Hello February! (Fictionophile updates & book haul)


Fictionophile’s readership continues to grow!

Over the past month an additional 134 people have begun following this blog!  That makes a total of 1,204 followers altogether!   Thanks everyone!divider1

I’m happy to be participating in the Mystery Thriller Week, February 12-22new-date-mystery-thriller-week-banner-1

I wanted to participate in a big way, but with my many review commitments (over 130 at last count), I felt I couldn’t review more than one title for this event.

The title is: “A better truth” by Valerie Joan Connorsa-better-truth

and my review will be posted to this blog on February 14th


I read a new thriller by the amazing Annie Daylon.  My review will appear on this blog closer to the publication date.  It will soon be available to purchase. Watch for it!


Blurb from the author’s website:

Daylon’s new psychological thriller tells the heart-racing story of a woman’s desperate fight to escape her depraved captor and the tenacious search of a brilliant PI to unravel a three-year-old mystery, keeping a secret promise he made long ago . . .

Rose Harrington is a strong, independent young woman whose world has been rocked by loss. Three years ago, her sister Margo went missing. Despite an exhaustive search by police and the assistance of Rose’s friend and private investigator, Shaughnessy Flynn, Margo has never been found. Three months ago, Rose’s beloved mother died. Feeling disconnected, needing to get back on track, Rose plans an off-the-grid vacation to Hawaii.

Meanwhile, Private Investigator Shaughnessy Flynn is suffering from a profound loss of his own, that of the tragic death of his six-year-old son. He too is looking to change his life, to get back on track. When Rose disappears in the same way that her sister Margo did, Flynn knows he must solve this mystery. He failed Rose once; he can’t fail her again.

What happened to Margo? Where is Rose?

What secret lies At the heart of the missing? divider1

Anyone who follows this blog knows that I am obsessed with getting my NetGalley request/review ratio up to 80%.  I’ve just run some figures and it seems that IF I don’t get any more NetGalley titles (after the ones listed below) AND I review 24 more titles of the ones I already have from them… I will get TWO new badges.  The coveted 80% badge AND the 200 reviews badge.

There are SO MANY wonderful titles being offered on NetGalley right now…
I just know that this NetGalley DIET is going to kill me.

I have received FOUR new titles from NetGalley this month:

ng-witness“Witness” by Caroline Mitchell

To Rebecca it was a brave decision that led to her freedom from domestic abuse. To Solomon it was the ultimate betrayal.
It’s been ten years since Rebecca’s testimony saw Solomon locked away. Enough time for the nightmares to recede, the nerves to relax; enough time to rebuild her life and put the past behind her.
Then one day a phone rings in her bedroom—but it’s not her phone. Solomon has been in her home, and has a very simple message for her: for each of the ten years he has spent in jail, Rebecca must witness a crime. And, to make matters worse, she has to choose the victims.
Fail to respond and you get hurt. Talk to police and you die. Ready to play? You have sixty seconds to decide…
As the crimes grow more severe, the victims closer to home, Rebecca is forced to confront a past she had hoped was gone forever.

ng-a-mothers-confession“A Mother’s Confession” by Kelly Rimmer

He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.’
Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.
But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.
Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost…shouldn’t she?

“The Missing Ones” by Patricia Gibney

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.
The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’
When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?
The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.
As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?
Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.


 “The golden hour” by T. Greenwood

On a spring afternoon long ago, thirteen-year-old Wyn Davies took a shortcut through the woods in her New Hampshire hometown and became a cautionary tale. Now, twenty years later, she lives in New York, on the opposite side of a duplex from her ex, with their four-year-old daughter shuttling between them. Wyn makes her living painting commissioned canvases of birch trees to match her clients’ furnishings. But the nagging sense that she has sold her artistic soul is soon eclipsed by a greater fear. Robby Rousseau, who has spent the past two decades in prison for a terrible crime against her, may be released based on new DNA evidence—unless Wyn breaks her silence about that afternoon.

