Netgalley Picks of the Week | 5th June

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

There’s a whole bunch of amazing sounding books on the list this week – if I wasn’t on a ban I would have requested most of them. Not to mention, the cover art for loads of these books are incredible!! Unfortunately, there were a lot of Hatchette Australia books that looked really good but I didn’t include because they were all wish only and most didn’t have an synopses…Netgalley Picks 5 Jun.png

Keep reading to find Netgalley’s best uploads over the past week – a few new interesting books to add to your TBR’s this week!


Title: An Unwanted Guest

AuthorShari Lapena

SynopsisWe can’t choose the strangers we meet.

As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance.

Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.

With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run.

Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped.

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publishers

Publishing: 26 Jul 2018

Title: The Current

AuthorTim Johnston

Synopsis: When two young women leave their college campus in the dead of winter for a 700-mile drive north to Minnesota, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives in the icy waters of the Black Root River, just miles from home. One girl’s survival, and the other’s death—murder, actually—stun the citizens of a small Minnesota town, thawing memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may yet live among them. One father is forced to relive his agony while another’s greatest desire—to bring a killer to justice—is revitalized . . . and the girl who survived the icy plunge cannot escape the sense that she is connected to that earlier unsolved case by more than a river. Soon enough she’s caught up in an investigation of her own that will unearth long-hidden secrets, and stoke the violence that has long simmered just below the surface of the town. Souls frozen in time, ghosts and demons, the accused and the guilty, all stir to life in this cold northern place where memories, like treachery, run just beneath the ice, and where a young woman can come home but still not be safe.

Genre: literary fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Publishing: 22 Jan 2019

Title: A Dark Path

AuthorRobert E. Dunn

Synopsis: What at first appears to be a brush fire in some undeveloped bottom land yields the charred remains of a young African-American man. As sheriff’s Katrina Williams conducts her inspection of the crime scene, she discovers broken headstones and disturbed open graves in a forgotten cemetery.

As Katrina attempts to sort out a complex backwoods criminal network involving the Aryan Brotherhood, meth dealers, and the Ozarks Nightriders motorcycle gang, she is confronted by the sudden appearance of a person out of her own past who may be involved. And what seems like a clear-cut case of racially motivated murder is further complicated by rumors of hidden silver and dark family histories. To uncover the ugly truth, Katrina will need to dig up past crimes and shameful secrets that certain people would kill to keep buried . . .

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Kensington Books

Publishing: 07 Aug 2018

Title: Behind the Door

AuthorMary SanGiovanni

Synopsis: Some doors should never be opened . . .

In the rural town of Zarepath, deep in the woods on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, stands the Door. No one knows where it came from, and no one knows where it leads. For generations, folks have come to the Door seeking solace or forgiveness. They deliver a handwritten letter asking for some emotional burden to be lifted, sealed with a mixture of wax and their own blood, and slide it beneath the Door. Three days later, their wish is answered—for better or worse.

Kari is a single mother, grieving over the suicide of her teenage daughter. She made a terrible mistake, asking the powers beyond the Door to erase the memories of her lost child. And when she opened the Door to retrieve her letter, she unleashed every sin, secret, and spirit ever trapped on the other side.

Now, it falls to occultist Kathy Ryan to seal the door before Zarepath becomes hell on earth . . .

Genre: mystery & thrillers, horror

Publisher: Kensington Books

Publishing: 28 Aug 2018

Title: The Nightmare

AuthorLars Keplar

Synopsis: One summer night, police discover the lifeless body of a young woman on an abandoned pleasure boat. Forensics indicate that she drowned, but her clothes are dry and the boat is still afloat. The next day, a man is found hanging in his completely empty apartment. It seems like a suicide, but how did he kill himself with no furniture to climb on? Detective Joona Linna is called in to investigate, and he soon finds a surprising connection: arms trafficking. Because of the potential tie to terrorism, Joona is forced to join forces with Saga Bauer, a detective with the Swedish Security Police To stop the bloodshed, the two must find a way to get into the heads of dangerous arms dealers, but what they find there will shake them to their very cores.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Publishing: 25 Sep 2018

Title: False Accusations

Author: Cora Harrison

Synopsis: First-century Rome.

