Netgalley Picks of the Week | 24th July, part 2

Netgalley Picks 24 Jul

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

No you’re not imagining things, it is Tuesday and I am posting another Netgalley Picks post. If you saw my post yesterday, you will know that I’ve missed out on 3 weeks of doing these posts (due to my holiday) so now I’m catching up! This is part 2… you can check out the 15 books in part 1 here!

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: You Are Not You

AuthorSimon Rosenberg

SynopsisIf you can’t trust your therapist, who can you trust?

“You are not your thoughts.
You are not your past or your future.
You are only your body and this moment right now.”

This is the mantra that therapist Roberta Klein teaches her clients. It is supposed to be reassuring. It is supposed to centre them and keep them in the present. But what if it means something else?

Sam thinks it might. He can’t work out why Roberta is so against his relationship with his new girlfriend Nina. And his therapy sessions are becoming increasingly uncomfortable. It’s like Roberta needs him somehow. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

And that’s when he begins to notice her patients. He’s never met any of them before, but now they are turning up everywhere.

On the streets. Living in his apartment block. In his bedroom at night.

And some of them are showing up dead.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, literary fiction

Publisher: Simon Isaac Rosenberg

Publishing: 15 May 2018

Title: Hard Cider Abbey

AuthorK. P. Cecala

Synopsis:On a West Virginia mountaintop, a small monastery with ancient French roots becomes well-known for its deliciously fermented cider. Brother Odo, barely twenty, arrives from Northern Quebec, only to literally stumble upon the body of the abbey’s librarian and hagiographer, seemingly a suicide. Odo soon bonds with Brother Emerick, a young Appalachian-born combat vet and former opiate addict, who has entered the abbey to find solace and sanity. Convinced their librarian has been murdered, they join forces to root out his killer, but find themselves unraveling a scandalous secret that could destroy the monastery and threaten their own well-being as well.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: K.P. Cecala

Publishing: 15 Aug 2018

Title: The Birthday

AuthorCarol Wyer

SynopsisOne hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home…

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward . A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that ended very badly.

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing: 27 Sep 2018

Title: If They Knew

AuthorJoanna Sefton

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, general fiction

Publisher: Avon Books UK

Publishing: 03 Sep 2018

Title: The Au Pair

AuthorEmma Rous

SynopsisSeraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

Publishing: 08 Jan 2019

Title: The Fallen Architect

AuthorCharles Belfoure

SynopsisSomeone has to take the blame.

When the Britannia Theatre’s balcony collapses, killing over a dozen people, the fingers point at the architect. He should have known better, should have made it safer, should have done something.

Douglas Layton knows the flaw wasn’t in his design, but he can’t fight a guilty verdict. When he is finally released from prison, he has nothing: no job, no family, nowhere to go. He needs to assume a new identity and rebuild his life.

But he soon finds himself digging up the past in a way he never anticipated. If the collapse was not an accident … who caused it? And why? And what if they find out who he used to be?

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Publishing: 09 Oct 2018

Title: Finding Eva

AuthorJ. A. Baker

SynopsisEva is desperate to find her birth parents after spending her childhood in foster care. She leaves London and heads to Whitby in search of her mother and father, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Gareth.

Gareth is furious with Eva. He loved her deeply and the disclosure she made when she ended the relationship is eating away at him.

Celia, Eva’s friend, is concerned about Eva. She has stopped answering her calls and when Celia goes to London to find her, she realises Eva has moved without telling anyone. Celia makes the decision to follow Eva to Whitby, concerned that Eva is unravelling. Both women have been damaged by their childhoods.

When Gareth also decides to go to Whitby, it is the start of a lethal situation.

Who exactly is Eva and why is Celia so concerned?

Some relationships are toxic. Others are deadly.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publishing: 27 Aug 2018

Title: Home

AuthorKaren Osman

SynopsisAngela was just a baby when her mum left her for the last time, and a children’s home is no place to grow up. The home’s manager Ray takes the girls off to his ‘den’ in the garden and the littlies come back crying, and Ray’s wife Kath has special wooden spoons which she saves for beating any of the children who dare to misbehave.

So, when wealthy couple James and Rosemary come to choose a child to adopt, Angela is desperate to escape. But the scars of her childhood remain, and when Angela’s search for her birth mother Evelyn is successful, their reunion is no fairy tale. Soon strange and sinister events start to unfold, and Evelyn fears she may not survive her daughter’s return…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Aria

Publishing: 04 Sep 2018

Title: Forget My Name

AuthorJ. A. Monroe

SynopsisShe came home to find strangers living in her house. But who is she? And who is telling the truth? The new psychological thriller from the 100,000-copy selling author of Find Me.

She arrived into Heathrow after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, she couldn’t remember her own name. All she knew was her own address.

Now she is at the door of Tony and Laura, a young couple living in Wiltshire. She says she lives in their home. They say they have never met her before.

One of them is lying. But which one?

Genre: mystery & thrillers, general fiction

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Publishing: 04 Oct 2018

Title: Kiss Her Goodbye

AuthorSusan Gee

SynopsisKirsten Green is my best friend.
Kirsten Green has gone missing.
I killed Kirsten Green.

Seventeen-year-old Hayley Reynolds is unwanted at home, and an outsider at school. Pushed away by her best friend Kirsten Green, she makes a deliberate, chilling decision – if Kirsten can’t belong to her, then she won’t belong to anyone…

DI Beverley Samuels has the body of a schoolgirl on her hands – a murder that brings back the hauntingly painful memories of the case she’s tried so desperately to forget. There’s something deeply disturbing about this crime – and yet with little hard evidence it’s up to her to decide who she will believe…

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Aria

Publishing: 18 Sep 2018

Title: The Mansion

AuthorEzekiel Boone

SynopsisAfter two years of living on cheap beer and little else in a bitterly cold tiny cabin outside an abandoned, crumbling mansion, young programmers Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford have created something that could make them rich: a revolutionary computer they name Eagle Logic.

