Category Archives: Books Read in 2018

A Gothic novel revival – The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Paranormal Publication Date: 20 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school…

A Guide for Murdered Children is not for everyone but I liked it

A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 20 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “We’ve heard it said that there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to briefly return, inhabit adult bodies and wreak revenge on the monstrous killers who stole…

Don’t underestimate Orphan Monster Spy

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Historical Fiction; Young Adult Publication Date: 20 March 2018 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “Her name is Sarah. She’s blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to change the world. After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an…

Nonflashy Let Me Lie is still satisfying

Let Me Lie by Claire Mackintosh

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 13 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They’re both wrong. Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her…

The Flight Attendant is a bit of a bumpy ride

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 13 March 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes…

The Red Word is brutal but necessary

The Red Word by Sarah Henstra

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 13 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “A smart, dark, and take-no-prisoners look at rape culture and the extremes to which ideology can go, The Red Word is a campus novel like no other. As her sophomore year begins, Karen enters into the back-to-school revelry—particularly at a fraternity called…

You need to read The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy Publication Date: 6 March 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the…

The very lovely Census

Census by Jesse Ball

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 6 March 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn’t have long left to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son—a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome. With no…

A resounding no to The Innocent Wife

The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Genre: Suspense Publication Date: 6 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly…

The Jackaby series – Fun and yet surprisingly serious

Jackaby by William Ritter

    Genre: Mystery; Fantasy Publication Date: 16 September 2014; 22 September 2015; 23 August 2016; 22 August 2017 Source: Mine. All mine. Synopsis from the Publisher: “Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including…