WWW Wednesday (05-06-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I finished reading:

The Whisper Man turned out to be a great debut novel. It was creepy alright although perhaps not the creepiest I have read (The Changeling by Matt Wesolowski is still on top of my list) but it has enough scary elements to give you the chills nonetheless.

The Whisper Man by Alex North

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What I’m reading now:

I looooved Chris McGeorge’s first novel so much (Guess Who) and nobody’s happier than me for the chance to read his second novel via Netgalley. I like it so far but the mystery is still very much a mystery even if I’m halfway through so if it doesn’t give me a hint soon I’m going to get frustrated ;-). It’s a good read but I think it’s not going to top his first one.

Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge 

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

When I saw this book I knew I wanted to read it! There’s lying involved! Who’s lying? Oh I love this kind of trope. This is the last book I signed up for to review on a blog tour and I normally don’t do many reviews for book tours, so that’s how much I wanted to read it.

Forget My Name by J.S. Monroe

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You are outside your front door. There are strangers in your house. Then you realise… You can’t remember your name.

She arrived at the train station after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, she couldn’t remember her own name. All she knew was her own address.

Now she’s outside Tony and Laura’s front door. She says she lives in their home. They say they have never met her before.

One of them is lying.

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

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Same book – different cover #11

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I’m back with 5 new book covers to pick and choose your favorite one. This is just for fun so there are no wrong answers! OK, I’ll go first, then it’s up to you:

Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox

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I’m going for cover n° 1. I totally get cover 2 and it is much creepier but I like the psychological thriller vibe more than the creepy horror vibe so that’s why I choose the first.

Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

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Oh cover 1 without a doubt. It has such lovely soft colours, so inviting!

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

never tell 02  never tell 01

OK cover 2 because the red just screams danger and fire (and I know there’s plenty of both in the novel).

The Truth about Love and Dogs by Lilly Bartlett

TALAD UK  TALAD US

Well this is a special one. The author sent them to me asking for my and also your opinion so I really want to hear what YOU have to say about this one because for me, this is the most difficult one and I don’t really know what cover to choose. In the end I chose cover 2 because with such a title (which I adore btw) I really want to see a dog on the cover to make it extra sweet. If you look closely there’s one on the first cover too but you really have to look hard (well I didn’t see it at first sight). I just think I’d pick it up sooner at the bookstore if I saw the second one.

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracy Garvis Graves

The Girl He Used to Know  The Girl He Used to Know 02

Very different covers… but I really like the first one. The first seems like a love story, the second feels like the book is tragic and sad…

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So that’s it. Tell me your thoughts! If you can’t get enough, check out Battle Of The Books #1 – #2#3 – #4 – #5#6 – #7#8#9#10

WWW Wednesday (08-05-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I finished reading:

I was really interested in this novel and Annabel Kantaria, the lovely author, saw this and asked her publisher to send me a copy of her novel last year. I really enjoyed it, it kept me guessing long enough :-).

I Know You by Annabel Kantaria

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What I’m reading now:

Time for another novel I’ve had for a while. I received this novel courtesy of Amanda Prowse’s husband (he’s such a darling), and she even signed it for me! I love the beautiful cover and I read a few reviews from fellow bloggers who really enjoy this author’s books so I was very excited to try. She certainly knows how to write about painful things like grief. Even though the novel is about coping with someone passing away, it is very touching but not too raw and I’m sure they will find happiness again in the end. I’m waiting for it! I haven’t cried yet but I’m not making any bets that’ll stay that way.

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse 

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I was invited for a blog blitz of two books that both sounded interesting but it’s this month so I only picked one. Degrees of Guilt a courtroom drama and it’s been a while since I read a novel in this genre so my interest was immediately piqued. The blurb also contains a challenge, one I simply can’t ignore… :-).

Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler

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When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.

She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

WWW Wednesday (03-04-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I finished reading:

Another historical novel, I’m really getting a taste for it… I enjoyed the love story between Iris and Louis and the alternating chapters hearing Silas go on and on about Iris. His sickly obsession with her was very discomforting. He’s losing his marbles so the love story is overshadowed with a strong sense of foreboding. It didn’t disappoint in its ending either… yes, I enjoyed reading this one.

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

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What I’m reading now:

I’m on the blog tour for this novel in May (I haven’t received a date yet) and I haven’t actually started reading it but I’m going to really soon (I’m finishing a novel that I don’t like and don’t want to give an extra spotlight – thought about DNFing several times – and I think it’s going to be an unpopular opinion for that one). I have enjoyed every novel this author has written so far so I think it’s just what I need now!

