New Arrivals!

I’ve got some really nice books recently. Here they are… .

Books I got for review

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

The new Joe Hill, for review from William Morrow. I am not really into the horror genre, but I previously read  Horns by this writer, which I enjoyed a lot. And this sounds like another good, if strange, book.

The publisher says: “NOS4A2

Don’t slow down

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn’t tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie’s twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble . . . and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie’s unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.

But Charlie Manx hasn’t stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won’t slow down until he’s taken his revenge. He’s after something very special—something Vic can never replace.

As a life-and-death battle of wills builds—her magic pitted against his—Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all . . . or die trying. . . .”

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Books I won in a giveaway

Letter from Skye Jessica Brockmole

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

A win from Hutchinson, part of Windmill Books, my favorite UK publishers. A book in letters between two very different people. It sounds interesting!

The publisher says: “March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet and a fisherman’s wife, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s bucolic Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when a fan letter arrives from an American college student, David Graham.

As the two strike up a correspondence — sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets — their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I moves across Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he comes back alive.

June 1940: More than twenty years later, at the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for her best friend, a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against finding love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. And after a nearby bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears.

Only a single letter, sent decades before by a stranger named David Graham, remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover who David is and where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago . . .”

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Books I bought

The Donor by Helen Fitzgerald

The Donor by Helen Fitzgerald

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while, since I love Helen Fitzgerald’s books (I read The Duplicate and Bloody Women). I got it (in the Dutch translation) from a book sale at a publisher’s on their open day last week. 

From the publisher: “Will’s 47. His wife bailed out when the twins were in nappies and hasn’t been seen since. He coped OK by himself at first, giving Georgie and Kay all the love he could, working in a boring admin job to support them. Just after the twins turn sixteen, Georgie suffers kidney failure and is placed on dialysis. Her type is rare, and Will immediately offers to donate an organ. Without a transplant, she would probably never see adulthood. So far so good. But then Kay gets sick. She’s also sixteen. Just as precious. Her kidney type just as rare.

Time is critical, and he has to make a decision. Should he buy a kidney – be an organ tourist? Should he save one child? If so, which one? Should he sacrifice himself? Or is there a fourth solution – one so terrible it has never even crossed his mind?”

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The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers

The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyer

Another book I got from the publisher’s book sale. I have seen this book around and I love the Dutch cover, very curious about the book.

From the publishers: “Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption.

Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she’s questioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother.

Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again, and she trusted him.

But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he’s kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.

Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.”

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Wink Murder by Ali Knight

Wink Murder by Ali Knight

Yet another book from the publisher’s sale. Yes, it was a “3 for…” sale (10 euros, only!) so this was my third book. I had not heard of it although the author’s name does sound familiar.

From the publisher: “Kate Forman has an enviable life: a loving family and a perfect husband, Paul. But one night she finds Paul drunk and covered in blood, mumbling about having killed something – or someone.

When a young and attractive woman who works for Paul is found murdered, Kate’s suspicions about what he has really done send her on an increasingly desperate search for the truth that threatens to smash her carefully constructed life.

Doing the right thing should seem obvious, but as the lies multiply, the truth is not as straightforward as it seems; how well do you know the person you’re married to?

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Books I swapped

Fiona Range by Mary McGarry Morris

Fiona Range by Mary McGarry Morris

From bookmooch, this book had been on my wishlist for a while. I read two or three other books by Mary McGarry Morris, A Hole in the Universe, which I positively loved, and Songs in Ordinary Time which I loved first time I read it, and enjoyed the second time.

From the publisher: “Abandoned by her young mother, unsure of her father’s identity, and raised by her prominent aunt and uncle near Boston, thirty-year-old Fiona Range has developed a high threshold for emotional pain. Her recklessness, generosity, and poor judgment have landed her in more scrapes than her affluent family-or small-town community-can tolerate.

Beautiful, volatile and smart-tongued (or trashy, erratic, and wild, depending on whom you ask), Fiona hits rock bottom after she ends a party with a strange man in her bed. Alienated from relatives and friends but determined to change, Fiona turns to the men in her life-among them, cruel and unstable Patrick Grady, who denies she is his daughter. The arrival home of her gentle cousin Elizabeth with fiance in tow sparks a storm where past mistakes and current passions collide.”

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Books I was gifted

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

This book I got from the same publisher’s as where I bought the books above. It was an open day with lots of author talks and this book is from the goodie bag. It’s a flipback edition, which actually is quite nice to read (I read The Dinner by Herman Koch as a flipback book recently). I am not sure I’d like this book but some people in my book group read and loved it.

From the publishers: “In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.

Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where “crime” doesn’t exist.”

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The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

This was another book in the goodie bag (a paperback format this time). I’ve heard of this book and I am curious about it. A great find in the goodie bag!

From the publishers: “Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain.

Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view. They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts.

 In a relentlessly energetic and arresting voice marked by humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu, winner of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” creates an unforgettably intense world, capturing that unique time in a young woman’s life when a single moment can change everything.”

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Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

23 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. Joanna says:

    All, apart from the last one, sound really good. I’ll have to add them to my list. I tried reading the Dinner, which you briefly mentioned in the post, but couldn’t stand the narrator and got bored when half-way through Koch still hadn’t mentioned what the son had done.

    I look forward to your reviews, particularly of the first book. Just reading the summary gave me chills.

    • Leeswammes says:

      What a pity you didn’t like *The Diner*, Jo. I loved the book, I could follow the narrator’s thought perfectly and totally agreed with his funny observations… up to a point!

  2. Isi says:

    All of them seem great readings, you will tell us in the reviews.
    And yes, 3 for 10€ is a bargain!

  3. I read The Comfort of Lies and Child 44 and both are good reads. I hope you enjoy them.
    I got Letters from Skye to read too. I like the looks of it.

    Enjoy your new books!

  4. Michelle says:

    Wow! All the books here sound like the kind i would read. Haven’t heard of or read any of it but would most definitely want to!

  5. I enjoyed the Comfort of Lies and am intrigued by the story in The Donor. That one I’d love to read.

  6. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    The Donor is on my wish list, I have read the Comfort of Lies and thought it was alright. I hope you enjoy your haul!

  7. Lisa says:

    I can’t wait to read Nos4a2! Joe Hill is incredibly talented, and his first book, Heart-Shaped Box, is one of the scariest things I’ve ever read.

  8. Charlie says:

    I’ve seen the Meyer around, the cover is nice. Having read a book set on the Isle of Skye, and watched a show that used Skye as its basis, I’m always attracted to anything about it, so I’m interested in Letters just because of that, though the premise sounds great, too. Hope you enjoy them🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Charlie, I have been to the Isle of Skye many years ago (for the day) and I loved it. It seems like the perfect place to hide in a cabin and write a novel. Maybe I will, sometime.🙂

  9. Marie says:

    I liked The Comfort of Lies, but haven’t heard anything about any of the others. I hope you find at least a few to enjoy.

  10. Leslie says:

    The Joe Hill book sounds good and I received Letters from Skye last week too. Your other titles are ones I haven’t heard of before.

  11. JoV says:

    I love Child 44 a lot and I think you will be able to finish in one go! and I hope you find People of forever interesting… enjoy your haul!

  12. I’ve had my eye on The Donor for some time – will eagerly await your review🙂

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