Senator Gaius Lucius Nerva is taken ill at a dinner party and dies a few days later. His heartbroken wife, Flavia, is told it was a natural death. Calidus, Nerva’s recently freed slave, suspects otherwise.

As he embarks upon the funeral ceremonies, Calidus becomes more and more convinced that his master was murdered and begins an investigation, seeking out everyone who had attended the dinner party.

His enquiries lead him to rub shoulders with the ‘great and good’ of Rome; senators, soldiers, even the ruthless and mercurial Emperor Nero. And his former lover, Julia Eusabia, who seems intent on rekindling their romance and luring him away from his wife and daughter.

Calidus’ quest is by no means easy or safe as he encounters the darkest and most dangerous people in Rome. But he knows he must keep searching for the person responsible, to bring justice to the master he had loved.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Sapere Books

Publishing: 01 Jun 2018

Title: The Day I Lost You

AuthorAlex Sinclair

Synopsis:  You only let her go for a second… Now she’s gone.

Erika Rice is in an elevator with her four-year-old daughter Alice when all the lights go out. It jerks to a stop on a deserted floor of apartments and the little girl runs out into the corridor.

But before Erika can follow her the doors slam shut again. Now her daughter is nowhere to be seen.

Erika was about to take Alice away for a fresh start, far from her troubled past, when the child vanished. How could a four-year-old disappear into thin air?

And with no one to help her, will Erika ever find her daughter?

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 13 Jul 2018

Title: See Her Run

Author: Peggy Townsend

Synopsis: A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Aloa Snow knows what it means to be down and out. Once highly respected, she’s now blackballed, in debt, and dealing with the echoes of an eating disorder. Until she gets one more shot to prove that she has what it takes—with a story some would die for…

After the body of a promising young athlete, Hayley Poole, is recovered in the Nevada desert, authorities rule it a suicide. But when Aloa discovers that the girl’s boyfriend died in a similar accident only months before, her investigative instincts are on high alert. It turns out the girl was on the run from secrets that could kill.

This case is murder for Aloa, and Hayley won’t be the last one to suffer. Someone very powerful forced Hayley to run for her life. Now Aloa must do the same.

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publishing: 01 Jun 2018

Title: The Stranger

AuthorMelanie Raabe

Synopsis: Seven years ago, Philipp Petersen vanished on a trip to Colombia. Since then, his wife Sarah has waited anxiously for his return, while raising their son alone. When she receives news that Philipp has been found alive, she wonders how her husband will be changed, after years in captivity? Sarah is prepared for the worst.

But when the man identified as Philipp arrives at the airport, with the paparazzi swarming, Sarah is stunned. He is not her husband, but a complete stranger. And he threatens Sarah. If she exposes him, he will also tell the whole world something about her, something she desperately wants to hide, something that would destroy her entire life.

Genre: general fiction, mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Text Publishing

Publishing: 09 Oct 2018

Title: The Strange Life of Brandon Chambers

AuthorScott Spotson

Synopsis: Ten-year-old Brandon Chambers is suddenly thrust into a national scandal when his father, a top-ranking captain in the U.S. Army, is implicated in a tragic explosion on the army base while spearheading a top-secret weapons project. During the aftermath, both his parents are labelled as traitors, and he’s haunted by visions he can’t understand.

Brandon struggles through adolescence and college, still troubled by hallucinations that are also witnessed by others, leading him to believe that someone—or something—is deliberately laying clues in his path. Doggedly pursuing one clue at a time, Brandon seeks the answers.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Scott Spotson

Publishing: 01 May 2018

Title: Moon of the Crusted Snow

AuthorWaubgeshig Rice

Synopsis: With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the month’s pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavour to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Genre: literary fiction, general fiction

