NetGalley Update: January 2018

Hey guys! I’m taking this first week of January to set up all my reading challenges and schedules, so I figured now would be a great time to share which NetGalley titles are currently sitting on my TBR shelf and waiting patiently to be read. This year I’m trying to slow down and enjoy my reads rather than feeling pressured to rush through, which means requesting fewer books and keeping my shelf sparse. I currently have 6 books “on hold” and am really looking forward to them all! I’ve listed them below in order of publication; do you see any titles that catch your eye or that you have already enjoyed yourself? *Since I initially wrote this I’ve added five more books to my NetGalley approval shelf and will include those in my next post!

SHADOWSONG by S. Jae Jones
Publishing 02/06/18
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her. 

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

THE LIAR’S GIRL by Catherine Ryan Howard
Publishing 02/27/18
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery

Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin’s elite St. John’s College-and Ireland’s most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his four young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city’s Central Psychiatric Hospital.

Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enrol in St. John’s and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed … and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer-and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who’d been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in ten years, has never once looked back.

When a young woman’s body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess-but there’s only one person he’s prepared to confess it to. The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she’s worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn’t set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.

Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all … 

LET ME LIE by Clare Mackintosh
Publishing 03/13/18
Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Two years ago, Tom and Caroline Johnson committed suicide, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their adult daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unable to comprehend why they chose to end their lives. Now with a young baby herself, she feels her mother’s presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as Anna digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her. She soon learns that nothing is as it seemed.



DIGGING IN by Loretta Nyhan
Publishing 04/01/18
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade—and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig.

As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. The neighbors in her tidy gated community are more than a little alarmed. Paige knows nothing about gardening, and she’s boldly flouting neighborhood-association bylaws. But with the help of new friends, a charming local cop, and the transformative power of the soil, Paige starts to see potential in the chaos of her life. Something big is beginning to take root—both in her garden and in herself.

OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall
Publishing 05/08/18
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery

This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely life, before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls.
It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…

Publishing 05/15/18
Genre: Psychological Suspense, Mystery

When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.

And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off.





About The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

Chelsea is a happily married mother of two who's love of mysteries can be traced back to her first Nancy Drew experience. When not reading and writing book reviews, she likes to drink wine in her jammies and pretend that she exercises.
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35 Responses to NetGalley Update: January 2018

  1. abbywd says:

    The Favorite Sister is on my TBR list and I can’t wait! What order do you read them? By pub date or do you use another way?

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  2. Kate Krug says:

    I finished LET ME LIE this week and the last sentence threw me for such a loop. If/When you read, I’d love to know your thoughts 🙂

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  3. Greg says:

    LEt Me Lie looks good. I love that cover, and I’ve been wanting to try Clare Mackintosh.


  4. I really like the sound of the Catherine Ryan Howard book as I’ve enjoyed her books before but Jan-March is now full! I have a copy of Our Kind of Cruelty which I’m delighted about though.

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  5. Phaedra says:

    Let Me Lie! cannot wait for that one! but let’s be honest… pretty much every single one of these will be on my list at some point- #ReadingLifeProblems

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  6. Lorna says:

    I’d say Favorite Sister. I gave up on Luckiest Girl, though. Should I try again?

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  7. I just got The Favorite Sister, too. I’m hoping it’s as good as Luckiest Girl Alive.

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  8. Brandie says:

    How are you supposed to pick – so many good ones! I’d go with Let Me Lie or The Liar’s Girl.

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  9. Chelsea our lists overlap by two titles. (The liar’s girl AND Let me lie)
    Unfortunately, I am not nearly as strong as you in the willpower department.
    My NetGalley list is presently standing at 77 titles!! Gasp! Thanks for making me look that up…

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  10. donna says:

    I have over 50 on my list ( oops newbie) but to answer your question I do have Liar’s Girl and My Fav Sister with Let Me Lie and Our Kind of Cruelty pending. The other one Digging In I couldn’t find on netgalley and ShadowSong is not my genre (fantasy). I have a few books provided directly from authors I’m trying to hurry up and finish to donate to library so I must get moving but I love your work sis. Keep it up. and pace, pace, pace self…

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  11. Um Our Kind of Cruelty, duh! 😉

    I’m saving The Favorite Sister for March!

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  12. Ooh, I’m anticipating The Liar’s Girl, Let Me Lie, and Our Kind Of Cruelty, so I hope you enjoy them! 😄 I’m intrigued by The Favorite Sister, but I’ll have to see some reviews first before I might try it out.

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  13. Samantha says:

    Shadowsong, because I really liked Wintersong. After that I would choose The Favorite Sister and Our Kind of Cruelty.

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  14. Mischenko says:

    Hands down, Shadowsong! Well, I haven’t read it yet, 😉 but I loved Wintersong so much.So, that’s my pick. ❤ Hope you love them all!

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  15. Andrea says:

    The Liar’s Girl and Our Kind of Cruelty sound pretty good. I’m going to add them to my TBR!

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  16. Jessica's Reading Room says:

    I’m trying my best to stay away from NetGalley until I can catch up (For real this time- I promise!) This post is not helping in my temptation! 😉

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  17. I have The Liar’s Girl as well. Really looking forward to that one!

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