Shit Got Out Of Hand – Book Haul #4

Well, sure as hell, this lady – this one here, the one with the blankie – has got some issues. Like for instance she’s got no impulse control to speak of. None whatsoever. I mean, who goes on to Amazon and ends up with 44 books in the span of about two days? What-what? In case you haven’t guessed, yours truly, that’s who.

But of course, it’s spring sale time, and Amazon had some awesome monthly deals for Kindle in March as well, so I managed to get most of these books for £0.99 each, and some were actually free as part of the Kindle First program or a limited time giveaway by the author. So yeah… Don’t mind if I do!

For now we shall ignore the fact that I also bought a few physical books and got some loot from the local charity shops as well. I mean, if we don’t talk about it, it didn’t happen. Right?

But let’s see what I’ve got, shall we?

Crime & Mystery Series

Dead Stop (Sidney Rose Parnell #2) by Barbara Nickless
The search for a missing child leads a courageous railway cop down a twisted trail of murder.
Deep down, Sydney fears she isn’t ready for another investigation. But when a woman is murdered on the train tracks and a child is kidnapped, she knows she’s the only one who can lead the hunt for the killer. While Denver police and the FBI chase down blind alleys, Sydney focuses on a single cryptic clue left behind at the crime scene—one that will send her down a path of greed, violence, and long-ago love.

Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #1) by Alexandra Sokoloff
FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can’t believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of “accidents” and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

Her Final Breath (Tracy Crosswhite #2) by Robert Dugoni
A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried.

In The Clearing (Tracy Crosswhite #3) by Robert Dugoni
When Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny’s detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town’s memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community’s fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she’s made to the dead girl’s family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?

Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite #5) by Robert Dugoni
While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can’t turn her back on this kind of injustice.

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1) by Rachel Caine
Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake #2) by Rachel Caine
Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

For All Our Sins (DCI Clare Winters #1) by T.M.E. Walsh
Years ago there was a silent witness to an act of evil. Now, a twisted killer is on the loose fuelled by revenge.
Called to the brutal murder of a priest, it is immediately clear to DCI Claire Winters that the victims death was prolonged, agonising…and motivated by a lust for revenge.

Havana Bay (Arkady Renko #4) by Martin Cruz Smith
The body, at least what was left of it, was drifting in Havana Bay the morning Arkady arrived from Moscow. Only the day before, he had received an urgent message from the Russian embassy in Havana that his friend Pribluda was missing and asking that he come.

The Woman Before Me (Cate Austin #1) by Ruth Dugdall
Rose Wilks’ life is shattered when her newborn baby Joel is admitted to intensive care. Alongside her is Emma Hatcher, who has just given birth to Luke. Joel dies and Luke is thriving, until tragedy strikes and Rose is the only suspect. Now, having spent nearly five years behind bars, Rose is just weeks away from freedom. Her probation officer Cate must decide whether Rose is remorseful for Luke’s death, or whether she remains a threat to society. As Cate is drawn in, she begins to doubt her own judgement. Where is the line between love and obsession, can justice be served and, if so, by what means?

The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock #1) by Sarah Bailey
The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.


Sci Fi

Assassin 13 by Tom Reppert
In the dystopian 22nd century, Lauren Ramirez is an Assassin 13, the best at her profession. Betrayed by her employer, the President of the United States, on an off-planet op, she escapes when her spacecraft hurtles through time and crash lands in 1927 prohibition Hollywood with its silent film stars and bootlegging gangsters. She finds herself an alien in an alien land.

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
It’s the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person’s consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”), making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Onetime U.N. Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Resleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats existence as something that can be bought and sold.


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty
Poppy and Annalise’s Facebook group for childfree women takes on a life of its own and frustrated members start confronting mums like Frankie in the real world. Cafés become battlegrounds, playgrounds become warzones and offices have never been so divided.
A rivalry that was once harmless fun is spiralling out of control.
Because one of their members is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And she has an agenda of her own . . .

The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland
Tessa Markham returns home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.
Not anymore.
She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through.
Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets that begin to accumulate as autumn approaches, feeding the growing doubts they conceal

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.
And then she was gone.

