#5Books: Book recs and Unbelievable

Is anyone watching Unbelievable on Netflix?

It’s the story of a young woman, Marie, who reported a rape and was just never believed. The problem was, she was the first in a long line of women who were raped by the same man. The show is devastating in that it follows Marie during and after the rape, showing everything she endured at the hands of the people she should trust the most — the police and her foster mothers.

At the same time, two cops stumble onto the similarities with rape cases they’re investigating, and so begins the second storyline in the show. It’s got Toni Collette in it (and Merrit Weaver), but I didn’t realise Danielle Macdonald was in it. The differences between the women cops who cared that they were investigates rapes, and the cops who badgered Marie into recanting her report are stark.

The show also shows that no victim reacts the same. Because Marie didn’t react the way everyone else thought she should, she was disbelieved. There was (is) a manual for cops on how to solve rape cases (and rapists in how to avoid getting caught) but nothing for victims in how to act so everyone believes them *rolls eyes*

It is based on the article that won a Pulitzer Prize (!!) .

Okay, ARGH put to one side because here are some book recs

Clear My Name

Innocent?

When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury, and when they sent her to prison.

Now she’s three years into a fifteen-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame.

Guilty?

Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. Through her job for Innocence UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth.

But when she is asked to take Carrie’s case, Tess realises that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide . . .

We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.

These are two very different women and two very situations (and secrets), and yet they’re linked — how? I love it when a blurb brings me down to something like this that is so improbable, and leaves me hoping the author makes it work. 

This Little Dark Place

How well do you know your girlfriend?

How well do you know your lover?

How well do you know yourself?

Daniel and Victoria are together. They’re trying for a baby. Ruby is in prison, convicted of assault on an abusive partner.

But when Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners, he and Ruby make contact. At first the messages are polite, neutral – but soon they find themselves revealing more and more about themselves. Their deepest fears, their darkest desires.

And then, one day, Ruby comes to find Daniel. And now he must decide who to choose – and who to trust.

Who to trust? So Daniel won’t trust his girlfriend? I know the blurb is so focused on Ruby and Daniel… so what aren’t they telling us about Victoria?? Secrets and lies right?

Ninth House

The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Leigh Bardugo is one of those authors I have always planned to read but never have. I must admit, this looks more interesting and far more intense from what I have heard than anything else she’s done.

Get A Life Chloe Brown 

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamourous family’s mansion. The next items?

Enjoy a drunken night out.
Ride a motorcycle.
Go camping.
Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…

Chloe, may darling, may you rebel to your heart’s content with Red! How beautiful does this sound?!

The Babysitter’s Coven

Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.

Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer — I’m not even kidding, I was hooked right there. (And whether you’re a babysitter or a mom, seriously, you all are superheroes!)

What are you looking forward to this week? The Leigh Bardguo really does pique my interest — I want to get the hype around her, but haven’t just yet.

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