Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book Spotlight: Mr Maniac by Johan Fundin

I was recently given the opportunity to read the new novel, Mr Maniac by Johan Fundin, a murder mystery story set in the North of England.

Young female students are being murdered in the university city of Blackfield, and a horror suspense novelist is asked by his uncle, the lead detective on the case, to aid in the investigation. But there is something else going on here. The murders are eerily reminiscent of those in the writer's own new, and yet to be published, manuscript. He also has a particular connection with one of the victims.

Could he be involved? Has he taken on the persona of his own evil creation, the central character of his new novel?

With the help of his cat and a new girlfriend, who happens to be involved with a shadowy international law enforcement agency, Kenneth Sorin embarks on a path of discovery through both reality and his own subconscious to uncover the truth about the murders and his connection to them.

The book is populated with a variety of well drawn characters, including an old lady who is apparently ringing Kenneth from the grave, having passed on 10 years before! This novel is most certainly not your average crime story and contains some adult themes. It will keep you guessing right up until the final revelation, and I found it to be an excellent read which was a real page turner throughout.

Mr Maniac by Johan Fundin is published by Matador and is the author's first suspense thriller for the international market.

You can get your own copy here and on Amazon .

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Book Spotlight: Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee

Brief Synopsis

Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse?

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.


Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee is a very intriguing book. It is a very emotional novel which pulled me in from the very beginning. The threads of loss and family run through the novel and gives it a universal appeal which many of us can relate to. I loved delving into the story of the family curse. This made for a very atmospheric read for me. It's intriguing to follow Ian Perkins as he delves into his family's history and discovers more about how the story of his family all fits together.

This is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it! M. Jonathan Lee is an excellent writer, who is gifted at telling a story with lots of intriguing layers. This is a great read.

You can find out how to pre-order the novel here .

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.