Friday Finds | 27th – 10th Feb

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I didn’t get the chance to do this weekly meme last week because I was away, but I hadn’t really added much to my tbr so it wouldn’t have been worth it anyway.

Just because I missed last week, this list is going to be a tad longer, but not by many books!


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Black Water Lillies by Michael Bussi

Synopsis: Giverny. During the day, tourists flock to the former home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his Water Lilies. But when silence returns, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village.

This is the story of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet’s Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.

Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval’s corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumoured painting of Black Water Lilies?

This sounds bizarre and there’s a huge possibility I won’t like this at all, but I requested it on Netgalley anyway! It sounds a bit different to the other kind of mysteries out on the market at the moment so it’s worth giving a try if it’s free!

 

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Grimm Woods
by D Melhoff

Synopsis: A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counsellors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.

Love the book cover of this and the idea of a murder being based on old fairy tales is really interesting. I ‘m hoping this isn’t really juvenile as the counsellors trying to “outwit” a psychopath could get a little silly, but it could also be great!

 

 

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The Deep
by Nick Cutter

Synopsis: A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily…and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered—a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.

This has some pretty terrible reviews but anything to do with the sea is sure to freak me out… and I love being freaked out!

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The Trials of Walter Ogrod: The Shocking Murder, So-Called Confessions, and Notorious Snitch That Sent a Man to Death Row 
by Thomas Lowenstein

Synopsis: This engrossing exposé and investigation into the tragic 1988 murder of four-year-old Barbara Jean Horne and its aftermath leads readers through the facts of the case in compelling, compassionate, and riveting fashion. Award-winning journalist Thomas Lowenstein makes a convincing, evenhanded case for the wrongful conviction of Walter Ogrod, a man with autism spectrum disorder who lived across the street from the girl’s family and who has been on death row since 1996. Informed by copious police records, court transcripts, interviews, letters and journals, and more, Lowenstein relates how Ogrod—who bears no resemblance to the man described by several witnesses as a key suspect, and who is not linked to the crime by any physical evidence—was convicted based solely on a confession he signed after thirty-six hours without sleep and being insistently fed details of how he allegedly did it, provoked with horrific photos and with accusations of being “sick” and not remembering his actions. Presenting explosive new evidence discrediting the notorious snitch who sealed Ogrod’s fate, Lowenstein presents a fascinating character study of a “professional” jailhouse informant and exposes a larger pattern of prosecutorial misconduct in Philadelphia.

These kinds of stories make me so mad. Hearing about a police force who would rather put someone away just because they’re under pressure, rather than make the effort to catch the real criminal is disgusting. After the Netflix series about Steven Avery, these kinds of stories have been coming out of the waterworks, and each one makes me just as angry and the next.

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The Child 
by Fiona Barton

Synopsis: As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

I feel like I love Barton’s work, even though I haven’t read her last novel, The Widow, so I may not like her writing style or storytelling. But it gets such incredible reviews, I really want to keep her work on my radar, hence adding her new novel.

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The Library at Mount Clear
by Scott Hawkins

Synopsis: Carolyn’s not so different from the other human beings around her. She’s sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.

After all, she was a normal American herself, once.

That was a long time ago, of course—before the time she calls “adoption day,” when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.

Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.

In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn’t gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient Pelapi customs. They’ve studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power.

Sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library—and with it, power over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her.

But Carolyn can win. She’s sure of it. What she doesn’t realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price—because in becoming a God, she’s forgotten a great deal about being human.

I kind of have no idea what this is going to be about but it sounds weird. I found it on the Goodreads list “Must Read Strange and Unusual Novels” so how could I not add it to my tbr?!

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Best Day Ever 
by Kaira Rouda

Synopsis: Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? How much do they trust each other? Is Paul the person he seems to be? And what are his secret plans for their weekend at the cottage?

This is another novel on the list that sounds like it could be kinda shitty, but I’ll go with it. It has no reviews on Goodreads currently so I have no idea what people are thinking about it, it comes out in September.

{I requested this on Netgalley, but got declined, boo!}

 

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Sweetpea 
by C J Skuse

Synopsis: Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. 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 Lidl 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…

I’ve seen people say this is really hilarious, which seems odd for a serial killer novel but I’m down to give it a try! I got it on Netgalley and I’m looking forward to starting it.


Have you read any of these books and think they’re worth getting? Or would you say the opposite and recommend I give them a miss?

(FEATURE ORIGINATED FROM JENN AT BOOKS AND A BEAT)

10 thoughts on “Friday Finds | 27th – 10th Feb

  1. I’ve got Sweetpea on my kindle to read, god bless Netgalley! 😂
    I’ve never read a book by Nick Cutter but I hear his books are very good, I must read one soon. And I’m super curious about The Child, so I must hunt down a copy of that too. Some interesting finds this week 😊

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    1. I requested Black Water Lilies on Netgalley but haven’t heard anything back yet. I think if I get it for free I’ll read it but if I get declined, I probably won’t put the effort in to read it as soon as it comes out 🙂

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  2. Loving all things fairy tale, I’m instantly intrigued by Grimm Woods! Like you say, it really could go either way and be brilliantly dark and and eerie or just downright silly depending on how it’s handled, but I’m keen to try it out nonetheless 🙂

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