#5Books: Wherein I ponder old fandoms and new book recs

#5Books: book recs for the week ending 29 January 2017

It’s been a wonderfully short week this week thanks to a (highly contentious) public holiday, at just the right time to have a 4-day weekend. So there was sleeping in and catching up with family, and the usual sorts of stuff.

I watched Lion recently, and will post a review up soon about it — and all I will say is take tissues. It’s not groundbreaking or anything like that, but it’s heartfelt and emotional and it’s real. It’s still amazing that he found his village using a Google Earth in its infancy.

I’ve also been rewatching Sherlock and enjoying the season post-Reichenbach — which no, I didn’t have the heart to watch that episode, because reading it destroyed me. And Mary, who was wonderful. So much better than the RDJ version, or to be more accurate, I think she’s more developed than that version was — I always felt like that version had such potential! I would totally watch a Mary, the spy and Sherlock series.

But, on to the book recs this week!

Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance  reviewed a book I haven’t been able to get out of my mind because of the unusual choice of characters the authors focuses on.

A Caribbean murder mystery. Nods. Yup, the location grabbed my attention (naturally) but so is the mix of cultural knowledge and forensics that the main investigator brings to the case.

The third rec tells the story of what happens when a case is finished, when the bad guy is caught. And what I LIKE is that it’s not a happily ever after.

The fourth rec has a promising blurb…. well, the use of a particular word has me interested because it speaks to the best kind of mystery there is.

And last is a bit of a familiar trope but, hopefully this book is done better than the book I’ve read before. I want to be hopeful.

History Is All You Left Me 

This is a story of the people left behind when Theo dies — what interests me is it’s his ex, Griffin and Jackson his current boyfriend who are the main characters in the book — well Griffin more than Jackson in a way. This is about Griffin coming to terms with losing Theo because he was it for him. But there’s more that Griffin is dealing with, and the author is taking on some complicated issues and from Lauren’s review, he deals with them well.

The Bone Readers

I am sooo intriuged by the combination of forensics and cultural knowledge in this. And it’s set in the Carribbean to boot — a setting I have not read before. This is abuot Digger, a new recruit to the police force in the island of Camaho. Thing is, he’s really there to find his mother’s killer — a cop. But, finds himself absorbed into his boss’s obsession with a cold case too. And that’s how the mix of forensics and Carribbean cultural knowledge from his grandmother — a reader of bones — that helps him with these cases. It’s that mix of science and culture that I am busting to learn more about.

What You Don’t Know

What happens when the case is solved and the bad guy supposedly put away? This book says bad, bad things. Seven years after Paul Hoskins and his partner arrest a serial killer, Seever, Hoskins is banished into solving cold cases. Seever’s wife Gloria can’t escape the public wondering whether she knew, and Sammie Peterson who made her career by covering the case for her paper, is now selling make-up. So how did this happen? And how are people still dying in the same way that Seever killed them all those years ago? But the most important question of all is: what will Hoskins and Sammie do to get their lives back? This is the first book I’ve seen that tackles what happens after a case is supposedly solved. How did Hoskins and Sammie fall so far?

Ill Will

Self-deception is quite a word to use in a blurb isn’t it? That’s what made me stop and read the rest of it. Dustin is a psychiatrist who is fond of saying that people are always telling a story to themselves, about themselves. Which he does as well… except, his is a life. Soon enough Dustin is informed that Rusty his adopted brother, who killed their parents, their aunt and uncle is due to be set free thanks to a DNA analysis. Here’s where it gets interesting: Dustin’s testimony is what put him away. And if that wasn’t enough to keep you (me really) interested, there’s the plot line involving one of Dustin’s patients, who is involved with a string of drowning deaths. There’s more to it naturally, BUT, I don’t want it to be a matter of Rusty being behind it to get revenge. I hope that the word self-deception hold up to its potential in this story. 

Here Lies Daniel Tate

There was a book by an Australian author that did the same plot, broadly speaking. It was pretty bad, IMO, though it did get good reviews from other bloggers. The particular trope: kidnapped child coming back years later is one filled with heaps of potential. Daniel Tate has returned, or so everyone thinks, six years after he’s been kidnapped. He may not remember his past, but his family says it’s their Daniel. But, much like the other book I mentioned, the con artist taking Daniel’s place discovers this is a family of secrets. I really do want this to be good — the plot has such potential IMO — especially as the promise of family secrets rears its head. 

Voila. Family secrets, revenge, happily ever afters that aren’t, cold cases and a love story without a happily ever after. Which ones are you looking forward to?!


  • Kelly says:

    I can’t wait to see Lion! I’ll wait until it’s on Foxtel though so I can ugly cry in the privacy of my own home. It looks incredible and I’m hoping to read the book first. Have you read it yet? Can’t wait for your movie review! <3 <3

    • Verushka says:

      Haven’t had a chance to read it yet. When to the YA Penguin thing I told you about and there was a YA version of the shelf, that I made a beeline for and surprised someone bc I was interested in it and not any other the authors there first #WOOPS. lol

  • History is All You Left Me is super high on my list. Ill Will sounds interesting too. Thanks for sharing these!!

  • If we’re thinking of the same Aussie kidnapping book (rhymes with “shmolen” lol) then I agree, it wasn’t executed all that well. But I love the premise, so here’s hoping that Here Lies Daniel Tate is good!

    Adam Silvera is an author whose work I’ve been meaning to read for ages but I haven’t made it a priority yet. I’ll probably start with More Happy Than Not since it’s more my speed as it’s SFF, but History is All You Left Me is on the TBR too!

    • Verushka says:

      Haaa, you know what I’m not. Which means there are two Australian books out there, with the same plot and not execute well YIKES.

      I did not know about Adam Silvera until I read Lauren’s Book review. Need to rectify this IA!

  • AngelErin says:

    HIstory is all you left me, What you don’t know, and Here Lies Daniel Tate all sound great! Thanks as always for the awesome book recs!

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