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Newly revised edition 'January 2018'.'Contains some Scottish dialect, strong language and Graphic scenes of violence in parts.'A Scottish gangster with a tormented past goes on the run after an earth-shattering tragedy that rips his world apart. Running for his life he disappears into the heart of the gorgeous Scottish highlands to lay low in a secluded cottage before plotNewly revised edition 'January 2018'.'Contains some Scottish dialect, strong language and Graphic scenes of violence in parts.'A Scottish gangster with a tormented past goes on the run after an earth-shattering tragedy that rips his world apart. Running for his life he disappears into the heart of the gorgeous Scottish highlands to lay low in a secluded cottage before plotting his next move.But when he discovers the body of a young amnesiac woman lying unconscious near his hideaway retreat, things take a chilling turn for the worst, especially when he tries to coax the mysterious girl into unraveling her own forgotten past, unaware of the sickening acts of terror which are about to be unleashed....

Title : ugly beautiful
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ISBN : 13483691
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 190 Pages
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ugly beautiful Reviews

  • Char
    2018-12-26 03:08

    (Find this review and others like it at Ravenous Readshttp://ravenousreads.blogspot.com/)This book had potential.The premise was good. A douchebag named Jason stole a boatload of money and screwed over his only friend Gary in the process. He took off and ran into a beautiful young woman....and then the real story began.At that point I was already getting aggravated with the misspelled and misused words. I found it to be distracting and that's a shame, because the seeds of a cracking tale were there.Towards the end Jason's world was crumbling and by that time the character had grown just enough that I cared what happened to him. I think even more could have been done with the character development if the story were a little longer. Again, the seeds were there. Everything a good horror tale needs is here, but it needs to be refined and polished. Some good beta readers wouldn't hurt either. For having the seeds but not planting them properly, I rated this book 3 stars. Despite the errors, I would try another book by Mr. Thomas.

  • Chesca
    2018-12-20 05:54

    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Just a quick review. Ugly Beautifulwas a short read filled with enough twists and gore to keep readers intrigued.It could still be improved on the matter of pacing, because the first parts of the story were a bit sluggish.What I liked best about this book is that the author created an unpredictable and flawed male protagonist. Both main characters, Jason and Haley, were actually more of the antihero type. I loved how messed up they were.On the writing, I think what could've improved it is if the author had used more simile and metaphor to describe things. Instead of telling the readers that a girl is beautiful, why not describe what made her one? What was she like? 'Show, don't tell,' folks.

  • Gillian
    2019-01-14 02:54

    Ugly Beautiful is an very eerie, fast paced book, right from the very first page. The story starts off centered around a Glasgow gang, I'm not usually a fan of anything gangster, but these menacing gangsters are a great way to start this book off. Suddenly something quite unbelievable happens in the story, my jaw literately dropped, I thought, "Whaaaaa???" And things get quite terrifying from thereon...Leaving the city behind, the story moves off to the Scottish highlands, the main character goes to stay in a grim cottage hidden away in the highlands. The setting is dark and haunting, and the story starts to get very creepy. *shiver*Ugly Beautiful is a quick read, the story stays exciting the whole way through, so there is never a good time to put the book down to take a break. So, I just kept reading till I got to the end. I didn't get much sleep that night.I'm not very good at writing reviews, so I won't go into too much detail about the story. It is explained very well in the blurb anyway. I loved the way this book brought out so many different emotions in me. Some parts are disturbing and gruesome, while other parts were more macabre and nightmarish.One scene that really stood out for me, was in the cottage when the main character, Jason, was having a bath. He looked out into the hallway and saw a sinister looking, corpses-like woman staring blankly back at him. The woman is a character throughout the book, but this is the first time we get a glimpse that she may be a little bit, Eh? How do I say? Ummm...? Er? TERRIFYING AND PSYCHOTIC!!! It was just a quick scene, a blink of an eye, but it was a hair-raising moment. *eek*There is quite a bit of violence in this book, which is something I usually avoid, but the author has managed to do it well, it fits. Everything comes together really well to cause an unsettling, spine chilling atmosphere. I really enjoyed Ugly Beautiful, I loved the setting, the Scottish Highlands is the perfect place for a terrifying story like this. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good scare.I look forward to reading more form this author. Ugly Beautiful is a class book!

