Sunday, 8 April 2012

Book Review - Cycles

Title: Cycles
Author: Lois D Brown
Publisher: Levanter Publishing
Release Date: 15 Dec 2011

She remembers things that never happened.
She's a stranger in her own home.
She always knew she was different.
She just didn't know why.
Until now.
Renee Beaumont is about to die . . . again.

My Review
I recieved an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I must admit I have had this for a couple of months, I am so far behind with my review books it's unreal, I just don't seem to have time to sit down with my laptop and read (excuses, excuses I know) and actually once I sat down and read this I got through it very quickly, took me just over 2 hours to read.

Renee gets on very well with her neighbor Dr Dawson, but other people say he is weird, odd and shouldn't be trusted. When Renee has an accident she finds out that Dawson has bags of blood stored in his cellar, her best friend Sam and her decide to find out whose blood it is and why he has got it. But the secrets she find changes her life forever, and things are about to get much worse.

To be honest when I was asked to review this I did have hesitation, I am a bit of a wimp and don't do well with blood, this sounded a bit like a thriller, but I kept going back to the email and couldn't make myself delete it, so in the end I replied with a yes. For some reason I was drawn to this book, and I'm glad I accepted it.
It isn't scary at all, there is plenty of mystery and some fantastic bad guys and some nail biting moments, but that's all part of what makes it such a gripping story.
It's also refreshing to see something that has a bit of mystery and edging on sci-fi/paranormal without having to mention wolves/vampires/dragons etc. You don't get many like that any more and I liked having a change, this is more about scientific discoveries and ancient legends. 
Renee comes to life on the page, I got a real feel of life from her, I could see where she was coming from and I started to like her. Sam, her best friend, is a bit of a nerd, would rather read than kick a football, to be honest - my type of guy. He has moments where he is really insensitive and a bit dim, but he has a good heart and I liked him as a sort of unlikely hero.
There are a lot of possibilities as to who is the bad guy in this book and I had plenty of theories and guesses but I was surprised by who it was, I mean that character was on my villain list but not near the top, they kept wavering on and off my radar.
The book is well written and flows really well. I literally sat down last night thinking I would read 50/60 pages before switching off my computer and going to be, but I ended up reading 160 pages and I only put it off then as it was 12.30 at night and my eyes were hurting from staring at the screen so late. I then finished it first thing this morning.

Overall a great story of suspense and intrigue, well worth a read.

My Rating

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