Ashes to Ashes

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
When Mathieu Cousteau dies, twenty-seven-year-old Michelle van Wyk is relieved that the man intimidating her can no longer make good on his threats. Her relief is short-lived, however – Mathieu’s soul lives on, and is hell bent on avenging his murder. Michelle’s situation grows direr when Mathieu’s handsome brother, Pierre Dumaine, becomes obsessed with her. More

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Words: 52,380
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466185531
About Vanessa Finaughty

Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’.

Her passion for the written word started her career as an editor and copywriter, and she part-ran a writers’ critique group for close on seven years. She's been writing ever since she learnt how, has always been an avid reader, and currently lives on coffee and cigarettes.

Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, life's mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.

Review copies of all Vanessa's books are available upon request, and fans are welcome to email her at - she loves to hear any type of feedback and answers all emails personally.

*** Please note that Vanessa uses UK spelling and grammar, which is not always the same as US spelling and grammar.

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Review by: Alex Fenris on Sep. 03, 2012 :
Honestly, I'm no fan of the "erotic XYZ" genre.
Only way I'd go anywhere near something like this book was if it came highly recommended.
And it did.

So I read it.
I finished it at one go.

And I recommend that's how it should be read, because I don't think the book's gonna let you read it any other way.
If you like going through life with a permanent rush, you'd wish the author had written an endless book.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)

Review by: J M Winspear on March 26, 2012 :
Michelle van Wyk is an unlucky person indeed. She thought her troubles over with the death of the malevolent Matthieu and was looking forward to a life of normality. Unfortunately for her, the deceased’s spirit has other ideas and begins a haunting campaign against her. To make matters worse she has stolen his ashes.

Matthieu is not the only one intent on regaining the remains - his brother Pierre wants them too – though not to scatter them, but to perform a satanic rite upon a snowy mountainside. Pierre and Michelle begin a frantic journey to rid them of Matthieu’s spirit and are both unsure of the obsessive feelings they have for each other. Is it love, lust, obsession, or are both of them equally crazed?

Male readers might feel it a little uncomfortable being so close to a woman’s thoughts and to feel the inner workings of the female mind and its complexities. On completion I wasn’t sure which I knew better; Michelle or the author. If I were to meet the author in the flesh I would take care to place the coffee cup on a coaster and not the table, just to be on the safe side!

This story is very competently told and the interactions with the poltergeist are genuinely spooky, and I didn’t second guess the ending at all.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: T C Southwell on Jan. 01, 2012 :
When Michelle makes the fateful and impulsive decision to steal the ashes of her dead enemy at his funeral to ensure his demise, she has no idea the storm of consequences she is about to unleash.

Mathieu’s brother, Pierre, seeks to protect her from her rash course of action, and becomes a reluctant guardian with stalking tendencies, enough to freak out the most worldly wise girl. The plot takes a romantic twist as their relationship blossoms while the story develops dark overtones of danger and occult horror.

Although I am not a fan of horror, this novel has healthy doses of adventure, intrigue and one of my favourite genres, romance. All of these combine to keep the reader turning the page to find out what manner of mystery will be revealed or unravelled next.

This fast-paced story takes many gripping twists and turns, but I defy anyone to predict the ending! It will keep you guessing to the last page, and perhaps even beyond. Ideal reading material for anyone who enjoys a dark and twisted romantic tale with a truly original finale!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: GlennAndSasha Gabriel on Dec. 23, 2011 :
Best advice for anyone reading this... breathe! Why? Because from the beginning to the end, you'll be holding your breath from anxiety and anticipation of what's coming next!
This author is a master story teller and she uses words that blaze across the screen and into your soul.
I'm now going to read it all again... loved it so much!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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