Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (April 2018)

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I’m linking up again with Tina @ Reading between the Pages to look ahead at the books I’d like to read in April. I’m so determine to read all the books, I’ve already finished one, Keeper by Johana Gustawsson, all ready for my blog tour stop on the 6th. So let’s see what else I’m reading this month….

Currently Reading…

I’m hosting a 3 week readalong on Instagram for this one

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Six Four - Hideo YokoyamaSIX FOUR.

For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police’s apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as ‘Six Four’. They would never forgive the authorities their failure.

For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he’d known what he would find.


A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard

A Breath After Drowning - Sharon BlanchardChild psychiatrist Kate Wolfe’s world comes crashing down when one of her young patients commits suicide, so when a troubled girl is left at the hospital ward, she doubts her ability to help. But the girl knows things about Kate’s past, things she shouldn’t know, forcing Kate to face the murky evidence surrounding her own sister s murder sixteen years before. A murder for which a man is about to be executed. Unearthing secrets about her own family, and forced to face both her difficult relationship with her distant father and the possibility that her mother might also have met a violent end, the shocking final twist brings Kate face to face with her deepest fear.

The Rest of the Month…

For blog tours

Now You See by Max Manning

Now You See - Max ManningOn the streets of London, a vicious killer is using social media to turn murder into entertainment . . .

I, Killer has posted two photos of his first victim online – Before Death and After Death. They’ve gone viral before DCI Fenton’s team even discovers the body.

Soon, another victim’s photo is similarly posted . . . and so begins the killer’s following.

DCI Fenton is determined to discover the identity of I, Killer before another innocent life is claimed. Then the case takes a dark turn, and Fenton’s search becomes a matter of life or death for him and his young daughter.

But as I, Killer’s body-count rises, his number of online followers is growing – and he loves to give his fans what they want . . .


Girl Fighter by Cyan Night

Girl Fighter - Cyan NightWhat kind of person signs up for a cage fight? Aliyah, a mixed race Australian lives a solitary life as a computer specialist in London. She is born with an exceptional intelligence but her gifted mind does little to alleviate the pain she carries inside since her childhood. One day Aliyah stumbles upon a mixed martial arts gym. Like many fighters before her she finds peace in a sport that is seemingly violent. She takes on training with a military discipline as an easy substitute for any meaningful bond in her life. Her journey to her debut cage fight is challenging, but it does nothing to prepare her for the biggest fight of her life. Girl Fighter explores the motivations of a mixed martial artist, the challenges of women in combat sport and the unseen struggles of a brain injury survivor.

Buddy Read…

The Fireman by Joe Hill (with Beth @ Bibliobeth)

The Fireman - Joe HillNobody knew where the virus came from.
FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s.
MSNBC said sources indicated it might’ve been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian types fixated on the Book of Revelation.
CNN reported both sides.
While every TV station debated the cause, the world burnt.

Pregnant school nurse, HARPER GRAYSON, had seen lots of people burn on TV, but the first person she saw burn for real was in the playground behind the school.
With the epic scope of THE PASSAGE and the emotional impact of THE ROAD, this is one woman’s story of survival at the end of the world.

Book Clubs…

The theme for this month’s The BookBum Club is “Short and Sweet” – read a book under 200 pages.

The Cremator – Ladislav Fuks

The Cremator - Ladislav Fuks“The devil’s neatest trick is to persuade us that he doesn’t exist.” Giovanni Papini It is a maxim that both rings true in our contemporary world and pervades this tragicomic novel of anxiety and evil set amid the horrors of World War II. As a gay man living in a totalitarian, patriarchal society, noted Czech writer Ladislav Fuks identified with the tragic fate of his Jewish countrymen during the Holocaust. The Cremator arises from that shared experience. Fuks presents a grotesque, dystopian world in which a dutiful father, following the strict logic of his time, liberates the souls of his loved ones by destroying their bodies first the dead, then the living. As we watch this very human character a character who never ceases to believe that he is doing good become possessed by an inhuman ideology, the evil that initially permeates the novel’s atmosphere concretizes in this familiar family man. A study of the totalitarian mindset with stunning resonance for today, The Cremator is a disturbing, powerful work of literary horror.


Penance by Kanae Minato (for @criminallygoodbooklcub)

Penance - Kanae MinatoWhen a group of young girls are approached by a stranger, they cannot know that the encounter will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Hours later, Emily is dead. The surviving girls alone can identify the killer. But not one of them remembers his face…

Driven mad by grief, the victim’s mother demands the girls find the murderer or else atone for their crimes. If they do neither, she will have her revenge. She will make them pay…

From the critically acclaimed author of Confessions, Penance is a dark and disturbing tale of revenge that will leave you reeling.


Tangerine by Christine Mangan (for Salt Water Reads)

Tangerine - Christine ManganThe last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the horrific accident at Bennington, the two friends – once inseparable roommates – haven’t spoken in over a year. But Lucy is standing there, trying to make things right.

Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy, always fearless and independent, helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice – she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Carried over from last month’s TBR post:

And I’m also hoping to get through:


Ambitious, as always!

Are we reading any of the same books this month?

24 thoughts on “Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (April 2018)

    1. The Witch Finder’s Sister has been on my immediate TBR for months now 🙈 I’m determined to read it this month! I bought the hardback when it first came out and now it’s out in paperback – I should make a new rule, read all hardbacks before their paperback release 😂😂😂

      I’m 100 pages into Six Four and so far so good!

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    1. 2018 is my year for tackling big books! 😅 I’m 100 pages into Six Four and enjoying it so far, it reminds me of a previous Japanese crime fiction book I read and they tend to focus on the mystery rather than it reading like a thriller so that might divide opinions in a big book, as some struggle to keep the momentum going, but we’ll see…

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  1. Your TBR always makes me want to read ALL THE BOOKS! There’s so many on here that I’m intrigued about. I shall certainly be looking out for your reviews.

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  2. Ooo – I REALLY like the sound of “A Breath After Drowning” (which I’d not heard of) and “Now You See” (which I had heard of)!

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  3. Brilliant choices Janel, particularly your buddy read…haha 😂😉 I’m very excited to hear your thoughts on Tangerine and The Witchfinder’s Sister, both books I had quite differing opinions on! Also, the Stephen Kings. ALWAYS the Stephen Kings! 🤗

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    1. Haha, I thought you’d approve of the buddy read 😂 I’ve been meaning to read The Witchfinders Sister for months so I want to get to that one particularly. And omg, I’m on a mega King kick at the moment, I want to read everything by him lol

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