Sunday, 14 February 2016

SUBMERGED: Read if you can handle the truth



SUBMERGED by Katie Hayoz


Melusine Doré is back and she’s badder than ever. Slaying monsters is sweeter this time around because Levi is by her side with a little less bickering and wrangling. While Mel (yeah we’re tight like that) has had her “happily ever after” in book 1 (Immersed), it seems to be short-lived when doubts cripple their relationship. The fear of the curse returning hangs heavily over Mel’s head and it’s causing a rift. Add a seductive vixen into the mix and you get a volatile love triangle of some sort.

But enough about the shaky relationship. 

Submerged is much more than that. 

This is Mel’s unravelling. There’s this part of her that’s come undone because there’s this nagging fear that seems to be magnified the closer she gets to the truth about herself.

I am completely in awe of how the character is presented – a strong female on the outside, but on the verge of falling apart on the inside.

“What if everything you knew about yourself was a lie?” says the blurb.


And my goodness, the story delivers!  ★★★ 5/5

Friday, 12 February 2016

To Catch A Rabbit: Not Your Bunny Boiler Thriller


To Catch A Rabbit  by Helen Cadbury



Sean Denton, a dyslexic Community Support Officer is the unlikely hero of this crawling thriller by author Helen Cadbury. He gets his first “case” involving a young woman found dead on his patch. He’s drawn to the case, but given the “handicap” of not being a proper policeman, he does not get the respect of his colleagues. And just like the victim, whose death is immediately written off as a suicide, Sean’s views on the case are easily dismissed. Tough.

But the story does not revolve around just one case. Oh no! It gets complicated when seemingly random events become intricately linked. New characters emerge and personal and professional turmoil ensue. It gets a little muddled when all the other characters compete for the reader’s attention. It momentarily shifts the focus away from Sean just as he’s getting more interesting. Perhaps it’s part of the character progression and just a case of not wanting to give everything away since this is just the first in a series of books.


To Catch A Rabbit is a slow-moving and subdued thriller but reasonably unravels leading to a satisfying conclusion. ★★★ 4/5