As a doting connoisseur of suspense, and psychologically-twisted books, I am constantly on the prowl for new thrills.
This month, Ruth Ware (of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 recognition) collaborated with Book of the Month to give new members the opportunity to receive a free (yes, free!) copy of the author’s latest release, The Lying Game.
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Here’s how you can take advantage of this awesome deal: First, visit Book of the Month’s website and select a subscription plan of your choosing (they offer monthly plans at $9.99/month for up to 3 months, which renews to $14.99/month afterward); take your pick of any of the August selections (listed in more detail, below); finally, enter the code “FREEBIE” to receive your free copy of The Lying Game with your choice!
About The Lying Game:
On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…
The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”
The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).
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Additionally, BOTM has worked to give new members a totally free limited copy of Petra Hammesfahr‘s The Sinner, which was made into a TV series earlier this month. The show, based on the German-born author’s 2008 book of the same name airs every Wednesday at 10/9c! (Which means you’d better set your alarm clocks tonight!)
Use the code “THESINNER“ to receive a free copy of The Sinner with your first pick!
About The Sinner:
Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell.
Check out the trailer for The Sinner, below.
About the series:
An eight episode close-ended series, The Sinner follows a young mother (Jessica Biel) who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what” — but the “why” — as an investigator (Bill Pullman) finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive. Together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past. New episodes of The Sinner air Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA.
Book of the Month’s August 2017 Selections
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The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery — or at least, that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from and over his many years will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.
“As the book moves from 1945 to 2015, we follow sweet, well-intentioned Cyril as he embarks on a series of humorous and heartfelt adventures.” — Judge, Liberty Hardy
Thoughts: The premise of this one seems interesting but one of my greatest difficulties is following stories that date back so far into the past. I mean, yeah, the shifting of past and present narratives is enticing so who knows? It could be a good read, just not now — given the behemoth page count (500+), I probably wouldn’t finish this until the year is over. (I wasn’t kidding when I said I’m a patient reader.) Despite Liberty’s promising judgment, I’m not sure this book is what I am looking for this time around.
The Blinds, Adam Sternbergh
Imagine a place populated by criminals-people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime, or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead.
For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace—but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt. Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her—and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down. The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway. It’s simmering with violence and deception, aching heartbreak and dark betrayals.
“Seamlessly mixes the western and thriller genres, crafting a tense and unsettling read that brings to mind Cormac McCarthy.” — Judge, Tyler Coates
Thoughts: This one sounds VERY interesting, and I love the concept of miscreants being given a second shot at redemption, and in the way of a new identity (what’s that about?). Coates’ bend towards McCarthy also makes this one really appealing. I may just grab this one as an add-on if not this go around, definitely in the future.
Fierce Kingdom, Gin Phillips
“The air crackles with malevolence and unbearable tension, as even the zoo animals, locked in their cages, sense the approaching violence.” — Judge, Sarah Weinman
Thoughts: Not sure how to feel about this one. In fact, I had an opportunity to pick this one out of a stack of ARCs eons ago, but I decided against it because of the cover. How horrible am I? There’s some strange, carousel-carnival-like thing to the cover that my eyes naturally averted, but Weinman’s summary is convincing. Even though I’m unsure about Fierce Kingdom at this time, I love thrillers, so it may be a good one to grab from the library at a later date.
Eat Only When You’re Hungry, Lindsay Hunter
In Lindsay Hunter’s achingly funny, fiercely honest second novel, Eat Only When You’re Hungry, we meet Greg—an overweight fifty-eight-year-old and the father of Greg Junior, GJ, who has been missing for three weeks. GJ’s been an addict his whole adult life, disappearing for days at a time, but for some reason, this absence feels different, and Greg has convinced himself that he’s the only one who can find his son. So he rents an RV and drives from his home in West Virginia to the outskirts of Orlando, Florida, the last place GJ was seen. As we travel down the streets of the bizarroland that is Florida, the urgency to find GJ slowly recedes into the background, and the truths about Greg’s mistakes—as a father, a husband, a man—are uncovered.
“Spoiler alert: bad choices outweigh good ones in this novel. And yet the hope is there.” — Judge, Nina Sankovitch
My August Pick: I rarely lean towards humor reads, but this one seems really good. I like the fact that there appears to be a bit of plot pushing and character developing elements to this one — a father quests to locate his missing son, all while having to brave his own regrets amidst his voyage? I can run with that. Thanks, Nina!
Little & Lion, Brandy Colbert
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.
“A must-read for anyone who’s ever felt caught in between—places, people, identities, or two entirely different worlds.” — Judge, Katie Cotugno
Thoughts: I want to get involved in reading YA contemporaries with an LGBT curve, but I’m not sure I’m at that point just yet. While, on the surface, Little & Lion seems like it would appeal perfectly to the young, love-stricken youth of our bookish generation, I am not sure it’s something I would cling to right now.
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