To clear her head, refocus her painting, and escape an even more present threat, Wyn agrees to be temporary caretaker for a friend’s new property on a remote Maine island. The house has been empty for years, and in the basement Wyn discovers a box of film canisters labeled “Epitaphs and Prophecies.” Like time capsules, the photographs help her piece together the life of the house’s former owner, an artistic young mother, much like Wyn. But there is a mystery behind the images too, and unraveling it will force Wyn to finally confront what happened in those woods—and perhaps escape them at last.

A compelling and evocative novel with an unsettling question at its heart, T. Greenwood’s The Golden Hour explores the power of art to connect, to heal, and to reveal our most painful and necessary truths.


I added TWO new titles from Edelweiss to my TBR:

edelweiss-the-woman-on-the-stairs“The woman on the stairs” by Bernhard Schlink

For decades the painting was believed to be lost.
But, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it reappears, an anonymous donation to a gallery in Sydney. The art world is stunned but so are the three men who loved the woman in the painting, the woman on the stairs.
One by one they track her down to an isolated cottage in Australia. Here they must try to untangle the lies and betrayals of their shared past – but time is running out.
The Woman on the Stairs is an intricately-crafted, poignant and beguiling novel about creativity and love, about the effects of time passing and the regrets that haunt us all.

edelweiss-beyond-the-wild-river“Beyond the wild river” by Sarah Maine

A highly atmospheric and suspenseful historical novel, set in the 1890s about a Scottish heiress who unexpectedly encounters her childhood friend in North America, five years after he disappeared from her family’s estate the night of a double murder.
Nineteen-year-old Evelyn Ballantyre has rarely strayed from her family’s estate in the Scottish Borderlands, save for the occasional trip to Edinburgh, where her father, a respected magistrate, conducts his business—and affairs of another kind. Evelyn has always done her duty as a daughter, hiding her boredom and resentment behind good manners—so when an innocent friendship with a servant is misinterpreted by her father as an illicit union, Evelyn is appalled.
Yet the consequence is a welcome one: she is to accompany her father on a trip to North America, where they’ll visit New York City, the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, and conclude with a fishing expedition on the Nipigon River in Canada. Now is her chance to escape her cloistered life, see the world, and reconnect with her father.
Once they’re on the Nipigon, however, Evelyn is shocked to discover that their guide is James Douglas, the former stable hand and her one-time friend who disappeared from the estate after the shootings of a poacher and a gamekeeper. Many had assumed that James had been responsible, but Evelyn never could believe it. Now, in the wilds of a new world, far from the constraints of polite society, the truth about that day, James, and her father will be revealed…to stunning consequences.

Just SIX more review commitments this month –
I’m doing better.

I’m proud of the restraint I’ve shown this month in buying books.  I have spent $19.04  in January (just under my $20.00 book budget).  Here are the eight titles I’ve added to my Kindle library from Amazon.ca


$7.19 I just HAD to get this one because of all the glowing reviews from my fellow book bloggers!



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I’m hoping your winter is not treating you too bad –

wherever you are.

Take care!


About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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12 Responses to Hello February! (Fictionophile updates & book haul)

  1. skyecaitlin says:

    I am stunned by all the books, Lynne and I am sending you happy wishes. I wasn’t certain if some were your reviews ( at top) or not. 🙂


    • Fictionophile says:

      No reviews in this post Skye, only ‘blurbs’ with notice that reviews are coming soon. My “Better Truth” review will be posted Feb. 17th as part of Mystery/Thriller week, and my “At the heart of the missing” review will be posted as soon as the author gives me the O.K. as she wants it to air close to the publication date.


  2. carhicks says:

    It looks like you have some great reads ahead of you this month. I will never get the 80% badge on Netgalley unless I read a book a day for the next couple of years and do not request ever again. :).. Great job keeping yourself organized.


  3. Wow! Good luck in getting your badges! 🙂 I’m sure you’ll get it soon. How long have you been on Netgalley?


  4. Good luck with the NetGalley diet. I’m also attempting to regain my 80% badge but recommendations keep getting in the way.


  5. Christine says:

    Great post, Lynne! So many interesting books for me to check out. Blood on the Tracks was one of my faves last year–surprisingly good. Hope you love it too!


    • Fictionophile says:

      Thanks Christine. I’m glad you liked “Blood on the tracks”. I wouldn’t have found it except I was searching for covers for a future ‘Cover Love’ post.


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