Talkabout Thursday

I haven’t done this for a couple of weeks, so it’s about time to take a look at what I am currently reading, what is in my TBR pile for the coming week, and ARCs I have been approved for from NetGalley.

So, currently I am reading

Mother

Christopher would never hurt anyone. Not intentionally. Even after everything that’s happened I still believe that…

Christopher Harris is a lonely boy. A boy who has never fitted into his family. Who has always felt something was missing from his life. Until one day, when he discovers a suitcase in his family’s attic. And a secret about his mother that changes everything. What price would you pay for the perfect family?

Christopher finally has a chance at happiness. A happiness that he will do anything to protect…

At 60% I still haven’t got my head around this one and honestly don’t quite know what to make of it . . .

And I am listening to

No Rest for the Dead

on my i-pod.

More than twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel — a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.

Alexander McCall Smith. Sandra Brown. Faye Kellerman. J.A. Jance. Jeffery Deaver. Kathy Reichs. Lisa Scottoline. Jeff Lindsay. These are only a handful of the names that make up the all-star lineup of authors behind No Rest for the Dead, a tale of vengeance, greed, and love that flows seamlessly, in the words of David Baldacci, “as it passes from one creator’s mind to the next.”

When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he’s discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime. With the help of the dead woman’s friend, he plans to gather everyone who was there the night Christopher died and finally uncover the truth, suspect by suspect. Solving this case may be Nunn’s last chance for redemption … but the shadowy forces behind Christopher’s death will stop at nothing to silence the past forever.

In this innovative storytelling approach, each of these twenty-five bestselling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale. No Rest for the Dead is a thrilling, page-turning accomplishment that only America’s very best authors could achieve.

From the Introduction of No Rest for the Dead:

There is always that case, the one that keeps me awake at night, the one that got away. It’ll always be there, gnawing at the edges of my mind. It doesn’t matter that ten years have passed, it doesn’t matter that the case is officially closed. An innocent woman was executed, I was the one who helped make it happen, and on the sad night when the needle was inserted into her arm, injecting her with death, part of my life ended too.
It never felt right, never made sense. Sure, there was motive and opportunity, there was the physical evidence. But if you met her, if you knew her the way I got to know her . . . It wasn’t until later, after I’d taken a step back from the case, that I realized it had angles I hadn’t seen, layers I hadn’t uncovered, back when it mattered, back when I could have saved her….

With contributions from: 

Diary of Jon Nunn / Andrew F. Gulli —
Prologue / Jonathan Santlofer —
Chapter 1 / Jeff Lindsay —
Chapter 2 / Alexander McCall Smith —
Chapter 3 / Raymond Khoury —
Chapter 4 / Jonathan Santlofer —
Chapter 5 / Sandra Brown —
Chapter 6 / Faye Kellerman —
Diary of Jon Nunn / Andrew F. Gulli —
Chapter 7 / Jonathan Santlofer —
Police reports / Kathy Reichs —
Chapter 8 / John Lescroart —
Chapter 9 / T. Jefferson Parker —
Chapter 10 / Lori Armstrong —
Chapter 11 / Matthew Pearl —
Chapter 12 / Michael Palmer —
Diary of Jon Nunn / J.A. Jance —
Chapter 13 / Gayle Lynds —
Chapter 14 / Andrew F. Gulli —
Chapter 15 / J.A. Jance —
Diary of Jon Nunn / Andrew F. Gulli —
Chapter 16 / R.L. Stine —
Chapter 17 / Marcia Talley —
Chapter 18 / Thomas Cook —
Chapter 19 / Diana Gabaldon —
Chapter 20 / Thomas Cook —
Chapter 21 / Diana Gabaldon —
Chapter 22 / Peter James —
Chapter 23 / Tess Gerritsen —
Chapter 24 / Lisa Scottoline —
Chapter 25 / Phillip Margolin —
Chapter 26 / Jeffery Deaver —
Chapter 27 / Kathy Reichs —
Chapter 28 / R.L. Stine —
Chapter 29 / Jeffery Deaver —
Chapter 30 / Jeff Abbott —
Chapter 31 / Marcus Sakey —
Diary of Jon Nunn, last entry / Jonathan Santlofer and Andrew F. Gulli / Additional police reports / Kathy Reichs.(less)

I have to admit to being a little wary at first, not really seeing how this could possibly work, but work it does. And as it was written in aid of charity, that gives me yet another reason to support it.
And in my TBR pile for the coming week are the following  –
Dying Breath (Detective Lucy Harwin, #2)
Take a breath. Pray it’s not your last.
Just a few months after a terrifying case that nearly took her life, Detective Lucy Harwin is back with her squad in the coastal town of Brooklyn Bay – and this time, she’s faced with a case more horrifying than anything she’s encountered.

Along with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy is investigating what appears to be a vicious but isolated murder; a woman found bludgeoned to death on a lonely patch of wasteland.

But when a second victim is discovered strangled in an alleyway, then a young family shot in their own home, Lucy and the team must face the unthinkable reality – a killer is walking the streets of their town.

While Lucy and the team try to find the link between these seemingly unconnected murders, they uncover a disturbing truth – these murders are replicating those carried out by infamous serial killers.

Lucy must get to the killer before he strikes again. But he’s got his sights on her, and is getting ever closer… Can she save herself, before she becomes the final piece in his twisted game?

A dark, gripping and sinister crime novel that will hook fans of Patricia Gibney, Joy Ellis and Angela Marsons from the very first page.

MURDER IN THE FAMILY (DI Hillary Greene #5)
Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Then meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

15–year-old Billy Davies is found dead in his father’s shed. A pair of gardening shears thrust brutally into his chest.

DI Hillary Greene tries to get to the bottom of this baffling crime.

How had Billy come into contact with such a vicious killer? Who wanted him dead and why? The investigation reveals that the teenager was not such an innocent young man.

Meanwhile, Hillary’s having a tough time at work. She’s been passed over for promotion, and her reliable constable Tommy Lynch is to be transferred out. But Hillary won’t let distractions get in the way of solving crimes.

To catch this killer, Hillary will need to dig deep into the dark secrets of a small community.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish.

Her Best Friend
Two girls. A murder. And a secret that binds them forever.
As a teenager, Sylvie Armstrong’s life was shattered when her best friend, Victoria Bland, was murdered. The killer has never been caught – and Sylvie has never spoken about what happened that day.

Now, two decades have gone by and after the death of her mother, Sylvie is forced to return to her home town, along with her newborn daughter – only to be confronted by the secrets that she has been running from for twenty years.

But then Sylvie receives the locket Victoria was wearing on the night she died – and it becomes clear that somebody knows what really happened to Victoria.

As Sylvie struggles to discover the truth behind the lies, she finds herself in increasing danger from those who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets. Someone who threatens not only Sylvie, but everything she loves…

ARCstories that I have been approved for. . .
Bitter
The Confession
Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5)
The Wanted (Elvis Cole, #17; Joe Pike, #6)
The Missing Child (Detective Rachel Prince #1)
I hope you also have a great week of reading lined up.
Happy reading my friends!

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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