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Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
Date Published: April 1, 2018
Publisher: War Fighter Books
 
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Everyone knows Elves don’t exist. Or do they? Daniel Thomas spent years making a career of turning his imagination into the reality of best selling fantasy novels. But times are tough. No one wants to read about elves and dragons anymore. Daniel learns this firsthand when his agent flatly says no to his latest and, what he deems, to be greatest novel yet. Dissatisfied with the turn to zombies and vampire lovers, he takes his manuscript and heads out to confront his agent.
His world changes when he finds his agent dying on the floor of her office. Too late to help, he watches as her dead body disintegrates into a pile of ash and dust. Daniel doesn’t have time to ponder what just happened as a band of assassins breaks in, forcing him to flee to the Citadel and the home of the king of the high elves in order to survive. Daniel soon discovers that all of the creatures he once thought he imagined actually exist and are living among us. His revelation comes at a price however, as he is drawn into a murder-mystery that will push him to the edge of sanity and show him things no human has witnessed in centuries

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 photo new author shot 1_zpsp81iusan.jpgChristian W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has gone on to publish 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.

Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Military History from Norwich University. He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C. and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other. You can find out more about his work by following him @ https://www.facebook.com/ChristianFreed or on Twitter @christianwfreed.
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My Review

5 stars

Daniel Thomas is a former soldier that has made his civilian living as an author of fantasy stories with elves in them. But Daniel’s publisher tells him that the market has gone to zombies and vampires and she just can’t sell his books. Daniel gets rather upset and goes to confront her. He finds her moments away from death in her office. But when she tells him that everything he wrote was true and that she couldn’t publish the books and let the rest of the humans know. Daniel’s world gets turned upside down as he learns how the fantasy creatures he wrote about live next to humans in disguise. But then he is thrown into solving a murder.

I loved this story. You have a realistic world and characters that draw you into the story. This world is well created and I enjoyed all the classic fantasy creatures/monsters that Daniel comes across. Of course you get a feel of Mr. Freed’s military background that just adds more realism to the fight scenes in the story.

This is the first book I have read of Christian Freed’s but it won’t be my last. I loved Where Have All The Elves Gone and I recommend anyone that likes a fantasy story to check it out.

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Where Have All the Elves Gone? Excerpts

“Daniel…. you must leave!” she finally managed to gasp after he placed her on her back and elevated her head above a stack of books.

The truth being too dark, he decided to lie. “Shhh, save your strength, Ariel. It’s going to be all right.”

Her right hand weakly grasped for him. “Listen to me…not much time….is coming back. You must flee!”

His eyes narrowed with concern. She must be delirious. “Ariel, stop. Whoever did this is gone. You’re going to be fine, but I need to call 911.”

“No time,” she protested. Her eyes glazed over before returning to normal. “Go to the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet. There is a small black case. Take it. Keep it safe. You will be contacted with instructions on what to do. Please, Daniel. Do this for me.”

“Who did this to you? What’s going on here?” he asked, his curiosity getting the better of him.

“The princess must be kept safe!”

He froze. Princess? What the hell was she talking about? There was no royalty in central North Carolina, at least none he was familiar with. She must have read too many fantasy novels and was now imagining things. He glanced down. The blood had stopped spreading, mostly.

“Ariel, what princess? Stop talking! You’re wasting your strength and I need you to be strong for me,” he tried to console.

She offered a haunting smile. “I’m so sorry, Daniel. Your books…wonderful. And…true.”

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“There is movement down the hill to the right,” Guilt interrupted.

“Where?” Daniel slipped the night vision over his eyes and followed where Guilt pointed. Nine figures, taller and bulkier than elves or dwarves, stalked through the planted bamboo grove running from the central plaza up to the aviary. Humans! He let the thought slide, finding it entirely too comfortable in making such a proclamation. Still, the question of what they were doing and who they were remained. “I didn’t think there were any humans involved.”

