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The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield, #1)

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield #1)  by Scott Nicholson

 

 

 

Ronnie Day, 13 year old son of David and Linda Day and older brother to his annoying little brother Tim, has a brain, likes to read and suffers from an overactive imagination. His little brother drove him crazy, his parents were always fighting now, or at least when his father came back to the house they were, and he had to pass by the old red church twice every day to and from school. Ronnie wishes he could be like other kids and not be afraid of the old red church but he swears he can feel someone or something always there, waiting. Just what its waiting for Ronnie’s not sure and he doesn’t want to know.

 

 

 
On the walk home from school, as they’re passing the red church, Tim falls behind Ronnie. Ronnie doesn’t want to go back and see what’s keeping  him. But as Tim insists, Ronnie slowly makes his way back, getting more and more uneasy as he sees that Tim has left the road and is at the old cemetery that sits near the church.

 

 

 
Ronnie’s imagination is taking flight when Tim’s find of a girlie magazine brings him back down to ground. Trying to think of a way to outsmart Tim to get the magazine for himself at first he is unaware of movement from behind him. When a bloody hand reaches out to grab his ankle, Ronnie takes flight, shouting for his little brother to run too.
Sherrif Littlefield hates the red church and has never liked going there. Years before, one Halloween,  when Sherrid Littlefield was a teenager he watched his little brother die here at the church. He’s never told anyone what he really saw as he knows no one will believe him, in fact he’s always wondered if he really saw what he did.

 

 

 
With the gruesome discovery in the old cemetery, Barkerville‘s sheriff Frank Littlefield is worried. Worried and scared. Is there a killer loose in his county or is it something more? Something black and evil? Something not of this world…

 

 

 
Several years ago horror novels were what I read the most. After reading a series of less than good novels from this genre, I got away from them. I decided to take a chance on this one because after reading a sample chapter I thought hmmm maybe this one will be the one that rekindles my interest in horror novels. It has!

 

 

 
I really enjoyed the pace of this book, the build up to the final confrontation kept me reading. The characters were well fleshed out and  believable. I stayed up late by myself, even my dog had gone off to bed, and this book had me checking behind me when I finally made my way off to sleep. For me I found it very reminiscent of an early Stephen King or Dean Koontz novel. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes to be frightened.

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I love to read on all sorts of different topics and genres. I read whatever looks appealing at the time. If I am asked to read and review a book, I try not to read anything about the book, except for what is written on the back cover or the inside flyleaf. I like to wait until I’m finished reading the book to see what others have to say. I want my review to be an honest reflection of what I feel, not what the majority of people are saying. I also never, never review a book that I haven’t finished reading. I have tried many times to finish this book over the years but just can’t. I would never write a review about it either as I have never finished it.

 

And Ladies of the Club

 

 

I don’t think that would be right because the book might have a different ending then I thought, a character could change or a plot twist. So as I said I just don’t think its appropriate to review a book that you haven’t finished.

 

 

When I do write a review, I try to back up what I am saying with what has happened in the book, without giving away too much of the story (which can be really difficult). But when I read someone’s review I don’t want to see “This book is terrific, 5 stars” with no reasons why it deserves 5 stars. And the same is true of a 1 star review. Saying “this writer can’t write” just doesn’t do it for me. I want to know why you think the writer can’t write.

I read a book recently called

 

 

Have a Nice Weekend

Have a Nice Weekend by Ian Ellis

 

 

 

and 1/4 of the way through, I stopped to read the reviews of other people. The reason I did this, was the book wasn’t reading the way the back cover was saying it would. I was surprised by all the glowing ratings, I will admit, and I checked to make sure that I was reading the same book that all these glowing reviews came from. I was! I went back to the book, hoping it would begin to draw my interest or that a character would become sympathetic or anything positive, but I didn’t find that. I finished reading the book and published my review, which I gave 1 star to. I really, really dislike having to do that, but I found nothing that made me like this book at all. But I didn’t write the review to be hurtful, just to say what I thought of the book. I also hated

 

 

The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

 

 

I did finally finish it a few years after I originally started it. I thought the premise was good, some of his characters where okay, but the book just dragged on and on and didn’t go anywhere for hundreds of pages. But I’ve talked to others who absolutely love this book and say that Stephen King nailed the characters so well.

 

 

I’m not a writer, except for my reviews and my blog that is. But I would think that what you don’t want is for people NOT to talk about your book. If they’re talking, more people are going to pick it up to read it, just to see what all the talk is about. It would bother me more if no one talked about my book, or read my book, or gave me feedback. That is a great way to improve your skills, not just in writing, but in many areas.

 

 

I write reviews to try to help other people decide if a book might be the right fit for them, not to take shots at the author or to others that have a different opinion then me. When I finish a book, I love to read all the reviews, good and bad. Its helped me a few times to gain a new perspective on a novel which is great. If you ever come across a review (mine or someone else’s) that you disagree with and want to leave a comment, please be respectful.


THANK YOU TO ALL THE BOOK ILLUSTRATORS!

While browsing at local Nanaimo  book stores, or online at GoodReads, LibraryThing, or Amazon, if I am not looking for a particular book, the first thing to attract me is the book cover.

Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, Book 1).
Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, Book 1).   is one of those. I prefer a physical paper book that I can hold in my hands, but there are times when I look for a good eBook. When I saw the cover for Dark Genesis, it drew me immediately. After reading the synopsis, I requested a review copy from A. D. Koboah. The book lived up to the book cover. (My review will be posted soon.)

And children’s books rely heavily on the book illustrators.

J.P. Trouble J.P. Trouble by Ryan Hill  The illustrator of this book, Stacy Evans, did a fantastic job of bring each pages words out in a beautiful, colorful drawing. They were bold, whimsical and helped to tell the story.

Other times, though, I have been misled by the cover art, in that it really has little to do with the book.Virgin Heat Virgin Heat by Laurence Shames I thought this would have something to do with pets gone wild, wrong! I don’t remember any where in this book anything about any kitten, certainly not one surrounded by fire!

Now this is bad cover art. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Sta... Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris.  I really don’t like to say anything bad, but this looks like a child drew this. I don’t know, maybe one did. And if that’s the case, nice job, otherwise it looks bad! Now I know its wrong to judge a book by its cover, but looking at this one, I have no interest in this book at all. And that I think is really sad. I don’t know how many books I’ve passed up over the years simply because the cover art is bad.

Now that I’m a little older and hopefully??? wiser, when I’m looking for a particular genre, like horror writer extraordinaire Stephen King   The Stand

I try not to let the cover art sway me into taking a book or leaving it, just on that basis.

Good or bad, thank you to all the illustrators out there! Even if I don’t like the book cover art, I appreciate your hard work and the time you put into your work.

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