone – a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress – wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. Later that day, Cindy’s body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled. Ten days later, Frankie Jr.’s decomposing body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth. 

If you been around this website before you would have noticed that I’m a huge fan of Mystery and Thriller books which this book is. But this one didn’t go well with me for whatever reason.

One of my main problems with this book is that the action was too slow. And my second main problem with this book is that the book focuses too much on Ruth being a mistress than Ruth being a mother who’s kids vanished and was later found dead. I picked up this book to read about the mysterious vanishing of someone and not about the main character having drama with her ex husband, going out and party every night  and have sex with different man. Im not into that, let me say that.

I want to sinister vibe, I want the eerie vibe, I want the mystery, I want the investigation but I don’t want to read about the main character having sex with different man and partying while her kids have been murdered and the police doing very bad investigation in the case.

For me the side problems were taking too much space and they were taking our focus onto them and making us sort of look at the murder of two children as a side problem. 

The writing style however was the best part of this book because it really gave the vibe of New York in 1960s. I liked that.

Its important for me to mention this that I’ve DNF-ed this book like 120 pages in because of the points I’ve mentioned above.

I give this point 1 / 5

“Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories” By Kim Young-ha Review

Diary of a Murderer captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge—between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on one final target: his daughter’s boyfriend, who he suspects is also a serial killer. In other stories we witness an affair between two childhood friends that questions the limits of loyalty and love; a family’s disintegration after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later; and a wild, erotic ride about pursuing creativity at the expense of everything else.

I gotta admit that this book was the first book I’ve read which as written by a Korean Author. 

There are 4 short stories in this book named “Diary of a murder”, “the origin of life”, “missing child” and the last one is “the writer”. All 4 for these short stories were sort of thriller / mystery stories. But to be fully honest with you guys the only good short story in this book was the first one named “Diary of a murder” and the rest of the stories felt like just a starch to make the book longer. 

The writing style was okay for the most part but there were a lots of times where the writing style could be improved like a lot. And it was clear that these short stories were written by a person who didn’t write a lot of stories before. 

The plots in all these 4 short stories were good enough as when it comes to the book as a whole. But “Diary of a murder” was the best short story in this book because it was very unique because it is a short story about a serial killer how gets dementia. But the rest of the short story just feels like the most generic mystery short stories which you can possible find.

I give this book 2 / 5

“Psychopata” By Klaudia Muniak Review

At the BCT research and development center, tests are being carried out on a modern, non-invasive method of fighting brain tumors. Maja Lipska, a young researcher, achieves spectacular success. After a banquet at the end of one of the conferences, he wakes up on a park bench. To her horror, she discovers that she has no idea what she has been doing for the last thirty-six hours. At the same time, young women are brutally murdered in Krakow. All the clues point to the operation of a serial killer. The investigation is carried out by Maja’s partner, who does not like her reckless behavior. When one day at the BTC center the body of one of the workers is found, it seems that it is another victim of the “Krakow cutthroat”.

Before we start this review it is important to mention that at the time of writting this review this book is only available in Polish but lets hope that it will change soon.

First of all I need to give this book points for having a good idea behind it and that the main character was acctually amazing and written very well.

This book was my first medical thriller so I didnt have high expection for it, but still it had disapointed me. The whole story we got here is just a skeleton and nothing more than that.

Characters in this book was pretty decent. The main character was good and there were some good characters and some less good characters in this book. I mentioned it before in other reviews but the quality will always win over quantity. So it would be much better if this book had less characters but good characters. All characters were difficult to associate with.

There are things which really throw off me at least. Which I cant really mention without spoiling anything for you guys so I wont do that.

This book could be longer and have more descirptions, details and longer process than it acutally had.

Medical experiments and serial killer does usuallly the work for me when it comes to me liking a book but not in this case. Because the whole potential of this book wasnt used as it could have been.

For the most part this book as a whole was super annoying to say at least. Because of the drama which was created by the main character and that the whole potential wasnt used.

The beginning of the ending was pretty good but it quickly turned into complet trash and nothing more than that. If you are like me and you have watched dozens and dozens thriller movies and read dozens and dozens thriller book you will more or less expect it or expect something close it.

I give this book 1 / 5

“Strawberry Spring” by Stephen King Review

An article in the newspaper causes the narrator to recall a time when he was in college and several students were killed. It was a strawberry spring, a false spring, that brought cool weather and fog at night. The first night of fog ended when a young man tripped over the body of a co-ed.

It’s important to say that this short story isn’t a typical Stephen King story where there is monsters running around and chasing kids. This story is a mystery thriller story about a killer who strikes only when it’s foggy outside during the “Strawberry Spring”.

The whole plot story is pretty good, however the whole idea of a killer who kills people during a special time which in this case is the “Strawberry Spring” isn’t that unique now on days but since this story was published in 1978, it needs to get its points for sort of being unique. 

The ending is probably the best part of this whole story, because it comes with a twist and it sort of makes this whole story so much better than it was. But of course this review is spoiler free. 

The twist at the ending was that great but most of you wont probably see it coming. So there will be a little surprise at the end for some people. 

The whole atmosphere in this story is spooky, moody and it will give you chills. And the descriptions in this story which make it even better than expected. But still story is far as good as the huge novels written by Stephen King as “IT” or “The Shinning”.

Some of these descriptions which Stephen King gives us in this story sort of gives you the vibe of Edgar Allan Poe or H. P. Lovecraft. Because these descriptions in this story have some gothic elements to it which makes you feel that it was written many years before it was actually written. 

It’s important to say that this story isn’t a horror story is more a thriller story. Because it isn’t scary enough to be a horror story but definitely it has some mass hysteria, suspecting each other, and searching for the killer elements which makes this story to a thriller story.

