Hello everyone! How are you on this sunny July afternoon? Since you seemed to like some of the recommendations I gave you in my New Releases post back in February and since July is slowly coming to an end, I thought I’d bring this feature back to the blog and share with you some of my most anticipated August releases.
The Never List by Koethi Zan
Paperback/Hardback, 1 August 2013, Harvill Secker
For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”: a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism.
Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail.
Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors—who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.
American readers may be familiar with this title because technically it’s already out in the US but it’s such a fantastic story I just had to put it on my list. I’ll post a more detailed review on the UK release day but all I can say is… WOW. It was seriously unputdownable and regardless of what everyone else says, I didn’t see the ending coming at all. Brilliant stuff!
Winter Damage by Natasha Carthew
Hardback, 1 August 2013, Bloomsbury Children’s
On a frozen Cornish moor, a fourteen-year-old girl lives in a trailer with her dad and little brother. Ennor’s mother left years ago, when things started to go wrong – and gradually their world has fallen apart. Now her father’s gravely ill, school has closed, and Ennor knows they’re going to take her brother away if things don’t pick up soon. Days before Christmas, when the wind is cold and her dad’s health takes a turn for the worse, Ennor packs a blanket, a map, a saucepan and a gun into her rucksack, and sets off to find her mum and bring her home.
Ennor thinks she knows where she’s going. But this journey will change her life for ever – it becomes a battle for survival, a heartbreaking story of love and friendship, and a fable about not finding what you were looking for, but finding something more important instead…
I first saw this book on Twitter when some of the UK bloggers I follow started tweeting about it. You see, I love it when publishers put their thinking caps on and get creative. I mean, who doesn’t? And Bloomsbury did a great job with the publicity campaign for Winter Damage. The parcels they sent out to bloggers came with a copy of the book (obviously), a pair of gloves, hot chocolate, a chocolate bar and tissues (*hint hint*). See Donna’s photo here. Amazing!
Anyway, creativity aside, the book sounds fantastic. Not only that, but the reviews I’ve seen so far were really good. It’s a definite must-have, I’d say.