Book Haul

I recently made the decision to spend less money … then I saw Amazon selling a fair few books I wanted for £0.99 each. Technically, that’s less money. So I kind of had to.

My book addition was helped by being auto-approved on Netgalley by an Audio Book publisher here in the UK and by having an Audible credit to burn.

 

E-books:

 

Hydra

Hydra by Matt Wesolowski:

Genre: Thriller

A family massacre
A deluded murderess
Five witnesses
Six stories
Which one is true?

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 21-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the Macleod Massacre.

Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.

As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and the mysterious black-eyed kids, whose presence seems to extend far beyond the delusions of a murderess…

Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both a classic murder mystery and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, that shines light in places you may never, ever want to see again.

 

Changeling

Changeling by Matt Wesolowski:

Genre: Thriller

A missing child
A family in denial
Six witnesses
Six stories
Which one is true?

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the dark Wentshire Forest Pass, when his father, Sorrel, stopped the car to investigate a mysterious knocking sound. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.

Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. Journeying through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there, he talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know what happened to the little boy…

Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget

 

Beast

Beast by Matt Wesolowski:

Genre: Thriller

A frozen girl
A haunted town
A deadly challenge
Six Stories
Which one is true?

In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old Vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.

Three young men, part of an alleged ‘cult’, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.

Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, the tragic and chilling legend of the ‘Ergarth Vampire…

Both a compulsive, taut and terrifying thriller, and a bleak and distressing look at modern society’s desperation for attention, Beast will unveil a darkness from which you may never return…

 

Dispel Illusion

Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence:

Genre: Science Fiction

Sometimes being wrong is the right answer.

Nick Hayes’s genius is in wringing out the universe’s secrets. It’s a talent that’s allowed him to carve paths through time. But the worst part is that he knows how his story will end. He’s seen it with his own eyes. And every year that passes, every breakthrough he makes, brings him a step closer. Mia’s accident is waiting for them both in 2011. If it happens then he’s out of choices.

Then a chance 1992 discovery reveals that this seeker of truth has been lying to himself. But why? It’s a question that haunts him for years. A straw he clings to as his long-awaited fate draws near.

Time travel turns out not to be the biggest problem Nick has to work on. He needs to find out how he can stay on his path but change the destination. Failure has never been an option, and neither has survival. But Nick’s hoping to roll the dice one more time. And this new truth begins with a lie.

 

The Book of Koli

The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey:

Genre: Fantasy

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.

He’s wrong.

 

Audio Books:

 

Camelot

Camelot by Giles Kristian:

Genre: Historical Fiction

Britain is a land riven by anarchy, slaughter, famine, filth and darkness. Its armies are destroyed, its heroes dead or missing. Arthur and Lancelot fell in the last great battle and Merlin has not been seen these past 10 years. Now the Saxons are gathering again, their warbands stalk the land, their king seeks dominion. As for the lords and kings of Britain, they look only to their own survival and will not unite as they once did under Arthur and his legendary sword Excalibur.

But in an isolated monastery in the marshes of Avalon, a novice of the order is preparing to take his vows when the life he has known is suddenly turned upside down in a welter of blood. Two strangers – the wild-spirited, Saxon-killing Iselle and the ageing warrior Gawain – will pluck the young man from the wreckage of his simple existence. Together, they will seek the last druid and the cauldron of a god. And the young man must come to terms with his legacy and fate as the son of the most celebrated yet most infamous of Arthur’s warriors: Lancelot.

For this is the story of Galahad, Lancelot’s son – the reluctant warrior who dared to keep the dream of Camelot alive….

 

Only Good Indians

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones:

Genre: Horror/Literary Horror

Ten years ago, four young men shot some elk and then went on with their lives. It happens every year; it’s been happening forever; it’s the way it’s always been. But this time it’s different.

Ten years after that fateful hunt, these men are being stalked themselves. Soaked with a powerful Gothic atmosphere, the endless expanses of the landscape press down on these men – and their children – as the ferocious spirit comes for them one at a time.

The Only Good Indians charts nature’s revenge on a lost generation that maybe never had a chance. Cleaved to their heritage, these parents, husbands, sons and Indians, men live on the fringes of a society that has rejected them, refusing to challenge their exile to limbo.

 

Holt House

Holt House by L.G. Vey:

Genre: Horror

Some 40 years after they were originally first put to tape, the forgotten recordings of the Eden Book Society are finally being released to the public for the very first time. Established in 1919, the Eden Book Society was a private publisher of Horror for nearly 100 years, creating cult classics that have been lauded by writers such as Ramsey Campbell, Andrew Michael Hurley and Alicia Whitely.

Now, with the recent discovery of these long lost recordings, produced almost 40 years ago and hidden in the basement of the Eden Book Society’s home, W F Howes are finally giving listeners their chance to experience these recordings as they were originally produced all those years ago. Complete with extra bonus material derived from the Eden Book Society’s own records, as well as a Foreword from renowned comedian, actor and writer Charlie Higson (The Fast ShowBroadchurch), these audiobooks offer a fascinating insight into nearly a century of unseen horror.

This is the first book in the series – Holt House by L G Vey:

It’s a quiet house, sheltered, standing in a mass of tangled old trees called the Holtwood. Raymond watches it. He’s been watching it, through a gap in the fence at the bottom of the garden, for weeks. Thinking about the elderly owners, Mr and Mrs Latch, who took him in one night when he was a frightened boy caught up in an emergency. Mr Latch showed him something that was kept in a wardrobe in the spare room. He can’t remember what it was. He only knows how sick it made him feel. Raymond watches Holt House. He has to remember what he saw. He has to get inside.

14 thoughts on “Book Haul

  1. Hope you enjoy the Six Stories books (well, all the books you bought actually 😂)! I need to buy Beast, but I have so many unread books lying about the flat already 😂

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    1. They were all on sale for 99p. Couldn’t resist. Loved Six Stories and Hydra. Am currently on the fence with Changeling. Its interesting but feels like its trying too hard to delve into the fantastical. I’m optimistic, though 🙂

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      1. That’s what I’m hoping 🙂 loved Hydra as the Black Eyed Kids mythos was used really well without ever sounding like the full focus. I imagine something similar will prove real. I do love changeling folklore, though 🙈

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  2. The Six Stories series is great, enjoy, Changeling was the best for me, so far, but all are really good. I really need to read the Lawrence book too, loved the previous two in the series, but haven’t bothered with that one yet, for some reason. Heard great things about The Only Good Indians, likewise The Book of Koli, I really enjoyed the two Carey books that I’ve read, but his writing can be hard to get into at times.

    Congrats on being auto-approved by an audio book publisher, great news. 🙂

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    1. You need to read Dispel Illusion. Easily one of the best trilogies going.

      I’m on the fence about Changeling. Enjoying it, but it feels like he’s going more into the fantastical than true crime. I’m hopeful, though.

      Probably be a good while before I get to book of koli. My fantasy slump is still going strong 😂

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