Netgalley picks of the week | 13th – 20th March


Here’s the second week of my Netgalley picks! Sorry to everyone whose NG shelves I’m going to wreck with these posts, but it’s a load of fun finding and recommending interesting sounding reads!


Title: Friend Request

Author: Laura Marshall

Synopsis: When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life knowing herself responsible for Maria’s disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she?

As Maria’s messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress, to try to piece together exactly what happened that fateful night. But when another friend’s body turns up in the woods outside their old school, Louise realises she can’t trust anyone and that she must confront her own awful secret to discover the whole truth of what happened to Maria . . .

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Request status: pending

Title: Fear

Author: Dirk Kurbjuweit

Synopsis: Randolph sits in his kitchen watching his father load a gun.

Randolph has an attractive, intelligent wife and two children, enjoys modest success as an architect and has just moved into a beautiful flat in a respectable part of Berlin.

The two men stand and embrace one final time.

Life seems perfect – until they meet the man living in the basement flat below them. Their downstairs neighbour is friendly at first, if a little strange, but then he starts to frighten them. And the situation quickly becomes intolerable.

His father walks slowly downstairs and knocks on the door of the flat below…

When the rule of law fails them, how far will Randolph go to keep the man downstairs from their door?

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Request status: accepted

Title: The Long Drop

Author: Denise Mina

Synopsis: In 1950’s Glasgow, a household of women were found slaughtered in their beds. The father, William Watt, had a cast iron alibi but police were convinced he was guilty. Determined to clear his name, Watt let it be known that he would pay for information. Step forward career criminal Peter Manuel, with compelling details only the murderer could know. Watt agreed to meet him. They spent twelve hours together, driving and drinking in Glasgow pubs and clubs. No one knows what happened that night. The next time they met was in the High Court where Peter Manuel was defending himself against the murder charges. He called Watt as a witness and quizzed him about their long, shady night together.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, historical fiction

Request status: accepted

Title: Last Breath (a Detective Erika Foster Novel #4)

Author: Robert Bryndza

Synopsis: He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Request status: accepted (YAAASSS)

Title: I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles #12)

Author: Tess Gerritsen

Synopsis: The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

But she knows a secret. And it’s a secret she’ll never tell.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Request status: haven’t requested it as I haven’t read the series, but thought it was worth mentioning for those of you that have read the other books!

Mainy mystery thrillers this week (not surprising really, since they’re basically the only kind of book I like to read) but there are some really great sounding ones on this list!

Let me know if you requested any of these this week, or you think I missed out on something good?

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