So, I was absent from blogging and commenting for about half of last week, because I was off on a little break.
Byron Bay is a little coastal town where time has stood still (it feels like), cell service is not all that good and online services worse still. Chris Hemsworth is building a massive house somewhere there and pissing his neighbours off, but I didn’t meet him (alas).
Given that list, I think a friend of mine was right in pointing out I don’t know how to relax, but relaxing isn’t always sitting out on the beach and contemplating the waves for me — I mean I did that too, and I finished two books, but at some point, I want to turn my brain off and watch a movie, or just see what’s happening in the news and your blogs.
Can you guys completely switch off when you’re on holiday and just go with the flow? Or are you planner and need to be doing something? I went on an unplanned hike, and a walk to an art’s estate that is *this* close to going out of business, but those were the only two planned things. So to speak.
And in among doing all that, there are recs. OH! And also beachy photos right over here.
Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.
Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences but those around you, as well.
New Oldbury, 1821
In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.
All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…
In what much be the best marketing for a book, I got an email calling this: Pride and Prejudice meets Practical Magic and was hooked after that. I will admit the blurb doesn’t seem to suggest very much of either, but I live in hope!
The new novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Heart’s Invisible Furies , a seductive Highsmithian psychodrama following one brilliant, ruthless man who will stop at nothing in his pursuit of fame
Maurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for success. The one thing he doesn’t have is talent – but he’s not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don’t need to be his own. Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988, Maurice engineers the perfect opportunity: a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann. He quickly ingratiates himself with the powerful – but desperately lonely – older man, teasing out of Erich a terrible, long-held secret about his activities during the war. Perfect material for Maurice’s first novel. Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. Moving from the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan and London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation, preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall…
Interesting bc it’s entirely the opposite to Girl on a Page and Malcolm and Helen who believe in literary greatness and not fame. Here Maurice wants fame above all else. I am hoping it’s much better than Girl on a Page was, at least.
Who killed Aurora Jackson? Jonah Sheens untangles a web of long-buried secrets in this outstanding debut thriller by the most exciting new voice in upmarket crime fiction.
On a hot July night in 1983, six school friends go camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, they are destined for great things, and young Aurora Jackson is dazzled to be allowed to tag along.
Thirty years later, a body is discovered. DCI Sheens is called to the scene, but he already knows what’s waiting for him: Aurora Jackson, found at long last. And that’s not all. The friends have all maintained their innocence, but the body is found in a hideaway only the six of them knew about.
It seems the killer has always lurked very close to home…
First, what on earth is upmarket fiction? Whoever invented that phrase needs to be banned bc what is it saying about those of us who might not find “upmarket” crime fiction all that interesting. And yes, this is still on this list, despite such snobbery.
Is the killer on the loose…or standing right beside you?
When art student, Aiden Blake, witnesses a gruesome attack on a London towpath, the police need him to identify the assailant without delay. But there’s a problem: refusing to leave his canal boat and traumatised by the shock, Aiden is rendered mute by the horror of the event and can’t speak to anyone.
In a desperate bid to gain vital information before Aiden’s memories fade, The Met call in Clinical Psychologist and trauma expert, Dr Samantha Willerby, giving her only seven days to get a result. When Aiden finally starts to communicate through his art, however, the images he produces are not what anyone expects and before Sam can make sense of them, another murder takes place.
With her professional skills stretched to the limit and the clock ticking, Sam strives to track down a killer who is as clever as she is – someone who always manages to stay one step ahead.
A Samantha Willerby Mystery, Perfect Bones is a tense and creepy psychological thriller that will send your pulse racing. It can easily be read as a stand-alone novel and will appeal to fans of authors like Nicci French, Mark Edwards and Lisa Gardner.
AJ Waines was a psychotherapist before she became a writer, and worked in safe houses with women who were violent offenders. And who grew up with violence. I have to admit, this article is what makes me want to read this as she talks about how her work there influenced her writing — and the culprits (women) in her books.
That’s all she wrote this week! How are you doing?