WWW Wednesday | July 31, 2019

“Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!”

The Three Ws are: 
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

the turn of the key

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Ruth Ware can always be counted on for a solid mystery with interesting characters. I’m diving into this baby today!

Recently Finished:

39335566two stars black

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.

But when their father, the only man they’ve ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day three strange men wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men?

A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.

The Water Cure was disappointing to say the least. After being compared to The Handmaid’s Tale, I expected something more. Full review to come!

 

genesis
five stars black

This is the third Will Trent novel, from the No. 1 Bestseller.

Three and a half years ago former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton moved to Atlanta hoping to leave her tragic past behind her. Now working as a doctor in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital she is starting to piece her life together. But when a severely wounded young woman is brought in to the emergency room, she finds herself drawn back into a world of violence and terror.

The woman has been hit by a car but, naked and brutalized, it’s clear that she has been the prey of a twisted mind. When Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Investigation Team returns to the scene of the accident, he stumbles on a torture chamber buried deep beneath the earth. And this hidden house of horror reveals a ghastly truth – Sara’s patient is just the first victim of a sick, sadistic killer.

Wrestling the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner Faith Mitchell find themselves at the centre of a grisly murder hunt. And Sara, Will and Faith – each with their own wounds and their own secrets – are all that stand between a madman and his next crime…

Genesis was a great introduction for me to Will and Faith. Would I recommend starting here? Probably not, but I picked it up on a whim at a used book sale and was in the mood for a mystery. Slaughter never disappoints. So, for that reason I already ordered the first book in the series, Triptych.

 

What’s Next?

wanderers

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

I should be getting the library copy any day now!

 

the bone shi

A brilliantly imagined saga of honor, glory, and warfare, The Bone Ships is the epic laugh of a new fantasy from David Gemmell Award-nominated RJ Barker.

Two nations at war. A prize beyond compare.

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.

The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.

Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.

I requested this on Netgalley on a whim. I’ve never read anything by Barker before, so hopefully I enjoy it!

 

What about you? What are your three Ws this Wednesday? Have you read any of the books mentioned above?

7 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday | July 31, 2019

  1. So much awesome in this post! I can’t wait to see how you feel about Wanderers! Also- I was totally sucked in by The Water Cure cover and then I saw the 2 star rating beneath it.. so maybe not, lol.

    But I also want to see what you think of Ruth Ware’s newest. I haven’t read her yet. Oh and The Bone Ships. Definitely want to know what you think of that since I haven’t seen too much about it yet.

    1. I picked up Wanderers last night!!! I’m hoping to finish up The Turn of the Key (so far it’s pretty slow), so I can jump into Wanderers! 😀

      Ah, The Water Cure. I really need to get around to writing my review. I’ve been procrastinating since I don’t know what to say about it other than I didn’t like it haha.

      1. I hate it when I feel that way about books, it makes the reviewing part very difficult.

        I’m surprised Turn of the Key is slow! Usually I see such glowing reviews for her stuff.

      2. I was pretty excited for this one since I only saw 4/5 stars reviews, but geez was it ever slow and the ending didn’t make up for it. I’m probably going to rate it 2 stars.

  2. I keep seeing The Turn of the Key all over bookstagram and it sounds soo good and thrilling 😃 I’m very excited to be adding it to my shelves (hopefully soon)! I read Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls and really enjoyed it! I’ve been keen to read more of her stuff since then, but haven’t had the chance yet lol Genesis sounds as good and messed up!

    1. I recently finished The Turn of the Key and undead up rating it 2 stars 😦 I found it really slow and boring. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it more than I did.

      I’d recommend The Good Daughter if you’re looking for something else by Slaughter. It’s another standalone and it’s incredible!

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