In a Nutshell – Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

A properly creepy read for the first 100 pages or so, as well as being super tense and eery. But after that something just disappeared. The plot itself became even more farfetched (yes I know ghost stories are already fairly unbelievable but you know what I’m getting at) 😂 I found the jumping between reality and flashbacks/dreams to be quite confusing for my fatigue-addled brain, but I grasped most of it eventually. Overall it was an enjoyable read, despite the ending being predictable + the writing/storyline losing its power less than halfway through

In a Nutshell – Naomi’s Room by Jonathan Aycliffe

HOLY S*** SNACKS. That was honestly the creepiest book I have read in a long time. I don’t know why but the haunted house trope always gets me right in the anxiety. But this? This was like a haunted house story but amped up by a thousand. So so insanely gripping, tense and disturbing. The atmosphere throughout was absolutely bang on as well. I finished it in just two sittings in one afternoon as I simply NEEDED to know how it panned out. Cannot recommend it enough for those who love a proper creepy, sleep-with-the-lights-on read. 5 stars!

In a Nutshell – The Reckoning by Jane Casey

My first experience of anything by Jane Casey, although I had heard good things from my Bookstagram friends. It was a great read. A genuinely dark crime thriller that tackles some really complex judicial + social issues head on; making you reflect upon your beliefs + moral alignment. As the book gathers pace, these issues are completely overshadowed by how the story develops; we’re thrown into something that is very much universally disgusting, horrific and tragic.

Wow that was a bit of a deep review for little old me! All true nonetheless. 4 stars.

In a Nutshell – The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

What an enjoyable gothic-tinged story! I’m not really sure what else to add to this review if I’m honest. The characters were solid + well formed. The story itself was executed perfectly. The many twists and shocks kept me on my toes. Hell, there’s even talk of ghosts + hauntings. It was just a hands down really decent read.

A definite 4 star one for me. Highly recommend

In a Nutshell – Others by James Herbert

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday. I’m still sat in my PJs at 11:45am and it’s glorious.

So here’s something a bit different for you guys; something that I’d like your opinion on. I’ve been writing short and to the point book reviews on Goodreads for AGES now. I never write anymore than a couple of paragraphs generally as I think it’s best for everyone to read a book for themselves instead of bowing to reviews 🤷🏻‍♀️ ANYWAY! I was thinking of copying some of my reviews from there onto my blog as and when I finish books etc. Oh and I’ve decided to call them my In a Nutshell reviews; short, sweet and concise 👍🏻 here goes nothing!

As an avid reader of James Herbert novels, I opened the pages of Others with tangible excitement. I knew that I was likely in for a dark and disturbing nightmare of a read; and that is precisely what I got.

Some of the scenes were particularly ghoulish or violent, which is exactly what I like in my books. Call me morbid if you will, I don’t mind one bit. The ‘haunting’ scenes were especially creepy and left me feeling a wee bit edgy!

Overall a solid 4 star read and would highly recommend to anyone who loves a twisted read.

Any feedback would be awesome!

Kelsey x

Bookish News!

Yes I’m one of those people now: I’m starting a Bookstagram.

It’s the same link as the one I *think* is already hooked up with my blog. But in case you’ve missed it and want to check it out, here it is 😊

http://www.instagram.com/thosedarkpages

The Dark

Something creeps, unseen and unheard.

It lurks in the corner, not saying a word.

Maybe it’s waiting, biding it’s time.

Or maybe there is no reason or even no rhyme.

Blankly it sits, emotionless air.

What is it? What are you? Why are you there?

The dark does not speak, react or reply.

It simply exists, alone, and unable to die.

But wait, something is stirring.

Deep inside, the dark is whirring.

Silent movement, it leaves its place.

A discovery is made; the dark has a face.

Teeth not human, eyes glowing white.

Blood on its mind, eager for the fight.

It’s right there behind you, but you mustn’t scream.

The dark has chosen you, and this is not a dream.