“Xander has a few remaining. The ogres took care of most of them. There should not be any others here,” the gargoyle snarled. Unlike the other races, he could see perfectly at night, so he noticed their armor, their guns, and their distinct manner marking them as government agents. The temptation to fly away and not look back grew stronger. Dealing with the king and queen was one matter, one he had no qualms with facing, but the government took matters to new levels. Too many of his kind withered and died under federal interdiction while being blinded by false claims of protection. He had no trust in the men darting through the trees but didn’t want to risk a confrontation with them either.

“It is DESA,” he said, backing deeper into the shadows.

Sara asked, “What’s DESA?”

“A clandestine government department answerable to no one,” the gargoyle divulged. “The Department of Extra Species Affairs. They hunt us, contain us, and regulate everything our species does. They are very bad people.”

Daniel had never heard of them, but that didn’t really surprise him. In Afghanistan, he’d worked with more people that officially didn’t exist than he could have imagined. There were government departments by the dozens he’d never heard of before the war, and that frightened him. People that don’t exist can get away with anything. No wonder these guys hate humans so much. We’re still hunting them, still trying to be the overlords.

“Do we engage, or will they ignore us?” he asked, suddenly more concerned with their chances of getting to the princess. Once again the tables had turned, leaving him with the wrong cards.

“It is bad enough they are here; do not risk open confrontation with them unnecessarily. It is a fight we cannot win.”

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Unfinished Business

He loved being him… he got away with murder.

She loved being her… until she met him.

The steamy roller coaster ride of psychotic David’s obsession with his childhood sweetheart, a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes.

With the help of her gutsy friends, fun-loving city girl Tara Warr is the only victim to survive David Howard’s death list. Whilst lounging in prison the hypnotic sexual tour de force enlists an eager recruit, seduces a prison warden and relocates to the sunnier climes of Mexico, a freedom short-lived when his charred remains are found in the fire of a plastic surgeon’s clinic. The police cease their search, finally Tara and her friends can relax, David is dead.

Laughter soon turns to fear when he communicates via Tara’s laptop that he is very much alive, knows their every move and is ready to finish what he started. He is among them, but who? He has a brand new face.

Tara has had enough, time to turn the tables and make him suffer.  A woman unafraid of death is a dangerous thing. Has David finally met his match?

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Author’s Bio         

British Author S C Cunningham (The Penance List, Unfinished Business and The Deal) creates psychological and paranormal thrillers with a skilled mix of fueled tension, dark humor, and pulsating sex scenes. Her works offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

Cunningham writes what she knows. Abducted as a child, she survived; and every night for months afterward, she prayed to God, asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in The Deal, the first in the Fallen Angel Series. Twenty years later she crossed paths with a violent serial attacker, thus sowing the seed for her thrillers The Penance List and Unfinished Business part of The David Trilogy. She is currently working on Book III For My Sins.

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of rock music, film, sports celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the Police – Wanted & Absconder Unit, Intelligence Analyst, Major Crime Team, Investigations Hub.

Having worked in the music to film industry, she writes with film in mind. The Penance List has been adapted to film screenplay.

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My Review

5 Stars

David is in prison and Tara thinks that she can finally start getting over what he did to her. But she finds herself still drawn to him. She decides to confront him one last time but is left off balance. David is still obsessed with her and will out soon enough to visit her again. He is determined to continue what he started in Penance List.

The Penance List completely threw me for a loop and I couldn’t wait to read Unfinished Business. This series will have you emotionally through the ringer. In the present, David is a brutal stalker that really believes that he loves Tara but really wants to kill her.

At the same time we learn even more about David’s childhood and how this monster was shaped. It’s pretty dark and brutal but you can’t help feeling for him. A child is an innocent and you can’t help but feel for what he went through. But you can see how it shaped him into the present monster.

Tara is completely suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Although she is afraid of David she also is draw to him after her ordeal. Although it might not seem logical, you see this happening all the time with kidnap victims. And the ending? I wanted to slap her silly.

