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Beyond Evidence (Patrick McLaughlin Book 1) by [Clapperton, Emma L]
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In an alley way of the back streets of Glasgow there lies a decomposing corpse of a slain female baking in the midday heat. No one has found her yet, but medium Patrick McLaughlin knows she is there. It is not the first time he has dreamt of death... and he soon finds out that it is not to be the last.

Meanwhile, the local police start to request DNA samples from twenty something men in the bustling city of Glasgow where several bizarre murders have taken place.

Through a hunch and in the belief that the terrifying dreams hold the key to the identity of the murderer, Patrick works alongside the police to track down the predator before they can strike again.

The nightmares do not ease up and begin to tear at Patricks sanity and in the midst of the investigation, at what cost would Patrick have to pay to stop the killer striking again?
His friends?
His family?
His life?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Emma L Clapperton; 2 edition (Sept. 10 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099789OE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First off, I'd like to thank THE Book Club (TBC) on Facebook along with the author Emma Clapperton for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Paranormal/Psychic novels are not one of my normal 'go to' genres when I'm looking for something to read. But, I wanted something different and wanted to branch out a bit. I got the opportunity to read this novel and jumped on it, not knowing what to expect to be honest. I didn't really have any expectations since it was a new story line for me, though I do like to read a lot of police procedural novels

Patrick McLaughlin is a medium who works along with the local police to track down the serial killer who is stalking the streets of Glasgow. Dealing with the disturbing dreams revealing information about the murders and with the expected skepticism in the whole 'psychic ability thing' must be difficult and it helps his fiancee, Jodie, is also able to communicate with the dead. Can they work together to find the killer before more murders are committed?

There are some great little twists in this book, and it kept my attention right to the very end! It was different, knowing who the killer is pretty early on rather than trying to figure out who did it. The characters were likable, believable, and I didn't think that the psychic aspect of the book was too over the top, it was just right. New fan, right here! Looking forward to reading more :)
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By MW on Sept. 13 2013
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Really enjoyed this book. Gave it a 4 star and not 5 because I didn't care for the swearing in the book. There wasn't a lot but perhaps in future books, the author can find other words to use instead of the f*** word.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef62234) out of 5 stars A very promising author !! March 5 2014
By Relax and Read Reviews - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Well, this was my first attempt at reading a full length paranormal novel and I really wasn't sure what to expect. I wanted to read Henderson Manor by the same author at first but then I realised that it was the second book of a new series by Emma L. Clapperton, so I began with Beyond Evidence. I'm generally not a fan of ghost stories but I must say that I finished up quite satisfied by the end.

Set in Glasgow, the book starts off with the murder of a young woman in a backstreet alley. We soon learn that this is just one of a number of similar murders taking place there. We are then introduced with the main characters Patrick McLaughlin and his fiancee Jodie Jenkins, both of them psychics. They have the ability to communicate with the dead. They see visions, speak to, hear and dream of the dead.

Patrick begins to suffer from frequent, terrifying nightmares in which he sees contorted women trying to pass him some message. Reading news of the latest murder, he immediately makes a connection. The women he sees in his dreams have been murdered. He contacts the police and in come D.S. Preston and D.C. Lang. These are sceptic but having no leads at all on these murders, decide to give Patrick a chance to work with them.

We do know the killer’s identity and his motive behind the killings early on in the book. He is surely determined to continue in his killing spree. Will the police with Patrick's help trace him on time before he murders even more women? Will the murdered women spirits be able to finally rest in peace? How far is Patrick prepared to go to release himself of the plight of these spirits?

For a debut novel by a young emerging author, this was a very good book, with strong characters, dialogue and storyline. The only thing that annoyed me was the frequent occurrence of typo and grammatical errors, but these did not prevent me from enjoying this book to the full right up to its satisfying ending.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef62288) out of 5 stars Good debut... Sept. 10 2013
By BCB & More - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have to be honest and say that when I read the synopsis I had some serious doubts. I am not somebody who reads a lot of fiction that features ghosts or anything remotely like that, so when I say the words "Medium, Patrick McLaughlin" I have to say I was a little concerned. However, I was quite surprised that the first few pages were extremely graphic and gritty as we see a crime scene played out in front of us. The following pages are used to introduce us to Patrick who (surprisingly) did not work for the police, but was an ordinary Joe! The difference between him and other people is that he has the ability to see and hear spirits.

