Stacking the Shelves #14

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Click here to find out how to participate.

This week I added eight books to my TBR shelf. Three of them are written by authors I’ve previously read, one of whom writes a couple of crime thriller series’ that I love. I’m not familiar with the others, but their books definitely caught my attention, and I’m looking forward to reading them all.

Genres added this week:

  • Psychological thriller (2)
  • Psychological suspense (1)
  • Domestic suspense (1)
  • Horror (1)
  • History (1)
  • Crime thriller (1)

The short summaries given for each book (in bold italicized text) are highlights selected, pieced together, and/or reworded by me. To read the book descriptions provided by the publishers, please click the title link to be taken to Goodreads.

The First Wife by Jill Childs

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When Sophie’s life falls apart, she accepts an invitation to visit her friend Caroline’s family beach house. When she arrives, she finds her friend has become secretive and on-edge, spending hours away from her family with no explanation, and her daughter seems neglected and afraid. One night Sophie is woken by a scream and runs to find Lucy, out of bed and at the attic window, staring in terror at the view below. When Sophie goes to look, her blood runs cold…

 

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

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The Handmaid’s Tale for a new generation . . . Immanuelle does her best to lead a life of submission, devotion and absolute conformity, like all the women in the settlement. But a chance mishap lures her into a forbidden place where the first prophet killed four powerful witches.When their spirits give Immanuelle her dead mother’s diary, she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history. If it is to change, it must begin with her…

This book had my attention with the The Handmaid’s Tale comparison, and sealed the deal with witches and a church with a dark history. Sounds good to me!

Children Against Hitler: The Young Resistance Heroes of the Second World War by Monica Porter

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Few know the real life stories of the children and teenagers who actually stood up to the Nazis. Here, for the first time, Monica Porter gathers together their stories from many corners of occupied Europe, showing how in a variety of audacious and inventive ways children as young as six resisted the Nazi menace, risking and sometimes even sacrificing their brief lives in the process: a heroism that until now has largely gone unsung.

I’ve read about young adults working to resist the Nazis across Europe, but I don’t recall having ever read anything of children and teenagers who did the same. The opportunity to gain that knowledge was something I couldn’t miss out on, and I look forward to reading about these young people.

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

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Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she’s paying the price. But there are things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her. Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies...

Yikes… creepy much?! I have so many questions about what’s going on here. What did Maggie do, and what is she still hiding from Nina? More to the point: how did Nina manage to imprison her, and what’s her ultimate plan? I can’t wait to find out! (This will be the second book I’ve read by this author.)

My Perfect Wife by Clare Boyd

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I’ve been wrong before. If I’m wrong again, he’ll try to take my children away. The party is my last chance to prove to my husband that I’m on the mend, that I can handle something as simple as a drinks reception without snapping under the pressure. It’s all going perfectly, until I see something in the swimming pool that changes everything. But if I can’t trust myself to believe it’s real, who will?

This certainly sounds ominous! The blurb promises that “fans of The Wife Between Us and The Mother-in-Law will be hooked.” I loved those books, and I’m hopeful this one will live up to the hype. 

Hope Close by Tina Seskis

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Hope Close: a leafy, tranquil backwater in the heart of the English countryside. When Andy Meyer moves in, it soon becomes clear that picture-perfect homes can hide less-than-perfect lives. Fresh from rehab and with no interest in meeting his neighbours, Andy erects forbidding gates to keep the ghosts of his past—and any prying eyes—at bay. The only person to sense something dangerous about Andy is busybody Joan. But will her suspicions bring her more than she bargains for?

What is it about drama (and potential danger) in a neighborhood that makes it so enticing to read about? Whatever it is, when a book has that particular setup, it’s (almost) completely irresistible to me!

The Secret Admirer (Detective Natalie Ward #6) by Carol Wyer

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Sasha’s eighteen-year-old daughter Gemma was all she had in the world. When her burned and broken body is found, Sasha’s world ends. The investigation takes a devastating, personal twist for Detective Natalie Ward when it’s revealed her estranged husband David followed Gemma home every evening the week before she died. When Gemma’s housemate is found murdered, Natalie thinks the killer could still be at large. Can she discover the truth before another precious life is taken?

After what happened in the last book, I felt some serious trepidation after reading the blurb for this one. I still haven’t reviewed the last book, because I can’t think about anything beyond a certain devastating event. And now David seems to be a suspect in a murder case? I don’t know if my heart can take it!

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

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The greatest risk isn’t running away. It’s running out of time. The car abandoned miles from home. The note found at a nearby hotel. The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together. They called it a “walk away.” It happens all the time. Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over. But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

I received a Netgalley widget for this one, and I held onto it for a couple of days before I (finally) checked the blurb to see what it was about. I guess I needed to give myself the illusion of restraint, because I knew I’d end up with this book on my shelf. The mysterious description only made me want to read it even more. I mean, there’s HAS to be a reason for it, right? I loved the last book I read by Walker, so I have high expectations for this.

That’s All Folks!

I’ve decided it will be easy to simply number each STS post, rather than include dates in the title. I’ve gone through previous posts, and adjusted the titles accordingly. I think it works better this way, because I won’t feel pressured to get it posted before the clock strikes midnight. It’s still winter, but I’m already having busy Saturdays. Things are going to become even more unpredictable once spring arrives—especially now that I’m feeling well again—and I have a feeling there will be many times the STS will go up on the earliest hours of Sunday.

What books did you add to your shelves this week?

6 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves #14

    1. Excellent! Both those books sound SO good. I can’t decide which one I want to read first. (Assuming I ever finish the book I’m reading right now… I had no idea it was over 800 pages when I started. LOL)

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