I made a deal with myself that in 2020 I wouldn’t buy any physical books, just due to the fact that I am having a baby next month and reading on my kindle is going to be so much more practical plus I can use it easily during the night feeds. HOWEVER.. I have already epically failed. I can’t help it. Books that really intrigue me, I am automatically drawn to the physical copies over the e-books and I have absolutely no idea why.. with that being said, I only acquired four new books last month, which is good going for me! I thought I would share my January book haul incase you are after some new reads.
THE FIVE: THE UNTOLD LIVES OF THE WOMEN KILLED BY JACK THE RIPPER // HALLIE RUBENHOLD
I pre-ordered this months ago and had forgotten all about it to be honest so it was a lovely surprise when I opened it! I have a slight intrigue (if that is the right word…?) into serial killers and the thing that enticed me the most with this particular book is that it is the victim’s stories rather than being all about Jack The Ripper himself.
“Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women.Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.”
I was kindly gifted this book by Tandem Collective on Instagram in exchange for taking part in their February readalong! As soon as I saw them post a picture on their account I was immediately drawn in by the cover and the synopsis. I absolutely LOVE thrillers and from the reviews I have seen so far – I am not going to be disappointed.
“Where Romy grew up, if someone died you never spoke of them again. Now twenty-two, she has recently escaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in. But Romy is young, pregnant and completely alone – and if she is to keep herself safe in this new world, she has some important lessons to learn. Like how there are some people you can trust, and some you must fear. And about who her family really is, and why her mother ran away from them all those years ago. And that you can’t walk away from a dark past without expecting it to catch up with you…”
SPEAK // LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON (AUTHOR) & EMILY CARROLL (ILLUSTRATOR)
I picked this graphic novel up in Waterstones on a recent day trip to York and i’m not gonna’ lie, it was the cover that immediately drew my attention but as soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to have it. I have a feeling it’s going to very hard hitting and emotional.
“‘I said no.’
Melinda is an outcast at Merryweather High. Something happened over the summer – something bad – and now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen. So what’s the point in speaking at all? Through her work on an art project, Melinda is finally able to face what really happened that night. But before she can make peace with the ghosts of the past, she has to confront the reality of the present – and stop someone who still wishes to do her harm. Only words can save her. She can’t stay silent. Not any more.“
I have heard really good things about C.J.Tudor’s other book, The Chalk Man so she has been on my radar for a little while but I opted for her latest release as it is the February book pick for Books & Lala’s new book club “The Literally Dead Book Club” which is solely concentrating on thriller/horror/mystery themed books. Which is right up my street!
“Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’ It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again.
Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead. Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .”
There you have it! My January book haul. I do have a few books preordered in February so I can’t wait to share those with you next month!