Okay, so we might be midway through February but welcome to my first book haul of 2019. I'm so excited for all of these, and have detailed them below for you:
Slender Man (Anonymous)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Thanks to the wonderful people at Harper Voyager for sending this to me - An intriguing horror novel told through diary entries, blog posts and texts around the urban legend of Slender Man.
Into the River (by Mark Brandi)
Publisher: Legend Press
I'm thrilled to be working on the blog tour for the release of this temptingly short crime novel - out on 1st March - set in a small town in Australia. A full review of this story will be on the way next month. Thanks to Legend Press for sending me the proof copy for this.
Give Me the Child (by Mel McGrath)
Publisher: Harper Collins
I actually won this in a Facebook giveaway run by Waterstones. Blurbed by Paula Hawkins, it sounds like a gripping family story that's likely to have me hooked from the first page.
Time is a Killer (by Michel Bussi, translated by Shaun Whiteside)
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
I read Michel Bussi's last novel and was blown away by the intricate plot. This is another thriller - partly set in 1989, then cutting ahead to 2016 - following a teenager who survives a car crash that kills the rest of her family.
Illuminae (by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff)
Publisher: Rock the Boat
I'm a bit late to the party for this - A popular Young Adult sci-fi story, again told in an epistolary format with interviews and emails. I'm not sure why but I'm always drawn to that in a novel. This is the first in a dystopian, science fiction trilogy and I finally caved after years of having it on my wishlist.
Diary of a Bookseller (by Shaun Bythell)
Publisher: Profile Books
My last review was of a memoir by Jessica A. Fox who went to Shaun's bookshop. He appears in the book as 'Euan' and that immediately set me off on the hunt for this. I'm always a fan of books with bookish settings, so I couldn't resist.
The Curses (by Laure Eve)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
This is the sequel to The Graces, a YA book set in a high school that has some potential witchcraft weaved within the plot. I devoured that and so I couldn't resist pre-ordering this one when it came out last month. It's on my list to read this month, so I'll keep you updated on my thoughts.
The Wicked Cometh (by Laura Carlin)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
I'll admit this was a cover buy. It's a dark, gothic historical fiction set in 19th century London, and I'll let you know more when I read it.
The Witch Finder's Sister (by Beth Underdown)
Publisher: Penguin Random House
This is another historical fiction, set in the 17th century in Manningtree, Essex. It promises a story entwined with witchcraft and family drama and that's all I need to know.
So, those are all of the books that I've got my hands on since the New Year, and I can't wait to read them and let you know my thoughts. In the meantime, happy reading :)