So here we are with another instalment of Down the TBR hole 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!
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If you have read my previous posts you will know that I’m usually pretty harsh, getting rid of at least half of the 10 books I pick.
Let’s see if today is any different…
Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades by Caitlin Davies
Society has never known what to do with its rebellious women.
Those who defied expectations about feminine behaviour have long been considered dangerous and unnatural, and ever since the Victorian era they have been removed from public view, locked up and often forgotten about. Many of these women ended up at HM Prison Holloway, the self-proclaimed ‘terror to evil-doers’ which, until its closure in 2016, was western Europe’s largest women’s prison.
First built in 1852 as a House of Correction, Holloway’s women have come from all corners of the UK – whether a patriot from Scotland, a suffragette from Huddersfield, or a spy from the Isle of Wight – and from all walks of life – socialites and prostitutes, sporting stars and nightclub queens, refugees and freedom fighters. They were imprisoned for treason and murder, for begging, performing abortions and stealing clothing coupons, for masquerading as men, running brothels and attempting suicide. In Bad Girls, Caitlin Davies tells their stories and shows how women have been treated in our justice system over more than a century, what crimes – real or imagined – they committed, who found them guilty and why. It is a story of victimisation and resistance; of oppression and bravery.
I love non-fiction especially when it surrounds crime or prison, this is definitely staying.
Her Last Tomorrow by Adam Croft
Could you murder your wife to save your daughter? On the surface, Nick Connor’s life is seemingly perfect: a quiet life with his beautiful family and everything he could ever want. But soon his murky past will collide with his idyllic life and threaten the very people he loves the most in the world.
When his five-year-old daughter, Ellie, is kidnapped, Nick’s life is thrown into a tailspin. In exchange for his daughter’s safe return, Nick will have to do the unthinkable: he must murder his wife.
With his family’s lives hanging in the balance, what will Nick do? Can he and his family survive when the evil that taunts them stems from the sins of his past?
This book had me at it’s first line! I don’t need to know anymore.
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter
Three women. A whole world of judgement.
Tara, Cam and Stella are very different women. Yet in a society that sets the agenda, there’s something about being a woman that ties invisible bonds between us.
When one extraordinary event rockets Tara to online infamy, their three worlds collide in ways they could never imagine – and they discover that one woman’s catastrophe might just be another’s inspiration.
Through friendship and conflict, difference and likeness, they’ll learn to find their own voices.
Because sometimes it’s OK not to follow the herd.
This just isn’t my type of book, I think I only added this to my TBR as it’s Dawn O’Porter.
Anything For Her by G. J. Minett
You’d do anything for the one that got away . . . wouldn’t you?
When Billy Orr returns home to spend time with his dying sister, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Aimi, the love of his life. He might not have seen her in eleven years, but Billy’s never forgotten her. He’d do anything for her then, and he’d do anything for her now.
When Aimi tells him that she wants to escape her abusive husband, Billy agrees to help her fake her own death. But is she still the Aimi that Billy remembers from all those years ago?
Once Aimi disappears, Billy has to face the possibility that perhaps she had different reasons for disappearing – reasons that might be more dangerous than she’s led him to believe . . .
Sometimes trusting the one you love is the wrong thing to do.
I feel like this has been done so many times before…
What Falls Between the Cracks (Porter & Styles #1) by Robert Scragg
Did she slip through the cracks, or was she pushed?
When a severed hand is found in an abandoned flat, Detective Jake Porter and his partner Nick Styles are able to DNA match the limb to the owner, Natasha Barclay, who has not been seen in decades. But why has no one been looking for her? It seems that Natasha’s family are the people who can least be trusted.
Delving into the details behind her disappearance and discovering links to another investigation, a tragic family history begins to take on a darker twist. Hampered by a widespread fear of a local heavy, as well as internal politics and possible corruption within the force, Porter and Styles are digging for answers, but will what they find ever see the light of day?
This synopsis just isn’t doing it for me.
