#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017
Now from here on in I can most definitely say that there is no rhyme nor reason as to the order of the next eight books I will present. They are simply in the order I created the accompanying banners for Twitter and Insta. However, you can take it from me that the books you will see over the next eight days are my absolute favourite reads of 2017 and the ones I have probably annoyed my family about the most so take that as you will …
Today’s #bookvent2017 selection is one which from the moment I started reading had been completely drawn in. Appealing to my very dark sense of humour and full of moments of complete and utter surprise this had me smiling and chuckling right up until the last page. I couldn’t get enough of it. Darker in tone than a lot of the publishers normal fare, there was a real essence of cult horror film about this book and more than a little bit of tension. Making me look at mobility scooters in a whole new light, my day nineteen #bookvent selection is …
by Richard Parker
Her eyelids were the only parts of her body she could move. The figure spoke, then retreated into the gloom. She couldn’t accept what they’d said. How could she have brought this on herself?
When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then a new victim is found, her body bound to a pillar, and its Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman. Hazel must find out what happened to her.
Is it one killer or more? Random, or part of a bigger plan?
The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove. With her film crew in tow, Hazel sets off for the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found, to solve the crime, bring Meredith justice, and make the documentary of her lifetime. But as Hazel interviews the victims’ families and friends, people start disappearing.
As the death toll rises, Hazel realises someone close-by is targeting her team methodically. Can she uncover the truth before another life is lost, or will the killer get to Hazel first?
Oh how do I ever start? My review said it all really and is quoted all over the internet as a result (and in the subsequent new book too – smiley blogger I am then).
‘Oh. My. Fluffing. Lord. From the very beginning this book grips hold of you and once it does it will not let you go … so dark, so twisted … It’s so bloody brilliant’ 5* Jen Med’s Book Reviews.
See – that was me. I said that. And I stand by it too. This book. Okay so yes, some of the death scenes are a bit grizzly, putting me in mind of a dozen nineties teen horror movies, but you know what? They’re certainly not the most gratuitous I’ve ever read. Dark for a Bookouture title? Perhaps. But by golly some of them made me smile. One in particular. Oh god how I want to shout about that scene. I was badgering my sister to read the book just so we could discuss it, it just made me chuckle with fiendish glee so much. And yes, perhaps that is my twisted sense of humour but I think that most hardy, don’t mind the gruesome, readers I’ve spoken with know exactly where I’m coming from. The premise of the book? A few folk have been murdered after responding to a hashtag on twitter. Now someone wants to make a film about it, talking to the victims families and the guy behind the hashtag. But someone doesn’t want the film to be made and one by one those involved in the project end up paying a rather hefty price. Like I say, I have a new respect for mobility scooters now. And hose pipes. Yeah. Not liking the idea of getting me a Karcher quite so much now either … Lol. God this book is still making me chuckle now. I think I may need therapy.
You can read my full ‘Oh. My. Fluffing. Lord.’ review right here and if you’d like proof I’m not the only twisted one in my family, you can read Mandie’s review here. The book is available to order from the following retailers:
Happy #bookvent reading all