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Summer 2017 Book Haul

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well. Today I’m going to be posting my latest book haul! I picked up a few books recently, from charity shops and on the internet, and thought I’d clue you all in on my latest purchases. The previous book haul I posted was back in May, and you can find that here. I’ll be letting you know which books I purchased recently and some brief details on each of them. So, here goes…



The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti.

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Zoe Whittaker appears to have a charmed life. Newly married to a rich and attentive man, she has the best of everything. But five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Because back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. When an attempt is made on her life, Zoe fears that her past has caught up with her. But who can she ask for help when even her own husband doesn’t know her real name? Zoe must decide who she can trust before she, whoever she is, vanishes completely…



This book was only released around a year ago, and I’ve heard some really great things about it. The blurb really intrigued me – I’m really enjoying reading Psychological Thrillers based more on the hidden self/issues with self-identification at the moment. I’ll make sure I get to it soon!



One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis.

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An apparently happy marriage. A beautiful son. A lovely home.
So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life? How will she survive? And what is the date that looms, threatening to force her to confront her past?
No-one has ever guessed her secret. Will you?



I read and reviewed Tina Seskis’ ‘The Honeymoon’ earlier this year, which you can find here. I ended up loving it so much that when I saw this on the shelf at Oxfam, I just had to get it! The blurb to this is very minimal and I’m extremely intrigued…here’s hoping I enjoy it!



Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes.

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Joe Goldberg came to Los Angeles to start over, to forget about what happened in New York. But in a darkened room in Soho House everything suddenly changed.

She is like no one he’s ever met before.

She doesn’t know about his past and never can.

The problem is, hidden bodies don’t always stay that way.



I read Caroline Kepnes’ ‘YOU’ earlier this Summer and absolutely adored it (my full review can be found here)! I actually didn’t anticipate reading this sequel, but it’s one of the books I’ll be using as “research” for my Creative Writing project (my dissertation) this year. I know I’ll love it already!



Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister.

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Do you ever check your partner’s phone? 
Should you? 
Are you prepared for the consequences?

It all started with the email.

Rachel didn’t even mean to look. She loves Jack and she’s pregnant with their child. She trusts him.

But now she’s seen it, she can’t undo that moment. Or the chain of events it has set in motion.

Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn’t Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?



I’ve heard SO many good things about this book and have been dying to read it, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see it sitting on the shelf in Oxfam! This book sounds right up my alley, and it seems like the perfect domestic thriller. Fingers crossed that I love it!



While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green.

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One, two, three . . . Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?



I picked up this book, along with two others, at a supermarket. I haven’t heard too much about this book – but it’s got a really high average rating on Goodreads! I’m really intrigued by the idea of Ella’s kidnapper being somebody who believes they’re doing the right thing, so I’ll have to get reading this soon!



Pendulum by Adam Handy.

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You wake. Confused. Disorientated.
A noose is round your neck. 
You are bound, standing on a chair.
All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope.
You are about to die.

John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable.
Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour.
He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction.
The momentum is in his favour for now.
But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum…

You have one chance. Run.



I’ve heard really rave reviews about this book, so just had to snatch it up when I saw it in a local shop! A lot of bloggers I follow have posted positive reviews, so I’m excited to give it a read and formulate my own opinions. I have a feeling I’ll love it, but you can never be too sure!



I Found You by Lisa Jewell.

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Everyone has secrets. What if you can’t remember yours? 

‘How long have you been sitting out here?’
‘I got here yesterday.’
‘Where did you come from?’
‘I have no idea.’

Lily has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one.

Alice finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him into her home.

But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?



I’ve had mixed experiences with Lisa Jewell’s books. I read ‘The House We Grew Up In’ a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it, but read ‘The Girls’ earlier this year and really disliked it. I’ve heard good things about this book, but my hopes aren’t too high at the moment – I hope my experience will be positive!



One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis.

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Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them . . .



This book was only released a couple of months ago so I haven’t heard too much about it. However, it is in the bestsellers charts at the moment and it sounds right up my alley, so thought I’d grab it when I saw it at the supermarket! My expectations aren’t too high – although it does have really good reviews on Goodreads…



Fractured by Catherine McKenzie.

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Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.

After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.



This is another book I’ll be using as “research” for my Creative Writing project (dissertation) at university this year. It has good reviews and the story seems very relevant to the subject of my project…more said about that later on!



Blood Sisters by Jane Corry.

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Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that’s the story she’s sticking to.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.

But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that sunny morning in May.
And only another life will do…



This is another recently released book that I spotted at the supermarket. Again, I haven’t heard too much about this one, but I’m aware of it’s place on the bestsellers list at the moment. It’s also got a very high average rating on Goodreads. I look forward to reading this!



Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst.

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Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It’s her job, as a psychiatrist – and it’s always been her role as a friend.

But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.

But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.

And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in . . .



I read Blackhurst’s ‘How I Lost You’ earlier this Summer and ended up absolutely loving it (you can read my review here), so I jumped at the chance to get her latest novel when I spotted it in a local shop. The blurb is very minimal and doesn’t give much away at all, so I’m excited to read it and find out more!



The Ex by Alafair Burke.

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Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defence lawyers. When she gets a phone call informing her that her former fiancée has been arrested for a triple homicide there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him – and why?
For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, and the hurt she caused him, but as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts.



I haven’t heard anything at all about this book, but was really intrigued by the front cover and the blurb when I was browsing in Oxfam. I really like the ideas behind this book, and I’m very excited to give it a read and see how I find it! Here’s hoping you’ll see a review on my blog soon…








Happy reading 🙂

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