Thursday, 31 January 2019

Books From The Backlog - White Walls And Straitjackets by David Owain Hughes

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm going to post one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Read The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose The Judgement Of Richard Richter by Igor Stiks and my review is on Literary Flits today.

Next up is:


White Walls and Straitjackets by David Owain Hughes

Meet Crystal and Harry – lovers who work in the entertainment business: after murdering three critics for poor reviews, they decide to skip town and head for the coastline. Once there, they know things will be fine – it’ll be a chance to start fresh. A new beginning. But, before they head to the seaside, Crystal must first visit her sister at a mental hospital – after all, it’s Crystal’s fault her sibling is there…

As they start their journey, Harry discovers a book in the van’s glove compartment – White Walls & Straitjackets. The author is unknown, but whoever he is, he seems to know a lot about the deadly duo and other nutjobs who inhabit the Rhondda Valleys, south Wales.

As lives and stories collide, Crystal and Harry soon discover escaping the Valleys won’t be as easy as they think. Especially with another serial killer hot on their heels


I downloaded White Walls And Straitjackets, for free I think,  from its publisher's website in July last year and promptly lost sight of it in my browser's download folder. Spotting it again while clearing out recently my first thought was why on earth had I got myself a horror book? I don't read horror, or very rarely at least. Then I thought further about the author's name and the penny dropped. It's a Welsh #WorldReads!

12 comments:

  1. I don't often see books set in Wales in the horror genre and it would be nice to see more!

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    1. It's surprisingly difficult to find Welsh books at all!
      Have you read M J Johnson at all? That's also Welsh horror you might enjoy

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  2. LOL, wondering why a book is on my shelf has happened several times. Wales as a setting for a creepy story... I like the sound of it, but I know I'm too chicken to read something like that. :)

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    1. Actually it wasn't quite as gory as I had feared, but its certainly grotesque!

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  3. This sounds like it will be quite a suspenseful read. I am not much for horror, admittedly, but I enjoy a good thriller. I know there's often a fine or blurred line between the two. The Welsh setting is appealing, I agree! I hope you enjoy this one when you get to it.

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    1. The Welsh setting was incorporated really well into the whole novel :-)

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  4. I've done that before. Completely forgot about a book that was in a folder or on my shelf until I spotted it again.

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  5. I look back on some of my ARC request and wonder why I requested or downloaded, too! Hope this works out for you. :)

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  6. It's embarrassing how many times I've done something like this and completely forgotten about a book. Hope you enjoy it! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Even more annoying because this was was actually a good book!

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