May Book Haul

So it’s the 1st of June, and I’m actually getting my May book haul post done ON TIME for once!๐Ÿ˜‚

Someday, I’ll do this post with photos for each of the books, but until such a time as my haul is less than 20 books (I know, not going to happen! ๐Ÿ™ˆ) then it’s just going to have to be a list with whatever photos I can find at the bottom of the post! ๐Ÿ˜‰

May saw many beautiful books coming to Chez Bibliophile. Between my 30 books for turning 30, ARC’s from publishers and authors, Netgalley, competitions AND the books I bought myself, there’s a ton of books on this list! So without further ado, I give you my May book haul…

  1. The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
  2. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
  3. Marked by David Jackson
  4. The Helper by David Jackson
  5. Breaking Dead by Corrie Jackson
  6. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  7. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  8. Sins of the Father by David Harrison
  9. Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni
  10. Murder In The Genes: The Trilogy by Jams N. Roses
  11. Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates
  12. Blackwater Lake by Maggie James
  13. Random by Craig Robertson
  14. Shallow Waters by Rebecca Bradley
  15. Skin and Bones by Tom Bale
  16. Savage Run by CJ Box
  17. Terror’s Reach by Tom Bale
  18. Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald
  19. The Cold Cold Sea by Linda Huber
  20. Missing Girls: In Truth Is Justice by Larry Crane
  21. Snake Skin by CJ Lyons
  22. The Ocean At the End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
  23. Play Dead by Angela Marsons
  24. Outside Looking In by Michael Wood
  25. Willow Walk by SJI Holliday
  26. Killer Year edited (AND SIGNED!!!) by Lee Child
  27. Missing You by Harlan Coben
  28. Half Lost by Sally Green
  29. The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander
  30. Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  31. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  32. The Rainmaker by John Grisham
  33. The Conspiracy Club by Jonathan Kellerman
  34. The Revenant by Michael Punke
  35. Bone by Bone by Carol O’Connell
  36. Fallen by Karin Slaughter
  37. Cuckoo by Julia Crouch
  38. 1st To Die by James Patterson
  39. The Accident by Chris Pavone
  40. Promise Me by Harlan Coben
  41. Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason
  42. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
  43. David Beckham by David Beckham
  44. Dust To Dust by Tami Hoag
  45. Ice Station by Matthew Reilly
  46. Slash and Burn by Matt Hilton
  47. Open Season by CJ Box
  48. Winter Kill by CJ Box
  49. Dead of Winter by Lee Weeks
  50. The Burning by Jane Casey
  51. Snow Drops by A.D Miller
  52. Dust by Hugh Howey
  53. Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver
  54. Cut and Run by Matt Hilton
  55. Time Bomb by Jonathan Kellerman
  56. Fallen Idols by Neil White
  57. Run by Jeff Abbott
  58. Silent Prey by John Sandford
  59. The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
  60. The Trap by Melanie Raabe
  61. After The Crash by Michael Bussi
  62. Back Of Beyond by CJ Box
  63. Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay
  64. The 500 by Matthew Quirk
  65. Daddy’s Girl by Lisa Scottoline
  66. The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver
  67. Blind Faith by CJ Lyons
  68. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (signed 1st edition for โ‚ฌ1!!!!)
  69. The Plea by Steve Cavanagh (signed 1st edition)
  70. Montecristo by Martin Suter
  71. As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka
  72. As White As Snow by Salla Simukka
  73. As Black as Ebony by Salla Simukka
  74. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  75. Sins of the Father by David Harrison (signed by the author competition win!)
  76. Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen
  77. Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley
  78. Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus
  79. When we Collided by Emery Lord
  80. The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda
  81. Streets Of Darkness by A. A. Dhand
  82. The Caller by Mel Comley and Tara Lyons

Well, I knew there was a lot, but I didn’t think there was EIGHTY TWO!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Maybe I can hope that this month I won’t buy so many books ๐Ÿ˜‚

Are there any on there you’ve read or what to read?! Do leave me a comment and let me know ๐Ÿ˜Š

Until next month… Happy shopping ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“š

 

