Thanks to Read Voraciously for giving me the inspiration to do this blog post! (it was a long time ago now, but it was still inspo lol!)
I recently(ish) wrote a post all about the books I have on pre-order so today I thought I’d write a post about all the novels I’ve been given on Netgalley, which is kind of like a free pre-order!
Are you ready to be overwhelmed with me?!
Before we get into this, I just want you all to know that my Netgalley percentage isn’t that bad!
Older than 3 months
Oops! I’m ashamed to have books on this section of my shelf…
I’m nervous about going in to The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things but I don’t know why. I read another JT LeRoy book and enjoyed it so I don’t get what’s holding me back. I’m more likely to pick this up after I’ve shrunk my to-read list a little.
I’m really looking forward to His Bloody Project but I have it in paperback format now, so I will be reading it like that and reviewing it as though I’ve read the copy I got through Netgalley.
Scare Me I’m not that fussed about but I still want to read… it was a “Read Now” book so that’s why I have it, otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have requested it. I will pick this up once I’ve gotten through most of my other Netgalley books that are yet to be published.
Already published books
Again, this is shameful. Some of these, though, I was accepted for after the publish date.
I’m auto accepted for Penguin – Michael Joseph and earlier in the month, they uploaded the entire Inspector McLean series, so I decided to download Natural Causes, the first one of all the books, just to see if it could be a new series I enjoy.
Intruder in the Dark was first published in the 60’s but was be released, hence why it was on Netgalley. This book is very unknown, with only 22 ratings on Goodreads!
Don’t ask me why I haven’t read this yet. I’m so damn excited about Another Day in the Death of America but I still haven’t read it, it makes NO sense!
I have read another story by Shirley Jackson, which I was kind of a fan of and kind of not a fan of… Dark Tales is a collection of short stories, however, and I sometimes don’t like these kinds of books. I’m actually reading this at the moment. Slowly but surely.
The Books of Mirrors was a novel I was really anticipating for this year so I’m ashamed I haven’t go round to reading it yet. I’ve heard lots of good things!
I’m 25% the way through The Nix but I needed to focus on some of the non-published books so I put this aside. I will be picking it up later on, though, as I was enjoying it!
One of the most talked about books in the recent months has definitely been Behind Her Eyes. I’m looking forward to reading this and (hopefully) being shocked by the twist!
I’m not so sure about Six Four. I believe I have it because it was a “Read Now” book, and I can’t control myself on Netgalley, but I don’t even know if I’m going to like it. I’ve heard very good things, but… we’ll see.
A Mother’s Reckoning is going to be a tough and heart breaking read, I’m sure. I had a weird interest in everything Columbine, so I’m looking forward to hearing from one of the killers mums!
My dad is so on trend, he recommended I read Ragdoll when I went to see him the other day, so with a family recommendation, I’m looking forward to this novel even more!
Books to read before publication
Holy balls, guys. This is where my NG shelf gets really out of control. My aim this year is too keep on top of this list, and to stop requesting books for a good few months.
Anatomy of Innocence is about people wrongfully convicted of crimes, how they came to be charged for it and how they managed to prove their innocence. But not only that, each story is joined by a crime thriller writer, like Lee Child, to create a collaboration of their story with the authors own writing!
The Fall of Lisa Bellow is a book that I’m currently reading. I’m not that far through it yet, but I’m enjoying it. I felt it was a little slow to start but it’s picked up the pace a little after hitting the 20% mark… so we’ll see how I get on with the rest of it!
Sometimes I Lie is being talked about everywhere at the moment. The only thing the synopsis of this gives away is that our mc is in a coma, her husband doesn’t love her anymore and that sometimes, she lies. I’m intrigued!
Butterfly on the Storm is a Penguin, Michael Joseph book, and because I’m auto-approved for them I’m really trigger happy with their books. This is just another police procedural kind of book, but it’s Dutch, which makes me slightly more inclined to like it!
The Trials of Walter Ogrod is another book about wrongful convictions. This is about the murder of a 4 year old, that was pinned on a man with autism after he was kept without sleep for over 24 hours and told he’d be let go if he confessed to the crime. I’m already angry about this! The incompetence of the police, sometimes, is blood boiling.
