Just Charlie G


Starting the week off with a little book review. I hope no one minds me popping up book reviews, I do read a fair amount and  quite enjoy sharing my thoughts. This time round it’s Security by Gina Wohlsdorf.

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

First thing to mention is that this book is, as far as I’m aware, not released until June 2016. The second thing to mention is that this thriller is not for the faint-hearted. If however you like your sex and violence to be pretty graphic, you might enjoy this one.

The story is set in the new, not yet opened, exclusive Manderley Resort hotel and while the staff work to get the hotel ready for it’s discerning clientele, a killer moves among them, picking them off one by one.

The novel is written from an unusual perspective and it is not until a fair way into the book that it becomes clear who is narrating. I can’t tell you because that would give it away, but I enjoyed the perspective.

The story was exciting and readable but as I say, extremely graphic. Essentially this was a slasher film in book form, I love a good thriller so I was undaunted although its fair to say I’ve been giving my tumble dryer wary looks since reading this.

The writing style, I’m not sure where to start with this. I found the language, in parts so hard to follow. I was reading an advance electronic copy so I am not sure if this was in part down to formatting errors, in fact I’m certain that it was, but in combination with the quirky style, it wasn’t an easy read to start with, hopefully some of the issues will be ironed out by the time the book is released.

There isn’t much of plot and interestingly, you never find out why all this was happening, but if you like a good graphic thriller, full of tension and action, this is a fun little read, perhaps avoid eating while you read.

It’s not an amazing book, or a must read, but if you find yourself looking for something to read, so long as you don’t mind gore, this is as good as any.


Three out of five stars for this one, based mostly on the fact that in parts it was tricky to read and lacked any substance. I don’t always want substance though and for those times this fits the bill.

*Book received for Review Purposes via Netgalley

4 responses to “Book Review – Security by Gina Wohlsdorf”

  1. Frazer says:

    I read the book in the same format you did (I’m a sales rep for Algonquin), and it’s tricky reading the ms on an iPad. It looks a lot better in print in the advance copy. Thanks for a cool review! I myself loved the book, but not all the other reps were swayed. And thanks for making me afraid of my dryer!

    • justcharlieg says:

      Thank you for your comment. I was reading on my kindle and there were a few unfinished sentences etc which just added to the confusion. I am please to hear the print is better. I did enjoy the book, I do love a bit of gore 🙂

  2. I love reading and really like my crime and thrillers, but don’t like the sound that you ‘don’t know why this is happening’ I like my book to have answers at the end

    • justcharlieg says:

      I know exactly what you mean. I already knew that was going to be the case before I started this, so thought it would annoy me, for some reason it didn’t though!

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