#5Books: Book recs and a little bit of randomness

It’s the strangest thing to find The Little Bookshop on the Seine reflecting my watching habits right now, but here we are: Taken. Yes, I am watching the TV series, based on the movie that fuels a decent amount of Sarah’s and her mother’s fears about moving to Paris.

That little bit of random similarity has given me much amusement because they are so different: Sarah is a lot naieve about the world outside Ashford, but that doesn’t stop her moving forward, and switching bookshops, while everyone in Taken is more than a little bit world weary at everything.

It’s also very patriotic while being obviously Canadian — this is another source of amusement, even as yes, it’s good enough to stay entertained with. Also, has more than a wee bit of Canadian actors that are sooo familiar from shows like BattleStar Galactica.

What can I say — it’s the little things in life that give me great amusement.

The Temple House Vanishing

Twenty-five years ago, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her charismatic teacher disappeared without trace…

In an elite Catholic girls’ boarding-school the pupils live under the repressive, watchful gaze of the nuns. Seeking to break from the cloistered atmosphere two of the students – Louisa and Victoria – quickly become infatuated with their young, bohemian art teacher, and act out passionately as a result. That is, until he and Louisa suddenly disappear.

Years later, a journalist uncovers the troubled past of the school and determines to resolve the mystery of the missing pair. The search for the truth will uncover a tragic, mercurial tale of suppressed desire and long-buried secrets. It will shatter lives and lay a lost soul to rest.

The Temple House Vanishing is a stunning, intensely atmospheric novel of unrequited longing, dark obsession and uneasy consequences.

… I am team Victoria killing the both of them. Mind you, that’s because I am remembering The Reunion, which the more I think about it, this one is very similar to that. That said, I could be way off base and Victoria doesn’t have anything to do with anything and there’s something entirely happening.

The Keeper

An addictive literary thriller about a crime as shocking as it is commonplace

When Katie Straw’s body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police are ready to write it off as a standard-issue female suicide. But the residents of the domestic violence shelter where Katie worked disagree. These women have spent weeks or even years waiting for the men they’re running from to catch up with them. They know immediately: This was murder.

Still, Detective Dan Whitworth and his team expect an open-and-shut case–until they discover evidence that suggests Katie wasn’t who she appeared. Weaving together the investigation with Katie’s final months as it barrels toward the truth, The Keeper is a riveting mystery and a searing examination of violence against women and the structures that allow it to continue, marking the debut of an incredible new voice in crime fiction.

The cover caught my eye rightaway — the faceless woman is haunting. I didn’t expect the domestic violence angle, there’s such logic and sense to a story like this — to women who are hiding, and still live in fear of the men that are after them. Given the shelter and the women who come there for help, it makes sense that Katie could have something to hide … but what is she hiding from? Is that who came for her? Or is it because of one of the women she was protecting?

One White Lie

It’s only ONE WHITE LIE, until someone turns up dead… 2020’s most gripping debut psychological thriller – available to pre-order now.

Imagine you’ve finally escaped the worst relationship of your life, running away with only a suitcase and a black eye.

Imagine your new next-door neighbours are the friends you so desperately needed – fun, kind, empathetic, very much in love.

Imagine they’re in trouble. That someone is telling lies about them, threatening their livelihoods – and even their lives.

Imagine your ex is coming for you.

If your new best friends needed you to tell one small lie, and all of these problems would disappear, you’d do it, wouldn’t you?

It’s only one small lie, until someone turns up dead.

Oh, it’s the smallest lies that always get you. What was the lie? Who ended up dead? And is it really the ex that is doing this?!

Seven Lies

It all started with one little lie . . .

Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome young men.

But Jane never liked Marnie’s husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course.

Because if Jane had been honest – if she hadn’t lied – then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive . . .

This is Jane’s opportunity to tell the truth, the question is:
Do you believe her?

Oh my, this is the kind of unreliable narrator I can get behind. I’m going to go with a hard no on believing Jane — but did she kill him? What did she lie about and how did it lead to his death?

Dear Child

A windowless shack in the woods. Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee – but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called ‘Lena’, who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle which doesn’t quite seem to fit.

The cover and blurb are at such odds, but that’s what makes the effect of both so terribly macabre, and yes, still makes me want to read it. Who is Lena? Who was keeping her and her children safe from the world?

That’s it for me. A little bit of random and a selection I am truly waiting to read. Hope you guys had a good week too!

 

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