girl in snow

 

Genre: Crime/Mystery/Thriller
Page Count: 353  pages

“He wondered how a love like that drowned. Or worse, how it died.”

 Danya Kukafka

 

Last night I had the pleasure of sitting down and finishing this book. Girl in Snow is Danya Kukafka’s debut novel, though reading it you would hardly guess. The elegant prose falls from the book, igniting an intrigue that has you entranced from the first page.

Girl In Snow follows the aftermath of the death of a beloved high school girl named Lucinda Hayes. The small suburb hasn’t been shocked by a crime of this nature in a long time and as is the case when tragedy strikes, the dark secrets that lie under the surface of the sleepy suburb are unwound in this tale.

I have mentioned before that my love of a book is highly reliant on the characters themselves and this book is an excellent example of truly endearing characters. The story is told from the perspectives of our three main characters, Cameron, Jade, and Russ, who together are a collection of misfit characters perfectly woven together by Kukafka.

Cameron

“He’d like to imagine he was one of Michelangelo’s figures, frozen on paper, etched in one position for all eternity”

Cameron was definitely the character I found most endearing and really looked forward to reading about his outlook on the world around him and the people within that world. A classic wallflower, Cameron has been labeled a freak most of his life and as is the case with many teenagers, he struggles not to believe it. The character certainly has a few interesting hobbies (“The game of statue nights” being one) that have you questioning what kind of person he really is, and whether the reader should be sympathetic towards him.

I think many people can empathise with his thought that “He found people fascinating when they thought no one was watching”, however, in his case the question becomes is how much can you innocently watch someone before it becomes something more sinister.

Jade

“Faking shock is easier than faking sadness”

Another character that’s very easy to like is Jade. Exceedingly observant,  Jade and Cameron share the familiar trait of people thinking they veer off the scope of normal and because of this there is a clear kinship between the characters.  Jade is both incredibly witty and intelligent, piecing together links between characters that often left me chanting ‘omg omg’ in my head as the connections unraveled. Her wit also allows for lovely breaks in the prose in which she tells the reader all the things she wishes she could say “What you want to say but can’t without being a dick – A screenplay by Jade Dixon-Burns”.

 

Russ

“It was paralyzing and perfect, crippling in its singularity. Here is what I have been alive for all this time, Russ thought. This touch”

Personally, I found Russ the hardest to empathise with throughout the book, though this is likely Kukafka’s intent, A cop not quite sure of his place in the world from his marriage to his job. He is seemly lost in the grand scheme of things. About halfway through the book when Russ delved more into his friendship with Lee was where I saw more life in the character and grew more interested in his telling of the story.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I think anyone would with its intricate twists and wholely endearing characters. The stand out being Danya’s delicate and detailed prose. I truly hope this debut novel is followed by another as I would love to read more by this brilliant author.

I recommend it for any fans of Crime, mystery or thriller novels, and for people that want a book they cant put down!

 

“Cameron wanted to tell Mr. O about loss – the hissing sound it made, like air drained from a tire, how that sound could continue forever if you let it – but maybe Mr. O already knew.”

RATING:

★★★★

the girl who loved tom gordon the girl who loved tom gordon

Genre: Horror/Thriller
Page Count: 264  pages

“The skin of the world is woven of stingers”

Stephen King

Hello Readers!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, today I will be reviewing the fantastic Stephen King novel I picked up while travelling in Japan. I hadn’t heard of this King before and was drawn in by the synopsis immediately.

When Trisha McFarland’s divorced mom takes her and her brother on a hike up the Appalachian Trail, the nine year old ducks off the path to pee and gets lost. Alone in the forest and scared of the dark, Trisha winds up stumbling aimlessly through the woods for nine days, wandering farther and farther from civilisation as she attempts to make her way back home, disappearing deep into mysterious darkness of the wilderness. The real question is, is she alone out there?

This book was especially and terrifyingly relevant considering all of the current investigations into people, especially young children, getting lost and sometimes not found, off into the wilds of North America.

“The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.”

Stephen King

This quote really defines how you feel following Trisha’s journey into the forest and her questioning what’s out there in the dark waiting for her, watching her in the woods.