This is a dark thriller that will keep you breathless from the terror and sex. It’s a great read but I recommend reading the books in order.

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Riding Shotgun: And Other American Cruelties

RIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES is a unique collection of quirky, Tarantinoesque crime novellas, representing three very different sub-genres. In the first story, “Easy-Peezy,” a band of elderly Old West bank robbers return to their wicked ways robbing banks in the 1930s John Dillinger era. The second story, “Riding Shotgun,” is a bitter tale about a man pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to take up arms to protect those he loves. The third tale, “$crilla,” is an urban crime fantasy in which a fledgling hip-hop group kidnaps a record mogul in the hopes of finally making the kind of loot they’ve always dreamed of.

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Author’s Bio

Andy Rausch is a a freelance film journalist, author, and celebrity interviewer. He has published more than twenty books on the subject of popular culture, including The Films of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, Making Movies with Orson Welles (with Gary Graver), and The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood (with Charles E. Pratt, Jr.). His work has appeared in Shock Cinema, both Screem and Scream magazines, Senses of Cinema, Diabolique, Creative Screenwriting, Film Threat, Bright Lights Film Journal, and Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture. He has written several works of fiction including Mad World, Elvis Presley: CIA Assassin, Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties, and the short story collection Death Rattles. He has also worked as a screenwriter, producer, and actor on numerous straight-to-video horror films.

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My Review

5 stars

Riding Shotgun is a collection of three novellas all revolving around crime. Easy – Peezy is about an aged bank robber that wants to go out with one last robbery. Emmett Dalton was one of the classic robber that has hung up his hat and saddle. But has he this desire to show Baby-Faced Nelson and John Dillinger how it’s really done.

Riding Shotgun has a crime author, Joe Gibson’s daughter has been kidnapped. They want him to kill someone else and kill Joe’s wife to show how serious they are. But after committing his murder he finds that he has another player in the game that wants his own revenge but might wait until Joe’s daughter is safe.

Finally there is $crilla. Some artists have a falling out with their producer and things get crazy as everyone get sucked into this crazy scheme. I guess if you can’t get rich one way there are other options.

This is a great collection of stories that is full of dark humor, blood and gore, and three different approaches to crime. Of course there is violet scenes and foul language but it is all part of the stories and adds so much more to a simple tale.

If you like your crime dirty you will like this book. There is a little for everyone and I’m sure at least one of the stories will appeal to you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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This Little Piggy

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This Little Piggy (DI Rosalind Kray – 2) by Rob Ashman

Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy, or he was until his life fell apart. His wife, his money, his business and his reputation are all taken away from him. He tries to fight back and ends up in prison.

There he concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance. He is sent to work in an abattoir and the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.

DI Rosalind Kray is battling her own demons having returned to work following a brutal attack. She finds herself on the trail of a sick and twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. But her boss is unconvinced.

Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But he has other ideas …

Can Kray break him in time to save the final victim?

Time is running out.

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Author’s Bio

My name is Rob Ashman I’m 55 years of age, married to Karen with two grown up daughters. I am originally from South Wales and after moving around with work we settled in North Lincolnshire where we’ve spent the last twenty-one years.

Like all good welsh valley boys I worked for the National Coal Board when I left school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then I’ve worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles, that was until I had the bonkers idea to publish a book.

I’ve always had Those That Remain stuck in my head. It took me twenty-four years to write – and yes, I know after all that time you’d expect it to be better! I played around with it for years and only got serious about writing when my dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and I gave up work for three months to look after him and my mum. Writing Those That Remain was my coping mechanism. After I wrote the book my family read it and said ‘You have to do something with this, and besides its not finished.’ So not being one for half measures I got myself made redundant, went self-employed so I could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result. I never set out to write a trilogy it just happened that way – probably down to a complete lack of planning.

