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Saturday, 16 February 2019

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - 16th February 2019


Hello! Happy Saturday!! The sunshine returned during the week, but the cloud has moved in again today - typical!  But it's still milder and the garden is beginning to fill up with Spring flowers so good times are on the way!

And there has been good times on the reading front this week - i did a lot of reading last weekend, but didn't manage much during the week for one reason or another.  But overall I managed to finish 4 books this week! I'm still being very good on the buying front and just one pre-order arrived this week BUT I have to admit to being led astray badly this week by Netgalley!  All their fault and definitely not mine that I have had 7 new arrivals to my NG bookshelves...... time to avoid the site again for a while and get my butt in gear to start reading them all!

So here's a look back at all I've read, hauled and am currently reading!! Click on the book  title for a link to their GoodReads pages!

BOOKS FINISHED

An emotional read about how an invisible illness affects the sufferer and those around them.


This months' pick for the Elizabeth Taylor Reading Project and I really enjoyed this one!


Enjoyable but a bit more serious than her normal books!


Publication Date - 29th March 2019
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BOOK HAUL

Kill by Anthony Good  copy for review from Readers First

Michael lost his wife in a terrorist attack on a London train. Since then, he has been seeing a therapist to help him come to terms with his grief - and his anger. He can't get over the fact that the man he holds responsible has seemingly got away scot-free. He doesn't blame the bombers, who he considers only as the logical conclusion to a long chain of events. No, to Michael's mind, the ultimate cause is the politician whose cynical policies have had such deadly impact abroad. His therapist suggests that he write his feelings down to help him forgive and move on, but as a retired headteacher, Michael believes that for every crime there should be a fitting punishment - and so in the pages of his diary he begins to set out the case for, and set about committing, murder.
Waltzing through the darkling journal of a brilliant mind put to serious misuse, Kill [redacted] is a powerful and provocative exploration of the contours of grief and the limits of moral justice, and a blazing condemnation of all those who hold, and abuse, power.
THE RUIN OF KINGS by JENN LYONS signed edition from Goldsboro Books



What if you weren't the hero?

Kihrin grew up on tales of long-lost princes and grand quests - despite being raised in a brothel, making money as a musician and street thief. One day he overreaches by targeting an absent noble's mansion, hunting for jewels. There he witnesses a prince performing a terrifying dark-magic ritual. Kihrin flees but he's marked by a demon and his life will never be the same again.

That night also leads to him being claimed as a lost son of that prince's royal house. But far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family's power plays and ambitions. He must also discover why his murderous father finds Kihrin more valuable alive than dead. Soon Kihrin attempts to escape his relative's dangerous schemes, but finds himself in far deeper waters.

He becomes tangled in a plot to kill the Emperor, rob the Imperial Vaults, claim a god-slaying sword and free bound demons to wreak havoc across the land. Kihrin also discovers the old tales lied about many things: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love - and the hero always winning. But maybe Kihrin isn't fated to save the empire. He's destined to destroy it.

The Ruin of Kings is the first book in Jenn Lyons's epic new series.


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Hope you are sitting comfortably for this bit!!

THE NEIGHBOUR by FIONA CUMMIN
Out 4th April 2019

The gripping crime thriller of the year with a twist you’ll never see coming . . .

FOR SALEA lovely family home with good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . . .
And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.
On a hot July day, Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into 25 The Avenue looking for a fresh start. They arrive in the midst of a media frenzy: they’d heard about the local murders in the press, but Garrick was certain the killer would be caught and it would all be over in no time. Besides, they’d got the house at a steal and he was convinced he could flip it for a fortune.
The neighbours seemed to be the very picture of community spirit. But everyone has secrets, and the residents in The Avenue are no exception.
After six months on the case with no real leads, the most recent murder has turned DC Wildeve Stanton’s life upside down, and now she has her own motive for hunting down the killer – quickly.

A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A. FLETCHER 
Out April 23rd 2019
When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.

My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football.

My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.

Then the thief came.

There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.

