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The Mayfly by James Hazel

The MayflyThe Mayfly by James Hazel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First things first: This book was FANTASTIC. If you’re a mystery/thriller fan, you need to check this book out. OK, now on to the details.

I don’t want to give too much away because the reveals are great, and you’re going to want to stay up late reading.

The book follows Charlie Priest, a former cop turned lawyer with his own issues. But despite his flaws, he’s a fantastic investigator, who is attacked by a strange man one night in his home. The next day, the man is dead – killed brutally – and the victim’s family wants to hire Priest to figure out what happened. The answers lie deep in history, from the horrors of Buchenwald in 1945 and a remote farm post-war, all leading to to the present day. Priest must fight to figure out what is going on as the body count rises.

The elements of the book are blended really well, creating an atmosphere that just screams “thriller.” This book combines dark history, creepy families and just enough gore to make you want to sleep with one eye open. Figuring out how all the pieces fit together is a great challenge and I did not figure it out before the ending.

The scenario presented in the book is just real enough to really scare you, which also adds to the fun. The characters are fantastic; well written and flawed, but with enough character to like them. I think this is the start of a new series, and I’m ecstatic to see them again.

Overall, I throughly enjoyed this book. It is one of my top reads so far this year.

Highly recommended.

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The Silent Children by Amna Boheim

The Silent ChildrenThe Silent Children by Amna K. Boheim
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just in time for the cold, wintry nights when you’re looking for a ghost story to creep you out, comes “The Silent Children,” a past-meets-present novel that isn’t quite what you’d expect.

Max’s estranged mother sends him a cryptic letter asking for him to seek out a childhood friend who was forced to flee Vienna. She says he has a “missing link,” but not to what. Meanwhile, after her death, Max is left to deal with his rich – but often tragic – family’s estate and children’s Trust, but far from simple, he begins experiencing weird sensations in the house. All this is set against Pre-WWII Vienna, where we learn the origins of all the chaos, and how it may affect the present.

My description cannot do this book justice. It is an amazing, creepy tale that just rocks you until the last page. It’s like a horror movie that doesn’t let up.

And it doesn’t happen the way you think. I figured WWII would factor hugely into things, but it didn’t really. Not to spoil anything, but it’s more of a personal story of a family rather than a societal outrage story.

It does have paranormal elements, but not overwhelmingly so. I didn’t feel like the plot at any point became absurd or completely outrageous. It’s definitely the type of book that will make you check the locks at night.

As I said, read to the last page, don’t skim or give up. It’s necessary.

Not that you’ll want to give up on this creep-fest, which I give five-out-of-five screams!

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