New Netgalley Books | 23rd October

Netgalley Picks 23 Oct

Hello everyone! It’s time that my standard Netgalley Picks of the Week posts had a little revamp! And by that I mean I don’t want to force myself to make the posts each week on Monday, so I’m going to make them whenever I feel like it and include new books that have been uploaded sporadically.

I’m also going to switch up the way I style these posts, instead of putting in all the publisher and publishing date information etc I’m going to include my own thoughts on the book.


The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Synopsis: Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbor, their homes four hours’ drive apart.

The third brother lies dead at their feet.

Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere.

So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. Amidst the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than one among them is at risk of crumbling as the weight of isolation bears down on them all.


I love Aus focused fiction and even though I wasn’t in love with Harper’s first book ‘The Dry’, I like the fact that this one is a standalone!


Secrets Between Us by Valerie Keogh

Synopsis: One letter a week for fifteen years. 780 identical white envelopes brimming with my sister’s darkest secrets. All the intimate details of a life as different to mine as could possibly be.

I read each letter slowly to make sure I understand it perfectly, one day very soon it will be a matter of life and death…

At the end of each letter, after signing her name, there is always one final sentence:

Don’t forget to burn this letter.

I’ll let you decide if I do…


Honestly, I don’t pay much attention to Bookouture books because I tend to find their synopses cliche and the books from this publisher that I have read already, I haven’t loved. However, the plot for this book sounds really good and eerie! It’s a shame the cover is so crappy.

Call Me Evie by J. P. Pomare

Synopsis: For the past two weeks, seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet has lived against her will in an isolated cabin in a remote beach town–brought there by a mysterious man named Bill. Part captor, part benefactor, Bill calls her Evie and tells her he’s hiding her to protect her. That she did something terrible one night back home in Melbourne–something so unspeakable that he had no choice but to take her away. The trouble is, Kate can’t remember the night in question.

The fragments of Kate’s shattered memories of her old life seem happy: good friends, a big house in the suburbs, a devoted boyfriend. Bill says he’ll help her fill in the blanks–but his story isn’t adding up. And as she tries to reconcile the girl she thought she’d been with the devastating consequences Bill claims she’s responsible for, Kate will unearth secrets about herself and those closest to her that could change everything. 


This book could be fantastic or really bad, I feel like there isn’t going to be much in between. I love a captive story, I can only pray that it’s not as bad as Baby Doll was!

The Listeners by Anthony J. Quinn

Synopsis: Not long out of the fast-track training course at Edinburgh’s police college, Detective Sergeant Carla Herron is about to be tested to breaking point.

She’s been called to Deepwell psychiatric hospital in the Scottish borders to interview a patient who has confessed to the murder of one of the hospital’s psychotherapists. The confession is vividly detailed, but for a man locked in a secure ward and under 24-hour surveillance, it is also utterly impossible.

So why can’t the supposedly murdered psychotherapist be contacted? Why are the hospital staff so secretive, so difficult to work with? Why have other Deepwell patients have made disturbingly similar confessions over the past year? Against the advice of her superiors, Carla delves deeper into the hospital’s past and is plunged into a labyrinth of jealousies, lies and hallucinations.

Struggling to separate fact from fantasy, Carla embarks on a chilling trail through the bleak uplands and dark forests of the Scottish borders, every step taking her closer to a final – deadly – reckoning.


This sounds like it could be super creepy! Set in a secretive psychiatric hospital and about a possible murder? Seems like the perfect read to me!

The Poison Bed by Elizabeth Fremantle

Synopsis: A marriage. A murder. One of them did it. Which of them will die for it?

In the autumn of 1615, scandal rocks the Jacobean court, when a celebrated couple, Robert and Frances Carr, are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. Frances is young, captivating, and from a notorious family. She has been rescued from an abusive marriage by Robert, and is determined to make a new life for herself. Whatever the price.

Robert is one of the richest and most famous men in the kingdom. He has risen from nothing to become one of the country’s most powerful men. But to get to the top, you cannot help making enemies. 

Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake. Now a man is dead. And someone must pay with their life. 

Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose? And who is willing to commit murder?


I feel like I’ve featured this book on a Netgalley post before but the cover on this one is so enticing. The fact that it’s a historical murder mystery makes this book super desirable in my eyes!

