Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Scanning the Backlist (3)

This my own personal backlist consisting of authors I've reviewed on the blog.  I took the time to go back through every author I've reviewed and checked out his or her backlist - and for some, even found new books I hadn't realized were released.  Each week I'll be featuring a Scanning the Backlist post with a few more authors whose backlist titles have made it onto my TBR.

Julia Heaberlin
I originally picked up Lie Still because it's cover was so very similar to Gone Girl, which I loved and because the blurbs compared the two.  While I didn't find much similar content between the two, other than the suspense aspect, I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of mean girls all grown up and a mysterious stalking.  It's a bit more on the Lifetime Original Movie side of things, but y'all know that just means I love it all the more.  She's only got one book in her backlist, Playing Dead, but it looks just as appealing as Lie Still:
“Dear Tommie: Have you ever wondered about who you are?” 
The letter that turns Tommie McCloud’s world upside down arrives from a stranger only days after her father’s death. The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter—and that she was kidnapped as a baby thirty-one years ago.
Tommie wants to believe it’s all a hoax, but suddenly a girl who grew up on a Texas ranch finds herself  linked to a horrific past: the slaughter of a family in Chicago, the murder of an Oklahoma beauty queen, and the kidnapping of a little girl named Adriana. Tommie races along a twisting, nightmarish path while an unseen stalker is determined to keep old secrets locked inside the dementia-battered brain of the woman who Tommie always thought was her real mother. With everything she has ever believed in question, and no one she can trust, Tommie must discover the truth about the girl who vanished—and the very real threats that still remain.  
Rebecca Hunt
Hunt's first novel, Mr. Chartwell, is a brilliant portrait of depression, told as the story of an enormous black dog that visits both the narrator and her boss, Winston Churchill.  It's beautifully written and tells the story of depression in a unique and magical way.  While her next book, Everland, isn't technically backlist, since it was written after Mr, Chartwell, it's backlist in terms of not being a new release.  And it's one I never would have discovered without having taken on this project.
1913: Dinners, Millet-Bass, and Napps - three men bound not by friendship, but by an intense dependence founded on survival - will be immortalised by their decision to volunteer to scout out a series of uncharted and unknown islands in the Antarctic, a big, indifferent kingdom.

2013: Brix, Jess, and Decker - three researchers with their own reasons for being far from home - set out on a field trip to the same ancient lumps of rock and snow, home to nothing but colonies of penguins and seals.

Under the harsh ultraviolet light, as all colours bleach out, and the world of simple everyday pleasures recedes, they unknowingly begin to mirror the expedition of 100 years ago.
Louise Millar
Millar is quickly becoming a go-to author for me.  I loved both Accidents Happen and The Hidden Girl, so of course I've been scoping out Millar's backlist for thrillers in the same vein (see Julia Heaberlin above).  While I wish there were more, I'm happy to see that there is one backlist book I haven't read yet, 2012's The Playdate.

 You leave your kids with a friend. Everyone does it. Until the day it goes wrong.
Single mother Callie has come to rely heavily on her best friend Suzy. But Callie suspects Suzy's life isn't as simple as it seems. It's time she pulled away - going back to work is just the first step towards rediscovering her old confidence. So why does she keep putting off telling Suzy about her new job?


  1. Wow, so many good books highlighted here...and all new-to-me authors. I am planning a backlist post sometime very soon...with full credit to you, of course! :)

  2. This is such a great feature! Great idea.