But the hard work and escalating tension have not been kind to their once solid friendship—Shawn’s girlfriend Emily has left him for Billy, and a third partner has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While Billy walks away with Emily, Shawn takes Eagle Logic, which he uses to build a multi-billion-dollar company that eventually outshines Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined.

Years later, Billy is a failure, beset by poverty and addiction, and Shawn is the most famous man in the world. Unable to let the past be forgotten, Shawn decides to resurrect his and Billy’s biggest failure: a next-generation computer program named Nellie that can control a house’s every function. He decides to set it up in the abandoned mansion they worked near all those years ago. But something about Nellie isn’t right—and the reconstruction of the mansion is plagued by accidental deaths. Shawn is forced to bring Billy back, despite their longstanding mutual hatred, to discover and destroy the evil that lurks in the source code.

Genre: general fiction, horror

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Publishing: 04 Dec 2018

Title: In the Name of the Children

Author: Jeffrey L. Rinek and Marilee Strong

SynopsisIn the Name of the Children gives an unflinching look at what it’s like to fight a never-ending battle against an enemy far more insidious than terrorists: the predators, lurking amongst us, who seek to harm our children.

During his 30-year career with the FBI, Jeff Rinek worked hundreds of investigations involving crimes against children: from stranger abduction to serial homicide to ritualized sexual abuse. Those who do this kind of work are required to plumb the depths of human depravity, to see things no one should ever have to see—and once seen can never forget. There is no more important—or more brutal—job in law enforcement, and few have been more successful than Rinek at solving these sort of cases.

Most famously, Rinek got Cary Stayner to confess to all four of the killings known as the Yosemite Park Murders, an accomplishment made more extraordinary by the fact that the FBI nearly pinned the crimes on the wrong suspects. Rinek’s recounting of the confession and what he learned about Stayner provides perhaps the most revelatory look ever inside the psyche of a serial killer and a privileged glimpse into the art of interrogation.

In the Name of the Children takes readers into the trenches of real-time investigations where every second counts and any wrong decision or overlooked fact can have tragic repercussions. Rinek offers an insider’s perspective of the actual case agents and street detectives who are the boots on the ground in this war at home. By placing us inside the heart and mind of a rigorously honest and remarkably self-reflective investigator, we will see with our own eyes what it takes—and what it costs—to try to keep our children safe and to bring to justice those who prey on society’s most vulnerable victims.

With each chapter dedicated to a real case he worked, In the Name of the Children also explores the evolution of Rinek as a Special Agent—whose unorthodox, empathy-based approach to interviewing suspects made him extraordinarily successful in obtaining confessions—and the toll it took to have such intimate contact with child molesters and murderers. Beyond exploring the devastating impact of these unthinkable crimes on the victims and their families, this book offers an unprecedented look at how investigators and their loved ones cope while living in the spectre of so much suffering.

Genre: biographies & memoirs, true crime

Publisher: BenBella Books

Publishing: 17 Jul 2018

Title: Down the Broken Road

AuthorJ. R. Backlund

SynopsisRachel Carver’s career with the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation came to a shuddering halt after her last case led to the collateral death of an innocent woman and a shameful cover-up by her superiors, She’s turned in her badge and is settling in to a new life as a legal investigator – but Rachel’s past won’t leave her alone. While on assignment for a prominent law firm, she uncovers a link between a recent grizzly murder and the case that ruined her career. The discovery is no coincidence. A hidden player is manipulating Rachel into uncovering the truth once and for all. And the stakes turn even deadlier when the killer strikes again.

On the run and desperate for answers, she peels back the layers of the victims’ lives – and discovers a shocking litany of murder and lies that began in a moment of fury on the front lines of the war in Afghanistan, and now threatens to claim even more victims.

Even if Rachel can prove her innocence, she might not be able to save her own life in Down the Broken Road, the second pulse-pounding novel in J. R. Backlund’s Rachel Carver mysteries.

Genre: mystery & thrillers

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Publishing: 19 Oct 2018

Title: The Valley

AuthorSteve Hawke

SynopsisA murder in the remote bush in 1916 sparks a chain of events that will haunt a family for generations. Hidden in the refuge of a secret valley, their tiny community lives unknown to the world. When, a century later, Broome schoolboy Dancer falls foul of the local bikie gang, he and his father head up the Gibb River Road. Here, in a maze of rugged ranges and remote communities, Dancer begins to unravel the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of Milly Rider, the mother he never knew. But the valley hides its secrets well. As Dancer learns the ways of his mother’s country, he uncovers a precious inheritance – one not even those closest to Milly expected to find.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, literary fiction

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publishing: 01 Oct 2018

Title: The Current

AuthorTim Johnston

SynopsisIn the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their automobile from the icy Black Root River. One is pronounced dead at the scene, while the other, Audrey Sutter, daughter of the town’s retired sheriff, survives. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them. Determined to find answers, Audrey soon realizes that she’s connected to the earlier unsolved case by more than just the river. And as she plunges deeper into her own investigation, she begins to unearth long-hidden secrets and stoke the violence simmering just below the surface of her hometown.

Genre: mystery & thrillers, literary fiction

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Publishing: 22 Jan 2019

So that’s it for part 2! I can still see there being a part 3, and maybe even a part 4 on the way this week, look out for those!

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

20 Replies to “Netgalley Picks of the Week | 24th July, part 2”

  1. You always have so many excellent selections from NetGalley, it makes me want to request them all! The premise of Forget My Name reminds me a lot of Before I Go to Sleep, hopefully the story has a more interesting take on the whole memory loss theme.

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