However this story could have been much better if it was a novel than a short story. But again it is personal thing which people will disagree on so it’s up to you on this one. 

I give this story 2 / 5

“The Turn Of The Key” by Ruth Ware Book Review

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant. 

The whole plot that the big and isolated mansion which might be haunted together with the concept of a new nanny coming to this house to work there is brilliant. The thing that the nanny is left alone with kids without any adults around expect of the handyman for weeks at a time makes this plot and story more interesting.

There is one plot hole which I at least have noticed while reading this book. But I won’t say what the plot whole is because I don’t want to spoil the book for you. However this plot hole isn’t that big that it will destroy your experience with the book. 

The whole story is dark, it involves a lot of deaths and if you get triggered by child death or death in general then maybe you shouldn’t read this book. But if you have no problem in deaths in fictional books then I guess that you won’t be disappointed in this book. 

For the most part this book is creepy, atmospheric and it has a creepy mood to it. This book reminded me at the beginning of the “The Haunting of Bly Manor”. This book makes you question if there is actually something paranormal involved in it or if it is just the kids doing pranks on the new nanny. This book also makes you think if the new nanny is overreacting some stuff or if her behavior is on point. 

The whole book have sort of an old timely hasted mansion to it with the modern technology which is smart house and a Tesla model X in the background. 

The characters are pretty good. There feel some how realistic, there are only few of them and two of them are in this book briefly. For the most part in this book we have only 2 adult characters and 4 child characters. Characters in this book are well written and also very well described. Every character here feels like she / he have it own soul and they are for the most part different from each other. 

It is important to say that the format of this book is through letters of the nanny’s writing to a lawyer from prison. In these letters she is describing what had happened since day 1 and why she is innocent. So there is no chapters in this book, the chapters in this book are in the form of a new letter being written to the lawyer. And we get to know this story through what the main character written in the letters. 

The ending comes with a twist in it, which maybe will surprise you because we get to know what really happened and why the nanny decided to take the job opportunity at Heatherbrae House. I personally wasn’t the biggest fan of the twist but I had appreciated it because it was for the most part okay. 

However this book doesn’t have any scary parts, but it doesn’t fail to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you are looking for a scary book then pick something different. 

If you are looking for a decent and quick read, then this book is for you. I think that if you enjoyed “The Haunting of Bly Manor” series you will also enjoy this book. And of course if you are a big fan of Ruth Ware then I will also recommend this book to you.

I give this book 3 / 5

“Misery” By Stephen King Review

93Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader – she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Another classic horror novel written by Stephen King.

The story in this book is marvelous, and its defiantly interesting. The whole story is told from an author’s POV.

The writing style is of course typical Stephen King. Which more or less means that it was good. But in the end it could have been better, because there were parts in this book which could have been cut out. And the action could have happened faster, because there were chapters which felt like a huge stretch of time.

The characters here are meh. Annie was brilliant and Paul was annoying at times. Annie is sort of a Norman Bates gone completely wild. There were times when Paul makes some really dumb decisions, which felt like a 10-year-old would take smarter decisions.

The writing style is of course typical Stephen King. But, which for me personally was a huge waste of story because the whole story could have been written from Annie’s perspective and at the end we could shift to Paul’s perspective. But that’s just my opinion.

This book isn’t scary, it is rather unsettling and have some strange vibe to us that makes us think that there are a lot of strange people in the world.

I give this book 3 / 5

"Run Away" By Harlan Coben Review

86You’ve lost your daughter.She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found. Then, quite by chance, you see her busking in New York’s Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is wasted, frightened and clearly in trouble. You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs. And you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Where criminal gangs rule, where drugs are the main currency, and murder is commonplace.

The whole story blows my mind, that’s how amazing it is. We have a lot of things involved in the plot in this book. We have cult, we have headhunters, we have private detective being killed, missing people, drug addicts and even more, the typical rich white family and even more.

The characters were brilliant, and there was a huge dynamic between them. The parents are doing anything they can to find their daughter. And we can feel the fathomless love of a parent throughout the whole story. You will be able to feel the pain of some characters as the story goes on.There are times when the character are annoying specially the cult people.

There were times when it was hard to put this book down, because it was so interesting and a lot of action happening.

No plot holes are relevant in this book. The whole plot is good and it is very good explained at the end.

The twist at the end is just priceless. Is so good. It started innocent with only some references to 23andMe and other DNA sites but then at the end the huge twist happened. I think that you will at least appreciate it.

You will have hard time being emotionally involved with a lot of stuff which is happening in this book. However there will be couple of times where you will sympathizine with some of the characters in this book.

I give this book 2,5 / 5

"Elevation" By Stephen King Review

98Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

This book is one of the worst books written by Stephen King. But after all with was fun to get away for a little bit from the classic Stephen King novels.

This book is very short which makes it to a very quick read. But if you are someone like me and loves the classic Stephen King, you will find this book a form of torture.

The writing had surprised me because it is a typical Stephen King writing. The writing style in this book feels like it was written bu a 15-year-old.

When it comes to the story, then all I can say about it is that it is pretty weak and boring. It would be much better if there were some action added into this story. In this book we have only one main problem and it would be better if the main character was facing multiple challenges.

The characters are oh boy. I mean the characters in this book are well done, but it would be much better if there were something more added to them. And I personally found some stereotypes in this book which doesn’t work in 2020. One of these stereotypes was that the LGBT girl in this book, are always pissed off and are mean as fuck to every guy she meets.

I personally felt like the story was missing something. I can’t name what it is, but there is something missing. There are also couple of plot wholes in this book.

The die hard fans of Stephen King (myself included), will not like this book. Because it is far away from the typically stuff which Stephen King usually writes.

I give this book 1 / 5