March Book Haul

I’m not going to lie… I got a lot of books this month! ๐Ÿ™ˆ I bought them, got approved on Netgalley, some signed copies from competition wins, and had some ARC’s sent to me. So it’s really not my fault ๐Ÿ˜Š

  

I’m afraid to tally it up considering it’s taken up a few pages in a notebook, but I’ll number the list and throw in any pics I have of them at the end but I won’t do it for them all or I’ll be here all night trying to do the post up ๐Ÿ˜‚

*whispers* there’s eighty nine books on the list…. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Incidentally, I also treated myself to a new Kindle and case at the beginning of the month as they were reduced a bit on Amazon! My Mother’s Day gift to myself ๐Ÿ˜Š

 
Anyway, I digress as usual! Without further delay, here are all the lovely books that have made it to Chez Bibliophile this month (*takes a deep breath*)

  1. Fear by Jeff Abbott
  2. Panic by Jeff Abbott
  3. Caught by Harlan Coben
  4. Six Years by Harlan Coben
  5. Hold Tight by Harlan Coben 
  6. Backspin by Harlan Coben
  7. No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
  8. The Associate by John Grisham
  9. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
  10. The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross
  11. The Broken Window by Jeffrey Deaver
  12. Live Bait by PJ Tracy
  13. The Disciple by Steven Dunne
  14. Fragile Mind by Claire Seeber 
  15. Wicked Game by Matt Johnson
  16. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  17. Guilt by Association by Marcia Clarke
  18. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
  19. Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
  20. White Nights Ann Cleeves 
  21. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  22. Vendetta by Dreda Say Mitchell
  23. The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
  24. Sewing The Shadows Together by Alison Baillie
  25. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
  26. The Santangelos by Jackie Collins
  27. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  28. Cut by Marc Raabe
  29. Tag, You’re Dead by JC Lane
  30. Raven Sisters by Gabi Kreslehiner
  31. See How They Run by Tom Bale
  32. The Long Count by JM Gulvin
  33. River Road by Carol Goodman
  34. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
  35. The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
  36. #MysteryThriller ๐Ÿ˜
  37. Sleep Sister by Laura Elliot
  38. My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
  39. Rage by Jonathan Kellerman
  40. The Butcher’s Theatre by Jonathan Kellerman
  41. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton
  42. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
  43. Blood On The Tongue by Stephen Booth
  44. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  45. The Burning Air by Erin Kelly
  46. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
  47. Heavenfield by LJ Ross
  48. Case 48: The Kidnapping of Isaiah Rae by Emma Kavanagh
  49. The Boat House by Mark Sennen 
  50. The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home
  51. The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea by Mark Douglas-Home
  52. Death of a Diva by Derek Farrell
  53. The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir 
  54. Reacher Said Nothing by Andy Martin
  55. Maestra by LS Hilton
  56. The Hollow Men by Rob McCarthy
  57. The Night Manager by John Le Carrรฉ
  58. City Of Shadows by MJ Lee
  59. Death In Shanghai by MJ Lee
  60. Three by Conrad Jones (signed)
  61. A Tapping At My Door by David Jackson
  62. The Missing by CL Taylor
  63. The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele
  64. A Time To Die (Winterlong) by Mason Cross
  65. Too Close for Comfort by Adam Croft
  66. Dregs by Jรธrn Lier Horst
  67. Closed for Winter by Jรธrn Lier Horst
  68. Ordeal by Jรธrn Lier Horst 
  69. After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell
  70. The Last Thing I Remember by Deborah Bee
  71. Cry Baby by David Jackson
  72. Give It Back by Danielle Esplin
  73. Pariah by David Jackson
  74. The Hunting Dogs by Jรธrn Lier Horst
  75. Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwait
  76. Resthaven by Erik Therme
  77. Distress Signals by Catherine Howard
  78. Two Evils by Mark Sennen
  79. Song of the Dead by Douglas Linskey
  80. In The Shadows by Tara Lyons (signed)
  81. Holy Island by LJ Ross (signed)
  82. Sycamore Gap by LJ Ross (signed)
  83. Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus
  84. Never Tell by Claire Seeber
  85. Trouble by Jesse Kellerman
  86. Fresh Blood by Tony Parsons
  87. False Hearts by Laura Lam
  88. 26 Miles to the Moon by Andrew Males
  89. Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

   
    
    
    
    
    

   

So, quite a lot of books made it into my shelves this month! ๐Ÿ˜‚ All I can say is…

  

Any on the list you have? Want to read? Let me know in the comments! 

