Netgalley picks of the week | 14th – 21st August

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Hey everyone! Here’s my latest Netgalley picks post. This week we have quite a number of books to pick from, but they’re all mystery / thrillers, so there isn’t a huge choice!

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Title: Bonfire

AuthorKrysten Ritter

SynopsisIt has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s economic heart, she begins to find strange connections to a decade-old scandal involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

But as Abby tries desperately to find out what happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret, her search threatens the reputations, and lives, of the community and risks exposing a darkness that may consume her.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone

Publishing: 09 Nov 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Weight of Angels

AuthorCatriona McPherson

SynopsisWhat secrets do the dark bones of Dundrennan Abbey hold?

A year ago, she was happily married, bringing up her beloved son, running her successful beauty salon and living with her loving husband in her dream house.

Now Ali McGovern’s dreams are slipping away and all her old ghosts are coming back to haunt her. A job at Howell Hall, the private psychiatric facility near her rented cottage and the ruined abbey, seems too good to be true. But why has the couple who run the place employed her when she is clearly not qualified to do it? How can they afford to pay her so well? And what are they hiding?

When a body is discovered in a shallow grave by the abbey on Ali’s first day at work, it feels like one last horror. But it’s just the beginning of her descent into a nightmare world she never imagined existed so close to home.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK

Publishing: 24 Aug 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Fourteenth Letter

AuthorClaire Evans

SynopsisA mysterious keepsake, a murdered bride, a legacy of secrets…

One balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party: this is her moment, when she will join the renowned Raycraft family and ascend to polite society.

As she takes her fiancé’s hand, a stranger brandishing a knife steps forward and ends the poor girl’s life. Amid the tumult, he turns to her aristocratic groom and mouths: ‘I promised I would save you.’

The following morning, just a few miles away, timid young legal clerk William Lamb meets a reclusive client, whom he was never meant to meet. He finds the old man terrified and in desperate need of aid: William must keep safe a small casket of yellowing papers, and deliver an enigmatic message: The Finder knows.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, historical fiction

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK

Publishing: 21 Sep 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: How Will I Know You?

AuthorJessica Treadway

SynopsisSomeone knows what really happened . . .

On a cold December day, teenager Joy Enright is found drowned at the edge of a frozen pond. When an autopsy reveals she was strangled first, suspicion is thrown onto Martin,the young graduate who was last to see her alive.

Someone who is prepared to keep their secret at any cost.

In a small community, secrets are hard to keep and as the web of lies around Joy’s life and death unravels, the truth will either bring one family closer together, or tear them further apart.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK

Publishing: 30 Nov 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Secrets You Keep

AuthorKate White

SynopsisYou’ve lost your memory. A woman has been murdered. Your husband is keeping secrets. How do you know who to trust?

Months after a being involved in a terrible car crash, Bryn Harper is physically healed but her emotional scars remain raw. She has no memory of the accident and is plagued with bad dreams.

When Bryn and her husband, Guy, host a dinner party Bryn swears money has been stolen while Guy seems unfazed. Bryn confronts the caterer that night and is horrified to discover the woman’s brutally slain body the next day.

As the case is investigated, Bryn is dragged into a fresh nightmare and learns that Guy is keeping things from her. Another murder occurs and Bryn realises the danger is getting ever closer to home. How well does Bryn really know the man she loves?

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Canelo

Publishing: 11 Sep 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Accident

AuthorDawn Goodwin

Synopsis: Veronica Pullman’s comfortable suburban life comes to a shuddering halt when her young daughter, Grace, tragically dies in a car accident.

Months later, unable to come to terms with her daughter’s death, detached from her husband and alienated from her friends and family, a chance encounter on a rainy street pushes her into an unlikely new friendship.

Scarlet is everything Veronica could’ve been: feisty, adventurous, unpredictable. But as she approaches what would have been Grace’s 10th birthday, it becomes clear to Veronica that the friendship she thought was saving her life could be costing her everything.

Consumed by grief and left questioning her own sanity, is there anyone she can really trust or is someone out to torment her as part of their twisted game?

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Aria

Publishing: 01 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Trust Me

AuthorZosia Wand

SynopsisWho can you trust if you can’t trust yourself?

Twenty-seven-year-old Lizzie has a great relationship with her teenage stepson, Sam, even though they could pass for brother and sister.

When Sam becomes sullen and withdrawn, Lizzie starts to suspect that something sinister is going on at school. But no one believes her – and then suspicion falls on Lizzie herself…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Publishing: 05 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The French Girl

AuthorLexie Elliott

SynopsisWe all have our secrets…

They were six university students from Oxford–friends and sometimes more than friends–spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway…until they met Severine, the girl next door.

For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group’s loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can’t forgive. And there are some people you can’t forget…like Severine, who was never seen again.

Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

Publishing: 20 Feb 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Broken Girls

AuthorSimone St. James

SynopsisVermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

Publishing: 20 Mar 2018

Request status: n/a (interesting though!)

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Title: If Only You Knew

AuthorCynthia Clark

SynopsisA wife, a mother, a killer.

One wrong decision, one terrifying night, leaves student Elizabeth with a stark choice – kill or be killed. And the consequences of that choice will shape her whole life.

Now a wife, a mother, and a lawyer, she must find a way to out run her past, protect her family and live with her secret. But is it really possible to live a happy life with such a huge shadow cast by the past? And as it becomes clear that someone else knows her secret and is hunting her down, time is running out for Elizabeth to keep her family safe.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Aria

Publishing: 01 Nov 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!

16 thoughts on “Netgalley picks of the week | 14th – 21st August

      1. Hmmm, I guess that would make it easier. I always feel guilty when I request something that’s being put out specifically for advance reviews, though!

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