Who or What is it? Niegfrid, by Darren Tarditi #BookReview

25 May
Who or What is it?  Niegfrid, by Darren Tarditi #BookReview

Thank you to Author Darren Tarditi for gifting me a copy of his first published novella. And many congratulations on self publishing his first book.

This is one of the extremely rare books that I accepted to review without really knowing what it was about. I fancied a novella and Darren contacted me at just the right time.


A brutal and horrific crime occurs, shaking a town to its core, not least Sergeant Stevie McBride.
Prior to this, Paul Michaelson was a normal lad, going about his life when he suffers an accident. Due to a brain injury he suffered during this accident, he lands in a coma for many months.
When he awakens his life has been turned upside down, with the sudden departure of his girlfriend whilst he was still in the coma and feelings of rage and injustice that he cannot clear.
As his recovery progresses, he starts hearing a persistent voice in his head. He has no idea that not only is the voice real, but that it belongs to an incredibly powerful creature who has ravaged and desecrated its own world for millennia.
Now Earth is its next target and Paul its vessel.
Slowly but surely, it twists and manipulates Paul into performing a series of horrific deeds.
With all this going on it catches the nose of Sergeant Stevie McBride. As times passes, he starts to realise something is not right, but he can’t quite put his finger on it.
As the creature and Paul ramp up their agenda, Stevie scrambles from one clue to the next, hoping to catch a killer, and unknown to him, stop something so much worse…

My Thoughts:

This is not my usual kind of read. I went in blind and hoped for the best. Sometimes this is a refreshing way to go into a book as a bookblogger where there are no expectations.

I was very pleasantly surprised that within the first few pages I found that the book was based not far from where I live in Scotland.

As I read on, I realised that this isn’t your average crime thriller book. There are realms of crime, possible supernatural and gory horror. This book is not for the faint hearted. I’m not a fan of supernatural, but the plot could leave it open to the readers imagination, real or ghostly?

The horror part of the plot was graphic and bloody. I’m used to it with all the crime, murder books I read. But even at that, this was very dark.

The novella is a quick read with a gritty plot and characters that get you thinking. If you are wondering why the title Niegfrid, well who and what Niegfrid is will become apparent as you read on.

I liked the Scottish dialect that was added in. If a book is based in a place then it has to be believable that the Author knows the area and this is true for this novella and Author.

The descriptive work in the novella shows good potential for more books to come from this new Author.

“…….like a virus he was working his way into Paul’s psyche….”

If you like dark books with violent crime and a bit of a weird plot, then this book is worth a download.

As a first novella and self published Darren Tarditi has good potential for more books to come.




Posted by on May 25, 2020 in Books


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6 responses to “Who or What is it? Niegfrid, by Darren Tarditi #BookReview

  1. Mary Jane wilson

    May 25, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    I read this book. I kept going as I had to find out what happened next. A great short read.

    • chocolatepages

      May 25, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      Me too. I didn’t know how it was going to end, which is always a good thing in a book.

  2. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    May 31, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    I can’t stop looking at the cover!
    I like that there’s a strong Scottish vibe in this book and that the supernatural element is left to our imagination. Wonderful review! xxx

    • chocolatepages

      May 31, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Meggy. It’s probably the first time I accepted a review without knowing what it was about. What a surprise I got when the first few pages were based not far from where I live.

  3. irena_bookdustmagic

    June 8, 2020 at 8:30 am

    This sounds very interesting, like it.could be hit or miss, but from your review I see it’s more on a hit side.
    The cover reminds me of that classic Dr. Jake and mr. Hyde.
    It’s good to hear that it takes place near you. I imagine it’s quite an experience to read about familiar places.

    • chocolatepages

      June 9, 2020 at 9:52 am

      Thanks Irena. Dr J and Mr Hyde is quite a good comparison actually ☺


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