Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins #5)

Title: Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins #5)

Author: L.S. O’Dea

Genres: Fantasy | Horror | Paranormal | Post-apocalyptic | Speculative Fiction | Thriller

Length: 508 pages | locations

Source: Author

Format: Mobi

Rating: 3.5/5

Premise:

After Trinity’s betrayal, Jethro will stop at nothing to make her pay.
Hugh uncovers secrets that make him break his agreement with Meesus.
And Trinity needs to finish this war, even if she lost both the boy of her dreams and the man of her future.

Review:

I found this one a bit slow to pick up, particularly the first part. But it was good to see the characters evolve.
Also, the bits with the forest witch were quite interesting and I enjoyed seeing how her prophecies unfolded. Secrets began being unveiled and I was captured by how the characters handled this new information.
The war does indeed end but there is much left to deal with, so I am looking forward to the next book.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Dec 29th to Jan 13th, 2017
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Stacking The Shelves [28] January 6th

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Greetings!
Well this week I sure caught up on requests, I added four new books!
I have to admit I am pretty excited to read all of them, particularly We Care for You and Home – Elderly and children, two ages that don’t get much voice in literature!

Do any of these appeal to you?


Netgalley

Margaret Woodruff is slowly dying in a care home. When her son is presented with the chance of exceptional care in her final months, he finds the offer hard to resist.

Winifred is assigned to Margaret’s care. She’s a Helper: a new kind of carer that’s capable, committed and completely tireless – because she’s a synthetic human being.

Under Winifred’s care Margaret’s health improves beyond everyone’s expectations, and Winifred begins to learn from Margaret what it means to be alive. After all, she has a lifetime of experience to pass on – and in a world where youth is the ultimate prize, perhaps it takes a robot to recognise the value of old age.

But how will Winifred use what she learns from Margaret – and what does she truly want from her?

This blurb captured my attention because the book appears to address something that concerns me but I am afraid to consider any further – getting older, and society treats the elderly – in a speculative fiction context. The ratings are quite high so this should be a treat.

FOR FANS OF M J ARLIDGE AND ANGELA MARSONS COMES A TWISTING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT WILL MAKE YOU QUESTION EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW.

She thought she could trust him. She was wrong . . .

When Zoe meets Dan she can’t believe her luck. He’s everything she is looking for in a man – intelligent, charming, stable, supportive.
Until they’re married.
Then Zoe realises that Dan is controlling, aggressive, paranoid.
And there’s no way out.

Or is there?

When Zoe discovers that she’s pregnant, she realises that the only way she can keep her baby is to leave Dan.
But that’s harder than you think.
He found her once before, and she knows he can find her again.
But Dan has plans of his own – plans that don’t necessarily include Zoe.

But then, even the best laid plans often go awry, and you really need to be careful about who you trust . . .

The first line of the blurb makes me think the characters in this book are multidimensional, and considering the sensitive subject, I believe I will enjoy this quite a lot.

Jesika is four and a half.

She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.

She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.

I am a sucker for books with a child’s point of view. Considering what I have heard about it, this should be quite an emotional read.

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.
Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.

For better, for worse.

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blind-sided. Trinity Avenue has been her family’s home for years. Where are all her belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared.

For richer, for poorer.

The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been turned upside by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party? What has Bram hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him?

Till death us do part.

I have to admit the cover really captured my attention.
Then I read the blurb and figured I would enjoy this mystery as well. Sounds like the characters are really interesting.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

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Tackling the TBR [12]: January 2018

Note: The covers link to GR book page.

Click the image to go to The Obsessive Bookseller

Click to go to The Obsessive Bookseller


However you put together your TBR for the next month, the goal is to reduce the amount of obligation in reading and increase the fun.

Here’s a look at how the system works:

1. Identify the titles that take top priority in your TBR.
2. Combine them all in your own Tackling the TBR post.
3. Throughout the month pick from that pile as the mood strikes you.


Last year finished with a lot of books left unread but new year, new opportunities!


