Pine Review

Hi guys!

I am SO excited to talk about this book. I originally heard about it thanks to Darkroom Tours on instagram and just had to get a copy for myself!

If I’m being honest the cover was defiantly the thing that pulled me in first, but then I saw it was set in the Scottish Highlands and is about disappearances and has a spooky seriously spooky vibe!! It just sounded amazing!!!

They are driving home from the search party when they see her. The trees are coarse and tall in the winter light, standing like men. 

Lauren and her father Niall live alone in the Highlands, in a small village surrounded by pine forest. When a woman stumbles out onto the road one Halloween night, Niall drives her back to their house in his pickup. In the morning, she’s gone. 

In a community where daughters rebel, men quietly rage, and drinking is a means of forgetting, mysteries like these are not out of the ordinary. The trapper found hanging with the dead animals for two weeks. Locked doors and stone circles. The disappearance of Lauren’s mother a decade ago.

Lauren looks for answers in her tarot cards, hoping she might one day be able to read her father’s turbulent mind. Neighbours know more than they let on, but when local teenager Ann-Marie goes missing it’s no longer clear who she can trust.

This book starts of a little bit slow, but I think it just helps to set the tone of the small Highland town. How everyone knows everyone else, nothing ever happens and that it’s nearly completely cut off from the rest of the world. You meet quite a lot of people in the first chapter which was a bit overwhelming at first but again, it just made you feel those small town vibes because you pretty much meet everyone very quickly.

Pretty quickly you begin to feel the claustrophobic nature of the town, mainly through Niall as he seems to be constantly not in the mood to chat with anyone or go anywhere. The way the story is written makes you suspicious of nearly everyone to meet and you start to not trust people the same time as Lauren.

Even though Lauren is a child, and a lot of her mannerisms definitely show how young she is, that doesn’t make it feel at all childish or young. Lauren has a lot of independence, and I would say has had to grow up quite quickly in some ways so although she does not behave how an adult would she does deal with things logically and realistically most of the time.

I have to say, I did not see the ending coming and I had so many theories throughout the book but I was so wrong. And I’m glad! I devoured the last couple of chapters of the book SO fast because I simply had to know what happened next! I also really liked how it ended (no spoilers) and it felt really natural and true to how things probably are dealt with in real life.

I am so glad I picked up this book, and I recommend it to anyone that loves and kind of spooky books!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

See you next time!

Elizabeth

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17 Church Row Review

Hi guys!

I’m so sorry for not posting here for so long, but I’m back now! And I have another amazing book to review for you!

This book was sent to me via the platform ‘Readers First’! Which if you don’t know what this is, it’s essentially a website where you read previews of books, write a review of that and then potentially win the book! You earn points too, soo when you get 2000 points (which is actually pretty easy!), you get to request a book and not just hope you won!! It’s great!!

Anyway, the book I will be reviewing today is ’17 Church Row’ by James Carol!

Three years ago, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes suffered a devastating loss when their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed in a road accident. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, leaving Nikki to care for their remaining child, Bella, who hasn’t spoken since that day.

Seeking a fresh start, the family moves into a revolutionary new house designed by renowned architect, Catriona Fisher. The house features a state-of-the-art security system, along with every amenity you could dream of.

For the Rhodes’ this is a chance to finally pick up the pieces and get on with their lives in a place where they feel totally safe.

But what if 17 Church Row isn’t the safe haven that they think it is?

POSSIBLY MINOR SPOILERS

Wow! This book had me gripped from the first page! I don’t usually read books like this, any horrors or thrillers on my tbr are usually either historical, about ghosts or both! So this was a totally new experience to me. Not only was it set in the 21st century, it was set in the time we are actually living! The technology was there, the things we see about in the news, even ‘Alexa’ was mentioned! You defiantly wouldn’t get all that in a book set in the 1800s!

Immediately I felt for the characters after having lost one of their daughters in a tragic accident, and having to watch how much their other daughter was struggling with it. Losing a child must be one of the hardest things to have to go through, and to then move and feel like your house is attacking you? I can only assume how that would mess with your head!

