Typhoid Mary, Charlie Dalton – A Review.

Typhoid Mary by Charlie Dalton.

Synopsis…Recently bereaved detective Nadine Meyers is assigned to investigate a brutal massacre, with eight-year-old Mary the sole survivor. Nadine suspects the parents were responsible for murdering all six of their adopted children in a single horrendous act. As she befriends Mary, she discovers a secret that takes the case in a whole new direction, one she could never have imagined.”

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

My review…

I am blown away by this story, I had a small inkling of what was happening but that didn’t stop me from loving it!

The first chapter grabbed my interest straight away, I loved Marge because she seemed like a proper nosey neighbour (we all have them) and it made it feel that little bit more realistic.

One of my favourite aspects of this story was Mary herself, she had this balance of adorable young child and creepy as heck kid, Charlie Dalton balanced the two perfectly and Mary got right under my skin…

Nadine and Mary’s relationship was a highlight of this book for me as it really brought a human feel to the story and made the reader feel quite sorry for both of them.

The ending, well the last chapter or so was brilliantly done and even though I had an inkling of what was about to happen I couldn’t have predicted it at all!

I thought this book was excellently written, it had the perfect balance of emotions throughout, the writing was good, the chapter length was perfect and the whole thing just really packed a punch for me.

Let me know if you’ve read Typhoid Mary and what you thought!

Em xxx

Virtual Insanity, Charlie Dalton – A Review.

Virtual Insanity by Charlie Dalton.

Synopsis… “Four friends celebrate a stag weekend at Virtual Insanity, a cutting-edge virtual reality company. Built on a disused military research facility, the futuristic headsets scan existing landscapes and re-imagines them with post-apocalyptic environments. They battle zombies, overcome obstacles, and fight to stay alive. But when one member of the team falls off the grid, he uncovers a secret even the game’s designers aren’t aware of”.

Overall rating 3 out of 5 stars.

My review…

I have mixed feelings about this book, the premise sounded excellent and I was hooked straight away just from the description. However, I can only describe it as if you saw a film trailer, then watched the film only to realise they put all the best bits in the actual trailer and the rest was, well, shit.

I was intrigued by this book to start with, I’m a big fan of VR technology and so as soon as I saw this would feature heavily in the book I was desperate to read it. The technology seemed simple enough and didn’t go into too much detail that would turn people off reading it.

As the book progressed though my enjoyment waned. The dialogue was very clunky, it was always “he said” after every sentence and for a group of people supposed to be friends I didn’t get that feeling from their interactions.

The characters themselves were interesting enough, and there was an underlying tension between two of them which added another level to the story – though I guessed what that would be from the start, it was a little too obvious.

Whilst the book did leave us guessing with what was real and wasn’t real it also left us with a lot of other unanswered questions and unfulfilled potential. I feel the author could have put more time into developing the story and giving the readers something to get stuck into.

On the whole, Virtual Insanity was different and certainly made good use of up and coming tech to enhance the story but it left me feeling empty with a lack of explanations and a poor ending.

Let me know if you’ve read this book as I’d love to hear what you thought!

Em xxx