Books from the Backlog #190

Posted December 2, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 8 Comments

Books from the Backlog is 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.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #190The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on January 26, 2016
Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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“An electrifying read . . . I haven’t read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon.” — Stephen King

“Magnificent, thoroughly unnerving . . . I dare you to look away.” — Justin Cronin
 
Caleb Maddox is a San Francisco toxicologist studying the chemical effects of pain. He’s out drinking after a bad breakup when a hauntingly seductive woman sits down at his side. He talks to Emmeline over absinthe, but their encounter is fleeting. She brushes her lips on his ear and disappears. He must find her. As Caleb scours the city, he begins helping the city’s medical examiner with a serial-murder investigation. Soon the search for the killer entwines with Caleb’s hunt for Emmeline, and the closer he gets to each, the more dangerous his world becomes. “A wicked mix of Poe, The Silence of the Lambs, and Vertigo,”* The Poison Artist spins a thrilling tale of obsession, damage, a man unmoored by an unspeakable past, and a woman who offers the ultimate escape.
 
“A totally new take on the mystery-thriller genre . . . Fresh and unpredictable. The writing is top-notch . . . Grade: A.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“Genuinely scary, in the very best way, and nastily twisty, also in the very best way . . . Hypnotic.” — Guardian

 
* William Landay

Why did I add The Poison Artist to my bookshelf?

I’ve picked another past-due NetGalley book this week. I downloaded this one over 5 years ago and I think that it is about time for it to come off my shelf. I noticed that my library has a copy of the audiobook which happens to be narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Luke Daniels. The ratings on Goodreads look really good with a lot of my friends giving it 5 stars. I think that I am going to try to work this one into the month of December since it is a rather short book.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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About Jonathan Moore

JONATHAN MOORE lives in Hawaii with his wife and son, and is the author of five books. Before completing law school in New Orleans, he was an English teacher, a bar owner, a raft guide, a counselor at a Texas wilderness camp for juvenile delinquents, and an investigator for a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C.

8 responses to “Books from the Backlog #190

  1. My rediscovered book today is not that old…purchased in June 2020. But it is out of sight in one of my cupboards for hardcover books. Must bring it out!

    Yours sounds good.