I don’t imagine it’s any surprise now to anyone who reads my blog that I really enjoy paranormal stories so of course The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley was right up my alley! From the first page which starts with a bang to the last page I was hooked. I love a good mystery/thriller and the added paranormal elements really heightened my enjoyment of this novel.
Starting with a chilling murder we fast forward five years and right into the life of Rory. Rory, whose sister was murdered that fateful night and her fiancee Junior who was left in a coma and deemed responsible for that murder. Oh gossip abounds that there was an affair and all sorts of things but Rory doesn’t believe for a second that Junior killed her sister. Either way Rory has moved on with her life and is busy running a cosmetics company and is engaged to a wonderful man. Yet in one instance the past comes rushing back with a vengeance when Junior’s brother attempts to murder Rory in an act of revenge.
Then there are the visions that Rory is having. At first she isn’t sure what they mean but it quickly becomes apparent to her that she is seeing scenes from the murder. But how? Soon enough she realizes that it is Junior – Junior who is in a coma – is showing her what happened that night. She can’t keep Junior out of her mind and even more terrifying her body starts to exhibit the same things that Junior is experiencing and it isn’t long before everyone thinks she is losing her mind. She knows that she has no choice but to solve the mystery that shrouds that night – to clear Junior’s name. As she delves deeper and deeper into her search it also leads her to learning more about her own family. Secrets and lies that threaten to shatter her world. Will Rory find out the real truth behind that night before it’s too late?
The Night Visitor is a well written novel with an intriguing plot and enough twists and turns that entice and keep the reader guessing. I didn’t figure it out until the end which is unusual for me but made me like the book even more. Recommended for those who enjoy murder mysteries, thrillers, and of course the paranormal! Yours truly enjoyed it a great deal!
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Source: Digital review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.
The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson highlights the many reasons I love historical fiction. I was swept away to another time and place and into the life of Catherine de Valois who was the daughter of Charles IV, King of France, and Isabeau of Bavaria, the Queen of France. This novel is rich in historical detail and begins in the early 1400′s at the start of Catherine’s life up until she marries King Henry V, hence becoming the Queen of England. I listened to the audio which is narrated by Catherine Harvey who does an amazing job. I listened every chance I got and in truth breezed through the almost seventeen hours of this audio in no time and loved every minute.
The story is told from the viewpoint of Mette who after losing her own child became nurse to Catherine. At first Mette doesn’t warm to Catherine but it isn’t long before the child has her whole heart and Mette will do anything for her. As unlikely as one would think the royal children were treated horribly by their governess which continued until finally Queen Isabeau showed up and decided that finally her children would be of some use to her in forming alliances. It is then that Catherine finally meets her father who was already considered mad and of course unfit to rule at all. As the story evolves we follow Catherine as she is used to pull in King Henry V yet at the same time suffers at the hands of the Duke of Burgundy and her mother. Ultimately though she is married to King Henry V and that is where this story ends. Lucky enough for us readers there is a sequel in The Tudor Bride coming soon!
Putting court intrigue and politics aside what I loved most about this novel other than the historical aspect was the way it was told through Mette. As a reader I appreciated the details of court life, the look into a royal household, and even into the everyday life of the common folk like Mette. Being told this way the reader is able to form a connection with Catherine because she seems so real and vulnerable in the circumstances. As always the treatment of women in these times horrifies me. They had no say over anything and being royal really gave no benefit as they were used as pawns and subjected to giving in to whatever was wanted for them. The author very vividly portrays the brutality of the time period and along with her descriptiveness on the overall happenings of the time I felt as though I had taken a step back in time.
I really enjoyed The Agincourt Bride and can’t wait to get my hands on The Tudor Bride. Highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction!
Source: Audiobook from my personal library. No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.
Having read Courtney Miller Santo’s first novel The Roots of the Olive Tree and loving it I was really looking forward to reading her newest novel Three Story House. Once again she delves into the drama of families with three cousins who have lost their sense of self and need to rediscover who they are and what they want. Three Story House is the journey the three women take to find themselves and restore a historic family home.
