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Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani

 Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani Twelve powerful people are kidnapped and imprisoned in an empty hotel. Each one of them has three choices: Live out the rest of their days peacefully in the hotel, Die by suicide so the rest of their companions can go free, Or murder one of their companions so they alone can go free. The Only Way Out is Death follows the story of these twelve people from the perspective of a young lawyer, Kiriaki, told as the events unfold. She has to forge messy alliances, navigate complex relationships and feuds, and, above all, try to stay alive. Meanwhile, the mastermind of this death game is lurking just out of view, watching them closely, making sure they are primed for murder. Will Kiriaki find the mastermind before it's too late for her? Will she outmanoeuvre the cutthroats before they cut her throat? There are twelve selfish lives in the hotel. Will it end in twelve selfish deaths? The Only Way Out is Death is a fascinating nov

Review - Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

 Review - Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well - since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she's been plagued by nightmares.

But when someone close to her is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction.

Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there's a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns...

I loved this book! It's a thriller with supernatural elements, set in that staple of horror fiction, small town America. 

One of the things I really enjoyed about it is the way it played with feuds between bloodlines, from the distant past right up until the children of today, presented them as "just the way things are" but then slowly revealed the real reasons behind the bad blood, both from the stories of the past to the way things look when seen from another perspective. 

It is clever and sharp, with a perfect blend of originality with accepted horror tropes. Kat Ellis really knows her horror, and like in Harrow Lake, it informs her writing beautifully.

The pacing is superb throughout too, with the whole thing building up slowly and creepily to a breathtaking finale.


Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis is out now, published by Penguin Random House

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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