Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On My Wishlist {6}

This was another light wishlist week for me. These are the two books (both ghost stories!) that made it on the list this week:

The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce

Critically acclaimed author Graham Joyce returns with a sexy, suspenseful,and slightly supernatural novel set 1976 England during the hottest summer in living memory, in a seaside resort where the past still haunts the present.

David, a college student, takes a summer job at a run-down family resort in a dying English resort town. This is against the wishes of his family…because it was at this resort where David's biological father disappeared fifteen years earlier. But something undeniable has called David there.

A deeper otherworldliness lies beneath the surface of what we see. The characters have a suspicious edge to them…David is haunted by eerie visions of a mysterious man carrying a rope, walking hand-in-hand with a small child…and the resort is under siege by a plague of ladybugs. Something different is happening in this town.

When David gets embroiled in a fiercely torrid love triangle, the stakes turn more and more menacing. And through it all, David feels as though he is getting closer to the secrets of his own past.

This is a darkly magic and sexy book that has a strong suspense line running through it. It's destined to continue to pull in a wider circle of readers for the exceptionally talented Graham Joyce.

The Year of the Ladybird was added to my wishlist as a direct result of Mark West's review. It sounds like a book I would really love.

Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville

A dark, distinctive and addictively compelling novel set in fin-de-si├Ęcle Vienna and Nazi Germany—with a dizzying final twist.

Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer—celebrated psychoanalyst—is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings—to be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance.

Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta’s Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the ‘animal people,’ so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed. . . .

Eliza Granville has had a life-long fascination with the enduring quality of fairytales and their symbolism, and the idea for Gretel and the Dark was sparked when she became interested in the emphasis placed on these stories during the Third Reich.

If you tell me a book has creepy ghosts, I will want to read it.

Are any of these books on your wishlist? Have you read them? I'd love to hear your thoughts and/or recommendations.


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  1. Oh, I was curious about YEAR OF THE LADYBIRD, I like Joyce but hadn't heard of this one. Then I realized it pubbed as THE GHOST IN THE ELECTRIC BLUE SUIT here in the states (and was already in my wish list).

    GRETEL was one I just had to get my hands on as soon as I read the description. Can't wait to start it!

  2. Gretel and the Dark is completely new to me but boy does that sound creepy! I need to track down a copy of this I think!

  3. Graham Joyce is an interesting author and I've always wanted to pick up more of his. That one sure sounds interesting and it's one I've never heard of. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow, thanks very much - I hope you like it now I've gushed about it! Becky's right, over there the book is called "The Ghost In The Electric Blue Suit" (which makes no more sense to me than the UK title probably makes to you - for ladybirds, think of what you call ladybugs).

  5. Oh yeah, I need to add these to my wish list too.


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