Netgalley picks of the week | 10th – 17th July


I always try to add a few general fic, literary fic books into these posts, but this week, nothing caught my eye, so it’s full on mystery-thriller!


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Title: Buried Secrets

Author: T. J. Brearton

Synopsis: What if your dream home became your worst nightmare?

Brett and Emily Larson have just moved into a new home, deep in the countryside in upstate New York, when they discover human bones in their garden.

As the police start to piece together the clues, three things become clear:

The bones are recent.
They are not here by accident.
They are a message.

When a mysterious coded note is found nearby, Brett and Emily start to suspect that the bones aren’t the only thing that’s hidden, and the danger may be greater than they thought.

As the investigation progresses, what secrets will be uncovered at the heart of the Larson house? Can Brett uncover the shocking truth – before it’s too late?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 18 Aug 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Last Stop Tokyo

Author: James Buckler

SynopsisThe funny thing with suffering is just when you think you’ve suffered enough, you realize it’s only the beginning.

Alex thought running away would make everything better. Six thousand miles from the mistakes he’s made and the people he’s hurt, Tokyo seems like the perfect escape. A new life, a new Alex.

The bright lights and dark corners of this alien and fascinating city intoxicate him, and he finds himself transfixed by this country, which feels like a puzzle that no one can quite explain. And when Alex meets the enigmatic and alluring Naoko, the peace he sought slips ever further from his grasp.

After all, trust is just betrayal waiting to happen and Alex is about to find out that there’s no such thing as rock bottom. There’s always the chance it’ll get worse…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publishers – Doubleday

Publishing: 24 Aug 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Travelling Bag and Other Ghostly Stories

Author: Susan Hill

SynopsisFrom the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the bestselling author of The Woman in Black.

In the title story, on a murky evening in a club off St James, a paranormal detective recounts his most memorable case, one whose horrifying denouement took place in that very building.

A lonely boy makes a friend in ‘Boy Number 21’, but years later is forced to question the very nature of that friendship.

‘Alice Baker’ tells the story of a mysterious new office worker who is accompanied by a lingering smell of decay.

And in ‘The Front Room’, a devoutly Christian mother tries to protect her children from the evil influence of their grandmother, both when she is alive and afterwards.

This paperback edition includes the chilling ‘Printer’s Devil Court’ in which three medical students make an unholy pact whose consequences will pursue one of them to the grave – and perhaps beyond.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, horror

Publisher: Serpent’s Tail / Profile Books

Publishing: 28 Sep 2017

Request status: requested

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Title: Can You Keep a Secret?

Author: Karen Perry

Synopsis: It’s been nearly twenty years since Patrick Bagenal, stood with this group of friends at Thornbury Hall – his family’s crumbling home that he can no longer afford to keep. The last time was Patrick’s 18th birthday, an occasion swiftly followed by his father’s suicide. Before Patrick sells up, he and his sister Rachel, school friends Niall, Hilary, and Marcus and old flame Lindsey are back here for one last visit, a shooting party to rid the grounds of the legion of crows. But as the weekend wears on, the layers of the past are stripped away and murky secrets begin to surface. Ones that compel revenge at any cost…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, women’s fiction

Publisher: Penguin UK – Michael Joseph

Publishing: 30 Nov 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Friend Request

Author: Laura Marshall

Synopsis: 1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publishing: 05 Sep 2017

Request status: n/a (already reading the UK version)

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Title: Dark Pines

Author: Will Dean

Synopsis: It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Publishing: 04 Jan 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: My Sister’s Bones

Author: Nuala Ellwood

Synopsis: Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped Herne Bay and her father. Her sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks. But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream. What secret is lurking in the house? Is she strong enough to uncover the truth . . . and make it out alive?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Penguin Books (UK)

Publishing: 07 Sep 2017

Request status: n/a (already read it!)

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Title: I Know Where She Is

Author: S. B. Caves

Synopsis: On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn’s abduction Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS.

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke.

But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.

It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping.

She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.

But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Canelo

Publishing: 14 Aug 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Copycat

Author: Alex Lake

SynopsisYour stalker is everywhere.
Your stalker knows everything.
But the real problem is that your stalker is you.

Sarah Havenant discovers – when an old friend points it out – that there are two Facebook profiles in her name.

One, she recognizes: it is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Recent photos of her and her friends, her and her husband, her and her kids. Even of her new kitchen. A photo taken inside her house.

She is bemused, angry, and worried. Who was able to do this? Any why?

But this, it soon turns out, is just the beginning. It is only now – almost as though someone has been watching, waiting for her to find the profile – that her problems really start…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction

Publishing: 07 Sep 2017

Request status: n/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!

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