Happy Saturday evening to all! I was going through my library stack in an effort to find my next bookish indulgence, when I came to realise that I haven’t shared a Library Loot post in quite some time! I’ve definitely visited the library plenty of times since my last post of the sort, so tonight I wanted to share some of my recently hauled novels.
I ended up with a good variety of things! There’s science-fiction, supernatural historical fiction, psychological thriller, and contemporary fiction with six total books! Check ‘em out below.
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
The Expatriates, written by Janice Y.K. Lee from Hong Kong, is a contemporary Asian fiction novel about three American women—Mercy, Hilary, and Margaret—who are expats living in Hong Kong. Mercy is a young Korean American Columbia grad that is broken by a terrible incident in her past. Hilary is a wealthy housewife that is haunted by her difficulties with trying to conceive a child. Margaret was once a happily married woman with three children who ends up questioning her maternal instincts in the wake of an unbearable loss. As each woman deals with their personal demons, their lives end up coming together in unexpected ways.
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
An Ocean of Minutes, written by Singaporean author Thea Lim, is one of my most-anticipated reads for the 2018 year. It’s a contemporary novel with science-fiction traits that is about Frank and Polly. America is in the midst of a deadly flu pandemic when Frank catches the virus. His girlfriend, Polly, is inspired to do whatever she must to save the life of the man she loves. So, she agrees to an extremely radical plan: time travelling to the future to obtain the cure. There is a slight catch, however. If she signs up for this one-way trip into the future, the company will pay for the life-saving treatment that Frank needs so desperately. Polly agrees, promising to meet Frank again in Galveston, Texas, where she will arrive twelve years later. But then things go terribly wrong. Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future and Frank is nowhere to be found. Alone in a supremely divided nation, Polly must find a means of surviving her new life and a way to find her way back to Frank.
Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
Artificial Condition is the second instalment in Martha Wells’ The Murderbot Diaries novella series. It is hard science-fiction, action adventure title that follows a gender neutral, aromantic and asexual robot known simply as Murderbot. I read the first book, All Systems Red, earlier this year and found it to be absolutely delightful. So, when I came across the sequel chilling on the shelf at the library, I knew I had to grab it. I won’t provide a synopsis for this book to avoid spoilers for its predecessor, but if you’re interested, you can read my full, spoiler-free review for book one here.
Void Black Shadow by Corey J. White
Void Black Shadow is the second volume in Corey J. White’s Voidwitch Saga, which is a cyberpunk, space opera, science-fiction series. I read the first book fairly recently and became very infatuated with the universe and the main character. My full spoiler-free review for book one shall be up tomorrow at mid-day. I actually ordered this from the library and had them put it on hold for me. I normally don’t read sequels so soon to prevent burn-out from a series, but with this one, I couldn’t resist. It’s so damn good.
The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch is an #OwnVoices German supernatural historical fiction thriller that takes place in 1660. It follows a dying boy that was pulled from the river with a mark roughly tattooed on his shoulder. Soon afterwards a hangman named Jakob Kuisl is called in to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. The author himself is actually a descendant of the Kuisls, who were a famous Bavarian clan of executioners! You can see why my fascination bloomed into unyielding excitement.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter is a psychological thriller that I decided to check out after one of my favourite BookTubers read it and loved it. Her glowing recommendation had me supremely curious as psychological thrillers are one of my favourite genres. She also has marvellous taste in thrillers and horror novels in general, so I knew that I more than likely wouldn’t be disappointed with it. Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their home, leaving their mother dead and their father—an infamous defence attorney—devastated. Their family fell into a fractured state beyond repair. Then fast-forward to twenty-eight years later where Charlie followed her dad’s footsteps and became a lawyer herself; the ideal good daughter. But when violence strikes the town again, she is plunged into an unimaginable nightmare that will bring new truth to light regarding the evening that left her family in pieces.
If I had to choose one book from this list that I am most excited for, it would have to be The Good Daughter and The Hangman’s Daughter equally. Also, what’s with me and books with the word “daughter” in them? Oh, brain, you surprise me sometimes.
Do any of these books sound interesting to you? Have you read any of them? Please, come chat with me in the comments! Wishing you a lovely rest of the weekend ahead.