Jason Parent – A Life Removed Review

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review as part of the Confessions Publicity book tour

A Life Removed is an intense read and in my opinion the best to date from Jason Parent. I was on the edge of my seat and the tension between the detectives and the potential suspects was gripping. I wasn’t sure who to trust and the criminals were down right frightening. They lacked any moral compass and it was easy to feel their level of crazy. The cold and calculating way they operated with such precision was excellent. I loved the way Jason slowly​ unraveled the mystery while keeping it filled with plenty of horror and never letting up on the level of danger our characters found themselves in. From the beginning of A Life Removed I really liked the two detectives working the case. They were all business and played off each other well. The protagonist, Aaron, is so deeply damaged he needs a level of encouragement that is unimaginable​ just to function day-to-day. I hated him almost from the beginning and my hate only grew with each chapter. Whether intentional or not, Jason did a great job drawing this level of emotion from me. Anytime I can feel this strongly about a character, good or bad, I know they were very well written. The antagonists were also excellent and it scared me to think how a writer can grasp that level of evil. For me the ending was a surprise, I didn’t see it taking that turn but I thought it was perfect with how the story progressed. A Life Removed was a great read, a complete pleasure and I didn’t put it down for a minute.

Book Info

Length: 284 Pages

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC

Release date: May 23, 2017

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Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have put plenty of criminals behind bars. But a new terror is stalking their city. The killer’s violent crimes are ritualistic but seemingly indiscriminate. As the death toll rises, the detectives must track a murderer without motive. The next kill could be anyone… maybe even one of their own.

Officer Aaron Pimental sees no hope for himself or humanity. His girlfriend is pulling away, and his best friend has found religion. When Aaron is thrust into the heart of the investigation, he must choose who he will become, the hero or the villain.

If Aaron doesn’t decide soon, the choice will be made for him.

Jason Parent, Biography-

In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it’s harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.

When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in a knot or takes somebody’s head off – he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.

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Sean Seebach – Autumn Dark Review

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

This time of year it’s hard for me to care about much and picking up a book, even less. It’s equally hard for it to keep my attention for more than a few pages at a time. When I find a book that can make me forget my own horrors, for a day or two, and care for the story and its characters, that’s a special thing. This is what happened when I finally pushed myself to open Autumn Dark. I’ve been a fan of Sean Seebach for some time and looking forward to his latest book. I’ve read a number of his stories, and without a doubt find this to be his finest piece of writing I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Before I knew it I was several chapters deep in the story and enjoying the hell out of myself. Sean doesn’t rush to introduce a dozen characters and make me struggle to keep them straight. Sean takes his time with each character giving us the chance to get to know them. It was very easy to slip into the story and forget it’s just that, a story. And when I say that I mean it with the utmost respect for Sean Seebach’s storytelling skills. The protagonist, Alan Decker, is a man who drinks too much and has nearly thrown his life away because of it. This character and his story are great to follow as he works to get his life back on track. There are many characters that bring life to Autumn Dark, and trying to guess who was good, bad, or otherwise added an additional layer to the story. The mystery wasn’t easy to figure out nor who was behind Alan’s sister disappearing. Autumn Dark is one heck of a book, and one worth picking up by an author who is making his mark in the horror genre.

Book Info

Length: 241 Pages

Release date: October 18, 2016

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When Alan Decker returns to the small town he and his sister grew up in, he realizes that the parts people play haven’t changed, only the players. A new preacher arrives in town just as crazy events begin to occur and no one is sure whether or not he is to blame.

Alan tries to steer clear of the happenings, but is forced to get involved when his sister goes missing. He isn’t afraid of any occult superstitions where his sister in concerned, but he is afraid she may have fallen off the wagon and returned to old bad habits.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and Alan is about to fall deeper into a world he isn’t sure he even believes in.

 

 

Jolene Haley – Harrowed Review

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Harrowed gets off to a quick start with a missing teen leading to an unsolved case. Sarah was at the annual harvest festival with her friends and never came home. Fast forward thirty years to the present and we meet Beatrice. An honor roll student at Woodsview High School, and the smartest in her AP psychology class. But Beatrice has a secret and someone thinks it’s worth killing her over. Beatrice is found dead in the girls bathroom at Woodsview High School. This is just the kind of event that Avery thinks will give her journalism career a jumpstart. Avery runs the school blog and has always wanted to be a journalist. This is the biggest and most frightening event at Woodsview High.

If you love a good mystery you’ve opened the right book. Harrowed also gives the reader who loves a good love story plenty to gush over. Plus some cool teen technology, like the use of the app, BlinkNote. An app that lets you send a message that disappears after ten seconds. As I neared the three-quarter mark of Harrowed it occurred to me that the story had the feel of the movie Scream. It has a good set of characters and a mystery that I couldn’t figure out (but thought I should). The story kept me turning pages until the end, which is just the way I like a good mystery to unfold. As the final chapters unfolded and I finally learned who was behind the killings, I realized how cleverly put together this story was. I’ll be interested to see where the story leads in the next book as Avery and Quinn try to put this all behind them.

Book Info

Length: 277 Pages

Publisher: Horror Twin Press

Release date: September 22, 2015

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Journalism Rule #1: Always report the story. Never become the story.

Avery Blair has accepted the fact that nothing exciting ever happens in her small town of Woodsview, Massachusetts. As the editor of the high school blog, she prays for something—anything—to come along that would make for a great headline.

When Beatrice Thompson’s body is found in the girls’ bathroom, Avery has her biggest story ever. The rumors circulating the school say that Beatrice took her own life, but Avery doesn’t believe it for a second. Her instincts prove true when the next day brings another body bag.

The tiny community of Woodsview has become the hunting ground for a killer known as the Harvester. The killer targets Avery and her classmates, stalking their every move and terrorizing them with morbid messages.

With the help of her boyfriend Jason, her best friend Quinn, and an aging detective who can’t keep her off the case, Avery dives head-first into her own investigation. She discovers that the secret of the Woodsview Harvester is buried in the town’s history and its annual Harvest Festival celebration. With every clue she uncovers, Avery grows closer to unmasking the killer—and becoming the next victim.

Avery Blair has finally found a story to die for…if she can stay alive long enough to write it.

Jolene Haley, biography

Jolene Haley is the author of the Woodsview Murders series, Harrowed (out 9/22/15) and Haunted, coming fall 2016. She’s also the curator of the best-selling horror anthology The Dark Carnival through Pen & Muse Press.

She runs a YA horror blog The Midnight Society, the author resource site Pen & Muse, and Hocus Pocus & Co., a small horror press. She writes every genre under the sun, but prefers horror.

When she’s not writing she can be found cuddling her two dogs and enjoying the beach, where she lives.

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