WWW Wednesday (13-12-2017)

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

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

What I recently finished :

This one is getting a lot of attention and I heard it’s predicted to become THE thriller of next year. It was a good read with an unreliable narrator who suffers agoraphobia, a condition which I felt was described quite realistically, but the story didn’t stand out for me so much that it’s worthy of becoming a hype. I’m not always spot-on with these things though so don’t take my word for it :-).

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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What I’m reading now:

OK this is me going a little out of my comfort zone (just a little bit) because the world-building is not exactly realistic. I’ll let you know how that ended ;-).

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

More than excited to read this one because I loved Six Stories! I never saw the twist in that one coming and I’m very eager to find out if he can deliver an equally stunning story. I’m on the blog tour for this one beginning of January so I hope to start reading very soon!

Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

HydraBefore Scarfell Claw, there was Hydra… One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the ‘Macleod Massacre’.

Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess…

Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both a classic murder mystery and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, that shines light in places you may never, ever want to see again.

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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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Book fair : Boekenfestijn

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I always look forward to a visit of a book festival called Boekenfestijn. It’s basically a big hall and there are rows and rows of books. There are banners placed above the tables and in front with the genre (romance, thriller etc.) but apart from that you just have to go and make your rounds because several books from the same author won’t be placed together. Doesn’t matter to me though, I loooove walking these aisles :-).

Oh and I haven’t even told you the best part yet… the prices are the lowest you’re ever going to find here. As books are sold here for almost 20 euro most of the time, this feels like hitting the jackpot.. new paperbacks are often 4,95 euro, sometimes as low as 2,99 euro even and hardbacks around 10 euros. Before I was blogging this was without a doubt THE place where I bought most of the books.

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Now I do have to tell you that you never know what you’ll find, sometimes there are a lot of English books, sometimes there aren’t…

The only ‘downside’ if you can even call it that is that you won’t find newly published novels at these lovely prices but usually older novels or first or second editions of a series.

It’s no use having a list of what you really want so I picked up these books at random, mostly because I remembered seeing the title in the past. Even if I didn’t know whether it was a good or a bad novel I just added them to the pile.. at these low prices I figured I just couldn’t leave empty-handed.

Here’s this year’s book haul of 9 novels. And the good part is that they are all quite recent as well. I’m calling it a Christmas present for myself:

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Killing Kate by Alex Lake

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin

A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Torn by Casey Hill

The Good Daughter by Alexandrea Burt

Passagier 23 by Sebastian Fitzek

Afgesneden by Sebastian Fitzek

The last two novels are from a German writer and translated in Dutch. Lots of people here really like his novels and they do sound pretty good so I added them out of curiosity. Passagier 23 or translated as ‘Passenger 23‘ is a novel about a woman and her son who disappear on a cruise ship and a man who investigates their case and others. There’s also Cut (Afgesneden) about a forensic pathologist who finds a message hidden in a mutilated body. The author worked with the most well-known pathologist in Germany for this novel.

I also had a copy of Lily and the Octopus in my hands but it was also a Dutch version and I know this is supposed to be a very emotional read so I only want to read it in English.. I feel like I can get more emotional when reading something in English :-). I wish I could have added some YA reads but I didn’t find any. It wasn’t me ignoring them, honestly.

Oh and in case you’re wondering about that first wrapped up parcel on top… I met the lovely Kathy from Books and Munches at the book fair who personally hand-delivered the giveaway prize I won! Meeting another book blogger is officially checked off from my bucket list and I couldn’t have met a nicer one. I know what’s in the parcel too (it’s a copy of Turtles All The Way Down) but I’m only going to open it on Christmas Eve. I know, I don’t know where I get the willpower from either :-).

So that’s it. Have you read any of these novels? I do hope I made a few good choices. 

Netgalley says NO! My saddest book rejections

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I saw this post on The Misstery‘s blog and it showed me that I was not alone in being rejected. I was quite surprised really because I thought other bloggers would have a much higher approval rate than me and I thought they were practically accepted every time. So I don’t want to hide mine anymore but instead show you a few of my many, many rejections.

I have 50 reviews up till now and I’ve been rejected 29 times so I’m used to not having my hopes up too much. It could very well be 30 today or tomorrow because I have 2 more requests pending for the same book – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – and I’m not very hopeful anymore if they have to think about it this long (more than a month for the first request). I’m at 96% so that’s not the problem, but I don’t know what is. But, on the bright side, I did get to read 50 books for free and some of them were brilliant!

Anyway here are my saddest rejections :

 

Far from True by Linwood Barclay (my oldest book rejection)

I Let You Go by Clare Macintosh

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Little Boy Blue by MJ Arlidge

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (tried twice, rejected twice)

Before I Let You in By Jenny Blackhurst

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon

The Caller by Chris Carter (OK so I don’t live in Australia..)

