I don’t know how I missed last weeks topic but I really want to do it now, I know it’s not the current weeks topic so I am sorry.
Top 5 Saturday is hosted by Mandy over at Devouring Books, as I’m already late let’s just jump right in…
The Upcoming Schedule Is:
12/27/19 – Books coming in 2020
1/4/20 — Funny Books
1/11/20 — Books Over 5 years old
1/18/20 — Unreliable Narrators
1/25/10 — Books by Favorite Authors
Almost Dead (Lizzy Gardner #5) by T. R. Ragan
Life for private investigator Lizzy Gardner will never be the same. It’s been three weeks since her fiancé, Jared, was shot on what was supposed to be their wedding day. He’s in a coma now, and Lizzy is being forced to make a decision she might not be able to live with.
But a string of deaths has forced her to get back to work. While they appear to be unrelated accidents at first glance, a closer look shows they all have something in common. More than a decade earlier, the victims were all members of the Ambassador Club at a Sacramento high school: a posh posse that bullied other students, one of whom remains tormented years later.
I listened to this whole series on audio about two years ago and I really enjoyed it, I can’t remember too much except that it is addictive! I believe I listened to the books one straight after the other on Kindle Unlimited.
The Doll’s House (Helen Grace #3) by M. J. Arlidge
A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare.
Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing – her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave. For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it’s chilling evidence that she’s searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful – a predator who’s killed before.
And as Helen struggles to understand the killer’s motivation, she begins to realise that she’s in a desperate race against time
I haven’t spoke about this series for quite a while as a book hasn’t been published since 2018 and I’ve read them all. This is such an amazing series especially for those who don’t or haven’t read a lot of crime fiction as they are pretty easy to read and all have really unique plots.
The Hiding Place by John Burley
She can’t reach him … but he can get to her …
Dr Lise Shields works with the most deadly criminals in America. At Menaker psychiatric hospital all are guilty and no one ever leaves. Then she meets Jason Edwards.
Jason is an anomaly. No transfer order, no patient history, no paperwork at all. Is he really guilty of the horrific crimes he’s been sentenced for?
Caught up in a web of unanswered questions and hastily concealed injustices, the spotlight begins to shine on Lise. She’s being watched, and the doors of Menaker psychiatric hospital are closing in.
In Lise’s quest to discover the truth, is there anywhere left to hide?
I have mentioned this quite a lot so I will keep it short, this book is so under-rated and you need to go and read it!
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
‘It’s about the terror, isn’t it?’
‘The terror of what?’ I said.
‘The terror of being found out.’
For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us – people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonised, sometimes even fired from their job.
A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratised. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people’s faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.
If you love Louis Theroux documentaries and want to read some non-fiction then Jon Ronson is your man! I’ve read everything he’s published and I just absolutely love his work.
Stasi Child (Karin Müller #1) by David Young
1975: When Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl’s body at the foot of the Berlin Wall, she imagines she’s seen it all before. But she soon realises that this is a death like no other before it – the girl was evidently trying to escape from West Berlin.
As a member of the People’s Police, Muller’s power in East Germany only stretches so far. The Ministry for State Security, the Stasi, assures her the case is closed, all they need to know is the girl’s name. Yet they strongly discourage her from asking questions. The evidence doesn’t add up, and it soon becomes clear the crime scene has been staged. But this regime does not tolerate curious minds, and it takes Müller too long to realise that the trail she’s been following may lead her dangerously close to home …
This is the first book in the Karin Müller series of which I recently posted a review for #5.
Sorry that this is a week late however I just really wanted to share some of these books with you.
See you guys in the next one…