How time flies! We’ve reached the end of January already, and what a busy month it’s been. I’ve had nowhere near as much free time as I’m used to but I read all 6 books listed in my January TBR, plus a few others, so I call that a successful reading month. February is going to be even more hectic for me so I doubt I’ll manage 12 books again, so I have to be super picky with what I chose to read next month. How has your first month of 2018 been?
I’ve has some real reading highs and lows this month, so let’s get to the books…
The standout books of the month were:
Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb
Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Also read this month:
Veronica’s Bird by Veronica Bird & Richard Newman (non-fiction)
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
*Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Burned (Henning Juul #1) by Thomas Enger
The Joyce Girl by Annabel Abbs
*A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Pierced (Henning Juul #2) by Thomas Enger
The Abandoned by Sharon Thompson
*These books were not to my liking at all, so reviews will not follow! Reviews for the others will come soon [hopefully].
Other bookish posts this month:
Criminally Good Book Club:
February’s book is Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner
In this exhilarating thriller inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer.
In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.
Caitlin and the FBI’s serial crime unit discover the first victim’s body in the woods. She’s laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest’s darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style–posed like Snow White awaiting her prince’s kiss.
To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology–that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy–dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin’s profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people’s trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.
And that concludes my first wrap up of the year. Join me on the blog tomorrow as I look ahead at my February TBR.