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Book Review – Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes (@Elizjhaynes)

September 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes returns with a disturbing and powerful tale that preys on our darkest fears.

Police analyst Annabel wouldn’t describe herself as lonely. Her work and the needs of her aging mother keep her busy. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbor’s decomposing body in the house next door, and she is appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed the woman’s absence. Annabel sets out to investigate, despite her colleagues’ lack of interest, and discovers that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.

A chilling thriller and a hymn to all the lonely people whose individual voices haunt its pages, Human Remains shows how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.

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Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes was featured as a Kindle Daily Deal, and after reading the book description (see above), I had to read it.  I read about cases like these occasionally (about bodies being found after weeks/months of no one missing them) and I’ve always thought about how sad that was. That someone could be so cut off from everybody around them that they die alone and no one notices.

In this crime thriller, analyst Annabel makes the disturbing discovery that in her hometown, the number of such cases are off the roof. Surely, that isn’t natural, is this a sign of something wrong with her town in general or is someone responsible? Ms Haynes chooses not to keep her readers in the dark, and in alternating chapters, she gives voice to the man responsible (Colin – a sick man with an obsession for death) and his ‘victims’.

For a ‘thriller’, Human Remains is a slow read though; nothing really exciting happens until near the end (and that’s only because Colin decides to deviate from his MO and does a really stupid thing). Annabel is also a tricky kind of character; she’s so mousy and depressed and had such a victim-complex that I got really frustrated with her character. She was the perfect prey for Colin, though, so I get that was why the author wrote her that way.

Human Remains tells a really compelling story though – it’s disturbing (Warning: there’s explicit description on decomposition that might gross out some readers) and grim and I did like the psychological aspects of it, and what the author was trying to say about alienation and depression in modern society. I mean, it’s definitely different from the usual crime thriller books I’ve read.

I have no plans for re-reading this one though (it’s just not that kind of book). So, if I were you, I’d suggest you borrow this if possible.

 

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes (Myriad Editions) is available on Amazon, B&N, Apple iBooks, Kobo books

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FREE eBook: Florence and Giles by John Harding @JohnRHarding! #KindleUK Only

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Florence and Giles by John Harding

Florence and Giles‘ by John Harding (Blue Door) is available for FREE download on the Amazon UK Kindle site only. Just click here to download!

*Note that price may revert back to full price at any time

Book Description

A sinister Gothic tale in the tradition of The Woman in Black and The Fall of the House of Usher

1891. In a remote and crumbling New England mansion, 12-year-old orphan Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle and banned from reading. Left to her own devices she devours books in secret and talks to herself – and narrates this, her story – in a unique language of her own invention. By night, she sleepwalks the corridors like one of the old house’s many ghosts and is troubled by a recurrent dream in which a mysterious woman appears to threaten her younger brother Giles. Sometimes Florence doesn’t sleepwalk at all, but simply pretends to so she can roam at will and search the house for clues to her own baffling past.

After the sudden violent death of the children’s first governess, a second teacher, Miss Taylor, arrives, and immediately strange phenomena begin to occur. Florence becomes convinced that the new governess is a vengeful and malevolent spirit who means to do Giles harm. Against this powerful supernatural enemy, and without any adult to whom she can turn for help, Florence must use all her intelligence and ingenuity to both protect her little brother and preserve her private world.

Inspired by and in the tradition of Henry James’ s The Turn of the Screw, Florence & Giles is a gripping gothic page-turner told in a startlingly different and wonderfully captivating narrative voice.

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Goldbox Deal of the Day! Up to 83% Off List Price on Select JLab Earbuds #Amazon

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Up to 83% Off List Price on Select JLab Earbuds

Today only, take Up to 83% Off List Price on Select JLab Earbuds!

Product Description

Today only and while supplies last, select JLab in-ear headphones are 75% or more off ($9.99 – $19.99).