It’s probably not the best thing to admit but the inspiration to write comes from the voices in my head. I can just picture my friends exchanging knowing glances at this point. My characters talk to me incessantly. They compete for my attention – they row, they laugh, they fight, and of course try to murder each other. When I woke the morning after I finished writing the final book in the series the voices were gone. It was as though the story had been told and they were silent. It’s a very strange sensation not having them there anymore.

Whenever I write I find all of my characters are damaged in some way. There is a dark thread running through the books which comes from them. They are all deeply flawed, each one capable of doing bad things and making the wrong choices. But sometimes they surprise me by having flashes of doing the right things as well. We met a woman on holiday who was interested in the books and Karen what they were about. After Karen finished describing them the woman screwed her face up and Karen said ‘I know, it’s worrying to think that goes on in his head.’

My immediate plans are to publish the next two more books in the series which will keep me busy. I am fortunate to have a fantastically talented editor, Helen Fazal, and we recently finished editing the second book called In Your Name. The next step is to send it to my beta-readers, to get their opinions and feedback. They are very blunt, which is great, and I trust them implicitly, but it is a scary process.

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My Review

5 stars

Kevin Palmer is a regular guy that loses everything. When he tries to fight back he ends up in prison. The thing that gets him through is his revenge. He knows how has screwed him over and he has a plan.

Detective Rosalind Kray is still recovering from a brutal attack that took her husband’s life. She has her own dark corners that she is fighting but when bodies start appearing, she has something to focus on. She just knows that Kevin Palmer is the killer, everything points to him except that he seems to have an air tight alibi for each murder. Of course her superiors don’t think Rosalind is ready to return to work. Rosalind is determined to catch Kevin before the last person on his list ends up dead.

When I read the name Rob Ashman I just know that I need to get my hands on his books. Reading his books is true art. You have a broken/damaged investigator that makes human mistakes but is determined to stop the killer. You know who the killer is but this doesn’t keep you from being on the edge of your seat as they brutally kill their victims and make you almost feel sorry for them. And then you have the dance as the killer and detective go round and round, faster and faster to a conclusion that you will never expect.

If you like dark thrillers, heck any kind of thriller/mystery, you need to check out Ashman’s books. This is one author that will find an permanent place on your shelves.

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I would like to thank Bloodhound Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Writing This Little Piggy was a journey of discovery for me. Anyone who has read my previous four books will realise that my villains are psychotic individuals with a pre-disposed urge to kill. But when I wrote about Kevin Palmer, the protagonist in This Little Piggy, he was nothing like that and it threw me completely.

I found when I sat down to write about him I could not find his voice. I had the story that wrapped around his character but not him. So, I did what I normally do when faced with a writing problem, I shared it with my long-suffering wife. Having first poured her a large glass of wine.

I described the situation to Karen and she said, ‘Well, maybe he’s not who you think he is.’ And that was it. That was the sum total of her wisdom. Rubbish advice I thought and took back the wine – joke, that’s a dangerous thing to attempt.

The following week we were out with friends and out of the blue Kevin started talking to me. His first words were, ‘This is not a story about a psycho, Rob, this is a story about revenge.’

As usual my wife was right, Kevin was not the guy I was trying to portray. His motivations were different to anyone I had ever written about before.

Once I had that straight in my head Kevin came to life and did some eye watering things, some of which even made me wince.

Kevin Palmer stretched me as a writer and I hope readers will enjoy his character.

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Freefall

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Freefall (Pendulum Trilogy – 2) by Adam Hamdy

Eight months after confronting Pendulum, John Wallace is losing himself in a dangerous warzone in a misguided attempt at penance for what he has done. But an assassination attempt makes Wallace realise that he has once again been targeted for death. This time, Wallace is prepared and, tracking down his would-be assassin, he discovers a link to his nemesis, Pendulum.

The link is the missing piece of a puzzle that has tormented FBI Agent Christine Ash ever since they confronted Pendulum, but with no Bureau support she has been unable to progress her case. Wallace’s proof breaks it, but also exposes them both to terrible danger.