  • Daniel
    2019-01-16 00:52

    A great book can stop the world and suck you into the moment. It can grab you by the balls and squeeze without mercy or wrap you up in warm tender memories.In the beginning I expected to hate the main character. After all he's a crook and murderer, but somewhere within the pages I began to feel sorry for him. I'm not saying he's a good guy, because well he's not. He makes a choice in the heat of anger that haunts him; even as he runs away from it and his past.Haley is a beautiful woman that Jason comes upon. She can't remember anything about herself even with his constant urging to know more about her. The author does a great job of dropping hints to her past throughout and before long you know something is not quite right. "...I love you.' Haley said, turning casually away from Jason and back towards the cliff edge. She raised herself up onto her tip toes with her arms outstretched behind her. For one angelic moment she looked more like a beautiful ballet dancer balancing on the edge of the cliff-top, majestically posing for her final dance.""Ugly/Beautiful" is a psychological drama at the core. The pace ranges from fast paced action to slow and a tense paranoia. Like the Author's previous work, "Alone", this is a great read filled with tense moments of action and drama.

  • Boundless Book Reviews
    2019-01-19 06:55

    This book was a wild ride from the very beginning. Jason, a thug who is running away from some of his recent crimes, finds a young woman. This woman, who he calls Haley, has lost her memory. Soon he realizes just what this means.This book was so crazy that it was really interesting. I studied Psychology in college and so it was definitely an interesting psychological horror. It was written very well. It even followed the lingo of the Scottish Highlands. I hate reading books that just say "oh he had a Scottish accent". It is easy to do this, but it is rare to have a book with characters that actually sound and talk like the real thing. Reading it I could hear it in my mind and see it so vividly in my imagination. (Maybe after reading this book I shouldn't admit that....hahaha).Overall this book was pretty good and it was definitely one I liked. I will admit it has a few gruesome scenes, but if you enjoy horror you should be just fine....Stormihttp://www.boundlessbookreviews.comhttps://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  • Cphe
    2019-01-07 00:55

    Jason is a criminal who double crosses his boss and goes on the run. On the way he comes across a woman, Haley who he finds unconscious near the farmhouse where he is hiding out. Jason and Haley form a relationship but things aren't quite right with Haley....This was a pretty macabre novella. There were enough chilling clues regarding Haley's affliction before they left the farmhouse, but instead Jason is "in love" and sets off with her. Another reviewer has already alluded to what in fact Haley's problem is, from that point of view the story had an interesting twist. At times I thought that Jason was really too stupid to live. The inclusion of Gary (Jason's criminal friend) later in the story was a bit of a surprise.The story was well written and had some really dark themes, madness, abuse. I've read other work by this author which I also enjoyed.

  • Jim
    2018-12-21 02:17

    This story is very true to its title - both major characters have ugly and beautiful sides to their personalities. And both are involved in both beautiful and ugly situations. The simplest way to describe how much I like the story is that I was reading three other books at the same time when I started it, but was only reading this one by the time I finished. It grabbed me so strongly that I let the others go until I finished this story.This is the second book I have read by this author. And while his text is not always the the most polished, his stories and characters are real, compelling, and powerful.

  • Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
    2018-12-23 05:13

    I thought this was weird. I fully didn't understand what was happening at times. This story did have potential. It started out slow then it went by really fast. I didn't believe the love between the Jason and Haley. It seem all to insta-love but not believable. The end was dull. It just seemed to be put together really fast then the end was just the end. I guess this one wasn't for me.