Time is a Killer by Michel Bussi
In the summer of 2016, Clotilde is spending her vacation in Corsica with her husband Franck and her teenage daughter Valentine. It is the first time she has been back to the island since the car accident in which her parents and her brother were killed decades earlier. She was in the car too, but miraculously escaped with her life.
This return plunges Clotilde back into the deepest recesses of her adolescence. She reacquaints herself with her paternal grandparents, Lisabetta and Cassanu, members of a powerful Corsican family that reigns over the island.
When a mysterious letter, signed “Palma”―Clotilde’s mother―arrives, the truth about her family, her parents’ death, and her childhood is called into question. Time is a Killer is a voyage into the complexities of Corsican society, a compelling portrait of woman’s awakening, and a masterfully executed novel of psychological suspense.
This really isn’t peaking my interest.
Impersonation by Kate Tamsin Walker
“I caught a glimpse of myself today…I saw my description in the pages of a book, in the words of a man I have never met.”
When Ruth receives a new novel from her book club, she is immediately intrigued. ‘The Ruthlessness of One Man’ claims to be about a real-life London commuter and, as Ruth delves further into the dark tale, she makes a sinister discovery.
She is that commuter.
As Ruth reads on and becomes convinced that the author, Mr Walden, intends her to be more than just his muse, she must unravel the story to uncover just what he has in store for her, both on paper and in reality. Ultimately, she only has the book itself to piece together Mr Walden’s identity and motive. But can she do it in time to stop herself from becoming the victim of a twisted literary plot?
Reminds me of Disclaimer by Renee Knight which I did enjoy, so I would be willing to give this a shot.
After Me by Deborah Coonts
Twenty million in diamonds missing.
Kate Sawyer, a cop in witness protection, holds the key.
If she could only remember.
Early-onset Alzheimer’s clouds the past. Stem cell therapy is working to clear it.
But time is running out for Kate.
One night she finds a dead man in her bathtub with a note stuck in his pocket.
I know what you’ve done.
Her cover blown, Kate runs, the clock is ticking. People close to her are being killed.
Shadowy memories tease her. Some she recognises. Others don’t seem familiar at all.
Running from people she can’t remember, dogged by a past lost in the haze, Kate discovers no one is who they appear to be, perhaps not even herself.
Not for me.
The Introvert (The Introvert #1) by Michael Paul Michaud
A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the centre of a murder investigation.
With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.
This doesn’t sound like my usual read however I’ve heard some pretty good things about it.
The Spy Who Fell To Earth by Ahron Bregman
Shortly after midday on 27 June 2007, a man plummets from his fifth-floor London flat. Did he jump or was he pushed? He is identified as an Egyptian millionaire who has been living in the UK since the early 1980’s. His name is Ashraf Marwan. But that is only part of the tale, for Marwan was also an international businessman and arms dealer, married to Mona Abdel Nasser, daughter of the legendary Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser. A few years before, I blew Marwan’s cover, unmasking him as a top spy who had been working for Egypt’s biggest enemy – Israel. But there is a twist – one that even the most audacious writer of fiction might baulk at. Soon after I exposed him, Marwan made contact. We met, became friends, and then kept in touch for almost five years. The day before he plunges to his death, Marwan phones. He is anxious and shaken and he asks for an urgent face-to-face meeting. We schedule it for the next day. It never takes place. Around the time we are due to meet, Marwan’s body is found in the private rose garden below his flat in central London. This is the story of what came to be known as ‘The Marwan Affair’, which shocked the public and the Intelligence community. It is based on my diary notes; together with messages I sent Marwan over the years they tell the inside story of my relationship with the spy some call the greatest secret agent of the twentieth century.
I didn’t know that this is actually non-fiction and being completely honest I don’t remember adding this to my TBR. I’m not a fan of spies or really historical non-fiction.
Today I said goodbye to: 6 out of 10 Books
Overall I’ve removed: 61 out of 110 (Damn!)
See you in the next one…