Netgalley picks of the week | 26th – 3rd July



A few interesting books on Netgalley this week! We have Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre (which I’ve already read and enjoyed!), a re release of  The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer and Ruth Ware’s latest book, The Lying Game.

I’m trying to be good and no request anything on NG for at least two weeks, maybe more so there’s going to be a lot of “n/a’s” on here.


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Title: The Party

Author: Elizabeth Day

Synopsis: Ben, who hails from old money, and Martin, who grew up poor but is slowly carving out a successful career as an art critic, have been inseparable since childhood. Ben’s wife Serena likes to jokingly refer to Martin as Ben’s dutiful Little Shadow.

Lucy is a devoted wife to Martin, even as she knows she’ll always be second best to his sacred friendship. When Ben throws a lavish 40th birthday party as his new palatial country home, Martin and Lucy attend, mixing with the very upper echelons of London society.

But why, the next morning, is Martin in a police station being interviewed about the events of last night? Why is Lucy being forced to answer questions about his husband and his past? What exactly happened at the party? And what has bound these two very different men together for so many years?

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publishing: 15 Aug 2017

Request status: n/a


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Title: The Dark Isle

Author: Clare Carson

Synopsis: Sam grew up in the shadow of the secret state. Her father was an undercover agent, full of tall stories about tradecraft and traitors. Then he died, killed in the line of duty.

Now Sam has travelled to Hoy, in Orkney, to piece together the puzzle of her father’s past. Haunted by echoes of childhood holiday’s, Sam is sure the truth lies buried here, somewhere.

What she finds is a tiny island of dramatic skies, swooping birds, rugged sea stacks and just four hundred people. An island remote enough to shelter someone who doesn’t want to be found. An island small enough to keep a secret…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, literary fiction

Publishing: 01 Jun 2017

Request status: n/a


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Title: Flutter

Author: Olivia Evans

Synopsis: Dylan Walker has spent six years trying to move on from the loss of his girlfriend, Presley Cooper. Motivated by grief and the desire to do for others what he couldn’t do for her, he burns the candle at both ends to make it through medical school. After graduation he moves west, putting as much distance as possible between his past and his present.

Or so he thought.

Unknowingly, Dylan has been set on a path that will destroy everything he thought he knew. All the pain, all the grief, was all for nothing. With the help of an unexpected ally, Dylan must find the answers and save the girl he loves before it’s too late.




A second chance at love.

But first, he must find a way to make her remember her past. Remember him. Remember everything.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, romance

Publishing: 24 Jul 2017

Request status: n/a (this sounds like my worst nightmare book, but I know some of you might like it!)


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Title: Three Days and a Life

Author: Pierre Lemaitre

SynopsisAntoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone’s business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour’s dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour’s six year old son are bound forever.

In the years following Rémi’s disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 07 Nov 2017

Request status: already read it (DO NOT read the Netgalley synopsis!!! It spoils the entire book!!!)


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Title: A Cold Day in Hell

Author: Lissa Marie Redmond

SynopsisLauren Riley is an accomplished detective who has always been on the opposite side of the courtroom from her nemesis, slick defense attorney Frank Violanti. But now he’s begging to hire her as a private investigator to help clear his client of murder. At first Lauren refuses, wanting nothing to do with the media circus surrounding that case—until she meets the eighteen-year-old suspect.

To keep an innocent teen from life in prison, Lauren must unravel the conflicting evidence and changing stories to get at the buried facts. But the more she digs, the more she discovers that nothing is what it first appears to be. As Lauren puts her career and life in danger, doubt starts to lurk on every corner . . . and so does her stalker.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publishing: 08 Feb 2018

Request statusn/a


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Title: A Lesson in Violence

Author: Jordan Harper

SynopsisMeet Polly: eleven years old and smart beyond her years. But she’s a loner, always on the outside, until she is unexpectedly reunited with her father.

Meet Nate: fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car, Nate takes Polly from the safety of her quiet existence into a world of robbery, violence and the constant threat of death.

And he does it to save her life.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publishing: 24 Aug 2017

Request statusn/a


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Title: The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware

Synopsis Four friends. One promise. But someone isn’t telling the truth. The twisting new mystery from bestselling phenomenon Ruth Ware.

The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It’s just three words: I need you.
Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.

At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten.

Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, not after what they did. It’s time for the women to get their story straight…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publishing: 15 Jun 2017

Request statusn/a (another book about a reunion???)


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Title: The Chemist

Author: Stephenie Meyer

SynopsisShe used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realises it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires makes her situation even more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

Genre: general fiction

Publishing: 13 Jul 2017

Request statusn/a


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Title: False Lights

Author: K. J. Whittaker

Synopsis: Cornwall, 1817

What if your worst mistake changed the course of history?

Napoleon has crushed the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo, and his ex-wife Josephine presides over French-occupied England. Cornwall erupts into open rebellion, and young heiress Hester escapes with Crow, Wellington’s former intelligence officer, a half-French aristocrat haunted by his part in the catastrophic defeat. Together, they become embroiled in a web of treachery and espionage as plans are laid to free Wellington from secret captivity in the Scilly Isles and lead an uprising against the French occupation. In a country rife with traitors, Hester and Crow know it is impossible to play such a game as this for long…

Genre: general fiction, historical fiction

Publishing: 07 Sep 2017

Request statusn/a


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Title: Dead Girls Can’t Lie

Author: Carys Jones

Synopsis: When North Stone’s best friend Kelly Orton is found hanging lifeless in a tree, North knows for certain it wasn’t suicide. Kelly had everything to live for – a loving boyfriend, a happy life, and most importantly of all, Kelly would never leave North all by herself.

The girls have been friends since childhood, devoted to each other, soul sisters, or at least that’s what North has always believed. But did Kelly feel the same way, or was she keeping secrets from her ‘best friend’ – deadly secrets…

When the police refuse to take North’s suspicions seriously, she sets out to investigate for herself. But her search soon takes her to a glamorous world with a seedy underbelly, and before long North is out of her depth and getting ever closer to danger. Determined to find the truth, she soon wishes that dead girls could lie, because the truth is too painful to believe…

Genre: general fiction, historical fiction

Publishing: 15 Aug 2017

Request statusn/a


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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!

14 Replies to “Netgalley picks of the week | 26th – 3rd July”

  1. Ooh, I saw The Party as well and was very intrigued! I decided not to request it since I have a couple of August e-ARCs already and don’t need to own anymore! 😂 I got declined for The Lying Game, but I’m excited for it to come out! Hopefully, this will be the Ruth Ware book that makes me love her! I didn’t even know The Chemist hadn’t been published in the U.K. yet??? It’s been published in the U.S. since November!

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    1. I had no idea NG had an age limit until earlier this year! I think a lot of people lie about their age to get on it haha – I signed up when I was 19 though. I sucks that you can’t use it if you’re under 18, though I know a 16 yr old blogger that has it so I’m sure you could sing up if you wanted! 🙂

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