Friday Finds | 11th – 18th August

FRIDAY FINDS (1)

A few more books added to my TBR this week! And all from my Netgalley picks post too!

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Synopsis: Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents’ permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl while the family was vacationing on a remote Scottish island. She reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot without a scratch on her and no memory of what had happened.

After Simon hears about this disturbing episode in Mary Rose’s childhood, he becomes obsessed with finding out what happened. He proceeds to launch his own investigation and arranges during their honeymoon for them to visit the island where she disappeared. But as Mary Rose’s behavior gets stranger after their engagement, the need for Simon to unlock the truth about her past grows even more urgent. What he uncovers is beyond his most terrifying fears.

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The beginning of this synopsis put me off totally, but continuing to read it, I felt more and more that I wanted to read this book. I want to know what happened to Mary Rose! Like -why does she have two names and why is she named after a ship?

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Synopsis: Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a Making a Murderer-style true crime documentary that’s taking the world by storm – the filmmakers are whipping up a frenzy of coverage to uncover the truth and free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.

Samantha may be thousands of miles away in Britain, but she is as invested in Dennis’s case as any of his lawyers. Perhaps even more so, as her letters to the convicted killer grow ever more intimate. Soon she is leaving her life behind to marry Danson and campaign, as his wife, for his release.

But when the campaign is successful, and Dennis is freed, events begin to suggest that he may not be so innocent after all. How many girls went missing in Red River, and what does Dennis really know?

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I love the plot for this one! The idea of a woman marrying an imprisoned man who she thinks is innocent, but then having doubts later on sounds a great story. If this one is written well, it could definitely be a really great thriller!

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Synopsis: Why have societies all across the world feared witchcraft? This book delves deeply into its context, beliefs, and origins in Europe’s history.

The witch came to prominence—and often a painful death—in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake.

This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated.

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Non-fiction, yeehaw! I love learning all about witches, it’s such a weird part of history that I’m always interested in growing my knowledge on.

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So there you have it, those are the books I’ve added to my TBR this week!

Let me know what books you’ve discovered this week!

4 thoughts on “Friday Finds | 11th – 18th August

  1. I saw you mark The Witch on your TBR list on GR, and that got me interested in that book, too. I love a well-written non-fiction book, and the witch craze is something that I’ve wanted to learn more about for a while. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

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