See my new #bookhaul in this week’s Stacking the Shelves post (6 May)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!


Here are the books I bought this week:


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train so have been eagerly anticipating this book. I have heard mixed things about it but I still want to read it and see what I think. I hope to start reading this today or tomorrow.


In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr

Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr

I’ve been wanting to read this for ages so when I spotted it in the kindle sale for £1.99 this week I snapped it up. I notice that I can now buy the audible version for £2.99 so I may do that and make this my next listen with my husband.


Johnny Marr was born in 1960s Manchester to Irish emigrant parents and knew from an early age that he would be a musician. Forming his first band at thirteen, Marr spent his teenage years on the council estates of Wythenshawe playing guitar, devouring pop culture and inventing his own musical style.

It wasn’t until the early eighties, when Marr turned up on the doorstep of a singer named Steven Patrick Morrissey, that both a unique songwriting partnership and the group recognised as one of the most iconic bands of all time were formed. In 1983 The Smiths released their first single, and within a year their eponymous debut album reached number two in the UK chart, paving the way for mainstream and critical success on their own terms.

For Marr, tensions within the band and desire for a wider musical scope led to his departure from The Smiths in 1987, ensuring the end of one of the most influential British groups of a generation.

But this was just the beginning for Marr. From forming Electronic and The Healers to playing with Bryan Ferry, Talking Heads, Kirsty MacColl, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Bragg, Nile Rodgers and Bert Jansch. From joining The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs to recently collaborating with Hans Zimmer and receiving acclaim and worldwide success in his own right as a solo artist, Marr has never stopped. Here, for the first time, he tells his own side of the story.

From roaming the streets of Manchester to constantly pushing musical boundaries as the most loved guitarist Britain has ever produced, Johnny Marr’s memoir is the true history of music – told by one of its very own legends.

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

I’ve seen this book talked about on YouTube and it sounded really interesting so when I realised it was only £1.89 on Kindle I snapped it up. It’s a long novel so I’m going to save it for when I feel up to reading a longer book but I’m very much looking forward to getting to it.


Growing up in 1930s Brooklyn, Florence Fein will do anything to escape the confining values of her family and her city, and create a life of meaning and consequence. When a new job and a love affair lead her to Moscow, she doesn’t think twice about abandoning America – only to discover, years later, that America has abandoned her.

Now, as her son Julian travels back to Moscow – entrusted to stitch together a murky transcontinental oil deal – he must dig into Florence’s past to discover who his mother really was and what she became. He must also persuade his own son, Lenny, to abandon his risky quest for prosperity in the cut-throat Russian marketplace. As he traces a thread from Depression-era America, through the collective housing and work camps of Stalin’s USSR, to the glittering, oil-rich world of New Russia, Julian finally begins to understand the role he has played – as a father, and as a son.

Epic in sweep and intimate in detail, The Patriots is both a compelling portrait of the entangled relationship between America and Russia, and a beautifully crafted story of three generations of one family caught between the forces of history and the consequences of past choices.

The Secret Mother by Victoria Delderfield

The Secret Mother by Victoria Delderfield

This is another book that I bought on a whim when I saw it in the kindle sale for 99p this week. I think this sounds like a really moving novel and I’m looking forward to sitting down with this one.


Mai Ling is chasing the Chinese dream. She’s escaping to the city, seeking a new life, running away from the old customs of arranged marriage. The Secret Mother puts a face to the label Made in China. It tells the bittersweet story of a factory girl willing to risk everything. The Secret Mother uncovers the life of Mai Ling, who follows the Chinese dream and is denied motherhood when she must give up her twins in international adoption. Not to lose touch with her girls, Mai Ling follows them to England, and so begins a tale Netgalley reviewers called ‘heartfelt’, ‘intriguing’ and ‘a brilliant portrayal

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

This was an impulse buy as I was intrigued by the cover – it was another 99p book in the sale so I thought I’d take a chance on it. I enjoy these easy thrillers on days when my concentration isn’t great but I want to be caught up in a book.


My husband’s lover. They said her death was a tragic accident. And I believed them . . . until now.

Carmen is happily married to Tom, a successful London lawyer and divorcé with three children. She is content to absorb the stresses of being a stepmother to teenagers and the stain of ‘second wife’. She knows she’ll always live in the shadow of another woman – not Tom’s first wife Laura, who is resolutely polite and determinedly respectable, but the lover that ended his first marriage: Zena. Zena who was shockingly beautiful. Zena who drowned swimming late one night.

But Carmen can overlook her husband’s dead mistress . . . until she starts to suspect that he might have been the person who killed her.

