Some of my recent finds. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Karen Ann Hopkins: Wicked Legacy: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Kelley Armstrong: The Deepest of Secrets: 15th February 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Holly Black: Book of Night: 3rd May 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Samantha Hayes: The Trapped Wife: 8th September 2021: Kindle Edition
Carrie Jones: Inch Worms: 1st September 2021: Kindle Edition
Amelia Kahaney: All the Best Liars: 5th April 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Mindy McGinnis: The Last Laugh: 15th March 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Lilja Sigurðardóttir: Cold as Hell: Kindle Edition (28th August 2021) & Paperback (1st February 2022)
Posted in Amelia Kahaney, Carrie Jones, Holly Black, Karen Ann Hopkins, Kelley Armstrong, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Mindy McGinnis, Samantha Hayes
Tagged All the Best Liars, Book of Night, Cold as Hell, Inch Worms, The Deepest of Secrets, The Last Laugh, The Trapped Wife, Wicked Legacy
Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released January 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.
JANUARY 2021 RELEASES
Abigail Barnette: Sophie: Buy
Simone Buchholz (translated by Rachel Ward): Hotel Cartagena: Buy
Megan Hart: All the Things We Need (previously published as Vanilla): Buy: Goodreads
Samantha Hayes: Single Mother: Buy
Kristi Helvig: Dreamscapes: Buy
Melanie Raabe (translated by Imogen Taylor): The Shadow: Buy: Goodreads
P. J. Tracy: Deep into the Dark: Buy
Paul Tremblay: The Little Sleep: Buy
Rachel Vincent: Every Single Lie: Buy
Posted in Abigail Barnette, Imogen Taylor, Kristi Helvig, Megan Hart, Melanie Raabe, P. J. Tracy, Paul Tremblay, Rachel Vincent, Rachel Ward, Samantha Hayes, Simone Buchholz
Tagged All the Things We Need, Deep into the Dark, Dreamscapes, Every Single Lie, Hotel Cartagena, January 2021 Releases, Single Mother, Sophie, The Little Sleep, The Shadow
Posted in Beth Revis, Kate Karyus Quinn, Megan Hart, Parker Peevyhouse, Samantha Hayes
Tagged Another Little Piece, Date Night, Some Marketing Advice, Some Publishing Advice, Tell Me a Secret, The Echo Room, The Liar's Wife, Womb
Before You Die [also published as What You Left Behind] (Lorraine Fisher, Book 2)
Random House (UK & AU: 15th January 2015; CA: 24th March 2015; US: 14th April 2015)
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TRIGGER WARNINGS: Suicide, hate-crime.
Samantha Hayes’s previous novel, Until You’re Mine, is fabulous. Family-based paranoia, its creepiness is very affective. But what makes it so good is that it mostly focuses on ordinary people, who AREN’T in law enforcement and investigation. Mostly.
Thus what makes Until You’re Mine stand out from the crowd is unfortunately missing here. I enjoyed meeting Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher and her family back then, and I still like Lorraine here in Before You Die. Often faced with other police members’ incompetence or carelessness, she strides in and takes over – because someone has to, and since no one else seems to have bothered, it’s up to Lorraine. (Really, how is Burnley still employed?)
Yes, Before You Die is family-based paranoia like its predecessor, and it still has a twist for the very last chapter. But because it mainly focuses on Lorraine’s family, it just doesn’t have the same appeal as the first book. It’s still well-written and engaging, but the series seems now in police-procedural territory…and thus difficult to stand out from all the other police procedurals on the crime shelves.
The third novel in the series is being released shortly, and I look forward to reading it. And though I really like Lorraine, I hope this new novel will regain what made the first book so fabulous.