Mini Pin-It Reviews #16 – Four Books From Netgalley

Published December 2, 2017 by bibliobeth

Hello everyone and welcome to another mini pin-it reviews post! I have a massive backlog of reviews and this is my way of trying to get on top of things a bit. This isn’t to say I didn’t like some of these books – my star rating is a more accurate reflection of this, but this is a great, snappy way of getting my thoughts across and decreasing my backlog a bit. This time I’ve got four books from Netgalley for you – please see my pin-it thoughts below!

1.) Dead Set (January David #3) – Will Carver

What’s it all about?:

Following on from Girl 4 and The Two, DI January David is back in a fantastic new thriller

“Detective Inspector January David doesn’t love me. He loves his missing sister. He loves his job. But he doesn’t love me. Not in the way he should. I am his wife. I am still his wife. And I will do anything for him. No matter what I have to sacrifice.”

Detective Inspector January David finds himself on forced leave when he receives an urgent telephone call from a secretive FBI agent. A body has been found in a vacant New York theater, and the murder is reminiscent of a London serial killer with whom David is well acquainted. Determined to help the investigation—and find his estranged wife who is also now living in the United States—DI January David risks his neck to travel to New York. At the same time, back in London, there is a missing girl who has shown up dead after being hugged to death in an equally perplexing case. This fast-paced, psychological thriller told in the first person will keep you guessing until the very end.

Would I recommend it?:


Star rating (out of 5):


2.) Gift Of Time: A Family’s Diary Of Cancer – Rory MacLean

What’s it all about?:

When his mother Joan was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Rory MacLean and his wife Katrin took her into their home. For five months, as their life fragmented and turned inward, they fought both to resist and to accept the inevitable. Each gave vent to their emotions in different ways, but all three kept a diary.

Would I recommend it?:


Star rating (out of 5):

3 Star Rating Clip Art

3.) Why Are You So Sad? – Jason Porter

What’s it all about?:

Have we all sunken into a species-wide bout of clinical depression?

Porter’s uproarious, intelligent debut centers on Raymond Champs, an illustrator of assembly manuals for a home furnishings corporation, who is charged with a huge task: To determine whether or not the world needs saving. It comes to him in the midst of a losing battle with insomnia — everybody he knows, and maybe everybody on the planet, is suffering from severe clinical depression. He’s nearly certain something has gone wrong. A virus perhaps. It’s in the water, or it’s in the mosquitoes, or maybe in the ranch flavored snack foods. And what if we are all too sad and dispirited to do anything about it? Obsessed as he becomes, Raymond composes an anonymous survey to submit to his unsuspecting coworkers — “Are you who you want to be?”, “Do you believe in life after death?”, “Is today better than yesterday?” — because what Raymond needs is data. He needs to know if it can be proven. It’s a big responsibility. People might not believe him. People, like his wife and his boss, might think he is losing his mind. But only because they are also losing their minds. Or are they?

Reminiscent of Gary Shteyngart, George Saunders, Douglas Coupland and Jennifer Egan, Porter’s debut is an acutely perceptive and sharply funny meditation on what makes people tick.

Would I recommend it?:

Probably not.

Star rating (out of 5):


4.) The Strangler Vine (Avery & Blake #1) – M.J. Carter

What’s it all about?:

Calcutta 1837. The East India Company rules India – or most of it; and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing.

William Avery, a down-at-heel junior officer in the Company’s army, is sent to find him, in the unlikely company of the enigmatic and uncouth Jeremiah Blake. A more mismatched duo couldn’t be imagined, but they must bury their differences as they are caught up in a search that turns up too many unanswered questions and seems bound to end in failure.

What was it that so captivated Mountstuart about the Thugs, the murderous sect of Kali-worshippers who strangle innocent travellers by the roadside? Who is Jeremiah Blake and can he be trusted? And why is the whole enterprise shrouded in such secrecy?

In the dark heart of Company India, Avery will have to fight for his very life, and in defence of a truth he will wish he had never learned.

M. J. Carter is a former journalist and the author of two acclaimed works of non-fiction: Anthony Blunt: His Lives and The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One.

Would I recommend it?:

Probably not.

Star rating (out of 5):





14 comments on “Mini Pin-It Reviews #16 – Four Books From Netgalley

  • I like this straightforward review style. Mine are much too wordy!
    The last two books had really interesting premises! But humor can be really hard to pull off. Thinking about writing it makes me anxious. I just know I’d be second guessing myself all the time–Is this funny, or stupid? Funny, or stupid?
    And the Thugs? I know hardly anything about then, except what I learned from Wikipedia after the last time I watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Since they only strangle people, as opposed to pulling their still-beating hearts from their chests and then dipping them into a lake of lava, I lost some of my interest. 😛 (And people say Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is silly!)

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Chauncey. I did feel a bit bad about not giving a more detailed review like I normally do but these mini pin it reviews are so necessary at the moment for me to try and get on top of a backlog of reviews! I totally agree with you about the humour, sometimes I’ve found it being done very well and it works but other times it just doesn’t. I don’t necessarily think that’s the fault of the writer though, humour can be quite an individual thing and not everyone finds the same things funny? Love your reference to the Thugs re: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, one of my favourites films as a child (and still is!! 😆)

      • Haha! Really? Temple of Doom is one of your favorites?! That’s funny. I love that movie as well, but in a “this movie is terrible” kind of way. 😛 It’s such a fun, silly, dumb adventure movie. I love all the Indiana Jones movies, but that one takes the cake for silliness in my mind. The supporting characters for that one are great. 😀 Classic!

      • Definitely Chauncey it’s so nostalgic whenever I watch it. I remember scenes where my little brother and I used to be able to quote the whole thing word for word! It’s so bad it’s wonderful! 😂

    • Thank you so much Jo, that’s kind of you to say. I often think – am I saying enough and representing the book fairly? Then I think sometimes some short and snappy thoughts sum up my feelings much better than my more “wordy” reviews! 😊

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