See you next month for hopefully a much smaller book haul… ๐Ÿ˜‚ (yeah right!!!) 
    
 

The Missing by C.L. Taylor

The Missing

Thanks to Avon Books, Netgalley and C.L. Taylor for my copy of the missing. I was lucky enough to be approved on Netgalley and had a copy sent to me as well for which I’m very grateful.

About the book (via Goodreads):ย 

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do youโ€ฆ?

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire Wilkinson, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsonโ€™s are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

Claire is sure of two things โ€“ that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.

A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it?

 

My thoughts:

The Missing is one of those books that you know, especially as a parent, will discuss one of your worst nightmares. Fear of losing your child, in any way shape or form.

When Billy Wilkinson disappears in the middle of the night, his mother Claire and the rest of the family each blame themselves. Six months later and following a disastrous appeal, the family essentially begins to fall apart.

What follows is the harrowing account of Claire’s decent into psychological turmoil as she begins to experience fugue states. This makes for surreal reading, because it can actually happen and it’s frightening. The author has done a great job of staying true to Claire’s traumatic experiences, and they add a huge amount of tension to the story as you are in the dark as much as Claire is as regards what happens when she is in a fugue state.

Along with Claire, the rest of the family are all having difficulty with Billy’s disappearance still unsolved. C.L. Taylor deals brilliantly with each character and their reactions. The family all have secrets, and The Missing is a book that shows you just how much damage harbouring these secrets can do whether you realise it or not.

The Missing is interspersed with Whatsapp messages between chapters. These messages essentially throw the reader as you know someone is doing something they shouldn’t be, with someone they shouldn’t. The senders are only revealed towards the end of the book and I, for one, didn’t expect it. I like the way social media is portrayed in the book as it has such a massive bearing on the lives of young people today and just how dangerous it can be when it’s used unwisely.

I loved this book and hated it at the same time. As a mother my heart breaks for people who have had to endure the trauma of a missing child, in real life or in fiction. I cannot imagine what people go through, but books like this make me hug my kids a little tighter and longer when they go to bed. That is a testament to the author’s understanding of the sensitivity of subjects like this.

Astoundingly written, The Missing pulls you in from the very first page and doesn’t let you go until the final full stop. Heartbreaking, maddening, devastating and frightening in equal measure, The Missing will keep you awake for hours as you try and find out why Billy disappeared in the middle of the night and leave you in shock as to just how easy it is to misjudge the people you know.

I gave The Missing an easy 5 stars on Goodreads. It’s released on April 7th and you can pre-order your copy by clicking on the link below.

The Missing: The gripping psychological thriller that’s got everyone talking…

Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up March 20th 2016

I’m going to have to be more organised with my weekly wrap up posts! It’s later and later I’m writing them lately!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I finished 4 books this week so I’m now up to 52 books read so far this year. Which is good going considering I have nearly 100 books on myย urgent TBR, and maybe 15-20 of those fall into theย read these ones ASAP as they are for various requests, and of course some Netgalley ones have snuck in there too!

The books I finished this week are as follows:

  • In The Shadows by Tara Lyons

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I snuck Tara’s book into last weeks wrap-up too as I was less than 20% until the end when I was typing the post up! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This time however, I have no review as I’m on the blog tour for this book next week so make sure to check back in for my review!

  • The Boat House by Mark Sennen

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I read the first three of Mark Sennen’s DI Charlotte Savage books way back before I started my blog, and he has a new book, Two Evils out soon so I needed a refresher and this was a perfect short story.

