Book Review: The Prophecy of Bees by R.S Pateman

The Prophecy of BeesWhat’s it about?BBC 2014

Moving to Stagcote Manor was meant to be a fresh start for Lindy and her teenage daughter Izzy. A chance at a new life in the country after things went so wrong in London. But for Izzy it is a prison sentence.

There’s something about the house that she can’t quite put her finger on. Something strange and unnerving. As Izzy begins to explore the manor and the village beyond its walls, she discovers the locals have a lot of bizarre superstitions and beliefs. Many of them related to the manor . . . and those who live there.

When Izzy begins to investigate the history of the estate, her unease deepens to fear as the house’s chilling past finally comes to light.

My thoughts

This is author R.S Pateman’s second novel which like his first novel has a supernatural feeling about it and is also told from a female perspective.

Told from Izzy’s point of view, we meet her and her mother Lindy as they are leaving one life in London to start afresh in the country, in the back of beyond! Initially Izzy comes across as a spoilt brat; one most teenagers will probably identify with and most parents will recognise the behaviour. As newcomers into the village which is filled with intrigue, superstition and underlying chilling secrets they begin to settle in to their new home but Izzy soon starts to realise all is not as it seems.

The tension is created from the setting, the weird goings on, Lindy’s refusal to believe the superstitions and to take Izzy’s concerns seriously so inevitably it’s leading up to devastating consequences.

As the story progresses I was a little perturbed by the relationship between Izzy and Howard – I questionned whether this would be a natural/normal type of friendship given their ages, although I couldn’t age  Howard specifically I considered him to be much older and wondered if this was acceptable or believable and it did cross my mind that this might lead to something untoward.

I liked the historical side to the story, Izzy and the research, it was all very well put together and felt very realistic. And, who knew there were so many superstitions!

Although I had my suspicions on what was actually happening and who or what was responsible, the ending totally came out of the blue for me, I constantly harp on in my reviews about books that have typical predictable endings but this was bloody great.

This book can be enjoyed by adults but at times I felt it may have been written with young adults more in mind. Nonetheless, it’s an easy read which I raced through in a couple of sittings – it was one of those books I wished I hadn’t read so quickly and would love to read again but you just can’t unknow the ending. Just one thing that I didn’t like and that was Lindy constantly calling Izzy ‘honey’ which I found a bit annoying.

I actually finished the book before I went to sleep and had a rough nights sleep that night, things kept playing on my mind which rarely, if ever, happens to me with books. It doesn’t help that my bed faces the chimney breast and I couldn’t remember which way my pillows should face! 🙂

Many thanks to Rob for sending me through an advance copy.

p.s Come back Monday as I have a really interesting interview with Rob and a super duper giveaway!

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WWW Wednesday (November 19)

Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading and is open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Children ActI’m currently reading The Children Act by Ian McEwan for my regular book club but I’m also planning on trying out a new book club at the end of this month who are also reading the same book. Two birds, one stone and all that.

Well, so far, it’s been a pretty slow start with quite a mixed up plot which skips about all over the place, so who knows how this is going to pan out!

What did you recently finish reading?

The Way You Look TonightI’ve recently finished reading The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley which was a good read. Probably not one for die hard crime fans but a good read nonetheless. Review will follow soon.

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Prophecy of BeesMy next read will the The Prophecy of Bees by RS Pateman. This is Rob’s second book, following the chilling psychological thriller The Second Life of Amy Archer and one that I’m really looking forward to reading.

 

 

  Have you read any of these, or want to recommend one for my next read?

My favourite reads of 2013

Out of the 64 books I’ve read this year, I gave 12 5 stars on Goodreads; these were:

(click on the titles to go to the reviews)

Perfect People by Peter James

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson

The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes

The Disappearance of Emily Marr by Louise Candlish

The Second Life of Amy Archer by RS Pateman

A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

The Humans by Matt Haig

Killing Floor by Lee Child

Take a Look at Me Now by Miranda Dickinson

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

Lost and Found by Tom Winter

The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thompson

It’s not always about how well a book is written but also about how much I’ve enjoyed it and I suppose at different times you enjoy certain books more than others.

What were your favourite reads of 2013?

GIVEAWAY – A signed copy of The Second Life of Amy Archer by RS Pateman

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Here I have up for grabs is a signed copy of The Second Life of Amy Archer by R S Pateman. I’ve read this recently, really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.  Now you can get your hands on a signed copy all for yourself! Go on…you know you want too – it’s a FREE book 🙂

Need further convincing to enter – read my review here .

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The blurb:

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace…now she’s back.

On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart.

On the tenth anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth’s world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember; the name of her favourite toy, the place where she scratched her initials, what Beth likes for breakfast. But this can’t be Amy, she hasn’t aged a day…

Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what happened to Amy.

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UPDATE – winner was Jenny from Jenny in Neverland

Book Review: The Second Life of Amy Archer by R.S Pateman

the-second-life-of-amy-archerWhat’s it about?

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace…now she’s back.

On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart.

On the tenth anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth’s world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember; the name of her favourite toy, the place where she scratched her initials, what Beth likes for breakfast. But this can’t be Amy, she hasn’t aged a day…

Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what happened to Amy.

My thoughts

Whether you believe in reincarnation or not this is a gripping psychological thriller which I really enjoyed. This debut novel by a male author is written from a woman’s perspective but also a mother’s and I think it comes across very well.

Beth is indecisive in what she believes but I think that only makes her more of a believable character. Let’s face it, the majority of people would think she was nuts and not give her the time of day if she started spouting off about her daughter being reincarnated and I could only empathise with her.

It keeps you guessing right up until the end – is she / isn’t she Amy and even after you’re still not 100% convinced either way. These are the best books – the ones you’re still thinking about days after!

I wasn’t quite sure about the past life regression session, I didn’t know if it would be that easy but all will be revealed. I can’t say too much without spoiling! There are so many twists and turns in this book and one point I suspected Beth’s friend and confidante Gill had something to do it but I was going up one of the many garden paths there!

There are some difficult subjects in this book as well as the disappearance of Amy, such as paedophiles, child abuse and the effects this has on families and their victims so probably not for the faint hearted!

Overall it’s an excellent first novel and is one of my favourite reads for this year, if you enjoyed SJ Watson’s Before I Got To Sleep you should enjoy this.

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