The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin’s elite St. John’s College-and Ireland’s most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his four young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city’s Central Psychiatric Hospital.
Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enrol in St. John’s and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed … and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer-and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who’d been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in ten years, has never once looked back.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diana Setterfield
Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten. It was once the imposing home of the March family–fascinating, manipulative Isabelle, Charlie her brutal and dangerous brother, and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline. But Angelfield House conceals a chilling secret whose impact still resonates…

A Murder of Magpies by Mark Edwards
Five years ago Jamie Knight lost everything: his home, his wife and their unborn child. But at least the woman responsible, ‘Dark Angel’ Lucy Newton, was in prison, and slowly Jamie was able to rebuild his life.
But now Lucy has been freed on appeal, and before long Jamie receives a message from a desperate stranger. Lucy is up to her old tricks—ruining lives for fun.

Need To Know by Karen Cleveland
Vivian Miller is a CIA analyst assigned to uncover Russian sleeper cells in the USA. After accessing the computer of a potential Russian spy, she stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents living in her own country. Five seemingly normal people living in plain sight.
A few clicks later, everything that matters to Vivian is threatened – her job, her husband, even her four children . . .

The Missing Twin by Alex Day
Edie and her identical twin Laura have always been best friends. So when Laura surprises Edie at the Mediterranean holiday resort where she’s working, Edie can’t wait for the partying to start! But then, Laura vanishes without a trace…

The Mother’s Secret by Clare Swatman
Sisters Kate and Georgie have always shared a close bond. While Kate enjoyed the freedoms of youth, Georgie remained at home. But now Georgie is grown up, it’s time she started exploring.
Love can tear us apart
Their mother Jan loves her daughters with all her heart. So what if she kept them out of sight when they were young? She just cared for them so much. She wanted to protect them.
What if your life was based on a lie?

The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne
When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.
But then Jamie’s behavior changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel.

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Haeberlin
As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa’s testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.

The Mistress’s Revenge by Tamar Cohen
For five years, Sally and Clive have been lost in a passionate affair. Now he has dumped her, to devote himself to his wife and family, and Sally is left in freefall.

Enter Dark by Chris Thomas
‘The Red Room’ is the only place where the failings of a weak justice system are righted and where the line between good and evil becomes blurred. When the lights go up, viewers bid, criminals are punished, and the Brotherhood of the Righteous broadcasts a show like no other.

The Girl In The Green Dress by Cath Staincliffe
Teenager Allie Kennaway heads off for prom night, cheered on by her dad Steve and little sister Teagan. But Allie never comes home, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. As police investigate the brutal murder, a crime that has appalled the country, one parent is at her wit’s end with her son’s behaviour. Are his outbursts and silences hiding something much darker than adolescent mood swings? And if her suspicions are correct, then what does she do?

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood
An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech.
He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he’s going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

Tresspassing by Brandi Reeds
Veronica Cavanaugh’s grasp on the world is slipping. Her latest round of fertility treatments not only failed but left her on edge and unbalanced. And her three-year-old daughter, Elizabella, has a new imaginary friend, who seems much more devilish than playful. So when Veronica’s husband fails to return home from a business trip, what’s left of her stability begins to crumble.

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson
After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret.
Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.
Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children’s safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life.

Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter
Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.


Nordic Noir

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.
Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.

Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson
On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit.

Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson
Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will.


Dystopia

The Final Trade (The Dominion Trilogy #2) by Joe Hart
In search of the family she never knew, Zoey learns of personal records stored in an Idaho missile silo that may contain the information she and the other women seek. With the help of her group of newfound friends, Zoey travels to the missile facility, but among the records, they uncover information that leads to an insidious and horrific new foe: the Fae Trade, a macabre carnival of slavery and pain.

The First City (The Dominion Trilogy #3) by Joe Hart
After Zoey and her companions flee a vicious attack, barely escaping with their lives, Zoey finds herself faced with a new threat: video evidence suggesting she is the mother of an unborn baby girl—and the key to mankind’s survival. Knowing that her former captors will stop at nothing to control the power that lies within her, Zoey sets out on her own for the last American city, Seattle, in search of answers. But a new enemy awaits her there, and the truth she seeks may lead to her destruction as well as that of all humankind.

