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.
One By One by Chris Carter
Hardback, 15 August 2013, Simon & Schuster UK
Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD’s Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address – a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn’t want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. Forced to make a sickening choice, Hunter must sit and watch as an unidentified victim is tortured and murdered live over the Internet.
The LAPD, together with the FBI, use everything at their disposal to electronically track the transmission down, but this killer is no amateur, and he was more than prepared for it. Before Hunter and his partner Garcia are even able to get their investigation going, Hunter receives a new phone call.
A new website address. A new victim. But this time the killer has upgraded his game into a live murder reality show, where anyone can cast the deciding vote
Aaaaaaaaaah! Aaaaah! I just cannot tell you how much I love Carter’s writing. One by One is book #5 in the Robert Hunter series but don’t worry: they can be read in any order you like. I’ve only read the third book so far and it was pretty much a standalone novel, so I don’t think One by One will be any different. Judging by book #3 it’s going to be a bit (who am I kidding? VERY) gory and is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but I’m sure it’s going to be another gripping read. I can’t wait to read this.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Paperback, 29 August 2013, Penguin Books UK
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died…
OK, I have a confession to make. I love books featuring letters. I don’t know what it is that makes them so appealing but it works every time. Or is it just me?! Anyway, once I read the synopsis I just couldn’t help wondering: what’s the husband’s secret? And what happens to the family? I love family sagas so I might have to put this on my wish list.
Skin by Donna Jo Napoli
Hardback, 6 August 2013, Amazon Children’s Publishing
My lips are white. Sixteen-year-old Sep stares into the bathroom mirror on the first day of school. It’s not some weird lipstick (she never wears lipstick), she didn’t bump her lips or chew on ice. Her lips are just – white. In a panic, she digs up an old lipstick and smears it on her colorless lips. But soon, more and more white spots begin to bloom, spreading their chalky tendrils across her olive brown skin. Does she have a disease? Is she turning into some kind of freak?
Sep is usually the one who knows all the answers. With a quicksilver mind and a supple body, she’s happiest when she’s delving into the mysteries of animal biology or giving herself over to sweet, hot moves in Jazz Dance Club. Unlike her best friend, Devon, she’s never been in a rush to get a boyfriend. But as the white blotches spread, her dating days – like the endangered species she studies – seem numbered. So when Josh, a boy she’s always liked, makes a flirty advance, she wonders: why not grab pleasure while she can?
Frank, funny, and full of passion, this compelling novel tells the empowering story of a strong, gifted teen who, as her life spins out of control, desperately tries to prove to the world – and herself – that she is deeper than skin.
Skin is a book I’ve literally just stumbled upon when I logged into NetGalley but there’s something about it that grabbed my attention right away. Firstly, it’s a young adult book, which I haven’t read enough of in the past few months. But most importantly, why on earth are her lips white?! I’m not entirely sure what genre it is or whether it’s the romantic aspect of the story that’s important or the illness, but it does sound intriguing.
What August releases are YOU looking forward to the most? Recommendations are always welcome so make sure to leave a comment if you know about an upcoming book that might be worth checking out. 🙂