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Book Review: Blood in the Paint by Jordanna East

Lyla Kyle is an artist. Her favourite subjects are married men who cheat on their wives. She paints them. She paints and sculpts many things but she is particularly fond of and protective of her works featuring those philandering men. She paints them using shades of red mixed with their blood. Blood she drew from their dying bodies.

Jillian Atford is a psychologist with a past she’d rather put behind her, to say the least. Soon realising one of her clients is connected to her regrettable past, she finds herself spiralling uncontrollably toward a major crisis.

Officer Jason Brighthouse, a Philadelphia patrol cop, wants to prove he has his late father’s detective intuition and while checking out a reported dead body in a car park, feels something very inconsistent with an accidental death and decides he must test the strength of his inherited skills.

Jordanna East allows the reader deep into the minds of each of these characters, to understand the psychology behind their motivations, allowing an empathy to develop for each of them. It was difficult to pick a side, leaving me to root for all three, despite their indiscretions.

This novel is riddled with scenes that left me thinking “How on earth will he/she get out this situation?” East does a superb job in creating realism in a world where many OMG moments occur, leaving the reader wondering what could possibly come next. And what does come next is exciting, believable and edge-of-your-seat thrills.

Finishing up with some scenes of heart wrenching sadness, triumph and satisfaction and a neat twist leaving many question marks, Blood In The Paint presents a compelling invitation to read its sequel, Blood In The Paper. 5 Stars.

Here’s the Review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Review: Blood in the Past by Jordanna East

The following is the review I wrote for the book Blood in the Past by Jordanna East (Amazon link).

BloodInThePast-cover“Blood in the Past by Jordanna East is the prelude to a psychological thriller series, centred around three serial killers. This book introduces the three killers and touches on what makes them tick.

Jillian is a university student with a psychology major and falls for a cop who investigates the mugging of she and her flatmate. They embark on a steamy affair until…

Lyla finds her mother dead and believes she killed herself. She blames her father…

Jason’s father died trying to rescue a colleague trapped in a house fire…

Certainly well written and edited, this book draws the reader in with its dark themes and internal conflict gnawing at each of the killers’ minds as they battle their own reasons and desires for settling scores and satisfying perceived needs.

I felt the situations the three people find themselves in, and the conclusions they arrive at a little convenient. Two people might have been believable but three serial killers born of the events presented, probably approached, if not exceeded the bounds of credibility.  But that’s what you’d expect in the genre so I’m being picky. Nevertheless, and despite the book not quite giving equal exposure to all three killers, each did have their own reasons for beginning a killing spree. Lyla was arguably the most developed character and the one I found myself the most interested in. The story does make the reader wonder how they each continue on that path. I am interested to know what drives them to continue rather than stop at the first. A gripping prequel to the greater series.”

Book Review: Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelder

What an interesting idea this is!

Soul Identity Cover

I’m a little late to the party because this book, Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelder, was originally published in 2007, and on Smashwords in 2009. I found it only a couple of months ago. Soul Identity, a business that trades on the investment benefits of reincarnation, is being overrun by an overzealous competitor (or is it an inside job?), and IT security expert, Scott Waverley is called in to help protect the company and the investments of thousands of clients who have inherited the properties of previous holders of their souls.

I was gripped from the very start of this book. It is a mix of not-too-complex computer geekery, espionage, deceit, racy romance, and of course, the funny wise-crackery of the main character, Scott Waverley. The story cleverly links the apparently unrelated events concerning Scott’s neighbour, an old man angered by Soul Identity’s refusal to sign him up, a mysterious fortune teller with tech-savvy twin granddaughters, and the leaders of the organisation under threat.

It is well produced book (I recall only seeing one possible editing error), well paced with a good rhythm between the action scenes. Although the story touches on supernatural themes at no time is the reader expected to believe. In fact Scott Waverley is a sceptic throughout the entire story. It takes place in a normal world which, at best, only speculates on reincarnation. As a result there is a high level of believability. And of course there is the sexy Russian love interest. Highly recommended.

Fast And Furious 6 – A Love Story (Spoilers)

Dom & Letty

Dom & Letty

Fast And Furious 6 is a beautiful, classic love story about a man who once lost his girl and lives with the torment and grief of continuing life without her. The movie opened with Dominic at his luxurious tropical villa, receiving news that the former love of his life is in fact still alive and to add to his pain, she is with another man. Continue reading

Imminent Danger – The Movie… And a Review

No, the movie of Imminent Danger by Michelle Proulx has not yet been produced but if it was to be shot in the near future here is who I’d like to see become involved: Continue reading

Book Review: Arcadium by Sarah Gray

This review is for Arcadium by Sarah Gray, a zombie apocalypse story set in Melbourne Australia.  The book can be found on Amazon (US) here.

Okay, on with the review…

When I came across a zombie apocalypse story set in my home city of Melbourne I could not go past Sarah Gray’s Arcadium. I’m always drawn to local stories to see how realistically the author presents the locations. I actually discovered a new suburb I didn’t know about! I need to get out west more. Continue reading

Book Review: The Squirrel That Dreamt of Madness by Craig Stone

This review is for The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness by Craig Stone. This book was brought to my attention by Craig himself via twitter where he can be found at @robolollycop. The book can be found on Amazon here and my review on Amazon can be found here.

On with the review…

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Book Review: Poetry of a Madman by Jason Alan

This review is for Jason Alan’s Poetry of a Madman, which was brought to my attention via this post on Jason’s blog. The book on Amazon can be found here and my review on Amazon, here. Who knows? Someone might find it helpful. 😉

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Book Review – Shades of Gray by Andy Holloman

This is the first book review I’ve written since secondary school back in the 1980’s so please forgive me if I haven’t done it properly. Feedback is always welcome. This was posted on Amazon on 29 July.

The title gives nothing away about the story so the reader goes in with no preconceptions.

Shades of Gray is a gripping tale of an unlikely couple chasing a common goal.

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