Delighted to receive a rather epic parcel of books recently from the lovely folk at Viper Books, a new imprint of Serpent’s Tail which launched in November 2019
Four fabulous looking books, a splendid tote bag (you can never have too many bookish totes) and a little bottle of Viper Vodka. Let’s pop that in the freezer for later, and take a look at the books, shall we?
The Broken Ones – Ren Richards
published March 2020
When her child was taken what did she really see?
A bestselling true crime writer, Nell Way tells other people’s stories. But there is one story Nell won’t tell. Ten years ago and with a different name, she was a teenage mother with a four-year-old she found desperately hard to love. Then the little girl disappeared, and Nell has never shaken off the shadow of suspicion.
As she begins to interview the subject of her next book – a woman convicted of murdering her twin sister – it becomes clear that someone has uncovered her true identity. And they know that Nell didn’t tell the truth about the day her daughter disappeared…
Who We Were – BM Carroll
published May 2020
IT’S BEEN TWENTY YEARS
BUT ALL IS NOT FORGIVEN
Katy is not the shy schoolgirl she once was, and she’s looking forward to showing her classmates who she’s become.
Annabel was the queen bee. But her fall from grace changed her life forever.
Zach was cruel, but he thinks he’s changed.
Robbie was a target. And he never stood a chance.
The reunion will bring together friends and enemies, many for the first time in decades. But someone is still holding a grudge…
Bitter Wash Road – Garry Disher
published April 2020
Hirsch is a whistle-blower. Formerly a promising metropolitan detective, now hated and despised, he’s been exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia’s wheatbelt. Threats. Pistol cartridge in the mailbox.
So when he heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate gunfire and finds himself cut off without backup, there are two possibilities. Either he’s found the fugitive killers thought to be in the area. Or his ‘backup’ is about to put a bullet in him.
He’s wrong on both counts. But Tiverton when the next call-out takes him to the body of a sixteen-year-old girl, his investigation has disturbing echoes of the past he’s trying to leave behind…
A Famished Heart – Nicola White
published February 2020
Her head was bowed, and the hands braced on the chair arms were not like hands at all, but the dry dark claws of a bird…
The Macnamara sisters hadn’t been seen for months before anyone noticed. It was Father Timoney who finally broke down the door, who saw what had become of them. Berenice was sitting in her armchair, surrounded by religious tracts. Rosaleen had crawled under her own bed, her face frozen in terror. Both had starved themselves to death.
Francesca Macnamara returns to Dublin after decades in the US, to find her family in ruins. Meanwhile, Detectives Vincent Swan and Gina Considine are convinced that there is more to the deaths than suicide. Because what little evidence there is, shows that someone was watching the sisters die…
The Resident – David Jackson
published July 2020
YOU THINK YOU’RE ALONE.
Thomas Brogan is a serial killer, and he has nowhere left to hide. At least until he finds an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street. And when he discovers that he can access three other houses through the attic space, the real fun begins.
Because the one thing that Brogan enjoys even more than killing, is playing games with his victims. And his new neighbours have more than enough dark secrets to make this game his best one yet…
Phew! What a selection. Huge thanks to Viper Books for the bookish goodies, I can’t wait to get started.
But where to start? Which one would you pick?