September TBR

Another new month and another good opportunity to look at the books on my TBR pile and work out what I want to read next!

I love September, the summer is wonderful for spending more time with the kids while they aren’t at school but autumn is my favourite season. September is that delightful middle month where autumn is slowly creeping in but there is still daylight in the evenings, the heat of summer has (mostly) gone but you still don’t need a coat to go outside.

Top of my list for this month is definitely How the Dead Speak by Val McDermid. I’ve been waiting to find out what’s next for Tony and Carol since I finished the marvellous Insidious Intent.

When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an old convent, it quickly becomes clear that someone has been using the site as their personal burial ground. But with the convent abandoned long ago and the remains dating back many years, could this be the work of more than one obsessive killer? It’s an investigation that throws up more questions as the evidence mounts, and after their last case ended catastrophically, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan can only watch from afar. As they deal with the consequences of previous actions, someone with a terrifying routine is biding their time – and both Tony and Carol find themselves closer to the edge than they have ever been before . . . 

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy 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 one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever 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 that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.

That’s when Eddie realises that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

The Chalk Man is my bookgroup’s choice for this month. Looking forward to this one.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Adding some Fantasy to a Crime heavy reading month, I’ve been lucky enough to receive an e-arc of The Ten Thousand Doors of January. Just look at that gorgeous cover.

Lacey Chu has big dreams of working for the company behind the ‘baku’ – a customizable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion for its user. The only problem is, she’s just been rejected from Profectus Academy – the elite academy for cutting-edge tech. 

Then Lacey meets Jinx… Jinx is an incredibly advanced cat baku who opens up a world that Lacey never new existed, including entry into the hallowed halls of Profectus. But what is Jinx, really? His abilities far surpass anything written into his coded. He seems to be more than just a robotic pet.

He seems … real. 

Looking forward to starting this one, it sounds like exactly the type of book I enjoy. So pleased I had my Netgalley wish for this one granted.

4 thoughts on “September TBR

  1. Thousand Doors of January looks and sounds sooo awesome and I really can’t wait to check it out. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I’ve also heard lots about Chalk Man (and basically all C.J. Tudor’s books actually lol) and I’m keen to check it out too! Happy reading 🙂

  2. Great selection of books for September!!! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor. I loved it!!

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