First crime/thriller blog tour of 2018 is with AB Morgan and her brand new release, ‘Divine Poison’! Huge thanks to Sarah from BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite! Here is my review:
For a community psychiatric nurse, Monica Morris has an unhealthy interest in poison, and when, on impulse, she buys an antique Ship’s Doctor’s Cabinet with a set of leather bound journals she becomes fascinated by the content.
What does TWG think?What a jam-packed novel this is! This storyline is packed full to the brim of secrets, deaths, unspoken mysteries and A LOT of poison. I can’t say that my knowledge of poison was enough to go onto University Challenge with before I read this book, and if I did, I think the police would have something to say about it! Weirdly though, the poison theme intrigued me a lot as it was something I haven’t read a lot about in novels and, if I am being totally honest, it was a refreshing change.
I have to admit though, there were times where I found myself sitting on the fence in regards to my opinion of the storyline – especially where the journals which Monica finds are concerned. I couldn’t quite get in the zone, whilst unfortunately finding the information written in the journals to drag on a little too much. Whilst I realise that some of what was written was vital to the overall storyline, I found those parts a little too much as it felt like I was reading a completely different book in another book.
That said, I really did enjoy the rest of the storyline as there was so much for my teeth to sink into. So many unexplained things were happening. So many characters were getting put in the firing line whether they deserved to be there or not. Reading ‘Divine Poison’, however, you may end up thinking that several characters deserved to be in the firing line. Who knows. I won’t say my views on that as I don’t want to give anything away but let me tell you something, my mind went into overdrive and I couldn’t wait to find out what exactly was at the route cause of all of the deaths.
Even though I struggled with certain parts of the novel, overall I enjoyed the concept and how Monica’s story itself was delivered. For me personally, the ‘present’ was the star of the show, snippets from the journals made for exemplary reading and was an intriguing addition to the theme of the book – especially the conclusion.
‘Divine Poison’ is cleverly written, cleverly crafted, and extremely addictive. I could not put this book down and I dare any of you to try. Keep your mind open and your eyes peeled – you are in for a bumpy ride with this book so enjoy it! Highly recommended.
Alison Morgan started writing a couple of years ago to address that niggling question: could she write a book? The answer was a simple yes. She’s had to retire from the NHS a little earlier than planned, but has discovered a new passion. Writing. Her debut novel, A Justifiable Madness, was published by Bloodhound Books in September 2017 attracting great reviews for its refreshing premise and dark humour. With two further novels being published at the beginning of 2018, it seems Alison has a promising future as an author. Divine Poison is the second novel to feature Monica Morris, a mental health nurse, as the main protagonist in this crime mystery, but there are no plans for a series. Alison’s third suspense novel, The Camera Lies, steps away from the field of nursing and into the world of real crime documentary films.
Alison lives with her husband Andy and their dog Sadie, in a small village north of Bedford. She’s not the type to let life get in the way of adventure and so, always up for the next challenge, she decided to have a proper midlife crisis and learn to ride a motorbike. In August she passed, first time. Her husband was impressed until she swung her leg over his prized Triumph and roared off with a big grin on her face. ‘Research for the next book,’ she cried. The fourth book is under construction and does indeed feature motorbikes.