Because if we aren't loyal to the things we love, what's the point?
A WEDDING AT THE COMFORT FOOD CAFE by DEBBIE JOHNSON
Out March 21st 2019
Wedding bells ring out in Budbury as the Comfort Food Cafรฉ and its cosy community of regulars are gearing up for a big celebration… 

But Auburn Longville doesn’t have time for that! Between caring for her poorly mum, moving in with her sister and running the local pharmacy, life is busy enough – and it’s about to get busier. Chaos arrives in the form of a figure from her past putting her quaint village life and new relationship with gorgeous Finn Jensen in jeopardy. It’s time for Auburn to face up to some life changing decisions.
Settle in for a slice of wedding cake at the Comfort Food Cafรฉ – a place where friendships are made for life and nobody ever wants to leave.
THE PORPOISE by MARK HADDON
Out May 9th 2019
‘I really am so very, very sorry about this,’ he says, in an oddly formal voice… They strike the side of a grain silo. They are travelling at seventy miles per hour.A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash.She is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father. She knows nothing of the rumours about a beautiful young woman, hidden from the world.
When a suitor visits, he understands far more than he should. Forced to run for his life, he escapes aboard The Porpoise, an assassin on his tail…So begins a wild adventure of a novel, damp with salt spray, blood and tears. A novel that leaps from the modern era to ancient times; a novel that soars, and sails, and burns long and bright; a novel that almost drowns in grief yet swims ashore; in which pirates rampage, a princess wins a wrestler’s hand, and ghost women with lampreys’ teeth drag a man to hell – and in which the members of a shattered family, adrift in a violent world, journey towards a place called home.
POPPY'S RECIPE FOR LIFE by HEIDI SWAIN
Out 30th May 2019

Treat yourself to a glorious novel full of food, sunshine, friendship and love!
Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach.
She's moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies.
But the unexpected arrival of Poppy's troubled younger brother soon threatens her new-found happiness and as the garden team works together to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie and what she is prepared to fight for … 

FINDING DOROTHY by ELIZABETH LETTS
Out 4th April 2019

A richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud--from the family's hardscrabble days in South Dakota to the Hollywood film set where she first meets Judy Garland. 

Maud Gage Baum, widow of the author of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, met Judy Garland, the young actress playing the role of Dorothy on the set of The Wizard of Oz in 1939. At the time, Maud was seventy-eight and Judy was sixteen. In spite of their age difference, Maud immediately connected to Judy--especially when Maud heard her sing "Over the Rainbow," a song whose yearning brought to mind the tough years in South Dakota when Maud and her husband struggled to make a living--until Frank Baum's book became a national sensation.

This wonderfully evocative two-stranded story recreates Maud's youth as the rebellious daughter of a leading suffragette, and the prairie years of Maud and Frank's early days when they lived among the people--especially young Dorothy--who would inspire Frank's masterpiece. Woven into this past story is one set in 1939, describing the high-pressured days on The Wizard of Oz film set where Judy is being badgered by the director, producer, and her ambitious stage mother to lose weight, bind her breasts, and laugh, cry, and act terrified on command. As Maud had promised to protect the original Dorothy back in Aberdeen, she now takes on the job of protecting young Judy.


THE TRUE QUEEN by ZEN CHO
Out March 21st 2019
Fairyland’s future lies in doubt
The enchanted island of Janda Baik, in the Malay Archipelago, has long been home to witches. And Muna and her sister Sakti wake on its shores under a curse, which has quite stolen away their memories. Their only hope of salvation lies in distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal runs a controversial academy for female magicians. But the pair travel via the formidable Fairy Queen’s realm, where Sakti simply disappears.
To save her sister, Muna must learn to navigate Regency London’s high society and trick the English into believing she’s a magical prodigy. But when the Sorceress Royal’s friends become accidentally embroiled in a plot – involving the Fairy Queen’s contentious succession – Muna is drawn right in. She must also find Sakti, break their curse and somehow stay out of trouble. But if fairyland’s true queen does finally return, trouble may find her first . . .
The True Queen is Zen Cho's spelling binding second book, following her award-winning The Sorcerer to the Crown. This standalone is set in that same wonderful Regency world with a fairy tale twist.

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So that has been my week! Quiet eh!! Hope your bookish week has been as entertaining!!  Would love to hear if you've read any good books or been adding to your TBR shelves!!

