Audio Book Haul

Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman“Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water… Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares? Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events… Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer.”

The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne – “Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it? As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces. But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants… Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?”

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan“Cormac Reilly is about to reopen a case it took him twenty years to forget. On his first week on the job, Garda Cormac Reilly responds to a call at a decrepit country house to find two silent, neglected children waiting for him – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lies dead upstairs. Twenty years later, Cormac has left his high-flying career as a detective in Dublin and returned to Galway. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him. What ties a recent suicide to the woman’s death so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust?”

#ReadYourFaceOff TBR

The general goal for a #ReadYourFaceOff readathon is to get through as much reading as you can in a 24-hour window of time. It’s a fun (and short) readathon that was created by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from 9am on Saturday 9th June to 9am on Sunday 10th June in your time zone. I’m quite a way behind in my Game Of Thrones read-along and as I’m due to finish at the end of this month, that’s what I’ll be focusing most of my energy on. If I manage to finish Game Of Thrones, or I feel like I need a break or want to mix things up I’ll be switching to some of the nostalgic reads I’ve included for good measure. Good luck to everyone who is participating in this round!

Latest Library Loans

The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics“Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she and her best friend and cousin, Margaret, know the ancient hallways inside out. Or so they think… When her beloved Aunt Penelope disappears while walking in the surrounding woods, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret, meanwhile, has been spending a LOT of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly and completely unravels. And then she begins hearing voices herself…”

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman“Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times… but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days. Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her… alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave. And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.”

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish“The swimming pool- a perfect stage. In the heady swelter of a suburban summer, the Elm Hill lido opens. For teacher Natalie Steele, the school holiday typically means weeks of carefully planned activities with her husband Ed and their daughter Molly. But not this year. Despite Molly’s extreme phobia of the water, Natalie is drawn to the lido and its dazzling social scene, led by the glamorous Lara Channing. Soon Natalie is spending long, intoxicating days with Lara at the pool – and intimate evenings at her home. Natalie’s real life begins to feel very far away. But is the new friendship everything it seems? Why is Natalie haunted by memories from another summer years ago? And, without realising, has she been swept dangerously out of her depth?”

Die For You by Lisa Unger – “Isabel Raine thought she had everything–a successful career, a supportive family, and a happy marriage. Then one ordinary morning, her husband, Marcus, leaves for work and never comes back. She spends the day frantically calling his cell phone and his office, but receives no answer. After a dramatic raid at his office in which she’s knocked unconscious, a homicide detective shows up wanting to question her about Marcus Raine–the real Marcus Raine. Now the only thing Isabel knows for sure is that her husband of five years is gone. Where is he and who is he are questions no one seems able to answer. But Isabel will not rest until she discovers the truth about the man she loves, even if it means risking everything–including her own life.”

June TBR

Misery by Stephen King – Misery Chastain is dead. Paul Sheldon has just killed her – with relief, with joy. Misery has made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wants to get on to some real writing. That’s when the car accident happens, and he wakes up in pain in a strange bed. But it isn’t hospital. Annie Wilkes has pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs. The good news is that Annie was a nurse and has pain-killing drugs. The bad news is that she has long been Paul’s Number One Fan. And when she finds out what Paul had done to Misery, she doesn’t like it. She doesn’t like it at all. Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he’s writing to stay alive.

The White Queen by Philippa GregoryA woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family — her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower. An active player in the power struggles that surrounded her, she made hard and courageous choices, always trying to protect those whom she loved.

Everything Is Lies by Helen CallaghanNo-one is who you think they are. Sophia’s parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she’s always believed. Everyone has secrets. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. Especially those closest to you. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn’t a killer. As her father is too ill to talk it is up to Sophia to clear her mother’s name. And to do this she needs to delve deep into her family’s past – a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there… What if your parents had been lying to you since the day you were born?

Sex, Love, Repeat by Alessandra Torre – “I love two men. I screw two men. I am in a relationship with them both, and they are both aware there is another. That is all they need to know, that is all I let them know. They don’t need to know a name; they don’t need to know anything, but that they are not alone in my heart. They have accepted the situation. Stewart, because his life is too busy for the sort of obligations that are required in a relationship. Paul, because he loves me too much to tell me no. And because my sexual appetite is such that one man has trouble keeping up. So we exist, two parallel relationships, each running their own course, with no need for intersection or conflict. It works for us, for them, and for me. I don’t expect it to be a long-term situation. I know there is an expiration date on the easy perfection of our lives. I should have paid more attention, should have looked around and noticed the woman who watched it all. She sat in the background and waited, tried to figure me out. Saw my two relationships, the love between us, and the moment that it all fell apart. She hates me. I don’t even know she exists. She loves them. I love them. And they love me. EVERYTHING else hangs in the balance.”

The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics“Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she and her best friend and cousin, Margaret, know the ancient hallways inside out. Or so they think… When her beloved Aunt Penelope disappears while walking in the surrounding woods, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret, meanwhile, has been spending a LOT of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly and completely unravels. And then she begins hearing voices herself…”

May Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 7
May TBR Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 2,186

Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde – 3/5 – I went into this expecting a fun and light-hearted read, and that’s exactly what I got. I know that the name and blurb indicate that this story would be full of “geek” and pop culture references, but it was a little bit too much for me personally. Having said that, I would recommend this if you’re looking for a fun and easy read with a bit of geeky romance thrown in for good measure.

Artemis by Andy Weir – 2/5 – This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I found the female protagonist almost unbearable to read, and the plot mostly boring. I would only recommend picking this up if you’re a huge fan of Andy Weir, or really enjoyed the Martian and are curious to see what else he has to offer.

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich – 4/5 – This was honestly one of the creepiest (and strangest) books I’ve ever read. This is the kind of book it’s best to go into blind, and I don’t want to give too much away. But I will say this would be a perfect Halloween read, or something for a cold and stormy night where you just want to be curled up with a book and lost in a scary story.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 4/5 – I have to admit, the first quarter of this book had me worried that it was going to be a sickly sweet insta-love situation, but I was surprised by the twists that happened along the way. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like this, and I would recommend it if you’re looking for a New Adult romance.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – 3/5 – This was a book I picked up for the #BorrowAThon readathon I participated in May, and it was enjoyable enough. I was interested in the story, but the romance subplot just didn’t grab me and I don’t think I’ll bother continuing with the series.

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides – 2/5 – I am so glad to be done with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jeffrey Eugenides’ other books, but I have come to discover that short story anthologies are not for me. This felt very dry, and was a bit of a struggle to get through.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – 3/5 – This was the #ReadYourFaceOff Book Club book of the month, and it’s been on my radar for a while so I was happy to have a reason to pick it up. This was just an okay book for me. I am quite character-driven so reading books where I find the main character quite unlikeable makes it difficult for me to enjoy the book. Overall though, the story was good and it was an interesting view on how some people deal with grief.