January 2018 Book Haul

Hey everyone,

It’s book haul time 🙂

For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books, ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

  1. The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
  2. The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths
  3. The Game by Tom Wood
  4. The Dinner by Herman Koch
  5. Close To Home by Cara Hunter
  6. Die Last by Tony Parsons
  7. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  8. Punishment by Scott J. Holliday
  9. Nightblind US edition by Ragnar Jónasson
  10. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
  11. Past Echoes by Graham Smith
  12. Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield
  13. White Midnight by Daniel Culver
  14. Body & Soul by John Harvey
  15. I Still Dream by James Smythe
  16. Obscura by Joe Hart
  17. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty
  18. Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis
  19. Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb
  20. Our House by Louise Candlish
  21. The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste
  22. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
  23. Stateline by  Dave Stanton
  24. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
  25. A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard
  26. Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker
  27. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
  28. Those That Remain by Rob Ashman
  29. Coldmaker by Daniel A. Cohen
  30. Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
  31. King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist
  32. The Fandom by Anna Day
  33. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
  34. My Name is Nobody by Matthew Richardson

How good was I in January!? 🙂 Only 34 books, and I’ve already managed to read TEN of them!

 

Have you read any of the books on the list? Would you?!

Do let me know in the comments!

Until next time… 🙂

 

Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates

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About the book:

The year is 1982, the setting an Edenic hamlet some 90 miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends—Patrick, Matthew and Hannah— are bound together by a single, terrible, and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves could never have predicted, the three meet again–with even more devastating results.

Click HERE to order your copy!

My thoughts:

Grist Mill Road was a book I had liked the look of on Netgalley so I was delighted to be approved to read it. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed the change of pace with this one.

The book jumps back and forward in time between Patrick, Matthew and Hannah and recounts a terrible event in 1982 versus how they are living their respective lives twenty six years later.

Character is key with this one. Each character has their own stuff going on, and I liked how the author managed to give the reader little bits of information on each throughout the book without actually giving away too much. The three characters are well-developed too, and they all have their own unique voices. Their pasts are intricately linked, and the author does a great job of tying it all together.

This is less of a whodunnit and more of a whydunnit. The reader learns early on what happened, and then gets all sides of the story as the book progresses. It takes a bit of time to get there though, but ultimately, the journey is well worth it.

Grist Mill Road is more thoughtful than your usual crime thrillers. It’s not as punchy, and it focuses on character development more than the actual crime itself. I really enjoyed the story, not least because it was a welcome change of pace from the norm for me.

Recommended for sure!

 

The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

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*Many thanks to the publishers for my review copy!

About the book:

YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 
YOU CAN PRESERVE A HANDFUL OF SPECIAL MEMORIES FOR EVER. 
WHICH ONES WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

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True death is a thing of the past. Now you can spend the rest of eternity re-living your happiest memories: that first kiss, falling in love, the birth of your children, enjoyed on loop for ever and ever.

Isobel is a Heaven Architect, and she helps dying people create afterlives from these memories. So when she falls for Jarek, one of her terminal – and married – clients, she knows that while she cannot save him, she can create the most beautiful of heavens, just for him.

But when Jarek’s wife is found dead, Isobel uncovers a darker side of the world she works within, and she can trust no one with what she finds…

Published by Quercus in February, you can pre-order your copy by clicking the link below:

The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

My thoughts:

Imagine you could employ someone to build you a Heaven. A place designed completely from your memories and thoughts. Would you do it? In The Memory Chamber, that’s what Holly Cave is selling. The happiest of memories to tide you over in Heaven, that you can re-live forever. It’s definitely an intriguing concept.

In The Memory Chamber, we meet Heaven Architect Isobel. Its her job to create your Heaven. When she meets and subsequently falls for her client, Jarek, that’s where the problems arise. Initially, she wants to create the best Heaven for him, but when his wife is found dead, it opens up a can of worms both professionally and personally for Isobel.

What follows is quite a dark journey through a world that we know, but we don’t know. There is much more to being a Heaven Architect than we are initially told, and from there the story goes in quite an unusual direction.

The Memory Chamber has a very unique and original concept at its core. I love the idea that you could create this for yourself for when you die, but alas, it’s not real! The characters are interesting, and the story is nicely paced. A few twists and turns to be found, but the USP for this is definitely the concept.

