Down The TBR Hole #4

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by the very clever and ever so lovely Lia @LostInaStory , here’s Lia’s explanation so you can understand what the meme is all about –

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

So here we are, my 4th Down The TBR Hole!

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Penance by Kanae Minato

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Title: Penance

Author: Kanae Minato

Publisher: Mulholland Books

Publication Date:  April 11th 2017

Page count: 240 

Genre: Suspense, Fiction, Thriller

The tense, chilling story of four women haunted by a childhood trauma.
When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emili by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurs: Emili is found murdered hours later.
Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko weren’t able to accurately describe the stranger’s appearance to the police after the Emili’s body was discovered. Asako, Emili’s mother, curses the surviving girls, vowing that they will pay for her daughter’s murder.
Like Confessions, Kanae Minato’s award-winning, internationally bestselling debut novel, PENANCE is a dark and voice-driven tale of revenge and psychological trauma that will leave listeners breathless. – Goodreads

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Frostblood by Elly Blake

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Title: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: January 10th 2017

Page count: 376

Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult, Romance

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love. – Goodreads

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The Caller by Chris Carter

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Title: The Caller

Author: Chris Carter

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster UK

Publication Date: February 23rd, 2017

Page count: 480

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime

After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring.  The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward.  Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.

Karen is gagged and bound to a chair in her own living room.  If Tanya disconnects from the call, if she looks away from the camera, he will come after her next, the deep, raspy, demonic voice at the other end of the line promises her.

As Hunter and Garcia investigate the threats, they are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear. – Goodreads

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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Title: The Roanoke Girls

Author: Amy Engel

Publisher: Crown

Publication Date: March 9th, 2017

Page count: 276

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller

Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart. – Goodreads

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The House by Simon Lelic

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Title: The House

Author: Simon Lelic

Publisher: Penguin UK

Page count: 340

Genre: Thriller, Psychological, Mystery, Suspense 

What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them… – Goodreads

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The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

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Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks

Author: Emily Barr

Page count: 303

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult, Mental Health

Flora Banks has no short-term memory, she started forgetting things when she supposedly had a tumor removed from her brain when she was only 10 years old. Since then she has not been able to make any new memories, until one day she kisses a boy, she remembers, she remembers the kiss, she remembers the boy, she remembers how it felt. She kissed Drake the day before he was leaving town and once he leaves town Flora can’t get over how this boy made her remember, Flora thinks she needs Drake to make her better, she needs him to help her remember, he makes her remember. So when she receives an email from him to go and meet up on the other side of the world in one of the coldest countries, Flora knows she has to go and take this step to making new memories.

Flora sets off to  Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, with only the words written on her hand ‘be brave’ and notes to herself left in some notebooks to help her remember why she is there, all alone. As she settles into a little room ready to start her adventure Flora finds that everything isn’t as easy as she thought it would be and she must stay brave if she wants to find out some truths and make it home safely. 

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