What have I got on pre-order?

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Today I thought I’d do something a little bit different. This post is dedicated to all the books I have on pre-order!

I love to be able to buy books on the spot, instant gratification for the win, but it’s also nice to pre-order a book and get really excited about when it arrives out of the blue. I think you have a special relationship with a book you’ve anticipated so much that you’ve committed to buying it months before it’s even out.



The Roanoke Girls
by Amy Engel
Publishing: 9th March 2017

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Synopsis: Beautiful. Rich. Mysterious.

The Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them which is never spoken. Every girl either runs away, or dies.

Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing – and Lane has no choice but to go back.

She is a Roanoke girl.

Is she strong enough to escape a second time?

Why have I pre-ordered it? Hype! I have seen a ton of people talking about this book. Talking about how utterly disturbing it is, which, if you know me, is totally the kind of book I want to read. I promise I’m not a sadist but I like dark, distressing & disturbing things to read and watch.


The Boy on the Bridge
by M R Carey

Publishing: 2nd May 2017

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Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

Why have I pre-ordered it? So apparently, Carey is taking us back into Melanie’s world in this novel! (This is speculation that I heard from God knows where, don’t take my word for it!!!!) I loved The Girl with All the Gifts, including the setting, so it seems like a no brainer to buy this! I really love the covers of all his books, too, so simple yet striking.


See What I Have Done 
by Sarah Schmidt
Publishing: 2nd May 2017

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Synopsis: Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

Or did she?

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now?

Why have I pre-ordered it? Fiction based on a true story! I love the idea of it! Lizzie Borden was a real person who was tried, but acquitted, for the murder of her father and step-mother with an ax. Of course we would all (well, us wh are interested in true crime, like me) really love to know where she really did do it or not, but that’s not gonna happen now, so why the hell not make up a fantastic story (we hope) with your own ideas on what really happened!


Hekla’s Children 
by James Brogden
Publishing: 7th March 2017

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Synopsis: A decade ago, teacher Nathan Brookes saw four of his students walk up a hill and vanish. Only one returned – Olivia – starved, terrified, and with no memory of where she’d been. After a body is found in the same woodland where they disappeared, it is first believed to be one of the missing children, but is soon identified as a Bronze Age warrior, nothing more than an archaeological curiosity. Yet Nathan starts to have terrifying visions of the students. Then Olivia reappears, half-mad and willing to go to any lengths to return the corpse to the earth. For he is the only thing keeping a terrible evil at bay…

Why have I pre-ordered it? It’s difficult to find good horror books, but this looks like it could be one of them! Sounds creepy, looks creepy and is said to be creepy!


Universal Harvester 
by John Darnielle
Publishing: 1st March 2017

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Synopsis: Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. It’s a small town in the center of the state–the first a in Nevada pronounced ay. This is the late 1990s, and even if the Hollywood Video in Ames poses an existential threat to Video Hut, there are still regular customers, a rush in the late afternoon. It’s good enough for Jeremy: it’s a job, quiet and predictable, and it gets him out of the house, where he lives with his dad and where they both try to avoid missing Mom, who died six years ago in a car wreck.

But when a local schoolteacher comes in to return her copy of Targets–an old movie, starring Boris Karloff, one Jeremy himself had ordered for the store–she has an odd complaint: “There’s something on it,” she says, but doesn’t elaborate. Two days later, a different customer returns a different tape, a new release, and says it’s not defective, exactly, but altered: “There’s another movie on this tape.”

Jeremy doesn’t want to be curious, but he brings the movies home to take a look. And, indeed, in the middle of each movie, the screen blinks dark for a moment and the movie is replaced by a few minutes of jagged, poorly lit home video. The scenes are odd and sometimes violent, dark, and deeply disquieting. There are no identifiable faces, no dialogue or explanation–the first video has just the faint sound of someone breathing– but there are some recognizable landmarks. These have been shot just outside of town.

Why have I pre-ordered it? This is the book I am looking forward to the most this year. Not only is the hardback cover absolutely gorgeous, it sounds weird as hell and possibly terrifying. I’ve not read Darnielle’s other novel but it’s another that’s on my tbr!


The Night Ocean
by Paul La Farge
Publishing: 7th March 2017

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Synopsis: Marina Willett, M.D., has a problem. Her husband, Charlie, has become obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft, in particular with one episode in the legendary horror writer’s life: In the summer of 1934, the “old gent” lived for two months with a gay teenage fan named Robert Barlow, at Barlow’s family home in central Florida. What were the two of them up to? Were they friends–or something more? Just when Charlie thinks he’s solved the puzzle, a new scandal erupts, and he disappears. The police say it’s suicide. Marina is a psychiatrist, and she doesn’t believe them.

Why have I pre-ordered it? I bought this mainly for the cover lol. But it does sound interesting! I’ve never actually read any of Lovecraft’s work (shame on me), something I feel I should do before I dig into this, but I know of him and his influence on modern day writing. The plot of this is certainly something a bit different and very intriguing!


The Marsh King’s Daughter 
by Karen Dionne
Publishing: 29th June 2017

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Synopsis: When the notorious child abductor known as the Marsh King escapes from a maximum security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger.

No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena’s past: they don’t know that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve – or that her father raised her to be a killer.

And they don’t know that the Marsh King can survive and hunt in the wilderness better than anyone… except, perhaps his own daughter.

Why have I pre-ordered it? I originally had no interest in this novel. It sounds good, sure, but not anything special. Then I started to see some hype surrounding it and some fantastic reviews for it and I thought “what the hell” and decided to take a risk and order it!


Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins
Publishing: 2nd May 2017

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Synopsis: In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

Why have I pre-ordered it? Cause it’s Paula Hawkins… duh! Kidding! The Girl on the Train was good, sure, but it isn’t the best book I’ve ever read but I like Hawkins’ writing style and her character development is excellent. While this novel has a pretty mediocre (and familiar) sounding plot, I’m still hoping it will succeed her last novel.


So, there we have it! These are all the books I currently have on pre-order! I would love to know if you’re also looking forward to reading any of these books or if you’ve been lucky enough to read it already!

Do you guys like to pre-order, if so what’s on pre-order for you at the moment, or do you prefer to give the book time to settle a bit, look at the reviews etc, before you decide to spend your money on it? I’d love to know! Also, if you do a similar post to this, please link me to it in the comments!

*all synopses from Amazon, Goodreads or Netgalley.

18 thoughts on “What have I got on pre-order?

  1. Some interesting titles there, I think the whole world is waiting for Paula Hawkins next book, it’s like gold so I’m not even going to ask for an arc lol (plus I didn’t really feel the hype of TGOTT). I’ve got a Netgalley copy of The Roanoke Girls as it’s receiving some great early praise, it’s publication date is my birthday so it has to be a good book 😂 I’ve requested a NG copy of The Marsh King’s Daughter because it looks so good, if I get denied that, I’ll probably pre-order it!

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  2. I thought I was pretty content with my pre-order list, but after I’ve read some of these synopses, I might have to go pre-order a few more!

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