Netgalley picks of the week | 25th – 2nd October



Hello everyone! Here is my latest Netgalley picks blog post. Sorry it’s so late in the evening!

I also wanted to quickly mention that I’m thinking of all those killed and injured, and their families, from todays terrible shooting in Las Vegas. It’s so awful to wake up and hear this kind of news, to know that innocent lives have been taken because of one pathetic mans fucked up agenda.

Rest in peace to all those whose lives have already been taken and wishing you well to all those who are still fighting for theirs.


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Title: Don’t Tell a Soul

AuthorD. K. Hood

SynopsisWhen a body is found stuffed into a barrel at a garbage dump, covered in long red lacerations, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene.

Nothing ever happens in the small American town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other.

Both were strangers to the town, but there’s nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one’s talking; how well does she really know the people around her?

Then a disturbing clue makes Jenna suspect a connection with other disappearances in the town’s history. Just when she begins asking the right questions, she realises she’s being followed. Is she next on the killer’s list?

In a race against time, Jenna and David must unlock the dark secret at the heart of the town, before it’s too late…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 30 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Secret Mother

Author: Shalini Boland

Synopsis: ‘Are you my mummy?’

Tessa Markham comes home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.

Not anymore.

She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.

After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the child. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 09 Nov 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: White Bodies

Author: Jane Robbins

Synopsis: Sometimes we love too much

Callie loves Tilda. She’s her sister, after all. And she’s beautiful and successful.

Tilda loves Felix. He’s her husband. Successful and charismatic, he is also controlling, suspicious and, possibly, dangerous. Still, Tilda loves Felix.

And Callie loves Tilda. Very, very much.

So she’s determined to save her. But the cost could destroy them all…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: HQ

Publishing: 28 Dec 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Anything for Her

Author: G. J. Minett

Synopsis: You’d do anything for the one that got away . . . wouldn’t you?

When Billy Orr returns home to spend time with his dying sister, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Aimi, the love of his life. He might not have seen her in eleven years, but Billy’s never forgotten her. He’d do anything for her then, and he’d do anything for her now.

When Aimi tells him that she wants to escape her abusive husband, Billy agrees to help her fake her own death. But is she still the Aimi that Billy remembers from all those years ago?

Once Aimi disappears, Billy has to face the possibility that perhaps she had different reasons for disappearing – reasons that might be more dangerous than she’s led him to believe . . .

Sometimes trusting the one you love is the wrong thing to do.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

Publishing: 22 Mar 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: Mother

Author: S. E. Lynes

Synopsis: Christopher would never hurt anyone. Not intentionally. Even after everything that’s happened I still believe that…

Christopher Harris is a lonely boy. A boy who has never fitted in to his family. Who has always felt something was missing from his life.

Until one day, when he discovers a suitcase in his family’s attic. And a secret about his mother that changes everything…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 22 Nov 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: The Last Mrs Parrish

AuthorLiv Constantine

Synopsis: How far would you go to make all your dreams come true?

Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure.

Daphne Parrish is golden girl of the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her modelesque looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber has ever wanted.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive—if she didn’t have a plan. Gradually, Amber insinuates herself into the Parrish family’s life. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest confidante, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could undermine everything Amber has worked for, and if discovered, her well-laid plan may end in disaster…

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publisher: HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction

Publishing: 17 Oct 2017

Request status: n/a (this cover looks exactly the same as the one for The Girlfriend that got big recently!)

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Title: Best Friends Forever

Author: Margot Hunt

Synopsis: Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.

Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada)

Publishing: 23 Jan 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: Swanson

Author: Kerry Andrew

Synopsis: Polly Vaughan is trying to escape the ravaging guilt of a disturbing incident in London by heading north to the Scottish Highlands. As soon as she arrives, this spirited, funny, alert young woman goes looking for drink, drugs and sex – finding them all quickly, and unsatisfactorily, with the barman in the only pub. She also finds a fresh kind of fear, alone in this eerie, myth-drenched landscape. Increasingly prone to visions or visitations – floating white shapes in the waters of the loch or in the woods – she is terrified and fascinated by a man she came across in the forest on her first evening, apparently tearing apart a bird. Who is this strange loner? And what is his sinister secret?

Genre: general fiction, literary fiction

Publisher: Random House UK, Vintage Publishing

Publishing: 25 Jan 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: Anna

Author: Niccolo Ammaniti

Synopsis: Summer has ended, but the heat will not let up. Ash has covered everything. Weeds and wheat grow around the cars abandoned in the road.

Anna and Astor live in the house behind the fence, surviving in a world stripped of adults. The rooms are piled high with rubbish. Their mother’s skeleton lies perfect on the bed.

And every few days, Anna must head out beyond the fence for provisions and medicine. Each time she goes, she may never come back.

Genre: general fiction, literary fiction

Publisher: Canongate

Publishing: 06 Feb 2018

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!

10 Replies to “Netgalley picks of the week | 25th – 2nd October”

      1. That’s good! It’s hard to tell that from the blurbs, so I am usually hesitant to read them. It does make a difference when this style book ends well, though.


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