Starve Acre eARC Review

 

 

Starve Acre

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GoodReads:
The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby’s son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five. Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place.

Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.

Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney. It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

What can I say? This book was creepy, dark, and mysterious. I loved it, and it did have an aspect of horror that though chilling was also okay for cowards like me to read, haha.

There was a really raw feel to the grief in this story, both husband and wife affected in different ways. Not to mention this whole while there’s darkness encroaching, what you think is just grief eventually twists. It’s amazing and I cannot express how delightfully creepy I found this book. It’s more of a novella really in terms of length but there was no denying the fact that this is one fully fleshed out story of grief, creepy hares, and the folklore of a village still alive in the mystery under the field.

It also felt a bit reminiscent of Cujo, in the way the child is experiencing things, the flashbacks in ‘Starve Acre’ help to draw on this horrifying dread.

This book was amazing. The prose was completely haunting and this story left you chilled to the bone from start to finish. It was brilliant how Hurley made you as the reader always sense this looming/impending doom. You weren’t sure what would happen, you weren’t sure what exactly happened before the start of this but you watch this creepy tale slowly unravel the past and come together with the future to give you something horrific and breathtaking.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion. 4.5/5 Cups of Hot chocolate from me, sorry for the short review but basically: IT’S DARK, SCARY, AND AMAZING, GO READ IT.

Safe House – Blog Tour

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

I’m doing my rewind post tomorrow because frankly I can’t be bothered and I got a fun tour post today, which as a thriller, fits nicely on Halloween. [Today is also its publication day, so yay for that!]

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Blurb:
Charlie just wants to be forgotten but everyone else wants to know her story… 
The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She has bought the crumbling cottage that has lain empty for over a decade, and she’s going to make it her home. She calls herself Charlie, but it’s a name she’s only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret. 
Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn’t a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. That lie cost her everything. 
And now she has the chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she’s really payed the price for what she did. 
Book Information
Publisher: Harvill Secker [Vintage Imprint]
Publication Date: 31, October, 2019
Format: Hardback & eBook

Purchase Link

The ebook will be 99p throughout November!

My Review

Hey all, first off thank you so much to Vintage [and NetGalley] for giving me a copy of the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

When they reached out and asked if I wanted to read and review this for a tour, how could I say no? Creepy awesome thriller for a Halloween timed tour? I was all in.

And I have no regrets!

This is as creepy and awesome as the blurb made it sound. You switch around between the cop Naz at the prologue, Charlie in the present, the creepy vigilante justice seeker [super creepy], and Charlie before she was Charlie.

You really do connect with her, I have to say it was a nice change of pace. I tend to be detached from protagonists in Thrillers, especially if they’re not the broody detective that you secretly want to cheer for and cuddle in a blanket.

I still wanted to wrap Charlie in a blanket lol. As you read the book there are certain things that have already been in motion before we were privy to the story or that happened int he past and you read about it and you’re just like ‘nooo don’t do that!’ and I liked the element of going between the past and present but not overlapping almost at all. It’s hard to not overlap too much but Jakeman pulls it off effortlessly.

This book also has the ability to make you pick it up and read it in a sitting, haha I picked it up thinking I would only read a few chapters, bam, I was done and sitting there in slight awe after finishing it.

There were some style elements that happen in all thrillers and personally I LIKE when things can be slightly formulaic so that’s what made it a solid thriller for me.

I can honestly say I’ll pick up another book by Jakeman again…and again after reading ‘Safe House.’

If you’re looking for a thriller with just the right amount of twists and turns and creepiness, I present to you this book. 3.5 Huge cups of coffee from me! Now to read her debut thriller, ‘Sticks and Stones.’

 

About the Author

JO JAKEMAN was the winner of the Friday Night Live 2016 competition at the York Festival of Writing. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in the City of London before moving to Derbyshire with her husband and twin boys. Safe House is her second novel and Sticks and Stones was her debut thriller.

 

Bookending Autumn – Candy Tag

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

BUAHAHA I’m the host now, BOW TO ME.

Half jk.

Okay, so my first day of hosting consists of a Candy Tag…if you couldn’t tell from my vague title.

