Netgalley picks of the week | 11th – 18th September


Hello everyone! Here is my latest Netgalley picks blog post. I didn’t do one of these posts last week as I was on holiday, so this week I will be collecting two weeks worth of Netgalley books to showcase on this post!


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Title: The Mistake

AuthorK. L. Slater

SynopsisYou think you know the truth about the people you love.

But one discovery can change everything…

Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later, he is found dead.

Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy’s death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother?

Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him… and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down.

Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 04 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Friends & Other Liars

Author: Kaela Coble

Synopsis: Sometimes the secrets we keep are more dangerous than the ones we reveal…

When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown, it’s under the worst circumstances. Her old classmate Danny is dead, and at his funeral, she is confronted with the friends she left behind and the secret that tore them apart ten years ago. Now, Ruby isn’t sure how to bridge the space her lies have created. And what’s worse, she isn’t the only one who’s been lying.

In a final act of revenge, Danny has left each of his friends an envelope containing their darkest secret, along with instructions to reveal them to one another or risk them coming out in a trap of Danny’s own creation. Soon enough, past mistakes resurface and the lines of friendship are tested.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, women’s fiction

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Publishing: 01 Feb 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Synopsis: It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)

Publishing: 08 Feb 2018

Request status: requested

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Title: The Forgotten Room

Author: Ann Troup

Synopsis: As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.

Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even the door she has been forbidden from opening…

Essen Grange is a house with dark and cruel intentions. But now that darkness has turned on her, can Maura escape before it’s too late?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: HQ Digital

Publishing: 25 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Her Last Secret

Author: Barbara Cooperthwaite

Synopsis: There are some secrets you can never tell.

The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.

They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.

But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.

But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.

Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 13 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Ghost Writer

Author: Alessandra Torre

Synopsis: I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: DCA

Publishing: 02 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a (soooo tempted though!!)

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Title: Little Secrets

Author: Anna Snoekstra

Synopsis: To keep little secrets, they tell big lies…
‘I am not sick.
I just like the little dolls…
I think I’ll break one soon.’

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. A tiny porcelain doll appearing on your doorstep. Bright blonde hair, rosy cheeks, even a little blue dress. A perfect replica of your six-year-old daughter.

But then anonymous letters from ‘The Doll Collector’ begin to arrive. And in the small town where everyone has their own little secrets, no one is safe from suspicion.

Because you can never really trust the people who live just along the street…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: HQ

Publishing: 02 Nov 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Girl in Snow

Author: Danya Kukafka

Synopsis: Who are you when no one is watching?

When beloved high school student Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched – not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the police officer assigned to investigate. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters – Cameron, Jade, and Russ – must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, literary fiction

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Publishing: 11 Jan 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: Shadows

Author: Paul Finch

Synopsis: As a female cop walking the mean streets of Manchester, life can be tough for PC Lucy Clayburn. But when one of the North West’s toughest gangsters is your father, things can be particularly difficult.

When Lucy’s patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester’s criminal underworld, attitudes change.

Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life – and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Avon Books UK

Publishing: 19 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Bad Sister

Author: Sam Carrington

Synopsis: Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.

And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.

Who is the victim?
Who is to blame?
Who is next?

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Avon Books UK

Publishing: 05 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Cause of Death

Author: Peter Ritchie

Synopsis: DCI Grace Macallan’s career has hit a serious roadblock. When a covert police operation in Northern Ireland goes badly wrong, she’s faced with a painful decision – lie to save a young officer’s career or tell the truth and ruin her own reputation. For Grace, there can be only one answer.

Reassigned to the newly formed Lothian & Borders Major Crime Team, Grace Macallan is forced to rebuild her career and her reputation. But when a brutal attack on a prostitute turns into a series of murders, the Major Crime Team is under serious pressure. The tabloid headlines are lurid and the team badly needs a result.

With a new life to build in a new city, a new boss as smooth as an 18-year-old malt and a very high profile lawyer as the chief suspect, Grace soon begins to wonder if telling the truth is always the right thing to do.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Black & White Publishing

Publishing: 14 Sep 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Bone Keeper

AuthorLuca Veste

Synopsis: What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real?

He’ll slice your flesh.
Your bones he’ll keep.

Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned.

Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper. Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood. But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone.

The disappeared have been found. And their killer is watching every move the police make.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, horror

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Fiction

Publishing: 08 Mar 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Visitors

AuthorCatherine Burns

Synopsis: Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.

Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.

As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Legend Press

Publishing: 03 Oct 2017

Request status: Read Now!

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That’s it for this week everyone! Considering the low amount of books on this list, the ;ast two week must have been a bit dry!

Have you requested any of these books, or now plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

16 Replies to “Netgalley picks of the week | 11th – 18th September”

  1. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle looks fascinating! I’ll have to check that one out. Some of the others look interesting, too, but I’m going to wait and see *how* horror they seem to be before I make any decisions about them… 😉

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