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“Lullaby” by Jonathan Maberry – A short story

“Lullaby” by Jonathan Maberry – A short story

Narrated by Scott Brick

Let me introduce you to this scary little ghost story. A young couple has just bought the “perfect” house, but it needs some fixing up. First up is the nursery since the baby will arrive soon. But then the wife starts seeing things, and hearing noises, and the baby laughs when no one is in the room. Will this young family discover the source before it’s too late?

Delightful is the word that comes to mind when I think about this story. It’s seems like the wrong choice for a scary story but that’s what I’ve got. I listened to the audiobook version and thoroughly enjoyed it. So if you need a little something to listen to for Halloween, I encourage you to check this one out on Audible.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Audible   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

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“The Killing Kind” by John Connolly

“The Killing Kind” by John Connolly

Narrated by Holter Graham

WARNING: This book is full of action and thrills, scary people and spiders. If you don’t like spiders you might not want to read this one. That being said, I have once again had the privilege of listening to a John Connolly story. This is book 3 in the Charlie Parker series they just keep getting better. In this one, Charlie is asked to look into the death of a graduate student, Grace Peltier. Police ruled it suicide, but the father doesn’t believe his daughter would kill herself. As he investigates, he gets tangled up with a really creepy guy who calls himself Mr. Pud. This guy just oozes evil wherever he goes. Charlie’s sidekicks and his girlfriend are back to add their distinctive charms to the story, and sometimes get themselves in trouble.

So, I loved the story and the narration. I really liked the way the narrator was able to subtly adjust his voice as the drama increased. Also, he did a great job with the characterizations, giving each a distinct voice. The author has once again crafted an edge of your seat story. One of my favorite things about this series so far is the use of the paranormal. This one is packed with ghosts but not in the traditional way of mysterious noises or wandering the halls. These ghosts are more complex than that. I can’t wait to read book 4 and I highly recommend this book and the series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“The Broken Girls” by Simone St. James

“The Broken Girls” by Simone St. James

This book totally creeped me out! But in a delightful, beguiling way. The Amazon description of this story mentions that the school involved is rumored to be haunted; that is an understatement. Idlewild Hall is a school for girls that no one wants, and in 1950 one of them mysteriously disappears. In 1994 a young woman, daughter of a local celebrity, is found murdered on the playing field of the now abandoned school. In 2014, Fiona, that young woman’s sister, is now a journalist and after hearing that the school is to be restored, she can’t help but start her own investigation into the circumstances of her sister’s murder. As the restoration begins, a body is found in an old well on the property and Fiona now finds herself investigating two deaths. Fiona soon finds herself deep in the mystery of Idlewild Hall, but will she come out of it alive?

If you like paranormal or thrillers, you must read this book. I was so drawn into this story that I completely tuned out everything else. I love a book that can do that. The storyline is complex and twisty but it all flows really well and comes together brilliantly at the end. Fiona is a great character who’s a bit lost at the beginning but finds her way while working through her sister’s death. Her hunky boyfriend adds some romance and angst to the story, and has issues of his own to work through, but I enjoyed the relationship and the way he treated Fiona. There are a host of strong female characters woven into the story. The author has constructed the story so that it shifts back and forth between events in 1950 and the investigation in 2014 which in this case adds to the mystery. It seemed like every time Fiona was about to discover something the story would shift to 1950 and vice versa, so there is a constant sense of anticipation. Simone St. James is definitely going on my “I-want-more-from-this-author” list. You may live to regret it if you pass this one up!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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Paranormal Book Review: “Highway Thirteen to Manhatten” by Kourtney Heintz

Paranormal Book Review: “Highway Thirteen to Manhatten” by Kourtney Heintz

This is book 2 in the “Six Train to Wisconsin” series and is no less exciting than the first. Kai and Oliver are back and things between them are not good. Kai is experiencing changes in her powers which she struggles to understand. Oliver’s guilt about what happened in book 1 drives him to desperation and everyone around them seems to want them to break up. Kai turns to brother Caleb for support and understanding, while Oliver is still fighting his feelings for Mickey. What will become of their marriage?

I am once again very impressed by this author. The characters really come to life in her writing and the twists and turns just keep coming. As with the first book, I felt like I was struggling along with them to try to put things right. The author does a great job of incorporating the paranormal aspect into the story in a way that makes it feel natural to the characters and not just contrived for effect. In addition to the paranormal there is a healthy dose of romance and mystery to keep a wide range of readers happy. Give this series a chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Paranormal Book Review: “Beyond” by Willow Rose

Paranormal Book Review: “Beyond” by Willow Rose

Ever wonder what happens when you die? In “Beyond” we get to accompany a teenage girl as she wakes up to find that she has died and is now on her way to the Academy to be trained as a spirit and learn how to live in the Afterlife. Meghan has no concrete memories of her life on Earth, just an impression that she had parents and went to school. As she progresses through the training at the Academy she learns fun things, like how to fly and walk through walls, but she will also learn that when spirits take action in the human world there will be consequences, and they are not always good. Meghan gets involved with a human named Jason, even though it is against school rules, and she finds herself learning a very hard lesson in the process.

“Beyond” is the first book in a series and the ending will leave you wanting more. I really liked Meghan and Jason. I work with teenagers every day and these two were so believable they reminded of some of the kids I know. The author has put them in a situation with some harsh realities which they will have to confront and work through. For Meghan, her time on earth has left her unprepared for Jason’s situation, but her intentions are good even if her methods are not well thought out. This is a relatively short book and would be a good read for a long winter weekend. I think the story will be enjoyed most by teens and young adults. I’m impressed by the world that the author has created in this book and I look forward to reading more by Willow Rose.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Mystery Book Review: “The Six Train to Wisconsin” by Kourtney Heintz

Mystery Book Review: “The Six Train to Wisconsin” by Kourtney Heintz

A mystery, a psychic, and a romance, all rolled into one really good story! Kai and Oliver are devoted to each other, but Kai is also a telepath and the voices in her head are making her suicidal. In a desperate attempt to save his wife from herself, Oliver kidnaps her and takes her to his family home in Wisconsin. But this won’t be a simple vacation for either of them. When Oliver’s past starts to catch up with him and a 4-year old boy goes missing, complicated secrets will be revealed and lives will be changed forever.

This book is the first in a series and that’s a good thing because I really enjoyed the story and the characters of Kai and Oliver. Their devotion to each other is inspiring and the romance comes off as an integral part of the story. Of course, the mystery was my favorite part and I just had to keep reading until I knew the whole story. The paranormal aspect added a nice twist and was seamlessly incorporated into the overall plot. Overall, this was a really enjoyable read and mystery, paranormal and romance lovers can all find something they like with this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

Thank you to NetGalley and Aurea Blue Press for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: “Ink and Bone” by Lisa Unger

Book Review: “Ink and Bone” by Lisa Unger

Goodreads blurb:
Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.

Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.

As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

My thoughts:
Looking for a paranormal thriller? Then this book is for you. Lisa Unger has created a wonderful cast of characters her, both real and spirit. With lots of plot twists and surprises mixed in, this book just can’t be put down I liked how the story is told not just by Finley but by the parents of the missing girl. The narrative moves back and forth between the two, gradually bringing them together at the conclusion. Finley is a very complex character and the author reveals her to the reader over the course of the story as she works through her relationships and as she begins to understand how her gift works and how to control it. I also enjoyed how some of the spirits become actual characters in the story, not just apparitions or visions, but as real to Finley as the human characters she interacts with. I think this book would be enjoyable to paranormal readers but also to those who enjoy thrillers. There is something here for a broad range of readers.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Available on Amazon