The whole book there is this spooky look over your shoulder feeling that never goes away, which adds to the build up of the book. Trisha’s character is so strong and endearing and I really loved her thought process throughout the book. I’m really hoping she appears again in another King novel because she was truly magnificent! She is one of Kings best written young characters and I doubt anyone will have trouble getting hooked on this page turner purely because of her.

After finishing this book I certainly have no desire to go on a hike through the forest for at least a few months, I’ll stay far away from the God of the Lost!

RATING:

★★★★

I believe this novel is really under rated and I hope you pick up a copy after reading this because it’s absolutely worth your time!

 

nocturnal readers box july

It’s been another amazing month for the Nocturnal Readers Box! This months theme was ‘The Feast’ and it certainly lived up the name.

The Nocturnal Readers box is a Monthly subscription box for fans of speculative fiction, it features one new release and one previously released book and a bunch of bookish goodies relating to the theme of that month.

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The print this month was this artwork entitled “The Night of the Vampire” by Michael Broom, It gets scarier the longer you look at it I swear 😳

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This month’s previous release was Bleed by Ed Kurtz and sounds really intriguing, I also really love the cover, it’s another book to add to my black and red editions.

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This months release is Come to Dust by Bracken MacLeod, and mine was signed! 😍

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A Silence Of The Lambs mini wine glass! I love the quote they chose

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A NOS4A2 license plate! I’ll definitely be using this as a decoration this Christmas

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Delightfully creepy bookmarks

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Pin inspired by Nick Cutter’s The Troop, I haven’t read this yet but the pin has me intrigued

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A Jaws keyring that is also a bottle-opener! The best combination cool but useful merch

I really enjoyed this months box, which is no surprise as Jessia and Vincent always place such care in choosing seriously awesome items for us every month!

The theme for August is ‘Infested and Infected’, there are going to be three books this month and it’s going to be the most valuable box they’ve had! There are still boxes left so if you are as into zombies and horror themed goodies as I am you should do yourself a favour and pick one up!

 

*I purchase this box myself and all opinions are my own*

 

 

weave a murderous web

Genre: Thriller
Page Count: 216  pages

Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, and is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support.  Soon Jane makes certain discoveries about a deadbeat dad’s hidden assets which unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous. 

Weave a Murderous Web is the first book I’ve read by authors Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks, and I must say I was very impressed, the book draws you in with plenty of twists, turns and great dialogue.

What stood out for me personally is the character of the protagonist of the book, Jane. She is wonderfully witty, and I related to her sarcasm and cynical nature. Her character reminded me of Stephine Plum from Janet Evanovich’s novels, which is perfect as I have been looking for a series with a strong female protagonist to replace the Plum novels and believe I have found that in the Jane Larson Novels!

The characters in the book seemingly all have something to hide which gives leaves you feeling paranoid throughout the story and keeps you on edge right until the end of the novel!

I’ll leave the Doctor to emphasize how I felt at the end of this book…

Though the book is part of a series, you don’t need to read the others to understand what’s going on, the book definitely can stand alone.

I recommend this book is great for anyone that enjoys a fast past thriller with a strong female lead!

RATING:

★★★★☆

 

 

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own*

 

 

I am not a serial killer

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Page Count: 271  pages

John Wayne Cleaver is a serial killer obsessed sociopath who lives above a mortuary owned by his mother. He fears that it is his destiny to become a serial killer, and therefore lives by a set of rules designed to keep his homicidal impulses in check. His careful regime of self-denial is threatened when he attempts to solve a local murder case.

I discovered this book through Instagram and hadn’t heard much about it before, but I can assure you this book is very much worth your time.

The book is beautifully written and gives you great insight into the depth of John Clever’s mind as he struggles with trying to be a good person despite his sociopath diagnosis. This aspect of the book really drew me in and had me hooked on the character journey, if the book wasn’t good enough already a plot twist that occurs midway the book sold me on the series completely.

I cannot remember the last time while reading I was so surprised by twist

 

If you want to pick up this book I highly recommend not looking anything up so you can experience the same surprise and delight that I did.

Fans of Dexter will enjoy this book as it has a similar tone and feel, and of course insight into the mind of a sociopath.

Overall the book is a wonderfully written character driven book and a fulfilling quick read that will leave you wanting more.

RATING:

★★★★1/2

 

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, here is a link: touch me  😊