Obsession by Amanda Robson

Obsession by Amanda Robson

I had this book on pre-order when it was a bargain at 99p so it was a nice surprise when it appeared on my Kindle on Thursday. I love the cover of this one as well as the synopsis so hope to read this soon.


One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?

It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.

Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends?

Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?

Obsession is a dark, twisting thriller about how quickly our lives can fall apart when we act on our desires.

The Girlfriend by Michell Frances

The Girlfriend by Michell Frances

I saw this mentioned on social media a few times recently so went to Amazon to add it to my wish list but as it was on offer for the bargain price of 98p I decided to just buy it. I’m intrigued by this one and definitely want to try and read it before too long.


A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she’ll wish she’d never told.

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the fall-out following an unforgiveable lie. It looks at the potentially charged relationship between girlfriend, boyfriend and his mother, which most women can identify with, and locates it in an extreme but believable setting.

Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but she hasn’t had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura’s life.

Cherry comes to the family wide-eyed and wants to be welcomed with open arms, but Laura suspects she’s not all that she seems.

When tragedy strikes, an unforgiveable lie is told. It is an act of desperation, but the fall-out will change their lives forever.

I also received five review books:

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

After reading Jo at MyChestnutReadingTree’s fabulous review of this novel I immediately requested it on NetGalley and was thrilled when I got the approval email! I want to read this very soon, hopefully this week.


There’s trouble in paradise. . .

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight’s retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy.

It should be paradise, but it’s turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes.

After everything they’ve been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all – where has her husband gone?


Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

I first saw the cover of this book on Twitter a few weeks ago and was so keen to read it. I was thrilled then I was offered the chance to be on the blog tour for the book. My date for the tour is mid-June so I’m trying to leave reading this until a bit nearer the time but I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to hold out for as it sounds like an incredible book.


Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops … Or does it? Breathlessly pacey, taut and terrifying, Exquisite is a startlingly original and unbalancing psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.


The One That Got Away by Annabel Kantaria 

I got an email from the publicist for this book offering me the chance to review it and I immediately said yes. It sounds like such a great read, and doesn’t it have such a striking cover?


Everyone has one. An ex you still think about. The one who makes you ask ‘what if’?

Fifteen years have passed since Stella and George last saw each other. But something makes Stella click ‘yes’ to the invite to her school reunion.

There’s still a spark between them, and although their relationship ended badly, they begin an affair.

But once someone gets you back, sometimes they’re never going to let you go again…


This Family of Things by Alison Jameson  

I spotted this book being offered to bloggers for review recently and immediately asked if I could have a copy. It sounds like such a gorgeous read and I’m really looking forward to getting to read it.


On his way back up from the yard Bird had seen something white and round – a girl who had curled herself into a ball. Lifting her was like retrieving a ball of newspaper from out of the grass or an empty crisp bag that someone had flung over the ditch. She seemed to lack the bones and meat and muscle of real people. She felt as if she was filled with feathers.

On the day Midge Connors comes hurtling into Bird Keegan’s life, she flings open his small, quiet world. He and his two sisters, Olive and Margaret, have lived in the same isolated community all their lives, each one more alone than the others can know.

Taking in damaged, sharp-edged Midge, Bird invites the scorn of his neighbours and siblings. And as they slowly mend each other, family bonds – and the tie of the land – begin to weigh down on their tentative relationship. Can it survive the misunderstandings, contempt and violence of others?

A poignant and powerful study of the emotional lives of three siblings and the girl who breaks through their solitude.


All the Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker

I’m excited to have received an ARC of this book as it sounds so good! I’m actually reading Tall Oaks at the moment and loving it so I can’t wait to read this new book by the author.


“Raine sometimes complains that nothing exciting is ever gonna happen in Grace again. Daddy told her careful what you wish for.”

Everyone loves Summer Ryan. A model student and musical prodigy, she’s a ray of light in the struggling small town of Grace, Alabama – especially compared to her troubled sister, Raine.

Then Summer goes missing.

Grace is already simmering, and with this new tragedy the police have their hands full keeping the peace. Only Raine throws herself into the search, supported by a most unlikely ally.

But perhaps there was always more to Summer than met the eye . . .


So, that’s all of my new books from the past week. Have you bought any new books recently? Tell me all in the comments below, or if you have a stacking the shelves post on your blog feel free to post the link below too.:)

My weekly wrap up post will be on my blog tomorrow so please look out for that.

52 thoughts on “See my new #bookhaul in this week’s Stacking the Shelves post (6 May)

  1. So glad you got a copy of The Honeymoon! Can’t wait to see what you think!
    I had a Netgalley copy of The One that got Away but it was corrupted and only gave the first three chapters so I was so disappointed! I do tell the publisher but not heard anything back.
    Some fabulous books here!

