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BOOK REVIEW – Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

By Marty Mulrooney

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

Harrow Lake is a young adult thriller/horror mystery written by Welsh author Kat Ellis and published by Penguin Random House. When Lola Nox’s father – a celebrated horror filmmaker – is brutally stabbed in their New York apartment, she finds herself sent off to stay with a grandmother she’s never met in the eerie town of Harrow Lake.

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BOOK REVIEW – The Conference of the Birds: The Fifth Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

By Marty Mulrooney

The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs

The Conference of the Birds is the fifth novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. It follows an original trilogy of critically acclaimed books – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City and Library of Souls – and A Map of Days, the start of a new trilogy which AMO’s review described as “slightly more grown up,” with “a narrative that feels completely natural despite its peculiarities.” In this latest peculiar adventure, Jacob Portman must deliver newly contacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to a mysterious operative known only as V. The future of all peculiardom could depend on it, but V never, ever, wants to be found…

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BOOK REVIEW – Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman

By Marty Mulrooney

Are Snakes Necessary?

Are Snakes Necessary? is the debut novel of legendary filmmaker Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables) and former editor of the New York Times and author Susan Lehman. Published by Hard Case Crime and Titan Books, it tells the story of a philandering senator cheating on his wife, a beautiful young videographer, and a ruthless ‘fixer’…

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BOOK REVIEW – The Possession by Michael Rutger

By Marty Mulrooney

The Possession by Michael Rutger

The Possession by Michael Rutger (aka Michael Marshall Smith) is the follow-up to last year’s thrilling page-turner The Anomaly, which Alternative Magazine Online’s review described as “a scary book at times… tempered beautifully by dialogue that is effortlessly charming and funny, and plenty sweary.” In this eagerly anticipated sequel, The Anomaly Files host Nolan Moore returns with his loyal and somewhat disgruntled crew, this time investigating a series of mysterious stone walls in the remote town of Birchlake, Northern California. Meanwhile, a teenage girl has gone missing and the locals aren’t proving particularly welcoming…

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BOOK REVIEW – God of War by J. M. Barlog

By Marty Mulrooney

God of War by J. M. Barlog

God of War is the official novelisation of the hit 2018 video game of the same name. Written by J. M. Barlog, the book follows the emotional and compelling story of Kratos – a god now living as a man – and his son Atreus as they journey through a realm of Norse gods and monsters.

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BOOK REVIEW – Nothing Left To Lose by Dan Wells

By Marty Mulrooney

Nothing Left To Lose by Dan Wells

Nothing Left To Lose is the latest – possibly final – novel in the John Wayne Cleaver series of books written by Dan Wells. Following on from I Am Not A Serial Killer (which was recently adapted into a wonderful feature film starring Max Records and Christopher Lloyd), Mr Monster, I Don’t Want To Kill You, The Devil’s Only Friend and Over Your Dead Body, Nothing Left To Lose finds John hunting down monsters in a small town in Arizona. With the FBI on his tail and the Dark Lady ready for a fight, it’s only a matter of time before the blood starts flowing…

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BOOK REVIEW – The Vinyl Detective: The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel

By Marty Mulrooney

The Vinyl Detective The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel

The Run-Out Groove by novelist and screenwriter Andrew Cartmel (Midsomer Murders, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is the second book in the ‘Vinyl Detective’ series. Published in May 2017 by Titan Books, it finds the Vinyl Detective and his friends searching for the lost child of iconic 1960s singer Valerian, who killed herself under mysterious circumstances…

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