The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us

Reviewed by Jetana Mutter

*This book was provided for an honest review

It’s been said that humans as a species only hear what we want to; only see what we want to. When it comes to matters of the heart, we like to turn a blind eye to the unpleasant things. We don’t like to be reminded that humans as a whole aren’t perfect. Then, we might see or hear something that we can’t ignore any longer- we could hear something that doesn’t sound quite right and jump to conclusions without fully knowing the truth. Alternatively, we could see something that we can no longer rationalize away to ourselves to continue in the lie. Perhaps we think we see things that we want to see there, but do not exist. The saying “to assume, makes an ass out of u and me” is true. We make assumptions based on these things… but what if our assumptions aren’t right at any angle?

The Wife Between Us features a classic plot of man meets young woman, marries her then sometime down the road of marriage, falls in love with another woman and the wife is now sitting out in the cold. What sets this one apart from the many before it (and I’m sure after) is the twists that are thrown at us. We assume when we read the title that it will be a tale filled with jealousy, obsessions, and a desperate wife to stop the relationship between her husband and the other woman. Assume nothing though as the plot thickens and curves every time we think we have it figured out. Learn to read between the lies and find out where the truth really begins.

The Wife Between Us was written by both Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. This tale is broken down into three parts- and I’ll admit the first part being the hardest to get through in my opinion. It shifts back and forth between two women’s points of view- which is fine in itself- but the way it was written bounced between first and third person. We got to experience everything that the wife felt first hand at the demise of her marriage and see into the life of Nellie, the seemingly other woman, in third person as if it were being told to us. The end of the first part is one hell of a mind blower though and the writing pattern shows that the first part was written that way out of necessity. It will propel us into the next part with such force that we have no choice but to hold onto the edge of our seats as we try to figure out where this sordid tale really began. It’s more than where the story began, it’s finding out what happens now. Dive into this book for a mind twisting story that will keep you on your toes in this exciting thriller that revolves around what one woman would do to stop the man she married being with her new and younger replacement. It definitely is a read that you won’t be able to put down once you get the first shock, and it will have you begging for more.

Title: The Wife Between Us

Author: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Publication Date: January 2018

Page Count: 352 pages

Price: $26.99

ISBN: 9781250130921

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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Psychological Breakdown

Psychological Breakdown

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

I have been wanting to read this book for a while; actually, ever since I read Puckered (which features Mr. Hughes and also Peter Oliver Wonder). It was incredible storytelling that made me wonder what else can come from these two demented minds; I wasn’t let down with this masterpiece by David Owain Hughes. Psychological Breakdown is a masterstroke because it is compiled of a collection of shorts that give you the insight into many different points of the breakdown process. A state of madness dwells within us, capable of reaching anyone at any time. A psychological breakdown. Perhaps the darkness takes over, ushering you to the brink of holding back the abuse or from wanting a taste of revenge. Maybe it’s a fascination of electronics that sends you into a tailspin. Then, there are the kinky needs of sexual desires. You start to wonder if maybe you are precariously balancing that line between ‘normal’ and utter chaos.

You may even wonder, as I did, if David himself was on the edge of tearing everyone to pieces while shouting ‘die, die, die’! When you start reading Psychological Breakdown, it will grab you by the soul while starting out in the wonderfully constructed world that Mr. Hughes has brought to the reader’s by letting you taste the apple in a twist of Adam and Eve. Further into the book, there is a twist of Jack and the Beanstalk in a short called Magic Beans; that one is in the top three of my favorites in this collection. My favorite short in Psychological Breakdown, by far, is Fillial Cannibalism with Caution: Slippery When Wet following in very closely. Both are set around vengeance and you do not know who- or what- is in the darkest pits of someone you royally stabbed in the back.

If you love the disturbing, grotesque, erotic and extreme, then David Owain Hughes is right for you. The start of the mayhem draws you in and never releases you until you reach the end. It will linger with you for a while- there is even a wonderful recipe that you will never forget. Some of what occurs inside will damage your mental state, it could turn into pleasure for some, or it can be very resourceful to others. There will be people who just thought it would be fun to read this book because it has serial killers, skulls and the word KILL all over it. Are you ready to feast your eyes on some pleasurable moments of blood splatter and enough death that would give the Angel of Death a massive hard on? Why are you still reading this review then? Go get a copy and start reading for yourself! I should warn you though it is quite descriptive.

David Owain Hughes, you are one of the best in the horror genre. I want to thank you for your work. Mr. Hughes plants you into the scene right from the first sentence and keeps you ensnared by your gut while you continue to build the relationships with the characters he provides. He will either shock, awe, twist your mind or make you laugh. Psychological Breakdown is the perfect book for anyone who wants a taste of Hughes writing style. You get twenty shorts- eleven of which have been in various anthologies- to experience the different situations Hughes sets for his characters. It was an absolute pleasure to read this and I will be waiting to see more from David in the future. If anyone calls themselves a horror-fanatic, avid extreme horror reader or loves books about death and blood and you are sitting there, staring at your shelves and see that you don’t own a book by David Owain Hughes, then you should be ashamed of yourself.