The People at Number 9 is a domestic thriller and sometimes I love them, sometimes I hate them. This is clearly about a happening among neighbours. I’ve had my fair share of horrid neighbours (one of them was arrested for being a paedophile!!!), so creepy neighbourmstories always get my attention.
Based on a True Story is a novel about one woman taking over another woman’s life. I like novels like this, where a person is able to creep in and take control of someone else. This is from an already published author, though I haven’t read any of her other stuff.
The Road to Jonestown is, you guessed it, about Jonestown and everything that lead up to that awful day where a mass suicide took place. I’m really into true crime, serial killers and cults, I always think it would be my Mastermind subject, so this sounds like an amazing read for me. Jim Jones is a one-of-a-kind cult leader to encourage (and force) over 900 people to kill themselves, so I definitely want to know more about how he managed to get so in control over other people.
Sweetpea is apparently a very humorous serial killer thriller. It sounds really different to the serious, gritty novels I’m used to, so I’m looking forward to the change!
The Fortunate Brother is a “dark, atmospheric and compelling” novel about the aftermath a murder has on a small village. Sounds like it’s going to be another Idaho kind of read, but I like those kinds of books every once in a while.
We All Begin as Strangers is a novel about secrets in a village building up and escaping after a kidnapping of a young girl. It focuses itself around the true life criminal The Fox, who tormented St Albans, and the surrounding areas, by breaking into homes and raping women.
The Ridge is by an author I have already read and enjoyed, which is why I was so happy to see this on NG. This has a Stepford Wives sounding vibe to it, as it’s about a couple moving into a seemingly perfect town and then it turning out to be not so perfect after all.
The Search is about a serial killer in the last legs of his life, confessing to a murder and saying he will lead the police to the body. I think the point of this book is a “will he, won’t he?” kind of thing. This could be just an average thriller / police procedural but something about it piqued my interest, so here’s hoping it’s a goodun.
The Perfect Stranger is another book by an author I’ve already read, and really liked! This is about a friendship and a murder and the ensuing chaos. I’m not really sure how else to describe this without basically copying and pasting the synopsis. It does say this is women’s fiction, which I tend to really dislike, but we’ll see.
One of Us is Lying is said to be a cross between The Breakfast Club and an Agatha Christie mystery. Five kids go into detention one day, but only four make it out alive. Sounds amazing but it is said to be YA, so that may ruin this a little for me, still excited about reading it though!
The Cutaway is a book that’s been on my radar for a while now. It’s about a woman who goes missing and the obsession of another woman to find her. Said to be a fast paced and gripping thriller, I have high hopes for the one.
You Don’t Know Me is a really unique sounding novel about a man on trial, trying to prove to us of his innocence. I imagine this is going to be like 12 Angry Men in a way, with us first being sure he’s guilty and then slowly unravelling things that make us doubt our earlier judgement.
The Fourth Monkey is another book that’s been on my radar for quite a while and is being described as “Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs” which sounds like the best thing ever. I mean, it sounds a bit cliché, with even the synopsis noting the detective of that story having his own “personal demons” to face, but I’ve heard fantastic things from earlier reviewers so I’m not going to pre-emptively judge it.
See What I Have Done is a fiction novel that’s weaved elements of non-fiction into it by basing the story around infamous Lizzie Borden, a girl who supposedly killed her step-mother and father with an axe. I have really high hopes for this debut and I’m praying it doesn’t disappoint me as I’ve been anticipating this for months!
The House is about couple who choose to ignore something disturbing found in their house, only to have someone murdered at their back door, gaining police attention. I have ages to read this book but I really like the sound of the plot, and from a couple of reviews I’ve already seen, it’s said to be very good.
Everything You Do Is Wrong is a book I don’t even remember requesting. It’s about a supposed murder victim turning out to still be alive and a number of people determined to work out what happened to her. It sounds like every other mystery thriller out there to be honest, but I’ll give it a shot.
So there we have it. That’s what my Netgalley shelf currently looks like… I told you it was overwhelming. I pledge to make my NG account so much more controlled this year. I will get through these books and I will keep my shelf tidy!
Have any of you guys got these books from Netgalley or already read them? And how busy is your NG shelf looking in comparison to mine?