From inside the House – A review

From inside the House – WD Jackson-Smart

A dark and gripping ride!

Rating – 4/5

Firstly I must admit that Crime fiction is not normally my thing. I’m a lover of dark stories, gruesome stories, the supernatural and anything that makes the skin crawl. When I read the synopsis for ‘from inside the house’ though, I thought hey, this sounds pretty good.
So was I right? Short answer, yes!
Now ‘From inside the house’ is the second book in the D.I. Graves series of novels and at the point of writing this review, I have not read the first book. A big thanks to Panther Publishing for sending me an advance copy of this to review and I can definitely say I will be going back and reading the first instalment right away.
This being the second book, there are obviously some events from the previous book that carry over. Fortunately it does not bog down the story in this book and revelations from Daniel Graves last adventure are given to us steadily and in an easily understandable way that relates easily to the story being told. If like me, you are reading out of sequence, it does spoil the previous book but it does do a good job of making this book much easier to read from a stand alone point. Kudos to the author for that.
The story itself is well told and well paced, nothing feels like it slows down the narrative. All the characters, now well developed from a previous novel transfer over greatly and they all have distinct personalities. Being British myself it’s good to see the author capture the Britishness in the way people speak and act. I’m not normally one for British Fiction or Television as it all just feels too cheesy for me but there is none of that here. All the characters feel real and London feels alive (or not so much, depending on how you look at it).
In conclusion then I can definitively say I thoroughly enjoyed my time with ‘From inside the house’. It’s faced paced, dark and it’s definitely gruesome. All the things that keep me turning the page, or in this case, pressing the screen. Events from the previous novel are woven in seamlessly and the story winds naturally down to a point that leads right in to Daniel’s next adventure as well as tying up enough loose ends for it to feel like a satisfying conclusion. If you like a good crime thriller with a dose of horror and proverbial skin chill. This series is the one for you!

‘The Black Cat Sanctuary’ has begun!

The Black cat Sanctuary, my new serial novel has just begun over on my Patreon. Patrons can enjoy the first five scenes of the story right now!

Head over to patreon.com/benjaminlocke to read now!

The Black Cat Sanctuary tells the story of a boy and his black cat living a new world where life is strictly controlled. People must live within the walls of their city for their own safety and work to provide rations for their family. The world is a very different place now and people who remember the world before must come to terms with their new lives. William Edward chambers though is a very intelligent and quiet boy who keeps to mostly himself. People often wonder why the boy stays so calm in such a tumultuous world but theres one thing the boy cannot shake. Black cats are everywhere and nobody else seems to see them.

The Black Cat Sanctuary

Coming June 2nd 2019 to patreon.com/benjaminlocke

Click here to view the trailer

The Black Cat Sanctuary is a brand new novel set in a not too distant future where towns and cities are completely cut off from a world of death and destruction. People live happy lives inside their walls and life goes on seemingly as normal but for William Chambers, a young boy living life in these new confines…there’s something nobody else can see.

 

Support me on Patreon – Plus all new short story!

I’ve done it, I’ve taken the plunge. I’m on Patreon.

I’ve been a patron of other creators on there for some time now and after seeing the benefits to both creator and consumer, I thought it was time I give it a go!

Now live at Patreon.com/benjaminlocke you can find a selection of my stories available to read for free! yes free, though all new content going forward will be available as early access to all patrons before becoming available to the public.

Right now you can read a BRAND NEW short story called ‘Dark Heart’. A thriller following the new beginnings of a man after the brutal murder of his wife.

Over the coming days I will release other stories on my Patreon page including another never before seen short, so stay tuned!

After that, new content as mentioned, will be exclusive for patrons for a short time (length of time as yet undetermined). This content will be new short stories, flash fiction, novella’s and even a super secret serial story I have been working on for some time. shh don’t tell anyone, more info soon!

I will give regular updates about what I am working on and what you can expect, at least once a week as well as regular new content uploads! More details about content schedules in the coming days.

If you have read my work and would like to support me as well as get exclusive access and awesome extras, please head over to my Patreon page by following the link below. I hope to see you there!

Patreon.com/benjaminlocke

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SCRATCH – The first look

There’s an odd feeling about that place…

Welcome everybody, to Pine Rivers.

I’m really excited to be sharing with you, the first look at my upcoming novel, SCRATCH. Coming later this year to Wattpad and right here at benjaminlocke.wordpress.com

This sequence is fairly short, but it was the first scene I ever wrote when I started this story and immediately it took me to Pine Rivers. I hope you enjoy and I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks.

Click HERE to read the exclusive first scene.

SCRATCH

In case you missed it on Twitter a couple of weeks back, I announced my new project, ‘SCRATCH’ which is to be a two part novel, each part novella sized in length and will be published on Wattpad in the coming months. I don’t currently have a release date, the story is still being drafted, but I’m super excited to bring it to you all!

Updates…updates…

So I have been really busy over the last month or so…I’ve been on holiday. I’ve written pieces for 25yearslatersite.com I’ve been flooded with inspiration out of nowhere and I currently have 2 novels on the go. By which I mean I’m writing them. One has taken a back seat while I focus on Scratch which I revealed on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, but it is all very exciting and I can’t wait to get it out to you guys real soon!

I’m going to be giving some more details about Scratch this weekend, so stay tuned! 🙂