HAPPY READING!!








Tuesday, 12 February 2019

#BookReview The Potter's Daughter by Jackie Ladbury


About the book

When Daniel Davenport saves Maddie Lockett and her young brother Tom from drowning, an immediate bond is forged between them. 

But Daniel is an aspiring doctor and son of a wealthy manufacturer, whilst Maddie is a potter’s daughter from a poverty-stricken area of the Potteries. Even a friendship between the two could be frowned upon, let alone anything more …

But Maddie and Daniel want more, and as they grow closer gossip and prejudice look set to spoil their blossoming romance. Do the young couple stand a chance when there are those who would stop at nothing to keep them apart?

Published by Ruby Fiction

Purchase Links






MY REVIEW

I thought this was a really refreshing and engaging historical romance that did a brilliant job in transporting me back in time to the Potteries in 1902, where the difference between the lifestyles of the haves and have nots were clear for all to see.  Those working in the shadow of the potteries were living in awful poverty and surrounded by the huge chimneys that caused pollution and very poor health, and this is where Madeline lives with her father and brother.  She'd lost her mother 2 years ago so had to had to grow up fast and take on a lot of  responsibility especially for her younger brother as her father was out working very long hours.

When her brother, and her, are saved from drowning by a dashing young stranger, her life starts to change as Daniel is all she can think of!  He is from a wealthy family and dreams of being a Doctor, so she often finds herself ashamed of the state of her clothes and her home around him, but there's a really sweet connection between them despite the differences in their upbringing, and Madeline soon becomes great friends with his sister too.

She is an ambitious young girl too and dreams of being a dressmaker and the opportunity arises for her to follow her dreams and she takes it and moves to London.  And this is why I liked Madeline as a character so much - she doesn't wait around and pout! Obstacles are placed in her way but she gets on with life and  isn't afraid to stand up for herself when she needs too, especially when others are telling her that she's not good enough.  If only Daniel would take a leaf out of her book and be a bit more vocal around people who seem to delight in looking down their noses at Madeline.

There's plenty going on in this story and I loved the different look at life and attitudes of the different classes of the time. And in Madeline, this book features a young woman who is a real hard worker but has a real caring side and it's nice to find a character who gets rewarded for doing what is right for her. 

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Monday, 11 February 2019

#CoverReveal Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas @RubyFiction


COVER REVEAL


Who fancies a fabulous cover reveal to kick the week off?! Well then you're in luck as the wonderful team at Ruby Fiction have let me loose with the cover reveal again and today is the turn of MAYBE BABY by CAROL THOMAS  - and it's another stonker of a cover to leave you dreaming of sunnier and warmer days ahead!

Time for the blurb.....

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Just when you thought you had it all worked out …



Best friends Lisa and Felicity think – maybe, just maybe – they finally have everything sorted out in their lives.

Lisa is in a happy relationship with her old flame, and busy mum Felicity has managed to reignite the passion with her husband, Pete.


But when Lisa walks in on a half naked woman in her boyfriend’s flat, and Felicity is left reeling from a shocking discovery, it becomes clear life is full of unexpected surprises …



Maybe Baby is published on 2nd April by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio.



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So it's my great pleasure to be able to show off the beautiful cover............



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I hope you like it!  And that the blurb has got you itching to read it! April isn't that far away so we don't have to wait much longer!!


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Sunday, 10 February 2019

#BookReview Finding Joy by Morven-May MacCallum


About the book


I would like to introduce myself, I feel it's only fair. Only I know you so well now, you might get a scare. I know you know I'm in there, though I crept with greatest stealth: I am the hidden monster buried within yourself. Joyce is only sixteen when she's torn from the life she loves. Two years pass, but Joyce, her family, and her best friend Logan, are no closer to learning what's causing her dizzying array of symptoms. As Joyce tried to come to terms with her increasing limitations those around her struggle to understand what she is going through. Baffled and unsure, the doctors eventually diagnose Joyce with ME and CFS. But when Joyce and her family refuse to accept this diagnosis, her mental stability is called into question. Desperate for the truth and scared for Joyce's life, their only hope lies in a private hospital where she is finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Can Joyce survive a treatment as brutal as her illness? Can she find her way in a world she no longer recognises?

