Friday Finds | 30th March

FRIDAY FINDS

So I’ve been falling in and out of a reading slump recently. My interest in books is dropping and then peaking again, but I’m finally getting back into the swing of things! Over the past couple of weeks I’ve added 5 new books to my Goodreads TBR, even requesting one of the books from Netgalley!

Let’s take a look at the new books added to my TBR recently…


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Synopsis: A failed marine, Judd can’t believe his luck when Catriona falls for him. He lives in Minnesota; she’s from Scotland. They work for the same company, they’ve messaged online for ages. But when they finally video chat, she turns out to be gorgeous. They may be thousands of miles apart, but they share a deep love of cycling and a passion for life. It’s love at first sight.

Judd throws his meager savings to the wind and flies across the Atlantic to meet Cat in person. Together, they plan a bike trip through the desolate Scottish Highlands. Perfect for cycling. Camping out. Being alone. But soon Judd discovers there’s more to Cat than meets her alluring brown eyes.

What Judd doesn’t know is that someone is following them. Someone with sinister plans. Their lonely journey through the Highlands turns into a game of cat and mouse. Someone is making them ride for their lives. But who exactly is the hunter, and who is the hunted?

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This is the book I actually requested (and received) on Netgalley! I immediately liked the sound of the sinister plot, and at only 190 pages I thought this was a good low commitment book to get. I’ve never read a book by Anthony Neil Smith but I know he’s already got a lot of stuff out!


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Synopsis: Social worker Johnny Malkin is battling a crippling workload and a hostile local community. That’s on a good day: things are about to get a whole lot worse.

Two fourteen-year-old girls are found wandering Aitken Wood on the slopes of Pendle Hill, claiming to have been raped by a gang of men. With no female social workers available, Johnny is assigned to their case. But what, at first, looks like yet another incident of child exploitation takes a sinister turn when the girls start speaking of a forthcoming apocalypse.

When Johnny interviews one of the girls, Jenna Dunham, her story starts to unravel. His investigation draws him into a tight-knit village community in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where whispers of witchcraft and child abuse go back to the Middle Ages.

One name recurs: The Hobbledy Man. Is he responsible for the outbreaks of violence sweeping across the country?

Is he more than just myth?

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At first I glazed over this book because the cover didn’t appeal to me, but then I read the synopsis properly and, well you know what they say! I judged too quickly. This book sounds super eerie, and I love that it’s about a case that connects all the way back to the Middle Ages! This connection to the past is exactly why I picked up The Mayfly (see next book for my Charlie Priest talk…) and I ended up loving that, so I have high hopes for this too.


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Synopsis: Some things are meant to be forgotten . . .

What starts out like any other major libel trial for prolific lawyer Charlie Priest turns into a legal train wreck when the defence’s star witness turns up murdered. While the defence stalls for time, Priest is determined to find out who is responsible, but as the bodies begin to pile up, Priest realises that he’s caught in a web of deceit and corruption that protects a deadly secret: one that threatens to tear him and those he loves apart.

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This is book number 2 in the Charlie Priest series! Not a sequel to The Mayfly but a revisiting of the same characters. I hope this one is just as good as the last book, which I ended up really enjoying even if I was let down by the plot in a couple of ways.

I’m not as excited by this plot as I was with the last book, but maybe it’s temporary, and close the the publication date a more fleshed out synopsis will come out.


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Synopsis: If everything in Amanda’s life is so perfect, then why the mood swings, the obscene thoughts, the urge to harm the people she loves? What are those tapping sounds in the walls? And who’s that woman following her?

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I added this one because it was mentioned in A Head Full of Ghosts and I’m up for a new horror novel to add to my list! It hasn’t got the best reviews in the world but horror is definitely a hit or miss genre depending on the reader!


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Synopsis:shadow follows Sophie. Watching. Waiting.

Her instinct tells her that it’s someone she knows. But who? The man she met internet dating? The nurse caring for her ill mother? Or is her mother faking her illness? The only thing she knows is that she can’t trust anyone.

Sophie must delve into a dark history to reveal her stalker. But there are some stories that should never be told…

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This was free on the Kindle earlier this week so I downloaded it… as if I needed more books on my Kindle! It does sound pretty good and has better than average reviews so I’m hoping it’s good, and if it isn’t, at least I didn’t spend any money on it!


So there you have it, those are the books I’ve added to my TBR over the last few weeks! I need to slow down with my book adding, I’m nearly at 600 books on my TBR again.

I hope everyone is having a lovely bank holiday Friday (if you’ve got one!) and I hope everyone else is having a nice day in general!

I’d love to hear about any books you’ve discovered recently! And are any of these on your TBR?

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