HIMSELF A NOVEL BY JESS KIDD

Himself: A Novel by [Kidd, Jess]

“A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets…Lushly imagined, delightfully original, and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page” (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans).

Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother’s disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago.

From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony’s presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious).

Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony’s mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead.

Himself is a simmering mixture—a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets, and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers.

What an absolutely wonderful story!  A tale of Ireland, magic, secrets and murder!

Mahony and Mrs. Cauley are a delight as they join forces to dig into the past and expose some pretty juicy secrets as well as what happened to Mahony’s mother and just who is his father.

In this tale the dead are as active as the living and as the dead tend to be, they aren’t always dependable, but they can stir things up or point one in the right direction.

I laughed, I cried and I loved this story! The lush descriptions of the land and the characters was perfect. A real joy to read!

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for this book. It will out in March of 2017.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

Anne Rice is back with our favorite vampire Lestat as well as a lot of the characters we have loved since the beginning of the Vampire Chronicles.

Lestat, is as usual, in conflict with most of the vampire tribe and the court. He is still his lovable self. Still struggling with himself, only now he also embodies “the core”.

This book explores the mythos of Atlantis, how it was created and Amel and what part he played in the creation of Atlantis. What is “the core”? Full of ghosts, vampires, aliens and other supernatural beings, I was a bit confused by the middle.

Here is where I almost feel as if I am committing treason! While the first half of the book kept me engaged and I loved seeing more of the characters who I cared about, the second half of the book was disappointing.

For me the going back and changing some of the vampire theories and sticking in Atlantis, and alien beings was just too much. By the end I was more than ready for it to be over!

I will always be a lover of all things Anne Rice and I wish we would have more on the Mayfair Witches one day, I just can’t help feeling let down by this one.

 

The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias

The Devil's Prayer

Explicit Content Warning: “The Devil’s Prayer” is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive.

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago. 
In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?
REVIEW:

This is a genre I am very familiar with. I can’t tell you how many books I have read this year about the Illuminate, the other secret societies and the Catholic Church. While some have been quite good, this book is beyond that. It is exceptionally well written, blending fact with fiction and with enough twists and turns to make it whiplash worthy!
When a nun commits suicide in front of thousands of people, Siobhan Russo recognizes the woman as her mother, who disappeared six years ago. At a memorial service for her mother, Siobhan is approached by an elderly priest. Father Jakub has something for Siobhan, her mother’s Bible. And then he is gone. As Siobhan begins to read, she finds the book is more of a confession, written for her and also a request to finish what her mother started.

As we bounce back and forth between centuries, we along with Siobhan hear fantastical stories of the Devil and of God. You can’t have one without the other. Did her mother kill herself? What happened in the past that drove her to make a deal with the Devil for Siobhan’s own soul?

This is a brutally raw and ugly look at history and what people have done in the name of religion and what continues to go on. How far would you go to exact revenge for unspeakable acts done to you or your loved ones? For Denise,she made a pact with the Devil. Wagering her own daughter’s soul. And with the Devil is anything really as it seems? What will this deal cost her in the end?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and actually spent 8 straight hours reading it and then looking up all of the historical places and people and events mentioned in it. Fascinating look at history and religion through the ages.

Thank you Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this. I’ll be keeping it.

Ghost Times Two by Carolyn Hart

A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel

Ghost Times Two (A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel) by [Hart, Carolyn]

Bailey Ruth Raeburn, is dead. As an Emissary with the Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions, a job that requires she visit earth to help people in trouble.

This time the trouble is James/Jimmy. A  young, cocky former newspaper reporter who was also deeply in love with Megan, a young and upcoming attorney in a law firm that she can’t wait to leave. And speaking of leaving, her late boyfriend Jimmy is not leaving.

Bailey’s mission is to get Jimmy to climb those golden stairs to heaven and leave the living alone.But Jimmy is stubborn and when one of the law firm partners is found dead, with Megan on the scene and covered in blood, Jimmy refuses to leave until Megan is cleared and safe.

Wiggins, Bailey’s boss, is a lovely fellow who just wants her to follow the precepts laid out and get the job done. He also knows that sometimes Bailey Ruth has to break a few rules to get the job done. In this case, help Megan and Jimmy solve this case.

Bailey Ruth and her adventures are pure enjoyment. She loves coming back to her old haunts and has even made some new friends who can hear and see her.

Paranormal Cosy Mystery and very likable characters make this a quick and fun read!

HARVEST OF SCORN BY F.G.COTTAM

Harvest of Scorn (A Colony Novel)

KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, AND LOCK THE DOORS!

Harvest of Scorn, A Colony Novel, is the final book in the Trilogy featuring New Hope Island. New Hope Island is located on a desolate island in the Scottish Hebrides  and 200 years ago every one of the colonists living there disappeared. Surrounded by superstition and fear, even the locals won’t go near it. While the living disappeared, the evil that is there has not. And it is getting stronger every day. And hungrier.