  • Lainy
    2019-01-02 09:03

    Time Taken To Read - 3 hoursBlurb From AmazonJason, a tormented soul and small town, womanizing gangster, double crosses his only friend and does a runner with a suitcase full of drug money, disappearing into the heart of the gorgeous Scottish highlands to lay low in a secluded cottage and start a new life.On his second day of hiding out Jason discovers the mysterious body of a young and hauntingly beautiful woman lying unconscious at the bottom of a nearby hill. The woman though has no memory of who she is or how she even ended up there. So Jason carries the beauty back to his cottage, tenderly nursing her back to health and gradually gaining her trust and friendship by confessing his own past crimes, misdemeanors and infidelities, while also coaxing the woman to unravel her own forgotten past and tormenting mad visions... But doing so without the hindsight of the chilling, terrifying and sickening horrors which are about to be unleashed.'Strong language and graphic scenes of violence in parts.'My ReviewFirst thing I have to say this novel starts with some pretty bad language and the theme stays for most of the book (I felt this was overdone and didn't really add to the story to be honest). Jason is a thug, a small time gangster who basically screws over his partners and does a runner with the money. Whilst hiding out he finds what he thinks is a dead body only to discover a beautiful woman who has no memory of who she is or what has happened. what follows is a journey of self discovery for Jason and an abundance of horror you couldn't imagine.The book goes along at an ok pace but your sitting not sure of which direction it is going to go or if your going to like it. The skin crawling, stomach turning side of the book comes out well over the half way mark and if you liked movies like the hills have eyes, hostel etc you will love what follows.I did like that your not left hanging and most of everything is explained for you. I didn't like the overuse of bag language which doesn't normally bother me but in some parts it just felt overdone and not required. The writing itself is easy reading and the story whilst it has undertones of something else going on isn't hard to follow which is always a bonus. Overall it had it's moments but if you like gore and graphic scenes this is the book for you and at only £0.99 on amazon.co.uk (kindle) it is definitely worth a read, 3/5 for me.Thanks so much to the author for introducing me to his work and giving me the opportunity to review this book. I would be tempted to read something by him again.

  • Darth Vix
    2018-12-22 02:14

    I received a copy of Ugly Beautiful from the author in exchange for an honest review.Ugly Beautiful is a novella length story of about 130 pages. It is a horror story about a young man named Jason whose father is a crime boss. Jason himself is a conflicted gangster who makes a living working in his fathers organization and lives a pretty posh life because of it. With a beautiful wife and a baby on the way, he seems to have it all until he stumbles upon a secret that shatters his picture perfect world and everything spirals out of control.I haven’t read many Horror books this year so I was really interested to read this story and get spooked. This book was definitely not what I expected! It went in a totally different direction that I thought it would which was really cool, I love when writers do that. It was very graphic and definitely creepy in some parts. I found myself just pleading for things to turn out okay for our main character. I didn’t one hundred percent like our protagonist but I didn’t one hundred percent hate him either. I guess I felt bad for him a lot of the time as I was reading the book because he seems to get the short end of the stick and ends up in crazy situations when it really seems like he wants to change and be good deep down.I enjoyed the psychological thriller aspect of the story though I definitely wish the story and some of the scenes were much longer as I think that would have drastically impacted the story. I liked the story itself, I thought it was entertaining and freaky to read with the graphic terror scenes and I felt like I was there. I thought the writing was good overall but there were definitely a lot of spelling errors that to another reader, might have impacted their enjoyment of the story. I tend to try to look past these things at the overall story but it is worth mentioning.I ended up giving this book a three out of five stars because I definitely enjoyed it and liked the story. I feel like more background detail about the sisters and their upbringing and maybe more time for the feelings between Jason and Haley to develop would have resonated more with me as well. Overall, I liked this story and would read more from the author. This book had a few excepts from his work at the end of it and there were a few that I will be looking forward to reading, especially Alone which kind of sounds like it may be Sci-Fi from its synopsis, I’m definitely checking that out. This novella is a super light read so if you are looking for a light, creepy read you may enjoy this one.

  • Buttonholed
    2018-12-26 01:21

    The tale is a great story. Full of graphic descriptions that are so graphic, it will sate any personal psychological morbid need a Reader has to quench their thirst of the dense macabre. Read my full review at http://buttonholed.blogspot.com

  • Cherie
    2019-01-14 02:58

    Disturbing ReadThis was a dark disturbing book. Justin is a criminal and he and his friend are sent out to blow away the completion. When he gets home early a horrible surprise awaits him. As he runs to his uncles cabin in the Scottish Highlands, he meets someone who changes what he is. I really enjoyed the book. The author is great. The only reason for 4 stars is the absolutely weird ending. Don't let that hinder your ready of this great book. Highly recommend.

  • Kimberly
    2019-01-02 03:12

    SurprisingI thought it was really good. I chose the book because of its cover. It took me less than two days to read because I couldn't put it down. I hated the end because it left me wanting more. When or where is the next book because I can't wait to read it. I will be looking and I will be following this author. Loved it.

  • Amanda Steel
    2018-12-28 07:09

    The story was okay, but the mistakes ruined it for me. I know it's difficult for self-published authors on a low budget, editing their own work and a few errors can slip through the net. There were a lot of errors though. It was nothing to do with the Scottish dialect.

