Netgalley picks of the week | 22nd – 5th June


The newest books from Karin Slaughter, The Good Daughter, is available for request, there are a couple of intriguing “read now” books and there’s an interesting historical true crime book this week!


Title: The Student

Author: Iain Ryan

SynopsisDo bad people look like good people, like friends and brothers and boyfriends and students, until they have their hands around your throat? All of these men standing around me, drinks in hand, backs to this screen… smiling, laughing, flirting, and they look harmless. But any one of them could be something else now: rapist, murderer, spree shooter, torturer, paedophile. I try to picture them sprayed with blood and gore and it’s easy. I can do it, mentally. All of these guys could be him because all of these guys were just like him, right up until he…

Gatton, Queensland. 1994. Nate is a student, dealing weed on the side. A girl called Maya Kibby is dead. No one knows who killed her. Nate needs to refresh his supply, but Jesse, his friend and dealer, is missing. Nate is high. He is alone. Being hunted for the suitcase he’s found and haunted by its contents. And as things turn from bad to worse, Nate uncovers far more than he bargained for.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 03 Jul 2017

Request status: read now

Title: The Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter

SynopsisTwenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – Pikeville’s notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself – the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever …

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 13 Jul 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: Dark Lake

Author: Sarah Bailey

Synopsis: The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.

As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 03 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: White Bodies

Author: Jane Robbins

SynopsisFelix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless façade, not everything is as it seems.

Callie, Tilda’s unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix’s domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix’s uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister’s arms.

Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies—or was he murdered?

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publishing: 19 Sep 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: The Final Hour

Author: Tom Wood

SynopsisAgent Antonio Alvarez has been tracking a dangerous murderer for years, a nameless hitman responsible for numerous homicides.

The Agency deflected him away from his search, but he didn’t give up, piecing together clues and hearsay. Now a promotion has allowed him to pursue this man with a hand-picked team and bring him to justice.

Only problem is, the murderer has vanished.

Thousands of miles away, the assassin known as Victor has stopped working – recently he began to care; he made mistakes. Now he has a choice: whether to give up the life or return to being a cold-hearted weapon. But there’s another killer who needs his help – and she might be harder to refuse . . .

All while the good guys are closing in on him.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publishing: 29 Jun 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: World Tree Girl

Author: Kerry Schafer

SynopsisThe girl with the world tree tattoo is not just another runaway kid. She’s dead, for starters, her veins emptied of blood and oozing a strange, jelly-like substance. Maureen Keslyn, seasoned paranormal investigator, knows that the corpse can mean only one thing: the Medusa, a dangerous paranormal hybrid, is on another killing spree.

Maureen and her team – Jake, the local sheriff, Matt, the Shadow Valley Manor cook with knife skills that extend beyond the kitchen, and eighteen-year- old Sophronia, who has an uncanny affinity for ghosts– are determined to hunt down and eliminate the Medusa. With almost all evidence mysteriously erased—including the body— it’s clear that Maureen’s former employers at the FBI Paranormal Unit have a stake in keeping the killing quiet.

The case is further complicated by the ghost of Maureen’s former partner, Phil Evers, who refuses to cross to the other side. When Sophronia uses her power to attempt to force him across, a huge spirit storm blows up at Shadow Valley Manor, and she is sucked into the vortex. Her disappearance leads Maureen and the team on a race against time to find her before she becomes the next victim of the Medusa – or a brand new and even more dangerous killer.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, sci-fi & fantasy

Publishing: 08 Aug 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: Drop Dead

Author: Lorna Poplak

Synopsis: Take a journey through notable cases in Canada‘s criminal justice history, featuring well-known and some less-well-known figures from the past. You’ll meet Arthur Ellis, Canada’s most famous hangman, whose work outfit was a frock coat and striped trousers, often with a flower pinned to his lapel. And you will encounter other memorable characters, including the man who was hanged twice and the gun-toting bootlegger who was the only woman every executed in Alberta.

Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada illustrates how trial, conviction, and punishment operated in Canada’s first century, and examines the relevance of capital punishment today. Along the way, learn disturbing facts about wrongful convictions as well as the mathematics and physics behind hangings, and meet the victims, murderers, convicts, and executioners.

Genre: true crime, history

Publishing: 22 Aug 2017

Request status: n/a

Title: Black Teeth

Author: Zane Lovitt

SynopsisJason Ginaff doesn’t get out much. Partly because of the anxiety, mainly because he works at home, researching people on the internet—job candidates doing party drugs on Instagram accounts they thought they’d deleted; the prospective new head of sales stripping for a ladies’ night . . .

He’s been searching for something on his own time, too. Now he’s found it: the phone number of the man he believes to be his father. Which is how he gets mixed up with Rudy Alamein—they’ve been looking for the same man. The difference being, Rudy wants to kill him.

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 10 Oct 2017

Request status: read now

That’s it for this week everyone!

Have you requested any of these books, or now plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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