Friday, 14 October 2016

BOOK HAUL | October

AKA BOOK HAUL |  I Purchased More Than 4 Books - Oops!

The last time I shared a book haul was in July, so it's been a few months since sharing books I've purchased. I have been buying books, just not sharing them as they were the odd book here or there. This month I knew I wanted to share the new additions to my book collection because I've bought some titles that have been on my wishlist for a while, as well as some newly released titles.

And yes, I have acquired more than four books this month. You may, or may not, remember that one of my bookish goals this year was to buy no more than four books a month, however this month I've purchased double that! There is no real reason other than the fact that I wanted to splurge on some books. I'm not beating myself up about the goal, as I've stuck to four books or less every month up until now, and I've got some great titles coming up - yay!
An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder—inspired by numerous European and North American cases of “fasting girls” between the sixteenth century and the twentieth—is a psychological thriller about a child’s murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.
An abandoned house...
June 1933, and sixteen-year-old Alice Edevane is preparing for her family's Midsummer Eve party at their country home, Loeanneth. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.

A missing child...
Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Detective Sadie Sparrow retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall. Once there, she stumbles upon an abandoned house, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace.

An unsolved mystery...
Meanwhile, in her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family's past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape...
What if you had said yes? The moments that change everything... One Day meets Sliding Doors in this outstanding debut that is causing a buzz across the publishing world
Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you ever wondered, what if...?

A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.

Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.

The Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.
Cornwall, 1947. Marvellous Ways is a ninety-year-old woman who's lived alone in a remote creek for nearly all her life. Recently she's taken to spending her days sitting on the steps of her caravan with a pair of binoculars. She's waiting for something - she's not sure what, but she'll know it when she sees it. Freddy Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the war. He's agreed to fulfil a dying friend's last wish and hand-deliver a letter to the boy's father in Cornwall. But Freddy's journey doesn't go to plan, and sees him literally wash up in Marvellous' creek, broken in body and spirit. When Marvellous comes to his aid, an unlikely friendship grows between the two. Can Freddy give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?
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.

Now, almost two decades later, Tessa is an artist and single mother. In the desolate cold of February, she is shocked to discover a freshly planted patch of black-eyed susans—a summertime bloom—just outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implications—that she sent the wrong man to prison and the real killer remains at large—Tessa turns to the lawyers working to exonerate the man awaiting execution. But the flowers alone are not proof enough, and the forensic investigation of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. An innocent life hangs in the balance. The legal team appeals to Tessa to undergo hypnosis to retrieve lost memories—and to share the drawings she produced as part of an experimental therapy shortly after her rescue.

What they don’t know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a  fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free, taunting Tessa with a trail of clues? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.
Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents — an odd brother and sister — extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late...

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.
It only took one night to tear a family apart. 

Artist and illustrator Edwina Spinner used to have a busy family life. Now she lives alone, in a house that has grown too big for her. She has decided to sell it. As Edwina takes the estate agent from room to room, she finds herself transported back to her life as a young mother. Back to her twins, Rowena and Charlie, and a stepson she cannot bring herself to mention by name.

As the house reveals its secrets, Edwina is forced to confront her family's past, and a devastating betrayal that changed everything. But Edwina doesn't know the whole story. And to discover the truth, she will have to face the one person she vowed never to see again.
Walter Craig was a clever scientist. As a young man he took away all the honours and prizes and some of his work was ground-breaking. But after he became seriously ill, his genius faded, and he needed the help of an assistant. When Silas Webb was appointed to the job he seemed the perfect choice, but he always preferred to work alone, even in secret. Then, quite suddenly, Webb disappeared.

Why ?

Later, Craig opens a prestigious scientific journal and finds a paper, containing his own work, in detail, together with the significant results he had worked out. The research is his and his alone. But the author of the paper is Dr Silas Webb.

Craig determines that he will hunt Webb down and exact revenge.

Were it not for a terrifying twist of circumstance, he might have succeeded.
Well, I delved into the collection of ghost stories by Susan Hill pretty much as soon as my package arrived - I love her ghost stories, and these didn't disappoint. A review will be up some time soon. I'm also really keen to read Black Eyed Susans and A Year of Marvellous Ways; quite different stories, but two titles I've had my eye on for a while now.




  1. Such a great haul! I'm SO excited you have Black-Eyed Susans!! That is one of my all time favorite suspense novels. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. I'm hoping to get round to Black Eyed Susans soon - I added it to my wishlist after your review of it actually. It has been there a little while now, but happy to delve in soon!

  2. I have The Lake House and The Wonder, too. Now to read them. lol

  3. Hooray for new books! I've purchased some more books this month than usual too. Let's just say we are preparing for long winter nights of reading. :)

    I've been meaning to read Kate Morton for a long time. I will keep an eye out for your thoughts on The Lake House!

    1. Haha - I like your way of looking at the extra book purchases :-)

      I read The House at Riverton earlier on this year, and knew I wanted to buy all her books! A really lovely writing style. I'd recommend, although that is only having read the one title!

  4. I'm always happy to see a Kate Morton book in the lineup! I have yet to read this newest one myself, so maybe sometime over the fall or winter. The Travelling Bag looks great -- and what a great cover!

    And one month going over your goal doesn't seem so bad especially if you've stuck to it the whole rest of the year -- and I am the WORST at book bans/limits. I really should try to figure a realistic plan for 2017 for myself and stick to it though. I think my shelves would appreciate it!

    1. I have only read the one book by Kate Morton - The House at Riverton - and now I want them all! I love the cover of The Travelling Bag and Other Ghostly Stories; all the covers of her ghost story have the same theme in terms of cover design, but I love the orange and black combo.

      Haha! Poor shelves! I've already been thinking ahead to my bookish goals for the new year, and I'm actually going to be tightening it further than 4 books a month. It'll be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it and how these limits of mine are really help me change my mind set about the amount of books I own. I wish you luck with figuring out a plan for 2017.

    2. Thanks! I look forward to hearing what your new plan is -- I'm sure it will inspire me to stick to my own limits, whatever I decide they should be :)

  5. I can't recommend Kate Morton enough, she always provides and interesting, easy to read mystery. The Lake House isn't her best, but it's very good.


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