Hello everyone! Or should I say, welcome back to my blog? For those of you who have already read the first article of the day: a blitz, welcome back! For the others, I’m glad you found your way to the blog today. 😀
The Down the TBR meme was created by Lost in a Story. Go check out Lia’s blog if you haven’t already. You’re probably wondering how this meme works. It’s actually pretty easy:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read-shelf
- Order on ascending date added
- Take the first 5 or 10 books (or even more if you’re feeling adventurous!) Of course if you’re doing this weekly you’ll start where you left off last time!
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Last time on my shelf – 1417
Currently on my shelf – 1420
#1 – Confessions of a murder suspect – Confessions #1 – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: She was the last person to see her parents alive. The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. She can’t trust anyone-maybe not even herself.
Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud’s intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents’ affairs is a dangerous — and revealing — game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?
Decision – KEEP!
#2 – The Postcard Killers – James Patterson & Liza Marklund
Paris is stunning in the summer NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe’s most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren’t what draw him–he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter’s killer.
The killing is simply marvellous
Kanon’s daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.
Wish you were here
Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm–and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson’s most vivid and compelling thriller yet.
Decision – GO!
#3 – NYPD Red – NYPD Red #1 – James Patterson & Marshall Karp
It’s the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert-and they can’t afford to make a single mistake. Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald-who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend-to discover who the murderer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they’ve ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes. Zach and Kylie know there’s no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next. With the whole world watching, they have to find a way to stop a psychopath who has scripted his finale down to the last explosive detail. With larger-than-life action, relentless speed, and white-knuckle twists, NYPD Red is the next mega-blockbuster from “The Man Who Can’t Miss.” (TIME)
Decision – GO!
#4 – Swimsuit – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after she goes missing, Kim McDaniels’s parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter.…WILL NEVER BE…
Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the L.A. Times, gets the McDaniels assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief–Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer. And for Ben to have the story of his life.
…THE SAME FOR YOU AGAIN.
All the while, the killer sets the stage for his next production. His audience expects the best–and they won’t be disappointed. Swimsuit is a heart-pounding story of fear and desire, transporting you to a place where beauty and murder collide and unspeakable horrors are hidden within paradise.
Decision – GO!
#5 – The Jester – James Patterson & Andrew Gross
Freedom – in eleventh-century France, it is a luxury enjoyed by only the King and nobility. For the serf, it is surely worth fighting for. But is it worth dying for?
Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusades, Hugh DeLuc discovers that his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted. The dark riders came in the dead of night, like devils, wearing no colours but black crosses on their chests, leaving no clue as to who they are. Knights they may be, but honour and chivalry are not part of their code. They search for a relic, one worth more than any throne in Europe, and no man can stand in their way. Until Hugh, taking on the role of a jester, is able to infiltrate the enemy’s castle where he believes his wife is being held captive.
And when a man is fighting for freedom – for his wife, and for everything he holds dear – he will prove a formidable opponent.
Decision – KEEP!
#6 – You’ve been warned – James Patterson & Howard Roughan
Kristin Burns has lived her life by the philosophy “Don’t think, just shoot”–pictures, that is. Struggling to make ends meet, she works full-time as the nanny for the fabulously wealthy Turnbull family, looking after their two wonderful children and waiting for her glamorous life as a New York photographer to begin. When her photographs are considered by an elite Manhattan art gallery, it seems she might finally get the chance that will start her career.But Kristin has a major distraction: forbidden love. The man of her dreams is almost hers for keeps. Breathless with an inexhaustible passion and the excitement of being within reach of her goals, Kristen ignores all signs of catastrophe brewing.
Fear exists for a reason. And Kristin can only dismiss the warnings for so long. Searching desperately for the truth through the lens of her camera, she can only hope that it’s not too late. This novel of psychological suspense is a stunning achievement for thriller master James Patterson, “one of the bestselling writers in history” New York Sun.
Decision – GO!
#7 – Private #1 Suspect – Private #2 – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world’s most effective investigation firm–sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private’s investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world–and they always uncover the truth.
When his former lover is found murdered in Jack Morgan’s bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. While Jack is under police investigation, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them. And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to quietly investigate a string of murders at her properties.
The #1 suspect is Jack Morgan
While Jack is fighting for his life, one of his most trusted colleagues threatens to leave Private, and Jack realizes he is confronting the cleverest and most powerful enemies ever. With more action, more intrigue, and more twists than ever before, PRIVATE #1 SUSPECT is James Patterson at his unstoppable best.
Decision – GO!
#8 – Invisible – James Patterson & David Ellis
Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day–and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?
Invisible is James Patterson’s scariest, most chilling stand-alone thriller yet.
Decision – KEEP!
#9 – The Dangerous Days of Daniel X – Daniel X #1 – James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge, Ned Rust & Adam Sadler
He was born with great power
The greatest superpower of all isn’t to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells–the greatest power is the power to create.
Daniel X has that power.
And a deadly secret
Daniel’s secret abilities – like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses – have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn’t have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond anyone’s imagining.
Now the fate of the world rests on Daniel X
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents’ dying breath, he is closing in on the killer.
Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father’s mission – and to take vengeance in the process.
Decision – GO!
#10 – Don’t Blink – James Patterson & Howard Roughan
New York’s Lombardo’s Steak House is famous for three reasons – the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police’s fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.
Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. In the chaos, he accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces. NYPD captains, district attorneys, mayoral candidates, media kingpins, and one shockingly beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas – on both sides of the law.
Back off – or die – is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own. Heedless, and perhaps in love with his beautiful editor, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.
Decision – GO!
Total number of books kept – 3
Total number of books that had to go – 7
Total number of books on my to-read shelf – 1413
Only James Patterson books and this was pretty tough today as he’s one of my favorite authors! But hey I did manage to toss 7 books this week. We’re slowly getting there! How about you? How was your progress this week with the Down the TBR Hole meme? Please let me know in the comments below!
As WordPress changed its editor and it’s now working with Gutenberg please let me know if you can’t see the colours I used for the decision. I’m trying out a few things with this new editor and it still confuses me a lot so I’d appreciate the feedback to know if everything is still readable, or if there are other problems. Thank you! 🙂
The covers and the summaries all come from their respective Goodreads page!