Here’s a little pre-warning for you, I don’t do very well at decluttering this week! It’s not my worst week, but it’s still pretty tragic!
The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore
Synopsis: Dr. Caleb Maddox is a San Francisco toxicologist studying the chemical effects of pain. After a bruising breakup with his girlfriend, he’s out drinking whiskey when a hauntingly seductive woman appears by his side. Emmeline whispers to Caleb over absinthe, gets his blood on her fingers and then brushes his ear with her lips as she says goodbye. He must find her.
As his search begins, Caleb becomes entangled in a serial-murder investigation. The police have been fishing men from the bay, and the postmortems are inconclusive. One of the victims vanished from the bar the night Caleb met Emmeline. When questioned, Caleb can’t offer any information, nor does he tell them he’s been secretly helping the city’s medical examiner, an old friend, study the chemical evidence on the victims’ remains. The search for the killer soon entwines with Caleb’s hunt for Emmeline, and the closer he gets to each, the more dangerous his world becomes.
I love the cover of this, it’s so beautifully simplistic, but I’m not so thrilled about the plot!
See How They Run by Tom Bale
Synopsis: How far would you go to save your family?
In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.
This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.
When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?
One thing is clear – they already know too much.
As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time to breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only one choice:
STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.
I read Tom Bale’s other novel, All Fall Down (review here) and I didn’t like it! From that one experience with his writing, I’m going to pre-judge this book and as it’s just as not-my-type. With 600+ books on my TBR, I can afford to be judgey.
The Bad Seed by William March
Synopsis: There’s something special about eight-year-old Rhoda Penmark. With her carefully plaited hair and her sweet cotton dresses, she’s the very picture of old-fashioned innocence. But when their neighborhood suffers a series of terrible accidents, her mother begins to wonder: Why do bad things seem to happen when little Rhoda is around?
How fitting is this book for my tastes though?! Plus, the ratings it gets are really great, so it’s a no brainer with this one really.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Synopsis: Told by the central character, Alex, this brilliant, hilarious, and disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. Anthony Burgess’ 1963 classic stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a classic of twentieth century post-industrial alienation, often shocking us into a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of free will and the conflict between good and evil.
I’m horribly ashamed that I haven’t read this book yet because it’s known to be a masterpieces of fiction and I loved the film!
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Synopsis: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.
Another one I’m ashamed for not reading! I’ve been wanting to read this book for years & years & years. I haven’t watched the film and I’ve managed to avoid all spoilers for it so far, but I’m sure my luck is running out, so I really do want to get round to reading this book soon!
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Synopsis: The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
Oh hey, what d’ya know? Another book I’m ashamed for not having read yet. This book is so super raved about I can’t waaaaait to read it… but clearly I can because I haven’t read it yet!
It by Stephen King
Synopsis: Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
Guys, guys, guys! I finally managed to find this book for cheap in this cover version! It’s a miracle! This will be arriving at my house, hopefully, this weekend, oso I will definitely get round to reading this beast soon.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Synopsis: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
Again, I’ve avoided all spoilers for this, so this is going to be a totally going-in-blind kind of read.
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Synopsis: Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least:
Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I’d disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.
That’s my score to date. Three. I haven’t killed anybody for years, and don’t intend to ever again.
It was just a stage I was going through.
I talked about this book just the other day on my TTT post about unique books! This sounds so cool and I have some family members who are die-hard Banks fans, so I’m definitely keeping this one.
The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade
Synopsis: These were the eight principal characters in whose company we are going to enable you to live, good reader. It is now time to divulge the object of singular pleasures that were proposed. It is commonly accepted amongst authentic libertines that the sensations communicated by the organs of hearing are the most flattering and those impressions are the liveliest; as a consequence, our four villains, who were of a mind to have voluptuousness implant itself in the very core of their beings as deeply and as overwhelmingly as ever it could penetrate, had, to this end, devised something quite clever indeed. It was this: after having immured themselves within everything that was best able to satisfy the senses through lust, after having established this situation, the plan was to have described to them, in the greatest detail and in due order, every one of debauchery’s extravagances, all its divagations, all its ramifications, all its contingencies, all of what is termed in libertine language its passions. There is simply no conceiving the degree to which man varies them when his imagination grows inflamed; excessive may be the differences between men that is created by all their other manias, by all their other tastes, but in this case it is even more so, and he who should succeed in isolating and categorizing and detailing these follies would perhaps perform one of the most splendid labors which might be undertaken in the study of manners, and perhaps one of the most interesting.
I know I shouldn’t want to read this one, and half me is telling me not to, but I’m too intrigued to let this one pass by. I have to see what all of the fuss is about OK?
Like I said earlier, this week was pretty poor for removing books (but pretty great for adding them!)
How many of these books do you know and want to read? Do you disagree with any of my verdicts? Let me know!