  • Demon Dentist by David Walliams

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Myself and my son had been reading this at night for a couple of weeks and we finished it this week. I hadn’t read any of David Walliams’ kids books, so this was an unusual departure for me. However, this book was the only book I read during my reading slump so I have to thank my son Thomas for that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Death In Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

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I finished Death In Profile earlier today, and you can catch my review for it by clicking the link —>ย Death In Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson.

 

So, there you have it. Not a huge amount read but I’m still reading so that’s a good thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

What have you been reading?

February Book Haul

This month has been a slow reading month for me! I managed to only read 12 books, which is still a lot, but in comparison to January’s 31 books, it’s much less. I also haven’t read a book in 8 days, and I addressed the possible reason for that in my I Hit The Wall post last night, which you can readย HERE.

However, just because I haven’t been reading much, it hasn’t stopped me from buying LOADS OF BOOKS along with some Netgalley approvals, author review requests, proofs and pre-orders.

Today is February 29th, and in those 29 days, I’ve manage to amass a grand total ofย FIFTY EIGHT BOOKS!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ“šย 

(I had planned on putting thumbnail pics of all the books, but I’d be here all day! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

So, without further ado, here are all the lovely books that I have given a home to this past month ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

  1. In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings
  2. The Truth About Julia by Anna Schaffner
  3. The Interview by Damian Bruce
  4. Games People Play by Owen Mullen
  5. A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson
  6. False Prophet by Richard Davis
  7. Loose Cannon by Jack Steele
  8. Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  9. Frozen Out by Quentin Bates
  10. The Invisible Man From Salem by Christoffer Carlsson
  11. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  12. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
  13. The Child by Sebastian Fitzek
  14. Play Dead by Richard Montanari
  15. A Simple Act of Violence by RJ Ellory
  16. The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson
  17. The Suspect by Michael Robotham
  18. The 50/50 Killer by Steve Mosby
  19. The Skin Gods by Richard Montanari
  20. The Killing Room by Richard Montanari
  21. Broken Angels by Richard Montanari
  22. The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood
  23. The Echo Man by Richard Montanari
  24. February by Kerry Wilkinson
  25. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Official Script by JK Rowling
  26. The Needle House by Robin Roughley
  27. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
  28. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
  29. The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
  30. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
  31. Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
  32. The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
  33. Keeping The Dead by Tess Gerritsen
  34. The Killing Place by Tess Gerritsen
  35. The Last Refuge by Martin Roy Hill
  36. Frozen Past by Richard C Hale
  37. The Back Road by Rachel Abbott
  38. The Mozart Conspiracy by Scott Mariani
  39. The Doomsday Prophecy by Scott Mariani
  40. The Heretic’s Treasure by Scott Mariani
  41. No Coming Back by Keith Houghton
  42. Punishment by Anne Holt
  43. Medusa by Torkil Damhaug
  44. Two Evils by Mark Sennen
  45. The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell
  46. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  47. The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
  48. Between You and Me by Lisa Hall
  49. The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
  50. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
  51. Without Trace by Simon Booker
  52. The Game by Tom Wood
  53. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
  54. The Chosen One by Sam Bourne
  55. The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
  56. Heartbreaker by Tania Carver
  57. The Quality Of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
  58. Snake Ropes by Jess Richards

 

My name is Kate and I have a book-buying problem… โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“–

So, have any of you read any of these books? Any worth bumping up the TBR?

Have you bought any books this month?! ๐Ÿ˜Š

That’s What Friends Are For by Marcie Steele

My thanks to Bookouture, Netgalley and the lovely Marcie Steele for my copy of her new book.

For any of you that don’t know, Marcie Steele is the alter ego of superb crime thriller author, Mel Sherratt.


(I have serious hair envy Mel ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Anyway, I digress, as usual!!!

That’s What Friends Are For is the second Marcie Steele book I’ve read. The first, Stirred With Love, was brilliant. Such a step away from my usual crime reads, and really well written (I gave it 5โญ๏ธ and read it in a day!!!).

