Books to look out for this month – August 2017 releases!

books to look out for aug 17

Ahhh, ok I’m sorry, this was supposed to be published yesterday but I’m totally unorganised since getting this new job so I forgot to schedule it!!

Anyway, here are some really exciting sounding novels that are being published this month!

(clicking on the images will take you to their Goodreads pages)

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the grip of it

Publishing: 1st Aug 2017 – Paperback

Synopsis: Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

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Ahhh, a creepy house story! Yes please! You might have seen this one featured on my site a couple of times, as I’m looking forward to reading it! Isn’t the cover just so spine-tinglingly creepy?

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Publishing: 3rd Aug 2017 – Kindle

Synopsis: Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away…

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew:

Twelve-year-old Hannah — who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness– wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people.

Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.

Mike Juniper, a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.

And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.

They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.

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I’ve already read this one and can tell you that it’s definitely worth a read if you’re into dark horror thrillers and like novels about black magic and good & evil!

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Publishing: 8th Aug 2017 – Kindle

Synopsis: We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe.

When my sister and I disappeared three years ago, they found Emma’s car at the beach. Some people believed she had gone there to find a party or meet a friend who never showed. They believed that she’d gone for a swim. They believed that she’d drowned. Maybe by accident. Maybe a suicide.

Everyone believed Emma was dead.

As for me, well – it was not as simple as that.

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I’ve already heard great things about this one, so I’m looking forward to reading it myself. This one sounds kind of creepy as well, and I always like that from a thriller.

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Publishing: 8th Aug 2017 – Paperback & Kindle

Synopsis: Rose and Elmer have created an idyllic sanctuary for themselves and their five daughters in Mexico’s Baja California desert. Out there in the middle of nowhere, blissfully cut off from the burdens of modern society, they’re free to raise their beautiful family…and preserve its secret.

And they’re never giving it up.

Then a young hiker named Rick comes looking for a place to stay. It’s just for the night, he says—but long enough for Rose and Elmer to fear they’ve made a horrible mistake. As the stranger grows more intrusive and more suspicious, the couple know they must do what they can to protect themselves. What they don’t know is that Rick has a secret, too. Soon, home and family will prove to be as cold and dark as the desert nights. And even with so many places to run, there’s still no escape from the past that binds them.

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Hello another creepy sounding novel! I loved Pen’s last novel The Light of the Fireflies so I’m hoping this one is just as good!

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Publishing: 10th Aug 2017 – Hardback & Kindle

Synopsis: After his mother’s death, eleven-year-old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it regularly after she’d moved there thirty years ago because it matched the ruin of her own life. Eventually she was inspired to take up painting so she could capture its utter desolation.

The islanders call it – Grief Cottage, – because a boy and his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty years before. Their bodies were never found and the cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is friendly or follows some sinister agenda.

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This one sounds like a dark lit-fic novel. Not always my kind of book but there is something that’s attracting me to this one! Maybe it’s the gorgeous cover art?

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Publishing: 17th Aug 2017 – Kindle

Synopsis: What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them…

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So, I’m currently reading this one at the moment, and so far, I’m liking it. That doesn’t necessarily mean I will end up still liking it, but we’ll say it’s good for now.

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Publishing: 24th Aug 2017 – Hardback & Kindle

Synopsis: Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist – but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

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This is a new standalone from prolific author Hannah, and I’m loving the sound of it! Me and Nicki are planning on doing a buddy read for this one!

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So there we have it! Those are the new books out this month that I think are worth taking a look at!

Let me know if you’re excited about any of these books too or if you’ve discovered a new book you like the sound of!

10 Replies to “Books to look out for this month – August 2017 releases!”

  1. Really like the sound of The Grip of It 😀 I’ve not come across any decent horror fic for ages. And also The Dark Net sounds promising too. I’d like to be able to 5 star rave review a horror, it’s not happened for quite some time for me. Here’s hoping 👍

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