Netgalley picks of the week | 6th – 13th March


Hello everyone! Here is my latest Netgalley picks blog post.

Agh, sorry I’ve been M.I.A! I’ve been in Berlin for a long weekend and just haven’t had any time to create and post something. I also haven’t finished a book in a good long while now, it’s very distressing!

Anyway, here are some of the best sounding books I’ve found on Netgalley this week!


Title: Her Name Rose

AuthorClaire Allan

SynopsisHer name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy.

When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother – killing her instantly – she finds herself unable to move on.

And then she makes a decision she can never take back.

Because Rose had everything Emily had ever dreamed of. A beautiful, loving family, a great job and a stunning home. And now Rose’s husband misses his wife, and their son needs a mother. Why couldn’t Emily fill that space?

But as Emily is about to discover, no one’s life is perfect … and not everything is as it seems.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Avon Books

Publishing: 28 Jun 2018

Title: The Cuckoo Wood

Author: M. Sean Coleman

Synopsis: Samantha Jaynes was first to die. Rosie Trimble was next.

A spate of teenage suicides rattles Kirkdale, a rural community in England’s Lake District. In the days leading up to their deaths, the girls talked about having seen an angel.

That’s when Dr Alex Ripley–the so-called Miracle Detective–is asked to help the police. It’s Ripley’s job to explain the angel sightings and what they had to do with the girls’ deaths. Were they hallucinating? Or did they truly encounter a heavenly phenomenon?

Angelic visions. Old sins. Fear, revenge, and suspicion: Ripley uncovers a decades-old tragedy, and the deeper she digs, the more hostility she encounters. Because the vehemently pious residents of Kirkdale have tried to bury the past, and they don’t like strangers dredging up their sins.

Ripley finds herself searching for the truth in a village so full of secrets that few there know who to trust anymore. Apart from God himself.

Is there a divine influence at work here, or a far more sinister force? Ripley, like the dead girls, will not rest until the truth is out.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: be-ebooks

Publishing: 10 Apr 2018

Title: The Hypnotist

AuthorLars Kepler

Synopsis: A gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. There’s only one surviving witness–the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. The boy was supposed to to be the fourth victim, but somehow he survived. He’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a catatonic state. Desperate for information, Linna enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to hypnotize the boy, hoping to uncover the killer through his memories.

Bark has sworn he would never do this kind of work again because of the long-term effects it can have on a patient’s psyche. But Linna won’t relent, and the doctor breaks his promise. When he hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events comes to light. This sensational thriller will have you mesmerized from its very first page.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Publishing: 31 Jul 2018

Title: The Brighton Mermaid

Author: Dorothy Koomson

Synopsis: Brighton Beach, 1993: Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears.

Twenty-five years on, Nell quits her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was – and what happened to her best friend that summer.

But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust…

Genre: mystery & thrillers, women’s fiction

Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone

Publishing: 17 May 2018

Title: Dead Watch

Author: Steve Liszka

Synopsis: Life for the firefighters of Red Watch, East Brighton, is already complicated due to the imminent closure of their fire station. But this is soon to be the least of their worries.

When the team stumble upon a car in a ditch, they discover the driver is dead and a bag containing five hundred thousand pounds in cash. Before anyone arrives, the crew decide to take money, believing it to be a victimless crime.

When they later learn that the driver was killed by a bullet wound to the head their world is turned upside down.

Then a stranger appears at the station claiming the money belongs to him.

Soon the firefighters are drawn into a dangerous underworld and find themselves at the mercy of violent criminals.

But is this stranger who he claims to be?

And can Red Watch escape with the money and their lives in tact?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publishing: 28 Mar 2018

Title: Another Mother

AuthorAmanda James

Synopsis: Adopted at birth, for years Lu has secretly dreamt of finding her birth mother but childhood bullying has left her with a lack of confidence. When a tragic accident changes her life forever it sets her on a mission to get in contact with her birth mother and find out the reasons behind her adoption.

When she tracks down her mother in Cornwall there is an emotional reunion and the pair begin to form a relationship.

But is everything as wonderful as it appears or has Lu walked into a nightmare?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publishing: 10 Apr 2018

Title: If He Wakes

Author: Zoe Lea

Synopsis: You can always trust your best friend… can’t you?

When Rachel discovers a Twitter message arranging a romantic liaison she assumes her husband is having an affair, and follows him. What she witnesses is so much worse: a hit and run using his car.

Meanwhile, Rachel’s friend and business partner Suzie is increasingly worried about her fiance, who’s not been in touch for days. When Suzie learns of huge debts racked up in her name she fears he has run out on her, but then the threatening calls start and she thinks something terrible has happened.

Rachel and Suzie are both about to learn shocking things about the men they love, worse than they could ever imagine… Can their friendship survive?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Canelo

Publishing: 30 Apr 2018

Title: The Truth Itself

AuthorJames Rayburn

Synopsis: A school shooting in snowbound Vermont; an American journalist beheaded in war-torn Syria; a passenger jet exploding in the Thai jungle—everything connects to Kate Swift, CIA assassin turned whistleblower, on the run from a sinister intelligence unit.

