We’ve gone back down to a normal amount of books added to my TBR this week, with there only being 4.
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Synopsis: When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.
I’ve seen varying reviews on this one but I’m still interested by the premise, hence why I’ve added it. It’s only 218 pages, so it’s not like I’m going to have to spend ages on it, if I ever get round to it, that is!
The Blind by A. F. Brady
Synopsis: Sam James has spent years carefully crafting her reputation as the best psychologist at Typhlos, Manhattan’s most challenging psychiatric institution. She boasts the highest success rates with the most disturbed patients, believing if she can’t save herself, she’ll save someone else. It’s this savior complex that serves her well in helping patients battle their inner demons, though it leads Sam down some dark paths and opens her eyes to her own mental turmoil.
When Richard, a mysterious patient no other therapist wants to treat, is admitted to Typhlos, Sam is determined to unlock his secrets and his psyche. What she can’t figure out is why does Richard appear to be so completely normal in a hospital filled with madness? And what, really, is he doing at the institution? As Sam gets pulled into Richard’s twisted past, she can’t help but analyze her own life, and what she discovers terrifies her. And so the mind games begin. But who is the savior and who is the saved?
I saw this one on Netgalley, and while I didn’t request it, I did add it to my TBR because it sounds like it could be really good!
The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
Synopsis: Summer 1923. The modern world. Orphaned Lucy Marsh climbs into the back of the old army truck and is whisked off to the woods, where the funny men live. If she can only avoid all the hazards on the path, she may just survive into a bright new tomorrow.
This is said to be a little disturbing, but also hopeful and uplifting. I was originally pulled in by the title, but I do also like the sound of the actual story.
Thin Air by Michelle Paver
Synopsis: In 1935, young medic Stephen Pearce travels to India to join an expedition with his brother, Kits. The elite team of five will climb Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain and one of mountaineering’s biggest killers. No one has scaled it before, and they are, quite literally, following in the footsteps of one of the most famous mountain disasters of all time – the 1907 Lyell Expedition.
Five men lost their lives back then, overcome by the atrocious weather, misfortune and ‘mountain sickness’ at such high altitudes. Lyell became a classic British hero when he published his memoir, Bloody, But Unbowed, which regaled his heroism in the face of extreme odds. It is this book that will guide this new group to get to the very top.
As the team prepare for the epic climb, Pearce’s unease about the expedition deepens. The only other survivor of the 1907 expedition, Charles Tennant, warns him off. He hints of dark things ahead and tells Pearce that, while five men lost their lives on the mountain, only four were laid to rest.
But Pearce is determined to go ahead and complete something that he has dreamed of his entire life. As they get higher and higher, and the oxygen levels drop, he starts to see dark things out of the corners of his eyes. As macabre mementoes of the earlier climbers turn up on the trail, Stephen starts to suspect that Charles Lyell’s account of the tragedy was perhaps not the full story…
Ugh, don’t you just hate long blurbs like this? Go away, summarise the story in two paragraphs or less, please. Anyway, after reading The White Road, I wanted some more mountain stories! I’ve seen this one being harped about by a few reviewers, so onto my evergrowing list of things to read it goes!
There is my neat little Friday Finds post for this week! I hope you enjoyed seeing what new book I’ve found to read!
Have you read any of these? What did you think?