Netgalley picks of the week | 30th – 6th November


Hello everyone! Here is my latest Netgalley picks blog post. Just a note of warning, there’s been loads of great uploads this week, however so many of them are wish only!

Still confused about the two Netgalley’s! I’m just going to keep using them both as it looks like some of the UK ones aren’t on the .com website and vice versa.


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Title: The Undertakers Daughter

Author: Sara Blaedel

SynopsisAlready widowed by the age of forty, Ilka Nichols Jensen, a school portrait photographer, leads a modest, regimented, and uneventful life in Copenhagen. Until unexpected news rocks her quiet existence: her father–who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on Ilka and her mother more than three decades ago–has died. And he’s left Ilka something in his will: his funeral home. In Racine, Wisconsin.

Clinging to this last shred of communication from the father she hasn’t heard from since childhood, Ilka makes an uncharacteristically rash decision and jumps on a plane to Wisconsin. Desperately hoping to gain some insight into her father’s life, she plans to visit the funeral home and go through her father’s things before preparing the business for a quick sale.

But shortly after her arrival, one of the bodies in the morgue is vandalized. The dead man, Mike, was suspected of killing his girlfriend in high school, but disappeared from Racine and was never seen again–until recently. Disturbed by the attack, Ilka resolves to find out what really happened all those years ago….

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Publishing: 06 Feb 2018

Request status: n/a (wish only)

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Title: Her Best Friend

Author: Sarah Wray

Synopsis: Two girls. A murder. And a secret that binds them forever.

Sylvie Armstrong has been running from her past for twenty years – until her mother’s death forces her to return to her home town, along with her newborn daughter.

Overwhelmed by grief in her childhood home, Sylvie tries to block out the memories that surround her – but then someone leaves a gift on her doorstep: a gold necklace with a heart-shaped locket.

This locket belonged to Sylvie’s best friend, Victoria Preston – and she was wearing it the night she died. Now it’s back in Sylvie’s life…and it soon becomes clear that somebody knows what really happened to Victoria.

Sylvie has to know the truth. But is she in terrible danger?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 28 Nov 2017

Request status: n/a

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Title: Closer Than You Know

Author: Brad Parks

Synopsis: It was a lesson she learned the hard way growing up in the constant upheaval of foster care. But now that she’s survived into adulthood–with a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex–she thought that turmoil was behind her.

Until one Monday evening when she goes to pick up Alex from childcare only to discover he’s been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why. It’s a terrifying scenario for any parent, but doubly so for Melanie, who knows the unintended horrors of what everyone coldly calls “the system.”

Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff’s deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years. The evidence against her is overwhelming, and if Melanie can’t prove her innocence, she’ll lose Alex forever.

Meanwhile, assistant commonwealth’s attorney Amy Kaye–who has been assigned Melanie’s case–has her own troubles. She’s been dogged by a cold case no one wants her to pursue: a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask and whispering his commands. Over the years, he has victimized dozens of women.

Including Melanie. Yet now her attacker might be the key to her salvation . . . or her undoing.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Dutton

Publishing: 06 Mar 2018

Request status: n/a (wish only)

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Title: The Sandman

Author: Lars Kepler

Synopsis: Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek’s capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late–and before he gets inside her head.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Publishing: 06 Mar 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: The New Neighbours

Author: Simon Lelic

Synopsis: The perfect couple. The perfect house. THE PERFECT CRIME.

Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in–except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark. A mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door, and the police are watching them.

This is their chance to prove they’re innocent, or to get away with murder. Whose story do you believe?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

Publishing: 10 Apr 2018

Request status: n/a (THIS IS THE SAME BOOK AS ‘THE HOUSE‘ BY SIMON LELIC!!!) (wish only)

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Title: They All Fall Down

Author: Tammy Cohen

Synopsis: Hannah had a perfect life in London—a loving husband, a great job—until she did something shocking. Something that she doesn’t quite understand herself; and now she has landed herself in a high-risk psychiatric unit.

Since Hannah has been admitted, two women have died, including Charlie, one of her closest friends in the institution. It’s a high-risk unit, the authorities say. Deaths happen. But Hannah knows Charlie wouldn’t have killed herself. She is convinced there’s a serial killer picking off the patients one by one, passing their deaths off as suicides. But why? And who will believe her?

Corinne, Hannah’s mother, is worried sick about her eldest daughter. She hates that she’s ended up in the unit, though she knows it’s the best place for her to get the treatment she needs. At first, Corinne assumes Hannah’s outlandish claims about a killer in the unit are just another manifestation of her psychological condition, but as she starts to uncover strange inconsistencies surrounding the unit’s charismatic director, Dr. Roberts, she begins to wonder if her daughter might have stumbled upon the truth. But who can Corinne trust, when she doesn’t even trust her own daughter?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Pegasus Books

Publishing: 06 Mar 2018

Request status: n/a (wish only)

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Title: The Mother’s Secret

Author: Clare Swatman

Synopsis: Love keeps us together

Sisters Kate and Georgie have always shared a close bond. While Kate enjoyed the freedoms of youth, Georgie was always more reserved. But now Georgie is grown up, she’s ready to spread her wings.

Love can tear us apart

Their mother Jan loves her daughters with all her heart. So what if she kept them out of sight when they were young? Maybe she wanted to protect them. Or maybe there was another reason for Jan’s protective behaviour?

This family’s about to discover that while lies can cause pain, the truth could destroy them all.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, women’s fiction

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Publishing: 22 Feb 2018

Request status: n/a (UK website)

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Title: The Perfect Neighbours

Author: Rachel Sargeant

Synopsis: Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…

When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare…

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction

Publishing: 15 Dec 2017

Request status: n/a (UK website)

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Title: The Waters & The Wild

Author: DeSales Harrison

Synopsis: Only then did I notice the two words written along the bottom margin of the photograph in the now familiar block capitals. Only then could I read them. Or rather hear them, as though a cold breath from a cold throat had whispered them in my ear: REMEMBER ME.

Daniel Abend is a psychoanalyst and single parent in New York City, with a successful practice and a comfortable life: an apartment on the Upper West Side, a teenage daughter, a peaceful daily routine. When one of his patients commits suicide, it is a tragedy, but one easily explained: The young woman suffered from depression and drug addiction.

But soon after, Daniel receives an ominous note that makes him question the circumstances surrounding his patient’s death. He is provided with a provocative series of clues—a mysterious key, a cryptic poem, a photograph with a chilling message. A few days later, his daughter abruptly disappears.

Daniel is swept into an increasingly desperate search for his daughter, and for the truth—a search that stretches back decades, to when he was a young man living in Paris, falling in love with a woman who would ultimately upend his life. As he is tormented by a steady flow of anonymous letters, Daniel recognizes that he must confront the secrets of his past: There is a debt to be paid, an account to be settled.

Genre: general fiction

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Random House

Publishing: 03 Apr 2018

Request status: n/a

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Title: 29 Seconds

Author: T. M. Logan

Synopsis: ‘This is my offer: all you have to do is give me one name. And I will make that person disappear.’

When Sarah Haywood rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her instinctive act of bravery puts her in the debt of a powerful and dangerous man, and he has other ideas. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.

He offers Sarah a way to solve an impossible situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that could turn her life around and make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.

All it takes is a 29-second phone call…

Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

Publishing: 11 Jan 2018

Request status: n/a (UK website)

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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!

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