Book Review: Her Husband’s Grave


Title: Her Husband’s Grave
Author: P L Kane
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Criminal psychologist Robyn Adams is at breaking point after a previous case resulted in an attempt on her own life. But as she sits in the car about to head home, her phone rings. It’s Robyn’s cousin, Vicky Carter, who she hasn’t seen or heard from in years.

Vicky’s voice cracks down the phone. Her husband, Simon, has been found buried on Golden Sands beach. Desperate to help and determined not to let her last case get the better of her, Robyn returns to the coastal village where she spent summers with Vicky as a child.

Robyn knows that she has let Vicky down in the past and is set on making up for lost time. Throwing herself into the case, she combs through evidence, intent on discovering a lead that will help the local police.

But there is clearly someone who wants Robyn gone. She is convinced someone is watching her and when she begins to receive threatening notes, Robyn knows that she could be risking her life…

But Robyn won’t leave again – she owes it to Vicky to stay.

My Review

This book was an interesting read to be sure. In the start I thought it was quite a bit like William Graham & Hannibal Lector in the tv series Hannibal but it went completely away from that feeling. The characters were well written & the story line followed the character development.

I loved how the heroine, Robyn Adams, is completely damaged & is trying to heal and not let anyone know how damaged she is. Yet she comes to the call of family and does her best even when Vicky (her cousin) finds out the dark secret that Robyn holds. Even then she continues to push her limits of what she can mentally and emotionally handle just to find the culprit of the murder of Vicky’s husband.

With the local law enforcement against her, her mental and emotional status Robyn Adams is a kick butt woman that goes after her suspect with an undying drive. I recommend this book even if you do not normally enjoy this genre of book.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Hollow Gods


Title: The Hollow Gods (The Chaos Cycle Book 1)
Author: A. J. Vrana
ISBN: 9788299928243
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Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret.

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

And after losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

My Review

So to be honest this book did not go the way I thought it would. I was expecting a “Little Red Riding Hood” type story but you get so much more in this book. The plot lines were a little hard to follow and I had to go back a few times to get back on the right plot line, but it was not horrible to go back. I normally found something I missed when I went back and that was why it was not making senses.

For this story you need to have an open mind about what nature can and will do. You will also find the issue of human mob mentality a cause in this book. It showcases the, sometimes, horrible aspect of human mob mentality. The villagers are a prime example of the bad side of mob mentality, in my opinion. The way they decide to do the things they do and all of it out of sheer terror without taking the time to determine what the actual cause was or is.

I am interested to see what the next book in the series is going to be about. The author left enough open to continue the story line yet at the same time closed the important ones to this book. I am curious to find out more back story to the main and secondary characters. I feel their stories need to be known and I hope we find them out.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Freydis


Title: Freydis, Book One of The Daughters Of Freya
Author: Gunhild Haugnes
ISBN: 9788299928243
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All she ever wanted was to become a famous explorer, but that was not for women.

Freydis Eiriksdatter is one of the most remarkable women of the Viking age. She leads a harsh life amid the towering cliffs and great glaciers in the heart of a Greenland fjord.

Freydis has inherited the warrior spirit of her father, Eirik the Red, and follows in the footsteps of her brother Leif to Vinland, the promised land.

Christianity makes inroads into her beloved Greenland, but Freydis continues to worship the old Norse gods, and to live her life as she pleases. But one day she is summoned by the mysterious Volva, Torbjorg.

Fiery passion, perilous voyages and powerful history.

This book has it all.

This is the first book in the Daughters of Freya series

My Review

This book was very engaging, but I do wish the non-leading characters were fleshed out just a bit more. Freydis is a very powerful and bold woman for her time. The story is well written and engaging. I do recommend reading it if you are the least bit interested in Viking history and their way of living.

There is not a huge amount of dialog in the book, but it doesn’t really need it. The story flies along and reads like a storyteller or bard would tell it. I will be looking for the next book in the series to see who the next daughter is.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.