The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m supposed to be at the beach this week, but the owner of the house canceled our reservations. So, here I sit dreaming about white sand, a pleasant beach breeze, and the waves’ roar as they roll in. Luckily, I have some great reads to distract me.
I just finished The Night Swim by Megan Goldin. It is an excellent psychological thriller set on the NC coast. I hated to put it down, even to take care of necessities, such as meals and sleep. Today, I will start a more recent widget acquisition, A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke. I couldn’t resist when the publisher sent it to me. It sounds like another book I will be happy to get lost in, even though it’s going to make me have to read fast and furiously in a few weeks to get to all the books I promised to review read. Lastly, by this weekend, I will be enjoying Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny. It is part of a Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour and sounds very intriguing to me. Who doesn’t love a disappearing dead body?
Distract me even more by telling me about your great reads this week (and share your WWW link if you have one)! Do any of these books intrigue you as they do me?
- Print Length: 380 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 11, 2020)
- Publication Date: August 11, 2020
After finding himself caught up in one of Louisiana’s oldest and bloodiest family rivalries, Detective Dave Robicheaux must battle the most terrifying adversary he has ever encountered: a time-traveling superhuman assassin.
The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime enemies in the New Iberia criminal underworld and show each other no mercy. Yet their youngest heirs, Johnny Shondell and Isolde Balangie, rock and roll-musician teenagers with magical voices, have fallen in love and run away after Isolde was given as a sex slave to Johnny’s uncle.
As he seeks to uncover why, Detective Dave Robicheaux gets too close to both Isolde’s mother and the mistress of her father, a venomous New Orleans mafioso whose jealousy has no bounds. In retribution, he hires a mysterious assassin to go after Robicheaux and his longtime partner, Clete Purcel. This hitman is unlike any the “Bobbsey Twins from Homicide” have ever faced. He has the ability to induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a menacing ghost ship that materializes without warning. In order to defeat him and rescue Johnny and Isolde, Robicheaux will have to overcome the demons that have tormented him throughout his adult life—alcoholism, specters from combat in Vietnam, and painful memories of women to whom he opened his heart only to see killed.
A Private Cathedral, James Lee Burke’s fortieth book, is his most powerful tale, one that will captivate readers—mixing crime, romance, mythology, horror, and science fiction to produce a thrilling story about the all-consuming, all-conquering power of love.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (August 4, 2020)
- Publication Date: August 4, 2020
- Sold by: Macmillan
In The Night Swim, a new thriller from Megan Goldin, author of the “gripping and unforgettable” (Harlen Coben) The Escape Room, a true crime podcast host covering a controversial trial finds herself drawn deep into a small town’s dark past and a brutal crime that took place there years before.
Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name—and the last hope for people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.
The new season of Rachel’s podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season 3 a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation—but the mysterious letters keep coming. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insist she was murdered—and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases—and a revelation that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.
Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?
Genre: Crime Mystery
- Print Length: 196 pages
- Publisher: darkstroke books / Crooked Cat (August 8, 2020)
- Publication Date: August 8, 2020
Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu found a corpse, but when Hunter arrives it has disappeared, and all is not as it seems.
Hunter recalls the disappearance of a dead body thirty years earlier. The Major Incident Team is called in but sees no connection – it is too long ago. Hunter is determined to investigate the past and the present with the benefit of modern DNA testing.
Tim has other problems in his life. His father, Sir Peter Myerscough, is released from jail. He, too, remembers the earlier murder. There is no love lost between Hunter and Sir Peter. Will Hunter accept help from his nemesis to catch a killer?
Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. Will it change his life? And can he keep Edinburgh safe?