Little Boy Lost
by J. P. Carter
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Avon Books UK
Pub Date 23 Jan 2020
Innocence is no protection against evil… One early October afternoon, ten-year-old Jacob Rossi begins the short walk home from school. But he never makes it. Days later, DCI Anna Tate is called to the scene of a burning building, where an awful discovery has been made. A body has been found, and the label in his school blazer reads: J. Rossi. As Anna starts digging, she soon learns that a lot of people had grudges against the boy’s father. But would any of them go so far as to take his son? And is the boy’s abductor closer than she thinks?
A very disturbing story. very well told and believable after previous London riots.
My husband has always pointed to the regular occurrence of riots in the UK's history, and the fact that social ills were addressed afterwards, as a reason, possibly, that unlike most of Europe, we still have a monarchy. And have not had a real Revolution.
I saw a play created from interviews with our last London rioters, and it is clear that a significant portion of our youth feel very disenfranchised. And the increase in knife crime in 2019 emphasises this.
So the social unrest that is the background to this story is a viable a believable extrapolation.
I am not sure if Chloe's back story added a great deal apart from muddling stories up. I would have left it out. Its riot experience was enough.
And the final twist was one I never saw coming. Excellent.
A poisonous secret. A terrifying curse. And a client she’d just as soon see dead in a ditch….
Summer 1889. Harrison Fearing Pell hoped for adventure when she signed on with the Society for Psychical Research as an occult investigator. Slogging through New York’s sewers in pursuit of a “mud man” wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. But the reeking monster terrorizing the dance halls of the Tenderloin leads her to an even more peculiar mystery — and the last man on earth Harry wishes to become entangled with.
James Moran is a prodigy in music, mathematics . . . and crime. Harry’s older sister, the famed detective Myrtle Fearing Pell, has vowed to put him behind bars. But Harry owes Moran a personal debt, so when he demands her aid she can hardly refuse. It turns out that the brilliant black sheep of New York Society is part of a secret club at Columbia College whose members have started dying in bizarre ways that may not be accidents.
Thus begins one of the strangest cases of Harry’s career, a tale of murder, cold-blooded revenge and fairytale bogeymen to make the Brothers Grimm shudder. As the bodies pile up, each preceded by sightings of the victim’s doppelgänger, Harry and her stalwart friend John Weston must race against time to save a man who arguably deserves his macabre fate.
I am reviewing here a 5 book series – urban fantasy and gothic. The Blog Tour is for book 5. It was suggested we read books 3 and 4 if we wanted first to get background, but having started book 3 I decided I needed to go right back to book 1 to start the story from the beginning. Although I then discovered that these characters originated in yet another series! Which I will read in due course.
Book 1 is linked
but not closely to book 2 and thus book 3 but it is the characters in the books
that follow through. Each book of the first 4 is a story about a main set of
characters, with the characters from the previous books playing a minor role.
In book 5 all the characters come together.
Each book has 2
main characters that emerge who are not quite what they appear on the surface –
for a start the 2 in book 2 are very much older. It is likely that the female
character – currently known as Vivienne – was born in the time of Sumer and ran
away from home to become bonded magically to a Daeva.
Now a Daeva is
thought to be a very nasty creature according to the folklore. In the Avestan language (not spoken but used
in the old Zoroastrian scriptures), this was a term for a supernatural entity
with a disagreeable character. The Zoroastrians believe them to be creatures of
the shadows with their principal activities -according to the Persians – as
being the creators of chaos and disorder, and battling goodness. They are a
Principal amongst the demonic infernal hordes. But in these Kat Ross stories,
perhaps due to their bonds with humans, they are actually battling for good and
against evil. In the Kat Ross series the Daeva’s original name was Achaemenes
and he was at least 2000 years old.
Vivienne had been
bonded to a Daeva before him but she had died during the battle when they had
freed the Daeva slaves from their mistress.
her origins by the goddesses she worships. There are 3 major ones.
Ninhwsag – who was a Babylonian goddess who created mankind from her bottom which
was made of clay and blood.
2. Kavi was 1 of
the 10 Mahavidyas – which are a set of Sakta and Budddhist goddesses and is the
destroyer of evil forces. The Sakta were
a set of Hindu goddesses where Sakti means power. They are also called Durga
who was known in the 16th century as a Great Goddess, Ma and Devi.
The Sakta Pethas are places of worship for many goddesses.
3. And Inanna
(Innuna), a Mesopotamian goddess who had many roles – love, beauty, sex,
desire, fertility, war, justice, and political power. In Sumer she was also
known as Isktar.
goddesses took on different names according to the culture in which they were
worshipped but all tended to originate from the Sumerian era.
I found the whole series to be addictive and full of interesting things to learn – abut ancient goddesses for instance, the details that emerged about the Zoroastrian religion – which is very ancient but still practiced in India for instance. I know that the Indian steel magnates Tata are Parsees or Zoroastrian priests who fled to Mumbai from persecution in Iran. Near Mumbai there is a Parsee retreat village called Matheran and I have stayed there in the hotel that the Tatas use. Matheran is a very interesting place as you can only travel by horse or foot in the forests and village. And is now ‘sold’ as an eco-village of course. You come up from Mumbai on a toy train which is great fun. The hotel we stayed at is called the Verandah in the Forest , see the photo below, and the name and the situation were very appealing to me… just one warning, don’t sit down in the forest as the ants are very bitey!
embodies much of the Parsee religion.
I am now looking forward to reading more by this author as I found the work original and well written with a good style and plenty of stuff happening to keep you interested… and exploring the characters in different books was a good concept.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.
Virgin river #1
Fiction, romance, military romance
Mira Books, Mills and Boon
October 22, 2019
Welcome back to Virgin River with the book that started it all...Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included. When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving--the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she's made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning. But a tiny baby abandoned on a front porch changes her plans...and former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place.
The Virgin River is a tributary of the Colorado River in the U.S. states of Utah, Nevada, and … The river is named for Thomas Virgin, a member of the first American party to see it, led by Jedediah Smith in 1826. Smith named it.
I liked this book and thought it a interesting storyline, although a woman moving to a small town after heartbreak is a common theme amongst romance novels.
Especially if the town is very isolated as this gives more opportunity for excitement and crises. And here we are in the wilds of California with drug growing and lots of woods, wild animals, hunting, shooting and fishing and all the opportunities for stories they bring.
The one thing I would mention
is that this series – of which this is the first book in a series of 18(!!) is
now also on TV and the TV version is nothing like the book – after episode one.
You can see the novel’s events in the TV
version, but tey are much magnified or changed, and no doubt some are in follow
on books. So don’t watch TV first!
I thought that the story had
some interesting sub-plots and was well written within its genre.
As an English person I would like to point out that some Americans have no idea of the concept of a normal sized house when they think that 1200 square foot is cosy and cocoon like. This is the size of an average UK 3 bedroomed house…
I Dare You b
HarperCollins UK, Avon
29 Nov 2019
AN INNOCENT GAME. A SHOCKING CRIME. A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS. Mapledon, 1989 Two little girls were out playing a game of dares. Only one returned home. The ten-year-old told police what she saw: village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley dragged her friend into his truck and disappeared. No body was found, but her testimony sent Cawley to prison for murder. An open and shut case, the right man behind bars. The village could sleep safe once again. Now… Anna thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call brings her back to face her past. 30 years ago, someone lied. 30 years ago, the man convicted wasn’t the only guilty party. Now he’s out of prison and looking for revenge. The question is, who will he start with?
This was not a story that I got on with. I found it too slow moving even though I attempted it twice. Sorry!