Once again, I’m joining in with Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality for Stacking Shelves, where you share the real and virtual books you have added to your shelves in the last week.
So the first few books I bought this week are probably of not much interest to anyone but me and my family – they are guide books for our holidays, which isn’t far away and I feel slightly unprepared for (I will be off trying to find enough warm weather clothes in a bit)…
Books that might be of more interest include one Netgalley book, which also happens to be by one of my favourite tellers of ghost tales, Susan Hill (she of The Woman in Black)
From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the bestselling author of The Woman in Black.
In the title story, on a murky evening in a club off St James, a paranormal detective recounts his most memorable case, one whose horrifying denouement took place in that very building.
A lonely boy makes a friend in ‘Boy Number 21’, but years later is forced to question the very nature of that friendship.
‘Alice Baker’ tells the story of a mysterious new office worker who is accompanied by a lingering smell of decay.
And in ‘The Front Room’, a devoutly Christian mother tries to protect her children from the evil influence of their grandmother, both when she is alive and afterwards.
I also bought two books…
The first is a little bit different for me, a way to stretch my reading which is firmly back in it’s crime / mystery rut.
Travelling across the Atlantic on board the QE2, Alice – a bright, young physicist – meets Jove, short for Giovanni, one of the world’s most respected experts on time travel and a confirmed lothario. By the time the pair land in New York, Alice has become Jove’s mistress, an affair of the heart which is only complicated further when Alice meets Jove’s, wife, Stella; a tempestuous beauty born with a diamond at the base of her spine. As this love triangle turns into a menage-a-trois, Alice, Stella and Jove struggle against the currents immersing them, while their romance pulls into its wake the stories of other generations, philosophies, quantum physics and time travel
Whilst the next book puts me firmly back in that comfort zone…
Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.
Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?
And that’s it for me this week. How about you – what’s made it onto your shelves?