Cousins and best friends since childhood Lizzie, Elyse, and Isobel are all approaching thirty and none of them are happy with where they are in their lives. Lizzie is trying to recover once again from a surgery on her knee while thinking about the fact that her Olympic dreams are likely to be shattered. She’s hoping that spending time in her grandmother’s home and trying to save it from being destroyed will also allow her the chance to finally discover who her father is. When she finds some old family note cards she hopes that she may find the answers she so desperately wants. Elyse is stressed because her sister is marrying the man she wants, the man she used to be crazy about and probably still is. The question is what is she willing to do about it. As for Isobel she’s struggling with once being a child star but can’t seem to draw that stardom into her adult life no matter how much she wants it. As the women work to renovate the home they face their insecurities and failures in the hopes of starting over in an even better direction in their lives.
The novel is told in three parts with each woman telling her story which was okay but I think I would have liked to see their stories intertwined and told as a whole. I also really wanted more of the renovation of the house and wish that aspect had been taken more in depth than it was. For me the characters were okay but I didn’t form any connections with any of them although I liked them well enough. I found Three Story House to be a good summer read – it’s light and fun and a good way to spend a few hours. The author’s first novel though remains my favorite and I loved that she connected the two stories in a small way. One thing for sure is I love Courtney Miller Santo’s writing and I look forward to seeing what she tackles in her next novel!
Recommended for fans of women’s fiction.
What can be better that witches, ghosts, and a mysterious thriller all set against the backdrop of Salem? The Hexed by Heather Graham offers all of this and more! I really liked this book and had such a hard time putting it down for anything. Things haven’t been the best lately and I’ve been so lucky to have books like The Hexed to escape into. You know you’re reading or listening to a good book when you’re gasping or talking out loud when things are happening or going to happen and therefore scaring your poor dog a bit. The Hexed is one of the books in the Krewe of Hunters series but these books all have separate stories and stand alone and I’m more than excited to start tackling them all.
Devin has only recently returned home to Salem after inheriting her great aunt Mina’s old cabin. Aunt Mina was always considered to be the crazy old lady because she could speak to the dead and yet so many of the women of Salem came to see her. Devin is loving her time there until she finds a murdered woman nearby her cabin. Luckily she flags down Rocky, an agent working for the Krewe of Hunters who are the FBI’s paranormal investigators. Rocky too has a past in Salem having grown up there. Not only that but when he and his friends were younger they found one of their own friends dead in the woods … exactly the same as this new body so many years later. What could it mean? Is the killer after the young women of Salem again and if so why did they wait so many years to commit another murder.
Devin has a few special abilities that she inherited from her great aunt Mina and one of those is the ability to see and communicate with the dead. Still she is startled when her aunt Mina shows up and begins talking to her like she’d never left. Needless to say she’s worried about Devin and has every intention of keeping her safe. When Devin is led to yet another dead woman by a ghost from the long ago Salem witch trials the investigation really heats up. As Rocky and the team uncover more and more details it becomes apparent that there is a method to the killer’s madness and even more terrifying is that Devin may also be a target. Rocky can not let Devin be hurt … especially since they’ve developed feelings for each other. Will he be able to uncover just who the killer is before it’s too late?
This book had my heart a pounding in more than a few places and I loved it. The characters were great especially aunt Mina. She was so funny popping in and out. More than that though I just simply enjoy books like this – ones that deal with anything to do with witches and Salem. I’ve already started listening to The Cursed which is the book before this one and in the coming months I’ll be reviewing the next one called The Betrayed. I know without a doubt I’m in for another treat! I listened to The Hexed in audio and it is really well done. It’s narrated by Luke Daniels and at first I was leery because I’m not always fond of male narrators but he’s great and had the perfect voice for the telling of this often suspenseful tale.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy thrillers and the supernatural. I loved it!
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