Monday, January 25, 2021

Murder: It's All In Your Head by Cynthia Hilston- Book Tour & Review

Murder: It’s All in Your Head

Someone has been getting away with murder for over 100 years in the small town of Hurston, Ohio. But the wrong person has been convicted of those murders every time. In 2018, Cassie Meadows is on her way to school when a bright flash comes out of nowhere, and she wakes in millionaire Randy Davis’s body with blood on her hands…the blood of Randy’s wife, who lies in a pool of crimson in the bathtub with her throat slit. Meanwhile, an old man everyone calls Jimmy Williams raves that he’s the real Randy Davis as he lives out his days in a ward for the criminally insane. In 1914, young Helen Hawkins is unloved and repetitively abused by her father, who is also the town’s pastor. Her only escape is in her dreams, where she wakes in others’ bodies, living other lives, but when her dreams turn out to be reality, the tables are turned on her father. In a story where no one is who they seem, how can Cassie, the latest victim accused of a murder she didn’t commit, end the cycle?

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My Review

Murder: It's All In Your Head is like if Freaky Friday were a horror movie that made you feel as though you were slowly losing your mind trying to make sense of it all. It's dark. It's depressing. It's relentless. And it's definitely a frustrating ending, that's for sure.
The book starts with Cassie, a teenage girl on her way to school. One minute she's outside heading down the street, and the next she's in a strange body staring at a dead woman in a bathtub. Yikes! That's just the beginning of Cassie's problems, though. 
Locked up in an asylum for criminally insane people is Jimmy Williams. But Jimmy Williams claims he's actually Randy Davis, a very well-known millionaire. No one believes him, though. What's a guy to do?
In 1914, a young girl named Helen is dealing with things no twelve year old should have to. Her mother is seemingly in denial about the abuse Helen's father is inflicting upon her on an almost daily basis. It's not just beatings with a belt, though. No, Helen's father, a pastor, is doing unspeakable, disgusting things to his young daughter. 
How do all of these characters tie in together? You'll have to read it and find out.
There's a lot going on in this book. It gets a little convoluted at times, but it's relatively easy to keep track of who is who most of the time. 
I definitely found this to be an intriguing read. Even with how dark and difficult it was to read at times (due to the subject matter of Helen's story), it was one of those stories that sucked me right in and held me captive until the very end. I did feel like I was going a little crazy at times too. 
Overall, a pretty solid paranormal suspense thriller. If you're into body swap stories that are more horror than comedy, give this one a go.
4 stars.

Author Bio –
Cynthia Hilston is a stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married, and lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. Visit her website at for more information.

In her spare time - what spare time? - she devours books, watches Supernatural and Outlander, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, drinks wine or coffee with good friends, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

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