I’ve had quite a few new book finds this week! It’s definitely the biggest book discovery week in a long time… from true crime to horror (lots of horror), these are the books I’ve added to my TBR this week!
Synopsis: The year is 2037, and on the tiny island of Isola, seven people have been selected to participate in a 48-hour competition for a top-secret intelligence position with the totalitarian Union of Friendship. One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic bureaucrat with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees and a secret that haunts her.
Anna is not actually a candidate for the position: in fact, she’s the test itself. Her assignment is to stage her own death and then to observe, from her hiding place inside the walls of the house, how the six other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them: Who will take control? Who will crack under pressure? But then a storm rolls in, the power goes out, and the real game begins….
I actually received this one in the mail the other day, but doesn’t it sound excellent? Based in the future but sounds like an old school whodunit. It hasn’t actually got great reviews, but I’m still looking forward to it!
Synopsis: Congratulations, Barry and Maureen: You’ve been approved by the Association and are encouraged to move into your exclusive gated community as soon as possible. Please be aware that we reserve the right to approve your decor, your landscaping, your friends, and your job. All relationships with neighbors should be avoided. Any interference from the outside will not be tolerated. Any attempt to leave will be stopped. Any infraction of the rules could result in severe fines, physical punishment, or death. Please send all other inquiries to the house on the hill. Preferably before dark.
P.S. You’re being watched.
Sincerely, THE ASSOCIATION.
Um, holy creepy?! This sounds terrifying! I love association / cult type books (but you already knew that).
I found this book thanks to Susan’s Goodreads Monday post and I’m very excited about getting to read it!
Synopsis: If art can capture a soul, what happens when one of those souls escapes?
When art appraiser Anita Cassatt is sent to catalogue the extensive collection of reclusive artist Leo Kubin, it isn’t only the chilly atmosphere of the secluded house making her shiver.
Upon entering the house, Anita stands before a silent audience of portraits clustered on every wall. Every painted eye is watching her, including those of the unfinished portrait on the artist’s easel. A portrait with an eerie familiarity.
Kubin’s lawyer didn’t share the detailed instructions regarding the handling of the art, and Anita and her team start work in ignorance of the very instructions designed to keep them safe.
Disturbed, a man eases himself out of his portrait and stretches. Free at last from the confines of his canvas, he has no intention of ever returning. He has a painting to finish…
*LOUDLY GULPS* I’m already scared. This sounds like such a unique horror novel, I hope it’s good. It’s one of those stories that could go horribly wrong or work perfectly. Here’s to hoping it’s the latter.
Synposis: Fired at almost the same time as her son Clark’s Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, former film critic turned teacher Lois Cairns is caught in a depressive downward spiral, convinced she’s a failure who’s spent half her adult life writing about other people’s dreams without ever seeing any of her own come true.
One night Lois attends a program of experimental film and emerges convinced she’s seen something no one else has—a sampled piece of silver nitrate silent film footage whose existence might prove that an eccentric early 20th-century socialite who disappeared under mysterious circumstances was also one of Canada’s first female movie-makers. Though it raises her spirits and revitalizes her creatively, Lois’s headlong quest to discover the truth about Mrs. A. Macalla Whitcomb almost immediately begins to send her much further than she ever wanted to go, revealing increasingly troubling links between her subject’s life and her own.
Slowly but surely, the malign influence of Mrs Whitcomb’s muse begins to creep into every aspect of Lois’s life, even placing her son in danger. But how can one increasingly ill and unstable woman possibly hope to defeat a threat that’s half long-lost folklore, half cinematically framed hallucination—an existential nightmare made physical, projected off the screen and into real life?
I stumbled across this one quite by accident. I was just adding a couple of books to my Amazon wishlist, ones I already knew I wanted, and the came up as a recommended read.
I’m interested in this one because it’s not only a horror book, but it also seems like it’s going to tackle some mental illness and, obviously, autism.
Synopsis: The facts are brutally straightforward. On December 6, 1991, the naked, bound-and-gagged bodies of four girls–each one shot in the head–were found in an “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt!” shop in Austin, Texas. Grief, shock, and horror spread out from their families and friends to overtake the city itself. Though all branches of law enforcement were brought to bear, the investigation was often misdirected, and after eight years only two men (then teenagers) were tried; moreover, their subsequent convictions were eventually overturned, and Austin PD detectives are still working on what is now a very cold case.
Over the decades, the story has grown to include DNA technology, false confessions, and other developments facing crime and punishment in contemporary life, but this story belongs to the scores of people involved, and from them Lowry has fashioned a riveting saga that reads like a Russian novel, comprehensive and thoroughly engrossing.
When I noticed Vintage had another true crime book coming out, I immediately added it to my TBR. After really enjoying The Adversary from them, I thought I’d (hopefully) enjoy this one too.
I ❤ true crime books.
So there you have it, those are the three books I added to my TBR this week.
Have you guys read any of these books / want to read any of these books? I’d love to hear what you think!