Time to keep going through my TBR list to see what stays and what goes. When I started this I said I would write four posts of five books each because my TBR keeps on growing and I didn’t want to make this a never-ending series of repetitive posts. However, I think I’ll keep going for a little longer because this has been fun although it’s been hard to let go of some books.
There’s currently 219 books on my TBR. Let’s see how today goes.
Delusion by Peter Abrahams
A woman’s world is turned upside down when new evidence frees a man she put in prison with her testimony years ago in this latest ingenious thriller from the author.
Twenty years ago Nell Jarreau witnessed the murder of her boyfriend. Her testimony put a man behind bars—and led her to her husband, Clay, the gentle detective who solved the case. They’ve been happy ever since—and have raised a daughter together—but then one phone call changes everything.
New evidence has exonerated Alvin DuPree, aka Pirate—the man Nell helped to convict—and now he’s a free man. Nell is consumed by feelings of guilt, and for the first time in their marriage, Clay is no help. The case is closed for him, this new turn of events a mistake, nothing more, and Nell’s attempts to talk to him about the situation are met with anger. And to make matters worse, the whole ordeal is beginning to wear on her relationship with her daughter.
Nell is determined to find the answers to her questions, though. Is DuPree, now a much-changed man, really innocent? Could Nell have been wrong all those years ago? Does her husband—or her daughter—know something about the case Nell doesn’t? But secrets buried for twenty years tend to grow roots, to burrow deep; and they are not unearthed easily. Every answer produces more questions, and Nell’s search eventually leads her to the one person she hasn’t approached: the freed man himself. As the pieces fall into place, Nell realizes that the truth—and very real danger—could be much closer than she ever imagined.
Keep it or leave it? Leave it
At some point I was really excited about reading this book, but reading the synopsis again now I feel like it won’t really bring anything new or surprising, so I’ll let it go.
Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom
Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind and Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong will fall in love with Winter in Madrid, the arresting new novel from C.J. Sansom. In September 1940, the Spanish Civil War is over and Madrid lies in ruins while the Germans continue their march through Europe. Britain stands alone as General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war.
Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett, a privileged young man who was recently traumatized by his experience in Dunkirk and is now a reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of Sandy Forsyth, an old school friend turned shadowy Madrid businessman, Brett finds himself involved in a dangerous game and surrounded by memories. Meanwhile, Sandy’s girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged in a secret mission of her own—to find her former lover Bernie Piper, whose passion for the Communist cause led him into the International Brigades and who vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama.
In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid is an intimate and riveting tale that offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding and the profound impact of impossible choices.
Keep it or leave it? Leave it
This is probably on my list because of the link to Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I absolutely loved the Cementery of Forgotten Books series, every book was captivating to read. I don’t usually read that type of stories though, reading those books was more of an exception than a rule. It’s hard to decide with this one because it sounds really interesting and I think it should be an enjoyable read as well. However it’s not the kind of story I wanna read for now. Maybe I’ll come back to it at some other point.
The Man Who Ended The World by Jason Gurley
When Steven Glass’s third grade teacher asked his class what they wanted to be when they grew up, Steven’s classmates shouted the usual answers: “A fireman!” “A teacher!” “The President!” When his turn came, Steven said, “When I grow up I’m going to be the last man on Earth.”
Warning signs don’t come much clearer than that.
Nearly thirty years later, Steven Glass is a billionaire. Surrounded by groupies, yes-men, investment opportunities and glamour, all Steven really wants is to be alone.
Really, really alone.
In secret, Steven builds a personal sanctuary nearly a mile underground. He vanishes from public life, goes off the grid. He’s finally alone. Well, except for an artificial intelligence companion named after the only girl he ever loved.
There, Steven plays video games, heckles the news, and waits for the apocalypse. When the end doesn’t come soon enough, Steven goes to work. He still has billions of dollars to spend — and there must be something he can do to accelerate the coming storm.
Wrestling with his own destiny, unaware of the young stowaways who have discovered his underground paradise, and battling his duplicitous A.I. companion at every turn, Steven Glass struggles to create the reality he has always hoped for — at the expense of the future of every single living human being on Earth…
Unless a pair of eleven-year-old children can stop him and save the world, that is.
Keep it or leave it? Leave it
I must admit I was more captivated by the title than the synopsis of this book when I added it to my TBR list. Shame on me, I know. In theory, it could be an interesting idea, but the last few lines of that description make me feel like it will take a turn that I’m not really interested in.
Zodiac Station by Tom Harper
Deep in the Arctic, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the frozen sea. A gaunt figure skis out of the fog on the pack ice. He says his name is Thomas Anderson, and that he’s the lone survivor of a terrible accident at the research outpost Zodiac Station, located on the ice-bound island of Utgard.
Ten days earlier: Tom Anderson arrives at Zodiac Station looking to resurrect a career destroyed by scientific scandal. But things quickly go wrong when the man who hired him, brilliant biochemist Martin Hagger, turns up dead at the bottom of a crevasse. The base commander insists he fell. But footprints in the snow suggest a different possibility.
As Anderson tells his tale of sabotage, suspicion, and paranoia, the mystery only deepens. Then other survivors are discovered—adding their stories of human greed, jealousy, oil company trickery, Russian espionage, and global warming. But the truth is something no one on the Terra Nova could have imagined.
A fast-paced, gripping thriller that marries science and adventure, Zodiac Station is as chilling and unpredictable as the fierce Arctic landscape.
Keep it or leave it? Keep it
This sounds like the kind of book I like to read. I’ll probably make this one of my first reads of 2019.