June 28, 2013 17 Comments
The list of new books is growing. Time for another post, so you’ll know what it is that makes my night stand collapse.
Books I got for review
I Am Max Lamm by Raphael Brous
For review from Corsair books (UK). The description sounds fun. It could be good, it could be bad, but I’m curious.
The publisher says: “A young tennis prodigy with a wildcard to the US open, Max Lamm’s future looks bright . . . until footage of him enjoying a night of passion with a Salvadorean prostitute in New York appears on the Internet, and categorically derails his career. After a bungled suicide attempt in the Hudson River, he decides to flee America and begin a new life in London.
But Max is jinxed. One night, in Camden, he accidentally kills a fifteen-year-old Pakistani boy who tries to mug him -inadvertently sparking the worst race riots seen in the East End of the capital in over a generation. On the run, Max finally finds refuge beneath Hyde Park. Deep underground, with chaos raging in the streets above, he tries to plot his salvation.”
A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam
For review from Soho Press (US). This book has a great title and cover, and the description sounded a bit like Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel, which I read last year and enjoyed.
Description from the publishers: “A powerful and haunting meditation on human nature told from the dual perspectives of a Vermont family that has adopted a chimp as a surrogate son, and a group of chimpanzees in a Florida research institute.
Looee, a chimp raised by a well-meaning and compassionate human couple who cannot conceive a baby of their own, is forever set apart. He’s not human, but with his peculiar upbringing he is no longer like other chimps. One tragic night Looee’s two natures collide and their unique family is forever changed.
At the Girdish Institute in Florida, a group of chimpanzees has been studied for decades. The work at Girdish has proven that chimps have memories and solve problems, that they can learn language and need friends, and that they build complex cultures. They are political, altruistic, get angry, and forgive. When Looee is moved to the Institute, he is forced to try to find a place in their world.”
Someone Else’s Wedding by Tamar Cohen
For review from Doubleday (UK). A while ago I read another book by Tamar Cohen, The War of the Wives, which I enjoyed a lot. This new book sounds like a fun summer read.
From the publishers: “Mr & Mrs Max Irving request the company of:
Mrs Fran Friedman, mourning her empty nest, her lost baby, the galloping years, and a disastrous haircut. Mr Saul Friedman, runner of marathons, avoider of conflicts and increasingly distant husband. The two Misses Friedman, Pip and Katy, one pining over the man she can’t have, the other trying to shake off the man she no longer wants. At the marriage of their son James Irving, forbidden object of inappropriate and troubling desire. For thirty-six hours of secrets and lies, painted-on-smiles and potential ruin. And drinks, plenty of drinks.
There’s nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past. As Fran negotiates her way from Saturday morning to Sunday evening she is forced to confront things she’s long thought buried, sending shockwaves through her family, and to make decisions about the future that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.”
Books I won
For Money or Mayhem by Nathan Everett
A win during the Armchair BEA. I was attracted to this because of the computer forensics angle to the mystery story. I love finding out things using my computer and this sounds great.
Description: “While investigating a credit card fraud, computer forensics detective Dag Hamar is drawn out from the safety of his desk and computer when he discovers a link to an online predator who has moved his perversion to the streets of Seattle. When his girlfriend’s daughter is kidnapped, Dag races against time, enlisting the support of the gaming community to track her down. But whether he saves the girl or not, will his fledgling romance survive? ”
Pieces of Tracy by J. Daniel Parra
Another win from Armchair BEA 2013. This sounds like a fun story with a woman who assumes two identities. That won’t work in the long run! I also love the cover!
From the publishers: “Meet Teresa Felicia Santana León. In New York, she’s Tracy León, a would-be artist and telemarketer who falls for an older tycoon, Bruce Babich. When Bruce’s mother sends her to Rome to find a stolen painting, Tracy assumes an alter ego, the zesty Felicia Santana. In Rome, she meets a younger artist named Mario Giordani who helps her on her quest.
Before long, she is juggling two romances and two distinct identities: Tracy, demure trophy wife wannabe in New York’s high society, and wanton, thrill-seeking Felicia in sultry Rome. Against the backdrop of these exciting cities, she follows her divided heart, even if it leads her in the wrong direction.
The secrets behind the stolen painting send her on an unforgettable journey that prompts her to re-examine her own talents and inspirations. As the pieces come together, Tracy faces a life-changing choice, one that will lead to surprising discoveries about love and her own identity.”
Turn of Mind by Alice Laplante
I won this from Marie at Girl vs Bookshelf. The winner could choose whatever book they wanted from Marie’s review list. This one had been on my wishlist for a while already.
Description from the publisher: “Dr Jennifer White, a once brilliant surgeon, is slowly losing her mind. Amanda, her best friend, is found stabbed to death. Four of her fingers have been expertly removed. Suspicion immediately falls on Jennifer.
How can she prove her innocence when even she doesn’t know if she’s the murderer?”
A Book I Bought
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
This book is for my book group. I didn’t know anything about it, which I liked. As a book blogger, I come across a lot of books and sometimes it’s fun to read a book that someone else suggests. I read this already and it was a really good story about life in Germany after the second world war.
Description from the publishers: “Hamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan has requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife Rachael and only remaining son Edmund.
But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatised daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires and the transforming power of forgiveness.”
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?