The way it was written made the book super fast pace pretty much from the get go, with lots of short chapters, sometimes switching to different or even unknown perspectives! Knowing what was happening outside the house, made everything creepier in my opinion. Trying to figure out how everything was connected, and who everyone might be was quite exciting! I had a couple of theories regarding one of the perspectives and I can say I was wrong!

The general idea behind the story is not particularly new; ‘technology fights back’ etc., BUT I have never seen it done quite like this, and quite this well! I don’t personally own an Alexa, but if I did I certainly wouldn’t trust her anymore! Technology isn’t a new thing in our lives, but it’s becoming more and more prominent. To the point where we don’t really need to do much if we own an Alexa, because she will take care of so much for us! Now, I’m not one of those people that thinks technology is bad, or that people are getting lazy. But please just make sure that your are prepared for glitches to happen because I can imagine how horrible it would be if all the Alexa’s in the world malfunctioned in severe ways! Or at least be nice to your Alexa so she might spare you in the robot uprising😂

This book just kept getting more and more intense, right up until the final page. I couldn’t recommend it enough, and thank you to readers first and Zaffre books for sending it to me! A definite 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

See you soon!

Elizabeth

LINKS

https://www.readersfirst.co.uk

https://www.amazon.co.uk/17-Church-Row-should-place/dp/1785768409/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9781785768408&qid=1570624662&sr=8-1

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Growing Things by Paul Tremblay

Hi guys!!

I got sent this book by titan books a while back to read and review!!

‘Growing Things and Other Stories’ is a collection of horror stories by award-winning author Paul Tremblay!

This collection of short stories was one of the weirdest, spookiest things I have ever read! I enjoyed all of the stories, however I did enjoy a couple a lot more, so I will focus on those!!

-‘Something About Birds’ was the kind of story that felt a little off the whole way through, and then at the end revealed why. This one has stuck with me the most and honestly am still thinking about it daily! It’s so creepy and I almost feel weird saying I enjoyed it, but I really did! It had such an interesting concept that kind of reminded me of a strange adult version of Lord of the Flies? I’m still not quite sure what was going on, but it’s making me want to read it again which is always a good thing!

-‘The Getaway’ kind of hid the horror at first. Up until a certain point, the reader isn’t made aware that there’s anything sinister going on. However, once it is realised, by both the characters and the readers the whole atmosphere of the story changes! It goes from being scared of being caught be the cops to being terrified of something else entirely. As I read this after I watched Infinity War, that’s all I could think about. I don’t know if that made it sadder, scarier or less shocking, but it definitely helped me to visualise what was going on!!

-‘Where We All Will Be’ is so disturbing because it doesn’t feel impossible. The whole basis is that everyone is effected by something, except the protagonist whose brain is said to ‘work differently’. This was so interesting to me because people’s brains are ‘wired’ differently in real life, and some people process things differently, or not at all so this felt quite plausible! You can really feel the panic in the main characters actions, which instantly put me on edge! It’s so so creepy and has definitely made me not trust moths!

-‘It’s Against The Law To Feed The Ducks’ honestly with this one it took me a while to actually figure out what was going on, but oh my god! I adored this story, it reminded me of a freaky sci-fi end of the world type thing! It was just incredible! I loved the family dynamic, and how it felt like it was showing you the end of the world partially through a child’s eyes, but a child whose parents were trying to hide it from them! I’m currently rewatching the walking dead and it keeps reminded me of this story! I think it’s mostly the weirdly empty places that should be packed with people!

This collection of short stories is amazing, there are so many amazing ones, I barely even scratched the surface with these three!! Another one of my favourites’ title is just a bunch of underscores, which is both genius and makes it very hard to talk about😂 I will go into more detail in my blog post in the next couple of days!!

If I had to sum up this book, I would say it is perfect for anyone that enjoys horror and maybe doesn’t have time to read whole books! Each short story in on average about 20 pages, which is totally doable in one sitting!! I will rate this book 4.5/5 stars! Only taking away .5 because I didn’t love love all the stories! But I thought they were all interesting and thought provoking!

See you next time!

Elizabeth