January 2018 TBR Tackler Shelf:

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

We Care For You by Paul Kitcatt

We Care For You by Paul Kitcatt

Home by Amanda Berriman

Home by Amanda Berriman


Tackler Carry-overs:

 

The Mistake by K.L. Slater

The Mistake by K.L. Slater

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last Seen
by Nina Laurin

Seven Suspects by Renee James

Seven Suspects
by Renee James

Elle by Philippe Djian

Elle
by Philippe Djians

When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi

When I Wake Up
by Jessica Jarlvi

Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don’t Wake Up
by Liz Lawler

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)
by Ransom Riggs

The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith

The Things We Thought We Knew
by Mahsuda Snaith

Lying to Children by Alex Shahla

Lying to Children
by Alex Shahla

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1) by Candace Robinson

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1)
by Candace Robinson

Blood and Stars (Legend of Rhyme, #5)
by Jaime Lee Mann

Stillhouse Lake (Gwen Proctor #1)
by Rachel Caine

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky
by Christopher Meades

Surviving Kidnappers by Olav Ofstad

Surviving Kidnappers by Olav Ofstad

Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) by L.S. O'Dea

Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) by L.S. O’Dea

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel by P. Wish

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel
by P. Wish

The Missing Girls (DI Robyn Carter #3) by Carol E. Wyer

The Missing Girls (DI Robyn Carter #3) by Carol E. Wyer

December 2017 Wrap-Up

December completely flew by!

I had a week off work so that was good. I got some much needed rest.

I finished the book I had been reading since last month and it seems things are finally under way to getting my Kindle back, so I am looking forward to that.

All in all it was a lovely month!


Summary:

Total Books Read: 1

Longest Read: The Light Between Oceans (362 pages)

Shortest Read: The Light Between Oceans (362 pages)

Book of the Month: The Light Between Oceans

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 57/52

British Books Challenge: 22/12

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 47/35


December Books:

 

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is a book you just cannot stay indifferent to.

It a heart-wrenching story that will make you wonder what you would do in such a situation.

The characters are extremely well developed, and the setting is wonderfully crafted as well.
Recommended.

I rated it 4.25/5 stars.


Where I got the books:

Kelly @ Book Obsession

  • The Light Between Oceans

 

Features:

 

Other Posts:

 


How was December for you?
Do you have a Wrap-up post? Please link it below!

Quoted in Print!

This year I received an amazing Christmas gift – my words were actually quoted in a print book!

The publisher wrote to me asking to use a quote from my review and I was more than happy to give them the go ahead.

Even though I live in Portugal, they actually offered to ship a copy to me, which I have to admit I was thrilled to receive.

Also, it’s Penguin, you guys! I have to say I am ecstatic.

The book is The House, by Simon Lelic.

I really enjoyed reading this psychological thriller. The writing style was quite unique, as both main characters would take turns writing in the form of a journal that served as a tool to cope with what had happened.

The characters were extremely well-developed and the story was enthralling. I do recommend it among others of the same genre.

And finally, my quote:

It is quite anonymous but I am still extremely happy with it.

Has anything of the sort happened to you? Tell me everything!

The Light Between Oceans

Title: The Light Between Oceans

Author: M.L. Stedman

Genres: Contemporary | Historical Fiction

Length: 362 pages

Source: Gift

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4.25/5

 

Premise:

Tom and his wife live on an almost deserted island, where Tom is the lighthouse’s keeper.
In one April morning, the arrival of a dinghy will force them to make a decision that will change their, and others’, lives forever.

Review:

The Light Between Oceans took me forever to finish because it was a challenge to myself, not something I would normally read. I suppose I am used to more fast paced books so I didn’t find myself looking forward to knowing what came next, more looking forward to seeing what these characters would do with what was dealt to them.

It is most definitely a character driven book, and I have to admit they conquered my heart, particularly Tom. A man with a past that haunts him every step of the way but who always tries to do the right thing. Still, even the more secondary characters had a voice, and their own way of thinking, and their own desires, and I felt compelled by them as well.

Towards the last part of the book, the story takes some twists and turns, and it took my heart along with them. I honestly could not say ‘this is the right thing to do’. I could only suffer alongside with them an hope for good closure, which I got, all things considered.

There isn’t much I can tell you without spoiling the story. It’s one of those that are best savoured if you go into it knowing the least possible, so you can also better understand the characters’ motivations. It will particularly touch you if you are a parent. Just be warned that it broaches extremely difficult subjects, and that sometimes it is nearly impossible to do the right thing, or even tell what it is.

This is an extremely well crafted book and I highly recommend it.

Read from Nov 13th to Dec 27th, 2017
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Stacking The Shelves [27] December 9th

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Greetings!
I managed to add one more book to my shelves. I wasn’t expecting it as I had requested it quite a while ago.


Netgalley

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.

What drove me to request this book was not only that the mystery sounds really interesting, but also because the narrative takes place in the 60’s. It seems like a truly character driven book, with a solid plot to keep the pace, so I am really excited to read this.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

Please comment below and if you have a STS post please post it in comments.