#TerrorTomes | #BookReview | SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King & Owen King @StephenKing (September 26th 2017, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks) #BeatTheBacklist

SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King & Owen King
26th September 2017, Hodder & Stoughton

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent…

In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women’s prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep – and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?

The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting each other, while Dooling’s Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay awake.

And the sleeping women are about to open their eyes to a new world altogether…

Okie doke. Where do I even start with writing a review for this book?! 

SLEEPING BEAUTIES always intimidated from the moment I held it in my hands – mainly due to its sheer size (I have the UK hardback at 713 pages) and I knew it would take me longer than most books to get through! I don’t mind that too much. Sometimes it’s nice to take your time with a book to really get yourself invested in it. Rewind five years and it took me THREE WEEKS to finish IT!! 

I’ve not read a lot of Stephen King (I have a fair amount on my TBR for this year though!) or even Owen King for that matter. Let’s not forget that this book is a collaboration with father and son! From what I have read of Stephen’s work, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is so far one of my favourites. 

If you are looking for a fast paced fantasy/horror novel, then I would look elsewhere. This is not one of those books. What this book does VERY well is embrace the slow burn. We spend a fair amount of the book learning the background of many of the ensemble characters, which a smidge of the ‘action’ (the action being the sleeping sickness). This continues to build until the balance shifts and the female characters are faced with a new world in which to learn how to live again. 

What I loved so much about this story was how you can take some of the themes from the ‘real world’ and with certain scenes and writing can be turned into horror. The treatment of women plays a large part in this story and their survival. Each female character has their own unique back story and how they react. From a feminist point of view, it makes for an outstanding read!!

I would encourage EVERYONE to read this book!

You can buy SLEEPING BEAUTIES from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

-S.

#IncidentReport | #BookReview | HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) by Allan Watson @allanwatson12 (October 5th 2017)

HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) by Allan Watson
Publication Date; October 5th 2017

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Prepare to be Scared…

It feels like history is repeating itself when out-of-favour detective Will Harlan gets summoned to a crime scene in the village of Brackenbrae after a young girl is found hanging in the woods.

Five years ago Harlan headed up the investigation of an identical murder in the same woods; a mishandled investigation that effectively destroyed his credibility as a detective. The new case immediately takes a bizarre twist when the body is identified as the same girl found hanging in the woods five years ago.

The following day a local man commits suicide and the police find more dead girls hidden in his basement. The case seems open and closed.

Until the killing spree begins.

Harlan finds himself drawn into a dark world where murder is a form of self-expression and human life treated as one more commodity to be used and discarded.

The only clue that links everything is a large oil painting of ‘Sagittarius A’ – a massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy orbited by thirteen stars daubed in blood with the words –

Heart Swarm

Holy crap. This book was horrific, gory, unsettling, nasty and uncomfortable. But I frigging LOVED EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE!! This book is outrageous like you wouldn’t believe, but is hands down one of my favourite reads this year! Which is a big claim I know from any blogger as we read A LOT. But this book blew any expectation I had clear out of the water.

DI Will Harlan is a familiar character in the respect that many police procedural novels will feature a strong lead whose life has gone a bit skewiff. Reeling from ‘the one who got away, his wife has left him, a daughter he doesn’t see much of and lives in a hotel with a retired criminal. This story is very much about redemption and a second chance for Will when the same case that nearly broke him is back to haunt him.

Will is kept firmly on his toes by his right hand woman; Cara. She is a ballsy police officer who isn’t afraid to speak her mind…. she is rather blunt at times. Too blunt maybe. But this made her character a pleasure to read. Cara isn’t without her own back story and when we learn more, we can understand how this has shaped her character and her life.

If graphic crime scenes put you off, then I would steer clear of HEART SWARM. But if, like me, you have a morbid curiosity for these things and like that uncomfortable image floating around your noggin, then this it 100% the book for you! I’ve not read anything as graphic and unsettling since AMERICAN PSYCHO – which is saying something!

Very much looking forward to sharing my review for the follow up novel; WASP LATITUDES when the blog tour hits on November 17th 🙂

Thanks so much to Sarah Hardy and Allan Watson for my copy of HEART SWARM. This review has not been swayed in any way and the above review is all my own ramblings!

You can buy HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

-S.

#JeebieReads | #CoverReveal | BLOOD CLAIM by Claire C. Riley @ClaireCRiley | May 4th 2018, Indie Published)

VERY exicted to be able to share with you the cover for the latest novel from USA Today bestselling author; Claire C. Riley!

BLOOD CLAIM
Publication Date: 4th May, 2018 (Indie Published)

What rests beneath the ground is not always asleep…

Mike Cooper has spent his life fruitlessly searching for gold in the great American West. Looking to finally make his fortune, he decides to risk everything and pack up his crew of fellow miners to head for the heart of gold-rich Ghana West Africa, where an opportunity arises that’s too good to ignore.

Leased a plot of land, Mike and his crew feel they’re on the cusp of success. Overrun by greed, they ignore all of the warning signs that something is dangerously wrong with the land they’re mining. And soon they discover that the time-worn ground holds secrets that are best left buried.

For nothing is as it seems in this forgotten world.

Terror lurks in the hearts of men who quickly learn that the stuff of nightmares is all too real and what starts as a new beginning, rapidly becomes a frightening ordeal of horror and bloodshed.

They signed the contract. They staked their claim. And now time is running out for them.

They wanted to find gold, but now they only want to keep their souls.
But the demon is awake, and he’s hungry…

You may be wondering “Who is Claire C. Riley and what is she about?” If that’s the case….shame on you!

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Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author with almost twenty novels of various genres to her credit.

A lover of all things dark and dirty, she likes to write characters you love to hate but can’t help falling in-love with. She isn’t afraid to challenge herself, or her readers, to step outside of their comfort zones.

She also writes under the pen name of Cee Cee Riley, where she writes in the MC romance and post-apocalyptic romance genres.

Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and three daughters where she can be found whiling away her days playing board games with her kids and reading.

Author of:
Odium The Dead Saga Series
Odium Origins Series
Limerence (The Obsession Series)
Out of the Dark Series,
Twisted Magic,
Beautiful Victim

Co-authored books with Madeline Sheehan:
Thicker than Blood,
Beneath Blood & Bone,
& Shut Up & Kiss me,

And by Cee Cee Riley:
The Ride or Die a Devil’s Highwaymen MC Novel Series

Now let’s have a look at that cover..

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Mysterious Swamp Forest
Yup. Already feeling the jeebies with this one! Adding this to my TBR 🙂

#GoodreadsMonday 26/06/2017 | THE STAND by Stephen King @StephenKing (May 12th 2011, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks) #ConstantReader

Title: THE STAND
Author:
Stephen King
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton (UK)
Publication Date: May 12th, 2011

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This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

THE STAND has been on my bookshelf now for a whole year and I STILL haven’t read this yet 😦 the size itself intimidates me – at 1325 pages, it will be the second longest book I have ever read…the first being IT by Stephen King. IT took me three whole weeks to finish, in between full time work and general life things. So I need to make sure that I have a clear enough calendar to give THE STAND the attention it deserves!

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.