Went a bit of a horror hunt this week and found many that sounded really interesting, so this list is a little longer than the normal 5 I usually do!
You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood
Synopsis: An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech.
He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he’s going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.
There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands. We, the reader – member of the jury – must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions… but at the end of the speeches, only one matters:
Did he do it?
This sounds like such an interesting premise and if it’s executed well, this could be a really great novel. I’m auto approved for the publisher on Netgalley so I already have this and can’t wait to sink my teeth in!
The Long Drop by Denise Mina
Synopsis: The “trial of the century” in 1950’s Glasgow is over. Peter Manuel has been found guilty of a string of murders and is waiting to die by hanging. But every good crime story has a beginning. Manuel’s starts with the murder of William Watt’s family. Looking no further that Watt himself, the police are convinced he’s guilty.
Desperate to clear his name, Watt turns to Manuel, a career criminal who claims to have information that will finger the real killer. As Watt seeks justice with the cagey Manuel’s help, everyone the pair meets has blood on their hands as they sell their version of the truth.
Based on true life serial killer Peter Manuel, this sounds like an interesting book. According to the few reviews this already has, it’s written beautifully and fully emerges you in 1950’s Glasgow.
The Name of the Game is Kidnapping by Keigo Higashino
Synposis: Sakuma is a high-profile ad agent who was about to land one of the biggest gigs of his career. But he was betrayed by the owner of the company that just hired him.
Down on his luck and now on his way out career-wise, he plans to publicly chew out the man who brought him down. Instead, upon uncovering a deep secret, he devises a plan to bring down his new rival in a twisted game called kidnapping.
This is a Japanese novel that caught my eye thanks to it’s mind warping cover art, but it also sounds very interesting! The review for it, so far, are average, but I can’t understand any of them, so I’m keeping it on my list, for now. Sounds like it could be a little bit creepy too.
Ararat by Christopher Golden
Synopsis: When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snow fall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah’s Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses. The artifact tempts their professional curiosity; so they break it open. Inside, they find an ugly, misshapen cadaver—not the holy man that they expected, a hideous creature with horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain…but they are not alone.
I’m into all these out-in-the-wilderness horror novels so this sounds great to me! I haven’t read any of Golden’s previous novels (he has quite a few) but I’m still eager to give this a read when it comes out.
The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgio de Maria
Synopsis: In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create “the Library,” a space where lonely citizens can read one another’s personal diaries and connect with like-minded souls in “dialogues across the ether.” But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library’s users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity. As the city of Turin suffers a twenty-day “phenomenon of collective psychosis” culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history. That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citizenry of Turin fear to mention. Inevitably drawn into the city’s occult netherworld, he unearths the stuff of modern nightmares: what’s shared can never be unshared.
This was published back in the 70’s but has only recently been translated! It’s apparently gained quite a large cult following in Italy. Doesn’t it just sounds so deliciously creepy and haunting? I will definitely be ordering this with next months pay check.
Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman
Synopsis: The Danes—the band known as the “Darlings of Detroit”—are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert—a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy.
Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious-and his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day.
I’ve only just got onto the Malerman hype train, but as soon as I saw this I pre-ordered it! Bird Box was amazing and this sounds like it could be just as good. I like how it seems to be based on another sense, the first novel being on sight, and this one being on hearing… or so it sounds like (lol, no pun intended)!
Killing Adonis by J M Donellan
Synopsis: Freya Miller, funny and tenacious with a taste for vodka, escapes a recent tragedy by answering an advertisement for a nursing job that promises LIGHT DUTIES. LARGE PAY. NO QUESTIONS ASKED OR ANSWERED. Her new employer is the infamous, eccentric, and stupendously rich Vincetti family, heads of the Halcyon Corporation. Her task will be to care for their adored heir, Elijah, who is currently lying in a coma amidst an armada of premium machinery. The Vincettis claim this golden boy is everything from a saint to a genius, but they refuse to reveal how he entered a comatose state. As Freya explores the labyrinthine Vincetti mansion and the secrets it holds, she becomes aware that the family members are far more deluded and dangerous than rumored. Why, during the next few weeks, do the heads of rival corporations rapidly fall prey to a series of elaborate executions? Do Vincettis pre-plan disasters like oil spills so that their rivals are squelched and their humanitarian responses get prime press coverage? Freya befriends Jack Vincetti, the black sheep whose rare illness keeps him shut away. She’s a fan of his sole novel, but now she learns that he is writing a new book with a storyline that has uncanny similarities to the recent murders. Things take an even more bizarre turn when the Vincettis host a birthday party for Elijah, wheeling him out in a tuxedo and acting almost as if he is conscious. Freya befriends Elijah’s fiancee, Rosaline, and discovers that she is the heir to one of Halcyon’s major rival corporations. A wedding will merge the two companies and grant Halcyon dominance in the global pharmaceutical industry. It has been said that comedies always end with weddings, tragedies with funerals. This story ends with both a bride and a body count.
Bit of a hard synopsis to take in, but once you get you head around it, it sounds like this novel could have to really great potential. It was first published 3 years ago and hasn’t gained much traction. I like reading books like this because it could we be a hidden gem!
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Synopsis: 1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Keri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she s got Sean, an excitable Weimeraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter s been dead for years.
The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.
This is said to cross Scooby Doo with Lovecraft, how cool and unique! I loved Cantero’s novel, The Supernatural Enhancements, so I hope this one lives up to my expectations.
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?