Confronted by a powerful, hidden enemy, Ash and Wallace must overcome impossible odds if they are to avert a dangerous challenge to the networked world that threatens to destroy our way of life.

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Praise for Freefall

“Wallace returns to England and then sneaks into the U.S. to reconnect with the team that helped him take down Pendulum. FBI agent Christine Ash and London copper Patrick Bailey have become targets themselves, and it’s rescue upon rescue upon rescue until they can square off against their new foe…[A fast-paced, high-octane thriller.”

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“Corruption, subterfuge, and murder are all present in Freefall. But it’s the little intricacies like levels of trust…and lies that weave this book into the expertly crafted web the reader has to pick through…The tension is ramped up completely! I loved Freefall.”

—Bibliophile Book Club

“I raced through Freefall at top speed. My heart was thumping. Thrill overload…Be in no doubt, this is a full-on action packed, high-octane adventure…it’s a fabulous thriller with a very contemporary spin.”

—Northern Crime

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Author’s Bio

British author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy works with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, an epic series of conspiracy thriller novels.  James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was nominated for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction, and chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books and WH Smith Travel.  Pendulum was also selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.  Adam is currently adapting Pendulum into an eight-part series for Hardy, Son & Baker and NBC Universal.

Freefall, the second book in the Pendulum series, will be published by Headline in November 2017.  Freefall has been described as a ‘thrill overload’ with one critic saying, ‘It’s a fabulous thriller, with a very contemporary spin.  Excitement guaranteed.’

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors, experience that has given him a useful insight into many industries.

Adam has a law degree from Oxford University and a philosophy degree from the University of London.  He is a seasoned rock climber, skier and CPSA marksman.

Adam is a member of the ITW, Crime Writers’ Association, and Society of Authors.  He is the membership coordinator for the ITW Debut Authors Program.

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5 stars

After tangling with Pendulum, Wallace, Ash, and Bailey are broken. Each has his own issues and is trying to get back to normal life. But each person is going to learn that you can’t hide from the past, especially when there are people out to make sure the three are killed. There is so much more to Pendulum than the three knew and it’s up to them to stop the group before the consequences get too big.

I admit that I have not read Pendulum and I think that would have helped my understanding in what is going on. But having said that I had no problem catching up and being thrown right into the middle of the action.

This is a great story that kept me turning the pages. It sucked me right in and every time I thought I might know where it was going it knocked me off balance. I really loved how all three main characters we broken and had their own problems yet they just kept fighting.

This is a captivating story and one that I recommend for any thriller lover. I do recommend reading the series in order. I will definitely be going back to catch up on what I missed.

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The Red Hand (Silas Quinn  – 4) of Fury by RN Morris

London, June 1914. A young man is mauled to death at London Zoo after deliberately climbing into the bear pit. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from the notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths – and yet there are similarities.

Following a third attempted suicide, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims’ possession, depicting a crudely-drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process …?

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Author Bio

R. N. Morris is the author of eight historical crime novels. His first, A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger. The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin HouseThe Dark Palace and now The Red Hand of Fury, published on 31 March, 2018.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris. He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

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My Review

5 stars

Two men have committed suicide by stripping naked and either jumping into the polar bear enclosure or jumping off a bridge. Then there is a third man that doesn’t succeed in his attempt. As Inspector Quinn gets looking into them he notices they all are wearing the same clothes, ones that are very familiar to him. It seems all three men have come from the Colney Hatch Asylum. Quinn also has had personal dealing with the asylum and will be confronting his own past as he looks into the deaths and attempted death of these men.

We start the story in the Colney Hatch Asylum with dark treatment and cures for patients. That drew me in and had me wondering where the story was going from there. Inspector Quinn clearly has a past that is going to be affected by this investigation. I loved both the mystery of why these men have been killing themselves and what really happened to Quinn.

