How different all our lives would be without them.
Since I have started this blog I have been so lucky to read some fantastic books and introduced to authors I would never have known. One of the joys of being a book reviewer is receiving some amazing books in your letterbox. But in this new age of technology I have had to bend to the popularity of the eReader & receive many books through the wonderful and addictive source that is NetGalley.
What I have read to date is reviewed on the blog, so here I thought I would share a small selection from the exciting new books I have recently acquired, through various methods (all legal!!)
Hopefully there will be one there that is of interest to you to pick up a copy yourself.
THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware
I have a few novels sitting beside my bed well overdue a read. This is one I have been looking forward to for quite some time. I have not read Ruth Ware’s previous novel In a Dark Dark Wood so her writing will be a new experience for me, one I am looking forward to!
The blurb on the book:
When travel journalist Lo Blacklock is invited on a boutique luxury cruise around the Norwegian fjords, it seems like a dream career opportunity.
But the trip takes a nightmarish turn when she wakes in the middle of the night to hear a body being thrown overboard – only to discover that no-one has been reported missing from the boat.
How do you stop a killer, when no-one believes they exist?
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
Ok…I know I must be only person on the planet who has NOT read this book yet..so before the dust turns to cobwebs, I will be brushing off my copy and reading it. For those of you who are unaware of what it’s all about, here’s the bumpf
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
BREAKING DEAD by Corrie Jackson
This book popped up on my twitter feed recently and it struck me as a book I would be interested in. Will keep you posted.
Breaking Dead is the first book in a compelling crime series starring investigative journalist, Sophie Kent. Sophie’s tenacity and talent have seen her rise through the ranks of a tough newspaper industry, but her brother’s suicide has thrown her career and personal life into chaos. Whilst interviewing witnesses of a brutal child murder, Sophie befriends a traumatised Russian model. When the girl’s mutilated body turns up in an upmarket hotel on the eve of London Fashion Week, Sophie knows she could have saved her. Eaten away by guilt, she throws herself headfirst into the edgy, fast-paced world of fashion with one goal in mind: to catch the killer. Only then can she piece her grief-stricken self back together.
As Sophie chips away at the industry’s glittery surface, she uncovers a toxic underworld rife with drugs, secrets, prostitution and blackmail. The investigation propels Sophie from the glamour of the catwalk to London’s darkest corners, towards a sinister past and a twenty-year-old murder case that could hold the key. Battling her demons and her wealthy, dysfunctional family along the way, Sophie pushes her personal problems to one side as she goes head to head with a crazed killer. A killer who is only just getting started.
JACQUES by Tanya Ravenswater:
I was looking for a different read when I came across this novel by Tanya Ravenswater. Getting excellent reviews….how could I not look for an ARC?
It is only when we matter, when we are seen and truly loved, that we know what it means to fully live.
This is the story of Jacques Lafitte, a young French boy who finds himself orphaned and torn away from everything he knows. Forced to move to England to live with his guardian – the pompous and distant Oliver – Jacques finds himself in a strange country and a strange world.
As years pass Jacques becomes part of the Clark family. But then his feelings for Oliver’s daughter Rebecca begin to surpass mere sibling affection. A development that has the power to bring them together, or tear the family apart . . .
Jacques is Tanya Ravenswater’s beautiful and touching coming-of-age novel of loss, longing, falling in love and finding a place to call home. And, most importantly, of the power of the relationships that help us along the way.
THE GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER by Anoushka Beazley
I read a review of this book by a fellow bookblogger Joanne Robertson. Joanne’s enthusiasm for this novel shone through so much that I felt I had to get my hands on this book. Luckily the author contacted me and I now have a copy sitting in line awaiting little ole me!!
Gatlin – a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However, all is not as it seems.
Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan…unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin.
Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA? A satirical and hilarious black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition.
BENEATH THE SURFACE by Jo Spain
I am very lucky to be part of a fantastic book group on Facebook called BookConnectors. Here I find my greatest source of inspiration for books I would like to read. One of these books is the latest from Irish writer Jo Spain. This novel is set in Ireland so I just had to get me an ARC of this book. Due for publication September 22nd, I hope to have this read and reviewed in time..
What’s it all about?
From top-ten Irish bestselling author Jo Spain comes the second novel in the Inspector Tom Reynolds series.
Ryan Finnegan, a high-ranking government official, is brutally slain in Leinster House, the seat of the Irish parliament. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to uncover the truth behind the murder. As the suspects start to rack up, Tom must untangle a web of corruption, sordid secrets and sinister lies.
At first, all the evidence hints at a politically motivated crime, until a surprise discovery takes the investigation in a dramatically different direction.
Suddenly the motive for murder has got a lot more personal . . . but who benefits the most from Ryan’s death?
The list goes on but who am I to complain!
I hope I have you given some ideas for your next trip to the bookshop, virtual or otherwise. I hope to have proper links set up on my site in the near future to make it easier for you to purchase the books I mention, but that’s a small technical issue I need to address…I will get there 🙂
Now I really need to go and dive into my current read so take care…and if you do read any of these books please come back and let me know.