Netgalley picks of the week | 8th – 15th May


It’s been a really great week on Netgalley, this week! We’ve got Liz Nugent’s (author of Lying in Waitdebut novel Unraveling Oliver, the latest book from the author of Baby Doll, Hollie Overton and a new novel from K L Slater! Plus much, much more!


Title: Don’t Say a Word

Author: A. L. Bird

SynopsisA happy child.

Every parent knows the world can be scary. Lawyer Jen Sutton knows it better than most. And she’ll go to any length to protect her son from what – and who – lies outside their front door.

A loving mother.

Some might say she’s being over-protective. But isn’t it a mother’s duty to protect her child from harm?

A family built on a lie.

Jen has kept her secrets safe. Until the postcard arrives, signed by the one person she hoped would never catch up with her… and her new case begins to feel a little too close to home.

One thing is clear: Jen has been found.

Now, she faces a choice. Run, and lose everything? Or fight – and risk her son discovering the truth.

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 30 Jun 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: Unraveling Oliver

Author: Liz Nugent

Synopsis: I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.”

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life together one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious, and subsequently beats her into a coma.

In the aftermath of such an unthinkable event, as Alice hovers between life and death, the couple’s friends, neighbors, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such a horrific act. As his story unfolds, layers are peeled away to reveal a life of shame, envy, deception, and masterful manipulation.

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 22 Aug 2017

Request status: n/a (but soooo tempted)

Title: I Know My Name

Author: C. J. Cooke

Synopsis…But what if that’s the only thing you can remember?

What would you do? If you woke up on a deserted island, with no recollection of who you are and no idea how you got there, surrounded by four strangers? Your only clue to your identity is an unspeakable yearning to have a baby back in your arms.

What would you do? If you were a devoted husband and father with a beautiful, successful wife, and one day you arrived home to find your wife gone, and your children alone in the house?

A nationwide hunt begins for Eloise Shelley. A sweep of the family home reveals that the baby cameras were bugged – someone was spying on the Shelleys.

Can we ever really know what goes on behind closed doors? Who was Eloise? Finding out might just cost her her life…

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 15 Jun 2017

Request status: approved (I don’t know what came over me, but I felt like I really needed to read this book)

Title: One Bad Turn

Author: Sinead Crowley

Synopsis: Being held hostage at gunpoint by her childhood friend is not Dr Heather Gilmore’s idea of a good day at work. It only gets worse when she hears that her nineteen-year-old daughter Leah has been kidnapped.

Sergeant Claire Boyle wasn’t expecting to get caught up in a hostage situation during a doctor’s appointment. When it becomes apparent that the kidnapping is somehow linked to the hostage-taker, a woman called Eileen Delaney, she is put in charge of finding the missing girl.

What happened between Eileen and Heather to make Eileen so determined to ruin her old friend? Claire Boyle must dig up the secrets from their pasts to find out – and quickly, because Leah is still missing, and time is running out to save her.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 01 Jun 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: The Walls

Author: Hollie Overton


Working on death row is far from Kristy Tucker’s dream, but she is grateful for a job that allows her to support her son and ailing father.

When she meets Lance Dobson, Kristy begins to imagine a different kind of future. But after their wedding, she finds herself serving her own life sentence—one of abuse and constant terror.

But Kristy is a survivor, and as Lance’s violence escalates, the inmates she’s worked with have planted an idea she simply can’t shake.

Now she must decide whether she’ll risk everything to protect her family. Does she have what it takes to commit the perfect crime?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 08 Aug 2017

Request status: approved (it was Read Now but is now only available for request)

Title: Sweet Little Lies

Author: Caz Frear

SynopsisWHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW: In 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared and Dad knew something about it? Maryanne Doyle was never seen again.

WHAT I ACTUALLY KNOW: In 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle. Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad’s pub. Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle’s disappearance and Alice Lapaine’s murder – FACT Connection?

Trust cuts both ways . . . what do you do when it’s gone?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 29 Jun 2017

Request status: n/a (tempted tho)

Title: Liar

Author: K. L. Slater

SynopsisHow far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 16 Jun 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: Two Sisters

Author: Kerry Wilkinson

SynopsisThey told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.

Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff.

A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.

Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason.

Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.

‘Z’ is all it read.

Z for Zac.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 23 Jun 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: All The Wicked Girls

Author: Chris Whitaker

SynopsisEveryone loves Summer Ryan. A model student and musical prodigy, she’s a ray of light in the struggling small town of Grace, Alabama – especially compared to her troubled sister, Raine.

Then Summer goes missing. Grace is already simmering, and with this new tragedy the police have their hands full keeping the peace. Only Raine throws herself into the search, supported by a most unlikely ally.

But perhaps there was always more to Summer than met the eye . . .

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 24 Aug 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: The Serial Killer’s Daughter

Author: Lesley Welsh

SynopsisCharmer, liar, father… Killer.

Suzanne’s life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with her estranged father, Don.

Don is dead, but Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions – including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women.

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his journals? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 14 Jun 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: Heather, The Totality

Author: Matthew Weiner (creator of Mad Men!!)

Synopsis: The Breakstone family arrange themselves around their daughter Heather, and the world seems to follow: beautiful, compassionate, entrancing, she is the greatest blessing in their lives of Manhattan luxury. But as Heather grows – and her empathy sharpens to a point, and her radiance attracts more and more dark interest – their perfect existence starts to fracture. Meanwhile a very different life, one raised in poverty and in violence, is beginning its own malign orbit around Heather.

Genre: general fiction

Publishing: 31 Oct 2017

Request status: pending

See? What a great week for Netgalley books! Have you requested any of these books, or now plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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27 Replies to “Netgalley picks of the week | 8th – 15th May”

  1. Ah, I’m defitneky going to be bookmarking this post. SO MNAY AMAZING SOUNDING BOOKS. I got The Walls when it was Read Now (thanks for notifying!), but probably won’t request the others because I have WAY TOO MANY already. 😂

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  2. There are some interesting titles on here! Especially Unravelling Oliver and Sweet Little Lies. I will definitely be adding them to my TBR.

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  3. This is a great meme you have. It’s just too bad I don’t real crime or thrillers at all 😀 how do you hold back from requesting ALL THE BOOKS when you compile the list though? I basically restrict myself from going on NetGalley at all because I have zero self-control 😀

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    1. Thanks! Haha it’s really tough! I’m always really tempted to request all of them but I hate feeling bogged down by books when reading it supposed to be relaxing and a hobby, so that’s how I keep my trigger finger at bay haha


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