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WWW Wednesday (January 15)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

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Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.
Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he’s separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed. Goodreads

I have just finished The Corpse Garden by Colin Wilson

Click on the cover to read my review

The Corpse Garden

Next on my list to read is The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by P.D. Viner

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing


Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found, and the case has long gone cold. Her parents, Patty and Jim, were utterly devastated, their marriage destroyed. While Jim fell apart, Patty was consumed by the unsolved case. She abandoned her journalism career and her marriage to spend every waking hour searching and plotting. She keeps contact with Tom, Dani’s childhood sweetheart, who has become a detective intent on solving murders like Dani’s. When he finds a lead that seems ironclad, he brings Patty in on it. After years of dead ends, her obsession is rekindled, and she will do anything for revenge, even become a killer herself-dragging her whole family into the nightmare once again, as lies and secrets are uncovered..Goodreads

This sounds amazing and my hopes are high for a really good read!

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The Corpse Garden – Colin Wilson

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Having read and reviewed Rose West: The Making of a Monster late last year my recommendations were filled with more books about this couple and among them was The Corpse Garden which I hadn’t read.

This book seeks to explain why Fred and Rose spent their time torturing and killing girls but for me the writer’s conclusion was stated early and everything that followed was used to bolster his belief.

The premise is that Fred’s motorcycle accident caused damage to his frontal lobe and he became a ‘sex maniac.’ To me this doesn’t take into account that his father and brother John are alleged to have shown similar sexual tendencies. Rose is labelled a nymphomaniac by Wilson, one who happened to meet another dominant personality and together they egged each other on. There is also quite a lot of repetition and the time lines aren’t as clear as in Jane Carter Woodrow’s later exploration into what caused these two seemingly normal people to murder so many young women.

Where Colin Wilson excels in this book is by making comparisons to other serial murders as well as highlighting the differences and here his extensive knowledge comes to the fore.

I found this a hard book to read, there is a lot of emphasis on what happened to their poor victims which isn’t pleasant and I didn’t find the answer which is how did a normal young woman, she was only 17 at the time of the first murder, turn into a serial killer and how did no-one notice what was going on in this seemingly normal house close to Gloucester City centre.

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Friday Finds (January 10)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Yesterday I came home to find that the postman had delivered one of last weeks Friday Finds; Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers and in the same package was The Corpse Garden by the recently deceased crime writer Colin Wilson an illustration of my diverse reading tastes as well as two books that simply can’t be put on the bookshelf side by side!

The Corpse Garden

Colin Wilson is one of the top modern non-fiction crime writers. In The Corpse Garden, he unravels the s tory behind the facts in order to get to the heart of the West murders Amazon

So what was going through my mind when I chose this book? Well having read (and suffered some trauma in doing so) Rose West: A Making of a Monster by Jane Carter Woodrow I realised that there was one book about this couple that I haven’t read!

My second choice from Amazon Vine is The Book of You by Claire Kendal

The Book of You


Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won’t leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there. Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can’t be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand. Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them – and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined. But how do you protect yourself from an enemy no one else can see? Amazon

I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be a year with lots of psychological thrillers which is fine by me!

From NetGalley I have managed to bag a copy of After I Left You by Alison Mercer which will be published 31 July 2014 by Random House UK

After I met you


Anna has not been back to Oxford since her last summer at university, seventeen years ago. She tries not to think about her time there, or the tightly knit group of friends she once thought would be hers forever. She has almost forgotten the fierce sting of betrayal, the heartache, the secret she carries around with her, the last night she spent with them all.
Then a chance meeting on a rainy day in London brings her past tumbling back into her present, and Anna is faced with remembering the events of that summer and the people she left behind. As Anna realises that the events of their past have shaped the people they’ve all become, hope begins to blossom for what the future could hold . . .Netgalley

This seems like it may be less dark than many of my other choices.

I have also found out about some books to be released later this year which I have to read!

I’m looking forward to S.J. Bolton’s latest Lacey Flint book, A Dark and Twisted Tide due to be published in May 2014

A Dark and Twisted Tide


Young policewoman Lacey Flint knows that the Thames is a dangerous place – after all, she lives on it and works on it – but she’s always been lucky. Until one day, when she finds a body floating in the water. Who was this woman and why was she wrapped so carefully in white burial cloths before being hidden in the fast-flowing depths?
DCI Dana Tulloch hates to admit it, but she’s fond of the mysterious Lacey. Even if she keeps on interfering in her investigations, and is meddling with the latest floater case. But now she’s got to break some terrible news to her – news that could destroy Lacey’s fragile state of mind.
And Lacey will need to keep her wits about her because there’s a killer that’s lurking around her boat, leaving her gifts she’d rather not receive . . .

I love these books so I was pleased to see there isn’t too long to wait until this one comes out!

Learn more about this series by reading my review of Like This Forever (Lacey Flint #3)

The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer is due to be published in March 2014.

The Facts of Life and Death


‘Call your mother.’
‘What do I say?’
‘Say goodbye.’
This is how it begins.
Lone women terrorised and their helpless families forced to watch – in a sick game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder.
Living with her parents in the dank beach community of Limeburn, ten-year-old Ruby Trick has her own fears. Bullies on the school bus, the forest crowding her house into the sea, and the threat of divorce.
Helping her Daddy to catch the killer might be the key to keeping him close.
As long as the killer doesn’t catch her first…Goodreads

Read my review of  Belinda Bauer’s previous book Rubbernecker