Prompt Rules:
1. Tag me the creator, por favor.
2. Tag the person who tagged you
3. Feel free to switch up the names of candies
4. Tag whoever you want
5. Have fun. It’s a rule, it must be done.

 

Candy Tag Time

 

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As the pic says, what’s a book you only read seasonally? I picked candy corn given that I don’t actually dislike it but I will only find myself eating it at Halloween, you know when it reappears from the mines of Moria or wherever it comes from. This doesn’t have to be a Halloween/Fall seasonally read, could be something you enjoy reading only in the winter or summer…or lame-ass spring when my allergies come out with a vengeance.

For me, I always love to read Harry Potter over the summer as that’s when I used to do my rereads of it when I was a kid. I also love to read The Halloween Tree every Halloween.

 

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A book you enjoyed taking your time reading. For me it was my nonfiction read of the Romanov family legacy over their entire reign, I didn’t want to rush it, each chapter covered a good chunk of history and I wanted to slowly wade through it. I also have yet to finish Water Babies [but that’s because I paused it for like two years lol].

 

 

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Self-explanatory from the picture!

For me it was The Starter Wife haha oh man that book was so creepy, but I enjoyed the creepy element..especially as it wasn’t happening to me. Creepy lady wants to win over a man, man is stupid and doesn’t realize it of course, it gets creepier from there!

 

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Probably from Last year because they were cheap in giving out candy…but I’m not bitter.

For me, it’s usually a book that is just too ‘fluffy’ and romantic. I need to be in the right mood to read those things, around Christmas I thaw out for them, but like, not the rest of the year. In this case, I read ‘A Different Time’ for a blog tour and as cute as it was, I just wanted to hack a hairball through most of it.

 

 

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Now I’m leaving a lot of wiggle room here, it can be unexpected in a good or bad way! For me I’ll pick one that surprised me in a good way, Postscript. I actually enjoyed this so much more than its predecessor, PS, I Love You and it hit me with so many feels. Such a rollercoaster of the emotions.

Well, I could go on and on, but I felt like 5 types of candy was enough for a cute little tag.

I hope you enjoyed the prompt/tag, and please feel free to do it and use my little candy banners too if you want.

 

The Favorite Daughter ARC Review


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GoodReads Blurb: 
From the author of the page-turning domestic suspense Best Day Ever, comes another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena.

The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie.

Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change.

It’s time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane’s husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane reemerges into the world, it’s clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days—and nights—at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl—dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?

The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together…

Thank you SO much to Wunderkind PR for sending me this great book! I’m giving my honest review in exchange for this gifted copy.

First off I want to say that it’s almost hard to put into words just how much I enjoyed this book. It did something that thrillers can’t always do for me since I’ve read so many and that was keep me in suspense and not because it was anything scary but because you just needed to know what was in store for Jane and her family at every turn.

I could barely put this book down! It was right up there with Miracle Creek for being one of my fave non fantasy reads/dramatic reads for the year.

Jane Harris is truly one of the most unique narrator voices I have read and though she’s the main character, you’ll do anything but root for her. Her sense of entitlement the way she warps things in her mind are scary because I think most of us do know someone like Jane.

The hold she has on people is incredible and watching her manipulate everything around her just had me on the edge of my seat. Not to mention it addresses an issue that can come with a style of parenting not really talked about which was a nice change of pace, and it really looked at the family dynamics.

I don’t want to give too much away, and it’s no secret that Jane is not a great person but the book does throw some surprises your way.

The rest of the cast are not a matter of being ‘good’ while Jane is bad, no one is without their faults and that’s great because it extends that suspension of disbelief and you live in this world and believe these characters are real. These people are all flawed and they’ve all made mistakes the question is, who has made the biggest mistake? What happened to Mary?

This was creepy in all the right ways and Kaira Rouda was a master at weaving the story, honestly I was in shock with how much I enjoyed this book and how quickly I flew through it.

If you’re looking for something different, a thriller told in a way to send shivers down your spine from the revelation of characters then I strong suggest #TheFavoriteDaughter, you can bet that I will be reading everything that @kairarouda comes out with now!

Seriously, 5/5 Cups of Coffee, I could fangirl over this all day long. I just want to say if it’s the sort of book you’d think you’d enjoy please go read it! This book releases on May 21 in the US!