#BookHaul: September 2017

September has almost come to its end and that means it’s book haul time! My TBR is incredibly thankful this month because my haul was significantly smaller that last month [only taking one post to showcase it]. So let’s take a look at the new, to review and books swapped this month – as usual I’ll leave out the books I’ve received this month and reviewed already.

Review Copies:

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti (thank you Titan Books)

Blackbird Season_cvr

In a quiet town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a school playing field. As journalists flock to the scene, one of them catches a teacher, Nate Winters, embracing a female student. The student claims that she and Nate are having an affair, sending shockwaves through the close-knit community. Then the student disappears, and the police have only one suspect: Nate.

Nate’s wife, Alecia, is left wondering if she ever really knew her seemingly loving husband. Nate’s co-worker, Bridget, is determined to prove his innocence and find the missing student. But both women will have to ask themselves do they really know what Nate is capable of?

Widdershins by Helen Steadman (thank you Impress Books)

Widdershins - Helen Steadmnan

‘Did all women have something of the witch about them?’ Jane Chandler is an apprentice healer. From childhood, she and her mother have used herbs to cure the sick. But Jane will soon learn that her sheltered life in a small village is not safe from the troubles of the wider world. From his father’s beatings to his uncle’s raging sermons, John Sharpe is beset by bad fortune. Fighting through personal tragedy, he finds his purpose: to become a witch-finder and save innocents from the scourge of witchcraft. Inspired by true events, ‘Widdershins’ tells the story of the women who were persecuted and the men who condemned them.

The Joyce Girl by Annabel Abbs (thank you Impress Books)

The Joyce Girl - Annabel Abbs

1928 Avant-garde Paris is buzzing with the latest ideas in art, music, literature and dance. Lucia, the talented and ambitious daughter of James Joyce, is making her name as a dancer, training with some of the world s most gifted performers. When a young Samuel Beckett comes to work for her father, she’s captivated by his quiet intensity and falls passionately in love. Persuaded she has clairvoyant powers, Lucia believes her destiny is to marry Beckett. But when her beloved brother is enticed away, the hidden threads of the Joyces’ lives begin to unravel, destroying Lucia’s dreams and foiling her attempts to escape the shadow of her genius father.

1934 Her life in tatters, Lucia is sent by her father to pioneering psychoanalyst Carl Jung. For years she has kept quiet. But now she decides to speak. Inspired by a true story, ‘The Joyce Girl’ is a compelling and moving account of thwarted ambition and the destructive love of a father.

Legacy: A DiMarchese Case by Bill Mesce, Jr. (thank you Impress Books)

Legacy - Bill Mesce Jr

Dante DiMarchese is a forensic psychologist, an expert in the workings of the criminal mind and the man responsible for putting the Bailey Beach serial killer behind bars. When a soldier home from a tour in Afghanistan is charged with manslaughter, Dante is immediately called on to help. Meanwhile, the Bailey Beach killer is threatening to smear Dante’s name, while Dante’s persistent ex-brother-in-law ropes him into an inheritance dispute between a still-living father and his family. In the heart of New York, will Dante’s unravel the legacies and lies that others have left behind? Can he contain his own deceptions?

Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir (thank you Orenda Books)

SNARE new front cover

After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies.

Things become even more complicated when Sonia embarks on a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath the Icelandic financial crash.

Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

Closer to Home by Heleyne Hammersley (thank you Bloodhound Books)

Closer to Home - Helen Hammersley

Family. Secrets. Murder.

Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her home town after a twenty-year absence and a recent divorce.  The discovery of a child’s body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe – a place of bad memories and closed mouths.

As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories.  But Kate’s history refuses to stay buried.

Then another child disappears…

Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past?

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad (thank you Crown Publishing)

The Last Girl - Nadia Murad

`Telling my story of first, surviving genocide and then, as a captive of ISIS is not easy, but people must know.’ The remarkable and courageous story of Nadia Murad, a twenty-three-year-old Yazidi woman who is working with Amal Clooney to challenge the world to fight ISIS on behalf on her people.

A Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the first Goodwill Ambassador the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations and winner of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, Nadia Murad is a courageous young woman who has endured unimaginable tragedy (losing eighteen members of her family) and degradation through sexual enslavement to ISIS. But she has fought back.

This inspiring memoir takes us from her peaceful childhood in a remote village in Iraq through loss and brutality to safety in Germany. Courage and testimony can change the world: this is one of those books.

