There’s nothing as exciting as getting new books to read, but I have a nasty habit of accumulating books and forgetting to read them. I’m going to try to be more accountable, read all the books I snap up, and post reviews of those books. This is the list of books I have to read in July:
The Boston Strangler
Release Date: 5 July 2016
On June 14, 1962, twenty-five-year-old Juris Slesers arrived at his mother’s apartment to drive her to church. But there was no answer at the door. After waiting a half hour, Juris shoved his way inside. He found fifty-five-year-old Anna Slesers lying on the kitchen floor, dead, the cord of her housecoat knotted tightly around her neck and turned up in a bow.
Between 1962 and 1964, twelve more bodies were discovered in and around Boston: all women, all sexually assaulted, and all strangled—often with their own pantyhose. None of the victims exhibited any signs of struggle, nothing was stolen from their homes, and there were no signs of forcible entry. The police could find no discernable motive or clues. Who was this insane killer? How was he entering women’s homes? And why were they letting him in?
More than a gripping chronicle of an American serial killer on par with Jack the Ripper, The Boston Strangler is a shocking story about what happens to a city under a siege of terror. Drawn from hundreds of hours of personal interviews, as well as police, medical, and court documentation, author Gerold Frank’s grisly, horrifying, and meticulously researched account was awarded the Edgar for Best Fact Crime.
“Stock up and stand back. . . . It takes will power to lay the book down, almost as much as it would have required of the victims to keep their doors closed to the man who said he’d been sent to repair their plumbing and repaint their apartments. . . . It is a mad genius stroke and Frank’s book will contribute to a legend and literature of America’s Jack the Ripper.” —Kirkus Reviews
“One of the most remarkable chronicles of true crime ever published. A classic in its genre!” —John Barkham Reviews
“A superb true crime account . . . The book tells a sensational story; it tells it simply, candidly, faithfully, and as completely as one could want. Chilling reading . . . An engrossing book and creepy tale.” —The New York Times
Everyone has a line they won’t cross…Until they do.
No one is what they seem… Katherine Hope Jones survived a harrowing ordeal when she was seven years old. Now she has a good life. A well-paying job, a perfect boyfriend, everything she’s always wanted.
You never know who’s watching… And then she witnesses a ruthless act of cruelty. Watches the guilty get away scot free. Before she knows it, Hope is set on a path that will change her in unimaginable ways.
How far would you go to right a wrong? Those who commit cruelty are on a list. One she plans to cross off one by one. For she is Justice.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Maria Martinez, finds herself in Goldmouth Prison, convicted of killing a priest. Maria has Asperger’s Syndrome, a very high IQ, an uncanny talent for remembering facts and dates, an incredible ability to decipher codes and connect patterns, and possesses a photographic memory. She finds herself alone and seemingly friendless in an English prison, far away from her home and family in Salamanca, Spain.
DNA evidence places Maria at the scene of the crime, yet she claims she is innocent. Then she begins to remember…A strange room. Strange people. Being watched. She has no memory of committing murder. Increasingly, Maria puts the evidence together that she is at the center of a conspiracy, involving MI5, called Project Callidus. It dawns on her that those she considered her closest friends and allies have been acting as her “handlers”, on behalf of The Project. Accused of being paranoid and delusional, Maria wonders who in prison she can trust and which warnings she should heed. She struggles to understand what Project Callidus is and the role she plays in this scheme, before it is too late.
As Maria gets closer to the truth, she is drawn into a web of international intrigue and must fight not only to clear her name, but to remain alive. As addictive as the Bourne novels, with a protagonist as original as The Bridge’s Saga Noren.
“Powerful and gripping —an adrenaline-filled thriller you won’t forget.”
—Sunday Times bestselling author Kimberley Chambers
“A powerful, penetrating and intensely different read that seizes your attention from the very first page.”
—Liz Robinson, LoveReading
‘A great conspiracy thriller and a mind-bending tale!’
Claudia doesn’t care who Jesus is supposed to be. Her husband Decius has a job to do—kill him. She helps bathe him when he gets home, grasping the scroll that carried his orders. However, when Claudia accidentally swallows some of the blood of Jesus, Decius suddenly dies. Centuries later in Philadelphia, Al Campo’s trying to distance himself from government agencies counting on him to do their dirty work. He unexpectedly saves Eva, a twelve-year-old girl, when he’s almost shot by an assailant chasing her down. She can’t explain much about why she’s totally alone, and she won’t part with her backpack. Al later discovers the scroll she carries as they visit his sick friend—what he can’t begin to imagine is its immense power.
Only two things are for certain. Whoever’s after her won’t give up, and Al’s all she has. So it’s a race for survival as he remains her protector. But in the end, who’s protecting whom?
Release Date: 28 Aug 2016
Peter Breakspear brings us End Point, a gripping work of sci-fi set at the sharp end of a major global event and the winner of a Writing Magazinecompetition to be published by Matador.
At the start of the novel, protagonist Tom is leading a four-man team on the edge of a Welsh valley to find and recover an object that has fallen to Earth. But locating it only heralds the start of an adventure that will take some of the men halfway across the world – from the windswept Welsh valley to Aksum in Ethiopia, the reputed location of the Ark of the Covenant, and the possible end of mankind.
Along the way the team encounter evidence, from missions to Mars and Venus, showing that the world has long been the subject of interest to other beings and that the environment on Earth has been manipulated over several millennia. One of the team vanishes only to return later as a changed person; is he the enemy, or is he simply trying to guide the team on their quest? They are led in circles and misdirected until they finally arrive at what they think is the answer. Is the fabled Ark of the Covenant connected to what is happening?
Evidence from thousands of years ago leads them to an item so powerful that the fate of mankind is set. For Tom, the end point is only the beginning…