So, here we are with the third instalment of Down The TBR Hole. | 1 | | 2 | 3 |
This was originally created by Lost In A Story The idea is to help slim down your Goodreads TBR, because we all know how large and endless that list becomes!
So in just the last 3 instalments I have removed 16 books out of 30! I wonder if this is just me being harsh or if I was just so excited when first exploring Goodreads that I just added books to my TBR from their cover without actually reading about them?
Lets see how we get on today, first to the chopping block is…
The Muse by Jessie Burton
A picture hides a thousand words . . .
On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.
The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .
Meh, I actually remember adding this one after I read The Miniaturist also by Jessie Burton. The cover is also beautiful aswell, however, reading the synopsis I just know that I won’t read this so it’s going.
The Missing by Chris Mooney
The woman missing for five years.
The Crime Scene Investigator who finds her.
And the serial killer who wants them both dead …
When Boston CSI Darby McCormick finds a raving and emaciated woman hiding at the scene of a violent kidnap, she runs a DNA search to identify the Jane Doe. The result confirms she was abducted five years earlier and has somehow managed to escape from the dungeon in which she’s been caged.
With a teenage couple also missing and Jane Doe seriously ill, the clock is ticking for Darby as she hunts for the dungeon before anyone else disappears or dies. And when the FBI takes over the investigation, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer has been on the prowl for decades – and is poised to strike again at any moment. A killer with links to horrors that Darby has desperately tried to bury in her past …
I’ve heard so many good things about Chris Mooney and I have a few of his books, I just haven’t got around to them yet. I need to read this.
What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin
People don’t need to know you’re a murderer.
They just have to think you could be…
June 1980: 17-year-old Kelly Lund is jailed for killing Hollywood film director, John McFadden
Thirty years later, Kelly is a free woman. Yet speculation still swirls over what really happened that night.
And when her father-in law, and close friend of McFadden is found dead – shot through the head at point-blank range – there can only be one suspect.
But this time Kelly has some high-profile friends who believe she’s innocent of both crimes.
I added this firstly because of the cover, then I read the synopsis and thought it sounded cool. However, now when I read it, I just think, meh. So it’s gonna go.
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
Following a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend, Kate Priddy makes an uncharacteristically bold move after her American cousin, Corbin Dell, suggests a temporary apartment swap – Boston for London.
But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police begin asking questions about Corbin’s relationship with Audrey, and his neighbours come forward with their own suspicions, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own.
Jet lagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, Kate can barely trust herself. so how can she trust any of the strangers she’s just met?
I actually started to read this, but for some reason I must have been distracted and forgot about it. I have enjoyed the other books by Peter Swanson so I definitely want to go back to it.
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don’t plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden.
Yet Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation.
While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to falls apart.
But Laurence is not as naive as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl’s family may be the undoing of his own.
I had this on my bookcase for so long that I ended up donating it to a charity shop with others. Everytime I saw it I just didn’t want to pick it up.
The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy
Twelve-year-old Hannah – who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness – wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people.
Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.
Mike Juniper, a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.
And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.
They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.
If you have been following this blog for a while then you will know tat I’m a sucker for cyber crime, the side effects of social media and the dark net. When I added this to my TBR I thought it was non-fiction book with the same title by Jamie Bartlett which I have since read. However, reading that it is actually a novel it sounds so intriguing and I hope to one day read this.
Sirens by Joseph Knox
I stopped going to work. I went missing. We still live in a world where you can disappear if you want to. Or even if you don’t.
Detective Aidan Waits is in trouble
After a career-ending mistake, he’s forced into a nightmare undercover operation that his superiors don’t expect him to survive.
Isabelle Rossiter has run away again
When the teenage daughter of a prominent MP joins Zain Carver, the enigmatic criminal who Waits is investigating, everything changes.
A single mother, missing for a decade
Carver is a mesmerising figure who lures young women into his orbit – young women who have a bad habit of disappearing. Soon Waits is cut loose by the police, stalked by an unseen killer and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman.
How can he save the girl, when he can’t even save himself?
I heard so many good things about this book when it was first released, it’s been in my local library for ages and I just keep walking past it. I will take it home with me one day.
The Nowhere Man (Orphan X #2) by Gregg Hurwitz
He was once called Orphan X.
As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from a children’s home, raised and trained as part of a secret government initiative buried so deep that virtually no one knows it exists. But he broke with the programme, choosing instead to vanish off grid and use his formidable skill set to help those unable to protect themselves.
One day, though, Evan’s luck ran out . . .
Ambushed, drugged, and spirited away, Evan wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what’s happened, testing his gilded prison and its highly trained guards for weaknesses, he receives a desperate call for help.
With time running out, he will need to out-think, out-manoeuvre, and out-fight an opponent the likes of whom he’s never encountered to have any chance of escape. He’s got to save himself to protect those whose lives depend on him. Or die trying . . .
I read Orphan X when it first came out and I really enjoyed it, I just haven’t got around to this yet but it definitely is staying where it is.
Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch
She stole her husband. Now she wants to take her life.
After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a clean start. Her husband Sam is dead. Her children, too, are gone, victims of the car accident in which he died.
Sam said that she would never get away from him. That he would hound her to death if she tried to leave. Louisa never thought that he would want to harm their children though.
But then she never thought that he would betray her with a woman like Sophie. And now Sophie is determined to take all that Louisa has left. She wants to destroy her reputation and to take what she thinks is owed her – the life she would have had if Sam had lived.
Her husband’s lover wants to take her life. The only question is will Louisa let her?
There are so many books out there about cheating partners and those women wanting revenge or to ruin the life of the other. They just don’t appeal to me anymore, I need something more original than this.
Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer
A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.
A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances.
A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir.
For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the men. But as she starts to delve into the cases, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy.
What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number? But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted.
Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …
Don’t get me wrong this book does sound interesting, but I just feel like this is so similar to so many others that I have read, just like the book above. Nothing from this synopsis jumps out at me, so I know that I’m just not going to end up reading it.
Today I said goodbye to: 5 books
Overall I’ve removed: 21 books (out of 40)
Again I’ve removed half of the books, I hope that soon I actually want to keep the majority of them! At least removing 21 books I won’t read means that I get to add 21 that I will read haha! I know that’s the opposite of what this meme is supposed to accomplish, but it’s gonna happen anyway so I might aswell be honest!
See you in the next one…