Building on their best-selling JBuds, JLab is proud to feature their large selection of in-ear headphones with features like Bluetooth, heavy bass, and ergonomic fitting.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson for $2.95! @BlackstoneAudio #Audible

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Bernadette Dunne (Narrator)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Bernadette Dunne (Narrator) is Audible.Com’s Daily Deal, and is available today for just $2.95! Enjoy!

Product Description:

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune—and manages to penetrate into their carefully shielded lives. Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods, resulting in crisis, tragedy, and the revelation of a terrible secret.

©1962 Shirley Jackson (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith @sethgs for $2.99! @quirkbooks (#Kindle #Nook)

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (Quirk Books) is available for limited time at the specially discounted price of $2.99 on the US Kindle site. *Price match to the Nook Daily Find today.

**Note that price may revert back to full price at any time

Book Description

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?

Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

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3 kids’ books for Halloween are $1.99 Each! #Kindle #Kids Daily Deal

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

I like this new promo by Amazon! We get a special Kids Daily Deal! And the new deal is…

3 kids' books for Halloween

3 kids’ books for Halloween ( Two Lions) are available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 each on the US Kindle site.

* For Canadians, click on this link for the discounted books!

Book Description

Today only, 3 kids’ books for Halloween are $1.99 each

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Happy Stories! by Will Bowen @WRBowen for $1.99! #Kindle Inspirational Daily Deal!

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

I like this new promo by Amazon! We get a special Kindle Sports Daily Deal! And the new deal is…

Happy Stories!: Real-Life Inspirational Stories from Around the World That Will Raise Your Happiness Level by Will Bowen

Happy Stories!: Real-Life Inspirational Stories from Around the World That Will Raise Your Happiness Level‘ by Will Bowen (Grand Harbor Press) is available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

Kindle unlimited with narration: Read and listen to this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles.

Kindle Matchbook: If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 50%).

Add narration for a reduced price of $0.99 after you buy the Kindle book.

Book Description

In Happy This Year!, bestselling author Will Bowen shared his practical philosophy for achieving higher levels of happiness. He helped readers understand that the path to happiness is not determined by their circumstances, but by aligning their thoughts, words, and actions to focus on the goal of happiness. Now, through fifty true stories, Bowen shares how people have taken his philosophies to heart—and are becoming measurably happier!

We all face adversity, setbacks, and stress in our everyday lives. In Happy Stories!, you will learn from people who have faced various hardships and have chosen to achieve happiness in spite of their circumstances. From a man who discovers happiness from the power of shared laughter to a woman who finds happiness through forgiveness, the stories in this collection inspire, entertain, and teach us remarkable lessons on how we can achieve higher and sustainable levels of happiness in our lives.

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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1 by Jamie Delano, John Ridgway is $2.99! @vertigo_comics #Kindle Sci-Fi / Fantasy Daily Deal!

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

FYI, be sure to also check out the new promo: Kindle Countdown Deals: Limited time discounts on Kindle-exclusive books!

I like this new promo by Amazon! We get a special Kindle Sci-Fi / Fantasy Daily Deal! And the new deal is…

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1 by Jamie Delano, John Ridgway, Alfredo Alcala, Tom Mandrake

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1‘ by Jamie Delano, John Ridgway, Alfredo Alcala, Tom Mandrake (Vertigo) is now available at the specially discounted price of $2.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

** FYI, Kindle Comics Halloween Deal: Wes Craven’s “Coming of Rage” – Through November 1, get issue #1 of Wes Craven’s new “Coming of Rage” for only $1.99. Learn more **

Book Description

The very first Hellblazer collection ORIGINAL SINS is available in a new edition that includes John Constantine’s appearances in SWAMP THING. This is the first of a series of new HELLBLAZER editions starring Vertigo’s longest running antihero, John Constantine, England’s chain-smoking, low-rent magus.

This first collection is a loosely connected series of tales of John’s early years where Constantine was at his best and at his worst, all at the same time.

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