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Monday, July 13, 2009

Mailbox Monday

I've been absent from this meme for far too long, and have missed sharing the books that come into my home. This week I had a couple of books show up, but my stacks of books all around the house have been growing so quickly, I should go back and list everything I haven't listed from the weeks I was absent, but I'm also a bit lazy and just don't want to round them all up for a photo shoot.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page. Check it out, and see what other readers are finding in their mailboxes! What books came into your home last week?

The Rapture by Liz Jensen

It is a June unlike any other before, with temperatures soaring to asphyxiating heights. All across the world, freak weather patterns—and the life-shattering catastrophes they entail—have become the norm. The twenty-first century has entered a new phase.

But Gabrielle Fox’s main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her life after a devastating car accident that has left her disconnected from the world, a prisoner of her own guilt and grief. Determined to make a fresh start, and shake off memories of her wrecked past, she leaves London for a temporary posting as an art therapist at Oxsmith Adolescent Secure Psychiatric Hospital, home to one hundred of the most dangerous children in the country. Among them: the teenage killer Bethany Krall.

Despite two years of therapy, Bethany is in no way rehabilitated and remains militantly nonchalant about the bloody, brutal death she inflicted on her mother. Raised in evangelistic hellfire, the teenager is violent, caustic, unruly, and cruelly intuitive. She is also insistent that her electroshock treatments enable her to foresee natural disasters—a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a symptom of doomsday delusion.

But as Gabrielle delves further into Bethany’s psyche, she begins to note alarming parallels between her patient’s paranoid disaster fantasies and actual incidents of geological and meteorological upheaval—coincidences her professionalism tells her to ignore but that her heart cannot. When a brilliant physicist enters the equation, the disruptive tension mounts—and the stakes multiply. Is the self-proclaimed Nostradamus of the psych ward the ultimate manipulator or a harbinger of global disaster on a scale never seen before? Where does science end and faith begin? And what can love mean in “interesting times”?

With gothic intensity, Liz Jensen conjures the increasingly unnerving relationship between the traumatized therapist and her fascinating, deeply calculating patient. As Bethany’s warnings continue to prove accurate beyond fluke and she begins to offer scientifically precise hints of a final, world-altering cataclysm, Gabrielle is confronted with a series of devastating choices in a world in which belief has become as precious - and as murderous—as life itself.

Sacrifice by S.J. Bolton

After sending an email to Ms. Bolton and thanking her for the opportunity to read her second novel, Awakening, she was kind enough to send me a signed copy of her first novel, Sacrifice. I can't wait to dig into it!

In this masterful debut that starts off as a mystery and becomes much more, Tora Hamilton is an outsider at her new home on the rocky, windswept Shetland Islands, a hundred miles from the northeastern tip of Scotland. Though her husband grew up here, it’s the first time he’s been back in twenty years. Digging in the peat on their new property, Tora unearths a human body, at first glance a centuries-old bog body, interesting but not uncommon. But realizing that the body is in fact much newer, that the woman’s heart has been cut out, and that she was killed within a few days of bearing a child, Tora, herself an obstetrician, becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her—even when the police, her colleagues, and eventually her husband warn her against getting involved.

Sacrifice is a bone-chilling, spellbinding debut about secrets worth killing for that will grip readers from its beginning to its startling end.


Kristen said...

Wow! Both of those would have me screaming from nightmares. Enjoy the scaries. :-)

bermudaonion said...

I hope your husband will be in town while you're reading those! Come on - we want to see the rest of your books!

cindysloveofbooks said...

I just heard about The Rapture today and it looks really good. I have added it to my wishlist. Happy Reading.

Kaye said...

Those sound like "daytime" reading only. I just finished One Scream Away and wow, couldn't read that before going to bed. Don't you just love it when an author does something teriffic like that? you must have been thrilled.

Have a great week and happy reading. My MM is here

Zia said...

Both of those look like great reads!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nice to see you back : )
They look like good books!

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize I also had The Rapture! (it was covered up by other books in my pile). So I started in last night (along with 2 other books!)

Carolyn @ Book Chick City said...

Sacrifice looks like a great book - and you got it sign, you are a lucky think! Enjoy! :)