New In January: Book Edition

This year, one of my New Year resolutions was to use the local library. However, at my first trip, at the start of January, it was closed for refurbishment for 3 months. Exactly my luck.

One of the reasons that I wanted to use the local library is to support them and not only that, I want to stop buying books. I can’t help myself and I seem to buy more books and more books every month, meaning that I was very behind on my TBR list.

However, with the library closed, obviously I couldn’t help myself again and I found myself charity shop shopping and bringing home a few more books that I don’t need. Typical.

I am hoping this will be my last book haul for a while, but until then, here is what’s new on the reading list this January.

The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson

Libby has a good life with a gorgeous husband and a home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her – and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife.

When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. But in doing so she unearths devastating secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved . . .

To be fair, this one was a Christmas present so I’ll let myself off for this one. When I first saw the cover on this, I thought it was a romance (which isn’t quite my thing) however, after reading the back I was completely intrigued.

The book is giving me serious The Girl on The Train and The Girl Before vibes. A mystery, thriller entwined in a couple’s everyday life. I can’t wait to give it a read as it sounds like something with a lot of twists that I’d really enjoy.

The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin 

New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer – the Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him:

Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot – heading up the official investigation, but struggling to find leads, and harbouring a grave secret of his own.

Former detective Luca d’Andrea – now working for the mafia; his need to solve the mystery of the Axeman is every bit as urgent as that of the authorities.

And Ida – a secretary at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and dreaming of a better life, she stumbles across a clue which lures her and her musician friend, Louis Armstrong, to the case –and into terrible danger . . .

As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer’s identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim.

Last year, I read the second in this series. I didn’t realise it was a series at the time, as it works perfectly well as a stand-alone. However, after loving the second book so much I know I had to read the first in the series. After seeing it in the charity shop, I snatched it up.

The book centres on kind of true story, the Axeman, a serial killer in the 1920’s (I first heard about the serial killer in American Horror Story) and follows three separate characters as their lives intertwine. I can’t wait to start reading it.

The One by John Marrs 

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

I have seen this book everywhere recently. It seems like an interesting and addictive concept by the sounds of it, with a lot of twists and turns. I haven’t heard an idea like it before and I think I’m going to struggle to put it down once I start reading it.

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher 

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to the only man she ever truly loved . . .

This is a kind of different one for me, but then again, I am trying to branch out into different genres. I also normally shy away from YouTuber books, however, I do have a huge amount of respect for Carrie Hope Fletcher therefore I couldn;t help but pick it up.

I feel like this book is going to be a complete and utter tear-jerker, but also something that I’d genuinely really enjoy.

Daughter by Jane Shemilt 

THE NIGHT OF THE DISAPPEARANCE
She used to tell me everything.
They have a picture. It’ll help.
But it doesn’t show the way her hair shines so brightly it looks like sheets of gold.
She has a tiny mole, just beneath her left eyebrow.
She smells very faintly of lemons.
She bites her nails.
She never cries.
She loves autumn, I wanted to tell them. She collects leaves, like a child does. She is just a child.
FIND HER.

ONE YEAR LATER
Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces.
Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together?
Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?

I’ve been wanting to read this one since I saw it everywhere a few years back. I couldn’t get away from it… However, when I saw it in the charity shop I knew it was time to give it ago.

This one is a lot more in line with my thriller/mystery obsession and again, it sounds like one with a lot of twists and turns. It sounds like a gripping, fast-paced novel that I’m sure I’ll speed through.

I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh 

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating.

Last year, I read Claire’s second book I See You. I loved it and it easily became one of my favourite books I read last year – it was completely gripping. This book doesn’t seem any different.

I feel like this book was everywhere when it first came out and I only seemed to hear good reviews, but it was another one that I never got around to picking up. I love a book with a good twist and thankfully, there sounds like there’s going to be twists aplenty in this one. I can’t wait to get stuck in.

Have you read any of these books?

If you enjoyed this book on Sammy etc, you might also enjoy The December Reading List. 

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  • The one sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to try get that soon 📖📖

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