#BookReview of Turn the Other Way by Stuart James @StuartJames73 @BOTBSPublicity #mustread

Posted April 10, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 10 Comments

#BookReview of Turn the Other Way by Stuart James @StuartJames73 @BOTBSPublicity #mustread

Turn The Other Way by Stuart James
on February 8, 2019
Pages: 300
Also by this author: Apartment Six, The House on Rectory Lane, Stranded

Sometimes revenge is the deadliest game of all.

A derelict farmhouse in the Essex countryside. A deranged family. Innocent victims being picked at random.If you're chosen, Turn The Other Way.

Simon Bairstow is a top London Surgeon. He's performed dozens of life-saving operations. But something goes horribly wrong. The machine Eve Johnson is attached to flatlines, and suddenly her parent's world has collapsed.They're hell bent on revenge, someone to answer for the horrific error that's been made.

Noah and Jess are driving on a busy dual carriageway and get stuck in traffic. They hear thumping coming from the back doors of the transit van in front of them. When Noah steps out onto the road, he hears muffled screams. He opens the back doors and what he sees shocks him to the core. The van pulls off, spilling Noah onto the road.Ignoring his wife's plea to leave it, he hits the accelerator in pursuit of the van.

Chloe's parents are missing. She hasn't seen them since they left the party in Hampstead on Friday night. She needs answers, deciding to take matters into her own hands.

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Islington in North London late at night leaving his victims in a horrific way.The press have dubbed him The Angel Attacker.

A terrifying tale of revenge with a twist that will hit you like a sledgehammer.

I am really excited to be welcoming Stuart James to my blog with my review of his terrifying book Turn the Other Way! I am closing the tour with Sylv.net so do be sure to check out their post!

My Review

Excuse me while I check all windows and doors are bolted. Note to self: never pick up a hitchhiker, never stop at services, never drives the lanes, basically just never trust anyone!! Wowzers this book! After I had read Lorraine’s review over at The Book Review Café, I knew this was a book I had to read. Bloody hell!

It’s true I am speechless, this book was a true horror, it was sadistic, terrifying, and thrilling as I sat there reading with my hand either on my head in shock or biting my finger in fear. I have been on edge reading this, with no idea how this would end. No relief has been given to me at the end, just questions and shocks.

I can’t talk about the story too much, as you really do need to go into this book in the dark. It is one of the most messed up books I have read in such a long time! It lingers with you long after you have read the words “The End” because of the chilling storyline. Some of the story was a little bit unbelievable at times and has left me too many opened ended threads, but it all worked, where the crazy just seems the norm – and that is scary. The more shocking, dramatic and gruesome it got the more it set your teeth on edge. Something straight out of a horror film.

The story is told over a then and now, but through different couples point of view, and I really could not see how everything was linked until it was far too late. The outcome was unexpected and has shot my nerves to pieces.

This is my first outing with Mr James and I am being serious when I say it will not be my last, with a new book coming out that I have to read (like yesterday) and 2 previous books out there already, I am fast going to be a huge fan! The writing is raw, real and shocking, nothing is held back. What you fear is on these pages. The darkness inside a person is laid out to you in black and white, and it is enjoyable, to an extent, to read. I was drawn in straight away to the crazy town even though at 20% into the Turn the other way I really did not have a scooby what was going on but I loved it. I love sitting there apprehensive waiting for something sinister to happen, scaring myself, reading what would be known as urban legends. It was a page turner for me and if I could I would have devoured this in one sitting, however, I think maybe the break did me good!!!!

Even after reading this book (and it’s only been 10 mins) I am still getting chills thinking about what to say about the book. I still feel fraught with the fear of what I have read, even though I know it’s not real and I am actually safe in this house it doesn’t help where your imagination goes. And if this book is anything to go by imagination is a dangerous and dark place!!

I think this is safe to say this is most definitely 100% going to be one of my top picks of the year. You can not read something so unsettling and that will stay with you long after you finish it without putting it there. I am not sure if I should say this but despite everything about this book I did really enjoy it, love might be too strong of a word but it was a book I liked, everything was thrown at me and thank god I made it to the end….not everyone did!

Until next time xxx

So what else has been said on tour?

The Ecletic Review says

The story is fast-paced and bone-chilling.  The suspense scenes are incredibly horrifying and the idea of having someone stalk you and throw you in a house with a disfigured mad man is everyone’s worst nightmare.

Baker’s Not So Secret Blog says

OMFG where the hell do I start! Every now and then I read a book that totally knocks me off my feet and it really does deserve some praise. Yes you guessed it….this is one of those books. I absolutely freaking loved it and want to shout from the roof tops about it.

It has been a long time since I have stayed up all night reading, but this book is so damn good it just had to be done.Talk about a white knuckle ride when we follow a story that alternates between the past and the present when we meet a cast of characters with a story set in a derelict farm house. Which is oh so very creepy.

(e)book Nerd Reviews says

It’s part Texas Chainsaw Massacre, partly a game of “six degrees of separation.”
I don’t want to say too much because this is the type of book that is better the less you know going into it. But prepare for a book that reads like a horror movie that you just can’t look away from. The characters depicted in the “Past” and “Present” sections are all interconnected, and unraveling the mystery is pat of the fun.

GingerBookGeek says

Oh my word, I cannot get over how much I enjoyed reading ‘Turn The Other Way’.  I do love a good thriller and as soon as I picked the book up, I found that I became totally immersed in the story.  Stuart writes so well and so convincingly that I literally felt as though I had leapt into the pages of the book and I was part of the story myself.  I soon became addicted to this story and as I had no idea of how the story was going to pan out I felt compelled (in a nice way) to keep reading on and on and on, but reading this book certainly didn’t feel like a chore.    This book kept me gripped and on the edge of my seat throughout.  I was concentrating so hard that every single little noise I heard made me jump out of my skin.  I am a bit of scaredy cat in that sense.

My BookishBlogspot says

Oh my, this novel was not what I was expecting. It was definitely not a cosy crime thriller, this was a full on horror story that somehow I found addictive and couldn’t put down. In some ways I enjoyed the macabre and fascinating tale of blood, gore and ultimate revenge and I think it was because it was so far out of my comfort zone, and not the type of book that I would usually read.

Check out other reviews by Donna’s Book Blog, Crimebook Junkie, Nicki’s Life of Crime, Sandie’s Book Shelves, Cheekypee Reads and Reviews, The P Turner’s book blog, Dash Fan and JBronder Book Reviews

Guest Post over at Reading for Pleasure and My Reading Corner, and an Extract over at B for Bookreview

Check out the tour here

Thank you so much to Sarah at BOTBS Publicity for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review.

About Stuart James

I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.

There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.

I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns. My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.

This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane.

I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.

To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the
quiet, the darkness.

That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way.

I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.

I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

I’m currently working on my new thriller, Apartment Six, which should be released later this year.

I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.

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10 responses to “#BookReview of Turn the Other Way by Stuart James @StuartJames73 @BOTBSPublicity #mustread

    • Zoé

      Oh that’s such an amazing compliment thank you!! You will haha to let me know what your husband thinks. It really is terrifying but it is so fab at the same time! It’s unnerving lol x