A very quick post just to squeeeee a little bit over the two most recent approvals from NetGalley, both character-driven crime novels.
The Searcher, Tana French
Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.
Publication Date: 5th November 2020
Publisher: Penguin Random House
The Survivor, Jane Harper
Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on a single day when a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that haunts him still resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home.
Kieran’s parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother Finn.
When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge in the murder investigation that follows. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…
Publication Date: 21st January 2021
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group UK
it is interesting that the two covers are similar: whilst one is a grassy field and the other an ocean, one is Irish and the other Australian, both covers have a very similar sense of motion and movement and of windswept vista in which people seem small and insignificant….
Wonderfully autumnal covers for reading as the nights draw in and the weather gets colder and colder… a warm fire, a cup of tea and a book!
I’m also hoping to get a copy of this, so fingers crossed that the publishers respond to my email…
These Violent Delights
The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.
A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang-a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love . . . and first betrayal.
But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns-and grudges-aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
Publication Date: 17 Nov. 2020)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton