Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting my latest book haul! I picked up a fair few books recently, some of which I picked up off the PULP shelf whilst working at Penguin (read all about that here) and some that I ordered off Amazon to read for research for my university Creative Writing project (dissertation). The last book haul I posted was back in August, and you can find that here. In this post, I’ll be talking you through the books I purchased recently and giving you some brief details on them. So, here goes…
After Anna by Alex Lake.
The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned…
A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless.
The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved.
But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned.
She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.
I actually can’t remember when or where I got this book! But all I know is that I haven’t mentioned it on my blog before. I think the premise to this sounds fascinating and I’ve heard good things about this book. Here’s hoping I’ll enjoy it!
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty.
How far would you go to keep the man of your dreams?
Hypnotherapist Ellen is fascinated by what makes people tick. So when she falls in love with Patrick, the fact that he has a stalker doesn’t faze her in the slightest. If anything it intrigues her, and the more she hears about Saskia, the more she wants to meet this woman. But what Ellen doesn’t know is that they’ve already met . . .
Saskia has been posing as one of Ellen’s clients. Unable to let go of the life she so abruptly lost, she wants to know everything about the woman who took her place. And the further she inches her way into Ellen’s world, the more trouble she stirs up.
Ellen’s love story is about to take an unexpected turn. But it’s not only Saskia who doesn’t know where to stop: Ellen also has to ask herself what lines she’s prepared to cross to get the happy ending she’s always wanted.
This is one of the books I’m going to be using for my Creative Writing project research. I’ve previously read ‘The Husband’s Secret’ by Moriarty, which I really enjoyed, and also have ‘Big Little Lies’ sitting on my shelf. I haven’t heard too much about this book – but I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it!
Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent.
‘My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.’
Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants …
I picked this one up from the PULP shelf at Penguin! I’d never heard of this book before, but I was really intrigued by the blurb and thought it sounded fascinating. Plus, I’ve been telling myself that I really need to read more Crime! Here’s hoping I’ll enjoy this one.
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris.
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
It all started that night in the woods.
Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.
Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.
Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.
I’ve had my eye on this book for ages, and when I realised it tied in to the subject for my Creative Writing project, I jumped at the chance to get it! I read Paris’ ‘Behind Closed Doors’ last year and loved it, so I’m sure I’ll love this too. I’m currently reading it and adoring it so far!
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller.
1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.
Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.
Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.
I picked this one up during my time working at Penguin. I’ve heard SO many good things about this book and have been dying to read it for over a year now! It won the Desmond Elliott prize in 2015 and I remember seeing it featured in all the bookshops. Looking forward to reading this one!
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land.
When Annie hands her mother over to the police she hopes for a new start in life – but can we ever escape our past?
‘NEW NAME. NEW FAMILY. SHINY. NEW. ME.’
Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.
With a new foster family and a new name – Milly – she hopes for a fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But as her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of Milly’s past won’t let her sleep . . .
Because Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water…
I’ve seen so many rave reviews for this book online, so when I saw it sitting on the Penguin PULP shelf, I just had to pick it up! I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now and I’m glad to finally have it – I hope I enjoy it!
Blind Side by Jennie Ensor.
Can you ever truly know someone? And what if you suspect the unthinkable?
London, 2005. Georgie is attracted to Nikolai, a volatile ex-soldier she meets in a pub. Despite her friend Julian’s warnings, she’s tempted to risk everything. Then she begins to suspect that the Russian is hiding something terrible from her…
Ensor got in contact with me via my blog and asked if I’d review her book. Although it’s not the kind of Thriller I’d usually read, I was really intrigued by the premise and accepted the offer. Hopefully I’ll be reviewing this soon – keep your eyes peeled!
How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran.
My name’s Johanna Morrigan. I’m fourteen, and I’ve just decided to kill myself. I don’t really want to die, of course! I just need to kill Johanna, and build a new girl. Dolly Wilde will be everything I want to be, and more! But as with all the best coming-of-age stories, it doesn’t exactly go to plan…
I read this book over two years ago now, and absolutely ADORED it! I sadly lost my copy whilst I was on holiday, so when I saw this sitting on the PULP shelf at Penguin, I just had to pick it up. I’m definitely going to re-read this soon – I want a book to have a good laugh with!
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry.
When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.
But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.
When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.
In my previous book haul I picked up Corry’s ‘Blood Sisters’, and I vow to read it very soon! So when I saw this one on the PULP shelf, I thought I’d give it a go too. I think the premise sounds really intriguing, and I’m excited to get reading!
XO by Jeffrey Deaver.
Kayleigh Towne is a beautiful and successful singer-songwriter, and Edwin Sharp is her biggest fan. When she replies to one of his fan letters with ‘XO’, Edwin is convinced she loves him, and that her latest hit song ‘Your Shadow’ was written for him. Nothing Kayleigh or her lawyers can say persuades him otherwise.
Then the singer gets an anonymous phone call; it’s the first verse of ‘Your Shadow’ playing. Soon after, one of the crew is horribly murdered. Kayleigh’s friend Kathryn Dance, a special agent with the California Bureau of Investigation, knows that stalking crimes are not one-off occurrences, and, sure enough, more verses of the song are played as warnings of death to follow. With a little help from forensic criminalist Lincolyn Rhyme, Dance must use her kinesic and investigative skills in an attempt to find the killer before more people die.
This is another book I’ll be using for my Creative Writing project research. I’m very intrigued by the premise to this – I think it sounds very unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I’m really excited to read this one!
The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?
I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.
Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.
Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.
But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.
Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?
It’s been ages since I’ve read any Young Adult Fiction, but I have heard a lot about this online. I picked this up whilst I was working at Penguin, and thought I’d embrace the change. I’m not sure how much I’ll enjoy this one – but hopefully it’ll exceed my expectations.
Hide And Seek by M.J. Arlidge.
Detective Inspector Helen Grace has spent her whole life running.
From the past. From herself. From everyone who’s ever tried to get close to her.
She’s spent her whole life hiding.
Behind the badge. Behind her reputation as one of the country’s best detectives. Until – framed for murder – she became one of its most high-profile prisoners.
Now there is nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.
Because HMP Holloway is a place of dark days and long nights with dangers at every turn. Despised by the inmates and reviled by the guards, Helen must face her nightmare alone.
And then a carefully mutilated body is found in a locked cell.
Now Helen must find a ruthless serial killer. Before the killer finds her.
I spotted this one on the Penguin PULP shelf and thought it sounded really good. I’ve seen a lot about this series online, although I haven’t gotten around to reading any of them myself yet. Hopefully I’ll still enjoy this as a standalone novel!
Happy reading 🙂