Published by Brown Dog

Purchase Links

Amazon UK  £8.99 paperback

hive.co.uk  £7.49 paperback

Amazon Kindle £3.33


MY REVIEW

A really insightful and heartfelt story which is obviously written by someone who has gone through the frustration of having an illness such as Lyme, or any of the invisible illnesses, and understands the despondency and isolation that the illness brings and through the character of Joy is able to share her thoughts, hopes and many fears of what lies ahead for her and what it takes to live day to day with an illness that completely devastates you and makes even the simplest of tasks a huge struggle.

Joy is 18 and should be living a life full of amazing adventures and out with friends all the time - but she's not.  Her days are spent mostly alone and in darkness, but she has the support of her Aunt who she lives with and sees her at her worst and how an illness has robbed her of a life.

What I liked about the way this story was told was that it not only featured the point of view of Joy, but also that of her Aunt Beth and her friend Logan too and that was a inspired way of seeing an illness from different viewpoints.  As a carer Beth gets to see the reality of Joy and the life she lives and that frustration she shows at not being able to get the help for her when needed comes across only too clearly.  And in Logan, it isn't until he sees Joy at her worst that he truly begins to understand the impact that the illness she is dealing with has on her so it really helps you connect even more with how devastating it can be not only for the sufferer but those around them.

The exhausting journey that Joy and her Aunt go on to get a proper diagnosis is one I'm sure many invisible illness sufferers can really empathise with, and there is also a great use of lists throughout as to many things that go hand in hand with invisible illnesses such as the do's and don'ts of things to say, the lists of symptoms suffered, the limitations, the preparation needed in achieving an outing or task etc and that also helps give a greater insight into the daily battles someone might be facing.

As a M.E sufferer myself, I found this to be told with such heart and compassion and often had a tear in my eye at the similarities in my experience of life on a day to day basis and it was an emotional story to read that I hope will help others learn a little bit more about illnesses that you can't see.

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My thanks to the author for the e-copy in return for a fair and honest review.























My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - 10th February 2019


Hello! Happy Sunday!!  Time for me to share how my bookish week has looked - more for my benefit than anything else as I'm always losing track of what I've read, what's new on my shelves and what I'm currently reading! Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels like that?!  If I can find an excuse to make a list - and buy another notebook! - then I will!

So it's been a very good reading book and I have the crappy weather to thank for that, and reading multiple books at a time helps!  Managed to finish 7 books this week - astonishing! If only every week could be like that... it still wouldn't make dent on the TBR pile I'm sure! 

And I've been fairly restrained on the NetGalley front with just 2 new additions, 2 new additions from the library and 2 books from publishers for review! That's a lot of 2's!!

BOOKS FINISHED

Excellent twisty and dark thriller


A fun, if a little infuriating, read!


A lovely historical/romance read!



Another fabulous story from one of my favourite authors


Shocking and twisty thriller!


Fab YA adventure with the next in the series out later this year!


A nice easy read! Perfect to escape the wintry weather!



BOOKHAUL

The Honey Bus by Meredith May via Netgalley


The Honey Bus: A Girl Raised by Bees is a memoir about a girl’s journey into the heart of a beehive to find herself.
When Meredith May is abandoned by both parents, she ends up learning life lessons about family, generosity and resilience from a rather unexpected source: the honeybees her grandfather keeps in Big Sur.
In a converted WWII military bus marooned in the backyard, Grandpa shows her the nuances of harvesting honey while the bees become a guiding force in her life, bonding her to the natural world and modeling a successful community that thrives on industry, democratic decision-making and loyalty.
The exquisite relationship between insect and girl becomes a sanctuary from her lonely childhood, but when her increasingly despondent mother turns violent, she must leave her grandfather’s side and strike out alone with only his hive lessons to help her.