Search for Maylee by Didi Oviatt (thank you R&R Book Tours)

Search for Maylee - Didi Oviatt

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt Autumn has never lost hope in finding her. It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead. She moves across the country to find him. Will Autumn be able to pry Maylee’s case back open? More importantly, what will Autumn uncover in the process of searching for Maylee? It’s a cold dark world we live in, and she is about to find out just how cruel it can be. Strength and determination are on Autumn’s side and she will do what ever it takes.

Zenka by Alison Brodie (thank you Alison Brodie)

Zenka - Alsion Brodie

Ruthless, devious, and loyal.
Zenka is a Hungarian pole-dancer with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knives and shotguns.
Jack discovers he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.
Zenka takes charges. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she will turn Nicholas into the son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!

Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.
As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:
How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?
And is Zenka really who she says she is?

City Without Stars by Tim Baker (thank you Faber & Faber)

City Without Star - Tim Baker

In Ciudad Real, Mexico, women are being thrown into the trash – raped, murdered and mutilated. The police have reported 300 deaths of young maquiladora girls from the factories, yet not found a single clue or suspect. But union agitator Pilar knows the number of deaths is more like 800, and that the lazy and corrupt police are the least likely to resolve the situation.Fuentes is a different kind of police officer. When his colleagues start shutting down his investigations into the deaths, he knows the roots of this mass-murder cover-up must stretch wide – into his own force. Some of his colleagues are definitely on the payroll with narco thugs like El Santo. But why is Padre Marcio, Mexico’s hallowed orphan rescuer, appearing in the investigation too?The more Fuentes and Pilar learn, the more they find themselves in danger. Can the two of them expose the truth when so many around them want to bury it?

Netgalley Copies:

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal - Sarah Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.
 
A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter - Alessandra Torre

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession.

The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

The Innocent Wife - Amy Lloyd

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida’s Red River County.

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 convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her.

Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all. But how do you confront your husband when you don’t want to know the truth?

**Total review copies to read: 21

** Total Netgalley copies to read: 8

Giveaways:

The Collective by R.S Williams (thank you Neverland Blog Tours)

The Collective - R.S. Williams

Matilda Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year. But everything changes when she meets Jenny, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner. Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Jenny’s society to the ground?

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White (thank you AnneBonnyBookReviews)

The Secrets You Keep - Kate White

You’ve lost your memory. A woman has been murdered. Your husband is keeping secrets. How do you know who to trust?

Months after a being involved in a terrible car crash, Bryn Harper is physically healed but her emotional scars remain raw. She has no memory of the accident and is plagued with bad dreams.

When Bryn and her husband, Guy, host a dinner party Bryn swears money has been stolen while Guy seems unfazed. Bryn confronts the caterer that night and is horrified to discover the woman’s brutally slain body the next day.

As the case is investigated, Bryn is dragged into a fresh nightmare and learns that Guy is keeping things from her. Another murder occurs and Bryn realises the danger is getting ever closer to home. How well does Bryn really know the man she loves?

Book Purchases:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

The chilling true crime ‘non-fiction novel’ that made Truman Capote’s name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative published in Penguin Modern Classics.

Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote’s comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human.

The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner - Petra Hammesfahr

On a sunny summer afternoon by the lake, Cora Bender stabs a complete stranger to death. Why? What would cause this quiet, kind young mother to commit such a startling act of violence in front of her family and friends?

Cora quickly confesses and it seems like an open-and-shut case. But the police commissioner, haunted by these unanswered questions, refuses to close the file and begins his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into the depths of her own psyche and the violent secrets buried within.

A dark, spellbinding novel where the truth is to be questioned at every turn, The Sinner is now a smash summer hit, with the TV series hailed as one of the best new shows of summer.

Abandon by Blake Crouch

Abandon - Blake Crouch

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold-mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins—and not a single bone was ever found.

One hundred sixteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them to the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened. Recently, a similar party had also attempted to explore the town and was never heard from again. Now the area is believed to be haunted. This crew is about to discover, twenty miles from civilization with a blizzard bearing down, that they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund

Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong.

And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do—and fail to do—for the people they love.

Kindle Purchases:

Mad City: The True Story of the Campus Murders That America Forgot by Michael Arntfield

Mad City - Michael Arntfield

Mad City: The True Story of the Campus Murders That America Forgot is a chilling, unflinching exploration of American crimes of the twentieth century and how one serial killer managed to slip through the cracks—until now.

