What Goes On In The Walls At Night, Andrew Schrader – A Review.

Hello fellow book lovers! I’m back with another October reads review which I’m excited to bring to you guys!

What Goes In The Walls At Night by Andrew Schrader.

Synopsis… “You may find yourself stuck between worlds both strange and disturbing, disgusting and delightful—a world that Andrew Schrader discovered and now presents to you. Let him quietly introduce you to thirteen unforgettable scenes in this shocking collection of short stories.”

Overall rating 3 out of 5 stars.

My review…

Reading this book was like being on a rollercoaster, and not in a good way…

I enjoyed the prologue, I thought that was really good and introduced the book perfectly. I did find it a bit convenient (and overdone) that this guy bumped into his all time favourite author from when he was a child though.

The book itself was split into several stories that were tales this author had heard in the walls, and some of them were far better than others.

When the stories were good they were absolutely brilliant, they got under my skin, made me feel sick, they built up the intrigue and interest perfectly and hooked you in!

But when they weren’t the best you could really see the difference in quality. Some of them just didn’t seem to be developed as well as others, one story went for the shock factor but you could see it coming a mile off and the final story I ended up DNFR because it was too much for me.

Towards the later couple of stories it felt as though the author forgot he was meant to be writing stories that were heard through a wall and they just got a bit crazy and away from the premise.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these stories within the book and what you thought!

Em xxx

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