Netgalley picks of the week | 20th – 27th March

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I thought this post was going to be really desolate this week because for the first 4 days on the week, nothing I saw was interesting to me, but I found some stuff later in the week, so luckily this post is as busy as usual!


Title: Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)

Author: Sylvain Neuvel

Synopsis:  What’s going on? Turn on the television. What channel? Any channel. An unknown vessel, not of this world, materializes in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion? Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes’ dreams – apocalyptic visions of death and destruction – is the habit they have of coming true… Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how … but why? Kara Resnik and Vincent Couture fell in love during war, and have found peace since. They are the thin line of defence against what is coming. But they do not know they have been living a lie. And a man who claims to have the answers has his own agenda. There are things he cannot say – and others he won’t. All pieces of an epic puzzle. One we have been trying to solve since the dawn of time…

Genre: sci-fi & fantasy

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Title: The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware

Synopsis:  “I need you.” Three small words that change everything.

Isa Wilde knows something terrible has happened when she receives this text from an old friend. Why else would Kate summon her and their two friends Thea and Fatima to the seaside town where they briefly attended school together seventeen years ago?

The four friends first met at Salten House boarding school, where they quickly bonded over The Lying Game, a risky contest that involved tricking fellow boarders and faculty with their lies. But the game had consequences, and the girls were eventually expelled after Kate’s dad, their beloved art teacher, mysteriously disappeared. Forever bound by their lies but needing to forget their past, they went their separate ways—Kate remaining in Salten while the other three left to start new lives in and around London.

Now reunited, Isa, Kate, Thea, and Fatima discover that their past lies had far-reaching effects and criminal implications that threaten them all. In order to protect their reputations, and their friendship, they must uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

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Title: Gather the Daughters

Author: Jennie Melamed

Synopsis: On a small island, cut off from the rest of the world, there’s a community that lives by its own rules.

Boys grow up knowing they will one day reign inside and outside the home, while girls know they will be married and pregnant within moments of hitting womanhood.

But before that time comes, there is an island ritual that offers children an exhilarating reprieve.

Every summer they are turned out onto their doorsteps to roam wild: they run, they fight, they sleep on the beach and build camps in trees.

They are free.

It is at the end of one of these summers, as the first frost laces the ground, that one of the younger girls witnesses something she was never supposed to see. And she returns home, muddy and terrified, clutching in her small hand a truth that could unravel their carefully constructed island world forever.

Genre: general fiction

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Title: The Killer on the Wall

Author: Emma Kavanagh

SynopsisThe first body comes as a shock

The second brings horror

The third signals the beginning of a nightmare

When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.

Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.

Then another body appears against the Wall.

And another.

As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.

Who is the Killer on the Wall?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

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Title: The Mountain in my Shoe

Author: Lousie Beech

SynopsisOn the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mother, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Request status: n/a


Title: Lola

AuthorMelissa Scrivner Love

SynopsisLola stands next to Garcia while he mans the grill in their craggy square of backyard.  Thebarbeque has just begun, and the women are clustered gossiping, while the men hold sweating beers. Lola prefers the periphery.

Business has been good lately in their tiny nugget of South Central Los Angeles, where a legit man has two choices: landscaping off-the-books for West Side white cash, or sweating through twelve-hour shifts at a factory in Vernon.  Garcia does not make his living either way. If Lola were like the other women at her barbeque, she would spend her work day perched on a padded stool behind a dollar store cash register.  But Lola is not like the other women in Huntington Park.

Suddenly: a sharp knock on the front door, probably a cop. Lola goes to answer it. The man standing there is Mexican, not Mexican-American, like everybody else here.  Lola searches his face for a bead of sweat but comes up empty.  She has never met him, but she knows his name.  Everyone in this neighborhood knows his name.  They call him The Collector, and he won’t give them long.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Request status: pending


Those are all good Netgalley picks I’ve found this week! Have you requested any of them yourself?

13 thoughts on “Netgalley picks of the week | 20th – 27th March

  1. I saw Waking Gods and was so tempted, then I remembered I haven’t read Sleeping Giants yet, it’s been on overdue loan at the library for ages, I don’t think the persons going to bring it back so I may just borrow the ebook version. Maybe I should request WG so it’s there waiting for me 🙈lol

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