About the book (via Goodreads): 

Best friends tell each other everythingโ€ฆ right?
Sam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, theyโ€™re just as close, but life is a little bit more complicatedโ€ฆ

On the outside, thirty-something Sam seems to have it all; the gorgeous husband, the beautiful home and the flourishing business. But things are not quite as rosy as they seem. So when handsome stranger, Dan, walks into her life, Sam finds his attentions hard to resist.
Louise might seem like life and soul of the party, but her outgoing exterior hides her sadness about the heartbreak in her past. She just wants someone to love โ€“ but all Louise gets left with is a quick fumble with an ex at the end of the night.
When a glamorous face from the past returns to shake things up, things get even more complicated for Sam and Louise. And just when they need each other the most, theyโ€™ve reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all.

My thoughts:

Anyone that knows me, and reads my blog, knows that I pretty much only read crime/thrillers/police procedurals et al so this isn’t my usual fare. However, the moment I heard the new Marcie Steele was on Netgalley, I instantly downloaded and began reading it. After loving her previous book, I knew I was in for a treat with That’s What Friends Are For.

Marcie/Mel has a lovely writing style in these books. It hooks you immediately, and you feel as if you’re reading about your friends. It’s almost comforting because picking up one of these kinds of books makes you feel right at home within the pages.

Sam and Louise could easily be you and your best friend, they are that relatable. I loved them both equally as characters as they are very down to earth and likeable.

Both have their own issues (haven’t we all?! ๐Ÿ˜‚) but their friendship seems to be very strong. Alas, the girls run into problems in their respective lives and it leads to trouble brewing between them.

Family and relationships are the main themes in That’s What Friends Are For, and they are addressed beautifully by Marcie Steele. I loved all the intermingling stories between the supporting characters on the book. Whether they work together, are related, or even a minor character, they are all written so well that you can imagine them in your head.

Due to the nature of the majority of books I read, it’s not often (thankfully!!!) that I can put myself in a characters position, but with Louise and Sam and their respective families it was easy to draw comparisons as it’s just so real.

As an avid crime reader, I can happily say that I would easily continue reading Marcie Steele’s books as long as she continues writing them. These books are the perfect antidote to the depraved psychopathy in the books I usually read! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would absolutely recommend That’s What Friends Are For, especially if you enjoy well written, character rich, heartwarming books. An easy 5โญ๏ธ’s from me on Goodreads.

That’s What Friends Are For is out on December 11th. You can pre-order it HERE
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Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell


So I had this on my kindle for a while before I got to it. It was actually when the second Jennifer Knight book Time To Die went up on Netgalley that I thought to myself, ‘right, it’s definitely about time to read book one!”, especially after being approved to read TTD! ๐Ÿ™‚

I went into this not knowing what it was about, I had read the briefest of descriptions, and to be honest, I must have missed paranormal anywhere in it, because when things started happening in Don’t Turn Around, I was caught completely unawares.

Goodreads description:

“You donโ€™t know him. But he knows you.

Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.
As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper โ€“ from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play โ€ฆ
With her motherโ€™s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer โ€“ but to save herself and those she loves.”

I really liked Jennifer as a character, she is very well drawn and it’s easy to empathise with her at times. The story flowed very easily, and Caroline has a lovely way of writing. I found the book very easy to read, albeit I’ve been fighting a cold, and have a baby who has decided naps are for wimps, so my reading time has been severely curtailed. However, no matter when I left down the book, I was easily able to pick up where I left off as it’s just so easy to follow.

The book switches between present day, and to events in the past relating to both Jennifer and the murderer. Some of these chapters are genuinely creepy, the details and the atmosphere really amp up the tension. I mainly read Don’t Turn Around in bed at night, needless to say any noises I heard made my heartbeat quicken. While finishing the book today, (just at the height of everything going on in the book!!!) ย with my baby asleep upstairs, I heard a noise like something fell or was dropped,(it wasn’t the baby before you ask!) pretty sure I jumped in my seat! Nothing like a bit of drama to creep you out during a paranormal crime thriller! It was a shoe falling off a shelf btw! #easilyscared

Anywho, it’s safe to say I really enjoyed this book! It’s not a genre I usually read, but I am looking forward to Time To Die now! I gave Don’t Turn Around 4 โญ๏ธ on Goodreads!

Happy reading ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“–