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- ASIN : B07BJMMNT8
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books (April 1, 2018)
- Publication date : April 1, 2018
- Language: : English
- File size : 2402 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,000 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Johnny Malkin is a great protagonist to follow, largely due to his strong work ethic and desire to connect more with the children he comes across while working as a social worker. Of course, his overworking does have negative effects on his personal life, but it's hard to fault someone with that much passion. Malkin is one of those characters that you can't help but feel connected to and become invested in his life.
Southern is a whiz at creating characters that are authentic and actually come across as real people, both good and bad. There are so many grey areas involved in people's actions, and Southern always seems to incorporate those ideas into his work extremely well. Before I picked up this book, I was also slightly skeptical about the supernatural addition to this story, but it was also what intrigued me so much about this book. I ended up really loving how this element successfully mixed myth with modern day life and created a unique but fascinating storyline.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was the bigger issues that framed the story, such as doing what is right versus doing what is easy, open-mindedness versus close-mindedness, and so many more incredibly relevant topics that I think we can all benefit from discussing more. Southern does a fantastic job of taking risks with his writing, and I love that; nothing seems to be off-limits, and he handles his subjects extremely well. I zoomed right through this book due to how suspenseful and well-written it was, and I found myself having a hard time putting this book down--I just wanted to keep reading and find out what would happen next.
Before I wrap up, I also just want to add this isn't a book for the fainthearted, so if difficult subjects aren't for you, this might not be for you. However, I still recommend anyone who wants a great, page-turning book pick this one up and give it a shot.
Overall, I've given Pendle Fire four stars! If you're looking for a dark, shocking thriller with a bit of a supernatural edge then look no further and pick up a copy of Pendle Fire.
Pendle Fire is the first book I have read by Paul Southern and I'm impressed with how he mixes what would be an interesting story in itself with the added myth of The Hobbledy Man. I actually had to google The Hobbledy Man to see if there are any historical facts concerning him, but alas lol, or perhaps thankfully he's just for this book.
This is a book with lots of tension right from the start. You just know that something will happen as the violence on the streets gets worse and the main characters are getting closer and closer to a confrontation at Pendle Hill. I really enjoyed reading this book, I loved the added myth of a mysterious figure that reappears through history and is said to bring the world to an end of not a sacrifice is made. It's such an engrossing tale!
This is the second book I have read by the author, and he just has an amazing knack for creating characters, both good and bad, that seem so real. So multidimensional that imagining them while reading is no problem at all. Descriptions of places and events were well done, and even I, an American that's never been to England, had no problem seeing the story in my mind.
Overall, this book is so well written, with so many different and interesting angles, yet wrapped up perfectly. It made me think, it gave me chills, and at times scared me!
This book is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble so get it now! A definite 5 star book!
Big thanks to Paul Southern for gifting me a copy to read and give my honest review!
Top reviews from other countries
The book follows two main characters PC Shaf and Johnny Malkin. They are both caught up and a whirlwind of violence and mystery and the deeper they go the more confusing it gets for them to separate the truth from fiction.
I’ve reviewed for the author previously and knew from the off that the direction I as a reader would go would be turned on its head.
The story line is very engrossing and tackles some difficult subjects such as grooming with some very detailed accounts at times and while it’s a hard subject to read about it added to the mystery of the tale..for me I was left undecided as to the true culprit(s) of the of the events that played out and I feel the author wrote it this way to engage with the reader..you decide the ending you believe.
I’m all about the flow of a book and the alternating perspectives worked well and kept things fresh adding suspense as the tale progressed.
Overall a fast paced dark and disturbing tale, well written with a decent page count makes this an easy read to get stuck into.
This is the second book by Paul Southern that I have read and boy is it different to his first one, but different in a good way. The author brings us a story that talks about pedophile rings, grooming cults and a touch of supernatural.
Pendle Fire is one hell of a dark and twisted read which some readers may find disturbing due to the subject matter with some very uncomfortable scenes which will certainly make you cringe.
Not only do we have a gritty thriller but this story has plenty of history. I have to say that I couldn't put this book down I was desperate to know what was going to happen next. I take my hat off to the author for writing a story about uncomfortable subject matters making this a weird and engrossing read with an element of horror.
I liked the fact that the main character is a social worker he is a character you cannot help but like. The toughness of his job is portrayed throughout this story. what more can I say but if you are looking for something different this is the book for you. Which I highly recommend giving it 4 stars.
Lack of money, lack of education and lack of goodwill between whites and Asians, a rightist weirdo cult set on doing harm in the name of some dream of laying ancient ghosts, and a new hysteria over the grooming of sub-teen girls – it leads inexorably to gut-wrenching disaster.
The ‘goodies’ and the ‘baddies’ are carefully, and brilliantly, mixed, with the two ultimate ‘heroes’ a young Pakistani policeman up to his neck in confusion and racial horror, and an English social worker going down beneath an ever-increasing weight of pain and overwork. It’s not a comfortable or a comforting read, but it moves like a train. I think it’s excellent.