Book Haul | Jan 9th

It only took me 9 days to break my promise and buy books! Really, there is no stopping me! I am my own worse enemy! I didn’t buy them because I was bored – which is usually the culprit. I bought them because I’d just finished ‘The One’ by John Marrs and wanted to read some of this other works, had been waiting for ‘The Nine Elms’ by Robert Bryndza to be released, and realised I’d bought the 3rd book in Patricia Gibney’s series but not the second. The others were impulse buys.

Of these six, I only paid for four as ‘Snow Killer’ and ‘The Other Wife’ I got on kindle unlimited. I love exploring new Detective and Thriller series, ‘Snow Killer’ is my first impulse buy of 2020, and hopefully I’ll enjoy it enough to continue reading the series as it comes. I enjoyed Claire McGowan’s ‘What You Did’ quite a lot so I thought that I’d try reading another of her works. Robert Bryndza’s Erika Foster Series was a standout for me in 2019, so when I heard he would be starting a new series, I knew it would be a book that I’d love to read. I read ‘The Passengers’ by John Marrs just after Christmas, which prompted me to get ‘The One’ in the new year. Having read and enjoyed both of them, I decided to plunge in and get two more of his books. I think they’re probably not everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoy the writing style and the exploration of characters and human nature.

A family is gunned down in the snow but one of the children survives. Three years on, that child takes revenge and the Snow Killer is born. But then, nothing – no further crimes are committed, and the case goes cold.

Fifty years later, has the urge to kill been reawakened? As murder follows murder, the detective team tasked with solving the crimes struggle with the lack of leads. It’s a race against time and the weather – each time it snows another person dies. 

As an exhausted and grizzled DI Barton and his team scrabble to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the killer is hiding in plain sight. Meanwhile, the murders continue…

She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?

Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…

Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.

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.

All she wanted was the truth, but she’ll wish she never found out.

When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing—except him.

Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn’t just leave her. He wouldn’t leave the children.

But Simon knows the truth—about why he left and what he’s done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. The memories she holds onto are lies.

While Catherine faces a dark new reality at home, Simon’s halfway around the world, alive and thriving. He’s doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the truth.

But he can’t hide forever, and when he reappears twenty-five years later, Catherine will finally learn who he is.

And wish she’d stayed in the dark

Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly became a nightmare.

Fifteen years after those catastrophic, career-ending events, a copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle, continuing the ghastly work of his idol.

Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate draws on her prodigious and long-neglected skills as an investigator to catch a new monster. But there’s much more than her reputation on the line: Kate was the original killer’s intended fifth victim . . . and his successor means to finish the job.

One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend. 

Could this be the same girl?  

When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing.

Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim? 

It’s funny how my taste in books change. I can read thrillers and detective novels till the cows come home! But it wasn’t always the way. I find it interesting how tastes change and evolve as you grow. Sometimes I stand in the fantasy section of Waterstones, I stand there for a long time but in the end I walk away empty handed. I am just no longer interested in that type of novel. I think I over read the genre in my late teens/early twenties that now, I don’t find much joy in them.

I shall try again to stick to my book ban and hopefully I won’t fall off the wagon again this month! I’ve got into the habit of reading again, I lost some of the enjoyment over December but I am back on the horse and so far, my two reads of this year have been exciting and original. I am well on my way to reading my third book of the year, and before I know it I’m sure I’ll have worked my way through half my tar shelves.

Q – Have you read any of these books? / What did you think?

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