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

The Last Orphans (The Last Orphans #1) by N.W. Harris
In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.


Fantasy

Everless (Everless #1) by Sarah Holland
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.


Contemporary & Other

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.


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57 comments

  1. Oh, I’m curious to see what you’ll think of Everless! I was intrigued by the whole concept of “time as a currency” and loved that part of the story. The Gentleman’s Guide wasn’t really my thing but that’s simply because the MC got on my nerves quite a bit, haha.

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  2. So many wonderful books. I loved the Stillhouse Lake Series, The Fire Child, Those Other Women and The Secret Mother. I hope that you will enjoy all these titles. 44 though haha, wow that is a lot but with such picks, no regrets 🙂

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    • My friend was ready to prepare an intervention… but when i told her these books together cost less than the shoes she bought and take up less space too… 😀 Haha.
      The only thing is the feeling that i’m never gonna get to the end of them cuz i keep buying them cuz Amazon has awesome deals each month. *Sigh…

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  3. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with a lack of self control 😀 I don’t read a lot of modern mystery, but I have an arc for Evelyn Hardcastle, I heard it’s really good! The gentleman’s guide and Everless too! Can’t wait to get to those 🙂

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  4. I have the crow girl on my shelf! It’s huge since it’s all the parts compiled and I’ve heard it’s so gory so I’ve been intimidated to start. I have the 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn hardcastle sitting in my nook to read too!

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    • I saw the paper copy of Crow Girl. It was massive!!! I don’t think i would have enjoyed holding onto that one 😀 Kindle version will do just fine.

      I hope you’ll like it once you decide to jump into it! ❤

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    • I need a good suspense now… i’m doing ApTHRILL and one of the suspense books i picked is pretty bad. I mean, baaaaad… like no suspense whatsoever 😀 might swap it for this one then.

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  6. Ha ha, I can totally see myself ending up in the same boat. 😂
    You have some interesting books in your library! 👌
    I’m curious what Liane Moriarty’s sister’s book is going to be like. I heard good things about it.
    I read Everless and also wonder what you make of it once you read it.
    Happy reading! 😊

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  7. 44 books 😀 wow. I think you’re compensating for me!! I hauled nothing last week. There has to be balance in this world :DDD I feel like this might be a long post :DD

    The Thirteenth Tale!!! Maybe I suggest to READ THIS ONE ASAP?? It’s one I always, always, ALWAYS recommend! It was amazing… You will love it for sure. I kind of want to reread it too 🙂

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    • Ok, we’ll stick to that story! I like it 😀

      I’ve read 13th tale like 7 years ago and i loved it! I thought i had a copy of it, but couldn’t find it, so when it was going for £1 i had to get it on kindle. I’ll reread it soon cuz it’s just so awesome!

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  8. So many books!!
    I’m so so so picky when it comes to books that even if my purse is allowing me to buy lots of them I can’t find more than 3 or 4 books that seem interesting to me… I need at least one or two days to find the name of a book I’d really like to read so it’s a difficult thing for someone who likes to read…
    I’m aaalways on the hunt haha
    Anyway, I hope that you’ll enjoy them!

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    • Thank you! I tend to be picky too! I mean, i could have easily gotten twice as much, but those just sounded… meh…? Like i wasn’t sure i’d like them. 😀 I guess i do show some restraint every now and then…

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      • I am reading The Beasts of Extraordinaary Circumstance. Its fiction in the since that supernatural stuff happens but it isn’t like out there. Its more about the person that the special abilities.

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        • Oh, that sounds interesting! Need to check it out! Reminds me a bit of the Reckoner Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson by the sound of it. Some people just ended up with sort of weird superpowers but nobody knew how/why.

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          • Its not quite sci-fi. I defintely doesn’t have a heavy sci-fi vibe. Its just about this boy who doesn’t realize he has a power but the people around him suspect it. The boys emotions are so raw and real.

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