Book Talk Tuesday is a new feature that I am bringing over to Clues and Reviews to give me a weekly excuse to just ramble on about bookish things.
I feel like I sometimes get so caught up in reviewing or participating in blog tours that I forget the reason I started this blog- to chat about books!
Today, I want to hone in on the newest Top Ten list curated by Chapters-Indigo (the Canadian bookstore chain, for those of you who don’t know) featuring the Top Ten Thrillers for January 2018.
Do I agree with what they have chosen for their list? Did any of the books make my TBR pile? Have you read any of their choices?
Keep reading and chat books with me!
The Woman in the Window by A.J Finn
The pick of the month for January, I have continuously seen this book lining the shelves at the store all month.
Synopsis: For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.
It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.
I actually picked this one up from the library and didn’t end up getting to it in time; it is a pretty hefty novel! I have heard so many mixed reviews on this one so I am not 100% sure if I should read it or not. I feel like I will probably get to it eventually, especially since I don’t want to miss out.
VERDICT?: Adding this one to my TBR list.
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Synopsis: She has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove her.
When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, and motherhood—and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.
I saw the cover for this one and was intrigued right away. It sort of reminded me of that movie, Orphan (which I thought was incredibly creepy). However, when I read reviews on it, they were extremely mixed.
VERDICT?- I think I will just wait for this one at the library. I’m not really in a rush.
Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
Synopsis: A chilling psychological thriller from a CIA insider: in hot pursuit of a Russian spy ring on U.S. soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a deadly secret that will test her loyalty to the agency–and to her family. The Expats meets The Americans meets The Girl Before.
Vivian and Matt are a seemingly normal suburban couple, experiencing the same struggles as many North American families: juggling work and children, budgeting for a house in a decent school district. They’re in love and life is good. Though Vivian can’t share much about her CIA assignment with him, Matt has always been supportive, and his job as a software engineer allows him the flexibility needed to raise their four kids. But when she makes a startling discovery researching the CIA’s Russian account, everything about her life and her marriage is cast in a new light–forcing her to make impossible and dangerous choices before she loses her job, her family and her life.
I do like the idea of it being like The Americans (I love me some of that show) but I wasn’t crazy about The Girl Before.
VERDICT?- I don’t know how to feel about this one. I think I’ll pass (for now)!
The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor
Synopsis: A riveting and brilliantly plotted psychological suspense, this razor-sharp debut will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending.
In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.
In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out his other friends got the same messages, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.
VERDICT?- READ THIS ONE NOW! TOTALLY WORTH OF THIS LIST
The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
Synopsis: Harry Hole returns in the eleventh installment of the author’s bestselling, electrifying crime fiction series—published in 48 languages, more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.
In Police—the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø’s hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective—a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters—a murderer whose MO reignites Harry’s hunt for a nemesis of his past.
The Harry Hole series has been on my TBR pile for a long time but (regrettably!) I haven’t been able to get to them! I feel like starting this late in the series would not be doing the series justice.
VERDICT?- Not right now. I have to get through the earlier novels before I can get to this one
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendrickson and Sarah Pekkanen
Synopsis: A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
I wasn’t sure initially about this one but I ended up loving this one!!
VERDICT?- Worth the read!
The Black Painting by Neil Olson
Synopsis: An old-money East Coast family faces the suspicious death of its patriarch and the unsolved theft of a Goya painting rumored to be cursed
There are four cousins in the Morse family: perfect Kenny, the preppy West Coast lawyer; James, the shy but brilliant medical student; his seductive, hard-drinking sister Audrey; and Teresa, youngest and most fragile, haunted by the fear that she has inherited the madness that possessed her father.
Their grandfather summons them to his mansion at Owl’s Point. None of them have visited the family estate since they were children, when a prized painting disappeared: a self-portrait by Goya, rumored to cause madness or death upon viewing. Afterward, the family split apart amid the accusations and suspicions that followed its theft.
Any hope that their grandfather planned to make amends evaporates when Teresa arrives to find the old man dead, his horrified gaze pinned upon the spot where the painting once hung. As the family gathers and suspicions mount, Teresa hopes to find the reasons behind her grandfather’s death and the painting’s loss. But to do so she must uncover ugly family secrets and confront those who would keep them hidden.
A masterful, deftly plotted novel, The Black Painting explores the profound power that art and the past hold over our lives.
I had never heard of this book before but as soon as I saw the cover, I was intrigued. I don’t know necessarily whether or not I’ll be able to connect with the story but I do love the cover!
VERDICT?- I think I will research this one a bit more.
The Dry by Jane Harper
Synopsis: A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
VERDICT?- Read it! Loved It! You can check out my review HERE.
Grist Mill Road by Christopher Yates
Synopsis: The year is 1982, the setting an Edenic hamlet some 90 miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends—Patrick, Matthew and Hannah— are bound together by a single, terrible, and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves could never have predicted, the three meet again–with even more devastating results.
I don’t know how to feel about this one! I like the idea of the group of friends being held together by a secret but I don’t know how I feel about reading another book set partially in the 80s. I don’t want to get bored of this new trend.
VERDICT?- I think I will just wait for this one at the library. I’m not really in a rush.
Sunday Silence by Nicci French
Synopsis: It started with Monday. But it doesn’t end with Sunday.
Read Sunday Silence, the new novel in the series that LOUISE PENNY calls “fabulous, unsettling, and riveting” — and brace yourself for the breathtaking series finale in summer 2018.
Lover of London, gifted psychologist, frequent police consultant — Frieda Klein is many things. And now she’s a person of interest in a murder case. A body has been discovered in the most unlikely and horrifying of places: beneath the floorboards of Frieda’s house.
The corpse is only months old, but the chief suspect appears to have died more than seven years ago. Except as Frieda knows all too well, he’s alive and well and living in secret. And it seems he’s inspired a copycat…
As the days pass and the body count rises, Frieda finds herself caught in a fatal tug-of-war between two killers: one who won’t let her go, and another who can’t let her live.
Crackling with suspense, packed with emotion, Sunday Silence is a psychological thriller perfect for fans of Elizabeth George and Paula Hawkins.
I have to look into this one a bit more but I know that this is the seventh book in a series. I am not sure if these read well as a standalone and I am not ready to start, yet another, series but I do like the idea of romantic suspense.