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The Doom Murders

The Doom Murders (The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries Book 1) by [Brian O'Hare]

The Doom Murder’s book by Brian O’Hare is a novel that is engaging from the beginning to the end, with a lot of suspense. This book amazed me with all that was tightly packed in a murder mystery, police drama, a little love story, and ending with a redemption. In this book, Mr. O’Hare’s writing is engaging and on point, helping to keep the reader engaged in the story. O’ Hare puts a vivid picture in the readers’ minds about the detectives who are working on the cases to help the reader understand the senseless murders’ that have taken place.

The Doom Murder’s is an interesting novel about a serial killer, who had a religious motive. This story is based in Ireland and follows a series of gruesome murders’ involving the Catholic  church. The author does well to ensure the murders’ are sensational, even detailing the killer’s habit of numbering the bodies. These types of chilling details, coupled with religious undertones, gives the story a uniquely horrifying perspective.

The novel begins to unfold as the main character (DCI Jim Sheehan) discovers new clues and information from witnesses. The story for the most part is told from his point of view. This allows the reader to learn new things and uncover shocking truths right along side him. As the suspense continues, a Catholic Bishop was found beaten, naked, and even oddly posed in his Belfast study.

All of the victims are Catholic, hold different positions of leadership and all seem to have not followed the killers’ notion of what God wants in those entrusted to uphold the faith. Each victim is killed and posed in ways that reflect their sins. The exceptional story telling and and dark mystery remind me of the first season of the TV show True Detective. Another aspect that adds to the enjoyment of the book for me is the budding romance of the cathedral organist Margret Sands and Inspector Sheehan. This happy relationship, provides a needed counterpoint to the ugliness of the murders in this novel. The main characters are generally well written and realistic, though I did feel like there was an excessive amount of characters, especially when it came to Sheehan’s immediate team of detectives.

I enjoyed this book as a whole, from the Police procedural, Northern Ireland, the Murder, and the mystery at the heart of this story all came together to deliver and unique and gripping story. I found that the investigations, interviews, the characters, and the scenes all played a significant role in this book, and I found I was just as desperate to find the killer as the detectives were. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detailed murder mysteries that are grounded but thrilling. Fast paced and intriguing, The Doom Murders is consistently entertaining.

Pages: 374 | ASIN: B0176IW9B6

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The Art Of Losing

The Art of Losing. Nooshin Mohajerin,. Kartoniert (TB) - Buch

What do you do when life gets you down? Do you stay down and give up on trying to get up? Do you let yourself drown? No. You get up and you try again. Many times, you will fall right back down but then success is built on how many times you get up. The Art of Losing is a book of short stories about human suffering and failures. They are about everyday people with everyday issues just trying to get by. Trying to beat life before it beats them.

Nooshin Mohajerin has taken a look at common failures that humans go through. It is about the failures that are designed to keep you in a rut. At first glance, they just seem like regular entertaining stories to keep you busy, but much more deeply, they are stories to encourage you. Stories that lead you to triumph. They are stories meant to get you to look at your life and that of others with fresh eyes. This is a very motivational little book to have, especially with so many disappointments plaguing everyone on the daily.

The author seeks to speak to the regular person. The idea is to show that no one has a monopoly on failure. That suffering can be a good thing. Take for example the story of how shiny metals are shaped. They go through intense heat so that they can be molded into something beautiful. Everyone should consider themselves a precious metal that is simply being molded. This is the essence of the book. To show you that in the end, you will be a lustrous jewel.

This book is written in very simple language. It is written with a certain poignant and sad undertone that affects the reader. It gets you thinking about your own failures. This book will kickstart your second wind. The stories are short and deeply meaningful. It is a short book to bring with you on particularly grueling days. Like, say, that job interview after you have had numerous rejections. This book is a supportive companion. It is a sympathetic friend.

There are some errors but they are small issues here and there. They are barely noticeable considering the strong message of the book. The Art of Losing is thought-provoking. It can be entertaining to some degree especially the balloon story although it ends in tears.

ISBN-10: 6139858852

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The Confessional: A Peerless Short Story

The Confessional: A Peerless Short Story by [Kuykendall, A.K.]

Reinhold Commons Webster likes being in church. His family hopes he will follow the priesthood path, and his only desire is to be an altar boy. However, he is thrust into an abyss of sadistic abuse. He watched his friend penetrated with impunity until he could no longer hold on to life. The same end awaited him. Therefore Reinhold makes a deal that provides him with a little reprieve. With no one else willing to help him or the others, this deal is his only hope. The deal does nothing to erase what has already happened but what comes next will have to be enough.

This story, albeit short, is aggressively evocative. Written in such detail, the candor of it is well justified by the desire to shine a light on this abomination. The author also puts a spotlight on the role of parents and other authority figures in all of this. Their adverse reactions to the damaging situations the victims are plunged into. Figures who choose to ridicule these children rather than save them from their plight.

This is a very purposeful book. It might seem a bit crass, but the painful detail in this story is very necessary and intentional. It works to ingrain an image that would potentially start a movement for the rescue of actual victims. The end is quite alarming and should serve as a warning to perpetrators.

The confessional is a place where people go to seek solace and relief from the burden of sin. However, in this instance the title serves as a reminder that these places represent personal hells for some people. As a reader, one cannot help but weep for the poor boys. One cannot help but advocate for the punishment of the perpetrator. This is the extent of the writer’s to appeal to the reader’s soul by use of words and language.

This story should be used as a rallying call against child abuse everywhere and especially of the sexual sort. It should stand as a war cry for abused children everywhere to appeal to their parents for help. It is evocative and stern in no uncertain terms. The author’s passion for this cause is obvious and this story is engaging and thought provoking.

Pages: 49 | ASIN: B07PGTS8LC

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