Today, I wanted to share with you a list of several books which are lined up for me to read next (in no particular order).

  • The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty – The book details the demonic possession of twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil, the daughter of a famous actress, and the two priests who attempt to exorcise the demon. This was a recent (and cheap, too, if I may add!) purchase. I’d heard and seen many rave reviews about this novel, and as soon as I caught a glimpse of it on the bookshop’s shelf, I knew I just had to buy it. Also, coincidentally, the author sadly passed away just days after I bought his book. Any superstitious people out there? …

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  • The Bat” and “Cockroaches” by Jo Nesbø – The first two Harry Hole novels, and the only two books in the series that are not set in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The first is set in Australia, where Harry investigates the murder of a young female Norwegian B-celebrity, Inger Holter. The second – “Cockroaches” – takes you to Thailand, where Inspector Hole is sent to work with the police to solve the grisly murder of the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand, who has been stabbed to death. I am also really eager to learn about Harry’s early days as a police inspector, and to see how he’s developed as a character throughout the novels, to the person he is now.

 

  • The Hanging Club” by Tony Parsons – DC Max Wolfe is back with another case to solve. This time around, he’s after a band of vigilante executioners who roam London’s hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them by the neck until dead. Having read the previous books in the series – “The Murder Bag” and “The Slaughter Man” – I have no doubt that this book will be yet another entertaining read.

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  • Hannibal” by Thomas Harris – Having watched all the movies, and, most recently, the TV series starring Mads Mikkelsen as the infamous and deranged Dr. Lecter, I’m really curious to see what the books are like, now. This is Harris’ third book in the series. The novel takes place seven years after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs“, and deals with the intended revenge of one of Lecter’s victims.

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– Preston Carbonaro

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