  • Barbara ★
    2018-12-26 04:09

    I don't remember how this book got onto my TBR but I'm sorry it did. I had great difficulty getting past the many many misspelled words; the run-on sentences; the repeated words; the phrases used again and again even in the same sentence; and the instances where 40 words were used to describe something that required 10. All these glaring errors just kept yanking me out of the story which was pretty good though poorly executed. The plot was basically a good one but there was no continuity. The story doesn't flow nicely. It jumps all over the place with abrupt changes of thought and direction. I don't want this to be a totally negative review because I did like the premise. The plot takes you to A and suddenly B happens which was rather suspenseful. I admit to not having a clue where this book was headed but I definitely liked the creep factor and the brutality came totally out of the blue and blew me away. Mr. Thomas has potential but he is in dire need of a proofreader and an editor. Unfortunately it'll be a few years before I'm confident enough that Mr. Thomas has gotten some much needed assistance with his writing before I attempt this author again. I don't usually have an issue with bad language but it was totally overdone and unnecessary in this book. Here's one example of the difficulty I had with this book (wording and punctuation as it appears in the book):A man in his thirties, Jason physically, was somewhat handsome in an obvious way, but with a slight greasy rugged edge on a closer inspection yet his sad blue eyes and general bodily expression exuded a much more deeper, hidden, and somewhat tragic aging bitterness to his persona. Now that's one unbelievably long run-on sentence that I actually had to read three times to understand what the author was really trying to say.Here's another one:My he must've waded himself out of several steep and very deep abortion buckets to finally get a shot at life. Now isn't that a hell of an image and well maybe English isn't Mr. Thomas' primary language.How about this one:A minute later and Jason entered back into the living room with the tea and placed the two cups down upon the dining room table. The last time I checked, the dining room table isn't usually placed in the living room.I could go on and on but I'll leave you with this one:In each of her hands she held two glasses of red wine. One for her and one for Jason. Sounds to me like she has 4 glasses of wine not two.

  • Angie
    2018-12-22 08:17

    Synopsis: "'A tragic tale of a doomed romance like no other.'Jason is a tormented soul and small town, womanizing gangster. Fed up with his unfulfilled life he double crosses his only friend and does a runner with a suitcase full of drug money, disappearing into the heart of the gorgeous Scottish highlands to lay low in a secluded cottage before starting a fresh.On his second day of hiding Jason discovers the mysterious body of a young and hauntingly beautiful woman lying unconscious at the bottom of a nearby hill. The woman though has no memory of who she is or how she even ended up there. So Jason carries the beauty back to his cottage and tenderly nurses her back to health. As the days pass, Jason gradually gains the woman's trust and friendship by confiding to her his own past sins and infidelities. Deep and personal confessions he has never told anyone before, especially a woman. Could our hero finally be falling in love for the first time in his selfish life?Eventually Jason coaxes and pushes the woman into unraveling her own eerily forgotten past and tormenting mad nightmare visions of terror... But doing so without the hindsight of the chilling, terrifying and sickening acts of horror which are about to be unleashed.'Strong language and graphic scenes of violence in parts.'"My Review: Wow, this one was disturbing, so much so that I had to read some fluffy magazine articles before going to bed after finishing it. This is very much so an adult book, lots of language and violence. The first half of this book really kept you wondering where exactly it was going, you start to think it is going to be a simple romance with a few minor issues between the couple but then a big twist is thrown at you and next thing you know you are reading a horror story. I kind of felt like there was a little disconnect between me and the characters, I prefer to be led into feeling with the characters as opposed to being told how they are feeling, but I guess in this case it was probably better I didn't feel how they did most of the book. I can't help be feel for Gary, he is the only real victim in this whole book, poor guy and he only had a minor role. All in all it kept me reading and it was wrapped up nicely.

  • Mikki
    2019-01-04 03:07

    I enjoyed this book. The main character Jason was an evil gangster. A man you love to hate because he does things to deserve it, until he runs from home and comes across "Haley". This is where the book takes a most exciting and horrific turn. From there it is just a page turning read. I am disappointed a little with the ending. The story is good but I was left without the feeling of finality that I usually get. I felt the author could have gone another chapter or two to "finish" things a bit better.

  • Denise
    2018-12-25 03:56

    Short read. TONS of grammatical errors. Some interesting twists but ended up being predictable. Do not recommend for anyone who has difficulty with the level of violence and gore the author chose to write about.

  • Amanda Kasiska
    2018-12-21 07:07

    WOW, is all I can say