Author: Ian David Noakes
Genre: Erotic, Horror, Thriller
Word Count: 277 pages
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
Who is brutally murdering the male residents of the Hourglass Heights apartment complex? At first glance, it would appear that their spouses are the killers, but Detective Marcia Tanaka believes that a serial killer is responsible.
Through the course of her investigation, Detective Tanaka is pulled into a world of Japanese folklore and the supernatural as she explores the darker side of relationships, sex and psyche. She must learn to defeat her own personal demons before she can defeat one that is far more sinister.
Hourglass Heights combines the mystery and suspense of a supernatural murder investigation with the intense sexual exploration usually found only in erotica.
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Someone is killing the men who live in the HourGlass Heights apartment block. Detective Marcia Tanaka lands the case, but what she is dealing with is not all cut and dry. Its a little more sinister that a serial killer, much darker, and deadlier.
A slow burner in some places, and a throw you in the deep end in others, this book is a proper case of slow, slow, fast, fast slow, and is so dark and delicious I didnt want it to end! I really enjoyed it.
The characters are flawed, damaged and I do so love a damaged and flawed character who knows they are just so, and make no bones about it! They are dealing with the past in the way only they know how. Some might not like it, but it works, for a time, for them. It's violent in places, bloody and gory but oh so sweet in others. It has violent BUT consensual sex in places, and such perfect scenes of making love in others.
It has a huge cast of charactes, and we get to hear from all of them. In the third person. BUT when Marcia has her say, its in the FIRST person. DIfferent, yes, but I loved it! I do love hearing from everyone anyway, but they way this has been written is brilliant for this book.
I should note, this is not your run-of-the-mill paranormal romance. No sir. It has paranormal plot, yes, it has romance, yes, but its so dark too. The plot is not for the faint hearted.
I'm filing this on my paranormal shelf, my crime/thriller shelf, and the horror one.
This is a debut novel. And as such, I am totally blown away! I will look out for more of this author, I certainly will.
About the Author
Ian David Noakes is a former projectionist who now loves writing stuff: funny stuff like Partners In Crime; Scary stuff like Hourglass Heights. And even serious stuff like Tables Turned.
As Ian had too much time on his hands with only his wife, five children, screenwriting, novel writing and Mocha drinking trips to Starbucks, he decided to train to become a behavorial therapist too.
Ian started writing his debut novel, Hourglass Heights, during the of summer of 2012 after producers were complimenting his ‘dynamic writing style’ year after year, writing that would never be read more than a handful of times in a window-less office.
He completed it a year later, but during the publishing process he completed two novellas (Partners In Crime, Tables Turned), as well as his second novel, The Ancient Lawman.
Hourglass Heights has been nominated for the People’s Book PrizeTM in the U.K., and it is also a contender for the National Book Awards.
Oh, Ian also loved this review: “Noakes knows his way around words and paints a brilliant, dark world where creatures of the night become all too real.” --MIKE J. HULTQUIST - Author/Screenwriter (Victim, Squeal: Blood Harvest and Arena - starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz)
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