It was all going so well! I had got the TBR down to 149 when suddenly NetGalley had one of those days where umpteen irresistible books all appear at once…
152 again 153 now! My resolution this year is to get down to 70 by the end of the year – it’s not really looking very hopeful, is it? If only they came chocolate-coated, I could eat them…
Here are a few I should be getting to soon…
Having been diverted by all the Scottish fiction I decided to read over the summer, the GAN Quest has taken a back seat, but time to make a start. One that should be easily digestible to begin with…
The Blurb says “First published in 1905, The House of Mirth shocked the New York society it so deftly chronicles, portraying the moral, social, and economic restraints on a woman who dared to claim the privileges of marriage without assuming the responsibilities. Lily Bart, beautiful, witty, and sophisticated, is accepted by “old money” and courted by the growing tribe of nouveaux riches. But as she nears 30, her foothold becomes precarious; a poor girl with expensive tastes, she needs a husband to preserve her social standing and to maintain her life in the luxury she has come to expect. While many have sought her, something—fastidiousness or integrity—prevents her from making a “suitable” match.”
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Courtesy of NetGalley. Longlisted, but not shortlisted, for this year’s Booker, this was one of the few that I could even bring myself to consider reading from a list that is both preponderantly American and heavily misery-laden. Oh, Booker, how art the mighty fallen! Must say I think this might be pretty misery-laden too… great cover though!
The Blurb says “A train stops at a railway station. A young woman jumps off. She has wild hair, sloppy clothes, a distracted air. She looks Indian, yet she is somehow not. The sudden violence of what happens next leaves the other passengers gasping.The train terminates at Jarmuli, a temple town by the sea. Here, among pilgrims, priests and ashrams, three old women disembark only to encounter the girl once again. What is someone like her doing in this remote corner, which attracts only worshippers? Over the next five days, the old women live out their long-planned dream of a holiday together; their temple guide finds ecstasy in forbidden love; and the girl is joined by a photographer battling his own demons. The fullforce of the evil and violence beneath the serene surface of the town becomes evident when their lives overlap and collide. Unexpected connections are revealed between devotion and violence, friendship and fear as Jarmuli is revealed as a place with a long, dark past that transforms all who encounter it. This is a stark and unflinching novel by a spellbinding storyteller, about religion, love, and violence in the modern world.”
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NetGalley again. The latest in Michael Robotham’s Joe O’Loughlin series – I’m reading these all out of order, but fortunately each works pretty well as a standalone too.
The Blurb says “A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself the ‘Mindhunter’, trading on Joe’s name, has jeopardised the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger. With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discover links between these murders to a series of brutal attacks where the men and women are choked unconscious and the letter ‘A’ is carved into their foreheads.
As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe’s fate, and that of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer . . .”
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I won this one in a competition! Via the excellent Raven’s blog. The question was ‘what would you do if you were invisible for a day’ and my reply was that I would stalk Rafa. Clearly the judge’s moral compass is as shaky as my own… the book looks good though!
The Blurb says “In the final days of summer, a young woman is shot dead in her apartment. Three floors above, the blue lights of the police cars awaken disgraced ex-officer Leo Junker. Though suspended from the force, he can’t stay away for long. Bluffing his way onto the crime scene, he examines the dead woman and sees that she is clasping a cheap necklace — a necklace he instantly recognises. As Leo sets out on a rogue investigation to catch the killer, a series of frightening connections emerge, linking the murder to his own troubled youth in Salem — a suburb of Stockholm where social and racial tensions run high — and forcing him to confront a long ago incident that changed his life forever.
Now, in backstreets, shadowed alleyways, and decaying suburbs ruled by Stockholm’s criminal underground, the search for the young woman’s killer — and the truth about Leo’s past — begins.”
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NB All blurbs taken from Goodreads