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Book Reviews: The Hollow Places

A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the “innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling” (Mira Grant, Nebula Award–winning author) The Twisted Ones.

Pray they are hungry.

Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring this peculiar area—only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more one fears them, the stronger they become.

With her distinctive “delightfully fresh and subversive” (SF Bluestocking) prose and the strange, sinister wonder found in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s LabyrinthThe Hollow Places is another compelling and white-knuckled horror novel that you won’t be able to put down.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really connected with Kara’s character a little too much. I kind of love the moments where Kara would get lost in her head. It made me really resonate with her. A lot of people have had an issue with the internal dialogue, but I really enjoyed it. I am one of those people who have a lot of internal dialogue with myself, so I enjoyed it. 

Overall, this was a great horror sci-fi that I just really loved.

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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Book Review: The Good Neighbor

Sometimes the past just won’t stay buried.
When 14 year old Brittany vanishes from her bedroom one night, her parents are devastated, certain she has been taken.
They can’t bear to think about who has done this and what might be happening to their precious girl.
Even worse, the police seem to see them as suspects, implying that they may have had a part in their own daughter’s disappearance. Only their neighbor, Taylor, is a rock. She organizes search parties, feeds the volunteers, works night and day to help them find Brittany.
But as this affluent California community becomes focused on the hunt for the missing girl, it slowly becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to terrible secrets from the past.
Secrets that must be kept hidden at all costs….

I received a digital advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I don’t even know where to start! This book has left me speechless. I love all of the mystery and drama The Good Neighbor provided. 

Personally, I love books that hop through different perspectives, it always keeps me guessing. The Good Neighbor really reminded me of Big Little Liesin a way… I found myself constantly second guessing characters, second guessing everyone’s motives, and not trusting ANYONE. 

This was a fantastic mystery thriller. I am quite new to this specific genera, but this was one hell of an introduction. 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Undead Client

Sherlock Holmes has only been deceased a month when Dr. John Watson, still grieving, recounts his final case with Holmes. A terrifying mystery, it sends Watson and Holmes into the dark reaches of London’s back alleys – and the human soul. It begins when Anne Prescott, a lovely Scottish nurse, begs Sherlock Holmes and Watson to help her find her fiancé and her sister, who have gone missing in the teeming streets of London. Immediately, Watson feels an attraction to her that shocks him. Newly married to Mary, and deeply in love with her, he struggles to put Anne out of his mind. As Watson and Holmes dig into the slums and sewers of London looking for Anne’s fiancé and sister, they uncover a deadly web of bloody murders, horrific medical experiments, and even voodoo ritual that threatens not only London, but the entire British empire, and beyond. Watson must call on his unique combination of expertise in the medical sciences, as well as his military training to stop this killer before London —and Anne — are lost to the killer’s bloody plan. But time is short and the mystery ever more complex. How can he manage his feelings for Anne? What about his loyalty to Mary? He can’t have both.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

So, I’ll be really honest here.. While I am usually a fan of all things Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch..I love you <3) this book just fell short for me. It just didn’t hold my attention. I found this to be an easy read, but also easily forgotten. I enjoy stories that stay with me for days at a time, but this one just wasn’t a win for me. I did love Watson in this book. He was pretty entertaining, and I love reading from his perspective (as true to the Sherlock series.) I am not usually a fan of zombie stories, but Downing has a great writing style. 

I gave this book 2 stars because of Downings ability to create a great story, however it just wasn’t the story for me.
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Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.