I really enjoyed this one. I flew through it in a day because I needed to know what happened! It is definitely an intriguing read!

Recommended for sure!

December 2017 Book Haul

Hey everyone,

It’s the first day of 2018, and that means it’s book haul time 🙂

For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books (a LOT of bought books), ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

I’m not going to beat around the bush, here’s a list of what I added to my shelves in December:

  1. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
  2. Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates
  3. Brain Damage by J. A. St.  Thomas
  4. Hangman by Daniel Cole
  5. An Engineered Justice by William L. Myers Jr.
  6. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  7. Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic
  8. Vanished by Tim Weaver
  9. Fever by Deon Meyer
  10. The Mountain by Luca D’Andrea
  11. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
  12. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  13. The Treatment by C. L. Taylor
  14. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  15. Blame by Jeff Abbott
  16. The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
  17. Contagion by Teri Terry
  18. Stags by M. A. Bennett
  19. The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver
  20. Cold Blood by Robert  Bryndza
  21. Perfect Prey by Helen  Fields
  22. The Midnight Lie by Lee Child
  23. Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
  24. Say Nothing by Brad Parker
  25. Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson
  26. City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
  27. The Wolf by Leo Carew
  28. You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks
  29. The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson
  30. Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson
  31. Slow Horses by Mick Herron
  32. Dark Skies by LJ Ross
  33. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and Jim Kay  (illustrated version)
  34. A Known Evil by Aidan Conway
  35. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  36. The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  37. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
  38. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  39. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
  40. Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
  41. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
  42. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  43. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  44. House of Beauty by Melba Escobar
  45. Freefall by Adam Hamdy

And there you have it. 45 books isn’t too bad i the grand scheme of things I guess! Haha! Here’s a small selection of the books:

 

Have you read any of the books on my list?? Would you read any? Do let me know in the comments below!

Happy New Year 🙂

Brain Damage by J. A. St. Thomas @jas0603

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About the book:

I open my eyes and I’m close enough to kiss a dead girl.

Three years ago, sixteen year old Desmond Linc almost died in the car accident that killed his brother. Now he’s all but forgotten the damage, a dead space in his brain physicians swore would never awaken.

But it has.

Terrified he’s losing his mind, Des comes face to face with the tortured ghosts of his hometown. The black hole in his head is a doorway to the afterlife and the dead come telling secrets and lies and wielding accusations like scythes.

They tell the truth about one thing though, a killer has come to Northwood

Buy the book:

Brain Damage by J. A. St. Thomas

My thoughts:

I hadn’t heard of Brain Damage until fellow book raver Liz B over at Liz Loves Books reviewed it, and subsequently sang its praises. Naturally, my ears pricked up because Liz and I share quite similar tastes most of the time, so I was intrigued enough to hop over to Netgalley to request a copy to read.

I am SO GLAD, because Brain Damage is one of those hidden gem kinda books. You know the sort, it just slips out under the radar, but if you don’t read it you are missing out! Well that definitely applies to Brain Damage. A genre mash-up, and one that works brilliantly in and outside of the usual parameters expected.

We meet Des, a teen who survived an accident that killed his older brother, Donovan. He is living in the shadow of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and following a party and another knock to his head, he starts to see dead people. It sounds crazy, and he thinks he’s crazy. Not least because TBI can cause hallucinations as one of its after-effects.

This paves the way for the story to become almost like a ghost story, but other things are going on in the plot that also weave in the murder/ mystery element. And the author does this beautifully. I found the writing to be so engaging, and I became a little attached to Des to be honest. I couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to know why Des was seeing these horrific things, and what their purpose was in his life!

Brain Damage was a really compelling novel. There are a number of YA themes running through this one too. Friendships, cliques, sexuality, relationships, things we all go through in one for or another, and the author tackled them really well.

The visions/ hallucinations are frightening in their description. Creepy and vivid they made me shudder more than once. But its in these moments that we see the strength in Des’s character. The determination to find out whats going on, not just to him, but to those he is seeing. And to take care of those around him.

I raced through Brain Damage in a handful of sittings. I became invested in Des’s character, and I found myself staring at the end of the book wishing it wasn’t over. I want more. I would love to catch up with Des in the aftermath of the events in Brain Damage, even though the ending was nicely done, I think he has more to do!

Clever, emotional, creepy, yet tender at some points, I really enjoyed this one! Thanks to Liz for bringing it to my attention.