With her six-year-old daughter, Suzie, she flees across the Canadian border to begin a perilous journey to Berlin and then Thailand in search of the only man who can keep them alive: Harry Hook, a disgraced ex–CIA case officer living rough in the wilderness, battling the bottle and ghosts from his past.

Can Hook conjure an inspired but desperate plan that will save Kate and Suzie and bring him the redemption he yearns for?

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Publishing: 25 Sep 2018

Title: A Howl of Wolves

Author: Judith Flanders

Synopsis: Sam Clair figures she’ll be a good sport and spend a night out at the theater in support of her upstairs neighbors, who have small parts in a play in the West End. Boyfriend (a Scotland Yard detective) and all-round good sport Jake Field agrees to tag along to what is apparently an extra-bloody play filled with dramatic, gory deaths galore. So Sam expects an evening filled with faux fatalities. Until, that is, the curtain opens to the second act, revealing a dummy hanging from the rafters, who’s been made up to look suspiciously like Campbell Davison, the director of the production.

When Sam sees the horrified faces of the actors onstage, she realizes that this is indeed not a dummy, but Davison himself—and this death is not part of the show. Now everyone wants to know: who killed Campbell Davison? As Sam learns more about the murdered man, she discovers that he wasn’t all that well-liked amongst the cast and crew, so the suspect list grows. The show must go on—but Sam knows a murderer must be apprehended, so she sets out to find out what happened, and why.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publishing: 15 May 2018

Title: Her Unit

Author: Ninni Holmqvist

Synopsis: Ninni Holmqvist’s eerie dystopian novel envisions a society in the not-so-distant future where men and women deemed economically worthless are sent to a retirement community called the Unit. With lavish apartments set amongst beautiful gardens and state-of-the-art facilities, elaborate gourmet meals, and wonderful music and art, they are free of financial worries and want for nothing. It’s an idyllic place, but there’s a catch: the residents – known as dispensables – must donate their organs, one by one, until the final donation. When Dorrit Weger arrives at the Unit, she resigns herself to this fate, seeking only peace in her final days. But she soon falls in love, and this unexpected, improbable happiness throws the future into doubt.

Genre: general fiction, sci-fi & fantasy

Publisher: Oneworld

Publishing: 04 May 2018

Title: The Last Time I Lied

Author: Riley Sager

Synopsis: Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

Genre: general fiction

Publisher: Penguin – Dutton

Publishing: 10 Jul 2018

Title: The Measurements of Decay

Author: K. K. Edin

Synopsis: In the far future, Earth’s nearby star systems have been colonized. Outfitted with a device that allows them to escape into hallucinations at will, people spend most of their time withdrawn into their own minds.

Tikan Solstafir, a renegade who refuses the illusory life enjoyed by others, lives in self-imposed exile on a starship. When a mysterious enemy attacks the ship, Tikan embarks on a mission to destroy the galactic tyranny and liberate humanity from its own dreams.

Meanwhile, in the 21st Century, a disillusioned philosopher believes that humanity’s collective misery originates in people’s failure to communicate with others and make sense of the world. Growing increasingly misanthropic and monomaniacal, he proceeds on a hermetic quest to save humanity from itself, while also succumbing to his own moral decline.

As these stories intertwine, a young girl reappears through various epochs, fleeting through Ancient Greece, Medieval Norway, Bolshevik Russia, among others. Unbound by time, Sielle has formed few attachments. Eventually thrust into Tikan’s world, she becomes unwillingly entangled in a political scheme spanning centuries.

Genre: general fiction, sci-fi & fantasy

Publisher: Cameron Publicity & Marketing Ltd

Publishing: 25 Mar 2018

Title: Mercury Falling

AuthorRobert Edric

Synopsis: The Fenlands, 1954

It is a tough winter; the temperatures have fallen too low too quickly and the floods are the worst anyone can remember.

Most people have lost everything but there are some who have found themselves eager for the chance at a new start. For Jimmy Devlin, it’s a little of both.

Forced from his home by an uncompromising bailiff, Jimmy has nothing to his name and the prospect of work digging urgently needed drains could be the opportunity he’s been waiting for. But Jimmy, it seems, has a knack for finding trouble. Before long, he’s caught up in the wrong business with the people from the fairground passing through town. But, on the run from the law, he has nowhere else to turn.

With his keen eye and trademark candour, Robert Edric takes his readers to the most desolate of places, to explore what a man is capable of doing when he has nothing left to lose.

Genre: general fiction, literary fiction

Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publishers

Publishing: 05 Apr 2018

Title: Something in the Water

AuthorCatherine Steadman

Synopsis: If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?

Genre: general fiction

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine

Publishing: 12 Jun 2018

That’s it for this week everyone! There’s a load of really interesting books on this list this week! *rapidly adds them to my tbr*

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

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