Monday, 22 January 2018

Purgatory Hotel by Anne-Marie Ormsby @amormsby #BlogTour @BrookCottagebks #Review

Thank you for stopping by it's the start of a new blog tour today and I'm delighted to be sharing my review for Purgatory Hotel by Anne-Marie Ormsby. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Genre: Thriller/paranormal
Release Date: 26th September Paperback 7th November Kindle
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Dakota Crow has been murdered, her body dumped in a lonely part of the woods, and nobody knows but her and her killer.

Stranded in Purgatory, a rotting hotel on the edge of forever, with no memory of her death, Dakota knows she must have done something bad to be stranded among murderers and rapists. To get to somewhere safer, she must hide from the shadowy stranger stalking her through the corridors of the hotel, and find out how to repent for her sins.

But first she must re-live her life.

Soon she will learn about her double life, a damaging love affair, terrible secrets, and lies that led to her violent death.

Dakota must face her own demons, and make amends for her own crimes before she can solve her murder and move on.

But when she finds out what she did wrong, will she be truly sorry?


It's only on the odd occasion that I decide to read a paranormal story mainly because I can be quite a scaredy cat especially as I have got older. The thing I liked about Purgatory Hotel was that the menace was there hovering in the background but it wasn't too in your face and in a way this increased the tension as you never knew if something would jump out and confront Dakota.

Dakota is an intriguing character especially as you find out more about Purgatory Hotel you know that there is a valid reason for her being there but I was kept on my toes as to the why. I enjoyed the way that her past unravels it was a really clever way of letting the reader experience Dakota's life. I'm trying to be as vague as possible here as I would hate to ruin the story.

The story unfolded pretty quickly for me as I just had to know more about Dakota's life and the reasons behind her arrival at the hotel. It is quite a dark story at times and there were some unsettling moments that provided a feeling of desperation for Dakota's character. There were some great supporting characters too who all brought something to the story whether it was friendship or a more menacing and dangerous influence. I'm really glad that I picked this book up it made for a refreshing change. There was a darker storyline that I wasn't necessarily expecting along with a few twists and turns that popped up along the way.

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

On a warm day in July 1978, a mother was admitted to hospital, awaiting the arrival of her new baby. She was reading Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie and the midwives thought it a gruesome choice for an expectant mother. A story of a long forgotten murder and repressed memories. As it turned out her new baby, Anne-Marie would grow up and find herself drawn to all things macabre, and would one day herself turn out a story of murder and memories lost.

Anne Marie grew up on the Essex coast with her parents and six siblings in a house that was full of books and movies and set the scene for her lifelong love of both.

She began writing short stories when she was still at primary school after reading the book The October Country by Ray Bradbury. He was and still is her favourite author and the reason she decided at age 9 that she too would be a writer someday.

In her teens she continued to write short stories and branched out into poetry, publishing a few in her late teens. In her early twenties she began committing herself to writing a novel and wrote one by the age of 20 that she then put away, fearing it was too weird for publication.

She wrote Purgatory Hotel over several years, but again kept it aside after several rejections from publishers. Luckily for her, she found a home for her twisted tale with Crooked Cat Books.

Her favourite authors include Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac, Stephen King, Denis Lehane and Douglas Coupland. She also takes great inspiration from music and movies, her favourite artists being Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, Interpol, David Lynch and David Fincher.

Anne-Marie moved to London in 2008 where she lives to this day, amidst books and DVDs, with her husband and daughter.

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