June 16, 2021 – New Releases, Reviews & Reading Update…

Happy Wednesday Everyone

Yesterday was new release day for bookworms around the world ! There haven’t been many releases in the last couple of weeks that got my motor running. But today, I’ve pulled a couple that are worth getting excited about ! Let’s have a look.

About The Maidens by Alex Michaelides author of The Silent Patient

The Maidens ★ Alex Michaelides

Alex Michaelides Author of the Silent Patient New Release June 15, 2021 The Maidens

Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.

Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.

Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?

When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything—including her own life.

The author of 2019’s hit The Silent Patient is back with a new release! & your girl is hoping this release is better than the last one. Don’t get me wrong, The Silent Patient was good for a debut novel. I gave it 3, but sometimes hype will kill a book rather than help it bloom. I couldn’t log in to a book group without seeing The Silent Patient – still see it on a regular basis, & it just did not live up to that hype for me. I am excited however to see what else Michaelides has up his sleeve with The Maidens.

The Silent Patient

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…. 

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Hairpin Bridge ★ Taylor Adams

Three months ago, Lena Nguyen’s estranged twin sister, Cambry, drove to a remote bridge sixty miles outside of Missoula, Montana, and jumped two hundred feet to her death. At least, that is the official police version.

But Lena isn’t buying it.

Now she’s come to that very bridge, driving her dead twin’s car and armed with a cassette recorder, determined to find out what really happened by interviewing the highway patrolman who allegedly discovered her sister’s body.

Corporal Raymond Raycevic has agreed to meet Lena at the scene. He is sympathetic, forthright, and professional. But his story doesn’t seem to add up. For one thing, he stopped Cambry for speeding a full hour before she supposedly leapt to her death. Then there are the sixteen attempted 911 calls from her cell phone, made in what was unfortunately a dead zone.

But perhaps most troubling of all, the state trooper is referred to by name in Cambry’s final enigmatic text to her sister: Please Forgive Me. I couldn’t live with it. Hopefully you can, Officer Raycevic.

Lena will do anything to uncover the truth. But as her twin’s final hours come into focus, Lena’s search turns into a harrowing, tooth-and-nail fight for her own survival—one that will test everything she thought she knew about her sister and herself…

If you haven’t read No Exit by Taylor Adams, do yourself a favour and add it to your tbr, but save it for a wild stormy winter night. You know the kind – storm stuck with the power threatening to go out. I gave No Exit 4 – I read it in one sitting during a night shift in 2019. Was it the greatest book ever written? No. Was it a quick, fast-paced read? Yes. Has the trope been done before? To death. But seriously, name me one that hasn’t been. Yanno?

No Exit

A thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.

Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.

Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?

There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?

Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.

But who can she trust?

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As usual friends, there is definitely, probably approx. 32403284 more releases out this week. These are just the two that have caught my eye. Also I swear, thrillers have the most uninteresting covers in existence.

In other news, I finished reading Awakening Shadows by Sydney Hawthorn. You can see my review here, but I fucking loved it, man. It was great. All these indie & new (to me) authors are just BLOWING my mind to pluto. Bookstagram has introduced me to a whole new slew of authors I would not have known about. There’s simply no way I would have known about Awakening Shadows & Sydney Hawthorn without the internet. Without the ‘gram.

Also, the author is as cute as a fucking button.

I have decided to go ahead and throw The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller into the dnf pile. It’s just not doing it for me. Not now anyway. I have moved onto book two in The Bargainer Series A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa. (Book One Review HERE) As well as book two in The Plated Prisoner Series Glint by Raven Kennedy. (Thoughts on Book One HERE) My tbr list is just out of control at this point, so it’s time to clear out some series & see if it’s worth continuing them.

& I guess that is it for now friends.

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