THE LIGHT KEEPER by COLE MORETON via Netgalley


Sarah stands on the brink, arms open wide as if to let the wind carry her away.
Her husband Jack is desperate to find her before it is too late. But Sarah does not want to be found. She’s run away to be alone, to face a moment of truth that will mean life or death.
And there’s someone else seeking answers up here on the high cliffs where the seabirds soar . . . A man known only as the Keeper, living in an old lighthouse right on the cusp of a four hundred foot drop, who is discovering that sometimes love takes you to the edge.
'Cole writes with human warmth and bittersweet emotion. I loved this.' - Matt Haig, number one best-selling author of The HumansReasons To Stay Alive and Notes On A Nervous Plane

ENDLESS BEACH by JENNY COLGAN - from the library


Dreams start here... 

On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend.

While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he's about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him.

As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?

THE HAUNTING OF HENRY TWIST by REBECCA F.JOHN - from the library


London, 1926: Henry Twist's heavily pregnant wife leaves home to meet a friend. On the way, she is hit by a bus and killed, though miraculously, the baby survives. Henry is left with nothing but his new daughter - a single father in a world without single fathers. He hurries the baby home, terrified that she'll be taken from him. Racked with guilt and fear, he stays away from prying eyes; walking her through the streets at night, under cover of darkness.

But one evening, a strange man materialises from the shadows and addresses Henry by name. The man says that he has lost his memory, but that his name is Jack. Henry is both afraid of and drawn to Jack, and the more time they spend together, the more Henry sees that this man has echoes of his dead wife. His mannerisms, some things he says ... And so Henry wonders, has his wife returned to him? Has he conjured Jack himself from thin air? Or is he in the grip of a sophisticated con man? Who really sent him?

Set in a London recovering from the First World War, where life is enjoying a vibrancy again, The Haunting of Henry Twist is a novel about the limits and potential of love and of grief. It is about the lengths we will go to to hold on to what is precious to us, what we will forgive of those we love, and what we will sacrifice for the sake of our own happiness.


MR ONE NIGHT STAND by RACHAEL STEWART - from Mills & Boon. Out 21st February


One night only.

Just think of the possibilities…

The second she sees Mr. Oh-So-Delicious, Jennifer Hayes knows she needs one night of crazy. No names, no strings, no rules. Except that Jennifer’s naughty one-nighter is actually Marcus Wright—her new business partner! Now they’re mixing business with all kinds of pleasure. But when it comes to falling in love, her sexy Mr. Wright is either Mr. Wrong or the best mistake of her life…

THE FRIENDSHIP CURE by KATE LEAVER - from Duckworth . Out March 7th 2019


Our best friends, Twitter followers, gal-pals, bromances, Facebook friends, and long distance buddies define us in ways we rarely openly acknowledge. But as a society, we are simultaneously terrified of being alone and already desperately lonely. We move through life in packs and friendship circles and yet, in the most interconnected age, we are stuck in the greatest loneliness epidemic of our time. It's killing us, making us miserable and causing a public health crisis. Increasingly, we don’t just die alone; we die because we are alone. What if meaningful friendships are the solution?

Journalist Kate Leaver believes that friendship is the essential cure for the modern malaise of solitude, ill health, and anxiety and that, if we only treated camaraderie as a social priority, it could affect everything from our physical health and emotional well being. Her much-anticipated manifesto, The Friendship Cure, looks at what friendship means, how it can survive, why we need it, and what we can do to get the most from it. Why do some friendships last a lifetime, while others are only temporary? How do you “break up” with a toxic friend? How do you make friends as an adult? Can men and women really be platonic? What are the curative qualities of friendship, and how we can deploy friendship to actually live longer, better lives?

From behavioral scientists to besties, Kate draws upon the extraordinary research from academics, scientists, and psychotherapists, and stories from friends of friends, strangers from the Internet, and her “squad” to get to the bottom of these and other facets of friendship. For readers of Susan Cain’s Quietand Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big MagicThe Friendship Cure is a fascinating blend of accessible “smart thinking,” investigative journalism, pop culture, and memoir for anyone trying to navigate this lonely world, written with the wit, charm, and bite of a fresh voice. 



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And relax......so now it's time to get back to the books!  Hope your week has been a good one and hope the week ahead is even better!

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Saturday, 9 February 2019

#BookTag Books Beginning with W.I.N.T.E.R

BOOK TAG – BOOKS BEGINNING WITH W.I.N.T.E.R.

