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Stacking The Shelves (April 4)

Stacking the shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

From NetGalley I have a copy of The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz which will be published by Lion PLC on 15 May 2015.

The Lost Garden


Marin Ellis is in search of a new start after her father and his second wife die in a car accident, and at thirty-seven she is made guardian of her fifteen-year-old half-sister Rebecca. They leave Hampshire for the picturesque village of Goswell on the Cumbrian coast, and settle into Bower House on the edge of the village church property. When a door to a walled garden captures Rebecca’s interest, Marin becomes determined to open it and discover what is hidden beneath the bramble inside. She enlists the help of local gardener Joss Fowler, and together the three of them begin to uncover the garden’s secrets. In 1919, nineteen-year-old Eleanor Sanderson, daughter of Goswell’s vicar, is grieving the loss of her beloved brother Walter, who was killed just days before the Armistice was signed. Eleanor retreats into herself and her father starts to notice how unhappy she is. As spring arrives, he decides to hire someone to make a garden for Eleanor, and draw her out of – or at least distract her from – her grief and sorrow. Jack Taylor is in his early twenties, a Yorkshire man who has been doing odd jobs in the village, and when Eleanor’s father hires him to work on the vicarage gardens, a surprising – and unsuitable – friendship unfolds. NetGalley

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells is billed as a dark psychological thriller, so it begged to be chosen!

The Bones of You


I have a gardener’s inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft‑petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.
Children who don’t die before their parents.

When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.
Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.
Weaving flashbacks from Rosie’s perspective into a tautly plotted narrative, The Bones of You is a gripping, haunting novel of sacrifices and lies, desperation and love.

Eric Rickstad kindly sent me a copy of his book, The Silent Girls, a book that was published in November 2014.

The Silent Girls


With the dead of a bitter Vermont winter closing in, evil is alive and well . . .
Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective’s badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an ’89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace.
Soon Rath’s investigation brings him face-to-face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.
With the consequences of his violent and painful past plaguing him, and young women with secrets vanishing one by one, he discovers once again that even in the smallest towns on the map, evil lurks everywhere—and no one is safe.
Morally complex, seething with wickedness and mystery, and rich in gritty atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, The Silent Girls marks the return of critically acclaimed author Eric Rickstad. Readers of Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbø, and Greg Iles will love this book and find themselves breathless at the incendiary, ambitious, and unforgettable story. Amazon

And after hearing wonderful things about The Big Picture by Douglas Kennedy I couldn’t resist and purchased a copy.

The Big Picture


On the face of it, Ben Bradford is your standard Wall Street hot shot – Junior partner in a legal firm, 6 figure income, wife and two young kids straight out of a Gap catalogue. But along with the WASP lifestyle comes the sting – Ben hates it. He wants – has always wanted – to be a photographer. When he discovers his wife is playing outside the ground, the consequences of a moment of madness force him to question not just the design of his life but the price of fulfilment. Because finding yourself means nothing when you’re pretending to be someone else. From the picket fences of yuppie New England to Montana’s untouchable splendour, THE BIG PICTURE spans states and states of mind in a thrilling novel of genuine originality. Amazon

… and after reading a wonderful review of The Day She Died by Catriona McPheason by Crimeworm who has a great selection of crime fiction on her blog and is well worth checking out, I couldn’t resist purchasing this one.

The Day She Died


That was the day I met Gus, the day I grew a family as if from magic beans, the day she died. That’s the point, see? It was the very same day…
Jessie Constable has learned the hard way to always keep herself safe. But meeting Gus King changes everything. Before she knows it, Jessie is sleeping at Gus’s house, babysitting his kids, becoming a part of his family. And yet, she can’t ignore the unsettling questions. Who does she keep seeing from the corner of her eye? Why are strange men threatening her? Most importantly, what really happened to Gus’s wife?
Creating a brilliant, foreboding mystery where nothing is as it seems, master storyteller Catriona McPherson weaves an ominous tale that will keep you guessing until the very end. Goodreads

Any of these take your fancy? What have you found to read this week? Please do share in the comments below


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

22 thoughts on “Stacking The Shelves (April 4)

  1. These all sound terrific, Cleo. And you’ve got a solid variety too. I hope you’ll enjoy them and I’ll look forward to your reviews.

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  2. Wow, so many books, so little time! I love the cover on The Lost Garden…and The Bones of You and The Silent Girls appeal to that dark side of me clamoring to be heard. Thanks for sharing!


  3. I put The Day She Died on my wishlist. That cover is so bleak. Think I’ll have to be in the right mood for it. And I also saw The Bones of You. Think it looks good.


  4. I like the first one. The berry colors draw the eyes. I finished two books yesterday – Speaking from Among the Bones, Flavia de Luce #5, and Devil in Winter (historical romance). I enjoyed both very much. Now I’m on a young adult book, the last book of The Mortal Instruments.


  5. Good pile this week! Eric Rickstad is meant to be sending me a copy of The Silent Girls but I’m not quite sure where it’s coming from, so just waiting – I picked The Bones Of You, too! And thank you so much for the kind mention! I DO hope you enjoy The Day She Died!


    1. My copy of Silent Girls took 3 weeks to arrive from the US so yours is probably still in transit. I’m looking forward to The Day She Died. Despite my best intentions I appear to be a little overwhelmed with review copies this month 😉


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