July 5th Book Haul

I couldn’t just buy 12 kindle books could I? I mean, we all know I have a book buying problem! I have terrible self-control! I was looking for something else but Amazon started to recommend these psychological thrillers that were only £2.00 and so I bought 12 books!

All 12 books are psychological thrillers and this time I actually managed to get more books that aren’t in series. Phew! So, lets go ahead and show off the books I shouldn’t have bought and the blurbs that made me buy them!!

The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe

A young woman is found beheaded in an infamous business tycoon's marble-lined hallway.

The businessman, scandal-ridden CEO of the retail chain Clothes & More, is missing without a trace.

But who is the dead woman? And who is the brutal killer who wielded the machete?

Rewind two months earlier to meet Emma Bohman, a sales assistant for Clothes & More, whose life is turned upside down by a chance encounter with Jesper Orre. Insisting that their love affair is kept secret, he shakes Emma's world a second time when he suddenly leaves her with no explanation.

As frightening things begin to happen to Emma, she suspects Jesper is responsible.

But why does he want to hurt her? And how far would he go to silence his secret lover?

My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor

Heidi and Jason aren't like other couples. Six years ago, Heidi's daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason's son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together. 

By chance, Heidi meets a boy she's certain is her husband's long-missing son - but Jason is equally convinced it's not him.

Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi's search for the truth...

The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook

1943: The world is at war, and the villagers of Tyneham are being asked to make one more sacrifice: to give their homes over to the British army. But on the eve of their departure, a terrible act will cause three of them to disappear forever.

2018: Melissa has hoped the break on the coast of Dorset would rekindle her stagnant relationship, but despite the idyllic scenery, it's pushing her and Liam to the brink. When Melissa discovers a stranger photograph of a woman who once lived in the forgotten local village of Tyneham, she becomes determined to find out more about her story. But Tyneham hides a terrible secret, and Melissa's search for the truth will change her life in ways she never imagined possible.

Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, she's cut herself off from everything but her one true love - drink. Until she's forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy.

Amy is lost. When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead in a park. Her attacker was never found. Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place. She's as good as dead, but not even her doctors are sure how much she understands.

Alex and Amy grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys. And as Alex begins to investigate the attack, she opens the door to the same danger that has left Amy in a coma...

The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham

Alisha Barba's dreams of being a detective were shattered when a murder suspect broke her back across a brick wall. Now on her feet again, with her police career in limbo, she receives a message from an old school friend, Cate Beaumont, who is eight months pregnant and in trouble. 

On the night they arrange to meet, Cate is mown down by a car that kills her husband instantly. As paramedics fight to save her life they discover that there is no baby. Her pregnancy is an elaborate lie, a cruel deception.

Why? What happened? As Alisha sets out to answer these questions she is drawn deeper and deeper into a dangerous quest that will take her from the East End of London to Amsterdam's red light district and into a murky underworld of sex trafficking, slavery and exploitation.

The Devil’s Dice by Roz Watkins

A SHOCKING DEATH

A Lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches.

A SINISTER MESSAGE

Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch - chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century.

A DEADLY GAME

As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it's clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg - and the dice are loaded...

I don’t know what book I’m going to read first! They all sound so good!!! I’m going to have my work cut out reading these – and the others already on my shelves!!!

Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. 

The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable.

But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.

And then she meets the next victim.

My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England

Do you really know your friends?

On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa's wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump.

As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves - or with each other - as they think.

And there are secrets lurking that could destry everything.

The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of...

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he's ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive.

The Promise by Katerina Diamond

No one can protect you from your past...

When a young woman is found strangled in her own bedroom, DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are plunged into an investigation to find a twisted serial killer who likes to date his victims before he kills them.

Determined to stop the horrific deaths, Imogen is forced to act as bait - but will she get caught in her own trap? As the search for the killer ramps up, attention falls on the strange new boy in town. Why does he watch his neighbours through the windows? And could the truth be closer to home than any of them realise?

Sweet Pea by C. J. Skuse

The last person who called me 'Sweetpea' ended up dead...

I haven't killed anyone for three years and I though that when it happened again I'd feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night's sleep. Didn't wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog...but sh'es got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon's life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatifying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend's plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidi checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming. Rhiannon's ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder...

In Bloom (Sweetpea 2) by C. J. Skuse

If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiance Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she's free.

Except for one small problem. She's pregnant with her ex-lover's child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws garden. As much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through he kill lists, a small voice is trying to make her stop.

But can a killer's urges ever really be curbed?

And there we have it. 12 blurbs for 12 books I shouldn’t have bought. £24 for 12 books was pretty good value though and I only picked books that made me excited just thinking about reading them. I have started to clear some space on my shelves at home, but realistically I know I have my work cut out to read them all. I just wish I had some more self control when it came to book buying. Some times I feel pressured to read all the books I’ve bought but other times I feel excited because of all the books I’ve bought. It’s a vicious cycle!

Let me know if any of you have read any of these books and what your thoughts/opinions/ratings were.

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