Searching Saturday is a new weekly meme I created. The aim is to search a book (or multiple books) that is new to you and fits the weekly theme. This could be a new book to add to your TBR, or just to address on your blog. It’s up to you! You can search as many as you want. You can find more information in the Introduction Post.
“Starting off with an easy one! Search for books within your favorite genre. Try challenging yourself to find books you haven’t heard of before.” – Me
I chose thriller/horror.
I first went on Goodreads to have a look at the new releases for thriller and found:
A Darkly Beating Heart – Lindsay Smith
“A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.
No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.”
Chosen Because: I was first attracted by the cover. Then I read the synopsis. It had me at Japan. I have never read a book set in Japan and have been wanting to. What better way to start then with a thriller! Also, I really want to read a book dealing with suicide. A lot of people also shelved it as fantasy, maybe the time-travel?
Last Seen Leaving – Caleb Roehrig
“Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?
Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.
But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.”
Chosen Because: The cover is what got my attention again. The synopsis gave me Gone Girl vibes. That’s enough to get me interested.
Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee – Magy G. Thompson
“A bittersweet homecoming holds dark secrets in this heart-wrenching story of loss, love, and survival for readers of Room.
When sixteen-year-old Amy returns home, she can’t tell her family what’s happened to her. She can’t tell them where she’s been since she and her best friend, her cousin Dee, were kidnapped six years ago—who stole them from their families or what’s become of Dee. She has to stay silent because she’s afraid of what might happen next, and she’s desperate to protect her secrets at any cost.
Amy tries to readjust to life at “home,” but nothing she does feels right. She’s a stranger in her own family, and the guilt that she’s the one who returned is insurmountable. Amy soon realizes that keeping secrets won’t change what’s happened, and they may end up hurting those she loves the most. She has to go back in order to move forward, risking everything along the way. Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee is a riveting, affecting story of loss and hope.” – Goodreads
Chosen Because: The cover gave me the creeps… I hate anything that’s about something being possessed, but dolls are at the top of my list. Which makes me want to read books about it. The cover seems pretty misleading if you read the actual synopsis though. But it was scary in a different way. People being kidnapped and spending a lot of time with their kidnapper often start to sympathize with them, it’s called Stockholm Syndrome. I’m both intrigued and afraid of this and want to learn more. I’m not sure if this book actually deals with this topic, but it might.
Then I decided to look at the new releases for horror and found:
A House at the Bottom of a Lake – Josh Mallerman
Both seventeen. Both afraid. But both saying yes.
It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something below the water’s surface that changes their lives forever.
It’s got two stories.
It’s got a garden.
And the front door is open.
It’s a house at the bottom of a lake.
For the teens, there is only one rule: no questions. And yet, how could a place so spectacular come with no price tag? While the duo plays house beneath the waves, one reality remains:
Just because a house is empty, doesn’t mean nobody’s home.” – Goodreads
Chosen Because: The title is a pretty obvious giveaway of what this book is about. It pulled me in because it seems like an original story and seems like a good break from the “standard” thriller/horror stories. Also, it’s 156 pages.
Then I remembered I really want to read something by Dean Koontz, so I searched his books and found:
The Voice of the Night – Dean Koontz
No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. Colin was so shy; Roy was so popular. Colin was nervous around girls; Roy was a ladies’ man. Colin was fascinated by Roy—and Roy was fascinated with death. Then one day Roy asked his timid friend, “You ever killed anything?” And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagine…and too irresistible to stop. – Goodreads
Chosen Because: As I said I really want to read something by Dean Koontz. He is a horror author I hear a lot of good things about. He is one of the more well known authors in this genre, besides Stephen King. This one made me particularly interested because of the “normal boys” turning into killers. At least that’s what I’m assuming from the synopsis.
To finish things up I searched google for a list of best horror books and found:
Broken Monsters – Lauren Beukes
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies, but this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.
Chosen because: It sounds like one of those thrillers that has the standard elements, like a murder. But is also a little bit strange, like “half boy, half deer”. Also… creepy people online.
There you go, my first Searching Saturday post.
I had a lot of fun with this and found some great stuff!
Have you heard of any of these before?
Have you read any of them?
Tell me in the comments!