Felix Baxter, with the help of architect, Helena Davenport, is banking on his new project, a sort of retreat from the modern world, to bring in the rich and bored, making him richer.

Things start going wrong when they are close to opening. People disappearing, inexplicable breakdowns and very little communication with the outside world, but Felix is greedy and manipulative and really doesn’t care as long as his project gets completed.

When the survivors of the last island trip begin getting signs that the danger on New Hope has not been destroyed as they thought, they know they have little time to finally end this evil once and for all. The last time some of them did not return. But one of them has a promise to fulfill and the others need to be there to successfully do that.

It was so nice to see Ruthie, Phil, Patsy, Rachel and Elizabeth again. It is no secret that I am a huge Cottam fan. No one can scare me like he does!  His writing puts you right in the middle of the story so well, you will have goosebumps!

I can’t believe this is the last of The Colony books. Ruthie is one of my favorite characters. Are we really finished with her? Say it isn’t so!

Let me say that while this is the last book in a Trilogy, you can definitely read it as a stand alone book. He is just that good of a writer. But you really must get the other two.

Very few books really scare the heck out of me but these sure do! I highly recommend all of his books.

THE AUTHOR:

F.G. Cottam is the author of the Colony trilogy, three novels which explore the enduring enigma of New Hope Island, a desolate Hebridean wilderness from which a thriving community abruptly vanished almost 200 years ago.

The series begins with The Colony, continues with Dark Resurrection and concludes with his most recent book, Harvest of Scorn. Atmospherically located, the trilogy focuses on the present-day repercussions of an occult curse inflicted in revenge by a dying sorcerer.

Combining mystery and history in equal parts, and involving an all too human cast of characters, this three-book story is a saga of ambition and betrayal, courage and loyalty, dark magic and terrible secrets slowly uncovered.

Cottam’s paranormal debut The House of Lost Souls won The Children of the Night Award, was a Times Book Club choice and was translated into 16 languages. He is the author of eleven full-length novels, titles among which include The Waiting Room, The Memory of Trees and Brodmaw Bay.

F.G. Cottam

TODAY IS RELEASE DAY FOR THIS BOOK, SO JUMP ON IT PEOPLE!

Listen (Earthen Witch #3) by Sarah Doughty

Listen by Sarah  Doughty
Listen, an Earthen Witch Book #3, continues the story of Aisling Green, who not long ago discovered that she is an Earthen Witch. As she discovers what this means and comes to grips with what she is capable of the Bad people just keep coming.What do they want? Why her powers of course! Not that even she is aware of just how powerful she is.
In Book 3, Liam and Jon have gone missing and Aisling and friends are determined to find them. But battling an unseen evil isn’t that easy and just surviving seems doubtful.Along their peril filled journey, they find unexpected enemies and allies. But fighting Renata will not be an easy task, nor will rescuing her friends. Will they go to war to survive?

Sarah has a gift for writing. Where some authors use an excess of descriptive words, Sarah is able to perfectly convey not only the people and places, but feelings.

I know that there are a lot of fans of the Earthen Witch Series and I’m not spoiling anything for you here. If you haven’t read the first two, please do. You won’t be disappointed!

Sarah has a blog Heartstring Eulogies at   thesarahdoughty.wordpress.com  where she writes amazing poetry and shares her life with us.

You can find Sarah’s other works on Goodreads or here  https://goo.gl/aeLCMm

Sigil (A Tom Regan Thriller) by Aidan J. Reid

Sigil by Aidan J. Reid

This book had a lot of the ingredients that I like in a suspense thriller. Set in Ireland with Father Tom Regan, a parish priest with a love of mysteries and the television show starring Detective Bourbon. He fancies himself something of a sleuth. But living in the small village of Ballygorm there isn’t a lot of sleuthing to be done.

Until a local man is found hanging in Joe Boyd’s barn. Officially listed as a suicide but Fr Regan senses something isn’t right about it and begins to emulate Detective Bourbon, asking questions and checking stories as well as the barn. As things heat up he may well be in danger himself.

Somewhere in Ballygorm the citizens are harboring a killer. And it looks like everyone in the village is keeping their own secrets.

Will Fr.Regan figure out who is telling the truth and find out what evil is lurking in the village? When it comes to murder,no one is exempt. Even a priest. It all came together in the end in a way that left me saying What??

Good character in Regan. Looking forward to more from Mr. Reid.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aidan J. Reid

AIDAN J. REID is a writer and freelance blogger originally from Northern Ireland.

His debut sci-fi thriller, PATHFINDERS, was released on March 1st 2016.

The theme of lucid dreaming as well as what is hidden in the deep, dark subconscious parts of our mind are explored.

A second book – Sigil – was released on June 23rd 2016. It follows the adventure of a Catholic parish priest in a small village in Ireland who suspects that a local suicide has more sinister elements involved.

His short story, Spectrum, can be downloaded for free from his website where he blogs regularly.