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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Just one new find this week and I have publisher Random House UK, Cornerstone and the lovely folks over at Netgalley, to thank for that.

New titles for my review pile, are always that much sweeter, when the publisher or author initiates the enquiry and I am certain that this book will be no exception…


After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy’s profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.

But as Pete’s own family spins out of control, Pearl’s activities spark the full-blown interest of the F.B.I., putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.


Image Of Author Smith HendersonSmith Henderson,  was born and raised in Montana, although he now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he currently works at the Wieden + Kennedy advertising agency, contributing to the Emmy-nominated “Halftime In America” Super Bowl Commercial.

As an accomplished screenwriter, he co-wrote “Dance With The One”, a 2010 South By Southwest Narrative Prize Finalist; whilst his fiction writing was recognized when he became the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writer Award in fiction and was the Phillip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University that same year.

His short story, “Number Stations” won a Pushcart Prize and a finalist honors for the University of Texas Keene Prize, with his writing having been anthologized and published in American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness.

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

 Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

 Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

 Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

 This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


I am looking forward to sharing some of your great ‘new finds’ this week

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Fourth of July Creek really intrigues me, and I’ve seen it more and more on blogs and websites in the past couple weeks. Hope it’s as good as it seems!
    Happy reading!

    • Hi Kay,

      I hadn’t come across ‘Fourth Of July Creek’ until the publisher contacted me direct, so I am off now to see if any of the many reviews and ratings it has received are from bloggers I know, to read what some of them have to say about it!

      Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your visit and comment, I love to receive both.

      Have a good week.

    • Hi,

      Thanks for stopping by today, I love meeting new people.

      The opening couple of lines of the synopsis for this book are certainly intriguing and paint a picture so vivid and ‘real’, that I am expecting to be transported to the very place and time, when I begin reading.

      Whilst this might well be a book that I would never have chosen to buy for my collection, my eclectic reading tastes mean that I am already captivated and can’t wait to be at the heart of this place and community.

      Enjoy your reading week.

  • A good friend of mine read Fourth of July Creek because Wiley Cash raved about it. She said it took her a little while to get into it but once she did, she was blown away. She just loved the book and I hope you do too!

    • Hi Kathy,

      Wiley Cash sounds like another new author for my list, thanks for bringing him to my attention.

      I can see the familiarities between the two author’s books and storylines, in fact both men also have a very similar rating and review status, so maybe reading a book by each quite close together, will be the only potential way to separate them.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary,

      It definitely wouldn’t do for us all to like the same things, the World would be such a boring place!

      I do have quite eclectic reading tastes though, so the new additions to your own reading list each week are always interesting to check out … See you soon!

  • Well, I’ve tentatively put this on my wishlist. Having read both good and bad reviews, I’m just not sure.

    I had no intention of adding to my stash this week, but happened to see a book in the store that I wasn’t aware had come out in paperback. It’s a series both my husband and I read, so I had to snatch it up (and I’m already well into it!). Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz

    • Hi Kelly,

      The rating and review stats for ‘Fourth Of July Creek’ on Goodreads are nearly all 4 and 5 stars, although none of my ‘friends’ network seems to have read this book to date, so I don’t actually have a rating or review I know I can trust … but hey! it looks good to me!

      I used to read a lot of Dean Koontz’s early books, but then his writing seemed to shift from horror and the supernatural, to take an altogether different path into the realms of sci-fi. I think at this point my interest in his work waned completely, as sci-fi is just one of those genres I can’t read, or watch on TV or at the movies.

      It sounds as though you are both hooked on the ‘Odd Thomas’ series though, so enjoy! and have a good week.

    • Hi Heather,

      This book sounds as though it combines so many elements within the storyline, that I am sure it is going to make captivating reading. A unique and unusual premise, to be sure!

      Thanks for stopping by this week. I always enjoy ‘meeting’ new people and look forward to your visits and comments.

    • Hi Holly,

      This is a storyline which is going to need some pretty serious thought and is potentially going to evoke a whole gamut of emotions.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    • Thanks Mary Ann,

      I haven’t read anything with a premise quite like this, it sounds totally absorbing.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Mari,

      I think I am going to need my wits about me when I read ‘Fourth Of July Creek’, the plot sounds quite intense, with plenty of twists and turns to keep me on my toes!

      Thanks for taking an interest in this week’s post, I appreciate it.

    • I know just what you mean Serena, time is flying by so quickly!

      The only positive thing about the hands of time moving inexorably on, is that the days are not quite as hot as they were in July. I’m afraid I am not much of a sun worshipper, more of a Spring and Autumn gal, so I shall be coming into my own shortly!

      I hope that you have some great books in your mailbox this week.

    • Hi Tracy,

      This one sounds like both a disturbing psychological story and also one which has reference to the many social problems of the remote Montana wilderness communities.

      It took me ages to even register exactly what the cover image was, in fact I never studied it closely until I read your comment. I guess the spider’s web is indicitive of the disturbed nature of the three main protagonists, all trapped in their own personal hell and unable to find a way to break the threads which bind them!

      Looks like a great read to me, whatever the author had in mind when he designed the cover and I hope that if you should come by a copy for yourself, you enjoy it too.

  • I have seen Fourth of July Creek on a few blogs over the past few months.

    It looks and sounds quite good.

    I like how you always give a “blurb” about the book and the author.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I generally have such small mailboxes each week, that writing a post with extra information items, is really not too much effort and can only mean extra promotion for both book and author, which can’t be a bad thing!

      If, like yourself and so many other bloggers, my mailbox was more substantial on a regular basis, then it might be a different story!

      ‘Fourth Of july Creek’ has now received almost 300 Goodreads ratings and reviews, the vast majority of which have been more than positive, so I am looking forward to reading this one for myself.

      Thanks, as always, for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them.

    • Hi Vicki,

      ‘Fourth Of July Creek’ does sound like something of a page-turner, doesn’t it?

      I’m a sucker for the occasional book which has an intriguing and completely diverse premise from my usual reading genres.

      I hope that you have a great reading week ahead and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Naida,

      I too love NetGalley, although I don’t find the site very intuitive to use when leaving comments and feedback. After the initial stocking up with all the lovely freebies on offer, I have now decided that I should no longer be that child gazing through the window of the sweet shop and to be a little more selective with the books I choose to download. Even so, I seem to be getting further and further behind with my reviews and NetGalley have commented on my low review rate, so I am going to have to pull my socks up and get some reviews published pretty quickly!

      ‘Fourth Of July Creek’ was a request to review by the publisher, which is fantastic. Luckily it is a book which sounds excellent and I am looking forward to getting started on it.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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