Publisher: ECW Press

Publishing: 02 Oct 2018

Title: Inside the Bone Box

AuthorAnthony Ferner

Synopsis: Top neurosurgeon Nicholas Anderton is morbidly obese. He doesn’t mind the sweats, the sleep apnoea, or the fact that he can no longer see certain parts of his anatomy. Even the sniggers that come from his registrars, behind what they think are closed doors, won’t make him change. But when mistakes are made and the clinical director starts asking questions, Nicholas knows that things are coming to a head…

Genre: literary fiction, general fiction

Publisher: Fairlight Books

Publishing: 11 Jul 2018

Title: Watch the Girls

AuthorJennifer Wolfe

Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone’s been waiting patiently to finish what was started…

Now fifteen years later, broke and desperate, Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a webseries in which she’ll pose as a real-life private detective–a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept.

Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin. Through social media, someone is leaving breadcrumbs to follow. As Liv makes increasingly disturbing discoveries, her show explodes in popularity. A rapt internet audience is eager to watch it all–perhaps even at the cost of Liv’s own life…

Genre: mysteries & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publishing: 10 Jul 2018

Title: Hardly Children

AuthorLaura Adamczyk

Synopsis: A man hangs from the ceiling of an art gallery. A woman spells out messages to her sister using her own hair. Children deemed “bad” are stolen from their homes. In Hardly Children, Laura Adamczyk’s rich and eccentric debut collection, familiar worlds—bars, hotel rooms, cities that could very well be our own—hum with uncanny dread.

The characters in Hardly Children are keyed up, on the verge, full of desire. They’re lost, they’re in love with someone they shouldn’t be, they’re denying uncomfortable truths using sex or humor. They are children waking up to the threats of adulthood, and adults living with childlike abandon.

With command, caution, and subtle terror, Adamczyk shapes a world where death and the possibility of loss always emerge. Yet the shape of this loss is never fully revealed. Instead, it looms in the periphery of these stories, like an uncomfortable scene viewed out of the corner of one’s eye.

Genre: general fiction

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publishing: 20 Nov 2018

Title: The Bus on Thursday

AuthorShirley Barrett

Synopsis: It wasn’t just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett’s life upside down. It was the cancer. And all the demons that came with it.

One day she felt a bit of a bump when she was scratching her armpit at work. The next thing she knew, her breast was being dissected and removed by an inappropriately attractive doctor, and she was suddenly deluged with cupcakes, judgy support groups, and her mum knitting sweaters.

Luckily, Eleanor discovers Talbingo, a remote little town looking for a primary-school teacher. Their Miss Barker up and vanished in the night, despite being the most caring teacher ever, according to everyone. Unfortunately, Talbingo is a bit creepy. It’s not just the communion-wine-guzzling friar prone to mad rants about how cancer is caused by demons. Or the unstable, overly sensitive kids, always going on about Miss Barker and her amazing sticker system. It’s living alone in a remote cabin, with no cell or Internet service, wondering why there are so many locks on the front door and who is knocking on it late at night.

Genre: general fiction

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publishing: 18 Sep 2018

Title: Running the Graceland

AuthorJohn Slayton

Synopsis: In the summer of ’81, Jack has graduated from high school and is headed out on one last road trip with his friends Curtis and Bruce. He can’t imagine how out of control things are about to get.

When Curtis shoots an old man who catches the boys trespassing, Bruce decides to go home and face the music- but even though Jack knows he may be throwing his life away, he can’t bring himself to abandon his best friend. He and Curtis flee north, directionless and hopeless… until the ghost of Elvis appears in Jack’s dreams, and things take a turn for the bizarre.

If the two boys head to Graceland, promises the King, all will be made right for them. And so, in one last quest for salvation, Jack and Curtis turn toward Memphis– leaving cops, preachers, and all manner of strangeness in their wake.

Genre: general fiction

Publisher: WiseInk

Publishing: 01 May 2018

That’s it for this week everyone! A bigger selection of books this week – maybe you’ll find something you like!

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

11 Replies to “Netgalley Picks of the Week | 5th June”

  1. Interesting! I had to take a long break from NetGalley, just too many enticing books (especially the thrillers, like I could ask for every thriller book they have) and I still have like 30 reviews from there to write. XD

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