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.
Well I’ve had a run on NetGalley approvals this week all of which I’m hugely pleased about!
The Ex by Alafair Burke was one book I wished for as it wasn’t available to request, and the NG fairy granted my wish!
Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene since the shooting of his wife by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman who eerily but thrillingly echoes his past. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a “Missed Moment” item online and days later, a woman responds…
Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she gets the phone call informing her that her former fiancée, Jack Harris, 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. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him? NetGalley
The Ex will be published on 4 February 2016
March sees the publication of two authors who are on my ‘must-read’ list. Firstly Claire McGowan’s fourth in the Paula McGuire series, A Savage Hunger
Victim: Female. Twenty-two years of age.
Reason for investigation: Missing person.
ID: Alice Morgan. Student. Last seen at a remote religious shrine in Ballyterrin.
Alice Morgan’s disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic – the bones of a saint – and the only trace is the bloodstains on the altar.
With no body to confirm death, the pressure in this high-profile case is all-consuming, and Paula knows that she will have to put her own life, including her imminent marriage, on hold, if they are to find the truth.
A connection to a decades-old murder immediately indicates that all may not be as it seems; as the summer heat rises and tempers fray, can Alice be found or will they learn that those that are hungry for vengeance may be the most savage of all? NetGalley
… and Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf, writer of the brilliant Little Mercies.
Everyone has secrets…
Sarah Quinlan’s husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. The case rocked the town where Jack was raised, and for years Jack avoided returning home. But when his beloved aunt Julia is in an accident, hospitalised in a coma, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded.
Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years ago—barely a trace of the wounds that had once devastated them all. But as facts about Julia’s accident begin to surface, Sarah realises that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Caught in a flurry of unanswered questions, Sarah dives deep into the rabbit hole of Jack’s past, but the farther she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a hard reality she may not be prepared for. NetGalley
Finally I also have a copy of Tammy Cohen’s When She Was Bad which will be published on 21 April 2016. There hasn’t been one of this author’s books that I haven’t massively enjoyed so was super thrilled to receive a copy of this one which is looking at working lives – could this be the start of a new type of noir – graft noir perhaps?
YOU SEE THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH EVERY DAY.
BUT WHAT CAN’T YOU SEE?
Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie have worked together for years – they know how each one likes their coffee, whose love life is a mess, whose children keep them up at night. But their comfortable routine life is suddenly shattered when an aggressive new boss walks in ….
Now, there’s something chilling in the air.
Who secretly hates everyone?
Who is tortured by their past?
Who is capable of murder?
Since my last count I have read 4 books, and gained 4 so I’m running fast to stand still with a total of 174 books!
85 physical books
16 books on NetGalley
What have you found to read this week?
21 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (January 23)”
Well, they all sound good – where will you start? My TBR pile never goes down much as as soon as I read one, more pop up demanding to be read!
I’ll be starting with The Ex because that one is published first… I’m looking forward to them all though – and yes, resisting acquiring new books is a big problem.
That set should keep you quiet for a little while. I haven’t bought anything this last week (after my flurry of the last two weeks I thought I’d better restrain myself) but I did put a reserve on the Elizabeth Strout after hearing so many people say how good it is
It is very good indeed!
NetGalley approvals are always fabulous! 😀 Looking forward to reading your thoughts on these books.
I am being far more restrained than in the past, I don’t know how I survived before I found it!
I want to read all those. I have the Tammy Cohen to read, have the Alafair Burke on pre-order. I love the Clare McGowan series and always enjoy Heather Gudenkauf’s books. Happy reading.
A complete match this week then Karen – Happy reading to us both!
You have some great-looking books coming up, Cleo! All of them sound intriguing. NetGalley is so great for getting books, isn’t it?
I had all of these on my wishlist on Amazon so I was very lucky, and grateful, to get them through NetGalley.
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I’m definitely into reading Missing Pieces and will hope to soon. I’ve read one book in the Claire McGowan series and hope to get caught up there before long. I think I have the next 2 on my Kindle. I’ve not ever read a book by Alafair Burke, but I keep meaning to. This one looks good. And have I read something by Tammy Cohen? Can’t remember. This book looks fun though. Is murder fun? Well, maybe.
I do like Tammy Cohen’s books because there is a lot of humour in them despite the murders – it makes for a lighter type of read.
These all look so good! The Ex is one I definitely want to add, along with When She Was Bad. I read and LOVED Missing Pieces. Enjoy!
I was jealous that you had Missing Pieces if you recall so I was especially pleased to get a copy!
I am so excited that you got your wish granted!!! The Ex looks really good, I hope you enjoy it. Good luck on the TBR control and happy reading!
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Oh me too! That’s only the second time that’s happened to me. It does look very good. Thank you – I’m trying 😉
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The Ex sounds good – well done on having a wish granted! I’ve only wished for a couple and never heard a thing so I’ve often wondered if anyone actually gets them. I’m trying to avoid new-to-mes, but I must say Claire McGown always sounds great…
Claire McGown is great… I’m really pleased with them all this week and the Alafair Burke is the only new to me choice!
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Both Missing Pieces and When She Was Bad both sound really good. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy!
I have Missing Pieces to read, and the others sound fantastic! Hope you enjoy them. 🙂
At the moment I’m reading Adam Sisman’s biography of John le Carre. It’s completely gripping, especially about his father who was for want of a better word a con man. One of my favourite le Carre’s is A Perfect Spy and it’s interesting to see the parallell between le Carre’s real life and his fiction in that book.