Hello, little bookworms and hope you all had a nice weekend! Today I thought I’d share with you a couple of books which are being released this month and which I’m really excited about. The list of promising titles coming out in February and March is pretty much endless but I’d like to highlight six books that really stood out for me and ones that I’ll definitely pick up as soon as I can. The six books I’m looking forward to the most are:
Eye Contact by Fergus McNeill
Paperback, 14 February 2013, Hodder & Stoughton
From the outside, Robert Naysmith is a successful businessman, handsome and charming. But for years he’s been playing a deadly game. He doesn’t choose his victims. Each is selected at random – the first person to make eye contact after he begins ‘the game’ will not have long to live. Their fate is sealed. When the body of a young woman is found on Severn Beach, Detective Inspector Harland is assigned the case. It’s only when he links it to an unsolved murder in Oxford that the police begin to guess at the awful scale of the crimes. But how do you find a killer who strikes without motive?
Even though I already read and reviewed this one back in November when it came out in hardback, I wanted to include it in my list because I absolutely loved it
and Fergus is super nice. And he likes cats. And tea. Just saying. It was one of my favourite books of 2012 so if you’re looking for a fast paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page, this one might be worth checking out. (If you’d like to read my review first, click here)
The Burning Air by Erin Kelly
Hardback, 21 February 2013, Penguin USA
The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege: good looks (more or less), a beautiful home, tuition-free education at the prestigious private school where Rowan is headmaster, an altruistic righteousness inherited from magistrate Lydia.
But when Rowan and his three grown children gather for the first time since Lydia’s passing at the family’s weekend home—a restored barn in the English countryside—years of secrets surface, and they discover a stranger in their midst. A stranger who is convinced that Lydia was a murderer. A stranger who has been exacting vengeance upon the family for years without their ever knowing. And one who will threaten the youngest MacBride, baby Edie, and the clan’s memory of Lydia, shattering their world forever.
I saw this one on the publisher’s website a while ago and thought it sounded quite good but wasn’t sure whether to pick it up or not. Then I talked to Fergus (the author mentioned above) on Twitter who had already read it and reassured me that it really is brilliant. Since he likes crime fiction just like me (and I loved his book which also happens to be crime), I trust him and will be adding this to my never ending to-be-read pile.
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Paperback, 1 February 2013, Mira Ink
Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret. Until now.
Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed. Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse. But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.
Speechless was added to the list mainly because I read the author’s previous book sometime last year and really enjoyed it. I know there were certain things in the plot that I wasn’t particularly keen on and I only gave it a 4 star rating at the time but the writing was spot on and I’m sure Speechless is going to be just as amazing. It’s a definite must-have for fans of YA fiction.
Pivot Point by Kassie West
Hardback, 12 February 2013, HarperTeen
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.
Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
Hardback, 5 February 2013, Dutton Adult
This is my family: Vanished without a trace…
Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends and family. A perfect life.
This is what I know: Pain has a flavor…
When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just an entire family, vanished without a trace.
This is what I fear: The worst is yet to come…
Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect facades can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices. Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family? And how far would such a person be willing to go?
This is the truth: Love, safety, family…it is all touch and go.
Lost & Found by Tom Winter
Hardback, 21 February 2013, Corsair
It started with a letter …
Carol is married to a man she doesn’t love and mother to a daughter she doesn’t understand. Crippled with guilt, she can’t shake the feeling that she has wasted her life. So she puts pen to paper and writes a Letter to the Universe.
Albert is a widowed postman, approaching retirement age, and living with his cat, Gloria, for company. Slowly being pushed out at his place of work, he is forced down to the section of the post office where they sort undeliverable mail. When a series of letters turns up with a smiley face drawn in place of an address, he cannot help reading them.
What February releases are YOU looking forward to the most? Also, if you’d like me to highlight a few new releases each month and make this a regular feature, please let me know in a comment below.