If you love reading the latest releases for free! Then you need to get signed up to NetGalley, I have read a crazy amount of brand new books from this website all for free. All they ask is for you to review the books on the NetGalley website, amazon and/or GoodReads (GoodReads is another amazing website that I found, I more than likely will do a blog post on this soon, comment below if you would like me to do one).
This is just a small selection of the books that I have been fortunate enough to review for both publishers and authors. The website caters for every single genre of books, from Arts & Photography to True crime.
Being able to read books before they hit the shelves makes you feel part of a privileged group and you even have the chance to get in contact with authors personally (more about that in a post to come..)
So seeing as I have the cover of five fabulous books I thought that I would give you a quick rundown of each.
The Girl Before
Plot: Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.
This is an odd request and has terrible consequences for the two women who answered this question. Soon after Jane has moved in to the architectural masterpiece she starts to uncover the untimely death of the previous tenant. She unwittingly starts to make the same choices and experiences the same terror as the girl before.
Thoughts: Well I’m not sure where to begin with this book, this was the first book that I received to review, this may have made it even more exciting. However the book did not disappoint! The story is told from the new tenant Jane and the ‘girl before’ I don’t want to give anything away so I will skim around the edges. But this is a must, a brilliant breath of fresh air in terms of thrillers, and one that I will be having to re-read.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Plot: The main theme in this is the primal instinct of a mother and the lengths she will go to, to save her son. As Joan and he son turn to leave the zoo minutes before closing time, what she sees at the gates sends her sprinting back inside and keeps them running for the next 3 hours. Joan’s intimate knowledge of the zoo is all that is keeping them one step ahead of danger.
Thoughts: This is not my usual read however I enjoyed this more than expected. It makes you think about what you are willing to do to save your own flesh and blood. This is a fast paced thriller with the entire book focused within the three hours which they are spent hiding in the zoo.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
He Said/She Said
Plot: Who do you believe? He said it was consensual. The woman said nothing.
But Laura saw it… didn’t she?
In the aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this read due to its original plot revolving around eclipse chasers. The twists kept coming, even in the last paragraph. Being fed snippets from each timeline and perspective created suspense to the point where I couldn’t stop reading as I needed answers to all of my questions.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Did you see Melody?
Plot: She’s the most famous murder victim in the country.
What if she’s not dead?
Thoughts: I truly loved this book, it had me hooked from the first page. There were so many twists and turns which made me gasp out loud, (once again I don’t want to post any spoilers so I’m keeping this really basic) I will be coming back to this book.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Stranger in the House
Plot: Why would you run scared from a happy home?
You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town.
The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn’t so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe . . .
Thoughts: I had seriously high expectations for this book as I loved her previous book ‘The Couple Next Door’. I did really enjoy this however I believe that my expectations were too high and that’s the reason that I was left feeling slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong the twists and turns in this book made you feel like you were on a rollercoaster, unfortunately it didn’t live up to my high expectations.
Rating 3 out of 5.
Well, that turned out to be a longer post than expected, I was hoping for an early night with my new read (from NetGalley of course, I would tell you what it is however I have five to choose from!)
I hope that you enjoy exploring and fall in love with NetGalley as much as I have.