I have to say I am a bit of a sceptic with things like that, but was even more surprised that the story and character of Patrick was done really well and was totally believable. Patrick was a pretty likeable character and I think because he has had so many issues growing up because of his ability, it made him more likeable. His partner Jodie also has the same ability which brings them closer together as a couple, and the added bonus was that they played off each other in the story and it helped make the story so much more legitimate.

In addition to Patrick, we meet two coppers Lang and Preston who are currently working on the cases of the murdered women. The nice aspect of this is that Patrick has to really work to prove to both of them that he isn't a phoney. I liked both the coppers but to be honest, would like to find out a bit more about both of them as I didn't really feel like wither of them stood out. Overall, this book really surprised me. Seeing as I am not a fan of the paranormal, I thought I might struggle but on fact it was the opposite. Emma Clapperton has created a book with likeable characters, and has potentially created a brilliant platform for a whole series of books featuring Patrick McLaughlin. I really enjoyed this and am really looking forward to another book in this series. If like me, you aren't a fan of the paranormal, don't let this put you off; I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef626c0) out of 5 stars Very Haunting Read Nov. 5 2012
By PamM - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Patrick can see ghost he has had this ability for as long as he could remember. It made him different from other kids but he found someone similar to him in the form of Josie a kid with the similar abilities. They formed a friendship that lead them to be together always. Patrick begins to see haunting spirits as an adult that leads him to believe they are the ghost of the girls who are being murdered. While he sets up to help to police catch a killer, he doesn't realize the killer may be stalking him.

This is a very good murder story with some paranormal in it as Patrick can see the ghost and they play a big part of the story. You know who the killer is but you really get to see inside his head and what made him want to kill these women. He is truly a sick individual who needs to be stopped. While at times I did feel sorry for him I couldn't understand in a way why he blamed only women. Patrick and Josie are an amazing couple and you root for them all through the book. They belong together and you can tell it. If your are looking for a dark murder story with some paranormal and lots of secrets pick this up. Emma Clapperton did a great job pulling you in and seeing all sides of the case. Both from the good guy and the bad.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef62a80) out of 5 stars Decent read June 20 2014
By Rachel Gale - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Reasonably good, if sometimes far-fetched, story. Enjoyed the premise. Would consider reading more from this author even if I would not necessarily seek her work out.
HASH(0x9ef62a2c) out of 5 stars A little underwhelming..... March 23 2016
By Monica Mac - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to admit that I read the blurb about this book and it sounded right up my alley - a murder mystery with a bit of a paranormal twist, set in Glasgow. Perfect, I thought.

Unfortunately, it didnt quite live up to my expectations. From the start, I struggled to read the sentences which over-described almost everything. It's like the book was perfectly fine as it was, but a little short, and someone told the author to add more words to it. It was hard to get into the flow of reading as there was a little too much detail about irrelevant things which got in the way of the story. The second half of the book was easier to read but there were so many questions that I had e.g. I thought if a whole lot of men were being DNA tested, there would be a description of that but that was skipped over and I thought the relationship between Patrick and the police was kinda odd too. The negativity that one of the police officers showed towards Patrick was well written about though.

Then there was the paranormal aspect of things. It could have been just brilliant, since both Patrick and his fiancee had these gifts but there was not enough detail there, somehow. I have to admit to not getting very emotionally involved with either of them, and their relationship was supposed to be close but I just wasnt feeling it.

The killer being revealed early on was well done and I liked his character the best out of all of them. He was scarily believable.

This was an OK book, its a 2.5 star for me.

Thank you to TBC for a chance to read and review this book in exchange for my honest opinion.