Rattle by Fiona Cummins

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

I did get myself an e-copy of I Let You Go and The Caller and I even bought the paperback copy of Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land (okay that was partly because of the gold cover too). It is rather exceptional though because I’ll still want to read it of course but it won’t be very high on my buy-list.

I also managed to get a paper copy of Rattle by Fiona Cummins from the publisher once her second book was about to be launched and it turned out quite a good read so I’m happy I got the chance!

So were any of these books on your list? Did I miss out on anything ;-)?

Goodreads Monday (November 2017)

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I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!

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Added on April 18, 2014 to my readlist : Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

This novel has a 4.08 star rating on Goodreads. I wanted to show you that there really is more on my readlist than just crime novels. Golden Boy is about 16 year old Max, a person who is not boy nor girl but both. Can you see the cover here, it’s quite brilliant really why they chose it if you think about it.. This is to be a very emotional story!

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The Walker family is good at keeping secrets from the world. They are even better at keeping them from each other. Max Walker is a golden boy, with a secret that the world may not be ready for. This novel is a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.

So what do you think, yay or nay? I’m keeping it anyway. I’m quite interested to read about something I know almost nothing about, I’m just waiting for the right mindset to dive into this one.

WWW Wednesday (15-11-2017)

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

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

 

What I recently finished :

A wonderful debut about a woman obsessed with her ex. I’m happy I finally found another novel I was so addicted to and wanted to keep on reading and flipping the pages to see what would be her next move.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

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What I’m reading now:

OK I actually already finished it but wanted to list this one as well. The Good Samaritan is such an excellent read! This is not just a story about one crazy person but someone provoking a crazy person and then.. well you don’t want to have a crazy person on your tail. The consequences are jaw-dropping. One of this year’s favorites!

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

If it’s a book about someone’s who’s lying you can count on it that I’m interested! Can I unmask the guilty one? I can’t wait to find out.

The Confession by Jo Spain

The ConfessionLate one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

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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 !

My most anticipated reads

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I saw this post on Janel’s ‘Keeper of Pages’ blog and I wanted to join in so here we go with my most wanted list:

The craftsmen by Sharon Bolton

A new Sharon Bolton novel, do you even need to know more? Just add it to your wishlist like I did. Okay read the blurb if you don’t believe me, I’m pretty sure the result will be the same anyway 🙂

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He makes his living from death.
But is he capable of murder?

Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares, the victims were buried, but while they were still alive.

Larry confessed the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

I lurvvvved Final Girls so I really want to know what else he can do. The blurb is super short and still it contains everything I want to hear, lies and secrets, a mystery in the past. Yep sounds good to me!

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A damaged young woman returns to the summer camp where fifteen years before three of her friends disappeared, never to be seen again, to Maya Ziv at Dutton.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

A killer in the jury? Sounds like this one really stands out among the rest in orginality and if it’s done right there should be 13 suspects, right? 13 possibilities yay!

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They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

Another one I added to my wishlist without even knowing what it was about.  

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She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

Need To Know Karen Cleveland

Okay this one is an exception as it doesn’t fall in my usual genre but I fell for the cover and the page edges that are super special and to die for… It looks like it’s getting very high ratings too though so I just want it.

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In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency—and to her family.

What do you do when everything you trust might be a lie?

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened.

Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

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I read this one’s even better than Behind Her Eyes. Is that even possible? I think not 🙂 but I can’t wait to find out what that secret here is!

Promises only last if you trust each other, but what if one of you is hiding something?

A secret no one could ever guess.

Someone is living a lie.

Is it Lisa?

Maybe it’s her daughter, Ava.

Or could it be her best friend, Marilyn?

Cross Her Heart publishes 17th May 2018. You’ll just have to wait to find out…

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

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I haven’t even read Little Monsters yet but I’m adding this one as well because so many secrets and lies begs me to read this one!

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . .  Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

The Fifth to Die by J.D. Barker

Well hello there! I came across this title just this week by accident when I was looking for an image of The Fifth Monkey on Google and I don’t have to tell you that I’m adding this one to my readlist. Amazon tells me it won’t be out until summer of 2018 so it’s a loooong wait though.

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In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone.

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

These are all standalones (there is one sequel) and I haven’t added any books from a series deliberately. 

So what do you think, are any of these on your wishlist?

Goodreads Monday (October 2017)

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I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!

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Added on 12 January 2014 : Lovely Vicious (or Love Me Never) by Sarah Wolf

This novel has a 4.12 star rating on Goodreads. It’s a Young Adult/Romance novel and one that sounds especially good based on all the gifs I’ve seen of people crying. I want a novel that I can feel :-). This is the first novel in the Lovely Vicious series of 3 books at the moment, and the other two novels have an even higher rating.

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Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

So what do you think? Yay or nay? Maybe a bit predictable but it sounds like it’ll be fun to read!