#ThrowbackThursday: 3.15.18

I love this idea, created by It’s Book Talk. It’s a way to share books we love that were read forever ago, that maybe didn’t get a review posted. Or to highlight books still sitting in our TBRs that have been there a while…

…I have a lot of those, because I’m super talented at buying books and finding new books that I want to read, but my ability to read them at the same rate is like a ratio of 100:1.

It’s the thought that counts, or something…

#TBT: Read

22511172Little Black Lies (Zoe Goldman, #1) by Sandra Block

Published: Feb 2015

Read: Oct 2015

★★★★

She helps people conquer their demons. But she has a few of her own…

In the halls of the psychiatric ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is a resident in training, dedicated to helping troubled patients. However, she has plenty of baggage of her own. When her newest patient arrives – a beautiful sociopath who murdered her mother – Zoe becomes obsessed with questions about her own mother’s death. But the truth remains tauntingly out of reach, locked away within her nightmares of an uncontrollable fire. And as her adoptive mother loses her memory to dementia, the time to find the answers is running out.

As Zoe digs deeper, she realizes that the danger is not just in her dreams but is now close at hand. And she has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most. Because what she can’t remember just might kill her.

Little Black Lies is about madness and memory – and the dangerous, little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

#TBT Review: I really really liked this book when I read it three years ago. I finally picked up number 3 in the series when the ebook was on sale in February and it’s sitting buried in my TBR, taunting me. I’d love to read it, to reunite with Dr. Zoe Goldman. She’s one of my favourite characters. Funny, emotionally available to the reader, an interesting backstory, a big brain and a good heart, who recognizes her human flaws and embraces them.

I’m also so ready to immerse myself back into that life of working in a psych hospital. It comes to life in this book in a way that is fun and interesting, but without seeming disrespectful to the work or the patients.

…And if I’m being honest, a psych ward setting always works for me. There is just something about it that makes me say: “yes, I want to be there.” I don’t even want to get into what that might say about me as a person.

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I’ve read both previous novels in the series and they are fast reads. The writing is easy, but with prose that paint a picture and explain even the most medical-ly jargon in a way that feels like you already knew the information, not that you’re being taught.

#TBT: Want to Read

11217923.jpgThe Hypnotist (Joona Linna, #1) by Lars Kepler

Published: 2009

TBR’d Since: 2013

In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there’s only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

It’s the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

#TBT Review: Booknerd to booknerd, the only reason I’ve ever truly wanted to read this book is because of that goddamn cover. LOOK AT IT! Have you ever seen a creepier book cover in your life? Literally, the best and I hate it and love it, at the same time. I challenge you to find me a creepier book cover.

I bought this book at a used book store a few years ago and it’s just been moving from bookshelf to bookshelf, house to house, and now sits in a box in my basement as I prepare to redo the rec room with new shelves.

I’m a bit intimidated to read it, truthfully. One, it’s a big book – over 500 pages, and those are usually not my thing. Also it’s a beloved Scandinavian series that is going to be seven books deep come Oct. 2018. That’s a lot of catching up to do.

Ohhhhh, but that synopsis! And that effin’ cover!

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Until next time, booknerds…

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