Category Archives: Books Read in 2018

When ghosts are boring

Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 15 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “An obsessive young woman has been waiting half her life—since she was twelve years old—for this moment. She has planned. Researched. Trained. Imagined every scenario. Now she is almost certain the man who kidnapped and murdered her sister sits in the passenger…

Space is terrifying

Obscura by Joe Hart

Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 8 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find…

Two books perfect for today’s enhanced social justice

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 1 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her…

I’m going to miss these giant robots

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 1 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Brilliant scientist Rose Franklin has devoted her adult life to solving the mystery she accidentally stumbled upon as a child: a huge metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. The discovery set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events…

Some rivers are better left alone

Wicked River by Jenny Milchman

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 1 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated, back country honeymoon seems ideal: a chance to start their lives together with an adventure, on their own. But just as Natalie and Doug…

Hilarious and erotic it is not

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 1 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika’s home is…

No complications, just a fantastic series coming to a close

The Complication by Suzanne Young

Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction Publication Date: 24 April 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Every cure has a cost. Tatum Masterson learned this after years of being monitored by The Program. She witnessed it when her boyfriend, Wes, came back changed, erased. And now, even the newest “cure” has a heavy cost—one she and…

Off with their heads

Head On by John Scalzi

Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 17 April 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to…

Even goddesses can’t get respect

Circe by Madeline Miller

Genre: Historical Fiction; Fantasy Publication Date: 10 April 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for…

Time to leave the neighborhood

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 10 April 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime. Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. Everything is exactly what they hoped for…