In fall 1967, friends Linda Tomaszewski and Christine Rothschild are freshmen at the University of Wisconsin. The students in the hippie college town of Madison are letting down their hair—and their guards. But amid the peace rallies lurks a killer.

When Christine’s body is found, her murder sends shockwaves across college campuses, and the Age of Aquarius gives way to a decade of terror.

Linda knows the killer, but when police ignore her pleas, he slips away. For the next forty years, Linda embarks on a cross-country quest to find him. When she discovers a book written by the murderer’s mother, she learns Christine was not his first victim—or his last. The slayings continue, and a single perpetrator emerges: the Capital City Killer. As police focus on this new lead, Linda receives a disturbing note from the madman himself. Can she stop him before he kills again?

Brothers in Blood by David Stuart Davies

Brother in Blood - David Stuart Davis

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida’s Red River County.

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 convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all. But how do you confront your husband when you don’t want to know the truth?

Kindle Freebie:

Carrion by Betsy Reavley

Carrion by Betsy Reavley

After surviving a fatal accident Monica is left wondering what happened to her life.
Why did the car crash and why is she being haunted by a crow?
Unable to remember the events that led to that fateful day and plagued by frightening visions Monica is determined to get some answers.
But sometimes the truth is best left buried.

Read It Swap It:

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Gailbraith

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

**Owned books to read total: 298

A significantly calmer hauling month, I’m rather proud of myself. I have realised my weakness and that’s blog tours – I love taking part in them and a considerable number of my review copies come by way of blog tour participation.

How many books did you haul this month?

Did we haul any of the same books?

29 thoughts on “#BookHaul: September 2017

  1. Smaller she calls it.. hmm ;-). Love your haul.. very interested in The Ghost Writer! I’ve read one other book of hers that was very unexpected (in a good way) but was romance/erotica. It seems this is her first try at something new. I know the woman can write so high hopes for this one!

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    1. Hey it is smaller 😂🙈 I saw The Ghostwriter on Zuky’s NG Finds post and I wasn’t sure but I decided to request it because it’s not like I have a lot of other books to read 😂 I hadn’t heard of the author before but I really like sound of this one!

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    1. I’m on the blog tour for Snare so my review will be up towards the end of Oct but it’s an Orenda blog tour and they last an entire month so you’ll see plenty of reviews for that one next month 😂 I’m particularly intrigued by Widdershins too, I love novels featuring witches/witchcraft 😊

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  2. Great book haul!
    I’m looking forward to your review of The Sinner. I’m watching the TV series so I probably won’t read the book afterwards.
    Anatomy of a Scandal looks good!
    I read The Handmaid’s Tale, sadly it wasn’t my favorite. It gets mixed reviews so I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of it.

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    1. I have a book hauling problem 😂
      I’m reading The Sinner in Nov for Criminally Good Book Club, if I enjoy it, I’ll probably watch the series after.
      I’ve heard such great things about The Handmaid’s Tale But I am interested in the Atwood book you featured in your post today!

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  3. Impressive book haul! I don’t know how you keep up with your reading. If you get 30 titles in a month to review, does that mean you read a book a day?
    Also, I’m very envious of your fantastic publisher contacts. Well done you!

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    1. 😊 I wish I could read a book a day lol, blog tour books are the only ones I receive with a review deadline and publishers/tour organisers usually send them out a month or so beforehand so I have plenty of time to read them. The rest don’t come with a review deadline so I just work my way through them and seem to maintain the balance, I’m even managing to fit in a few of my own books.

      The funny thing is, on my blog, I’ve actually “turned off” review requests unless I’ve worked with that publisher previously, I do accept the odd one if I really like the sound of it (eg. Zenka) But that allows me to build a better relationship with the publishers I review for as I can review more of their books and I hope they see me as a reliable long term blogger haha!

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  4. So many amazing books! Jealous 😁 I hope you enjoy them. I am looking forward to your review of The Last Girl. Maybe you could feature it as a guest review on my blog as part of Non Fiction November? If you have the time that is 😯

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      1. Not an exclusive review, I just wondered if you would be happy sharing your NF review with the readers on my blog as part of Non Fiction November. I am planning to post every day and I am constantly trying to find different ways to celebrate the genre across the month.

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