Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. We’re rapidly approaching Christmas now, so I thought I’d share the books on my Christmas list this year with you all! I completed the same post in the lead up to Christmas last year, which you can find here. I’m not expecting to get all of these books for Christmas, but I like to compile a bigger list so that my parents can choose for me. I’ll be sharing 10 of the books on my Christmas list with you in this post, but I’m including ALL 24 on my Twitter page day by day this month, so be sure to follow me on Twitter (@SnowMel1). So, here goes…
A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena.
Why would you run scared from a happy home?
You’re waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You’re making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day.
That’s the last thing you remember.
You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town.
The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn’t so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe . . .
I read Lapena’s ‘The Couple Next Door’ this Summer and loved it, so I’ve had my eye on her second novel ever since then. It was only released in July 2017 and is still pretty expensive, so Christmas is a perfect time to ask for it!
Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton.
One day changes Jody’s life forever. She has shut herself down, haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. But then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility and hope.
One day changes Mags’s life forever. After years of estrangement from her family, Mags receives a shocking phone call. Her brother Abe is in hospital and no-one knows what happened to him. She meets his fiancé Jody, and gradually pieces together the ruins of the life she left behind. But the pieces don’t quite seem to fit…
I’ve seen a lot about this book in the blogging world and it’s received some really good reviews. This is a very new release, and considering it’s been labelled “Thriller of the Year”, I just have to get my hands on it!
Friend Request by Laura Marshall.
When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops.
Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.
Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret.
As Maria’s messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress. Trying to piece together exactly what happened that night, she soon discovers there’s much she didn’t know. The only certainty is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again – until now. . .
I am SO intrigued by the premise to this and have been seeing it advertised all over the internet! I think the blurb sounds really interesting and unique, and I’ve definitely never read a book quite like this.
The Caller by Chris Carter.
Be careful before answering your next call. It could be the beginning of your worst nightmare.
After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring. The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward. Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.
Detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear.
The premise to this isn’t unlike books I’ve read before, but I have really gotten into Thrillers/Crime Fiction including the use of social media recently. I’ve heard some very good things about this book!
Perfect Remains by Helen Fields.
On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.
In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness…
Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.
It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.
I’ve read the second book in this series (‘Perfect Prey’) and am currently reading the third book in the series (‘Perfect Death’) and really enjoyed them both. So it only makes sense that I go back and read the first book in the series!
Try Not To Breathe by Holly Seddon.
Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, she’s cut herself off from everything but her one true love – drink. Until she’s forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy.
Amy is lost. When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead in a park. Her attacker was never found. Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place. She’s as good as dead, but not even her doctors are sure how much she understands.
Alex and Amy grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys. And as Alex begins to investigate the attack, she opens the door to the same danger that has left Amy in a coma…
I’ve read Seddon’s novel ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ and loved it, so I need to go back and read her debut novel now. I’m a bit late to the scene on this one, but better late than never!
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.
My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me.
1. I’m in a coma
2. My husband doesn’t love me any more
3. Sometimes I lie
This blurb is so minimal and I love it – I’m so intrigued! I’ve seen a lot about this book online and there seems to be a lot of hype surrounding it, so I really need to find out what all the fuss is about.
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole.
A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, nicknamed by the press as the ‘Ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.
The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?
This series has been getting loads of hype online, and I feel like I’m really missing out by not having read this! Plus I want to read more Crime Fiction in the New Year, so this would be a perfect addition to my Christmas gifts.
Villette by Charlotte Bronte (Penguin Clothbound Classics).
With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls’ boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, the hostility of headmistress Madame Beck, and her own complex feelings – first for the school’s English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor Paul Emanuel.
I’ve wanted some Penguin Clothbound Classics for ages now – they look so pretty! I was told a while ago by one of my lecturers to read this book if I’m a fan of Jane Eyre, which I most definitely am.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough.
Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…
Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…
Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.
But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?
When I was working at Penguin in September, I saw this book advertised EVERYWHERE on the tube, and thought the #WTFthatending campaign was genius. So naturally, I just have to read this book!
Happy reading 🙂