Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading and allows readers to showcase books they have discovered over the past week.  This week I found a unique thriller and historical fiction book:

First up, I read great things about The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes...it sounds like a perfect beach read!


Goodreads Summary:
When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she doesn’t think she'll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband – and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man.

In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can't remember anything – her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for. Ellie and Jennifer's stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel – interspersed with real 'last letters'.



I also discovered The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch.



Goodreads Summary:
A historical thriller set in Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. Whispers and dark memories of witch trials and the women burned at the stake just seventy years earlier still haunt the streets of Schongau. When more children disappear and an orphan boy is found dead—marked by the same tattoo—the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt into chaos.

Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdelena, and Simon, the university-educated son of the town’s physician, Jakob discovers that a devil is indeed loose in Schongau. But it may be too late to prevent bloodshed.

A brilliantly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller, The Hangman’s Daughter is the first novel from German television screenwriter Oliver P√∂tzsch, a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

8 comments:

  1. Wow both of these covers are very interesting! I may add Daughter's to my list ;) I hope you're enjoying WWZ

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  2. I enjoy letter books, will check that one out.

    My Find

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2011/06/friday-find-adult-verse-novel.html

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  3. Enjoyed having a look through your blog and 2010/2011.

    I'm a new follower.

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com

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  4. The Hangman's Daughter sounds pretty interesting. Gonna put that one on my TBR list...

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  5. The Hangman's Daughter sounds really good,I am adding it to my TBR list. I just read DOC last week and loved it. I see you are reading it now, I can't wait to hear what you thought of it.

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  6. Both of these look great! The Last Letter From Your Lover has a super beautiful cover, which makes me drawn to it even before the synopsis. But the synopsis of The Hangman's Daughter sounds pretty awesome. That one just might end up on my TBR list! Great, great picks!

    ~Asheley T.

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  7. Firstly I am calling by to thankyou for the recent follow on Twitter, which is appreciated. I do hope you will be visiting my Book Review Blog sometimes as it is always interesting to compare notes. I have read some of Jojo Moyes books so will be looking out for your review as your latest follower :)

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  8. ... a famous Bavarian executioner clan

    Wow, I didn't know such things existed (I mean that this was a sort of family business). This books sounds absolutely fascinating.

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