Having seen this over at Secret Library Book Blog I thought I would join in with the fun and give me an excuse to notice books on my shelves that I'd not looked at for a while!

Bibliobeth has started this seasonal book tag after seeing Lauren at Lauren and the books - one of my fave Booktubers! - do something similar on her channel.  You just go through your bookshelves to find a corresponding book title!

So I've scoured my TBR shelves for my suitable entries and this might even spur me on to read some of them sooner rather than later!


WABI SABI by BETH KEMPTON

A whole new way of looking at the world - and your life - inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.
Wabi sabi ("wah-bi sah-bi") is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. With roots in zen and the way of tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life's challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism.
Wabi sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast-paced, consumption-driven world, which will encourage you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. It will help you simplify everything, and concentrate on what really matters.
From honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to ageing with grace, wabi sabi will teach you to find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life.
This book is the definitive guide to applying the principles of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life, and finding happiness right where you are.
ISABEL'S SKIN by PETER BENSON


David Morris lives the quiet life of a book-valuer for a London auction house, travelling every day by omnibus to his office in the Strand. When he is asked to make a trip to rural Somerset to value the library of the recently deceased Lord Buff-Orpington, the sense of trepidation he feels as he heads into the country is confirmed the moment he reaches his destination, the dark and impoverished village of Ashbrittle. These feelings turn to dread when he meets the enigmatic Professor Richard Hunt and catches a glimpse of a screaming woman he keeps prisoner in his house.

NIGHTBLIND by RAGNAR JONASSON


Siglufjรถrรฐur: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thรณr Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thรณr to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will. Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all.

Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.


THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF EZRA MAAS by DANIEL JAMES


Ezra Maas is dead. The famously reclusive artist vanished without a trace seven years ago whilst working on his final masterpiece, but his body was never found. While the Maas foundation prepares to announce his death, journalist Daniel James finds himself lured to write the untold story of the artist's life - But this is no ordinary book. The deeper James delves into the myth of Ezra Maas, the more he is drawn into a nightmarish world of fractured identities and sinister doubles.

A chilling literary labyrinth, The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas deftly blends postmodern noir with psuedo-biography, letters, phone transcripts, documents, emails and newspaper clippings to create a story like no other before it.

EDEN'S GARDEN by JULIET GREENWOOD


It’s 2011, and Carys agrees, with mixed feelings, to look after her mother after a fall. This decision unsettles everything—her job, her plans, and her relationship with Jack. Once home, she is drawn back into village life, into her family history hidden in the attic, and into the history of Plas Eden, the ramshackle great house that was so much part of her childhood. It was where, at 18, she forced herself to say goodbye to David Meredith, and she wonders how she will feel when they meet again. In 1898, Ann is destitute and standing on London Bridge. She remembers her last visit to London, a spoiled, aristocratic bride, sure of the power of her youth and beauty. Now she is running from everything she trusted and she wonders if the river is her only option, or if the Meredith Charity Hospital will hide her. The two women struggle with love, family duty, long-buried secrets, and their own creative ambitions, but over 100 years ago, Ann left a trail through North Wales, Cornwall, and London that may help Carys find her true path.

RATTLE by FIONA CUMMINS


Fiona Cummins delves into the seam of darkness that runs through us all as a detective hunts down a twisted killer with a macabre obsession . . .

On still nights, when the curve of a winter moon is smudged in the flow of the River Quaggy, the dead clamor for him. And sometimes he coaxes the living to join them. To other people, his victims might be mere medical oddities. To him, they are fascinating specimens, worthy of display. Above all, he is a collector, eager for recognition even as he hides in the shadows.

Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy is the first to recognize the connection between the disappearance of a young girl and a cold case that almost cost her the career she's sacrificed so much for. A faceless psychopath is walking the streets of London, tantalizing the authorities with clues, taunting them with his ability to spirit his victims out from under their very noses.

Better than anyone, Etta Fitzroy understands loss. But this is one contest she will win if it kills her . . .


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Nice little mix of books going on there! What would make your cut for this tag?! Hope you take part too as would love to see your lists!