Haunted by Maria Savva

HauntedHaunted by Maria Savva

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Haunted is the tragic tale of Nigel Price, a man whose child-born anger issues developed as he matured and bubbled over in a terrible accident and left him haunted by his actions for the next twenty years.

Nigel had a strict upbringing from parents who didn’t want to have a spoilt child, but instead left him feeling unloved and jealous of his friends and the material objects their parents generously gave. It lead to bouts of lashing out angrily and a false bravado which as a teenager he fuelled with drink.

As an adult Nigel was an IT specialist but still he felt the need to prove himself to his parents and those around, he was brash and loud and drove his car too fast, showing emotional needs of power seeking.

All this came to a head on the night of August 19th 1991. Nigel was driving home late, taking a road to avoid heavy traffic, he was speeding, when forced to stop abruptly by a woman driver at traffic lights.

Emily Baxter’s life ended that night in a terrible set of events, and Nigel’s life as he knew it ended too. Fear and guilt took over as the days, weeks, months and years went by with no-one solving the case of Emily Baxter. One man knew the truth and it plagued his life.

Nigel withdrew from his wife, his family, his friends and his IT job and kept to himself until Kelly entered his life. That’s when things took a spookier turn.

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Good Deeds Challenge Year 2 Week 47

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

March 8th –  A Very good friend’s birthday today, sent best wishes and will catch up in the week. Sent off my review of Breath Of The Titans. Good deeds received, I won a £10 Amazon gift voucher from a draw for book tour bloggers from Brook Cottage Books – Yay, guess what I’m off to buy!

March 9th – My morning volunteering at the local school, went for a lovely lunchtime walk and picked up litter. I’m reading The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley

March 10th – On my walk today I picked up a lottery scratch card which was dropped on the floor, was just about to throw it away when my inner voice told me to check it first and yes, it was a winning ticket! I shall be a couple of pounds better off now. Ate my lunch in the park and picked up more litter on the way home.

March 11th – Helped a lady who was in a wheelchair with some of her shopping today, and picked up litter. I’m reading Last Child by Terry Tyler.

March 12th – It’s Comic Relief Day tomorrow, so while I was in town today I bought a mad looking pen with money going towards the charity. Red Nose Day and Sport Relief together spend the money raised to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice in the UK and across the world. Picked up litter on my route to and from town. I’m reading Haunted by Maria Savva.

March 13th – Today I read Back Behind Enemy Lines by Chris Bridge a really good WW2 drama set in two parts, one in Normandy 1944 and the second in England 2006. Went for a quick walk, picked up litter.

March 14th – Visited my Mum with her Mother’s Day Gift and helped her out with several computer issues. Today I’m reading Crashing Into Love by Melissa Foster


Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2 Week 30

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

November 9th – Day 9 on the Mystery Book tour and it was Mike Martin’s turn with his book The Body on the T http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5N9

Have finished reading 3 books this weekend and been writing reviews and drafting posts. Good deeds received: Have been sent an Amazon gift voucher, now what should I spend it on?

November 10th – My morning at school, then picking up bags of potatoes for myself and a friend from the farm I work for (yay, no more supermarket spuds for a few months) Day 10 on the Mystery Book Tour and it’s Marlin, Darlin’ from Margaret Langstaff http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Ts

November 11th – Day 11 on the Mystery book Tour and it the turn of Jan Ryder and her book Blood Pool http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Q0

November 12th – Had a new carpet fitted to one of our rooms today, made the fitters hot drinks. Day 12 of the tour and we met Jane Isaac and her book The Truth Will Out. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Rz

November 13th – A busy day today, I had coffee with fellow author Alison Williams and we had a long chat about all things bookish. Our November mystery writer today was Maria Savva and her book The Dream. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5QY

November 14th – Today we met Adrian Churchward and his book Moscow Bound on the mystery tour. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Oh

Picked up litter on my way back from the post box.

November 15th – It’s the turn of Patrick Brigham and his mystery Abduction: An Angel Over Rimini. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Nd

Mystery Book Tour Day 13 #MysteryNovember The Dream by Maria Savva

November Mystery Tour

Today’s guest on the mystery book tour is Maria Savva with her book The Dream


Where is your home town?

London, England

How long have you been writing?

I started writing my first novel, Coincidences, in 1997, but I had been writing short stories for a few years before that. Creative writing was always one of my favourite subjects at school.

What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?

I love all types of mystery. I’m the type of reader who reads all genres. Probably because of that I also write in all genres. If I had to choose a favourite sub-genre of mystery it would probably be paranormal or fantasy.

Can you introduce us to Lynne and Adam, tell us about their lives.

Adam works for a bank and has a very successful career. Lynne works as a secretary in an accountancy firm, but she loses her job due to the recession.

At the beginning of the novel, Lynne realises she is still a bit hung up over her ex-boyfriend Steve, and wonders if this is why she is getting cold feet in the run up to her wedding to Adam. However, the dreams that Lynne is having make her wonder if it’s much more than just cold feet.

Lynne and Adam are a thirty-something couple who have lived together for three years. Adam is hiding a secret. Lynne is having weird dreams warning her not to marry Adam.

What are their plans for the future?

When we first meet them they are planning to get married and live happily ever after. The question is, will that happen?

What is the element of mystery in your book?

The main mystery element is: who is the man that Lynne has been dreaming about? She does go on a search to find out and this has life-changing results. Lynne also finds herself 6 months back in time, adding a further mystery to the novel.

Does Lynne have the dream once or several times?

A few times in the weeks leading up to her wedding.

What is the turning point that makes Lynne question what is real and what isn’t?

When she finds out Adam’s secret and subsequently finds herself 6 months back in time. The chance is then presented to her to change the past and potentially the future.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

A Few Things:

1. A second edition of my second novel, A Time to Tell, which is a family saga. I am at the final editing stage.

2. A couple of new short stories for Book 3 in The Mind’s Eye Series. This series of books features short stories by various authors inspired by photography. Book 1 was Perspectives, and Book 2, Reflections.

3. A new novel, “In the web of dreams and lies”, which is a contemporary fiction novel with elements of horror, romance, and comedy. That’s also at the editing stage.

Where can readers find out more about you?


My website: http:www.mariasavva.com has links to all my social networking sites, as well as excerpts, book trailers, and purchase links for my books. I’m usually on Twitter and Facebook.