Friday Finds | 6th – 13th Jan

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Yes, another weekly post thing! Friday Finds is a post where you show all the recent and most interesting books you’ve added to your tbr list in the past week. I’m going to do the 5 most interesting ones I’ve found per week (in no particular order as always).

My tbr is never-ending, but I’m thinking about doing a weekly post where I declutter books that have been on my tbr list for aaages so I might sort my life out a bit that way!


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Now You See Me by S J Bolton

Synopsis
One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London apartment complex, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building’s darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt.

No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer’s game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically. However, as they investigate the details of the case start reminding her more and more of a part of her past she’d rather keep hidden. And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.

I asked my helpful friends on Goodreads for some really excellent crime thriller books, no matter what the front cover looks like, as I’m trying to get over my bad habit of judging books by their covers (I know I shouldn’t!), and this was one of the novels suggested to me! Sounds really good and has amazing ratings, plus, this cover isn’t so bad!


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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Synopsis
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

I literally can’t escape this book! It’s everywhere! All over my WordPress reader and Goodreads feed because it’s just recently come out and people are going mad for it. I’m more excited about the cover than anything else! My one problem with this novel is that I’m going to keep reading our main characters name as Vagisil, which is totally gross lol.


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Normal by Warren Ellis

Synopsis
Some people call it “abyss gaze.” Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.

There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geo-engineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks.
For both types, if you’re good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it’s something you can’t do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the “abyss gaze” takes hold there’s only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest.

When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis’s Normal, Dearden uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future—and the past, and the now.

This sounds soooo good! I love futuristic novels and movies. I found this by typing into the Goodreads search bar, another book with the word “normal” in the title. This book sounds better than the one I was originally searching for (which I’ve now forgotten the name of).


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The House by Simon Lelic

Synopsis
What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them…

Noticed the striking cover of this in the Netgalley section “Thrillers & Mysteries”. It sounds really good and one reviewer whose reviews I tend to agree with said this was superb and gave it 5 stars so I knew I had to request it. Doesn’t come out until August, though, so if I get declined, it’s gonna be a long old wait!


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I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork

Synopsis
A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree with a jump rope around her neck. She is dressed in strange doll’s clothes. Around her neck is an airline tag that says “I’m traveling alone.”

A special homicide unit in Oslo re-opens with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. Holger’s first step is to persuade the brilliant but haunted investigator Mia Krüger to come back to the squad–she’s been living on an isolated island, overcome by memories of her past. When Mia views a photograph of the crime scene and spots the number “1” carved into the dead girl’s fingernail, she knows this is only the beginning. She’ll soon discover that six years earlier, an infant girl was abducted from a nearby maternity ward. The baby was never found. Could this new killer have something to do with the missing child, or with the reclusive Christian sect hidden in the nearby woods?

Mia returns to duty to track down a revenge-driven and ruthlessly intelligent killer. But when Munch’s own six-year-old granddaughter goes missing, Mia realizes that the killer’s sinister game is personal, and I’m Traveling Alone races to an explosive–and shocking–conclusion.

I seem to really love Scandinavian books and TV series so I was instantly drawn to this when I saw the authors name. It’s getting some great reviews online and I’ve seen it being advertised front and centre in various different shops, so I’m looking forward to giving this one a read.


So there we have it. Some excellent sounding books I’ve recently added to my overly long tbr list!

(feature originated from Jenn at Books and A Beat)
(watercolur vector from Freepik)

 

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