Ashes of Innocence by Phil Price – review.

Ashes of Innocence by Phil Price – review.



They didn’t mean to cause her harm. She was just there, asking to be taken.

However, the two brothers had no clue what would happen next. They never imagined that the day would end in murder.

Would they have done it, knowing the outcome? Knowing that their crazed act would hurt so many?

Trying to keep his family from falling apart, an ex-soldier tries to come to terms with his loss. Unable to comprehend the chaos that has ripped his world apart.

Can he rely on the system to ensure that justice is served?

Or will he decide on his own means of retribution?

About the author

Phil Price was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1974. He lived in various places in the UK until his family settled in Rednal, a suburb on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1979. Growing up with an older brother and sister, he always flirted with reading, his home always littered with books. Then in 1997, Phil embarked on a travel expedition that took him from Greece to Thailand, via East and Southern Africa. Sitting in dusty bus stations in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi with Wilbur Smith and James Herbert accompanying him, his imagination was sparked into life. Since those far-off days, he has never been without a book to read.

Phil started toying with the idea of writing a book in 2009. After writing a few short stories, he caught a whiff of an idea in his head. It started to evolve in 2010 until he had enough to begin his writing journey. Marriage and two children came along, with the story being moved to the back burner for periods of time. However, during those periods of writing inactivity, the story continued to manifest until it just needed one thing. To be written down.

The story was littered with places that had influenced Phil’s life. From the Lickey Hills in Birmingham to the Amatola Mountains in South Africa, with other many other locations, in-between and far beyond.

The book was finished sometime in 2014, left on his computer until a chance conversation with an author friend made Phil take the bold step to publish his story, Unknown.

From there, Phil’s love for the first book spurred him on, creating The Forsaken Series. A vampire/paranormal/horror trilogy, set in our world, and others too. His love of horror and all things supernatural, inspired by authors such as King, Herbert and others, helped create the epic series.

After writing a science fiction novel, titled Zoo, Phil released his first psychological thriller, Ashes of Innocence, a story that he’d kept bubbling away for many years.

Aside from his writing, Phil lives on the edge of a small town in Worcestershire, UK. A wife and two sons keep Phil happily occupied as he steers his way through life, playing the husband, dad and world creator in equal measure.

My thoughts

Boy does this novel pack a punch when it comes to action and revenge. It moves fast and gets your knuckles clenching most of the way through.

Main character, John, is put through the emotional wringer. He’s a tough chap but it had me questioning whether he was tough enough to stand up to the dregs of society that wouldn’t stop crossing his path. I enjoyed the relationship between John and his daughter Lottie. It came across as heartwarming and like any parent, he’d do anything to protect her.

I loved the locations used, some local to me and some not. They were described wonderfully and I felt as though I could have been there. This novel will definitely appeal to those who love an action thriller.

If you love a bit of violence served up with a large portion of revenge, this is your book!

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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