The Glovermaker by Ann Weigarber

Synopsis: For almost four years, men came to my cabin carrying trouble on their backs, each one haunted and looking over their shoulders. They showed up during the spring, they appeared in the summer and early fall. But never now, never in January… 

Winter, 1888. In the inhospitable lands of Utah Territory, glovemaker Deborah Tyler awaits her husband’s return home after months working across the state. But as his due date comes and goes without a word, Deborah starts to fear the worst. Facing a future alone, matters are only compounded when a desperate stranger arrives on her doorstep. And with him, trouble.

For although the man claims just to need a place to rest for the night, he wouldn’t be here in the bitter month of January if he wasn’t on the run. And where he goes, lawmen are sure to follow. Lawmen who wouldn’t think twice about burning Deborah’s home to the ground if they thought she’d helped their fugitive.

With her husband’s absence felt stronger by the minute, Deborah must make a decision. A decision that will change her life forever.


Another book with the most stunning of covers! That’s how you grab a reader attention. I really love historical novels set in rural settings with mysterious visitors, which may sound pretty specific but appears in quite a few books!

The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

Synopsis: The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple’s younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone—rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople—had an opinion about Lizzie Borden’s guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn’t she?

The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden’s culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.


The synopsis isn’t wrong when it says this case has fascinated people for years! I love the story of the Lizzie Borden murders and I’m constantly battling whether I think she did it or not!

Judas by Astrid Holleeder

Synopsis: Willem Holleeder is one of the most notorious criminals in contemporary history. Best known for his involvement in the 1983 kidnapping of Alfred Heineken, CEO and Chairman of Heineken, and his infamous 2006 trial in which he was convicted of extortion, money laundering and membership of a criminal organization, Willem Holleeder captured the attention of the world. What few knew was how Willem had terrorized, extorted and threatened his family for thirty years, just as his alcoholic father – an employee at Heineken – had dominated and mistreated the family for years. Children, sisters, women, in-laws and mother: no one escaped the despotic behaviour of father and son.

But Willem’s latest conviction is quickly becoming the trial of the century. Charged for his involvement in multiple assassinations, including that of his former partner and brother-in-law, Willem is finally being put on trial for murder, all due to the shocking and incriminating testimony of his own family. Having spent years as his unwilling consigliere, Willem’s own sister Astrid is finally breaking her silence and going on the record.

In this stunning memoir, Astrid finally reveals decades of familial manipulation and fear and her own thrilling experience working as a double cross, preserving enough trust to attain the information that would convict her brother for life.


I’ve been seeing this book a lot recently, I almost bought it when I popped into a Waterstones the other day! I’ve not actually heard of Willem Holleeder or his crimes before but it definitely sounds like a case I’d like to go to know! I also love the attention-grabbing title and cover of this book.

That’s all for today folks! I hope you like this new style of Netgalley Picks posts – there will definitely be fewer books featured each time I do these as I want to focus my attention on the best of the best uploads, ones that even I’ll be adding to my TBR!

Have any of these books grabbed your attention too?

21 Replies to “New Netgalley Books | 23rd October”

  1. I’ve been seeing that Judas book a lot lately too, and also hadn’t heard anything about him or his crimes. It sounds interesting though!
    And definitely the Lizzie Borden book sounds amazing. I just read an analysis of that case by an FBI profiler in another book and he made a pretty convincing case for her guilt. I’m so interested to see what new things this author has unearthed to add to that story!

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  2. Yay to revamping this post! Jane Harper’s new novel is definitely one I want to read. But I had no idea about The Trial of Lizzie Borden, that is a must-read, I’ve only read the fictional account – See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, so I definitely want to read more about this fascinating case!

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  3. Love the revamp Zuky.
    I have The Lost Man on my kindle if you fancy another buddy read?
    I really enjoyed The Dry (4 stars) and loved buddy reading it with you. I really didn’t like her second book tho (big fat DNF), so fingers crossed I feel better about this one is better! x

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    1. I haven’t actually got a copy of The Lost Man because I’m not reading on my Kindle anymore, I find it gives me a headache. I would love to do another buddy read with you at some point though it was fun!! Maybe we could have a look through each others Goodreads shelves and see what other books we share on there? 🙂

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      1. I can completely relate to not reading on the kindle. I don’t enjoy it half as much if I’m honest. Yes that sounds like a plan! I hope your reading slump is coming to an end and your starting to enjoy books a little more again?! x

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  4. UGH so many interesting ones! I’ve been really good by not requesting any books for the past month… but also only reading one e-ARC this month hahaha! I think I might request for The Glovemaker though, it’s been ages since I read a really really good historical novel.

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