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Today’s team review is from Lilyn, she blogs at

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I’ll admit to a bit of initial distaste towards this book that showed itself soon after I started reading. Simply put, drug dealers and drug users (much like alcoholics who are unwilling to seek help) disgust me. They’re right below rapists, pedophiles, and child killers in my book. Still, even with that bias in my head, Joan De La Haye’s Fury was almost impossible to put down.

The imagery in Fury is graphic. There is no skirting around the violence that happens. There’s everything from  detached dangly bits used as gags, to a spirit stalking around on stumps. The worst parts of heroin withdrawal are splashed across the page in all its fetid glory. It’s not a book for the weak stomached or easily disturbed. De La Haye’s easy and unflinching display of the explicit brings to mind the more interesting (and disgusting) of Richard Laymon’s work.

This is a story of vengeance sought and delivered. A young woman’s spirit cannot rest with the atrocities committed against her. Her insane rage knows no bounds, and that is how a young girl – Alice – finds herself in the mix. She’s survived by wit and will, and even found herself caught up in an attraction that makes no sense.  It is perhaps her very survival which puts her in the spirit’s path of devastation.

Fury is the definition of paranormal horror in the violence that the vengeful spirit wrecks, but it is made even worse by the evil acts of humans. The two together combine to make a story that horrifies even as it entertains. I wouldn’t recommend Fury for everyone, but instead for people looking for a bit of a darker read than they usually get. Available on AmazonFury is available now for those who can handle it.


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Today’s team review is from Teri, she blogs at

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A young girl is brutally murdered. Two rival crime bosses fight for dominance on the streets of South Africa’s capital city. The city’s underground film industry is set ablaze. An angry spirit bent on revenge is on a murder spree. And Alice, a university student, is caught in the middle of a bloody
battle for survival. Their fates all intertwine in this tale of vengeance and fury. –

As a warning to those who don’t like their horror on the gory side -this book is probably not for you.  The first several pages are particularly graphic and difficult to read, but those scenes also enable the reader to understand Angela’s need for revenge.  And what a revenge tale it is.

Although Angela is alive for a very short time, the author does an admirable job with her characterization – if that hadn’t been well-established, it would be difficult for the reader to identify and sympathize with her.  There’s also a nice twist I didn’t see coming, but it makes for some interesting dynamics.  The author’s convincing portrayal of Andre’s drug addiction adds to the level of carnage in a different, but highly effective way.

There are some areas that could have used a little more editing with tense changes and incorrect word choices.  In one scene, a person flings a match onto some gasoline, and in another clenches their hands – but it had already been mentioned this person has no hands.  I also found some of the dialogue a little unbelievable, but overall, this is a story die hard horror lovers would enjoy.

I received a copy of this book through Rosie’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

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Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at

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Fury by Joan De La Haye

3.5 stars

Set in the mean streets of Pretoria, the story starts with Andre, a smack addict who will do anything to get his fix ~ including supplying girls for the makers of snuff and sexual torture films.  He entices Angela, who is murdered in the most brutal way imaginable; the only trouble is, she keeps coming back to remind Andre of what he’s done….

….enter Alice, Andre’s next ‘mark’, an art history student who has a bit more about her than the usual victim.  Alice is caught in the middle when un-dead Angela wreaks havoc to extract her revenge.

This is horror at its most grisly, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever been more keen to point out that a book is not for the faint of heart, and you definitely shouldn’t read it while you’re eating.  If you’re a fan of films like ‘Hostel’ and ‘Saw’, and if you didn’t have to shut your eyes in the more revolting bits of ‘Trainspotting’, you’ll like this.  That is all I will say!

It’s an interesting portrayal of human life at its most debauched, and Andre’s junkie torment is expressed so graphically that it should put anyone off even mildly addictive prescription drugs (!). There’s a good twist at the end, it’s a decently thought out story and not badly written, certainly not boring, though I found some of the dialogue a little unlikely and there are lots of repetitions that should have been sorted out in redrafts and editing.

I found it just okay, but I imagine it will tick the boxes for lovers of no-holds-barred, gruesome horror.

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Today’s Team Review is from Cathy, she blogs at

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The prologue sets the scene as the mutilated corpse of a young woman rises and sets off on a dark quest for vengeance. While on a night out with friends, Angela meets Andre and is persuaded to go home with him. Only she isn’t going to Andre’s home. Andre is a junkie who will do anything for his next fix and that includes supplying girls for the worst kind of depravity. Angela is tortured viciously and murdered, what’s left of her wrapped in plastic bags and dumped. Angela finds herself in some sort of limbo, dead yet determined to make those responsible pay.

For all this is very disturbing and chilling (I did struggle a little with the beginning) I still found myself caught up in the narrative. There’s a lot more to the story than torture and bloodshed. When Andre supplies another young woman, Alice, the dynamics have changed and she has a chance, if she can bring herself to take it. It’s a harrowing and tense tale, probably not for those of a squeamish or nervous disposition, and there are adult themes running throughout. The story veers into darkness and more violence as Angela goes on a rampage, wreaking havoc with her murderous payback, while Alice is caught in the middle of an epic supernatural battle with nowhere to run.

I enjoyed the setting and societal glimpses. The characters are depicted extremely well, ranging from very scary through to pitiful, including loathsome and lots in between. Not much, if anything, is held back and I’m glad I read this in the daylight. There’s a great twist in the tale that I didn’t see coming and which makes Angela’s ordeal all the more horrifying. If you like well written, full on horror, with substantial amounts of gore, this is for you.

“A twisted tale of revenge that will haunt your dreams.” – Paul Simpson, Sci-Fi Bulletin

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