The Red Hand of Fury is the fourth book in the Silas Quinn series but I had no trouble following along without the other three books. I am curious about Quinn and will be checking out the other three in this series. This is my first book from author RN Morris and I have to say that I’m very curious about his other books.

This is a great, dark mystery. If that is your preferred reads I recommend checking out The Red Hand of Fury.

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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Half the Lies You Tell Are True By CP Wilson

An unsettling, dark psychological thriller from the author of Ice Cold Alice.

In a world where internet rumour becomes real-world fact, do we ever really know anyone?

High school teacher Dougie Black is brutally attacked in school. Stabbed in front of his class by a pupil with no apparent motive, Dougie fights for his life in ICU whilst DS Lewis Gilmour attempts to unravel the events leading up to the attack.

As the doctors struggle to save Dougie’s life, social media is rife with rumours about his private life. Mr Black’s friends and family begin to question everything they thought they knew about him.

Who is Dougie Black? Why did a child attempt to murder him? How did so many years of lies lead to an horrific moment of violence?

Half The Lies You Tell Are True, is a dark glimpse at what social media has done to our integrity and our perception of each other. Perfect for fans of Black Mirror and Gone Girl.

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Praise for CP Wilson

“If you’re looking for something to get your teeth into then this is the book for you which I cannot recommend enough giving 5 big massive stars.” – Shell Baker.

“Sometimes you start reading a book and you stop to check the blurb again because you realise that the book you are reading far outweighs the book you were expecting! And that’s what happened to me here because this book caught me out with a plot and setting that were far superior to anything I could have hoped for.” – Joanne Robertson – Amazon Top 500 reviewer.

“C.P. Wilson kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end combining complex emotions with cruelty and gruesome scenes. The story is perfectly balanced and the suspense is skilfully distributed.” – Suze Lavender.

“CP Wilson asks hard questions about society, domestic abuse and shared culpability.” – Rowena, Murder, Mayhem and More.

“Throws you right in with the first harrowing scenes.” – Caroline Vincent, Bits about Books.

“I think the author will certainly wow readers with this book and leave them begging for more.” – Sarah Hardy, By The Letter Book Reviews.

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Author’s Bio

Pseudonym for Amazon best-selling Mark Wilson. C.P. Wilson writes psychological thrillers.

Mark Wilson is the Amazon-bestselling author of ten works of fiction and one non-fiction memoir. He also writes Crime Thrillers under the pseudonym, C.P. Wilson

Mark’s short story ‘Glass Ceiling’ won first prize in May, 2015 on Spinetingler’s Short story competition and will be included in Ryan Bracha’s Twelve Nights at Table Six. dEaDINBURGH reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and is a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2015.

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My Review

5 stars

Dougie Black is a High School Biology teacher that is attacked and stabbed by his student Harry Jardine. As Dougie fights for his life in the hospital, rumors start flying on social media about what happened and the supposed “truth” behind the scenes. Then there is Francesca, Frankie, Malone. Frankie is a teacher that was mentored by Dougie when she first started. The rumors can’t be true but the more she looks into them the more she starts questioning herself about Dougie. What is the truth? It’s up to DS Lewis Gilmour to figure this out.

This is a story that could have easily came out of any newspaper today. Everyone relies on social media so much, especially the younger generation that lives are seriously being affected. How many suicides have been caused from social media? Murders? Worse? This story kits right at this topic.

Dougie has had his share of a hard life and is currently trying to deal with his wife’s dementia. Of course there are things in his past that he has done that can affect him today, he is only human. Then you have Harris whose mother could care less if he was even around. His step father abuses him physically and mentally. But he is a victim of bullying from social media too.

It is so sad how much social media affects people. They instantly get riled up and go off to argue or protest and not fact check or really look at the whole situation. This book is a great representation of what is happening in real life and is heartbreaking to read. But it is one that I recommend everyone read, especially today’s kids and young adults.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.  I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank the author for an opportunity to read and share his book.

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