Stacking The Shelves [8] April 1st

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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!


This week was very busy so I managed to request less books – yay! Only two, my personal record.

And that’s all I have to say, sorry, I am going to collapse on my bed now!


Edelweiss ARC

Lady Killers: A Compendium by Tori Telfer

Lady Killers: A Compendium
by Tori Telfer

Inspired by author Tori Telfer’s Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.

When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we’re comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, “There are no female serial killers.”

Lady Killers, based on the popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence. Though largely forgotten by history, female serial killers such as Erzsébet Báthory, Nannie Doss, Mary Ann Cotton, and Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite for destruction.

Each chapter explores the crimes and history of a different subject and then proceeds to unpack her legacy and her portrayal in the media, as well as the stereotypes and sexist clichés that inevitably surround her. The first book to examine female serial killers through a feminist lens with a witty and dryly humorous tone, Lady Killers dismisses easy explanations (she was hormonal, she did it for love, a man made her do it) and tired tropes (she was a femme fatale, a black widow, a witch), delving into the complex reality of female aggression and predation. Featuring 14 illustrations from Dame Darcy, Lady Killers is a bloodcurdling, insightful, and irresistible journey into the heart of darkness.

As part of my challenge to read genres I normally would not, this is my first non-fiction book in years.
After reading so much fiction about twisted minds I craved more and came across this book. I am not sure if I will be a fan of the uber-feminist approach this seems to have, so fingers crossed.

Netgalley ARC

Seven Suspects by Renee James

Seven Suspects
by Renee James

Bobbi Logan is a successful businesswoman and a celebrated hairdresser. She is a witty, articulate woman who has survived rape, gender transition, a murder investigation, and countless acts of bullying and bigotry to get where she is–and she’s made enemies along the way. Now one of them is stalking her. With each passing day, the threats become more brazen, more violent, and more personal. No one knows who here stalker is or why he’s after her, but he’s getting closer every day. Bobbi is intimidated but she has vowed to never be the victim again. She accumulates a list of six suspects, and with courage and persistence, she hunts them down, one by one–stalking her possible stalkers. But as she confronts those men who may want to do her harm, the number seven keeps haunting her–there must be a seventh suspect. And when she finds him, Bobbi’s world implodes.

I never read a book with a main character even remotely like this. Add a proper mystery and I am sold.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read any of these or do you plan to?

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

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You Don’t Know Me

Title: You Don’t Know Me

Author: Imran Mahmood

Genres: Contemporary | Mystery

Length: 400 pages | 3347 Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Publishing Date: June 27th, 2017

Rating: 4.5/5

Premise:

An unnamed defendant accused of murder decides to fire his barrister just before closing speeches. He stands accused of murder and he decides to tell the entire story. There are 8 pieces of evidence against them and upon hearing them you will think he is guilty. But did he really do it? Hear his story and get to know him.

Review:

You Don’t Know Me was a curious, new experience that took me a while to get into but once I did I was hooked. The narrative style is unlike anything I have read, with so many colloquial expressions. Stuff like ‘Blood, you coming to my yard, innit?’ I don’t know, I am making it up but yeah those words were all used in the book.
I don’t know if young black people talk like that in England but after I got used to it I was entranced.

It got a bit repetitive, especially with the defendant asking to jury to have patience because there is a lot he needs to tell but that is all part of the character. He was a really well-built one. This unnamed young man obviously doesn’t have much education but he can stay stuff like She was never going to get over it, just like you never really get over a death. All that happens is that the sorrow gets older. It’s like a light that gets fader and fader. One day after years have passed maybe the sorrow is too covered in dust to see properly see what it is but it is still there. It’s just harder to see.
He has a passion for cars and has made an honest living of them. He is not involved in a gang but people around him are and he is dragged into a plot that he didn’t really choose.

I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the guy because it was so obvious he loved Kira way more than he loved him. I am not sure how believable all that stuff is but that is part of the story – he is telling you his version of what happened and it is up to you to believe him or not.

Still, there was a few things I am still not sure I can buy, starting with a 10-day closing speech. I don’t have information on whether that is possible but it doesn’t seem like it, does it?

This book is thought-provoking and defies any prejudices the reader may have. It forces you not to stereotype this young man and really look at him as a person whose life is dependant on your / the jury’s opinion on him. He tells you a story and, in the end, you decide if he lives or dies.

It is a truly compelling book and I highly recommend it.

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

Read from Mar 26th to Mar 31st, 2017
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