    • I was so excited when I got the approval email for The Honeymoon, I’m hoping to read it in the next week or so!
      What a shame about your NG copy of The One that Got Away. I hope you hear back from the publisher. I do know that they’ve had to put the pub date back at short notice so that might be why they haven’t replied to you yet.

  2. I also bought Into The Water (obviously haha) and have The Honeymoon from Netgalley. I really loved When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis and have heard fab things about this one!

    • I’m so excited to read Into the Water – I want to wait until I can just sit and read for a chunk of time though. I’ve read one of Tina Seskis’ books before and really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to starting The Honeymoon too. It seems to be getting great reviews. Happy reading! 🙂

  3. I read and reviewed Undertow last year and liked it 🙂 The cover looks great! I’ve been seeing Into the Water everywhere, now I want it, haha! I also bought Obsession, it was my first pre-order (#proud) and of course, I am so thrilled to see Exquisite on this list!!! Happy reading my dear xxxx

  4. Really want to read Exquisite – and do you know I remember Annabel Kantaria back when she was writing an expat mum blog and doing intercultural stuff?

  5. You have a lovely haul of books there. And it’s interesting they range from thriller, to crime fiction, to music. I like the variety.

  6. Oh man, so many of these sounds so good! Into the Water sounds like one I would really enjoy, same with Undertow. I still haven’t even gotten the chance to read Girl on the Train, but I still really want to. Great haul! Hope you enjoy all of your new books, and have a great weekend!

  7. The Johnny Marr biog sounds really interesting will be very interested in your review. I have a pile of biogs for different bands/musicians I need to get to. I really enjoy finding out more about the people behind the music.

  8. I also got Into the Water this week, and I’m eager to read it.

    I can’t find The Girl Friend or The Honeymoon…so I’m guessing they aren’t available here..yet. Enjoy your books, and thanks for sharing.

  9. I’ve heard a couple of different things about Into the Water too. Some people love it, others things there’s too much going on. It must be hard to follow up a book as successful as Girl on the Train, but I’m interested to see what it’s like.

    • I really enjoyed the Girl on the Train so I’m intrigued to see what this new book is like. I’m going to read it when I have time to sit and read for a chunk of time as I find it easier to get into books with lots of narrators that way.

  10. Wow, What a great bunch of books this week. I got Into the Water as well. I wasn’t a huge fan of Girl on the Train but I only saw the movie so I thought why not give this a chance. Plus I got it as a free offer from Book of the Month when I joined. I might want to check out Undertow as well. Enjoy your books.

  11. Seems like a great haul!! You have all the good books. Hope you enjoy reading them all!
    Here’s my STS

  12. I’m really not sure about Into the Water. I wasn’t a fan of Girl on the Train so I’m a little wary despite seeing all of the rave reviews. I’ll maybe wait and see what your verdict is 😀

  13. After reading Donna’s review for Exquisite, I cannot wait to see yours! It sounds wonderful! I am also curious to see which side of the fence you will fall on with Into The Water 😉 Seeing a lot of mixed thoughts.

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  15. I look forward to your review of Into the Water.Exquisite received a fan review from Donna.I hope that you’ll enjoy.I am trying to stay away from NetGalley but I’m really intrigued by Honeymoon.I think I’ll try to get it 🙂

    • I hope to read Into the Water this week and will try and review it soon after. Donna’s review of Exquisite was brilliant, wasn’t it? I can’t wait to read the book. I hope you manage to get a copy of The Honeymoon, it sounds like a really gripping read, doesn’t it? 🙂

  16. I love Tina Seskis, so I’ll definitely be checking NG to see if that is still available. The Secret Mother tugs at my heartstrings as someone who originally hoped to adopt one day, but due to changes in adoption laws couldn’t. I’d like to read it, but am afraid too, I think it might be too close for me. And I can’t wait to read Into The Water.
    Trish @ Between My Lines

    • I hope The Honeymoon is still on NG and that you get approved. It looks like such a great read. I’m really sorry to hear about you not being able to adopt, I can’t even begin to imagine how painful that must be. Some books are just too close to our own lives, aren’t they?

  17. i really want to read the Johnny Marr book – I’ve transcribed interviews with him a few times and he’s just fab. I have only acquired one new book this week, Jess Phillips’ autobiography / book about feminism and politics. My friend Meg got it for me as a get well present and had it signed for me, too. Can’t wait to start it!

  18. I’ll be interested to read your review of Into the Water. So far I haven’t heard great reviews! Also, The Patriots is exactly as described so if you like the synopsis I think you’ll like the book!

    • I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews of Into the Water too but I’m keeping an open mind. I haven’t managed to read it yet but I’m hoping to get to it very soon. That’s good to know about The Patriots as I love the synopsis. 🙂

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