Convenience

Convenience

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

If you don’t know who Andrew MacKay is, shame on you; but, it is not too late for you to read the work that comes from his genius mind that lies inside the pages of his books. I’d like to welcome you to another mind-altering book created by MacKay. He has written many books that range from comedy to horror and thriller; but Convenience is definitely in a category all of it’s own. It shifts to the left, the right and slams through to hit the water beneath. I have read books from MacKay about school shootings and terrorism, enjoyed being inside the mind of a coma patient, been inside the mind with a brain tumor and God knows what else will happen when it comes from MacKay’s mind. But, I believe Convenience is one of the best works of his to read so far. If you are a fan of Andrew’s, then Convenience is for you. Now, let’s dip inside and I’ll tell you a little.

Convenience is filled with the reality of a worker named Willy Gee. Willy works at the Kaleidoscope Shopping Centre in Chrome Valley. He is one of the most important people that works there other than your security guards; Willy is a supervisor of the facilities of Kaleidoscope. Yes, it was a big shock for me as well. Willy has been doing this type of work for a very long time, making sure he is on top of cleaning every hour, on the hour. He checks every cubicle and checks both the men and women’s restrooms to clean. It is that we don’t know what happens that really terrifies us. Are you ready to dive in the toiletries and roll in the filth of the cubicles with Willy Gee; bringing the madness and chaos that is waiting to reveal itself inside? Well, what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy of Convenience today… and welcome to a shift in Willy’s world.

I have written a few reviews about Mr. MacKay’s work, but I have to say that this book touched me on a different level. Andrew has brought the ability to see inside of a normal working person at a mall and bring the craziest, most bizarre story that makes you shake your head and ask yourself, what did I just read? It is an experience that MacKay brings you with every book he writes, taking something completely normal and bringing absolute chaos by telling you the deepest, darkest secrets of it- connecting you to his stories. MacKay is skilled and clever in his word choices and layouts of his books, which results in the best stories, hands down. He brings a strong connection to the world of his imagination and you, the reader; but he also connects his books to each other in some way. It is fantastic and not something you see very much of. I look forward to his next release, as always, filling my bookshelves with Andrew MacKay’s work with each book that comes from his messed up mind.

 

Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Assessment of Ted Bundy

Violent Mind

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

Most minds are not like mine; I bought my first serial killer book when I was nine years old and fell in love with the twisted psychopaths after that. I look into all different kinds of serial killers to learn their habits, wants and needs- to find out what drives them to the brink of madness. How did they become that way? It is what I always try to figure out. It is more of an art form to these particular people. Some can cover up that darkness, but some are completely overtaken by the dark side of their minds. If you have a respect towards the crazies (as I call them) then you will respect this book, titled Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Assessment of Ted Bundy. You may ask yourself why and I’ll tell you, but where should I begin? I fell in love from the title alone, Assessment of Ted Bundy; but not only is it an assessment of a very famous serial killer, but the author- Dr. Al Carlisle- was actually a part of the assessment team for ninety days. Are you ready to explore the depths of the twisted inner working of a true violent mind? If you are, then look no further.

Ted Bundy was convicted of aggravated kidnapping in March of 1976 of a young woman in Salt Lake City, Utah; at the time of this conviction, he was not accused or convicted of any other violent crimes. Many of Bundy’s friends and family did not believe he was capable of doing these heinous acts of violence. The judge presiding over the case ordered a psychological evaluation on Bundy, which was performed with a ninety-day diagnostic team at the Utah State Prison where Ted was sent after trail. Dr. Carlisle was one of these team members. You will go in depth with them in this step by step process using the actual questions given to Bundy and his genuine answers to them. The judge will use the assessment- alongside of Dr. Carlisle’s evaluation- to gain the information needed to decide whether he should serve time or be released on probation. With these until recently unpublished findings, you can understand why and how Bundy became the most famous one of the all.

Dr. Al Carlisle should be praised to the higher tops of the globe for providing the world his eye-to-eye experience with Ted Bundy. Through reading this phenomenal assessment, he made me feel as if I were there across from Bundy, reliving the process that Carlisle went through in 1976. I thank Dr. Carlisle humbly for that. He also provided us with not just the assessment, but also never before seen interviews (the kind that make people all around the world buy blu rays just to see hours upon hours of extra footage) that includes letters that Ted Bundy actually wrote to Dr. Carlisle. Throughout this book, you build this emotional attachment from Bundy’s answers because you get to experience his personality. I have learned way more about him from Dr. Carlisle than I ever would have from a movie, documentary or anything else out there. He is lucky and fortunate to have done this to be able to provide all these great experiences to the society within a disturbed world; furthering the understanding of the inner minds of serial killers and how they work. Not only has Carlisle interviewed Ted Bundy, but he has done so with other serial killers and I will be looking into more from him- reading more of his extensive research and interviews with the others.