Monday, 7 October 2013

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Natural Causes - James Oswald

Description off Amazon

A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.
For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.
Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings. Deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh's police at a loss.
McLean is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the terrible ceremonial killing of the girl, all those years ago. It is an irrational, almost supernatural theory.
And one which will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil . . .

What i thought:

I usually really enjoy crime/thriller/horror books and was looking forward to this one. I'd never read anything by James Oswald before so i didn't know what to expect or what his writing style would be like. It has really good reviews on Amazon (i always look at the reviews) so i was looking forward to reading it.

I enjoyed the writing style and felt the descriptions of the people and scenes were just right so i could conjure up my own image in my head. However; i really didn't feel the plot as much as i'd hoped. Parts of it really gripped me but by the end i just felt like i'd wasted my time reading a book i didn't enjoy all that much. I wouldn't say i won't try another book by this author again but i will try others for a while for now.

My Score: 1/5

The Uninvited - Liz Jensen

Description off Amazon

A seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious?
As chilling murders by children grip the country, anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own mystery to solve: a bizarre scandal in the Taiwan timber industry. Hesketh has never been good at relationships: Asperger's Syndrome has seen to that. But he does have a talent for spotting behavioural patterns, and an outsider's fascination with group dynamics.
Nothing obvious connects Hesketh's Southeast Asian case with the atrocities back home. Or with the increasingly odd behaviour of his beloved step-son, Freddy. But when Hesketh's Taiwan contact dies shockingly and more acts of sabotage and child violence sweep the globe, he is forced to acknowledge possibilities that defy the rational principles on which he has staked his life, his career and, most devastatingly of all, his role as a father.

What I thought:

I felt hooked on this book from the first line on the blurb. Some people might be put off by this but as i said i like horror/crime books and i thought it sounds like something i've never read before.

I was truly dissappointed by this; it wasn't what i expected and most of the book i found boring but i'll always finish a book so i know what happens in the end. I actually felt relieved to finish it and able to start another book.

My Score: 1/5

I felt so annoyed that i'd read 2 books in a row that i didn't enjoy but at least it's 2 more added to the list of what i've read this year.

Let me know if you can suggest any good books!


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