Friday Finds #36 -January 23rd-29th

Friday Finds is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the books I have discovered during the week and added to my Goodreads TBR. In the week of January 23rd-29th, I’ve discovered the following books and added them to my Goodreads TBR:

Urban Fantasy

“The Immortals” by Jordanna Max Brodsky

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Manhattan.
The city sleeps. Selene DiSilva walks her dog along the banks of the Hudson. She is alone-just the way she likes it. She doesn’t believe in friends, and she doesn’t speak to her family. Most of them are simply too dangerous.

Murders.
In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago. To protect the innocent-and to punish those who stand in her way.

Gods.
With the NYPD out of its depth, Selene vows to hunt the killer on her own. But when classics professor Theo Schultz decodes the ancient myth behind the crime, the solitary Huntress finds herself working with a man who’s her opposite in every way. Together, they face a long-forgotten cult that lies behind a string of murders, and they’ll need help from the one source Selene distrusts most of all: the city’s other Immortals.

Contemporary

“Stay” by Deb Caletti

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Clara’s relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it’s almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is and what he’s willing to do to make her stay.

Now Clara has left the city and Christian behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won’t let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough….

Historical Fiction

“The Book Collector” by Alice Thompson

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The novel is a Gothic story of an Edwardian woman, Violet, who marries a book collector. She becomes obsessed by a book of fairy tales that her husband acquires; she develops delusions about harming her baby and is put in an asylum by her husband.

After some time, she leaves the asylum and corpses of women are discovered in the surroundings of the village. Their skin has been removed and they are mutilated in ways that are suggestive of certain fairy tales. The husband employs a nanny; Violet suspects they have embarked on an affair. Violet starts seeing dead bodies and becomes convinced her husband is the murderer. He finally puts her back in the asylum, where she is given ECT.

On Violet’s eventual release she decides to search for the provenance of the book of fairy tales, which leads her to a taxidermist who tells her that her husband has books bound in human skin. Violet discovers the murdered women have all been abducted from the asylum.

“The Progeny” by Tosca Lee

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Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a serial killer. Now, she’s become the hunted.

She’s on a quest that will take her to the secret underground of Europe and the inner circles of three ancient orders—one determined to kill her, one devoted to keeping her alive, and one she must ultimately save.

Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the uncanny descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her descendants. A story about the search for self filled with centuries-old intrigues against the backdrop of atrocity and hope.

What are your Friday Finds for this week? Have you read any on my list? Do let me know!

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