Don’t Play God

Eeny Meeny – M.J. Arlidge

Mystery, thrilling, fiction.

Rating 8/10

Detective Inspector Helen comes across one crime scene that had been kidnappings and only one victim survived to tell their tale. The dark twist is that they committed the murder of the other due to a decision. As more of these types of crimes happen, all seem familiar to Helen. As Helen is facing her own demons, everything is at risk to save more lives and to catch this murderer mastermind. When she does, the truth is ugly and darker than she had thought.

I really had enjoyed this mystery thriller. The narrative was incredible, and the story line was deeply thought into. There was a great slow build up to the climax. The idea of the victims choosing who will live and who will die is intense. and I felt exhilarated from reading this novel. I couldn’t put this book down. Sadly, there was some problems with the writing mechanics such as there were a few spelling errors and grammar issues. Overall, I quite enjoyed this novel. I do and would recommend this novel for sure. 

A Dark Twist to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

Alice – Christina Henry

Imaginary places, Carroll Lewis, Alice in Wonderland, thrilling, horror, fiction.

Rating 10/10

Alice went mad and was sent to be locked away at a mental asylum. One day, a fire breaks out at Hatcher, a man who lived in the cell beside hers rescues her and himself out of the fire. When the two escaped, Hatcher explains why the asylum went up in flames, it was because the Jabberwocky and the jabberwocky is angry due to its long-imprisoned life. Alice goes on with Hatcher on an adventure to find the blade. A bar keep tells Alice to avoid The Walrus and The Rabbit. Unfortunately, Alice had a run in with the infamous Rabbit long ago. She managed to escape but doesn’t remember due to all the drugs the hospital was giving her. Slowly as they’re journey progresses, she remembers taking the Rabbit’s eye and him marking her. The Cheshire Cat tells the two to go to the Caterpillar to find what they need to destroy the jabberwocky. Both take down the Caterpillar, the Walrus, and the Rabbit. Now the two must still find the sword to take down the jabberwocky.

I had thought that this novel was going to be innocent and a retelling of the classic, but I was glad I was wrong. This was no ordinary tale of a teenage girl following a white rabbit. The novel offered more and added horror and thrilling scenes. Christina Henry is excellent at the horror retelling of classic childhood stories into modernized tales for adults whom seek thrilling horror to enjoy. I enjoy classics but prefer to read the different variations of classic childhood tales as an adult. The theme was nothing was as it seemed in this novel. I recommend reading this novel for sure. I nearly finished this novel in one day.

Should’ve Been A Prequel To Jurassic Park

Dragon Teeth – Michael Crichton

Paleontologists, historical discoveries, science fiction, fiction, thrilling.

Rating: 8/10

Set in the year of 1876, William Johnson whom doesn’t wish to go touring of Europe wants to go with Paleontologist and Professor Marsh to the West to find fossils. After discussing with the professor to let him go, taking photography lessons, and convincing his family to let him go, William is ready to go West. Professor Marsh grows a bit suspicious of William, thinking that William is a spy that was employed by Edward Drinker Cope, Marsh’s was best friend into rival. Marsh abandons William behind because of paranoia. William comes across said “rival” and decides to go with him. This journey takes a turn for the worst.

I genuinely did enjoy this novel. Anything Michael Crichton writes is a masterpiece. However, I feel like this literature was a bit short and too quick paced. I prefer delayed gratification when it comes to thrilling science fiction. I feel as if maybe Crichton could’ve expanded this literature a bit more and go in depth. Otherwise it is phenomenal as Jurassic Park and The Lost World but sadly without the dinosaurs and playing with genetics. This feels as if this is a bridge to Jurassic Park since this is about strictly finding fossils and Jurassic Park explores the consequences of extracting DNA from amber to produce these extinct beings. Crichton should have mentioned like a familiar ancestor to John Hammond. I am not the author, but I feel like Crichton could have a lot of writing opportunities with this novel idea.

Eh This One Was Okay..

Asclepius – Christopher M. Rutledge

Assassination attempt, investigation, alternative medicinal doctors, conspiracy theories, murder mystery, thrilling, fiction

Rating 6/10

Doctor Geoffrey Chance Du Bois is an alternative medicine doctor who was targeted and was nearly assassinated in his own home. He isn’t the only one that’s been recently targeted. His fellow collogues were targeted and murdered as well. Some theories of their timely deaths might be the pharmaceutical industry, someone who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty. More and more deaths happen as it’s a race to catch the serial killer.

This small novel of one hundred and fifty-three pages could’ve been more thrilling. However, I am a fan of small murder mystery novels. This was exceptionally good and well written as well as thoroughly thrilling till the end. It was very different from what I have read before.