So I thought I would give you a quick update on my August reads. Winter has been a very busy season for me this year and life has done its utmost to crumble the cookie. But I have been reading a few juicy reads, gotten addicted to a delicious new crime series and fallen down a delightful – but addictive and consuming – reading rabbit hole.
Perfect People by Peter James
*finished in a redeye-inducing all nighter binge-read*
When a young couple learn they are both carriers of a gene likely to give their children a rare genetic disease, they visit a secret clinic for a ‘designer baby’. But it does not all work out as planned….
Citadel by Kate Mosse
*currently deliciously savouring each wordful*
1942. Occupied France. A time of courage, betrayal, loyalty – and love.
1942, Nazi-occupied France. Sandrine, a spirited and courageous nineteen-year-old, finds herself drawn into a Resistance group in Carcassonne – codenamed ‘Citadel’ – made up of ordinary women who are prepared to risk everything for what is right.
And when she meets Raoul, they discover a shared passion for the cause, for their homeland, and for each other.
But in a world where the enemy now lies in every shadow – where neighbour informs on neighbour; where friends disappear without warning and often without trace – love can demand the highest price of all.
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
*currently letting this mind twister twist my mind*
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Welcome to Christine’s life.
Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle- aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.
But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities—tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life—and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?
Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un- believable it seems.
Reviews on these three books next week Wednesday right here on Kim’s Kaffeeklatsch.
Death by Chocolate Reads (highly addictive crime thriller reading)
Chelsea Cain and her “Gretchen Lowell series”
Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer known as the Beauty Killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him…and tortured him…and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie’s life and then turn herself in? This question keeps him up all night—and keeps him coming back to visit Gretchen in prison every week. But Archie also needs Gretchen, as new murder cases he’s solving keep leading him back to his former captor. Read this mystery thriller series and discover the creepiest serial killer you’ve ever encountered.
#3 Evil at Heart
*Currently Salivating Over*
#4 The Night Season
*On The Night Stand*
#5 Kill You Twice
#6 Let Me Go
Review on this decadently addictive series coming on the first Wednesday of October right here on Kim’s Kaffeeklatsch.
Reading Rabbit Hole
I have been let into the Cool readers group….a not so secret society that gives readers first glimpses into new books before they get published…
I know you want the down-low and pronto:
I am talking about Net Galley.
I recently heard about Net Galley through a fellow book addict/crime writer, Rebecca Bradley. (If you haven’t checked out her blog, Murder down to a Tea, – tell me that isn’t an amazing blog name for a British crime writer! 😉 – do yourself a favour and go check it out.)
After digging around the Net Galley site I knew I wanted in. I signed up. Then I requested some books I wanted and waited for the tick of approval from the publishers. The first two books I got were:
Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner
When your own eyes betray you, who can you trust?
In Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.
What Came Before by Anna George
David Forrester and Elle Nolan are sophisticated, mature people who don’t understand love. They live in a world where love is revered but marriages commonly end in divorce, or worse.
Over the course of one ill-fated night, David and Elle recount the journey of their love affair.
And it begins with David admitting into his dictaphone to the killing of Elle.
Visceral and compelling, What Came Before creates a chilling modern portrait of the dark side of love.
So look out for the reviews on Kim’s Kaffeeklatsch right here, coming in a post this month.
What have you been reading in August?
What books were greedily gorged on?
What books are you deliciously savouring?
What books are on your night stand for September?