January 2019 book haul #1

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Although I’m still on a kind of book buying ban, I have added a couple of books to my shelves in the past month. Down below I’ll share the blurbs of the books I bought myself and the books that were gifted to me!

Physical books

Relentless by Dean Koontz
Hostile reviews may have hastened the deaths of some writers, but Cubby Greenwich is made of sterner stuff. But still he is obsessing about the scathing review of his latest bestseller by Shearman Waxx. On meeting Waxx, Cubby says one innocent word which triggers an inhuman fury in the critic, who becomes bent on destroying Cubby.

Lip Hook by David Hine & Mark Stafford
Somewhere in the British Isles, at the end of a neglected road, there is a village called Lip Hook. For its inhabitants, the village is more than the end of the road—it’s the end of the world. Beyond it, there is nothing but mist-shrouded marshland. Few travellers take the road to Lip Hook, but one foggy night, a car speeds perilously toward the village. The driver is a dangerously beautiful woman, the passenger a man with a gunshot wound and a suitcase containing a treasure he has risked his life for. Cash-strapped but in need of a place to hide, the two fugitives seek shelter at the Hanged Man Inn, where the woman persuades the innkeeper to accept payment in kind. As days pass and the woman extends her services to more of Lip Hook’s men, among them the village priest, a false faith grips the community—and reason, logic, and humanity begin to disappear.

Hoe alles moest beginnen van Thomas Verbogt
Thomas en Licia gaan als kinderen met elkaar het verzonnen leven aan, want het echte leven vertrouwen ze niet. Aan hun tijd samen komt abrupt een einde. Ze moeten elkaar loslaten, maar kunnen dat niet. We volgen Thomas en Licia daarna als twintigers, veertigers en zestigers. Zij blijven verbonden, ook als zij elkaar jaren niet zien. Toch zal het bijna een leven lang duren voordat Thomas begrijpt wat haar voorgoed veranderde.

The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and The Cafe by the Sea comes another enchanting, unforgettable novel of a woman who makes a fresh start on the beautiful Scottish Island of Mure—only to discover life has more surprises in store for her.

When Flora MacKenzie traded her glum career in London for the remote Scottish island of Mure, she never dreamed that Joel—her difficult, adorable boss—would follow. Yet now, not only has Flora been reunited with her family and opened a charming café by the sea, but she and Joel are taking their first faltering steps into romance.

With Joel away on business in New York, Flora is preparing for the next stage in her life. And that would be…? Love? She’s feeling it. Security? In Joel’s arms, sure. Marriage? Not open to discussion.

In the meanwhile, Flora is finding pleasure in a magnificent sight: whales breaking waves off the beaches of Mure. But it also signals something less joyful. According to local superstition, it’s an omen—and a warning that Flora’s future could be as fleeting as the sea-spray…

A bracing season on the shore sets the stage for Jenny Colgan’s delightful novel that’s as funny, heartwarming, and unpredictable as love itself.
* the Dutch translation was kindly gifted to me by the Dutch publisher L.S. Amsterdam *

The Dry by Jane Harper
A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.
But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke’s death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones.

Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton & Tim Wapshott
The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in 1984 and 1985. Even when they first slept together Hutton had no idea who Mercury was, and when the star told him his name it meant nothing to him. Hutton worked as a barber at the Savoy Hotel and retained his job and his lodgings in Sutton, Surrey, for two years after moving in with Mercury, and then worked as his gardener. He was never fully assimilated into Mercury’s jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but from 1985 until Mercury’s death in 1991 he was closer to him than anyone and knew all Mercury’s closest friends: the other members of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, Phil Collins to name a few. Ever present at the countless Sunday lunch gatherings and opulent parties, Hutton has a wealth of anecdotes about as well as a deep understanding of, Mercury’s life. He also nursed Mercury through his terminal illness, often held him throughout the night in his final weeks, and was with him as he died. No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercury’s private life – the ecstasies and the agonies – more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.

Freddie Mercury: The definitive biography by Lesley-Ann Jones
Meticulously researched, sympathetic and unsensational, this book focuses on the period in the 1980s when Queen began to fragment, before their Live Aid performance put them back in the frame.


The Childfree Society Club by Jaclyn Jaeger
When best friends Samantha Duncan and Ellie Thomas decide to establish The Childfree Society Club, their intent is that it would serve as a social group through which happily childfree women, like themselves, could connect. What they could not have imagined is that it would also become for its members a central support system from which lifelong friendships would bloom.

For Samantha, a successful and career-focused attorney, The Childfree Society Club is a source of encouragement as she learns to open her heart after falling hard for a single dad. For Ellie, at odds with her husband’s sudden desire to adopt a child, the club is a sense of kinship. For Sabrina Das, whose marriage is thrown into a tailspin when her husband decides he wants a baby after all, it is a place of comfort and strength. For Hannah Priestley, who wants nothing more than to have a baby but struggles with infertility, it is a means of healing. For Maddie Bennett, who carries the guilt of an abortion she had back in high school, it is a chance to atone for the bad decisions of her past.

Together, the interwoven lives of these five women candidly reveal the comical and poignant realities of what it means to be a childfree woman in a baby-obsessed world. With humor, drama, and raw emotion, The Childfree Society Club is a story about the true-to-life lengths women are willing (and not so willing) to go for love and friendship.
* kindly gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review *

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