See my new #bookhaul in this week’s Stacking the Shelves post (13 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:


The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while so I decided to treat myself this week. I’ve got a lot of review books to read at the moment so this may have to wait a little while before I can read it but I am really looking forward to it.


The first body comes as a shock

The second brings horror

The third signals the beginning of a nightmare

When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.

Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.

Then another body appears against the Wall.

And another.

As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.

Who is the Killer on the Wall?


The Second Sister by Claire Kendal

I hadn’t heard much about this book but I’ve seen the cover on social media and it’s so striking that I had to know more. Once I read the synopsis I was very keen to read it so I treated myself to a copy.


It is ten years since Ella’s sister Miranda disappeared without trace, leaving her young baby behind. Chilling new evidence links Miranda to the horrifying Jason Thorne, now in prison for murdering several women. Is it possible that Miranda knew him?

At thirty, Miranda’s age when she vanished, Ella looks uncannily like the sister she idolized. What holds Ella together is her love for her sister’s child and her work as a self-defence expert helping victims.

Haunted by the possibility that Thorne took Miranda, and driven by her nephew’s longing to know about his mother, Ella will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth – no matter how dangerous…


The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

The lovely Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings mentioned in a comment on my blog that she was reading this at the moment and very much enjoying it. I was sure I had a copy on my TBR and was just in the mood to read it but alas it seemed I was wrong. So when I was ordering my other books this week I thought I would treat myself to this one too. It’s a short book so I’m hoping I can squeeze it in between some of my review books soon.


In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return.


the good widow liz fenton

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

I read a fab review of this on the lovely NovelGossip’s blog this week so immediately went to add it to my wish list. I then spotted that it was part of the Kindle First selection for May and could download it for free so I did just that. I really hope to read this soon as it sounds gripping!


Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.

For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.

Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…


The Trespasser by Tana French

The Trespasser by Tana French

I’ve read and enjoyed the first three books in the Murder Squad series so when I spotted the latest one on offer for £1.99 on Kindle this week I decided to buy it. It means I now have the rest of the series on my Kindle ready for me to read.


There’s the murder squad you set your sights on at the beginning: the one where you’re playing knife-edge mind-games with psychopathic geniuses. And there’s the one you actually work on. The night shifts. The vicious pranks that go too far. Sifting the dregs for the case that might just be special.

Tonight’s case isn’t it. Uniforms call it in as a slam-dunk domestic.
Except when Conway takes a good look at the victim’s face, she realises she’s seen her somewhere before. And she knows there’s a different answer. And it takes her breath away.

This is the case she imagined. Precision-cut and savage, lithe and momentous.


I received two review books:

last seen by lucy clarke

Last Seen by Lucy Clarke

I spotted this in a NetGalley email this week and immediately went to request it. I loved Lucy Clarke’s previous novels so am really keen to read this one. I don’t think this will be on my TBR for long at all!


Two boys missing. A seaside community with a dark secret at its heart…

Two little boys go missing out at sea – and only one is brought to shore.

For the boys’ mothers, best friends Sarah and Isla, the tragedy splinters a friendship. And The Sandbank – once an idyllic seaside haven – becomes a place of ghosts.

On the anniversary of the drowning, the other boy is missing. Parents Nick and Sarah try to quell their panic, but the Sandbank hums with tension as decade-old memories rise to the surface.

The truth lies in the past, like broken glass buried in the sand. Someone is hiding something – the question is, what did they see?


the impossible fortress

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

I’ve heard so many great things about this book and have been wanting read it for a while so I was really pleased when I got approved on NetGalley this week. I want to read this one very soon!


It’s 1987. Billy Marvin, the tallest boy in ninth grade, has just witnessed history. 

Wheel of Fortune presenter Vanna White is on the cover of Playboy. Billy and his friends, Alf and Clark, know that if they can get hold of the magazine, their world will change. For ever. But as Billy says, ‘No shopkeeper in America was going to sell Playboy to a fourteen-year-old boy.’

As they set out on their mission to find the most wanted images in America, they’re blissfully unaware of the dangers, dramas and garbage dumpsters that lie ahead. And of how a girl called Mary might just change one of their lives. For ever.



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.

27 thoughts on “See my new #bookhaul in this week’s Stacking the Shelves post (13 May)

  1. Nothing new came in this week apart from Jess Philips’ autobiography/ polemic which I was given on Sunday and read during the week. Your second review book looks very interesting. I’m not good at scary or gory crime and in fact had a hard time dealing with one of the Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, which aren’t usually too bed, this week (review … whenever. Argh – review backlog STILL). Happy reading!

    • I’m looking forward to reading The Impossible Fortress, it sounds like such a fun read. I like crime and thrillers but I’m not good with gruesome novels. I managed to get a few reviews written last week so have those scheduled to post over the next couple of weeks but I still have a backlog. I’m not sure that I’m ever going to catch up! Happy reading to you too.

  2. Really looking forward to reading The Killer On The Wall. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

    My post is coming tomorrow. I’ll probably be buying some more books before then, anyway. 😄

    • Me too – I’ve heard lots of good things so I’m hoping I can read it soon. It’ll be my treat for catching up on a few review books. I hope you enjoy it too when you get to read it 🙂
      I’ll look out for your post today – I’m slowly reading through my blog reader 🙂

    • Thank you 🙂 It’s a shame you didn’t get on with Tana French’s books. It took me a couple of attempts starting her first book before I got into it and now I’m a huge fan. It’s strange when you think you’ll really enjoy a book and then find it’s not for you, I’ve had that happen with books too. I’ll go read your StS now, thanks for leaving your link 🙂

  3. YOu have a nice group of books there, Hayley. I’m interested in the Kendal. And I do like Tana French’s work very much, so that got my attention, too. Hope you enjoy them all.

  4. There isn’t a book here I wouldn’t pick up. They all sound great. I know The Killer on the Wall is as I read that last month. Hope you enjoy!

  5. The Good Widow reminded me a little of a movie I saw a few years ago with Harrison Ford: Random Hearts. The situation was similar, with a cheating spouse killed in a plane crash with another man.

    The Second Sister caught my eye. Enjoy them all, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    • Oh, I’ve seen that movie and now you’ve mentioned it I see the similarities between it and the synopsis of The Good Widow. I’m intrigued to see if it’s much different when I read it now. I’m really looking forward to reading The Second Sister soon. I’ll go read your post now 🙂

  6. Do hope you enjoy the Barnes – I thought it was wonderful! I have been most retrained of late, but I did find a copy of Golden Hill by Francis Spufford in the Oxfam today which just had to come home with me…

    • I love Tana French’s writing – I highly recommend her novels. I’ve read Emma Kavanagh’s first book and loved it so I’m really looking forward to reading more of her novels – especially this latest one. Thank you xxx

  7. I’m intrigued to know what you make of The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes is a very talented writer, but not necessarily the most straightforward read.

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