Night by Night by Jack Jordan

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I have less than 5 paperback review copies now from publishers/authors and I received this one together with The Stranger Diaries as a surprise as I only asked for the other one. I have to say, it does sound interesting to me and I love books about revenge. Also the cover is quite pink so that’s also a good start. I hope it does have enough depth though, I haven’t read any reviews yet and I haven’t actually seen this novel around either. Only one way to find out!

Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry

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Dana Diaz is an aspiring stand-up comedian–a woman in a man’s world. When she meets a tough computer programmer named Amanda Dorn, the two bond over their struggles in boys’ club professions.

Dana confides that she’s recently been harassed and assaulted while in L.A., and Amanda comes up with a plan: they should go after each other’s assailants, Strangers on a Train-style.

But Dana finds that revenge, however sweet, draws her into a more complicated series of betrayals. Soon her distrust turns to paranoia, encompassing strangers, friends–and even herself. At what cost will she get her vengeance? Who will end up getting hurt? And when it’s all over, will there be anyone left to trust?

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

WWW Wednesday (06-03-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I finished reading:

This sounded like a fun chicklit rom-com type of novel and it totally is. It’s a perfect escape if you’re in the mood for a feel good novel, I really enjoyed this!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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What I’m reading now:

I received Dark Pines and the sequel Red Snow from the publisher in January. I really wanted to read the first one while it’s still winter. Call me crazy but I think it adds to the reading experience if it’s cold here too :-). I’m really enjoying it so far.. there is someone who looks very suspicious but I don’t know if there’s another secret to find there or if it’s the killer.

Dark Pines by Will Dean

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I really had to restrain myself not to dive in right away but I’m on the blog tour in May so I told myself to hold off reading The Passengers a little longer. I think I won’t be able to do that much longer really because I’m dying to read this! John Marrs is one of my must-read authors and I loved all of his previous books so that’s a really good omen, right ?

The Passengers by John Marrs

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Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

Book recommendations: 10 locked-in novels

Locked In

One of my absolute favorite tropes is the one where there’s more than one or two main characters but you have a whole lot of them (the more the merrier like they say) and where there’s really nowhere to go or run to! Lots of times the killer also hides in plain sight and everyone involved is a suspect (lots of suspects yay!). I love secrets and lies and you’re guaranteed to be entertained when reading such a novel.

If you happen to share the same love, here are 10 recommendations. These are a mix of books that I already read and ones that are on my readlist for the future.

  1. Guess Who by Chris McGeorge (reviewed)
  2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (I watched the mini-series on tv)
  3. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena (reviewed)
  4. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (reviewed)
  5. Sleep by CL Taylor (reviewed)
  6. Halfway by B.E. Jones
  7. No Exit by Taylor Adams
  8. The Passengers by John Marrs (Pub date April 1, 2019)
  9. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (out in PB in August 2019)
  10. The Holiday by TM Logan (Pub date June 13, 2019)

PS: There’s also a YA novel by CL Taylor to come (I heard about it via the author’s newsletter but the novel is untitled).

It’s difficult to say which one(s) I liked most because I liked the ending more in this book and the villain more in another, but the one novel that still stands out for me most is Guess Who by Chris McGeorge because it’s literally a locked room they’re in. I think the top 5 are basically just sort of my order of preference 🙂

So over to you! Any of these you read or want to read?

WWW Wednesday (13-02-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I finished reading:

I read three of Lisa Gardner’s books in the past and gave them 3, 4 and 5 stars respectively so I’ll just keep you in suspense a little longer about how much I liked this one. It can definitely be read as a standalone, I’ll tell you that much ;-).

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

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What I’m reading now:

I only read a few pages of this one so can’t really comment on it yet but so far so good. I hear a lot of praise about it and read a very positive review by Ludwig’s Thrillers last weekend so I have high hopes!

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

When I came across this novel on Twitter and looked up the synopsis on Amazon I definitely wanted to add it to my readlist. It’s published in May in case you’re interested.

The Furies by Katie Lowe

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You’d kill to be one of them.

1998. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing. No known cause of death.

Four girls know what happened.

And until now they’ve kept their silence.

Violet is returning home, back to the sleepy coastal town which holds so many memories.

In 1998, after a tragic accident claimed the lives of her father and sister, she joins Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls’ school with an unpleasant history of 17th century witch trials.

There she is drawn to Robin, Grace, Alex and their charismatic teacher, Annabel; she is invited to join them in their advanced study group.

There they learn about art, literature and the grisly history of the school. Though Annabel claims her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals, she warns them off the topic, describing it as little more than mythology. However, the more the girls learn, the more they start to believe that magic is real, and that together they can harness it.

But when the body of a former member of the society is found on campus nine months after the she disappeared, fingers are pointed at those closest to her. Leading Violet to wonder whether she can trust her friends, teachers, or even herself.

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !