If you stopped keeping updated on book stuff in 2020, this blog series is for you. A list, organised by month, of 2020 book releases. 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.
DECEMBER 2020 RELEASES
Josephine Angelini: What She Found in the Woods: Buy: Goodreads
Megan Hart: Lovely Wild: Buy: Goodreads
Karen Ann Hopkins: The Widow: Buy
Shirley Jackson: Come Along with Me: Buy
Kate Kessler: Call of Vultures: Buy: Goodreads
Tara Moss: The War Widow: Buy
Tiffany Reisz: A Winter Symphony: Buy
Tiffany Reisz: The Pearl: Buy
Posted in Josephine Angelini, Karen Ann Hopkins, Kate Kessler, Megan Hart, Shirley Jackson, Tara Moss, Tiffany Reisz
Tagged A Winter Symphony, Call of Vultures, Come Along with Me, December 2020 Releases, Lovely Wild, The Pearl, The War Widow, The Widow, What She Found in the Woods
Shirley Jackson: THE SUMMER PEOPLE: Kindle Edition
Tiffany Reisz: THE CONFESSIONS: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: THE RED: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: MICHAEL’S WINGS: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: THE CHATEAU: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: PICTURE PERFECT COWBOY: Paperback
Andrew Shaffer: CATSBY: Paperback
Andrew Shaffer: THE SUMMER OF ’82: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Maria V. Snyder: THE EYES OF TAMBURAH: Paperback
NOW AVAILABLE FOR US PRE-ORDER
Kelley Armstrong: A STRANGER IN TOWN: 9th November 2021: Paperback
Claire Askew: A MATTER OF TIME: 2nd September 2021: Kindle Edition
Emma Cline: REWARDS: 25th February 2021: Kindle Edition
Christina Dalcher: FEMLANDIA: 19th October 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Nicci French: untitled: 26th October 2021: Hardcover & Paperback
Romy Hausmann: SLEEPLESS: 5th October 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen: PATIENT ZERO: 26th October 2021: Hardcover
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY: 26th October 2021: Paperback
Laura Lam & Elizabeth May: SEVEN DEVILS: 27th July 2021: Paperback
Marissa Meyer: GILDED: 2nd November 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Andrew Shaffer: LOOK MOM I’M A POET (AND SO IS MY CAT): 1st June 2021: Hardcover
Karin Slaughter: THE SILENT WIFE: 26th October 2021: Paperback
Maria V. Snyder: THE CITY OF ZIRDAI: 2nd June 2021: Kindle Edition
Paul Tremblay: SURVIVOR SONG: 28th September 2021: Paperback
Scott Westerfeld: MIRROR’S EDGE: 6th April 2021: Hardcover
Posted in Amie Kaufman, Andrew Shaffer, Christina Dalcher, Claire Askew, Elizabeth May, Emma Cline, Karin Slaughter, Kelley Armstrong, Laura Lam, Lydia Kang, Maria V. Snyder, Marissa Meyer, Meagan Spooner, Nate Pedersen, Nicci French, Paul Tremblay, Romy Hausmann, Scott Westerfeld, Shirley Jackson, Tiffany Reisz
Tagged A Matter of Time, A Stranger in Town, Catsby, Femlandia, Gilded, Look Mom I'm a Poet (and So Is My Cat), Michael's Wings, Mirror's Edge, Patient Zero, Picture Perfect Cowboy, Rewards, Seven Devils, Sleepless, Survivor Song, The Chateau, The City of Zirdai, The Confessions, The Eyes of Tamburah, The Other Side of the Sky, The Red, The Silent Wife, The Summer of '82, The Summer People
V. C. Andrews’s WHISPERING HEARTS (6th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1501162608?tag=tesa06-20
Kelley Armstrong’s ALONE IN THE WILD paperback (17th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/125075349X?tag=tesa06-20
Kelley Armstrong’s WOLF’S CURSE paperback (31st March 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1989046169?tag=tesa06-20
Keri Arthur’s DEADLY VOWS (23rd June 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084P12125?tag=tesa06-20
Darcey Bell’s SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US (7th April 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062953931?tag=tesa06-20
Simone Buchholz’s MEXICO STREET paperback (1st October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1913193152?tag=tesa06-20
Mina Hardy’s AFTER ALL I’VE DONE (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1643854704?tag=tesa06-20
Megan Hart’s REASON ENOUGH (27th April 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084WTXSZB?tag=tesa06-20
Shirley Jackson’s MEN WITH THEIR BIG SHOES (2nd June 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250771536?tag=tesa06-20
Katharine McGee’s MAJESTY (1st September 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/198483021X?tag=tesa06-20
Diana Peterfreund’s IN THE HALL WITH THE KNIFE paperback (15th September 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1419746960?tag=tesa06-20
Diana Peterfreund’s IN THE STUDY WITH THE WRENCH (13th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/141973976X?tag=tesa06-20
Jodi Picoult’s THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS (22nd September 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/198481835X?tag=tesa06-20
Madeleine Roux’s RECLAIMED (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/0451491858?tag=tesa06-20
Andrew Shaffer’s SECRET SANTA (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1683692055?tag=tesa06-20
Megan Shepherd’s MIDNIGHT BEAUTIES paperback (3rd November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/0358434653?tag=tesa06-20
Maggie Stiefvater’s as-yet-untitled 2nd Dreamer novel (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1338188364?tag=tesa06-20
Cecily von Ziegesar’s COBBLE HILL (20th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1982147032?tag=tesa06-20
Posted in Andrew Shaffer, Cecily von Ziegesar, Darcey Bell, Diana Peterfreund, Jodi Picoult, Katharine McGee, Kelley Armstrong, Keri Arthur, Madeleine Roux, Maggie Stiefvater, Megan Hart, Megan Shepherd, Mina Hardy, Shirley Jackson, Simone Buchholz, V. C. Andrews
Tagged After All I've Done, Alone in the Wild, Cobble Hill, Deadly Vows, In the Hall with the Knife, In the Study with the Wrench, Majesty, Men with Their Big Shoes, Mexico Street, Midnight Beauties, Reason Enough, Reclaimed, Secret Santa, Something She's Not Telling Us, The Book of Two Ways, Whispering Hearts, Wolf's Curse
This monthly feature came about because I can’t get my brain together to review everything. So what did I read, and what did I think of them? In case you haven’t been following my Goodreads, read on:
R. L. Stine: The Lost Girl: 2 stars
Lisa Scottoline: Look Again: 4 stars
Tess Gerritsen: Playing with Fire: 3 stars: Review
Shirley Jackson: The Sundial: 2 stars: Review
THE LOST GIRL
Only memorable thing: A person is covered in honey, oats thrown onto them, then pent-up starved houses are let out to EAT THE PERSON TO DEATH. No rescue from that, either.
It’s been years since I read a Lisa Scottoline book, but so glad I decided to catch up on her backlist. Probably would not recommend this to anyone who’s adopted a child. A journalist comes across an age-progressed picture of a missing child…who looks just like her son. A fast-paced twister, this is a great re-introduction to Lisa Scottoline’s storytelling. Hopefully it won’t take me as long to get to her next novel!
Penguin Classics (US & CA: 28th January 2014; UK: 27th March 2014; AU: 28th May 2014)
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Having read The Bird’s Nest last month, I expected another quality read from Shirley Jackson. Unfortunately, The Sundial failed to grab me. It should have been intriguing: Aunt Fanny’s brother dies, but his ghost appears to her with warnings of an upcoming apocalypse, in which only the people inside the family mansion will survive.
OK, this was written decades ago, but the family believes the warning so quickly that it doesn’t feel right. Someone does try to skip out, but after she’s assaulted she’s rescued and brought back to the mansion. Meanwhile, the family tries to recruit people to join them, should the need for repopulating the earth arise – this bit is kind of comical.
And at the end, we’re not told if everyone outside the house dies or not. Might be interesting to read a follow-up. If you wholeheartedly believe that apocalypse will come on a certain date, and you plan and live and everything, and it doesn’t happen…what will you do in the aftermath of the non-event? There are a lot of pre- and post-apocalyptic stories, but I’m not sure if this angle has been as frequently explored in fiction. Something to think about.
But yes, this did not hold my attention at all, and is very much a let-down in comparison to the author’s other works.
This new monthly feature has come about because January sucked, and I couldn’t get my brain together to review much. So what did I read, and what did I think of them? In case you haven’t been following my Goodreads, read on:
Tracey Garvis Graves: Covet: 3 stars: Review
Kelley Armstrong: The Masked Truth: 3 stars: Review
Amanda Panitch: Damage Done: 5 stars: Review
Alex Sanchez: Bait: 4 stars
Anna Sheehan: No Life But This: 3 stars: Review
Shirley Jackson: The Bird’s Nest: 3 stars
Wait, I only missed reviewing two books? Actually, I reviewed DAMAGE DONE and NO LIFE BUT THIS in a quick hurry overnight. I was only going to write a paragraph for each (like the two books below), but I went past a paragraph and gave them their own review posts.
It’s obvious early on what’s happened to Diego, though he doesn’t say the words until much later. It’s a heart-wrencher of a story, but goes to show how much kids – everyone, really – need someone to be there for them, and help them through the hurt on the way to recovery. And it includes a romance I actually cheered for (and you know how rare that is for me). Highly recommended, though TRIGGER WARNING.
THE BIRD’S NEST
I think the correct term nowadays is Dissociative Identity Disorder, but this book is from the ’50s (I think) so Elizabeth’s condition is called something else. I can’t vouch for how accurate a portrayal it is. It kept me turning the pages, and I was expecting Morgen…I don’t know if she was a jealous sister, a fed-up guardian, or something else entirely, but she got rather verbose with long rants in the latter half of the book.
Canadian links added to Most Wanted.
Reading Wishlist Update:
ADDED: JOCELYNN DRAKE – Dawnbreaker – 2009; SHIRLEY JACKSON – The Lottery and Other Stories – 28 Jul 2008