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Dead Ringers

Author:Christopher Golden
Published: 3 November 2015
Reviewed: 21 December 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Headline in return for an honest review.

  2 out of 5 stars  

 


Dead Ringers by Christopher Golden – author of Snowblind and Tin Men – will thrill fans of Dean Koontz, Peter Straub and Stephen King – and chill them to the bone. Here is a haunted house novel with a deadly new spin.
 

When Tess Devlin bumps into her ex-husband, she’s furious that he seems not to know her.

And then Frank Lindbergh is attacked by an intruder in his home … an intruder who wears Frank’s face.

In the heart of the city, a mansion stands on a hill and behind its wrought-iron fence an evil force is at work, leaving everyone who comes near it hysterical with fear.

But the real terror lies inside the house. Tess and Frank have no choice but to confront a mistake made years ago. A mistake that summoned an ancient evil … and means even their own reflections could kill them.
  
The concept of this was interesting, a doppelgänger is out there somewhere for everyone, it just so happens that this group of people were being “hunted” by theirs in some cases so that the doppelgänger could take over their life. 

 Initially, the book started well, I was interested and hooked. What was going on, someone breaks into the house, has Frank’s face, but it can’t be Frank because he’s attacking Frank…..whoa! What’s going on?! 

Slowly it transpires that events from the past are coming back to haunt these people, and they need to fight back to try and stop it from happening. 

From here I lost interest, the characters weren’t engaging and if I’m honest I really wouldn’t have been bothered if the double had taken over and snuffed out the life of the “real” person or if they all disappeared. 
The descriptions were dull, no feel for the characters or settings, it’s apparently set in Boston but really it could have been anywhere – I really didn’t get a good feel of any location with this book. The characters just didn’t seem to “work” for me, they all had too much of a personal tragedy going in that it felt like hard work keeping up with them.
I admit it adds diversity but, in this case it added to the torturous drudgery of reading on. 

I didn’t feel the suspense that some readers have mentioned, for me this was a book I was determined to finish just to see what happened at the end and see how the author tied it all up. 

Appreciate that others might have felt this was a scary, spooky hit, but for me it was a massive let down.

I wouldn’t really recommend this book unless to someone who was a fan of Christopher Golden’s work, or possibly a fan on Dean Koontz or Stephen King.       

I would like to thank Headline for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 3rd November 2015, a copy can be purchased here Dead Ringers (UK Kindle Version)

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Holy Cow

Author : David Duchovny
Published: 24 September 2014
Reviewed: 11 November 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy kindly supplied by Headline in return for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

 

 

Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night, Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God – and what the Box God reveals about something called an ‘industrial meat farm’ shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core.

The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can’t fly, but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport …

Elsie is a wise-cracking, slyly witty narrator; Tom dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians. David Duchovny’s charismatic creatures point the way toward a mutual understanding and acceptance the world desperately needs.
  
Elsie was what I thought to  be a “normal” cow, with “normal” cow things on her mind, eat grass, produce milk and generally just mooo about….but this has turned my thinking on it’s head!  Who knew that a cow could think and feel so much? 
After sneaking out one night in a daring move, Elsie makes her way to the farmhouse where she sees the humans worshipping the Box God (TV for those who’ve not read the book) and is fascinated by what she sees, that is until the startling discovery about a ‘meat farm’ – this is too much for Elsie to take in.  She can’t quite believe the images she has seen, she can’t “un-see” them and she can’t stop thinking about what it means for her and her friends in their idyllic life on the farm.

Being a wise cow Elsie plans her escape, aided/ hindered by Jerry the pig (who converts to Judaism and now goes by the name Shalom) and Tom the turkey (who has amazing abilities with his beak!) the trio break out of the farm one night and are off into the unknown, looking for freedom, safety and acceptance.

Whilst this is a humorous book, it does touch on some serious ideas, religious intolerance and animal welfare, but these are done without offence.  The conversational narration by Elsie is both witty and funny, the cow humour is fantastic, the references to pop culture are clever, and there are opportunities aplenty for laughs. 
This is an engaging book, and despite being a quick read, it’s a satisfying read.  Having short chapters and being written in the style of a script, this book can easily be read in one sitting (that is, if you have the time to sit and read and not have a toddler to entertain, housework to do, or a job that requires your attention!)

An absolute departure from reality,  but a welcomed change of pace and thinking! 

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone that enjoys contemporary fiction, or just something “out of the ordinary” 

We all know Duchovny from his days on TV, whether it’s as Fox Mulder in the X Files, or Hank Moody in Californiacation, he’s starred in many films and has released an album in the music industry, but he’s now known as a writer.  After Holy Cow, I think it’s safe to add writer to the list of his talents. 

I would like to thank Headline for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 24th September, a copy can be purchased here Holy Cow (UK Paperback Version)

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