Netgalley Picks of the Week | 23rd July, part 1

Netgalley Picks 23 Jul

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

I’VE NOT DONE ONE OF THESE FOR 3 WEEKS!!! THERE’RE SO MANY BOOKS TO CATCH UP WITH!!! So, what I’m going to do this week is post a couple of Netgalley Picks of the Week posts, to get them all uploaded, but not in one ridiculously long post!

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


Title: The Color of Lies

AuthorCJ Lyons

SynopsisHigh school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses—her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.

Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out—he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, teens & YA

Publisher: Blink

Publishing: 06 Nov 2018

Title: Bury the Lead

AuthorArcher Mayor

SynopsisWhen the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent.

At the same time, a large local business is being targeted with escalating acts of vandalism—a warehouse fire, a vandalized truck, a massive cooling system destroyed—resulting in loss of life. And either by coincidence, or not, Mick Durocher, the self-confessed murderer, was once employed by this very company.

These two puzzling cases—now possibly connected—are further complicated by the sidelining of a key member of VBI, Willy Kunkle, who undergoes surgery at a hospital that appears to be having an unlikely—and suspiciously timed—outbreak of Ebola.

Joe and his team pursue these cases, uncovering motives that might link them, while proving that trust betrayed can be a toxic virus, turning love into murderous loathing. Indeed, behind the mayhem and murder, Joe must uncover a tragic history before another victim dies.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publishing: 25 Sep 2018

Title: Black Diamond Fall

AuthorJoseph Olshan

SynopsisLuc Flanders has just finished playing a game of pond hockey with his college roommates when he realizes he has lost something precious and goes back to the ice to find it. He never returns, and the police department in Middlebury, Vermont are divided in their assessment of what may have happened to him. Some feel that Flanders left on his own accord and is deliberately out of touch. Others, including detectives Nick Jenkins and Helen Kennedy, suspect that harm may have come to him. As the search for Luc Flanders widens and intensifies, suspicions about several different people, including his Middlebury College roommates and ex-girlfriend arise. Unfortunately, Sam Solomon an older man with whom Luc has been having a secret relationship, cannot prove his whereabouts during the hours when the younger man may have disappeared and Solomon, too, comes under suspicion. As Luke Flanders disappears, the Robert Frost house near the Middlebury campus is vandalized. And there seems to be a link between the two events that the police are determined to discover.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Polis

Publishing: 18 Sep 2018

Title: Before I Met Him

AuthorJohn Nicholl

SynopsisEvery once in a while the hunters become the hunted…

When Rebecca’s childhood abuser avoids prosecution, it sets her on a path to revenge and soon she is handing out retribution on any man who preys on the innocent.
The twenty-three-year-old poses as a child online and sets her trap, luring one predatory sex offender after another to their deaths.

When a severed head is found washed up on a windswept estuary beach, DI Gravel and his team are called in to investigate.

In what might be his toughest case yet, DI Gravel finds himself asking if vigilante justice is ever justified…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publishing: 24 Jul 2018

Title: Pretty Ugly Lies

AuthorPamela Crane

SynopsisWhat causes a woman to murder her whole family?

Jo’s idyllic life would make most people jealous. Until one day her daughter is abducted and the only way to find her is to unravel her dark past.

Ellie is a devoted wife… until she discovers the pain of betrayal. Now vengeance is all she can think about.

Party-girl Shayla knows how to hide her demons. But when she’s confronted with a life-shattering choice, it will cost her everything.

June knows suffering intimately, though the smile she wears keeps it hidden.

Soon the lives of these four women intersect and one of them is about to snap…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publishing: 18 Jul 2018

Title: The Good Sister

AuthorMorgan Jones

SynopsisA missing daughter. A desperate father. A journey to save them both.

Sofia Mounir’s world is not her own. Her mother is sick, her father broken, the London they live in is dying of greed and self-obsession.

So she flees, to Raqqa: heart of the caliphate, foundation stone of a just world that she will help to build. From violence and sacrifice will grow something beautiful, and she will be part of it. Her faith will be equal to everything asked of her.

Until it isn’t. Until it becomes clear that not all her new brothers’ and sisters’ intentions are as pure as her own. Until even her faith becomes a liability.

Where do you turn, when the future you’ve longed for wants you dead?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Publishing: 02 Oct 2018

Title: The Affair

AuthorSheryl Browne

SynopsisIs he lying? Or is she?

Alicia’s been telling lies. And now they’ve come back to haunt her.

When an old colleague turns up at a party, Alicia comes face to face with the man who has the potential to ruin her perfect family life. He wouldn’t, would he?

In order to keep her secrets, Alicia has to tell yet more lies and when a devastating car accident makes the situation even more dangerous, it’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart. Can secrets really stay hidden forever?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 13 Aug 2018

Title: Before She Sleeps

AuthorBina Shah

SynopsisIn this dystopian thriller, women in the Middle East and South Asia have had their numbers drastically reduced by war, gender selection and disease making the ratio of women to men alarmingly low. The consequence is that women must take multiple husbands in order to produce more female children.

