Letterbox Love all of the lovely, lovely books I’ve gotten in the post, bought and everything else. Summaries are taken from the cover, or Amazon/NetGalley/Goodreads in the case of e-books, unless otherwise stated. Hosted by Narratively Speaking.
Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs (e-proof)
Unexpectedly called into the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, sperated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common – the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devasting defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue – unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.
But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.
In Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs never fails to satisfy readers looking for psychological suspense that’s more than skin deep.
I’m determined to get caught up with the Tempe books this summer! Thanks to NetGalley and Bantam!
Zom-B Clans, Darren Shan (hardback)
B’s fellow angel, Vinyl, is being held hostage by the sinister owl man...who will only release him in exchange for B’s dangerous captive...
Owl Man purses his lips thoughtfully. ‘You can have Daniel. We will take Vinyl. When you return to London, bring Daniel to us and I will arrange a swap.’
‘Wait a minute,’ Dan-Dan squawks, losing his calm. ‘You can’t leave me in the clutches of these foul brutes...they’ll kill me!’
‘No.’ Owl Man says. ‘Vinyl is one of Becky’s oldest, dearest friends. She came back to save him. She will not harm you if she knows that she can swap you for him later.’
‘You expect me to trust you?’
‘What other option do you have? Owl Man says sweetly.’
I love this series. Thanks S&S!
Black Ice, Becca Fitzpatrick (proof)
Sometimes danger is too hard to see...until it’s too late.
Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Ridge, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants – but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there...and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.
But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?
Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzparick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous...
I actually never finished the Hush, Hush trilogy, but I’m intrigued by this. Thanks S&S!
Cursed Moon, Jaye Wells (paperback)
Magic is a drug. It’ll cost more than you can pay...
The rise of a Blue Moon is wreaking havoc on the city: magic is going haywire, secrets are being spilled and potions are more addictive than they have any right to be. Babylon Police Department has its hands full trying to keep the peace and every cop in the city is on edge.
Detective Kate Prospero and her Magic Enforcement colleagues pitch in to keep the chaos at a minimum. But when they’re dragged into a case involving sex magic, a rogue wizard and Kate’s twisted uncle, it’s every woman for herself. Especially Kate – whose secrets just got a lot harder to keep.
This is the second book in a series I haven’t read so I probably won’t get around to it. Anyone fancy it?
A Song for Ella Grey, David Almond (e-proof)
An epic new novel from the award winning author of Skellig.
A lyrical teenage love story inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Set in the urban landscape and coastal headlands of the North East of England, David Almond brings his legendary storytelling to this heart-breaking tale, giving it the intoxicating urgency and absolute beauty he is so admired for.
“I’m the one who’s left behind. I’m the one left to tell the tale. I knew them both...know they lived and how they died.”
Claire is Ella Grey’s best friend. She’s there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world. This is her story – as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can feel final.
Yay, a new David Almond! This sounds gorgeous. Thanks NetGalley and Hodder.
Noggin, John Corey Whaley (paperback)
Listen: Travis Coats was alive once and then he wasn’t. Now he’s alive again. Simple as that.
The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body and, well, here he is.
Despite all logic, he’s still sixteen and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his parents, his best friend and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too. If the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going find a way to exist together, it looks like there’s going to be a few more scars.
Oh well, you only live twice.
This sounds weird and wonderful and I’m so excited!! Thanks S&S!
Sinner, Maggie Stiefvater (hardback)
The stunning companion novel to the bestselling Shiver, Linger and Forever trilogy.
Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance.
Only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret – his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago.
And now their paths cross again. They have the power to save each other and the power to tear each other apart.
The only thing they know for certain is that they cannot let go.
Adore the Shiver trilogy so I’m both excited and terrified to read this.
Dawn, Eve Edwards (paperback)
22 October 1916
Sebastian reached in his pocket for the portrait of Helen he had drawn only last year. ‘I’m looking for a young lad who came through here late last night.’
In the midst of the First World War Helen Sanford, a young nurse, has disappeared. Sebastian Trewby is determined to find her so that he can protect her before his flight squadron calls him back for duty.
Helen knows that is Sebastian discovers her it could ruin him. Society wants to persecute her for German heritage and she is threatened at every turn. Her only hope lies with those that love her, and the authorities are closing in...
I loved Dusk so I’m really looking forward to this, especially after the evil cliffhanger!
I also bought finished copies of Blue by Lisa Glass, A Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens and the Penguin Clothbound Classics edition of Mansfield Park.