Highly recommended!

 

 

November 2017 Book Haul

Hey everyone,

It’s book haul time 🙂 And a few days late, AGAIN!!!

For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books (a LOT of bought books), ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

I was REALLY good in November with my book buying. I’m still trying to make a dent in my TBR, so I think I’m conscious of not buying all the books, no matter how much I want them! So without further ado, here are the books that I got in November…

  1. Now You See by Max Manning
  2. Zero Hour by Eamon Ambrose
  3. Close to Home by Robert Dugoni
  4. The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh
  5. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  6. Did You See Melody by Sophie Hannah
  7. Devil’s Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman
  8. Evidence by Jonathan Kellerman
  9. Killer by Jonathan Kellerman
  10. Self-Defence by Jonathan Kellerman
  11. Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
  12. All The Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J Church
  13. A Good Time to be a Girl by Helena Morrissey
  14. The Sister by Louise Jensen
  15. A Map of the Dark by Karin Ellis
  16. The Good Mothers by Alex Perry
  17. The Wedding Savages by Sabri Louatah
  18. The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
  19. Briefly Maiden by Jacqueline Chadwick – Read that review HERE
  20. Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan
  21. Dead Lemons by Finn Bell

And that’s it. I KNOW!!!! And I even managed to read 17 books in November, bringing me up to 177 books read, or 178 at the time of typing this, so I’m pretty pleased with that!

Have you read any of these? Would you read any? As always, let me know in the comments!

Here’s what I read in November:

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And a handful of the books I got throughout the month:

Until next time…

Happy reading 🙂

 

The Death File by J. A. Kerley

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About the author:

John Albert Kerley is an American author. He spent 20 years in a successful advertising career before writing his first book, The Hundredth Man.

He currently lives in Newport, Kentucky, and is married with two children. He enjoys the outdoors, particularly fishing.

He is the author of the acclaimed Alabama-set series of Carson Ryder novels

About the book:

Detective Carson Ryder returns, on the trail of a brutal killer with mysterious motives.

Detective Carson Ryder returns with his most mind-bending case yet…

Two psychologists are murdered 2000 miles apart – one in Phoenix, Arizona, one in Miami, Florida.

Amazingly, both have noted down the name of Carson Ryder – a detective with the Florida Center for Law Enforcement who specializes in catching psychopathic killers.

Carson joins forces with troubled Phoenix Detective Tasha Novarro to trace a ruthless killer whose advantages include an uncanny talent for persuasion, an utter lack of remorse, and the horrifying ability to predict their every move. A killer even Carson might not be capable of stopping…

The Death File by J. A. Kerley

My thoughts:

I have been a fan of Jack Kerley’s books since I stumbled upon The Hundredth Man a few years ago. I promptly bought the following books in the Carson Ryder series, and I flew through them. I was delighted to see that number 13 in the series, The Death File, was being published in October and I hopped onto Netgalley to read an early copy.

Carson Ryder is one of my most favourite series leads. Along with Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch and Jefferson Winter, Ryder stands deservedly amongst these brilliant main characters and fits in perfectly. Honest, hard-working and dedicated, Ryder is a really excellent character to read about. Throw in his buddy, Harry Nautilus, and then it gets even better. Harry is his port in a storm, his true true north in terms of a partner. Harry is definitely the guy you want to have your back.

In The Death File, Ryder has relocated from Alabama to Florida. Called to investigate the murder of a psychologist, things turn weird for Ryder when another psychologist is murdered in Arizona. The weird thing is his name has been found in the vicinity of the both of the deceased, and everyone wants to know why.

The cases merge, drawing in some new and unsavoury characters into the mix. This leads to some scary situations for all concerned, and it ramps up the tension quite well. The plot is more intricate than I first assumed, and I found myself unable to weave the threads together until it was there on the page in front of me! Needless to say, I was well hooked at that stage!

The Death File is the thirteenth book in the series, and I think Jack Kerley has found a great way to keep the series current and relevant. Carson Ryder has definitely been keeping up with all of the advances in investigation and technology over the years.

Listen, without spoiling the plot, I can’t say much more. I will say that I would highly recommend this book, and the entire series too. You can read this one without reading the others though, it works fine. BUT I do think if you like great detective series, you’d do well to start with The Hundredth Man!

Highly recommended!

(I’m off to find my Carson Ryder books so I can add them to my shelves to re-read!)

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