I added a bunch of books to by TBR this week! Usually I’m good and only add 3 or 4, but I managed to double that this week and add 8! Keep reading if you’re interested in finding out what great books I’ve been able to find!
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Synopsis: Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge.
With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. But inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself..
This sounds deliciously creepy and dark! I loooove historical fiction (at least I think it’s historical fiction? I’m getting that vibe!) that has something creepy and mysterious going on, so when I read the synopsis for this one I knew I had to add it! I also adore the cover art! (Pssst, publishers, pls don’t change it before publication in October!!)
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Synopsis: For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed to—an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess’s. It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared. While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil—but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as well.
Annie is responsible for this being added to my TBR list! Her review on it definitely piqued my interest! Like Annie, anything with cults in it goes straight onto my TBR and so with that in mind, plus a good review from her, I knew it was something I was going to want to read!
The Only Child by Andrew Pyper
Synopsis: As a forensic psychiatrist at New York’s leading institution of its kind, Dr. Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country’s most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today—a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime—struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.
First, that he is more than two hundred years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the nineteenth century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he’s Lily’s father. To discover the truth—behind her client, her mother’s death, herself—Dr. Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life.
This sounds really good! I like how the synopsis gives stuff away but at the same time you’re kind of left thinking “what could this possibly be about?” I’m also really drawn to this moody front cover!
The Body in the Ice by A. J. Mackenzie
Synopsis: Christmas Day, Kent, 1796
On the frozen fields of Romney Marsh stands New Hall; silent, lifeless, deserted. In its grounds lies an unexpected Christmas offering: a corpse, frozen into the ice of a horse pond.
It falls to the Reverend Hardcastle, justice of the peace in St Mary in the Marsh, to investigate. But with the victim’s identity unknown, no murder weapon and no known motive, it seems like an impossible task. Working along with his trusted friend, Amelia Chaytor, and new arrival Captain Edward Austen, Hardcastle soon discovers there is more to the mystery than there first appeared.
With the arrival of an American family torn apart by war and desperate to reclaim their ancestral home, a French spy returning to the scene of his crimes, ancient loyalties and new vengeance combine to make Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor’s attempts to discover the secret of New Hall all the more dangerous.
*cough cough Robert Bryndza title rip off cough cough* Another historical fiction novel added to my book this week! This sounds like a good mystery novel, but I think it’s the second book in a series, so I might find it hard to connect with the characters, but who knows.
Lastly, I bought and added these beautiful collections of Roald Dahl’s more disturbing of stories! Here is a short synopsis for each.
Cruelty: Even when we mean to be kind we can sometimes be cruel. We each have a streak of nastiness inside us. In these ten tales of cruelty master storyteller Roald Dahl explores how and why it is we make others suffer.
Madness: Our greatest fear is of losing control – of our lives, but, most of all, of ourselves. In these ten unsettling tales of unexpected madness master storyteller Roald Dahl explores what happens when we let go our sanity.
Deception: Why do we lie? Why do we deceive those we love most? What do we fear revealing? In these ten tales of deception master storyteller Roald Dahl explores our tireless efforts to hide the truth about ourselves.
Lust: Lust, in all its myriad forms, consumes us. What won’t we do to achieve our heart’s desire? In these ten tales of twisted love master storyteller Roald Dahl explores how our darkest impulses reveal who we really are.
As you can see, each of these books have 10 different stories in them. The shortest book is 237 pages and the longest is 352, so they’re decently sized books. I got these for super super cheap at The Works (I think this store is UK only). Each book was just £2! They’re not secondhand or anything, all brand new, so this is a total steal!
I’ve always wanted to read Dahl’s adult fiction so now I’m getting to do that!
Those are the books I’ve added to my TBR this week. I think this may be my best week of adding for a while now! They all sound really, really good!
Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear what you think!
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