Friday Finds | 24th – 7th April

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Oooops! I got so distracted last week with getting my March wrap-up post sorted that I totally forgot to do a Friday Finds post and I only remembered again in the evening when I was feeling too lazy to make one. So, this week I’m doing 2 weeks worth of book finding!

Here are seven interesting books I’ve added to my TBR since the 24th March!

Houdini Heart 
by KI Longfellows

Synopsis: Weeks ago, she was one of Hollywood’s biggest writers, wed to one of its greatest stars. The doting mother of their golden child. But now? She’s alone, tortured by a horrifying secret no woman could bear. Pursued by those she can’t outrun, anguished by a guilt she can’t endure, and driven close to madness, she flees to the one place she’s ever called home: a small town in Vermont where River House still stands. To a child, the splendid hotel was mysterious and magical and all its glamorous guests knew delicious secrets. Cocooned in its walls, she will write one last book. Her atonement? Or her suicide note? But life is never as you dream it, and River House isn’t what she’d always imagined it was. Intense, literary, and harrowing, Houdini Heart is a tale of bone-chilling horror, emotional torment, and psychological terror. Gripped by River House, trapped in an aging hotel of mirrors only Houdini could escape, how much can haunt a mind before it too is only a thing once imagined?

“Bone-chilling horror”? I’m in! This is said to be reminiscent of David Lynch’s movie Mulholland Drive, which I have yet to see, but it supposed to be fantastic! This is reasonably priced on Amazon, so I might look to buy it next payday!


by Dean Koontz

Synopsis: Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old woman whose deeply troubled childhood taught her the hard rules of survival, and whose adult life has been an unrelenting struggle for self-respect and safety. Now rare trust has blossomed for Chyna into friendship with the woman whose family home she is visiting for the weekend: a farm in the Napa Valley surrounded by vineyards and hills, which Chyna can see from the guest-room window where she sits at one o’clock in the morning, fully dressed, unable to sleep. Suspicions she learned in childhood still make her uneasy in unfamiliar houses–even this one, where her closest friend is sound asleep down the hall. And in this case her most disturbing instincts prove reliable. A man has entered the house, a man who lives for one purpose: to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits–to live with intensity.

His name is Edgler Foreman Vess. He likes to make words with the letters from his name–GOD, DEMON, SAVE, RAGE, ANGER, FEAR, FOREVER, are just a few of them–and then makes sentences with the words. One of his favorites, GOD FEARS ME, is sometimes the last thing he whispers to his victims. Edgler Vess is a self-proclaimed “homicidal adventurer”: On this night, his adventure–murdering everyone in the house–becomes Chyna’s long nightmare.

Trapped in Vess’s deadly orbit, Chyna thinks only of getting out alive. But when she inadvertently learns the identity of Vess’s intended next victim, waiting for him far from Napa Valley, Chyna is gripped with concern for this other person, who is as innocent as Chyna, and as endangered. Driven now by a sense of responsibility for another, by a purpose and meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna rises to unexpected heights of courage and daring–her only hope as the threat of Edgler Foreman Vess closes in and grows more horrifying moment by moment.

Ahhh, longest synopsis in the the world! I’ve never read a Dean Koontz novel *shame on me* but this seems like a good place to start!


And the Sea Will Tell 
by Vincent Bugliosi

Synopsis: Alone with her new husband on a tiny Pacific atoll, a young woman, combing the beach, finds an odd aluminum container washed up out of the lagoon, and beside it on the sand something glitters –a gold tooth in a scorched human skull. The investigation that follows uncovers an extraordinarily complex and puzzling true-crime story.

I read Bugliosi’s book about him prosecuting Charles Manson and I was hooked, so I’m hoping his way of writing will be just as captivating in this! The story of the crime also sounds very interesting.


The Girl Next Door 
by Jack Ketchum

Synopsis: Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons and finally the entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make.
Ignoring the cliche name and book cover of this book, it sounds really good and creepy! I love a good ‘captive’ story so this sounds right up my street.


Off Season (Dead River #1) 
by Jack Ketchum

Synopsis: A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River—off season—awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall.

This was published in 1980 and when it came out, people went mad for it. A brutal story about cannibalism, it was pretty one of a kind, but then all the horror and gore got edited out by the publishers and the book lost it’s touch. Now (2006) it’s re-released with all the original text back! Yay! Gross horror is back! Look at that praise from King!


The End of the Day 
by Claire North

Synopsis: Charlie has a new job. He gets to travel, and he meets interesting people, some of whom are actually pleased to see him.

It’s good to have a friendly face, you see. At the end.

But the end of all things is coming. Charlie’s boss and his three associates are riding out, and it’s Charlie’s job to go before.

Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. He never knows which.
This isn’t gaining much traction in this bookish world, but I attribute North’s last book The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August as getting me back into reading again, so I want to follow her writing and I’m interested in the synopsis of this.


The Fourteenth Letter 
by Claire Evans

Synopsis: A mysterious keepsake, a murdered bride, a legacy of secrets…

One balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party: this is her moment, when she will join the renowned Raycraft family and ascend to polite society.

As she takes her fiancé’s hand, a stranger holding a knife steps forward and ends the poor girl’s life. Amid the chaos, he turns to her aristocratic groom and mouths: ‘I promised I would save you.’

The following morning, just a few miles away, timid young legal clerk William Lamb meets a reclusive client. He finds the old man terrified and in desperate need of aid: William must keep safe a small casket of yellowing papers, and deliver an enigmatic message: The Finder knows.

This sound intriguing! I love a bit of a mystery historical fiction.

So there we go! These are the books I’ve found and added to my tbr over the past two weeks. I might start doing these posts a bi-weekly thing, but I’m not sure… I like having a definite post each Friday to keep my blog busy. We’ll see.

Anyway, have you read any of these books? What did you think? Or do any of these interest you too?

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