But not all women agree to submit. A female collective in Green City live in a dark underworld known as the Panah, emerging only at night to provide a commodity that nobody can buy: intimate, non-sexual companionship. But not even the most influential men of Green City can shield the women of the Panah from discovery and the dangers of ruthless punishment.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 13 Aug 2018

Title: Flamingo Lane

AuthorTim Applegate

SynopsisChase is a hitman, disillusioned by life and stung by love—and his next hit is the woman who hurt him. As he closes in on his victim, Faye Lindstrom, Chase struggles to find the meditative edge that makes him so deadly. For now, Faye holes up in an isolated farmhouse in Crooked River, but that safe haven will only last until the end of summer, assuming the violence in her past doesn’t catch up to her first.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Publishing: 04 Dec 2018

Title: Keep Her Silent

AuthorTheresa Talbot

SynopsisDo that which is good and no evil shall touch you’

That was the note the so-called Raphael killer left on each of his victims. Everyone in Glasgow – investigative journalist Oonagh O’Neil included – remember the murder of three women in Glasgow which sent a wave of terror through the city. They also remember that he is still at large… When the police investigation into the Raphael killings reopens, Oonagh is given a tip off that leads her straight to the heart of a complex and deadly cover-up. When history starts to repeat itself, it seems the killer is closer than she thinks. Could Oonagh be the next target…?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Aria

Publishing: 21 Aug 2018

Title: The Lies We Told

AuthorCamilla Way

SynopsisA daughter
Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, the apparent delight in hurting others…Sometimes Beth is scared of her and what she could be capable of.

A son
Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is desperate to discover what has happened to him.

A life built on lies
As Clara digs into the past, she realizes that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke’s long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke’s life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. Can Clara find him before it’s too late?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

Publishing: 09 Oct 2018

Title: The Pallbearer

AuthorJordan Farmer

SynopsisLynch, West Virginia, is a husk of a town: houses collapsing, deserted coal mines, the money gone. The residents who have not abandoned their homes find themselves living in poverty with little-to-no job opportunities, fighting for scraps and survival under the rule of Ferris Gilbert—the patriarch of a local family who governs the town with manipulative cruelty.

When Jason Felts, a dwarf and aspiring social worker who lives above the town funeral home, is assigned to counsel one of the Gilbert brothers incarcerated inside a youth correctional facility for possession charges, Ferris Gilbert sees a rare opportunity. He seeks out Jason and insists under threat of violence that he smuggle an ominous package into the jail. Torn between his desire to save the young Gilbert brother from a life of crime and concern for his own safety, Jason must make a life-altering decision. At the same time, Gilbert has his hooks in Terry Blankenship, a strung-out young man desperate to carve out a secret life for himself and his boyfriend. If Terry cannot pay his debts to the Gilberts, he has one choice: kill the local sheriff or face the consequences. Sheriff Thompson is found dead soon after. Now both implicated in serious crimes, Jason and Terry must outrun the law and escape the threat of Ferris Gilbert but there may be nowhere to run . . .

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Publishing: 20 Nov 2018

Title: A Little Bird Told Me

AuthorMarianne Holmes

SynopsisBesides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half?

In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday – except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home.

As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets…

Twelve years later, Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and a town that hasn’t moved on, forced to confront the mystery that haunted her that summer.

And atone for the part she played in it.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Agora Books

Publishing: 13 Sep 2018

Title: Say You’re Sorry

AuthorKaren Rose

SynopsisFBI Special Agent Gideon Reynolds did not have a conventional upbringing. Raised in a cult in Northern California, his mother smuggled him out when he was thirteen, and he never saw her again. It is not a bit of history he is keen on sharing, but being guarded has not gotten him any closer to what he really wants: a family.

Daisy Dawson lived a sheltered childhood. Her father, a former military man, believed that the woman he loved and her daughter were being hunted, so he took extreme measures to keep his family safe. But despite his best efforts, Daisy is done being scared. New to Sacramento, she is ready to jump headfirst into life–until she is attacked one night.

Gideon is caught unawares by Daisy, who is unlike any victim he has ever met. But the attacker is far from finished, and tracking him will threaten to pull Gideon back to the world he fought so hard to leave…

And atone for the part she played in it.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

Publishing: 12 Feb 2019

Title: No Place Like Home

AuthorRebecca Muddiman

Synopsis:What would you do if you came home to find someone in your house?
This is the predicament Polly Cooke faces when she returns to her new home.The first weeks in the house had been idyllic, but soon Jacob, a local man, is watching her. What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly?

In a situation where nothing is what it seems, you might end up regretting letting some people in.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publishing: 06 Aug 2018

So that’s it for part 1! God knows how many parts there will be to this weeks Netgalley posts, but I’m determined to catch up with all the books I missed! Be on the lookout for part 2!

Anyway, 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 | 23rd July, part 1”

  1. I read the very first book in the Joe Gunther series. It’s one of those that just seems to go on forever! As far as i remember, it was pretty cool actually.

    I have one book by Karen Rose as well. I got it cuz it sounded like an intriguing thriller, but i think it was more like romance sort of stuff. I’m not sure it’s my style.

    Pretty Ugly Lies sounds awesome and also Before She Sleeps 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      1. That makes perfect sense! And this is a good way for me to get exposure to some great books that I wouldn’t normally hear about because they’re outside my genre comfort range.

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