Darkly Wood 11 draws the reader back to the terrifying wood with old characters and new ones. Holly and Charlie are skirting the wood, when Holly decides they will go in and explore. It all seems harmless enough to start with and that is the skill of this writer. He builds suspense expertly. There are lots of side stories, which help the reader build up what has happened in Darkly Wood in the past and why it is, as it is, now.
The significance of Holly is that she is Daisy May’s granddaughter, so Daisy May and her daughter decide that they must go and rescue Holly.
Daisy May has been told that what she thinks happened in the wood all those years ago was just a bad dream, and although Daisy May knows the truth in her heart, she has always wondered. Back in the woods again, she meets Woody and a new monster, but there is also Wormhold to deal with and he is far more threatening.
This is the second part of a trilogy, written with such skill that the story will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. Highly recommended.
Darkly Wood 11 is FREE on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and £2.40 on Amazon’s Kindle. You can find a link here.
This is written as a story told by Dr Callum MacKenzie about his time in Uganda. He has been paid a lot of money to eradicate a smallpox epidemic, but all is not as it seems. There are plots and counterplots. It is not a safe place to be and more than one person has a love of killing.
The book is written in a compelling way so that you don’t want to put it down.
I highly recommend this book. Enjoy.
A Crazy Act in Uganda costs £7.33 in paperback from Amazon or in Kindle format 99p. The link is here.
This is my five star review on Amazon.
This is a short autobiographical book about the author who has a passion for riding. Her then husband buys her two horses and she acquires two others to look after. When one of her daughter’s friend’s mother offers to pay for a riding lesson, the idea for a riding school is born. This is the first book in a series and I can see it will appeal to children and young adults who are horse lovers.
The following is a copy of my five star review from Amazon.
This is a book of excellent short stories in a variety of genre. My favourite one was, Bewitched, which reminds us of how women were persecuted as witches in the past, but this is no old hag. The question is what will her persecutors do and will she find an escape?
All the stories are good, as you would expect from this author. This book is well worth a read. Highly recommended.
This is a charming little book, written in rhyme. The characters are the colours of a rainbow, so will help children learn their colours. At the end of the book there are puzzles for the children to work out. This is a book for young children; beautifully illustrated.
It’s available in paperback from Amazon at £4.99 and on Kindle at £1.52 Here’s the link.
This is a beautifully written book, with well crafted characters. Beth, the lead police officer, investigates the murder of a young woman, who is found dead in the snow. Beth is not the perfect police officer, but in spite of her flaws, she is persistent in her aim to find the killer. Her friendship with Bebe, a singer and suspect, is not best practice, but from both sides it is rather endearing.
There are only three houses in the hamlet where the murder is committed and they are cut off by heavy falls of snow. Bebe, Dora and Ian and Christine have chosen to live in this isolated hamlet for various reasons.
The reader doesn’t have to deal with gory details of the murder. The key to this book is the puzzle of who was where, when and what could be the possible motive to kill the victim. Alongside the investigation is Bebe’s determination to arrange a comeback for her singing career, in spite of her inefficient manager.
I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it highly.
Joshua’s Island by Patrick Hodges
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Joshua Harper lives in a happy family with both parents and an older sister. Not the sort of child that would be a victim of bullies, you might think, but he is slightly small for his age and his parents are working long hours. Rhonda the most popular girl in the school takes a dislike to him as she likes to show her power to the rest of the school. She sets her little gang against Joshua and makes the whole school treat him as an outcast. To say the least the head of the school is ineffectual, if not grossly incompetent.
Like many children who are bullied, Joshua feels ashamed and doesn’t enlist the help of his parents. He just has to survive one more year and then he will move school. In science class Joshua is partnered with Eve, one of Rhonda’s group. She won’t talk to Joshua because of everything she’s heard about him, but eventually she realizes that they are all lies and that Joshua is being beaten up on a regular basis.
This is the story of Joshua, with Eve’s help, trying to reach safety within a school environment. It is beautifully written and I believe it should be in every secondary school library (suitable for children eleven and over).
It is written in the first person, which makes the events more immediate as you feel the emotions. It is also written in two points of view, so there is a chapter by Joshua and then one by Eve. This works well, because within each chapter the author sticks strictly to one point of view.
I recommend this book to everyone over the age of eleven. Joshua and Eve are thirteen and there are some excellent younger characters. Obviously this book is aimed at an audience of young people and not at my age group but even so I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
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